Lenten Do Over?

Coca-Cola_FamilyAdI promised to give up soda for Lent and it went really well

for about four days.

Oops.

I’m not particularly Catholic, so I’m not too concerned that this mistake will lead to eternal damnation (but then again, what do I know??).  However, I’m disappointed that I made a promise to the blogosphere that I didn’t keep.  So, are we ok?  Can we look past this?  I’ll try harder next time.

The thing is, I’ve been on this “lifestyle change” for awhile now – following the Weight Watchers plan and *almost* completely eliminating alcohol intake.  Diet cola is one of those little tricks that fills my belly, replaces, say, truffles, and feeds my serious caffeine addiction.

So, I’m actually not that disappointed because the past month has been one of the most successful at following “the plan”.

But, I’ll leave it to you to tell me: is diet soda doing more harm than good?  While it might be helping me in my quest for a waistline, I also have serious concerns that chemicals like aspartame cause nasty diseases.

What’s your opinion? Do I can the can?

Obligatory Blog Post About Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

If you decide to take a little time today between the food and the family and the football to check the interwebs, I’m sure I will be one of perhaps millions of blog posts appropriately themed on being Thankful.  We bloggers are smart like that in that we’ve figured out that readers generally like posts that are timed well to a particular holiday or event.  So what is going to make my blog post about what I’m thankful for stick out more than any other that pops up in your newsfeed?

Not much. Probably….

But in spite of my self-loathing lack of confidence that I stand out among other thankful-themed posts, and the honest belief that very few people read my blog on a regular basis (thanks Mom and Julie)… I’m going to do it anyway.

2012 has been a year of drastic changes in my life.  I moved. My relationships with friends and family have changed.  My job(s) have changed.  I have withstood heartache, hardship, and more change in one year than a person should be able to handle.  While I’ve alluded ambiguously to some of these over the last several months, a rant on gratitude won’t be the thing that causes me to spill on my personal life, but I will say that the year has brought with it a total shift in my mentality, my self-worth, and ultimately my happiness.

I think I had been craving a life that’s less complicated.  A life where the “stuff” around you doesn’t matter.  A simple life that I can actually afford.  Working an average of 60 hours a week for four months hasn’t exactly brought me to the simple life I envision, but my frame of mind has completely shifted.  I am better able to recognize what I need, and what I don’t.  I’m better able to take care of relationships with the friends who matter, and let go of the “friends” who don’t.  I’m living closer to Earth; eating more vegetables than burritos.  All in all, I’m grateful for who I am, and I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have.

When I started this blog, I’m pretty sure THAT was my ultimate goal… exploring a simple life in a big city and finding myself in the process.

And, let’s be honest, I’m pretty awesome.

Oh, that, and, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be thankful for the meal that is about to make its way to my face in a  couple hours.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, the family’s famous Gulliver’s Corn (don’t worry, I’ve been begging Mom to write a guest post so you can get your hands on the recipe), and a homemade(ish) pie from yours truly.

Apple. With homemade whipped cream.

Delicious.

Crafty Lady goes on a diet

For the most part, I eat healthy foods and I’m an active person.  My day job requires that I teach nearly 18 hours of fitness a week.  I particpate in extra curricular fitness events.  I eat well, and have fresh fruits and veg every day.  Although I’m fairly confident of my ninja status among my students and peers, I still struggle with my weight from time to time.

I’ve been feeling a few pounds creep on here and there over the past four or five months, and I’d like to nip it in the bud while my pants still fit…

time to attack the spare tire. Like the warrior I am.

…and before I hit the beach this Christmas.

So, I’m resorting to an old standby and have picked up a(nother) subscription to Weight Watchers online.  This is my third or perhaps fourth attempt with WW, and I’ve always been successful.  You see, I know the right foods to eat, I just eat too much of them.  In an effort to hold myself accountable, I’m laying myself out for all you creafty readers to see.

I’m going on a diet.

Or, a lifestyle change – whatever.

Words of encouragement?