Thursday, March 08, 2012


I had lunch today with a couple of the women who work for one of our vendors plus a couple of co-workers.  It was very pleasant and one of the women I had never met before, she's on weight watchers too!  Been on it for a while and she has a lot of the points for things memorized.  A cup of rice - 6 points!  An apple - 0 points! A martini - 7 points!  It was pretty funny.  So a good time was had by all and after we left, as I was driving back to work, I had the most amazing experience.

It's about 6 miles door to door, maybe a little more and as I was driving down San Fernando Road between Burbank and Glendale, I noticed the quiet.  The whole way back, I didn't hear a car horn, a siren, loud music, shrieking brakes, loud engines, machinery, construction, helicopters, loud voices.  Nothing.  The only thing I heard was the swoosh of the traffic as cars passed each other and a train whistle off in the distance.  It's a bright sunny warm day here and I had all my windows down and all I heard was quiet.  It may not be quiet to someone who lives in the country but for a place like L. A., it was amazing.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


So last night I went to my very first Zumba class.  I've been thinking for of trying this for awhile now but classes at my local 24 Hour were at odd times that I couldn't go to and private classes cost too much for me to pay for on a consistent basis.  Then, a couple of months ago, the ever lovely Ofelia told me that 24 Hour now had classes on the schedule at times we could both attend.  For various reasons, including sloth, I didn't get my ass in gear to get to a class until last night.  Dude.  I had SO MUCH FUN!  It really is a blast.  Now because it was my first class the teacher didn't show up but there was a young man in the class who just been hired at 24 Hour and he was able to take over.  He did a very good job and he mixed in some Bollywood style dance, his specialty.  I was able to follow along pretty well and managed to stay for the whole class, which is a lot considering I haven't done this type of class in YEARS.  I do not think I would have been able to do the whole class if I hadn't been walking almost every night for the last month.  It also helped that I met a woman named Robin who used to teach Zumba in Australia where she's from.  She was right in front of me so I had a great example to follow.  I'm going back on Wednesday.

Today, I'm going to use all my Weight Watchers points on the Cheesy Mac and Rib with BBQ pork and grilled onions sandwich from here.  I don't really know how many points the sandwich is but I am posting a high point count in my tracker just to be safe.  It's a good thing that plain fruit and veggies are 0 points because that's about what I will be eating for the rest of today.

One small thing I've noticed since I have been blogging more regularly.  When I finish a post, I preview it.  I'd say about 95% of the time, the only changes I make are spelling errors; places where I may have left out a word or if a sentence I wrote doesn't make sense.  Otherwise, it's pretty much as I originally wrote it.  But the small thing I referred to is how comma happy I am.  That's really the biggest change I make to my blog after the preview is taking out all the damn commas.  Heh.  Really, you wouldn't believe how many commas I just deleted from this post.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I did it

Last Thursday, I joined Weight Watchers.  My lovely doctor has mentioned it to me a couple of times and although, because I'm not stupid I know what healthy food is, I found it difficult to maintain a healthy diet on my own.  I think a lot of it has to do that I tend to eat the same things over and over when I'm trying to eat healthier and then I get bored and I don't just fall off the wagon, I leap with great abandon!  I needed more structure and I also like that they have a database of recipes.  I even had the wild idea that I might start using some of my recipe/cooking books and since I can enter the ingredients into the database, I will know exactly how many points a single serving of what I've prepared has in it.

I was at work when I thought about joining and I im'd Young Chance and asked him what he thought.  His response?  Do. It. Now.  He and I have had conversations about my ongoing attempts to eat healthy and he has seen me try again and again.  He agreed with me that the structure of the program will be most helpful to me.  He came in my office and watched over my shoulder as I signed up, as he was curious about how the online version worked.  Not that he needs to diet.  He's a slender reed (I can hear him now "What did you call me?") but the truth is, he takes care of himself.

I choose Sunday as my weekly weigh in and the good news is, I've lost 3 lbs already.  I can hear the chorus now (sing it with me if you know the words and I know you do) "it's just water weight".  I truly do not care, it's 3 lbs. of less bloat on me and since I have been walking every day for at least 45 minutes and more often than not for an hour, either with Mr. Ben or by myself for almost a month now, I am going to say that perhaps, just perhaps, it may be a little more than water weight.  And now that I've said that, please do not talk to me any more about water weight.  I'm sick of hearing it.  I think we all downplay our accomplishments, however large or small, by ascribing them to something else and I won't have it!  I am going to own every ounce that falls away as something I did for myself.

Speaking of doing things for myself, I have finally (FINALLY!) gotten a handle on the clutterfat in my house.  I am still working on it but my space feels lighter and airier than it did yesterday at this time, it no longer looks as though someone threw a hand grenade in here and shut the door and it makes me happy to see and feel it.  Another thing I am owning as an accomplishment.

Last night, Ofelia came over and she said "Have you seen George Clooney on Inside the Actors Studio?  I am in love with him!"  I have seen him and confessed my love for The Cloon and then we watched Attack the Block, a fun little British movie about a gang of street kids who fight off an alien invasion on their block.  Very entertaining, the kids were so great!  A recommended movie, although the South London accent can be difficult to understand at times.

So today I do a little more decluttering and also do some laundry and then this afternoon, I will go on my walk with Mr. Ben.  It's a beautiful day.