Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter....

I hope everyone has a wonderful day...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mya Learning to "Leave It"....

I wish you could see her from the other side to see how she looks at me.  She cuts those eyes like "get that treat away from me if you are not going to give it to me!!"  It is soooo funny!!  My Facebook friends have already seen this---but I have to share it with my blogger friends too!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Something New---Favorite Pictures and TGIF!!!

I think I'm going to change things up a bit today.  I normally just do TGIF and Fact Friday.  I'm changing things up this week---change is always good.  Or it's supposed to be.  Mac took two pictures yesterday that I just LOVE LOVE LOVE and have to share.  Just in case you are visiting me for the first time, Mac is my "young man in training" son.  And Mya is my seven month old Siberian Husky who is in training to become a Therapy dog.  She is by far my second child and the smartest dog I have ever had.

Her eyes are so beautiful...

I think my all time favorite...

Well I'm off to stand in line to get car tags... Yes, you can slap me for waiting until the last business day of the month!!!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend friends!!!  Much love and blessings!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's My Friday!!

Can I get a HOLLA!!!  I thought this day would never come!  This overtime every week is kicking my booty.  But, I'm just trying to look at it as it makes my off days that much more enjoyable---after I catch up on my sleep.  And that won't be until Sunday for this week.  Busy Friday and Saturday---Nose Work Trials.  Can't wait to eventually do that with Mya.  The only down side to tomorrow is I have to go get car tags.  Can we say, last day of the month---YUCK!!!  However, after that its on to help out with the doggies..

On the diet front, I did great watching, but not logging in my food.  I do much better with that when I'm not working.  My weakest moments have been around 9:30ish, right before I go to bed.  Those damn jalapeno pretzels start calling my name!!  Water intake has been aswesome because I've been at work.  I still do good at home, just not as good.  I use the Walmart brand Blueberry Acai drink mix which has a little "energy" kick to it.  It is so GOOD!!!  I'm just wondering if there is a limit to how many you can have in a day.  I think I normally have three.

My goals for exercise however, were not met.  I can make excuse after excuse---but I just did not drag my butt out of that warm bed to work out before work at all this week.  Part of me is very disappointed in myself, but the other half keeps reminding me how busy I have been this week.  Two late, very cold baseball games and 4 twelve hour work days.  Plus training with Mya when I got home from work and making sure Mac did his chores and homework.  Either way, I dropped the ball when it came time to take care of myself.  An excuse is just that, an excuse.  So, I have to ask myself, again this week, how bad do I want it and what am I going to do to reach my goals?  Mac can't stand the treadmill downstairs, he says it wakes him up in the mornings.  So guess what we are going to do??  We are going to move that baby into my bedroom!!  Now, it's the largest treadmill I've ever had so I'm not sure how I'm going to like it in my bedroom.  However, it's not like there is a man sleeping on that side of the bed anyways!!  Either way, it's moving upstairs and my new goal is to get my "assets" out of the bed and on it!!  I'll let you know how THAT goes next week!!

Does anybody else struggle with their morning workouts?  Any helpful suggestions??

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FitBit One Weekly Stats

My stats are not as good as I would like, obviously.  But I'm a work in progress.  I didn't get on the treadmill yesterday morning.  I think I was still frozen from the late baseball game.  And this morning, I feel like I'm getting a cold!!  I keep having those hot and cold moments.  That's not a good sign for me.  I haven't had the dreaded yearly cold yet.  And did I mention that I don't have the time nor the finances to be sick.  Seriously...

Here is the stats for last week...  I promise they will improve...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Update to the Spring Break/Vacation "To Do" List..

Ok, during the initial week, this was all that I got done.  I know, pretty sad.  BUT---there are reasons..

Mac just wanted to hibernate in his room..   Tags, well, they have to wait until payday.  I gave up WW for My Fitness Pal and the FitBit One and am loving both of them.  No fees and I haven't found an item yet that is not in My Fitness Pal's food list.  Didn't "spring clean"---but I did clean--so I'm good with that for now.  Blogging, no excuse---sorry.  My parents ended up taking me and Mac to dinner---so even better!!   I DID read alot of my magazines--and tossed several too.  But atleast now you can actually SEE my kitchen table.  I have a "stacking" problem--there, I confessed that.

Overall, not too bad.  Now this weeks goal is to get up and on that treadmill on my work days.  Yes, that is at 4:40am--I just keep telling myself  "how bad do you want healthy and skinny??"  And I have moved my alarm clock across the room...  Wish me luck....

1.  Take Mya to vet for follow up to surgery.
2.  GROCERIES---big MUST and soon.
3.  Nails---they are starting to look a little, well we won't say... (I'm thinking Saturday)
4.  Start, again, Couch to 5k--TOMORROW
5.  Take Mac to movie
7.  Major training with Mya
8.  New lotto ticket (can't win if you don't play)!!
9.  Finally attend a Weight Watchers meeting---been way too long!  Have to get scale moving again!!
10. Spring Cleaning!!  And that means even the baseboards!!
11. BLOG daily so I'm accountable for all of this.
12. Take mom to lunch--been too long for that as well!!
13. READ all the health magazines I have bought over the past month!!
14. Meet my FitBit goals!!
15. Track EVERYTHING in My Fitness Pal!!!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Vacations Are Too FAST!!!

I blinked and it was over!!  Why is that you can go TO work and it seems to last an eternity , but go on vacation and it's over in the blink of an eye!  So NOT fair....  Oh well...

Mac and I did have a very nice week of relaxing and playing with Mya.  I think I did more work with her than he did.  He stayed in his room playing his computer games.  I even offered up a movie and he passed on that.  He said he just wanted to watch his basketball (yuck) and do "his thing".  So I let him.  However, the one good thing about Spring Break being over tomorrow is that the school can feed him atleast one meal!  That child has ate the house this week!!  LAWD!!

Funny story, last night after work Mac text me and asked if I would go by and get him some cheese dip from his favorite Mexican restaurant.  I told him I was crazy tired, as it was my first day back to work and just wanted to come home.  I asked him if he would just go get it when I got home---his reasoning for not wanting to go was that the little lady that works there would probably recognize him and think that cheese dip was all he ever ate!!  Seriously!  He doesn't have a problem with Zaxby's people thinking about how often he eats there...  Crazy teenager..

Flipping back over to our vacation week, I'm sure going to miss getting up at my "own" time, having a quick breakfast then working out, say around 11am.  That was so nice.  Much better than 4:40am like I have to do when I'm working.  But in so many of the blogs I read and follow, I'm not alone crawling out of bed to strive for that ultimate weight loss goal.  The reward will be far greater in the long run.  So my goal for this week, suck it up and get on that treadmill!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Favorite Thing.....

If you have not had the opportunity to have one of these yet---SEARCH IT OUT!!   It is soooo good!!  I found mine at the Publix on Valleydale.  Just happened to run in there while Mac was at baseball practice.  It is very filling and taste awesome.  I had seen it advertised in several of my magazines, just never could find them at a store.   But for only 190 calories, 15g protein, 19g fiber and only 3g fat.  Whole grain too...

I'm loving this vacation lifestyle.  We had a wonderful weekend around the house.  Yesterday was a total Lifetime movie day for me.  And just slept like a stone last night...  But, now I have my workout clothes on and am about to a 10 minute workout to one of my FitSugar videos from Pinterest.  Then hit the treadmill for my couch to 5k workout....

Still trying to decide if I'm keeping the FitBit One...  Lets see how it does with this workout....

Saturday, March 16, 2013

FitBit One---First Full Day!!!

Can I just say, it felt GREAT to not set an alarm clock last night!! And even better to not wake up to one!
Today is my FitBit One's first full day.. I hope it does good!! I'm heading to the park to start over with my Couch to 5k... As pretty as it is, I bet it will be crowded.. But I've decided to do my serious workout in the am then walk Mya in the afternoon.. So two a days!!
I fixed this awesome protein shake for my pre workout meal..
Very tasty!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Finally Here!!!!

I may not be going anywhere, but I'm so glad to say---I'M ON VACATION!!!!

Friday Fact: 
1985---The first Internet domain name is registered (

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"To Do" on Vacation.....

In less than 3 hours, I will be on VACATION!!!  So excited and ready for a much needed break.  Although the sad thing is, I have a massive "To Do" list..   Now don't get me wrong, I'm going to enjoy the fact that I don't have to get up to take Mac to school or me to work..  So catching up on some much needed "natural alarm clock" days will for sure be happening.   I figure if I put everything out in the blogger-nation, then I have to complete it... Right?? 

So, here is my list..

1.  Take Mya to vet for follow up to surgery.
2.  GROCERIES---big MUST and soon.
3.  Nails---they are starting to look a little, well we won't say... (I'm thinking Saturday)
4.  Start, again, Couch to 5k--TOMORROW
5.  Take Mac to movie
7.  Major training with Mya
8.  New lotto ticket (can't win if you don't play)!!
9.  Finally attend a Weight Watchers meeting---been way too long!  Have to get scale moving again!!
10. Spring Cleaning!!  And that means even the baseboards!!
11. BLOG daily so I'm accountable for all of this.
12. Take mom to lunch--been too long for that as well!!
13. READ all the health magazines I have bought over the past month!!
14. Meet my FitBit goals!!
15. Track EVERYTHING in My Fitness Pal!!!!

Ok, I'm stopping at Fifteen.  I'm starting to feel overwelmed!!  No, I'm kidding, I can do this.  Cut offf date is March 22.  Do-able....

Do you make "To Do" list your vacation??  Please don't tell me I'm the only one... 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cool Work Out Apps....

In my MASSIVE search to stay motivated and to continue losing weight, I downloaded two apps that, so far, I'm liking.  The first is the DailyMile.  It is lets me post how many miles I walk during my workout.  I like it--plus, it lets me post to my blog site, which will also motivate me to increase the number---I hope.  I have really been struggling with motivation lately.  I hope I'm getting back on track.  I've found several really good blogs that I have started following---also great motivation!!

The other app that I used yesterday for the first time was RunKeeper.  I tracked my "lunch" walk through the hospital and it seemed to do really good.  I think I'll like this one because I can just slide my phone on my arm band and not worry about it.  This will be REALLY good when walking Mya.   If I didn't have pockets, I normally didn't take my phone with me.  Now, I can track everything--pace, distance, calories burned.. It's very cool.  I thought it was just for runners....  But now I have even more motivation to keep moving!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tired Girl From Training...

     Mya had her third training session yesterday.  She did very well with her new task!!  This week we are teaching her to wait until her leash is on and I give the command for her to come out of her crate.  It took Leah a few tries, but she caught on and was ready to learn.  After Leah, I worked with her on it.  Let me tell you, trying to remember the "order" of what to say so Mya doesn't get confused---makes you really have to think!!  So we are truly both getting a "mind" work out!  Mac even made fun of me a little, until he had to try it.  Then he stopped teasing me..
     After that task we worked on some lease training and getting her to sit and not jump with approaching people.  I think this task will really help us in our outdoor walking.  I can't wait until my vacation next week so I can really work with her.
     I'm really excited about an upcoming event that our trainer, Leah is hosting.  It's called the Official  NACSW K9 Nose Work NW2 & NW1 Trails.   Leah, who is a certified K9 Nose Work Instructor needed volunteers, so I signed Mac and myself up!  It is going to be so cool seeing these dogs at work!  It's a class---down the road maybe for Mya.  So it should be interesting...

And on a final note----two shifts left until VACATION!!!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wedding Day!!!

Today is the day my sweet friends, Michael "Smelly Good Bob" Holland and his beautiful bride, Maria Del Rio are getting married...  Mac and I are looking so forward to seeing all our old friends from Panther Ridge.  I wish Bob and Maria a life time of blessings and love...

Friday, March 8, 2013

TGIF!!! Fact Friday....

On this day:

1948---the U.S. Supreme court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional...

Where would we be if this had not of happened??

Thursday, March 7, 2013

This Is Too Cute!!!

So in my love at looking at all things Husky, I came across this picture.  Wouldn't this be so cool for Helena to have for our sporting events at the new high school??

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Almost Back To Normal....

I'm so happy to report that my sweet girl Mya is almost back to normal.  She gets her remaining stitches out Monday as well as resumes her training with Leah that day too!  So busy Monday for her!!   Her energy level is pretty much back to normal which means we are going to finally enjoy the upcoming pretty weekend weather!!  She is so ready for a nice long walk!  And so am I!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

My Sweet Girl---Still Recovering...

Poor Mya I think would rather have kept her female parts, if she had had a vote...  This has been such a long week for both of us!  Mya has to wear a lamp shade thing to keep her from licking the incision site.  The shade drives her crazy with anxiety, so she basically she has to stay in her crate so she does't tear this one apart. We are on our second lamp shade!!

Our next training session is on March 11th...  Surely she will be back up and running by then!!

Thanks for all the prayers via Facebook.....

Friday, March 1, 2013


Have a wonderful weekend friends....