In an allegedly good way…  HP was working on stretching my hammies and working on building up the strength of my inner things…  But bottom line?  MY ASS HURTS!  Everything she had me do involved it being clenched, and an hour of of clenching means MY ASS HURTS.  :D

And I get to do it all again tomorrow morning.  (I’m doing make up Pilates for sleeping right though my session last week)

I meant to weigh-in this morning, but honest to god forgot.  I got completely out of the habit in December… Perhaps tomorrow I’ll remember.

Didn’t find any jobs to apply for today, and I can’t spend all my time sitting on the couch not doing anything until I have a job again, so I need to figure out how to spend my time once my contract is over.

Perhaps it’s time to get my ass back into the pool and swim.  I’ll bet the pool won’t be busy during the day… And since I’m paying for a damn gym membership that I don’t ever use… Hopefully swimming will not make my knee hurt like the damn stationary bike & elliptical make it hurt.

And perhaps I’ll bang out some more items on my 101 in 1001 list – like unpacking the rest of the damn boxes, and getting the decluttering done.. and knitting, and do some painting and drawing… too early to garden – God I hope I’m not still unemployed when it IS time to garden….

I’ve decided in the job hunt to REALLY focus on a job doing what I want to do – and what I think I want to do is Project Management.  System Administration will be my backup – I’ll still look for jobs as an SA, but I’m only going to apply for ones that really sound interesting, not just for any SA job I’m qualified for.  I’m hopeful that the law of averages will be on my side, and if I apply for enough PM jobs, ONE of them will work out for me.

Trying to stay positive here…

My BGBF and I are taking a spinning class tonight!  No – not THAT kind of spinning!  Spinning as in yarn!  We are going to learn how to spin yarn.  :D

I may not have mentioned but I’m a knitter.  Here is my much neglected knitting blog if you are interested.

Ever since the BGBF and I went to the Estes Park Wool Market this past June, we’ve both wanted to learn to spin so we can make our own fabulous yarn to knit fabulous things with.  Tonight’s class is for drop-spindle spinning, and if we like it and actually do some of it apres class, then we are both planning to take a class where we learn to spin using a spinning wheel.

After the class we are meeting another friend at a wonderful bar in Denver called Delite – they serve the most amazing cocktails and nibblies.  I’ve been looking forward to it ALL week.

Sadly I can’t stay out and party it up because I actually have to go into the office tomorrow.  The place I’m contracting at works 4-10’s with Friday’s off, so I usually just work 4-9’s plus a half day from home on Friday.  But there is some big system work scheduled tomorrow so in I will have to go to do my part.   :(

But still very excited about the class tonight!!!  It will be a wonderful antidote for my current funk.

Stuck with my plan of spending this weekend painting – and I’m tired and sore from it.  BUT the colors look fabulous so it’s all worth it.

I also managed to injure myself in a completely unexpected manner – I reached into my freezer to unjam some ice built up at the back of the ice maker – and found that there was a piece of SEARING HOT METAL that has blistered the crap out of two fingers.  GODDAMN IT HURTS!  So now I’m thinking that fridge is going to get replaced sooner than planned…stupid damn thing…

I survived the long weekend so far VERY well.  Had a bit too much pumpkin pie on Thursday, but still managed to keep it in my calorie range – YAY!  And I did well yesterday and today because I was busy painting and not just sitting around snacking.

Since the Evil Trainer is out of town this coming Friday, we are moving my weigh/measure day to Tuesday.  I didn’t weigh myself Friday, so I’m not sure where I’m at goal-wise, but I guess I find out soon enough!

Also had a successful Buy Nothing Day on Friday – well, almost successful…  I did watch TV (Fox Movie Channel), but other than that, there was no shopping, no internet, no phone use, no use of my car from dawn till dusk.  I didn’t watch much TV, it was on for my “noise” and I watched bits of movies while I was on paint breaks.  So I’m calling it successful  :P

I’ve decided to make my first ever buttermilk biscuits for Turkey Day dinner, so I’m on the hunt for a recipe. Lots of them seem to involve self-rising flour – and I’ve found self-rising flour doesn’t work right when you are baking a mile above sea-level…

I’m making the dinner (as usual) for myself and my parents.  Since their kitchen SUCKS to cook in, I’m thankful I don’t have to figure out how to cook for a crowd in it…

The menu:

  • Herb Roasted Turkey Breast (yeah, just the breast)
  • Dressing with Fennel, Pine Nuts, & Italian Sausage
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Green Beans with Hazelnuts
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Store bought Pumpkin Pie

I usually make a homemade pumpkin pie, but I haven’t cooked and canned my two pie pumpkins yet and I refuse to use the store bought crap canned pumpkin.  Yeah, I know, I’ll buy a crap store-bought pie but not the crap canned pumpkin…. It’s just how my crazy rolls…

I’ve got everything I need except for the buttermilk… So I should just need to make a quick trip to the store Wednesday morning.

What I’m REALLY looking forward to is Friday/Saturday/Sunday…  I get to paint my Living/Dining room and put up my beautiful new wall sconces… It’s not the actual painting that I’m looking forward to – it’s the fact that that will get rid of a BIG chunk of the dingey yellow that I hate…and the ugly ass wall sconces as well…  I only hope the walls look as good in the new colors as I’m hoping they will – I’m still loving the samples I have painted, so that’s a good sign.

All in all, this holiday weekend is going to be all about banging out some items from my 101 in 1001 list… Oh, and I’ll try and work in some walks or cardio too I guess… And I suppose I’ll also try to not gorge myself on food… After all, my weekly weigh-in is Friday morning…  ;)

In case I don’t blog again before the holiday – Happy Turkey Day all!

Well had my “First Friday” weigh & measure today.  Good news and bad news…

The bad news – I missed my goal of 350 – I weighed in at 354.6….  :(  Not surprising since I did spend about 2 weeks off the wagon in a candy & junk food haze.

The good news?  I lost 7 3/4″ inches in October!!!  The Evil Trainer is VERY pleased – and frankly so am I!  It’s a nice reminder that the scale isn’t the only measurement of success… 

I’ve been feeling much better too.  The insomnia problem seems to have resolved itself.  I really think it was all the candy that was messing me up.  So the trainer was able to really work me hard today – and tomorrow morning I get to be tortured in Pilates by his fiancee.  I’m wondering if adding the Pilates in weekly isn’t helping give me that big boost in inches lost – didn’t want to say that to the Evil Trainer because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.  :)  I think the combo of his workouts with the Pilates could be just what the doctor ordered.


Okay – I believe I’m finally back on the wagon!  Although I did have some candy today, I kept the amount low, and overall my calories are good for the day (even had some veggies!  ;)

Now that halloween and the party is over, and all the “bad” food is gone (perhaps not disposed of in the best manner), it’s time to renew my commitment to myself and to losing weight!

I actually forgot to weigh myself Friday – got up late, and had to get the dog fed and get dressed before the electricians showed up… So I was going to weigh myself Saturday – again, got up late and had to get my butt to Pilates.  So TODAY I was going to weigh – AGAIN, up late and get to get online and work (had some big production changes to get in place).  Of course part of the issue is that I put the scale away for the party, and haven’t gotten it back out…  I *may* weigh myself tomorrow morning – but I may wait until Friday for my monthly weigh/measure – I guess it depends on whether or not I oversleep ;)

Here are my goals for the month of November:

  1. 10 pound weight loss (that’s right, going for double digits!)
  2. Exercise 900 minutes – that’s an average of 30 min each day
  3. Average 2000/cal daily
  4. Cardio 3x/week – 20 min each
  5. Paint the main floor ceiling & hallway
  6. Unpack the 2 big boxes in the laundry room
  7. Swim 2x – at least 30 min each time

On the plus side of the past few days, I did get a couple items checked off my 101 in 1001….  :D

That’s how many days I have to reach my goal of 299…152 days to my 49th birthday…152 days to lose ~58 pounds… Seems like too much weight, too little time… I am resisting the urge to start weighing myself daily – I know it’ll just make me crazy if I do start that again, and I promised the Evil Trainer I’d stick with once a week weigh-ins…

Today I’m also having to REALLY resist the siren song of fast food AND pizza – not sure why the cravings are so bad, I was sooo close to stopping at McD’s for breakfast – but I resisted!  19 days since my last fast food, and 24 days since my last pizza (and coincidentally my last purge as well) – don’t want to break the roll I’m on.

Also took care of some of my 101 in 1001 items…  Well I scheduled an electrician and a heating company to take care of them.  Thermostat is being replaced and the furnace cleaned this friday, and the Electrician will be here on 10/30 to take care of the replacing lights and smoke detectors.  It’ll be nice to check all that off my list of stuff to do.  :)

I know I’ve said it the past two weeks, but THIS week will be the week I take the stuff to Goodwill!  Pinky swear!  AND I’ve sold the hated MagneTrainer!  Guy is picking it up Friday.  Gotta love Craigslist!

Don’t know if I’m going to be able to do cardio tonight – I was walking around getting ready this morning and suddenly my knee felt like someone jammed a knife in it.  Still hurts like hell and doesn’t want to bend – I’m trying to gently get it moving, but I’m going to play the cardio by ear.  I have Pilates tomorrow and I was planning on 20 min of treadmill afterwards, so if I do that and some cardio on Thursday, I’ll still manage to make my goal for the week.