Monday afternoon I went to get on the internet on my computer and couldn't. Tuesday I ran a disc defrag on my computer and still couldn't get on the internet. No suck luck on Wednesday. My sister doesn't know where her computer cord is at so she borrows mine from time to time. If my computer isn't plugged in it shuts down because of the battery. So I get on the computer this morning and so far everything is running smoothly. My sister borrowed my computer cord yesterday and my computer was on so the juice in my battery was gone and my computer shut down. I am happy to have the internet working and to not be so frustrated. I get to spend some time on the computer. This week I get 4 days to myself because my sister works today instead of being off. So happy. Hopefully she gets some coffee creamer today at work because we ran out yesterday and I completely ruined my coffee today. I drank enough of the coffee to make me feel human and not stiff but the rest of the day I'll be drinking some hot tea.
It's a chilly morning today. It was like 47 when we left the apartment. It's only supposed to be 78 today. Not complaining about the cooler weather. It's just a hot tea and fuzzy soft socks kind of day today along with my favorite hoodie. I literally own only 1 hoodie and I wear it all the time when it's cold and my mom hates it. I got it for Christmas one year when I was either in middle school or high school. At the beginning I didn't like hoodies and I didn't wear it but over time I began to love this hoodie. I've had other hoodies and they weren't as comfortable as this one is. I wore this hoodie when I was pregnant with Elijah. So it stretches. It gets washed every week. I've convinced my mom to get the stuff to make our own laundry detergent. A friend of mine posted how she makes it on Facebook and then my mom found a different way to make it. We are going to try the different way. It'll be cheaper to make it ourselves than it would be to keep buying it. Mom is going to buy the stuff for it and Debbie is going to bring home 2 icing buckets and I am going to spend the day making the detergent. The article we've read says it lasts them about 18 months. I do a lot of laundry because I have a child so it may not last 18 months. I'll be happy if it lasts at least 6 months. I don't mind spending the time making it if it's going to last longer than what you get at the store and gets the job done.
Today is day 23 of the 30 day squat and kettle bell swing challenges. I haven't done any yet but it's only 9am so I have time to them. I'll probably get a shower after my sister goes to work and then do some cleaning. The kitchen needs cleaned. We didn't do dishes yesterday. So that's what I'll be doing in a little while. I may use the carpet cleaner in Elijah's bedroom since his room is still cleaned. Debbie and I cleaned it yesterday and I vacuumed it. I was thinking about cleaning my room but then I got to thinking that mom and Debbie put stuff in my room either on my night stand or my bed and Elijah comes in my room and messes in stuff so there's really no point in spending a few hours cleaning or doing a lot of cleaning because it's just going to get messed up. The interview at Sam's Club still hasn't happened yet because of the assessment. As nice as it would be to have a job I guess this job isn't for me at this time. Apparently neither is Waffle House again. Something will come up eventually.
Before we started grocery shopping Elijah wanted to have a fancy date with me. We were talking about what day to have it and we picked last night and we were talking what we would eat. He decided we should eat chicken and rice. I added a vegetable to dinner. For dessert he said we should have chocolate cake. On my walk yesterday I stopped and picked some flowers for on the table. The pictures aren't the best pictures but they show us on our fancy date. I got in a skirt and a nice shirt and straightened out my hair before I went to pick Elijah up off of the bus. Then while I was cooking dinner Elijah did his homework and got into his suit. He told my mom that she was going to be our waiter but by the time dinner was ready she wasn't home. While I was making dinner Elijah said we needed to use the biggest glass plates we own for our fancy date. He set the table up with a fork and a butter knife. Even tho sometimes he doesn't listen and has a bit of an attitude and sometimes gets on my nerves, he's a sweet boy and very thoughtful. After our fancy date Elijah changed his clothes and decided we should go for a walk with his scooter. So we did. We spent over an hour outside because we were with one of the kids that rides his bus and her friends. Elijah didn't want to go home when it was starting to get dark. It was getting close to 7 and it starts getting dark at that point. I don't like to be out in the dark. I'm not afraid of the dark. I'm afraid of what's in the dark. Plus with the way the cars speed in the parking lot it's just not safe to be out in the dark. Elijah hasn't gotten that concept yet. We may be spending some time outside earlier in the day this weekend.
It's Saturday and it's week 4 or 5 weigh in for the 8 week fall challenge. Last week I lost 3 pounds. This week I gained 1 pound. So frustrating. I am doing a 30 day squat challenge and a 30 day kettle bell swing challenge so the muscles may have some effect on the number going up. I have noticed changes since I've started the challenges. My butt is getting perky and my thighs are looking better. Today is day 18. 12 more days of those challenges. My friend and I talk at the bus stop and on the way home from the bus stop about stuff and she says she needs to do some squats and I told her that at the end of the month I will give her the squat challenge that I'm currently doing and she can do it. I'll give her all of the squat challenges once I am done with them. The next two challenges start out where that last one leaves off. So my butt and thighs are going to be looking really nice by the end of the year after all 3 squat challenges are done. I'll admit I really don't want to do these challenges but I am curious to see what I look like at the end of the year when they are done. All I need is a little distraction action like music or the TV while I am doing the squats. I think for the kettle bell swings I am going to continue to do them with the squats so that way I have a way to break up the squats. I was looking at the Walmart app in the fitness department and they have bigger kettle bells. The biggest I've seen was a 50 pound kettle bell. Once I get a job I am going to order a 10 and a 15 pound kettle bells. The 5 pound one I have is a nice start but it's light. Then I'll save up some money and get a 20 and 25 pound kettle bell and keep saving until I have the 30. 35 and 50 pound kettle bells. I may or may not be able to use the 35 or 50 pound ones for a while but Elijah will be able to when he gets older. I'm not going to get anything heavier than the 50 pounds. Don't think they make anything heavier than 50 pounds. It'll be a nice set to have. I'm going to save up and get a set of dumbbells as well. I have a set of 2 pound dumbbells but I need a bit heavier. I went to the fitness center yesterday and rode the bike for half hour while Elijah's clothes were drying. I was alone. Just the way I like it.
I just completed day 15 of the squat and kettle bell swing challenges. The numbers are getting bigger every day it's not a rest day. I've come up with a plan on Monday. I break the squats up into groups of 20 and the kettle bell swings into groups of 30 and write down after I've completed each set. I'll do 20 squats and then 30 swings until I've reached the total number I need to do. By the time I'm getting to like the 4th or 5th set I'm wanting to quit the challenges completely but I do the numbers that I'm supposed and I do each squat and swing like it's the first set and correctly. I am half way thru my challenge and the numbers are not going to get any smaller. By December 30th I'll be doing 750 squats. Hopefully by then I'll be doing 50 squats at a time. I've noticed a change in my upper inner thighs where the thighs meet the hips. Seeing that change makes me keep going. I'm not sure what I am going to do next month with the weight lifting. I've been spending more time walking outside than actually walking on the treadmill or sitting on the bike. I just don't feel like being inside. I'm racking up the steps that way by taking 2 or 3 walks a day plus going to and from the bus stop every day. My pants are starting to be bigger on me!
My sister went to the gym for the first time in weeks last night. Mom hasn't been to the gym in a while. Neither has my best friend. It seems like I'm the only one who isn't sick (mom and sister) or has sick kids (best friend). I guess all of my exercising helps keep me from being sick. Not sure how Elijah isn't sick. He's up to date on his shots and the only shot he needs to get every year until he's 11 is his flu shot. I didn't go in yesterday to talk to my sister's manager. Going in on Friday.
We spent $90 on meat to freeze at Sam's Club last night. We bought 2 packages of ground beef, 2 packages of beef stew meat, a package of chicken and a package of pork steaks. I separated it all today and got 22 individual packages of meat. We also spent $15-$20 on a bag of frozen Tilapia at Sam's Club last night since we didn't get any salmon. I'm hoping all of this meat lasts a while. Tonight I am going to be getting stuff for vegetable soup. I need the canned veggies, frozen veggies and the celery and the kielbosa. I'm going to be getting some ham or turkey and crackers for Elijah's lunch and make some lunchables for him. I need some apples for his lunch as well. My friend and I started to get snacks for her daughter and Elijah for the walk home from the bus stop. If only we can get the two to not share with the other kids we will be ok. I know the other kids won't share their snacks with them. I got them gummies and my friend usually gets cookies or cupcakes or something. I'll bring a pack or two for Elijah and my daughter. Not worried about the other kids. Don't really like the other kids.
It's a cool Tuesday morning. I'm loving it the nice break from the hot weather. It's supposed to be 78 today. I've taken a walk this morning after my shower. I did my squat challenge. It's a rest day on the kettle bell swing challenge. My sister is picking me up about 12:30 to go talk to her manager about a job at Sam's Club in the cafe. Same hours as my sister but not as many hours. I think my sister said 32 hours. Better than the 0 hours I am getting now. If I get hired there I'll be on the same schedule as my sister and once I get a few paychecks I am going to get some protein powder I've been dying to try and the shakers. Those two things should cost me about $60 but I won't have to buy the shakers again and it'll be $40 for the protein powder if I like it. It's a big bag and there's vanilla, chocolate and the cookies and cream. I am going to get the cookies and cream first and then the vanilla with the next paycheck and then the chocolate after that. I'll see how long one bag lasts me. My sister got some vanilla protein powder at Walmart and has been putting it in smoothies and it's pretty tasty. At Target I've been eyeballing these big plastic drinking bottles and they are like $10 each and I want a purple one. So guess what I'll be getting?! One of those as well. I'll be putting some money aside for a 10 pound kettle bell and 2 5-10 pound weights and a pair of weight lifting gloves. Today makes 3 years since I quit my job and it'll be the third interview. If 3 really is my lucky number I'll get the job. I've passed my drivers test for my license on the third try and I passed the civil service test on the third try. We shall wait and see.
Grocery shopping starts tonight. I'm pretty much done with the list. Going to go back to Sam's Club after mom gets home from work tonight. I can't wait to get some fruit and veggies especially the leafy green kind (spinach and kale). I love salads with spinach and kale as the base instead of like iceburg lettuce. I love to put cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, bacon bits and chicken or tuna and cheese on my salads. I might be picking up a package of the chicken fajita meat at Sam's Club tonight. I want to get the Asian salad dressing. Love that dressing. I love having a big salad for lunch or dinner.
I am in a better mood now than what I was last night and this morning. There are 3 adults living in this apartment and it seems like I am the only who can put away dinner. We had spaghetti last night and the noodles were gone which left some sauce. I was tempted to leave it out because quite honestly I didn't feel like putting it away and we were out of spaghetti noodles. Then I decided I was going to make lasagna for myself for lunch while mom and Debbie were at work. I figured last night that if they can't put away left over dinner then they couldn't have lasagna. We got the kind of lasagna that you have to boil first before you put it in the oven but I had used it in the crock pot the last time and it wasn't until after the sauce was on that I read the box. So the lasagna has been in the oven for almost an hour and a half. I've had to open a new jar of sauce but I can use that next week after we go grocery shopping. On my way to the fitness center with a load of towels that needed to be dried one of the guys who installs carpets for the complex stopped and gave me a compliment about the amount of weight I have lost and what a nice ass I have. Made me feel good. I've been in the dumps about it since Saturday when I got on the scale and gained 4 pounds last week. I have a weigh in tomorrow morning. I'm hoping to be down about 2 pounds. Maybe 3. I started using the Moves tracker again. I wanted to see how many steps I take now that I've started walking again while Elijah's in school. I walked 2 hours yesterday and took over 11,000 steps. I'm going to go for another walk after I eat and do my squats and kettle bell swings.
The lasagna is smelling good. My sister hates that I put peppers in the sauce. I used turkey because we didn't have ground beef because Sam's Club didn't have any. Should have gotten a small thing at Walmart. It's on the list for this month. I have a feeling that something big is going to come along soon as far a job or something. It'll be 3 years since I quit my job on Tuesday. So something will come along around that time. It'll be 3 years next month that we've moved. It was 3 years last month since I wrecked my car. I dislike these 3 months every year. I'll keep my chin up.