Once More with Feeling :-)

YAY for successful weigh-ins!!! I’m down -5 pounds today – bringing my total loss to -14 pounds to date.  Woo-hoo for me!!! (the sound you hear is me patting myself on the back).  The challenge now is to start exercising…..

So, for the readers out there that are on Goodreads ~ Any idea why they’re removing all of the Amazon content from their site?  I think I remember reading on their site somewhere that the cost to keep Amazon’s information has gotten so prohibitive – yet………….none of the other “reader sites” seem to have that problem.  I’ve been trying to rescue my books, but then again, for the most part I only read on my Kindle; amazon is the only seller of kindle books………so finding their info on other sites has been a bit difficult.  I’ve looked on publisher sites, author sites, etc.  So at this point, I just don’t know.  I’ve spent a lot of time (yes, years!) building my library, inputting books onto the goodreads system, and now that work just seems to be going away with a click of a button.  That being said, I’m not that fond of librarything (although they have improved their site over the years) and I quit using bibliophile years ago (I think they’re gone now; I tried to find a link and I keep getting connected to Gospel Media Network??).  I did stumble on another reading site, The Reading Room; but all in all, Goodreads still seems to be the best.  Deep sigh, I guess.  I just hope when they pull the kindle books from their collection that the new edition that they link my book to is still an ebook ~ that’s the only way I’ll be able to know which of my books are paperback or not.

Food plan for today:
B: Yoplait Key Lime Pie (6 oz) w/ 1/4 c. grape-nuts (6 pts)
S: Apple w/ 1 babybel (1 pt)
L: Sun-Dried Chicken Roll-Ups w/ 1 c. mixed veggies (9 pts)
S: Grapefruit
D: ??? Either roll-ups again or I’ll cook something
S: ???
E: ???

Down 2.8

Another successful weigh-in this morning!  I’m down -2.8 pounds, which brings me to a total of -8.8 pounds so far 🙂

The trainer at my gym still hasn’t called to schedule a time to do a walk-through so I plan on giving them a call today.  In the meantime, I may start doing the Walk it Out on Wii….the only problem is you use the balance board and I have to hunch a bit so the board feels my steps (not good for the DDD).  Will see.  Otherwise, I do have the Biggest Loser power walk I could do.

Food plan for today:
B: Good Value LF Orange Dreamsicle Yogurt w/ 1/4 c. Grape-nuts (4 pts)
S: Apple w/ 2 Babybel cheese wedges (2 pts)
L: Dev’s Cold Weather Soup (3 pts)
S: Grapefruit (0 pts)
D: Gina’s Asian Chicken Drumsticks w/ salad & ranch dressing (9 pts)
S: Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich (4 pts)

Looking at my points I need to figure a way to add more food to my day.  22 pts is only about 2/3 of my daily allowance

One Week Later

I had injections last week.  For as nervous as I was, they have been a God-send.  I’ve gone one full week without the chronic burning between my neck & shoulder, no numbness in my fingers, and no achiness in my arm. I get a little twinge of a flare up now and then, but it’s occasional and I’m in heaven!

I’ve been transitioning between genealogy and reading – doing a bit of both every day.  Currently, I’m on the 4th book of Toni Blake’s Destiny series.  Loved, loved, loved the first two; liked the 3rd one, and so far am enjoying Holly Lane.  My goal is to read 100 books by the end of the year; so far, I’ve read 80.  So far, so good – but I think I need to pick up the pace a little bit if I plan to obtain this goal!

As far as genealogy goes, I’m fairly active (like on a daily basis) at ancestry.com and myheritage.com. MyHeritage is more a collection of gedcoms, but it is a great way to connect with other folks.  I’ve made connections with German relatives in Schleswig-Holstein which is amazing to me since I don’t know much about that branch.  Rumor has it there’s a written history somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find a family member that knows anything about it. Then again, I wasn’t too interested in my German ancestry while growing up – it has nothing to do with the sperm-donor-that-I-really-don’t-consider-my-dad, but more the whole Anne Frank issue.  I loved her growing up and I was so ashamed to share heritage with the folks that were responsible for killing her.  I wanted nothing to do with it.

I also have to say that I love the changes made at www.familyhistory.org and the way the holdings are cataloged now – makes it so much easier to search and locate records!  Also, if you haven’t been there before – findagrave.com is a form of crack for me.  I’ve actually connected with some Irish and Danish relatives through that site.

Well enough rambling for me today – I have to go in for traction today (potentially my last one!!) and then decide if I want to buy a home unit (I’m not sure it’s effective enough to warrant the $$$).

Take care,
Devonna

Well, I Did It

I joined Fitness 19 yesterday.  It’s a super nice facility and I look forward to getting started! I love the fact that each cardio machine has their own tv attached to it….not that I pay attention to tv really.  I blast my anger music and just watch the screen.  I’m not one of those gifted people that can read and exercise at the same time.  I bounce around too much – but I still like to have something to stare at.

I’m still addicted to my Kindle – of course, it’s still the honeymoon phase, but I don’t plan on falling out of love with it anytime soon. Although, that 1-click buying thing is very dangerous!!! 

On the Hunt for a Gym

I really should join a gym.  The problem with living on-campus at work is that I don’t have to go home – so I don’t need to stop by the gym on my way 🙂  There is an exercise facility here, but it’s geared more for the kids and is hot!  No air conditioning in the summer would mean no exericse for Dev.  So, I’ve been shopping memberships this morning.

First I looked at the YMCA.  At $40.00/month plus whatever the joining fee is, the cost is a little more than I want to spend to have access to an elliptical roughly 3 times/week.  I thought about joining just to get member rates on J’s swimming lessons and youth programs, but you have to have a family membership to qualify for those.  The family membership is $60.00/month.

Pros:
Lots of offerings – classes, lessons, circuit machines, weights, elliptical, trainers, daycare, family oriented
Cons:
Cost, location, joining fee

Next up, I looked at Fitness 19.  They have a membership sale going on this week – $15.00/month with no joining fee!  I think this may be a contender.  Not to mention, they are located just a few blocks from my sister’s house, so it would be easy-peasy to get my workout in either going or coming from taking care of J.

Pros:
Inexpensive, weights, elliptical, trainers, daycare, location, no joining fee
Cons:
No curcuit machines, no classes (though I probably wouldn’t take them anyway)

There’s also Anytime Fitness. I don’t know much about them, but I may try out their 7-day free pass to learn more about them.  They are $36.00/month and are just a little further away from my sister’s house than Fitness 19.

Pros:
Classes, weights, curcuit, elliptical, no joining fee, 3 locations
Cons:
$20 key cost, no daycare (though I probably wouldn’t need it anyway)

I also checked out Curves. I have to be honest – I’ve never been interested in joining them, but since I watched the owners on Secret Millionaire, I wouldn’t mind supporting them. However, I couldn’t really get much off of the website and their hours are bad (8:30-6:30). 

Pros:
Curcuit, women-only, 1-day free pass
Cons:
Hours, cost (I’m assuming – couldn’t find the cost anywhere on their website), no daycare

I’d be interested in Billings Athletic Club if they had a membership sale.  Otherwise, at $47.00/month the cost is too much of a deterrent.  I’d been a member there before when I had to do PT/Rehab and really enjoyed it.

Pros:
Classes, weights, curcuit, elliptical, trainers, locally owned, daycare
Cons:
Cost

Finally, I checked on Granite Health & Fitness. Yeah, they have lots of goodies ( most of which I wouldn’t use) and are local.  Their cost isn’t on their website, but from what I’ve heard from co-workers, it’s pretty expensive.

Pros:
Classes, weights, curcuit, elliptical, trainers, massage, 7-day free pass, locally owned, location, daycare
Cons:
Cost
Ding, ding, ding.  I think Fitness 19 is the winner.

….and so it goes

Day 2 and so far I’m feeling good.  I’m making responsible choices (aka, went to the movie last night and didn’t get popcorn!) and am once again determined to do this.  It shouldn’t be so hard – really.  It’s a lifestyle choice.  But, when I fall off the wagon, I fall hard!  On the plus side, I’ve done this all before and I know I have it in me to succeed.

Played with my Kindle last night.  Read a bit on my Kindle last night….and this morning.  Am dying to go home and read my Kindle a bit more 🙂  It was definitely love at first sight!  I downloaded Where She Went by Gayle Forman and The Spy Who Loved Her by Mel Schroeder — haven’t read them yet because I’m on the 2nd book of the Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts.  I also want to start the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis – so I have some great reading ahead of me. (PS – My mom doesn’t like the shop feature on my Kindle – she doesn’t think it’s a good idea.  I don’t know why!)

Tonight  J starts her 2nd week of swim lessons.  She’s so fun to watch because she veers between being scared and being a bit over ambitious.  She loves it though, that’s the important thing.

Food today (so far)
B: Key Lime Light Yogurt, Banana
S: Missed it – I get too involved working on my projects. 
L: Salad w/ 1/2 c garbanzo beans, green onion, 1 oz goat cheese, homemade balsamic vinaigrette
S: String cheese & grapefruit
D: ??? Don’t know yet – either a grilled chicken breast w/ broccoli or a chef salad.
S: ???
E: ??? Would love to try out my new Wii Yoga & Pilates workout.  I got the yoga mat & everything!!