Thursday, August 27, 2009

Peeves & Pleasures 2

It's Thursday, and you know what that means? Time for another installment of Peeves & Pleasures. I'll show you mine; show me yours if you'd like!


**Inconsiderate/inattentive drivers
**Lazy people
**Chain emails which urge me to pray, contact my congressman, sign a petition, or assert "forward and you'll get good luck; delete and something bad will happen"
**Playing phone tag for days
**Summer heat. (Enough!)

**Starbucks caffe mochas
**Waking up two minutes before the alarm goes off
**Walking into an air-conditioned building after being out in 100+ degree heat
**Finally accomplishing something I've been putting off
**Catching up with an old, dear friend

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Our very own Furminator commercial

All this hair was removed from Hunter only by "Furminating" him for about five minutes. No wonder there is "tumble fur" all over our tile.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Revealed: 5 Weight Loss Inspiration Tips Necessary in Achieving Weight Loss Success!

I thought this might help me (and perhaps others).

Revealed: 5 Weight Loss Inspiration Tips Necessary in Achieving Weight Loss Success!

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Crash & burn


I suck. I ate crap on Saturday and Sunday out of laziness and am paying the price at the scale this morning.

I did get in three 30-minute workouts this past week, and my eating was good prior to Saturday, so the week wasn't a total bust.

Back on track today.

Friday, August 14, 2009

You know you're getting older when. . . .

. . . you forget that you had a depo this afternoon--even though it is the only thing on your calendar and was only scheduled last week--and wear jeans to the office.

. . . your (same-age) friends' children are in high school or college.

. . . you decide you need a new pair of low-heeled black shoes for work and find yourself gravitating toward brands like Naturalizer, Hush Puppies and Dr. Scholls.

. . . the music you grew up listening to is on the "oldies" station.

. . . the styles you wore in junior high and high school have made a comeback.

. . . when you hear of anyone under the age 30 getting married or having a baby, you think "But s/he's so young!"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Peeves & Pleasures

I'm thinking of making Peeves & Pleasure a regular Thursday feature on this blog. Please share some of your own in the comments. . . .


**Using your child's photo--or worse, an ultrasound photo--as your Fac.ebook profile photo. (How the hell can I tell if I knew you 15+ years ago if you don't even provide a photo of yourself? Not helpful to those of us receiving your friend requests: I have a hard enough time recognizing the PERSON sometimes if it's been years since we've seen each other, let alone his/her kid or fetus!)
**Humidity. Ugh!
**Chin hairs. Eek!
**Unnecessary and unexplained waiting (airports and doctors' office are the worst, but really anywhere)
**Aging. (This one deserves its own post. Perhaps another day.)
**Billable hours.


**The smell of rain in the desert
**Talking to Rowan on the phone (when he'll actually talk to me)
**Reading a good book.
**Snuggling with MM
**Petting the goldens
**A good quality chocolate

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Back to where I was last Wednesday


I worked out last night and have been eating fairly well (aside from pizza out tonight). I plan to hit the gym again tomorrow and get up for an early morning walk before driving to Tucson to visit M on Saturday.

I haven't had much time to blog 'cause I'm behind on billing from drama and lack of concentration from last week. But I am plugging along.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Quick update


I finished my first week with a small loss after going off track with exercise on Thursday and with eating on Saturday. (Long story, but there were unusual extenuating circumstances.)

I am starting over again today.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


That is all.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Day 2


I love how the scale goes down immediately after just one day of better eating. I also think I was retaining a bit of water yesterday: my rings and shoes fit tighter than usual. I chugged water yesterday like it was going out of style--as much to keep my hunger at bay as to rehydrate--and it seems to have had an effect; I am less puffy today.

BTW, I know that when one is trying to lose weight, daily weighing is usually discouraged. However, I am currently on medication for which I have been instructed to weigh myself every day and report a greater than 3-lb gain. So I will have to continue to weigh daily, and I am might as well record the weights here when I know them. I think I can do that without getting too bothered by the inevitable ups and downs.

My energy level has been great since yesterday morning, too. I am actually (gasp!) looking forward to going to the gym this evening (and giving some serious consideration to getting up early for a walk with the goldens on Wednesday morning, since I know I can't go to the gym that night). Hmmm.

In order to be at the maximum healthy BMI of 25, I would need to lose 65.6 lbs from this morning's weight. Thinking about this stresses me out, so I am only focused currently on getting under 200 lbs. Sad that this is my goal, but baby steps.

I was thinking this morning about my near-complete lack of self-discipline. Aside from work, which requires that I keep (roughly) the same hours each day, there are few things that I routinely do. Even my morning "routine" can vary from day to day. This is in sharp contrast to my husband, who is EXTREMELY routine-oriented. MM says that keeping to a routine is a source of stress relief for him; he likes the predictability.

Because the path to a healthy weight is a long one, I know that it would benefit me if I stuck to a routine. But each time I try, I fail.

Suggestions on how to remedy this problem are welcomed.

Monday, August 03, 2009

The good, the bad, and the ugly

217.6 (sigh)

Well, today's weight wasn't the worst one I've seen recently--I was 219.2 just a few weeks ago on July 14th--BUT it is more than a little depressing to see that I am slightly above where I was on June 1st, the last time I started South Beach (217). Oh well.

I have no one to blame but myself (and bad genes, lol), and I can only move forward, so that's what I'm going to do. Starting (again, for the gazillionth time) today.

My plan for today:
*Breakfast: eggs, coffee
*Lunch: low-carb Lean Cuisine entree and supplemental frozen veggies
*Dinner: frozen fish and more veggies
*Snacks: lowfat colby-jack cheese, shelled cashews
*Gym: 30 minutes on elliptical trainer (I am holding off on weights until I get a diagnosis of my right arm. MRI tomorrow.)

And because the overall tone of my post is not as positive as it should be for a lovely Monday morning, three things for which I am grateful:
(1) MM took my rings to the jeweler to be cleaned and polished yesterday, and they look fabulous! Like new! I didn't realize how dulled they had become until I saw them after their trip to the jeweler. My husband rocks!
(2) I was able to watch THREE movies this weekend: The Reader (which I've been wanting to see but had to wait for the right frame of mind), Fargo (which MM and I had both seen, but not for years), and Baby Mama (which is usually good for a laugh for me). I love DVDs!
(3) I have several AWESOME friends who are doing this weight loss challenge with me! I hope that the added support will lead to greater success for us all!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Not too late to join the challenge

We are starting tomorrow morning! Leave a comment if you're interested in joining us! We have a group of 8 fabulous ladies so far!!