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Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 2 Weigh-In


Last week I had my 2 week weigh-in. I wasn't expecting much. 

Due to some medications that I take, my metabolism is very slow and it is difficult for me to lose weight. I spoke with my doctor about my weight loss journey, and he said to not expect big losses. He said that for every pound or two I lose, it's equivalent to five pounds for a "normal" person.

Officially, I have lost two pounds and a half inch here and there. I am happy to see a change even though it is small. I know that I've gotten stronger and my balance is getting better. I've increased my weights in all my exercises. 

Next week, I will be unable to work out with my trainer due to some scheduling conflicts, so I will left to my own devices. I don't expect much change in my weight, but we shall see.




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Monday, November 25, 2013

Workin' on My Fitness

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For the last 2 weeks I have been working on my fitness. Five days a week in the gym with my personal trainer. I am exhausted!

In just 2 weeks I have upped my weights and increased my strength considerably. I'm not sure if I've lost any weight or dropped any inches (I'll find that out tomorrow), but I do feel stronger and my balance has gotten much better. I guess we'll see how these 2 weeks pay off during my weigh-in and measurements tomorrow!


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

There's No Crying in the Gym....

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but it's definitely allowed at home. 

Today was "leg day." I pushed through a killer leg workout, but now my hip flexors are screaming. I'm having to waddle around the house like a penguin.

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My trainer took my measurements and my body fat % today, too. I won't be going into any details here except to say that a tub of lard has a lower body fat percentage than I do (no joke). However, my body is a lot stronger than I originally thought it was. My trainer has been impressed with my determination, form, and ability (that's either a great self esteem boost or my trainer has really low expectations!)

I go back tomorrow to work the ol' arms. I expect I'll feel something like this afterwards....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I'm Not Fat. I'm Just Fluffy!



As of yesterday, I am officially the heaviest weight I have ever been in my life. (Just to give you an idea, I'm about 70 lbs too heavy per my doctor). So, to take care of that, I'm getting my butt off the couch and doing something about it.

I started working with a personal trainer yesterday, and I'm starting the process of overhauling my eating. I can't do it all at once (the eating part that is) because my brain will lose itself, I think. This week I'm working on cutting out all the diet soda I've been drinking. Small steps, they say.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

#99Questions...Because Everyone's Doing It!

All the bloggers are doing this 99 Questions tag, I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Here's 99 things you probably couldn't care less about....

1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed. There might be a monster in it, or just to keep my dog from taking a late night wee.



2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

Absolutely! I have a whole stash under my vanity. My husband says I’m a bit of a kleptomaniac.

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I sleep on top of a fitted sheet and under a light comforter. We do not use a top sheet. My husband also has his own light comforter; I think it’s called the Swedish sleeping method. Whatever it’s called, it keeps us from fighting over the covers all night long.

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

Nope.

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?

Yep. I kind of have an obsession with office supplies.

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Yes. I don’t clip coupons from circulars, but I will save the enclosed coupons you get with a product, or the coupons you get at the bottom of your receipt sometimes. I always save them, then hardly ever use them. I’m not very fiscally responsible, I guess!


7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
Bear. I think it would be easier to survive that attack by playing dead. A swarm of bees will hunt you down and sting you until you die!

8:Do you have freckles?

Yep. I have very fair skin and am a natural blonde, so I freckle. I have cute freckles though. You know, tops of the knees, across the nose, on my forearms. I like them.

9:Do you always smile for pictures?

I try to!

10:What is your biggest pet peeve?
Biggest? That’s a hard one. I hate when someone interrupts you while you’re talking (though I unfortunately have a bad habit of doing it to other – but I apologize for it). I hate when people aren’t generally courteous. I think it’s just from me being raised in the South, but I expect you to respond when I say hello, even if it’s a fake smile or a nod.


11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Yes. Especially when I go up stairs. Also, I count my steps when I leave my seat in a dark movie theater. I also count the rows. I don’t want to be a dork and get lost on my way from the restroom!


12:Have you ever peed in the woods?

Yes. When you gotta go, you gotta go!

13:What about pooped in the woods?

Hell no. You can hold that.

14:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?

Sometimes. I can get a song in my head, be in a really good mood, and bust a mood in my living room.

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?

Pens, but not pencils.

16:How many people have you slept with this week?

Well, considering I’m married, zero. Ha. Just a “married folk” joke.

17:What size is your bed?
King.


18:What is your Song of the week?

Holy Grail by Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Absolutely.


20:Do you still watch cartoons?

No.

21:Whats your least favorite movie?
I can’t bring any single movie to mind that I hated, but I’m not one for slapstick comedy. So, to the horror of my husband, I find all of the National Lampoon’s movies pointless.


22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Well, I can’t tell you. You’d know the first place to look!


23:What do you drink with dinner?
Usually tea sweetened with Splenda, or a Diet Coke. If we’re out, then I will have a glass of Reisling.


24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Honey mustard.


25:What is your favorite food?
This is a hard one because I really love food. But, I really like southern style home-cooked meals like meatloaf, pan fried potatoes, cornbread, fried okra, turnip greens, etc. I also really like Mexican food and barbeque.


26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Center Stage, Wedding Crashers, and Finding Nemo


27:Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My husband.


28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
I was a Brownie, which I think is the same thing as a Girl Scout, but just part of a different organization.


29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
Uh, no.


30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
I really like sending “real mail.” I think I sent a card to a friend a few weeks ago.


31:Can you change the oil on a car?
I know how. Have I ever had to? No.


32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
No (knock on wood.) I have been pulled over 3 times, but was able to talk myself out of it each time.


33:Ever ran out of gas?
I haven’t, but I was riding back from church one Sunday afternoon with my mother, and she ran out of gas! Thankfully, my dad was following not too far behind and was able to help us out.


34:Favorite kind of sandwich?
I’d say a Cuban.


35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?
I really like a sausage biscuit, but I also like oatmeal. I like a big breakfast.


36:What is your usual bedtime?
Midnight. I always try to have lights out by then. My husband and I are night owls.


37:Are you lazy?
I can be. I try to stay busy and productive throughout the day since I don’t work outside the home, but some days I will be “lazy.”


38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
The most memorable one was when I dressed up as Punky Brewster. I also dressed up as a witch a few years in a row. I never used to dress up much because I would always spend Halloween night at my aunt and uncle’s house helping them pass out candy to 300+ kids. My job was to shine flashlights onto the sidewalk and help little kids up when the tripped on their costumes.


39:What is your Chinese astrological ?
I have no idea…Ok, I looked it up. I am a pig. Apparently, it is “the most generous and honorable” sign.


40:How many languages can you speak?
I speak only English fluently. I can throw in a bit of Spanish every now and then.


41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Self magazine.


42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
Legos.


43:Are you stubborn?
Yes.


44:Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
Jimmy Fallon


45:Ever watch soap operas?
I used to watch with my grandmother. She always recorded all her “shows.” The main ones I remember are Guiding Light and Days of Our Lives. Oh, and Young & the Restless.


46:Are you afraid of heights?
Not really. As long as I feel secure, I’m okay. I do get vertigo so that’s more of a concern with height than falling.


47:Do you sing in the car?
Absolutely!


48:Do you sing in the shower?
Occasionally.


49:Do you dance in the car?
Sometimes.


50:Ever used a gun?
I was born and raised in the South, so yes.


51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
My wedding day.


52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?
No. I like them usually.


53:Is Christmas stressful?

It can be, but usually it’s not too bad. I love spending time with our families.

54:Ever eat a pierogi?
Yes.


55:Favorite type of fruit pie?
Shoney’s has the best strawberry pies, but they aren’t cooked. Otherwise, I really like peach and apple pies.


56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Pediatrician and a “story writer.” I ended up in marketing and PR.


57:Do you believe in ghosts?
No. But, I do believe there could be some other stuff going on around us.


58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Yes, and it freaks me out!


59:Take a vitamin daily?
Yes, a prenatal. My husband and I are trying to conceive.


60:Wear slippers?
No. I’m always barefoot.


61:Wear a bath robe?
Sometimes.


62:What do you wear to bed?
A nightshirt or a t-shirt.


63:First concert?
I think it was John Meyer and Maroon 5. My favorite concert was George Strait, but more about that some other time.


64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Target, never Wal-Mart. I’m scared to go in our Kmart!


65:Nike or Adidas?
Nike.


66:Cheetos Or Fritos?
Cheetos


67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Peanuts


68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
No.


69:Ever take dance lessons?
No.


70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
I’m already married, and he is an account manager for a software company.


71:Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.


72:Ever won a spelling bee?
No. I used to be a really good speller, but now that there is spell check and auto-correct, forget it.


73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes, on my wedding day.


74:Own any record albums?
No.


75:Own a record player?
No, but I want one.


76:Regularly burn incense?
No.


77:Ever been in love?
Yes, twice.


78:Who would you like to see in concert?
I’d like to see a big production concert, like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, etc.


79:What was the last concert you saw?
George Strait. He’s been the only celebrity crush I’ve ever had and it’s been that way since I was a baby.


80:Hot tea or cold tea?
Iced tea.


81:Tea or coffee?
Tea.


82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Sugar.


83:Can you swim well?
Fairly.


84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yes.


85:Are you patient?
No.


86:DJ or band, at a wedding?
Band.


87:Ever won a contest?
When I was in kindergarten I won a drawing and got a play doctor set.


88:Ever have plastic surgery?
No.


89:Which are better black or green olives?
I like both, but I guess green is better.


90:Can you knit or crochet?
No, but I can cross-stitch.


91:Best room for a fireplace?
Den.


92:Do you want to get married?
I did, and I am.


93:If married, how long have you been married?

Over 3 years.

94:Who was your HS crush?
Haha. Yeah, no.


95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No. I’m not a toddler.


96:Do you have kids?
No.


97:Do you want kids?
Yes.

98:Whats your favorite color?
In general, purple. But, I tend to decorate with red.


99:Do you miss anyone right now?
My puppies (they’re visiting my parents this weekend.)



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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Road Rage

I'm not one to fly off the handle, screaming and yelling at idiotic drivers. But, every now and again, there's a situation where I just want to ram my car into another one, or slam on my brakes and have them eat my bumper.

Case in point.

I was on my way home this lovely evening (I'd been out late to a dog training class) when a car (an old beat up Ford Explorer to be exact) decided to tailgate me. I was already running 77 in a 70 mph zone on a 2-lane section of interstate. I was in the left lane, slowly gaining on a sedan in the right lane. A few car lengths ahead of me, in the right lane, was an RV.

Like I said, this old POS Explorer comes flying up behind me. I can obviously tell he's in a hurry, either that or he was just trying to get a closer look at my cool bumper stickers. I was MORE than willing to get out of his way, but I couldn't get over (duh, there's a car there), and I refused to go over 80 (I've got to think about my own safety, ya know?), and I was already technically passing the sedan that was keeping me from changing lanes to get out of the nut-job's way, so I bumped up the cruise control to 79. (Holy long sentence, Batman!)

Finally, I get enough clearance to get over into the right lane and what does this jerk-knot do??? Whips around from behind me, over in front of the sedan, causing those poor souls to slam on their brakes to avoid having their front end taken off. The Explorer goes speeding past me, and as they do, they put their hand out the window and give me a thumbs up. I'm assuming that was a redneck way of telling me they liked me, no? Yeah, I didn't think so either. 

Anyway, the losers sped off, whipping in and out of traffic, and were gone. I did get over into the right lane anyways, just to prove a point, but the thought crossed my mind for a moment that they had simultaneously scared me AND pissed me off. 

And then I thought, pray for them. Pray that they stay safe. Pray that they don't cause anyone to get hurt. Pray that the State Trooper pulls them over....I digress.

Don't rush to anger and instead pray.



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Monday, July 29, 2013

Plot Twist!


I've really been praying about it a lot lately, and I've decided that 3 Dog Wife will no longer be based around crafts, decor, and DIY. I don't have the time, energy, or patience to take snappy photos of me gluing twine on a basket, edit the photos, and then write a quip-y post about how awesome and rewarding it was to make a pretty box. (I'm not saying it wasn't rewarding, but all the documenting is not.)

So, that said, I'll be sharing things from my heart and mind. Basically, it's a free-for-all because, well, that's just the kind of person I am. There may be a craft project or two still shared here, but it won't be my primary focus. 

I hope you stick around! (And, if you don't, that's okay, too!)


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