Okay well two bits of news for this week - first off I got a raise/paygrade promotion at work. Like...congrats you get a 24% increase in your salary. Heck yeah. That's huge. I really can't complain, I've gotten a raise of some sort every 6 months since I've been at Dell. Toasted toads truth. I know that isn't the case for everyone so I'm just happy that I've done so well. I started at Dell 4.5 years ago at....are you ready for this? $9.75 an hour. That's not exactly 'lets build my career here' money.
But - Dell told me during training that this was a 'meritocracy'. Time here doesn't matter as much as how well you do. So yeah, it's not like I'm making fantastically great money now or anything, but I'm over 20 an hour which was my goal for the year. Works for me.
Second news is I get to go to the RHCE training class. This is a BIG DEAL guys. i say this because there were over 20 people who wanted to get in, and only 10 of us were selected to go. It's an 800 dollar course just to go and plus we get paid to attend. So I'm going to get a two week course in linux and pray to god that I can learn what I need to learn in time to pass that test. For as much as dell is investing for me to go, I really want to do my best. I have three weeks before the classes start.
Let the games begin!!!
Okay the last thing Im waiting to hear bout is the house and we've been told we have a 'very strong bid', ours is the highest, but someone is almost as much as us and bid cash. Drat. But we'll find out very shortly what happens. We're hoping and praying and crossing our toes.
Okay so onto the bridal stuff. I'm going to go ahead and post a link to me in my wedding dress. I'm not putting it up here because I don't want Jeff to stumble across it accidently. That's not fair to him, he really doesn't want to see it before hand.
So there we go, it's alfred angel and I love it. Most expensive dress I've ever had so I better love it eh?? :) I'm getting my engagement pics done in 3-4 weeks as well, oct 10th so I'll put those pictures up as soon as we get them.
Today we will be looking at DJs, Wedding Cakes and invitations :) There is a 5 hour bridal event....you can win 50k too! If I win the 50k, Im assuming that's about 30k after taxes, I'll finish putting deposits on everything and I'll have my plastic surgery done. Then I really would look hot for my wedding eh? *laugh*
I'm also trying to let my hair grow out some....so I can have an 'updo' of sorts for my wedding. it's been 4 months since I've had it cut and it's almost touching my shoulders now. I have an appointment for a trim on oct 1st. We'll see what we can do with it, style wise and talk about it. Hopefully something can be done :) I don't want to pay for extensions.
Well that's about all that's going on here for now. Except that Im SO lucky I found Jeff, it's wonderful being in love with someone that's such a sweetie :)
I haven't lost any more since my 1 year update. I guess I spent the last 5 months being in love and just living day to day. I've gotten out of a lot of habits.
Well summer is over, school starts back for my son this week and I don't have to drop him off and pick him up anymore, the bus will. This means it'll be much easier for me to go jogging in the mornings or after work again. I'm going to do my best to get back into a routine this week and take it from there.
Because you know what? I wanna be hot for my wedding!
That's right so I'm now engaged to my honey. Jeff and I are going to get married next summer, June 19th. So I have 10 months to tone it up and everything.
I'm still wearing size 14s. I'm 'okay' with that but my goal was size 12 and my goal was to be under 187. I'm really close to both so I don't feel like giving up yet. So I guess we just took a break. I'm maintaining just fine but just not losing. So time to start losing again.
My engagement pics are scheduled for Oct 10th. I may have to reschedule them but they will be done in Oct either way. I'll post them when I get them.
In other news, Jeff and I are buying a house....we put an offer on a house this last week, we'll know in 3-5 weeks if the offer is accepted and we'll go frm there. If we get this house I'll post pics of that too!
I knew this was going to be a longer post! I should have posted it thursday or friday but I've had a whirlwind few days!
SO there is a pic of me This last Friday. I had the most amazing day friday.
Slept in a bit, woke up next to my honey. Got up and made breakfast. Had yogart with chopped fresh strawberries in it. Yummy! It was pouring down rain outside so we opened the blinds and the window and just watched the rain while eating breakfast. We made some french vanilla coffee and sipped on that while eating breakfast and watching the rain.
After breakfast we went back to bed for awhile and made love...he teased me for a good 15 minutes before finally letting me have it *laugh* I love the way he plays with me. Then we took a shower together, soaped each other up...I shaved his face for him and scrubbed his back. He washed my hair for me and scrubbed my back. I bent over to shave my leg and he started playing with me from behind and we ended up having sex in the shower as well.
After we got out and I got ready we drove downtown. I stopped and burlington coat factory and got the coat in the picture above. Very nice coat :) I like it! Then we went to whole foods market on 6th street. We walked around and looked at everything. We sampled some wine and a few other things. I got some sugar free choc chip cookies. We had lunch at the Italian food bar. I got pasta (yeah a bit bad but wanted the pesto sauce). We also got three chocolate truffles to share. So good!
We went down to 6th street...visited a bar and got pics taken in a photo booth...saw a movie at alamo draft house...had 'dinner' at a cool place next to paramount, a 4 star resturant I guess. Then watched the comedian...then went to buffalo bills with his friends...then went dancing and then did karaoke.
So I didn't get to see Jeff all weekend. I went out to dinner with him and his kiddos on Friday. His son is 8 and his daughter is 6. They're pretty cute. He went on a boyscout trip with them to the coast. Missed him so bad *laugh*
I wanted to take a nap on sunday just to make the day go faster!
I did manage to get all my spring cleaning done though. Everything mopped, vacuumed, dusted, washed and such.
For dinner I made chili cheese puff with roasted tomato salsa, some quisadillas (low carb tortillas) and a spinach salad.
So he's having some issues with his ex wife and kids... I don't really understand the full details and neither does he. He spent all weekend with his kids, taking them to the boat and everything. They left saturday morning and came back sunday afternoon. His ex called him and said his Son had a major meltdown and said that daddy has a new girlfriend so he doesn't love us anymore.
Jeff had a hard time with this of course. So...tried to just 'be there for him'. Which is something I guess he's never experienced before....he's used to being the macho guy and taking care of everything.
Well after dinner I took him into my bedroom and shut the door. I had candles lit on the bedstands. I took him into the bathroom with one of the candles and drew a bath in my garden tub...pulled him in with me and wrapped my legs around him and just held him for a bit. I washed his hair and scrubbed him all over my my loofah sponge and he just let me touch and kiss and hold him. He turned around to face me and we just had our legs wrapped around each other holding each other. He kissed me and said that he thinks he's falling in love with me.
He probably just really liked the bath tub :p~
I really shouldn't discount what he said of course...but that's just my defense mechanism kicking in....telling myself that it's not possible for someone so sweet, sexy, adorable, fun, athletic, smart to love ME. He's such a catch, really. *laugh* I don't think he knows what a good guy he is.
Anyways, I made him toast and coffee for breakfast this morning. I frown and think he needs to eat more but hey, it's something. I think I'm going to make him toast with an egg and a slice of fruit tomorrow :p~
He can complain later. I'll pipe it to /dev/null :)
I don't know if I'm going to make my 200 lbs lost goal or not. It's really...I would LIKE to jsut to say I did it but that being said if I don't i"ll be okay with myself.
BTW....Jeff rocks my world :)
SO we've spent every day together since we met. We did have a date for wednesday yes.... but tuesday after work he came to my desk and we talked and then we talked by my car and then we decided we should go get something to eat....
*laugh* Oh...our first kiss rocked.
I'm such a bad girl :)
He's really pretty... 'bad' too, but just a bit shy. We so totally click it's amazing.
So we went for a walk at lunch on the trail at Dell, we were holding hands and then he had his arms around me, was just really nice. What was also cool is that he didn't care WHO saw. He was like you know, I'm into you I don't mind if people know it.
So we walked for about 30 minutes then we walked past where the trail has these high bushes and trees, so I pulled him over behind the trees...
He thought I was showing him where I lived or something. I just turned and kissed him...and WOW, we both were just like JELLO, we both really wanted to kiss each other at that point :)
I just about fell over, he's just SUCH an amazing kisser. He smells so good, tastes good, so sexy... And so smart and sweet and techy... And athletic...he's a certified life guard!!!
How did I ever get so lucky? I just feel like I won the lottery. I was pretty happy before...and being with him I just can't stop smiling! :)
Halloween Goal I'm dropping my 30 day goal to 15 lbs which is still a pretty high amount. This would put me at 230 (made 232)
"Thanksgiving Goal" These are really monthly but holidays make them fun. 220 by December first. (made 221)
For Christmas I'll go ahead and drop my goal down a bit more because again I assume I'll start slowing down more. So that will be 210 by New Years. (made 211)
And of course 199 by Valentine's day.
My next goal, 187 by april 3rd (200 lbs in one year!)
oct 15, 2006 - My story is the same as so many people's stories that I've seen on this site. I have been fat for as long as I remember. I am 5'10" and weigh around 385 which is the heaviest I've ever been. When I was in first grade I was the 'average weight of a 3rd grader'. When I was 13 years old I weighed 190 lbs. By the time I graduated highschool I was 230. At that time I was walking a lot, exercising, and involved in track (discus) which probably kept my weight at a reasonable level. I got pregnant at 19 and went up to 290. After I had my son I wasnt exercising as much because I was 'home bound' with my son, not walking as much, not in track and not working out.
After my son was a year old I went back to college. I spent a lot of time going on various diets. I tried the 'low fat' diet, what a joke. I also did slim fast and several other diets, including jenny craig, nutrasystem and going to a nutritionist. I was at a 'stable' weight of 330. The problem is every time I lost anything I gained it back and a little more. At about 360 lbs I tried the atkins diet. I lost down to 280, this was 5 years ago. I didnt stay on it though and then gained it back and more again. Ive tried atkins again since then and just have a difficult time staying on it. I can usually lose down to 330ish before I hit a wall. So last year I found out I was diabetic, type 2 diabetes. At that time my doctor recommended weight loss surgery. I wish I would have done it at the time. My then boyfriend talked me out of it saying it was too danagerous. I wish I wouldnt have listened to him. My insurance last year was 'doctor recommendation' for the surgery and that's it. So jan 2006 my employer switched insurances. At first they required 1 year following a doctor's recommended diet and exercise program, 5 years history, psych eval and yadda yadda. It's the 1 year thing that's the killer. So okay I started in July when I went to meet with the doctor I'm going to have the procedure done with and get his recommendation and such. The good news is in september my insurance changed their rules from 12 months to 6 months. So counting July I'm currently half way done. I've gone to the doctor every month, he's had me go to a nutritionist and a trainer at the gym.