I am a huge fan of smoothies. Love them. You can get your 5 fruits and veggies in one cup in the morning and be done with them. So delicious. The way that my sister makes them they taste like pie or muffins. Yesterday and today it's pumpkin smoothies. She puts honey, oatmeal (the quick cooking kind), almond milk, frozen banana and vanilla yogurt in all of her smoothies. To get it to taste like pumpkin pie she adds the spices you put in a pumpkin pie and pumpkin puree. She's not happy about the vanilla Greek yogurt that I bought but I buy Greek yogurt. She can buy the other kind of yogurt when she does the shopping. The other smoothie she makes she puts frozen blueberries and frozen strawberries in it. I made a blueberry banana smoothie and it was so tasty and so pretty. It was purple.
I am such a book worm. I love to read. I've been reading after Elijah goes to bed and usually end up reading for longer than I plan to. I have two lamps. One on my bed and one on my dresser. I turn the one off on my dresser and turn the other one on and it isn't enough light to read but I'm to lazy to get out of bed and to turn the other one off. My sister moved in and she has the dining room and she reads as well. So she decided to get some Christmas lights and hang them above where she sleeps so she can read and not have the big light on. I've had Christmas lights that are rope like so I decided to put them at the head of the bed since the lamp is at the foot of the bed and between the Christmas lights and the lamp I have enough light to read for a while. It may sound silly and look ridiculous but it works. It's an option for other readers who like to read in bed but don't want to disturb the other person in bed. I'll be finishing up the book I am reading now tonight if I don't read sooner.I have a stack of books on my TV stand that either are on the last renewal or I have one renewal left. There's 5 books in the stack. I think I can read them in 3 or 4 weeks and return them to the library. I have the ones that have to go back first on top of the ones that have one renewal left. I still have others in my bag that have 2 renewals left so I got time to read them. I can put a huge dent in a book when I read at night since Elijah's bedtime is now around 7-7:15. I am usually out of his room about 7:30 and I can read for an hour and a half before I go to bed. I love to read.
I got on the wii fit plus board and weighed myself and it said 208. That is totally awesome! I've been there once before during a challenge and haven't been able to hit it again until the other day. The fall challenge starts on Saturday. I'm looking forward to it. This challenge will be the first challenge where I can exercise in the mornings after Elijah gets on the bus or shortly afterwards.I'll have about 10.5 pounds to lose and if I am able to lose that I'll finally be under 200 pounds! Totally exciting. My eating has been good. I haven't been tracking my eating lately because I was stressing over the number of calories and the sodium intake and stressing wasn't helping the numbers go where it's supposed to go. I tracked every day for months. I eventually started slacking off a little bit and was either tracking at the end of the day or the next day. When I started stressing I stopped tracking. I haven't tracked much in the last couple of months.
Today doesn't seem like it should be a Monday Funday but it is in a way. My mom and sister are at work and Elijah is at school and I'm at home enjoying the peace and quiet and being alone. I am going to do a quick blog and then some videos on YouTube and get a shower. I am downloading more songs to iTunes from the CDs I picked up from the library. 2 of them I've already downloaded the last time I borrowed the CDs and I didn't realize it when I put it on hold which leaves me with two CDs to download. I love the library. I've gotten a decent sized playlist on iTunes. There are some songs that aren't on CD and can only be purchased from iTunes so once I get the money I am going to be getting those songs but in the meantime I will be listening to them on YouTube. Gotta love YouTube. I absolutely love when everybody is at school or work. Elijah and I ate breakfast together this morning. I didn't bother turning on the TV this morning. I didn't feel like dealing with it or listening to it.
We went grocery shopping yesterday. We went to Sam's Club and to Walmart. We have to pick up some things at Target. My sister and I agreed that we should take turns getting stuff for smoothies. She got stuff last time. I am getting stuff this time. Next time it will be her turn. We went to a different Walmart yesterday and they had these plastic containers that had a lunch packed inside. There was a sandwich, an apple, 2 cheese sticks and a capri sun. It was 2 for $5 and Elijah wanted one. I ended up getting him 2 of them for his lunch today and tomorrow. When we got home I looked at the calendar with the school menu and I'm glad that we picked them up because he wasn't going to eat what's on the menu today or tomorrow and that saves me some time packing his lunches for both days. We have the menu for the whole school year. I found it and had mom printed it out. I picked up some things for his lunch while we were grocery shopping. Sam's Club had some things that were on sale so I picked them up.
I have to clean my closet. My sister wanted some Christmas lights so she could read at night without the light coming from the chandelier. I had some but she said it was too bright for her. Her and mom went to Hobby Lobby and she found some. I might use the ones that Debbie doesn't like because I do have a lamp on my bed but it doesn't give off enough light to read with. I got it because I have a loft bed and I had to climb into bed in the dark and I didn't want to break anything or get hurt at night. I have a lamp on my dresser but I have to climb out of bed to turn it off and then climb back into bed. I'm not that motivated once I get into my bed at night. I have to put the boxes back onto the shelf now.
I gotta have my coffee in the mornings. Mom used to drink coffee every morning but now she drinks it on Saturdays and Sundays and any scheduled day off during the week. She drinks decaff coffee. I drink the coffee that has caffeine in it.
September is a good month. Got the premiers of 19 Kids and Counting (9/2), Biggest Loser (9/11), Law and Order: SVU and Chicago PD (both on 9/24). 4 of my favorite shows. Season Finale of Extreme Weight Loss was this past Tuesday. The Biggest Loser was good. Different. At the beginning Bob Harper wasn't introduced. I like how the eliminated players are sent to Bob Harper in come back canyon and given another chance. They didn't tell anybody about that. Seasons 14 and 15 I predicted who the winners were going to be and they turned out to be winners. For Season 16 I have somebody in mind. However it's a female and females won the last two seasons. I'm a little leery about picking another female because it's about time a guy wins and it's still at the beginning of the season as well. So my pick is the 18 year old. I forget her name but she's young and can lose weight quickly and she looks tough. Lets see how my prediction turns out. I'd love to go 3 for 3 at picking the winners. I am looking forward to watching all of my shows. I'm glad I have the TV guide app on my phone to remind me when the show starts and the NBC app for if I miss the shows on NBC.
I haven't blogged much since Elijah started school. Partly because I really don't feel like blogging. I've been logging in everyday. I have a 340 day log in streak going on. My goal is to log in every day for at least a year. I have 25 days left. I am not exactly sure how I've managed to log in every single day for the last 340 days. Since Elijah has started school I haven't felt like taking walks every day. I haven't really felt like going to the fitness center every day either. I've been eating a ton of pasta since my sister moved in. I'm not exactly thrilled that her 18 pound cat is an indoor cat either. This cat is huge. Debbie and I aren't sure how he's so big. He doesn't eat that much cat food and doesn't eat people food and he lays around all day. I don't like cats. I'd rather have a house full of dogs. Big dogs. Not the little dogs who look like cats. Big dogs like labs. I would love to have pure breeds of the chocolate labs, black labs and yellow labs. Male and female of each kind. That's a goal. I'd love to be able to get them all as puppies so they grow up together. Some day when I have a big enough house and yard for them to live and run around in. Still want a house on a few acres of land in the country. I'm not a city girl. Mom's turned into a city girl. I like peace and quiet. I don't like neighbors as close as they are in an apartment complex. I don't like hearing traffic or sirens at all times of the day or night. I don't like hearing when the neighbors are taking a shower or flushing the toilets. I don't like headlights shining in bedroom windows at night or people having conversations outside when I'm trying to go to sleep. I get up early and I go to bed early.
I'll be finishing up the grocery list today. Grocery shopping after church tomorrow unless mom feels the need to skip church to go grocery shopping which I don't think is a good idea. All we have to do is go to Sam's Club and to Walmart. I love the new savings catcher Walmart came out with. I looked at the other ads and found a few things to get at Walmart. Going to see if I could get the savings back. The first time I scanned my receipt I got $1.98 back and when my sister and I went I got back all of $0.08 back. Better than nothing. So I'm going to let it grow until like December and see how much I can get. Whatever you get back gets transferred to an e-gift card. Works for me. I don't mind going thru the sales ads but what I don't like is making a list and mom not feeling like getting what's on the list because she doesn't feel like going every which way. So I stopped making a list for places other than Walmart and Sam's Club.I like how Sam's Club has certain amount off of stuff every other month. It's usually stuff we get or like. I get the chicken fajita meat and put it on my salads. Tasty. This time around it's on sale. Bonus.
The 2014 Fall challenge starts next Saturday. I'm looking forward to it. It'll be the motivation I need. I weighed myself on the WII fit board and I'm down to 209. Yay! I am going to try this week to stay below 210. I could be below 200 by the time the challenge ends.I got the invitation for the Monarch Tigers team yesterday. I still have the goal to be on every team for the challenges. I have a few teams left. I have yet to be on the same team twice. Once I have been on all of the teams I'll probably rotate thru them again. Variety is the spice of life. We are going to the library today. Dropping off some books and movies and picking some more up. I have a few CDs on hold. Monday I am going to work on getting the music onto iTunes and then onto my phone. I have a book to be picked up as well. I have some things to print out while I am there. I haven't decided if I am going to get any more workout DVDs or do YouTube videos and the DVDs I already have. Probably the latter option. I haven't been doing the DVDs I've borrowed from the library. I need to renew books that are due today. What's funny is that I'll renew books and some of them go back to the library after being renewed. I don't pay attention to the titles when renewing the books or movies. I haven't felt like reading books since Elijah has started school either. Need to work on that. I have time. I could finish the smaller books in a day.
About 11 last night Elijah opens my door and goes into the living room coughing. So I go into the bathroom to get him some cough medicine and while I am doing that he's throwing up in the toilet. After he's done we go into his room and we are talking and I ask him how his tummy is doing and he says it's not upset any more. He's still coughing and then has to throw up again and out came the cough medicine. So after a while I put some Vick's on his chest and that didn't really seem to help so I give him a little more cough medicine and that didn't really seem to help either. So I put some Vick's on his feet and then give him a piece of bread because his dinner came out and he was starving. So after he ate he went back to sleep. Mom got me up at 6:15 and asked if I was going to send him and I told her that's what I was going to ask her and she said see how it is when he wakes up and if he wakes up easy send him and if not keep him home. So a little after 6:30 I go to wake him up and he's not waking up. He's snoring. I tried for a couple of minutes with no success. It's 7:20 and he's still sleeping. I'm going to let him sleep until 10 at the latest. The night before he was up about 1 or 2 and didn't get back to sleep until at least 4. I emailed his teacher to let her know that he's staying home today and to let me know what the class will be doing. He'll be missing the first part of class on Thursday because he has an eye appointment at 10:20. Not sure if he's going to school afterwards. I told the teacher to let me know what he'll be missing on Thursday and to send work home with him tomorrow. The garbage truck was just here. I'm hoping that Elijah slept thru it. It sounds like he did.
I think today me and Elijah will work on a grocery list for this weekend. I've got one started.Sam's Club has some deals on things. I don't need coffee since my sister gave me her keruig and bought me some K-cups to go with it. I haven't opened up the bag of coffee I bought last month but I will be soon. K-cups are so expensive. Why are they so expensive? I found some at Walmart and Target that I want to try. I may get a box this trip and one next trip. My birthday is coming up at the end of the month. I'll be 1 year closer to 30. I can't believe that I'll be turning 29 this year and 30 next year. My birthday is on a Saturday and I get to spend it with Elijah and mom and Debbie if she's not working. I told her what kind of cake I want. I want a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing. It sounds so good. Not good for the waist line but it's my birthday and I can have a slice or half the cake if I want to. My sister is a cake decorator at Sam's Club.
My sister and I did this video on Friday afternoon and I woke up on Saturday morning with sore sides. I attempted to do the video again Saturday night to ease up the pain in my sides and I could not do a single candlestick dipper. I woke up Sunday morning and my sides were still sore. Last night I did the video again and I was able to do the entire video. It's on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bczc W7MTIYQ&list=UUIJwWYOfsCfz6PjxbONYXSg There's the link if anybody wants to try the video. The person in the video uploaded a new video and I am going to do it this afternoon. I haven't watched the video yet. I like DVDs and videos and working out. I haven't been sore in a long time. I am going to be doing the candlestick dipper again. Not sure if I am going to do it after the new video or after Elijah goes to bed or both.
Love that quote. It is so true. Today is a busy Monday. The grass is getting cut today. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the smell of hay. I am NOT a city. Love the country. It is also laundry day. I have 5 loads to do today and 1 load to do tomorrow. Load 4 is in the washer and loads 1 and 2 are in the dryer. I made myself my yearly well woman appointment for today. It went well. I had to go get blood work done and I have a prescription to pick up but other than that everything looks good and dandy. I have put off this particular appointment for a month and a half. I was supposed to go at the end of July but I decided to wait until Elijah started school so that way I wouldn't have to take him or wait until mom got home to watch him. Going to go back next September. I am waiting on the results of the blood work. She just wanted to run some tests to see if I could possibly have diabetes since my grandfathers on my mom and biological father's side had it while they were living. Not sure if anybody else in the family has it or not. Mom slept in because Elijah decided to get up in the middle of the night and NOT go back to sleep. He got me up around 2 and I couldn't go back to sleep until almost 4. I was going to get up about 3 but then he came back into my room a couple more times. So finally a little before 4 I was like this getting out of bed is making me angry. Stay in bed or get the belt to the butt. He stayed in bed and went back to sleep. He's definitely going to bed earlier than 7:30 tonight. I need some sleep.
Mom noticed I was giggly after Elijah left. Well lets see mom. The house is quiet. There's no TV and I'm not yelling at anybody to get out of stuff with the exception of Debbie's 18 pound cat. Yes this cat is 18 pounds. He's so fat. His name is Butters but I call him Butterball. He jumped onto my bed last week and I was like how did you get your fatness up there? My bed is a loft and it has a ladder to get up into it. I was like get off my bed cat. I don't like cats and this cat is an inside cat so I am having to keep the doors closed so that way he doesn't go into Elijah's room and pee. Not going to be a happy camper if that happens.