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Greetings from Under My Rock
Apr 20th, 2009 by Babs

<div class=\"pavatar\">Greetings from Under My Rock</div>

I’d like to welcome all the friends and family members who found me on Facebook and ventured over. Hopefully my blog posts won’t be too scary.

I’ve been incredibly busy lately. I’m a big fan of Flylady.net and this month I added a buttload of chores to my to-do list. I’ve managed to tweak my schedule enough to get most of the stuff done, but there have been a few sacrifices. Like posting, reading posts, and fanfic writing. Hopefully they will be only temporary sacrifices.

As some of you may already know, I’ve been taking an online class in business management through Minuteman. That’s the school Ben goes to (and will hopefully graduate from this year). I’m about halfway through. It’s amazing how much I already know.

I’ve been crocheting like a mofu (the preteen and I decided “mofu” is the proper abbreviation of  “mother fucker” *laughs*) since I received word that the “Library Ladies” will most likely have a table at Town Day again. I’ve got just under 5 months to make stuff, though I plan on finishing out this month by finishing the skirt I’ve been working on. My goal is to have the scarves that everyone went nutso over last Xmas, arm warmers, possibly some animal hats, and bunny slippers. I took advantage of A.C. Moore’s sale yesterday and stocked up on a ton of yarn — all at the lowest prices I’ve seen. I also picked up a hook set that has ergonimic handles for easier crocheting (at half price). I find it hard to keep my stiches consistent due to the narrow hook slipping in my hands as I work. I’ll have to re-time how long it takes me to make things to see if I need to reconsider prices.

Somewhere in the middle of all this I’ve managed to lose some weight. I’m now down to 163 pounds, with a body fat percentage of 28.7%. Just 6.7 points to go! Now that we have a local bike shop that truly local I am hoping to get my bike’s derailers adjusted so I can start biking again. I miss riding my bike!

Now, it’s time for bed. The boys are home for the week. I need all the rest I can get!

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Weekly Weigh In
Mar 9th, 2009 by Babs

Yes. I gained weight since my last weigh in, but what’s more important is that my body fat percentage has gone down —  to 30.5%. Woot! If I keep this up any day now I’ll be in the 20s! I’m also able to increase my goal weight by nearly 7 pounds. Sweet. Now I just need to pry Amber off my lap so I can go do my 40 minutes of cardio.

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Weekly Weigh In
Feb 24th, 2009 by Babs

No weight loss this week but I did sc00nch down a smidgen in the body fat: 32.4%. I’m not going to even try to figure out how much exercise I got in this week, other than I only worked out on half the days I had planned. :P I missed yesterday, too, but I plan on making that up tomorrow. It does feel good to be getting back into the routine!

In other news, my Sansa Clip is working again. Not because of the firmware upgrade, however. It turns out that the formatting of the Clip’s drive is different than what is commonly used for mp3 players. When I was having the trouble with transfers freezing (the result of the Rhapsody application becoming corrupted) I formatted my Clip using Rhapsody’s “format device” option. Rhapsody used the common formatting, which caused the Clip to have a conniption as it tried to locate the data. Per instructions from the Sansa forums I formatted my Clip using its own option. Now everything’s hunky dory! Well, except for the fact that I need to do a 600+ track transfer for the fourth time!

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Weekly Weigh In
Feb 16th, 2009 by Babs

I’ve lost a whole pound this week. I must admit I’m scratching my head, though. I got in two sets of strength training, more than 2.75 hours of aerobic activity, and my resting heart rate has obviously gone down (what used to bring my heart rate well into my aerobic range is now barely clearing my minimum). Yet, my body fat percentage has gone up. Since it’s my body fat that I’m primarlily focusing on, this is truly frustrating!

If that isn’t bad enough, I have to take a day off, today. Apparently couponing can be hazardous to your health. Who knew? I spent two hours reorganizing them after the preteen dumped the contents of my coupon caddy all over the floor… less than five minutes after I told him not to touch the damn thing. I was fine all day but about half an hour before I was done I found I couldn’t lift my left arm at all without experiencing a sharp pain in my shoulder. I’ve been taking Tylenol, which has helped a little, but I think I’m going to have to get one of the boys to dig out the heating pad.

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Weekly Weigh In
Feb 9th, 2009 by Babs

Woot! Down almost half a pound! I’m starting to head the other way again!

I got most of my scheduled workouts in last week. I had to omit one cardio due to Ben and tribe having half a day (I did try to arrange it so I could workout before they arrived home but , ya know, shit happens.  I was also forced to omit one strength training because I was just too damn sore! I still managed to squeak in 2 hours of aerobic activity along with 5 sets with the weights, though. So I’m definately improving. Now I just need to convince my body fat that it can go. I’m at 33.3%

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