Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Back Stateside!

Italy was possibly the greatest week of my life. There is so much to tell and so many pictures to share. We began in Milan and did Milan in 5 hours (haha, consisting of pizza, The Last Supper, and The Duomo). Then we hopped a train to Florence. This was probably my favorite city. It was so historic and cute and laid back! We took several tours in florence and saw so many things. We had an amazing tour guide on our first day for the Best of Florence Walking Tour. He gave us so much insight into the history, the art, the politics, and more! I loved it. After 2 days in Florence we went to a day long Cooking School! We started the day with a tour of the Central Market in town and learned about all of the delicious foods and oils local to the area. Then we went to the school and made a delicious 5 course meal (and ate it of course). That evening we took the train to Rome. Rome was an amazing city full of history, however, it was definitely a CITY with millions of people! Regardless of that it was spectacular! We took several different tours there as well, however, my favorite was the Angels and Demons tour. We went around the city and saw all of the different churches and sites that were referenced in the book! All along the way the tour guide told the story in such a captivating manner! Once I get the time to upload all of my pictures I will post a few here...

So, how did my waisteline fair during this 10 day eating, drinking, eating, drinking fest? I am only up 4 pounds! I was up more than that when I went to visit Shane for a long weekend! My sister and mom and I were talking and I think that it is the fact that everything is so fresh and that they don't use preservatives in the food OR the wine. So, I am doing a fresh start starting today (3 days of raw green veggies and unlimited protein) then I will be jumping right back on the Weight Watcher wagon. I only have 15 days until I leave for Virginia, hard to believe. I figure the holidays will be alot of this eating bad, correcting my weight, eating bad, correcting my weight...oh well...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Staying the same

So I haven't written in a while because I have been totally nutty! I am so excited about leaving for Italy in a few days and I am so busy in the next two days! I have been writing papers like a crazy person. I feel really good about how I am finishing the semester though. I think that my papers are really well-written. I am very proud of the stuff that I have turned out. I had a pampered chef party this past weekend (ehh...) and I have another one tomorrow. I hope that the one tomorrow goes better than the last one. I am really excited that 15 people have RSVPed, however, they are all grad students so I don't know if they will be able to buy anything. If not then I don't know what I am going to do...I want the business to work, but so far it isn't going very well.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm Normal!

Okay, stop laughing...

Please stop laughing?

Okay, so in reality this picture was taken a few days ago, but I forgot to post it. Therefore, I am posting it now!

Okay, So I know that I am at the VERY high end of normal...but I am normal none-the-less right?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chugging Along...8 days...

Oh my gosh, I have so much to do in 8 days! The list includes:

  1. 2 Pampered Chef Parties
  2. Certificate Program Capstone Paper
  3. Certificate Program Final Presentation
  4. Large Leadership Group Paper
  5. Leadership Group Presentation
  6. Leadership Style Reflection Paper
  7. Professional Development Reflection Paper
  8. PACK for 10 days in Italy!

I am feeling slightly overwhelmed at this point, but I am doing okay. I almost have my capstone paper done and I am slowly working on my group paper and my capstone paper right now. I am also starting up my Pampered Chef business and it is going really well. I am not feeling super overwhelmed, I guess I am just slightly above whelmed. Is that a real thing? I think that there should be a "whelmed trajectory". This would range from completely underwhelmed to completely overwhelmed with many stops in between. Hmm...chew on that for a bit.

On the weightloss front (since that is why I started this blog, I officially weighed in on the Slimgenics scale this morning at my lowest weight ever! I am so happy and excited. I only have 5 pounds to loose to be at my official goal weight and 10 to be at a level where I would be very comfortable and happy. Since starting with the Weight Watchers PointsPlus system, I have noticed that I am not eating enough points. I eat a lot of lean protein, fruits, and veggies due to my conditioning through Slimgenics, but I am now noticing that I need to eat more to achieve my point levels for the day. I am finding myself HAVING to eat a dessert or something higher in fat to reach my goal level. I don't mind if I am a few points low, but for example, last night I had ten points left! EEK! I don't know what I am going to do when I have 39 points instead of 29...that will be extremely hard to do on a normal day. Obviously, it will not be hard on special occasions or when I am eating out...strange. Maybe I will make beef tomorrow?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I weighed-in this morning on my own scale and I am back to approximately my last weight on Slimgenics! I am so happy. I was home with family, ate at real restaurants, and enjoyed my food AND I lost 2.5 pounds! I am very happy about this fact. I am also happy about the fact that there are only 9 days until the end of the quarter AND Italy!!! I am NOT happy that there are only 9 days until all of my papers are due. Actually, I have one due Friday, two due next Wednesday, and a Presentation next Wednesday and next Thursday! STRESSFUL!

Plus, I have a Pampered Chef party scheduled for Saturday and Wednesday! Woohoo! I am glad I had a relaxing morning and spent a good amount of time with Trinity and Remy, because each night this week and all day Sunday will be busy busy busy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

My new way to Maintain

So, I love the Slimgenics program, as you all know. It really helped me to get over the weight loss hurdle and reach a point where I am happy. I am now done with the weight loss "phase" but I am not done with my weight loss. My problem with the Slimgenics program is that I do not feel as though I have the level of support during my maintenance phase as I did during the weight loss phase. I think that the counselors still care, but the program is designed for weight loss and gets a bit complicated for maintenance. Therefore, I  made the decision this past weekend to spend the money to join Weight Watchers to help me with my last bit of weight loss and then to keep me going through maintenance. I tried it out over the weekend while I was visiting my family and I really enjoyed it! I am still trying to stick closely to the Slimgenics idea of increased protein and veggies and moderate fruit and starch, but I am not sticking only to that. I like that I have the freedom on WW to eat what I want, go out to eat, and learn moderation as well. I was home with my family, had a cocktail party, and ate out, but I think I actually lost weight! I will do an official weigh-in in the morning (since by the time my flight landed today I had already eaten) and I will let you know how it goes!

I am also going to go do an official weigh-in at Slimgenics tomorrow. I am going to keep going to my once a week meetings for a while. I don't know why since I don't really find them all that helpful. I guess I feel like since I spent the money I should use the service. I don't know.

On another note, I am so excited for Italy! I helped Mom to get her clothes together this weekend and then I helped her to pack and that made it all so real! I have been planning this trip since May and I can't believe it is less than 2 weeks away. I have so many cute clothes and I am really excited about picking out my outfits and getting myself packed! Thank God I have such wonderful neighbors that are willing to help me out and take care of Trinity and Kieren for me. If only Remy wasn't such a looney toon... oh well...I love her anyways! Trinity is doing so well, however she is fat and muddy! Everytime it dries and I can get in her stall and clean it and clean her it snows again...We are supposed to get snow again tonight...oh Colorado, how I love yet loath you...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Do You Like Free Stuff?

So, I have recently started a new business opportunity! I am so excited to start sharing it and helping others to discover how amazing this opportunity really is! I have become a Pampered Chef Consultant! I know what many of you are thinking...oh geez another home-buy program. I thought the same thing, but I LOVE it. I can do as much or as little as I want and I have found that I absolutely LOVE the products and the training and talking to people about the business! I also love that I can involve my friends near and far in the opportunity by having them host "catalog parties". Most importantly, I love that I get to use and own several amazing kitchen products that I would have never gotten elsewhere! If you happen to read my blog and would like more information about hosting a Pampered Chef Party in the Denver area then PLEASE leave a comment here or send me an email. If you do not live in Denver but you like the idea of getting amazing kitchen stuff free, at half price, or discounted up to 30% then contact me about hosting a Catalog Party. If you have a non-profit or a group that needs to host a fundraiser, what better way then a fun and interactive cooking show in which your organization receives up to 15% of the sales as a donation!?!

The concepts couldn't be easier. You host the party, I do the work, you get a ton of free stuff! For catalog parties, you don't even need to find a time to get your friends together. You simply take the catalog everywhere you go, talk to people about the amazing products, great benefits, and amazing warranties and BAM they place an order. After you have collected all of your orders you send them to me and I send you anything you want for FREE, half price, or up to 30% off.

My blog wont let me attach the awesome fliers, but I will send you all the information you need if you comment here! Make sure to include your contact information!