Monday, November 29, 2010

Down a few

Somehow, some way, unknown to me, I managed to lose weight the week of Thanksgiving. I would like to say that I counted my points...but I didn't. I definitely had a piece of apple pie, cherry pie and a pumpkin whoopie pie (you know them...deliciously buttery icing sandwiched between two cake like cookies...yummmm) within 3 days. Though I did work out and count my points leading up to Thanksgiving. It was just that day and the 3 days following that were bad news bears.

Anyway, I got on the scale this morning and weighed myself and sure enough...down 2 pounds. I even picked up Peanut and weighed her with me (she's 19 pounds) to make sure the scale was accurate. 

I'll take it! Or perhaps maybe the calories haven't caught up with me yet. 

For workouts, I'm currently enjoying Exercise TV On Demand and Amy Dixon's bootcamp workouts. If you have Verizon, they're definitely worth checking out. Find them in the "Don't Gain a Pound" category when you look up Exercise TV. Then think of me while you're looking like a fool.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's finally Christmas time again! 

And yes, I put up decorations before Thanksgiving. Not too much before though...just a few days. But seriously, when you think about it, putting them up after Thanksgiving gives you less than a month to enjoy them. Why not give it a few extra days?

The last two years, hubs and I got a real tree. However, with him being away this year, I figured it would be way smarter for me to put up the artificial, pre-lit, kind of sad-looking tree we bought the first Christmas we lived together. Usually, we go tree shopping and he dutifully shakes out and stands up at least a dozen trees until I finally pick the one that suits me. Then, we tie it to the roof of my car. Last year, we almost lost it in the middle of the highway. True story. 

He helps me decorate when I ask him to...usually with at least a little bit of whining. The first year in our house, we spent hours putting up lights all around the outside of the house. We lit them up and were so was a very Clark Griswold moment. Cut to the next day when we came home from work and ALL the lights we worked so hard to put up had been blown off the house by the wind. We gave up. 

I put a few around the door last year, but this year I think I'll just stick with the wreath. 

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

WW Update

It's time for another Weight Watchers update. 

Good news: I'm still down overall.
Bad News: I yo-yoed over the past several weeks, so I'm still down only 7 pounds. 

My hang-ups? Weekends. Seriously, they're my downfall. When hubs was home for a visit, I ate and drank  in celebration and didn't make very good choices. So I gained. Then I had to lose what I gained. So I evened out. 

More good news though. I've got back into a workout routine. I was lacking there for a few weeks. I've been trying to mix it up because I realize I've been boring myself. I'm lucky enough to have Exercise TV On Demand, so I have a lot of options for days that I don't drag my butt to the gym. When I do get to the gym, it doesn't seem like the same old cardio/weight combo. 

Tonight, I found out there's a Billy Blanks Jr. And, yes, he's a fitness-crazed freak like his dad. He does this cardio/dance type workout. And thank God I'm doing it at home, where the only audience is my pups. Because I'm pretty sure I look like a GIANT idiot dancing around my basement.

Billy Blanks Jr. led me on quite the adventure tonight. I did Cardioke. Yes. Cardio. Karaoke. Combined. I'm really not sure I'll ever do that one again. Even the dogs were looking at me like a crazy person when I was belting out "Let's Get It Started" and shaking my hips. 

In summary, WW is working. I just need to keep my dedication and motivation. We're entering the holidays, which means copious amounts of food and I need to keep it in check. Godspeed.

Angel Giving Tree

My favorite time of the year is right around the corner. It's the holidayyyssss!

Though Christmas will be different this year, with the absence of hubs, Nana and Grandma, I'm going to try really hard to make the best of it. 

I've definitely already started Christmas shopping. Like...before Halloween. What can I say? I find a deal and I roll with it. 

And since I'm minus a few people to shop for this year, it's left me with a little extra cash. Other than spoiling my parents and sister, I decided to help someone in need that might not otherwise have something under the tree. 

With the Internet, it's become ridiculously easy to help give back to your community. The Salvation Army has partnered with JCPenney to launch the Angel Giving Tree. 

It's seriously the easiest thing ever. You enter your zip code, the age of child you want and the gender. Then wishlists of anonymous kids in your area pop up. You can peruse and pick the angel you'd like to sponsor. JCPenney even allows you to order online and ship for free to the local Salvation Army donation headquarters. 

So, if you have a few extra bucks this season, consider giving back to a child in need!