Friday, February 17, 2012
I am soooooooooooooo excited! There is an organization called Operation Petticoat that offers free Photo Shoots including hair, makeup and wardrobe to Active Duty Military Spouses. They only do 4 events a year in Burbank California with 10 available slots and......... I GOT A SLOT!!!! The shoot is next Sunday and I can't wait! 3 of the other gals from my derby team got slots as well so we are going to go together and make a day of it. I will post pics as soon as I get them back. They do Pin-up Themed shots so its totally right up my alley!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I am actually very happy with my progress so far. Since starting with Spark People on January 11, 2012 I have lost 9lbs. I've lost 1" around my waist, 1.5" from my hips, 2" from each thigh, 3/4" from each arm and 1/2" from my neck! My bust and calves have stayed the same (YES!) I was surprised that I hadn't lost more from my waist because my favorite capris are way too big around the waist. Not sure what's going on there. But whatever the case is, I am happy with my progress. Especially because I have been really sick for the last 2 weeks and have not been able to work out. I have not been eating very much though, due to the sickness, so I assume that has something to do with it.
Last night was Derby practice and I went to watch because I don't want to miss anything. We have had 2 new girls join the team in my absence and I wanted to meet them. I am really glad I went. It was a lot of fun and I am really excited about our new players. I did end up putting my skates on to help out the newest girl. She was struggling just to stand up on her skates and I could see that she was getting frustrated and discouraged. It felt good to be able to help someone who was going through the same thing I went through 6 months ago. I hope I helped her, I think I did.
We all went out for drinks after practice and it was so much fun just to get out and have a laugh! I felt like I had been couped up in a cave for the last 2 weeks, so I really enjoyed myself. I was a good girl and didn't have any drinks, but I did enjoy an order of fried pot stickers at 600 calories. I made that my dinner and still managed to stay way under goal.
All in all, I am feeling pretty good today, aside from still having a lingering cough and congestion. I think I will do some strength training today.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Friday, February 10, 2012
This week has been a bit of a downer, with my daughter and I being sick. We've been taking it easy at home trying to recover. So I was not expecting to have 1) The Shock of a lifetime and 2) Burn 600 calories heavy cleaning my entire house.
So here's what happened. My kiddo tells me she wants a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (she calls it a Sam-ootch, its so stinkin cute). So I get out the bread and I cut the crusts off, just the way she likes it. I get the Jelly from the fridge. I grab a butter knife from the drawer. I turn around and get the Peanut Butter from the cabinet by the stove. I am holding said jar in my left hand, over the freshly cut bread. I start to open the lid with my right hand....a shower of sugar ants falls out from under the lid! Coating my hand and the bread. I THROW the peanut butter at the wall, JUMP back about 4 feet and SCREAM like a hungry, angry baby! My daughter of coarse witnesses this whole thing and freaks out as well. I start squashing all the ants I can see (insect lovers should stop reading now, mass ant-icide will commence forthwith). I throw the peanut butter in the trash with the bread and assess the counters looking for stragglers.
Now, for some reason, in my illness fogged brain, I assumed that they had just gotten into that one jar of peanut butter because my hubby forgot to tighten the lid. So I go to the cabinet to get the chunky peanut butter and discover, upon closer inspection, that everything in the cabinet is moving... Everything...Is covered...With ants... FML!
I don't really have any idea how to handle this situation. So I fill half the sink with scalding hot soapy water. I carefully remove every item from the cabinet and bang it on the sink, knocking the ants off into their fiery doom. Wipe each item down carefully and set it aside. After doing this for 20 minutes it occurs to me that I am going to have to reach my hand into that water to pull the drain plug...FML! I get out the BBQ tongs and try to get it out that way. No go. I man up (I should say women up) and reach my hand in there, pull the plug and shudder with revulsion.
I decide instead to fill a bowl with scalding hot soapy water (shoulda thought of that earlier, genius). And continue murdering ants. I get all the goods out of the cabinet and look at the swarms of ants looking for their food. I have a miracle product that I mixed up to clean my carpets a few weeks ago. It consists of water, white vinegar, clear dish soap and baking soda. I have discovered that this stuff works for everything you need to clean. I assume it will also work to murder ants, so I start dousing them liberally with my potion. Its WORKING! Yay me! But they just keep coming. Meanwhile I discover my daughter (who I've somewhat ignored during my ant serial killings) is sitting on the couch drinking grape jelly from the squeeze bottle! I couldn't help but laugh. I take it away from her and replace it with a more fitting snack.
Then my knight in shining ACU's comes home to rescue me from my plight! He looks at the damage, looks at me in my current state of insanity, goes to the garage and comes back with the vacuum... Why didn't I think of that? The vacuum makes quick work of the ants that are coming out of the wall. But they just keep coming. I call my friends for advice. They tell me to put down coffee grounds as a barrier. That works, for a little while. Then I try Borax. That didn't do anything. At this time they have migrated across the cabinets and are making their way to my precious spices. I create a coffee ground barrier and place a temptation back in the other cabinet to keep them confined. They swarm to the bottle of Torani Huckleberry Syrup. My plan works.
The bug guy will be here later this morning to hopefully make quick work of my situation. I hope. This morning they seem to be in smaller numbers. Apparently the Borax gets taken back to the nest and works as a desiccant, so it should deter them from coming back. We'll see. I'll keep you updated.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Its been 8 days of this crappy sickness. My daughter finally has the cough now as well. I took her to the doc today to make sure it was just a cough. They say its an upper respiratory infection. My sickness has been downgraded to Bronchitis. They gave me some uber antibiotics to hopefully kick it for good.
Unfortunately, I feel like I am going to have to start all over on my fitness track. I haven't been measuring my meals. I haven't gone to the store since I got sick, so we are down to processed foods and unhealthy stuff. I drank a big fountain diet coke today after the doctor visit and discovered the truth in what they say about diet soda - it makes you hungry and makes you crave bad food. I've been hungry all day.
Hopefully I will feel marginally better tomorrow and can get at least back on my 10 minute streak. Just feeling pretty discouraged today. Okay, boo hoo moment over now. :)
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