Friday, April 24, 2015

Whoopin' and what I'm reading this week

It's da weekend!  

*booty poppin' dance*

Man, this workout week really handed me a whoopin'.  Well I should say the strength training in particular.  We drug out the Total Trainers Monday and then did a lower body workout Wednesday and I just tried to load up with protein and water for muscle repair. 

But enough of that, let's get to...



34 Healthy Energy Bars You Can Make at Home  (I was seriously wondering how to make some and this popped up.  Some good recipes!)

Dr. Oz Defends Medical Advice After Calls For Dismissal From Columbia University  (I'm sorry but when a heart doctor writes a weight loss book saying how I can have any nut butter I want except peanut butter because it's so delicious I won't be able to control myself then last week tells me to load up on peanuts or 3 tbsps of peanut butter, then yeah...no trust.  Stick to fixing hearts please.)

The Top 3 Scariest, Grossest, Germiest Places in Your House  (The second I read this, I did a tub clean on the washer.  No lie)

14 Sneaky Ways to Hide Household Eyesores  (Some AWESOME ideas in here.  I'm doing a few!)

What to Do When Your Job Is Seriously Stressing You Out  (Besides quit)

Why Your Brain Doesn't Want You to Keep Weight Off—and How to Fight It  (This is so true.  I think some of us talked about this recently on Facebook)

Why a High-­Fat Diet Can Torpedo Your Metabolism  (Why did they show donuts as the picture when they're talking about cheese?)

Which Foods Actually Stain Your Teeth (and Which Don't)  (Good to know!)

How to Buy Better Produce for Less  (I'll take any penny I can get!)

See How Body Shaming Can Affect Anyone, Even Fitness Stars  (I bawled my eyes out for her)

Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression  (Good info for those who prefer not to take meds)

First Draft of 'Breakfast Club' Script Unearthed at Shuttered Chicago High School  (Cool!)

This Is What Plus-Size Clothes Look Like On Plus-Size Women  (Hilarious and so true.  Why do we have catalogs or websites to begin with?  Actually 10 years ago they tried to launch true to size catalogs and people didn't want to see what they would actually look like, they wanted skinnier models.  *rolling eyes*)

This Couple Kept the "Best Secret Ever" From Their Family and Friends   (The reactions are hilarious!)

Last F**kable Day with Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Amy Schumer (NSFW, full of swearing but hilarious as hell)

We've got a ton to do this weekend and no to do list to follow so I need to make that up today so I don't forget anything.  A super busy time coming up and multi-tasking isn't my strong point.  I think we're trying a new pizza place this weekend...unless my craving for my meatloaf overtakes that.  I make a mean version of Cheesecake Factory's old favorite the Mile High Meatloaf sandwich.  Actually the past two weeks, I've been craving pure crap but then come high cal day we can't think of anything.  Weirdos.

Whatchu guys up to this weekend?

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spontaneous update

About 4 years ago when I redid the bedroom, we got this armoire for my dresser from a vintage shop.


I've always loved it...until I open it.


The inside was nicked up a little and the guy who painted it did a bit of a sloppy job.  I always said I was going to paint it but you know how that goes.  When I was going upstairs, I decided to grab the sample size Duck Egg chalk paint that took up residence on the dining table.  When I got to the top of the stairs, I saw my paint brush and thought "eh, why not."

I got straight to work and didn't even bother to take my clothes out of the drawers.


I painted all of the drawer fronts and the side pieces and then decided to seal it with some wax so it would hold up for a good long while.  You can see how the wax deepens the color slightly.



Then it was all sealed and ready to not be winced at anymore when the doors are opened.


I think it probably took a total of 30-40 minutes for all coats of paint and wax.  Only took a few years to actually execute.




Have you ever done a spontaneous update of something you had no intention of doing five minutes earlier?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thumpin' melon

It was a pretty long day yesterday.  It's usually the Mr's telework day and I must be used to it because the day dragged on forever with him at work.  I got some scheduling done I've been putting off, following up with people dragging their feet on some things, spent the day obsessing with stats for the latest video and trying to stop my nails from throbbing after biting them all off from nerves.  Yeesh.

The Mr was kind enough to stop by the grocery on the way home and ran into several stupid people that caused him to get a flaming headache.  I was so sore from the Total Trainer session the night before I knew nothing strenuous was in the cards for me so I thought I'd see if he wanted to walk at the park.  He looked pretty beat and in pain but said he wanted to in lieu of going into the basement to workout.  It was pretty windy but I knew that would mean no sweat and I'm down with that.  We gabbed and enjoyed the sunshine.


I wish I could say that made him better but he seemed to get worse even after a neck massage from me, Excedrin migraine (his usual last resort) and dinner of chicken, sweet potato and green beans.  I felt so bad for him.  I know those days when you just have the worst headache that wants to hang on and nothing seems to help.  The only thing that seemed to slightly improve things for him was the all natural method of peppermint and olive oil rubbed on the temples.  Hopefully today will be better.

But it was good to stumble across Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back so we could hear the line "fire a warning shot into his bulbous ass."  That one got a pretty hearty chuckle from the Mr.

How do you soothe headaches that hang on?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Let's end this together!



You all know about the struggle my grandma has been going through with dementia.  This disease is stealing her from a family who loves her and misses her despite the fact that she's sitting right next to them.  She no longer knows us and it is a fate worse than death.  It is the 6th leading cause of death and out of the top 10 causes of death, this is the ONLY one with no effective treatment or cure.  This MUST change or more of us and our loved ones will succomb to this disease.  Don't think it can't happen to you...it can and you don't have to be old to get it.  People in their 20's and 30's are being diagnosed!

I have joined a fundraiser benefitting the Alzheimer's Association in collaboration with Seth and Lauren Rogen to aid toward getting a documentary made because I think awareness to the younger generation is so important if we're going to get a cure for this disease.  People need to change their views on Alzheimers and dementia by getting educated.  This documentary puts a face to this disease from Seth and Lauren's story to the story of a 35 year old that was diagnosed to what patients in a nursing home go through every day.

Seth and Lauren Rogen have done an amazing job of bringing awareness where they can with their program Hilarity for Charity but sadly, when Seth testified before Congress, most of the seats were empty and only two senators showed up which is friggin' appalling.

Please stop by the landing page for the fundraiser and watch the YouTube video for a peek at what you'd be supporting.  Even if you can't afford to donate, please consider sharing the fundraiser page with everyone you know because when it comes down to it, we've all either been or known someone touched by Alzheimers and dementia.  If you want to honor someone you love currently suffering, someone you've lost to the disease or to show your support to a friend, co-worker or friend of the family touched by this disease...please donate.  Minimum donation toward the documentary is $10.

If you'd prefer to donate any amount no matter how small toward Alzheimers research, you can go to Hilarity for Charity which benefits the Alzheimers Association.

You guys know this is close to my heart.   Thanks for listening and considering a donation no matter the amount either to the documentary or to the charity.  I understand if you can't but please pass it along to anyone else you think may be interested!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend giggles and eats

Happy Monday peeps!

We had a pretty decent weekend.  I was down another pound, the Mr maintained but he didn't track his food all week.  That's all I'm sayin'.  He knows not tracking leaves him high and dry on the scale every single time.

We got out and enjoyed the weather.  We got a burger for lunch, found the city was crawling with too much activity for the Mr's liking so we did a little early grocery shopping at Trader Joe's.  I was super ticked to see they yanked my parisian carrots I friggin' LOVED.  I'm pretty sure they now track our receipts to see what we buy consistently and plan what they will discontinue from that.  Jerks.

Then it was off to Target so I could see the funniest thing I would see all weekend.


Sorry Christian...no one gives a crap anymore, you're on the clearance rack.

We worked on a video and I got to bed at a decent hour whilst the Mr wasted people on his video game.

Sunday we were expecting rain but when I woke up and saw a sunny day, I roused the Mr so we could get in a hike at the park before the heavens opened.  It was a decent walk and I burned 600 calories so I can't complain.

It was a pretty good food day too.  I've been craving nachos so that's what I made us for lunch.


Garden of Eatin' No Salt tortilla chips, ground white turkey, enchilada and taco sauce, pepper jack cheese, scallions and spinach.  I'm hoping it helped quell the Mr's Taco Hell cravings.  That stuff is so nasty.  I remember the day I actually tasted each ingredient seperately instead of covered in goo or sauce.  What an eye opener and haven't had it since...like 6 years or something.

We did our produce shopping and the Mr cut up the veggies and cantaloupe for me, we worked on another video while it poured rain and then I made dinner.


Ginger BBQ pork chop and grilled asparagus with mango lemonade.  I *rarely* imbibe in caloric drinks for dinner but my God that stuff is heaven.

Later it was time to sip some hot chocolate, listen to some 80's music and plan meals for the week.

What did you guys get into this weekend?

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Friday, April 17, 2015

It's Friday yo and what I'm reading this week

Howdy do all?

I am so glad it's Friday and I don't really know why because it's not like we have too much planned.  But do we ever need a reason to be happy for Friday?  Nope!  But enough of my babble, let's get to:



Smell what The Rock is Cooking-Dwayne Johnson's meal plan  (Holy balls!)

How to Make Bananas Ripen Exactly When You Want Them (Word!)

5 No-Brainer DIYs That Ironically Keep Your Mind Sharp  (Nice to know crafting serves better purposes!)

11 Trader Joe’s Facts You Probably Don't Know  (Finally glad to know the bell system)

6 Daily Habits Of Healthy People That You Should Adopt ASAP  (Will do)

Financial risks in your forties  (I suppose I should read this a few times)

6 Major Fitness Myths—Busted!  (Gotcha)

81 Awesome Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist  (Good info to have)

Gravity Payments CEO takes 90% pay cut to give workers huge raise   (Courtesy of the Mr.  This guy will have good karma raining down on him for years to come)

Amazing Nurse Cat Comforts Other Sick Animals in Polish Animal Shelter  (Aww)

Here’s What Birth Control Actually Does To Your Sex Drive  (Interesting info especially for dudes to understand.)

The Best Delicious Desserts Made Healthier From Around the Web  (I admit some of these made me wrinkle my nose but I won't knock them til I try them)

6 Creative Ideas to Inspire Your Windowsill Garden  (I want a windowsill!)

Chris Pratt completes Half Ironman  (Congrats to Chris!)

So that's about it on my end.  I think we're supposed to have decent weather so maybe we'll get out and walk a bit.  We've got a little cleaning and work to do too so a little business with pleasure.

What are you guys up to this weekend?

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Video doesn't lie

Thanks so much for the kind responses yesterday.

It was a pretty lackluster day.  I got to work on some stuff I needed to get done and counted down the hours until the Mr got home since the day seemed to drag.

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Last night we did a circuit workout and a few of the songs brought back memories of our 2001 trip to Hawaii.  I always remember that as one of my favorite trips.  I thought I looked decent, we went to three islands and I knew we'd be taking my friend the following year so we filmed it kind of travelogue style which is fun to watch.  We broke out the DVD's and reminisced.  Then I realized that "ahh, I didn't look as good as I thought I did!"  I definitely held my weight differently because I don't think I'm too far off weight wise than I am now.  So weird how that is.  Plus our voices sound so young, well I guess we were young, I was 26 and he was 28.  My voice is now grisled by life.  Nothing more frustrating than looking back on a trip 14 years ago and realizing you're not much better off weight wise.  Sigh.

Then it reminded me that we never really put together our vacation video from last years trip to Carmel and San Francisco which means it'll never get done.  That's not like us.  I think when we went through footage we weren't thoroughly impressed with what I took.  Double sigh.

Dinner was salmon and brussels.

I'm ready for the weekend...if Garfield didn't give you the hint.

Do you ever look at pics or video of a time when you thought you looked good and recoil in horror?

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