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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.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


I did not lose weight this week, but I did maintain. On a positive note, I did stick to my workout schedule for the week. Still 4 pounds away from my goal, and if I can lose an average of 1/2 pound a week for the next 8 weeks I will meet that goal by end of June (my 2 year anniversary on my weight loss endeavor). For this week, my planned workouts are as follows: Saturday : Brazil Butt (done) Sunday : track Monday : Brazil Butt cardio Tuesday : rest Wednesday : rest Thursday : track Friday : Brazil Butt

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Week Ahead

I maintained decent weigh ins over the weekend, and with a bit of caution, should post a loss by Friday. My mini goal is to be within 3 lbs of my big goal of 50 lbs lost. I have a couple of work related lunches this week, but nothing that enticing, that they should mess with my goal.

The predicted snowstorm for Pittsburgh is definitely a drag, but by Wednesday getting back to the track should be feasible.

Workout schedule:
Monday : Brazil Butt
Tuesday : rest
Wed : Track
Thurs : Brazil Cardio
Fri : Track

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fifty Shades of Stupid

If you are not living in a nuclear fallout shelter you may have heard of Fifty Shades of Grey, a romatic-erotic novel, in trilogy form. I have seen comments on Twitter and in the blogosphere about it.
I will be honest ... I saw it mentioned on CNN online, downloaded a sample to my Nook and voraciously read all 3 books. This may damage my credibility when I criticize it! I also read the review of it in the New York Times. Now let's get real here ... this is not literature. It is barely prose. It is not a feminist manifesto. It is not even outrageous porn. It is escapist fantasy for women who are dragged down by the monotony of "real" life, sort of a highly sexed version of those romance novels of yesteryear.

Here are some things that did NOT bother me about 50 shades.
1. The dude is gorgeous and rich. OK, somewhat cliche, but do you really want to be a sex slave to someone who is gross and poor? The answer is no.
2. Yes the writing is bad. The author is a slighly smarter Stephanie Meyer. Some of my biggest grievances are the substitutes for good old "said". Christian (the dude) always "growls" and "murmurs". Ana (the chick) always thinks "Holy Cow!" at weird moments, of which there are many. But really bad writing is almost required for this.

Here is what did bother me.
1. Ana is a virgin. No I don't hate virgins, but is that really still required for the romance heroine in this day and age? Ok, if you are morally opposed to sex before marriage that is one thing, but this chick clearly is not. I do not buy that she was not attracted to any man before Christian. If you are female, heterosexual and breathing you will meet an attractive male before age 22.
2. Now here is the big gripe, and it is vaguely related to weight loss. It bugs the shit of me how Ana forgets to eat for days. OK, people in love tend to lose weight .. this is documented, and in the distant past I may have experienced it myself. But days? Really? That is some really good sex. Ana, get a burger. It will help.

And then some random comments.
1. It is apparently still necessary for the dude to have an unusually large penis, so much so, that it elicits gasps from the chick on initial viewing. My question is ... how big, in cm, must it be to get this reaction?
2. The romance novels in the 80's allowed for no obscene language. Now apparently erotica for women permits extensive use of the work f*ck, with its core meaning, but not for slang terms for body parts. (Except for ass, that is ok.) They still must use euphemisms that make you want to barf.

So that is my non professional review of Fifty Shades of Grey. Any thoughts out there on this novel or romance/erotica in general?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

You Might Just Make It After All

My mini goal was to drop below 170. Today I saw 169.5 on the scale, so mission accomplished.
If you are of the right age you might know the blog title from the Mary Tyler Moore theme song. Maybe I will throw my hat in the air!
50 lbs lost by June 26th. I can do this. 4 lbs to go.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

All About Moi

This is a popular post right now, just saw it on Jane's blog.

1. My parents told me… I was brilliant. My mom still thinks I am the smartest person on Earth.

2. I wanted to grow up to be a… writer. I used to write stories on that small brown paper we used in school in the 70's.

3. I refused to eat… liver. I used to sneak it to the dog.

4. My favorite thing to do outside was… play by the creek and the railroad tracks with my friends. Today that sounds like a dangerous activity for 8 year old girls, but this was the old days.

5. I broke my… nothing, ever.

6. I liked to wear…I had white boots when I was little girl. I cried when I outgrew them. They were slick.

7. My parents always… treated my friends really well. After high school graduation, my friends went to visit my parents even when I wasn't home.

8. I thought that Santa was… ? I stopped believing in Santa pretty early on.

9. My favorite cartoon was… Superfriends. Oh yeah, I coveted Wonder Woman's sexy boots too.

10. I was the… quiet, smart girl with no social skills.

11. I got in trouble when… I played with matches. LOL, is that cliche!

12. My bedroom was… pink because my mom liked that color. I was an only child and I had a double bed. I loved to escape to my room to read and just think.

13. My favorite food was… Kraft Mac n Cheese.

14. My parents always made me… ? not much, they were lenient.

15. My first crush was… the boy next door, his name was Vince. Oh he was cute. And a bad boy.

16. My favorite toy was… Girder and Panels building sets.

17. I thought school was... boring. I always did really well in school, but it never really challenged me. And I had a hard time navigating the social scene until 9th grade.

18. My biggest fear was… Nuclear War. If you fear, fear big!

19. My favorite story was… the Little House on the Prairie series. I wanted to be a pioneer girl.

20. My favorite memories… a lot of good memories with my parents ... I was an only child but they had a lot of friends that were in and out of our house. Lots of good conversations in the kitchen over beers (for the adults, not me).

Comment if you have a similar post!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Always Look on the Bright Side

3 Good Things:

1. Although I didn't lose weight this week, my low weight was 171.5, which was not nearly as bad as I had expected.
2. I had my fastest mile yesterday at the track, since I got back to running outside. My overall 5K time is still pretty terrible, compared to last summer, but I have lots of time to improve.
3. I am starting to think taking vitamins is helping to relieve my body stiffness in the morning. A few months ago, I would be nearly incapacitated for the whole morning, because my hips were so stiff, when I "slept in" on a Saturday (sleeping in means getting up after 7 am these days). I am taking a gummy multi, vitamin E, B complex, C and an iron pill.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


It has not been a great couple of weeks, for weight loss.
Last week I did not meet my goal to drop below 170. I am not sure what I will weigh tomorrow, but guess it will be more than last Friday.
I travelled with the kids over the weekend to visit my mom. I did not really overindulge, and even worked in a 5K, but it still was too much to expect a loss.

When I get in this cycle, I feel like I am hiding ... from my own life. It is easier to come home from work and forget what makes me unhappy and bored, via a glass of wine, than to stay focused on what I need to do to lose weight.

I am more or less 5 lbs away from my 1st goal, and have been for a year. This goal is not extreme. When I reach it, I will still be a few pounds overweight "by the charts". Yet I get in my own way, and it remains elusive.

Humans, we are a funny animal.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Plan for the Week

This is the week I plan to drop below 170.
I will do the following:
1. Work out M-T-W-F. I did 2 Brazil workouts on Th and Fri last week, and then went to the track on Saturday. I was thinking about going to the track yesterday, but experience has shown me that my body really appreciates a rest after 3 days and in the long run, a rest is best.
2. Avoid all "dessert" like foods. This should not really be difficult.
3. Drink more water.
4. Wednesday I have plans for Mexican food and Hunger Games. If I get my head in the diet game, I will do ok at the restaurant. It is just a matter of having a plan.
5. Keep taking my vitamins. I am feeling so much better with them, and I need the energy to workout, especially since my only time to do so is late in the evening.

Saturday and Sunday I had good weigh ins, today I am up a couple of pounds ... delayed reaction to salty weekend food, which I trust will dissipate tomorrow.

Have a good week all. What are your good behavior plans?