Monday, February 24, 2014
My husband bought T25 right after Christmas and finally brought it out of the box a couple of weeks ago. He worked out to it once, and didn't invite me to check it out with him. I have heard a lot about it and really wanted to try it. Today I finally did!
I have to say, it was different than I thought it would be. It is a 25 minute video and I moved intensely the whole time, but I didn't sweat the way I thought I would. I did "feel the burn". From what I gather, T25 is a scaled down time version of P90X. 25 minutes vs 90 minutes. It did work out good for me in that I did my run in the morning, so it was a great opportunity to burn my calories when I got home from work. And there are different videos, depending on what you want to work - upper, lower, total or abs. Today we did lower body. I did like working out with my husband the best. With all that happened last year with my son, I am looking for more things to do together.
We are going to sign up for Salsa lessons - I found a Groupon for $20. for 8 lessons. I think it will be so much fun! We do have other friends signing up as well. My husband agreed tonight to sign-up for cooking classes. He cooks different foods than me a lot of time at home. He calls his foods "normal", I call his foods "junk". Tonight I made tilapia with diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and black olives while he made a cheese steak!
We work together everyday and have been married for 26 1/2 years. I think it is pretty cool that we still get along and want to do things together. I missed that last year when my son was so sick.
So, I will keep doing T25 with my husband. He also said he will go back to the gym every other day. I really hope he does. I paid for him to go all last year and he never went! He has gotten quite a belly over the past year (stress and age 50) and his sugar is high. The weight is all in his belly and I worry that he may have a heart attack. He also found out he has high cholesterol. A couple of years ago he had prostrate cancer. That was unavoidable but this other stuff is not. My husband is from Scotland and is so stubborn...and Scotsman love their sweets! But it is time for my husband to buckle down. He told me a couple months ago that his clothes shrunk! Do you know how hard it was for me to keep a straight face! Really?? Wait - that has been my problem all these years -- I thought I gained weight, but, no -- my clothes all shrunk in the wash!! LOL!! (I didn't say that or laugh in front of him - but, come on!!) I don't bug him about his weight ever because I know he has to decide for himself. It is really hard for me to stick to my plan when he likes to go out to eat a lot, etc. I don't like to make waves. So, I am very excited that he is finally taking steps to healthy choices.
So, that is what is going on at my house! For those of you who know about my son, he got another "excellent" report on his blood results today. He lost a little bit of weight, but is trying really hard. He goes to a gym maybe twice per week. The other night he told me he never wants to go back to being anorexic. I do see him fighting it every day. I tell him I am really proud of him and to keep pushing!!
A couple of weeks ago he went to the dentist and found out he needs 6 teeth capped due to bulimia. It is the first time I saw him cry. between ruining perfect teeth - has never had a cavity - and the bill of $8,900.00 he finally saw the result of his illness. Consequences can be hard, but if it stops the behavior I am all for it, even though, I have to say, it breaks my heart.
But, I would rather have him alive with no teeth!
My other son took his test for the National Guards. He is 23, has a full time job, is still going to college and still trying to figure out what he wants to do in life. He is a supervisor at a very big company and I am so proud of him, but he is still "lost". He scored at 95 out of 99 on the National Guards test so he has a ton of choices. My husband was in the Navy and then the Airforce so he is helping my son with his choices. Kids seem to have it so much harder than we did!
I hope you had a great start to the week!!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It was a very busy week! All last weekend and the first part were all about wheeling and dealing for a new car (well, used but new to us). We finally found one in our price range in Camden, NJ. We also sold our Saab to a young couple.
Somewhere in there I decided I needed a schedule for my treadmill training. I have been doing a great job staying in my calorie range but needed to get my butt in gear for my upcoming HM in May. I put my name in the lottery for the Philadelphia Broad Street 10 miler and got in! It is one week before the HM. It is supposed to be a real flat race and a lot of fun and fit in nicely before the Delaware HM. So, I changed my work schedule. I now run while I watch Kelly and Michael at 9 and get in to work around 10:30. It is nice outside, so I am enjoying walks this weekend with Roxy and my husband, but I am staying on the treadmill with my trainings. Last time I ran outside I had a hard time mentally heading back in when the weather got bad, so I will keep my habit of running inside going. This is Roxy after her walks yesterday - we wore her out!
I perfected my Pumpkin Oatmeal this week. For those of you who are interested, here it is...
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
2 sprinkles Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 sprinkles cinnamon
Brown Sugar (optional) - I use 1/4 teaspoon
Stir all ingredient in microwave-safe bowl
Cover and cook in microwave at 50% for 3 minutes
Let sit for one minute then stir and enjoy!
One more thing! Last night I had the best dinner ever at a restaurant on the canal...
large portobello mushroom, marinated and baked with spinach, red peppers and jumbo lump crabmeat ... topped with melted mozzarella cheese and a balsamic drizzle garnish
It was delicious!!
Have a great day!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
We have been car shopping for three days straight! I ate healthy but lots of sitting! One sales team tried to rip us off -- not happening!!
The only exercise I got in was cleaning the house and shoveling snow. I have to work on more fitness minutes this week!!
I hope you have a fantastic week!!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I had to close the school for the day...we ended up getting over 1 foot of snow. It is extremely rare when I close, so I felt like a fish out of water! We were in the "wild card" section according to the news team. We didn't know if it was going to rain or snow.
It was a real heavy snow. I was worried about the weight of the snow on my house's upper deck. It looked like a good work out, so I went for it! It was really heavy but I enjoyed it. I had country music blasting out of the outdoor speakers.
I should have worn these:
I then prepared Goya's 16 dried beans and cooked them the rest of the day with chicken broth, diced fire roasted tomatoes, sweet peppers, celery, carrots, onions, chili powder, cayenne pepper, ground chicken and red pepper. It made for an awesome dinner!
...What to do next? My husband read an article the other day about how Roxy's favorite biscuits (milkbone) can cause cancer. I decided to try a recipe I found on-line.
Yes, they are snowman shaped! And Roxy loved them!
Here is the recipe:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk (I used skim)
Preheat oven to 375
Mix it all together then roll it out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut it into desired shape with cookie cutter.
Bake for 20 mins or until golden brown.
My husband and I also used the day to research SUVs. We have been looking and visited several car dealers for three months now. Our Saab (Wasaabi) is on it's last wheel.
She made it to 130,000 miles yesterday and the heater died!! Then Wasaabi stalled out at a light on the way home. We have been putting a quart of oil in every 1,000 miles. Our mechanic advised not putting any more money into the car.
We decided we really like the 2011 Saab SUV. We were hesitant because Saab is no longer in business, but have been assured that we can get parts. We saw two on-line with low miles that we like in Illinois, so we may fly out early next week to check them out. We found a real cheap airfare, and think the road trip back will be fun.
So, I got a lot done during my snow day!
I hope you did too!!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I called my Aunt on the way to work to see if she ate and took her meds. I have called every morning since I got home. It's the only thing I can think of to help. I hate the fact that no one is there for her and my uncle. My aunt said this lady, Pam, who I met, is telling them not to move, she will move and take care of them. Pam's boyfriend has a drug problem and I think she is trying to take advantage of my aunt and uncle who are in their 80's. I am ready to go back down and punch her out! I told Pam the doctor said they need to be in assistant living. Since Pam has no place to live she said she will move into their house and take care of them. I was so upset when my aunt told me! They are so vulnerable! I called my aunt's son and he called Pam then told me she will back off. I have such a hard time with people like that.
Today I once again stayed in my calorie range. I had a big, juicy Honeybell orange from my Florida trip, a super green salad, complete with kale, peppers and onion for lunch, and my gotta have everyday break stone cottage cheese.
I had tilapia, green Chilis and tomato and cheese tortellinis out to cook for dinner, and I got over ruled by my son and husband to go to a local Italian Place -- I think my husband didn't feel like fish. I ended up with lobster ravioli - changed the cream sauce to spicy marinara and had a house salad with balsamic on the side. Still ended up in calorie range.
I came home and baked 2 dozen cookies for the school bake sale. I am not a baker so I am very proud to say they all came out perfect :)
I wanted to try the t25 with my husband. He did it right before i came home from work - I told him I wanted to try it with him today!! So, it didn't happen today. I don't know why he did that. I have to tell everybody "hold on, this is a priority". I used to do this, not sure why I am not right now. I am going to focus on why so I can change it. Best I can guess right now is I am trying to make everybody else happy. If this keeps going they won't be happy because I won't be happy!!
I gotta get my mojo back on the treadmill!
Feel free to whip my butt in the comment section!!
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