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Free Time

Coming up this week, I am going to see Wicked and have a birthday party to attend. I asked for the 2 days off from the part time job. Guess who has the whole week off???

Not sure how that works in their mind but OK. My only issue is that usually work Friday and or Saturdays which is how I get the new schedule. I refused to join the Facebook group and haven’t exchanged phone numbers with any of my coworkers yet. I will have to make trip to pick up the schedule next weekend. Good thing it is less than 10 minutes away from home.

Not sure what I am going to do with all my free time. Although if I was smart, I would use the time to get back on the exercise bandwagon. I went shopping yesterday with Princess and the multiple mirrors in the change room are very unforgiving. Plus my tight pants don’t lie. LOL

Last Thursday, I broke out an oldie and not so goodie, Ripped in 30 by Jillian Michaels. I thought I was going to die. That 30-ish minute workout took me over 45 minutes. There were many pauses. I was and still am very sore. I walked yesterday to try to alleviate some of the soreness. It didn’t work as well as I would have liked it to.

Going to try to work out in the morning and then go for a walk in the evenings all next week. I am really in need of a lifestyle change. This has gone on long enough. Going back to tracking my food on My Fitness Pal. I also see a cleanse in my future. I usually do one in the spring but didn’t this year so it might be time to make drastic measures in the short term … after cake day on Wednesday of course. ūüėČ

In other news, I am in the process of renegotiating my mortgage and the number of spelling/grammatical errors in the emails from the bank representative is hurting me. I’m concerned about her abilities and kind of question all her “advice” now. O_o

I booked my plane ticket to visit my cousin in Portland, OR. I’m starting to get very excited about the trip. My cousin is recommending I bring hiking boots. Luckily for me, another cousin just got back from her hiking trip and we are the same shoe size! No need for me to purchase something I will probably only use once. Winner, winner!!!

Any suggestions on what to do in Portland are greatly appreciated.




Still sore

My legs are still feeling the effects of Wednesday’s workout. I think this might be my longest recovery yet.

I’m a little afraid of the two workouts I have scheduled this week. I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.

I stayed home on Thursday to rest so the cold I’m fighting wouldn’t get worse. While I had plans to laze on the couch on clear off my PVR, my old TV had other ideas and it refused to turn on. Google tells me it’s most likely a capacitor. Luckily for me, Diva came home for lunch and we switched out the TVs. The new picture is fantastic, so clear and bright. I’m very happy with my purchase and so glad I bought it when I did.

I’m pretty much on the mend. Although I will still take it easy as I don’t want to relapse. My cousin is still fighting whatever ails her. She’s been sick for the past two weeks.

I’m looking forward to having dinner on Tuesday with a couple of old coworkers. Other than that and my cousin’s wedding coming up next weekend, I’m going to stay in and keep my spending low. Need to focus on rebuilding my stash.

Finally tackled the oven

I am so sore. Partially from working out but mostly from cleaning my oven yesterday. I googled how to clean my oven without harsh chemicals. It led me to spraying my oven with vinegar and water, coating it with baking soda and kosher salt, then spray with vinegar/water again. Walk away for 10 minutes, then scrub away the grime. It worked well on the less stuck on crud but it still required some elbow grease.


It didn’t occur to me to take a before photo as you had some idea of how bad it was when the glass dish shattered. I also soaked my oven racks as directed by Jillee, they came out rather nice.

I didn’t get all the gunk off but it is much better than before. My fingertips have stopped hurting, but now my forearms ache. ūüė¶

I need to stay off the internet

Every so often I wander around the Internet and find new books or videos and¬†I think hey this¬†looks interesting. ¬†The books, I put on goodreads.com for future reference. ¬†But the videos … if the library has them, I put them on hold.

Which brings me to my latest find. ¬†I don’t even remember¬†where I first found it, so I can’t even direct my misery in their direction.

Ballet Beautiful (Source)

15 minute workouts!?! ¬†Sign me up. ¬†However, I should have taken the “trainer to Natalie Portman in Black Swan” as a warning instead of an accomplishment.

The workout was “just” 15 minutes and I cried through ALL 15. ¬†This #$%$%^ lady did 4 or 5 reps of 8 on each side. ¬†ALL AT ONCE. ¬†I was heavy breathing even as I cried. ¬†It was a hot mess. ¬†I hurt. ¬†I hurt.

I did the whole body workout and I am hearing my muscles complaining talking.

I thought Jillian was tough, but I think this lady has her beat.  Pretending to be all nice and gentle then BAM!

I also have this one. ¬†But I’m afraid. ¬†I’m not sure I can handle it.

Ballet Beautiful 2 (Source)

Doesn’t she look all innocent and kind?

Roll call

rollcall (Source)

Early (for me) this morning, one of my co-workers sent me a text and surprisingly I heard it.  I tried to ignore it, but responsibility got the better of me.  She needed some technical help which required me to get my work computer from the living room.

With one eye open I swear some of my muscles made themselves known:

Hamstrings, present!!
Glutes, here.
Calves? Right one loud and clear, Left MIA.
Pecs, *waving hello*
Abs … what’s up!?!
Shoulders, we’re here too!!

I forgot the aftermath of no exercise.  I forgot that these muscles existed.  How nice that they refused all day to let me forget about them.

This evening I did level 1 of 30 Day Shred instead of Ripped in 30.  I figured it was best to work my muscles differently.

Maybe tomorrow my muscles won’t talk to me as loudly.

On a different side note, having split peas soup two days in a row might not be my best decision … just saying. O_o