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So far in December…

    • Managed to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done which is great! I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! Monday, of course! I am preparing for it, mentally, and so in the meantime, enjoy what my tree looks like and how Marley is. I am still sending out gifts/packages to my friends and some have to wait until after because of money woes but in the end, as long as they get them, that’s all that matters.
    • Marley and the Pokemon Christmas Tree


    • Learned that I am getting braces for my TMJ Disorder, which isn’t a great thing but hopefully, since there are alternatives to metal ones, I can actually opt out of that, but we’ll see what my insurance can and will pay for next year. My dental insurance is actually covering adult braces which is great timing and a big relief. I actually set up an appointment for next year on the 8th for that, and on that same day, I have three apointments: Eye Doctor (which I’ll get new glasses and also lenses, but I have already bought glasses to make the transition: )
    • Michael Stars glasses
  • Been completely sick-another throat infection but this time, a fever! I forgot how shitty fevers felt like that and even though mine wasn’t too bad, being just a  low grade made me realize, how terrible and necessary fevers are. I am glad to be better now, even if I am taking the last of my antibiotics, plus, my eczema flared up despite me growing out of it as a child and it happens, so I am going to take care of my skin better than I have before to prevent/manage flare ups, even if it runs in my family, it is still treatable. Everything, that I am going through is treatable, even my mental illness, which has been doing a lot better as I’ve mentioned before: no impulsion really to spend and I make sure to be honest, and make monetary decisions together with my husband, as that is how marriages work. Partnership. Love. Trust. Commitment. That’s how it works and I intend to keep it up and even if I falter, know that I will continue trying and working on myself, no matter what.
  • Lost a bit more weight and honestly, it’s making me feel like I can do anything-as it boosts up my self esteem because, I was always taunted for my weight from everyone even my parents, especially, my father, which hurt so much growing up, but my weight doesn’t define me anymore, and besides, I am doing this for health and self esteem issues which have gone way up, since when I was at my highest: 268 lbs, but losing 40+ lbs have helped a lot with my health and just over all appearance. It matters because there is a judgement on both sides of the spectrum: too skinny, too fat, and whatnot, and while, I intend to go a bit further to be at a healthier weight so I can have children. I am more than impressed that I can do this if I try. It’s amazing what you can do once you put your mind to it and take action.
  • Edit: Saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and I loved how bleak the future and present was for the whole resistance. It shows that not everything and everyone gets a happier ending, and plus the themes are great.

  • Though the conflicted Kylo Ren said it best: “…let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you are meant to be.” as you or I can see is that worrying about the past gets anyone nowhere and that in order to move on and be a better person, don’t get weigh down about what happened previously in your life, and that is something to take to heart, and I sure do, because that’s how I see myself in regards to things I’ve left behind but I can’t look back and so I must chug along even if I don’t think I am ready, but if I wanna be functional and not have a heart full of hate, and regret, then I must do it to be someone I am proud of, happy for, and grateful for.
  • Seeing the latest Star Wars Movie on Sunday, because my husband got tickets to IMAX for only 5 dollars total for two seats! And they aren’t bad seats at all, but still, I was/am worried about the movie as a lot of people are split on it, but still, if it does something different, which, most people don’t like, then I’ll see and give the movie a chance. I like different, and that’s why I love Blade Runner and even the sequel. It’s different from what is out there and a lot of the time, people don’t appreciate it. They want it different but more the same, but with Star Wars, I think a different direction is good. It worked for Thor Ragnarok, though of course, Star Wars is more beloved than Thor and the MCU, but, I think-and even know, that I will enjoy the hell out of it.
  • Marley as Princess Leia 
  • Plus I am dog sitting my neighbor’s two dogs as she is in New Jersey visiting her daughter and grand kids; Though not only is she paying me, but Marley loves the dogs being over, because her best friend is staying at my place for 2 weeks, so basically, fun times for her! I am glad to be helping my neighbor as we have gotten close and I even got her dogs yummy treats for Christmas. They loved it~

Posted on December 16th, 2017 in Blog, pictures by Michelle. 7 Comments

Congrats on the weight loss! I also am sick, mostly a sore throat and a bit of a stuffy nose. Hopefully we will both be better for Christmas!

Posted on December 17th, 2017, at 6:32 PM by Deanna.

Congrats on the weight loss! That’s really impressive and because of that, you’re inspiring me to keep trying my best on losing weight. It hasn’t been going well on my end, unfortunately XD

Oh my, braces! I didn’t really enjoy them, but they’re a necessary evil lol. It’s great that your insurance is going to pay for them though! 😀

Posted on December 21st, 2017, at 4:56 PM by Claudine.

Ohhhh, someone is having a very Pokémon Christmas this year. Love the tree. Congratulations on the weight loss. And always, Marley is adorable.

Posted on December 21st, 2017, at 8:01 PM by Kenny.

I love that quote too, it’s one of my favorites from the movie! 🙂 More so because, as you say, it’s so true.

And I told you (on Twitter) you’d love the movie. 😉
I did too….though it got me obsessed with the Kylo Ren/Rey fandom – I can’t stop reading fanfics on them – which I’m not sure it’s good. xD xD

Posted on December 23rd, 2017, at 1:07 AM by Lucien.

Hi Michelle! Sorry I haven’t commented much. How are you?
I adore Marley’s pics she’s so cute and I love the Pokemon tree as well.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years 💞

Posted on December 24th, 2017, at 2:32 AM by Pim.

Merry Christmas!

Lovely Pokemon tree! Nice idea to use the plushies for it!

I hope you’re all better now. I hate being sick! >_> But congrats on the weight loss! Looks like your as usual working really hard! Which is an inspiration! I gotta try harder too!

Posted on December 24th, 2017, at 4:48 PM by Maroon Caludin.

Your pre-Christmas wins seem to have been great. Congrats on the weight loss! I know you’ve been working on it for a long time… It’s great you’ve gone 40 already! Wow! I’m trying to get into it again in a week or so, but after reading “Beauty Sick,” like you, I really want to focus on the HEALTH and what my BODY DOES FOR ME, as opposed to LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY. Our bodies do soooo much for us, but we put it through such ridiculous metrics for it to look a certain way, be a certain way, and in the end, end up doing really unhealthy things… We should be accepting the body to look the best that it SHOULD look, not what we WANT it to look so that it WORKS the best… It’s kind of a hard idea for me to grapple with because we live in such an euro-centric-unrealistic-value-of-beauty society, but I’m going to try to change my mindset for 2018 so I can be the healthiest I can be.

And so jealous of doggos………

Posted on December 27th, 2017, at 6:27 PM by Hiro.