Losing It: Week 10

I did it. Clocked a few miles and lost three pounds. Please don’t desert me. I’m going to keep posting on Fridays and I hope that you will join me. I’ve added a new linky list — please leave a post, or I’ll feel really sad and lonely.

Someday I’ll look like this and you all will wonder how you didn’t notice the siren in your midst. I was actually really disappointed that no one on Dancing with the Stars seemed to realize that Pam was channeling Sophia Loren. Sadly, I think I have to be vegan to look like Pamela Anderson and that’s not going to happen.

Here’s to another ten weeks in which I may actually lose some weight! Thanks to Mary from Giving Up On Perfect, Jessie from Vanderbilt Wife, and Ashleigh from Heart & Home for hosting the first time around. If you’re a newbie, join in and share your journey.

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Losing It: Week 9

Every time Friday rolls around, I just hang my head in shame. How could another week have gone by without losing any weight?

I always have an excuse; this week’s excuse was the death and funeral of my husband’s stepmother. We lost his mother eleven years ago, my father in June 2009, his father in September 2009, and now his stepmother. My mother remains, but she isn’t in very good health and could also go at any time. It’s been a really hard year for our family.

The thing is, we human beings use food to bring us together. Families in crisis gather around tables groaning under the weight of our comfort food. Normally, our lives are so busy that we pick up junk to fill our stomachs, but that junk food doesn’t fill our spirits. When something like a death in the family occurs, we stop cold. And out comes the food and drink along with the family memories and traditions.

This week I celebrated the life of a smart, witty, and generous woman who will be missed by her family and friends. With that celebration came a lot of food and abnormal patterns in my life.

I’m hoping that next week is “normal,” whatever that is. I need to create a new normal in my life that includes smaller portion sizes, fewer carbohydrates, and more meal planning. Keep sending good thoughts my way; I need them.

Losing It: Week 8

I didn’t. End of story for this week.

But I did have another wonderful week, full of food and friends and fun and even a new baby in our “Family” of friends.

I’m going to post this so that I’m still accountable to the group. Then, I’m going straight to my Lazy-Boy and blankie. I have American Idol (2 nights), Project Runway and Models of the Runway and eventually another What Not to Wear all stacked up in my DVR to keep me company tonight.

As another flawed but spirited woman said, “Tomorrow is another day.”
How did you do this week? Link up your post at Giving Up on Perfect, and don’t forget to visit Ashleigh at Heart and Home, too!

Losing It: Week 3

The international symbol for “NO” — and my new mantra.

No starving myself. No blood sugar crashes. No fad diets.

Are you with me?


  • % Lost: I lost 1.5% of my body weight. That’s probably due to my having a more accurate scale.
  • Week One Goal: Caved in to McDonald’s breakfast more than once this week. Can I claim stress as my trigger?
  • Week Two Goal: Using the pedometer was very interesting. One day I walked 7,000 steps in a regular day; other days I guess I spent too much time at my computer because I only walked a few thousand steps. This needs to be more consistent. “GET OUT OF THE CHAIR!” she said. (There I go talking in third person again. Bad me.)
  • Week Three Goal: It was a good week for sodium, except for those McDonald’s breakfasts and the prepared pesto sauce. Gotta make my own, and I can’t wait until I have basil in my garden again. Spring appears to be trying to get here.
  • Week Four Goal: This is going to be a hard one. If I can keep from gaining weight and keep up with Goals 1, 2, and 3, I’ll be happy. There are likely to be road trips during the upcoming week. 🙁

Join us at Giving Up On Perfect. It’s all about solidarity.

Losing It Week 2

Family solidarity with Vanderbilt Wife and Life Without Marbles. Healthier lifestyle. English wedding in May. France in July. Must lose weight. That’s what I keep telling myself. “Myself” seems to be having trouble with her hearing.

I just couldn’t get motivated to get out a post this weekend, and here it is Wednesday already. We’re well on our way to another Friday’s “Losing It” post. I just can’t think of anything witty to say; maybe my healthier food choices are affecting my creativity. I always thought I was hilarious with a forkful of fried calamari and a glass of wine in my hands.

So, let’s try using Shakespeare as my muse. How does she love “herself” this week? Let me count the ways.

  1. I love that “she” bought a new scale. It weighs the same as the scale at the doctor’s office and keeps her honest at home.
  2. I love that “she” bought a pedometer. She only has about 4,000 steps today, but she is going to work on that tonight while American Idol is on.
  3. I love that “her” elastic waisted pants are all getting too big. Can I get a witness to a loud chorus of “Give them away!”?
  4. I love that “her” boss is joining in on our solidarity movement and is support of “her” efforts. (Can’t do a photo of him here in order to retain his anonymity.)

Now if “she” can only stop writing in third person and take responsibility for her own weight loss, “she” might get some results. It’s a challenge, but when I look at the state of my mother’s health, it’s a challenge that I know I have to face head-on and conquer.

  • % Lost: I lost 1% of my body weight. I wish it were more, but if I do this enough times, it will add up.
  • Week One Goal: Only did McDonald’s breakfast once again this week. Maybe that should just be the goal.
  • Week Two Goal: Exercising was mostly comprised of walking around school. A sad showing on this one, but the pedometer may be the motivation I need.
  • Week Three Goal: Stop eating sodium-laden frozen lunches. Pack my own with leftovers.
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