Friday, July 24, 2015

Goals Update

In addition to trying to conceive I've also been focused on losing weight. It's obviously a good idea in general and can help with fertility. About three months ago I started tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal. I set my goal at 2 lb/week loss and stated that I was sedentary. It gave me a daily goal of 1500 calories.

Since then, I've nearly lost 20 lb! I added in bike riding, horse riding (of course), Daily Burn cardio, and now that we're moved in, Couch to 5K (C25K). I'm on week 2 of C25k. I'm not specifically limiting myself on food, except for portions, so I'm able to treat myself once in a while so long as my calories allow for it.

Previously, I had set rewards for myself for every 20lb of weight loss. I'm revisiting that here since I'm at an award point!

20lb lost:  Go crazy purple with my hair

40 lb lost: BtB tattoo of a paper airplane (previously this was a new piercing but I'm not as thrilled as I once was )

60 lb lost: This was previously new geek shirts, but I might change it

80 lb lost:   Cross country safety vest

100lb lost: TALL BOOTS!!!!

120 lb lost: A SUPER expensive pair of show breeches, like pikeurs, or something, I dunno

140 lb lost: TBD.  I'm not sure I could get here. This would put me at 140 lb lost and I would be half the person I was, quite literally. Maybe plastic surgery to remove loose skin?

Obviously a lot of my goals are horse oriented, and not without reason. It's nearly impossible to be a fat girl in an english show world. In fact, there is no way I could even compete in cross country right now because they require competitors to wear safety vests not only to compete but also to school. This is different from when I was growing up when it was just suggested. I've got to slim down to be safe and be healthier for my horse.

So yeah, expect purple hair pictures in a bit. I still need to find a place to do it, but I'm definitely doing it.

Friday, July 17, 2015

24 facts Meme!

If you would like to participate, comment and I'll give you a random number of facts that you then share! Dom gave me 24 :)

  1. I wanted to be a scientist since middle school and was ready to specialize right then and there
  2. My high school biology teacher nearly turned me off science forever if not for a special after school program I took in biomedical engineering which led to...
  3. I attended the inaugral year of a 1/2 day magnet school that focused on math and science, GHAMAS (Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science) but I was the second graduating class
  4. I've performed ovariectomies on rats (at GHAMAS) 
  5. I once stunk up the entire magnet school, both the math and science AND performing arts side in a reproductive biology project that went totally wrong when all our sea urchins died.
  6. I took a snake over to the performing arts side specifically to scare all the arts majors
  7. I hated Connecticut, where I grew up, and traveled the furthest out of my entire graduating class to go to college in Florida
  8. I met Eric because I had just broken up with a boygirlfriend and was required to bring a date to my fledgling local sorority formal so we could meet the minimum head count for our banquet hall. He was the third person I asked.
  9. I would trade manpower for help with my undergraduate research project with a crazy grad student named Matt.
  10. Matt and I once canoed up a creek from the Indian River Lagoon, caught a baby alligator, kept it in a tackle box and then portaged the canoe from where it met campus a mile away to the fish biology building. I still made it to class on time, albeit covered in grime and muck.
  11. I was on the crew team in college for one semester and dropped out due to the time commitment
  12. I'm a certified SCUBA diver.
  13. I spent 6 weeks in Australia and 3 days in New Zealand in the summer of 2005
  14. I was a competitive viola player in high school in that I competed for spots on regional, statewide and New England youth orchestras and regularly was a part of them.
  15. I can also passably play the violin, less passably the piano
  16. I love to sing and went out of my way in high school to take both orchestra and chorus while also attending the magnet school
  17. I have seen Phantom of the Opera off broadway 6 times
  18. I worked at Sears to raise money to go to Australia.
  19. On a whim I asked for a job when I toured the Space Life Sciences Lab at Kennedy Space Center while considering grad school options. Wayne said yes and I worked part time as a lab tech at KSC SLSL my last semester of college and then full time once summer started.
  20. I hated living in Gainesville.
  21. I loved the last place Eric and I lived in Florida, Port St. John, a 2 bedroom 1st floor condo right on the lagoon. I could wake up and see dolphins or an alligator swim by and we never needed to go anywhere for rocket and shuttle launches.
  22. I prepped pieces of an experiment that flew on the International Space Station as part of a project with the European Space Agency.
  23. NASA paid for me to go to Spain and attend a summer school in Astrobiology. I learned more spanish in the 2 weeks I was there than the semester I took in middle school.
  24. After grad school I worked for a local zoo on a conservation project where I got to go to scrubland and identify Scrub Jays. I also cared for breeding population of beach mice and was watched by giraffes every time I clocked in.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I'm so frustrated

This is conceiving stuff, so pass it on by if you don't want to listen to me feel sorry for myself. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pictures from Today

I can't find my point and shoot, which is annoying, but I do still have my SLR for pictures and I got some nice ones of all the critters today.
These are aquatic worms that live in the stream running through our property. They are red and wiggle in the water. I spent about 10 minutes laying on the bridge watching them and a snail. 

I was bringing dinner to the critters. Kaylee helped.

See? Helping. 

Saffron in front and Arwen behind.

Sweet Arwen's face



One of the apple trees has a robin's nest in it. I finally have good photos of the gorgeous eggs.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Yaaaay Internet!

A hiatus from posting occurred as we transitioned from my mother in law's house to our new place. And then had to wait for internet to arrive, which it did, today. HUZZAH!

So suffice it to say I have a lot to catch up on with writing but I can't WAIT to share everything that's going on. I feel like I'm in a good place right now.

Here's some teaser photos!