Time to play the exercise card

Yeah, I’m stalled.  Joe is at a loss of 60 pounds.  He got over his latest plateau and he’s nearly under the 300 mark!  I’m so proud of him!  Jealous as hell, but proud.  He looks so good.  At this point, I’m just afraid he’ll get all slim and wonder why he’s stuck with a fat wife because this weight just ain’t shifting.

I’m trying hard.  I honestly am.  I’ve had few slips or cheats.  I’m not going to say I’ve had none because that would be a lie.  But the scale is stuck at 15 pounds.

So… tomorrow, I start on the bike.  I will start with 15 minutes in the morning.  It’s a good week to start… The Kid is at camp for the week so he won’t be trying to chat me up while I’m trying to concentrate on not dying.

Oh, The Kid had his annual checkup last week.  Last year, he was above the 99th percentile for his weight and his BMI was dismal.  Now understand, we believe the BMI is a really silly way to measure health.  It’s yet another number that the medical and workout industries can use to make you feel bad about whatever size you may be if you’re not perfect for your age, height, and weight.  But anyway, this year, he’s down to the 96th percentile for his weight and at the 98th percentile for his height.  And his BMI is right at 22 and change.  I’m very proud of him.  He hasn’t lost but 15 pounds, and that’s really OK because we just don’t want him to gain any more and let his height catch up.

The Kid and I are miserable on Atkins.  We really are.  I’ve been in tears more than a few times because I just want to eat fruit!  At this point, my body has really stopped craving bread and pasta.  To drive that point home, after we dropped The Kid off for his camp bus yesterday, we ran by the store to pick up a few essentials for the week… ham for me, roast beast for Joe.  Provolone for me, muenster for Joe.  Celery and cucumber and lettuce for me.  We decided to just have something we WANT for dinner… no restrictions.

I could have pasta, cookies, bread, cereal, sweet rolls… but what did I choose?  Cherries and peanuts.  Yup… a big bowl of cherries and a tin of peanuts that I happily snacked on all evening.  I was in heaven.  I’m tellin’ ya, those cherries have never tasted so good and the peanuts have never been so savory and crunchy.

Today, it was ham and provolone rolls for breakfast and lunch (just easy to grab while I’m working) with some iced tea.  And I spoiled myself with some Trop-A-Rocka Snapple Iced Tea… wow, that stuff is yum!  Thank you, Bret Michaels (a fellow diabetic) for working on that project to make this tasty sugar-free iced tea!  I tried the peach in May when my mom had surgery and this one is just as tasty.

Dinner was more ham and provolone.  I have never had the same thing for all 3 meals before, but it was just so darned tasty.  And without The Kid here, we decided to just munch for dinner rather than have a formal dinner table dinner.  I added some celery with Laughing Cow cheese (2 long stalks), a handful of black olives, and half a cucumber sliced up.  What a fresh, tasty dinner!

Tomorrow, Joe is going to experiment with fresh rhubarb and Carb Quick (a very low carb Bisquick clone) as well as baking Equal, to attempt a Rhubarb Crumble.  Oh yum!

Okay… just staying the course here.  No change in numbers from the last post but I’ll keep you posted.



Day 4 – Another 5 Things About Me

Well, I made it to day 4… and my cravings are kicking in BIG time.  There are so many things I wish I could just scarf down right here, right now.  Crackers, pretzels, toast, popcorn (the buttery microwave kind, not that healthy wanna-be popcorn), a stack of cheese slices, and CHOCOLATE!  The only thing close to that last item in the house is a cut-glass candy jar with 3-year-old Hershey kisses that I must have purchased in the spring because they are prettily wrapped in baby blue, pink, gold, and silver.  Even *I* am not willing to even try those.  Other than that, nothing snacky in the house.  Well, we do have some of the low-salt Lay’s but those are for lunch.

I’m a prisoner to these cravings.  They overwhelm me, like those intense labor pains that mean the kid is just about to pop out.  You know if you can just hang on a few minutes longer, it will go away and you can get on with your life again.  But just like having a baby, it doesn’t end.  The cravings will be there tomorrow, like the shrieking infant you brought home and will never be satisfied.

Where the hell did THAT come from? 

Anyway, enough of the life changes for now.  I thought I’d share with you a few things you may or may not know about me.  If you’re not into that kinda thing, you should stop now.  I’m really not that interesting… but it’s late and it’s just me and the cats right now.

1… I was in band in 7th grade but never really played at any event.  I did march on the side of the road for one major parade and I ended up going up to get the trophy when we won because the rest of the band either ate something bad or suffered from heat stroke because they were all huddled up by the buses, puking their guts out.  But there I was, all uniformed up and no place to go.  The director grabbed me and took me into the auditorium where they were doing awards.  I have no memory of WHAT we won, but I remember carrying that trophy.  I played tenor sax for the marching band and was trying to learn the oboe for concert band.  It didn’t work out… while I adore music, I just wasn’t cut out to read music and play at the same time.

2… I tested into the gifted program at our elementary school when I was in the fifth grade.  In 1974 in California, they called the program MGM (Mentally Gifted Minors).  Never understood that… how the heck did they come up with that?  Anyway, that year at our school, they started having us go from room to room for classes, like in high school… except for the MGM kids.  We stayed in one classroom all day and each week we would do a report or presentation on a subject we’d vote on.  One week was weather and I did a presentation on clouds.  Another week, it was creative writing and I wrote a story about a girl dying from cancer.  It was surreal.

3… I was a wedding singer!  I spent a few years singing at weddings.  Yup, all by myself or with an accompanist… in public.  And for money, too. 

4… Once I hit 25 or so, I gave up on ever meeting Mr. Right.  And in a very sad way, if Joe’s dad hadn’t died, I might still be alone.  Why is that, I hear you wondering?  (You were, right?)  His dad died from an injury he suffered at his job as a meat cutter.  No, he didn’t cut anything off.  He had a little tussle with a forklift and the forklift won by twisting his hip.  He was in the hospital recuperating and everything was fine, but there was something else going on in the hip joint, something the doctors should have been able to easily catch, but they didn’t and he passed away.  A lawyer got involved, and long story short, his mom got a settlement and as a result, Joe got a computer.  Did I mention that Joe lived in Ohio and I was WAY OVER on the west coast, in California?  Anyway, in 1992, I took the plunge and bought my first computer, an 80386DX with 512 MB of RAM.  Can you even imagine that now?  This was still a few years from the Web being World Wide but there was a little proprietary network called The Sierra Network.  Get the software, log into a local Sprint number, and you TOO can spend $7 an hour to play graphical games online with a few hundred people.  I became a Sysop on this network and shortly thereafter, in November 1992, I met Joe who was using the computer purchased with settlement money.

5… I don’t cook.  Yeah, I know, most of you know that in some manner, but you’d be surprised to know that I’m not just being modest.  I truly DO NOT cook unless I absolutely have to.  If I concentrate very hard, I can make my mom’s Clam Chowder recipe.  And I make a mean boxed mac and cheese or pancake mix.  Just about any other recipe I’ve ever been able to make, I’ve shared with Joe… and he’s made them better.  Oatmeal cookies, chili… um… actually, that’s about it.  Joe and I approach cooking with very differing outlooks.  He LOVES to cook.  To be in a well-stocked kitchen, surrounded with his kitchen tools and the appropriate ingredients, creates a calm in him that is quite Zen.  He moves around the kitchen like a very purposeful bee, gather this ingredient here, that tool there, and VOILA, yummy tasty treats.  He made bagels and english muffins from scratch… we even made 14 dozen bagels for my work one year.  He made the most heavenly beef wellington for Chrismas one year (then the following year, he made it again for my parents).  And he found an recipe for old fashioned fruit cake… the kind that has rum in the recipe and then you put it in a sealed container and spritz it with more rum over a week.  One 1/4-inch slice of that fruit cake made my arms numb!  His lasagne would make an Italian mama cry. 

5… cont’d:  Me, on the other hand… I fall apart when faced with cooking.  More than 2 steps and I’m useless.   Some of my scrapbooking buddies can attest to that fact.  We go to a friend’s beach house a few times a year, and we each choose a meal to contribute.  I figured I couldn’t go wrong with hors d’ovres… sausage cheese balls and cream cheese sausage puffs.  Mix, shape, bake.  A few ladies came into the kitchen while I was cooking to ask how it was going, and I was wild-eyed and panting heavily with anxiety.  They had the nerve to LAUGH at me.  I admit… it was probably very funny for these kitchen-savvy moms who provide well-cooked, lovingly made meals on a daily basis.  With my son, I make sandwiches with a chunk of cheese and fruit on the side.  Tomorrow morning, my loving son has requested pancakes for his Friday morning off before he gets to his chores and I go to work.  Luckily, we have some Snoqualmie Falls pancake mix up in the cupboard… water and mix, MY way of cooking.

On a side note about the pancakes… the last time I made pancakes, Bren was requesting Bisquick pancakes.  When I pulled out the much easier box of Snoqualmie Falls, he said, “No, REAL pancakes, like with BISQUICK!”  Somewhere out there, my father was spinning in his grave.  He was a wiz in the kitchen himself, my old man.  Saturday or Sunday mornings would find him in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of homemade pancakes, or more likely, waffles.  Or my other favorite:  Rice.  A bowl of the white fluffy rice with sweetener, cinnamon, raisins and a dab of butter, mixed up and a dribble of milk.  YUM!  He also made the best chicken and dumplings I’ve ever had (or will again… I can’t even imagine ever eating chicken and dumplings again since he passed).

Okay, no sad thoughts here… only positive.

It’s time for bed.  I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me.  If you find some insight into my character, please share.  It can only help me on my journey.  🙂

Too Full!

Oh my… my tummy is so full!  We had the last of the leftover lasagne for lunch, about a 2″ square piece, along with steamed broccoli and I had a few spoons of cottage cheese (broccoli and cottage cheese is so YUM!). 

I could not finish that plate of food.  And I’m so full, I feel like I need to give some back.

Got work to do… and I wish it were Thursday already.  No reason, really… just wish it was solidly into the 2nd half of the week and closer to the weekend.  I LIVE for weekends!

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