Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sorry, Wrong Number

I had to share this today... it's too silly to keep to myself!

On my way home from work this morning I sent my husband a text message telling him I was on the bus (I tell him this so he won't call me and engage in conversation with all ears and eyes directed at me).  When I arrived home shortly thereafter I sent him another text telling him I was home, that I loved him, and then proceeded to call him a coconut head!   

When my husband arrived home from work this evening, after a while he asked me how come I didn't text him to tell him I was home because he was worried if I had to work overtime knowing I was really tired.  I insisted I did send him the text so he checked his phone and true enough, he didn't have anything from me.

Strange!  I got confirmation that it was sent when my new phone sent an annoying buzz through the phone. 

I checked my sent items and showed him the text...

.......that was sent to a total stranger apparently somewhere in Michigan. 

You see, I got a new smart phone but I'm still not smart enough to use it while entering my contacts information in it, I messed up the area code on my husbands mobile number.  Instead of the Montreal code, I entered a code for Michigan.  One digit off makes a big difference apparently.  Hopefully I won't be charged for the two mishaps on my mobile plan.

Once I realized my mistake, I laughed and said some total stranger got a text that said "on the bus" then another text that said "just got home, love you coconut head". Of course we cracked up laughing at this because we're crazy like that.  Unfortunately now some poor soul has to explain this to his or her significant other! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Listen Up

I wanted to begin listening to a new series of audiobooks so I opened an account with Audible like the fool I am and used my one free credit to get a free book.   Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard.

I sort of wish I read real reviews on this book first.  I skimmed some reviews on Goodreads but that's pretty much it.  I should have known better.  I should have read a real book review like the ones some dedicated readers post on their blogs and don't have to fret that the negative or explicit review will be deleted by moderators.

This book is marketed as "like 50 Shades of Grey".  But so far it's a far cry from it.  I can't say I'm tired of the 50 Shades type of books, that'd be like saying I don't like to read Harlequin romance.  Each book is pretty much the same but different in some ways.  Then again, each reader can read the same book and get something different from it so there you go.

I can't say this book is boring, because I listened to almost 1/3 of the book in no time.  It's keeping my interest but there are just some things that are driving me nuts... like if Gabriel refers to Julia as an angel one more time.... or if she's called 'rabbit' one more time.... and I heard of naive but she's just plain stupid at times I mean seriously, let's be real eh... UGH!!!  Other than that nonsense the first third of the book is pretty much ok I guess, probably because there isn't all that explicit junk like in 50 Shades.  I had enough explicit junk while reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, thank you very much.  Remind me to cancel that Audible account because I'm real glad this was a freebie.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Level 2

Even if I were warned in advance...... I still would have struggled through level two of the 30 Day Shred.

Level two was a lot more intense than level one.  Cardio, weight training and abdominals were once again the highlight but it seemed plank was the go-to-exercise in this video.  I'm sure that as each day progresses I'll get more familiar with the moves and become more flexible as I grow stronger, same like throughout the first video.  Come to think of it, that would explain why the last few days of level one were fairly easy on my old body.  Now I've got to start training more to become even stronger.  Sigh.

Yes, I am still hanging in there.  I am fully committed to completing the full thirty days.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Almost Done! Now What?

I'm almost finished reading.... or should I say listening to, the audio book series of The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward.  I have no clue what I'm going to do with my life once the series comes to an end!  I've "lived" with these fighters for just a little over two years, now what?

I won't say the series is awesome, because it's not.  I started out with book one because I thought it was just an ordinary paranormal romance... you know:
  • vampire meets woman
  • vampire falls in love with woman
  • vampire bites woman and kills her they live happily ever after
Well, this series was a bit more than your average paranormal romance.  This series contained some action and suspense too!  Sometimes too much suspense.

The series as a whole is great, not awesome but great, like a 4.5 star out of 5 star.  To rate each book individually is where the series loses out.  Book one was more like a 2.5 or 3 star book but then you get to the second and third books and wow can't put it down.  And just when you least expect it, along comes a book that sucks worse than the first book!  Nonetheless, it's a series well worth the read... or in my case the listen!  The voice of the narrator makes it really worth the listen (insert cheesy grin here).

The reason I've got the audio format instead of the written word is I honestly didn't think I could sit patiently and read the book.  There are certain books I just can't bring myself to read but I would listen to them on the ipod while doing other things.... well, it's someone else reading it to me!  Not bad!  That's how I "read" the Girl With The Dragon Tatoo series, and it was much better than the movies!!!!!!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

30 Day Shred (Day6)

Day six of the shred and I'm still at it!  It feels good to work out every day only problem is that it's getting closer to the time for me to begin level two and I'm really not looking forward to it. 

I was tired this morning but I did the exercise and complained every step of the way but it felt good when I was done... not because I could jump a shower and hit the sack but because it makes me one small step closer to a healthier me.

I stepped on the scale today though I tried to talk myself out of it.  I was down one whole pound since starting this shred six days ago.  One pound in six days isn't half bad and I'm also eating better. 

Can I have cake now? 

Monday, February 10, 2014

30 Day Shred (Day5)

Today was day 5 of the 30 day shred.  I can honestly say so far, it does get easier as the days go by... for now.

The first day I sort of struggled with it because I had to get used to the moves, and I also had to be careful with the abdominal exercises.

The second day, my shoulders hurt like heck and so did my thighs.  They cried out every time I had to lift my arm or climb stairs!  And I still say that those ladies move from a floor routine to a standing one in a split second while it takes me a bit longer to get back onto my feet with my bones crackling.

The third day I was surprised I didn't feel too bad doing them.  I actually looked forward to the 20 minutes I was going to be exercising. 

And today is day 5 and like I just said, it does get easier... for now... because I'll only be on "level 1" for ten days before increasing to "level 2".  Basically, I'm left with five more days of joy and happiness until I begin the second level and my muscles start crying out all over again!  I'm not quite sure if I'm looking forward to that but I do know I need to pick up a set of 2lb weights within the next five days because I have no intention of subjecting myself to the heavier weights until I hit the third level.

As far as the eating habits... gone is the emotional eating binge I was on.  Last week I ate better, felt better and am continuing to improve on my food choices: more water, more fiber, more protein, less sugar, less junk (notice I said LESS and not NONE). 

Now, like anyone who has exercised for a couple of days in a row, I was standing in front of the mirror wondering if anythings changed. Do I look skinnier or is my head just over inflated?  Crazyiness, I know but we're all guilty of that stupidness.  I'm just really looking forward to getting done with the 30 days so I can start jogging outside truth be told! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

30 Day Shred (Day3)

Today is day THREE of the 30 Day Shred that I chose to do.

Why did I choose to do it?

Because my younger-than-me cake dealing coworker, is on day four or five of the shred.  So having someone to shred with makes it more interesting.  Well, actually, it's just nice to have someone to complain about my aches and pains to and sure, it's motivating as well, as long as we don't start laughing at each other then the belly muscles I didn't know I had start to cry out in pain!!

Ok seriously though, I had set March 1st as the day I get back outside jogging.  I'm hoping by then the polar vortex will have gone further north and that Texas will stop sending snow storms up towards Quebec.  In the meantime, I'll do the 30 day shred, combine it with the new eating habit I magically trained myself to do last week and by the time the thirty days are over, I should be a bit slimmer and in better shape and the weather will be better hopefully, and I can get started out doors jogging!!! 

all three levels are available on youtube!

The first day I did the shred I had to go very slowly and easy on the abdominal workout but as each day progresses I find I'm able to do more and keep up with the video.  The ladies in the video move quickly from a seated position to a standing one, that's just craziness!  I can't move that fast in my old age!  Hey, I'll be 45 this month ... not old, just ... older... and it's my must have excuse because otherwise I have no excuses, so there you have it.

I checked this photograph from the Myfitnesspal forum.  I don't know who this young new mom is but from the neck down we look real similar...on her Day 1 photo!!!  No lie!!  But my belly isn't because of a baby, no, no, no, unlike the lovely mom in this photograph, my belly is just from my love of food and my lack of exercise.  If the 30 day shred can work wonders for a belly that was once home to a baby, then it can do wonders for a belly that was once home to chocolate cake. 

I took a photo of my self front and side, on the day I began the shred and will post it only after the 30 days are over when I take another picture to compare.  I'm using the Bodyshot app to keep track of my measurements along the way.  I'll update the app when I start level 2 of the shred in ten days if I don't collapse from aches and pains beforehand. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Healthy Eating, I Did That!

I did it!  I ate healthy all week....

....except for the small piece of chocolate cake my coworker gave me on Thursday night! 


No she didn't hold a gun to my head and force feed me the cake but seriously.... who can say no to cake?

Apparently NOT ME.

Anyway, aside from the deliciously fresh chocolate cake, I stuck with better choices and didn't feel hungry or grumpy in the slightest.  My internal pipes feel much better.  Drinking a bit of lemon water also helped out.  

Breakfast always consisted of a bowl of a fiber rich cereal and a cup of caf-lib coffee wannabe replacement that takes some getting used to.  I am not used to it after a week of drinking it.  It looks like dirty water and has more of a malty taste rather than coffee but I had to cut back on coffee even though I had already switched to decaf, I needed to see if I could kick coffee altogether and apparently I can't!

I ate some dried apricots, prunes and raisins as snacks while lunch consisted of a yogurt and a chicken bologna sandwich on whole wheat with only mustard.  I love mustard, yum.  Dinner was always just a little bit of whatever I cooked for husband.

Now this is a kind of calorie cut back or healthy choice blah blah blah that I can live with.  I just can't tolerate the eating the same menu day in day out. 

As for exercise, yes I did get back to exercising finally.  The abdomen is feeling much better. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Will Power: One Day At A Time

I had a difficult Saturday night, my abdomen hurt like heck and my inner pipes were backed up seriously.  Sleep was quite difficult.  While I lay there in the dark, in pain and discomfort it dawned on me...

I need to make a change.  A real life altering change. NOW! 

I'll be 45 years old sometime this month and I've spent the last year trying and not quite succeeding at maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  Saturday night was a major wake up call.  

No better time than the present.


I'm really tired of starting over and over and over again so I tested myself on Sunday.  I skipped my usual big delicious weekend breakfast and instead had two boiled eggs, two boiled chicken wieners and whole wheat toast with a cup of caf-lib (coffee replacement).  Lunch consisted of a half cup of sliced strawberries, a banana and half an orange along with lots of lemon water.  Dinner was a bowl of Quaker oatmeal.  Snack was a sliced apple that I never completely devoured.  By the end of the night my belly felt better.  A lot better.  Not bloated, no gas, I didn't feel hungry.  I had plenty of fibre (if you know what I mean).  Only problem is I also had a major migraine most likely caffeine withdrawal.  The question now is can I maintain this good habit longer?  Can I keep up with eating better on a regular day when I'm at work or passing by the local cafe.  

I really don't have any faith in myself at this point.  I guess I need to take it one day at a time rather than aim for a month, or a week at a time.  One day.  Just ONE DAY.  I succeeded on Sunday now lets see how Monday works out.  I didn't bother with weighing myself because right now it's not about weight, it's about a small change.  One day.  I can't begin to think of what to do at the end of the week because I need to stay focused on ONE DAY.

One day at a time to work on my will power.

One day at a time. 

One day.