This weight loss thing is hard. Seriously. It is a constant battle between wanting to be slim/healthy and wanting to eat delicious food and be lazy by avoiding the gym.
It occurred to me that I have been carrying around my weight watchers weight loss records in my purse for over a year and haven’t even touched them. I keep them with me everywhere I go because I want the option to look at them and maybe actually follow some sort of weight loss plan. It hasn’t happened. I haven’t found my motivation. I feel like a broken record because every few months I say I am going to commit and lose some weight, but it never happens. Why? I really can’t say. I don’t have an excuse.
It really is a battle and struggle to stay on the right path. I’m not going to lie, I love to eat! I’m also not talking about eating salad and fruit. I love chicken fingers and fries and donuts and all those unhealthy treats. I wish that I craved vegetables, but it just isn’t the case. I need to learn how to say NO again. I did so well on my initial weight loss journey. It seemed 2010 was an odd year. Something snapped in my brain and I was on this crazy weight loss kick. I had willpower and motivation and it was wonderful. I would like it back please!!
My Mom and Dad started the Dukan Diet at the beginning of February and they are both doing really well. They’ve each lost about 20lbs and are still going. I think it’s wonderful that they are on their journey together, as support at home is essential. I know myself and I know that the Dukan Diet is too restrictive for me, as I could never give up certain foods indefinitely. I want a plan where I can eat most things, just in moderation. That is why, tomorrow, I am going back to weight watchers. Mom is going with me and we are going to support each other. She says that once she loses a good chunk of her weight with the Dukan Diet, she will most likely turn to the weight watchers plan afterward. After all, weight watchers is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. It’s a way of changing the way you eat. For example, portion sizes and food journaling are essential.
So, yet again, I’ve made the commitment and I know that I can stick with it this time. I really have no other choice. It’s either go back to weight watchers or buy new clothes because all of mine are pretty tight.
As you all know, the Oscars were broadcasted on Sunday. Last year I mentioned that my Mom and I were possibly going to break our tradition and not watch them this year. It was a sad thought because we always watch together and spend the night doing useful things, such as making cabbage rolls, cleaning out some drawers, cross stitching, going through our cookbooks, etcetera. It’s a fun night to spend together with my Mom.
Usually I go out of my way to make sure I see most of the nominated movies so that I can have a better understanding of how deserving the winners are. Well I always get increasingly disappointment because, in my opinion, most of the movies that get nominated are crap. There are so many other movies that should have been nominated in their place, if you ask me. Also if there are ones that I do actually like, they never win. I just get frustrated. So I didn’t waste the whole month of February watching all the nominated movies. Yes, I saw a few of them, but they were ones I slightly wanted to see, not because I felt like I HAD to.
Anyway, I was holding strong and I was determined to boycott the awards this year. My Mom felt the same way, however, when I asked if she was going to watch them even if I didn’t come over, she said yes. Not because she necessarily wanted to, but because there probably wouldn’t be anything else on TV to watch. So I decided to go over to my Mom’s house to “watch” with her. Really, it was just to spend a nice night together.
Well you know what happened, we had a great night. Mainly because of Ellen. She was a wonderful host. She really is a funny lady. It was definitely the first time pizza was ordered at the Oscars! Plus Ellen broke twitter and we helped because we retweeted her selfie tweet along with 2.5 million other people! Haha. I mean what kind of host goes all out and wears this:
My Mom and I decided that no matter how bad the nominated films are, we are going to watch the Oscars no matter what. It’s more to spend a great evening together rather than actually watching, but that’s okay.
My friend and I went on an road trip adventure on Saturday. We left early in the morning and drove 3 hours to Edmonton. We met another friend there and ventured to the Science Centre. They have been hosting a special Harry Potter Exhibition for the past few months and we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it.
There was no photography allowed inside the exhibition for copyright reasons. I can understand that, but it’s too bad we couldn’t get our picture taken with some of the artifacts. They did provide a “green screen” and for $25, we could have one photo of us with a choice of various backgrounds. It was just a little too steep for our pockets. We made memories and that’s enough. Plus, we managed to snap a photo in front of a poster before we entered the exhibit.
The exhibit was, to quote Ronald Weasley, wicked! There were so many costumes and props that were used in the movies. They had everything organized for each character and by scene in the movie. When we were walking through the forbidden forest and into the death eater’s space, it was actually quite scary. The ambience was fantastic and they even had a dementor hovering over the room. Spooky and awesome at the same time. I didn’t care for the giant acromantula, however! Giant spiders are no fun at all.
The only unbelievable part of the exhibit was Hagrid’s clothing. I know he was supposed to be a half giant and larger than a normal man, but I really don’t think Robbie Coltrane is that large. The proportions of his costume were enormous. The sign stated that it was the actual costume worn in the movies, but I have to say it was quite dubious. Who knows though. I suppose that is why they call it movie magic!
There were a few interactive parts of the exhibit as well. In a small tiny way, we were able to play quidditch. We could hold the quaffle and throw it through one of the three hoops! We also got to pull up mandrakes from their pots and hear their wailing as a result. We didn’t bring our ear muffs, but luckily we weren’t deafened!
As expected, there was a gift shoppe at the end of the exhibit. We thought we might buy a little souvenir to remember the exhibit, but then we saw the prices. They were out of this world. People were leaving with bags and bags of gifts. It was nuts, in my opinion. For example, a stuffed puppet of Hedwig the owl was $60! Replicas of Hermione’s Yule Ball earrings were $90 and a time turner necklace was over $75. I don’t remember the prices at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be that bad. Well obviously they weren’t because I bought a tonne of stuff there. Anyway, I would definitely rather spend my money on Broadway tickets!!
After the exhibit we headed over to West Edmonton Mall to do a little shopping. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but I did find a great sweater that I couldn’t resist. This is the one I bought and I am absolutely in love with it. It is so comfy and the material feels awesome! It’s my first blue sweater! I also remembered that I have matching earrings that my friend gave me for my birthday last year. They are like two peas in a pod! Batman has nothing on me now!
It was eventually time to drive home and so we made the 3 hour trek back to Calgary. It was a wonderful day. Long and exhausting, but amazing! I look forward to another road trip in the future with my girlfriends!