Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

Progress is slow, but I am hoping that my reduced PT work schedule this week will help. I moved a DVD player back to my room and it is helping me get a little exercise in. Now to move my workouts to the morning and I’ll be golden!

I was “given” more motivation this past week as a neighbour that I only say hi and bye to felt “inspired” to tell me that she noticed I had lost weight and put it back on. O_o Apparently she saw me 2 months ago and I looked like I lost weight and now I look like I put it back on. Her words not mine … I am not sure why this woman felt the need to enlighten me with this knowledge, as if I hadn’t noticed it myself. I found it a bit forward but was too shocked to give her a piece of my mind.

Yesterday I stepped on a bulletin board that was in my giveaway pile that had fallen over and the result was a tack going into my foot. I can’t remember when I last got a tetanus shot and did not go yesterday. There are not as many clinics open today and this does not qualify as an emergency in my mind. There have been “pains” in the affected leg but I think that’s all in my head.

One of my coworkers introduced me to David’s Tea and I am an addict. Every night I have a different flavour of tea and it’s a wonderful way to relax at the end of the evening. A few weeks ago, we had a conversation about cold brewing tea and surprisingly I had all I needed to start making some delicious ice tea. I have been experimenting with different flavours and have come up with a few hits. Along with some simple syrup and I have great drink options.

I’m still trying to firm up my summer travel plans. I will be headed to Portland, OR to visit a cousin. I just need to figure out when as the dates I gave her do not work. 😦 I need to get on this sooner rather than later as I want to go next month.

Still need to make more headway with decluttering my home. I think I just need to set a timer for 1 hour and put myself in one spot and focus on it. We I have way too much that I am not using or haven’t used in a long time. Next year is go time for the kitchen renovations and I want to have less stuff overall. Less that will be displaced while the renos are happening and less that I have to build storage for.

The local cousin I usually go walking with is leaving on Thursday to go to Scotland for her hiking/backpacking trip. I hope she has a great time. Right now she is in panic mode but I’m sure she will get it together.

I think that’s all for now.



Week 1 Recap

Well it was not my best effort but I am doing better than before. I worked out too hard on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday and I think it was too much. 😦

Since I’m not working out as much as I would like, I took control of my eating. Not eating after 8:30 pm and less eating out. I am in a water challenge with one of my coworkers. Unfortunately she was off for most of last week, but I was still trying to keep on track.

I went for a massage yesterday with a new therapist and it was everything a massage should be. Not overly painful and she gave me some stretches to do to loosen up my neck. Turns out all my sitting at a computer is not having a good effect on my shoulders. I was instructed to spend time stretch the front of my body as my neck muscles in the front are tight and shortening which is why my shoulders are hurting. Who knew?

This week I plan to get back into swing with “easy” workouts. Body weight exercises and walking. I forgot last week how far off the fitness wagon I had fallen off. But I am focused and determined.

Since I gave away/shared most of my Leslie Sansone videos, I will be putting my favourites on hold at the library. Along with a couple of Tracy Anderson videos. No/low impact for the win.

Day 1 – #6,652,277

I’m sure you must be tired of hearing about my Day 1’s almost as much as I am tired of writing about them.

My chiropractor recently told me she doesn’t know any one who starts and stops exercising more than me. 😏

But as long as I have more starts than stops, I think I am doing OK.

I went to the gym today for the first time in what feels like forever. I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror and was horrified. I have put on some weight. I do not like it. It is not a total surprise as my pants are getting more uncomfortable. But it is now time to take action.

No more eating after 8:30 pm.
No more snoozing the alarm in the morning, it is time to get moving every day.
No more meals without veggies.
Less takeout meals, no more than twice a week. This includes lunch bought at work.
More water, at least 2 liters a day.

I think that’s enough for now.

I am going to hurt tomorrow.

No pain, no gain; right?

I am just barely making it in this Sunday. It’s not because I have been particularly busy this weekend. In fact, just the opposite. It was a very relaxing day.

Yesterday I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish this weekend. And then I slept in this morning and it’s all gone out the window.

Since I so rarely rest and relax anymore, I took today to do laundry and light cleaning. There was a lot of time spent on the couch. I called my Aunt and we talked for over 3 hours. Don’t ask me about what but she did tell me a few stories from her younger days. 🙂

Yesterday I went to work and it was quiet. When they asked for volunteers to go home early, I was pleasantly surprised that they let me go. As one of the few late shifters, I am usually denied. Since it was before 6 pm, I was able to connect with my bestie. Between her work/life schedule and my own we rarely see each other. It was nice to catch up. We watched the highlights from the Royal wedding. My BFF is a big fan.

I am on the schedule tomorrow, but at double time and a half, I hope I will not volunteer to go home, but we’ll see how I feel.

I had breakfast with my Dad yesterday and told him about my part time job. He seemed more alarmed than I expected. He kept asking me if I needed money. But also let me know that he pays for both of my siblings rent and has had to part with 40% of his assets since my step-mom has decided to separate from him. I will accept some financial assistance with Diva’s tuition, but other than that I am fine. I couldn’t seem to make him understand that I want to pay cash for my renos and would like to get off the freedom 85 plan.

No exercise was completed last week. But I have been getting up earlier so it’s only a matter of time before I convince myself to be productive. 😉

Now if I could only stop putting cookies and chocolate down my pie hole, I might get ahead.


Last week other than a few days of the ab challenge, I only worked out once. 😦

On Thursday, I came home from work at a decent hour and no one was home so I had no excuse not to do something. Not wanting to work out, I figured I’d do one of Jillian Michael’s 10 minute workouts.

10 minute

OMG, I am still feeling my muscles. If I don’t get some exercise in today, the next time I will have time will be Tuesday.

Friday morning, I took my van to get an oil change and they noticed that the tire arm(?) on the front passenger tire needs to be replaced and then an alignment would need to be performed. Since I got the van from my Dad, he had mentioned that his mechanic had issues fixing the alignment. Hopefully my mechanic can get it corrected.

Yesterday, Diva & I went to an open house for one of the universities she got into. It is a very picturesque. Class size is nice and there seems to be a lot of possibilities there. It is in the city so she could live at home. Right now, she would like to have the residence experience and I think that is a great plan. My only concern about her staying in the city is that it would be too easy for her to get distracted from her studies. Staying in the city would allow her to keep her part time job. Pros and cons everywhere. A decision needs to be made soon. I think she will stay in the city since in her mind that university is better than the away from home one … O_o

At work, all our outside sales reps are coming in for the week, so fingers crossed that will all go smoothly and not require any extra time from me. So far there has not been a team event planned. I hope it stays that way.

Next week, I will be taking the van early Monday morning to be fixed. I am working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Some other day other than Tuesday and Thursday, I need to fit in some exercise.

I also need to figure out my summer travel plans. A lot of people I know are traveling this year and I have travel envy. There is no real reason, I shouldn’t travel except my renos. The same ones I keep putting off. I need to make a proper plan. As I need a little fun in my life.

Any and all ideas are welcome.

This past week has been one for the books. Apparently I do not like sleep.

Wednesday’s shift ended at 11 pm. I need a bit of time to unwind after work and did not go to bed until 1 am.

Thursday found me in the drive thru with the thermometer in my car rising high that normal. I will admit, there was a small moment of panic. Especially as I had tickets to see Infinity War downtown later that evening downtown. I put some water in the radiator and kept an eye on my dashboard the whole drive down.

The movie started at 10:25 pm … we didn’t get home until 2 am. It is a great movie BTW. Since the thermometer had given me reason for concern, I decided to get up early Friday morning and go to the mechanic. Based on the amount of coolant he put in my radiator, I think it’s safe to say it was empty. We decided to revisit it the next day to see if there is a leak.

Friday felt like the longest day as I worked both jobs on 4 hours sleep. By the time I returned home after 11 pm. I was wired and had to force myself to go to bed as I was getting up early to go back to the mechanic the next morning to get an oil change. The place was busy so I will try again Tuesday morning.

Yesterday was supposed to Day 1 of me getting back on the exercise bandwagon … it almost didn’t happen. But lucky for me, one of my cousins suggested we go for a walk … at midnight when she got off work. Since we have been trying for a while to get together, I agreed.

We ended up walking for almost 1.5 hours. This trek also included a stop for chicken wings. Not our best decision but hardly see each other. I did not end up getting home until after 4 am … Then got up at 9 to take Diva to work. There will be a nap in my future.

Today, I need to run a few errands and do some cleaning up before I can have that nap, so I better get on it.

21.75 Hours

That was last week’s schedule at the PT job … Wednesday & Friday night my shift ended at 11pm. On Wednesday after work, I came home to bake chicken as I had taken it out of the freezer on the weekend and it needed to cook or get thrown away. This was especially great as I had roasted veggies to eat.

I brought my lunch in on Friday, then was tempted by a coworker going for sushi. Later I went into the fridge and my lunch was gone. My container no where to be found. I think it was mistakenly taken by a particular coworker who has done this before as we have the same sets of containers.

When I was in Maryland in October, I ordered some items from Amazon and they were scheduled to be delivered before my Aunt came to visit. It did not arrive before she left. No big deal as it was not anything urgent, just workout DVDs and Tubshrooms. My Aunt who lives in town, went to visit and came back with my purchases.

You know how I love my 20 minute workouts. 🙂

Next week I am working Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. I will be getting up early to workout. These videos will be part of the lineup. I am determined to take control of my schedule and my health.

Other than that … I threatened my kids with eviction. On Sunday, our kitchen sink stopped draining. Of course it happens when there are way too many dirty dishes piled up. The super came and determined the blockage was in my unit. I still don’t believe it was but whatever. He offered to snake the drain for me “as a favour”. In doing so, a hole was created in the U joint of pipe … Not impressed, but not the end of the world.

On Monday, the plumber came and I am still not sure what exactly transpired as my kids were home dealing with him. When I got home the pipe was fixed but the kitchen was a hot mess. Since he had to weld, he removed the batteries from the smoke detectors. I asked my kids to replace and put them back on the ceiling … they are still taken apart.

To add insult to injury, I asked both of them repeatedly to clean up the kitchen as I was busy and tired. Ask me how my kitchen was looking …

To top it off, my sister is losing her cool over the fact that our mother asked her to pay to fix the gutters on the house. The long texts of ungratefulness grated my nerves. My sister does not pay rent. She works full time. She has no debt. My mother is retired. I am beyond annoyed.

Calgon take me away.