Sunday, September 30, 2012

Starting over.



So, a couple weeks ago, I said that I would keep you updated on my progress with LiveFit. Sadly, life, as it tends to, got in the way. I'm starting again tomorrow. I'm also going to get up early to go to the gym so I can't talk myself out of it. Wise words from my friend, Kaity, an avid runner.

I've got a work out buddy in my friend, Emily, and we're going to text when we've finished a workout. She also suggested a bet, where we don't eat fast food for two weeks. I think that it's actually doable. But, my first order of business it to just finish this week, getting up early to work out. Speaking of. Need to fix my smoothie for energy before my workout.

Also need to make my lunch (which, involves making sure everything is put in a bag, grab n' go). I'll let you know how it goes.

Amazing weekend!

So, sadly, it's been an entire week since I got to see several of my girlfriends from college at our friend, Amanda's wedding. It was also my birthday weekend, so it was fun spending it with people I love and adore, but don't get to see nearly enough.

On Thursday night (9/20), I picked up my best friend, Lauren, from Eppley, carrying a sign that said "Short Twin Sweany" so she'd be sure to recognize me (It had been ten months since our last visit. How else were we supposed to recognize each other?), and then we met my parents at Runza for dinner.


Now, Lauren chose Runza as they don't have them in Denver. Last time she had a Runza, she ordered the kid's meal, which only had half a Runza. Thinking it was the size she would get, she ordered two of them. She said it was okay, though, since she hadn't eaten in almost 24 hours. Two should hold her until her next visit.

Afterward, we drove to Grandview, Mo, where we stayed with my aunt, uncle, cousins and sister for the night. We promptly got lost once we got into Grandview. Insane, considering I've driven there so many times. Granted, they moved, but I've driven there a couple times. I know the exit. I just didn't find it. Thank God for smartphones.

The next morning, after breakfast with my sister at Panera (with a birthday gift card from mommy and daddy), where I got the pecan braid. Sooooo amazing! Love them!


We would be driving through the town where Lauren and I went to college. I hadn't been back since I'd moved away after a terrible experience, so I was really worried about having a panic attack. Thankfully, Lauren was with me, and she's part of the reason that college was so great. I love my friends.

Funny thing while we were driving, we realized that the wedding wasn't at 6, like I'd originally thought. It was at 4:30. We were so convinced we were going to be late. We stopped in Mexico, Missouri, to pick up our friend, Jessica, and hurried to Wentzville, where the wedding was held. We got there at 4 and it didn't actually start until around 5.

Kaity, Lauren, Alicia, Jessica, Me
It was a fun night, and great to see Amanda so happy.


More to come later. It was a busy weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Finding LucasFinding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not going to lie when I say that I had a hard time getting into this book. It has nothing to do with the writing style, or even what was being written. It was about the treatment of main character, Jamie, by her pretentious, soulless, bourgeois boyfriend. Anytime something bad happened to her, he had absolutely no care to discuss it. He treated her worse than he would have treated the chic, dog du jour that he most likely would have had. The guy gave me panic attacks because anytime Jamie did something that a normal person would have thought was just an accident (tripping over and breaking a lamp while coming home late to a dark condo, for example), her boyfriend was determined that she did it on purpose. I don't know why he stayed with Jamie if he didn't think she was good enough for him. That's how the first half of the book was with him. He kept saying that Jamie wasn't good enough.
I've been there. Not with a boyfriend, but with someone I considered to be a friend. The first half of this book took me back to an ugly place I don't want to revisit, but it certainly made me thankful for the whimsical family that I have, and the whimsical family that Jamie had. Her parents, step mothers, sister and friends are all so supportive of her, but when she finally snaps and dumps Derek (though he claims he dumped her), they are with her every step of the way. They were outrageous, funny, supportive, and while they all had their own opinions, they ultimately let Jamie make her own decisions.
I will say that I saw the ending coming from a mile away, but it doesn't mean that I didn't have fun getting there. After Derek stopped being in 80% of what I was reading, I could relax a bit, and actually enjoy Jamie's journey (again, not Samantha Stroh Bailey's fault, but my own memories. It happens).
I would recommend this book for those that aren't easily offended by language (Holy F-Bombs, Batman!), and who want a quick read to take the edge of their boring days (Lord knows that I have far too many boring days in my life, so this was a nice escape!).

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crazy crazy Cuh-RAZY week ahead!

I was seriously hoping that my weekend would be low-key. I did have to work at the store yesterday, which wasn't a huge deal, since I wasn't closing, even though I worked the event, and we were pretty steady through the whole four hours I was there.

Today, I was up early (as per usual on Sundays) to have breakfast at McD's with dad, and tried their Apple/Cinnamon/Walnut oatmeal. Perfect for a chilly, damp morning.

Everything that could go wrong during Worship at church this morning went wrong. Our usual drummer was having plumbing issues at his house, so he couldn't make it (yeah, indoor plumbing trumps drumming, I think), and we had our usual sub, who wasn't familiar with the songs. No big.

Secondly, our bass player slept in. Whoops! It happens. He'll be married in less than three months, and his fiancee is usually pretty on top of things.

Thirdly, the sound was acting all jenky. All staticky and the guitar kept cutting in and out. John, our leader, had to keep telling us to lead ourselves while he attempted to fix whatever happened with his guitar cords.

Same thing and THEN some happened during second service. Like really REALLY bad, and we were either singing/playing too quickly or slowly. It was hard for us to stay on beat at the right tempos. We didn't rehearse on our usual Thursday, so we could have our annual meeting, which might have attributed to the issues, but I doubt it. Satan was against us, but it didn't matter. Still praised the Lord and had a great message from our pastor.

Today at BBW, they put me to work readjusting half the shelves so that product could properly fit. Looks a lot nicer now, but I kept banging my hands on the brackets and I even broke my thumb nail! Glad it's over now.

Starting tomorrow, I up my daily sessions for a week so that I can have Friday off. Tomorrow, I work 12 instead of 9. Holy Yikes! I am NOT looking forward to it. I need to prepack everything I'm going to need tomorrow, including preset the coffee maker.

It'll be all worth it this weekend, though when I get to see these lovely ladies!

Lauren, Alicia, Kaity (with Zoey) and Moi
Jess and Lauren (seen above)
Among others. I'm ashamed to say that I don't have nearly enough pics from college. That is a serious TRAGEDY!

Regardless, I will soon be back in my college town, Columbia, MO, walking the streets and paths of Stephens, and reminiscing with my girls. It'll be a wonderful birthday treat.

Senior Hall, where all the music was made.
Yes, Birthday. I will be 27 on Friday. The same day as my friend, Amanda's wedding, so we're celebrating and hanging on Saturday. It'll still  be awesome a day later.

I can't wait! You better believe that I will be taking a TON of pics this time around.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gym Timing

So, last week, I said I wouldn't let the boys at the gym intimidate me.

This week, they intimidate me.

Don't get me wrong. I got in, finished my workout and left, but I'm generally shy around strangers anyway. Make those strangers buff when I'm trying to actually GET into shape and I turn into a mess. At least on the inside.

I didn't go to the gym yesterday, so I'm determined to go tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, since my schedule allows for it this week. Next week (The week I go to Missouri on "Vacation"), I have to get in five days. We shall see what happens. Crazy busy, but it'll be good to see my friends again.

I don't get it. I was so psyched to start last week and this week I'm all Meh. Whatevs. Maybe it happens to everyone when starting a new routine.

If anyone has any idea why this happens, PLEASE leave me a message. Maybe I was just bummed because I gained 1.01 this week (which I'm claiming as muscle). Scales lie. I'm leaving it alone until the end of phase 1.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Holy...Freaking...YUMM!!!!! (And LiveFit Day 3)

Day Three of Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer was all about Legs. I like working out my legs because I feel like they should be strong, and the workout was easy to start, but when I added more weight (You're supposed to push your limits in this phase), I could really feel it. Incidentally, I don't feel sore in my legs (yet), but if the rest of the workout has been any indication, I should feel it tomorrow morning.

On to the Holy...Freaking...YUMM!!!!! header. I've been struggling a bit with the eating program part (this is a LOT of food!), and I decided to start making some of the recipes so I'm not eating the same things day after day. I imagine lots of cooking will be done this weekend. 

I got my Supplement pack from BodyBuilding.com today, which included Rich Vanilla Whey Protein Powder. I've only ever tried Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder, which I adored, but I'm open to try new things. The first recipe I tried, which called for Protein Powder was Jamie's Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread. 

Picture by Bodybuilding.com
Soooo good! It honestly tastes like French Toast. And each slice is about 55 Calories (makes sixteen servings). I subbed Splenda for the Xylitol, which isn't recommended when Clean Eating, which this program recommends, but it was all I had. The rest was all the way it was supposed to be and aside from a slight artificial sweetener taste, it was awesome. I can only imagine how it would be with the Xylitol.

I'm looking forward to the rest of this plan. I read a blog yesterday, Live Life Active, where she went through almost all the different workouts, and this is looking tough. I just keep reminding myself of the shoes I'm going to buy myself when it's over. It's so easy to say that I'll power through now, on the first week, but I'm just trying to keep my motivation high. I have to do something. That's all there is to it. I'm excited to keep going on. And I have my Mantra.


No workout tomorrow. We have new registers at BBW, and I have training right after the main job before working for another three hours. Hopefully they're easy. 

Ciao! ♥

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Intimidation is All Mental

Last night was rough. Had a rough night at work after a rough day at work, and it carried over into my morning. I spilled a Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte all over the HyVee bathroom. Planning to buy a new one, I stood in line again, but they made me a new one free of charge. That was awesome. I need to write HyVee a letter.


I'd been praying for my work day to be over so I could work out. I wanted it so badly that I was getting antsy. I was actually excited to go to the gym. Call it motivation, call it wanting to be out of a gray cubicle and doing something for myself.

I didn't go to the gym immediately after work. There's an elementary school just down the road, and said elementary school has enough parking for about five cars, so all the parents tend to park there to get their kids, making it hard for gym patrons to find a place to park. Ah well. Whatevs.

When I got to the gym this evening, after having polenta and shrimp with my mom, I went to the gym to start day two of the LiveFit Program: Back and Biceps. I'd studied the moves and I was pretty psyched to start. One thing I didn't think about, though, was that just because the other night was dead didn't mean today would be.

Tonight there were lots of buff guys at the gym. Not particularly attractive, but buff, nonetheless.

Sure, I could've gone home, but I have something to prove. Not to anyone except myself.


Anyone ever notice that gyms tend to be split in terms of the sexes? Men tend to hang out on the weight room side and women do cardio. It's the way of the world, for whatever reason. Luckily, I didn't use the machines that the guys were doing (except one, but he was wandering aimlessly, whereas I was on a mission), so it wasn't as awkward as my mind tends to make things.

When I got done with my workout (5 minutes on the treadmill for a warm up and then 25 minutes of weights), I went to the store for a couple things, and I realized something. Intimidation is all mental. One thing that Jamie Eason keeps saying on her program is that if you focus on you and your workout, the gym will become your best friend.

This is a change of life for me. That's what I'm aiming for. And now, time for my first picture with PicMonkey, a photo editing tool. I chose to make a pithy saying on a New Mexico background. My friend, Lauren, took the pic when we were driving to Santa Fe for vacation. It was awesome.

Trite? Absolutely. *shrugs*

Monday, September 3, 2012

LiveFit Program: Day One

Happy Labor Day. It was so nice to do nothing today except veg out, watch Cheers and catch up on True Blood and nothing else. So nice. So very, very nice.

I did accidentally keep my alarm on, so at 6 AM, Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me, Maybe started blaring. I think Jane was less thrilled than I was, but I shut off all my alarms (four of them. Yes, I have a hard time getting up) and went back to bed for about two and a half more hours. So nice.

Since today was the day I planned to start Jamie Eason's LiveFit program on BodyBuilding.com, I started my morning off with a couple of strawberry protein pancakes and peanut butter. Really good. I am absolutely enamored of protein pancakes. I got the recipe from pbfingers.com, and it's so easy that I can make it every morning.


I'd planned to go to the gym shortly after breakfast, but my dad convinced me to hold off so he and mom could come with. We waited until about three to go, but the parking lot was packed. We went to Christy Creme for ice cream cones instead.

I made a plan, though, and I knew I had to stick with it. I put it in my planner, and I have decided to put my health first. It's what needs to be done. I went after dinner, and the gym was dead. There was only one other person there, and we didn't use any of the same machines. THAT was a happy! :-)

My first circuit was pretty easy, except push ups are awful. I hate them and they hate me, and there were two sets of them, wide and narrow. My reps went down significantly as the circuits went on. I knew this was going to be hard since my fitness level is kind of low. I will power through though. I will keep going and succeed. And when I succeed, I will buy myself new shoes. I'm thinking these.

Or, at the very least, something I can design myself. I love the idea of designing one-of-a-kind shoes. But, I also look at motivational pictures via BodyBuilding.com, Pinterest, and my usual blogroll. My favorite, though, from Pinterest is this shirt, which I want to purchase:
Love it.

I get a reprieve from working out tomorrow, but it looks like I have a reset at BBW tomorrow night. That's a workout in itself.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer

So, this isn't a healthy living blog, per se. It's just a my life blog. And a bit of a dull one at that, but call it a record for posterity. I' going to try to keep myself accountable to my workouts because of this blog. I'm going to start something and since I know I have a few readers (at least one in my house. Thank you, daddy!), I will record my workouts and meal planning attempts here.

A few months back, Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers started Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer. It's a 12-week program on www.bodybuilder.com that has a meal plan and workout plan emphasizing lean muscle mass. I've been clamoring to get some kind of endurance back to my body because I feel nothing but winded with a pounding heart with a lot of what I try to do. I'm tall, but I can't only let my frame support so much weight before it kills me (hopefully only metaphorically).

Julie, a seasoned athlete who works out with her husband most days, found it to be too boring for her to continue, but after looking through the program, it looks to be something that I could do. I find I do best with working out when I have a plan. A few years back, I was following the WW.com Buff Bride challenge, despite not being in a wedding or being a bride. I lost several inches and pounds in only a few weeks, also while following the WW plan (and annoying my shallow roommate in the process), so I know that organized workouts work for me.

I've already put the first two weeks of workouts in my Google Calendar, planning my workouts around my two work schedules, and so far, the first two weeks should be no problem. I can get to the gym for my workouts easy. I won't post Before/After pics until after the 12 weeks is over (around the end of November), and even then, I might not post them. It all depends on how brave I feel.

I do enjoy weight training, but feel lost if I don't have a plan, so this excites me that I can get this program which has high praise for free. I'm debating buying the supplement pack she recommends, though it'd come to only about $13/month for four months. That's NOTHING, practically! I'm thinking I'll get it on pay day this week, but if I do, I'll let you know.

I am proud of myself. I went to the gym today, but my legs felt like led when I attempted C210K, and I stopped running after the second set. I continued walking for another ten minutes before hopping on a couple weight machines and doing them, half-heartedly. At least I went.

I do have my reasons for doing this.

  1. I'm tired of being unhealthy.
  2. I want to be stronger.
  3. I want to be athletic.
  4. I want to look as hot as I feel sometimes.
  5. I want to learn healthy habits to take with me forever.
Simple enough, right? 
  • Are there any readers who have done the trainer? If so, what'd you think?

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