Day 17: Celebrate!!

A couple years ago (Dec. 2009) the whole family (including my uncle, aunt and cousins from Minnesota) went to Disneyland to help CELEBRATE my granpa’s 90th birthday!! To CELEBRATE his 90th birthday he wanted to go on Space Mountain!!! Here he is on the Space Mountain ride. If you look closely, he looks awfully bored, doesn’t he?

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way, Right?? Hour 1 of Day 1 of IWRT

Ok, so I went ahead and did it. I entered this Challenge sponsored by one of my fellow So Cal Lady bloggers. Go check it out; Wendy Will Blog— I Will Rock This Challenge.  I don’t know if my current job situation enticed me to want to do this (since work is beyond slow due to all the budget cuts in education lately among other things), or the fact that I have quite a few weddings, my grandparents 65th wedding anniversary parties to go to, and the summer just coming up in general and I would love to lose like a gazillion pounds, or my competitive spirit since I know this is something I could do well in, if I really decide to put the effort into it. I think it is a combination of all of these things together that pushed me over the edge to take the plunge and go for it.  This challenge started just over an hour ago on May 1st. It ends on July 1st.

I just finished (or am just finishing now I SHOULD say) my last soda I plan on having until this is over, or possibly longer. So HA! Yeah, we’ll see how that goes, right? I plan on drinking a LOT more water, and exercising more (hoping this challenge will give me more motivation to do so, instead of making an excuse not to get out and go to the gym or get outside) I usually have been going to the gym at least 3 days a week,  but would like to be going at least 5 now. Going out for less  Happy Hours and dinners will also help, I always make my own lunches for the most part, so that’s not an issue. Cutting back on the Starbucks would probably be ideal too I am thinking…. I’ve done this before, losing weight, so I know it is possible! I just need to find enough things to keep myself busy with.

One problem though…. this would all be PERFECT if it weren’t for my birthday being THIS THURSDAY on the 3rd! (See post below about all the TASTY YUMMY DELICOUSNESS you can get for your birthday MONTH) Plus how can I say no to all the happy hours and dinners with friends when it’s for my own BIRTHDAY? Looks like I will have to say no to a lot of the birthday goodies, but will still have a few things to go out and celebrate or opt for any healthy options there might be on the menu. I DO have to have one Pop Rock Margarita though!! Otherwise…. I WILL stick to just water!!! And CAKE! How can you say no to a piece of your own birthday cake, especially if its cheesecake? Seems pretty rude to me, if you refuse to take a piece of your own cake… 😉

I have to weigh in sometime today… So.Not.Looking.Forward.To.That 😛 If I don’t end up working today, I think I will spend the day at the gym. Get a head start on working off all those calories I will probably gain from any birthday festivities going on this next week. If I can just make it to May 7th, then I think I’ll be ok. Will take the whole not eating out part more seriously then replaced by much healthier options… 😉

Only 61 more days and 22 1/4 hours left to go… But who’s keeping track of that… Certainly NOT ME! 😉

Birthday Freebies– Hey It’s Free!! LA & OC :)

Birthday Freebies– Hey It’s Free!! LA & OC 🙂

By Erin

My birthday is coming up pretty soon, so I am starting to get all my birthday goodies through the mail and e-mail. Who doesn’t like getting stuff? I know I do. Especially on your birthday? FOR FREE?? You gotta be kidding me! Here is a list of places that have some amazing freebies that are up for grabs on your date of birth, birthday week, or even birthday month. Whether it’s a free car wash, spa day, movie tickets, free game play at Dave & Buster’s and Boomers (Unlimited FREE rides and mini-golf for 4 hours too!), dinner, ice cream, or pizza, there is something here for everyone. Many of these places offer gluten-free and other healthy items for those with special diets. 😉 Enjoy! Feel free to add any that I may have forgotten (Or just do not know about yet!) I love learning about more great deals that I can add to my list! So Happy Birthday everyone! 😉

*If any of these no longer work, or you have a favorite you think I should add to this list, please send me a message so I can update this page! Thanks!* <3
Baja Fresh–FREE Taco for signing up & FREE burrito on your birthday!
Baskin Robbins– FREE Ice Cream on your Birthday
Ben & Jerry’s– FREE Ice Cream on your Birthday
Benihana’s– FREE Dinner (up to $30) on your birthday
Black Angus— Free Dinner entrée (up to $19 value– with purchase of another entrée of greater or equal value)
Boomers–You’ll receive a free Unlimited 4 Hour Play Pass good for all the  attractions – go karts, bumper boats, miniature  golf, and more.  Club members receive the special privilege of  using this offer ANY single day during the month of their birthday.
Buffalo Wild Wings— Free dozen wings on your birthday
Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria–Free entrée or personal pizza & dessert on your birthday & other great offers year round
Circle Marina Car Wash– Free Car Wash during your birthday Month
Cold Stone Creamery– BOGO Creation Ice Cream on your birthday
Dave & Buster’s– $10 FREE Game play just for signing up & on your birthday as well as other cool offers year round!
El Torito Grill– Free entrée of your choice on your birthday (Up to a $12.99 value, no other purchase required)
Famous Dave’s–Free entrée on your birthday & other deals year-round
Flemings–Free $20 bonus card (kind of like a gift card, but it expires in a couple of months after your birthday) for use on your next visit and a cute golden gift box with 4 chocolate truffles in it!
Fresh Brothers– Get a free pizza on your birthday! YUM!!
Frosted Cupcakery–Free Cupcake on your birthday
*Show Your Photo ID*
Gold Class Cinemas– Free Movie Ticket for your birthday (3 days before or after with one other paid admission)
Golden Spoon– FREE frozen yogurt on your birthday
Hof’s Hut–Free meal on your birthday
The Ice House Comedy Club–Two free admissions, party favor, piece of cake and announcement. Plus everyone in your birthday party gets reduced admission. Present ID, valid within seven days of your birthday.  Ice House
Krispy Kreme–Get 1/2 dozen donuts and a coffee mug filled with your favorite beverage
Lone Star Steakhouse– Free appetizer for your birthday
Medieval Times– Get a FREE birthday feast/free admission the week of your birthday
The Melting Pot–Free Fondue on your birthday, and other great deals when you join and throughout the year! 😉
Mimi’s Cafe– Get a coupon for a FREE Breakfast entrée when joining, and a FREE entrée of your choice on your birthday!
On the Border– Free appetizer on your birthday & other free stuff and awesome deals year round
Panama Joe’s– Free meal on your birthday, drink specials, free appetizer platters & earn gift cards when you have your birthday/happy hour here.
RA Sushi– get a $20 gift certificate on your HALF birthday and other deals year round
Reb lobster– Free meal on your birthday
Red Robin– Free burger on your birthday
Red Robin (you need to get the card at one of their locations, this is just info on their royalty program)
Rubio’s- FREE Taco for signing up & a FREE meal on your birthday
Sprinkles– FREE Cupcake on your birthday
Souplantation–Free meal (BOGO) on your birthday & other deals year-round
Starbucks–Get a FREE drink of your choice for your birthday
Starbucks — sign up for their rewards program
Sonic— FREE tater tots on your birthday
Z-Pizza– Get a FREE 10″ zpizza creation on your birthday