General Life Blogging

Juice Fast Days 8 thru 11!

I can’t believe I’m on day 11 already.  This is easier than I thought.  I’ll recap what I’ve done.

Thursday (day 8) I had no weight loss.

Friday (day 9) I woke up with only .4 lbs weight loss.

Saturday (day 10) I woke up with 2 lbs weight loss.  Woo hoo!  Great birthday gift!

Sunday (day 11) I woke up with no weight loss.

On the 10th day, it was my birthday I juiced all day and had a tiny slice of cake for my birthday.

Today I really messed up.  I got a hangerin for some food today.  I had my first juice today pretty late in the morning.  Really, it was about noon.  Around 2pm I wanted to eat something so I ate the following… 1/2 cup spanish rice, 1 small tortilla, 1 granola bar and a small piece of cake.  Boy oh boy did I mess up!  Anyway, I was wanting more then realized I only had that one juice for the day so I juiced half a pineapple and one beet.  It was yummy.  You know, sometimes we fall off the wagon.  That’s ok to me as long as we get back on.  I’d rather eat here and there than do too much and not get back on track. 

I like how my weight loss is progressing and I can’t wait to fit back into some old clothes.  I’ll continue to keep you posted of course.  I am amazed how I can juice without starving.  It seems second nature.  I don’t really feel extra energized, my skin isn’t “glowing”, my body hadn’t detoxified, but I know the juicing can’t be bad for me.  The side effect of losing weight is definitely the upside!

Juice on!


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Another Year Gone By!

Happy birthday to me!  My birthday was yesterday.  The last year was the busiest year of my life.  I travel a lot, work a lot and I haven’t had much time for myself.  I find it interesting how every year my life never seems to be the same lately.  Before I turned 40, I remember turning off my alarm clock every morning during the week and saying to myself “Groundhog Day”.  I felt like my life was so routine and boring.  I think because of that, God maybe changed things up for me a bit! 

Be careful what you wish for and what you complain about.  Be grateful for what you do every day and thank God that you’re alive!

I had a great birthday celebration.  I mowed the lawn in the morning.  It was overdue.  I know people want to know why I mowed the lawn no my birthday but I wanted it to look really nice so I could feel happy and refreshed on my birthday.  My daughter and I then got cleaned up, went shopping and browsing.  I have no work on my mind so it was very peaceful for me.

We went to pickup P90X.  She wants to do this and I might do it with her.  I’m a traveler so it might be hard but if I do it, you know I’ll blog about it!

We went home around 6:30pm and my other daughter came over with her boyfriend and my friend came over with her daughter.  We ate dinner.  I juiced (had desert) for dinner.  We played charades until almost midnight.  Lots of fun.  I’m so grateful for what I have and the family and friends in my life. 

So now on to the next year of my life.  All I have to say is… NEXT!!!

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Juice Fast Days 5 thru 7!

I can’t believe I’ve gone this far already. There was no weight loss shown on the scale from days 5 & 6 but today I showed 2.4 pounds lost on the scale since day 4.  As of today I’ve lost 8.4 pounds. 

My hunger is pretty much gone and honestly, I need to drink more but I find that I’ve learned to listen to my stomach if it’s not growling or uneasy I don’t drink.  I have taken a few bites of soup a night or two but it’s by no means an entire bowl and I’m not binging.  I’m giving myself the satisfaction of food occasionally so I don’t cave but 99% of my daily intake is from natural juices.

Today I’m traveling for work.  I do that a lot but this is the first time since I started my fast.  I plan to drink juices I can purchase at the airports like Naked Juice and another brand called Odwalla.  I think this is the next best thing to juicing natural fruits and vegetables as I can get when on the road.  The juices they sell is mostly fruit.  It’s hard to find one with just veggies which is what I prefer.  Too much fruit juice can be a bad thing.  I’m worried it will cause cravings and weight gain.

I’m sure I’ll be fine as I’m completely shocked about the lack of hunger I have been experiencing.

My main issue that I struggle with now and still, is the lack of energy.  I feel just as normal as I did before but when I have to exert myself in any way such as climb a flight of stairs or walk more than 300 feet, my muscles feel extremely fatigued and I get out of breath easily.  Not in a way I feel like I’ll collapse but I can’t help but wonder what’s going on with my muscles.  Anyone out there have the same issue that I’m having?

Thanks for your support!  I’ll keep on posting!

Juice on!

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Juice Fast Days 3 & 4

I didn’t get to update yesterday as I was pretty busy.  I suspect that will happen from time to time.  I’m in the middle of day 4 of my juice fast.

On day 3, I drank my juices but also had a “Naked Juice” with extra protein in it.  At night, I had my family over for a wonderful dinner I prepared.  I made sure I had a large salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  I added balsamic vinegar on top.  From day 2 to day 3, I lost 1 pound.

On day 4 (today) I have to prepare a juice soon. I had another “Naked Juice” this morning.  I drank about half of it then later, I added about 7g of protein from soy powder to it to increase the protein some.  It was good and surprisingly not gritty.  It’s the EAS brand. That vs. Wal-Mart brand for example proves you get what you pay for.  Anyway, I plan to only drink the prepared juices sold at the stores when I travel or when I know I don’t have time to juice anything.  My primary juice will come from what I do myself.  I just don’t want to end up starving, not have time to juice and put a Little Debbie snack in my mouth!  LOL.

An update about how I feel.  I noticed yesterday when I went up the stairs I felt extra fatigued and out of breath.  I think part of that is I’m not getting in enough calories and protein.  I do feel a lot better when the jeans I was wearing were snug but now are just right.  It’s amazing what a difference 5 pounds makes.

Time to go make something as I’m getting to the point of hunger!  Happy Easter everyone!

He has risen!

Juice on!

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All Work & No Play Makes Gayle Cranky!

Oh boy have I been busy! My job keeps me on the road a lot and busy nights and weekends. I’ve been away from home about 75% of March. It looks like I’ll be home for a couple of weeks which is awesome!

As a result, I’ve been deprived of my photography. I happen to have a photo shoot planned for tomorrow so I can’t wait to get out there and shoot! It is in the hill country with blue bonnets and beautiful models! I’m so excited! I will post a few pictures after I get back. Wish me luck! Stay posted for updates. I’ll put them on my Facebook photography page too. You can click the link on the top right corner for liking that page if you want to get updates.

Updates coming within a week I promise! Woo hoooooo!

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February 2012 Update

Well, there’s one month down in 2012 and I haven’t absorbed myself in photography like I’ve wanted to.  😦  The work I do that pays my bills requires a lot of travel so I tend to put photography on the back burner.  I did get an opportunity to hook up with a photography meetup group and took some pictures of models.  I haven’t done that in a year and it felt good to get at it again.  I’ve posted only 3 pictures from that so far on my Facebook  page.  You can click on the link to see them if you want!  Don’t forget to click the “Like” button on the right of this screen if you like it!

Couponing has gone well also but haven’t done much with it in the last few weeks because of work.  I have managed to combine sales with coupons and get a lot of stuff free.  I was happy because church members needed household items for refugees they were helping.  I was happy to give the extra away!

That’s it for now!  Will post again when I have something exciting in my life to share!

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Happy New Year! 2012 here I come!

Well, I haven’t posted in a while so this blog is to just mention what I’ve been up to as well as some plans I have for 2012 (not resolutions).  I have some resolutions in mind but not willing to really post them because like most, the ability to complete them is non-existent. I would like to do more blogging!

It’s been a little over a year now that I’ve got my DSLR and starting absorbing as much as possible for photography. I’m always learning new things. I plan on attending more photography group meetings. currently I’m not charging for photography but I did get my DBA setup and business cards ordered. I haven’t planned to charge. I just like doing it as a hobby. Also, I’ve started taking portraits more than landscape just to perfect my editing skills which are constantly changing. I can look one month to the next and see how much I’ve improved. If you’re interested in seeing my work, you can click my Facebook “Like” link on the right of my blog and take a look.

I’ve also gotten into couponing thanks to the Extreme Couponing show.  I can’t get near as extreme as they could but I am saving some money!

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No motivation to work… So here’s a picture instead!

I was supposed to work today but I couldn’t get motivated.  I didn’t have any scheduled appointments so I was technically free to do what I wanted.  I sat around and caught up on TV shows until about 11am.  I ate lunch then decided to do some cleaning that had gone by the wayside since I had been spending a lot of my personal time working for my current job.  I swept, mopped and waxed the entire floor.  I’m dead tired  but the floors are nice and clean.  I need to do some cleaning of the countertops and such but will have to save that for another day.  Work is going to be picking up tomorrow and for the rest of the week.  Anyway, will blog again soon.  For some entertainment, attached is a photograph I took at a park of a young boy.  I thought it was nice and wanted to share it with anyone who’s watching.  I have a Facebook page if you want to see others, you can “Like” it for updates.  It’s under Gayle Raines Photography.

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Catch Up

Hello everyone!  I have been so busy with work and haven’t had time to blog.  I love to take pictures with my SLR camera but haven’t had time to stop and snap a picture.  I hope to see some free time in the near future.  I will post more pictures soon also.

I did start a facebook page for my newest photography.  There isn’t a lot there right now but if you go to this link and click like, you’ll get updates as they are posted.  I hope to do more with that soon also.

With my job I’m doing a lot of traveling and there’s a lot of great pictures to take but I don’t take my camera because I’m too busy to stop and snap.

Anyway, stay tuned and I’ll update more often I promise.  (I’m assuming anyone out there is even reading this!)

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Jumping For Joy!

I thought I’d play with my shutter speed and increase it so that when my daughter jumped in the air, it wouldn’t be blurred.  I think I was successful.  She was reluctant to jump for the camera but I think she looks cute and happy.  This picture of her makes me smile!

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My Valentine Rose

I’ve been absent for a while.  I don’t have a lot of followers.  Actually maybe only one but either way, I like that others can see my posts if they want to!  I took a picture of one of my roses that was given to me by my husband.  I hope you like it!

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Ice Skating!


I took my youngest daughter ice skating today.  We met my sisters and step brother there.  This was my daughters first time ice skating and she did wonderful.  The weather was perfect.  They had an ice rink built down town Houston.  It cost $10 for 1 1/2 hours to skate.  That included the rentals.  I was worried about parking because it’s always a mess downtown.  I found a meter that was $.50 per hour.  Since I knew we would only skate for 1.5 hours I paid $1.00.  That was overall a pretty expensive trip!  I didn’t skate because I’m always twisting my ankle when I walk so I know I would be stupid to get on blades although it did look like it would be fun!

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My Cab Ride in San Antonio, TX

Rushes Awesome Cab Ride

Rushes Awesome Cab Ride

I came here on business for a financial conference.  Outside of the great job we did, we experienced great restaurants and as much as I travel, I had the BEST cab ride experience.  When we were picked up from the airport, we get in  a cab headed for the hotel.  The driver was very nice.  He had the glow in the dark stars and moons taped to the headliner of his car.  Then he asked what kind of music we wanted to hear.  He pumped it up and moved to the music.  Then we see multi colored laser lights on the ceiling.  He pulls out a disco ball that refracts the sunlight.  Unfortunately for us, the drive was during the day so the effect wasn’t as cool as it could have been at night.  He also activated his strobe light that was bolted to the seat.  This man (named Rush) was full of energy, kindness and had a desire to satisfy his customers.  He wore lime green sunglasses and shoes and camo pants. 

He drives a yellow cab so any time you have to go to San Antonio to get a cab, ask for Rush.  If you want his phone number, send me a message and I’ll be happy to give it to you.

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New Mexico Update

Well, I’ve had a great week visiting my mother.  I sewed 2 skirts for my daughter for the first time.  I’ll post pictures when I get home.  I also got to see her cat catch socks instead of mice.  I have a video of it.  If I can, I’ll post it.  I also got to meet a lady my age and heer daughter.  They are great people. I wish let live close to me.  Will write more later.

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My Cats Favorite TV Show!

Chloe loves Grey’s anatomy as much as I do!


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My Weekend

I had a great weekend.  I should have cleaned the house but chose not to.  I should have mowed my 3 acres but didn’t.  I did however get my dog to the groomers and do my weekly grocery shopping all before 10am Saturday! 

I’m learning to sew and started with a skirt for my daughter.  It’s not as easy as it was explained to me.  I have a lot of learning to do!  I think it will be cute if I can get it to fit her.  It’s amazing how the clothing patterns are not correct.  I measured her waist and according to the pattern, I should cut the waist to a size 16.  I fit it around her waist before sewing and it is WAY too big.  Somehow I already knew that.  It looks like I should have cut it to be a size 12.  As if sewing isn’t difficult enough!

I’ll post a picture when I’m done.  Maybe as I go also! 

I need some time to get ready.  I’m heading to New Mexico Saturday for a week to visit my mom for her birthday.  It’s a surprise so she’s completely unaware.  I think she’ll be very happy to see me.  As a result, she won’t be picking me up from the El Paso airport so I need to secure a shuttle to take me in to town.  I hate having things to do.  😦

That’s all I have to write today.  Blog at ya soon!

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Procastination Is Not My Middle Name, It’s My First Name!

I’ve always called myself a procrastinator.  I do joke how it’s my middle name but I’m begging to think it’s my first name!  I started reading blogs and helpful websites about procrastinators, why they procrastinate and how they can train themselves not to do it anymore.  After going through a few sites, I felt like all of the writers knew me better than my own family.  I was more interested in it lately as I’ve been struggling with it more now than ever before.

I have been working for a company out of my home for a little over 2 years now.  The first year and a half, I was disciplined.  Since April, that seems to have gone down hill.  Originally I was a consultant and billed hours to our client.  I had to bill a certain number of hours each day so there was pressure to work and my work could be measured in that way.  Because of this, I did well.  Now I’m a pre-sales consultant.  I demonstrate our product to prospective clients.  There is no measurement in my job.  My responsibility is to be available for the demonstrations and what I do with my non-demo times is up to me.  I should use it to enhance my demonstration, improve my technique and learn more about the system.  I really don’t know everything there is to know about it and that is apparent when I’m asked “Can it do this…?”

In my reading on procrastination, it says that everyone says they procrastinate in some way but a true procrastinator is someone who puts off work mainly because they have a fear of failure.  Putting it off until the last-minute gives themselves the excuse that the task wasn’t executed well because they didn’t prepare enough for it.  Also, a procrastinator does other things like play games (Farm Town on Facebook is my favorite) but all the while they aren’t really having fun because they are always feeling anxiety about what they need to be doing instead of playing.  This describes me perfectly!

All this to say, I am who I am but apparently procrastination is a learned behavior that can be un-learned.  I am making an effort to change this because my stress at times prior to an important demonstration feels like enough to kill me.  One of the articles I read talked about a product called RealTime.  There is a free Lite version.  It tracks everything you do on your computer all day as you define in the setup.  This way it will encourage   me to be more productive because I know it’s tracking my moves.  I don’t have to submit the results to anyone but it is certainly an eye opener.  Much like a dieter that has to write down what they eat before they realize what they are doing isn’t working.  You can also voluntarily block specific websites for certain times or periods.  I’ll try this soon with my social networks as that is a major distraction and possibly WordPress.  I love WordPress but I’m nearly addicted to it! 

Wish me luck!

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My Weekend of Family Visitors!

 I enjoy having family visit.  It’s so much fun to take a break from the day-to-day activities that can be boring and monotonous.  I smile occasionally but when people visit, I always smile more.  I’m pondering…   People in environments such as these tend to be different from their behaviour in the real world.   I see it often that people appear happier, sociable and friendly when they are with others but when they are home with the same people they see every day, they can be boring, sad, disrespectful or sometimes appear non-existent.  Shouldn’t we treat those that love us the most the way we treat strangers or occasional guests?  I can say this because I’m guilty of it and see it of others.  So, just admit that you do it also! 

This was not the intention of my blog today but thought it was worth mentioning.  I had a great time with everyone this weekend.  My mother and her husband came over from New Mexico to visit.  She’s turning 70 this month so I gathered my siblings and their families to throw a surprise birthday party.  She was definitely surprised!

When she visits, she usually stays at my home.  We have everyone come over rather than her travel everywhere.  Afterall, she did come a long distance.  (she drove)  They got here Friday.  My sister came over that afternoon with her daughter and my other sister and they stayed the night.

We decorated the kitchen and my daughter made her a birthday cake.  We had fun. 

Saturday, my step sister came over with her boys and stayed the night.  My daughter also stayed the night.  She lives on college campus.

He had no idea there was really a Grey Poupon!  Yes that’s me next to my nephew.  Can you believe he’s that tall?  I was having a good time.

As a present, we all brought pictures from our families and compiled a scrapbook. Everyone participated.

Everyone but my parents left Sunday afternoon.

This morning, my parents left to go home.  Now, all is quiet again.

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Is my knee bruised or is it my pride?

Hey everyone!  I don’t mean to gross you out with my picture but it’s part of my life experience.  Well, I had to travel from the comfort of my own home in TX to the big apple yesterday thru today.  The company I work for has a home office in NYC so I had to attend a meeting.  I woke up at 4:30am to catch a 7am flight.  Went straight to the meeting.  It’s always great to see everyone again.  I work out of my home so I rarely see anyone outside of my family. 

After our meeting we went to a local bar to socialize then we went bowling for a team building experience.  I suck!  I bowled a 50 & a 66.  This was without the help of bumper pads.  After that, I just quit playing.  Anyway, I had a great time and afterwards hung out with the girls in the hotel room.  It was kind of like a slumber party.  I didn’t go to bed until 1:30am this morning and woke up at 6am.  You might guess that I’m pretty tired.  We had meetings all day but I managed to keep myself awake. 

When all was over, I had to catch a cab to the airport.  This is where the real adventure started.  I always have the hardest time catching a cab in the financial district.  Anyway, after walking a few blocks with my luggage and in heels, my heel caught in a dip that was in the sidewalk.  Needless to say, I twisted my ankle, then landed on the ground.  I scraped my left knee and my right ankle is sore. 

Keep in mind I’m in the rush hour foot traffic of NYC.  As soon as I bit the concrete, I heard this lady “Oh my God!!!  Are you ok?”  This nice lady in her 30’s insisted on helping me up and another young man came to me and asked me if I was ok.  I have been to NYC many times and never thought the people rude.  In a hurry but never rude.  They do have a reputation of being this way but outside of the nice people I already know, I can now say that they aren’t living up to their poor reputation.  Isn’t it amazing that two perfect strangers reached out to help me?  The young man even hailed a cab for me and waited until I left. 

I’m so impressed.  I believe that good things come out of everything and it’s all thanks to God.  Those two people today were my guardian angels waiting to pick me up when I fall. 

I fell asleep 3 times in the cab on the way to the airport.  Although I’m dead tired, I felt the urge to blog about my experience before I get on the plane and doze.  I hope you enjoyed my story and know that even in a bad situation, good things still happen.  Thank God!!!

I might also let you know that I’m notorious for twisting my ankle and falling.  I don’t know why and I can’t blame the heels because I do it barefoot also.   Good evening all.

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Are the fleas eradicated?

Hey everyone.  I had an eventful weekend.  About 4 months ago, we took in a stray kitten.  She was 5 weeks old at the time and loaded with fleas.  I bathed her with Dawn dish soap (works extremely well with killing fleas) on multiple occasions before I brought her in our home.  I was anxious to bring her in.  Once she was in, I did notice what looked like a very tiny flea on her but I made the mistake of keeping her in the home and NOT bathing her right away.  So… as a result, we now have fleas in our house and my poodle also has them. 

Over the past few months, we have given both the cat and dog baths and put the spot treatment on the dog but they are still around. 

Saturday, my daughter and I went through the entire house, sweeping and vacuuming (with a wet-dry power sucker) up every square inch of the floor.  We have a 4,500 square foot house.  Our first floor is concrete, our second floor is hard wood and our third floor is carpet.  The cat went to the 3rd floor at times but not very often.  I have area rugs so I washed those and all the bedding.  I washed every thing.  I laid back down the rugs.

Sunday when we went to church, we put the animals in our garage & set off the flea foggers.  We are getting serious now!  When we got home, we immediately bathed both the cat & dog, put flea collars on both of them.  I did a really good job of making sure the shampoo stayed on long enough and covered all parts of the animal.  Sadly, they are both scratching still.  I don’t see the fleas but then again, I never really did see them running around their bodies. 

I can’t put the spot treatment on them yet as it takes a couple of days after the bathing for the oils on their skin to come back.  They need this for the spot treatment to work. I’m hesitant to rush and give it to my dog as it should only be monthly and I gave it to her on 9/16.  I have to go to NYC Tuesday & Wednesday so I’ll put the treatment on Thursday.

I’m very discouraged at their scratching.  It took us all day to clean the floors and laundry.  I’m extremely sore from all the vacuuming.  Anyway, I’m doing everything I can.  I’m a christian so I will pray to God which is all I can do at this stage. 

Wish me luck!

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Hello world!

Hello everyone.  Today I’ve started my blog.  I hope to share information, events and pictures that mean something to me and I hope you will find my posts enjoyable.  Here’s a little about me.  First and foremost, I love God.  I have two children ages 19 & 14 and a husband who I have spent over half of my life with. 

My life is very simple and some might say boring.  I work from home so I really don’t get out much.  I don’t have many friends outside of the usual acquaintances at church or work.  I live in the country with a lot of trees and wildlife (i.e. armadillo’s, possums, hawks, wild boar & deer).  I enjoy feeding the birds and especially this time of year the hummingbirds.  I have a cat, two dogs and a box turtle that belongs to my daughter. 

I hope someone out there will find my boring life interesting.  Just think of me as a low-budget reality blog.  🙂

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