Making Changes

Last month, I decided that I needed to change a few things.  Mainly the things I eat.  And it really hit me when I stepped on the scales to see a number staring back at me.  It was something that caught me off-guard.

I knew I had weight on, but I never dreamt that it would be THAT much.

162 POUNDS!!!!

That’s when I knew, things had to change.

So right away, I stopped drinking Pepsi.  That was the biggest culprit.  When hubby would mix himself a drink, I’d take what was left in the can and drink it.  Of course, I’d have 1 or 2 besides that throughout the day – every day – for weeks.

I done this for a week, using my U-Count bracelet I got from 21 Day Bracelet, to help me be stay focused on just that task.  Then I cut out junk food.  I gave my last bit of chocolate with almonds to my niece, and started drinking water when I felt both hungry & thirsty.

I also have a journal to write in what I’ve eaten or drank, day by day.  It’s my main way to keep me accountable of what I’ve had that day so I don’t go back to the bad habits.

I’ve also contacted a good friend of mine, Mylène, to let her know what I’ve been up to and how I’m determined on loosing some weight. I was even messaging her while I was out getting some things to replace what I’ve stopped having.

So while I was looking around, she called me instead of messaging.  Which makes sense, it takes to long to type (especially for me, lol).  She’s been my go-to friend when I needed a pep talk.  🙂

So now I can tell you that sugar is one of the worse things out there to eat.  Especially if you consume a lot of it.

As of yesterday, I weighed myself on a whim and I loved the new number looking back at me.

155!!!!

So in a span of almost 2 weeks, I’ve lost 7 POUNDS!!!  Just from sugar alone.

Have I had anything I shouldn’t have?  Most likely.  But if I stick to the water as my main beverage for when I feel either thirsty, hungry or both, then I’m doing amazing.

And most importantly, I feel better about myself.  I know I have a few more pounds to go to reach the weight I want, but at least I’m heading in the right direction when it comes to eating healthier.

Plus I have my friend keeping me true to myself when I send her pictures of things I just seen in a super market, or drug store.

I’ve also portioned out what snacks I did get.  So instead of eating the whole bag of Crispy Minis, I take out the daily number on the back of the bag.  Which in this case is 12 little minis.  And I don’t go back to it until another day.

I’ve tried to change my tea, however, that’s a work in progress.  I have to have my regular Tetley tea.  Though, I don’t put in as much sugar.  I try to go for the Stevia stuff.  That’s a bit more of a taste requirement that I haven’t mastered quite yet, LOL.

I want to thank those of you who have checked in here from time to time.  I hope that I can help anyone who might want to do the same thing. Pass it forward as they say.

If there’s any tidbits anyone would like to share, or questions you’d like to ask, don’t hesitate to comment below.

Until next time.

K ❤

 

More Procrastinating, Less Writing

So apparently I done the complete opposite since the last post. Typical.  LOL.

I swear I need supervision when I say I’m going to do something.  Oh look!!! Shiny thing.

You would think that I’d get things done that I need to get done with the extra time I’ve got lately.  But ohhhhhh noooooo.  I’m gonna just sit back and do nothing.

I feel bad too as I have 2 projects 1/4 of the ways written, but no motivation to finish.  How to real authors do it?  Do they have times where they are just not sure if writing is for them? Or do they just carry on and hope and pray that what they wrote doesn’t suck?

I’m at the point where I know where I want the 2 stories to end up, but it’s the process.

I also have to look at myself as an author and stop thinking of what it would be like to be like someone else.  We each have our own writing styles, frustratingly enough, I have yet to find my niche.  I hope to find it soon.

My biggest distractions are Twitter and Facebook.  Mainly Twitter to keep up with what the latest news is with Shadowhunters.  That’s a whole other blog in itself. 😀

And on that note, I’m leaving it at that.

Until next time.

Karen ❤

More writing, Less procrastinating

You know when you’ve been submerged into the world of the Wi-Fi when you have nothing accomplished with what books you have started and are just left there in limbo, waiting for you to get off you’re arse (or in this case to sit on it) and start writing to get your projects finished to be published.

And I’m bad at procrastinating. Especially when I’m so bored that I know what I should be doing, but end up either sitting in front of the TV watching something on NetFlix, or I’m just surfing around the internet wasting time.

In the end, nothing really gets accomplished, and you’re beating yourself up for not doing what you’ve been telling yourself what you need to do.

So why do I do it to myself?  Sucker for punishment I guess is the first thought that comes to mind.  The other is that I feel I’m not that successful as a writer.

Yes, I’ve had friends buy my book.  And yes they have given me good reviews on it, and for that I’m deeply grateful.  But they say that it’s that one bad review will hit you the most.  Even though I’ve had friends tell me that you’re gonna get that one person who’s going to be an a$$hole.  That I need to look past that one hater and see it as what you have succeeded at.

To write and tell a story as only I could tell it.

In the end, it’s me putting myself out there.  Something I’m not used to doing. Bringing attention to myself when I’m used to making people focus on real talented people.  I don’t think I’m there yet.

For one, I really suck at promoting myself. LOL!!  I was never the type of person to make people notice me.  I’m usually the one who would sit in the corner and be silent.

But if I’m to make it in this hard crazy world of being an author, I need to get my tooch in gear and seek out a publishing company and/or agent who would be willing to take a chance on me.  I have so many ideas, but it’s to stay focused and on course that I find lacking.

I have to give thanks to my family though.  They put up with my constant “one more minute” when writing my first book.  Now I will have to do it again to finish off the 2 books I have started already.  And I do need to get them done before I start any others.

I think what I might start doing is to write daily in here.  Just to keep me on track with my writing (and to keep me focused), because we all know by now how easily distracted I am. LOL!!

Anyway, in closing (which I surprise myself that I had this much to say in one sitting, lol), I want to say thank you to anyone who’s still following this blog.  When I haven’t made a post in a while, I forget how to get back on here. 😀

I think I fixed that problem.  For now.

Anyway,, until next time.

Much love

K ❤