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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

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!

sooo, with that--let the rapture begin--HOO-RAW!!!
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