Why no title today? Because in 6.5 years I think I've about run out :P Or at least I'm out today. But regardless, forward!
The scale has gone crazy in the past week. I've been eating 100% on, just like I have been since January 7th, but last week I was eating the rest of the lentils I'd made over the weekend as opposed to my more standard lean protein/ dark green veg. The lentils were marvelous, but by mid-week my weight was 144. The hell? No, no, no... icky. When I finally was done with the lentils my weight started going back down and today I was a shade under 141 again, so I'm almost back to where I was like a week and a half ago. Lordy.
This kind of scale craziness is why I've given myself until April 22nd to lose the entirety of the weight I put on over the holidays. Sure, I can drop 3 pounds in a week as far as the scale is concerned, but then I can continue on, eating exactly what I've been eating, exercising exactly as I have been, and see zero progress for four weeks.
Then I'll drop another 3 pounds, seemingly "mysteriously". Eyeroll.
It's nuts. But It's how it goes. On average, I lose a little under a pound per week, and considering where my weight is right now it'll take me just that much time to hit 135.
It's frustrating, but it's how my body likes to process things. At least the scale eventually goes in the right direction, and considering that I fit into all my pants again, overall I'm good with it.
Finally, because I'm shamelessly hijacking this from Nikki at Furry Bottoms, here are 48 random things about me. Why? Because I'm off work this afternoon with the still-ailing Gum Zombie and I figure I might as well :) And no, there's no "I'm tagging X-people do to this!" That gives me the headache.
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes -- my maternal great-great-grandmother. She was Amanda Jane also.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Listening to my sister sing O Holy Night over the Christmas holidays. She's an operatically trained mezzo soprano, did the requisite recital at Carnegie Hall, etc. At 33, her voice is just now reaching its peak and it is freaking amazing.
3 DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
When it's legible, sure.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I don't think I have one. I've been off that track so long it tastes like non-food.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yup, 2 of 'em, male variant.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
The way I am now? Yes. I wouldn't have liked me 10 years ago, though -- I was living in an untenable situation and coping with that had me a bit nuts.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
It's just one more service we offer :P
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Nope -- they were taken out when I was four.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I don't eat cereal. Unless you count oatmeal? If that counts, then oatmeal.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Nah -- although I do end up untying and then retying them when I put them back on.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Honestly? I have yet to meet an ice cream I didn't like. But my all-time favorite is Breyers Natural Vanilla Bean.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Whether or not they look pleasant.
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
That at times I'm so absolutely paralyzed by anxiety I cease to function. It's ridiculous. Fortunately, those moments are becoming more and more rare.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My sister, BIL, and niece. The Divine Miss M is two-and-a-half years old now and is amazing. We're missing so much with her living in NYC!
18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
Telling the anxiety beasts to shut it. Again, it's getting better (I'd not still be in my belly dance classes if it weren't), but there's still work to do.
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
None -- bare feet (it's like 80+ out there).
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
My standard lunch.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
"The Talk". I have trashy TV tastes when I'm off work with a sick kid.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Christmas trees, big holiday meals cooking, berry-scented candles.
24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?
I like my own political views, and I really resent anyone trying to push a different opinion onto me. What I believe is what I believe, nothing you say will change it. Don't preach, don't push, don't even try. (this was Nikki's answer and I lifted it shamelessly and in its entirety, because it's how I feel as well)
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountains definitely -- but the beach is only an hour away. And honestly, if someone offered me a beach house I wouldn't turn it down!
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Sumo wrestling. Yes, I'm serious. I was in Japan back in 1993 during Sumo season and it was the first televised sport I actually understood. It's delightfully basic.
27. HAIR COLOR?
Originally it was dark brown with chestnut highlights. Now its natural color is "Marilla Cuthbert" iron grey, so it's instead dyed a medium-reddish-brown base with golden blonde highlights.
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope -- I tried as a teenager but my astigmatism is severe and the only lenses I could wear were gas permeable lenses, which were essentially hard contacts, just with a little bit of flexibility. It felt like I had tin can lids in my eyes no matter how long I worked to wear them, so eventually I resigned myself to the fact that I'd be wearing glasses the rest of my life or view the world through a bit of a haze.
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Freaking pound cake. Dammit.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings. I look up movies in IMDB or Wikipedia to make sure the endings are happy. If they aren't, I won't watch. Real life is quite enough realism for me, thankyouverymuch.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
In the theaters? I think it was Magic Mike. I didn't know who Channing Tatum was before that movie. Nice, nice, nice looking boy.
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter, or what passes for it down here.
35. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Effing damn pound cake.
36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
I'm a multitasker.
38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Kim Harrison's Ever After (no relation to Cinderella -- this is the latest Rachel Morgan urban fantasy book)
39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Dust? It's dark blue, so... yeah, dust.
40. FAVORITE SOUND?
My husband coming home at night. Yes, I'm really this sappy :)
41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?
It depends on my mood -- sometimes it's bubblegum pop, sometimes it's hard rock or metal. My MP3s range from Katy Perry to Iron Maiden, with some Bach and Mozart thrown in for good measure.
42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I read really quickly, although I don't know if that's so much a talent as it is more a symptom of my book addiction.
44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Near San Francisco, CA
45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Grey wood siding with some faux-stone accents.
47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?
It's either that or I'm a masochist :)
July 23rd, 2016 So Suddenly
5 hours ago