Friday, March 15, 2013
Happy Me - I reached a milestone goal this week and now weigh within 2 lbs of my goal weight. I am pleased and proud and thrilled with this achievement. I'm so happy I really have been doing the Happy Dance, all week. You know, that little skip you take when you're walking down the street because you just feel good. The sudden shimmy your body gives when you glance in the mirror and think "Is that ME?" Best of all - now that I'm within 2 lbs of my goal I no longer have to pay to attend WW meetings - which I truly enjoy - and that extra savings can be poured into Other Things, preferably sartorial. Yep. Feels great to be within 2 lbs of my goal weight -
My original goal weight, set in (and achieved) 2003 when I was just 50 years old and stood 5'6" tall.
Now I am 60 years old and 5'5".
Yeah - I've checked. Had the bone density test. Now take calcium daily. So all along this journey I knew that being within 2 lbs of my goal weight was just a stopping place. A very wonderful destination - like staying in Paris for a while when you're on a European tour. But there are other destinations I want to visit and I thought I'd list them here today - along with possible rewards for getting there.
The other destinations on my itinerary are:
Reach goal weight of 150 lbs --- New spring makeup
Reach what I think will be new goal weight of 145 --- new outfit - top to toe
Optional final weight goal of 140 --- Spa Day
25 full pushups and a pull-up --- a 2 day mini-vacation at the beach plus a new beach outfit.
Each month I stay within 2 lbs of goal --- $30 reward in a spree fund
6 months I stay within 2 lbs of goal --- Day off from work for the spree
1 year within 2 lbs of goal --- ???? Something wonderful. LOL
Since I am an inch shorter than I have been my entire adult life - I am not sure what weight I want to be. And since I'm 60 (!!! how did this happen!?!? - oh yeah. 1 day at a time) I don't have the firm skin I had, even at 50. While I want to be fit and slim, I don't want to be saggy. Hence the optional weight goal. I know I would like the proportions I'll have at 145 better than the ones I have at 150 - I'm not sure I will like them at 140. It's a minor detail - but it's something I want to explore.
And now for the giggle-inducing NSV.
I live in a very small town where 50% of the citizens are 'kin'' to my husband. I have lived here almost 40 years and been the County Librarian since 1978. Yeah. I mean - everybody knows me - or at least knows who I am. Wednesday I was at the front desk when a man came in to return a DVD that belonged to a different library system. He looked about 40 and was very talkative. I suspect he had also already begun to imbibe in liquid courage - since the DVD was quite late and he was feeling guilty. I answered his questions about how to get the DVD back to the library that owned it and how bad the fines might be and then he said "Hey. You're cute." and picked up my left hand and said "do you want to have lunch with me?"
To which I answered, somewhat laughingly, that I was flattered by, and deeply appreciated his invitation, but, alas, I was married and though I don't wear a wedding ring, "everybody" knows that there's a MrBess. If you live in a small town - you get to understand what "everybody" means.
But wow. It's been a long time since I've been hit up and I confess, it felt pretty durn good. LOL
Happy Healthy Friday to you!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Yes. I got within 2 lbs of my goal weight yesterday at the WW meeting and now no longer have to pay to go to meetings. This is a big milestone goal and it only took me 2 years.
This stretch of my weight loss journey took all kinds of help - from my Spark People friends to the Weight Watcher leader and the ease with which I could get to meetings. From the hundreds of snippets of wisdom I gleaned from blog posts to the good advice from my doctor. I needed every single piece of this puzzle to get me here - and this wonderful blissful place is only a stopping point on my journey to good health. But what a stopping place it is. It's one I plan to celebrate with a reward.
I usually have a terrible time with rewards. I put off getting one. I even put off deciding what a reward ought to be. Worst yet! I almost never really savor and feel the .... the reward-ness of the reward. I just buy it or do it and move on. Not this time.
This time I plan to totally experience the sensation of giving myself praise for doing a difficult thing. I will write about it in my journal. I may even blog about it again. But by golly - this reward is going to be the seal on the box of accomplishments that a weight loss journey is.
The original reward planned was New Shoes, since baby puppy (with the broken leg) Callie, seen below being pampered by Mama, chewed my favorite work pumps when she was just a few months old.
These shoes are the only thing she chewed up and she didn't do much damage to them - but I couldn't wear them to work. Then a shoe repair shop opened up in town and I could get them fixed! I'm wearing them in that picture. (another cause for doing the happy dance)
So now, the reward will be to buy new spring perfume. Lily of the Valley. I'm visiting my mother in the city on Monday and will have time to browse the Big City Stores so I am going to hold off ordering my reward till after then. There's a Sax 5th Ave. in the city and they sell Penhaligon - It would be nice to smell before I buy, but it's not necessary. I'm happy enough with Caswell and Massey, at about 1/4 the price. But I am absolutely getting this reward.
So. Today is a wonderful day. I have my puppy home, it's no longer raining, I have a great reward to look forward to and best of all - today is Wednesday and Wednesday means Story Hour! woo woo!
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Sometimes you need to feed your soul more than your body - or perhaps I should say - in addition to your body. I've been working very hard all winter - which used to be the quiet time at the library - the time when we did inventory, wrote up plans for the summer crush, maybe even goofed off a little. That hasn't been the case in a long time (because I've been here an even longer time). In addition to schmoozing with the state politicians, dealing with the budget, making it through the audit and holding the quarterly board meeting there are just plain lots more people using the library and this past week we had a book&author event. Whew.
Ordinarily I would have taken off the day after the B&A but that was Wednesday and Wednesday means story hour - AND I'd remembered, at last, to bring the crayon scented perfume for the kids.
why yes. Of course. Didn't you know there is a crayon perfume? And a freshly turned garden one and even a perfume for zombies!
Check out this website. www.demeterfragrance.com/704067/prod
But back to MEMEMEMEME
I new I needed a recuperative day and had scheduled one. I invited a girlfriend to bring her pens and paints and come visit for a day of art and talk. Rita is quiet and shy - nothing like big mouth me, but we really appreciate each other. And we both long to be better artists. She is the gf who drew every day in August with me and exchanged her sketches with me via email.
Of course - we also had to catch up on library gossip. She is a retired librarian so she's been a little out of the loop and there have been a lot of changes in the area libraries - with people coming and going. All of my colleagues are retiring and I will be the last of them. When I go ... which won't be till 2018 - I think I will be the longest serving library director in Virginia - not in all time, but at that time. Sheesh!
But we won't talk about that. It's off in the future. What we will talk about is yesterday - which was a blissfully sweet day for recharging my mojo. AND of course I made good eating healthy choices and we got in a walk through the forest ... where I suddenly realized why I'm so fixated on drawing and writing about pixies and fairies - I mean can't you just SEE a sylvan sprite ducking down this path?
So here is a Spring Fairy drawing to cheer you on this weekend.
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