I have good news to report! As of about 2pm on Tuesday, July 3rd, I have power again! WOOT!! I actually called the house to verify this news and when the answering machine came on I left a message of "SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" which apparently made the kids giggle like crazy when they came home from grandma's house. ;)
Even though the power was restored about 2pm, it took the entire rest of the night for our little window AC unit to catch up to 4 days of blistering heat cooking the insides of the house. We spent that night eating out one last time (seriously, never realized how "over it" I would be of eating out!) and then grabbed all our meat and other food from Hubs' work fridge/freezer.
Yesterday I had the day off for the holiday, of course, but I simply could not see sitting/standing outside for 2 hours or more...again...just for a parade, so the boys and I opted to just stay home and avoid town altogether for the day. It was nice to be able to be inside, to watch television or watch a movie and to play video games or even just read with a fan blowing on you. More importantly, it was great to finally be able to cook, to wash my hands as many times as I wanted, to brush my teeth properly, and to take a shower whenever I wanted and do laundry too!
Spend 4 days without power and running water and you'll realize just how much you rely upon both, but more on the water.
Tuesday night I pulled out my new workout DVDs and went ahead and did the first 15 minute intro workout.
These are the workout DVDs that my girl, SUGIRL, clued me in on a Groupon for:
The first intro video is called Mark, Move & Groove and just basically teaches you a lot of the basic steps he likes to use in the workouts and how he goes about building a routine. Even though it was just the intro video, Shaun T had me sweating up a storm in just 15 minutes! I even got my HR up to about 150 at one point! And the best part? You're just basically dancing. I'd much rather earn my sweat learning a dance routine than just about anything else...you all know how much I love to dance, right?! ;)
Yesterday I went ahead and started out early with my workout. I popped in Mark, Move & Groove again, and then followed that with Party Express. This combo, and 3 1/2 more weeks worth are laid out in the workout calendar provided with the DVDs. Each day's workout ranges from 40 to 80 minutes with the different combinations. Yesterday's was 40 minutes, and it went by pretty darn fast. I was so busy concentrating on the steps and getting it right and "adding my own groove" to it, that I barely noticed the countdown clock at the bottom.
And, might I add, the idea of having a countdown counter/clock at the bottom of workout DVDs is my single most favorite part of several workout DVDs I do. While some trainers don't like their clients to focus on how long they have left, for me, it's super important. I can push harder if I know there's only 5-10-15-20 minutes left. I can use that to talk myself through the tough parts. I can remind myself how far I've already gone and give myself those little "you're halfway there!" motivational talks. Otherwise, I'm just suffering through a video, groaning through the tough parts and about 96% sure that I "can't" do it and I'll have to quit. When they say there's 5 minutes left and that little voice pops on in my head, though, the time left shuts him right up. "You've got 5 minutes still left in you. Besides, 2 of that will likely be cool down. No problem. You got this!"
Also yesterday, I:
* Cooked a pork loin stew that was fresh, delicious and totally Paleo - without a recipe!
* Cooked up some amazing, healthy taco stuffing, with homemade taco seasoning - also without a recipe! Totally Paleo again! And while the kids ate theirs on whole grain taco shells, I scooped mine on some fresh spinach and chowed down! NOM!
And then I had 2 bowls of cereal.
And a few (yes, few) peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Problem is, I prefer to eat Paleo, but this power outage made me lose the majority of my food supply, and we're tight on cash right now so I'm trying to just muddle through until the weekend. The food I bought on Thursday before the storm was supposed to last almost 2 weeks. Now we only have enough left for a couple days...so I'm getting tight on things I can eat on plan.
That being said, I didn't go over my calories yesterday. So :P
Another bit of good news? 3 of my 4 gym locations are open.
The bad bit? My lap pool is at the one that is closed still. *sigh*
Hopefully next week they'll be back up and running.
One other location has a pool, and I'm considering hitting it up tonight. Either that, or I'll run home and get the boys and take them to the local pool, which is having a "family swim" tonight from 5-7pm.
Also on tonight's agenda? Cooking up salmon cakes and doing Dance Groove and Hard Core Abs (total: 45 minutes). My abs are already hurting from the 2 dance videos I've already tried from the set, so I'm kinda terrified of the HCA routine. BUT...it's only 10 minutes. I can do 10 minutes!
Hope you all had a great 4th! We may not have gone to the parade OR the carnival, but we did watch the fireworks last night. I don't know...the power outage kinda ruined all the joy of the 4th for me this year. Next year we'll try to do it up right, but this year, I needed my house and my AC! *lol*
EDIT: Oh, and as for my weight?! HA! Eating out put me back up to 312, but this morning it was down again to 310. Going to keep drowning myself and water and hope I can come out with a loss this week, even if it's just a little one. I'm not too stressed over it, though. It couldn't really be helped and I did the best I could with what I was given.
Plan for the next 10 days:
7/5 - Laps and RB Dance Groove & Hard Core Abs
7/6 - Laps and RB Party Express & Booty Time
7/7 - Finish up Week 1 of C25k and RB Shaun T's Dance Party & Hard Core Abs
7/8 - REST
7/9 - Laps (moving on to week 3) and RB Party Express & Dance Groove
7/10 - C25k W2D1 and RB Party Express & Hard Core Abs
7/11 - Laps (Week 3) and RB Rock It Out
7/12 - C25k W2D2 and RB Shaun T's Dance Party
7/13 - RB Party Express & Dance Groove
7/14 - C25k W2D3 and RB Shaun T's Dance Party
7/15 - REST