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In a Funk!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Blah! I have been in a funk recently with my eating. My will-power has gone down and I don't like it! I have been making better choices even at the bad places--for Mexican instead of getting the 3-enchilada plate (and I usually eat at least 2 1/2 of them) I got a plate with just 1 enchilada. At McDonalds (*shudder* I can't believe I did that) I got a grilled chicken sandwich with nothing but the chicken, bun, tomato and lettuce. I was weak and got some fries (wow, they were deep-fried yumminess) but I only ate half of them.

My exercise has been good though. I finished week 2 of couch to 5k and felt pretty good about that. Yesterday, my trainer had a "Boot Camp" for all the people she trained. We did a lot of strength training with our own body in a 20 minute cycle, 3 times.

I also have exciting news in the making, that I hope turns into actual news. As some of you know, I'm a teacher. My husband and I have a family friend that is a realtor. A little while ago, she told me about a government program where teacher, poliece officers or emt's can get a foreclosed house for 50% of the list price if the house is in a "revitalization area." I've been looking and so far none of the houses that have been up for sale have been in the right area, until today. It's a house listed at $70, if we get it, we could get it for $35,000. The only "catch" is that you have to live there for 3 years, which isn't so bad.

It's not the most beautiful house, and it needs work, but who can pass up a house that is more than twice the size we're living in right now and for almost half the rent?!?! And in 3 years we could sell the house and make a good amount of money, which we could then buy our dream house!

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes right with it. Tomorrow being a holiday we can't go talk to the bank about a loan, so I'm anxious that someone doesn't swoop in and take the opportunity.

Oh, and it has 4 bedrooms! We could have a work-out room! How AWESOME would that be?!!

I think some of the bad eating is because I haven't been lurking around SP as much as I was during my 2-week Christmas vacation. The more I'm on here, the better choices I make and the more will-power I seem to have. I also am now aware that my husband is an enabler to my bad behavior. He suggested the Mexican food which happens to be right next to a Baskin Robbins. I stared longingly at it, but said no, I don't need that.

He stopped at Walgreens to pick up some coffee for the morning and lo and behold a pint of Bluebell ice cream ended up in his bag. I was torn between feelings of delight and anguish....because I knew I couldn't walk away from it when it was in the freezer. We ate some and I told him the next morning, "That ice cream better be gone before I look for it next," and he seemed to get the message. After I came home from boot camp, I opened to freezer and huffed a little when the shining pint of goodness was no longer in its rightful place.

I think ice cream is my kryptonite....seriously.

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ALYCAT29 1/22/2009 12:12PM

    Good luck with the house. That would be wonderful to get one half price. I cringe everytime i think about how long it will take to pay ours off. I'm sure we will move before then but still.... Ouch.
I totally know what you mean about not eating right. I worked out really hard yesterday and was doing great until dinner. McDonald's is the DEVIL! We never eat there but I was going to get a movie at the Red Box and dang if i didn't end up in the drive-through. CRAPOLA! Oh well, today is a new day and i will do better! Hope you get your will power back. That has always been my biggest problem. I have NO willpower whatsoever. You can do it! emoticon

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ASHLYBBY746 1/19/2009 4:32PM

    We have been through it. Remember we did get a home. It is not a scam the reason why they have this program is to put officers, firemen, teachers, etc in homes where people need extra help. they want the influence of educated employees whose jobs are to help in areas that need help. That does not mean the area is 'bad" it just means it is in a revitilization area.

We talked to an officer that works with my husband who did this program. they won a home........... fixed it up sold it makign the 50% profit on the home and bough a big home they realy wanted. It works!
No gimic. thats why you have to stay in the house for 3 years to make your inpact on the commity so to speak.

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TX_WILDHEART 1/19/2009 1:50PM

    THe police officer two houses down from me, bought that house on one of those dealies. So.. it's do-able. Now we just need to send up some good "if its time for us to do this -- the house will appear" vibes! Yano when the time is right - it just happens. With the economy the way it is... you might just luck out. Thats cool news. Where are ya lookin?

Ok... so look at WHY you are sliding backwards? After christmas it is hard to stay UP on ON IT... cuz there is an abundance of folks with their resolutions and sometimes its a lil overwhelming. But lean on your sparky friends. We will hold ya up and get you back on the path ... (sometimes the grass grows really quick on that path and you gotta start stomping down the weeds again.. to make you stronger. I know you can do it. Plus if you dont.. I may have to come over and open a can of whoop hiney on ya! hahahaha (wink)

Love ya chicky.

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ASHLYBBY746 1/19/2009 12:37PM

    LOL well All the info I just sent you is void LOL. I just read the very last part of your message and you already found the website. :)

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ASHLYBBY746 1/19/2009 12:32PM

    Im not sure the area of Houston you live in. i am in the dallas area so we wont be bidding on each other. there is an amazing house in the houston area on bid select right now. Its 120,000 dollar home so that means you would get it for 60,000. What a great deal! Here is the website


Its long I know. Just copy and paste it. Scroll down and look at the houses. They post new homes every Saturday. You have to have a realator place an intent for you if you want the home. You have to put 1% down on the house which is only 1,200 on a 120,000 home. check out the homes. Saturday when you need to look at the new list go to this link
click on listings for your state
then click texas
next click on go to requested page on the external link page
under buyer type click on GNND
and it will bring up the page that will show you all the homes in Texas for sale for the GNND program. Have fun
good luck

Comment edited on: 1/19/2009 12:33:50 PM

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ASHLYBBY746 1/19/2009 10:46AM

    Hey thank you so much for the comment on my blog! My husband is a police officer and we have been looking for a home 50% off as well. It is the same program. You may have to look for a few months but you will find one! The thing about that is you place a bid on the house but it is like a lottery system. All the people who want the house put their name down and they have a computer system that chooses the winner just like a lottery. Take heart my husband and I won a home after only a month of trying. We did turn that house down after some extra look at it but there have been great houses! We are still looking and bid on a home just last week but did not win the "lottery" on the home. So good luck! those homes will always need work because they are Hud forclosure homes but will be amazing when they have a little work.

Woo hoo.

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ANDRUS73 1/19/2009 9:01AM

    Best of luck with the house! We all tire of being "good" all the time with our food...but having the hubby bringing high calorie foods home sure doesn't help the willpower. I always think about how much cardio I'd have to do to work it off (and since I don't really like cardio that's a pretty good motivator). Too bad it doesn't work so well with beer.

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CHERSCHMITT 1/18/2009 11:20PM

    We all get a Funk now and then!
Have you heard of the book, "Eat This Not That"? It gives you the best choices in the fast food and casual dining restaurants that we all find ourselve in from time to time. It is a really great tool to have in the car. I often find myself running errands that last for hours and I need to stop and eat...So before I order, I check the book so I can at least make the best choice for me.
Try it...It alleviates some of the guilt!

Good luck on the house! emoticon

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BREAFAWN 1/18/2009 9:53PM

    WOW! That's a HUGE opportunity for the house. I hope everything matches up okay for you!! I completely understand being in an eating funk...but it will pass. Just remember that you're not alone and you can make better choices moving forward :) At least you're working out, so it sort-of cancels out the bad eating. I am promising myself that this week will be better. I have the hangover from H3LL today--friends called last night and wanted us to come over....the Captains was calling my name....LOL. Oh-well. I went to log it and couldn't remember how much I had-oops! I won't be doing that again anytime soon. Too much trouble (and SUCH a motivation killer!!)

Okay. Tomorrow is our day to start fresh. We can do this!!! I'm here cheering for you :)


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CAROLJ74 1/18/2009 9:23PM

    Good luck with the house! The funk seems to be spreading like a wild fire! I am even guilty of having it! Here is what I think tomorrow is a new day! We need to put all the bad stuff behind us and start over again! We can do it! Again, good luck! Let us know about the house!!

-Leader, Spark Texas

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-AMANDA79- 1/18/2009 9:16PM

    Good luck on the house!

Co-Leader, Spark Texas

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A Kitten for a Day

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

So I have a big cat named Bentley and he's about a year old.

(He hangs out in the sink [that drips water on him] and we didn't put him there to pose for the picture)

Both my husband and I work during the day, so he's at home by himself. He has a little bit of separation anxiety when we leave--he runs in front of the door and chases us out. I told my husband that maybe we should get a kitten so that he has someone to play with.

I've been telling him this for a LONG time and always fawn over the kittens when I go to get food at the pet store. Jay almost bought me a kitten for Christmas, but the on I though was really cute was adopted.

Well, he went to go get food on Sunday and was gone for a long time. I looked at my cell phone and there were 3 missed calls. I called him back and he asked me, "Do you want a kitten?" I sputtered and said something about now not being the best time, but he replied with, "Too late, I have one!"

So the kitten comes home and she's cute as she could be. I never though this would happen, and actually asked if we could bring her back! I was just in shock. I had to go to work the next day, so it'd be best to add to our family in the summer, when I'm off.

Well, this little girl is SO sweet and adorable. She melted my heart. But not Bentley's! He did NOT like her. I really start bonding with her and as we're sitting on the couch, my hubby gets a call.

It's the pet store. Apparently, someone had already adopted the kitten to another family for their daughter's birthday and when they came to pick her up, she was gone. The girl was almost crying, so they asked if we would give her to them.

That was a hard choice, but I honored their being there first. Even though we only had her for 4 hours, it was SO SAD!

When Jay went over to talk to the family (the daughter was actually 16 or so) she was holding the kitten and she leaps out of her hands and onto Jay, purring immediately.

It was sad, but it did cure my need for another least for a little while!

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TX_WILDHEART 1/18/2009 5:00PM

    awah... thats sad. I can't believe they called you and wanted the kitten back. It was their mistake... and I would have been hard pressed. Remember, female cats are higher on the cat heirarchy than males, so they have a tendency to get upset when females are introduced.... not to mention - the girls go to HOWLING when they go into heat... you dont need that!

Sorry for the trauma.. bless yer heart

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DEB2448 1/15/2009 1:30AM

    This is so funny. We have a cat that looks just like the one in your picture that we find in the bathroom sink all the time. Sorry to hear about the kitten you had to give back.

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BREAFAWN 1/14/2009 9:06PM

    Oh, honey!! SO sad :-( I had that happen with a puppy not too long ago. They should keep better records. (I bet Bentley's happy though. LOL) My kitten [Socrates] would be SO mad if we got him a little brother or sister.

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1st Road Run!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

This morning I did my first "run" outside. I've been on the treadmill for the past few weeks, but I was challenged (thanks Bree!) to go outside today.

I got all set up for it--the HRM on, my outfit on, my iPod and Nike+ sensor. I mapped out my run at and wanted to do 1 mile. I've been doing about a 20 minute mile according to the treadmill, so I figured that was good.

I've been following the Couch to 5K program and got a podcast a guy did that tells you when you should be running or walking. Only thing was I forgot about the warm up and cool down. So I ended up back at my starting point (aka, my house) way before I should have. I just did a smaller loop and finished.

Being outside was a little thrilling--I also didn't take notice on the weather channel that a cold front had come in, so I was a little chilly at first. The car issue was scary and I had dogs barking at me...haha...they were cheering me on!

But all in all, I enjoyed it. I think that my Nike+ sensor is more accurate than the treadmill. Unless the is not accurate. The distances were really close between the sensor and the map. My goal was 1 mile, but I ended up doing 2 miles!

I liked the feeling of running (or really jogging for me) without having a treadmill belt to worry about (or falling off the treadmill).

My pace outside was the second best it has been, and I didn't really feel like I was working harder than normal. Maybe it was because it was cold outside and I wasn't sweating as much as normal. Haha!

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TX_WILDHEART 1/12/2009 9:18AM

    wow... Running outside is very different! But all the fresh air is great!
Congrats on your running! You are wayyyy better at that than me!
Color me impressed!

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BREAFAWN 1/10/2009 4:48PM

    Congratulations!! I am SO proud of you!! It's an awesome feeling, isn't it? ;-) AND you did 2 miles! THAT ROCKS!! I'm glad that you found a good path to run. And it's nice knowing that your Nike+ is accurate...maybe you run faster than you think?

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MRSBEASELY 1/10/2009 2:02PM

    Running outside is way different than the treadmill. The mother in me wants to make sure that you are running in safe places especially when you are running alone. Are there any running groups that you can join? They are very good as they give tips, motivation and good company.

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ITISSPARKTIME 1/10/2009 11:31AM

    Hooray for you!! I have been contemplating doing my C25K runs outdoors too. But I am a wuss when it comes to cold weather. Texas girl through and through. lol I've been waiting for it to warm up just a little in the mornings. I think after this cool front I might try it. What a wonderful start to the weekend!

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I (AM NOT) getting sick again. I over-stressed my voice today during work and my tonsils started to hurt on my way to the gym. My body was rather resistant to the work-out--I went swimming to give my legs a rest and I've been feeling worse and worse.

I also dropped out of the Bootcamp challenge. I don't have room for a stability ball and I though I could do it at the gym, but it hasn't worked out. I feel kind of bad for quitting, but I have been doing SO much I'm feeling a little burnt out. I don't want that to happen.

Training was good yesterday, we did abs and back/shoulders. I'm not too sore today but during my muscles were SCREAMING!

I had the biggest cravings for bad food today, but came home and had my veggie soup for dinner. I was pretty low on my calories for the day, so woo hoo!

It's getting hard for me to keep my eyes opened, so I think I'm going to turn in early.

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TX_WILDHEART 1/12/2009 9:19AM

    I dropped it too.. It caused too much anxiety for me - cuz I already have a full schedule. So I was fretting too much and decided to just let it go. Dont feel bad.


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Good Goal Today!

Monday, January 05, 2009

I decided to try for 3 miles on the treadmill today since I've signed up for a 5K (Run for the Rose: Sunday, March 29th). I have my Nike+ sensor that when I was at about 2.6 miles on the treadmill reading, it said that I was at 3.17. So today I was shooting to go 3 miles for sure and since the treadmill had a longer distance, I know I met that goal.

I would have NEVER thought that I could go 3 miles non-stop. I remember a semester in college where I did an exercise study--I worked out 3 days a week for 30 minutes a day on an elliptical for 3 months. They made us run/walk a mile when it was over to measure our progress and I could BARELY make one mile in 24 minutes.

I've been following Couch to 5K too which I am kind of worried about. I think I'm just going to keep it slow and if I feel pain, take a step back. My legs were hurting pretty bad (their usual) today when I would kick it up to a jog, so I think I'm going to have to eat it and go get professionally fitted. If it makes that much of a difference, that would be amazing. But how much of the "hurting" is my legs getting stronger? I mean, when I first do a few squats it hurts like $@#@% but soon, it doesn't bother me as much......


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