Dang, I have a cold.  Lucky it isn’t anything worse, but I still feel like a slug stuck in bubble gum.  But there is some good news – I have lost 8.5 pounds!  James has lost 10.  Crazy to think that we are both basically halfway towards our goals.  In the moment time seems to pass slowly when you are counting calories, however looking back it has actually gone by pretty fast.  We are both looking forward to our maintenance phase so we can start learning how to eat again on a normal caloric budget.  One thing we’ve both done well is to not call our new way of eating a diet, instead we’ve both embraced it as a lifestyle change.  We have discovered the joy (and frugalness) of sharing entrees instead of getting our own.  We both love having a variety of foods so sharing gives us the opportunity to try more while eating less.

Yesterday was James’ birthday!  We had a great time this weekend celebrating the occasion.  I’m not kidding when I say that a strikingly large number of my good friends were born in the month of January.  Almost every day there is another person I know well to say happy birthday to.  On another awesome note, we’ve officially entered into Aquarius, my own birthday sign.  In a little over three weeks I will be 34!  Turning another year older always makes me think about my life plans and dreams.  Last night I made a rough grid of what I’d like to accomplish or have happen to me in the next 10 years or so.  I know you can’t predict the future, but you can definitely steer it in the right direction.

More good news:  We’ve all made it past the most depressing day of the year – Monday, January 21st.  This online article from has some good advice and tricks to help get you through these dreary days.  Before we know it, spring and summer will be here again to brighten our worlds.

Right now the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals are going on in Park City, Utah.  One of my bigger goals is to one day have a feature film in one of the two.  I know in order to get there, I must write my book first which will hopefully either fully fund or partially fund that film project.  I think it’s a good plan, and I know I can do it.  I’ve been writing really well the past few weeks, but I know I must keep pushing forward on a consistent basis.  Sometimes while writing I think about how much more there is still left to do, and I get overwhelmed.  So tonight I am going to break it down into mini goals and milestones.  I want to be finished with it by the end of the year, no matter how much work and time it takes me.  I will fully dedicate myself to this one project above all other personal initiatives for 2013.  Because once it’s finished, I feel like it will be a total game changer for my life path.

can i help you?

can i help you?

A birthday party for James, Jesse & Liza!

A birthday party for James, Jesse & Liza!

the falcons game!

the falcons game!