On Target… Or Not.

Evening Y’all!

Today I went to the Introduction to Firearms class through Schoolcraft College’s Continuing Education program in Livonia. I have never touched a gun before and thought it sounded like an interesting new experience. 

After some difficulty in locating the facility I finally arrived! (Thank goodness for GPS – I don’t know what I’d do without it! lol)image

Had to sign off on several waivers to participate in the class.imageMe intently watching the instructors…


My station. I decided to try the 9mm pistol.


50 bullets! 6 fit in the magazine at a time.


My first loaded magazineimage

First round shooters up.


The aftermath… My aim was less than amazing. Maybe another time…?image

Overall it was a cool experience and didn’t break the bank. However it would have gone a lot better if I had been caught up on sleep from my Chicago trip and had eaten dinner. Oh well, live and learn. ^_^;

Fifth one down! Twenty-three to go. 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project status: 5/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/20/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall
  4. 3/10-12/2015: The Amazing Chi-Town!
  5. 3/18/2015: On Target… or Not.

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

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!


Met My 1st Weightloss Goal!!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Exciting news! I have made it to my 1st weight loss goal and have lost a total of 21 pounds since January 1st! YAY!!! 😀

I originally planned on meeting this goal by St. Patrick’s day but fell off the weightloss bandwagon for five months and gained back 7 of the 11 pounds I had lost. I was crushed but determined to change my lifestyle. I spent a lot of time thinking about the life I want and reading about diets and supplements that promised fast weight loss which I realized that they weren’t going to be sustainable or cost effective. I looked into Medical Weightloss, read up on bariatric surgery (no way hosea) and was considering joining Weight Watchers again when I stumbled across the series Heavy on Amazon Prime and was hooked. They helped morbidly obese particiapants lose massive amounts of weight through the tried and true low calorie diet and exercise program. Watching the show I realized that I don’t have to be overweight no matter how long I have been or how much I have to lose. I can have the life I want. On August 31st I recommitted and have slowly made more and more changes to my diet and exercise regimen, which is having a positive effect on other areas of my life. I am so much happier, healthier and more energetic than I was just a few short months ago. 🙂

Remember: Slow but steady wins the race.

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

In Treacherous Waters…

Sigh…. It snowed all day, the roads are absolutely treacherous, I didn’t get much sleep, work was exhausting and today was also the last day to register in person for this swimming class I wanted to take as a part of my New Year’s Resolutions… 


I was really tempted to call it quits as I neared my parent’s street. I had already been in traffic that was moving at less than 10MPH for over an hour and had a killer headache but I realized something. If I give up every time I reach an obstacle, I will never get anywhere in any area of my life. Ever. So I thought to myself, “I said I wanted to take this class, I am going to get there by hook or crook to sign up for it.” and with that resolve, I continued down the snowy road.

There will always be a stressful day, uncooperative weather, exhaustion… etc etc etc to prevent you from reaching your goals. What are you going to do about it?

-Anna San