Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Monday Mingle: Missing Camera, No Flowers and No American Idol

What’s up with that butt ugly freeze frame? Yikes!

Monday MingleTo see another shot of my new hair, click here…. My hair was done by Cheryl from Cheryl’s Touch in Dallas, PA. If you’re ever in the area, she can hook you up. She also gave me new brows and yanked out waxed my girlstache. WhatYou know you have one too!

Monday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

This week’s questions are:
1. Do you have Spring flowers (or any flowers) blooming in your yard right now? Show us!
2. Are you watching American Idol this season? What do you think about the new judges?
3. Tell us something that happened to you last week!

Next week’s questions are:
1. Where do you think you’ll be/what you’ll be doing in 10 years?
2. You are ordering a hamburger at a restaurant (or veggie burger – how do you have it cooked, what type of cheese and what else goes on it?
3. What are the current gas prices like where you live?


Mamavation Monday on Sunday

Mamavation MondayThis week I have been a calorie counting, exercise logging, SparkPeople app using machine!  Seriously, I’ve learned so much since I downloaded SparkPeople to my Droid (click here for the mobile download for Droid).  For example, I was drinking a large mocha flavored coffee from a popular coffee place every other day or so until I found out that it was accounting for 45% of my allotted caloric intake.  Forty~five percent is a heck of a lot when you want to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and, possibly, a snack.  Needless to say, I have since stopped with the ‘ccinos.  That doesn’t mean I’m never drinking one again, (I cannot give up that mocha goodness) it just means that I have to be more aware of portion control and determine what I’m willing to give up for that treat.

I also learned how much fast food can hurt.  On my way to work the other day I realized that I hadn’t had breakfast or lunch, so I decided to stop and grab some fries, a fish sandwich and a coffee, that was a whopping 814 calories!  Duuuude, that is crazy!  I know this may be purely psychosomatic but I also felt ill the rest of the night.  It may be that I hadn’t had fast food in about a week and it wasn’t settling right or it may have been that I was just sick over how many calories I’d consumed in one meal but I felt YUCK the rest of the night.

My 2 for 1 water exchange has been going real well.  Actually, it’s been going better than expected, I’ve also started to drink more herbal tea (Lipton Cranberry Pomegranate Tea, how do I heart thee…).  I had 1/2 a soda this week and couldn’t finish it.  It was my first soda in about a week.  Way too sweet.

In an effort to keep me even more accountable for my food intake, I’ll be participating in the March Food Diary Challenge hosted by Brooke Lippy.  Nothing like knowing that other people are going to see what you’ve inhaled all day to keep you focused…

I exercised 3 out of 7 days this week and on the days that I didn’t workout, I made sure I went over my step goal (which was 5000 per day).  I know my step goal is low but when you figure I’m a librarian and I don’t spend a lot of time on my feet, I thought I’d start low and work my way up, this way I’m not defeated when I don’t make 10,000 steps.  This week’s goal is 7500 per day.

I’ll tell you now, I didn’t lose any weight but I didn’t gain either.  I’m not upset because I learned something about myself and my eating habits, so I consider this a win.

My Stats:

  • Starting weight:  163.2 lbs
  • Today’s weight:  162 lbs
  • Goal weight:  145 lbs

How was your week?  Did you learn anything surprising about your eating habits?

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation or this post.  Mamavation is a weight loss support group that uses social media to help women and especially mothers to lead a healthy lifestyle.  You can learn more about Mamavation by visiting the website, following on Twitter or liking on Facebook.


Facebook App Lets Commenters Easily Share Posts

Have you noticed the nifty little Facebook comment space located just above the comments section of my blog?  It’s a nifty little app that I created on Facebook and it allows people to comment and share your post on their Facebook page in one swoop.  This is a great way to get new readers!

WordPress users, the directions are very easy to follow:

  1. Go to Install Plugins from your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Search for “Facebook Comments for WordPress” and you’ll find step~by~step directions

However, before you get started, you’ll want to create the following:

  1. Privacy Policy (here’s mine)
  2. User Agreement Policy
  3. Avatar for your app (I just used a smaller version of my blog badge)

Once you’re finished, activate the plugin and you’ll end up with a box that looks something like this:

To see picture details, just click them

Facebook for WordPress Comment Box 1

If the commenter is logged into their Facebook account while they’re visiting your blog, they’ll have the option of commenting under their Facebook name (you do not have access to their Facebook information, although you will have the ability to send them a message through Facebook).

Facebook for WordPress Comment 2

The comment will then post to your blog and look something like this:

Facebook for WordPress Comment 3

The link to your post will then appear on their Facebook profile page and look like this:

Facebook for WordPress Comment 4

Do you think you’ll be adding this app to your blog?  What do you think will be some of the benefits?  Drawbacks?

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