4.07.2017

What's Up, Weekend? | V17.14

Come on over and share the link to your happy moments!

It has been a rather quiet week over here and I hope you are all well. A lot has been going on - work-wise and family-wise which forced me to put my little blog a bit on hold these past few days. It feels good to let go of it though, when there is so much other stuff going on around you.

I went to my first WW meeting on Wednesday night and I feel absolutely energized to get this weight loss thing going and I am really motivated to get back in shape. I signed up for a 3-month-trial to get things going and will just wait and see how to move on afterward.

Just to make things clear, I do not want to lose weight to fit into any kind of "standard" other people have set for themselves or others. I want to lose weight to live a more healthy life, to live longer, to have less back pain and avoid any health issues in the future that will most likely occur if I don't change my habits and to be a better role model for my daughter. I am not on any crazy diet taking some kind of hormones or drinking some kind of shake to lose the weight I put on over years in a matter of weeks. I want to do this in a healthy way which will make it easier for me to keep it off and I want to hold on to the things I learn along the way to avoid a fallback.

With that being said, let's focus on some of my happy moments this week:

1. fresh tulips

2. awesome coworkers

3. spring weather

4. 13 Reasons Why (cannot stop watching)

5. fresh strawberries

6. Italian ice cream

7. old photo albums

8. music

9. friends

10. snail mail

Come over and link up with Charlotte, Lindsay and I for our weekly What's Up, Weekend post. Feel free to share your happy moments, moments of gratitude and anything to help us all focus on the good things in life!

Happy Friday, friends! xxx

3.31.2017

What's Up. Weekend | V17.13

Come on over and share the link to your happy moments!
Not quite sure what it was with this week, but somehow it has been a drag for about anyone I know. Everyone seemed tired, moody and not really in the groove. Neither did I and boy have I been tired all week long. I have had trouble keeping up with replying to comments on all my social media - so please bear with me, I will do that this weekend! I cannot tell you how grateful I am Friday is here, which means the weekend is literally right there in front of us! Yay. Anyone feel me?
 
But, my week did have lots of happy and positive moments, some of which I would love to share with you all like every Friday for the past 2 years or so.
 
Here are 10 things that made me extremely happy these past few days:
 
1. Re-connecting with an old blogging friend from way back when.
 
2. Sunshine on our evening walks.
 
3. Pizza date with some friends.
 
4. An hour of me-time while my man and daughter were doing the groceries.
 
5. Knitting on the sofa watching Blacklist.
 
6. Coffee with co-workers on our lunchbreak.
 
7. A friends's baby shower.
 
8. Planning a trip for April - I'll have a few days off around Easter
 
9. Gardening
 
10. The Peaceful Posse - come join us!
 
Charlotte, Lindsay and I are totally blown away by how our Facebook group is growing and that you all are here to make it such a fun expereince! This Friday linkup has always been a place where we reflect on the HAPPY and GRATEFUL things in our lives, especially the wonderful moments from this last week, so please come and join your link and spread the word - the more the merrier!
 
Have a fab Friday and hang in there - the weekend is right around the corner!
 
Hugs xxx
 

3.30.2017

Being Real And Honest To Myself Today.

Breaking bad habits can be tough, but if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything!

Today I am real and honest.

To myself.

So I can hold myself accountable.

The thing is - I have always struggled with my weight. As long as I can remember I was the "chubby" one. Not fat or obese, but chubby.

I always thought I was too thick in highschool - looking back on pics now, I can see that I wasn't. But people made me believe so. Which lead to one diet following the other. I tried so many different things, which all worked fine in the beginning, but never lasted long.

I didn't have my "goal weight" when I got pregnant, needless to say I was far from it afterward.

I lost a lot of weight during our time in the US - I walked a lot, my diet was different and I felt really good about myself. But back in Germany, feeling homesick and depressed for a long time, the weight came back on and then some.

I am an emotional eater. I literally eat my feelings. And the regret always sets in way too late. Afterward I feel miderable. But it doesn't stop me from doing the same mistake over and over again.

I have to break that cycle in order to achieve a healthy weight and to feel good about myself again.

So - I have decided to join Weight Watchers, because I know a lot of people who have had tremendous success losing weight on WW. And because I want to do it in a healthy way and I want it to last!

The first meeting I will attend is next Wednesday and then every Wednesday after that - so, I will share my journey on Thursdays.

I will also start being more active, now that spring is here I will use my bike more often, the pup will be taken on her daily walks as usual and I will also go on walks/ runs by myself where I can go a bit faster since our Kyra suffers from arthitis and can't go that fast any more.

I will share my journey here with you all. I know it won't be easy and I know I will struggle for sure. But, I have set my mind to it - I want to lose this damn weight once and for all!

I hope you will all cheer me on and listen to my rants that will for sure come. And if any of you have tried Weight Watchers before - please share some of your experience with me - I would love to hear!

Have you recently set your mind to something important you want to achieve? I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Thursday xxx

3.29.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Describe your feelings in just 5 words.
It's Wednesday - happy Hump Day! Phew, glad we already made it to the middle of the week. We turned back our clocks here in Germany last Saturday night and boy am I missing that one freaking hour! Winning an hour is awesome, but losing one! No way!

Needless to say I have been quit tired all week long and all I want to do is SLEEP! Every morning when the alarm goes off, I can't believe the night is already over! The struggle is real! I can hardly open my eyes and feel like one of the walking dead. #zombielife

Other than that this week has been pretty normal so far. Nothing out of the ordinary except for losing those 60 minutes last weekend. But the weather has been treating us so well! The sun has been out every day making our evening walks with the puppers so wonderful - the perfect way to unwind after a long day at the office.
 
Here's how I am today:
 
1. Tired.
 
2. Content.
 
3. Excited.
 
4. Positive.
 
5. Contemplative.
 
Tired because, well, duh. Content because even though those 60 minutes are gone, I am fine with what is. Excited about the success of our Facebook Group The Peaceful Posse - come join us if you haven't already. Positive because I know things will be alright, no matter what. Contemplative because I have a co-worker who isn't honest to our boss and goes behind his back and I am not sure what to do. Tell him or keep my mouth shut? Suggestions?
 
Now tell me how you are today?
 
Happy Wednesday xxx

3.28.2017

How Do You Overcome Writer's Block?

Ways to overcome the fear of a blank page.
It happens to all of us. And it's not a bad thing.
 
Writer's block.
 
The fear of a blank page and not being able to fill it with words. Meaningful words.

I have been there. You probably have, too. And we have all somehow made it through that dryspell.
 
But what do you do to overcome it? Do you do certain things in order to get back into the flow of writing. To get the creativity going?
 
Here is what I do when the ideas just won't come and the words cannot be found:
 
1. Turn off my computer
Some of you might ask why, because we need the internet to search for ideas. And I have tried that. But I have learned that whenever I just cannot seem to come up with ideas to write about, it's best for me to walk away from the computer and do something else. So, I turn it off and walk away.
 
2. Go for a walk
The best way for me to unwind is to take the pup for a walk. Whenever I am outside in nature no matter the weather, I find inspiration. Especially now during spring when there is so much to discover out there with nature waking up from it's winter sleep.
 
3. Take photos
We often rush through the day without truly noticing what is happening around us. I make it a point to grab my camera, go out and about and snap away. We live in such a beautiful countryside here in southern Germany and I sometimes forget that most of you don't know what my home country looks like. So, I go out, take pictures and that's what sparked the idea of writing about my home country. So stay tuned.
 
4. Listen to music
I love music - as I am sure most of us do. Can you imagine a life without it? So, I put on my headphones and turn up the sound. Or I jump in the car for a ride, turn up the volume and just let my mind go where ever it takes me. Now that we can finally open the windows while driving it's even better! Most of the time I come home with at least one idea in my head. (Never forget to take pen and paper along with you, so you can jot down your ideas on the go).
 
5. Flip through the pages of a magazine
I love finding inspiration in the creativity of others. Flipping through a magazine helps spark mine. All the pictures, colors and headlines normally make me want to write something and help me stay up to date with what's hot and what's not.
 
These are just a few things I do to try and get my writing mojo back. I guess anything that helps get your mind off the thought of having to write something will help you in some way and form. Sometmes when nothing seems to help, it's best to just walk away from writing for a while. I allow myself to take breaks from blogging because I want to write something meaningful for you, something worth reading.
 
So - What do you do whenever writer's block hits you? Do you have some helpful tips for the rest of us? Please share some!
 
Happy Tuesday xxx

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