Sunday, October 20, 2013
We are a 3 car family. All of which are 10 years old. They are all in good shape, however, you know once your hit the 10 yr. mark, things start happening. Like I said, all are good cars. My husband has a 10 yr. old Mercedes. My son has a 10 yr. old BMW and me, who doesn't rate in the family, I drive a VW Passat.
Anyway, My husband and I decided to go out yesterday to make a trip to Costco. We go out into the driveway and his car has a flat tire. So, we take my son's car to the store. We fill his car with groceries and head home. The car breaks down. We call our friend and a tow truck. After 2 hours waiting for both to arrive, we unpack the groceries out of our car and into our friends' car and the tow truck takes our car to our mechanic who is closed until Monday. On the way home in our friends' car, our friend says, "ya know, something else is gonna happen to you. Bad things always happened in 3's. I was like, "shut up, don't jinx us!"
Later on last night, my husband goes out into the driveway and low and behold, now my car has a flat tire too!!! What the............? He looked around and he doesn't think we ran over something. At any rate, we have a great tire guy that we use, however, he is closed until tomorrow. So, here we sit, 3 cars and no where to go. Damn, our friend and his big mouth!!!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Being the fat friend is an exhausting job!!! Don't get me wrong, I love my friends. They mean the world to me, but trying to keep up with them is tough sometimes. Most of my adult life I have had weight issues. So, consequently, most of my adult life I was the fattest girl in the group. Or at the very least one of the fattest.
For years I would try to keep up as best I could. Unlike a lot of overweight people, I would never shy away from the limelight. I'm a typical LEO! Domineering and liking the attention. Unlike my cute little friends, I would attract people with my wit, charm and sarcasm. (my triple threat). The life of the party. That's how I would get noticed.
I'm sure a lot of you can relate to the jealousy that creeps up when your out with your friends and they get all the attention. I would work extra hard on my outfit, makeup and hair so I could compete with them. And I would, for the most part, think I looked good. Until........the dreaded pictures come out!!! Because I am an outgoing person, I would never avoid the camera like a lot of overweight people do. Instead I became incredible skilled at posing! My mother always said I should be a plus size model!
Some of my trick photography included:
hand on hip
face slightly turned, point cheek to the camera
one leg in front of the other
get in the middle and put your arms around the others
or my favorite, stick a kid in front of me!
(I call these techniques, HIDE THE HEAVY) patent pending
Anyway, sometimes these techniques worked and I'm sorry to say, sometimes they didn't. Sometimes there's no amount of makeup, lycra or posing that is going to make you look thin next to your best friends. There were times when I would look at a picture of us and think "oh my god, one of me is the size of both of them put together. And you know what, knowing what each of them weighs, it's not that far off.
It's taken me two years to shed this weight. It's been so slow that most of my friends and me included have forgotten what I used to look like. That is, until, I see a picture of me and my bff's from years past. I don't even recognize that girl anymore. That girl who is twice the size of her friends. That girl who was trying to keep up.
Below are some before shots of me where my "Hide the Heavy" techniques did not work.
(if only the flower arrangement on that table were a little bigger)
And now some after shots where I am finally just "one" of the girls!!
Finally, I can just relax, stand there, say cheese and smile...........
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I miss my son dearly. There has been a lot of tears in the house. But I am so happy for him and excited for the journey that he will be taking. I am almost envious.
However, there is one and only one thing that I am not going to miss while he is away..............the JUNK FOOD!!!
Now, I know what your thinking. I am the one who does the grocery shopping. Why did I bring it in the house? Why did I allow the Junkie to live in my pantry all these years? Well, in my defense, I do provide my children with nutritious healthy food. They rarely eat fast food. I cook, on the average, 6 days a week. But they are kids. They like to have something sweet after dinner and they like to have a snack after school. I try to pick lower calorie snacks like baked chips, or pretzels. They usually like oreos for dessert. However, my son is a bottomless pit!! I feel like I was constantly buying this stuff. Plus, he was buying stuff on his own. He is 6'1" and 155 lbs. Not sure where it all goes!
So, the other day when I was packing up my first born, I also packed up the Junkie living in the pantry. He's been taking up space in that pantry long enough. I still have a daughter at home, but she is really good about not over indulging in these snacks. As much as I would have loved to send my son with fruits and vegetables, we all know, that would never happen. I gave him the speech about how he needs to eat his vegetables while he is away. He said, " I will eat corn, potatoes and onion rings". Oh well, at least I tried.
So it was nice to send that Junkie packing. I've been trying to evict him from my pantry for too long. I have a feeling in May he will be back for a visit, but he will be on a short term lease.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
I don't know about you all, but taking a compliment is such a hard thing for me to do. In the past, if someone said, "you look like your losing weight", I would say, "oh, it's just the outfit". Or I would try to make a joke, as usual, and say, "I've been airbrushed". My mother taught me well. If I give her any compliment at all, she will say, "yeah, right". I am a little more polite. I will thank the person but then I will make a sarcastic remark as well. Lately when someone compliments my weight loss, my new response is "well, thank you but I have a lot more weight to lose". Why do I do this? Why do a lot of us do this? I am so conditioned to putting myself down, that I don't know how to stop. I've lost 50 lbs. but I am still feeling compelled to let people know that I still have a lot more work to do. I know I have to live in the moment and enjoy all this. I just am a big mouth and can't keep it shut and just say thank you.
Last night my friends and I went down to the beach, lake side, to watch the sunset and have some wine and chat. We were a big group in a big circle of chairs. Husbands, wives, kids. Anyway, my one friend commented that I am looking so THIN!! I said "thank you". She then began to shower me with compliments and said that she can't even use the words "average size" to describe me. That I am now thin! Well, I could just not accept this lying down. All the other friends in our little circle chimed in and agreed with her. I became the center of attention. Once again, I said thank you, but honestly, I don't see myself as thin yet. I know my body and I am seriously not there yet. I am not even at average weight yet. According to my scale, I would have to lose at least another 30 lbs. to be in the average range. I wear between a size 10 and 12 in pants and I wear a size large top. That is not average. Eventually the focus on my weight moved on to another subject. I was grateful.
Frankly, I am sick of talking about my weight anyway. It's such a huge part of my life. It would be nice to wake up in the morning and go all day without thinking about my weight, or talking about my weight. The reality is that I will probably be thinking about my weight every day for the rest of my life. Sounds exhausting. I know a lot of you can relate to this.
Anyway, I am really, really gonna try and start taking a compliment better in the future. Even if I don't believe it. And hopefully, if you are guilty of this, you will too. So......the next time someone says to us, "wow, you are smoking!", or "your lookin hot tonight, girl!" (I know, I'm exaggerating) We will just say, "Why, thank you!" and then SHUT OUR MOUTHES!!
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