Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Seven Things About Me

What Fun!  My first-ever blog award!  Thank you Melissa TFM !!!  By accepting the reward, I agree to tell you seven things about myself, and then pass the award along to 15 other bloggers.  I'm not sure I have 15, so like Melissa, I may have to bend the rules a little on that one.  :-)  Some of the awesome bloggers on my blogroll have already received this award, but I suppose there's always room on the shelf for another one, right???

1.  I work from home in my PJs and socks.
2.  My two grandchildren are rays of sunshine that brighten my day.
3.  I am currently writing a fiction novel, based on a (for-real) family heirloom that I inherited. 
4.  Scrapbooking is my favorite hobby. 
5.  My current addiction: Facebook (especially Frontierville).
6.  My best friend (since childhood) is DJ, and we live on the same street. 
7.  I have never lived more than 25 miles from where I live right now.  

And now to pass it forward!  I haven't been blogging as long a many of you have, and you probably don't even know that I follow you.  But the blogs that inspire me on a regular basis are:

Monday, October 25, 2010

He Called Me Tiny!!

I love Facebook.  It has been such fun reconnecting with old school friends and former coworkers.  My daughter fusses about all the old geezers on there.  :-)   I'm personally having a ball with my old geezer friends!  After a couple of FB chats with one guy from the past (on whom I had a GIGANTIC crush as a young teen), we talked about weight issues, and it seems that he is struggling with it as well.  Lo and behold, I bumped into him over the weekend, and he actually called me TINY!  He said "You are so TINY.  You said you had gained weight, but you are TINY."

I think I have just found My Next Husband.

Out Of The Closet

On my to-do list for this weekend was the dreaded chore of cleaning out my closet.  I'm not one of the fortunate women with a closet big enough to hold my entire wardrobe (small that it is), so each summer and winter finds me sorting through clothes, and exchanging out warm items for cooler items.  This year, however, there were no bags and boxes of clothing in my attic to unpack for fall/winter.  When I packed up the winter duds at the beginning of summer, I took the boxes straight down to the local Goodwill store, and got rid of them forever.  Fat clothes. How come that is such a difficult thing to do?  For years and years, I have held on to favorite items, resolving to "one day wear this again".  Buried underneath five years of cramming stuff in my attic, I know there are boxes of tiny little jeans that have probably dry rotted by now.  At the beginning of this summer, I was a newly banded patient, full of hope and optimism about getting the weight off, and finally truly believed that it would happen.  My band gave me the confidence I needed to be brave and... get rid of those size 22 clothes.  The summer clothing that I replaced them with were also of the larger size, and throughout the summer they became looser and looser on my shrinking body, until I finally had to break down and buy a few things to get me through.    What a shock to realize, now that it's time to once again drag out the winter clothes, that I have NOTHING TO WEAR!!!   I work from home, (in my size 3X jammies that are falling off of me, but are oh-so-comfy!) so business casual clothing isn't an issue for me.  Well, except for the rare time when I must go into the office, then I must adhere to a fairly rigid dress code, but thankfully that's not very often.

I'm afraid I didn't get to check off every item on my to-do list for the weekend.  But I did get my closet cleaned out.  And now I have even more boxes for Goodwill.  My closet is looking very bare these days.  But even without my band in place, I still have the resolve that I won't be needing those clothes any more.  Yes, indeed.  It is time they come Out Of The Closet!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy Friday

On the weight-loss front, it was a good results week.  I'm down 6 lb from last weekend!!!  I believe the Mega T has helped with the appetite suppression.  So for the first time in weeks, my ticker numbers have changed... and in the right direction!  Gotta love that!!  Hope everyone has a great weekend.    CathyB

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Greetings, blogger friends!  Nope, I didn't sail away to parts unknown while I was at the beach, though sometimes I think it would be a grand adventure!  I did have internet issues though, and was unable to do any blogging while I was gone.  I bought one of those thingies that you plug into the laptop for wireless service, then purchased a card to use with it.  Sometimes it would work, and sometimes it wouldn't.  Never would let me access my blogs.  Fortunately, I was able to get to Facebook.  I would probably have packed it up and come home early had I not been able to keep up with my FB friends, and tend my homestead in Frontierville.  Yes, I am that pathetic.  Ha!

I'm pretty bummed to admit that I have totally blown the Hot 100 Challenge.  I wasn't able to post an update (though it would have been sad).  I'm still going to hang out with the other Hotties, though, checking on blogs and posting encouragement.  It's not about the prizes for me, it's about the companionship along the journey.  So I'll start posting my updates, sad as they may be, in the hopes of gaining encouragement as I begin the battle anew each week.

I am happy to report that while at the beach, I walked several miles, several times.  When I was there last year, I was barely able to walk 100 yards without being out of breath and my feet hurting something awful.  My 70-year-old mom could walk circles around me!  Not so, this year.  I enjoyed my walks more than I have in years.  Eating wasn't too bad either.  We did do buffet dinners a couple of times, but for the most part I made good food choices.  I gained 1 lb for the 9-day trip.  That's a record for me!  (A happy record!)

I know it might be a cop-out, but I bought myself some Mega-T green tea dietary supplement pills at the Walgreen store the other day.  It's a crutch, I know, but I'm really struggling with my appetite since having the band removed in July.  I just need a little something to get me jump started to get the pounds and inches headed in the DOWNward direction instead of upward.  I've used it for two days, and doggone it, I believe it is actually helping, and I haven't been hungry between meals.  And my food choices have been PERFECT!!  So... I'm going to keep using them to see how it goes.  I know there are pros and cons, and many different opinions. I've been on this journey for over 20 years, so I've heard it all, read it all, and tried most of it all.  Blogging and reading blogs is an amazing tool that helps probably more than anything else, but a little boost with the green tea pills might be just what I need to complete the picture.  At least for a little while.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Coast Is Calling!

Umm Ummm.  Just enjoyed a fabulous salad... and I didn't even have to work the street corner for it!  :-)

The next 24 hours will rank as some of the craziest i've had lately.  I'm headed for the coast early tomorrow afternoon, and in the meantime there's about four days' worth of stuff I need to take care of.  We've had a wonky thing happen at work requiring extra attention and hours of (extra) work.  I'm doing some p.r.n. work for a friend tonight.  I'm not finished packing.  My house is a disaster.  No way i could face all of this without the prospect of a 6-hour nap on the road tomorrow, as this looks like this will be an all-nighter for me, straight on through working for four hours minimum tomorrow.

Ahhh but the seagulls are calling my name, and the ocean waves are rolling in to take away my stress....

*See* ya'll tomorrow evening, with sand between my toes!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hooked on Salad

How horrible it must be to not like salad!  I know a few folks who don't like green things, and wouldn't touch a cucumber if it was plated in gold.  Chocolate, maybe.. ha!  I remember the first time I ever tried salad dressing.  I used to eat my salad without any kind of dressing at all.  One year while on vacation at a table full of relatives, I decided to live dangerously and add a little dressing to my salad.  Oh. My.  I thought I had died and gone to salad heaven.  Since then, of course, I have learned all about the Evil Salad Dressings chock-full of nasty fat grams and calories.  For years I wouldn't budge, and couldn't stand the taste of light or fat-free dressing.  I'm still not crazy about it, especially the Ranch variety.  I'd rather have less volume, and still enjoy the full-fledged Ranch rather than not enjoy my salad.  Thankfully I have discovered a new flavor that I do like in the lite version, and that's Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette.  Yum Yum.  I also like the Salad Spritzer dressings.  At one calorie a squirt, you can't really go wrong there.  I don't think I've ever squirted over four or five times.

I don't just love salads, I actually crave salads.  My idea of winning the lottery would be to have a handsome young chef prepare my salads for me twice daily.  It's the washing, slicing, dicing, chopping and tossing that I'm not so crazy about.  Eating it is my favorite part.  I have a tough time keeping "salad stuff" in the fridge.

Today at lunch I was headed for the fridge and was telling my daughter how much I was enjoying having salads again.  I wanted to say "I'm hooked on salads."  Instead it came out "I'm hooking for salads."  She just died laughing.  I guess I can see myself on the street corner with a sign... "Will work for salad."

It was pretty funny.  I guess you had to be there.   :-]

Sunday, October 3, 2010


 Do you see it?  Look at my two tickers.  One says I have lost 52 pounds, one says I have lost 43 pounds.  UNfortunately, the one that says 43 pounds is the correct one.  I'm still battling with those 9 pounds that separate me from Ground Zero (my weight on the day of band removal). So, I'll be working very hard to get the numbers UP.  Not the numbers on the scale, oh no, those have gone up far ENOUGH.  I want to get those numbers UP on the My Fitness Pall ticker.  So, for my own motivation, I'm going to leave both tickers up.  I think the embarrassment factor will help.  :-]

Yesterday was my granddaughter's Minnie Mouse birthday party.  My daughter and I made an awesome cake for the occasion.  [That is not intended to be a boastful statement.  If you could see some of the cakes we have made in the past, you would definitely agree that this cake is awesome.  Most of our efforts result in throwing the whole mess in the garbage can... haha...]  For some crazy reason we decided to do a fondant cake.  We watched some videos on You Tube and decided we could do it.  We were happy with our first attempt at a prototype a week before the party.  Closer to the weekend we began to worry that it was just a fluke, and hoped that the *real* cake would turn out as well.  We were happy.  :-)

The first photo is our first attempt.... the prototype.  We switched colors on the second one, the *real* one. 

Okay, so a weight-loss blog is probably not the best place to be posting pictures of such sugary sweetness, but since I totally sucked at my Hot 100 Challenge last week, I thought I would post something that doesn't suck so much.  :-)   I haven't started off so Hot this week either, as I indulged in some pizza and birthday cake yesterday, and I had birthday cake for breakfast today.  

All is not lost, however... (no pun intended...) I just had a delightful salad and a Smart Ones dinner, and I'm feeling very satisfied at the moment.  I walked on the treadmill last night (check!) and I'll be doing that again today.  I'm keeping up with my food intake,(check!) and I've avoided butter-pecan ice cream (check!).  So that's three checks out of four so far within 24 hours.  Best stats I've had all week.  ha!  Totally sucking on the drinking-8-glasses-of-water-a-day goal, though.  :-[    Will have to work harder on that. 

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday afternoon!  (I'm supposed to be working.... but here I am, reading blogs!!)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hot 100 - Gremlin Repellent

Shoot.  How sad that my first update post can't be full of fireworks and high-fives, shouts of "Well Done", and "Way to Go!!"  Pretty darn sad.  It's almost like the FAIL gremlins are out to get me.  You know the ones... no matter what you make up your mind to do, those little gremlins will appear from nowhere and make sure you do not succeed.

I haven't checked out update posts of the other Hotties, but I'm quite sure that I'll find most everyone had a great  start to the challenge (high fives to ya'll!!!), but I'm that old horse just barely limping out of the gate.  Slow to get my groove on, but I know it's in me... I just gotta get those FAIL gremlins out of the way.

Steve said:   Have you had a less than great start?  Don’t worry about it.  You can pick up right here and make the upcoming week great.  There is no need in letting a bad week ruin the rest of the year.  You can do it!
Thanks for that, Steve.  It would be really easy to just forget it.  But I've come too far to just forget it, and I am over halfway to goal, so I must continue to go forward. 

All is not a total loss (no pun intended), though.  
~I did not walk this week. FAIL  Bought myself a pedometer today, though... getting ready for it!!!
~I did not drink enough water.  FAIL
~I did not purchase (or consume) any butter pecan ice cream  YAY ME!!!  A+
*I did purchase a package of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches three days ago, and was able to limit myself to eating only ONE.  Normally I would have eaten two at a time and the entire package would be gone by now. So far, only one is gone.  So that's an A+++!!
~I did not WRITE DOWN calories consumed, but on two days, I did look them up, and keep a running total in my head.  This a START.  B

So now I have 92 days of 2010 rather than 100.  I'm still way better off than I was January 1 of this year, and I'm not as *good* as I'll be on January 1 of 2011.

This coming Thursday I'm headed to the coast for a long overdue week of rest and relaxation.  My parents will be going with me, and my mom will be my encourager.  I'll be doing lots of walking every day.  We stay at my aunt's condo, so we have a kitchen and prepare our own food.  My mom is watching her weight as well, so there won't be the usual junk-food orgies or binge eating at restaurants usually associated with vacations.  It will likely be much easier than if I were at home.  

So, week one was pretty much FAIL, but I have limped out of the gate, gremlin repellent in both hands, and I'm ready to rev it up and make the best of the remaining 92 days of 2010. Hope everyone has a great week!!!!