Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Half way there!

This is all just so exciting. I am half-way to my goal. At least, I think I am. I have no clue how much I need to lose. My goal is 150 - at 5' 9.5", I think that's reasonable. The lowest I've been in years (20 years ago, now) was 190, and that put me in size 14 - 16. I'd like to be a 10 or a 12; we'll just have to wait and see how that pans out.

We're holding a yard sale this weekend, with half the proceeds going to the AHA Seattle Heartwalk. We were going to give it all, but then we realized this mama needs some more new clothes. Most of my wardrobe is just way too big, now, and I need some more smaller things. Warmer things - it's cold outside today, and if this is an indication how our fall/winter is gonna be, I definitely will be needing some warm stuff. All my jackets are way too big. Bummer, though; I hate to buy a jacket until I'm down to my goal weight. Need to visit some thrift stores and see what I find.

I'm also grateful, that so far, my skin is shrinking along with the weight. I've seen and heard horror stories of folks that have gone through WLS with pounds of excess skin hanging from their bellies and arms and legs. The only part of me not disappearing as well as I'd like is my chin. Never realized I was so vain, but I'm hatin' that chin. Lots of wrinkles - bleh.

But I'm feeling great these days, and that's the most important part.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Pics

Company Picnic 8-16-08

Went to our company picnic this Saturday past - what a wonderful day! It was hotter than I would have liked (in the 90's, it was), but R&W got there just before we did and scored us a lovely spot by the creek, in the shade and with a picnic table. And throughout the afternoon, no matter where the sun moved, we stayed in the shade. Everyone had a good time.

Here are some pics, showing the current "me." Man, when did my hair turn white? Yeah, ok, grey.

Time to make a trip to the hairdresser.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Feel the Heat!

We here in the Northwest have been very lucky this summer. We have had a few days where the temperatures creeped up to the 80's and low 90's, but very few. Compared to the rest of the country, not too bad.

Yesterday was one of those rare summer days where it got hot - upper 80's. And I have never cared for hot. My preference is a cool, cloudy day - much more comfortable. I am always amazed at myself when I think how many years I lived in Southern California, and I did most of my living in the San Fernando Valley. If you're not familiar with the area (in Los Angeles), the summer there sees temps up to 115, sometimes. I lived in the pool down there.

Anyway, I noticed yesterday that while it was hot, I was not overly uncomforable. Still didn't care for it, but I wasn't to the point of extreme discomfort, as I once was when it would get that hot. I have to put that down to not being as big as I used to be.

Nice perk.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bad Day Yesterday

(sigh) Still learning. Started yesterday wonderfully - had a blouse on that we've had for years, but it never fit. Now it does. And it's pink - one of my favorite colors.

Then I had lunch at about 12:30. Four bites of Thai noodles with peanut sauce. The fourth bite already told me I blew it. Went into that dying mode - got stuck, kept throwing up, and it hurt like there's no tomorrow. I called Special K and asked if she would drive me home, which she did. The drive home was very painful - I felt every little bump and going uphill? Not pleasant. It wasn't until about 5:30 or 6:00 that I started to feel not so bad. Walked Sparky - thought I was hungry and tried to eat, but one bite told me no, wasn't ready for that.

Can't believe I got like that from noodles. I've done pasta with no problems. Only thing I can think of is the Thai noodle is a bit heavier than regular pasta. Very frustrating.

Today? I feel bruised inside. Had a creamsicle protein drink for breakfast (vanilla protein powder mixed with organic OJ) and plan on a tomato soup for lunch.

Gonna be a liquid day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Chip Day!

Yesterday I had a very pleasant afternoon visiting friends, T & J and their dog, Hershey. Brought Sparky with me - he had a ball. Slept like a log last night while Special K and I were watching the Olympics.

I haven't had the opportunity to see T & J for quite a while - used to work with T, once upon a time. Still miss her presence here at work - she was always such a chipper, joyous person to associate with. She's one of those folks that always has a smile on their face.

So, it was fun; she congratulated me on my weight loss to date and had lots of questions. She is one of my faithful readers (Hi, Miss T!)

So, I had a breakfast drink/smoothie from Jamba Juice yesterday morning - fortified with whey protein. Could only drink half - very filling. While sitting with Miss T, we had chips and salsa - very good! And then I went to pick up Special K at Costco and she had discovered a wonderful Mango Peach Salsa, so of course, we had to get some. And I had that for dinner last night. Even though it comes in a jar, it tasted so very fresh. Sweet, but not so sweet, with just a little kick to it. Very good!

When I went to bed, I was reviewing my intake for the day, and it occured to me - it was a chip day! Glad I had that Jamba Juice thing, cuz nutrition-wise the rest of the day? Not so good. The mango-peach salsa is very low calorie-wise, but all those Fritos in the afternoon and then the Tostitos white corn chips at night - whew!

Have a great week, everyone!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

One day at a time....

I'm finding that I go a full week without the scale showing me any pounds lost, and then I step on the scale and I'm down 2 or 3 pounds. Keep telling myself to only weigh in once a week. But I can't help it - it's like I'm obsessed.

Down 3 more this week - yea! But it's almost like torture, the days leading to the weight loss.

I'm not known for my patience :o)