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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Big Boned - Meg Cabot

Book Description from Amazon

Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects—along with the rabble-rousing boyfriend of her high-strung student assistant and an indecently handsome young campus minister who's been accused of taking liberties with certain girls' choir members.
With fame beckoning her back into show business (as the star of a new kids' show!) it's a really bad time to get wrapped up in another homicide. Plus Tad's been working himself up to ask her a Big Question, which Heather's not sure she has an answer for . . .

Really cute book, another fluffy read for me, but I had read the others in the series, so I couldn't resist!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Week 27 weigh in!

I lost 3 pounds this week! Holy cow!! I knew I had done well, but I never expected 3 pounds!! I am now down 37.1 pounds - I'm am so proud of myself! Keep on keepin' on!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

What's Your Name's Hidden Meaning?

What Sabrina Means
You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.
You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Week 26 Weigh in!

I lost 1.2 pounds this week bringing my total to 34.1 pounds lost. My leader asked me to share my 5 month post with the group and it was really emotional to read it in front of so many people. I have come so far and have I still have so much to learn. I'm very thankful to have such a wonderful group to share it with.

Mr. Monk in Outer Space - Lee Goldberg

Description from penguin Group - When the creator of the 1970s TV series "Beyond Earth" is murdered at a science fiction convention, Monk is called in to investigate. Cult followers of the original show are horrified that it is being reimagined as a dark and gritty series—which has led authorities to suspect that a fan is behind the murder. Monk soon finds himself surrounded by people who are just as obsessive compulsive as he is—only their obsessions are focused on the minutiae of a fictional universe. As he reluctantly enters this complicated new world, he will need to enlist the help of an expert—and he need look no further than his agoraphobic brother, Ambrose.Monk soon finds himself surrounded by people who are just as obsessive compulsive as he is—only their obsessions are focused on the minutiae of a fictional universe. As he reluctantly enters this complicated new world, he will need to enlist the help of an expert—and he need look no further than his agoraphobic brother, Ambrose.

I really enjoyed this book, I love Monk and reading about him is just as fon as watching the TV series. Being the wife of a Star Trek fan made this book even funnier. I could totally relate to the things going on with the convention and the fans.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Throw Darts at a Cheesecake - Denise Dietz

Book review - From Publishers Weekly

This lighthearted but sometimes lackluster murder debut features a spunky middle-aged protagonist who has her appealing moments despite a tendency to silly behavior that defies common sense. Divorcee Ellie Bernstein is the group leader for her Weight Winners class meeting in a Colorado Springs church. When one of the most popular members dies fully clothed in a full bathtub, Ellie writes it off as an accident. Another accident involving club members (a van goes off a cliff while inside the couple are making love) seems a little more suspicious, but the death of yet another Weight Winner, an elderly woman found skewered by her knitting needles, is definitely murder. When attractive homicide cop detective Lt. Peter Miller brusquely turns down Ellie's offer to help investigate she sets off on her own to find out who is killing former fatties who are closest to their weight goals. Though Dietz's mystery has an inviting premise, it is flawed by pedestrian prose.

When I heard about this book, I had to read it since it involvoled "Weight Winners" I thought it was cute, certainly not the best thing I've read, but I wasn't looking for that. It was a interesting story and kinda cheesey at times, but overall I enjoyed reading it.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hill Look-alike Meter

This is pretty cool, these pictures were taken May of 2007 - they are the most recent pictures I could find with all of us from the same time. I had some older ones that I did (from 2005) and Logan looked more like me by 15% - I wonder what changes will happen once I lose weight?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lessons From Geese

This was the subject of our WW meeting - I actually heard it twice this week and I don't think that is an accident. I have always struggled asking for help and I now know that with support I can do so much better then going it alone.

To show the importance of teamwork, we can take examples from the lives of geese.

Fact: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock gains 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skill, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, and resources.

Fact: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up in front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure that our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's core values, and to encourage the core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

Fact: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

Week 25 Weigh in!

I lost a pound! I love my new meeting! The people there are so great and my two favorite people from Monday joined me as well! Gosh what a high I am on today!! I got up early, it was nice to get up and not have to worry about everyone else, it was nice to take a shower and be able to take my time and not have to worrk about getting other people ready for school and then the drive was so nice and peaceful. Anyway, I think the change is good!! Change is good - change is good - words I never thought I would speak together. Tonight I have an appointment with my trainer. Oh and the lovely host of bunko last night had skinny cow ice cream bars for me and the others who happen to be dieting, I thought that was the sweetest thing! Oh so my total for people keeping track is I am now down 32.9 pounds! Woo Hoo!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Week 24 weigh in!

I lost 1 pound this week - I am now down 31.9 pounds. I will be changing meetings, my leader got a full time job and won't be doing the meetings during the week anymore, so I will be going to her Saturday meeting at a different location. At first I was bummed about having to change, but I think it will be good. :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Week 23 weigh in!

I lost 2.2 pounds - I am now down 30.9 pounds. I rewarded myself with an Itunes gift card (I reward myself every 5 pounds lost.) This weeks loss shows me as long as I stick with the program I can splurge and still loose weight. I went out for my sons 21st birthday and ate chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, but planned for it, saved my flex points for it and went to the gym before going to the restaurant.