Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finding a Weigh Out of Fat and Whining

Okay, okay, okay. I know I'm a whiner. To be honest, I'm a whiner from waaaaaaay back. It's sort of a way a life with me. Matter of fact, I guess you could call me a genuine Whine-O. I would say that I'll try to do better in the future, try to not whine about every little thing that happens in my life, but well, then I'd just be a lying whiner instead of just a plain ol' whiner and that would make me even worse, right? I suspect I'll always whine so what's the point of trying to deny it. At any rate, I'm at the point of my latest crisis when even I'm sick of hearing me blubber so I guess that means I need to move on now. Cars and cousins are just a part of life and grousing about either won't change the circumstances surrounding those subjects. At long last, I've arrived at the "suck it up" stage of this particular whine. So YAY me. LOL
Now on to "weightier" issues. I'm happy to report that I've lost another 1.6 pounds for a grand total thus far of 41 pounds. I'm pretty darn pleased with myself about this (ha! Talk about an understatement!). I got a comment on my previously referenced "big whining post" from Vee, asking if I was learning what to do when stressed instead of eat? I have to tell you, I hadn't even thought about it until she asked! But you know, there was a time not so very long ago when I would have buried my face in chocolate cake or maybe a bag of Hershey kisses or even a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos when faced with as much stress as we've been through the past few weeks. Without trying to sound like a cheerleader for their program, I have to give credit to Weight Watchers for my not doing that anymore. WW has taught me how to eat and, more importantly I think, they've taught me how to have a healthy emotional relationship with food. I no longer look to food for comfort or solace. I eat because my body needs the fuel, not because I'm feeling depressed or anxious or happy or sad. I'm so glad that Vee asked me that question because I feel much more confident in realizing through actual actions that my relationship with food has changed so dramatically. If I could impart one piece of advice to anyone trying to lose weight, it'd be to learn that food is fuel - nothing more, nothing less. That's not to say I don't want my food to taste good, because I do, but I don't plan my days around food anymore. I don't plan my life around food, other than to eat it because I need the fuel for energy. It's incredibly liberating to not be focused on food 24/7 (and here's to this being a life-long attitude and not just a phase, eh?). Heck, I'm even able to happily focus on other things these days...things like my husband, my hobbies, my home, my clothes... speaking of clothes, let me tell you this; the other day, I was telling Randey that I had tried on a pair of size 8 Levi's and actually got them on! SIZE 8s!!Okay, so it wasn't pretty, but that wasn't the point (*smile*). The point was that I was able to put them on my body and zip them up without rupturing anything. And despite my arse looking like a twisted balloon (strange little creases abounded!), it was a thrill to be able to do that. And maybe in a month or so, those size 8s will fit like they're supposed to. Maybe. Hopefully. (Hey! It's a goal! Don't judge.)
Before I leave, I want to share a picture of the Halloween tree. Yeah, it's the same tree I posted about and called my Fall tree, but I decided to dress it up for Halloween now. I had these "witch shoes" from Hobby Lobby last year. Don't know why I bought them, other than they were on sale after Halloween. They have little handles on them so maybe they are to hold candy or flowers or something, who knows. Anyway, as I was staring at them, trying to think of where to put them, it hit me: I needed a pair of Halloween tights to stick into the shoes! I found some at Wal-Mart, stuffed them with fiber-fill and set them up under the tree. Then I found a totally cool witch hat for the topper. And if I had those gorgeous feather-trimmed witch gloves I'd bought Maddy a couple of months ago, this tree would have arms as well as legs! (Yeah, Jake was pretty grateful those gloves are with Maddy now, too. lol) So what do you think? Too much?


  1. Best looking Halloween tree I've ever seen! It's PERFECT!!!

    Wanna hear my whine of the day? Here goes:

    Why, when I go for my annual physical, does the nurse have to weigh me BEFORE the blood work??? I'm always appalled and even in a state of denial when I see what that scale at the dr's office reads. So I was thinking, since I can't strip down to WI, the very least they could do is take out the blood beforehand, right? I need all the help I can get!

    BTW, Fabulous loss this week and total WTG Kari!

  2. Great weight loss - and getting into size 8 jeans! Way to go girl!

    I'm getting into a eat-because-it's-there-and-I'm-bored mood. Every time I go into the pantry looking for something to munch on, I'm aware of what I'm doing. But it doesn't stop me. I need to stop! And I will, eventually. I guess I have to get really disgusted with myself first.

    I absolutely LOVE the tree! Gloves would look great too.

    You're so talented!

  3. WOW! A size 8! I wouldn't even be able to fit my big toe into a size 8! Congratulations girlie!

    I think your Halloween tree is WAY COOL! I LOVE the legs & shoes! I may have to steal that idea! LOL! I still haven't dug mine out of storage! But I have a few pictures of it on my blog from last year!

    I hope everything is beginning to look UP for you!

  4. Woo hoo for the jeans! and goal! and love the tree!!!

  5. That has got to be the CUTEST tree ever!! I LOVE it!!!!!!

    And I think you are doing great on your weight goals. Size 8 jeans is awesome!! Keep it going!!!

  6. congratulations on the weight loss! Great job!

  7. I don't think I've worn a size 8 since about birth age. :-) Congrats!

    Your tree looks totally witchy!

  8. Blogger had other ideas, but I was here last night trying to comment.

    You had me grinning with "lying whiner" and roaring with the description of being in size 8 jeans. Oh how glorious to be in size 8s!

    Thank you for elaborating on the eating under stress issue. I will lose one of my great joys in live if I learn to eat only for fuel, which is something of a revelation right there, eh?

  9. in "life" definitely meant to say "in life"

  10. Size 8??? Good grief,.. I think I was 14 the last time I wore an 8.

    Love the tree.

    I can read your blog forever. I was particularly interested in your political views. I am having a hard time picking a candidate for my vote. As a fairly dependable democrat, I am not very supportive of Obama. Your post surely helped me see that. Keep writing dear friend!

  11. I love that tree! The witch shoes and hat are so cute - you are just too clever.

    And....size 8! Woo hoo! You are awesome! Send me over some of your motivation.

  12. Good for you! What an inspiration!

    I came over via Jennifer of Dust Bunny Hostage. I'm doing something called the Blog to Blog Project, looking for new friends! Stop by my post tomorrow, where I'll be sharing about my "visit" here.

  13. Look at you, size 8!! That's totally awesome!! :) :) I haven't been in a size 8 since...... oh, probably before High School...LOL

    And your Halloween Tree is fantabulous!!!!!! You are so clever! I'm jealous... ;)

  14. That tree is way too cute - you should send the idea to Family Fun or something.

  15. That's just about the cutest thing to come down the track in a long time. Love the witch shoes at the bottom and the hat. I bought me a hat today to put in the outdoor display that I will be working on later today. Sandi sent me over here but your name is so familiar. Did you ever send anyone seeds in the last year or two from the eBay forums?


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