Got it done! โœ…

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. ๐Ÿ™„ 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!

Yet again, itโ€™s Motivational Monday

Never miss a Monday! Isn’t that what we all hear? I got these off Pinterest and Fatgirlfedup’s instagram.

Yesterday I actually did NOT go over my calories. I think this was the first Sunday in a month that I didn’t!

I also did arm weights at home using my 5 pound handheld weights for 15 minutes to make sure I hit my 30 minutes of exercise for yesterday. I did not go to the gym since I was cooking and cleaning. I didn’t even hit 10,000 steps but that’s okay for a rest day. I still hit all of my daily goals from my watch. Go me!

I am VERY determined to get where I want to be. I’m not trying to go run a marathon, I want to be able to go up stairs without huffing and puffing. I want to be able to walk around this park here that has a 3 mile track (anyone on WordPress in Houston please feel free to contact me and go walk with me – I won’t go alone). I want to keep up with my child when he’s taking off on me.

Today, I am taking Cranky to her dentist and then need to drive down to see my chiropractor again. My back really started hurting again last night and this morning. It was probably the weights. I only used 5 pound ones though!!!

My ground beef wasn’t thawed so I will be making my meatloaf muffins tonight. I didn’t like the chicken very much. Maybe I can douse it with ketchup, like a chicken strip. I will also go do cardio at the gym. Maybe the bike or maybe the elliptical. We shall see!

That’s my day. What are you up to today?

Meal prep Sunday!

I LOVE Allrecipes!!! I find pretty much anything I want to make. If you cook, you should use this app. I included the names of whomever posted these recipes so they won’t think I’m stealing them to post online.

I am cooking today for the week. I’ll have breakfast, lunches, and dinners all made. It will be the same things daily and that doesn’t bother me. Now, if my family eats these too, I’ll have to cook again this week. Let’s hope they do since eating at home is much cheaper and better for you!

Now… on to what I’m making today.

Not too hard and not many ingredients. I’ve already been to the store and taking an animal (scratching and petting them) break before I wash my hands and get started. I also have to make my sons biscuits since that’s what he likes in the mornings. ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you are having a great Sunday!

Still sick

My sons temperature this morning is 102.2 or 39 Celsius. Hopefully since it went up, he will continue to get better throughout the day. He really wants to go to school tomorrow! He told me this morning that he is screwed. Poor baby. He woke me up at the horrid hour of 7:10am on a Sunday for water. I told him to come get some but at that point I was awake. Oh well.

B cancelled on me for the show tonight. He said he had forgotten that he had told some girl that he would babysit her kids. Wth dude? I posted on Instagram looking for someone else to go with but no takers. I don’t want to go alone and I don’t want to take his roommate. I want to go though. He’s even doing a meet and greet before the show so I’ll get to meet him! I guess I will go alone. Going anywhere alone makes me nervous. I’m so desperate to not go alone, I even text my ex boyfriend. He hasn’t answered yet.

I went to the store yesterday and got a bunch of stuff to cook for the week. I get my recipes from AllRecipes and just make changes to make them more calorie friendly.

I am going to make:

Stuffed Peppers

Fried zucchini fritters

Cheese crackers

Pasta with peas and sausage

They all look yummy and easy to make.

I don’t follow any special diet. I just worry about calorie intake. I do try to eat more protein. Last night and this morning, I had this burger from HEB called the cheddar bacon burger. Each patty was 8 oz uncooked so I only ate half last night and the other half this morning. It has chunks of bacon and cheddar cheese in it. They said it was 310 calories for 4 oz!!! But pretty much pure protein so I can’t complain. Since I don’t eat much bread anyway, I didn’t have to worry about carbs at all. It was a good dinner that kept me full until bedtime.

Those exercise calories were from weight lifting. I did all muscle groups! I was even able to up my arm weights to 15 pounds so I’m excited! I do 30 pounds on the back and glute exercise machines and 50 pounds on the legs. I was only doing 10 pounds on the arm machines. You have no clue how exciting it is to go up 5 pounds!!! The only thing I can’t figure out is how I am supposed to go from 15 to 30 pounds when I get stronger. That’s what the machines do. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

I’ve gotten up to drinking 2.5 bottles of water each day. I know I need more but I wasn’t drinking any water before this so I’m proud of that. I still have a couple weeks to bring my water intake up more. Then I just need to make it a habit.

I will leave you for now. I may posts later with actual pictures of what I cook and the show tonight (plus let you know if I wasted a ticket or talked my ex into going). Have a good Sunday!

Rainy Tuesday

I am sitting in my nice warm bed listening to the thunderstorm outside and have a cute little girl doggie curled up next to my butt. I love the rain when I am not out driving in it. I will be going to the gym in a bit too so I am thankful I have a raincoat, even if it is orange.

The only job I have today is taking the couple to dinner. Mr. 95 year old called me yesterday to cancel for Wednesday which I expected since it’s Valentine’s Day and why would he go to his country club? The retirement home where he lives is having a party for them.

Last night, I chose to go to the gym at 6pm. I started off on the bike but after 15 minutes, I got off. I was not feeling it. Then before I walked out, I told myself that I have to do legs. So I did my weight machines.

The best part is this. After I finished those, I went and got on an elliptical machine to try it out. I set the timer for 5 minutes and started. 4 minutes went by and it was so easy, I changed to 10 minutes! After 6 minutes, my knee started to bother me and I had hit my exercise goal for the day. I did 2 extra minutes seeing if my knee would just let up but it didn’t so I got off after 8 minutes. I did the elliptical though!!! I was so proud of myself! Today, I am going to try for that elliptical again. Let’s see if I can do 30 minutes. That’s my new goal.

I woke up today and after taking my son to school, I was hungry. I came home and made bacon, eggs, and toast for myself and my mom.

It was so good. I wish I could do that every day. Technically I could, I just am lazy most mornings and don’t feel like cooking. So I had one egg, 2 pieces of bacon, and a piece of toast with butter. Still full too! I also cooked yesterday. I made Mac and cheese lasagna and biscuits for my son. He was very happy!

My son and I went to Walgreens yesterday and bought valentine cards and chocolates. He was buying them for this girl he likes and a friend that’s a girl. I bought one for him, one for my Mom, and one for Cranky. Cranky has decided that I must be mad at her because she hasn’t seen me in a week. She complained to her caregivers and her son. I have had texts from 3 people asking why I haven’t been there. Well, a lot of reasons actually. So I am going to bake a cake for her and take it tomorrow for the Hallmark holiday. Why not? I don’t have a job tomorrow either! I have been listing all the Department 56 stuff for my Mom online. No takers but I’m putting them out there. I’m only doing the sales in Houston and NOT on eBay.

So I am going to turn off the lights now, open the blinds and curtains, and watch the storm blow through. It’s supposed to be warm here again tomorrow. Fun fun. At least it’s not snowing I guess!

24 free hours

You really don’t know how it feels to be free until you are a single parent and your child goes to spend the night with someone. In case you’re wondering, it’s totally awesome!!!! Granted, I didn’t do anything last night but watch Netflix until 3am and still woke up at 8am. My son spent the night at a friends house an is staying there until after the kids birthday party today which means I’m free until about 5pm. Yay! Now if I can get my mom to leave for church or to get coffee, I will really be free! I have to cook, do laundry, go to the gym, and take care of the dog, all of which I do when my family is here, but how much better is everything when there’s nobody else around? It’s great!

Exercise yesterday was good. 45 minute bike ride and back machines. I have split my weight exercises into 3 days as well so today and the next 2 days, I will post what machines I’m using. If you have better ideas, please feel free to let me know.

Today is leg day. I was debating using the elliptical today for cardio to see how that is until last night (one reason why I was awake so late). The old familiar pain in my foot decided to show up. Now was it because of the weather change (high in the 50’s today when yesterday was 70)? Is it because I actually hit 10,000 steps the other day? Could it be that my nerves are revolting yet again? I have no clue but I was in a lot of pain last night. And I stayed up way too late and ended up gorging on 8 Oreos with 2 cups of milk at 2am. So I guess that was my cheat meal of the week. Damn. Already. On a Saturday night. Oh well. Now all the Oreos are eaten and not in my house so that temptation is gone! That’s the key when you eat something that is not on your plan. Forgive yourself and MOVE ON. It won’t kill your entire plan to have a cheat meal (8 Oreos and 2 cups of milk is definitely a meal at about 800 calories). Today I will go sweat out all this sugar and keep going. That’s all. No getting myself down and eating everything else in sight.

I have a cold shivering dog here so I’m going to go. Y’all have a great Sunday!

Exercise today

I had to write you guys a note. I am VERY proud of myself. I rode the stupid stationary bicycle for an HOUR today. And then did arms even though I said I wasn’t doing strength training today. I kicked butt today.

My son met with a trainer and started learning the machines with him so once he turns in this test tomorrow, they will let him exercise when he wants. He wants to go after school every day. I would want a break between walking home from school with my 15 pound backpack and the gym, but if that’s what he wants to do, more power to him.

When we got home, I made burgers ๐Ÿ”. My son ate 2. Then he ate a pop tart, 2 waffles, and a brownie. Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ!

Hope you had a great day today. I’m about to go to bed since I have court in the morning with my ex husband about child support.