Monday, March 28, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday, plus, meh.

I'm feeling meh today.  I'm exhausted from doing something great all day yesterday.  I'm so glad we did it, but today my body and my brain just aren't syncing up.

On top of that, I indulged in a little unplanned food yesterday (technically it was a food I planned to eat - homemade macaroni & cheese that I was making for friends -  but I ate a full cup instead of the quarter-cup I'd planned.)  Although I was still within my calorie goal, I kind of feel like I haven't fulfilled the #100DayChipQuest, already at day 8.  I know it's not the case, really, but I feel down on myself.

So this is just the perfect day to participate in a social exchange like Friend Makin' Monday, right?  But then, I feel very strongly that my blog will be honest about the successes as well as the challenges I face on this journey.  And anyone hopping in to read my answers will see that I am flawed, that I am seeing straight, and that instead of hoarding the rest of that brown-butter-sage-and-four-cheese mac, we gave the other seven servings away as planned.  And instead of seeking to eat something unplanned today, I'm right back on track.

This is me.  This is the real me.  I'm not perfect but I'm working very hard at being honest, and taking care of myself.

So.  Time for FMM.

1) What is your favorite physical feature?
Right now, I am really enjoying the noticeable and odd-looking divots in my shoulder.  For some reason (heh, could be Richard Simmons' incessant arm lifts in class) I have lost quite a bit of weight in my arms and shoulders, and there's less padding up there.  So I can actually see the muscles getting stronger from all the toning we do.  And I can imagine what the other muscles, hidden under my weight, are doing.

2) List three adjectives that describe you.
Creative, empathetic, committed.

3) How old were you when you had your first kiss?
I was 16, and it was just before I walked onstage at a regional drama competition. I was playing a coquettish maid at the time.

4) Do you believe in God?
Yes, I do.  I think my sense of spirituality has gotten broader as I've gotten older.  I feel very strongly connected to God and to the universe around me, and I don't feel as concerned about the specifics as I do about the big picture.

5) How often do you watch the news?
That depends on what you mean by "watch."  I mostly read the news, so if watch means TV, then the answer is very rarely outside of The Daily Show or major events like the recent crises in Japan and Libya.  Mostly I read articles about it online, typically at CNN or the Times (NY or LA.)  And I also read Time magazine, and rely on my very well-informed (read: news/politics junkie) husband to keep me abreast of anything I might miss.


  1. Regarding Mac and Cheese -- I'd bet money that your friends would be happy to eat whatever you are eating -- Grilled Chicken, Apple Slices, Tom Yum Soup with Mushrooms, whatever (I know I would.) Don't feel the pressure to make them something else.

  2. I know this is true. We were not actually hosting, though, we were cooking freezables for a friend who's going into surgery (who was wishing for comfort food.) We made a variety of really healthy dishes with just that one less-healthy one. Of course, that was the one that called to me, heh.

  3. I too wonder about the muscles under my weight that are starting to appear as my journey continues! They are coming!! Here is mine!

    following you now! :)

  4. There will be setbacks on this journey but it is how you react to them that matters. Staying within your calorie goal even with that unplanned indulgence shows you really do have a commitment to your goals. You are so sweet for making such delicious dishes for your friend too. I am so proud of you for that!

    And awww, love the LMS memories.

  5. Hi Heidi--I found your blog thru a link from David. Pretty nice place you've got here! It's been good getting to know you as we work towards our goal at happier and healthier bodies. See you on Thursdays for more push-ups at the ballet bar!