Emboldened

On December 31, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

There are many reasons I do not want to be a “Professional Post-op” and why I am liable to laugh out loud at those who would use that term to describe me.

I don’t play games.  I don’t play politics.  I’m not fake.  I’m not effusive with my emotions.  I’m not overly chatty.  I tend to be very analytical with my thoughts.  I’m not overly graceful socially.  I’m quite literal in words, actions, and thoughts.  I try very hard not to overreact.  I try not to judge others harshly (let’s face it — we all judge.. it is human nature).  And I try not to allow my emotions to color my thoughts.

That last one is really a bitch.

It is why I’m writing this blog post today rather than last night.  Last night, I was too angry to be rational.  Instead, I painted my nails black and watched Criminal Minds.  Today, I’m just sad.

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Click off Spring Fever!

On March 30, 2010, in Protein, by Andrea

Click Pack

Well, it’s here — Vanilla Latte Click!

To help celebrate, I have a Click Pack to give away.  It includes what’s pictured above — a canister of Vanilla Latte Click (which has 14 2-scoop servings) and a Click Blender Ball cup.  (Which is remarkably similar to the ones pictured in all of my reviews… o_O)

To enter, all you have to do is make a comment below with a post you’d like to see me do.  That’s it.  I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday, 4/6 at 9pm EDT using a random number generator.

Good luck!

Click – Vanilla Latte

On March 23, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Vanilla Latte Click

So I have Vanilla Latte Click, finally.  After some drama concerning the USPS, some miscommunication, and a strange email?  I have it.  And of course?  Yes, a review.  I’m so easy.

For any of my #fitbloggin friends that might be reading this — this is not the same Click you got in your Swag bags.  This is a new flavor that will be released on Amazon on March 24th.  The flavor YOU got was Mocha — a flavor that’s been out for quite some time and that I reviewed here.  It’s good – try it if you are as addicted to caffeine as I am.

In any case, this is my morning caffeine fix, so here we go.

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And the winner is!

On January 1, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Results

jmelrod829 says:

There are honestly so many things I plan to do better in 2010 then I did in 2009 that I can’t list them all LOL I guess I will just say I will strive to be/do better in the coming year in all aspects of my life :)

Congrats!  You win a Click Pack!  I’ll be sending you an email with the details shortly so you can CLICK IN the New Year!

SMART Resolutions

On December 25, 2009, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It's that time again...

Yes.  It’s that time again.

No.  Not the time where you swear you’ll never drink again.  That’s next week.

Now is when we start to think about resolutions.  We’ve eaten at holiday parties (if you’re lucky enough to still be working, AND to still be working for a company that still HAS holiday parties… not saying that we are or aren’t but we’ll just say that I didn’t have to buy a fancy outfit this year…) and the neighbors that you never speak to have brought over the obligatory cookie plate that you’ve nibbled on despite wondering about possible poisoning (hey, I’m a carb whore too — don’t tell me you wouldn’t either..  well, until after the spouse didn’t keel over first, of course).

So resolutions.  They’re good to have — even though most of them fly out of the window by March 1st.  I mean, we all have the best of intentions and do SOOOO well for the first month.  The second month we begin to wane.. but by the third month?  Whatever.  Game over, the end.  Kudos if you actually make it beyond the fourth month.. I can’t say I know a single person who’s made it to June, much less to the end of the year.  I mean, EVER.

And let’s face it — we all have the same resolutions!  Lose weight!  Save money!  Work less!  Laugh more!  Spend more time with the family!  It’s amazing.

When it comes to making resolutions, we should keep a few things in mind — and I’m gonna focus my examples on, duh! what else? weight loss, but these guidelines really can be used for anything.  Oh, sorry for the rambling.  I’m coming down from a carb coma (which is why I’m writing about resolutions NOW).  There are a few things to keep in mind when making resolutions.  We want to make our goals SMART.

Now, those of you in the corporate world are now groaning.  Go ahead, skip ahead to the end of the post to the fun part.  Those of you who are scratching your head and saying “why would people be groaning?” then stick around.

SMART is a mnemonic for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT, and TIME-BOUND.

  • Specific:  Well, duh.  “I want to lose weight,” right?  Um, no.  SPECIFIC.  “I want to lose 48lbs.”  A very specific number.
  • Measurable:  This is easy — weight can be measured by a scale.  Use the same one, at the same time and write it down.  Don’t want to lose weight?  Lose inches, lose body fat %, save money — but have a goal that can be MEASURED.  Don’t have a goal that is unmeasurable — “I want to feel better” is a nice goal, yes — but how do you measure that?
  • Attainable:  It’s great to reach for something that you have to work for.  It sucks to put the bar so high that you can never get there and then get discouraged.  I’m 5 years post op.  It would be impossible for me to lose 20lbs in a month.  Fresh out of surgery?  Different story.  But setting such a goal would only kill my morale when I never ever EVER reach it.  What’s the point?
  • Relevant:  Make the goal fit your life.  For me, I could use some weight loss.  I’d like to lose about 20lbs to really be happy with myself.  This is my relevance.  This is not relevant to my skinny-ass husband who could eat ice cream for months and still be smaller than I am.  (BTW, I sorta hate him for that — only as much as one can hate their spouse when they love them to pieces sorta way.  You know what I mean.)
  • Time-bound.  Put a clock on your goal.  Sure, I want to lose 20lbs, but WHEN do I want to have it done by?  And even better, have check in points to monitor your progress.

So here’s the challenge.  I give this to you tonight to start thinking because starting tomorrow (12/26) through New Year’s Eve, I will be collecting your resolutions.  They can be a resolution for anything — saving money, losing weight, ANYTHING –

And what does this do for you?  Well, a few things.

  1. A public declaration of your resolution helps to make it more real.  At least, it does for me.  It gives me an audience to help kick my ass back onto track if I fall off of it.
  2. An entry into a contest!  Yes, Andrea likes contests, what can I say.  Your resolution gives you an entry for a Click Pack to help Click In the New Year!  The rules will be announced tomorrow.

Click In the New Year!

So start thinking on those resolutions…