Monday, June 25, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6/25/12

So! Last week was really rough for me. Usually, I'm an open book, but this is a little too personal even for me. There are only a handful of people who know, and to those people, I just want to say thank you. I don't know how I would have made it through without you.

Thursday and Friday were spent in a fog...honestly, I wasn't eating much and about the only thing I could manage to get down was white bread and peanut butter, lol. Saturday and Sunday were actually pretty good - perfect days food wise, my mood was better, and I even spent 50 mins on the stationary bike on Sunday.

And now, I finally feel like my old self again, like I could conquer the world!!! :^) Man, funks can be so hard to come out of once you're there. But I just need to remember everything below!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6/18/12

Honestly, this might be one of my favorite Pinterest finds EVER. I printed it and have it taped to my computer monitor at work. It's SO inspiring!

This time, I'm losing weight for GOOD. I will NOT gain it back, and I know that. I've figured out (most of) my flaws. The biggest one: I "secret-eat".

Hi, my name is Ali and I'm a closet eater.
"Hi, Ali"...

I used to try and sneak food ALL the time...
I'd go pay for gas inside the store so I could get chips or cookies and my hubby would never know from the charge to our acct...
I'd use any cash I could get my hands on to buy fast food for breakfast, but then I'd still eat breakfast when I got to work also.

It's those things that I KNOW about myself now, and while I can't avoid the situation of having cash forever, I can control my actions now instead of letting my actions control ME. I also know that I NEED exercise in order to have consistant weight loss! And I'm getting better at it. For example:

I was woken up this morning when a water bug fell off the ceiling and onto my back with a "thud" while I was sleeping. Those of you who don't know what a water bug is, click here.... ***shudder***... If you live in FL, you know what they are - and no matter how much you spray your house for bugs, a few of those dang things will make it in - seriously - no matter what.

Anyway, I LEPT out of bed, screaming bloody murder "AHHHHHHH! OH MY GOD, GET UP, GET UP, GET UP!!!" to my hubby snoozing on the couch... He ran in there, checked the bed, sheets, pillows, everything, but to no avail. It was gone.

So we sat down on the bed - by the time my heartbeat returned to normal, it was 5:45am and there was no way I could go back to sleep at this point, but I don't have to leave the house till 7:10am. So I decided to go walk/jogging. I'm so insanely proud of myself! By 6:30 this morning, 310 cals were GONE. I might try waking up early every Mon, Wed, & Fri to work out. Why not?? I've got this!!! :^)

Don't mind the bug in the after pic. He wanted to be in there too! LOL

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I saw this recently on an MFP forum (click here to view the original post) and had to post it here! It's such a great way of looking at things. I didn't write it myself, but I wanted to share with all of you!

Does any of this sound familiar?
I don't have time to exercise
I don't have time to walk the dog
I don't have time for me
I don't have time to cook real food
I go to McDonald's because I don't have time for anything else

Well imagine if I gave you $86,400, with the proviso, you MUST spend it ALL tomorrow, not ONE penny should be left by the day after. What would you do?

Besides scream "YIPPEE! I am rich"

You would probably sit down with a piece of paper, and plan out every last penny, then first thing tomorrow, you would get up, and start spending it.. right? You would possibly spend hours working out what you were going to spend it on, starting FIRST thing in the morning.

Well.. you have EXACTLY 86,400 seconds in a day. You will NEVER get those back, yet spend them without thinking about them. Instead of making excuses for not having time to do things.. PLAN. Get your family to plan their activity. Get a family calendar, and write on it... "MY WORKOUT TIME". Your health is worth the, stop making excuses!        

Monday, June 11, 2012

Motivational Monday - 6/11/12

Ok, people.... as a way to keep all of us on track, and also in an not-so-subtle attempt to get more subscribers (LOL), I've decided to start a weekly "Motivational Monday" post.

Because really.......who COULDN'T benefit from a little extra motivation on Mondays? haha

I looooooooooove this quote! It speaks right to me. And while I'm still not comfortable enough for the beach THIS summer... by NEXT summer, I want to ROCK a swimsuit.

Also, I love being covered in sweat at the gym. It's exhilerating!

I'm ready for it.

Let's do this thing.

Friday, June 8, 2012

FOOD penpals? I've got to be dreaming...

Somehow, I just stumbled upon this site where you can be a FOOD penpal!!! Click this link to find out how to sign up! It's only $15, but how freakin COOL!?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Holy cow! I've gone viral!

Well, ladies (and gents, if any see this) seems that I'm getting more traffic on my blog now. Which is friggin awesome, if I do say so myself!

I think a lot of people are traveling from Pinterest to my recipe blog, then clicking on the "Future Skinny Bitch Weight Loss Blog" tab that sends you over here. This section is way more intimate and personal than the recipe side, so be gentle! LOL

Since I'm getting so many new people stumbling across my site, I figured I'd do an intro. You can read back through old posts to see where I started and where I'm currently at with my weight loss, but I wanted you guys to know a bit about my personality too ('cause, ya know, it ain't all about looks...). So I asked a bunch of my friends (on the weight loss website I'm a member of, and in real life haha) how they would describe me. They made me laugh out loud at some of their responses. All their answers are below - the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Nicole said:
"You love quinoa! and I just now learned how to pronounce it because of your post :D"

Haha, actually, I've never tried quinoa,
but I want to! She thought this bc I
posted something about a guy on
The Bachelorette pronoucing it wrong, lol.

Amy said:
"Hmmmmm..... Let's see: Outgoing, hardworking, funny, compassionate, great cook, talented photographer, positive attitude"

This is so super-sweet.
I work my hardest
at being all those.

Amanda said:
"I know you are headstrong, determined, & a born leader. I know you love your husband and want the best for him. I know you are passionate about succeeding. I know you are so dedicated to beating this that you got a tattoo with your starting weight....then found out your scale went bad and have plans to correct the # on the tat! I know that you have strength I admire in that situation....if that had happened to me...I would be humiliated and soooo depressed. I know you are a hard worker and encourage those around you to do the same!!"

Wow, I love this. It's crazy how well
people can know you, who you've
never even met. I'm totally touched.

Charmaine said:
"One word: DETERMINED."

You're damn right I am.  :^)

Sarah #1 said:
"You are kind, generous, and brave. Above all else, you are real with yourself and those around you."

The one thing I will NEVER be is fake.
This is me. The real me.
That's all I've got to be! 

Judy said:
"Organized, Hard working, Great sense of humor, loves to blog, has recipes on Pinterest, dog lover, great motivater. Wow, I have lots of impressions for never having met you in person!!"

Haha, she does, for sure.
And it's awesome. 

Sarah #2 said:
"Wonderful friend, loves dogs, loves mushrooms, a twin, hard worker, motivator, inspiration, likes to accessorize."

Sarah and I have known each other for
a while now, and she loves broccoli as much
as I love mushrooms - which is a LOOOOT!
And yep, I have an identical twin sis who
I'd do anything for. Love ya, Ames!

Alicia said:
"I'm still learning...but this is what I've got so far! You love your pups, you enjoy trying out new recipes and sharing them with people. You enjoy doing photography and blogging :) You hate cooked carrots but will eat raw ones with peanut butter (ewww haha) and you have a known addiction to Hardee's that you will soon be into a 12 step program for :) Love ya hun!!"

This was my fave response, I think.
It literally had me laughing out loud!
Alicia's one of my closest friends
and biggest supporters nowadays.
And it's true... have you guys ever
had a butter biscuit from Hardee's?
If you haven't, don't. They're crazy
good, and yes, I'm addicted.

And to put a face with a name, this is me! Hope to see everybody back here, and subscribe please! (top right of the page)

And just for fun, here's ZOMBIE Ali! :^)