Photo Challenge

I seem to be at a point where I need to find a new challenge for myself. I like these photo challenges that are going around. The one I have found that I like for the new year is Photo365. You take a photo once a day for every day of the year. This is certainly not going to be easy by any means, but in order to keep me inspired and moving forward i am going to take it one month at a time. There are a couple different people that posts monthly challenges with something to do for each day of the month. I think I would like to attempt this challenge. What are your thoughts?

 

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Tracking Device???

I’m gonna hope or believe that I’m not the only one who has forgotten where they parked their car?!?!

Sadly this is not the first time for me, but the first time I’ve had to enlist help other than my friends to find my car. This time my friends had already left and I thought I was okay, but, as it would turn out not so much.

Saturday we danced in our last parade of the year in Granite Falls, WA. A small town, but not one I frequent very often. We did the parade and off we went to go eat lunch. Keep in mind at this point we have already gone around a couple different blocks and I thought I knew where I was at. We got to the restaurant and it was way too busy so we decided to head to the next town over. We all head our separate ways to our vehicles. When I got there some friends had parked behind me, but they were already gone.

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Now it’s time to try to find my car. I knew we only parked about a block or so away from where we lined up, but for the life of me I could find my car. Two hours later I’m exhausted and my feet hurt. I have no phone or purse as it is in the trunk of my car. The less I have to carry after the parade the better. Now it’s time to go find some help. I walk up to the Pharma-Save and start chatting with some nice ladies who are having a sale outside the store. I tell them about my situation, not sure what they would really be able to do. One of the gals let me borrow her phone, but of course who can remember phone numbers anymore? That is what our phone is for right? When all else fails and exhaustion has taken over time to get the police involved. Not my proudest moment, but I was out of ideas and knew no one in town. I called them and explained my situation. At this point I was able to take a break and sit down inside the store and that was a blessing on my feet. Maybe five or so minutes later a cop showed up in an unmarked. This was also a blessing as I had to ride in the back of the car.

He was (thankfully) a patient and understanding officer. He took me around town until I found my car. Now mind you, had I gone one block over from where we had been dancing I would have found my car. As I stated not my brightest moment. I was thankful to be able to get in and sit down yet again. This is not the first time I have done this. I called my friends to let them know what was going on as they had called me wondering where I was. I gave them a great chuckle as well as some other friends and my mom.

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My friends have now made it clear that I need a tracking device or I am just to ride with someone else so this will not be an issue. While at the time I wasn’t too happy as I was exhausted and sore, I can now look back and laugh right along with my friends as they still haven’t stopped laughing about it.

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One of these days I will learn, in the mean time it seems I will keep entertaining my friends. I need to learn to keep my phone with me and take a picture of where I park.

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100 days of Happy!!

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I know! I know! You’re thinking…. there is no way someone could find something happy 100 days in a row. I’m here to tell you it can happen and I have already done this challenge once, and I am here to do it a second time. This time around though I’m going to blog about a day here or there to give a little more detail as to why that day, or that event, or whatever it may be meant something to me. Below is the link if you want to join me in the challenge. Follow me along my journey. If you are doing your own I would love to see and here about it.

http://100happydays.com

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

It wasn’t too long ago that I found myself out of work and without transportation. It’s been awhile since I have had nothing to do and nowhere to go. I’ve always been a busy person, be it with friends, work, events, and school. One can get overwhelmed being “too” busy, and when you get the downtime you don’t enjoy it like  you should.

I seem to find myself in that spot right now. I have been non stop busy since I got my vehicle back, a job, all the events with the dance team, my small pet sitting business, and school on top of it all. I look forward to the days that I get to sleep in, though sometimes it’s not much. I do enjoy the constant, but then of course I go I wish I could slow down. It’s funny when we get what we ask for, but then don’t think too much about what we had and relish the peace and quiet. Ya live and sometimes learn…lol!!Image

90 day challenge to lose 50 pounds

I have started a 90 day challenge to lose 50 pounds.

Losing weight is something that has always been on my mind, but never has it been something easy for me to accomplish. I have tried so many different diets, and for me as a very picky eater, having to plug my nose to try and suck something down just wasn’t in my best interest. Now I have found Body By Vi (Visalus), and I absolutely love the product. I get up in the morning (which for me right now is noon) and make a shake, I have a healthy chocolate chip cookie that they provide as a snack, a shake for lunch, and i am working on a healthy dinner. 

This was perfect timing for me right now being that I am out of work and staying with some wonderful friends. It helps reduce the cost in food being that I only have to buy for my dinners, and saves time in making things. I have never been one who is good at what I put in my body because usually I am on the go like most and don’t make the time to sit down and make something real that isn’t drive through or something you can throw in a microwave.

So now it’s time to hold my self accountable and it helps to put it out there to everyone, not only so they can help hold me accountable, but for the love and support from friends and family. It’s easy to say you’re going to do something and then put it off till later and you don’t feel guilty, but putting it out there for every one to see and know would be a big let down not only to them, but to me especially. Right now I can take charge of this part of my life so why not. I was blessed with the opportunity and wasn’t about to pass it up.

Would you pass the up the opportunity to make yourself healthier and help the loved ones around you get healthier?

 

So here it is. I started the challenge on January 15th. 

Weight = 231

Thigh = 24

Arm = 13

Chest = 46

Waist = 50

Hips = 48

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Here I am folks. I can’t wait for the transformation! If you are going through something similar or the same thing I would love to hear about it. 

If getting healthy is your goal let me know. Check out my website at heathercaldwell.bodybyvi. com I would love to help!

Here’s to 2013

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So how many of you are setting New Year’s resolutions? How many of you plan on sticking to your resolutions?

           I plan on making one resolution, and that is making it through the New Year, a better and stronger person than I am today. I am faced with a few struggles going into the New Year that I’d hoped I would never have to face. I don’t wish it upon anyone to face it. I’ve gotten past the whining point and am simply stating my situation in order for myself to put it out there in a positive light, and to hopefully come up with more ideas on how to figure things out.

          This year has been quite the adventure and quite the struggle. I have moved a few times, worked a couple jobs, and I find myself right back where I started a couple years ago when I had to start all over. No accident this year, but I have no home and no job. I will be couch surfing until something comes along a little more permanent. I don’t know what permanent is anymore and wonder if this is something I am bringing upon myself or if it’s just due to circumstances? They say everything happens for a reason and I have to believe all good things will come in due time. I know I need to push myself harder this year and not take so many things for granted. It’s not easy having to set your pride aside and asking for help, especially asking friends to stay on their couches. I don’t know how long I will have to do this, but for my friends sake and my own, I hope it’s not very long.

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           What does 2013 have in store for us? No one will ever know. The best thing is to live one day at a time and make it the best you can. Don’t take each day for granted, help those you can, and accept help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take time to spend with family and friends. Remember, family isn’t always blood. Don’t get so wrapped up in work and making that next buck that you forget to stop and have some fun. Try and laugh every day. It’s good for the soul.

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          This will be my last blog of 2012. Here’s to a New Year, New Lessons Learned, New Friends, New Mistakes, and hopefully New Love. I wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year, full of wonderful adventures and crazy stories. Please feel free to share if you like. Make this the best year it can be!

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So, to give you guys a heads up I am involved in  word-of-mouth marketing campaigns. The program is called Bzz Agent, and anyone can join. Some campaigns are free and others do cost some. When you sign up you go through a process of filling out some surveys so they can get an idea of what it is you use on a daily basis, the types of gadgets you own, where you shop, etc. The reason behind this is so when a campaign comes up, if it is something that falls into your category you will get an invite. This is where you can accept or decline if it’s not something that you are interested in.

The campaign I am doing right now is Burt’s Bees, and it is their new Intense Hydration line. This product is for those who have severe dry skin. My kit contained three full size products, the night cream, cleansing cream, and the intense hydration mask, as well as samples to hand out of the day cream and night cream.

I have been a person who would only wear liquid foundation because the powder would dry my skin out even more. This was the case even after I would apply the previous moisturizers that I was using. Now, I am excited because I get to use that expensive powder foundation that has been sitting in my cabinet (for I don’t know how long).

Now with the Intense Hydration mask, you will probably want to use this at night before bed. You will not need to apply any night cream after this. You will also want to wipe some of the excess off with a cool, damp cloth. This is only needed once or twice a week.

The cream cleanser I keep in my shower. It is easiest for me to use there. If I don’t feel like showering till morning, but still need to wipe my make up off, I use the Burt’s Bees towelettes.

With any of these products, a little bit really does go along way. I know many products claim this and we usually end up going for more. That is so not the case with this line. A good example would be with the night cream, I have yet to actually dip my finger into the bottle as I am still using what is in the lid.

I already used the Burt’s Bees line, before the intense hydration line came out and love them. Now I just hope this line sticks around for awhile because the product you buy will last you quite some time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I love to share what I know as well as learn from others.

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