Monday, May 2, 2016
Well, my attempts to start last week failed and here I am again starting again. I guess it is good I got back up one more time and am not down and out. What is the secret? In the past it is to focus on the next meal and so I've taken this day and am turning it around.
The photo is above from this weekend. My daughter had a baby shower and I had nothing to wear. Everything looked horrible on me and I felt so awful the whole time. I am ashamed. I refused to post any photos on Facebook. I can't stand the thought of anyone seeing me like this. I have my son's graduation in 3 weeks, another shower in 4 weeks, the baby is due June 28th, then my high school reunion in 12 weeks. So, my goal is to lose 40 lbs in 12 weeks. I am doing T25 and walking and will add running in a couple of weeks.
We got halfway around the block and my daughter called with a dead battery so we went back home. We got in 15 minutes of our 30 minute walk. It was our first night so it's OK. it is amazing game how winded I was 4 minutes in. I made him slow to a 20 MPH pace.
I made spaghetti and a salad for supper. I need to go get some vegetables tomorrow. I am drinking my 10 cups of water.
We ate at The Original Oyster House yesterday. I got grilled shrimp and it was delicious.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Day 1 is T25 Cardio. I like this one as it doesn't go too deep into working muscles, which are so weak. Mostly moving and working to get your heart rate up an keep it up the whole time. I follow Tania most of the time since I am out of shape and need the modifier.
I end up drenched in sweat and am very out of breath. I know from the past that my endurance will be increased by next week and I just need to push through and keep going.
I am getting 10 glasses of water a day as my goal. I have a Terri's tumbler that holds 2.5 cups so I fill it and try to drink one by 10:00, one by 12:00, one by 3:00, and one by 6:00.
Getting hydrated is so key and I also hope to help my skin. I am going to take a photo today of my face. I have milia, which are white bumps on the face. They actually are little cysts that form when keratin is trapped under the skin. I have a Clairasonic brush also, so will use it as well. I hope to see a huge improvement.
I need to go to Aldi and get some onions, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini for omelets and zucchini zoodles. I will try to be good to take photos of my meals and keep track of what I eat.
Now for my future self and anyone who is struggling to get going I want to write I have struggled. I want so bad to lose weight and feel better, but have had a hard time getting off the rollercoaster. I have done months at a time, then I get sick or injured, or go on vacation, and fall off of doing anything
until it all becomes a struggle again to move and eat right.
In the past some key things that I changed in my mind that helped me:
-Start today, it doesn't have to be Monday!
-Make the next thing you put in your mouth something that builds your body and gives you energy. I fall. I give into treats. I have emotional things happen that send me to food. Changing the mindset that I have failed and ruined today, so tomorrow I will start over in huge. If I can make my next meal a good one overall I end up with a day just somewhat off my macros goals rather than a blown day that is totally off and makes me feel bad.
-When I get the sugar out of my body the fruits and vegetables taste so much sweeter and better.
- Getting 10 cups of water decreases my bloating and also helps my complexion.
I will try to be honest. it is really hard. So many reviews I see are by people who are already working out and in decent shape. That is great and they motivate me, but I sometimes feel people feel like you should shut up complaining and just do it. Truth to a point. It is so hard to stop eating sugar. The cravings are so strong. It's like heroine or another drug pulling at you. Add a busy schedule and emotions and it's a disaster waiting to happen. I'm also stopping my diet Dr Pepper habit. So, it's real here. I know it won't be easy. I don't want to complain, I just want others to know I understand the very hard struggle. I really want to win against this!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Friday, December 27, 2013
It is my first quilt so don't look too closely as blocks don't match perfectly. Learning as I go.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I am going a darker tan/creme color on the trim. I then want to paint the shutters and door a medium-dark gray. I debated how to paint the door and door trim out. I'll show some options:
The one above has the sidelights painted out the trim color. As I have driven around that is the option on almost all the newer homes in our area. For a traditional house like mine it makes it look like you have a lot of mill work and presence when I don't have an overhang or any other details.
The one above and below painted out all the mill work in the same color. I love this look, too. So, I've really debated. In the end, I think I have chosen to paint the sidelights and trim in the trim color and just paint the door gray.
My next decision was whether to paint the garage door gray or the trim color. Almost all the garage doors in our area are the trim color. Which is white, beige, tan. Which will show dirt a lot easier. So, I think I like the look of painting ours gray. It will show less dirt.
I plan to order this carriage house door kit. It is the hardware and the "windows" are a panel with black Plexiglas panels that look like glass. I think it really makes the plain door look so much better. Our door is seen as you come down the street so is one of the first views of our home.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
This is the Vulcan. It is the largest iron statue in the United States. It was made for the World's Fair. It sits on Red Mountain and at the base of the man there is an observation deck. It was so funny because the height didn't bother me at all and there was a guy that stood in the doorway of the stairwell and I was wanting a photo in the doorway and he wouldn't move. He finally tiptoed out, very far away from the railing and I realized he was petrified to be up there. He wouldn't go near the railing at all or around to the front. And he took the stairs four flights because it was a glass elevator. We stood over an hour waiting for the sun to set and every single group that came up had someone in it that was scared to get near the railing. It was so funny to watch them.
The tower overlooks the city. We enjoyed watching the sun go down and reflect in the clouds.
Their botanical gardens were free so we went and walked around.
Downtown is the Alabama Theater. It is amazingly beautiful inside, but it was closed. On the sidewalk they have stars of famous Alabama people.
Last year when I downloaded a free copy to the book While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull. She experienced living in Birmingham during the civil rights times. She was just a few feet away when the bomb went off at 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four of her friends. It was a really great read and taught me so much about what all happened during that time. I am saddened by what our people did to people of color back then.
Across from the church is Kelly Ingram Park. In 1963 the park was the staging ground for the demonstrations. In the park the police chief made the mass arrests, then let loose the dogs and fire hose cannons on the people. Most of them children!
Then we went to Sloss Furnace. It is an old iron furnace.
I've never heard that Birmingham has a replica of the Statue of Liberty. It was commissioned by the founder of Liberty National Life Insurance to sit upon the headquarter building in Birmingham. It was later moved to its current location.