checkpoint

So, 17 days into the new year.  I am not doing so hot on the health kick/gym rat thing.  BUT!  Calista has after school things Monday through Thursday, so I decided to bite the bullet.  I really hate going to the gym after work, because there’s usually way too many people.  I like to go around 8pm, when there is not a single soul.  I can run in my sports bra, and not be embarrassed.  It’s an important part of my workout, running free, so to speak.  Whatever though, starting Monday, I will go to the gym right after work.  I will take photos next week to prove it.  Jessica is getting her ass in gear!

I was going to do a weigh in addition to this post, but I weighed myself last night, and well, I have not lost a single pound.  Which is depressing, but my own fault.  So that’s another reason for paragraph one.

Today is a special day though!  Today, is day 100, without soda!

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I seriously, never thought I could get here, it’s kind of confirmation that I CAN do shit, as long as I really want to. So, I’m going to delete this Streak, and starting tomorrow (not today only because I already had it), I am giving up sweets.  I am allowed 1 cheat day (if needed/wanted) per week.  No more cookies, brownies, chocolates.  Niet!  I can do this!

On to my 50 Books in 2014 challenge!  I’m way ahead of schedule!

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The books I’ve read since the last post, have been great, for the most part.  I REALLY hated The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  Like, struggled SO hard to finish it.  Just, not my type of book I suppose. I have decided that John Green is the most amazing writer.  Will Grayson Will Grayson, was so cute, and The Fault in Our Stars, I was BAWLING.  Like, uncontrollably.  It was refreshing.  I can/can’t wait for the movie.  The Giver, most people I talked to had read the book in middle school, or high school, so I guess I’m behind on the times.  The read was great, but I am extremely disappointed in the ending!  What the hell?!  What happens next?!  And Gone Girl, I really loved this book.  Even though it did the whole back and forth between times, and journal entries, and even 2 people narrating the book!  So, maybe I don’t dislike those things after all, it just has to be done right.

I’m in love with this challenge.  I never thought that I would be a reader.  I think this challenge, has reminded me how much more fun books are than TV, and I needed that.  At this rate, I’m well on my way to completing my first bucket list item!

until next time,

j

 

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bucket list.

There was some link going around Facebook recently, showing how many states you’ve been to, how much time you’ve spent in each state.  I plugged in my info, and this is what I got:

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I’ve decided that I want to have seen all 50 states.  I want Calista to have seen all 50 states.  There are some states that I’ve just driven through, but most of those I don’t really feel it necessary to do more than that haha.

I think it’s an important part of life, to be able to see places.  A lot of my friends have only ever been to the state that they live in, and that just baffles me.  I know that in Alaska, it’s not super easy to travel.  Often quite expensive.  And there is a TON to see within the state.  Then there’s Texas, the state is so damned big, you can drive for 12 hours and STILL be in Texas.  Ridiculous.  I just feel like, how are you supposed to know where you want to be, if you have nothing to compare it to?  Of course, there are pictures, and stories of where other people have been, and what people have seen.  But you can base your own life on what other people experienced.

Calista is 9, and in those 9 years, she has been to California, Arizona, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Like I said, there are a couple others that we have driven through, but nothing special.  I hope to be able to show her that the world we live in is enormous, and she can make her own decision on where she wants to be when she grows up.

You should make your map using the following link, and show me where you’ve been.

http://vsm.defocus.net/visitedstates

Until next time,

j