Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thank you Rachel Morgan and Kim Harrison

Last night before bed, I listened to the end of the last Rachel Morgan book.


Yes.  Listened.  I got into the audiobook thing a while ago.  After working all day, looking at print was the last thing I wanted to do.  Then I found Audible.  I could listen to books while I drove, while making dinner, during walks.  

I just spent the last few months with Rachel Morgan, Jenks, Ivy and the gang.  And as weird as it seems, I'm going to miss them.

 To The Witch with No Name
from Good Reads
13 books.  13 books of Rachel being unlucky (then VERY lucky) in love.  13 books of Jenks swearing (pixie swearing is very interesting).  13 books of learning about this world where the normal and the supernatural mix into one interesting mess.

And then it was over.

And honestly, it leaves me sad.

I loved this world.  Even back when I first read Dead Witch Walking years ago, I wished I could live than that world.

I turned off my speakers at 11 last night and felt satisfied with the ending.

And sad that I couldn't play in her world anymore.  There was talk of a series, but that wasn't to be.  Thank you Kim Harrison for you books.  And thank you Marguerite Gavin for your narration.

Should you read these books?


They are like the Anita Blake books, but with a lot less porn.  (unless you're into that.... then these books won't have enough sex)

Now it's Saturday, and I'm at a loss as to which book to listen to next.

The Women of the Otherworld series, by Kelley Armstrong?  Or maybe a stand alone novel?

Friday, April 10, 2015

I might be getting a little too much help.

This morning I actually went out running.  It was me and the dog.  Yes, the dog was all "on your left" as she tried to get home before me.  Sadly, she was on a leash and couldn't.

I got myself going extra early because I had an 8:30am meeting.  What for, might you ask?

Work was having a health thing, called the Be Your Best initiative.  We had Bioimpedance Analysis done and the meeting was to talk about how to interpenetrate the numbers.  (My numbers?  I think I should be an 85 year old woman.)  There are two more sessions of this series.  One on stress and one on eating right.

I left feeling weird about the whole thing.  Clean eating was paraded around.  She talked about how we all need to poop more (I'm not making this up!) and what consistence the poop needed to be.  They said that most of their patients are gluten free, then backed up and said that not everyone needs to be, but for most people need to be.

I thought a lot about it on the way back to my office.  This is actually going to be the third eating plan that I'm getting.  I'm already doing Weight Watchers and the meal from from 21 Day Fix.

The problem is, which one should I use?

Should I try to reconcile all of these plans?

Should I chuck it all?

Should I follow one?

Will I have to give up cake?  (spoiler alert, probably)

Or maybe I should stop stressing out out this and just try to follow the plans (they intersect a lot) as best I can.

And not beat myself up about the odd piece of cake.

And try not to do this:

Friday, April 3, 2015

What a week...

I've been off my game all week long!

Hormoneally things have been rough.  I'm about to burst into tears for no reason what so ever.  Shark Week is at the sate of any minute now.... thankfully!

I haven't
run in ages, but I did manage to sign up for a race in 2 weeks.  This will be me:
Except I'm all the Falcon, and every other runner is Captain America.

There is this new healthy initiative thing at work, so I had testing.  I had to prep for it twice, actually.

No coffee, no food, no exercise.  I don't know what happened, but after no exercise, I was all:


I don't know what happened, but I seriously went off the rails.  Like pizza and chocolate chip cookies off the rails.
(I'm also way into GIFs today, apparently)

I've already decided that I need to make better choices.  I seriously need to exercise this weekend.  I need to meal plan, and meal prep on Sunday.

I have plans for running on Sunday.

I also need to go out and to do something fun.

But I all I want do is this:

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.


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!

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!