What a Friday!

Yesterday was a good day. It really was! Busy but really good.

Started off taking my son to school and then taking my client to get her hair done, pick up her watch at the jewelers, and go to the grocery store (2 hours total). I came home and decided to head to the community college to see about taking my science classes there. My name was still my first husbands name in their system (I’ve been married twice) and they needed my UH transcripts but wouldn’t take my unofficial one I had with me. I had to order an “official” one from my school and also needed my divorce decree from 2004 to state what my name is now. πŸ™„

I ordered the transcript and then headed to UH to pick it up. Then came home, got the required documents needed, and headed back to the community college. I got everything updated and met with an advisor. She was really nice! She said since I already have a degree, I can take whatever classes I want, I do not need any prerequisites. So she told me the numbers of the classes I need to take and I got out of there. Oh! She also told me she took A&P (Anatomy) online and made an A. Woo hoo! The community college even has the lab online. I am SO excited! Plus it’s only $250 a class? Yes please!

I came home and had an hour and a half to have to go pick up my son at school. He stayed late to go to the school dance. I cooked! I made burgers, Mac and cheese lasagna, and cornbread with broccoli and cheese.

I then drove to pick up my son while his lasagna was still in the oven. He said he danced badly but he did dance so I was happy about that! When we got home, the food finished about 5 minutes later so I got that out, grilled the burgers on my George foreman, and took lasagna up to my child who was SO happy to have it! When I made the burgers, I put a bit more salt than I normally would because my mother always says my food needs salt. She got one and said it still needed salt. Huh??? I took a bite and they were too salty for me to eat. I guess she will have burgers all week. I still need to cook my chicken too, I’m just looking for a recipe I want to try.

When the food was all cooked, I went to my friends house for tutoring. We did my homework and 2 quizzes in 3 hours. I left her house after 9pm. I decided that after all that, I wanted a beer – so I headed to Circle K and got some Stella Artois. When I got home, I had 2 of them and passed out around 1am. I didn’t wake up until 9:30 this morning. I had a headache for a bit but felt really relaxed and good!

Today is a lazy day for once. I have done all my math through this coming Wednesday, I don’t have an exam this week, ahhh! I am SO glad I am not in that stressful anatomy class anymore!

How is your weekend going?

Sunday study day

Last night I studied. I ended up getting a 100 on quiz 14 and a 70 on quiz 15 and a 48 on the practice exam so I know I have more work to do today and tomorrow to be ready for the exam on Tuesday. I’m getting those math functions though!

I returned my sons shorts to target for the size large. I decided I had to go check out shirts for me because I noticed the medium didn’t look so tight anymore while I was at the therapists office yesterday.

So how many of you remember the movie The Goonies? Well, I adore this movie and when I saw a long sleeve t-shirt with it, it was like it had been sent to me. So I bought a size small thinking it won’t fit right now but it can be my next goal. Guess what?

Holy crap, I am still in shock a day later! So I am wearing it today because I am so thrilled by this. I don’t care that it’s tight across my belly and boobs, it frigging fits!!! A SMALL!!!

I also bought some Halloween candy at Target and my mom already got into it last night. She had 2 mini Almond Joy. When my son finds it, the KitKats will be gone. That leaves Hershey’s chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cups left for Halloween trick-or-treaters. I actually threw out the candy in the jar because it was a year old. That’s how much candy I eat. I have to buy more because it sits in the jar for a year without being touched. That’s okay with me though.

I also got a new steering wheel cover at Autozone since mine decided to come apart. It’s not what I wanted but that’s okay. It looks just fine.

Okay, I have to pick up my child, take him to church, and then come home and study. Y’all have a great day!

Moms birthday today

My mom is turning 75 today. I kind of feel bad because my son and I will be at his karate tournament all day. My uncle and his wife are taking my mom to dinner and I can’t even be part of that. Plus the gift I ordered for her won’t be here until Monday! I got her a Hedwig mug and it was supposed to be here today. Being broke, I couldn’t afford much but she is a HUGE Harry Potter fan so I thought that would be perfect.

Last night was his first night at the tournament. There were a LOT of people doing it!

I hope he does well today. We have to be there from 9-5. And then we have a meeting with the Sensai about the tournament (I think) and dinner. This should be an interesting, albeit LONG, day!

Here’s some doggie love this morning as she isn’t huge ready to get up yet (neither am I really).

Today is weigh in day as well. You know, I think I don’t need to weigh in first thing in the morning anymore.

So since April. I have dropped 49 pounds. I am one pound from my 150 goal weight. That’s 2.6 pounds lost in the past week. Someone please explain how this is since I ate carbs and only exercised 3 times??? The carbs I ate where from vegetables and 100% whole wheat things but still! I’m also eating 1500 calories a day. This is why I am going to see the doctor on Tuesday. I have decided that I will weigh myself on Wednesday nights from now on. πŸ˜‚

I think that catches y’all up on what’s happening here in Houston in my world. Have a great weekend! I will be trying to learn all this Anatomy before Monday morning’s test while also watching my child do karate!

I caved and I’m not sorry

I had those cravings for 2 days. Very specific ones too! Luby’s fried fish and a Twix. I decided to cave in to my cravings and I ended up having a great day yesterday!

See? 28 carbs for one entire piece of fried fish. That’s not so bad! With the Twix, I had 27 grams of sugar and a total of 69 carbs for the day. That’s it! I want to do a bit of research on how I used to eat to see how that stacks up. I do not regret my decision, they were both very tasty, and I did not go over my calories for the day. Plus now that I fulfilled those cravings, they are gone and I am right back on track!

I took Ms. Forgets to a kidney doctor yesterday. He seemed like an idiot. Very smiley, gave her a new prescription with a diuretic when the reason we went was because she has constant bathroom issues, and looked into her eyes saying you can tell a kidney problem from there. Really? Is that true? I’m just glad we are going to her regular doctor on Thursday. Maybe she can tell us.

I started the 7th Dexter book yesterday as well. I couldn’t put it down either! I’m over halfway through the book and had to make myself go to sleep at 11pm. It’s that good.

I have been ignoring my phone for a few days now for the most part. I would rather read. I haven’t even turned on Netflix! If you have called, I’m sorry. I just don’t feel like chatting. Text is fine. I missed going to a baseball game yesterday with a friend since I really didn’t want to do anything. I missed chatting with my oldest friend as I was reading and didn’t feel like talking. I’m not in a funk anymore, I feel SO much better, I just still don’t feel like talking. And that’s okay!

It’s 7am and I have to go take Ms. Forgets to therapy at 9:30, take my son to his doctor at 2, then drop him at the movies at 4, then pick him back up later. He wants to go see Slenderman with the same girl he was at the mall with the other day. Based on my sons pool party, the mall, and now going to the movies, maybe this girl likes my son. He doesn’t have a clue, I have just seen the way she looks at him. It’s very cute. I hope he doesn’t break her heart!

At 5:30 this morning, I hear a loud bang outside my bedroom. I jump up and barely crack open my bedroom door. Wouldn’t you know, Oliver has slammed my Mom’s door open and is sauntering out. Geez he scared me! Then he was under my feet when I tried to go downstairs. Crazy cat!

Yes, he likes to be wherever you are, even in the fridge.

Have a great Wednesday!

Crazy busy day but so good too!

I started off yesterday by driving for the company. I got 2 cancellations and 3 redirects before I was able to actually pick someone up so I was VERY frustrated. I had already arrived at one of the cancellation locations so I was paid $5 for that. I thought that was nice although still frustrating.

Then I took Styled to get her hair done and I went grocery shopping for her while I was waiting. I had to overspend to get what she wanted but she paid me back so that was good. Obviously she paid me for the time as well.

After I dropped her off, I came home to eat and then went to meet the new client. She doesn’t think she needs a driver but said we can try this out and go grocery shopping next week. That’s good for me! Woo hoo! Another friend of my mother’s to drive around. Lol

After that, I drove for the company again. I had to take this one guy to the smaller Houston airport and instead of fighting the freeway, I took the shortcut I know and shaved 5 minutes off the drive so he was happy and gave me a $4 tip. Yay! On my way back, I stopped at a Starbucks to use the restroom and get coffee. They didn’t have what I normally get but made me a dark roast coffee on ice and I LOVED it! It is the best coffee I’ve had there! The weird part was this Starbucks only had a walk up (NOT an inside store) and a drive through. The guy helping me had the same name as my son, told me he would make me that coffee that I’ve never tried, and had to give me a key to use the restroom. It was a weird Starbucks! Great coffee though!!! So good that I didn’t even take a picture of it, I drank it too fast. πŸ˜‚ I even used a free one I had earned from purchasing stuff at Starbucks for my mom and my client (since I don’t go there for myself very much).

I then picked up a high schooler at his school and took him home which was literally 3 blocks from my house so I stopped driving after dropping him off to make sure I would get to my sons school in time to volunteer last night. When I got home, my mom asked me if we should do anything on May 4th to remember my Dad. I’m like, I don’t know mom, what do you want to do? She said “Oh, I don’t want to celebrate. I’d rather not remember on purpose.” Umm, okay? Do whatever you want to do, I will probably be at the cemetery to see him again. She replied, “Well, he’s not there so I’m not going.” Wow mom. Okay.

So here is the best part of yesterday. It is a total non scale victory. 3 to be exact. They gave me a t-shirt since I was volunteering and I asked if it was an x-large and I was told “it is but you don’t need an x-large”. Also…I have never been able to put 2 shirts on without it looking like I painted the top one on it would be so tight. Check this out. I didn’t have any problems last night!!!

I am so happy and still on a high from that compliment and non scale victory!!! Then after I worked out, I sat on the swing in the park waiting for a friend of mine to come over and I was able to swing! It didn’t even stretch the seat out when I sat down! My friend took a short video of me on the swing. You can check it out on my Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/juliehcares/

I went to the gym and walked for 45 minutes on the treadmill. I was going to just do a dance video at home but today is weigh in day and measuring day so I wanted that workout in. I also had a good calorie day, even with being at the school where they had cookies, brownies, and muffins plus a full Italian dinner I could have eaten. I didn’t eat ANY of it! I came home and ate the food I had already cooked. Woo hoo!

Weight was 199.2 on March 26th. Weight today is 190.6!!!

Chest is down 3/4 of an inch. Waist is down 3/4 of an inch. Hips are down 3/4 of an inch. Thigh is down 1/2 inch. Upper arm is down 1/4 of an inch. Okay, that may not seem like a lot but people are starting to notice now so it must show a lot more. I’m excited!

If you are on myfitnesspal, feel free to add me as a friend. My name on there is juliehcares as well. I wasn’t very hungry again although I did drink 87 ounces of water!

Today is pretty easy. I’m driving for the company and taking my son to therapy. That’s it. My son doesn’t want to go to the gun range like I wanted to. He said he still has visions of being shot by paintball guns and isn’t ready to shoot again. Hahaha!!! If he only knew how hunting worked, right?

I hope you are having a great Saturday. Tell me what’s going on in your world!

So glad it’s the weekend!

So guys, I have to tell you a secret. I started a 2nd job. I am driving for an internet based company like Uber (but NOT Uber). After taking Styled yesterday morning, I came home, walked Amber, ate, and started my new job. I ended up working for 4 hours, had NO clue where I was for 3 jobs so thank GOD for GPS, and kept taking jobs until I was somewhere I knew. The sad part was I didn’t even make $10 per hour. I know, it’s more than minimum wage, but if you look at what it puts my car through, I still have to see if this is worth it. So I worked 7 total hours today. I did 7 runs with the driving company in 4 hours. This company is not too busy and that’s actually good for me. They have a bonus program right now that if you do 150 jobs in 45 days through them, you will get a $500 bonus. Message me if you want a link! I hope it’s possible.

I came home and got in bed but only for about 30 minutes. Then I got up to go walk (gotta get my exercise in – especially after sitting in my car most of the day!). I ended up doing 45 minutes on the treadmill and felt MUCH better when I was done.

I went out last night and got wings from WingStop and boy were they good! So good I forgot to take a picture! The thing I am happy about is that all 3 generations of people in this house sat down and ate in the same area. My mom and I split the wings while my son had French fries (he refused the wings). I’m not a big sauce person so I let my mom eat the bleu cheese dressing with the wings. I was happy with mine just like they were.

Today is weigh day!!! You are SO not going to believe this. I don’t! I had to move and re-step on the scale a few times to make sure it was actually real! This keto lifestyle is definitely doing the trick. I had a compliment from one of the neighbors. He told me that he can see I’ve lost “quite a bit” and I’ll soon be as thin as he is. He’s this tall, thin, handsome Frenchman that moves to the states about 4 years ago and lived in California until last year when he came here. He has a chiweenie like I do so he and I chat at least once a week while our girls run around and play together.

Yes, I know, I got off track! You want to know the weight, right? Well… 195.2! That is a LOSS of 4.8 pounds! Woot woot!

Today is psychologist day, gym weights day, and cooking day. I’m making fajitas (beef and chicken) as well as baked chicken and Italian sausages. I need more choices! I am okay about not having too many sweet things (if I get desperate, I found a keto peanut butter cookie to make or just fat bombs).

Anyway, y’all have a great day!

Good morning on the Good Friday πŸ˜€

Howdy! Even though it’s 3:30am, I am a bit chipper. Of course, I haven’t given up sugar completely yet so why wouldn’t I be?

No school today for the kiddo but I still have to work. Lucky kid, not so lucky me. I will be taking Styled to get her hair done and Cranky to the doctor because she says her back hurts. This is my day. It is supposed to be a beautiful day too. Right now in the middle of the night, the temperature is 64 and our high today is supposed to be 80. These are the good days before the sizzle of summer is here.

So yesterday was difficult for me. I had to make this huge decision and I have over thought it to death and I am going to do the diet. I am not completely starting until Monday either. I am doing kind of what weekday dieters do before they start a diet. I am eating and drinking what I still have before I completely go into this. Not EVERYTHING mind you, but the original plan was to not have energy drinks anymore as of April 1st (no fooling either) but now I am just going to make that no more soda after these next 2 days. I was running out anyway so why not? Am I ready to have a headache for a few days? Not really but might as well get it over and done with!

The goal is 20 net carbs a day. That’s total carbs minus fiber (I had to look that up). One regular soda has 40 carbs (Dr. Pepper), the energy drink I prefer only has 29 and if I wasn’t cutting sugar out completely, I would probably stick to having one of these a day. Alas, I cannot. No more sugar. No more toast even unless it’s keto friendly.

I went to the store yesterday and spent about $50 on different kinds of meat. I wanted to give you guys the list of the choices I got. Tell me what you think.

Chorizo – oh I love this! This makes my favorite breakfast tacos even though now I won’t eat the corn tortilla (unless any of you know where I can get carb free tortillas?).

Pork loins – I have stomach issues sometimes with pork chops and loins but I thought I might as well try it. Plus it gives my son a new meat to try. No, he’s never eaten pork in his entire 12 years. No bacon, no sausage, nothing!

Chicken thighs – because I like chicken and they are easy to cook. I prefer dark meat (and I am not trying to be sexual) because it has more flavor and is not as dry as chicken breasts.

Sausage links and patties – good for anytime, not just breakfast and usually if I only eat one or two, the pork doesn’t bother me in this form. Plus it’s just darn good!

Ground beef – you can do tons with some ground beef! Hamburgers, tacos, plain, all kinds of stuff. Please send recipe suggestions!

Thin cut steak – more beef! I haven’t been able to eat steak much other than chopped steak but I thought I would try this since it was thin cut. Maybe if I take my time and chew each bite for 3 minutes, it will help prevent issues. Usually, with a regular steak, I’m so full after 2 bites and if I eat 3, it’s coming back up. So I hope this isn’t a problem but I only got 2 to try it out.

The list wouldn’t be complete without fish! I got cod because I love it. My mom said she likes sole which I’m not sure I’ve ever had. I like cod the best but also like trout and a couple others. I am not a salmon fan and of course that’s probably the healthiest fish out there. Oh well!

Veggies – WHY do my favorite vegetables have carbs??? Carrots, celery, asparagus, and even bell peppers! So if I want a veggie, I have to account for it in my carb intake for the day. Wow, just wow. I was thinking celery with peanut butter would be a great snack too!

I already had bacon and cheese and eggs and peanut butter at home so I didn’t need that. I did find out that the Babybel cheese I love is free of carbs so I can still eat the crap out of those too. When the woman told me high fat, high protein, extremely low carb, I asked, “Do you mean you’re putting me on the Keto diet?” She smiles and nodded and seemed excited that I knew what it was. Weird.

She also told me I need more sodium on this plan. Before I had my son, I had high blood pressure. I mean HIGH. 200/120 high! It has been normal now for years because I lost weight and was on medication until it went down. I haven’t had to be on medication since. Now I even taste the salt in soda. So having to up my sodium might be the hardest part of this for me. I figure there is a bit in the foods already so I hope I don’t need to add more. I am very afraid of getting high blood pressure again.

All suggestions appreciated. I’m just so afraid that this kind of diet is not sustainable for life and I don’t want to gain weight if I introduce carbs back later. That’s why I was in such a tizzy about this yesterday. I keep reminding myself that this was normal eating life before processed foods were started being made. I’m still nervous but I know I have lots of friends that have my back so I will do it.

If you want to do this with me, I would love the company! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

I was within my calories yesterday and did 30 minutes of bedtime yoga last night for exercise.

Have a wonderful Good Friday!

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!

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. πŸ˜‚ 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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 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!

Baking in the rain

Not really OUTSIDE in the rain but I decided to bake while it was raining.

I made the chocolate cake for Cranky and because I had enough cake mix, I made another one for us.

So then I decided to bake my son his favorite sugar cookies with sprinkles because, you know, he is my valentine.

Then I made pumpkin brownies from the Hungry Girl website because my son loves them and they are really easy to make.

Then I took a few cat pictures and was talking to my mother all morning.

Now I am charging my watch and phone so I can take off to the gym to try that elliptical again.

Chat later!