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Saturday, December 1, 2007

I'm hungry!

My weight loss journal - Day 3

I was supposed to start my healthy eating plan in a couple of weeks when it's time for the big grocery day. You know the one where you purchase everything you've run out of and restock the freezer! But, when the doctor told me that my cholesterol is a little high I decided to start early.

Why in the world did I do that?

It's almost like there's nothing in the house I can eat and if I can eat it, I don't want it. I can't figure out why I'm so hungry. I'm eating full modest meals and trying to eat six small frequent ones, but I'm still hungry. I don't know if it's because I still nurse the baby two to three times a night. (Breastfeeding mothers are normally advised not to cut calories while nursing, but I figured since I only breastfeed a couple of times a night it wouldn't make difference.)

I don't know if it's all in my head... Basically, I don't know anything. What I do know is I hope my weight -- and my cholesterol -- have lowered by the time I go back for my appointment at the end of this month.

On the exercise end of things: I didn't do well yesterday with the dance routine. I've had a headache that's been trying to brew into a migraine for the past three days and all the dancing just made it worse. And, I'm sad to report, I haven't done anything today, but carry the baby back and forth to the card as I unloaded some bags.

Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.

Wide awake!

It's 5:14 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I'm at my computer. Something is wrong with that. Well, the problem started when the baby woke up about an hour ago. I got her out of the bassinet and was just settling back into bed with her when I remembered I hadn't paid my mortgage online!

Oh drat!

So, as the baby is nursing, I lay there thinking about the unpaid mortgage and decide to get up as soon as she's finished. My eyes are burning for sleep, but the knowledge of that is just keeping me awake. After about 20 minutes or so I'm able to ease out of the bed and into my cold office. While I'm here (and after I've made the payment) I decide I should get a jump on my post for today since I said I would start giving gift ideas.

That's not the only thing I forgot: there's a going away party on Sunday that I was supposed to RSVP for by 9 p.m. last night. Unfortunately, Yahoo is crashing and won't let me access my in box so I can't get the lady's email address or the Evite link to kindly say I won't be able to make.

Ho hum... I guess I've done enough. Well, truth be told, I did open up PPP before I started writing this just to see if there was an opportunity worth losing more sleep over! :-)

10 minutes later... I guess PPP is out since the baby is now wide awake and wiggling around in my arms. Should of went right back to bed after I made the payment. :-(

Holiday Gift Guide - 24 days 'til Christmas

I don't know why, but for some reason I'm really excited about sharing what I think are some of the best gifts this year! They're probably not remarkable or anything like that, but they're just good ideas to help you complete your Christmas shopping.

Each day, between now and Christmas Eve, I'll give you one (maybe two!) gift suggestions! Now... I couldn't help starting with something that most women like: Diamonds!

Diamonds may not be a very practical gift, but they sure are beautiful and will bring a smile to the deserving woman in your life. Check out what has to offer -- they have free shipping! (Or check your favorite jewelry store.)

My favorite pieces this year are the diamond pendents like the ones in Helzberg's Journey Collection or a right-hand ring (my absolute favorite). Whatever your selection; I'm sure she'll be ecstatic. (Ladies, don't forget that jewelry stores also carry superb selections for the man in your life!)

For some women, diamond jewelry is one of the best gifts they can receive. So, if you want to make her feel like a queen (or him like a king) then diamond jewelry is the way to go.

Hey... that's just one woman's opinion!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Visit to the doctor

My weight loss journal - Day 2

I had my follow-up appointment yesterday and I guess it went well - for lack of a better word. First of all, let me say that I've changed my weight-loss goal. I now what to lose 50 pounds. Why? You're probably asking. Because I gained three pounds in a week. Now I don't care about it being the holiday season and all of that. That's just ridiculous. What if I gained three pounds a week through January. That could possibly be more than 20 pounds by the end of January!

The madness has to stop now!

So, 50 pounds it is.

Well, as far as my blood tests are concerned I'm being referred to rheumatology. AARGH! And... [insert dramatic, scary music here!] my cholesterol is a little high. Total cholesterol is 214 (should be no higher than 199) and LDL is 135 (shouldn't be any higher than 99).

I was really surprised by this. It was the last thing I suspected because out of everyone I know, in general, I eat fairly well. Wheat, soy, no beef or pork, etc. Well, I guess it could be the daily chocolate I've had over the past couple of months! An-t-way, so that not only means trying to eat healthier to lose weight, but eliminating certain things to reduce my cholesterol. Please tell me why chocolate and cheese are on the list!

I can deal with no dairy -- for the most part -- but cheese? CHEESE?!?! And, let me not even get to talking about chocolate! Especially since I discovered the pleasures of dark chocolate.

Oh, about the blood test, my alkaline Phosphatase is also high, but I have no idea what that is. She may have said, but I've forgotten and now must look it up.

The plan is healthy eating and increased activity. You'll be proud to know that I did about 30 minutes of flexibility and strength training yesterday as well as dancing with the teenager to Beyonce's song. I listened to her entire CD yesterday for the first time and I have officially ended by hate Beyonce stance. (It wasn't her music that I was hating on!) Her CD will be my daily dance out routine.

Well, that's the update! Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Revenge at its best

Slim had absolutely had enough after being abused and humiliated by her overbearing and controlling husband, Mitch, so she takes her daughter and runs. When Mitch keeps tracking her down she decides to fight back. Slim, played by Jennifer Lopez in the 2002 movie Enough, plots her revenge.

After training to learn to physically defend herself and hatching her plan; she ambushes Mitch on his own turf. She took him by surprise and gets the ultimate freedom and revenge: his death! Slim’s revenge was the central theme of Enough just like Sweeney Todd’s revenge in Tim Burton’s latest film, Sweeney Todd, is the central theme.

In the movie, which opens in theaters on December 21, a man is unjustly sent to prison and vows revenge not only for his cruel treatment but also for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. Sweeney returns and reopens his barber shop becoming the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

You don’t want to miss this movie when it comes out! But in the meantime, you can stay connected with Sweeney and visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace or visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site to view the trailer and learn more about the movie.


Weight loss journey

My weight loss journal - Day 1

It's no secret that I have to lose some weight. Well, maybe it's a secret from you because I only post strategically taken photos and never reveal my true weight. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to reveal it today either. I was going to but I have chickened out.

Today begins my new lease on life. At least I hope it does. Last night, with my daughter's support, I signed up for Oprah & Bob's Million Viewer Challenge. I signed a contract with myself to live my Best Life and participate in a program of regular exercise. That's the part I'm worried about because I often start exercising (at the gym, at home, in the park) and I end up getting bored so I stop.

SIDEBAR: That's why I need to be a rich diva and have a personal trainer at my beck and call. One that will keep my butt in gear. You remember my rich diva thing from the seven things about me post, right?

An-t-way, I want and need to lose 45 pounds. I had some blood work done last week and will find out the results today (in about an hour and a half). I will also be getting a complete physical. Kind of scary, but necessary and a little empowering.

SO! now that I've revealed to you that I'm on a weight loss journey you can check in with me and see how I'm doing: give me tips, encouragement, motivation or just a swift kick when I start making excuses! (You know I'm good at that because I won't even stop to take a break and will make an excuse as to why I didn't.)

Wish me luck! I've never had this much weight to loss before and it's a little daunting and depressing, but I want to look like the person who I see inside my head. (Some of you know what I mean.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Personalized holiday gifts

There are only three more days until I start my favorite gifts list, which will be a gift guide that everyone can use. I’ve combed the globe far and wide to find these great finds for you! No, just kidding. I’ve just come across some great stuff that I think you’ll enjoy hearing about and possibly giving as a gift this holiday season. BUT I couldn’t wait until Saturday to start because I came across the perfect personalized holiday gift.

Personalized flash drives!

In today’s supper technological world this is the perfect gift. This USB flash drive is portable storage in an ultra-small, personalized, durable thumb drive, which comes in 14 colors with free custom laser engraving and security software.

The Store-It Thumb drive allows you to take your important information as well as your personal data with you wherever you ago and that alone makes it a great gift for anyone on your list. Make it personal with one of 32 themes including snowflakes, happy holidays, thank you and more to engrave on the front. And, you can include two lines of custom text on the back.

Consider the possibilities: Store pictures of the grandkids for your mom, give one to your new college student to keep them organized or give it to your loved one and fill it with love notes.

Blog buddy award!

Carrie (Rantings of a Woman) is such a gem and she never fails to lift my spirits. This time she's given me the Blog Buddies Award. What an honor! And it's so cute.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Pass on the love...

I was visiting Acquire Wisdom after he left a message for me at MyBlogLog and I wanted to bring attention to his post What Goes Around, Comes Around. It's the story of a man who stopped to help a woman who was stranded on the side of the road. You've probably heard a similar story before, but today is the day to be reminded.

Since this is the season for giving, I thought today would be a good day to mention passing on and giving love as opposed to giving gifts. Read the Acquire Wisdom post and possibly some time this week each of us can pass on the love.

Relaxation regrets

Oftentimes my friends and family ask me if I've taken any time to relax or nap. Normally my answer is: "Uh... no!" And then I go into a list of things that I've been doing to prove that I don't have time to rest and relax.

Well, you'll be proud to know, that on Saturday I took it easy. The two middle children went with their dad on Friday (he also took the baby for several hours the same day) so when I didn't have to jump up on Saturday morning to do anything for anyone. I laid in the bed with the baby until about 11 a.m., took my time getting to the kitchen to fix myself breakfast and ignored the laundry that needed to be put away. I decided instead to just take care of the baby and hang out with the teenager. We watched t.v., read, chatted and vegged.

By the end of the day I felt good about my day. Then at about 10 p.m. I learned that the two middle children would return on Sunday four hours earlier than I expected them. I'm a planner so I had already planned out what I would do on Sunday and, of course, Saturday was already gone.

I immediately felt regret and dread for all that I didn't get done. I beat myself up for not doing more housework, freelance work, job searching, laundry... you name it and it crossed my mind that it wasn't done. I went from feeling great about my day to feeling tense and foreboding about the day to come.

Now I feel justified in my lament that I don't have time to relax.
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