Short & sweet tonight. I stayed under my calorie goal on MyFitnessPal thanks to getting water instead of beer at pool tonight. Boring, but otherwise I would have had two and been about 200 calories over my goal for the day. I also … *drumroll* … I won my first game on league tonight! I may have attacked the poor guy in a spastic hug, jumped up and down about twenty times like a freak, and squealed like a little girl. Okay, who am I fooling? I did attack the poor guy in a hug, jump up and down, and squeal like a little girl. A lot. Like a 5 year old at Christmastime. Of course my other three games I shot like absolutely shit- I got nothing in on two games, and only one in the other, but I won a fucking game!
I also haven’t really taken the supplement I was taking to keep things moving through for the last few weeks, and while I’m not going every day, I am going fairly regularly and its not difficult. Hopefully that will last. That supplement is pricey!
That’s pretty much all I’ve got tonight, so going to tag this, hit post, and go read in bed until its time to go to sleep. If I can sleep. I’m still pretty excited.
Hi all! Another long break from blogging, partially due to be busy for the holiday, and partially because I forgot to pop in and say anything, but what a week! Thursday we had dinner here with Mattie’s dad and brother, and dinner turned out great. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, gravy, and stuffing. And of course there was also pie after dinner. We made everything ourselves except for the pies, stuffing, and the cranberry sauce. We had (and still have) a lot of leftovers to eat, but I think we’ll finish everything except for the mashed potatoes before it goes bad. I’m planning on turkey soup, and subbing turkey for chicken in the chicken and biscuits recipe I have to use some of it up. That should help a lot.
Friday we went out to my mom’s to have dinner with her, Rafael, and Grandma. We met her new puppy, who is cute as can be, and the food was good, though Grandma was beyond confused about pretty much everything.
I also set up some coupons for my shop for the holiday- the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday coupons have since expired, but you can still get 25% of your entire order on Cyber Monday using the code below. If you’re unaware, I make beautiful handcrafted jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets), some sewn items such as purses, pouches, doggie coats and bow ties, and also have a yard sale section for some random stuff I want to get rid of. I also have sewing patterns for sale, and a few pieces of fabric, as well as some clothing.
CYBERMON 25% of your entire order. Good only 12/01/2013 to 12/03/2012.
I try to keep my prices low, but many of my items require several hours of time to create, like the brick stitch earrings. My actual costs in materials are low, but they are labor intensive. If you like something in my shop, grab it! If you see something I friend might want, please send it to them. As I said in an earlier post, I had unexpected bills come up in the last few weeks, and would really like to be able to pay that debt off and be able to get a few decent gifts for my family. You guys can help me do that.
I’ll be completely honest and say food since the start of the Thanksgiving holiday has been mediocre at best. There’s too much temptation with the pies and the breads and the sweet potatoes, but luckily those things are nearly gone. I won’t eat leftover mashed potatoes, so those are safe, don’t care for gravy, so really its just turkey and stuffing that’s going to be left to tempt me. Hopefully Mattie will eat the rest of the pie tomorrow.
I don’t have a lot else to say so calling this good. Please share my shop with your readers! I would be eternally grateful, and as someone on a limited fixed income, I would love to get out of debt just a little bit faster.
I’m getting the distinct impression that while I love these tabs as a way to break down the posts, you guys don’t get them. Since I’ve been using them, I’ve only gotten comments on posts that do not have them. So, in case you didn’t know, just click the purple heading for the part of the post you want to read. Its all done with CSS and the page does not reload. If you blink, you’ll miss it.
Thursday Day 768
I went ahead and cancelled my gym membership today. I was a little irritated at having to drive over there (especially since its been raining since last night and people drive like idiots in the rain) in order to cancel it, but the more I thought about it, the sillier it seemed not to. I was also really surprised at how easy they made it. When I cancelled my membership with 24 Hour Fitness a few years ago, I spent almost 30 minutes on the phone arguing with them while they insisted they’d put my membership on hold. I wanted it cancelled, not on hold for half the rate I was paying per month for up to 6 months (or whatever). I was almost yelling at them by the end of it, and they pretty much cemented the fact I will never go back to them again. I get you want to keep a customer, but trying to force me into doing something I expressly said I did not want to do is not okay. Sport Club AV just pulled my account up in the computer, ran a few things by me, and had me sign off on it. The whole thing took about five minutes and was super painless. I’ll be billed for one more month, and I think she said I can still come in through the end of January if I’d like to. And of course I can change my mind and reinstate my membership before that time period ends. I took that charge out of my budget for the new year, which frees up an extra $20 a month, but I didn’t allocate it to anything else. I figure having a little spending money can’t hurt. I know I’ve been talking about money a lot lately, but I’ve really been trying to sort out how to really get my debt paid off so I actually have the money to do the things I want to do, like save a little, and make sure we always have good things to eat in the house.
Food today was pretty good. I started off the day with coffee and cottage cheese with fruit, and later on had an apple and three Oreos as a snack/lunch. I managed to stay on track all day, until the very end when I had an apple which put me over my daily limit by a little bit.
Next week is Thanksgiving, and still no set in stone plans, but I’m guessing we’ll be having dinner here the night of, since Mattie is off all next week. Mattie got a free turkey from work yesterday, which is currently in his dad’s freezer because there is absolutely no room in ours, and a few days before the day, we’ll drive over and pick it up to defrost in our fridge. I still haven’t heard anything from my mom, so don’t know if we are going out there or not. I’ve sent her several emails lately with no response so no idea what’s going on out there aside from her calling me for two minutes thinking she broke Rafael’s WordPress install because she didn’t understand the concept of a preview… lol.
I Fixed It!
Thursday night as I was about to publish this, I discovered my site was down. There was some sort of database connection error coming up on both the front end and the back end, but only on the main site. If I tried to load Deb’s In Stitches or any of the other sub-sites, they came up fine. I then got an error saying if I inserted a small piece of code into my wp-config.php file, the problem could be self-corrected. I inserted the code and got a message asking if I wanted to repair the installation. I clicked it. I then for a parse error saying something was wrong on line 99 on my wp-config.php file. I only had 44 lines in that file. And now none of the sites will come up at all. By now I’m panicking. I haven’t made site back-ups for a while and what am I going to do?
I figure it can’t get any worse, so I download a fresh install package for WordPress. I upload the unmodified wp-config.php file. I had my main site back then but none of my child sites because I essentially wiped out the multisite part by replacing the wp-config.php file. I went through the set-up for re-creating multisite, and then completely erased my .htaccess file and rewrote it with only the text required for multisite set-ups. Now I had all the sites back up, but my domain mapping wasn’t working. I added one more line to the wp-config.php file and everything was back to normal. Or so I thought. Friday evening I attempted to make a new post on my cooking blog and found none of my images in any of the sub-sites were showing up. After more moments of panic, I eventually realized that when I rewrote my .htaccess file, I left off the mod-rewrite line of code and once that was in, everything was fine again.
The whole thing didn’t take that long to fix, but I had no idea what had happened or even where to begin in fixing it. Scary! I’m just glad I was able to solve the problem and I didn’t have to reinstall anything drastic or lose any of my data.
Friday Day 769
Today was not good on food- I was way over at the end of the day, no thanks to an insanely delicious dinner I fixed tonight using two new recipes. The first was beer bread, which Nikki gave me the recipe for, and I’ve posted to the cooking blog. Its literally flour, sugar, and beer. Mix. Bake. Eat.
The second recipe was a variation on a Russian cabbage soup recipe my friend Marlene shared with me. I’ll write up the recipe to share tomorrow with the changes I made, but believe me- it is one of the tastiest things I have eaten in months, and it was 100% Mattie approved! Yay! Between the two, I was way over my calorie allowance for the day, but it was so good it was kinda worth it.
Other than that the day was quiet. Nothing happening except for the rain coming down for hours and hours, Sashi decided it was too rainy even for her, and Lucy literally shrieked and cried when I forced her to go out into the rain to pee.
Mattie had another day down below, but they let him and the others out around 11am so he made it back to town pretty early. He spent most of the afternoon reading comics, and then playing his game. I cooked that delicious dinner, played around online, tortured the dogs by making them go out in the rain to potty, and that’s about it.
I haven’t really tracked in weeks, and I’ve managed to maintain. and while I’m no longer feeling that same need to get down to 150 pounds, I do really want to see 170. I almost made it to 180 before gaining a few back and holding, but I think the 170′s would really make a difference. As I said a couple of posts back, the loose skin I’m just starting to get is really grossing me out. It horrifies me, to be perfectly honest. It bothers me more than being fat does. And weighing in at 170 would still have me in the overweight category by that not so reliable BMI chart, but I don’t care about that. I just want to find that middle ground between not being fat and not having weird skin flappiness on my stomach and thighs.
Today I signed into My Fitness Pal for the first time in I can’t remember how long. I started tracking again. I set my profile up for a ½ pound per week loss. I know that’s not much, but I have a hard time just throwing myself into tracking and what honestly feels like major deprivation some days out of nowhere. I tracked all my food, and when Mattie busted out the dreaded package of Oreos, I ate three and stopped. That was really, really difficult for me, and when he dangled a cookie in front of me, saying he knew I wanted it, I said no. about fifteen times. Later on I desperately wanted just one more cookie, but I ate an apple instead. That apple put me over my calorie limit for the day, but I’d rather it be from an apple than from cookies. I am hoping to stick with this eating guide for a few weeks, then reset my goal to a 1 pound loss per week.
I’m also really thinking about cancelling my gym membership again. I don’t use it except for rarely, and honestly, I can get a good workout at home doing body weight exercises or walking around the neighborhood. The questionable people that made our neighborhood feel rapey (for lack of a more fitting word) are long gone, and it feels safe again. There’s just no logical reason to keep it. I’m also looking into a different workout system, because I really do believe if I find the right one I will be inclined to stick with it.