Wednesday, March 25, 2015

21 Days Later

It's over folks!  I have spent 21 days doing the 21 Day Fix.  I haven't measured yet, but I know I've only lost 2 pounds.

But I'm calling it a success.

Why?

I wanted a kick in the pants.  And that's what I got.  I actually really liked the container eating system (I actually plan to incorporate that into Weight Watchers and keep it up).

How will I go on from here?

Well, I'm doing another challenge group.  This time I'm going to train the way I need to train.  Since the snow is melted, I can get out and run.  This month I'm swapping out some of the cardio with running.  I also bought anothe rprogram (since I wanted more cardio in general.)  TurboFire.

It should arrive today, so I'm excited to get a look at that.

I don't know my fearless group leader will agree, bit I do know that I need to do what works for me.  I know I can't spend all month on one program.  I get bored.  I need to run some days.  Do cardio other days.  Strength training other days.

But I do know is that I need to step up my effort a bit.  I'll get out of this what I put in.  And I'm training with the Disney goal in mind!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stuck in a ditch

Last night, I went to a party.

parking in the street is kind of tight, so I decided to park down the street, near the corner.

Great plan, Right?

Except the water I parked near hid a large ditch, and I was stuck.  No, seriously stuck.


Some WONDERFUL gentlemen tried to get me out, but that didn't work.  So I called the atuo club.

90 minutes for the tow truck.  I had to wait by the car.

I waited. 

And waited.

And waited.

Then I got a call.  Was I satisfied with my service that was JUST COMPLETED?  I promptly freaked out and pressed 2 to tell them that the service wasn't completed.  They were waiting for a cop car, and I was told to go inside.  A few minutes later they called again.

The answer left me hysterically laughing.

The tow truck broke down and needed a tow.  Seriously?  I got put on hold again.  Someone would be out there in an hour.   I gave it 20 minutes and went back out.  The tow truck was pulling away.  I almost cried, but I called and they turned him around.  They eventually got me out and on my way home.  No party for me.

I know I sprayed mud everywhere/  In speeds above 60 the steering wheel vibrated.

I just took the car in for an alignment, and was told that it probably wasn't the alignment.... Let's pray that the axle isn't bent or something likewise as expensive.  (I believe bent rim and wheel weight being off were also possibilities.  the bent axle was my addition)

I still feel all jittery, like last night's panic hasn't warn off.  The car is dropped off and Firestone is busy, so it's a day inside for me.  Sadly, my car troubles made it impossible for the Spousal Equivalent to work.

Now we wait for a diagnosis.  I'm back in my jammies and having a cup of decaf.

Wish me luck.  I need some better luck!

ETA:
The car has been aligned, and thanks to the new AutoBell, it's REALLY clean.  (there was standing water INSIDE the car....)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The 21 Day Fix... so far

I'm almost at the halfway point of the 21 Day Fix (But not at the halfway point of my Challenge group, yet).  So I have some thoughts.  (No one gave me any promotional material.  I paid for this out of my tax return!)

1.) The eating plan:

I've been doing the Weight Watchers thing.... and this is more of the same.

Honestly I went into this thinking that I'd give this the whole college try.  While I know that I'm not following it perfectly (The need to doctor these Shakeology shakes so they are drinkable sometimes puts me over my count)

I do know that the Shakeology is VERY expensive, so it's not going to be a regular part of my diet after this.

But all of the portioning is something that I've DESPERATELY needed to get back to.

Figuring out your calories takes math.  I'm in the 1500 range.
2.) The Work outs
There is actually a method to the timing of the workouts.








(FYI: Dirty 30 is SO HARD!  And I'm finding that I'm not a fan of Yoga.)

I do enjoy the workouts.  I LOVE that there is modification.  And I tend to (for the moment) work somewhere between the modifications and the real moves.  The workouts are challenging, but not so hard that you want to give up.  Next week will be the big challenge, with the 2 workouts a day.  I need to find time to add running into this mix as well.  I'll do that after the 21 days are over.

All in all, I'm liking what I'm doing.  Would I recommend it?  Yes.  Is it expensive?  Absolutely.

Is it worth it?  For me it has been.

Monday, March 2, 2015

I don't want to adult for a while

This was me on Sunday.

After an incredibly busy Friday and Saturday (and more snow days in the last two weeks than I could handle....) I was done.

How done?

Well, the dog is done too.  She doesn't know where to potty, since the ground is all snowy.  So three times we went outside for walkies.  Well, she walked.  I slipped.  We ambled around for half an hour each time.  The last time I ended up sobbing and begging her to just pee!  (I believe I was crying and saying "for the love of God, will you just pee already?"  It wasn't my finest hour)

After that brilliant display of adulting, the Spousal Equivalent came home from work and we went shopping.  I think I gave it up at 8 and went upstairs.  Misty's also done too.  She doesn't want to do morning walkies with the snow and ice.

I think it's the snow and ice that have gotten us both down.  I was glas to see it's going to be 60 on Wednesday.  But snow on Thursday?  That's just mean.  I have to adult this week and the snow makes it hard for me to adult!

in other news I'm currently in the middle of Day 1 of the 21 Day Fix.  So far, so good!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Could we get some spring please?

Last night Mother Nature dumped 7 inches of snow on us.  7 inches of super heavy, wet snow.

Of course, everything was shut down.

Our cars are covered and the roads are almost impassable.

So far today I've made lunch, washed dishes and let the dog out the back.
There's only 2 or three inches out there.  This will be Misty's potty for a few days.  Why?

This is what happens when she goes out in the deep snow:
Yes, that's snow stuck to her fur.  The dangers of a longhair doxie in the snow!

I tried to plan for this.  I tried to buy a snow shovel.

There were none.  NONE!

I'm a little tired of this.  The cold and snow are breaking my give-a-damn!  All I want to do is stay home under blankets and drink cocoa.  But I can't.  I have working out to do.  Sunday marks the beginning of March.  I hope the roads are passable by then.  Actually, I wouldn't mind the roads being passable by tomorrow!  I have work that needs to happen!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

And now for something different

last month, I ran across something in a blog that I follow.  Ashley was looking for people to do that month's challenge group.

from johngroberg.com



I was in a serious rut, so I inquired.  It cost money, so I had to decline for a bit.  Waiting on the tax return and all....









But in the end, I decided to commit.  It was money that I had to play with.  And in the end, it's a workout series that I'll have forever.

I now am an owner of the 21 Day Fix.

So far I've done nothing with the eating plan (which will work with Weight Watchers very well).

I tried a work out today.  Apparently I'm out of shape, because it kicked my ass.  I do like that each work out is 30 minutes, and there is even a count down clock (if you're like me and are a clock-watcher).

The kit also included Shakeology.  I've tried the chocolate and so far I'm not impressed.  The flavor wasn't great.  And the price (we I to keep this up) was a total non-starter.  $130 a month.  A MONTH!  That's $20 less than my monthly grocery (for 2 people) budget.  I just hope that I can find a way to make this stuff taste better!

But anyways... the challenge starts on March 2nd.  Hopefully it'll kick my rear in gear.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow day!

Holy Crap, it's been quite the two days!

Monday and Tuesday, told through things I posted to Facebook!

Monday morning it was cold.  And there was a storm coming in.  I live in the South.  Neither of these are typical.

But the shouts of "It's raining in my office" sadly were typical.

Again, there was water was pouring out of his ceiling.  (this isn't the first time this has happened.  Just the first time this has happened this year).  So I made calls, and laid plastic in 5 other offices.  All while prepping for snow and the likelihood that there would be no work the next day.

All while it was this cold out:

I left early, to be off the road before the snow.  I tried to wait at the bus stop for the Spousal Equivalent, but after almost hitting another car trying to take a left, I went home.

And it start to snow!!

Before:
And after:
The snow right now is about to my ankles, which has it well above Misty's lady bits, so going potty is fun.  The icy snow just barely supports her wight, which means that every third step, she breaks through and sinks to her middle.

So we're home today.  The college cancelled.  SE's work had liberal leave.

And the rest of the city is all:
There's no word yet on if there will be school tomorrow.  There's also no word yet on if I can get out of the parking lot.  (There's no plowing the parking lots here...  which sucks)

Folks, welcome to snow in the south.  We got 7 inches of snow and ice and everything has shut down.

I'm just hoping that there's heat at work and those professor's offices haven't frozen.