Week Nine–Ain’t It Fine?

Halloween is in four days.


No candy for me. But I think I will dress up as a pirate because an eye patch will give my crossed eyes a rest!

The candy hasn’t been purchased yet.  It will be bought on Sunday afternoon.  The truth of the matter is I can’t have it around. It’s too tempting for me.  Especially since I like to buy the good stuff like Butterfinger bars, Snickers Bars and the mother of all candy bars—the Pay Day bar!


After I saw this photo of my beloved PayDay bar I almost went on Candy Warehouse’s website. I could eat an entire bag of these gems!!

The combination of sweet and salty drives me so over-the-top with sweet candy lust that go crazy. And as much as I love chocolate, this log of peanuty saltiness covered over sweet caramel wins my vote as best candy bar of all time!

But enough of that.   This week brought about a better loss. Look at the scale.  150.6!  I remember a time what that number would have frightened me. No more!  I have ten and a half pounds to go—but that loss won’t be a ticket to stuff my mouth.  I’ll still have to watch what I eat and that’s fine.  I’m learning that cutting down during the week and enjoying a good meal on the weekends without overdoing it is the way to go!


The number is great. Another pound and a half and I’ll be out of the 150’s!  This photo though–I’m mortified!  I TRIED to give myself a pedi. I took a nail clipper and literally goofed up. I’m going to the nail place Saturday. Bonaparte was very upset with me! Sorry for the hair that fell on the floor! I shed more than my dog!

More and more clothing is fitting me and before I start on what I wore during the week, I’ll share what I wore today and why.  I wore an easy casual outfit today because I had my anxiety-ridden annual lady parts exam. Thank God my doctor and his nurse Kathy are actually a pleasure to be with.

I wore a simple outfit of my checked pixie pants, flats with no socks, a silky buttoned shirt, and a black wool cardigan sweater.  The shirt—I love it—and hadn’t worn it in about three years because it didn’t fit across the bust and the buttons over my belly would not close.  It is a beautiful fit now—proof that you should not purge your closet of stuff you haven’t worn in years. I don’t care what the experts say. I saved money.


This ensemble may be incredibly basic, but nothing needs to go over the head so the hair doesn’t get messed up.  You have NO idea how thrilled I am that this shirt finally fits again!

Anyway, I call this my “visit to the doctor” outfit because I don’t have to pull anything over my head to ruin my bio hair and fake hair. (BTW, I mentioned that I was wearing a topper to my doctor and after my exam, I was taken to another room to have blood drawn for thyroid testing!

But I’m going to tell you about something so weird that it could only happen to me—and it has happened quite a few times.  For some reason I end up with “six-degrees-of-separation” moments whilst unclothed and in stirrups!


I wish I DID have socks on today–I’m hoping my doctor did not notice the awful self-pedicure that I attempted!

And speaking of stirrups, my first visit to the gyno was when I was 19.  When the doctor entered the examination room, he told me to get into the stirrups. I sat at the end of the exam table and put my hands through them.  I thought you were supposed to hold onto them.  Anyway, he asked me what I was doing and I told him.  His eyes almost popped out of his head and he very calmly explained to me what the stirrups were for.

Fast forward to my first pregnancy.  I’m at the doctor, who happened to be a good friend of my ex-husband’s and me. He was a medical student at the time and knew I wasn’t shy so he invited one of his resident friends to come in the room while I was being examined and they discuss their classes. And I was introduced to him. While I was in stirrups.   A month later we were at a party and I was reintroduced to the visiting doc.  He thought it was a riot when he said he didn’t recognize my face.  Doctor humor.

Well—the fact that I didn’t care about “visitors” in the room while I was being examined must have gotten around Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center because our doctor friend ended up going with a practice Upstate New York and recommended another doctor to me.


I’m surprised the doctors I’ve been too haven’t eaten a meal while I was in the stirrups! 

Dr. Levine. He was great!  In fact, Oona went to him when she was living and working in NYC—and he was thrilled that a baby he delivered was now his patient!  I’m rambling.

So I’m pregnant with baby number two.  And I’m at Dr. Levine’s office and I’m in stirrups.  He mentions that a student doctor will be coming in during my exam because—well, I’m ok with that!  So the student comes in.  And she looks at me in the stirrups—then looks at my face and says “Oh my god. You’re a Wynne!!!”  She went to school with one of my siblings.

And today I continued my stirrup tradition.  While being prodded I mentioned to the good doctor that if he needed a lease on a car, he should come to my office—and I named the company where I’m employed.  Kathy, his nurse said “The company that _____ owns. You work for him?” When I told her that I did, in fact work for him, she mentioned that she and her husband were very close friends with my boss’s family!”

Some people have these moments when they are fully dressed.  I have them when I’m undressed and my feet are in stirrups!  I cannot make this up.

And speaking of dressed—here’s some outfits I wore over the week since my last post!


Last Friday—jeans day, and I wore skinnies, which are becoming too big for me, a navy blazer, a ballet neck tee and my Hermes scarf. I though it would be fun to add some color to the mostly navy and white get up!


I was also loving my makeup and neutral lip!


Monday. And I FINALLY got to wear the leopard skirt. I love it but guess what? It’s loose around the waist. I’ll have it taken in after a few more pounds. But I honestly love this skirt it looked great with the black sweater, black tights and black suede pumps. 


Wednesday–this was my favorite outfit. I was channeling the 1960’s!  Over-the-knee boots, black stretch pants ( I think they were J. Crew Pixie Pants) A lightweight black turtleneck and my camel Regent blazer from J. Crew. Topped with a blanket scarf. The weather was finally getting cooler! I just love everything about this outfit..


The boots are Unisa. A bargain at $69.99.  No–they are not leather so if you are vegan, these are perfect. I want to get another pair in gray faux suede!  The mixture of my bio and fake hair gave for a very “Barbarella” hair do!


Yesterday morning we had the first frost..but I didn’t care because..

wed-ootdI transitioned an Old Navy Tee shirt dress with tights, boots (old boots), a denim jacket and a plaid scarf.  The ON Tee shirt dresses are the most versatile dresses for a weight loss wardrobe because the fit is so flattering even as you are losing the weight. I love this dress so much!


I DID manage to have a manicure last weekend.  I had my nails cut down because of all the typing that I do. My nails are so happy that Opi has Dutch Tulips in a gel color. I love red nails!


And yesterday while cleaning out a purse, I found some euros! I was thrilled–I felt like an heiress!


And this is another reason I love my job. One of the girls has a friend who works for a cosmetics company.  Me and the younger girls having fun with makeup. I love my job so much!

And that was my week. I hope yours has been a fun one and your journey to a better weight is continuing!!

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack from the Broadway play “Jersey Boys” this week. It’s about The Four Seasons..and I decided to share my favorite Four Seasons Song with you “Let’s Hang On’.  Because we need to hang onto our commitment to losing weight or healthy eating or whatever commitments we have!  XOXOXOXO

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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20 Responses to Week Nine–Ain’t It Fine?

  1. Donna says:

    I have to comment! I’m proud of your commitment to your weight loss…I’ve been there and it isn’t easy. I love your classic outfits, especially your styling. I think Dutch Tulips is the best OPI nail color! The Four Seasons were my favorite group in high school; I’ m going to be in NYC in December… Just have to convince my 42 year old daughter that we need to see the play. Wish me luck!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Donna. Thank you–it really isn’t easy..and although my will power has gotten stronger, I could still eat a bag of Pay Day bars enjoyably in a half hour! Dutch Tulips is THE most beautiful nail color of all time. It is lovely. Oh..you HAVE to convince your daughter to see Jersey Boys–I’m sure she would love it!! And the music. I forgot how great the Four Season really were! XOXOXO!!!

  2. Congratulations on your continuing weight loss – truly wonderful to see your commitment and you wearing your outfits. Just love that leopard print skirt. And you had a frost! Wow, still really warm here in the UK. We’re nearing the 5th November which is our Guy Fawkes night (fireworks++++) It’s far too warm really as I can remember fireworks nights when it was absolutely freezing. Somehow it’s not quite right. Love the nail varnish colour, btw xxxxxx

    • Catherine says:

      HI Penny!!! Oh. I’m so happy that the cooler weather has finally come to call. I love the summer but only during the summer months! Yeah..You likey the red nails?? I’m happy about that! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Judy says:

    You really do know how to style an outfit! You look absolutely terrific in everything! Many congratulations on your weight loss. If you feel as good as you look, you are definitely on top of the world!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Judy. I’m really happy about the weight loss but as far as feeling good–I’ll get back to you after the election. I’m very concerned about how women could vote for a man who verbally and physically abuses women. Hillary is no angel but is far better than the man who hates everyone except himself. XOXOXOXOX!!!

  4. julietC says:

    You are looking fantastic – love your blog it really perks up the morning. I particularly like that pretty scarf, it suits your colouring so well and you are looking so svelte and elegant. Have a fabulous weekend. I have sweet things in the house – but usually only the things I can resist… now cheese – that would be a whole different story!

    • Catherine says:

      Juliet. I will not give up my cheese. No. No way. Not ever. I have cut down on my intake but I won’t give it up!!! Glad you like that scarf. Bonaparte has very good taste when it comes to my accessories!!! XOXOXOXOX!!!

  5. Lori says:

    You are looking fabulous! And we have yet another thing in common….Payday! Love them, the perfect candy bar.

    • Catherine says:

      Lori. We are kindred spirits. I have been thinking about those PayDay bars for over 24 hours. I HAVE to get a few bags to hand out. And I don’t care if I eat one–or twelve!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Julie says:

    Congrats on losing all that weight! If only I’d started working at it when you did! Btw…we are almost Pap twins…I had my lady parts visit on Wednesday! If I pass this year’s test I get to wait two years until the next one. Yay!

    • Catherine says:

      Oh God. Julie. Don’t even start on the lady parts. I had the thyroid testing and found out that there is nothing wrong with my thyroid. So now I’m obsessing about my Pap and the mammo I haven’t even had yet. It sucks being a woman!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  7. LA CONTESSA says:

    HYSTERICAL!!!!!!!!I caNNOT beat that ONE!
    YOU should be on SNL………………..have you seen the skits they did on the DEBATES!!!??
    OMG!! The last one was THE BEST…………GOOGLE IT!

    • Catherine says:

      Elizabeth. I thank my lucky stars that you GET me! I thought there would be more comments on my gyn/ob stirrups verbiage and you are the only one to recognize it! I think I may have given TMI–but I don’t care! I speak the truth!! Thank you my buddyroo! XOOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!

  8. doodletllc says:

    The over-the-knee boots are fabulous and look smashing on you…those should hop into your Paris bag…don’t you think? 🙂

  9. mareymercy says:

    OMG I LOOOOVE Payday bars! Now I have to get me some…LOL

  10. Yvonne says:

    I had a Pay Day bar and they are definitely yummy and I love the old fashion packaging. Your weight loss is admirable but had to laugh at your choice of Hang on to What We Got as thought that was the opposite motivation As you wanna get rid of what you got. Love the leopard skirt and boots and they look very Nancy Sinatra (Boots were made for walking) and empowering. We booked Charleston for Thanksgiving to make good use of a four day holiday and will leave Philly for a three day holiday. Cheers Y

  11. Missy says:

    Love your sense of humor and honesty about the weight loss. It is so difficult even after a few months and I relate it to people that give up smoking. Wearing cute clothes and shopping your closet is such a motivational tool. If you are a true clothes horse , you hold on to your favorites. Getting back into them is PayDay!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Missy. Hey. If you can’t laugh at yourself you can’t enjoy anything right? What I’m finding is that those difficult moments pass. It’s not as bad now as it was in the beginning weeks. I’m still shocked that I didn’t have one bit of Halloween candy. That is great motivation for Christmas!! XOXOXOXO!!!

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