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!!!

Been absent

Yes I know I haven’t posted since my last Vegas post.

After getting home, I had a couple of depressed days and then yesterday was very busy.

When I am depressed, all I do is pretty much stay in bed and watch Netflix. And that’s okay. I was doubting my parenting abilities. My son decided he is Emo and wanted his hair died as well as his nails polished black and get his ears pierced. Well, I wasn’t able to express myself growing up and ended up hating my mother for many years because of it so I let him do it.

Am I glad I let him do this? No. I think it looks awful! Am I glad he is expressing himself? Most definitely! Better this than drugs, alcohol, or sex. So it was an internal debate over all these changes. We had a good time in Vegas and had to come back here which I never want to do but know I have to.

I have also woken up with a headache for the past 4 mornings. I mean, the “I can’t move or do anything” kind of headache. When I finally get up, it sticks around about half the day (I still have it now). That didn’t help me feel any better either.

I finally got in some exercise yesterday other than the plank challenge. I just used my 5 pound dumbbells and did 36 minutes of exercises with them as well as squats and dancing in between. I’m still at 148.6. I just want to maintain this weight and didn’t realize how hard it would be! I constantly have to check myself because I can drop pounds or gain pounds in just a week!

I cooked yesterday as well. I got a beef stew recipe from this couple called peaceloveandlowcarb. I couldn’t use mushrooms because I am allergic to them so I substituted green beans and I forgot to put the bacon in it. It still turned out so good! And spicy for some reason. There’s nothing spicy in the recipe but I had to eat a babybel cheese after the stew because my mouth was on fire (I love that)! It was absolutely delicious!!!

Between them and Kasey Trenum, you can eat really well doing keto if you know how to follow a recipe.

I also made my son his lasagna and some taco meat to have with my low carb tortillas and cheese. All the cheese. Yum!

I had 2 interviews last week. One at my gym working the gym floor (I would love that job) and one at my local vitamin store. I had so much fun with the guys at the vitamin store too. Both of these are part time which works better for me since I am still running my business as well. I have another interview tomorrow for working the front desk at my gym. I hope to hear back from someone quick so I can start working and make some money. I have no savings left! I also want to save up for the skin removal surgery since nobody (other than Andrea and my neighbor) has sent me anything.

Y’all have a good day. I have Anatomy lab work due tomorrow and a test next week in Nutrition so I bet you know what I’m doing the rest of the day!

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

Going home today

Yep. Gotta go home. Hotels have early check outs here! We have to check out by 11am. I guess we will go find a place to eat or something.

Yesterday we drove to LA. What a gorgeous drive!!!

I have now finally seen a Del Taco and In N Out burger place too. πŸ˜‚

We parked on Hollywood Blvd and walked about a mile looking at stars. Here are my favorites.

Here is Hollywood and Vine intersection too! Sorry it’s a bit far away but it’s not like I could get both standing up close.

Then we drove up to see the Hollywood sign. When I was 14, my mom and I made this drive on Mulhulland Dr and we were on the side of a cliff on a dirt road. It was scary back then. So much has changed (it HAS been 30 years)!!! The drive is all paved, there’s a concrete wall and fence above it where we used to be on the edge of the cliff, and of course all the homes that are up there now. It was crazy!!!

Please let me remind people of one thing. When you are parking your vehicle on a steep road and you are going downhill, turn your wheels towards the curb when you park. If something happened and your car started to move, it would not go down the road or into traffic if you do that. There was only ONE other car up there that did that! I just kept thinking that there could be so many problems!!!

After about 3 hours spent in LA, we drive back to Vegas so I could go meet with Authoress51. The drive back was still gorgeous!!! I love mountains (especially with snow on topπŸ” )!

She gave me the book she wrote and I was so excited! It’s a cute book. Y’all should look it up and get it!

I got an interview at the gym!!! They set it up for next Tuesday morning. I am so excited!!! The good thing is that they all know me so they know how hard I worked to get where I am and how often I am there anyway between my exercise and my sons karate class.

I haven’t really gotten formal exercise while I’ve been here although I have been walking around. I have been eating pretty much nothing but crap too. I will be back on track tomorrow morning. I am thinking I may go to the gym and go running to help get some of these toxins out of my system!

I hope y’all had a good day! I will let you know about TSA tomorrow.

Meeting fellow bloggers

Such a great time here!

Dinner with Hunida and her boyfriend last night was great!

We went to a place called Ichizo and my son got to eat Japanese food for the first time ever. We got a bunch of plates and tried them all. He said he liked them but when I offered to take him to another place today he declined. 🀣

Hunida can probably tell you guys what we ordered. I have no clue what anything is called but the pictures are great and the food was awesome other than our ramen which was SO salty! I had a Japanese beer called Kirin which was pretty damn good!!!

We then went to Circus Circus and went to the Midway. We all spent too much and had a blast. I tried to pay them back since my son decided everything was for him but they wouldn’t accept (so nice when he was being a greedy teen)!!!

Tonight I got to meet Authoress51 too! We met at MGM Grand, had dinner at their food court, and spent a couple bucks on .50 slots (well, I spent a dollar and she gave me another one). It was so nice to hang out with her! My son decided to stay in our room to use the facilities and shower but that just gave me more time to get to know her. I had so much fun!

I am sad to go home tomorrow but it must be done. One of my clients called while we were at dinner with Hunida to take her shopping, plus I got a call today for an interview so I must go home and hopefully, prayerfully, get a job!!!!

I hope you guys had a good Monday. Pray I do not have to go through the airport crap tomorrow!!!

Traveling day and the next day

What a great day today!

Yesterday was just so awful with my son screaming, the airport doing that, and the hotel putting us in a one bed room with a crappy view in the oldest un-updated part of the hotel. My son had to make a makeshift bed out of the room chairs because he says he is too old to sleep in the same bed with his mom.

We had the worst view too! And the windows were really dirty but it has been raining off and on from what I heard so I won’t hold that against the hotel.

The hallway reminded me of The Shining (with Jack Nicholson). Creepy! And we had a corner room where we could hear everyone walking by.

The front desk guy was so nice though! He got me 2 free drinks, said he would change our room today (it came through at 5pm), and he and I chatted for like an hour.

I put $15 in a slot machine. I lost $12 and then won $10 so I quit right then ending up with only a $2 loss. I’m not crazy! I had 2 beers free (thanks Joey) and paid for one. I was tipsy and finally went back to the room at 5am which is 7am back home. I slept until 10 and then packed up, got my son up, and we took off.

We drove to Hoover Dam and parked on the top floor of the garage there. We took the stairs down, walked one end to the other of the dam (it’s NOT as big as I thought it would be) and then walked back on the other side. Then we drove back to Vegas.

We went by the Fashion Mall in Vegas and my son saw a Hot Topic so we went in. They had hoodies on sale “buy one, get one for $5” so he grabbed 2. We were looking for a snack because we were meeting Hunida for dinner but couldn’t find anything until we saw a Godiva store. I ended up getting macaroons dipped in multiple kinds of chocolate and he got chocolate pops dipped in sprinkles.

We had a great time with Hunida and her boyfriend at dinner and after too! I told her we should do a post together of that so sorry guys, that will be in a different post. We are supposed to get together Tuesday to ride the hotel’s roller coaster before we have to go to the airport.

Thanks to her boyfriend for taking that one! When we got back to the hotel, we got the new room cards and it is so much better!

Today was a great day! I hope y’all had a good day too. Chat later!

See ya!

We are leaving today! I am packed, Amber is packed and ready to stay with my neighbor, and my son keeps saying “wait”.

Of course my body hates me and decided to start my monthly yesterday, just in time for my trip. Gee thanks. πŸ™„

I am charging everything now as well so nothing will die on the plane (hopefully). Then I just have to pack the chargers and the plugs and take off!

I used the Marie Condo way of folding and was able to get everything in a backpack for my 4 day trip.

I emailed the hotel concierge to ask about tours and how easy it will be to get around.

Any guesses where we are going? And to the 2 bloggers I am meeting there, no guessing or telling! 🀣

I took my exam last night and most likely failed. It was really tough and my mind wasn’t there, it was on everything I needed to do to get ready to leave today!

Official trip start weight is 147.2 which is great! I feel good and can’t wait! I’ll take plenty of photos on the trip and let y’all know how it went once I get home Wednesday.

Hugs!