It is Monday morning and I slept in til 7. That only means mom is still sleeping and not at work right now. It was nice to sleep in til 7 but I am not entirely sure what time mom is getting up and getting ready to go to work or if she's going to work at all which means I have to wait to shower til I find out what exactly she's doing. I don't want to get undressed and have the water running only to have the door pop open and mom saying that I can't get a shower yet because she needs one. One thing I am looking forward to after Elijah and I get our own place is being able to get a shower without having to wait on somebody else to get a shower. Elijah gets his bath when ever. I keep gaining and losing the same 3 pounds this challenge. I keep going from 211 to 214. I kinda feel like I am back in the 220s but I am so glad that I haven't been more than 214. I do look smaller and my clothes fit better especially in my arms. I know what the deal is. I've eaten too much pasta and have exercised too little. I need to get back on track with the diet and exercising. I won't get to the fitness center on Friday because we'll be grocery shopping on Friday. I got my Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD on Saturday. I've had the other two for a couple of weeks and haven't put them in the DVD player yet. I should really do that and use them. The next DVD I am requesting mom get is the Biggest Loser Powersculpt DVD from eBay.
So I saw this commercial last night for website that lets you build your own website for free. It's www.wix.com so I decided to check it out. You can build your website to blog about something or to sell something. One of the blogging pages you can build is about a weight loss journey. I don't need that because I have spark people to blog with. Since you can build a website to sell things I was thinking that I could make hats and scarves with my knitting looms and maybe some baby blankets and sell them but I'm not entirely sure if I can trust this website to sell something. Still need to do some more research on it. Hats don't take very long to make. I could do up a hat in like 3 or 4 hours and I could possibly do 2 a day and could start selling at the end of summer. I have some yarn here in a bin I could use. But still I don't want to make hats and not be able to sell them on the website or the website to be a flop. I think I'd have an easier time selling at a craft show or something. When and if I move back to PA I could get a table at a craft show with my best friend who crochets, knits and uses knitting looms. We could get together and split the cost of a table and sell stuff. She's done it before.
This week my goal is to definitely sit down while Elijah is watching his shows and type out the recipes from the cookbooks I borrowed from the library. I keep telling myself I need to do that but I always seem to get distracted. I think I am going to start reading library books after Elijah goes to bed for at least half an hour before I go to bed. The library does this blind date with a book where they wrap books in brown paper bags so the patron doesn't know what book they get until they go home. I did that two weeks ago and just started reading the book yesterday. I picked up another blind date book and I'm not sure what it is. We get to rate the books as well. We get a chance to win dinner for two. I'd like to take Elijah out for dinner like I used to when I was working and had a car. It hasn't been just me and him since we moved. So I am hoping that by the next time we go to the library I have both blind date books read and rated and I could possibly pick up another one. The garbage truck is here and it's 8am. I hope it doesn't wake Elijah up yet.
I played the Mega Millions for a chance of $270 million. I checked my numbers this morning and I won a $1. YAY ME!!! So after going to the fitness center and lifting weights I went to the truck stop where I bought the ticket and played for a chance to win $309 million. A girl can dream about winning and what to do with the winnings. First things first if I win tho. I gotta get my credit cards paid off and get a car. Those are my top two things that are tied for number 1 on my list of things to do. Next would be to get Elijah into daycare so he could be around other kids more often before he starts school so he doesn't have trouble adjusting. Then eventually I'll get my own place. Elijah and I would be going on vacations during the summer when he's not at school. I would so love to go visit my PA friends and a few family members that I haven't seen since I moved down here. Even tho it was only $1 I won I was still happy to win something. Most of the time I don't win anything which is why I don't play more than $1 on the game. We shall wait and see if I win on Tuesday. I just really want to be able to get my credit cards paid off, get a car, eventually get my own place and to provide for Elijah and get what we need and some of what we want. Not really asking for all that much.
It was 43 degrees at 5:45 this morning which was slightly warmer than I expected it to be. I got up at 5am this morning and sat down on the computer after I got my coffee, went to the bathroom and then did my weekly weigh in for the 8 week challenge. My computer wasn't exactly cooperating with me and I was getting slightly frustrated so I shut it down and got myself ready to go to the fitness center. I had to turn the heat on and up because somebody likes to keep it at 55 degrees and on the AC. Don't mind the 55 degrees during the summer when it's 90+ degrees outside but when it's 43 the heat has to go on to at least 70. So I lifted weights. And while I was lifting weights I decided that I didn't want to sit on the bike or walk on the treadmill so I walked outside and stopped at the truck stop for the ticket and then came home and ate some applesauce while my computer was turning on. It felt nice to be outside walking alone with the fresh air. I am in the dining room listening to the birds singing. I am so glad that Elijah is still sleeping. Mom got up a little after 5 this morning but went back to bed. I am really enjoying the sounds of nature and the peace and quiet. Next step for me would be to get a shower and if there's time hide in my room until Elijah gets up. I am hoping he sleeps til 9 this morning. We are going to go to the library today. I'm excited about it. Not sure if the DVD I have on hold will still be there or not. When it gets to the library of choice it'll be there for 10 days and day 10 was yesterday. It's the boot camp Biggest Loser DVD. If it's not at the library I'll wait for it to come in the mail since mom ever so kindly bought it for me off of eBay. eBay is addicting. I bought a bunch of Italian charms a few years ago from eBay when I got my tax return so I could make a bracelet or two or three with them and they are still in the bag because I've been ever so patiently waiting for mom to help me since she has the tool to put the charms together. When I get the money I am going to order some for my sister and make her a bracelet or two and give it to her as a gift and I am going to do the same for my mom. I have one that is already put together from a while ago but it's starting to fade and come apart. So it's about time to make more. I am always wearing a bracelet and a watch. My watch doesn't work anymore so once I get the money I am going to get myself a working watch. The last few watches haven't lasted very long.
This is the last week of the 5% challenge and I am not going to be losing my goal weight of 10.55 pounds. I weighed myself this morning since it's the weekly weigh in and I am back up to 214. I know what I did. I had a lot of pasta Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and I didn't exercise at the fitness center on Wednesday or Friday like I had planned on doing and I haven't been doing my DVDs in the mornings before Elijah woke up. Elijah and I didn't go for a walk on Thursday because of the weather. I went to the fitness center Tuesday morning since mom was off and didn't go back to the fitness center until this morning. What I need to do is to start getting up at 5am and start doing my DVDs after getting my coffee ready and then get on the computer. I have pinned a bunch of exercises in my secret try stuff board and what I need to do is to try stuff like the board is titled. Some of the exercises I could easily do while Elijah is watching his shows. In the up coming weeks I need to watch my pasta intake and not eat so much of it. My weight loss is not a fan of pasta. I cannot wait until the boot camp DVD comes in. That is one DVD I can do after Elijah goes to bed. It has 3 levels. Level 1 is 20 minutes, level 2 is 15 minutes and level 3 (my favorite) is 10 minutes. I love level 3 because I can do it from start to finish and it's resistance bands. I, like a crazy person, added an additional 2 pounds to the resistance bands. I have the 2 pound weights that are like a glove and then I stole the 2 pound dumbbell weights from moms room and I used that with the resistance band and boy oh boy could I feel the extra 2 pounds quickly with the resistance band. It felt great tho.
The garbage truck got into the complex at 6am and by 6:10 Elijah was up thanks to the stupid garbage truck banging the dumpsters. I really, really hate when the garbage trucks comes before 8 or 9 in the morning. 99% of the time it wakes Elijah up. I am so not in the mood to deal with anybody this early in the morning. I'd put him back to bed but he wouldn't go back to sleep and it'd be a waste of time and only lead to frustration. Elijah has developed an inability to close the fridge door. Not sure why he is unable to close the fridge door but he's about to get it if he doesn't start closing it.
Mom took the last of the pasta in her lunch on Wednesday. I'm glad that she did. I haven't had any of the dessert she made since Tuesday. On Tuesday we went to McDonald's after we went to Stage since Elijah was good in the store and he wanted a happy meal. Then we went to Walmart. I had a chicken bacon ranch salad at McDonald's. I passed on the apple pie since I had pasta and dessert earlier that day. I started on a grocery list yesterday. Just wrote down a few things I knew we needed. Going to finish it next week before we go grocery shopping. Going to go to the library tomorrow. I didn't get all of the recipes typed out so I am going to renew the cookbooks next Saturday when they are do and then I am definitely going to be typing them out. I am going to keep one of the crochet books as well. I want to see if I can make a few more things out of the book. I've made one thing reading the pattern. I might get my crochet thread out and see if I can make like a table cloth with the pattern and somehow sew them together. That would be pretty. I might go to Hobby Lobby when I get the money and get different color crochet thread and make something. Crochet thread is so thin and hard to work with it.
I'm thinking about making a smoothie with frozen fruit. Haven't used frozen fruit in a while for a smoothie. I've opened up a can of fruit and stuck it in the blender and added some ice, yogurt and some almond milk and drank it that way. Easy as pie. Love going to Target and getting the big bags of frozen fruit. They last a little bit longer than the bag from Sam's Club. Frozen fruit is nice because it lasts longer than the fresh fruit and Elijah can't easily get to it. So it's Friday. I'm thinking that while Elijah is watching his shows I am going to go into his room and clean it and then run the vacuum cleaner and then the carpet cleaner. It's been a while since I have done that. Since I didn't make it to the fitness center on Wednesday night I am going to go tonight. I was going to do one of my Biggest Loser DVDs this morning but Elijah woke up early. Since Elijah got up early this morning bedtime is going to be early tonight. I am going to get up tomorrow morning and go to the fitness center and workout. And then maybe do a DVD. Going to return the two DVDs that I borrowed from the library. I have one on hold but it's the boot camp and it's on hold until today so I don't think it'll be there tomorrow. I put holds on a couple of Scooby Doo DVDs for Elijah and one of them is ready to be picked up. We've been watching a lot of Cartoon Network and Boomerang and a lot less Disney Jr and LPB. This morning there was nothing good on Cartoon Network or Boomerang until 7:30 so I put on LPB because Wild Kratts is on now and then Curious George is on next. I love having the TV off from 1pm to about 5pm. Yesterday I turned the TV on at 3pm because Curious George was on. After the show was over the TV went back off. Might do that again today.
I am so hoping that today is warmer than the last three days so Elijah and I can get outside and walk around the complex. The highest it got yesterday was 44 and it rained in the morning and then the temps dropped to the 30s. I'm going to check the weather and see what it looks like and possibly plan on going outside for a while. We did go for a walk on Wednesday but it wasn't until almost 5pm when we went outside. I'm looking forward to possibly going on a walk and going to the fitness center after mom gets home from work. Not entirely sure what's for dinner tonight. Haven't decided if I am cooking or not.
Used my slow cooker yesterday to make a beef stew recipe I found in one of the cookbooks I borrowed. I added some extra veggies to it. The recipe itself didn't have enough veggies. The recipe called for cloves and I put some in and I didn't like it so next time I'm not going to add the cloves. I need to clean out the fridge and when I do I am going to hand wash a couple of left over containers and freeze a lot of the stew. We'd never be able to eat all of the stew before it went bed. I love being able to make something like soup and be able to freeze at least half of it for another meal. I have a feeling that when Elijah and I move out I'll need a separate deep freezer just to put left overs in and that I'll need a lot of left over containers. When Elijah and I do move out I'll be able to better plan and follow meal plans and just make what him and I want and not have to worry about what anybody else wants. We are going grocery shopping next weekend. I am slowly but surely typing out the recipes from the cookbook. I may have to renew it again. I like grocery shopping because we get to get food but on the other hand I hate putting groceries away and I hate waiting in line. We are going to need some stew meat. We had 4 packages and I used two in the minestrone soup and the other two in the beef stew. We haven't bought any in a while so it'll be time to get some more anyways. I think I am going to hold off on the soups for a while. At least until we eat what's in the freezer.
Yesterday I didn't go to the fitness center because Elijah decided he was going to take 15 minutes to get ready for a walk in the afternoon and we got home after mom did and I still had to eat and by the time I was done eating it was already 5:20 and too late by mom's standards because then it'll be between 6:30-7:00 by the time I got home and that would take away time from her spending in her room and we couldn't have that now could we? Of course not. I slept until almost 6 this morning. I am thinking that we are going on a walk a little bit earlier this afternoon. We have been turning off the TV at 1 for a week and a half now and it's great. I love it. Mom won another DVD for me off of eBay. It's the Biggest Loser boot camp DVD and I cannot wait til it gets here. I love the boot camp DVD. Mom ordered me a cell phone case off of eBay. It's 6:40 and the stupid garbage truck is here making a crap load of noise as usual. I am hoping it doesn't wake Elijah up. One of these days I am going to get on the website and complain about the time of day it gets here. Elijah doesn't need to be up this early in the mornings. Nor do I want him up this early in the mornings. One of the things I look forward to is peace and quiet and me time in the mornings. At night I'm too tired to stay up late.
I think today is the day I take down the decorations from Elijah's birthday party that was last month. I just haven't felt like doing it. It should only take like 5 minutes to do. All there is is a few balloons and streamers and a sign. I think I took down mom's birthday party decorations after a few days. It'll be nice to have the dining room back to normal again. I might take them down before Elijah wakes up and see if he notices. I'll throw away the streamers. Might save the banner. I'll keep the balloons so he could play with them. I got 4 of my shows to watch. I record the new episodes of: My 600 Pound life, Law and Order: SVU, The Biggest Loser, Extreme Weight Loss, and 19 Kids and Counting. I'll look at the guide and see what looks interesting and I'll record it. Most of the shows on the DVR is Elijah's shows. Once I get a job I am going to get cable in my room and a DVR and start recording my shows for like my days off and so I can keep shows longer and keep an entire series if I wanted to. I am also going to make a list of the movies that are on the DVR in the living room and buy the DVDs and erase them off of the DVR for more space. I'll look on eBay if I can't find them in the store. Once the movies are deleted we'll have more space for something else. When I get cable and a DVR in my bedroom I'm not going to be recording Elijah's shows in there. I am also thinking about upgrading my DVD player to a blue ray player and getting Netflix. Once I get a job I'll be saving money for a new computer.
Shopping for clothes yesterday went well. I got 3 shirts and 3 skirts at a store called Stage. I got everything off of the 70% off clearance rack and everything was an additional 50% off of the clearance price. Major score. Going to wash the clothes today after Elijah gets up. I need to do his laundry and the whites. I'd wait to do my laundry til Monday but I want to wear an outfit on Sunday to church and I like my clothes to be washed before I wear them. I don't like the store smell. I'm weird like that. We got Elijah a couple of shirts. I am thinking that one of the outfits is going to be my Easter outfit. Haven't decided which one. Two of the skirts I bought are long skirts so I have to hike them up because at 5' 2" it is hard to find long flowy skirts that are just the right length. I almost bought a medium shirt but I put it back for a shirt that I liked better. All of the shirts are larges. One of the skirts is a large and the other two are extra large. I still can't wait to open the boxes of clothes and see what fits. The next time I buy clothes will be when I lose another 30 pounds. I am crocheting myself an afghan. The flower hexagon afghan keeps coming apart at the seams so after I'm done with this afghan I'll be putting the other one aside rather than fix it. The one I am working on now is going to be so pretty. I am using up some yarn that I have in my bin. I am using white, purple, grey, zebra, red, and black as the main blanket and a color called menthe as the border. The menthe is a pale greenish color. It's so pretty. I wanted pistachio for the border because of the brightness but I couldn't find it at Hobby Lobby and ended up getting a color that was slightly off and I didn't like it so I exchanged it for the menthe color. I am working on the white and it seems like it is a never ending ball of white yarn. I've decided to break up the white with strips of purple since I don't have enough of this particular purple to do a big enough section like with the other colors. The white and the purple are so pretty. I cannot wait to start on the red. I am almost done with the white.
I woke up this morning and was laying in bed. I couldn't fall back asleep. I looked at my phone and it said 3:45. Great. So I laid there until 4:10 hoping I would fall back asleep but no. I didn't. So rather than lay there and toss and turn until 5 when my alarm went off I got up and made myself some coffee and now I am sitting at the dining room table on the computer. Since mom is going to work today I didn't feel like bringing my computer into my room only to bring it out later when I start typing out recipes. The goal for today is to type out most of the one book sitting on the table while Elijah is watching his shows. Monday I typed out the recipes in the one book. This book is bigger than the last one but the recipes are short like the last one. Whatever recipes I don't type out today I'll type out tomorrow. Then I'll get the other two cookbooks and sit and type them out on Friday while Elijah is watching his shows.
It's Wednesday and my plans are to go to the fitness center tonight after mom gets home from work. Mom said last night that she wants his "landfill" in the living room cleaned up and his bedroom cleaned up or I can't go to the fitness center. So I'm thinking that once the TV goes off at 1 Elijah and I will be cleaning up his stuff. We bought some cleaning supplies including carpet cleaner. It's a different kind of carpet cleaner and my best friend said it's good and she uses it. We haven't had carpet cleaner in a while. There's a few spots in the living room that I am hoping to get out of the carpet with the new stuff. We got Mr. Clean and toilet bowl cleaner as well. I am thinking that I am going to get my bathroom cleaned at some point today. I love when mom goes to work because then I could put some Mr. Clean and water on the stove for the day and make the apartment smell so good. I think that once she leaves it's going on the stove. It's supposed to be a little bit warmer today and partly cloudy. If that's the case Elijah and I will be gong on a walk. It's supposed to start warming up. I can't wait. I don't like cold weather.