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A Shift in Focus

A lot has happened in the last two months.

I withdrew from my accounting certificate classes back in June because I was really behind due to taking care of Mozzie.

A “W” (withdrawal) looks a heck of a lot better on my transcript than an “F.”

I lost the money too.

That was a very hard and an expensive pill to swallow.

The school wasn’t going to refund my money nor transfer me to the next semester of classes due to a cat emergency.

Believe me, I looked into it.

I also spent the following upcoming three classes’ and textbooks worth of money on Mozzie’s care.

The necessary ultra sound alone cost $600.

So poof, my scholastic goals went up in smoke rather quickly.

To be honest, I was mad at myself for even beginning that goal prior to beginning an even more important goal that could change my life.

Mozzie?

He is purrfectly good now and I do not regret spending any money on helping him.

He has IBS and I give him a pill every other day.

Although neither of us enjoys the process, he is doing well and we are dealing.

The more important goal that could change my life was (and is)….my health.

I knew that I knew that I should have made that my focus before taking accounting classes.

I firmly believe that without your health, you have nothing.

I learned that first hand when I broke my foot, an eye-opening experience for me.

First time I had broken something and became somewhat immobilized.

Yet I put my hopes of excelling at work and finally making six figures ahead of everything else.

Wrong move.

I am administrative.

There are tons of accountants on staff and new ones coming on board with far more knowledge and that have time in than I could ever hope to have…so my health really should have been my first priority.

Now by default, it is.

A blessing in disguise if you will.

As of this last Monday, I started a 90 day fitness program by Jillian Michael AND I have an accountability partner.

We check in daily.

I also signed up for the Hello Fresh food delivery service.

Simple recipes to cook and the food and recipes are delivered to my front doorstep.

I am finally going to learn how to cook!

Hello. Fresh.

I tried this set up once before with Blue Apron.

But the recipes, although really good, were a little bit too fancy for me so it did not last long.

Check out Hello Fresh.

Now this is simple cooking in my book!

 

My last physical with my doc was SO not good.

It was the worst one that I have had in my life to date.

My doctor said – what (the hell, she wanted to say but did not) has changed in the last 3 years????

You went from 115 to 130 to 150 in three years.

Now things really need to change and go the other way.

Beyond my broken foot that took me from 130 to 150, all I could come up with for her was….

Um, my commute and stress and being less physical due to less time and energy.

As she pointed out…I am in control of me.

Not only that, but I am responsible for me.

My health really should be ultra important because without it, um, nothing else matters.

In order to get myself back on track, I realized that I must make the following changes – diet and exercise.

Now.  I have a dedicated accountability partner in place who wants what I want, both for herself, as well as for me.

I really hope that I am only half way done with my time here on earth.

That being the case, it is time that I take my foot out of the grave and begin living life so I can look back one day and say –

I did well, I am happy and holy smack am I hot!

I would not be me without that last comment.

Just sayin’.

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My wish – health for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


No Shrimp for You!

Is what I wish someone had said to me last night.

I signed up to receive healthy recipes via email so (a) I could learn to cook outside my go to norms of chili and spaghetti and (b) I could eat better.

Last night I tried my hand at making Shrimp Scampi.

Those who know me know that I do not eat fish or seafood.

Every now and again I will eat shrimp.

After last night, it might be a while before mama ever goes there again!

I went shopping, even bought the fresh shrimp from the seafood counter getting all into Chef Lisa mode oh la la.

It tasted fine too.  Actually it was pretty good!  Shrimp scampi over pasta with a salad.

And then in the middle of the night, yuck.

I was quite ill.

And now even the thought of shrimp makes me gag.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I missed work today too.

BECAUSE OF MY OWN COOKING!

How sad is that?

So much for getting my Chef hat on.

It was so not cool missing today since my bosses just paid for the firm to experience a Go Ape adventure this past Friday.

I put it together.  I was there.  I had fun.

And then Monday, um, I am sorry…I cannot cook and will need to be out today because I’ll be spending the day in the bathroom.

I am a decent cook.  I am not really sure what happened.

I did google it though.

“Can eating shrimp make you sick?”

Cuz it is the only thing I did different.

I did find that you can get sick from shrimp due to bacteria.

Who the hell knows?

I did lose 10 pounds from this experience.

Not really.  I wish.

But it sure did feel like it!

All I know is, I will not be having shrimp anytime soon and I sure as heck will not be eating any shrimp I personally cook!

This little bugger did me in and took me down for a day….

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“I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU!!”

That is how I currently feel about shrimp and future shrimp cooking projects.


Getting My Healthy On

I am working on getting my healthy on.

I am not a junk food person.

Nor am I a desert person.

My two pitfalls are Starbuck’s No Whip Mocha Fraps and Margaritas.

They are the bookends of my day, my start and my finish.

Guess what?

Drinking one’s calories at the ripe age of 44, um, those calories turn into unwanted pounds, lots and lots of unwanted pounds.

I have a problem with age, or the process of aging.

Sometimes it makes me sad.

I traced back that sadness.

What is that about?

I get sad sometimes because there are some many things I want to do or try in my lifetime.

If I don’t make some changes, well, I might not be capable of doing or trying many things that I would like to do or try.

I have been a pretty consistent dabbler with exercise for a long time.

I am cool with that.

I do want to kick it up a bit and I am working on that area currently, but unless you fuel your body in a healthy way, well, it just doesn’t work out so well the older you become.

I have been listening to two audio books that are helping me get my healthy education on:

  1. The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz
  2. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Dr. Michael Greger

I have also purchased things I have never bought before, some of which I don’t even know what to do with yet.

But they are in my house and that is a first step!

I am also building an in-home gym, a very simple one and I am very excited about it.

So, I am not sad any more, I am on a mission!

Ok, so sometimes I will still get sad because holy crap I am getting a lot closer to being a half a century old (OH SNAP! How the hell did that happen?).

I guess it beats the alternative, but still, kicking it for a half a century, yikes!

Ok, before I scare myself silly let me show you some pictures that make me happy.

 

The beginning of my in-home gym. I will put mirrors up on the wall, buy an exercise trampoline, the basket house weights, a jump rope, my yoga mat & my foam roller. Everyone should own a foam roller!

The beginning of my in-home gym. I will put mirrors up on the wall, buy an exercise trampoline.  The basket houses weights, a jump rope, my yoga mat & my foam roller. Everyone should own a foam roller!  Oh yeah, I am gonna learn how to hula hoop again.  Presently I suck.  Trust me.  It is NOT like riding a bike.  You cannot pick up where you left off some 35 years ago.

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Check out my dinner! Chicken breast, broccoli and cauliflower simmering in onions and vegetable broth. Vegetable broth has now become my new best friend! Of course, this is the before picture. I was way too hungry to take the time to snap an after picture, but trust me, it was smack your mama good. Not that I would want you to really smack your mama, and for the record I have never raised a hand to mine.

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I really need to google – How do I change the settings on my phone so the damn pictures uploads correctly?  Oh well, turn your head sideways – this stuff is the bomb and the closest I will ever come to eating brown rice (don’t like it, yuck).  I made it using my best friend vegetable broth instead of water and it was uber great! I am going to need you to go smack your mama again now cuz this stuff rocks!

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I am glad you still had your head turned sideways. Now I am pretty sure this is not the healthiest version of Quinoa, but it is a start! This is one of those I don’t know what to do with it yet. I’ll figure it out soon.

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Just keep your head tilted sideways, we are almost done. I bought Flax Seeds! Woo hoo! I think I just put them in smoothies and such. Working on it. Haven’t opened the bag yet.

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This will be my Starbuck’s No Whip Mocha Frap replacement here one day soon. As you can see, I dallied a bit and a banana expired in the process. So sad. I think a Starbuck’s No Whip Mocha Frap will help me get over the loss.

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Woo hoo! Points for getting this shot uploaded straight! Now, I am going to have to smack your mama over this one. I have never in my life bought brown shelled eggs. An eggshell in my mind has always been white. And I don’t know what white or brown eggshells mean (another thing to google!), but I went brown this time. These eggs came from chickens who were cage free and ate 100% vegetarian feed with no antibiotics. I usually eat boiled eggs, just the white part. OMG. I have never ever EVER tasted such great eggs. I am going to have to try an omelet or cheese scrambled eggs. These were divine and now I am going 100% cage free healthy happy animals, unless I go vegetarian. But I am not there yet.

And we are done.

Thanks for sticking with me and my sideways pictures!  You might need to tilt your head in the other direction for a while to balance things out.

And no matter your age, get your healthy on too so you can enjoy more things in life for as long as possible.


Day 19 – I’d Like an Order of Healthy Excitement Please

Have you ever been thinking about all of the little things you need to change up in your life to make it work a little bit better for you?

I have.

And I am like damn, I want to do it all, but where do I start?

I did a 30 day fitness challenge last month with some friends, and I did all 30 days.

First time ever.

Then I started another one this month with the same friends and a few new ones, but I got a little bit too ambitious and we were doing three 30 days fitness challenges at once.

I know, someone should have said, No this is not happening, but no one complained loud enough so on our way we went.

It is Day 19 and I have missed a few days.

The grand total of things completed by me in the last 18 days is this:

Sit Ups – 400

Crunches – 355

Leg Raises – 225

Plank – 302 seconds

Upright Rows – 515

Lateral Raises – 273

Shoulder Press – 450

Rotations/ Sides – 325

Push-Ups – 174

Dips – 268

Bicep Curls – 450

Punches – 370 seconds

Yoga – 1 hour

Cardio – 3 hours

But I am losing motivation because I am not seeing any results after my 48 days (this and last month’s fitness challenge) of getting physical.

I’ve still got the same 15 pounds to lose.

So then I starting thinking….why?

I came up with, um, I need more cardio.

I also really looked at what I eat, and although I don’t eat much junk food or fast food, I do have a whole lot of carbs going on in my world.

I heart carbs.

Rice, pasta, the whiter the better.

Cheese, don’t even get me started.

And then there is sugar….Jose (margaritas) and mocha fraps.

I have managed to cut back on the both of those, much to my surprise.

But it got me thinking, I seriously need an overhaul in what I eat.

What I am doing right now, it is all about habits.

I love healthy well-balanced meals; I just don’t know how to make them.

Then that got me to thinking, wow, I never read anymore. I mean like read a book.

I used to be such an avid reader. I was always reading something.

Now, I am wasting my time watching TV.

And I am only watching repeat shows just to pass the time; I don’t even following any programs that I “must” see.

Then that got me to thinking, I really should sleep in my bed.

More times than I would like to admit, I fall asleep on my couch because the TV is in my living room, and I know my body would prefer sleeping in my nice comfy bed.

And that is when I am like….holy cow, there are so many little things that have become a norm in my life out of sheer habit, and not necessarily enjoyment, that it would really make me happier and healthier if I changed some of this stuff up.

But where to start?

Well, first things first, my three 30 day fitness challenges, I am backing that up to only one so I can add more cardio and yoga into my daily life.

That is one habit that I would like to continue to develop, doing something, anything fitness related daily.

I also whipped out my book The Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age by John “The Penguin” Bingham so I can reread it, as well as fire up my old habit of reading again.

And lastly, I am going to cook up a couple of new things over the weekend for my upcoming week.

It is time to add a little bit more healthy excitement back into my life.

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Rocking the Love

My goal by 12.31.14:

To Rock the Love again….

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And I wouldn’t mind being able to fit into this as well…

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Today’s Lunch Special

Today’s lunch special being served in the kitchen…..fresh spinach salad with blackberries, apples, shaved almonds, feta cheese paired nicely with a Champagne vinaigrette.

I brought in the raw materials and have some to share if anyone wants to try the one and only fancy thing I know how to make.

That’s the email I sent out to my co-workers this morning.

I like to share.

And get this, others like to share too.

Don’t believe me?

Try it.  You might like it.

Disclaimer: Might not work if you work with a whole bunch of *bleeps* (putting it nicely).  Other than that, I 100% guarantee that it will work!

PS ~ Lunch was a success.  I had four takers. plus me.  All were impressed with how pretty the salad was, let alone how great it tasted!  One wanted to take a picture.  One grabbed an orange to have additional healthy eating going on.  One felt ready to go out and run a marathon afterwards.  And one wanted to start a new lunch fund to do something similar more often.  See, sharing does the office good!


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