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The State of Amy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wow I usually don't go more than a week without blogging. I'm blaming that horrible spring cold I caught and have still not totally beaten into submission. In fact, looking at the date of my last blog, it was the day I started feeling that cold. Ugh.

Other than a persistant cough, I'm feeling much better, thankfully.

Soooo... how am I doing in my weight loss/healthy living goal? Since I'm not weighing myself until the end of May, I can't give you numbers, but I'm feeling good. I find myself 'listening' to my body more when I'm no relying on the scale to tell me how I'm doing (and face it, the scale is not a reliable friend). I've noticed my stomach feels and looks smaller. I had gotten to the point where my lower stomach had a little overhang (Dunlop's Disease!) - which I hated. My overhang is not overhanging as much. YAY! emoticon

All my dress pants for work are getting roomy. I have a way to go before I need to replace them all, but I don't think I'll mind when I do. Other than a pair of slacks I bought at the beginning of the year at an LL Bean outlet, all my dress pants have come from thrift stores, and that's where I'll replace them.

Being short (Hey, I admit it - no sense lying about what you can't hide), you'd think I'd have trouble shopping in thrift stores, but no. It seems my area must be populated by short, boxy people, so I fit right in. emoticon

So, yeah, I feel like I'm making progress. I feel healthier and smaller and tighter, so that's good enough for me. But, says a naysaying little voice in my head, what if, at the end of the month, you step on the scale and have lost nothing? Or, *gasp* gained? Okay, I admit, I'd be blue, but I'd pick myself up and go on because I would know that I've been treating my body right, despite what the scale says.

Update on the Spring Boot Camp: I had to fight through not feeling like exercising with this cold, but I'm keeping up and feeling good about it. Although, the 12 minute pilates ab routine this morning just about killed me because I've pulled a muscle in my side (from COUGHING... *sigh*... is there an eye roll emoticon? If there is, I need it).

Update on Mark: His depression seems lessened over the past almost three weeks. I don't trust it, but there it is. *nods* I keep waiting for something to happen to put him in a down spiral again. Isn't it horrible that I can't completely enjoy the up times because I'm worried about the down? We've continued working together on his homework each night, and as far as I know (though I don't know it all) he's pretty well caught up. emoticon

He's been planning and looking forward to his birthday this weekend. His b'day is Sunday (Mother's Day this year), but he'll have friends over on Saturday. Hubby is vacating the house for the day. A crew of 16 and 17 year olds is too much for him to handle. LOL. I just tell them not to kill each other and then let them have their space. At least it's supposed to be a sunny day, so they can get outside.

So, yeah, that's my update. Now I have to get working on uploading a BUNCH of parcels onto an MLS system. I'm foreseeing this taking days. (where's that eye roll emoticon when I need it?)
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    If that scale has the NERVE to be uncooperative, give it another time-out and trust the clothes more. Seriously, those measure our size so much more accurately. (Well, except the stretchy ones. =P )
    2176 days ago
    I am so glad to hear you are feeling better and that Mark is happy. You have helped him with his homework and eliminated a worry/ stress from his life, and he is looking forward to his birthday, so of course he is happy. I hope it continues for a very long time. I hope you do something fun for Mother's Day.

    I am short too at 5'2" tall. How tall are you? I've discovered that I really enjoy buying my jeans at the thrift store. That do not stock petites around here, but since jeans are cotton and shrink, other people's high water pants are perfect for me. It's fun to have so much of a choice, unlike most stores.

    2176 days ago
    glad about your feeling better.
    2176 days ago
    Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. Your healthy choices will give you what you need at the end of the month, don't worry. Happy birthday to your son.
    2176 days ago
    Glad the effects of your cold are wearing off. Has it been sunnier around there ther e in the last three weeks? I was wondering if possibly that was why Mark was doing better...more sunshine. I once had a person stay with me for a week(years ago now) that had a disorder that made him very depressed over the winter months. He had to use some special lamp in the daytime to get the amount of sunshine a day he needed. I cannot remember the name of the disorder, to many years gone by now...I thought maybe that might be part of the problem? Hidden in the folds of his depression? Just a thought, with you saying he was doing better now.

    Good for you for sticking to your bootcamp and other exercises. I don't think I would be as diligent if i was fighting a miserable cold! lol

    Good luck on the rest of the month for going with no scale. emoticon
    2176 days ago
    There are so many other ways of seeing progress rather than just the scale. Measuring inches is a more precise way and it seems that you have this down. When your clothes begin to get big, you are on your way so don't worry about that pesky scale. The biggest thing is that you are getting healthy, one step at a time. I am so happy for you.

    Wishing Mark a great birthday! Hope his day is very special and that your day is too.
    Have fun, that's what life is about, ;)
    2176 days ago
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    Glad you almost have your cold beat! They can be hard to get rid of. Congrats on still working out when you felt bad! Hope Mark has a good birthday!
    2176 days ago
    Hello Amy,

    I am so pleased to hear you are starting to feel better, after your terrible Spring cold. I agree with you, Spring/Summer colds are the worst. Poor you with that cough, I put my back out a couple of years ago with a persistant cough, it lasted for weeks. Turned out, after loads of cough medicines, antibiotics etc etc and an X.Ray that is was allergy based. It was Spring, and after testing I found I am allergic to Tree Pollen and spores. So after that every Spring I used a Beconaise Nasal spray night and morning, and didn'e suffer with it again. Since I have moved here by the Sea, with the absence of Trees close by, I havn't had to worry about it at all.

    I do hope Mark has a wonderful day, it will help to keep his spirits up, and a chance for you to sit back and relax for a while.

    I didn't realise it is Mothers Day on Sunday, for you folk across the water. Ours is in March here. So I hope you have a very happy day also.

    As or not weighing yourself until the end of May - what willpower - I have to lock my scales away after each Wednesday weigh in, to stop myself jumping on them every time I go to the Bathroom - lol. I h.ave the willpower to stay on track but I must have my weekly weigh in. Mind you so far my weigh ins have been positive, perhaps when I start to level out, or maybe even put on a lb or two one week, I won't be quite so eager for them.

    Keep up the good work Amy, I, along with many others here on SP are soo proud of you and your strength of will in continuing to exercise even when you felt so poorly.

    n> emoticon
    2176 days ago
    I'm sorry about your cold. Bummer. I hope you get better very soon. I'm happy you're staying on track and continuing your fitness journey :) It sounds like your seeing some very positive results.

    Oh yeah, an ugly secret most people don't know about overweight people - dunlop. Man, I hated it SO much! My underwear rolled under it, my pajama pants rolled under it, and pants were either pulled almost up to my chest to keep them from rolling down or I wore them below the roll. I seriously considered buying granny brief panties. The underwear I had was already so unattractive that I couldn't bring myself to buy any. My dunlop is gone now. My stomach now looks like a deflated balloon but, I went out and bought some new underwear last weekend and I feel pretty under my clothing.

    Happy Birthday to Mark. I hope he has a terrific day. I also hope he doesn't forget he needs to share his day with you. It's Mother's Day :)

    2177 days ago
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