Friday, November 19, 2010

Hitting the Danger Zone...

I don't know who took this picture of the Naptown Roller Girls, but thank you! I need some inspiration this morning!

New Orleans was wonderful. Bosses Birthday week. And the week before, when I went down for three days to do walk-thru and set up. And the week before when we all went to House on the Rock. And then before that when I spent 10 days in Ireland.

But it's turned into 5 weeks of No Progress. Checked this morning, I am the same as when I went to New Orleans. Which is FIVE pounds more than when I went to Ireland.

This I think, is the Danger Time. One decides to get FIT, and puts in the work, loses 25 pounds (now 20) and feels pretty good, and then something comes along and derails the thing. I think I was feeling too smug. It's hard when you travel, eating right, getting in any kind of workout. When you eat ALL your meals out, and you can order anything, it's much harder than when you come home too tired to move and your only option is a can of Healthy Request Soup and a rice cake. There's a Holiday feeling of "It Won't Hurt This Once, I'm on, well, Holiday."

This may seem obvious. But it's a lesson I just learned.

I got back at it, started on Monday. Eating right and taking this BUTT to the stable or Gym. But it is frustrating, losing 5 weeks.

That's the Danger Time. I'm a quarter of the way there, and I've no doubt am going to hit this feeling again at half way, or three quarters.

When I started this FIT I made a promise to myself that I was going to write about it. ALL of it. Not just the Good Bits, but the failures too. Did I fail? Not sure. I know I didn't succeed tho. Scales don't lie. And get this: Darn depressing this morning. Teeth Gnashing depressing.

I'm sore. I'm tired. I'm screaming. I'm frustrated. I HURT! There ain't any Roses here in the FIT world. Couch Me had a whole lot of arguments with Getting FIT me about going to the gym this week.

Getting FIT me won them all.

I've got six weeks now until the end of the year. Excuse my language, but Fuck Holiday Treats. I stumbled. Fell of the horse. (Not literally, thank you. The horse I ride is HUGE) I let it go for a bit. Fine. Bound to happen, me being human and all.

But it's what happens NOW that's important. All there IS is now. I know how I want to feel on New Years Day. Not being a drinker, I know I will be WAY ahead of a lot of people, got that going on, but I want to know that I spent the last six week working my ASS off. I want to do another blog then and have you all say NICE ASS! I want that feeling again of accomplishing something.

I guess I am now writing to Six Weeks In the Future Me.

This isn't going to be a Blog about failure. It's about a journey that ends in winning. In being FIT and having everything I've ever wanted.

And in what happens on the way.

All of it.

Love and Danger Zones,


At 09:16 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Oh Q, thin people aren't thin because they never fall off the horse, it's because they keep getting back on it!

Keep going, you are doing fine!
Lots of (slightly snotty) hugs from the UK.

At 09:17 Blogger vampi said...

ah, but look at it this way, with all the travel and eating out, you didn't slip any further back. you may not have forged ahead, but you maintained, and during a crazy treat filled time.

i'm here wiht my cheerleading outfit and pom-poms "GO FIT!!!!!!!"

At 09:17 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Of course, you'll win.
But a holiday every now and then isn't a total disaster.

At 09:22 Blogger Phiala said...

Conference call tickyticky.

At 09:26 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Five pounds for all of that partying and travel?! You are awesome. Nipping the holiday treat thing in the bud--more awesomeness. You are doing great.

And you are absolutely right, this is the time when most do pat them selves on the back and end up not getting back on the horse, so to speak. But you are wiser and have amazing determination.
Now go, go, go! Go FIT!
Holly Abbie

At 09:29 Blogger Roxanne said...


You are working hard and doing great. Focus on the positive, not the negative.

You are much- and well-loved. Just keep remembering that. You want to be healthy. You want to be FIT. And the people who love you want you to be healthy and FIT and around-for-a-long-time. So keep taking care of yourself. Drink lots of water. And walk a lot. Not only does walking make me feel better emotionally, but I find that the weight seems to somehow just slip away with the negative thoughts.

Take care.

At 09:29 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

REALLY it's okay to slip up. Even at eighteen I know this. I got a B on my math test yesterday and felt like you-know-what, lady. But this is a small thing. It ain't gonna ruin your progress.

At 09:29 Blogger Jane said...

Weight Watchers will tell you to go on vacation with not the goal of continuing to lose, but with the goal of not gaining. Your "vacation" and I mean from your normal life not from work, was longer than most - IMO a 5 lb gain is not too bad for all of that. And then you come home and get back into the routine that was/is working for you.

You're an amazing woman and I thank you for sharing your journey to be FIT - it's not an easy one for any of us.

At 09:30 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

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At 09:52 Blogger Jess said...

Yeah, what they said. Five pounds one way or the other is nothing, Medeadly. It's the overall downward trend you have to remember. Years and years ago, when I was on that god-awful low-carb cucumbers-for-breakfast diet, I was writing down my weight daily. Tended to fluctuate by the day, like by a pound or two, and some weeks I actually would be three to five pounds heavier than other weeks. The overall trend in the numbers was always down, though.

All that riding and gym will mean you're building up muscle, too. Take the muscle-weight into account. I got frustrated after a few months of gymming because I wasn't any lighter, and quit. Well what did I expect, working the weight machines?

You're eating better, you're sleeping better, you're feeling stronger. You've already won. Big picture, Medeadly.

At 10:09 Blogger Marjorie said...

I was all set to do a long comment about weight of muscles, and how being fitter isn't the same as being lighter, andtat 5lb for 5 weeks of crazy travel and being away and all was pretty damn impressive, actually, but I see Jess and everyone got there first.

It's a marathon, not a sprint. And You **are** winning.

At 10:10 Blogger Marjorie said...

...and tick

At 10:16 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arg! I wrote this whole long comment, but blogger ate it. The gist was that you can do this, that everyone who is getting FIT has setbacks, and that I think sharing all aspects of your pursuit is brave and smart.

I know that it's tough on holiday, but maybe give chair squats (four sets of 15 or 20 to start). They're effective and easy to do anywhere. Just tossing that out there, Q.

You CAN do this. :-)

At 10:27 Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh, but you fell of the wagon in Ireland and New Orleans! totally excusable as New Orleans has some of the finest food options available in this country, bar none!!!!

If i'd of gone to New Orleans i guarandamntee!! I'd have gained a minimum of 15 lbs. Promise.

so you're doing EXCELLENT!

At 11:30 Blogger DataGoddess said...

drive-by *tick*

At 11:33 Anonymous Anonymous said... are looking at this all wrong.First,you ONLY gained 5pounds after 5 weeks of indulgence,second,you walked like mad for those 5 weeks,so more muscle,less fat and have Derby,gym,horses, so you are all set up!the rest will melt away.I know it will.You are even more stubborn than I am.Determined!I meant determined, willpower yay!so yes,you will do it(you know I'm always right) and I want to see you in a cute snow pic wearing your purple irish coat :)

At 12:17 Blogger Vinity said...

I have to say, ITA with everyone that only 5 pounds with 5 weeks of away from home is a total win. I confess I haven't been good either and I haven't been anywhere. My issues are when I stop PT I really start to hurt so it's harder to get back to PT. :( Gah!! I know I'll feel better but it's so easy to say I'll start tomorrow.

BTW Do not fall off the BIG horse, it wouldn't seem like it but the extra 4 to 6 inches really so feel like so much more LOL

At 13:00 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being the hero of your own story is the best way to live.

At 13:26 Blogger Martha W. said...

To offer you some perspective about gaining five pounds, Wednesday the vet said my cat Lucia had gained five pounds since her last year's visit. I had been rationing her food strictly and thought she might even be a bit lighter, but maybe I am just gaining strength from picking her up.

An hour of zumba should make everything good again.

At 13:27 Blogger vampi said...

hey, it's my last day at my current job.

eeeek! how did this day sneak up on me? also, how did i get this much stuff in my office? wtf

At 14:10 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't be so hard on yourself. Weight gain of five pounds isn't a failure by any means...just a little bump in the road.
You'll be losing weight in no time!
And as for the holiday goodies, don't deprive yourself. Just be aware of what and how often you're eating.
Good luck!

At 14:18 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Lorraine, you're doing great! Your determination and enthusiasm will not allow this "setback" (5 lbs in 5 weeks of total frenzy? That's nothing major!)to remain the norm. And that's the are forward looking... and your goal shines. No pouting or feeling sorry for yourself, just a get up, brush yourself off and keep going sort of girl that you are. And personally, just 1 week in New Orleans alone would've added 5 lbs to my butt! You're awesome! I'm keepin' the faith!

At 15:53 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I think you have inspired me to hit the gym tonight.

Also, I have determined that I can put in my two weeks notice at my retail job on December 23!

At 15:54 Blogger Beez said...

Oh Quichie (stealing internets at work)

Would you trade all the fun you had for the 5 lbs?
Didn't think so.
Don't let this cloud your memories/feelings of a completely AWESOME time, and pick up where you left off.

A day at a time. You KNOW this. You can DO this.

It's not a short little journey, it's a lifetime change.

You rock, you will continue to do so- just right now "tired" and "stressed" are clouding your perspective.

*hugs* and

Damn FINE ASS Girlie. Don't you ever forget that.

At 16:30 Blogger Cecily said...

Even in your "failure" you are a beacon of FIT. You are strong, determined, and an excellent example for all of us.

At 16:37 Blogger Cecily said...

Also, I think someone might have said this but, you have been working your ass off...literally. You are consistently making muscle. MUSCLE WEIGHS MORE THAN FAT. The fact that you have gained weight might actually be a very natural and good thing. What matters is how your clothes fit and how you feel. (((HUGS)))

At 18:39 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You do know, don't you, that you guys are the BEST?? Thank you. COuldn't be doing this without you.

And now, for Friday night, yes, it's time for REARRANGE THE HOUSE!

I mean, the sheets needed changing, then I noticed a lamp would look nice in the other corner, leaving a space for the Stardust dress, which is outside because Mim peed on it, so I can wash that but then there is a space in the romance room which means I could move the wee settee there and the cat wheel into the dinning room, god knows Magic NEEDS it.

Except the settee is full of clothes which mean I really DO need to do something about the HOARDERS situation I have going on down there so the clothes can move back down.

And I bought SHORT curtains for the Sun Room that Mim can't pee on, we HOPE.

Drinking a Rock Star drink. Going to be a long evening here. Wish I had kidnapped a few of you!

At 18:49 Blogger Jane said...

One of *those* evenings - everything you touch reminds you of 10 more things you need to do RIGHT NOW! CAN'T WAIT. I know all about that.

At 19:46 Blogger dabbler said...

here I sit, surrounded by books and piles of things, with nine people coming for Thanksgiving, and nine more for Thanksgiving dessert, and I don't think I can fit 18 people in my house right now. Oh dear.

But there's a fire, and music and a cat. And a snoozing husband.

Took five boxes of books to the thrift store today...

Quiche, I agree that 5lbs is not much of a failure in five weeks of travel, work and pleasure.... and the path to fit is not always forward. be gentle with yourself, and good on you for being back at it.

Look at that great picture of you in New and happy! No failure there. Not allowed.

At 21:22 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

OK! Three and a Half hours later and my Spooky House is starting to feel like ME again!

Haven't been down to the HOARDERS basement yet, except to throw things down there in a frenzy, but that's a job for another day, I fear. (And I DO fear it! You should SEE it!)

At 21:29 Blogger Jess said...

You have reminded me that I need to change the sheets.

Mim peed on the Stardust dress?! BAD MIM.

Remind me. I can't remember which witch's dress it was. Was it Sarah Alexander's? Like her. She's funny. She was on Smack the Pony you know.

That's about the level of my current thougt process: EGG! BIG EGG! Had no coffee today, for some reason, until about 8:00 pm. Now I have a headache. This is all very interesting, isn't it.

At 22:06 Blogger ariandalen said...

Ms. Fabulous, the important thing is that you are getting back to your FIT routine. I got off mine eight months ago, and for a lot lesser reason than going to Ireland, HOTR, and two trips to New Orleans. I got pissed off at what someone said (not anyone here), and didn't hurt anyone but myself.

So, you're doing good.

Nice ass. ;)

At 23:37 Blogger Dragonsally said...

What everyone else has said Medeadly.
You are doing really well.

I have just hopped on to the computer for the first time today, and its after 4.30pm. This must be a record for me!
Its been so nice outside that I decided I'd stay out there and enjoy the fresh air, and I did!

At 02:49 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, you TRULY are FABULOUS and I am cheering you on all the way!! GO YOU! and GO FIT!

At 06:09 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so amazing that you are writing about it ALL. One of my biggest problems is not writing in my food journal (when I keep one) on days I am bad. It is a journey for sure and you will continue to rock it :) Keep exercising, keep skating, and keep telling us all about it


At 07:00 Blogger trillium said...

I just wanted to chime in on the chorus of people saying, 5lbs is no big deal, think of it this way those 5 lbs haven't been back very long they remember the way to the door. I also have to say that you have been an inspiration to me. My get fit journey is going to take a lot longer than yours, I've lost 150lbs in 8 months, and have about 150 to go. (All dr supervised and monitored so no worries.) I don't think I would have had the courage to start without having someone to look up to. I'm doing this for *ME* but its at least partially because of *you*. So get back on the horse because fear is not an option.

At 07:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It's not so much the 5 pounds I minded, that can go up and down in a DAY, but the lack of progress.

But that's over. Double workout this morning, weights and ZUMBA. Then work.

But then: The Basement. I hope. It's scary down there, and I will be alone, unless any of you want to come over and HELP ME.

My Spooky House feels really good. I love what got done last night. I even love my weird curtains.

At 07:51 Blogger Cecily said...

I mean this in all sincerity, if I was closer, I would come, but i flight from DC to Minn, might be a bit much for basement cleaning.

At 08:09 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Trillium: Keep rocking yourownself! I know what kind of determination that takes! And be very welcome here!

Adriandalen, sometimes saying it out loud is enough to put it behind you. Fuck THEM. I say. Out they go!

You know, I say it all out loud, the good and the bad because, gods, where are words, I want to hear from all of you about the things you say out loud.

The secret things, the failures. The successes, the joy.

I can't do this alone. I am not NEARLY as together as ya'll seem to think I am lol.

Basement. Gym first.

At 09:55 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I would like to tell you that if you should get an email from my account with subject "Dear friend", don't open it. My account has been hacked. I hope resetting the password will solve it.

At 11:02 Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

You are an inspiration, dear Madam Fablo. You did NOT fail. You ARE succeeding. Doing waaayyyy better than I am, btw. I'm a slug. But with you posting your amazingness, I might become a moving slug. On occasion. Maybe. :-)

At 11:03 Blogger Siri said...


Lovely to read you, m'dear.

At 12:08 Blogger Jess said...

Oh, I never thought for a minute you had it together, Quiche. Wouldn't still be hanging round here if I thought you had. ;)

We have been to market! And bought Things. Namely Cajun spice mix, and big jugs of local beer, and enormous pasties from an American guy in a Union Jack apron who thought Mr. Jess was faking the accent. Teheheh. I occasionally love this town.

Later is Light-Up Night in our neighborhood. I intend to document it through grainy photos.

These are not secret things, and they are neither here nor there. But they are wordy. Words I got. Comin' at your FACE.

*did not sample that much beer*

At 12:42 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Wow Trillium...rock on! You're doing awesomely! (Is that even a word?) are not the only one who has been derailed by others, or allowed the words or another (or lack thereof) to infringe on one's goals and desires. Remember our FIT comes down to feeling better about ourselves...if you've been hurt, or feel bad...come read a little here...between the positive reinforcement and Ass Tanka, I don't see how one cannot come away re-inspired.

Q- what Stardust dress do you have?
(now I'm totally intrigued!)

At 15:12 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Have we heard from Q since she ventured into the basement? I'm concerned.

We shaved ben's head today...i mean, not bald, with the 1/2" clippers. There's been a seemingly neverending battle with lice in his class and i'm done with it. The hair had to go. Just mentioning it makes my head itch!

Tonight is our cousin Philo's 50th bday. He is awesome. I claimed him as my own cousin, he's really ralph's but MINE NOW TOO!! I'm sure the party won't be as epic as Boss's but will be filled with amazing art-y people. Philo is an assemblages artist. He has an amazing art car...and he knows Amacker so the awesomeness comes full circle.

At 15:13 Blogger Chantrelle said...


At 15:20 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am going to the basement now.


At 15:22 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The Stardust dress is one of the three witches, not Michelle. The "fat" one. I think it is about a 12. Uh-huh.

Hopefully it is now clean of pee. I washed it twice in anti icky poo, vinegar and soap.

At 15:22 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have not YET made it to the basement. I had to go buy more curtains. And Purple Unicorn Jammies.

At 15:37 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Well of course you did! You have your priorities straight!

Ben, neighbor boy, and hubby are rocking out. Ben on drums, neighbor on synth, hubby on guitar. The new haircut makes ben look very Fugazi-punk-rock.

At 15:43 Blogger Cecily said...

I want Purple Unicorn Pajamas!!!! Can you post pics I wanna see the cool new pj's!

For the record I realize how simply I am amused and pleased, and I like it. :-D

At 16:14 Blogger dabbler said...

Me too! Are they fuzzy?

And, today we moved all the furniture and vacuumed under it, and under the cushions, and cleaned far too much dust off the baseboards in the living room. For the record, I can't remember the last time this was done...maybe 2 years ago. In order to do that, I took FIVE boxes of books to Goodwill, and have two more sitting, ready to go. And I still have about two hundred books piled in my sewing room....on the floor, not counting the ones on the shelves. Wonder if I am getting close to the reality distorting warpage of L-space. Wnder if I am already there.

Q, I'll bet my basement is worse than your basement, though that is a contest I don't really want to won.

My secret is just how out-of control my collecting habit has gotten. No, I don't come up as a hoarder on those check lists, but it's mostly because I work hard to not block doors, or have non-working appliances, etc. The stuff moves, but it takes far too much time and energy making it do so. That's my fitness!

I might impose some talking about it here, since I've spoken up.

At 16:15 Blogger dabbler said...

Ack. Typos...

Sorry, sorry!

At 17:03 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'd like purple werewolf jammies. I have no idea why - my fingers just decided that was what they wanted me to type!

We have a shed that sounds akin to your basements...its been on the clean up list for at least 2 years, but we both freak out when the big clean out is contemplated.

At 17:07 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I think I am not a HOARDER. Just chucked six bag of STUFF. Mostly clothes that are too big, worn out or just ick.

Got no trouble letting go of this.

Mostly it's not that there is MUCH its just I was looking for somethign a few weeks ago and didn't do it in an orderly fashion.

At least that is my story.

At 17:10 Blogger Precision Grace said...

clearing out always creates much positive chi - well done! now that you've created some free space, prepare for new nice things to come into your life. :)

At 17:37 Blogger Na said...

you're on top of this Fit thing, miss, don't doubt it. seems to me that establishing the Routine is the hardest thing, and you have that, and you've jumped back on it. so, kudos!

re: basements - i keep clearing stuff out of the other levels, and putting it down yonder, "to take to the thrift store" later. last week we got a new TV bench. my guy said, let's take the old one to the basement. and i said NO - 'cause if we do, it'll just sit there for months and months, i'm sure of it. straight out the door it must go.


At 17:38 Blogger Na said...

oh, and the fact that you chucked stuff out probably makes you definitively not a hoarder. :D

At 17:52 Blogger Marjorie said...

Do we have a rescue party lined up for Q or anyone else who becomes lost in a basement?

I'm Just home after seeing 'Spamalot' - need sleep now. But if anyone is still missing in the morning I could definitely coordinate a search party...

At 17:53 Blogger vampi said...

i need someone to come throw ,my stuff out. i am a hoarder. well not so much hoarder as too tired to cull and no idea where to start

At 18:23 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Calling it quits for tonight. Looks a whole lot better down there, one more push tomorrow and we ought to have it.

In the basement anyway.

I just haven't BEEN here since August really, just flying home to sleep, wake and go, or I have been gone, or with Cabal.

I am hiring someone to haul this stuff out tho, not me!

The Stardust Dress mostly made it thru it's washing. Looks ok. Needs a little help, but I think I saved it.

By next weekend, every nook, cranny, basement, drawer, closet and cupboard, and bookshelf will be in ORDER again.

This will feel really good.

Ready for BED, but it seems kind of early yet.

At 20:50 Blogger AletaMay said...



At 00:06 Blogger ariandalen said...

Ms. Fabulous, I couldn't tell her, "Fuck you." She had just finished chemo and/or radiation for cancer. That, and it wasn't my job as I wasn't the moderator of that community. Still didn't need to fuck myself, which is what I did.

Chantrelle, use LiceMD. It's non-toxic and it works, though it is messy. If you think you had it bad with Ben's hair, think what we went through with Ariane's and Seren's.

Hi, sonicgeometry and trillium! You are now Fiends! As such, you each receive your very own white, buckled jacket. We have supplies for you to personalize your jacket, just use away. :)

And trillium, 150 lbs lost in 8 months is fantastic! Way to go!

At 08:51 Blogger AletaMay said...

I don't think I'll ever catch up here!

Couple of thoughts aimed at Quiche on the Danger Zone. It seems like part of the Danger is found in beginning to define "progress" narrowly. It seems to me that the goal has been to be Fit and I would argue that weight and inches are not necessarily always the measurement that actually tracks progress toward that goal. I would submit that the fact that you could even do the things you did over the past few weeks is a measure of progress.

You always could have planned and executed all the bits that you were responsible for for Ireland, HotR and NOLA. Those events would have been successes even before you got on the Fit Train. HOWEVER, the stamina, endurance and emotional and mental clarity that you have built while focusing on the Fit is what (I would argue) allowed you to be a real, full participant in all these wonderful events. I would argue that had these events happened a year ago you would not have been able to fully enjoy them the way that it seems you did now. I'd call that progress!

Observing these changes, this progress, is such a huge inspiration and motivation for me. If, by this time next year, I have even half the energy, focus and endurance that you have demonstrated over the past two months I will owe a debt to the inspiration you are providing and the only numbers that will be able to measure that is the number of hours in a row I can stay engaged in the fun!

At 09:26 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Aleta, what a wonderful comment to wake to! Thank you! You are very wise you know. Nice insight. You're right in that, tho I have a long way to go, I couldn't do what I do now, even three months ago. It's SO very worth it.

Applause please. (But a polite one, golf clap, we don't want to embarrass her)

Gads, rain, icy, dark uggghhh!!!

Not SURE I want to go out and go to work then to practice. I mean, I am going to, but pretty SURE want to is not a part of it.

At 09:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And oh. Bad news. HOARDERS canceled my episode they were meant to shoot in my basement. Apparently it no longer qualifies.

There goes my 15 minutes.

At 10:00 Blogger AletaMay said...


Seriously local fiends avoid the ice if at all possible. Not Safe.

At 10:01 Blogger dabbler said...

Send them over to me! I've still got miles and dumpsters to go.

Pretty sure that once you get out, it'll turn into a great day despite weather. But, boy, that initial gumption takes some finding, doesn't it. You can do it!

At 10:09 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Going out into the world now. Work, then practice then I shall come home and lock myself once again in the basement. Chain myself there, actually, until it is DONE.

At 12:06 Blogger Phiala said...

Weaving symposium this weekend is over (I was class coordinator and taught, as always). It was lovely and people had fun and learned things. Exceedingly tired now.

And I got a new loom. Used, really. Very very excited.

And that three day conference call? Ended up with me in charge of big project for entire US east of Mississippi River. On top of my other duties. Um. Yeah.

I'm drinking tea and snuggling with the poor neglected cat, and in a few minutes I'm going to finish unpacking the car including the new loom!

At 14:42 Blogger Marjorie said...

Glad you had fun, Phiala.

My guests have gone now. I'm at home with Tybalt, who has developed a significant limp. Poor baby isn't putting any weight at all on his right paw, although I can't find any injury & nothing seems to be swollen, or even tender.

At 15:10 Blogger Jenn said...

Ah, but the nice thing about lifestyle changes vs diets is there is no fail. There is only reboot.

Keep the faith!

At 16:07 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My Basement of DOOM is done. Except for the truckload of crap that is leaving which will be hauled away by someone who is not ME.

Found three Flash Girls cassettes! The Return of Pansy Smith and Violet Jones! Thought those were LONG gone! Unopened and never played! Sealed!!

At 16:31 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Historic artifacts in the basement!

Aleta, that really was a well thought out piece.

And Jenn, I rather like "there is no fail, only reboot". That really resonates with me.

And now, off to have my breakfast.

At 16:35 Blogger Na said...

Aleta, i do like the way your mind works.

we have deepening snow and decreasing temps. zoinks!

At 16:36 Blogger Na said...

and congrats, Lorraine, on conquering the basement!

At 17:03 Blogger Marjorie said...

Good to know basement of doom is conquered. I can go to bed now without fretting that you might be becoming buried in an avalanche of Stuff.

At 18:02 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I've only had a chance to skim the comments, but it looks like there have been some good words there already.

I still see you making wonderful progress. You are paying attention to your needs and recognizing when you need to refocus. That's a Big Deal. And in terms of weight alone, you did a fine job over many weeks of non-normal settings. I would probably have gained five pounds at Cafe du Monde alone.

After almost two weeks of being sick, the little stair-climbing progress I had started to make is gone. I know whereof you speak when it comes to the Danger Time. If this FIT goal of mine were kept to myself, I might let Couch Me win now. But you encouraged me to declare it to the world, "Hey world, I'm going to climb half the Hancock tower!" So Getting FIT Me *has* to win. But it's going to hurt, and be discouraging, and Couch Me is going to do a lot of whining.

So here's to getting back on the horse (sure wish I meant that literally for myself)! And to Six Weeks In the Future! Gasping-on-the-stairs Me, fare-thee-well!

Oh, and NICE ASS!

At 20:22 Anonymous werefrog said...

Blogger AletaMay said...

I don't think I'll ever catch up here!

Couple of thoughts aimed at Quiche on the Danger Zone. It seems like part of the Danger is found in beginning to define "progress" narrowly. It seems to me that the goal has been to be Fit and I would argue that weight and inches are not necessarily always the measurement that actually tracks progress toward that goal. I would submit that the fact that you could even do the things you did over the past few weeks is a measure of progress.

That is soooo exactly what I wanted to say when I read this entry! Fit is so much more than a number on a's walking, running, skating, riding & living better all the time!!

At 22:43 Blogger Siri said...

I sure would like an unopened, and never played and Sealed cassette of The Return of Pansy Smith and Violet Jones!

One only gets things when one asks. I may not be getting Fit like you, but I have gotten well from a very deep sick. Had to take antibiotics and everything and missed a week at work. I deserve a Nice.

At 01:18 Blogger Jaime said...

I have to say, I've been a bit of a blog stalker for quite some time, offering cheers from behind my computer screen, which I'm convinced you could hear...

I also have to say that I am so. incredibly. proud. of you. The five pounds things SUCKS and I am so super loving you for being able to say, in essence, "Ok. Took that on the chin a bit and it stung and now... ONLY FORWARD!" and wewt wewt, you proceeded to get back to the gym AND rearrange the house AND clean out the basement! Ye gads - you may have felt like you had a five pound battle and five weeks of no progress, but that's a lot of Mental Clutter you just kicked to the curb AND a ton of memories you can keep close to your heart...

AND you're learning how to deal with plateaus and keep on keepin on.

Fabulous and Utterly Inspirational.

I kinda had to leave Blog Stalkerland and post because I want THANK YOU for sharing the good, the bad, and the best of your journey!

At 01:54 Blogger spacedlaw said...

How sweet.
Welcome on board, Jaime. You are now a fiend. I suppose Ariandalen will be about later on to offer the customary straightjacket and decorations.

At 08:21 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


Such a lot today!

Jaime, glad you have joined us!! Thank you! It is a mental thing, I think, the getting rid of clutter, making my home nice again, putting things in ORDER. It's so important especially when work is under the gun, having my Spooky House as a refuge, and not another THING I need to be doing.

And yes, I do hear you cheering even lurking, but I am glad you came out. As it were.

Didn't get inspirational last night! Hello salt and chocolate! But it's only once a month, and I've accepted that happpens and no ones fit get derailed in one day.

Were, thank you!

OSS, you WILL DO THIS!! And we will CHEER! Loudly!!

I found a LOT of pictures cleanign out the basement!!! I am going to scan them and post, hopefully tonight!

Including some shots from ten years ago wen I was modeling some leather, OH MY!!!

At 08:35 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Siri, I'm so sorry you've been that sick. Glad you're on the mend. Be well, Fiend!

At 12:09 Blogger Fluffy said...

I think if I had a basement I could hoard SO much more efficiently. Darn these slab foundations!

And I LOVE reading what you all have had to say about the journey of improving oneself. It is depressing to lose that forward momentum, but it isn't a failure - just an interruption, if you don't let it paralyze you. And Jaime is right - you DO have all those amazing memories from everything you did in that 5 weeks.

I need to figure out how to work with my hip problem, because it's looking like a chronic thing - nothing has worked in the last 12 months to mitigate it. Not being able to walk has thrown a huge wrench in the works. Well, 4 more weeks of PT then I can talk to the doctor about what can be done. And if there's no fix, I'll need you all to help me figure out how to work around it.

Because you guys are the best.

At 12:54 Blogger dabbler said...

See if you can find a Feldenkrais practitioner somewhere near you, and give a few sessions a try. Is a type of body work that re educates the body to use different pathways for moving that the ones we habitually use. It is the one therapy that was the most helpful to me when I was unable to lift my right arm over my head without excruciating pain a couple years ago. has also worked to mitigate and vanish some pretty severe knee pain.

SOme good words about it here:

Wonderful, gentle, stuff that works!!

At 15:46 Blogger ariandalen said...

Hi, Jaime! Like Nathalie said, Welcome to Fiendom! Here is your very own white, buckled jacket. Don't worry, we each have one. :) Over there are all sorts of supplies that you can use to personalize your jacket: dyes, markers, Bedazzler, etc. Go for it!

And keep speaking up!

At 16:37 Blogger Beez said...

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho- off into the icy wilderness and then to my (internetless) home.


Glad you're better Siri. Ms. Fluffy- let us know how it goes.

At 16:39 Blogger Phiala said...

This is my wonderful awesome incredible new toy!

At 17:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

New post, old pictures! Both are UP!

At 17:27 Blogger Fluffy said...

Wow, Phiala, that's a heck of a toy! I guess sometimes it's okay to listen to strange men who sidle up to sell you something... How wide can you make something on that - is the machine or the work area 15"? I'm almost totally ignorant about looms.

At 19:55 Blogger Phiala said...

The work area is about 15 inches, so I can make something that wide (before washing). There's no fixed length.

At 00:06 Blogger Fluffy said...

A good scarf size, then! Table runners. Place mats. Belts?

Got to go to bed. I'm at that silly stage when you lose the smart and just stay up for no reason.

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