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Tick Tock goes the clock,

The time is speeding away,

With it goes my dream.

(This reflects my mood today.  If you automatically know what this is about then maybe you can relate. If you don’t….count yourself lucky) 😦



I know it’s not a Monday…and it’s also my Date Day to celebrate my 4th Wedding Anniversary with my husband(that was yesterday), but today marks 1 year since I started on my weight loss journey.  Because of this, I decided I would pop in and do my daily post today celebrating how far I have come.

I’m not good at making the pictures with Before and After, but I would really like to learn so I can post some eventually!

When I weighed yesterday, I had actually lost 2 pounds after being stuck for a long time, so my year total for weight lost is 87 pounds! Not too shabby, huh? 🙂

My total inches lost for this year was 37.5 inches! (Not counting the inches lost in my neck, which I only measured for a few months!)

The inches come out with 4 1/2 lost in my Arms, 7 lost in my Bust 😦 LOL, 8 lost in my waist, 9 1/2 in my Hips(yay!) and 8 1/2 in my thighs! 🙂

Overall, I have had a great first year on my weight loss journey and it’s only going to continue from here! Now back to enjoy my date day with my hubby! 😀



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:

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Happy Anniversary to my husband! 🙂

1. What is one thing you have too many of in your house?  You can never have too many books, but others would probably say I have too many of them…lol…and I have clutter, which is 99% books or Teddy Bear figurines, etc. I can never have too many of either!

2. Did anything go not quite as planned on your wedding day? Mainly the lighters not working during the lighting of the unity candle, but one of our guests who was a smoker had a lighter and came up and helped them light them!

3. What is your favorite summer smoothie recipe? I do not have one….never been a big smoothie drinker and when I’m hot, I don’t exactly want smoothies…I would want snow cones, lemonade, or an ice cold soda/water.  I try to stick with the ice cold water now, though 😉

4. What is the weather like where you are? Right now, it is currently 76 degrees at 10:30 at  night.  Lately the forecast has been showing it to get up into the mid 90’s everyday, but we have been having at least a little rain everyday, so it hasn’t actually been getting up that warm, maybe high 8’s to low 90’s…definitely a lot cooler than it usually is at this time of year in East Texas !

5. What is your favorite book to read to your kids?  I don’t have kids yet, but I plan to read my future kids the book called, “I’ll love you forever”….not sure who wrote it, but I remember hearing it somewhere before and just loving it.  “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” 🙂



{July 18, 2013}   4 years tomorrow!

Tomorrow is my 4 year wedding anniversary with my husband, but we are going to celebrate on Saturday by going out to eat, then having a day of watching movies, playing board games, and eating pizza. Yep…I am so not eating healthy on Saturday and I will probably pay for it…but hey, it’s a celebration , right? Saturday also will mark a year of me getting healthier and starting my weight loss journey. So….probably not the best idea in celebrating that by just eating whatever…but I refuse to feel guilty.  Everyone needs time to break the rules and just feel like a kid on holiday again. AND being married four years IS an accomplishment!
Maybe not as impressive as 10, 25, etc. BUT 4 is a start! 🙂
I am so happy I found someone to spend my life with and I am so excited to see many more anniversaries with him! I love you, Chad, and Happy Anniversary! Can’t wait to see what the next four years will hold for us!



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 President’s Vampire” (Book 2 in the Nathaniel Cade series?) by Christopher Farnsworth (I got this and another book in from Booksfree so I put my new Stephen King book aside for now)

What did you recently finish reading? “Affliction” by Laurell K. Hamilton

What do you think you’ll read next? “Lost in a good book” (#2 in Thursday Next series) by Jasper Fforde

 

 



{July 16, 2013}   No good at being busy

I think I am finally realizing that being busy is not something I can do for a long time and adequately function.  I know back when I was in college, I was luckily enough to have a mother that understood for me to go to college and make good grades, it was dependent upon me having free time in which to do homework, study, and honestly just to breathe.  She didn’t force me to have a job because she knew by doing so, my grades would suffer.  I had friends that worked crazy hours and took a full course of college and somehow they managed.  I was kind of envious, but I also wondered how they REALLY managed without having a nervous breakdown.  During the year, when I was the busiest was when I felt the most stressed and depressed.  I HAD to make time to be alone in my room and read or just do whatever I felt like doing or everything I did suffered. I can look back at the most difficult times in college when things weren’t going so great and pinpoint the main reasons being based on my life being TOO busy.  I can do it for a short time, but after too long, I start making silly mistakes, I get down and depressed and stop believing in myself, I cry for stupid reasons, and I just feel pulled in all directions.

The other day I sensed this feeling and knew that regardless of what others think, sometimes I HAVE  to be selfish and turn down offers to hang out because I just can’t do everything.  Maybe it’s because I am incredibly introverted or maybe it’s just a side effect of depression, but I know I just can’t do busy like some people can.  And I also can’t do spontaneity as well either.  If I decide to do something on the spur of the moment, fine…but if someone else asks me to drop everything and do something, it’s probably not going to happen.  Being spontaneous stresses me out. I’m a planner, not a risk taker. I suck at taking risks and I hate it as well.  Lately, my life has had less of what I consider “free time” and this past weekend, I felt this immensely.  I cried more than I have cried in a long time, and it was just all based on being depressed over stress.  The stress of having less time to myself, the stress of what I want most in my life not being fulfilled, monetary stress…just stress in general.  This is all stress that is on my mind most of the time, but when my life becomes too busy, I stop being able to handle it.  It’s like I forget….

Blogging daily can cause stress a bit when I feel like I don’t have the time, but honestly, my blog is also a therapy for the stress.  As much as I might not WANT to blog sometimes, doing so is a release for me.  Doing THIS post in particular helps.  It helps me get out what I have kept inside.  It helps me realize that I’m me, I’m not the same as anybody else, and I can’t be and do everything that everyone else does.  I just have to do me with no apology.  If I turn an invite down sometime, understand that it’s not based on the inviter, but simply on needing time to breathe.  For some people, hanging out with other people, going to the store, etc. can be reinvigorating. For me, it sucks all my energy and makes me feel incredibly exhausted.  Maybe I need more ME time to survive, but that’s me.  At the end of the day, I got to be me. 🙂



{July 15, 2013}   Never giving up

People MUST be getting tired of me posting every week about how I’m stuck, but what else can I say when that is what I am.  Still stuck at the same weight, but never giving up! I will keep going until my body gets tired 0f hanging on to this needless weight! 🙂

 



{July 14, 2013}   One Minute Inheritance

OneMinuteWriterButton21. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push “Play” on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

Today’s Writing Prompt: InheritencePosted: 14 Jul 2013 03:00 AM PDT

Describe in detail one item that you would love to inherit from a relative, or that you have inherited.

I can’t remember any specific item that I have inherited yet, and I honestly can’t think of something I would LOVE to inherit.  When I think of inheriting things, I think of what has to happen for that to occur and that is death.  I don’t want anyone I love to die, even though it’s inevitable one of these days.  No matter what I DO inherit when relatives die, nothing will replace them in my life.  I would rather have my loved ones than any money or object they might leave behind.

 



Yep, you read that right.  Me and my husband have added a 4 or 5 year old Australian Shepherd to our family.  She was found by a friend of a friend by Lake Sam Rayburn, and then fostered for a while by my friend while they find her a permanent home.  There was never a thought on my end of taking her in. Our apartment charges a $300 apt. fee that we truly could not afford, and to be honest, I just have never been interested in the thought of an inside dog unless maybe it was one of those itty bitty ones. Growing up, we had dogs, but they were always outside dogs, and I was kind of timid around them and they made me nervous.  As a teenager, I was once chased by a dog and it scared the crap out of me…figuratively, NOT literally, thank God.  I look at animals, I’ll pet them, I think they’re cute, but I’ve just never considered myself a big animal person.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t like them OR that I would be mean to them.  It’s just not something I am fully used to.  Having said that, I lived with indoor animals for 3 months when I stayed with family and worked in Indiana. I even slept with a dog in the bed, but it was a little one.  It did make me uncomfortable, but I didn’t have much of a choice.

Well, my husband went to our mutual friend’s house for a BBQ that I wasn’t at, met Sammy(the Australian Shepherd), came home and said he bonded with her.  I, of course, felt for him, but I told him, sorry, we can’t afford it, and I thought that was the end of the conversation….Well, it wasn’t.  Our friend and some others conspired together to raise the money for the apartment fee, offered dog food for when we first took her in, and even offered help with the vet visits.  My thoughts? What am I going to do? This is SO not what I want, but it seems it has been taken out of my hands.  Every worry and concern was addressed….My husband let me know she was VERY potty trained.  She will NOT go to the bathroom until you take her no matter how long she has to wait.  😦 Poor thing!  She LOVES people, in fact she is very protective of people.  The day after Chad(my husband) met her, she slept in the spot where he had been and looked for him for days.  She loves children as well and will let them pull her ears, lay on her, etc. without doing a thing.  Wonderful news for someone like me who wants to start a family yesterday.  So I agreed knowing it would take some getting used to on my part.

Yesterday, she came home with us.  I will be honest and admit that I felt awkward. I actually told my husband I felt like she didn’t like me.  When I looked at her, I saw sad eyes and it broke my heart.  I thought maybe she wasn’t so happy about me being apart of her life.  I told my husband straight off the bat, no sleeping in the bed.  She is not a huge dog, but she does weigh about 55 pounds.  I know from sleeping with a dog before that my sleep gets disrupted.  I will wake up constantly and be afraid to move because I don’t want to hurt the dog.  People that sleep with dogs probably are used to this and know how to get over it. Me? I don’t have the experience. So…I said No…but he made the mistake of tapping the bed and letting her jump on it. Then after 5 seconds, he made her get down, but I knew instinctively he had committed a major No-no.  As we were watching TV, her head kept popping up and staring at us.  On the last pop-up she looked right at me…and something gave her the impression I wanted to jump on the bed, I suppose, cause she did and walked right up to me, laid down and stuck her head right in front of my face…then she did the eyes.  I immediately asked her what she thought she was doing and told her she was very sneaky and evil…but evil in the way you tell someone who is giving you puppy eyes to get what they want.  So my husband starts to tell her to get down, but he is completely not saying it firm enough at ALL and she makes the eyes at me….and I feel bad.  So I tell him to leave her alone…and guess who ended up sleeping with us last night?  Yea, apparently Sammy can read “Sucker” written across my forehead.  I made not be the best animal person, but I believe I have a very maternal part of me, and she figured out JUST how to appeal to it. Darn it….now I am calling her “Baby girl” and telling my husband to lower his voice when he talks so he doesn’t scare her. Wow….I might not have a human baby yet, but it looks like I am being taken in by adult dog baby! LOL

I swear I don’t know what happened…..and I actually would appreciate tips on how to get decent sleep while sleeping in the same bed as her….any one want to give me any? 🙂 Thanks!

sammy*Picture is of Sammy wearing my husband’s hat* 🙂



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. Would you rather pay for house cleaner or spa day?  I am feeling deja vu with this question…I think it’s been used in the past…as in maybe last week’s post when I used a post from 2010…lol…and my answer is still house cleaner over spa day 🙂

2. Who plans what gifts you get for holidays, you or your spouse? Both…I tell him some stuff I want and he usually picks a few things I didn’t ask for as well

3. How many hours of sleep do you get? Do you need more? Most of the time, I usually get 8…not always but at least 8 most of the time….and it only feels like enough when I can sleep in….if I HAVE to be up at a certain time, I could get 10 hours of sleep and it still wouldn’t feel like enough

4. Do you like your hair long or short? Long….because my hair is naturally curly, therefore, short hair translates to an afro on me…and yea, not a great look!

5. When was the last time you were pulled over and what was it for? The last time I got pulled over was the one and only time I got pulled over. It was in another town and I was driving with my Mom, my husband who was then my boyfriend, and his Mom.  We were heading to the venue I would later pick as our wedding spot, and I was busy talking and didn’t notice the speed limit change drastically. My husband told me there was a cop and the speed limited had changed and I automatically slowed down, but it was too late.  He pulled me over. I was bawling and I told him that I wasn’t from there and was on the way to check out a wedding venue.  He ended up just giving me a warning…maybe because I wasn’t from around there and maybe because he felt sorry for me when I cried…who knows? But it definitely shook me up…anytime I see cop cars around me, I automatically tense up and start to check and see what I may be doing wrong….which tends to be nothing, but I still freak out anyways.



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