Friday, 29 April 2016

April Showers...


This pretty much sums it up.
Started once again yesterday, and we're slated from 10" to 2 feet, snowing through Sunday.
Joy.
I seriously need some sunshine soon, and warmth.
I am in a perpetual shiver.

It has been super hard to eat a few salads when I just want thick, creamy hot soups and stews filled with cheese, cream and bread on the side or potatoes or fried spicy things. My veggie intake has not been stellar, and I have been trying to get salad in more often.

But, I did just eat a salad with my chicken.
I also just made another cup of steaming coffee, as I sit here.
I am supposed to be doing my work, but I am worked out, lol.
I am so glad that it's Friday, and *crossing my fingers* I won't have to work through the weekend too. See, it is super lucky to be able to work from home, but they always know where to find me. And they love to pile it on me because, you know, they seem to think I have nothing better to do, lol. 
Or they just figure, "Hey, she's snowed in. Let's send it all to her and all the in office peeps can enjoy themselves!"
No, I know that's not it at all. I'm just pooped.
And frozen, lol. 

Anyway, before the snows came in, I was doing great this week. I was even down 2 pounds.
I'm not saying that I'm doing badly now. I've just slowed down a bit. In all honesty, I hate working out at home. I'm one of those people that is motivated by the actual gym environment.

Yep, I'm all full of excuses, aren't I?


But this guy is always here to keep me company.


So my days are really not bad. How could they be with this all over me all of the time?

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Followup because this is too funny!

It's begun again.
With a little gusto!

Spring, please sprung already

It's sometimes hard to be motivated or to physically get to the gym, or anywhere, when this happens.


This was April 18th. 
Three and a half feet of snow, deeper in some spots.
All I know was the dogs looked at me like I was crazy when I would open the door.
So being the good doggy mommy that I am, I trudged and shoveled waist high snow to make a path and large circle in the yard for them to go out in.
Now granted, two days later our roads were clear and this was melting down.
Then, another six inches fell.

Like today, I came home from the gym this morning, and it was almost 60 degrees!
Now, we're at 40 three hours later, and it's raining with a little sleet for good measure.
Even when we hit the 60's, I am freezing all of the time.
Ugh.

This past weekend the weather was nice enough for us to rake and bag pine needles, begin cutting back the trash bushes that pop up all over, and I was even able to plant a few flower bulbs that don't kick it up here.
We even got to grill on our deck. Yep, that one up there where the patio furniture is buried.
These are the weekends that I am so looking forward to, hopefully soon.
Of course, we should be used to this, lol.

I have some recipes pinned that I cannot wait to try out, tweak and hopefully share with you too.
I have a new selection of fantastic leggings to snap photos of. 

And if you're interested, I have some news tomorrow on my Candy and Kink Blog
It's something simple, but I was excited to find this out and be included. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Inspiration:

This woman, Cory Everson, started it all for me. I remember seeing her on ESPN at the Olympia in the mid 80's. I had never seen anything like her, and I loved it. I began watching her workout shows. I would try to do them, tried to use my dad's weight machines. In high school in P.E., I got to use the girls' weight room instead of playing basketball ball. Of course, I was clueless on what I should be doing or about any sort of nutrition. 
I grew up in Louisiana: fried food, boiled food, lots of starches.
I know 90% of our vegetables were from a can.
Sure, my parents grew some veggies, but I had no clue what to eat to lose fat and gain muscle.
At that time, eating less was the big thing, and any diet information was based on the popular skinny model types.
But I always dreamed about being like her. It took me until my late 30's to take the leap, hire knowledgeable people, and educate myself. Do I look like her? Lol, no, but I am still trying. I may be 80 and still trying, but I will always remember this woman sparked the desire in me.
I have many inspirational woman in my life today, and I am going to start sharing them with you.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

The ugly truth, but another yum breakfast.

The ugly truth is I weigh more than I have in a couple of years.
123.8
It's an ugly number.
I can't lie and say, "Oh but I bet most of it is muscle."
I know in my heart of hearts, and my chunky, cellulite ridden butt and thighs that it is not.
I have no one to blame but myself.

I still eat, drink, and party like I'm in my 20's.
Yet, I am on the cusp of 43.
I've had a hysterectomy.
Age, hormones, genetics are not on my side.
It's time to make some more changes in my life.
I'll throw it out there. 
I like my evening cocktails.
I like cheese and crackers with my wine.
I like burgers with cheese and fries.
I love spicy fried chicken.
I have created a sugar/sweets habit that I never had in the past, ever.
I used to always be able to pass on the sweets.

I have slid down the slippery slope the past year.
I have sort of dug myself a hole of bad habits that I am struggling crawling out of, so I might as well claw my way out now before I'm unable to get out at all.

As I said, I am trying.
I am implementing a better plan of action.
I am going to be cutting back and out the habits that I have created all week long.
I need to go back to just having a few fun treats on the weekends and not dragging them along everyday, or nearly everyday.

I am almost 43. I do not need to party and indulge like I am half my age anymore.
Now, that's not saying that I won't still do the dumb shit that I do.
I will still cuss like a sailor, wear clothing that is considered inappropriate for a lady of my age, write dirty, dirty books, give my thoughts on sex and bedroom recreation, dance like a fool in public...Nope, I'm not cutting those back!

So, there is my ugly truth. Now on to the yummy!


That's the final product!

Here's how it began.



I started with 3 oz of sweet potato that I had baked during meal prep earlier in the week. I diced it along with one sweet pepper, 1/2 a jalapeno, and some spinach, which I have found a fondness of cutting my spinach with kitchen shears lately.


I threw all of that in a preheated pan sprayed with some olive oil spray. I covered it and let it go a few minutes.


Then went in 1 whole egg and 1/2 cup of egg whites.
Cover and cook.


Check on it until it is cooked to your likeness.


That's mine! I sprinkled it with a little Cajun seasoning and then slid it out on the plate and enjoyed!


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Chunky Butt and Some Booty Clapping songs...

I am working on it, but marginally so.
I get up. I go to the gym. I get there, and mentally stomp my foot screaming, "I don't wanna!!" as I stand putting my things away in the locker.
Then, I do it.
But I know my workouts are not an iota of what they used to be.
I'm doing it, but my head isn't into pushing myself harder.
But, I'm doing it.
A shitty workout is better than no workout.
Trying to find my joy while doing it, lol.
Lately, that comes with walking or walk/jogging on the treadmill to Slipknot or Marilyn Manson or Five Finger Death Punch. That has been my joy.
Lifting has been sucking for me lately, and I think it has to do with my tendon issues.
But I'm trying.

It's been a while since a gym selfie, so here's this morning.

fab fitness gym pic fit

It's still flipping freezing in the mornings.
One minute it's close to 70 degrees, an hour later 30 and blizzard.
Ah, spring in the mountains.
It's as nuts as I am.

Well, with my chunky butt at the moment, I can literally make my booty clap.
It's both horrible and hilarious.
For some reason, the husband finds it fascinating.
Me? Ugh, but I still laugh.

Booty clap, booty clap, let me see that booty clap.









Monday, 28 March 2016

Positive Thoughts, Delicious Foods, Awesome Jewelry!

Here is one of my newest daily mantras:

fit health fitness

I actually stole it, but I love it.

This morning I had this for breakfast before the gym.
This was just after I put it in the pan.

recipe breakfast fit fitness healthy
 
1 whole egg, 1/2 cup egg whites, spinach, grape tomatoes, a teeny bit of shredded gouda, and sprinkle of Flavor God Pizza Seasoning.
I just sprayed my omelet pan and threw it all in. I put a cover over it a few minutes, then folded it in half. Covered it another few minutes and plopped it on my plate.
The gouda made it so freaking good, and I doubt I used more than a tablespoon, as I shredded it straight from the block. 

Over the weekend, I wanted to make some special dishes.
Now, don't laugh but the only way we can get any crab up here is pre-cooked and frozen.


I thawed these babies overnight, and cracked and cleaned them Saturday.
That night I made stuffed shells with a creamy tomato sauce.
It was not healthy, and I took no pics.
We had so much meat left over that for Easter morning, I made us crab cakes.

recipe fit healthy fitness crab

 These were healthier. As I just put diced jalapeno, garlic, egg whites, spices and a teeny, teeny sprinkle of spent grain flour. Spent grain flour is the results of my hubs home brewing, which he does a ton. I simply sprayed my cast iron skillet with olive oil spray and let them go. They tasted far better than they looked.

Now, for some pretties.
A few years ago, I bought myself this for a birthday.


I am thinking of buying myself a little something again.
It doesn't hurt to window shop!