Flies do not like being in any weather

Right now, Emily has not taken a breath in the span of ten minutes so she could tell me about the lifespan of a fly, how she can kill the one buzzing in the house because flies do not like being out in the rain or in the sun for that matter or the wind or . . . they just like being in the house to bother us and to buzz in our ears and to land on our food and Mama, did you know that you left this on and can I turn it off, and could I please watch an Arthur because it is Thursday and that means it's my t.v. day...

MSNBC.com (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14013567/) has a list of television shows that they think should be made into feature films and what directors they think should direct the movies. This is in response to how "they" think the director for Miami Vice was the perfect choice for the movie since he supposedly also created the television series. It's a different look and feel, that's for sure, and in all of the trailer commercials, I don't see pink or peach at all. That's the first good sign that this might be a cool movie. The second sign is that Don Johnson is listed nowhere for the movie on http://imdb.com/title/tt0430357/. Whew!

Here is my pick of television shows that should be turned into feature films:

1.) The Love Boat, directed by Leonardo DiCaprio
2.) Dallas, directed by Charlene Tilton
3.) TJ Hooker, directed by Tommy Lee
4.) Bosom Buddies, directed by someone who has real bosoms
5.) Diff'rent Strokes, directed by Ant
6.) Facts of Life, directed by Mrs. G.
7.) Good Times, directed by Michael Jackson
8.) Welcome Back, Kotter, directed by John Ravolta
9.) Doogie Howser, M.D., directed by Any ten-year-old in the gifted program
10.) Saved by the Bell, directed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar because his new series was not renewed, bless his heart.

Eating plan going well, I'm on my rear-end today, still nursing that back injury from Sunday. Worked out with sis-in-law on Tuesday, and worked hams, glutes and quads. Awesome workout, but I'm really paying for it today! Took a nap, which was good because I was seriously going to fall asleep during morning snack time. Had to keep it together for the kid's sake. So, we watched Martha together. I tried watching The View, but it's just not good anymore without Meredith, and I was afraid that Joy Behar would throw out the "ass"-bomb. What's up with that? Even news shows like Today have guests that throw out that word like it's candy. I do not want ASS to be part of Emily's kindergarten vocabulary. She already repeated the f**k word during her pre-school days, thanks to another little girl. We do not need to add the a-word to it.


I KNEW I wasn't crazy!

My husband, bless his heart, thought I had finally lost it. But thankfully, the new vet vindicated me, and I am not crazy after all. I am right--and it's very important for me to be right, no matter what Dr. Phil says.

A few days ago, Saturday in fact, we had the windows open all day since it was beautiful outside. I did not know that my husband had closed them before he got into bed just because I was so exhausted and the temperature in the room hadn't changed much. In the middle of the night when I had to get up to go you know where, I smelled the most awful skunk smell. It was so strong that I couldn't get back to sleep for the longest time. I buried my face into my night shirt which had been freshly laundered that afternoon. I finally fell asleep. I think my lack of sleep probably helped cause my injury the next morning during those deadlifts, come to think of it. When I went downstairs to the basement, I still smelled skunk, and after my injury and I'm giving Dale the evil eye because he made some sort of dorky comment about my wet butt, I ask him if he smelled the skunk last night.

"Skunk? What skunk?"

"The skunk smell in the bedroom," I replied. "I probably smelled it so bad because the windows were open."

"Uh, no. The windows were closed all night, Dear." Patronizing. I hate that.

After awhile, he spends some time on the back deck with Cady. He came back in and noticed nothing unusual. He concludes, and he reiterates this later, that I must have been dreaming pretty hard last night, "Because, I didn't smell anything."

Today at the vet's, they DID smell something and they smelled it as soon as we walked in the door. I smelled it on the deck when I harnessed up the Cady-dog to go for a car ride, and I smelled it all the way to the vet and back. I was totally vindicated. The vet's "people" gave me a recipe for skunk-smell removal:

1 Qt. Peroxide 3%
1/4 C Baking Soda
1 tsp. detergent

I gave Cady a bath and washed, soaked and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed. And she's still as stinky as ever.

The stuff didn't work. So, off to Wal-Mart again for tomato soup. A LOT of it.


Did anyone else hear that snap?

I had finished squats, and I'm in my first set of deadlifts when I feel and hear a snap! in my lower right back area. Not quite into the glute region, but close. My second thought was--because my first thought was, "Holy crap! What was that?"--was it really pain or can I work through my other three sets of deadlifts?


I did not work through more sets of deadlifts, because that would be stupid. I immediately grabbed the ibuprofen and an ice bag, wedging it in my workout clothes. Later, Dale would tell me I had a wet spot on my rear end and I would shoot him a does-it-look-like-I'm-concerned-with-wet-spots-on-my-rear-end? look.

Leg Extensions: 90#/15, 90#/15, 90#/12
Squats: 45#/25, 65#/20, 85#/15, 95#/10
Deadlifts: 95#/12 (should have stopped at 11!)



"No, 991 is for the hospital," said the 5-year-old

Emily's two bestest friends in the whole world were over today at my insistence. The girls should just get together to play without there being a birthday party involved. They were in Em's room chattering and playing "kitchen" together, and as any parent would, I listened in on the baby monitor.

Side note: What are the odds that we'll get to keep that monitor there through her teen years? Yeah, I didn't think so, either.

Anyway, the conversation came around to calling 911. After my initial thought of Who's hurt?? I relaxed. Afterall, it was just girl talk. One little girl said that if you called 911, you'd get the hospital, only they didn't say 911 but 991. Another said that if you called 991 that you'd get the fire people. I set Emily straight during snack time, but with our crazy phone system--sorry, dear--you'd have to dial 9, wait for an outside line, then 911. Explaining that to a kindergartener is like explaining to my Grandma Dosh (may she rest in peace) how the wires are put in a computer CPU. Same result.

Workout yesterday was a run/walk program. I think I already typed that, but not sure. It was for 32 minutes where I ran for 3 minutes, then walked for 2. I'll do that again in the morning.

This morning's workout was upper body work, and I'll get specifics in later. There's a cool BOSU workout in the latest Oxygen magazine, so I'm going to add that in to my routine somewhere starting next week.

Eating has been really good. Starchy carbs in a.m./fibrous in p.m. I found a new peanut butter--new to me--that has Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats in it. It is SUPER GOOD. I added that to my fat free cottage cheese, and it's just wonderful.


What in the WORLD?!

Weighed and measured yesterday morning. No changes. None--I have "successfully" maintained for the last year. Yipty-dodang-do. My body is more stubborn than my personality, and it's like dealing with a teenager who doesn't give a flip what I want or need. I have to remember that I'm feeding it--my body the teenager--all the good things and then it will have no choice but to conform. Like sending it to military school to learn how to behave itself. I have only been on the complex carbs for the morning/fibrous carbs in the afternoon for two days now, so I'll do another weigh and measure day each week. I'm going back to logging everything into DietPower, and I'm just going to have to learn how to keep that up when I go back to school in August. I'm not going to post my nutrition (what's the point??) until I start seeing the weight or measurements go down.

Yesterday's workout:
150 meter runs and then immediately to
jumping pullups (20)
Did that three consecutive times

Sumo Squats: 45/12, 65/12, 65/12
Deadlifts: 65/10 x 3

I'll be doing another lower body day this week.

142 lbs.
Pecs: 32.5"
Waist: 27.5"
Biceps: 11.25" and 11.5"
Hips: 36.75"
Thighs: 23" and 22.75"
Calves: 15.5" and 15"


Oh how I love green beans

I don't know what I'm going to do when school starts back up and I need to get up at 4:30, rather than sleeping in until 5:30. This morning's workout was just a light workout for the smaller muscles in my triceps and calves--which aren't really that small, but I want them to be small.

Lying tricep extensions (single arm): 10/12 x 3 sets
Kickbacks: 15/12 x 3 sets
Standing calf raises on the BOSU: 20/40 x 3 sets


Meal 1; post-workout
3 eggs whites, 1/2 yolk
1/3 serving whey protein
1/4 C skim milk
1 serving Cream of Wheat

Meal 2
4 ozs tuna and egg white
1/2 C blueberries
1/2 C strawberries

Meal 3
3 ozs. buffalo patty
2/3 C Oats

Meal 4
3 ozs tuna and egg white
1 C celery
1/4 C tomato
1/4 C romaine lettuce

Meal 5
4 ozs chicken breast
1 C green beans

Meal 6
3/4 C fat free cottage cheese
1 T natural peanut butter

Tomorrow is a crossfit workout day.

Emily was helping me out in the vegetable garden this morning and she marches in and says, "If I don't work, I doooon't eat!"

I stopped and said in my most calm horrific voice, "What?!"

She repeated it, and I asked where she heard that from. "It's in the Bible! Silly," she said.


Crossfit Kicks my Behind

I've recently begun CrossFit workouts and I am totally whipped by the time I'm finished. It takes me 15-20 minutes to get through three sets, and that's with taking minute breaks between sets. I'm such a newbie at it, but this week, I plan on doing three days of CF workouts rather than two like I did last week. The week after this, I plan on upping that to four days.

Check out the CrossFit workouts by going to www.crossfit.com. I found the most information from reading the message boards, but mainly it's using 1-3 different exercises in a row for a count of however many you can do within a specified period of time for a total of 3-5 sets. I can only do three sets right now, but hope to move that up to five sets. I also like how I'm only competing against my own weights and my own times and no one else's. My workout this morning was:

300 meter sprints (treadmill)
Squat Thrusts (squatting with dumbbells and on the power up lift the dumbbells in order to work shoulders)

I must have been tired because last week, I could knock out 400 meters, 15 pushups a set and 15 squat thrusts (10 pounds). Today, it's the 300 meters, 10 pushups and 12 squat thrusts.

What is especially noteworthy is watching the 13 minute video on the CF site called "Nasty Girls." Not the best name for the video, and there's nothing nasty about it except that these girls work their workouts hard. Made me wish I had a set of Olympic rings--but then again, not.

Goal for the next month: Knock out an unassisted pullup. Just one.

I'm also going to keep accountable by posting workouts, nutrition, and weight. Tuesday morning will be my baseline weight and measurements, and I'll remeasure and weigh every two weeks. My plan is to eat most of my starchy carbs for meals 1-3, and then fibrous carbs for meals 4-6.

Another favorite recipe:

.75 C fat free cottage cheese
3 packets Splenda
1 T natural peanut butter

Blend it like a mad dog (may have to add a smidge of water or skim milk so it'll blend better). Freeze for 15-30 minutes, then eat.

220 calories
8 g fat
14 g carb
25 g protein


Start Little, End Big

This guy (Kyle) is a great example of American ingenuity. He used bartering, starting out with one red paperclip to work himself into a house in a year's time. Kyle's a "normal" guy (whatever normal means), and not only did he think outside the box to get what he wanted, he smashed the box to pieces.