Friday, August 03, 2012
Every year I swear the first week of August is my demise. I always tell people that August 4th is my "Friday the 13th". It's the day I almost DIDN'T get married, it's the day Baby Jessica was taken away from her mother, it's the day our dog died. Every year it's something on or right around that day. This year is no exception.
I have a 2007 VW Beetle. I love the little thing, I really do. But lately it's been trying to nickel and dime me to pieces.
Y'all remember that I had to walk home last week to get the oil fixed. Well, here's the thing: I had a list of four items of concern: oil leak, brakes keep locking up when I start the car, sometimes I cant start the car because the key/starter gets stuck, and a headlight.
Well, VW was going to charge me $4000 to do this and I almost had a heart attack. Duncan's fixed the oil leak for $150. The brake booster was annoying but could wait as there was no real issue with it, until today.
They completely went out. For those that don't know what it is...it gives you assisted braking. Without it you are using all your weight to push down the brakes. And of course the faster you go, the more you have to push to get your car to slow down. It FEELS like you're driving without brakes and because it affects my pedal so badly, I essentially AM. So, my car is parked in the parking spot with an estimate of $600 looming over it.
I'd trade the bugger in, but I owe more than I could trade it in for. And truthfully I do LOVE the car....
So, here's a question I have for you.
I have a structured settlement. My next lump sum is due Nov, 2014 (so close but sooooo far away) for the amount of $25,000.
I got a quote today of $15,500 if I sell it and can get the money before 4 months.
What are your thoughts? Should I sell it and cut my losses to pay down the car, help the oldest with school since we can't get student loans (credit), and pay off some credit cards, or should I just hold out somehow for another 15 months? Or should I just get a $1000 loan to cover car repairs and help oldest out more when we get the $25,000?
That IS quite the cut on that settlement......I just wonder if it's worth it in the long run. I can NOT be without a car....my girls rely on me too much and Tom is the most grumbly person when he hs to drive them ANYWHERE....lol. ugh!!
I'm going to go workout....see if that helps to clear the brain.
But I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
My Sparkaversary came and went. Three years.
Like most people I'm not where I want to be, HOWEVER, I can still hold my head up and proudly say that the battle against resistant mutant ninja fat cells are still progressing forward. I've lost, gosh, what 25 pounds in the past 3 years? I was hoping to be at 30 for sure this August, but alas these buggers are putting up a good fight in getting me in the 160sville.
My school books are starting to come in and this gets me to thinking (no pun intended)I have to prioritize. That's my goal for August. See, everytime school starts I fall wayward to "can't work out, time" excuse. So, I need to remember that I WANT this...I really really WANT this!! therefore in preparation of battle, our goals are to schedule a time every day for battle. And I shall!! Gosh, I just hope it's not a 4:30 sneak attack, but I'd be willing to do it.
Right now my plan of attack is the Slim Series DVDs. I want to remain on this until I gain consistency. Oh yes, that's the plan. I have completed Shape it Up yesterday and Firm it Up today....I'm going to feel it tomorrow!!
Also, I have pulled out the stops, I will be going to the gym for ST AND guess what? Groupon had Crossfit. 12 classes for $25, so I signed up. I will get these little buggers off my body and make my fat cells CRY!!!
Hubby and the littlest one went to the Washington Wedding. So I have more time this weekend for me. Funny because before I would've used this time to clean, putz, Facebook, read......but this weekend is all about getting in those fitness minutes and miles. I don't know what crawled up my nose and gave me this energy but I'm so stoked all of a sudden.
In other news:
I still need to work on my nutrition. I am doing better at getting the "bad stuff out" but everyonce in awhile I really blow it.....BIG!!
For example, we were taking a load of stuff to my daughters place in Frisco. I really wanted a cup of coffee and we decided to pull into McDonalds. I bought lunch, coffee and proceeded without a care in the world until .....
I looked down.
I had just finished a double quarter pounder. I haven't eaten meat in 3 months and BAM, I swallowed a burger without even THINKING bout it. I don't even know that I tasted it really.
It's the mutant resistant ninja fat cells. They plotted it, I am sure of this.
Sneaky little buggers.
My daughter and I agree that we will never speak of this incident again. Ever!
Today I shall get my coupons and grocery list and head down to Trader Joe's for some clean eating and healthy meals to go with our workouts.
In the meantime, I AM rambling...that's okay. I just wanted to post here and say "hey" so "hey"
Football season is around the corner!! Score!
Any way, I must get. I have rent to pay and I really want to get a list of list together. The list of foods, the list of time to workout, the list of workouts, the list goes on and on....and
I will let you know how Cross fit goes!!
**doin the happy dance**
Friday, July 27, 2012
I had to drop off my bug yesterday. VW dealership wanted over $4000 in repairs for it, which I simply don't have. I took it there thinking some of it was under warranty, but alas, no more warranty for the bug.
So, I took it to my trusted Duncan's, dropped it off, and walked home. Turns out there is only $200 worth of repairs needed. Figures!! I love Duncans.
I figured a walk was a good way to get in my mileage AND as I've tried
Atkins diet for 3 months (gained one pound)
South beach Diet (yum)
Beachbody diet (yum)
Vegetarian & no diet pepsi (no loss)
I've discovered something very important about these ninja mutant fat cells.
they only leave when I burn them off.
really, I know nutrition IS important and I won't go by the wayside, however, I think I was focusing, well actually RELYING on it too much. So, my new goal is to focus on the Fitness Tracker more and the nutrition a little less.
What I was saying was that I was walking home. And it was going great!!
For about 5 miles
But that last mile...
I had stopped by Chevron and got me some water and I knew that the weather could pose a problem. Even though we are no longer in triple digits, we still are in the mid 90s. That last mile was one straight long road to my apartment. The one thing I noticed were no trees.......just dead and brown straight up the road. I couldn't help marveling how it really was like the desert view from the sidewalk. That last mile my mind kept saying:
"oh man it is hot"
"Where is the freaking shade?"
"please don't let me pass out...."
"oh look, a fire station, I can pass out now"
"okay, one step then two then one step...QUIT SLOWING DOWN"
"where is the freaking shade???"
"oh thank you warm breeze for cooling me down"
By the time I DID reach my apartment complex I was feeling pretty dizzy. I knew when my mind could only say "1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2," that I was in a little bit of trouble. I really had to focus on getting my feet to get to the door, " just a few more buildings 1,2,1,2,1,2 quit slowing down...you can do this" all playing over and over.
When I got in the door I sat down for a minute and grabbed a very tall glass of water. My water that I had bought from Chevron was now hotter than my own body temperature. Immediately I began to sweat profusely and I knew in a few minutes it wasn't going to be pretty unless I cooled down.
but the ice must've really not agreed with my body..
My husband walked in the door from work and started chatting my ear off. I got up and staggered to the bathroom and locked the door where I held my belly writhing in pain and nausea. It was NOT pretty. I tried to hold on to the walls but I was sweating so bad I kept slipping.
by the time I thought I got my stomach settled I tried to stand up and lost vision out of one eye and felt like I was going to pass out. My ears began to burn (a sure sign I'm going to be sick) So I lay on my bed groaning in front of the fan. Hubby looked at me, still oblivious as to what was going on..."are you OKAY?" and got me a tall glass of ice water. NOT what I wanted to see right now. LOL I told him I was suffering from heat exhaustion and he immediately put me in the shower. I began shivering like crazy but almost immediately felt better.
"I guess I don't have to ask how the walk went?" he says to me
"The walk went great" I said, "but that last mile was a b*tch"
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The last time we spoke I was having a "blah" day. Hubby came home and took me out for a lovely 3.5 mile walk. It was just what the Dr. ordered.
today I took my little bug into the dealership and when I was shuttled back home decided I would run the route that hubby and I took the other day. I knew it was warm outside, but I thought: what the hey.
At first it was really really good. I could feel it in my calves as i walked/ran at my intervals. This was (yes, once again) week 3 of my C25 and once again, i couldn't finish it. It could be the heat, it could be that I'm very inconsistent with following through on this. I need to change that up.
When the half hour was up on the iPod I was more than half way around the 3.5 mark and continued walking.......let's just say by the time I got home I really thought I was having a heat stroke. I'm as wet now as I will be once I get into the shower. But, it's done for today and I WILL do it again.
I've decided on a goal of my dress by September 15th. I know that's right around the corner, but my incentive now is my niece's wedding. How I would LOVE to wear the dress for it!! And, as I've tried every diet out there only to fail I have discovered that it is simply because I need to exercise. I am learning that I cannot have one without the other no matter how hard I try.
While wondering if I was going to pass out in the middle of traffic today, I pondered some thoughts again. It's simple really, but why must some people insist on degrading my workouts? It's crazy, nuts, and just well, mean! LOL It's interesting to me how people think it's their business to input their opinions on becoming a vegetarian and running. "Running is SO bad for you! I know way more people that run than you do and they all tore out their knees and can never walk again!!" Okay, so that MAY have been slightly exaggerated, but you get the idea. I just find it interesting and sometimes, disturbing. Kind of like the ordinances with putting a vegetable garden in your front yard. Where do people come UP with these things and WHY do they care so deeply about initiating their hatred towards it? I don't go around preaching how much I don't eat meat, insist on not cooking it for my family, and how I love to try to run and they should be banned for not believing what I believe. I just would never do that. I believe in respecting your beliefs/ideas in the hopes that you return the favor.
I guess that's what makes me liberal. D@mn Republicans**
Anyhow, I do need a shower now and I'm trying to decide what's for dinner tonight. I bought some of my text books for school next month. I got NO financial aid this semester, so it's all me. gasp!! Maybe maybe maybe I'll do a DVD.
I've got a dress to work for!!!
**Don't get in a huffy puffy pants, send me nasty grams, or beat me up please. This sentence was actually said to make you smile and was not said to voice any political views or cause any political uproars. I apologize if this two word sentence caused you any discomfort or duress as I personally like some Republicans....just haven't had any good ones in office since Regan. Thank you!!
Monday, July 23, 2012
I survived the weekend!
See, I really didn't want to go camping. Not that I don't like camping, I think it's alright; i just didn't want to have to meet 40 new people and go from there. And I didn't want to have to figure out the whole food thing, and ugh..it was just not where I wanted to be.
but, I went.
and now I really feel old.
Most of the "kids" there were in their 20s with young little babies. I bring up boating and intertubing, they bring up bashing the tubes together and wakeboarding. I bring up playing a game they brought, they bring up how many shots can be done in said game. We sit by the campfire, they throw beer bottles and cans into said campfire...it was, if anything........well, boring.
Volleyball never was brought up, so I didn't get to play.
I sat on the boat for 3 days which was "kinda" fun if I weren't so pessimistic right now.
Keys were lost. (turns out the kid lost them under a tent...found em when packing up)
I forgot to bring my dinners so I ate grapes, granola bars, and some chips all weekend...which could be good or bad, pick one.
I had LOTS of water.
I didn't have to do dishes, that was cool.
Got lots of sleep, which could be cool or dull I dunno. I did it to make the time pass by faster. LOL
All in all I think hubby had a good time and I'm pretty sure the girls had a better time then they thought they would so that was good. I'm just glad it's over.
The first thing I did when we got home was unload the truck and coolers which of course is an hour task (especially when everyone sits on the couch saying "give me a minute and I'll help")
So, I had it in my head to work out today. I weighed in at 173 which was pretty consistent with where I've been...no gain or loss really with the camping.
Hubby came home early from work "let's go golfing with my boss and his wife"
I just couldn't. This weekend was exhausting enough. I just wanted to work out and maybe putz around. Just for ME today, ya know?
but daughter brought over the boyfriend so I can't work out in front of them in this tiny little place, I thought maybe tonight, but she's throwing a surprise bday party for him here. That's right. ugh.
It's near 100 degrees to be thinking of running...and I did ponder it.
I could go to the gym...I just really...well, I don't like it. It's just so 'cold" there. and lonely. I don't want to BE lonely, I just want to workout alone.
I should've gone to the golf course.
I'm really trying not to pout.
Guess I'll clean. Then play the "what's for dinner?" game. Maybe take a shower. Hubby said he'll take me to the gym tonight but I'm thinking that doesn't help with "I don't like it there!" LOL grumble grumble grumble.
ugh, what a waste of a day.
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