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>Maybe I’m Crazy

>Stop me if I’m wrong here, but when you pay someone to watch your child for you, they should be at the designated spot for drop off when you get there to drop said child off for care.

Twice now in as many weeks when I arrived at my day care providers house to drop off my child, she was not home. When it happened for the second time on Friday, I waited for more than 30 minutes for her to return to her house, but she never showed up, and she never even called to tell me what happened. She ended up shooting herself in the foot on that one, because I had her check for the week, and she didn’t get paid because she flaked out on me.

This was her second chance that most people felt she didn’t deserve, and I’m sorry to say that after more than two years of her watching my daughter, we will have to find someone else. This is unacceptable. She says she depends on the income, but I depend on the ability to drop my daughter off in the morning for a few hours, and I’m not going to pay her if she’s not doing her job. Plain and simple.

The other thing that yanks my chain is that I was laid off, and she still wants me to pay the full weekly price to “Hold my spot” for when I find another job. What? I don’t have that kind of cash anymore. I don’t have a job!

But, C’est la vie…

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>Well, here we are on another lovely Sunday, you reading my latest post with salivating anticipation, me spouting wonderful poetic nonsense about my latest workout….OK, so maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement. I mean, me, spout poetic nonsense? Ridiculous!!

Alright, alright, enough goofing around. Time to get down to business.

Thus far I have lost 9.8 pounds. Yes, that is correct, 9.8 pounds just since March 2nd. After possibly the worst day on Wednesday (3/25/09), when I went to the gym on Thursday I thought, “Why not weigh yourself and round out the week?” I was fully expecting a gain of at least a pound, possibly two (I’ll admit, I did eat upwards of four home-made chocolate chip cookies on Wednesday. I was feeling very much in the crapper, and felt a little self destructive by the time I got home that day.) So you can imagine my surprise when I hopped on the scale and saw a difference of negative 1.2 lbs. Though I did still curse those cookies, I could have been at 10 plus pounds lost, but oh well, another day then…

In other fabulous fitness news, Monday marked a milestone for me. In the whole body workout that I endeavor to do every day, but sometimes fall short of achieving, I was instructed by Angel (the trainer) to do the entire workout three times. Let me tell you, there were days where I struggled to do even one circuit. Most days I could get through it twice, but by the end of that last Double Leg Extension, my body was in full revolt, and every muscle, nerve, and pore was screaming at me, “Stop now! For the love of all that is good and holy, please STOP NOW!!” But on Monday, I just lay there after the 15th DLE in the second circuit and rested for a minute. Then I sat up and did the whole thing again. I was so sweaty that my glasses steamed up a bit, but I didn’t care. I felt so good after doing that third and thus far elusive circuit. I can’t even begin to describe how awesome I felt.

Since then I have done the full body through three circuits every time, and I have to say, that thrill of accomplishment is still very strong. It may have taken almost a month to get built up to it, but now that I have, there is no going back.

That would appear to be all I had for today, so…

Until next time…

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>OK, so it’s been too long.

Quick update, I have now lost 8.6 pounds, and I have started a second blog because life was getting in my way and keeping me from posting fun stuff on here. So, on to the fun stuff…

Alright boys and girls, I promised you a post about a weird protein snack perfect for breakfast or right after a workout, so here it is.

First it is important to know that after a workout no matter how stressful, you need to have a high-protein snack within 30 minutes to maximize the benefits of your workout. You need to give your body the material to rebuild the muscles and feed them so your body burns off the fat instead of the muscle you just worked so hard to create. Protein shakes or mixes are one route, but you need to watch the fat and calorie content of these products. Another alternative is a strange mixture I learned about from on of the girls at the gym. I didn’t get a recipe, so the following is a ratio that I worked out that tastes pretty good to me, but feel free to change the measurements to suit your taste.

Here’s the low down on this strange but yummy protein rich snack.

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 container (4-6 oz) yogurt any flavor (though you may want to avoid anything with seeds)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked, instant oats

Mix these all together in a resealable container and let stand (in fridge) for 2 hours to overnight.

I’ve had it fresh, and once it has had a chance to blend, and I prefer the fresh one to the overnight version. The whole point of letting it set overnight is to allow the liquid from the yogurt and cottage cheese to soften the oats, but I like the crunch of the oats better than the gluey texture of the softened oats. Again, personal preference, please feel free to make your own judgement.

I know, I know, it sounds weird, and maybe a little gross, but it really is good.

Next time…I’m not sure, but I’ll think of something between now and then.

Until then….

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>Happiness Is A Good Plum

>After all those horribly sad and depressing posts, I need something to make me smile, and you want to come back and read some more.

I love Janet Evanovich’s books. She has a series about Stephanie Plum, a bond enforcement agent who lives in Trenton, NJ. Stephanie is only good at her job because of dumb luck and bull-headed persistence. Oh, and a little help from her friends. It never fails that when I read a Plum book, I will laugh out loud, and cause people to look at me as if I have lost my mind.

I just finished reading Plum Spooky, and it did not disappoint. I’m sure there were several strange looks from the people on the treadmills around me, but I didn’t notice. It was a great book, and a quick read.

Now, I’m happy to say…C’est la vie.

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>Good Job!! I knew you could!

So, after not working on Monday, I get a text saying I don’t need to work today either (I only work two days a week, so that means no work at all this week, and a really small paycheck next Friday). Then a few hours later, I get a phone call, yes you read that correctly a phone call, telling me that I don’t have a job anymore. Classy.

So here I am, without warning, unemployed.

Then to put the cherry on top of my day, on the way home, I’m in a car accident. No damage to my car, and just a few scratches on her bumper, but of course, it was a white car, and she had just had the bumper fixed, so they were so nice and visible. I’m hoping we won’t have to involve insurance, but my gut is saying she does this a lot, and she will suddenly have all kinds of injuries tomorrow.

Yeah!! Super awesome day!!

C’est la vie……..

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>Death and Taxes

>Two things that are unavoidable. True, people still try to avoid and cheat them, but it all catches up to you in the end.

I had my rabbit put down a few weeks ago. I’d had him for 10 years, and it was a hard decision to make, but as a pet owner, it was inevitable. I put it off for a while, but after a few months, it became clear that I wasn’t doing it for him, I was doing it for me, and that’s when I knew it was time. My husband prepared the grave, and I took him to the vet (the rabbit, not my husband, just to be clear). It was quick, and painless, for him anyway. Me, I was a mess. My chest hurt, I couldn’t breathe, I was crying so hard I couldn’t see. Not a good morning.

Later that week, I got some news about my dad.

Quick background, my dad left my Mum while she was out of town for a week last summer. He has told my brothers that it’s all her fault, and other heinous lies about how she mistreated him, and they not only believe the lies, but they tell their friends and the rest of the family these lies like they are gospel. He has also stopped talking to me, and generally become a giant ass due in no small part to his continued mistreatment and abuse directed a my Mum. The reasons for all of this are still unknown to myself, and everyone else in the family (my brothers may know, but since I disagree with the way dad’s behaving, they won’t talk to me).

At a support hearing my Mum was informed by the defense attorney that dad was in the hospital, and may need open heart surgery. Honestly, when she told me, I felt nothing. I was more upset over the loss of my bunny than I was over the news of my dad’s health. I guess he had been in there a week already, and no one bothered to call me or my Mum. I’m sure I sound callous, but I can’t help it. I’ve cried so much over him since last June. I’ve been up until 4 am more nights than I can count, and spent so many endless hours on the Internet trying to find him, and all this time, he could have just picked up the phone and called me.

But he didn’t.

So I’ve done what I have to to protect myself and to protect my daughter. I can’t live my life trying to get back into someone else’s.

Ah well…C’est la vie………..

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>Introduction

>Ok, you may not believe this, but just a few weeks ago, I had never bloged before. Ever. In my entire life. Shocking I know, but try to calm yoursef so that you can continue reading.

I’m now starting my second blog because flotsom and jetsom from my life was getting in the way of me being able to post on my exercise blog. Here I can vent about the general unfairness of life, and get it all out of my system then switch to my fitness blog and post about how awesome my workout was and how many calories I burned in one hour on the treadmill. I’ll have plenty of time to do lots of posting since I was just released from my job today. Oh yes, you will hear all about that soon enough…

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