How NOT to lose weight

Step 1) Even though it is out of your way, go to the nearest QuikTrip (or convenience store of your choice) and get a Diet Vanilla Dr. Pepper and pretend you are floating in it while you drink in its heavenly bubbly goodness.  

 

Step 2) Order 2 pizzas on your way home from work, and when you get home face plant into the middle of the Hawaiian pizza, and then after 1 or 2 (or 3) slices, pick only the toppings you like off of the other pizza and pop them in your mouth in rapid succession.  Then have another slice of Hawaiian.

 

Step 3) Throw all knowledge of healthy eating out the window when faced with a chocolate birthday cake.  (Vegetables? Whole Grains?  What the heck are those?)

 

Step 4) Laugh hysterically every time you walk by your treadmill.

 

Step 5) Suddenly come down with a case of Scarlet O’Hara Fever – “I won’t think about this right now, I’ll think about it tomorrow.  After all tomorrow is another day!” 

 

Step 6) Repeat steps 1-5 every day for a week.  You will be fat and happy in as little as 3 – 5 days!!

 

I’m not saying following these steps would work for anyone.  I’m just saying that I have  first hand knowledge a friend who tried them and this is what she told me.  So ya know, if you are tired of the weight just melting off of you, then this is something you might want to look into. Not that I would know or anything.

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In my head

This post is just me thinking out loud.  Not relevant to anyone but me.

 

 

~I have a funky tummy today.  Room temp water seems to be making it worse.  Cheese makes it feel better.

 

~I have to weigh in today and I dread it.  I have only walked 2 out of the last 7 days and my body is in retaliation.  My mood is affected as well as my weight.

 

~I can’t seem to get all my water in lately.  I am usually a water-hound, but for the last few days, I forget to drink anything at all. 

 

~2/3 Diet Dr. Pepper + 1/3 shot of vanilla syrup = yummy treat.  I have had two of these in the last week.  If I’m not careful, this could become a bad habit.

               

 

~I desperately need to go grocery shopping.  I haven’t had a salad all week.  I miss my salads. 

 

~I would like to go shopping after my weigh in, but I also need to go get groceries.  Do I really want to be out and about until 8:00 tonight? 

 

~I have no idea what I’m going to fix for dinner tonight.

 

~Going to bed at 11:30 and getting up at 5:30 is not a good idea. 

 

~I’m tired.

 

~I’m thinking of doing a private prayer blog.  I don’t talk to God nearly enough. I miss Him.

               

~A Sonic Blast sounds really good right now. 

 

~So does a walk in the park.

 

~I wish it was Friday.

 

~I’m tired. Oh, I said that already.  It’s amazing to me how my mood can take such a downward spiral when I am tired.  That’s really the only time I am in a funk. 

 

~I think I may be PMSing just a tad bit.  A check of the calendar just confirmed it.

 

~Blogging has been hard lately.  Nothing good or exciting or funny to post.

 

~sigh

 

~That is all.

               

 

 

Anal Linkage

I finally got in a great walk last night.  Actually it was a 2/3 walk and 1/3 run, and it felt awesome!  I slept great last night and I feel so much better today.  I just need to remember this on the weekends, because that is when I tend to let other things get in the way of my workouts. 

 

I wrote the above paragraph at 7:30 this morning and it is now 12:30.  I just couldn’t think of anything else to write.  But luckily there are plenty of other bloggers out there who have plenty to say:

 

Debby wrote a wonderful post about what inspires her.

 

Red over at Unstarved has another funny video blog post up – he and his sister do a new video every week and they are hilarious.

 

It’s summer time and Cranky Fitness has some alternatives to DEET for offing those pesky mosquitoes (I have 5 mosquito bites right now as we speak).

 

And if you are slave to the cubicle like I am (actually I have my own office), you might get some tips from The Office Diet.  This blog is great for dealing with those 9 to 5 dieting challenges (or in my case 7-3:30). 

 

And Karly at First Ourselves is a great resource if you are struggling to find some balance in your life.  Her primary goal is trying to get women to feel good about themselves, and she has some great essays in her archives. Go check her out! 

 

That’s about all I have time for right now, but you all have fun with these links!  Hopefully I’ll have something to actually blog about tomorrow!  

News Alert

I forgot to take the morning “pills”.  Guess what?   I did not eat my desk and everything in or on it.  Why is this significant?  Because it reassures me that I can function normally with out the aid of an appetite suppressant.  I’m still going to keep on taking them, at least for a little while longer.  :) 

I have not walked on my treadmill since last Wednesday.  This is bad because I have come to depend on the good feeling I get from the endorphin rush when I walk.  I also really like the stress relieving affect walking has on me.  By Saturday, I could feel myself getting tense.  By Sunday, I was REALLy cranky and tired.  Today, I”m just down right pissed!   Come hell or high water, tonight I am walking dammit!!  I ♥ my treadmill!!

I saw this on failblog.org this morning:

fail owned pwned pictures

 

Hey LauraN does this look familiar???  When I did LA Weightloss (several years ago) there was a mom & pop cafe right next door and you could smell all the down-home cooking wafting through the door.  It wasn’t easy to ignore!

Have a good day everyone!  :)

I Adora You

I eat two pieces of chocolate every day and I don’t feel one iota of guilt because it is good for me.  Everyday I have this:

 

Thompson Candy - Adora Calcium - Dark Chocolate, 30 pieces

 

 It is a calcium supplement disguised as a piece of really good dark chocolate. You don’t like dark              chocolate, you say?  Well, never fear, it also comes in milk chocolate, although I have never tasted that one, I’m sure it’s yummy.  I loooove good dark chocolate and I was really surprised at how good these are.  I have one after breakfast and one after dinner, and it really helps me with that “I just want one bite of something sweet” habit I have after dinner.  This is one supplement that I am oh so happy to take!!

 

In other news:  I had my weekly visit/weigh in with the doc yesterday and I have lost another 3.5 pounds, which brings me to a total of 20.5 pounds lost since February.  That’s also 12.5 pounds for this month alone, which concerns even me just a little bit, so last night instead of having a taco salad while everyone else had tacos, I decided I would splurge a little and have two tacos myself.  I don’t want to lose weight too fast because then I’m afraid that I won’t keep it off.  (I can’t believe I just typed that sentence – I’ve never been accused of losing weight too fast!!!)  But really, while I think 10 pounds per month is okay, 12 -15 may be a little much.  I think I’m going to relax just a tad and add a few carbs in here and there.  I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking tons of water, so I’m not sure I could cut back on that, and I have come to rely on my nightly walk for the endorphins, so I really don’t want to cut that out either.  I loves me some endorphins (and so does my family!).

 

I am at my halfway point now.  Another 20 pounds is my goal, and when (notice how I said “when”, not “if”?) I reach that, I’ll see if I want to go for another 10.  That would be ideal, but I’m not hanging all my hopes on that one.  I already feel so much better – I’m amazed at how much easier it is to move.  Little things like climbing up in the truck and getting up off the floor are so much easier now.

 

 Whoopie Goldberg did an HBO special like 20 or 30 years ago (it was one of her first I think), where she did a series of monologues. It is really brilliant, and if I can find a clip of it on YouTube, I’ll try to post it.  Anyway, one of her monologues was about a quadriplegic who is talking about her life.  She mentions that she has dreams, dreams where she is suddenly able to get up out of her wheelchair and walk. She can walk and move, and is amazed at how she can move her body in all sorts of different ways.  After being cramped up in her chair all her life, she can suddenly stretch and bend and dance and run, and she can feel every muscle in her body working.

 

This is how I am starting to feel.

 

I feel like I have been in a fat suit for the last 12 years, and I got so used to it, that I had forgotten what it feels like to really feel my body move.  When I run or walk, I am amazed at how my muscles are working and how running is easier than it was even 10 pounds ago.  When I started really trying to lose weight, it was all about how I looked. Now though, it is starting to balance out with how I feel.   Having clothes that fit again is great, but being able to run for longer stretches at a time feels far more superior.   I like that “free” feeling.  If I could dance, I would break out into a spontaneous interpretive dance! (A spontaneous interpretive two-step doesn’t quite cut it!) 

 

Okay, enough of that, here’s a little humor to start your weekend…

 

dog

 

 

           Have a great weekend everyone!  :)

 

An inspiring and witty post

That’s a lot of pressure, huh?  I read your posts (yes all four of you) and I will say, I am inspired by all of you.  I love reading your blogs and I have to admit that I spend far too much time reading them when I should be working.  :)

 

But this idea of inspiration has stuck in my head the last 24 hours and it has made me wonder, what inspires you?  What brings on that feeling that wells up inside of you and makes you believe that you can be more than you thought you could ever be?   Is it a song, or a painting?  Are you inspired by another blogger?  Does your inspiration come from some fleeting thing that you happen across during your busy day? Tell me. I want to know.  And whether you want to know or not, I’ll tell you what inspires me with regard to fitness and weight loss.

 

My inspiration comes from …

 

~Other bloggers of course – I could name you all one by one, but that would take a lot of time and a lot of linking, so I’ll just refer you to my bloglist on the right. 

 

~Athletes, specifically women athletes.  Women who train for something and have the muscles and mental fortitude to conquer their sport.  Tennis players, volleyball players, dancers, runners – they all inspire me to use my body for more than just holding down the couch.  I would love to have a well toned, slightly muscular body that could kick some serious triathlon tail!!

 

~My kids.  I want to be an example for them to follow, not an example of what they shouldn’t do. 

 

~And finally, I get a lot of inspiration from God. God gave me this body and I want it to perform at the best of its ability. He gave me the ability to move and be active, so I want to honor Him by challenging my muscles to do the most that they can do.  I want them to become stronger so I can do what He wants me to do, even if it’s anything from carrying a sleeping kid to bed, to running from wolves (Lord please don’t make me ever have to run from wolves!!)   My very favorite passage in the Bible is where God lays it all out to Job after Job smarts off to God.  It is very long, so I won’t list it here, but you can look it up online or in your own Bible (Job 38:1-42:17).  This passage gives me goose bumps every time because it is God Himself reminding us of just how great and powerful He is.  Anytime I get to feeling too big for my britches, I am reminded of this passage.  I always think to myself “Go God Go!” when I read it.  Knowing that I am a child of this Great and Mighty Being gives me tremendous hope that I can conquer whatever life throws at me, be it a serious crisis or just 50 extra pounds of fat. (I am not particularly overt with my spirituality, but it is something very close to my heart, so that is why I list it here.)

 

This is a short list, I could go on and on about the things that inspire me, but I just wanted to share a few of them.  Now it’s your turn…what inspires you to be all you can be (even if you aren’t in the Army)?   And if you have something witty to say, by all means please add that too, seeing as how I sort of left that part out of this post, contrary to what the title may tell you!  ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

brain is blank today

Um…okay well here’s the deal (I seem to start a lot of posts that way, don’t I?) – I can’t think of anything witty or inspirational to write today, so what I need from the four people who actually read this blog is for you all to go to your own blogs and write something witty and inspirational, so that when I come check out your blogs, I will be inspired by YOU to write something witty and inspirational.  So quit reading my gibberish and go write something. GO!  GO NOW!!  :)

 

 

I’m overweight! Woohoo!

According to the BMI charts, I am no longer “obese” just good ole garden variety “overweight”.  I am 23 pounds away from being in the “healthy” range, which would put me at 146 pounds.  If I wanted to be smack dab in the middle of the healthy weight range, I would have to weigh 130.  I weighed 130 about 14 years ago, just before I met my husband.  Getting to that weight seems almost impossible – like winning the lottery or something.  But, 146?  I could totally do that.  Shoot I might get ambitious and go for 145!!  I know, I know, I’m an overachiever.  If you want to calculate your BMI you can just Google BMI calculators and a whole slew of calculators will be there for your choosing. 

 

I don’t really put much stock in the BMI charts – it’s just one more way to measure my progress, like my scale and tape measure.  I think it’s helpful, but it’s not the gospel.  If I went by how I feel – physically and emotionally, and by how my clothes fit, I would say I already weigh 130.  I feel thin.  I know that realistically, I still have a long way to go, but I feel thin. I like that feeling – a lot.

 

A funny thing happened after my uber-walk on the treadmill last night.  My husband was sitting at the computer playing Yahoo Dominoes (his current obsession) and asked how my work out went.  As I walked by, I told him “good” and he playfully grabbed my tush.  Then he exclaimed “Wow!  It IS getting smaller!!”  I said “really?” and then I grabbed my own tush and gave it a squeeze.  He was right.  It is definitely losing mass.  Hallelujah! 

 

Rambly bits

I got approximately 2 hours of sleep last night due to the party God was having on my roof top.  Yes, God has a strobe light and a subwoofer that thumped a strange and unrhythmic beat all night long.  Oh, and did I mention the 3.5 inches of party confetti He threw down?  Yeah, potato wagon, my aunt fanny!   The angels weren’t bowling; they were shaking their groove thangs right above my bedroom – ALL NIGHT LONG. 

Seriously, I have never seen so much lightning in all my life. That must have been one KA-RAZY party!!

 

I did lots of cooking yesterday, and I did something that was thrilling and a little disturbing – I pounded chicken breasts.  They were very large and very thick, so in order to get them to cook evenly on the grill, I decided to flatten them out. I had never done this before, but I put them between some plastic wrap and since I don’t have a meat mallet, I used the back of a very heavy ice cream spade that I got for free at Braum’s Ice Cream Store.  It worked really well!  I was a little ill when I saw the guts of the chicken breast spilling out from between the plastic, but once I cooked those babies up; it was pure char-grilled heaven! 

 

I also made some egg muffins that I found here.  Kalyn is a South Beach-er and she has some great recipes on her site.  I am out the door by 6:30 every morning so I need something quick and easy for breakfast and these fit the bill nicely.  I had two this morning with some bacon and I wasn’t hungry again for 4 hours.  Even if you don’t do SB, go check her out!

 

People are starting to notice my weight loss.  What is it about the 15 pound mark that makes people suddenly see you differently?  My mom and my sister both called me skinny this weekend, even though I am far from that, and one of the guys at work had mentioned that I looked thinner, but he thought it was because my hair was different (it isn’t).  It’s funny, when people comment on my weight, what I really want to tell them is, “hey, you should see me on the treadmill!!”  If there were an Olympic Treadmill Walking event, I would sooo be in the running for the Gold.  I love that I am sweating buckets when I am finished – it is so cool to see my shoulders glisten from the perspiration, and then to see that my shoulders are becoming more angular (at least more than they were before).  Finally seeing results gives me so much of a high that I want to keep going, and so I do- every day for 30 minutes somewhere between 6 and 7pm!  Think of me at this time and send cool breezy vibes my way, k? 

 

So that’s about it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!  

 

Note to self:  do not leave apple cores in the wastebasket in your office over the weekend.  You will walk into a serious fruit-fly infestation come Monday morning! Not a great way to start the day. Pesky little buggers!

 

Hello 160′s!

Well let’s see, what to blog about today?   For starters, I saw my doc yesterday for my weekly weigh in and I am down another pound and a half bringing me to 169.  Yeah baby!!  Buhbye 170’s!!  That’s 17 pounds down since the end of February…only 25 pounds to go.   I think the last time I weighed 169 was when I went back to work 18 months ago.  About 6 months after I started working, I tried Intuitive Eating and my weight shot up 15 pounds in a very short time.  It’s taken me a year to lose the weight that I gained in just a couple of months – major suck!!  But I’m on the way down again, and I know NOT to try that little experiment again. 

 

Since my eating plan with the doc is a high protein plan, I have been checking out low carb websites and such.  I always thought South Beach was a knock off of Atkins, but actually they are very different.  In researching these websites, I find that (and if you are on Atkins, please don’t take offense to this) the Atkins-type groups are somewhat militant in their stance on carbs.  It kinda scares me a wee bit.  I have always heard good things about South Beach, and the SB sites I have found were very friendly so I decided to check the book out from the library just to see what all the hoopla is about.  I have found that SB is really not like Atkins very much at all.  The main similarity is the induction phase (the first 2 weeks), but after that, SB is all about good carbs and good fats, and finding balance in your meals. 

 

**tangent**I realize I am waaaayyyyyy late to the low carb party.  I never did jump on the low carb bandwagon, but since I have been eating low carb lately, I understand how beneficial adding more protein to your diet can be.  I’m sure most of you already have tried low carb one way or another and none of what I am telling you is new to you.  But it is all new to me.

 

Anyway, if you have never read the book, I highly suggest it, if only for the excellent description of what sugar does to our bodies and how certain foods are digested.  I find it incredibly interesting and enlightening.  In the 3 weeks that I have been on my docs plan, I haven’t had any bread or tortillas, or chips, or anything else high in carbs, and quite honestly I haven’t missed any of it.  What I do miss is the convenience of these things.  It is so easy to throw a sandwich together in the morning to take for lunch, but now my quick lunch is chicken or tuna salad.  I am starting to get the hang of cooking lots of protein and getting very creative with fish, chicken, and veggies.  It’s getting easier to eat this way, and I feel good most days (the days I don’t feel great is due to not enough sleep the night before).  I will get to add in the healthier carbs eventually and I look forward to that day!!

 

My walking is AWESOME!!  I am getting faster and my highest speed is starting to feel slow, so I may bump it up some more.  I have even thought of adding a bit of an incline when I walk, just to challenge myself a little.   Also considering walking with some light hand weights to pump up the arms a bit.   All in all, things are going well on the exercise and eating front.  FINALLY!!

 

Chore update:  Monkeyboy is doing great with the chores!!  Yesterday he even came home from the sitter’s house across the street to bring the trash to the curb since it was Trash Day.  He did it without being reminded, which is HUGE! I of course, praised him appropriately and told him I was really proud of him.  He’s been doing really well lately, and even getting to his chore list before I have to remind him.  SuzyQ does okay, but I have to go through her list with her one by one and she usually does hers right before bed, but as long as she’s doing it, I don’t mind when she does it.   So far so good!!  I am sooo digging the Handipoints!!

 

Having the family over tomorrow to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad and my grandpa who will turn 93 in July.   93!!!!   That’s a helluva long time to live.  He’s still pretty sharp even if he can’t hear, and he is a funny guy.  It should be a good time. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!!