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the count down begins

See I turned 29 today and this being the last year in my 20’s so there are a few things I’ve been thinkin I should have completed before I hit the big three oh.

Here they are

  • get a savings going again
  • lost this extra 20 lbs of baby weight to hit my pre pregnancy weight and maybe throw in an extra 10.
  • start up a company. (cant tell you what it is cause its a secret…for now anyways but we have a name picked out already)
  • be more patient with my kids and daniel
  • see how long I can grow my hair. This should be interesting
  • start exercising at least 3 times a week.
  • get back into the 4 hour body
  • get my nubbin looked out
  • start blogging more. not that anyone needs me too but its a good tool for remembering whats happened.

simple enough right? we’ll see.

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weight loss

so i’ve had a few people ask me about this “4 hour body” thing daniel and i have been doing. (also my sister michelle and her hubby jeff. they got us started)

so here i go with my cliff notes version of the 4 hour body diet.

getting started

  • start on sunday or monday so you have a full week before your cheat day
  • measure both arms mid bicep, waist at navel hips widest point below navel and both thighs
  • weigh yourself
  • get an accurate body fat percentage
  1. eat 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. we accomplish that by drinking some “protein 7” protein mix in either h2o or a cup of coffee. we get it at the nutrishop down the street. we add some cinnamon to it to help keep our blood sugar level. you should eat some beans and veggie at this point too but i dont have time in the morning so its just the drink then i’m off.
  2. drink ice water. and lots of it. in fact he advocates ice baths 3-4 times a week. the body burns more calories trying to warm back up then if you stayed at the pleasant 98.6 degrees we all are all day. but if you cant do the ice baths he says start small with ice packs on your chest and upper back 30 mins a day and then cold showers then ice baths. he only takes 10-15 min ice baths i think.
  3. eat about 3-4 times a day. heres where the most questions come in. the dos and donts. do eat protein, beans, and veggies at every meal. dont eat any carbs (other then the beans) all you have to do is ask yourself is this carb a bean/legume? if the answer is no then DONT EAT IT! NO dairy. soy milk is included (soy bean are ok to eat) NO fruits, sweeteners real or artificial. but he says he enjoys about 16 oz of diet coke once a day or so and it doesnt affect anything. so no rice, bread, potatoes or yams, tortillas, chips or anything else you can think of. In the fruit exceptions category tomatoes are ok.
  4. condiments. avocados are good and oil and vinegar are great. you can use some butter on veggies and stuff. you can use “lite salt” and lots of other dry seasonings as long as the sodium is low. katchup is not ok cause of the sugar content. unless you make it yourself dont eat it. but i use ranch or fatty dressings on my salads and that seems to be ok.
  5. test it out. be your own test dummy. bend the rules if it works for you.
  6. red wine. not a must but a can do 1 glass a night if you so wish of a Merlot or something like that. something thats low in sugar.

food list

Proteins

eggs, chicken breast or thighs, beef (preferably grass feed), fish, & pork

legumes

lentils (aka dal or daal), black beans, pinto beans, red beans, soybeans

veggies

spinach, mixed veggies including broccoli cauliflower, or any other cruciferous veggie, sauergraut, kimchee, asparagus, peas and breen beans

somebody also did very well doing the chipotle diet. burrito stuff in a bowl. he even did sour cream and cheese. experiment.

setbacks

  • not eating enough protein upon waking.
  • not drinking enough water
  • not eating enough protein throughout the day
  • skipping the beans. they are a slow burning carb and help maintain the full feeling between meals.
  • counting calories. dont do it. just eat till you’re full. no worries
  • only looking at the scale for results. this diet helps build lean muscle super easy so you will be losing inches like crazy but not so much in the lbs department. women who’ve had two or more kids and/or are over 40 will have slow results wait 4-6 weeks and it’ll pick up.

cheat day

once a week (normally sat) go completely nuts eat your heart out. all the nos now become yes’s. with a few rules

  • grapefruit juice take a shot glass size amount of it before you go nuts. then do some air squats, wall presses (standing up push ups against a wall) or get some resistance bands with in the hour of pigging out. the juice helps open up some special things in your muscles and helps burn things off faster when added with a little exercise.
  • drink caffeine. it helps move the food along so it doesnt spend much time getting soaked up into the body thus turning it into fat.
  • dont forget your cold therapy.
  • i think he says add cinnamon too but im not sure. hey what could it hurt though level blood sugar is great.

all that being said i think thats it for the diet part of it.

now for some of my results. now Im not as brave as some people out there and you will never catch me posting my weight on anything that others can see. I’d just die if that every came out. I don’t even let daniel take my measurements cause I don’t want him to have an actual number in his head of how fat his wife is. anyways. we had been farting around half heatedly with this diet for a week or so before we started doing it right. we did that for a week then took our measurements. NERDS I KNOW. so we finally did that on feb 15th. (great day to do that right after pig out vday. hehe) then i measured myself again on the 15th only change was an inch off my thighs. and about 8 lbs. then i measured again today and lost .5″ off my left arm, 1″ off my waist 1″ off my hips, and another 1″ off both thighs 3″ off my chest (sad times) and 2″ off my ribcage! grand total: 9.5″ YIKES!!!!!! ive been pushing the boundary’s too much and haven’t been losing but i havent been gaining so I’m ok with that. 🙂

his book is in laymens terms but has sections of all the nitty gritty science details of why this works. he’s tested on himself and a few hundred others with just as many awesome results if not better. i strongly suggest getting the book. we have it for the kindle on our android phones and our ipods. i wanna say it was like $10. or get the hard back for like $30.

I’ve also “liked” 4 hour body recipes on facebook and I follow tim ferriss on twitter and i “liked” him on facebook.

I’m ba-ak

So the last time I posted what in July and man have things changed.

For starters I got a job! Oct 4th was my 1st day on the job. It took a few weeks before I no longer wanted to blow everything and everyone up that ever had anything shipped to them or that lived on a dirt road. Dont worry Lossings my love for you stayed true. 🙂 I work at GSO “the best overnight package delivery company in the west” (its what our claim is call 8003225555 and hear for yourself lol) the hours are pretty short and the pay is good I just hate being a working mom. I love my job its fasted paced, always changing, and a lot like race whats the fastest and most efficient way to get this done and I don’t a boss breathing down my neck I use my own car and when I’m done I just head home its great. But I HATE not being with my kids. I’m not the mom who needs to have a job to get a break from kids. Do I need breaks? YES!! but not a 20 hr a week break that gets me up at 6 am.  I hate not being with them when they 1st wake up when they are sweet calm and cuddly. lol I dont know how career moms do it the long hours at work, the school/practice pick ups and drop offs, the school projects, family fun activities, house work and cooking. I just dont have it in me.

second I cant remember if I blogged about this before but Daniel got laid off in about may-ish (idk anything anymore my brain is goo) anywhoo daniel now also works for GSO doing a pm pick up route so I get home anywhere from 1pm -230pm and he leave at 230pm-3pm and gets home around 8pm. when of course we are all getting ready for bed. not much FAMILY time anymore. This is also something I dont know people do. I know of tons of people who have the alternating parenting/employee schedule as their spouse and its horrible in my opinion. Daniel works Mon-Fri and I work Tue-Sat we have 1 day together that doesnt involve one of us heading to work. Also we only have one vehicle now. When daniel got laid off we had to have my brother in law take over the payments on daniels truck. hopefully we will get a little beater when we get our tax refund. fingers crossed its not too much of a beater and is actually helpful. 🙂

In sept our roommates moved to Oregon when he got a job up there after a long and hard search in cali with no luck.  Our lease is up in March and unless we get better paying jobs we will be moving. I dreed moving and lord help me if the kids beds give me any trouble I’m burning them and the kids can just sleep with us!

which brings me to my next point (no I’m not pregnant thank God) Daniel worked on a damage for HCI right before Christmas it was as he was hired by some other company tella something cuase if he was to work for HCI again it would take 6 weeks for paperwork and all that good stuff and they needed him just 2 hours so he “got a job” with tella something and off he went 24 hours of work and done. 😦 but it was SOO helpful! we are hoping for more work to come in like this or to get rehired with HCI or EVEN BETTER get the ATT job he applied for on friday. Hes applied with them before and never got further then the “thanks for contacting us we’ll keep your resume on file” point but he got one step further this time and we are waiting to hear back. I think he should call or contact them in a few days just to keep himself at the top of the “list” so to say.  If he did get the job with ATT it would just be temporary like 4-6 months but it would be$36 an hour which is almost twice what he made with HCI (i know taboo to talk about how much you make but poo on taboo I’m excited!) And hey you never know sometimes temp becomes perm so lots of praying going on over here.

If/when we move we will be staying in or near elsinore. we like it out here and its not really added much travel time to our normal everyday fun and stuff with our peeps in riverside. UNLESS of course its during rush hour then we are SCREWED but luckily most things dont happen around then so we are good. lol

Christmas was so much fun this year nothing too big or wild and crazy but just plan fun and heart warming. like I said before daniel was working right before christmas he worked christmas eves eve and christmas eve but they were from 6pm to 6am so he made it home just before the kids woke up and we had a WONDERFUL family christmas in our own place for the 1st time it was AWESOME! the kids were so grateful and joyful. we had to remind the kids a few times that they needed to open more presents. I’m sure this will change as the kids get older but I really enjoyed it. side note my desire for next yr is to do that 3 gifts thing its 1 gift they want 1 thing they need and 1 thing for them to share. and thats it. I will not accept anything else. LOL we just have so much stuff and I’m almost a hoarder so I have a hard time getting rid of things cause “hey look they still play with it” and also why spoil them take the money you have spent on them and put it in your savings account lord knows this countries going down the toilet.  but seriously if I could get the extended family to obey this life would be golden. Trin kept saying “its gonna snow then its gonna be christmas” we had to keep reminding her we dont get snow in SoCal but we’ve been having surprisingly cold weather so secretly we were praying it would snow on christmas even if it didnt stay as long as it feel from the sky but allas it didnt. 😦

It was fun having the kids birthdays in our own home this yr made things so much easier.

I got a new phone cause the tmobile guy sucks and didnt try to get my “broken” working again. after buying a new phone outright (nice commision for mr tmobile) daniel did a quick hard restart and got it working again. LAME SAUCE!

ok I’m just rambling the kids are up from their naps now so my attention is elsewhere.

kids cartoons

so today while watching The little Mermaid with my kids and remembered singing along to every single song and one moment with my dad popped into my head. One day while singing along to Les Poissons (one of my favorites) I remembered my dad saying “you shouldnt copy everything you hear. You dont know what he’s saying” to which I replied “its a kids cartoon it cant be bad”.

So I looked the lyrics up and translated them via google. I ❤ google by the way. so heres what it said.

Les poissons, les poissons=fish

Ah, mais oui, ca c’est=which my guess is it meas Ah , yes , it is

toujours delish=Always delish

Zut alors=shucks!

Quel domage=what a pity

all sounds good right? yeah not bad until we get to this Sacrebleu!=damn or a multitude of other profanities. whoops guess disneys been tricking kids into cursing for many years. Sacrebleu is said in The Aristocats, The little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Waytago Disney shame on you.

my fatness

So since I had micah I’ve yo yo’d back a forth in my weight but never going past my heaviest while still pregnant with him. Since that weight I’ve lost 38 lbs. 20 of that in the past month. (HCG diet) I have 20 still to go before I reach my previous fattest weight and 20 to go after that before I reach my pre pregnancy weight. what makes me the saddest is I’ve lost those 20 lbs and I still feel discusting. 😦 I’m happy though that the last time I weighed this much I was just over mid way through my pregnancy with trin. so it’s been a while. still fat and nasty but just slightly less fat and nasty.

fixing the brokeness

so its been on my mind for some time now, how do u fix yourself when u know what the root issue is. i know all the answers to “why do you think that is” and yet it doesnt seem to matter. I’m still broken, flawed, has a fee screws loose so what is it that makes u better. How does talking it out with someone differ from talking to yourslef about it. I mean I know why I have a hard time trusting daniel really loves me, why I have a hard time trusting people really do like me for who i am, why I have so much self doubt and hatred but it doesn’t seem to mean anything. So then Im mad that I still struggle with these things cause I know they are lies or something that I know isn’t relevant anymore and yet Im still lame. I don’t get it. guess something just can’t be fixed i guess.?

left or right

according to this I am left brained

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe

RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking

I took another test that asked a ton of questions and this is what my results were.

I AM:

Left Brain

45%

Right Brain

55%

You are more right-brained than left-brained.
The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Your complete evaluation follows below:

Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half’s sub-categories. They are as follows:

Your Left Brain Percentages

Linear 34%
Verbal 27%
Reality-based 22%
Sequential 17%
Symbolic 17%
Logical (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

36% Holistic (Your most dominant characteristic)
34%Random
34%Intuitive
29%Fantasy-oriented
25%Nonverbal
19%Concrete (Your least dominant characteristic)

What Do These Percentages Mean?

Low percentages are common in the Brain Type Test and are not indicative of intelligence. Instead, medium to high scores (30 – 50%) are desireable, as they show an ability to utilize a processing method without an abnormal reliance on it. Special focus should be paid to highly dominant (50% or above) or highly recessive (0 – 30%) methods, as they tend to limit your approach when learning, memorizing, or solving problems.

If you have Highly Dominant characteristics, your normal thinking patterns will naturally utilize these methods. Conscious effort is required to recognize the benefits of other techniques. Using multiple forms of information processing is the best way to fully understand complex issues and become a balanced thinker.

If you have Highly Recessive characteristics, your normal thinking patterns naturally ignore these methods. You may only consider these under-utilized techniques when “all else fails,” or possibly not at all. It is important to recognize the benefits of all of your brain’s capabilities in order to become a balanced thinker.

Left Brain Categories
Linear Processing

Linear processing is a method by the left hemisphere to process information. In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.

Your Linear Analysis

When processing information using this method, you will occasionally feel the need to see the “whole picture” before you are able to achieve results. At other times, you are able to piece all of the parts together in a straight and logical progression to form a whole, which then enables you to understand what you have processing. The information, your mood, and your level of comfortable are all factors that determine your response to a linear processing problem.

Verbal Processing

Verbal processing is a method used by the left hemisphere to process our thoughts and ideas with words. For example, through verbal processing, a left-brained person giving directions may say, “From this point continue east for two miles and turn north onto Bellevue Road. Continue north on Bellevue Road for seven miles and turn west on Main Street”. With verbal processing, exact, logical directions are given in a very sequential manner compared to a right-brained person who, in giving the same directions, would use more visual landmarks.

Your Verbal Analysis

You have a moderate verbal ability. Using this method you process your thoughts and ideas with words. You tend to combine technical details with illustrations, depending on whatever strikes you. For instance, if giving directions, you might say, “Continue two miles east on Court Street and take a left at the McDonalds,” combining the exact details of street names and mileage with prominent landmarks.

Reality-based Processing

Reality-based processing is used by the left hemisphere as a method for processing information with a basis on reality. This processing tool focuses on rules and regulations. An example of this would be how a left-brained person would completely understand the repercussions of turning in a late assignment or failing a test. A left-brained person also usually easily adjusts to changes in their environment.

Your Reality-based Analysis

You process information with a basis in reality, but are not limited to it. You may recognize the repercussions of you actions, but proceed to do something anyway, in the heat of the moment. You can complete projects to whice you are emotionally attached as well as random tasks.

Sequential Processing

Sequential processing is a method used by the left hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed in order from first to last. Information is processed in a systematic, logical manner. Through sequential processing, you can interpret and produce symbolic information such as language, mathematics, abstraction, and reasoning. This process is used to store memory in a language format. Activities that require sequential processing include spelling, making a “to-do” list, and many aspects of organization.

Your Sequential Analysis

You tend process information you receive without any priority as to which is processed first, last, or any place in between. It is difficult for you to learn or perform tasks involving sequence. For example, spelling is a task that involves sequence and you may experience problems remembering exact spelling or any type of rote memorization, for that matter. Creating daily lists and plans are probably not activities you enjoy. If you are having problems with tasks involving sequence, there are methods you can use to improve your skills. One method involves using colors to learn sequence. You assign a color to each task. For example, you may want to make the first step green, the second step blue, and the last step red. This helps because the right side of the brain, your dominant side in this case, is sensitive to colors. The important thing to remember is that consistently using the same sequence will help you both improve and recognize that this strategy can be used in many different circumstances involving sequence.

Symbolic Processing

Symbolic processing is a method associated with the left hemisphere that is used for processing the information of pictures and symbols. The majority of functions associated with academics involve symbols such as letters, words, and mathematical notations. This process is what aids you to excel in tasks such as linguistics, mathematics, and memorizing vocabulary words and mathematical formulas.

Your Symbolic Analysis

You have difficulty processing the information of symbols, and would rather see the real object in order to understand. You probably hated algebra. For example, if solving a math problem, you need to “draw out” the problem to understand and solve it. You rely on the visualization of real objects instead of their symbols. Tasks such as memorizing vocabulary words or mathematical formulas are more difficult for you.

Logical Processing

Logical processing is a method that is used by the left hemisphere to take information piece by piece and put it all together to form a logical answer. When information is received through reading or listening, the left hemisphere will look for different bits of information that will allow it to produce a logical conclusion. This aspect of the left hemisphere is what aids you in solving math problems and science experiments.

Your Logical Analysis

Logical processing is not one of your strengths, so you may tend to rely on a “gut” feeling to help you make your decisions from the information you have received. For example, you will often choose an answer on a test because it “feels” right, and you may be correct. This is due to the fact of your tendency to look for the whole picture but not the details that create it. You can often start with the answer and work your way back to allow yourself to see the process and parts that create the whole. You may find math problems and science experiments difficult because of this.

Right Brain Categories

Holistic Processing

Holistic processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process information. The information is processed from whole to parts. A right-brained person, through holistic processing, is able to see the big picture first, but not the details that accompany it. A strongly holistic person may often find that prior to listening to a lecture given by an instructor, they must first read the chapter so that they better understand what the lecture is about. This function is also what provides to you your visual spatial skills. It also aids in tasks such as dancing and gymnastics. Through holistic processing, memory is stored in auditory, visual, and spatial modalities.

Your Holistic Analysis

You show some ability to process data holistically, starting with the whole and working backwards to find the parts, which inform the whole, to form your conclusion. When you process information in a linear manner you are able to start with the parts and work up to form the whole. It is important to be comfortable with both methods, as both are equally necessary in the learning process.

Random Processing

Random processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence. In order to overcome this, a right-brained person may want to attempt to learn sequence by using colors since the right hemisphere is sensitive to color. For example, you may want to associate the first step with green, the second step with blue, and the last step with red. Consistently using the same sequence will allow you to see that this strategy can be applied to many tasks involving sequence.

Your Random Analysis

You have some ability to process data randomly. You are at times able to make “leaps of logic” and discover unique things by thinking “outside of the box.” However, you may tend to ignore your random processing thoughts unless you are desperate for a solution. It is important you recognize this skill as not grasping at straws, but a viable way to discover new ways of approaching a problem.

Intuitive Processing

Intuitive processing is a method that is used by the right hemisphere to process information based on if it “feels” right or not. For example, a right-brained person may choose an answer on a test because they had a “gut” feeling and often they will be correct. Another example of this is how a right-brained person will know the correct answer to a math problem but will not understand the procedure of how they arrived at the correct answer. A right-brained person will usually have to start with the answer and work their way backwards in order to be able to see and understand the parts and process that create the whole.

Your Intuitive Analysis

When processing information, at times you are able to go with your “gut” instincts. At other times you may doubt your instincts, or prefer to put information together piece by piece to form your conclusion. You should be careful not to ignore your intuition, but at the same time do not solely rely on it.

Fantasy-oriented Processing

Fantasy-oriented processing is used by the right hemisphere as a method for processing information with creativity. It focuses much less on rules and regulations than the processing method of a left-brained person. Due to the fantasy-oriented processing mechanism of a right-brained person, they do not adjust well to change. Instead of adapting to the change in the environment, a right-brained person attempts to change it back to the way they liked it. But fantasy-oriented processing also provides the advantage of creativity to right-brained individuals, and since emotion is integral of the right side of the brain, anything a fantasy-oriented person becomes involved in emotionally will aid their ability to learn.

Your Fantasy-oriented Analysis

You have the ability to use both creativity and reality to process the information you receive. This is a unique gift that allows you to both focus on rules and regulations but to also act with creativity. You are able to adjusting to change, even though you might not like it, and you can become emotionally involved in your work if it interests you.

Nonverbal Processing

Nonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for right-brained people to “find the right words” in certain situations. A right-brained person cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal processing, a person giving directions may say, “Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take.” With nonverbal processing, the directions that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be given by a left-brained person.

Your Nonverbal Analysis

When processing your thoughts and ideas, you use tend to use both illustrations and words. When giving directions, you probably use both visual illustrations such as, “keep going until you see a McDonalds on your right; then turn left at the Home Depot”, and technical terms such as, “travel for two miles and turn east onto First Street.”

Concrete Processing

Concrete processing is a method associated with the right hemisphere that is used for processing things that can be seen or touched. It processes much of the information you receive from real objects. For example, a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works. A strongly concrete person often finds it easier to solve a mathematical problem by “drawing it out” because it allows them to visualize it. The more a concrete person can visualize something the easier it is for them to understand it.

Your Concrete Analysis

When you process information you have received, the real object is not important to you. You do not have to use the real object to make sense of what you have processed. For example, if solving a math problem you do not have to “draw out” the problem in order to find or understand the answer, and you do not have to visualize something to understand it. However, this also means you often neglect the physical information provided by a concrete example. In other words, you may miss the forest for the trees, trying to deduce something complex when the answer is plain to see.