Soooo …. I’ve gained weight.  Like, noticeable weight.  I think – based on my clothes – that my weight started creeping up here and there last year.  It has gone crazy since about this time last summer, though.  I think I’ve gained 20-25 pounds since last June.  I know that I’ve gained 10 of those pounds since January of this year.  I feel it.  The jiggling and the tight clothes and the puffy face.

Something obviously has to change.

I think some old/bad habits just snowballed.  I’m not necessarily eating poor quality food and I haven’t reverted back to eating fast food or anything like that – but I’m eating too much/too often and I’m choosing things like pizza and bagels and ice cream WAY too much.  There was a stretch where I was probably eating ice cream daily.

So, anyway.  It’s time to do something about it.  I said – back on 1/1/16 – that my health needs to be a priority this year – so I need to get on it.

I created a youtube channel and I’m going to do short vlogs each day (hopefully – maybe weekly at the very least) to document what I do to lose 30 pounds.  I need to shake it up and do something different/fun that provides some accountability.

I’ve thought about doing this for a while – just haven’t been ready to commit.  I was SUPER grumpy yesterday as I recorded the videos and I think it’s because I was making a commitment and putting a goal out there – a hard commitment/difficult goal.

It really doesn’t matter if zero people watch.  I apparently need some form of responsibility to something to keep myself accountable.  I need a reason to stop and think about my actions.  It also REALLY helps to talk it out – whether written or verbal – so … yeah.  I don’t have a ton of time and have no idea how to edit videos, so it’s going to have to be simple and crappy and recorded on my phone – but hopefully it will give me whatever I need to be successful.

I weighed 196.4 yesterday.  (!!!!!)  I need to be around 165.

So, here it is:

I’m sure it will mostly be a bunch of bitching.

I’m planning to keep this blog going, too.  If you can call what I do “going.”

This is the only whole body picture I could find taken within the past couple of weeks.  So this is it – 30 pounds up.

Making sure I'm free of radioactive isotopes. 😜😜

Other than that, life is good.

I’m free! Classes are officially over and I’m moving on to the next phase THANK GOD. I think I can definitely say that I am DONE with classes. Period. Forever. It took just about every ounce of willpower I had to power through the last couple of months. I’m just SO READY to focus on my own work/dissertation.

I accepted a new position at my job, so I’m going back tomorrow. Super excited/nervous. It’s a new situation with a new title and new responsibilities and lots of things I’ve never done before (like being someone’s boss) – but I’m ready.

We’re about to celebrate MC’s 2nd birthday! Unbelievable.

I can't believe I blinked and 2 years passed. 😳😬😍



Jon and I recently spent some time in San Diego (for a conference for him) and New Orleans (for a conference for me).  It worked out that I was able to meet him in San Diego, then he followed me to New Orleans – and then he went to Germany.  Crazy – but it worked out, we had a lot of fun around our work obligations and we didn’t have to go weeks in a row without seeing each other.



We don’t have any major vacation plans this year outside of a short trip to the beach with MC and Jon’s child #3. Looking forward to that, for sure.