Is this thing on?

Testing, testing…

Oh, hello, world. Miss AO invited me to join her on this little venture, and it intrigued me enough to say, “I would love to!”

Of course, I said that after she convinced me that I didn’t need to try and loose 40 pounds of myself. I think if I tried to loose 40 pounds, I’d end up scaring a lot of people. I lost 20 pounds once and someone told me I looked sickly then. I can’t imagine what they’d say if I lost 40.

I will however, be loosing at least a total of 40 pounds of … something. Be it from myself, or from my bedroom, or wherever. I keep meaning to simplify and get started very nicely, and then fizzle out. Maybe this will keep me motivated? Here’s hoping.

What’s prompted this little endeavor? A variety of reasons that I am sure I will be going into more detail as the next weeks and months unfold. How much weight to I intend to loose? I set myself the goal to try and loose a total of 25 pounds (at least to begin with) back in March. I’ve lost 12 of that so far, and I don’t intend to stop. So we’ll make the weight portion of my goal an even 15 pounds (for addition purposes; Math and I don’t typically get along very well). The rest of the 40 pounds I will make up in other things. (I guess this means the 12 pounds I’ve lost since March won’t count towards my 40, will they?)

To give you a bit more background, I’m a friend of Miss AO’s from church. I love to read, watch movies, listen to music, crochet, hang out with friends, spend time with family, drink coffee and/or tea, laugh, smile, hold my niece & nephews and have only recently become (slightly) addicted to Zumba. I tend to geek out about things, so don’t be surprised if one day I don’t just randomly post about something geeky that makes me extremely happy (like the fact that I just got a laptop case for my new-to-me laptop [which shall forever henceforth be known as “Neville”] yesterday for dirt cheap! Woohoo!). I would also consider myself a writer of sorts, though do not ask me to share with you anything just yet; I’m rather shy about it. In my spare time, I work as an administrative assistant. And I think that’s enough to be going on with for the moment.

I won’t be around much for the next week, as I’ll be heading out of town for a vacation up to Maine with family. We’ll be hiking and camping, and doing all sorts of fun exploring. I fully intend to weigh myself before I go and after I get back.

~*~

“Don’t point. You’ll poke holes in the air and all the faeries will escape.”

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Good Morning: Week 1, Day 1

Good morning laundry! The great thing about my washer is that it has this feature called “delay.” I loaded up my darks last night and set it for 5:30am, and by 6:30am, my wash is done. I popped it into my dryer and I should have toasty clean clothes for work at 7 so I can leave. Toasty should be okay as long as it doesn’t hit 100 degrees again like it did last week.

I don’t know if my first item out counts.

They’re my favorite black shoes to wear to work. They’re a pair of Clarks I bought for $60 more than a year ago on clearance at Famous Brand Shoes. I just bought two pairs of the same shoe to replace it. Two pairs to replace one pair sounds crazy if my goal is to get rid of things, but there is some efficiency at buying two things if it’s something I know I will use every week for years. I bought two pairs for $100 (saved $20) and they’ll arrive later this week and were shipped free from the Clarks store in Christiana mall. The stuff in my house will be net positive after they arrive, so we may have to say their weight does not count. If I can get rid of four pairs of shoes to justify these two pairs, then cool, right? I never used to spend more than $20 on a pair of shoes from payless, but I would have to put money into them getting the heels re-soled once or twice and I might as well have bought a more expensive pair that would last longer.

This is an example of what an old broad I’m turning into, I no longer buy “cute” shoes, I buy “sensible” ones.

Does it sound as if I’m starting off on a bad foot?

Where are they going? Shoes to share.

And the great question on Day 1 is, how much do I weigh today?

It’s 7am and I haven’t had water or breakfast yet. Here goes.

154.5 lbs. Yikes. I’m 5’2″ and it’s on my waist and caboose.

Steps: Sunday I forgot to wear the pedometer.

Saturday I put it on after a wim in the pool and recorded 556 steps which doesn’t seem quite right.

What I ate:

Breakfast:

7am

1 Fried Egg, 1/2 tsp of butter, salt and pepper

16 oz water

My coworkers heard my tummy growling at 10:40am

Lunch

1 Spicy Tuna Roll ( 239 cal, 43 cal from fat,2 5g saturated, 338 sodium, 5g sugar, 36g carb)

1 California Roll (236 cal, 37 cal from fat, 477 sodium, 6g sugar, 42g carb)

2 Tbs Low Sodium Soy (guessing here)

Wasabi (10 cal, 0 cal from fat, 0g saturated, 0 sodium, 1g carbs)

1 Tbs Chili Sesame Oil (122 cal, 120 from fat, 2g saturated, 0 sodium, 0g sugar, 0g carb)

20 oz water

16 oz hot tea with half a packet of truvia

16 oz iced tea with a packet of truvia

Back to hungry at 3pm in time for my meeting.

One of my bosses did the Jorge Cruise Belly Off diet. 120 g of carbs a day, 15 g of sugar a day and dropped it like it’s hot.

So, that’s far I’m at 79 carbs, 11 sugar and I have a Zumba class at 6pm before dinner.

Next question: Will I pass out? Answer: Nope! I did down another 20oz bottle of water, though.

Dinner.

Fried tofu and kimchi. Yeah, yeah, I have the Korean taint and eating kimchi is the most Korean thing I ever do thanks to Young’s market. No idea on the nutritional value of either the kimchi or tofu. I was still hungry and polished off a individual size of smart food popcorn.

It’s 8:52pm and I am still hungry but the pedometer says 10,513 steps, which might be a lot considering the hip swinging that goes on at zumba.

I will see if a hot cup of rooibos tea and truvia will tide me over until morning. More kimchi can’t hurt, right?

Wonder if I can still have my gummy vitamins and stay under the sugar limit?

40 pounds in 40 weeks

This website is the convergence of two things – inspiration and grief.

Inspiration

I was recently inspired by a friend’s daughter who set up a webpage to track her progress with a goal to lose just one pound, one hundred times.  I’ve seen the before and after pictures and she looks fantastic and has lost  58 pounds so far.

Although I don’t believe we’ve ever met, we’re sisters in Christ and she’s adopted an attitude about it that is the right one and really struck a chord with me.  She prays to learn to love the body she has and that God will help her make it stronger in order that she may serve Him better.

Wow.

I want to help her and I want to join her.  She’s right about that, and right that goals aren’t so bad when you break them down.  I’m not that good at either tracking or reaching my goals without something to motivate me.  So I thought I ought to set a weight loss goal, too.

Grief

Sadly enough, my Grandma passed away July 8th of this year, the sale of her house closes this Thursday, it was was sold in order to pay for her stay in assisted living when we thought she had years, not weeks, ahead.  My brother and I spent part of our bereavement leave cleaning out her basement.

My gran lived modestly on a meager penchant and social security.  She lived through the depression and wasted nothing and saved probably too many things.   None of it could go to heaven with her, of course, and it was difficult to move so much stuff during such a hard week.

I have far more possessions than she did.  Many of these things are things I don’t need, things I don’t use, and things other people would be glad to have.  I could sell them or donate them.  When I lived in an apartment, I simply got rid of what I could not store.  I now have a basement and a spare bedroom.  After my housemate moved out and got married, it has become my clutter dumping ground.  These things should not weigh me down and I won’t be taking any of it with me, either.

The last month and a half  when she deteriorated and after she died, I let myself go.  I did everything you shouldn’t.  I ate out, I ate emotionally, I did not get enough sleep, I ate much of what the neighbors brought over, I did not exercise and I packed on ten pounds.

Here I am, the heaviest I have ever been in my life with more junk than I know what to do with.

So, here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to be rid of 40 pounds in 40 weeks.  40 pounds of me and 40 pounds of stuff out of my house.

A pound a week, I think I can do that.

I’ve talked to a friend and she said she’d do it with me, and her mom might join us for the 40 pounds of stuff to be rid of.

I’ll pick up a measuring tape this week and record my measurement and weight tomorrow.  Then I have to figure out how to let her blog on here, too.

I’m thinking of posting “before” pics, but I want to minimize internet stalking.  I think I have to photoshop them into silhouette or do something or neck down.