This picture was taken from my aunt’s front step a week or two ago
it was about 25º outside this morning…just 2º warmer then Anchorage, AK. We got some more rain & little bit more snow. Today is my oldest son’s birthday. He is in Hinesville, GA, Where it was about 66º today.
I have already had enough of this cold & icy roads. If I ever get this disability stuff taken care of I will he spending next winter back in Phoenix.
At midnight last night it was 10 degrees out, and then at 7am it was really cold…5 degrees. Yup its Wintertime.
There was 17 people gathered at my brother’s house for a yummy Thanksgiving meal. My S-I-L, made the cutest place sittings for everyone.
I just took that picture with my cell phone so I would remember my weight.
Tomorrow my brother is starting another diet (his 2nd diet this year). During his first diet he lost about 48-49.5 pounds This time he wants to lose 20 pounds. The first time he didn’t keep track of everything he ate but says he might this time. My brother’s first diet lasted for about 20 weeks; so I am gonna assume that he will cut this diet in half. So if he diets for only 10 weeks, that will take him up to Halloween. just in time to eat all the holiday stuff.
I am really thinking I should go on this diet with him. maybe the little competition would do me some good. I went to the doctors yesterday and the scale there said 191#, and I got measured at 1/2 an inch shorter. My blood pressure wasn’t to bad though 117/71…at least something looked good. Anyways, if I can diet for the next 10 weeks and lose 2 pounds a week, that will be 20 pounds gone.
Guess I will have to wait and see what Bro comes up with in the morning. In the meantime I need to stock up on more yogurt & fruit.
This is MaryAnn
I haven’t seen my cousin in years, and was totally shocked when I ran into her at Wal-Mart yesterday. Once upon a time she weighed about 332 pounds. I swear that she lost half herself somewhere. Actually she goes to weight-watcher meetings on Wednesday nights.
Now I like the Jennifer Hudson & Jessica Simpson commercials for weightwatchers; but lets face it…they are Hollywood people, and like most hollywood people their life & level of income demands them to look good. But when an ordinary normal single mom can lose alot of weight, It really means something & I take notice.
I still have the little gadget that lets me figure out the points value for food, so it shouldn’t be all that hard to start it up again. Course it’s only good for food with labels where fats, protein, fiber & carbs, are listed. But I don’t want to pay for meetings just to get all the books to figure out how to deal with other food (like all my sister-in-law’s homemade cooking)
Anyays, I had gone into Wal-Mart because I ran out of yogurt, so I picked up 6 containers of Chobani Greek yogurt, 12-bottles of Liptons Citrus green tea, a bag of Pistachios, bananas, and 2 frozen meals.
Who here noticed that I didn’t blog for a week? Well maybe I can explain.
Usually when I go to my Auntie G’s house, I don’t bring my laptop with me, because she don’t have wifi. Now who in the world can live without wifi now-a-days? Sure not me, at least not for very long. So while I am at her house I watch alot of TV and hear family stories over & over & over.
This last week, we went berry picking. Now I ain’t been blackberry picking for years so I forgot just how many little thorns were on blackberry bushes. I had also forgotten that bugs and/or black flies also love to hang out around them. I think I would just rather get my blackberries from the store. But I sure did love the blackberry pie & jam that my sister-in-law made. Then we went and got another 16 quarts of blueberries at the “U-Pick farm”. Blueberries at a farm is a whole lot easier to pick then wild blackberries.
Course all this homemade pie & jam (and the ice cream at Auntie G’s) sure don’t help with my weight. I have now gained 8 pounds since the end of April. Now maybe 8 pounds in 3 months (92 days to be exact) don’t sound like alot but believe me..IT IS. At this rate I will gain 24 pounds in a year. That would put be over the 200 mark YIKES! While I was growing up, I never dreamed that I would be near the 200 pound mark.
Recently my oldest daughter told me that she has lost 11 pounds in a week by living on coffee & Naked juice..but she claims stress from work & school has helped her lose weight. Well we all know I love coffee, so maybe I should follow her lead for a week….course we won’t count the blueberry bagel with blueberry jam that I had this morning with my coffee. LOL.
Well another reason that I didn’t blog for a week was that my laptop likes to act up alot. Yes I have the worst luck with electronics. So I got to read alot, finish a jigsaw puzzle, and work on a fiction novel that I hope to finish..someday. Only thing is, I am typing it on my laptop, so when the laptop won’t even turn on, I don’t get much done, which can stress me out. But remember according to my daughter, that stress can be a good thing in the weight-loss department.
Almost forgot to mention…I went to a small fair. The picture I am posting is of a ride that was my favorite when I was a kid. I discovered a new treat this year, “Deep Fried Oreo’s”. Actually my brother bought 6 of them and I only had 1…whoever thought up this idea was a genus.
This is my Auntie “G”, picking blueberries. There was an ad in the local paper that the “pick-your-own” farm in Ashland/New Hampton was finally open. It was advertized that it cost $2 a quart, but when we got there the owners told us that was a misprint and that the real price was $4 a quart.
We were there picking berries for about 3 hours. It was relaxing because we brought chairs to sit in, and could hear lots of birds nearby. But it sure was hot. I didn’t realize how much the heat drained all the energy out of me until we were done.
One thing that really surprised me was when the owner brought my aunt an extra bucket, so that she could pick up all the berries off the ground that kept dropping. He got a bit snappy when he told her that berries on the ground causes disease. I had never heard of such a thing before. Geez, should we put signs in the woods to tell the bear that also.
Supposedly these yellow buckets held 4 quarts apiece, but after we got them to my sister-in-law, we found out that wasn’t quite true. We filled 5 buckets (but only 3 fit in the picture) My brother’s wife has now made blueberry jam with some of them. I am sure my brother will want blueberry pancakes and a pie too.
I have always been in the habit of making lists. Sometimes I will even make the same list a few times and leave it in different places. My oldest daughter had once told me that I make lists for EVERYTHING, and I make more lists then anyone else she knows. She would laugh if she found shredded up paper in the trashcan because she knew if she put the paper back together like a puzzle that it would be one of my many lists.
I still make lists for trivial stuff, but not as often as before. Course now I can’t remember shit without writing stuff down in a list or on a calender. Supposedly some people say I am OCD because of it. I say they are full of hogwash.
So anyways, This week seems to be getting busy. Here’s my schedule so far…
Today/Tuesday: Organize my desk
Tomorrow/Wednesday: Get house ready for when Sharon comes home
Thursday: Go with my aunt to her Dr. appt
Friday: Hopefully the washer gets fixed so I can do laundry
Weekend (Sat & Sun): hopefully I get to enjoy some of my town’s 250 year celebration
Next Monday: I have a Dr. appt @ the spine clinic in Dartmouth
Well I need to get back to organizing my desk…I spend my time with my laptop then I do organizing anything else which is why that job takes so darn long. Earlier this morning, my laptop decided to put itself in “hibernation” mode and then wouldn’t let me turn it back on for awhile. Guess I need to put this week’s schedule on a calender in case I can’t get to any list on my laptop.