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Steampunk Mid-Week Motivation

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The Health Journey, Week 3

I have been incredibly ill for the last 3 days, which is to explain why this post is going up on Wednesday instead of Monday. As it is, I’m almost too exhausted to write it so I’m just going to post the numbers.

Starting weight: 316.8 lbs
Week 3 weight: 306 lbs

Total weight lost: 10.8 lbs

Pant size: 24

Nope, didn’t get measurements done this week. Hopefully I’ll be able to put up a longer post for week 4.

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Friday Flash Fiction – Captain’s Captive

The prisoners were laid out in rows in the hold of the ship, a layer of gas floated inches above their faces. A single figure moved among them, clad in heavy leathers and wearing a gas mask, looking more like a monster than a person.

As the figure stooped over each prisoner, it slipped a copper collar around each neck, holding the ends together until a puff of smoke indicated that the metal had fused together. Aside from the mark indicating who had captured them, the collars were blank, waiting to be inscribed with the name of the family or company who purchased them and their assigned duties. Most of the men here were destined for the mines, salt, coal or copper.

It hesitated as it stooped over the last body. It belonged to a woman, beautiful in the right circumstances, who had disguised herself as a man. It recognized her face and felt its heart speed up as it decided what to do. It could hear the hum of the engines and the fwap fwap fwap of the propellers as it reached slowly into its pocket and pulled out a different collar.

The collar was a white-gold etched with a delicate filigree. Where the copper collars could be taken off, this one never could.

Its hands shook slightly as it put the delicate collar around her neck. The owners name was already inscribed and the puff of smoke indicated the deed was done. Doubtless, she’d be a screaming fury when she woke up, but it didn’t matter. She belonged to the captain now and, if he got his way, she’d never step foot off the airship.

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Steampunk Midweek Motivation

It’s so true . . .

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The Health Journey, Week 2

This week was definitely one with ups and downs. I had to have scans and tests done that were unpleasant at best and awful at the worst. I still have a bruise on my arm from the IV they gave me for a CT scan. My brother got the results back from a test he’d done the week before and they came back positive for thyroid cancer. He also proposed to his girlfriend (he’d been planning that for a while, apparently).

One of the things I learned this week is that I have a much stronger connection between food and my emotions than I thought. Most specifically, bad news and emotional stress have me reaching for the chocolate. More than once I found myself looking in the freezer for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food that I knew wasn’t there. I didn’t let myself go buy any, either, but that took a toll on my will power later in the week. By Saturday, my will power was shot and I fell off the wagon. I ate fatty, greasy foods and almost half of a sugar free pie and I hated myself for it.

So, I’m learning. This week I have resolved to learn a couple new things, the first being that I don’t have to be strong all the time. Apparently, I went through passing a kidney stone without pain killers. There were days when I wanted to scream and cry because I hurt so bad but I sucked it up and soldiered on because, well, that’s what women do. The second thing I’m going to learn this week is to do something when the stress hits. No, I’m not going to grab the Ben and Jerry’s, but I might go for a walk, or roll out the yoga mat and just zen out.

I did try a couple of new, delicious and healthy recipes this week and I’ve been asked to share them. So, I will be making them again this week and posting them, complete with pictures.

Here are this weeks numbers:

Starting weight: 316.8 lbs
Week 2 weight: 309.8 lbs

Total weight lost: 6.6 lbs

current pant size 26

Yep, still not sharing measurements but will once they’re lower.

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Steampunk Sunday: Disney Princesses

I’ll be honest, I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Disney and their Princesses. I’ve been known to sit in the theater and yell at the screen “No, no, you got it all wrong! You’ve changed the message entirely!” **coughcoughHerculescoughcough**
Of course, having said that, I love how each princess has a distinctive style. Using that as a base, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful princess fan art. I just really wish Princess had not become synonymous with Disney. 
I think my favorite has to be Tiana but Ariel as a pirate is pretty awesome, too. 

I just love the upside down death with this. 

Belle was always my favorite and I love this stained glass version.

Not sure how I feel about Ariel without any pants but Cinderella’s dress is beautiful. 

I found most of today’s pictures through Pinterest. I tracked down what original links I could but if you find one I missed, let me know and I’ll add it.

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Steampunk Mid-week Motivation

Picture courtesy of I’d Rather Be Killing Monsters

Yep, gotta admit, I do love gaming sometimes. And the chainsaw with plate mail? Maybe not exactly Steampunk but definitely in the same spirit.

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