Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wow, what a day today is turning out to be. It started with being late because of traffic. I wasn't actually late, just cars seemed to be stopped in front of me for about three miles. I finally got to work, and the button on my pants popped off. One of my favorite pairs too. So I had to drive back home and change clothes. Then I went out for a run, and ended up somehow miscalculating the miles for the loop and ran an extra half mile. While that isn't bad, it took much longer than I had anticipated and I already have been gone an extra hour and a half this morning. UGH!! Glad there is only a couple of more hours, and hopefully I won't mess up anything else today.
I get to go to Jackpot tomorrow, I get to go to Jackpot tomorrow. I can't wait... get out of town for a little bit, do some gambling, have a nice dinner and come back. For those of you who don't know, Jackpot is a border town right on the border of Nevada and Idaho. It is about a 3 hour drive, and I can't wait. The baby will be staying home with daddy and getting in some bonding time with dad! While I am still saving money and doing well, I have enough put away that I can take a bit out to go have fun on.
I am so very hungry today. It seems like no matter what I eat, I am still hungry. I had 2 scrambled eggs and a Nutrisystem bar for breakfast. That usually fills me up until lunch. I was starving by lunchtime. For lunch I had a huge homemade chicken salad with Wishbone Greek Vinegraitte dressing. And I am sitting here still so hungry. Not sure what is up with that. I have drank a ton of water too.
Gratitude: Once again today I am thankful for my job, old and new. A friend of mine just lost her job last week and she has a baby that just turned 3. I know that she is having a really tough time right now, so I am just thankful for my job, and what I do have right now.
WINS: Two runs that were awesome this week, and the one today not so awesome, but still a run. Drinking lots of water. Eating cleaner, healthier, and enjoying it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Wow, August is almost over. Where has the time gone? I felt fall in the air this morning and it made me think of my sweaters and boots. I am looking forward to the change in weather and clothes.
As a hobby I bake/decorate cakes. Some have asked if I do it professionally and I do not. I do it as a hobby. I love to do it! Here are some pictures of the cakes I have done in the past:
These are some of the ones I have done. It is fun, and it keeps me busy and keeps my creative side going.
Met my flylady goals last night. I got stuff accomplished, so maybe 15 minutes really DOES work. I felt good with what I was able to get done, still have time for Blake, make dinner, and get everything ready for this morning. It feels good to be tackling some of this stuff.
Tonights goal is grocery shopping/meal planning, Flylady missions for today, and hit the closet for a little bit.
I am doing good in staying with my calories and drinking my water today. I am headed out for a run in a little bit, I am hoping it is as nice as yesterday was.
Gratitude: Thankful for clean water to drink today. Water is tasting really good today.
WINS: Run, staying within calories, drinking water.
Monday, August 25, 2014
I am so behind on my blog. I really need to get back to daily accountability because I do so much better when I hold myself accountable. And right now, eating and exercise hasn't been the priority it was just a few weeks ago. That is because I haven't been taking care of me in the process, just trying to do the process, go through the motions and not be present in the journey. No more, I am taking back my life and my health before it spirals way out of control.
So my little guy and I have been out doing some fun stuff, since our big summer plans have been revamped due to the Operation Saving Money! How is that going? Well thanks for asking, it is going pretty well. I have money saved for the new heater, and paid off the $400 dollar air conditioning bill in two months. My Christmas fund hasn't seen much put into it in the past couple of months, but the bills ARE paid, I haven't used credit, and we have groceries in the cupboard. Well, when I go to the grocery store we will have groceries in the cupboard.
My mom came over for a surprise weekend, and that was fun. Blake got to spend time with his grandma, and I got a day to myself with my mom. I had taken the week off, which was planned and it just so happened that they should up on my week off. I got some cleaning and stuff done, shopping, and quality time. They left on Sunday and I went to the fair on Monday....
So I took the little guy to the fair to see how he would do. He went from 2 in the afternoon until 10 at night. He LOVED the fair. We ate fair junk, again which he loved, rode the rides and had some great fun. He even had a "date" for the day, and she rode the rides with him. He went on boats, a fun house about a million times, a jeep ride, a camel ride, got to pet a baby lion. He was a busy guy. I think that was the most fun I have had at the fair in a very long time. Now I know better and will buy the discounted ride bracelets next year, and discounted tickets.
Finally back to work for a day and then I had volunteered to cater our luncheon. It is our appreciation lunch, and we get so many $$$ to have whatever for lunch. We have done everything from full on BBQ ourselves, to having the event catered. Catering takes a lot of money, so for the same price, another girl in the office and I catered our lunch. I was up all night cooking pulled pork, pulled beef, potato salad and cut watermelon. My friend made a root beer cake, german chocolate cupcakes, mac and cheese, a chopped salad, and more cut up watermelon. We also had baked beans to round it all out. OMG, it was a really great lunch and so yummy, but let me tell you I was sooo tired the next day. I think I was running on about 3 ours of sleep, but oh well worth it.
Then to round out the week, I volunteered to make a birthday cake for the little neighbor boy who turned 3 this weekend, and attend the color run. The birthday part was good, a little bit odd, but all in all a good party. They had a water slide, the kind that you can rent and blow up. Very fun!! The odd part was I was under the impression they were serving lunch as I was told a bbq with hot dogs and hamburgers. So I didn't feed Blake lunch, and they never did serve any of that, just some chips and salsa, and of course the birthday cake. No drinks either. So I finally took Blake home, fed him lunch, let him have a nap and we went back after his nap. He was doing much better with some lunch, and a nap. Then on to the next morning and the COLOR RUN...
What a very fun run to do. My girlfriend and I just had a blast the whole morning. We got there about 7:30 a.m. and we had great parking. That started the day off perfect, to find parking close to the finish line is unheard of. We then went and hit the before race party zone and warmed up with some zumba. Fun stuff!! The instructor was awesome, and with zumba it is all about the instructor. One of the best things, the instructor was not a size 2 perfect body. She was overweight, but very much in shape and she absolutely loved what she did. It made it so much nicer for the rest of us trying it. She made it FUN. Then we were off to the starting line. We started out with a really easy pace and hit the first color booth, which was pink. I was pinkified... and then the next was purple. Keeping a pretty easy pace, not slow, not fast we hit the color stations, water station. My girlfriend had a huge smile the whole time... this was her first race. She even made us tutu's to wear for the run. We finished with a 34: something... as it isn't officially times I used my runkeeper and didn't stop the clock right at the finish. It took us a minute to get through the finish line and to the finish line party where we were colorified some more. I totally kept my shirt and will preserve it with vinegar and a hot iron.
The next day we took the little guy to the Water Park, (Roaring Springs) and he had a blast playing in the kiddie pool. This was his first time in a pool that he could touch the bottom. He just floated around, kicked around and loved to watch the bucket of water dump. He went down the slides a couple of times but really wasn't interested in the slides. He kept telling me he was "too little."
I got to do some of the big kid rides, and I was totally worn out by the end of the weekend. It was hard to get up today. I don't have cards with the neighbors tonight, so looking at a nice evening at home doing some organization and closet cleaning.
My goals this week are too hit the flylady system hard, and just get on board with the 15 minutes at a time, get my evening routine done, and have things ready and laid out. If I do this all week, I will reward myself on Friday by picking up Blake early from daycare and going to get French fries and ice cream at the park.
I didn't win my last diet bet, because I did NOT Work at it. Funny how that works, and I missed it by .5. I thought my scale tracked to the closest ounce, but I am not sure now... I will have to look it up. But it just goes to show that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. If you just go through the motions, and not work at it, and not put anything into it, you don't win. This is my lesson for the year.... you only get out what you put into it. I truly believe that goes for anything.
One last thought before I get to my gratitude list..... I got good news last week. I am getting an office, new job responsibilities, and possibly a new title. I am super excited about this change and can't wait to get going on it. Especially into my new office. I can't believe I am going to have my own office. Talk about a big girl grown up job finally.
Gratitude: I am SOOO thankful for a healthy baby, one I can take to the water park, the fair, and do fun stuff with. There are so many sick babies in this world, and it so isn't fair. Those parents deserve to have a prayer sent for them.
I am thankful that my parents had a safe trip here and back, and that Blake has a family that loves him tremendously.
I am thankful for my husband in his support and total devotion to our child.
I am thankful for my job, and being able to take time off. And thankful for being able to come to work.
I am thankful for my friends, and having two legs to run on.
I am thankful for the 18 pounds that I have already lost.
So, I know my grateful list was completely full today, but I have to remember it is the small things that add up to something wonderful. In the words of Julia Roberts as Shelby from Steel Magnolias: I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
And right now my life is wonderful.
WINS: Getting in exercise as a rule, instead of an exception. Running 3x per week, Strength training 1x per week, swimming a couple of times a week.
Needs Improvement: Eating, drinking water.
Sorry this was so long, and I promise to do better to keep up with it. It is my accountability and I do much better when I update myself.
Have a great Monday and a fantastic week!!
Monday, August 04, 2014
I have such low non existant energy right now. I am not sure what is wrong, I am taking a vitamin daily, taking my thyroid medicine religiously and I still feel totally completely run down and on edge. Exercise seems to completely wipe me out, and it isn't like I am running marathons, or evening training for one. My 3 or 4 miles is wiping me out for most of the day, and I can't seem to get enough energy to complete even the most trivial household chore. This has been going on for weeks now, and I can't seem to shake it. It is becoming most frustrating.
Having low energy also means having very little patience, and right now I need both. My two year old can be trying in the best of times but when I am tired, (and he is not) it really can become a battle of wills. This is not good!! Hopefully this week, I can focus on getting some good sleep and start feeling better.
The rest of the stuff is still in process. Since I have had no energy, Operation Declutter/Cleanout has been put off. I did get the boxes home, but they are now taking up valuable real estate on the kitchen table. Maybe this week they will get put to use.
Operation Saving Money is still going strong. After my initial feeling bad about canceling our camping trip, it turned out to be a pretty good weekend anyway. We got in lots of swimming, a four mile run on Saturday, and long naps. One of my favorites. Next Saturday we are going to BBQ/Pool party so that will help with the not getting to go on my vacation to Oregon. I have some fun stuff planned food wise, and healthy. With a creative dessert. Since my nieces birthday theme was Come have Smore, I am 4, I am going to do Smores for dessert and make smore cupcakes, or something like that.
I am going to take a mini vacation for the Fair this year. That will be my fun stuff, and I am going to take 4 days, get that Operation Cleanout finished up on two of the days, the fun stuff with my son for a couple of days, and the Family day at the Fair. I am going with my sister in law and a friend, who has a daughter close to Blake's age so they can ride the rides together. I think he will do much better on the rides with someone.
Gratitude: Grateful today for My Camp WannaBeFit, for keeping me motivated, and on track most of the time. I love this group and it has been most beneficial for me in getting this weight off. Not to mention the friends that I have had the pleasure of meeting.
WINS: 4 mile run. My long steady distance is increasing, my minutes per mile is decreasing. Last week ran my first ever 10 minute mile.
Have a Wonderful Monday!!
Friday, August 01, 2014
Today I am feeling much better about things. So I didn't get to go on my trips, and of course it isn't the end of the world. I keep looking at that credit card and saying things like, I could just charge the trip, that would be less money than the furnace. But that would be totally defeating the point. The point is my house and tenants must have heat this winter, and I didn't do what I was supposed to do a long time ago. This means, I must sacrifice now and in the end I will have grown and learned a valuable lesson from it. Lessons learned help us grow and I won't make the same mistake twice. Money will be put away every month now, maybe just not as much as I have to save now. I will have a great Christmas to look forward to as I haven't had to dip into that savings yet. I forgot my mission for a couple of days and felt sorry for myself. I am pulling myself out of the oh poor me mind set and getting it together. Even the scale showed this week that I was in a slight downer mood.
Today is going to be a very productive day and I am going to get things cleaned up and enjoy my weekend even if it isn't what I wanted to do. I can still have fun even if I am not doing what was originally planned.
We have hit the terrible two's and the awful three's all rolled into one. My little guy is not being nice, and now is taking away toys from other kids. Ugh... I don't know how to explain that he needs to share, and to be nice. I know some of it is his age, but I don't want a little bully on my hands. I told him before daycare today that he needed to be nice to the other kids, not hit, not take away there toys, and if there is another kid without any toys he needs to share his with them. He was talking about being nice when he went in, we will see how today goes.
One of my team members gave me a recipe for cauliflower rice and OMG it was soo good and so easy to make. I am going to make some more today for lunch.
2 c. cauliflower grated. I just used a cheese grater to get it the consistency of rice.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix the cauliflower and the oil in a bowl, stir it all up, then I put it in a baking pan in the oven at 350* and baked it for about 25 minutes. I am going to experiment with some other herbs and spices, maybe some basil, oregano and give it an Italian flavor.
Gratitude: Thankful for having half days on Fridays. I love my work schedule and having a half a day off on Fridays allows me to get some stuff done.
WINS: Eating healthy today.
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