Monday, January 05, 2009
  Goals, bucket list, etc.

"Dr. & Mrs. Chen", originally uploaded by estacey.

I started making my "bucket list" the other night.. But erm, now it seems it's gone. Thankfully I didn't get too far.

But one thing I did write down was that I want to look good at my wedding. That's something I have always thought about... If I have to look back at my wedding pictures and cringe, there's going to be hell to pay. It was always something I would worry about later, though.

And now, well, nothing's official or anything like that, but I definitely think it's something I should be thinking about at this point.

Sooo... I retroactively asked for a membership to Beach Boot Camp from Chris tonight. He said sure, so I'll start going once we get back from California. That alone is three hours per week, and I want to start incorporating other stuff too - going with Chris on doggy jogs, etc.

This past semester just killed me. I was always eating on the run, always taking in sugary stuff to keep me going. No more soda from now on, and I am starting to make my own coffee at home rather than making a Dunkin Donuts stop every morning. The temptation to grab a quick breakfast there with my coffee is just too much, plus about half the time they manage to my coffee so sugary/creamy that I can hardly drink it.

So anyway.. I've said it before, but the only way to get into shape is to keep trying if you eff up. Now I really have something in mind though... Do I really want to be a fat American getting married in a foreign country? No, no, no, NO.

I'll post a picture, you know, at the end of 2009 or something. ;)

mmmmmmmmm Dunkin Donuts... Good for you for having good goals like these!
I spent my entire wedding with a shawl wrapped around me, despite how hot it was, because I was embarrassed to be seen without it hiding my fat. I hate to even look at my pictures.

I've lost quite a lot of weight since then, but gained back about half of it. I feel better than i did then, by for my 10th anniversary photos I'd like to be SMOKIN HOT.

So yeah, good goal. But you're beautiful, anyway. :) You just need to do what you need to in order to feel that way yourself.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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