Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 2 of Isagenix

Two down, two to go! This week I lost 3.6 pounds, which makes 12 pounds total! As promised, I measured and lost 16.5 inches, but that is from both weeks!

I have to say, week 2 was a piece of cake!....mmmm cake...
As far as sticking to the program, I really do think it has been fairly easy. I don't have to try anymore! It is all just coming naturally! My energy is up, I'm sleeping better, and I'm REALLY enjoying the results! I feel like a kid again! ;) One Isagenix product I really love is the Want More Energy? drink mix! Also, the Isadelight chocolates really were named appropriately! So good!

I'm noticing more and more how much better I feel overall! I signed up to run a couple of local 5Ks (Drew's Day 5K and the Dog Jog 5K, in case anyone is interested in running with me!) I ran my first real 5K (because the Dirty Girl Mud Run doesn't really count) a few weeks ago, and had to walk a few times and really struggled. Of course that caused me to have a sucky time! On Wednesday night, I went to the park and decided to try that loop again. This time I ran the entire way, felt strong, and cut over 2 minutes off of my original time! I still haven't developed this love for running like people tell me I will. I'm starting to think they're all full of it and secretly laughing behind my back while I torture myself by wog. Death by wog!
Is that a thing?

Last weekend I stayed extremely busy during my 2 deep cleanse days! It was almost a hassle to have to stop to drink or eat and stay on schedule! This weekend I didn't have much planned, so I was a little worried about whether or not I was going to be miserable. I am being 100% honest when I say that it was just as easy as last time, and I still didn't feel hungry! On Saturday night we went out to celebrate the 23rd birthday of my best friend, Brittany! I just drank my water and enjoyed the company of my best friends! :) I must say it feels good to know that I do have some willpower after all!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Week 1 of Isagenix


-8.4lbs Week 1

Week 1 of my Isagenix 30 day cleanse is in the books! I feel so great! I'll start with my results. I am down 8.4 pounds! Not too shabby! ;) I had intended on measuring, but I barely have time to shower in the morning, so I'll get around to that later!

I first heard about Isagenix about a year ago when I started following Tara Romano's Dance Fitness videos on YouTube! I added her as a friend on Facebook and noticed a lot of talk about this Isagenix stuff. I was interested, but didn't really understand what it was, and I didn't feel like I knew her well enough to ask questions. Well, actually, I didn't know her at all! After she came to West Virginia a couple of months ago (and we fell madly in love) I was able to finally ask about the product. My friend, Sarah Brown, had been interested for awhile, so she jumped on board! She just finished her 30 day cleanse and had great results and wonderful things to say about it! Of course I couldn't let Sarah show me up! I mean, she was on the road to Hottietown and I was stuck in Pudgeyville! I had to get it! After talking about the program with my co-workers, I was relieved when Loren decided to do it too! Having someone in the office doing the cleanse with me has been VERY helpful and encouraging!
This is Sarah! :)

By the way, check out Tara's video. You may recognize someone. Okay, here is a clue, she's wearing leopard pants...and she answers to Kellie... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLGHpGQUFtE&list=UU45F3UZNd-Oyers9efMykkQ&feature=share&index=2

I don't know about you all, but I hate "dieting." I've never been good at it because I can always find a way to justify things. You know exactly what I am talking about! "I can eat this donut because I have Zumba tonight!" or "I just ran 3 miles, I can totes eat this whole box of Little Debbie's!" Trust me, I GET IT. When you start a diet and mess up, it's SO easy to call it quits and get back to your steaks and cakes! This cleanse has been different for me. I don't know why, and if you ask me to explain it, I can't. For some reason my mindset is just completely different. I don't want to cheat. I don't want to quit.  I don't want the bad stuff. I am 100% focused on cleansing my body and getting healthy!


30 Day Cleanse

Okay, so you're still wondering "What the heck is Isagenix?" I am going to try my best to describe it in a nutshell. Isagenix is nutritional cleansing. Now, I know exactly what you're thinking when you read the word "cleanse" and I can tell you it's not THAT KIND of cleanse! Everything in that department is reg-u-lar! Isagenix offers a lot of different products, not just the 30 day cleanse. Their products are considered all-natural and use only non-GMO ingredients. They also contain organic ingredients wherever possible, and some ingredients that even exceed USDA organic standards! Feel free to visit my website, check out the products, and ask me questions! If you feel like this is something you want to try, let me know! You know I will tell you the truth, so I mean it, ask!
 When you open your first 30 day cleanse box, I swear, it's like Christmas!! I know, it seems overwhelming, but it's really not! I also feel like I get a lot of bang for my buck when I open the box and see all of the stuff I get! They include free samples along with tons of information to help you get started! In the information, they explain what you eat and drink on "shake days" and "cleanse days" and provide a schedule. I promise, it's very easy to figure out! Again, if you want to message me with questions, please do! I just don't want to go on and on about details that you don't really care about!

Left cheek, right cheek, left cheek, right cheek! ;)
I won't lie to you, this is an adjustment. I wouldn't say that it is "hard," but it takes a little bit of willpower and drive when you are getting started. As with any adjustment to your diet, the first couple of days are rough! Mind over matter has been my mantra! By day 4, I was completely in the swing of things, feeling great, and loving the program! I even went to Sarah's birthday party, at a cupcake shop, catered by Fat Patty's, with a giant Zumba butt cake, and didn't eat a bite! Yes, I'm tooting my own horn when I say my willpower is incredible! I think my best advice is to stay busy, preferably with exercise! I try to workout 5-6 days a week, whether it's with my Run for God group, my Zumba classes with Megan, my Snap workouts with Brittany, or, of course, walking my favorite little booger, Ozzie!
 So, overall week 1 was a great success! I can't wait to see what happens in the next 3 weeks! Until next time!... :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

My First Year of Being a Homeowner!

One year ago today I closed on my house and started the wonderful adventure of being a homeowner. I love it. It's a cute little townhouse in a cute little neighborhood, and it's just the right size for the Ozmister and me!  When you move out, you get the same questions over and over. Even a year later, I still get these questions! I'll answer some of them for you...

Q- "So, how do you like being on your own?"
A- Are you kidding? It's FABULOUS. I have always loved my me time, and now I get to have it for hours, every single day!  I get to do what I want, wear what I want, watch what I want, eat what I want...who wouldn't love that?

Q- "So, are you settling in your new house?"
A- I should hope so, it's been a year! If I'm not used to it by now, I probably need therapy.

Q- "Do you have everything you need?"
A- No, would you like to buy me something? I won't say no to that! But, if you're asking if I want your old furniture, thanks for the offer, but I'm set!
Seriously though, who has EVERYTHING they need? I just realized the other day that I don't have a potato peeler!  I also don't have those little things that you poke into the ends of corn on the cob.  Just some ideas. ;)

Q- "Do you get scared being alone?"
A- How can I possibly be scared when Ozzie barks at every single bump in the night? It's not necessarily a bark, but a quiet "woof.........woof" from under the covers. He is a good little guard dog, but I do take all the necessary precautions to keep us safe.  You know, I like...lock the doors?

Q- "*Insert financial question here*"
A- None of your biznazz! :D

I think that's enough! You get the point! I also get a lot of questions about Matt, but he doesn't live there! Don't get me wrong, I love talking about me...I mean my house, but I need some new questions to answer, y'all!


Right after I closed! :)
I only lived away from home for one year in 2008 when I attended Marshall University. Let's just say it didn't go as planned. I had a wonderful roommate, Zac, whom I still love dearly, but I just wasn't ready for all of that independence. I was still dealing with the loss of a friend, I had gained a ton of weight, I was not attending classes, I slept and ate ALL THE TIME, and I put entirely too much effort into making everyone around me think that I was fine. I can admit now that I was depressed, but at the time you didn't dare say that to me! Looking back I wish I would have waited a semester or maybe even a year before I started college. It would have saved me A LOT of money and problems, but I just thought getting away from Buffalo would be the answer. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20!

As my freshman year at MU was coming to an end, I was trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, and then things just seemed to fall into place. A door was opened for me. I was lucky enough to land an internship at USDA Rural Development! At the time I really hated the way my life was going, and part of me knew this was God getting me out of Huntington. I packed up and moved back in with Helen and Jeff, or as I liked to call them, the best roomies EVER!

I lived with them for the next four years while I worked full time at RD, went to school full time at WVSU, and managed to sneak in teaching some Zumba classes. I honestly could not have maintained that schedule without the help and support of my awesome roomies! Living at home made all of the difference for me, especially financially. I saved money from each paycheck to pay my tuition, so I was able to graduate without any student loans from WVSU (again, wishing I hadn't wasted all that money at MU!). Because of this, I was able to set money aside for things like, oh, I don't know, buying a house! If you're wondering why I didn't rent an apartment, check out how much an apartment costs around the valley! It's almost double my house payment!

After I graduated, the hunt was really on! My Zumba classmate and friend, Kristi Fawcett, helped me search for houses! After a few offers and heartbreaks, we found the perfect one! By the way, I highly recommend Kristi if you are looking to buy or sell! She is fabulous! She even bought me a house warming present that matched my kitchen because she was listening when I talked about what I wanted to do with it! She's good! ;)

I wasn't in a big hurry to move in because there were so many things I wanted to do with the house! After Dad explained that my home repairs will me more of a marathon than a sprint, I decided to just repair the basics and move in! My dad worked non-stop throughout his entire spring break week helping me with my house! We painted, put in new sinks, new floor, new front doors, really, I could go on and on! My family is pretty amazing! Dad, Helen, Adam, Tara, Kathy, and Matt all helped me tremendously! Whether it was painting walls or moving furniture in and out of the house, they were all such a huge help! Poor Helen and I searched tirelessly for the perfect material for my curtains and pillows for weeks! She was about to kill me, but she sewed every stitch with love, I'm sure! :)

I love having my own house, but the responsibility that comes with it is a lot to handle at first.  Suddenly being completely responsible for paying bills, taking out the trash, and cleaning SUCKS.  Even things like changing light bulbs and buying toilet paper you never really had to worry about before!  All of the sudden it is all on you.  If I don't feed Ozzie, nobody else will (Not that I ever forget. I'm pretty obsessed with his eating and pooping habits. TMI?...) Another problem is that there is only one of me.  Half of the time I eat at either Helen's house or Matt's house, so when I go to the grocery store, I end up throwing away more food than I actually eat.  I also find myself saving EVERYTHING and couponing! (Not like the people on TV. I just can't make myself care that much.)  I am also becoming more thrifty! I steal paper clips from the office to use as chip bag clips, and I only buy the lunch meat that comes in the little plastic containers because I need tupperware! Don't judge!

So, life in the real world has definitely been an adjustment, but a fun and exciting adjustment!  In case you are one of those people that I'm friends with on Facebook and Twitter, but we would probably never hang out, I included just a few pictures! Some things have changed since, but that's okay! You get the idea!
 

Before and After of my chevron wall! Probably my favorite thing in my house! LOVE IT!
   
Before and After of the kitchen. Some more changes have been made since, but you get the idea!

This is when I first got my little pink table and super cute mirror!
 
If this were cribs they would say, "This is where the magic happens," but since this is Life with Helen, this is just where Oz and I sleep!

Monday, March 17, 2014

10 things I think you should stop doing on social media.

I love social media as much as the next girl. I've had Instagram for years! Before Instagram I had Twitter. Before Twitter I had Facebook. Before Facebook I had MySpace. Before MySpace I had Xanga. You get the idea. I love looking at pictures and reading about what's happening in the lives of my friends and followers! (Well, most of you). Sometimes we "befriend" people that aren't really our "friends" because something about their life intrigues us. There is just something interesting about them, but you can't quite figure it out, so you keep them around in between your friend purging. Of course you befriend your actual friends, but I think we all have that friend that constantly posts incredibly annoying things. (I know I post a lot about Zumba, so sorry if I'm that person for you...Okay, I'm not that sorry. Sooo, I think a #sorrynotsorry is totes approp! (My friends will get that!)).

I think a look at your social media accounts can tell a lot about you. Did you recently post about an essential oils party and an article about breastfeeding? Then I probably think you're a little crunch-ity. (Yes, that's about you, Megan! :D ) Did you recently share a sad, yet moving dog video with a happy ending? Then I probably think you and I should be best friends...and I also probably need a Kleenex. I know that judgment isn't our place, but it is a natural thing we all do! Not all judgments are bad, like those I listed above aren't bad. It's just what we think! We are human. I try not to judge, but if I'm being honest, sometimes I can't help myself! When Jennifer Lawrence walks down the red carpet my brain is like a pinball in the machine, bouncing around my head with likes and dislikes!

I am about to be brutally honest. If you're easily offended in regards to your social media-ing, quit reading now! But let's be reasonable, these are just my opinions! No need to be upset! They aren't scientific, so who cares? I do plenty of annoying, nerdy, stupid things on social media! ;)

Without further ado, I will now share my "10 things I think you should stop doing on your social media accounts."

10. Bad grammar.
We all have our moments. I know I have typos! If I notice I will immediately correct it. I am by no means the grammar police! I know I don't know everything, but I am begging you, people, TRY. Learn the difference between there, their, and they're. Learn the difference between our and are. Learn how to properly use see, seen, saw, and do, did, and done correctly. Almost everyone has an iPhone these days, so use your spell check. That little, red, squiggly line is your friend! You could be a very intelligent person, but if your status says something like "We seen the mountians and are mouthes dropped open!" I am rolling my eyes at you.

9. Detailed statuses.
We don't need to know your every move throughout the day. We don't care that you went to Kroger, then to lunch with JoAnn, and had to be home in time to make chicken for dinner before you went to pick up little Jimmy from soccer practice, after picking up Cindy from dance class. You and about 1 million other moms across the country are doing the exact same thing. If you're trying to impress us with your busy schedule, you're not. If you had time to write 3 paragraphs about your day on Facebook, you're clearly not that busy. Hit up Twitter if you want to tell everyone exactly what you're doing at all times!

8. Vague statuses.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, likes a status that just says "Ugh." or "Please pray." What's wrong!? Pray for what!? If you don't plan on telling us, then don't bother with a status because people will ask. If you want people to ask, then why don't you just say it in the status, rather than making us search through 20 "what's wrong?" comments? I'm not being insensitive! It's just very annoying.

7. #Toomanyhashtags
This is really an Instagram thing more than a Twitter thing for me. On Twitter you can only hashtag so many things before you run out of characters, but on Instagram there is no limit. On Insta you can post a selfie and hashtag 30 random words that have nothing to do with the picture. People do this so that random people with the same hashtags will maybe see their picture and like it. Does it really matter if strangers like your picture? Nope, no it doesn't.

6. Political posts.
When election time rolls around, I want to throw my phone against the wall. I can't get on anything without seeing something political. I know your social media is yours to talk about whatever you want to talk about, but when everyone is talking about the same thing, all day, every single day for a year straight, it makes me crazy! Everyone has an opinion, and everyone wants to argue their point. When I voted for the first time, my Nanny told me that voting booths are private for a reason. It doesn't need to be anyone else's business who I vote for. That stuck with me. I don't have to discuss my political opinion, so I won't! This is precisely why I don't want to see yours on my newsfeed every day. It's your prerogative, but I don't like it.

5. Prego pics.
I think pregnancy is a wonderful thing! From what I hear, sometimes it isn't that fabulous, but there are some women who thoroughly enjoy it. Snaps for them! I love babies. I will say it again, I think pregnancy is wonderful and I love babies, but I hate naked maternity pictures. "Hate, hate, hate...double hate...LOATHE ENTIRELY!" Okay, now I said naked. If you are clothed, you are excused. If you want to get the nude maternity pictures done for a baby book or to hang in your nursery, you should do that. Don't post them. Please. I have absolutely no interest in seeing your half naked body being covered by only your husband’s hands and a ribbon. So awkward.

4. Selling things.
If you have a big item with some value, perhaps a car, a large appliance, a cell phone, or expensive footwear or handbags, then sell away! If you are taking bids on your Hollister t-shirts from 5 years, take it to a consignment shop, or better yet, GOODWILL!
Then there is the other type of selling things. Women love to be a part of selling the next big thing. Diet programs, make-up, handbags, whatever it may be. Now I am a little wishy washy about this, and I know it! I don't mind posts about things that I like, and if I REALLY like the person, but not the product, I can still tolerate it. If I don't like the product and don't really know the person, I want to set their whole stash of products on fire so that I no longer have to see their 100 posts a day. This is one thing that gets you hidden from my newsfeed super fast! As I said before, this isn't scientific...

3. Facebook is Facebook, and Twitter is Twitter.
Their intended purposes are very different. Do you feel the need to type and post every thought that enters your brain? You need Twitter. Twitter is designed so that your thoughts are in the moment, and then poof, gone! If you're watching WVU play basketball and want to comment on every play, referee calls, and missed shot, please do not post 25 Facebook statuses. TWEET ABOUT IT. I like to play by the "3 post rule" on Facebook. Post a status, share a picture, share an article, and then STOP. If I see your face on my timeline more than 3 different times, you are probably annoying me.

2. Save the the drama for your momma.
As Abby Lee Miller says, "Save the tears for your pillow!" Your social media account is not the place to air your dirty laundry. If you're fighting with your husband, having trouble with money, or having problems at work, do not post about it. It is very immature and unprofessional. It is also very uncomfortable for those of us forced to see it. Trust me, it won't be fun for you when your boss sees that post about his "barn door" being open all day! Also, I LOVE when these types of posts are followed by the "people need to quit talking about me" posts. You invited them to do so! If you want marital advice, have coffee with your friend, or better yet, see a therapist. I would venture to say 98% of your Facebook friends don't have a degree in counseling.

1. A Selfie a day keeps friends away.
I could really go on for days about this one. If you post a picture of yourself every few days, that is fine! It would be better if it were every few weeks, but I understand that we are all so impressed with ourselves that we must post more! I get it! If you are reasonable with the timing, I will give it the ol' thumbs up! I like selfies! However; if you take multiple selfies in one day and insist on posting them all because you just look so beautiful that you can't possibly choose just one, you need to stop. I'm going to tell you now; people are making fun of you. People are snapchatting their friends mimicking your duck face and peace sign picture. Don't say I didn't warn you. Oh, and while I'm at it, you aren't fooling anyone with your ridiculous editing on whichever app you use. You want to hide a zit? Fine! If your picture looks like a Toddlers and Tiaras headshot, you should probably address some self-esteem issues! Especially if our caption is something like "I look like crap" or "no make-up." Puh-lease. Quit fishing for complements!

So, there you have it! My top 10! I'm not going to lie; it was really hard to narrow these down! I have so many more, but I just don't feel like they're really worthy of the top 10 blog! If you have some I didn't mention, feel free to comment with them! I'd love to discuss! :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

The 2014 Oscars

Due to weather complications, my Oscar blog is a little late! I was at a Zumba event (an amazing event, next blog!) until 8:45 last night, and came out of the building to find freezing rain and a frozen car door! I made it up to Matt's house last night and have been having a snow day with his family today. Matt has 3 brothers, and as you can imagine they like to watch The Walking Dead, not the Oscars, so we DVR'd it! This morning Kathy and I sat down to watch the red carpet show before the main event. One by one the boys trickled in and gave their opinions of the show. They were NOT fans of all the short haircuts on the ladies! Don't tell them I told you. ;)

First things first.  Ladies, let's just take a moment...
Oh, and can't forget...


Also, there were some really, really, REALLY beautiful couples!


Okay, back to the blog. I think Ellen did a fabulous job hosting! I just adore her and her sense of humor! I can't go on without showing the record breaking retweet picture.


My best dressed was really hard to pick because I just don't think anyone really stood out above the rest! There was not one single person that blew my mind when they walked on that red carpet. I decided to go with Sandra Bullock. Of course she is always gorgeous, a little too safe, but gorgeous nonetheless. I loved the navy, the fit, and the hair. It all worked!


I love Jennifer Lawrence, and I don't mind her short hair, BUT I didn't love the way it was styled. A little too Hilary Clinton for me! The rest of her was beautiful! I was glad she chose to do something a little different with the "backwards" necklace (for lack of a better way to describe it.)


I thought Kristin Bell looked fabulous. I appreciate that she had a dress with a little pizazz!


I positively loved the dress that Pink wore to perform "Somewhere over the Rainbow." The sparkly red was so perfect! I loved the deep V with the sleeves too!


I like where Charlize Theron's designer was going with the dress, but I don't like how the straps just suddenly stop. They should have been thinner or something? I'm not sure what I would have done, but the rest was fab!

I think Lupita is as cute as a button, but I wasn't impressed with her dress. I also just can't get past her hair! She has a high top fade...It's a fade. No, girl!


As much as I hate to do it, I have to say my worst dressed is our WV girl, Jennifer Garner. I LOVE HER, I promise, I do! I just don't like tiers of fringe.


I think we can all agree that we look at Pharrell and say to ourselves, "wtf?" The hat lives on. It is definitely because it got him so much attention last time.


I really disliked Cate Blanchett's dress. The color with her skin and hair completely washed her out.


Liza Minelli, too easy. Next!


Julia Roberts' dress would have been a lot better for me without the lace peplum. Although I don't like the lace at the top either. I think she would have been better off rocking the deep V!


Last, but not least, Kerry Washington. She really let me down again. I can't wait until she pops that baby out and remembers how to dress again! There have been plenty of award shows with pregnant women looking fabulous, and she just can't get the hang of it! BUT, as I said last time, I won't hold it against her because I know it's not easy finding things that are comfortable and look good when there is another human under your dress.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ridiculous Items that I nee...I mean, Ozzie needs :)

Have you ever been standing in line at Wal-Mart wondering why they have so many random items placed by the register? Well, believe it or not, those items are not there just in case you should forget to pick up batteries, a DVD, or hand sanitizer. They are placed there for people like me. People who get bored if they have to stand in one place for more than 60 seconds. Each time I stand in line I am forced to look at all of those silly items until I convince myself that I need the Pajama Jeans! Yeah, Definitley needed the Pajama Jeaans... I have to switch gears on you, but we will come back to the buying silly things I don't need.

I will admit that taking care of Ozzie has been no cakewalk. It is definitely a good idea to have a dog before children (FYI). I have a touch of OCD and maybe a little hypochondria. Okay, I probably don't have either, but I diagnosed myself! Thanks WebMD! ;). Anywho, the bottom line is that I tend to freak out over ev-ery-thaanng he does. If he has a cut, if he makes a funny noise, if he doesn't turn around exactly 3 times before laying down, then I am immediately googling to see why my dog is possibly dying. I over analyze everything he does! Not good, I know. Helen and Kathy are trying to fix me! Since I have these moments with Ozzie, I have devoted some serious time into researching products to help me. (See, I told you we would come back to it!) After some careful thought, I can usually talk myself out of buying these ridiculous products. (Side note, sorry if you have them and I am making fun of them!)...(Another side note, I am 100% serious about wanting these items.)

The "Doggy Bjorn" (I am putting that in quotations because I don't know the real name of the product.)
I like to go to the park and run...okay jog.......alright I wog. Either way, Ozzie and I can't do it together because he likes to stop and sniff, or get tangled in a bush, or try to fight the pit bull passing us on the trail, minding his own business. All of these things interrupt the wogging! Also, Ozzie is very tiny, so he has to take probably 6 or 8 steps to my 1! After about 30 minutes of walking, he is pooped. Hence the need for the Doggy Bjorn! After Oz has done his biznazz and gets tired, I can simply strap him in and be on my way! I had this item in my cart on Amazon until I realized that I would be known as "That girl with her dog in a baby harness walking around the park." I said to myself "Annnndddd remove that from the cart."



The Doggy Booties
We have recently had a lot of snow, which Ozzie hates. He can play in it for about 5 minutes, and then he is holding his paws up and begging me to carry him inside. We've all seen videos of dogs stumbling around in these booties, and I always felt so sorry for them, until now. Ozzie needs the booties so his little feetsies won't get so cold when he wants to play in the snow! Sadly, every time I bring them up, everyone tells me no...


The Doggy Biscuit Maker
Ozzie was a victim of the treat recall a few months ago! He had eaten some before we knew about it, and became VERY sick. Luckily, he got it all out of his system quickly and is fine now. This incident makes me VERY careful about what I feed him. (PLEASE try to make sure your dog's treats and food are made in the USA, not China!) So, during one of Elder Beerman's many sales, I spotted the treat maker! I wanted it, I needed it! Tara talked some sense into me after she pointed out that I barely have time to cook my own dinners, so what made me think I would have time to make Ozzie's treats. Touche. So, no treat maker. An after thought - I know me, and I know I would have used it one time and it would have sat in the box for 10 years. Also, Ozzie is so picky (cough, spoiled) that I know he wouldn't have touched them!

The Doggy Umbrella
I still think this one is a great idea, even if everyone else doesn't. Who doesn't hate that wet dog smell!? So why not shield your dog from the rain and eliminate the odor with this little baby? Ozzie hates going out in the rain and snow, but he has to do his biznazz somehow! Unfortunately I have the same problem with the umbrella as the bjorn. I don't want to be the crazy lady with the umbrella leash!
The Doggy Table/Kennel
Ozzie was mostly house broken when I got him, and his separation anxiety was absolutely ridiculous, so we never got the hang of the kennel. Okay, I admit that I also couldn't stand to hear him whine and cry like he did, but that's beside the point! We don't need no stinkin' kennel! BUT if he did, we would've had one of these bad boys!

The Doggy Mansion
This one still isn't out of the question! Someday when I have a house with a nice, big backyard, Prince Ozzie will have his castle!....Seriously.

Doggy Diapers
I have to admit, I actually did purchase these when Oz had his surgery! They had pumped him full of fluids, but he was so tired and sore that taking him out to go potty was hard on him. Yes, I got diapers, so sue me! Ozzie hated the idea too, and that tiny little diaper didn't stand a chance. It probably lasted for all of 3 minutes before he was ripping it off!

I know that I go a little overboard with Ozzie, but it has always bothered me when people say "It's just a dog" because it's not to me! Ozzie is family. He is the only other living thing in my home (that I know of...still unsure about the man living in my attic - watching my TV and eating my food while I'm at work! That's another blog...). I know I would be incredibly lonely without the Ozman, and I've come to realize that he doesn't need to be pampered to know that I love him! He loves me no matter what, and the feeling is mutual!

Oh, and please adopt!! :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Biggest Loser = Understatement of the Year

I LOVE the Biggest Loser. I've been a fan for years, but for the past few seasons I've been a fanatic! I sob while watching the show. It's embarrassing how much I cry. Some stories are just incredible! It's amazing how these people are able to overcome challenges and achieve some wonderful things in such a short amount of time.
In most competition shows it's easy to pick the person that you're cheering for and root against everyone else, but the BL isn't like that. You find yourself cheering for everyone, and every week I am heart broken that someone has to leave the ranch! I usually pull for the person that is most like me. The young, 20-something, former athlete that kicks butt in all the challenges! Last season I was so desperate for Danni to win that I couldn't even sit down to watch the finale. She did win! Thank goodness. I might have had a meltdown if she didn't. She was athletic, muscular, and healthy!  This year my girl was Rachel, but the outcome of her journey was extremely different.

When Rachel first stepped out on stage in her dress, the initial shock of how much smaller she was made me SO happy for her! Then, as I looked at her more and more,I started to notice that she was VERY thin, maybe a little too thin. After they changed clothes for the final weigh-in it became shockingly obvious that something was not right. Upon weighting in, she lost 155 pounds. 260 lbs to 105lbs. That's right, I said one hundred five pounds.

I'm not sure if calling someone too skinny is just as insulting as calling someone too fat (probably because I've never had to worry about being too skinny! ;) ) but I just have to say it! She's too skinny! Where did her muscles go? She had them a few weeks ago! Her cheeks are sunken in, her eyes are dark, and her arms and legs look so tiny and frail. I admired her because she was an athlete, but she took the competition to a new level. Clearly her journey became about either winning or money instead of health.

It's just a huge disappointment that a show that I have followed and loved for years will now lose a lot of credibility because one girl chose to go overboard by transforming her food addiction into a different form of addiction, whatever that may be.  The BL has promoted healthy living and weight loss, and the prize money is to reward that. After seeing Rachel, I think the money should've gone to Dave. He embodied what the show is all about, and he is a positive example of healthy weightloss!  Jillian and Bob said it all with their facial expressions when she walked out.  You can see Tanya behind them looking less than impressed too.  It's such a sad situation because you WANT to be happy for her, but something inside you just can't do it!  She went too far, and I hope she gets the help she needs to control her new addiction before she takes it too far.