The Apple Cider Vinegar Gang….or not.

Wow.  I know it’s been a while since my last post.  I apologize.  There’s just something about RL that seems to take over.  Who knew? 
Anyway, I’m doing well.  I’ve dropped a total of 10 lbs. so far but have been stuck in a plateau for 4 weeks now.  I’m officially on the cusp of desperation.  I’m in the gym 5 days a week now for at least an hour each session.  I’ve even tried doing straight shots of Apple Cider Vinegar in the mornings….until my stomach said “screw you” in so many words.  That in itself was so nasty that I dare not puke to have to re-live it again.  Ack.
I know I’m gaining muscle mass as my clothes continue to get looser and I can now beat my Hubby in full-body push ups.   I’m also lifting 50-60lbs. on all the weight machines across the board and I can now run a mile without needing to call EMS.   But the number is still frustrating me.  Hopefully something will give soon.    Otherwise, my dad always said that if one wanted to drop 20lbs. of ugly fat ASAP, they can always cut off their head.   Something to think about.
In other news, life is good.   Work is still quiet, but the days are getting warmer which is triggering Spring Fever here and thus more customers, if nothing else, to look.
I’ve also reconnected with some old friends and that has been great.  It’s funny how time flies.  My best friend from college has also been kind enough to come and visit twice in 3 months, and each time is amazing.  It’s one of those relationships you can pick up right where you left off, be yourself, say anything and it all just works incredibly well.  You don’t come across those kind of relationships too often.  I am certainly lucky.
Our summer is looking busy, but a busy that I can’t wait for.  Admittedly, with my husband’s line of work, our “Family/recreational” summer doesn’t kick off until the end of August, but come Sept. there’s an amazing group camping trip to the U.P. in the works, and on Labor Day my Hubby and I will be going to our first Brewer’s Game.  I had so hoped to be able to see U2 this summer, but after looking at venues and ticket prices…..yeah…not gonna happen.  I’m pretty bummed about that, but this summer should still be good nonetheless.  If anyone has another concert they want to see, let me know!!!!!!!
Otherwise, that’s about it for now.  My life at the moment is the gym, work and kidlet.  Oh, and kidlet is doing great.  She now sings with the radio including the All American Rejects “Hope it Gives you Hell.”  Unfortunately, the only word she sings is “hell.”  Oops.  She’s growing like a weed and continues to surprise us everyday with something new out of her mouth.

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Is It Spring Yet?

It’s been awhile since my l ast post, but here is the update.  I’m still living at the gym and have dropped a total of 10 lbs. and a pant size so far.  Of course, I’m hoping to do more, but I guess there’s something called patience that I have to have as well.  Bah.
Otherwise, things have been quiet here.  Kidlet is doing amazingly and surprising us everyday with something new.  Today she sang an OAR song on the way to Day Care.  Who knew? 
Work has still been slow, but I keep focussing on the idea that I still have a job and I’m grateful for that.  Spring is just around the corner (hopefully) and that will mean better times.
I have a hauge case of Spring Fever.  I’m already talking to Hubby about scheduling things for Sept. (as we don’t get to have much of a life during summer with Camp.)  The vegetable garden is all planned out and the shopping list of supplies is made.  Sad, I know.
Oh, and I also think it’s terribly wrong that U2 drops a new album and no tour????????  REALLY??  THAT’S NOT RIGHT I TELL YOU…..Not right at all!!!!!!!
We got our Federal Tax money today, so I’ve been sorting through bills looking for things to pay off.  Wow, that’s odd…looking for bills to pay.  Hmmm….I think I need help. 
I’m sorry things aren’t more eventful at the moment, but winter’s tend to be that way around here.  I’m still up at 5:00 or 6:00a.m. headed to the gym most everyday.  Pain and yelling are now my 2 best friends….Yikes.

WHAT?!?!?!

I’m coming off a day of disappointment.  Even after spend 5 hours in the gym the first week and dramatically changing our diet to lean proteins, super-foods, whole grains, watching sodium levels, cutting sugar, etc.   I lost a pound.  A *&$(!ing  pound!!!!!!!!
I know it’s in the right direction and I know the weight needs to come off slowly, but I sit here still feeling defeated.  I’m disappointed in myself somehow–even though I  intellectually know there probably nothing else I could do.    All I can do is pick up, pack for tomorrow morning, hit Boot-camp at 6:00a.m. and pray for better next week. 

In other news, like the rest of the Nation, I got to witness history today, even though President Obama’s Inaugural Speech had over-tones of “Tickle-Me Elmo” thanks to kidlet.  It was special all the same, and I am very hopeful for the next 4 years.  It’s about time! 
 
I hope my next post is more hopeful.  I’ll keep you updated.

Coming Out of the Closet

Well, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to come out.   Okay, before you have a coronary, not in THAT way.  Let me explain:
I got into a weight loss program at our local YMCA, and I’ve been hesitant to admit it or talk about it, because it’s the one area in my life I’m embarrassed about.  –Me?  Embarrassed?..Yeah, I know.  Hard to picture. 
I’ve decided to “come out” because I am who I am, flaws and all.  That, and MAYBE this can help someone else.  (Hopefully.)
Also, with my following description of everything, I may add commentary that sounds like complaining.  This is partly true, but also with my sense of humor I need to put things in a light where I can laugh at them so it’s easier to deal with them.  It’s the way I roll.  Please feel free to laugh with me; that’s what it’s intended for. 🙂

So, this means the following schedule which started this past week and will continue for the next 11 weeks:
Monday: 6:00a.m.-7:00a.m. Boot-camp / Work / Nutrition Class 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00a.m.-9:00a.m. Workout with my Trainer and small group
Wednesday: 6:00a.m.-7:00a.m. Boot-camp
Thursday: 8:30-10:00a.m. workout on my own
Friday: Work

With this new schedule (also referred to as physical torture with my sense of humor) includes a menu change.  A HUGE menu change.  We have gone from Pizza, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Fast Food, Burgers, Fried Food to the following:
Protein Bars, Vitamin Water, Bulgur Wheat, Quinoa, Spinach, Balsamic Vinegar, Fresh Veggies, Ground Flaxseed, Chicken Breast, Turkey Breast, Fish, 100 Calorie Packs, Fruit, Ezekiel Bread, Real Oatmeal.

Lessons Learned this week:
I have muscles hurt that I didn’t even know I had.
Protein Bars are now something I look forward to.
Food Cravings are EVIL!
What’s more Evil?– Prime Time Food Advertisements as I restlessly sit with my Diet Hot Cocoa.  It’s like Food Porn!!!!
Diet Hot Cocoa should have NEVER been created for how bad it tastes and I have no idea how the people that make it sleep at night!
100 Calorie Packs make me feel like I am cheating, and Yes, I’m only having 1 pack per time…not 1 box.
I’m disappointed that there’s not more screaming from my trainer.  I wonder what went wrong in my childhood.  LOL
Vitamin Water + Coffee = Peeing A LOT
Goat Cheese is Good
Hot Green Tea tastes BAD

At least this hasn’t been ALL in vain.  I have noticed changes in my body shape and I’m down 3 lbs, which isn’t bad for the 1st week.  I hope it continues!
Anyway, that’s all I got right now.  I’ll keep you updated!