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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Danger: Christmas Party Ahead and Remembering...

So here I am nearly through another week. I can't believe how far I've come. I was looking through pictures last night as I was ordering some from Walgreen's for gifts.  I really look different. At least I think I do. Then, sometimes I look at pics and I think I look just as fat. Why is that?

I guess I am still fat, less, but still fat. I get really frustrated with that fact. Sometimes all the, "You look so great." Goes to my head and I think I am farther along and then I get slapped in the face with the reality of how far I have to go.

Of course seeing the date Allan calculated for when I'll meet goal helped, but also made me  worry. You know my Type A self starts to worry that I won't make it by then. Then I start to worry if I'll ever make it. Then I worry about what people will think if I fail again. That leads to a spiral of self doubt which I am trying to avoid.

The scale is moving downward although not as fast as the math says it should. F-ing scale. I am doing very well this week over all. Alas, I have a Christmas party at the office today and one Saturday for Tae Kwon Do. I have to really monitor the overly happy feelings I get this time of year. It leads to me believing that I deserve that candy or dessert which is TOTAL Bullshit. 

No one deserves to kill themselves slowly with candy and cakes and pies.  NOT even me who has worked hard, exercised and lost 46 pounds this year. That attitude got me fat and kept me there. I have to remind myself that I have already maxed out my calorie credit cards over my adult life. I just kept spending and spending and spending calories I couldn't really afford. NOW, I'm having to make the payments by stopping myself from further overages.  Maybe if I envision Guido, the big harry Italian mobster who'll come to break my legs if I don't square up my debts it'll keep me from the treats.

At any rate, I have done well at least this week. I can put Guido off another week anyway. Yesterday's food totaled 1208 calories. I had 128oz water, my coffee, diet lemonade and another coffee last night at the boring board meeting. Yeah fluids. Boo caffeine late at night which resulted in me up until 1am last night. But, I was productive. I ordered most of the remaining gifts I need.

Today I am remembering. Looking back. Today is my anniversary, 15 years.  I was thinking this morning about how great and hard and wonderful and taxing and fabulous a good marriage is.  We've been together 20 years and I am amazed that I still can't wait to get home to see him nearly every day.(I've been married long enough to know there are days....) I was a size 24 when I got married. Today I'm a size 14. I wanted to get the dress out and put it on just for fun. If I have time to do that, I'll post the pic.  We'll go out tomorrow night although we enjoy quiet nights at home watching TiVo as much as anything. YEAH, we're old now. Old, but happy. Boring to some, but exactly what I want from my life.

Enough sappy talk.  Today I have shopping on the agenda. Wrapping is the next big task and I HAVE to get those Christmas cards finished tonight. In-laws arrive on Sunday so we have to get the house ready. At least school is done Friday and I won't have 3 kids to deliver to 3 different schools for 2 whole weeks. YEAH!

So....are you people keeping Guido at bay? Or do I need to send him your way?


  1. Happy Anniversary. I hope you do have time for the wedding dress photo. I bet it'll be beautiful :)

  2. Great post, Dr. F. I liked what you said about spending calories over a lifetime:

    "I have to remind myself that I have already maxed out my calorie credit cards over my adult life. I just kept spending and spending and spending calories I couldn't really afford. NOW, I'm having to make the payments by stopping myself from further overages." That really made me think about my overeating during my life and what is has likely done to my body. We can't go back and change what is already done, but we can make things better for today and in the future.

    Happy Anniversary! I was also a "December Bride," with an anniversary in 3 days. It's been great--my guy has been with me through thick and thin. It was nice to hear how you feel about your hubby and your life. I feel the same. This weight has been the bane of my existence, but I can honestly say that I got lucky in my marriage.

    Good luck with all of your Christmas projects left to be finished! You'll make it, because you are a dynamo, Dr. F.!

  3. You rock, Doc!
    Sorry, that was terrible. Rhyming is beneath both of us.
    Anyway, you're my hero. Keep fighting the good fight.
    I,too, have a Guido, except his name is Allan Klein.

  4. Happy Anniversary! I hope you do get a chance to try on your wedding dress - bet both you and your husband will be stunned at how much you've changed!

  5. Doc, I have all the faith in the world that your worry about going to those Christmas parties are unfounded. You will do great. I always envy your will power! I need you to mail me some if you get the chance. As for Guido, he can stay home for now. I have had a great week eating and diet wise. I hope to, no scratch that, I WILL finish out these last two weeks as good as this week was, and see myself hit my 210 pounds goal by New Year's Eve!


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