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DIY Challenge Instructions 7/1-7/4 Assignment 1

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1. In your blog (dundundun), post a public declaration of your independence from your own oppression. It can be short and sweet. It can be a list. It can be a giant picture of you with your arms open wide smiling up at the sunshine and a short caption. It can be a long detailed memoire of how you got to where you are now. It can be a poem. It can be a rap, for all I care.

But make your public declaration and update your ticker to your official challenge start weight. (Yeah I know a lot of yous skipped that. mhmmm.) nope, i didn't forget--did it--DONE!


OKAY, LOOK--yeah, i'm coming to this late (just add it to the "list" of $h!t i've been known to show up late to) so sue me i guess. but my July was off to a fairly rocky start DESPITE taking my first REAL vacation in years and it kicked off July 1st after 4 hectic, back-to-back weeks out of my mind-numbing, make-you-wanna-slap-somebody busy season. so while the "quitter" in me would normally say, "aww, f' it! it's already 3 weeks into the damn challenge". the "me" that refuses to give up is saying, "no, f' YOU", i deSERVE THIS!!! so here i am and yeah, it IS better late than never. dig it.

so for my declaration. i thought i would first start with a music video. its one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all time favorite band, even though they broke up over 20 years ago, i tried to tell you before--i'm O-L-D:

"Have You Ever Had It So Blue" -- The Style Council
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRGnXprimbg

now that's outta the way, i want to say unequivocally, "yes, i've had it blue" about a LOT of things but mostly my weight and i don't want to any more, at least not for THAT reason. maybe for some other crap life may see fit to throw my way, as she has been known to do on many-an-occasion but that's okay. the extra weight is absolutely NOT okay anymore and hasn't been for some time..


2. You can eat whatever you want this weekend... IF you eat two healthy servings for every one crap serving. Keep a list of all the healthy stuff you eat cause I will ask you about it on Tuesday. Hopefully your list will be long.

my 4th of July was actually NOT full of a lotta crap.

7/1: mickey d's oatmeal 'fore getting on the road with healthy trail mix and fruit once on our way, tapas, fruit, hummus, baked pita chips, and veggie crudite friday nite (oh and wine spritzer, 2 glasses)

7/2:1/2 a bagel with light strawberry cream cheese and coffee, organic pasta and meatballs with salad at the CA academy of sciences in SF and lots of H2O, split a mexican food combo plate with the hunny saturday night (enjoyed the chips n' guac a little tho') 1 shot of tequila and 1 margarita

7/3: free hotel continental breakfast + scrambled eggs and by continental i mean fresh fruit, english muffin with jam, juice and coffee w/cream. turkey sandwich with juice and 1/2 bag of peanut m & m's, homemade spinach blintzes for din-din and a shot of egg likor from denmark (tasted liked cold eggnog, only thicker and full of liquor--LOL)

7/4: same thing for breakfast, grilled hamburger, corn on the cob, (1) beer and a very small piece of cake made to look like an american flag. it wasn't a store bought cake and the friend who made it is kind of a health nut/marathoner so i can say with some certainty that it was reasonably light.

3. On 3 of the next 4 days, you must work out for a total of 30 minutes each day. This can be a power walk, a swim, chasing the kids around the yard for a full 30, a short run, mowing the lawn (with a push mower), jumping jacks, P90X i dont care. MAKE TIME. 30 minutes is nothing. I will have you report your activities on Tuesday, so mark them on your calendars.

7/1- not too much exercise 'cept some stretching since we drove to SF
7/2 - 5 hours spent strolling around the CA academy of sciences including LOTSa stairs
7/3 - 45 min. in the hotel fitness center using the treadmill, ALSO, took the stairs from 11th floor to the 2nd when i had to run an errand middle of the day. did it again upon my return
7/4 - 30 mins. stationary bike, hotel fitness center
7/5 - 45 min. walking tour of hearst castle with approx. 100 stairs. 30 min. romantic stroll along the beach that evening.

4. On one of the next our days, you must workout for one full hour. Situps, running, biking, hiking, swimming, dancing in your kitchen, doing yard work, moving, I dont care. I will have you report your activities on Tuesday, so mark them on your calendars.

okay, here's where things take a somewhat ugly turn--the man and i spent 7/6-7/9 recouping from some weird stomach "bug". no additional explanation needed.

Okay, i'll wrap this up on my own damn page but thanks for letting me vent.

You want results? Work for them.

damn skippy!

Have a wonderfl holiday weekend!

all in all--i did--a "bleeping blast" in fact! only thing that woulda made that weekend "completer"? winning the lotto!
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sooo, with that--let the rapture begin--HOO-RAW!!!

  


30-Days of Music challenge--The Finale (Finally!!)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate:
wow--this IS hard. i'm such a nostalgia hound, i don't know if there's anything i DON'T like.

day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio:

gotta admit, i don't really listen to the radio, mostly cuz i'm not a huge fan of top 40. i think i'm just too old for it.
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio:

i wish my "joint" channel on sirius xm played more roots, rock reggae and traditional ska instead of some of the newer crap and believe me--it IS crap . however, if i could hear anything it would probably be King - Love and Pride
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_3g_yf1vzI

day 19 - a song from your favorite album:
"Ever Had It Blue" by Style Council from The Singular Adventures
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRGnXprimbg
it's hopeful i think...

day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry:
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (fairly self-explanatory)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vimZj8HW0Kg&
feature=related


day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy:
this song is just dripping with summer, no?
Fun Lovin' Criminals - Mister Sun
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O1STCZEihI&
feature=related


day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad:
this song just aches with longing
The English Beat - Can't Get Used to Losing You
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qErykBldZCs

day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding:
Paul Weller - Remember how we started
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvC7On5Bb2A

day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral:
George Michael - Waiting for That day
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYxpSBbIhU

day 25 - a song that makes you laugh:
They Might Be Giants - Don't Let's Start
it reminds me of the lighter, dorkier side of life...something of which i am all too familiar.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvOVMxOTwqw

day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument:
well, lets see--i haven't played piano since I was about 5 or the recorder since about 17 so i gotz nada.

day 27 - a song that you wish you could play:
pretty much ANYthing by Gipsy Kings but especially this
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifnMC_Kn1Q

day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty:
if by "guilty" you mean "guilty pleasure" well then this wins hands donw--LOL
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPMm1Noh-ow

day 29 - a song from your childhood:
this song will forEVER remind me of my dad
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-7QSMyz5rg

day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year:
Adele - Best for Last
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIfqAKiNAZ0

  
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GOODGETNBETR 6/30/2011 7:52PM

    Can't really think of one. Rotation changes but don't think there are any I Hate.

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30-day music challenge--day 12, 13, 14 &15 (cuz i got behind...)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

day 12 - a song from a band you hate:
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r0n9Dv6XnY

day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure:
anything by They Might be Giants but especially this:
http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/vid
eo?p=they+might+be+giants+don%27t+let+
start

day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love:
Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dom7VlltBUc&feat
ure=relmfu
and to top it off, they're all so cute and smart!

day 15 - a song that describes you:
The Funky Lowlives - Latazz (full version)--careful, it's a long one and its got my groovin' self just written all over it. just try to keep your bootay from movin'--i double dog dare ya!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgeePZ4YVvU

day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate:
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio:
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio:
day 19 - a song from your favorite album:
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry:
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy:
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad:
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding:
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral:
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh:
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument:
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play:
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty:
day 29 - a song from your childhood:
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year:

NOW.........IT IS YOUR TURN! PLEASE PLAY ALONG FRIENDS
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgeePZ4YVvU

  


I just entered Yoovie's DIY 6-Week Challenge (WTH was i thinking?!)

Monday, June 27, 2011

1. NAME YOUR CHALLENGE! i think i just came up with the name of my challenge. i'll call it: "tay's 'WTF!' 6-week challenge" emoticon

(yeah, i know, sooo original. that's "MS. original" to YOU pal!

2. Choose 5 things to measure NOW and in 6 weeks. (7/1/11 - 8/14/11)

A. hips emoticon
B. thighs
C. gut (aka waist)
D. BMI
E. pant's size

3. Take a before picture. You don't have to post it online but you HAVE TO TAKE ONE: B-4 foto to follow bee-yatches.
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TAYGRL 6/28/2011 12:05AM

    awww...you're just being sweet.

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MISSROCKABILLY 6/27/2011 6:19PM

    I love the name for your challenge! *grin* You've got this!

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Do you ever sometimes just feel, you know, fat?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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well, sadly, this is ONE of those times. not sure exactly what it is but the number on the scale ain't helping much either. thing is, i KNOW i am not consuming 3500 calories extra calories a day. if anything--i'm not consuming ENOUGH which is itself its OWN problem.

however, as in past years, this is my busy season and like other offices across this country, we too, have been downsized even though i work for a public university. in fact, we've been downsized for the past 3 years and forced to do more with less staff AND less $$$ thanks to mandatory furloughs. this time 3 years ago just so happens to ALSO correlate with the start of my weight "creepback" as i like to call it. it's been a rollercoaster ever since.

so, while my diet has not been "perfect", my workouts have been even LESS so. no energy, not enough sleep, not enough fuel (i'm petering out 15-20 minutes into a 45-50 minute workout which is admittedly NOT normal for me)...something has GOT to give and it simply canNOT be me. emoticon

  
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MISSROCKABILLY 6/18/2011 12:59PM

    Just do the best you can and make sure you don't beat yourself up over it, that never solves anything. You can do this! Hope things slow down for you soon!
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TAYGRL 6/17/2011 5:58PM

    thanks for the comments guys!

currently i am working on slowing down during my workday--it's hectic now and that ain't going away for at least a couple weeks. it's like that this time of year EVERY year. i get so caught up in my work routine that i forget to take time for myself in little ways through out the day like going to the little girls room for christ'ssake.

@mipcy1: i appreciate the tips on healthy grazing. that is something i can do.

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MIPCY1 6/17/2011 12:56PM

    You can do it. I've had to resort to snacking through most of the day to actually hit reasonable numbers and not end up bingeing on something tasty at the end of the day and going way over. that's how I got where i am now. Not eating enough most days and way too much on others. I'm trying to learn to even everything out and eat reasonable amounts, especially when I'm really busy.

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SARAHFAILLA 6/17/2011 6:33AM

    Hard when life is so crazy- all those things can factor into the scale not moving as well.Do you see any changes in sight or what is your plan?

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BYUTIFULLE 6/16/2011 4:31PM

    You can do it, just stay focused. Remember that exercising gives you more energy. Stay positive and don't dwell on the negatives. emoticon

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