Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Perty by Thirty Week 46

Despite a potluck at work, a baby shower with delectable treats, and a Thanksgiving dinner at church I was able to lose .8 pound. I was a little shocked. I really tried to do well at all the events, but it was difficult and I didn't always do well. I also did not exercise this week, which often causes my loses to be low or non-existent.

Luckily I had a loss and I am motivated to have another, despite the holiday and all the great food I will have at my fingertips. Let's hope I can come back next week and have another loss.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Perty by Thirty total -- 95.8 pounds
BlogapaLOSEa total -- 15.8 pounds

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Perty by Thirty Week 45

Well, I knew it was bad when I couldn't stop eating, no matter what was in front of me. Luckily it didn't show up too bad on the scale (yet). I gained .2 pound this week. I really can't complain considering how bad it was. I am trying to get back on track now, but I'm still having trouble with all the yummy food all around! I wrote more about my difficulties this past week here.

Perty by Thirty total: 94.6
BlogapaLOSEa: 14.6

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Perty by Thirty Week 44


I really had big hopes for this week's weigh-in. I followed my allotted points, wrote down all the food I ate, and exercised 3 days. All of that equaled a 1.2 pound weight loss.

Yes, it was a loss, but I really had big hopes for something larger. I'm 5.2 pounds away from hitting 100 pounds by Thanksgiving. I'm afraid I am not going to make that goal. I hate not hitting a goal I set for myself.

I'm still determined to try and I want to make the Thanksgiving goal, but if you saw what I ate today you'd think I was trying to gain 100 pounds by Thanksgiving. And, unfortunately my stomach is making sure I don't forget about the bad food I ate. I can't even explain the horrible stomach pains I have been experiencing this evening.

It was a lesson learned and for the next 6 days I am going to dedicate myself to losing and only think about losing. As long as that leftover Halloween candy someone brought in to work disappears before I get to work tomorrow. If not, I may be doomed. Chocolate is my downfall.

Perty by Thirty: 94.8 pounds
BlogapaLOSEa: 14.8 pounds

Monday, November 2, 2009

Perty by Thirty Week 43

Forty-three weeks. Wow! Only nine until I hit the one year mark. Today at our Weight Watchers' meeting we discussed our motivation to stay strong through the holidays. Our first step was to set a goal. Where do we want to be in nine weeks after the holidays.

What? Nine weeks? Seriously? Oh my word...these next nine weeks are going to be CRAZY!!! I have so much to do. And I set my goal high. Very high. Probably too high. I said I want to lose 16.4 pounds in these next nine weeks.

I'm not so sure it is do-able, but I'm going to do the best I can to make it do-able. I'm struggling to meet my Thanksgiving goal of hitting the 100 pound mark. After this week's loss of 1.6 pounds, I am at a total of 93.6 pounds lost. That means I need to lose 6.4 pounds in the next three weeks. I can do it and 4 months ago I would have shrugged it off, but now the weight is coming off slower. Much slower.

My plan for this week is to track my points very closely. And to walk at least 4 days. Last week I did neither, so if I can lose 1.6 pounds not doing so, let's hope I can lose at least 3 pounds doing it all.

I will try to remember to take a picture sometime this week. I've been awful about doing that. I definitely will take a picture as soon as I hit 100 pounds lost, but maybe I can get to it earlier than that.

Perty by Thirty total: 93.6
BlogapaLOSEa: 13.6

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My new bathroom

Side note: Can you believe I'm blogging something other than my weight loss? Amazing, I know. I am hoping I can pretend like my weigh-in tomorrow won't be half as bad as I think it will be. Darn Halloween candy!

My home is boring. Very boring. Every wall is white and aside from thirty million pictures of my child, there are very few decorations. I have a lot of ideas, but little to no money to make it happen, so I just live with the second hand furniture and add a few items here or there a I can.

One thing that most people probably don't know is that I have a love for antiques and primitive design. Since my home has very little of this my love for these is not very evident. Luckily, I was inspired by a friend's bathroom recently. All it takes for me is a vision or idea and then I start running with it.

My inspiration came only a couple weeks before I went to a craft festival which often has numerous antiques and primitive items. Since I was still feeling inspired and I had a few dollars budgeted, I wandered around the craft fair on a cold, damp morning. I wasn't certain what I wanted specifically. I was hoping for items which would inspire my creativity.

I first fell in love with a primitive wooden american flag. It was at one of the first booths I stopped at. I loved the flag, but decided I wasn't ready to make a purchase yet so I continued on around the fair. As I continued I began to see more and more items which inspired me. After I found a couple stars I instantly decided I had to return and hope the flag was still available.

So I returned to the booth and there is was. I grabbed the flag and away I went, inspired. I found a few more items which I loved and I knew instantly I had all the decor needed for my bathroom.

The bathroom I wanted to "redo" is a small half bathroom off of our living room. When I say small, I mean really, really small. It has a toilet and a sink. That is it. I estimate the bathroom is 2 feet by 8 feet, literally just enough room to turn around. Everything in the bathroom was white. A white toilet, white sink, and white walls. The floors are a fake brown stick-on pretend wood.

I attempted to take before pictures of the room, but it was nearly impossible. I did get a nice shot of the toilet and another of the sink. It was the best I could do. Please note I did not clean the bathroom before I took the pictures. I'm sorry to embarass you with my lack of housekeeping skills, Mom.

I headed to Lowes Friday evening to get some paint. I knew I wanted a dark tan/brown type color. I narrowed it down to two different options and went with the one that had the better name, hot chocolate. Yep, I'm very scientific with my decision methods.

On my way home from Lowes I decided I wanted to immediately start painting as soon as I got home. And that is just what I did. I painted until the wee hours of the morning on Saturday. My painting skills definitely lack the skill part. I, unfortunately, got several streaks, probably should have done a second coat, and in hind sight should have contacted a professional.

Despite that, I think the final product turned out alright. I love all the items together. I actually went to the bathroom today and said aloud, "this is so cozy." Just what you want in a bathroom, coziness, right?

This is the shelf above the toilet. I hung it a bit too high, but it is on the wall and at this point that is what matters.

Here is the inspiration for the room design. Don't ya just heart it?

And this is my favorite purchase. I stumbled upon it as we were making one last look through before we left. It says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalms 33:12."

A blue and red star hung above the light switch.

A look at the toilet and the decorations around the closet, er, I mean room.

My husband found my decorating a bit humorous. Apparently when we were dating I went on a bit of a tyraid about how I didn't like people decorating their homes in a patriotic theme. I don't remember this conversation, but apparently it just goes to show I am one to eat my words.

Hoss seems to like the room. We mentioned that the wall color was like chocolate and he went in and licked the wall. I guess he thought it was really chocolate. Now that would be a dream room! He now calls the bathroom "chocolate milk." Plus, we have been using the new decor as a teaching tool. We are working on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Who knew that some bathroom decorating could be so much fun. And educational!