Friday, June 29, 2007

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Mom and I are taking a Fat Camp Field Trip! Actually, we're just driving to Charleston, South Carolina (about 5 hours each way) to visit her sister's family for the weekend. Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 18, 2007

We don't have to Take our Clothes Off to have a Good Time, Oh No

We could dance and party all night ... and drink some cherry wine, uh-huh. I mean, if you want to take your clothes off in order to read my blog, by all means, go ahead.

My apologies were going to go out to Jermaine Stewart for using his song in vain, BUT then I read the rest of the lyrics to the song and figured he owed US an apology. It's so horribly written!

Anyway ... off with the clothes. Really. I have totally emptied four closets of clothing. Here are the piles I came up with. 1) Things I wear that currently fit or that will be too big quite soon 2) Things that are in season but don't fit yet 3) Things that are not in season and don't fit yet 4) Things that are not in season and I hope will fit once it's time 5) Things that may or may not fit, but it doesn't matter since the clothing is ugly/stained/holey/too big.

And then, I had one last pile that I guess was the most thought-provoking. I had a whole slew of clothes that were size 18 but that will not be in season until at least late October (and more likely late November). Really, I hope to not be a size 18 in the late fall/winter. I hope to be a 16 or a 14 (or less, but I'm being realistic). To get rid of or keep? That was the question. I decided that unless I REALLY LOVED the piece of clothing, that it was out. I figured that would be a good incentive. I'm going to have to buy clothes anyway. Wouldn't it really suck if I had to re-buy clothes in a size I don't want to wear anymore? I need a little fire in my belly, and I hope that helps stoke the coals. What would you have done?

I found ONE plus-size resale shop in the Atlanta area (that's 4.5 million people, folks). I called and was disappointed to find out that they are totally filled for the current season and will start taking 'appointments' to go through my clothes in late August ... only for fall/winter clothes. Well crap. I kept four pieces of really nice clothing to take with me in August. The rest, is bundled up and out the door.

The kind of junky stuff went to Goodwill on Friday afternoon. While I was there, I looked around a little just to see what they had. I may need some 'transition' clothes at some point, so it was good to know that if I need a pair of jeans, I can find them for about $5. I also bought two games (Balderdash and Cranium) in nearly-new condition. The Balderdash was still in the plastic. I spent $7.50 total.

The nicer stuff will be going on Monday to a women's shelter run by one of the local synagogues here in Atlanta. They ask for work clothes for women who need to go on interviews or work in a professional environment. I'll be dropping all of that off tomorrow. I assume they've got to have a couple of fat ladies at the shelter who can use my clothes.

On another note, I've been doing better about tracking my points. I realized that WW etools works really well for me during the school year, but now that I'm more unstructured, I wasn't using it at all. I bought one of the 3 month trackers last week and have been almost 100% at using it. I can see that it will make some sort of difference in me being accountable to myself.

Also, Mom arrives on Tuesday and thus begins Fat Camp. Nothing else big to report. I want to give a shout-out to Christine over at I Need to Find Myself who had some nice words about From YAWN to Come Hither. Thanks Christine! She has a lot of great things to say and accompanies it with hilarious cartoons and pictures. Check her out if you haven't already.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Weigh-in Wednesday

Today, I have a slight gain of .4 pounds. Yes, I'm back on the wagon, but I'm finding it hard to count points. Today, I bought one of those three month counters. Does anyone else use them? I just need to get back to actually counting. Like someone said at WW, "If you snack it, track it." Or something equally dorky.

I've been dealing with a lot of house stuff this week. Right before I met all you fine people, I had a flood in my house. I had all the absolute essentials fixed immediately, but I left all the cosmetic issues to be dealt with during my 2 month vacation. So, I'm doing that.

Also, I'm inheriting my grandparents' spinet (that's a small upright piano -- about 35" tall), but it's 200 miles from here. You can't imagine what people want to charge to move a piano. We're talking $1000+ here. So, I'm having to be creative. We're renting a U-Haul, hiring piano movers to pack it up in the U-Haul, driving it ourselves, and then having my big strong man friends (it pays to be a flirt, I promise) unload it into the house. It's still going to cost me about $400 and possibly a pizza and beer. Better than the $1200 - $1400 estimates I was getting.

Plus, the air conditioning is having issues. I'm okay with just the fans here in Atlanta (average high is about 85 F during the summer), but Max, the new BF, is not. He's a sweaty boy who doesn't want to sleep here until it's fixed. You know that means less cooking for me, and I'm kind of okay with that.

Anyway, lots of little things I've got popping up all over the place. Now, I'm out of here and on my way to Sexy Montez the Trainer. Mmmm ... meat!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Could this Come Hither thing be working?

Okay, you know me ... the boy-crazy one? Well, it seems that as of this afternoon, I have a boyfriend. His name is Max, and I've been dating him for about six weeks. Today, we discussed that he didn't want me to date anyone else anymore, and I thought that was a great idea. Now, I do have one other guy that I've also been dating for a while ... about eight weeks. However, it just seems more right with Max. What I really wanted was to date the two of them rolled into one, but Max is awesome. He's fun and funny. He's considerate and doting. He's really sexy (at least to me). He's got a tremendous heart. He's a hard worker. And from what he told me this afternoon, he loves me. Wow!
Oh, and he's also a certified trainer. So, in addition to Montez training me 1-2 times a week, Max has also been training me 1-2 times a week. He's the first guy I've ever been (at least partially) honest with about my weight struggles. However, he is not allowed to read my blog ... and he hates yet respects that. And, at least for now, he has no need to know that I weigh 48 more pounds than he does. And yes, he will be meeting Mom next week.

I had another tremendous day in visitor counts. Thanks to everyone who is visiting me! Please leave a comment so I know who you are and how to visit you! It feels so good to have this amazing audience!

I thought for a long time as to whether or not Max would get named in my blog. I began by not naming myself just for additional anonymity, so it's weird that I didn't mind naming him. However, at this point, I am only 'nameless' because there are a lot of other bloggers who share my name. Usually, I think that at least those who share my name must have figured it out by now. But now, for the record, my name is Kim. I will stay as KL so that Kim from Kim Under Construction can be your one and only Kim.

WTF? 62 Visitors in One Day!

Wow! Thanks everyone. Fat Camp must have hit a chord somewhere with you. I had 20 more visitors yesterday than my busiest day to date! My previous record had been about 45.

Thanks for all the tips with what to do with Mom. I'm not going to go nuts on her. I'm just going to show her what I normally do. I usually eat things like refined sugars and fake foods (because they're yummy), so I don't think we'll take it that far to get rid of them.

I've been talking to some of my guys at the gym to try to flirt my way into getting a two-week visitor pass (it usually costs $40). Montez, my beautiful trainer, is working on it. And, I think I'll drop by and visit the one who asked for my number a few months ago and bat my eyelashes a little. He never has called, but he always looks!

I did go back earlier this week and leave a lot of comments for blogs I don't visit very often as well as for people who had left me comments a few months ago but not since. It was great to see the improvements people are making. Yay to us! It was also awesome to find out who some of my first commenters were back in January. Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me all this time. You mean a lot to me!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great week. Thanks for stopping by for the first time or for the gazillionth!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Fat Camp

My mom is coming to visit soon. She'll arrive Tuesday next week and stay for two weeks. Some history about my mom ...
My mom was a ballet major in college. When she graduated, she weighed 88 pounds (for those of you who are slow with math, that's about 1/3 of me). The day she gave birth to me, her third child, she weighed 103 pounds. And then, she stopped smoking. And then, she got divorced. And ten years later, she got remarried. And now, I think she probably weighs about 180 pounds. That might be a little too much, but I'm probably within 10-15 pounds.
So, Mom is thrilled about what I've been doing to my body and has decided that her two week visit will also be known as "Fat Camp." She wants to do what I do and eat what I eat. I'm going to have her tag along to WW with me, and she's bringing her swimsuit so she can swim while I work out with my trainer and use weights and stuff like that.
I think it's kind of funny that Mom is viewing my house as Fat Camp. What do y'all think? Anything you think I can do to make Mom drop a couple pounds while she's visiting?
I've already told her we'll be working out 4-5 days a week, and she'll be adding a lot of soy, dairy, and fiber to her diet. Any other tips?