Facing the Rockwall

Hello Everyone!

Today I climbed a rockwall for the very first time! I have never even considered doing this before my weight loss journey because of the following rationale: a) “I’m not athletic” b) “I’m too fat” c) “I don’t have muscle” and d) “I don’t want to.” What a transformation! xD


Omigosh!!! Climbing the rockwall is so much harder than it looks! I attempted it twice and made it to the same point both times. My limbs felt like jelly and my hands were sweaty and slipping on the rocks. I had to call it quits when neither my arms nor my legs could pull me up to the next foothold. -_-;

When I came back down the attendant asked me if I went farther than I thought I would. I agreed – but then I wondered why I did. I never planned on going only 3/4 of the way up – I was shooting for the top!

Afterwards I went to the pool and chatted about my first experience with another swimmer. She advised that the secret to climbing the wall is all in the legs and that I shouldn’t have been relying on my arms to pull myself up at all. I was like “Ohhh… okay.” (totes nOOb lol) Since the rockwall is at my gym I’ll have the opportunity to try again later. With some more practice I know that I’ll eventually reach the top. 🙂

Check three y’all!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project Status: 3/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/21/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall

Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes !

Hello Everyone!!!

Today I did something that I never thought I would – skiing! 😀 😀 😀

On Wednesday out of the blue I told my coworker “I want to go skiing.” I have never given the sport much thought and am unsure of where it came from but couldn’t get it out of my head. That evening I started looking into skiing and felt some sticker shock.

It’s not cheap.

I thought of the episode of the K-drama Boys Over Flowers where Gu Jun Pyo took Geum Jan Di to a ski resort where they lodged for a few days and she was decked out in ski gear. $$$$$$ Oh my gosh…. I suddenly have a greater appreciation of how much money Gu Jun Pyo showered on her. Despite my sinking heart and mentally seeing my bank account emptying, I kept researching how it works and what I minimally would have to have for gear. The most useful article I came across stated that if you could only purchase one piece of ski gear, get good snow pants. I wanted to go Saturday but it seemed like a pipe dream. So I challenged myself to think differently about this potential outing. Instead of focusing on how impossible it seemed, I focused on how to make it possible. To put it simply, don’t over think it. Cut out all the negative talk and focus on the steps.

Wednesday night I located Pine Knob ski resort which I thought was reasonable driving distance, checked out the prices, decided on the services, Googled snow pants and found a pair that was on sale at Dick’s sporting goods. Thursday I resolved that I was going to do it, Friday I fought my negative self talk and called the resort for additional information, messaged everyone that I knew who had experience with skiing, then went to Dick’s Sporting goods to locate the pants.

When I found them in the store they weren’t on sale. Fighting the panic I went to a cashier and asked if they price matched their online storefront. She stated that they would so I grabbed the last pair of their largest size which was a medium and tried them on. They were too small. Fighting another wave of negative self talk, I used my big brain to think around the problem. (BH6 reference lol) They fit my legs perfectly, so just because I couldn’t zip the pants didn’t mean that they wouldn’t offer the protection that I needed. I bent and stretched to test them out. No issue, I would just  have to wear a belt to ensure that they stay put. Issue resolved. While I was there I also located a face mask or “Ninja Hood” as I like to call it. 🙂 It seemed rather important in the articles I was reading so I picked it up. (Was it ever important to have this! If you don’t have a face mask and are going skiing, get one!

Before I checked out, I looked to see if I had gotten any responses to my information request about basic skiing gear. Nada. Nothing. I was in this alone without any other opinion other than what I found online, and my own conclusions. Was I really going to go through with this? Just the two items were costly. I swallowed hard and checked the forecast. Weather looked really good. I told myself “It’s now or never. I’m going to do this.” and I checked out.

When I brought my expensive purchases home I discovered that one of my younger brothers was spending the night. I remembered that he and a few other brothers had gone skiing with my uncle before so I picked his brain for information. 🙂 After talking about what he wore and where they went I felt reassured that I could pull off “mission I’m-possible” and got the rest of my gear ready.

Specialty Gear

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Clothes with wicking are very important to the skier – so I used my exercise clothes as my base layer. 🙂

When I got ready to leave the next morning my younger brother asked me a very valuable question – “Are you bringing hand warmers?” I actually had one pack and they were a total finger saver! I don’t own ski or thick gloves and they kept my hands nice and toasty. 🙂

The Journey


 Pine Knob Ski Resort


After my hour lesson I was left to my own devices and used the tow rope and ski lift myself. So much fun!!! Other skiers that I chatted with were surprised that I was advancing so quickly! I really surprised myself when muscle memory kicked in while going down the most difficult path in the beginners section. I successfully made it to the bottom without incident and I swear other skiers were rooting me on as I made my way down! 😀

Skiing is absolutely exhilarating and I can’t wait to do this again!

Second one down! Twenty six to go!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Anna’s Skiing Adventure Gear List

  • Snow Pants
  • Hand Warmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Ninja Hood
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Regular Socks
  • Exercise Pants
  • Exercise Shirt
  • Exercise Jacket
  • Jacket
  • Coat
  • Visa
  • Car Key
  • GPS (my phone)
  • Camera
  • Lunch Bag

Golden Year Project Status: 2/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/21/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes

Oh Canada!

Hi Everyone! 

I am so stoked! Today I drove into Canada myself for the very first time! YAY!!! I’ve been wanting to do this since forever because I live less than a half hour away from the Ambassador bridge and have a passport. I never have though because I was afraid to go there alone and also couldn’t see a way to do it because I didn’t have GPS or reliable transportation. But all those things have changed.

Last night I resolved to finally do it and decided just this morning where I wanted to go while on the “other side.” (lol) One of my swim instructor’s other students recently swum at the newly opened aquatic center in Windsor, Ontario and she advised that their pool is massive and has really tall diving boards. I’ve never seen a competitive swimming pool in person before so I wanted to check it out. 🙂

The Journey

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The tunnel… oh the glare.

Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre




The diving blocks in particular interested me and saw swimmers use them. I hope I get to try them one day. 🙂


The dive tank is 17 ft deep. Woah!





Eggsmart? Really?

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Had passed this place on my way to the Aquatic Centre and walked forevers to find it! Alas it wasn’t open. Totes bummer.


Stopped here for lunch and received Canadian change. Yay bridge fare!

The Return



I  was interrogated for ten minutes upon reentry into the US. -_-|| Not fun.


Bridge fare!

Overall it was an interesting experience and I’m glad I got to see the Aquatic Centre. 🙂 They have open swim times and affordable drop in pricing however… it doesn’t jive with my work schedule and going through US customs on a regular basis doesn’t appeal… lol.

Check one! 😀

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project Status: 1/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!

Golden Year Project

Hello Everyone!

I recently had my golden birthday (turned 28 on the 28th) and would like to take a moment now to introduce something that I’m working on which I call the Golden Year Project. 🙂


Anna (myself)


will be completing 28 fun and interesting new experiences


from January 28th, 2015 – January 27th, 2016


in a wide variety of places i.e. instate, out of state, and out of country


so I can grow as a person and have fun while doing it!


I will achieve completion of the Golden Year Project through dreaming, deciding, committing, planning, financial juggling and just going for it! (Yay! 😀 😀 😀 )

So, there’s the basics of my current project. 🙂 As I start checking things off I will be sharing my experiences with you. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Best Day Ever

 Happy Sunday Everyone!

Yesterday my “unplanned plans” for the day fell through, so I decided to take myself out. My mission: Clothes shopping at the mall.

This may sound like no big deal… but for me it was. Due to my size I have never purchased clothes from a “mall store” and was limited to assisting my trim sisters in looking for items and holding their purses so they could try them on. Ugh… This got old really fast and I became unwilling to be a style consultant/purse holder and eventually stopped going out with them.

As I am now free from the confines of the plus size category I have been enjoying a freedom I forgot even existed; shopping in the regular clothing sections. There are so many more styles to choose from and I judge whether I’m going to purchase the item based on if I like it – not if it fits. Being confident in my now “average” size helped snag me another small victory this past week: I asked one of my coworkers where she bought her cardigan. TBH I’ve never asked anyone that question, because even if I knew where they purchase their clothes – the store wouldn’t have my size anyway. So why ask?

I drove to the mall, deliberately went straight to the store my coworker specified, grabbed a few items to try on and headed to the dressing rooms. The attendant escorted me to a room, hung up the clothes and left. I pulled on the items and looked in the mirror… See image 2/2015.


I am now fitting in mall clothes! 😀

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San


Success is More than a Number

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Last week I had a “bad” weigh-in. The scale said I had gained nearly three pounds! I was like “Say wut?!” Sometimes deep down we know we “deserve” that weight gain, however I was really angry because I didn’t. I am not cheating by sneaking junk food and I’m not overeating or skipping workouts. So whats the deal? Frustrated, I brought it to the Lord in prayer and asked that the scale stay the same. When I got home from church, the scale changed it’s mind. The readout declared that there wasn’t a weight gain – and that I had stayed exactly the same. Thank you Lord!

I tried to think of anything that could possibly stall my weight loss and attempted to amend it. Not enough rest? Get in bed sooner. Bound up system? Detox drinks every morning. Could this not-quite-precisely measured 2 tbsps of lite dressing be a culprit? Make sure not to use all of it. Despite this rather anal mentality, I was more relaxed and kept my personal achievements in mind….

Recent Successes:

  • I can wrap a regular towel around myself – instead of needing a bath sheet
  • Noticeably slimmer thighs and ankles
  • Slid a size 6 ring on my left ring finger (whoa)
  • Less back fat
  • Losing inches all over
  • Surprised my swim instructor with how much my swimming has improved 😀
  • My replacement clothes are getting loose and more items are ending up in the donation bag 🙂
  • Getting more and more compliments on my appearance
  • People are asking for my secret weight loss technique (lol!)
  • An all around feeling of well being

We can’t rely on the scale to advise us of success because that number is just one small piece of a much bigger story. 🙂

This week I had a 2 pound loss bringing me to a total of 45 pounds lost since 1-1-2014. This means I have officially passed my 20% weight loss goal! 😀 😀 😀 Next step is to bring my BMI out of the obese category – which I’m really close to; then I’ll be working toward my 30%. 🙂

Thanks for reading!


Happy New Year!!! 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your holidays were filled with peace and joy. 🙂

It’s New Year’s Resolution time! :D:D:D

2015 is all about keeping up momentum, supporting my changed lifestyle and refining skills that I learned in 2014.

Some of the very basic goals I have for this year are:

  • Learn to cook
  • Try new things (Yoga starts next week!)
  • Go new places (Japan y’all)
  • Take time for me
  • Rekindle my passion for drawing
  • Declutter my inbox

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San