Thursday, January 27, 2011

The art of dieting

Just the word diet makes me cringe. Its an awful, horrible, torturous process that I don't know anyone actually enjoys. That being said, I am back on one. I am testing out Medifast again. Let me be the first to say this is not an advertisement for Medifast. The diet is horrible and you have to really really determined and hate yourself just enough to actually stick to it. For those of you that don't know or haven't heard me complain about it, it's a low carb diet consisting of dehydrated foods that you have to eat 5 times a day, then you are rewarded with a meal of your own and it has to be as low carb as you can get.
THIS SUCKS. No seriously.

How do you even figure out what diet is right and won't kill you? There are some ridiculous ones out there, liquid diets, chocolate milk diets, cookie diets, Atkins...the list goes on and on. Some you can tell just from the name that they are ridiculous. Others sound good and then you get the book, or read enough info on the web to think you got the idea and you realize they will be awful as well. What works for some may not work for others. The cookie diet might work if the cookie didn't taste like chalk...if the goal was to starve myself rather than eat the cookie I would lose 20 pounds fast.

Diets are the devil. Yes, I said it, they are. The truth is you have to change something or you won't lose weight. Right? But if you want to lose 10 pounds in the next 5 days just cutting out the pop and candy won't work. Why not?! I have to say, that's just not fair. I am typing this and thinking of a very good friend of mine and how she has told me time and time again that if I don't give up the cookies the working out doesn't matter.  So if you are the type to get in it for the long haul, you know the type with patience then you can just eat better and exercise and it will work out. On the other hand if you want to see that fat gone tomorrow you have to torture yourself with some retched diet.

Lets talk a little bit about working out. I don't want to sound whiny but I DO NOT like the gym. at all. I try hard to enjoy the burn and the sweat and imagine that the results will be great. Unfortunately, while I am working out all I can think about is how much my ass is jiggling, how I must be red in the face, and how much this "burn" hurts. All the DVDs and hot trainers in the world can't make me like that pain.

I tell myself over and over again I won't diet, I will eat better and workout and then I wont have to torture myself anymore. Obviously I wrote this because I didn't listen to any of that. The thing is I can repeat till I am blue in the face that I will treat my body better but I love food. There is no getting around this problem. The good news is that I finally realized I need to lose weight and get into a shape that makes me happy and not anyone else. Meanwhile, I am back on a diet and miserable, cranky and if you get too close and smell like food I might just bite you. The thought of someone enjoying a piece of bread right now makes me close to homicidal. I know that plenty of people can relate so after having said of all that. Good luck with any diet you might be doing and be strong!

Friday, January 21, 2011

365 Photos of 2011

I came across a blog sometime last year of a guy taking photos every single day for a year. It seemed like a great idea and his photos were just so interesting. I decided this would definitely be something I do for 2011, and, of course, I put all over Facebook that I would be doing it. I got varying reactions from "that's great!" to "that is too much work". Let me be the first to inform everyone it is not easy at all.

First reason it's not easy, I am not that interesting of a person Monday-Friday. No seriously, my days consist of an 8 hour job with the same people, a cramped ride home on the CTA and a few hours of a combination of cleaning, cooking or watching TV. So how do I find something to take a picture of every single day? I am only 21 days in and I am worried about this!

Second reason it's not easy, apparently I am not all that great with a camera. Most of the pictures I have up as of right now have been taken with my phone. While the Blackberry Torch is has a good camera, it's not exactly photographer quality. So the pictures are not that great then combine that with sometimes not so interesting. Being that I am almost always in some level of intoxication when I use my regular camera I dont even really know what it is capable of. Basically I am feeling really bad for the people who keep checking the album in hopes of seeing some great and life changing photo. Newsflash, I want a life changing photo too.

All of that having been said, I am not complaining. It is actually kind of fun when its like 11pm and I trying to figure out what I will take a photo of  before midnight. It is also a bit of fun when I wake up in the morning and think to myself "I hope I come across something interesting to take a photo of". I like the feeling of wondering if something will happen to me worth photographing. I also like that I now find I want to do more after work so that I will have something to photograph. I am very much open to suggestions if you want to give me something to do so that I can take a good photo. I am 21 days into a 365 day project and my dog has already been featured at least twice. I will have to make it a goal to find more interesting things to take photos of. It might be time to pull out of the manual of my Samsung dual view camera and get to work on figuring out the many settings and capabilities so that I can use it to take some amazing photos.

Now we can come to the why on earth I decided to make a commitment to taking 365 photos. I really want to see how I change over this year. With all the plans I have in my head and things that I hope to do and change in 2011, what better way to do this than to take a photo everyday? I want to be able to look back in 10 years and say "Wow, 2011 was a great year for me."

Friday, January 14, 2011

Oh hello 2011!

There are so many things I want to do this year, so many things I have planned. I can start by saying a big good-bye to 2010, it was a great year. I brought in 2011 at the club dancing and drinking and enjoying myself with my amazing friends. A great start to the new year and I am hoping it is a sign!
Some of the things that I resolved to do in 2011 are:
1. Start a blog
2. Take a photo everyday for the whole year
3. Get fit, not just lose weight but fit and healthy
4. Travel ALOT
5. Get my certification and move abroad to teach. (There will be plenty of posts about this)
Above all else I want to enjoy my year and make the best of whatever might be thrown my way. Of course, this is easier said than done. No worries, I will make it work. I have wanted to start a blog for years now but never did. I think one of my biggest worries was that I would not have anything interesting enough to say and no one would read it. Now I am convinced that if no one reads this it is their loss. I might have some funny things to say, something that I have experienced may help someone or maybe they can relate to the interesting happenings that occur in my life. Or they will have wasted about 15 mins of their life reading me blabber on and on. So far in the 14 days since 2011 has started I have taken 13 photos, yes I missed one, written my first post on my new blog, and talked to the TEFL school about registering for the certification. Slacked on working out and have eaten everything I have seen. You have to start somewhere right?
Ok this first post is going to be short and just a little bit of what is to come.

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