What a week!>!>

This has been one of those weeks where I come home from work after a long day, plop down on the couch and wake up an hour or two later, realizing I just need to call it a night and go to bed already.

But, I’m proud to say, I’ve managed to improve my diet at least. I’m getting closer to my calorie goal for the day (even if I go over a bit when I’m stressed). It’s improvement. I have to remember that.

I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at other blogs to see what works for them, and what I enjoy most.

I’ve already decided to copy one great idea I saw on To Die For.

She keeps a virtual closet. Here’s why:

“Do you ever, I know I do all the time, look into your HUGE closet and think “I have nothing to wear!” Yeah real problem on those days you just don’t feel good or are having a mental breakdown when it comes to picking something out.

    That’s why I started my Clothing Diary. So i could record what I’ve worn and loved, how it looks, and when I wore it. I get most my ideas from influences around, such as; the mall, work, and television. But to be quite honest…PINTEREST is my biggest inspiration! I love that I have an entire look-book of things I love and things other people have already put together sort of like a quick and easy idea that you can put little effort and look gorgeous!”
Isn’t that smart? I’ll definitely have to start something like that!
I know I definitely get most of my inspiration from my Pinterest Page. Where do you find your style inspiration?
❤ CopyKat

BL14-Week One

It’s day 2 of week one and so far so good!
I’m staying accountable- I worked out for 30 minutes and stayed within my calorie count for the day. Yes!!

I’m watching the second episode of BL14 right now. This season is already pulling on my head strings. TC was one of my favorites. Do you have a favorite yet?

BIGGEST LOSER RETURNS!!

Season 14!!!!

I know I’m not alone in saying I am so excited that Biggest Loser is back!

It’s one of the few TV shows I really, really enjoy. Honestly, I don’t like some of the parts–specifically, I hate the challenges where they have to eat a bunch of food to “win.”

But that’s a post for another day.

Anyway, I am so, so pumped for the show to be back. Especially this season, with the focus on childhood obesity.

I don’t have any kids of my own yet, but Mr. Cheddar and I have committed to raising our kids with good healthy lifestyle.

But that starts with me, and I’m committing this year to making my own changes while I watch the amazing transformations on the show.

And to keep myself accountable, I’m going to be sharing my journey here.

With photos.

Crazy, I know.

But to really stick with it this time, I have to stay accountable.

So, here it goes.

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JOIN ME!!!!

The Year of Optimism

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I’ll admit it.

I’m old.

Actually, I just turned 26. But at heart, I’ve always been an old lady.

I prefer a nice long nap to clubbing. I’ll take a a nice house party with close friends over a kegger any day.

And I read Reader’s Digest. 

I just re-discovered it and have to admit, I love it. It’s nice, short pieces with lots of variety.

With my job, I spend sooooo much time with news that it’s easy to get bogged down. Reader’s Digest provides stories I don’t find elsewhere–and they tend to be uplifting.

Last night I finally got around to reading the January 2013 issue (which came in December), and I really liked the idea of The Year of Optimism:

“We’re calling it: 2013 is the year of hope, heart, and happiness. For this, the first in our special monthly series about optimism, we selected three of the best pieces on the subject: Journalist Fareed Zakaria highlights our progress, Michael J. Fox embraces the everyday, and Anna Quindlen urges us to cherish the moment. They remind use why it’s never been a better time–for us, our nation, and world.”

–Reader’s Digest

All three stories were great.

To be honest, I winced a bit when I saw Fareed Zakaria was writing–he’s come under fire this year. 

But regardless, I found the text of his commencement address at Harvard (the full text is available here) inspiring.

I especially loved (and need to remember):

“When I tell you we live in an age of progress, I am not urging complacency–far from it. We have had daunting challenges over the past 100 years: a depression, two world wars, the Cold War, 9/11, and a global economic crisis. But we have overcome them by our response. This county has its problems, but I would rather have America’s problems than those of most any other place in the world.”

I especially appreciated the part about overcoming obstacles with how you respond. You can’t anticipate, or change, what comes your way, but it’s YOUR choice how you respond.

And no one exemplifies that more than Michael J. Fox.

His piece (sorry, I’d post a link, but I can’t seem to find one anywhere), was about how he struggles every morning just to do basics like get out of bed. He describes in great–and painful–detail how something as simple as brushing his teeth is an ordeal.

But, rather than letting it defeat him, he describes the moment, after he’s managed to dress himself and get moving, when he catches his reflection in a hallway mirror.

“I can’t help but catch a glimpse of myself as I pass. Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflect version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly stooped, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression pasted across my face. I would ask the obvious question: ‘What are you smiling about?’ But I already know the answer: ‘It just gets better from here.'”

Isn’t that amazing. I read through that last night as he described struggling to just get is hands to work, and I kept thinking, This made the “optimism” story? 

But it ended so great. I truly don’t know how I would react in a similar situation. I could only hope half as admirably.

Closing the collection was a personal perspective piece from Anna Quindlen. Yeah, the Pulitzer Prize-wining one.

Admittedly, I went in with high expectations of this one. And she nailed it. Pretty sure she wrote this one just for me:

“It’s ironic that we forget so often how wonderful life really is. We have more time than ever to remember it. The men and women of generations past had to work long, long hours to support lots and lots of children in tiny, tiny houses. The women worked in factories and sweatshops and then at home too, with two bosses, the one who paid them, and the one they were married to, who didn’t.”

Who can argue with that?

This fits just perfectly into what I’m working for this year–a brighter, better me. And now I’m all the more optimistic it’s possible!

❤ CopyKat

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Helllloooooooo 2013!
I for one am pretty pumped about this new year. Like I mentioned in my last post, this year is going to bring some big and exciting changes.
Of course, to kick off 2013 right, Mr. Cheddar and I had an amazing meal. As in, he made it.

Steak!!!

Steak!!!

That's one good-looking plate

That’s one good-looking plate

Being the fuddy-duddy that I am, I passed out around 10. The weather was horrible here and we just didn’t feel like getting out. Also, I hate most of the TV specials these days–to me, no one can touch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve.

So instead we had a nice dinner, talked about the past year and our big plans for the future.

Tried to get a picture of Mr. Cheddar while he was talking so he wouldn't notice. Clearly didn't work.

Tried to get a picture of Mr. Cheddar while he was talking so he wouldn’t notice. Clearly didn’t work.

So what are your resolutions for the New Year?

Mine is just one: Blog more!

I think that by keeping myself accountable on here, everything else–like eating better, cooking more, spending less money, being more active–will fall into place.

So cheers to 2013!!

New Year’s!

This is the last day of 2012!?!?! What??
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that 2012 flew by.
I mean, can you believe it?
I went looking through my photos to see just what all had happened this year. What a whirlwind!
I got a new cat.
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The cat promptly had more cats.
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And my efforts to get rid of said cats has thus far failed. So I’m currently a crazy cat lady with 5 cats and a very annoyed dog.
Ok, ok. There was a lot more to my 2012 than just animals.
I enjoyed time with the best family in the world (seriously, don’t even try to argue with me on this one) and the best boyfriend in the world (no, really).
Regardless of how blessed my year was, I can’t remember a time when I so looked forward to a new year.
I feel I’m perfectly poised right now for a fresh beginning. Not that the last year has been anything to sneeze at.
But I think I’ve finally reached a point in my life, and my maturity, to really know who I am and what I want.
That’s going to mean more focus on what really is a priority in my life, and letting go of those things that just don’t fit into the plan anymore.
So, what are your hopes for 2013?

 

❤ CopyKat

What was I thinking?

Am I crazy? At what point did launching a blog smack in the middle of the holidays sound like a good idea?

Well, I think it is a good idea, still, but maybe timed a little badly.

Hopefully I’ll find a little more time in the near future to update! I’m been a busy little elf making (almost) all of my family’s gifts this year.

Well, that took long enough

I just spent a good, long hour trying to find a cute blog theme for this. I came home all pumped to rework the blog, a new name, a fresh approach–but now all I want to do is go to bed.

 

Boo!!

 

Technology can be such a pain.

 

Regardless, big changes are coming to the blog–and numeral uno is the name. With that means a goal of more relevant and timely posts.

 

So here’s to a new beginning!

Making time for yourself when things get tough

This is one of those posts that I don’t really want to write. The kind of post when I have to admit I backslid a bit. Things have been rough lately–but that’s not an excuse.

This weekend I lost the woman I had hoped would be my mother-in-law some day. Pat was an intelligent, funny and caring person. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed our short time together. She died this weekend of a sudden heart attack. She never had any symptoms before. She likely had no idea what happened.

Although I don’t know that Pat could’ve done anything different, her passing has further proven how important it is for me to take care of myself. I owe it to all the people I love, all the people who depend on me, to do everything in my power to take care of myself.

Even when it gets hard. Even when I’d rather just be lazy and watch TV. Even when work is hard. Even when I’m tired.

It’s time that I make myself a priority not just for me, but for the people I love as well.