Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Update! Update! Update!

I'm not even going to scold myself about being a glad blogger because I've already done that over here. Believe me - I've been busy.  Like, super busy, but I've been posting to my other individual, specialized I guess you could say, blogs.  Not to say that that means this little gal is getting the axe - because she's not!  I've just been really particular with my postings and I thought it would be appropriate for them to be at their respective blog places.  Would you like some highlights?  That is, in case you don't follow me at the other places...

I recently made my version of the Hambo from Victory and it was awesome!  Not as good as the original, of course, but still tasty!

My recipe / Victory Sandwich Bar

I updated my Adobe Creative Cloud info and "unlocked" the Cineware update!  Well...technically, I didn't unlock anything - I installed it but "unlocked" sounds so much cooler!  What does that mean?  GIFs, GIFs and MORE GIFs of my intro to 3D adventures!

Yes, you can tell I was bored with animating my name so I did a little blurb for my brother. Check out his artwork!!!

Speaking of GIFs, we recently went to B and B Roastery and were taken on a super-awesome coffee journey! You know I went photo crazy with my iPhone.  I had to try my new HipstaPak, ya know!  And because I went photo crazy, I had enough to make this neat little GIF!

After years and years of this tape eluding me, I FINALLY met up with John and got The Art of Making a Tape to rip it out of its analog shell and put it in WAV form for all of us to enjoy - courtesy of my audio guru Paul.  It has only been 12 years since that tape was made...and quite some time since I last heard it.  Transferring it was hilarious, noisy fun!  Thanks Paul!

 So, there you go - you're all updated!  I'll try to be more on top of everything, I promise!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Weight Loss Update

This was posted to She Loves You Fit Blog here
You know, on my way to work this morning, I realized I haven't done a measurements post, like, AT ALL.
First of all let me say that I'm truly amazed at how far I've come.  When I "officially" started in January of this year, my goal was was 70 lbs away.  70!!  It felt so far away and yes, I felt like giving up that first month but my BF kept me on track by pushing me and going on this journey with me and together, we've lost a lot of weight.
When I started with Lose It, I was at 206.4 lbs.  I hated that number!  Absolutely hated it!  I also hated the fact that in order for Lose It to work properly, you HAD to weigh yourself everyday so that it can calculate how many calories you have for the day in order to reach your goal weight.  My goal is to lose at least 1.5 lbs a week.  That's pretty reasonable, right?
This morning, I weighed in at 167.6 lbs.  I've lost a total of 38.8 lbs and I'm roughly 30 lbs away from my goal!  Time really does fly by!  I can believe I'm down this far already and while some days are harder than others, it has been a great adventure.
I know sometimes you don't feel like working out or counting those extra calories you've eaten - and believe me, I've had plenty of over-my-calorie-budget days - but it's all worth it.  And I'm the WORST when it comes to that but you know, I've been taking a different approach since my friend passed away a few weeks ago.
I've changed my outlook on life since that happened.  I don't know why it just clicked but it did and I'm very grateful that it did because I feel like I have a different perspective on things now.  I'm getting better about not sweating the small stuff - like not working out for a few days or having a little extra food here and there - that stuff doesn't bother me as much anymore because I'm trying to see the bigger picture.  Sure, I still have to work hard to reach my goals and I get that but I'll try not to be so hard on myself for stumbling along the way.  There's no point in wasting time on those little things.  So long as you reach your goals, you did it and that's all that matters.  I'm almost there and I'm so proud of myself for getting this far and I know I still have further to go but you know, instead of preparing myself for the worst, I'm excited because the outcome will be worth all the moaning, groaning, sweating and calorie counting.
Just remember that when things get rough, it's okay to take a break.  You owe yourself that much.  But know that you have to get back on track bigger and better every time because that's when you'll truly start seeing results.
Much love to you all and thank you for joining me on this journey!  You guys are awesome!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Show Reel Update Prep

It's that time again - I need to update my show reel.  Ugh.  It's so frustrating!  I've been having this problem since college.  I know I need to do it, so I do, and when I do, it's never good enough for the web.  EVER.
I recently joined the Behance community and let me tell you - my work feels inferior when I compare it to the folks on there.  But fear not - I found this wonderful tutorial for more dynamic items to add to my info graphics, which are steadily making their way into my workload more and more.
I tried this cube spin thing but I altered it a little to make a cute little 3D-looking calendar graphic.

Not too bad, if I do say so myself!  It was surprisingly easy, too!  With a little more tweaking, it could be something pretty neat!

And because the weather was terrible yesterday, I locked myself in the "lab" (my computer room) and played around with an ID for myself using elements from that sweet tutorial.

The "sparks" are timed out to the final piece of music I picked out for the entire show reel.  I need to add just a few more pieces to round it out and once it's ready, I'll post it for the world to see!  This scares and excites me at the same time.

We are our own worst critics, right?  I just need to relax, upload it and share it and see what happens from there, right?  I hope you guys like my two little pieces!