7 seconds and Friday night

This show is screwed up! When I first heard of it, I thought they were talking about that old Luke Perry movie but that was 8 seconds, oops. Corrupt cops and a dead black kid. Sad, very very sad. I won’t give y’all more information because I don’t want to ruin anything. You should check it out.

That’s what I did last night. I watched Netflix. I ate more spaghetti for dinner and stayed within my calories.

Man did my client stink yesterday! I even had to tell her step daughter. She was really that bad. Bad enough that her hairdresser and her nail lady asked me if she was okay. She hadn’t eaten when I picked her up either and said she didn’t want to. I reminded her what not eating will do (that’s usually how the elderly die) and she okayed me going to McDonald’s to get her 2 hash browns. But that was it. That’s not enough and definitely not healthy! So I let the step daughter know and she’s going to take care of it. I got my nails done too. I’m happy with the purple!

I went to Half Price Books after dropping her back off and tried to sell my Dad’s records like my Mom asked me to. Every single one they pulled out of its wrapper was messed up. I didn’t get anything for them. The guy behind the counter said he wished they weren’t messed up because some were awesome lp’s. They also wouldn’t buy my Moms decorating books but I told them to just keep them and recycle them. I don’t want them back in the house!

I had eaten a cold spaghetti breakfast at 9am. I didn’t get home until 2pm. I had no energy. I crawled into bed so tired. I decided to have a 2nd energy drink (I had one at 6am) and see if it would help any. After an hour or so, I was ready to get moving again. I started my laundry and took my iPad downstairs and looked up a 30 minute Zumba video. Boy did that kick my ass!

I took a bathroom selfie of my new @fatgirlfedup shirt. I really like it and it makes people look since it says FED UP across it! 😂 In November when I started this healthier lifestyle, I wore a XXL men’s shirt. Now I’m in an XL. Woo hoo! The shirt I use for pictures each month is an XL so now I know that it is not going to be too tight and I am definitely getting somewhere! Even though I gained .8 this week. I expected it since I’m not sick anymore but it still sucks. I will keep going!

I talked to my good friend in Nairobi as well. She told me they do not live in the flooding area thankfully. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I talked to her until she told me that she had a baby in January! I’m very excited for her. She deserves to be happy. She messaged me at 9pm my time too and I’m like, “Why are you up? Oh yeah, you have a baby!” 😂

Today is therapy day for my son and relaxation time for me. I am dropping my son off at a friends house and going to the gym to work out and then hang out in the sauna (and maybe hot tub). I look forward to it! I guess I’ll have to go pick him up too but that’s okay. I should be nice and relaxed by then. I am in quite a bit of pain and can’t wait to go back to the dentist Monday morning. He will fix the issue, I know. I should have stayed longer last week and had him do it then when I first felt the problem but oh well. I wish I could show you my gums. OUCH!

I hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Crazy day

I know I told you how much I had to do yesterday. I did not go to the gym since I got up a bit later than I thought I would. I did not get out of bed until 8am and I had to leave at 9. When I did get up, I showed my son how to use the keurig. We have this coffee called Texas Pecan coffee. He put 7 teaspoons of sugar, a 1/4 cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla, and a little cinnamon into his “coffee”. Wow. I don’t think after all that it’s coffee anymore. 😂

I went to the podiatrist and got the bad news that I shared yesterday afternoon. Then I took my client to her podiatrist and they cut her toenails and I asked about what my doctor said. The woman says, “I would recommend surgery.” So she asked if I wanted to get a second opinion and I told her who my doctor is. She changed her tune real quick! “Oh! Dr. Parker is the best! I would do whatever he suggested.” Uh huh. I can’t stand doctors that take advantage of people. I’m so glad I have the podiatrist I have. I believe I will take a friends suggestion and ask my chiropractor that I’ve been seeing for my back and if he says to do it through the podiatrist, I will.

Then I went home for an hour and my son was still awake thankfully. We talked, I walked the dog, I relaxed, then I went back to the couple’s house to take them to their audiologist. That took 2 1/2 hours total so I got paid for 8 1/2 hours this week. He gave me $5 over the exact amount and said I can owe him. 🙄 I tried to give him the change but NOOOO, he wants credit. No tip or anything, just credit. Geez!

So I came home and made spaghetti for dinner and my son finally went to sleep around 7pm. I did NOT go to the gym. I was so tired! I turned on Netflix and told myself that it’s a good thing I didn’t hit my calorie goal since I didn’t work out.

At 9pm, I decided that I needed to do something. I turned on YouTube and did a 20 minute Zumba video. That kicked my ass! You can tell it did since I burned so much in just 20 minutes! My heart rate stayed pretty good but I was sweating and breathing heavy and burning those calories!

So I hit all the watch goals. Yay! I didn’t go to sleep by 10pm. I started this show called 7 seconds. I’ve only watched the first episode so don’t tell me but that is so sad! Too much can happen in 7 seconds.

Today, all I have to do is take Styled to get her hair and nails done. Then I am off for the weekend. Thank GOD. I’m so tired of everything going on and want a couple of days to relax. I’m even going to try out the gyms sauna. Maybe the hot tub as well. Just have some me time.

Have a great Friday my friends! Get moving. You don’t have to go to a gym to get your workout on! You don’t even have to watch a video. Get out and walk, play, just do something! Hugs!

Foot issues

Major question for everyone:

I have tarsal tunnel syndrome. I have options of what to do.

1. Have electric therapy (NMES) to maybe fix the nerves in the feet.

2. Have surgery and hope it doesn’t come back or cause other issues.

3. Do nothing and maybe have major issues later on.

I can figure out how to pay for whatever I do. I’m nervous that the NMES won’t work and worries that surgery will put me down so long that I can’t work and maybe have to have other surgeries later too.

This is a very difficult situation and thought I would ask for opinions from the people I have shared everything with.

Thanks! Please comment!

Great Wednesday!

The day started like normal. Wake up, shower, run out the door afraid you’ll be late because you have to drive 45 minutes in traffic to get to your dental appointment on time.😂

After the dentist, I stopped at HEB and picked up some eggs and bacon and took off for B’s apartment (my guy best friend) near my dentist’s office. I cooked the eggs, he made the bacon. He wanted toast too so he made himself some. We ate and chatted and then we went to work out in his apartments workout room. The machines were nothing like I’m used to but I was having a good morning so I went with it.

30 minutes treadmill walking and running and 15 minutes on the recumbent bike. I think it was more fun because we were hanging out too. We did a sweaty selfie after and then it was time for me to go home. 😢

The CPA came by the house and we got all of my paperwork in order and he’s going to do my taxes for me within the next week. I hope to god I don’t owe anything this year! I worry since I got a 1099 from a client plus sold the condo and car this past year.

I relaxed for an hour at home and then left to take Mr. 95 year old to dinner. Mr. Happy came with him too! How exciting! This man is always happy and when he seems grumpy, I can tell a silly joke and he gets happy again. I waited for them, took them home, got paid, and got home and went to bed.

Today is hell day. I have a podiatrist appointment at 9:40 and have to be at the couples at 10:30 for the rest of the day. I say hell because they have 2 different appointments plus they want to go out to eat (of course). It’s difficult for one person to handle them both in and out of the car, especially multiple times. Oh well. I need to make money!

I can’t wait for the day to be over already. I’m thinking of waiting to work out until after I am with them in case I am frustrated and need to get it out. I’m afraid I will be too tired to work out after being with them all day too. 🙄

I had 5 calories left last night. That’s cutting it a bit close!

My son stayed up all night on Tuesday night and yesterday went to bed around 11am. He woke up at 10pm complaining that I shouldn’t have let him sleep so long and said now he will be up all night because he slept so much. I just looked at him and told him to never speak to me like that and maybe he should leave and start over. He did and I wasn’t really listening to him anymore. That upset me. It’s not MY fault you stayed up all night or slept all day!

That’s it for today. Have a good one! Follow me on Instagram juliehcares .

Another busy day today!

Yesterday was good. I took Styled to her dentist, the husband of the couple to the grocery store, and the couple to dinner. I ate well although no veggies. I ate exactly my amount of calories.

I went to the gym and worked out for 30 minutes on the stationary bike between jobs. I text my neighbor that I was going earlier than I thought because of jobs. She said that was okay because she was working late anyway. So that worked out.

I just wanted to burn some calories but I guess I am really getting in shape because on a level 6, I didn’t burn too much! I would usually burn twice that! Maybe there’s something wrong with my watch? I have no clue.

At dinner while I waited on them to eat their Chinese food, I took this picture. There were so many birds in the parking lot!

BFF is vacationing in Missouri and took her kids to the celebrity car museum. It looks like they had a great time. She sent me a picture of Wayne’s World car too! So much fun!

Today I go back to the dentist and to the chiropractor. Then the CPA is coming to do my taxes. Then I have to take Mr. 95 year old to dinner. When he called me, he asked if I could take them. Umm, sure? I wonder who “them” will be? Miss Pride? Mr. Happy? I’ll take them all!

Y’all have a great day!

Got it done! ✅

Yesterday was a good day. I took Cranky to her doctor and we then went to lunch at Los Tios where we both had a taco. We were gone for 2 hours and whatever her caregiver was doing while we were gone, she didn’t get to finish. She thought we had gotten the food to go because we were back from the doctor visit (took 10 minutes total), lunch (45 minutes total), and the pharmacy (drive through) in 2 1/2 hours. I then talked to her son via text for a while and relaxed at home.

My son had scheduled a visit with the trainer at 4:30 and told me that he couldn’t remember what the guy looked like. 🙄 He asked me to go with him to point the trainer out. Well, I was going to the gym today anyway so sure! We walked in and I got them talking about my sons goals and off I went to do some cardio.

I started on the elliptical. After 10 minutes, I kept coughing so I finally got off and decided to go biking on the stationary bike (I swear Todd, my gym needs that really cool one you use with the biking trails). I did 15 minutes on the bike before I started coughing like crazy again!

Please note that I am drinking water as well and would cough MORE when I did. So I went to the treadmill thinking walking would be easier for me.Nope! Coughing like crazy AGAIN after 15 minutes and purposely made myself walk one mile! Geez! So I quit and used the restroom and checked out the sauna but only had my tennis shoes so I couldn’t go in plus can you even take a phone in there? I’m not sure if that’s a good idea and I didn’t have anywhere to put it. If you know, please tell me! Then I checked on my son and the trainer and they were working hard so I decided to do 5 more minutes on the elliptical so I would have a total of 45 minutes of exercise today.

When I was done, I went to tell my son I was leaving but they were finished. My son started walking home and I talked to the trainer to let him know about my back. He took time to go with me to the mats and show me what stretching exercises will help the chiropractor and myself get me healed faster. He is awesome. We did that for about 15 minutes and then I walked home feeling happy.

I didn’t cook yesterday. I just didn’t feel like it. I have to take Styled to her dentist this morning. This afternoon the husband of the couple asked me to take him to the grocery store since I couldn’t last week. Umm, why didn’t you have one of your caregivers go for you??? That’s fine, I need the money. Then tomorrow evening I will be taking them to their regular Tuesday dinner. Busy day for me!

My neighbor also asked me to meet her at the gym to work out in the afternoon between groceries and dinner. I hope I have time! She’s really sweet! Her kids are with their dad for spring break so she is free other than work times so that’s good that she and I get to go hang out and do something we both like that doesn’t involve food.

Calories were good yesterday too! I can and will be the best that I can be!

I also looked at the past 2 weeks to see the difference between me being sick and not doing much and going to the gym. Remember I went over my calories at least one day a week because of having a cheat meal. Here is the difference between working out and being sick.

See how working out totally helps??? I love myfitnesspal for logging my food daily and so appreciate these charts weekly. And that’s on the free plan! I highly recommend it if calorie counting will help you get to your goals.

Anyway, that’s my day. I hope you had a good Monday and let’s make this Tuesday the best!

The Sunshine Award

I got nominated by Kim of GloverGardens and I really appreciate it!

Her questions:

1. What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t listen to other people. Do what you want to do.

2. What’s your favorite food memory, a meaningful meal that you will never forget, and why? What was so special about it?

My grandmothers Thanksgiving dinner with our entire family when I was little. My aunt and uncle (they divorced when I was 10) and my only first cousin, both of my grandparents, and my parents. Small family meal and it’s never happened since.

3. If you’ve experienced a time when everything stood still for a moment, and you realized in that split second that you would remember this event for your whole life, what was that time?

When my son busted his head open 10 years ago. He was running down the sidewalk when he was 2. His shoe got caught in one of the cracks and he went flying into a brick post at the end of the sidewalk. I took him to the ER and they glued his head shut. I will never forget that moment. I had so many horrible thoughts running through my mind!

4. Where do you want to travel next and why?

I want to travel all over Europe. I want to meet people I have been talking to online and enjoy the culture.

5. Who inspires you?

The world around me inspires me daily.

6. Why do you blog?

I love blogging. I can talk about my day and make people laugh. I can tell people about how I screwed up or did well and have people comment about their trials that day too. I love the feedback and adore the new friends I have made.

7. What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book of all time would have to be A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was made into a movie that I watched so much on VHS that I ruined the tape and now on DVD have watched many more times!

8. What skill have you always wanted to master, but haven’t yet started on?

I want to learn multiple languages so when I travel, I will be able to speak to anyone there!

9. In one sentence, what is your life philosophy?

There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.

10. What do you want to do tomorrow?

I wish I could stay in bed all day and veg out on Netflix!

11. What is your favorite dish to cook, and why?

Hamburgers because the way I make them, they are healthy and taste yummy!

My nominees are: You know if this is you, I know you do!





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My questions for you guys:

1. What part of your culture are you most and least proud of?

2. What inspires you to keep blogging?

3. What do you spend way too much money on?

4. What event large or small has changed your life?

5. What is the best compliment that you have received?

6. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

7. What takes up too much of your time?

8. Who is your go to band or artist when you can’t think of anything to listen to?

9. What is your strangest talent?

10. What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?

11. What is your biggest goal?

Thanks again!