Still getting back into it…

by agirlandhermutt on March 23, 2015

Hi folks! Just a quick drop-in to say hello! This is a nice little brain dump of what has been going on in my life.

Last week was a little bit of a hot mess. I started off the week with my debit card number being stolen online and charges for Overstock.com that added up to about $6k. Fortunately, my bank knows that I’m not in the market for a remodel of my living room and was able to quickly cancel the charges. There is a special place in hell reserved for people who mess with other folk’s money.

Do you know the best way to go on a no-buy challenge? Have your debit card cancelled unexpectedly. ;)

I somehow managed to mess up the start times for a fitness class that I love not once, but twice. I made the most of it though and discovered a class called Kettle & Core.

I decided to take it easy since it was my first time using weights since my surgery. Poor decision. My instructor decided to call me out on how I needed heavier weights. Normally I would be embarrassed but instead I was smug and pointed to my incision mark. Um recovering from surgery over here! Hey. At least I was there!

I did discover that my neck does NOT like crunches. Funny, my abs don’t either. ;) It is just way too much constant pressure on my incision. It feels like any minute my neck is going to come unraveled like Raggedy Anne and my head is going to roll off. Maybe a better analogy would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas?!

My husband was traveling last week so I got to do a little lazy girl cooking in the kitchen. I try to keep things normal when I’m cooking for the both of us, although he will eat ANYTHING I make, and try new/lazy things when I’m cooking for just myself.

This time I decided to go the tortilla pizza route. Just a tortilla, sauce, pepperoni, a little cheese and a crap ton of arugula with balsamic drizzled on top. It was weird and delicious all at the same time. Plus, for those of you that remember I’m on Weight Watchers now, it was just 5 points for the whole sucker! I managed to slam 2 down.

While I was being lazy in the kitchen, Korky was busy getting into anything and everything. He just gets super antsy when one of us isn’t around as much as he would like. To calm himself he likes to knock over the kitchen trash, pull out my chapsticks from my purse (that I have no idea how he grabs off the bed!) and “knocks” on the front door to go out every 10 minutes. I bribed him the whole week to behave through treat after treat after treat after treat.

I’m so cute and I have something on my lip that I probably found in the bathroom trash. That I ate about 3 times.

Oh, and yes. He IS looking a little homeless puppy right now. He gets groomed tomorrow and I think the whole house is ready to be a little less hairy.

On Thursday I met with my book club and proceeded to eat all the rest of my 49 weekly points in one sitting. Seriously. One piece of bread was 6 points. Don’t get me wrong. It was totally worth the splurge.

Mustard Chicken at Not Your Average Joe’s. Ugggghhh. So good.

We also discussed the book. Like for REAL discussed the book. This month’s book was Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I loathe, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I didn’t really care for the main character in this book either. I liked the book for the most part, but I found a lot of the text to be just filler and totally unnecessary. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? Or did I totally lose you when I said Eat, Pray, Love totally stunk?

In weather news, it is still cold as crap and it snowed on Saturday.

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Saturday was the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest. We dragged our feet a little on getting tickets and decided to volunteer instead. I’m so glad we did! We had a good time doing something different from our normal weekend schedule and we got to try some really interesting beers. Jalapeno Apricot? Yes!

Sunday was a day of rest. I slept in ridiculously late, went grocery shopping and wondered around Target for about two hours. It was just lovely!

This week promises to be pretty busy and I’m ready to get going!

See ya soon!


Health & Fitness Update

by agirlandhermutt on March 12, 2015

Hi folks! I’m coming to you with all kinds of news!


First, I made it back to Zumba last Friday night! I had to take it easy and even stepped out of the room for 10 minutes to cool down, but I did 40 minutes of moving around! My incision was super red after the class which made me panic a little, but I FELT SO GOOD. I’m going back again tomorrow night and hoping to be able to last through the whole class.

I also made it back to Pure Barre! My butt says thank you. Oh, excuse me…my SEAT says thanks. ;)

Next, I had my first weigh-in at Weight Watchers since making the move from online tracking to meetings. I lost 5.2 lbs! Yes, I’m super excited but I also know that every week won’t be like that. I’m taking it though. I need every bit of positive news in my life that I can get. Tonight is my second weigh-in and I’m not sure what the outcome will be. I have done great with my points, but I also know that weight loss can be affected by so much more than food. Mostly exercise, stress level and sleep. All of which I’m trying to get better at. I’ll keep ya posted!

I also managed to get my hair did. I get bored with my hair color after a few months with the same shade and this fell around the time I needed to switch it up. Red please!

Finally, I met with my thoracic surgeon yesterday to go over my CT scan from last week. And I quote…”Your scan looks exactly like I hoped it would.” AHHHH! It was like music to my ears! My abscess is gone, the fluid in my lungs is gone and the only thing remaining that looks out of place on the scan is a bunch of inflammation from my surgery.

I also asked about when my voice might return to normal. More often than not, I sound like a cartoon voice. It has definitely gotten better over the past month, but isn’t 100% normal yet. He was pretty certain he “didn’t cut my vocal cord” which I’m going to say is great?! This is a wait and see situation so that is just what I’m going to do.

The take-away from this appointment and one I had with my infectious disease doctor this week…I can start transitioning to regular food AND I’m done with my antibiotics! This is fantastic news! The antibiotic was taking its toll on my body (drying hair, way too many bathroom visits, metallic taste in my mouth, etc) and I am glad to be done with it.

Next step is to go in for another CT scan in 3 months then follow-up with my surgeon and infectious disease doctor.

So that is that! ALLLL CLEAR!

We went out to lunch straight after my appointment. There is a burrito place right near the hospital that I love. I got a little Mexican plate with rice, beans, veggies and 2 corn tortillas. I got a little over zealous about the tortillas (I’m allowed bread now!) and shoved one in my mouth like I would never be fed again. I instantly started to choke. Nice job Erin.

My health updates will be turning into weigh-in and fitness updates. Sound good to everyone?!

See ya soon!


February High-Low

February 27, 2015

Good morning! First of all…THANK YOU SO MUCH for your response to my last post. I had some lovely comments (including my Dad!) and emails that were so positive. Yesssss. Positivity is always welcome and MUCH needed! As with everyone, I’ve experienced some serious highs and lows this month (even a ton this week!). It […]

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