Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Husband's Motivation, Personal Accountability

Free Movies and Date Nights │ You’re Welcome

Hey all!

My mother has been bugging me for the past few weeks about signing up for this app called MoviePass. She read online that it was a super cheap way for us to go to the movies together, and since I budget our finances, she thought it would be a good way for us to relieve some stress after a long day or even get together as a family on the weekends for a flick.

Basically, you pay $9.99 for a month in a subscription. In return you get to watch “unlimited” movies at the Theatre.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, kinda yes, mostly no.

Basically you sign up with an email address or with your Facebook account, once registered you can enter a credit/debit card for a $9.99USD fee for a thirty day subscription. While you are a member of MoviePass, you can go see movies on their dime.

However, upon registering- you have to wait up to two weeks for a “credit card” to be mailed to your address. You then register the last 4 digits of your card to your account. This is where the rules come into play.

1) You must have a smart device or tablet that has GPS capabilities. The only way to access your account is through the app on your device. The only way to check in to movies is through the app. The kicker: you MUST be within 100 yards of the Theatre at the time of check in.

(This can be a con for those who don’t have a decent data connection/plan)

 

2) Once checked in to a movie/time that you chose, you then have a 30 minute window to swipe your card, and MoviePass picks up the cost of the ticket. Whether it is a matinee, or late night/full price showing.

 

3) The MoviePass card does not cover concessions- No popcorn/drinks/food of any kind.

 

4) You CANNOT see more than one movie a day, or (they may have changed this recently) see the same movie twice.

 

5) The movies CANNOT be in 3d. They have to be a standard 2D flick.

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   All of that being said, if you can follow the rules, you can see whatever movie you want, at whatever time, on the dime of MoviePass. I don’t know about you but a matinee showing of any movie where I live is $7.50. After 3PM the cost shoots up to $12. So essentially one movie in a month and you paid for your subscription.

Because of this app, my husband and I have been to the movies together more in the past few days than we have during our entire relationship together.
An added bonus? Our Theatre has a rewards card, where you get 1 point for every dollar you spend on concessions or tickets. This means that every day that we go to the movies we get a minimum of 14 points. EVERY time. Those points can be used on free popcorn or drinks, which when you use your rewards card for those, adds even more points.

Our first movie we went to go see? 12 Strong- an army movie based on a true story. I never would have agreed to go watch something like that with my husband, but gave in due to my desire to test the app out. This is where we signed up for a rewards card, got two tickets for the film, and then paid .75 cents for a large popcorn with the points we earned.
Our first movie date cost us $4 because we also split a large soda.

 

The very next day, we went back to the Theatre and saw The Shape of Water. A romance movie that my husband would usually never watch with me, but again – the movie was free, so what’s a few hours? We ended up loving the movie and splitting a large popcorn and drink.

Today? We went back to watch Call Me By Your Name.

We find ourselves actually watching trailers to movies during the previews and going : “Let’s come back and watch that”. We look forward to our daily movie dates. The best part is that the app is easy to use and every movie we see past the first one, costs us nothing unless we want a soda or snack.

Tomorrow we are going to watch Winchester. The day after? Black Panther.

The movies are our oyster, so to speak.

Additionally, on Valentines Day yesterday evening, their app was bugging out and we couldn’t check into the movies. While that may seem like a bad thing- I tweeted the company pointing out the problem and they responded immediately apologizing for the influx of customers bogging down their servers.
They stated that if we are subscribers (which we are) and we ever have to pay out of pocket for one of our tickets, we can DM them a copy of our ticket/receipt and they will reimburse us.

I don’t know how this company is making their money but good golly, I can’t recommend this app more. I urge you to get it, give it a fair shake for one month, and let me know what you think.

Going daily for a few hours with my husband has totally upped both of our moods, and I hope it does the same for you as well!

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Posted in Husband's Motivation, Personal Accountability, Weight Loss Journey

*Outside* 400lbs – Weight Loss Journey, “Day 5”

The old me wouldn’t have considered going hiking. The old me would’ve been much happier to sit at home with a box of donuts and veg while playing video games. To sit in the dark man cave that is our house behind black out curtains so there was no glare on our computer screens.

Today, the new me struck through. The new me grabbed my cellphone and my Husband, to go down south and go hiking. 

As in: actual walking and jogging up and down mountain trails.

We walked and jogged so high, that I got so proud of myself and took a picture for me to remember that moment. Of what it felt like to be different. Granted, it was hard work, I was hitching a quarter of the way and gasping for air the other three quarters, but I did it. I overcamethe pain in my right knee where I snapped my ligament over my kneecap just 1 year ago.

I spent quality time with my husband hiking, while hatching some eggs in Pokemon Go.

It’s a milestone for me personally. Although it wasn’t T25’s originally planned exercise, calisthenics has nothing on what it felt like pushing my fat ass up the mountainside.
It. Was. Glorious.

I only wish the picture did it justice.

Posted in Anxiety, Husband's Motivation

Anxiety Keeps You In Bed

Alarm for 7:30 hits, grab the phone and turn it off.

Alarm for 8:30 goes off as well, grab your phone and turn it off. The frustration starts hitting that you’ve already missed the first alarm. So you go deeper into the comfort of the bed and pillows that are so warm and comforting. 

Alarm for 9:30 buzzes and your eyes open, with the realization you’re still in bed.

You’ve wasted hours just trying to get up. You’ve been wasteful. You are wasteful. You’re disgusting. You let yourself get down, wallowed in your sadness and anger, and done nothing to change it.

I grabbed my phone, and opened up facebook and found an image that my husband had shared.

Knowing there are people out there who understand makes it easier. Having a husband that understands makes it easier. Just not being alone during your struggle makes it easier.

This isn’t something that I should just assume I’ll be better through motivation, but something I can work towards overcoming.
It’s the little things that can make you get out if bed.

To start your day.

To just: Function.

Posted in Husband's Motivation

Burrito Check-In

Recently I talked to my husband about how I was starting to feel lost.

It’s like your brain is swimming in a deep fog and you can’t find a way onto something tangible. Something that you can step up and rise out of.

I informed him that some mornings just seem so daunting. The mere thought of standing makes me want to curl up in a ball. To shrivel and cry.

I know that’s not right. I know I shouldn’t feel that way. I expected him to talk me down.

Instead, he just laid down on the bed behind me. Put his arms around me and said that I should “just Burrito”.

It was such a random statement that I immediately laughed at him, confused as to what he meant.

He told me that a while back, he saw something on facebook, where a person said all they wanted to do is be a burrito. Roll up in a blanket and feel warm and comfortable.

I thought he was being silly. However, as I got out of the bed for a mere two hours to hang out with him, I went back into the bedroom, laid out our blankets across the bed upside down, and rolled myself into a burrito.

It was odd. It was comfortable. I had laid in a tightly wound roll of blankets and self. I watched The Giver on Netflix.
I woke up to this text message:


Some days I feel just so gosh damn lucky to have found someone. Someone who checks in. Someone who puts up with my crazy, and is genuinely concerned/loving and checks in on me.
This morning was easier. This text message made it easier. It’s a little thing, but it got me going one step at a time this morning.

Going to make a cup of coffee. Then I’ll make another goal after that.