Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Dogs and Weight Loss

Just a few random ramblings here....


It is getting WARM outside! I am thrilled! The kids are playing outside and having a blast, the sun is shining through the windows warming the house up so that I feel like I need to turn on the air conditioner!, and I am getting the "itch". I am ready to get digging in the dirt. I'm so excited to be able to plant some tomatoes and cucumbers. Hopefully the dirt over here is better than at our last house. Nothing EVER grew there. We tried two years in a row and it all died or got eaten up by bugs {and yes, we did spray, but the bugs prevailed}. Keep your fingers crossed for the new garden over here.

My dilemma is what to do with the flower beds I want to put in the backyard. Dumb 5 month old puppy will destroy anything I plant. Toby is a Golden Retriever, so even though I say puppy, please do not picture in your mind a cute little puppy. He is ginormous already. I mean...look at that paw! And SO heavy....Anyway...though I have it all pictured out in my mind, I don't want to risk having him destroy all of my hard work. I'm feeling resigned to leaving it as is until he's better trained. But it makes me so sad because I had so many plans. It was going to be so pretty along my fenceline. Sigh....I'll just have to stick with getting the front of the house pretty. The previous owners kind of let it go.......
Moving on....I have started a "new" health plan. I'm a FOREVER dieter. I'm always on a diet. The problem is, I'm always cheating on my diet. I love food. Well, it's more like one of those love/hate relationships. I love it, but hate how it looks on my hips. You understand....Well, I've been in denial for a while now. I've been trying to tell myself that I'm not too bad, but my pants are telling me different. So frustrating. My scale has been off about 6 or 7 pounds for a LONG time now. I tried to tell myself that the scales at the doctor's offices were ALL wrong. ALL of them. I've been weighed on about three of them. They all stay pretty consistent with the unhappy numbers....but I refused to believe that was my true weight. Then, one unfortunate afternoon, I was at my mom's house and had to use her curling iron to finish getting ready for that evening and noticed her fancy new Weight Watchers scale. I stepped on....I was crushed. Her scale was like the doctor's scale. What is truly pathetic....I still tried to just ignore it. Blissfully ignorant! My weight wasn't so bad....and I continued looking at the lower number on my scale.
Problem occurred when I started looking at some more recent pictures of myself. Now, I'm not saying that I'm fat. I don't think that I am. But, I am flubby. No muscle...I could flex my arm muscles all I wanted and nothing would happen. :0) And my cute pants that fit last year, are super tight. So, I broke down. I went and bought a new scale. The number that looks back at me is not a happy number. So, I've been exercising my fanny off for two weeks now. I'm feeling better, but the number hasn't changed...I complain to hubby and then my smart aleck hubby says...well, maybe it's all of the Swiss Rolls and Laffy Taffy you've been eating. What? How dare he? .....yeah. It's totally true. I have the worst sweet tooth. It's bad. I love cakes, especially cupcakes with frosting, and I love purple and green laffy taffy. May my teeth rot forever....So....yesterday I buckled down. I'm going back to how I lost the baby weight. I use sparkpeople.com. It's basically just a nutrition and fitness tracking website. It helps you to count your calories and stick to your weight loss goals. You are held ACCOUNTABLE for everything you eat. I did great yesterday...let's see how long I can make this work....
Because...now, on top of that last 5 pounds that I was "dieting" to lose before..I've got that new 6 or 7 pounds of denial weight to lose. 12 pounds people....Wish me luck!

11 comments:

Momma Mary said...

Muscle weighs more than fat. Just remember that. So, maybe you are losing fat and replacing it with muscle. Wouldn't that be nice. I tell myself that daily. :)

Rachelle said...

So I am completely going through the same things with both dogs and my weight. our back yard was so pretty. we had a tree and 2 lilac bushes that were completely chewed up last fall. About the weight I am still in denial.

Christie said...

I am so right there with you. I am so sick and tired of working so hard and seeing such little results. But then I remember all the cookie dough and sugar cereal I like to snack on. Sigh. Why can't I have a metabolism that forces me to eat so I don't waste away to nothing? WHY???!!

Okay. I'm better now.

Bonnie B. said...

I hear ya! I had been losing wt before I got pregnant. It took me 2 1/2 years, but I was doing it. Now, instead of losing fat and relacing it with muscle, as mommamary says, I'm losing muscle and replacing it with baby. I'm not looking forward to starting all over!

Kellan said...

I don't know how long your fenceline is, but maybe you could plant the flowers you want and then protect them with those little wire fences (Home Depot always has then, even in green so they aren't so noticable). We also have a Golden Retriever (Buddy) and I know - they get into everything. I'm looking forward to digging in the dirt too - can't wait.

Have a good day - see you soon. Kellan

Buxton Family said...

I have a love hate relationship with our dog also. I only love him because he brings such happiness to my girls. If Toby loves to dig, I would wait until he grows out of that stage before planting anything. It will just be a waste of time, money and frustration. Luckily, Buster no longer digs or chews on anything. He just sheds and smells.

As far as the diet goes, Wade and I have been off desserts and treats for three weeks now! I know it is a little radical, but we had to do something. We were out of control. Try it for a week and just see how many times you turn down desserts and treats. It is such a part of our culture.

Sister Honey Bunch said...

No idea where my comment went. It disappeared.

Anyway, I was saying...you should take pictures of your garden beds and post about it tomorrow. Then link to your blog from Rocks in My Dryer's works for me wednesday-backwards edition post.

You'll get a zallion people over here giving you advice.

~Virginia~ said...

Aw...poor puppy. He can't help it! :)

Good luck on the dieting! I have the same love/hate thing going. I hate the way I look in pictures lately, but I also hate to pass up yummy bread! :)

Ashlee said...

HB - where do I find this backwards Wednesday?

Alicia said...

Nothing is more frustrating than weight. As far as dogs, I don't have one and I never will, I am not a nice mom, but I never got one and I turned out fine (?) so my kids can live without as well. OOh I sound so mean don't I?

Cameron said...

I could stand to lose 12 pounds too. Or twice that. Or more.