Sunday, June 29, 2008

This past week....

....there was a slight gain (0.4). I am not going to sweat it. Part of that was my own fault for not bringing "weigh-in clothes." I usually wear something more lightweight and I didn't. C'est la vie.

I have the same 14 pounds to lose before Labor Day. I need to do this, and I am going to make every effort to hit that goal! I know I can do it, because I've done it before. And I know how to do it correctly and healthily. If I don't make it on that day, I know I will have done my best to get there, and so I will still be successful.

To all my WW friends -- HANG IN THERE THIS SUMMER!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

A reason to be proud!

Yesterday (Sunday) was the inaugural "Bark in the Ballpark" at Fluor Field in Greenville. It was sponsored by the Greenville Humane Society -- and naturally, I wasn't going to let an opportunity like this pass by.

So my mom, my dad, Maddox and I went to the game. We had seats along the right field line, second row up from bottom. Lots of walking from the lot to the entrance .... to the OTHER entrance (for pets), back out to show the ticket to the clerk, back to the seat, etc. Maddox got bored in the middle of the 4th, so I took him to the deck where some of the other dogs had gathered (dogs have just no respect for baseball, do they?). Upstairs, walk around, back downstairs. End of the next inning, I got the impression he needed to go walkabout..... so back up the stairs, down another set, out the gate, to the designated "relief" area..... back in the gate, up the stairs, meet some more pets, back down the stairs yet again. We left after the 7th, so back up the stairs, out to the gate, down the stairs, out to the car, etc.

Not once in any of my treks up and down the stairs did I get winded. At all. Two years ago, I would have been huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf. Not anymore. That's a great feeling!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Slow and steady

Another low week -- "only" 0.2 pounds -- but you know, even while I'm a smidge disappointed, I'm happy it's a loss. Last week was a big week, and that's how my pattern rolls.

What I am proud of is that I had a great meal with my family on Father's Day and I enjoyed what I ate. I didn't sweat the points, and I was good the rest of the week.

So on the whole it was a good week. I can't ask for more than that!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

OMG, I am all amazed!

I stepped on the scale, bandages and all. I lost 3.6 pounds --- my total is now 186.0 even. I have no doubt that the MLD is making a huge difference in the weight I'm losing. And as Tisha, my leader, said, "Hey, weight is weight -- you're losing it!"

This week, our topic was indulgences (not the historical kind that caused the Reformation). Our assignment this week is to enjoy a reasonable portion of our favorite food indulgence, and one non-food indulgence. Can't have my hooves done, but the paws need a good manicure, and I need some good BBQ. Yum.

And congrats to Don in our group, who in just over one year (literally -- his anniversary was this past Saturday) met his goal and lost 143.4 pounds. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Loving the curves.....

I have a party I am supposed to attend this weekend. The theme is "Awesome 80s Prom" but looking like Borissa Karloff, I doubt I'm gonna be able to pull off a prom theme. Generic 80s I can do ...... but I also figured I'd give it a try: to try to find a REASONABLY priced formal dress (full-length) with only about 26 hours to go.

I hit a nearby Goodwill after work. Sure, they had formals --- three of them, all size 4. I am nowhere near that size, I can promise you. I did however manage to pick up a few other items for $4 each. Thank God for Goodwill. So I headed over to my old haunt, Fashion Shack, because I know they have formals.

Yeah. They had formals all right. A rack full of 7/8 or a buttload of 13/14. They had one formal in plus-size, and it was TOO BIG. (Picture me with a monstrous grin on my face: TOO BIG!!!) Beautiful dress, but no sense in me even attempting to justify buying that. I don't have enough time to take it in, nor the inclination to spend my Friday night hunched over a sewing machine.

But just for curiosity's sake, I went back to the other section with formals. Lo and behold, I found a few 16s. Now in pants, I can wear a 16 these days. So I thought why not at least try....... I found 3 possibilities and took them to the dressing room.

If those were 16s, I am 16 years old again.

The one I really liked in extremely hot fuschia (perfect for the 80s, no?) wasn't even close to fitting. It had a crinoline in it too. Oh no. Even if it had fit, I would have ripped that crinoline out quicker than ExLax through a widow woman. Then I tried on this navy number -- which actually was a little more appropriate given that I'm pushing 40. It didn't expose too much shoulder and looked really nice. Except for the huge slit in the FRONT. I guess that gives whole new meaning to "off like a prom dress" (only in this case, you don't even have to take it off). And yes, I double checked to make sure I didn't have it on backward. Nope...... That left this pathetic little light aqua number. Holy crap, it was strapless and had some tape damage on the front -- and I cannot believe they were charging what was on the label for that, but that's not the point. It didn't work either.

And I know exactly why none of them worked. They were built for teenagers. I am a woman, complete with curves. I have a stomach, I have bad abs, I have curvy hips. And I love all of those. I wouldn't trade any of those to look like a 16-year-old beanpole. No thanks.... give me those hips. I earned those curves. I love those curves.

So Plan B is in place. I have jeans that look acid-washed, I have a polo shirt where I'm gonna spray-starch the collar up, I have plenty of purple eyeshadow and can pick up some cheap blue eyeliner ........ and I can borrow my daddy's Members Only jacket. I think I like that better than being miserable in a prom dress!

Curvy and Happy!

Thursday, June 05, 2008


This week, there's a post on my main blog about me and lymphedema. Part of the treatment requires that for the time being, I wear compression bandages on my legs. Yesterday, my physical therapist weighed the bandages, and we determined that they weighed 1.5 pounds. So I was going to have to take that extra weight into account when I stepped on the scale at WW tonight.

I stepped on the scale and had lost 0.4 pounds...... so that means had I been bandage-less, it would have been right around 1.8 or 2.0 pounds. Holy cow!!!!!! I'll take the official reading, because that is what WW tracks, but HOLY COW!!!! Even with bandages, and looking like Borissa Karloff from knee to mid-foot, I still lost weight.

Color me VERY happy!!!!!