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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Trying hard to get back into a good routine. Had trainer session today, and tracked my food on myfitnesspal. Tracking will be essential to getting out of the overweight category ... I can feel complacency setting in!

Monday, March 28, 2011


My habits have been fairly crappy the past couple weeks, and while circumstances have been unusual (funerals, houseguests, birthdays, house painting, sickness), it is not an excuse ... just a fact.
On the plus side, I am now at 15 minutes of jogging -- intervals of 90 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking over the course of 30 minutes. I believe I can reach 45 lbs lost this week if I buckle down. If not, I will get there sooner or later. I know there is no going back.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I haven't posted much lately, we have had 2 deaths in my husband's family. His brother's wife died a week and a half ago, at age 47, after a long illness. My mother in law died Thursday, also after a long illness. My mother in law was a very difficult person to deal with, yet of course my husband will miss her.

On the plus side, we have had a houseful of relatives, and my kids have handled it well. I am especially proud of my older son, who has a developmental delay and has a hard time with changes in routine.

Time for exercise has been minimal. I have not been overeating, but have not been careful with what I eat .... grabbing things like a slice of veggie pizza for breakfast. Like all things it will pass.

No matter how long we live, life is damn short, my friends.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I have not felt a lot of certainty during my weight loss journey. It would be nice to say that when I started I had a "this time is different" feeling. But I didn't. Every week I would think "This is the week I stop losing weight. I am meant to be fat."

I have been reluctant to set goals recently. I am uncertain I will meet them. However, this is the number I have in my head. 111. The repeating "1" pleases my left brain, and it is also the number of days between 3/11/2011 (the day I was thinking about goals) and 6/30/2011 (my one year anniversary since I started to lose weight). In those 111 days, I want to move out of the overweight category, which would mean losing about 14 lbs (going from 173 lbs to 159 lbs). At less than 1 lb per week, that is very achievable. I already am down to 171.5 (my weight this morning). Still I am not certain I will meet the goal.

This may sound like a negative post, but actually it is quite the opposite. I am convinced you don't need certainty to lose weight. What do you need? A plan and a willingness to take it day by day.

There is one thing I am certain of ... there is no going back for me. I may never lose another ounce, but I will never see 200 again.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Yesterday I made it through my karate test. It was actually an awesome experience, and there was no need for me to be such a crybaby about it. I broke my board on my first try (elbow strike) and performed adequately otherwise. When I am notified that I "passed" I can buy a new uniform with green trim, which I desperately need since my current uniform is way too big and I look like Ebenezer Scrooge in his nightgown in it.
After the test I treated myself to some lunch at Texas Roadhouse with the kids. Nothing too crazy (petit filet with sweet potato, no butter), but I did have one roll, and a 10 oz draft beer.
So today when I got on the scale and saw 171.5 I could not believe it. I actually thought "Damn! 177.5, that roll put 4 lbs on me (lol)." Got on the scale and yes it is true ... 44 ugly lbs gone! I feel great!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Award followup

Thanks again to 135by2012 for the Versatile Blogger Award.

The rules are to share 7 things about myself, and to pass on the award.

1. I have a PhD in linguistics, and did field work in Mexico in '94 and '95 with native speakers of Meso American languages. Wow that seems like a lifetime ago!
2. I am an only child. Not a spoiled brat, really :) but I did get used to a lot of "me" time and space.
3. I was a DJ on a college radio station.
4. I lived in Louisiana in the 90's.
5. I make awesome homemade pizza and have been perfecting it for 20 years.
6. I took piano lessons for many years and accompanied the school chorus and school plays.
7. I am in "teenage love" with Rob Pattinson. If I admit that, I can admit anything.

I will pass the award on to 1. Goodbye Fat Girl, who is making progress and has snappy posts. 2. Julie, who not only is kicking some serious weight loss butt, but also seems to have a very kind heart, which beats skinny any day of the week, and 3. Vee, who has many struggles, but continues to post and strive for better.

Happy weekend everybody!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I am testing for my green belt in Tang Soo Do this Saturday, and I have to admit, I am nervous.
Green belt is essentially 5th level. Testing for yellow or orange did not throw me. At that point I had the mentality ... "hey, I am in my 40's, a newcomer to karate, I will do what I can", but at this level expectations are higher -- mostly my own expectations of myself! So I have been practicing forms and combinations a lot at home, and went to the pretest. But honestly, at this point, I just want it to be over! Performing karate in front of a testing board of scary men in black belts is more intimidating than I would have thought!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Saw this floating around, and thought I would copy.

Age: 43
Bed size: Queen
Chore you hate: Dusting
Dogs: One Doberman-Lab mix.
Essential start of your day: COFFEE!
Fave color: Purple
Gold or silver: Silver
Height: 5'7''
Instruments I play: Piano since childhood, learning guitar now.
Job title: Technical Lead
Live: in PA
Mom’s name: Rose Marie
Nicknames: Catheter (lol)
Overnight hospital stays: 2 - for the birth of my chidlren
Pet peeve: when people bite down on their forks when they eat
Quote from a movie: "it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world"
Right or left handed: Right.
Siblings: none
Time you wake up: 6 am
Underwear: Hanes
Veg you dislike: brussel sprouts
What makes you run late: everything
X-rays you have had done: chest
Yummy food you make: homemade pizza
Zoo Animal, favorite: orangutans

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sprucing Up

I have definitely been cruising at the same weight for about a month now ... hovering between 40 and 42 lbs lost. At 175, of course I still want to lose more weight. However, at this time I am questioning if I am willing to change my diet further. I am not 100% sure of the answer. I feel good. I look pretty good, although no one will mistake me for a supermodel. I have been very committed to exercise in the past month, so my fitness levels are improving.
Although I will continue to weigh myself daily, since gaining weight is absolutely not acceptable, I am not going to obsess over losing for a little while, at least.

In other news, we bought new living room furniture lately. Our couch looked like it belonged in a frat house, it was so beat. Now that our kids are getting a bit older, I am ready to put some time and effort into making the house look nice. Although we are definitely not hoarders, we have our clutter like many people. I am putting my house on a diet.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I am definitely feeling some stagnation in my weight loss. I still plan to log my food intake, but now that spring is coming, I am going to focus on exercise and fitness. Not because I think that exercise is key for losing weight, but for the overall motivation and energy that it imparts.

I am up to 10 (non consecutive) minute of jogging during a 30 minute session on the treadmill. I know that sounds pretty pathetic, but believe me when I say I have always been the opposite of a runner. Even as a kid, I could barely run. At some point this year, I plan to run a 5K.

Oh, I am so ready for spring!