Monday, July 28, 2014

Maybe I'm not a slacker after all!

Have you ever felt like you haven't done much of anything at all? I have that feeling all the time ... but for July it seems those feelings are totally without reason! Granted, I haven't been doing TurboJam or my Wii Fit like I've wanted to (never EVER get a tattoo in the bend of your arm!) ... but check THIS awesomeness out:
(Of course, you can see this anytime you want to by clicking the Activity Accountability tab at the top)

My August Thing of doing the 1500in31 NoExcuses challenge isn't nearly as scary for me anymore. Even though John will be off school for most of the month so I'll be beyond exhausted, he is my biggest motivator and will get me up and moving even when I don't really want to. Plus there's his recent obsession with our public pool which ends up being a double workout thanks to the walk to/from and the actual pool time! I'll have to remember to start keeping track of the bike time as well as the bike mileage .... but, thankfully, even if I forget to check the clock display on the bike I'll be able to get a pretty close count from my BodyBugg.

Friday I'll be weighing and measuring and may even do a pre-1500 picture. The scale has been yo-yoing again this month (as per usual), but I'm not too bent out of shape over it. I've been danged active and I feel danged great about that!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dusty Things

I was down in our basement earlier doing laundry and noticed some of my dusty old "As Seen Of TV" impulse buys from years gone by scattered here and there.

Remember Tony Little? The "You Can Do It" guy?
I have his Rock and Roll Stepper down there under a pile of stuff (very similar to this one).

What about the Bun & Thigh Roller?
Yep. That's down there, too.

No fitness infomercial weakness would be complete without some Body By Jake, right? Yeah ... I totally got sucked into the whole Cardio Cruiser craze once upon a time.

Oh ... and I have an old t-shirt hanging off of some strange leg thing that I'm even kind of embarrassed to admit I own ... but at least that I didn't spend money on. It was a present from someone who thought it would be a nice addition to my "stuff that will never work the way they claim" collection. We don't speak to each other anymore. 

With that new challenge thing starting in a week I thought very briefly about dusting off the things in the basement to add to the mix for a few extra minutes here and there. After all, 1500 minutes in 31 days is a lot and more than a bit intimidating ... but I did just start reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander finally so that should prove to add some quality pedaling time and any day now the tattoo should be healed up enough to let me get back to doing anything with my left arm without wanting to whimper (like TurboJam or Wii Fit stuff) and John's summer school program is done on the 7th (I think) so I may get him to go on some decent walks with me and maybe even hit the city pool a couple of times before it closes up shop for the season. 

Maybe I will drag the Rock N Roll Stepper upstairs, though... It was kinda fun. And how can you not love something linked to some crazy guy saying "You Can Do It!" over and over again?

(Couldn't resist! It's one of my favorite YouTube clips!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A thing! A thing! I have a new thing! #1500in31 #NoExcuses1500

My dear friend Laurie shared this on her Facebook and I immediately went and signed up for it! 

Click the pic to go get the details and signup stuff and stuff.

I may be clueless when it comes to food things sometimes ... but I love a good fitness challenge!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Basically, run.

No ... not ME. I don't run. It's bad for my knee & my dead guy's tibia. My brain, though, doesn't seem to be able to stop running.

I blame it, in part, on the lack of sleep. I think I may have dozed for about 10 minutes during the movie but that was it until Tom got home from work. Pretty much he came home and I passed out. My brain, though ... still doing an awful lot of running.

I know I just said last night that I don't do well with set goals -- which is true. I also don't do well without them. It's all a bit, well, wibbly wobbly.

Ten years ago I was pretty much kicking ass with this whole weight loss thing as I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago. (Jiminy! Has it really only been a couple of weeks since that post? It seems like soooo much longer.) That realization, of course, led me to dusting thee ol' Weight Watchers & Wendie Plan guidelines and it's all been well and good ... more or less. My problem, you see, is trying to do that which I know (albeit with calories instead of Points) with the LCHF cycling which ...... I just can't afford easily right now. Well, I can if I want to eat eggs all the time. I love eggs but I also love (and miss) pasta. And oatmeal. And too many eggs give me stinky gas.

So. Wibbly wobbly.

Back in the days of kickass-ness I could eat whatever without worrying as long as it fit my Points. I'm still not going back to Weight Watchers. BUT I keep hearing about this thing called IIFYM -- If It Fits Your Macros which appears to be a calorie/macro-centric equivalent of sorts. It's almost a complete turn around from what I've been doing but maybe it will be easier on my brain than the cycling .... and easier on my wallet than the LCHF .... and I think that this last week of July I'll think about setting some physical goals for August and start easing into what the calculator at IIFYM spit at me.

I know. It seems like every time I turn around I'm changing plans altogether or, at the very least, tweaking the bejeepers out of something. I'm just really tired of the yo-yoing. Something has to work for me ... mentally and physically (and financially), right? It's pretty obvious that I haven't nailed it yet. I'm basically exactly where I was almost a full year ago when the Bugg went back on:

It's completely terrifying, but it's so, so exciting
He said I was brilliant and I could change the world
So many places I've been; there's so much more to see
We've got galaxies and planets and moons
And an awful lot of running to do

[Totally Funny Quinky-Dink Time: When I was just over pulling the link for my post about Wendie I noticed in my blog list that my friend over at Ditch The Excuses is also talking about IIFYM! Must be something in the air!]

Hours Later Post-Script: You know what? Screw the worrying about macros and all that crap. I'm going to eat. I'm going to track. I'm going to exercise. I'm going to have deficits. THAT'S my thing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A week and a half left?

That's all that's left for July. A week and a half. SERIOUSLY??? I haven't totally screwed up the goals I set for the month but I've come pretty darn close. (Not to meeting them ... to totally screwing them up!) I don't do well with set goals. Never have. I think my goal for August is going to be to survive the month. That shouldn't be too difficult ... I hope.

Not a whole lot has been happening. New tattoo over the weekend. Watched lots of Food Network and old Road to Avonlea episodes. Slept. Read. Finished one book & started another. Spent some quality time with the recumbent. Same ol' same ol'.

Tuesday (technically today) isn't going to be easy. John's taking the day off from summer school so we can go out and about with some friends. I know it'll be fun but I'm going to be missing my post-work nap and will be absolutely beat by the time we get home. Pretty sure I'll be going to bed as soon as Tom gets home from work and, even then, may need a crowbar to get me out of bed in time to come back to work.

Beyond that I don't really know what this week will hold. I'll probably finish another book and watch a lot more Road to Avonlea. If the new tattoo starts feeling significantly better I hope to do some TurboJam and/or Wii Fit. It's right in the bend of my left arm so it makes things a bit difficult. Well worth a few unexpected days, off, though ...

My Whovian left arm. The sonic screwdrivers are the latest.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Random little things

First of all, thank you SO much to everyone who has sent their thoughts and prayers and well-wishes over the loss of my friend. She touched so many people and will be greatly missed!

It seems like she's already been working overtime with the whole guardian angel-ness. I've been figuring for the past little while that I would have to give up my BodyBugg since there were so many kinks and it just didn't seem to be working for me like it should (the BodyMedia app not uploading from my phone; it not reading burns like it used to; me not losing weight .... fun stuff like that). Then today without even looking for solutions I had them just kind of thrown at me. Armband has been reset. Firmware has been updated. Profile has been tweaked so the readings should be more accurate. It'll probably take a couple of weeks at the new settings for it to catch up with itself, but I'm okay with that. I'm feeling so optimistic about it all that I went ahead and renewed my subscription instead of letting it die out on the 27th like originally planned.

Speaking of original plans, the Onederland by the 21st is definitely not happening. Weighed in this afternoon back at 207. And I'm okay with that. I've had stuff going on, ya know. And I'm also okay with not really working out at all today. I even thought about taking the longer walk to the further bus stop tonight to make up for it and then decided that I just needed to not worry about it. So I didn't.

So now I'm at work and everyone's been checked in and the first batch of paperwork has been run and processed and I'm about to finally watch this week's Teen Wolf. I normally watch it as soon as I can on Monday nights but I was all wrapped up in needing to finish my book and then last night I just didn't have it in me. After that I'm not sure what I'll watch. Tom convinced me to finally watch Hemlock Grove so maybe that. Or maybe I'll go back to my rewatching of Road to Avonlea. Or I'll read. I'll have lots of time to figure it all out.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We've got this ...

Yesterday morning a friend of mine passed away after a short but horrible illness that had kept her in the hospital since early May. For years we've been talking about getting together and having our boys meet and play (her son is only a few of years younger than John so John would get to be the "big kid" for once) but something always came up that changed our plans. And now. My heart is breaking. She was my first real friend in high school and all of these years later there were still things I could say to her that I didn't really feel comfortable talking about with most. I just read through the past 5 1/2 years of private messages we sent back and forth on Facebook and I just can't wrap my head around there not being any more. No more trips down memory lane. No more "can you BELIEVE that just happened" over Biggest Loser episodes. She was in the hospital already when it was announced that Jillian quit ... again. Still there when they announced that two new trainers are joining the show. No more "aren't you kinda glad she got fat" over the skinny popular girls who always made us feel inadequate. No more "you've got to check out this workout/gadget/website." No more ... Jaye. In spirit, though, she's always going to be there with me. Every time I pop in TurboJam or find a new recipe or feel like all hope is lost I know I'll hear her in the background reminding me. We never let each other give up before. I know she's not going to let me now. We've got this.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I just ... it's just ... oh gosh ...

On May 31st I started reading the second book of the Poldark saga and I have just now finished the fourth. It's been so incredibly overwhelmingly intense and heartbreaking and uplifting and ... well ... everything.

And now I take a break.

It took twenty years for the original readers to get a fifth book from Winston Graham but I won't wait nearly that long. Maybe a month. Perhaps longer. I do, after all, have a ton of other books waiting to be read and more added all the time thanks to free ebooks and my library being linked up with OverDrive and whatnot.

I'm not quite sure what I want to read next. At first I had thought that I would return to Percy Jackson. Then I thought that I would start the Haunted Bookshop series by Alice Kimberly/Cleo Coyle (<-- same author, two pen names). THEN I remembered about OverDrive and the gazillions of books I could "checkout" on my ipad, phone, tablet, whatever ....

Too many choices!!!

This is why I had originally come up with the whole idea of The Reading Plan, wasn't it? So I wasn't faced with these potentially life-altering dilemmas?

I've placed a hold on Gabaldan's Outlander via OverDrive (and, yes, I find it rather odd that I have to reserve an ebook) since I've never read it and it was one of my mom's absolute favorites and will be hitting Starz in less than a month ... but I don't know when it will be available. Maybe I should choose something I figure I can fly through in case it comes quickly ...

So I'll go from one Graham to another. I have yet to read any of Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters and already have the first three on my phone ... so Phantom Evil it is. Should go by quickly given my history of flying through a LOT of her books ... and it should also be enough of a change from the Poldarks that it won't pale quite as drastically in comparison as if I had tried to read another historical novel of some sort immediately. (It will still pale, of course ... but it may not be quite as blatant).

Friday, July 11, 2014

If this post was actually about anything special it would probably have a decent subject.

Just over 3 hours to go to my shift and I'm watching The Woman in Black on my tablet. I've been meaning to pick up the book before watching it but finally gave in tonight. I have to admit that I'm only half paying attention to it because there are so many other things on my mind ... but the half I've paid attention to I've enjoyed so maybe at some point this weekend I'll do a rewatch on the recumbent. Well, partially on the recumbent. I don't think I can pull of 95 minutes straight without being in agony thanks to thee ol' girly bits being stupid. Didn't do anything at all Thursday for exercise aside from some light walking to/from bus stops and the drugstore.

No idea what is planned for my weekend, if anything. I'm really hoping the answer is "not much of anything" but that may just be because I'm currently so wiped out that all I want to do is curl up under a blanket with my book and the Dish Network app. And chocolate. Lots and lots of of chocolate. (Stupid girly bits!) I should, actually, do some grocery shopping so I actually have decent food in the house but I don't know what I want to get besides bacon and chocolate ... and grocery shopping without a plan is typically not the best idea for me. I'll either get too much or far too little and I always end up getting home and going "Oh crap! I should have gotten _____!" On the upside, the closest grocery store is only a 10-15 minute walk away so it's not a huge deal to scoot over... but I'd rather not make more trips than necessary, ya know?

Big stuff is starting to happen in the movie from the looks of it so .... off to go get properly freaked out.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One of these weeks ...

A week and a half to go until the 21st -- the date I not-so-randomly set as my Onederland goal.

I'm not expecting to hit it. At least, not by the 21st.

Someday ... one of these weeks ...

I'm eating okay (though probably not enough). I'm exercising (even got the TurboJam dvds I ordered!).

I'm carrying on carrying on.

I'll get better at posting more regularly.

I think.


Or maybe not seeing as how I'm pretty boring when it comes right down to it.

 No one cares about my day-to-day mundaneness mundanity mundaneness mundanity.

Or maybe you do.

 Maybe *I* do.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Reclaiming an old "thing" ...

I dream about diet plans and the Doctor.


Not all the time, of course ... but occasionally ... and when I do it's typically because deep down I know that I need a new thing (which, of course, is like a plan but with more greatness).

Tonight during my pre-work nap my dream started a little like this ... 

Now, typically, if I have a Doctor Who-related dream it would involve Tennant, Baker or Davison.

Tonight I got Eccleston ... and we zipped back to 2005.

2005 was a pretty awesome year. It was the year I started my little family. Tom moved in ... we adopted Aura ... we found out John was coming ... and before all of that I was rocking the weight loss with regular workouts and ......

Weight Watchers.

No no no ... I'm not returning to WW ... but while I was doing it and while it was working its best for me I was following this little thing called The Wendie Plan. Which is basically calorie cycling but with Points. I didn't give a rat's ass about macros (of course, they were kinda already built in to the Points calculations) ... I just knew which days were low, high, super high, whatever ....and it worked.

SO I'm going to be redoing thee ol' Post-It for the desk using the old Wendie guidelines and the old general 50 calories per Point dealie (roughly -- it all more or less works out that way in the end circa 2005).

I know. I know. LCHF is supposed to mean you don't have to worry about calories. I still do. So far.

AND I know. I know. The Post-It just got redone. It apparently got redone incorrectly... 

My Doctor told me so.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Some nights at work I start out bored and stay that way for the remainder of my shift. Then there are nights like tonight when it seems like every time I sit down to do something I have to get right back up again. And, of course, the nights when I'm bored I go a bit crazy .... and the nights that end up being busy I have things I actually WANT to do that "work boredom" would allow! Hopefully I'll get at least a couple of hours now of being able to finish my book and maybe even watch MasterChef Australia before the madness starts up again.

Of course, blogging and reading can't really be done simultaneously like blogging and watching can .... so I'll be back in about 32 pages ...................

<reading, reading, OMGing, reading, reading, regretting not bringing the next book in the series with me>

Just ....

I can't ....

It's so ....

Good gosh I love Poldark.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thank you, Sheryl Crow.

I get so tired sometimes of the snarkiness that goes on in different diet groups online.

LCHF does not necessarily equal Keto ...
Carb cycling does not require you to follow Chris Powell's book to a "T" ...

This ain't no disco. It ain't no country club either. And dieting sure as hell ain't one-size-fits-all.

I'm on the verge of saying "screw 'em all" and stick with my Shrinking Jeans gals ... and if it wasn't for some friendships made and the overwhelming urge to channel my inner Sheryl Crow when I see someone getting beaten with a piece of bacon for DARING to eat something they "shouldn't," I probably would just drop the last one like a hot potato. (Yes, I know ... potatoes aren't low carb. Suck it, Trebek.)

I mentioned to one of the girls a little bit ago that I figured I'd probably get ripped a new one if I mentioned my personal plan in the group ... so I don't. HERE, though, I can say whatever the hell I want to because the worst that could happen is I'd have to take a couple of seconds out of my day to hit "delete" on snarktastic comments.

As you know, I've been struggling (for years) trying to figure out what's going to work best for me. I've done so much reading on so many different things that my head was starting to spin ... but, I think, I at least have a plan for July (which is good since it officially started here about 3 1/2 hours ago). I'll be taking what I know of carb cycling, adding it to what I know of LCHF, and tossing in a bit of calorie cycling (or zig-zagging) using the calculator from freedieting. I slapped a new Post-It on my desk the other day with the new deets.

Still planning on doing the Wii Fit and the bike as often as I can but this week may be a bit difficult since John doesn't start summer school until the 7th. He's real good about letting me overthrow part of his playroom (since that's where the Wii is) and about letting me pedal in peace (for the most part) ... but when he's off school my sleep gets all thrown out of whack so I just may not be up to it as much as usual. We'll see soon enough!