Posted in Challenge, Fitness, Strength Training, Weigh Ins/Progress Photos

Team Doge – Week 1 Update

Good morning!

The 1st mini challenge is off to a great start.  Nicky made use of her social network to draw in many votes yesterday, and I’m proud to report that we are in

*drumroll…*

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Ninth place!  At the beginning of the day yesterday, we had only about 8 votes, so to have 40 votes at this point is quite a feat!  Way to go, Nicky!

Now, some people are wondering, why do we care about votes?  What’s the point?  Well, the point is motivation and accountability.  If you’re asking people for votes, you’re explaining what it’s for—and the more people that know you’re part of a challenge, the more people who will help you meet your goals or cheer you on in your efforts.  For example, someone yesterday gave me a Cadburry Crème Egg.  I told them I was part of a 12-week weight loss challenge, and gave it back to them—and asked them for their vote!  Now, this person knows what’s up and won’t offer me chocolate any more, and we added 1 vote to our total.

How are you doing with your personal goals?  Please comment with ONE or more successes from the past week 🙂

If you would like to vote, here are the three easy steps:

1.       Access the HealthyWage website: http://www.healthywage.com/leaderboards/team_standings/?team_challenge=80&secondary_filter=1

2.      Using the drop-down menus, select “GE HealthAhead’s Lose Weight, Win Big 2014”  and “Mini Challenge #1: Best Team Name and Before Photo”

3.      Click on “Team Doge Wow Such Weight Loss!” and follow instructions to cast your vote.

Posted in Counseling, Emotional Eating, Fitness, Life + Living, Overeating

Feelings and Free Things

The (guided) physical therapy certainly didn’t last long, did it?  Seems like I get a “first…” post and then it pitters off like it never existed.  It’s like posting about it jinxes it.  Jody called me on Friday to let me know that apparently policies had changed and she wouldn’t be able to handle my training any more.  She said that she’s still open to talking with me about nutrition, though.  She is someone who has recovered from disordered eating, so I think she has an interest in my patterns and potentially helping me with that too.

Lately, I’ve been feeling really off.  During lunch last week, my work-friend asked how I was doing, and I said that I just didn’t feel like myself–and that was enough to make my eyes well up with tears.  So then I’m apologizing and scrubbing at my face, and explaining I didn’t know where the emotion came from, and her eyes are welling up and she’s panicking “don’t cry! You’ll make me cry!”

So I talked to her a little about some of the things that have been stressing me out, and even though it was mighty embarrassing, I’m glad I did, because her reply was priceless.

Never apologize for the feelings that you have.

That was really helpful, and it prompted me to post on my weightloss group to see if anyone had any experience with disordered eating/coping.  One of the girls, Christy, said this:

 I think it’s really important to dig in and really confront your emotions with a compassionate heart and allow yourself to feel them completely, and know that it’s okay. It’s amazing how therapeutic it can be to have a loud, messy sob fest! The key is just allowing yourself, completely free of judgement, to feel everything. Even if part of you is saying you shouldn’t feel what you’re feeling, just tell that part to shut up because whatever you feel is legitimate. It doesn’t mean you have to let that feeling dictate your actions, but you need to let yourself feel it. Are you jealous? Pissed off? Lonely? Scared? Doubting? Self-pitiful? All valid!!

That’s definitely a route I’m trying.

Tonight, Jeff was simultaneously the best and the worst.  I’m a dum dum who decided to pour marinade on my pulled pork, thinking it was bbq sauce.  He burst out laughing, “I’m Megan, and I don’t read the bottle,” meanwhile I’m staring at my plate in mourning. Once he realized I was bummed, he switched to reassurance mode “don’t worry, it’ll be good, I promise.”  Then, as if to make good on his promise, he put the marinade on his own pulled pork sandwich, too.

Today on Facebook, the Guthrie Theater announced that they were giving away free tickets to go see Othello.  I thought for sure it was an April Fool’s prank, (look at the date, after all!) but my co-worker scored a pair so I picked up the phone and called immediately.  Let’s just say I’m going to go to a play tonight for free 😉

I don’t know if I’ll actually *like* the play or not, but you can’t argue with free, can you?

Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living

RE-BOOT! – MegsFitness Photo Tracker consolidating with MegsFitness (Blog)

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It’s time for a reboot 🙂  I’ve been blogging really heavily over at the MegsFitness Photo Tracker and I’ve got a lot of “followers” over there.  The problem?  I’m not writing here any more and I really miss writing about more than just food.

From day one, this blog has been about ME (thus, the tag line “and then there’s me…”) and it’s time to get back to that.

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Branching off to a sub-blog was a good idea at the time, because I thought it’d be a good way to keep track of what I’m eating.  It’s been doing that, and I’ve developed the habit that if I’m going to photograph it, it should look good.  Generally, I’ve noticed that food doesn’t LOOK good if there aren’t freggies included.  That inspires me to include fruits and vegetables in my shots where possible, or to include the raw ingredients (as in the eggs pic in the gallery, above).

I don’t want to overload your inbox, so as we go along, if the posts are too frequent, feel free to adjust your delivery status.  WordPress allows you to get the posts immediately, once per day, or once per week.  All you have to do is go to your notifications and change your preferences.  If you’re a WordPress user, just go to https://wordpress.com/settings/subs-delivery/ to adjust your preferences.

The plan (in as much as I really follow plans) is to post exclusively here 🙂 You’ll get my sweets and sweats, things I’m studying/learning in school, and yes, even gaming updates… (If you play Hearthstone, add me!  Aminarra#1211)

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P.S. My latest bit of news is that I upgraded my phone–and I shopped with this blog specifically in mind.  I bought an HTC One – it’s got a LOT of fancy camera features, and it takes much better photos than my previous phone (Droid Razr):

first meal photographed w/ new HTC One

Posted in Gaming, Life + Living

Happy August!

This month, Jeff and I moved to a new apartment.  The last couple weeks of July were spent finalizing the boxes and cleaning up the domicile we had been occupying for the past year.  It was no small feat!  In between all of that, my brother and his girlfriend moved to their new apartment and my mom got the notice that she has to move, too.

Megan, Jeff, and a cameo by StuffSo, yeah. July was an absolute BLUR!

When it was mine and Jeff’s turn to move, we had to hire movers because our friends and family were all either at work or out of the country (drat!)  We hired “Right Choice” movers and it seemed like the best idea at the time. Two guys came out with their truck and we set to work hauling all of the big stuff.  We had to prioritize the heavy stuff so that we had help with it, but all in all it took seventeen hours from the first box to the last box.

Other things that happened in July:

5f9350c4-3406-4153-977f-fffe10c1ebb9wallpaperJeff bought me a Super Nintendo Entertainment System and a few games to go with them… I’m THISCLOSE to beating Act Raiser 🙂  Happy Birthday to me…

My phone took a dive while helping mom get ready to move and the screen shattered.  I’m such a social media addict, though, that I still used it for the 4 days it took to get a replacement… what’s a little glass dust?  I still managed to stay pretty steady on my photo tracker

My brother had his first gig with his band!! He plays in a ZZ Top cover band called CC Top (they also do Credence Clearwater Revival) and they played at a local bar for a good sized bar audience.  The pic (upper right corner) is of our mom and Steph starting the dance floor 🙂

Also of note, I found a great place to host my sister’s wedding shower (2 weeks!), I walked a 5k with a good friend (1st one of the year), and we got our library set up.  Life is certainly good and we’re counting our blessings.

Next up for us in this crazy year is helping mom move, going back to school for Fall Semester, Christmas in Canada, etc.  We’re looking at all the requirements to do our immigration paperwork, and it’s staggering.  I wanted to get it submitted within the next week, but last night I was sitting on our patio reading the fine print and realized that if he leaves the country while the application is pending (even for just a short time), they’ll consider the application abandoned and he could be banned from coming back 😦  Why does everything have to be so complicated?  As if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s this hilarious joke at the end of the paperwork… It’s called the “paperwork reduction act” where they estimate the amount of time to be about 6 hours per application and if it takes longer than that, you’re supposed to report it.  But the thing is, the instructions were around 8 pages long just telling you how to do one form, but in the instructions it says you have to do every other form too!  I haven’t looked up the instructions for those yet, but I added 4 forms to the list that I didn’t have before… I’m just hoping the fees don’t add up as fast as the form numbers…

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Posted in Uncategorized

A Haiku, and an Update

Ants on a log

The five year old me
is pleased with peanut butter,
celery, raisins.

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Life has been super crazy busy lately.  Work is in overdrive, training takes 3 hrs every monday, dance lessons every tuesday, this week there are bridesmaid dresses on Wednesday, plus homework and wedding planning of my own. 

It seems like the quick snapshots I take of my food are manageable but that I haven’t brought any sort of substance to this blog lately.  I think it’s because I’ve convinced myself that you expect more of me than what I have to offer.  I tell myself that you aren’t interested in a regurgitation (ew.) of the day’s events, unless something well and truly meaningful happened. 

But you know what?  Life is good, but a good life isn’t all that *interesting.*

The most interesting things I have to share are as follows: 

– I do squats or standing crunches in the elevator these days

– I do wall push-ups in the bathroom

– Jeff and I now have our names on the same set of checks (joint account, what?!)

– We think Toby fell into the bathtub the other night

– Taz likes to use my face as a pillow… but he smells really bad, so I do not like it as much. 

– The wedding is officially 40 days away. 

– gtg, things to be done. 

Posted in Uncategorized

Gads: From Japanese Drums to Rammstein

It’s true, folks: This week has been crazy so far.  I have been putting the finishing touches on our apartment and couldn’t be happier–Well, except for a failed trip to Ikea, which you’ll hear about later.  Tonight, Jeff made the Tortellini Garden Vegetable Bake (for two!) and it was just as superb as the first time we made it.

Yesterday at work there was a Japanese Drum Show to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, after that, I had a dentist appointment where I found out that I need a crown (sad day!) Afterwards, Jeff and I saw Avengers (awesome!) and from there, we went straight to the Rammstein Concert.

So, based on this blurb,  you can see that there will be some pretty good posts coming up.  In the mean time, though, I really need to buckle down and study for my business exams.  It is already open as of the 5th and closes on the 11th, so time is a-wasting.  Wish me luck ❤ I will write again soon!

Thanks for reading, here’s some geese: