Saturday, October 27, 2012

So many topics, so little time...

I've got approximately 47 blog posts running around in my head. There's no telling what I'm about to write. Maybe a numbered list for now, then I'll come back later and actually write them. Yay! That sounds like a plan.

1. I'm back from my conference in Orlando. It was an excellent conference, as usual, and I love seeing my colleagues. We all work remotely, so actually being face to face is rare. They're funny, and irreverent, and curmudgeonly, and smart, and it's so easy to forget that when you only talk on IM or phone.

2. General Colin Powell was the keynote speaker on Monday. What an amazing, dynamic man. He's 76 and could easily pass for 56. He used no notes or prompter, and spoke for about 45 minutes. His resume alone is enough to blow your mind, and then he speaks and you realize he has earned absolutely every accolade he's ever been given. My favorite quote: "Being a leader is all about the followers." What a transforming thought when you get into it.

3. I was sick for about half of the trip. I had no idea what was wrong, but I woke up with stabbing abdominal pain early Tuesday morning and it lasted through the entire day. I still have no real idea why. I wasn't eating very off-Paleo - a little potato, a little corn in some soup -- so I don't think that was it. Maybe a touch of food poisoning, or just something in the air. Who knows. The up side? I didn't gain ANY weight while I was gone.

4. If you need an ego boost or weight-loss validation, go try on clothes at Chico's. Their sizes only go up to 3 or so. I bought a pair of pants before my trip - size 2 (I've never been a size 2, even there!). Today, I went back to use a birthday gift certificate and got another pair, same basic style but in denim. It. Was. A. Size. 0.5! Not kidding even a little bit. I KNOW it's all artificial, but they have me convinced!

5. Our team went to a chocolate store and made our own chocolates. THIS definitely has to be a blog entry, but here's a teaser:

It's really sad I don't get to eat this. I might have to give in -- that strawberry is FRUIT, for Pete's sake.

Whew, glad to get all that off my chest. More to come on some of these. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A nice problem to have.

Over the weekend, I went through my closet. I have a business conference next week, and I have no idea what I'm going to wear. Since I work from home, my usual wardrobe is shorts or yoga pants (depending on the weather), t-shirts, and flip flops. I dress on the weekends for errands or church, but that's about it. I have good clothes, but there's a serious problem - I'm short and I refuse to pay someone to hem my dress pants.

That means all my pants require heels. I love heels. I love shoes, period. What I don't love is hiking around a Disney resort conference center in said heels. Been there, done that, had the blisters to prove it.

So on Saturday, I thought I'd better figure out what I even have to choose from in the wardrobe department and then decide if new shoes (or pant alterations) would be necessary.

I spent most of the summer in skirts and shorts, so I pulled out pants I haven't worn since spring. None. of. them. fit. And that's in a good way -- too big! The sizes of the pants didn't seem to matter -- some pants were a LOT too big, others of the same size were loose but wearable. Anyway, it will make packing easy -- I'm taking all skirts. :-)

Speaking of business conference, what on earth am I going to eat while I'm there? Based on the menu they had last year, breakfast for me will be back to beef jerky and fruit. I remember lots of pasta and sandwiches for lunch...could be an interesting week. If I come back 8 pounds heavier, I'll know for sure what that kind of food does to me. My #1 goal is to avoid desserts. My #2 goal is to avoid pasta. After that, who knows.

No real loss this week. Still hovering right in the 163 lbs/35 lbs down range. I'm not particularly stressing over it, although I would have loved to meet my 40-pound loss goal this week. I did take my measurements though, and my belly continues to go down bit by bit. Now if my butt would just follow suit.

I have finally done some fall decorating. I went to the farmer's market on Saturday and they had beautiful pumpkins. I snagged a few.
I've never had a white pumpkin before! This is on the hearth.

This is on the entry table. Look at the perfect curlies on the one in front!
My daughter had to show me how to get Instagram photos out of my phone so I could use them here. It's pitiful, really. Also explains why my blog still looks like one of the free ones after two years.

Do you decorate for fall? Or is it just too much trouble with Christmas around the corner?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Scorecard and menu stuff.

How fun is this? Bug found one of these on Pinterest and hounded me until we made one. I have such a newfound respect for those people who create entire months' worth of menus at once -- I feel completely accomplished if I get one week done!

This is actually what we're doing this week. I've gotten chicken and beef out of the freezer in time to thaw without the microwave! Win!

The cards are mostly color-coded -- red for beef, blue for fish...pretty much like those flexible cutting boards sold in a pack. The orange circle means I need to do some prework -- in the case of Monday's menu item, it was actually the side dish that needed to start early. Gray circle means grill -- R Dub is involved, requires preheating the grill.

The little boxes hold blank cards, and the ones with other items to choose. For this week, R Dub picked through for his preferences, Bug added her input, then I made the decision -- total democracy.

I do so much better when I have a plan -- with the food as well as the mental work. Tonight, for instance, I was planning to go run at about 4:45, then come home and cook. I got delayed and it was 5:30 before I knew it. First thought was, no running for me. Then I realized I could put dinner in the oven, THEN run, and be back before it was finished. At that point it was like a challenge. I got my 2.5 miles in, came home to yummy meatloaf, AND I wasn't as hungry so I naturally ate less.

On the scorecard this week, I'm down almost a pound -- .8 this week for a total of 34.1 since I began the journey this year.

It will be a challenge to get meals planned in advance so that I don't have to 1) shop on the weekends, and 2) throw out produce. I leave for Florida a week from Sunday, and it would be great if I had a menu planned for those staying here. No promises, though! We've got a birthday weekend to get through first, so that may take all the time I have.

Busy, busy month around here. Hoping it doesn't derail me too much...

What do you do for menus? Wing it? Buy plans from others? Stick with tried-and-true recipes?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Where do I go from here?

I'm so embarrassed I only had four posts in September! What is wrong with me? Work has been crazy busy, so maybe that's my excuse. I think it's more about not feeling I had anything new to share.

People with toddlers are way funnier bloggers.

Anyway, today I start again with the weekly weigh ins. Last week was actually the end of my 30-day (abandoned) experiment, but I did manage to (mostly) stay off the scale. Right now, I feel fat -- but that's temporary, I'm sure.

Here's the deal. I'm not counting calories or points, so I can't report on how I've done with that. I eat Paleo -- that's either a do or a not-do thing. I need to reset my expectations - for this blog, for what I measure -- because otherwise I'll never have anything to write about.

What I have done:

  • Tried some awesome new recipes -- Paleo baked apples, zucchini noodles, salmon patties, bacon-wrapped meatloaves, butternut squash,  and homemade creamer for my coffee, to name a few.
  • Started running again -- and I've set new distance goals for myself. I am also trying to figure out what total weekly distance I should shoot for, as another measure.
  • Watched my teenager decide there's something to this whole "cut sugar and carbs" thing, and lose 8 pounds we didn't even know she had to lose.
  • Cut artificial sweeteners completely.
What I have not done:
  • Dropped a lot of weight in the last month - couple more pounds.
  • Given up wine -- sometimes I think it's because I'm bored with water, and that's all I drink besides morning coffee!
  • Completed a 30-day reset -- and I really think I need to do that soon.
  • Consistently planned a full week's menu every week.
  • Started other kinds of workouts -- I've had this on my list for a while, but haven't really moved toward it. This is important for winter when outside may not be an option.
Writing all that down helps, I think. And I should probably say I've not gained any weight, as that's kind of important to remember.

For now, I think I'll try some not-so-weight-focused posts, with just checking in on that side and still doing the weigh ins, workout recaps. But that doesn't have to be the entire focus. Let's see how that goes.

On the subject of other things, a co-worker got this email today:

Hello ,
I'm looking for someone who can handle my business & personal errands at his/her spare time as I keep traveling a lot. Someone who can offer me these  services mentioned below:
* Mail services (Receive my mails and drop them off at UPS or USPS)
* Shop for Gifts
* Bill payment (pay my bills on my behalf, access to the funds would be provided by me)
* Sit for delivery (at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience.
Let me know if you will be able to offer me any or all of these services and $500 would be your weekly payment.

If you are ready to go, send me your details like complete name/address/country/state/ city/zip/phone  or you could even attach your resume.
P.S- You are not required to spend even a single dime from your pocket.

Walter Smith

Several things come to mind for me as I read that.
1. What exactly does Walter do for a living that makes this personal assistant necessary? How can I get that job [HIS, not the PA]?
2. Why is my immediate thought that the "delivery" has to be drugs? Too much Breaking Bad, I think.
3. Where does Walter live that someone else has to get the mail? They bring it to you, in this country. See #2.
4. Does anyone actually respond to these?
5. So much for spam filters at work.

It's so very tempting to respond. What would you say to Walter?