Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's amazing what two years can do.

Before I start, I am alive.

Why haven't I posted in a while? A bunch of things. It's beautiful and hot out so I would rather be enjoying some sangria on a patio than instead of writing blogs that hardly no one reads. Debby downer over here.

That's another thing. I had a little internal freak out a few weeks ago when I posted some very special pictures from the wedding and my awesome speech and what? I got one comment?

I work hard to write a good post and then for no one to say "love it" or whatever, kind of hurts. So, I stopped blogging for a while.

I do remind myself over the past few days that I swore I would only blog when I had something to blog about. One thing I can't stand in the blogging world is when you know a post has been written because that person felt like they had to write for their followers. That's not me.

Second thing I reminded myself is that I blog for me. I do. I blog to write down stuff for memories.

Butttt, some comments and followers would be great! Don't be shy. 

Other than that, I've been doing well in summer school. Finished my paper today and it's pretty darn good if I say so myself. Hope I didn't jink it! 

Yesterday, I was thinking how it's already been two years since prom and grad. Two years! I'm officially an alumni of my high school.

So, I pulled out my photos from prom and was speechless over how much I have changed in two years, more like past 7 months. 30 pounds GONE and 18cm off my hips/waist/thighs all from working out and weight watchers.

June 2010

a) look at that double chin!
b) look how thick I was.

May 12, 2012. 
Losing this weight and making a whole new lifestyle has changed my life. I have done things that I would have never done if I was 30 pounds heavier. The confidence I have is 10384% more than 7 months a go.  

I can now go up to guys and talk to them. I can tell people to set me with guys because I feel so confident and we all know that guys like girls who are confident.

And now, it's not all about guys but thats important to a girl who never had a boyfriend in high school and didn't have her first kiss till 19. True story.

I can now run 10k and even have signed up for a 15k in August. Amaze-balls because I couldn't even run 2k back in November without dy-ing.

I love that I have inspired family members to start writing down what they eat. I love that at the wedding close family members came up to me and said "I saw you at easter and you looked great, and now you looks amazing, Sarah."  And my cousin Bryan grabbed me and said "since when have you lost weight?!"

sidenote: only have lost about 5 pounds since easter but your body can change when you tone it.   

I don't mean to brag, y'all know that. But every time I see pictures from 7 months + a go it makes me cry. I will never stop thanking weight watchers for changing my life. It really has.

I will never EVER go back to that weight. Ever.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

My fav link up-Currently

I'm linking up with the ever-so-awesome Jenn today for Currently.

I was so excited when Jenn mentioned  on twitter (follow me: @lifeofsarahh) that she wanted to do her link up today. I'm in a huge blogging slump, so hopefully this will take me out of it.

Curent Book:

Image Detail
yup, still reading it. Only has been 3 months...

Curent Playlist:
Cold as Stone-Lady A
Someone I used to know-Gotye
Where have you been-RiRi
Dance Agin-JLo

Current Colour:

Got a french shellac two weeks a go.
Current Food:
Waffles with banana's.

Current Fav Show:


Current Needs:
To be able to read guys minds. Ugh, men boys

Current Triumps:
-Losing 31 pounds!
-Signing up for a 15k run in Aug!

Current Celeb Crush:
anyone of these guys.

Current #1 blessing:
My new sister-in-love.
She has been such a big help over thep past few weeks. Love her.

Current Outfit:

Current Mood:
Very, very confused. Males, I tell ya. So strange.

Go link up with Jenn!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Love for weight watchers.

Yes, once again I need to express my love for weight watchers.

On monday morning I got out of bed, went pee and decided to weigh myself. See how much I gained from the wedding. To my surprise I lost 3.6 pounds.

I now have lost 29.2 pounds!

29.2 pounds.  And 18cm from my body.

I remember when I was only at a 7 pound loss, thinking how will I ever get to goal?

But I did. I got to my goal, 7 pounds ago.

Back in October I made a choice to lose this weight for Ryan's wedding. I did not want to be the fat sister-in-law.

On saturday, I had about every single family member of mine come up to me and say how amazing I look and tell me I need to be a spokesperson for weight watchers.

And really, I would not be here without Susan and her sister Katie. Seeing them happy and smaller was my motivation.

Even though I got to goal, I am still working on losing about 5 more pounds.

Weight Watchers has given me so much and from that, I love them.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The speech

Here is my speech I gave at Ryan's wedding. It went so well. I received so many compliments from people who said I am so good on stage.  

Goooddd evening! 
On behalf of the Hannon and Campbell family, we would like to  thank everyone  for coming out tonight in celebrating the wedding of Ryan and Danielle.  
For those you do not know me, I’m Sarah, Ryan’s little sister. 
Just a warning-I talk with my hands a lot. And no, I’m not Italian. 
Today has been wonderful so far- seeing my brother standing at the alter as a single man and walking down the aisle with his wife is something I hope to never forget. 
If I’m being honest, I never thought this day would come. Not because I’ve been counting down the days since Christmas and texting ryan almost weekly saying “152 days till your wedding” but because I never thought my brother would fall into the “love spell” and get hitched. You see, there is a running joke in my family- the joke goes, Ryan would move back from good ole West Virginia, make the basement into his bachelor pad, get a job teaching high school history and coach baseball on the side, doing all this while looking after our parents. He would NEVER find a girl and therefore would never get married. Now? it looks like I’ll be  doing that...minus the couching baseball part. 
Danielle- I remember the first time I saw you. If I remember correctly, you and Ry came for dinner in Toronto for my mom’s birthday. We all were so nervous to meet you. Mom kept sweeping the floors and I keep making sure my mascara was still in good shape. I do remember pecking out my bedroom window when I saw the car come around the corner,  so I could get a good look at you, hoping you didnt see me, talk about awkward.  And for some reason you were the type of girl I always pictured Ryan would bring home. Cute and tiny....and blond. We’ve come a long way since that first meal. I’m not sure if you remember that evening but I do. I remember the very awkward small talk, me asking about your siblings for the umteenth time, ryan glaring at me while talking to you. and asking “wait, how many cousins do you have?” Honestly, I just was so excited to meet you and to know you weren’t some girl Ryan made up about.  And as I said, we’ve come a long way. I can now call you to ask a question and 30 minutes later we are hanging up. I can tell you my frustrations *clear throat* ryan, my dreams, fears and I always get the best exercise advice from you. 
I always had this vision when I was younger of what my SIL  would be like (I had to do something while I was being dragged to all those baseball parks). My SIL  would be a friend to me, someone I look up to and enjoy spending time with. She would *hopefully* get along with Momma Hannon and most of all she would be there for me. She would make my brother happy and fit into our family. And Danielle? you totally fit that vision. YOU PASSED! 
 I don’t think I’ve ever said this to you but, I love you. You are the most beautiful girl and I am so happy that I FINALLY have a sister (a true sister where we fight and argue, but love each other) and am so excited to have you in my life forever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to be your bridesmaid. 
Ryan- Bugsy, Fart face bubble butt -and most importantly...the “golden child”
 Ry-You will always be that loser who, along with the help of Jesse, used your black hockey tape to tape my Ken doll (Barbie’s boy toy) to his chair. I will never forget how even when mom got the tape off, you could still see black on ken’s poor body and hear you laughing your head off while I cried at the poor site of Ken.  To me you will always be that brother who would tell me I was annoying,  sometimes hit me and kick me out of the basement....all because I said hi.  Yes, you picked on me a lot growing up but you were also a softy. I remember crying and yelling your name at the fence that separated Diefenbaker and Cosburn so you would come over and help me find my stuffed animals I lost at school.  Growing up, we  had our moments of pure dislike but I could also always count on you to give me a big hug and a pep talk when I was upset or got into a fight with mom and dad. 
 Even though we fought a lot, and still do, you are the BEST big brother ever and you mean so much to me. I don’t tell you this often enough but I love you so much. I could not ask for a better brother to have in my life. You have taught me so much already in life and have had more influence on me than most people will have.  Its safe to say you have mastered the role of being my big brother.  

I am so happy that Dad made you go to Fitz and Kim’s wedding and went to that bar the night before and found Danielle. Talk about fate.  I am also so happy mom is still willing to pay Danielle to stick around, even though its getting expensive. In all seriousness, I could not be happier right now .  I wish you two many, many, many years of happiness and love. And one day celebrate 30 years, like our parents will be doing in August. 

With that said, please join me in raising you glasses to Mr and Mrs Hannon. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Ryan's wedding.

The Bride and Groom aka my sister in law and Brother

myself and my Grandparents walking in.

1) Being introduced, 2) Waiting for dinner 3) My mom and Ryan dancing 4) Dancing the night away

My beautiful family

Ryan and the girls. 

My Gramma and her girls. 

The "boy" pose.

Saturday was my brothers wedding and it was perfect. Not a cloud in sight but still cool.

Danielle made such a beautiful bride and her dress was so pretty.

I bawled like a baby walking down the aisle and when my brother said his vows. I couldn't help it!

My speech went off like a hit. Of course, I teared up a bit when I got all mushy but that made it sweeter.

Can't believe I have a sister-in-law!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I won't be around much...

....Because  today, I'm leaving to get ready for this couples wedding.

Yup, the day is almost here. 

On Saturday, my brother will be marrying his love, Danielle. 

And I will have a sister-in-law! 

Gramma and Grandpa Hannon with R+D
I'm sure next week weeks blog posts will be wedding re-caps!


Monday, May 7, 2012

The time I cried at the finish line

love this pin I got. HECK YA! I run 10k's now. 

On saturday papa Hannon and I ran the Mississauga 10k.  

It was a beautiful and warm evening for a run so we were pumped to have a good run. We did, until the hills came. For about 3k it was hill after hill after hill. 

By 6k? I.was.done. 

The cramps near my hips weren't helping either. 

I wanted to finished faster than my 10k time that I did two-ish weeks a go but at this point I would have been very happy to just finish. 

So, I kept listening to LMFAO-Sexy and I know it for about 2k and kept drinking water which helped the cramps. 

Then we came to 8k.  Oh boy, I love 8k. Not.

It was on this little 3 feet wide path with runners running on both sides. Trying not to run over the little 8 years who instead of stopping and walking on the side of the path on the grass, would stop right in front of you! So ya, very little space and trying not to run over children wasn't that fun. 

My dad said we were 1k away from the finished line. I knew we were too because we could hear the party going on. I could hear all the finishers cheering when they heard their name being called but I wasn't having it. 

I was beyond done. All I wanted was to catch my breath, drink some water but mister Marathon runner over here didn't let me. My dad said to pick it up because we could finish  around 55minutes but I told him  begged him  to let me walk for 10 seconds. I couldn't feel anything. 

He said no. And to give all I got. So I did. I started pumping my arms like a crazy women and started making really ugly faces and of course I made troll sounds to help. 

About 400 meters away from the end I yelled at my dad and I said I needed to stop for water. 

Then the pep talk started. 

My awesome dad said to me "no, you don't. Keep running Sarah"

Ya right, I thought. This is easy for you. 

and the one that made me cry "think about how far you've come"- he said
::insert tears::
I have come so far. Let's talk about this for a second. Last October? I couldn't even run 2k without dy-ing and stopping. Now? I've completed two 10k's in two weeks. 

7 months away I was 25 pounds heavier than I am now. Now? I am at a healthy weight and have lost 17cm from my body. 

So ya. I have come so far. Daddie-o was right. 

I am so so happy to tell that I finished in 55:37. 

See? The ugly faces I said I did. That's my dad too. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Reason 1 out of 103954 why I love summer.

My beautiful cousin Grace. 

The one thing I love now that I'm on "summer" vacation is how much time I get to spend with my younger cousins. I say "summer" because I have summer school two mornings a week and with that comes essays and exams. 

I used to be Adam and Grace's full time babysitter, looking after them at lunch time and after school  many many many times during the week. But when I was in school this year, that changed. I hardly saw them which broke my heart. We missed each other. 

So when I got out of my exam last friday the first person I texted was my aunt saying "I can go back to being your full time sitter." In which she replied "oh good!." I love that I've seen them twice so far this week and one of those times G stayed at my house till 7pm. 

We have fun playing run-around-tag or tackle sarah and memory. Grace loves talking about my brothers wedding since she is a flower girl. It's going to be so cute! 

And summer? you can get hot now. Or at least warm-ish. Thanks.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Adocare Results

When I hit my goal weight, I thought doing a nice and safe cleanse would be good.

The awesome Jenn  from Perfectly Imperfect and her hubby Allen sell Adovare and she always raves about it so I talked to Allen (on the phone! From Texas! He totally has a southern accent too!!) and asked him a billion questions and felt ready to do it.

Allen was very helpful and Jenn always got back to on twitter with what different meals to eat. They were great and accommodating to me. You see, I live in Canada and if the package was shipped here, the border guards would  take it and not ship it to me.  Jenn said to send it to the hotel I was staying in at Boston, walked in and there it was waiting for me. They are awesome.

I'm happy to say I lost 2.2 pounds in the 10-day cleanse and .3 inches. Nothing huge like Jenn, who lost 5 inches!  And Allen who last I heard has lost 22 pounds. The best thing was that I felt light and airy all day long. Not airy and starving, because I wasn't. At all.

It was so easy to follow. I ate all healthy foods from my local grocery store and added in some pills twice a day.

I would totally recommend this cleanse to anyone!

If you want to chat with Allen or Jenn, do it. They won't pressure you into anything.

Do it! You'll be so happy with the results.