My mom keeps telling me to take a natural med called 5HTP for my depressed moods. I have a serious aversion to taking pills but I'm going to give it a shot. I was wondering if anyone else has taken this and what your results were?
I've gotten 4 things in the mail in the last few days. First of all, I won a giveaway from Amy H. at No To The Deuce. She sent me a necklace with a pendant on it that says "Never Never Never Never Give Up". I love it, but unfortunately, Amy closed down her blog right after she sent it to me so I haven't been able to thank her properly. If you're still ready my blog Amy, thank you so much, and I miss you terribly. Please come back.
Secondly, two of my dear blog friends have sent me gifts. Dawne at 365 Days To A New Me knows that I'm a Christian like her, and knows that I've been struggling for the last couple of months. She very graciously sent me a Bible study book called A Woman Of Moderation. I got it yesterday, and I've already read half of it! When I finish it, I'm going to go back to the beginning and actually do the Bible study laid out in it. Thank you Dawne...I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring. :)
Next I got a gift from sweet Leslie at Something Brilliant Is Brewing. This one is a little embarassing to admit to, because I begged for it, lol. I'm shameless, I know, but I couldn't help it. She did a post and showed pics of these adorable pairs of colorful socks that she knitted. Someone suggested she do a giveaway, and I said forget the giveaway and flat out begged for a pair. In my defense, I DID offer to pay for them, whatever price she asked, but she sent me a pair w/o taking my money, because she's just good-hearted like that. Thank you Leslie for your generosity. :) By the way, Leslie will be down here in Atlanta for a wedding in March, and we're going to meet for lunch!! I'm very excited. :)
Speaking of meeting blog friends, I'm meeting my first one this coming Sunday! Tina at Fat Girl Dives In lives here in Atlanta, and I can't believe it's taken us THIS LONG to meet up with each other. We finally talked on the phone yesterday, and we're going to have lunch together this Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it, and we both agreed to bring our cameras so we can take pics for our blogs. It will be a great day! :)
The last of my gifts in the mail came today. A publisher from New York City emailed me last week and asked if I'd do a book review on my blog. I replied to him and explained that I wouldn't mind doing it as long as we were clear on one thing....it will be an HONEST review, whether that ends up being good or bad. He said he wanted an honest review, so that's what he's going to get! I got the book today. It's called Fat To Skinny Fast and Easy. Basically, the guy lost 100 lbs. and has kept it off for 5 years.
I'll go ahead and tell you that I was a little taken aback just from reading the cover...it says lose the weight WITH NO EXERCISE. I was thinking, "Awww crap...what have I signed up for??" You all know I'm a huge advocate of exercise...I know that it is essential for a healthy body and even moreso, the mind. Exercises does wonders for our mental state, as well as keeping us healthy. However, in all fairness, I'm also an advocate for not judging a book by it's cover. So, I'm going to get started reading it, and when I finish, I'll let you know what I think. If I think it's decent, the publisher has suggested I do a giveaway, and when we decide on what number of books to giveaway, he will be mailing them directly to the winners. :)
On to the weight loss news. As you already know, I was at my sister's house babysitting Monday and got home late this afternoon. Yes, I took my own food with me for dinner last night and for today. Last night I had a salad that I put together with romaine, fresh spinach, bell peppers, red onions, cucumbers & 2 oz of Boar's Head 42% lower sodium ham. The dressing was 2 Tbsp of Marie's Light Blue Cheese. Here comes the bad part. My brother-in-law made some pork ribs w/ his special homemade bbq sauce (insert eye roll). I ate 2 of them after I ate my salad. I know....I suck.
However....today was actually decent. I came in at 1700 cals and after the last week and a half, I'm actually proud of that number. I had planned on going to the gym yesterday morning before heading to my sister's, but that didn't happen for one very specific reason. I did Jillian's Shred video Sunday night, and the only thing I can do the next day is hobble and waddle. My legs felt like concrete blocks and there was no way I could get on the elliptical.
I met Billie at the gym tonight though and we had a great workout. We actually changed gyms this past weekend to one with longer hours and more machines. So we have our free one-hour consult with the personal trainer tomorrow night. He told us tonight that we need to be doing our weights first, and our elliptical/cardio after. We've been doing it backwards this whole time. Great. Don't you just love it when you find out you've been doing something wrong for THREE FRIGGIN' MONTHS???
So....one good day under my belt. Let's see if I can accomplish that again tomorrow. :)
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