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.


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.




~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 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…





           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!!  🙂