Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Still lingering onto 171.4
Those fat cells are resistant I tell you, but I WILL hit the 160s. I will!
Yesterday I did only half of my Shape it Up. I thought I was doing okay. I just kept staring blankly into the television screen, giving it my all. but not even half way my heart rate began to accelerate a little too high (even for me and my WPW) so I thought I'd better slow down. Then the youngest came through the door, then hubby, then dinner, then.... you get the idea. I'm about to finish it up and then Firm it Up.
I like these DVDs in particular because they entail a lot of weights and ST with the cardio and I'm really digging it!! There are six DVDs in the series (one a day) and I will be doing them for four weeks then recover for a week.
**both pics courtesy of amazon.com & Beachbody**
I've been slacking on the nutrition. Not because like I've been stuffing my face or anything. I am just really doing well at eating mainly plant based and with having to help the oldest out and fixing the bug, we are a little tight. Meaning grub shopping on hold until Friday. So until then I look through the kitchen and there is turkey meatballs, lots of tri tip, chicken and NO veggies. LOL So, I've been eating cereals, drinking coffee, tea. I have a zucchini that I'm going to make into a nice lunch today. It's large enough I may make a zucchini brownie I found on Pinterest. I'm really starting to get addicted to that site.
**from my pinterest account**
well,so my real estate agent tells me to go look at the house and if we like it we'll put in an offer on it. We take the whole family down there and of course, we love it. It's on .25 acres backed up to a greenbelt, 3 bedroom open concept, granite, etc etc...everything we want in a house. We tell her "go for it" and she says "weeeellll, I was hoping to hear from your lender first" and shot that idea down. Needless to say I was NOT a happy camper. It's one thing to go look at a house (which I love to do) but don't drag my family into your false lies!!
So, because we were UGH and it was 108 and we were hot and ugh we headed north. the kids didn't want to go so we dropped them off and headed to Grass Valley. Only Grass Valley was ALSO hot. Tom looks at me and says "I bet it's cooler in Tahoe" so we drove to and threw Tahoe. We had lunch, (veggie burger & Fries...I love me them fries!!) and oh man was it pretty. We decided it was definitely in the plans to book a room and come back.
We drove back that night where it was hot LOL but I do look forward to going back.
My oldest is doing well in San Francisco. She got her place fixed up nice. She's met another girl in the neighborhood and a few people around town. Actually, she's met more nice people in San Francisco in one week then she has here in the Sacramento area in three years. I wonder what THAT says?? LOL It says the sun makes people all cranky arse. Go rain and score another one for Washington niceness
I opened my big, fat mouth again.
yup....I think this time I should've been stuffing it with food, but instead let words spew out. Remember how I said I tend to be more vocal with the issues of teenagers? Man, I did. See, i have this very dear friend who keeps asking for advice, only I really don't think she wanted it. Sometimes I think she just wanted everyone to know she was unhappy. Sometimes I wonder if she LIKES it when people see her unhappy. My mom was kind of the same way for awhile. Anyhow, I had just spoken to the realtor, it was hot and she had text'ed me and once again the term "bratzilla" (her calling her daughter that) came out and I completely lost it.
See, the thing is that I don't consider myself an expert so I don't care if you ask me for advice and don't take it. Actually, I don't mind just being an ear. But you know that bee that keeps lingering around your flowered shirt? You keep stepping away from it, dodging it because you really don't want to have to tick it off but it just keeps inching closer until you either run like heck screaming into the horizon or you swat the thing really ticking it off or killing it. That's how this situation was getting. I ended up swatting it with my mouth.
We talked again this morning, so I suppose that was good. So now the bee is buzzing around me again. I make it a point never to get angry and voice any opinions unless I know I'm right. and dang it if I know I'm right!! And I just don't want to see a mother/daughter relationship lost over stupidity. sighs. I guess I should practice what I preach "not my problem" LOL Just hard. I've known these gals ten years. Feel like I've helped raised the daughter...anyhow.
well, if I'm ever to work out now is the time. the 160s aren't going to get here by themselves...
Stay cool everyone. If you've got rain, you best be thanking someone!! Be good to one another and let's get healthy!!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
First of all, I'm having a happy day on the scale. After last week's disappointment, I just figure my body is slow at reacting to the hard work I'm putting into it. So, in a nutshell, it's not my "official weigh in day" but I'm at 171.0. soooo freaking close to the 169 mini goal I can taste it. Now, to get my body there by Friday/Saturday.
Wanna hear something funny? I got done weighing myself and got dressed, when I went back into the bathroom I totally checked myself out. LOL I'm getting a waist again!! AND my boobs look bigger than my belly today. That's so awesome. Hey, check it out for yourself. Just don't look at my wild morning hair or the kid's dirty mirror. Am I crazy? Well, probably, but still the clothes at least make me look good and that's a freaking first for a long time, let me tell you.
kinda side view
So, I guess that should motivate me to workout a little more today...SHOULD LOL
My hubby came to the rescue for my bug. It's in the shop and the little bugger is being fixed. Well, one of many little things. We are hoping to hear from the underwriters today regarding the possibility of a home loan approval. Everyone keep your fingers crossed! Think of me when sweating it out...yell at the universe! I want a house!! I want a garden!! Okay, really you don't have to do that. LOL
In other news My hubby and littlest just got back from Washington. Today they received a phone call stating they should send out thank you cards to the bride and groom for I guess, in essence, being allowed to be in their presence? LOL No, really something about because the bride bought the littlest dress (which we offered) and because she did her hair and makeup a card should be sent. I think that's a little weird and pompous, but what do I know about manners? I think they should send US one for allowing them to drive the 800 miles, pay for their own tux and do the speech at the wedding. **scratches head** I just don't get people at all, and last I checked I AM one. Although my Dad swears I'm Bert the alien's kid (from the show SOAP) That WOULD explain the ninja mutant resistant fat cells residing all over my a$$, I mean buttocks.
I helped the oldest pack her final box into the car. She's officially a San Francisco kid. I love her little place and I know she'll do well if she stays focused. Today she woke up to little water ants in her bathroom. Oh the joys of your first place on the first day. I think I have pics of her pink house somewhere....ah well, can you tell we like pink? LOL
Let's see, let's see what other rambles? Doing way better on nutrition. Been forcing myself to eat breakfast before coffee. It's hard because I feel very nauseous when I eat in the morning. Anyone else have this? I think it's just because I've never eaten really when I get up so to all of a sudden change, my body is saying "hold up!!" But, it's supposed to be important. Once, I get the food (oatmeal) literally SHOVED down my throat and I think I can contain it, I RUSH back to the coffee pot LOL That's right, it's still my reward. LOL Only difference with the coffee now is we use Natural Bliss creamer...holy moly .... all I'm going to say is read the ingredients on Coffee Mate Vanilla, then read the ingredients on Coffee Mate Vanilla Natural Bliss. Should speak for itself.
Well, School is about to begin. I'm nervous. Not because of the intense class load I have inflicted upon myself, not because my oldest won't be by my side this semester, but because I always seem to lose track of my time and workouts for 16 weeks at that time. I'm trying to figure out a way NOT to do that. Maybe make myself become a 430am worker-outer.
Oh, I think I just got queasy thinking about that.
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"
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