Oh crap, it’s a fire…6 years ago today

A lot of things go through my mind when I think back to Thursday November 13, 2008.  Excitement, annoyance, fear, disbelief, relief and thankfulness.  I woke up excited, Barry and I were going to San Francisco the next day, we had tickets to see the Giants on Saturday, it was my first NFL game and they were Suite tickets so I didn’t have to freeze.  We planned to stay for the weekend.  We had a child sitter AND a dog sitter.  I had a ton of things to do before we left, (shop for an appropriately colored outfit, wash the dog for the dog sitter, clean the house and I still had work that day).

I left work about 3pm, grabbed Brandon and headed to the mall.  Success!!  I found clothes that fit, were cute and on clearance – a triple bonus!!  We jammed home, I changed into my cleaning clothes, short shorts and a nasty, fabric boogered tank that saw it’s best days long ago.  I started dinner and began cleaning.  It was HOT and windy that day, getting hotter as the day wore on.  The dog loved his bath that day, it was a refreshing change from the weather.

It was getting along into the evening, dark because of the time change the week before.  I was in the bedroom and Barry calls for me to get the binoculars.  I was grumbling a little that he couldn’t come in and get them himself, we were about equal distance to them. But I grabbed them and headed outside to see what was going on.  Barry was focusing on an orange light coming from across the hills, it was about 1/2 mile as the crow flies.  He tells me to call 911 quick, it’s a fire.  Oh crap!  It’s dry, hot and windy!  Perfect conditions for a firestorm.  SERIOUSLY!?!  ou have got to be kidding?!?!

A few minutes later I get a panicked call from my daughter, she was at dinner at the Santa Barbara Harbor1116-Fire-AF-350. This was what she saw.  “Mom, there’s a fire! I’m coming home!”.  I wouldn’t let her come back to the house, I’m glad she listened for a change.  Living back in the foothills we knew it was a dangerous situation and I didn’t want her anywhere near the narrow, congested roads with panicked residents trying to get home and grab their “stuff’ and pets, people trying to evacuate their horses, all the idiots who just went up to “look”.  I suppose there were fire trucks and police somewhere in the mix but we never saw them.  Photo by Art Fisher / www.aarthurfisher.com

Anyway, that’s an old story and you can read the rest on my old blog.

So I’m all about closing circles and I’m fascinated when life moves in a cyclical fashion.  I realized last week that the TeaFire anniversary was going to fall on a Thursday this year.  I realized last night that we have tickets to a football game this Saturday.  I wonder if there a sub conscience meaning to all this or it’s just life AND football season coming together. Either way it’s pretty wild.

It’s crazy how life takes all these twists and turns and somehow they still turn out ok.  I thank God for our safety that night, so much could have gone wrong.  Looking back the fire isn’t a sad event, it’s a time to give thanks and remember the blessing we have.  Is it a coincidence that this happened right before Thanksgiving?  I think not.


Gourmet Nutrition, gourmet yumminess

Finding really amazing, healthy recipes isn’t THAT hard but it sure is nice to have some great tasting ones available at the drop of a hat.  Especially when they’re all bound into this beautiful book.

Follow this link to Precision Nutrition’s website for a peek into their cookbook called Gourmet Nutrition.

You can’t go wrong trying ANY of their recipes.  All are nourishing and seriously yummy.


Extreme Fat Loss Round 2

I completed 10 days of XFLD with pretty good adherence although I was a little heavy on the nut butter. I lost a grand total of TWO POUNDS.

I’ve decided to jump ship and return to my regularly scheduled programming, I didn’t arrive at this decision lightly and had a fabulous epiphany in the process.

Why am I doing ALL of this? What’s the point of working out and eating right? For me this is a multi-faceted answer, especially since I have so little “weight” left to loose.

Quality of life is the first thing I think of. I’ll admit it, at this point in my life first and foremost, I want to look good & I want to feel good both mentally and physically. I want to be healthy and happy and all that stuff. Working out gives me peace of mind and calms me down. Eating more healthy than not healthy gives me energy and vitality.

I first have to ask myself WHY I was doing such and extreme diet with, at best 7 to 8 pounds to lose, and those pounds are an “experiment” to me, to see if I can get a 6 pack for a second. I have no great answer except to see if I could. Then I have to ask myself that that was the best decision I could make. The resounding answer for where I am right now is NO!

These past 10 days my workouts have suffered, I’m holding back since I know I don’t have a “day off”. 10 days in a row of pretty hardcore workouts have caused a chronic pain in my SI joint/sacrum (used to date a chiropractor lol).

The diet is wrecking havoc with me emotionally, especially while PMS’ing (my poor, poor family). I have enormous willpower…until I don’t and I’m about a day away from a major binge. I can’t sleep beyond 6 hours and that is SO not me, I’m an 8-9 hour a nighter. I have ZERO sex drive and I do mean NONE.

So I’m bailing and while I feel a little bit bad for not finishing I’m totally OK knowing I made the best decision for my body, soul, health, mind and marriage. One of the benefits of trying and failing so many times in the past if that I really understand my body and it’s triggers and this has set me up for a monster trigger.

Extreme Fat Loss Round 1of 5

xtreme-fat-loss-dietLawdy, lawdy what has gotten into me???  Extreme Fat Loss, REALLY?!?!?!

This really is an EXTREME program.  Five rounds of five days.  Each day has a different approach.  A Fast Day, Shake Only Day, Cheat Day, Protein Only and Moderate Carb (5 days – see!)  The Cheat Day – well that’s pretty easy where the Fast Day flat our sucks, at least I think it will but I’m only a few hours into it.

The workouts are pretty tough too, at least the quantity is.  Each day has a set of workouts designed for the type of food day it is.  There is a “main” workout then optional targeted workouts – yes twice a day for 25 days.

What’s the point you ask? Well I’m trying to get super lean before my 44th birthday in April.  It will take extreme measures to see a 6 pack.  This lofty of a goal requires some hard work on my end and this seemed the easiest since it’s the shortest.

My plan is to follow the diet exactly but instead of the XFLD workouts i’m continuing with the Turbulence Training workouts using the “Depletion” series.  Craig designed these workouts to work specifically with XFLD and I don’t have to workout twice a day which would never happen.  I’ve had XFLD since early 2011 and only discovered the TT workouts to go with it.  Craig is adamant about taking a break every 3 days, I kike his style.  I was scared off of XFLD mostly due to not being able to commit to the workouts.

I only have 10 pounds to lose scale wise but I don’t know what it will take to see “abs”.

Anyway here I go….

Day 1 – Cheat Day (easy).  I pretty much ate what I wanted with no alcohol.  We went to The Best Little Roadhouse and I filled up on the yeast rolls and baked sweet potato – YUM!  I had spent the 2 days prior to my official start date re-feeding as well.

TT Depletion Workout A done and done well

Day 2 – FAST Day – So my only food for the day is BCAA Matrix from BioTrust. Fifty Five of them, yep that’s how many I need to take to avoid muscle loss.  GO ME!!

Fast day was successful on my part in that I didn’t eat anything from dinner on Sunday night through 6:30 am on Tuesday morning.  I can honestly say it’s the longest I’ve ever been without food unless you count a couple of bad breakups but I think they involved wine so they don’t really count.  I did cheat a little and went to bed 2 hours early.

TT Depletion Workout B included optional intervals using the spinning bike

Day 3 – Shake Day – Today I get to drink protein shakes all day LONG.  Which is a major improvement over eating nothing like I did yesterday.  Why can’t my shakes taste like Blenders in the Grass or Jamba Juice??  I guess if I used sherbert I’d get it a little closer – humph!!

6:30 am – 1/2 orange, 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1 scoop of Low Carb protein powder

10:00 am – 3 strawberries, a banana, 1 scoop Low Carb protein powder and 3/4 cup of coconut milk with 1 table spoon of unsweetened coconut flakes

2:00 pm – Low Carb protein powder, coconut milk & frozen berries

6:00 pm – Low Carb Protein powder, strawberries, cottage cheese & coconut milk with a table spoon of PB on the side

8:30 pm – Low Carb protein powder, peaches, pineapple, cottage cheese, coconut milk & a table spoon of PB on the side

So I ate too many calories for the day and not in the right combo, I kind of suck at food combining.  Bonus though – I realized I can make my shakes thick and eat them with a spoon, this way I feel like I’m “eating” and I don’t splash shake all over my face when it inevitably “splops” on me.

TT Depletion Workout C.  I had an increase in weights today – yay!! But dang am I SORE, SORE, SORE!!!

Day 4 – Moderate Carb Day.  I’m SO sore.  I can’t recall DOMS like this in the past that just went on and on.  That being said I took this morning off from working out.  Hoping I can pull a quick one tonight after I get dinner started.

11:00 am – 5.5 oz ground beef (taco flavored) over steamed sweet potato chunks, 1 cup of roasted cauliflower/broccoli mix

2:20 pm – 5.5 oz ground beef (taco flavored) over steamed sweet potato chunks, 1 cup of roasted cauliflower/broccoli mix

5:00 pm – 1 table spoon PB

7:00 pm – Chicken breast, brussel sprouts, salsa, avocado

8:30 pm – 1.5 tablespoon PB

I ate too many calories AGAIN today so I’ll have to get a handle on that.

TT Depletion Workout D with 15 minutes on the spin bike

Day 5 – Protein Only.  Easy Peasy day, I LOVE meat.  Eating today has been simple and effortless, using mostly leftover protein from the prior days.

11:00 am – Cottage cheese and hard boiled egg

1:30 pm – chicken breast & brussel sprouts

3:00 pm – 2 hardboiled eggs

Workout was two 4 minute finishers from TT for a total of 8 minutes.  It was all bodyweight stuff, I am really too sore to lift a weight today.  I “may” do the optional HIIT tonight.

Time to vote for the Turbulence Training Contest

Wow – there is a HUGE group of women over 40…but I guess that’s not a surprise.  The stories are all inspiring.  My Favorite is Denise.  I’ve gotten to know her a little on the BioTrust forum and she is a genuinely nice person who has really, really transformed herself.  It’s a little tough competing against people you  like lol.  Reminds me a little of running in beauty pageants and voting for Miss Congeniality (I never won THAT prize, wonder why??).

Anyway, here’s the link to vote and you can only vote once so make sure before pressing the button.  Vote Now.

Fun in the snow!!

Thoughts and re-cap of the past 12 weeks

This is going to be a bit of a re-cap as I decompress from the 12 week contest as such it’s going to be a work in progress as different things hit me or as questions are asked.  Check back over the next few days to see the progress 😉

First things first – I had a wonderful, although rather fast photo shoot, on 12/7 at my property.  I spent the morning buffing and shaving, showering then running to get my hair and makeup done – in the snow and ice.  A storm had come in the day prior and dumped enough of the white stuff to make me a nervous Nelly.  After flipping the truck this past January on ice I’ve a new found respect for the weather and even more Winter Wussiness (It’s gonna be a LONG winter if Barry has to drive me to work everyday).

Everything went great “in town”.  We made it back with time to spare.  We had made arrangements with the photographer, Mandy, to use our data card for the pics so I could have them immediately.  Well our cards didn’t match, back to town her husband went to pick up another card (an hour delay – sigh).  It’s coming up at about 3:30 at this point and daylight was fading fast.  We snapped the pics inside the cabin rather fast then headed outside to take some snow pics near the creek.  Fun but FREEZING as it wasn’t even 20 degrees outside.

The past 12 weeks (13 now lol) went really, really fast as I lok back.  Funny thing is my head was just so “in the game” that it didn’t seem hard.  I suppose my smily would disagree with that ;-).   I had such a solid plan a d a clear call of action that there were no real slip ups.  I had treats and way too much peanut butter but they were generally planned.  I

WINNER – I’m a winner

Over Thanksgiving weekend I received notification that I was chosen as the BioTrust Nutrition Week 9 10 pound down challenge winner.  I WON!!!  Even though my goal was winning this portion of the contest kind of went unheeded by me.  I did submit my pics and stats but it wasn’t really on my radar.  Cray huh?!?!

What sweet validation that everything I’ve been doing has been working.

Thanks BioTrust!!! And Tim  HOW COOL IS THIS???  Bam, $1000 right before Christmas.