Giveaway! Nope. No Excuse At All.

I had the perfect balance of fun and adulting this weekend.  Even though it was -6 when I woke up, I still got my ass out of bed to Weight Watchers.  I lost 1.2, but I think it was a bit more.  You see the scale will never show up the exact amount of your effort exactly on day 7 of your weigh in day.  Last week I only gained .6 pounds, so I knew I had what I call “residual holiday weight” that hadn’t show up yet on the scale.  I am happy with the loss!  And um, I am on Day 8 of no wine.  I want to thank a lot of my WW connect members who gave up pop or wine too this month – we’ve got this!

I thought I had mentioned it to my sister that I was doing dry January, but when I got to her house on Saturday night to celebrate our family Christmas with our Mom, she said “we have red wine, pinot grigio and your favorite beer Blue Moon – what would you like?  For a split second I thought “it’s our family Christmas, go ahead and just have one glass of wine, but I stuck to my guns and opted for water.  But all throughout the night I’d ask me sister or Mom, so how does that wine taste?!”

I hope this video comes though – my sister got me this oven mitt, and I had to laugh because so many people tagged me on Instagram and Facebook when they saw this line of oven mitts and were like “Biz, these are so you!!”  Love.

When I as at my nieces wedding in November, her maid of honor has Type I diabetes and was wearing this shirt, and I blurted out “I need that!”  My Mom bought it after that weekend – I love it.  Thanks Momma!

Sunday I went to the gym, um turns out I haven’t been there in over 100 days!!! And turns out I have a bit of work to do – my muffin top is no longer wanted and it’s my goal to get rid of it this year.  

I got my Christmas Box from my brothers family – thank you for all the goodies!  But what I was most happy to get was a copy of my brother’s new book.  A memoir about the year he had cancer.

I read the book for about an hour before going to bed on Saturday, and then finished it sitting comfy on the couch with a cup of tea.  It’s an amazing read – if you have read my brother’s blog, then you know what an awesome writer he is.  While the subject is cancer, he manages to make parts of it humorous, and I laughed out loud and I cried too. 

I don’t think I was a very good sister during that time – I don’t remember jumping on a plane to be with him (that’s because I didn’t) but I will never forget that I was in Virginia for my Uncle’s memorial when my brother called my Mom to let her know if the cancer was cured or if he needed more chemo.  She left the room and left us all in the living room of my Aunt’s house, which I took as not a good sign.

She walked back into the room crying, which of course made all of us cry, but then blurted out “he’s going to be fine!”

Charlie has generously offered up an AUTOGRAPHED copy of his book to one lucky reader of mine.  There are so many sad stories about cancer (i.e. my Dad, my Uncle, my cousin Pam), but I’d love for you to leave a comment with a good outcome of someone you know and love who kicked cancers butt.  If you don’t have such a story, you can leave a simple comment of “In Loving Memory of . . .” 

I’ll pick a winner on Friday’s post.   I’d like to say that this cancer scare made my brother slow down, and smell the roses, but I think he’s busier at work than he ever has been.  Back in 2012 he was working for a Korean gaming company with insane deadlines, and now he’s working at Apple headquarters with equally demanding deadlines.

All I know is that I have to do better about not getting stuck in the routine of getting up, going to work, coming home, eat dinner, go to bed – lather, rinse and repeat.  I need to do a better job of making plans with friends this years and creating memories.  

Happy Monday my dear friends – now go make it a great day!


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    Jessica H
    January 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

    In loving memory of my mom and grandma.

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    Jill F
    January 8, 2018 at 9:33 am

    My aunt kicked cancer’s but twice, but the third time was leukemia caused by previous treatment. In Memory of Garnet Dye

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    January 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I just LOVE Charlie’s blog. I need to put it on my favorite’s list so I don’t have to link to it from some place on your blog every time I read it. :)He is an amazing writer! Sadly, I have too many in loving memories to post. So instead, in loving memory to all who have lost their battle with cancer.

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    January 8, 2018 at 9:50 am

    In loving memory of my Grandmother. My mom beat cancer but died of a heart attack way too soon. 🙁

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    Shelley B
    January 8, 2018 at 10:14 am

    In loving memory of my beloved and much missed Grandmother.

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    January 8, 2018 at 10:45 am

    My sister had skin cancer and she’s doing great! I love Charlie’s writing too.

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    January 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

    My husband kicked melanoma in the ass! It was a very scary time.

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    January 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    My neighbor Sue’s daughter just found out she has the same type of cancer. Her name is Kristen and she has a 3 month old baby. Prayers for Kristen, Matt and baby. Kristen had her first Chemo on Friday Jan 5th. I’m happy for your brother that he had a great outcome.

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    January 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    My mother-in-law fought and beat breast cancer–twice!

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    January 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    My wonderful brother in law beat throat cancer

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    January 9, 2018 at 8:48 am

    In Memory of my Dad, missed every day.

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    January 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

    My best friend gave cancer everything she had and fought so hard. I will never forget her courage and determination.
    Here’s to 2018 and making the most of each day. The door to my new house is open so come visit anytime!

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    January 9, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I kicked cancer’s ass 6 years ago!! I’m now living a healthy and happy life at 60, enjoying my family and especially my grandkids!!

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    Georgette Helton
    January 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I read lots would love to have the book .Thanks for opportunity to win one.. I just love you , you seem so fun . Wish we were closer .

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    Lucyle Merriwether
    January 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    In memory of especially My Pam and all who had cancer. Bless those who are struggling with cancer especially Joan Weir and God thank you for healing those who had cancer.

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    January 10, 2018 at 3:51 am

    In loving memory of Richard! We fought the battle together. The laughs tears and memories!

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    January 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

    In loving memory of my dad, who I think of every single day( RIP 7.22.09). The day he passed away your mom came over that morning with a pot of soup and a bag full of fresh fruits and veggies. We had been eating fast food and pizza the last 2 weeks before dad passed so her thoughtfulness is still talked about 8 1/2 yrs later : )

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    Paula Huffman
    January 16, 2018 at 8:12 am

    In loving memory of my Dad, James Faye. Miss him so much

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