02 June 2007

Day 1

Yeah, okay, this sucks. I have a low grade headache (probably from lack of caffeine), I feel like I need to yell at someone and I'm freaking tired. I mean exhausted. I feel like I could lay down and sleep for days.

I knew that the caffeine would cause a problem in trying to kick it but this is brutal. I think I underestimated my food needs today. I had a plan for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and it didn't work. I was hungry and had a caffeine headache. Not a pleasant afternoon.

We had dinner at a friends tonight so I came home and took a nap - that helped. Dinner was easy. It was a barbecue so there was chicken breasts and salad, so I had no problem eating at dinner. That's good.

So, yeah, Day 1 is over and so far I'm not having a great time. I know this will pass and frankly it can't happen soon enough. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

01 June 2007

Alright kids, confession time.

As you may know I've been really working on my eating for the past few months. I've worked my diet such that I eat really clean. I eat very few processed foods. I've pretty well wiped any and all sugar out of my diet. I eat 10-12 servings of fruit and vegetables everyday. I've tried to remove wheat. You get the idea.

There are a couple of reasons or this. I want to eat healthier. Just last weekend I ate a bunch of garbage and I really felt bad. Tired, lazy, sleepy, slow and sluggish. So that's my main reason. The second reason though is that I've been thinking I may have some food allergies. Once I started eating clean I noticed problems when I ate certain things. I know I'm sensitive to soy. Every time I eat that I feel bloated and really, really gassy. I knew you wanted to know that :) I've also come to think I have problems with wheat. Whenever I eat a lot of wheat, especially processed wheat, my lower intestines do not feel good - for days.

Well, I'm taking the next, and final step. I've been doing Afterburn by Alwyn Cosgrove. Through his site I've come across this guy, Dax Moy. He has a lot of the same principles and beliefs that Alywn does so it's not that different. He has a program called the Elimination Diet (which you can get off his website, it's free). It's not really a "diet" in the traditional sense of the word. It's more like a detoxification. You remove caffeine, sugar, processed foods, wheat, dairy, and alcohol from your diet and detox your system. Get all that garbage out of it. After a period of time you will add some of these things back in to see if they bother you or not.

I start the Elimination Diet tomorrow. I've decided to just go for it. I was actually supposed to start last week but due to the holiday, a problem with some links, etc. I didn't get going on it. So tomorrow it begins.

I was just listening to some mp3 files Dax had made and a couple of things really hit home with me. I've been working very hard at getting the sugar out of my diet, yet I would still get the shakes every morning around 10ish. Dax explained that caffeine could cause a blood sugar reaction. Doh!! That never occurred to me. He also said something about dairy that I can't remember but made me realize that dairy may be a problem for me.

I've had this diet for a while now and I'll be real honest, I've been afraid to try it. Afraid I'll fail. Afraid it will be hard. Afraid it won't work. Afraid hubby will divorce me because I've become a raging bitch. But I'm finally ready to give it a real go. It's going to be hard but I can eat protein, fat, fruits and veggies till my head caves in. I think I'll be okay. So check back for the updates.

Oh, and Dax, you have a great voice, all your instructions should be in mp3 format :)

May

May was a good month. I wanted to put down my totals to show how amazing I was :)

March was not so hot. April was good. May was great. June is going to be off the charts :)

TOTALS:
31 days in the month
23 days worked out
16 strength sessions
14 HIIT sessions
3 Runs
2 Bike rides

Not too shabby.

June Goals:
30 days in the month
26 days work out
18 strength sessions
20 HIIT sessions
8 Runs
4 Bike rides

Easy!!!!

Okay, the Global Warming Freaks have convinced me.

I'm switching all my light over to CFL's. They use significantly less amounts of energy so I'll be helping save the environment and not contributing to the global warming fraud problem.

Oh, wait......Seems there is a small problem with CFLs. THEY CONTAIN MERCURY!!!! Now, let me get this straight. The US government, in this case the FDA, recommends you don't eat fish because of mercury. Now it's been proven that this is based on a flawed study and that not eating fish while pregnant produces stupid children.... But the US government, in this case the EPA, says using CFLs, ie bringing mercury into your home, is perfectly acceptable. HUH??????????

This is the problem with this whole global warming state of fear, no one really knows what they are doing. No one, certainly not Al Gore!!! Some people are literally running around like Chicken Little screaming 'the sky is falling, the sky is falling'. Stop, get the facts not the hype, and think.

People please use the brain God gave you. Do you really think saving a minuscule amount of energy is worth exposing your children and pets to mercury?? I don't. I'm never getting CFLs because I have birds. One broken bulb and my birds are dead. No thank you.

Global warming doesn't scare me. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we as humans, do not have the power to destroy the earth. We will kill ourselves off but the earth will adjust and continue on without us. I don't want us to destroy ourselves but it will be our own fault. I want things to be done to preserve nature. I want open green spaces. I want rain forests. I want jungles. I want savannas. I want nature to be left alone. But that has more to do with wanting nature and not more people.

I think overpopulation will kill us long before the supposed global warming does. I really believe that the earth has a, what is the ecological word???...., sustainable yield is all I can come up with. There is a number of people the earth can support and that's all. Anything over that number puts us in great danger. I don't know what that number is but with all the people we have and all the babies they produce you have to consider we may be approaching that number far faster than the earth is (supposedly) warming.

Okay, I have to stop here. I could carry on forever on this topic. I feel strongly about it mainly because people are such fools and will believe anything.

I have to work now, a customer is here.

31 May 2007

40 years ago.....

It was 40 years ago this week that Sgt. Pepper was released. Wow!!! Now that will be a little too long ago for some of you. Actually, I was 8 at the time so I really don't remember it either. But I do remember when the Beatles were super famous. I remember seeing scenes of the girls at the airports and such. Even at 8 I thought it was ridiculous.

What will the next 40 years bring?? I do not foresee us looking back at any of the crappy music released today and saying, 'wow, in 2007 that was released.'

More details over at Flo's Place.

Promotional Gifts....

Our company is starting to look around for our Christmas gifts. I know it's not even July yet, but we have to decide what we want, order them, get them, get them boxed and shipped. We are talking months of work here. We're a small company so we can't spend too much money. Plus, we have tons of clients. Of course, we only send gifts to our big customers, still it can add up.

But I may have stumbled on something fairly unique. What about a customized wine opener? Lots and lots of people are into wine. Not me, but lots. I think something like this would be an awesome gift.

When giving company gifts I always think it's really nice to make it personal. For example, one of our clients always gives us custom key chains at Christmas. He gives one for everybody. I use that key chain all year long and when I'm working on his stuff I always give it a little extra effort because it was a personal gift. I know that's not that personal but it's better than a gift for the lab.

So, if you're looking for something unique this Christmas, consider wineopeners.com and check out what they got.

30 May 2007

30 years ago

On the way home from work I was listening to the radio and they were talking about Star Wars. It's hard to believe that was released 30 years ago this week. Wow. So what were you doing 30 years ago?

I was 18 years old. Pregnant. And incredibly stupid. I remember how I thought I knew it all and had it all figured out. I had gone against my mother for since I was 15 and things had not gotten any better. I was marrying a man who turned out to be horrible in ways I can't even begin to describe. But in spite of the way I had acted my Mom was there for me. When things started to come apart at the seams, she was right there.

I remember when things started to really fall apart in April of 1978 I was crushed to discover that not only did I not know it all, I didn't know anything at all. Life had kicked me in the teeth and I was totally unprepared. It was quite an awakening.

Here we are 30 years later and I've done things I never even knew existed then. I've become a person I really like (though I wish she wasn't lazy :) and I'm living a pretty sweet life. It's far from perfect but it's better than lots of folks.

I've raised a daughter who is married and has 2 kids. She never did drugs or alcohol and really was a pretty darn good kid growing up. She also a great Mom and I'm still trying to figure out where she learned that :)

30 years ago. A lot has changed. A lot has happened. What really amazes me is that I could be around for another 30 years. I'll only be 78. Wow. I can't wait to see what the next 3 decades hold.

Ohh, ohh, I almost forgot.

I found this very cool calorie counter online, that's free and very easy to use.

I have to confess, I've been using FitDay for years and while it's a good program there are some things about it that bother and frustrate me. When I get frustrated with it I stop using it, that's not good. I've tried this one out and it seems very simple, straightforward, and easy to use. I like it.

It helps you track your calories eaten, exercises done - strength and cardio - water drank, etc. It has some nice reports so you can see how things are going and there is a community where you can hook up with other losers :)

It seems to be pretty good. I would highly recommend checking it out.

Now, I've mentioned that I'm doing the Afterburn program so I've got a eating program to follow. With this I can customize it so I can use it with Afterburn. So I can use this program to keep track of my nutrition. This is really nice. I think I'm going to use it for a while and see how it works. I just said I need to get a handle on my nutrition - this may just do it.

Sometimes I can be really slow.

I've been eating clean for quite a while now, I guess since the beginning of the year. So that's almost 6 months. When I eat clean I feel really good. No, I mean really good. I have more energy. I sleep better. I just feel better, I can't describe it all, I just do.

So this past weekend, due to a number of factors, I ate a lot of crap. There was beer, and burgers, and cookies, and ice cream, and kim chee fried rice (which if you haven't had, you haven't lived!!) and much more I can't recall. Well, this feeding frenzy began on Friday night and by Sunday I was dragging. After lunch I was tired and needed a nap. I wasn't sleeping so well at night. I had zero energy to do anything. Monday was similar. I needed a nap in the afternoon and was in bed by 8:30.

Initially I put this lethargy down to the long weekend. It was only this morning that I realized what had truly happened. My body (or anyone's really) can't process so much garbage and, since most of the work of the body is done while sleeping, I needed a nap to catch up with my system. That is not good. Yesterday was back to the clean eating again and I immediately started to feel better. I felt better last night and slept better. I've got to refrain from eating that crap because I do not like the way it feels physically.

So today it was up and working out again. These Afterburn workouts are really kicking my butt. Now, if I could just keep the eating in line I'd really be losing fat.

29 May 2007

The bird


If you've never had a bird as a pet you really haven't lived. I've had birds before but Ms. Xena is really quite the character.

She is a fairly large bird, from the top of her head to the tip of her tail she is about 2' long. When she gets scared and raises her feathers and her crest she looks much larger, that's the whole idea behind the crest-scare predators.

Tonight I'm in my computer room where her cage is and suddenly she puffs up real big and starts screaming. Okay, when you are in the same room and she goes off it's really, really loud.

So she's screaming away and then stops. All of a sudden she starts screaming again. Then she settles down. I could not figure out what was setting her off. Suddenly, I notice a termite flying around the light. Every time it gets near her she starts screaming. I was laughing so hard I could hardly kill the termite. This giant 2' bird is scared to death of this little 1/2" termite. What a character.

Power outage

My alarm goes off this morning and I'm lying in bed debating a snooze when POOF!!! The power goes out. Do you know how quiet it is at 4:45 a.m. when there is no electricity?? It's amazing how much noise our electric stuff generates that we don't even notice anymore. It was unbelievably quiet.

So I get up get something to eat, do my workout, shower, get ready to go all in the dark. Every morning Xena, the warrior moluccan, has to have one of those Eggo mini waffles. Well, there was no power at breakfast time so I had to "toast" her waffle over the flames from the gas stove. I'm standing there, holding a mini waffle in a pair of tongs, trying to toast them over the flame. The waffle caught fire like 4 times. I dropped the little bugger into the flames. As I'm doing this all I could think of is "what the heck am I doing?" Oh, the things we go through for our animals.

Just as I'm getting ready to leave the power comes back on! Ugh!!! It had been out for a little over 2 hours and now it's back. UGH!!! But I did get my workout in. Luckily free weights don't require electricity :)

28 May 2007

What a weekend.

It's been a smorgasbord of gluttony this weekend. I feel like a little piggy!!! Okay, that's over and tomorrow it's back to business.

I've been trying something new and I'm not sure I like it. Mystery Shopping. There are a ton of companies out there that are looking for mystery shoppers, and no, you do not have to pay anything to register - those are scams. Anyway, I've now done 3 and I'm not sure how I feel about them. They don't pay a lot of money, on the 3 I've made $34.00. It's kind of hum-bug because they are very specific when you can go. It would be great if they said go to Ruby Tuesday's anytime but they don't. They will tell you to go on Friday or Saturday after 5 p.m., or some such nonsense. They are also very specific what you are to do. They tell you what exactly you are looking for and it you are to try and solicit it or not. Then there is the paperwork. You have about 12 hours to fill it out and the questions are detailed, specific, and sometimes hard to answer yes or no. It's not hard just kind of tedious.

I feel like a fraud when I'm in there and I feel like I stand out like a sore thumb. You are supposed to blend in but I don't see how you can when you have specific things you are looking for or trying to get out of the clerk. It's weird. I don't know if I'm going to keep it up but I wanted to give it a shot. I have a couple more scheduled so I'll see how those go and then decide.

So tomorrow it's back to it. I'm off to bed soon to get some rest.

Organizing information

This is probably one of the things I stink at most. I can gather information like you would not believe. I can have reams and reams of information. When it comes to actually organizing and utilizing that information, yeah, not so much......

But fear not, there is something out there that can help save people like me, Information Organizer! You should be hearing the music from Mighty Dog right about now. This is an unbelievable cool way to help you deal with all your information. It allows you to make a mindmap of various pieces of information and connect them all. Here a chief is using it for recipe information organizer software. It allows you to see all the various pieces of the situation or project or whatever. It also allows you to view the little details without losing sight of the big picture.

Here is a 3d mindmapping software review of Topicscape 3D organization software. This is really exciting. Especially for someone like me who can get so caught up in the minutiae that I lose sight of the overall objective. This is a great way to keep yourself on track.

Higher Education

is something that I have always thought is important. I went to college later in life but I was bound and determined to get my degree.

Lately I've been throwing around going back and getting a masters. When I began college I was determined to go all the way and get my PhD. That quickly got squashed by reality. But lately I've been throwing around going and getting an mba, possibly online. Capella University has world class, published professors, and offers a number of online degrees.

My BS degree is in marine biology but I don't think I want to pursue that field. I like it and everything, I just have some issues with some of the people involved in it here. I might consider information technology, that would be an interesting field. Or possibly just general business. I'm not sure why exactly. I don't want to go into business but maybe it will help with me figuring out a way to stay home and work. Hmmm..... I don't know.


This blog post is based on information provided by Blogitive. For more information, please visit Blogitive.com.

Memorial Day

I've said my piece over at Flo's Place.

27 May 2007

I adore long weekends....

I've probably said that before but it's still true :)

So far I've had some great days, and there is still one more left. Woot!!!

Well, I've written a long, lovely post over at Flo's Place that tells all about my strange day. Check it out.

Things...

just things that clutter up my mind.

I was in the store today and they were giving out free samples of vodka and rum!! Now that's the demo job I want!!! I wonder how they get away with that?? No, I didn't taste it, I don't like vodka and I can't drink rum straight.

I was in a store the other day and they were giving out free samples of something I remember thinking that is so not going to sell. The lady was having trouble giving the samples away. I wish I could remember exactly what it was now. Whatever it was they did not do enough market research on this. It was doomed to fail.

Anyway, that's all. Just things. I have lots of these things floating around in my head. Sometimes they just need to get out :)

The key to change is awareness

So I posted yesterday that I really had nothing to write about because things were going well and I just didn't have much to say. Scra...