Thursday, October 25, 2007


I think I know why I am having such a difficult time with this diet ... I'm not planning my meals or preparing for those times when I'm going to miss a regular meal. I have managed to eat three slices of pizza every day since going on this diet; dinner the first night, then left-over slices for lunch the second day, followed by the "lunch special" (buy two slices of pizza and a pop for $3, get a third slice free) at the local pizza joint today because I couldn't get out of the office for more than 20 minutes for lunch. I am also not drinking enough water. So, for the next week I will be focusing on bringing a water bottle and healthy snacks (carrot or celery sticks, apples slices, an orange, etc.) to work every day. I'll keep checking in to let you ... anybody out there? ... know how I'm doing.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I. Am. Failing!
I haven't even managed to stay on my "diet" for a whole day. I was going along great yesterday until sitting down to dinner, when I managed to wolf down three slices of (formerly) frozen pizza after eating my healthy salad.
Today, I didn't even make it through lunch. Rather than eating an actual lunch, I used most of that hour to run errands (shopping for a belt, toilet paper, Halloween candy, soda pop for D), so that I only had about 30 seconds to grab something from the 'fridge to take back to work for lunch ... leftover pizza. And tonight I took the kids to DQ for treats because Lumpy* earned a free ice cream for entering the Jack-O-Lantern contest at her day care ... and of course I had to have one because the Blizzard Of The Month is peanut butter cup and blizzards are my favorite ice cream treat from DQ and I had a coupon for .39 off. I'm just glad I didn't have the BOGO coupon or I would have bought a second one to keep in the freezer for this weekend. Lumpy had a DQ Sandwich, Tigger had a Dilly Bar, Owl had a grape-flavored Mr. Misty Freeze (the kind with the ice cream mixed into the Mr. Misty slush).
I have, however, signed up for the class I mentioned I was going to take. It begins on November 5th and I am SOOOOOO excited about it.
Also, since Tigger's scout meeting for tomorrow night was canceled, I think I'll use some of that hour to prepare celery sticks ... I should have done that tonight, but I was working on balancing my checkbook instead (and writing this blog post).

*Yes, I have nicknamed my three children after character's from Disney's Winnie-The-Pooh movies. If you are not familiar with some of the more recent movies, "Lumpy" is the nickname for Heffridge Trumpler Brompet Heffalump, IV, a young "heffalump" whom Roo meets and befriends. Lumpy is full of laughter, bouncing is what Tigger's do best and Owl is very knowledgeable about books (both in the movies and in my house).

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weight Loss

Well, the "Health and Fitness" angle hasn't been working for me, so now I'm going to try to just lose weight. As of this morning, I weigh 183 pounds. My first goal is to be 5 pounds lighter by my birthday in the middle of November. My next goal is to be 10 pounds lighter, rather than 10 pounds heavier, by the 1st of the year. My long-term goal is to maintain a weight of 155 to 160 pounds; numbers I haven’t seen on the scale since before D and I met. However, I am still doing this for the same reasons I expounded before: I want my kids to see me making healthy choices about what I eat and how I spend my time; and I want to be able to walk without my thighs rubbing together.
The lifestyle that I have chosen is low-glycemic impact (low-G.I.) which means I'll be eating a lot of the items listed in the green section. I will also be signing up for a class through my local parks and recreation department called "Core Concepts," a class which will meet three days a week from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. My official weigh-in day will be Tuesdays, since I am starting my new eating plan on a Tuesday. So, I'll be back tomorrow with my first official weigh-in; if I have time, and can find the measuring tape, I may even do a few body measurements (upper arms, waist, hips, thighs, calves).

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Interesting Animal Meme

I saw this MeMe here and just had to participate.

An Interesting Animal I Had
Well, my parents have raised a variety of animals in my lifetime; at one point we had a bevy of ducks, a flock of chickens, and two rabbits that, well, bred like rabbits, as well as cat and a dog. However, the most interesting pet I have ever personally had was a chicken. Her name was Lucky, and my mom revived her twice (no, not through mouth to beak resuscitation). At no point was she actually dead, but she was so cold that she wasn't moving. Lucky grew up in a box in our kitchen, and she liked to be held, and she like to snuggle her head into the curve of my jaw.

An Interesting Animal I Ate
I once ate alligator tail at a restaurant in Florida. It was not a wild-caught alligator. I did feel a little guilty about eating it, but I was too curious to avoid it all together. It was battered and deep fried, and it looked and tasted like chicken breast except it was greasier and tougher.

An Interesting Thing I Did With or To an Animal
When I was a kid, we had a dog that we nicknamed "SuperDog." She liked to play tug-of-war, and no matter how hard you pulled she just would not let go of the towel (even if you didn't really want to play tug-of-war). Well, my brother and I discovered that once we got her to bite down on the towel or robe, we could pull her around the room and she would like with her forepaws out in front of her and her hind legs splayed out in back. We even managed to tie another towel around her neck (loosely, of course) so that it looked like a cape and then we would pull her along the floor yelling, "Go, SuperDog!" Lucky for us, we had no carpets.

An Interesting Animal in a Museum
I can't think of any interesting animals I have seen in a museum; I haven't spent much time in museums looking at animals, and any animals I have seen have been pretty normal (elk, bison, deer, etc.).

An Interesting Animal in its Natural Environment
I live in the country, so I see a lot of animals. I wish I had a picture of this one, though. I lived in Florida, many years ago, and had to walk about 3/4 of a mile to my bus stop. In order to save time, most of the kids on my block would cut through two neighbors' yards; it would shave off nearly 1/4 of a mile and several minutes to do this. Their yards abutted each other in the back and were separated by a row of trees, with a 3-foot-wide opening between two of the tree. One morning it became impossible to go through this space because there was a mama opossum and her three young hanging from a tree branch directly above our short-cut, and whenever anybody got within ten feet of the tree, the mama would hiss and bare her teeth. Rather than risk an opossum bite (and possibly rabies shots), we just walked the extra 1/4 of a mile to the bus stop.