Saturday, September 30, 2006 

Facades......

I was recently looking at a woman's magazine that promises "an instant makeover". The article went on to explain how to dress 10 pounds thinner and how to contour your makeup to enhance your face and make you look thinner. As I read the article it hit me that we live in a world that pays great attention to facades.

Scripture informs us that the Lord looks at things from a different perspective. He is much more interested in the interior life than in that brave and made-up face we present to the outside world. "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (I Sam.16:7)

The Lord is not interested in "instant make-over" which only refurbish the facade. Jesus used harsh words to describe the Pharisees who got all the externals right but neglected the important matters of the heart. He called them "Whitewashed tombs". They looked nice from the outside but inside they held dead men's bones.

The Lord wants to change us at the deepest level of our lives, the feeling and emotions and motives that we frequently hide from each other and even try to hide from ourselves. When we surrender to Him, He is able to come in and remodel who we are and make us into new creations. The emotional distortions in our lives which caused us to overeat in the first place begin to be healed. The old compulsions begin to be tamed. And the tranquil inner beauty He gives us within begins to affect and transform our outer selves as well.

Prayer: Father, thank you for caring more about who I really am than who I pretend to be. Thank you that my facade never fools you, for you know your own creation from the inside out-and you love me anyway! Lord, I give you permission to do an interior makeover on my life. I place myself, my whole personality-motives, emotions, hidden needs, and inner drives-in your hands. Do with me as you will, Lord. I want to be exactly who you designed me to be. Amen.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006 

I Surrender!

Surrender...v.1. to give up possession of. 2. to abandon or relinquish control. 3. to give oneself up, esp. as a prisioner.

Ok, it's been a really busy week. We have been getting ready to do a container for Guatuamala that has been a long time in the making. It required long hours of packing boxes, palletizing, and moving equipment. We have not been home before 7 p.m. all this week.

My eating has been ok but not great.

No formal exercising this week but many hours of strength training lifting and moving equipment.

I surrender.....not in terms of quitting but in terms of trying to do this without supernatural help. I certainly have tried to be in total control of my eating only to fail miserably. So I'm surrendering the control to God as he is able to do more than I ever dare to ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20).

Surrender is not a one time thing; it is an ongoing process. The Lord is constantly showing me new areas in which I hold back from His control. I have been surrendering this area over to God every morning and some times moment by moment. It's very humbling to know that this area of my life is so far out of control.

The Psalmist said it best, "My Sin is ever before me!"

I appreciate all of you for your encouragement, your victories encourage me, your struggles strengthen me, your words inspire me and seeing "less of you" gives me hope .

Bless you!

Desparately Dieting Daisy

Monday, September 25, 2006 

Week Three....Weigh In

Stupidity:

Quitters never Win,
Winners never Quit,
But those who never win and never quit...
Are Idoits!

Do you get the feeling that there is no joy in Mudville this week?

Ths scale says I've gained two pounds.....the scale lies and hates me!

But just in case the scale is right, here is what I know I did wrong last week and what I plan to do to correct it.

5 Things I did Wrong!

1. I over did it
in the garden this past week and got so sore I could barely move without pain. Consequently I backed off on exercising rather than push through the pain.

2. I had to test out the grape jelly and of course the ultimate test is how good will it taste as a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich. We made 4 batches and each had to be tested....you do the math.

3. I woke up the sweet tooth and Got to Have it Carb Monster that lives in me . ( The Monster had to be fed or he would have wiped out the whole village !)

4. I quit writing things down cause I was embarrassed and felt "out of control". My recovery time was slow and my "Insanity Prevailed" all weekend.

5. I allowed boredom to dictate my dietary choices by not preparing snacks and foods that I could eat. Consequently I went with foods that were convient and much higher calories.

5 things I Plan on Changing this week.

1.
I plan on writing down what goes in my mouth. It really helps when I do.
2. I plan on exercising sensibly with Walk away the pounds and working at the mission.
3 I plan to stay away from sweets and carbs.....my red light foods.
4. I plan to cook up big pots of foods that I can grab when I'm hungry and not blow my diet.
5. I plan to continue with accountability....the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Daisy Dilemma: Studipity hurts...I don't recommend it!

Sunday, September 24, 2006 

Visualizing Part 7

I haven't done any visualizing exercises in a while. I found this picture and instantly became a massive "purple puddle" .

Our baby is due to arrive in January. Just a few months away and I want to be at my very best physically to welcome this child.

Babies are so small and trusting. I want to be able to add the "twinkle factor" in their life by being vibrant and healthy and able to run after them.

My sister-in-law had these words of wisdomto say about babysitting. "I don't know why they call it babysitting" she said, "You never get to sit down for a minute!" How true!

Saturday, September 23, 2006 

Happy Dance !


Let the Dance of Joy Begin!

Woo Hoo!!! Melli, my mentor, my hero, my dieting Diva has lost 50 pounds. That's major!!!

I would have to have lost a major body part to accomplish that.

Am I jealous? You Bet.....but I also know how much time and effort has gone into this loss.

Melli, I think you may have to change your avatar to this:


Congrats! I am so happy for you. Keep on keeping on. You give me hope to keep on trying.

Thursday, September 21, 2006 

MMM....Good

Yep, that's me looking like a FAT CAT.

Mr. Wonderful and I just finished making our grapey- good jelly last night and WOW it will knock your socks off!

This is only the second time I have ever made jelly and I must say this the very best batch ever made. We made is with lower sugar Sure Jell ( contains 25% less sugar than regular pectin). So it is sweet but still has a sharp tangy edge.

So,
looks like back to the grapevine today to pick more.

We made quarter pint pretty jars for Christmas gifts (since we grew them in our back yard!)

My son said, "Make mine Strawberry." Sure son, only problem is that we didn't grow strawberries in the back yard, we grew grapes!

I worked in the garden yesterday for about two hours pulling weeds and cutting back vines.

My Butt should be two inches higher this morning. I did lots of bending and squatting. Every muscle on my back side is really sore today.

The garden looks much better though.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 

Grapes from our grapevine!

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Do you remember the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy stomps on the grapes at the vineyard?


It's on of my favorite episodes. I thought about stomping the grapes I pulled off this afternoon from our grape vine. Every year I say to myself.....I really should do something with the grapes.

So after my salsa success I've decided to make homemade grape jelly. These grapes are really tart so I'm sure it will take lots of sugar to make it taste sweet. I'm thinking of making some jelly with Splenda to cut the calories.

I don't have a juicer so I may be stompin on 'em before the night is over.

Monday, September 18, 2006 

Weigh In Week2......Jackpot!


It's Monday.....The day all good diets start. You blow it on the weekend and say to yourself....I'll start over Monday.

It's been a good week, I implemented most of my observations from last week so I was expecting a Big Payoff this week. So I was delighted to see 3 pounds lost!

(Melli, this only goes to prove my theory that weight is neither lost nor gained it is simply redistrubed....some must gain so others may lose. Thanks for taking on my 3 pounds this past week so I could register a loss!)

Two week total.......4 hard fought pounds!

A whole new set of numbers on the scale!

5 Things I did Right this week!

1. I wrote down my food, calorie content, exercise, BP, and how I felt each day.
2. I quit nightly "grazing"
3. I exercised 3 times during the week for at least half an hour.
4. I worked at the mission lifting 30 and 40 pound boxes for 2 days (strength training?)
5. I ate well and consequently felt well all week.

5 Things that need to improve:

1. I want to exercise every day for at least a half and hour and add the 3 mile walk at least twice during the week. ( I only got in two 2 mile walks and one 3 mile walk last week)
2. I want to cook up some entries in advance so they are available when the snacking monster hits. This seems to work out well for me. (Boy, am I enjoying the home made salsa!)
3. I need to keep red light foods out of sight so I'm not tempted to eat it. ( salty chips )
4. I want to keep an upbeat attitude......I think I can, I think I can.....so I can. (and I did!)
5. I need to get to bed by 11 o'clock at night. (I did better but improvement still needed. )

Daisy Dilemma: Was this a flux? Can I continue to consistenly lose?

Quote of the Day:
Preserving health by too severe a rule is a wearisome malady. - La Rochefoucauld (ain't that the truth!)

Mood: upbeat

Sunday, September 17, 2006 

Don't ya just hate it when.....


EVERYONE had weighed in, and our diet-workshop leader began her lecture on the week's topic — the problems of dining out. She talked about alternatives, such as requesting diet sodas and dressings, and having meat broiled instead of fried. Finally she turned the question over to the group for discussion. "What is the greatest problem you encounter when going out to eat?" Replied one woman quickly, "Running into you!"

It's been a good week....lots going on demanding my time and attention. I've pretty much stuck with my goals so I'm expecting a big pay off on the scale tomorrow. My biggest success was cutting out eating at night.

Friday, September 15, 2006 

Talk about Big Girl Panties!

Isn't it amazing what you can find on the internet.

This is size 100 underwear.

Apparently it's quite a hit a Bachelor Parties!

Who knew!

Thursday, September 14, 2006 

Salsa anyone?


The Salsa Queen lives! I spent the day processing tomatoes. Salsa really taste wonderful with fresh produce. My tomatoes have really gone into overdrive with cooler weather and with the much needed rain.

I froze a lot of tomatoes too to be used in casserole, chilli, etc.

I was impressed with my domestic goddness status today. I put on Cajun Music and boogied around my kitchen. Talk about being caught "red handed" even my finger nails have a red tint from all the tomatoes.

It was a busy day. I probably ate more tomatoes than I should have. I've had an overly acid stomach tonight. Too much of a good thing ( the jalopena's are probably kicking me too!) Oh well, it least it wasn't the store bought kind.

My eating was good. No formal exercise ......I did quite a bit of walking in the grocery store it was hardly aerobic shopping though.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 

Some answers......


Went to the Doctor yesterday to get some answers.

I found out that I have fluid in both of my ears. He put me on a steroidal nose spray and told me to give it a month to see if it will clear up. If not we go to plan B.

He agreed with my "Reflux Theory". I'm taking Apple Cider Vinegar Tablets (homeopathic treatment) which seems to be working for me. If it's the placebo effect I'm good with that too.

He told me not to take any pain medication other than Tylenol (just in case the ringing is from toxicity to aspirin or iuprophen) .

My BP was up again. I brought my monitor and took it right after the nurse and it was just about the same.....so I now know that it is an accurate reading. Once again I seem to have "White Coat Syndrome" my blood pressure always goes up in the doctor's office!

He changed my Lipitor for Crestor (We had a year's supply donated to the mission so it would be free for me rather than the 136 dollars a month we are paying for Lipitor.)

He was pleased with my weight loss and naturally encouraged me to continue.

He also gave me a perscription for a year of refills with the medications I've been taking.

He approved my diet, my goals and agreed to do blood work after my 12 weeks.

It was a good visit. I got answers, now it's wait and see.

Daisy Dilemma: Will someone please answer that phone in my head?

Chicken Nugget: HUMOR BUTTON: CAUTION: HUNGRY DIETER, MAY BITE IF PROVOKED

Mood: encouraged

Tuesday, September 12, 2006 

Bird's eye view....

When I started my weight loss blog.....I liked the bird heading. It was commical and funny and mostly the way I approach wieght loss.

Not that the subject is funny, but since I've never been successful in this approach I've gained a very good sense of humor as a defense mechanism.

Everyone loves a jolly fat person I reasoned.

It was also appropriate in that we refer to our home as, "the Nest", our newsletters as, "News from the Nest" and I collect bird nests. (Not to mention being somewhat of a "birdbrain" myself). I'm not a very brave person (just ask my dentist) . I tell my husband that "thoroughbreeds are skittish" but the truth of the matter is I'm just Chicken Hearted.

Imagine my surprise and delight to find a book called, "Courage for the Chicken Hearted!" It is a collection of various stories by various Christian authors. (They call themselves "Hens with Pens!") I have really been enjoying them and laughing alot.

At the end of each story they have closing thoughts entitled "Chicken Nuggets"

The first story was on leadership and they adapted various leaders statements in term of "Chicken Speak" . It was too funny not to pass along.....

Lead? Who Me?

Moses said, "I can't squawk well." Exodus 4:10

Gideon said, "I'm an unkown bird." Judges 6:15

Jeremiah said, "I just a baby chick." Jeremiah 1:6

Jonah said, "I'd rather fly the coop." Jonah 1:3

Peter said, "I'm too chicken hearted." Matthew 14:30

Esther said, "What is my goose is cooked?" Esther 4:11

Elijah said, "I'm too pooped to pluck." 1 Kings 19:4

I go to the doctor's this afternoon. Hopefully he will have some answers to my many questions.

Daisy Dilemma: Why doesn't someone answer the ringing in my ears?

Chicken Nugget: DIETING IS WISHFUL SHRINKING

Mood: looking for answers

Monday, September 11, 2006 

Motivational Mondays.....Weigh In

Ok......drum roll.....(holding breath, stepping on scale, saying a prayer!) and the verdict?

One pound! The crowd goes wild, the band breaks into "Happy Days are here again". The Mayor hands me the key to the city.

Well, at least in my dreams. Yep, One pound down 9 to go.

Am I'm bummed? Somewhat but that means there is lots of room for improvement. So taking some cues for my Dieting Diva TC here's what I did well and what needs to improve.

5 Things I did well this past week:

1. I started writing down my food, calorie content, exercise, BP, and how I felt each day.
2. I quit nightly "grazing"
3. I exercised 3 times during the week for at least half an hour.
4. I started back with the community Beth Moore Bible Study on David.
5. I think I discovered the cause for the days I feel horrible (reflux?) .

5 Things that need to improve:

1. I want to exercise every day for at least a half and hour and add the 3 mile walk at least twice during the week.
2. I want to cook up some entries in advance so they are available when the snacking monster hits.
3. I want to figure out with my Doctor "What's going on with the ringing in my ear, and "Ishy" feeling (appointment Tuesday afternoon, seeing the Dentist this afternoon!)
4. I want to keep an upbeat attitude......I think I can, I think I can.....so I can.
5. I need to get to bed by 11 o'clock at night.

Daisy Dilemma: I'm on a campaign to eliminate "Ishy".

Quote of the Day: "If at first you don't succeed, Failure may be your style!"

Mood: Hopeful

Saturday, September 09, 2006 

Global Explosion of Fat

human nature: Science, technology, and society.

Please Do Not Feed the HumansThe global explosion of fat.


In 1894, Congress established Labor Day to honor those who "from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." In the century since, the grandeur of human achievement has multiplied. Over the past four decades, global population has doubled, but food output, driven by increases in productivity, has outpaced it. Poverty, infant mortality, and hunger are receding. For the first time in our planet's history, a species no longer lives at the mercy of scarcity. We have learned to feed ourselves.

We've learned so well, in fact, that we're getting fat. Not just the United States or Europe, but the whole world. Egyptian, Mexican, and South African women are now as fat as Americans. Far more Filipino adults are now overweight than underweight. In China, one in five adults is too heavy, and the rate of overweight in children is 28 times higher than it was two decades ago. In Thailand, Kuwait, and Tunisia, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are soaring.

Hunger is far from conquered. But since 1990, the global rate of malnutrition has declined an average of 1.7 percent a year. Based on data from the World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, for every two people who are malnourished, three are now overweight or obese. Among women, even in most African countries, overweight has surpassed underweight. The balance of peril is shifting.



Fat is no longer a rich man's disease. For middle- and high-income Americans, the obesity rate is 29 percent. For low-income Americans, it's 35 percent. Among middle- and high-income kids aged 15 to 17, the rate of overweight is 14 percent. Among low-income kids in the same age bracket, it's 23 percent. Globally, weight has tended to rise with income. But a study in Vancouver, Canada, published three months ago, found that preschoolers in "food-insecure" households were twice as likely as other kids to be overweight or obese. In Brazilian cities, the poor have become fatter than the rich.

Technologically, this is a triumph. In the early days of our species, even the rich starved. Barry Popkin, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, divides history into several epochs. In the hunter-gatherer era, if we didn't find food, we died. In the agricultural era, if our crops perished, we died. In the industrial era, famine receded, but infectious diseases killed us. Now we've achieved such control over nature that we're dying not of starvation or infection, but of abundance. Nature isn't killing us. We're killing ourselves.

You don't have to go hungry anymore; we can fill you with fats and carbs more cheaply than ever. You don't have to chase your food; we can bring it to you. You don't have to cook it; we can deliver it ready-to-eat. You don't have to eat it before it spoils; we can pump it full of preservatives so it lasts forever. You don't even have to stop when you're full. We've got so much food to sell, we want you to keep eating.

What happened in America is happening everywhere, only faster. Fewer farmers' markets, more processed food. Fewer whole grains, more refined ones. More sweeteners, salt, and trans fats. Cheaper meat, more animal fat. Less cooking, more eating out. Bigger portions, more snacks.

Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut are spreading across the planet. Coca-Cola is in more than 200 countries. Half of McDonald's business is overseas. In China, animal-fat intake has tripled in 20 years. By 2020, meat consumption in developing countries will grow by 106 million metric tons, outstripping growth in developed countries by a factor of more than five. Forty years ago, to afford a high-fat diet, your country needed a gross national product per capita of nearly $1,500. Now the price is half that. You no longer have to be rich to die a rich man's death.

Soon, it'll be a poor man's death. The rich have Whole Foods, gyms, and personal trainers. The poor have 7-Eleven, Popeye's, and streets unsafe for walking. When money's tight, you feed your kids at Wendy's and stock up on macaroni and cheese. At a lunch buffet, you do what your ancestors did: store all the fat you can.

That's the punch line: Technology has changed everything but us. We evolved to survive scarcity. We crave fat. We're quick to gain weight and slow to lose it. Double what you serve us, and we'll double what we eat. Thanks to technology, the deprivation that made these traits useful is gone. So is the link between flavors and nutrients. The modern food industry can sell you sweetness without fruit, salt without protein, creaminess without milk. We can fatten you and starve you at the same time.

And that's just the diet side of the equation. Before technology, adult men had to expend about 3,000 calories a day. Now they expend about 2,000. Look at the new Segway scooter. The original model relieved you of the need to walk, pedal, or balance. With the new one, you don't even have to turn the handlebars or start it manually. In theory, Segway is replacing the car. In practice, it's replacing the body.

In country after country, service jobs are replacing hard labor. The folks who field your customer service calls in Bangalore are sitting at desks. Nearly everyone in China has a television set. Remember when Chinese rode bikes? In the past six years, the number of cars there has grown from six million to 20 million. More than one in seven Chinese has a motorized vehicle, and households with such vehicles have an obesity rate 80 percent higher than their peers.

The answer to these trends is simple. We have to exercise more and change the food we eat, donate, and subsidize. Next year, for example, the U.S. Women, Infants, and Children program, which subsidizes groceries for impoverished youngsters, will begin to pay for fruits and vegetables. For 32 years, the program has fed toddlers eggs and cheese but not one vegetable. And we wonder why poor kids are fat.

The hard part is changing our mentality. We have a distorted body image. We're so used to not having enough, as a species, that we can't believe the problem is too much. From China to Africa to Latin America, people are trying to fatten their kids. I just got back from a vacation with my Jewish mother and Jewish mother-in-law. They told me I need to eat more.

The other thing blinding us is liberal guilt. We're so caught up in the idea of giving that we can't see the importance of changing behavior rather than filling bellies. We know better than to feed buttered popcorn to zoo animals, yet we send it to a food bank and call ourselves humanitarians. Maybe we should ask what our fellow humans actually need.

Friday, September 08, 2006 

Feeling Foxy!

Think I'll ever look like this? What am I saying.....I already do!

It's Friday and all systems are Go!

Feeling Good and Foxy! Melli, if that's your cook, I'll definitely be visiting you for breakfast! Forget the 20 pounds, I'll be over frequently! (tee hee!)

I'm keeping a record of my food, exercise, blood pressure , water, vitamins etc. as well as how I'm feeling. I figure it will keep me honest and maybe give the doc some idea what's going on with these episodes I'm having. Sure hope we can eliminate them altogether. I can tell you that my prayer life has definitely improved (but somehow praying that you don't pass our probably doesn't count!)

Leslie and I did our two miles before lunch, both of us survived and I'm feeling almost as perky as she is. After lunch and a shower I'll grab "my power lips" and head to the mission for some office work. I may even sneak in a walk this evening.

Daisy Dilemma: Why can't I feel this good every day?

Quote of the Day: Self delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales. - Paul Sweeney

Mood: Feeling Foxy, watch my dust!

Thursday, September 07, 2006 

Why is there always a worm in the apple?

Ok, I get up this morning......system's check, everything seems to be working. Eat my apple, check my email, take my BP.

My BP is 88/6o and my pulse is 50. What? It's never that low! So I take it again.....this time it's 113/ 68 and my pulse is 60.

Ok, I tell myself, that's more like it. I have a delightful egg beaters omelet and get ready for my Bible Study.

On the way into town.....I start feeling "ishy" again. No real symptoms, just "not right" and feeling light headed. Of course I'm late to class, and have to park in the far parking lot with a pretty good hike to the church. I do the "meet and greet" thing still feeling light headed.

At one point in the meeting I really felt like I might pass out. You know the feeling you get on a roller coaster when the bottom falls out and you get all tingly. I sat down and the feeling passed. I prayed feverently all during Bible Study and felt better but not great.

At 11:30 we leave and I make my way back to the car. I eat my second apple and decide to go grocery shopping. I start feeling better, get the week's groceries, do my errands and put away all the groceries.

I take my BP again....this time it says 122/84 (I breath a sigh of relief) and the day continues . I feel better now. Can't say why this worm in the apple of life is occuring. I have a Dr. appointment on the 12th of September (next Tuesday) so I'm recording all my symptoms and seeing if the good doc can come up with suggestions for this mystery.

My BP medication is time released so I don't know if that has an effect. My BP just now (5P.M. was 148/78) . A friend suggested that maybe I'm not eating enough (even though I am eating every three hours) so now I'm carrying around my bp machine as well as a glucose monitor.

It's amazing to me how finely tuned our bodies are.....as I lose weight I will have to decrease my BP medication too. I did find this little jewel today also.

From the book "Diets Don't Work" Bob Schwartz describes the way thin people think and eat:
  1. They don't eat unless their body is hungry. (hmmm....never occurred to me, I go by the clock on the wall.)
  2. They don't eat unconsciously; they enjoy every bite of what they are eating and they are aware of the effect the food is having on their bodies. (I'm usually doing something else ...on the computer, reading a book, watching TV, totallly unconscious of what I'm eating.)
  3. They stop eating when their bodies are no longer hungry. (What a novel idea!)
  4. They eat exactly what they want- exactly what will satisfy them. (Alright! High Five!)

Daisy Dilemma: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.....can I?

Quote of the Day: " You win or lose by the way you chose".

Mood: Cautiously optomistic

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 

12 Week three apples a day plan

I love apples.....probably why I'm apple shaped!

I especially love apples in the fall. I love apple anything. Apple pie, apple sauce, baked apples, apple salad,....well you get the picture. So I am back to eating apples for snacks or just before eating a meal. I like the crunchy texture and the natural sweetness of apples takes away my cravings for something sweet. Just call me Johnny Appleseed.

I like the fact that apples travel easily and don't need special equipment. I like that they are low on the glycemic index and that they are high in dietary fiber. I also like that they are pretty cheap right now too.

So I have decided to incorporate 3 apples a day into the next 12 weeks of dieting and exercising. (Twelve weeks will pass by whether I'm with the program or not!) My overall goal for the 12 weeks is 30 pounds.

My biggest goal is staying motivated. Motivation comes from within. Webster defines "motivation as a mental force to induce an act or purpose." Inspiration is any influence that inspires thought or action.

Determining my goals:

1. I'm looking at losing about 2 1/2 pounds a week or 10 pounds a month.
2. I'm looking at dropping 3 dress sizes (approximately 10 pounds= 1 dress size) I have a pair of skinny jeans that I am putting on the outside of closet so that they are visible. If you see it, you can achieve it!
3. I want to lose one inch per month off my hips, waist and stomach areas. So I have measured those areas as a starting point.
4. I want to lower my choslesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure through diet and exercise and will get them redrawn at the end of 12 weeks.
5. Increase my energy and endurace through improved eating and exercise. I will keep a food and exercise journal.
6. I will commit to eating breakfast every day and eliminate nightly grazing.

So far so good. My eating has been good, no grazing last night ( I did have a cup of hot tea at midnight as I was really congested and it really seemed to clear my head.) I walked three miles with Leslie (and lived) and my BP has been really low 113/68. I've gotten my water in and life is good. Today has been productive. I did weight training (moving 30 to 40 pounds of clothing) all afternoon and my attitude is really good too.

Life is sweet and crunchy (just like my apples!)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006 

Happy Belated Birthday Melli!

Yesterday was Melli's birthday. Of course I missed it!

Sounds like she had a wonderful day and was surrounded by family and good food.

What was her gift.....more exercise equipment! What a woman!

I'm back to being serious about my own weight loss now. I'm back to where I was before self-pity, exhaustion, and burn out took over. I've had a couple of weeks of down time from the mission which helped put life back into perpective.

So Miss Melli.....my gift to you this month is that I promise NO MORE LATE NIGHT GRAZING! I know personally that this is one habit that has really ruined my dieting attempts and life style changes. So, cut off time for grazing for this chick is 8 p.m. ( I would make it earlier but some times we are very late in getting back to the nest which makes dinner late.)

My goal for the month is 10 pounds.....I'll take more, but will do a happy dance to say good-bye permanetly to 10. I think it is doable. Yes, I know in the past I've been wishing to get thin.....but that boat has sailed and as Dr. Phil would say, "It's time to get real."

Do you smell my vegetable chilli on the stove? I'm cooking up some things in advance so I have good snacks available.

Daisy Dilemma: Hope you like your present Melli....it cost me a lot!

Quote of the Day:
Supposing
you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Mood: Excited!

Saturday, September 02, 2006 

If Only it were that simple.

Dear Fat Fairy,

Please take the five pounds you will find under the blanket as I sleep. May I suggest 5 pounds from my belly, hip or backside as there is plenty there and won't be missed. I know you are overworked, so I have been trying very hard to make your work easier by eating sensibly and exercising.

Since I understand that weight is neither lost or gained may I suggest you give it to an anorexic or child from a third world country. This is on permanet loan so feel free to take more! Thanks for your help.

Deparate Dieting Daisy!

Friday, September 01, 2006 

Player yet to be announced!

Finally heard from our darling daughter that the baby's first pictures are adorable. The doctor is pleased that everything looks normal and we are having a healthy baby. (Thank you Jesus!)

Our baby is a very modest baby so he or she is still a "surprise package" and will remain a surprise till delivery. All of my babies were surprises so I can live with that.....daydreaming is part of the fun of waiting.

Speaking of waiting.....we are waiting on Ernesto this morning. We will definitely be getting rain and possibly some flooding. Our cable and consequently our computer was down yesterday at intervals so thought I would post this now.

We are looking forward to some down time. I made Mr. Wonderful take Monday and Friday off just so "our soul" can catch up with our bodies.

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