Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Wednesday Already!

Wow...I love short weeks! I can't believe the week is halfway over, but I'm not complaining. :)

Tonight I am having dinner with Grampa, and as always, I am looking forward to it. David is at Six Flags over Georgia today with his sales team doing their teambuilding stuff. I am envious! I hope he has a great time today! :)

I am doing the Susan Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday morning, so if you would like to donate, please click the link below. It's such a worthy cause and I am looking forward to walking. Almost all of us knows of someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Anything you can contribute will help! The link is below....

Really, I have no other news. I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

*Important fact-23 days until my birthday! It's the 5th anniversary of my 29th birthday! :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Oops! It's Been A Bit Since I've Posted!

Sorry about's been busy! Nothing really eventful to tell. Just been getting stuff done. It was a great holiday weekend! David and I spent lots of time by the pool. We had breakfast with my parents and Grampa on Saturday and spent yesterday with his family at his parents house. They have a pool and had a big cookout. I met his whole family and all his parents friends. It was a lot of people! I have a small family, so it was a little overwhelming to be around that many people, but it was fun and I had a good time. :)

Hey, did you know that the city of Carrollton lets you pay your traffic tickets online? Hey, how do I know this? Because I got a ticket Saturday afternoon going to David's. Seriously, I wasn't going any faster than the flow of traffic, but I was in the left lane and he clocked me and I was easy to get to, so I'm the one that got pulled over. As he was running my license, my cell phone's David asking if that was me on the side of the road. Yup. So I'll just do the deferred adjudication and keep it off my record. This is what I get for bragging that I hadn't been pulled over in about 11 years. I think kharma just bit me in the butt!

David is leaving for Atlanta today but he'll be back on Friday. This is more of a fun meeting/team building trip for him, so he won't be so drained when he gets back. He'll be home for the following two weeks from there, so you all know that makes me happy! :)

Everyone have a great Tuesday!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


I went to dinner with Joseph last night and we ate like we'd never heard about eating healthy. We went to Saltgrass. Great dinner, but I am paying for it today. My stomach is killing me! (But they have awesome pomegranite strawberry daquiries!) So I am back on track today and I have got to be very very good the rest of the week. A lapse does not equal a collapse!

Not much new here. Please send out prayers for my cousin Jen's mom. She is very very ill and in the hospital. She has cancer and it has spread very rapidly. It's not good news.

On a much lighter note, Kevin started at VHA yesterday! I saw him for about 2 minutes yesterday...they put him to work immediately! Today I get to go over some reporting stuff, as it looks like we may be working closely on a few projects. Okay by me! It's nice to have such a good friend in the office!

David and I are going to enjoy the holiday weekend by spending time in the sun. I am hoping not to burn as we bake by the pool. I have to go and buy a swimsuit. Not my favorite thing to do. Wish I looked better in a swimsuit, but that day will come. Hopefully by summer NEXT year! David's parents are doing a BBQ this weekend. They have a lovely pool, but I am having anxiety about being in a swimsuit around his family. I ams till trying to impress them, and me in a swimsuit isn't the way to do it! I'll have to find a great cover-up. :)

So that's it for now. I hope everyone has a great day!

Monday, May 22, 2006

All Is Right In My World

Ah, David made it home safely Saturday, and he's here until the 30th, so we're going to have some time to enjoy each other! He's so happy to be back home! After I picked him up, we went and had a bite to eat and then went home and crashed. He was a tired boy!

Sunday we went to see The DaVinci Code. We enjoyed it! If you go to the movie and expect entertainment, that's what you'll get. Phooey on all the critics who panned it! We enoyed it and that's all we cared about!

I went to WW on Sunday, but opted not to weigh in. I am retaining water, so it wouldn't have been an accurate weigh-in. Next Sunday, though, I will be a weigh-in champ! :)

That's about it. School and work are keeping me plenty busy. Oh, went to the Saints and Sinners CD release party Friday night...the band was great, but they didn't even play until after midnight, so I was really tired. I went with Dan and his wife and Yvonne and her boyfriend, and we were all really sleepy so we didn't stay for the whole show. I home really late and went straight to bed!

Anyhow, have a great Monday everyone!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Isn't it Friday YET??

It's been such a busy week. I'm exhausted and ready for the weekend. Work has been stressful and school is keeping me busy as well. Calgon, take me away!!

David comes back Saturday evening and I am looking forward to that! He's in Reno right now and will be there until this afternoon, and then he flies to Albuquerque for a couple days. And then home!! Yay!

I had dinner with Grampa last night and he is just wonderful. He's almost 87 and apparently quite the catch...he's getting calls from the ladies in his seniors exercise class! He has a friend that he has dinner with every Thursday night. She sounds very nice...she is 83 and does volunteer work and is very active. It's just nice for him to have a friend to do things with. I love the fact that he is leading an active social life and gets out and does things!

I think I need to plan some pampering for myself. I am going to try and get a manicure and an eyebrow waxing Saturday morning. I am overdue for some pampering! I'd really like a massage...maybe I will have to look into that.

So anyhow, that's about it for now. I have stayed within my points this week, but staying on WW has been a challenge. When I am tired or stressed it is so easy to want to pick up some fast food and be done with it, but I have been strong and stayed away from it. I just have to get some exercise in, as I haven't been able to do that this week. I will today, though!

So that's it for now. I hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Playing Catch-Up

After a fast and furious afternoon helping David get ready and off to the airport, I met up with Angela for dinner and catch-up. It was so good to see her, and we laughed and had so much fun! It's been a little while since we've had a chance to do that, and I am so glad we did! She's such a good friend and an amazing person. During summer months I always love going to her house and hanging out at her pool and just relaxing. I am looking forward to that this summer as well!

Things are going good with WW. I have done pretty well...ate at Chipotle yesterday (YUM!) but managed to do okay. Their Burrito Bowls are so tasty!! I am going to eat out with Mia for lunch today but I'll make good choices and then get a workout in after work today.

Oh, I got a new phone yesterday... I love it! I got the little pink Bluetooth headset too. I refuse to wear it everywhere, just pretty much in the car when I am driving. I think people that wear them all the time look like robots. It's also rude. It's like saying that you're too important to put your phone away and let a call go to voicemail. We're a very rude society sometimes! Anyhow, I'm planning to keep it put away unless I am actually on a call or in the car.

So that's it for now. David is in Las Vegas! I hope he wins big! (He's also there's not just a vacation for him!

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Success at the Scale!

I had my first weigh-in yesterday and I lost 3 pounds!!! I am so proud! I worked really hard last week to get in all my water, exercise, and eat carefully and it paid off! :)

David made it back around 8:45 Saturday night, and it was so good to see him! We've had a wonderful weekend, and I am leaving work early today to spend a litle extra time with him before I take him to the airport tonight. He flies to Las Vegas tonight and is there for a couple of days, then on to Reno, then to Albequerque and then...HOME! He's back next Saturday night and done with the blitz.

Other than that, no big news. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! (Especially mine!!)

Thursday, May 11, 2006


One important part of being healthy is drinking plenty of water. WW tells us to drink six 8-ounce glasses of water every day, so I bought a big WW mug that holds 32 ounces. By drinking about 1.5 of these daily, I get all my water in like I should. However, I drank almost 3 of these mugs yesterday. I don't think I have ever had to go to the restroom so much in my entire life! I'm going to lose weight with all the trips to the ladies' room! I'm telling you, I should be squeaky clean on the inside!

No other big news. I had dinner with Grampa last night, and as always it was wonderful. We went to Applebee's and I had the shrimp and steak skewers off of the WW menu. GOOD STUFF! I was very full and it tasted really good. Tonight I am having dinner with mom and dad and we are making a new WW recipe for parmigan chicken. It looks really good, so I will report back tomorrow. If it's yummy, I will post the recipe here for all to enjoy. :) The recipes I get from WW are always good, so I expect this to be a success!

I am still doing well with WW. I'm feeling good and have gotten a couple of good workouts in this week so far. I am going to work out again tonight, too. It's helpful to have a gym here at work so that I can get my workout overwith and I have my whole evening to relax.

School is still going well, too. I am having to work harder to maintain my A average, but I like the challenge. I am good with an A or B, but I really want the A's!!

David called this morning on his way to the event in Cleveland. He's ready to leave Cleveland now, which is good since he heads to Toledo this afternoon. He got a little lost heading to the mall this morning, but he made it ok. I get to hug him the day after tomorrow!! I am missing him so much. I love that he calls several times a day but it's just not the same as having him here with me. I also have to get to work on cleaning out my apartment! He will be moving into my place (as I am moving out) in June, so we need to get moving along. So much to do!!

Everyone have a good Thursday!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hump Day! (Thank Goodness!)

I am so glad it's the middle of the week! I am ready to be on the downhill slope toward the weekend. I am eager for my weigh in on Sunday, but I am super excited that David will be home on Saturday night! :) I miss him so much!

No big news. Tonight is dinner with Grampa, and I am going to suggest Applebee's for dinner since they have the Weight Watchers menu. (It's good stuff, too!) I am having dinner with Mia and Kim Friday night. I think we're going to go to Monica's for dinner and dancing. I am planning ahead and will have a healthy dinner (you can get healthy Tex-Mex there!! They use fat free black beans and low fat cheeses!). I'm going back to my old stand-by drink of club soda with lime. Right now, I am avoiding alcohol and the calories it leaves on my body. (Except for my martini with Grampa, but I am allotting for that with my eating today.) So I am going to eat healthy and have a fun night! :)

I hope everyone is having a great day! David is in Cleveland and enjoying himself. He heads to Toledo tomorrow, and then home for a bit. I can't wait!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

1 Pound = 4 Sticks of Butter

So I cheated and got on the scale this morning and I am down a pound already! My mom and I always have fun joking about sticks of butter, because 4 sticks of butter is equal to one pound. So I have lost 4 sticks of butter!! Woo-hoo!

It's been a busy day so far, but not a bad day at all. I am looking forward to a good workout this afternoon at the gym after work. When I get home tonight I am going to have a hot bubble bath and relax and read my copy of Allure magazine that I have yet to even take the plastic off of. I love that magazine! :)

The best news of the day is that my Dad had an ECG and preliminary reports show that things look great! He had a stress test recently and they seemed to think they might detect a little damage, so I've been worried. Today is good news for my family! :) My Dad is awesome and I am glad to know that he'll be around for a while! (Yay Dad!)

So other than that, no real news. I am doing well with my WW stuff, so all is well. I am looking forward to my weigh-in on Sunday...I predict good things!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

So Far, So GREAT!

It's my first full day back on the WW plan, and I am doing so well!! I even went to lunch at a Mexican place, and had chicken fajitas (no tortillas, no cheese, and no problem!) and charro beans. I ate a few chips, but I accounted for them when I was writing it all down. I am drinking lots of water and I will eat a lite dinner...probably mixed veggies sauteed in a tsp of olive oil and maybe some balsamic vinegar. I am pretty full from lunch so a lite dinner will be just right. I am taking it easy tonight and cleaning the apartment. I haven't had much opportunity to work on cleaning things out so I want to get some of that done tonight.

David is coming home in 5 days! I can't wait!

Oh, I forgot to mention that my friend Kevin is going to start at VHA on the 23rd. I won't be working with him, but I'm glad he's getting on with the company. He has been working as a contractor for another company for a long time, so he's ready for something permanent I'm sure!

That's it for now. It's nice to get back to the original idea of this celebrate my weight loss success! :) I didn't gain all my weight back, but I don't want to say how much. I am starting from square one (which is still considerably less that last year's square one!) and will go forward from there. The day I reach my goal weight will be the day I tell you all how much I weighed when I started.

So yay for me! :) (And thanks to all my family and friends who are so very supportive of me!)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

New Beginnings

I did it! I went back to my regular WW meeting today, and it felt good! I saw my buddies there and they hugged me and told me how happy they were that I was back. I felt like a superstar! I sat in the meeting today and felt like it was the right time for me to be going back. I have a very good feeling that I will be able to meet my goals this time around. I've done very well with my eating today, and I went to the store and got everything I need for this week to be a good one. So the good news is that next Sunday I know I will be reporting a loss, and I can hardly wait!!

David is doing well on the road. He's pretty tired, but at least he has a couple of days to take it easy before his next event. He gets to come home for just a couple of days next Saturday, so I am really looking forward to that! (It helps since I haven't seen his handsome face sine last Wednesday!)

I am feeling rested after just feeling worn out for the last couple of days. I am going to get my homework done, have dinner with the folks, and then head home to get a good night's sleep.

Have a good day, everyone!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ladies' Night

Mom and I had dinner last night because I worked late and couldn't get to Grampa's at a reasonable time. (We're having brinch on Saturday morning!) Mom and I went to Blue Mesa Grill and enjoyed a very tasty dinner. We did a little bit of shopping afterwards and then went back to Mom's to just visit. We were going to do a few things around the house, but we got lazy and just vegged.

Dad comes back from his annual fishing trip with the guys today. Apparently the fishing wasn't so good, but the fun and fellowship were in abundance! (Tequila and tasty food were there in plenty, I'm sure!) Hopefully he won't be coming home with his annual sunburn, too! (Poor Dad!)

I talked to David for a while last night. I am missing him already! It turns out that he will be coming home for a couple of days next weekend, which works out fine. Kim and I are talking about a girl's night that Friday (the 12th), so it works out perfectly! I know he'll be tired so no big fancy dinner planned, just picking him up and getting him home to rest! He won't be home for long, just two days but I am sure it will be nice for him to see his own home for a short time. Then he will only have to be gone for a week and then he comes home for a week. But then he has to go to Atlanta for another week, but I will take what I can get! :)

We're going to Corpus Christi/South Padre for my birthday weekend this year! I have never been down there and am looking forward to it! (Been to Paris and London, never been to Corpus Christi?) And then we have our San Francisco trip in July, so we have lots to look forward to.

School is tougher this semester, but I am liking the challenge. After my straight A's, I am challenging myself to keep it up this time, too. I can do this!

I am still geared up for WW on Sunday. Angela, if you're going, I may need a little hand-holding!!

Everyone have a good Thursday!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Step In The Right Direction

I am so proud of me! David and I walked for almost an hour last night and it felt good! I was more out of shape than I realized, which was pretty frustrating, but I am going to fix that! I burned over 300 calories (according to my heart rate monitor!) so we did well!

I took David to the airport this morning. He's already in Omaha now and he won't be home until May 20th. :( I am missing him already, but I have plenty to keep me busy with schoolwork and all! Besides, I need to get back to the business of cleaning things out since we are going to move his stuff into the apartment by the end of June! I know you all think I am a sill girl for moving home, but I am just old fashioned enough that I want to be married before we officially live together. That's just me.

I am still getting geared up for WW on Sunday. I am going to think positive and have a successful go of it. This time is it! David and I talked about it and he is so proud of my commitment and says he will do anything to support my efforts. It's nice to have that kind of support. :)

That's it for today. I am working late since I took Daivd to the airport, so I am out of here at 5:15 and will head home and then on to Mom's for dinner. Dad is on his annual fishing trip with the guys, so it's just me and Mom tonight.

Have a good Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

At That Point

When I started WW last year I had hit a very emotional point and was mentally ready to commit myself to the weight loss. I hit that point again yesterday. I've been waiting for that emotional moment and I found it. I know it sounds silly to anyone who hasn't had to deal with weight loss, but it's an important moment for me. I sat down and made two lists. One list is seven things I will do every day and why they are important, and the other is a list of 25 reasons why I want to lose weight. I won't share them here because they are very personal, but my friends, I think I am ready. I'm going to go back on Sunday to my meeting where all my WW buddies are. They used to tell me I inspired them, and now I need them to inspire me. It's hard to go back because I feel like I failed, but I am trying not to focus on that. I am trying to focus on being ready to dive in completely. It's a little scary because I want to succeed, but I need to realize that I will. I just have to stay with it.

So unlike all my half-hearted efforts since last November, this time I am going to make it happen. I'm ready and determined and that will carry me a long way.

I'll need your good thoughts and support, so please feel free to leave encouraging messages. I will report in on Sunday about my meeting, but there won't be a weight loss to post until the following Sunday.

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 01, 2006

He's Home! (For A Few Days)

Saturday was a busy day. Joseph came over and helped me make the Coq au Vin for my dinner with David. (Joseph, you are such a blessing!) It turned out so good!! David was exhausted when he got home...we ate and then he went to bed around 9:30. Poor guy! All this travel is taking a toll on him, and I worry about the next round of travel. He is leaving Wednesday for almost three weeks. I will miss him terribly, but it will be much worse for him not seeing home for so long and getting to spend time in his own space. I wouldn't be able to do it. When he comes home I know he will need a few days to himself to regroup and relax and sleep.

We saw United 93 this weekend. It was well done, but very hard to watch. I cried through several parts of it, and noticed that I was shaking. It's hard to relive that part of our history. But it's good to remember those who lost their lives...both on 9/11 and in the Oklahoma City bombing. David visited the memorial when he was there last week and it was very moving for him.

I got my final grade for my other class...I have a 3.83 GPA! Yay!! Straight A's, my friends!! I am so proud of myself! I worked hard for that and it paid off. My next two classes are more difficult but more interesting. (I do well with a challenge!)

That's all my news today. Poor Christy is still sick, but she thinks she might muster the energy for soup at LaMadeline's, so I am crossing my fingers. I haven't seen her in over a week and I am missing her.

Angela stopped by for a little bit Friday night. It was SO good to see her! She's a good friend and I need to better organize my time so that we can see each other more often. Summer is coming and I always love the quiet time she and I spend hanging out in her backyard by the pool!! Angela, thanks for being such a good friend. I love you dearly!

That's all my news for now. Everyone have a good Monday!