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I have been a little under the weather.  I don't want to be TMI again so I think the outhouse picture speaks for itself.  I am trying to take it easy today.  I have been up since about 3AM with short little bursts of sleep.   I figured since I can't sleep I would blog. 

Yesterday someone told me I was skinny and I found myself correcting them.   "I AM NOT SKINNY"  the response ofcourse didn't help... "Yes You ARE!!!"  Tommy asked me last night when I was telling him about the conversation.  "Why are you so hostile about being called skinny?"   Ofcourse my response was, "Because I'm not."  I know that seems silly but I'm not skinny.  I am still overweight.   Am I thinner than I used to be?  YES.  But SKINNY??? Nope.  I really dont want to be skinny I just want to be within an average weight for my hieght and body type.   I don't want to be one of these women that every time you see them you want to feed them.   I want to keep my curves.   I just wanna shrink them a little but and take away some of the fat.   But I guess the next time someone says I am skinny... I should just say, "Thank You!"  
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Tommy and I have been in Nashville the past two days and it has been a very busy two days.  Tommy's dad had heart surgery Monday and was discharged today from the hospital.  He seems to be doing well and feeling even better than before.   Needless to say, I am very happy to be home.   I am very proud of myself these last two days.  It was very tempting to throw caution to wind but I managed to stay well within my calories and get in a two mile walk each day and even a little swim this morning.   Tonight Tommy and I are going to relax a little before I have to dive into some work.  But for the most part other than the work I need to do I plan to take it easy tonight.   I am so glad to be in Murray, in my house, and sleep in my OWN bed.  
 
 
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I've lost 43lbs and so I have had to do a lot of clothes shopping but I have held off on underwear and bras.  I have been trying to hold onto what I had as long as I could.  But as of late I have had to face the truth.  My bras DO NOT FIT.  They are way too big on me and it was starting to look really bad.  So I took a little trip to VS today and found some new bras and underwear.  I realize this might be TMI for some of you.  Hmmm I seem to be saying that a lot as of late.  Oh well...it's all part of my journey.  Another thing happened this weekend with a tee shirt.  There was a great band playing at Duncan's called the Issues.  Great Great Great Band!!!  I really wanted a tee shirt but I was worried even an extra large wouldn't fit since they looked so small and form fitting.  It is one of those little baby doll tees.  BUT!!!!!  It did fit.  I was so happy :)  I took a picture today that I really liked so I decided to post it.  Here ya go.  
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- 43 pounds
 
 
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Tommy and I have really bummped up our working out this week.  I worked out every day this week!  Today alone I burned 1,000 calories.   I feel great!  My exercise includes; Zumba, Weight Lifting, and Bikes.  We plan to take a break tomarrow and then do stairs Sunday.  That will make 6 days a week! 

FYI... This might be TMI for some of you!!!!!

Today Tommy and I were talking body hair and I told him how much I disliked my dark, thick arm hair.  As a kid I was made fun of for my dark and long arm hair.  Over the years I have just learned to deal with it (sort of) but still hate it.   Tommy suggested today that if I dislike it so much why didn't I do something about it.  I have considered bleaching them, waxing them, and other means.  But they were either too costly or too time consuming.  Then Tommy said something that had NEVER occured to me.  "Baby, why dont you use my trimmers."  I thought for a second... "Why don't I?"  So... I did!!!!!  I know this sounds silly but after I did it I cried.  It was as if someone had just taken away one of the biggest sources of my insecurities minus my weight.   I must say I am very proud of my arms.   I keep looking at them.  I can't help it.  I love my arms now.  Funny isn't it?  How just one little change can make all the difference.  Thanks Tommy!  I love you :)
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I lost 2 more pounds today for a total of 43lbs lost!!!
 
 
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There was cake tonight at Papa Joe's birthday but I have a weigh-in tomarrow so not one bite!  Go Me!
 
 
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I got up early this morning to make Spicer a pancake.  I had made him one a few weeks ago and it turned out wonderfully.  The picture above is the one I made a few weeks ago and posted on Spicer's blog.   But today I didnt put enough Pam and I had the temp up too high so the pancake ended up sticking.  The pancake was a mess.  So this is the conversation between Spicer and I this morning about the pancake.

Me:  Spicer, the pancake is messed up.  It won't be a pretty this time as the last one.

Spicer:  It's ok Mommy, it will taste good on the inside.  We can fix it.

Spicer made me think.  We are all "messed up" in some way but if we are good on the inside we can always fix things.   It made me think about my weightloss.  I am pretty on the inside, I just am working on the outside.   Thank you Spicer for that wonderful lesson this morning.  I love you.  
 
 
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Tommy and I rode our bike today to get lunch.  We rode about 50 mins and it took about ten mins to get our lunch so I was able to do all that in my lunch hour. I burned 690 calories.   Tommy and I are going to try to start riding our bikes whenever we can to get lunch and dinner.  Tommy has started riding his bike to do any erands he needs to run like going to the post office, going to kroger, or going to CVS.   I am going to start trying to do that when I can too.   I also had to get a new driver's license today.  The lady at the DMV said,  "Wow you have really lost weight."  I decided to take a picture.  Take a look at the before and after.  The after is on top and on bottom is the before.    Thanks DMV lady for being so sweet.  You made my day!

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               “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”   
This Father's Day I poured over what to get daddy.  I called mom and asked her what he would want.  She gave me a few ideas.  I still was unsure what to get him when I had an idea!   I decided to get him a little less this year and spend the remainder on a donation to Tent City, a place for homless here in Paducah.   Here is the letter I am presenting to him this afternoon so mums the word today if you know him.  I can't wait to do it.  I think he is really going to like it. 
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Daddy,

Thank you for teaching us how to love and how to give!   In honor of you on this Father’s Day we have donated little goody bags with personal items and treats as well as several cases of bottle water to the homeless at Tent City.   Albert Einstein said of giving.  The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”   Daddy you have always given of yourself in time, love, and tangible things.  Thank you for truly understanding the “joy” of giving.  We have so many memories of rides to strangers, money to friends in need, a free meal here and there, and all the unknown things you do.  Even stopping to give someone you don’t even know a flower.  Thank you for this great heart that has taught us so much.  We love you!

Happy Father’s Day!!!


Elizabeth and Daniel

 
 
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Confession:  I haven't posted a full body shot of me in YEARS!!!  When I took my -20lbs photo I sorta did but I was hiding behind 20lbs of cat food.  Last night I decided to throw all caution to the wind and let Tommy take a full body shot of me in Brick Alley.  I figured if I hated it I would never have to share it so what did I have to loose?  So he took the picture and I gritted my teeth to come over and look.  But when I looked at it.... I was shocked!  I actually liked it!!!  Who knew?   last night was also another first for me.  (I seem to be having a lot of these as of late.)  Tommy and I usally ONLY dance when we are out of town.   Even though we are both outgoing in our own right sometimes a little bit of a shy person surfaces in both of us.   But last night the music was amazing at Momma Pat's.  It was the very blusey Mark Hobbs so I guess the music just moved me.  I looked at Tommy and asked him to dance and we went to the dance floor and did a slow dance.   It was great!  I felt liberated last night.  I guess being halfway to your goal will do that to you.  Here are a few pictures from last night.  I am so proud of Tommy!!  He has lost 59lbs!!!!  I know I have said this many times but it bares repeating, I am so glad Tommy and I are doing this together.  I love you Tommy!  Thank You!! 
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