The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

My husband is evil… — January 7, 2010

My husband is evil…

…and must be destroyed.  As I was getting ready to get on the elliptical last night (cause I needed to get those damn French cookies out of my system), Shawn asked me “Hey whatever happened to that DVD you were so into?”

me: “What DVD? My yoga DVD?”

him: “No. The one with ole Fancy Pants”

me: ????

him: “That trainer from that show”

me: “Oh you mean the Shred!”

him: “No, that girl from the Biggest Loser”

me: “Jillian Michaels?”

him: “Yeah, her”

me: “Yeah, the DVD is Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred”

him: “Oh. Yeah. How come you don’t do that one anymore?”

me: “Why? Do you want to do it or something?”

him: “Do you?

me: “Well I’ll do it if you want to”

him: “Only if you want to”

This went on for several more minutes…


me: “So are we gonna Shred or what?”

him: “Let’s do it!”

So we moved the living room furniture out of the way, he changed into a pair of shorts, I put on a extra sports bra (Jillian loves her some jumping jacks!), and pretty soon we were huffing and puffing and sweating like pigs. 

I thought I was going to DIE!  I wanted to kill him for suggested we partake in such torture.

But we did it and we felt so proud of ourselves!

And then we celebrated with margaritas.

Oh well, at least we made the effort!  🙂

I’m here… — February 17, 2009

I’m here…

Severely sleep deprived, but here. The 3yo was up half the night with a cough that would not go away and so I spent most of the night on the couch with her trying to keep her from gagging on the mucus (sorry, it’s gross I know). Ah, the joys of motherhood…

I had a fabulous Valentine’s Day and I’m just gonna say it – I have the Best Husband Ever in the History of Husbands. No really, I do. We are super in love right now – much like how we were 13 years ago when we met. We’ve been going through a rough patch for the last few months, but a couple of weeks ago we had it out and we both got a lot of things off our chests, and since then we’ve come to a new understanding of one another and it’s been great.

30 Day Shred Update: I have done the 30DS once in the last 10 days. I spent all day yesterday cleaning house and I burned some major calories, so I didn’t feel the need to workout anymore last night. I’d like to go run AND do the 30DS tonight, but seeing as how I’m so sleepy I’ll probably fall asleep on the couch as soon as I get home, it may not happen. Tomorrow is church, so if I get it done at all it will most likely be Thursday. I’m not doing very well at being consistent with my exercise, which really bums me out, because I know that’s the secret to getting this weight off.

I decided to put Mary Lou in the closet for awhile because I think I need to see an actual number in order to be properly motivated. Seeing the number creep up and up and up is more alarming than hearing “you are two pounds above your starting weight“. Seeing the red needle land near The Forbidden Number is like hearing an audible Danger Will Robinson Danger – you are nearing the Red Zone!!!” It makes me jump back and realize I have to work harder to get the number back down. I felt so much better ten pounds ago when I was at my lowest weight. I’d like to be there again, minus another ten pounds.

So sorry if this post is rather incoherent and rambly – I’ve had my quota of coffee for the day so it’s not going to get any better until I get some more sleep. Hope you all have a good day!

Super Quickie Goals Post — February 11, 2009

Super Quickie Goals Post

So many thoughts…so hard to put them together in a cohesive fashion! But I guess that’s why God gives us bullet points:


• I’m logging my food into FitDay. I never would have guessed that already this morning I have eaten 500 calories (and it’s only 9am). Knowledge is Power!!


• I’m making the commitment to train for a 5k run. There is a run in April that I would like to do – I hope that gives me enough time to train because I don’t want to look like a bumbling buffoon in front of the real runners. Also plan on spending some of my bonus $ from work on running shoes from a for really reals running store (I love you Academy, but I need more help than you can provide!).


• I noticed over on Hanlie’s blog, she keeps track of the total number of minutes that she exercises per week. I really like this idea and plan on stealing it from her. 😉 *waves to Hanlie*


• I’m still toying with the idea of doing South Beach again for awhile, just to make myself cut back on the sugar and processed carbs. I’m a little concerned about the liberal use of artificial sweeteners with this plan – I’m still not sure how I feel about that. I like to use Splenda in my coffee, but other than that I really don’t partake of the fake stuff. Will have to think on this one a little more.


• I’m going to make a goal of doing the 30DS 4times a week, any more than that will be a bonus.


• I’m printing this out and hanging it on my fridge because if it’s not right in front of my face I tend to forget – yes, I am that much of a child!

An Open Letter to my Inner Saboteuse — February 6, 2009

An Open Letter to my Inner Saboteuse

Dear Saboteuse,

Your recent stay inside my head was quite welcome at first, I will admit, but you kept inching closer and closer to the line, and then last night you finally crossed over it. I cannot allow you to destroy what I have worked so hard to build. You are hereby given notice that you are no longer welcome and must leave immediately. And it would be great if you could take all those extra calories with you on your way out.



Something clicked in my head last night and I decided to stop the insanity. TOM* also arrived, so I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but all of a sudden I just decided that enough was enough. I think the fact that I hid in the bathroom cramming M&M’s in my mouth triggered a red flag that said “Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!” I hid not because I didn’t want anyone to see what I was eating; I hid because I did not want to share. Sad, isn’t it? The last 10 days I have been feeling…disordered? That’s the word that comes to mind. The things I’ve done lately are things I haven’t done in years (buying candy bars, hiding when I eat, eating until I’m over-stuffed) and I’m not sure why they are resurfacing. Like I said, last night a switch was flipped in my brain and I feel like I am back to the old new and improved self. I don’t know if it was hormones, stress, or both that caused my food freak-out, but I feel much calmer and more in control today.


I know I’m not the only one who is under stress, because lots of Stress Reducing articles and books are floating around the internet. I’ve been asked to review a book called The Stress Eaters Diet (look for that in a couple of weeks), and I came across an article by Karly Pittman of First Ourselves that talks about reducing anxiety and stress by leaving yourself margins. Margins like allowing yourself extra time in the mornings so you aren’t hurried and extra money in savings so that when something breaks (and it always does) you won’t send yourself into a panic about how you’re going to pay for it. Go here if you want to read the full article – it really made a lot of sense to me.


I did Jillian’s workout again last night and this time THE HUBS DID IT WITH ME!!!! Yes, that’s right, I peeled my husband away from Yahoo Dominoes and he worked out with me. I think he underestimated how hard it was going to be, but by the 2nd circuit, he was sweating buckets! At the end he told me he was impressed with me for keeping up with it and I’m sure I beamed at the compliment. It was really great to be able to do that together and feel that sense of accomplishment. I’m going to keep after him to work out with me – it’s so much easier if someone is suffering through it with you!


My son’s 12th birthday is today (sniff sniff, I can’t believe he is TWELVE!!), so tonight is the family party at Mazzio’s. I plan on having a salad and teeny piece of cake, and then depending on what time we get home, I’ll do the 30DS again. Tomorrow, while the hubs takes my son and his friends to play Laser tag, I’m going to try to go running again. It’s hard to go during the week, but I think it will be easier to run during the week when it stays lighter outside longer. For now, I’ll just have to keep my running to the weekends.


So that’s it for me today…I may try to squeeze in a post this weekend sometime, just so I can keep myself accountable. Happy Friday everyone!

*Are you sick of me talking about TOM? I am. I promise to not bring it up anymore…at least until next month. 😉

Working out in my red dress, eating raisins — February 4, 2009

Working out in my red dress, eating raisins

Hey Gang!Okay, so how’s the workout going? I have to say I am in LOVE with this workout.  It’s fast, it’s effective, and there are no silly girlie aerobic dance moves involved, which is a good thing because I don’t think repeatedly tripping over one’s own feet is a good form of exercise.  Since I started the work out a day early, on Monday I was S-O-R-E.  I was really afraid that Monday night’s workout would do me in, but I found it to be easier than the day before and during last night’s workout, though still tough, I was already able to keep up a little better than before.  I was still sore yesterday, but not really in a wimpering-because-it-hurts-to-blink kind of way, more of an I KICKED ASS AND IT HURTS SO GOOD kind of way.  Today, I gotta admit, I’m really not very sore at all.  I’ll most likely have to skip today’s workout, unless I can rearrange some things, but I should be on track for the rest of the week.  What do you guys think so far?  Love it?  Hate it?  Love to hate it?


Remember these guys?

Turns out they are still at it promoting the wrinkly little fruit we all know and love. They have their own website and personal trainer and are looking to get fit and healthy in 2009. And hey, just like almost everyone else in the world, they have a Facebook page! I checked out their website and it’s very pretty.  Go see!

Follow this link to find:

• Six simple ways to get in shape without breaking the bank
• Video of Valerie Waters sharing wise choices for 2009
• Healthy and fast breakfast ideas
• Audio summary headline
• High resolution images for use on your blog or Web site

Visit for even more information including:

• Follow-along fitness videos and at-home workout routines from Valerie Waters
• Healthy living tips from Waters
• Delicious and healthy recipes from California Raisins

About California Raisins:

• Just ¼ cup of raisins provides one fruit serving
• Raisins are fat and cholesterol free and low in sodium
• California Raisins are a convenient and portable source of all-natural energy

About Valerie Waters:

• Seventeen years of experience working with celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Kim Raver and Matt Dillion to name a few.
• Called “Hollywood’s Hot Trainer” by US Weekly, Waters is known as the go-to trainer called by Hollywood’s elite when they need to get in shape and stay that way.
• Has appeared on E! News, Good Morning America, VH1 and CNN and is regularly featured in top publications including Glamour, Vanity Fair, In Style, Fitness and Shape.


Myself, I prefer to eat my raisins with something (peanut butter and celery, I’m looking at you) instead of just by themselves. My hands get all sticky when I eat them alone, because unlike my 3 year old, I don’t eat them one at a time, I grab a clump and shove it into my pie hole because I like the chewy-ness of several raisins all together. I also like to throw a handful in with my oatmeal. Yummy!

Okay enough raisin talk. Let’s talk about the heart for a minute, k?  I’m seeing a lot of Go Red for Women ads lately and even though I’m all for educating women about heart disease, I feel like our guys are getting left out.  I know that for years and years heart disease in women has been largely ignored, but don’t our men deserve some fun and fancy educating too?  I would like to see an initiative that is geared toward men, the way Go Red has been geared toward women.  I know my husband doesn’t really connect that what he eats affects his heart, and working out for him is all about “the guns” (kind of like how my workouts are all about “the buns”), not so much about having a healthy heart. They could have some red boxer shorts as their logo, like women have the red dress (although that would make the Wear Red campaign mighty awkward in the work place).  I want my husband around for a long time and if it takes some Go Red Power Tools or Go Red Fishing Tackle for him to get the message, then I say bring it on.  What say you? Does men’s heart health deserve the same attention as women’s health?  Are women just more receptive to these kinds of campaigns?  I don’t know, you tell me.

Hope this gives you all something to think about today!  Have a good one! 🙂

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