Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Recap

January Recap:
  • I had a very successful month at Weight Watchers. This week's loss was 2.6 lbs and that brings the official total from starting the program to 7.4lbs down. (If I count the weight I gained, I have lost 12lbs since Christmas)
  • Completed a 7 day detox diet.
  • Started the 30 day Shred program
  • Cut back my sugar and caffeine habit to an occasional treat.
  • Lived without fast food or takeout for an entire month.
  • Replaced my chair with a stability ball at work.
February's goals:
  • Start Couch to 5k (for the 10000th time) with Sarge.
  • Do Shred as cross training only has a form of cross training, my knees do no like this workout every day.
  • Shoot for a 6 lb weight loss this month.
  • Continue living without fast food.
I am pretty happy with the way my year has started. I feel like I am finally to the point of being able to run and Sarge and I have decided that the Couch to 5K program will be the perfect workout to squeeze in during our lunch hour. Our ultimate goal is to get into the Garry Bjorklund half marathon in June. I hope we both get in!

The weather is messing with me. Today is BEAUTIFUL! The sun is shining and it is over 30 degrees. We are thawing out like crazy. Just seeing the sun automatically put me into spring cleaning mode. I have torn apart my house and I am doing a full purge. Sadly I know we have at least 2 more months of hard core winter. I know there will be a lot more cold days and snow a head but it is getting lighter out....Spring is coming!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Breakin' the Law

Today I thought I would take a new way home from work. There is nothing I loathe more than getting done with work only to sit in freeway traffic for 45 minutes to go 5 miles home. I wanted to try the back way home. We have a beautiful parkway that follows the Mississippi River and it is very close to my work. I wanted to take this route home to clock the mileage with the hope of possibly biking to work when the thawing temps come.

Well........as I was putting along I came to a stop sign. I pulled up to it, stopped, then kept going. That is when I saw the red lights behind me.

Shit. What the f***! Why I am I getting pulled over??!!

Then the cop came to my window and started lecturing me about how I "rolled" through the stop sign. (bullshit, I was stopped and even spelled S-T-O-P then went). I didn't argue and really fought the urge to roll my eyes. This cop was seriously 5'1" tall and had the short mans complex in a HUGE way. He was very gruff and barely came up to my drivers side window. I had to bite the inside of my cheek not to start laughing when he asked if I was nervous. I said "No, I just have never been pulled over before". He continued his condescending lecture about safe driving. I didn't argue with him as I knew I would instantly get a ticket for mouthing off if I said anything. He continued and then gave me a verbal warning and a finger shake because I have a perfect driving record.

Don't get me wrong. I love my cops. My dad was one and I have all the respect in the world for them EXCEPT when they pull me over for no reason. This guy wanted to show off his balls by pulling over a minivan with 3 car seats in the back. Whatever. As I was pulling away, I noticed that there wasn't just one cop car.....there were TWO, both with their lights on. Boy I must be a big threat that he needed back up.

At least I didn't get a ticket! Woo Hoo!

Anyway....enough about that. I just needed to vent. I survived another day on my stability ball at work. I have to say it is more comfortable than my chair. I skipped the walk with Sarge today because I was suffering from a splitting headache. Hopefully, I can get a little movement in tomorrow.

I pulled off a novice training program for the Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon and calculated that I have roughly 20 weeks before the race. If I am one of the lucky ones to get in, I think that this is totally doable. I know I am not running at all right now, but I need a big goal to get me back into the game. I am excited to start pre-training and I hope to be up to 5 miles when it comes time to start the official training program. It might be a pipe dream at this point, but at least it is something to have my sights set on.

Monday, January 26, 2009

You Have a Baby........

In a bar????


Yes, that is a child playing bar slots. Her younger sister was also present but she was playing pool. While we were visiting granny this weekend we did what ever good Northerner does on frigid day, we stopped off to have a mid-afternoon "bump" at one of the local watering holes. We bellied up to the bar and these kids were running around when we got there and were still there when we left. Their mother was there playing the slots and would throw money at them from time to time to keep them quiet. It was really sad, but then I did remember we were in Wisconsin (ha!). I had to go home and let my kids out of the closet and give them a hug.

Today, the wagon has pulled up to my house and I am back on it. I have determined that staying completely on plan whilst visiting granny is impossible. She always has the best treats. Saturday night we had the most amazing homemade spaghetti and as you can see from the photos, my kids loved it! I almost feel like I need another detox because of all the goodies.

I did however pack a "go" bag on Friday night when we left town. I packed carrots, hummus, and pretzels and it was the perfect road snack. Normally we would just hit the Golden Arches drive thru and chow our dinner in the car. This time we had a snack and then we got to granny's house we had a sensible dinner. We are coming up on one month of no fast food. I have to say, I don't miss it.

This week I am reintroducing myself to Jillian Michaels. I had to take a little break because my knees were taking a beating, but I am going to try it again. Chubby hubby has done it pretty much every day and has now moved to level #2. That. Looks. Brutal. I will be happy to stay with level 1 for as long as it takes.

My son does not have kindergarten today but my other son has preschool. Grrrrrr. That means I still have to still bundle up the brood and do my mom taxi duties. I still might make it a lazy sweats day even though I do have to go out at least twice.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday's Jumbled Thoughts

Someone thinks I am FABULOUS!! *Blushing* Sarah at Post Pregnancy Weight Be Gone, tagged me. So, here it goes. My 5 addictions at least for now.
5 things I am addicted to:

1. Running. At least reading about it for now, but next year will be a different story as long as I stay free of injury.

2. Ice. I have a really nasty habit of chewing ice. Yes, I often have low iron and crave ice. Weird, I know. My levels are normal now and I still like my ice.

3. My computer. I am a blogaholic and Facebook junkie.

4. Burt's Bees baby lotion. I bought it for my daughter but I use it all the time.

5. Wii Fit. My husband holds the top spot in most of the games and my mission is to kick his ass. Plus I enjoy my daily string of insults from the thing.

I am bad with picking peeps to tag, so if you need something to write about....TAG, YOU'RE IT!


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Weigh In:
I am down another .4 pounds. I am disappointed happy with that loss. I hope next week is a bigger dip on the scale.

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Ball Review:
I made the whole day on the ball. I can really feel it in my back and ABs today. I mean that in a good workout kind of way. I did get a few weird looks, but for the most part my co-workers were ready to go out and get their own. Hmmmpf...who knew we could be trend setters? I do have a fear that the ball is going to burst. I have a habit of bouncing so I know it is just a matter of time. There were two things that I didn't like:
1. It didn't swivel. I can get used to that.
2. My pants made a farting like noise if I scooted forward on the ball. Slightly embarrassing, but an effective way to keep people away.

For now, it is a fun new office toy so I think I will keep it around for a bit.

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Photo Friday
Since our mini heat wave is over and we are back to below zero temps, I thought I would post a pic where the leaves are still on the trees during mid summer. This picture below is from our walking/running route that we do at work. I am so anxious for warm weather!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone! We are going to Granny's house this weekend. I will be catching up with reading on Sunday.

I've Got Balls...

....OK, just one really big one.

I am going to be that person that my co-workers point and laugh at. I replaced my chair with a stability ball. Sarge also brought her into the office. Now we are having a race to see who falls off their ball first. I am putting the bet on myself as I have already tried to do "tricks" on mine (look! no hands, no feet). I just hope it doesn't burst on me.

I am trying to improve my posture and strengthen my core muscles. I believe that most of my injury issues have been caused by lack of core strength. I know replacing a chair with a ball is not a new idea, many people have done this and had success. In fact, at my son's elementary school the 5th graders use them rather than traditional chairs. This is however new territory for me. Tomorrow, I will post a review of my first full day on my new "chair". Wish me luck that I don't wipe out!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

(Not) Wordless Wednesday


I have never been one to ever be wordless so I don't know why I try. This photo above illustrates what happens when:
There is a speeding car driven by a teen boy who drops something on the floor, who then loses control of the vehicle because and ends up in our front yard (uphill).

This photo is after they pushed the car back down the hill and after SIX cops came. No one was hurt and my house is fine, but I think the driver is going to be grounded for a long long time. His mom had to come and pay for a tow truck.

My husband and I were laughing so hard we were crying. I don't know why we were laughing, probably because the whole thing was so STUPID. I went out and made sure everyone was fine and gave my little lecture about driving too fast for the conditions speech and kindly reminded the boys that going this fast on a residential street is NOT acceptable, then I pointed to my children who are often outside. Of course I had my camera the whole time, and took a bunch of photos and said....These are so going on Facebook. hahahaha!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Detox Reflections

I did a lot of pissing and moaning this past seven days, but I made it through the detox. I am alive, I did not starve to death or pass out from lack of food. Now I do need to come clean that I did not follow the Ultra Simple Diet to the letter but I certainly followed the food guidelines. I omitted the daily bath, the very expensive supplements, and gave up on chugging back sewage water vegetable broth. Nevertheless I believe I got a good "cleansing".

What was the outcome?
  • 7-8 lbs weight loss. I didn't officially weigh myself before the program so my weight was scientifically calculated off the Wii Fit. I was happy it didn't insult me this time.
  • My skin looks better if I do say so myself.
  • I love sitting in a sauna.....except when crazy yoga peeps invade my space.
  • I got full faster on the vegetables and rice than I ever would have on mac and cheese or fast food.
  • I think my sugar crazies have calmed a little bit. I don't feel the extreme mood swings. (I still have them but not as bad)
  • I will never look at EVOO the same again.
  • I think I am now allergic to almonds. Go figure the only thing I enjoyed eating while on the program.
  • I am still allergic to chicken. I gave it a whirl tonight and I had to grab the Benedryl. I was hoping that a good detox would reset my system to be able to handle some of my off limit foods. Nope.
All in all I am glad I did it. I feel pretty good. Although if I would have kept a journal or took before and after photos as recommended I could see more of the results. I would recommend this to others, but be warned if you follow the detox exactly as written, be prepared to cut off an arm because it is kind of expensive to buy everything needed for the program.

Chubby Hubby also committed a week of his life to take part in Detox Mania 2009. I can't BELIEVE how good he looks.
Asshole. Why do men lose it faster? Not fair. I think the thing that shocks me the most is that both of us were able to stick it out. Neither one of us have one hair of willpower and we are notorious for sabotaging the other. I also have to say, that Chubby Hubby did a lot less whining about the food. I was even sick of hearing myself.

While I was purging my system, I took a break from Ms. Michaels. Truthfully, I didn't have a lot of energy this week. Rather than doing nothing I fired up the Wii Fit and at least a little movement. My knees are still aching a bit and my foot is barking at me. I put making a doctor appointment on the agenda to get the issues looked at prior to me strapping on my Sauconies.

On a side note, one of the highschoolers was jabbing me and called me OLD. I asked "how old do you think I am?"
*mistake, mistake, mistake* She replied "I think you are 45". That little runt (not the real word I was thinking)!!!! I told her that I was 35. Her response is "That is still old". The worst part about it is she asked another co-worker and she also thought I was 45. Not that there is anything wrong with 45, but I am a decade younger. I guess it is time for a little makeover. Geeze. Nothing like getting a bitch slap by a few highschoolers.

Friday, January 16, 2009

TGIF

BLOOMINGTON SCHOOL DIST 271Message sent - 1/15/2009School Closing - 1/16/09

Hello, this is Rick Kaufman, Bloomington Public Schools’ Emergency Management Coordinator with a message for all Bloomington parents and school district staff. Bloomington Public Schools will be closed on Friday, January 16 for all students. Staff is expected to report to work at their normal time. Today, a number of our school buses broke down as a result of the use of state-required bio-diesel fuel that clogged some of our fleet’s fuel systems. This led to students having to wait at bus stops in dangerous weather conditions. We have attempted to resolve the fuel issues with our buses. However, with extreme cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills predicted again for Friday morning, we could not ensure that our buses would not encounter the same issues. The safety of our students remains one of our top priorities, and while closing schools disrupts work schedules and causes inconveniences for parents, we wanted you to know early enough to plan accordingly. Thank you.


This is the email I received last night. It is too freaking cold that the gas was freezing up on the buses causing them to breakdown. Would you southern folks start helping me scope out a nice warm place to relocate?! While I am grateful I don't have to drag 3 kiddos out into the arctic today, I have to now find something to do for the stir crazy brood. I am rethinking my no alcohol policy. Woo Hoo, bring on the duct tape!

Detox is still going OK. I kind of over did it on the almonds for the last two days and I can no longer stomach ass smelling vegetable broth or bile like hot lemon water. I had a major freak out last night when I came home to find my house smelling like fish. That immediately sent me into dry heaves. I was going to give up today, but decided to keep plugging along after getting more encouragement from my friend. Dammit...I called her specifically because I knew she would give me a justification why I should cut this short. She did not. She reminded me that I only have 2 days left. I can do it.

Despite my bitching, my efforts are showing up on the scale. I finally was able to get back to my WeWa meeting last night. Down a pound. That is down from my last weigh in at the center (3 weeks ago), realistically I am down about 7lbs. I shamefully put on some serious weight in a matter of only a couple of week.

Since I am being held hostage in my house today, I am going to do Shred, clean this hell hole, and finally catch up on blog reading. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rounding the Corner

It is day 4 and I am still going; we are half way through the program. Today is the first day that I don't feel "foggy". Actually, I feel pretty good. As I am knocking on wood, I am not experiencing the awful withdrawal headache today. So I think we are rounding the proverbial corner and the final 3 days should be a breeze. *crossing fingers*

I haven't been on the program long enough to combat the cravings though. Last night I was having a really hard time. I pushed my plate away because I could not choke down another bite of fish and veggies. The hot lemon water reminded me of stomach bile. I almost threw in the towel and went out to get take-out. Thankfully my husband was the voice of reason. He was holding strong and not having any issues. If I could convince him to do the program, I had to stay on it. I am glad I am doing it with other people or I would be chowing on pizza right now. My PSA for doing a detox would be to have a buddy. At least you won't be miserable alone!

It is another beautiful day in the neighborhood (smell the sarcasm?). It is only about -23 degrees. Tomorrow it is supposed to be colder. Boo! The silver lining is that I picked a good week to detox, it is too freeekin' cold to do anything else.

Tomorrow will be another sit in the sauna day. I can't wait. I may have to do that more often. My skin feels amazing. Great skin and crazy people to make fun of? Could life get better? Ha!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday's Detox Craziness

Dear Sauna Yoga Do-er,
Thank you so much for your show today in the sauna. We really appreciated the full moon view of your ass whilst in downward dog. Also, I admire your will to do Yoga poses laying down on the floor of the sauna. Me, I won't step in one without flip-flips and I am grossed out by what is on the floor. But you....you go all out. I
deeply apologize for stifling laughter as you jumped from pose to pose, I am immature like that. Then again, it is not every day that you see a mostly naked woman doing yoga in sauna.
Namaste,
Carly

*sigh*

Sarge and I decided to shake things up a bit on our lunch routine. Since we are detoxing and neither one of us have much for energy, we thought we would take advantage of the Rec Center's sauna. It was so relaxing and was a great treat for this -20 something below zero day. A treat until Little Miss Yoga came in to practice.Righhhhhttt . We stayed in for about 30 minutes (I couldn't handle seeing the the ass in the air one more time). It was a nice break and my skin looks fabulous if I do say so myself.

Day 2 and most of day 3 is going well on the detox. I haven't caved yet which absolutely shocks me. I still have my withdrawl headache and brain fog going on today. I can't seem to pull my head out of my ass. I am beginning to think this hooey is working because I walked by the vending machine and I didn't even whimper over not being allowed to have chocolate. Although, I did see a guy in my office with a big Chipotle burrito....I was playing in my mind how I could steal it from him. I didn't, I just enjoyed some steamed brown rice with spinach and pretended it was a burrito.

I skipped the Jillian workout yesterday and I am not sure what today holds. I am really weak and lightheaded so I may just play a littleWii Fit with the kiddos when I get home. I haven't had a good insult in a few days! Bring it Wii...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Day One Recap

This morning I called up Sarge and told her I just could not do this detox BS. I felt like shit yesterday. No caffeine, no sugar, nothing. My body revolted and gave me the WORST headache I have ever had. It was so bad that I vomited at work....not once, but twice (Sorry TMI). The first part of the day was fine, but in the evening I felt foggy and nauseous. The thought of continuing is just too much.

Well, I am not giving up. I am going to continue doing this for the full seven days. If my body had that bad of a reaction giving up caffeine and sugar for one day, it is probably a good thing that I get my diet cleaned up. I am not eating or doing anything that is too far out of the norm. That is everything except the olive oil with lemon in the morning. I can handle veggies, brown rice, and beans for seven days. I just hope it gets easier and that this plan delivers a fraction of what it promises.

I have a date with you know who today...Miss Jillian. I swear I saw the start of a muscle. It is becoming an obsession. But that is ok, because it gives me an excuse not to run outside for the time being. I am calling it pre-running condition. Ha!

Today it is snowing and the roads are slick. We are expecting a really nasty cold snap this week. Boo!!! Thank you Alaska for shipping your craptastic weather to us. Why can't Florida send some heat our way? *sigh* How many days until spring?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Detox

Let the fun begin! Today is my first of seven days on the UltraSimple Diet. I started off my morning with a shot of EVOO with lemon *gag* and hot lemon water followed by brown rice hot cereal. The rest of the day the food is not too terrible. On the menu is organic vegetable broth, brown rice, steamed veggies, wild salmon, and lots and lots of water. Sounds delicious doesn't it? I know you are jealous.

I am not detoxing for the weight loss benefit (although, it will be nice to see it on the scale), I am doing it to:
  • see if it helps my food allergies
  • get off of sugar
  • see if I can balance out my mood (I have a case of the crazies lately)

Speaking of mood, I have hit my winter depression. Winter sucks as it does every year. I am really trying not let it get the best of me. Since we are stuck inside most of the time I entertain myself by duct taping the kids together and timing how fast they can chew their way out. Only kidding of course, although we do have a bit of cabin fever and the thought has crossed my mind when we start bouncing off the walls.

I do have to say that exercising is helping a little bit with the funk. Currently, I am doing the Shred and walking a couple of times a week. I have put running on hold until the detox is complete. Level one Shred is starting to get "do-able" but I am no where near moving up to level two. There is a lot of lunging and squats in this video and my knees are starting to hurt. At this point I can't tell if it is the "good" sore or the "I shouldn't be doing these" sore. I am doing the modified version and making sure I have proper form so I don't do any damage.

Last night at work (holiday job), they offered me a "normal" position with the store. I decided to take it because I enjoy it. I like it because the job is easy and I get out of the house and do something with low stress. It is relaxing too. Plus, I get to keep my discount and the extra money is kind of nice too.

That is all I have for catch up. I am off to chug a gallon of water!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Carly and John's Big Christmas Adventure

That is right, I said Christmas Adventure. The holidays aren't quite over for me yet. I am road tripping with my brother tonight(stay tuned for pictures). We are going to our parents house for the night to celebrate Serbian Christmas. We are going up to earn brownie points with the family and spare any guilt trips keep family tradition alive. It is just going to be my brother, Baby Diva, and myself. The rest of the family is staying home because school just started again and I am trying to get the kids into a normal routine this week.

As I was growing up Serbian Christmas was HUGE. We had programs at church, Santa came, and the food.....OHHHH the food. We didn't have a huge family, but everyone got together. I thought I was hot shit as a kid because I got TWO Christmas celebrations. I am a little sad that everyone has grown up and this holiday has kind of gone to the wayside. I am guilty of brushing it off myself. When January is here, I don't want to look at another Christmas decoration. This tradition was a huge part of my upbringing and now I would like to start celebrating with my own family.

Before I go, I have a standing date with that beyotch Jillian. I also walked 2.5 miles with Sarge at lunch as well as resisted the urge to eat out. I drank water and ate my soup. It was boring but I don't have the guilt and I saved a few bucks today.


To all my bloggity peeps...

Hristos se rodi!!!!! (Merry Christmas)**

**Mom and Dad, if you are reading...see I learned more of the Serbian language than just the swear words.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Fear has Left My Body!

....And so has all the feeling in my extremities. I just completed another day of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. I never in million years thought that a 20 minute workout would send me into dry heaves. This one did. As I was doing the chest press on the floor, I felt a huge wave of nausea come over me. My arms are still shaking. I think I am going to try to shoot to do level one everyday for 30 days. I think that is the way the program was intended, but you know me, I like to make it my own way.

Someone, mentioned that the first week is HELL, but after that it is a "kick-ass rush". I hope she is right!

Today is back to the normal grind of kids in school, meetings, and work. I am sad that the holidays came and went so quick, but I am glad to be getting back into normal life. I am still working my PT gig though they cut my hours. I just found out that they will reimburse 50% of the cost of my Weight Watchers meetings. I. Must. Find. Out. More! Now, I really hope that they do not lay me off and that I can continue to work just for that benefit.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I Have Seen the Devil!

Her name is Jillian Michaels. Wowweee! That 30 Shred is quite a challenge. So much so that I have to type with my nose because every other part of my bod is aching. She really is a she devil. My husband also did the workout yesterday and upon finishing I heard...."I HAAAAAATEEEE HER!!!!!". I am laughing because we are both moving pretty darn slow today.

As hellish as this first workout was, I think it is going to be one that I incorporate into my regular routine. This workout made me realize my weaknesses....my entire body. I am so weak that I could not properly do ONE push-up or ONE squat. It was really sad.

The other thing about this workout is that compression wear is ABSOLUTELY necessary. The cardio portion contains jumping jacks, jump rope, butt kicks, and punches. If you have a tight little package of a body you will be fine. However, if you are like me and have some junk in the trunk or a C-Section flap, you might want to duct tape that stuff down. It will flip flop in the opposite direction and the jiggle is not pretty. This is definately a two sports bra workout. Consider this today's public service announcement.

For those asking where I got it, I purchased mine at Target. I saw it on Amazon.com for several dollars cheaper. I give this DVD two thumbs up even though I can't walk today. It is a very quick, down and dirty way to get some cross training and some strength training in. It comes in very handy when you don't have a gym membership or are very crunched on time.

I don't know that I can physically do this again today. So I will give it another shot tomorrow. I am going to attempt a run walk this afternoon. It will be the first one of 2009!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2009! I fall into the group of people that feels that January 1st brings about a clean slate. I make resolutions, I state my goals and wait for the clock to strike midnight. Poof! New Start. While I know that there is no magic about the date that truly starts time over or wipes away the sins of the past year, it is a good time for me to re-evaluate my goals. My birthday is December 20th, the holidays come, and then the new year. For me its is a perfect time for a fresh start.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my sole resolution is to become a runner again. I want to do a "do over" from my 2008 goals. I have lived and learned from my mistakes of the past year. My racing wish list should keep me on my toes. The beauty of my wish list is that my goals are attainable, yet flexible if the timing is not right. Next January I will be writing about how I achieved my goal.

This January, I have two mini goals I want to accomplish. First, Sarge and I are going to do the UltraSimple Diet together. I appears to be pretty painless and a good way to detox. I have been wanting to do a detox for quite sometime to see if it helps with all that ails me. The weight loss would be an added bonus, but I would love to see if there some benefit that would help with getting my allergies under control. Has anyone done this? If so, I would love to hear what you have to say.




The next thing I am adding is the 30 Shred by Jillian Michaels. I have heard this workout is a bitch but gets results. I chose this DVD because the workouts are 20 minutes and that is about all I can tolerate as far as DVDs go. I haven't watched this video yet, but Kristen (brother's lover) came over moving very very slowly after doing the beginner workout. Jillian Michaels is a she devil on the Biggest Loser, I can only imagine what she has you do in her own workout. I am looking forward to the challenge and hoping to lose my bat wings that seemed to form over night.


2008 was not a bad year even though I had some road blocks. I have learned a lot and I hope to have an even better 2009. My friends in Blogland, you have been a constant source of information and inspiration. Thanks for the comments and keeping me entertained. I am looking forward to reading about everyone's big adventures for 2009.
Happy New Year!