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April 28, 2008

Super Diet Revealed!!

If you're looking for a post with lots of funny and laughs and giggles, this ain't it. If that's what you need, I highly recommend you go here. Otherwise, here's the story of my diet.

So at this point, you probably know that I've been on this crazy diet. And I haven't really talked about it, which I know has probably left you wondering what's up. I've been a little hesitant to talk about it - partly because of my own fears that it wouldn't work and partly because I didn't really have any pictures to prove that it's working. It's been a very interesting process of losing weight - and for those of you keeping score, I've lost 23 pounds in the last 9 weeks.

As a clothing maker - sewing, knitting, crocheting, whatever - I tend to spend a lot of time studying the shape of clothing, especially tops. And as a... fluffy... woman pretty much my entire life, it's generally been highly frustrating to look at patterns. Women (according to clothing makers and pattern designers) have a very characteristic shape - wider on top, two humps between the shoulders (preferably in front and of a reasonably manageable size), narrow in the middle, same width on bottom as on top, and then legs of a reasonably manageable, uniform circumference.

Would the woman who actually IS this shape please stand up? I have some very strong words for you on behalf of NORMAL women everywhere.


I lost a bunch of weight several years ago when I became vegetarian... and then I re-learned how to cook. 5 years ago, when I became veggie, I ate primarily vegetables in various forms - salads, roasted veggies, stir fry - that were pretty good, but not what I grew up on. But, THEN! I discovered that all the foods I loved as a kid - grilled cheese sandwiches, green bean casserole, stroganoff - are either already vegetarian or could be made so. Oh, happy day! And 5 years later, well, here I am. So back in the middle of December, I decided that I'd had enough.

I went to my doctor for... probably a regular checkup. I really don't remember why I was there. But as I was sitting there, I asked the doctor about losing weight. She was so excited that asked! She handed me a bunch of brochures and said it was up to me. So in January, I called and made the appointment to go to an orientation. And 3 months later, here I am.

For the last 9 weeks, I've eaten nothing but powdered milkshakes, pre-packaged meals and snack bars. I've had about a thousand gallons of coffee (one of the few vices still allowed), and I've taken to drinking a cup of vegetable broth (bullion dissolved in water) every evening before I go to bed. It's been both harder and easier than I expected. Funny thing about a very absolute diet. When there's no question about whether or not something is allowed (whatever it is, the answer is probably NO), it's easy to know what to eat. There have been folks in the class that have cheated on the diet (some a lot and others just a little), but for whatever reason, I haven't. I'm very proud of that, but also very surprised. I never expected this to work. And I still don't believe it most of the time. I have real trouble believing that this is going to last.

But for now, I'm wearing clothes that are smaller than I've worn in 10 years. I'm eating about 1200 calories a day, and walking 3-8 miles a day. I start this week working with a friend who has some personal training tendencies, who promises me that things will only get better. We'll see how long this lasts.

And now, pictures.

Schondy posted a few pics several weeks ago that did show me when I'd lost a few pounds, but since then, I've had a hard time convincing him to take more pictures. So today, as I walked in the door from work, I was on the phone with Mom, who was in the process of fussing at me for not posting pictures. Her timing was impeccable since Schondy just happened to be sitting at the kitchen table, right inside the door as she was fussing at me. So I handed the phone to him to let my Mom explain things. And right after he got off the phone, we walked out in the backyard, where he took these pictures... Lulu helped.

There were, of course, quite a few of these pictures, but I tried to pull out the best ones. You can see that I still have a long way to go, and that I REALLY need a tan, but it's not the quality of my skin we're interested in, here. :-) And anyway, I have plans to rectify that particular problem later.

So thanks to my picture-taking hubby, there now exists photographic evidence that I have been working my fanny off (HA!) on this diet and the results are becoming obvious. Hopefully things will continue to improve, but I've got at least 4 more weeks of the status quo, and untold more weeks of variations on this theme. Wish me luck!

April 21, 2008

74 WPM

74 words

I type 402 characters per minute
I have 74 correct words and
I have 0 wrong words

Thank you, Mario Teaches Typing!!

April 19, 2008

I want to express myself. And I DO need 37 pieces of flair to do it.

I've had a whole bunch of different ideas bouncing around in my head for weeks about posts I want to write on my blog. Trouble is that there's this whole work thing, where they expect you to, like, show up in exchange for paying you. I mean, seriously. That's the craziest thing I ever heard! Geez! So all my writing energy has gone into that and I haven't really had much head-space for writing other stuff. I apologize if this entry is not a shining example of my literary genius.

Anywho. Some of my entry ideas, I still hope to work on, but for now, I just want to talk about flair. If you've ever seen the movie "Office Space", you're familiar with such joys as red Swingline staplers and flair. If you haven't see the movie, you SHOULD. Yes, it's rated R, but the jokes are absolutely worth it for anyone who's ever worked in an office.

It seems my current time-sink, Facebook, has an app for making, sharing and displaying pithy little sayings in the form of buttons (flair). Only problem was that I liked them ALL! I liked them so much, I decided to capture a few of the better ones here. Mostly because they made me giggle and I thought I'd share the joy. In no particular order....

Friends are like potatoes. If you eat them, they die.

Whoever said nothing is impossible never tried to slam a revolving door

Say no to drugs. Say yes to tacos.

Never judge a book by its movie.

You're a great friend, but if zombies chase us, I'm tripping you.

To err is human. To arr is pirate

When life hands you lemons, make grape juice, then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it.

I'm not random, you just can't think as fast as me.

Girls are NOT complicated. Seriously. How hard is it to say "you're pretty" and give us chocolate?

Things to do today:
1. Get up
2. Survive
3. Go back to bed.

April 2, 2008

See? I can do pictures too!

So tonight, we both got home before it was dark. This NEVER HAPPENS. But today it did. And in the interest of... well, of getting out of the house, we went on a walk. It was raining a little, but not enough to send us home, so we walked along the nature trail with Lulu, and then we wandered through downtown to see which of the coffee shops were open. Interestingly enough, only the Red Rock was open, which is the one we rarely visit. It's a great shop, but when we first started visiting coffee shops here, it had very little seating and was always just too crowded. They've now opened an upstairs area that's very nice and holds tons of people, so they've solved the indoor seating problem. But since we had Lulu with us, we had to stay outside. Luckily, it's beginning to warm up enough that sitting outside isn't so terrible, and by the time we got there, the rain had stopped.

So we were hanging out on the sidewalk, and by the time we made it to the coffee shop, we'd walked 2.5 miles and it had gotten dark. I was sitting there drinking my coffee and realized the interesting lighting that was going on behind Schondy and Lulu. So I pulled out my iPhone and started taking pictures. I'm not going to say that they're great or anything, but they're the kind of thing I usually like taking pictures of (read: people and critters I love), and I thought the pictures were not terrible. I loved the way the iPhone blurred out all the lights and was just generally grainy. I actually really like that look (these are complete unmodified from the originals).

Lulu was being only moderately cooperative - she was way more interested in climbing up on the table to lick my face, my hands or my coffee cup - but even at her most fractious she still looks adorable in pretty much every picture. The worst part was that we were sitting right next to a busy intersection and the headlights virtually obliterated most of the pictures I took. There were tons of these, but only a few of them are recognizable as anything because I managed to block out the majority of the headlights.


I just had to post these to prove that there's more than one artist in the house. :-) (Sorry hon - you know I think you're brilliant.)

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