Whew!

Sunday funday, right?

I dropped my son off at church and went to the grocery store. With store deals and coupons, I was able to save 20% off the total! Woo hoo! I hope I get better at this couponing stuff. I would love to be like those people that get a full cart for like $5! I was happy to have a cart that cost $125 (not shown) and get it for $100.

After church, I brought my son home and charged my watch before taking off to the park to walk with H. The trail is 3 miles. We parked in different places so we had to walk to meet up. We ended up running/walking almost 4 and a half miles!!!

We then got in our vehicles and met at a Whataburger for food. I got a kids burger and a chocolate shake. That shake was not worth the 390 calories. I took half the bun off and ate my burger 🍔 and was happy with that.

I came home and watched Avengers Infinity War. I am so tired! So I’m about to pass out. I hope y’all had a good weekend!

Loooong Sunday and 1st day of school!

Today is my son’s first day of 8th grade. I can’t believe I have a teenager! He is not happy to be going back and I am so happy he’s going back. Amber says hi too!

I dropped my son off at church at 8am and took off to the grocery store. After spending $150.00, I got home at 9am. I put everything away and got to cooking. I got some flavored tuna. I haven’t eaten tuna in years, I hope they taste better than I used to think. I just wanted some different choices for my lunches at school.

Oh boy did I cook yesterday! I didn’t quite make everything I set out to cook but it took 4 hours to make all these things and I think I made enough. These are in the order of how I made them.

1. My sons mac and cheese lasagna.

2. http://www.kaseytrenum.com Keto Cheesy Biscuits

3. My sons biscuits and croissants.

4. Keto bread from http://www.ketoconnect.net

5. Keto Vanilla Pound Cake from http://www.heyketomama.com

6. And for dinner and oh I can’t wait to take leftovers for lunch this week, beef pot roast! It was on sale at the store and it’s different than just steak.

Before I made the cake, I ran out of almond flour. I picked up my son at church, dropped him at the house, and went back to the grocery store for more. Then I came home and made the cake. I didn’t have any today. I plan on having it all week though! I know Pound Cake doesn’t usually have icing but I’m thinking about it because I love icing! Even if it’s keto and completely sugar free, it’s still icing!

I didn’t eat while I cooked. I was busy and forgot. I realized it and ate 2 of my cheesy biscuits with butter at 1:30pm. It took me over an hour to eat just that. I couldn’t handle much in my stomach.

At 5pm, my son and I took off for his godparents house. His godmother helped me with the math practice test, test 1, and quiz 1 today. My son played with their kids while we worked on math. She’s great. She doesn’t just give the answers, she explained what I needed to do to solve each problem.

My son and I didn’t get home until 8pm. I ate 3 ounces of the pot roast and it took me from 8:15 to 10pm to eat that. I have been so stuffed all day! I only had 600 calories today. I just get so busy and don’t think about it. I know I should eat more. I probably will tomorrow. When I wait that long to eat, it happens.

This morning I am taking Ms. Forgets to have some testing done. She said we may be there for 3 hours. That’s fine. I have plenty to study! When I get home, I have no plans so I think I’m going to watch Netflix and watch last nights Big Brother.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!!!

Random thoughts

1. I guess I am stuck with a size 6 ring forever. My knuckles won’t let me go to a smaller size. I’m okay with it, it’s just frustrating to know that it won’t matter how much I lose in my fingers, it won’t matter because the bone is there and yeah, oh well. 2. I finished Black Lightening after taking Ms. Forgets to therapy. This is Thunder 3. I went and got some dog food and treats at the pet food store. I took some clothes to Goodwill. I started marinating the brisket. It’s marinating in a bag overnight. I went to the store to get me and my son some food and drinks ($160 worth), yeah I’m broke! I stopped to get gas too. 4. I did not exercise but let me tell you, bringing all the stuff inside and upstairs gave me a workout! Anyone have a suggestion of how to get some in when I am busy running errands and other stuff I actually want to do? Lol 5. My son got to skip karate today to go with the church group and go to the movies to see Incredibles 2. I love seeing his face light up when he sees a friend he hasn’t seen in a while. He was so happy! He posted a Snapchat saying not to bother him and his friend since they were at the movies. When it was over, he said the villain could have been made better. 6. I had ice cream and cookies for dessert when I got home. Arctic Zero ice cream and the almond cream cheese cookies I made last week. For both, 7 net carbs and 5 grams of sugar. Hells yeah! 7. I stayed within my calories and macros even with that dessert. It was a good day! See y’all later!

Friday, here again

First off, the couple canceled on me yesterday because he didn’t feel good. So it was an unintended day off. I started marinating the brisket which I will cook overnight tonight and made burgers.I also did arm weights since my foot was hurting yesterday.

I hit right under my calorie goal for the day and drank water last night instead of eating more.

After all that standing on my feet to cook, I had to take my shoes off and get off my right foot. So I ended up being a little lazy. I did do 3 loads of laundry, grocery shopping, and talked to my mother. When my son got out of school, I made him come home and clean his room which he actually did for the most part! He also did his clothes laundry which was really needed. Tomorrow or Saturday I will need to get dishes done too. Nobody helps me much around here.

I take care of the dishes, laundry (mine as well as sheets and towels), cooking, shopping, and cleaning up around the house between the times that my moms maid that comes to do the floors and bathrooms once every month. If my mom would take care of herself more, I don’t feel like I would have to do so much. She seems to expect me to and gives me grief if it’s not done in her schedule. That’s pretty much all that frustrates me about living with her. She has high blood pressure and diabetes but if you listen to her, she’s perfectly healthy and doesn’t need to check her sugar or take blood pressure medication.

So that’s my bitch session for the day. Thanks for listening. Having my best friends live hundreds of miles away, I don’t get a chance to hang out with the girls much and just vent. B is great when he’s not dating yet another woman. He tries but for some reason, he’s like me, we can’t find a good person to save our lives! I’m happy being single, he’s not. Eventually he will find the right person for him. I just know it.

Twice this week I have woken up on time or early to the sound of knocking. The entire house is sound asleep too. I don’t know what in the world that means but I’m up early!

Today, I have to take Styled to get her hair done and then take her to the doctor because she has been so confused lately and not eating. We (her step daughter and I) think there must be something going on so we are taking her in. Then I should be going to the couples house to do what I was supposed to do yesterday. I hope he’s feeling better so I can take him.

I hope everyone has a productive happy Friday!

Busy busy day

2 jobs plus helping my mom. Whew!

Took Cranky to her dentist to pick up her partial. She was very happy. That only took an hour and a half total. I went home and my mom had gone to the closest recycling center and was told that she had to go to a different one way across town. So guess who got to take her van and get that done? Yep! I drive there and the men working there only took about half and said we could just throw away the others. Really??? After all that we were told about not throwing away old paint cans, these environmental workers tell me to do just that? Stupid.

I went back to my side of town, got barbecue from my moms favorite place, stopped at the grocery store to get her snickers ice cream bars and finally get back to the house 2 hours later. I ate, relaxed in my room for a bit, walked the dog, and decided to get my fat booty up and to the gym.

What I’m finding is it’s hard to go there but once I’m there, I work my butt off. I got on the stationary bike and picked the variety button instead of interval button. OMG 😮 I thought I would die when it hit level 18! It starts easy on level one, jumps to level 6 (still easy for me), jumps to 10 (umm, this is a bit hard), then just jumped to 18 for 2 minutes before it went back to 10 or 8 and just kept going up and down levels for the full 30 minutes! I had to do the cool down so I did 35 minutes on the bike.

I also wanted to walk some so I got on the treadmill and started walking at 3.6 miles per hour. After 10 minutes, I did 3.8. At one mile, my foot started screaming at me so I quit which is fine. I still did a lot.

After all that, I took Mr. 95 year old and Mr. Happy to dinner. Mr. Happy asked me if I would drive him Saturday evening but I can’t work on weekends. I would love to make the money but I need my weekends for my son. Plus if I was going to work on Saturday evening, I would have to take Mr. 95 year old and Miss Priss to dinner first since I used to and that wouldn’t be fair to Mr. 95 year old.

With the 4 oz of barbecue (split between lunch and dinner), I went way over on my sodium but other than that, my calories were great again. It helps when you take the meat out of the sandwich (no bread) and just eat the meat with a little sauce.

Since I am eating more protein, I stay full longer and don’t eat as much. I hope 1500 calories is enough for my body. I don’t want to go back to all those bad carbs. I’m not trying a meat only diet like Atkins or Keto, I’m just trying to have more protein. I am loving Quest snacks and the other products I found! I had a peanut butter Rice Krispie treat earlier for 20g of protein and 10 grams of fiber. Plus I weighed 203.2 this morning. Woo hoo!

And with the rest of my barbecue for dinner while waiting, I had a cookie. It wasn’t as good as the Rice Krispie treat but I have other flavors to try.

Yum yum! Helps the sugar addict in me too and it’s got pretty much NO sugar!

Today I have to go to the couples house, take one of their cars to be inspected, and then take the husband to the bank and grocery store. It’s going to be a long day. But also payday. I like that as long as he doesn’t get mad at me again. That’s one of those things that makes me want to stop doing this.

I’m also meeting my friend for coffee at La Madeleine in the morning. She has Girl Scout cookies for me. I need to give them away. I told her I just want to pay her and not take them and she said, “I don’t want them in my house!” 😂 So I’ll just have to give them away. That’s fine.

So I took pictures of the cats yesterday so I just have to share their cuteness.

My ex husband wanted to go see his son last night. Thank goodness I was working and my son was with his friend. I’m not a fan of people being in my house when I’m not there.

That’s it for today. I hope it’s an easy and no argument day. I want to try and work out again after work is done.

Yes, I have cheat meals!

I was so good last week and didn’t go over my calories on any day.

So what do I do? I eat Girl Scout cookies. I ate an entire sleeve of Thin Mints (17 cookies). And a cup of milk. And 3 chocolates. But I got right back on track. That’s the key. Yes, you will have a day or a time where you eat something unhealthy. Just get back to it. I did a 30 minute exercise video from YouTube for my exercise for the day. https://youtu.be/lBP3DOCX72Y

That didn’t make up for the hundreds of calories I ate and I wouldn’t expect it to. I did do something to counteract my extra calories though and that’s what counts. Healthy people eat bad things sometimes. It’s a part of life! You can’t get down on yourself or say you’re fat or bloated or ruined your diet over one thing, meal, or day. Okay? So you missed the gym all of last week? Who cares? Just go back! You ate half a chocolate cake in one sitting? That’s okay, just get right back to eating healthier foods. We got this! Until your perception changes and you don’t beat yourself up over excess calories, you can’t win and we are going to win!

I went to the dentist yesterday and was fine until I left (of course), stupid teeth. Now I have to go back later this week if I can find the time. I also went to Discount Tire to get the stupid low tire sensor fixed and since I go there too much and know the manager (not really but I am a good pretender), he gave it to me for $35 instead of $60. I’ll take it! I was happy to not have that little light on constantly so maybe I will actually know when my tires are low again. I went to Costco and bought food and paper stuff for the month. I think I shocked my Mom when I walked in with Costco bag of toilet paper and paper towels. There are definitely a lot in the house now. Like so many we don’t know where to put it. She’ll find a place I’m sure. I then came home and watched 2 series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Netflix instead of cooking or going to the gym. I love this show! It’s also telling me where not to stay when I eventually go there. 😂 It was a good day for a Monday.

Today I take Miss Priss on her errands and also take the couple to dinner. I also have to exercise and eat much better today, stay in my calories. I have to stay perfect the rest of the week but I’m not stressing if I don’t. That would be the old way of thinking. I am thinking of changing my weigh day to Thursday as it seems that Thursday is my lowest weight day of the week and that’s always a good thing! 😀 I felt a bit lazy yesterday and I don’t want to stop my progress so I am at it!

I didn’t go to sleep until midnight last night. Not good when you’re supposed to get up at 5:30am! This morning, I turned off that alarm and the 6am alarm and overslept until 6:45! My son was still asleep too so I open his door, tell him the time, hear him say oh shit, and I run out to the car to warm it up. We are supposed to leave by 7 for whatever it is that he and his friends do until school starts at 7:40. For some reason, it’s 55 degrees out there this morning so I was a bit chilly in my boxers and sleeping shirt to drive him. I let the heater warm up and when he gets in the car at 6:59, he says, “geez Mom, it’s hot in here!” Well, too bad, I was cold! On the way to school, I have my regular oldies station on and Queen comes on. He asks what’s this song (this is when it is first starting). I tell him after a few beats that it’s Another One Bites the Dust. He turns it up and starts singing along! Yep, my work here on music is done. My 12 year old likes Queen. {drops mic}.

Speaking of, I have to say, I am loving this new generation. At least my son and his friends. They like 70’s and 80’s music, video games, and don’t feel the need to be out all night. Now, I know that could change, don’t get me wrong! I hope not! He wants to stay up all night playing games with his friends. He started his own religion called the meme religion and of course, it’s all about memes. I’m not allowed to join because their favorite meme is a RickRoll and every time they start it up, I start singing the song – Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. Yeah, so I’m not allowed to join. Darn it! That was going to be my new way of life! 😂😂😂 https://youtu.be/oHg5SJYRHA0 This link is to the song, not the meme.

I hope you all have a good day. I can’t wait to be home after running errands with Miss Priss to go to the gym and after the couples dinner to get more sleep!

I forgot to mention the cats. Yesterday they decided they wanted on the kitchen window shelf and threw done all of my moms crap off of them. Yay for cats!

Crave Cupcakes

Never heard of them? They are SO good! There are lots of little cupcake shops around and in my humble opinion, Crave beats them all!

I got the husband a banana cupcake and the wife a chocolate one.

I walked in and told the guy at the counter that it was my clients 87th birthday and they had never heard of Crave so I wanted to get them what they like and would like a mini vanilla cupcake for me. He was very nice but told me they only sell the mini cupcakes when you buy 12. I definitely don’t need 12 cupcakes in my house! And at $24 for those 12, I can’t afford that! So I said okay, I don’t have to have one. I even told him that at 500 calories, I couldn’t get a big one and stay within my diet today. This guy was in shape, young, and very cute! I figured one look at me and he would understand that I’m trying.

He packed up their cupcakes and then came out from the back with a mini vanilla one for me! Isn’t that sweet??? I’m so happy!!! He didn’t have a way to charge for just one so I put $2 in their tip jar since I figured $24 for 12 cupcakes is $2 a piece. I put the last picture in so you can see the size difference between the cupcakes. I prefer the small one. The big one is too much sweetness!

I called the couple to see why I had to be there so early and he said I can come at 2:45pm since his appointment is at 3:15 and we will go to the store after that. Well, crap. I know that means that he wants to go out to dinner instead of going to lunch. Oh I know why he wanted me there at 12. I’m trying not to eat out and having to take them out to dinner is not very helpful to my plan. I guess I’ll get a salad wherever they choose to go since they always make me eat with them. I prefer making my own salads since restaurants tend to put stuff in I don’t like or overdo it with salad dressing. I will also have to take my shredded cheese, a hard boiled egg, and sunflower seeds with me to make the salad how I want it. I know, I’m weird. That’s how I like salads though!

So I’m back home, ate my 200 calorie cupcake, and now waiting for my clothes to finish drying. Y’all have a great day!

Saturday exercise and stuff

I went to the gym. I did 45 minutes on the bicycle at levels 2 and 6 plus 25 minutes on legs (not pictured is the thigh adduction machine). Woo hoo! Then I went to the grocery store with my moms and my sons list. All I needed was milk and some healthy snacks. I got some too.

Banana chips – I love bananas but they’re too soft and stick to my teeth. So I got banana chips. Not as healthy but has a gram of protein and only 5g of sugar. They are alright. I like the thinner slices better. The thick ones are very hard for me to munch into.

Sesame sticks – so good and crunchy! 5g of protein and NO sugar! I love these but I don’t like them all the time. I’ll have this bag and not like them for a few months. I’m weird like that.

Fiber One Protein Nut chewy bars chocolate pretzel nut – haven’t tried them yet and they have 10g protein and 5g sugar each.

And of course I have plenty of nuts around to munch on. Peanuts have 7g of protein in each ounce. Cashews have 4g.

Can y’all tell I’m trying to get more protein???

My mom had a coworker come over and put lights on her Christmas tree before she put it away for the year. Let’s just hope the lights don’t go bad during the year after all that work! I had to get her tree out of the bag we put it in and set it back up only to have her friend say she needs it in pieces. 🙄

My son wants me to move his bed to the corner of his room. I do agree it would give him more space, and as it’s on these risers and they are not attached, I don’t want to deal with it today. No fun. So he’s been in here complaining that I don’t want to do anything today yet he opens everything I brought home from the store! 🙄

I ate my weird lunch of sesame sticks, banana chips, and 2% lactose free chocolate milk (Mootopia brand) at 3pm and I’m trying to wait to eat dinner until 7. I’m hoping that makes me not so hungry when I go to bed at 10 or 11.

I sent out invoices and I did my weekly paperwork for my business. Now I can relax. Since I didn’t watch Netflix the other day, I think I might try to find a movie now.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Weekend

I hadn’t posted yet today because I’ve been a bit busy.

Yesterday after Styled and Forgetful, we went to the symphony and had a great time! My son got a wand and my mom and I both got a Gryffindor scarf 🧣.

I stayed up until almost midnight cleaning the kitchen last night. I got to sleep until 9:30 this morning! Woo hoo! It was SO nice!

Today, I discussed with my Mom what we are going to get rid of downstairs. I will be so happy once we get rid of some of the stuff! I actually asked her about all the candles, dishes, and a multitude of other crap down there. Then I went to multiple stores for food. Went to Costco and got my sons hot dogs and and drinks and a lot of foods we enjoy eating (like cottage cheese and bacon). Then went to Randall’s but they did not have my energy drinks so I just left. I went to Kroger and got everything else on my list. I ended up spending $300 on food and drinks. My Mom wanted champagne for tonight so I got her a little individual bottle and when I got home, she said, “I thought I asked for 2!” Umm, NO and why does she, by herself, need 2 bottles??? My son nor I drink champagne 🍾! Plus she said ice cream but not what kind so I called her from the store and she says, “I was wondering when you would figure out that I didn’t say what kind.” Really? Then why didn’t you call or text??? OMG I got her Dr. Pepper and a bag of almonds without her having to ask and this is what I get in return. This is why I stay in my room most of the time. Probably why my son stays in his too. Just irritating stuff like that is why I was never close to her. If I send someone to the store for me, I am VERY specific on what brand, what product, everything. I’m also trying to get her to eat at home more and since she likes convenience foods, I got some healthy, no preservatives type frozen foods to heat up quickly in the microwave. Now let’s see if she actually eats them! Real good breakfast burrito, Jimmy Dean sausage egg and cheese microwave biscuits, Nancy’s quiche, and Green Giant broccoli steamer bag. These are things she’s been going to fast food places for so if she can just make them at home, it would save money and not have as many calories or sodium! The joys of having a diabetic mother that doesn’t care about what she eats. 🙄

I brought my snack foods to my room because if I don’t, they will be gone so fast it will make my head spin between the 3 of us and my mother shouldn’t be eating any of it. I haven’t eaten yet today (it’s 3pm) so I broke out an individual can of Pringles and a small bag of Ritz Bits cheese crackers. Not healthy but I’m starving and that’s what I want. My son comes in from playing outside and half my box of snacks is now gone into his room. I should have guessed that would happen! I just hope he doesn’t eat them all today. If I don’t specify how much he can have, everything would be gone today. Growing boys eat a lot!!!

I haven’t sent out invoices yet for the week and my clients daughter in law just text me to ask about it so I guess I need to get that done. I’m going to eat first. I got my exercise in yesterday but it doesn’t show I’ve done anything today, probably because my arm was pushing a cart so it’s hard for the watch to track. I was supposed to take today off anyway.

I finally found the Christmas presents I got for the cats when the cat was IN the tree trying to pull something out. The catnip toys were there! So I took some pictures of the animals playing.

I think that’s it so far. I still need to do laundry so that’s next. Then I need to go down and cook for the week. I’m waiting until tonight to do that.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Happy New Years to all. I don’t do resolutions so I’ve been avoiding talking about it. It’s been a good year and a lot happened. I hope 2018 is a calm, healthy, and good year for us all!

Today

I woke up early for the fact that I didn’t have to take my son to school. I woke up at 7!

I didn’t do anything this morning but lay around and play this game on my phone called Gardenscapes. I’m at level 1000-something and was having fun. I got unlimited lives for 10 hours so yeah.

I jumped up at 11 and rushed to get dressed and leave to go see Forgetful. She was having lunch when I got there and as I was sitting with her, her step daughter in law and grandkids showed up. We all talked for about 30 minutes and then we all left. I told her I will see her tomorrow and the daughter said she will see her Monday morning.

From there I went to pick up my sons friend that is going with us on our overnight vacation. His room wasn’t clean though so I had to go into their apartment and wait but that’s okay since I got a chance to catch up with his mom! She’s so sweet and apologetic over nothing (she thinks her house was a mess – it wasn’t). She handed me money to take him with us. I’m giving it back when we are home. He doesn’t need it and I don’t want to take money from her. She’s being treated for cancer and already had a pacemaker so she doesn’t need to be handing out money, especially when this was my idea. She said she was going to tag along with friends to the casino in Lake Charles LA but ended up staying at home cleaning with her brother there to help her. Umm, ok? You’re supposed to be having FUN when your child is away, not cleaning! Well, whatever she wants to do is fine as long as she’s happy.

I brought the kid home and then we 3 went to Barnes and Noble. I left the boys in their favorite section and went outside to walk around the huge parking lot and get my daily exercise. I haven’t hit 10,000 steps today and not sure I will but I did get my watch congratulations for completing all of my goals for the day. 😂 I ended up buying myself a few books and am going to read the rest of the night.

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er the book store, we went to the grocery store. Why I was nice and asked my mom if she needed anything, I have no idea. She wanted me to buy her a honey baked ham already cooked and some soda. So I did. I'm an enabler. I admit it. She's diabetic and I bought her Dr. Pepper. I'm so bad. I spent almost $100 on groceries! And I only went there for milk and dinner! I did run into the lady that has caregivers though and that's good. She's great and has lots of employees so I can just refer people to her if they need help.

I have been in pain. I am not complaining much because I should have gone to a doctor about it a while ago plus I try my best to not complain. I made an appointment with a podiatrist for Tuesday morning. He's the same one that put titanium bars in both feet to correct bone spurs and who made me insoles in high school. He's not near me but I don't mind driving to see him because he is THAT good! I hope whatever is wrong can be fixed with insoles. I can't afford surgery. And I want to walk! I don't want to have to sit around for weeks healing. 😞 Pray that I just need special insoles please! So you know I'm in actual pain if I called a doctor and am going to spend the money. Yep. I'll have to let you know how that goes.

I ate one small chicken leg for dinner from a already baked chicken in a container at the store and now I'm sick. Like I ate too much sick. From that!!! That's one of the BIG reasons I don't recommend surgery as an option to lose weight. Trust me, even after 20 plus years, you will still barf when you eat too much! Sad, right? I have been for a few days now though and I think it's my body getting used to all the exercise and healthier foods. But junk I can keep down with no problem! KitKat? No problem. Cheddar cheese and crackers? No problem. Salad? Barf. Chicken or hamburger? Barf. NOT cool stomach! And some people wonder why I eat cheese and crackers a lot. 😂

This poor kid stinks to high heaven. My entire upstairs reeks of BO! I just made him take a shower and hopefully he put on deodorant!!! I sprayed the entire upstairs with glade while he was in there. He was sitting on my sons bed with no sheets so yeah, I had to spray it down! He's such a sweet kid too. Check out what he wrote on the bathroom mirror:

If you can’t read it, it’s a huge smiley face and it says “thx ms julie”. Very sweet boy!

That’s my day. I’m going to go read. Hugs everyone!