Monday, May 27, 2013

Rain & Clouds

I was having a really hard time last week.  Feeling really down.  I wasn't sleeping - not sure if the lack of sleep brought out the emotions, or if the emotions caused me to have trouble sleeping.  Plus I got my updated driver's license with my maiden name, and now I am procrastinating about changing it back with my bank, work, etc

Last Monday (May 20) was Victoria Day, so we had a long weekend.  I loved having the extra day off of work, but last year was when everything started to go down hill with my marriage.  I broke my ankle on the May long weekend, and I was feeling crappy all weekend while camping with our friends (which we found out later was due to my gallbladder).  Either May 25 or the Friday after that (June 1), was when my ex cheated on me.  May 31 was when I was admitted to the hospital for my gallbladder. 

It's not a period of time that I really want to relive, but memories kept popping in my head.

Fortunately my BFF Kristine texted me on Saturday, and we ended up going shopping together.  Retail therapy made me feel better, plus spending time with an awesome friend.  I ended up buying a new spring/summer/rain jacket.  It was originally $120.00, already marked 50% off, and then it was an additional 30% off - so I got it for $42.00.  Score!  Plus it is pretty and blue and two sizes smaller than my fall jacket.  It's a pinch tight in the chesticle area, but the next size up was way too big.  I also bought a new swim suit, which was 50% off.  I love buying clothes on sale.  It makes me happy.

I have been trying to distract myself from over thinking the past, and doing the whole "what if I had done this. . . . " crap that also keeps running through my head.  My youngest brother fixed up my bike, and so I had taken it out for a couple of spins.  It was rainy and cool this weekend, but I am committed to getting out for a ride and some fresh air at least two times this week.

The other way I have been keeping my mind preoccupied is watching television.  Specifically The West Wing right now.  CTS started airing the episodes, but I have seasons 1 through 5 on DVD.  So I pulled out my collection and started watching.  I am now on season 3.  On the weekend I also bought seasons 6 and 7 because they were on sale for $40 for the two of them together.  I still find it intelligent and funny, I love the raid-fire dialogue, and the complicated & hard-hitting political story lines.  Plus the banter between Josh & Donna is extremely entertaining.  I even sucked my brother into watching the episodes with me.

Even though I am struggling emotionally, I am getting close to reaching some of my current weight loss goals.  Early 2011 was the last time that I was attending Weight Watcher meetings on a regular basis.  I lost almost 20 pounds before I let life get in the way again and stopped following the program.  So in March of 2011 I was 290, right now I am 291.8, so close to my first goal of being below 290.  Along with that, once I get to 289.8, I will have lost 25 pounds since I started back with Weight Watchers in November.  Then my 10% goal is 283.8.  After that my next big goal is to be below 273.  In August of 2010, right before the wedding, I got down to 273.  These smaller goals help me break up my weight loss so that it is not overwhelming.

It will only get better from here.  I know there will still be some more dark days, but there is more sunshine in my future.  


  1. It's hard to turn off the 'what ifs'. Just taking the emotional stuff one day at a time is the only way to get through. Congrats on the great deals! I love getting good deals on clothes (esp. on plus size clothes... they're so expensive). I'm going shopping this weekend for new shoes for walking. I have a 50% off coupon at my favourite store.

    Your weight loss targets are great! Slow and steady is the only way to do it if you want to keep the weight off long term. It's good to give some thought to the big picture, but it's far more important to think about the more achievable small goals. They all add up!

  2. You nailed it by saying there's sunshine in your future.... things WILL continue to get better for you, even though there will always be those moments that occasionally bring you down when thinking about the past.

    I think you're doing great.... you're my weight loss inspiration! I so desperately need someone to join me for evening or weekend walks or something, so maybe that's something we can do together if the weather starts to warm up again.

    Also, in speaking about tv..... I want to relive the X-Files again and need someone to watch it from beginning to end with me. (Hint, hint)