Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6 week challenge from The Proving Grounds (DIY) Team:
DIY Challenge Entry Form
My Challenge Name: Warrior Babe!
My Starting Weight: 144.3
Four other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. Push-ups: 44
2. 2 mile run time: 20m 44s
3. 5k run time: 32m 07s
4. Longest distance run: 5k
If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because: I want to be a kick-a$$ babe and earn my black belt
This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that: Only I can make me succeed...and only I can make me fail
I'm scared of: Slipping back into old habits.
I want to: Look & feel confident and sexy, and know that I can do whatever needs doing
And THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME: It's real, it's on, I've come too far to stop this close to my goals.
My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. Black Belt!
2. Cute clothes
3. Sexy undies
4. Knowing I can defend myself & put the bad guy in a world of hurt if necessary
5. Set a healthy example for my kids
The best way to motivate me is to: keep my accountable to my goals & action items...if people know I said I will do something I'm much more likely to actually do it.
The best way I can motivate myself is to: Stay focused on how close I am to achieving my goals
My name is Rebekah, and I'm ready to kick a$$ and take names, nothing is going to stop me now!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
My daughter turned 13 last Sunday, on Father's Day; her Dad gave her $$. Like a typical teenager she said, "Let's go to the mall!"
Yesterday I agreed to take her, partly because I had an ulterior motive. Inspired by SPOOKYTHECAT I decided to bite the bullet & buy a pair of shorts. I have not worn shorts in 10 years or more. When they heard the plan my legs were in shock at the thought of once again seeing the sun.
Jacq's clothing store choices were Forever 21 & Love Culture. As you can guess they cater to the teenage crowd. I remembered taking her to them last summer & standing outside the changing room wishing I could fit in the clothes again. The do have some cute tops & sundresses. But a year ago I was 50 lbs heavier & these stores did not carry anything in my size (14). I got depressed about it, gave away all my size 8-10 clothes I hadn't worn in years but had been saving for when I finally lost the weight and over the next 6 months gained another 10-15 pounds.
This time...this time was different. I picked out a couple pairs of shorts & tops and headed for the changing room. The tops are a size...wait for it...SMALL!!! OMG, I can't remember the last time I ever wore a small anything. Of course the downside of wearing a small is my boobs have shrunk a bit more than I hoped for but I'll make the trade; I can actually buy a bra in the store now & not have to special order. The bottoms are a size medium.
I ended up with a skirt/top (1st picture), the shorts/top in the 2nd picture and a 3rd short/top outfit (picture did not turn out). And a 3rd pair of shorts that are a size 28...which someone told me is a European size equivalent to a 6. I about died when I heard that. If it's not true...don't tell me. I'm basking in the thought that I fit in a 6.
After these stores we went to Victoria's Secret (sorry, no pictures from there!) & I got measured & tried on a bathing suit. However, being descended from peasant stock I have the stereotypical wide hips & big backside; Beyonce's booty ain't got nothin' on me LOL! So a Victoria's Secret bathing suit is just not going to work, the women they were designed for have no booty. *Sigh* But I'm wearing a medium!!! so I can live without the bathing suit.
While waiting for Jacq to finish her shopping I saw the Godiva chocolate shop across the way. I resisted, I really did...for all of 5 seconds, then went in & bought myself a giant strawberry dipped in white chocolate.
And I enjoyed every bite of its luscious white chocolate ripeness!
Friday, June 24, 2011
I took Wed-Fri as vacation days this week. I hired a handyman to come on Wed. and put in some new faucets & a new garage door opener; Thursday I was going to take my daughter & one of her friends to Cedar Point (this region's roller coaster mecca; it is what Six Flags aspires to be when it grows up LOL!); and Friday was my spa day reward for hitting the 50 lbs. gone mark.
Now I could have done the sink faucet myself, and figured I could also replace the bathtub one too. But I know it would have taken my 5 times as long to do so as it would someone who knew what he was doing, I did not really want to spend most or all of a day messing with it, and I was not going to to the garage door opener myself anyway so decided to just have the handyman guy do all 3 things.
The handyman came Wed., on time. He replaced the bathroom sink faucet, no issues, but when he got to the bathtub he ran into problems. The reason I was putting in a new faucet & handles in the bathtub was b/c all the water would come out of the faucet OK but only a small percentage would go up through the shower head. Most of it continued going through the faucet so I was wasting a lot of water. The hot/cold mixture through the shower head was also very iffy so sometimes you would either freeze or scald while the water in the faucet was the perfect temperature. It had been like this for years but has gotten much worse the last few months. The guy at Lowe's said it might be easier for me to just replace everything (not to mention better sales for them!) that try to remove & replace the part that was probably not working.
Apparently my EXH, who installed the last faucet/handles did a bang up job with the install, jury-rigging many of the connections and piecing together the pipe going to the shower head out of several small pieces of pipe soldered together. No wonder I had problems, it was definitely not a standard installation. The handyman felt bad because he now needed to cut away part of the drywall to fix everything & it was going to take him longer than originally estimated. But he got it done and the shower now works beautifully. He did a good job with all the work & was very reasonably priced so I'm keeping his card. He does talk a lot though.
Wed. night Jacq & her friend decided to postpone Cedar Point due to the weather forecast - 70% or more chance of thunderstorms. No point in driving all the way there (2.5 hours) just to find out that the rides are all shut down because of rain. The friend's Mom is going to take them sometime during a work week instead. So I spent my Thursday running errands, catching up on all my e-mails, spark page comments & new spark friends.
And then I gave in and gave up the bagged mulch..and got Mt. Mulch delivered.
10 yards of brick red mulch for the garden area. And wherever else I can use it up. That is A LOT of mulch. The picture does not even begin to convey the awe inspiring mulchiness of it all. I will be moving mulch for a long, long time. I think I have enough to fill in a good part of the swampland masquerading as my backyard.
Today was my spa visit...a massage, facial, manicure & haircut. I am completely...underwhelmed by it all. The massage was nice but maybe my expectations were too high. I thought that afterwards I'd be reduced to a pile of boneless goo but really all I can say is it felt nice but I really didn't feel like anything was worked out.
The second lady did the manicure & the haircut. Part of the fault is mine, I did not choose nail polish colors wisely. Based on the bottle I thought I was getting a nice shade of medium blue but apparently truth in advertising has not yet reached the nail polish world. What I got is this iridescent sparkly light blue color suitable for a 6 year old. It glitters for pete's sake. Tomorrow it is coming off. And the lady really didn't do a great job putting it on. I could have done just as good & I've put on nail polish myself maybe 6 times in my entire life so I don't really do it that well.
The same lady did my haircut. I told her twice I wanted layers. What I got was really short in back and then the rest of my hair on the side & front hanging straight down, all one length, which she started to blow dry into a bob. It was hideous, no transition at all from really short to really long. So when I told her that is not what I asked for she got upset...and then went overboard "fixing" it. I now feel like I should change my name to Rizzo, get a pink vinyl jacket & find myself a T-Bird. I have Stockard Channing's hair. That is not a look I ever felt the need to emulate. Fortunately my hair grows fast so I shan't have to put up with it for too long.
I don't think I will go back to this place.
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