Thursday, September 22, 2011
I was a bit depressed today as work has been slow and I am really worried about our finances. Now, my husband is going to take a hit because of the collective bargaining mess in Wisconsin. So, we got the news today just how much more we will be paying for health care. We have our house mortgaged to the hilt. My husband can't stand credit card debt and used or HELOC to pay a credit card each month. Not sure what we are going to do now.
I do have new clients, but it will be at least a month before they are pre-approved. One of my listings won't be easy to sell, but if I could just sell that, everything would fall into place.
On top of all that, I was supposed to go see my doc for my yearly Pap, but TOM came instead reprieve. I am going to wait until October anyway as she will have her flu shots in by then.
There is one thing I learn again and again and I hope all of you learn it with me. Exercise puts juice in the joints! per Leslie Sansone It helps your body. I wasn't going to do any yesterday, and by the evening, I was hurting everywhere so I did 45 minutes of Walk it Out which helped some. Today, I took the treadmill by storm. I am going to try to keep increasing the intensity each day. My aches and pains go away when I exercise. I am still trying to convince my husband that exercise would help his Spondylolarathopy. He isn't losing fat; he is losing muscle and he has to build that up.
A friend of mine called me to meet her for dinner. I can't tell you the last time I went out without my husband. It actually felt good. She and I had a great time. I had oysters on the half shell and half a crawfish Po'boy so I didn't eat horribly. We decided to do this at least one time a month. She got a 50 dollar gift certificate to a restaurant my husband and I had banned due to the owner. (He used to be a client of mine and he was awful) But, I decided that I would go with her because the food would be free and I am going to hold my head up. I didn't do anything wrong.
I know every time I get really upset about work something comes from somewhere. It is time for that something to arrive :)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This Saturday begins my 3rd 5% challenge. I think my goals stay pretty much the same with each one only this time I really want to be successful. Last time, I lost a pound a week for the first 3 weeks and then it went haywire and, by the end of the challenge, I had put on 1.5 pounds.
I know I am doing really great with exercise. I am varying it. I get in strength training along with cardio. I change from the treadmill, to Leslie Sansone and have begun riding my horse outside more which takes a lot of balance and burns a lot more calories. I am thinking that, after watching the Biggest Loser Show last night, I may have to bite the bullet and ramp up the incline on the treadmill. They put them at 12 with no experience and I'm afraid to go to 3. Maybe you have to be barfing to be effective. :P
I believe that this time I have to focus really on what I eat and drink. Even though my husband quit drinking, I did not. I need to cut that out except maybe once or twice a week. If I quit smoking, I should be able to cut out the alcohol. We never used to keep any in the house. I also learned that I can not have just one miniature chocolate bar. So, I told DH no more miniature Kit Kats. I can go days without eating them and then I will have one night where I eat ten of them. If they are not in the house, I do not think about it.
Last, my most immediate goal is to lose just 5 lbs by October 10. I am actually going shopping to buy clothes for the winter and I would really like to get out of plus sizes. I'd even be happy with an extra large right now. For now, I am not going to lay out the whole 8 weeks; I am just going to focus on October 10th.
I will go back to blogging about my days. I need these challenges to keep me going. I will push for the 2 hours a day to help my favorite
Also, I am really looking forward to the Monopoly Challenge on The Biggest Loser Team. I love the one we are doing on the Walk it Out team, but that one is mainly steps. This one will be exercise and challenges that fit right in with the Biggest Loser Show!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
My horse is addicted to food. He screams until they bring him food. Then he inhales it. He is out all morning grazing after being fed grain and hay. He comes in around 2 and they hay and grain again. Then they give another flake around 6:00 p.m.
JC eats like it is his last supper. He inhales his food and then wants more. They actually put him on a diet. He put on 50 pounds last winter. He gets his wellness check again next week so we will see if he lost any of it. He gets regular table salt in his food because he is prone to colic and that makes him drink enough all year. No colic issues in a year
I wish I had someone who could regulate my food like they do for him. He may not appreciate it, but I know I would :)
Sunday, September 18, 2011
This week for one of my challenges we had to focus on exercise. I got in over 500 minutes of exercise this week and learned some things about myself. First off, I have to have my heart rate monitor to push myself. I love to hear the beep that tells me that I am above my high end. I also like knowing if I am below where I should be because that pushes me to work harder.
I can't stand it if I am not in my range so I have to add exercises along with my basic Walk it Out. I don't do one thing at a time. I generally have Walk it Out in my pockets, but along with it, I will do 20 minutes or more on the treadmill and at least 1 - 2 miles of Leslie Sansone. Days I don't do the treadmill, I do Leslie Sansone 4 miles with weights or stretchy band to make sure I get in my strength training. Two days this week, I rode my horse, but I took him outside which I discovered uses a lot more balance and muscle than riding inside in the nice tidy ring. I can feel it in every muscle today from riding him outside yesterday.
The weather is crappy today, so I think I will take an easy day (I know you have to have rest days) and work on my balance with Wii Fit Balance. Lord knows I need it after yesterday. I will also, of course, find my
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