Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Didn't Wait For N New Year's Resolution

Today is a milestone:  I have been counting calories and working on losing weight for 20 whole days!!!  Why is this a milestone?  Because usually something like this only lasts an average of 2 weeks, and now I am going forward with because there is a huge leap of positiveness in me, as well as a different type of desire to keep going.  This time losing weight/counting calories is for myself and not for someone else, even though it may have begun that way. 

This time I am using an online program to help me, which is also making a difference I believe.  It is CalorieKing.com and I am paying $12 a month, which is a lot cheaper than Weight Watchers Online.  This program also doesn't push you and the support groups and people I have found there have helped me considerably already. 

On CalorieKing there is a section for keeping down the food you eat, exercise, liquids you drink, and daily nutrition guides as well as a place to help you go up in levels of the program without pushing you beyond what you can do at any given time.  I like this more than anything, I think; plus, it takes into consideration your mobility level, which Weight Watchers Online didn't do.  There is also an online diary you can keep there, which I am also doing, to keep down thoughts and observations about when I want to over-eat or when I start to nibble.  Noticing what causes me to binge or not eat is beginning to make a big difference in how I handle some aspects of the stress in my life (and right now there is a lot and I will explain that later). 

One of the biggest things about this program is how it encourages you to keep a handwritten journal/diary of what you eat.  You don't have to have the calorie count of what you eat because the program helps find the food for you and then gives you the calories.  So, as long as you keep down what you eat the pressure is off and you can go out and eat with friends, have a coffee, etc., and not worry about how many calories you are taking in then.  It seems like it wouldn't make a big difference, but it does because you still enjoy the little treats you give yourself while learning how to make different choices in eating out and in snacking.  I noticed this not too long ago then went in search on the site to see if other people had discovered the same thing and was pleased to find most of the people who are doing this program do pretty much the same. 

If you can't tell, I am really excited about this.  I can't visibly see any difference in how I look, but I see myself every day; however, I have noticed a difference in how my clothes fit and an increase in my energy level.  This is actually one program I am more certain of keeping than any other thing I've tried so far.  I don't feel judged if I make a slip and go over the calorie goal for a day and I don't feel horribly guilty, because the program lets me see in numbers what I did and it makes ME accountable.  I am actually making progress, even in the wheelchair!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some things that made me smile today.

Sometimes you just need the funny on a gloomy day to make everything better.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Spit nails?

Have you ever had one of those days where you could chew iron and spit nails for no reason? 

I'm having one of those days now.  Trying to get out of this rut, but it isn't working too well at the moment.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Question #1375

Today has been one of those days where I move slowly.  I move slow because my body doesn't want to be part of me.  I move slow because there is something in my head that just isn't quickly productive: it's productive, but doesn't move quickly from one task to the next.  I move slow because sometimes when I look outside at the sunny-then-gloomy-then-sunny day and something gets zapped out of me.  I can't say I have moved slow because of "lethargy", but it's as good a word as any for part of what has been going on with me today physically.  Mentally, however, there has been quite a different story!

My head today has been coming up with story ideas, plot points, lists of things to done, lists of things already accomplished, and a ton of other things that has almost cluttered my brain.  This has been going on all day today!  Can an over-active brain make your body lethargic? 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday? The MIDDLE of Septermber?

I haven’t blogged in a while. Not exactly sure why. There have been things for me to tell and stories to impart, but I just haven’t put myself in front of the screen to do much writing of any kind, other than the novel-writing kind. Two projects are going on simultaneously now. One is a SciFi novel/novella (still haven’t decided which it is yet), and the other is the paranormal romance.
There was a bit of a break on the PR because I was getting so frustrated. The due date was pushed back to November because of all the health issues going on with me, which has given me renewed hope of actually getting the best possible story told. So, why I getting so upset and frustrated? Because the characters weren’t acting right and giving me their story! They were being closed lipped and annoyingly quiet!

Yes, I know they are in my head, but they actually have a life of their own and when they decide the story isn’t going to be told for a while, well, it just doesn’t happen. Force them? I’ve tried. It doesn’t work. You try forcing a werewolf alpha female with mystical powers do something she doesn’t want to do. I dare you. It just doesn’t work, especially when the rest of the group back her up, including the conflicted wizard who may-or-may-not be one of the bad guys. Nope. They just don’t budge.
Luckily for me this has given me time to leave the werewolves alone to brood and plot, which they needed to do, so I could go onto another world and deal with an uprising with a shadowy assassin duo who are obviously in love and just fighting it as hard as they can. OK, they may not be in love in their minds, but they sure are in lust! This SciFi piece isn’t coming out any other way other than through handwriting. Now I am having to catch up on all the typing of the handwritten pages. I’m surprised at how many they are and a little nervous about looking to see what the word count for them is so far.

Along with the two novels(?) there is some poetry action happening. ….

So, I have done all of this writing, but no blogging. In not blogging I have discovered I need to blog. I need to share with someone what is happening in my head and on the page-paper-screen because most people around me, though used to me talking about imaginary people and events, still look at me oddly. My husband has even begun saying, “And your point is…?” It isn’t because he isn’t interested in what is happening in my many different worlds, but that he is tired of them, I think because I am really excited about these worlds and people. And, those of you who know me, you know when I get excited I GET EXCITED! There is no containing my enthusiasm and my love of what has gotten me all riled up. (He does the same thing when I talk about football *le sigh*.) Blogging actually lets me have a marriage and keep most of my friends simply because I can be so whatever-the-emotional excitement is to someone (I hope you are still reading). It helps get all the O MY GOSH GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TODAY! out of my system, or at least tone it down so the ones left around me can actually stand me. Except, of course, on those days when I have written so much my brain is coming out my ears by the end of the day and I’m drooling by supper.

Friday, May 06, 2011

A Hard Mother's Day

This one is bittersweet, but one of the better ones.  Go clickie!


Monday, May 02, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pre-Pascha/Easter House


Hope everyone has a lovely Easter.  This year the Eastern and Western rites share the same date!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


It has been a while since posting here, but not because of afterthought.  I have just been running around without a head, or so have felt like it.  Without further ado, I give you the post


Saturday, January 15, 2011

We Need Another TV

When your husband is playing a video game and you want to watch a football game there is only one solution...

Make with the click above to read the full article.