kick your own smaller ass!

Day 23 of ChaLEAN Extreme, and I feel amazing. My arms are looking even more ripped, and the boyfriend pointed out a new cut in my booty! That's the kind of evidence that turns you into a believer.

After ChaLEAN Extreme, I think I'll kick my own cardio ass with the goal of doing this program by fall...



It's on FIRE.

kick your own ass



I'm on Day 17 of this program, and my arms are already more defined, my legs are stronger, and my engery has sky rocketed. If you ever need an amazing workout, go to beachbody.com and check out Chalene Johnson. Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme, and the upcoming Turbo Fire are AMAZING programs. Phenomenal music, great instruction...you can't help but kick your butt into shape.

My new fitness philosophy: If I'm going to be told I'm intimidating, dammit, I AM GOING TO BE INTIMIDATING. When you see me, you won't ask yourself "could she kick my ass?" because the answer will be yes. The question you'll ask yourself will be "does she want to kick my ass?"

stopping the roller coaster

After a very difficult 24 hours, where you feel your emotions spiral out of control, how do you bring yourself back when you don't know how to?

Who knows....all I know is that cooking sirloin, veal, and chicken on the grill brought me back. The wonderful smell that hasn't been around in months, the heaping plate of food that I'm blessed to be able to provide for myself, and the two handsome felines staring at me through my front door while I cooked turned around my horrible day.

And it is incredibly awesome that I can look at all that delicious food and know I get to enjoy every mouthful...because I've taken control of the one thing thats haunted me my entire life. Down 70 pounds, 124 to go.

The update...long overdue

So here's the update as promised.

I've been really happy lately. And honestly, its all based around one thing...I've finally taken control of my body and started to shed this fat. Last fall, just before I turned 30, I decided I don't want to be fat anymore. Actually, it was more like a ton of bricks hit me and said, "You've got another 2/3 of your life to live, and you CANNOT keep living it like you have." On October 26, I walked into my local Medical Weight Loss Clinic, took control, and I sit here today posting this entry officially 60 pounds lighter than when I pushed open those doors that day. Its the best plan I've ever been on.

The highlights:
1) I eat INSANE amounts of food. Its all just good, healthy food. This means I'm only ever hungry because I didn't eat when I was supposed to.
2) They gave me a written guarantee that by Feb. 2011 I will be 150 pounds. My body has responded so well, that I'm actually on pace to finish 8 weeks early and be there by the end of this year. I never realized it, but a deadline is exactly what I needed! No more nebulous "oh you'll get there when you get there at your own pace". Nope, I've got a date. Valentine's Day to be exact. And as I'm doing so well, I've decided New Year's Eve sounds like an even better idea.
3) Anneliese was ready to do this for herself. I totally believe in the program, but I also believe in ME. The best part is that I no longer sit and think "if it happens". I don't believe it will happen. I KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN. I am getting stronger, smaller, and healthier every day. I will be a totally different physical being by this time next year and will continue to be for the rest of my life.

Really, that's about all that's new. But even though its only one thing, its affecting everything. People around me tell me I've inspired them to lead a healthier lifestyle. That blows my mind. I'm just a fat chick working to become a skinny bitch. I'm finally taking control, tackling my demons, and no longer making excuses.

And apparently my self-esteem isn't as low as I thought, because I have no doubt when I get skinny I'm going to be a HOTTIE. I'll be a terror....world, you've been warned.

craigslist help

First, I know I haven't posted in forever. While usually this means nothing is happening, I actually have some exciting news that has kept me very busy. I will post shortly, as I know you're all holding your breath to see what I've been up to! (Can't even say that with a straight face....anyway....)

I'm looking to purchase a DVD set from someone on craigslist. I've never done this before, so I wanted the opinion of friends and those who have purchased items from people on craigslist before.

I called the number to ask about the set. I had a slightly difficult time understanding the gentleman, as he had a foreign accent. The description from craigslist was thorough (it was mostly copied from the original item site), so I just wanted to confirm that it is a brand new set. He said it was and he'd be happy to meet me at a public location at the 94 State Street exit. I'm not used to transactions being so short and (potentially) painless. If the price is right, the item is as described (which I'll be able to tell right away, as its either opened or not), and I meet him in a public place during the day....am I missing anything? Is it really supposed to be this easy?

POLL: Holiday Knits - EVERYONE'S OPINION WANTED

The yarn shop I work for needs ideas for simple holiday knits that we can teach as classes. I figured I'd ask you, my people- both knitters and non-knitters, gift givers and recipients -for your thoughts.

What kinds of small projects would you knitters enjoy making for the holidays? What kinds of small gifts would you non-knitters find useful and/or enjoy getting as a gift this holiday season?

Ideas so far....
Christmas tree hat
Stand up table top Christmas tree
Chirstmas character wine bottle toppers
Christmas light ornaments
collection of holiday themed dishcloths/towels
Tea cozies seem to be making a comeback

Pagan and Jewish Peeps, is there a Solstice or Chanukah (and I KNOW I butchered that spelling, sorry!) item that comes to mind?

Any and all ideas welcome! Thanks everyone!

VET STUDENTS AND PET OWNERS: ADVICE NEEDED

A week ago, Katrina brought me an adorable black/gray kitten that had found his way onto her dad's porch. Its a good thing he wandered, too, as starvation and fleas were about to end his short life. Long story short, Blitz has a new brother and I've become a momma again! And as Blitz came as a "ready made cat in a box", I need some advice as to how to raise my 8 week old.

In the last few days, he's started pooping on the carpet in front of my bedroom and guest room doors. (These doors remain closed, for now, as all the stuff I inherited from Oma resides there.) He knows where his box is downstairs, as I've seen him use it with no intervention on my part. Last night was the worst instance of carpet defication. I got home at 11pm, let him out of the bathroom where he stays when I'm out, and when I went upstairs at 445am, there were 3 new piles. I go into the bathroom to wash up for work, and when I came out, there was another pile. Four piles in 6 hours seems like a lot, plus now I have to shampoo the carpet for the second time in 3 days.

So my questions....

What are some of the reasons he might be doing this?

How can I make him stop?

I know accidents come with the territory of box training a kitten, but this seems excessive and deliberate. (Twice he's gone during the 15 minutes I'm behind one of the closed doors.) I got some cleaner that is supposed to prevent re-soiling. It didn't work last night - could it be that it needs more than once to be effective? That doesn't seem like a quality product.

Vader (his head looks like an adorable helmet!) is a wonderful little boy, but I have to find a way to stop this. Its ruining my carpet, stinking up my house, and testing my nerves.

Thanks, everyone!

It was still the coolest thing I'll get for my 30th birthday.

Dad took me to Game 7 last night. As those of you who care know, Stanley is taking a detour through Penguin Country on his way home. However, as I pointed out to those on my message list last night, we shall rise again. And the added extra to my "friends" who actually blamed me for the loss or decided to kick me while I was down....we do not forget.

To recap, I've attended every home game of the Western Conference and Stanley Cup finals. That is 7 games from the great Joe Louis Arena. The two men I love the most in this world...my brother and father....have allowed me to have the best time imaginable. It was a blast. Many of my friends got to attend games with me because of my brother having the coolest job of any one I know. I can say that both Chris Chelios and Sidney Crosby have given me tickets, and I've been a part of one great playoff run. Even though we didn't win the Cup, Hockeytown remains strong. Win or no win, Game 7 with my daddy was still the coolest thing I'll get for my 30th birthday. GO WINGS!

And the only thing cooler than having Sidney Crosby "take" you to a game? Having your dad TAKE you to a game.

FYI to all Babylon 5 fans

All seasons (or at least a vast majority) of Babylon 5 are on sale this week at Best Buy for $19.99. The are normally $49.99. I figured that at least one of my friends would appreciate that information.