Thursday, January 21, 2016

Today made of meh

Today was tough. Had a tough client, a surprise parent, and only got 5 hours of sleep.

Workout today felt like crap and I wanted moes queso and chips like a fat me wants nutty bars.

Instead got a tofu taco and did some laps in the restaurant. I don't know why today was so tough but it was and I want bed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Another youtube thing

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kindness is not a great feat...

I thought a lot before writing this because I didn't want to seem like I was flapping a super hero cape. Rather I was reminded that we could use a reminder that these "immigrants" have stories, faces, and families.
So... This young 18 YO kid came into the outreach cemter today and only spoke spanish. Everyone was stumped and just shrugged him off. I went over said I spoke poor Spanish but could I help. Kid said he got here via Milwaukee, from El Salvador. His parents got him to the US alone because he is gay and they were terrified he would be hurt or worse. Both his brothers were dead from gang violence. He has no family here. He had a suitcase of clothes, a bunch of government forms and a bare studio apt shared with 2 other people that he had just met.

None of them had a bed, pots, pans, food, NOTHING. Common sense kicked in and I put together a huge list of agencies that would help him, then pulled laundry soap and some other stuff from my trunk; clothes Chris was going to donate, an old pot, a random fork and spoon I had in my backpack. 10 packs of ramen, a reusable grocery bag, a box of granola bars, some new hygiene stuff from my gym bag. And a clean towel from my gym bag. Then after finding out he hadn't eaten since yesterday, I gave him my lunch. Here is what amazed me. He was so happy someone was kind to him, he cried.

He cried because he had been here three days and I was the FIRST person who was kind to him. We exchanged emails and he agreed to keep me posted. Everyone was saying "Oh he is so lucky you were here, how nice were you, hope he appreciated it, it was very christian." Here is the thing, that mentality bothers me. How is it extraordinary? Someone is hungry? Here ... food. Cold? Here... blanket. Car broke down? Hop in. It's not something we should do because of "the season" or "religion" it's something we should do because everyone needs kindness and compassion at some point. We need to be kind and decent to each other.

 Chris wants to see if we cant give the kid some other stuff, but first we have to see what agencies will give him. The three kids need beds, a broom, soon winter gear.. here is a thought though..this kid has 2 roomates in the same situation. And more young alone scared kids from other countries in same situation. We won't give this kid money, and we have a rule of not giving money  to anyone..instead giving food or things they can use...But there are other kids like this one. Alone, scared, looking for someone to be kind. Chris and I are looking forward to taking this kid out for lunch in a month and hearing how he is doing. SO to all the immigrant kids alone, scared, and looking for one kind person we wish you the best, Syracuse is a good place full of lots of kind people and we hope you can be happy here. #dogood #compassion #kindnessiscontagious

Friday, August 01, 2014

Dry Dog Shampoo and Carpet Deoderizer

You will need:

two shake top containers (like ones for parmesan cheese, or mason jars with several large holes punched in the top)

Dry dog shampoo:
2 boxes baking soda (I buy a bag at big box clubs)
10 drops Tea tree oil (stems and leaves  essential oils and infused oils are OK, just double the drops)
5 drops sage oil (optional)
1 cup corn starch
1 tablespoon Diatomous earth (optional, I use in warm weather to deter fleas+ticks)

mix together in a large ziploc bag and leave overnight to "settle" I scoop out about 1/2 cup of mixture at a time and put it in the shaker bottle and shake it all over my dog rubbing it into his fur.  I leave it on 5-10 minutes to absorb his oils and grossness, then I vacuum it off.  If your dog hates the vacuum you can remove it with a fine bristle brush .

Repeat evry two weeks and eave unused power in the freezer to stay fresh

Carpet deoderizer:

3 boxes baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup diatomous earth
5 drops Tea Tree Oil
5 drops Lemon/Lime OIL (not juice!)
5 drops Sage Oil

place in large ziploc bag and shake it up, let sit overnight.

place about 1 cup for large houses 1/2 cup for smaller houses in your shaker and apply sparingly to carpets.

I leave it on for about 30 minutes and try to "sweep it in" with a clean broom or shake it into smaller carpets by shaking them side to side.

Then just vacuum!

Carpets ad dogs are fresh and the lime oil and tea tree are natural antimicrobial and pest deterrents and the diatomous earth kills anything with a exoskeleton that walks thru it!

Happy Cleaning!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I work out.

Since beginning my "Increase strength and stamina" decision I have been working out at a gym 1-2 times a week, walking 2-3 times a week and biking most other 3-4 times a week.  I also try and mix it up by using the elliptical the treadmill, the ARC trainer, and the stair master device from hell.

I have also began eating breakfast and not eating after 6 PM unless I am starving.

Yesterday despite an emergency vet visit, work fuckery, and humidity induced pain and nausea I managed to bike for 80 minutes on my recumbent bike and then use the stair master escalator thing from Hades for 10 full minutes.  For me, that was HUGE.  I also managed to bench press the bar for 3 sets of 8 which is also huge.

My goal is to get back up to benching at least a hundred pounds, but I don't know if my doctor will approve it.  my body may poop out at 75 like it did when I first was diagnosed with my syrinx.

I need to join a gym.  I NEED to be able to go hit the gym when I want to murder someone, when I am stressed, when I am feeling fat.  Which pretty much sells the planet fitness gym to me because its open 24 hours.  THUS if I get off work at 10 PM and feel wired I can go and lift for a while before going home.  Or if I have a gap in my day and have the car I can go sneak in a workout.

I have a friend (actually there are three of them) who are trying to lose weight as well.  Despite working twice as hard, and working out more, having no surgery, insulin, or diet program to assist me means they are leaving me in the dark on weight loss.

The surgery friend can even eat sugar and is almost able to eat 2 cups of food at a time and lost over 100 pounds.  The diabetic friend gave up smoking and alcohol and is walking and has lost 50 pounds.  The diet program friend has lost 16 pounds like me, but has only been dieting since last month.

I am only losing about 2 pounds a week and there have been a few plateau weeks of NO weight loss.  I know to listen to my trainer friends who tell me "Keep eating 1200 calories and keep the workout and strength training up and it will happen"  I am even mixing it up,and pushing my self imposed limitations.  I can see that my body is changing, I just wish it was faster.

I have to come to accept that even if I manage to keep the workouts I will never be model thin, I will never look like Emme, or Kloe Kardashian.  I will always be hippy, I will always have a big butt, I will always have the "fertility doll" body.

I have to be happy that I will be stronger, leaner, and have more stamina the harder I work and accept the little victories.

Yesterday I bench pressed the bar, and leg pressed half my body weight.  Small victories, and I am happy with that.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Follow the leader...

Sometimes with this weight thing I have no freaking clue where I am headed.  Do I want to try going Vegan again (but bacon, beautiful BACON!) Do I want to go gluten free?  Paleo? gluen free paleo?  I know I have to move my mind from "live to eat" into "eat to live, but cookies, salsa, rice, oatmeal, sugar GLORIOUS sugar!

I know I am addicted to sugar, my doc says if it a tie between eating a boca pattie and snackwells, chose the Boca Pattie.

Or cheese. or a yogurt..

Still.  At least my workouts are going well.  Trying to stay a little away from carbohydrates, only eat them sparingly and push protein and veg, and try to make myself eat more fruit.

A friend from work wants me to come and work out with her mon, wed, and frid.

So until I can afford it, I may have another free gym angle!

If it works out I am going to ask for a year membership for my birthday.

We shall see.