….and the saga continues

Friday night we got an email saying “HOA Guy” was interested in making an offer.  We haven’t heard anything else from him.  Thumbs down “Late Low ballers” countered OUR counter with 2,000 less than our counter AND they want our fridge.  Annoyed We had 4 showings Saturday and have one tonight at 5:30.  I am over it ya’ll.  That’s all I got to say about that.

P90 is going much better this week.  Jeremy and I did Kenpo X (I kept calling it Kempo…until I saw the DVD Confused smile) on Saturday morning.  I loved it!  It was so much fun!!!  I can’t wait to do it again.  I don’t think Jer feels the same…Yesterday was my second chest and back workout and I did much better this time.  My chest is still tight, my gluteus maximus is still pretty sore but over all I am feeling much better.  This morning I decided to do Plyo first thing before I ate breakfast.  Saturday I did Kenpo first thing and felt so much lighter and had more energy.  So I thought I would try PLYO on an empty tummy.  “They” say that cardio on an empty tummy burns more fat too so….that’s a plus.  It was MUCH easier today.  I didn’t peter out in the end.  I was able to complete most of the exercises, got super sweaty and burned about 100 more calories this week!  Thumbs up

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My friend posted this on her Facebook today and I can’t stop laughing at it!

I am so in-love with this program.  Even though I am borrowing it right now, I am planning on buying one for myself.  I think it will be a great tool to use when I am training and counseling.  When your 11 year old says, “Mommy!  Look at your arms!”  “Let me see your abs…..MAN!”, you know the program is legit.

We were so busy this weekend & I wasn’t able to get all my food in but tried my best to stick to the plan.

Friday night I made some ground chicken with homemade taco seasoning.  I served it over 2 cups of spinach and 1 1/2 corn tortilla.

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Saturday after Kenpo I made my protein shake, showered and then had to leave because of a showing, so I grabbed a protein bar.  This was DELICIOUS!!!!!  Love it.

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Clif Builders Bar

I read that these are a good substitute for the P90X performance bars so I grabbed a couple to try.  Impressed!

Saturday afternoon I took L for a B&N/Ice Cream date.  We hung out looking at books & drinking coffee (don’t freak out…decaf/fat-free/white mocha for him) like hipsters for a few hours before heading to Braum’s for the best ice cream in the world.

He got Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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I got Pineapple Almond fro-yo.  Probably the best thing ever……Winking smile

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Aidan is my little workout buddy.  He hangs in there like a boss most of the time! Yesterday he was lifting this 15lb weight up over his head, making me super nervous!  He also did 40 “push-ups”.  More like 1-2-3-4-567891011123940!  Watch out Arnold!  I have a secret dream that he will be my actual workout/running buddy when he is grown up!

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Today after PLYO I made my protein shake.

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Later I had a snack of 1.5 oz. avocado, 1 cup cucumbers/carrots, 2 light cheese sticks and my daily vitamins.

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about 30 min later……

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A Luna protein bar.  Red heartYUMSRed heart

I am sort of off on my eating schedule today since I didn’t eat breakfast but I am sure I will make up for it later!!!

I have to get going so I can get the house “show ready” *eyeroll*.  I should be thankful for lots of traffic, but look, I am not.  I just want the Lowballers to accept that we aren’t going accept anything less than what we countered with!

On the bright side….I had a game changing conversation with Aidan’s preschool teacher on Sunday.  It was definitely a God thing that we ran into each other and had some time to talk.  What we talked about is possibly why we haven’t accepted an offer yet.

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Speaking of church….As I sat in the service a young lady and her little baby girl (~3 months?) sat a few aisles over and in front of me.  I kept looking at that sweet baby and thinking how beautiful it was to see a young woman holding her little baby.  My womb ached a little.  Then I went to volunteer in the nursery.  I held a crying baby for two hours and changed a poopie diaper….ache no more my friends, this kitchen is closed!!!!

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P90X Day One

Over the weekend Jeremy and I got prepped for P90X.  If we expect to get the kind of results we see on T.V., we have to follow the plan….all of it.  I have said before and many others have too, your body is 80% diet, 10% exercise, and 10% just bein’ happy with what ya momma gave ya!

On Saturday morning we went through the nutrition guide and figured out a menu that would work for each of us and then we compiled a grocery list.  I was able to find a lot of resources on line with approved foods lists.  I found one on Mixed Fitness that made sense to me and printed it out.  I highlighted foods we would eat and we compiled our menus from there.  Jeremy had a bit harder time because 4-5 days a week he is limited to the times he can eat.  But he figured it out and is adjusting it daily.

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Our main goal is to do our best…..and yes, forget the rest!  Hardy Har Har. Winking smile

The plan calls for a P90X recovery drink and a protein bar.  Jeremy is using a recovery drink that he already uses and I am having a protein shake after my workouts as well as BCAA tabs I had left over from when I attempted Jamie Eason’s LiveFit.  Instead of the P90X protein bars (way $$$$) we are eating Zone Perfect bars.  They aren’t ideal, but it is one compromise we are making because the good protein bars are very expensive and the cheap ones have tons of sugar alcohols which cause major gastrointestinal distress and also have a lot of nasty ingredients.

Monday morning I took all of my measurements, my official beginning weight and my before pictures, then I had some breakfast.  It was later than I should have eaten it and that ended up throwing my eating schedule off the rest of the day.

For breakfast I had 4 slices turkey bacon, 1/2 cup old fashioned oats with 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp. Ideal brown sugar blend and cinnamon.

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After my first P90X workout…..YIKES!…..more on that in a minute….I blended up 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 cup almond milk and some ice then took my BCAA tabs.  A little while later I had my Zone Perfect Bar.

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Because I was late eating breakfast, my post workout meal was around noon so I wasn’t hungry again until after 3pm.  I ended up eating what I had planned for lunch then.

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1 can tuna in water with 1 tbsp. light mayo and a squeeze of mustard, 2 cups of spinach with 1 tbsp. pomegranate vinaigrette.

A few hours later for a snack I had 1/2 cup cucumbers, 1/2 cup carrots and two light cheese sticks.

This was supposed to be my morning snack.

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Then around what should have been dinner, I had what was supposed to be my afternoon snack.  It made so much!!!  I slowly ate all of it over the course of an hour!

1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, ice, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup mixed berries.

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I didn’t get to my last serving of protein, my fat, or the last of my carbs.  I did have 1 tbsp. of almond butter before bed as my “treat”  Thumbs up

Workout

The first workout was hard in a way I have never felt hard before…..TWSS….It was chest and back day and even though it was basically pull-ups and push-ups….. wow….it was challenging.  I busted out 34 knee push-ups the first round and by the end I was able to barely do three.  That was with me really struggling to get my butt up.  My arms were so fatigued that I couldn’t even fix my hair back into a ponytail.  By the end of the day I could hardly brush my teeth and this morning….I couldn’t even reach up to give my sweet Jeremy and hug.

The first day calls for the Ab RipperX.  OMG…..It is very much a Pilates workout.  I had a very hard time with this.  I was able to get through the first two exercises, but after that I was doing maybe 10 of the next ones before I had to stop.  My arms and legs were wrecked!  I have never done some of the exercises and even though they hurt like you know where, I could tell that THIS is what is going to get my tummy back where it belongs.

When Jeremy got home I took all of his measurements and before pictures.  That was really fun for me!  I felt like I was his trainer!

I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day and crashed pretty much immediately!

P90X, I may be in-love with you.

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But Sandwiches

I remember the first time someone said to me “Amanda, be aware of your ‘But Sandwiches’.”  Say what?  You know…..when you give someone praise, sandwich a “but” in there and then say something negative.  It negates the praise.

We have been getting a lot of “But Sandwiches” in our feedback about the house.  I am tired of them bringing their buts in this house! Smile

  • Home shows beautifully, love the layout and space, favorite of the day……but they would like larger bedrooms.
  • Home showed well, love the decoration and organization but would like higher ceilings.
  • Home showed great but would like bigger backyard.
  • Home showed well, it is their favorite but want to be closer to mother in Mansfield.
  • Home showed well, beautifully decorated, like a model!  But client needs 4th bedroom……
  • Home showed beautifully but clients didn’t like the color of brick……
  • Very nice home!!!!  But clients will pass because of location.
  • Beautiful home but clients don’t like layout.

The biggest one?  Our front door and back door line up with each other….It’s bad luck.  I wish someone had told me about that 4 years ago!

Our realtor gave us a little pep talk yesterday because Jeremy and I were seriously considering trying something else.  Either dropping our price, which honestly we can’t do if we want to be able to buy the kind of home we are wanting.  Or just taking it off the market for a year, saving money, paying the mortgage down and trying to sell it at a lower price then.  We don’t want to do either but……we have to be realistic here.  Anyway Mike, our awesome realtor, said that we are priced right, some homes just take longer than others, we have so many showings that he is shocked we haven’t had a legitimate offer yet and he thinks we will get something in the next 30 days.  I mean we had one but……well I don’t want to talk about it.  Crying face  We currently have someone lowballing us.  The ones who showed up an hour late last week. They keep calling Mike asking what we will take.  At first they asked if we’d take 17,900 less than what we are asking.  Then 12,900.  He was like NO!  Look make a formal written offer and we will go from there.  So we shall see how that pans out.

My new motto when we get feedback is “Good luck with that!”  Bigger bedrooms, bigger yard, ceramic tile, granite counter tops……they want it all for nothing.  So, good luck with that!  I am sorry if I sound aggravated, I really am.  It’s been a long 103 days ya’ll.

We have two showings scheduled for tomorrow……sigh……Fingers crossed

Ok enough about that…..

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This was the other day while we were waiting out The Lowballers that missed their appointment and showed up an hour late.  Jeremy asked what we were doing so I sent him a picture.  She’s my little sidekick!

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The other day I put some chicken tenderloins, a jar of salsa and a packet of McCormick’s Less Sodium Taco Seasoning in a crock pot, cooked it on low for 6 hours and VOILA!  The best chicken ever.  I found the recipe on My Chocolate Therapy and she got it from Tasty Kitchen.  It is superb!!!!  I have made it twice and we have gobbled it up both times.  So easy!!!

The first time we ate it with shredded cheese over corn tortillas

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Today I just heated it up, shredded it and ate it with some fresh veggies and fat free cream cheese.  Delish!!!

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I made my oats a tad different this morning.  They were really good and kept me full for hours!

1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp. vanilla protein powder and 1 tbsp. almond butter.  Yums!

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I am still pretty sore from that stealthy workout the other day.  I feel like I am being punished for mocking Jillian.  I can just hear that raspy little voice taunting me. “Oh it wasn’t hard?  Didn’t ‘feel the burn’?  Ok…..you just wait buddy.”

I am stretching it out, walking around, stretching, stretching, stretching and letting my muscles repair for a few days because Jeremy and I are going to begin a new challenge on Monday…..

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Oh yes…..

My friend Cheryl and I traded my BodyBugg and her P90X system.   I am so excited to get started.  I feel like it’s just the thing I need right now to focus on since my hopes and dreams are currently on hold…..THANK YOU CHERI BETH!!!!!

Well, I wish everyone a beautiful weekend!  I PRAY I will have good news to share over the weekend….if not….catch you Monday with my first review of my first day of P90!!!!!

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