LUCKYLISA12002's SparkPeople Blog LUCKYLISA12002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2nd Interview For Friday! Target called me yesterday but I had forgotten my phone on the kitchen table as I went outside to throw away the packaging from chicken breasts that I was prepping for dinner. I came back and saw I had a missed call but no voicemail so I called the number back and it was Target. I asked to be transferred to the Human Resource department and the woman who answered happened to be the one who called me. She said she filled up all of the interview slots but would sneak me in for Friday at 1pm! Sh... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:37:53 EST Interview I had my phone interview with Target yesterday afternoon! The interviewer was very nice and she told me at the end of the interview that she was recommending me to get a call back for an in-person interview, talking to me was like talking to an old friend, the interview didn't seem like an interview, and that she needs more people like me on her team. So I would say the interview went really well! :) Fingers and toes crossed I get the 2nd interview. She told me if I don't get a call back to c... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:32:09 EST Phone Job Interview Last night as I was making dinner I got a call from Target saying that they would like to do a phone interview with me! My time slot is 1:40pm today :) My friend applied there a few weeks ago and ended up with a 2nd interview and got hired so I'm really hoping things go well because I REALLY would like to have a job and to be able to work. Apparently they're having a huge hiring spree right now and are hiring new employees left and right so I hope I am able to do well enough to at least get a... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:12:58 EST SHTF: Sh*t Hits The Fan So we got home last night around 8PM and came back to disaster after disaster after disaster. My uncle who isn't sick took the old washer and dryer out of the basement and put them outside right in front of my green house making watering some of my plants a lot harder and not to mention we told him not to move it until my bf got back home so he could help him do it... nope he didn't listen. Uncle left parts and tools all over the kitchen table even after all of the heavy cleaning I did. Not o... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:44:49 EST Home We're heading home today... my uncle who isn't sick has been giving my sick uncle junk food while I've been away when he's supposed to be on low sodium and low sugar diet so I'm a bit irritated. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:10:35 EST Lake My 4th was good and we even got to see fireworks :-) today we are off to go shooting and then to the lake to go swimming. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:06:01 EST It's Hot! So far so good :-) it's definitely weird being away from my uncle but it's something that needs to be done because I can't always be home. I've been calling him periodically to check up on him to make sure he's doing okay and is getting his medicines. <BR> <BR> We made it to Chico last night at around 8:30 and traffic wasn't too bad surprising for a holiday. We made a stop st Subway for dinner and I got an oven roasted chicken salad with fat free Italian dressing and an ice water. The salad ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:38:28 EST Chico We're going to Chico today for the weekend and will be back Sunday night. I set up a schedule for my uncle's medicines and put reminders in his brother's phone so he can give him his medicines on time. There will be a nurse coming today to check on him and take his vital signs. <BR> <BR> I'm so tired! I hope I get a good nights rest tonight because I'm really dragging butt today. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:09:01 EST Migraines I didn't expect to wake up to a killer migraine that keeps throbbing :( I have so much to do today it's crazy. I have some more exercises to do, pack for Chico, make dinner, clean up in the backyard some more, clean up the rest of the basement, go to the gym, go get gas in our car, stuff for my sick uncle, and more exercises. I sure hope this headache goes away soon because trying to do anything with a migraine this bad often times results in nothing getting done. <BR> <BR> My uncle's dr app... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:52:25 EST Progress My uncle had a really good day yesterday! I set him up for the shower and he was able to take a shower by himself! I set up a shower chair and one of those hand held shower wands to make it easier on him. He also was able to sit down in a chair to shave and brush his teeth. To finish off his day he went for a short walk outside :) He did really good! <BR> <BR> Today he has a doctor's appointment so I have to get him ready for that soon. His appointment is at 1:15 so have to make sure we leav... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:35:52 EST Murph Challenge I'm apart of a facebook group for weight loss and there are monthly challenges that we do... let's just say I smoked the challenge and went above and beyond! I'll post my final stats tomorrow but so far I think I'm the only one that did so many squats, wall push ups, crunches, sit ups, and walking miles lol. Today is the final day so we're doing a modified murph challenge where we time ourselves and do 1 mile cardio, 100 sit ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, and 1 mile of cardio. So far I did th... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:48:08 EST He's Home! So my uncle is home now! He enjoyed the many surprises and was able to eat a slice of pear pie that I made and 1 slice of pizza for dinner. I set up a pill organizer with all of the different medicines and typed up a schedule of when he's supposed to have each one and set daily reminders on my phone so I can give them to him on time. So far so good! He's walking pretty good and is even using his cane now :) Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:56:57 EST Uncle Comes Home Today! Yesterday was a very busy day! I did a 3.25 mile walk, 100 wall pushups, 100 situps, 200 leg exercises, 100 squats with 1lb dumbbells, 300 crunches, 30 minute exercise, 1 hour gardening/pulling weeds/sweeping, vacuumed the house, swept the kitchen and bathroom floors, mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors, cleaned the bathroom, made dinner (a yummy salad with gouda), made a homemade pear pie using from scratch pie dough, cleaned out the car, and did the dishes. Man I'm pooped! <BR> <BR> My ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:01:07 EST Cleanup I've been working in the back yard/side yard for the past 2 days and I've gotten a lot done! I've been pulling weeds and sweeping and just trying to get our back yard to look like a yard lol. Right now there's stuff every where because the stuff from the house that sold migrated to here because we had no other place to put it. I'd like to get the green house (it's falling apart) torn down and replace it with a shed so we can put the stuff that's in the greenhouse and over the back yard in it ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:25:51 EST Oink Reflection On my morning walk today someone began yelling "oink" from their car at me. It wasn't just once but the guy kept doing it over and over again. The old me would have been highly offended, hurt, devastated, angry, upset, looked the guy in the eyes, I probably would have begun to cry, and more than likely I would have ran home. The new me has grown up and grown a pair to where I am able to walk away, not look for the person, keep my eyes in front of me, and hold my head high. I feel so proud of ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:40:03 EST Bad Day We went to the gym last night and they were so packed that there was no parking and all of the machines were taken and with a few people standing around waiting for machines. I don't know if it was because it was mildly hot out or what but I haven't seen the gym that busy in awhile. We ended up going to the waterfront park which is a huge chunk of land right next to the water with trails to walk so we walked for 1.4 miles and then went to Ross and walked around the store. I was 870 steps shor... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:18:22 EST My Opinion Is Not Valid So I'm basically just about done with the basement. All that's really left is the pile of stuff that belongs to the bf that he has to sort through, put into tubs, and put up on the remaining spaces on the shelf. After that is done then I'll be able to sweep up and go through some of the old chemicals on a wooden shelf that's down there. For some reason my uncle wants to keep some of the chemicals... I'm just glad I got most of them away from the hot water heater as he is very lucky they didn'... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:15:48 EST Way Of Thinking So we are halfway done with the basement! I'm so glad to be so close to being done with that room because it truly is time consuming. We've run into problems with my other uncle (the one not in rehab facility). We put stuff out for free and he goes through it and starts bringing stuff back in. Last night he brought back a crappy little tool set made in China that he has never and never will use and also brought back in a tape player that is busted and broken. He finally put the tool set back ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:13:33 EST Basement So we took some measurements in the basement and determined that the 5 tier shelving unit at the hardware store would fit in the 2 spots we picked out so we went out and bought the 2 shelving units. They each hold up to 4,000 pounds and are made of metal and wood. We built one of the units last night and took almost everything out of the basement and put it outside so we can stort everything and repackage stuff in plastic storage bins. While building the shelving unit we heard water dripping ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:20:29 EST Movie Night Last night I turned it into movie night and surprised my bf with 4 movies from Redbox. We watched The Nut Job, Pompeii, The Monuments Men, and Veronica Mars. They were all decent movies :) <BR> <BR> I had a 4 pound gain out of no where but found out it was due to me being constipated again. After 2 days of going to the bathroom back to back I weighed myself again and the weight I gained was gone and then some. <BR> <BR> Today we are going to take some measurements in the basement to see if... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:02:09 EST Photos From Night Out Yesterday I posted a blog about going out with friends the night before and I promised some photos so here they are! There was someone who asked what I had to drink and I opted for a vodka cranberry which is one of the absolute lowest calorie drinks. I asked for diet cranberry juice but they didn't have any so I let the ice melt a bit as a way to dilute the juice and make the drink stretch longer since they put a ton of ice in it. I limited myself to only 1 drink and I think that was okay sin... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:06:25 EST Fun Night Last night I met 2 of my friends from middle school/high school for drinks at a local bar. I got dressed up and felt amazing in my outfit and my hair and makeup cooperated for once lol. I wore a black sequined dress and flats with my hair curled and put on some of the makeup I got awhile back as one of my rewards. I took photos so I'll post those tomorrow. I had 1 drink and made sure it was as low calorie as possible and it was a small drink so that helped as well :) Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:32:04 EST Uncle Not Improving Well my uncle is not exactly improving but instead is going slightly down hill. The social worker caught him out of bed at midnight and was trying to leave the room crying. They have him on anti-depressant pills and he's been on them since I was a child so I don't know if what he's experiencing is normal or is just one of the side effects of the pills. He's tired, still a little weak, and has had 2 falls at the rehab facility. He is also talking crazy and not making much sense half the time w... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:15:04 EST Almost There Well my portion of the kitchen is done and looking fabulous! Now if only my uncle would get into gear and clean his section... I should take a photo so you guys can see what I'm talking about. His corner of the kitchen where his computer is literally a leaning tower of crap and stuff crammed every where. The next room I'm going to tackle is going to be the basement since there's a lot of stuff that needs to be sorted and the shelving that's up needs to be ripped out (it's falling apart and co... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:22:12 EST Exhausted Just about finished in the kitchen :) I just have to mop the floor and clean the range hood and then have to wait on my uncle to clean up his corner of crap/mess which knowing him will never ever happen (he's not the uncle who's in rehab). He never cleans, never organizes anything, and honestly never does anything. He sleeps most of the morning away and then wonders where the day went. <BR> <BR> The peach pie turned out to be really yummy! I added some lite cool whip on top and it made it li... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:35:47 EST Peach Pie Well I'm about halfway done with the kitchen! I need to wash the stove top, was the back splash and range hood, mop the floor, and wait on my uncle to clean his corner of crap. If it weren't for his pile of random junk on and under the desk the kitchen would be tolerable. <BR> <BR> I'm going to bake a pie today! I'm going to cheat and use canned peaches but make my own crust from scratch. I'm excited to try making it on my own :) I think I might be bold and do the lattice topping. <BR> <BR... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:09:23 EST The Kitchen We're going to tackle the kitchen next as part of spring cleaning. We went to Target last night and got a 3 tier wire shelf to set up the appliances that don't get used often so it will give us more counter space. Also go a silver ware organizer for our silver ware drawer. I thinned out some of the stuff in that drawer last night and will be thinning out more stuff today. I'm sick and tired of having way too many items that just sit there. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:01:12 EST Tri Tip Roast Went for my 3.25 mile walk already :) Going to do my 100 situps, 100 wall pushups, 100 squats with 2 one pound weights, 300 crunches, and 200 leg exercises next after I finish up my sparking for the day. <BR> <BR> I'm making a tri tip roast in the crock pot with onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and seasonings. I'll be making a side dish of my home made fried potatoes with onions, garlic, pepper, garlic herb seasoning, a small dash of salt, and olive oil. So far it smells delicious! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:43:14 EST Anniversary Yesterday I called the ambulance billing department for my uncle's ambulance bill and was able to provide them with his secondary insurance information so his bill has been reduced to zero which is great! His only source of income is social security so those who know know just how little that is and how hard it is even to survive on it. I'm so glad I was able to get that billed squared away. The rehab facility gave me uncle a hair cut, shampooed his hair, and gave him a beard trim and charged... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:27:09 EST Set Back I got to donate blood yesterday at the Red Cross donation bus :) My blood pressure was good so they were able to take my blood. With my blood type being rare (B-) they said it's always a good thing when someone with a rare blood type comes in to donate because there is a short supply. <BR> <BR> It's freezing cold this morning when I went for my walk. I'm finishing up my sparking for the day and then I'll be doing some exercises, weighing in, drinking my green tea, eating breakfast (cottage ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:35:22 EST Blood Donation Well we finished the closet by the front door and it wasn't too bad which is a good thing. We put even more stuff out for free and some of it has been taken and what ever is left over we are going to donate to Goodwill. We also went to the gym yesterday and washed our car :) The boyfriend had his podiatrist appointment yesterday as well and the doctor basically said it's a permanent injury and his ankle is always going to be in pain and difficult to walk on. He said it's the tendons that run ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:52:16 EST Swimsuit! Had a decent day yesterday :) We cleaned the closet by the front door and were able to sort stuff and got rid of the junk and put stuff out for free. I can say that the house is looking a million times better! I have the kitchen, basement, backyard, green house, and our bedroom left to clean and sort. I can't wait until it's all done so I can sit back and enjoy a clean and functioning house and who knows maybe even have friends over for a bbq before Summer is over lol. <BR> <BR> I went to Ta... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:17:53 EST Easy As Pie! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:44:29 EST Another Week :( Yesterday I got a phone call from the rehab facility that my uncle is at and they had a team meeting in which they decided they do not feel comfortable sending him home today because he's been shaky, doesn't have much stamina, and because he fell in the bathroom on Wednesday. They want to keep him for up to a week longer and then they will check his progress but for now he has to stay there to get stronger. It's very disappointing but it is for the best and will give us a chance to keep clean... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:25:52 EST Homemade Pie So yesterday I finished the dining room and even managed to clean by the front door. All I have left is the closet by the front door, living room, basement, back yard, green house, and my bedroom. I've done so much already but no where near being done but I'm glad it's getting done. I won't stop until I have a functioning house lol. When there is so much clutter it makes me feel like I'm trapped in a pile of crap and can't get out. <BR> <BR> About to start getting ready to head out to the b... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:32:40 EST Cleaning, Am I Done Yet? I went for my walk already and it is freezing cold outside right now! It's so cold I'm seriously considering putting on a jacket or a sweater. <BR> <BR> I started cleaning up the dining room last night by putting stuff in a big box so I can sort it all later since it's mostly my other uncles stuff, mostly car related items. To me a dining room in not a car part storage room, that's what the garage is for. I'm going to finish up the dining room hopefully today :) The next room after dinning ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:38:40 EST 3 More Days + Spring Cleaning Yesterday I made some Rosetto brand broccoli and cheese ravioli with Prego 3 cheese alfredo sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I made a side dish of sautéed zucchini and yellow crookneck squash with pepper, mrs. dash salt-free garlic and herb seasoning, and a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil. It turned out to be a pretty yummy dinner :) <BR> <BR> I made my own trail mix :) I used a bag of banana chips, 2 small bags of dried cranberries, and 2 bags of dried papaya and pineapple from ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:21:39 EST Gun Range Grand Opening The gun range grand opening on Saturday was a lot of fun! We had a blast and luckily for us we got there really early so we had upfront parking and since we were the 2nd and 3rd person in line we each got a goodie bag of freebies that only the first 10-15 people got. We got free hats, t-shirts, stickers, gun locks, drawstring bags, pins, and pens. They had clothing discounts so I got my bf a t-shirt for $10, a hat for $14, a t-shirt for his brother-in-law for $10.00, and I got myself a pink a... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:37:03 EST Chico Having a good time in Chico :-) heading home today and my uncle comes home really soon! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:01:45 EST Homecoming! We got word yesterday that my uncle can come home next Friday!!!!!! I scheduled to pick him up at 3:30pm which is after my bf gets off of work. I figured driving him home in our car (2013 Mazda 3i sedan) would be much more comfortable and easier for him to get in and out of than a 1969 Chevelle Malibu lol. I'm so excited to have him home, I can't wait! The day he gets back we're going to pick up an XL Cybelle's kitchen sink pizza with no mushrooms for dinner to celebrate his homecoming. He's... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:57:13 EST Chico Tomorrow! It's another fantastic day outside! It's supposed to be 75 degrees with a humidity of 80% so I'm not looking forward to that but hey at least it's nice out. I already got my walk in this morning so I wouldn't be stuck doing it in the heat and I'm glad I got it out of the way. Now it's time to move on to squats, crunches, plank, and my leg exercises. I'll also be doing a 30 minute workout later and will be going to the gym for about 45 minutes (weights and 20 minutes on the arc trainer). I'm f... Thu, 29 May 2014 11:39:03 EST Gorgeous Weather! It's such a lovely day out so far! I went for my walk this morning at 7am and it was breezy and cool but not too cold and definitely not too hot yet. The sun is out with a few light clouds that are slowly burning away. It's supposed to be in the mid 70's today which means it's going to be in the 80's or 90's inside the house but mostly our bedroom will be the hottest room in the entire house. For some reason our room gets so darn hot even with the bedroom door open and 2 fans going... there's... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:55:19 EST Memorial Day Bbq, Goodwill, & Bedroom Spring Cleaning Complete! So yesterday at the skilled nursing facility that my uncle is at for rehab had a bbq going on for Memorial Day. My boyfriend, my other uncle, and I went there for the bbq and to get my uncle out of the room and out of bed. It took a few minutes to convince him to go but finally he got in his wheel chair and he wheeled himself outside to the courtyard where the bbq was. He sat down on a wooden bench in the sun and it was such a nice day out. I got him some food and we all sat down together and... Tue, 27 May 2014 12:04:54 EST Spring Cleaning So luckily I don't think the toe is broken but I do think there might be a hairline fracture (I've had a few of those). I kicked myself in my ass yesterday and today by forcing out my usual 3.25 mile walk outside. I feel much better getting it done but boy oh boy does my toe hurt lol. It's throbbing in protest but my bf was nice enough to make spaghetti sauce yesterday for last night's dinner. It was a lovely surprise! We've been working in my uncle's bedroom while he's away because it truly ... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:29:04 EST 159.6 Pounds! Hello Goal Weight, It's Nice To Finally Meet You! After all of my hard work and dedication I have finally reached my goal weight to be 160 pounds! I've been working hard at getting my weight down and getting stronger and I'm so glad to be at my goal weight! I never thought I'd make it to the finish line but I have and all of my hard work shows. It's feels weird to no longer have any weight to lose lol. Now I'm in maintenance mode and it feels awesome to be here. 190 pounds lost and over 50% of my body weight :) Thu, 22 May 2014 12:35:01 EST Too Many Cords Makes My Head Ache So last night we threw out my uncle's old microwave and the 2 tvs that were in his room. I also got rid of his over sized lamp that was falling apart and will be tossing his desk lamp that doesn't work very good. We went to Target and got a desk lamp, a small white 700 watt Sunbeam microwave to put on top of his fridge, and a Samsung 39" LED Smart TV that will sit on top of his dresser. We also cleaned up in his room a little bit more and the boyfriend will be hooking up the TV today and fixi... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:22:53 EST Spring Cleaning My uncle is in a skilled nursing facility for the next few weeks for rehab to get him on his feet and to be able to walk. He's been there almost a week now and he's already improving a lot! They're going to let him take home the walker he's been using and I'm going to see if we can get a shower chair for him from the facility because Medicare or Medi-cal will cover it. So far so good and he likes it there which is great because at the hospital he was refusing to go. The facility also cut his ... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:04:32 EST Photo Shoot Fun (With Photos) The photo shoot yesterday was amazing! It was soooo much fun and I had a blast. I met some really nice people and was able to add them to Facebook :) When I first saw myself all dressed up with hair and makeup in my corset and skirt I almost started crying because I couldn't believe that it was me and I felt so beautiful and I can actually say I believe I'm beautiful! Here are some photos for you to take the journey with me, enjoy! <BR> <BR> Photo of my makeup: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 18 May 2014 18:10:28 EST Photo Shoot I have my photo shoot tomorrow afternoon! I'm really excited and kind of nervous. I'm getting the shoot done to celebrate my transformation and to give me a chance to get dolled up for a while. I'll be getting hair and makeup included as well as some accessories, props, and wardrobe but I'll be bringing my steampunk inspired corset and a black short ruffle skirt. Also I'll be bringing shoes that I made to look steampunk :) I've been meaning to snap some photos of the hard work my boyfriend an... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:05:25 EST Doctor Appointment Conclusion So my doctor appointment went pretty interestingly... I told her about feeling full, not all that hungry, loss of appetite, and my constipation is still present. She told me to increase my calories, healthy fats, fiber, and water intake. She also said to decrease my exercise because she feels 2 hours spread out over the day 7 days a week is too much and that I am losing weight too much too fast. I lost 24 pounds since my last visit which was almost 3 months ago and she claims that's too much ... Thu, 15 May 2014 12:01:55 EST