The Choco Blog

My friend Amy and I were joking on Facebook the other night about our dogs. They are both female chocolate Labs within a year or two in age.

What came out of our little exchange on Facebook is this: http://kokomoeandmango.wordpress.com.

They are now chocolate Lab pen pals! Amy and Koko Moe are in the LA area, while we of course are here in central Alabama.

What fun!


Happy New Year 2011, and my plans to declutter, learn, create and experience!

>Earlier in 2010, I created a “30 Before 30” list of things I want to accomplish before I turn 30.

The other day, I took a hard look at it and reorganized and edited the list.

I’ve managed to knock off 2 items — I found THE purse, the one I’ll carry for years and years, and I found a go-to wine. But most of the other items have yet to be touched on.

I divided each item into one of four categories: 1) Get my learn on, 2) Clear the clutter, 3) Create, create, and 4) Travel and experience.

The deadline on this list is February 2013. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll be able to accomplish all of it. But I’m going to try my hardest.

Two of my goals are fitness-related. One is to lose 55 lbs. Yes kids, I weigh 34 lbs. more than I did at my wedding in April 2009. I think some of the gain is medication-related, and I’m about to make some adjustments there, but most of it can be chalked up to bad choices. To those who say, “You always gain weight after getting married!” — well, that’s no joke. Make it your goal to not just look good in a wedding dress, but look good for life. So, my goal is to knock off those 34 lbs., and another 20 or so after that.

My other goal is to run a 5K. I’ve never been a great athlete, or a great runner. I’m not expecting to break any land speed records here. I just want to say, “I did it.” And feel good about it.

For the month of January, I’ll be walking The Mango daily and getting back into Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred video. Then in February, the husband and I are rejoining the YMCA and will begin working out the way we did before the wedding — 2 to 3 times pr week, with 30-45 minutes of cardio and a circuit through the weight machines. For the cardio portion, I’m going to do the Couch to 5K program on the treadmill. Then, I hope to run in a 5K by mid-year!

Wish me luck on my goals. I hope you all will help to motivate and cheer me on. You can find me on SparkPeople too!