Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Another one bites the dust ... for now ...

I had to cross a book off The Reading Plan today. I had gotten almost to the half way point of it and realized that I was only reading every nth sentence and still could figure out what was going to happen umpteen pages in advance. Add to that the fact that it made me beyond drowsy which is not a good thing when the majority of reading is done on the way to work or at work. So we're moving on and I'll either try the book again at some point or pawn it off on someone else.

Speaking of moving on ... tomorrow (well, in ten minutes or so) May starts and with that a couple of new challenges! One of them is on MyFitnessPal and is going to be based around Harry Potter (details are still up in the air right now) ... and the other is with some of my Shrinking Jeans Facebook peeps and is all about racking up as many miles as we can. I fell short of my 200 miles for April by a bit but that's okay. I hadn't thought of the exhausting week that was John's Spring Break when I came up with the number.

Other May goals? Sticking with the LCHF. Reading. Sleeping. Dusting off the balance board for the Wii (now that I finally have the floor of the playroom cleared enough to use it). Fun stuff like that.

How about you? Any big (or not so big) goals in mind?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

And so it begins!

I'm officially low-carbing now. My macros on MyFitnessPal are set for LCHF. My fridge and freezer are stocked with noms that should, I hope, get me through to the next grocery trip. My BodyMedia subscription has been renewed and my beloved Bugg strapped back on.

So far so good!

Actually, so far so awesome.

Typically I wake up from my pre-work nap exhausted ... and, often, after hitting the snooze on my phone alarm once or twice (at which point Tom comes to bust me out of bed). Then I down a bunch of coffee and a handful of Tylenol and meander to work where I make a half-hearted attempt to not devour all the pastries and candy in our little store.

Monday I woke up before the alarms. No need for Tylenol. No peanut butter cup attacks at work. Not even a Diet Coke (or three). Yeah, there has been copious amounts of coffee .... but I love coffee. That won't stop. Ever.

I even did over 21 miles on the recumbent bike!!! (I totally didn't mean to. I started to pedal while watching the latest Da Vinci's Demons ... then decided to give Penny Dreadful a try ... and the next thing I knew my butt hurt and the display read 21.02!)

Already thinking about what I might want to bring to work for food Tuesday night. And Wednesday. And Thursday.....



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Half way done (plus a half an hour) ... and yogurt woes

I've got just about half an hour left to my current shift and then two more nights and then three nights of sleeping as much as humanly possible. I didn't get any sleep on Tuesday until Tom came home from work around 4:30pm. By 5 I was snoozing away. I probably could have dozed a bit on the couch or in the recliner but my mind was racing and it just wasn't happening. Today I don't think there'll be a choice. I'm sure that John and I will still play some Wii and I'll get some mileage in on thee ol' recumbent while we do ... but I also know that my eyes are ready to snap shut NOW so I'm sure they'll follow through with the threat at some point this morning.

In spite of the super tiredness it's been an okay night at work. I've half-watched a lot of shows. I've read a LOT of LCHF blogs and articles. I've even done some actual work (crazy, I know). The highlight, of course, has been the blog reading. I'm trying to come up with a good game plan for the next round of grocery shopping ... whenever that may be. I may have to go to an actual honest-to-goodness grocery store instead of one of my typical discount grocers (PriceRite & Aldi's) in order to find stuff like full-fat yogurt. The "light" varieties are typically loaded with junk in order to make up for taking the fat away. No thanks! I was glancing at some of the light & nonfat yogurts we keep in our little shop here at work. I've eaten so much of it (and similar brands) in my lifetime. It kinda makes me shudder now.

I know that it's possible to just make my own yogurt at home but, quite frankly, I'm too lazy and would just rather someone else do it for me. Preferably with less freakish ingredients.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Progress!!!

There's been actual progress! No ... not on the scale ... that still hates me. The tape measure does, too. I HAVE, however, made it to book #19 on The Reading Plan and I think I'm mentally in a better place than I have been in a while. Of course, this is Hell Week with John being on Spring Break and, thus, me not getting much in the way of sleep. By Friday morning I might resemble a zombie.

We have no real concrete plans for the week. The baseball game happened Saturday and he made it over half-way through the game before wanting to head over to the "Family Fun Zone" they have with bounce house & such. He did walk away from the game with a free plush mascot and blanket and got some cute pictures with the two mascots before the game. I was kinda bummed that the game wasn't more exciting for him ... but, to be honest, the game wasn't that exciting. (It probably would have helped if both teams didn't kinda suck.)

It's supposed to be pretty rainy most of the week so there won't be much outside activity to be had. We did, though, just start reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and we have a million and a half Wii games to play and even if he decides he doesn't want to play one of the more active Wii games I'll still be able to get some exercise in since my old recumbent bike is in his play room -- right in front of the Wii. (I pulled off over 13 miles on it Monday, in fact!)

Of course, I'm still hoping to eek out at least a little nap here and there. Having to go all week waiting to sleep until Tom gets home from work would more than blow. Also going to blow? This week's weighin since I normally do it after my nap. Ah well. The scale hates me anyway. Why should this week be any different, right?

But really, though, mentally I'm feeling more optimistic in spite of the scale and the upcoming exhaustion. Really. And if I say it enough times now maybe my zombie self will look back further in the week and not want to drown myself in a pint (or five) of Ben & Jerry's.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Take me out to the ballllll gaaaaaame ...

John is now officially on Spring Break. Besides Easter dinner at his Aunt Tammy's and watching me trying not to sleep the week away there have been no plans made ... until a couple of hours ago when I got the bright idea to check our local Triple-A baseball schedule. There's a game tomorrow and it looks like we're going AND it looks like we're going to have pretty phenomenal seats since we'll be in the first row of section 103:
I LOVE baseball! Tom ... not so much. John has never been to a game before so we'll soon find out! If nothing else he seems to enjoy dates with his mom so we'll still have a great day!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yikes!

I hadn't realized it had been so long since I've posted anything! We've been going through some computer turmoil/upgrading at work and since that's where I normally am when I post ... well ... yeah. It's an okay excuse.

The scale still hates me. The tape measure isn't much happier with me.

I'm frustrated.

I'm exhausted.

I'm in need of something drastic to happen. After Easter, probably. We're going to Tom's sister's for family dinner and there's no way I can plan around it without taking my own grub and offending the world.

Soon ....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Slacker much?

So my doodle-a-day and photo-a-day things have already turned into a "when I remember and bother" ... which wasn't all weekend. No Wii Fit, either. At least I managed to get on the bike. And I finished another book. And I've successfully NOT eaten everything in sight no matter how much I've wanted to. Now I'm at work ... still trying to avoid eating everything I can get my grubby little hands on ... debating what to watch on my iPad ... debating whether or not I want to play catch-up with the doodles or just skip the missed days and say screw it ... and listening to the thunder and lightning outside and praying that the power doesn't go out at the hotel. At least if it does I'll still have the iPad so I won't be bored witless. I guess.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Yep. I'm a scale addict.

The Shrinking Jeans mini-challenge for the week is to stay off the scale until the official weigh-in day. Even though I know that my scale is a dirty lying whore, I'm still addicted to it and tend to weigh practically daily in an attempt to keep myself on track. It's only been one day without it so far and I'm already kinda freaking out. Of course, it may have just been a side effect of me just randomly being out of sorts. I didn't sleep well for either nap and was so busy doing stuff that I skipped the bike. At least it's the end of my work week and in just over three hours I get to head home and two hours later I get to make another attempt at getting some decent sleep. Even semi-decent would be okay. Should be a pretty laid back weekend, I think, so I should be able to make up for the missed mileage. As far as I know our only plan is to head out to Tom's grandmother's Sunday afternoon for lunch and a movie. Maybe we'll do grocery shopping in the morning, too. I'll have to try and remember to ask Tom this morning if that's still his plan because if it's not then I'll have to cut the nap short when John's at school and scoot over to grab some stuff.
Yeah. I ramble. That's okay, though.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#AprilGoals for #sisterhoodshots and other fun stuff

2-ish hours left to my work night! Unfortunately, I had originally thought, I had gotten the large majority of my actual "work" done early which left me with my iPad, Facebook, my cell phone, and my FiloFax to amuse me. SO I watched the latest Biggest Loser Australia, debated starting a new-to-me series on Amazon Prime, wasted time playing silly games on Facebook, marked another book on The Reading Plan as done (and tweaked the list so, for a change, I'll be marathoning the series instead of spreading them out), and contemplated what my goals for April will actually be. I even made new pages for thee ol' FiloFax. (#AprilGoals is today's #sisterhoodshots prompt so that worked out nicely.)


That, of course, was the easy part. That hard part was actually getting decent goals down. I had already figured out that I'm going to shoot for 200 miles on the recumbent (which is finally becoming a happy place again), but really hadn't thought of what else I want to try and accomplish. It actually took a while, but I finally decided on:
* 200 miles on the recumbent
* at least 2 days of Wii Fit per week
* make/take lunch for work every night
* read (at least) 30 minutes every day
* limit grains to one meal per day

Fingers crossed!!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Really? April already?

Today's prompt for the ShrinkingJeans #sisterhoodshots is "No Foolin' Selfie." My right arm hurts too much to do the traditional selfie thanks to yesterday's tattoo so I decided to set the timer on my phone and do it that way. THEN I decided that it's been a while since I did a full-ish body dealie so went that route. I still had the last pics on my phone so I was able to wear the same thing and stand in ALMOST the same place.

Left was February 4th -- Right was this afternoon after my nap:
The scale is actually UP four pounds since the February shot but I actually see a difference (like - my boobs stick out over the belly a little bit more). Yeah. Scales are evil. And there's the whole "I only have one pill left on my strip" deal that might be upping the number a bit. I tell myself that, anyway. Just about every month.

So what's in store for April? Well, I'm not exactly sure yet since kinda crept up on me. Maybe tonight at work I'll get some figuring done. I DO know that I want to do another mileage challenge for the bike. It did me a huge amount of good last time -- at least mentally.

How about you? April plans?