The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

Who knew griping burned so many calories?! — January 13, 2010

Who knew griping burned so many calories?!

Today’s weight: 158. Yeah baby!


So I guess all that bitching and moaning yesterday really paid off! I’m down to 158 as of this morning, and as a result, my mood is a lot better. Of course I’m sure that having Jillian kick my tail during the Shred had nothing to do with the loss, or the fact that I have eaten more vegetables in the last 48 hours than I’ve eaten in a year has nothing to do with it either. If complaining really burned calories, I’d be a stick.  Tonight I’ve got a date with Eli the elliptical and I’ve got my food planned for the whole day.  This is one thing I’m learning on iChange – to really plan my food and make sure I’ve got all the bases covered, and I have to say I think it helps.  There’s no room for those “surprises” that sometimes pop up during the day like the cookies a coworker brings, or the uneaten cupcake that your daughter brings home from school because it was so-and-so’s birthday.  From breakfast to dinner and all the snacks in between, I know what I’ll be eating at any point during the day. 

Oh, iChange is opening another 30 day group session on Monday the 18th if anyone is interested. They have had such good reviews from the first group, that they added two more groups (I’m in the second group) with the third group starting on Monday.  My impression so far of iChange is if Facebook and Sparkpeople got married and had a kid, it would be iChange.  Lots of motivation and encouragement! The site is new and still working out some kinks, but overall it’s been good so far.  I have a goal of losing 10 pounds this month, so at the end of the 30 days, we’ll see how far I have come. 

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now.  I hope you all have a super-duper day!!  😛

Being a responsible employee is taking away my blog time — November 18, 2009

Being a responsible employee is taking away my blog time

Hello! Remember me?  I’m the one who use to live for blogging and reading blogs, but since I’ve decided to devote my working hours to actually working, I don’t have 8 hours a day to read blogs anymore. I’d like to say it sucks, but really I’m so caught up at work it isn’t even funny. And the self-satisfaction of doing a job well is very, um…satisfying, so I think I’ll continue doing the job they actually pay me to do instead of using this time for my own personal endeavors (except for right now, because I am waiting on the next batch of papers to arrive, so I have a few minutes to spare – yay!). 


ANYWAY, the other night I had a really bizarre but completely fun dream:  Debby came to visit me and she brought along Annie, and we all went to Sam’s to do some bulk shopping (because apparently we needed 20 rolls of paper towels or something) and while we were there, we ran into June, who was having an argument with a teenage stock boy who wouldn’t help her in the fashion to which she is accustomed (I don’t know if June’s really like that, but that’s what was going on in the dream).  There was also something about Halloween costumes and big dinosaurs, and mattresses in the back yard, but that part’s a little fuzzy, so I can’t really explain all that. Now let me just tell y’all that Debby is one of my best blogging buddies and we have conversed many times, so the Debby part makes sense. However, even though I read Annie’s and June’s blogs every day, I’ve only commented once on both of their blogs and neither one of them would know me from Adam (Eve?) if they saw me on the street, so I can’t tell you why they were in my dream, except that maybe I instinctively know that we would all be great friends if we were to actually, ya know, go to Sam’s and hang out. I’m just saying.


Let’s see, what other weirdness is going on in my life? Oh, I finally jumped into 2007 and let my kids get a Nitnendo Wii. Yeah, we are way current with whole video gaming thing. Anyway they have been saving up for 10 months to get a Wii and we found a good deal on Craigslist (I loves me some Craigslist) so we got the Wii and have been playing it and Oh My Gosh I Am So Sore!!! I can barely lift my arms and my back feels like I gave an elephant a piggy back ride. I’m thinking of going professional in bowling cause I am crazy good.  Who knew?!


Oh! I think my original point of this post is to set a goal weight-wise for the holiday season. Do you all have a goal? If you don’t you probably should think about getting one – they’re all the rage these days. My goal is to get back to 155 (which I did as of this morning can I get a WootWoot!) and stay there until January. If I can just stay at or slightly below 155 for the next 8 weeks, I’ll be happy.  I think it’s good to have a goal, otherwise I’ll just dive head first into the first tray of Christmas cookies I see and not come up for air until Springtime. That’s kind of what has happened the last…well, let’s be honest, that’s what always happens. We’ll see how it goes this year since I have my Super Awesome Winter Holiday Goal or SAWHG for short. What’s your SAWHG?


Oh you may be asking why I needed to “get back” to 155? Well I gained about 4 pounds in the last month – not a huge gain, but again, I blame the finger incident. That really jacked up my mojo and even though I’m still not working out like I’d like, my eating has gotten better and I’m just a lot more active these last couple of weeks, which helps.  I’ve discovered that my whole house is one big gym. Saturday I reached the point of I JUST CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE and I cleaned my house within an inch of its 1700 square foot life. I spent the whole day cleaning but when I finished it was a thing of beauty! I burned major calories that day, and since I didn’t want it all to get messy again within 24 hours, I have been vigilant about keeping it picked up. That burns a lot of calories too, just picking up after myself and everyone else, and even though it is a lot of work, the satisfaction of having a clean and tidy house is worth it. I just hope I can keep up with it.


Since it’s been a while since we’ve talked about my hair, let’s talk about it again, shall we? It’s driving me crazy again. I know I am in need of a trim, but here’s the deal: my stylist T who I have been going to for 5 years now always gives me the same cut and style no matter how I tell her I want it. Don’t get me wrong, she’s great, but she is a big fan of the flat iron, so that seems to be her default – trim it and then flat iron it. I have been wearing my hair curly for some time now and frankly, I don’t have the time or energy to flat-iron it every day, so I really need a flattering curly-haircut, and I don’t know if  T can handle that.  So I ask you – do you have any good styles for me?  I’ll post a pic of the hair as it is now and you all can email me pics or suggestions or just post them here on the blog – whatever, just give me some ideas please!!  I’m growing desperate, and there has been talk of a family portrait in the near future, so I need ideas soon! Okay I just tried 47 times to upload a pic of my hair and it’s just not working for me, so go visit my pics page and you’ll get an idea of what my hair sort of looks like.


Okay, well that’s about all I can think of to blather about for right now, so I guess I’ll end it here.


Or not, cause I just thought of something else: I like shopping at thrift stores and I’m not ashamed to say it! There, I said it. I admit, I like getting clothes for dirt cheap and the last time I went I bought a ton of stuff for myself and my kids for $23! Yes $23!! Super cute jeans for Sarah, 4 super cute tops for me, some dressy churchy clothes for Matthew and a few other things made for a very happy me! Oh I got the CUTEST jacket for those nights out on the town – it made me feel so trendy! And did I mention it was DIRT CHEAP???? I loves me some Goodwill.


Okay, that is really all for today. I’m sure I’ll have more to ramble about later, so don’t forget to come visit me again, k?!  Have a great day!

All is well in Sassyville — August 26, 2009

All is well in Sassyville

Okay so even though I didn’t get to bed early last night, today I am surprisingly well rested! I even woke up at like midnight…in a good mood. What’s up with that? Seriously, I woke up feeling all cheerful and then when I realized I could still sleep for 5 more hours, I was a little bit giddy. Is this how dementia starts, I wonder?

One thing that I forgot to mention about my boss in yesterday’s post is that he’s a redneck. Yep, he’s a bona fide Good Ole Boy, so if you go back and re-read those bossisms and imagine an Okie drawl, then you’ll really get an even better idea of why I call my office Hillbilly Hell. And yeah, I often wonder how he ended up in a position of leadership and authority…and why I’m working for him. Boggles the mind, I tell ya.

In all my snarky excitement yesterday, I forgot to mention that I got a blog award! The lovely and talented Jenn gave me this:

WMBS Award

 Isn’t it great?! Thanks Jenn – I really do appreciate it!! 🙂

Well we haven’t had a weight update in a while have we? As of this morning, I am down to 155 – can I get an awww yeah?! So that puts me 3 pounds away from my low of 152, and 5 pounds away from my short term goal of 150, and 15 pounds away from my official goal of 140, and 25 pounds away from my super-ultimate-but-probably-unattainable goal of 130. I would have been a lot lower by now, but exercise has come to a screeching halt the last couple of weeks. I’ve been staying active, just haven’t done much bucket-sweating-formal exercise, and that’s what really sheds the poundage for me (I don’t care what Time magazine says). Truth be told, I’m kind of bored with the elliptical, and I have the strangest urge to…run. GASP! SHOCK! AWE! I know, I know, every year about this time I say I want to be a runner, and I go on a couple of half-assed runs and then I stop running. But really? The Urge has been with me for a while now, and if I could just find a) a good location and b) the time , I would totally go running. Maybe I’ll carve out some time this weekend – who knows.

Okay well, time to get my hillbilly work done so I can make my hillbilly boss look good. I hope you all have a great Wednesday – we are halfway through the week!! Woohoo!

Not responsible for boring you to death – you came here voluntarily, remember? — July 9, 2009

Not responsible for boring you to death – you came here voluntarily, remember?

So it seems my best blog writing comes out of my angst about how hard it is to work out and lose pounds, and since I’m doing both consistantly and steadily I have nothing to write about.  So apparently to be a good writer, I have to be falling flat on my face.  Which makes for some funny blogfodder, but sucks because I don’t want to fall on my face anymore.  Need proof?  Go back to Summer 2008 and read some of  those posts…I’ll wait.




See? What did I tell you? I’m at my best when I’m at my worst!  Ugh..why can’t I make being successful FUN? Why does success feel so…boring? Oh, don’t worry, I’m sure there’s more falling-on-my-face-hilarity in my future, but for now, I’ll have to bore you with the mundane deets like what’s in my garden and what I found in the laundry and …um…maybe I should just stop blogging until I start struggling again… NAH!!  I’d rather bore you with the boring details of my boring life!  You all are a lucky bunch, yes indeedy!! 

Note to self: At some point this weekend, please take one hour and plan a menu for the upcoming week, and then STICK TO THE FRAPPIN* PLAN. Hot dogs and ham sandwiches are getting really old.

So, does anyone like squash (I’m writing my congressman to see if he will introduce a bill to change the name to SQUISH. I like saying “squish”. Say it a few times…fun huh?)  Because I harvested a bung-load of squash from the garden yesterday! I picked about a dozen squash and that’s only the tip of the iceberg compared to what’s going to be picked throughout the summer. If I could send each and every one of you a squash, I would, but I think the postage would get quite expensive at the end of it all. I’m already planning on giving some away to friends and neighbors, but I’m also going to freeze some of it for later. Does anyone have a vacuum sealer? I’m thinking about getting one so I can freeze a lot of the veggies to use for this fall/winter. A couple of my coworkers have one and they say the use it all the time. I think it would be pretty handy to have – what say you in blogland?

I’m supposed to weigh in today, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t lost any weight because of the 4th of July picnic and also eating out on Monday night at Lone Star Steakhouse for the anniversary, and I don’t like to weigh in unless I”m sure the numbers have gone down. Weird? Maybe. Effective? Heck yeah.  Also I have only worked out 2 days this week, and if I don’t work out, I don’t lose weight. Period. So instead of going to my weigh in, I’m thinking of going shopping  to look for accessories to go with my new comforter that I absolutely love:

Product Image

Shawn and I went to Target (pronounced Tar-zhay) Monday after dinner and picked out the comforter because I knew it was now or never, so I made myself decide on this one and I think we both really like it. And now I can finally decorate my boring bedroom – we moved into this house 5 or 6 years ago and I am just now getting around to making it look pretty. Procrastinate much? Hey – any suggestions on wall color/curtains, etc? I have some idea of what I want to get, but I love to hear your suggestions.  I’m thinking of a light silver/blue for accessories (lamps, curtains, etc).  Anyone have any thing different? 

Think about it and get back to me, until then have a good Thursday (we’re one day closer to the weekend!). yeehaw!


*Crabby McSlacker over at Cranky Fitness invented the use of coffee drinks as curse words…I think this trend is going to catch on like wild caramel machiatto.

ramblerambleramble — June 30, 2009



What is the deal with my sporadic posting of late? Just been busy living la vida summertime, I guess.

I think most everyone who reads my blog also reads MizFit’s blog as well, so I’m sure you all know about her link to the site Operation Beautiful. If not, go here and check it out. I can’t wait to get out and post some good vibes today!


Gross fact for the day: I haven’t washed my hair in a week.

Weird fact for the day: My hair is surprisingly cooperative – it’s never been so easy to style! I may stop washing my hair altogether. Okay, maybe not. But think of all the money I could save on shampoo! 🙂


I want to post pictures of my garden, but I keep forgetting. It’s coming along nicely and Shawn even put up that fancy shmancy watering system, so no more hauling water from the pond. I was getting used to it and am actually a little disappointed because I was starting to see some nice definition in my shoulders. Oh well, less time spent watering means more time pulling weeds, so maybe my hamstrings will get some definition now! We have tiny baby squash(es?) starting to appear and lots of tiny tomatoes on the vines. The carrots don’t seem to be faring to well, but the okra is shooting up like wildfire (I hate okra so of course it will grow the best). I am anxiously awaiting the cantaloupe – I have an unnatural love of cantaloupe. I crave it, I feel happy when there are big chunks of it cut up and stored in the fridge, just waiting for me to slurp its juice off my fingers. Wow – food porn at it’s finest today!

I hit my mini goal and my short term goal last week! I’m at 159.5 right now, although according to my doctor’s scale, I’m at 162.5. I decided to go with my scale because I weigh in first thing in the morning buck naked right after my morning run to the bathroom. When I weigh in at the doctor’s office, it’s at 4 in the afternoon with all my clothes on (sans shoes, of course), so I don’t like that weight. Shawn and I had an interesting talk about weight the other day: he has been losing weight as well…

*TANGENT AHEAD* I hate him because he has lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks. He did it by skipping breakfast (I know, right?!) and cutting out desserts. Oh, and he works in the 90+ degree heat everyday, but I still hate him for losing weight so quickly! *TANGENT OVER*

…so we have been eating less sweets, and making our dinners smaller. I have to say I like having him do this with me – makes it so much easier. Anyway, we had been watching Oprah (yeah he sometimes watches) and there were a bunch of overweight kids confronting their parents, and one of the exercises was for the teens to say “It makes me angry that…” and the kids filled in the blanks with whatever came into their heads. Shawn was kind of making fun of it, and he turned to me and asked me “what are you angry about?” And I told him, “I’m angry that… I weigh 160 pounds instead of 130 pounds. I’m angry that I let myself go and didn’t lose the weight sooner. I’m angry that you only knew me for 6 months before I got fat.” He said, “Really? That’s what you’re angry about?” He couldn’t believe it. Then later we were talking again, and I said something off hand about my goal weight, and he said “I can’t believe you are so bothered by your weight. I’m not nearly as hung up about your weight as you are. It bothers me that you are so bothered by it.” I didn’t know what to say, because I have been so hung up about it for so long that it is just a natural part of my thought process now. I am relieved that he isn’t hyperfocused on my weight, but I still want to lose it, just for my own self-satisfaction.

I am 99% sure that I am not going to my high school reunion. Thanks for all of your advice – it helped a lot! We are sending our kids to church camp in a couple of weeks, and I know we are going to be spending money on that, so when you weigh the two together: having a couple of drinks with old friends vs. my kids eternal salvation…no contest there! I’d rather let them make new memories instead of spending the money so I can relive old memories, ya know? So unless we get a windfall of an extra $300, I most likely won’t be attending the reunion, and I really am okay with that. We have a family reunion planned for Labor Day weekend and I am way more excited about that!

Well I think I’ve rambled on long enough for today. I’ll try to be better about posting more regularly, and I will, I WILL, post some pictures of my garden and my knitting (which can only be described as a cottony-soft disaster) soon!

Have a great day y’all!

154 — September 22, 2008


Yep.  That’s the latest number to come out of the doctor’s scale on Friday. 

That’s also the number that I got down to 3 years ago before I face-planted into a pan of Neiman Marcus brownies and didn’t come up for air until 20 pounds later. 

Why the face-plant?  Well, that go-round, I had been losing weight for various “events” in my life: a family reunion, vacation, 10th wedding anniversary, a wedding, etc.   Then all of a sudden I was out of events, and hence, out of reasons to keep losing weight.   I just couldn’t find the motivation to keep going, and I was Just. So. Tired. of counting Points that when the holidays rolled around, I went Ka-ra-zee.  It started with Halloween and didn’t stop until January.  I stayed at around 167 pounds for a long time after that, until I toyed with intuitive eating and gained another 20 pounds earlier last year. 

This time, I’m not losing weight for anyone or anything, other than my own satisfaction.  I have to admit, it’s nice when something comes around that I know I’ll be seeing people whom I haven’t seen in a while (like last Thursday night’s high school football game – I still love it when people have that shocked look on their faces!).  But I’m not actively looking at my calendar thinking that I need to lose x amount of pounds in x amount of time so I can look good at such-and-such event (okay well there IS the 20 year reunion next year, but I’m not *actively* losing weight for that).  It feels good to just be going at my own pace and not worrying whether or not I’ll be at a mini-goal or whatever.  I’m not saying it doesn’t work, I’m just saying it doesn’t work so well FOR ME. 

I’m averaging a 4-5 pound loss per month (and it usually happens all in one week, weird I know), and I am totally good with that, so I’m going to stay this course until I get to my happy weight.  All I need is my treadmill, my big-ass bottle of water, and oh yeah, my skinny pills, and I’ll be good to keep going as long as I need to.

Hello Stranger! — August 22, 2008

Hello Stranger!

One Fifty- Seven!! Hi! How are you?  It’s been what, two years since the last time I saw you?  Wow, you look great!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you again.  I’ve been thinking about you lately and here you are!  Well, I would love to stay and chat with you, but I know you can’t hang around long.  Hey I would love to see your friend One Fifty-Six, is she around here? Oh wait, I think I see her coming around the corner now…


Take me to your leader — April 29, 2008

Take me to your leader

I went to a different WW meeting than I usually go to and can I tell ya – WOW!! What a difference!! At my usual location, the leader* is nice- she is in her mid 60’s and kinda funny in an “I’m trying really hard to be funny” kind of way. The room where the meeting is held is very large and there are usually only about 15 people there and everyone sits in the back. No one feels very comfortable talking so it’s usually quiet. Not very motivating to say the least. And there is one receptionist who is…well… she’s just plain weird! I don’t know how else to put it. She is one odd duck. Plus, Tuesdays are hard days for me to go because my son plays baseball EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FOR THE NEXT 3 MONTHS, *sigh*, so I don’t always make it to the meeting, or if I do, it is because I have to move heaven and earth to get there. So I decided to try a meeting in a nearby town (I live right in between two smallish towns) that is only 10 minutes away from my house.



The leader, can I just take a minute to tell you how awesome she is??? She is in her late 40’s, tall, long dark hair with a style that I covet, and totally cool! Think Cher, but in a good way. She had on these very cool wedge heels and lots of silver bangle bracelets and glasses that made her look smart yet aloof. She was very laid back, but really into what everyone had to say. Very engaging. I think I may have just the slightest hint of a girl crush on her!

The members of the meeting were very chatty and offered suggestions and it made the class that much more interesting. There was one overbearing, obnoxious woman who had to comment loudly about everything, but there’s always one, isn’t there?! Other than that I really enjoyed the meeting and will definitely be making this my permanent meeting location. I left there feeling motivated and ready to put all my effort into it. Such a good feeling!

As far as weigh in, well I think we all know how that turned out. I gained 2 pounds, but I totally expected it, so I’m just going to go into denial about it and pretend it never happened. I’ll lose 3 pounds this week and be back on track – you watch me!

Hope everyone has a good day!

* I hate using the term “leader” – it makes me think I’m in a cult or girl scouts or something. But that’s the lingo, so I guess I’ll have to get used to it!

The challenge is challenging — April 23, 2008

The challenge is challenging

Okay Debby – you caught me. I have been purposely avoiding talking about TL’s challenge because frankly, I’m sucking at it. Am thinking of quitting because the suggested mileage per week is 42.Think about that for a moment…42miles PER WEEK. SEVEN DAYS to walk 42 miles.

That’s SIX miles per day. Every day. Every week. For many many weeks!! Wears me out just thinking about it.

I’m doing good to get in 10 miles a week (last week was 8). When I signed up for this, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 2 hours of walking every day, but I thought, “this will be fun and it will get me motivated to work out every day, even though I’ll be a little behind everyone else.” Key word in that sentence is *little*. I’m not just a little behind, I’m waaaayyyyyy behind everyone now.

So maybe it would be better to bow out now, and just keep going at my own pace and do my own little challenge in my head. I don’t know.

I’m this close to dropping out.

In other news, there is this radio commercial running right now for a tanning salon. The woman doing the voice on the commercial sounds like a really bored, deep voiced Romanian woman and she’s talking about the freaking news. I think there may be some joke to this, but it’s over my head. Anyone have any idea what this may be about??? It’s completely annoying and I may never go to this particular salon just because of this commercial. Not that I go to tanning salons – my lily-white legs can attest to that, but if I were to go, I would not go to this particular branch of salons because I find their commercial to be a kin to fingernails on a chalkboard. I’m just sayin…

Weigh in yesterday was not bad, but not good either. I stayed the same this week. Still sitting at 179, but I’m really not surprised I didn’t have a loss. Too many *one bite of this*, and *just a taste or two of that* went on all week. So I’m going to try to be extra careful about tracking this week and getting all my water in. And oh yeah, more walking. I need to start taking some vitamins and supplements – what do you all take? I know I should be taking calcium, and a multivitamin, but what else do you all recommend?

Off to do more work – YAY WORK!!! 😉

Better today — April 16, 2008

Better today

I was so down yesterday morning, but by the afternoon I was starting to feel a little better. Then after work yesterday I found out that we are getting a big fat refund on our taxes! So fat that my husband said I could take about $800 and go buy myself a bunch of new clothes!! I said “really? Are you serious???” to which he replied, “Yeah I’m serious! You deserve it!” Holy Shoe Shopping Batman!!! I already have a list made up and the day that money gets deposited, I shall go to the bank and withdraw my fun money IMMEDIATELY and hit the stores! I am one of those moms who always puts everyone else’s needs before my own, so if (and that’s a big IF usually) there is extra cash, it goes towards the kids or things for the house or whatever random bill happens to pop up. But I am already planning on being totally selfish with this money!! With this refund we are also going to be able to pay off some debts, like the hospital bill from when I had my third child THREE YEARS AGO!!! That will be such a relief to get that off our backs, so YAY REFUND!!!
There was something else great that happened yesterday, but now I can’t remember what it was…oh yeah – weigh in!! I lost 1.4 pounds bringing my total to 7 pounds lost. WooHoo!! Considering its TOM, and considering the amount of crap I ate on Saturday, that’s pretty amazing stuff. I think the loss comes from all the walking I’ve been doing every morning – hey, this exercise stuff really works! (Thanks TL!)
I have a stealth plan to get some strength training in during the work day. Usually they guys will pop in my office unexpectedly, so I’ve been a little gun shy about doing any kind of exercise in my office, for fear someone will walk in and see me on the floor huffing and puffing through a sit up. However, (here’s the stealth part) they take a break at 9:00 and again at 1:30, so for 15 or 20 minutes they are occupied with their coffee and talk of the big game or the big fish or the big truck or whatever big thing they happen to be discussing, so that is when I will squeeze in a few crunches and some push ups, maybe even a squat or two! Completely brilliant plan, right? I thought so!
Okay, gotta get to work! Have a great day everyone!!

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