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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.

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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.


When Walking Just Isn’t Cutting It

I started using my FitBit on June 22nd of this year.

I still love it and use it daily!

Check it out.

Week 1 – 20.74 miles

Week 2 – 22.08 miles

Week 3 – 36.56 miles

Week 4 – 32.02 miles

Week 5 – 20.99 miles

Week 6 – 30.62 miles

Week 7 – 22.06 miles

Week 8 – 42.60 miles

Week 9 – 41.81 miles

Week 10 – 30.41 miles

Week 11 -28.13 miles

Week 12 – 24.54 miles

Week 13 – 22.46 miles

Week 14 – 13.61 miles

Week 15 – 25.59 miles

Week 16 – 30.82 miles

Week 17 – 27.74 miles

Week 18 – 23.62 miles

Week 19 – 17.97 miles

Week 20 – 20.21 miles

Week 21 – 22.72 miles

If you notice, my mileage dramatically increased in week 8 to 42.60 miles.

That’s when I starting doing the Work Week hustle challenge with friends to see who could walk the farthest during the work week.

I won the challenge that week and I have been doing that challenge every week since then.

But guess what?

It is official.

I am overweight.

I mean like for real, my BMI says so.

I have never in my life seen the words Lisa and Overweight used in the same sentence.

But last night I saw it on my computer staring back at me and thought ~ Well crap, now it is official!

I already knew and have known that my weight is going the wrong way, but to see *overweight* in print, YIKES.

I am five foot tall according to my doctor’s office.

My healthy weight range is 100 – 115 ibs.

Since junior high school I have always fallen in between 100 and 108.

Only in recent years did I get to 115 ibs, and felt like it was the end of the world.

Facebook has this little thing where it shows you your memories on some days.

Well since 2011 I have complained about getting to 115 ibs and then I get it back down and then getting to 115 and then….you get the picture.

I now realize I would gladly, I mean oh so happily, take 115 ibs!

What the hell rover, I now weigh 138.8 ibs.

Holy smackadoodle!

And it cannot go up from here. It just cannot.

I know this might not be a big deal to others, but to me, when you have been a certain way most of your life and then within a year you manage to put on at least 25 ibs, wow it is life changing.

And not in a good way.

I never thought I could be here.

I mean I never thought it was possible.

Seriously.

Never ever.

But I am, so I have got to work with it.

I signed up for a marathon.

I joined a Ladies Running Group.

I met with them once so far.

I subscribed to Runner’s World so I will get a magazine in the mail every month, and I will feel pretty darn bad if I am not doing anything when I get said magazine in the mail monthly.

They even threw in a calendar and I will look at that every month next year.

Gaining weight and feeling bad about yourself is a vicious cycle.

You want to make changes, you start to make changes, you get discouraged by looking at where you are now and how far you have to go, and then you respond by doing something that isn’t going to help you on your new path but brings you comfort in the moment.

Until the next morning.

I am not good at solo hard training.

I need a group.

Even if it is just a one other person group.

The group I joined has a challenge going on the side similar to The Biggest Loser that runs for the next 14 weeks and we will be incorporating small changes into our life every week that I am pretty excited about.

It is a start.

And hopefully in 14 weeks this count will be lower….

11.14.15 Weigh In 138.8 Ibs

 


Be Warned: Selfie Stick User in Training

Holy smack-a-doodle, I own a selfie stick!

I know unbelievable, right?

It is so unbelievable that the 16-year-old girl who sold it to me really did ask – Um, this is for you?

Yeah it is for me, that is how I roll!

And then I couldn’t figure out how to use the damn thing, so into my drawer it went.

Until I busted it out yesterday because I am documenting my daily fitness actions (much to my Facebook friends delights! Read: Um, not really.) as I work on losing 25ibs.

Needing to lose 25ibs sucks.

Being a weight that I have never been before, sucks even more!

But if it doesn’t go down now, it will only go up from here.

Um.  Not an a option.

I can truly sympathize with people who are overweight and working on losing it.

It is extremely frustrating, and can be downright depressing that it takes so long to see the changes you are working so hard to create.

Now, back to my handy-dandy new selfie stick.

I knew exactly what to do with my selfie stick; ask a couple of someones younger than me how to use it. Bingo!!

The fruits of my labor from yesterday…..

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What?! It can only get better from here!

Speaking of fitness, I earned a pretty nifty badge from FitBit yesterday.

250 miles covered thus far!

And I have done that in just under two months.

I am pretty happy and proud of that.

Other great news, I will be working out with a personal training this coming Monday!

I am pretty happy and proud of that too.

But ask me again at 7am on Monday, since I am meeting him at 6am.

I might feel differently AFTER meeting with him! hahaha


In Search of the Right Change

I need a change.

I am just not certain which department(s) I want to make a change.

In my last post I shared my dream condo.

Since then I qualified for a loan to purchase a two bedroom condo in the same building. Not my dream condo, but a 2 bedroom condo at least.

Back in May when I started thinking about buying a condo I pulled into that complex, parked and called my dad. We usually talk every weekend and it was getting late.

He asked me what I was doing and I said ~ Oh you know, just sitting in front of the place I am going to buy a condo in one day.

Damn if I didn’t park right in front of the very building that currently has the two 2 bedroom condos for sale.

Last Tuesday as I drove into work, I decide, screw it, I am going to buy a motorcycle. I have wanted one for so long.

It is a commitment, but not a lifetime commitment like a condo could be.

A co-worker and I went for a walk at lunch later that day, and she asked me how my condo search was going.

I told her about my dream condo and shared that if I could not have that one, I wasn’t going to buy anything right now.

She told how her first place wasn’t her dream place either, but she bought it, kept it for a while, and sold it at a profit. The profit which then enabled her to buy her current home, the type she really wanted all along.

So then she clouded up my motorcycle choice! hahaha

I had to run down to the bank for my boss and one of the woman I had ask about mortgages before came over to me and asked me for my contact information again because she had misplaced it.

That led to me talking with a mortgage guy who has approved me for two different price points that I am currently sitting with.

I crunched numbers over the weekend and I’d be house poor if I proceeded.

I’ve been house poor before. It really isn’t any fun owning a beautiful home but not being able to do anything else.

I have also thought about going back to school.

You can make good money in accounting. Plus I like it.

I started down this path a while back, but it took everything in me to get an A in the class, to include all my time.

That idea isn’t very appealing to me at this moment in time.

And I don’t think I have it in me to go after becoming a CPA, which would be the next step.

I mean the amount of work and years that would take makes my head hurt.

Plus, I’d be a newbie.

I really wish I had taking the accounting/business path in college.

That is one thing I would do differently if I could do it all over again.

As I think about every which way but loose, I get frustrated and don’t know exactly what I want to change.

But there is one thing I am currently taking control over and changing, and that is my health and fitness.

I’ve got a friend who is a personal trainer who is going to create a workout plan for me and guide me via FaceTime. She moved to Texas, so this is the best option we have.

I might even be a model in an upcoming fitness instructional video for her business!

I am also in talks with my boss’s personal trainer.

We weren’t able to meet up this weekend, but he did present me with many options to choose from, so the ball is now in my court to get back in touch with him when I decide what I want.

Again, it is about creating a plan and showing me properly how to do the exercises and what to do to achieve what I want. After that it is all up to me.

My Fitbit, now that has been the very BEST piece of technology that I have ever bought!

It so totally rocks.

I have been participating in weekly Monday – Friday challenges for 5 weeks now.

I have won 3 of the 5, and one of the weeks that I lost was because I was on vacation and not going to move unless the building was on fire.

This past week’s challenge was the best so far.

We had a guy join us, and boy did I have to really work for my win. All the way up until midnight!

In return, I set a personal record of 95,326 steps in five days.

That is 38.05 miles in 5 days!

That is an average of 7.61 miles a day during the work week!!

I never would have gone that far, nor that hard had he not joined the challenge.

And I am pretty sure as I busted booty trying to catch up to him and then barely pass him; he was relaxing somewhere having a beer.

He could have beaten me too; all he had to do was walk back and forth to the bathroom or something a couple of times there at the end.

But I won, so I will take it!

We have another challenge starting this Monday, and 6 people signed up so far wanting to push themselves farther this next week too.

It is my greatest hope that a lot more of us are competing for 1st place.

It makes things so much more interesting, challenging and fun!

I’ll just let go of all of the other things that are driving me crazy, and go for a walk or something.

I’ll make a change in another department when I know what I want and when I know the moment is right.

Until then…..

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It Is On!

On my arm that is. I am sporting a Fitbit!

To say I am enamored with my Fitbit is an understatement.

Of course I am telling anyone who will listen ~ Oh my God you have got to get one of these!

And a few have.

Which leads me to a dilemma, competition.

One friend challenged me to walk 15k steps a day.

That started yesterday.

And I was hoodwinked.

This said “friend” works at a hospital and is on her feet all day!

Cheat much? hahaha

Actually, it got me of my duff.

By the time I got home from my desk job, I had logged about 12,500 steps.

So I went walking once I got home until I got really, really hungry.

I came back knowing that I had not reached my 15k goal because my bracelet wasn’t buzzing and lights weren’t flashing.

I sat down. I had logged 14,705 steps.

And then I thought ~ Oh hell no, I am not stopping now!

Out the door I went again until my bracelet was buzzing and lights were flashing and I was grinning and dancing a jig ~ I did it. I did it. I freaking, flipping did it!

Now mid-day yesterday, another “friend” challenged me and another gal to a Workweek Hustle aka let’s see who can walk the most steps Monday through Friday.

Now these chicks have a sit down job too, but holy crap, they are either very active or very competitive!

Talk about neck and neck.

I am only 751 steps ahead of them in this moment in time and that is only because they are currently sleeping.

At 3:36am the message for all of us to see read: Lisa pulled past Maria for first place! Woo hoo!! (The woo hoo part is me).

Yes, I was up at 3:36am because I couldn’t sleep.

And yes, I am not above getting in steps while others sleep. hahaha

So the moral of the story is be careful about who you call friends.

They may in fact just be people who will help you get off your duff and get in shape.

Oh, and one of these so-called friends of mine, she wants us to climb seven flights of stairs today.

With friends like these, who needs enemies.

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Summer Lovin’

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Move it or lose it.

As the years add up, this becomes more and more true. hahaha

I have yet to pull off the making of a great summer body during the winter.

At least not in a long time.

But that doesn’t keep me from trying.


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