Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday Updates: Words & Weight


I actually wrote my full goal of 1750 in the fic this week. Got that finished on Monday night, during a sprint with some of my Gateworld pals. Unfortunately, yesterday was a bit of insanity—a busy, choppy schedule, followed by a guest who stayed a bit later than we would have liked, but he’s a nice boy and didn’t want to go home. Nothing bad, just he’s the only male in a housefull of women, and here, it’s more fun, with his “brothers” and substitute “father” to hang out with. I really think the boy does think of us as his second family and we think of him as one of our kids, too. If it wasn’t a school night, I would have had him stay over, the poor dear.

At any rate, I finished my 250 words/day challenge this week, so, YAY! I also made up a quick Excel spreadsheet to hand to everyone that wants one at our RWA meeting, so that we can keep track of our word count. And I've gotten my blogs together with little to no trouble this week, so I feel mighty accomplished. The nice thing is that I also am seeing the next scene in my head, so at least I know where I’m going with it.

Writing prompt: A narcoleptic couple walks into a bar… Okay, sounds more like the start of a joke, but can you write 500 words on it? Better yet, use the gimme word from this week.

Word: Somnolent—drowsy, sleepy. From the Latin Somnus, which means to sleep.

Unfortunately, I did not do the prompt myself last week, although I did have ideas for it—just flat ran out of time/energy. I started to write some this morning and am already up to 440 words, and it seems like it’s only just started. I’m going to try to finish it today and post it on my WP blog later. Will throw in an update when I do finish.


A new low! I am now at 201 even!

Yay, me! Two weeks to go before Valentine’s Day and I am only 1.2 pounds away from my goal for that day. Hubby & I will be going out to lunch that day or the following one to celebrate. It’ll be nice to be able to splurge and not go back over 200. Keep your fingers crossed—we’re going to the Olive Garden, which is one of my favorite restaurants, and pasta & bread are my weight-loss Kryptonite. But I love their food and we deserve the treat.

Food: Hubby found a recipe for oatmeal-banana “cookies”. It’s okay, but could do with some cinnamon or something. That’s the whole recipe—oatmeal and bananas, bake at 350ยบ until the edges brown up. I’m going to try some baked apples later today, as writing Monday’s blog gave me an apple craving. Thinking of going out to get a whole bag of apples and make some homemade applesauce like Gramma used to make.

Exercise: I’ve mixed up the workout a bit this week. I don’t remember why I didn’t work out on Saturday, but I skipped Sunday, as well. It actually made me think that I ought to mix things up and take a day off now and again. With that in mind, I decided to keep the treadmill the same, but on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I will work my core and lower body; on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I will work my core and upper body. I am going to take Sundays off from now on. I’ve added some donkey kicks to shape up my ass. Literally.

I am now getting to the point where I will have to purchase new pants and shorts, or get a belt or two (which I hate wearing), or get them all taken in. My skort this morning:

Look at all that extra room! My bath towel can now not only be wrapped around my body, but will stay up for short periods of time when I tuck it in. Hubby and I can now get our arms around each other and lock fingers again. It makes me wonder what this weight loss is going to do for our love life—with more energy and sexier bodies, I may be doing a lot of what my Kiwi friend calls, “research”.

Total weight loss to date: 17.6 pounds from my actual start point, although I'm not unhappy with the weight loss showing on My Fitness Pal.


Alicia Coleman said...

Congrats Lynne on both the words and weight! I have my fingers crossed for you for your upcoming Valentine's Day event. Health and fitness are part of my New Year's goals as well as writing more.

Christy Olesen said...

Lynne, do you know where you are when you drop below 200? You're in One-derland. One of the contestants on Biggest Loser said that a couple of seasons ago. I like it. I what to reach One-derland. I've had a hard time keeping my counts where they're supposed to be, but I am down 4 lbs since the beginning of the year.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Have you tried the Olive Garden's Lighter Italian foods menu?

Lynne Kensington said...

Thanks, Alicia! It's a process. Like I told hubby--we didn't gain all this weight overnight; we won't lose it overnight. Giving in to the occasional cravings is an important part of it all.

Lynne Kensington said...

One-derland. **snort** Love it. Good job on your weight loss! Every pound counts. Hubby and I both use My Fitness Pal to help us keep track. We weigh in daily (against all advice, but it's been working for us) and write it on calendars. We use both tools to help us keep on track, realizing that weight gain one day is not the end of the world (unless it's a huge change).

Actually, hubby has eaten there since we started this and done so off the lighter menu. I plan on throwing caution to the wind and enjoying my favorites this one day. :-) I'll pay but it's better than feeling like I'm denying myself and going crazy eating a bunch of other stuff instead of what I want.