Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 117 - PhillyD and Project Lose an Olsen Twin

Phillip DeFranco has a new project.   For those who don't know who Philly D is, he's a celeb on YouTube.  That's a picture of him with his girlfriend on the right.  I know what you are thinking, "How did he get a girlfriend like that?!"  I think it's the being funny thing.  Works every time.  Anyway!  I always watch his videos because they make me laugh.  Of course, I could find it funny because I'm warped and a little demented.  Now you are probably thinking, "Gee, that's great.  Get to the point."   Well, okay!  Geez.  Patience is a virtue. ;)

His new project is a weight loss project entitled "Project Lose an Olsen Twin."  First of all, I find that really funny because really - an Olsen twin weighs MUCH less than most of us need to lose. I mean, I can lose 2 or even 3 Olsen twins I think.

I went off topic again.  POINT IS!  He mentioned his weight... and it was close to mine.  And he's freakin' 6'0"!!!!!  I'm...... ummmm.... not that tall.

Has that ever happened to you guys?  Someone mentions their weight, and you think "Oh my god... that's how much I weigh.  And he's tall/muscular/professional athlete."  CASE IN POINT!  I looked up some athletes. Ones that weigh close to me.  We have Jeremy Hoornstra, a freakin' power lifter.

Or how about, Adrian Peterson, a running back for the Vikings,  who last year wanted to get up to 230 pounds.  (At 6'1".)  Not only that but the coach said "Well, you know what, 230 is awful big." Yeah.  Thanks. BUT IT GETS WORSE!  One of the comments to the story was "230 lbs sounds like Al Roker in cleats."  *starts sobbing*  Really???  REALLY?!

Don't get me wrong... I don't want to be 100 pounds at 5'4".  I want to be healthy and beautiful.  When I went to look for examples of celebrities that didn't look anorexic, sadly, I didn't find huge numbers of choices.  Although, here are a couple of women whom I completely admire for their intelligence, abilities, and accomplishments.  And they just happen to be absolutely beautiful.

Drew Barrymore - This woman has overcome a lot to become the woman she is today.  She's enormously talented and driven.  She isn't a cookie cutter, anorexic looking actress.  She, like the rest of us, has fluctuated in her weight, but if I may say - at any weight, she is lovely.
Kate Winslet - I adore Kate Winslet.  I think she is a spectacular actress.  Again, hugely talented and accomplished.  She has been very outspoken about the fact that she is a real woman with real curves.  In fact, she has threatened to sue tabloids who have said she is seeing a diet doctor.  In a People article addressing the situation, she has said,

"I will continue to say what I feel about this issue of women being thin and emaciated. It's just out of control," she said Sunday. "I know I'm a role model to young women. It's a role that I take very, very seriously and I would never want anyone to ever think I was a hypocrite in doing something like going to a diet doctor, for goodness sake. I mean, it's really, really ridiculous." 
In 2005, Winslet told PEOPLE for the annual Most Beautiful issue, "I know that I have a real woman's figure.  It's nice that it's acknowledge and appreciated  that I don't conform.  I don't starve myself."
Kate, you are absolutely stunning.  I wish I could look a tenth of how beautiful you are. (Yes, I'm speaking as if Kate Winslet is actually reading this. It's my dream world! Don't mess with my dream!)

Hmmmm.... did I just get up on my soap box??  I think I did.

I'm sorry.  *steps down*

My point is - - I really don't want to weigh the same as a running back or a weight lifter.  I would prefer to be healthy and beautiful.   I'll get there.  Really. I will. :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 115 - LHA Weigh In - and Holy Cow I'm Alive!

Today was weigh-in day for LHA.  And thank goodness!!!  I maintained these last couple of weeks.  And let me tell you, it is a miracle!  We are talking 1980's Olympic Hockey Team level of miracle.
Alright... I might be overstating the miracle nature of things.

But the fact of the matter is that it really is astonishing that I haven't gained weight over the last couple of weeks.  My exercise has been limited to dog walking.  Eating... do I have to admit this?  Really?  Okay.  I ate fast food.  I ate from In-N-Out even.  The land of One-Meal-Can-Have-Enough-Calories-For-the-Whole-Week.  It's true. And sleep... wait... what's sleep again?  I have only a vague recollection of it.... hmmmm....... sounds good though.

In my defense:  I was writing a proposal for to fund a project I hope to do.  Talk about stress.  This was the first proposal where I was the principal investigator - the one in charge. YIKES!  But I got it done and it is in for review.  Cross your fingers everyone and put good vibes out there for me okay? I'd like to have a job past this year. :)

Writing that thing was stressful and time consuming.  In short... HORRIBLE!!  I didn't want to cook or exercise or anything.   But it's done ... but the next proposal is looming.

Despite all of that, I did take my dog on a long walk yesterday, which he enjoyed thoroughly.  Tonight, I played softball.  I feel like I'm on a roll here.

I hope that everyone had a great couple of weeks and that things are going swimmingly!  Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 98??? - Losing track of days

Have you ever had one of those days????  You know those days... the ones where you have strawberries and whipped cream.... only without the strawberries.  And you don't exactly put the whipped cream in a bowl.  In fact, you kind of just... well, squirt it right in your mouth??

Okay.  That has been my week.  My proposal is due on Friday.  So the next couple days I will remain MIA.  Sorry about that.  My current stress level: 10 fingernails sans nail polish, followed by one nail that is considerable shorter now, 9 more fingernails that are scared s**tless that they will have the same fate.  This followed by dinner at In-N-Out.  YES!!!  I SAID IT!!

I had dinner at In-N-Out!!!!!!  I'm horrible.  I'm a horrible, horrible person.

I will be back to my usual self (hopefully) Friday... maybe Saturday... well.... maybe Sunday depending on how much time I need to recoup. ha ha

Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4 - Reading the Declaration

I know I haven't posted in a while. I'm in the middle of proposal h-e-double hockey sticks.  But I wanted to share one small little thing.

Okay.  For me, a big thing.

Every fourth of July, I sit down and read the Declaration of Independence.  I won't bore you with my interpretation or my thoughts/feelings on the matter.  I just felt like I should share this with my friends here.  While over the last 200+ years, we have, at times, convoluted our rights and liberties to a point that is, sometimes, scary, reading it reminds me of where we came from and what we were about.  At least back in 1776.

That... and it is some spectacular writing.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

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