First of all, I want to wish my super swell friend Hillary over at "The Other Mama" a happy birthday today. She is giving away tons of goodies this week, and if you haven't checked out her blog before, I am adding a button on the side of my blog so you can access her easily. This girl is almost is nutty as me. Which is why I adore her so durn much!!! Anyway, feel free to check out her blog and enter her giveaways. It's good stuff people. Good stuff. I know you'll love her as much as I do!
Next, this week has been packed to the brim with excitement. None of it has been the good kind, I'm afraid, but stress filled drama drama drama. Our van exploded the other night on our way home from a park where we were collecting leaves, and the kids got to ride home in the back of a pick up truck. They all declared it the best day of their lives, shouting "I'm free!!!" from the open truck bed. I remember a time when it wasn't illegal to let your children ride precariously in the back, sticking their hands out the side of the truck and leaning over to watch the tires. Many trips of my childhood were doing that exact thing, and I lived to tell about it. At least our kids got to have the experience once and no one had to go to jail or pay a fine. Hopefully, our good friend Joe will be able to fix the mess I have of Neve (yes, we name everything in our family. Her full name is Neve R. Working. You can read more about her idiosyncrasies in the post "How I burned 400 calories buying a scale.") and we will go back to being a 2 car family. Both of the cars are crap, but at least there are 2!
On the diet front, I am happy to tell you that I am 100% back on track. I am back down to 178, after bouncing around this entire month, and now I am determined to stick with it hard core till Christmas. Folks, I won't lie to you, there is no way at all that I will give up the delicious goodies that come around once a year. I'm just praying that no one gives us homemade fudge or divinity. Those are the only things I would eat until gone and lick the pan clean. But for the rest of September through December 18th, I intend to be good, and lose. I really would love to hit the "lost 80 pounds" which is only another 20, and with 3 and a half months, I'm pretty sure if I keep on the straight and narrow, I can do it. I needed a short break, I guess, to discover that the world still has all the delicious food I used to love. Yes, it is still delicious. Now, it's time to get back to business. Broccoli is once again in my good graces.
Couch to 5K? I keep doing week one. I'm just not a runner by nature, so the concept of running and taking "slow intentional breaths" is tough to master. I prefer to breathe like I may never breathe again. That feels so much more natural when jogging. So until I can re-train my lungs and body and brain to work in tandem, I will stick with week one. I'd rather be slow and steady than fast and in cardiac arrest. It's not a race, but a challenge. Oh, my! Is it ever a challenge!
And I am very disappointed with the pink hair. It keeps fading! I hate that! Although it was pretty fun volunteering at the kids' school today and hearing the kids whisper to my daughter "do you know your Mom has pink hair?" Yeah, Natalie felt like she had the cool mom. Awesomeness. And I was right. Matt loved it. Wants me to keep it pink for a while. How can I resist making him happy?
Finally, the smoking. Lord help me, I am a fantastic excuse maker. I have not been diligent about it at all. While I have cut down dramatically, I admit that I have not cut myself off from it. But tomorrow I will become Patchy for real. I promise. I'm ready. I can feel it this time.
So that's the current week. As usual, I am a work in progress. But that's ok. I don't mind. If I was a work in completion, then I wouldn't have near as much fun as I do in the progress stage! Hopefully, this weekend, I will find a new idea for a short video for everyone's amusement. I'll work on that. Till then, I'm cleaning house, eating right, and trying to run. Back on the horse and in the diet rodeo once again!
Much love to you all-
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