dropping acid? acid vs alkaline foods…

ph-scale

Ahh…..ye old pH Scale…. so what is it? 

The pH scale (p standing for potenz or power, and h standing for hydrogen) measures the level of acid vs alkaline.  The scale starts at 1 (which is the most acidic) and ends at 14 (which is the most alkaline).  Obviously the 7 is in the middle of the road and is neutral.

  • Who cares?  Well, apparently your body does.  Everything you eat or drink will have a pH above or below 7.  This means that your body has to work harder to maintain a proper blood pH.

Did you know that EVERY DISEASE KNOWN TO MAN can only exist in an acidic environment Yikes!  So you can safely assume that an acid/alkaline balance can affect a plethora of health concerns!

Most Americans on the standard American diet, are most likely to going to be too acidic (too low in pH) with a level below 7.  So even if you want to achieve or maintain healthy weight loss you need to UP your pH!  Go Alkaline!

  • How?  First you can request a ph blood test so you can see if you are low on the scale.  Dr. Robert O. Young has authored several books and has a very helpful website, http://www.phmiracleliving.com/.  He says it takes about 3 to 4 months for the body to recycle all its blood cells, so you get a whole slew of new blood cells every 3-4 months.  So a mere 12 weeks out of your life, you can jump on his pH program so you will be at the peak of health!

Here are a few of his recommendations:

  1. Hydrate
  2. Eat right
  3. Exercise
  4. Take proper supplements
  5. Take care of your heart, mind and soul
  6. Set goals
  7. Clean yourself from the inside out

It’s all about good choices….make the right ones and start living NOW!

woman choosing between pizza and orange

ring, ring………aloe?

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You’ll want to answer the phone if this little beauty calls!!

Did you know that aloe vera is a real part of weight loss and fitness program?  Well, it is!  When you injest aloe, you can begin your quest to lose weight and to gain muscle massE-How tells you how…here!

Aloe vera is also extremely important for all types of digestive problems and can help you recover from colitis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and other digestive illnessesHow?  It helps to cut and dissolve mucous in the intestines and it supports the replication of healthy cells that line our digestive tract.

Aloe vera has also shown the ability to inhibit arthritis, edema and inflammation!  What are you waiting for? 

And how about skin irritationsPlease!  Natural News tells you how HERE…

Here are a few ouchies that can be treated with aloe:

  • abrasions
  • acne
  • arthritis
  • athlete’s foot
  • brown spots
  • burns
  • eczema
  • hemorrhoids
  • insect bites/stings
  • poison ivy
  • poison oak
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • scars    and the list goes on and on!!

Just cut a leaf of aloe veraTry this!

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup organic strawberries

1/2 cup goji berries or blueberries

1/2 of aloe leaf (remove the skin, keep the gel)

Blend, baby, blend!  Add water or ice if you want….serve cold……ALOE!!!

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the cake is a liar…

“No thank you, I’m allergic to cake.  It makes my butt swell,”  I sighed…

Well, here is just another reason to drop those pounds around the middle.  According to a study published in Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least five percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation!

The researchers measured levels of C-Reactive protein, serum amyloid A, interleukin-6, leukocyte, and neutrophil in 439 women.  Women who lost at least five percent of their body weight had the most significant reduction in the above measured categories.  (via)

So what’s a big gal to do?  Here are a few tips:

Move more:  As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week. 

Eat Less:  Opt for fruits, more vegetables and whole grains.  Remember lean portions of protein.

Grab a friend:  Exercising with a friend or just surrounding yourself with a support group can help you stay committed.

Just say no:  It’s not easy, but be firm.  Don’t look the cake in the eye.

 Eat protein prior:  Have some protein prior to the hoopla so it will be easier to walk away.

Keep in mind when temptation strikes, try to decipher if you are really hungry or if you are bored, thirsty or even feeling a bit down.

kooky cucumbers…

Aaahhh….who doesn’t love the crisp cucumber?  Ok, maybe you are out there somewhere, but there are some interesting benefits of this delish vegetable fruit!  (scientifically it’s a fruit, but it really doesn’t matter now, does it?  Can’t we all just get along?)

Here are a few benefits! (via)

1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns just like aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.  Though don’t expect a wig overnight…

4. Fight cancers – Cucumbers are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol.  (Aren’t those big words?) These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up.  Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache…or just don’t drink too much the night before and have them in a salad.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain –Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

When buying cucumbers, choose the ones that are firm to touch and dark green in color. Do not buy overly matured or yellow colored as they are prone to contain more insoluble fiber and mature seeds. Go for organically grown cucumbers to get a rich taste and nutritients content.

How about a facial cleanser that is great for delicate or sensitive skin?  (adapted from Natural Beauty for All Seasons)

 Refreshing Cucumber and Chamomile Cleanser

2 Tbls. fresh cucumber juice (see note below)

1 cup chamomile tea

1 Tbls. glycerine

1 Tbls. aloe vera gel

Brew a strong cup of chamomile tea using distilled water.  Let cool.  Once cool, mix together the cucumber juice, chamomile tea, glycerin and aloe vera gel.

TO USE:  Saturate clean cotton ball with the cleanser and smooth over your skin.  Repeat if necessary.  You may rinse with cool water and use a light moisturizer.  Store in the fridge because the cucumber juice will spoil easily.

NOTE:  To make fresh cucumber juice, puree a fresh cucumber in a blender or food processor and strain the green juice.

See??  They’re not just for salads anymore!!

wanna burn some calories?

It’s almost a NEW YEAR!!!!  I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be one that is remembered for a loooong time!  I don’t know why, but I think it’s going to be a good one….(I’ll let you know when things change)…

So….what does this mean?  It means that it’s time to think about burning some calories!!  I have found some different………..yes, VERY different ways to burn 100 calories and shrink that muffin top!!!

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1.  Twirl 123 times in your office chair

2.  Do 780 jumping jacks

3.  Slather on lip balm 765 times

4.  Swing a lasso over your head 375 times

5.  Play chopsticks on the piano incessantly for 41 minutes

6.  Shear 3 sheep….6 minutes per sheep

7.  Wiggle while you watch tv for 40 minutes; fidgeters can burn almost 350 calories than couch potatoes

8.  Polka for real for 23 minutes

9.  Indulge in  your inner dork and do 27 underwater handstands

10.  Let a Great Dane walk you for 13 minutes, at 5 mph

11.  Chew calorie free gum for 9 hours

12.  Lift and lower a soy sauce bottle 170 times with your right hand, and 170 times with your left hand

13.  Play Twister for an hour and 8 minutes

14.  Kick off your Sunday shoes and dance to the first four songs of the “Footloose” soundtrack

15.  Spend 53 minutes learning the French alphabet

See?  There are many, many ways to burn those calories!  But FIRST, ya gotta get off the couch!!!!

Remember:

Sources: ACE Fitness Matters, American Council on Exercise, American Fitness, caloriesperhour.com, Diabetes Care, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Health, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Health, The Journal of Sex Research, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Obesity, The Ohio State University, Oxford Polytechnic, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Science, Shakaihoken Kobe Central Hospital in Japan, WomensHealth Magazine.

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the new naughty list….

  Mercy me…..it is quite the problemo finding  healthy food alternatives during the holidays.  I also know that staying on a healthy eating plan requires GREAT WILLPOWER……… but C’MON…,……..it’s pumpkin pie!!!  I love pumpkin pie!  Yeah, and there is a lot of other foods I love during the holidays that like to ‘stay with me’ until spring.  You know, the joy and merriment of a huge beehind?  Not too joyful, I say.

So…what’s a girl to do?  Don’t fret.  I found several ideas that just might help you NOT fall into the holiday food trap.

I found these good tips on www.webmd.com……….

  • Keep up your regular physical activity and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of the party or event. NO excuses!
  • Be super-diligent on non-party days by sticking closely to your eating plan.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before leaving for the party. This helps to take the edge off of your appetite and gives you willpower to resist hors d’oeuvres, saving your calories for the meal.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish, one you know you can enjoy without lots of extra calories.
  • Buy yourself a fabulous holiday outfit that makes you look great and celebrates your recent weight loss. Basic solid colors with clean lines are the most flattering.
  • Ladies, carry a clutch handbag that will keep one hand occupied, reducing the urge to nibble.
  • Ladies and gents, wear a comfortable yet tight outfit that will not allow you to overindulge.
  • Watch your alcohol calories — they add up fast. Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-calorie beverages such as sparkling water.
  • Look over all the food offerings before you decide what you are going to eat. If there are foods that you love but know are decadently rich, just sample a tasting portion.
  • Use a smaller plate (the dessert plate is good). This tip can help you reduce the total amount you eat as long as you don’t go back for seconds.
  • Eat slowly and savor every bite.
  • Don’t linger around the food table! Move to another location that is less tempting.
  • Always sit down while you eat.
  • Portion control and moderation are the keys to success.

This year, start a tradition on the morning of each holiday. Get the whole clan up early for a bike ride or walk in the woods before you sit down to that scrumptious meal and day of football games. And remember, social gatherings during the holidays are a time to embrace and give thanks for our family and friends. Spend less time focused on food and more time enjoying the camaraderie of your loved ones.

And if you decide to totally disregard your eating plan, well, that’s fine for ONE special occasion! Just brush yourself off the next morning and get right back into your exercise and healthy eating routine.

Remember: Holiday time does not need to be synonymous with weight gain. Make this your year not to gain those few extra pounds that you adamantly proclaim to lose on New Year’s Day.

are we being duped?

Excuse me?  Just when you think you’ve made some healthy choices in your day, you realize that maybe….just maybe….you’ve wandered down the wrong road.  Especially with food.

I was stumbling around the web and caught this article from Prevention Magazine describing 11 foods that might be tricking you into thinking they are ‘healthy’.  I’m sure there are many, many more…but here are the top 11…….

1. Baked Potato Chips

Yes, they’re lower in fat. But they’re still high in calories and low in nutrients, with little fiber to fill you up.

 Smarter Sub: Popcorn You’ll get the salt and crunch of chips plus fiber, and around 65% fewer calories per cup. Look for oil-free microwave popcorn or brands that are air-popped or popped in healthful oils such as olive or canola.

Health Bonus: Heart-healthy whole grains Adults who eat popcorn take in as much as 2 1/2 times more whole grains than people who do not, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Try: Good Health HalfNaked pre-popped popcorn, made with olive oil One serving (4 cups) has 120 calories, 0 g sat fat, 4 g fiber.

2. Gummy Fruit Snacks

Although these products may contain some juice, they’re usually nothing more than candy infused with vitamins. They also contain high fructose corn syrup, which is linked with obesity, and heart-unhealthy partially hydrogenated oils.

Smarter Sub: Fresh or dried fruit Both are packed with filling fiber, which you’ll miss if you opt for gummy snacks.

Health Bonus: Cancer-fighting antioxidants Real fruit is loaded with immune-boosting nutrients that fruit-flavored snacks could never mimic. A recent Greek study found that women who ate the most fruits and veggies were the least likely to develop any type of cancer.

Try: Peeled Snacks Fruit Picks dried fruit (peeledsnacks.com) One serving (one bag) of Go-Mango-Man-Go has 120 calories, 0 g sat fat, 2 g fiber

3. Light Ice Cream

Light ice cream can have fewer calories than regular, but there’s no guarantee. Take Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche light ice cream: With 220 calories per 1/2 cup serving, it’s still higher in calories than the average full-fat ice cream, which has around 140 calories per serving. What’s more, some light ice creams can lack the rich taste you crave, so you’re less satisfied and may be inclined to eat more than one serving.

Smarter Sub: Dairy-free ice cream Soy and coconut milk ice creams may save you a few calories, and they have a creamy, satisfying texture.

Health Bonus: Digestion-friendly fiber Some dairy-free ice creams are made with chicory root, a natural source of inulin, a prebiotic fiber that can increase healthy bacteria in the gut and help the body absorb calcium and iron.

Try: Turtle Mountain Purely Decadent One serving (1/2 cup) of vanilla has 150 calories, 7 g sat fat, and 6 g fiber. It’s made with coconut milk, but studies show that the saturated fat in coconut may not raise cholestrol levels.

4. Diet Soda

In a 2008 study, researchers linked drinking just one diet soda a day with metabolic syndrome—the collection of symptoms including belly fat that puts you at high risk of heart disease. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s an ingredient in diet soda or the drinkers’ eating habits that caused the association.

Smarter Sub: Flavored seltzer water. It has zero calories and is free of artificial sweeteners but provides fizz and flavor. Beware of clear sparkling beverages that look like seltzer yet contain artificial sweeteners—they’re no better than diet soda. Or try a sparkling juice; we recommend watering it down with seltzer to stretch your calories even further

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Health Bonus: Hydration (without chemicals) Water is essential for nearly every body process.

 Try: Your supermarket’s low-cost seltzer brand The taste is the same as the bigger name brands.

5. “Calorie-Free” Spray Margarine

Even though some spray margarines claim to be “calorie-free,” labeling laws allow products with fewer than 5 calories per serving to claim to have zero calories. So, while one spritz may be inconsequential, the whole bottle could have as much as 900 calories.

Smarter Sub: Spray-it-yourself olive oil In this case, a bit of real fat is more healthful and flavorful—and within a reasonable calorie range if you watch your portions. Investing in an olive oil mister ensures you don’t put on too much.

Health Bonus: Decreased inflammation Olive oil lessens inflammation throughout the body, which helps your heart and lowers cancer risk, thanks to monounsaturated fatty acids.

Try: Misto olive oil sprayer Find one at any kitchen store for around $10.

6. Nonfat Salad Dressing

Fat-free salad dressings are often packed with sugar—so your dressing may be loaded with calories. Ironically, a salad without fat is not living up to its potential. “You need a little fat to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K and other nutrients,” says Katherine Tallmadge, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Smarter Sub: Oil-based salad dressings You’ll get good-for-you fats instead of the saturated fat found in some creamy dressings. Look for ingredients like olive oil, vinegar, and herbs.

Health Bonus: Vision protection As many as five times more carotenoids—antioxidants that are essential for eyesight—are absorbed when salads are consumed with fat rather than with no fat.

Try: Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing Two tablespoons have 150 calories, 2.5 g sat fat, 0 g fiber.

7. Low-Fat Cookies

Do you remember the SnackWell’s craze? Low-fat cookies are still popular, and many dieters think they can indulge guilt free. The problem is that most of these snacks are made with extra sugar, which means they often have just as many calories as the full-fat version, if not more.

Smarter Sub: Oatmeal cookies These are a great way to indulge a cookie craving while also getting whole grains. Not all are created equal, though: Skip those made with high fructose corn syrup, white flour, and butter in favor of varieties made with honey or cane juice, whole wheat flour, and oil.

Health Bonus: Lower cholesterol The fiber found in oatmeal keeps your body from absorbing bad cholesterol.

Try: Kashi TLC Cookies One cookie has 130 calories, 1.5 g sat fat, 4 g fiber.

8. 100-Calorie Snack Packs

You might want to skip these if you’re trying to lose weight. A recent study showed that people may eat more food and calories if the portions are presented in small sizes and packages. With smaller serving sizes, study participants didn’t feel the need to regulate their intake, so they ate more than one portion before feeling satisfied.

Smarter Sub: A small serving of almonds Their healthy monounsaturated fat, fiber, and protein will tide you over until your next meal.

Health Bonus: Stronger bones Almonds are an excellent source of bone-building magnesium, as well as the immune-boosting antioxidant vitamin E.

Try: Blue Diamond Natural Oven Roasted Almonds A 1 oz serving has 160 calories, 1 g sat fat, 3 g fiber.

9. Pretzels

The label may shout fat free and they may seem like a better alternative to chips, but they’re made with refined white flour stripped of its vitamins and antioxidants. They’re also dense so they pack a ton of carb calories for a small amount that isn’t filling. Think of it this way: One 15-ounce bag contains the equivalent of 24 slices of white bread.

Smarter Sub: A whole grain snack chip with seeds Crackers made with organic grains and sunflower, sesame, and other seeds provide a satisfying crunch along with a healthy dose of fiber and protein.

Health Bonus: A flat belly Sunflower and sesame seeds make this a MUFA-rich meal if you’re following the Flat Belly Diet.

Try: Dr. Kracker Seeded Spelt Snack Chips A 1-ounce single-serving package contains 120 calories, 4 g fiber, and 5 g protein

10. Spinach Wraps

It looks green and good for you, but spinach powder is a scant ingredient. These wraps are typically made from refined white flour, and the green hue primarily comes from food colorings (Blue No. 1 and Yellow No. 5.). Not only does this not count as a veggie serving, you won’t find the same immune-boosting vitamins A and C found in fresh spinach.

Smarter Sub: 100% whole grain breads Choose whole grain wraps, pitas, English muffins, or bread. Look for 100% whole grain on the label.

Health Bonus: Reduced risk of disease Research shows whole grains are linked to a reduced risk of nearly everything you’re trying to prevent: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure.

Try: Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain Bagels One bagel contains 160 calories, 0 g sat fat, 3 g fiber, and 5 g protein.

11. Vitamin Water

Yes, it has vitamins, but at up to 200 calories per bottle, just one of these a day can cause a 20-pound weight gain in a year’s time if the calories aren’t burned off.

Smarter Sub: Calorie-free flavored waters Instead of added sugar and artificial sweeteners, a few bottled brands contain just a hint of natural flavoring to entertain your tastebuds.

Health Bonus: Hydration Water is the most important nutrient in your body, regulating temperature and filtering out waste.

Try: Ayala’s, Hint, Metromint, or Wateroos Each bottle is free of sugar, sweeteners, preservatives and–best of all–calories.

(all information from www.prevention.com)

the elephant in the room?

Ok….let’s just say it…..I know we’ve been trying to avoid the “elephant in the room”….

But it’s time to admit it……

Yes, the girls at Mike’s gym are ripped.  They are strong…and they are everywhere.

I came waddling into the program and just hoped to have a teensy bit of their muscle….and this is what has happened in the last two weeks……

   Hooray!!!  Something is working!  Mike has me lunging, walking, sweating and finally I am starting to see a difference!

We had our christmas party last night and it was time to dress up.  I knew things were good when I got a ‘whistle’ from my hubby!

But it’s not over!!!  Nope, that fat lady hasn’t sung yet, so there are more days/weeks/months ahead of us.  I will continue from time to time, to post my progress.

Hooray!!!  Thanks, Mikey!!  It’s working!!!

cheaters never EVER win….

Ohhh…..don’t cheat around Michael.  In fact…do exactly as you are told or there will be consequences….

Remember we went to the italian restaurant?  Yeah…..that wasn’t so good…for me.  When I showed up for workout, I was told to immediately get on the treadmill.  This time we went all the way………..Yep.  15% incline, and 3.0 mph…..30 minutes.

So you are saying, “Well, 30 minutes isn’t too bad!”  And you are right.  Thirty minutes isn’t bad UNLESS you still have an hour workout ahead of you!!!!  My legs were BURNING!!!

  And I love how he waits until all the other clients have left and then he looks at me and says, “Well, I hope you are ready!”

Eeeeeeeeekk!!  Help!  Somebody!!!!!

So, since I had burning legs and a childs attitude, we started off easy.  (Ok, HE says we started off easy)…

Let’s begin by swinging (or for my southern friends/family) swangin’ the kettlebell.  Oddly enough, he let me use the 10lbs and not the heavier ones.  Well, thank you, Mr. Trainer Man!

Wait for it……..it’s swangin’ back in front right about NOW!

See??  We did these forEVER, and then switched to lunges…..

I’m holding it in front of me like a cute little handbag……in fact, my cute little handbag weighs about the same….(note to self: clean out cute little handbag)

THEN he decides to grab the 2″, 40lb rope for me to swang…

My arms are already burning so I gave him the stink-eye.

In retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have done that.  Because after I finished with that little exercise, he decided to take it up a notch….

Seriously, Mike???

Yes, seriously, Sandi.  So we did more of that and the stink-eye was gone.  Oh, my peeps, I can’t even remember all the things that he did to me…but the final kicker???

Normally this is NOT the angle that I would want anyone to see, but you have to understand what he did.

He turned the treadmill OFF, told me to put my chest to the bar and run……in other words, make the belt move……..and run FAST….

Sure, I did it…..about a zillion times, bouncing between that and the ARC………so, then there was this….

Yep…..almost heaved right then and there…….(I love that he took a picture of this…)  Later last night I was SOOOO hungry!!  I texted Mike and he told me that my metabolism was on FIRE!  (that’s a good thing)  “NO FOOD!” he said, and told me to get over it and go to sleep.  So I did.

So all in all, it was the hardest workout that I have ever done in my life….and I finished.  

Getting closer to the goal………..

still the challenging challenge…

Wowsers…Day 6.  The challenge has taken a new direction…First it was the “can you drink the shakes for 7 days“.  Then it is the “can you eat these foods for 7 days“.  Last night it was  “can you go to a restaurant and not eat everything on the menu” challenge…..

Seriously, Jim?  Tommy V’s?  Only our favorite italian restaurant and this is where the hardworking man wants to go.  Sigh…….ok.

But earlier in the day….

First I had to do this………ugh.  The “arc”…….

I found out that is it’s name.  It’s a stupid machine and it’s a stupid name….and we don’t like each other.  I know……it’s not very christian, but there is a deep seated hatred between the two of us.

I had called earlier in the day to tell Mike that I was coming to use the TREADMILL.  See?  Treadmill and ARC do not sound anything like the other…..and he says, ” 45 minutes on the arc”.  I texted back, “I can’t hear you.”

Unfortunately he knows about these new phones better than I do and he sent me an “audio” message.  Basically it said that I was getting on the arc.  Man, if I had been Mrs. Noah, I would have pushed him OUT of the Ark!!!

 But that’s another story.

So I loaded up my fan.  I loaded up my bright orange extension cord.  And I loaded up my huge bottle of water.  None of these items helped.  Butt….I did my 45 minutes on the arc.  (I can feel the machine trying to make break me…)

Soooo….once I had crippled myself for the 45 minutes, I told myself I deserved a treat.  Then I drove (not to the ice cream parlor) but to the hair salon to get a much needed mani and pedi…..

 Oh, thank you, Maya…..I almost fell asleep in the bubbles…..

Before I knew it, it was over and I headed to AJ’s for a few things for dinner.  You know….the “secret I can’t tell you” dinner from the meal plan that Mike made for me.

But it was about 4:30pm when Jimmy called and announced that we were going out.   OUT means, “oh please let them have what I need on the menu!” for me.  My son, Bret joined us which meant “mom, feed me, dad pay”……..

  Fantastic food people……and only blocks away…..dangerous

We sat up at the bar and they ordered the Osteria Board which has flat out goodness and deliciousness all over it……I got to watch them devour it. There was a tasty looking morsel that dropped on Bret’s napkin that I wanted to attack, but I composed myself and just stared at it until Bret, feeling quite uncomfortable, finally folded his napkin over it.

Sigh…….

  I am not going to lie to you now… I snuck a bite of the eggplant and Lord only knows what else.  But THAT’S IT.  I could only imagine the ARC and TREADMILL revving up their motors, as if they knew that somewhere out there…..I was cheating and I was going to get it………..eek!  Sometimes it’s like a scary Stephen King movie in my head…don’t go in there…..

But I ordered a nice piece of grilled fish and a salad and was a happy girl.  Ok, not as happy as  Bret and Jimmy was after polishing off the board, Kobe beef stacks, Short-rib sliders and a pizza!

Really?  Could you put more temptation in front of me at once??????  Anywho….because I slipped a bit with the eggplant….I paid for it later.

How?  Yep……a borborygmus.  Remember our lesson on Day 2?  That is the stomache gurgling, screaming, fizzing and growling…..

  Yeah……..kinda like that.