Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month? As a Southerner, you might assume that I would know it is National Iced Tea Month, because you know all Southerners drink nothing but tea, y’all. But in all seriousness, I didn’t realize that tea had a month dedicated to it and the health benefits that you can gain from drinking it. I used to drink tea on a regular basis when I lived back home in South Carolina, but since moving to Kansas my tea consumption has definitely lessened; there are days when I miss having a nice iced sweet tea to drink, especially in the hot summer months. So, when I had the chance to try out some tea products from Red Rose Tea and Salada Tea, I gladly accepted because it would allow me to try out flavors I’ve never tried before and share with you my experience! [CONTINUE READING...]
As previously stated in another blog post, I will be laid off from my job end day on June 28th. Losing my job comes with a whole load of stressors such as lack of finances and having to cut back on certain things that my fiance and I have been able to afford up until now. My lay-off will definitely make me think twice about purchasing that new shirt or pair of shoes, but it will also give me a chance to reflect on other things in life such as how to save money and purchase on a tight budget. It will also provide me with tons of free time so that I can tackle projects like deep cleaning the apartment, which hasn’t been done in what seems like ages! [CONTINUE READING...]
On June 12th, my family and I attended an advance screening of the newest Disney Pixar movie, Monsters University! It was a very exciting opportunity for me because it was the first time that I have ever attended a press event and got to meet the PR representatives that I’ve spoken with via email for so many months. I was on the exclusive press list and got to check in as a press member, which made me feel super important. I even gave my statement after the movie as to what I thought about it…and my thoughts were all POSITIVE! I am a huge Disney and Pixar fan and love most animated films that are released these days. I was a HUGE fan of Monsters Inc. when it was released in 2001, so when I heard about Disney Pixar releasing a follow-up to Monsters Inc. I just knew I had to be there to watch it when it was released; lucky me, I got see it before the rest of the world! [CONTINUE READING...]
This past week has been one of the most draining weeks I’ve had in a very long time. It has been emotionally draining, frustrating and stressful all wrapped into one and honestly, I am surprised I made it through in one piece. If you aren’t familiar with what I do for a living, then let me take a minute to explain. I am a “social worker.” I put that into quotes because technically, I can’t call myself a social worker until I have my Masters degree (which will be completed in May 2014) but what I do is a social workers job, at an adoption & foster care agency.
In the state of Kansas, adoption, foster care and family preservation services are privatized meaning that the State is no longer in charge of providing these services but merely a purchaser of services and contract monitor of the agencies contracted to handle the services the State was once in charge of. Basically, agencies (like the one I currently work for) are contracted by the State to provide foster care & adoption services or family preservation services. Every 3 to 4 years the contract(s) are put up for bidding, where any agencies interested in being the provider for reintegration services (foster care & adoption), family preservation or any other services available, bid on the ones they are most interested in. Agencies, like the one I work for now, bid on these contracts and compete with each other to show who can spend the less amount of dollars providing said services to children and families in the state of Kansas. [CONTINUE READING...]
I have decided, once and for all, that my “Get fit & healthy, active lifestyle” starts now. I have finally reached the point where I can no longer hide behind the weight that makes me feel miserable day in and day out, it is time to get up and do something about it. The process won’t be easy and I am sure I’ll struggle at times, but the end results will be well worth it especially when I reach goals that I set for myself. This has been a long time coming and with the company I have worked for losing their contract starting at the beginning of July (I will be out of the job), I have no more excuses because I’ll have the time to focus on myself and my health without any distractions for awhile.
I know my body is capable of losing weight – I lost about 15 pounds when I was following Weight Watchers from February to April 2012 – and I know it is capable of being much more than a couch potato. I started walking with my mom this past Sunday (1 mile), and we went again this evening and it felt amazing. Our plan, whether she knows it or not, is to start with every other day and then work up to more frequent walks with longer amounts of time to get accustomed to moving and using our bodies. I would love to “learn” how to be a runner (they always seem to peaceful when they are out jogging around town) and would love to purchase a bike. I plan to utilize Weight Watchers because it worked for me before, I just didn’t stick with it long enough. My biggest downfall will be cutting out the pop; for the last few months, I have been starting my day with a large coke from McDonald’s…how awful is that?! and drinking more water instead. I know I can do it, I want to do it, and I believe I can do.
My motivation, aside from losing the weight, being more healthy & looking better, is I will be getting MARRIED sometime next year and I’d love to look amazing! We also plan to start a family within the next year or two and I don’t want to be an overweight mom, let alone the issues I MIGHT encounter when we start trying to conceive; we haven’t even crossed that bridge yet. I will chronicle my progress, my up’s & down’s, on this blog and will post more in-depth blogs as I progress. Hopefully, I will get a chance this weekend to post an initial my weight & photos type blog. I hope you all will support me in any way that you can because I know I will need it!
Photo courtesy of Fit Sugar.