I quit Weight Watchers.

I thought about coming up with a more creative title for this post, but then I figured, hell, let’s get right to the point with it (which is not how the rest of this is going to be, just FYI).

Recently, I’ve been feeling unhappy with my eating. Let’s be real here, I’m rarely happy with all of my food choices. This was something bigger than having that extra cookie or drinking another glass of wine though. I am an emotional eater.

Rough day at work? Let’s dive into the chips.
Celebrating something? Cookies for everyone!
Stressed?
Sad?
Lonely?
Bored?

Name an emotion, and I’ve probably used it (consciously or not) as a reason to eat. I’m tired of it. Luckily, I stumbled upon this.

Reading the summary, I immediately felt a connection. Two days later, I had the book in my hands (thank you, Amazon Prime), and it is amazing. I haven’t even finished it yet, and I know that this is the tool for me to use to shape the rest of my life. That’s how good it is.The concept is simple. Eat what you want when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re satisfied. Novel idea, right? Not really, but her writing speaks to me. It sounds weird, but it just makes sense.

Now you may be wondering where Weight Watchers fits into this. The truth? It doesn’t. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. When I stuck to it, it worked. I lost weight, but it wasn’t teaching me anything that I’m going to use forever. I have no intention of tracking every single thing I eat for the rest of my life, and I certainly don’t want to pay for it. It may work for some people, but that’s just not how I want to live.

Honestly, I thought long and hard about continuing to pay for Weight Watchers until I was sure that I could go without and still be successful. I actually hovered over the cancel button for a few minutes, still deciding whether or not I could do it. Then something came to me. If I leave myself something to fall back on, I’m allowing myself an out. I don’t need one though. This is what I want, and this is how I want to live. Have I been perfect so far? Absolutely not. I have started to understand myself. I am more at peace with food than I can ever remember being, which is worth more than I could’ve imagined.

This is not a sponsored post. I just really freaking love this book.

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Five on Friday 2.6.15

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Thank goodness it’s Friday. I’m pretty sure I say that every week, but it’s also true every week. Hallelujah for the weekend.

Five on Friday 1I had the weirdest conversation with one of my kids yesterday. I actually had to say “You really shouldn’t swallow other people’s spit.” Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. Gotta love the endless entertainment though.

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I just finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as part of my 2015 Reading List (stay tuned for that post), and I was completely unimpressed. Call me uncultured, but this is supposed to be an example of classic modern literature? Ick. Give me a book by Nora Roberts any day. Although the concept was interesting, I hate the writing style. Way too flowery for me. I’m also not big on the symbolism. Sometimes a tree is just a tree! Anybody else feel that way?

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2015 GoalsComing up next week, I’ll be sharing some of my goals for 2015. I know, I know. It’s February. I’d like to think that if I’m just getting around to sharing them, that must mean I’m actually sticking with them. Here’s a hint: 1500 miles. Intrigued?

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Thursday nights just keep getting better and better.

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Is anybody else super excited for the return of Walking Dead on Sunday? I am, I am! The end of the mid-season finale was heartbreaking, so I’m even more excited than usual to see what happens.

Happy Friday!

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Five on Friday 1.16.15

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Five on Friday 1So it’s taken me longer than I would have liked, but I’m finally working on the final Lord of the Rings book. I actually watched all of the movies before reading the books, which is so unlike me, but I’m pretty impressed with how the movies seemed to stay close to the books. Granted, it’s been quite some time since I have sat down and watched all of the films, but I’m looking forward to doing so again after I finish this book.

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Five on Friday 2Is anyone else ridiculously excited that Friends is now on Netflix? Even though I own all ten seasons on DVD, it’s so much more fun to watch them instantly. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m almost done with the first season. It’s the PERFECT show!

Five on Friday 3If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got the best. email. ever. this week.

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Five on Friday 4Look for a post on my yearly goals coming up next week! Yes, I’m aware that it’s halfway through the first month of the year already. I like to gather my thoughts, ok?

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Five on Friday 5I’m super excited for my plans this weekend. I get to attend my cousin’s baby shower! Family, food, and cute baby things? You can’t get much better!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Happy Friday!

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Fall 2014 Reading List

Fall 2014 Reading List iconI’m so excited to share my reading list for the fall with you guys! I kept the books that I didn’t get to from my summer reading list, and I added a few more that others suggested.

Fall 2014 Reading List1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

2. Chaos Walking series – Patrick Ness

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

4. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

5. The Declaration series – Gemma Malley

6. Bossypants – Tina Fey

7. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

What’s on your fall reading list?

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Summer Reading List 2014…What I Actually Read

Now that it’s officially fall (and that deserves a post all on its own), I thought I’d update you guys on how my summer reading went!

From my actual list, I did manage to read a few of them. Unfortunately, not all of them were available at the library when I went. I, of course, am too lazy to stalk the library website for all of them to return. Here are the books that I read from my Summer Reading List 2014.

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I absolutely LOVED all of these books. They were fantastic and all very, very different. Still so good though.

Here are some of the other books that weren’t on my list, but I read them anyway. I’m just a rebel like that.

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Yes, most of these are Nora Roberts, and yes, I’ve read them all before. The number of Nora Roberts books that I share with my mother fills many shelves in our ‘library.’ I can’t get enough. Her characters and storylines are interesting and fun. No matter how many times I’ve read one of her books, I always go back for more. If you’re interested in reading one of her books, I’d recommend any of them basically. These are some of my absolute favorites though.

Stay tuned for my Fall 2014 Reading List!

Happy reading!

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Summer Reading List 2014

I love to read more than almost anything else in the world.

Stick me in a room with a blanket, a book, and a drink, and I’ll be completely content. Until I finish the book. Then you have to get me another one.

If you’re anything like me, there’s always a list of books that you want and/or need to read. Surprisingly, I’ve never actually written down this list. It’s always been just a mental thing for me, which is why I haven’t actually read many of the ones that I want to.

Not this year though! This year, I’m actually coming up with a full-fledged, no-backing-down, summer reading to-do list.

In no particular order, here are a few that I’ve come up with so far.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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Divergent series by Veronica Roth

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Chaos Walking series by Chaos walking trilogy

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

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I need many more though! Any books that I absolutely have to read?

Help!

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