August Challenge: Are YOU game??

Hola!

My brain is currently swimming in my cranium. SQUISH! SQUISH! SQUISH! I had three meetings today work, to which all of them were at least one hour long. One of my colleagues and I were chatting last week (before a two-hour meeting), and we concluded that we spend probably 40% of our day in meetings, 10-20% reading/responding to emails and the rest of the time actually working. (The email percentage was a 15-minute discussion.) The irony is that most of the previously-mentioned emails and meetings usually have more projects for us to do. It is all just a big cycle.  

Anywho…I don’ t have much time, but I for sure wanted to share this before tomorrow. My amazing friend Jourdan issued another challenge for the month of August! You know me. I’m a HUGE overachiever and extremely goal-oriented, so I immediately jumped on this opportunity. I have pretty healthy eating habits, and I know what I am SUPPOSED to eat, but I am no fitness expert. I truly rely on the good ‘ol Internet for workout advice, exercise routines and my new favorite, CHALLENGES!!

Here’s what she’s proposing:

General rules
1. Only weigh yourself on the 1st, 15th, 31st THAT’S IT! No exceptions

2. Take full body pictures front and back every weigh in day.

3. Give it your all & share your progress!

ifeast rules
1. One meatless day once a week

2. Two no carb days a week (carbs like: rice, pasta, bread, oatmeal, etc)

3. Dairy can be consumed at a max of two days in the week (already lactose free, so that’s not hard)

4. PLENTY OF H20

5. No junk food/fast food

6. I’m trying not to eat out more than twice a week

7. Record everything you eat EVERYTHING

8. Limit snacking

ifight rules
1. A total of 650 minutes of cardio for the month (average 30 minutes a day/5 days a week)

2. Total of 25 miles ran in the month

3. Total of 100 miles on the bike in the month

4. Lifting/toning 3-4 days a week.

5. If you have a gym membership, take at least one group fitness class a week!

She also plan on not going shopping for a whole month, which is a GREAT idea, especially considering the fact that I NEED to be saving for a potential trip in November and some decor for my new apt.

All in all, this challenge is COMPLETELY doable. I am super excited because when I do focus on eating clean and working out at least 4 times/week, I ALWAYS feel so much better. I will post before/after photos each time I have a weigh-in. EEEK!! My fingers were shaking as I typed that. What a scary thought?! I’ve referenced her blog before, but definitely check it out for great ideas on workouts and clean eating!

In the meantime…can someone send me a life raft, jacket or row!? hehe!

Vicky D

Do you like workout challenges or do you prefer to create your own goals?

How much time do you spend a day in meetings?

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Let’s Not Get Cheesy-Part Deaux

This is part two in my series about one of the BIG reasons why I started this blog. I wrote the first installment a few weeks ago, more like 2 MONTHS AGO.. Then, I got super busy (as usual), and got slightly behind in my project. Now…where was I….

I remember the day so clearly in my mind where everything started to get a little weird. I was at home relaxing during the Thanksgiving holidays in 2009, just trying to unwind from what had been a stressful first semester of full-time classes AND full-time work. Can we talk about my weekly to-do list? It was massive. I decided to pop in a movie around 11 p.m. Confessions of a Shopaholic was my choice that evening.

I started to get a little hungry 30-45 minutes into the movie. Big Surprise! I should have ignored my hunger and just drank some water. I tried to subdue that inner fat girl in me, but she kept showing her ugly head.  Instead, I heated up some buffalo wings, drowned them in ranch and continued with my movie night. Midway through my devouring of the hot wings, I started experiencing some serious pains in my chest.

My heart started racing.

A fever seemed to be spiking.

The room was spinning.

I thought I was having a heart attack.

“Jesus, I guess I’ll be seeing you soon.” I thought to myself.

I ran to the bathroom, hoping that I could “remove” whatever it was that caused me so much pain. It got a little bit better, so I went back to watching my movie.

To tell you the truth, I honestly thought the ironic similarities between myself and the main character in the movie were disturbing me and I just didn’t know it. Perhaps Victoria, (I thought to myself) you subconsciously connected with her addiction to retail therapy and her battle with the lasting effects of plastic. Can we say overanalyzing?? LOL

Or maybe I was subconsciously stressing about my finals that were approaching in a matter of weeks. Three finals and several HUGE projects that was ALL due in the next 3 weeks. Finals, that even after more than 20 years of school, still overwhelmed me. Not to mention, I was helping my mom plan my grandmother’s 70th birthday party. I offered to make her favorite lunch for the event-enchiladas, beans, rice and all the sides. Yes, that’s right, I made ALL that food for like 20 people!

Warming Up Grandma’s Birthday Lunch

Take two deep breaths Victoria. Take to deep breaths. It’s just stress.

No, this can’t be just stress. Something is really wrong with me. It’s just a stomach bug. Yep, it’s 24-hour random stomach virus that will go away. I just need a Sprite. This was the conversation I had with myself as I sat on the couch watching the room spin.

The pain got worse. I refused to call 911 because I worked with firefighters in Duncanville, and I just knew that whatever ailment I suffered from wasn’t enough to get them out of their bed. How thoughtful of me?

I got up and maneuvered calmly, but quickly through my dark house. My eyes were somewhat closed. I went to my mom’s bedroom and told her I was going to just run up to the gas station to pick up a Sprite. At first she just said okay, then she realized what I was really telling her and quickly changed her mind and said, “no, just lay down right here with me.” (I can’t remember where my dad was that night. i guess he was working a double shift. weird.)

So, I did. I continued to take deep breaths. Little by little, the pain in my chest, stomach, abdominal region went away and I drifted off to sleep. I woke up the next morning to find a mess in the guest bathroom where my episode had occurred several hours later. Whoops! I felt much better.

Oh goodie! I guess it was just a short stomach bug. I really didn’t need that Sprite after all.

The truth: lemon-lime soda was never going to fix what was really wrong with me. That episode was just the beginning of nearly a year of chronic pain. Pain that I only experienced when I was eating or right after I finished a meal.

What was happening to me?

Life’s Quirks & Truths

Happy Sunday! I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend. It’s been blistering HOT here in Dallas the last couple of days. We all complain about it, but c’mon people, the heat is a part of the deal.

Once again, more than 60 days have elapsed since my last post, except for the random one I wrote a few days ago. Good Lord, Baby Jesus. This is seriously ridiculous. If I am going to have a blog, than I need to maintain it. If I don’t, than what’s the point. It’s simple as that.

To be completely honest with you, I started this blog when I was in blah moment in my life….just wasn’t very excited about a lot of things. Then, I made a conscientious decision to be grateful for the life I did have and to find the simple things that brought me joy, like food (hmmm…food), family, great friends and living healthy. I purposely made the most of every day, every moment. Life is too precious. Peace is a treasure. Peace is one of the greatest delights in life.

Wise choice Victoria.

Shortly after I had this epiphany, you could say that my main source of frustrationwas resolved. (Praise the Lord!) Yes, I was definitely happier in that area of my life.  However, I was not going to allow it to be the main source of my contentment. Never would it be the reason for my joy. I would continue to pursue happiness in the simplicity of life just as I had before.

The ironic part of this whole story is that exciting events have continued to happen in my life. So many exciting things have been happening in the last couple of months.  So many opportunities have presented themselves.  The Lord has been so good to me. I can’t wait to share them with you this week.

As humans, we are prone to base our mental state on our external environment.  However, it is extremely more complicated to remove ourselves from our current situation. Life is dynamic. Life is a learning experience. Boy, have I learned a lot these last 9 months.

I know that I don’t control anything in my life, the good or the bad. I am fully aware of that fact. It’s taken me a while, but I finally understand this truth. I can’t tell you the freedom I feel now.  I accept life’s little querks and idiosyncracies. I savor the sweet and sour moments. I dwell in the delights.

Now, I would love to stay in chat more, but it has been a long week and even longer weekend. I am exhausted. Time for bed. Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 on my series “Let’s Not Get Cheesy!”

Nitey Nite,

Vicky D

Working Hard, Having Fun

So, the other day at work, we had tested our Disaster Call Center. You see in times of disaster, my agency is a part of a much bigger collaboration of nonprofits who are experts in disaster. (I think I hinted at this back in April when Dallas was overcame by Tornadoes.) Anywho, the center filters calls from North Texas who are ready with their chain saw to volunteer and help the recovery efforts. You can only imagine how madly insane this becomes.

While I was taking pictures of the test, one of the volunteers APPARENTLY snapped a pic of me and THEN POSTED IT ON OUR FACEBOOK WALL! How surprised was I when I saw this pic this morning on our timeline.

Please excuse my nasty face!

She called me a “snappy” photographer. No pun intended.

This might explain why I’ve been MIA for the last couple of months (I know, I know). I have been hard at work, having an amazing time tackling new projects and challenging myself in ways I never thought were possible. I really do enjoy my job. It is honestly a lot of fun. Sure, it’s a lot of work. I drowning right now, but I LOVE what I do! It’s really a blessing. I hope each of you have similar experiences.

Don’t you worry…I haven’t forgot about my blog though. I have a few posts up my sleeve/on my hard drive at home. The goal is to finish writing AND publish several this coming weekend. I don’t have any plans Friday night because I don’t get paid until the 31st. I am currently suffering from a disease called Myfundsarelow (Sidenote: As much as I love my job, I do NOT like the pay cycle of the 15th and the 30th. It stinks like old cheese!) Perhaps, I should write the ones I said I was going to write first! GAH! Just not enough hours in the day.

In other news, tomorrow’s Friday. Yes!

Vicky D