The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

And that’s why I worked out at 2 am — June 14, 2013

And that’s why I worked out at 2 am

Last night we had our neighbors over for dinner and in full disclosure, I ate very healthy but I did have a margarita. Is alcohol considered junk food if you only have it every few months? I thoroughly enjoyed the first one but after I poured the second one, I realized I didn’t really want it anymore so it just sat there and the ice melted until it was a very weak alcoholic lime-aid. Blech. 

So because I only have a drink every so often, I always forget that alcohol interferes with my beloved sleep. I just never can get into a good deep sleep when I have a drink, be it wine, margaritas, or blech beer. So there I am in bed trying to will myself to sleep at 11:30 when my husband stumbles in after spending an extra amount of time with our neighbor out on the patio telling alcohol-fueled manly stories of their glory days. They had had quite a few margaritas and let’s just say my husband needed some “care” and leave it at that. After I finally got his drunk ass in bed, I couldn’t sleep. I stared at the ceiling. I tried to count backwards from 100. I read my book. Nothing was helping and as the hours ticked by, I knew that I was going to be super tired this morning and most likely wouldn’t want to do my workout. Then I thought, well why not do it now? I wasn’t sleepy so I might as well make use of the time I was awake and get it done and over with. Plus I hoped that it would wear me out enough that I would fall sleep. So I got out of bed, put on my workout clothes and banged out a bunch of squats and some other incredibly ridiculous exercises for the next half hour. When I was done, I was sweaty and satisfied and although it took awhile for me to cool down, I finally drifted off to sleep about 3:30. When my alarm rang at 6:15, I was so glad I had already worked out because I was TIRED with a capitol SLEEPY. 

Today I’m feeling racked out and blah, but I plan on going to bed embarrassingly early tonight (hello 3rd grade bedtime). I never in a million years would have thought I would voluntarily work out in the middle of the night. I fully expect people in Hades to be wearing parkas today. 

Shouting and growling — June 13, 2013

Shouting and growling

Hey!

First, let me shout it to the heavens that I am wearing a size 16 again!! I knew the 18s were getting loose, but when I stepped into a dressing room yesterday and saw just how awful they looked on me, I knew it was time to give them up. I stuck with them because I felt like they hid a lot, but really all they were doing was making me look bigger than I already am. So I bought a new pair of size 16s and they fit! Yay! I have 2 pair of size 14s that I bought 2 years ago that have never been worn, so when these 16s get too big (and they will) I already have 2 pair of new jeans that will be waiting for me. Woohoo! 

I’m still rocking along with No Junk June. I had a Moment of Truth earlier this week when my sugar pusher neighbor Mr. Brown came over and brought me a slice of cake. I was conflicted. I didn’t want to mess up NJJ…but there was cake staring me in the face. What to do??? I must have stared at that cake for two whole minutes while I warred with myself over whether or not I would eat it. I finally decided NOT to eat the cake and gave it to my boss instead. A very large victory was won that day!! 

I’m still working out every morning and sweating and grunting like it’s not about to kill me or anything. My husband got up early this morning and the poor soul tried to ask me questions while I was in the middle of some fairly challenging tricep extensions. My husband has no idea how close to death he came. For future information, don’t talk to me while I’m working out, don’t ask me questions that will require me to think, and especially don’t do these things before I’ve had coffee!! I will probably growl at you in lieu of an answer. So basically don’t talk to me before 7 am – after that I am showered and am sipping my first cup of java and will pleasantly answer any and all questions you may have. Following these rules will ensure that my wrath will not end up on your head. It’s a win-win for everyone if we observe and respect them. 🙂

Okay kids, that’s all I got for now. Have a good weekend! 

 

Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it — June 4, 2013

Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it

Holy DOMS Batman!! I did the JNL Shoulder Shredder DVD yesterday and the Lower Body Fusion today and I think I now know how the Tin Man felt before Dorothy greased him up (wow that sounds dirty. Like a Wizard of Oz porno. EW.). But sore? Yeah, I am. In a good way. Oh, and as a special bonus, my husband watched me do today’s workout. As if I didn’t feel enough like a dancing hippo, I had to deal with my self-consciousness about him watching. He never said anything disparaging (he knows what would happen if he did *deathanddestruction*) and he was even encouraging, but having him watch brought things to a whole ‘nother level. A whole new level of being very super aware that I am FAT. Dancing in a room full of other overweight women? I can do that, no problem. Doing squats while my husband sits on the couch and watches from behind? Kill me. Kill me now. I let him watch because I wanted to him to see just how hard I was working and that I was making the effort – I plan to use this in my favor at some point in the future. I haven’t decided how, but it’ll be there when I need it. 🙂 

I bought new shoes last Saturday at our local sporting goods store and hey guess what? I hate them. They kill my feet. They’ll be fine for walking, but for doing jumping jacks and other jump-y things they are horrible. My arches and the outside of my foot ache terribly when I’m wearing them so I end up kicking them off and doing the DVDs barefoot, which so far hasn’t been bad, but I don’t think I should keep doing that. Does anyone know if a running store could help me with that? Even though I’m not running, I figure they know exercising feet and might be able to fit me in a shoe that won’t make me cry when I work out. 

This is me right now. Awkward and uncomfortable but willing to be that way while I change. 

Have a great day! 

 

No Junk June — June 3, 2013

No Junk June

Howdy!!

So, according to the calendar on my wall it’s June. According to my internal calendar, it’s still March. Can someone get those two to sync up? That’d be great, thanks.

Anyway, the fabulous Kyra and I are doing a sort of challenge to get our rears in gear: No Junk June. We’re trying to cut out all the bad stuff and focus on eating good wholesome foods, so for the month of June, I am going to cut out sugary treats/snacks and processed foods (as much as I can). I’m pretty sure this is going to be a learning curve for me since I’ve been eating processed foods for approximately 40 years. Can this old dog learn new tricks? Stay tuned to find out!

I’m also starting a new set of fitness DVDs that my niece loaned me. It’s called JNL Fusion and from what I can tell they are along the lines of interval/circuit workouts, and they’re approximately 30 minutes in length. I’ve done one of them and although it was challenging, it wasn’t unbearable. I have hope that I can make it through without, ya know, dying. There are 13 (maybe 14) different discs and there’s a schedule to follow that tells you which disc to do on a certain day. It’s a 60 day program, so I hope that at the end of the 60 days I’ll look like a fitness model. Ha! Is there such a thing as plus size fitness models? There should be!! I’m actually just hoping I can stay with it for the full 60 days. Anyone wanna take bets on how long I last  join me in my quest? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller???

I need to dangle a carrot in front of myself to make myself stick with it. Some kind of fun reward I can look forward to – any ideas?

I’ll report back and let you know how things are going with both the DVDs and with the food. It should be interesting to say the least!

I think this sums it up nicely — May 13, 2013
Fifteen minutes of meaning — October 7, 2010

Fifteen minutes of meaning

Today a very dear friend lost her dad to ALS. It was a long battle (for both of them) and on Sunday Laura had planned on running a half marathon. She still  wants to run it because SHE CAN. She has a healthy body that can do glorious things – things her father can no longer do.

Remember the 5k I ran a few months ago? The race was for a young man who had cancer. At the time of the race, he was in remission and was doing very well. Not long ago, the cancer came back with a vengance and today, this young man lost his battle too.

 

*sigh*

 

But a wonderful thing also happened today. I got a call from Oklahoma Blood Institute telling me that my blood that I had donated was used at a hospital in OKC and had helped save someone’s life.  That feels pretty amazing to me.

 

All of these things has made me realize that I have been acting like a spoiled, petulant brat.  I have this gloriously wonderful body that, despite my best efforts, is still amazingly healthy. I don’t have any chronic conditions, no pain, no recurring illness, heck I don’t even have seasonal allergies. And yet, I abuse this body with food and lack of movement. I take my health for granted every. single. day. and yet it continues to hang on, hoping I will give it the proper attention it deserves.

Today, I finally gave it some attention. I had some errands to run this evening and I thought that while I was out, I would stop by the local park and walk for a bit. I knew I didn’t have long before the sun set, but I also knew that something was better than nothing. So I walked. I walked because it’s what I do best. I only had 15 minutes but those 15 minutes held a lot of meaning for me. They signified that it’s time to grow up a little bit a lot and stop playing Russian Roulette with my health.

But what does that look like? Getting serious about health? For me I think it looks like this:

  • taking my calcium supplement every day (and a multivitamin)
  • working my body at least 3 days a week for as long or as short amount of time as I have
  • finding ways of incorporating more veggies into my meals
  • continuing to work hard on overcoming my emotional eating problems
  • making time for things that keep me balanced – yoga, my friends, God, books.

So that’s it. This isn’t a Rocky Balboa kind of “I’m really going to do it this time!!” kind of post, but instead it’s more of a realization that I need to stop kidding myself that this body is going to last as long as I want it to. I know that there will be times when I forget all this when faced with a decadent brownie, but maybe if I re-read this post often enough, some of it will sink in.

Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Bonjour! — January 20, 2009

Bonjour!

Bonjour Mes Amies!! 

I like to throw in a little French every now and then just so I can prove to my dad that college education wasn’t a waste of time.  I mean, all the life lessons I learned – how to properly pour a beer,  how to thrive on Hideaway Pizza, Cocoa Puffs, and Spaghettios,  how make one load of laundry last two weeks – were totally worth the thousands and thousands of dollars spent.  And oh yeah, that little bit of French I learned is SO valuable here in Oklahoma (that was sarcasm in case you didn’t catch that).  If I had it to do over again, I would have majored in something fun like Theater, or Graphic Design, or something useful like Health and Nutrition, because I am all about health and nutrition these days (see? There was a point to all that rambling about college!).  Part of the reason I love January is that all of North America is on the Healthy Bandwagon – everyone is vowing to eat right and exercise…at least until Valentine’s Day.  But you, dear readers, and I will have butt-prints embedded on that bandwagon because we are in it for the long haul, no? Bien sur!  We are on a quest for good health and though we may falter at times, we always,  ALWAYS pick ourselves up and keep moving forward.  Just remember that when your someone special wants to take you out for a big steak dinner and dessert on Valentine’s Day.  😉

On Saturday I got so fed up at the lack of good food in the house, I went to Wal-Mart and spent an obscene amount of money on all the healthy foods I could think of.  I bought lots of veggies, lots of fruits, yogurt, string cheese, cottage cheese, whole wheat flour, whey protein, and lots of other yummy good-for-you stuff.  I can’t tell you how much better I feel just after 3 days of eating non-crap.  I do have a question for those of you in the know – I know that it is recommended to eat fish at least a couple times a week, but does freshwater fish like Crappie and Bass count?  Do they have the same omega-3s that other fish have?  Since I am married to Daniel Boone, we have LOTS of crappie in the freezer, and since we almost always fry it, I rarely fix it anymore (fried foods like that make my stomach hurt).  But we have all this fish at our disposal and if we could get some benefit out of it by baking it or grilling it, I would definitely prepare it more often.  A quick Google search didn’t turn up much.  I did find one article that said Crappie is nutritious, and it touted the benefits of omega 3 acids but it didn’t directly link Crappie with omega 3’s.  It did say however, that crappie tend to not absorb a lot of the contaminates in freshwater like say, catfish.  So that’s good news, but I want to know just how nutritious Crappie is.  If you know, could you enlighten me?  DB would be thrilled if we ate fish more often, even if it isn’t fried.

On the fitness front, I am in mourning over the death of my treadmill (yes STILL).  Gilad is great for strength training, but I don’t really work up much of a sweat.  I need more than 18 minutes of activity to really work up a good sweat.  I stumbled upon this yesterday and it looks like it might be a good set up.  For $20 a month, you get a new workout custom made for you every 4 weeks.  It includes a personal trainer DVD, a cardio DVD and a strength training DVD I think.  It’s a good price and I like that you get a new one every month for 20 months.  Anyone ever tried this?  I just worry that I won’t like the cardio (visions of Denise Austin dance in my head) and so I wouldn’t do it.  I am really tempted to do this, but with the money I would spend on this, I could just go out and buy a treadmill.  I think that’s one of my faults – I overanalyze and worry that if I spend the dough, I’ll be sorry later.  I’m going to overanalyze it a little bit more and then I’ll decide.

Today’s shout out goes to the avocado.  It all started with guacamole, which I love probably a little too much, and now my latest obsession has turned to eating avocadoes raw, right out of the skin.  It’s so creamy and indulgent, and I love it.  I try to keep it to a quarter or half an avocado at a time, but I could see myself eating two or three a day. Pretty soon you may see me entering avocado rehab.  J’adore l’avocat!  See Dad, I’m using my French degree!!

Have a good day kids!

 

PS.  I almost forgot!  Check back later this week for a book review (not the Toxic Fat book, a different one) AND a giveaway!!   Woo!!

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! — December 23, 2008

It’s Christmas Eve Eve!

Hello Friends and Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or both!I am 98% done with all my Christmas shopping – just have to pick up a few more little things (why does there always seem to be a few more little things?) and some snacky items and then I will be finito! Yee to the haw Baby!

I have just made a pact with my niece that we will not let each other do any mindless noshing when we all get together on Christmas Day. Notice I said, mindless noshing. I’m all for eating whatever you want on Christmas Day, but make it something you really want and will really enjoy. I mean, come on, do you really need chocolate covered pretzels after you have consumed appetizers, a big dinner and a scrumptious dessert? No, I think not. The treats will still be there tomorrow folks, no need to eat every morsel in one day.

I made this pact because I love snack foods. Finger foods are my favorite – and also my downfall. I can literally make myself sick popping cube after cube of cheese into my piehole, along with tiny sandwichesandfudgeandpeanutbrittleandcookiesandmorefudge. It can get outta hand if I let it, hence the pact. I’m trying to be proactive this year and make myself and others aware of my need for control. I also decided to have some of my favorite healthy snacks on hand like carrots and hummus, a fruit try, a veggie tray (why do fruits and veggies look so much better on a tray?), and a shrimp ring. Hopefully having these things available will help me stay on track.

By my calculations, I’m going to have to be on guard for the next 3.5 days. Tonight begins the Candy Making/Cooke Baking Extravaganza, then tomorrow is the Christmas Eve Noshing Around the Tree, and Christmas Day is when the Big Family Festivities take place. And then there’s always the Day After Christmas, when all you want to do is lay around and eat and play with your new toys that Santa brought (I’m hoping Santa brings me some new cookware – my pots and pans are thisclose to being condemned to scrap metal). So there will be unlimited opportunities for mindless snackage to occur. On the flip side of that, there will also be opportunities for lots of activity: Tomorrow morning, the Great HouseCleaning of 2008 will take place, which burns about eleventy billion calories if you do it right. Running around taking care of the last minute things burns a few kcals too, I’m sure. And then on Christmas Day we will be at my sister’s house and they have a Wii, so I’m planning on challenging a few family members to a few games of tennis and bowling. There will also be much laughter, which is good for the abs and core. So hopefully I can balance it out and all will be merry and bright!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and that you get a chance to sit and reflect on why we do all this in the first place. God is so much better to us than we deserve. Merry Christmas gang – I love you all to death !

Super Quick Short Post Just to let y’all know I’m alive — November 10, 2008

Super Quick Short Post Just to let y’all know I’m alive

Holy Internal Audit Batman!!  My life the past 6 days has been crazy-busy!!  Internal audits at work that resulted in a couple of 10 hour days + a couple of minor home improvement repairs at home + 2 wicked fights with the hubs = not a very damn good week.  This week isn’t looking much better either.  I’m PMSing like crazy (hence the fights with the hubs) and now I’m playing catch up at work because those 2 audit days were spent with me taking 12 pages of notes. 

 

CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!

 

Which leads me to my first question…what’s a good red wine for a novice wine drinker??????  My bff D suggested La Crema Pinot Noir, haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds yummy.  I tried the Turning Leaf Merlot…I will not be trying that one again. Anyone have a favorite that they would be willing to share? 

 

Got in one good walk over the weekend and one early morning walk last week, which brings my total workouts to…2.  I know, I mean I don’t know how I manage to make it look so easy, being Supermom and all.  I should probably slow down or something, I don’t want to be accused of being an over-achiever.  

 

Um, I don’t have a second question.  Sorry. Feel free to ask one in the comments though if you like. 

 

Okay back to work.  I’ll come up for air before the end of the week (I hope!). 

 

 

Better today — April 16, 2008

Better today

I was so down yesterday morning, but by the afternoon I was starting to feel a little better. Then after work yesterday I found out that we are getting a big fat refund on our taxes! So fat that my husband said I could take about $800 and go buy myself a bunch of new clothes!! I said “really? Are you serious???” to which he replied, “Yeah I’m serious! You deserve it!” Holy Shoe Shopping Batman!!! I already have a list made up and the day that money gets deposited, I shall go to the bank and withdraw my fun money IMMEDIATELY and hit the stores! I am one of those moms who always puts everyone else’s needs before my own, so if (and that’s a big IF usually) there is extra cash, it goes towards the kids or things for the house or whatever random bill happens to pop up. But I am already planning on being totally selfish with this money!! With this refund we are also going to be able to pay off some debts, like the hospital bill from when I had my third child THREE YEARS AGO!!! That will be such a relief to get that off our backs, so YAY REFUND!!!
There was something else great that happened yesterday, but now I can’t remember what it was…oh yeah – weigh in!! I lost 1.4 pounds bringing my total to 7 pounds lost. WooHoo!! Considering its TOM, and considering the amount of crap I ate on Saturday, that’s pretty amazing stuff. I think the loss comes from all the walking I’ve been doing every morning – hey, this exercise stuff really works! (Thanks TL!)
I have a stealth plan to get some strength training in during the work day. Usually they guys will pop in my office unexpectedly, so I’ve been a little gun shy about doing any kind of exercise in my office, for fear someone will walk in and see me on the floor huffing and puffing through a sit up. However, (here’s the stealth part) they take a break at 9:00 and again at 1:30, so for 15 or 20 minutes they are occupied with their coffee and talk of the big game or the big fish or the big truck or whatever big thing they happen to be discussing, so that is when I will squeeze in a few crunches and some push ups, maybe even a squat or two! Completely brilliant plan, right? I thought so!
Okay, gotta get to work! Have a great day everyone!!

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