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!

Lazy Sunday

I had a very lazy day and it was awesome not being sick and being lazy.

I watched Netflix. I didn’t get dressed. The only thing I did during the day was wash dishes and cook up some boudain for my dinner. I also took ground beef out of the freezer to thaw to make burgers today. What a great day! Guess it’s back to the grind!

Around 9pm, I was talking to BFF through text and saw on my watch that the only goal I hit was my stand goal. Well crap. So I took Amber for a walk and came in and decided to get some exercise in. I used my 5 pound dumbbells and did 16 minutes of arm exercises with them. So I hit the exercise goal. Then I moved around a bit more and got the move goal too so I hit all 3 even on a rest day.

I also stayed in my calories yesterday. Usually I have a cheat meal on Sundays but I didn’t feel like it yesterday. I wasn’t that hungry and I’ve learned that if I don’t feel hungry, DON’T EAT. I drank 6 glasses of water and 3 sodas plus one cup of milk. So I drank quite a few calories but also ate what I wanted.

Today I am taking my son to school and then going to the dentist. Then I have to go to Costco and get stuff for the month (beef, chicken, toilet paper, paper towels, babybel cheese, and milk). I also have to stop by HEB to get my veggies for the week. Fun fun day, right? So I know I will have plenty of time to get my exercise in at the gym.

Having the gym within 2 blocks of my house doesn’t give me any leeway to skip or excuses about having to drive there and not feeling like it. As you may have noticed, I exercise even away from the gym. I would like to try that steam room again too but I can’t go in there with my contacts on or with my phone (the steam bothered my contacts). I need to remember to take my lock so I have somewhere to put everything! I probably will not do that today though, I don’t feel like it.

Another thing, I’ve made a foot decision. I spoke with Dr. B (the chiropractor) and he said the NMES will do wonders and I should try it so I am going to call Dr. Parker and sign up. I’m nervous but don’t want to have surgery. So that’s happening.

That’s it. I hope you all have a great day! Monday Motivation coming later today too! Add me on Instagram juliehcares 😀

Saturday and goals 😀

What a good day! First I want to talk to you guys about my goals and I hope you will share yours in the comments.

Weight goals: I have mini goals. For March, I wanted to lose 5 pounds. I’ve lost 1.4 and it’s halfway through the month. That’s still about 1/2 a pound a week so I’m okay with that. Will I get to my goal? I don’t know! Is it okay if I don’t hit that goal? Definitely! At the end of November 2017, I weighed 221.8. Yesterday on my weekly weigh day, I was 206. You will NOT hear me complain. I have come too far to quit. By my birthday, I want to weigh in the 100’s. I don’t care if I am at 199, as long as I am there by the end of June (my birthday is on the 27th). That’s still 3 months away and that would only be a loss of 2 pounds per month. I should crush that goal!

Another goal is measurements. I want to be in a size large instead of extra large soon. I will have to lose enough inches to do that. 10 maybe? It’s definitely doable. I mean come on! In November I was wearing a 2X shirt and after 4 months, I’m in a 1X! So I know I can do this. How many do I actually need to lose? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. I will know how I’m doing when I can put on a large and it fits like the extra large does now, comfortable and not tight at all.

Another goal is food. This is my hardest goal. I need to drink and eat less sugar. That’s number one and I am going to work on that in April. I have (for the most part – there are days like yesterday when I felt like I needed the boost) already cut back to one energy drink a day and only have 16 left in the fridge that will be gone by the beginning of April. I am also drinking a TON more water during the day (8 today) and then having one more soda at dinner so I have cut WAY back (6 to 2 in the past 4 months). And desserts, cookies, pie, cake, etc that taste OH SO GOOD I need to cut back on as well. I say cut back because there will always be times when you go to a party and eat cake or bake cookies for an event and eat a few. I make things myself so they aren’t as bad as eating desserts out at restaurants but all that sugar is still not good! If my weekly cheat meal is a package of cookies, that is enough sugar for the whole month, not a meal!

For March, my goal was to eat more food and drink less calories. I believe I have accomplished that 16 out of 30 days (so far). Next month, I will be focusing on eating less sugar as well as drinking less.

It’s all about the tiny goals y’all. Small changes add up to big results!

Oh man yesterday was good. I woke up early and lounged around for about 3 hours after weighing myself and doing my best not to get down about the tiny weight gain. Then I got dressed, took the dog out for a walk, and then took my son to therapy. Then the gym. I’ve been at home doing Zumba for a couple of days and that’s great but I wanted to get back in the gym. Since my doctor took my insoles to be changed for the ever changing foot issues, I was worried about my feet hurting (no insoles equals flat feet while working out). That’s why I’ve been doing stuff at home. On carpet I don’t feel like I will hurt my feet nearly as bad as on machines at the gym.

So I did 30 minutes on the treadmill walking and running. Those little spikes are me running at 5mph which I am VERY proud of! I ran 8 out of 30 minutes today!!! I’ll be ready to run a 5K by summertime and that excites me. I also went into the steam room (NOT a sauna). It was too much after 30 seconds so I had to leave. I had already had 6 cups of water when I went to the gym and 2 more while working out and I was sweating for 30 minutes AFTER my workout! Yes, my feet and hips hurt a little when I left, that’s why I didn’t stay and do any other exercises.

Then I went home and watched the rest of 7 seconds. Then I watched Amanda and Jack go Glamping which was kind of stupid but after that heartbreaking show, I needed something stupid.

I decided to eat cereal for dinner. It went down way too fast and easy. That’s one of the reasons that I am stopping all this sugar. It goes down so easy and then you are hungry again in an hour or 2. That’s okay. I didn’t eat anything else, I went to bed around 1am. I took some Advil for my hip and watched movies on Netflix. I watched People Like Us and also The Gift. I loved People Like Us. It was totally different than most things out these days. Again, I LOVE Jason Bateman so The Gift was good to me. It’s a psychological thriller and I love that genre! It was either watch movies or go to the bar for beers and I didn’t want to do that.

Everyone have a great Sunday. I will be going to the gym today. Sticking to the bike though. I can’t afford to get hurt or sick again!

7 seconds and Friday night

This show is screwed up! When I first heard of it, I thought they were talking about that old Luke Perry movie but that was 8 seconds, oops. Corrupt cops and a dead black kid. Sad, very very sad. I won’t give y’all more information because I don’t want to ruin anything. You should check it out.

That’s what I did last night. I watched Netflix. I ate more spaghetti for dinner and stayed within my calories.

Man did my client stink yesterday! I even had to tell her step daughter. She was really that bad. Bad enough that her hairdresser and her nail lady asked me if she was okay. She hadn’t eaten when I picked her up either and said she didn’t want to. I reminded her what not eating will do (that’s usually how the elderly die) and she okayed me going to McDonald’s to get her 2 hash browns. But that was it. That’s not enough and definitely not healthy! So I let the step daughter know and she’s going to take care of it. I got my nails done too. I’m happy with the purple!

I went to Half Price Books after dropping her back off and tried to sell my Dad’s records like my Mom asked me to. Every single one they pulled out of its wrapper was messed up. I didn’t get anything for them. The guy behind the counter said he wished they weren’t messed up because some were awesome lp’s. They also wouldn’t buy my Moms decorating books but I told them to just keep them and recycle them. I don’t want them back in the house!

I had eaten a cold spaghetti breakfast at 9am. I didn’t get home until 2pm. I had no energy. I crawled into bed so tired. I decided to have a 2nd energy drink (I had one at 6am) and see if it would help any. After an hour or so, I was ready to get moving again. I started my laundry and took my iPad downstairs and looked up a 30 minute Zumba video. Boy did that kick my ass!

I took a bathroom selfie of my new @fatgirlfedup shirt. I really like it and it makes people look since it says FED UP across it! 😂 In November when I started this healthier lifestyle, I wore a XXL men’s shirt. Now I’m in an XL. Woo hoo! The shirt I use for pictures each month is an XL so now I know that it is not going to be too tight and I am definitely getting somewhere! Even though I gained .8 this week. I expected it since I’m not sick anymore but it still sucks. I will keep going!

I talked to my good friend in Nairobi as well. She told me they do not live in the flooding area thankfully. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I talked to her until she told me that she had a baby in January! I’m very excited for her. She deserves to be happy. She messaged me at 9pm my time too and I’m like, “Why are you up? Oh yeah, you have a baby!” 😂

Today is therapy day for my son and relaxation time for me. I am dropping my son off at a friends house and going to the gym to work out and then hang out in the sauna (and maybe hot tub). I look forward to it! I guess I’ll have to go pick him up too but that’s okay. I should be nice and relaxed by then. I am in quite a bit of pain and can’t wait to go back to the dentist Monday morning. He will fix the issue, I know. I should have stayed longer last week and had him do it then when I first felt the problem but oh well. I wish I could show you my gums. OUCH!

I hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Crazy day

I know I told you how much I had to do yesterday. I did not go to the gym since I got up a bit later than I thought I would. I did not get out of bed until 8am and I had to leave at 9. When I did get up, I showed my son how to use the keurig. We have this coffee called Texas Pecan coffee. He put 7 teaspoons of sugar, a 1/4 cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla, and a little cinnamon into his “coffee”. Wow. I don’t think after all that it’s coffee anymore. 😂

I went to the podiatrist and got the bad news that I shared yesterday afternoon. Then I took my client to her podiatrist and they cut her toenails and I asked about what my doctor said. The woman says, “I would recommend surgery.” So she asked if I wanted to get a second opinion and I told her who my doctor is. She changed her tune real quick! “Oh! Dr. Parker is the best! I would do whatever he suggested.” Uh huh. I can’t stand doctors that take advantage of people. I’m so glad I have the podiatrist I have. I believe I will take a friends suggestion and ask my chiropractor that I’ve been seeing for my back and if he says to do it through the podiatrist, I will.

Then I went home for an hour and my son was still awake thankfully. We talked, I walked the dog, I relaxed, then I went back to the couple’s house to take them to their audiologist. That took 2 1/2 hours total so I got paid for 8 1/2 hours this week. He gave me $5 over the exact amount and said I can owe him. 🙄 I tried to give him the change but NOOOO, he wants credit. No tip or anything, just credit. Geez!

So I came home and made spaghetti for dinner and my son finally went to sleep around 7pm. I did NOT go to the gym. I was so tired! I turned on Netflix and told myself that it’s a good thing I didn’t hit my calorie goal since I didn’t work out.

At 9pm, I decided that I needed to do something. I turned on YouTube and did a 20 minute Zumba video. That kicked my ass! You can tell it did since I burned so much in just 20 minutes! My heart rate stayed pretty good but I was sweating and breathing heavy and burning those calories!

So I hit all the watch goals. Yay! I didn’t go to sleep by 10pm. I started this show called 7 seconds. I’ve only watched the first episode so don’t tell me but that is so sad! Too much can happen in 7 seconds.

Today, all I have to do is take Styled to get her hair and nails done. Then I am off for the weekend. Thank GOD. I’m so tired of everything going on and want a couple of days to relax. I’m even going to try out the gyms sauna. Maybe the hot tub as well. Just have some me time.

Have a great Friday my friends! Get moving. You don’t have to go to a gym to get your workout on! You don’t even have to watch a video. Get out and walk, play, just do something! Hugs!