Wow

I haven’t had a day to myself in SO long!!!

I dropped my son off for fish camp this morning and I’m off work as well. So I have alone time, no kid, and no work. What a great day!!! I am watching Aquaman on HBO and thought I would drop you guys a note saying hello.

I am still at the weight of 150, I am doing so well. Lucky graduated from Advanced training last weekend and I’m planning a 2nd birthday party for him next month.

Lucky and Amber seem to really get along and even play with each other!

My coworker invited me to her 25th birthday celebration and we had fun.

I got a new vape and I am enjoying trying out new flavors with a monthly subscription box called Zamplebox. I haven’t had a cigarette in 7 and a half months and I’m so excited about that!

I work at the gym about 30 hours a week and with clients about 10 hours a week. I feel good although tired a lot even when I’m able to get 7-8 hours of sleep. I haven’t been dieting, just sticking to my daily calories to keep from gaining weight back. It works for me!

I hope y’all had a good summer. My son starts school on Monday and will be a freshman in high school (note the fish camp). I can’t believe my little baby is in high school. I will turn 50 years old when he graduates in 4 years. So I guess life really does start at 50!

I was not able to afford classes this semester but that’s okay. I’ll go back in the spring and take my 2nd Anatomy class.

That’s all I got today. Nice to catch y’all up! Hugs!

Vacation

Hey you guys. I was working every day the past few weeks before I went on vacation. I took my son to Boulder, CO to visit his close friend that just moved there at the beginning of July.

First, the view outside their house is so amazing!

I went hiking for 3 hours.

I also took a Lyft to the Coors Brewing Company, stood in line for an hour to get in.

I finally got to go inside and found it’s a self guided tour with headphones. I finally got to go have my samples and they didn’t even have Coors Extra Gold. So sad!!!

When I got back to their house, I took the boys to downtown Denver.

I wanted to take them to 16th street mall to people watch and find my son a hoodie but it started raining and the buses weren’t running correctly because it was a Sunday so we ended up just going to get dinner at a restaurant near the Rockies stadium where the boys both had cheeseburgers with pepper jack cheese and then ordering a Lyft back to Boulder. I think I spent $100 on Lyft rides alone but better than renting a car for $120 a day!

I ended up walking over 10 miles on Sunday!!! So Monday we didn’t do much other than go to downtown Boulder and went shopping. We found my son his hoodie at the North Face store so he was happy.

We had to leave and go back home today and I really wasn’t ready but knew it was time. We got home, picked up the dogs from the neighbors, unpacked, and now I’m in bed.

I hope you guys have been well. I’m sorry I’m a bad friend that doesn’t log on much anymore. This working 32 hours a week at a job and driving clients as well as taking my son to his appointments and Japanese tutoring has me very busy! Chat soon!!!

My birthday

I left my house at 8am and didn’t get home until 9pm. It was a busy and fun day!

I picked up my oldest friend and her turtle and took them to her vet. The turtle has a shell infection and she’s treating it. Then she and I went to Denny’s for my free grand slam and Dunkin’ Donuts for my free beverage, and kolache factory for my free kolache.

I took her back and picked up my coworker and she and I went a BUNCH of other places! There are so many free things for a birthday. You just sign up for emails and they send you free coupons for food!

My list of places we went:

Kolache Factory

Dunkin Donuts

Denny’s

Einstein Bagels

Ben and Jerry’s

Baskin Robbins

The Chocolate Bar

Hooters

La Madeleine

Taco Cabana

Jack in the Box

Smoothie King

Godiva chocolates

Honey Baked Ham

Firehouse Subs

Great American Cookies

I got a bunch more but ran out of time! I had to meet my friends at Taco Cabana for dinner (if I had known I would have saved my free taco coupon for that).

My son’s best friend moved. We saw them off the day after we had dinner. It was very sad and my son cried and so did his friend.

My friend came over last night and gave me a lavender bath bomb and a sweet card. She’s so sweet!

I hit 6 months of no smoking too! And if I can stay away from cigarettes when I was in Vegas, I can stay away forever!

Today Lucky graduated basic training at his training school.

That’s the latest and greatest on my end! How have you been?

The month of June

This has been a crazy month with my client passing away, my child having his own problems, his birthday and party, my birthday, and a concert. I have been working as much as possible and still broke between his birthday and bills and food.

His birthday was a huge success. He invited 8 kids, 4 boys and 4 girls. I made fajitas, cake, and we all went to see MIB International. My thoughts on the movie? Eh! Why would they make Thor a man in black? Thor of all people! I think Chris Helmsworth is a good actor, don’t get me wrong. I do not agree that an alien in one series of movies does well as an alien protector and killer in another series. I agree with my friend that Liam Nielsen made a good choice though. Even the kids agreed with me!

Lucky has been driving me mad. He chews EVERYTHING. Even my $300 inhaler.

I am about to purchase an electric shock collar at this point. I just don’t know how to get him to stop! We have been going to training, he can sit, go in his crate, and get off of us. That’s about it so far. Maybe I just don’t have patience? Probably. He’s adorable and I wouldn’t give him up, I’m just frustrated with him and it’s showing when I talk to people so I haven’t been talking to anyone except at work and my family.

BFF had surgery to remove a mass on her kidney. Thankfully she is fine. I have been so crazy these past few days, I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to her. Maybe tonight? I guess it depends on if I am not still running around like mad and being frustrated with everyone in my house (including the animals). I wish I could have gone there for her! She seems like she’s doing well though.

I have joined a debt consolidation place to get out of debt in the next 4 years. That will be perfect timing for when my son graduates high school so I can get back into debt sending him to college. Just kidding. I’m praying that his grades will get him scholarships! I want to be done with everything at this point so I can move on and start my life again. I feel stuck. I hate this feeling.

My son went to see Twenty One Pilots in concert for his birthday last night with his best friend. They had a lot of fun. My birthday present is to go see Harry Potter (the 5th movie) in concert with the Houston Symphony next month. Yes, I will be 46 this week. I’m not looking forward to it and I plan on watching Netflix all day on Thursday.

Doesn’t seem like much but it’s been a hell of a month. I hope things go better in July!

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.

Fill me in

I still haven’t had a chance to catch up on reading. The past week, I have been doing nothing but hanging out with my son, working, and watching Netflix. So fill me in on what’s going on in your world or add me on Instagram juliehcares so I can see! And if you added me but I didn’t know it was you, send me a DM so I can add you!!!

I have to work all day today so after dropping my son off at church, I took Lucky to the dog park. After 30 minutes, he was done and stood by the gate to go home. Silly boy!

We are fish sitting this weekend. A beta fish. I am following directions exactly and as far as I can tell, he’s still alive. Thank goodness! The kid whose fish it is would be very upset with me if he didn’t make it.

My diet is crap lately but because of all the exercise I get at work, I haven’t gained anything. Thank God for small favors! I would love to weigh 140 but I am happy at 150. This morning I weighed in at 149. I am getting tired of people telling me I am too skinny. I know it’s most likely because they are unhappy with their own weight but it affects me. I’m not exactly where I want to be either and get told a LOT that I need to gain 10 pounds. Umm, no!

This coming week is finals for my son. He says he’s ready. I had to study like mad for finals and my child sat down and answered all the questions I threw at him in a few seconds each. I guess he is ready! So this afternoon he is going to his friends house to help him study. I told him he has to let his friend study, otherwise the parents will send him to my job to sit and be bored. I got an eye roll for that comment. Lol

By the way, I just want to tell you guys how wonderful you all are. You have watched me transform into the normal weight, non smoking person I am today. I appreciate all of your support and love. I truly do!!! I am here for y’all too. This is what I want to do for my livelihood. I want to help people reach their goals. In any way I can. Let me know if you need to talk or need recipes, or general help starting something up. I’m here for you!!!

Instagram: juliehcares

Snapchat: Julieh Cares

WhatsApp: Juliehcares

OMG…guys!!!

I got a B in my Anatomy class!!! Woo hoo!!!

I am so excited to finish this semester with 2 A’s and 2 B’s! And thank goodness that’s over!!!

So I am supposed to be at a funeral in 10 minutes. I haven’t even taken a shower yet. I cooked this morning and have errands to run. It’s not that I didn’t love my cousin. He was 91 and has been sick a long time. He was a good man. He was a surgeon and actually put my leg in a cast all 3 times I broke it growing up. I just don’t like funerals. I want to go celebrate his life, not wallow in misery with family I never see otherwise. My mother said I should go to “represent” our family. Umm, no. They didn’t even come to my fathers memorial and I only went to it because it was my father. I just don’t like funerals! What would I do, Instagram the whole thing? That would be rude! And I have to act like I am sad that he’s gone. No! I am so happy for him that all the pain he has endured over the past few years is over and he went to a much better place (wherever your beliefs say that is). So I am at home still.

So there’s this new dessert bar that is unicorn themed here. It’s quite a far drive just for a dessert so I thought I would check out reviews before I went. Boy am I glad I did! Only 4 tables, smells like the toilet is backed up, nobody cleans tables, staff is rude, ice cream not flavorful, food tastes like they just got it out of a freezer in a grocery store, etc, etc. Wow!!! I won’t be going there! There were some reviews that said it was good, don’t get me wrong. The bad reviews WAY outnumbered the good ones though! If I decide to eat dessert, I will just make it myself. That way I know what’s in it and it will be keto or low carb.

Lucky HAS to be trained. He got a hold of my vape and ate it. No cartridge thankfully but the machine. And he was caught chewing on my remote. And socks! What’s going on with this doggo??? So I am trying to take him out more and have more things for him to chew on that are for him. But that gets expensive!!! So I will be watching YouTube this afternoon.

I am enjoying my few days off. My son is taking STAAR testing at school this week. My mom is doing her thing. We are all busy but that’s a good thing! I took photos of my excess skin on my arms and legs today. It’s crazy how much there is!

I was going to take my stomach too but haven’t figured out how to do it by myself.

I made a new friend. He’s 30, from Jersey, and he’s a personal trainer who can literally bench press me. He’s very opinionated but nice. And my son likes working out with him. He comes by after work and walks the dogs with me so we can chat. And no, I would never date him. My mother asked if we were dating and I’m like “NO!” Geez! I make a friend and people think I’m dating the guy! We have similar interests in being healthy so we get along. He likes Asian women and I like tall and thin white men which he’s not. 😂

Okay, it’s 12:10 so I need to get up and moving. I hope you’ve enjoyed what’s going on here! Hahaha