Friday, January 30, 2009
I'm not saying it's my favorite word, but I love the way it rolls across my tongue.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I see so many people describe a pedicure, or a salon visit of any type, as a reward: "lose 25 lbs = pedicure".
I get one every 4-6 weeks regardless. I consider it routine maintenance!
I'm DEFINITELY not going to wait until I lose 10 more pounds to schedule my next root touch-up with my hairdresser. I'm far more likely to make the decision by looking at my appointment calendar, figuring out when I'll NEED a salon visit, when I'll be in town to get one, and when I'll need to look my best for some upcoming event.
Just like clothing... how do I know if the stuff I want will WAIT for me to get to that certain number on the scale? Experience tells me, if I wait, it will be GONE every time! I've had to buy many different sizes along this journey. I think ahead, and look for sales.
Personally, I don't believe in, or even UNDERSTAND the rewards concept. To ME, weight loss is it's own reward. Losing weight IS the reward for staying the course, working hard, and sticking to my plan. NO pedicure can top it.
And if you're focused on achieving a fitness goal, why wouldn't you reward yourself with something that helps you do that- like fitness equipment? If you want to reward yourself with some material thing, why not jumpropes or a stability ball?
Shoe sales and grey roots wait for no woman.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
ONE more pound has FINALLY taken leave of me. With careful monitoring of my caloric expenditures, and monstrous workouts, I am rid of it.
The progress has been frustratingly slow. Losing the first hundred pounds was a walk in the park compared to trying to lose the last thirty.
Will it really take another 30 months to lose these last 30 pounds???
Although I finally had my long awaited doctor visit early this month, my health issues are unresolved. My follow-up appointment is in another week. PLEASE don't let me break down and weep this time! I'm willing to trust my doctor, why can't she trust ME? I have to make her understand this is not a mental issue. My tears are the product of frustration and sheer exhaustion. I don't want antidepressants; I just need more thorough evaluation and more aggressive treatment!
Lately, my body has been retaining Pinot Noir....
Seems like I just got back from my last business trip when another fast-forwards into view. The first two weeks of January, I had TWO. In the next two weeks, I'll have two more.
It's not that the Pinot Noir cures what ails me, but it does make me feel much better during waking hours. It's actually become one of the ways I plan my travel itinerary: make sure there will be no driving, and enjoy the wine.
My corkscrew collection (because I always seem to forget packing one in my suitcase) is growing.
"Oh, they're GREAT, they make your feet look smaller."
WHY on earth is it considered a compliment to tell someone (okay, a woman) that her shoes make her feet look smaller?
I was shopping in Bloomingdales recently, standing in the shoe department, busily trying on a pair of platform pumps. A lady from cosmetics comes mincing along and makes this comment to me. I stare at her, furrow my brow, and say "yeah, they look like hooves" as I kick them off and lower myself back down to ground level. She smiles and blinks, uncomprehending.
I ask you- with a body this size, WHY would I want my feet to look SMALLER? Am I nuts to think that that would actually make the rest of me, particularly my tree-trunk legs, look FATTER?
I think not.
No snow but damn cold
How much longer 'til March? And, will I be broke?
I am desperate to market myself, and running out of money to do so. Meeting my career and educational goals will require thousands more dollars in travel expenses. The last thing I want to do is use my spouses money. Not that I'm not entitled to, and not that he's unwilling, and not that it would break us, it's just that it creates such an accounting nightmare to cover what should be business expenses with money from other sources.
There is more than enough winter work to keep me busy for a thousand lifetimes, provided I can convince people that
A) it needs doing, and
B) I'm the person to do it.
Spring work is already starting to trickle in.
While some might argue that spring work is easier, or more pleasant than winter work, because it involves little more than sitting indoors at my desk, I completely disagree. I love working outdoors, and I love the physical labor of winter. Not only that, I'm well suited to it. If you could feel these rock-hard shoulders, you'd agree.
And making money is all the incentive I need to get out into the frigid weather. Trust me, jogging with the dog is not adequate.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
If you're like most people, you HATE this question. And, if you're like most people, you lie through your teeth when cornered with it.
Once again, if you're like most people, right now you're nodding in agreement.
Why is it, then, that so many people brag about how people always guess they look 5, 10, or even 15 years younger than their actual age? Do they really believe the aforementioned statistics apply to everyone else, and not them?
I've had this conversation with friends more than once. They all admit that, when faced with a person who insists they play the age guessing game with them, they try not to groan with annoyance, and they end up answering with some outrageously low number. Invariably, they admit that the number they spit out is far, far lower than what their eyes tell them. Everyone agrees that this is a universal phenomenon, and very well known; so the facts don't really matter. The consensus is, it's a form a benign flattery. But you hear it again and again: "People tell me I look much younger".
So, if everyone knows the game, why do they resist in applying it to themselves?
I, for one, routinely hear that I look much younger. Even from my closest and most trusted friends, which really makes me want to believe it. However, I can't buy into it, hook, line and sinker; I rationalize it instead: I tell myself that I simply take better care of myself than a lot of people they know, and our senses are overwhelmed daily with multitudes of people who do not. And there's our barometer.
The fact is, we have so many BAD examples out there of what a middle-aged person is supposed to look like, and so few good ones.
I think I look my age. But, I'll be the first to admit, I'm pretty vain about my looks. My appearance is one of my biggest motivators.
Is that why we're so amazed when we look at middle aged celebrities? I mean, the ones who HAVEN'T had "work done"?
It's the old "results not typical" ideal. Meaning, it's POSSIBLE for just about anyone, but not typical. Why? Because typically, we don't do what is required.
Folks, the "results not typical" thing applies to everyone in some way.
If you are a typical person, you do what people typically do. And consequently, you have typical results. If there's any doubt about what the typical results are, or look like, just open your eyes and look around.
Do something atypical this time.
Do something atypical with your career, your meal plan, and your exercise routine.
And don't think in terms of looking younger for your age, think in terms of being atypical.
Friday, January 02, 2009
This is a great time for us all to revisit the goals we set in 2008, and ask ourselves how we did- how many did you achieve? What fell by the wayside, and why? What are your NEW goals? How many are reruns from last year?
Here's my list:
My 2008 weight goal: reach 160 lbs -NOT ACHIEVED!
As par for the course, I lost focus and found old habits of sloth and gluttony. Winter's bad weather and high calorie foods took a toll.
Goal is recycled for 2009.
My 2008 fitness goal: Run my fastest 8k -NOT ACHIEVED!
I registered for the local 8k, but on race week I found myself in Milwaukee on business. Not a bad trade off, all things considered.
Goal recycled for 2009.
My 2008 financial goal: double my income -ACHIEVED!
When I came up with this outrageous goal in November of 2007, I had no idea how I was going to achieve it. But I wrote it down on my employment evaluation and confidently declared it to my boss. Minutes later she gave me the biggest raise of my life and a fine head start toward the goal. My business did so well in 2008 I quit that job, and still exceeded my goal. Unbelievable!
My 2008 career goal: become an Arborist -ACHIEVED!
I enrolled in a preparatory class for the exam, and ordered the study guide. When the text arrived, I had 3 days to look it over, and decided on a lark to apply early for the exam. I got a seat at the last possible minute, by the skin of my teeth... and passed! I still attended the prep classes a month later. I'd already booked the hotel.
My 2008 educational goal: get back in school -ACHIEVED! Based on my job experience, the department head has waived several courses required for my degree. I'll finish early!
Can you believe how fast this year is flying by??
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