Monday, March 05, 2012

Let's hear it for the rainbow tour,it's been an incredible success, we weren't quite sure, we had a few doubts . . .

So, remember when I said I'd re-evaluate my whole fitness and healthy eating plan in March and adjust, if necessary?

Well,  I weighed myself last Thursday (March 1st)

I've lost two measly pounds.






However, shockingly enough, I am not the least bit discouraged.  Actually, to be perfectly honest, I'm energized, encouraged, and really pleased with the results of my efforts this past month.

Wanna know why?

Well, for the first time ever, on February 3, in addition to weighing myself, I measured myself.  I measured my hips, my waist, my upper thigh (just one), my bicep, and my neck.

Guess what?  As of March 1st, I had lost three-quarters of an inch around my hips, one inch around my upper thigh, one inch around my neck, and three giant inches around my waist.

Woo-hoo!



Even more importantly (in my opinion), it appears that I'm learning some new habits, or at least getting rid of some old ones.  See, for about three and a half years now, I've had a really hard time with evening snacking.  I know it's a bad idea, health-wise, but knowing and doing are two different things, you know?

Well, a few nights ago, as I was in the kitchen getting a pen and paper around 9:00 p.m., I realized that I had no desire to just "take a glance" through the cupboards or fridge, looking for something on which to snack.  The thought of food hadn't even entered my mind the whole time I was there, in the very place where we keep all the food.  I also realized that it had been weeks since I had felt the overwhelming desire/urge to wander into the kitchen for an evening snack.  I don't mind telling you, that was big.  There have been days as recently as six weeks ago where I have white-knuckled my way through an evening, trying (sometimes in vain, sometimes with success) to keep out of that kitchen and keep that food out of my mouth.  So, having it not even cross my mind?  That's reassuring, and a testimony to me that what I'm doing is working--at least for today.  

Now, if I can just get my afternoon snacking a little more under control . . .


Note:  I'm hoping to write some of my progress/setbacks on this front here from time to time.  Today I was fortunate to have good news to share.  To be totally honest, I'm not sure what I will do if/when the day comes that I have not-so-good/discouraging/bad news.  I might not feel comfortable sharing that with the world, you know?  I might want to keep that a little more private, so  I guess we'll see what happens.  I realize (and it concerns me at bit) that if I only share the happy things along the way, it paints a skewed picture of my experience, and could easily result in frustration for anyone who is reading this while working towards some of the same goals I am.  So, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that.  It's a balancing act, you know?  My desire for privacy on some of my more sensitive issues versus my desire to paint an accurate and non-misleading picture of the experience.  At this point, I don't know which one will win out.  I guess time will tell.  


Of course, let's not get ahead of ourselves Charlotte, shall we?  This is just a quirky little blog, among millions of other blogs and websites out there.  It's not like I'm creating world peace over here.  


   

sad face image courtesy of danielbridgeport
happy face image courtesy of Mathias Sjoberg

no points for the name of the song
5 points for the name of the musical
2 points for the name of the composer
2 points for the name of the lyricist
other points awarded by whim 

49 comments:

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I don't know the lyrics or anything but I will tell you this. I lost a lot a while ago, some of it has been creeping back up. There is no real reason because after a week of tracking my food again, I have a calorie deficiency every day. You will have the bad days - we all have. Share and share alike and know that, with the exception of my annoying husband who loses weight eating crap, we have all been there. And when you are annoyed/pissed off/frustrated/in tears, post it here and we will all love and encourage you the same.

Jeri said...

so I googled it - and DANG! I have actually heard the song. I think I (sort of) watched the movie once... OH well. I do have a funny story about it. My older brother Mike was going on and on about how great his movie was and that my mom HAD to see it, blah blah blah, so she agreed to watch it. (if I remember right, this was the ONE time I watched it as well) So the movie is starting, by my "attention deficit" mom just kept puttering around, in and out, doing this and that, only occasionally glancing up at the TV as she'd cruise through the room. I don't remember exactly how it came about and we finally figured it out, but about 1/2 way through the movie my mom said, "you mean the actual movie has started? I thought this just a really long musical overture." needless to say, she wasn't super enamored with the film. (quite the opposite, in fact)

On the being healthy front - I am so proud of you. and I am glad you took measurements. Now I wish I had... you see, I apparently set about the same goal as you. (while my over all goals were to lower my cholesterol levels, lower my BMI, and deelop some better health habits, I confess that part of my "end game" is to lose 30 - 40 lbs by the time I go on my cruise at the end of the year) ANYWAY - I have been working hard now for just over a couple months, and have only lost 6 lbs. I actually DO find it discouraging. (but then again, I didn't take any body measurements) One the positive side of things however - I can now go for 30 minutes on the elliptical without feeling like I am going to die 9the first time after 5 minutes I thought my life was over) AND I went to a heart health seminar and they did a cholesterol screening that showed that my cholesterol levels had dropped and were out of the high range!!! (still need to raise the good HDL levels) anyway, I guess I'll try harder to look at the positive, and maybe it's time to pull out the measuring tape.

GREAT JOB!!!! you are an inspiration!

Harmony said...

Just a guess-The Wiz?

Harmony said...

Just a guess-The Wiz?

Robert said...

Is it Evita

Robert said...

Is it Evita

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Darn it, just missed it. (Seriously, 2 minutes) The composer is Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Lyricist is Tim Rice.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

For a few whim points . . .

I was actually listening to this on my I-pod this morning while I was working out on the trainer. (I still can't believe I actually got out of bed :) Ya, I am the weird one that listens to Broadways while exercising :)

The movie starred Madonna as Evita, Antonio Bandaras, as Che, and Jonathan Price as Juan Peron. (I only remember Jonathan Price's name because he was also in a James Bond flick and we grew up on those :)

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

This is one of the first Musical CD's I owned and Rainbow Tour is probably my least favorite song on it :) It click fast forward a lot on it :)

Jake said...

I tried unsuccessfully to watch this movie for a whole summer. I was working graveyards at the Motel 6 in Cedar and I took Evita with me every night for two solid weeks and never made it through more than 20 minutes without falling asleep. Sad to say I still haven't seen the movie, but I do know a lot of other Madonna songs.

Jake said...

I feel you pain with the bedtime snacking (except I'm somewhat like Enoch in that I don't seem to gain much weight). Now that I know the mverick in Cedar stocks Krispy Kremes weekends are bad. It's a good thing that I have a wife and 4 solid food eating kids so at least I only end up eating half of the dozen each time we get them.

Jake said...

I find that if I make multiple comments I get more whim points than if I push them all together in one long push.

Jake said...

And let's face it, I'm arrogant enough to believe that you truly love my comments. I know Robert wants to hear more of what I have to say. Speaking of Robert, I about got killed twice by two different vehicles while we were running this morning (tie in to the exercise portion of your post) and he (Robert) took the side of the car both times. In retrospect he was probably right in both occasions. That's not completely true, but the rest of the story will cost another whim point.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

So I just finished reading the post (yes, I comment on MMM first before reading the post, sorry) and promptly stopped eating Cheetos for breakfast. Thank you Charlotte, I am so glad to know, that if I try to at least make a conscious effort to eat better, maybe It won't be to long before I can start making better habits. You inspire me, and hey, that may not be world peace, but it does mean a lot of peace in my life :)

Nate said...

I have never seen the Madonna version of the movie mainly because when it came out there was a guy who lived on our dorm floor who insisted on singing along to the sound track for extended periods of time at inexcusable volumes. -Shudder-Repressed memory flashback-Shudder. I have not ruled out seeing the actual musical.
I'm with you on the weightloss thing. I started using an awesome app for my phone (there is also a website and iPad app) so far I've lost 49 lbs using it (I seem to have found a few extra). It's a great way to track your eating/exercising habits. The smart phone app lets you scan in bar codes and record your calories. Very Handy. More info at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
I'm also currently winning the biggest loser competition in my office (We all know how much Charlotte loves that show).

Oh yeah, I posted some latecomer comments on the "Yamn Dankees" post. I love that particular Spoonerism. I actually won the tickets to our local production of it and the radio guys were having the same existensial quandry about the whole "Damn" thing.

Charlotte said...

Have I told you all lately that I love you? Cuz man,I really really do.

Tasha--1 point for some really good advice, and some support to boot.

Jeri--2 points for a classically hilarious story.

**Big time tangent alert**
For some reason, when this movie came out, my dad really liked it. (I'd have to ask him to remember why) Around the time it came out on video, my (maternal) grandma had come down to visit, as did I (I probably drove her, come to that). We watched it, and my grandma could hardly stand it. Later, she told me that she knew my dad really enjoyed that movie, but she sure couldn't see why. Then later, she and I were watching "The Net" (a Sandra Bullock film where she basically gets her identity stolen in a major way), and something happened (I can't remember what) that wasn't praiseworthy, lovely, or of good report. My grandma looked at me, and said, "Charlotte, you shouldn't be watching this." She was right (and I'd already seen the movie, so I knew how it ended) So, I turned the movie off. I think it took her by surprise, and she recanted her statement, saying that I could turn it back on if I wanted to. But, I didn't (want to), so we just chatted a bit instead. Now she's gone, so I'm glad it worked out that way. Funny.
**End of tangent**

2 more points for having similar goals as me, losing 6 pounds, and lowering cholesterol levels. Another two points for super-human achievements on the eliptical. (and yes, I'd absolutely recommend pulling out the measuring tape. You might have already missed the "big" numbers, but who knows? Not me.)

Total points: 6

Robert: 5 points for the name of the musical. Nice work!

Melissa: 4 points for composer and lyricist, 2 points for listening to the song that I used to discuss my workout/health journey AT THE SAME TIME that you were on YOUR workout journey. Heck, I'll give you another point, just for the sheer coincidence of it all. Two points for the run-down of the major cast members. Another point for putting down the breakfast cheetos! (Truth be told, I think most of the serious MMM contenders comment before reading the post.)

Total points: 10

Jake: one point for trying to watch evita (unsuccessfully) for two weeks. Obviously you weren't around for the grandma showing. Maybe we were down for your farewell, and you were out living it up with friends at the time. One more point for mentioning my beloved Krispy Kreme's. I can't tell you how grateful I am that we don't have one of those in Logan. One point for the brilliant realization that you (at least) have the tendency to get more whim points if you spread them out over multiple comments. Not quite sure why that is, but there you have it. And, arrogance or not, you are right, I do truly love your comments. One more point for bringing another exercise story (or at least the hope of another exercise story) into the mix. If you'll finish the story, I'll give you another point, maybe two if it's worth it.

Total points: 4 with the possibility of one or two more on the table.

Nate: You get no points for not having seen the musical. (This isn't Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after all.) I will however, award you a sympathy point for having to endure forced sing-a-longs in the comfort of your own dorm. One more point for the tip about my fitness pal and THREE biggest loser points--one for playing, and one for being in the lead, and one for remembering that I am a total sucker for that show.

Total points:5

Charlotte said...

I find it interesting to note that of our top six, currently FOUR of them (or 66.6%) are male. that's definitely some kind of a MMM record.

(It's also proof that this little game we play is obviously much more of a whim fest than it is a competition of Broadway Musical Knowledge. Works for me.)

Robert said...

I'm going to try and steel Jacob's two whim points. We were running together as we do every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The first Car incident happened as we were running past the freeway entrance at the south end of town. It was at this time that a friendly motorist gave two little honks. Obvious translation: "Good morning my friends, I'm happy to be sharing the road with you today"

Jacob mistranslated the car speak and so he was offended until I told him what was really said

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

So did you add these points on to the running tally or no?? Because if you have, I must have been in the negative :)

Robert said...

The second car experience happend as we were running over the overpass just west of the high school. I was running safely on the right side of the road with the guard rail safely between me and any dangerous traffic. Jacob on the other hand was doing what appeared to be close to a dance in the middle of a street. Two cars came by to watch the entertainment and after Jacob finished his show one of them drove close by in an effort to give him a high five. However, Jacob once again misinterpreted the gesture and thought he was trying to run him off the road.

Charlotte said...

Robert, I'VE GOT LAUGHING TEARS IN MY EYES! Three points for EACH of those stories. If I wasn't afraid of a mutiny by the other players (and especially Jacob), I'd give you 5 points each. My gosh, it was like being transported back to mom and dad's living room after the kids have been put down to bed. Awesome!

Melissa--I missed adding your points. Sorry about that! I guess I was so excited about having some male domination going on, that I subconsciously "helped it along". I think I got all the rest of the points added right.

Robert said...

This may not be quite how Jacob remembers these incidents but I assure you it is more accurate than anything he might write hereafter. You see on Mondays we push it to see how fast we can run our typical 4 mile coarse. Because we pushed it so hard today Jacob was probably suffering from fatigue induced delusions.

You'll notice I put this into multiple posts in hopes to maximize my point potential.

Jake said...

Ironically in both of these situations Robert was either on the other side of the street or shielded from the car by my body. I'm starting to wonder if he was in cahoots with the motorists.

Jake said...

Come to think of it, I know Robert was in cahoots. See he didn't see the whole dance routine, (it was a good dance by the way), because he was so far behind me at the time. he knew he would be behind at this time because I alwas push it up the hill to remind him who's boss. Knowing this he set up the whole fiasco in order to scare me into slowing down. As I think back I'm pretty sure the car was, in fact, a minivan and I think the driver was none other than ShaLiece. Oh the conspiracy! I feel like Edward Dantes right after he figured out that his best buddy and the prosecuter were in cahoots. I will use this knowledge for revenge then only for good after I get my revenge.

Jake said...

I must admit that Robert has taken full advantage of the splitting comments strategy. Not only did he split up the story to gain double points, but he waited until you awarded points to finish his telling essentially forcing you to either ignore his last comment or award him even more points. I would say the student becomes the master, but he still has so far to come.

Robert said...

I'm just a slow at writing these responses. Charlotte just happened to respond before I finished. No additional points are needed, 6 is great.

On another note Charlotte. I don't really want to help Jacob get any more of a lead or appear that I'm only in this competition for the points, but I think you might have missed awarding several of the 12:59 post points.

Jake said...

Just out of curiosity was it a glitch that Robert and Harmony's comments came up twice or was Robert making a joke at Harmony's expense?

Charlotte said...

Pretty sure it was a glitch.

deutschlehrer said...

kudos to Charlotte for finding a musical that has absolutely no connection to Germany (since that is my only real contribution to the MMM so far)--unless one considers all the Nazis that fled to Argentina--many of whom had the help of Juan Peron. but I don't think that makes it into the musical. The only movie I have ever seen with Madonna was A league of their own. Who knew there is no crying in baseball?

I did see Madonna once kiss Brittany Spears, but I wasn't impressed--I mean that isn't like kissing Lindsey Lohan or anything. Speaking of which, did you all read how Demi Moore was just released from a certain drug rehab center in Utah? Must be quite the place

Charlotte said...

Jacob: I'll give you a sympathy point for the whole Edward Dantes thing, (although it was Edmond Dantes--ironic that I'm correcting you on this, since the first time I saw The Count of Monte Cristo on film it was in your home). I'll give you another for sharing the secrets of your whimming success with the world, of which your brother has so obviously taken advantage.

Robert--I fixed the 12:59 points. I distinctly remember adding all those points but Melissa's, so when she noticed hers weren't there, I thought I must have just missed her. Come to find out, I added all the points and then forgot to hit the "save" button. You all have a real Einstein administering this game, you know?

Jeff: I do seem to remember in the movie there's some kind of scene or something to do with Mussolini, but nothing with the Germans. Alas. I'll give you a point for "A League of their own", just 'cuz I really love that move. Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna, Tom Hanks, AND Geena Davis? What's not to love?

Oh--and another point for tying everything back to Lindsey Lohan, and the infamous drug rehab center. Speaking of Demi Moore, I heard today that there's a musical "Ghost" (a la Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg) that has had sweeping popularity in Great Britain and is coming to Broadway later on this month. If I was playing this game instead of moderating/administering/ruling it, I'd give myself a point for knowing such a critical piece of information. Ah well.

deutschlehrer said...

I had to check, but here is the scoop on Juan Peron and the Nazis

http://www.gringoinbuenosaires.com/nazis-argentina-history-lesson/

Not that I need any points for it. I just like to educate.

deutschlehrer said...

Oh and please pardon my quibbling, but I had 12 point before, so the two points you so graciously awarded me above should put me at 14.

Thanks

Charlotte said...

Quibble away. I am obviously having some point-keeping struggles this time around!

(That goes for the rest of you as well.)

Robert said...

I was thinking about MMM during dinner and realized that I may have broken the rules.

This morning after I read the title it seemed familiar, I thought about it for a while and remembered the movie Madonna was in I thought it was Avita but that didn't look right and I didn't want to look foolish for misspelling the name of the musical so I goggled "Musical with Madonna" and saw that it was spelled Evita. Because I did not google any part of the title I didn't even think at the time that I may have cheated. But this evening after FHE I re-read the rules in which you state "name the musical . . . using only what you store in your brain" I broke that rule so please take away the 5 points.

P.S. in case you are wondering Avita is a drug used to treat acne.

Charlotte said...

Since Melissa would have gotten the musical if you hadn't Robert, and since I would have given it to you (with a little good-natured ribbing) if you had written "Avita", I'm going to take 3 points away from you, and give them to Melissa.

Is that acceptable to everyone?

Harmony said...

Hmm. Falling behind here. Sad times when my husband and my brother-in-law are both beating me. Maybe it's because my mental energy is all being sucked into Primary right now. When I need a diversion though, it's really nice and perhaps a little dangerous-- like a drug (not Avita, however)-- to have charlottelaughs bookmarked on my smart phone this year, at my fingertips almost constantly. Not that you'd know from my plethora of witty comments though.

I praise you for your progress on the whole exercise/healthy eating/self-control front. Me, I'm habitually involved--mornings, afternoons, and evenings--in my own Midwinter Munching Madness, in which I have gained exactly as many pounds as I have points so far in Midwinter Musical Madness. :-(

Last summer my Crossfit coach gave us all a chart in which we kept track and got points for various healthy habits, and lost points for unhealthy habits. (Who knew competition could be so motivating? Not readers of this blog, surely!) For three months I was motivated enough to limit my junk food to one item a day, so that I didn't lose more than three points at a time. I thought it was a pretty good system. Then the summer ended and we stopped keeping track and I fell off the wagon. Sigh. Still doing the healthy things, but snacking is my downfall.

Jeri said...

A few more attempts at whim points: (i'm just so close to passing Jacob...which would be quite a feat in this crazy whim-fest, of which he seems to be the current whim king)

my dad served his mission in ARGENTINA

I sucked up every ounce of courage I could muster and went to my first ZUMBA class today. (it was a combined zumba/sculpt class, with 45 minutes of weights then 45 minutes of Zumba. they weight part ws fine, but I felt like and IDIOT during the zumba. not sure I have the courage to do a repeat performance... but I DID GO, adn I DID take some measurements today so hopefully in another month I'll SEE some results, regardless of what the scale does (or does not) reflect.

Carol said...

Oh my gosh - I think I just burned up 200 calories laughing!! Don't you love this time of year when everyone is trying to lose weight?! Like everyone here I've been increasing my exercising - even using a balance ball instead of a chair at my desk. I've only lost a little over three pounds in the last 2 weeks - but it is a start!

So, going for some very, very whimsical points here. Reviewing all the posts made me wonder what the Biggest Loser would be like in the Peron era of Argentina? Would all those Nazi's who found there way there have found a new niche? Imagine instead of Bob Greene you have Mengele (I know he went to Brazil) or Ludwig Freude as your 'coach'! I'm sure we'd all lose weight!

Thanks for the laughs and MMM!!

Carol said...

Did Jeri forget to mention the connection of ZUMBA to Argentina? Can't believe that would happen!

Carol said...

Whoops - maybe Jacob and Robert should give Jeri lessons on how to gain whim points and make connections from a single post to the most obscure things!

Doug said...

I've never seen this movie or play all the way through. I think it's because that the title itself "evita" just made me feel warned that it is something I should avoid :)

Doug said...

Or evitar

deutschlehrer said...

I'm sorry Carol, but it is a well-known fact that Nazis just don't zumba. Probably could have avoided the whole world war/holocaust thing if they did.

Jake said...

So I was told by a friend who served his mission in Argentina around the time the movie came out that the Argentinians were not at all pleased with the portrayal of Eva Peron, and they are not particularly fond of Madonna for that reason. However, they love Diego Maradona who was a national star for Argentina soccer and as we all know Soccer in Argentina is a big deal, though, not as big a deal as it is in Brazil which is the second greatest country in the world. Brazilians play better soccer than Nazi's too. Ah Brazil, such a wonderful place. Have you seen Rio? That was a good cartoon.

Charlotte said...

Harmony: one point for applying MMM to Avita, which Robert tied to Evita. One point for being a fellow snacker. One more point just because if you've got to miss out on so much of the fun here, at least you're doing it for the worthy cause of Primary.

Total points: 3

Jeri: another point for having a father who lived in Argentina for two years. And, two more points for Zumba, one because it's latin, and one because it's exercise, thus the perfect intersection of this post. Nice work!

Total points: 3

Carol: TWO points for using a balance ball instead of a chair at your desk. Man, would I love to see that! And another point for that wild ride through Biggest Loser/Argentina/Peron Era.

Total points: 3

Doug--Three points for the classic "evita" joke that is most easily understood by us spanish/portugese speakers. Seriously, I laughed out loud. I didn't have laughing tears or anything, but that was quite witty.

Jake: Two points for that little romp. How is it that we are discussing Rio now?

Mom C said...

I've been involved with other things this week but from the number of comments, I think this is a great forum to share a little news. I don't know how to really tie this in except to say that Becca just lost a bit of weight today. At 1:40 PM she lost 8 Lbs 8 oz and 19 inches. So the Esplin family has a new baby girl, Katelin Anne Esplin to help celebrate my birthday! How's that?!?!?!?!?!?!? I've got to go play Wii with Jane.

deutschlehrer said...

Brasillians may have been slightly better in the past, (more overall wins) but in the last 10 years the Germans have definitely had the upper hand.

But don't cry for us, Argentina, Germany has three world cups, and you only have two.

(no whim points here for the country records--I had to look those up-- but I hope I get something for bringing an Evita song back into an otherwise "boring" sports topic.

Harmony said...

Actually, I chose Rio over Soul Surfer not long ago when I was treating my kids to a dollar movie, because I figured my pre-teen boys didn't need to see all the skin in Soul Surfer, despite the uplifting message of the movie. What was I thinking?! Rio?! Carnival?! Granted it was a bird cartoon, but those were some pretty skimpily dressed birds! So much for good intentions. Sometimes drives me crazy when cartoons for kids contain content aimed at adults.

Charlotte said...

Mom--

Wa-hoo! Two points for such excellent news, and such excellent tying it in to our theme!

Jeff--Tying in "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", and hence trying to get this conversation (which has seriously de-railed) back on track is definitely worth a couple of points. I'll give you two.

Harmony--We've not seen Rio yet. We got Rango a bit ago and I wasn't all that impressed, and THEN I got it in my head that Rio and Rango were the same show, which is why I was so confused when I would hear that Rio was all about Carnival, because there wasn't a carnival in sight in the whole of Rango. Sheesh. Anyway, I'll give you a point, just for helping me to realize my error.

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