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Yup, I went and did it again.  I made the move BACK to Blogger.  I swear this is the last time!  Check me out there!

My first post of the week (finally!) and it’s going to be a good one because I am linking up with the lovely KJT & Lex for Non-Scale Victories.

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This week I had a pretty huge non-scale victory in my opinion.  I tried out an actual Zumba class!  This was my first workout in quite some time and it has only made me want to workout more!  It was free tonight just to see what kind of interest there would be in the class and the location it’s being offered in.  If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that it’s taking place at a bar (which has a ballroom).  Thanks to the large interest that was shown in the class there will be more!

My mom heard about it through a coworker who takes the instructors Zumba class already (not sure where though).  I actually saw it on Facebook and didn’t think much of it until my mom asked if I wanted to try it.  We tried it together and because I was talking about it on Twitter (my personal account) a friend of mine joined in as well.

It was fun and even though I couldn’t do all of the moves or keep a rhythm going I still worked up a sweat and am already feeling some soreness (yay!).

As I mentioned there was a large interest shown by the number of people who showed up tonight, and more were interested in coming but weren’t able to tonight.  So, beginning on the 21st Zumba is being offered at Homestead from 6:30-7:30 for $25 for 7 weeks, or $5 per class as you go.

My mom decided to pay the $25 for the 7 classes.  I decided I would pay the $5 when I decided I wanted to go.  With working 30 miles from home, and this bar being in my neck of the woods, being able to make a 6:30 start time when I don’t get done with work until 6 is pushing it close, especially with how the weather has been making road conditions less than ideal.  I would also miss a class due to my vacation to Maryland to see Chelsea.

The fact that it’s hosted close to home is a definite plus.  I am definitely not saying I won’t go again but I didn’t want to commit to 7 weeks when that may not always be possible.

I am in a great mood thanks to my workout tonight and am really considering getting up and going to the Y tomorrow morning before work!  Evidently all I needed to do was workout once to make me want to workout again!

Talk to me…

What was one of your non-scale victories for the week?

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It’s that time again, to catch everyone up on what’s been going on over here at Living n Learning by Amy.

Monday

I posted about my first best friend, first concert, and first celebrity crushes.  You can read about it here.

Wednesday

Wednesday is weigh in day for me, and it was the end of the month.  Not as much progress as I would have liked happened in January but I can definitely change that for February.  Read my Weight Loss Wednesday post for a quick update.  I plan on writing a bit more on my thoughts on my weight loss soon.

Thursday

Thursday was a double whammy.  I participated in two link ups.

Random Thursday this week was about the top 5 worst TV shows, read about the five shows I wrote about here.

I also participated in the Non-Scale Victories link up where I talked about Pepsi Next being my friend.  You can read about my new friend here.

Saturday

And finally, I participated in the Pit & Peak link up.  Read about my pits and peaks here.

*All days of the week in pink boxes w/white lettering were taken from Allie from Tales of a Twenty Something, hope she doesn’t mind!*

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Remember the rules:

– Write a blog post with the Pit & Peak of your week.
– Pit = The low part
– Peak = The high part
-Follow your hosts
– Grab a button
-Jump around, meet some new ladies (and men), and encourage and congratulate!

Pit(s)

When left alone my mood is down rather than up.  Still a result of the other week’s discovery about my ex? Maybe.

My dad was sick all week and now my mom is.  Hope I don’t get what they have!!

Peak(s)

I switched desks at work so my adding machine is on my right side so I can actually key rather than peck at the numbers.  And I’m farther away from the one woman who drives me nuts at work.  (Think late every day and takes time away from her desk more than you would think is appropriate.)  And the computer screen is nicer!  Hopefully I remember where I sit on Monday!

This Means War is on TV right now.  I absolutely love this movie.  Chelsea and I went to see it in the theaters and then rented it one night to watch again because we loved it so much.

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Two good-looking men, how can you go wrong? 🙂

Talk to me…

What is one of your peaks from the week?

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I’m linking up again with KTJ and Lex to recognize my non-scale victories.  Katie does a great job of explaining them so I’m going to borrow what she wrote about them.

“Too many of us base our success just on the number we see on the scale, but there is so much more to it! All the little changes we make are helping us make a healthier lifestyle. Whether you lost weight this week or not, let’s celebrate your non-scale victories! So whether you said no to that birthday cake in the office, ran a 5k, or tracked your food every day this week. . . it is time to celebrate!”

So let’s get to it!

Pepsi Next, you are my friend!

If you know me in real life you know I love me some Mountain Dew.  But let’s be honest 170 calories in one can is a lot of empty calories that I’m not getting any benefit from.  I have been doing a really great job of not drinking Mountain Dew during the week, and limiting myself to just one can of soda per day.  Not going to lie, I am addicted to the caffeine.  And not because I need the pick-me-up it offers most people but simply because it’s been a part of my diet for so long I get a headache when I don’t have it.  Seriously, I can drink Mountain Dew right before bed and have no problem falling asleep!

Cutting soda cold turkey is HARD!  So rather than trying to do that I’ve just made the change to a better alternative.  Pepsi Next is only 60 calories per can and has lower sodium and sugar content than Mountain Dew (or other regular sodas).  I’m not saying it is healthy because it’s not, but it is better than Mountain Dew for the most part.  Thanks to my new friend I can still get my daily dose of caffeine but with a little less of everything else.

I see this as a stepping stone to cutting back on my weekly soda intake even more, like less than one a day.

Talk to me…

What is one of your non-scale victories for the week?

It’s that time again, Random Thursday!

This week’s topic is the top 5 worst TV shows.

Not going to lie I Googled “Top 5 Worst TV Shows” because I couldn’t think of shows I thought were horrible off the top of my head.  So I’m just going to pick 5 shows to comment on that were found on Wikipedia as some of the worst TV shows.

The #1 worst show I think based on the short description alone is All My Babies’ Momas.  Yeah, doesn’t that sound horrible based on the title alone?  Thankfully the show never made it to air!  It was to be a reality show starring Shawty Lo (never heard of him) and showcasing his lifestyle as the father of 11 children fathered by 10 different women.  Makes me cringe just thinking about it.  Again, thankfully the show never made it to air so the world was spared from this!

I’m not going to say whether I think this show is good or bad because 1) I have never watched it myself and 2) I know some of you do watch the show and I’m not up for upsetting people with an opinion of something I have never watched.  The show?  Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is one of those shows I have heard a lot of people watch and find enjoyment in it.  Not much I can say about it because I personally have not watched an episode.  If it’s your thing than go for it, doesn’t hurt me any!  Who knows, I may watch it some day and like it.

Next up is Jersey Shore.  Not going to lie, I watched multiple seasons of this show.  Even set up my DVR to record it should I not be around to see it.  I think this show falls in the same category as Buckwild which is in its first season on MTV.  Those that live in New Jersey and are Italian may take offense to how poorly they are being portrayed.  I think know the same thing is happening with Buckwild, just ask Emily over at Living & Learning

.My Super Sweet 16 is another one of those MTV shows that I will admit I watched.  Honestly, watching this show made me roll my eyes and scoff at the “problems” of these teenagers revolving around their sweet 16 birthday party.  To me these teenagers were already spoiled and thought they were king/queen of the world and having a portion of their lives filmed making them “famous” only added fuel to the fire.

Finally, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila once again, another show (VH1 I think?) I watched for some strange reason.  Basically a trashy version of The Bachelor/Bachelorette.  I don’t know what more to say about this one other than I can’t believe I watched it!

Talk to me…

What do you think one of the worst TV shows is?

Next week’s Random Thursday topic is embarrassing celeb crushes.  Be sure to stop by to see who mine are!

Start Date: 1/3/13

Today’s Date: 1/30/13

Weight Lost/Gained This Week: -1.6

Total Weight Loss For January: 2

Overall Total Weight Loss: 4

I’m not doing my normal weight loss Wednesday format (successes, struggles, lessons learned, goals) because this morning I had quite the conversation with Lex regarding my weight loss.  It really got my wheels turning so what I want to say about my weight loss won’t fit into my standard form.  Not sure when I will get this post up but hopefully soon.

But I do have to say I am happy I saw a loss this morning.  And I’m happy to have a 2 pound loss for January.  That’s half of the goal I had set for the month.

Here’s to making February my month, kicking ass and taking names on this weight loss journey!


LivingnLearningbyAmy

LivingnLearningbyAmy

I'm a 20 something college graduate learning how to live life while working, and trying to live a healthier life.

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