Saturday, September 03, 2011
Got the notification this morning that I was a "Trivia A Student" in August!!!
Well, that sure was a long time coming . . . diligent efforts since May 2009 and yup, this would be the first time!!
Generally speaking, I've had a modest amount of academic success over the years. A degree here and there; even a few scattered scholarships . . . . .
But never ever EVER the elusive "Trivia A Student" designation. Until now!
It may never happen again. In fact, I'm thinking it's not likely to ever happen again. My record is dismal: I am just not at all clever at the kind of questions posed on the Trivia tab. But I do try just about every day. Even though I am quite capable of getting 3 wrong before I get 3 right . . . and not at all reliable about getting 3 right first try. All of this means that August 2011 must have been an amazing month, even though I wasn't paying a lot of attention to my cumulative score.
It was a surprise. And here I am now, basking in the glow.
My good SP friend Sandy (TRYINGHARDER61) knows full well how envious I've been of her Trivia scores: and I'm sure she will be rejoicing with me in my (temporary) success now!
Yay Trivia! Because even when I get them wrong, I've learned plenty! That's why this Trivia A Student accomplishment is for me actually right up there. Surpassed only with the amazing honour of having been named a Spark People Motivator.
(I know that the learning from playing and losing at Trivia has very much been linked towhat is genuinely my biggest personal accomplishment by far, way more important than degrees or job stuff: namely, taking 90 pounds off and keeping it off. I weighed myself after my workout at the gym, and I'm holding steady at 138 today even after a slightly indulgent supper last night . . . quite happy with that).
OK, just imagine me taking off the dunce cap, stepping down from the stool in the corner . . . yeah!!.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Wouldn't want EVERY day (or couple of days) to be so stressful but . . . it's the nature of the work I do that stuff comes in the door on an urgent basis. Requiring that you drop everything else and attend to it. Right away.
Get the facts, get stuff drafted, served, research, prepare submissions, make an appearance, be prepared to go. And while you're waiting to be heard, negotiate negotiate negotiate.
Try to get it settled . . . because there's more certainty and control and "custom tailoring" available in a negotiated resolution.
Fun? Not exactly.
But: gets the ol' adrenalin going, anyhow.
And reminds me that nope, I'm not remotely close to being ready to retire, that's for sure.
Because: I enjoy what I do. The strategy, the research, the analysis . . . all of that. A different kind of workout that brings together the intellectual with the people skills. Particularly if at the end I believe we've got to the the best achievable result.
Not perfection, maybe. But the best achievable result.
(Like Beck's lowest sustainable weight, I'm thinking!)
Last night, not so much sleep: tonight should be much more restful!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
. . . . was fun fun fun, as always!
Glorious two hour drive over to our "half way" meeting spot, with golden rod in bloom and trees laden with apples slowly reddening in the sun.
Lots of coffee; delicious tomato basil soup and garden salads, and a (shared) slice of unbelievably dense chocolate fudge cake, to celebrate her birthday next week. Worth every calorie. (And I humiliated her by singing "happy birthday" too heh heh!!)
In addition, of course, there had to be a little shopping!!
Found for me, a new long black wool and cashmere blend winter coat, for "work". It has a huge collar, big buttons and some very nice seaming at the back in a V shape at the waist, with a fan pleat below. Long enough in the sleeves, yay, which is always tricky for me!! Marked down from $280 to $39!! Plus a dark taupe silky jersey with a relaxed turtle neck and some interesting ruching at neck and sleeves to wear under a suit . . . marked down from $38 to $5.98!! Sister got some terrific basic black pants, her fave waistbandless style, marked down from $80 to $14.98. (I'd bought her a new camel handbag . . . and a little olive green fall sweater . . . perfect with her red hair and green eyes . . . which she took away to open on "the day" next week).
Lots of laughter, lots of memories . . . only wish we lived closer together so we could see each other more often!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Yesterday I was leafing through a stack of old magazines at the gym. Looking for some entertainment on the elliptical. (A lot of the ladies at my Y take in reading material to recycle and share and I do too, from time to time).
The January 2009 issue of Shape had an interesting article about six people who'd collectively lost 300 pounds. I didn't recall it: it looked new to me, and maybe a source of a few new ideas or tips. So I picked it up.
But there it was inside the front cover -- my handwriting. My notes. Clearly made in May 2009 when I'd joined Spark People!
What had I written down?
My username: WATERMELLEN. And password. The sparkpeople.com website address.
The two teams to which I'd been assigned on registration: SP class of May 10-16/09, and people over 50 with 10-24 pounds to lose.
I remember what I then weighed: 172. That's not written down. But the SP goal weight is noted: 155. And the target date: September 6, 2009.
I'd also jotted down my starting measurements:
Neck 14.5 inches.
Waist 32.5 inches.
Hips 40.5 inches.
Thigh 23.5 inches.
And: I'd written down "Spark People's Nutrition Tracker". Which was probably the key piece of information, because that's been the most important tool to lose the weight. (Other than the SP community, of course: the wonderful people here. But I didn't know that then!)
In May 2009, I had a record of successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance. I had taken off 80 pounds between June 2001 and February 2002, going from 230 to 150. Susan Estrich's "Making the Case for Yourself" was the inspiration that time.
And up until late 2008 I'd kept the 80 pounds off pretty steadily for some six years. Maybe never going below 150, but never going above 155 either. (My blip up in early 2009? Comfort eating, my old nemesis, triggered by a serious health scare). So: 155 should be doable, I remember thinking in May 2009.
What about the time frame? In May 2009, I also remembered that the first 60 pounds had come off pretty quickly. I had got down to about 170 by November 2001. But after that it took four months to lose the last 20. So: losing 17 pounds by September 6 was about right.
And I did. Reaching goal weight by August 15.
Yesterday I weighed myself after my workout on the Y's professional scales: just a smidge over 137. Holding steady. And I measured myself when I got home:
Neck: 12.5 inches.
Waist: just under 28 inches.
Hips: 37 inches.
Thigh: 20.5 inches.
There have been some ups and downs, of course, since May 2009. I was back at 163 in January of this year.
And with the help of the Beck Diet Solution (thanks SLENDERELLA61) tackled learning to think like a thin person . . . which has made a difference. Is 137 what Beck would call my "lowest maintainable weight"? That remains to be seen, but I've been there without more than a little swing for several months now. And I'm not looking to go lower.
This is the weight I was in high school and university.
The January 2009 issue of Shape magazine? An heirloom, obviously. So I tucked it into my gym bag and brought it home again!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Left work early . . . wanted to get home and see Charlie before heading to the golf course.
The cicadas are singing, the sun is warm, the sky is blue . . . . now where's that husband of mine??
Time to get started on the weekend!!
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