Friday, July 17, 2009

Word Association

I was just thinking on my drive into work this morning how funny or irritating (whatever the case may be) it is that certain words, phrases, smells etc. will immediately take you to a certain place. What I was mainly thinking about is how unfortunate it is people can ruin perfectly good words or things because you hear them a lot or because you have particularly bad memories associated with the person who originated them. I was making a mental list of such words and things and so far I’ve decided that the following words and items have made the short list:

Protocol – when used in reference to training.

Reach out – My company loves this one. “Lyn, please reach out to Bob for help with this project” Whenever I reach out it’s usually because I want to smack someone.

Detail Oriented and Forward thinking – I’m convinced that everyone has this on their resume.

Touch base/taking it to the next level/thinking outside the box – tired, worn out corporate clich├ęs that make me want to vomit.

Thunder/Erik – enough said, although I now use this word and the word douchebag interchangeably.

Puppy Chow/Magic Powder/Bootcamp/Amy – have all been ruined by the person whom I now lovingly refer to as “C*ntFace. The * = the letter “u” It’s nice to know that whenever I remove hair from my cooter she will always be there. Also when I eat my favorite protein pancake (recipe posted below), I have to put it out of my mind where it originated or else I will surely gag.


Almost Carb-Less Protein Pancake
Ingredients
20g protein powder (your choice)
2 egg whites
1-2 Tbsp Davinci’s Sugar Free Syrup
2g SF pudding mix (optional)
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and pour onto hot skillet. Flip and serve.
Nutritional Information:
Calories: 122 Fat: 1.4 g Carbohydrate: 4.5 g Protein: 22.2 g


Changing gears, I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m headed to Charleston, SC so see Jenny Hendershott’s first NPC show. It should be exciting. I love going to competitions. I’ll also be riding shotgun with a stuffed whale named Orca who needs to be returned to its natural habitat. Should be an interesting weekend. I’m going to try and borrow my friend’s laptop so I can post pics. If not, I’ll update on Monday.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Day in the Life...

Yawnnnn. Man I'm so sleepy today for some reason. I went to bed early last night and actually overslept this morning, so you'd think I'd be well rested. Hahaha, there's nothing like waking at 7:53am when you have to be at work by 8. Luckily I had packed my cooler last night night or I'd really be in trouble. It's those times when I'm unprepared that I really slip up because you have to just eat what's available, which here at work is vending machine fare. I really must have had it in high gear because I made it to work by 8:40am (my commute is less than 15 mins). That's not to say that I look fabulous but at least I'm here. I'm debating whether to stay over and make up the time or just take a 30 min lunch and leave at regular time. I'll probably do the 30 min lunch because the ealier I can leave in the afternoon, the less traffic I have to deal with. I'm starting to get excited about the weekend. I'm only working a half day tomorrow. I have a little road trip planned with one of my girlfriends. I love roadtrips and this one should be especially interesting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Getting Back on Track after The CheeseCake Factory

Usually after a big cheat (birthday/girl nite), it's always been really hard for me mentally to get back on target. I love food!! So I'm happy to report that so this far this week diet and training have been 100% Woohoo!! How's that for me not being committed and not wanting it bad enough?!?! Like I said in a previous post, I’m back on my own these days, and focusing more on being accountable to myself vs. someone else. So far its working good, but I’ve still got lots of work to do and a long road ahead of me so it’s important to do whatever I need to do to keep my momentum going. Ths is the plan I'm doing right now.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s (Training Days) my diet will pretty much look like this:

Meal 1: 1 scoop pp – 1/3 c. oatmeal – 1 serv. Yogurt or 1 serv.fruit
Meal 2: 4 oz chicken – 1.5 c. rice – fibrous veggies
Meal 3: 1 can of tuna or 5 oz white fish – 2 tsp. EVOO – 3 fish oils – fibrous veggies
PWO: 1.5 scoops pp and carbs = 200 cals/42g’s
Meal 5: 4 oz chicken- 2tsp EVOO – 3 fish oils – fibrous veggies
Meal 6: 1 whole egg – ¾ c. egg whites – ½ hard cheese – 3 fish oils – fibrous veggies

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (Non-Training Days):

Meal 1: 1.5 scoops protein (made into a protein pancake) – 15 g. peanut butter
Meal 2: 4 oz chicken – 15 g. peanut butter – fibrous veggies
Meal 3: 3 oz extra lean ground beef – 1 oz hard cheddar cheese – fibrous veggies
Meal 4: 1.5 scoops protein – 15 g. peanut butter – 3 fish oils
Meal 5: 4 oz chicken – 2 tsp. EVOO – 3 fish oils – fibrous veggies
Meal 6: 1 whole egg – ¾ c. egg whites – 1 oz cheddar cheese – 3 fish oils

Sunday:
Meal 1: 1.5 scoops protein (made into a pancake) – 1 fish oil
Meal 2: 4 oz chicken – 1 fish oil – fibrous veggies
Meal 3: 3 oz extra lean ground beef – 1 fish oil – fibrous veggies
Meal 4: 1.5 scoops protein – 1 fish oil
Meal 5: 4 oz chicken – 1 fish oil – fibrous veggies
Meal 6: ¾ c. egg whites – 1 fish oil – fibrous veggies

I’ll be back in later to fill in the weights but today my training will be the following:

Dumbbell squats – 3 x 12
Seated Cable rows (overhand) 3 x 15
SHELC – 3 x 8
Incline DB Press – 3 x 12
Lunges – 3 x 15 each leg
Incline DB curls – 3 x 10
Step ups- 3 x 15 each leg
Stability ball crunch – 3 x 10

After my workout, I will also do one set of the following:

Bodyweight squats x 20 reps
Bodyweight lunges x 20 reps (10 each leg)
Bodyweight split squats x 20 reps (10 each leg)
Kneeling push ups x max reps

Man, I wish I could hit the gym now instead of sitting in this cubicle for the next 5 hours. Jobs.Are.For.Punks!!!!

On a side note: Grrr….the new gym that I joined back in April has still not opened. It was supposed to open on June 25th and it’s still under construction. I got a great deal on a membership ($10/mth no contract) and it’s less than 10 mins from work, even during the 5pm work traffic, but it needs to open already. I’ve pretty much decided to keep my LA Fitness membership as well. It’s $35/mth and it’s close to home so I won’t have to travel as far on the weekends, plus it’s open on Sundays, as the other gym is not. So basically for an extra $10 a month, I’m getting a shorter gym commute during the week plus a 5 min. drive on Sat. and Sun, can’t beat that!!! Whatever it takes to do what I need to do.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Recap of My Birthday Celebration/Girl's Nite!!

As mentioned earlier, I'm back with an update and pictures from my birthday celebration/girl's night Friday night at the Cheesecake Factory. What a great night!! It's always fun to get together with the "Atlanta Crew", Cindy, Ileen, Elizabeth and Noel.

The laughs and conversation began with a round of strawberry martinis for a few of us….yum, yum, yum..those suckers were STRONG!! One was plenty for me. After dinner (chicken broccoli pasta alfredo for me), I had to endure the “Happy Birthday” song from the staff. I don’t know how the ladies got that one past me. I was doing my best to keep an eye on things (I’m nosy like that or so I’ve been told :P ). Anyway, they some how got word to our server; thank goodness I didn’t have to wear a stupid hat or I would have needed another drink. After more conversation, (no more drinks for me), it was time for gift opening. Let me say up front that I have some incredibly generous and “creative” friends.

Noel always remembers how much I love, love, love her mom’s oatmeal raisin cookies. From what I understand, these are a booger to make, but Noel always takes the time to make sure I have them a few times a year. This time Noel got creative in the kitchen and we all got to try her newest creation “Crack-Chow” or “Crack-Buddies”. We might be renaming the Puppy Chow due to its unfortunate distasteful origins. Crappy origins aside, this creation will give you cavities just from looking at it. I’m sure there are several dentists out there who will greatly appreciate this concoction. Basically, Noel took the recipe for Muddy Buddies/PuppyChow and added the toffee topping and topped with melted chocolate (thanks for leaving off the nuts, bleech). It was fabulous and of course way, way, way too sweet for Ileen, but I give her props for trying it. Also from Noel, I got a spy kit to help me take my nosiness and gossip mongering to another level, some lip shaped lip gloss to prevent those irritating chapped lips from all of the ass kissing and crawling up asses that I do, a new scrapbook to house all of the pictures of my friends since the last one got tainted and has since been tossed, and some new Tupperware and a water bottle in hopes that some new stuff might make me “want it bad enough and to stay focused” since obviously according to my last trainer, I lacked in that area.

Elizabeth brought me back a beautiful purse from her recent trip to NYC. I love it!! I thought it was very thoughtful of her to think of me while she was vacationing with her family. Elizabeth and I have a great love for bargain shopping in the city. We will go down every road and in every back room to find a deal. Unfortunately Cindy let us know with a quickness that my and Elizabeth’s brand of shopping wasn’t for her…snob. LOL!!

Ileen and Cindy tried to be cute in giving me a package of Depends, a denture cleaning kit, and a magazine with quilting patterns. All that was missing was the tube of Ben-Gay and a stray cat. Obviously they haven’t heard that 40 is the new 30. Honestly, if I can look half as good as they do, I’ll be more than happy to take my place in the 40’s. Cindy and Ileen had another surprise up their sleeves though. Remember the gym bag I posted about a few weeks ago, the one my boss has that I’ve been coveting since she showed it to me? Well, Cindy and Ileen GOT ME THE GYM BAG!!! How awesome is that?!?! I was so surprised!!! I don’t have a picture of me with the actual bag yet. Eagle-Eye Ileen noticed that mine was damaged so hopefully my new one will be here within a few days. It’s the one posted below.

So as I stated previously, it was a fantabulous night. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends.

Here are a few pictures from the evening:



Me after a long week of dealing with yahoos.




Ileen. Check out those arms ya'll!! Wowza




Noel:




Elizabeth




Cindy :lol:




Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Noel's New Crack Variation:




My purse from Elizabeth


My new gym bag that's on the way!!!

In the Closet

Just rediscovered this video. I remember when it came out I liked it a lot and loved the use of sepia tones. I also loved the sensuality of the video. I never really paid much attention to the words (especially Naomi's) until watching it again. I've added it to my IPOD. Maybe it should be the kindgom's new national anthem. :hehe:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quote of the Day.



The greatest pleasure in life, is doing what others say you cannot do.