My blog notifications told me that someone “liked” one of my posts yesterday, which made me check my stats. I found that there have been days when NO ONE VISITED ME! This is horrible, just horrible! Then I realized that I have been so stinking busy that I haven’t had time (or inclination) to blog in a while. So, here’s an update on what’s been going on:
Diet Week 10 (or whatever the hell it is) – I’ve lost 15 lbs! It is really hard, particularly when I’m doing fun stuff like baking apple pies (which I managed not to eat whole, thankyouverymuch…I left that to the Hubster. He didn’t mind.) It’s really awesome to have to wear a belt to hold up my pants. Pretty soon, I’ll have to go shopping! Woot!
Death and Illness – Keeping up with tracking WW points has been rough this past week. Sadly, the kids’ grandmother passed away on Wednesday, which led to a quickie visit to PA for the funeral on Friday. This is just six months after their dad died, so it’s been a rough year for the kiddos. On top of that, my uncle has not been well and it’s been touch and go for a couple of weeks. I said at one point that it seems everyone I know is either unemployed or sick. Your odds are not good if you know me. If you just read my blog, you’ll probably escape with a mild cold and missing a day of work. Lucky you.
Employment – Speaking of unemployment, after quitting my job in a very dramatic fashion, last week I started temping for an agency while I keep looking for regular work. My first temp job is sorting and tracking campaign contributions for the Romney campaign! I think my mother summed this up really well when she simply said “karma”. I’m so anti-Romney, I think I’d rather see Mickey Mouse in the White House than elect Romney. Wait, that’s pretty much the same thing, isn’t it? (Which reminds me…I haven’t posted a political rant in a while. Keep your eyes peeled for one soon. I’ve got one simmering and if I don’t get it out soon, it’s going to stink like rotten eggs.)
Squirrels – And on a completely random and unrelated note, THEY’RE BACK! It seems that the dry summer has seriously put a dent in the squirrel population and there have been far too few of the little critters to keep me sufficiently amused for quite a while. However, the cooler weather has brought them out, looking for their winter nutty goodness, to my unconcealable delight. Yesterday, I sat for MINUTES watching one sneak attack a group of band students, darting between trees and running up the backside as to remain virtually invisible. (They are sneaky little critters, those squirrels). I was utterly entertained and I’m sure I appeared quite mad as I sat giggling to myself for no apparent reason. I guess the squirrels aren’t’ the only ones who are a little nuts. 😀
OMG…I just had the most hilarious conversation with my girlfriend at work.
We were discussing workout routines and our goals for them. She said that in the middle of her Couch to 5K routine, she had to stop to suck wind. She said she felt like an elephant. I can relate. I ran about a hundred yards the other night and every step felt like CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP!
She recalled being young and gazelle-like.
HER (wistfully): “I want to be a gazelle again.”
ME: “I’ll never be a gazelle. I’d settle for a small hippo.”
HER: (clearly on a roll), “…or maybe a giraffe. They kinda gallop along. I could be a giraffe….” :galloping like a giraffe:
ME: “Or a camel!”
HER: “Hey, camels are fast! They’re lumpy all over, but FAST!” :making fast motions:
ME: “That settles it then! We will be camels! Lumpy all over, but fast as hell!!”
I think that’s a reasonable goal. I’ve definitely got the lumpy part down pat. Now if I can just find a Couch to Refrigerator workout routine, I’ll be all set.
Proof that camels are fast!
Down 7 lbs!
I am so excited! Clothes are starting to fit a little better and I can feel a little difference.
I decided to join a challenge group on Weight Watchers Online to lose 25 lbs by Christmas. I just realized that doesn’t include the 7 I already lost. This is gonna be tough! LOL
The keys have been to eat more fruit/veggies, drink lots of water, cut out soda, cut down on portion size at home, started packing lunches with frozen entrees so I can determine exactly how many points I want to have at that meal, and stocking my desk with better snack options than hitting 7-Eleven for a soda and candy bar.
That may seem like a lot of changes, but really it’s not so hard. It does take a lot of thinking and planning though.
Next step is to increase my activity. I enjoyed zumba, but want to start walking regularly too.
I can do this!
Overall, it was a good week. I lost 5 lbs and didn’t stuff my face despite being under a huge amount of stress. I’m learning how to substitute fruit for munchies and not to eat when I’m just craving something to chew on. Water has been my friend. I’ve also been eating the Smart Ones meals for lunch at work, which is not only cheaper than going out, it keeps me from overeating due to large takeout portions and helps me balance what I have for lunch with what I have for dinner. The best part – I’m really not hungry.
I can do this! 🙂
Still motivated! W00t!! Got on the scale this morning and I lost a pound and a half. I would have to say it’s definitely due to the increase in water consumption. I’ve been really good at drinking a lot and I probably peed 5 times yesterday just during the workday. Hubster and I weren’t hungry without the kids around this evening, so I borrowed a quick “sandwich” idea from Liz. I made a Virginia ham and Muenster cheese roll-up with mustard. Even nice and thick, it was only 8 points without the bread. I had some baby carrots and water and I’m good to go! 🙂
Hopefully with my new-found weight loss, I won’t have to worry about having a wardrobe malfunction while re-enacting my favorite moments from the Olympics.
LOL! I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. 😉
Diet: Day 1. I swear the scale laughed at me this morning. It even added on an extra pound for good measure. I’ll show you who’s boss, you stupid scale! Hahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!
You know that horrible moment when you see a picture of yourself and you look like someone Photoshopped your head onto someone else’s body…only supersized? Yeah, that happened to me the other day. I saw my picture and went, “holy shit, who is that and how did she get my head?!”
It wasn’t pretty.
I blame the Easter Bunny.
You see, the Easter Bunny brought 10 lbs of candy into this house for two kids. Realizing his error, the Easter Bunny decided to stash the extra 8lbs in my closet. I found said 8 lbs of chocolate and…good Samaritan that I am… I helped that damned Easter Bunny clear out his extra inventory by getting rid of it…one delicious, gooey, peanut butter-filled, fun-sized, 20 servings per bag, bite at a time.
Here we are in July and I can show you exactly where those 8 lbs of chocolate went, along with two more of its cheesy cousins. And about 5 more from the year before that…and the year before that. Dammit. If it was an Easter Squirrel, this never would have happened. (There’s a nut joke in there somewhere, but I’m just too lazy to reach for it.)
So, next week I start Weight Watchers and Zumba classes. Why not this week? Because I still have cupcakes left, okay??
So, if you’re in the same boat as me, we’re sunk…ha-ha…just kidding. Seriously, hop on board and lets see if we can do this together! Note: that just sounds way too motivational speaker-ish. You should slap me now. Seriously.
Anyway, here is my “Before” picture. Blecch.
I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.