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Winter Blues

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but a few of my friends and their friends are part of a small, private facebook group that was started a few months ago when we all decided we wanted to make some changes in our lives. We mainly talk about our struggles and successes with weight loss, food, and fitness, but a little bit of everything in our lives gets thrown in.

I’ve been noticing lately that as a group, we have been relatively quiet. We’re all a little lazy right now. Ok, a lot lazy. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the 4 month hump. I don’t know. But we’ve decided to do a challenge this week to get us moving again! If you’ve been feeling the same way, take the challenge with us. It’s simple: Do SOMETHING 3 times this week. Anything. Clean your house, shovel some snow, go to the gym, go for a run/walk, take the dog for a walk, check out a yoga class, walk to work…whatever. I’m starting with a trip to the gym tomorrow 🙂

Well, I Do Need Some Extra Cash…

Hey readers! I just wanted to share another winning message I received today from POF.

“ok hey im taking a long shot here but i own a website only viewable in eastern countries i pay between 10-35g the reason i contacted you is you are one of the most beautiful plus size ladies i have seen”

Now you may be asking yourself just exactly what kind of website this man runs. Don’t worry, I already asked for you. The answer?

“lol its amatuer porn sweety”

I start tomorrow.

 

Day Zero List

1. Post in my blog on a weekly basis

2. Send flowers anonymously to a friend in need

3. Send Christmas cards to family and friends

4. Send a handwritten letter

5. Ask someone out on a date

6. Ask for a cute guy’s number and then use it

7. Take a yoga class

8. Take a class at Diva Den

9. Lose 50 pounds

10. Lose 75 pounds

11. Lose 100 pounds

12. Reach goal weight

13. Find a new hobby

14. Leave and inspirational note inside a book for someone to find

15. Leave a 100% tip

16. Learn to drive horses

17. Try at least one new recipe every month

18. Read 50 new books

19. Write a short story

20. Write a list of 101 things I’ve already achieved in this lifetime

21. Go to a fortune teller

22. Go back to school

23. Get a tattoo

24. Complete NaNoWriMo

25. Learn to knit

26. Design and sew a dress

27. Donate blood

28. Do some volunteer work

29. Go through all my boxes in the garage and only keep the things that are really necessary

30. Give away my clothes as I shrink

31. Go 3 months without eating fast food

32. Write 10 letters to 10 friends telling them what they mean to me

33. Save a 3-month emergency fund

34. Create a budget and stick to it

35. Clean my junk room

36. Get Baby Kitty fixed

37. Clean my car

38. Take a long road trip

39. Kiss someone who matters at midnight on New Year’s

40. Watch The Godfather trilogy

41. Have a Star Wars movie marathon

42. Take a self-defense class

43. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day

44. Go to Las Vegas

45. Do 5 things that terrify me

46. Give up alcohol for a month

47. Go bungee jumping

48. Learn Spanish

49. Create a piece of art

50. Walk the dog every day for 21 days

51. Pay for a stranger’s order at the drive thru

52. Make a new friend

53.  Take a trip just to see a band

54. Take a trip by train

55. Visit the Anne of Green Gables house

56. Learn to walk in heels

57. Learn to whistle

58. Take a picture every day for a month

59. Take a picture of myself every day for a month

60. Take a vacation or roadtrip by myself

61. Stay at a hotel for a weekend for no reason

62. Walk through a corn maze

63. Run a mile

64. Compliment someone everyday for a week

65. Keep a plant alive for a year

66. Write a collection of poems

67. Say “yes” to something I would not normally do

68. Get a complete medical check-up

69. Eat vegan for a weekend

70. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger

71. Grow something I can eat

72. Do open mic night at a comedy club

73. Make sushi

74. Change my name for a day and do things I wouldn’t normally do

75. Help someone do something they thought they couldn’t do

76. Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days are over

77. Write a letter to someone I admire

78. Write a will, complete with funeral instructions

79. Write a detailed zombie apocalypse plan

80. Plant a window box her garden

81. Ride a roller coaster that goes upside down

82. Procure a tea set and have a tea party

83. Compliment one person everyday for 10 days straight

84. Keep a dream journal for a month

85. Bake bread and buns from scratch

86. Go to the dentist

87. Build a gingerbread house

88. Go to the symphony

89. Give someone a handmade gift

90. Give a gift to someone I’ve never given a gift to before

91. Get in touch with an old friend

92. Get new glasses

93. Go skinny dipping

94. Host an old-fashioned slumber party

95. Loan to kiva.org

96. Go to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

97. Learn to dance

98. Wear red lipstick every day for a week

99. Brew my own alcohol

100. Donate to the Food Bank during grocery store trips

101. Build a snowman

Day Zero

I had started Day Zero a couple of years ago, but after doing a couple of things on my list, forgot about it. I was recently reminded of it’s existence again by A Girl Named Wendy. Since it’s my birthday today and this is the year of Amy Campbell, I’m going to give it another go and am working on compiling a new list of things I want to do. I will post it when it’s finished. Thanks Wendy!

Amy’s Fun Food Facts

Here are some more fun facts about me:

I don’t like it when there are grooves in the butter. You know the butter knives that are just a little too serrated? They leave grooves behind. I hate it.

I like to eat the onion and batter of an onion ring separately. Usually sucking the onion out first.

When I am eating a sesame seed bun, I must pick off all the sesame seeds and crunch them and then will bite the “clean” area of the bun.

When I order a hamburger and it has anything on it other than ketchup and cheese, I will eat the other toppings separately. And first.

When I am eating a pizza that has meat (excpet hawaiian), I will eat the meat first. I’m not a fan of salami or ham (unless with pineapple) or back bacon, so this will usually be pepperoni. This may include pulling the cheese back and separating the pepperoni from the cheese and crust and eating it first. I will also do this with mushrooms. And sometimes green peppers. Also, sometimes I will then eat the cheese separately and then eat the crust. It really depends on where the pizza is from. Sometimes the sauce is my favourite part, so I eat the crust last.

When I get a sub, I never, ever put pickles on it. But I always, always get pickles on the side.

I don’t drink coffee because I don’t like the taste. But I love the smell and other things that taste like coffee. I like chocolate covered coffee beans.

I like strawberries, but I hate almost anything that tastes like them. Or smells like them.

It takes me a really long time to drink a juice box. I prefer grape or raspberry. They’re tart and I take little bursts at a time so I can savour it.

I love orange juice. Sometimes, I’ll take a bite of black liquorice and suck on it for awhile, and then take a sip of orange juice. It tastes weird and pleases me.

I think that’s enough for now.

I Quit!

My job, that is. My parttime job. I haven’t quit yet, but I plan on it. I have several reasons, and they are in no particular order. One: starting in January, I am going to be a regular person. By this I mean that I won’t be working shifts anymore. I will be on a project for 6 months or so and I will once again have my evenings and weekends free. Admittedly, it is going to be hard to work 5 days in a row again, and only having 2 off at a time, but it sure will be nice not to work 12 hour shifts. I’ll also be losing all my overtime, which is on almost every single paycheque. So financially, it doesn’t make any sense at all to quit my second job when I’m already going to be making less money at my fulltime job. But just the thought of being able to go for drinks after work, or when someone asks me to go on a roadtrip or to a party, I won’t have to check my schedule first and plan a month in advance when I have my next weekend off. Two:  Even though I’m saving money on clothes by using my employee discount, I’m spending way more than I normally would just because I have the discount. So I’m not coming out ahead on anything. Three: My feet hurt after every shift. Four: My boss is weird and supreme overlord of retail rules. Five: When I don’t have a real, legit break from work, and have enough chill time by myself, I become unpleasant to be around. Six: Poor Walter is being neglected. Seven: I haven’t been to the gym since I started my second job. I count my second job as my exercise since I’m on my feet all shift. How pathetic is that? Sure, I could always find the time to go, but I’ll refer you back to numbers five and six. I’ve been so unmotivated to go to the gym that all I do when I do have a few free hours is lounge around the house. I can’t even make it outside to take Walter for a walk most of the time.

I may present my manager with the option of letting me work very casually, like maybe a shift or two every couple of weeks, or fill in for a couple hours if someone desperately needs a Saturday afternoon off or something. But even that doesn’t sound very appealing to me. I may just cut and run. Who am I kidding? I’m definitely going to cut and run.