Hello fellow bloggers!

I feel like a horrible friend since I haven’t had time to read your blogs! I will find the time hopefully soon. Being out of town, spring break, interviews, school, homework, driving my clients around, plus my son and all his stuff, keeps me a tad busy!

I had my 3rd interview today at my gym. It went well and she said if my references pan out, I will get the email for the drug test tomorrow. I could possibly start working next week! On my way to work out after the interview (I was already at the gym so why not), I ran into my interviewer from last week and she said they want me too so they are going to see if I can do both. Yay!

Yes, I did work out today. 45 minutes on the treadmill running and walking. I am doing this couch to 5K app and the running felt like I was dying after the first couple of times! A girl in my running group said, “Why don’t you just jog so it’s not so hard?” 🀣 Me? Make something easy? Yeah, okay, sure!

I am also keeping up with my planks.

I made tacos for dinner last night and tonight for a total of 7 carbs and yummy!

Enlightened has this awesome ice cream flavor called marshmallow and peanut butter and oh wow, I couldn’t stay away from it. Thank goodness it’s only 3 net carbs a serving! That was dessert yesterday and after lunch today.

I have an Anatomy lab exam tomorrow that I am studying for right now. I hate remembering the bones and bone parts of the body. I know I have to know them but I don’t want to!!! <— my whine of the day hehehehe

My wonderful neighbor gave me a crate for the puppy. I also let Amber lick the ice cream container. I had both kitties in the window in my room.

That’s about it. I have to get back to studying. Chat soon!!!

Happy to be home

Our flight took 4 hours. That’s an hour longer than it was supposed to. The entire ride was awful with turbulence. I did get frisked again by TSA but this time I got to see what they saw. All of my excess skin shows up as yellow on their screen. My entire stomach area, legs, and arms. It’s absolutely crazy looking! I told them as I got in the machine that I had all the skin so I only got felt around my legs, they were much nicer than in Houston. It sucks that I will have to deal with this every time, but I have to stay positive that it’s just skin and they are just doing their job. A woman I follow on Instagram said she still has issues with TSA because she has scar tissue where she had her excess skin removed. How crazy is that???

I was sitting at the airport waiting for our flight and I see this guy. At first I thought he went to our church. I looked at him a bit more and it hit me. This is a guy I had known for 20 years in the travel industry! I went on Facebook to be sure I had the right person and then walked up to him. I was right! We got all caught up. He’s working at my last travel job which I found amusing. I told him what I do now and he said that’s a great idea and probably better that I got out of travel when I did. I saved him a seat on the plane and we sat with each other. It was so nice to chat!

Oliver decided to stay in my room last night since I couldn’t pick Amber up until this morning. It took him all night but he finally got into Amber’s treat bag and woke me up at 5:15am munching on them. Crazy cat. So I got around 4 and a half hours of sleep. Whatever. Hopefully I will sleep better tonight.

I only gained 2 pounds on vacation. Whew! I was worried but I guess we were walking around enough to help a little. I am back to keto today. I am not going to gain anymore! I also got a new keto snack in the mail while I was gone so I will be checking it out later. I’m going to try and get my mom to do a review with me. It will get posted to Instagram. They are snack cakes with very few carbs.

We raced home last night because one, we were so late, and two, because there was supposed to be a letter from the school in the mail telling my son where he got into high school. We checked the mail and it wasn’t there. He was so upset! I hope it’s there today. All of his friends were waitlisted to get into the school they wanted but it was a lottery system so who knows what my son got!

I also got 2 calls at the airport. I have 3 interviews set up over the next week! 2 at my gym and one at a nearby Vitamin Shoppe. All part time and all worthy of my time. I’ll keep y’all posted on those!

More later. I am hoping I have postcards in my mail too! If you haven’t sent me one, please do!

Juliehcares PO Box 571472 Houston TX 77257

And check me out on Instagram: juliehcares

Howdy!

How are you guys???

One day doing keto and I dropped almost one kilogram. 2.8 pounds. I know it’s just water weight but it made me so happy! For breakfast today, I had egg, bacon, and cheese so I’m full and happy. My mom was happy as well since I made enough for both of us. I made taco meat last night which I had with cheese and a few saltines. I ended up with a total of 35 net carbs yesterday. I am definitely getting into my keto groove and will be under 20 net carbs today or tomorrow. I am going to do my best to avoid keto flu again by getting enough vitamins and drinking tons of water. My friends are doing it too so we are all helping each other. That makes it so much easier!

I have my Anatomy lab book and a bunch of note cards ready to go to work today and study. The last exam in this class I made a 100 so I want to do that again. This exam is over the layers of skin and bone tissue. 😳 I can do it though. I also have until Sunday to do two more chapters in my kinesiology class and read 2 more chapters for nutrition. Did I tell y’all that I changed my major since I am changing schools?

I want a job I can do anywhere in the world so I decided to go for physical therapy. People do that everywhere and I can get a job with one of those traveling companies that sends me places to work. That’s what I’m doing! I am just fine with it too. Now I just need to find a job until then. I am not getting rid of my clients either. I will just help them when I’m not working. I want to save as much as I can between now and when my son is grown in 5 years. He says he wants to live here and go to a local college for as long as he can. I think he may change his mind but if that’s what he wants, great!

I danced last night for exercise for 30 minutes. Just something small that helped me move more. I am going to try and do arm strength training today. Just so I’m not just sitting around and it should help me lose an extra ounce or two.

I am taking Smokey to her shrink today. Well, if she doesn’t cancel on me. She does that quite often. We need to go because her meds were changed last month but we shall see. I will study for my exam all day whether I take her or not so whatever. I called her this morning to remind her but her phone is off the hook. 🀣

I’ve got my protein bar ready to go in case she doesn’t cancel. I still had some from doing keto so I don’t have to buy anything. Plus I never stopped using almond flour. I do have crackers and sugary stuff in the pantry but it’s so processed that it won’t go bad anytime soon and if it does, oh well.

Oh. If you think your phone is not listening to you, I have news. I mentioned to BFF that I am looking for a job and last night, Tumblr only put this ad on my feed. Be careful what you say!

Y’all have a good day!!!

Saturday and really should study

I didn’t wake up until 8:30am and that felt so nice (especially since I didn’t go to sleep until after 1am)! I was lazy for a bit. I finally got in the shower around 10. My sons friend got here at 11 (I LOVE being asked if a friend can come over about 10 minutes before they get here πŸ™„). We all packed in the car and went to therapy at noon. I went to speak with the psychologist first. I had him sign my copy of his book too.

I told him what’s been going on in my world. 1. I haven’t had a cigarette in over 3 weeks.

2. My mother is dating AND going to a grief group (pick one please πŸ™„). 3. My ex is afraid he’s going to jail because of non payment of child support (he was warned a year ago that if he missed payments he would be going 😬). 4. My sons grades went from mostly A’s with a B or 2 to mostly B’s with an A or 2. 5. I am looking for a regular job again.

Then my son talked to him. 1. He wants to get in the special high school so he is bringing his grades back up. 2. He has a girlfriend (how do 13 year olds actually date?). 3. He hates everyone but puts up with them so he’s not alone. 4. He is doing his chores like I ask and listening (which is amazing to me).

I took my son and his friend for ice cream after and ate some too. I got a small scoop of chocolate ice cream. My son got a huge cone and his friend got the big cup of blue ice cream. You see they both have their phones out. Kids these days!

When we got back home, I didn’t want to study yet so I went to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill walking and running, 30 minutes on the elliptical, and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. When I was completely worn out, I walked home.

Then it was study time, right? NOPE! 2 other friends of my child showed up so I ordered pizza for dinner for all of us. I ate my cheese pizza.

I talked to BFF for like an hour. Now I’m writing this. When am I going to get the 3 chapters that are due on Monday done? Umm…one tonight and 2 tomorrow? Maybe. Hopefully. Thank goodness I don’t have my other class work due this coming week!!!

The issue I have tomorrow is I have to grocery shop, cook, work out again (I DID eat pizza tonight), and get ready for the week doing laundry and dishes and stuff. So I should have done this today. Oh well. I have until 11:59pm on Monday. Maybe I will do one today, one tomorrow, and one Monday? LOL I just love Anatomy 🀣.

It’s 8:30pm so I better get going on the parts of a cell!

What a day!

Here in the US, today is a holiday. It’s Martin Luther King JR day where we celebrate this man for his determination to end racial segregation.

My day however was not quite celebratory!

Started the day taking my son to the mall to meet his friends. His friends were late so we got breakfast at McDonald’s and waited for 40 minutes! I said hello to another parent and left the kids to wander around like they do.

I went to NYX and got a few more eyeshadow colors. I had the woman working there do my eyes too. She made them look good! I tried the darker lipstick again today but I really don’t like it. I’m going back to red tomorrow.

I then went to VSPink and got a pair of yoga pants because I had forgotten to do laundry yesterday (I started it when we left for the mall) and only had yoga shorts, in this weather!

I ran back home to throw the clothes in the dryer and take off for a job.

I picked up Cranky and her caregiver and we went to Cranky’s shrink for her dementia. We had a good visit with her, started to drive back from the medical center, and decided to get fried chicken from Popeyes. I don’t have a problem with that! I talked to the caregiver on our ride and found out some personal news about her that she asked me not to tell anyone until she can let our boss know – so sorry I can’t put it on here (he may read this, who knows) but it is exciting for her and NOT going to be good for Cranky! I got them back home after 3 hours and drove home.

I started reading my Anatomy book and first PowerPoint on Chapter One. I had barely finished reading over everything when a parent text me to let me know that the movie the kids were at would be over at 8pm. I chatted with BFF over FaceTime for a while and got to see and say hi to her boys which is always nice. I drove to the theatre right before 8 (another parent took them from the mall to the theatre while I was working). I also took Amber with me so I could walk her while I waited on my son. I talked to another kid’s parent while waiting for the movie to end and she is going to send me recipes for her Lebanese food. I can’t wait! Yum yum!!! She loved on Amber until her daughter text to say they were coming out, then the kids came out of the theatre, so I walked back to my car. Another girls parent hadn’t come so we gave her a ride home.

When we got home I made chili for dinner and chatted with Arizona about Math for a while before I started working on my Anatomy lab homework.

I didn’t quite finish (one page left) but I did 5 pages so I feel good about that. Tomorrow I have to do Math. I have 2 homework assignments due on Thursday! I also have a job and H asked me to go with her to take pictures for one of her homework assignments so it will be another busy day.

No time for exercise today but I stayed below my calorie goal so I am okay with that. It’s a few minutes past midnight now so I have to go to sleep so I can wake up to take my son to school and then come back and start on my own schoolwork!

I hope you had a good Monday. I will find time to read blogs in a day or 2, promise!

Walking days

I forgot to write yesterday! I guess I gave Hunida a chance to catch up. 🀣

What did I do yesterday? No really. I guess nothing because I don’t remember anything!

This morning I took Styled to get her hair done. She just text me (it’s almost 7pm) and asked if I got her water bottles. Umm, she never mentioned water! I asked her if I can get and bring her some tomorrow and she said she will wait until next week. So I’m going to the store tomorrow for her.

I came home after that and turned on Fit for Fashion. While watching these people do challenges and work out, I decided I should too so I did my arm strength training. It’s been a week since I did it and boy did it show! I hurt so bad while I was doing it!

Now I am sitting at the Galleria mall while my son runs around here with his friends. I walked around for an hour and a half and then got some water and sat down in the food court.

I text him asking how much longer he wanted to be here and I got the standard teenage reply, “I don’t know”. So here I sit. For how long, I don’t know. Oh well. I have my headphones playing 80’s music in my ears and I’m updating you guys on my day.

Tonight I will hit one full week without a cigarette and I am very proud of myself!

I’m happy for the weekend. Do you have any plans?

Here’s where I am today

I’m feeling good. According to my quit app, I have got 4 goals plus 3 days of no smoking. If I wasn’t using the vape, the nicotine would be out of my system too.

I still haven’t exercised since last Wednesday. I will get back to it, I just haven’t felt like it, which I saw in my quit smoking app that my energy levels should return in the next 3 days. I am still at 150 pounds (68 kg) so I’m doing good there too.

Boy is my smell better! I walked in my room and it stank like crazy! It was the dog food I was smelling. I didn’t realize it stunk so bad! Crazy!!! And cool too that I can smell so well!

On the caffeine front, I have allowed myself to have one Dr. Pepper each day the past couple of days. I also found caffeine free Bang and so glad I did and it’s cheaper than regular Bang too. I’m not doing the Dr. Pepper anymore because today it made me feel funny. I also found out that Diet Pepsi has switched to using aspertame again even in the caffeine free ones so no more of that for me. Aspertame and I do not get along. I read that Diet Rite is sugar free (they use sucralose), caffeine free, and even sodium free. So why not try and see how it is? Better than Dr. Pepper for me.

I watched a lot of Netflix yesterday and today. Watching Black Mirror now. I love this show! It’s really good. I love the first episode where you make the choices of what the character does. I took my smoker client to a doctor earlier today. I had her try my vape but she didn’t like it and that’s okay. It will take more than one time for her to make the switch. I know it would be better for her and her son is all for it. Maybe if she watches me for a while and how much happier I am, it will work better getting her to switch but at 77 years old, she may not. Who knows. I will see her again on Friday afternoon too. So more jobs this week. Yay!

Here’s the bad news. The excess skin doctor told me I can’t come in for an appointment until I have the money to get the surgery. Since I’ve made a whopping $29 with my gofundme, I’m not sure what to do. I canceled my appointment with the psychologist because I don’t feel like I need to spend $140 for nothing, I’m doing great. The good news is, I saved $240 by not having appointments this week. Plus making a little more than usual this week so that’s good too.

Today was the first day back at school for my son and he enjoyed seeing his friends but not the learning.

That’s it. I hope you had a good Monday as well.