Today I am going to share a few things that I have learned in the past couple of weeks. Maybe they will help you along your journey in life. Maybe not. Either way….
Lesson #1: If you are brave enough to buy a used couch at a consignment sale, lint roll the thing before you buy, lest you find ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF CAT HAIR ON IT LATER!
Oh yes. That’s right. I was in denial that it was a “problem” for a few hours. My first clue was the fact that Romo would not stop smelling the thing, but what doesn’t the dude sniff obsessively? Second clue was that my allergies BLEW UP all of a sudden, but it could have been the weather. The undeniable clue was when Chase sat on the couch in his white polo shirt and got up looking like a Calico Cat. BLACK HAIR EVERYWHERE!
Here is some proof for you non-believers:
Please note…for dramatic purposes…that this hair was collected by a lint roller AFTER the cushion covers had been washed and dried. Please also note…that it took almost a whole lint roller before I could roll hair-free.
This life lesson just confirms my long-lasting disdain for the feline community. (No offense cat lovers. I love y’all…just not your pets.)
Lesson #2: It is worth the hassle to tackle a couch infested with cat hair when the outcome is a cute, eclectic little thang.
I have great plans for this little dandy. I’m thinking some Amy Butler upholstery fabric and a new paint job is in the works. Eventually.
Lesson #3: It is not okay to buy a Hot & Ready Little Caesar’s Pizza and eat it for dinner and then breakfast the next day, no matter how poor you are.
Nor is it okay to make it a CRAZY combo because it’s free with a collegiate card. Yes. I’m ashamed of myself. Yes. It was deliciously gross.
Lesson #4: When you are lazy and slack off from working out for a week, your first workout back in the saddle makes you feel like straight poo-poo.
I may, or may not have cursed at my coach during Monday’s workout. I also may or may not have wished for death during the midst of said workout. I was sick at the beginning of last week and have been battling some serious self defeating thoughts and behaviors. So…excuses, excuses, excuses…I didn’t get much working out done last week. Come on though…be honest…if your long lost husband stayed cuddled up in bed at 4:45 AM how easy would it be for you? Hard or not though…it is much worse if you don’t.
Lesson #5: Back to the self defeating thoughts…when you let your husband’s weight loss successes define your journey as a big fat fail…you are much more likely to give up.
Chase and I started….well…RE-started…this little journey together a few months ago, and while I have made progress, Chase has MADE PROGRESS! Now, don’t misunderstand me, I am beyond proud of his dedication and success. I mean…he looks freaking sexy. Selfishly though, it is really hard to see friends and family and see them crap their pants and their jaws drop to the ground at the transformation he has made. Why is it so easy for him? Why is this journey so freaking hard for me? Why do I want to go eat a gallon of Blue Bell in cave…alone…when this happens?
This picture might explain part of the problem….
The other part of the problem would be that I sometimes forget that my journey is about ME. It is about learning to live a healthy life as a wife, worker, friend, sister, daughter, and all the other roles I play, without losing sight of my goals.
Lesson #6: It’s A-ok to be a junky!
Thanks to my pals Meredith and Brandy, I’m addicted to Advocare products and supplements. It started with Spark. Now I’m trying to get addicted to all kinds of pills and drinks. I just started the 24 Day Challenge today.
Basically the 24 Day Challenge has 2 phases. The first phase is a 10 day ‘detox phase’….”The purpose of cleanse is not to lose weight, though you likely will lose weight. The purpose of is to detoxify your body and remove toxins so that your body is better prepared to absorb the nutrients in phase two.” The second phase is a 14 day ‘max phase’….”this phase is designed to increase energy levels, control your appetite and provide healthy fuel for your body to burn off excess fat.”
I’ll try to keep you updated on how the challenge is going.
Lesson #7: There is really no substitute for good friends.
I feel really, really blessed to have awesome friends in my life. I have gotten to catch up with old ones, make new ones, and hang with my good ones over the past couple of months. Friends, I have come to realize…MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU! (Now go back and sing that last sentence like Kelly Clarkson.)
I’m looking forward to forgetting about the fact that Chase is leaving for another 7 weeks this weekend, by hanging out with my girlfriends. We gonna soak up some sun pool-side. Can’t wait!
These are my lessons learned…and now YOU know. Only 7 Life Lessons for now. I’m sure I could come up with some more…but let’s be honest…only a few of you made it this far! 🙂
Coming soon...my latest furniture projects!