Is It June? Already?

March 2nd. March 2nd was the last time I updated, and it was a lame update. I’m not really sure this one will be much better…

The world has kinda gone to shit the last few months, especially in the last few weeks. So let me start by saying this. Black lives matter.

What have I been doing the past 3 months? Honestly, not much… Working, at least attempting to work. We had our daughter home with us full time until last week. I’m insanely grateful that both of us were provided the option to work from home so we could still work and care for her. Now that she’s back at daycare it’s time to buckle down for work, but with everything going on it’s been difficult to keep focus.

I played SO MUCH Animal Crossing, and lately I’ve been playing a lot of Sims 4 again. I’m bummed that all of our summer vacations have been cancelled, but completely understand and respect the decisions. I’ve been over eating and over drinking far too frequently, and the scale is not currently my friend. I did purchase a second hand indoor rowing machine that I was using pretty regularly, then stopped. So now I’ve set myself a schedule because I fucking need to do the thing.

Back to intermittent fasting this week and tracking calories. Because I can’t let myself go to shit just because everything else is. I had 3 months of not taking care of myself. I kept saying “I’ll go back to all of this when things are normal again”, but I honestly don’t think things will ever be back to normal… At least not for several more months. So it’s time to figure out what the new normal is. I need a new routine.

I think I’ve rambled on enough. Stay safe out there friends.

Meal Prep – Not This Week!

I was only going to be making lunches for two days this week so I decided to skip it since I was already feeling pretty tired Sunday. Then, woke up this morning with a fever. Which means, if I had made my meals this week, there’s a good chance today’s would’ve gone to waste. Soooo, I guess my laziness worked out for the best.

Instead of my regular meal prep post today I’m here to tell you it’s okay to fall from routine sometimes. Life happens. Family happens. Sickness happens. Things happen to mess with routine. The key is to GET BACK TO IT as soon as you can! Mostly I’m writing this as a reminder to myself, but some of you may also want to hear it. Especially now. At least in Ohio it’s finally getting cold and feeling winter like so I’m trying to remind myself that the routine will be there when I’m ready to get back to it, and, until then, I need to be kind to myself. Especially while I’m sick.

Keep it up friends! I know you can all do the things you want to do this year.

Looking Forward – 2020 is Coming

As we prepare for the final holiday push of the year I have some time to reflect. It’s been a year of ups and downs, but that’s every year right?

2019 started with a New Years Eve party in our new house (moved mid-December 2018). It also started with a contract on the old house we had been trying to sell since November. All things off to a good start! Through the year the toddler toddled and turned into a three and a half year old with a willful personality. I hated a job, left that job, found a new job, and became CRISC certified.

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New Job Who Dis?

After my last post I updated my resume, and started my job hunt in earnest. It, thankfully, didn’t take too long for me to land something, and I started my new job at the beginning of September! So far, it’s been more fulfilling than the last job, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. I switched from a worldwide organization to a small local office, and the atmosphere is just so much better. I couldn’t be happier with this decision. My job is different enough to feel new, but the same enough that I feel like I’m capable enough only three weeks in. Feels good.

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Summer Reflections

I know I made no promises to myself or anyone else about updating this space with any kind of regularity. I know I promised myself I would take it easy on myself for slipping on the diet/exercise train. I know I’m only human, but I’ve been kind of down on myself lately.

From a post back in April I made this awesome list of things I wanted to do, and I’ve done none of them. Well, I have played more Sims 4, and I did do some streaming for a bit. Set a schedule and everything, but then I couldn’t keep up with it. I’m not sure if going back to streaming is even something I want to do now.

  • Like I said earlier, actually set a schedule for Sims 4 streaming.
  • Create some board game crossword puzzles. I just think that could be a fun monthly post here. If I can find a way so people can do the crossword on the site instead of printing it out that’d be great!
  • Just post more here, even if it’s silly stuff like this post.
  • Play more solo board games! This will include finishing my current game of Legacy of Dragonholt, and working through my backlog of games since most of them I got for solo gaming anyways.

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You May Be Wondering…

What I’ve been up to lately. The 3 people out there that actually read this silly thing. Well, the truth of the matter is I haven’t been up to much. I barely hit the gym in the last few months, but I have watched a lot of Game of Thrones. 6 more episodes and we’ll be ready for the new season Sunday!

I haven’t even really done much board gaming or Sims 4 playing. I have read the first 3 Jem and the Hologram graphic novels and all of Locke and Key. So that’s something. To be perfectly honest I’ve been in a bit of a slump, and it’s taken me a while to start seeing a way out. I’m getting there. Slowly, and I’m looking forward to getting back to some Sims 4 streaming actually! I’m going to start working on a regular streaming schedule, and I’m looking into ways to record my sessions to post to Youtube, maybe. I’m still not sure if that’s something I want to do. I’ve spent some time building stuff lately, and I want to stretch that creative muscle some more so I’m thinking about doing some speed build videos, but there’s already SO MANY of those I’m not really sure if it’s even worth it, but if I’m going to be doing the building anyways I may as well record it and see what happens.

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So Much Is Changing!

It’s been far too long since my last update, but I’m not going to apologize or make excuses. Because, damnit, this is my space! I made no promises to anyone about how frequently I would update. I especially made no promises to myself. I’m terrible at keeping up with these things.

ANYWAYS! Some crazy life stuff’s been going on. If you follow my twitter account you’ve probably heard bits and pieces.

First, in early October I was in a bit of a fender bender. Working with insurance companies is a pain, but that’s all finally resolved.

Second, we found a house before we were really set on buying something. Went and saw it, fell in love with it, and now we’re buying it! Closing in 5 week. Crazy.

Second point one? Since we’re buying a new house we’re now having to sell ours. Keeping this place show ready with 2 cats, a dog, and a toddler is not easy. It’s starting to feel more like routine, but it’s still a struggle. Especially when we have to pick up and leave on a Saturday after being in the house all morning.

Third, buying a house and selling a house at the same time is extremely stressful. I do not recommend, but it’s basically impossible to avoid if you already own one house I supposed. Also, doing these things around the holiday: I don’t recommend. I’m bummed because Christmas decorations won’t be going up in either place. We’re moving 2 weeks before Christmas so we’ll most likely still be trying to get everything in order at the new place by then. On the plus side this means we don’t have to host any family at Christmas time!

Fourth, figured I could through a quick weight loss update in here too. 7 weeks on intermittent fasting, and I’m down 12.8 pounds! Feeling pretty good about the overall progress. I also had my wellness screening, and the only thing that came back high was my BMI (which I expected). My cholesterol levels were worse than last year, but still in the heathy range. Just surprised me to see such a difference.

And that’s really everything that’s been going on…

Oh! My local gaming group did their Extra Life fundraiser, and it was so much fun! We’ve raised nearly 10k for our local Children’s Hospital, and I couldn’t be more proud of the people I game with. 😀

Health and Weight Loss Update

It’s been ten days since I started intermittent fasting to help me stay within my calorie deficit. I really thought it would be difficult to skip breakfast, but so far it hasn’t! I was already waiting until 9 a.m. to eat breakfast, so waiting another two hours hasn’t been bad. I don’t feel any more hungry than normal before lunch. I drink my 14 ounces of coffee and roughly 60 ounces of water before lunch. Last week I prepped bigger lunches thinking I was going to be starving, but then I could only eat about half of them. So this week I packed a normal sized lunch for me, and it’s been great!

A few things I’ve noticed (good and kind of meh) during the last ten days.

  • I’ve lost 4 pounds since 9/23.
  • I feel more awake and alert through the day, not overly tired after lunch like usual.
  • I get up and move more because I have to go to the bathroom so much!
  • I drink a minimum of a gallon of water every day.
  • I’m cold all morning, and sometimes in the afternoon too.
  • Having only an 8 hour window to eat in has helped me stay at a deficit.
  • Working out again has been great, though I’ve twinged something in my shoulder (owwww).

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good about this. I’ve been able to splurge a little more at dinner time without feeling guilty and going over my deficit. I’ve been staying between 1200-1500 calories each day. Last weekend I thought I wasn’t going to be able to skip breakfast because I always make a big breakfast for our tiny family, but I didn’t get hungry either day until close to 11. This means in the future I can plan a delicious brunch!

I’ve been keeping a close eye on macros. My carb intake has always been high, but it’s generally lower than my usual now. I’m focusing on increasing my protein intake for next week. Going to add Greek yogurt to my snacks. Maybe replacing the fruit with that.

Also, this week I did get back to my yoga and free weight at home routine. As I said above I twinged my shoulder last night, but otherwise these small workouts have made me feel a lot better physically and mentally. I’m feeling pretty good about all aspects of life right now. Yay!

Health and Weight Loss Rambling

Warning: This subject may be sensitive for some people, and also this is long, rambly, and just a stream of consciousness. You’ve been warned!

I want to talk about health and weight loss. I know it’s a sensitive subject for many, but it helps me stay motivated to write it all out.

I have lost and gained and lost and gained and lost and gained for so long. I was on a good weight loss path again when I got pregnant. Of course I gained then, but it was way more than necessary. I stopped even trying to eat healthily. I was just constantly hungry. After having Lizzy I got back on the scale and was nearly forty pounds over the weight I was when I got pregnant. I cried. I cried a lot.

When I was younger, even in high school, weight was not something I ever had to worry about. I ate what I wanted, drank what I wanted, and was constantly being told how thin and fit I was. The thing is, I was also very active. I never learned how to cook. Never learned what was healthy vs unhealthy. Over the last, ugh, so many years I’ve learned a lot about food, preparing food, calorie counting, every single diet under the sun, and now I’m trying to learn how to just take care of myself.

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Who Let The Dog Out?

It appears life has continued to move regardless of my writing about it or not. Well, duh, right? I promised myself I would post here at least twice a week, and I keep failing myself. I keep trying to find something clever or cute to post instead of just being me. So, yeah. I guess I should really just be me.

Yesterday morning the boyfriend flew to NC for work. He’s flying back tonight so will miss all the craziness from the hurricane (by the way, everyone out there please be safe!). Usually we crate the dog each night, but it was just weird to have the whole bed to myself. So I let him stay out. We don’t do this normally because the two cats sometimes like to cause a ruckus at night which makes the dog bark and the whole house wake up. Nothing crazy happened last night though! And it was nice to have the dog out and more alert since it was just me and the kiddo home.

I spent a good amount of time “play” games with the kiddo over the weekend. Got started on my 2nd solo campaign of Legacy of Dragonholt, and I’m going to knock off a few more games in my annual challenge for the year! So, I have all that going for me.

Also deciding what to talk about for next month’s The Shuffle episode, and still fiddling with lighting and equipment trying to get video recording down. I feel pretty confident in my ability to actually do the recording now. It’s the editing I’m getting terrified of, but I need some video to play with to really see what’s what. I also probably need some sort of intro and outro? Most likely… So, if anyone knows things that can help I’m all ears!