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Your paternal grandmother.
It’s FRIDAY!!! TGIF!!! In blog land, this means it’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Crazy), some random question answering that helps you to get to know me a little better and have some insight into the silliness that is me.
Sorry to have been MIA in blogland much of this last week. As you saw in my last post, two of my aunts were visiting from California. We had a fun filled week, that is for sure. It’s not often I get to play tourist myself, but I did and was reminded of the great places we have here that I do not frequent enough. A few places we went that I should go to more often…
Honeymoon Island Beach
Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs
Johns Pass in Madeira Beach
And here are a few of my favorite photos from our fun-filled week…
|Nick, Jenna, and Autumn being silly at Ozona Pig|
|Girl time! Darlene, Mommy, Jenni, me, and BJ at Crystal Beach|
|BJ, Darlene, and Mommy at Honeymoon Island|
|Mike, our niece Autumn, and I at John Chesnut Park.|
|Family at John Chesnut Park|
Besides having fun in the sun, there was also a lot of Scrabble and card playing. I played when I could – nothing like a good Scrabble game. I know my mom and aunts were up to the wee hours of the morning playing each night.
The best part oftheir visit is the laughter and togetherness they bring with them. Their visit was a wonderful distraction from the daily grind we are used to. Work, work, work is the norm for us. My mom and I did the bare minimum for work while they were here and enjoyed free time with them.
They went home Tuesday afternoon. Talk about being bummed out… 😦 It was certainly sad to see them leave, we came crashing back down into the work, work, work routine we are used to. I can’t wait until we see them again.
So now it’s back to life, back to reality…Most importanly for me this means back to eating right. Of course it’s Thursday and they left Tuesday and I still have yet to get back there. I had the chance yesterday but didn’t. Pizza and beer for dinner is not the best choice. Tomorrow’s weigh-in will be interesting to say the least. We ate out ALOT and enjoyed Starbucks more than I normally do. The scale has every reason to be up tomorrow, so I am prepared. I won’t like it, but I am prepared. I worked my butt off and walked 20+ miles before they arrived, knowing I would not have time to walk while they were here. It’s been 8 days since my last walk. Thankfully, I’ll be walking a 10-mile training walk with my sister-in-law on Saturday morning. I know that is going to give me a good jump start for the next week. I have got to get back in the right mindset and focus on getting to my 10% goal. I HAVE TO.
I also hope to be back in blogland daily now. I missed it. Oh, and today in the mail I received my Skinny Cow Chocolate Candy coupons that I won from Joanna over at Diary of a Mad, Fat Woman. Can’t wait to get my free goodies and try them. Thanks again Joanna!
Small favor to ask of you today… Could you take a moment to visit my sister-in-law’s blog and consider making a donation? You can find her over at Healthy Hooters and she is raising money for the Susan G, Komen 3 Day For The Cure walk coming up in October.
Until next time!
My friend, Joanna, is having a fun giveaway over on her blog Diary of a Mad, Fat Woman. Click HERE to visit her blog and read all about it. The giveaway involves chocolate candy, specifically Skinny Cow candy bars. I love the part when she says chocolate is her kryptonite…. We are so alike.
If you visit her blog and enter her giveaway, come back and let me know about it. Maybe one of my followers will be the lucky winner! Wouldn’t that be neat? You’ll have to be quick, though… Her giveaway ends this Thursday!
My hero-blogger Joanna talks about me in her post today. That’s right, little ole’ me. You should go and check it out – you can find her at Diary of A Mad, Fat Woman. I am thankful for her kind words. After you read her post about me, you should browse the rest of her blog while you are at it. You won’t be disappointed. You will be inspired and motivated – she is good like that.
Thank you, Joanna, for taking the time to talk about me! You’re a doll. And thanks for texting me! We will motivate each other. =)
Again following the lead of my hero-blogger Joanna, I’m starting a new Friday tradition here on my blog. I answer random questions so you can get to know me better. Hopefully you will follow my lead and do the same so I can get to know you better. See, it can work for both of us!
I think anyone could probably answer this for me. I would be a dog. It’s no secret that I love dogs, I’ve been a dog lover for as long as I can remember. We have always had dogs and they were all very special. So, why would I be a dog? That’s easy… I could love everyone around me unconditionally and not be judged. I would make people feel better just by being around them. I wouldn’t have to worry about anything except when my next nap would be. I could go to the bathroom just about anywhere outside. I wouldn’t have to worry about when or what to eat because someone else would feed me. And, I would be super cute. Dogs are adorable.
Let’s see… I’ve played tennis and softball. I loved tennis, I wish I had not stopped playing it. I also enjoyed softball but I don’t remember it quite as well as tennis. I was a pretty active kid, always doing something whether it was dance, tennis, or softball. In the 4th grade, I started playing the flute and played all the way through high school. (Joanna – I, too, was a band geek!) I was in marching band and concert band. For two years, I was a squad leader in marching band. One year I also took choir, and I took music theory. Band was my life, I loved it and wanted to be a band director. Clearly that didn’t happen.
Geez, I don’t really remember. If I had to guess, I was probably 13 or 14??
I do my best to TRY and hide my bad moods, but they usually become apparent when it gets to be too much and then I just become a real grouch. If I’m REALLY crabby / pissy, I just cry because I can’t keep it in any longer. This is why walking is so important to me. I say it a lot, but it’s just as much for my mental health as it is for my physical health. It clears my head and I’m able to shut things out and just not think about them.
Blogland has been good. I’ve been pretty active after a couple weeks of not having much to say. I am trying to get more followers so hopefully my blog is interesting to people. I know I love to read blogs, surely there is someone out there who likes to read mine. =) Real life has been busy. Why is it that short, holiday weeks seem so long??? I mean, I only worked 4 days (technically 3 ½) but the week seemed to go on forever. Lots of crap happening at work, bad weather, had to drive 200 miles round trip yesterday…. Yea – it’s been a busy week. This morning was my WW meeting – tomorrow’s post will be about that. I am SO glad it’s the officially the weekend.
Remember my guest blogger I had awhile back, Joanna from Diary of a Mad, Fat Woman? I love her blog, I read it daily. Of all the ones I follow, I find myself looking for her updates first. As a reminder, here is her guest post on my blog. One of the things I love most about her is that she is very real. She has daily struggles and she is not afraid to be honest and an open book.
Anyhow, today on her blog she blogged about not being sorry about things. I LOVE THIS. It can be the smallest thing or the biggest thing, it doesn’t matter. It’s important to her and she knows enough to not be sorry for it. So, you probably know where I’m going…. I am copying her idea and doing my own. Here we go.
I AM NOT SORRY for having McDonald’s for lunch today. I drove 200 miles round trip today for work and the last thing on my mind was having a salad or some such point-friendly meal. We went through the drive through and I had a hamburger, fries, and coke and I enjoyed every single fattening, high-point, delicious bite of it. I have had a love affair with McD’s french fries since I was a little girl and today was no different. What makes them so damn good?!
I AM NOT SORRY that I played hooky from work on Tuesday. Yes I had work to do and would have kept myself quite busy with it but it was so much fun to take Autumn to the sprayground and watch her play. How could I possibly choose work over fun time with her when given the option?
I AM NOT SORRY for hating Casey Anthony. She is a rotten, evil, disgusting person and I cannot believe she will go free next week. She was lucky enough to have a child and not only did she not care but she killed her and will walk free. Seriously, I HATE her.
I AM NOT SORRY for the time I take for myself to walk. I do stuff for other people all day long, walking is MY time. I need that time to unwind, clear my head, and for my mental health.
I AM NOT SORRY for being the strong-willed person that I am. My feelings about things that are important to me and I will stand behind them. If you don’t like it, too damn bad.
I AM NOT SORRY for the effort we put forth to try and have a child. While I do not like the financial aspect of it, I know that we tried everything we could given our health and financial conditions.
I AM NOT SORRY that I am so picky about the people that I choose to trust and let into my little world.
I AM NOT SORRY for the hard work that my hubby and I put ourselves through because I know we both work hard to provide for each other. I do wish things weren’t so hard all the time but I am not sorry for the time we put in.
I AM NOT SORRY for the attempts I make at being a better person, even if it doesn’t work.
I AM NOT SORRY that I did not work out last night as I got to spend time with my hubby.
I AM NOT SORRY that much of our Saturday and Sunday were spent at home or running errands because ultimately it meant time spent together. No matter what we do, anytime spent with hubby is fine by me. And lately it seems like it’s less and less.
I AM NOT SORRY that I don’t get on a scale more than once a week. We have not had a working scale here at home in a few years and the only time I get on a scale is on Friday mornings at WW. I am not sorry that I no longer put myself through the torture of getting on the scale every single morning and seeing numbers fluctuate as much as 5 pounds in a day. For me, weighing myself daily does not work. It only feeds my OCD-tendencies and drives me insane.
It’s time I set a few goals for myself, here for all the world to see. Having lost 8.8 pounds in the 7 weeks I’ve been back on WW, I know that the program does work when I do it. It is hard to be good all the time and I do struggle, but I refuse to deprive myself. One of the great gals in my WW meeting put it perfectly last week. She said it’s taken her awhile to lose the weight she has, but it’s because she’s been busy living. I love that. You have to live and enjoy life and enjoy the events in your life that involve food. Our family gets together at least once a month for family dinners. Sometimes they are at one of our homes, other times they are at a restaurant. Sometimes I will stay on point and sometimes I don’t. But that is why we have extra weekly points, not to mention hard-earned activity points. Case in point, we went to Hooters on Easter Sundar for a non-traditional dinner. I chose to have my “usual” and not worry about the points. It was a treat, one that I really enjoyed. It’s being able to get back on track that means I will succeed in the long run.
So anyway, back to my goals. Iam losing an average of 1.25 lbs. a week – sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. I am an overall picture kind of girl. I have a weight that I want to get to and I am happy getting there in due time. Like I’ve said, I’m not in any hurry.
June 15th – I would like to be down 16 pounds total – this will put me at my 10% goal
October 15 – I would like to be at my goal weight of 130 and maintaining it, back at lifetime member status
June 15th – I would like to be able to run 2 miles straight – I am not looking to set record times, just be able to run continuously for 2 miles
October 15 – I would like to be able to run 2 miles a day, 5 days a week
I realize that it is likely I may have less weight to lose than others, just as likely as it is more than others. But it is my feeling that losing weight is all relative. For myself, my short little 5′ 3″ frame does not do well anytime I get over 145. It affects me physically as well as mentally. It is hard on my legs and feet and I notice that my back is more prone to issues when I am carrying extra weight. 130 is my happy weight. I am most comfortable there. It’s hard to get under that number, although I have dipped into the upper 120’s a few times before, but it is hard to maintain. I am a very muscular gal.
I am struggling a bit this week with working out. I did not work out on Monday. Yesterday I did my TaeBo Cardio Circuit 2 workout – 53 minutes of sweating my butt off. It’s great. I intended to walk today, always working towards my goal of 15 miles a week, but it was so warm here today, I couldn’t bring myself to walk outside. The treadmill did not seem the least bit exciting to me so I decided to do TaeBo again. I did it two days in a row last week as well. So, half of my weekly goal has been reached. Two days of TaeBo for the week – done.
I hope you’ll check back here tomorrow. I am so excited to have a guest blogger. Her name is Joanna and I love to read her blog. She is an inspiration and has quite a story. She is on a weight loss journey as well and has lost an amazing 86 pounds so far. You can find her over at Diary Of A Mad, Fat Woman . I urge you to read her story and follow her real-life struggles as she works towards her goal. She is amazing!