Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Nothing really to say today, I just wanted to post on Leap Day!

btw - I am going to try something new to give myself a kick in the pants on m y weight loss - I'm having a tough time with WW right now.  I've been tracking & following the plan, but nothing is happening.  I'll fill you in when / if something amazing happens.

I keep hearing about Google Friend Connect going away tomorrow, but I haven't been able to find anything about it on Google so I have absolutely no idea how it is going to affect my blog & followers / followees.  I did add the option to get email updates for any who choose to go that route.

What the heck are RSS feeds?  I haven't found a good idiot-friendly definition for it.  I like to think I'm somewhat intelligent, but when I start trying to read about computer stuff, my heart starts racing & palms get sweaty, and I get all anxious.  Guess I should leave that for the hubster.

So I leave you with Chester being adorable.....

 and the girl...being a dork at WalMart!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Checking in!

I haven't posted in a while, I know.  Nothing overly exciting is going on at the Love Shaque.  I'm not going to weigh in tonight, since we're finally getting to go out for a much - belated Valentine dinner.  It's mid-winter break for the girl, so she was sold for child labor sent to be a "worker bee" at my sister's little farm.  Frankly, I have no idea when she's going to be home!!  I love it!  Anyway, Randy & I are enjoying our time alone.

Randy's doing OK since we lost Maggie.  That happened last Thursday, Friday when I got home from work and all weekend, Chester was literally an orange hemorrhoid on me.  Everywhere I went - he was close behind.  I couldn't sit down or even use the bathroom without him being near.  He even decided to lay across my laptop while I was typing!  I don't know why he was like that with me, since Randy was home all day! He has eased up some.  At least I'm out of his sight right now, even if I am in the same room.

So anyway.  Yeah, skipping WI tonight.  I tracked everything this weekend - it was ugly.  I was -12 points as of last night.  That means I used ALL my extra 49 and then some!  I will share some words of wisdom - avoid Jet's pizza!  This has been a Public Service Announcement.   

Have a great weekend - we're supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow tonight.  My daffodil & tulip sprouts are going to love that!  But what's funny - there's not a single crocus sprout in my yard!  And they're the ones who are usually here early!

Feet in the food dish

Monday, February 20, 2012

Friend Makin' Monday - Travel

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules.  The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Travel

  1. Where did your most recent trip take you?  My last actual trip?  to Arkansas, Christmas 2010.  But there have been weekend trips up north, etc.
  2. Is there a place that you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet? If so, where?  I could make a list!  Outside the US - the Paris catacombs, to kiss the Blarney stone, the Sydney Opera House, the White Cliffs of Dover - to name a few.  In the US?  I want to visit every state.  
  3. Do you travel lightly, or do you cram as much into your luggage as possible?  I think I travel pretty light.  I figure we can do laundry wherever we go.  Now the hubby's gadgets are a different story!
  4. Do your eating and exercise habits change when you travel? If so, how?  Ummmm, yeah.  If I travel someplace with a different culture, I want to try their food.  But I do tend to do a lot of walking, so that is good!
  5. Tell us about a place you’ve been that you’d like to go back to.  Cozumel, since that is where Randy proposed to me (on horseback - in the jungle!!!!) and of course the Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs.
  6. Do you prefer to travel at a certain time of year?  As long as I get to where I'm going, I don't care what time of year it is!
  7. If you had to choose, would you go to the beach or the mountains?  Yes.  LOL!
  8. Have you ever needed a passport to travel?  Yes.  We do show one to get into Canada (less than 40 miles away) and we needed one on a cruise for St. Maarten.
  9. Do you collect anything in your travels?  I try to get a horse figurine and a shot glass.  I try to save some currency, too.  It's so much prettier than American!
  10. Where do you plan to go next?  We might make a short trip here or there this year, but are definitely going to Arkansas this Christmas.  Am I weird that I like to visit my MIL?
Have a great week!

Friday, February 17, 2012

RIP, little Miss Maggie

Yes, we had another tragedy in the family last night. All I have to say is that I'm extremely thankful that we were home - and it was quick.

It was a regular day. I was trying to make dinner and because I was in the kitchen, both Maggie & Chester were underfoot, wanting to be fed. I used my foot to push Mag out of the way so I didn't kick her, and she yelped when I touched her back end. I stopped to pick her up, and realized she was constipated again. Last time I used a baggie & olive oil to "help" the stoppage come out. Yeah - the things I do!! But since I was making dinner, I thought she could wait a few minutes.

I petted & talked to her a minute, then put her back down. As I was reaching for something in the cabinet, I felt her fall against my leg. I assumed she was doing a dramatic "woe-is-me, I'm starving" flop that her & Chester are so well known for. As I looked down, it took me a second for it to sink in that she was having a seizure. Then she threw her head back and let out the loudest meow I'd ever heard from her. Usually she'd open her mouth and barely a peep would be heard. I yelled for Angel to go get Randy from the garage. He came right in and laid on the floor next to her - patting her side & talking to her. I'd moved her out from the corner and she was like a limp rag. She just flopped. Randy stayed there & pressed on her side for a good 15 minutes, but her bladder let go & her tongue was turning blue. She was gone.

We probably wouldn't have even been able to get her to the Animal Emergency Hospital, it happened so fast. And Chester & Jack both got a chance to say goodbye to her. They never did with Skeeter, since he was at the vet when it happened.

So we laid her to rest out next to Skeeter, wrapped in one of Randy's shirts like Skeeter is wrapped in one of mine. Morbid for a second - I was amazed at how fast she cooled off. I'm not sure how much time elapsed between Skeet's passing & us burying him, but he was still warm and soft when I put him in his place. But he also had 20 lbs of insulation on him - where Maggie didn't. She'd been losing weight for the past couple months and it really showed on her tiny little frame.

Maggie's story

I took this one last Saturday - We'd gone out to lunch & dropped Angel off at dance and when we came home - Jack was pacing around & looking concerned. She'd taken over his crate!

We are definitely going to miss her. Randy was attached to her as much as I was with Skeeter, so he took it especially hard. But she's got good company up there!

btw - I did go weigh in, but stayed the same. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

weigh in & minor rant

Well, I was up .2 lbs at weigh in last night. 

I was really ticked at first until I remembered Superbowl Weekend happened.  But other than that, I thought I'd stayed on plan pretty well.  I'm doing well with doing my Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVDs at least 3 times a week (how do those people manage to smile the entire workout???)

I stayed for the meeting, even tho I was rather disgusted.  As I was sitting there, I noticed the chart thingy that they use to explain the program to new people.  There was a big ol' picture of Jennifer Hudson, which makes sense she's the spokesperson, do de doh de doh.  Anyway - the quote that went with this gorgeous poster was "I get to look like this and all I have to do is track?" 

This is the source for my rant.  I have a hard time believing that someone who is rich and famous like JH actually has the time to go out grocery shopping and then actually cook for herself every day, like the rest of us nobodies do.  I'm sure there are chefs and personal trainers involved in her looking as good as she does.  Sure she may "track" what she eats, but someone else probably makes and perfectly portions out her meals.  I know if I had her $$ that's what I would do!!

So anyway, I'm not going to take the weekend off of tracking this time.  I am going to note everything I eat.  I have a sinking feeling that processed foods may be the culprit, even if I put it in eTools.  Crap!  Quick meals like that are so easy and they usually make my picky family happy.  GRRR.

So anyway....we finally are getting some snow!!  It started late this morning & now it looks like we have about 3 inches out there.  That's a drop in the bucket compared to what we're used to getting in SE Michigan.

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Friend Makin' Monday - Habits

This was a horrible - no tracking type weekend.  Friday, management at work brought in huge subs for the "Super Bowl" lunch.  The turkey sub on wheat bread wasn't too bad - it was the brownies.  'Nuff said!  Friday night was a surprise 50th birthday party for my sister. I only had 2 Bud Lights, but the finger foods were my downfall.  I also didn't drink enough water during the day.  I woke up Saturday feeling like a dry human sponge.  Saturday wasn't actually too bad.  I dropped the girl & her friend off at dance, then made the rounds of several neat old cemeteries around town.  Call me weird - I love looking at the old stones & cemeteries are just so peaceful.  I did that for a good 3 hours!  Got some awesome pics, too.

Then there was last night.  It could have been worse.  I made pizzas, so I was able to control the toppings on mine.  I steamed up a bag of veggies & used those !!  But over the course of the day I went thru probably half a tube of multi-grain, ranch Pringles.  So maybe it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  Luckily I'd forgotten to get any sweets when I went to the store, so that helped a LOT !!

So now it's that time!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. Take a moment to answer this week’s question  then add your link in the comments section at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Habits

  1. Are you proactive, or do you procrastinate?  I do both.  I make lists all the time, but will wait until the last minute to actually DO what is on the list.  Is that considered premeditated procrastination?
  2. Do you eat breakfast everyday? If so, what’s a typical meal like? Yes. I usually take oatmeal to work with me.  But sometimes I get horribly bored with that.  I never eat it plain - sometimes I mix in frozen (but thawed) strawberries or peanut butter or even fat free French vanilla coffee creamer.  On the weekends, we occasionally go out.  Sometimes to Tim Hortons (I do get a donut, but get the egg white muffin sandwich with it) or to a little diner that has really good veggie omelets & will do substitutions with egg beaters & no cheese, etc. If we stay home, I'll do a bowl of cereal or a smoothie.
  3. How much time do you spend watching TV on an average day?  On an average day, I'll watch none.  But when I do, it's something like How Its Made, RuPaul's Drag Race or SNL.
  4. Do you talk on the phone, or do you prefer e-mail and/or text messages?  If it is just a quick message, texting is fine.  Anything longer and doesn't require an immediate reply, email.  But if it involves Mom or my technological idiot sister - phone.
  5. Do you exercise in the morning, afternoon or evening? I prefer morning since I am a morning person.  But if I can't do that - as soon as I get home from work.  If I wait at all, I'll have a hard time getting motivated.
  6. Do you take time for yourself regularly?  I guess so.  I love my alone time after taking the girl to dance and before the hubby gets home.  Sometimes I clean the house, sometimes I veg with the cats, sometimes I'll take the dog for a walk. Whatever happens to strike my fancy at the time.
  7. How often do you make your bed? Everyday.  I've gotten the hubby in the habit since he's usually just getting out of bed when I leave in the morning.  I'm happy if he even just pulls the covers up half-assed.  Our cats have this unique talent of being able to hold kitty litter in their paws and can carry it thru the entire house & deposit it in the bed.  So if the covers are up we don't get litter in the sheets! 
  8. Do you plan meals? If so, how far in advance?  I always make a brief menu before going to the grocery store.  If I know what I'm making, I know exactly what I need and can get in & out quicker.  It also creates a quick answer for the inevitable "what are we having tonight?"
  9. Do you wake up at the same time everyday? During the week the alarm goes off at 5:30, but I don't always get out of bed right away.  I need to be up before 6 or it screws up my morning.  Weekends we seem to naturally wake up between 8 & 9.
  10. How often do you brush your teeth?As soon as I get up and before bed.  I floss without fail at night, since I tend to get stuff stuck between my teeth & it makes me crazy.
Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions! Don’t forget to go link up in Kenlie's comments! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday weigh in

I have to say it is a good thing I used the bathroom before weighing in tonight, or I probably wouldn't have had that 0.2 lb loss again.  This is the second week in a row with that same amount.  Hey, at least it is a loss!

I've been sticking right with tracking regularly.  The phone alarm is ~awesome~.  It would be better if I had a phone that supported apps, but until then...this will do.

OK, I had moment, I was thinking we'd already been thru 2 months of 2012, so I took measurements.  The last time I took them was December 29, so it's only been 5 weeks.  Oh well.

I've only lost a total of 2 lbs (better than nothing or a gain!)
-.75 inch off my waist
-.25 inch off my hips
-1.25 off my bust (but I can't remember if I wore a bra last time or not.  I did this time.)
-.25 inch (each) off my upper arm and
-.5 inch (each) off my upper thigh

So that is a total of 3.75 inches!!  I will take that!!  Moving right along!

The hubby asked tonight what our food plans are for Super Bowl Sunday.  Uhhhh, I don't know!  I have a couple boxes of pizza crust mix that you just add water to, so I'm sure those will be consumed.  I just need to stop and get appropriate toppings and other noms.

Just to throw that out there - we're not huge football fans, so I had no idea who was even playing until I just now looked.  We like the commercials & halftime! put the Red Wings up for the Stanley Cup again? We are rabid fans!!  LOL!