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Showing posts from October, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone had a sugar-filled, ghoulish good time today! We had desk trick or treating at my job, so I bought some Paydays for the occasion, and have nommed several today.
I haven't really celebrated Halloween in a couple years (I lie. I went to a party last year. I dressed up as Princess Fiona and won Cutest Costume!).
The other day, I was at Target with my mom, and we were perusing costumes, and it made me think of the costumes I had growing up. When I was a kid, my mom made my costumes, and spoiled me. She put so much detail into them, and I wish I had pics floating around online to show you, but you'll just have to take my word for it. I've been several Disney Characters: Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell, Princess Jasmine, Pocahontas, the Clopin from Hunchback of Notre Dame.
In high school, my costumes started to get a little less Disney, a little more traditional. I was a cat one year, Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream another year (And was robbed to ano…

Cooking Fool

I don't know what it is about fall, but I have been cooking like a maniac lately. Saturday night, I made a full on dinner for my parents, mostly from scratch (Crock Pot Roast Chicken, cheddar biscuits, roasted brussels sprouts, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes). The chicken, beans and brussels sprouts were scratch. The rest was pre-packaged. Still homey and delicious, though.

We had tons of leftovers from the chicken because it was a whole fryer chicken and we're only three people, so I made chicken and dumplings tonight. Added benefit was that we found rainbow carrots at the store, and they excited me so much that I bought them. It was all so tasty. I wish I had pictures.

Not gonna lie. Only reason I wanted to make it was because I think I'm getting sick, but I didn't want to have soup. Chicken and dumplings is way more comforting to me than soup. It was wonderful. That Rachael Ray knows what she's doing.

So, getting sick. Yeah. Yesterday was my church's &q…

LiveFit Phase 1: Almost Done. Basically a recap

So, I'd be totally lying if I said I was happy with my results so far. four weeks and eighteen weight training sessions of about 30 minutes each is nothing to sneeze at, but it hasn't been like I thought it would be.

Pros so far: I am definitely stronger. I was able to do ten girly push ups in a row last week. That is AMAZING! You have no idea (or maybe you do), but I've wanted to be able to do a push up for a long time. Maybe by the time this whole thing is over, I can do legit push ups on my toes, not my knees. I also did my workouts first thing on almost all mornings (all but two, I think). That meant getting up around 5:30. I'm really proud of myself for that one.

Cons so far: I haven't lost an OUNCE of weight. Honestly, it's pretty aggravating. I know why, too, so I have no one to blame but myself. I need to eat better. What you put into your body is so much of how it responds. I know that, but I got tired. I got stressed (Election season stressing anyone …
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People don't understand that everything is connected. Everything we do, everything we say, no matter how insignificant or flippant, it can effect someone to the point that their life is altered.

In Jay Asher's novel "13 Reasons Why," Clay Jensen receives a box of tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who had recently killed herself. On the tapes, she recounts exactly what happened leading up to her suicide, and pin pointing certain people and events that caused her to think that her life wasn't worth living anymore.

Her design for the tapes was that they were supposed to go, in order, to the people mentioned on the tapes. Everyone who got them had a hand in her decision. Clay, a decent enough chap, had no idea why he would be included on the list. He could have loved Hannah. He certainly had a crush, and they shared a nice kiss. Why would he be included on the list? That's for the reader to find o…

Week Three~C'est Finis, and a movie.

So, I did five workouts this week. Two were the same leg work out, but it still added up to five. Let's see that refresher, shall we?

Aside from forgetting to look up today's exercises (Whoops!), I was able to do everything, and figure out the rest. The two exercises that I hadn't done before were definitely the hardest. Not sure if it would've been harder or easier had I looked them up.

Now I get two days rest. Woot!

So, after a longlonglonglong LOOOOOOOOONG day today (I've been up since 5. And I'm getting used to it. Yikes!!!!!), I didn't get off work until 6:15. At least I got time and a half.

This evening, I watched Atlas Shrugged: Part Iand it was really good. Politically, I think you need to work for what you want in this world, and if you're in a position to help others, you should. I don't think you should be forced. Be genuine, be kind. Take care of yourself, take care of your friends and family. Work hard. Change your fate. That's what…

Oh, how wrong I was...

So, I think I mentioned last week that I didn't think the leg workouts were anything to write home about the last two weeks.

This morning, I think I almost hurt myself...

Let's have a looksee, shall we?

For the Calf Raises, we don't have the machines at my gym, so I use barbells, and for the standing, I actually did two sets. One with my toes facing forward, and one with my toes facing outward (like Mary Poppins).

Those weren't the hardest, though. Those were easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy (What do that even mean?).

Lunges KILL me. Add to that, I have a 20 lb barbell across my shoulders. I was trying really hard not to put too much strain on my knees, as bad knees run in my family.

I know I'm going to be feeling it all tomorrow, because I feel it now. Slowly, though out the day. Mostly in my glutes and hamstrings. Ibuprofen is definitely in my future tomorrow. This excites me, though. People told me (well, everyone in their blog posts) have said this workout is totally k…

LiveFit Phase 1: Weeks 1 and 2

C'est finis!

I have finished the first two weeks of Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer. Had to switch up some days, but I did it!

Both weeks had the same workouts, which I liked. I liked knowing what I was getting into, but in the coming weeks, things are gonna get crazy. Ah well. One phase at a time. One day at a time.

There's no cardio in this first phase, and each workout took me between 20-30 minutes. One the first week, I felt I didn't get a good weight workout, and I figured I probably wasn't pushing myself enough. Week two, I went from 50 lbs to 90 lbs, and I'm definitely feeling it now. But in a good way. Anytime I felt I wasn't challenging myself (Challenging=Struggling to finish last two reps), I upped my weight.
I did let my diet go a little by the wayside this week. Got super tired for some reason, and my mom was in the hospital for a few days (no worries! She's feeling much better, and has been home since Tuesday!), so things were a bit hectic.

One Night at the Opera

So, anyone who knows me knows that I love music. I have since I was a kid, having grown up with a mother who sang to me all the time (and not necessarily silly "kiddy" songs, either. When I'm 64 was a very prominent song, as was You're Sixteen by Ringo Starr, though she changed the words)., and a father who played piano and sang. We have a player piano, and TONS of piano rolls.

When I got to high school, I actually started singing opera music with choir, and for two years, my choir got to sing with several other area schools, the Omaha Symphony, and Opera Omaha. Those two performances were the highlight of my high school music experience.

In college, when I started voice lessons, I was told that  I might have a future in opera by my voice teacher, the late Harry Morrison (Happy Birthday, Harry!), and I honestly believed that after five years of college, studying to be a writer, I could continue to go back to school at Mizzou to be a singer. I was one math class shy o…

Attempting to be adventurous...

Whenever I start a new project, I go all in. It's probably not the wisest thing in the entire world, since sometimes my passion tends to fizzle before I can finish what I want to do.

What I typically do in situations like this are at least teach myself new things. I learn new recipes, I research new workouts, etc. Health and wellness fascinates me to no end, but I think I get disenchanted after awhile. Not with working out, but just the whole getting burnt out. It's what always happens, but I've also started reading up on a lot of people who I find motivating.

One such person is named Erin, the blogger behind Live Life Active. This past weekend, she participated in her first bikini competition (the last few weeks of prep looked harsh!), but came in third place! That's extremely motivating. I'm not saying I want to enter a bikini competition anytime in the near future (or ever!), but she's just a testament to hard work and determination.

On the main page of her …