Doing Some Things Differently

About a week ago, I decided to give up shampooing my hair. Yup, call me crazy. I’ve had some issues with my hair breaking easily, falling out, laying flat even after it’s been curled and sprayed to rock hard formation, and feeling stringy. My initial resolution was to just cut it all off but pixie cuts are not my forte. Instead, I’ve opted to do the “no-poo” method in hopes of restoring my hair to its original glory. I started this method last Sunday.

The first couple of days my hair was fine, I washed it with 1 tablespoon of baking soda mixed with one cup of water. I followed it with a mixture of distiller white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. None of the stuff creates a lather so if you try it, don’t expect bubbles. My hair did have slight vinegar scent which dissipated after a couple of hours. I’ve heard that you can add essential oil or lemon juice to the vinegar mix to prevent smelling like you’ve just been pickled.

Today my hair is a bit oily, as in sticky-oily. It doesn’t look that way but it feels that way. I’m sure it will go away. I have noticed that my hair holds a curl much better and I’m not seeing as much silver as before. Is that a bad thing? Nope! I cannot wait for my hair to return to a state of normalcy.

My mom has been posting recipes and instructions on how to make your own soaps. After some discussion with my husband, we have decided to
give it a try. Hopefully, we can start doing that stuff for ourselves and save some money on bath stuff. I already know how to make bath salts and sugar scrubs. I’m not giving up deodorant though! Making my own soaps should be fun. I can buy everything I need at Michaels or Walmart, right? Christmas presents! YES!

I’m starting to figure out and plan for Christmas. Budget will be tight since we have opted to pay our debts in a different manner. I can’t complain; paying our bills they way that we have these last few months has been stress-free and we are slowly freeing ourselves from the burden that debt creates. Soon we will no longer be slaves to creditors! What a relief it will be to have our money be “our” money! Then on to buying a house!

Break time is over, more later!

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Explaining Suicide in a Celebrity Nutshell

It is difficult to understand what goes on inside a person’s head.  It is even more difficult to understand the path that has lead a person to believe suicide is the only option.

Having been in some incredibly dark places myself, I understand how a person may have felt that suicide was the only option.  I struggle with thoughts of suicide myself.  The difference is that I have HOPE and I hold on to that tiny grain.

Robin Williams lost that hope.  He had nothing to hold on to.

Now, since my family is reading this, let me reassure you that I have no desire to end my own life.  I’m smart enough to know when I need help during my times of despair.  I have people I feel safe enough to turn to when things aren’t what they seem.  That being said, I will always cling to HOPE.  I have enough to live for in my life; I don’t ever want my brother to have to explain to my niece why Aunt Chelle isn’t in her life.  I still believe that I will have a child one day.  While I think suicide is selfish, I can completely understand why a person would do it.

There are demons in a person’s mind that can be extremely difficult to overcome.  Add drugs and/or alcohol in that mix and the mind is not one’s own.  Robin Williams battled demons that an average, mentally sound person will not experience personally.  He had been fighting depression for a long time.  He used laughter and comedy to hide his true emotions.  He worked very hard at making the world laugh while hiding his personal, private pain.

Robin Williams was surrounded by love.  His wife of 3 years loved him; his children loved him.  The whole world loved him and his work.  Unfortunately, the darkness of his world was so heavy, that he could not feel love from anyone.  If he could, he would have been able to hold on to HOPE.    He felt that there was no other way to conquer the demons that plagued him.

Suicide is not something to be ashamed of.  It is something that requires compassion and a deep understanding of where a person is emotionally when battling mental illness.  There is help out there for those fighting depression.  I would never want anyone to go through a deep depression alone.  Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help.  Learn the signs of depression and mental illness and be aware that they can be different for every person.

Most importantly, have COMPASSION for the person struggling.  Be there when they need you.  Don’t try to offer a solution for something you don’t understand.  Listen to the words they speak when talking.  Know that you cannot always help and they made need something more than you can offer (i.e., counseling, professional therapy, in-patient mental healthy facility, etc.).  Help the person as best as you can, within your scope of experience and knowledge.

Let them know you do love them.  Show them, because during the darkest times, words of love may mean very little.

My heart and prayers go out to the Williams family during this tragic time.  May God bring them the peace and comfort they need in dealing with the loss of the world’s beloved comedian, Robin McLaurin Williams.  My deepest condolences…

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
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My Mission Today…

…Should I choose to accept it…  Wait.  I have to accept it.  It’s MY mission.  I have no choice here.  Honestly, I do have a choice; however, I choose to make a plan of action for today.  I digress.

My Mission for today is as follows:

1.  Not use any sweetener for My Morning Mate.  Or for anything else I eat today for that matter.

2.  Clean the house completely.

3.  Watch more episodes of Doctor Who and study Jenny Flint’s voice and mannerisms (I’m going to Gallifrey Day at Disneyland as Jenny Flint. Although she is technically Madame Vastra’s wife, she will be accompanied by the 8th Doctor and Master.)

4.  Go to TeeFury and exchange my shirt.

5.  Do my grocery shopping.

6.  Run for an hour then do T25 Lower Focus. (I’m so glad I have the day off!  Legs are going to kill me!)

7.  Drink nearly a gallon of water.  I’m dehydrated and can feel it.

8.  Make arrangements to talk to my cutiepie niece on Sunday.

9.  Take the dogs for a walk.

10.  Go to the post office.

There.  That should keep me busy for a while.  I have a couple of blog thoughts swirling in my head.  Hopefully if I get my list accomplished, I’ll sit and write.  Until then, toodles!

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Here, there, everywhere!

I’ve been here.  I’ve been reading.

It just seems like every time I want to write or get an idea, when I sit down to blog, I draw a blank.

See what I mean?  I wrote the above sentences this morning before I went to work.  Now I am returning home and find that I need to finish this.

Ugh, I cannot even remember what I set out to write about!

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New Recipe: Zucchini Pizza Boats

Hubby was given 2 Mexican zucchinis (not sure how they differ from other zucchinis beyond size and skin colouring – green speckled).  I wasn’t sure what to do with them until someone mentioned they were going to make zucchini pizzas for dinner one night.  It sounded fabulous and I felt I should give it a whirl.  Here’s what I created:

  • 2 Mexican zucchinis
  • Shredded pizza-blend cheese
  • Pizza sauce (or spaghetti sauce)
  • Pepperoni, or other toppings

Preheat oven to 425*.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up. Wash the outside of the zucchinis very well to remove the dirt and grit.  Cut each zucchini in half length-wise.  Use a spoon to scoop out the guts of the zucchini.  You may need a knife to cut some of it but be sure to leave about 1/4 inch around the edge.  Put the guts onto a cutting board and finely chop.  Place in a bowl and pour spaghetti sauce on top.  Mix well, until all the zucchini guts are covered. Fill the “boats” with the mixture but don’t overfill.  Bake in the oven approximately 15 minutes or until the boats are nearly tender. Once they are nearly tender (use a fork to tell), pull them out of the oven and allow them to sit for about 5 minutes. Top with cheese and your favourite toppings.  Place back into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese

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Progress: Day 3

On day 1, I tipped the scale at 198.2.  I really tried hard not to step on the scale Tuesday or today, but I did and it looks like I’ve lost about 4lbs.  I’m not complaining at all but I’m going to hold off on the scale until Saturday.  Maybe I’ll hit 190.  It can only go down from here, right?

My eating has been pretty good.  I did have a couple of cheats but I limited myself to 1 treat.  I keep reminding myself that what I’m doing will be worth it in the end.  10lbs is nothing in the big picture of my goals.  I can only do it one day at a time.  Each day has its successes too.

Things I’ve been eating are deviled eggs, turkey & cheese sandwiches, street tacos, foil baked chicken, and smoothies.  Please ask if you want a recipe or need more food ideas.

Exercise is on par for the course.  I’ve been doing 2 workouts per day, sometimes back to back.  Monday and today, I did my R4FL and T25.  Yesterday, I did a walk and T25.  The only issue I have with T25 is some of the exercises cause me to put pressure on my wrists and it hurts like Hades.

As of right now, I have this.  I’m in control and my body can do what I will my mind to.  WHOA!  That’s a good mantra!  Save that!  LOL  I did push my run a bit today.  I had to tell myself that my lungs didn’t hurt, that my mind was weak but my body is not.  (SAVE THAT TOO!)  I’ve come a long ways to go back to the 200’s or even 300’s.  I NEVER want to see 300 ever again.  In fact, I never want to see 200.

My goals are so important to me that everything else is taking a backseat to my happiness.  The scale doesn’t even show my value as a human being.  BUT, I am doing this for me.  For my health.  For my life.  That is where my value lies.

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Here’s the Plan

I think I’ve come up with something that should work for me.  I love Shaun T’s Focus T25.  I can definitely do 25ish minutes per day of exercise on top of what I already do at work.  I walk a lot at work and lift boxes on occasion.  The majority of my day is spent on my feet, which is killer for my back but I can do it.  Here we go:

Exercise

July 7 to August 4:  Four weeks of T25 Alpha.  This is done almost daily.

July 7 to August 8:  R4FL (Run 4 Fat Loss).  This is done every other day.  I started it a couple of weeks ago so I’m pretty much in the grove of it.

Food:

I am going to start with T25’s 5 Day Fast Track.  I should be able to lose a couple of lbs right away to boost my motivation.  Seeing the numbers on the scale drop is always a weight-loss boost, right?  I’m going to use MyFitnessPal to log my food intake.  Does anyone else use this programme?  If not, I’d like to invite you to join me in doing so.  You’ll be able to see my exercise and food intake on a daily basis.

Now I would really appreciate if anyone would like to hold me accountable.  This might seem extreme to lose 10lbs but truth be told, I’d like to lose about 40lbs.  Ten pounds is my starting point.

Is anyone game to be my buddy in this marathon?

 

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Dedicate and now Rededicated…

Today everyone is celebrating America’s independence.  I, on the other hand, am going to celebrate myself.

Actually, I’m going to spend the next couple of days rededicating myself to my fitness goals.  I have every intention of writing up a procedural plan, along with goals and rewards schedule.  I almost said “I think” I can do this but I know I can do this.  I could say that I will run daily or eat nothing but healthy stuff; however, I want to be realistic.  I want to lose 10lbs by August 13th and that is totally do-able.

I want to be smart about this.  I want to make good choices and not allow others to tempt me into chocolatey-ooey-heavenly goodness.  I do know that I’m worth more than a number on a scale.  That’s pretty important.  As soon as I figure stuff out, I’ll post it.  I really do need to think about this thoroughly.

Now, back to watching Doctor Who.

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New Recipe: Zucchini Pizza Boats

Hubby was given 2 Mexican zucchinis (not sure how they differ from other zucchinis beyond size and skin colouring – green speckled).  I wasn’t sure what to do with them until someone mentioned they were going to make zucchini pizzas for dinner one night.  It sounded fabulous and I felt I should give it a whirl.  Here’s what I created:

  • 2 Mexican zucchinis
  • Shredded pizza-blend cheese
  • Pizza sauce (or spaghetti sauce)
  • Pepperoni, or other toppings

Preheat oven to 425*.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up. Wash the outside of the zucchinis very well to remove the dirt and grit.  Cut each zucchini in half length-wise.  Use a spoon to scoop out the guts of the zucchini.  You may need a knife to cut some of it but be sure to leave about 1/4 inch around the edge.  Put the guts onto a cutting board and finely chop.  Place in a bowl and pour spaghetti sauce on top.  Mix well, until all the zucchini guts are covered.

Fill the “boats” with the mixture but don’t overfill.

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Bake in the oven approximately 15 minutes or until the boats are nearly tender.   Once they are nearly tender (use a fork to tell), pull them out of the oven and allow them to sit for about 5 minutes.

Top with cheese and your favourite toppings.  photo (9)

Place back into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Once done, allow the pizza boats to cool slightly.  Enjoy!

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P.S.  They were fantastic!  I think I like them better than cauliflower pizzas!

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Getting Mentally Prepared

I keep telling myself that I want to transform my body.  I know what to do physically and in terms of my “diet”.  Mentally, I am falling short.  I cannot seem to break through that mental wall.

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It’s repetitive.  I do it day in and day out.  I want to take a sledgehammer to the wall.  The big question is, how?  How do I break through the mental block I continuously have when it comes to my personal transformation?  I’ve created a series of questions that may, or may not, help.

1.  What do I wish to accomplish in setting exercise goals?

2.  Do I have a mental image of what my goal looks like?

3.  Am I afraid of achieving my goal?

4.  Is there pain involved in getting to my goal?

5.  What exactly am I afraid of?

I think fear of something is keeping me from getting to my goal; however, I have no clue as to what that fear is.  I’ve hidden behind my weight for so many years while dreaming of being thin and healthy.  It’s absolute madness.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.  I’m beyond the point of insanity.  I’m ready.  I have my goal and I have my objectives.  I will break through this mental wall and get to my goals.

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