Watching Weight

April 29, 2010

Ugh. Diets. Errr… “Lifestyle Changes”.

Image: The Cleaner

I’ve done Jenny Craig, Atkins, and Weight Watchers. Jenny Craig didn’t work for me because I didn’t like having to buy all that packaged food. It got expensive and I’m kinda picky so I ended up with the same few things over & over. Though I will credit that system with my discovery and resulting love for Orzo pasta. [Note: had to laugh – spell check wanted to change Orzo to “oreo”. Even technology is out to get me!]  Mmmm. That was about ten years ago and I still remember how good it was – it had a few black beans mixed in with some cheese! And the chocolate cakes. The way they were then reminds me a bit of the ones from Jack In The Box. (Yep, I know all the fast food goodies. I think my fave is the Oreo Pie from Burger King – TO DIE FOR!)  [Do you see why I’m in the mess I’m in?? Do ya?]  Anyway, so I’m not down with buying prepackaged food so NutriSystem and other similar deals are out.

Atkins – that worked out pretty well for me for a while. I dropped a ton of weight. Too bad I don’t like greasy stuff more. I have such a sweet tooth. And a carb tooth if there is such a thing. Boy did I pay if I cheated. But really, in the long run, how good for you can all that fat be? I was trying to LOSE the fat. Not ingest more of it. Besides, when someone says I can’t do or have something – I’m like so many others and immediately look for the forbidden “fruit” so to speak.

Weight Watchers. Also a bit pricey – especially when you factor in the cost of the extra “must haves” like the food scale, points calculators, food books, and so on. Thanks to the internet, and smart phones, I suppose it may be a bit easier now. I like the idea that you can have whatever food you want, and you can gain extra food points for excercise. I become RAVENOUS after workouts though. I can do a workout that will gain me 2 Activity Points, but need more than 2 points worth of food. Try 6-9. I wonder if that wears off after a while? Maybe my body is just freaking out because intense workouts are so foreign?

So what prompted all this? The other morning, hubby told me he wants to make changes in our eating habits. And it’s just that – habits. We have a habit of being lazy and eating out. Or I cook a healthy meal and either a) we eat double portions because it’s so good, b) we ruin it with dessert (Hi, Coldstone), or c) BOTH! He asked about the iPhone app for Weight Watchers. Yeah, I hear they have one, but we have Droids! I scoured around and found a couple apps for the Droid. One calculates points values for you, and the other is a list of food you scroll through. There’s no official Droid app yet.

So, our choices are to go to meetings, do it online, or both. Not sure what the meetings cost. The ability to do both is $10 more per month per person ($80 monthly investment for both of us). What I’m thinking is that maybe we sign up for a couple months (I lean toward online, but that’s just me) and see if we can lose some pounds. I have about 40 pounds to lose and so does he. I know there’s so many other people out there that have so much more to lose. We are quickly becoming those people. A couple years ago it was 20 pounds we wanted to lose. Then it became 25, 30, 35…. Give it more time and we’ll be on the Biggest Loser. Or in line for stomach surgery.

So, if that’s the plan, then I better start going through the cabinets. Good bye hot cocoa & marshmallows. Good bye cake mix & frosting. Good bye boxed mac & cheese. I had also better dig out the measuring cups, spoons and food scale. And I should find my inner zen because putting up with the over exuberant “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” mantra for a maniacal meeting leader will really push my crazy button.


200 Million

April 29, 2010

What would you do with 200 MILLION dollars?

Our Friday Lotto is up over the $200 Million mark. So of course we (and the rest of the state) went & bought some tickets. And promptly began dreaming…

First, you figure the government will take about half.

So that leaves 100 Million. Still not too shabby.

  1. 10% to the church (10 Million) = balance 90 Million
  2. New home (gated community – gotta keep out the crazies) with furnishings, upgrades, etc.  5 Million = 85 Million
  3. Pay loans & health expense bills, etc. for immediate family (let’s go big and say 10 Million) = 75 Million
  4. Share the love with some favorite charities (3 Million) = 72 Million

Other fun things on the list:

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Team In Training – Decision

April 29, 2010

So, a friend & I went to the Team In Training/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society office last week to pick up some information. I wrote about my indecision then, and have since decided now is not the right time for me to participate.

While there’s no doubt that this is a very worthwhile cause, there’s also no doubt that it would likely be quite expensive for me as an individual. I understand the costs involved – both from an operational/logistical standpoint in addition to the funds they want to raise for research. I’m not arguing that at all.

You see, to do the local 5K, with no hotel stay, the minimum donation amount is $1,800. By July. That’s just about 2 1/2 months. When you commit to doing a race, you’re also committing to personally securing the donation amount. I feel like I could reasonably collect $500 in donations, Read the rest of this entry »

I am the Queen…

April 28, 2010

… of procrastination!

I can find a million piddly things to do instead of doing something productive. I am now in serious trouble due to blogging. First off, the actual writing takes time. I have so many things I could talk about.  Secondly, I am ever so curious as to what others are blogging about. I can spend all day just on WordPress checking out what other people are writing about – perhaps with similar tags or even other random topics I wasn’t previously interested in. Often, this will lead to external links and down the rabbit hole I go.  

And helllloooo FaceBook Bejeweled Blitz! I must remain at the top of the leaderboard. The funny thing is that I’m really not that competitive. But this is just one minute, right? Well, one minute turns to two which turns to five and the next thing you know, I’ve been blitzing for an hour! Holy crap, no wonder my shoulder hurts. I think “obsessed” might sum this one up.

And why remove your clean clothes from the dryer when you can just hit “refresh” and pull out what you need? (Though I’m proud to say at this moment my dryer is empty!) I’ve been working on this one because hubby just doesn’t think the same way.

And Tivo. Holy cow. When we first got Tivo, the box had such a small memory, we couldn’t record much. Now, the box holds hours upon hours of shows – even in Hi-Def. So what do I do? Try to fill that puppy up. Then it’s a race against time to watch all my shows before they’re deleted. Either hubby comes in and squashes them all while I’m sleeping, or they’re bumped because I didn’t get to ’em fast enough. This is all mind-numbingly boring stuff. Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, Deadliest Catch, American Idol, Biggest Loser, Mercy, Trauma, General Hospital, Rachel Ray, Dr. Oz, Two and a Half Men…. Well, now that hockey’s mostly done (for our team anyway), I’ve got even MORE room to pack in junk!

I FEEL like I do stuff during the day (and often I really do become productive)… but then when hubby asks about my day, I really don’t have much to say. I need to change this lazy habit!

So, how many of you join me in procrastination royalty? What are you big time-suckers?

Gratitude check

April 27, 2010

Over the last few days, I found myself dwelling on the negative. I’ve begun a number of posts only to realize they are actually rants in disguise. Conversation with friends and family has inevitably declined to bitching and moaning. So I realized it was time for a gratitude check. Basically, it boils down to an attitude adjustment.

I want to complain about bad drivers, but I’m fortunate enough to own my vehicle outright, have the ability to maintain it well and keep insurance on it.  I am also blessed with the ability to anticipate moronic moves. Somehow, I’ve been able to *just know* when someone was going to cross four lanes without looking or signaling. (Believe me, this sense comes in very handy when riding a motorcycle.) I need to retrain my brain from whining about how horrible these drivers are to think of the positives in the situation.

I started to write about the craziness of potentially banning toys in kids’ fast food meals. I droned on about how rough it was when I was a kid in the mid to late 70’s and how we had no remotes… blah, blah, blah. Really, I should be grateful that I grew up then and on top of that, with a family that had decent values.

One thing I’ve never done is played the “Oh poor me” card because my dad bailed when I was one. I guess I’m glad he did it then; before I knew him. Maybe one day I’ll post my thoughts on that whole situation. However, the cliché that says you never miss what you don’t have is total bullshit – at least in this regard. A kid would have to be blind not to see the relationships their friends have with their parents.

People do frustrate me. But I need to look at that and really see why I’m frustrated. An example would be people that comment on a hockey blog I read. I vehemently disagree with many of the comments, and find most annoying. Why? Mostly because these people hide behind the anonymity of the internet and attempt to come across as knowledgeable, but in fact are quite uneducated. I’ve decided to skip reading the comments and just read the content (which is great). I am thankful that I have the where-with-all to educate myself in order to recognize the idiocy spouted in the comments. I’m grateful that I have the choice to skip them, and the freedom to access better information.

I’ve also found myself becoming discouraged with my appearance. I want to get my hair cut, but need to let it grow out some more first. I want to get skinny but can’t seem to resist goodies (hello cake!). I like the idea of exercising but lack motivation. I really need to be grateful that I have hair and the means with which to eat out too often or cook super yummy food. I’m very fortunate to belong to a great gym, and need to make use of it.

So I guess this is part rant, part recognition of blessings. How do you reel yourself back to being more grateful and less negative?

Even More Spring Blooms

April 27, 2010


From Zoo Plants

From Zoo Plants


So it's not technically "blooming" - I thought it looked cool though!

I’m Old.

April 26, 2010

Friends have always teased me, calling me old, because I’m usually the logical and responsible one. Afraid of risk and stuck in my routine. And I get cranky when my routine is disrupted. I just had my 37th birthday (I refuse to say “celebrated” because I had it under duress), so by most people’s standards, I’m NOT, in fact: OLD. I go to concerts (I’ve seen artsits like Tim McGraw & Faith Hill to Dokken, and all sorts of wild/tame acts in between). I attempt ice skating (with hockey skates mind you). I giggle at potty humor just like a five year-old. Seriously though, I’m not trying to convince you. 

Disclaimer: this is not MY cake. Nothing I make comes out this pretty.

But today it happened. Immediately upon finishing a slice of cake, my tummy started to hurt. Too much sugary richness at once. OMIGOD. It’s happened! I have officially turned old. I knew things were bad when I started feeling effects of a hangover before I had my third drink, but this? RIIII-DIC-U-LOUSSSSS! 

Next thing you know, I’ll be hitting the sack before the sun goes down. Oh wait…..