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I’m really tired so I predict this post will be short and boring.

Because I love bullet points and lists…..

  • I’m really tired.  I did not sleep the last several days due to having a lot going on with wrapping up school for this semester and preparing for my trip.  I’m not looking for sympathy, just stating a fact.
  • I’m also tired because I’m currently living around stress, which is not fun for anyone.  Hopefully that improves soon.  If not, I’m leaving Saturday, so it will at least improve then.
  • Yesterday morning I weighed a new all-time low of 189.0.  Previously low was 189.4.  I’m now in new weight loss.  Typical for me, when I hit a new low I stay off the scale for a few days lest it bounces up slightly.
  • Once I hit 185 I will clinically be “overweight” and no longer “obese”.  I do believe if I hit that weight by my trip I may not deviate from my diet at all on my trip.  But I may not deviate anyway.  Yeah, it might be a little difficult to resist some temptations, but I’ll be having plenty of fun that it won’t be too bad.  Case in point….this morning someone brought in a plethora of bagels, donuts, fruit, and coffee and sat them on the cabinets right down my cube row.  I took some coffee, smelled the donuts and bagels, and went on my way.  And I didn’t even have my usual “really?” whine that I normally have with all of the food in the office.
  • I have only 2 more meetings to get through today, so hopefully I can do it with the ability to string coherent thoughts together.  I’m only attending them, not leading them, so that takes some pressure off.

Over and out.

Patriotic knitting projects within the United States


So far, by my count, I’ve worked on my final for 12 hours already.  I’ve got another few hours of work to go, but I will be able to be finished by tomorrow night.  I’m not going to turn in my stuff until Tuesday or Wednesday though.  There is a reason for that, which is too boring to blog about….just know that I know what I’m doing.

A couple of thoughts on my final…..

  1. It has now been proven to me that they are not just passing out master’s degrees on the street.  This is a good thing.
  2. I hope I can live the rest of my life without ever having to think about how to catalog a book about patriotic knitting projects within the United States.  Actually, if I ever come across that book I’m going to burn it.  Yes, I will burn a book.  Just that book.  I hate that book.  
  3. There comes a point with every final paper/presentation/exam where you just don’t care anymore and want to turn it in no matter what state it’s in.  I’m about 2 hours from that point.
  4. Nobody will die if I don’t maintain my 4.0 GPA.  That said, I’m pretty sure I should be able to swing a solid A out of this class too.  After this class I will be 1/3 of the way through my program.  Yippee!  I love school, though, and may want to continue on.
  5. When it comes to school work and my eating habits it seems I’m either starving or can barely take time to eat.  Today it was barely take time to eat.

OK, I’m now going to bed.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Yay! Vacation! Yay!


I’m going on a trip!

I’m going away for 7 days!  I do not recall the last time I traveled for longer than 5 days.  I’m going to Vegas with a special person in my life and it will be a great time!

Because I’m still in size transition, I purchased a TON of summer clothing at SAVERS yesterday for $79.81.  Last year, the last time I wore summer clothing, I weighed 50-70 pounds more than now, so those clothes are long gone.  Because I’m looking to only lose 20-30 more pounds I do think at lease *some* of these clothes will work into the summer.  I did not buy anything on the verge of “big” so they should last a little while.

Booked myself for a mani-pedi 2 nights before I leave, and have a hair trim scheduled for early Saturday.  I also have to fit in doing my final exam for school this weekend.  I worked it out with my professor that instead of releasing the final to me on Friday, 4/26 and a due date of 5/1 11:59pm, she would release it to my Friday, 4/19 and it will be due Wednesday, 4/24 11:59pm.  On 4/24 I have one other assignment also do (90% completed) and a short blog statement & response.  So this coming weekend I will be packed full of vacation prep.


In IP/weight loss news I weighed in at 191.5 this morning.  OK folks, last Thursday, as in 6 days ago I weighed 205.4.  I’ve lost 13.9 pounds in one week.  I did not even do that the first week of IP when I weighed 304.9 (I believe I lost 8).  So this brings up some questions for me to ask my weight loss coach tomorrow night when I see her.

1.  Was this mostly “fake weight” that made me gain 15 pounds in 2 weeks and that is why I’m losing it so quickly?

2.  Or is it my metabolism is better due to the fact that I have built muscle with working out January – April?  If that’s the case, then why didn’t my metabolism help me NOT gain the 15 pounds.  

3.  Could some allergy make me retain so much water?  We’ve suspected gluten or dairy in the past…..but since I basically gorged on sugar, could it be sugar?

My BMR is around 1600 calories at this weight.  This means simply by existing on earth and not exercising I could maintain my weight at 1600 calories per day.  When I was off Ideal Protein those 2 weeks I was still running, which means I would get to eat a bit extra to make up for what I burned in exercise.  One pound is 3500 calories.  To GAIN weight let’s say I would have to average an extra 3500 calories per day ON TOP OF the 1600 calories per day, every day for 14 days to gain 15 pounds.  And that, my friends, DID NOT HAPPEN.  So what did happen?  This is what I need to find out.

I will work with my coach to figure out a plan for my vacation.  My space food (protein shake packets) and bars won’t take much weight/room in the suitcase.  Most days I can be careful (eat only proteins and veggies)….but I will want some desserts and some alcoholic beverages and some diet soda and some carbs.  So I will need to figure this out with her help.

Yesterday morning I had a short period of time, before I ate anything, where I became incredibly nauseous, and felt like I had ice water in my veins but was sweating, and was short of breath.  It went as quickly as it came.  A friend of mine from work thinks I had a low blood sugar episode.  So I will need to research that and prevent that in the future.  I’ve never experienced this before, so more research is needed.

This has been a bit of a mish-mosh today.  Stream of consciousness.  Oh well.

🙂  Have a great Wednesday!