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Gym and Health Update

So it’s summer…

Which means…

I’ve been working real hard at the gym up until my foot biopsy then I had to lay low for two weeks. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I am on some new medication, but not for weight loss and yet it’s affecting my weight loss journey in a way. I am one pound away from my super mini goal if you look in my Training tab on the home page of my website.

I know I should always keep writing, but when it’s summer and I got a million things to do you just forget. I want to make more of this website and do more things, but I am not that talented. We’ll see in the future.

Books and more books…

I decided after finding a quote that I found hilarious that belonged to the book “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman to actually buy the book that it came from. I have heard over the course of many years that Neil Gaiman is a great author and many people enjoy his written works. I just never thought his writing was for me, but yet I respected him as an author in the book geek community. I did a thing and I ordered American Gods and while I was looking up books written by him I also found a diamond among the other jewels and saw Norse Mythology written by Gaiman as well. I love Norse mythology so I also picked up this book as well. Then I decided to finish my “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and bought books two and three. The one that was recently released is still in hardcover and I have a thing about my books matching. It still drives me nuts that my Twilight books 1 through 3 are paperback and the last one is in hard cover. Also, don’t get me started that my Harry Potter books one through four are paperback and the rest are in hardcover. That one drives me more crazy.

Anyway, I don’t know if I even will get that fourth court of roses book, but I don’t intend on starting to read that series until I completely finish the Throne of Glass series. The last installment, which has a title now, “The Kingdom of Ash”, will be published at the end of October. I have started collecting the paperback versions of ToG series even though I started reading them on my Kindle. I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle so that I can start reading it the minute it’s released and I absolutely cannot wait. I think I will wait a long while and get it in paperback so it can match it’s sisters…because I am weird. The only hardcover of ToG is the Tower of Dawn and I don’t mind that one being in hardcover because it really isn’t part of the series, but then again it is because it’s only telling a story that has events that are happening at the SAME TIME as Empire of Storms. I like to think of it as a side thing just like the prequel book with the side stories of when Celeana is 16 and still an assassin. And yet…that one I have on my shelf with the other as a paperback…

^^;

It all works out…

With more time on my hands this summer now that I am off from college and on vacation I am determined to get more books read. I should make a summer reading goal. I want to read and finish anywhere from six to ten novels. Is that too much? No, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of organizing my time and testing this new medications limits and what it can really do for my brain. I also am going to get into new better habits and re-arrange my life for the better so I can get stuff done. I also hope to start book reviews as well, but I probably will only have time in the summers to do these. I am very hopeful though. This is going to work and I can’t wait for my book delivery!

I took a step and then another…

I went to the gym on Friday and then skipped Saturday and then went yesterday, Sunday morning and I was going to go today on Memorial Day. There are a couple of reasons holding me back from going.

  1. Memorial Day Drivers (I don’t want to get into an accident)
  2. Women’s issues happened to me yesterday evening, but thankfully I am not in a lot of pain. (knock on wood and hope for the best)
  3. I neglected my laundry with being busy and wanting to rest, but it seems like I keep getting roped into staying busy. This has it’s good and bad points.
  4. I’m not just making excuses to make excuses.

If I were to go to the gym in this state I would need to wear black pants just in case and well, I ran out and therefore that is why I have to stay home and do laundry. But, I am on a mission. It’s 124 days until my brother’s wedding and I am determined to look good in a dress and look good in the videos and photos. I don’t want to look like a cute potato in a dress. Did I mention I hate wearing dresses? It’s the tomboy in me.

I am also on a new medication that hopefully will help me on this journey and focus this summer to finish the goals I set for myself. I want to lose at least a healthy range of 30 pounds this summer. But, since I am so heavy and with this new medication I do not mind losing 40-50 pounds and then stopping for my body to adjust as long as a lot of inches come off with it. I want to get under the 300 pound mark and so far I have lost like 2-3 pounds. I could weight myself more to see if that I lost more, but lady problems with the bloating prevents me from seeing any progress. I also have a bad habit of not drinking enough water. I used to drink a lot of water when I was younger and I don’t know how I got into the habit of not drinking enough water. I am just not thirsty enough I guess? It’s not the taste. I have a great water system in the home and I have had so many friends suggest water flavorings that are either natural fruits to artificial diabetic friendly flavorings. To be honest though, to flavor my water with any of these options would make me want to drink water less. To me water should be just that…water. Any weird flavorings and subconsciously my brain would start thinking I am trying to poison it.

Also, I wanted to mention that I joined a weight loss program called Real Appeal. I found out about it from work and other co-workers have joined. Now I am not a person to jump on band wagons or jump off the bridge with everyone else like a freaking sheep. But, I decided to try anything once especially when you hear good things. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about it and there are a few things that I do like about it. I got a free kit in the mail with a digital scale, exercise equipment thing (I have no idea what they call it), work books, a plate with color coded portions of how you should eat, exercise dvd’s, and stuff. And then there is the live video classes you can do from your computer or smart phone. The class is thirty minutes and you set up what time you want to join. I’ll keep this blog updated with all that stuff.

Wish me luck!

P.S. That one doctor on my last doctor’s visit on May 3rd pissed me off so I am going to prove I don’t need that medication with the two really bad side effects. I’m going to prove her wrong. I can do this without it.

Doctor’s appointment today…

I’m going to see the doctor this afternoon. I had all my blood tests done because it’s that time again to check it. We’ll see what my AC1’s are and where I’m at and probably discuss a new diet and all that jazz. I’m hoping to get help getting my ears cleaned out because it’s getting hard to hear on occasion. Wish me luck!

A way to trick your brain…

One trick of trying to not over eat and to also start eating healthier is to trick your brain. One idea is to use smaller plates so that when you fill up that plate your brain thinks it’s eating a lot of food, but it isn’t and by doing that you reduce the number of calories you intake. You might want to make guidelines for what can go on that plate. For example, you probably want to outlaw fried foods, sugary foods, high carb foods, high in fat foods, and stuff. It’s your body so the best guidelines should be made by between a health professional and you.

Words about the six meals a day…

If your in a job that keeps you very busy and there is no time for a small meal or snack I suggest quick protein shakes for meal replacements. If not maybe a granola bar…? maybe? That way you trick your brain into being fed all the time. I know that I probably could do the six small meals…I just don’t like it.

Drink copious amounts of water…

This fills you up as well and makes you less hungry is another trick. Also, not only does it fill you up it cleanses your body of toxins and other things and keeps you hydrated. This is a good thing trust me. You should be taking a trip to the bathroom at least six times a day. If you do not urinate six times a day then that’s not healthy… (Side note: If you have to go three times that amount you might want to talk to your doctor.)

And there you have it….three tricks to use on our brains without them knowing it. Okay it is your brain and it does know, but it’s more of tricking the brain through the eyes and an optical illusion thing…I dunno. But, hopefully these things work! I know the water one does and the plate one, but the six small meals does not work with me.

 

A new organization tool…

I finally picked up a bullet journal to start my journey of organizing and keeping a record of my life. I’ve been wanting to try this type of journal for a long while, but I didn’t know exactly what it was or how to use it. I tried looking on the internet about tutorials and example, but they were confusing and alien to me. A class mate of mine has a bullet journal and she showed me how she uses it. Basically you put any freaking thing you want in it and each month or each week doesn’t have to have the same order of a schedule either. I think I am going to like this. You know instead of buying planners and journals that have set ways of what you should write and stuff. Everything can be into one and I don’t have to have so many paper books. I still will have paper journals because I love collecting journals (even if I don’t get to use them. I know I’m weird.) and I do use them, I just need to start writing down my thoughts everyday so that they can get used. So, hopefully this works out and I can make it all pretty and stuff. lolz ^^;;

Crock Pot Meals Is A Healthy Way To Cook

The crock Pot is one of the most easiest cooking tools to use in today’s modern kitchen. It also doesn’t involve frying anything. It is possible to make unhealthy food in crock pots, but there are so many healthy recipes that you can use to make great meals that taste great. And now I’m starting to sound like an infomercial. lolz ^^;

The first rule about eating healthy is portion control and if it’s just you or you have one more person with you then a 3-6 qt. crock pot would be too much unless your going to squirrel away the extra portions for another day because you don’t plan on cooking in the crock pot every day (Or just for you meal preppers out there this would be a good idea). Keep this in mind. There are many healthy crock pot recipes online to choose from, but make sure they are recipes for the right size crock pot that you want. Now if it’s a party or there are many people living in your house hold then you will need a bigger sized crock pot. I have one healthy crock pot recipe on this website of mine under the tab “Recipes” called “Holy Cow Turkey Chili”.

Who wouldn’t want to use a crock pot? It takes you minutes to prepare and then it cooks all day for you so that by the time you come home from a long day your meal will be ready whenever you are. And I also have to tell you that I learned the hard way about this, but if you are cooking on top of a granite counter top or the like, then you want to put something under your crock pot especially for the bigger models. For my crock pot I put an inch thick wooden cutting board. I started doing this after my granite counter top cracked and split about fifteen inches… ^^;;;;

…yeah lesson learned.

Good news is when the area cooled it closed back up because thank the gods it was on a seam of the counter so it wasn’t a zig-zag break.

The best brand of crock pots I found out are the Hamilton Beach ones…a little pricey, but well worth the extra bucks. Get the one where it has an option after you set it for whatever cooking time that when it’s done it automatically goes to the “warm” setting. This way you can set it and forget it.  ^^

I’m still learning cooking with a crock pot and I hope to get better. So far I have perfected my turkey chili. What I mean by this is that I have it basically memorized in my head…mostly. I hope you can experiment with different recipes and meal plans for a healthier and easy way for a more fit lifestyle without having a million dishes in the sink for meal prepping.

Once a habit…

I think if I break my fast food and diet soda addiction that will be it. I try to do things in moderation and it either works for awhile, doesn’t work at all, or becomes too much. It feels like breaking up with a significant other. You know they’re toxic for you, but you keep going back anyway thinking it’ll be different the next time. Your anxiety, brain, and cravings lie to you. Don’t listen to them and don’t give in. I’m sure once I start eating healthier foods and get into a good exercise routine as a better healthier habit I can kick those bad habits to the curb. I’ll start next week as I gather up my sure fire plan and when I am able to go back to the gym again.

Well…here’s to my health?

Getting old with age…

As we age we get wrinkles, joint pain, and our minds aren’t as sharp as they used to be. But is that something to celebrate or to be feared as we get older? Here’s two ways to look at it: You can either look on the cynical side and think about these things in a negative manner, or you can look on the bright and positive side.

With age comes wisdom and those wrinkles? You’ve earned them. Nobody knows your body, but you so you know what it has been through and what it’s going through right now. No one knows the future so there’s no point in worrying about it. We should treat our bodies better because it’s the only one we got. If we want to stay around long enough on this planet for the various reasons like family, friends, adventure, or the pursuit of happiness then we should take care of it. The first step in doing that is talking with your doctor.

The next step is getting on a healthy diet plan that works for you. You shouldn’t think of a diet as in “Die” but with a “T”, but as in the logical and anthropological sense of “diet” what do you eat? What does your diet consists of? This is a change of life and habits and I know it’s easier said than done, but small changes at first is the way to go. You are not going to feel the good changes that a healthier diet will do for you at least six weeks down the road so don’t give up! Your diet is the most important to your health more than exercise because you can’t out run a bad diet…and it’s just bad for your heart that way.

The third step is picking an exercise and fitness routine that works for you. Yes, you will talk to your doctor about this as well. Also, if you can work with a personal trainer to help you figure out a routine that’s best for you. Once you have that down and you start slow at first and then once you get used to it you can up your physical fitness routine.

The fourth step is keeping a journal to write down your thoughts and to, in a way, work things out and also keep a record of your health journey. That way when you do hit the six week mark you can look back on your progress.

Aging doesn’t have to be so bad. Things are going to happen to your body with age, but you can make it a bit easier by doing a little self care for yourself. No one else is going to do it for you. YOU have to make the effort for YOU. If you don’t then how do you expect anyone else to love or care for you if you can’t seem to love or care for yourself. Make your own light first and shine brightly.

Just get moving…

I yelled at myself today and so I started dancing to “Just Dance 2017” on my Nintendo Switch. I really wasn’t feeling it today and my arms were really hurting after four songs. I need to go back to the gym and workout for a week and try again on Saturday. The good news is I lost two pounds in a week. I don’t know how I’ve been eating like I wasn’t on a diet this past week while on vacation. And then I totally forgot about my homework the entire week because I was so focused on studying for the vocab quiz on Wednesday…

I’m so grounding myself. I know I am an adult, but that means I can punish myself and so I will be studying most of next weekend away.