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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Every Two Hours

When I came back from Disney, I struggled to get back into my rhythm with Weight Watchers. I was half-heartedly following the plan. On top of this, we are in super saving mode of the little money that I don't have to finance a trip to Chile in March. Gabrian's Dad has offered to pay for his ticket and some of our expenses while we are there so it is just too good of a deal to pass up.

The point of the saving is that I found myself resenting the $50 a month I was paying towards Weight Watchers when I wasn't following the plan. I don't want to give up because there is no way that I am going to Chile looking like this.

I decided that I would weigh myself every Saturday and take a picture of the weight that I immediately email to my Mom. I will be sending the $50 to her each month to put away into our travel fund.

I am going back to my roots of when I was actually successful losing weight. I am eating small meals every two hours. I am trying to pull out my old favorites from before. I stocked up on the makings for bean tacos and sweet potatoes. I have mini meals planned to bring to work every day. I am upping my fiber and water intake.

I know that I can do this. I just need to stop giving up every time it is not as fun as when I started. I need to come up with new hobbies. I need to start adding more activity in my life.

While I don't think I will be magically be at my goal weight come next March, I do expect to see a significant difference. I CAN and WILL do this.

The added benefit to eating every two hours is that I have started eating with boys as a family at dinner time. It was something I hadn't noticed that I had drifted away from. I see now that because I wanted to eat a big dinner and wanted to make sure I didn't worry about getting hungry after dinner, I would wait until after Gabrian was in bed for the night. I can't tell you the guilt I felt when I saw how excited Gabrian was when I sat down to dinner with them. No way am I going to miss dinner with the boys anymore. Sunday through Thursday I plan on having a nice healthy meal with them every night.

I plan on going back to my Saturday Check-ins. I will start this coming Saturday.

I am sure that this "Every Two Hours" is the key to my success!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fryeburg Fair 2014 - Fryeburg, Maine


I have been talking about going to the Fryeburg Fair since we have moved to Maine (and I am talking about 2004 when Riley and I moved here with my parents). I usually have one reason or another why I can't make it this year. It usually has to do with money. This year all the stars aligned and Gabrian and I made it to the Fair.

Gabrian's Dad was going to visit him for the day and as an added bonus his Tia Elsa was visiting from Chile (this is the Tia that I lived with when Riley and I did my study abroad). I suggested going to the Fair because you really can't get more American than that and it seemed like such a great experience for Elsa.

Leo and Elsa were coming from Lowell, MA and we decided it would be better to just meet there. The drive for Gabrian and I was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was perfect and the leaves were only about a week from peaking so it was just a great drive.

We were pretty lucky to find a parking lot (actually someone's front lawn) for the bargain price of $5. We were close enough to the Fair entrance that most places were charging $10. We got lucky that someone was pulling out of our lot so a space freed up for us. We were less than a 1/4 mile to the gate entrance. It cost $10 to gain entrance to the Fair and children 12 and under are free. They have certain days of the week that they offer a senior discount.



We arrived at 1 and we were starving. Gabrian had piece of pizza and I had a Gobbler Sandwich (think of Thanksgiving on a bun). We shared a jumbo donut for dessert.


We wandered around and checked out some animals while we were waiting for the rest of the group.


Next we went to the Pull Ring to watch some Oxen Pull heavy stuff. Gabrian is fascinated with them.



We headed up to the front to wait for Tia Elsa and Leo. We hung out and watched the Police on the golf carts (retired old men hanging around). They did have cuffs so they must have been official. Leo had gotten lost so what should have been about a 2 hour ride, took them about 3 1/2 hours. Elsa was ready to eat her arm off. We headed right to the food booths.



We were ready to explore the Fair but first we got distracted by some pumpkins.



Afterwards, Gabrian was ready to show off some of the animals we had seen.



Then we went to see some actual animals. I have discovered that I was mostly fascinated with the Chickens.


This guy cracks me up. I love his boufant of hair on top!


We were so excited to see the egg in the cage. We contemplated seeing if we could try to steal it. We restrained ourselves.

Our next big event was the tractor pulls. It took us awhile to figure out what they were doing but we finally got it.


We started to head to the rides to check them out.


But first we were distracted by the ice cream.


We finally made it to the rides! Be warned that these were pricey! I think they went on a total of 3 rides total and it cost them $30. They do have certain days of the Fair that you can buy a bracelet for unlimited rides. It costs $15 for the bracelet (this is in addition to the Fair entrance).


We started to head out but found some Halloween displays.



Elsa and I snuck in some Bingo playing before we left for the night.


We finally had to call it a night because we both had rides in front of us and Work/School for most of us. It was such a great experience and I am so happy that we went. It was so wonderful to spend the time with Elsa and get some great practice with my Spanish. I am encouraged that come next March when I see Elsa next in Chile, we will be able to have better conversations. I need to get on the ball with that Rosetta Stone!

After such great weather this weekend, it has been cloudy and back to Fall like weather today.


But at least I have this to help spruce up the outside!



If you are in the area this year (it goes until October 5th) or here next year, I cannot recommend the Fryeburg Fair enough. Come check it out for yourself. They are located at 1154 Main St., Fryeburg, ME.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So Summer Happened...

So summer totally happened. I just didn't realize it was going by so fast. There were so many things I still had left on my summer bucket list. Like why didn't I go to the beach one more time or why didn't we go on those hikes I envisioned.

Part of the problem was that it never got very warm this summer. I am not sure we ever hit 90 this year. It feels like it was one really long spring and now we are jumping right into the Fall. We actually got down to 34 the other night. My other issue is that Fall brought me the present of an awesome cold as a welcome to the new season. It's nothing major but I am so stuffed up and miserable.

We have had some awesome times this summer. Gabrian and I went to Funtown Splashtown multiple times this summer with our passes. We did make it to the beach a few times. And we enjoyed the slightly warmer weather.

Riley got a new job. He has continued the family tradition of working at Burger King.


At the end of August we went to Disney for a week. It was so hot I felt like I was walking on the surface of the sun.






Believe it or not, Riley was actually at Disney with us. His girlfriend was also there so we got to see him very little during the week.

Gabrian has started Kindergarten which has been somewhat of a transition. Riley is a Junior in High School (I still can't believe that). We are in full on College search mode now. We have started to send away for information on the Schools and will start planning visits soon. In a couple of weeks we are going to Boston for an information session for University of Miami (not going to lie, I am secretly rooting for that one...who wouldn't want to visit your kid in Miami?).

We also are planning to go to Chile this coming March so we are on shut down mode of all unnecessary spending to save for the trip. It will just be Gabrian, my Mom, and myself. Riley has chosen not to go and I am not sure I would have let him miss that much school anyway. I am excited for Gabrian to meet his family in Chile.

I still would like to move to Chile in a couple of years once Riley is settled in College. I am working on the Spanish and trying to figure out a way to support us while living there.

I plan updating here much more frequently. I like having this as a diary to look back on and I want to stop having so many gaps in between. Plus I like to delude myself into thinking that maybe someone reads my reviews occasionally.