Monday, June 29, 2009
I have also been pondering about what shall I blog about...I don't want to bore you with the same ol chitter chatter. So...let's just do some random thoughts and see where they lead shall we?
1. Michael Jackson. REALLY? I'm sorry. I just don't get it. I thought maybe it was a generational thing that I dont really care...until I was standing in Smoothie King this morning and some 18 year old was bummed bc she couldnt find a MJ only radio station. I don't even care about his history with children...I am just talking in general...NO ONE HAS EVEN LISTENED TO MICHAEL IN YEARS! His last album was a relative flop (for him). But now everyone is has Michael Jackson fever? I'm over it. But I bet John and Kate are happy that something else is taking up the news and magazine covers.
2. Do you guys watch John and Kate Plus 8? I don't. But, I have to say I don't like Kate's hair. To spikey. However, her tummy tuck is amazing.
3. Do you think you will become a thin snob once you lose all the weight or will you still have empathy for those still trying to lose weight the old fashioned way? I will always have empathy for those of us overweight...even if the day comes that I am not. But sometimes I find myself looking at people (now I am talking severely overweight people who have struggled their whole life, not those who just need to lose 20-40 pounds) and thinking why not surgery? I realize this is closed minded and does not take in all of the serious reasons why people do not chose surgery. I just think that I will have to work on my judgement.
4. Tracey's grandma died yesterday. She was 92 and her body was just worn out. She had been in the hospital since Friday. We were supposed to head to the boat Wed evening, but the funeral is Thursday afternoon, so we will head out after that.
5. I found a dress for Tracey's 25th high school reunion. It is July 25th. Its pretty hot I must say. I also bought some heals that I have no idea if I will be able to actually walk in. I will post those soon. I want to be the hot younger girlfriend. I am not shallow...but I never said I was deep either :)
6. I can't believe I havent blogged since Friday! What is wrong with me!
7. My hair dresser fixed my hair at no extra cost. Its lighter. Thank you!
8. I saw Tracey's ex at the hospital the other day. She has grown herself a big ol muffin top. I enjoy this...and I know that is wrong. But once when she was "showing her ass" she told me that when Tracey and I have sex it must look like a monkey humping an elephant. I told her that whatever it looks like he sure loves it! When I saw her at the hospital I found even more comfort in the fact I was wearing a great new outfit and jewelry. Ah, it's the small things.
9. Today I went to Kmart bc I am desperate for some tops. They were having a KILLER sale on everything. Good times.
10. Should I jinx myself by enacting the blogger curse and telling you I lost 4 pounds last week? I better knock on wood or throw salt over my shoulder or something!
11. Here are some pictures from a Junior Achievement luncheon I went to on Saturday! New dress courtesy of Target.
Friday, June 26, 2009
No. So, I called back and am going in today to have it fixed. This is hard for me. I am the person who doesnt like to return things to a store bc I dont want the customer service people to be mad at me! But I tip really well, and she didnt mention anything about black. From the front it is perfectly fine.
Why? What was she thinking?
Tracey's 43rd Bday
The present I have been working on for him for 6 months now was an I LOVE YOU BECAUSE book. I bought a little letter bound journal in January, and have filled every page with reasons why I love him...some pages I added pictures of us or him. Some I love you's were simple...like: I love you because...you put my hair dryer and flat iron away every afternoon and never complain, or I love you because when we went to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button you didnt buy any popcorn...even though I kept blinking my eyes at you (I was on my post of diet and wasnt supposed to be eating it...but I really wanted it and he saved me). Some were more deep and profound. He loved it. He cried. I cried. Good times!
Rambo playing with his "kill"
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I never told you!
Here is the culprit.
I was taking the Flinstone Chewable Gummies. They tasted pretty good...however...adults are supposed to take 2 a day. If you look at the ingredient facts though, you will notice that even when you take 2, for some of the vitamins, you are still only getting about half of what you need for the day.
So what was I doing....I was taking 4 a day...Turns out, 4 a day = no bathroom time for Amy. I stopped taking them bc I ran out...and now everything works as normal. I am still taking my prenatal vitamin for the hair loss. I dont know if it is doing anything but it sure makes my nails pretty!
Just wanted to pass on the info!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
An Ode to Tina
This is different from NOT telling people. This is different from choosing NOT to tell coworkers, etc. This is lying to your partner. And I think that is horrible. What if something went wrong and you needed medical attention and your husband to help? I just can't imagine keeping such a thing from someone you love and share your life with.
Of course, I guess she never said she loved him in her post. It just bothered me.
Okay...thanks for listening!
Deep Thoughts By Amy Handey
If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is, "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is, "Probably because of something you did."==========
If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that's what REALLY throws you into a panic.==========
Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was an ant and she fell on me. Then it wouldn't seem quite so funny.
Now, my deep thoughts aren't as funny today, but this is what I have been mulling over lately.
Have you ever stopped to think how many good choices you make on a daily basis in regards to our band? A lot of the times we think about the food we shouldnt have eaten or the mistakes we made that day...but as I was driving to the movies yesterday...I realized how well I am really doing! I could eat candy all day long if I wanted. I could have eaten popcorn, drank pop, gotten a huge bag of peanut butter M & M's. I could do this everyday. On my way to work everyday I could stop and pick up something tasty and naughty from McDonalds (like I used to do). At home I could gorge myself on slices of cheese, crackers dipped in Ranch, Oreos, ice cream, etc. But I dont. I don't do any of those things even though my band would let me. And this says something! This is why are band is a tool. This is why this isn't the "easy way out". We make positive and healthful choices everyday. And for that we should be proud girls!
Also, do you guys remember the video blog I posted with the sassy dress I got from Sears? The black one with the huge sequins on top? It was a size 16, originally $98 and I got it for $14? Well...it runs a little big and I tried it on. It totally fits. That's good...but I was going to wear it for our cruise which is over 2 months away. I don't think it will fit. What if I never get to wear it?
Also, I am very quickly running out of tops to wear to work! I don't have the money to go shopping right now...although I might have to cancel my dental appointment so I can afford to!
I saw the Proposal last night. SO much better than I thought it would be. Very good.
It's HumpDay ladies!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Time to Scale Down
We did bootcamp today. Check that off the list.
This weekend we went to a balloon festival not to far away. I had a tasty little treat called a Funnel Cake. Not to worry my wonderful bandsters...I didnt eat the whole thing, I just shared it with Tracey. It was Yummy Yummy Yummy. It was crazy hot that night. Even after the sun went down it was in the 90's.
Nothing much to report beyond that! This week is Tracey's 43rd bday and I have a few things up my sleeve. He doesnt think he is getting any presents bc we are saving for the cruise...but he is getting 2 presents. One I have been working on for 6 months (I will tell you after Thursday), and another one that my mom and I went in on.
Monday is over! WEEEEEEE
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Have You Punched a Wall Today
Friday, June 19, 2009
A Volleyball Showdown
We played in the Championship bracket and got our butts WHOOPED! But I was still happy afterwards. Here we are with our second place medals.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Walk Softly and Carry a Big Wand
Here is a picture of my wand. I got it for Christmas from my mother. It makes noise and lights up and the orb thing twirls. It lays on my desk for several reasons. One must realize, upon entering my office...I am a princess. AND...everyone loves it because it makes them feel like princesses too! Even the maintenance guys play with it. So, I just thought I would share.
I think an interview is in order. I will interview myself.
Amy: Have you snacked today?
Self: Actually Amy, I have not. I have been busy at work and hadn't really thought about it.
Amy: That's kinda weird for you huh? Being busy at work.
Self: I feel like you really know me Amy.
Amy: What would you do professionally if you could choose any profession?
Self: Pole Dance
Amy: Besides that?
Self: Tough one...but I guess I would love to be a personal style consultant, interior decorator, or lottery winner.
Amy: I see you are wearing a dress today. Are you also wearing your miracle power panties?
Self: I am....How did you know that?
Amy: One more question before we go. Everyone is dying to know...what kind of deodorant do you use?
Self: Good one Amy. I use Degree Clinical Strength.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Since No One Will Amuse Me
Forgive Me Father...For I Have Sinned
Death by Hamburger
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
A Suprise Visit To Bootcamp Land
However, this is what I really wanted to share. We had to sprint, really run from one end of the gym to the other. I have jogged before. I dont do it for very long, but I can do it. However, when I started to actually run...I could hardly do it. I am not talking about cardio wise.
But think about it...when is the last time you flat our made a mad dash? I can't even tell you when the last time was I actually ran! It was like my body didnt know how to. My legs and feet were so confused! It was the craziest feeling. Try it.
A Bad Case of The Mondays
Do you ever get tired of constantly talking, blogging, thinking, dreaming about food, calories, and weight loss? Lord have mercy I sure do! Do you think it will ever stop? Or at least calm down? Like if we get to goal do we still think about it ALL THE DAMN TIME!
With that said, I lost one pound this week. ahahah....that's better than gaining one pound. I am still marveling at how Tina let 4 pieces of pizza pass through, bc today I struggled to finish 8 chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-a.
I've decided I am not calling to get a fill ASAP. I read about everyone's struggles with being too tight lately...so I am just going to wait. I still have restriction and even more restriction probably wouldnt help me with my Sunchip addiction. I am going to apply this "the band is just a tool" nonsense and try to practice some self control! I type this as I sit here eating a dum-dum...but hey...they only have 10 calories!
Tonight we are going to go work out. Cardio is about as fun to me as going to Walmart after work...aka HELL! But someone asked me the other day if I thought my weightloss would be better if I did actually work out on a consistent basis...(you know who you are and thank you), and I have been thinking about that a lot. I dont know if it would. It would help me feel better and help my body for sure, but sometimes I get so damn annoyed with this theory that weight loss is simple math. Look at Catherine for example busting her ass at bootcamp! Calories in and calories out.
Did you guys ever read that article on LBT written by that crazy looking doctor who always wore Don Johnson pants? That was before LBT changed their layout...
Florida has officially become hotter than the center of the sun. The jelly's have invaded the Gulf. My sisters pool is the temp of molten lava.
I am moving to Maine.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Linda has gifted me!
I think as they get looser they will cover the Britney and Christina a little better. Here is a picture so you can see what I mean! It's a blow to my ego that they are a 3x and dont fit....but I will pretend not to know that!
I ate 4 pieces of Pizza
I should say I ate so bad today. I have mentioned that I am a corp trainer for my organization. Once a quarter we have a leadership conference here in town. Today's conference's theme was Star Trek. Here is my outfit.
Anyways, there are tons of snacks at these things. We scatter them on the table, put them out for morning snacks and afternoon snacks. I ate 100 calorie packs of stuff. Times a million. 3 packs of Sunchips, oreos, little candies. It was ridiculous! Then when we got home we went to a new local pizza joint and ordered a taco pizza on thin crust. I ate 4 pieces! Can you believe it? I didnt even get sick.
So my first thought was I NEED A FILL! But then I told myself I am not going to rush in to get a fill just because I was a glutton once. Tina has been working for me just fine....until today. On the other hand I don't think with proper restriction I should be able to ingest 4 pieces of pizza. Also, if I went to the doc and told him how much I ate he would probably give me a huge fill! So I am going to see how I feel this weekend. Maybe I will schedule a fill for 2 weeks out.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
You see, ever since I started taking these damn prenatals to help curb the hairloss, things have gone from bad to worse down in the poo shoot. Yesterday when I woke up and tried to go I had really bad sharp pains in my lower back. I googled it and did you know constipation can cause lower back pain bc that's where your intestines are? I did not know this. So anyways, I took a poopy pill around 10:00am and didnt want to chance that all systems might be a go while I was at work, so I took the afternoon off.
I am feeling a little better today!
Something happened in bed last night....(don't be scared). Tracey and I sleep pretty close to each other and sometimes he throws and elbow or two and cracks me in the head. Well last night I was dreaming about potatoes and onions (we had some for dinner), and felt this blow to my eye socket. He backhanded me right in the eye! HARD! I sat up in bed holding my eye and he didnt move. I finally woke him up and said "baby...you just punched me". He couldnt believe it. He started apologizing and told me that he was having a dream that we were wrestiling in cowboys boot and underwear and he accidently hit me in his dream. hahahahahaha funny. I have been milking it all day.
On the hairloss front...we went to the beach this weekend and took some pictures when my hair was wet...SWEET MOTHER OF ROGAINE! You can totally see my bald spot now.
Monday, June 8, 2009
From Left Field
I just tried to sip a little Pepsi. I haven't had Pepsi since surgery, and was a runner-up fav or mine (right behind Sunkist, see blog title). It was GROSS. I had to pour it out. Funny how things change.
I need to win the lottery.
I need money to buy some new clothes.
I want to be a size 20 already! Jeesh! I have lots of pants in a size 20...but not very many in size 22...which is where I am and probably will be for another 20 pounds.
I just ate some sunchips. I am thinking about having a salt lick installed near my desk.
I am trying to grow my fingernails out. I am not really a biter...but if there is a rough spot or something I try to handle it by filing my nail with my teeth.
Which reminds me...did anyone ever read that post on LBT where someone asked if there would be a problem with swallowing bits of their fingernails while they chewed them? yuck. (I am going out on a limb and hoping that wasnt anyone currently reading this).
I like funny cat pictures.
After going on and on about not being a drinker, I did have a yummy margarita from Chili's Friday night.
ooh, and finally a question. Can we drink right up to before we eat? I can't remember the rule. Currently I drink right up until I eat...then wait 30 minutes after.
Mile Marker 7-0
My next goal that I had set was 90 pounds by Sept. 3rd. I think if I stay on track I can make that. 20 more pounds in 2.75 months.
Also, I made a quiche for dinner last night. I had never really had quiche before, let alone made it. But it was kinda yummy and full of protein...and it was something different. The only problem with it is that it's not very filling...maybe because it is so fluffy. I didnt do it in a pie crust, I used the recipe for the Bisquick quiche instead.
Here is the recipe.
1-2 cups of your favorite fillings (I used chopped chicken breast, feta cheese, green onions).
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cups milk
1 cup Bisquick
Salt & Pepper.
bake at 425 for 35-40 minutes. I used an 8 x 8 pan.
Mix the eggs, milk, and bisquick together. Pour over the fillings you have already placed in the pan.
Thats it. So simple. I topped mine with sliced tomatoes and real bacon bits. But you could put whatever you wanted in this thing. I think it would be great for the mushie/soft food stage.
I hope everyone's Monday is going well!
Here is a pic my boss took a few weeks ago. I was going to cheat and crop it bc I dont like how my pants are baggy and I have a penis crotch thing going on...but I decided against it since I am always on my soapbox about posting full length shots. I got rid of those pants this weekend though....too big.
Friday, June 5, 2009
This Is One of The Reasons I Am Open About My Band
So, Friday's at work we have our weekly staff meeting. This is a chance for all of the departments in Corporate Development to come together and touch base. Most everyone works in the same building, but some of us our housed other places. For example, my department has it's own building and its just the three of us here. Today after we had come back from the meeting I get a call from one of the ladies in HR. She is in her 50's, and overweight (I guess. I never think of her that way bc she is really stylish and knows how to dress herself to de-emphasize her weight).
She called me and said, "Okay I got to ask...how much have you lost and since when?" I told her almost 70 pounds and I was banded on January 27th. She then opened up to me about how she has been thinking about WLS bc she has gotten to the point where her health is keeping her from doing things. She has seen me losing weight and felt that it might be time to act. She talked to Deanna (my coworker who had gastric bypass), and Deanna shared my info with her. So I explained the band to her a little and then ended up sending her a long email with more detailed info. She told me that I was looking wonderful (which is always nice to hear yes?) and that she hoped I wouldnt lose my bubbly personality (I told her not to fear...it's only going to get worse).
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Pass the Milk Please
I ate 2 chocolate chip cookies today. Bad Amy. But they were yummy and only one small blip on the radar of good eating.
For you guys that like the blue flower pots...I got them at Old Time Pottery. I don't know if these are everywhere or just in the south...however...I paid (or should I say TRACEY paid) just $20 a pot which is awesome since they are about $60 at Target.
I am going to go drink my water now, in my feeble attempt to wash away the sin. Sin...THY NAME IS COOKIE!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A Big OH Crap
Cindy is has told me in the past that when she is stressed or upset her band is tighter. Last night I came home and my flowers were dead. These flowers I planted over a month ago.
I dont know what killed them, but for some reason, for about 15 minutes...it was the end of the world. I started crying. I starting passing out invitations to my pity party. I was a failure at growing flowers, at losing weight, at cooking, at saving money...PITY PARTY! This cry/sob fest lasted for about 20 minutes. Afterwards I got up and made some dinner. It was left overs. It was bbq roast and some mac and cheese. I had eaten plenty of eat the night before.
I took one bite of roast, one bite of mac and cheese...just to make sure the temp was right. Well...that was it. It was stuck. I pb'd. Several times. Then I REALLY threw up. The bad kind where you worry about your band slipping the whole time. Well, then I couldnt get water down. I couldnt get slobber down. This lasted until after 10pm. I threw up slobber one last time and then I was okay. It was not good.
Lesson From AmyYoda: Tread lightly when you are crying and being a baby you must. USE THE FORCE. BE THE FORCE.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Pics from the Weekend
i want MORE
Friday I went to Zumba. Has anyone ever done Zumba before? Totally fun and HARD! Zumba is a mix of hip hop and latin dance moves paired with other basic areobic moves. High cardio for sure. I love to dance, and the entire time I was imagining I had made it to the choreography round of So You Think You Can Dance. It was a 45 minute class and I hung in there until about the 38 minute mark and then all of my steam was gone and I kept waiting for the cool down. My body was on fire for at least an hour afterwards. Thumbs up.
We didnt do Yoga on Sunday bc I am SPECIAL! Every first Sunday of the month is free yoga. Do you see the problem me thinking it was yesterday? Yesterday was only May 31st. NOT the first Sunday of the month. Oh well, we will go this Sunday.
On the poop front (look, I swore to myself I would not talk about my bowels as much, but this is a learning opportunity). I took a Ducolax yesterday bc seriously...I couldnt get anything to happen and I knew something needed to happen. I felt like a champagne bottle that had a cork stuck in it. Anyways about 5 hours later the magic happened, and let me tell you ladies...it was wonderful. I havent felt that good after a bathroom experience in 4 months.
I will post pictures from the weekend when I get home and the pictures I found and scanned from when I was skiing as a little girl. We are going to lift weights at least twice a week...this should help me reach my goal of skiing once more!