Aug 192011
 

I know Melissa is posting about her weight loss, so for some sense of accountability I decided to post on my weight loss.

I’m embarrassed by my weight, so I feel somewhat of a need to preface this entry with a statement. Weight loss is something that I’ve always struggled with. I’ve always had a complex about being too fat – even when I was 120 lbs in high school. I think my body image will always be skewed. That being said, I have PCOS. One of the symptoms is weight gain/trouble losing weight. I’m kind of stuck in a loop, because if I could lose the weight, some of the symptoms might ease up. But losing the weight is so damned hard. If I am not (for lack of a better word) obsessed with what I eat, I will not lose weight, and if I’m not careful, I will gain weight.

Now, about my weight gain. I had already gained weight prior to my junior year of college. Between my junior and senior years in college, I decided to use Slim Fast. I lost a good 30 lbs. Of course, once college started back up again, I stopped the diet. Around the same time, I started dating Jack. I love Jack and his family dearly, but they cook very heavy, rich (carb-laden) foods for almost every meal. Between the heavy foods, being back at college (and not liking much of the food), and the PCOS, I managed to gain that 30 lbs back, plus some. So to sum it up, between crash dieting, not watching carefully, and PCOS (which I didn’t know about at the time), I gained a lot of weight.

I won’t be posting pictures of my weight loss. At least not yet. To me, the numbers are embarrassing enough. Maybe after the fact I’ll be able to look back and get past my body image issues, but right now I just can’t. My ultimate goal is to lose about 100 lbs, but I’d take about 70 lbs, which would put me at about 170 lbs (what I weighed when I met Jack).

So, here goes.

Starting weight: 241 lbs
Current weight: 233.2 lbs
Goal weight: 140 lbs

I also set mini goals for myself, and my first mini goal is to reach 220 lbs. The 7.8 lbs I’ve lost so far is due to diet change and drinking more water. I had been down closer to 231 lbs, but apparently carbs are my enemy and cause drastic weight gain for me. I’m not eliminating carbs completely, but I’m being very selective about how many carbs I eat. I’m also following Weight Watchers. I’ve found some awesome healthy recipes.

My goals for this coming week: Work starts up again for me this week. We’ve bought an exercise bike, now I need to use it. I want to start exercising in the mornings before I go to work. I also want to up my water intake – I’ve been slacking on that the last few weeks.

Aug 162011
 

Summer break is over. Almost. I have a training later this week, and I need to get my classroom set up. I have trainings almost every day next week, and then the week after, school starts. Wow, time really does fly.

I promised myself I would get more done this summer than last summer, but of course that didn’t happen. That might not be true now that I think about it. Last summer I hardly did anything at all around the house and I think this summer was better (if only slightly). One thing I vow not to do next summer is let my sleep schedule get messed up. It only takes one late night for me and then my sleep schedule is messed up for the rest of the summer.

In some ways, I hope the school year goes fast. Mostly because we’re planning a trip to Florida for next summer. I really hate to wish time away but I’m excited to go to Disney and actually get to spend time at the park. The only other time I went to Disney, I went with my high school’s marching band, and while I had fun, we didn’t spend more than half a day at any of the parks. We didn’t really get a chance to ride anything, and we skipped out on the water parks and Animal Kingdom entirely. Although we did go to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. This time around, we have Disney passes for seven days and we plan to visit every park. We’re going to Islands of Adventure but I think we’re skipping out on Universal Studios. This may change, but I doubt it. It’s amazing how expensive tickets are. Needless to say, I’m excited. After all I am just a big child at heart. I’m probably going to drive my husband crazy for the next several months – not that it’s any different than any other day.

We’re also going to two music festivals in the upcoming months. In fact, most of my weekends are full up until the beginning of October. I’m hoping with all of this activity (plus work) I won’t have time to think about the fun things planned for next summer. I’m also hoping that in the down times, we’ll have the chance to work in our house – or maybe just move altogether, but that’s a different story for a different day, if it even happens.

 Posted by at 1:20 pm
Aug 082011
 

It’s almost time to go back to work, and I have an iPad for my classroom this year. Any app suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Aug 052011
 

Pocket is the newest addition to our family. She was born sometime in August 2010, according to her vet records, and we adopted her in February 2011. Pocket is a short hair dilute tortie.

Pocket finds a comfy spot on the bed on her first day home.

We were not Pocket’s first family. She had been with a family, but was abused by other animals (ferrets) in the house, and eventually came to be in the care of the shelter. I also think something may have happened with a bigger cat, because while Pocket is fine with Matilda, she is very apprehensive about Delilah. We’re working with her to get her adjusted, and while is is slow, we are making progress.

Pocket doesn’t meow often, but she will not hesitate to growl or hiss when something is annoying her. I’m going to assume that there is probably a warning on her vet record. At the last vet visit, I had them trim her claws (Pocket is very fidgety when it comes to claw trimming), and I heard her growl and fight the whole way across the vet office. She also growls when playing. Pocket may have learned some traits from the ferrets of her former family – when she gets overly excited, she arches up and hops sideways, much like an excited ferret.

At the current time, Pocket weighs approximately 6 lbs. If she is truly almost a year old, I don’t think she will get much bigger. She looks tiny in comparison to the other two cats but is very healthy. Pocket prefers small spaces and tends to get scared when she has free run of the whole house. Because of this, Pocket stays in our bedroom when we aren’t home, and she is left out when we are home to supervise and help her. We have a cage set up in our living room for her (we leave the cage door open), and that seems to be her safe point. Whenever Pocket gets scared, she darts back into the cage.

I realize by this entry that it probably sounds like Pocket is not happy in our house, but that is not true. She is very happy, happiest when full attention is on her. Pocket purrs like mad when Jack and I walk into the room, and loves to be petted and scratched. Matilda and Pocket can be seen playing and chasing each other from time to time. Pocket avoids Delilah but is getting better with time.

Pocket and Delilah give each other nose kisses.

Aug 052011
 

Baby Matilda shoots an innocent look from the window.

Matilda is the middle “child.” She was born around April 2, 2009, and was adopted in August 2009, and is a short hair tortie. According to Matilda’s vet records, she and her littermates were found in a drain pipe. Matilda’s nicknames are Tilda, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Tilda Beast. Tilt-a-Whirl comes from how she used to endlessly chase her tail when she was a kitten, reminding me of the popular amusement park ride. Tilda Beast comes from her ability to sound like a thousand cats tearing through the house. Matilda (surprisingly) only weighs in around 8 lbs.

Tilda is the biggest lovebug of our cats, and she loves to cuddle. What she forgets is that she is no longer a tiny kitten. Matilda has always loved to sit and sleep on my shoulder. When she sleeps on my shoulder, her hind legs come over halfway down my chest, and I usually have to hold her so she doesn’t fall off. She purrs constantly when held, and she doesn’t mind being hugged. Matilda has love for sparkle balls and her Star Chaser. She will fight her sisters for treats, although it doesn’t show in her physique – Matilda never got past the long and lanky stage. Oh, and Matilda will gladly stand on her hind legs and put her front paws on your legs when you are eating in the hopes that you might find her adorable and give her table scraps. (That only happens in the instance that we are eating unseasoned meat – or bacon. She’s been known to steal bacon.)

Matilda is very passive-aggressive with Delilah. If Matilda wants the spot in which Delilah is laying, Matilda simply cleans Delilah until Delilah becomes annoyed and leaves. That doesn’t always work; sometimes Delilah will give Matilda a smack or two. Matilda doesn’t meow, she squeaks – almost constantly when she wants something.

The picture of sisterly love.

Aug 022011
 

I figured I’d do a post dedicated to each of the cats, since I’m starting fresh and two of the three have never been properly introduced.

First off, we have Miss Delilah.

Delilah on her first night with us.

Delilah was born on August 22, 2007, and brought home in November 2007. She’s a short hair silver tabby. Delilah’s nicknames are Lilah and Lala. Delilah is a very smart cat, sometimes so smart it’s scary. Within five minutes of bringing her home, Delilah figured out how to bust out of the makeshift crate we had set up for her AND how to bust out of the door to the room. For the record, the door was an accordion-style door, and she busted in and out of that room several times a day until we were no longer in that room. Now we have a bedroom with a normal door, but Delilah does jump up and try to bat the doorknob open, and she does repeatedly pull at the bottom of the door and try to pop it open.

Delilah LOVES her food, and at almost four years old, weighs in at around 12 lbs. We’re trying to help her lose a little weight, but she is just all-around big. Lilah also loves to play fetch with just about any toy. She has a few special talents. Delilah can open cat treat containers (and other containers such as Pringles) with the pop-off lid. We have to watch where we store anything that has that sort of lid. She can also open bags of cat treats with the Ziploc-type seal. So all cat treats are either stored WAY out of reach, or in a cupboard (she can open cupboards and drawers too). Also, we believe Delilah was weaned too early, because she attempts to knead her own belly and suck on her own nipple. We’ve made much progress in that area – she used to attempt this almost constantly as a kitten and it was very hard to stop her. As an adult cat, she attempts it maybe a few times a month, and usually stops when she hears the word “no” or is threatened with the evil spray bottle.

A few years ago, Delilah became deathly ill (another kitten of ours developed distemper and passed away) and was only given a 50/50 chance of living. She overcame her illness and is now happy and healthy. Because of being ill, Delilah will always have runny eyes.

Delilah wants me to get rid of the flashy black box.