Movie Review: The Girl On The Train

Baby spent the night with her grandparents, so mommy and daddy had a pizza, movie, wine and beer night. I’m wine, he’s beer. Overall, a very healthy evening. (Back to that whole: Weight Loss or Pizza bit.) It’s been a while since we have been able to catch up on the latest cinema hits, so this may be a bit late, but I had to share my feelings on The Girl On The Train. This may start to read like a rant, so you have been warned.

girl-on-the-train-new-trailerIMdB: The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

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Weight Loss or Pizza

I feel silly that I even tried this, but I figured what could it hurt to try. Let’s jump back a few steps then I’ll tell you what I did.

phigyugqpvu-bruno-nascimento.jpgBefore I got pregnant, I had lost 30lbs, but after pregnancy and a few years later, I have that weight back plus 10. I hate it. I want to lose the weight again, but I don’t think I feel the same motivation as I did before for a couple of a reasons, nor do I have (or maybe even want to make) the time to prepare meals ahead of time.

Before I became pregnant, my willpower and desire to lose weight was so strong. I stuck to the diet so strictly and worked out just as astringently. I had such determination and grit. Now, not so much. After losing the weight and becoming pregnant, I ended up with gestational diabetes and on another strict diet to control my blood sugar. I didn’t mind the diet, but while pregnant, I wanted pizza so badly! I love my daughter more than pizza, so I stuck to the diet as much as I could and managed to keep my sugar in check then deliver a happy, average size baby! During that time of deprivation, though, I think budded this desire to eat all the foods I couldn’t have. Fast forward to now, and you see my problem. I missed chocolate and pizza!

Time on the other hand is honestly _0jpjeqtsyg-carissa-ganbecause of what I would rather do than cooking and preparing food. I’d rather be playing with my daughter, taking her places, experiencing the world with her than cooking. I’d rather watch a movie with my husband, write a novel, or go out with friends than Pyrex my meals for the week. Lastly, I’d much rather SLEEP than workout. Thus, my dilemma.

I did some research, and like a silly, desperate person, I ordered a diet fad pill called Nutri-Fast Garcinia and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried so hard to drink the apple cider vinegar, but I just can’t make myself do it! I literally almost gag every time. I got it down this morning, but at lunch, I just couldn’t do it again. The pill is easy to take, but will it be enough? I’m trying to eat healthier, smaller portions, and I want to get back on my elliptical, but time is always against me. I have a stand-up desk at work now, so I’m hoping that will help as well, but I think I just need to bite the bullet, and find my motivation to just get it done! I know its possible, so I just need to want to do it. (But I’m giving up on the ACV.)

What are your weight loss secrets? Have you tried the apple cider vinegar trick?

2017 Goals

Last year, I had planned on setting goals each month with a long term goal as the grand prize. I think I made it through four months of the process, but like most “resolution-ists”, it kind of fell to the wayside. This year, I have some ideas of what I would like to accomplish in 2017, but some aren’t fully fleshed out just yet. I’m thinking I might create a few monthly goals, but I also have some that I would like to set for the overall year as well.happy-new-year-2017-images

This month:

-Figure out how to lose weight. I’ll expand on this in another post.
-Write 10K words on my new project.
-Continue to Tweet daily and blog at least weekly.
-Have a date night.

Overall year:

-Travel. I have a wedding to attend in Colorado, so this should be easy, but I also want to go to Florida. We’ll see what we can manage.
-Take a vacation. This kind of goes with the above, but I also want to make sure that I take the time to enjoy a break from the norm.
-Graduate. My bachelor’s degree is so close. I will finish it this year!

We’ll see how it all pans out, and I promise I’ll keep you’ll posted. After the excruciating year 2016 turned out to be, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

 

The Eighth Day

Oh, how busy! I swear being an adult just comes with never ending critical situations.

Tomorrow will mark a week that I have started with a dieting center called “Physicians Weight Loss Center”. I found them as part of an Amazon Local coupon, and I am now on a strict, healthy, monitored diet for a month that I swear I eat more now than I did before, but it is all healthy food!

My nutritionist, Whitney, has been great with helping me get the hang of things so far. There is so much to learn that I never realized I was doing wrong. I never really ate “bad” food, but between my sugar intake and the quantity of food within my meals, it’s becoming very easy to see why I gained the weight I did.

By no means is this an add for the company or a testimony to any results (I haven’t even had my first weigh in, yet!), but more a question, I guess.

Right now, I’m not going to lie, I could really go for some McDonald’s and Mrs. Fields cookies, but I am so excited about my potential weight loss that I refuse to dwell on those glutenous thoughts! Whitney told me that my goal is obtainable, so I cannot wait to see what will happen. I want to make sure that I give her the full month before adding any “cheating” items.

But, here’s my question.

Have you ever noticed the “Eighth Day Hump”? For those who have tried quitting something, whether a diet, quit smoking, giving up some other bad habit, didn’t you find that after that first week, the beginning of the next was just the most difficult.

As I said above, this will be my seventh day, the weigh in day tomorrow, and I am really nervous. What if after all the hard work I have put in this week, I haven’t had any results? What if after going through this first week, I haven’t made any progress? I can’t even imagine the disappointment I’ll feel if the scale doesn’t move in the right direction!

I’ve already warned my husband that he probably shouldn’t be home when I get out of the center after this weigh in depending on which way the scale tips. I’m really not sure what the results will be, but I know I do feel better. I don’t feel as bloated or fatigued (still tired, but again with the Ode to Adulthood). I’m never hungry because I eat so much good food, and I am actually starting to like figuring out ways to make my food taste good because I don’t have to eat plain anything!

I am definitely excited about this life change, but I really hope this eighth day won’t be my undoing!

Next blog post: Writing on the Road Again!