Thursday, December 21, 2017

Day 27 ACV - Getting Better at This

Day 27 and I have to say, I've only let 2 days go by where I didn't drink the Apple Cider Vinegar. I still haven't seen major effects taking place. I don't seem to be any thinner for the taking of the mixture, and I don't feel any major differences. What I do know is that I am receiving a good benefit from the fact that it works as a natural anti-inflammatory and it works well to both balance your blood's white count I think it is, and it lowers your cholesterol. I'm probably a lot healthier than I realize, but I'm not seeing any of the weight loss that people talked about.  I was HOPING that on the 4th week I could say "OMG, I've lost 12 pounds" but I can't say that. I don't think I have.

Well, at least I have the hopes and knowledge of knowing that I have been working out for about 5 days now. We've gone 3x so far, and I'll go another 3x in the next 4 days. I think every week we'll go about 5x and each time we'll work out, walk, use the robotic machines, we'll swim a little, sit in the hot tub, and both the wet and dry saunas.  I need to spend a bit more time in the pool, maybe at least 30 minutes each time. That's probably going to have to start happening. My son tells me that the pool will be my best bet to get the fat off this old body.

Let me tell you, there are too many mirrors in that place for my taste. I'm not kidding you. I almost have to wear dark sunglasses to avoid seeing myself from every damn angle. ROLLY POLLY is what I see. I'm still about 40 pounds too heavy and it's all right in the middle. EVERY inch of me outside of my torso is fine. If I was in proportion to my calves and biceps, I'd be a beautiful woman. LOL I would be 5'7", 128 pounds, solid as a rock, and probably have thicker hair too.  Why not; if we're going to pretend, we may has well do it all the way.

It's becoming easier to do the work out. I did notice that. The first time I sat at the elliptical (recumbent) machine I could barely push through 3 minutes. I am doing 5 minutes now and biking about 1.8 to 2.0 miles each time. I lose 30 to 50 calories, and get the blood pumping. I walk to the track, and walk it 10 times, which is 1/2 a mile, then I do the machines on the inside of it, the arms, bi-ceps, tri-ceps, and back muscle machines. Then I walk another 1/2 mile.  I do the other machines if I feel like torturing myself further, but today I picked up the 10 pound kettle ball to do a few swings. I need to start with the 10 even though I know it's light. I want to do 50 swings and then move up if I can do those without problems.

Off to the robotics, and let them do their thing. One of them literally massages your fat. You can sit on it, lay on your back and/or belly. You can do your thighs one at a time, or you can do calves. Another of my favorites shakes your bones loose from your muscles as you lay on it. It can either be your best friend or worst enemy, depending on the day I suppose. If you lay loosely it works your back, it you tighten your belly (while laying on your back) you get an ab work out like no other. I love it and I hate it, but I use it every time!

Following the robots I take to the pool if no one is there, and to the saunas if the pool is busy. I switch back and forth and usually end up in the jacuzzi at the end of the day. Ten minutes at least in that pool right up against the jets.....Oh, back loves me after that.  By the time we finish we may have spent 2 hours in the gym, which is absolutely crazy for us, we're usually at the barn, but NO MORE. We go to the barn on weekends now, and one day a week. When the weather is better, and the sun is out more we may hit the barn first, but we'll end up in that hot tub a lot more often than not. It's a good thing I don't have one at home, I may not go to work.

Soon, and very soon, I will tell you that my pants are falling off! That will be a great thing, and it will be a bad thing if I don't invest in a belt soon.  At least I can say I know it will happen. I'm making this body listen to my mind finally. I will be 140 and I will be a size 10. I will be healthier, and I will be able to swing 20 pound kettle balls ... just not right now. LOL

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Day 25 ACV - Sauna Time!

Day 25 of the ACV and I have to admit, I've not actually taken it today. I will though, probably as soon as I finish this blog.  I'm doing the whole whey protein shake thing right now. I worked out with Laura, and we immediately broke out the new protein tub. I think you call it a tub, it's not a bottle, it's the big fat canister type thing, a container, so yeah, I'm going to say tub. We opted for the vanilla so as to not overload ourselves with too many options. I added cinnamon to mine, she added half a banana to hers. I used the hand shaker, since she was insistent on using the Nutri-bullet for hers...I could have added ice to mine if I did, but I didn't so it's cool. Tomorrow I'll let her add other fruits, but I'm not the biggest fan of bananas in drinks. I'm OK with them on ice cream and on my cereal, maybe even on a pancake, and definitely on my peanut butter sandwiches, yes, bananas do have their place in our home.  With the cinnamon though, I get a little extra pep; so you gotta love that.

OK...sauna day. You have to earn it you know, you can't just walk in the door and make a Bee-line to the saunas. I guess you could, but we make it a reward thing.  First we destroy ourselves on the floor, then we sit for 30 minutes between the whirlpool at 105 degrees for 10, then the wet sauna for 10 and then the dry sauna for 10...if we can take it. If not, we get out and swim a few laps to cool off in the big pool. Truth we told, I end up doing that every time anyway to get my body moving again and to try and take off 5-10 more calories. If I can get my deficit in I can lose's all about the fat, baby.  Speaking of fat, Laura weighed herself. I told her not to. She's not fat, but she's about 13 pounds heavier than she thought she was, and that was enough to send her to the moon and back. I think she spent a few extra minutes on the treadmill and the standing elliptical. She was all about that 13 pounds today. I'm still hearing about it, and it's been 3 hours.  OK, we get're a cow!! LOL, no, she's not, she's doughy.  I have  a photo of her on my goal board. She's about 5'8" and 145 in the photo, and she's happy, just shampooing the horse. She agrees with me, when we had our own farm we were both a lot thinner and in better shape. You can't help it, you have to drag 50 pound feed bags around, bale hay, load hay, feed hay, clean stalls, work horses, and then some. Yes, you're going to be thinner and in better shape.  I miss my farm.

We live in the city now, and currently rent, but someday we'll get another farm. I don't think my daughter realizes she can get married and have her own place; at 28 shes still rather content to just hang with mom. It may happen, it may not, but no matter what happens in that realm we still have SAUNA DAY!  (I say that as if we're only going to use the saunas now and then. NOPE, we're going to use those rooms EVERY time we go....EVERY time.)  Before we hit the gym tonight we ran by Academy to pick up swimsuits and let me tell you, they still have tops and bottoms and they were on drastic sale. I picked up a long top sports bra for $10 and bottoms for $10.  We both bought thin t-shirts for $5 each, and shorts for $8.  Definitely going there Friday after work (pay day) for some future yoga pants.  I'd give it 1 month and I guarantee you I can fit in my wait, it will happen.  Wait and watch.

She's about 145-150 in this one. My goal.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Day 24 ACV Diet: Gym Time

Day 24 ACV Diet
Gym Time!!

OMG, so my daughter Laura and I have decided that enough is enough. We wanted to work out, exercise, burn those calories, and get fit. We also wanted to do it in a gym that was both inexpensive and close to our house. The one we found is PERFECT. It's also (a huge bonus) an all-women's fitness center. No men whatsoever, and they can't be sued for it, as there would be way too many sexual harassment complaints by the members; and the courts know this. Apparently, this particular gym has been sued two times, and every member to the last has agreed to keep it men-free.  That may sound sexist and terrible to some, but too damn bad.  Women need a place they can fart, stretch in strange ways, and roll their bodies into pretzels without some man watching them, judging them, analyzing them, or harassing them. If you disagree, go ahead and disagree, I think there should be all men places too; I'm progressive like that.

We joined yesterday and went today.  When you first walk in you realize that they don't allow kids under the age of 16 either and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, not an adult, an actual biological or adoptive parent or guardian. Again, they were sued, but they won that one too. No place of business needs to worry about a kid being hurt and not being able to find their parent or guardian. I love it.  We will probably stay at this place long after we have shed the pounds.

When you see the floor you realize the owner did everything the way she would want it, and luckily for everyone of the members, we like it too.  There are several types of machines, there are single types such as recumbent bikes and elliptical, standing elliptical and stair masters. There are treadmills and the standard regular bikes. They have spinners, weight machines, legs, arms, chests, back, hips,and gut working machines. They have the Lady Nautilus machines that are designed for women, so that we don't have our arms really stretched or our hips at the wrong angles. They have weight lifting machines and free weights, but my favorites are the motion machines. These are the type you see if you go to a Tan and Tone America. I don't know if you know what I'm talking about, but you lay down on them face up or down, depending on the device, and your body parts are moved around by the machine. You resist the force, and slowly the machine literally works the fat off of your body while it tones it. It's wonderful! There's one that just rolls and rolls and rolls, and you choose what gets rolled. I usually sit on it, and let my bum and my legs work out. It releases the cellulite and helps you flush the fat out. It really does work, and I am so glad they have these. I would join just for those alone.

They have a whirlpool set at 105 degrees, a heated pool to do aerobics or freestyle swimming in, and two saunas, the dry and the wet, both really hot, and both so awesome on your aching sore muscles. The wet sauna has menthol added, and you walk out of there with your sinuses cleared, believe me. I am so tired but I feel so good.  We spent over 2 hours there today, and we'll do it again tomorrow, but heavier on the swimming tomorrow, and lighter on the weights. There's a walking track as well, and a really cool vibration stand (they have 4 because people love them). You stand up on the machine and bend your knees for about a minute, then you stand on the ground and put one foot on it, then the next. You can do push ups with your feet on the pad, or you can lay down and put your feet on the pad. It's really kind of crazy, but it gets your blood flowing!

I was measured today, officially, and while I refused to be weighed, I know I have about 45 pounds to lose.  I am pretty sure I tip the scale right at 200, but I didn't want it to be 204 or something and freak me out, so I declined. I'll weigh after I know I've lost weight, I won't be so hard on myself then. For now it's tough just knowing my belly is bigger than my chest by 1/2 an inch. I'm not happy about that fact, not happy at all.  BUT...the great news is, it won't be that way for long!

If you need to lose weight for health reasons like I do, I encourage you to do it. Just start slowly, and give up the fatty foods, the carbonated drinks, and the simple sugars. It will suck, but you can do it. Next just find a way to move your body. I walked for a good 4 months before I finally gave in and joined the gym. I wasn't getting my steps in like I thought I would. I did on the weekends, but not during the day.  So now I have NO excuse. I can do it all at the gym. I hope you'll follow me and see the progress. I don't expect to lose it in 2 or 3 months. It will be at least 6 probably. I don't want to lose it too fast.I want it to stay off forever. goals:  To weigh 145 (I'm 5'7") and to wear size 10 jeans and size Medium shirts easily. The current numbers?  Well, about 200-205 I suspect, and I'm wearing 18 jeans and XL shirts. It makes me sad, but it's true.  Right now my measurements are:  44, 40, 45....and my GUT is 44.5  That really makes me stop and ponder how I let this happen. We can say "life" all we want, but in the end we are ultimately responsible. We pay for the bad food, we eat the bad food, and we choose not to exercise. I can't blame anyone but myself.

I'll keep you posted. No before photos, I took them for myself, but I won't put them on the internet. I'll show you a "decent" before photo.  You can bet I'll put up the after photos!!! Oh yeah!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 16 ACV Diet Tru Native Rolex

December 10, 2017
Day 16 ACV Diet

I'm not trying to be negative, I really am not trying to be a downer, but I've not really seen MUCH of a difference in my body after 16 days of taking 2 tablespoons of ACV with grapefruit juice. It is better taking it with grapefruit juice for me. Some people like the tea with lemon and honey, I prefer to get it down a bit faster. I drink about 4 ounces of red ruby grapefruit juice every day now, and pour about (or a little more) 2 tablespoons of Bragg's apple cider vinegar. It's not always easy, but I know I have to do it.  I will say this; my teeth don't hurt like they did (I need to get a couple of cavities filled, and am waiting for the insurance to kick in.) My knee, which normally hurts during the changes of weather, hasn't been hurting, so maybe the ACV is doing its job that way. I don't feel bloated either, but I don't see any real change in my size. I want change in my size! I want my belly to go away!

Tomorrow is the first day of work!! I'm so very excited, and not just because I can start paying my bills on time. I am excited because I can join a gym next week, and I can get my teeth filled very soon. I think I have to do that check up first with the cleaning, and schedule the "plan" again. I had a plan two years ago and then lost my good insurance. That's not to say I didn't have insurance with my last job, I did, but I didn't know I needed the work done until my teeth began hurting me, and that was about 4 months ago.  So yes, the ACV has helped that. There you go.

OK...let's talk about horses.  This week Laura, 1st daughter, bought her newest and probably her last horse for a while. This one will be the one she really works hard at training and then keeps. For years she's been working them, training them, selling them, or flipping and trading. This time it's a keeper. His name is Tru Native Rolex, and he's an American Paint Horse. He is about 14.2 hands tall now, and will grow only about 1 more inch. He'll top out at about 900 pounds. He's really pretty. With Paints you have to take photos of both sides, they have different patterns. I've taken a couple to show you. He's a Tobiano, meaning, his legs are white from the knees down, and there is more white than color. He is out of really good lines and should be quite athletic. She'll train him from the ground up and make him her top priority in both barrel racing and trails. She may try to be competitive, but she's really just very very happy to have found him.

People in the horse world will try to muscle you, and bully you into doing things their way. Laura and I have had to stand our ground a few too many times. With a horse like Rolex, most people would expect that he would cost $4000 but he was literally only $500. People will say you get what you pay for, but when it comes down to it, you get what is bred, and what you put into it. Laura intends to put her heart into this boy, and soon he'll be both.  I'll keep you posted. You can look Tru Native Rolex up on All Breed Pedigree, he's a 2014 model.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Day 12 of ACV Diet Bays and Sorrels

December 6, 2017
Day 12 of the ACV diet.

Again, not much to report here regarding the ACV Diet, but how about our President declaring Jerusalem to be the eternal Capital of Israel? WAY TO GO MR. TRUMP!  If you know me, you know I am a staunch supporter of Israel, I even named my cat Benjamin Netanyahu.  I suppose I could tell a truth about myself, and let you know I have a crush on Bibi. I have had one for many years.  In another place, at another time, maybe things could have worked out. LOL

Since there is nothing to report on the diet side of things, I'll tell you about my hair being dyed instead. Obviously I need to go back to work, I'm even boring myself nowadays. If I'm bored, you're bored, because I'm the writer, and you're the audience. That's how this blog thing works. I write what comes into my head, you read what I write, and it goes into your heads. Speaking of heads, I woke up a few days ago and realized I had more gray hairs, and I didn't really feel like I should be gray. If I were a horse I would say I was roaning, but I'm just an older than younger woman who has a few gray hairs coming out of her head at a time when she should be nearly completely gray.  I'm 56 and know women ten years my junior with more gray than myself - - either I'm less stressed, or I took on my father's darker roots gene, because I normally only see a few here and there at any given time. However, this is now, and that was as they say, then. I now have more gray! What to do? Well, I wasn't going to do anything, I'm not vain, and I really don't care about my hair, but my daughter, a freak of nature with the perfect color of reddish golden hair all over her damn head, suggested I color my hair for a completely different reason; she said it gives fine hair body! OK...we'll go with that.

I titled this blog "Bays and Sorrels" because a bay horse is brown and a sorrel horse is red. Most of my adult life I've been one or the other. I've had natural brown hair all of my life, and artificially colored red or brownish strands, hence the bay or the sorrel.  When my naturally sorrel headed daughter suggested I dye my hair, I decided to go a rich deep chestnut, but my hair had other thoughts. Sure, the box said medium auburn, but that's not what happened. I won't say "seal bay" but I could lean towards saying "dark liver chestnut" for sure.  I'm not sure I like it. I'm not sure I even recognize myself in the mirror at this point. When I applied my makeup I found myself using darker browns and bronzes to accommodate the hair color choice. Who does that? (Oh, I know, a criminal who wants to remain anonymous, that's who does that! Only they do it on purpose!)

Time is a wonderful thing -- soon I will step into the shower (a few dozen times) and I can be back to being the bay I knew I was before trying to hide the roaning. There is nothing wrong with gray - on a horse you spell it "grey", but it's the same thing, its FINE, it's perfectly OK to be 56 and GRAY!  Well, at least for this Christmas season granny will be hiding in the coals and no one will even know I'm there. I bet that  red headed freak of nature of mine will laugh and call it payback for something, I have no idea, but something.  By the way, when it comes to horses I prefer the sorrels to the bays, but somehow have ended up with a few darker hay burners in the pasture. I'll be watching myself a little closer next time around, you can bet on that. Just watch me! And, when I head over to the Health and Beauty side of things at Target I'll pick up a box that says "Flaming Angel" or something...maybe not that drastic, but I'm not suited to be this deeply bay. It feels weird.
Norman is a BAY Mustang (gelding)

Jade is a SORREL Quarter Horse (mare)

LAURA, my red-headed wonderful daughter. I have two wonderful daughters, the other is a BAY. LOL, and we both believe Laura is from outer space. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Day 10 ACV Diet Fantasy Horses

December 4, 2017
Day 10 of the ACV diet.

Nothing to report regarding the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet. I've been dutiful, I've been faithful, I've been normal, and nothing out of the ordinary has happened. I may feel that my calves are less tight, which means the fat in them must be breaking down. I feel that my pants may feel a little loose, but until I can snap the size 16's in the closet, I'm not going to think I've really accomplished too much. We just move ahead, we plow through, we do what we do every day, and hopefully it all works out.
I will say that I'm watching what I eat in terms of high calorie foods, and the frequency of them. I am not eating nearly as often as I did before, and I don't keep snacks in my office, as I did before. Taking the snacks out, and forcing myself to get up and walk the kitchen gives me the chance to think about what I will eat and how much of it will be eaten.  Good plan.

So, fantasy horses, huh?  Yes, I am one who just loves an online livestock auction if horses are being sold. I have my account at Cattle USA so that I can check in on any given auction on any given day, and I can pretend to buy gorgeous horses whenever I damn well feel like it. With an unlimited amount of pretend fantasy cash on hand, I can buy what I want!  I am quite fair with myself however, I don't out bid everyone, and I am honest about what my high bid would be before the bidding begins. Only every once in a while will I change my bid to win a particular pony!  Last night during the Bowie Auction online, I picked up 6 horses! That number actually surprised myself even, I was thinking I may come home with 2 maybe 3. Never did I imagine that I would continue to bid way into the night. The damn thing ended around midnight.

One of the pretend horses was an 8 year old sorrel gelding. He was grade, and wasn't much to look at, but he had a sweet eye, and I was danged if I was going to let him go to slaughter! I bid $500 thinking surely someone else would pick him up. When they didn't I was twice upset: once that I really didn't have the $500 to recover him, and secondly because he wasn't picked up, and now he faced going to slaughter. I was extremely happy to hear a few minutes later that the owners have decided to keep him on their property and bring him back to the auction next month. I wish I could get him then, but I'll just have started my job, and I know it will be impossible. Still, I will pray for him. He'll be OK.

Another fantasy equine was a 2004 model Paint mare. She was a little thin, and only went for $575. My top bid was $600, so I got her too. I decided to pretend to give her to my daughter who has a gelding that looks just like her in real life. They can party in the pasture.   Still another horse was in fact a 6 year old bay Mustang gelding. He was broke or I would not have bid the $700 that I did. He only sold for $650, so he's mine as well. You can pick up an unbroke Mustang in Oklahoma for $25 (yes, you really can, at the BLM in Pauls Valley, OK) and train them for a year. After you have them trained you can sell them for upwards of $2000!  Not a bad way to flip a horse.  I don't do it because I'm rather short on things you'd need to do it, such as a farm with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, round pen, and lots of time on your hands. It can be done.

The other three were:  gaited black mare, unregistered, grade, no one knows if she's a Walker or a Paso Fino.  She's about 15 hands and went for $575. I bid $650.  Another was another sorrel, this time a mare, and she was everything I needed; she had a blaze, 4 white socks, and was about 14 years and 14.2 hands tall. She was a ranching horse, and was registered to boot. I threw it all in for that girl, and got her for $1000!  She sold at the auction for $975.  The last horse was a bit of a sweet thing. I only got her because she was 17 and pregnant. She is a loud leopard Appaloosa, and was bred to another Appy, but I didn't know his coloring.  Her name was Dory, and I thought she looked like an angel. I would very much love to raise a baby, so I bought her with my pretend cash, and had her and the rest of them brought up to the pretend fantasy barn that I found on Zillow.  I'm going to have a pretend fantasy vet, farrier, and equine dentist come out this week to check them all out when they settle in.  Geez, this sort of hobby can sure wear on you!  I hope I can afford the fantasy feed.

This photo is of a horse much like the $25.00 horses you can get at Pauls Valley. They have an adoption of selected horses once a month too. It is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month, but it will not be held in December. Those animals go for $125.00 and are protected by the BLM.  After a year of ownership you will get a title of ownership and can sell if you wish. The $25 animals are sold as is, and have no protection under the BLM, but they are 100% Mustang, so if you're thinking about owning one, please invest the time it takes to know the breed. They are NOT domesticated animals. They do NOT behave like a quarter horse, paint, or thoroughbred.  With a Mustang you need to ASK permission every time, but when they learn, oh, they learn!! You'll have a friend forever. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 5 ACV Diet

November 28, 2017

Not much to report today. In fact, it's rather boring. I have no way to weigh myself, and I didn't put on any clothing that hasn't fit in the past. I did however decide to up my ACV to two juices or teas rather than just one. This morning I poured about 4 ounces of grapefruit juice into a glass and added 2 tablespoons of ACV and a little honey. I've always loved grapefruit juice, but have also only liked drinking 4-6 ounces of it at a time.  I can handle the fruit itself but I don't have the time to fight with a half piece of fruit in the mornings.  The ACV was barely detectable in the juice. I even wondered if I needed to add the honey; but I did, so there's that. I may  not add it tomorrow.

I don't like breakfast. I never have, and I really really wish I did. I don't mind eating breakfast foods around 10 a.m., but before that hour I'm lucky if I get anything at all, even a breakfast bar. I just don't like to eat early. Everyone screams at me, and they tell me it's the most important meal of the day, but I think it's not. I think for me I like lunch. I would rather eat around 10 and then 12, and then 3, and then 6, which I'm told you're supposed to do anyway for metabolism boosting. I don't know, I'm not into that so much, but I do like to snack on healthy foods throughout the day.

I'm the type of dieter who finds what works and then works with that. I don't starve myself, and I don't cut out 100% of anything. I feel that you should do everything within bounds and you're allowed to have bad things too, but not a lot of it. A small piece of cake is good, and a cookie here or there, but not 10 at a time. I love pizza, and so if I go out I'll have a good sized slice, but not 3. I may have two smaller pieces, it just depends on how it is cut. I make sure my chicken and rice is compact and not overflowing on the plate. I like salads, but I'm not about to pay the price these days! I will eat a good salad once a week for lunch, the rest of the time I can get my greens by adding spinach to my sandwiches.  For drinks I'm good. I don't like sweet drinks. I have never really been a sweet tea drinker, and even when I was a kid I couldn't finish a full 12 ounce bottle of Coke. I didn't like it. It was gross to me. I think I was that weirdo that drank unsweetened tea in High School, but I complained if it wasn't fresh. Coffee is my choice of morning drinks, and I don't have to have sugar as long as the creamer is available.  I'm even OK with just Half n' Half.

Boring day so far, nothing major to tell you - - I went to work and hung out for 3 hours. I don't start for 13 days so I'm more or less just learning and trying to figure out what I need to learn before I start and go into training. I drove around the Edmond, OK location where my office is located, and I found a few houses in the area that I could possibly get into this time next year. I hope to have my taxes and my student loans paid off by June or July, so that would raise my credit score to about 750 or higher!! I would then try to save the residuals to a point that I could trade them in for $15,000.00 and put that down on a house that is around $160,000.  If I can do that my house payments will be $750 with tax and insurance. I will be ONE happy gal! (For those living outside of Oklahoma, the cost of living in this state is amazing.)

Good plan.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Day 4 ACV Diet

November 27, 2017 and all is well in this corner of the world (for the most part).  I don't start my job until December 11, two more weeks, but I can handle it.  I have a great son who paid for my living expenses; Laura is paying all the major bills, and both my car and rent are being pushed back with the permission of the two creditors. This is good. I wouldn't ordinarily mention all the personal stuff, but to be honest with you, having stress in your life keeps you fat. It has kept me fat for a very long time. The stress starts with not being able to pay my bills, losing my job, having to give up the horse(s) that I love because I lose my job and so forth. In my life I have been fired 5 separate times by 5 separate school districts for 5 separate reasons. Every time it was unwarranted, and every time I fought back. Every time I won my severance with the exception of Tindley Accelerated, but I was able to prove my innocence, and I was able to have the school investigated. I was also able to go on unemployment until I could find a good job again. Stress has been an enemy of mine for quite a while.  Two doctors have told me I need to cut the stress out of my life. I wonder if they have some sort of a magic pill for that, or if they should just be slapped upside the head for even suggesting that it can be so readily taken care of.

My son is being deployed to Afghanistan; another deployment for him, another stresser for me.  My daughter and her husband rock back and forth financially because he seems to have employer problems as well. He'll catch the company up on their work, and they save money by letting him go. This world is nothing if not unpredictable. You can't be loyal, it neither pays, nor is it a good plan! My other daughter Laura lost her job due to no fault of her own, and here we have sat for months now trying our hardest to find good work. She's actually working for a temporary agency for a few weeks until she also can be hired permanently. At least that's the plan, so maybe the stress is beginning to ease.

Today I woke up at 8:10 and had my ACV drink. I chose lemon, tea, cinnamon, and honey this time. My morning bathroom break was good, nothing too exciting happened. I think I went a 2nd time, which is a bit unusual for me, but not for anyone taking in more  ACV and citrus. It's normal from everything I read.  I took the opportunity of being alone to read a book; "Hiding In Plain Sight", a biography about Raymond Burr, one of my all time favorites.   Around 11:30 I ate a small plate of chicken and rice, I had a little bit of pineapple with it as well. For an earlier snack I had a small piece of chocolate chip cake!  I downed that with a 1/2 cup of coffee with creamer but no sugar. The cake had enough.

Around 12:00 I went on my walking spree. I hit the Penn Square mall for the first mile, then went up to Target on Penn for the 2nd. I hadn't quite walked the 2nd, so I drove over to Hobby Lobby where I finished up; a total of 2.5 today so far, and I think that will be fine for now. I'm not trying to out do myself, or over do anything really. I'm trying to cut back on calories, have an up take on the exercise, and do the ACV 2 times a day. We'll see if it works out.  I have specific goals in my mind, I'll add them to my calendar as well as here, as I want to keep track of them.

Goal #1:  Finish the first week without any hitches.
Goal #2:  Add walking and/or bike riding into it (2 or 3 miles a day is good)
Goal #3:  Lessen the calorie intake to around 1000-1200 a day
Goal #4:  Pray and seek God's will about the entire diet, I don't want to screw it up.

Weight Goals:  140 to finish, and date goals would be fluid, nothing in stone. I'm looking at losing 10 pounds by Christmas, 10 more by Valentine's Day, another 10 by Easter, and another 10 by end of Spring.  I will still have 20 more to go, but that will be a slower process. By this time next year I hope to have my goals met 100%.

I can do this! God will help me.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Day 3 of the ACV Diet

It may turn out to be good that I number the dates at the top of each post so I can keep track of the progress I'm going to make. I can already report on some of the unexpected (and expected) things that happened to me while doing this "diet". I really don't like the word "diet", but it is what it is, I'm combating my fat with a change in my diet, so it is a diet.  Are you ready? There will be GROSS information in this blog. I'll use the words "WARNING: GROSSNESS" so you know when it starts.

My son is in the Army, to be more specific, he is in the Oklahoma National Guard, and is serving another tour coming up this next month. He was in the regular Army for about 6 years and made it to Specialist I think, but then when he went Guard he was given his E5 status. He's had it too long, but since he's about to deploy they're going to make him wait on the E6 so he's not out ranking so many of the men he's been training with.  It's an Army thing. Mom's like to see their son's promote. Why am I rattling on about my son? Well, when he comes home for any reason he starts in on me. I expect it, and this time I was ready for him. I had already started the process, he was just going to be there to support me, not complain about what I was eating, or my lack of exercise. Usually he turns to me and says "Let's go shopping!"  That means he's about to walk me through 100 stores at a fast and brisk pace. He'll pump up the steps on my Fitbit and he'll feel better about having helped me rather than watching me sit around the house. Ha! I was ready for him this time!

We went Christmas shopping for the kids, his niece and nephew, my grandbabies. We went to 5 stores total, but we walked the mall a few times to get from one to the other, then we went shopping for him, and naturally that meant we had to go to 11 more stores, walk a few more miles, and get only a couple of things that he didn't really need, but it makes the trip that much more enjoyable. He usually feeds me during these treks, and of course we eat very very healthy food when we stop to re-energize before round two.  WARNING: GROSSNESS.  One of the stops was Cabela's Sporting store, and I usually end up losing him almost as soon as we go into the store front.  I typically go to the bathroom, and he's either in guns or camping.  This time the urge to go to the bathroom came out of nowhere, but it wasn't that overwhelming. I knew I had to go, but I didn't have any idea HOW badly I needed to go. When I got to the toilet I found out. Thank God there was no one else in the bathroom, and I was free to literally poop my guts out. I filled up the freaking toilet with poop and water from that same area, I was not urinating; so naturally I was a bit surprised. I flushed literally 3 times, not because I had to, but I'm rather nice that way.  I didn't hurt, there wasn't any pain or cramping, I really do not know why my body reacted the way it did. It may have been the 2 cups of ACV tea, it may have been the nearly 5 miles we had walked, I'm not sure, but it was something! That was very unexpected.

OK NO MORE GROSSNESS: Earlier in the day, in fact when I had just woken up, I had what I can only describe as a head fog.  I wasn't upset, I didn't have a headache, but my head was really foggy and my thoughts were as if I were still partially asleep. I had taken the first ACV tea in the minutes before, and was starting on my coffee.  When I finished my coffee I noticed I felt better, but I had not experienced that in the past with dieting. I wasn't light headed, it was just foggy.  I stretched and forced my way through the feeling(s), but for the most part I thought I was just going to have to deal with it.  I looked up side effects of drinking ACV and lemon, and there it was: brain fog is what they called it. It happens when the candida or bad bacteria begins to die off inside your body when you douse it with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice all at once. These little bacteria balloons blow up and release toxins into your blood stream. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, and that's a good clue that you've done too much too fast. It can be counter productive, so you need to back off a bit if that happens.

After shopping and eating, and more shopping, and more walking, we finally decided to go to the Army/Air Force Exchange and do more walking and shopping.  Inside the base department store we ran into a man in Reuben's unit. Unlike Reuben this man was in uniform, and he was looking for gun pieces and parts so the two of them chatted it up while I made a bee-line to the furniture side of the store and took a 10 minute break from the Task Master.  When they found me Reuben explained to his buddy that he'd walked me a bit. I checked my Fitbit, he had walked me 5.8 miles in just under 2 hours. King, the man in uniform, looked at me and said "It doesn't surprise me, he does that to us all the time."  I love my son, he only has my best interest at heart, even if my fat body can't hardly handle it.  I'll start my work out soon enough, and when he comes back from Afghanistan we'll see if his old mom can keep up without complaining!

Too Fat To Admit It

So, about this time every year it seems I really take a hard look at myself physically, and I vow up and down 10 times over that I'm going to do something about this added packed on fat. I won't call it a pudge because to do so would be to lessen what it is. I'm a fat woman.  I have noticed that I intentionally avoid mirrors and I don't glance at myself as I pass by a shiny window either. I know what I'll see; a fat woman. I tried the "Paleo" diet, and I won't say it didn't work, I will say I didn't work it well. I did however learn things from it, and I will incorporate that into my new diet and life style plan. I just don't think a person can diet without changing their life style; I can't anyway.

I didn't go to Thanksgiving dinner with the family this year, opting instead to stay at home with my daughter Laura.  We ate a smaller, more reasonable dinner consisting of baked chicken, yams, green beans, grand biscuits, and a piece of pumpkin pie. We drank water.  You can't get too much water. If I had been at my mom's I would have eaten 3x as much as I need to, and I would have had the belly aches to show for it later.  Sometimes the hardest things to do when you're dieting or changing your eating habits is to avoid loved ones. My family is fat, I'm not going to be kind about it; there are many more obese people in my family than there are healthy. I'm throwing myself in that ring as well. My kids are all healthy, my sister Linda, my mom, and my sister Andie is healthy now, having spent a great deal of money on stomach surgery after many years of over eating and neglect. I was thin for many years, well into my early 30's, but when I lost it, and began eating and not working out, I really put on the pounds. I've been heavy now for 10 solid years I know, and off and on the 10 years before that. It's time to stop the madness.

I could make up the best excuses, and there is truly a kernel of truth to them all, but the bottom line is, I need to lose 60 pounds. I'm hovering 205 pounds at 5'7" tall, and that's simply too big. I wear size 18 jeans, XL dresses, if I wear dresses at all, and I can't put a belt around my waist, I wouldn't even know what size of a belt I would need to buy! I'm not kidding, it would be a 42 inch belt I'm sure. All that changes now!

For the past 3 days I've been on my diet and changing my ways when it comes to food and exercise.  I'm 56 years old as of 4 days ago, and it's time I start helping my body, not hurting it. I've been drinking tea with apple cider vinegar at least 2x a day, and I add lemon or lime to it. I add honey, cinnamon, and even clove oil. I think I drank 3 cups the first day, and 2 yesterday, I'll have 3 today total. That's the start of the "change" from drinking regular water. I never drink sweet drinks like cola or sweet tea, or even Kool-aid. I really only drink water and  I'll have a coffee in the morning.  My food portions are way down, 1/2 of what I used to eat, and I don't miss it. I don't. In fact, yesterday I ate something I shouldn't have, 1/2 a cheeseburger from Freddy's (and fries) and I thought I was going to vomit. Thank God I was able to eliminate it today! That's another good thing, you will eliminate a great deal more with this "change" of drinking ACV and either lime or lemon. I drink about 8-10 ounces hot in a tea, sometimes adding a tea bag as a matter of fact, and I put 1 tablespoon of honey, and 2 tablespoons of ACV with a 1/2 lemon or whole lime. Good stuff.

So, what I will do, and I'll make myself a promise so I do it, I'll write here every day and just sort of go over what happens and what I feel. I may turn it into a book - - you never know. If I get too gross, or talk about poop to the point that you don't want to read my blog, don't. It's MY BLOG. I won't apologize for that. I will say that I will get nasty at times, so you may want to read with caution. Well, that's about it. I'm on day 3 so it's not that exciting yet. I did have a moment, but I'll talk about it tomorrow and put up a warning sign first. LOL