Pinterest and Me – A New Beginning



I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Pinterest and how much I like it. I’ve decided to add something fun and new to blog about. Using a “pin” on my Pinterest board and actually blogging about it.

A little background about Pinterest and I. Several years ago my friend, Lisa, sent me a message and told me that I should check out her boards on Pinterest and join myself. I looked it up and, knowing how addicted I can become with catalogs and magazines, I decided against it. Then about a year ago my Bestie, Tracey, brought it to my attention again. Oh boy! So, I thought about it. Long and hard. It took me several months, but then I did it. I joined! Oh boy, the madness had begun. LOL!!

I used to keep all kinds of catalogs and magazines around, turn the pages so they stuck out the top, so I could go back and see what it was that I wanted, or to remember that idea. When I was younger I used to even tear out the pages to keep in idea files that would forever get lost and forgotten about. Needless to say, I am a giant out-of-sight-out-of-mind person. If I can’t see it then it will most likely ALWAYS get forgotten about. This is just how my brain works. I am very, very visual in many ways.

I see Pinterest as a huge magazine, catalog and reference site. I just love it!!! I can’t throw it away like I have done with my catalogs and magazines that come in the mail. Yes, I actually have the recycle can right next to me now when I am going through the mail. I just toss it is and don’t have any more huge piles. It is my method to the madness. That is why I came up with this. At least I will be showing how I have been using some of my pins that I have on all my crazy boards.

Please keep a look out for the future posts… “Pinterest and Me”. 🙂



Shrink Yo’Self Fitness Challenge Week 2

Today is our Wednesday check-in for the Shrink Yo-Self Fitness Challenge.

Today’s Weight:  175.6.

I can’t remember what my weight was last week at this time. Somewhere around 177 I believe.  Anyway, the Challenge for this week is staying the same as last week. Workout 3 to 5 times a week. Have I been doing this?  Some days yes.  Some days no.  I have gotten on my bike a few times in the past week, but still no Bikram and still no other exercising. Why? Well, because I am Kathleen and this is what I do.  On a good note though… I am getting a treadmill tomorrow night!!!  Woo hooo!  So excited!

When I WAS going to the gym the thing that I used the most was the treadmill, so having one in the house is going to be great. Not only will I use it, but my Father and Husband will want to use it as well.  I will have to keep my Boys in check about the rules of safety while using a treadmill, but I will for sure let them use it if they like.

The Assignment that went along with this weeks Challenge is “Dear Me“, which I have already completed as of last week. You can see it here…

Starting Thursday, or maybe Friday sometime, I will get my ass on that Treadmill and walk, walk, walk.  I also plan to ride my bike over to meet my Boys after school too. My 3 oldest rode bikes today, but my youngest didn’t. I think I’ll take the carrier over with baby girl and ride home with them all.  My oldest has his saxophone today anyway, so I can put that in the carrier for him as well.  I’ll take the exercise any way I can get it! 🙂


Shrink Yo’Self Assignment – Dear Me. In 2013.

Shrink Yo' Self in 2012

Dear Me. In 2013.

The Assignment:

“For this week’s project, I want you to close your eyes. (Well, after you read this.) And pretend that it’s January — of 2013.

One full year ahead.

And when you think about January 2013, think about where you are sitting. What you look like. Where you are. Think about all the things you did in 2011. How far you’ve come. The goals you’ve reached. The obstacles you faced in 2011. The things you learned. Visualize where you will be. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I know you don’t have much to go on since we’re not even out of January 2012 yet. But that’s kind of the whole purpose.

Now, ”future self” (*this is me waving to your future self and saying “Hi!!!”*), go ahead and write ”current self” a letter. Tell yourself what you’ve done in 2012 and who you’ve become. Tell yourself about all the scale and non-scale victories you’ve had. Anything that you think is valuable for your current self to know, go ahead, tell it.

Write the letter to yourself like it actually happened. No hypotheticals. Because “future-self” actually knows what went on in 2012! You have to trust her (or him)!! Channel “Future Self”. So that’s what it is this week. “Future-self,” write “current-self” a letter about what 2011 is like and what you hope for 2013.

This is one of those things you can actually hold in your hand when January 2013 comes around and you can see for yourself just what you’ve done. I am sure you will agree with yourself on that day and maybe even surprise yourself. Because you’ve got 11 more months to make it real. And you will. Because you rock and because you’re you, and ps. I already know what you’re made of. (And because future me told me so.)”

January 6, 2013

Well Kathleen, I must say that it has been an interesting year.  While I sit here in our new backyard with Queenie on my lap in Aptos I couldn’t be happier.  The Boys are getting ready to head back to school after the holidays after another amazing Christmas and New Years.

Last New Year we spent it at the Manning’s and boy did we miss them this time around.  Skype is so great though, because we get to keep in great touch with them.

Some other fun things that we did this year…

  • We bought Season Passes to Disney for the family.
  • I started riding bikes to school with the Boys.
  • Alex passed me up in my shoe size.
  • We did 3 more run/walks.  This time with the whole family.
  • Andrew found a new job in the Bay Area finally and we got to move back to California!  Wow, I never thought that would happen.  That was probably the best thing of all.  Better late than never.
  • I stuck with Weight Watchers.  Kim and I went diligently every Sunday (sometimes Mondays) and I lost 40 more pounds!!  I feel fantastic!
  • Bikram this year has changed my life.  I am flexible, energetic and happy all the time.  The new studio in Aptos is fantastic too!
  • Paladin is doing much better with his Valley Fever and we hope to have another great year with him.
  • Queenie and Rogue had another litter of puppies.  We found them all great home and boy was I tempted to keep one.

At the beginning of the year I started 3 new Challenges.

1) 100 ounces of water a day.  I am still drinking those 100 ounces of water a day and I feel great.  It really helped with getting the weight off and keeping my skin healthy.  With as much Bikram and Bike Riding that I have been doing, some days I drink over 150 ounces.

2) Shrink Yo’Self 2012, which ended on February 28th.  My goal was to complete all of the assignments and lose at least 5 pounds during the Challenge.  I did it!!  I was so happy!

3) 52 Small Changes. Each week was a new Challenge.  I completed them all, which I was amazed!  It is so hard for me to keep with something that long, but I did it and I feel great on the inside and look great on the outside.

Being able to walk and ride my bike to the beach has been a huge thing for me right now.  I not only get exercise, but I am reading more and my depression is finally gone.  The ocean does wonders for Kathleen.  🙂

On a very cool note… that bathing suit that T said that I would never fit into that sits in my drawer… IT FITS!!!  Woo hoo!  I will post pics when I get a chance.  That just made me feel even more fantastic.

Well, it has been one amazing year and I am so looking forward to 2013 and seeing what it brings me and the family.


Yourself – Kathleen.



Shrink Yo’Self – My 1st Assignment

Shrink Yo' Self in 2012

The Assignment… What are your Goals for this Challenge?

Goals, huh, that is a hard one for me.  I am GREAT at setting goals for myself, but completely CRAPPY about actually doing them for myself.

Sunday I weighed 177.2

Today, Wednesday, I weighed 176.4

I am also not a New Years Resolution person, because of just my last of follow through for myself.  Don’t get me wrong, I am reliable, plan stuff all the time, show up to all the gatherings, keep promises within my friends and family and also help meet my children’s goals… just not my own.  It was coincidental for me that it just happened to be the beginning of the year that I was looking around for some new challenges to kick-start me a little bit.  Since Thanksgiving I have just lacked on my exercise.  I have still been going to my Weight Watchers meetings weekly though.  This coming Sunday will be my 15th week.  My starting weight was 185.

So, back to my goals…

#1… To lose at least another 5 pounds by the end of this challenge, February 29th.  I will stick to my WW Daily Points and work hard not to dip into my Weekly points unless necessary.

#2… I will drink 100 plus ounces of water each day.  I have a 30 ounce cup and also a 24 ounce water bottle that I keep with me at all times.

#3… I will exercise at least 3 times a week.  I will set dates with myself to ride my bike.  I will set appointments to go back to Bikram Yoga.  My absolute favorite kind of exercise.  I will not let myself make excuses.  I will figure out how to get exercise in as much as I can.  I need to stop just blowing this off.

#4… I will keep this weight OFF!  I will do what is needed to stay on track and keep it of forever.  This is a huge goal for me since I always seem to put it on and 10 times as fast.  It sucks, but is true.  It needs to be a major focus this time around.

I am looking forward to the support I know I will get from this challenge and also learning some new things about myself.  🙂


Shrink Yo’Self Fitness Challenge Week 1

Yesterday our first Shrink Yo’Self Fitness Challenge {Annoucement} was made.  It was pretty simple I thought.  Well, that is if I get my ass up and do it.  Exercise is pretty much the hardest thing for me.  While doing it I am fine. It is just the DOING IT part that I have a hard time with.  Getting to where I need to go.  Turning on that video/game.  Picking up a kettlebell.  If you have read my past blogs at all you know that I have done many things to exercise and usually love each of them.  It is just keeping going that is my problem. If I have any situation that keeps me from going,or doing it, that’s it.  I get stuck all over again.

I have gotten off topic, so I will get back to what the first Challenge is.  We are asked to do either 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three times weekly OR 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times weekly. Not so bad right?  Nope! Soooo, I did exercise today. I did 5.01 miles in 35 minutes.  Not my quickest, but wonderful never the less.  It felt good to get out and bike.  It was fun too since I went with my Husband and my friend Kim.  We will be doing it again tomorrow.  I figure I need to try to get in 4 more days this week.  I like to get on my bike, so that is what I am going to focus on until I can get back to Bikram.  I’m happy that I got out today!  🙂


Another Challenge… Shrink Yo’Self in 2012

I started another Challenge this week.  Here’s the scoop…

Shrink Yo' Self in 2012

What’s the challenge this time at the sisterhood? Happy New Year!! Our current challenge is called Shrink Yo’ Self in 2012. It’s not a teams challenge this time around because we want you to focus on YOU. We want to help you reign in those fitness and weight loss goals floating through your head and make them a reality this year! Here’s where you can find all posts associated with the Shrink Yo’ Self in 2012 Challenge.

There will also be a fitness challenge for everyone! And non-shrinkers are welcome to join in with us!

When does it begin and end? The Shrink Yo’ Self Challenge starts on January 1st and ends on February 29th.

Can I join at anytime? YES! Feel free to jump in anytime!

Must I be a woman to join? Heck, no! We welcome women, mothers, brothers, fathers, absolutely ANYONE!

What do I need to do? We’ll check-in every Wednesday.  If you have a blog, write about your losses, gains, successes, frustrations.  Then come back to Shrinking Jeans and link back to your weekly blog post.

Do I have to check-in every Wednesday? We encourage you to check-in every Wednesday! Accountability is good!

What if I don’t want to lose weight, and just want to hang out and exercise with y’all because you’re cool? That’s great! We welcome losers, non-losers, people new to fitness, and people training for their 52nd marathon. Join the fun!

Do I have to have a blog? Nope. But you should! They’re free and journaling while losing weight is awesome. OR you can join the ‘hood and use the nifty blogging feature that comes with every account. No excuses people!!!

What if I have information I want to share? Please share any thoughts, recipes, product reviews and meaningful blog posts with us. You can e-mail us anything.  (Except pictures of chocolate or pizza) We’d love for this site to feel like your home, so get your running shoes on and get comfortable!  More than likely we will share whatever you send us!  Just keep it clean and pertinent!

You can also engage in conversation with your fellow Sisters and Brothers in the comments sections of posts.

AND you can now join the ‘hood, our Sisterhood social networking site!

Do you happen to have any advice for me for this challenge? Why yes we do.  Take your before picture now.  You will never regret it.  When I look at mine, I throw my donut in the garbage and I don’t even go back and get it later.

Do I have to be on Weight Watchers to join this challenge? Oh goodness no.  Do whatever works for you.

Can I put a button on my blog promoting this challenge?  I certainly don’t want to keep all of this healthy goodness to myself! Goodness yes. Buttons with codes can be found up there at top under “Button Up“. Grab one of our logos buttons and the current challenge button for your blog’s sidebar. Go ahead; all the cool cats are doing it!

I am completely excited about it! Still learning the ins and outs of how to connect, but doing it none the less. 🙂


2012, or the Twilight Zone?

Happy 2012!!

My last Blog was on November 15th, yikes!  Crazy busy? Totally lazy? Who the hell knows!  What I do know is that I am here today, typing away, feeling good and making good choices.

It is New Years Day… holy crap!  2012 already! I am happy and mad all at the same time.  I am going to stay on a positive note though and write about what good things I have done for myself today…

I laid in bed until after 2 p.m.

I had Pho with my family for the first time together, ever!  It was so great!  We ordered the large bowl of Pho An Sen’s most popular and chowed it!  We even got a second bowl.  To my chagrin, I didn’t tell our Boys what they were eating until AFTER we had finished.  I just wanted them to taste it and if they loved it to eat it up.  They did!  Then I told them that they were eating Beef MeatBalls, Beef loin, Beef flank stake, Beef round steak, Tripe and Tendon.  They thought about it for a moment, then said, “When can we come back?” I love them to death!!

Ice Cream with the family after lunch/dinner.  My first ice cream scoop in over a couple of months. Yum!  I love mint chip ice cream.

Joined the #100ozChallenge on Twitter today.  My goal is to get though January and most likely just head on through to February as well.  I am goal challenged, so this is a good start for me.

I also joined Shrink Yo’Self in 2012 {new challenge} | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC. for the Shrink Yo’Self in 2012 and also the 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You – The Hood.  These two look fantastic as well.  Simple.  2 great challenges to get me going again and they look like they will work well in conjunction with each other.

I have been terrible about going to Bikram and miss it terribly.  I am going to try to get back on my schedule again by next Monday.  That is my exercise goal.  Going at least 2 times a week.  I need it badly.

As I enter into my 13th week of Weight Watchers I must tell you that I have lost 7.2 pounds in 2011 on the program.  That puts me at a total of 11.2 for 2011.  2012 I will be kicking it up a notch.  When it comes to this time next year I want most of the weight off.  I don’t want to feel like I haven’t accomplished something.  I should be able to do this.  Exercise, food and water.  How hard could that be.  Go Kathleen Go!

Well, here is to the New Year and great things to come!  🙂