Monday, July 30, 2007


I've actually put a deadline on whatever this is I'm doing. I've decided to 'maintain' until I go back to work. At some point, it became too hard to be motivated to lose while having no schedule to speak of. I go back to work on August 6, so some time around then, I'll be back on a schedule.
I'm kind of excited to get back to school ... but, I also like laying around the house all day. Alas, what's a girl to do?

Thanks so much for everyone's kind words. I've been lurking and reading about you too. It means a lot to me that people out there want to make sure I'm doing okay. Hey! I've lost 50+ pounds. I have at least that much to go. I'm not going anywhere! Plus, I already donated the fall/winter clothes that I was fitting into so I have to go down at least one more size before it gets cold (thankfully, I live in Georgia where it won't get too cold too often). But still, I currently have about three outfits that will fit come November. You know I have to get my ass moving soon, because I'm not a fashion plate, but I do teach 8th grade. You can't stand to hear too many of this: "Ms. Hither, didn't you wear that on Tuesday already?" Kids may not study, but they notice everything --- when I get my hair cut, when I wear sandals without my toes polished, when I didn't sleep well. Everything.

Anyway, thanks for being here for me. I'm still here for you ... but on the sidelines for another week or so.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

It's Just a Short Break -- I Promise!

Don't know where my motivation is, but I am out there looking for it.

I skipped weigh-in this week and haven't counted points in two. I haven't ditched the gym, but I've definitely been slow-going.

I had an all-week conference this past week with history teachers from around the district. We had one main goal -- writing lesson plans for the new curriculum, and one secondary goal -- random staff development topics. The lesson plan writing went well for my small group. The other small groups (whose work I'm encouraged to use throughout the school year) were a random grouping of new teachers, stupid teachers, retiring-soon teachers, and those who can't imagine that these people are leading our students into the future (I'm in that category). Seriously ... I overheard one woman (remember -- a history teacher) who was saddened when she was reading and learning for the first time! that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. This is only okay if you're not an American.

We also had an event called "Are You a Lectureholic?" Okay, I'm not a lectureholic. I might lecture to my students 2-3 times a year. So, already I'm kind of bummed that I have to go to this. However, I was thinking ahead of time that we might get some new innovative ideas for the classroom. Nope. I sat through a lecture about not lecturing FOR THREE HOURS! And the woman didn't even tell us anything new in three hours. She was a name-dropper. She was a story-teller (about her nephew, not about history). She was using out-of-date resources that I learned about in college before I graduated 10 years ago. And I was in the 2nd row. I couldn't hide.

I also couldn't hide from going out to lunch every day. I don't know if I'll jump back on the wagon this week, but definitely by this time next week.

On another note, I was so surprised, overwhelmed, thrilled, and excited when Sally from Veggie Paparazzi invited Max and me to a party at her home last night. We only live about 15 miles from each other, and it was so nice of her to invite us. We had such a great time! She had an eclectic group of really nice people who obviously love Sally and her great husband, Dan, a lot! It was a little weird to go to a complete stranger's house and have the understanding that blog topics were off-limits. I'm glad we were on the same wave-length about that. Max knows that I have a weight-loss blog, but it's not something I'm willing (or ready?) to share with him. It was kind of funny to try to explain to him that we would not be sharing with the other people at the party exactly how we 'knew' Sally. Thanks, Sally, for including us. You really made my weekend!

Sorry for the lapse (10 days!) since my last post. I'm working on finding that belly fire again. It's just 2 weeks until I go back to work, so I'm hoping being on a schedule again gets me going.

Kim :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bad Habits/Weigh-In

It was not surprising at all yesterday when my weigh-in showed a 2 pound gain. I think I got over-confident with my Fat Camp results of 6.8 pounds in 2 weeks. With the help of Kim's new challenge, I hope to lose this and a little more before I have to go back to school on August 6. Kim's challenge goes into October. I'm hoping to lose 10% of my current weight (24 lbs) by the end of the 12 weeks. That seems a bit lofty, but I'll be on my best behavior.

My bad habits this week included (but are not limited to): exercising less than usual, snacking more than usual, eating crap

I WILL be better this week.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Wow! Is that the floor?

I'm pretty convinced that I've always been a slob ... in all parts of my life. Now that I'm cleaning up my body, I'm also working on cleaning up my house. I have a 'room of crap' that would be a candidate for that horrible show Clean Sweep. I have a lot of stuff. Some of the stuff I bought thinking I would at some point need it. Some stuff, I have no idea why I have it. So, I'm doing a lot of donating. I'm thinking that the room of crap will be cleaned out by the end of the weekend. Starting tomorrow, I expect to make a daily visit to donate items to Goodwill. I'd briefly thought about selling things on Craig's List or Ebay, but that means the stuff would need to stay in my house until it sold. Bad idea. Getting rid of it is key.
I set a timer for an hour today and actually made a path through the room. I have piles around the house. One is in front of the washer and dryer. Currently, I can not see the washer and dryer. However, I will say that some of these clothing items were dumped in the room of crap because they didn't fit anymore. I only found a few things that will still be too small. Lots of other clothes went into the too big pile to be donated to Goodwill. I also have a giant Goodwill pile. Clothes, toys, a giant teddy bear won by a friend at a carnival, stuff still in its original packaging, etc. Last pile ... stuff that actually belongs in the room once it becomes an office next week. I set the alarm for another hour, and the floor is now completely clear. I put a bunch of stuff up on the furniture in the room, but the floor could be vacuumed now. Of course, I've barely tackled the closet. I do have a deadline. Now that the walls are painted in the other room, I am having new carpet installed in the room of crap, my bedroom, and the connecting hallway. I'm going to schedule the carpeter for two weeks from now.

It's been a good constructive day. Now, I'm off to go see Montez, my sexy trainer. He was on vacation last week, and my body has missed him!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Back to Reality

Mom's gone. I'm no long trying to act responsibly, and it's showing! I've been snacky since she left. I'll try to get better between no and weigh-in Wednesday. I'd like to at least maintain the 6.8 pounds I lost while she was here.

Now that I've hit 50 pounds, I seem to be (not quite) obsessed with finding old fat pictures of me. I posted my least favorite from a little less than two years ago.

I don't have many plans for the weekend, so I hope I'll be able to stay on plan.

Happy Friday!