Help me update my blog links!

by Christine on August 24th, 2011

filed under General Information

I need to update my blog links (“blog roll”) on the right-hand side of this page. If you want to be included in my links, post a comment below with the address of your blog.



Had a “huh” moment.

by Christine on August 23rd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Yesterday hubby and I went out for drinks & dinner with my friend Billi and her soon-to-be husband Michael. Billi mentioned something about my weight loss and that someone mentioned & noticed how much weight I had lost. (Yay, that’s so nice to hear! Thank you!)

But then she mentioned something about me needing to be done now, and I just kind of blurted out, I’d like to lose another 20 pounds. She looked at me like I was growing horns out of my ears or something.

“WHAT?” she asked me. “No way!”

What do you mean no way? I’m about 7 pounds up from my goal weight, so that is nearly half the weight right there.  And at 5’2 and 132 pounds I have a BMI of 24 pounds. Which is, yes, in that ideal healthy range, but only a  mere 2 BMI points away from being in the “Overweight” category. I’m on the cusp. It seems to me that a more reasonable place to be is right in the middle of “healthy,” which is a BMI of 21.5, which means I need to weigh…that’s right….117 pounds.  That’s about 15 pounds away from where I am right now.

Okay, so I modify my statement from yesterday. I guess I want to lose 15 pounds.

But does that make me a freak? Like, does that deserve a reaction like I’m growing horns? I don’t think so, but maybe it’s my eating disorderly past speaking up in my ear.

Or maybe it’s because I was so recently Obese…perhaps if a healthy woman who has been at a healthy 130 pounds all her life said that she wanted to lose a few pounds, maybe that would be acceptable, but for someone to have recently lost 100 pounds…now THAT is unreasonable to want a little more?

I’m not really sure. There seems to be a dichotomy about expectations floating around there, and I find it really weird.

Not that it really matters all that much. All that really matters is what I want; everyone else’s opinions are really kind of pointless in this matter. Except maybe my doctor, who gets to decide if I get a fill or not. His opinion matters, I suppose.

I’m leaving for a little trip tomorrow. I’m going to see my parents for the first time all year! I’m packing 3 pairs of workout clothes. Either I will go to their beautiful fitness club, I’ll play tennis, I’ll swim, I’ll go for a bike ride…no matter what, I want to stay active! I’m really looking forward to it!


My weekend with Morgan Freeman & John Williams

by Christine on August 22nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Saturday I had the fantastic opportunity to go to Tanglewood to see the Boston Pops play, with the amazing John Williams conducting, in an event called “Film Night.” This is the second year we have gone to Tanglewood to see John Williams conduct. I have to admit: I rather idolize John Williams. His was the first autograph I got when I started my autograph-collecting hobby (I now have hundreds or thousands of autographs), and his autograph is proudly displayed in my living room.

For those that don’t know John Williams — he’s a music god, especially in the film industry. He wrote the music for nearly every memorable, modern block-buster movie: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jaws, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, Superman, Sabrina, E.T., and so many others.  He conducted the Boston Pops for many years, and he is invited to come back as a guest conductor in the summertime at Tanglewood. So exciting!

They had all kinds of film arrangements: a “Hooray for Hollywood” compilation, with snippets from many different movies. They did a montage of Western movies and music, and they also did an Audrey Hepburn celebration to the music of Sabrina. They performed a few pieces from Schindler’s List.  They also performed two of my favorite film scores: the John Dunbar theme from Dances with Wolves, and Por Una Cabeza from Scent of a Woman.

But there were two highlights of the evening for me.  The first was a special reading by Morgan Freeman. He came on stage to read snippets from Henry Faulkner’s “The Reivers.” While Morgan Freeman was reading, the Pops were playing a John Williams original score in the background. Freeman would pause at key spots, and the music would take over and carry the story along. Oh, it was fantastic!

And of course…the end of the evening culminated in the Throne Room Theme from Star Wars, with images from the Star Wars movies and images of Williams recording the music with the studio orchestras in from the 1970s-2000s.  Fantastic!!

It was a busy weekend, even aside from the concert in Massachusetts. On Saturday afternoon we went down to Kingston to the Hickory BBQ Smokehouse for a birthday lunch for one of Aaron’s friends.  (I had a salad with BBQ pulled pork on top. Delicious!)  On Sunday I went out with a friend to Northampton, Mass to hit a few wineries. We ended up at Godard’s Red Hen Farm Winery to sample some wines.  It’s a new winery, but the wines were surprisingly good, and the owner was fantastic! He told us all about his process, his equipment, his grapes. He even gave us a tour of the back room where the magic all happens. A nice little place to stop if you’re in that neck of the woods. We also stopped at the Northampton Brewery for lunch. The beer was very hoppy (if you like bitter beers, this is a great place to stop!)  I had a cup of clear brothy soup that was fantastic, plus a green salad that was a big disappointment.

My weight today is up another pound today, even though I didn’t consume a lot of calories on Saturday and Sunday. It’s starting to get me down, and I think I’m going to schedule another fill with my doctor for another week or two.  It’s very frustrating.



OD’ed on Sugar

by Christine on August 20th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

I’m sorry to say that I OD’ed a little bit on sugar yesterday at a bachelorette party for a friend that is getting married next week. Two cupcakes and a spoonful of frosting! Good heavens! It was so much sugar I felt sick to my stomach (and barfed a little bit). Ugh, let’s not repeat that episode again, shall we?  I swear that although my brain has learned that sugar is evil, my tongue sure hasn’t learned that lesson.




Billi will be a beautiful bride!

A tongue tattoo gone awry. That’s supposed to be a bat.

The prerequisite penis cake.

Revelry! What was going on here? A casual game of leapfrog? A little “how to” instruction for late night frolicking?


Challenge Complete!

by Christine on August 18th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

My XN Two-Week Exercise Challenge concluded yesterday. How did I do?

Well, I managed to get in 12 out of 14 days of exercise. I’m happy with that, even though it didn’t fulfill my mission of 14 days of exercise. That being said, my goal was to get in a better habit of exercising regularly, and I think I managed to accomplish that. I noticed that I DO feel better when I have exercised….a fact that I had lost sight of.

The bad news is that the exercise didn’t do a damn thing for my weight. That doesn’t really surprise me, since I’ve always said that weight loss is 80% about the food and 20% about the exercise. Well, that’s how it seems to work for me, anyway. My weight is actually up one pound due to some poor food choices the past few days (emotional eating) but I will nip that in the bud asap.

Attending the new yoga studio was probably my favorite exercise of the 2 weeks. I really missed the stretching and meditation in my life.  Walking/jogging on the treadmill was by far my least favorite exercise. I probably felt the best after my vigorous household work, because it felt productive.

I went golfing again for work yesterday, and I had a great golf game! Probably one of my best golf games. I almost won a longest drive and a closest-to-the-pin award (but someone skunked me at the last minute).

I’m very tired though. Seems like I’m tired all the time. I was asleep by about 8:30 pm last night, and I feel tired and groggy this morning.

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