Friday, January 25, 2008

My fashion faux pas of the day

Let's face it, I'm a walking fashion disaster most days. In some ways there's the "I'm fat, no one expects better, so why bother" thing going on. Besides, being overweight, I might as well take advantage of one of the few benefits - the expectation that I'm lazy.

Mostly, it's in reaction to the lack of reasonable fashion choices for the overweight. It's clear that clothing manufacturers have no idea how a woman is shaped. Either that or once we hit a certain size, it is assumed that we are simply round. I'm not. I have a waist. In fact, I maintain a somewhat odd hourglass shape.

I went shopping at Ricki's the other day. There is a store that maintains a womanly shape, even up into it's higher sizes. They're cut larger, but with the same shape. Suit jackets that are fitted! Pants that maintain a standard leg to waist ratio! Other stores seem to assume that our legs will not grow at the same rate as our stomachs resulting in a bit of a martini glass sillouette.

So today, like so many other days, I rebel. White socks with black shoes. Yes, you heard me.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


It's kinda funny. People at work know that I'm seeing a personal trainer. They also know Christmas just passed and results usually aren't all that fantastic during that time. The funny part is that I'm getting these funny looks and questions like "did you get a haircut? Something's different..."

People who know me a little better are quick to say that they can see the weight loss in my face. So obviously the difference is starting to become apparent - even if subtly.

Friday, January 04, 2008

found an interesting webzine

On flipping through it's many pages, I found this article about women picking apart women.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

So.. did I do it?

Many people lose their motivation over a holiday. They stop going to the gym and eat like there will never be another ounce of chocolate produced...ever.

To tackle the first part...did I get lazy and drop the gym? Nope. I took Christmas eve off because I was in SK and the gym and trainer were a bit far away, but Christmas day, I took the dogs for a walk through the snow. I mean through the snow. Knee deep snow in the field. Pretty good workout to be honest. Tinker had to jump through the snow because she's so tiny.

The eating? I avoided the chocolate (chocolate lovers may send gifts of thanks for my not depleting world stores of the precious commodity, I'll also accept donations on my behalf to the charity of your choice), but the salt got me. Nuts, cheezies, crackers and chips. I cut back on them for the most part and limited my snacking to the big days. I still ate a little too much of that kind of thing though.

My final verdict? Continuing to hit the gym showed a commitment to getting healthier. I dropped 8 minutes off the killer workout, and 4 minutes off the medium workout. He made me jog! I may have to track down and kill the person who was on the rowing machine. Regardless, my clothes are fitting better. I feel fantastic. Stairs are easy now. I have way more energy and for the most part am making healthy choices in my diet. New Year's Eve, Jeff and I had grilled chicken, salad and baked sweet potatoes with pineapple and sugar free chocolate pudding for dessert. My weight may have remained steady, but my fitness and general health improved.

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy new year!

A new computer

I finally had to admit that my computer was done. Toast. while playing WoW, it was restarting itself every 5-10 minutes. Not very conducive to staying alive in that game. I'd originally written that as "randomly" restarting, but there was nothing random about it. While just surfing or running other apps, it restarted less frequently. Actually, that was much more random. My CPU was running at about 60C. Yep. Celsius. I'm surprised Tigger was keeping the spaceheater warm rather than my computer. I'm certain there was more heat coming off the computer.

So off to Memory Express we went. The weather was crappy - cold and snowy, and the streets were packed (The week after Christmas. Go figure. Sheesh people. Stop shopping for once!) Why do I mention this? Well, no reason. I'm just padding the word count. What do you mean no one counts words????

But, I digress, we headed off to the computer store. The lineup was huge. Massive. We wandered the store for a bit hoping the line would disappear. But no, it only grew longer - at least until we stepped in line. Not one person stood in line behind us. We got to the front of the line and were talking to a salesguy before anyone else queued up. (Not like I can complain. New Year's eve, I got excellent parking at a COSTCO!!!)

Regardless, we chatted with the salesguy telling him what we were doing. They had no AMD stock, so I had to settle for Intel. When asked what I use my computer for, my mind went blank. Really not much, I thought. Before I could speak, J answered for me... "WoW, a little surfing..."

Yes, I'm a geek.

But wait... I'm in a bastion of geekdom! My salesguy is not only familiar with WoW, but he's played since release. He knows my server! Many of his old guild transfered to it off another server. Don't ask me why they went from one high pop server to another, but... whatever. He has a dwarf pally, but loves gnomes. I didn't have the heart to tell him my gnome main is now retired as I switch allegiance to the horde and level a blood elf.

Uhhh...Oh god, this past year has destroyed me! I used to be a normal, average person. Not a gamer. Someone who raised an eyebrow when terms like night elf, paladin, warlock and raid were thrown around. I was above that childishness! Now I'm knee deep in it, debating whether to create a hunter, a mage or a rogue for my next character.

In other news...I don't hate pink anymore.