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Movie Night: Up

May 12, 2011

On our April 29th movie night, we watched the Disney film Up.

From wikipedia: 

“Up is a 2009 computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and presented in Disney Digital 3-D. The film premiered on May 29, 2009 in North America and opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first animated and 3D film to do so. 

The film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russell who fly to South America by floating in a house. The film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes (the best reviewed wide-released film of 2009 on the site), and grossed over $731 million worldwide, making it Pixar’s third-most commercially successful film, behind Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3.”

A house is hovering in the air, lifted by balloons. A dog, a boy, and an old man hang beneath on a garden hose

This movie is adorable! It’s extremely charming, moving, and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend it for any age, and I see why it made the Top 250 list.

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May 11, 2011

I LOVE how the two largest words say “Average Week”. Yep, last week was an average week, lol.

Top250 Movie #4

May 10, 2011

The fourth movie I watched from the Top250 list was Ikiru.

From Wikipedia:

“Ikiru (生きる “To Live”?) is a 1952 Japanese film co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film examines the struggles of a minorTokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning.”

This is definitely not a movie I would have decided to watch if it weren’t for my list.

The movie was fascinating, interesting, unique, depressing, thought provoking, creepy, amusing and occasionally dull. Some scenes and pauses seemed to last way longer than you would expect. The message of the movie turned out to be different than what I thought it was going to be in the beginning. I don’t think I’d watch it again, but I enjoyed it well enough.

Slow and Steady?

May 9, 2011

Third week in a row of losing just under a half pound…not great, but at least I am going in the right direction.

Weight Change: -0.4 from previous record; +3.7 from initial 

Last Week’s Goals: (6 of 8! Continuing to improve)

Water: Failed!  Drink an average of 24 ounces/day this week…this was attempt #3 and I only managed 19.

Hooping: Completed!  Hoop an average of 6 min/per day

Nutrition: Completed! Eat 4 fruit/veggie snacks this week…

Motivation: Completed! Post to HCR twice.

Education: Completed! Add the list of “foods you should eat everyday” to the snack db.

Exercise: Failed! Yoga average 5 min/day…attempt 3…my problem seems to be on the weekend since I am so busy

Steps: Completed! Achieve an average of 5,000 steps/day

Spark Points: Completed! Earn 35 points on sparkpeople.

This Week’s Goals…

Water:  Drink an average of 24 ounces/day this week…Attempt #4

Hooping: Hoop an average of 7 min/day

Nutrition: Eat something from the list of “foods you should eat daily” twice

Motivation: Post to HCR twice

Education: Buy ingredients for healthy smoothies

Exercise: Yoga for an average of 5 min/day…Attempt 3

Steps: Achieve an average of 5,500 steps/day

Spark Points: Earn 45 points on sparkpeople.

Another Okay Week

May 2, 2011

Another week of losing just under half a pound…it’s not much…or really anything, but it’s better than gaining, so I’ll take it.

Weight Change: -0.4 from previous record; +4.1 from initial 

Last Week’s Goals: (5 of 8! Continuing to improve)

Water: Failed!  Drink an average of 24 ounces/day this week…this was attempt #2 and I managed 23. 3…close, but not enough.

Hooping: Failed!  Hoop an average of 6 min/per day…I can’t believe I failed this one! I managed 5.6…so rounding up, I would have made it. My week started out strong, but I anticipated time to hoop on the weekend and failed to find it.

Nutrition: Completed! Eat 3 fruit/veggie snacks this week…

Motivation: Completed! Post to HCR.

Education: Completed! Snack database.

Exercise: Failed! Yoga average 5 min/day…I managed 4 days of 6 minutes making my average 3.42.

Steps: Completed! Achieve an average of 4,500 steps/day...and then some.

Spark Points: Completed! Earn 25 points on sparkpeople.

This Week’s Goals…

Water:  Drink an average of 24 ounces/day this week…Attempt #3

Hooping: Hoop an average of 6 min/per day…Attempt #2

Nutrition: Eat a fruit or veggie snack 4 times

Motivation: Post to HCR twice

Education: Incorporate “the foods you should eat every day” list from Eat This, Not That into the snack db

Exercise: Yoga for an average of 5 min/day…Attempt 2

Steps: Achieve an average of 5,000 steps/day

Spark Points: Earn 35 points on sparkpeople.

I’ll Be Back

April 29, 2011

The third movie I watched from the IMDB Top 250 List was The Terminator.

Shockingly, I have never seen it. Granted, this never really bothered me as it didn’t seem all that interesting.

From wikipedia “The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction action film directed by James Cameron, co-written by Cameron and William Wisher Jr., and starring Arnold SchwarzeneggerMichael Biehn, and Linda Hamilton. The film was produced by Hemdale Film Corporation and distributed by Orion Pictures, and filmed in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from the year 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, played by Hamilton. Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah.”

It was as I expected…very 80s…a bit predictable…and nothing particularly interesting. It was fine. I probably won’t watch it again, but I’m glad I watched it once. I prefer my action films to be funny or suspenseful…and other than the 80s clothing…this wasn’t very amusing. ::shrug::

Picking up the pace!

April 25, 2011

Accomplishing my health goals went much better this week. I didn’t lose any weight…but I didn’t gain any, and I went to a wedding where I had 2 slices of cake…and we had a cheesecake yesterday…so win for me? I think so.

Weight Change: -0.4 from previous record; +4.5 from initial 

Last Week’s Goals: (4 of 7! Twice as good as last week!)

Water: Failed!  Drink an average of 24 ounces/day this week…I managed 22…not quite enough. Plans to fix this? Start keeping better track earlier in the week (like today).

Hooping: Completed! Hoop an average of 5 min/per day…And then some! 

Nutrition: Failed! Eat 3 fruit/veggie snacks this week…While I have no problem eating these with a meal…I seem to not gravitate towards them for snackage. Plans to fix? Start a database with healthy snacks, particularly those involving fruits and veggies, and pick up the ingredients at the grocery store. Perhaps if I can make the snacks sound more appealing, I will opt for them.

Motivation: Completed! Work the completion of health goals into my daily to-do spreadsheet…this helped quite a bit, and now they are permanently apart of the routine.

Education: Completed! Get re-acquainted with sparkpeople…I’m going to add a sparkpeople points category this week.

Exercise: Failed! Wii fit average 5 min/day…I started it too late in the week and didn’t catch up.

Steps: Completed! Achieve an average of 4,000 steps/day...and then some.

This Week’s Goals…

Water:  Drink an average of 24 ounces/day this week…Attempt #2

Hooping: Hoop an average of 6 min/per day

Nutrition: Eat 3 fruit/veggie snacks this week…Attempt #2

Motivation: Post to HCR

Education: Create database of health snack ideas, add some ingredients to grocery list this week.

Exercise: Yoga for an average of 5 min/day

Steps: Achieve an average of 4,500 steps/day

Spark Points: Earn 25 points on sparkpeople.