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1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly? Sadly, I have never taken flying lessons so I drive 🙂 JK, but I don’t go very far on vacations so driving works!

2. If you could live any where in the world, where would you go and why? I’ve always said I wanted to live in London, England but I think I would only want that if ALL my friends and family lived there, too. I mean, it would be cool, but I would get lonely after awhile without people near me.

3. Should grown women wear leggings? The problem isn’t with “Grown” women cause I think leggings CAN work with women of all ages, BUT I think you have to have a certain figure to pull them off. IF you’re going to wear them as pants, you really have to have the body of a model! Seriously, they are TIGHT! For wearing under a dress or long tunic, I think bigger body types would work with leggings. Lastly, whoever invited leggings in skin tones should be hanged! DO NOT wear leggings that match your skin tone!!!! Every time people do this, they end up on PeopleofWalmart.com because it looks like you’re naked, people! It is NOT attractive!

4. If you could change your name to any other name, would you? And what would it be? I use to want to change my name to Rose Marie when I was a little girl, but now that I am 29, I wouldn’t change my name(other than my last name when I got married!). I’ve grown used to Sharon and I don’t want to have to spend the rest of my life getting used to a new name!

5. What magazines do you have subscriptions to? Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Reader’s Digest

*This is an extra note: Be sure to tell your friends and family to like my page “TheRealSharon” on Facebook to stay up to date not only with my blog but my Rep. job with Jewelry Candles. They make a great unique gift and if you buy one from me, I will promote your page, business, company, etc. for free! Buy more than one and I will put your badge on my sidebar!*

 

 

 

 





To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “The Bellman Chronicles” by Robert Hookey, a.k.a. “The Hook”, I am 71% through this Ebook and loving it! So hilarious! 🙂

What did you recently finish reading? “The School for Dangerous Girls” by Eliot Schrefer

“Why my third husband will be a dog” by Lisa Scottoline

What do you think you’ll read next? “Night Class” by Tom Piccirilli



Short and sweet check in before I go shopping on my 29th Birthday!

I have lost 7 pounds since my last weigh in, so I am down 30 pounds total! 🙂 Yes, for those keeping score, that means a couple of those were pounds originally gained back but it’s all good because they are off now…hopefully to stay!

The title of this post is NOT about cheating on my husband LOL…it’s about having a cheat day or FREE day on my diet. Cheating makes me feel guilty so I am calling it a free day. I plan to only have ONE soda today and I’m not going to go TOO crazy with the amount of food I eat, but it’s my birthday and that only happens once a year, so I’m going to relax my diet and eat what I’m in the mood for. There are different theories on this approach. Some say this is a bad thing, others that it actually boosts your weight loss. In the past, I did a diet where I dieted for two weeks, then had a free day, then diet for a week, free day, etc. and it actually worked really well, so my hope is that this will help and not harm. BUT regardless, I have settled my mind on my free day and hey, I don’t have any more free days planned for a long while. Like holidays? I’m not big on holiday food anyways, so I can see myself dieting through them easily. 🙂

So…we will see next week if this free day harmed, helped or didn’t change anything. Now I am off to spend the day birthday shopping with my Mom and out to eat at my favorite restaurant, Olive Garden! I hope everyone has a GREAT day!

P.S. If you haven’t already, be sure to like my “TheRealSharon” Facebook page! It will REALLY make my day…I am trying to get 50 likes for my birthday and I am at 24!



Welcome!

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1. What is one grammar issue you cannot let go without correction? I’m more of a spelling stickler….I hate misspelled words! As for grammar, elementary errors when you are a college graduate make me want to scream…I know people make mistakes, but some of them are just ridiculous!

 
2. What’s your favorite thing about fall? I love when the weather starts to cool down and get out of the high 90’s and 100’s…I also love the smell of a cool Fall morning, my birthday, and the approach of the Holidays and seeing my family together!
 
3. What’s your favourite dish to take to a potluck? I don’t believe I have ever taken one to a potluck! I remember my mom doing it all the time when I lived with her, though….I’m not much of a fan for cooking so I would probably do macaroni(which I can’t eat) or buy something to take! LOL
My mom makes an awesome Broccoli Cheese Casserole…I have tasted other’s interpretations and none compare!
 
4. When do you start Christmas (Holiday) shopping? Usually after Thanksgiving because I don’t have a HUGE budget as it is…and the closer to Christmas it gets, the better I can figure out how to make it all work!
 
5. Did you move homes a lot growing up? Just once, when we moved from the capital of Texas to this smaller city I now live in
*This is an extra note: Be sure to tell your friends and family to like my page “TheRealSharon” on Facebook to stay up to date not only with my blog but my Rep. job with Jewelry Candles. They make a great unique gift and if you buy one from me, I will promote your page, business, company, etc. for free! Buy more than one and I will put your badge on my sidebar!*

 

 

 

 





To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Love times three: Our true story of a Polygamous Marriage” by Joe Darger

What did you recently finish reading? “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

What do you think you’ll read next? “The School for dangerous girls” by Eliot Schrefer



*This is a post that was requested by a friend/customer of my Jewelry Candles Business*

First of all, I think we ALL at times need to know how to be nice when our friend is acting not so deserving of it at the moment. I admit it can be hard for me sometimes. I think close friends are like family and Family can hurt you more than anyone else!

I can remember times when I have had some serious fights and arguments with a best friend and said and did things that I regretted. There were moments afterwards where I wondered if we would be able to work it out and go back to being friends. The ones that have remained my best friends are the ones that accepted I wasn’t perfect, accepted my apologies, apologized themselves and we moved on stronger as friends. I almost liken it to a marriage relationship in a way. Wives and Husbands have their arguments but a GOOD marriage means talking things over, compromising and just moving on. Truly forgiving AND forgetting.

But how DO you be nice to your friends when they aren’t being so nice themselves? Or when they are being overly grumpy or bossy? It’s not easy. In fact, I think my first instinct is to snap back at them and put them in their place.  With some people, it might work, but most of the time I think this ends up just making the problem worse. So, I think the way to be nice is to sometimes step away from the situation, if possible. Separate yourself from the situation, count to 10, think of WHY your friend is acting the way he or she is. Sometimes by putting yourself in the other person’s place, you start to realize WHY they may be acting that way and you can understand that it’s not YOUR fault they are acting that way. You know this person’s heart and you know they are not themselves in that moment. They may be under a lot of stress or feeling bad, lost their job, etc. Often times when people are going through tough times, they lash out on the people closest to them and react in ways that are unusual for them. By backing away from the situation, you can keep a cooler head and tell yourself, “This is NOT their usual demeanor, they are acting this way because of this or that and I just need to remember the person I KNOW they really are and this, too, will cease.” Your friend will eventually get over their mood, probably end up feeling lousy about their actions and they will apologize. IF they are indeed a good friend, that is!

And if YOU’RE the one that did or said something because of stress or whatever the situation, then calm down, forgive yourself and understand that you’re only human. Nobody is perfect and we all have our bad days. A true test of friendship is being able to overcome the lows of the valleys and make it through to stand on the mountaintops!

Not everyone may agree with me, but arguments and fights are a normal part of ANY good relationship. Yea, I know that seems like an oxymoron or something, but it’s true! When I see a relationship where both people are always nice and never argue, I see two people that are being fake. I’m sorry, but you KNOW that one or the other are hiding their true feelings to satisfy the other. True, fights where people are physically hurting the other or throwing things are NOT healthy and good for a relationship. BUT disagreements involving just words ARE. It’s good for friends, family and spouses to be able to talk through things and learn to compromise so that EACH person in the relationship feels like their feelings are important. A one sided relationship is doomed for failure. And you can bet that seemingly perfect couple who NEVER argue are bound to explode one day.

Have you ever tried to hold your feelings in and let people continuously take advantage of you? It feels like you’re being swallowed up, doesn’t it? Like you’re a non factor? Eventually those feelings HAVE to come out, so you either explode one day and everything just trickles out in a huge mess OR you end up letting them out by harming yourself. 😦 I can say I know this from experience cause I have tried holding feelings in before in the past.

Yes, there’s situations where you want to act mature and you might have to bite your tongue, but I truly feel you should NOT let people take advantage of you. You HAVE to learn to speak up. If it’s in a relationship, it may even mean that that relationship isn’t meant to be.

And then sometimes being nice to your friends means having to hurt their feelings a bit. When your friend asks you something wanting the truth, the truth may hurt more than what you think a lie would. But you have to remember that as a friend, you owe them honesty. This is where it gets difficult, because honesty can come out pretty harsh at times. You have to then learn to be honest in a way that isn’t cruel. For example, “I LOVE this outfit. Does it look good on me?” In your head, you’re thinking, this outfit makes my friend look fat  but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. At the same time, do you think your friend wants to walk around with possibly everyone thinking that? No! So you would say something like, “You know, the outfit is nice, but it doesn’t do you justice. You are way more beautiful than that outfit gives you credit for. Let’s try another one.”

Yea, sometimes you’re going to say something wrong…again, nobody is perfect, but in the end, I always say: “If someone IS truly a best friend, then things will always work out for good.”

I have a niece who is also my best friend in the world. We have had big fights and arguments in the past, but we have ALWAYS been able to get over them quickly. WHY? Because at the end of the day, I KNOW the real her, she KNOWS the real me and a silly fight isn’t worth losing our friendship OR family bond over. I’m sure we will argue again in the future, but I have faith we will always be able to get over it, because real friends do. They have seen the WORST in you, they have seen the BEST in you, and regardless of it all, they still LOVE you.



{September 17, 2012}   Another week gone and holding…..

Not exactly sure on my weight today honestly due to totally forgetting the day, eating my breakfast and THEN weighing, but I am pretty sure it’s probably the same as last week. 😦

Yea, it’s kind of a bummer but I spent most of my weekend helping out a friend with a garage sale to raise some much needed money to help save her house and I KNOW I got more exercise than I have had in the past few weeks. Due to this constant dizziness, I have cut back on my Zumba and Just Dance workouts. My doctor told me not to do a lot right now, anyways, so it’s safe to say my body is exhausted from the exercise it DID get this weekend. And when I say exercise, I mean what MY own body considers that, but I’m sure a lot of people might not have a problem doing, ya know? I did move boxes and run around a good bit for ME though so it’s possible I gained some muscle, who knows?

I’m proud of myself for sticking with my diet, though. I was offered Kolaches, Hot dogs, Chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, pound cake, AND soda this weekend and I turned it all down. Granted that none of these, except for maybe the kolaches and chocolate chip cookies were that HARD to turn down, but hey, I did and it would have been easy to just say, “A little bit won’t hurt.” And in fact, a little bit might NOT have, but I remember in the past when I told myself this and I gave in. Once I gave in once, it was easier to give in again and again. So I think it’s just better to say no.

So it’s a rainy day today, it’s making me feel tired, my back is killing me when I bend down, I have a sunburned neck and possible hives or sun rash on my arm like I did around this time last year. But I’m just telling you this…not saying it to complain. This past Thursday, Friday and Saturday were amazing. Wasn’t all easy but so worth it. I met some great people, laughed a lot, held back tears a lot and saw more giving and caring people than I have probably seen in my whole life. It truly renews my hope for humankind and the future and I feel so blessed to have got to be there to see it all. My friend will be able to keep her home and I got a blessing myself in seeing people come together and give of themselves to help someone else.

Because of this, I am calm and absolutely happy with the week even IF I saw no loss in weight. I got enough gifts this week without needing the weight loss. 🙂



Welcome!

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1. How long did it take for you to find your wedding dress? (Wedding dress pics anyone?) I don’t remember exactly how long but probably a few months or so…I am very proud of my dress because I broke all the rules with it. I bought my dress online, never tried on and NON-returnable! I knew exactly what kind of dress I wanted from the time I was little, looked all over online for it and saw the ONE I knew was for me. I researched and found the best price-$499 Not sure what name brand it may have been because that doesn’t matter to me. I took a huge risk but when I got it in the mail, put it on and looked in the mirror, I KNEW it had paid off. I felt beautiful and I felt like the girls on “Say yes to the dress”. Alterations WERE needed but luckily, we knew someone who could do it and she only charged us $20! 🙂

I will definitely share pics here! 

Close up of the design on the outer part of the dress…there were beads all over these flowers!

2. Someone in your general vicinity releases a NASTY smelling fart. Do you say anything or blow it off? This would all depend on who it was…a complete stranger, I would probably just look away, make a face and blow it off. With my friends and family, we tend to say something like, “Ewww!” and then everyone laughs about it.

3. What is the scariest thing that happened to you or scared you recently? The scariest thing that has EVER happened to me I would consider something I talked about in an old post that was very personal and from 2nd person perspective…As far as recently, I JUST found out my car has a gas leak and I drove home with it like that constantly keeping an eye on the dash to make sure it wasn’t getting too hot! I was seriously scared to death my car would end up blowing up!

4. Favorite brand and flavor of ice cream. I live in Texas, so Blue Bell all the way, baby! There is a reason people up North order Blue Bell and have it delivered from Brenham, Texas. My family up in Indiana HAVE to have Blue Bell when they come to visit! As for flavor, it differs with my mood but Vanilla and Cookies N’Cream are pretty much the favs.

5. Are you able to sleep well in hotels? Every HOTEL I have been in, yes, because the beds were super comfy…..but MOTELS? No….Some have been good, some have been bad. You HAVE to have a comfortable bed if it’s not YOUR own bed.

 

 

 





To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Mockinghay” by Suzanne Collins

What did you recently finish reading? “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

What do you think you’ll read next? “Love times three: Our true story of a Polygamous Marriage” by Joe Darger



{September 10, 2012}   Halfway to December!

Dun dun da dun! Ok, that probably sounds better in my head than it came out here, but just imagine a big processional or a drum roll here…. Are you ready? I’ve hit the Halfway Mark! 25 total pounds down since I started my weight loss journey! That means only 25 more to go until I hit my December goal of 50! *Imagine dancing here* 🙂

I am SO excited to know I have made it THIS far but I know I have a LONG way to go. Am I bummed out that sometimes my weight only goes down 1-2 pounds a week. Well, yes AND no. Of course, I would LOVE to see this HUGE drop weekly but let’s face it, if that happened then I would end up with a lot of loose skin and ewww…I’m grossing myself out here! Slow and steady means my body has time to shed pounds without leaving all the loose skin AND from what I have seen and read, it’s the healthier, BEST way to maintain weight loss. So, yea, slow and steady may not be so fun, but I will just pretend I am the tortoise racing the hare and Slow and steady is going to win the race, baby! 😉

AND I have some other news for you, my 2nd measurements are in and overall, I have lost 7 inches throughout my body! It’s nice to be able to KNOW there’s a change in you even if visually, I can’t tell it on myself much, you know?

So…there’s my news about my weight loss, but I also wanted to add some news about a fellow blogger that I LOVE. He goes by “The Hook” and if you have never read one of his posts, well then, you SHOULD! He has a new book out on Amazon called “The Bellman Chronicles” and right now, today, it’s completely free! Who doesn’t love Free? (Seriously, if you don’t love free, I will act like I don’t know you!) I recommend everyone go and buy it, it’s free!, and then do a short review of it. I KNOW you will love it, he is hilarious times a million! If you DON’T love it, (then you’re just weird, first of all!), it’s free, so no loss, eh? 🙂



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