Weight Loss: Week One in Review

I’m down 2.4 pounds this first week.  I took 65,064ish steps, walked 27.6 miles and climbed 143 stairs.

I feel like for a first week of getting into the swing of things, I didn’t do half bad.  I realize that the weight comes off fast at first, then slows down.  I also realized that I need to slowly begin doing more than just walking to lose the weight.  That being said, here are some of the stats from the week.

STEPS: (according to my fitbit)
–Weekly Total: 65,064
–Weekly Average: 9,294
–Weekly High: 13,517 (Saturday)

So I could have done a little better.  My goal was to get in 10,000 steps a day.  I made it for 4/7 days.  It’s an uphill battle the first few weeks, but I feel as though that goal is doable and I want to do better this upcoming week.  I think that going out for walks will help, maybe taking two small ones a day until I can build up my stamina.

STAIRS: (or elevation changes of 10 feet according to fitbit)
–Weekly Total: 143
–Weekly Average: 20
–Weekly High: 34

My goal for taking the stairs is 10 a day.  I know that is way too low considering I constantly take the steps at work (sometimes 6-7 flights up an hour).  I’m going to keep my goal at 10 for Week 2, and up it if need be for the following week.

Those are the two I am going to primarily keep track of for now.  Miles is relative to the step count, so there’s no need for the redundancy there.  I’m giving myself little star stickers as the week progresses.  This week I got two blue stars (for the two pounds I lost), a star for making my steps goal, and a star for the all-time high for steps (which I recently blew out of the water, but shhh).

I’m thinking that each milestone/record I hit will give me a star in the front of the book.  I might try a self-reward program of allowing myself to get one of the 5 (yes, FIVE), Disney movies that were just released on BluRay with every 5 stars.  I’m at two right now (for the two step count records).  I might do some NSVs as well as small scale victories to keep me motivated.

Right now, my primary focus is walking more each day.  I think that if I walk for now, I can build up stamina and strength and gain a healthier and more active lifestyle.  I might eventually go back to Zumba once or twice a week for a high-cardio workout, but that’s up in the air.

Thanks for reading!


21k STEPS!


Today I went to Hershey.  While I didn’t make the greatest food choices (I’m not a fan of most salad dressing, so I didn’t get a salad), I blew my last step count out of the water by 8,000 steps.  I can’t believe I walked nearly nine miles today.  I feel as though this is going to be a difficult record to break.  I just wanted to share my joy in reaching such a milestone.

Holy followers, Batman!

Thank you guys for following my blog.  It makes me feel great that there are people out there that are not only interested, but supportive in my journey.  That being said, tomorrow might be difficult.  I’m going into New York for the day, and while that will be a lot of walking, I worry that I’ll consume too many calories and not be able to make them up.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

This is me.

June 2014

June 2014

Yes.  I met Sebastian Stan back in June at Wizard World Philly Comic Con, but that is not what this is mostly about.  I’ve gained back what little weight I’ve lost on Weight Watchers.  I feel like I look like a whale in the photo (and the choice of silver for my cardigan didn’t help).  Yes, I look happy, but inside I’m not happy.  I have glistening moments of happiness, surrounded by endless days of ‘blah,’ but more about that later.

Fast forward two months, and I feel heavier than ever (although I doubt that I’ve gained /all/ that much weight).  One photo is usually my tipping point for wanting me to lose weight, and believe it or not, it was not the one shown above.  It was this photo taken last week at MusikFest:



I want to say it’s the angle.  I want to say it’s the shirt, but let’s be honest: it’s me.  I’ve been overweight for as long as I can remember, but I feel as though that isn’t an excuse.  Everyone has excuses, but it’s up to me to break through mine and start getting healthier.  I thoroughly believe that losing weight will help me with my depression, and getting healthier will in turn make me happier.  Sounds easy, right?  WRONG.

As stated before, I suffer from bipolar depression (at least that’s what the psychiatrist says, but I don’t think that mental disorders can be properly labeled because they vary from person to person).  It’s scary.  It’s sad.  It’s blah.  That’s the best way that I can describe it, I feel very ‘blah’ about the world.  I don’t care about myself.  I don’t care about much of anything.  I have my good days where everything seems to work out and I have the wind in my sails.  But most days are ‘blah.’  I’m four weeks behind in scrapbooking my Project Life stuff because I just ‘don’t feel like it,’ and can’t muster up the drive to actually do it.  The worst part is, I’m not doing anything else instead.  The computer is my worst enemy (I have an addiction, I realize this).

I need to take a step back and evaluate my life and my choices and try to get on a better path for myself.  I truly believe that if I can get my weight under control, I can get a better grasp on my life.  If I can control one or two little things (such as what I put in my body and exercise habits), I can eventually learn to have control on more things, on bigger things.

That’s all for now I suppose.  I started this journey on Monday and feel like I’m taking strides to a better me.  I’ve cut out soda (although replacing it with Diet Green Tea is probably not much better for me), and I’ve cut out my morning Wawa runs (saving me both precious calories and dollars).  I’m trying to snack healthier by keeping apples, grapes, and carrots in my mini fridge and resisting temptation on some of the non-healthy foods in my house (I’d love to do another kitchen revamp, but I don’t think my parents would appreciate that).

I’m trying.

It’s a struggle.

But I’m trying.

((PS. I’m using the MyFitnessPal app, so if anyone wants to add me, my username is krs5138.))

Scrapping Through Life: July 2014

Last month was a hectic and busy month, but I loved (almost) every minute of it.  It’s not to say that I didn’t have my downswings, but the positive greatly outweighed the negatives this month.


I had a whopping SIX event pages for July of 2014.  Needless to say, it was my busiest month yet, but it wasn’t without its ups and downs.  I turned 25, I went to Hershey, I saw Bruno Mars… those were great.  But with the good comes the bad: I turned 25, I had to return my car, I just blahed out some days.

My month started out with a trip back to Blue Grill House on the third of July for Happy Hour with Nana and Stephie.  Because it was my birthday, I got a huge slice of Hula Pie (photographed below).

Sweet Summer at Blue – 07.03.14

The day after that was the 4th of July (and all things considered it was relatively stress free).

4th of July – 07.04.14

Next came my birthday weekend (which was just a blur).  On Thursday, Nana and I went to my favorite restaurant in the Valley, Grille 3501.  I love the atmosphere, the food, and everything about it.

Birthday Dinner at Grille 3501 – 07.10.14

Friday was my birthday (and I didn’t do much of anything that day).  Saturday, the neighbors and I went out to see Bruno Mars at Hershey.  It poured the entire way out there, but the skies cleared up just in time.   The concert was nothing short of phenomenal.  I can’t even begin to describe the pure joy I felt just being at a concert.  The way that your heart syncs with the loud music, and the energy… as I said, words not there.

Bruno Mars at Hershey – 07.12.14

The next day, we were supposed to go into the park, but it decided to rain, so we spent our day exploring the rest of what Hershey had to offer (and believe it or not, there was a LOT to do!)

Exploring Hershey, PA – 07.13.14

As I said, the weekend passed in a blur.  It was another two weeks until we got back out to Hershey to use our park tickets, and what an exhaustingly fun day that was.

Hershey Park – 07.25.14

Scrapping Through Life: January-June 2014

Yeah.  I know this is my third time re-posting all this, so bare with me.  I just wanted to get a decent amount of my scrapping on the blog so that I can have it to look back on.  Please click on the image if you want a listing of credits associated with each page.


In January I was extremely gung-ho about project life.  I had two-page spreads for every week (now I struggle with doing just one) and demanded that I keep myself busy.  It was good for me at first, but I have a tendency to burn out.  Anyways: events from January:

PA Farm Show – 01.07.14

A Trip to Visit Karen – 01.12-13.14

Dinner at the Sands – 01.14.14

Dinner at Blue Grill House – 01.31.14


February was another relatively busy month.  It might not look it, but for a short month, I still got a decent amount done.

No events in February though.

MARCH 2014:

March was an extremely slow month.  That being said, I did have two event pages for the month of March, but even a trip into New York did little to improve my mood that month.

Philadelphia Flower Show – 03.09.14

Waiting for Godot in New York City – 03.12.14

APRIL 2014:

April was an interesting month for me, but there was nothing stand-out about it.  To be honest, all I remember clearly from all of April was seeing the second Captain America movie, and even that is a little fuzzy.

MAY 2014:

Finally, a month full of memorable moments and happy thoughts.  I have four planned event pages for the month (still have to do the Lancaster one), but the pages meant a lot to me (except for the crappy day in New York).

Happy Hour at the Stoned Crab – 05.09.14

Mother’s Day at the Lehigh Valley Zoo – 05.11.14

Free Day in New York City – 05.17.14

JUNE 2014:


June had two HUGE events for my year.  These two things will go down as highlights for 2014.  I went to Philadelphia Comic Con (an event so large it deserved two pages instead of the usual one) and finally saw Les Miserables live in New York City.  In June, my mood turned around for a bit, probably because I was so distracted by life (which can be both good and bad).

Philadelphia Comic Con (1) – 06.20-22.14

Philadelphia Comic Con (2) – 06.20-22.14

Les Miserables in NYC – 06.28.14

So that was the first six months of the year in review.  I’m going to do a quick post for July, then a personal post.  Thanks for reading.


Blogging Again

So I am once again on a weight loss journey.  I know I’m on again and off again, but I plan a trip to Disneyland (for their 60th Birthday) in a year’s time.  Not only am I going to have to really save up for this trip, but I want to drop at least 60 pounds in the span of 12 months.  I’d love to lose more, but we’ll see how that goes.

As usual, this blog will be a mixture of my weight loss story, random blogging, and my scrapbooking.  I’ll try to keep up with it, but it’s sometimes hard for me to just keep up with my own life let alone blogging about it.

So here I am.  I’m in a better place now than when I last left you.  I still suffer from depression (mix that with bipolar and ADHD and you can tell why I’m a mess more often than not), but I have a lovely boyfriend and he’s really helping me through everything.

I’m going to delete my past blog posts.  I’m not going to inundate you with every weekly Project Life layout that I decide to scrap, but I will post special event pages as well as my month-in-review posts.

Thanks for reading,