Thursday, July 19, 2012
After over two months of a scale stalemate, I'm finally losing weight again. I did great once I graduated, fully REcommitted to losing all the weight I REgained when I REenrolled in school full time. Between December and April, I dropped 30 lbs and 3 sizes... then stalled. I still have a few pounds left to get back to where I left off, when school took over my exercise schedule.
I'm happy to report that I've dropped another 8.
Oh, and I have gallstones. Not great news. Kind of painful, but now I know it was not strained muscles giving me all that pain. After googling, I learned that gallstones sometimes happen when people lose large amounts of weight... I did not know this. I asked the doctor what caused them and he did not mention this, but he also doesn't know how obese I used to be. Looks like my gallbladder may have to come out.
I was really hoping my first major surgery would be a facelift.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Invariably, I have anxiety about my "public nakedness" that first time out in summer. However, when I look around, I am relieved to see normal, healthy, everyday people in the same state of undress. No supermodels in sight.
I am always especially grateful to full figured women rocking bikinis. And really fat guys without shirts.
Keep this in mind when you're contemplating public swimming: not everyone is skinny. In fact, only a few are. Nobody looks anything like what you were looking at in the swimsuit catalog, when you chose your suit. They all look like the regular ol' people you see in the grocery store and the gas station.
So, I enjoy myself after all. Everyone there was doing the same as me... trying to enjoy life and keep cool, not scrutinize anyone's body.
As soon as I got home, I bought a new 2-piece.
Friday, May 25, 2012
The garden tour was a huge success. Nothing bad happened, and everyone had a fantastic time. My neighborhood, which is densely packed with rowhouses (meaning close proximity) has become even closer. I've got more friends and more clients.
Last night, the city tree group met for our monthly meeting (our 2nd meeting since the huge Arbor Day endeavor) and I was suddenly appointed Chair of the Education Committee, by unanimous vote. So for the next two years, I have to plan classes. Not a big deal by itself, but the logistics and the coordination with dozens of other people will be a headache of enormous proportions. I think the fact that I organized the garden tour had something to do with this, but there's a major difference: I didn't really have to coordinate with anyone to do that. I just wanted to do it, so I did. I didn't need to bounce the idea off of anyone else or work with anyone else, at least not to any significant extent.
I'm sure it's my fault for my constant harping on the importance of public outreach and education. Oh well.
Off to work.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Let me start off by saying I can't wait to get my new printer:
I've wanted one for a few years.
I finally broke the old printer by printing the flyers for our garden tour. I guess 600 prints was just too much to expect. Good thing the print shop was able to finish the printing for me in a few hours ($200 later).
Speaking of which, the countdown is on. Scarely 4 more days to the tour. And word on the street is, this is going to be big.
Everyone I see is excited. Everyone is getting ready. It's crazy, but the excitement is so palpable in the neighborhood.
Yesterday, while I was distributing flyers, I passed one of host homes, where the homeowners were busy doing yardwork. The wife was digging and planting. The husband was scooping forks of mulch out of the back of his truck and into a large wheelbarrow. I smiled and asked them if they were getting ready for the tourists. The wife smiled and said yes, they were very busy. The husband smirked and jokingly said he didn't know how to thank me.
And so many people have contacted me just to express their enthusiasm, and tell me how much they're looking forward to being on the tour NEXT YEAR- indicating perpetuity, which amazes and gratifies me.
And... I dropped another hundred bucks on plants today.
Yikes, get me through this.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Every spring in our city, we have a series of house and garden tours, sponsored by various garden clubs. I've enjoyed them for years.
A couple of years back, I started daydreaming about doing something like that in my own neighborhood.
So, I did. I started a garden club, talked to my neighbors, and pulled together a tour. In less than two weeks, we'll hold our inaugural event; at the tail-end of the spring garden tour season here in our city.
For months now, my neighbors and I have been almost competing, getting our gardens into tip-top shape. One couple came by early Saturday morning to scope me out... and promptly dropped a few hundred bucks buying artwork and sculptures at the local arts festival this past weekend! They'd been on a fact-finding mission (spying!!). Hmmm, copying my artwork-adorned fence, I think? LOL
I really, really, hope the garden tour goes well.
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