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10 March 2003

Olivia requested that I post my beginning and current photos here, the day before my next weigh-in, so here they are:

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The current outfit is the one I wore to the dinner last night--black velour pants.  It turned out to be the perfect thing.

But I have to admit...the old girl doesn't look half bad these days.  Looking at those two pictures is definitely enough to keep me going.   Also, sitting here at my desk and bending over to pick up something I dropped on the floor is enough to keep me going.  Tying my shoes in public is enough to keep me going.  Knowing that sox with elasticized tops no longer leave deep dents in my fat calves is enough to keep me  going.

It's amazing when I look at those two pictures to think that I still have difficulties with certain foods.  I guess I just have to accept that I always will.

This week has been a good one, though, eating-wise.   Well, except for the fancy dinner last night (I did say yes to the macadamia cheesecake and the mai tai).  But I've also done more bike riding, I've added aerobics, and I've gotten serious about the eating plan most days.   Since this is--I keep saying this--a lifestyle change, I think "most days" is just fine.  There is no "goal" in my mind.  The "goal" is to retain the progress I've made and add to it. 

It was  wonderful yesterday to go through Gottschalk's fat lady department and buy clothes (incredible sale--I got the velour pants and the top I'm wearing above, a jacket, and a pair of casual pants and top [designed for the "sportswoman"...I smiled at that] and when I got to the cash register and had my purchases rung up, I had spent $48.  No, that's not a typo.  $48.   Now that's a sale!).  But I could pick out sizes--not the largest sizes--and be confident they'd fit. They all did.  The pants and top that I bought were kind of an afterthought.  I passed a sale rack where things had been marked down, and an additional 70% was being taken off at the counter.  I didn't even try them on.  I knew my size.  And they fit.

When I think how many years I've gone without buying things because I hate looking at myself in the dressing room mirrors--and when I often couldn't find things that fit even in the fat lady department. 

Oh, I'm not ready for "normal" sizes by a long shot--but I am definitely no longer self-conscious to walk into a clothing store and try something on.

Will I have lost on Tuesday?  I don't care.   The thing I care about is how I did during this week--and I did well.  If Saturday's dinner keeps me from losing, well, no big deal.  My enthusiasm is renewed (and the photo above didn't exactly discourage me either!)

As for the dinner, it was great fun.  A fund-raising roast for one of the local doctors.  I love sneaking into these expensive things for free.  I was there as the official photographer, so I didn't have to pay $60, but got all the goodies anyway. The pictures aren't steller, but I couldn't pass up a photo op to take a picture of my current boss with my former boss:

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Unfortunately, I didn't manage to lure the psychiatrist over to get into the photo as well, but I did click on him as he and his wife entered the hall for dinner.

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So there you have it.  I'm feeling very good at present.  Life is good.  And I'm going to not one, but two WeightWatchers meetings this week--my  regular one, and one in Sacramento with a friend, since Dr. G will be off on vacation for a couple of days and I can take a couple of hours out for a meeting 20 miles away...and I'd like to see how the other half lives!

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Quote of the Day

I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.

~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Today's Photo

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My birthday present from Olivia--
the koala is holding Fodor's Guide
to Australia


One Year Ago
Teach the Children
We used to joke with our kids about eating their vegetables when they were little. This came from a guy I used to babysit for, who knew I didn't like vegetables and would tell me that if I didn't eat them, my ear would fall off. So we started telling our own kids that.

Two Years Ago
Plague Update
My eyes were at half staff, my nose was red and snuffly, and both lips were swollen to twice their normal size. Small children clung to their mothers and dogs ran into the streets in panic.

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Pounds Lost:  70.8
(this figure is updated on Tuesdays)

On the Odometer

URL Total 747.3
Blue Angel Total 745.6
2003 YTD Cumulative:  267.9

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