Archive | December 2010

The Weight Race

Today my company announced they will be having a “weight race” in 2011. It starts Jan. 14. So I joined up with a few other employees. It states I need to lose 7 lbs. I probably could stand to lose more than that but 7 seems like a good number. It is 12 weeks. 7lbs in 12 weeks is not necessarily a lofty goal. Nothing like The Biggest Loser. I think I can do 7lbs but I bet you it will be harder than I think. I have been trying to lose 5 lbs for months (maybe years???).

And so I will be posting my weight (yes, my real weight…not the weight I tell everyone else who asks) every day for 12 weeks. Today I weighed 154lbs. I usually tell people I weigh about 8-10 lbs less though.

This is a scary thing for me. But not that scary since no one will ever read this. This is like an online journal which doesn’t give me carpel tunnel. I already had the surgery anyway.

I guess that is all I have to say for now. I’ll post my weight tomorrow.


Day 1

So today is “day 1” of my going to lose quest. I plan on losing…weight? I hate to actually admit that. To look at me, you would think I am slender and tall. But I actually have a lot of fat on me. It just sits well. So, what did I do different today? Not much. Can you lose weight without trying? If so, I am going to market this and make a billion trillion dollars.

I woke up at my normal time of 6:15am, got ready for work and ate a Fiber One bar. I love these bars – they keep me “regular”. 140 calories at 7:00am. I wake up starving almost every morning. This is a great thing to eat because it immediately calms my hunger.

In the office at 7:30am, then off to pour coffee at our breakfast meal. Here at the retirement community, the managers pour coffee at each meal. It allows us a chance to see & interact with the residents. And of course we get to eat. I ate a kiwi almond muffin at 8:30am which was on the small side and I limited myself to just one. That was probably another 150 calories. It was tiny tiny. Then back to work. I snacked on ham at 11:00am because again…soooo hungry. 300 calories? That is just a guess. The ham was left over from a Christmas meal we had. I ate it cold. Yum.
Then we again went to the dining room to pour coffee for dinner (most people call this meal lunch). I ate pot roast & a bit of a biscuit with a Romaine salad and a tablespoon of dressing. I decided quickly the biscuit wasn’t worth the calories. I’m guessing anotherĀ 400 calories since the pot roast didn’t have any gravy and I only ate one piece. This was at 1:15pm or so.

Then I left the office around 4:30-5:15pm and went walking through the halls. And then ate a few pretzels & maybe 5 walnuts (150 calories).
Then supper at 6pm – I ate a 1/2 slice of pizza (the residents had Ladies Night in with pizza & beer) and a cheeseburger without the bun and another Romaine salad with 1 tbsp dressing. Just the beef & cheese really. So anotherĀ 550 or so calories.

So my count until now is approx. 1700 rounded up. I will probably eat another granola bar before bed for a total of roughly 1850 calories. Not too bad for day one.
Looking back I need to stop eating so many granola bars. They are fairly good for you though and I never know what to eat besides that. I am not a vegetable eater and I hardly eat fruits. Perhaps I’ll try an apple next time. And of course the pizza is a no-no but it was soooooo yummy!

Bedtime is fast approaching. I’ll probably be asleep at 9:30pm since we lock up at 9pm & I have to cut my hubby’s hair tonight.

My boring life

I am 30 years old. My husband & I manage a retirement community. It is a great place to work and I truly can say I like my job. Thank goodness because we spend a ton of time working. We work 24 hours a day for 7 straight days. The company gives us an on-site apartment so we can sleep. We open the office at 7:30am and lock up at 9:00pm. There are no real breaks. We eat with the residents & run the building. After our 7 days “on”, we have off for 7 days. It is well worth it. Getting every other week off is the most wonderful thing ever.


Because most of my interaction is with 80 & 90 year olds (some of whom are pretty cool), I tend to act a bit older than my age. I go to bed at 9-9:30pm most nights. I cannot stay up past 11pm no matter how hard I try. I prefer knitting & reading to going out. Ha! See? I am boring.


I married at the age of 22. I wasn’t much more fun then but perhaps a bit. I was THIN then. Probably too thin but I thought I’d stay that way. I’m not sure why I thought that. I guess because I was young and didn’t know better. My husband calls me innocent. Fast forward 8 years and I’ve gained 25 lbs. Yup…25 lbs in 8 years. If I don’t stop something (or start something?), I may not fit in my car by our 20th wedding anniversary.


I don’t worry too much about my weight. Most days I feel good about myself. What is not to love? I have an awesome husband, a home that is beautiful, two working vehicles (and a motorcycle), a great job with awesome benefits, a loving family and everything I need and want. I can say I love my life. But I do wish I were a bit thinner.


I have been told that I need to take in less calories than I burn. That makes sense. Of course that is soooo much easier said than done. I don’t do too much on our “on” weeks since I spend most of my time in the office. Nights are usually spent walking the halls between 7:45pm (when we lock the office) to 8:45pm. I have toning shoes (love them but not sure they do anything) and I don’t eat cheeseburgers & fries every day. So, what am I doing wrong?

Blogging Away…

Hi! My name is Mellissa. Yup, two L’s and two S’s. I wasn’t born with the name. I changed it legally when I was 11. Why? Because I wanted to be different when I was 11. Didn’t most 11 year olds want to be different? Probably. So my name is Mellissa and everyone spells it incorrectly. And of course I could never find anything personalized at the stores with the name. So here I am…


I would state that “I have never done this before” but I think that sounds like a personal ad. And I am married. Happily married. I am married to the sweetest guy ever. Have I made you sick yet? He is one of those guys who works out and yet still loves to snuggle and talk. Didn’t know they made those kind, did you? We have been married 8 years.


I started this blog because I have no spine. My hubby says I have no will power. I truly don’t. If someone gives me Lindt chocolates, I eat them all. The other day we had a game night with a few friends. I bought Reeses cups & Hershey kisses to set out in bowls amongst the cookies. We had a ton left over and I put them in a baggie and asked the husband to hide them. He hid them in the closet…in plain view. So I went to hang something up and found them. And of course I ate about 5 (probably 10 but how sad is that?!?) of them. Then I told him to really hide them. No spine.


So, I thought if I blogged my struggles & boring life (I am really, truly boring) it would help me stay on track. Well…more on track. So there you go world (like the world is going to find this!!!). That is my reason for blogging. Boring but true.