Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Funkadelic

Oh I wish I was funky in a good way. It's been a day where none of the news was good.  If it had been one thing, it could have been handled but when it is a ton of little things they add up.

My drop dead date for a new job is now June 24th.  A specific date you say?  Yep.  I put my skills of financial analysis and planning to work. I cranked out a month with all the variables I had and then used pay days to figure out the day.  It is two months ahead of my original schedule. Now I feel this need to NOT procrastinate anymore and get my writing butt in gear.  There are not ifs ands or buts about this.  I have to move on since I refuse to have a job slowly drain my savings and put me back in the poorer house.

I did a two-a-day at the gym on Tuesday.  Today, I made it for my training session.  A friend had a Bodybugg that they weren't using so I snatched it up.  Let's just say I overestimated my activity level BIG TIME!!!  Being positive, at least now I know why I have been on this plateau forever.  Now that I know, I can do something about it.  I refuse to cut my food (come on 1500 calories a day is low enough when you figure I am still always starving).  Now, I just have to move more.  My blessing is that it is getting warmer, although with the last few days you would never know.  I can start running at lunch now and get a little more in.  The desire to be where I want to be is so great right now that if it means 3 hours of working out a day, it is going to happen.

They are building a new house next to me.  I have dealt with the construction crew using my water, blocking my driveway, and now blocking my access to the backyard.  It would be no problem in the winter but I am still trying to figure out how to get my lawnmower back there this weekend.  Wish me luck or else come laugh at me as I try to lift it where I can get to it or roll it down the street to get an opening between houses and then back to get to my gate.  Oh joy.

Finally, tonight was pork night! I would have loved to have bacon but alas, it isn't gonna happen.  So I made Asiago-crust Pork Chops from Cooking Light.  I promise it is from Cooking Light even if the link shows another publication.  Mine did not turn out like the pictures so there is no picture. But, it was yummy! The only modification made was to use the pork on hand which was a tenderloin.  The key was butterflying the portions.  When I finished it, I decided to make it into a sandwich just because I didn't want to dirty up a fork (that is the definition of lazy!). Oh yea, that will be a repeat in the rotation.  In a sandwich it tasted and had the same texture as a breaded sandwich from somewhere less healthy.  The breading is going to be used on other things, that I know.

Time to go do the night-time ritual, jump in bed, work on my crossword and go to bed.  When did I get old????

Monday, March 28, 2011

Can I Go To Bed Yet?

I am one tired puppy!!


Yep, kinda like that.  I didn't quite make it to the gym this morning so tomorrow is a two a day.  But I am looking forward to it. I know, I am one sick puppy.  Don't worry, I won't put a picture up of that!

Can I just say that I am in love with Clean Eating Magazine?  Today's new recipe was Spicy Shrimp with Sausage and Collard Greens.  Talk about filling!!  The Collards always remind me of my grandma's cooking. The big pot of greens cooking along with cornmeal dumplings, the smell of chili powder in the air and of course a ham hock boiling away and bacon frying up.  That is a treat now but at least some of the smells and tastes in my memory can be somewhat recreated in a healthier way. 

I should really be working on my resume but I keep putting it off.  There is a huge case of writer's block going on in these parts.  You would think that being broke would be a good motivator but right now, I am still enjoying getting used to no school so it is taking some time. I can work on it at the office so I need to do that at lunch.  Maybe if I make myself pay the savings account ten dollars a week out of my small fun budget, I will start feeling the pinch sooner.  

Off to foam roll the legs and get ready for bed.  Yep, I am getting old.  Bed time at 9 around these parts.  I promise more interesting posts soon. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ready for the Week

I must admit, it's been off a little this past week.  When I say it I really mean everything.  It's like waking up on the wrong side of the bed for a whole week. Hey I tried something new and it didn't work.  Now I know and can adjust.

Last week, the meal plan went blah so this weekend I spent about 2 hours, getting the meal plan in order and figuring out what was in the house to cook with.  2 hours is a lot of time but literally every bite that goes into my mouth is planned in these sessions.  I also write out the plan and the grocery list and keep them in a binder and go back to them on weeks where there isn't time to plan.  I know, I am crazy but it works.

I also caught myself last week staying up too late. Tonight it is back to bed at a normal hour.  The plan is once this post is done the sheets are going on the bed and I'm passing out.

I guess it is that time.  The mantra for this week is "it is going to be a good one".  Up EARLY in the morning to head to the gym before work and start the cycle of 2 a days for a while.  Time to shock the body and see if this plateau can't be broken.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why I Do What I Do

Tuesday nights are always good nights for me.  The routine has become leave work, get home and change and head to the gym.  I work my butt off for 45 minutes, come home, make dinner, and then sit down to watch the Biggest Loser.  It's a motivation to keep doing what I'm doing.  

A lot of my friends and people who know me ask why I spend my time in the gym and do what I do.  Why do I deny myself?  First, it isn't denying yourself, it is giving yourself something.  Yes, it is a lifestyle change but it is the best one I can think of.  At some point in the journey it stops being work and a chore and starts being a reward and enjoyable.  You start learning to avoid the bad pain and enjoying the good pain.  I am amazed every day at how much more I can do day to day.  The push to do better keeps me going.  It isn't about a number now (whether it be weight or clothing size), it's about the feeling.

I will be the first to admit that I don't go out as much as I used to.  I don't drink much anymore and I don't go out to eat much at all.  However, it does make those time I go out so much better.  It is really a treat now and not an expectation.  It has also helped me make better choices when I go out.  

I don't look at it like giving up anything.  When I want some of my favorite foods, I am experimenting how to make them healthier. It's actually fun!  It is all a game to me and I am learning how to play the game the best I can.  

It is making me really look at how I have been living my life and it makes me want to be a better person in other areas.  It makes me want to be better, to be good, to do something that makes a difference. 

The one thing that hurts me is when those around me try to sabotage it.  They act like I am doing something illegal or have lost my mind.  The distain in their voices gets me.  You would thinkI had the plague. They try and push food I don't eat on me.  Real story, even someone at the office who is getting in shape came in and set cookies on my desk and said they were for me so they could get them out of the house!

I just keep on keeping on and I know I will the winner!

Monday, March 21, 2011

One tired puppy

Oh my!!  The gym kicked my butt today. Not a good sign when you walk up and the EMTs are there.  I probably had a harder time because this was a crap-tastic Monday of which the details will not bring this blog down.  Let's just say that after the gym, the right arm won't really raise.  Oh I love the gym!!  Seriously, love it.  It's all a good pain.

After the gym, cooking is the farthest thing on the brain but the appetite is killer.  That combined with the fact that is no meal plan this week and the food budget is gone for the month and it looked like adventures in scavenging around this place.  I was and still am kinda craving a fritatta but on a budget, that kinda kills the food in the house for the week, I mean that would have taken all the eggs and the veggies in the fridge!  Instead, this little number was whipped up.


It ended up being less than 300 calories thanks to a few secret ingredients. Recipes get two go arounds to make sure that they can be replicated before they are posted but as yummy as this bad boy was, it will probably be posted (along with better pictures) next week. But just to get this out there...my word I do not cook with pen and paper and remembering to write down what was used was a challenge. But it must been done to keep calories in check and get some new things in the rotation around la casa.

Now off to work on the resume for a bit and then off to bed.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Slow down clock!!

What a weekend!  My brain is buzzing with so much that this post will be a little scattered.

Slow, relaxing, and fun all at the same time.  For the most part it consisted of spring cleaning, yard work, and laundry.  However there was a Saturday night finally spent with the best friends a girl could ask for. It was a great dinner, good drinks, and stories, oh the stories!  There was also a little of me blushing at some of the stories and some good serious talk to help me figure out what in the heck I am going to do with my grand plans.

This week is all about the resume and the job search.  I finally got the courage to log on and see how much my student loans are that will come due just in time for my birthday.  Must must must get a move on and find something that doesn't require me selling a kidney to pay for my education.  Now that the house is in order so maybe I won't get sidetracked.

The rest of the night will be filled with menu planning and trying to make do with what I have on hand this week, getting my wardrobe ready for the next week, and watching mind numbing TV!

Finally, did you know that some people say you can balance an egg during the spring equinox?  Now, granted I have never tried to balance one any other time, but I present you with what killed about 30 minutes of my day today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Adventures in Decorating for the Unimaginative and BROKE

I read so many blogs of people that can turn nothing into something; heck they could probably make a whole house out of toilet paper rolls and pasta boxes.  Me, anything I try and do like that just looks like a pile of junk.

BUT ALAS!!!!  I am going to try it again.  The main reason, is I am tired of living in a house I own that looks like a college house.  Wait, my duplex in college was better decorated than my current abode. 

First project, the bedroom.  It is coming together in my head and usually in my head the plan still sucks but this one is actually looking good!

I would post pictures of my first purchase, but I kinda forgot to and it is still 250 miles away.  When I went home last weekend, they were having a festival and part of the festival is a junk flea market. 

While most of the stuff there wasn't worth a second look, I did hunt out one blue Ball jar.  While I have a general love for canning jars, I am puffy-heart-in-love with blue ones.  And apparently so is the free world cause have you seen the jacked up prices on those things lately!!  Anywho, scored it for 1/4th of what I have seen them going for. We're talking using the silver stuff and the pocket lint in my pocket to get it.

But the bestest score in my opinion was my new bed! I was able to get a cast iron bed (an old one, not a new to look old) for $40.  When I go to Canton to look at them, the cheapest I can find is literally $150-$200 unfinished.  I figure for $40 I can afford to strip it, and repaint it...and have my Daddy (yea, I am 34 and still call him daddy...wanna make sumpin' of it!!) modify it a little to work with my existing frame so I can have a little bit more support. 

I have a few more ideas in mind and when I get a chance I will start posting pictures of the white room that is the before and the transformation (provided if doesnt' look like a junk room when I am finished).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Maybe

I am thinking of reviving the blog!  Now that school is over I'm starting to think of new things to do and I keep coming back here.

Don't get me wrong, I love the undercover blog.  But I kinda want somewhere to post my attempts at finding a live outside of studying and being boring.  I need some pretty!!!

We shall see...