A week straight counting points and I haven’t been hungry. And actually I’m not really surprised. Losing weight isn’t difficult. (I’ve probably lost thousands of pounds!)
Keeping it off is. For me the key isn’t so much food as it is exercise.
The Book of Daniel:
I didn’t watch it but I have to say NBC is brilliant. Our local station brought several clergy in to watch the show and discuss it in advance. For the last week they’ve had at least a 2-minute Book segment every day, playing up the controversy. Great way to turn an ad into what people see as a story. (Other stations even picked it up. Like I said BRILLIANT!) I didn’t watch it so I don’t know what I think, but the reviews I saw ahead of time said the show had a great opportunity to be edgy and instead uses the religion angle as a shallow cliché’d gimmick.
The Miner Tragedy:
I’m surprised more people aren’t saying this. The media deserves to be called on the carpet on this one. Live TV isn’t news. It’s entertainment. If it were news some of the so-called reporters would verify their information instead of having to say oops after the fact. It’s happening more and more these days. The newspapers picking up the story and running with it are even worse. I tell my students all the time that if the public can’t trust the news, democracy’s in danger. Maybe the journalists working at this level need to remember, it’s not just a job or a ratings war. They hold the future of America in their hands.
I was invited to teach at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association conference in New York this spring break. Woo Hoo. I’m not going this time because I’m going to Boston at the beginning and I can’t be gone from my family the entire break. That would stink. But it’s so cool that I was asked. I hope they’ll ask again another time. But when NYT Upfront asked me to fill in on their editorial board and I had to turn them down, I never heard from them again. I had to turn down the chance to sit in the editorial offices of the New York Times, the chance to smell NYT ink, because I was teaching at another workshop that weekend. It killed me to say I can’t but please remember me because I’d love to another time. A year later I think I missed my chance. 😦
Lots of sales
Not for me, but several first timers sold to Harlequin. Silhouette this week. Exciting, inspiring. I can do this. On that note, I entered the Intrigue log line contest. Yikes. 2 sentences to tell your whole story. Not easy. If they don’t pick me, that’s okay. I’ll just send in a partial with a query and synopsis. I’m pretty sure they’ll ask for a full on that. It’s very much an Intrigue. And I think it’s pretty good.
I’ve been in love with words as far back as I remember. Now I get to share that passion for writing, for reading with my students. A whole new crop of beginners started today and I’ve got to say I’m excited. They’re almost as ADD as me.
This is going to be an incredible semester.
And I’m back on my Weight Watchers program. And I’ve cooked three more meals since I sliced my thumb without further destruction. Life is good.
(Except for the lost book. Somehow between leaving the Y yesterday and going today I’ve lost Hot Target. I’m in the middle of this book and I love it. If I can’t find it, I’m going to be one unhappy camper!)
I changed my weigh-day to Saturday because I’m re-committing to my WW today.
I’ve definitely kicked butt when it comes to writing this summer. Unfortunately at the same time my butt’s gotten 10 pounds heavier. So my -50 is back up to -40. 😦
At least I got back in gear before I gained it all back!
Now to eat right, exercise and WRITE.
It has to be possible. It’s just about balance. I can do balance. I think. I mean, most people can do balance, and while I have very little experience with balance, this can be something I work on.
I’m writing a SAD scene today. My poor characters, Everything’s been going along so great. They’re finally getting along, all the those big Questions about life have been addressed. Today I’m smacking them all around and proving sometimes there aren’t answers. ANd that’s just a part of life. But first, I’m going to the gym.
I have a new writing article on my website: http://www.marybethlee.com
It’s all about NO.
Weight Watchers Vs. Summer Break round 310.
(score so far: WW 3, SB 307)
Since September 9th last year I’ve been using the WW Points system to lose weight. I love it because it’s not a diet. I can’t diet. If I diet I gain weight because I’ll be going along just fine until wham! I run into 1 pound of Hersheys, a sleeve of Chips AHoy and Bills Catfish..all on the same day. And after that I go a little crazy. Or a lot crazy. It’s not pretty.
So I haven’t been dieting.
I’ve been working my WW, exercising, drinking my water. Life is good and I’m dropping sizes.
Part of this journey has been hanging out on WW message boards. My favorite is the Bravo board because you get to see how people are progressing.
It’s great inspiration.
But I think a lot of these people are aliens.
They talk about how after so long friend food doesn’t even taste good anymore. How sweets aren’t nearly so tempting. How life without chocolate or Krispy Kreme really is great.
I decided to chance that tonight by making french fries for my family.
My husband hasn’t been so happy in months. The fry daddy is his favorite cooking utensil, but it hasn’t been used since last September.
I poured the oil in the tub and squinched up my nose at the atrocious smell and look of pure Wesson. That lasted about five minutes.
After that the fries smelled great. And I don’t know when fried food is ever going to stop tasting incredible. I loved every one (of the, oh, probably 107) I ate.
I don’t think I can figure out the points on this one.
It got me thinking about habits and how important it is to develop habits in life.
I broke the writing habit and it’s been hard to get it back.
I better be careful or I’mm going to break the Points and exercise habits too.
I was interviewed today about my writing by the local paper. I’m co-chair of the small writer’s conference my RWA chapter holds and the reporter wanted to know about the group and about my writing journey. It was cool but also a little freaky. I gave her some other chapter member names and numbers. I hope she’ll call them. They’re published. They can give her more info from a different perspective. It was cool to brag on the published members in my group. She wanted to know if they were vanity press published or just on the web. Neither! It was fabulous to talk about my CP Karen Kelley and her multiple contracts and the power of a dream, about Linda Broday who wrote an NRCA historical winner about a girl who goes blind while she was battling her own blindness due to MS, about our chapter president who writes fro Genesis and for an e-pub (the e-pubs aren’t romance. They’re asian historicals and they sound wonderful), and about the marvelous Melissa Shroeder who’s publishing erotic romance and is out in trade with Mary Janice Davidson right now.
It was awesome to talk about the scope of romance and how in our tiny group we run the gamut from inspirational and young adult to historical or erotic but it’s all the same journey to publication.
We’ll see how it all ends up when the story runs. WOW was it ever scary.
But it definitely made me want to write.
Which is a good thing.
Time’s slipping by. I need to redevelop the habit and get back into the game.
Especially now that my entire town is going to know what I’m doing. YIKES!
Back to my 50 pounds down. DANG! Why does it take two months to lose seven, two days to gain it and then another month to lose it again?
Interesting note and something I probably have said a million times before:
I started drinking 1-2 diet drinks a week again this last month and didn’t lose a single pound.
I quit this week and re-lost the five I’d gained.
A long time ago my doctor told me Diet Cokes were the worst thing I could drink. I should’ve listened to him then.
Diet sodas are out of my diet for good!
UGH! I’m never going to lose weight again. I’ve been this same weight up and down a pound for a month.
I know I could drop my Points, but I don’t want to. I don’t want to treat this like a diet. But DANG I hate plateaus.
I also hate TV timeouts on playoff basketball. How can 3 minutes take 30 minutes to play?! I know this has nothing to do with weigh down. But it was on while I was working out, so I got all caught up in the game and then had to leave the gym BEFORE the game was over. 😦
I made it through my Austin trip and still lost 1/2 a pound. Woo Hoo.
And I’ve decided McDonalds truly is evil.:-) A couple weeks ago I had that big gain and the only thing I did was eat a Big and Tasty and a small french fries.
This weekend I ate at Hula Hut in Austin. For dessert I shared their key lime pie with a friend.
Their KLP was a thousand times better than that McDonald’s. Its crust was toasted coconut, brown sugar, toasted almonds and probably five pounds of butter. The pie filling was the super rich KLP filling.
I ate it. I loved it. And I didn’t gain five pounds of water weight.
Note to self: Skip the McDonald’s and go for something I really love!
I’m going to Austin tomorrow and I was faced with a dilemma. To weigh or not to weigh.
My weigh in day is Monday.
I’ve had one heck of a difficult month. I thought and thought and thought some more and finally after elliptical heaven I decided I would weigh. If I hadn’t lost, I’d know to work hard in Austin. If I had, I’d be inspired.
I’m inspired. I hit the 5-0 mark today. Woo Hoo! I have 30 to go. I can do it and I’m NOT going to diet.
UGH! I didn’t update yesterday because I was too disgusted. I was up FIVE pounds last week.
Okay. Here’s the deal. It was a bad week. But not a five pound week. And yes, I had McDonald’s, but not 5 pounds of McDonald’s.
Actually I decided quite a few things went into this weigh in including water, a road trip, McDonalds and not being able to work out at the level I’m used to. It all boils down to not getting discouraged. My clothes are still looser. I fit in a SIZE 14 for the first time since I got married. Next week will be better. Way better.
Now about this week: My brother’s in town with his kids. They are awesome, but I’m not going to be able to work out all five work days. I’m on deadline at school, so there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Yesterday I slept over eight hours, so I didn’t get to work out in the morning, but I think that’s what I’m going to do, just for this week. I really HATE waking up early, but I’d hate gaining weight more.
So that’s that.
UGH! This week’s been the worst in months. Not sure why. For some reason I was HUNGRY beyond belief every time I came home from work. Instead of ignoring it, eating some fruit or going for a walk, I gave in and ate nachos or candy or any of a million other things guaranteed to make me feel like crap. I don’t know why. It’s like Lent was over, I was free to eat chocolate and all the chocolate in the world needed to watch out! I was on a mission.
I still worked out five times this week. I just really have to focus on this during the week ahead. It’s essential.
Maybe I just needed to be reminded that while some people don’t have issues with food, I DO. I always have. I always will. Even when I reach goal.
This week’s going to be a big challenge. My brother’s going to be here with his family Tuesday-Friday. DD’s birthday is Wednesday. It’s deadline week for the newspaper and I have to start working on leadership for next year.
So I’m going to do some pre-goals:
1.) Report my week HONESTLY tomorrow. Own the issues. 🙂
2.) If I’m hungry when I get home, I’ll eat fruit or popcorn
3.) Work out five days this week
4.) Eat three good point friendly meals every day of the work week. **Especially make sure I eat a quality lunch to make sure I don’t have a repeat of last week.
5.) LOST the focus on the weight and FOCUS on the HEALTH!!!
#5 is the most important of those pre-goals. I’m not sure what happened last week or why, but I think that might be the key.