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Thursday, June 27, 2013

So, I dropped off the face of the Earth for a while there. Sorry about that. Totally my bad. I should have checked in and let you know what the dealio was.

State walked in to the building on June 10. From that point on, things were just GO GO GO! for 4 solid days. Like, seriously. In those 4 days, I worked 53 hours. And then worked my usual 8 the day after they left, making a grand total of 61 hours in 5 days. Worth it, though. My department came out with only 2 deficiencies. I'd like to have 0 next year. In some ways, I feel like I'm still recovering from that grueling week. I know I am recovering in work that got set aside or put off. I'm practically drowning in paperwork that needs to be caught up on!

I haven't done much good for myself lately, either. No real exercise to speak of. And the weather has already reached 120*F outside, so... Yeah. That's the sort of heat that saps your energy even when you're indoors with the A/C running full blast. I'm wondering if we'll see another 100*F at midnight type of summer. Anyway, I want to start something fun like boxing training, but I've decided to wait until mid-ish-July to do so. 1) I'll have another paycheck in the bank. 2) I'll have a set of wheels to go somewhere to train (my granny is going on vacation for 2 months and I get to use her car in the meantime!) 3) I'll have figured out where to go to train by then (I hope). If I was a morning person, which I'm not and never, ever, EVER in my life have EVER been, I would get up early and get in a workout before work. And I'm not going to make myself feel guilty for not doing so. Of course, this leaves the time for me to workout at "after work". Unfortunately, I'm usually pretty exhausted at the end of my work day. I've got a 30 minute commute in addition to my 8.5 hour day. I know if I start small and build up that eventually I'll have more energy than I know what to do with, but it's taking that small step to start it initially. And I'm just not 'there' yet.

Nutritionally, my intake has been varied, at best. Terrible- and I mean terrible- at worst. Lots of junk, convenience foods, and really sh!tty gas station coffee... Which, sadly, is less sh!tty than the coffee brewed in my own work kitchen. I don't drink enough coffee to warrant brewing a pot at home. And Starbucks is always too damn packed in the morning. I got places to GO! Anyway, I digress. Most days of the week I am eating pretty decent dinners, and the leftovers for lunch the next day. My breakfasts are the meals that get sketchy... My lady cooks in the kitchen are all Mexican and they make some really REALLY AWESOME authentic, from scratch, homemade Mexican food breakfasts. Nopales and eggs, chorizo and potatoes, chilequiles, handmade tortillas, and my ultimate favorite- special quesadillas. It's a dish that's strictly regional. I can't even find special quesadillas in San Diego, 120 miles away. Then I try to tell people about them and they think I'm nuts. Let's just say they're stuffed to the gills with cheese and deep fried. For breakfast. Every Friday. YIKES. Then, the rest of the weekend hits...

Could you resist??

Saturdays are my scheduled splurge day.
Just before state walked in (literally, the Saturday before the Monday) was my "niece's" 1st birthday, so I got to go and enjoy that. Us 30-year-olds kicked all the kids outta the bouncy castle and had 5 minutes of fun with that. Had lots of yummy food- sandwiches, potato salad, beer (just like California to have beer at a 1-year-old's birthday party! emoticon), fresh fruit, Caesar salad... Awesome times! Even more awesome is it was NOT in my hometown, so the weather was simply beautiful.

Bouncy castles. Not just for kids.

Last Saturday I got to do something fun and just for me... I hung out with a friend! WOO! We had frozen yogurt. Then, on a whim, decided to go see a movie, where I had popcorn (with that oily fake buttery crap all over it!), nachos with not nearly enough jalapenos, and a huge Mr. Pibb. Granted, that was all I ate that day, but still. You see where this 2 paragraph rant is going. Even my "healthy" meals during the week don't have enough vegetable or fruit elements to them. Whole grains are hit or miss. Lean meats are no problem. Dairy is lacking, too, in many instances. Basically, how the hell am I still alive?! Hahaha, no really, though. Even if- IF- my macronutrients were in ranges, and thanks to my lack of tracking and the fact the SparkPeople now CHARGES for their app LAMEEEEE!!! I don't know if they are or not, the things I'm putting in my body aren't nutritionally dense. I'm sure they're lacking vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber, etc. that my body needs to function optimally.

Today it was super evident. Just before lunch today, my blood sugar plummeted. Luckily, there are nurses as far as the eye can see where I work. So, I ate my lunch and still didn't feel okay. So, I was ordered to drink an orange juice, 4 ounces, with- get this- a packet of sugar added to it. I did as I was told, and while I felt immensely better afterward, can I just say... EW. Over-sweet orange juice is just awful. That alone makes me want to watch myself more closely. And, so, I'm going to be doing just that.

Anyway, that's the long and short of it for me. I've got my kitty's Facebook page up and going if you want to follow along on her angry exploits:

And here is my second to final project for my PhotoShop class (I still can't get my final project to save in a smaller format without crashing my computer... sorry) I can't believe I didn't post this one. It turned out great.

"Bloody Face Boom Boom" is what I've decided my roller derby name will be. If I decide to ever do roller derby. Which I never will. Because I like my teeth just where/they way they are.

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/29/2013 4:56AM

    There you are !!! You've certainly been missed. I totally agree about the heat. It can wear a person down. It hasn't been as hot here in New England, but it has been really muggy. showers every single day this week. it feels like I'm living in a terrarium. So, I understand how you're feeling. it does get to you. Do the best you can to keep active.

Damn ! That sounds like really amazing Mexican food ! Since your lady cooks authentic food, I'm sure it's not all fried. Ask her if she'll cook some meals that aren't fried or laden down with cheese. I know there are a lot of healthy Mexican dishes, so why not have her cook some of those yummy options. I'm a big fan of oevos rancheros. yum.... and tortillas ? yum again... I'd eat a fresh cooked tortilla over store bread ANY day. it's better for you.

Anyway, I know things are busy, but it sounds like life is improving. You've got some income again. You're making friends. You're doing better than you think.

Your photoshop picture is cool ! For a treat for myself, I'm taking Mandarin Chinese lessons. I signed up for a course at my local adult ed school.

Ni Hao !

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 6/28/2013 9:50PM

    P.S. I HATE heat! So sorry....

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 6/28/2013 9:49PM

    Thanks for update, my friend! Wow, what a great job on photoshop, but creepy.....
Will ck out Meow's Facebook...love it!
I get it with all you said on the food...and when did Spark start charging for apps? :-(
Have a great weekend and stay in touch!
Love you!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 6/28/2013 3:45PM

    120 degrees?!?! Oh my word, I think I'd comfort myself with delicious mexican breakfasts too. :)

Work stress is the worst - but great for your hours. Hope things calm down soon! The boxing plan sounds great!


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TUCSONJILL 6/28/2013 1:44PM

    Mmmmm.... good tortillas.... mmmmm..... :)

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/28/2013 12:09PM

    SO glad to see a update from you! Missed seeing your beautiful face on my Sparkfeed! I can't even imagine surviving 120 degrees. Yikes! It sounds like you are beyond busy! And yes, your little mexican breakfast treat looks amazing! Take care of yourself!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/28/2013 11:03AM

    Glad to see an update from you! Sounds like you are busy, busy, busy! I can't even imagine 120 degree weather, I'm uncomfortable just thinking about it! That's awesome that you'll have a car for 2 months.

I'm a little scared of Bloody Face Boom Boom.....haha, good job!

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SMILINGTREE 6/28/2013 6:29AM

    So much to say....glad to see you back here! Horrible work hours. Bouncy castles are awesome. I'm going to the roller derby tomorrow and will think of Bloody Face Boom Boom. Take care of JillyBean!

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Long Overdue Update

Sunday, May 12, 2013

So, for those of you who can recall, oh so long ago (at least that's how it seems to me) that I had set a few goals for the month of April. I started off strong that first week, struggled through the second week, and began what I can only describe as "limping along" for the first part of the third, then getting a job out of nowhere and that was the end of any goals I ever did have!

I know where I lost momentum. I just don't know why. Where did my motivation go? Where did that drive go? I seriously don't know. Am I happy being only halfway to my goal? (No.) Am I content with being a size 14/16 instead of a size 18/20? (No.) Do I like having a Large t-shirt instead of an XL/XXL? (No.) Do I like feeling sluggish and tired because of junky, processed, nutritional wasteland-type foods? (No.) So, what's the dealio, yo? Why do I seem to want to stay this way instead of improving? I don't have an answer for that.

Last week was the end of my classes for the semester. Just in the two weeks that my job and classes overlapped, I have to say: I don't know how people do it. I don't know how people work at a job 8/+ hours a day and then go to classes, too. And fulfill responsibilities at home. I had so little time for homework. I spent an entire day, from the moment I woke up, to the moment I went to bed (waaaaaaaaaay past my bedtime, too) working on my final project for PhotoShop. It turned out nice and everyone had nice things to say about it. I got a 95/100 on it. I'm not disappointed with that grade. I knew I wouldn't get 100pts on it because I didn't do a "compilation" background. I tried, but the vision in my head was not translating to the canvas. So, I took a background, did some modifications on it to better suit my needs, and went with that. I think it turned out better than anything I could have pieced together. Even if it is plagiarism. Or copyright infringement. Whatever. That's all this class has ever been. I would post a completed copy of my project for ya'll to see, but the canvas size was soooooo huge (it was meant to be poster-sized) that I couldn't save it as a .jpeg without crashing my computer. My final product's size (in .psd format) is 1.21gb. Huge. I did, however, get an A in the class overall. So, that's just fine with me.

My stats final... didn't go too well. Thanks to my job and working outrageously huge amounts of hours, I was left with very little time to study. By the time I'd get home from work and sit down to do some homework/studying, I'd be so exhausted I'd fall asleep with my calculator in my lap and my computer on. And he saved the hardest chapter for last: probabilities. I remember them from my last attempt at taking stats. They were hard. And a concept I couldn't easily grasp. And still couldn't by the time our test came around. Sadly, out of the 25 questions on the test, about 18 of them were probability questions from that chapter. The rest were from other chapters throughout the semester. Unfortunately, I don't know my grade from that test or that class yet. At my estimation, the best I could have done is a mid-C. At least I passed it, but the reality is, I needed to also do well in it. It was a class the admissions folks for my Master's Program are going to look at and factor in. :-(

So, let me tell you about this job. It's a DSS position (dietary services supervisor) at a skilled nursing facility. The kitchen there has been long neglected. There are issues up the yin-yang that need to be fixed. And that's where I come in. I oversee the kitchen and dietary doings. So, I've been working on the kitchen and getting it up to code as far as equipment, sanitation training for employees, emergency supplies, etc. Its a lot of work and very long days. I also screen new admits and update their charts regarding their nutrition status. That part involves a lot of paperwork. And a lot of time. It's one of those things that requires a lot of little details in addition to the big picture. I'm glad I can say I'm employed again. I'm glad I can say I am using some part of my schooling, finally... all those 5am days, 4+ hours on public transportation, countless cups of coffee, training... finally paid off. I still feel like I'm learning as I go, and that will possibly always be the case, but I'm glad to be where I am. Now I just need my own car to make life a bit easier.

I'm not sure what my immediate future is going to hold with all these changes and revelations. I still hope to join ballet in the fall. I'd like to get a gym membership to take boxing classes at a local gym. I hope I can still take classes and continue working toward my "higherest" education. Maybe once I've let myself settle into the position over summer, I can be better equipped to integrate class work with my work schedule.

Anyhow, I'm sorry to have dropped off the radar, but now you know why. I am keeping up with you all, slowly and silently. I read your blogs and updates. I just haven't always had the time to drop ya'll a line to let you know I'm still here.

And since it's Mother's Day...

Happy Mother's Day!

Hmmm... I need a new pic! This was like... 3 years ago.

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/13/2013 12:34PM

    Juggling a job and full time class schedule isn't easy. It's something I did years ago and wonder how I made it. But you know, it's just a matter of learning how to budget your time. The problem is that with the new job (WOO HOO) and your class schedule over lapping, that really didn't give you time to do both. It had to be one or the other and the job was more imporant than your stats class.

Next semester will be better because you'll be settled into your new job. You did A LOT these last few weeks. So, don't get down on yourself because some things seemed to slip through the cracks. There really is only so much you can do. You have to set priorities and your first priority was getting that facility back up to code. I'm thrilled that you're working ! I started my second week today. Last week started out slowly, but by the end of the week I was working on some online training modules. Can't proceed until I passed those training modules. They were BORING. but they are done. So, once I get the all clear, I'll be pretty much ready to officially start my job. The last week, I've been doing what I can to be productive. I like it here. I'm getting used to having my morning cup or two or three of tea ! LOL !!!

Oh and since you are in school, have you checked out the school's gym facilities ? What sorts of classes are they offering ? You're paying good money for tuition and services, you might as well take advantage of them. Check out their gym and class schedule. You may find a boxing class you like there. That's one way to fit in a workout.

And I can't spark during the day too much either. I do have to make it look like I'm doing something around here. ;)

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RSTM99 5/13/2013 10:34AM

    Keep at it! There are times when everything seems to be on your plate and you get through, and then every now and then there's a little lull and the tendency is for most to fill it b/c we are so used to be SO busy. So, when you lull comes (hopefully soon as we all need one, even a short one), enjoy the lull :) Awareness and desire to get the fitness and nutrition into your new work routine will come. Keep it on your radar and you'll know what to do. GREAT job finishing your semester off - now a moment to breath that in :))!

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MARIAJESTRADA 5/12/2013 11:48PM

    Limping along is still moving forward! Keep at it! (Trust me; you don't want to slide backwards like somebody. Ahem.

{{{{{ That's an arrow pointing towards me.)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/12/2013 5:44PM

    Good to hear from you...I missed you but I figured this was what was happening! I, too, do not know how people do it...and if you add kids, etc...OMG! I commend your motivation and think you did great...and given it was statistics...I would be glad I got a C and passed, too!
I hope the job brings you satisfaction and goes well! But, I really hope you get a car to make your life easier!
I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
Love you!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 5/12/2013 5:44PM

    Good to hear from you...I missed you but I figured this was what was happening! I, too, do not know how people do it...and if you add kids, etc...OMG! I commend your motivation and think you did great...and given it was statistics...I would be glad I got a C and passed, too!
I hope the job brings you satisfaction and goes well! But, I really hope you get a car to make your life easier!
I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
Love you!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 5/12/2013 1:33PM

    You are kickin butt, ma'am. You successfully completed a semester, you found a job that utilizes your training (that's huge) and you've kept sight of your fitness goals, even if they've moved down your list of priorities. Do you have plans for the summer aside from working? I would suggest taking the time to list all the things you will have or want to have in your life and prioritizing them. Try to be realistic. Often we fail to meet our goals bc we were unrealistic when figuring the time and commitment required to reach them * with everything else in our lives*. And it sounds like you have a lot that you want to do. If you ever want someone to talk to or bounce ideas off of, you know how to reach me. But first and foremost, recognize that this was a SUCCESSFUL semester. YOU were successful. Congratulations!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/12/2013 1:32PM

    I've wondered how you're doing. Ever since having pneumonia in March, I've totally not cared about eating. I still exercise a lot, but have lost my mojo
regarding eating. Not sure where/how this will end up. Take care;
good to hear from you.

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A Few Things... Including Week 2 Review

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#1, maybe in light of some recent events in our United States and the world, a positive pick-me-up blog is what you or someone you may know needs:

Start there.

#2, "April Take Back" week 2 was rough for me. I feel like every step was a struggle. I had to constantly push and force and this and that. My calories were all way over where they should have been (and as such, many other macronutrients as well). My vitamin intake was low, also. I may have to consider supplements. I couldn't get a handle on how much I was taking in, even if I thought I was eating really healthy. I also know I ate passed midnight at least 2 nights. My fitness minutes are in dispute. Spark counts a week as Sun-Sat, starting anew on Sunday. But, April began on Monday, so I'm counting my weeks as Mon-Sun. So, I either came in 27 minutes short or was at 181 fitness minutes. Depends on how you wanna look at it. Personally, I like the numbers of where I was successful! emoticon

However, my fitness has not been all that consistent. I skipped workouts two days in a row, worked out a day, then skipped a day again, worked out, skipped another day... I need to workout daily, and plan for 1 or 2 rest days (at most) in the week. My first two workouts of the week were just over 30 minutes long, and then the next one was 48 minutes, and the next 58 minutes. I'd like to keep them consistently higher (although 30 is my month's minimum, so maybe I need to just chillax). Despite the spotty record, I do find that my endurance has improved a bit. I am still literally dripping with sweat by the end, but I find I'm able to go longer, do more reps, etc. It's the little things...

I weighed myself and found I gained 2 full pounds. I'm not trusting that number, though, because it's TOM for me, so I'm sure I'm bloated and retaining water. Also, that could explain my sh!tty nutrition for the week. So, I know what needs improving for this week. Its going to be tough (I have yet another stats test on Thursday... didn't I just take one of those?!?!) and I need to be consistent and schedule myself accordingly.

#3, Boston. I just have no words. I'm heartbroken. I can only hope the jerk(s) who did this are brought to justice. I keep the people affected in my prayers and thoughts. Today, in honor of them, I'm wearing my Iron Girl t-shirt, since it's my only race shirt, and I wear it in solidarity with the running/fitness community [and the world community]. All my love to the big city that feels like a little city! emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/26/2013 9:00AM

    Hugs! The shirt is a great tribute!

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SMILINGTREE 4/17/2013 9:41AM

    I love your Iron Girl t-shirt. Improved endurance isn't a little thing, and a slow but steady increase is a good thing, so feel good about what you are accomplishing. I'm weighing everyday and tracking averages in an effort to see a trend rather than to look at a single number. Don't let a small gain get to you.

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FRENCHTOSD 4/16/2013 10:22PM

    Jill - you are an inspiration. Keep on Sparking if you have a good or a bad day and in the end you will be fit. I'm glad to see you are trying no matter what.

Hugs, Sharon

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Accentuating the Positive

Friday, April 12, 2013

My wonderful SparkFriend, SMILINGTREE was issued a challenge to write down the things she LIKED about herself. You can read what prompted it here:


So, I accepted her challenge. And here's why:
It's so easy for us all to get caught up in the "rat race" of this journey. We get stuck on numbers: numbers on the scale, numbers on the measuring tape, number of calories, fat grams, protein and carbs, the number on the tag on your pants. These things are just so concrete, sometimes we forget the NSV (non-scale victories). But, even more important than that, we forget to love ourselves for who we are first!

Think about it. Will being a size 8 make you a better person than being a size 18? Not likely. It might make you healthier, sure (but, not always!). But, learning to love ourselves while we are a size 18 is important because being a size 8 might not be that panacea to all our problems. And since many people are on this journey for that visible, physical reduction in mass, start loving the parts of you that look good at any size.

You are an important, beautiful, wonderful, strong, hard-working soul, NO MATTER WHAT SIZE YOU ARE. You need to remember that. You absolutely do matter. To yourself, to your family, to your friends, to this world. You. Matter.

So, I go forth and extend the challenge to you... write a quick blog about what it is you find you like/love about yourself (let's start with the physical) and share it! (And feel free to link back to the original blog of SMILINGTREE or mine!) And also go click that "I Liked This Blog" button on her blog (or this one).

*My teeth. I didn't always love them, but I did get braces to straighten out a few things (mostly the crowded teeth that constantly and painfully rubbed against the inside of my mouth) and now I enjoy smiling and showing off these chompers. Sure, they could be whiter, but I think having them at all is a win and I love to see they're there!

*Along the same vein, I love my lips. They're full, with the bottom being slightly fuller than the top. I think my lips are pretty and sexy. And I never need to buy those lip-plumping products! WOO!

*My fingers/hands. I have small-ish hands (I didn't realize until recently), but I have long slender fingers (in proportion to my small hands!) and they are awesome. They fit into tiny places, they move gracefully across the keyboard, they help where help is needed. I like the look of my hands. They're still youthful and graceful.

*My shape. For a long time I hated being pear shaped since it was so hard to find dresses that fit both the top and bottom of me. But, now I really like having curves. As I lose weight I sure hope they don't go away. I like having hips, a waist, boobs... I just don't need to have as much of them! ;-) So, yes, I like being curvy and that means I like my shape.

*And finally, I like my feet. They've given me some trouble over the years, but really, I like how they look. They're also a bit small, like my hands, but I take good care of them. The arches are a little high, so they hurt frequently, but they look great in ballet slippers! HAHA! My second toe is slightly longer than my big toe, but that doesn't bother me. My nails are clean and trimmed nicely. They look great with some polish. I love the tattoos I have on my feet. I like wearing toe rings. I think I have great "summer feet" year 'round!

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/13/2013 3:59PM

    I do believe our SMILINGTREE has started a trend !

WOW ! You have great looking toes !! Love the emerald green sparkly nail polish. I can't tell you how gnarly my toes look. You have even toes. My toes ? If you look at my feet, the toe next to my big toe, you'll notice it's longer than my big toe !

Yeah, I have odd feet. LOL !!!

Way to accentuate the positive.


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SMILINGTREE 4/13/2013 3:46PM

    This is absolutely a lovely post! I like your feet, too. (and my own now that you mention it!) That sparkly polish is awesome.

It feels so strange to say what we like about how we look. It's pretty easy for me to list off positive things about my personality, skills, accomplishments, but it was tough to think of positive things about my appearance.

Thanks so much for writing this, and for the compliments :)

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NEWSGIRL2177 4/12/2013 8:04PM

    Isn't it funny how it's a "challenge" to write good things about ourselves, but it would be so (too) easy to do the opposite? Nice blog, Jilly!

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First Week of April Take-Back: EASY PEASY!

Monday, April 08, 2013

My first week I'd say has been fairly successful. Then again, it's been spring break, so I've had less-than-usual distractions. The next week is going to be the REAL test. And then after that I have yet another stats test, so that's going to REALLY be a real test! Balancing studying with my healthy lifestyle has always been a bit of a struggle.

So, I want to do 150 fitness minutes per week. This week I did 170. YAY! I took today off as I'm *really* sore from yesterday's workout. I did a YouTube video from the Blogilates vlog, Pop Pilates for Beginners- Total Body Workout. Boy is it hard for a beginner's workout. But, I felt great. I mean, the soreness only really rears it's head when I sneeze or cough (which I still do a lot). I also did 5 out of 7 days of my Tuff Butt Challenge (lunges/squats/lunge holds). Tomorrow is a rest day, but I'm taking it today thanks to my sore glutes, so I'll still get my 6 out of 7 days, just not in the same week.

Not eating after midnight... I think I've held to this pretty well. I think there was one day this week that I was STARVING!!! in the middle of the night and had to eat something just so I could go back to sleep... growling stomachs are quite distracting. But, otherwise, I've done fairly well. I'm still on the hunt for a clock, though. I think that would help me greatly.

Drinking more water? Uh... needs improvement still. I've been drinking beverages, just not always water. Today I was drinking plain tea (with a little bit of stevia to cut the bitter). I was drinking my own homemade lime Arnold Palmers the other day. That was sweetened, though, and contributed quite a few calories to my day. Still working on this.

Freggies with every meal. This week I think I've been successful. My mom made a big fruit salad, so that's accompanied lunches for a few days this week. And I always schedule some kind of veg with dinner. So, pretty good on this one!

I took care of a few neglected things this week while I had the money and the time. Got a haircut. It was very, very badly needed. Pixie cuts like mine need maintenance every 4-6 weeks so they don't look like... well, mangy Sasquatch CRAP when they start to grow out. I waited 3 months. Now, I can say I look the way I'm supposed to. The day after my haircut, I took care of my driver's license. It expired on January 6th (ya know, my birthday) and I just never got it renewed. I'm sure my notice was sent to who knows where old address in San Diego. And since I don't drive down here, I wasn't in a real hurry to get a new one. But, now I need to buy vodka for my vanilla extract and I need a valid photo ID to do that. So, new photo taken for the license. New license being processed and sent. Swell.

Unfortunately, not in time for me to do anything fun in San Diego this spring break. Can I just say how disappointed I am? I wish I had a job so I can buy a car. Then, I can go to San Diego without having to ask someone to go or to borrow their car or whatever. I can just go as long as I can afford the gas. Obviously I'm missing San Diego a whole helluva lot right now. I miss my home.

I've had homework over spring break because my jerk face teachers don't know what the word "break" means. Maybe they should go back to a g.d. English class! No, I'm not bitter... Pffffft, yes I am! Downright p*ssed!!! Anyway, my group members for my stats project flaked/forgot about our project and wanted to wait until the last possible minute to complete it (no freakin' thanks, folks) so I took matters into my own hands and picked up the slack on Friday. Collected data and sent it to them to analyze. I'll be working on it more tomorrow. Actually, I'd like to finish it tomorrow.

Today I worked on PhotoShop homework. I'm actually pretty proud of it. I don't believe in PhotoShopping someone so that they present an unrealistic ideal of women (or men) and that was actually what this latest project was about. Well, I did the opposite. I did smooth out a few lumps here and there on my photo model, but mostly, I added a little bit of muscle definition and filled out some curves to make her appear bigger. A bit healthier and fuller. Do I like that I did even that? No, not really. I prefer un-retouched photos of REAL people just as they are. But, then what would I have to do for this assignment? But, I made my agenda clear and my feelings known anyway. :-D

It's supposed to look like a magazine cover, so I hope I succeeded.
Image Credit: http://www.superfitmomma.com/2012/08/21/in

Well, that's it for me. One good first week done. Three more to go! Wish me luck, check in with me (leaving a comment on my page is perfectly fine- I will answer you back!), keep me accountable, call me on my b.s. please!!! and don't let me make excuses. Also, just let me know how YOU'RE doing, too!

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/8/2013 12:45PM

    Great magazine cover! It sounds like April is off to a great start for you and I know that you will continue through the rest of the month! emoticon

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NEWSGIRL2177 4/8/2013 11:50AM

    Way to go, Jill! Keep those goals front and center!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 4/8/2013 11:09AM

    Hey Jill, The first week of April sounds like a great success! I'm proud of you! I know you'll keep it up!

The cover looks fantastic!

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LODESTONE 4/8/2013 10:30AM

    Good work on the cover. So, the Photoshop is working for you?

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RAINYFRIDAY 4/8/2013 9:12AM

    Your magazine cover looks great! Sorry you had homework over spring break, that sucks. One of my kids did too. He was less than thrilled. Of course, 6th grade homework isn't quite the imposition statistics homework is. :D

Good luck with making your goals happen this week, you can do it!

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