Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Funny Monday

Yep, that's me, the one on the right (note the red hair...)....

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

Sometimes it's just fun to go back to the music that you loved back in the day...

Over the next few weeks, I'll be revisiting some of those tunes.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Sad news this week Cheerleaders...

I had a slight gain, thankfully it was only a pound and I'm only up to 248.

The Wonder One and I had a graduation party over the past weekend and we ended up taking a LOT of food home from it (it's still difficult to say "thank you, but no thank you" to those who mean well) and ate on that for a number of days....come to think of it, I think there are still some wings in the fridge, lol.

But I'm okay with the one pound gain.  Reason being?  I've gotten up and around A LOT more this past week (working out and cleaning) for one and for two I got my measurements this past week.  I've not done that since this all started. 

The odd thing about that is that while I can see where I've lost inches in many areas, in many areas, I've gained.  The Wonder One (who helped me take my measurements) and I figured that we probably didn't measure in the same areas and since it's been so long since the last time we measured, I've just got to suck it up and take it.

For a listing of my measurements, before and after, take a look at the above tab.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Well...If I'm going to be making wishes...

After all, it IS that time of the month!
When it's that time of the month, you're looking for anything to make it easier to stick to your food plan!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Hi Cheerleaders!

This week has gone by so fast!  Work has kept me busy and I've been trying to work on the house here and there doing some purging.  Trying to get rid of some stuff that I either don't need or it's just been hanging around for who knows what reason.

What it translates into is movement.  Not just for me, but on the scale too!

Again this week I was a big fat loser!

I lost 1 pound!  Granted it's not a huge glorious number.  However, as long as those numbers are going down, I can live with whatever the size.  Be it going down.

Given human nature, yes, I'd like it to be quicker (lol, who wouldn't?) but, to be safe and to keep it off, I'll take slow.  After all, I do not want to have to ever revisit this!

Soooo my faithful Cheerleaders, how was your week?  Those of you on similar journeys?  How'd you do?  What challenges did you face and overcome?  If you didn't overcome them, maybe we can work on it together.

Comment below and share, let's work on this together.

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's the only thing I can figure...

This is what I tell myself on those weeks when the needle won't move...

Just call me Cleo....Queen of Denial...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nummy review...

This is a review that I meant to do a few weeks ago when it was pertinent to my situation.

Back when I wasn’t able to eat after my surgery because I wasn’t coming out of it well (the medications were messing with my stomach something awful) The Wonder One got me some Jell-O Sugar Free Rice Pudding

I have to say that this is some of the most awful, horrible stuff I’ve ever put to my lips. It was almost mealy like.  If it’s possible for pudding to have that sort of consistency, while I understand it was a rice pudding, I don’t know.  I guess I was thinking it was going to have a more tapioca like consistency.  It just did not taste good to me at all.

To be fair, I was sick and my stomach was on a roller coaster, so if you should want to try it, do so at your own risk.

I for one, won’t be repurchasing it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Hi there Cheerleaders...

I’ll get right to the good stuff because I know that’s what you come here for, lol.

This week, I’m a big fat loser! (WooHoo!) Now granted, it’s not a huge loss, but hey, anything that’s gone is a good thing!  Better for it to be gone than for it to be coming back on is my motto!

This week I lost 2 pounds!  Down to 248!

I know that what I need to start doing on a regular basis is exercising.  I've done it before but it's been hit or miss.  What I need to do is I need to get into the habit of packing a bag and having it parked by the back door so when I leave in the morning it's with me and I just have it in the car taking it with me.  So that when I go out the door, it’s there and ready to go when I am.  That way when I get off work in the afternoon, I can go straight to the gym afterwards.  That was the game plan in the beginning.  Not going home until I’d worked out.  But then with the overwhelming stress and exhaustion of learning the new job … it all got to be a bit much and wore me down.

However I think I’m at a point where I’m ready to give it a go.  I’ve got a book downloaded to my ipod (along with some great music) and I’m ready to start working out again. I’m not so exhausted at night, when I get off work anymore.   

So I believe that instead of making excuses not to exercise…

I’m just going to get it done.

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Funny Monday

The Wonder One did this for me recently by taking away the glorious sticky honey buns (I eat them when I'm stressed beyond belief), I was very grateful for his effort.  I'd be just as grateful for this furball's efforts too, lol.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Since it's been so long...

Since posting an updated weekly pic to show how I was doing, I thought I'd post one of me in *gasp* a skirt of all things! lol  The one thing I personally hadn't noticed myself until I'd taken a critical eye of myself in the photo is how big my clothes have become.  I hadn't noticed it personally while looking in the mirror.  Kinda makes me excited to see when the clothes do fit!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

Okay so I may not be so young....still doesn't mean I can't love the song any less right?

I love me some Enrique!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Remember when...

I first started and you all started coming here?

It's been a year now!

Can you believe it?

What I wanted to do was put together a box, a thank you box to give the winner to say thank you over the past year to express to you my gratitude for supporting me in my efforts.  What is going to be in it are items that I've reviewed over the past year and The Wonder One has included a few little things too to show his appreciation of all of your support.  Just so you know, when it came time to select the winner, his name was removed from those who are listed as followers on the blog so that it would be fair, then I went to Random.Org and had it help me select a Cheerleader (to be fair) because, well, to be honest...I couldn't trust Connor to pick someone (he's got four paws) and I could only afford one winner.

So within the next week or so, I will be sending out a box to a very lovely Cheerleader who herself is on a journey of her own.  I so can't wait to hear of her successes!

The ever lovely and charming.....


I so love this pic of her! lol

Truly my only regret is that I can't send a thank you box to all of you, but I am happy that I can send the one to Nicole!

Nicole....heads up girlie!

Nummy review...

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to go vegetarian.  Not really for any particular reason other than I know it’s a more heart healthy way of eating.  Also a part of me is hoping that it’ll help me to shed some weight.  As well I’ve tried a few meat substitute products and found them to be pretty good.

A few are lacking and with The Wonder One’s underwhelming response to go vegetarian it’s difficult.  Not to mention the fact that frequently it’s not very budget friendly.  Which really sucks!  So here and there I’ve been trying a few things and hope to slide them across the table to The Wonder One to see what he has to say. 
But until that time comes…

Here’s what I have to say about one product that I recently tried by Morning Star Farms, called Corn Dogs. 


After you are done reading this, do not walk but run…NAY get in the car and RACE to the nearest store and buy out their stock of this stuff!  They are so tasty that they truly make me want to try more of their products!  I’ve already tried their starter crumbles for my chili and seriously?  Once done, you cannot tell that there is no meat in my chili.  Not one bit.

As for these corn dogs, they remind me of the ones that we’d get at the fair as a kid only they aren’t greasy AND they are only 4 points per dog.  So you can eat them and relish in the fact that you are having something that’s “good for you” which it kinda sorta is (by not clogging your arteries) and low in points! With Weight Watchers it's 4 points per dog!  

The only hitch (there’s always one isn’t there?) is that there is only 4 in the box, so you need to buy them when they’re on sale or else they are VERY pricey.  But these sorts of products are usually on sale fairly often.

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news Cheerleaders =C I just saw at the very bottom of the label (of course in the smallest print possible) that the product has wheat, soy, egg and milk ingredients.  I'm so very sorry if you have any allergies to any of these items =C as I AM trying to find items that are fitting for everyone.  Stick with me folks, I'm still on the look out for you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

So this is what I find...

Over on The Wonder One's Facebook Wall...
Problem: during weekly weigh-ins, it was hard to see exactly where the arrow on the scale was pointing. Solution: I taped a magnifying glass to an old broom handle. Now I can read the numbers just fine. Only thing is, Shannon is worried about the glass and handle adding weight. I don't think it really makes any difference.
Now seriously  Cheerleaders....you've been following me long enough to know me...

Wouldn't you be worried?

Especially if you're holding this?

Now granted, he just HAD to put the doodad on the scale to see how much the contraption weighed.  Next to nothing.  But STILL, it DID weigh....something...

Next question...

Does it work?


It works.

He's still going to hold the damned thing!  I'll be damned if I will!!!  Hey! If I'm going to the trouble of getting bare ass naked to weigh in...then he can hold the bloody thing!

Weigh in Cheerleaders (okay, poor choice of words there) tell me what your thoughts are.

Should I hold it, or should he?

So it's Wednesday...

It's that dreaded time of the week again Cheerleaders...

How DOES it manage to roll around so quickly?

Although I AM happy to report that again this week I am a big fat loser!

I lost 2 pounds this week taking me down to 250 even!  YaY!

Something that I've learned (and basically already knew, but just reaffirmed to myself) was that besides portion control and exercise the single BIGGEST thing to help in all of this is keeping track of what you're eating.  You don't have to be doing Weight Watchers or using anything fancy to track your food intake, but as I once told Queenie "If it goes in your gob, it gets tracked.  Period."

So, Cheerleaders, if you find that you're on a journey similar to mine, if I could only pass along one piece of advice to help you out.....and if you need to do it the old fashioned way....go to Barnes & Noble if you have to and get the most comprehensive calorie counter you can find, then get a notebook and find a pen.  Then start writing it down.  Start keeping track of what you're eating.  It really is that simple.

Once you see how much you're eating (and you're wanting to lose weight of course) you're going to start making smarter eating choices on your own so that you can reach your goals.

You can't reach your goals if don't start making the changes somewhere.

We all know....you have to start somewhere...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Funny Monday

Yep, this was so me!  I'm so glad to be moving forward again!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Hey there Cheerleaders!

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a weigh in post.

Given the fact that I’d not had much to talk about regarding my weight loss (primarily since there hadn’t been any) I just was discouraged and hadn’t posted.

Most of the problem stemmed from the fact that I had some major and when I say major I mean MAJOR water retention which caused me to gain quite a bit of weight that just would NOT come off.

For whatever reason, it finally started to come off and I’m happy to say I’ve come from a high of 265 (as of a week and a half ago) to 252 as of this morning!

So I am happy to say Cheerleaders that I AM a big fat loser! Lol

Thank God I’m able to post some good news.  It’s been a long time in coming.  Now I’m in a position to start back to working like I should on the program and my journey now that I know that my bladder is okay, my nerves have settled down.  I’ve already seen a slowing down of the free flow of the grazing that I was doing when I was a nervous wreck.  So I can say thankfully I didn’t gain a great deal back from that and now I can move forward.

I want to say thank you to you all for being here for me and all your well wishes.  It means so very much to both me and my family that you’ve been so very supportive.

Also, I’ve reached 50 Cheerleaders so I will be selecting one Cheerleader to receive a thank you box for all the support, once their name is drawn I’ll be in touch to let you know that your name has been drawn so that I can send out your package (It’ll contain a selection of items that have been reviewed since the start of this blog and a few other goodies) so that I can show you my appreciation.

Thank you again one and all!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Great News!

If you read the comments at all, The Wonder One let the cat out of the bag....bugger...

I got the call yesterday and the surgeon let me know that the red irritated areas on my bladder are just that, an irritation and I'll be following up with him in 6 to 8 weeks to see how I'm doing.

As for the flank pain....he doesn't believe it to be my kidneys.  Shit.

Back to square one.  Thankfully it's not a constant pain and since we know it's not my kidneys, I'll not worry it for now.

As for my journey, I know I've gained some weight so I go back to square one and start anew on my traditional weigh in day (tomorrow) and we just go from there.  I'm just thankful that I've not gained all I've lost so I'll not be starting from square one in that regard! lol

Who's with me?

Monday, April 23, 2012

A little workout tip...

Okay so for it to be effective I guess I really need to get out of the HOUSE and really walk around the block, dammit. lol

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Catching up...


How have you been?

Well, I hope!  I wanted to take this time to let you know where I am on my journey and what's been going on with it.

Back at the beginning of April I made mention of having to have some exploratory surgery.  When I went in for the surgery I was under the impression that it was going to be to look at my left kidney to see why it was that I'd been having so much pain.  Well here's the scoop on what ended up happening...

They went into my bladder (you can figure it out, it's the only way to get there) and looked around with a small camera.  They then shot some dye up my ureters to see if there was any blockage. For those of you who are unfamiliar with anatomy, the ureters connect the kidneys to the bladder.  It's how the urine that is created by the kidneys gets to the bladder to later be voided.  Once the surgeon was able to determine that there was no blockage of the ureters he then went to look at the left kidney.  Nothing wrong there.  However while investigating the whole kit and kaboodle, what he did find was this...

The image on top is of a normal healthy bladder.  The image on the bottom is my bladder.  Not quite so normal, not quite so healthy.  Red and irritated is what it is.  Because of this the surgeon took something like 5 biopsies (you heard correctly) could've been 4, I was still under the effects of the drugs they gave me to knock me out so my recollection is a wee bit fuzzy.

Two days after the procedure they called me back to say "Come into the office in 15 days" well in my mind's way of working (it is a bit twisted but if you follow along, I'm sure you'll understand my reasoning) when they called me to come back in for an office visit that was over 2 weeks away, it was A.) reasonable to assume that the biopsies had been ran and 2.) they didn't show anything that was cause for alarm.  Given that two days prior I was told I'd had tissue samples removed for biopsy, that's just not something one expects to hear.  But the fears I'd had for two days were effectively null and void due to the length of time between the surgery and the follow up appointment.

That appointment was set on Thursday.  The Wonder One's grandma had unexpectedly passed away on the following day, Friday.  It was a complete and total shocker.  Something we were totally not expecting at all.  Granted she was 96 and had a long and wonderful life, but still, she was in good health.  Took very few medications and we were just not expecting it.  We were excited (as was she) to see her live to be 100.  The family is heartbroken by it all because she was an amazing woman.

So now here we are (depressed due to the loss of Grandma E) two weeks later after having the surgery and dealing with the bereavement and all I'm up to 257 a gain of 9 pounds, which to be honest, I'm surprised it wasn't more.  Actually I was up to 265 due to a TON of water retention, luckily my kindeys work VERY well! lol

I go to the surgeon's office yesterday morning to find out what the results of the biopsies were.  The Wonder One and I were sitting there, and sitting there AND sitting there....

Until finally the office staff and the surgeon come in to tell us that the biopsy samples had not been sent to the lab to be tested!!  I was taken aback!  I was utterly stunned and shocked.  While I understand that people make mistakes, I just cannot (even now 24 hours later) fathom how it is that this sort of a mistake can happen.  As I explained to my surgeon, when he told me that he took tissue samples to biopsy, his taking the samples in the first place concerned me.  But then my fears were dashed when I didn't have to come back into the office right away.  Figuring if the results were serious/critical that I'd be back in the office immediately.   Yet now after having to wait over two weeks to hear what the results are, I have to wait another 5 days (I'll be hearing something hopefully on Tuesday), all the comfort that I took from the time delay has been stripped from me.  I'm totally gutted and in utter despair.

So I've been doing some seriously nervous eating in earnest.  I don't mean to.  I just can't help myself.  I'm scared beyond words.  So thankfully the surgeon saw reason and prescribed me some Valium for my nerves.  Now if I can just keep the free flowing food out of my mouth for the next four days, I should be good.

Pray for me cheerleaders.  I need you more now than ever before.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

Let's get moving shall we?

Need a cool down after that?.....Yeah, it's so not going to happen today, lol.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Random Funny Thought #54

Truly....it. Is.

Not to mention I don't really plan on staying fat, I just saw this and thought......"That's so me!"

Friday, April 13, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

Some songs you hear for the first time and because they force you to get up and move you love them instantly.  Yep, that's what happened with this song here...and the next one too, lol...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Funny Monday

I wonder how many points this would cost me....

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Getting to know me....may scare you (or at least small children)...

These are those pesky getting to know you questions that I got from another blogger whom I love and adore!

What was your favorite food when you were a child?  Spaghetti-O's with Meatballs

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?  3 Doors Down - Citizen Soldier

What is one of your favorite quotes? Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth Muhammad Ali

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? 
Indoors? Mall Walking, Watching TV, Hanging out with family.
Outdoors?  Standing at the finish line cheering The Wonder One across it.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?  The dishes

What is your favorite form of exercise?  Walking, Water Aerobics

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?  Favorite day is Monday (long story), best time of day is when I get off work, favorite time of year is probably Spring when everything comes into bloom.

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?  Flying

What is your favorite body part?  Legs

What sound do you love? The sound of a child laughing is the best sound ever!

If… Questions
Hypothetical questions help you learn more about another person’s personality, as well as their ideal state of the world.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?  A garden tea party, warm summery day and it would be for no reason what-so-ever, just because I could!

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?  The gardens at my Great-grandmother's house.  They were full of roses, all sorts of them and just absolutely gorgeous when in full bloom.

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 29

If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?  Nothing.  Other than to make sure on a daily basis that I tell those I love and care about that I do.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?  The Frenchie.  She's got a way of thinking (sharp and quirky) with a wicked sense of humor that can't be beat.  The one thing I've tried to learn from her is patience and timing.  I rush in where angels fear to follow I'm afraid.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?  To see a woman voted into the office of the presidency of the United States of America.  I think it would be just as incredible as watching Obama being sworn in.  I have to agree with Robin Williams when he said "With a woman as President there would be no more wars......just really intense negotiations every 28 days!" lol

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?  To tap dance

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?  This one. On me.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?  All the things I'm afraid to do.  Bungee jump, go on a cruise (it'd have to be a short one though) and skydive (although I'm not so afraid to try that one)

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?  I'd keep it the way it is.  I don't think any other name suits me quite so well as the one I have currently.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?  There are so many!  Florence Nightingale for starters, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, President Obama, My grandparents on my dad's side. This is assuming that The Wonder One would be with me, I'd want to meet his grandparent's (on his mom's side) so that way he and I would both have the chance to have met all of our grandparents.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  Change my phone number to an unlisted number, hire a tax attorney, an accountant and THEN go claim my prize!

If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?  A cat / Diet Pepsi / Caramel Sea Salt Gelatto

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?  Why did my daughter have to die?

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?  Wonder Woman of course! lol The invisible plane?  What girl wouldn't want to be her?

Personal Questions
Asking personal questions gets right to the purpose of getting to know someone.

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for? *snorts with laughter*  None, however I get mistaken for everyfreakin'body else!

What do you want to be when you grow up?  1. A nurse 2. An actress 3. A teacher

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Get on Facebook, check e-mail and skip over to Temptalia to see what she's reviewing lately.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?  If It Were Easy Everyone Would Buy One...

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?  Go over to the right along the side and click on playlist, pretty much any of those songs would be excellent for background music to my life, as for a true sound track, I would have to say it's a toss up between Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and Alison Moyet's Raindancing, both CD's are amazing and really speak to a lot of the turmoil that I've faced over the years.

Personal History Questions
Questions involving people’s past help give you insight into their character and background by revealing memorable moments from the person’s life.

Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best? My daughter dying.  When I see tragedies like Columbine, I can't bear the thought of my child dying like that.  At least with things the way they are, I don't have to worry.

What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to? I remember getting there, I remember alcohol was involved, beyond that....

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? I cry at commercials if that tells you anything, lol so it's hard to nail down a specific movie, tv show or book.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Buried my daughter.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? Killing a co-worker with kindness.

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? Everything! Mostly it was climbing trees in my grandparents back yard.

When was the last time you had an amazing meal? Right now, The Wonder One made me waffles and turkey bacon.

What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received? Best? There are so many... Worst? There are so many...

What do you miss most about being a kid? That's easy...my dad.  All the good and bad.

What is your first memory of being really excited? I wish I could remember but unfortunately a lot of my childhood I don't remember due to repressed memories.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money? Oh hell if I can remember back that far =(

When was the last time you were nervous? Two co-workers were in a screaming match, I was concerned as to whether or not there would be enough room for the 2 other witnesses and myself under my desk so that we could hide....just in case....

What is something you learned in the last week? I've learned 7 new things in the last week, hitch is, I can't remember any of them!  Dammit...

What story does your family always tell about you?  To be honest, my family doesn't talk much, so I really can't say that there IS a story to tell...

At what age did you become an adult? Who says I am one now?  I'll punch them in the nose!  It's a lascivious lie I tell you!!

Random Questions
Random questions can be a great way to add some quirkiness to introductions or a conversation.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate. It is, but I find silence to be golden.

Where’s Waldo?  Just north of Columbus actually.  Straight up 23, it's a small town but it's easy enough to find.  Never understood the big deal...

The best part of waking up is? Rolling over and going back to sleep.

How now brown cow? Gimme my chocolate milk you stingy wench!

Whasssssuuuupppppp? Really?  You're how old?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

All kinds of songs keeping me company as I walk and some work me up (due to their lyrics) and propel me forward.  These next couple of songs are just that.  Hard hitting and make me move forward!

To cool down a bit after having gotten all worked up...

Monday, April 2, 2012

I know I got some 'splainin' to do....

Hi there Cheerleaders!

I realize it’s been far too long in letting you know what’s been going on in my journey.  For that I’m terribly sorry.  As it stands I’ve gained a few pounds, yet, that’s okay.  They’ll eventually go away.  

Let me explain my absence, which I think is what most people are curious about.  Due to some reoccurring pain and infections I’ve had since the beginning of the year, I’m going in for some exploratory surgery on my left kidney to find out why I’m having so much pain.  Then hopefully I’ll stop having so many flippin’ UTI’s.  

As well, I started a new job that’s been keeping me busy and worn out.  Not that the job itself is terribly active, however between this job and the one I already had…I work 12 days straight then I get 2 days off.  I’m pooped by the end of all of it.  So when I get home, one of the last things I think about is the blog.  However, I figure if I work it out far enough in advance, some of my regular features, I should be able to plan ahead enough for you.  Then just plug in my updates on Wednesday and the random rant here and there. 

Also, I’m proud to note that I went to my first Zumba class tonight.  I went with a co-worker who invited me and I have to say….”DAMN!!!” she. Is. Good.  Really good.  I’m sure I was an embarrassment to her.  I couldn’t quite follow along so well (at least I didn’t mow anyone down) and I fairly well kept up with everyone (which impressed the HELL outta me!) but I had to concede defeat after 35 minutes much to my chagrin.  Turns out it was a 40 minute class!  AND at her first class she lasted all of 10 minutes and on the floor in a pile of her own goo having an asthma attack.  So a flaming shoulder of pain after 35 minutes?  I’ll take it.  As well as her gym!! O.M.G.  It puts mine to shame.  So after the surgery tomorrow and it’s all good for me to get back to working out like I want, I’m going to go and see what I can do to get a gym membership there.  She (my friend) was telling me about hers so I at least have some leveraging chips to work with.  I’d much rather be able to walk in there and play hardball and walk away getting a hell of a deal then to not have tried.

Shy kid doesn’t get the cookie right?  Ohhh that was a bad pun wasn’t it?

Well Cheerleaders, that’s all for the time being, as soon as I know more about my left kidney you’ll know more.  I just hope I get some good drugs to come home on! ;-)

Diet Tip # 34

Now you know how to look thinner in jeans!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Funny Monday

It's a good thing I don't drink any more...

It's a good thing I don't drink any less either...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Something to think on...

For my Cheerleaders who are also on the same journey as myself...

One thing you may be facing as I am, is that you want to look nice and put together yet, you find your wallet just can't accommodate such drastic changes in your wardrobe.  You don't want to go out in sweats all the time (a hold over from being bigger and trying to hide that nasty fact...doesn't work) and you want to be stylish, yet how do you do it without busting your budget?

I will say up front that I am spoiled, where I live we have a number of consignment shops that cater to the plus sized woman.  Just in case you don't know what a consignment shop is, I'll explain.

A consignment shop is where you take your gently used clothing and the shop sells it for you on your behalf and you get a portion of the sale (usually it's a 60/40 split) so if you take in a pair of jeans and the shop sells them for, say $10.00, the shop gets $6.00 and you get $4.00 (or the other way around, just depends on how the shop has it set up) and if you're really lucky, you can get store credit at a higher price (say store credit for $5.00 instead....so you can shop in the store for what you just sold) so it just depends on how the store owner has their personal policies in place.

Some stores will have it set up that if after a month the items don't sell you can come back and pick them up and be on your way or you can sell them to the store for a flat rate.  Again, it just depends on the store.  For some stores they will buy the clothing outright and resell them at a marked up price (think Plato's Closet) which is fine, but I think you probably don't make as much on the clothing.  However we're talking about purchasing here, not selling.  Although, keep the selling in mind, we'll get back to that.

What I've been so fortunate for is that where I live, there is one of these shops and I've established a rapport with the owners.  As it turns out, The Wonder One used to work with the owners' husband many years ago!  Talk about your small worlds, eh? lol  They both (the owner and her husband) are very honest and forthright and helpful.  If you ask for their honest opinion, they'll give it to you.  If you don't want to know the truth, don't ask them!  The great thing is, I've gone in there with $30.00 in my pocket and walked out with a darn near full wardrobe!  The selection is and always has been great.  So I would recommend looking in the yellow pages (yes, an actual phone book) to see what you have in your area and frequent the shop.  You'll be amazed at what you find.  The best part?

As you lose weight on your journey, you can take your gently used, well cared for items BACK to the shop to resell and repurchase other smaller items.  It's what I've done.  I've also bought some very nice leather winter coats there as well, so don't rule it out.  My style is such that I'm not into overly trendy clothes as it is, and when I go to buy clothes I look for clothes that don't scream a specific time period.  That way the clothes can stand the test of time and can be worn for many years, either by you, or others who would maybe purchase them after you.

Just something for you to think on Cheerleaders. 

Hope it helps.