Monday, August 26, 2013

24 Day Challenge - Days 1, 2, and 3

Do you want to make a change in your life?  Let me help you!

I swear I have tried to write but on Day 1, the computer at work kept freezing on me!  After like the third time of having to restart the computer, I gave up and decided that I would try and write that night...oh who was I I was going to write while I was with the BF...right!?

DAY 1 - Hello AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge
My mom and I started our respective challenges on Saturday (see the pic above...mine is the top pic...Mom's is the bottom left...and the bottom right is just some extra goodies that we wanted).  I know several people who have done the challenges and not a single person EVER mentioned the fiber drink.  Okay so I take that back...but not of my friend's mentioned to me the night before I started my challenge that it might trigger my gag reflex.  I figured that it was going to be like the Spark energy drink but with like bits of fiber stuff floating around.

OH NO!!!

The second the water makes contact with the powder and I shake it in my mom's shaker that I jacked...and it turns into this almost gel-like it's like the consistency of freakin applesauce!  It totally threw me off!  I swear I have to choke it down because it's just not how I imagined it.  It doesn't taste bad honest!  It actually tastes pretty good.  If I had known what it was going to look like and that the longer it sits the thicker it gets I could have been better prepared right!

I managed to kick my ass out of bed and did some yoga, went to work, did really well at taking the stuff as I was supposed to, ate pretty well, drank like 70 oz of water and peed like a dozen times in two hours, helped moved a box spring and a mattress...definitely got my workout on!

DAY 2 - Sucky Day
The day started really well.  BF made breakfast and we spent all day walking around Seattle (that was my exercise...btw).  It was shortly after 2pm that I suddenly got dizzy and light headed and nauseous and realized that I needed to eat and I almost passed out in the middle of Pike Place Market.  I also realized that I hadn't consumed NEARLY enough water on Sunday either...yeah and I had pizza for dinner...really great right?!

DAY 3 - What Workout?
I followed the plan...drank all the water I was supposed to...the only thing I did not do today was workout.  I couldn't get my butt out of bed this morning when I got home...I crashed again!  On the plus side, I am done with that fiber drink for four more days!  I don't touch it again until Day 7!

I shouted to my mom this morning that I wish I had the good eating habits I had when I was in high school.  Damn being an adult!  I swear that was the end of my good eating habits!  I used to pick fruit or veggies over chips...and I moved to San Francisco as an adult and I start eating all the crap food that is horrible for me because my mom wasn't there anymore to tell me NO don't eat that!

I am not totally sure if I even made a point here but I will try for a better post tomorrow!

Until next time.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Working Towards Improvement

I wish I could say that I am about to grab life by the balls and run but I am a giant wuss and anyone who knows me knows that when faced with confrontation, I do one of two things:

A - I run...and I run far, far away!
B - I keep my mouth shut and say nothing.

Both of those things I truly am trying to address and work on and in some aspects of my life, I have applied myself and have not ran or have stood up for myself.  Now I am faced with an extremely difficult situation...

I love my job!  I really do!  I love the people that I work for/with.  Outside of work I consider my boss my friend and he has been there for me when I have had some rough times and I do genuinely feel like I can talk to him about anything that I need to...except this one little thing...

I have reached "manager" status yet I am not being paid as such.  I have a ton of responsibility and am relied on in so many different aspects yet I am making not much more than minimum wage.  I barely make enough to pay my bills with a little left over to make an extra (not very substantial) payment on my credit card let alone trying to save money so I can move out and live on my own/with roommate(s).  I just can't seem to muster up the nerves to sit him down and say something like

Listen, I love my job but I need to be paid more otherwise I will have to get a different job...
And ain't nobody got time for that!

So I probably won't throw in that last line but you get the idea.  I am in a tight spot here.  I live with my mom and step dad (which I know I have mentioned at least once or twice in the last couple years...insert note of sarcasm and bitterness).  My youngest sister just graduated from college and starts her Masters program here in a month or so and I have just recently been informed that I am losing my bedroom to her and will be sharing a room every other weekend with my step brother and step sister when they come to visit...heaven help me when it comes to Christmas when they are here for a week (because I know I won't be able to be out on my own by then).  I'm gonna try and talk to my boss on Saturday...I hope that I can.

Second part of this improvement process is getting back in shape.  I am almost ready to start working out again.  I have my core strengthening exercises and have had my last physical therapy appointment and hopefully in the next month or so I can get back in the gym since I have been paying monthly and not going.  I want to get back into running (slowly of course) and also get back to teaching Zumba at some point.  So my mom has finally broken down and decided that she wants to do AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge and I am doing it with her.  I am going to try and track my progress through my blog and see if I can somehow figure out how to add my Lose It! profile on here!

Wish us luck!  Order has been placed and it should be here by the 22nd and Momma and I will be on our way to better versions of us!  Stay tuned!

Until next time!