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Signing Off

So, I’ve decided that this whole, make myself accountable, keep people updated with my life, and work on my personal successes isn’t really working for me. I am now throwing the towel in and closing out this account. I’m sure you are very disappointed, considering all the exciting entries since March 11th, but what can I say…..

April fools?!?!
haha, didn’t think you were getting rid of me that easy now did you? Well I haven’t been the greatest blogger lately, a couple job apps that never panned out, ugh, stopped working out, again, and I’m coming up on my first real week back on WW, which has been tough. I just can’t wait for everything to be good again.

Until then, I will keep trying to blog and not get discouraged.

PS…it’s snowing. wtf.

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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Um. YUM.

Obviously one of my first posts was about the cranberry maple almond steel cut oats recipe, and I seriously ate that for weeks, it was addicting. Well, once I got a little tired of that, I substituted the toppings with syrup and bananas, and then I started looking at recipes in the Flat Belly Diet. The title says it all, it is AWESOME. I don’t even have a picture to show you because I ate it too fast, haha. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly but I didn’t follow it for the first oatmeal recipe I made either. But in anycase it was so good. I can’t even describe it. Well, ok, I’ll give it a try.

Are you the kind of person that loves licking cookie/cake batter right out of the bowl? Are you the kind of person that likes to eat cookies/brownies straight out of the oven? Are you the kind of person that doesn’t like raisins other than in cold cereals? Then this recipe is for you. It’s like the perfect combination of warm melting chocolate in an oatmeal cookie batter consistency just calling you to gobble it up. Does that help?

I don’t think you can find the recipe online but it’s

1 cup water, boil, stir in 1/2 cup old fashioned oats.
Pinch of salt, pinch of pepper
1/4 tsp of vanilla, little goes a long way
stir that all together, after a few minutes when oats have softened pour in your bowl, top with 4 tbsp chocolate chips…and enjoy!

That’s not the official recipe, but that’s what I’m using 🙂 Sometimes I add milk to make it creamier.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Food

 

Fung Shui

First thing’s first. I really need to start remembering to take ‘before and after’ photos. (caution: my brain is all over the place today)

Before and after is about several things right now. I’ve been running 2 miles every 2-3 days for I think about 3 wks now, and even though I haven’t exactly been writing down what I eat, I think I’ve been keeping a pretty good track of it. Well, maybe I’m not! Because my belly still seems to look like it can talk. I just gross myself out. And it’s frustrating because I know I FEEL like my abs and arms and back are all getting stronger, but it’s hard not to quit when I want to see at least some sort of result NOW!

I applied to a couple jobs last week, hoping I would hear something back already, what with my new approach to the cover letter. I wrote it in a book format. Like prologue, 3 chapters, epilogue and credits. Don’t worry, it wasn’t crazy long, each section was really only a paragraph, at most. All that work, and nothing. NOTHING. How can you not feel anything but hopeless?!

On the one hand, I love what I’m doing to make some extra $$ on the side www.heatherclarkdesigns.com if anyone is interested. BUT, it’s definitely not enough to start a business, especially since I charge a very financially friendly price. I would love to have a fulltime job (that I enjoy) and be able to create invites and such on the side. Maybe one day it will grow, but I really want more experience in the working world before I ever decide to venture on my own.

Sorry, tangents. Back to the fung shui. Since I am making a valiant effort to save money where I can, I’m homebound like a housewife most days, taking care of the furrbabies (do not be fooled, they are terrors)

…cleaning, organizing, reorganizing, redecorating, and so on. Sometimes the husband comes home and I’ve moved furniture and changed decorations, or painted something, haha…I just need change! I see/do the same stuff almost everyday, the monotony is driving me mad! So I spent the last 2 days earning my housewife certification, and before travelling to class tonight, I left my husband the following text msg : “Use caution when entering the house, items may have shifted during absence.”

Thank you, and good night.

ps….I did run today.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Incline

So, today was the third time I’ve run this week. I can’t believe it. I decided to change it up a bit today though, and instead of just running a plain half hour, I used a program that consisted of hills for half an hour. Then I was just SO proud of myself, that I did a few weights to work on the upper body, not much, but it was something at least. I bet I will be feeling this tomorrow. I just wish I was already seeing results because I get discouraged very easily, so I’m trying not to be negative.

I have class again tonight. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned school or not on the blog yet, but every Tues and Thurs from 6-10 I take a Flash class, and ever Fri 6-10 I take an Advanced Web Development class. I’m excited that I’m finally moving past what I already know for web. We’ve been doing a lot of Action Scripting in Flash lately. That’s a little tough to learn, I understand almost everything we script, but if I had to start from scratch, it would be very slow going. On the other hand, I am really enjoying learning more about CSS, really getting into it. I can see myself really playing around with that later. I’m curious how I will feel once we start adding in PHP, MySQL and all this stuff I know absolutely nothing about! Maybe I won’t feel the same way about it then! haha. But for now, I’m enjoying it.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Exercise

 

Applause

*applause* *applause*

*courtsey* *bow* *airkisses*

Thank you, thank you. Yes, I’ve done it again. What do you mean, done what? Ran, of course. Ha. Not only did I run today, but I ran on Saturday too! Now I’m not saying I liked it, but I did it.

Saturday was girls night. I met 2 of my girls at Bahama Breeze, a tropical yummy restaurant. I ordered my usual pan seared mahi mahi with a creamy mango butter sauce, with cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. YUM! And for my beverage, a strawberry mojito. I just love rum! It’s one of the new drinks on the menu and the little chunks of strawberry made it all worthwhile. The calories, that is, ha.

Strawberry Mojito

Sweet sensation. Bacardi Dragonberry, Strawberry Pucker, fresh squeezed sugar cane juice, club soda, mint leaves and a splash of soda.

And who can forget about dessert? Not me. 1 chocolate island please. Would you say no? Explanation not needed.

Chocolate Island
Afterwards we ventured to the movie theater for a viewing of Gnomeo&Juliet. It was cute, but I definitely was expecting a little more of something, not sure what, but I felt like something was missing. It’s no Tangled, that’s for sure 🙂 Anyway, all in all, I think it was a successful night, and I guess since I worked out, today is successful too! Pat on the back, yay me.
 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Exercise

 

Same day, different post!

I know! I can’t believe it either. 2 posts in one day! Well I guess that’s to make up for the many days that I didn’t post anything! Anyways, I just finished another run. I had to make myself do it, hopefully one day I’ll love running. Not even my snazzy purple shoes make me love it, although they help. I did 30 mins on the treadmill, it said that was only a little over 2 miles, but I think the treadmill lies. I believe I was closer to 3, but even so, I know I wouldn’t have run that same distance outside. Not yet at least.

I know I was the happiest with myself somewhere around 1.5-2 yrs ago. I was working out, I was in a new relationship, I was losing weight. I looked good. These are just some photos when I was picking out a dress for my sister’s big dinner night in Houston. It was the first time that I think I’ve ever enjoyed shopping for dresses because I looked good in them and I felt good in them. I want that feeling back!

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Exercise

 

Really??

So, yes, I’ll admit, I’m one among a bagillion people that can’t wait to watch Prince William get married to Kate. Maybe it’s because I’m consumed by wedding things right now, maybe it’s because he’s a prince and I’m living my Disney fantasy vicariously through Kate, maybe it’s because they’re a good looking couple, maybe, well, just because. So naturally, I want to know the details, what she’s wearing, what the reception will look like, her flowers, shoes….invitations. Well, I now know one of these things. The invitation.

But I can’t help but think, seriously? That’s it? With all the glamour, prestige and wealth of royalty, and that’s the best you could do?!  Unless the emblem at the top was laid in gold, and even then, this invite really doesn’t live up to my expectations.

I wanted to see pockets and ribbons and shiny gold accents and a wealth of other delicious invitation possibilites. Alas nothing. Cream colored envelopes and this invite, seal and send. I mean, seeing that, my clients SHOULD feel like royalty. 🙂 Don’t you agree?

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized