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Well darn

Friday, October 01, 2010

My State Fair day got canceled. I was really looking forward to it. I could still go, but the people that I was going with aren't going so it won't be as much fun. Oh well. Irritated, VERY irritated with hubby. Hopefully that will pass.

So tried a new concoction this morning. I am still on my plateau from hell (60 days and counting, actually if weight going up counts, then I'm not on a plateau), and I thought I would try something in the realm of metabolism kick starting (cayenne pepper). So, I made some egg beaters this morning with cayenne pepper. That will get your sinuses draining (actually not a bad thing in Texas in the fall). So that actually lasted longer of making me feel full than my yogurt, which I did add as a snack later in the morning. I was told that it would help keep me warm (I'm always cold at work). That part didn't work. Maybe I'll add more tomorrow.

Tomorrow's fun plan, get up and do mega doses of cardio, then come home and work on the flower beds in the yard. This was supposed to happen next week, but since the fair day was canceled for me, I guess I'll take out some aggression in flower beds moving lava rock and hopefully putting new mulch down.

and just because I'm backwards, tonight I'm going to take the wild labrador puppy for a very long walk. Hopefully he won't wear himself out (and me) in the first ten minutes. I just need to get away from hubby before I kill him. and wear the puppy out so he won't chew our house down.

  
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PAIGESMAMA 10/2/2010 9:24AM

    I am sorry your plans got canceled. It sounds like you are going to make the most of it though.

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BOOKAYB 10/1/2010 1:11PM

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/1/2010 11:29AM

    Bummer ! I love state fairs. Don't worry, I'm sure there are plenty of other great things you can do to enjoy yourself.

Just think, you won't have to worry about the curly fries calling out to you !! LOL !!

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Those rubbing thighs

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm blogging really just to blog. I'm so busy at work I can't even think straight, but wanted to say something while I had it in my head. Been reading a lot of blogs about the aha moment that it's a lifestyle, what's your motivation to continue, starting over, new goals, coming back and it's just crazy, but it's life. I found it funny though because as I was coming back from my workout, I was thinking to myself.. Okay I need a kickstart. I've been hovering at this same weight for almost two months. I'm still working out. Calories have pretty much been in check, so what's the deal. So what to do, what to do. and of course I don't know if you've seen my pictures but my legs/butt/thighs are HUGE). So many people I see writing, I don't want to hear my thighs rubbing any more. Ladies/gentlemen, I don't even know if that's feasible for me because my inner thighs are so big. and the sad part... there's so much freaking muscle there. You can feel it, you can see it when I do adductor/abductors (I push some major weight).. why are they so huge. Well, I had a epiphany... well a something. Why don't I kickstart with a fat burning diet. Something a competitor would go on for at least a week before a competition. MAYBE, just maybe, so I'm putting a diet together in my head. Yeah, it's going to happen on Sunday. You're like why not start it now... well no, I'm going to the State Fair for the second time in my life and I'm going to enjoy me some roasted corn.... that won't be on the diet. So Jump start on Sunday. See I'm making goals and changing things up too.

So none of that is what I wanted to blog about. I even changed the title of my blog. hehehehe.. okay, stress alert. The good news, husband got a job. Hardly any pay, but a job in his environment. Bad news... if I don't get out of mine, I will go postal. Okay, I'm off... my daughter told me there was a shooting at University of Texas (she goes to Texas Tech) and I need to check up on the news.

Edit: I feel like I'm being confusing. The "diet" is just a one week thing, more of a detox. I've got the lifestyle thing. I'm just trying to motivate my body to feel something different. and as far as the thighs, I don't mind the largeness as long as they are toned. They are getting there. I really wasn't complaining, just making mention. Have a great Wednesday everyone.

  
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PAIGESMAMA 9/29/2010 5:40PM

    I think the kick start will be just what you need to get your body confused. That is pretty much wheat we need to do to keep the weight loss going. WHen it gets comfortable it just stays at a plateau. I think that might be what is going on with you. Keep us posted on your progress.

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CSULLIVAN83 9/28/2010 11:46PM

    Run, lift light weights with high reps like 3 sets of 20 stay away from the adductor/abductors machines they make your thighs larger. Think about not waiting til Sunday. It is a lifestyle change you can go to the Fair and have food. You just can't do it everyday/every week/once a week every week, but the Fair will go away for another year. I mean don't go NUTS but pick the foods you really want and have them.

Also remember you see yourself more critical than everyone else does. We pick up our own features of ourselves that we don't like and magnify them in our heads.

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DITTY1013 9/28/2010 3:59PM

    Running is a great way to slim your legs. Mine are naturally bulky, too, thanks to genes and years of soccer, but running has done wonders. I've got knee issues, but short runs (I rarely exceed 5k) are manageable. Also, you might want to steer clear of those adductor/abductor machines at the gym. The motion isn't a natural one. Stick to the classic Jane Fonda-style floor work so you're lengthening & toning those muscles rather than building them up. (That's what Jillian Michaels says anyway, and I've had enough good results to trust her.) Good luck to you!



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Nothing to do with Weight Loss or Fitness (well maybe Mental)

Friday, September 24, 2010

I have a peeve. It may be my own personal issue, but it bothers me. As you may or may not know, my husband and I have gone through some really rough financial times for the past five years. He has been laid off three times, quit one job and I have been laid off once. I am the primary breadwinner (income 2-3X his), but still his hurt our household. This was after him paying off a VERY expensive divorce that netted him nothing but a black hole of debt. and the IRS reamed us for getting married. (Lost my head of household at the end of the year after deducting with that in mind all year, yes bad planning on my part, but never even THOUGHT of it because I mean they keep telling you marriage is a good thing for taxes... NOT). Anyhoo, the past two years have been VERY, very bad. Running negative in the account, getting to the point that the cupboard has peanut butter, some rice and a few noodles... (I would starve as I despise peanut butter). Getting utilities cut off, crying with bill collectors, trying not to lose the two vehicles we have and thinking about selling our house, although we can't afford to fix the damage the dog has caused, which means we would sell it for less and make less (if any) and etc, etc. So that's my past four to five year history.

Anyway, I have friends and I do LOVE them to death, but they can just rub me the wrong way sometimes. You may be this person, you may know this person, but..... the ones that oh, I don't have any money, or I'm so broke, etc. or oh my wife's business hasn't taken off, I can barely cover our bills, but I just told you how I was golfing (not a cheap sport) with my daughter at LEAST once a week and we just came back from a week in Arkansas with golfing every day, and a few months ago Colorado. But yeah, I can't cover my bills. REALLY????? I really don't want to hear that out of your mouth. You can't cover your bills because you don't cut anything out... you still get vacations and you GOLF for Pete's sake. Don't tell me your freaking broke. Bite my big white A&&.... (Sorry.. on a tangent there) and this person has a six figure income, which i know broke is relative to the amount of money you make, but puhleeze/????? and his wife has the same when her business IS going. We don't even break six figures when we have BOTH of us working.

and the other friend, oh, I'm so broke, just can't afford anything. But takes two one week vacations (one with the extended family and one with the new hubby) and always somewhere nice.. oh wait the last one was a full week at Disney World, last year Hawaii. Just bought a brand new $50K SUV. oh and a week after making this statement sends a picture... look at the dining room table I just bought... seats 12 and not bought at the thrift store.

Or, I"m so broke. but I just spent a weekend in NYC and went to a show and blah, blah, blah. Do you get the point?

DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT BEING POOR or BROKE is? It's constant overdrafts or returned checks because you can't pay your mortgage or car payment or your electricity. It's an empty pantry. It's NOT having been on a vacation since you got married five years ago and the only reason you got to do that one was because there was an unexpected windfall. It's never eating out unless you accidentlaly get a two for one coupon or someone gives you something free. It's the electricity getting turned off and they don't turn it back on for 24 hours and you have to spend the night at the neighbors because you can't get ready for work. It's telling your 20 year old daughter that she has to work her A&& off to pay her tuition because you can't afford to help her, but oh yeah you still have to make decent grades because you're trying to get in dental school. Do you have any idea how that hurts a mother to have to see her daughter go through that? Or totally NOT having anything for Christmas under the tree. We've now gone through two years of that. It's painful and it hurts because Christmas used to be my favorite time of year. I love to give. I can't even afford to buy stuff to make stuff that's how bad it was. I sold gold last year to buy my stepdaughter a present and she's the only one who got anything because she was 9. and you really want to tell me how poor you are? Puhleeze.

It's sleepless nights wondering who is calling you on your phone. It's a credit score totally in the toilet because you can't fix it yet because you are barely keeping afloat.

So, unless you're really broke... think before you speak about how broke you are. Think about what you have and what you could give up if something really happened. Especially if you are in the company of people who actually are struggling.

and I know there are people MUCH worse than me. I'm middle class, I know that. But I've been through the struggles of the poverty stricken. I haven't been homeless yet, but we were getting there a couple of years ago.

Anyway, that's my rant of the week. Little tired cranky right now. Adjusting to the hubby's new work schedule and it's a little rough because we have some bad start nights. Anyway, it's Friday. Yay.

  
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KAREN_NY 9/24/2010 12:02PM

    I so hear ya! And I'm so sorry that your friends don't really know what they're saying or what it does to you. I'm a bit, um, direct (!) so I'd be telling them straight up that they don't know what financial hardship & insecurity are yet, but that's just me. ;)

The very very good news is that you ARE a strong woman (look what you're accomplishing!), you ARE aware, and you WILL emerge with good financial management skills, a healthy body, a grateful soul, and an ever-expanding heart for the plight of others.

So here's to you, friend! ((hugs))
K:)

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SPARKVAMPY2012 9/24/2010 11:12AM

    Well I hope it gets better for you soon. My DH and I live paycheck to paycheck also. And he is on disability so he doesnt bring home anything near what he used to when he was working. Feel your pain though. This economony is rough.

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LHIEBEL 9/24/2010 10:38AM

  OMG--I think you are wonderful! I know if you lived close to me we would be great friends! I love everything you said--and you said it well. I am sorry you are going through such a rough time. I have been in rough spots, but can't say I have been where you are. You have made me very aware about talking about tough times (I have had quite a few--all relative to all the circumstances I have encountered in my life), but you have opened my eyes to truly being more sensitive to other's situations and putting those in perspective to mine.

If you lived close I would take you out to lunch and you could vent as long as you wanted--here's a virtual lunch with a friend--I'm here if you need me....

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/24/2010 10:24AM

    I hear where you're coming from. I may not be in debt now, but when I was young, my family struggled. So, I know what it's like to go without to make ends meet. Maybe it's because my parents survived the Depression and taught me how to cut corner. Many people in tough situations today and quite frankly some people are handling it better than others.

I know people exactly like the ones you've ranted about. A co-worker of mine at the gym told me he's going on vacation next week. Mind you, he's been on unemployment for close two years. If you work less than 15 hours a week, you can still get unemployment. Anyway, he's already declared bankruptcy and yet, this is the third time he's going on vacation. He took a cruise earlier in the year !! Hello, you're up to your eyeballs in debt and you're taking a cruise ????

Another friend of mine told me about relatives of hers who recently lost their house due to foreclosure. They moved in with her grandparents to save for a new home. Well, from what my friend tells me, part of the reason they lost the house was because they were buying all sorts of stuff i.e. designer clothes, large flat screen TVs, new cars, etc... In short, they were spending more money than they had in order to have the so called American Dream.

A lot of people just don't know how to handle money. many people did live beyond there means and now, they have to pay the piper. The problem is that so many people become so used to the good life, they think it's beneath them to go without.

The economy is still in really bad shape. So, people are going to have to suck in those belts and maybe skip that vacation or new TV to save money.

Like I said, my parents made it through the Depression. They taught me to save my money for rainy days. And right now, it's pouring out.







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AWOLF24 9/24/2010 10:12AM

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40PLUSANDFIT 9/24/2010 9:39AM

    ohhhhhh, all I have going through my mind when they do that is STFU. Hello??? I did come back at the one friend who plays golf. Just gave him a Huge reality check because he said he understood to another one of my friends who's husband has been out of work for awhile and she said she can't cover her bills. She's not at the extreme that we are yet but she still lies awake at night worrying.

Anyway, my comment to him was do you really understand, you just stated you play golf once a week. I didn't rant on about the other stuff, but, come on...

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PAIGESMAMA 9/24/2010 9:35AM

    You are so true about people talking about not having money and doing things.
We live paycheck to paycheck and money gets tight, but no where near what you have gone through. My boos says things like you have posted and he bought a $2000 bike a couple of months back. Not a motorcycle a bike.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/24/2010 9:20AM

    I am so sorry you have to go through that and more sorry that your friends have no couth when it comes to thinking before inserting their feet in their mouthes. There are times we all feel like we wish we had more to spend but it's not until we hear about good people like yourself who truly live paycheck to paycheck that we count our blessings and offer you a shoulder if you need it. I wish there was something more I could offer to help you!

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WT Fall Challenge - Week One

Monday, September 20, 2010

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Part One - Exercise & Nutrition!

Last week, I was went to the driving range, played a round of golf and still got in my cardio.
I did not do my ST on my legs of which I wanted to get one more in before P90x, but my bad, I let my life get in the way.

This week, I know that I will be able to do P90X every day except Wednesday and will make up for that day on Saturday and at least 5 additional cardio sessions. I will try to get in one more leg workout in addition to the P90X one. .

My exercise focus this week will be on learning the P90X routines and trying to power through them.

My nutrition focus this week will be on tracking again. I have gone a little off track on that.

Work Frustration is my reason for being extra determined this week and I am feeling a little soft.
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Part Two - Happiness and Well-being

Come up with an idea for a ritual that you can do for yourself once a week, whether it is a run, a bubble bath, a meal, an indulgence, anything.

Describe it here in your template now, and do it this week- and if you can, blog about it.

I am going to begin my PT research and training and work on my Arbonne.

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Motivate me this week by reminding me that sore is good. And tell me those new clothes I just got (yeah I went shopping this weekend, will soon be too small).

EDIT/9/22/2010 - I have to take one of the shirts back. It was just TOO big... and it was a medium... love it, love it, love it.

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PAIGESMAMA 9/20/2010 4:56PM

    All of these things sound great. I am working on me too. Realizing that there are 100 days left this year has got me determioned to make a difference before 2011 starts.

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WTF(all) Challenge

Monday, September 13, 2010

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ENTRY CARD

Starting Weight: 175
Starting Measurements: (choose any 4 or more- or use the sames ones as me- whatev)
Measure your Waist - 30.75
Measure your Hips - 40.75
Measure your Thigh - 24.75
Measure your Calf - 15.5
Measure your Upper Arm - 13
Measure your Boobies - 35
Current BMI: 27.5

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During this challenge, I have a general goal of _Getting into my size 7 skinny black jeans staring at me in the closet, which means dropping two inches off that bodacious booty of mine. _.

My biggest challenge will undoubtedly be _Getting discouraged by the fact I've been on a 45 day plateau that shows no signs of breaking although I've revamped my workout and eating several times_.

My nutrition goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on _Knocking off the beer that I'm drinking out of frustration (although it's in my calorie count) and backing off carbs, staying closer to the mid level of my range_.

My cardio goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on _Increasing my running interval times up to 5 minutes_.

My strength training goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on _Firming up the butt and thighs in order to wear boy cut panties!!! _.

My rest and flexibility goals for the next 10 weeks will be focused on _Stretching that stupid hamstring_.

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PART ONE - DIET & EXERCISE

Between now and 9/19, I am going to _Begin P90X and continue daily cardio, doing more treadmill_.

Between now and 9/19, I am not going to _hehehe, stealing Yoovie's line to a point, drink my weight in beer_.

These 3 excuses will be unusable for the duration of this template:
I'm exhausted
What good does it do anyway
I'm old so I might as well be fat

***BONUS CHALLENGE- ADD UP HOW MANY CALORIES YOU *DRINK* THIS WEEK! (NON ALCOHOLIC AND ALCOHOLIC ALIKE!)

You can motivate me by _reminding me that I'm the only one in control of this destiny and I have a secondary goal of that personal training certification as soon as the 40 pound mark is passed_

PART TWO - THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

This week, take the time to do one of the following just for yourself.

A. Study for personal training exam
B. start a fun project
C. brainstorm ideas for something you can do just for yourself over the winter, something that will take a semi-long time to complete. - Like make your own new bag, or put together a family photo album, or redecorate a room, or start a journal, or make a quilt, etc
D. Make a list of things you loved as a child but have not done or participated in for a very long time. See which ones you can incorporate into your grownup life.
E. Volunteer.

Practice setting time aside for yourself, either every day or once a week, and allow yourself to be selfish for a little while, and recharge, so you can better handle the rest of your life and be better for your family or job and friends

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ALISSAB2 9/14/2010 12:11PM

    WOW!!! Sounds like you have it all worked out!

Just be careful...when I did P90X, I gained, so don't get
discouraged if the scale goes up...muscle weighs more than fat!

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PAIGESMAMA 9/14/2010 10:02AM

    Wow. This is great. Are you officially running this challenge somewhere? You can put it on our team if you like.

You can do this. I am in need of finding regular exercise myself. You don't have any problem with that.

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 9/14/2010 8:43AM

    wow you got some things to do huh????
so where you running this challenge???

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YOOVIE 9/13/2010 4:25PM

    YAY!!!!!!!

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