Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Woke up to a happy scale day!
did my "dirty" Firm it Up moves yesterday and will be trying "Tone it Up" today. I like that there is a new video in this series every day. That means for the next 4 weeks I will only do these videos 4x each. I like that...I like the variety.
Okay, here's the deal. As many of you know I'm in school. It originally was to keep my oldest focused and to show her that there are no excuses. I'd like to think it worked pretty well as she hsa gotten her AA with honors and is transferring to San Francisco to obtain her BA.
Of course, I'm hooked on school.
For those of you who aren't aware I'm also known as "blind batty" for a reason. I am deaf (with aids) and at one time had 20/600 vision (basically, I couldn't see at all) I've since gotten stem cell and cataract removal and my vision is up to 20/50 with some perifpheal but not a lot. What I do see in the middle (cone) area is enough to drive.....well, at least California DMV thinks so!
I was originally going for Deaf Studies. One it seems appropriate and I wanted to maybe advance to Speech Therapy. I adore the days as a child living here in Cali where they helped my speech so much that many don't realize I am hard of hearing. A total contrast to my baby brother who never obtained speech therapy in Washington and it shows. I also felt it wsa important to know sign, like it was a part of "my heritage" or something. crazy, but there you have it.
That was my original plan....only Sierra really stinks when it comes to ever getting into Deaf Studies classes. I can't seem to, after 3 semesters, get into ASL 2. Not to mention the classes that are at night in Roseville (Yes, I realize that I walk and live in the dark most of my adult life, but driving at night is still risky....the OTHER drivers stink LOL....joking......sort of)
So, I said 'screw it" and decided since nothing was going to come of it I would change my major to something I've always wanted to do when I was 18 and never did....through many excuses, marriage, money, moving, then kids, life etc. I switched my major to nursing. I figured "hey, Cali let me drive, why not be a nurse too?"
I haven't told anyone I switched my major. But, now I'm second guessing myself again. The biggest obstacle in my way are not the lack of classes but MY lack of classes....In order to take Microbioogy I had to have had Chemestry (I haven't) In order to take chem I had to have had....do you see where this is heading? and If I'm looking at the later classes, I'm going to me putting in long days..something hubby's not going to be thrilled with I don't think. he still grumbles about the school thing a little.
Mind you, I don't mind....I know it will just take me 3x as long....as things always do with a blind/deaf chick. I thought, once I'm done getting this I could be a little ol' medical asstant or something...you know those people that take your blood pressure and check you in to Hell Managed Organizations or something? Nothing to where your life would depend on it. LOL
but, here's where I'm second guessing myself....should I put myself through all that "just" to get a degree? Or should I stick with something like "womens studies" or "nutrition" and get my degree? It seems that in any degree I pick I am 85% done with classes.....just 15% more to obtain an AA. In anything.
What are your thoughts on this? and be honest....I could use some "hey, what are you thinking?!" or "pssst, go for it" blatent answers.
Tell me what to be when I grow'd up!!!!
Oh, and remember i"m 40something so not sure if I'm "too old" to be looking at new opportunities??
Monday, June 04, 2012
Mod Cloth is one of those sites that if you see something you like, you almost have to buy it right away or it "sells out". My dress had been sitting in my checkout box for a bit when I got the email "buy it or else". I looked at it again....do I really want this? Oh yes.....I do. So I bought it and it automatically went to "sold out".
I bought a large which in a sense is a size 12. I'm a 14-16. It's a reasonable goal I think!
It should be here Thursday and I'm sooooooooo excited to see it, touch it, and work towards wearing it.
Speaking of wearing it: Today I began my Slim Series (again). Today was Shape It Up. It's a 78 minute video (yes, that is the correct number) and this one contains a lot of weights which I LOVE!! The first 35 minutes were warm up and intense cardio...so intense that I got dizzy and naseaus and I could feel my heart rate beating out of my chest WITHOUT a HRM. So, I stopped for a bit. Then I was mad at myself for stopping when I went back because the rest of the video was on the floor and although she still worked your tail off, it was much more "relaxing". LOL Ah well, all 78 minutes done. Tonight I will do the Hip Hop Abs (20ish minutes)...correction, I will ATTEMPT to do it...I still feel like a blubber slug trying to do "the moves" but I know it will get better. Then again, it's been 3 years and I still can't do lunges without tipping over so whta does that say?
Hey, does anyone else have major head itch when they sweat? Man, that drives me bonkers...I mean, I know I'm allergic to heat, my sweat and pressure, but dang, it's obnoxious.
Our Memorial Weekend was WONDERFUL!!
We went to the little town of Ft Bragg/Mendocino. I went with the sole purpose of looking for the "Murder She Wrote" house. I was a huge fan of the show in the 80s and I just love Angela Lansbury. I wanted to actually rent her room for our anniversary but hubby dislikes B&Bs. He did however, drive me to the house :o)
hope the pic turned out okay, I don't like that you can't see it until you post your blog **pouts**
Anyhow...I did get in some great exercise. We talked to some locals and they informed us of some "hidden" beaches and we hiked and hiked and hiked....so much that I sunburnt the bottoms of my feet again.
then I was done walking.....for about a week.
until today actually. LOL
but it was very pretty and worth it. I just should know better (remember the "Im allergic to heat, sweat, and pressure" comment?) yeah, doi!! Needless to say, I will remember water shoes or something next time.
The town was so beautiful....so beautiful. I told hubs we are retiring there and not going back to Washington. He was all for it until we looked at the cost of real estate.
I need to save now.....
until about 2112?
and our campsite had a creek running through it....this was the view after another quick walk:
I don't know how I got the camera to do that. Yoovie would be so proud! LOL There are a ton more pictures (as you could imagine) but there's not enough room on this blog :o)
well, I was supposed to voluneer to serve ice cream today at the school. I should email the teacher and apologize for not making it...(was in the shower, wasn't the blog LOL)
tomorrow is Firm It Up. I've done it once before. Could move for 3 days after and I'm totally looking forward to it!!
Burn Baby Burn!!
Declare war on the Mutant Ninja Resistant Fat Cells!!!
More calories out less calories in!!
GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!!
I am my own cheerleader.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
My daughter and i were watching the first episodes of The Biggest Loser. The very first one and we were giggling over the different changes that occurred over the seasons. We had only just begun watching the Biggest Loser a few seasons ago so these are all new to us. We wondered if Bob and Jillian knew how "big" (no pun intended) they were about to become. We giggled at the mattresses in the contestants rooms and marveled how they now have temperpedics. Then we held our sides as we laughed that product placement was in fact, still there from the get go and gawked as Allie was in fact Caroline. If this is all Greek to you,that's okay, it was to us too. They were all such subtle, yet noticeable changes.
"it's time to cut the fat" Caroline Rhea Biggest Loser Season 1
The point is, as the days start to blur together we tend to forget why we started or even where we came from. Time is so irrelevant to what we are doing and yet we are constantly using it against ourselves. How many times do we say "ugh, I didn't lose any weight this week"? We tend to forget that our bodies have adapted to what WE created for it and therefore we need to give it time to adapt to our new lifestyles. Along the way, we can look back and laugh at the small changes that created such a great journey.
Changes such as: Remember that clothing mishap last week? My hubby went out and bought me new shorts. Yeay right? After watching the Biggest Loser my daughter and I feel inspired to work out. Let's go do this "again" we say! (and again is good as long as you keep doing again, right? right.) I pull my hair up into a ponytail and out the door we go.
I begin walking and get no more than halfway up the block when I ask her: "silly question, but are my shorts riding up my Yahoo?" to which she replied
"I'm not looking at your Yahoo"
So, I look and sure enough there are my brand new shorts every time I walk a few feet riding up in between my legs. Really? Really?
I then begin the process of horseback walking. You know the one, where you walk with your legs way out and your thighs don't mush together like you just finished horseback riding for several hours. (or in my case, the spin cycle at the gym)
I think I'm going to have to invest in some bike shorts though or something. My clothes just don't want to cooperate with me. It's no wonder I never want to leave my sweats and tee shirts. They may sag and look terribly tacky, but at least I know they're gonna stay put!!
Tell THAT to "What not to Wear".
OH.....gosh I got waaaaay off track today. All I wanted to say was I finished Week 2 of C25 finally. Really, that was the whole purpose of this blog, to get on here and hold myself accountable for finishing that doohickey and moving on to week 3 and something about cookies or...
I have been feeling mucho better. All my blood work came back and says since I've lost 20 pounds my blood sugar dropped. woo hoo!! So, just gotta watch the HB pressure. Which I have been, I think doing really well on watching what I eat. and LOTS of water.
and a cup of coffee a day.
I'm weak, sue me. (don't......really..... I have no money)
Did I mention I finished Week 2 of C25?
I'm going to go finish up my daily duties now and plan for our weekend camping trip at the ocean. I'm so excited! Hubby even promised me he would take me to see the "Murder She Wrote" house. Squeeeeeeeeeee!!
So, for anyone who happens to be peeking at my page. Remember, take it easy on yourself mentally during this phase. Changes occur over time and our brain doesn't want to recognize that until the time has passed. Make it fun. Make it something you want to do the rest of your life. Make it yours and have a great weekend.
Monday, May 21, 2012
That's the verdict thus far and can it cause pain? uh yep, depends on how high the blood pressure gets so as my Dr put it "for you to being feeling well at 142/96 (which is high) you must have been very high to be sick"
We are going to be doing a lab workup in the morning to measure my cholesterol, blood sugar (poss diabetes) and thyroid.
I asked her as I 've been reading a lot about nutrition and watching Food, Inc and Forks over Knives what her thoughts were on using plant based diet as a treatment.
She said I was young enough and still relatively healthy to use this as an option. For now. However, she also recommends incorporating the Dash Diet into it as it is meant for lowering blood pressure. She asked me to buy a cuff and come in several times during the next two weeks so we can measure it. I don't know if two weeks will be enough time to notice a difference, but we will see. It's nice she wants to keep me monitored anyhow and is willing to try this rather than just putting me on meds. She actually sounded happy I was willing to do this over asking for meds.
She also wanted me to drink one 4oz glass of red wine a week. For women it is supposed to greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks/strokes. I told her I didn't think I could do this as I didn't want any alcohol in the house with a recovering alcoholic. She said "you are a good wife" LOL However, I can still drink my coffee in moderation, so that makes me happy. Yes, I know that means two cups, and NOT two pots. Got it. I think, however, with how I had been feeling and wanting to go all or nothing that green tea and water will be my friend. Yup, I said it.....out loud. Did you ever think you'd see the day? I know I sure freaking didn't.
Hubby goes in today for a catscan on his kidneys. They've discovered some cyst on them. I'm pretty sure it'll be okay, but I am a little worried.
So, driving home today I was processing all this information in my head and have come to two conclusions.
One, if this isn't motivation to get into a healthy lifestyle, and fast, I don't know what is!
Two, being over forty sucks.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I have not been feeling well.
At first I thought I had slept on my neck wrong. Woke up and my neck and head ached to the point of nausea. So, I stayed down.
Four days went by, 2400 mg of Ibuprofin a day and it wasn't getting any better. Hubby suggest I try Claritin. His thought that they were allergies clogging my sinuses so desperate, I try it.
Began to feel better. Yeah! Even went to the gym so youngest could swim.
Yesterday I wsa feeling pretty good and began making plans for this week. I'm making a Word Calendar of Workouts that I want to accomplish this month. I've gained back up to 180 and this does not please me.
Actually, this is a major "booooo"
I went to my daughter's AA graduation yesterday. Took her to dinner. I'm so proud of her. It's not a big deal to a lot of people, but I know the hours she put into this. I know she hasn't had a summer off yet in over 2 years. I know she took course overloads TO finish in two years and she did it with honors. This, after having such a rough time from 13-18....I just cannot express how proud of her I am to do such a 180.
**with honor tassel**
Came home after dinner and went to bed.
Woke up dizzy, in pain....in sooooooo much pain. I came out and hubby tried making me coffee but I was so nauseated I went back to bed.
Took a Claritin and two Excedrin
It was 2:30 before I was able to face the day.
Man I am SO SORRY!! So sorry for ever having doubted anyone who said sinus pains or allergies were painful. Im normally one to kind of "scoff" at pain. Get over it and move on type of gal, but Holy Smokes!! Trust me, this chick has been through open heart surgery, kidney surgeries, and more. I know what pain is. THIS though. OMan!!
I guess I will go collect stock in Claritin or something. Maybe start taking it before bedtime. Maybe that will help.
But that's what's happening. That's what is going on. Give me a couple of more days and I will be back to body in progress :o)
Now, where's my "morning" coffee?
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