weight loss

Merry Christmas to all!

Taking a moment here while the hubster is at Mass to drop in and say Hi, and wish everyone a merry Christmas.

Been hella busy getting set up for the holiday, and doing a bit of writing.  I’ll be by myself for a few days next week, and my hope/plan is to finish the first draft on Kiss Me Deadly and get it out to my beta readers after the first of the year.  Cross fingers!

As a bit of the “year in review”, I weighed in before I started the holiday break, and lost ten pounds over the last year!  While not the twenty-five I’d set my goal as, I’ll take anything I can get, and now I’m resetting my goal for 2011 at twenty-five pounds.  We’ll see what happens…it took me 19 years of steady meals to gain the weight, so I don’t expect to lose it in a flash *G*.

Have a fabulous Christmas, and I’ll talk to you next week!

Triscuits…quite possibly the perfect food

So I signed up with three other chickies to do a Biggest Loser thing on the base, and we started last Monday.  As I do every year (at least for the past several), I take a few weeks to write down everything I’m eating (and drinking…I love my wine), so I can reprogram myself.  Not so much in calories, but in the actual content of what I’m eating…i.e., what percentage is fat, sugars, fiber, that sort of thing.

As usual, my fiber quotient is seriously lacking, and my protein is through the ceiling.   So I did a bit of ‘Net surfing, and found not one, but two answers to my problem…the first is Fiber One cereal for lunch.  Yeah, it looks like a bunch of twigs, but it actually tastes pretty damned good, especially if you’re not a regular cereal eater.  The second, tho, was a major breakthrough for me…Triscuits.  They’ve got a cracked pepper and olive oil version out now that’s quite simply FAB.  It’s got some protein, but just as much fiber, which is what I needed.  I’ve also been eating oatmeal for breakfast, and have one of those little baggies of carrots and some apples at my desk for when I want something sweet.

After my first week, I felt fabulous, and was drinking just as much, if not more water than I’d wanted to, so it’s a bennie in both areas.

I weighed in last Monday, and probly won’t again until sometime mid-week, so I’ll be posting my last weigh in.

1/7/08…223 lbs  (yeah, I gained 3 over the holidays–wine weight–which makes my net loss last year 12 lbs)

1/23/08…219 lbs (woohooo…I lost 4 pounds in two weeks!)

On the agent front, I had one reject, but still have four out there, one who has the first 100 pages of View, so until I hear from her, one way or the other, I’m holding tight, baby!

On holidays, family, weight loss and pathetic word counts

So while I’m ecstatic that the holidays are here (I LOVE them), I always seem to forget that every year I set my word count goals super high, and then tank them….seriously, it’s pathetic.  I think I’ve logged a whopping 500 words in the last week or so.

Part of it is because I’m taking two glorious weeks off starting Thursday afternoon, so by the time I get home from the day job, my mind is still sorting patient information, strategizing our next quality measure and all sorts of gobbledy gook.  Where does that leave me on a creative scale?  With bupkus.  Hell, with less than bupkus.  I’m 8800 words deep on Breath of Heaven, and I’d LOVE to finish it over the holiday break.  Heck, I actually might, but here comes the writing whammy…my father-in-law is spending 8 of those 14 days with us.

That’s totally awesome, because I love him to death, but I fear my lofty “finish the novella” dreams are gonna fly right out the window in a flurry of doing fun family things.  We’ll see, but I’m a pragmatist, so I’m not holding out for anything stupendous when it comes to whipping out 21,000 words, y’know?

On a happy note, we had our open house/housewarming on Friday, and it was a huge hit.  Unfortunately, we now have more booze in our house than you can shake a stick at.  Do our friends know us, or what *g*.

And in even happier news, despite the preponderance of fudge, cookies, summer sausage and mini-quiches that are being passed around like no one in my clinic is never gonna eat again…my weight has…are you ready for this?  STAYED THE SAME.  Yes, friends and neighbors, even though I haven’t hit the gym in what seems like forever, somehow I’ve maintained the 15 pounds I lost this year.  I think it’s subconscious portion control and the fact I drink a TON of water.  Well, that and the fact we stopped eating lunch out (except for once a week, as a treat).

Starting with the new year, the base has a spin off of The Biggest Loser, but we use teams of four for motivation.  Ours is called Three Amazons and a Pygmy (picture three 6′ tall blondes and a short blonde).  Their goal is to lose 20 pounds in three months.  Me?  Well, I’d be more than pleased to lose 15 pounds over the entire year, and keep it off.  Hell, it took me 17 years to gain this weight, so it’s gonna take more than one workout-laden year to take it off.  If nothing else, I’ve figured that out!!

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

 Well, I did it!  I sent a query on View to Lucienne Diver (Spectrum Agency), so cross your fingers, toes and other appendages for me!  That’s pretty much been consuming me, to the point where every time I look at Sea, I freeze up.  Hopefully now I can unlock my brain and finish this bad boy!  LOL.  I’d really, really like to buckle down and get Sea and Breath of Heaven done by the close of the year, so I can work on other stuff (most notably my Black Lace request that’s been percolating and Live and Let Die).  I swear, I’ve got way, way too many people running around in my head.

In other news, the VA appraiser came back and yippee…we’re in, baby!  I had restrained myself from getting excited over this house because the market is in the toilet, but the appraisal value came in over what we’d bid, so life is good on our end.  (Picture me jumping up and down in my office, making happy little whimpers until the active duty chick next door poked her head in to see what in the hell was wrong with me.)  Barring any massive “repairs”, which I don’t really see, we should have the keys on 29 October.  So that means we’re gonna start packing this weekend!  I foresee my garage becoming a great big repository for Hope Outreach (or local charity), since there’s stuff in the garage we haven’t touched in years.

On the weight loss front, I stayed at the same weight, which is okay.  I’ve lost 15 pounds this year, and I’d be perfect okay if I stayed the same through the holidays, then concentrated on losing another 15 in 2008.  If nothing else, my goal is now to be down to around 205 by mid-summer.  I figure if I take it off slowly, then I won’t be putting it back on.  And hell, it took me 17 years of marriage to gain this weight, so 15 pounds a year is a drop in the bucket!