Been a minute

Since May 19th to be exact! I’ve been working and driving and staying at home. A bit boring which is why I haven’t written anything.

First off, we started Lucky’s training last Saturday. I think he was trained before and we just didn’t know the right commands. He’s doing really well! Too adorable. I have to give him a bath tonight which I am not looking forward to but it has to be done!

So here’s the latest from yesterday. My original client, Cranky, passed away after a long time of being off and on ill. She’s had pneumonia like 4 times in the past couple of years. Last night she just went by stopping breathing. It was very sad. Her caregiver called me very upset when I was closing at work so I finally spoke with her and rushed over as soon as I could get out. I called 911 not knowing that I didn’t have to. She had hospice care and they came and took care of everything after the police left.

I left after the funeral home took her away at 9:30pm. On my way home, I noticed that the gates at work had not been shut after closing so I drove in and locked the gates. I let my manager know so if they saw me on camera that late that they wouldn’t ask me what the hell I had been doing there. The funeral is on Thursday when we are busy which I’m sad about. I have asked my manager if I can come in an hour late so I can go to the viewing though. Still waiting on an answer.

I couldn’t sleep last night (makes sense I’m sure) and got to sleep at 2am. I had to be up at 5:30 and be at work at 7 so I didn’t get much sleep. After work today, I met a coworker at the grocery store and drove her home after shopping for us, coming by my house to put our stuff away, and walking Lucky. She’s a sweet kid and doesn’t drive so shopping and getting it all home has to be difficult!

Also, yesterday at work, I spoke with my friend that is a registered dietician. We worked out together a bit and then talked about our personal goals. She weighed me and then told me not to lose any more weight but to tone and work on muscle only. She told me that cardio will help keep me in shape to go do the mountain climbing I want to do once my son is grown but I just have excess skin and need to build muscle underneath to not have it look like fat. I love this woman! She’s awesome! I still weigh in at 148-150 which is perfect for me. She thinks she is 60 pounds overweight (she’s not) but I told her I’ll help her since she helps me.

My coworker thinks a guy that comes in like me. He’s a good looking man too. He showed me how to do pull-ups his way and told me to keep working at it and I will be able to do what he did. He put chains around his neck, lifted himself up, brought his legs up, and did 10 pull-ups like that! I don’t think I could ever do that!!! When I walked in near him with my friend he walked away though so I doubt he “likes” me but that’s fine too.

We had a meeting last weekend at work and I made a cake for everyone. I didn’t know how many people would be there though and that cake went fast!!!

My son graduated 8th grade on Honor Roll but we decided not to attend graduation. High school graduation is much more important! I am very proud of him. I can’t wait for him to start high school!!!

I watched the latest season of Nailed It, Riverdale, and The Flash, and now on the new season of Supergirl. All on Netflix so I know I’m behind regular television. My son has watched the Southpark seasons he has on dvd and loved Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I’m so glad he likes the classics!

I hope you guys are all doing well. Sorry it’s been so long.

Just keeping it keto

2 days down. I have been craving sugar like crazy! SO, Atkins treats are a lifesaver!!!

I am doing something today I never do. I am sharing my food for the day. I do keto my own way, it works for me. I did not exercise, I have to get my food under control first. I ate 1560 calories today, that’s 100 calories over my goal according to MyFitnessPal. I had a total of 21 carbs which is almost perfect.

I had a client today. I took her to a doctor appointment and then we ran some errands. After I got her home, I came home and did all of the paperwork for my new job. She put my start date as Monday (I’m not complaining). I go tomorrow and start training. Yay!!!

I took this at the new job. I am so happy to be working a regular job again. I get a free gym membership with the job and I make more than minimum wage so I am NOT complaining and I am very excited!

Check out Oliver. Crazy cat! He was under me while I did my plank challenge for today. It was 3 minutes long! Plus I forgot yesterday so I had to do a 2:45 plank this morning as well! I did it though. πŸ˜€

Maybe someone can give me an idea. I have a paper to write this weekend (2 page single spaced). It has to be over a macronutrient disease. It can’t be kwashiorkor or marasmus or diabetes. One of my friends suggested maple syrup disease but I can’t find much on it for the paper (she wants peer reviewed articles). So any suggestions???

That’s it. Stay sweet! Have a great week and we will chat soon.

I was so mad yesterday!

As far as school goes, it was a pretty good day. My classes are hard but I will get through them.

What made me mad was after with parking! I parked in the garage in the morning and went to the parking office to get my permit for remote parking. Remote parking is 2 miles from the school and you ride a bus from and back to your car. I moved my car to my new parking after my first class.

This picture is from my school website, uh.edu and remote parking is not somewhere you can walk to from school and be safe, it’s off the freeway!

I parked and the bus came within a few minutes. They packed that bus like a subway car after all the stops. I really had to use the restroom so I got off early on campus to go and then walked from there. I did some homework and then went to math class. I made 2 new friends! We exchanged numbers and Instagram (mine is juliehcares). After class, I went to the bus stop to get back to my car to go home.

I waited and waited and waited. After sitting there for 45 minutes (if you don’t believe me ask my BFF since I was texting her) and watching buses drive by because they were full. Another girl said she was going to a different bus stop so I went with her. We waited another 5 minutes after walking across campus and finally got on a bus! Come to find out, the parking lot that holds over 1000 cars only has 2 buses. 2!!! That’s insane. I hated it. I didn’t get home until almost 6pm when I got out of class at 3:45. Completely ridiculous!

I will try it on Thursday and if it’s that bad again, I am just going to pay the garage parking fee daily. Considering I get to school by 7am, I do not want to be there that late. I have other stuff to do! Like when I got home, I ate, did more homework, washed all the dishes, and fed my son. and then had to go straight to bed because today is a crazy morning as well.

One good thing about having to walk all over campus is that I definitely got my walking in! Now if I could do that every day, I would feel better about when I am lazy and just stay in bed and read school stuff.

My mom is having a colonoscopy at 6:30am so we are leaving when I post this. Then I have to pick up Ms. Forgets for a doctors appointment. So my day should be over before 2pm and I will study while my mom is having her procedure this morning. Whew!

I need to make flash cards too so I can’t forget to take markers and flash cards with me this morning! I have to memorize these math formulas and the anatomy stuff. We did chemical structures of enzymes in anatomy today. We even had a quiz after class to match the names with the sequence. Already! This is going to be tougher than I thought!!!

Anyway, have a great Wednesday. You know what I’ll be up to!

More Ouch

I didn’t blog yesterday. All I had to say was that I took Ms. Forgets to her therapy, came home, and stayed in bed with Netflix the rest of the day.

I’m still in a lot of pain. It feels better when I put pressure on it (like the old days when they wrapped your ribs to heal) so I am in bed quite a bit. I am calling a doctor this morning. With no insurance, it’s going to cost me a small fortune to see the doctor and probably have to get an X-ray. Oh well.

I want to work, I don’t want to be hurting! I want to exercise, I hate sitting around! At this point, since I can’t exercise, I am making sure my diet is on point. For lunch yesterday, I made a salad and it was yummy!

Somebody please tell me why lettuce has sugar in it. Seriously? It’s supposed to be healthy yet it has a gram of sugar per cup of lettuce! 390 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 7 net carbs. It has lettuce, a couple of cherry tomatoes (you can’t see them as they are on the side), cheese, egg, sunflower seeds, and bacon. I was a happy camper munching on this so I think I’ll make it again for lunch today.

My Mom also brought me seeds on Sunday to plant and to send to my friend in Kenya that she asked for. I am excited to try to grow a few things! I have 2 black thumbs so all help is appreciated. I am VERY good at killing plants.

My son has already lost the book he needs for his summer homework. We are going to the bookstore this morning to get another copy which drives me nuts. How do you lose a book? Where did it go? Any chance a friend may have taken it? And why would they when they have probably already finished the same homework? My child, I swear! For a little bit, I was afraid that I sold it with the other books but I remember putting that book in his room after I read it. Who knows where it disappeared to!

So, bookstore and Ms. Forgets this afternoon. I wanted to go drive for Lyft but trying to stay in bed this week. I’ll let y’all know what the doctor says.

Mother 😑

So I’ve lost 32 pounds since November and 223 pounds since having weight loss surgery in 1997. Does this stop my mother from talking down to me? NOPE!

After shopping, I was very excited to wear clothes that fit. I mean come on, I’m a size large now!!! I haven’t worn a size large since junior high school!!! I am thrilled and still can’t believe I have come so far. I look in the mirror and am elated that this is me!

So when I show my mother how my size large looks, you know what she says? “Oh that’s nice honey. But you need longer sleeves to cover up those fat arms.” What??? My response (I tried not to go off on her), “Well Mom, I’ve lost over 200 pounds. I’m going to have excess skin. If someone doesn’t like it, too bad.” She doesn’t agree. She says, “I don’t even wear short sleeves. You need to get 3/4 sleeves like I do.” What the hell???

So I’m frustrated at her and am avoiding her. My friend and I had an awesome time at the comedy show last night. I went to see Chinedu Ogu at the Joke Joint. I even got to meet him which made my day!

Roxxy Umm, I don’t remember this guys name but he was pretty funny and no, he’s not a redneck although he does kind of look like one.

This is Chinedu!

I have decided that I really am going to be more social (when money allows) because I look better and feel better. I don’t feel like a whale next to my friends and I’m not afraid to meet people. It seems this has helped my anxiety too which is great!

When my friend and I walked in the club and sat down, a guy walks up to me and says HEY! I look up and it’s a guy I met at my B’s birthday dinner back in February. He introduced me to his wife and we chatted. He got my phone number and I seriously think his wife wasn’t too happy about that (she kind of gave that half smile and looked at me funny for coming over to talk to him). So my words to her and every other wife/girlfriend of men I know is this. “I do not want your man, please trust me on this. You are always welcome to hang out with me as well. I have no interest in being a side piece or a marriage breaker. If your man even once tries to hit on me, you will probably never see me again. I hope we can be friends.” Why am I such a threat??? Okay yes, I am starting to look better since I have lost weight, I have perfect teeth now (thanks to the best dentist ever and dentures), blue eyes and blondish red hair. But I’m not a threat!!!!

So we took a selfie and sent it to B. B answers, “When was this?” So that’s when I went over to this man so we could answer. They ended up texting on my phone for a bit and now we are all supposed to hang out soon. Let’s pray his wife comes!

Today I have to go get my shots and take grandma (a woman I drive occasionally that is the grandma of one of my good friends and was my neighbor for 15 years so I call her grandma) to get her license renewed. I’m also going to send keto packages to my 2 best friends. I just want them to have a few treats so they can see how why this has been so easy for me! I am sending them the following. A white chocolate dipping cup, a bag of protein chips, a chocolate peanut butter keto bar, and a cheese crisp. I hope they like them as much as I do!

After 4 and a half hours of sleep, I’ve got to try to get stuff done today. I’m also trying to avoid my mother. Even my son is avoiding her but that’s because he’s just a tween and doesn’t want to deal. Lol

Have a great Monday!

So glad it’s the weekend!

So guys, I have to tell you a secret. I started a 2nd job. I am driving for an internet based company like Uber (but NOT Uber). After taking Styled yesterday morning, I came home, walked Amber, ate, and started my new job. I ended up working for 4 hours, had NO clue where I was for 3 jobs so thank GOD for GPS, and kept taking jobs until I was somewhere I knew. The sad part was I didn’t even make $10 per hour. I know, it’s more than minimum wage, but if you look at what it puts my car through, I still have to see if this is worth it. So I worked 7 total hours today. I did 7 runs with the driving company in 4 hours. This company is not too busy and that’s actually good for me. They have a bonus program right now that if you do 150 jobs in 45 days through them, you will get a $500 bonus. Message me if you want a link! I hope it’s possible.

I came home and got in bed but only for about 30 minutes. Then I got up to go walk (gotta get my exercise in – especially after sitting in my car most of the day!). I ended up doing 45 minutes on the treadmill and felt MUCH better when I was done.

I went out last night and got wings from WingStop and boy were they good! So good I forgot to take a picture! The thing I am happy about is that all 3 generations of people in this house sat down and ate in the same area. My mom and I split the wings while my son had French fries (he refused the wings). I’m not a big sauce person so I let my mom eat the bleu cheese dressing with the wings. I was happy with mine just like they were.

Today is weigh day!!! You are SO not going to believe this. I don’t! I had to move and re-step on the scale a few times to make sure it was actually real! This keto lifestyle is definitely doing the trick. I had a compliment from one of the neighbors. He told me that he can see I’ve lost “quite a bit” and I’ll soon be as thin as he is. He’s this tall, thin, handsome Frenchman that moves to the states about 4 years ago and lived in California until last year when he came here. He has a chiweenie like I do so he and I chat at least once a week while our girls run around and play together.

Yes, I know, I got off track! You want to know the weight, right? Well… 195.2! That is a LOSS of 4.8 pounds! Woot woot!

Today is psychologist day, gym weights day, and cooking day. I’m making fajitas (beef and chicken) as well as baked chicken and Italian sausages. I need more choices! I am okay about not having too many sweet things (if I get desperate, I found a keto peanut butter cookie to make or just fat bombs).

Anyway, y’all have a great day!

Great Monday!

I woke up at 4am and did nothing for an hour. Got up, showered, and made breakfast before I ran out the door at 5:44 to pick up a neighbor to take her to the medical center (you know this from yesterday’s blog). That all went well. I was home by 11 and was able to run errands after I dropped her off.

Calories were on point.

Exercise was great. I went to the gym at 5pm and rode the bike for 30 minutes and then used the arm machines for 30 minutes.

Today is a busy day. I have to go get the shots in my legs and the electrode treatment this morning. I have to take Cranky to her dermatologist after that. I also am supposed to take the couple to dinner although I’m not sure if they are going to go.

I filled out all the forms for my son to go to camp with the church for a week this summer. I need to turn those in today as some point.

God does answer prayers if you are patient enough to wait. After 2 months of stressing and actually looking for a job, I have 2 possible new clients. Thanks to my cousin for one and Cranky’s son for the other. We will have to wait and see how it goes if I get them but it’s a start! I still need 3-4 more but now I know that my little business will get better.

That’s it for today. I will leave you with Amber wanting some love this morning!