Thursday, April 30, 2015

More Unicorn Dust

I just lost another Facebook friend today.

I have a serious angst against magic weight loss products.  I watch my friends (usually friends who can't afford it) spend hundreds on magic weight loss promises.

Why, because it is uncomfortable to do the work it takes to change our behavior.  It's scary and we don't like it.  So, we cling to the idea that his pill will be magic or this wrap will make me a size smaller in an hour.

This side of the pill will make you grow smaller, this side of the pill will make you grow bigger.

Use this wrap and you'll look like this 20 year old bikini model.

Yeah, it just doesn't work that way.  The 20 something bikini model in this picture did not get that body from a wrap and a pill.  She has enhanced what she was born with with a consistent routine of exercise and not eating crap.  Don't forget, there was probably a lot of photoshop as well.

I'm not saying that its impossible for anybody to look like this, but it's not realistic for everybody and it is even more unrealistic that it's going to come from a pill or a wrap.

No pill is going to build muscle when we don't get up and do anything that enhances muscle growth.  By this, I mean lifting weights, body weight bearing movements, EXERCISE.  No wrap is going to suck the fat out of our bodies after we spend most of the week sitting on the couch playing video games and eating nachos.  If there was one, believe me it would be on the news, not an infomercial and every woman over the age of 27 would be wearing it 24/7.

Wraps don't suck out fat, pills don't significantly mobilize fat.  A clean diet and consistent exercise does.  Well, exercise won't suck the fat out, but you get the point.

Get up, build a sweat, lift something heavy and don't eat crap.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Zen Lettuce and Zu Bailato

My head hasn't been in the workout lately, so I've been leaning a little more heavily on the Zumba than I intended to for my current 4 week program.

I know that if I put the music up loud enough it will drown out my brain and I can get on with the sweating.  So, I've started the past couple of workouts with an hour of Zumba on the Wii.  Unfortunately, every time I do a workout 5 times I earn a new workout to throw into my shuffle.  That means Short Workout 2 is on deck and that means Zu Bailato.  I freaking hate Zu Bailato.  I had gotten fairly good at it before I move up here, but I was about 32 pounds lighter then.  Getting back into it is hard.  Not as painful as I expected, but hard.  But I'm working on it.

Black Seeded Simpson day 16.  Pilfered a little off the 3SL for my fish taco today.  Tasty.

Black Seeded Simpson II.  Day 4. Getting a little tired of the Ultra's germination mode.  I want some bubbles and I want them now.

Deer Tonge day 10.  Meh.

Firecracker.  Day 19.  It's almost salad time ya'll.

Marvel of the 4 Seasons.  Day 14.  Lovely tender little leaves....

Parris Island Day 9.  Seems to be a lot of them in there.  They could pick up the pace just any time now.

Rogue d'Hiver day 7.  Pleasant little surprise...I wonder what it tastes like....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Snowy winter action has me sleeping like the dead this week and gotta get it up for the double workout, so without further adieu....
3.5 weeks worth of lettuce.

Later y'all.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Zen Lettuce and just Bleh

The winter just drones on.  Sick of cold, sick of ugly melting snow.  Snow is only really pretty the first day.  After that we drive on it and trample it and it melts and freezes and melts and freezes and it just looks like ugly grey injuries in the making.

Yeah, that's kind of an Eeyore way to look at it.  But as with everything else, something that was truly incredible is a kid is just straight up stress to an adult.

I constantly get this person or that telling me I'm unhappy because they've decided that I'm unhappy.  Maybe because I don't laugh and giggle all the time or because I have chronic resting bitchface, whatever.

I do know this.  I don't have a frolicking clue what happiness looks like.  I thought I did, but then the military tossed me out on my ass because they used huge bonuses to retain too many people.  I thought I did again but he turned out to be a serial cheater and a pathological liar.

All I know is I'm just trying to frolicking survive.  I get up I go to work I get online and go to school.  That's it that's my life.  I don't have the time and I sure as frolic don't have the money to worry about whether I'm happy or not.  I'm just trying to claw through until I can frolicking see daylight and from the looks of things it ain't coming any time soon.

Here is the on thing that gives me a little Zen.
Black Seeded Simpson Day 14.  one more week my pretty

Black Seeded Simpson Part II.  Day 2

Deer tongue Day 8.  Not sure I can eat this cause it is kind of a gross name for lettuce

Firecracker day 17.   we always have such high hopes for the oldest, but it never seems to pan out.

Marvel of 4 Seasons day 12

Parris Island.  day 7.  the underacheiver of the bunch.  I feel ya buddy.

Rogue d'Hiver Day 4.  I was skeptical because it lost it's label somewhere before it was packed, but it's a grower.

Monday, March 2, 2015

ugh Finally

Been off the workout for like 3 weeks.  Last week was because of back pain from the fall, the previous 2 weeks were just my fault.

I needed something to get me moving again, because let's face it, I'm in Personal Trainer school.  I need to get it together on the whole eating and exercising thing.  I'm thinking I just bought my last jar of peanut butter for a very long time.

So, instead of beating myself and forcing myself to do extra long workout every stupid day to catch up on the workouts I missed I just scrapped them.  For some reason, no matter how much I like PiYo, I hit a wall when Drench comes up on the play list.  Maybe it's just too long.  I don't know.  So, hit the Beachbody hybrid generator.  I decided to get in touch with who I am and stop trying to do 4 month long programs and cut it down to 4 weeks.  I also decided to add 2 days a week of Zumba on the Wii.  I gotta melt some goo and Zumba is probably the most fun and effective way to just straight melt some fat.  Don't get me wrong, I love Beachbody workouts.  Best thing that ever happened to me as far as increasing my strength and endurance.  Seriously, Turbo Fire gave me some nice shoulders.  But when it comes to fun fat burning, Zumba works for me.

So, I broke that out today.  I was looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time if that's possible.  I just sounded really fun, but at the same time, the last time I did was really hard.  I felt heavy and clunky and worn out and it just didn't go well.  But today it went great.  The back is still not 100%, but I had a really good time.  So, good that after an hour I hit up some ChaLean Extreme.  It's nice to be working out again.

Now, about that eating thing.....

Sweat hard folks.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Zen Lettuce and Academic Advisor

I received a rather animated call today from my academic adviser.  Apparently, I'm doing exceedingly well in school.  She just had to talk to the person with the 99.7% average after the first 2 weeks of school.  I really didn't think that it's been that hard so far, I mean both of my classes are intro classes this block.

But if it really is such a feat I attribute it to my diligently maintained To Do list.  Seriously.  That's the only thing I'm doing differently.  I'm entering every assignment and task in my To Do list, then I work through the list a little every day.

So get yourself a To Do list app Task List, which is free on google play.  Right now I'm trying out Wunderlist, which is really pretty and syncs instantly between my phone and my desktop, also free.

and now the further adventures of my AeroGardens.

Rogue d'Hiver Day 3.  I'm kinda of hoping this one just goes nutty crazy after such a quick sprout.
Black Seeded Simpson day 13.  They are starting to encroach upon one another in the 3SL, so I figure I can go ahead and eat a leaf a day before the 3 week mark when they start becoming side salads.
Marvel of 4 Seasons day 11.  This stuff is so soft and tender, I just may have to try a leaf tomorrow.
Parris Island, the runt of the pack.  Just barely a sprout her on day 6.  I expected more from a seed named Parris Island.
Firecracker is an old timer at this point.  This is day 16, sans 1 tasty little leaf.
I'm sure my attachment to these machines will wane eventually, but for now, I just love watching the stuff grow.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Zen Lettuce and yeah I got nothing

Straight to the lettuce, cause if I get into what's really on my mind I'll never hear the end of it.
Deer Tongue Day 6

Rogue d'Hiver Day 2.  Yeah, seriously day 2.  AeroGarden Ultra kicking some lettuce growing patooty.

Black seeded simpson and it's salad making magic on day 12

Firecracker Day 15.  It's gonna look a little different tomorrow on account of I ate that big leaf at the top there.  Pretty tasty.

Marvel of 4 Seasons day 10.  Not looking as mahvelous as the black seeded simpson, but I'm gonna just eat it when it gets big enough anyway.

Friday, February 27, 2015

On-line classes and Zen Lettuce

Thus far, I'm loving this online school thing.  I thought it was going to be rough for me because I tend to procrastinate, but I was wrong.  I like having the whole week right there at my finger tips and being able to work on the assignments every day.  I feel kind of lost and empty when I finish them on Friday and have nothing left for the weekend because it's all due Sunday night and nothing fresh posts til Monday.  But other than that I'm liking this set up.

A weird by-product is that work has gotten more tolerable.  It's back to just being a means to an end.  Before when that was all I had to look forward to I dreaded every second.  Every minute was another nail in the coffin of the rest of my life.  But now I'm like, "Eh, gotta go do this for 5 hours, then I can study for class."  I know, nerd.

Had a little company from Karamel Marx while I was reading earlier.

Deer Tongue Day 5

Black Seeded Simpson Day 11

Marvel of 4 Seasons Day 9

Firecracker Day 14.  one week buddy.  one week.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Menagerie and Zen Lettuce

Suddenly we have a lot of reptiles.  I'm not sure how it happened.  It started by scoring the sulcata that I had wanted for years (x2 it would seem) and the leopard gecko (replacement for the one Douchebag Whorebanger gave his sister).   Then suddenly the BF went ape shit.  So here's the whole menagerie...
Mosie the slow moving fat tailed gecko, we met her earlier this week.  She's the sweetest of the lot.

Caramel Marx who is just a delicious caramel and yellow.  He recently lost his little harem when he got a little to aggressive with his tank mates.  He'll be a bachelor for life, but he's getting quite interactive up here next to my desk.

Zoe, who is about twice this size now and begs to be taken out nightly for a little recess in the evening.

Brisket, who is slowly warming up to us.  She is vicious with that tail but despite her ferocious look is primarily a vegetarian.

Sweet picture of Spotomous Prime and Caramel Marx, before Caramel was banished.

Pogo, the BF's special needs dragon.  He has a crooked spine and we think he had some genetic issues when we got him, but he's such a character we're just going to do the best we can to make him happy as long as he's not in pain.

My little buddy Hammer, who is growing way too fast.

And Kojak who used to like to get lost in the yard so I made him a lo-jack flower.

And then there's Zen lettuce....cause my day is not complete without my unhealthy AeroGarden obsession.
Black seeded simpson, Day 10

Firecracker day 13.  Soon buddy, soon.

Marvel of 4 Seasons, day 8, which already tonight is bigger than this AM picture.  It's gonna make me some serious side salads.

And the newest little Deer Tongue day 4.  This one is on the AeroGarden Ultra which boasts even faster and more prolific growing than the 3SL, so I can't wait to see the difference.  If it ever gets through that freaky "germination phase" that it does.  3SL doesn't need a germination phase, what's up with that?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jackass and Zen Lettuce

So, today was a weird stress free day at work.  It probably shouldn't have been since the EcoLab guy came in and went all Henny Penny about my coffee cup in the sink.  Thing is, he was such a condescending jackass that nobody took him seriously.  Even Bubbly (the annoying sub-manager) was ready to punch him by the time he left.  It took about 3 minutes for me to want to knock his teeth down his throat and he barely spoke to me directly.  Barney Fife with a tablet.  But even that didn't really stir things up.  Normally I leave work and angry bitchy wad of angst, but today I think I'm just over it.  I'm there to suck up a paycheck while I go to school.  That place has kind of lost it's importance.  But then that's kind of what happens when you pay your people crap and treat them like they don't matter.

Meanwhile, back at the AeroGardens...
Black seeded Simpson Day 9.  All delicate and yummy looking.
Deer Tongue Day 3, first pod in the Ultra

Firecracker going nutty crazy on day 12.  I'll be eatin' this in 9 days.

Marvel of 4 Seasons Day 7.  A week.  From seeds.  I love this thing.