Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Goals

Drafting this post on Evernote, and my phone auto-corrected "Summer Goals" to "Dinner Rolls". Evernote is so intuitive.

Our bodies can only take so much effort before a plateau is reached and frustration is met. Because I aim to reach my target weight of 170 by my birthday, that will mean I (will have) been working to loose weight for around 7 months. When I hit 170, I plan on maintaining it until Jan 2015 when I'll most likely go at loosing some more.

I'm going to try and teach my body that 170 is normal for the last part of 2014, and hopefully it'll take a hint. This TED Talk (I love Ted Talks, btw) explains that as we gain weight, our bodies do everything possible to get back to it's high point, even after shedding the pounds. But seriously.... ixnay on the evolution talk- you all know I think that's bogus. God created us this way.... he did not want us to be gluttonous* and overdose on sugar and carbs*. That's all on us and our increased waistline.

*this might not apply to you. Away with you , internet trolls!

Leg 1- 185 by May 1st. Check!
Leg 2- 10 lbs (185) by July 4th.
Leg 3- 15 lbs (170) by Sept 4th.
Maintain (170) until 2015

Rinse, repeat.
Also.... I gained zero pounds on vacation! And Tom got 2nd place on the Biggest Loser challenge, with 40 lbs lost in 3 months!

At this point, we are still mostly buying our lunches and joining Tom's parents for dinner on weeknights (and cooking for them on the weekends). I mean, eventually I would like to be eating with them a night or two a week, not five.

I can blame my lack of Suzie-homemakerness on scheduling conflicts all I want, but even if it is a valid excuse- there has to be a way we can become more self-sufficient when it comes to dinner. I can't leave the crockpot on all day, since our building is old enough I'm not confident a slow-cooker wouldn't fast cook our apartment. And I really don't want to start preparing dinner when I get home at 8:30pm. Freezer meals are a possibility.

And trust me, I want to learn how to cook. My mother cooked every meal for me until I was 8 and my elementary school teacher introduced me to McDonald's on a class trip (I remember not being a fan). I have high ambitions for 'future Farin', including making 3 meals a day, and not giving my kids that delicious convenient poison. And yes, I am a huge hypocrite, considering my love for Dunkin' Donuts.

I also love seeing cops at Dunkin' Donuts. Stereotypes don't fall from the sky, people.

Home Improvement
  • Wood Glue our Ikea chairs. Yes, we are people who love a quick (cheap) fix.
  • Fix bathroom tiles, grout. Remove shower doors. Find a curtain rod that will fit in the bathroom.
  • Kitchen Pot/Pan hanging storage. Something like this.
  • Install ceiling fan in bedroom.
  • Install shelves in bedroom.
  • Paint a room (any room! The entire place is too white!)
Start Rosetta (again) and follow a schedule. I bought the program August 2012, made a sweeping declaration on Facebook (see below) and a week later I got engaged. And then forgot about it.

Get confirmatory test and results, get figured out. That's all I really have to say here, considering I have no idea about what's going to happen.


Anyone else there have some summer goals?
Any of them include weight, language or home improvement?
Anyone have any experience removing shower doors or regrouting tile?


  1. Sounds like great goals! Good luck!

  2. Great goals. I'm with you on the cooking. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Good luck! I'll be interested to see how you like rosetta stone! I had some good luck with duolingo online, but I felt like I only improved my reading (and not much conversation skills), so I'm always looking for something helpful!

    1. I liked it, but initially I felt silly saying 'perro" 10 times (for the audio to accept it) since I have to learn to roll the R's. My neighbors probably think I'm nuts.

  4. Great goals! Good luck with everything! I'd love to know how Rosetta Stone goes, I've been wanting to try it for a while but didn't want to make the investment if it didn't really work.

    1. I got it on sale at half price for the entire course and it came with online tutors, but after the first 6 months that part expired. The tutor did teach me the oft-used phrase "como se dice _____ en espanol" which means "how do you say (word you don't know) in Spanish".

      I use that quite a bit :)


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