Sunday, March 25, 2007

For The Sake of Relaxation...

It was a long and busy weekend. Nothing of much consequence to report, so if you're looking for something entertaining, check out the pics of signgrl-the-actress-extraordinaire.

Actually, it did take me on a walk down memory lane: Grease, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and Annie Get Your Gun... but my shining moment was Josephine in HMS Pinafore. Oddly enough it was the only time I remember being as close to a normal weight as I can remember.

Okay, so what was I saying? Oh! This weekend... I took Cassie to the Spring Festival sponsored by Johnson Space Center. She had fun petting the chicks, bunnies, sheep, and the rest. She even had the courage to sit on a cow for photo (I'll post later)!

Her defining moment was when she played super-hero to a "flauter" (Flower). There was a minitature pony eating clover and he was getting too close to the flower for Cassie's liking. She was getting both visibly and vocally upset, not to mention frustrated. What did my lil' blonde punkin' do?

Why she took matters into her own hands -- of course!

She walked right up to the pony and yanked the thankless flowering weed that sat just 6 to 8 inches from the snout of the pony. She's a quick one, that's my Cass-a-frass!

However, with all that super-hero power and as unlikely as it was for her to sit on a full-size, real-life cow (which she willingly did!), do you think she would sit on the lap of the Easter Bunny at the mall this morning? Noooo-oooooo! Oh well. I did't pressure her... the last thing I want to do is traumatize her for life! LOL

I pretty much ran ragged today, but this Mommy did get two hours to herself. I got a desperately needed pedicure and manicure... and now, all is right with the world. :)

Friday, March 23, 2007

"As With Most Men"

Watch this... and listen.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Kixx!

The Nike Free 7.0 cross trainer is specifically designed for both linear and lateral fast feet training drills. Supportive, breathable, lightweight mesh and synthetic upper allows the natural motion of the foot. A supportive forefoot strap locks the foot down during cutting. A siped Phylitemidsole provides that free barefoot feel. A training-specific outrigger adds support and protection. Aggressive turf inspired traction pattern outsole for outdoor surfaces. Wt. 8.0 oz.

Okay, so they're not the most attractive, but they'll do the job. Hubs has a pair, and he loves them. When you feel the inside, they feel like a pair of gloves. It's just the strangest thing.

Training session was good yesterday. I'm working on getting a plan together for my Tri Training. The first goal is to swim 20 minutes non-stop, no matter the stroke. I already have an swimsuit I didn't wear for the 2003 tri, so I have to see if maybe that fits better now. Other than that, I just need a cap (a stunning look!) and some goggles. I think my first toe-dipping will be Friday night. Of all the legs of this tri, the swimming freaks me out the most. The most unfortunate thing about it is that training for the swim in the pool is not like training for a swim in open water -- they're totally different, and really unless I train with 500 people in the open water, there's no way to be completely prepared.

As for the weight loss, I feel like I will be stuck in the 240's forever. I know I'm sitting at my lowest adult weight ever right now, so I'm fairly certain I'm just plateauing yet again. My body is saying, "Hey, I remember this weight and I was more than comfortable here!" and it doesn't want to budge. Ugh.

Just keep doing the right thing. Right?


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"If there's magic in fighting battles beyond endurance, it's the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you."

- Million Dollar Baby -

Saturday, March 17, 2007


I know. Odd for me to be posting on a Saturday! I took off from work on Friday after having a string of rough nights with Cassie. In the last 2 weeks, she's been suffering from growing pains and teething, so my sleep has been broken night-in and night out, so it finally caught up with me. I treated myself off to a day of paid-time off on Friday -- which I literally spent doing laundry and food shopping. I did make time to have lunch with Hubby, so that was nice. :)

Last night was another rough night. at 2 am I caved and kicked Hubs out of bed and brought Cassie in. She did quiet down, but she didn't go back to sleep until sometime between and 4! Argh! I had a 7am training session this morning, which meant I had to be at the gym by 6:45 starting my cardio! I did it... barely.

My trainer started me on this balance trainer this morning, except I didn't get to sit on it... I got to turn it upside down and stand on it doing squats. It was one of the most awkward things I've ever done, not to mention my inner thighs shook so much that they felt like flags waving in the wind! He is really starting to challenge me more, and while I've always enjoyed it, I feel like accomplish so much more at each session now.

It's Parent's Night Out tonight and Cassie is taking part. We're actually going to get to an "adult" dinner and have "adult" conversation, and hopefully there will be no mention of "poop", "potty training" or "big-girl panties!" :)

I do love my munchkin, but I never though that talk of bodily functions would be so casual.

I leave you with this... Cassie wanted her picture taken this morning. She looks like she has a hangover though! As for Mommy, I just got back from the gym. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Just a Quickie

I'm back. Actually, I've been back for a week now but as usual I haven't had much time to update.

Toronto was nice. I really liked the city, but it was freakin' cold! I left on the coldest day of Winter they had for the year. It was -21 C when I left, and despit it being celcius, it was still cold!

They asked me to stay for a couple extra days. I had not packed to accommodate that sort of change in plans, so I had to pick-up some personal items and a pair of slacks appropriate for the office. I couldn't believe my eyes when I tried on my first pair of 16's and they fit! In almost 4 months, from a 26 to a 16! Of course not every 16 off the rack fits yet, but my 18's are getting larger every day.

My trainer did my measurements for the month and will post some updated pictures this weekend. In a nutshell, I lost another 12" across my body: over 3" from my waist, over 2" from my chest, about 2 " from my hips and more than an inch from various other places. My hope is that by next month my waist will be under 40" I've been losing about 3" off my waist each month. My waist hasn't been under 40" since I was 14" years old. It's wild! Add to everything else, it appears I've added over 4 lbs. of lean muscle mass since November -- no small feat for a post-op RNY patient.

Also, I was actually small enough to use the calipers to measure my lean body mass. The figures show that right now I have about 145 lbs. of lean muscle mass. Of course I will check with my doctor, but my trainer feels that a goal weight of about 160 would be appropriate. All the women in my family carry a lot of lean muscle mass. In talking with my mom, she told me she even weighs in heavier than expected. I always though my mom was around 130 at 5'9" (She's a professional dancer), but surprisingly she was more.

The countdown to April 1st has begun for me. That's the day I have to start getting serious about my training for the triathlon, which is the weekend of June 9th in Austin. I'm nervous and excited. I don't want to cop-out, so my family will have to have to help me effectively manage my time to get my training schedule in. My Husband is my biggest supporter; I have no doubt he'll help me succeed!

Eating has been strange. Some days I can eat more than I think I should be able to and others I can't eat anything comfortably. I concentrate on 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day. Despite getting my protein in, I have begun to lose my hair -- I know it's inevitable, it's just a matter of when (not if) it starts. Thankfully I have a good head of hair.

And for the "believe it or not" cagetory, some said "Hey, skinny!" to me. I about fell out, but I know they were really saying, "I can tell you lost weight."

In family news Cassie went for her first haircut on Saturday...
We started out EXCITED!

Then quickly became UNSURE...

Okay, Mommy, I've had ENOUGH!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Snow... Everywhere!

So I'm here in Toronto, and it's snowing unbelievably! I went walking in the city and did a little shopping. Within 2 hours it was accumulating on the city streets. The snowflakes are the size of hail balls; it's sticking everywhere.

The city reminds me of NY, except that everyone here is really nice -- no NY state-of-mind, if you know what I mean. I'm not implying all NY'rs are rude, but there are those few. ;)

I'm here because our Toronto office is moving this weekend, and I'm helping to get all the technology up and running for Monday morning. I was the only one who came in this evening, so I'm here alone this evening. I was looking forward to finding a movie theatre and maybe seeing Dreamgirls, but with the snow the way it is, I'm not going anywhere; it will be a quiet night in Toronto for me.

Of course the room is fully stocked with junk (for my convenience). I've already hidden the junk so it's out of sight; out of mind. I just know I'm going to be like the walking dead this weekend after working long days, and it will be too easy to pick up a piece of junk. I brought some healthy snacks from home, so I should be good. ;)

I've already found a Macy's-like store here and picked up a few things on clearance. Real good buys too! I am thinking I need to go back and get some boots for this snow! ;)

Actually, I do need some new sneakers. I got a good pair of New Balance last time and I was moderately happy with them. I need something that is a cross trainer for the stability. It seems a breakdown running shoes too fast. So I'm looking at these... not sure abou the "shox" though.

I guess that's it for now. My dinner has arrived :)