Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Random displacement activities to avoid what I should really be doing.

I didn't blog all of March due to being busy and today I'm busier than I was then, but I'm blogging to avoid thinking about (or doing) the eleventy gillion things I should be doing. So this entry is going to be super random.

I'm still trying to eat right and exercise but they've both fallen off a bit. I'm still down 16 pounds from the start of the year. With impending birthday celebrations coming up, I'm not going to worry about it. Ain't nobody got time fo dat.

Speaking of impending birthday celebrations, I'll be 40 in 6 days. I leave for Ireland in 3 days. I already had one birthday "party". Dani and Karen took me to Kansas City last weekend. It was awesome and they're awesome. I hope to post more on that later.

Speaking of Ireland, I have a crap ton to get done before then. I mean, obviously I have multiple, detailed spreadsheets for tasks and packing. But I haven't had time to execute on them. And as far as what we're doing in Ireland, I guess we'll plan that during our long flight there or our long layover before the flight.

Less than a week after I get back from Ireland, we're having a house guest, which is awesome, but means more stuff to do.

The upshot of all this busy-ness is that I haven't had time to dwell on turning 40.

I'm sure it still sucks though.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Update

Down 2.6 today.

I was pretty surprised by that since I was sick this week and only worked out twice. I ended up with just 10 WW points left over, which usually isn't enough to give me a loss. I also ate pizza, which could explain why I was sick.

I tried eating some free range, organic eggs this week as well. However, since I was sick, I don't think I have a fair assessment. I'll try them again this week. I reintroduced tomatoes this week as well, and I'm stoked to say that I don't have any problems with them. I don't want to live in a world without marinara. This week I'm also going to try adding back nuts. (I'm looking at you, blueberry muffin Lara Bars.)

This week's loss puts me just over 15 pounds lost for the year since the beginning of the year. Woo hoo!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Update

Ok, we know that usually when I miss updating these for a few weeks, it means I'm off the wagon, but not this time. I just haven't made time for blogging.

I've been doing a good job of logging what I'm eating on WW, staying Paleo and working out. The numbers look like this:

week 5 down 2
week 6 down .8
week 7 down 1.4.

That's 13 pounds since I've really been trying.

I've also tried to slowly reintroduce some of the foods I eliminated in January. It seems like eggs are a problem. I tried them a couple of weeks ago as well as last week and had stomach problems both times. I read that people who eat a lot of eggs (like I did) can start to have tolerance issues with them. The problems sometimes go away (after a break) and sometimes are just about eggs by themselves - ie. things with eggs in them are ok (like baked goods). I'm going to try once more this week, with some organic, cage free eggs and see if that makes a difference. I also tried a diet soda yesterday, and had to run to the bathroom before finishing it. The soda is not a big deal like the eggs, as I know I shouldn't be drinking it at all anyway.

On the plus side, I tried alcohol, and while red wine seemed to cause a little congestion, it wasn't anything I can't live with. Still, in the interest of dropping a few pounds, I'm keeping my liquor intake to a minimum. A minimum for me, obviously, which is probably average for a lot of people.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Review: Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster

I just finished reading Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster. Jen is one of my favorite chick lit authors and while I prefer her memoirs I also look forward to reading her fiction efforts.

In this novel we follow the protagonist, Reagan, a television psychologist and uber perfectionist as she struggles with a new TV show and a family that doesn't "get" her. Her sister, Geri, is the family favorite and complete opposite of Reagan, which frustrates her to no end. A character from Lancaster's last novel (Deva, the new-age hippie shaman) reappears here, bringing with her a twist that prompts Reagan's transformation from unloved, rigid control freak to a happy, normal person.

Some reviews of this book complain that the characters aren't likable; however, I think this is one of the author's trademarks. Even in her memoirs Jen comes off as a spoiled brat a lot of the time. I think it makes the events that befall the characters funnier by adding some poetic justice. I don't generally think likable equals interesting in most cases. It's the characters fallibility that endears us to them. I found myself rooting for Reagan - to get over herself and be happy already - but rooting for her nonetheless.

Another complaint about the book is that the ending was rushed. This I agree with. There is a lot of exposition in this book which I felt was unnecessary. Any part with Reagan's ex, Seb, didn't add much to the sibling rivalry dynamic.

This book won't end up dog eared like my copy of Bitter is the New Black and it didn't make me laugh out loud like the first page of My Fair Lazy. I still enjoyed it, and would recommend it to Lancaster fans. I think it will be interesting to see how her novels evolve (this is only her third).

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Shape Up Saturday

In addition to my Whole 30, I started working out again. Even though I have a gym membership I decided to do P90X at home instead. I didn't want to give myself any excuses not to work out. With P90X, I only have to walk down a flight of stairs and I can do it whenever I feel like it. 

I'm in my fourth week of doing the Lean version, and hoping to burn some fat (or goo as Tony Horton calls it). I really do enjoy this workout series, as one can start to see results quickly. It's certainly a time suck though; yoga, my favorite workout of the lot, is an hour and 40 minutes. During the week, work and working out is pretty much all I have time for. 

I'm hoping that this proves to be the jump start I need to make working out a habit again.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Update

Here we go again. Again.

After the excesses of the holidays Casey and I both decided to do a Whole 30 from January 2nd through today. For those of you that don't know, a Whole 30 is 30 days of strict paleo eating. This means no grains, no legumes, no dairy as with standard paleo, but also eliminating paleo "cheats" such as almond meal baked goods, Norcal margaritas and anything processed. Our goal was just to get back in the habit of basic paleo goodness. Meat good. Veggies good.

In order to see if it made a difference in my allergies and sinus problems,  I took my Whole 30 a bit further and followed an anti-inflammatory protocol as well. So in addition to the things listed above I also eliminated eggs, tomatoes, nuts, seeds, peppers, eggplant and potatoes. The plan is to slowly reintroduce things to see if any of these make a difference with my asthma or sinuses.

For the past 30 days breakfast was some leftover meat from the previous evening and a piece of fruit, lunch was a salad with olive oil and vinegar and dinner was some more meat and tons of veggies.

Now that I'm on the last day I have to admit that I feel great. My allergies are vastly improved (although it could partly be due to new meds), my acid reflux is gone, my skin is better and my mood is improved. I'm reluctant to admit that because I really am immature and just want to eat sugared cereal and cocktails for the rest of my days and be sublimely healthy and fit. Guess I'm out of luck there.

What did all this mean for weight loss? Well, I lost some.

  • week 1 down 3.8
  • week 2 down 2.6
  • week 3 down .8
  • week 4 down 1.6
I can't really argue with those results. I want to. But I can't.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


This picture is from my 14th birthday. Note the Poison T-shirt.