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Macro Lens

The Macro Lens is one that I was absolutely excited for … because, you know, we all wonder exactly what the inside of a flower looks like!

I am happy to report that my excitement continues for this lens!

Inset picture is the original flower. Background is the inside, as taken with the iPhone SE and the Macro Lens.

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Heading to the BC Lions (CFL) football game shortly … will have my new lenses with me and may try out a few!

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Six. More. Days.

O.M.F.G. Only 6 more days until I leave for VEGAS!!!

Am I excited? Perhaps a tad *insert stupidly huge grin here*

Happy Friday to everyone! The next 6 days are going to be busy BUSY for me … home and work.

I have some minor errands to run tomorrow. I really REALLY need to get some of my bookkeeping work done and wrapped up – it keeps staring at me! I’m going to the BC Lions home opener game tomorrow night (CFL – Canadian Football League)! I can’t wait … I am in no way a Lions’ fan, but I LOVE football!

Sunday is supposed to be really nice, and my new iPhone photo lenses FINALLY arrived yesterday (and some new workout gear today!), so I’d like to get out for a good walk and take some shots to see how the different lenses work.

At home, I have an “appointment” with Laura, my new cat sitter, on Tuesday. She works at the vet where the girls go and she knows their history. Plus we really hit it off and just totally clicked! She is someone I’d like to add to my friend circle, for sure. She’s coming over Tuesday to go over the regular to-do’s for the girls.

Wednesday will be laundry night. Thursday will be packing.

But on the work side of things … June 30 is the deadline to file corporate income tax returns for companies with December 31 year ends. Of my 3 managers and 1 partner, I still have 59 returns to get in for filing! That’s a HUGE number … I’m hoping my managers will work their tushes off this weekend (but also have time for life!!) so that we can get shit filed early in the week.

Either way, this next 6 days are going to FLY by!

Here is a picture of the small dinosaur that came with my iPhone photo lenses. This picture shows they style of photo each lens takes:

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Left to right, top to bottom:
• No filter regular shot of lenses
• Super fisheye
• Fisheye
• Telephoto
• Original (no lens)
• Polarizer
• Wide Angle
• Macro
• Instant filter shot of lenses

And just before bed last night, I snapped a couple of Waszabi:

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I ordered this 5 lens pack (you actually get 6 because one of them is a 2-in-1) from Photojojo. It was $110 including shipping and was actually shipped 2 – 3 days after the order was placed. The package went from South Dakota to North Dakota. Then East to Chicago (but I live on the WEST coast!) and it sat in Chicago from June 5 – June 17!! From June 17 it was in “Canada” … because, you know – Canada is so small! Frick … anyways, the package finally arrived on June 23. The estimated delivery was June 13 – 17.

So far I’m happy with the product, but I really should have done a bit more looking around and perhaps I may have been able to find a similar product a bit more cost effective from a site like Amazon or something.

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What Is My Traumatic Experience?

One thing I have noticed when watching weight-loss shows, or reading weight-loss stories, is that almost every over-weight person has some sort of traumatic experience in their life that they need to come to terms with in order to get past whatever is holding them back and keeping them over-weight.

So time and time again, I find myself wondering “what traumatic experience am I needing to figure out and deal with before I will lose weight and get healthy?”

Thing is … I had a pretty decent, not awesome, but memorable childhood! I wasn’t sexually assaulted or abused. I wasn’t verbally or mentally abused.

The only thing I can think of dates back to when I was young … 7 – 8 years old. My sister, who is 2 1/2 years older than me, was not a stellar child. Our birth parents split when I was 3/she was 6. Our mom met our stepdad when I was 4/she was 7. Dad was, unfortunately, the typical single dad … was supposed to have us every weekend or every other weekend – I don’t recall that much consistency. But he wasn’t an absent father.

Sister and I lived with mom and stepdad. They were married in October 1990, when I was 8 and sister was 11. Sister did NOT appreciate/like any rules – especially that of the relatively-strict stepdad. The rules didn’t seem all that exorbitant … but sister didn’t follow them well.

On more than one occasion, she would run away, leaving a note near the back door … which I found 95% of the time.

Halloween 1990 … sister (11 years old) was grounded for one reason or another and was not allowed to attend the school dance (which was happening pretty much right after school – not at night). I walked home alone (maybe 1 km, good neighbourhood, different times than today!) and stepdad was home. He inquired why sister wasn’t with me and when he determined (by my truth) that she was at the dance, he loaded me in the car and off we went to the school. I was to wait in the car … into the school he went … and out with sister he came … she probably would tell you he “dragged her out by the ear” but I am sure he had a tough grip on her shoulder!

Jump to the same evening. She was asked to take out the trash after dinner.

10 minutes (or so) later, I found the note by the back door. Sister was gone. Again.

It wasn’t much after that (last) runaway that sister decided to move out from mom and stepdad’s and move in with dad. Because dad is cool – he has no rules!

So January 23, 1991 … I remember so vividly because it was 1 month before my 9th birthday … sister moved out of “home” and moved in with dad. She was 11 still at this time.

It didn’t take long before she realized dad has rules too. I can’t remember exactly how long she was living with dad – maybe a couple of years? She continued to runaway. Dad would locate her and bring her back. Vicious cycle.

She ended up moving out of dad’s. Living with friends. Boyfriends. On the street.

When she was 16 years old, still a child/dependent, our birth parents were legally responsible for where she was and what she did. But they couldn’t control her. They didn’t know where she was. They didn’t know what she did. She left them no choice but to sign her away as a Ward of the Court. Sister was legally not my sister any longer.

Being a WotC, if she needed something, she simply had to ask her Social Worker or price it out then ask the worker … and voila – she had what she wanted. She has never EVER had to lift a finger and work for ANYTHING in her life.

At 18 she had her daughter. At 19 she was married. At 21 she had her son.

When the Courts were done “raising” her, she had a husband. He worked. She stayed home with the kids. (Now don’t get me wrong – I totally believe that being a stay-at-home parent is more than full-time work … but I’m talking “earn a living for yourself”)

She was separated at 30. Living with her new boyfriend … 2 weeks after splitting with her husband. Had daughter #2 at 35. Married at 36. Guess what? Husband #2 works. She stays at home.

… ok a little off track, kind of …

Having sister move out at 11 years old, making me an only-child at 8 years old, made MY life a little tough.

I had to deal with the strict “normal” rules from mom and stepdad. But they were a bit MORE strict because they didn’t want me to veer off and become like my sister did.

I had a curfew (normal), I had chores (normal), I worked for allowance (normal).

When I was 16, I started my first job (actually the day before my 16th birthday!) and in 4 months, I saved enough to pay for driving lessons (parents insisted I took lessons instead of teaching me their own errors LOL), enought to buy a car, and enough to pay for 1 year car insurance.

So even with a curfew, chores, etc., if I disobeyed, they couldn’t take my car away because I PAID FOR IT! Boo yah!

When I was a later-teen, my curfew was something like 11 pm or midnight … I’d usually roll in around 1:00 or so. It came to a point where mom would say “wake me when you get home so I know you’re safe” but they gave up on the curfew.

I wasn’t a bad child. I just disobeyed to a certain point!

… ok back on track …

I dealt with “baby fat” until I was 15 years old. Then over the summer, it fell off me! I was 5’6″ tall and weight about 125 lbs. Yet I was big compared to some of my school mates.

After high school graduation in June 2000, I moved out, fell in love and got engaged. Being in a “loving relationship” allowed me to let go. I was never a big exerciser … ever.

But in a matter of probably 4 – 6 months, I gained upwards of 70 POUNDS! I was close to 200 pounds by Christmas 2000.

I’ve been able to get down to 165 lbs and felt awesome! I’m presently around 245 lbs and am working at it … slowly.

I walk a shit-ton. But I eat (binge!) quite a bit, too. People at work and some family think I eat fairly healthy and keep my portions pretty good. But then I come home and eat eat EAT!

Not every night. But some nights.

A regular size bag of chips. A batch of homemade cookies. Previously, a bottle or two of wine (I’ve been staying away from alcohol for the most part).

So this I ask … was my childhood and the bullshit I endured from my sister enough to be considered a traumatic experience that I need to accept and move past in order to achieve my health goals?

I honestly don’t think so.

I think I need to suck it up, stop eating shit, workout more, and just fucking get it done!

I will continue to post positive and inspirational collages on FB & Instagram. Some of them I’ve even printed out some of these to hang on my fridge as a daily reminder!

 

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Rain In Vancouver!?

Saturday.

Rain.

Vancouver.

‘Nuff said.

Just kidding. Kind of. It is Saturday. It is raining. It is Vancouver.

Not too much happening ’round this house today. I need to return/exchange some new workout capris I got from Joe Fresh – they have a hole in the side seam. I need to hit up Costco – I want a rotisserie chicken to make salad. The West End Farmers Market is today. Also it’s Car Free Day on Denman Street.

Since it’s a rainy day, I decided to take transit to run my errands. I get to the bus stop and see the bus is just at the stop before – perfect timing!

As the bus approaches, the sign reads “Sorry Bus Full” and it goes right past.

Now, this isn’t a rare occurrence as this said bus is always a short bus (C23). But today is different because the alternate bus on Davie Street (#6 – regular size bus) has been cancelled due to a “special event”.

Ok – so I wait for the next … it’s only about 10 minutes out. Low and behold … “Sorry Bus Full” and vroom – past it goes!

So I decided to call TransLink (operating company) and inquire if they were planning on using a regular size bus or adding extra short buses, since the alternate route isn’t running today and all the buses are full … she was not helpful.

I decided to cross the street and grab the bus in the wrong direction, stay on and ride it until the stop I actually need comes. Voila – that worked! So finally I’m on my way to run these errands!

Unfortunately Joe Fresh didn’t have the right size to exchange the pants, so I just returned them.

Next I hopped on the SkyTrain on my way to Costco. I only need chicken … but I grabbed a cart anyways (stupid, stupid girl!)

$80 later, a jam-packed tote bag and one perfectly sized box later, I’m on my way home! I ended up with:

  • chicken
  • pretzel crisps
  • hummus
  • frozen pineapple chunks
  • red grapes
  • dark red cherries
  • sprouted rice & quinoa blend
  • snap peas
  • 3-pack frozen spinach & feta pizza

I am grateful the bus stop is almost right outside Costco because the tote and box were a bit heavy! I am grateful the bus arrived right when I got to the stop … and that it was pretty well empty! I am grateful my apartment building has keyless fob entry!

And now I’m grateful for Netflix and a great variety of series to watch during this rainy day! Can you say “binge watch OITNB”!? Woot woot!!

I ordered some photo lenses for my iPhone back on June 1. Delivery was estimated to be June 13 – 17 … and today is June 18 and I am lensless.

When I track the shipment, the package has been at USPS Chicago since June 5 … just sitting there.

Until last night … now the package is in CANADA!!! Wooohooo!!! I was starting to get worried that maybe the lenses wouldn’t be here in time for my Vegas trip. Actually, I want them plenty before hand so I can test them out and know how to use them & change them. Hopefully they’ll be delivered Monday or Tuesday!

Also, my next shipment of Le-Vel Thrive shipped on June 15. Normally it’s 2 day delivery, but tracking says it should arrive June 22 … 7 days (WTF!?) LOL however, tracking shows it’s already in Vancouver … so likely to be delivered Monday :o)

Vegas is coming up quickly! I leave July 1 yes!!! Have you been to Vegas? Is there anything I should ABSOLUTELY see?

I am going to see Whitney Cummings on July 2, Neon Museum/Freemont July 3, Garth Brooks July 4 and come home July 5. But I’ve got 3 whole days to fill … see all the sights … just take it all in!

Oh and this coming week, it’s supposed to be 45+ degrees Celsius there … like 115 Fahrenheit! Holy hot batman!

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Dizzy … Nauseous …

Oh how I dislike lingering headaches …

This one is behind my eyes … and in my neck … and in my jaw … and I feel like it’s been there for about 2 weeks. When a show is shot from a shaky-camera angle, it makes me nauseous. Light hurts my eyes.

I am certain it’s a combination of:

  • lack of quality sleep due to think curtains & excessive light (I am NOT complaining about the sun rising around 5:05 am and setting around 9:20 pm
  • fighting a bug

I finished a week of antibiotic eye drops for a bout of pink eye … and had to wear my glasses for that time. I don’t “hate” my glasses, but I much prefer to wear contacts. However, after taking this picture:

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I decided that I sometimes LOVE wearing my glasses!

Anyways, I need to find a sleep mask that cups the eyes, instead of laying directly on the eyelids. I think that will be of some help.

This weekend was mellow. I got a car share and went to Walmart on Saturday morning. I mainly needed cat litter, but I also wanted to see if it was possible to print some of my Instagram pictures on the Kodak image printer … and I could!

I had an idea in my mind about how I wanted to display some pictures on the wall above my couch. So after printing a few pictures at Walmart, I went to Indigo (Canadian book chain) to pick up some mini clothes pins/jute combo … oh and at Walmart I also found some cute white flowers that stick on the wall. This is what I came up with:

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I was also planning on going to Ikea to pick up a peg board to create a vision board. After printing a few pictures for this, I came home and found that my clean white fridge would be the PERFECT place to create a vision board! The pictures/collages I picked are some of my favorites over the past few months. I know I’ll have more and more in the future and I’ll continue to update my board:

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But that is all for now because looking at the computer, even with the brightness dimmed so low, I am not feeling well. Hope this stupid headache-thing leaves my body soon … I’ve only got 18 days until Vegas!!!

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Still Thriving!

One of my besties has baby #3, a girl named Laura, on May 18, 2016! So excited for them!!! Their oldest is a boy, Michael … I want to say he’ll be 4 in the fall. Number 2 is a girl, Danielle, will be 2 this summer.

This week has gone by quickly with not much exciting … other than above written paragraph!

I found out that Florida Georgia Line will be performing in Vancouver in November. I saw then a few years ago in Penticton and will be buying a ticket to this coming concert, too.

Today I bought a ticket to see Whitney Cummings in Vegas. She is one of my favorite comedians, so this is totally a bucket-list experience!

I did my first 5-week weigh-in/measure yesterday. I’m only down less than 2 pounds but I’ve lost over 4 inches. That’s something and down is down!

Yesterday morning I did a nice long walk … hit my minimum 10K steps before 9:45 am! Even spent a good 20 minutes on the swing set at the park … and I think more adults need to take swing set time! It’s NOT just for the kids. And there were no kids waiting for a swing … in fact, there were 6 swings not in use when I got there. And a young couple (maybe late 20’s) joined me on the swings – it was awesome!

Last weekend I did a small shopping trip. Got some new tank tops, sports bras, sunglasses, make up.

I bought a new ball cap/hat from TNA. And I got a new bag … shoulder bag. The brand is Hedgren. It’s a smaller purse/bag so that I don’t need to use my backpack all the time. Especially in Vegas – I don’t want to haul a backpack around each day. Just something big enough to hold the essentials.

This weekend has been pretty mellow. Today I haven’t done much of anything. I’ve been in my jammies all day (ok, my jammies are workout gear LOL) and had to put on my bra to go to Safeway for a few groceries.

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Where have you been?!

Ok, really … it’s “where have I been!?”

I’ve been slacking on posting … but honestly – nothing much has been happening! LOL

I had my birthday at the end of February. Usually, my co-workers (that I’m friends with) are in the Yukon on audits for the week before and the week of my birthday – every year. Well, there was no change this year – they were up there. The only difference is that they aren’t my co-workers any longer since I up & left in August.

So I sent an invite to my new (not yet “friends”) co-workers to come out and have drinks & appies with me after work the day of my birth. I was SHOCKED to see that something like 18 people RSVP’d “yes” to come!!! I think in the end, there was 15 people – crazy amazing! I felt absolutely wonderful that so many people wanted to celebrate ME!

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Now it’s almost a week into March and still not much is happening. My life is pretty simple, some might say boring. I wake, go to work, come home, watch some tv, go to bed. Simple.

I’m trying to get in some extra exercise … mainly at lunch, if I feel like it. But on 99% of days, I walk 30 minutes to work. And perhaps 75% of days, I walk 30 minutes home. Plus the walking/steps that I do throughout the work day. So I’m by no means “lazy”. But what I’m doing is simply only enough to maintain my “health” at the moment.

I was trying the 21 Day Fix, but trying to do the (only) 30-minute workout when I got home from work was just too much (I know – it’s really NOT much!) but I was already spent. So I did it a few days at lunch at the gym at work. And I found that helped in more than one way. 1.) I got the extra exercise done 2.) doing it at the gym with strangers around made me push myself, whereas at home I give up easier and 3.) I think it increased my alertness for the afternoon.

But I didn’t/couldn’t stick with it.

A FB friend has been posting about herself and her husband using Le-vel Thrive products and how awesome they are. So she reached out to me (seeing my continued health journey) and suggested I simply check out their website. I finally did and set up a call with her to get a bit more info.

While her hubby’s success is awesome (he was a pack-a-day smoker, excessive-coffee drinker, etc. and how he smokes maybe 5 smokes, drinks maybe 2 cups of coffee) – it kind of doesn’t relate to me because I don’t smoke, I don’t drink coffee (or really any caffeine) … so what could this product do for me.

She offered to send me a trial … for free … so, yeah – let’s see what happens.

The 3-day trial arrived on Thursday but I decided to wait until today (Sunday) to try it, just in case there are any adverse side effects.

So I woke up, took the 2 capsules with a gulp of water and got out of bed. About 30 minutes later, I shook up the shake and drank it down (not quickly, but quicker than I usually drink shakes … maybe over 15 minutes) and applied the DFT patch.

Now, today is supposed to be a(nother) shitty rainy day in Vancouver. But when I got up, it was GORGEOUS … and it’s hard to say if it is because of the Thrive program that I (literally just) started, or if it’s because of the nice morning – but I wanted to get out for a walk & some fresh air.

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I also took this picture that makes it look like I could possibly be in a tropical location:

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Anyways … we’ll see how the day goes and if I notice any difference in my awakeness/alertness on a “lazy” Sunday!

I have really high hopes for the Le-Vel Thrive program to increase my energy and hopefully get me moving more, eating less, and feeling better! I was told it only takes 2 days to arrive once ordered … so if today feels good and tomorrow (morning) feels as good, or better … I may order a month of it ($190/month if ordered on autoship) tomorrow and hope for it to arrive Wednesday.

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Red Couch

When I started 2016, one of my intentions was to blog more. Granted, I’m likely blogging more than I did in 2015, but I was hoping to blog every couple of days. Looks like I might need to recheck my intentions! LOL

Tomorrow is Family Day in BC … the rest of Canada celebrates it the following Monday. I really do love long weekends, especially when I haven’t any plans. I can be a complete lazy butt for an entire day and still have two full days to get my normal weekend stuff done.

One of my minor plans this weekend was to get to Ikea and check some items. I wanted to see how much their sheets were … and I’ve got to say I’m rather shocked that they aren’t more cost effective! A set of sheets (one fitted, one flat & two pillow cases) for a queen-sized bed was going to be roughly $40 before tax! That’s how much they are at Walmart! I always thought you could get dirt-cheap (granted, likely dirt-quality, too) items at Ikea.

I also wanted to look at their towels. I have 2 sets of matching bath towels, but they are regular size and I prefer a bath sheet for my body after showers/baths. I have one from many years ago and it’s really starting to get ratty-tatty. I opted to buy just one bath sheet from Ikea (no need for 2 when I live alone!) and it was only about $15 before tax.

The third thing I wanted to double-look at was their couches. I had been checking them out pretty much since I moved to Vancouver because I sold my previous couch, loveseat & chair set before moving here … good thing, too, because I would NOT have had room for them in either the moving van or the apartment!

When I had been to visit Leila last weekend, her folks mentioned their couch & loveseat were from Ikea. And it actually turns out it was the same style I had been considering. Now, granted … their set is quite a few years old, so it’s nicely worn in and comfy.

At Ikea, the couch measured 5″ smaller than I wanted my maximum length to be. I had been considering a couch with chaise, but figured I could just get a storage footstool instead. Ok – so decision made. I had found the style of couch & footstool that I wanted.

Now the bigger decision … what colour of cover do I want!?!? Well … when you’re trying to keep the total cost relatively affordable, you may opt for whatever is on sale!

Low & behold, the red couch cover was on sale for $79 instead of $149 … but the red footstool cover was not on sale – regular $49. I decided I could absolutely get into a red couch – why not!? It would be an awesome bold pop of colour in my rental-beige apartment!

So what about the footstool cover … I found a nice beige-y colour cover for $29 – another $20 less than the red and it would create a nice contrast and still go with my area rug (beige, from Ikea), carpet and wall colour!

With same-day home delivery, it was about $850 for the couch, footstool and both covers – not too shabby in my mind!

Delivery came and then came the task of assembly! I thought I’d wait until this morning to assemble, as the delivery didn’t arrive until 9 pm last night. But noooo – I want it now! So about 30 minutes and quite a bit of sweating LOL footstool & couch were assembled and covered!

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I still have to rearrange a bit of furniture to make it all fit – mainly the cedar chest Dad built me for my 16th birthday … it’s currently blocking 3/4 of my front hallway!

I also restarted the 21 Day Fix on February 1. I got through Total Body Cardio Fix (Monday), Upper Fix (Tuesday), and Lower Fix (Wednesday). But I only managed 1/2 of Pilates Fix (Thursday) because my lower back was killing me and I didn’t want to risk any injury. Friday should have been Cardio Fix, Saturday should have been Dirty 30, and today should have been Yoga Fix … but I’ve been a lazy arse! LOL

Restart tomorrow, but continuing as Week 2.

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January 31 …

Today is January 31, 2016.

The older we get, the faster the time goes by!

Tomorrow if February … already! My birthday is in February, so it’s my favourite month!

I’m thinking about trying out yoga. I’ve had a sore/tight back for about 6 months now and the chiropractor has helped, but I can’t help but think that yoga will not only help loosen my muscles all over, but will also stimulate lymph movement and assist in my health journey.

I’m going to try YYoga in Vancouver. They offer a newbie version of 1 month unlimited (yoga, spin, sauna) for only $40!

Plus, at work we’re given $500 to use towards health improvements, so I’ll get it back anyways! AND … I can get some new workout/yoga clothes under this plan, too!

Was thinking about starting the 1-month trial today … but it’s been raining non-stop and I don’t really feel like leaving the house (other than I went for groceries this morning and got my nails done!)

If I start the 30 day trial today, it would take me through February 29 … granted, if I wait until tomorrow, I’ll have it until March 1!

I also really would like to get fully on-track with the 21 Day Fix starting tomorrow. That would take me through February 21 and my birthday is the 23!

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Oh Hellz Yeah!

Woot – 1st week of work in 2016 is done! It was a nice week. Not too long, not too fast.

But now it’s the weekend!

I actually obtained my second new client this week! One of the managers coming to our team … her hubby has a business and she was looking to get his books up to date, but didn’t really know where to start for the bookkeeping aspect. I mentioned I have a bookkeeping business and voila! I have my second new client! Starting 2016 off on the right foot!!

I withdrew my US and CA money today and I go pick up my Jamaican money tomorrow. Only 1 more week until I fly, fly away!!!

Food was relatively on-track this week. I was down 2 pounds as of before dinner yesterday … and that’s for 1 week, and allowing myself some 70% dark chocolate, too.

It’s nice to see results with simply following the food plan … just imagine what’ll happen when I toss in the working out!!!

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