Thursday, October 06, 2011
For a short week, this has been a very long week! I'm so ready for this four day weekend, even though I know it will fly by far too quickly!
Tomorrow morning I am going to take my first exam for my Interpersonal Communications class. This is the class that has me crazy busy with journals, discussions, the dreaded group project, etc. I have taken several communications classes back to back so I'm finding it difficult to actually make myself read the book. I'm doing it, but I'm having trouble really focusing on it because so much of the material is so much like the previous classes. I am hoping that I've absorbed whatever was needed to pass the test though. I've done well on the quizzes, with the exception of the one C, so hopefully the test will be similar to the quizzes.
Other than more homework, my only other plan for the long weekend is a trip to the range on Monday morning! I'm going to try to remember my camera so I can get some updated pictures while we are there!
I'm looking forward to some relaxation this weekend... and an A on that exam (or at least a B!!!).
Becky's comment reminded me about something I meant to include... the smelly guy at the gym. Ugh! I have probably blogged about him before. He used to run on the treadmill... very loudly. He always wears the same shorts, same shirt and same ball cap... and I'm not sure that they have EVER been washed! Seriously! He smells so bad that you know he's there as soon as you walk in the gym... and it's not body odor... it's that nasty smell that stuff gets when it's been wet, then dries, then gets wet, and dries... that horrible mildewy/moldy smell. *GAG* Anyway, smelly guy has recently changed his gym time AND his cardio. We swapped days from Monday, Wednesday, Friday to Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday a while back when the bowling league started and we got off of his gym schedule, thank goodness... but now he's back on OUR gym schedule somehow. We get to the gym between 4:45 and 4:50 and smelly guy is already there... on the elliptical! Yeah, he switched from the treadmill which I could care less about to one of the two ellipticals. That means that only one of us can start with cardio... and there's no way in hell that I can hold my breath for 32 minutes and get in a GOOD workout... so I start my strength training first, which just feels really wrong! Sometimes my boyfriend manages to get his cardio in while smelly guy is next to him, but how he does it I don't understand! So I am thrilled to have tomorrow off so that I can get in a good workout without smelly guy!!! I am seriously considering switching our Thursday workouts back to Fridays with the hope that smelly guy isn't there on Fridays now. I really wish there was a polite way to tell someone to wash their freaking clothes!!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
We woke up and decided to skip our regular breakfast and grab a bagel at Dunkin' Donuts instead. Since I discovered that bread really doesn't help my weight loss AT ALL, I rarely have bread and I really look forward to those rare occasions that we decide to get a bagel! Truth be told, I used to have one (or something worse) every day for breakfast... which is just a small part of how I got to my highest weight.
Another thing that got me to my highest weight is that every year for my birthday I bake myself a birthday cake. Dark chocolate fudge with dark chocolate fudge icing! And since my boyfriend is diabetic, I would eat the entire thing by myself. It would take a week, but it would be gone. I would always try to fool myself into thinking it wasn’t so bad because I used applesauce instead of oil… but even so, there’s no way that it’s healthy to eat an entire cake!
For years, the best thing about my birthday was that cake. The day after my birthday I would have a big slice of cake with a nice, cold glass of milk for breakfast. That was the best breakfast ever, or so I thought.
This year, the best thing about my birthday is that I am close to 40 pounds lighter, I am more active, and I am healthier!
After breakfast we went grocery shopping for the week.
I threw a roast, an onion, some carrots and some potatoes into the crock-pot for dinners for the week (or however long it lasts)…
Then we went to the gym. I had an awesome workout! I managed to set a new personal record on the elliptical. My last PR was 7.8 miles in 32 minutes (30 minutes plus a 2 minute cool down). I’ve been trying to beat that record for at least a week and a half. Today, not only did I beat it… I managed to go 8.2 miles in 32 minutes!!! That was a nice little birthday surprise for myself!
After a much needed shower, I was missing my Greek yogurt that I usually have for breakfast so I ate that for lunch instead. Who would have ever thought that I’d miss something like Greek yogurt??? Weird!!
Then we went shopping. I had seen a new jacket that I liked online so we went to the store to try it out. The jacket had a really fuzzy liner and after trying it on I had black fuzz all over my light pink shirt. So I didn’t end up getting the jacket.
While we were there I tried on some other things…
I love The North Face brand, but apparently they don’t like fat people. I have one of their rain jackets (an XL) that by some miracle actually fit me a couple of years ago, but nothing that I have tried on other than that jacket has ever fit and they rarely, if ever, make anything larger than an XL. So today I tried on an XL jacket and it fit with room to spare! So I tried on a large and it fit!!!
I also tried on an Under Armour shirt. Normally I would need an XXL or I might be able to squeeze into an XL. Today I tried on a large and it fit!!!
I didn’t end up buying anything, but I had a blast just trying stuff on and realizing that I am actually fitting into smaller sizes. I am wondering when that will really sink into my brain.
We spent the rest of the evening cooking stuff for lunches for the week, doing laundry and all of that other fun stuff that we save for Sundays.
We just ate our yummy roast and veggies for dinner and in a bit I plan to have a deep chocolate Vitatop with an individual cup of Skinny Cow cookies and cream ice cream as my birthday dessert…
I will pretend that it’s a dark chocolate fudge cake with dark chocolate fudge icing and ice cream, but I will be so much better off because it’s not.
I am 3.6 pounds away from reaching my first big weight loss goal (40 lbs)… and I will not let a cake ruin that!
Thanks to everyone that wished me a happy birthday… we didn’t do much, but it turned out to be a pretty good birthday!
Saturday, October 01, 2011
I went car shopping with my mom today… and it completely sucked!
She had a Saturn Vue last year but it was totaled and it broke her heart. Now that her HHR (which she hated but grew to like) was just totaled she is looking for a car again... I checked out a Saturn Vue that she was thinking about buying last weekend and my boyfriend took it for a test drive and it seemed like an ok car. She took it for a test drive on Monday and fell in love.
Yesterday they dropped the price of the car by $2,000, which made us a little nervous about why the price dropped so much but we were also thinking that maybe it was meant to be...
Until we went to the dealership today…
They told her she had to pay for an inspection... no big deal... an inspection can't be that much, right?
Well, the total was $1271.00!!!
They supposedly did the inspection TODAY... in fact, it was being “inspected” while we were on our way up to the dealership.
So the guy tells us that the inspection is so expensive because they fixed a bunch of stuff... new wipers, a couple of new bulbs, oil change, new oil filter, repaired an exhaust leak, replaced the bearings, replaced a hub assembly, replaced a driveshaft, replaced the brake pads...
Yeah, they did ALL of that in the 45 minutes it took me to drive there... hmmm!
So the INSPECTION that she was expected to pay for was actually the inspection PLUS parts and labor to fix anything wrong with the vehicle. WTF?
The inspection/parts/labor plus the taxes, title and tags ate away the entire $2,000 price drop.
We took the car out for another test drive and mom mentioned that the brakes felt different than when she drove it on Monday. So I drove it too and you literally had to push the pedal to the floor before it would even think about slowing down and even then it was a veeeerrrrry gradual stop. We asked about it and they told us some BS story about how sometimes new brakes were like that. We think that they didn't bleed the brakes properly or that they didn't do them right, either way something was wrong and they had zero interest in fixing it.
The kicker for me was that the salesman was a complete a$$hole!!! He kept interrupting me... and got VERY defensive any time I said anything... and treated me like a dumb blonde. Mom said that his attitude was completely different today than it was Monday when she first went to see the car. He was clearly upset that my mom brought me with her today.
When I was looking at the engine he said "Why are you looking at the engine without it running?" and I told him that I was just looking and that I would start it in a minute... he huffed and was like "Well most people only look with it running!" To which I responded that I inspect vehicles for a living (a slight stretch... I actually write technical reports about problems with vehicles and how they were repaired... but I do SEE the problems with the vehicles and I am aware of how to spot problems and what to look for) ... after that he threw his hands up in the air and said he was sorry and he wasn't trying to imply anything... yeah right!
The whole thing was just a nightmare and I'm sure my blood pressure was nice and high by the time we left.
In the end, they gave us the total to purchase the car and it was $2500 more than the sticker price, not cool!
I told him that we'd have to "think about it" and he got all loud and interrupted me (for the millionth time)... so I told him that he needed to let me finish... and he shut up FINALLY... I told him that if mom decided she wanted the car, she'd be back on Monday but as of right now she's not feeling so great about it... He interrupted again to say that someone else was coming to buy it and I told him “if the car is there Monday, great... and if not it wasn't meant to be” and he wasn’t too thrilled. I seriously doubt that “Marilyn” was waiting in the background to sweep in and buy that car! I then thanked him for his time and we got the spark out of there!
Nothing pisses me off more than totally disrespecting me without reason and talking down to me because I am:
2. look young
3. a woman
What a frustrating day!
Because we were at the dealership I didn’t get any lunch so I SERIOUSLY considered getting fries with my ginormous salad for dinner… but I didn’t! I won’t let some a$$hole car salesman drive me to eat crap that I know I will regret later!
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