Saturday, April 30, 2005

Easy go, easy go.

Shreveport was a blast! I lost everything I planned to loose, but had a great time doing it! It was a much needed mini-break from the routine. Mom and Kevin didn't do any better than I did, so we laughed about it all the way home. We had dinner at a seafood buffet at the Hollywood Casino, and it was pretty good! (A tad pricey, but it was worth it, I thought...$19.99/person) We got home around 11:30 last night, and I absolutely crashed out as soon as my head hit the pillow!

It's important to note that at one point I had all money money for the day won back playing craps, but I managed to loose it again. Now I know why they call it Craps! (I only lost $60!)

I'm about to head over to see my grandmother in a bit. We're making brunch tomorrow to take over and hopefully cheer her up. She is so very down right now, but we're trying to be her cheerleaders!

Have a good Saturday everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Ah...behold the power of coffee

I was running early this morning so I stopped for coffee. I haven't done that in a while, so it was a delightful treat! I think once each week I am going to do that for myself. I was, however, disappointed that Starbucks does not have any low fat sandwiches in their deli case. As yummy as all those sandwiches sounds, not a one would have been WW friendly. I had imagined myself enjoying a lite sandwich for lunch at Starbucks, but that was blown out of the water. I think that I will walk to Subway at lunch and have something from there. It's just time for me to get out for lunch, I think.

Mom and I are going to do a little shopping tonight. We are returning a couple of things and I have a pair of shoes to exchange for a super fabulous pair that I should have bought in the first place. I am looking forward to that! Saturday night, Kim and I are having a night of SATC DVDs and yummy dinner from Central Market. I am very excited about that!! I need to pick up the 2nd half of season six before I head over there. That's the one with the episodes that take place in PARIS! (You better believe we'll be examining closely the streets of Paris!)

Speaking of Paris...5 weeks from Saturday!!! I can't wait! At first I thought that June 4th will be a long day, but we'll have to be at the airport around 3:30, and I'll have to go to WW that morning, so it's not going to be such a long day after all!! I'll have plenty to do to get ready, and Mom, Dad, Kevin and I will be having lunch that day. My girls from work suggested a happy hour sendoff on Friday night before I go, and I think that sounds like fun!! I need to make a list of everyone I need to remember when buying gifts over there!

Ok...since I am off work tomorrow, I need to get stuff done. I'll post tomorrow and tell you about the trip to Shreveport!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Revenge of the Hot Wings

I had dinner with Kevin on Monday night and we went to have hot wings. I learned a very important fact: Jen's digestive system does not permit fried foods anymore. All this to say, I didn't make it to work yesterday. I woke up yesterday morning and felt like I had a brick in my stomach...not fun! But it ended up being a good thing that I was home because Mom had some dental work done and needed someone to pick her up. Dad is out of town on his annual fishing trip, so I was glad to be able to help.

Mom and I also picked up Dad's new truck last's really nice! He got a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup, and it looks great! He's going to really enjoy having it. The gas mileage is pretty good, and it has a nice stereo in it. He's going to really enjoy the a/c, as his old van didn't have that and Texas summers can be pretty rough without it.

Kevin is taking Mom and me to Bossier City on Friday. That is going to be FUN! Mom has wanted to try Blackjack, so we'll get her to try a few hands of it and see what she thinks. Mom needs a fun day...she's been stressed lately, so this is going to be good for all of us! Stay tuned to find out how much we spent to de-stress ourselves!!

One more thing...I am wearing a shirt I bought over a month ago that I couldn't even button at the time...and now I look fabulous! Go me!

Monday, April 25, 2005

It was time for a mushy, emotional post. Here it is!

Now that I have had time for it to sink in, I am feeling so excited about my 4.5 pound loss yesterday! Not to say that I wasn't excited then, but it feels real now. I've started to think about everything I've done to get these 47 pounds foof, and I feel so good. I'm down 2 sizes in my clothes, I feel energetic, and I can honestly say that I am now living a healthy lifestyle. I am hoping to work hard and get three pounds off to hit my 50 pound mark. 50 pounds gone...I hadn't even been able to imagine that until now. My new goal is going to be 60 pounds total off my the 4th of July! Talk about a celebration!
I can find little victories now that I love to celebrate...I can cross my legs now! There's extra room in the seat when I go to the movies, and I can't wait until I get on an airplane and see how much more room there is! When I begin my Paris blog in June, I bet that's going to be one of the first things I post when I arrive in Paris! (I'll email out the site link when I get ready to go in June) The coolest thing so far has been the day I went on my Wal-Mart spree. The ladies at the dressing room were so supportive and they were so excited for me when they found out that I had lost so much weight! Everyone has been so good to me and I feel so fortunate to get so much support from everyone I know. It feels good to be on my way to a healthier me. When I lose 100 pounds, I get special recognition at my meeting, and I get to invite my friends and family to share that victory with me, so when that day comes, I want you all there, if possible. Every one of you is a key to my success, and I love all of you for it.
Thanks for holding my hand through this. I couldn't be more grateful for such wonderful family and friends!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Just when you think you know how it's going to go...

You know how I went on about how disastrous my diet was on Wednesday and how I was bracing myself for a gain? I'm not sure how, but I lost 4.5 pounds this week! I worked out every day to try to make up for what I ate on Wednesday, and I guess it worked! I've lost 47 pounds now!! I can hardly believe it!
And a big shout out to Angela who has lost 8.2 pounds, too! Way to go! I understand her friend, Caroline, is doing well on WW as well, so lots of people are having great successes! Mom maintained, and that's a victory, too! (I'm so proud of her!)
Dad leaves on his annual fishing trip Tuesday, and he's so excited! It's good to have time away with friends like that. He's going to have a blast! While he's gone, Mom and I are going to work in the yard and paint the entryway of the house. We're going to check out the Kimball's Palace and Mosque art exhibit, too. I'm looking forward to that...I haven't been to the museum in a while and I love going!
That's it for tonight. I just helped mom color her hair and it looks great! Have a good evening and I'll post tomorrow!

Friday, April 22, 2005

A Brief Friday Note

Good afternoon, all! TGIF!
I'm going to see Gran tonight! She is taking a turn for the better, and was actually walking (with assistance) during her PT yesterday! We are very excited about that!! It's the best news ever!
Six weeks from tomorrow Kim and I leave for Paris!!! I can hardly wait! I have GOT to work on my French! Otherwise I'm going to have trouble when I go to the MAC store in Paris!!!
I'm going to see The Interpreter this weekend. I'll let you know what I think!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

A Food Disaster Bigger than the Titanic

I'm having a really tough week...with WW that is. I have had a company dinner last night and one tonight, as well as a lunch where there was truly no good food choice to be made. This is very upsetting for me. I'm absolutely paranoid about gaining weight. After I got home last night I worked out really hard, and I am going to have to do it tonight, too. I may just go to the meeting and not weigh in on Sunday if I don't feel like everything is in control. I don't know yet. The scale here at my office is pretty good, so I will weigh myself on Friday and see where I am at. Hopefully everything will be ok, but I am going to really have to work hard the rest of this week. Like for lunch today, everything they served was swimming in a cream sauce! I think I will just eat a salad tonight and try and just get home so that I can work out. I am going to have to put in about an hour and a half of hard work tonight to make up for the damage I did to myself at lunch!
Enough of that right now. I'm just frustrated and concerned about my weight. I was having big losses and in the last two weeks I either maintained or only lost 1.5 pounds, which honestly is very normal. I'm just really wanting to get 50 pounds off by my birthday and feel like I am struggling more than usual right now. I sure could use a little encouragement, so please feel free to leave me a note in my guestbook!
Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

It's Bonus Time!

Sorry for the delay in's been crazy lately!
We got our annual bonuses at work last Friday, so I did some serious shopping this weekend! But the really great news is that I bought a bunch of new clothes in a size smaller! (Yay!!) I also paid off my Paris trip, so we're just about ready to go! On Saturday, Mia and Kim and I got my friend Cindy's daughter (Sarah) ready for her senior prom! We did her hair and makeup and she looked great! So from there, Kim and I went to a Pure Romance party at my cousin Jen's co-worker's house. I was exhausted by the time I got home! It was a very busy day!
Sunday was my WW day, and I lost 1.5 pounds for a total of 42.5 now! I've been a little lazy about working out this week, so I am going walking with Angela tonight after I get out of the dinner my work is requiring us to attend. It's at Texas Stadium in the Stadium Club Restaurant. I'll let you know what I think! But I am so looking forward to walking tonight! I am going to do 2 miles with Angela, so I hope she's up for it!!
My Gran isn't doing quite as well. She seems really down and she isn't making any progress, really. I worry that when they re-evaluate her on the 4th of May that they may decide to move her to a nursing home since she isn't doing much at the rehab center. Hopefully not, but we just keep taking things one day at a time. Please keep her in your prayers.
That's it for now! Have a good Tuesday everyone!

Monday, April 11, 2005

A Case of the Mondays

Would it be nice if weekends were longer? I wasn't ready for Monday!
I didn't loose any weight this week...I maintained which is great! I ate a few things this weekend that I might ought to have skipped, but it's ok...I didn't gain any weight and that is a victory in itself! :)
I didn't make it to the 5K this weekend. I was so tired and needed some rest, but I did get up and walk a mile on Saturday. There is a 5K at the end of the month at the Ft. Worth Zoo, so I am going to look into doing that one. I went dancing Saturday night and that was a lot of fun. Mia's friends Jenny and Cindy were in from LA, so we took them out to Carson's and then on to Red River. (They wanted to see some cowboys!) Kevin took care of all of us and we had a great time.
My Gran is doing well! She is now at a more aggressive rehab hospital in Ft. Worth and she's doing great! She isn't standing on her own yet, but she can move her legs and sit comfortable in a wheel chair now, so that is big news for my family! Please keep praying for her!
That's it for now. Have a good Monday!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! I'm ready for the weekend! I'm walking in a 5K tomorrow benefitting victims of violence, but benefitting my waistline too! (Is that selfish of me?) I've been walking a lot to prepare myself, but it's only about 3 miles so it should be fine. I'll let you know how it goes! If mom comes with me I'll have her take some pictures that I can post.
I'm taking it easy tonight...going to walk and then take a hot shower. You see, I managed to pull a muscle in my arm last night while doing some stomach know the ones where you sit up and touch your hand to the opposite knee? Yeah, I think that's when I did it and it is VERY sore today! I need a massage badly!

That's my news for today. I'll post on Sunday and let you know about the 5K and my weigh in. Wish me luck!!

Have a great day everyone! Thanks again for all your support!