Saturday, December 31, 2011

The End...

Of 2011!! Its a little after 3pm on the east coast and I am sitting in my bunk room at work. I do the 24hr shift thing so tonight the only thing I'm kissin is my pillow! Though  my thoughtful hunny made me promise not to kiss the dogs when I get home in the morning so he can still be my first kiss of the New year. Hes a sweetie when he wants to be.

My year in review...
January: Mr.B and I were getting ready for his deployment and I was working a crap ton of Overtime
February: We were both in the early stages of wedding planning and we just had started looking for houses
March: Mr.B deployed :(

April-July: House hunted like a mad woman - Transferred bases - lost of skype dates - lots girls nights
Lost 20Lbs!
August: I closed on the house!!! Lots of painting and traveling from PA- NJ - DE

September: Bridal shower - lots of house work
October: My hunny came home!!

November: Mr.B & I got married :) 1st cruise honeymoon

December: My birthday, Moms birthday, 1st Christmas as a married woman & first in our home!

Welp! I had an amazing - packed year! Heres to next year!

Fitness Goals...

Lets be honest... I always set these HUGE goals and I wait and wait until I almost hit my deadline then I crash diet or promise myself I wont eat out until I meet my goal. I usually meet my goal but then In a few months or "rewarding" myself I gain it all back. So this new goal is how I am going to work on myself to make it a little more bearable & realistic...Boosting myself up a little - I feel like I am in "okay" shape. I am the girl at the gym that lifts weights AND does cardio. I am a career firefighter so weight training is a huge part of my routine. I do not feel like I am fat, though I for sure have room for improvement. I feel like I want to tone up and by losing the 15 pounds I think that it will hit the nail on the head & help me become more comfortable in my own skin.
I know that working out isn't the only thing I need to do to achieve my goal - its the eating part. Which is usually where I fail miserably. My personal goal is to limit myself to eating out once a week, and eliminating soda totally. I know there are extreme diets where cutting out carbs and drinking green shakes work but not for this gal. Though I am going to limit my intake of white breads and rice, and stick to whole wheat's.

So here is! GOAL: Lose FIVE (5) pounds a month... for the months of January/February & March. If at that time I am happy with it then I will just maintain or I can reevaluate and maybe lose some more.

Can anyone else relate to my weight loss issue? Any tips advice?

Till next time,

Oh P.S. go check out Our Nesting Place shes hosting a giveaway that ends today!

Monday, December 26, 2011

The day after...

Merry Belated Christmas!!

Sorry I didn't post yesterday! I had every intention to but I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to cook Christmas dinner for my family! Lets say without my mother we would have been eating at 8pm and the night may have ended with me in tears. But because of her things went smoothly. Next year I think I will plan it out a little better... Here are some pictures of our fab. meal
 Turkey (for my Dad) & a delish Ham
Famous Taco Dip + Peanutbutter balls & Deviled eggs 
 Side dishes
My Momma & Myself!

At the end of the night it was a great meal! It was a great day! I enjoyed it with my family, brother - in law & a few friends.

I was a spoiled girl yesterday. Between my hubby & family & friends I got so many presents! My most treasured gift from yesterday was from my hubby. Its one of those Pandora type bracelets. I adore it. He put lots of thought and love into picking the beads and I can not wait until our next holiday to see if I get more beads :) The blue(ish) and green (ish) are blingy though the picture really doesn't do it justice. They are our birthstones (December and Aug). The American flag & then the heart with devil horns and a tail.

How did you spend your holiday? Did you get an amazing meaningful gift?

Till next time

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The end?... or the beginning?

I can not believe in just a few short days 2011 will be over and we will start 2012. Well 2011 has been a tough whirlwind of emotions for me. Many ups and downs, So many memories. But I can not wait what 2012 has in store for Mr. B and I. With that being said here is a list of "goals" for next year. 

1. Make our house into a home
We only started living together in our "new" house for 2 months... but before that I had my own ideas of what I wanted to do any where things needed to go. Now that Mr.B is home from his deployment we really want to add each of our own touches to everything. It will be a work in progress... and understandably it is just the beginning :]

2. Fitness
Now, I don't want to sit here and say that I will do this, or I wont do that - even that I need to lose this much weight.... but in 2012 I want to make healthier choices. I have a goal weight or 160 (currently 172-4ish) and I know that I can do it but I don't want to put a number on a health goal. I just want to be healthy and when/if the weight falls off then I will be a happy camper.

3. Become more organized.
There are 2 rooms in our house where it looks like my storage unit threw up in them to make them look as they are now. Its awful. We are working on the office currently - looking at paint and checkin out the situation... The guest room is a work in progress. It currently holds all of our clothing & it doesn't look like we will have any guests spending the night in therefor a while.

4. Save money
We still have separate accounts and I want to merge them all together. We also don't have a strict savings plan but I have something in mind for 2012...

What are your goals for 2012??

Till next time xo

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tis the Season

So today my Christmas cards will go out. Yeah on December 19th, I know but better late then never. This year is different then others... not because I don't like Christmas or not because I am not in the giving mood. But because these last 5 months have been a whirlwind of madness.

See in  August I closed on my lovely home. I closed on it, moved in and started making it my own all while my husband, then fiance was deployed. In October he came home from his deployment to a work in progress. Then 3 short weeks after he got home we got hitched. Yup.. we sure did. Did I mention while looking for houses, moving in and painting I planned our wedding? Since the wedding and honeymoon (We got back 23 Nov) I haven't really been in the holiday spirit. I am usually the best gift giver and I have themes for presents and its priceless to see my families faces when they open them. This year will be different. I got everyone presents but they are so off the wall and crazy unusual its killing me. I am still not finished shopping. I'm planning on finishing up tomorrow and Wednesday. Hopefully I can tie up all the lose ends and it will come together nicely. Oh and this year we will be spending Christmas at the B residence. First Christmas there and the first big mean being planned and cooked by little ole' me (I'm planning on bribing my mom to come early to make sure I don't mess things up).

Any good recipes for Ham and the fixins' let me know!

I'll leave you with one of the pictures we put on our Christmas Cards :)
Till next time...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let me introduce myself...

Well this is odd... writing about myself to no one! Here goes - My name is Christine, I'm a newlywed (11.11.11) and a new home owner (08.16.11) & I love DIY and house projects. I am working on myself, realizing its about my husband and I now. I am on a fitness journey hoping to achieve my goals.

I wrote this a super long time ago and had it posted on my facebook. I changed it up a little bit to reflect the changed times but I think its good for here without telling you all (who am I kidding I don't have followers yet) my life story just yet...

I’m brutally honest.
You might not like what I have to say.
I’m overly sensitive.
Especially things that I am passionate about.
I trust too easily. My fault.
It takes me awhile to truly open up.
I believe in second chances...not thirds.
So please don’t mess up more then once.
I value your friendship. I hope you Value mine.
I’m a free spirit trapped in a world of order…

I’m going to break free eventually.
I'll do or try anything once,

especially when you tell me I won't or can’t
Except sushi.
I (used to) like the guys you're not supposed to.
...they spit, aren't afraid to get dirty & will probably break your heart.
I’m a nice girl.
(stuck in a mean world)
But people use it against me.
I get jealous easily...but try to keep it to myself.
I give great advice...that I never take.
Maybe I should start.
I swear I have good intentions...
I say a lot of things the wrong way & I’m sorry for that.
I like to drink more than I should, I’m working on it.(
Great success)
I have fun, Its just what I do.
I love to drive around and sing at the top of my lungs.
(or with who ever is in the car)
I dance around by myself…in my underwear.
I sleep in my underwear too. (only with my husband)
I lead with my heart...its going pay off ONE day.
Hopefully soon.
When I Love - I love with ALL of me.
I have big goals for my future...wish me luck.
Your goals = My Goals.
I believe if you can’t get someone out of your head…
..Maybe they belong there.
(he does)
I think laughing is just as necessary as breathing.
 Most people forget that.
I’m here to help you remember.
I've learned a lot from unlikely sources.
Very unlikely.
I consider myself a good person.
I hope you do too.

I want a house with a pool
& a white picket fence with a big yard.
I want to be able to walk to the beach.
I want Sunday family dinners
Two dogs in the back yard
(we've got three)
A kid or Two Maybe
Someone who cant go a day without thinking about me.
A shoulder for me to cry on
Someone who’s goal is to make me smile.
My goal will be to make you smile as well.
I want to smile for no reason.
Worry every time you walk out the door.
& I would be proud to call you mine.
A kiss on the forehead & I know everything will be okay
Someone who will let me fall asleep in their arms. EVERY night.
I want a best friend & soul mate.
Finally someone who will tell me they Love me and mean it.
( I've found him ...Mr.B )

Till next time...