No, I have not died,  nor have I fallen off the face of the earth…  I took a break from the gym to fly to Oregon for my son’s 3rd brain surgery, and have brought him home with me.  But this is not the reason I have not been at the gym or blogging, MY KNEES HURT!

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I ended up flying to Oregon for my son’s surgery after all, there were complications and there was no way i would NOT be here. So, I am writing from the beautiful high desert in Bend, Oregon.

I am amused with my mindset.  Though I am, for the most part, eating well I have fallen back on chocolate for comfort.  This amuses me because I am NOT a chocolate craving/eating person.  I read somewhere that chocolate is actually good for your mood.  However, I don’t think the Snickers and Heath bar I inhaled yesterday is what they had in mind.

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I have heard exercise is supposed to improve your mood.  I was hoping I’d hit the gym, get on the treadmill and be all happy like freakin’ Snow White;  doves landing on my finger, Bambi and Thumper running along side of me and little sparrows tying bows in my hair.  I got squat.  Where are the endorphins?

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KAPOW!  I kicked it up a notch, again, on the treadmill today.  I went back to 40 minutes, all at 3 MPH…  however, today I did 2 sets of 10 minute intervals GOING UP HILL at 4.0!  “Holy heart failure Batman!” (yes, he really said this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHjRwCu6yBY ) and no, no one actually  had to perform CPR…

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Fact:  Breathing is definitely not optional.  My head cold is traveling to my chest.  Hope it’s having a fun trip, it’s certainly not what I had in mind.  So, since I’m home with handfuls of tissues let’s talk calories again…

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I got up this morning, totally psyched to have my first weekly weigh in!  I pee’d (every ounce counts you know) took off my slippers, balanced the beautiful, gleaming scale to 0.0 and carefully balanced myself in the very center.  WHAT THE HELL?!!!

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I’ve been blessed with one of those “shelf butts”.  The kind the queen of England could serve high tea from.  Not only could her majesty balance her teapot, creamer and sugar bowl on my arse, but she could quite easily serve crumpets and finger sandwiches!  Yes indeedy, I have a “shelf  butt” that could accommodate the greatest of banquets…  But not for long!!!!

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