OK, at 179, I am just two pounds away from my bonus goal @ 177 lbs. Why 177? That's is an odd number, truly. It will mark 30 pounds lost.
I was going to make a bonus goal at 175, but then I thought - the 30 pound lost mark is way cool! I wondered what should be my reward until I walked into the music store to get my teen son guitar strings while he was life-guarding in July at camp. I saw IT there lying in a small black case with deep velvet interior. IT is a small travel guitar. IT caught my eye, and I plucked a string or two, but didn't pick IT up. (IT stayed in the back of my mind).
Then, this past week, I was back in the music store with my son. He wanted to look at the electric guitars. He worked hard, and plays in a band, and wanted his own reward for his labor. I saw IT still there. I also saw a sale sign. Dear me, it was more than I really wanted to pay, but... I picked IT up...
IT is a Washburn mini travel guitar complete with a case. IT is made like a full size acoustic guitar but is very small and compact. Sweet, and lovely.
I did what I always do when I play a guitar, I check the tuning and try out my classical guitar picking. Although softer than my full size guitar (that I could not play up until recently due to too much abdominal and bosom in the way), it has a nice tone, easy to play, very light, and easy for me to hold without stress on my arms/cervical spine (neck). Oh dear, I was falling fast. IT had a hold on my heart strings. I sat on a stool, and continued to pick out a melody, while my son had found his dream strings - a lovely woodgrained Hammer guitar, and we were actually playing together again.
Although I absolutely love my full size guitar
(Earlier this month a jam session with my son on my left, and my big brother on my right) But after playing about half an hour, my neck was hurting, and my arm was going numb from having it over the body of the guitar. That fact was frustrating, and I began thinking about that little travel guitar. I began thinking about it a lot, especially every time my son said: "you should play your guitar more, mom." and I replied: "Well, I would but it hurts my neck and arm, and it frustrates me."
So, while my son put his dream on layaway, I put mine on layaway too. Yesterday he bought his out, and I put a little more down on mine. But I asked the store clerk if he could bring IT out so I could show IT to my husband and play IT a little. And he did, and I did.
The layaway is until mid October. Since I lose between .25 - .45 lb weekly, I think that is a good guesstimate that I will reach my bonus goal by my birthday, or slightly thereafter. I think I can lose the two lbs by mid October, especially since it will be getting cooler.
For the time being, I bought new banjo strings!