Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Think My Arms Are Going To Fall Off

I started back with my trainer, Susan, today. I asked her to channel her inner Jillian Michaels, and she was good on her word! Now my arms are killing me! But that's feels good to work that hard in the gym again! It's also nice to have a gym with a trainer here at solves the dilemma of not being able to get up so early right now. However, I still need to get back in the gym on the days I don't work out with Susan, but it's all coming together.

I got a wonderful night's sleep last night, so I am ready to take on the world! I opted to take my sociology test tonight so I could be well-rested. I'm having dinner at Grampa's tonight but will be coming home around 7:30 to get my test done. It's going to be a busy evening, but I think this was the best way for me to go.

Also, I think my food choices are falling back in line! I've been a good girl and brought my lunch all last week and this week, and it's really helping. It's also a money saver, so there's an extra bonus! Getting healthy and saving money? Yeah, that's good stuff!

I think that's it today...have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I am bone-tired today. After an evening with a rough headache and a night with no sleep, I am beat today. And of course it's a long day with school and then a sociology test after I get home, so no going to bed early. Right now it's hard...full time work, full time school, and then a summer full of summer school again, and then on to another 12 hour semester. It's hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel right now. I know it's there, it's just far away. And without much of a break anywhere in there either. Somewhere in all this, we want to buy a house, too. I don't know how all that will come together. I think there are more moments in my future where I will need to lean on those around me again. It's hard...doing all of this and trying to find time to work out and lose weight. I think I am supposed to be some kind of superwoman, but I'm not feeling very super right now. I just feel like I am bearing a lot of responsibility and I am tired.

I'm okay, just tired. Mentally exhausted might even be appropriate here. But I'll keep on pushing. The semester is almost over and I'll at least have a week or two before summer school starts. Who really needs more than that, anyhow? (did you catch the sarcasm?)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Putting It Out There

So I haven't had much time to write in my journal at home, and since I promised I would follow Joy Bauer's suggestions, I am going to take some time to journal here. After all, what else is this silly blog for?

Yesterday was a good day. I ate french toast for breakfast, but I didn't go overboard and I ate healthy all day after that. I didn't get any exercise in, but I had a lot of homework and housecleaning to do and those things have been ignored this week. So far today has been good. Drank a breakfast shake this morning and I am being a good girl and brought a healthy lunch. I'm set for success! Dinner might be dangerous...I am picking up Taco Bueno for dinner since I have school and David is swamped with work. However, if I order 2 chicken tacos with no cheese and a toastada with no cheese, I get plenty full and have kept within my points for the day. It's not my first choice, but it's not a bad choice.

Tomorrow during lunch I am finally going to go get my brows waxed. All my maintenance has fallen to the wayside and I am a bona fide mess! After I get home from school tomorrow I have to take a Sociology test, and Wednesday I am going to Grampa's for dinner and to work on his computer. Thursday is finally a free day for me, so I am going to get my nails done that night. (Also long overdue, and my nails look AWFUL!) Maybe I can talk David into getting a manicure with me...hey, I have a hubby who enjoys personal grooming, so I bet I can. :)

It's Easter weekend so I need to put little baskets together for the nieces and nephews. We'll be seeing them Sunday! Friday night is one of my favorite church services...Tennebrae. AKA the service of darkness. It's emotional, and I appreciate the reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made for all of us. It makes Sunday morning's service that much more joyous!

So it's a busy week, and in all this I will have homework to do. I'll need to be super careful about not stress eating...we all know that's a problem for me. So I'm going to pray for balance for myself...balance, strength, and peace. (But I always pray for peace for us all!)

Have a good one, everyone!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wait...Where Did The Weekend Go?

Wow...time sure flies! It was a good weekend. Friday night David came home and we made a yummy dinner and just hung out. We haven't gotten to do that in a while and it was great! Saturday Chris was supposed to come to town, but she and her family are all sick, so it was a no-go. Instead we ran errands and then ran by David's friend Fred's house that they renovated and are flipping. it looks great! After that we had a quiet dinner date at Houston's. We got a gift card at Christmas so we finally used it and had a very nice dinner.

Today has been lazy...slept in, went to brunch at Le Peep's, and then came home and did homework and cleaned house. Next weekend will be a little busier. It's Easter weekend and we have plenty of family to see!

I hope you all had a good weekend! I start back with my trainer, Susan, on Thursday. And she promised to channel Jillian Michaels. I think I might be a little scared...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Great Day!

So I met up with someone who saw me on the Today Show and we're going to be walking buddies! She's a retired lady who is really nice and I really enjoyed meeting up with her. We're going to be walking a couple of times a week as time permits, and I'm looking forward to it!

I feel good I'm really getting it together, you know?

That's about all my news today. I'm going to make a healthy dinner and then do homework. Have a great evening!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just Another Ordinary Day

Back to reality this morning. I don't feel famous! Oh well. (Hee hee!) But I had such a fun day yesterday! I think I forgot to mention that during the sound check Al Roker joked with me a little and that was cool, too! So after a very exciting morning, here I am in my cube at work doing my thing. But you know what? I got an email forwarded by the Today Show from another woman in Bedford who wants a walking buddy. She has 100+ pounds to lose, so I emailed her last night. I can't help but wonder how I got to be so blessed! I mean, think about it...I'm just a regular girl battling weight. I don't have a special job or anything incredibly remarkable about what I do or who I am. And yet things like this fall into my lap! I find that when I need help and I finally decide to actually seek help with things like weight loss that God sends me what I need in abundance. I think he waits for me to ask so that I learn the value of being humble and asking for help. And each time I am rewarded in wonderful ways.

So now I find myself wondering if maybe this is an area I should think of specializing in when I am a therapist. Weight related issues and self esteem are things I know all about. I'm going to ponder that one for a while.

Tonight I am having dinner with the family and then going to work out. Yes, it's a later workout but I am glad to be going. And the best part? My parents are going to the gym, too! (Yay! We ALL need it!)

Everyone have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

0:15 of Fame

So I did my teeny little Today Show spot this morning! It was fun, but I was nervous...I was live on national TV! I was nervous, but it was fun and I'm glad I did it. Joy Bauer was really nice, and I think when I get to goal I might get to be part of her Joy Fit Club for people who lose more than 100 pounds. I have a ways to go (and more than 100 pounds to lose so I'd qualify!) but I think this might have been good motivation. She offered some good mental advice...I need to take this in much smaller chunks...set 5 pound goals and remember to reward myself. And I need to journal not just what I eat, but how I'm feeling and document my journey. I think these are easy to do and I promised myself I would follow Joy's advice, so I'm going to do it. I think this blog is part of it, so you may start really getting more blogs about the daily struggles and victories. But that means YOU are part of this journey, so come along! I need the support and encouragement, so if you have any thoughts or encouragement to share, I welcome it!

Have a wonderful Tuesday, dear friends!!

UPDATE: Here's the link to the Diet SOS segment!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Back To Monday

Where do the weekends go? Does time somehow speed up?? I don't understand! But this one flew by. Friday night I had dinner with Kim at Fireside Pies. It was so nice to kick back and enjoy some very yummy food! After dinner we tried out this place in Grapevine called Chill. I think we're going to call it Lame. Nuff said.

Saturday I went to WinStar casino with Sandra and Patti. Can I just say that I thought I was a rock star because I was up $100? I'm not a big gambler but I have fun going. Sandra and Patti are more hard core than me, but I had so much fun hanging out with them! Oh, and Patti hit a jackpot on a slot machine!!! It was the coolest thing to get to see that happen to someone I know! AND she's a nice person, so it's even better! (It would have really been cool if it had been me, but I'm happy it happened to her!) So that was awesome! We got home super late because we didn't leave there until after midnight and we drove home cautiously in the snow. Honestly, I am so over all this snow! I live in Texas!! Can I please break out my capri pants and flip flops now?

Sunday David was home so we went to brunch and then to Central Market. We got to enjoy relaxing and just hanging out. I'm sorry spring break is over now, but it's back to the grind and moving toward the end of the semester!

Have a good week everyone!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Today Show!!

So everyone be sure to tune in to the Today Show next Tuesday the 23rd! I'm a call-in guest for Joy's Diet SOS segment! Now just to be clear, I am calling in with a single question, I'm not being interviewed or anything like that...I just sent in a question I wanted to ask and I was one of a few people who got picked. It's pretty cool! Anyhow, I just got off the phone with the Today Show producer and she ran over the details and let me know how it works. They'll be calling me, and then I get to ask my question. When I'm done, I just hang up and that's it. So really this is only 15 seconds of my 15 minutes of fame. I still have time left to be a star! LOL!

All this to say, it's still pretty cool. I'm just a little nervous because I don't want to stumble over my words. I'm going to write my question out and that way I don't have any stray "ums" or "uhs". Of for "How I Met Your Mother" fans, "but, um..."

Anyhow, I'm excited! Hopefully it will be posted online and I can post the link afterwards. While I'm calling in, I did have to send a picture for them to post on the screen while I'm talking. So it's kind of like being on TV!!

Enjoy your Friday everyone! It's nice today, but crappy tomorrow! (And I'm headed right for it...going to Winstar with Sandra and Patti!)

Thursday, March 18, 2010


So after starting out the day in such a rocky way, I am better now. Evidently I had so much pent up frustration with myself that it just erupted. I'm glad I was with two good friends who care a lot about me. (Thanks, Sandra and Shanna!) They shed tears with me and talked about their own weight frustrations. I love them both so much...they are beautiful women and I am so grateful. And then Kim came through for me via email...she sent funny pictures and encouraging words. She is another beautiful and wonderful friend who means the world to me. I am a very lucky girl to be surrounded by so much unconditional love. :)

I haven't done much this evening. And that's okay. I gave myself permission to veg out. Tomorrow is Friday, and I am so glad about that!!! I'm looking forward to going to WW Saturday morning. I need the meeting.

Have a good evening everyone! I am sending you all big hugs through the universe!

Warning: Not A Chipper Post

I am not in a happy feel good mood today. As a matter of fact, I am feeling pretty rotten. I think I am so frustrated with myself over not being able to get myself back on track with WW that it finally came to a boil this morning. My two work BFFs invited me to go up to the break room for a beverage, and I just burst into tears and told them I was too fat to go upstairs. What is wrong with me? I think I've just gotten to that point where I am so fed up with being angry at myself that I just exploded. I feel angry because I'd like very much to feel normal and not have to fight this so hard. Why was it so much easier (not easy, but easier) a few months ago? What happened to make me just fall overboard like this? I know I am stressed out with school, and honestly I don't love my job (I don't hate it, but it's not what I want to do forever) and that creates stress, but shouldn't everything else create some balance? Perhaps not. Needless to say, my co-workers were wonderfully sympathetic and very kind. I love them dearly and I don't know how I would have handled this if they hadn't been there.

Anyhow, this too shall pass. I think I just needed to get this out. I think I might be feeling marginally better now. As for my "Rome wasn't built in a day" metaphor several posts ago, I think I knocked some bricks off my wall. I guess I need to pick them up and try again. *sigh* And again...and again...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Here we are on our trip to Choctaw Casino...

Oh, and here's me at the Dean's List reception last month...


So Mom came over last night and we watched the movie "Precious". I hadn't seen it yet, and I thought it was really good. It's a heavy film to watch, but well worth it. Mo'Nique really did earn her award. I even thought Mariah Carey was good in her small role. Honestly, lots of impressive performances.

Today is St. Paddy's Day. No big drink fest for me. Just not that kind of girl I guess. One of the bar/restaurants by me is doing a big party with a live band which sounds fun in theory, but I know I'd be miserable in the big middle of it if I went. Not a big fan of large drunk crowds. I guess that's the 37 year old in me. Going to go to Grampa's with the parents instead for dinner.

Really, I have no other news. It's a slow day. I am working on a project at work that involves endless data entry of line items off of invoices for a hospital pricing study. This is a total beat-down. I think I am going to have to get out at lunch to get away from it! UGH!!

Be sure to wear green today or you might get pinched!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Can I Please Have My Hour Back?

Oh my goodnes, I am SO SLEEPY! This time change is a really tough one for me. I am glad it's spring break so I don't have to worry too much about school right now, although I have plenty of homework to take care of.

David is off on the road again. I miss him already...this trip is a longer one. He won't be home until Saturday night. To pass the time, though, I am going to Winstar Saturday with my friend Sandra and her friend Patti. They invited me to go with them for the day, and it should be a blast. I'm not a big gambler, but I do enjoy the people watching, so this will be a lot of fun for me. :)

I walked down the street for lunch today and ran into my old boss. The one that was mean and tacky to everyone. Anyhow, it wasn't awkward or anything, but it was kind of funny. I'm really glad she's moved on. She decided to be a stay at home mom, which really is a cool thing. It's good for her kids that she can do that, so I am all for it. The bonus was that she wouldn't be at my office any more, and that my friends is a wonderful thing. So it was a win-win for all! She looked happy, and even though she isn't my most favorite person, I do wish her well.

I still have pics from mother-daughter weekend to post...perhaps I will try and get to that tonight. Guess what else I am going to try and do? Get my tushie to the gym! I am not doing well at getting there in the mornings, so I am going to try for this evening. And I am going to do something different. I am going to the gym with the pool. I like swimming so maybe that will be a fun way to get back to it. There is also a SET class tonight, but seeing that I haven't been a good girl and lifted weights, I think it might just kill me. Maybe next week. I also have Jillian Michael's new DVD Yoga Meltdown. It's a 30 minute intense workout incorporating Yoga, so I can do that, too. Lots of options, so I need to pick one and do it. I promise to report in tomorrow about what activity I did. If you don't see it on here, call me out on Facebook!!

I am cooking for myself tonight, so I am also going to search the WW site for something new to make. I love to try new things, so I figure that might help light the fire under me! (And give me some healthy leftovers for lunch tomorrow!) I am swearing not to eat out for dinner this week. No fast food, no junk food...just yummy stuff I make at home. This is step one this week of getting back on track. (How many times is one girl going to have to get back on track? As many as it takes!)

My blog-friend Kim posted several lists of things to eat/not eat that she got from Alton Brown. Great lists!! I think tonight I am going to sit down and make my own list. It's going to be the grocery list that gets me back where I need to be, and I'm ready!! I think I've eaten enough crap food now, and my body is ready to get it together. Besides, I am still doing that 1/2 marathon, and I need to get my act together now. Seriously, I am going to WW on Saturday. Haven't been in a long time, but I'm going. And no, I'm not getting on the scale. But I'm going to get that much-needed support. Clearly I need that and the best place to get it is at my meeting. I guess I am the equivalent of an alcoholic. I am always going to need to go to those meetings. I can't do it alone, and people there really know my struggle. So I'll check in on Saturday morning and let everyone know that I went.

Honestly, I think the well has run dry now. I hope everyone has a great day! Remember, one week from today is my 15 seconds of fame as a call-in person on the Today Show! I'll post the deets again when it closer to time!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Girls Weekend Was Awesome!

On Friday afternoon, Mom and I packed the car and headed north to the Choctaw Casino for some fun! :) We really enjoyed ourselves and didn't lose much money, either! Mom broke even and I only lost $10, so I call that a win! We played a slot machine called "Glitter Kitty" because the name made us laugh so hard! Sandra, I think it's the equivalent of going "Hog Wild"!! Anyhow, we had so much fun, and let me tell you, this casino was really nice! Great customer service, great room, and delicious food! We splurged one night and ate at their fancy steak house, and it was absolutely delicious!! The pool area at this resort is incredible, and David and I are going to have to go during the summer. It was lit up at night with tiki torches, and it's so tropical looking! It has little water features everywhere, cabanas, and lots of landscaping. I bet you could forget you are in Oklahoma pretty quick!

Anyhow, after getting home yesterday, Dave and I headed over to Joe T Garcia's for lunch/dinner. We enjoyed strawberry margaritas and fajitas, and came home stuffed! I finished up my homework and called it a night. I'm excited that it's spring break! Not that I'm going anywhere...I just get a break from going to school at night this week!

So here we are on Monday morning. I hate this time change, but I'll adjust. Have a good one!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Finally Makes It's Appearance!

TGIF, friends! It's been a busy week, and now I am ready to start the weekend...just have to get through the work day first! :) Mom and I are heading out for a fun weekend tonight! Look out, we come! Not that we're wild gamblers, but we're just ready for something different so we can cut loose!!

I took my second Algebra test last night and did marginally better. I made a 75, which for other people might be low, but for me is pretty darn good. While I make A's in other classes, math is a tough subject for me. I am maintaining a B average in there right now because my homework scores are good. Just about 6 more weeks and I am done with this semester, so as long as I can keep this up, I'll be okay. My other classes are going well, but I am going to be glad when the semester is over. Summer is going to be tough, though...I'm going to summer school again. All summer. I'm taking Biology and hopefully History and Systems of Psychology. I'm going to have to beg and plead my way into that one, but since there are so few choices for fall for psych majors, I think they'll let me. This one is being offered online in summer school, so cross your fingers! I don't think this is how I really want to take this class, but I need to take what's offered when it's offered at a time that works for me. It's going to be a busy summer!!

So that's it for today. Everyone have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cool Stuff Alert!!

Okay, so in my efforts to reach out for help when it's needed, I emailed the Today Show's Joy Bauer (Nutritionist) a weight loss question. Guess what? I am now scheduled to be a call in guest on March 23rd at 8am!! Now, understand that this is me calling in with one specific question, so it's not an interview or anything like that, but they will be showing my picture while I get to ask my question! I'm still super excited, so be sure to watch the Today Show on Tuesday March 23rd at 8am Central time for the Diet SOS segment!! :)

That's about it for's been pretty exciting working with the producer of the Today Show getting this all ironed out this morning!!! You'll have to tune in to the show to hear my question!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Slow News Week

Not much is going on this week. Lots of homework and school, but nothing too noteworthy. I am fighting a scheduling battle at school because for some reason they decided not to schedule any upper-level psychology courses for the fall during evening hours, and this is a real problem for me. So I have been spearheading a movement within the psych department to get more classes on the schedule for 4:30 or later. Cross your fingers! I don't know if I can do anything for fall, but I am sure they will make some changes for spring!

We saw Alice last night...good movie! The makeup and costumes alone were worth it! It was a nice treat to get to go to the movies last night. We hadn't been in forever! Since I will be out of town this weekend, it was our little date for the week.

Speaking of being out of town...Mom and I head out for our girl's weekend on Friday! Look out we come! Not that we're big spenders or anything, we're just two gals out and about and ready to relax!

So that's really about it for today! I'll be going home and studying...algebra test tomorrow. Ugh.

Monday, March 08, 2010

If Only The Weekend Was Longer

I could really use just one more day in my weekend! I am so tired this morning, but that's my fault. I stayed up to watch the Oscars last night. I really love watching the beautiful dresses, glamorous hair and's like getting to watch a fantasy! I told David that we need to find some fancy occasion where he gets to wear a tux and I get to buy a fancy dress! (Yes, I know we had a lovely wedding, but now I want to wear something very glam and colorful!) Maybe we'll try and wheedle our way in to the Margarita Ball one of these years! (Not until I have lost my weight!!)

It was wonderful to have David home yesterday! I hadn't seen him since last Tuesday, so I was thrilled he was home! Of course, it wasn't until around 6pm when he got home, so I still feel like I haven't seen him. And then of course, I have school tonight and tomorrow, and he leaves Thursday. I'm sure we'll get some time in together! Mom and I have our girls' trip this weekend. We're going to head out Friday night to go gamble and enjoy the new Choctaw Casino. I think it's going to be a riot! We'll be back Sunday...hopefully with a few bucks in our pockets! (Not likely, but we can dream!)

I truly spent my whole weekend doing homework. I had a lot that was due this week, so I needed to get it done. I had dinner with Kim Friday night, and Saturday morning my parents brought me coffee from Starbucks. Other than that I saw no one until Sunday evening when David got home. That's kind of pathetic, but necessary.

Did anyone watch "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Friday night? GREAT show! I think it's a new favorite, and if you missed it, be sure to watch it this coming Friday night. It traces family lineage for several celebrities, and it was wonderfully interesting! The first one was Sarah Jessica Parker, and I really love her. She seems like she's so down to earth! I'm sure we'd be friends if she knew me! LOL! But in all seriousness, it's worth watching. This Friday's episode traces Emmett Smith's family history. It looks like it's going to be good, and I just love Emmett anyhow... he's a real class act.

I hope everyone has a good Monday! :)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Recipes and Weekly Wind Down

Good morning!! TGIF, right? I am so looking forward to Sweet Tomatoes with Kim tonight...they have tomato soup tonight and I am all over it! :)

I thought I would try and start posting healthy recipes from time to time. Here's one of my favorites for today:

Layered Mexican Chicken Casserole

1 serving olive oil cooking spray (5 one-second sprays)
2 pound uncooked chicken breast, boneless and skinless
30 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cup fat-free sour cream
2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterrey Jack cheese, or Mexican-style cheese blend
8 oz chopped green chilies, two 4-oz cans
2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp black pepper12 medium corn tortilla(s), cut into 2-inch strips
1 cup salsa, mild, medium or hot

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a lasagna pan with cooking spray.Place chicken in medium saucepan and fill with enough cold water just to cover chicken. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes; drain. When chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into 1-inch pieces.Transfer chicken to a large bowl and add beans, sour cream, 1 cup of shredded cheese, chilies, cumin, and pepper; mix well and set aside.Arrange half of tortillas in bottom of prepared lasagna pan, overlapping pieces to cover surface. Top tortillas with half of chicken mixture, layer with remaining tortillas and then top with remaining chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese.Bake until filling is bubbly and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into 12 pieces. Serve with salsa on the side.

If you follow Weight Watchers, this is 12 servings and is 6pt/serving. I ALWAYS cut this recipe in half because it makes a LOT!! It's really good comfort food and isn't hard to make. David and I always enjoy this so much!

So this weekend, I am doing homework. ALL weekend! I have quite a bit that's due next week, and also an Algebra test (gulp!) so I need to get that stuff out of the way. And Sunday is the Oscars!! We always have our special brie and chicken nachos, so that will be my big cheat meal this week. BTW, I am getting up in the morning, going to the gym, and then going to WW. I need to get back into this routine before a few gained pounds becomes a lot of extra pounds.

I hope everyone has a great Friday! It looks like beautiful weather today!!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Feeling Weary

I am glad the weekend is close...I am tired! It's been a busy week at work, and I have had plenty of homework to do. David has been travelling and will be home on Sunday, so I have lots of time to get homework done before he gets home.

I had to decide to drop choir this semester. It was a fun thing, not for a grade, and I just feel like I have taken on too much since I am taking 12 hours on top of a full time job. I hate to do it, but I think I need to. It's not forever! Just for the semester.

My eating has been better this week. We won't call it perfect, but it is definitely better, and this is a good thing. I'm really trying to get back on track. I am going to the gym after work today. I've just been so tired that mornings have been nearly impossible, but I'm going this afternoon. I haven't been doing as well with the exercise, and that is key for me. So following in my "Rome wasn't built in a day" theme, I'm laying brick number four today. It's going to happen, just one brick at a time. :0)

I don't have much news...just waiting for the weekend. I'm having dinner with Kim on Friday...I can't wait for dinner at Sweet Tomatoes! She ordered Girl Scout cookies from my niece, so I am delivering them and we thought it was a good excuse to visit the best salad place ever!

I hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Looking For Calm

Yesterday ended up being a tough day for me. While I am fine, I am watching sadness and heartbreak all around me. My co-worker and friend, Ron, lost his father-in-law yesterday morning. While it wasn't unexpected, it was heartbreaking just the same. Then I spoke with my mother who let me know that my grandfather's wife is doing better (that's great news!) and was being moved to a rehab facility to help her get her strength back. Why is this difficult? Because she was being moved to the place that my Gran was staying when she passed away. It's difficult because I cannot ever imagine walking through those doors again. I know it is just a building, but not to me. However, mother did let me know that the powers that be in the insurance world decided that Ann was too well to go there, and she is now home and will be visited by cardiac rehab nurses. This is good news, but it didn't come until last night. I am so grateful!

Then mom told me some very heartbreaking news. Their precious kitty, Maddie, is missing. She hasn't been home since Saturday, and this is really not like her. She is such a little angel, and we are all so heartbroken. We are hoping someone might have thought she was a stray and took her in, so mom and dad will be posting signs in their neighborhood. In our family, pets aren't just pets, they're one of us. This is so hard for us all, so please pray for Maddie's safety and that she will make it home to us. We love her so much, and this is just devastating for our family.

I am praying for peace today. Peace for Ron's family and for my family. I am praying for continued wellness for my Grampa's wife...she's just so positive and determined to get her strength back. She is such a lovely lady, and we are fortunate to have her in our family.

I think the sun will be shining today, and I know I need it. The dreariness of the weather yesterday just compounded all the sadness I was feeling, so I am looking forward to sunshine. The weather this weekend looks like it will be very nice...I want to make the most of it!

I think WW is going better today. I have been unfocused and honestly, just lazy and I stepped on the scale yesterday and saw what all that got me and I didn't like it. I mentioned to my blog friend Kim that Rome wasn't built in a day, and that I was going to have to get myself back on track one brick at a time. I laid my first brick yesterday, and I'm laying the second one today. It's slow, but who would I be racing anyhow?

I hope everyone has a beautiful Tuesday!

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Weekend In A Nutshell

Whew! It was a busy one, but a good one! Friday night, I went with my parents to go see my Grampa and take him some dinner. Mom had made meatloaf and I made mashed potatoes. We enjoyed a great meal with him, and then we stopped by the hospital to see Ann. That woman is amazing! Her color is great, and her attitude is incredible...we should all live with such positivity! Her faith is strong, and before we left, we prayed together for her continued healing. She will most likely be moved to a rehab facility this week to build up her strength, and then she can go home. I know she misses being with Grampa at home, and he misses her, too. :)

After I got home, Chris called and they were in town so I hopped in the car and headed over! We had wine and visited until close to 2am!! The next morning we got up and went to the 3-Day meeting. Now, we were both very gung-ho to do the 3-Day for breast cancer, but I think we're not going to do it. You have to raise $2300 each, and if you don't hit the mark before the event, you have to provide a credit card to guarantee the remainder of what you didn't fund-raise. Neither of us can do that, and with the economy still on the mend, we think we're going to funnel our efforts into the 5K Race for the Cure. And also, if we do the 5K, more friends can be part of it and the more the merrier. So after all that, we hit the mall. Oh boy, did we hit the mall! Dillard's was having a big sale, so I ended up with a couple pairs of shoes, and a bunch of new shirts and sweaters. This is a miracle of sorts, because I never find anything there!! After that? Lunch and then on to Target where we proceeded to do more damage. Honestly, I spent quite a bit on clothes for her girls since their birthdays are coming up. I also bought for my friend Christy's daughter since her first birthday is coming up, too. Oh, and then I bought a couple of handbags. So yeah, there was a lot of fun shopping going on !

We were going to go out to dinner and bring the hubbies, but poor Chris managed to get sick with some sort of stomach issue, so dinner was a no-go. David and I ended up going to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and had a good time. Sunday was spent having lunch with Sandra and helping her shop for something to wear to a wedding. After that? Homework city! I have a test this week in Sociology, and I think it's going to be a challenging one.

So now it's a rainy Monday. I didn't get to the gym this morning, but I am going to try and go after school tonight. I know I always say I will do that, but the gym bag is in the car and I don't even have to go home first. I am really going to try and make that happen. I need to for sure!

Try to stay dry today, everyone!