Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sisterhood (I get a D-) and Other Slacking

Dearest Dawnya-- I FINALLY got your sisterhood package mailed.  I sincerely apologize for how long it took me.  I have excuses but they don't matter, I just hope that you like and can wear some of the clothes I sent.  The good news is that most of them are fall/winter clothes anyway. 

I have just cleaned out my closet of some XL/14/16 clothes and you are welcome to those too :)   In fact, if Dawnya doesn't want them, the first person who asks can have a surprise package of "basics"-- a pair of barely worn khaki pants and a series of barely-worn, brand new looking long-sleeved t-shirts in black, white, brown, and teal (size XL) as well as two cute sweaters in XL- one short-sleeved purple, and one dolman sleeve teal.  I bought all of these clothes last winter so they are barely worn.  Nothing fancy, but serviceable and free.  Just know that my track record on timely mailing is spotty at best.

Now as for the other slacking. . . today I weighed in at 162.4.  I have weighed somewhere between 159.8 and 162.8 for two months now.  Everytime I seem to be settling right at 160 and almost ready to really break through into the 150's, I bounce back up.

That's because I'm eating exactly like I did before banding food-choice wise. I just happen to be eating less of it.  I am failing myself by making bad choices (I baked cookies AGAIN this week) and by not exercising.  And of course I have avoided blogging too, because I'm not concentrating on what I need to do to treat myself right.  The only difference between now and every other time I've lost weight and then lost motivation once I got close to goal (never actually made it TO goal) is that my band is helping me maintain.  On the one hand, that's good, because that's why I got the band.  On the other hand, I've gotten complacent and lazy and if I ever have a complication that requires the band to be removed, I know I can't say I've used this as an opportunity to learn new habits that will sustain me for life.  That's disappointing to realize.

I'm going to first try to get back to blogging and commenting (computer problems have also been contributing to this-- I can't find a good Blogger app for my iPad, anyone know of a good one?).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Quick Request

I have some students doing some research, and they need help choosing the images they will use in that research.  If you would be willing to rate a series of 20 photos of female celebrities for how "sexual" the picture is, please click on this link:

Please be aware that some of the images contain partial nudity (breasts, but no nipples), so if you're concerned about doing the survey at work with that information, no problem!

Edited to add: Thanks to you that have done it already- my students will be very appreciative.  We do want you to rate how "sexual" the picture is, and how people define that is going to vary-- that's ok, that's why we take an average rating :) 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Book of Face

I followed Drazil's lead and made a Lapband version of my facebook page so I can follow you all there too.  Here is the link: Zen State.

I don't know if you've seen MandaPanda's tough love post today, but I needed it.  I have been drinking wine EVERY night, and not drinking water every day.  It is no wonder I'm not feeling my best these days.  I'm not gaining or anything (also not losing), but I just don't feel as strong and healthy as I could.