Day 136 – The Latest…

Why do I keep starting my blog titles with Day #so and so? Well, at day 142, it will be June 1st so this is the the number of days from when I started this blog up again. There’s no other rhyme or reason and after June 1st, I may or may not continue the practice. I hope that answers the question for you. Now on to other more important things.

Sun. I love the sun. I can’t say I’m a sun goddess because I believe to meet that definition, I would have to live in Malibu and walk around as a size 2 in a teeny, weeny bikini. However, I am solar-powered and need to lie in the sun to recharge every so often. While many would tout the cancer-causing effects of the sun, I would tout the fact I’m less bitchy and far more fulfilled on my vitamin D requirements. The goal today is to grab some of that vitamin D because I just like a better attitude and a little less pastiness. And if you need a few other reasons to catch a ray…

“…it has been proven that getting sufficient sunlight aids in preventing chronic ailments such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), osteoporosis, mental depression, type 2 diabetes, and cancers affecting the bladder, breasts, cervix, colon, ovaries, prostrate, and the stomach. To put it more succinctly, sunlight serves as the perfect medicinal pill in promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

Speaking of healthy lifestyles…

Dancing with the Stars had their season finale last night. Hines Ward took hime the mirrorball trophy. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was in pretty decent shape when the whole thing started. Competitor Kirstie Alley – not so much. However, with all of the dancing and training, Kirstie has whittled away 38 inches of her body from when she started. 38. That’s a big number and rumor has it she’s dropped approximately 60 pounds to wear almost an American size 6 and . I’m seriously wondering if I need to start dancing for a few hours every day… I’m willing to do so. Meanwhile….

I’m breaking out of my well-padded comfort zone and trying a bunch of new classes at the Amarillo Town Club. They are changing the class schedules in a couple of weeks, but I have to say that at the moment, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE yoga. I’m not a fan of group exercise, but for that, I am willing to bear with it. Other classes I’m going to be trying out include the Les Mills “Body Pump” and “Body Step” and maybe even “Body Combat.” I’m also planning to test my coordination (HA!) with Zumba and even things out with pilates. Time to try something new and different…. and time to get back to work. More later from the flip side.

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Day 126 – Memory….

….All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

I’ve been going though a lot of memories lately and why not pick a song that fits, eh? Katie’s junior prom was last night. She was STUNNING and it made me feel strangely old. I remember mine and that’s just a little weird. One of her friends put this crown of fresh baby flowers in her hair and it was all done up etc. She was a princess…..

So now and abrupt change of subject:
I’m being a good girl and drinking a Nature’s Plus: Spiru-Tein High Protein Energy Shake for breakfast accompanied by an orange. This is day 3 of breaking old habits and getting healthier. Again. But this time, it’s actually working. The goal is 30-60 minutes of exercise daily, 8 glasses of liquid (no sodas or anything like that) daily, and eating right. I’ll admit the small handful of Chex Mix I ate throughout the day yesterday lured me into the depths of temptation, but I fought back. Obviously, I’m a little carb sensitive and need to leave ALL processed carb-loaded foods alone. Last night I went walking. 1.9 Miles. My right knee hurt and the bone chip floating around in the bottom of my left footie didn’t feel so well. Losing weight is NOT fun. I just want to state that for the record. However, I AM the one who let herself get in this condition and I AM the only one who can get myself back out. The good news though… the scale budged just a little bit this morning. Woot!!!

One of the reasons for getting in shape is I’ve grown out of the clothes I love to wear. I have some AWESOME clothes stashed away and can’t wear them. Yet. One of the things stashed is a mini-suit. I love this thing and can’t wear it. I’m hoping to be able to in the next few months. It’s going to require the loss of a solid 30 pounds though. Yeah… I said 30. Add that to the other 30 I would love to lose, but would be happy with 20. 50. Fifty pounds is the goal. Sixty is “idealistic.” I’m carrying around a small extra person that’s NOT supposed to be there. My knees and feet definitely feel it.

And with all this said, I must get busy for the day. The busier I am, the more weight I’ll lose. Yes… even cleaning house and yardwork burns calories. The only thing I really miss this morning is Starbucks.

Day 121 – What Not to Wear

In the overall scheme of things, there are many things a person shouldn’t wear, even though it sounds like a great idea at the time.

Do not wear light colored pants if you are wearing underwear that has polka-dots or a dark-colored, floral design on them. I’d say someone got dressed in the dark to miss that or they didn’t realize their pants were that “thin.” However, I’ve seen it twice today and in one of those instances, my eyeballs need to be flushed with NAPALM and even that won’t get the image out of my head.

Along the lines of clothing disasters, I know I’m among the minority and want clothes to fit, but I don’t want them to actually hug my body. There are several comfy reasons to this, but primarily I don’t need everyone in any kind of radius counting the bumps and bulges my body has collected. Yesterday, there was a woman who was wearing a tight shirt. I know this is all the fashion rage, but when I can count three ridges above the muffin-top, something is wrong. Let’s leave the tight fitting clothes to movie stars who always seem anorexic to me.

And let’s talk glam… prom season is here. I actually like prom season because there are some gorgeous dresses out there. And there are some that make you wonder what the heck happened?
Case in point:

I would have to say this poor thing was attacked by someone who wanted their bed linens back. Honey, Paris Hilton couldn’t pull this look off.

And when talking about bad prom dresses. Does anyone besides me remember the 80’s? I actually still have my senior prom dress (at my parent’s house, where I am NOT living.) But if you don’t remember some of the horiffic creations, either watch “Pretty in Pink” or “Never Been Kissed.” I prefer the later because of Josie Geller’s dress. It’s prime 80’s material as evidenced here:

The big sleeves and puffy dresses aren’t my ideal of “fashion.” And I have to admit, I can’t stand when attending 80′s throwback parties because I can never seem to find something to wear that I actually LIKE… (Another blog all together, I’m sure.)

Hopefully you have not fallen into any of these fashion traps and if you have, I would recommend you seek professional counselling and a stylist immediately.