Busy busy day

2 jobs plus helping my mom. Whew!

Took Cranky to her dentist to pick up her partial. She was very happy. That only took an hour and a half total. I went home and my mom had gone to the closest recycling center and was told that she had to go to a different one way across town. So guess who got to take her van and get that done? Yep! I drive there and the men working there only took about half and said we could just throw away the others. Really??? After all that we were told about not throwing away old paint cans, these environmental workers tell me to do just that? Stupid.

I went back to my side of town, got barbecue from my moms favorite place, stopped at the grocery store to get her snickers ice cream bars and finally get back to the house 2 hours later. I ate, relaxed in my room for a bit, walked the dog, and decided to get my fat booty up and to the gym.

What I’m finding is it’s hard to go there but once I’m there, I work my butt off. I got on the stationary bike and picked the variety button instead of interval button. OMG ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I thought I would die when it hit level 18! It starts easy on level one, jumps to level 6 (still easy for me), jumps to 10 (umm, this is a bit hard), then just jumped to 18 for 2 minutes before it went back to 10 or 8 and just kept going up and down levels for the full 30 minutes! I had to do the cool down so I did 35 minutes on the bike.

I also wanted to walk some so I got on the treadmill and started walking at 3.6 miles per hour. After 10 minutes, I did 3.8. At one mile, my foot started screaming at me so I quit which is fine. I still did a lot.

After all that, I took Mr. 95 year old and Mr. Happy to dinner. Mr. Happy asked me if I would drive him Saturday evening but I can’t work on weekends. I would love to make the money but I need my weekends for my son. Plus if I was going to work on Saturday evening, I would have to take Mr. 95 year old and Miss Priss to dinner first since I used to and that wouldn’t be fair to Mr. 95 year old.

With the 4 oz of barbecue (split between lunch and dinner), I went way over on my sodium but other than that, my calories were great again. It helps when you take the meat out of the sandwich (no bread) and just eat the meat with a little sauce.

Since I am eating more protein, I stay full longer and don’t eat as much. I hope 1500 calories is enough for my body. I don’t want to go back to all those bad carbs. I’m not trying a meat only diet like Atkins or Keto, I’m just trying to have more protein. I am loving Quest snacks and the other products I found! I had a peanut butter Rice Krispie treat earlier for 20g of protein and 10 grams of fiber. Plus I weighed 203.2 this morning. Woo hoo!

And with the rest of my barbecue for dinner while waiting, I had a cookie. It wasn’t as good as the Rice Krispie treat but I have other flavors to try.

Yum yum! Helps the sugar addict in me too and it’s got pretty much NO sugar!

Today I have to go to the couples house, take one of their cars to be inspected, and then take the husband to the bank and grocery store. It’s going to be a long day. But also payday. I like that as long as he doesn’t get mad at me again. That’s one of those things that makes me want to stop doing this.

I’m also meeting my friend for coffee at La Madeleine in the morning. She has Girl Scout cookies for me. I need to give them away. I told her I just want to pay her and not take them and she said, “I don’t want them in my house!” ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I’ll just have to give them away. That’s fine.

So I took pictures of the cats yesterday so I just have to share their cuteness.

My ex husband wanted to go see his son last night. Thank goodness I was working and my son was with his friend. I’m not a fan of people being in my house when I’m not there.

That’s it for today. I hope it’s an easy and no argument day. I want to try and work out again after work is done.

Another day, another story

It was an interesting day for sure. Miss Priss was good company. She had me drive all over town to run her errands and we got a lot done in 3 hours. She didn’t mind that I bought vegetables while we were at Whole Foods either.

After 3 hours with her, I dropped her back off. I like sales so when I saw that Target was having a bedding sale, I jumped on it. I picked up a new set of sheets yesterday and oh boy, I’m in love with my bed again! 700 thread count, funky blue color that sets off the dark wood frame, and so soft and comfortable! All for $50!?! Sold! Amber likes them too, she was snuggled up under a pillow on the new sheets all night.

I then picked up my sons medication and got milk and lunch foods from HEB. I came home and had to turn around and leave pretty quick to take the couple to dinner. When I got there, I found out that they had already eaten out for lunch but still wanted to go. I let them go in to eat and I went to the Vitamin Shoppe to check out Quest products that I heard are a good snack with lots of protein. I spent $25 on snacks. ๐Ÿ˜€ I ate one and then walked around the corner to smoke and wouldn’t you know, the couple came out to the car while I was gone. Oops! It only took them 45 minutes to eat! They got in by themselves and I got there after they did. They said they hadn’t been there long but who knows. So I screwed up! Yet another reason I need to find a regular job I think.

These snacks are around 200 calories a piece so one each day as a snack is plenty although it does help me get a bit more protein in my diet which I won’t complain about. The birthday cake one was a bit too sweet for me and definitely filled me up. No sugar but overly sweet? Yes please!

My son is a trip. He asks Alexa to play 21 Pilots all the time so at any given moment as I walk by his room, I will hear Heathens. Good song but when you hear it 20 times a day, you get a bit sick of it. Not him though! He popped in my room at 9:06pm for me to turn his jaw extender and flops on my new sheets and says he’ll take them. Lol! Nope! And I’m not going to spend more either. He can have my 600 thread count red ones.

My mother says her garbage disposal isn’t working so Godfather text me this morning to say he’s coming over. Umm, ok? Guess I better get dressed quick!

-Skip 2 hours-

There was a screw in the disposal. It’s not broken. Thank goodness! Godfather also helped get all the paint that was in our garage out to my moms van to take to the recycling plant and he took all these tools that I told him he could have once we found them. That’s fine and I am with Cranky to take her to the dentist. I have this and taking Mr. 95 year old to dinner tonight. I should have plenty of time to go to the gym which I didn’t do yesterday.

I did 10 minutes of arm weight exercises instead of the gym. My calories were great so I’ll be fine. No big deal.

So that’s enough for me today. I am going to do my best to go to the gym since I have been skipping it lately. At least I’m still exercising at home!


With the recent exploding packages in Austin, TX, I am a bit wary of this package I received in the mail today.

I didn’t order anything. I even double checked my Amazon account (I RARELY order from anywhere else) and I am definitely sure I didn’t order anything. I read online that people in Pennsylvania have had weird packages from China but I’ve never received one before. Did I mention that it’s my correct name and address on it but the phone number is not?

I did have a weird credit card issue where someone charged my card through PayPal $1.95, returned it, and then charged $11.90 from PayPal (not my PayPal either) all on the same day. I cancelled that card and changed my PayPal password just in case. Maybe this package is whatever that charge was?

And what do I do with this package? I’m sure the post office doesn’t want me to bring it there in case it’s something dangerous. I don’t want it. Gone are the days that you can get a package in the mail and be happily surprised. Sad, isn’t it?

I read the package and it says plastic ring. HUH? What is a plastic ring (a kids toy maybe?) and why would I order it? I squeezed the package a little and whatever it is, it’s wrapped well in a bunch of bubble wrap.

This is just weird and so I thought I would ask. Any thoughts??? And what should I do with it? I am DEFINITELY not going to open it!

Yes, I have cheat meals!

I was so good last week and didn’t go over my calories on any day.

So what do I do? I eat Girl Scout cookies. I ate an entire sleeve of Thin Mints (17 cookies). And a cup of milk. And 3 chocolates. But I got right back on track. That’s the key. Yes, you will have a day or a time where you eat something unhealthy. Just get back to it. I did a 30 minute exercise video from YouTube for my exercise for the day. https://youtu.be/lBP3DOCX72Y

That didn’t make up for the hundreds of calories I ate and I wouldn’t expect it to. I did do something to counteract my extra calories though and that’s what counts. Healthy people eat bad things sometimes. It’s a part of life! You can’t get down on yourself or say you’re fat or bloated or ruined your diet over one thing, meal, or day. Okay? So you missed the gym all of last week? Who cares? Just go back! You ate half a chocolate cake in one sitting? That’s okay, just get right back to eating healthier foods. We got this! Until your perception changes and you don’t beat yourself up over excess calories, you can’t win and we are going to win!

I went to the dentist yesterday and was fine until I left (of course), stupid teeth. Now I have to go back later this week if I can find the time. I also went to Discount Tire to get the stupid low tire sensor fixed and since I go there too much and know the manager (not really but I am a good pretender), he gave it to me for $35 instead of $60. I’ll take it! I was happy to not have that little light on constantly so maybe I will actually know when my tires are low again. I went to Costco and bought food and paper stuff for the month. I think I shocked my Mom when I walked in with Costco bag of toilet paper and paper towels. There are definitely a lot in the house now. Like so many we don’t know where to put it. She’ll find a place I’m sure. I then came home and watched 2 series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Netflix instead of cooking or going to the gym. I love this show! It’s also telling me where not to stay when I eventually go there. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was a good day for a Monday.

Today I take Miss Priss on her errands and also take the couple to dinner. I also have to exercise and eat much better today, stay in my calories. I have to stay perfect the rest of the week but I’m not stressing if I don’t. That would be the old way of thinking. I am thinking of changing my weigh day to Thursday as it seems that Thursday is my lowest weight day of the week and that’s always a good thing! ๐Ÿ˜€ I felt a bit lazy yesterday and I don’t want to stop my progress so I am at it!

I didn’t go to sleep until midnight last night. Not good when you’re supposed to get up at 5:30am! This morning, I turned off that alarm and the 6am alarm and overslept until 6:45! My son was still asleep too so I open his door, tell him the time, hear him say oh shit, and I run out to the car to warm it up. We are supposed to leave by 7 for whatever it is that he and his friends do until school starts at 7:40. For some reason, it’s 55 degrees out there this morning so I was a bit chilly in my boxers and sleeping shirt to drive him. I let the heater warm up and when he gets in the car at 6:59, he says, “geez Mom, it’s hot in here!” Well, too bad, I was cold! On the way to school, I have my regular oldies station on and Queen comes on. He asks what’s this song (this is when it is first starting). I tell him after a few beats that it’s Another One Bites the Dust. He turns it up and starts singing along! Yep, my work here on music is done. My 12 year old likes Queen. {drops mic}.

Speaking of, I have to say, I am loving this new generation. At least my son and his friends. They like 70’s and 80’s music, video games, and don’t feel the need to be out all night. Now, I know that could change, don’t get me wrong! I hope not! He wants to stay up all night playing games with his friends. He started his own religion called the meme religion and of course, it’s all about memes. I’m not allowed to join because their favorite meme is a RickRoll and every time they start it up, I start singing the song – Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. Yeah, so I’m not allowed to join. Darn it! That was going to be my new way of life! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ https://youtu.be/oHg5SJYRHA0 This link is to the song, not the meme.

I hope you all have a good day. I can’t wait to be home after running errands with Miss Priss to go to the gym and after the couples dinner to get more sleep!

I forgot to mention the cats. Yesterday they decided they wanted on the kitchen window shelf and threw done all of my moms crap off of them. Yay for cats!

Lazy Sunday

I had a very lazy day and it was awesome not being sick and being lazy.

I watched Netflix. I didn’t get dressed. The only thing I did during the day was wash dishes and cook up some boudain for my dinner. I also took ground beef out of the freezer to thaw to make burgers today. What a great day! Guess it’s back to the grind!

Around 9pm, I was talking to BFF through text and saw on my watch that the only goal I hit was my stand goal. Well crap. So I took Amber for a walk and came in and decided to get some exercise in. I used my 5 pound dumbbells and did 16 minutes of arm exercises with them. So I hit the exercise goal. Then I moved around a bit more and got the move goal too so I hit all 3 even on a rest day.

I also stayed in my calories yesterday. Usually I have a cheat meal on Sundays but I didn’t feel like it yesterday. I wasn’t that hungry and I’ve learned that if I don’t feel hungry, DON’T EAT. I drank 6 glasses of water and 3 sodas plus one cup of milk. So I drank quite a few calories but also ate what I wanted.

Today I am taking my son to school and then going to the dentist. Then I have to go to Costco and get stuff for the month (beef, chicken, toilet paper, paper towels, babybel cheese, and milk). I also have to stop by HEB to get my veggies for the week. Fun fun day, right? So I know I will have plenty of time to get my exercise in at the gym.

Having the gym within 2 blocks of my house doesn’t give me any leeway to skip or excuses about having to drive there and not feeling like it. As you may have noticed, I exercise even away from the gym. I would like to try that steam room again too but I can’t go in there with my contacts on or with my phone (the steam bothered my contacts). I need to remember to take my lock so I have somewhere to put everything! I probably will not do that today though, I don’t feel like it.

Another thing, I’ve made a foot decision. I spoke with Dr. B (the chiropractor) and he said the NMES will do wonders and I should try it so I am going to call Dr. Parker and sign up. I’m nervous but don’t want to have surgery. So that’s happening.

That’s it. I hope you all have a great day! Monday Motivation coming later today too! Add me on Instagram juliehcares ๐Ÿ˜€