Trust me, I know this is a stretch. It’s obvious that losing weight is a difficult process. But there’s just something about this past Christmas that I can’t say goodbye to.
It’s the decorations.
Literally. The day after Halloween I started planning the Holiday décor. On November 6th, I flew out to Cincinnati to be with Oona for the weekend. The plan for Christmas was to fly out to Cincinnati on December 21 to spend Christmas with her and Sam. My oldest son, Jake, was to fly from L.A. and
Stop those thoughts! I started writing a blog post about my absolute inability to “let go” of the Christmas Decorations…and was going to make a segue way into losing weight.
So much for my blog post regarding the dismantling of Christmas decorations!
But then shit happened. And it happened in the form of a would-be-coup. And so, I changed directions. Let’s take it from there, shall we?
Okay. So, the most difficult part of losing weight at this juncture has been my innate talent for stress-eating. It comes in the form of a little bit here and a little bit there until it builds up into a crescendo of binge-eating. All because I simply do not have the wherewithal (I realize this word has more to do with finances, but I’m using it as a food reference) to stop shoving food into my mouth as a comfort!
Oh yeah. One cookie leads to another. Then another. Then the milk comes out and four more cookies……
And this week was a dozy!
First, was the nail-biting evening of the Georgia Senate election. If you are a regular reader and friend of this blog, then you know how I feel about the present GOP. I shall not elaborate further. However, during the stressful hours of watching the results, I did not—I repeat—did not reach for tortilla chips, chocolate, peanut butter, peanut butter topped with chocolate syrup sprinkled with a covering of salted nuts, or lemon curd from the jar using my fingers.
Why bother with a spoon? Let your fingers do the dipping!
I didn’t eat a thing. Instead, I turned to my husband and said “I’m going to sleep now”. And I did. And I woke up to good news.
A Jew and A Black man voted in as Senators in a Southern state. Wow! And the credit goes to one strong woman! Stacey Abrams!
I love this so much….
….and it’s thanks to the power of a woman! Thank you Stacey!!!!
The next day turned out to be more shocking and stressful. I felt as though “A Tale of Two Cities” had been transformed into modern day Dickens—It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Riding on the coattails of a remarkable senate win was a disgraceful turn of events in our country’s Capitol.
Whats with the moron who thinks he’s a howling viking? Seriously, would YOU want any of these vermin on the arm of your daughter? THIS is what supports that thing who is still in the White House–let that sink in.
What saved me from stress-eating at this point was the fact that it was truly a horrific day at work. The inhumane amount of tasks kept me from peeking at my iPhone to check on what was happening in the world. So, when I arrived home and saw the news broadcast, I couldn’t believe my eyes—and my eyes are now in very good working order thanks to my cataract surgery!
Putting it mildly, this was the face of shock when I saw what was on TV. You do NOT want to hear what words came out of my mouth!
Who the f__k does this? As I watched the turn of events on the TV, my initial reaction was to reach for anything and everything I could shove into my mouth. But I stopped. I focused on what was happening to my country and I didn’t focus on me. It was an enlightening moment.
I wanna take a bit of time now to give my thoughts on the heinous event that Trump is responsible for before returning to the post at hand.
This filth. This poor excuse for a man. This little cowardly sissy made a plea, not to Americans who truly love America, but to those belonging to his cult. He told them, in no uncertain terms, to head to the Capitol to protest. He knew full-well, what his racist, gun-toting, ignorant cult is capable of. And then, as they marched to destroy our Capitol, to loot, to destroy and murder, he quietly went back to the safety of his domain. To the White House—to his cowardly place of temporary residence to sit back and watch the shitshow which he started.
This a$$hole is proud and happy to be looting. I hope he’s as happy when he bends down in the shower when he’s in prison.
Those Proud Boys along with moronic women in tow, broke into the Capitol. They looted. They destroyed personal property and they murdered.
This pos busted into Pelosi’s office and stole her mail. Luckily he’s been caught and I hope he spends a long time in jail as he so deserves!
And they weren’t stopped. The Capital Police allowed it. The Capitol police were seen in news footage calmly walking people with Trump hats gingerly down the steps. Had this been a Black Lives Matter group, guns would have been used.
Yes. These are terrorists and don’t ever forget it!
And later on, bully-boy came out with a video (obviously written for him because he’s not literate enough to create a full sentence) stating that he called for the National Guard, which was a lie. He ended his little monotone speech sounding more like Soupy Sale’s White Fang than a leader as he pontificated that the election was still rigged. This is no president. He is an evil, vicious, psychopath and I’m thrilled his reign of terror is coming to a close.
The cowardly lyin’ can’t even read from a Teleprompter. Proof that Wharton will accept any imbecile with a large bank account.
Seriously. If you get the chance, head to YouTube and catch the Soupy Sales Video of “White Fang is Getting Married” White Fang is more literate than Trump! White Fang also has more emotion!
Seriously. Click on the link above and you’ll see what I mean!
And if these events aren’t enough to make me shovel any semblance of products to ingest and digest, I don’t know what is!
But the truth is, starting the week at 171 pounds, I’ve managed to shed five of them as of today, January 9, 2021!
Not my goal but for now, it’s making me mighty happy!
And I did it by not snacking. My daily routine consists of going to the vending machine and treating myself to the least fatty snacks. Either chemically-flavored enhanced popcorn or oatmeal or a bag of pretzels. And upon coming home from the office, grabbing a bit of lunch meat to “tide me over” until dinner.
I stuck to drinking tea—no milk (that was a sacrifice) when I felt hunger pangs.
I ate light dinners—depending on salad and proteins.
For convenience sake, I love these lentils–plain or added to a salad, they are great–especially when I don’t have time to cook them.
And speaking of salads…Bonaparte makes a great one that he’s been more than happy to make for me!
I relied on willpower. I threw points out the window. I decided to do it my way.
I am not depriving myself of my weekend aperitif. In fact, last night I enjoyed two Kir Royals and this evening we are headed out to our favorite restaurant for dinner. For safety’s sake we have our alcove reserved of which no other diners will be anywhere close to us. We’ll be masked until our food arrives.
I’m also experimenting. I made Whole Wheat bread because I refuse to deprive myself. Earlier this week, I had a craving for tuna fish on whole wheat..
And I happy with the result but…it got stale quickly. I’ll have to slice and freeze the next loaf!
But my point is, by being practical and watching portions I have shed five pounds. It’s a start. It’s going to be a struggle—I’m aware of that.
But in the meantime, I’m keeping the positivity by dressing for the office every day. Most of my clothing no longer fits. My wool-blend pencil skirts, in all reality, won’t fit for the remainder of the winter. Neither will my pants.
I’m telling you this elasticized-waist City Skirt from J. Crew Factory has been a savior! I may wear it this evening too!
But being able to opt for leggings and knit dresses will work.
Another go-to I’ve been wearing is leggings and oversized sweaters.
Same leggings. Different shoes and sweater. Oh..and different wig!
This knit dress, also from J. Crew Factory turned out to be my favorite. In fact, I went to the J. Crew Factory site to order one in camel and the dress is sold out!
And about those Christmas decorations? I did bust a move by removing a couple of pillow covers. That’s about it. The tree hasn’t been taken down yet. I’ll do that during the week after I undress it of the ribbon and ornaments. I’ll put the pillows away. I’ll make the bannisters bare once again.
The extent of my take-down of Christmas 2020!
Besides–Chippy won’t let me take his favorite blanket or pillow away from him. Note my LV bucket bag with the wig atop in the background! Also note the tag still attached to the pillow we’ve had for about four Christmases now. I’m afraid I’ll be arrested if I take the tag off!
And I’ll move forward.
In the meantime, this little loss of five is making me happy as a little clam!
Let’s hope we don’t go through another crazy week like this! And I hope to lose at least one pound during this week!