Saturday, January 26, 2013

Paving the road... Hell with my good intentions!

[Ha. Until I typed that line, I didn't get the double meaning! I meant it to be a continuation of the blog title, but reading it by itself also works!]

What a crazy couple of weeks. I'd like to say I was all good and well no my way to losing those pounds, but no. Not even close. I've eaten more sugar in the last week than I have in the last year and that's not a good thing. If it's any indication of how my self-control will be on the cruise, I'm in trouble.

Last weekend we hosted the teenagers from our church for a retreat weekend. Boys and girls (about a dozen) for two dinners and a lunch, and the girls for breakfast. It was great fun, but when you cook a lot of stuff you don't intend to eat, the temptation just sits there...calls your name at night...

The food was pretty awesome, though. Italian "pizza pasta" Friday night -- layers of sauce, noodles, Canadian bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and more than two pounds of cheese. Everyone seemed to like it - and that didn't really tempt me. The dessert try was another issue -- Milky Way cookies, snickerdoodles, and raspberry shortbread bars -- impossible to stay out of...and there were leftovers. Sigh.

Breakfast and lunch were Paleo-friendly, and then dinner on Saturday was a taco bar. I made my own taco seasoning and it was some good stuff. Dessert? Sopapilla cheesecake. Yeah, say that to yourself. I do believe I must have lost my mind when I decided to make that decadent pan of deliciousness. I obviously have issues. I'm not posting a picture of it, though. I have my limits.

Two days before that, RDub's best friend's mom passed away after a long illness. RDub was already escaping the teens leaving the house and taking the monster dog, so the timing wasn't awful. The situation, of course, was, but I was glad he got to be with his friend. And I didn't have to explain to everyone that Theo really is just a 140-pound baby and not to be scared of the big guy.

The cruise is in a week! SO ready! Well, except for packing. And planning the meals for the kid and grandma. And packing. And getting my notes together for work. But I'm ready!

How do you get ready for a trip? What do you do first? Are you a list maker or just a "throw it all in the bag" type?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

This isn't going as planned.

In most ways, this week has not given the results I wanted. Instead of starting on the 8 pound loss, I've gained two pounds. Guess losing an even 10 works better? Whatever... Granted, this was a hormonal ToM, and I could blame that. Done.

I have done the planned 30-Day Shred (Jillian is Satan) every day, though, and my arms are killing me. I did take myself up to Level 2 pretty quickly because I'm an idiot I've done Level 1 several times before, just never for 30 full days. Level 2 has these things called walk-out pushups (or something like that) where you start from standing, bend and walk on your hands out to pushup position, do a pushup, then walk back and stand up. Who makes up these ridiculous moves?

The weather has been awful and I'm a weather-wuss, so no running yet. It's supposed to stop raining tomorrow, and maybe get above 50 degrees, so perhaps I'll make the dog happy and get outside again. I obviously have to do something different if I'm actually going to lose pounds before the trip. Inches would be nice, but if I come back from the cruise out and the scale shows I'm out of the 160s, I may sink into a deep depression.

Enough about that.

In about a week, I'm playing house-mom to about 15 kids -- 7 girls for overnight, plus 8 boys for meals. Have you ever planned to feed 15 people three full meals, plus two meals for 7 in the same three days? Holy crap, that's a lot of food! I don't know how large families do it all the time. I've figured out the menu and thank God for Pinterest. [Check with me after and see if I still say that.]

Of course, I'm not making these poor kids eat Paleo, so I'm making stuff I don't cook anymore. I started counting the cups of flour and sugar, number of eggs, and sticks of butter needed just for the desserts, and finally had to write it down! There's no way I wouldn't get stuck halfway through a recipe and run out of stuff. I'd like to avoid that, thankyouverymuch. Hilarious: 16 cups of flour, 16 sticks of butter, 8 cups of sugar, a pound and a half of powdered sugar, 3 cups of brown sugar...

Anyway, I've promised myself to take pictures this time, or assign someone else to. I think looking at all the recipes has caused the weight gain - is that possible?

22 days!

What are you looking forward to this month? Any big plans, or just recovering from last month?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A few of my favorite things

[My family is laughing at this title - one of my pet peeves is the apparent belief that "My Favorite Things" is a Christmas song, evidenced by the constant playing of it on various music stations during the season. Have these people never seen the movie??? Just because it talks about wrapped packages and snow...Austria apparently only has those things at Christmas. Bah.]

I, on the other hand, have many favorite things and not just at Christmas! Here's a quick random list in case you are just rabidly curious.

1. Phillip Phillips' debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon -- There is not a single track on this album I don't like. I loved him on American Idol, mostly because he didn't seem to give two hoots if he won and he wasn't going to change his style to make some judge happy. "Home" is the big hit so far, but "Man on the Moon" is one of my favorites.

2. Terra Sweet Potato chips, from Costco/Sam's -- big bags, awesome chips. Sadly, the whole family loves them, so the bags don't last very long. I think we're going to have to write a name on each bag so everyone quits eating my share.

3. My new tablet -- it's a bit smaller than my old one, and much more stable. I don't think I've put it down a single day since I got it. Way to go, honey!

4. Fun Run, on my new tablet -- no, it's not an exercise program. It's a racing game and I've been playing against Bug. The characters throw/drop things to slow down the others and I've almost made myself hoarse yelling at her for decapitating me. Hilarious. We just dragged RDub into it, so things should get interesting. We'll never have an actual conversation again.

5. Downton Abbey -- I can't get enough. The new season must start soon. I'm about to rewatch Season 1 just to get my fix. If you aren't into this yet, please please try it! I've watched British series before (The Tudors, anyone?) and this is just an incredibly well-written, beautifully cast series. Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess is enough to make me tune in, but every.single.character (even the ones I want to hate) is enticing.  And I just found out Shirley MacLaine is going to be in Season 3!

6. Audrey Hepburn movies -- this isn't new information, but I've just been getting Bug to watch them. Funny Face was last week, and I've got My Fair Lady waiting for her to have time this week. I've got to find a copy of Wait Until Dark. Breakfast at Tiffany's will be last. She was incredible, and her humanitarian work is so inspiring.

What's on your favorite things list?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012: A Weight Odyssey

I'm not a big fan of resolutions - new year or otherwise - perhaps because of the pressure the word implies. Last January, however, I made one determination -- to get the weight off for the last time. Let's see how that turned out:
  • I lost 35 pounds. That's a little more than half my goal.
  • I've gone from a size 18/20 to a 12/14.
  • I've lost 6" in my hips and 5" in my waist.
  • My triglycerides dropped from 200 to 40, cholesterol from 220 to 194, HDL up from 25 to 60. 
Other goals and accomplishments:
  • I can run a 5K without stopping.
  • My pace on a mile has dropped from around 13 minutes to under 12 minutes. My usual two+ mile runs take about 25 minutes.
  • I've completely changed the way I (and the family) eat. I don't count calories or weigh portions, and I'm always satisfied when I finish a meal.
  • I've experimented with countless new recipes, with only a few "let's not do this again" experiences.
  • I've blogged mostly consistently, and I have weighed in for the accountability.  
It's tempting to look at what I haven't done - the weight I haven't lost, the miles I haven't run -- because that's just how we human beings work. Instead, I think I'll stop there and be very proud of what the year has brought. There are of course non-weight loss related accomplishments, and that may be another posting. For now, I'm going to bask just a little, and rev myself up for 2013.

May it be a blessed year for us all.