Interview drama and the waiting game

I had an interview today!

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But, the waiting game is the hardest. When I think of all the efforts and hoops I went through last night to prepare for this interview; I even had to run out to a clothing store to get an/and/or lightweight top to wear under my old suit jacket, or a new suit jacket or both. I brought home both.

About the clothes first; With the weight-loss I was finally, finally able to fit into a very nice Jones New York dress suit jacket which I purchased 5-years ago in 2009. I wore it to one interview and even then I couldn’t button the front button. As I got fatter and fatter I got to a point where I could no longer wear it and even fake that it doesn’t fit — oh my, the buttons and the gap between the buttons and button holes were 7-inches apart!

Fast forward to 50+lbs lighter… now the jacket is old, looks old, seems discolored or dusty (it’s black) fits me for sure but is actually too big in some areas like the back and shoulders (gaping – loved seeing that but it’s not attractive) and the buttoning of it is too high-waisted. Who knew? I mean, I could never button it before.  Well, now I know.

I could get away with wearing the old jacket but how I felt in it was more the issue. I’m an older woman (50’s) and I’m guaranteed that my competition will be much younger and those of them who really want to arrive pristine, they will be tough competition. That said, I wanted to look as contemporary as possible, rather than frumpy — and I would have.

Ya know, I just didn’t want to look like I borrowed someone elses old clothes!
I bought a beautiful short suit jacket that certainly does put the old one to shame.

I looked smashing this morning. I arrived 15-minutes early as I always do…. (and they were already ready for me, so Kudo’s for me). With all that homework I did, the clothing drama; though the jacket was easy to find and buy… and I was home in less than 1-hour of shopping, the interview was rather short and they didn’t ask me a single behavioral question. My two interviewers told me much about the job that I would be doing and I confirmed that I would be excited to take on the job and (when do I start?)…

When you have an agent who sends you on these interviews, it’s the agent that has already done the selling of me; and therefore why I had the interview at all. So, generally the interviews are short  and sweet and seem more to the point of ‘looking me over, reading me and to see if we’re going to be compatible’.

I liked the job and two ladies who interviewed me. They are the two that I would be working with and if they feel we’ll be compatible, I’m in.

Hopefully, neither of those ladies owned the black Mercedes that I probably lightly door-dinged when I got out of my car…

So anyway, a 15-minute appearance in the new suiting jacket!
I hope it was worth the $90 investment!

In other important news…

newsThere isn’t really any. I’m being very serious again about food and exercise… that over being just serious and it looks like a lb has fallen off. Onward and downward. Today I shopped for low sodium turkey breast slices, Oroweat extra fiber whole grain bread and … I guess that’s it. I’m not a fan of sandwiches. Usually they equate to high sodium, too much bread and any sandwich must have cheese. Fortunately I don’t like mayonnaise and always use mustard.

My trainer is constantly after me about eating at least up to 1500-calories a day. I’m finicky and certain things that people do eat that is low-fat and high in protein are things I don’t like. Hummus, black beans, soy stuff; stuff like that to get calories and protein are things I won’t eat. I try not to eat grilled chicken salads because of the dressing and the need to prepare the chicken for the salad. Too much work and why would I buy lettuce that will go bad in a day or two and then the fat in the salad dressing issue. No, don’t like just vinegar, so. So it’s hard and lunches for me are the hardest. Anyway, the sandwich thing is pretty easy and highly portable so I have gone this route for my lunches. Got.to.eat.

Sandwich was delicious.

Last night I texted my trainer that I would not be able to do the session at 6:00. I wasn’t contacted until 3:30PM for the interview which was scheduled for 9:00AM the next day. I had to ‘study’, get clothes together, get hair washed night before to save time in the morning, and so on, not to exclude the inevitable impromptu shopping trip! Sure, training is only an hour investment in time but… getting there: 15-minutes, warm up: 30-minutes, Training: 50-minutes, getting home: 15-minutes, shower — as long as it takes. That’s more like close to 2-hours and I wasn’t up that distraction or interruption of my time.

Anyhoo…. must go put up Halloween lights!

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Quickie!

 If my scale is in cahoots with the scale at the gym… (I’ll find out Saturday morning) then this morning I hit the 40-lbs lost mark. :rock1:

Fourty Pounds!

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No celebrating until it’s official, but.

Back in 2008 I bought a pair of dress slacks at JCP. The brand was Mix-It and these slacks were a rarity in fit for someone like me. The fit was perfect. Long enough to wear heels with, very lean in the legs and fit well at just below the waistband. I liked them SO much that I went back and bought other pairs in two sizes. (The brand was becoming extinct and I wanted to grab a few pairs of these slacks before I couldn’t find them again). Back then I was losing too but mind you, these slacks were in sizes 10 and 12 on a 5’10 girl. I loved these slacks!!! But, I outgrew them considerably but saved each of those pair in the event that someday they would fit again — though I thought that would be a slim to none change of happening.

Years have passed, how many is it now, 5-years?

Today I wore them! Easily!

And just before I stop bragging and blowing my own horn… I bought a pair of capri cuffed jeans at Chico’s last spring. Actually my mom bought them for me when we were on one of our ‘sprees’. I was pissed that they were a size 3; being the largest size at Chico’s. Still, I lived in them ALL spring, all summer and into last fall. I put these jeans on this evening and they fit like one of those ads where people hold those great big jeans out to show how much weight they lost. I’m going to take these to my training session on Saturday and put them on in front of Andre (over my workout leggings, of course) and have some major celebration with that activity! Later on Saturday I’m, as a matter of fact going shoe shopping with my mom and I can’t wait to wear those jeans for her as well.

This loss is just unbelievable!
and now I’m over myself =D (for now)

I’m expecting! (?)

I thought I’d never get around to posting this one…

I’m Pregnant! OK, Expecting!

And actually, no — it’s not me. But there is going to be a birth “on” the house in about 14-17-days about 5-days!

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I was able to be lazy yesterday a week ago last Saturday for a few hours — so nice for a change but not until the clothing exchange mess was cleaned up — more on that later. But I was sitting on my bed watching some DVR’d programs and I noticed the Dove ‘couple’ scoping out the geranium planters that sit outside my bedroom window. And, it’s very unusual for birds to land or swoop the area — with the exception of humming birds.

So when these two were (evidently) looking for a place to make a nest — they chose my window sill. I’ very excited and it all makes sense now because that bird didn’t flinch when got off the bed, shut the shudders or took pictures of her sittin’ there.

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Anyways… I’ll get back to you on this event in about 14-days. Caveat: And now getting back to you about 10-days after writing this; Mama just sits on that egg for endless periods of time.

Weight

I’m still no longer having (as much) difficulty with my foot.  Believe it or not the foot has seemingly healed; or the situation gone away until I started my last contract job. In that job, lots of getting up and down out of the chair to walk back and forth to the printer. Crazy work and had they put a printer on my desk — things might be different today. Still a present injury, dormant or active is an injury. If certain activities cause flair ups, then there is still a problem. That said, nobody to blame by physiology and bad timing.  But still, the getting up and down out of the seat every 10-seconds is stress on what ever is ailing the foot… and I’ll find out exactly what that is on Wednesday morning at my doctor appt.

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The photo above shows my foot after the swelling goes down in the evenings… once I relaxed and got off of it. The amount of swelling during the day was horrid! It was at time literally puffing out over the sides of my shoes and making imprints from the shoes. So why didn’t I get out of the shoes? Flats, wedges, flip-flops… it didn’t matter — nothing changed anything.

And days later… I had my doctor appt:

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Diagnosis:

1. “CLOSED FRACTURE OF FOOT” Healed left 5th metatarsal fracture.
(X-ray revealed a recently healed fracture likely as soon ago (oxy?) as early February.

2. Clinical findings for early left 4th metatarsal stress fracture.
(thanks to re-pronating as I walked day-to-day and ran and climbed; adjusting foot during exercise to avoid the pain).

At the end of the day, damage to both 4th and 5th metatarsals! :afraid4:

The lovely cast shoe is protecting  this new stress fracture from becoming a real full on fracture — it was just a matter of time.

Recommendations:
Wear either a shoe cast or non-flexing shoe for 4-weeks. No weight-bearing exercise such as

treadmill, stair master, jogging/running. Even sparing joint sparing elliptical not recommended at this phase.

May resume these activities after 4-weeks if swelling and tenderness are resolved.

***MAY DO***:
Lifting, toning and weight work. Recumbent bike at high frequency, low load.
So I continue with compound exercise — pushing and pulling things but ‘A” has me pressing some difficult weight and sometimes at levels that I cannot budge.

So I can keep training then and try to learn to love the recumbent bike. All is not lost!

And that’s just exactly what I am doing. I ride the recumbent bike with no set tension for 45- 60-minutes and that seems to be enough light cardio to barely break a sweat glow but does record nicely on my BodyBugg activity report. So, if it’s good enough activity for the BodyBugg, it’s good enough for me.  AND, at my Weigh-in last Saturday I was down 2-lbs. and as of today, maybe another pound and a half.

Anyways, wearing the shoe cast is extremely helpful and it’s easy to wear. Not pretty, but easy to wear and easy to walk in — like normal. The swelling went away almost right away because there is no real pressure on the front of the foot; mostly in the heel area. There is also about 1-1/2-inch lift in the show so wearing a low wedge is perfect to keep the same balance on each side. To be honest, I haven’t given up too much for/with this injury — other than the fact that I can’t do the intense cardio. I walk normally

Have you notice my weight loss on the left hand side rail? 37-lbs gone.

Sugar starved!

No weight loss yet, but Hell, it’s only been 1-day

sundaeAnd tonight while I had dinner with friends; them eating full dinner entree’s and me with a grilled chicken salad; which incidentally, they forgot to put the salad dressing on — but that’s OK — I was fine without it, I watched the two of them enjoy ice cream Sundae desserts with extra chocolate sauce!

(So now I am the sugar police after 1-day of sugar exile?  3-days ago I’d be pouring it all over my Sundae, too! LOL!)

We talked about how good our coffee might be if we put a little chocolate sauce in the coffee. I said, “that sounds good” and then, “No! I’m not having any sugar”!

And then I bit my tongue — I don’t like people to know that I am dieting, following a diet plan or anything at all really about my weight loss plans. I like to keep my weight loss to myself sparing me from conversation that goes… as this one did tonight between the other two:  …..as he pours the (extra) chocolate sauce all over the cup of ice cream, she says, “I thought you were…” and he cut her off with, “I am, but not right now”!

(Me; I sat quietly and drank my black coffee.)

In the grand scheme of things I did very poorly on calories (way, way, way too little at 660 of 1500) so it stands to reason that my sugar intake might total all of 6.6grams. I hope this plan works because if I am to lose 11-lbs this week / 1.57-lbs per day…. then, well, my week is getting tighter and tighter as next Sunday gets closer. Doing the math; now it’s 1.83 lbs per day.

I dunno…. But I’m giving it the old college try!

How the heck much do I weigh, anyway?

  • Prelude… I’ve  been blog theme shopping (browsing). Can’t find one that I like! This one’s a little different, but not what I want.
  • IN LOVE with this blog: Vittles and Bits! This girl knows how I like to eat!!
  • I’m probably not going to talk about weight and scales again because the topic is stale; but just this one last time….

Stoopid-ass-scales!

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I thought my one digital scale was acting weird (not telling me what I wanted (LOL) and kept changing its mind….so I switched it out another digital scale I had hanging around the house; which also acts weird.

My digital Scale that measure ounces — I never displayed a consistent number. I’d get on the scale and see, say, 150.5 (no I do not weight this little). I’d step off and back on again. 151.0. I’d step off and back on again and see 151.5 and sometimes I’d step off and back on again and see 148.8. And so how do I know how much I really weight? The average is 150.4 so maybe I weighed that? Who has time to take their average weight each day? And again that is, unfortunately, a fictitious number!

And then there is my digital scale that measure in half-lb increments. I thought things were going well with that one in consistency but when I weighted to see the difference in my weight between being with panties and Genie Bra on, and being neekid. The difference was 2.5-lbs and I thought gee, that Genie Bra weighs A Ton! A genie bra is like a sports bra — only lighter so …. 2.5-lbs? Naturally I took the bra downstairs and weighed it on the food scale; it weighed 2-ounces. (bubble bursted!)

Today I got on the scale in my usual jammies and weighed the exact same thing (in that ensemble) as I had weighed in the last 3-days. Yes, yesterday I reported a lesser weight without the jammies ensemble and I thought – that was that. TODAY I weigh in and get the same weight and that seems suspicious. I put on my huge bathrobe. I gained 6-lbs; doubting that my robe weighs 6-lbs. I take of the robe and get back on the scale to see a gain of 2.-lbs. (bubble bursted, again!)

So the question is:
HOW THE HECK MUCH DO I WEIGH?

I guess (I know) it shouldn’t matter at this stage in my weight. I know I’m badly overweight and no matter what the stoopid scales tell me, any of the weights it delivers is not good news. I should be using the Dr. Scale at the gym but it never tells me anything good, either and typically they run heavy.

Anyone (overweight) will tell you that! I’m going to TRY to stay off the scales, all of them until I see physical changes, done at least a reasonable effort of workouts and when I believe that I may have lost 10-lbs. The bottom line is… for a while…. I’m still going to be big and fat no matter what the number. So sad.

Little pains and twitches/stitches

Have you ever heard someone say, “I have a stitch in my side”? That might be something an older person says; older than me and whose name might be Edna. But, I have these little pains and twitches — mostly twitches in my stomach, lower right and upper left and the middle. One in what I guess is the kidney area and this one is a periodic ‘stitch’ do they call it. Not really a pain but something ‘going on’. I hope it’s gas. I have another pain in the middle of my gut which I get mostly when I’ve stood for long hours and mostly when shopping with my mother which led me to believe it was/is a muscle pain and some nerves. I’ve had this one for ‘years’ so I know if it is cancer, I’d be dead by now. There is another little stitch on the left side (where there are no organs) which gives me some relief — hopefully all of this is gas.

And since the little very periodic pains and stitches is on my mind far too much, it makes it worse. Like, there is nothing happening; no gurgles, no stitches at all until I think about it. Too much thinking I hope!  The best remedy for most everything in life is exercise — and this WILL happen today… and good eating.

My diet has changed drastically in the last week and quite possibly this is just the bad stuff getting pushed out. (gross), or … passing throoooo…

Moving forward…

I’m having second thoughts on using WeightWatchers. I’ve used and still visit a better weight loss site for 10-years — nothing here that when I started using weight loss sites…. I was only slightly overweight then; could lose 20-lbs back then but looked like I needed to lose just 10. Now you’d think that using a weight loss site would encourage weight loss, not weight gain over the years. BUT, I’ve weighed many weights and been many sizes (6- 18)  over those years… The last 3-years have done me in! I tell ya!

Anyways, the 10-year old weight loss site has not developed an app so it’s a bit impossible to log foods and scan labels in my travels. The WeightWatchers scanner works 2% of the time and as well, I’m finding that I have to enter my own foods as custom far too often. I use myfitnespal but it has some irregularities. Thinking of saving myself $18/mo. and going with (back with) loseit.

At the end of day, no program or app is going to work until the mindset kicks in.

The good news…

  • 30-minutes yesterday on the home treadmill. Compromise and not that big of a deal of a workout. But it eased my conscience!
  • Calories, or points yesterday, or whatever… about midrange. Prolly too much fat…. otherwise, the plus is that I ate far more protein than usual!
  • Baby steps turning into child steps…

What I ate Wednesday

 

 

It looks like I only ate twice this week!

I’m slipping folks… gotta get those pics taken! Next week, I promise!

At the nail parlor!

A little coffee, a little bit of donuts (two donuts holes), “you pick coll-a” and voila! Pretty nails!

One tasty salad…

And a surprisingly delicious quesodillia (duly noted that quesodillia is misspelled in the photo)

And sadly that’ it! 😦

 

What I ate Wednesday (The Lobsta’s)

 

 Hello Wednesday peeps! I tried to be proactive on this Wednesday’s post for WIAW. And I was. I had a lot of photos stored, edited and signed on my host just waiting to tell the WIAW story in photos.  But then the plan changed. I had a full day today of all good things, appointment, quick visit with a friend since the friend worked near the appointment. I drove my on her errands with mom followed later in the afternoon and eventually we (the family) ended up at an almost local restaurant because we remember that Tuesday was Maine Lobster Day!  And that said, welcome to my first ‘themed” What I Ate Wednesday, post.

I shot photos like crazy and those that made the cut are in the collage are the winning 4. The 5th guy? Well he’s just “Too Cool”!

My photogenic lobster, entertainment and a typically gorgeous sunset

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That’s all I got for Lobster Tuesday. Next week — more photos and thankfully, for me, they are already ready to go. Yes! These posts are getting easier!

Enjoy my lobster!