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Update! [Feb. 8th, 2008|12:15 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |You Told Me-The Monkees-Headquarters]

Hello! Long time no write! I just wanted to give y'all a quick update on my diet status. I'm still on the diet and I still haven't cheated! Yay! I weathered the holidays quite well--we went camping to escape Thanksgiving which totally worked out except for it being freezing cold. After one night I found the only Wal-Mart in CA gold country and bought an electric blanket. Christmas was a bit of a challenge, but I just made sure to have a lot of my stuff with me and I was okay.

As of this week, I've lost a total of 80 lbs. Huzzah! In the last couple of weeks people at work have really started noticing and saying something. I guess maybe they've decided that I don't have some dread illness and that it's okay to speak up? I dunno. Sometimes I find the attention a bit embarrassing as I'm not really the most comfortable with people looking at me, but whatever. I'll deal. People have been pestering me for pics, so here's one hot off the presses, taken this morning on the volleyball court here at work by mrmouse. I'll try and be better about updating. :)

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Long time no write! [Dec. 11th, 2007|04:35 pm]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |The Leave Taking-Howard Shore-The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers [Limited Edition]]

Hello! So as Britta pointed out to me, it's been a very long time since I've updated my LJ. I've been really busy the last few weeks with work and holiday stuff, so I haven't reallly had the time or inclination to update this little thing.

I'm still on my diet and I've lost 64 lbs so far. Woot for me! I think I'm finally at the point where I can see some difference in my face. It's so hard to tell when you look at yourself every day.

Anyway, that's about it for now. Have a great holiday season!
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2007|08:10 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Hi everybody! It seems my body likes the number 3 because I am down another 3 lbs this week for a total of 33. I am very pleased by my progress so far. I do have to admit that I have been having indecent thoughts of peas, lima beans and corn. My wedding ring is totally loose and my titanium ring is getting very loose too. I will be very sad when I have to say goodbye to it. Sadly, it is made from bar stock and I don't think Ti can be resized. It was pretty expensive when I got it and I'm on the fence about replacing it.

Anyway, I'm shrinking! Woot!
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Update! [Aug. 15th, 2007|07:25 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Hello! I just want to update you guys on my progress so far. This week I was down 3 lbs for a total of 30! Not too shabby for 8 weeks. :)
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Progress [Aug. 1st, 2007|10:43 pm]
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[music |Sunday Morning-Maroon 5-Songs About Jane]

As of this week I have lost a total of 25 pounds! Yay! I am very pleased with my progress so far, but boy do I have a long row to hoe. I ran across a BMI calculator today and I found that 150 lbs is at the high end of normal for my height, 5' 6.5". 150 seems amazingly little to me at this point, but it's still at the high end. Right now, I feel like it's going to take forever for me to reach any kind of reasonable goal, but I'll keep my spirits up and focus on my progress so far. 25 lbs is certainly nothing to sneeze at, after all.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 34 years old. Ten years ago tomorrow, John asked me to marry him. One year ago I was in New York, hanging with Aymee and supremely excited about seeing Stephen King, JKR and John Irving. 16 years ago I turned 18 and that is just amazing to me. I remember I got a realy good set of crayons and coloring books for that birthday.

I will be working tomorrow--I usually try and take the day off, but having it on a Thursday kind of kills the vibe. I'm sort of expecting my mom and dad to come up this weekend, but I likely won't know until tomorrow. If they don't come up, maybe John and I will go to Great America.

Anyways, 25 lbs! Woot!
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What's going on? [Jul. 29th, 2007|08:14 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |December-Collective Soul-Collective Soul]

I haven't updated my diet progress in a bit. Last week I was down 4 lbs for a total of 21! Go me! I am really pleased by my progress so far and I hope I can keep it up. I'm dreading the first week I don't go down. Sooner or later, everyone hits a plateau. For now tho, I'm keeping positive and focusing on only one week at a time.

Everyone wants to do something a little out of the ordinary when they meet a goal and I've been thinking of 2 options for when I reach my weight-loss goal: a tattoo or piercing my nose. Opinions?

I want to say congratulations to my friend Melanie. She has been in training for months and today she finished the San Francisco Marathon, traveling 26.2 miles in six hours and change. Along the way, she raised over $7000 for AIDS research. I went with Ben to watch her cross the finish line and I am just so proud of her.

We got our iPhones at work and I'm pretty pleased by it. It has some quirks and 2.5G Edge is not the fastest, but overall it's very cool.

I finished Deathly Hallows after staying up all night Friday, finishing it around 11 Saturday morning. No spoilers, but I will say that it was awesome. I am currently listening to it on audio in the car. Jim Dale rules.

Anyway, that's all I've got. Later!
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Stuff! [Jul. 18th, 2007|11:22 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Over My Shoulder-Mika-Life In Cartoon Motion]

Hello! How is everyone doing? I'm doing quite well, thanks! Eagerly anticipating the acquisition of HP and the Deathly Hallows and avoiding anything that smells remotely like a spoiler. It seemed like just yesterday I was griping about how the book would never get here and I'll have it in my hot little hands in a couple of days. I still have to iron on the Ravenclaw patch on my robes. I'm totally going to wear my outift to work on Friday. I wore my Quidditch getup for HBP, so I guess it's tradition now.

My weight loss program is continuing to go great. I didn't post last week, but I was down 12 lbs last Wednesday. This Wednesday I was down another 5 for a total of 17! John and I went roller skating last Sunday, which I think helped a lot. The Cal Skate here in Milpitas has an adult session on Sunday from 8 to 10. They also do "adult instruction" from 7:30 to 8. We had a good time, even though John fell a couple of times and hurt his wrist. I managed to skate around for an hour and a half which was cool, but kind of a bummer compared to how I used to be able to skate for a whole 3 or 4 hour session. I did the regular quad skates, but I think I might try inline next time. So, if you're local, come on down Sunday for mad skating fun!

I hope to be able to go skating Sunday. I'll have to seriously tear myself away from the new HP book to do it. Saturday is shaping up to be a busy day. In additon to brittadotcom's Potter party, we have a BBQ to at least make an appearance at. If I don't finish the book by 8 on Sunday, I'll have to skip skating for the week. A girl's got to have priorities, you know.

Oh! In other news, I got my 5 year plaque from Apple on Monday. July 15 was my official 5 year anniversary. Counting contractor time, I've been rattling around the Infinite Loop over 6 years. I think that's the longest I've ever worked anywhere. The plaque looks very nice on my wall. Perhaps I'll share a snap of it.

See you guys later!
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Tasty Goodness! [Jul. 10th, 2007|01:13 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Radio GA GA-Queen-Queen Greatest Hits II]

Okay, so on this diet, what I eat consists of HMR shakes, HMR chicken soup or HMR entrees. When you start the diet, you get a recipe book. I know--a recipe book for chocolate and vanilla shakes? WTF? A lot of the shake recipes call for adding a tablespoon of sugar/fat free instant pudding mix, so yesterday after work I went by Safeway and picked up a variety. I got lemon, banana, chocolate fudge, pistachio, something else I can't remember and...cheesecake.

So for dinner last night, I had a chocolate shake with a tablespoon of the cheesecake pudding mix. It was so good, I felt like I was doing something wrong. The texture was velvety smooth and the tang of the cheesecake was just right.

The other thing I found at the store? Concentrated coffe. Brewed coffee in a bottle with a little measuring cup on top. You can mix it in with hot or cold water and there you go--coffee. I had never heard of such a thing, but I tried it this morning with my breakfast and it was really good.

I have class tomorrow and since my last class was on Monday, I've had a longer time between weigh-ins, so I'm hoping for a really good result. Woot!
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I did good! [Jul. 8th, 2007|11:57 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |It's My Life-No Doubt-It's My Life - Single]

I did good this weekend at my parents' place and didn't cheat all. It's tough at Mom and Dad's because they have all sorts of snacky things around and a garage freezer crammed full of all sorts of delights. I stuck to my regimen though, managing to stay "in the box" as they say.

My mom is weird. Just ask Ben and he will verify her weirdness, probably with a direct quote of, " Well what do you want me to say?" Back when they visited the weekend before Father's day, I told them that I was going to do the diet and they were both really supportive, Mom saying, "Well, you've got to start somewhere." So Saturday I'm there in their kitchen putting together my lunchtime shake and Mom is asking me questions, which is fine. I am quite patient and answer her questions and she finally concludes with this: "Oh. That's a liquid diet. People die on those."

Wow. Thanks, Mom! Never mind the fact that I am being supported by a team of people that make sure that doesn't happen.

I think next time I go down there I am going to have to bring some entrees with me. I didn't this time, just the shake stuff and I was really jealous when Mom, Dad and John were sitting down to steaks, rice pilaf and corn on the cob. It would have been nice to actually have something to chew instead of just drinking down a large mug of HMR chicken soup. Still, the soup filled me up and once I was full I stopped having indecent thoughts of a large, freshly barbecued piece of meat on a bed of rice along with a fresh ear of corn twirled until it was dizzy in butter. Mostly stopped...

The slacks I bought today for the HP costume are a size smaller. Yippee! But I still can't wear those damn Eddie Bauer jeans! They're going to fit in the thigh and be too loose in the waist, I can see it now. I can also see that I'm still going to have a gigantic ass, no matter how thin I get.
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Costume! [Jul. 8th, 2007|11:07 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |It's My Life-No Doubt-It's My Life - Single]

Woot! My best friend Carrie, maker of the Quidditch robes, came through again for my Ravenclaw house robes! I bought the materials for the robe, oh, back in March or April and Carrie had been periodically bugging me for arm length and shoulder measurements for ages and I had been putting it off. Driving home Monday night, I realized the the movie was coming out in the next week and then the book was the week after, leaving this the only free non-Potter weekend. Yikes! So I headed down to Fresno and sort of helped Carrie put together the robes. My part was mostly surfing the web, yakking, petting cats and children and standing on a chair for hem measurements.

Carrie finished them this afternoon and they are awesome! I had found a really nice black egyptian cotton for the outside and a beautiful blue satin for the lining. The whole thing is lined, including the sleeves and inside of the hood. It's the same pattern as my Quidditch outfit except for the different sleeves. I found some really cool Celtic-looking antiqued silver frog clasps for the front, but we have found that they have to be supplimented by hook and eye closures underneath.

I found suitable slacks (I know, girl students wear skirts, but I am not a skirt person, so I guess I'm in drag!) and a great tie. I dunno why the movie outfits have them with blue and silver since the house colors are clearly blue and BRONZE. As soon as we got home I put the whole ensemble on and OMG is it HOT. I am going to melt. But hey! It's for a good cause, yeah? If your cause is looking like an HP fangirl, that is!

Anyways, here's a pic. Sorry for the poor quality, but my camera was running out a battery and didn't have the oomph for a flash. Better pics to follow. Now I need to get a wand...

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