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.

Last photo spread today

My dad from college age, to marrying my mom, to our last family Christmas. These are all on my Instagram page juliehcares too along with many other stories and funny pictures! I copied all of these photos from the huge poster I made for his memorial service. He was cremated and buried at the VA cemetery here with honors for his service in the US Navy.

Can’t sleep, may as well blog!

Hey y’all! It’s officially Sunday here. And I can’t sleep. Oh well.

I had the best Friday! Here is my family in no particular order. 1. My sister A2 that has 3 kids and one is pregnant. This is her son (duh). 2. Her son watching tv. 3. My friend/sister A1 says she loves her truck. 4. A1 second son who is the sweetest kid ever! It was really a great day!

It was very nice to see my sisters and their kids. I gave my niece her baby present and she loved it (I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of that!) Then today, her boyfriend proposed! I’m very happy for her. She’s a wonderful kid.

On my way home (I drove 300 total miles on Friday) I saw some funky clouds that reminded me of the movie Independence Day and a flock of birds sitting on the wires at a stoplight.

OH! I’ve been working out more. I did weights 3 times this week and today I ran. Okay fine, my running is slower than my walking BUT my heart rate was 160 in the middle of my run and I did it so I don’t care. 😝 maybe somebody can tell me what cadence means though. Does it show how slow I was? HAHAHAHA

Tomorrow I am going to try to cook. I probably would have today except for the fact that I literally slept half the day. I went to bed around 11:30pm last night (Friday night) and didn’t get up until 11am today. This is probably why I can’t sleep. It’s okay though. I will set 3 alarms for the morning to get my son to church and me to the store.

My mom is off tomorrow, she usually works Sunday afternoons. I’m glad though because she worked Friday and today, 7 hours each day. She likes her job though so I won’t say anything! Not much else is going on. I’m happy πŸ˜ƒ and doing my exercise again so I’m pretty sure the endorphins are the why.

Have a great Sunday!

Black Friday

Nope, I am definitely not shopping! I stay away from places on this day. What I am going to do should be more fun.

I am going to pick up my friend/sister that I haven’t seen in a few years and we are going to drive to see my biological sister outside Huntsville TX. My niece is pregnant with a baby girl and I got her the cutest University of Houston onesies and a bib. I had a coupon thankfully. The funny part is that she goes to Texas Tech University and I am giving her clothes from a different school. Well, I think it’s funny. My mom said it’s not. Of course, my mom graduated from Tech. And I went to Tech too in 1994 so why not? I’m sure her friends there will give her all kinds of Tech baby stuff.

I haven’t seen my friend in a while or her children. She told her kids I was coming to pick her up and then I got texts from them yesterday saying Happy Thanksgiving. πŸ˜‚ They grew up calling me Aunt Julie and my son calls them his cousins (one of her son’s shares a birthday with mine too). When she lived closer, I would see her more but now she lives up near Conroe and I don’t usually drive an hour just to hang out for an hour and then have to drive home. This will be more fun. I’m passing by her house anyway (I don’t have to but I obviously am) and then introducing her to part of my biological family that she’s never met since I only met them a few years ago.

Speaking of which, I truly believe they are family. I’m wondering how accurate a DNA test would be on a half sister. Does it tell us that we both have the same mother? Is it worth the cost to find out something we already (think we) know? Thoughts?

I had my nails painted on Wednesday for the holiday. It’s the same color I did last Christmastime called Santa’s Snow. I think it was more appropriate for Thanksgiving though.

We went to my cousins house for dinner yesterday. One of my cousins didn’t come down from Austin so I missed her. My cousin came down from Dallas and the other 2 sibling cousins both live here. My oldest male cousin grilled me all through dinner about keto. He is very into health. He’s thin, he works out, and he’s very private (he’s not on any social media) but he wanted to know all my personal details about it. That was fine. I told him. I also told him to email me or text me if he wants. It doesn’t bother me, mostly because he’s family but also because I remember when we were growing up, he was always nice to me which I can’t say for some of our other cousins.

My son had a good time. We walked to their house (about 3/4 of a mile from us), and my cousin decided to show us he could jump 5 people on his bike after we ate. So the kids laid down in the road along with his mother, and he jumped them (mine was in the middle so I wasn’t worried).

All and all, we had a good time. I took the mac and cheese and nobody ate it. That was frustrating. And my son left for home walking before I was ready to leave so that was irritating. But it’s okay. We are all healthy and happy. I was NOT keto yesterday. I ate a little bit of everything and it was really tasty!

I hope everyone has a great day!

I don’t want them to leave!

So first off, it was another good day and night. After I came home from hanging out with my client, I picked up my cousins wife and we went to the gym again. 3rd day in a row!

I went back home and got ready for our family dinner. We went to a great Mexican restaurant here called Escalante’s. My cousin got a bit lost and thought it was on the other side of the road but that’s easy to do here. They found it though and it was all 3 of them, me and my son, and my mother. It was a great dinner. I took a few pictures and my son took one so he wouldn’t have to be in it.

I had my son ride home with my mom and went to my cousins hotel where they dropped off their son. We then WALKED to a bar about half a mile away. My cousin had 5 beers, his wife had 2 vodka tonics, and I didn’t have but a sip of a Michelob Ultra (I was still too full from dinner to drink). We chatted, we people watched, we walked back to the hotel and I got home around 11:30pm. I have had more than 10,000 steps a day since they’ve been here!

My cousins wife will be at my house this afternoon to work (yes, she has to work even though she’s on vacation) after they check out of their hotel. My cousin and their son will come over about 5. They are leaving town at 6pm to go see wife’s sister in another Texas town. I have had SO much fun and will miss them so much!

When BFF and I drive to Colorado, we have been invited to stay with them for the first night. I’m not sure that will happen but they are so sweet to offer!

So I have Ms. Forgets today, taking her to 2 appointments. I am leaving at 9:15am should be home around 1:30pm and promised my cousins wife that I would make keto biscuits. She seemed very excited to try them. I bet she likes them too!

Y’all have a great day! I will be very sad tonight but I know all good times must come to an end.

Family

I know sometimes family time can suck ass. I feel that way about some people in my family. Not my cousin that’s visiting though! He and I are tight like siblings (we are both only children). He was raised here in Houston until he was 12 and he and I were always together at each other’s home, our grandmothers house, etc. We stayed really close throughout our lives even after his mom remarried and moved him away from me, so when he comes here or I go wherever they are living at the time, we have a blast! It’s usually all about drinking and baseball and sometimes it’s sad like when his mom passed and my dad passed.

This time it’s fun. He and his family flew in night before last and got checked in to their hotel. His wife told me that yesterday morning he dragged her to Whataburger at midnight. I didn’t see them but it was late when they arrived.

Yesterday morning, his wife text me and said she’s been following my Instagram and was wondering if we could go work out. I had woken up at 4:15am and didn’t really want to go but of course I did and it was good. By the way, crappy picture of the actual workout (I guess I was still walking). 45 minutes on the treadmill!

I took her back to her hotel and came home and decided to go jump in the pool.

Then I took my son to his therapy (after I showered of course)!

We came home and my cousin had gone to visit his dad so I watched the new Steve Martin and Martin Short show on Netflix. When that was over, it was time to drive to the hotel to meet up with them and take a Lyft to the ballgame.

We get to Minute Maid Park where the World Champions Houston Astros play at 5pm. The game didn’t start until 6:15. Cousin was glad we were early. His wife and I went shopping for jerseys and proved it probably wasn’t a great idea to have us there so early. LOL

I got a Carlos Correa jersey and she got a Jose Altuve jersey. We had a blast looking at all of them and deciding which one to get. Okay, I was not going to spend money on a jersey since I have one at home BUT I put on my jersey before I left and was able to double cross it across my body AFTER I buttoned it. Yeah, WAY too big! I’m not getting rid of it though, it’s a Jeff Bagwell jersey and I love it.

I stuck to my keto even at the game. I drank Michelob Ultra (I had 3) and had peanuts. I’m happy about that! I did end up with a few more carbs than I wanted but I’m not worried, it was 24 for a whole day.

Today, we are meeting for brunch at 11am. B had asked me to have breakfast with him but since my cousin is here and B has met him many times in the past, I told him that we will all go. Then my cousin invited his Dad which I don’t mind, I adore my uncle! That makes it 8 for lunch. We are going to dinner with my mom on Monday evening. We have to keep the actual siblings apart because they tend to fight after 30 minutes around each other. I don’t know why but they do. How my cousin and I ended up so tight with those 2, I’ll never know.

Here’s my cousin and I.

We really did have fun last night. Today they are going to the game again. I am so jealous! Before they go, his wife wants me to go work out with her again. After everything I did today, I have to go again tomorrow?

I’m sure I will. I will just stick to weights. That can’t kill me like cardio would, right? Maybe I’m just still tired.

They are here until Tuesday so I plan on having some fun while they are here.

Have a great day!

A darn good Thursday

It had been 2 days since I got ANY exercise. I know, I know, what happened Jules??? Well, I felt so tired but knew I had to work and that’s all I did other than sleep and stay up too late watching Netflix. I didn’t hit the watch goals for 2 days. Freaked me out that I let myself do that. So yesterday I did arm dumbbells for 30 minutes with a lot of different exercises. That was great. I hit my goals and feel better about being back on track.

As you may know, court went really well. We got out at 10am! I guess being over prepared to stay there all day got us out quick. After court, we walked over to another courthouse 3 blocks away and now he’s all signed up for his probation. I then brought him back to my house where he grabbed a drink and then left.

On our way back, I got a call from Miss Priss. She needed to run errands. I told her I would pick her up at 2pm and I did. We spent an hour and a half running around for her and got her stuff done. I did not drive for the company which is okay. I feel better today. It was a good productive day.

I watched the episodes to finish this season of The Walking Dead. God that was an awesome series finale! I love this show! What to do until October? This is what Netflix is for!

I ate well too. I’m surprised when I get close to my calorie goal lately. I tested my keytone level and it showed “moderate”. I still can’t tell exactly what I’m supposed to have but the doctor is happy with my tests.

Today should be busy. I have to take Styled to get her hair done, go meet a possible new client, and then drive for the company. That’s the plan anyway.

One week from today will be the one year anniversary of my fathers death. I keep thinking about how much has changed since he went to heaven. I live with my mom now, I got her to clean out a ton of her hoarding crap around here, I added another job to my already busy life, and have already lost 25 pounds in 6 months. I hope my Dad is watching over me happy that I’m doing well and helping my mother.

What’s your plan this weekend? Any plans? Are you on a doctor led diet and are confused? Let’s commiserate with each other! Have you lost a parent recently? Need to talk?

I have found…

I have found that by listening to my friends, it helps me.

I have found that if I keep eating what I’m supposed to, I will succeed.

I have found that there is too much information available sometimes on the internet.

I have found that some people will try to one up you no matter what.

I have found that even if you don’t get along with your family, you may still need them at some point in your life.

I have found that too many people try to make you feel sorry for them and then take advantage of you.

I have found that running your own business is tough but great.

I have found that owning a pet will make you feel better when you are down.

I have found out that I am stronger than I think.

I have found out that cravings don’t last very long so you can get past them.

I have found out that I need to relax more and be more trusting at times.

Lastly, I have found out that chorizo and eggs are my favorite breakfast!

Hugs!

Saturday and goals πŸ˜€

What a good day! First I want to talk to you guys about my goals and I hope you will share yours in the comments.

Weight goals: I have mini goals. For March, I wanted to lose 5 pounds. I’ve lost 1.4 and it’s halfway through the month. That’s still about 1/2 a pound a week so I’m okay with that. Will I get to my goal? I don’t know! Is it okay if I don’t hit that goal? Definitely! At the end of November 2017, I weighed 221.8. Yesterday on my weekly weigh day, I was 206. You will NOT hear me complain. I have come too far to quit. By my birthday, I want to weigh in the 100’s. I don’t care if I am at 199, as long as I am there by the end of June (my birthday is on the 27th). That’s still 3 months away and that would only be a loss of 2 pounds per month. I should crush that goal!

Another goal is measurements. I want to be in a size large instead of extra large soon. I will have to lose enough inches to do that. 10 maybe? It’s definitely doable. I mean come on! In November I was wearing a 2X shirt and after 4 months, I’m in a 1X! So I know I can do this. How many do I actually need to lose? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. I will know how I’m doing when I can put on a large and it fits like the extra large does now, comfortable and not tight at all.

Another goal is food. This is my hardest goal. I need to drink and eat less sugar. That’s number one and I am going to work on that in April. I have (for the most part – there are days like yesterday when I felt like I needed the boost) already cut back to one energy drink a day and only have 16 left in the fridge that will be gone by the beginning of April. I am also drinking a TON more water during the day (8 today) and then having one more soda at dinner so I have cut WAY back (6 to 2 in the past 4 months). And desserts, cookies, pie, cake, etc that taste OH SO GOOD I need to cut back on as well. I say cut back because there will always be times when you go to a party and eat cake or bake cookies for an event and eat a few. I make things myself so they aren’t as bad as eating desserts out at restaurants but all that sugar is still not good! If my weekly cheat meal is a package of cookies, that is enough sugar for the whole month, not a meal!

For March, my goal was to eat more food and drink less calories. I believe I have accomplished that 16 out of 30 days (so far). Next month, I will be focusing on eating less sugar as well as drinking less.

It’s all about the tiny goals y’all. Small changes add up to big results!

Oh man yesterday was good. I woke up early and lounged around for about 3 hours after weighing myself and doing my best not to get down about the tiny weight gain. Then I got dressed, took the dog out for a walk, and then took my son to therapy. Then the gym. I’ve been at home doing Zumba for a couple of days and that’s great but I wanted to get back in the gym. Since my doctor took my insoles to be changed for the ever changing foot issues, I was worried about my feet hurting (no insoles equals flat feet while working out). That’s why I’ve been doing stuff at home. On carpet I don’t feel like I will hurt my feet nearly as bad as on machines at the gym.

So I did 30 minutes on the treadmill walking and running. Those little spikes are me running at 5mph which I am VERY proud of! I ran 8 out of 30 minutes today!!! I’ll be ready to run a 5K by summertime and that excites me. I also went into the steam room (NOT a sauna). It was too much after 30 seconds so I had to leave. I had already had 6 cups of water when I went to the gym and 2 more while working out and I was sweating for 30 minutes AFTER my workout! Yes, my feet and hips hurt a little when I left, that’s why I didn’t stay and do any other exercises.

Then I went home and watched the rest of 7 seconds. Then I watched Amanda and Jack go Glamping which was kind of stupid but after that heartbreaking show, I needed something stupid.

I decided to eat cereal for dinner. It went down way too fast and easy. That’s one of the reasons that I am stopping all this sugar. It goes down so easy and then you are hungry again in an hour or 2. That’s okay. I didn’t eat anything else, I went to bed around 1am. I took some Advil for my hip and watched movies on Netflix. I watched People Like Us and also The Gift. I loved People Like Us. It was totally different than most things out these days. Again, I LOVE Jason Bateman so The Gift was good to me. It’s a psychological thriller and I love that genre! It was either watch movies or go to the bar for beers and I didn’t want to do that.

Everyone have a great Sunday. I will be going to the gym today. Sticking to the bike though. I can’t afford to get hurt or sick again!

Whew – what a week!

Image from Pinterest

I watched The Details last night. OMG it was so funny!!! I don’t think it was supposed to be (maybe dark humor) but I laughed throughout the entire movie. Laura Linney plays the crazy next door neighbor and she always does such a great job! The cast is all stars and it was really good.

I needed that laugh after being so busy yesterday! First was the yoga, then working for 5.5 hours, then went to the gym and did all of the weight machines. I am trying something new to see how it goes. I am doing weights every other day and cardio on the other days. I will walk or do yoga on the days I do weights so I get my exercise goals of the day in too.

Today I take Styled to get her hair done and run errands. Then I will take the husband of the couple to the grocery store. He’s going to owe me for 10 hours or more for the week. I need it too. I hate being broke! I need more clients. My cousin is sick and she paid me $20 to go buy her groceries. That was nice of her and unexpected. God really does work in mysterious ways.

This morning I started something new. I am taking the suggestion of the modern health monk on YouTube and doing a morning ritual to get up and get my blood flowing and to start my day right. It sounds great! I shook my entire body for about 10 minutes like he suggested and made a mental note of my goals today. I think he’s onto something. I am more awake than normal. Allergies are sucking the life out of me (I think I’ve sneezed 10 times in a row already) but I have made my sons breakfast downstairs, taken my vitamins, and meditated. You guys may know that I don’t drink coffee, I have an energy drink each morning. That helps wake me up but not always so that is why I watched his video this morning and I’m awake now, ready to start this Friday off right! I gained .4 pounds AGAIN this week so I am stepping things up and making changes.

Cranky enjoyed her cake. I’m happy about that. My son had a friend come over last night and they had fun inside and at the park. The husband of the couple is fine so I guess I don’t need to worry about him being in pain, and my mom is already up this morning getting ready for whatever she has to do today. It’s 6:20am!

Have a wonderful Friday. I think I will. I’m trying to be positive.