Yay!

Here’s the story.

I went on ZipRecruiter and applied for a job. This job calls me 2 days later and requested me to take online tests that are recorded and viewed. I take these tests and didn’t think I did very well (math and computer tests). A day later, they call me and ask me to come in for an interview. The next day, I go to the interview. I meet with the HR person and the manager for the job I applied for. The interview lasted 5 minutes! Of course with that short of time, I did not think I got the job. Cut to a week later and I am still applying for jobs online and my phone rings. It was the HR person of said company. They offered me the job!!!!

I start my new job on Monday. It’s 9:30-6 Monday through Friday. I will keep my job at the gym but only on Sunday’s. I will keep the 2 clients I have left and take them wherever on Saturday’s. So now I have 3 jobs and will not have to stress over buying groceries or paying off credit card debt I have accumulated in the past couple of years. I definitely want to stay working at the gym since I will be sitting at a computer all day and will need to exercise more than I currently do (I haven’t been because of being so tired after running around work).

I’m sure some of you will understand the relief I feel right now. I will be working in a call center talking to customers and vendors which is fine with me. I will have benefits starting in January so I won’t have to stress to find the $100 it costs me out of pocket to see a doctor or the $70 it costs to get an asthma inhaler without insurance.

The gym and client driving will be our spending money and my son said that sounds great. I am selling stuff on eBay right now to make grocery money. That’s how it’s been here the past few weeks. I wasn’t making much at the gym, just barely enough to get by, I was only scheduled 30 hours a week or less even working in multiple areas there. I joined a debt consolidation company back in June and was having to use my moms credit card for groceries and my sons therapist. Now her card is maxed out too (she spent the majority on it – not me). I am excited to be able to pay that down, get groceries, and pay my own bills.

This job was a godsend. I know that for sure. I am writing all this down to re-read it on those tough days when I don’t want to work a 9-5 job. 😂

I got someone to take Lucky out for walks while I’m gone daily since I will get a 30 minute lunch which is not enough time to drive home, take him out, and get back. Amber is fine waiting all day for me. She used to when I worked in the travel industry anyway. My son will be at school and said he’s fine walking home daily which he mostly does now anyway. The only day we will have trouble is on Wednesday’s when he is supposed to be at church at 5 and his bus gets to his stop at 4:45 and is 2.5 miles away from the church. I told him that he can take an Uber if he needs to.

So everyone is set. I am excited to start this new adventure. The job already told me that there is a lot of opportunity to move up fast as well.

Note that I am not saying where or who I work for. Company policy (yep I read it) says that we are not allowed to say any details about our job or company online or in personal blogs. I don’t anyway. 😀

AND…I may have met someone. I’m not sure if he’s just being nice or is interested but I am going to give him my phone number and see what happens. He’s older than me, has a dad bod, runs his own business, exercises, and is just a really nice guy. So maybe???

Y’all have a great weekend, it’s my last full weekend at the gym!!! 😘

See ya!

Jules

Got caught up

Well, a little bit! I miss you guys, y’all are like my internet family. I enjoy meeting you guys and can’t wait to be able to go overseas and meet more!

I had an unexpected day off today. I requested Monday mornings off to be able to take my son to school and even though it’s a holiday, I don’t have to work this morning. This afternoon the gym closes early so I have no reason to go. It’s nice to have a day to myself to catch up on stuff.

I’m watching the Netflix show Dark (weird and creepy but good). My son is doing pretty good at school so far, no problems anyway. I baked muffins yesterday and shared them with coworkers who ate them up! I made blueberry and chocolate (the chocolate ones for my son and they are already gone).

I saw this funny meme and had to share because it’s so true!

Also a joke for vapers like myself. It’s almost been 8 months since I smoked a cigarette. I miss it sometimes so I vape more and then don’t need one!

One more…a gym joke.

SO…I haven’t exercised in QUITE a while. I avoid my place of work since members seem to want to come bother me even though I’m not in uniform and wearing headphones. 🙄 I am going to try to get some weights in today. My usual 30 minutes of arm exercises to start. And since I redid my bedroom, I have room to do yoga now so I may do that too, we shall see!

I still weigh 150 and I am NOT complaining! I am going to Kansas in a couple of weeks and would like to weigh less when I go so I am watching my calories like crazy but nighttime is a killer for me. I eat dinner at 7pm and by 10pm, I want snacks. Late night eating is how I gain weight so I HAVE to stop that! Now the question is how. I guess it just takes me not putting things in my mouth!

I hope you guys have a great Labor Day here in the Americas and just a wonderful day everywhere else in the world. 😀

Vacation

Hey you guys. I was working every day the past few weeks before I went on vacation. I took my son to Boulder, CO to visit his close friend that just moved there at the beginning of July.

First, the view outside their house is so amazing!

I went hiking for 3 hours.

I also took a Lyft to the Coors Brewing Company, stood in line for an hour to get in.

I finally got to go inside and found it’s a self guided tour with headphones. I finally got to go have my samples and they didn’t even have Coors Extra Gold. So sad!!!

When I got back to their house, I took the boys to downtown Denver.

I wanted to take them to 16th street mall to people watch and find my son a hoodie but it started raining and the buses weren’t running correctly because it was a Sunday so we ended up just going to get dinner at a restaurant near the Rockies stadium where the boys both had cheeseburgers with pepper jack cheese and then ordering a Lyft back to Boulder. I think I spent $100 on Lyft rides alone but better than renting a car for $120 a day!

I ended up walking over 10 miles on Sunday!!! So Monday we didn’t do much other than go to downtown Boulder and went shopping. We found my son his hoodie at the North Face store so he was happy.

We had to leave and go back home today and I really wasn’t ready but knew it was time. We got home, picked up the dogs from the neighbors, unpacked, and now I’m in bed.

I hope you guys have been well. I’m sorry I’m a bad friend that doesn’t log on much anymore. This working 32 hours a week at a job and driving clients as well as taking my son to his appointments and Japanese tutoring has me very busy! Chat soon!!!

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.

Fill me in

I still haven’t had a chance to catch up on reading. The past week, I have been doing nothing but hanging out with my son, working, and watching Netflix. So fill me in on what’s going on in your world or add me on Instagram juliehcares so I can see! And if you added me but I didn’t know it was you, send me a DM so I can add you!!!

I have to work all day today so after dropping my son off at church, I took Lucky to the dog park. After 30 minutes, he was done and stood by the gate to go home. Silly boy!

We are fish sitting this weekend. A beta fish. I am following directions exactly and as far as I can tell, he’s still alive. Thank goodness! The kid whose fish it is would be very upset with me if he didn’t make it.

My diet is crap lately but because of all the exercise I get at work, I haven’t gained anything. Thank God for small favors! I would love to weigh 140 but I am happy at 150. This morning I weighed in at 149. I am getting tired of people telling me I am too skinny. I know it’s most likely because they are unhappy with their own weight but it affects me. I’m not exactly where I want to be either and get told a LOT that I need to gain 10 pounds. Umm, no!

This coming week is finals for my son. He says he’s ready. I had to study like mad for finals and my child sat down and answered all the questions I threw at him in a few seconds each. I guess he is ready! So this afternoon he is going to his friends house to help him study. I told him he has to let his friend study, otherwise the parents will send him to my job to sit and be bored. I got an eye roll for that comment. Lol

By the way, I just want to tell you guys how wonderful you all are. You have watched me transform into the normal weight, non smoking person I am today. I appreciate all of your support and love. I truly do!!! I am here for y’all too. This is what I want to do for my livelihood. I want to help people reach their goals. In any way I can. Let me know if you need to talk or need recipes, or general help starting something up. I’m here for you!!!

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OMG…guys!!!

I got a B in my Anatomy class!!! Woo hoo!!!

I am so excited to finish this semester with 2 A’s and 2 B’s! And thank goodness that’s over!!!

So I am supposed to be at a funeral in 10 minutes. I haven’t even taken a shower yet. I cooked this morning and have errands to run. It’s not that I didn’t love my cousin. He was 91 and has been sick a long time. He was a good man. He was a surgeon and actually put my leg in a cast all 3 times I broke it growing up. I just don’t like funerals. I want to go celebrate his life, not wallow in misery with family I never see otherwise. My mother said I should go to “represent” our family. Umm, no. They didn’t even come to my fathers memorial and I only went to it because it was my father. I just don’t like funerals! What would I do, Instagram the whole thing? That would be rude! And I have to act like I am sad that he’s gone. No! I am so happy for him that all the pain he has endured over the past few years is over and he went to a much better place (wherever your beliefs say that is). So I am at home still.

So there’s this new dessert bar that is unicorn themed here. It’s quite a far drive just for a dessert so I thought I would check out reviews before I went. Boy am I glad I did! Only 4 tables, smells like the toilet is backed up, nobody cleans tables, staff is rude, ice cream not flavorful, food tastes like they just got it out of a freezer in a grocery store, etc, etc. Wow!!! I won’t be going there! There were some reviews that said it was good, don’t get me wrong. The bad reviews WAY outnumbered the good ones though! If I decide to eat dessert, I will just make it myself. That way I know what’s in it and it will be keto or low carb.

Lucky HAS to be trained. He got a hold of my vape and ate it. No cartridge thankfully but the machine. And he was caught chewing on my remote. And socks! What’s going on with this doggo??? So I am trying to take him out more and have more things for him to chew on that are for him. But that gets expensive!!! So I will be watching YouTube this afternoon.

I am enjoying my few days off. My son is taking STAAR testing at school this week. My mom is doing her thing. We are all busy but that’s a good thing! I took photos of my excess skin on my arms and legs today. It’s crazy how much there is!

I was going to take my stomach too but haven’t figured out how to do it by myself.

I made a new friend. He’s 30, from Jersey, and he’s a personal trainer who can literally bench press me. He’s very opinionated but nice. And my son likes working out with him. He comes by after work and walks the dogs with me so we can chat. And no, I would never date him. My mother asked if we were dating and I’m like “NO!” Geez! I make a friend and people think I’m dating the guy! We have similar interests in being healthy so we get along. He likes Asian women and I like tall and thin white men which he’s not. 😂

Okay, it’s 12:10 so I need to get up and moving. I hope you’ve enjoyed what’s going on here! Hahaha

SO exciting!!!

Clients, work, school, studying, blah, blah, blah.

I have the BEST news!!! My son got into the top rated high school in Texas!!!! We just found out yesterday and I am thrilled beyond belief! We went to Taco Cabana to celebrate and he brought his latest BFF with him.

I also have bad news. Poor Lucky has whip worm which means I have to give him medicine for 5 days. No fun! At least I just mix it with food. I don’t have to trick him into taking a pill!

Short but sweet! I didn’t want to bore you with how at work today there was nobody in the gym so I got a workout in 24 minutes on the elliptical until a woman came in).

Boring but crazy Tuesday!!

This has to be quick because I need to get moving, I overslept this morning by an hour so I have 30 minutes to get ready for today.

Walking Amber last night, we saw a possum and it stood still while I snapped its picture!

Yesterday I woke up, took my dog out (Amber), and got my kid to school. I came home and listened to all of the lectures for my nutrition class exam that’s this Friday. Both dogs rode with me to take my son to school and this was on the way home. He looks so sad!

At 11am, I took Amber out and then Lucky. Why won’t Lucky poop for my son??? He poops for me! Because it took Lucky so long, I was running late for work.

I stopped at a tree and got some kumquats for my coworkers and clocked in 5 minutes early at 11:55am. Whew!

I took a break around 2:45pm. When I came back, my boss pulls me aside and says somebody called her that I was smoking outside. What?!? I did use my Cue OFF property but I haven’t smoked in 3 months!!! I take 3 puffs off my vape on my break off their property and my boss gets a call? Come to find out it’s because I had on my uniform. I have to cover it or take it off if I do that.

That upset me the rest of the day. I was off work at 5pm and came home to walk Amber. I told my son to walk his dog too. I had to be back up at work for a meeting from 6-8pm. So I raced back up there and we had our meeting.

My eating was awful yesterday as I was not prepared. I was so busy trying to do all my stuff that I didn’t prepare snacks or lunch. It’s my fault. Thankfully I won’t gain many pounds in one day so I will just be back on track today and it will be fine. No true exercise either although I did get 20 minutes on my watch and almost 600 move minutes!

Another great busy day today as well so I will chat at y’all later!

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. 😀

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.

What a week!

I got a job! I start working at my gym next week. I will be at the front desk. I am pretty excited! It’s the first step to staying healthy for me. I go take my drug test today. I read that being around marijuana smoke (not actually smoking it) only stays in your system for a day or two so I should pass. It has been over a week since I was around it in Vegas!

I had my Anatomy lab exam on Wednesday and I think I did well. I have a nutrition exam this weekend and I am not ready for it. I’ll get it though. It’s over 10 chapters and I have completed 5. Eek!!! As soon as I am done working and after getting stuff done for my job, I will get on that!

I took some old board games to Half Price Books this morning and got $16 for them. So now I can get gas.

I realized yesterday that Cranky’s son hasn’t paid me in a month. I text him and only heard back that he will be paying hourly from now on. That’s fine but I still need to get paid for the past month so I can pay bills! I guess I am going to have to push for it. Sad.

I met my friend at a park and we walked for 30 minutes. Unfortunately, she walks at 3mph so it didn’t get my heart rate up enough to count as exercise. Plank challenge is still going and I am on top of it! Are you doing it?

I weighed in at 151.9 this morning. I’m not concerned. It will come right back off. It’s probably getting to be that time of the month plus my horrible eating yesterday (I ate Girl Scout cookies for breakfast and junk all day). No biggie.

That’s about all that’s going on here! I hope you had a great week and I will chat at you later!