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Today I Did It... Finally

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today I figured out how to get in a good workout without having a gym, having to go outside, or resorting to drastic measures (like getting rid of my bed to make room for a treadmill that would double as my bed emoticon ). Sunday I finally lit a fire under myself and my brother, and finished organizing and cleaning my room. I stuck in my all-purpose book shelves that will hold my linens and a few misc items that have no "home" (like my first aid kit and tool kit). That cleared my desk and desk chair to actually be used for their intended purpose, but more importantly, cleared a lot of floor space. Now, I actually have a piece of floor real estate to do some working out. Granted it's not a big space... maybe about 6ft by 4ft (or about 7ft x 5ft at its widest points, which isn't all that helpful). Think you can't work out in that amount of space? THINK AGAIN!!!

Today I did my favorite thing: got on YouTube. I have a bunch of the SparkPeople videos by Coach Nicole jammed into a playlist, so I always know where to find them. I did a 10 minute cardio vid, an upper body vid, and a lower body vid. All are part of the bootcamp series- New You, Swimsuit, 28 Day... They don't require much equipment and best of all, they don't require much space. You basically do all the moves in one place! Luckily I have a thick, cushy yoga mat (for the lower body vid) and several free weights (1.5lb, 3lb, 5lb, and 10lb) for the upper body. Cardio didn't require anything. Got hot, sweaty, and winded, and I know I got a pretty decent workout for just 30 mins of my time in the tiny space I have.

BOTTOM LINE: If I can do it, you can do it!

Just get 'er done!

Best of all, I can do this any time during the year in my nice air conditioned home. Which will be really good come summer time when the temps soar into the 110s+. Death weather.

So, cleaning up my room was my Sunday. On Friday I lit another fire under myself, my bro, and my sis-in-law to clean up the kitchen. I believe I've mentioned previously that my family is not known for their housekeeping skills. So, the kitchen was quite the project. Luckily with 3 people working on it, it went pretty quickly. We got pretty much everything cleaned, counters cleared, and a few things organized. Things are put away, but our cupboards and extra storage spaces could be better organized. Alas, that is a big project for another weekend. In the meantime, there is clean, uncluttered counter space in which to prepare healthy foods. That's good enough for me (for now). And I was able to photograph a new meal for my blog. I just need to edit photos and write. Which brings me to...

The saga of PhotoShop 6. The PS class I'm taking is using the latest Adobe products... which is 6. On my computer, I have version 2. WAY WAY WAY outdated, let me tell you. Unfortunately, the only computers at school that have CS6/PS6 are the ones in the classroom in which my class is taught. Which is the classroom that every computer class is taught. So, I can't just go in and use a computer any time to get my homework done (and this week, I have a lot of it!). Unfortunately, most Adobe/PS products aren't compatible with each other. So, even if I had PS4, I wouldn't be able to go back and forth with PS6 with it. Confusing isn't it? Well, PS5 is compatible enough, so now I have several folks working on getting me a copy of PS5 to use on my home computer. Basically cross your fingers and/or pray that I get SOMETHING so I can do my homework before it's due.

P.S. EDIT: I should mention that a student discounted rate for getting PS5 or 6 on Adobe's website is $350. So not affordable!

My stats class... oh, stats. How I loathe you. Math in general, really. That test I was worried about failing? I failed it. Well, I "university standards" failed it, which is to say I got a D. 69%, even. If I had just answered 1 question right I would have had a C. Seriously, and I knew what I had done wrong when I got my test back. Stupid mistake, too! Of course. That's how it always happens. My teacher is really cool, though. He spoke to me after class about it (he even approached ME!) and said he thinks I'm still capable of doing well in the class. I told him I would try harder and study more. I also told him that when it comes to math, I don't test well. I freak out and get nervous. So, he said we'd work on that. It's the first of 4 tests this semester. I do have a chance of doing well, but I really do need to apply myself. I think I really can do better.

A few weekends ago I went to the Carrot Festival in tiny little Holtville, Ca. Carrot capitol of the state or country or world... I dunno. I grew up there, sorta. Moved away in the 5th grade. The majority of my family still lives there. The day started with an adorable parade down the main thoroughfare and ended with a little festival in the park. Lots of food booths, merchants, and a small carnival. I spent the day with my mom, cousins, grandma, and aunt. We had so much fun! I had delish fish tacos from one of the church's booths (these are usually fundraisers for local orgs) and homemade ice cream. There is an entry in the parade that is usually decorated with produce from the Holtville FFA (I think). This year it had a merry-go-round made of different colored cauliflower. Anyway, its covered in all kinds of veggies, and at the end of the parade, you pay $5 and they give you a standard sized plastic grocery bag (I know, I know, so not eco-friendly) and you can fill up the bag with however much you can fit in (and it HAS to fit in, no overhanging food!). Luckily, I'm a master at this, so I came home with a metric f***ton of produce! 2 napa cabbages, 1 bok choy, 1 purple cauliflower, 2 broccoli, a bunch of carrots, and something else I think I'm missing... :-S Anyway, here's a photo:

Courtesy of my cousin Olivia.

We're still working our way through all those veggies! The cauliflower was awesome and I used a napa cabbage in my latest blog meal, which I promise to get around to posting. I was able to get my container garden going yesterday. The bro, sis-in-law, and I tackled part of the backyard that has been looooong neglected. We cleared the patio, cut down some branches on our big mesquite tree, and just did some general maintenance. I was able to set up a few of my pots and fill them with soil and fertilizer. Then, I ran out of time and daylight. We set up the BBQ so we could cook some dinner. I wasn't able to sow any seeds yesterday, but was able to this morning. It was really super windy, though, which made it difficult. But, I wasn't planting much- a few beets, carrots, radishes, and spaghetti squash. We'll see how any of it does... with sweltering heat, I'm not sure. I may have to shade my thangs. Growing in the desert is hard due to heat and the dreaded white fly. Those lil' b@st@rds eat EVERYTHING. Literally.

Well, that's it in a nutshell. Today the wind has not only blown me and my seeds, but my allergies into a tizzy as well. I can't breathe through my nose. I've been through ridiculous amounts of kleenex since about 2am last night. I woke up unable to breathe and had to take a Benedryl. So. Lame. And despite my inability to use my sinuses properly, I STILL WORKED OUT FOR 30 MINUTES! WOO!
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    So proud of you my dear! It's been a hard few weeks for you. I'm so glad you were able to "de-clutter" and Jillify most everything to get yourself some space for healthy living. This will improve your overall mood and attitude about being back home. I told you things would look up. You just have to keep doing what you're doing and life will fall into place!! Love ya girlie! Keep up the good work!
    1938 days ago
    Love this blog!! You are being SOOO productive!!! Lots of cleaning sounds like! That's awesome. I love those types of weekends-- exhausting but accomplished. Great job!
    1945 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Nice work on the exercising and on the organizing. When I get things in order, my appetite for mindless eating goes down - there is definitely a correlation. Keep up the good work, Miss JillyBean! emoticon
    1946 days ago
    emoticon I also use Youtube! emoticon videos, but I also love FitnessBlender videos! They have a huge selection at different levels! emoticon
    1946 days ago
    TOTALLY AWESOME about your workouts!! I think I want to do the same!

    1946 days ago
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    Way to go on creating a usable space for you, in both your room and the kitchen. I know what you mean about storage space not being used wisely. Organization is always a challenge for me.

    Power through those classes, Jilly! I know you can do it.
    1946 days ago
    I'm so happy you found a space to work out! Woo-hoo! 6x4 was about the space that I had in our last apartment, I was crammed in between 2 walls, our bed, and our bureau but I logged many, many hours there sweating my butt off!

    Sounds like things are looking up in other areas, too! Go Jill!!
    1946 days ago
    I LOVE reading posts like this. Nothing was easy, but everything was done - great feeling, isn't it? Congratulations on having enough space to do a workout. It sounds like things are settling down for you. You may not be exactly where you'd like to be, but that's all right - you are on your way :)
    1946 days ago
    Jill! Super motivated, nice job! I'm sorry that the stats class is giving you such a tough time, I know you'll get through it. Looking forward to the new blog post!
    1946 days ago
    Good for you! This is terrific and pic is so lovely. Big hug.
    1946 days ago
    1946 days ago
    Good for you, Jill. Try WATP videos too. They take no floor space and I know you can find them on you tube. I just posted a foot stretching video. I hope you like it. Sharon
    1947 days ago
    I am so excited for you! I know how frustrated you have been with your exercise challenge and I so glad you found a creative year-round solution! You are an inspiration to all of us! emoticon
    1947 days ago
    Wow, Jilly...you just rock!
    Look at all you did! Amazing! Your work out sounds great...and more from gardening and cleaning!
    You will do better in your class, ESP with a teacher who is available!
    Hang in there...
    Love & Hugs,
    P.S. Thank you for prayers and support!
    1947 days ago
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