Tuesday, June 29, 2010

One Serving

****Don't forget to go HERE and enter to win an awesome food scale! Leave a comment in the linked post to enter yourself in the drawing. Contest closes on Friday**** In honor of the food scale giveaway, I took some pictures of what one serving size of a few foods actually looks like. Think twice before pouring your pasta or cereal and when eating triscuits straight from the box!! Triscuits: One Serving=120 calories Special K Chocolate Delight Cereal= 120 calories (without milk) Whole Wheat Pasta with Omega 3= 210 calories It is just enough pasta to eat for dinner along with a side salad and not so much to make you feel like you are going to explode! Think about how much pasta you get at a restaurant. Or how much cereal you blindly pour into your bowl in the morning. If you are wondering why you are gaining weight, portions are probably a huge issue!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Food Scale Giveaway!!!!!

One of the most helpful tools in my weight loss tool chest is a food scale. You know that you need to eat a certain number of calories per day in order to lose weight but what the heck is one serving size? How much is 63 grams of ice cream? How do you know how much cereal to eat in the morning? A food scale is quick and easy to use and will seriously help you understand exactly what you are putting in your body. You will be surprised at what one serving size of food looks like. Since using a food scale has helped me so much, I am going to pass on that tool onto you! You could be the winner of your very own Biggest Loser Digital Food scale. To enter this giveaway, please post a comment! Want two entries? Become a follower of mine by clicking the "follow" link on the right side of the blog. If you are already a follower, let me know in your comment. Do you want THREE entries? Post about this contest on your blog. Make sure to leave a link to the post in your comment so I can verify. This giveaway ends July 2nd at Noon and the winner will be announced by 5:00 pm that day. The winner should email me at "michelle at seemichelleblog dot com" so I can get your mailing information. Good luck!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

11 of 90 movies down!

In case there are people who only read my blog through Google Reader, here are the first 11 reviews of the movies we have watched in our AFI Top 100 journey. Click on over to my blog sometime to read my updated movie reviews in the tab under the header. 5.30.10: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1/90) Some would consider it a crime that I am nearing 31 years old and have never seen The Shawshank Redemption. My husband’s eyeballs nearly popped out of his head when I told him I had never seen it. I’ve been hearing and reading about this movie for a long time but just never got around to watching it. Oh the humanity!!!! When we decided to tackle the AFI Top 100 list, we started with movies we actually owned and this was the first movie to cross of the list. So far, we are off to a good start. I am oddly fascinated with prison life. I know I’m not the only one out there that really wonders what it is like to live day in and day out behind prison walls. Not that I ever want to know firsthand. The show “Lockdown” is like candy to me. It is so interesting, especially those people who are lifers. The thing I most enjoyed about this movie was how it showed how people chose to spend their time in prison. You can make a difference and start a library or you can sodomize a new prisoner repeatedly. How do people who are so different coexist in such close quarters? The story is so gripping. From the abusive guards to the friendships that are created to the great ending. It is one of those movies that builds the characters so well that you feel like you know them. I was nearly in tears watching as Brooks walked out of prison and into a world he barely knew. His struggle was heartbreaking and in the end, tragic. These people are criminals. Why should I feel sad for them? I was equally as worried for Red as he took his first steps through the gates into a free world but was he really free? No. He missed his friends and his former life. True freedom was found when he was back with his friend from prison. It was familiar. It was home. 5.31.10: GOODFELLAS (2/90) I had seen bits and pieces of "GoodFellas" prior to watching the entire movie last night. This was another movie where the character development was so rich, you felt like you knew them and wanted them all in jail. Seriously. They are bad men! As a goody-two-shoes, I know nothing about being bad. Knowingly breaking the law would probably make my nose start bleeding so I could not relate to anything about these characters but that didn't matter because the story was so rich. I love movies that follow people over the course of time. You really feel like you got to see what organized crime was like without actually having to commit yourself to such horrible acts. Watching this movie 20 years after it was first released was pretty cool because all of the actors look so young. It also played like an audition tape for The Sopranos. A quick google search told me that between bit parts and major roles, there are 19 actors who were in both this movie and The Sopranos. Talk about being typecast! Overall, I enjoyed this movie a lot. Great story, great characters, great acting. It isn't in the Top 100 for nothin'. 6.1.10: On The Waterfront (3/90) After seeing this movie, I think I need a break from gangsters. We jumped back to the 1950's for this movie and wow, what a change in film making. The music, the way one scene jumps into another, the acting, everything was so different. I can't help but notice those things especially since this film is in black and white. Looking past the cosmetic differences, I thought this was a good movie. I was reading reviews on netflix that were proclaiming this one of the best movies ever but I didn't feel that way. I enjoyed the story of redemption, which seems to be a grand theme in our movie watching so far! Who doesn't love a good story of redemption though? At the end, when Terry gathered himself up to walk into the dock and all of those men followed, very dramatic. I can't help but think of my Nanny and her favorite phrase: Always Stand Up To Be Counted. Terry did that. Sure, he had a hand in getting his friend and brother killed but at the end, he did what was right. And Eva Marie Saint really played the "good angel" to the mob boss' "bad angel". She got into his head and made him do the right thing. What else do you expect from the leading lady in a movie filled with men? One of the things I noticed most about this movie was the music. It is something my husband pointed out at the end. I believe he said it was "horrible" or something along those lines. But after reading some other reviews of the movie, it seems as though that is what people expected to hear during dramatic portions of film. The sweeping "love" music and the doom and gloom music during fight and suspense scenes. And since a large portion of the movies on our list are from the 40's and 50's, I think we will be hearing a lot more of this music. Movies coming up this week: Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate (a fav of mine) and The Godfather. 6.4.10: DUCK SOUP (4/90) Since we can stream some movies directly, we decided to watch this 68 minute movie last night. The Marx Brothers starred in this film and included some musical numbers. I love the old school introductions to the movies. This film was made in 1933 so it was in black and white. The story line was pretty goofy. A rich widow appoints Rufus T. Firefly to be the new ruler of Freedonia and only says she will donate $20 millions dollars to the country if that happens. The leader of Syrania, the neighboring country, doesn't like this idea and tries to get some dirt on Firefly to overthrow him. Hilarity ensues. His spies are two of the Marx's brothers, one of which doesn't talk (Harpo Marx) but has a penchent for cutting ties, hairs and coattails with a handy pair of scissors he keeps in his trousers. Most of the scenes with the spies are just slapstick routines and I found them to be really funny. They are running a peanut stand in town and another man is running a lemonade stand. After a variety of follies with their hats, the lemonade man comes over and starts stealing the peanuts. He eventually gets his hat set on fire (for the second time) and knocks over the entire peanut cart. Harpo then goes over to the lemonade stand, removes his shoes, pulls up his pant legs and jumps in the large container of lemonade and starts dancing around in it. For some reason, this sent me into a fit of laughter. It was just funny. Groucho Marx (Firefly) also had a hilarious line when he was locked in the bathroom. He yelled "hey let me out of here or bring me a magazine." That was Chris' one of a few real laughs at this movie. We have MANY other movies to watch from this era, including a few silent films. The journey continues Saturday night with The Godfather. 6.5.10: THE GODFATHER (5/90) I've never seen The Godfather. I'll pause for you to judge me.......Ok stop the judging. The main reason I wanted to take on this project was so I could expose myself to movies that I know I should see but never really wanted to make the effort to see. I made baked ziti and garlic bread last night in honor of the movie. I know, kind of a weak Italian dinner but I'm not a chef. The Godfather is a great movie. I appreciated the lack of violence considering it is a gangster movie and what I am loving about older movies the most is that they do not use nearly as much profanity as in current films. Me like. They let the story and the acting do the talking which is what makes a movie great, not the number of F bombs you can drop in 120 minutes. It was also pretty cool to see the actors in their early years. I knew that I recognized Tom Hagen's character but just couldn't place the actor. I did a quick google search and was blown away to see Robert Duvall at such a young age. This movie was released nearly 40 years ago. I honestly didn't know that Michael was Al Pacino in his first scene. I instantly identified Diane Keaton. I was sad that Michael decided to be a part of the family business but I guess he had no choice. His character turned so quickly but I know the death of his wife while he was in Italy motivated him to get revenge for her death and his brother's. And I don't feel bad at all for Kay. She knew what Michael's family was into. He told her at Connie's wedding. So for her to get all upset about what her husband was becoming is foolish. 6.6.10: THE GRADUATE (6/90) Due to the NBA Finals and going out for our anniversary dinner, we didn't have time to watch The Godfather II. Instead we opted for the film that is only 105 minutes. I have seen The Graduate before as it is my mom's favorite movie. I got it for her on dvd a few Christmas' ago and she was thrilled. It really is a great movie. I was really excited to see it again. I told my husband that he needed to just go with Dustin Hoffman's extremely dry sense of humor in this movie because it is really funny, if you allow yourself to believe the characters. One thing that Chris said by the middle of the movie was that Dustin Hoffman's Ben was so depressing and kind of a mope. I believe my mom has said the same thing. Not that it makes his character a bad one. I think he makes a good mope. My favorite part of this movie is when Ben tells his parents that he is going to marry Elaine Robinson. His mother screams her lungs out only to find out that Ben hasn't told Elaine's parents....or Elaine. His dad says "well that sounds like a half-baked idea" and Ben responds "no it is actually fully baked." Love it. Love this movie. 6.11.10: TAXI DRIVER (7/90) This was a strange movie. I get it but it is weird. Cybill Shepard and Robert Deniro look like babies. Jodie Foster didn't just look like a baby, she practically was one. I don't have much to say other than I think it is just a weird movie. I might need to read some reviews of this movie so I can get a clear direction on my thoughts. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I might come back and say more later. 6.12.10: THE GENERAL (8/90) This was our first silent movie. I think we were both pretty nervous about watching it, not sure what to expect but I loved it! It was really funny and after a while, you didn't even notice that there was no dialogue. It was funny watching the characters move their mouths though. We have come so far! Buster Keaton is hilarious as a man who is rejected from fighting for the South during the Civil War. He goes on this crazy adventure with his train, The General, to save his lady love after she is captured by the North's troops by accident on a train. The physical comedy is really funny and his expressions and actions really sell the humor. We were both very entertained during this movie. The story worked well and moved at a nice pace, unlike a lot of movies from this era when the story just drags and drags. I'm looking forward to seeing other silent movies and I hope I enjoy them just as much. 6.14.10: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (9/90) What a great movie! I really wish I would have paid more attention in History class growing up. I love history. I can see how anyone who enjoyed writing and investigating stories would want to become a reporter after seeing this film. I found myself searching through Wikipedia to read the background on all of the people involved in the Watergate scandal following the movie. I would actually recommend reading about this entire story and getting to know the names involved before watching this since there are a lot of names being thrown around it is was easy to get a little lost. It didn't hurt that Robert Redford is super handsome and you have to wonder if he isn't Brad Pitt's biological father. The two look so much alike! I really enjoyed the suspense in this movie. We were just waiting for the bottom to fall out so Woodward and Bernstein could finally put the pieces together. There is a reason this movie is rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. My favorite line is when Dustin Hoffman's Bernstein is listening in on a call that Woodward is on and the person on the other line is telling complete lies about a previous phone conversation. Hoffman says "total bullshit" when he hears the lies. His delivery is so perfect, as we know from watching The Graduate. Highly recommend this movie. 6.22.10: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (10/90) I'm not a huge fan of western movies. Something about watching guys ride on horses and shoot each other just doesn't do it for me. But this movie had Robert Redford to look at so I was okay with it. This movie was just 'aight for me. Paul Newman and Robert Redford have some funny quips between them and they have good chemistry as bandits on the run. The thing that bothered me was that they went to Bolivia to escape from being chased by people but then started robbing banks in Bolivia which in turn, pissed off the police there. They could have just moved there and led quiet lives. 6.24.10: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (11/90) I wish there were more Jefferson Smith's in the world of politics today. Standing up to corruption, not backing down. I did some reading about this movie on Wikipedia after watching it last night and was surprised to hear that after a special viewing of the film, some press people said the movie was anti-American and pro-communist. From wikipedia: It is known that Alben W. Barkley, the Senate Majority Leader, called the film "silly and stupid," and said it "makes the Senate look like a bunch of crooks."[2] He also remarked that the film was "a grotesque distortion" of the Senate, "as grotesque as anything ever seen! Imagine the Vice President of the United States winking at a pretty girl in the gallery in order to encourage a filibuster!" Barkley thought the film "...showed the Senate as the biggest aggregation of nincompoops on record! The bolded part is hilarious because, well, hello Bill Clinton getting BJ's in the oval office. I think the most fascinating thing about this movie was that it was made in 1939 and to this day, our politicians are are crooked and twisted as ever. Some things never change. This is a great movie to show as a civics lesson and an insight into crooked politics. Jefferson Smith was right when he said that he doesn't belong in D.C. He was much too pure and innocent

Friday, June 25, 2010

L.I.E.: Week 2

Weigh in: I lost 4.5 pounds this week!!! WOW. I had a huge smile on my face when I saw that decreased number on the scale. I have cut back so much on my portions and not giving into cravings for junk food and to see that all of that resistance pays off is amazing. I have 22.5 pounds left to lose and that number doesn't seem so daunting anymore. I can't wait to see the progress I make next week! This week, I'm featuring a story by someone very important to me, my sister. Below, she shares about her lifestyle changes and her secrets to success! Thanks, Ang for sharing your story! Lifestyle changes aren't easy. It's not that I made poor decisions in what I put into my body and how often I exercised, but cutting bad things out of my life for good is not only liberating, but motivating. After my second daughter was born 11 months ago, I noticed that my body just snapped back to the same size I was pre-pregnancy. (Notice that I didn't say "snapped back to how it looked pre-pregnancy.") Prior to getting pregnant with Amy, I decided to train for a half-marathon with my sister. I knew I would be getting lots of exercise but making sure that I put "good calories" in my body and not bad ones was essential. I cut out fast-food completely. No Taco Bell, no McDonalds, nothing. I also stopped drinking high-calorie beverages like Starbucks and Jamba Juice. Sure, there are low-calorie drinks there, but again, it's not "good calories." I don't drink soda so just sticking to water and milk and the occasional glass of juice every now and then was my liquid intake. I also started making fresh fruits and veggies part of my every day routine. I snacked all day on celery with peanut butter, carrots, cucumbers, grapes, apples, Cuties...you name it. Experts say that snacking all day is the way to lose weight, but if you are eating the wrong things all day, you are never going to lose weight. Knowing that I was putting such healthy stuff into my body all day didn't make me feel as guilty when I came home and Hamburger Helper was waiting on the stove. I knew I could go a little crazy at dinnertime because I was putting "good calories" into my body and exercising as well. This lifestyle change contributed to me going from a size 14 to a size 10. That may not seem like a dramatic change, but I have never been a size 10. And I was in the best shape of my life.I knew that once I got done with the half-marathon my body would be physically ready to handle pregnancy. Let's skip ahead a few months, past the half-marathon. I maintained my new lifestyle changes throughout my pregnancy. I continued to eat fruits and veggies during the day, threw in some higher-calorie snacks to get me through the day and didn't crave fast-food. Every once in a while I wanted a hamburger, but we started making them at home. I only gained 20 lbs. during my pregnancy because I exercised and ate right. Granted, I was only pregnant for 33 weeks due to complications, but doctors were real happy with my weight gain the entire time. Now, post-pregnancy I am having a fresh fruit smoothie in the morning for breakfast along with a piece of whole grain toast. There's nothing but fresh fruit and OJ in my smoothie...no added sugar at all. I snack on fruits and veggies all day and have my dinner at night with no guilt! For the past three weeks, I have gotten up at 4:30 a.m. to exercise. After working all day, putting the kids to bed, I have to then find time to spend with the husband. There was just sheer exhaustion at the end of the day and it was hard to get motivated to run. I decided early morning was the best - and only - time to get it done. I may be half-asleep while on the treadmill but it's great. Wonderful decision by me! Lifestyle changes are not easy. We are creatures of habit. But it can be done. I didn't lose a dramatic amount of weight, but knowing that I am eating right, exercising and making positive lifestyle choices makes me feel good about myself. I am a great role model for my daughters because of these things.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Weekend with Family

What a fun weekend! Friday night, we saw Toy Story 3 in 3D. Great movie! Saturday, I went to the North Beach Festival in San Francisco with my sister and the girls. Amy bundled up in her car stroller.... Hippies danced to a live band.... The Bay Bridge looked awesome as usual.... Diana stared at the hippies dancing.... Father's Day was spent at the golf course, having breakfast and practicing our puts. My dad... My husband.... Even Diana got in on it (with her own golf club) Me and my dad... Me, dad and sister Amy hung out on the green and picked up the golf balls.... Sunday evening we went to my in laws house for dinner and presents. The card that Chris got his dad had Chris from Family Guy on it. :) I seriously love weekends that we get to spend with our families. Living just 20 minutes away from them sure does make it nice. We never miss out on too much.

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme is awesome

Thankfully, it hasn't been too hot in Northern California yet but it is warm enough to wear flip flops every day of the week! Unfortunately, that means that my feet need to be pampered every single day to avoid become cracked out. I had some foot creme from Bath and Body Works but I lost it so I was forced to go to CVS and find something new. I decided on Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme. I even got the cute package with the creme, a pumice stone and adorable yellow socks with a bee on them. I'm a sucker for cute things. This product is very oily so it is not something you can put on your feet in the morning and walk around your house with. It is best for nighttime usage. Rub a generous amount on your problem areas, throw on some cotton socks and let the creme soak in. I started using it Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning, my dried up heels had already begun to transform. I'm happy to have found a product that I can use all year long to keep my feet from looking rough. What is your favorite beauty product?

Friday, June 18, 2010

L.I.E.: Losing Isn't Easy

Welcome to the L.I.E. weekly post! I'll post every Friday updating my progress and hopefully give some inspiration to those of you looking to lose weight! Weigh In Results: I lost 3 pounds this past week!!!! I plan to weight myself every Friday morning and ONLY every Friday morning. Since weight can fluctuate so much on a daily basis, weighing in every day doesn't really show true results, in my opinion. It is really hard to avoid stepping on that scale everyday so I shove it out of sight and only take it out on Friday mornings. Since I don't feel comfortable putting my actual weight into the world, I'm going to say that my starting weight was 30 pounds, since that is how much I want to lose. My current weight is 27 pounds. Hoping for another 3 pound loss next Friday!

Diet: The Lose It app on my iPhone is my lifesaver. There is a huge list of grocery foods and restaurant foods to chose from and the option to enter your own foods as needed. The exercise list is also very complete. There is even a listing for "softball" and since I played two games on Sunday, I was able to add that into my daily exercise log. I am trying to stick to the rule, "If you don't know how many calories are in it, I don't eat it." Ignorance is NOT bliss! It is stupid! Exercise: My sore legs are telling me that it is time for a day off. I always fear days off because I don't like breaking my routine. I have such a good momentum going when I know that I will come home, change clothes and go to the gym. I'm home from the gym by 6:00 every night which is plenty of time to make dinner and relax before bed. But I also know that I need to give my body a break and I figure that Friday's are a good day to do that.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fiber Plus bars

**I realize that I am posting a lot of weight loss stuff right now but my mind is super focused! I'll get back to regular silly posting soon enough.**
These bars are really yummy. They actually have the texture and taste of a candy bar!
At just 120 calories and 9 grams of fiber they are a good post-breakfast, pre-lunch snack. I try to eat it really slow. Take a bite and wait a few minutes. I need my snacks to last longer so I'm not starving and running for the vending machine at 1:00 p.m. Give these a try and let me know if you like them.
What are snacks you eat to get you through the day?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth

We've heard over and over again that dieting doesn't have to mean cutting out every food you love that isn't a carrot or a leaf of spinach. Sometimes, the less we have of something, the more we crave it. If you tell yourself that you are going to drop chocolate cold turkey and never look back, you will be crawling to your work vending machine while foaming at the mouth chanting "kit kat, kit kat, kit kat" and probably end up in the mental ward in a matter of days. I found this article that has some good suggestions on how to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt of adding hundreds of calories into your daily calorie allotment or points onto your Weight Watchers point total. You Can Have Your Sweets and Eat Them Too! The word diet is a dreadful expression. Not only does the word begin with die, but for many people it signifies loss. However, the loss it expresses is not a loss of weight. Instead it is the loss of everything tasty. Contrary to popular belief, a person does not have to feel like they are dying to successfully lose weight. In reality, to be successful with weight loss, it is essential to keep all preferred foods on the menu, and this includes candy. A diet that involves complete deprivation is a diet that is certain to fail. Try the following low calorie candy instead of going completely without, and forget about those overpriced skimpy 100-calorie packs. You can have your sweets and eat them too! Do Not Be Fooled by Sugarless Candy When people are on a diet, many gravitate to the sugarless candy section hoping to find low calorie sweets, but sugarless varieties are loaded with calories. One level teaspoon of real sugar only contains fifteen calories. It is the fat that causes problems. Do not let the lack of sugar in sugarless candy fool you. It is the calories that ultimately count, and it is important to read labels to determine the best low calorie candy when trying to stick to a low calorie diet. Fun Dip on a Low Calorie Diet One of my favorite kinds of low calorie candy is Fun Dip. After eating the sweet powder with a the white sugary stick, the tasty stick is also edible, and unlike sweets that are devoured in a minute or two, Fun Dip takes a while to devour. Better yet, it has just 50 calories in a single serving, and this includes the stick! Two different flavors can be enjoyed without ruining a low calorie diet. Choose York Peppermint Patties From the Candy Rack A full-size York Peppermint Pattie is one of the lowest calorie bars on the candy rack. One York Peppermint Pattie only has 140 calories. This is at least 100 calories less than the typical candy bar! It offers a crisp chocolate coating with a creamy white mint filling, and it is absolutely delectable. You Can Have Your Sweets and Eat Them Too! Charms Blow Pops have been a favorite lollipop for a very long time, and it is a low calorie candy that is perfect for those on a diet. A single Charms Blow Pop in one of several flavors only has 50 calories. Personally, I would rather enjoy two Charms Blow Pops than a skimpy 100-calorie prepackaged snack that will be gone in two minutes flat. Gummy Worm Candy Those wanting candy and trying to stick to a low calorie diet can enjoy classic gummy worms. A single gummy worm only has about 25 calories. Gummies are filling, and they will satisfy a sweet tooth without blowing a low calorie diet. Cadbury Eggs on a Low Calorie Diet I absolutely love Cadbury Eggs, and even though I am not on a low calorie diet, I would choose this sweet treat over higher calorie options. A creme filled Cadbury Egg made with premium melt-in-your-mouth chocolate only has about 170 calories. Although it has more than 100 calories, it is still less than the number of calories in a typical bar of chocolate. Instead of starving and depriving yourself on a low calorie diet, enjoy sweets in moderation. This is the key to a successful diet, and the word diet does not even have to come into play. It can be a change in eating habits and a change in lifestyle instead of a diet. A few pieces of low calorie candy will satisfy your desire for sweets without adding a huge number of calories to your daily intake of food.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Weight is Redonk

I'm sure I've mentioned on this blog several times that I need to lose weight. I've said how serious I was about it this time and then I hit post and went to eat a cheeseburger. And fries.
But this time, I mean it. There are steps we want to take in our life and we can't take those steps until I get some weight off. It is critical.
I've mentioned before that in 2004, I lost 50 pounds in 7 months. It wasn't easy but it was worth it. And this is what I looked like after that hard work:
Venice, August 2004.

And this is me now:

It's gross really. I'm not going to throw my exact weight out there but lets just say that it is scary. The heaviest I have been. Heavier than January 1, 2004 when I looked at myself in the mirror and thought "What am I doing?" This isn't about being skinny and fitting into super mega cute clothes. This isn't about vanity. This is about me being a healthy weight to carry a child without putting myself and our baby at risk. I have a choice. I can stop the madness that is gaining weight, making bad choices and watching my health and my opportunities go down the drain. I've downloaded the Lose It app on my iphone. I've been kicking butt at the gym, spending 1+ hours on cardio machines. Next week, I'm adding weights into my routine. I pass by the candy aisle and continue to walk past without giving that peanut butter cup a second thought. I know I can do this. I have to. I don't have a choice. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away. Turning your head when you are on a scale at the doctor's office doesn't mean that you weigh 0 pounds. It won't be easy. I'm expecting to struggle. But I hope by putting it on this blog, I can get some support and accountability. I'm thinking of doing weekly check in posts to update my status. I hope people will join along with me in changing their lives for the better.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Slogan

I am pissed that the Celtics ruined their momentum last night. Now Paul Pierce is eating his words about not going back to L.A. STUPID. Like when Rasheed Wallace guaranteed victory during the playoffs a while back. Being confident is ok. But don't make wild proclamations in the media you bozo!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Meant 2 B 2gether 4eva

Our 2nd wedding anniversary was over in a flash. I got to see my husband for 20 minutes since I didn't get home from work until 10:00 p.m. Luckily, we have forever together so I'm okay with it. When I got home, I found two cards waiting for me. I had left Chris' card for him to open when he got home. I opened the first and found a silly card. It was the same silly card that I had in my hands to purchase but decided that I wanted to get a mushy card instead. And I'm to cheap to buy two cards. I opened the second card and laughed. We got each other the same card.
True Love.
I forgot to wrap his present so I grabbed it out of my dresser drawers and handed it over. So romantic. The 2nd anniversary is the cotton anniversary and since my husband wants to get back into wearing clever graphic t-shirts, I gave into his desires.

And he remembered my post from a few months ago and purchased this bedding for our bedroom.

Yup, I've got a pretty amazing husband.

Monday, June 7, 2010

2 Years

0855 Happy Anniversary, My Love! You bring so much happiness into my life. Thank you for making me laugh, smile and being my partner in this crazy thing we call life. I couldn't ask for a better person to spend my life with.
And in a white sea of eyes I see one pair that I recognize And I know That I am I am I am The luckiest

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kitty: Water Bowl Protector

Lately, our kitty has been walking over to her water bowl, laying down and guarding it with her life. Sometimes, she even starts drinking from it while laying down. Lazy. There is that lady spying on me again..... You're trying to take my water bowl aren't you? No! It's my water bowl. You can't have it.... I'm going to move it closer to my body. Scoot, scoot, scoot. I shall guard it with my trusty arm and if that lady tries to grab it, I shall whip out my claws of death and scratch the bejesus out of her hand. Victory is mine! Now give me some more food. STAT!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review of "On The Waterfront" by Whitey McFinnigan

My husband is funny so I'm sharing his review of last night's movie on the main page. Enjoy! The wife and I sat down last night to continue our "AFI Top 100" journey with 1954's On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando. What I'm going to do is give my impressions on the film in no particular structure, seriously, this will be scatter-brained AT BEST. So here we go: The first thing that I noticed was that this movie was LEGIT old school. I'm talking about when the opening credits begin, there's not any "Paramount Pictures Presents" or anything, it cuts right to the chase - ON THE WATERFRONT......boom, deal with it. I don't know what it is about old movies that throws me off. It could have been the musical score, which sounded as if it had been pulled from almost any other movie or TV drama from that era. As if the producers were like, "Hey, where's the orchestra?....what's that? They went on strike? Okay, well lets cut and paste this crap from an old episode of Perry Mason". Also, the pacing just seemed really slow. Brando's character was an ex-prize fighter, so I was expecting, you know, a few beat downs....I think he punched one dude before (spoiler alert) getting stomped out at the end by the old, racist guy from "12 Angry Men" It's easy to see just how much movies have progressed cinematically since the 50's.. I don't know, maybe it's because I know that Marlon Brando would eventually turn into a t-shirt and sweatpants wearing Jabba the Hut-esque recluse with a substance abuse problem. Also, there was NO cussing?? Really? You just killed my brother (spoiler alert again) and all I'm gonna say is "I'm gonna take this out on their skulls"? Look, I'm not saying you go all Joe Pesci, but a couple of well placed F-bombs would've been understandable The story of On the Waterfront was one of redemption, a theme that has since been played out NUMEROUS times on the silver screen: -Main character gets mixed up with the wrong crowd -Ends up being a bad guy for awhile -{Enter event or plot point} makes main character second guess his life decisions -Main character turns back into good guy by {enter good guy action} to the bad guys -Main character goes from bad guy to good guy in less than 2 hours -Roll credits You know what, I just read my little synopsis there and it's totally Darth Vader's story! -Darth Vader gets mixed up with the Emperor -Darth Vader ends up being a bad guy for awhile -Emperor electrocuting Luke Skywalker makes Darth Vader second guess his life decisions -Darth Vader turns back into good guy by dumping the Emperor over the railing. -Darth Vader goes from bad guy to good guy in 3 movies. -Roll credits and make unnecessary prequel trilogy But I digress. Long story short, the film was just aiight to me, which in my movie reviewing scale is like a C+. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm not 87 years old and that I've been brought up on a culture of movies that weren't so simplistic. No special effects, no thundering musical score, no cuss words....oh, and also no boobies. I hope that as our journey continues through this list of AFI's Top 100, that I will become more accustomed to these older films. Instead of comparing them to the loud and bombastic slop that we've all grown accustomed to, I hope to start appreciating their cultural, artistic and historical value. If not.....this is gonna be a loooooooooooooooooong process. WhiteyMcFinnigan, OUT!!

Housekeeping

No, this post isn't about laundry and cleaning. But if anyone wants to come over and do those things for me, I'd be willing to talk about it. :) Just a note for those of you reading my blog through Google Reader. If you click on over to view my actual site, you will see a tab at the top that will hold all of my reviews of our AFI Top 100 movie project. Hopefully, I can get my husband to write a few of his own as well. I'd love to hear your comments on the movies we have watched so feel free to add you thoughts in this post since I'm not sure you can add comments under that section. We are trying to watch 4 movies a week and we happened to draw two movies this week that are 3 hours each. We shall save those for the weekend and stick with shorter movies during the week.