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I’ve lost a 5lb. bag of flour from my body in the past month. Today’s total weight loss was 2.2 lbs, which was a huge improvement over last week’s 0.6 lb. gain. Although I feel chubbier today, this is huge motivation to get myself into the YMCA. A little less talk and a lot more action…and motion.

Here’s a visual:
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D’oh

Posted on: March 3, 2009

I was looking at my cable remote last night. Guess what! I have DVR. Yes. I’ve had this for 3 months and just discovered it. Oops. Maybe I will keep my cable for a bit longer. Until my rate goes up…unless I can negotiate to keep the same rate. I have been enjoying some of the free movies offered through On Demand. Last night I watched West Side Story (which I do own, but it’s in KS) while finishing the sleeves on the baby sweater.

The baby sweater will be going to a woman at the college who recently gave birth to a baby girl. I just have to decide on how to finish up the neck area and what type of closure to use. It’s been a pleasant project to work on and I might go digging in my stash to see if I have some cotton yarn to make up another little sweater.

I made up a couple of breakfast things last night. This morning I got up early to pop a scrambled egg bake in the oven. I taught for almost 4 hours straight this morning and knew that I would need some good fuel to keep me alert. This was just right. The recipe is from WW. I also make another WW recipe – blueberry rice pudding. I might start the morning tomorrow with that. It will be a another early and busy morning for me. I’ve decided that I need to do a bit more daily planning for my meals so I don’t get way off track. I’ll be heading home between work and class tonight to make burritos.

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Blargh!

Posted on: March 2, 2009

I’m now in the midst of budget writing season. Good thing I had a weekend out. There is the potential of some late working days in my future.

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And, I GAINED 0.6 lbs. this week. Yuck! But I didn’t do any exercising last week since I felt so lousy most days and had all I could manage with working. Pffft.
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Now I’m more motivated and took a few minutes today to some meal planning and write out my grocery list. I didn’t do my shopping this weekend as I was off whooping it up, so I’m hitting the store tonight. I’ll likely also pick up a few produce goodies at Hyvee in Moline when I go to Stitch and Bitch this week.
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I’ve been using the college’s small fitness center to exercise. It’s really rather underwhelming, but has the advantage of being free. However, I’m starting to realize that I need access to a bit more than is offered.
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Kewanee has a YMCA and I’m strongly considering becoming a member. Once upon a time I did water aerobics and really enjoyed it. They offer aquacize there (among other things) and I’d like to start taking classes again. There is also a dance-type aerobics class that I think I would enjoy and is offered in the very early evening.

Now that I’m figuring out the food thing, it’s time to start sweating. The benefit of aquatics exercise is it’s much easier on the joints but also offers resistance. I think I’ve got a bathing suit in IL. It’s not a pretty sight, me in a bathing suit, but I’ll suffer the humiliation for a good cause.

I was looking at the weight range for my height. It’s between 120 and 140 lbs. I’d be happy to be 140 – still have some curves and a weight I can imagine maintaining. The slimmest I’ve been as an adult was 160 lbs. and I remember feeling fat. It’s amazing how bad I allowed other people to make me feel. At that weight, my stomach was flat, I had shapely legs, and I felt good. I like at pictures of myself from that time and I really looked healthy. It’s frustrating to know that I felt huge and defeated about my physical appearance.

As you can tell, I’ve got some self-image baggage that I’ll be losing along with actual pounds. In a way, that stuff is more dangerous to my overall health than cellulite. It’s an interesting journey that I’ve started. Hope I don’t get tired and collapse by the roadside along the way.

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The weather outside is amazing today. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get outside to enjoy it before it gets cold again tomorrow. It’s a reminder of what we have to look forward to when spring really arrives to stay.

DH is at Ft. Campbell this week. I guess the band there is deployed, so they had to go play for ceremonies and stuff. Of course, it doesn’t mean a great deal for me, except that I don’t get almost daily updates on the dogs. They’re kenneled right now. I’ll pick them up on Saturday morning since DH won’t get back from TDY until the evening. Happy Valentine’s Day to us. Eh! I’m thinking about making something good for us to eat at home that night since he’ll have eaten out all week.

Then DH will be gone most of Sunday since they have a concert somewhere in north west Kansas. I really won’t see much of him this weekend, but it’s the only 3-day weekend I have this month. Trying to save the vacation time for March.

The count-down has started in the Sheep in the City Ravlery group. I think it’s 17 days away now. I have my roommate, classes, registration all take care of. I’ll stop by the LYS in BigUtown to pickup yarn for my top-down sweater class while I’m in town this weekend. This trip is my early birthday present. I didn’t go to the knitting weekend that I wanted to last year and am glad that I get to do something like this finally. It should be fun and I’ll get to learn a few new things while I’m there. Maybe I’ll finally get a sweater knit!

Work is good. Here’s a quick update:

  • We’ve got a great student employee in here who is learning the ropes quickly. Certainly helps to have another set of hands when things are busy. A faculty member also approached me about a student who needs to finish up some internship hours. I have some projects that I want to work on and will be glad for the extra help.
  • I’ve been asked to sit on a search committee and said yes. It can be time consuming, but it will be a good way to get to know some of the other people around here. I’ll be going to the Quad Cities campus Thursday morning for a training about how to use our application system.
  • The Weight Watchers group at work is really fun. Soon, I’ll be in the midst of budget stuff. Hopefully I’ll stay motivated this time. Our leader is a hoot and she really makes it entertaining. My last leader was kind of odd, like she’d joined the cult of WW. I have a hard time relating to people like that.
  • Right now I’m working on the last major book order for this fiscal year. We have some specific gaps that I’m looking to order for. We’ve got about $4000 more to spend. It’s not a lot when you start adding it up, so it takes some serious evaluating.
  • I like having weekends off. It’s nice to be able to take care of personal stuff and not feel rushed because of work or travel. It also makes my regular work schedule very stable, which is something I enjoy.
  • I’ll be going to a conference sponsored by the state library in March and another in-state conference on information literacy in April. That’s the extent of my travel for the next few months. It will probably be 2010 before I do any major conference travel again.
  • Losing it

    Posted on: February 9, 2009

    I lost 1.8 lbs. this week. Not much, but it’s a start.

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