A New Day

Tomorrow is weigh-in day.


The day I will crawl into the fetal position and cry like a baby.

That weight loss ticker in the margin is going to go the wrong way tomorrow. Donuts, pizza and just really bad eating habits this past month.

So I will weigh in and get my new workout plan and start again. Tomorrow is a new day. A New Day.

I bought a lot of chicken today at the store. Well enough for three meals. I know that I have to eat more chicken. More Chicken, less donuts. My problem with chicken is I find it very boring unless it is jazzed up somehow. Peanut sauce and brown rice maybe? Maybe a little tarragon lemon cream sauce (yes I know.. cream bad! That’s why I said “a little!”).  So I am going to start looking for good chicken recipes.. things that are easy to make, but with some flavor.

I also have about 7 or 8 Weight Watchers cook books that I bought when I was going WW a couple years ago. I pulled them out recently, marked some recipes and then never made them. I need to make a resolution to try and make on recipe out of  them a week.  Though I shouldn’t have used the word resolution. That’s a set up for failure!

I can’t wait for a new workout routine. The one I have been doing for the past two weeks has probably been about the hardest one yet.  I have started to blog about it several times, but blogging about it just made me tired.. let alone actually doing it.

Maybe tomorrow, I will get a routine that is nothing but stretches. I doubt it, but a girl can dream!


The Donut Disconnect

I am sure you have all had this problem. You are at the grocery store.. toolin’ your little cart around. Clutching your little grocery list.. sticking to what was on your meal plan.

Then the next thing you know… you are at home, in front of the computer with a sack full of donuts in front of you. How did I get here? Wait! How they hell did those donuts get there???

The last you knew you were in the produce aisle.. you wheeled out to the back aisle. You saw the donut case… you knew you would go past it. You are positive you went past it. Yet here you… with a sack of donuts.

You’ve been a victim of the………..

Donut Disconnect! Ack!!!!!!!

Yes. I am a donut addict. Chocolate Frosted Cake donuts. Heaven.

There seems to be a disconnect in my brain where donuts are concerned -and I am sure there is one for Pizza as well, but that’s another blog!.  Anyway, I really do intentionally ignore the donut case. I mean maybe I glance in it. Maybe I pick up one of those little waxy bags.. and maybe a donut or two… or three end up in there.  I really don’t get it. I have the best intentions. Hell, there is one grocery store near me that I avoid all together because they make the best chocolate frosted cake donuts. So really… I am trying!

And failing.

And failing.

So my December 17th resolution is this: No more donuts for the rest of the year. Yeah, I know that is only two weeks, but you know,  a girl’s gotta start somewhere.

Oh and Pizza… yes, you… watch out, you are the one that is outta here next!

DeathStorm ’09

Des Moines ended up with about 15.5″ of snow when it was all done.
Once the snow was finished the 40-50 MPH winds hit.
Once the winds were done, the temp hit -10.

And I was stuck at home… with no coffee. Deathstorm, indeed.

Yesterday, every doctor’s office, heating and cooling company,
hospice office etc etc.. was closed.

For every office that was closed, thousands of people called and
asked “why are they closed?”  I wanted to kill them all. Deathstorm, indeed.

Yesterday I was “in rotation” for 11 hrs. “In rotation” means answering calls
with the operators. From 7am-6pm. Most of the managers worked the same.
All of our operators were able to make it in but one.  Three of us are able
to sign in from home and answer from there and all three of us did, including
the manager who was on vacation.

On Wednesday Dec 2nd we took 2065 calls in a 24 hr period
On Wednesday Dec 9th we took 7116 in a 24 hr period.
I took 565.  One other manager too 765! How the hell is she so fast!?!?!

At one point yesterday I went “out of rotation” and got my winter gear (aka: Ice cleats)
and went to see what my garage looked like. The doors to my building were drifted
over and I couldn’t even go outside! Deathhhhhstormmmmmmm 09

Today, I worked from home, but it was much much slower. Thank god.
I finally was able to get out of building (with my can of deicer and kitchen mop
in hand) and went to look at my garage. Hmm.. a Kitchen Mop wasn’t going to work very well as a shovel-substitute. Lucky for me, two old (like 80!) men were cleaning the sidewalk by the garages and they agreed to help me out. Yay elderly snowblowin’ men!

Anyway.. here are a couple of  “during the storm” pics and then some of the garages. Enjoy!

How can I do Cardio if I don’t have Bones

Paging FBI Special Agent Seely Booth!

Hello Dr Temperance Brennan!

I admit it. I am an addict of the Fox TV show Bones.  I need it.  I depend on it.  It’s how I get through my cardio.  I usually get to the gym just before TNT starts its 6pm (central!) episode of Bones. Yep, they are all reruns. Yep, I have seen them each multiple times, but I hate cardio and a good grizzly dead body helps me get through it.  Well okay… a little “King of the Lab!” helps too.

So last night, I get to the gym about 5 til 6pm. I get on the elliptical. I chose one of the black ones because it always says I burn the most calories. I get ready. I plug in my ear phones. I turn on the little TV. I turn to CNN first to make sure everything is right in the world, and then turn over to TNT.  All I get is snow. I turn back to CNN. Snow. To a local station- Snow. I look all around and all the TVs on all the cardio equipment are all showing the same. Snow. Nothing. Just snow. No Booth, No Brennan, No Angela. No creepy dead body.

I kept the TV on. I started my cardio, convinced it would get corrected right away. “Maybe it will be an episode with Mr. Nigel-Murray!”,  I think as I do whatever it is called that you do on an elliptical. Elliptisizing, maybe?  I do my interval levels to keep my mind occupied. Did I mention that I hate cardio and find it mind numbingly boring? Especially when nothing is on TV… Literally…. except snow.

Somehow, I make it through… just barely. I stop.. look at my workout summary… and start to step off to do a lap on the track. I glance up and there is Cam! There is Hodgins! That’s right.. the very moment that I finish my cardio, the cable came back on. It was obvious.. I was being punished by the cardio gods for doing a short cardio workout this past Monday.

Bitch-slapped by the God of Elliptical.  The God of Elliptisizing.

Lot’s o’ mat work

Every time I meet with Amanda (who now claims she isn’t evil!) I get a new workout. This one is primarily on the floor. On the mat. Down where no fat chick likes to go!

Here is my plan:

60 seconds – modified plank.

I have always been a fast counter (you should hear me count to 500 by 5s!) so I count to about 72. slowly, and that seems to be a minute.

Push ups

20 pushups – also modifed. I am using a step on two risers. My knees on the mat, feet up and crossed at the ankle (which is what I do on the plank as well). My hands on the step platform and I do the push-ups that way.  Fun.


20 on each leg. I’d rather do squats actually, as I don’t think I have the balance one needs for a good lunge, but I guess I have better balance now thanks to the dreaded Bosu.

Standup Rows

Standing up, using an 18lb bar. 20 of them.  (Not 20 bars! 20 Reps!)

Hip Lift

Back to the mat. Lay on the back, knees up. Feet on the floor. Lift your hips. 20 times.


On the mat, not on the ball as I prefer. Oh well. 20 of them.. but I do about 40-50

Reverse crunches.

Still on your back, and lifting legs up off the mat, knees bent and bring your knees in up towards you. Does that make sense? Well it better…. 20 of them.

Repeat everything.

It’s a pretty easy workout on paper but it sure does make me sweat. Especially those planks.

And I am a head sweat-er so it ain’t lovely.

I meet with Amanda (she’s really not evil!) on Tuesday and will get a new workout then. I am sure after an easy one, it is sure to be evil! It’s just the way she is….