You know, I don’t want to jinx anything, but I was noticing the last day or so that my back feels normal again for the first time since early December! I had the bad injury and then the smaller flares that happened in January. Then the day we got back from our vacation going to the car, I lifted my suitcase and tweaked it again. I was about ready to cry. Anyway, it has been months since it has felt this good and I think it probably has to do with my new lifting and stretching routines I have been doing. All the little things that have been happening like jogging up the stairs instead of taking them one at a time, not grunting when sitting down or standing up, not feeling pain rolling over in bed. It’s awesome! Whatever the reason is for feeling good, I will take it. When things feel good, it makes you realize how chronic pain sucks.
Life’s been pretty much the usual lately, which is not a bad thing.I have been mostly 90/10, maybe 85/15, so it’s all good right now. Finally finished up the last of the chili I made the other day. This was on top of a baked potato. The veggies are a shredded cabbage mix sauteed in coconut oil. Just for something different. I was going to crumble some corn tortilla chips on this, but then I ate them while cooking.
Staying in and bundled up tonight with more ridiculous below zero temps. Thank goodness for flannel
Happy Mardi Gras! We usually have a party, but did not this year. At first it was because we thought we would be in the middle of moving. Then it was close after vacation and I ripped up the kitchen counters, so no party. Oh well! Here is a shot from one of the museums we went to about Mardi Gras to get you in the spirit. This is an actual costume worn by a queen of one of the crewes:
I think this weighs something like 90 pounds? I didn’t look this nice 100 pounds heavier, I’ll tell you that.
Not sure if I mentioned or not, but when the exercises are grouped in a box, those are done as supersets.I made some good progress today, especially proud of the co-contraction lunge increase. Those burn. Go me!
I made the best chili the other day and thought I would share the recipe because it was so easy and tasty! This could be done on the stove or in the crockpot – I did mine in the CP. Based on this recipe with changes
1 lbs lean ground meat of choice (I used ground pork)
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
1 (15) oz can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 (2 oz) can of diced green chilies (or just buy a can of rotel for these 2 ingredients)
1 (15 oz) can of plain tomato sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cocoa powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 (15 oz) can beans drained and rinsed – I like the little white beans, personally
In a skillet, spray with cooking spray and add the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Then brown the meat, breaking it up into small pieces. Once it is browned, add it to the crockpot along with all the other ingredients. Set to low and cook for 4-1/2 to 5 hours. Or, you could simmer it on the stovetop just as easily for 30 minutes or so. I think the crockpot just intensifies the flavors.
Yummy! This is definitely a keeper. I had some on a baked potato as leftovers and I think it was even better the next day! I didn’t figure out stats for this because I am not counting calories right now, just portions and the results will really depend on the type of meat you use.
Ahhh…. the famous “What was your last straw”. Otherwise known as “The AHA! Moment”. You know that trigger or switch that makes you finally do something?
I had gotten up to 250 pounds. How I hated that number. 250 was such a round number. A big number. I number that I could see double to 500 pounds and then what? Would it stop? I sort of felt like Wile E Coyote with a giant weight over his head that said 250 pounds:
The interesting thing is, while that was sort of the AHA! moment, I didn’t do anything about it right away because I knew nothing I had done in the past worked. Then in early 2003, I read a book by Kathleen DesMaisons called The Sugar Addict’s Recovery Program. I started to wean myself off of sugars and white stuff. This was my first foray into eating unprocessed foods. I had to change my entire way of eating. Of course, we have already talked about what’s different now (discussed here), so I don’t need to rehash that.
I have really been thinking about the AHA! moment, the last straw, the ‘click’ – whatever you want to call it – and what it means. I have to say that I don’t really know if that is so important because you have these moments constantly in your life in so many situations and they don’t always result in a final change. I have read some books out there from people who have lost a lot of weight and talked about the click, but then today these same people have gained back quite a bit of weight. I don’t think the AHA! moment means anything in the long run. You can always find a motivation to start any kind of program, be it a diet, quitting smoking, learning a new skill, etc., but it is the dedication to the goal that will get you there.The AHA! moment only gets you started. You have to find the determination and dedication early after the AHA! to keep going. That’s what gets you the results.
I’ve said this before, but I get asked the question fairly often about “How did you know this was the last time?” To be completely honest, I don’t know if this is the last time. There were other times where I was sure it was going to be the last time down the scale – and it wasn’t. I had AHA! moments all those times as well. I know I am not the only one this has happened to.
And if you haven’t had an AHA! moment – just start anyway. Just do it. You don’t need an epiphany. It’s more important what you do after that moment for the long haul than anything else.
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to address!
Seems it is March, but we are still in the grip of winter. At least there is light at the end of the tunnel, right? Or is that snow…
John and I went shopping on Saturday. I knew it was going to be a good day when John said to me “I want to go shopping today. I need a coat.” I was ready with bells on!!
We tried a new store. It’s called Peter Harris. I used to love Label Shopper, but it closed. Or so I thought. I guess it was absorbed by Peter Harris. I wish I had known that before! Anyway, I found this beautiful shirt and it was only $9.99!
Of course, it is short-sleeve, so it will be a while before I will be wearing this. I also tried on a bunch of jeans, but I want to work on my fit female stuff for a while before buying any new pants. My top size is always the same, but my pants size changes crazily in short periods of time.
So, these are the things I want to work on this month:
1. Continue with the Female Body Breakthrough program, really sticking with the 90/10 eating plan. It’s going well for me so far and I want to continue.
2. Work on paring down my closet. Time to donate the stuff I don’t wear much. I have bought a good amount of sale items this year and need to get rid of things to balance that out.
3. Ride my bike – outside. Snow be damned. I am going outside on the bike this month. It will be late in the month after some of this snow melts, but I will get out there. For my own sanity.
4. Do another guitar video. These are good for me to do since it gives me a mini goal. Kind of like a little concert or something LOL!
I like to have 5 goals, but I can’t think of another one now other than finishing the counters, but that’s too much of a softball.
Saw a fun birdie this morning. I went out to warm up the car early this morning and I thought I heard a woodpecker. When we went to leave, I looked around again and saw him across the street. Hi Woody!
This is a pileated woodpecker, I am pretty sure. I bet he woke up the people in that house, too.
I went to do a rehash of my February goals and realize that I never made any! Ooopsie! It was a bit of a busy month, so I guess I will give myself a pass on that.
We had a nice vacation to New Orleans and Colorado, but now I feel like I need another vacation – or at least go to somewhere warmer . We were out last night and I think I was about as sick of winter as I have ever been in my life. Below freezing and windy. Yuck! We were out at dinner, though, so that kind of makes up for it. I was trying to decide on whether or not to use one of my 10% meals on dinner. We went to Recovery Grill, and my favorite dish there is the Buffalo chicken breast tenders. So good! However, I thought that since I am currently in the zone, I would do more of the fit female approach instead. I had the grilled salmon and veggies.
I think the potatoes might have been fried, but they were tasty at any rate. I ate about 75% of the veggies, which is good for me considering they aren’t ones I normally eat. This was my second time with salmon this week – go me!
I did accomplish another goal this month, which was to rejoin the gym after we got back from vacation. I did and I am so glad. I really missed the challenging workouts. I just was not pushing myself hard enough at home – and I can tell with where I am starting on this program!
Not sure if it counts as a goal for the month, but we are working on the countertops. Planned and yet not planned. We have some laminate sheets on order and those will be in at the middle of the week, so we won’t get the project done until then. I kept thinking maybe the paint would be okay, but I set a hot cup on the counter this morning and it sort of melted in the surface, so I am really glad we are not keeping it. We have another color of the paint and since it is designed for laminate surface, I am going to do a bookcase or two with it, which should hold up better than a counter.
Ms Pixie was doing good with her goals of sleeping this month. I was doing my stretching workout on the floor and she was sort of watching me like I was a peon or something, so of course I had to take a picture.
Still loving her bed, too. That was time well spent on that project.
This weekend will be spent just relaxing and working on Monday’s AIM post, as well as coming up with March goals! Have a great weekend!
I swapped out an exercise, though. I am doing the plank instead of a Russian Twist. I can’t do twisty exercises where the lower half of my body stays still and the upper half moves as that is inviting my herniated disk to the party – and it is most certainly not a party guest I want.
Now I have done workouts A and B. These will be alternated for the next month. The goal of each workout is to pick one or two of the exercises and increase either the weight or the reps (to a max of 12). This way you progress through the month. Then a whole new set of exercises in 4 weeks.
My eating has been great since we got back from vacation and it is showing on the scale. Nice to see that weight start to go away (but it was totally worth it). My rut lunch of 2% greek yogurt and apple topping.
Note the brown countertops in that picture. This is the countertop paint that we used. I like it. However, I am concerned about how it holds up. I did these counters on Monday and they are supposed to cure for 72 hours. I see Ms. Pixie prints on them 2 days later, which concerns me a lot that a 10 pound cat would be leaving marks on the counter after this amount of time.
You can see front paw prints and the long back leg prints from her sitting. So – I am not thrilled about that. I think we will go with plan B, which is laminate sheeting on top. We were going to try the paint first since it was inexpensive and if it didn’t work to do the laminate. Guess this means laminate. I don’t want to leave counters that get dinged up at the drop of a hat to new owners.
Speaking of new owners of a sort, our current contract expires on Thursday, so we got the new contract extension on Radiance Manor with the next closing date of March 31st. Then when that date rolls around, we will sign for another month, etc., until we finally close, whenever that will be. Sigh.
Work was busy today. About half the doctors were on vacation last week and part of this week, so work has been much less. If we had known that, we would have planned our vacation later. Just could not get enough lines in last week. It’s back to normal now, though, and I was done by dinner time with extra lines to boot.
BBQ chicken on a tater. I should just start recycling pictures if I am going to be in a rut! LOL
1 sets of 10 with 10# DBs/ 2 sets of 10 with 8# DBs
I forgot how hard these workouts are. On paper they don’t look too hard, but the co-contraction lunge - Such a small move by by the 8th rep on each set my legs were on Fiyah!!
Here is a detailed video on the co-contraction lunge:
John actually used a guest pass and came with me to work out for his HH weekend . He is thinking of a gym membership, too, but not quite sold yet.
Don’t forget to get me your activity and picture for the Healthy Heart Weekend! Email is email@example.com . I will be doing a wrap up post and the drawing for prizes hopefully on Monday evening. There is the New Orleans artist pin I posted about on Friday. The other 2 prizes are some locally roasted coffee and some local peanut butter! I would have roasted coffee, but I haven’t been able to because of the cold weather (I have to roast outside).
We got tons done on the counters, too. Neat story here – When I pulled the tiles off the other day, about half of them came off whole. I put them on Craigslist for free figuring someone could maybe use them for a craft project or something. I got a ton of responses, but the first person who came to get them said they were exactly what they needed to repair a floor. Who knew my ugly counter top tile was what someone was looking for? The man said he was actually grateful to me for giving him the tiles because he would have had to rip out the whole floor since he couldn’t find replacements for the tiles. That made me happy to save the landfill and make someone’s day!
Anyway, we removed the sink, took up the rest of the plywood underlayment, repaired walls, cut a new pattern for the top and got that installed. Glued and weighted down while it dries:
We are going to do some Rustoleum countertop paint on this. It’s a special paint designed for counters and has antimicrobial properties. Then the backsplash will be made up of these mosaics (these sheets will be divided into 4 inch strips):
I’m getting excited to see how it comes out. Not having the kitchen sink sucks right now. Doing dishes either in the bathtub or the downstairs bath sink. Hopefully the sink will be functioning in a day or so, but the kitchen won’t be finished until the end of the week, probably.
It’s time people! Not as many participants this year as usual, but those that are will be awesome I am sure! It’s not to late to join in, either.
Remember that any activity counts from Friday through Sunday. Just email me a photo of yourself or what you did to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday. I will compile the results and then do a drawing for some prizes. One of the prizes is this lovely pin I picked up in New Orleans from an artist in the French Quarter. It should make the wearer feel closer to spring, I think
I will be doing a lifting workout. I just rejoined my old gym – only $99 for a whole year WOOT!
Pixie will be doing what she does best, which is getting into stuff. I was lifting the first layer of plywood off the counter and she just had to be there checking it out.
Her look says What.The.Hell?
My other activity this weekend will be working on the counters. Have a great weekend!
Sometimes when I do a home improvement project, I think and think and think and then just take a deep breath and go. That happened today. We were planning on redoing the counters this winter. Then when we found Radiance Manor and I decided not to do them since we were supposed to move shortly. Now there is the delay and I am back to hating the counters again and want to do something with them so prospective buyers won’t say “ick” like I do.
Someone decided that gray floor tiles with 1/4 dark grout would be nice for a counter. It’s not. The grout is gross and hard to keep clean.
Plus, there is no backsplash.
I ran out of work today in the afternoon and you know that saying about the devil and idle hands. I went out into the shop and got the hammer, chisel and safety goggles. John said something like “What are you deconstructing?” My response? “Nothing.” Not like I was fooling John at all. I am very fortunate that he pretty much lets me do whatever project I want to do without a fuss. At least outwardly anyway.
First stop was removing the wood border. I want to keep that if I can. It just needs sanding and refinishing. This is going to be a very cost efficient project. I am not sure about the copper paint in this house on the counter. I had the espresso machine sitting on the scrap pieces and while nothing else we did on the counter bothered it, the machine left dimples in the surface from its feet. Granted it is a heavy machine, but so is the microwave and stand mixer. A little bummed there, but I will be painting other things with the copper paint.
It took less than an hour to remove the tile – partially because it wasn’t laid very well.
Yes, that is our coffee grinder. Most people have a regular coffee grinder. I don’t mess around. I have a COFFEE GRINDER.
All done except removing the sink, but we need to use that for now. That white bag is to protect Pixie’s feet. This is where she always jumps on the counter to get to the window and I didn’t want her to get any debris on her pads or get a splinter.
I actually kind of blame Cammy for this. She asked a question about what our kitchens looked like, which got me thinking for the answer and there you go. At least I have a project for this weekend.