Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bike Update

As of 2pm on New Year's Eve I've got 378.1 miles left until I hit my 1000 mile goal .... and only 5 weeks to knock them out.
That's 75.62 miles a week.
Just under 11 miles a day.
I have pulled off a couple of high mileage days lately but I still don't know if I have it in me.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Just a wee bit terrified ...

Weighing in tomorrow for the restart. It's going to be ugly. I could put it off, of course, but my FiloFax is all set and ready to go for having Saturday weigh-ins thanks to me getting super bored and, therefore, semi-productive at work last night.
So far I've made custom section dividers that double as monthly calendars, the pre-dated weights & measurements sheets for all of 2014 (and tomorrow), goal sheets for each month, and lunch planning/idea sheets for over at What's In Our Lunch Bags?
I have a ton of lined paper for it, too, that I already have a tendency to use for recipes and random notes. I may make actual recipe sheets, though. Or something else. Not tonight, though, since I'm getting a bit burned out and I need to hit the bike still.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Onward and, well, onward!

Christmas is officially over and, for many, that means a week of cramming trying to come with their resolutions for New Year's. Normally I don't bother because I don't have any faith in myself for sticking with them past a week ... but I do have some ideas if I was going to make resolutions which I'll share with you in the next day or so ... and one big suggestion as to something that could help you with keeping yours which I'll share with you now!

I have to warn you that this may come off as one enormous advertisement for Amazon and, in a way, it is. After all, the links here will all be hooked up with my affiliate account and I do earn a fraction of purchases made ... but you're cool with that, right? Most of what I bring in from Amazon goes straight back to them by way of other affiliate links from other blogs so it's just sharing the love.


My biggest recommendation for helping out with your resolutions (whether they be for New Year's or some random Thursday or whatever): an Amazon Prime membership. An annual membership is currently $79 but if you're new to the program you can sign up and get a free trial month so that's 13 months for $79 ... or only pennies over $6 a month. Less than Hulu+ ... less than Netflix ... and SO totally worth it. Even during the trial period you can (copied directly from Amazon):
* Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
* Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
* Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size

So. How is this supposed to be able to help with those resolutions?

If you have a Kindle you can borrow over 350,000 books. Cookbooks. Health and fitness books. Best sellers to read while treadmilling or biking. Whatever. No due date. No hassle. The only downside I see with the entire Prime deal is that the book borrowing is only good if you have an actual Kindle and not just the Kindle app. (I've actually considered buying one just to take advantage of this!)

And the free two-day shipping? Who doesn't love that? ESPECIALLY since Amazon sells just about everything. Fitness gear. Clothing. Gadgets. Electronics (big and small). Food (even for special dietary needs like gluten-free). Books. Movies. CDs. You name it -- they probably have it. As long as it ships through them it can be on your doorstep in two (business) days.

My absolute favorite part of Prime, though: the videos.

The instant video selection is amazing. I have access to Hulu+ and Netflix as well as apps through my cable company, but Amazon is typically my go-to when I'm on my bike nowadays. Their movie selection is pretty similar to that of Netflix from what I've seen but I'm more in love with the shows/seasons that they have like my beloved Downton Abbey & Mr. Selfridge that I can rewatch almost as often as I can rewatch Doctor Who (which they also have), practically every Nickelodeon show ever (or at least the ones my 7 year old cares about -- and some that are new to him like the good ol' classic Doug), and Daria. What kind of geek girl would I be if I didn't have a long-standing obsession with her?!?

But the BEST part of Amazon Prime's Instant Videos? They have stuff like this:

Yep. Jillian Michaels can kick your butt in the privacy of your own home for thirty days for free with the trial membership ... and, of course, longer after that if you decide to stick with Prime. There are others too -- Denise Austin, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks Jr, tons of yoga and tai chi. I have the Amazon Instant Video on my iPad and have been tempted more than a couple of times to pull up one of their workout videos while at work. All I need to do is remember to do so away from view of our security cameras. Heck, I even did a #doodleaday over my love for their selection!

Haven't convinced you that Prime will rock your socks (Amazon sells those, too, by the way)? Don't forget there's that FREE 30 DAY TRIAL you can sign up for. Decide for yourself and reap the benefits for a month ...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Just saying ....

Christmas Week just isn't Christmas Week without a massive amount of Doctor Who (says the girl who just watched 5 episodes in a row).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

*big big yawn*

I'm not sure why I'm so flipping tired today but hopefully I'll snap out of it soon because in just a couple of hours we'll be out and about and busy busy busy! Today is the day we're going down to the local Museum of Science & Technology for the domed IMAX viewing of The Polar Express and some fun checking out the exhibits after the fact. We did the movie there last year, too, so it's becoming a tradition ... and John and I have done the exhibit hall before but Tom never has so we're all looking forward to it. If, of course, I can manage to get a burst (or 5) of energy.

Of course it's just the beginning of an exhausting week.

Tom is on vacation from work this week but I still get to do my third shift fun Monday-Thursday ... plus Christmas Eve with the in-laws and the Day After Christmas fun with my side. By the time I get out of work Friday morning I'll be a zombie. Tis the season, right?

On the upside (because there's always an upside -- I refuse for there not to be), I've been getting some good bike time in. Last night I lost track of what I was doing and next thing I knew I was over 15 miles. My eating has been pretty horrid and I'm afraid to even look at the scale. I fully suspect that once I do my gazillionth restart after Christmas it won't be pretty ... not worrying about it now, though.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Why oh why isn't it 7am yet?

It's 2:10am so just under 5 hours to go to my work night and what am I doing? Blogging (obviously), searching for recipes (thanks to Erin from My Nebraska Life for the hint on how to kill the Pinterest hits!), and coming up with ideas for lunches. And to do that? Well, that actually became a doodle!!! (I know -- I've slacked on blogging them but I HAVE been doing them!)
Yep. I plan most of my lunches (well, my "fun" blog lunches) by watching my iPad Mini. Last night was Poirot on Amazon Instant... but tonight is Eureka on Netflix (I miss that show SO much) so I'm pretty sure we can expect to see Sheriff Carter & crew over at What's In Our Lunch Bags? soon. 

And I now have ten minutes less to kill.

Someone stab me with a fork to keep me awake, okay?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One of those days ...

You know ... the ones where you wish you could just curl up with your pjs and a good book and stay under the covers indefinitely??? Alas, that is not to be. After getting home from work this morning I had to get John ready and off to school ... which included waiting outside for his bus with him in 5 degree temperature BEFORE wind chill. And oooooh was there ever wind chill! We literally stayed huddled together facing the other direction from where the bus would be coming from because if we stood where we could actually watch for it the wind and snow would have frozen our faces off. HALF AN HOUR we stood there before they came to get him. Typically it's about 10 minutes tops. If it's that awful tomorrow I'm turning him around and walking him back home and he gets a personal snow/freeze-your-face off day. Luckily the afternoon bus is FAR more reliable for timing and the weather isn't nearly as dreadful.

Oh, and am I the only one who has noticed that Pinterest has kinda killed the ability to Google for recipe sites? People keep pinning the same damn stuff and that pushes the actual sites you might want to discover waaaaaaaaay down the list of Googley goodness. I went looking last night at work for low carb crock pot recipes and kept getting slammed with Pinterest pages. Granted, I added to the problem by Pinning some that looked good on my own ... but, still. Is there some way we can filter Pinterest OUT of Google searches? Anyone know?

I may or may not get on the bike today. I know, right? After being all excited about getting over the halfway-hump I slack. Rest days are important, though. Or so I'm told.

Off to get the little ....

The good news is ...

I'm more than half way to my 1,000 mile goal! As of about 12 hours ago I only have 490 miles left to go. It may actually happen!

What's NOT happening is everything else. Still. I know I said I was going to go all cliche and not worry about the other stuff til New Years ... but I still fret. It's in my psychotic little nature.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


I think I may just throw my scale out the window .... which would be a pity because it's fairly new and I am quite fond of it. 
Maybe I'M the problem! 
I know it's totally cliche to do a restart at New Year's .... but I think that may be what needs to be done here. 
Except for the bike, of course.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I told you there would be stress ...

It's been a few days thanks to all the craziness but, for the most part, we've survived.

The party Saturday only had one meltdown from John but the fun I made sure we had before and after helped to make up for it, I think.

Sunday he got knocked for a loop with a nasty cough and cold. That kept him home from school on Monday and probably should have today, too (Tuesday). We thought he was okay enough but as soon as his cough/cold medicine wore off part way through the day it all went down hill. I got woken up by a call from the school nurse giving me the heads up and we decided then that he'd be staying home tomorrow... just in case.

For ME, well, things just kinda are.

As of today there are 9 weeks left to my Choose Your Own Challenge. The scale read pretty much the same damn thing today that it did when we started ... BUT I'm down to only needing 540 miles to hit the 1000 mile goal. It'll definitely be a challenge hitting it but I'm going to keep trying.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sensory Overload Day (#2oclock #doodleadaydec)

This afternoon John has been invited to a birthday party at an indoor amusement park dealie ... aka "Sensory Overload Hell." When I told him about where the party will be he was a little worried. He knows he doesn't deal well in certain situations. We'll be okay, though, since I've got a plan for us to take off before he hits the danger level. We'll hit the Disney Store and GameSpot and maybe the food court and have even more fun!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

STRESS!!! *#!&* (#lights #doodleadaydec)

I absolutely love the Maya Angelou quote on today's doodle... and at the same time I'm real glad she doesn't know me because she may not be overly impressed with how I handle stress.
The next three days are going to be trying for me. Tonight John has a chorus concert... which starts when I'm normally already sleeping and he's normally on his way to bed. Then I get to work tonight. Tomorrow he only has a half day of school because of teacher development whatever so my normal nap when he's in school will be cut short... if it even happens at all. THEN Saturday afternoon I have to take him out to the mall for a birthday party for the kid who lives around the corner.
By Saturday evening I'll be a zombie.
And probably pretty snippy.
I'm hoping to squeeze out the time and energy to hit the bike somewhere in there to release some of the angst. Right now,  though, I'll just hit the pillow so I can catch a nap while I still can.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Needing a playlist (#doodleadaydec #season)

I wish I brought my laptop to work tonight because I'm in the mood for a holiday playlist... and my ipod is currently lacking. I've got a ton of holiday songs on it but not organized. I have plans,  though,  and the glorious Kay Thompson will be making two appearances. Well, her music will be anyway.

One, her "Jingle Bells" as done by Michael W. Smith:

And one of my absolute favorites, "Holiday Season" ... which I only own in a medley with "Happy Holiday" from the amazing Manhattan Transfer. I know I used to have the Andy Williams version ... I may need to hit up Amazon just for the nostalgia factor.

It even became my doodle for the day!

Of course, recommendations are always welcome if you have a favorite classic (or not) you think I need!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Drawing inspiration from an unlikely source (#full #doodleadaydec)

I adore Mark Addy and have ever since the first time I saw The Full Monty. I've been thinking about the whole intake issue all day and keep coming back to one bit from the movie between Addy's character, Dave, and Steve Huison's Lomper:
I've always had a horrible battle with not eating enough and then gaining (or at least maintaining) my weight regardless of how much I work out. It's something I really need to keep better track of between my BodyMedia and MyFitnessPal. If I get too much of a deficit, I'm screwed. If I get too low of a deficit, I'm screwed. I need to find my sweet spot... even if that means that some days I'll stuff myself.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Making a #change (#doodleadaydec)

So it's December and my weight loss has been ... well ... practically non-existent. My activity has been up a LOT thanks to my bike challenge for myself but the scale hasn't been playing nicely. I need to do some tweaking with my intake but I really don't know yet what or how. I am changing my weighin day back to Sundays,  though. Maybe that will keep my Fridays and Saturdays in check better than they have been.