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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.


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?



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


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


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 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.


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!*


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!


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!!


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.



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

Talk to me…

What is one of your peaks from the week?


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!

First Things FirstIs it really Monday already?  The weekend goes by much too fast as I am sure a lot of you can agree.  But with Monday comes another edition of First Things First with Halie and Hallie.  This week we will cover my first best friend, first concert, and first celebrity crush.

First best friend…

I had a rocky time in elementary school so my first best time didn’t come until middle school.  Sarah was my best friend for about 4 years.  High school came and we were okay our freshman year but after that we drifted apart.  Her decisions and actions didn’t sit well with me.  She was manipulative and wanted her way or no way.  But for my middle school years she was what I needed.  I’m the kind of girl who is super close with one other person and then every one else is just a friend.  I went through the rest of high school just being part of a larger group but not really holding on to one person more closely than the others until my friend Lacy.  We too have since gone our separate ways and I now have Chelsea.

First concert…

The first concert I remember was seeing Toby Keith at the Wisconsin Valley Fair one summer with my mom and brother.  I don’t have a lot of memories of the concert as I was pretty young (think single digits or very low double digits).

First celebrity crush…

The first celebrity I can remember crushing on was probably Patrick Swayze after seeing him in Dirty Dancing, Tom Cruise after seeing him in Top Gun, or Kevin Bacon after seeing him in Footloose.  Or maybe all three? 😉  I saw all of these movies when I was in 5th grade probably.

Talk to me…

Tell me about one of your firsts from this week.

If you use the weekend as a way to catch up on blogs because you’re a bit too busy during the week to read them all then this post is just for you!  No, I’m not trying to sell you anything even though it may sound that way. 😉


The Weekly What? is a new link up that Allie (Tales of a Twenty Something), Jenn (Party of One), and Ricci (A Beautiful Mess) are hosting.  The point is to write a post that summarizes your week of blog posts so those weekend blog readers have one stop to see everything you wrote for the week.  This way they can find the post they missed, or read them all!


I am a huge lover of country music and love to share music I love with others.  That’s just what I did when I posted about Justin Moore, one of my favorite artists!  There are music videos and lyrics I love so I definitely suggest checking this out.


I blogged about my first giveaway participation.  I’m a sponsor of Rebekah of All That Glitters and I have pulled together with my fellow sponsors to give away some great items.  You still have 13 hours to enter for your chance to win (1) $15 iTunes gift card, (1) $10 iTunes gift card, (1) month of AD space from KJT Weighing In, (1) Mustache necklace, (1) month of AD space from The Mustache Diaries, and (1) pink polka-dot iPad cover from Boutique Auctions.  Sounds awesome doesn’t it?  Go enter!

I was so excited about blogging about my first giveaway participation that I didn’t care I already had another post for Monday.  So it was two-for-one in a way.  I also linked up for First Things First with Hali and Hallie.  Read about the first thing I do when I get home from work, my first pet, and my first cell phone.


I decided Tuesdays would become Book Talk Tuesday over here on Living n Learning by Amy.  I love to read and I love when I hear about good books to add to my “to-read” list.  I may not post a review every week but if I’m going to post a book review then it’ll be on a Tuesday.  I started off Book Talk Tuesday with a review of American Assassin by Vince Flynn.  Be sure to check it out because I had a hard time putting this one down!


Wednesdays around these parts is Weight Loss Wednesday so go check out how I did for the week in terms of weight loss.  I write about my successes, struggles, lessons learned, and goals for the next week.


Another two-for-one post day this week.  I felt a bit flustered because I didn’t have these posts prepared ahead of time and didn’t get time to blog until the evening so these were late posts.  But thankfully you’re reading the Weekly What? so you can go back and read them if you missed them.

I participated in the Random Thursday link up for the second week in a row.  This week you get to learn what I would do if I found $100 .

I also participated in the first week of Non-Scale Victories link up with Katie and Lex.  Read about what I considered a success that had nothing to do with the number on the scale.  Katie does a great job of explaining non-scale victories and why they’re important here.


Finally we made it to Friday!  Another link up post, but I’m really loving them so I don’t care how many this has been this week.  This time I’m linking up with Allie and Brin for Pit & Peak.  Read about exes, headaches, and girls night out to find out which one(s) are pits and which one(s) are peaks!

You’re now all caught up on what’s been going on around here. 🙂

Hope you’ve had a fantastic week and are ready to start a new one!



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