Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to the Gym

I feel like I haven't blogged in a long time!  I guess I just haven't had much to report on.  Let's see... I know I told you about swimming Sunday through Wednesday last week and then missing Thursday.  Well, I ended up not making it to the gym once all week.  I found out a few things:  1)  I felt disappointed in myself for not going.  2)  My husband was worried I just signed a contract that I had no intentions of fulfilling - paying for it but not going.  3)  I got a late start in the mornings, there was no order around here, and I felt very unproductive.

I shared all these things with my husband and promised him I was going back Monday.  Since I haven't been getting up at 5:30 am, I've been going to bed later again.  I was in bed by midnight, but I lay there awake until 12:47 am when I got up to use the restroom.  I finally fell asleep a bit after that.  Even though I only got 4-1/2 hours of sleep, I didn't have any trouble getting up.  I don't know why I had such an issue getting to the gym last week.  I really like it, and I really miss it.  Well, I guess part of it is because I know I need to do the machines more and not just swim all the time.  That makes me nervous.

This morning, I scheduled my first free training session for Wednesday morning at 6:00 am.  It's a woman trainer, so that makes me feel more comfortable.  I'm excited about learning how to do some of the stuff that I'm unsure of.  I like to switch things up, but I won't try stuff if I don't feel comfortable about it.  Looking forward to learning!

I will admit that I just downloaded a copy of Carb Nite to read.  A friend of mine has a cousin in FL who did it and has had a lot of success on it.  I'm not sold.  It's not really the program.  I mean, I lose weight on THM and WW both.  It's not the program.  It's me, which I've said a million times before.  But for $27, I put it on our 0% card and figured I'd read it.  Lol

So there's an update.  If I'm quiet, it's only because - like I said - there's nothing new going on to report about.  Feels kinda boring to say the same thing over and over!  :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lazy but Sore

So I wasn't able to go to the gym on Monday or Tuesday.  I chose to be lazy on Wednesday and Thursday.  This is why I hate missing days because missing one day makes it that much easier to miss another day, to miss another day, to miss another day...

BUT, with that being said, I told y'all we were pool sitting again this week.  I took the kids swimming two hours on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, AND Wednesday.  While there yesterday, I started playing with our biggest pool noodle.  I put my hands on it and would push it straight down into the water while I was floating on my stomach.  I soon realized that the farther apart my hands were on the noodle, the more resistance I got.  Also, I noticed I was crunching my knees up while trying to push the noodle down.  So my stomach was getting worked, too!  Then I put the noodle behind my back and did triceps exercises.  I am seriously sore today in my arms, and I can feel it in my abs, too!

So while I have been lazy about getting up in the mornings, I have still been getting in exercise.  I swam a few laps, jogged around in the pool, held pretend water aerobics classes for the kids, did flips and spins, walked funny to exercise various leg muscles, and did a lot of doggy paddling.  The lady is coming home to her pool today, but that's okay because I need a rest day anyway!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Disabled Man's Bday

I didn't get to go to the gym yesterday or today.  There are two days each month when hubby has a scheduled time to be at work.  He has to be there at 7:00 am, so that means I can't make it to the gym and back home before he has to leave.  Bummer!  Yesterday, I took the kids swimming for two hours.  We're pool sitting for my friend again this week.  So I got exercise in that way.  Today, however, it's only supposed to be in the 70s.  I'm not sure that's gonna be warm enough to swim.  We should've went to the indoor pool this morning early, but now it would be too crowded to have much fun there.

So since I have nothing really good to post about and it's been a few days since I've posted, I figured I would just get on here and introduce you to Disabled Man.  I know I talk about him often.  He is absolutely hilarious.  He doesn't mean to be.  He's not nearly as physically disabled anymore since he got his other hip replacement, but he has schizophrenia and is also a little slow mentally.  His schizophrenia is really mild since he is now on his medicines correctly.  He mostly just gets upset about something silly out of nowhere, gripes a bit, and then I scold him and he calms back down.  Want to know what makes him maddest?  When I don't go grocery shopping for him when HE thinks I should!  Seriously!  I do 100% of his grocery, non-food, and clothing shopping.  I have to fit that in among my family's needs.  He is like a child in a lot of ways that he wants what he wants when he wants it.  But he is mostly super kind.

From his story, he was abandoned in the back of a pick-up truck by his 14-year-old birth mother.  It was cold, and he had nothing on but a diaper and a bath towel wrapped around him.  A police officer heard him crying, discovered him, and rescued him.  His adoptive parents were related to that police officer, and he's the man that got them placement of Disabled Man.  They had two daughters who were quite a bit older at the time - looked to be 10 or 12 from the pictures.

His parents are now deceased.  He told me yesterday that his parents destroyed all info from his birth parents so that he could never get that info.  That made me kind of sad for him.  His two sisters apparently had to deal with him when his schizophrenia was uncontrolled, so there was a falling out.  The two sisters live two hours away from him.  Neither of them apparently knew his address or phone number back when I tracked him down.  Sad situation.

Disabled Man was being taken advantage of by someone.  That person was stealing his inheritance check, leaving him with minimal food, wasn't giving him his meds right, was stealing all controlled substances, and had taken out several payday loans in his name.  Grrrr.  I took over in May 2013.  He had medical bills dating back to 2009 that were unpaid.  He was constantly in and out of the hospital here in town because he wasn't being taken care of and just wasn't able to care for himself.  He has been in the hospital one time (other than hip surgery) since I took over.  He was able to be discharged from the pain clinic, because apparently he didn't need any of those meds!  They were for the other person who was stealing them.  He can walk without severe pain now.  He goes to Silver Sneakers classes at the athletic club three days a week.  He is clean and has basic clothing needs.  He should be debt free in less than 7 months.  And he is fed.  Even if he wants more groceries when he still has a fridge full.  LOL

So today is his birthday.  We called and sang to him, and that really tickled him.  I have invited him over for supper today.  I'm making chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, green beans and serving apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.  He can hardly wait.  Probably a good thing he doesn't own a vehicle or he would be knocking at my door already.  Haha

Taking on Disabled Man has definitely changed our life.  We have been super frustrated with him just like we get with our kids sometimes.  We also love him.  He makes us laugh.  He frustrates us.  He keeps me super busy.  He keeps the phone ringing and I sometimes have to turn off the ringer and let him leave voicemails.  My husband often teases that we now have a fifth child.

So happy birthday, Disabled Man!  We love you more than you know!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lunch Date

Made it to the gym this morning.  So that was every day except Thursday.  Not my goal of M-F, but it's not bad - especially considering I was sick.

Hubby decided to surprise me with a lunch date today!  His mom came over, and we went to eat lunch at The Front Porch Restaurant.  They're only open for lunch, so we rarely get to go there.  I had the chicken supreme, fried okra, and congealed cranberry salad.  Delish!

Afterward, we had enough time to go bowling.  Hubby is an excellent bowler.  Well, excellent to me.  I broke 70, which was awesome for me.   Haha  He threw all strikes and spares except for three frames.  Bowling goes really fast when you don't have the kids with you!  But one game was plenty of fun, and it only cost $7.  Woohoo!  :)

We drove Mother-in-Law's vehicle because she took our kids in our van to a bird store to get some things she needed.  The kids really enjoyed seeing all the birds.  Anyway, I was feeling in a dorky mood, so I kept snapping pics the entire time we were together.  My husband is kind of an old man in a young man's body in some ways.  I am quite the opposite - very hyper and silly at times.  Lol   I have fun irritating him, and he has fun with how crazy I am.

Can you believe Halloween candy is already out at Dollar General???  Seriously.  Can we have ONE WEEK where there is not holiday candy out for fatties! Ugh!  Lol  Cadbury Scream Egg.  Took this pic for a friend of mine who buys cases of these things.  Haha, for real!  I also recorded me screaming and then sent her the pic and sound in a text msg.

My first attempt at a pic of us.  Rear view mirror got in the way.  Ha! 

Is he giving me the stink eye?  LOL 

Mr. Fuddy Duddy is getting tired of my pics.  :)  This is my favorite pic of us today because it's so true.  I'm the goofy one and he's the serious one.  LOL 

I finally left him out of the pics.  Really, though, he wasn't aggravated.  We were laughing so hard because he has eyebrows that go up in the air.  So any time I say smile, he moves his eyebrows instead of his mouth!  I do NOT understand that, but it's pretty funny.  So he kept trying to be less smiley so his eyebrows wouldn't do what they do.  Lol 

Terrible lighting, but this was the best I could do for a shot at the bowling alley.  I think he's adoring the ball, don't you?  LOL 

Just a fun little update there.  It was a good day to get a break from the kids.  For whatever reason, they all decided to be grumpy towards one another today!  Actually, they got in bed later than usual last night now that I think of it.  That was probably it!  Regardless, I was outta here!  :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This and That

I didn't go to the gym today.  I went Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I cannot even believe this, but I spent yesterday with the entire RIGHT side of my face hurting!!!  It was my left when I went to the walk-in clinic on Saturday.  So I was pretty aggravated yesterday.  I felt like a druggy!  I had to take my steroids (today is my last dose of those), my antibiotic, Mucinex, loratadine, and ibuprofen, too, because of right ear pain.  I looked up symptoms of swimmer's ear, and that is most definitely not what I have.  I also noticed I was having tooth pain on the right side.  I don't know if it's from sinus pressure or what.  I do still have $8,000 in root canals waiting to be done.  U-G-H.  I always put off dental work because it is so expensive.  I'm going to have to break down and get this bottom, right root canal, though.  :::sigh:::  So that will be another monthly payment since I'll put it on my Care Credit card.  Y'all, make sure your kids are brushing their teeth and taking care of them!  I had 5 cavities at age 5.  My kids are ages 5 to 11 and so far have never had a cavity.  I don't want them to go through what I go through with my teeth.  There's your free tip for today.  LOL

Hubby preached somewhere out of town yesterday, so we have moved our church services to tonight.  I guess I'll be going to Publix afterward like usual.  I did fine with my no-dessert Tuesday.  It didn't end my life or anything.  Lol  My scale is up, like highest weight ever up.  I don't know if it's the steroids or what.  Not a happy camper about that. 

Let's see.  The point of that first paragraph was to say that I chose to sleep in today since I wasn't feeling good yesterday.  I haven't felt good in 2 full weeks now!  That just irks me because I finally add regular exercise to my life and I stay sick and gain weight!!!  Who does that?!  I still have 4 or 5 days of antibiotics left.  Hopefully this mess will clear up.  I'm still having to blow my nose.  Today, I mostly just feel toothachey.  I should've married a dentist.  LOL

Well, this post makes absolutely no sense, I'm sure.  Sorry about that.  I just realized I didn't post yesterday, so I thought I'd pop in.  You can only post to say, "I went to the gym today" so many times before that becomes boring.  LOL

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Sometime around 7:00 pm yesterday, I suddenly started feeling better.  Yayyyy!!!  It's about time, might I say.  :)  I didn't get in bed until midnight, but I still got up at 5:30 am and went to the gym.  The skies looked iffy at first, but everything held off while I was swimming.  I was in the pool for about 50 minutes all by myself.  I amused myself by pretending to do Walk Away the Pounds moves in the water.  Only two of the usuals came in this morning.  I only got to chat with them for about 20 minutes before I left.  On the way home, I saw lightning.  Then, it began to thunder and rain.

I came home and cooked myself 2 scrambled eggs with RF cheese and bacon bits, 2 turkey sausage links, blackberries, and coffee with cream.  Surely all that protein will hold me for a good while.

No major plans for today.  I dropped off some recycling and did an ATM deposit for Disabled Man on the way home from the gym.  I thought about taking the kids to the library today, but we are still schooling and we took time out to go swimming yesterday.  Plus it's yucky out.  I'd say we'll just buckle down and stay home.

Oh, today is no dessert day.  So wouldn't you know the neighbor gave us two cartons of ice cream last night! Oh well.  It's just plain chocolate and vanilla, nothing irresistible.  I think I'll survive.  Ha!

So nothing exciting today (except that I'm feeling sooooo much better).  Of course, the day is young.  Things can turn exciting pretty quickly over here, for no good reason at all!   :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Trying to Recover

Hello! I am dizzy and have to sit, so why not blog?  I am so sick of griping and complaining about this head cold/sinus infection/chest cold thing!!!  I took my steroids on Saturday, Sunday, and today.  I have also had 2 does of antibiotics on those days (well, will take second dose for today later on).  I don't have the pressure on the left side of my face.  I actually tasted food for the first time just slightly yesterday, and I was even able to taste my French vanilla coffee this morning.  But I can't seem to ditch this headache, am still coughing, and I am still constantly blowing my nose.  I really, REALLY expected to be much better by now.  I was told if I wasn't better "in a couple days" to call back.  The steroids said they could give you a headache and make you dizzy, so I'm figuring that's that????  If I don't feel markedly improved by tomorrow, I will probably call and just see what they say.  I'm not sure if they meant they would call in a different antibiotic or what.  But at least I can mostly function now.

I didn't get in bed until 1:00 am.  I'm not sure if that's the steroids or the Sunday afternoon nap that did that, but regardless I knew I wasn't going to get up at 5:30 am.  :-/   So I slept until 9:00 am, did a quick breakfast for everyone, and we headed out to the pool.  I was a bit draggy, so we didn't get there until nearly 10:30.  The outdoor pool was crowded, but there were only two moms and their young kids at the indoor pool.  So we went with indoor.  After a while, it was only us in the pool.  About an hour before we left, a family member came with a 7 month old and a 2 year old.  So that was fun.  We ended up swimming from 10:30 am until 12:50 pm!  I tried to be sure I was jogging, kicking, swimming, or doggy paddling that entire time.  I knew I needed to stay active.

We grabbed a bite to eat while out since it was so late.  Then I came home and got started on mounds of laundry that has been piling up since I've been sick.  I don't know if I got too hot working or what, but suddenly the room was spinning and I just had to sit.  I rested a while and then did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen up.  Now I'm feeling pretty crummy again.  I'm really tired of feeling crummy!  And I guess you're sick of reading that. Lol

Tuesday is no dessert day.  I'm going ahead and saying that now, publicly, so I can't back out.  I have to learn that not every day is a day for indulgence.  May as well go ahead and start it.  I feel like I'm in a pretty good routine for exercise now.  I would like to start getting my food in better standing.  I'm really not sure yet what my actual plan is, but I am going to be thinking about that.

Well, there's my whiny, pitiful update.  ;)  I'm going to try to get up from here and either clean the fridge or make supper.  Just something!