Sunday, April 28, 2013
I wear a Weight Watchers Active Link. I love it because it helps me remember to "Git up offit" as my next door neighbor used to say. Not to me, of course. He was an ancient gentlemanly farmer and would never speak to a woman that way - but he used to say it to Himself and it always made me laugh.
anyway - I really did Git-up-offit yesterday. Saturday is usually house cleaning day around here anyway but I had to go into town before I jumped in on the routine stuff - and if I'm in town on a Saturday I am going to go to the gym. The plan was 30 minutes of aerobics and 30 of weights but there was a zumba class that I've always wished I could take ... just getting started. So instead I got in about 20 minutes of weight lifting (20 pound dumbells - YAY me! - and 13 pushups!) and then danced for an hour.
I'm not sure I'm going to go back because I tend to flop around a lot when I'm dancing and I have a bad spot in my neck and in my lower spine ... and Zumba is a very shimmying sort of activity. I may be to fragile for it. I had a little dizziness for a few hours after the class and I know that's a sign that the neck vertebrae were pinching a nerve. I have to be careful with elliptical machines for the same reason.
And worry not - my doctor is fully aware of this backbone of mine. We've just decided that as long as I can manage it without surgery we will just watch it like a hawk.
but the class was fun and full of women I know who are delightful people. the teacher is adorable - in her 50's - a high school teacher with a twinkle in her eye. And that's how I started my day.
It continued with a major house clean. I can sometimes live with skipping the usual Saturday jobs for a week by not looking at the dirt - especially if I know I'm going to be away like I was last week. But 2 weeks? not. I live in the country. I live on the east end of a farm (blowing dirt from plowed fields goes with the prevailing weather patterns - west to east). I have dogs. I have guys. I have dirt. A full house clean is worth a lot of activity points!
and when it was all done, Himself asked me to join him on a 2 mile walk. Woo woo. By the end of the day I'd earned 9 activity points ... which, according to Wikipedia, is 900 extra calories burned over and above the normal calorie baseline.
This is good. this is very good since I know that this week I've indulged in Restaurant Fare, Belgian Chocolates, and conference meals.
Today I'll be active, of course, but I'm not planning on it being a 9 pointer. I have 3 boxes of daffodils to plant - dug from an old 17th century back yard - not that these are all 17th century daffodils - probably they're no more than 75 years old but there are a lot of them and they're headed for the lane that leads up to my house. It's a 1/10th of a mile stretch that gets afternoon sunshine and filtered morning light. In the springtime it's spectacular - but there are gaps - and right now I can see where they are. I shall be diggin' in the dirt for hours this afternoon.
May your Sunday be blessed with all the love in the world. And daffodils.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I always thought it meant summer is on it's way but according to wikipedia - it means it's already here.
Summer has come in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow
And the wood springs anew,
The ewe bleats after the lamb
The cow lows after the calf.
The bullock stirs, the stag farts,
Merrily sing, Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo, well you sing,
Don't ever you stop now,
Sing cuckoo now. Sing, Cuckoo.
Sing Cuckoo. Sing cuckoo now!
Either way, I'm ready for it - tired of this cool weather, I want to swim in the rivah!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
So where's the plan? Have you written it yet?
What? You promised. You're always breaking promises to me.
No I'm not. But I can't make a map of how to get somewhere unless I know where we're going and I can't make that decision all by myself. You have to contribute too. Like what do you want to do right now?
I want perfection and freedom and chocolate and cheese
Right. Let me rephrase it so that you can make a choice. Do you want to continue to lose weight or do you want to stay at your present weight.
Skinny I want Skinny You can never be too rich or too skinny. I want to look like Patty Hayes.
Good God. She's been dead for 15 years. And the last time we saw her she was 16 and was tall and skinny and adolsecent. We never could have looked like that and we never will. Our bones are too short.
Oh. Yea. Right. Then ... I don't know what I want.
Hmm. Okay what do you want to look like that's NOT Patty Hayes?
I want to look Hot Hot Hot.
You already do look Hot Hot Hot and you know it.
Heh heh heh. Yeah. We looked hot last night, didn't we?
Quit fishing for compliments and answer my question.
Well. I want to wear a size medium.
Come on. You know that one manufacturer's size medium is another manufacturer's size Large and another's size small.
Well. I want to wear a size 12 or a size 10.
that's still no answer. What about a size 6 or 2 or 0? What if I took some white-out and turned that size 10 into a size zero?
No. No. that's creepy. That's cheating and besides, we're too old to be that skinny. No. size 10 or 12 is good.
I think you're putting too much emphasis on sizes. Whats' in a number and why is a size different from a weight?
Hmmm. Well, a size is how you look. I don't care how much we weigh so long as those little pretty clothes fit and look good on us.
Okay I'll grant you that. But we can't go trying on clothes all the time to see what size we wear. We don't have that much time to monitor this stuff so pick a weight. Any weight. And that's what we'll work at staying at.
Well. That came fast. Why didn't you say so at first?
You didn't ask me.
Funny girl Why do you want to weigh 143 lbs?
Because I think I will feel safe at that weight.
Oh. Well. That's a sort of a good reason. We can do that. It means losing 6 more pounds, you know. Are you sure you're not just picking this number so you can keep eating less and more restrictedly ... you know .. you're not just chickening out on trying to maintain.
Hmmm. No. I'm not playing a game. I really want to weigh 143. At least. I really want to see what I look like and what it feels like to weigh that right now, at this age and this time.
Okay that actually sounds pretty .... sound.
There's more! There's a slimness I catch a glimpse of when we're walking past a window or mirror. I've just begun to see it but it's fleeting. I'd like to see it all the time. And I think it will take being 143 to get there. I want that to be my normal.
Okay this is good stuff. So you really want that svelt feeling don't you. And we're not there yet. Sometimes we are but not most of the time.
Yeah yeah. You understand.
Good enough. How big a hurry are you to get there?
Oh. Hmmm. Pretty big hurry, I think.
Well. Well. I want to wear that red polka dot dress in the attic.
Ahh. Yes. And it's a summer dress. It needs to be hemmed, you know. Well, to get there we have to continue with the 1500 calories a few more weeks. Maybe 2 months. Are you okay with that?
How far away is 2 months?
8 weeks is June 17.
Oh. that's a long time away. Can't we do it sooner?
I don't know. That's going to be up to you and to me. We don't have a lot of parties coming up. Really only one. Maybe 2 if we have company. But that's a lot of weekends home alone with the refrigerator. And it will mean working out pretty seriously.
Well, I like doing that you know.
Yes but it will mean getting off the computer at 7 instead of 8.
yeah. Well. Okay. Let's do it.
How about we try it just for two days? This week we'll get off the computer on Monday and Tuesday at 7. 'Cause we're going to visit Mama on Wednesday and have to leave at 7:30 anyway. But we can go to the gym on M, T, and W. - Uh Oh! I just remembered. Graves Mt. Lodge is this week.
Yeah. That is going to take some planning. We have never yet successfully limited ourselves at GML.
I knooooow. Whaaaaaa. I don't wanna go.
Too bad. We have to. But what do you say, instead of saying we'll eat only one bread or only one that or no desert and then eating them anyway and feeling guilty and lousy, how about if we decide we will pause before every single bite, put down the fork and ask Are you hungry for more? Is it worth it? Do you really want it? And if the answer is yes we pick up the fork again. And if the answer is no we stop eating.
Hmmm. I like that.
It will take a different sort of discipline but it might be just the difference we need. Let's give it a try anyway.
Okay. I'll really try.
Okay I'm exhausted by all this planning. What do you say we just plan for this week.
No No. I want more. More Plans. More safety.
Well. Alright. How about this. It's April 21. The next time we weigh in will be on May 7. That's just over 2 weeks. Let's try to weigh 148.6 pounds on the May weigh in. That means the morning scale will have to show something like 145. Let's aim for 1 lb in 2 weeks with 4 meals eaten at Graves Mt. Lodge thrown in. And let's try to earn 35 exercise points both of those weeks. It means curtailing our playtime on the computer but I think we can do it. Besides we're moving into the prettiest time of the year. May.
Okay. But you'll come up with another plan for the next 2 weeks afterwards?
Yes. I will. Each time we weigh in we will come up with a new goal and a new plan. But you have to participate.
And as a reward, when we reach 145 we'll take a day off.
And another at 143?
Yep. Another at 143. Maybe a 4 day weekend!
Okay. I like this.
I like it too.
Love you too.
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