Saturday, October 17, 2009

Moving right along .....

So we're, uh ... moving right along. With a little help from our friends.

Mike had a helluva challenge when he spent last week in Japan, with all the fine dining and socializing. Nevertheless, he did pretty well to maintain his weight loss; 10+ lbs. lost so far! Now, had it been me traveling for a week I'd be like ... Hello, Room Service? I'll have the French Toast with a side of sausage, extra pats of butter, please, hash browns, a cheese Danish, a large orange juice, and coffee with cream. And then I would head out the hotel door to find the most divine place to lunch!

Have you ever tried these cherry essence prunes? They are so good! Really! And you could not get me to eat a prune to save my life before I tried these cherry ones. They're like candy, I swear! Five prunes = 100 calories, 24 carbs (a little carby, I admit), 1 gram protein, zero fats, and 290 mg of potassium. That's pretty good, right? Especially if you only eat 2 or 3 of them a day, which has been my practice. And, of course, "they help you out in the bathroom," as Mike's dear Aunt Marge used to to say.

So speaking of moving right along, that tire around my waist which has gradually inflated the past few years, is DE-flating!! And I tell ya, it's so nice to NOT do hand-to-hand combat with my jeans when I pull them on in the morning! I must get some photo updates happening here soon, although Mike has declared that he doesn't want another photo posted until his final, final, Big Reveal, reached-the-goal photo. Okay whatever. (But I'm telling you, people, he looks really good already and imho, he doesn't even need to lose another pound.) As for me, I will get a current photo up here soon. Honest.

Speaking of honest, we've been given the Honest Scrap Award! Yep, presented to us by most talented writer and blogger, Julie, over at Midlife Jobhunter. Thanks, gurlfren! Being relatively new at this blog biz, I'm not very familiar with these blogger awards that go around but apparently they are sometimes known to come with a hitch. Here are the Honest Scrap requirements:

1. This award must be shared.
2. The recipient has to tell 10 true things about themselves that no one else knows.
3. The recipient has to pass along the award to 10 more bloggers.
4. Those 10 bloggers all have to be notified that they have been given this award.
5. Those 10 bloggers should link back to the blog that awarded them.

Hmmm, sort of like a chain letter with pretty Girl Scout badges. I like it.

Okay, so here are my 10 things. I can't say that NO one knows these things about me, but certainly most of you won't know them. Keepin' it clean, as a certain 87 year old mother and a certain 22 year old daughter may be reading.

1. I'm guilty of being a chronic night owl.
2. I've relaxed my housekeeping standards considerably over the past few years ... and I like it!
3. I love a Big Mac.
4. When I was 28, I fell asleep on the back of Mike's motorcycle as we rode over the San Mateo Bridge in the SF Bay Area. (oopsie)
5. I love my solitude.
6. If I let my hair dry naturally, it's a full-on fro. (think Angela Davis)
7. I used to be an interior designer.
8. Mike and I met in a bar.
9. I make a killer coconut macaroon.
10. And last but not least ... and I've not told anyone this and I can't believe I'm now going to blurt it out on the internet ... the day before I knew we were starting this diet and this blog, I drove through McDonald's, got a big Mac and a large order of fries, and wolfed it down in the car on the way home. In record time.

Why, that was rather liberating!

I can't pass on the Honest Scrap Award to 10 blogs, but I can award it to 4 worthy ones. Please check 'em out!

Fragrant Liar, because she is soooo blatantly honest.
No One's the Bitch, because this blog represents a really important family issue.
O Mighty Crisis, because this is the most hysterical, honest blog ever!
Finding Frannie, because her challenge is greater than ours and she's rockin' it.

Now I'll be moving right along. Until next week .....


Crazy Charm said...

When I was interning and super stressed last year, I used to drive through McDonald's once a week and smuggle the bag into my apartment so none of the neighbors would see and judge me. LOL I still can't believe I cared if my neighbors thought I was a fattie!

ds said...

Wow! I came by to thank you for visiting my blog today. Congratulations on the Honest Scrap Award; it's nice to meet you (I share your #1 and #5 qualities)Seems you are talented in many ways! Good luck with the "sticks of butter" thing--not sure I get that, but that's okay.

Salina Lyn said...

Hahaha. I love your last item on the list. I too headed to McD's before jumping back on the weight loss train. And I felt so bad about it that I almost wanted to wash it all down with something chocolate. Love love love your spin on the pounds. Pounds = how many sticks of butter... :) Keep it up. Looks like you're killin' it.

foxy said...

I'll bet it felt good to get that out there, huh?? Ha... love me a big mac too!!

Jocelyn said...

You are so lovely, in every way. Coming from you, this is such a lovely nod. I'll see if I can get my act together enough to respond as I should (I'm a little lame sometimes). But your words here have made my day.

And I'm your sister in scarfing Big Macs before knuckling down. I'm heading back towards knuckling down again, myself. Thanks for being inspiration!

Michelle Wells Grant said...

OMG! Big Mac Sisters! Look how many of us have come out! Crazy Charm, Salina Lyn, Foxy, Jocelyn, and there were a few more who emailed me! This is hysterical! I usually hear people tell me, "ewe, how can you eat that crap??" I think they're just hypocrites cuz ya know, everyone loves a Big Mac. Fragrant Liar? Where are you? I know you belong in our Big Mac support group.