Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Made My Day!

So, I have no idea where this came from.  It was sent as an email forward with no information...but it was way too good not to share.  So, if I am plagiarizing someone, please, please let me know and I will give credit as credit is FOR SURE due for this one. 

Laughed my tush off with the hilarity and truthfulness!  Enjoy!

Top 10 Ways That Being A Parent Is Like Being at a Fraternity Party...

10. There are half-full, brightly-colored plastic cups on the floor in every room. Three of them are in the bathtub.

9. There's always that one girl, bawling her eyes out in a corner.

8. It's best not to assume that the person closest to you has any control over his/her digestive function.

7. You sneak off to the bathroom knowing that as soon as you sit down, someones going to start banging on the door.

6. Probably 80% of the stains on the furniture contain DNA.

5. You've got someone in your face at 3 a.m. looking for a drink.

4. There's definitely going to be a fight.

3. You're not sure whether anything you're doing is right, you just hope it won't get you arrested.

2. There are crumpled-up underpants everywhere.

1. You wake up wondering exactly how and when the person in bed with you got there.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Slow and Steady...SUCKS!

Today I hit the 3-week mark on Weight Watchers and have five less pounds to show for it!  I have to say, things have been really good.  I'm not hungry, feel satisfied and have a lot more energy.

But, five pounds, really?!?  I swear, a few years ago, I could take five pounds off just by thinking about eating healthier.  I've been following the program to a tee and just barely dipping into my bonus "points" for the week.  I even worked out twice last week.   (Yes, that says two times...c'mon that's two more times than the week before!) 

Awesome.  Slow as sin weight loss...another reason that getting older sucks.  But, I'm not giving up.  I love the advice I got from a co-worker.  I can lose weight now or wait and do it later.  But, no matter what, the quest will always be there and get harder and harder with time.  I love that.  Also, I used to associate diets with never ever getting to eat the food I love again.  It struck me that as with the weight, the food too, will always be there.  I can say no now, knowing that if I can get down to a weight comfortable for me, I can treat myself every so often.   

It's been interesting, being so open and vocal about such a personal topic, but in the end, I'm glad I am.  The support has been great and I inspired two co-workers to join WW too.  Once of them lost five pounds her first week (ahh, to be in your early 20s again!) 

So, onward (and hopefully downward!)

Oh, and to the adorable little Halloween candy, all cute and scrumptiously don't tempt me!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Head Over Heels In Love

My very, very, very best friend had her first baby on Sunday.  A wee-little boy that captured my heart the moment I layed eyes on him.   He is a sweet bundle of love, with this adorable, squeaky little cry that makes you just fall for him over and over and over again. 

Oh J-Man, I adore you and I can't wait to watch you grow up.  Kiddo, you hit the jackpot in the parents department, really.  Their love for you (and each other by the way) is palpable and inspiring.  

I love watching your mama start her amazing parental journey.  I love that she trusted me as her sounding board to keep you safe and healthy in pregnancy and now beyond.  I love that she fearlessly and calmly put her body through hell and back again to bring you into the world. 

I love her and you, with all my heart!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Food for Thought?

I was perusing Facebook this morning (when I should have been in the shower getting ready for work?!) and came across a post, originally shared by Delphine Fieberg.  Since I'm in the throws of a mind/body overhaul, it made me pause and reflect.  Wanted to share...

Do You Want To Be A Whale Or A Mermaid?

"A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"  The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.  They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.  They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on CD's. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.  But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?  They would have no sex life and could not bear children.  Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.  And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.  At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.  We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.  Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I?!"

I love this and hope to think of it when I'm being overly critical of myself!

P.S. My co-worker made encouraged me to power walk/run stairs with her at lunch today.  I mean, not many people can get my lazy butt out of a chair, but she did, just with her big 'ol smile.  Thanks to her and to EVERYONE who offered words of wisdom, tips, recipes and encouragement! 

Stay tuned to weigh-in day on far so good!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day #1 (of the Rest of My Life)

I started Weight Watchers today -- again.  Please, the story of my life with on again-off again diets plans for getting healthy. 

But, I do feel really good this time.  I have a support group at work and feel really committed and ready.  Also, food -- food that I used to love and worship (aka, junk!) just doesn't taste as good as it used to.  When I eat it now, it leaves me feeling tired, energy-less and, well, fat.  That says something, right?

I've been struggling with whether or not to post my actual weight on my blog.  The number is higher than it has ever been before.  Even with my share everything approach to life -- not sure I'm ready for it to be so public, so real.  Maybe I'll change my mind as the scale goes down, but for now, I'm just not there yet.

So my goal?  35 pounds lost by my 35th birthday. I usually set really unrealistic goals.  Like when I went to St. Thomas in May, my goal was 20 pounds in 2 weeks.  Yeah, OK.  So, in my commitment to truly make a life change, I'm going to try and slow things down.   My new approach gives me 9 months and 3 days!

In terms of working out (BLECH!), I'm not ready to hit the gym yet.  I really just dread it.  But, I was enjoying Bikram (hot) yoga.  So, I am going to commit to that a few times a week -- for now.

So, there you have it.  Keep you posted.  And, if you have any tips, recipes and/or moral support to share, I'd love to hear from you!