I went to the fitness center last night and really killed it. I did two rounds of weight lifting with 30 minutes on the bike in between. I started out alone and then a guy who used to be my up stairs neighbor came in and used the treadmill and then another guy came in and lifted weights. After the bike I did my second round of weights and I think the guy who was lifting weights was impressed because he gave me a thumbs up before he left. Yeah buddy. Not only do I want to be small and mighty but I also want to be deceptively strong. I think part of the energy I had at the fitness center came from Elijah's meltdown on Sunday because we were stuck inside all day and the energy from in the fitness center. I did 5.41 miles in 30 minutes which is pretty good. I was playing games on my phone while on the bike and it seemed like every time I looked up I had did another mile and it was closer to 30 minutes. We did manage to get a walk in yesterday morning before it started to rain. It was starting to sprinkle as we were on the last little stretch of the walk. I was so glad for the walk. My foot started to hurt by the end of the walk. Elijah wanted to chase me at that point but I couldn't run. I'll be using the bike until I am able to walk on the treadmill without my foot hurting. I should probably go get it checked out. It's the same foot I sprained in January.
Me after last nights workout:
I didn't get to move the elf on a shelf yesterday morning so Angel stayed in the same spot as he did on Sunday. Somebody sent me a picture on Pinterest where the elf is swinging on an empty toilet paper roll from the door way. I just happened to have an empty toilet paper roll and some yarn and some tape to do this. As I was about to do this at 5 til 7 yesterday morning I hear Elijah running down the hallway. Mom and I moved him last night. I sent her the picture and told her I was attempting do it. I have a lot of different colored yarn so I decided to be festive and pick the green yarn.
Here is the Pinterest version:
Elijah and I checked the weather last night and the next three days are 50s and sunny and then a couple of days of rain and then four days of 50s and 60s and sunny. I am hoping to get in a couple of walks on the sunny days and outside for a walk at least once on the rainy days. As much as I like the rain there isn't much to do in an apartment without a car. At least when it's sunny we can bundle up and go for a walk and if it's warm and dry enough go to the park for a while. I was going to do an exercise video yesterday morning and get a shower after I moved the elf. I did get a shower after I got Elijah his show and something to eat. We cleaned up the apartment yesterday afternoon. We had bacon burgers for dinner last night. The last time mom made hamburgers she put cheese on one for me and one for Elijah because that's what he wanted and then he ended up having a tantrum because he didn't want the cheese. When I made the hamburgers I put cheese on two of them and let him pick the burger he wanted and he picked one without cheese. He wanted ketchup on the bottom bun. So I put ketchup on the bottom and then three slices of bacon (slices were cut in half) and then the hamburger and then the top bun and he took his plate and sat in his blue chair. No tantrum. I asked him if he liked having a choice in what he ate and he said he did. Mom said he didn't eat all of his bread but he ate all of the meat. He didn't ask for any thing else to eat the rest of the evening.
Elijah and his hamburger:
Elijah went to bed like a big boy and we talked for a short period of time. I think by 9pm he was pretty tired. I am hoping that since he was up early yesterday and fairly early on Sunday that he'll sleep in til at least 8:30 or 9 if not a little later today. I would like to use the Biggest Loser DVD. I am going to put a hold on some more exercise DVDs at some point today or tomorrow so I can have them next week. I am slowly but surely putting a dent in the Spark book. I was able to put a dent in yesterday. I am hoping to finish it soon so I can start on the other books I borrowed from the library.
We made it to Sunday school yesterday morning. Then by supper time Elijah was in full melt down mode. Not sure if it started because he didn't want his ham for dinner or if we kept telling him to get out of the kitchen or something completely different. I think part of it was because we had been stuck inside since we got home because it was cold and rainy and he was getting bored and didn't know what to do with his energy and couldn't go outside. I did get my plants watered yesterday. I think it might rain today but I am hoping for some breaks in the rain so we can get outside and at least walk a few laps around the complex. The office is having a homemade Christmas ornament contest. I crocheted some snowflakes to turn in. I crochet a blue one for Elijah, a white one for mom and a purple one for mom. I was going to make some stars with yellow yarn but the yellow yarn I have is the fuzzy stuff I cant work with yet and I have the thin baby yarn.
Here are the snowflakes:
I am going to go to the fitness center after mom gets home from work tonight. I cannot wait to get my tablet so I can take it to the fitness center. The estimated arrival is tomorrow. I am hoping it comes today if not tomorrow morning as early as possible. I have no idea where the tablet is at. I have a tracking number but the info hasn't been updated since Thursday. What exactly the point of a tracking number if the thing isn't being tracked? Mom said that it'll be updated after it's delivered. Go figure right? I am so excited to get it. I am having a hard time getting into the Spark book I borrowed from the library. I know I should read it but I can't stay focused long enough to really put a dent in in the book. I am not as excited as I thought I was. I am going to keep reading it until I am done with it and maybe get some meal ideas from it and a grocery list. Mom wants to do Cornish hens for Christmas. I'm not so sure about it. I like trying new things but the Cornish hens look like baby birds. Has somebody had any tips for Cornish hens? I am open to suggestions. I cannot believe that Christmas is in two and a half weeks. We are in the last weeks of 2013 and 2014 is almost here. I cannot believe how fast 2013 has gone. Some days seem to go on forever but for the most part it went by in a blink of an eye. I have accomplished so much in my weight loss journey. I am able to stand up without my back hurting and I look forward to going to the fitness center and on walks and the amount of time it takes to walk one lap around the complex has been cut in half. It used to take me 45 minutes to walk around the complex and now it takes me 20 or 25 minutes depending on how many times Elijah stops and looks at something or talks to somebody. I couldn't keep up last year when we went downtown and this year my mom and sister couldn't keep up with me when we went. I have lost 20 pounds this year and hoping to lose a few more by the end of the year. I have dealt with some emotional baggage from the past. I sat down and wrote letters and then burned them. That was tough but something that needed to be done. Soon after writing the letters I got out of the 220s. I have gained some confidence. I don't have as much as I want but I am getting there. I think as the weight keeps coming off and the smaller I get the more confidence I'll have. I am starting to like what I see in the mirror. I don't like everything I see in the mirror yet but one day I will.
I slept in til almost 5am this morning. I was up a few minutes before my alarm went off this morning. I got my shower already and I'm waiting to see if we are going to go to Sunday school this morning or not. It's almost 7 and if we are going we need to be out the door by 8:40 to get to the church by 9. It's 6:50 and mom isn't up yet and neither is Elijah. We went to the library yesterday. I returned all of the books I borrowed except for my spark people book because I 'm not done reading it. It was due back yesterday but I renewed it. I have another 3 weeks with it now. I may or may not renew it again after that. I think I have one more renewal left on that book. I picked up my fifty shades series and a few other books. I cannot find my list of books that I printed out. I haven't put a dent in the love inspired books. I may do another search and write down titles of the romance and suspense and leave out the historical books. I'm not into the historical books. I decided not to go to the fitness center this morning since mom was talking about going to Sunday school. I am probably going to do one of the Biggest Loser workout DVDs in a little while. I have been wanting to get a mini trampoline so I can jump on it and I looked at walmart and they only had the bigger ones. We were at Target yesterday and I was looking at the exercise stuff and they had a mini trampoline as well as the Biggest Loser scale. I want that scale as well. They had the shelves a little more organized this time around and it looked like they had some different fitness stuff. I want to get some free weights and some kettlebells to workout with. I am kinda getting bored with the weight machine at the fitness center. My foot has been bothering me while I'm on the treadmill so yesterday I decided to use the bike instead of the treadmill. I am going to start using the bike again until my foot stops hurting on the treadmill. I cannot wait to get my new tablet. It should be here on Tuesday. I go to fedex.com and put in the tracking number but it hasn't been updated since Thursday so I have no idea where exactly it is. It's being shipped from California. I am hoping to get it on Monday morning if not Tuesday morning. I'm not planning any more trips to the park for a while because of the weather being cooler. Yesterday was pretty chilly. Poor Elijah wanted to go digging in the sand but it was like 37 outside. I kept telling him it was too cold to be outside for that long. My neighbors wanted me to baby sit their daughter so they could go Christmas shopping for her. Elijah and I went over to their apartment for a little while and then the kids were getting hungry and I really didn't feel like looking to see what they had to eat so we went over to our apartment. They played in Elijah's room for most of the time. Elijah got his energy out. We get to go grocery shopping next weekend. I am going to see what is in the spark book and use that as kind of a guide when Elijah and I are making our grocery list. I am going to see who has what sale going on later on in the week when we get the sales ads. I am going to get my frozen fruit from Target. Hopefully they have a sale on it plus I have the cartwheel app on my phone and still have 10% off. I used the app yesterday when we went to Target. Saved us $0.53 even tho it's not that much it's still something. I think we saved a few dollars the last time. I am going to sit down and look at the deals on the cartwheel app. Technology these days is something else.
I lost the pound that I gained for Thanksgiving week. Today is the last weigh in for the 8 week challenge. I have lost 8 of the 11 pounds. I'm pleased with that. I am out of the 220s. I am hoping that by the next challenge I'll be closer to 200 pounds if not under. It's possible depending on when the next challenge starts. I had a feeling that I wasn't going to lose the 4 pounds this past week. I am feeling kinda bloated these last couple of days. I went to the fitness center last night and I have a little over an hour to go before I can go back to the fitness center this morning. I woke up this morning and I tossed and turned for a little while and then I decided to look at what time it was and it was 3:39. I'm like ugh. Seriously?I thought it would be closer to 5 and I could hang out in bed until my first alarm goes off. I laid in bed for a few minutes. I am not entirely sure as to why I even have alarms set any more. Obviously I don't need them. I think we might be doing all things caffeine today. Has anybody seen those commercials for No! No! Hair? I am curious to see if they actually work. It would be nice to not have to shave all the time. It would save money on razor blades and shaving cream. I am going to go on the website and see what I can find out about it and how much it is and if there are any negative reviews about it. It might be worth the try but then again maybe not. I am looking forward to going to the fitness center this morning. I like the fitness center. We are going to the library today and go to Walmart. I need cream and mom needs eggs for her company party. I may end up having some deviled eggs myself. Maybe mom won't notice. I'll sneak them. That was one of the things that mom didn't make for Thanksgiving. We both forgot.
I found this on Pinterest today and if only I could really do this:
One day closer to going to the library and getting some new DVDs and some books. One day closet to the last day of the 8 week challenge. One day closer to getting my new tablet. I cannot believe that tomorrow is the last weigh in for the 8 week challenge and today is the last day to post fitness minutes and points. Looking back at this challenge and I had a different success than the first one. The numbers for more weeks than not went down and for three weeks stayed the same and only went up once. Pretty good. I learned in this challenge. The Teddy Bears was a good team to be on as was the Awesome A's in the spring. I am looking forward to the next challenge and for being on a different team. I want to be on them all and see what I can learn from them. The two DVDs I got from the library last time didn't interest me that much. I am hoping the two or three that I have on hold at the library will interest me more. I am going to go on the library's website and put a couple more DVDs on hold and a couple of the books on hold that I have saved. I finished the last book in the Color Me series. It took me like 3 days to read it only because I didn't start reading it until the evenings. I started reading The Spark book yesterday. At first I really couldn't get into it. I am going to keep reading it. I have to renew it on Saturday. Tonight is my night to go to the fitness center. I am so hoping to be able to workout alone tonight. Not exactly in the mood to deal with people or the TV being on there. I like to listen to music without my headphones.