Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week Twelve

Weight Loss Challenge

(This has been a CRAZY week since I've been getting my classroom ready for school.  My week twelve update isn't great, sorry!)

My week has started off fantastic!  Today is Tuesday and since Friday I've lost four pounds!  I don't know what it is that is happening, but I'M LOVING IT!  I haven't exercised since last Tuesday morning and my body is still helping me out!  My mom can't believe it, and asks how I'm doing this....the only thing I can think of is the fact that I'm eating healthy, despite my INCREDIBLE desire for the Dove chocolate I have in the kitchen!  Yes, I was bad and bought some, so shoot me!

Now on to Wednesday.  This is a joyous day; for today, I passed my half way mark!  I've lost 28.2 pounds!!!  Since Friday, 5.6lbs!  And for the first time since I began the challenge, I've lost 10 pounds in a month.  As of today, 10.2 for the month, and there's still a week to go! 

I ended the week maintaining the 28.2lb loss.  I will take it and be happy.  Let's see what happens next week when school starts.  I'm hoping that since I'll be on my feet all day, the scale will continue to show smaller numbers.  We shall see!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ten on Tuesday


10 Great Ewan McGregor Movies

*First, a disclaimer:  I haven't seen every Ewan McGregor film, which is why the title isn't 10 Best Ewan McGregor movies.  This list is based on the movies that I have seen! 

I love actors who can do all genres of movie:  comedy, thriller, drama, action, musical, and make it look simple.  In my opinion, Ewan McGregor is one of those actors.

A Life Less Ordinary - 1997
I just recently saw this movie.  I didn't know if I was going to like it, seeing how it was such an odd movie concept.  Angels come down to help Robert (McGregor) and Celine (Diaz) fall in love.  Robert is a down on his luck guy who kidnaps Celine, and she finds that she enjoys the ride.  However, I laughed throughout this entire movie!  The telephone booth scene along with watching him sing made this movie worth it.

Moulin Rouge - 2001
Holy cow, this movie is AMAZING!  Not only is the music so creatively put together, but who knew that Ewan could sing, and sing well!?!  Visually stunning, with a wonderful story of how love can conquer all, this musical easily tops my list.  Ewan simply melts my heart throughout this entire movie.  His incredible voice, the way he looks at Satine, all of it.  This is the movie where I fell in love with Ewan.  Elephant Love Medley, Come What May, and Roxanne are three of the musical highlights for me.

Down With Love - 2003
I could watch this movie every week!  I love Ewan in these types of roles.  Playing "the ladies man", Catcher Block, he charms his way through this entire comedy...and I love every minute of it!  A great throw back to the 60s movies with Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Ewan and Rene Zellweger have amazing chemistry.  It looks like Hollywood has caught on that this man can sing....I believe this is his 4th or 5th time singing in a movie!  Below the trailer is the song Here's To Love, found on the DVD.

Big Fish - 2003
This was such a sweet movie.  Directed by Tim Burton, it was very unique, often odd, but a great story.  Ewan plays the younger version of Edward Bloom, a man who tells his life story to his son.  However, his son believes he is lying, as his stories sound like "tall tales".  I cried my eyes out at the end of this movie, and even Nick liked it....and that's saying A LOT since it's hard to find movies that he enjoys!

Revenge of The Sith - 2005
Of the all the Star Wars prequel movies, this was my favorite.  I loved how Ewan McGregor set out to mirror Alec Guiness (the original Obi-Wan Kenobi) as much as possible since it was his last time to "get it right".  Click here to watch that wonderful clip.  The fight between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader/Anakin was great.  Where they technically should've fried many times while fighting directly over lava, you could feel the emotion Obi-Wan was feeling.

The Island - 2005
*There will be spoilers here, sorry!

I love a good action movie, and this was just that.  I didn't have to think too much, I could just sit back and watch.  At one point the movie gets a little wrapped up in the action....the main characters should've died many times!  I love when Ewan plays roles without his accent.  And then half way through the movie we get to see TWO Ewan McGregor' heart skipped a beat!  I had this movie figured out pretty early, but it was a blast to watch.

Miss Potter - 2006
Teaming up again, but this time for a wonderful children's movie, Renee Zellweger and Ewan star in this movie about the writer of the Peter Rabbit books.  She plays Beatrix Potter, and he plays her publisher/beau, Norman.  I LOVED this movie.  Renee and Ewan have brought back their fantastic chemistry, and I just found myself completely caught up in this wonderful story.  To my delight, Ewan sings again, and to sound totally cheesy:  I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more!  I wish Ewan would do more movies like this!

The Men Who Stare At Goats - 2009
This was a very odd movie.  Supposedly based on a true story, McGregor is a journalist off to cover stories about the war in Afghanistan.  It was funny at times, but there were WAY too many Star Wars references, and that's saying a lot coming from me!  (The army called certain soldiers "Jedi Warriors")  Maybe if the man who had just finished playing Obi-Wan Kenobi wasn't in the movie it wouldn't have bothered me so much!  George Clooney was hilarious, and I give them props for using Boston's More Than a Feeling!

Angels & Demons - 2009
*There may be a spoiler here....sorry!

I didn't see The DaVinci Code, so I was unfamiliar with this story.  Yes, I was only interested in it because of Ewan McGregor!  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  I found myself enjoying this movie.  From the very beginning, something seemed shady about Ewan's character, Camerlengo Patrick McKenna.  I won't tell you if I was right or not, but he delivered another great performance.

The Ghost Writer - 2010
This movie drew my attention because not only did it have Ewan McGregor in it, but Pierce Brosnan as well.  I loved this movie, it was a great thriller.  It was obvious from the beginning what the fate of the first writer was, but the ending still was a surprise to me.  (I don't always catch on quickly!!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Week Eleven

Weight Loss Challenge

My body continues to go full speed ahead.  Saturday I lost another 0.6lbs, taking me to 24.4lbs lost.  Due to having WAY TOO MANY things to do, I was unable to exercise; which means I hadn't exercised since Wednesday morning.

Later that day, I went into my closet and started boxing clothes; not because they were too small, because THEY WERE TOO BIG!!!!  Oh man, that felt SO GOOD!  I needed to make room for the clothes that do fit, and the clothes that I will be buying in the future.

Sunday I figured I was a goner.  Having not exercised in three days, the scale HAD to go up.  I closed my eyes and prayed that it wouldn't be too harsh on me.  Another 1.4lbs down, surpassing the 25lb mark, 25.8lbs lost!

Sunday night I set my alarm for 4am Monday morning.  I was going to try exercising before work.  I got up, prayed that Brandon wouldn't wake up, and began exercising.  Things were going great until about 1/2 way through when I started to feel sick to my stomach.  I had to cut the exercising short, and 30 minutes later I "lost" the water I had drank and the Pepto Bismal I took to ease my stomach pain.

I don't know if my stomach did that because I hadn't eaten yet, or if maybe I had a stomach bug (I felt horrible the rest of the day, but had work; fun, fun).  Either way, I was EXHAUSTED by 8am, and I've decided that I'd rather exercise at night when I can just fall into bed when I'm done, instead of trying to wake up before the rest of the world and be ready for a nap by 8am!

Tuesday I attempted exercising at night.  I finished the hour, but once again I felt like I was going to be sick.  And if that wasn't enough, an old injury decided to rear it's ugly head. 

A few years ago I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis in the heel of my right foot.  It sidelined me the last time I attempted to loose weight.  I ended up purchasing implants from The Good Feet Store (which WERE NOT cheap), and the pain went it was supposed to.  When my heel began hurting again Tuesday night, I got nervous.  So I decided to take the rest of the week off from exercising.  I didn't want this to become a problem, and I was tired of feeling sick to my stomach!

Needless to say, since I haven't exercised, I've gained weight this week.  Oh well, there's always next week.  Life is getting CRAZY with work starting.  It will probably take a few weeks for life to calm down again.  For now, I've lost 23lbs and I'm thrilled.

I've mentioned in the past that if I passed the 25lb mark I would include pictures.  I might not be there today, but since I was there last week, here you go.  Remember:  this is a BIG DEAL for me because I HATE GETTING MY PICTURE TAKEN!

This is me in October, 2010.  Observe the fat face, chunky arms, thick, "love handle" waist, and thunder thighs!


(I can tell you're all on the edge of your seats!!)

This is me, last Sunday. 

I see the weight loss the most in my face, and arms.  You can't tell since I'm wearing a skirt, but my legs are also taking shape.  The "love handles" are also disappearing.  My sweet mom said to me, "Wendy, you're developing a figure!"  I laughed.  I couldn't really see the weight loss until I saw these two pictures.  I knew I was loosing weight because my clothes were too big, but when you see yourself everyday, it's different.  I am down two pant sizes, and three shirt sizes.

So, once again:



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Week Ten & Measurement Update

Weight Loss Challenge

After a HORRIBLE week nine, I was really worried about week ten.  Remember that last Saturday I had put on a pound and was very upset.

I stepped on the scale Sunday, expecting to see it go up again, since I didn't exercise on Saturday; I was too depressed.  Instead of going up, I lost 1.2lbs!  Okay, I'll take that.

Monday I once again was hesitant when I stepped on the scale.  But it said I'd lost another 1.6lbs!  That's 2.8lbs in two days!  Was my body just holding onto the weight and playing a sick joke with me; waiting to loose it when I was scared and ready to give up?  I was excited, and exercised my heart out Monday MORNING!  It's official:  I exercise much better in the morning than I do at night.  I am going to have to do something about this once my work schedule starts back up again next week.

Tuesday I was once again apprehensive when I stepped on the scale.  I'm down another 1.8lbs for a total of 4.6lbs lost since Sunday!  I can't believe this, but it's definitely given me back the motivation I was loosing.  Talk about holding onto the weight:  my body has already lost last week, this week, and next week's total, and it's only Tuesday morning!

Wednesday, another 0.8lbs gone....I am on a roll!  5.4lbs for the week.

Thursday, yet another 0.2lbs gone....5.6lbs, 23.6 lost!  AND according to the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart, I'm no longer obese! (just barely, but who cares!) Now I'm just considered "overweight".  (Duh!) Yippie skippie, celebrate, shake your hands in the air, life is swell.

Friday, 0.2lbs lost, making the total for the week 5.8lbs, and a total of 23.8 lost!

I have a theory about the first week of each month.  For some unknown reason my body doesn't loose weight that week.  I call it, THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH CURSE.  It happened in July, and then again during week nine, which was the first week of August.  My body then compensates the rest of the month for the weight it didn't loose during TFWOTMC!  (stupid acronym, but it's easier than typing it again!) I've lost FOUR weeks worth of weight in this week alone! 

Friday I went and bought a pair of capri shorts since my clothes are too big and make me look fatter than I am.  Ooo, I haven't said that in years!  I almost can't say that without laughing!!  I am now two sizes smaller, and counting.

Here's to making it to 25 pounds by Friday!  If I make it there, I will finally include a picture.  At the rate I'm loosing weight, I should be there soon.  I realize that this was probably just a funky week and I won't continue loosing THIS fast, but man, it's been too fun!

I go back for another week of training starting Monday, so let's pray week nine's weight loss was because of TFWOTMC and not because of work!


0.5 lost, for a total of 3.5 inches

1.0 lost, for a total of 3.5 inches

1.0 lost, for a total of 4.5 inches

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, August 8, 2011

Musicals Monday


Years ago, when I was attending BYU-Idaho (Ricks College), my roommate and I were in love with the Beatles movie Help!  At the time the movie was released, the group didn't like the movie at all.  They've since commented that they were stoned out of their minds through most of the production....which is one of the reasons it is SO FUNNY.  It is goofy, and full of music.

Here's a brief summary of the movie:

An Eastern cult discovers that the sacrificial ring is missing. Ringo, drummer of The Beatles band has it; sent by the girl (who's to be sacrificed) as a gift. Clang, Ahme, Bhuta and several cult members leave for London to retrieve the ring. After several failed attempts to steal the ring, they confront him in an Indian restaurant. Ringo learns that if he does not return the ring soon, he will become the next sacrifice. Ringo then discovers that the ring is stuck on his finger. Its a race against time; John, Paul, and George try to protect their friend while they're all being chased not only by Clang and his minions, but also by two mad scientists and the chief inspector of Scotland yard. Will Ringo be saved, or will he be sacrificed?

The following clip shows five failed attempts to steal the ring.  Number four is by far the best, followed by the fifth attempt that shows the song, You're Gonna Loose That Girl

For Musicals Monday, the Beatles Help!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Star Wars Saturday

Brandon started school this week, and when I drop him off each day I see lunch boxes for the kids.  Lunch boxes....hmm; interesting.  So today we're going to journey into the land of Star Wars lunch boxes.

These are a few of the lunch boxes I've seen on the shelves at stores.  One of the students in my class at APA had the R2-D2 lunch box, and I just laughed!

Classic "roll top" lunch boxes 

Another look at the R2-D2 lunch box

If I was going to pick a lunch box, I wouldn't want one that they sell today.  In my opinion, the vintage lunch boxes are by far the best!

I love the last two.  If I had to pick my favorite, the last lunch box would be the one for me.  The colors are great, and I love the pictures on it.  Great shots of Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Week Nine

Weight Loss Challenge

This is the first time in nine weeks that I've wanted to roll over and give up.  There have been a lot of adjustments to my life this week with work starting up again, and I am NOT HAPPY about what has happened.

Earlier this week I posted on Facebook that exercising at night sucks.  I was later informed by a friend that simply exercising sucks!

This has been a rough week.  Who would think that sitting in a chair for seven hours a day during training week would be so mentally and physically draining?  My brain has been on information overload all week.  It has been awful.  My body is trying to adjust to exercising at night, but it's NOT happy about it.  My mind is willing, but oh boy, my body just doesn't want to come along for the ride.

Eating hasn't been hard.  I bought Smart Ones breakfasts and lunches, took healthy snacks, and drank lots of water while I was at work.  So I've been able to keep that part of life normal.

Monday I was able to exercise, no problem.  Wednesday after exercising, I felt like I was going to throw up.  Thursday night I struggled the entire hour; my body didn't want to move.  I haven't been as sore as I was Friday since my first week of the challenge.

It was bad enough that I've struggled exercising all week, but to make matters worse my weight has fluctuated all week.  I started by gaining 0.4lbs, then loosing 0.6lbs.  I then lost another 0.4lbs, and when I stepped on the scale Friday morning I had gained 0.6lbs, putting me back to a total of 19lbs lost.  I was beyond pissed off when I stepped on the scale!  So, as of Friday, I'd lost 0.8lbs after all the ups and downs.  I stepped on this scale this morning (Saturday), and simply wanted to die.....I gained another pound putting me back to 18 pounds lost.  I gained 1.6 pounds this week.  I'm ready to scream, but I'll wake up the apartment complex if I do!

Looking back at my weight loss chart, I noticed that I struggle the most the first week of every month.  I wanted to die the first week of July because I only lost 0.4lbs.  So, I don't know if my crazy weight this week has been because of my work schedule and exercising at night, or because it's the first week of the month.  I guess only time will tell.  I know I should be patient, but this is freaking me out.  I want the scale to go DOWN, not UP!

The only other thing I can think to do is try and exercise in the morning.  I don't like exercising at night.  However, I already have to get up at 5:30am to get ready for work.  If I'm not on the road by 7am, I hit MASSIVE traffic and would be late to work.  This means I would have to get up around 4:20am, spend an hour exercising and then get ready for work.  I'm an early riser, but I don't know if I can do this.  Plus, I don't know if Brandon would sleep through my exercising.  Our apartment isn't exactly huge.


So it's on to week ten.  I will be able to exercise during the day this next week because we have a week off after the mind draining training week.  If my weight starts declining the way it normally does, I'll know that exercising at night is just not going to happen for me and I will attempt the 4am routine.

I am very upset, a little scared, and extremely nervous.  However, I have lost 18 pounds, and will continue to loose weight.  I just have to figure out how to do it now that work has started again.  Trial and error I suppose.