Monday, December 27, 2010

It's All Over...

Whew!!  Christmas is over and now the store's are preparing for Valentine's Day!!  I'm not kidding...I was in Kmart on the 23rd and they had all the Christmas stuff pushed to a corner and were unpacking Valentine stuff!  Jeese....

In my area, the big snow storm missed us...I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather for the 6th & 7th...after I'm back from NY, it can snow, ice, sleet, etc..  all it wants.

Christmas wasn't too bad.  I've got a starting fund for an Ipad (though I'm not totally sure that's what I plan on buying - looking at other tablets as well); and a few needed odds & ends.  Christmas was well and I even got over my little madness in regards to the jacket from work.  I figured I don't really wear work related items in public anyway - only at work; I'll take it there and wear it when the heat isn't up to par (which is often in that office).  Course the big test will be Thursday evening at weigh-in...I've got my fingers crossed!!

Nothing planned for New Year's, though we were invited to Kim's.  But since it means we'd have to travel a wee bit and roadblocks are set up just about everywhere to catch drunk drivers; we play it safe and stay home.

Other than that, it's back to work tomorrow for 3 days, then off 4, then work 2 then to NY!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone has a good one!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sick, sick, sick....

I've been sick all day.  The cold going around that I've been fighting for a week finally caught up.  I could of drugged myself up and went to work but I chose to stay in bed - I think that was needed.  I should probably stay in bed tomorrow as well, but I'll have to go to work before the 4-day holiday weekend.  We're so short staffed in the office that it's hard when someone takes off; but we realize that it happens but I just can't do it again.

I slept through the morning, not getting up until about 12:30.  Then I watched a very bad horror movie..and now I'm watching "The Book of Eli".  Seems okay so far.

Last night I was down 2/10ths of a lb. at weigh-in.  I was actually surprised as I was expecting a gain due to several parties and the amount of goodies coming into the office this time of year.  CC however is doing very well and is still losing poundage - You Go Girl!!  After weigh-in we went to a store and tried on clothes.  I am happy to say that I ended up buying a size 10 pair of jeans!!  I was really excited about it!!  When I started Weight Watchers I was busting out of size 14's!  Now I'm in a 10!  I always thought 10 was where I wanted to be, however, I'm no where near my goal weight and now I'm thinking maybe a 6 is where I'll end up.  That's very exciting!!  It's nice to see the weight go down but when the clothes get smaller it's a wonderful feeling!

I'm also happy to see that Kim did a posting yesterday and indicated that she and the pastor had talked and he informed her that he told "the gentleman that started all the church problems" that he had been wrong and should of come to Kim first with the blog posting and if that didn't work things out he should of gone straight to the pastor.  That's so correct...instead he chose to do a witch hunt that has led to hate & discontent in the church.  Always think how your actions will affect others.  It does make me think how my parents will take the news that the pastor they think so much of, does not agree with them.  It's a sad situation with no real winners.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Believe In God...but Church, well.....

Exactly what is a church?  In my opinion, a church should be a place that you go to worship God, share your belief with others and help and support those that are less fortunate as Jesus would do.  Oh I am so very wrong....

Hubby and I left our church several years ago...mostly because it became too political.  I wanted to worship, not have a political agenda rammed down my throat.  That church seems to be failing, especially within the past year.  It's a shame, but when the leaders lead in the wrong way, that's what happens.

I grew up in a Lutheran Church.  My parents still attend that church, but the rest of our family stopped years ago when my nephew was going through the process of joining the church.  The person in charge of that class told him that because his parents were divorced, that meant they didn't care about him.  Yeah, you read that right!  Anyway, my mother complained to Pastor, who did absolutely nothing.  We all dropped out, my mom continued to go because that's the only church she's ever gone to.

About 5 years ago, that church went through a HUGE break-up.  There was to be a vote and though both sides agreed whatever the outcome would be God's will and accepted...the losing party decided that God's will was for them all to leave and start their own church - which they did.  Unfortunately, the part that left was most of the money.

The little church on the hill has been struggling to survive.  And they do struggle and do survive...but they just can't seem to get past the split...and well, when a church is filled with hate, you have to wonder where they are heading.  My parents are part of the group that can't get past it and don't seem to be happy unless there is some type of discontent in the church.

The most recent seems to be with my BFF Kim, who is the church secretary there.  On her blog (her own personal paid for space) she posted her struggle with the sermons and the new pastor.  Now, I realize that there are people that lose their jobs over this kind of stuff, HOWEVER, Kim in no way, shape or form..mentioned the church or the pastor by name; and if you don't know that this is her blog...you'd have no idea who or where she was talking about.  But someone at the church came across it, called everyone and gave them "his" version of it, conned someone else into bringing it up at a council meeting (while he sat and played dumb)....and well, this whole thing got blown way out of proportion. 

So what is left of the church has been divided and whenever I see my parents, I have to listen to the discontent that Kim has caused.  Actually Kim has not caused them any discontent...her opinion is just different then theirs, but apparently she's not allowed to have an opinion.  Yeah, I don't like taking sides and I love my parents dearly...but I really feel they are being led astray and I have to question what kind of church they are going to.  The Pastor has even given sermons stressing forgiveness and putting things behind you...but nope, they'll have nothing of it.  Today I stopped by to drop off lard that my son-in-law got for them (yes, they still fry everything in lard); Mom was at a luncheon at church, but Dad was home because the people at that church are nuts (it took him how long to realize this?).  He then went into the speech of how so and so (people that up until now they've been good friends with) are now unhappy with things.  See....these people agree with Kim...and well, they can be nothing more than troublemakers.

I can say that Kim has found a church she is happy with and as soon as we find her a new job - she'll be extremely happy!!

But now you know why I believe in God and not church.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It Snowed Today

It snowed today and reminded me of how much I hate winter.  Oh snow is pretty and all and I would imagine if you don't have to drive in it, it can be nice.  But for the most part it just makes things crappy.

It's been very cold here.  This morning Joppa Rhode, Cooper and Mickey went outside.  When I was ready to leave for work, I called them, but only Cooper came in.  I was pretty sure I'd get to my car and the other two would show up, so I decided to take my things to the car and then go back and lock the door.  Still no Joppa or Mickey.  I couldn't search, I went to work.

When I got home and pulled under the carport, I could hear Joppa meowing.  I opened the car door and he was on my lap immediately.  We went inside.  About 15 minutes later I found it odd that Cooper had not greeted me.  I searched the house - no Cooper.  I knew he came in that morning, what happened?  About an hour later he shows up at door....I can only assume he ran out unseen on me this morning when I went back to lock the door.  That left Mickey.

I'm no dummy and neither are any of you.  Mickey had been going in and out on short intervals the past few days.  But being out all day was a longer period of time and hubby had said those words we should never say that morning..."I think Mickey's going to stay this time."  Hmmmm.....sure.

Hubby gets home an hour later and here comes Mickey!!!  Though I'm not sure he'll stay forever, I am hoping through the winter.  But I also realize that Mickey will soon be 13 years old and well maybe he just isn't up to traveling anymore.  Time will tell.

Due to the weather no Weight Watchers tonight...I'm kind of glad as I was totally unprepared to weigh in.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Aim To Maintain

I really feel as if I fell off the diet this past weekend.  With the get together after the funeral, there was tons of food.  I had all my daily points to use and I took off an additional 10 from my weeklies just in case.  Though I had to basically estimate points, I’m sure I was still within my point range.  At my mother’s Sunday, again I was within my range but it was the second day in a row I had to “guess-timate” so I added another 10 weeklies to that.  Then last night was a Christmas Party, which was a sit down dinner.  I could control that a little better and didn’t go over my daily points; but I still feel like I’ve gained.

Don’t get me wrong – I know at some point and time I’m going to gain.  It’s just par for the course…but I’m just not ready for it and frankly next week scares me.  Two work parties coming up and then Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day…I need to start doing some exercise I guess.  I haven’t really truly done anything with exercise, but again, I knew at some point that would have to happen.

I’ve decided the best I can do for the holidays is the “Aim To Maintain” – if I can maintain where I’m at, I can get back into the regular routine after the holidays.

So what are your diet goals for the holidays?

 

 

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Way Too Cold Out

I know it's December and I expect it to be cold...but must it be arctic cold???  With really high chilling winds???  Brrrrrrr........

It was a long weekend.  In the event you missed the little snippet in one of my posts, my mother-in-law passed away last week.  It was a very long, emotional, tiring weekend.  Everyone is doing fine though.

Course having the few days off resulted in an extreme file room back-up.  It's it totally unreal.  I had to catch up the commissary deposits, which was a weeks' worth and then from 1:00 - 5:00 I put paperwork in order.  That's right, it took 4 hours and I was just combining stacks of paperwork that were already in order!!!  So nothing's been filed yet.  Tomorrow that will start.

I'm so very cold....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friendship

While discussing FaceBook with an online friend, I made the statement that I had originally gotten on FaceBook for High School Reunion purposes.  I was met with a "Oh, none of those people spoke to me then, I certainly won't speak to them now.  I don't go to the reunions and have no desire to."  I have found this to be a common answer from alot of people.

I graduated almost 30 years ago and yes, there are people on FaceBook that I went to school with that weren't my friends then but are now.  Why?  Mostly because I'd be leading an awfully sad life if I was still holding onto grudges from 30 years ago.  I grew up!!  My online friend may absolutely truly not care of being in touch with those people, and that's fine...but I think it's sad that one would choose not to have a lot of friends.  That doesn't mean that I "hang out" with these people; but we do share at FB and talk at reunions and I don't see anything wrong with that.

Friday, December 10, 2010

First Week On New Weight Watchers Program

I'm happy to say that after one week on the new Weight Watchers plan, I've managed to lose 2 lbs. !!  So the new system does seem to work.  But of course, I'll feel better after being on the plan about a month to really be able to see if it works!!  Guess I still have all those old points in my head!

One of the questions I asked at the meeting last night was "Do I have to use all those daily points?"  My daily points increased from 22 points to 29 points.  Though it's true that items high in carbs increased in points; fruit became free so things worked itself out...but they still gave me more points.  Those points are a little handy if you want to eat out or have a second helping...but on a regular basis it's too many.  If I have 6-8 pts still to use at the end of the day and really am truly not hungry, should I just eat anything to get the points?  I was advised that though I should make an effort to eat all the points, I should not eat if not hungry especially if it means eating unhealthy snacky things.  That made sense.  Right after we have this conversation....and I mean immediately after, someone else asks the exact same question!  Was she sleeping through the conversation I just had???

So I posed the question at the WW message boards - "How do you get all your points in?"  There were some good answers.  One being something I never thought of - replace some of those non-fat items (cheese for example) with the low-fat ones.  Will be higher in points and much better in taste.  Also make sure that I'm getting all my Healthy Guidelines in as well.  That's 6 cups of liquid (water preferred), 2 servings milk products, 5 servings of fruit/veggies, 3 servings of healthy oils, a multi-vitamin.  I got the vitamin and liquid under control...but the rest I need to work on..and yes, that would help with points. 

So I've got some items to work with but I'm still going strong and am now down 21.2 lbs.!!  Any other diet I've ever done I could get to 10 lbs. and that was it, could never get any further.  With this one, no food is forbidden and I don't feel like I'm dieting at all....

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Prodigal Son Returns

Remember this guy:

We haven't seen Mickey since last winter during the big snow storm.  We brought him home but as soon as the weather cleared he left to go back to the old house and has remained there since.  However the weather has gotten really cold in addition to some high winds and it made me think of Mickey again.  So yesterday I drove by the old house and there he sat on the side porch.  When I pulled in the driveway he started towards the car, HOWEVER, when I got out of the car he ran in the other directions.  The home owners came out, agreed we were in cold weather again and said they'd try to catch him, crate him and give us a call.

When I got home today I had a message from them and went to the house to get him.  I took him out of the crate and we drove home.  We got out of the car and while walking to the house Cooper came along.  Mickey took one looked at him and turned and ran in the opposite direction - GONE!!

I had a place to be and since he ran from me, just decided to let him go on his journey back to the old house.  But when I got home a few hours later, I heard him howling and he came to the door and came inside.  Right now he's hiding in the basement, but at least for tonight he won't be out in the cold and wind.


On a sad note, my mother-in-law died today.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Busy, Busy....

Last Sunday I went with CC to return her son and friend to Penn State after the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Long drive, but nice day.  Some photos:



Yeah, it was a long day!!

On Thursday we did our Weight Watchers meeting and despite a holiday loaded with food we had both managed to lose some weight, get new program material and hope for the best with the new point system.

Friday evening we went to the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  A friend of CC's had 2 sons performing in the play.  The oldest was playing the part of Pharoh and is so very talented.  This is his last show with the troupe as he graduates high school this year.  You will see this boy on Broadway some day - I've no doubts about this.  Her younger son was one of the kids in the play and it was his first time - it was so funny to see him really getting into the music!  It was a fun time!

On Saturday CC and I (it's a crying shame we never see each other, huh?) went to some Christmas Bazaars at some area churches.  We then headed to the outlets in Gettysburg for some much needed shopping.  As an after thought, we went to Boyds Bear Country.  I haven't been there in a very long time.  It was all decorated for Christmas and I took some photos:








The bears are always so cute!!  It was a tiring but enjoyable day!

Today was our family Christmas Party for my mother's side of the family.  Two of my cousins and I are in charge of this and it's rather tiring.  We had a good turn out though and even though a few didn't show for various reasons, we had some that were first timers - so that was great!  Again, photos:





There is always plenty of food!  Too much for a dieter like me as a matter of fact - lol!
And speaking of diets, I'm very happy to say that several family members noticed I had lost weight!  I thanked them profusely as no one else ever notices...but as hubby tells me the people who see me every day (co-workers for example) aren't likely to notice the changes as quickly as those who don't see me as often.  Guess that must be true!

Starting tomorrow is our audit at work....busy, busy....

Busy, Busy....

I've been pretty busy!! 

Friday, December 3, 2010

I Have How Many Points Plus????

How can I use all these points???
The goal is to eat healthier thus the 0 pp for fruits and most veggies, however, if I eat mostly them, I’m not using any points.

I’m also aiming to get all my healthy guidelines in but again the majority of that is fruits/veggies.

(sigh)…..

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Meeting Tonight!

Well tonight was my Weight Watchers meeting.  My head is still spinning!!  It's a lot to take in especially if you've been doing WW.  Points have to be all re-thought!!  Oh and we're to refer to them as Points Plus not just Points...but it will be PP for this blog!

The best way to approach this system is to act like you've never done WW ever!  Which we all know really is impossible.  It'll be great for the newbies; but for those of us that have been doing the old program...well forget all the points you have memorized - they all have changed.

I was disappointed that our center (and I'm reading this is true of most centers) were completely sold out of the new kits.  Apparently enough weren't ordered, or maybe enough were they just weren't expecting all the newbies at this time.  I would think there would be a flow of newbies after Christmas; but for some reason they're all starting now!!  Anyway, most of the products are being sold at discounts and they were throwing in the individual items as a packet at a reasonable price; I chose the pack that came with the Food Companion, Dining Out Companion, 12 week tracker, calculator and cookbook - CC chose the one with everything I got minus the cookbook (we'll share that anyway).  The calculator is a must for this program (no more slider folks) but I find this one to be rather cheaply made - it even looks it!!  Hopefully they'll improve on that model - I do live by my calculator.

Hopefully, I can make it through tomorrow and CC and I can grocery shop to get things working!  We need plenty of those 0 PP Fruits!!