Yeah that seems about accurate. I've been doing really well with my calorie intake. Yesterday my mom took half a day so I could go take the civil service test for the third and hopefully last time and then we went grocery shopping. We went to Sam's Club and Walmart. We normally go to Sam's Club in Denham Springs but yesterday we went to the one by the Cortanna Mall only because it was right there. We went to that one right after it opened but we won't go to that one again. It's not stocked up like we are used to it being so we will go to our normal Sam's Club. We didn't need any meat so that's a good thing. Tomorrow I am breaking out the crock pot and making pork steaks and mushrooms. Sounds pretty tasty. I got some spinach at Sam's club. Spinach goes great in smoothies. I usually pack my smoothies with spinach. Can't taste the spinach and it's an easy way to get Elijah to get an extra veggie. I like spinach salads with strawberries. I picked up a small container of yellow cherry tomatoes. Going to attempt to grow a plant with the seeds. Hopefully it'll be successful this year. Wasn't last year thanks to the cats that my mom insists on feeding. I am not a cat person. So not a cat person. I'd rather have a dog. Love dogs. Once I get my own place I am going to have a dog or two. I really want labs. Chocolate, yellow and black labs. One male and one female. Pure bred labs. Ones I can get as puppies so they can grow up together and play together and to be nice to each other. Just saying. I had a black lab before. Mom says she was my first child. I hated leaving her behind. Not sure if she's still living or not. She was pretty old when we moved down here a couple of years ago. She stuck with me because I was the only one who paid attention to her.
Elijah slept until 8 yesterday. He comes into my room and he's like I slept in. Sure did buddy. I was able to get on the computer and shower and clean my room a little bit. It's 7:15 and the garbage truck just came. Waiting to see if Elijah is up or not. I am hoping he slept thru it. As much as I love him and want to spend time with him I still need some me time in the mornings and I would like to peacefully get my shower before he wakes up. I am going to wait a little bit longer for my shower since mom slept in this morning.
It's supposed to be in the 60s the next couple of days. I got used to the 70s and 80s. It stormed last night and was raining after my neighbor and I got done at the fitness center. I'm glad I live relatively close to the fitness center and I didn't have to walk much in the rain. Glad I brought my hoodie with me. There was a lunar eclipse last night and I wanted to see it but I knew I wasn't going to be able to stay up late enough or get up early enough to see it. Heard on the radio the next one is October 8th. Maybe I'll be able to see it then.
I woke up at 3:30 again this morning but decided not to get out of bed until almost 5. I was having this dream where I was a musician (I am in real life) and I was on a tour bus with other musicians and we had our very own bus driver and our own little bunks to sleep in and it was like 3:30 and we reach this part of the tour where we have to drive thru this wooded area that was almost swamp like and the only way to get thru it was on these tracks and they were twisty and narrow and there were vines all around and on the tracks. They were some thick vines too. The bus driver managed to successfully navigate the tracks on the tour bus to drop the first person off at their destination before taking us to where each person needed to be. It was a weird dream. I've told my mom that I do want to take a swamp tour since we do live in Louisiana. Something new and interesting to do.
I have thought about not drinking coffee any more but I would have this massive caffeine withdraw and the headache from a caffeine withdraw is massive and I don't want to deal with it. I've had a caffeine withdraw before in 2004. One the way from Pennsylvania to Louisiana (for the mission trip) I had a liter of Mountain Dew Code Red and a liter of Dr. Pepper and then nothing the next day. I ended up with the worst headache ever and sleeping on the couch from like mid afternoon to mid evening and missing dinner completely. My head hurt so bad. I've been drinking coffee first thing in the morning every morning for like 5-6 years if not a little bit longer. I didn't completely cut out caffeine when I was pregnant. I just didn't drink as much. I'm not about to slowly cut out caffeine or go cold turkey. If I did stop the caffeine I'd have to do it on the weekend so I could sleep off the headache and I know that my mom wouldn't watch Elijah for that long. So I'm not going to be a quitter and I am going to keep drinking my coffee as long as I possibly can.
So my neighbor called me last night asking if I can wait to go to the fitness center until 7:30-7:45 and I was like how about 8:15-8:30 and she's like that's fine. We are going to go grocery shopping today after I am done taking my civil service test for a state job and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to go to the fitness center tonight or not. I don't mind going later in the day. My neighbor wanted me to call her on Saturday morning to see if she wanted to come with me to the fitness center but she didn't answer her phone because she didn't hear it. So I got there at 6 and worked out without her. I am not going to worry about somebody else going to the fitness center with me. If they want to go I'll go with them but I am not going to wait for them. When I came home from the fitness center my upstairs neighbor was outside and he was looking at me like I was a piece of meat. Not happening buddy. He's got a woman and she is nice. Not a force to be reckoned with either. I'd rather not get on anybody's bad side. Besides I find him to be a bit of a turn off. I'm particular about stuff. That was the first time in almost two weeks that I've talked to him. I quit answering his text messages one night and then just forgot about them. Oops. My bad. He'll live. I'm not a piece of meat.
I had my lights out before 8:30 last night but didn't fall asleep until a little after 9 because I was texting my friend from PA. I got up this morning and was like it's gotta be like 2 or 3 and I was close. It was 3:27. I laid in bed for a little while and then got up and got my coffee. When I opened my eyes it felt like my eyelids were glued shut. Weird feeling but it's happened before. I got on the scale this morning and I gained a pound. Probably from the pasta I ate this week. I've had mac n cheese a couple of times this week. Anybody ever had the hamburger helper mac n cheese with hamburger? We make our own version of that using the Kraft mac n cheese and hamburger and I think it tastes better than the hamburger helper kind. Elijah doesn't like the hamburger mixed in with the mac n cheese. Elijah and I got started on the grocery list yesterday and I'm pretty proud of him. I told him we were going to get some healthy snacks and asked him what kind he wanted and the first thing he said was cottage cheese. Then he said vegetables and fruit. I wrote down some things and asked him what else and he's like candy. I'm like candy isn't healthy. We got a nice sized list. Glad we don't have to get meet other than ham for Easter.
I am definitely not going to be gaining and losing the same few pounds this challenge. That is so frustrating. I did that last challenge. My 1 pound gain is probably from the pasta I ate this week. I've been tracking all of my food since I got the spark people app on my phone on Wednesday and I've been within my calorie range. Yesterday was really close to the higher end of the calorie range. My calorie range is between 1390 and 1740 and yesterday I had 1715. Wednesday and Thursday I ate a little over 1500 calories. Going to try to eat closer to the 1390 end for a couple of days. I love Elijah. He can be the sweetest boy ever. We keep his bowls/plates/forks/spoons in a drawer because we had the extra drawer and didn't know what to do with it. Wednesday afternoon we were out for a walk and one of our neighbors was just getting home from work and Elijah and I stopped to talk to her and I was like lets go so we can make dinner and she asks him what we were having and I was planning on making bacon for dinner but didn't get inside on time. She's like I have some bacon bits that my husband found when he was working on the Domino's truck. Whenever they find something left on the Domino's trucks they bring it home. Guess they are allowed to. She said it's a huge bag and they'd never eat it all and asked if we wanted some and I was like sure. So we got nearly a full gallon storage bag full of bacon bits. They also gave us some ranch packets that were found on the truck and some crawfish and a couple of corn on the cobs. Mom and I didn't eat the crawfish. I'm not a seafood eater. I like certain kinds and in small amounts. Crawfish is not on the list. My mom ended up giving it to one of the ladies she works with. I ate the corn on the cob which had some kind of seasoning on it. Thursday morning my sweet little Elijah wanted some bacon bits so he went into his drawer and got two of his bowls out and got the bacon bits from the fridge and put some in each bowl and then put the bag away and he comes into the living room with both bowls and is like I got you some bacon bits and this bowl is for you and this bowl is for me. So we had bacon bits for breakfast. I was going to put bacon bits on the list but we don't need them for a while.
I thought it was funny. Love me some coffee tho. I stuck the coffee pot and the filter in the dishwasher yesterday. The one time my mom saw me wash them she's like why when we only put coffee in them and I'm like because I like a clean coffee pot and filter every once in a while. Plus coffee grinds sit in the filter all day and night and there's sometimes dried coffee in the pot and when mom makes coffee there's a little bit of coffee left in the pot. I like to have them cleaned every once in a while. It's just like the mugs that we got at Sam's Club whenever we moved down here. Nobody really uses them but I still wash them every once in a while because they get dust on them and sometimes if Elijah is helping me cook they get stuff on them. I want them to be clean. We don't get much company so it's not like anybody is going to see them dusty or whatever. Mom says I put OC in OCD. My best friend called me anal retentive (same thing as OCD). So I like things a certain way. To each his own.
In a little over an hour I'll be headed to the fitness center. My neighbor wants me to call her to see if she's going to go with me or not. My guess is probably not. I don't feel like having a workout partner this morning. I am going to take my treadmill workout routine with me. I am going to start doing exercises to stretch out my hips. They're feeling a bit tight lately. I found a few on Pinterest. Love Pinterest. I am going to print out some exercises next time we go to the library. Love having a library card. I haven't been reading much. I gotta renew some books and movies this morning. I've read one book and started on another. Might take my book to the fitness center and read while I am on the bike. Going to take my headphones and listen to some music. I've already warned my neighbor that I'm not a morning person. She says she's not either.
I really, really hate when the garbage truck gets here before 9am. Our apartment is close to two garbage dumpsters and 99% of the time when they come at 6 or 7 it wakes up Elijah. Elijah doesn't need to be up that early and I hate when he gets up that early. It just makes for a longer day with less time to quietly wake up for me. All I want is a little bit of peace and quiet and time to myself in the morning without having to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to do so. I am not asking for that much am I? Elijah figured out how to put the tv from HDMI 1 to TV setting so he can watch TV. We have yet to find the remote to the TV. We took back our cable/DVR and when we took that back we took the remote back. We have the remote to the blu ray player. Wild Kratts is on. Glad for that show. It's mostly animated but the beginning and the end are not. It's a show that teaches about different animals and the Kratt brothers get creature powers.
So glad it is Friday. I get to go to the fitness center tonight and tomorrow morning. Love my time at the fitness center. My neighbor wants me to call her tomorrow morning to go with me. She started listing all the reasons why she couldn't go on Saturday mornings. I know that her and her husband are only off on the weekends but they are rarely home during the week or on the weekends and if she really wanted to exercise and lose weight she would find a way to do so. I don't always feel like being at the fitness center at 6 or 7 in the morning. It's tough to get up that early. Especially on the weekends when all you want to do is sleep in a little bit. I know that if I don't go between 6 and 7 on a Saturday morning then I don't go. I am starting to look smaller. All of my efforts are paying off. Mom this morning is like look how skinny she's getting. I may not have lost as much weight as I have wanted to but I'm losing inches and losing fat and gaining muscles and getting stronger.
I was hoping to plug in an exercise DVD this morning. I still haven't tried the booty boot camp DVD yet. I don't think we are going to go to the library tomorrow so I am going to renew the DVDs in the morning. Elijah is definitely going to be in bed by 8 tonight. I started getting him ready for bed before 8 at night and I'm in my room by 8. We have our moments. I love how sweet Elijah can be. When he wants a moment he's like I just want a moment with you and my Yaya. Our moments include cuddling and talking. Love the cuddling. He's getting bigger and doesn't cuddle much any more. Mom leaves for work this morning and then like 5 minutes later there's a knock at the door and I go see who it is and it's her. So I open the door and she's like where's your phone and I was like in my room. She's like I've been trying to call you. She gets on my case if I'm on my phone too much and keep it in my bra and she gets on my case if I leave my phone in my room on the charger. Damned if I do. Damned if I don't. Can't win with her. Drives me crazy.
I am so glad it is Friday. The landscapers are coming and it's not supposed to rain today so hopefully they will cut the grass today. Not having to cut the grass is a benefit of living in an apartment but then again if it rains on the day they are supposed to come then they don't cut the grass and they don't come back until the next week. I am such a country girl. I love the smell of freshly cut grass. The window will definitely be open when they cut the grass by our apartment. I really do hate the city life. Mom is becoming a city girl. I'm not. Can't wait to live in the country again. Once I am able to move back to the country I am going to.
Yesterday my neighbor texted me and asked what I was doing later and all I said was fitness center. I go to the fitness center on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays after mom goes to work and Saturday mornings as long as I get up on time and any day where mom doesn't have to work as long as I know in advance. Yesterday was Wednesday and she knows that I go to the fitness center. She wanted to know if I would go between 8:45-9 and I was like sure. She's not the most reliable person and she's never home anyways and usually gives me parenting advice so we don't hang out very much. I didn't tell my mom that she wanted to go to the fitness center so I went right after mom got home from work and did 30 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes on the treadmill and lifted some weights in between. I went right after mom got home because I wasn't sure if she would actually go and I didn't want to miss a workout. If she did go it would be a bonus workout for me. We did the treadmill for 30 minutes. She says she wants to lose weight because her and her husband want to have another kid. She's 40 and he's 48 so good luck to them on getting pregnant again. I, for one, will take all of the opportunities to go to the fitness center and get a workout in. I am determined to make this challenge better than the last one. Go Firecrackers! My neighbor wants me to call her when I go to the fitness center on Saturday morning and see if she wants to go. If she wants to go then great. I'll workout with her. If she doesn't go then I'll workout alone. No big deal.
I have been wanting to get the SparkPeople app for both my phone and my tablet but it is $3.99 so I just used the site. I was able to download the Spark America app but didn't really use it all that much because it's not exactly what I wanted. I log into SparkPeople yesterday and there's an article that says the Spark app is now free. I was so totally excited about it that I now have it on my phone and tablet. One of the things that I like about the app is that it has a barcode and I can scan in foods rather than type them out. I actually tracked all of my food yesterday. I always have my phone on me so while my food was heating up I tracked it. This app is exactly what I needed. The biggest reason why I didn't track my food was because I wasn't on the computer all the time and then when I was on the computer I would forget something that I ate which is why I started writing it down. I did that for a few weeks and then got bored with it. Now I can track my food when I eat it and be done with it and not forget something and know where I am at with my calories. Pretty nice app to have. Definitely very useful. I am hopeful about Saturday's weigh in. I'm hoping for like 1 or 2 pounds lost. The goal is to lose 10.45 pounds by 5/31 when the challenge ends.
Monday I am going to take the state civil service test again for the third time. Fingers crossed I pass this time. Third time's a charm. I got a call last night from the blood bank. I made an appointment to give blood. It's going to be at the blood bank instead of the church. I can give whole blood every 56 days. If I keep the appointment on Saturday I get 700 points. I'm not giving blood for the points but I like getting the points. With the 700 points from Saturday I'll have 1200 points and I'll be able to get the Baskin Robins icecream that I'm saving my points for. I currently have 500 and you need 600 to get 2 pints or quarts of the icecream. With Saturday's points I'll be able to get 4 pints or quarts. I like that idea. I like icecream.