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Brandy's Blog – July 2010 Archive (33)

It's All in the Planning

I'm going to spend part of my morning planning out what I'm going to eat this weekend since we're going out of town. I have a tendency to overdo it when it comes to celebrations, like tonight's wedding reception/huge blowout party. We are going to lunch at Texas Roadhouse. I will have no more than two rolls (they are my downfall) and a steak with green beans. Then hang out with friends before going to check into the hotel. Then the party starts at five and they are providing pulled pork… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 31, 2010 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

Ahhhhh....Feeling Good

Yesterday I finally felt moved in since I got the last of the boxes unpacked. We still need to go through the storage stuff in the garage to decide what to keep and what to toss, but in reality we are moved in! I can't wait for the last of the furniture to come in so that I can make it official. Having our bed and a dining table would be great :)

We officially checked out of our apt today. It was bittersweet. We loved the leasing office people there and we were sad to say…

Added by Brandy on July 30, 2010 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

Lost Two Pounds!

I finally got some decent sleep last night! The hubby took care of the dogs this morning and let me sleep until 8 am. It was wonderful. I'm up and ready this morning, already started my second load of laundry, drinking some OJ and trying to think up a delicious breakfast. I'm thinking coconut chocolate chip sunflower seed oatmeal. Sounds a bit strange, I'm sure, but there isn't much on hand. I'm trying to "eat down the fridge" by eating what we have in the pantry/fridge/freezer before buying a… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 29, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Cleaning Day

I'm so tired right now that I could take an hour's nap. We just got home after cleaning our old apartment. It's amazing how much dirt accumulates after five years. I would have much rather spent said time getting the new house organized, but that's the way it goes.

I can't wait to be settled in and focused on getting myself together. I wish I could deal with big things like moves, etc. better than I do. I get so overwhelmed and try to do too much at once and then we end up eating out… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 28, 2010 at 5:07pm — 3 Comments

Getting Settled

I'm back! It took us nearly eight hours yesterday to get the internet working, but we did it! Thanks to everyone for the supportive comments. I will have to comment individually for everyone soon, but for now, please let me thank you en masse! This move has just been crazy but at least I have those life experiences now and I can look back on it later (ummm....maybe like six months?) and laugh about it.

We did get a truck--a fifteen-footer--and did not have to pay extra for it. We did… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 27, 2010 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

The Worst Move Ever

We went to do the walk through on the townhome today. This was the first time we got to see our actual unit. Before we even get there the manager tells us that there is a leak in the downstairs bathroom, that they had to cut a wall in the ceiling and it will take a few days to fix. You have to be freaking kidding me. Then we get there and there is a giant stain on the floor in the living room that "can't be fixed." UGH--it looked awful. We had to buy a carpet to put on the floor to hide it. The… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 23, 2010 at 3:42pm — 4 Comments

My Big Stress Vent

Ready for it? Here goes:

As I was getting ready for friend swim time, the furniture store called to tell us the shipment came in and our furniture was destroyed. We're not getting our dining table/chairs or our bed until August 4. Then my older dog hurt our puppy. So bad that I immediately called the vet thinking he had a broken leg (it is a sprain and he should be okay). Then my husband's grandpa got put in the hospital for his spleen so we have to go visit him when the hubby gets… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 22, 2010 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment

Productivity Equals Less Hunger

I get hungry when I'm bored. Which means its probably not hunger; just boredom. I think this is one of the major reasons I love working--it keeps me busy! I love love love my summers, but I hate being out of any sort of routine. Having dogs helps (you walk them at certain times), but it's not the same. Yesterday I was a productivity machine, working out nearly an entire semester of lessons for a new course I'm teaching next year. I'm excited about it, but there is the small chance that it could… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 22, 2010 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

New Goal

I'm going to set a new goal. Start over, start fresh, and get over that little voice in my head who says it doesn't matter and why bother. I AM happy with the weight loss I've had. It's been a slow, three year process, but I've kept it up for three years--that's more than most people handle a "diet" so I've made lifestyle changes, I'm not on a diet. I've gone to fresh, local, organic foods for the majority of what we buy (minus this week due to the move). I've gotten my husband to go… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 21, 2010 at 10:03am — 3 Comments

What Do I Do?

My new scale came today. After a friend coming over and eating lunch, I opened it up and had to try it out. I got it off of Amazon--it's an EatSmart Digital Precision scale. All of the EatSmart products had super high ratings so I figured it was the best one to get. I stepped on it this afternoon (knowing I'd be a little higher from just eating lunch and it being later in the day) and it said 207.6. I stepped on it numerous times to make sure it was calibrated. I got on the old scale just to… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 20, 2010 at 3:53pm — 6 Comments


I was exhausted this morning and slept until 9:30. Crazy. I just didn't feel good. It was probably because I ate two desserts last night--I sabotaged myself. I had 2 c. of ice cream (that's right, 2 cups!) and a brownie. Ugh. I didn't feel good afterward and I didn't feel good this morning. Even now I still feel blah.

I'm just kind of down and out today. The weather is rainy and cloudy. I feel tired. My scale is broken and it keeps telling me I'm over 200 lbs. Even though I…

Added by Brandy on July 20, 2010 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Our Minds Are Battlegrounds

I firmly believe that my weight issues aren't about weight or food at all. It's about my mind. I'm really wanting to get my mind and my emotions back. That I don't let things outside of me dictate my body and mind. It's a slow process and I'm still not there yet, but I'm aware of the situation now. I know that I can't expect things from others that I don't expect from myself.

My friend came over today and spent most of the day with me. It was so nice to have a friend over.…

Added by Brandy on July 19, 2010 at 5:50pm — 2 Comments

Scale News

I weighed myself this morning and I'm down to 190.3!!!! I now have just a little bit to go to make it under 190 by next week. I wonder if I can just fly by it and exceed my expectations! I'm so excited right now, but again I don't like that the number on the scale is dictating how I feel. I never planned on exceeding my goal--I wasn't sure if I'd even make it to be honest. This goal thing works for me. It gives me something concrete. So does calorie counting. It's concrete and straightforward.… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 18, 2010 at 10:49am — 4 Comments

To The Heart of It All

I've been dealing a lot with the reasons behind my eating and why I struggle with weight loss. I've talked about not feeling worth it, about filling the void with food, a little about growing up, and about stress. I have also talked for a few days about my worries about my hubby and the issues I was seeing in him. In the car yesterday on the way home from the Mac Store I asked him a question. Sidebar: the reason we had to go to the Mac Store was because the puppy chewed through my power… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 17, 2010 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Moving Can Be Stressful

I've mentioned before how worried I've been about my hubby. Well, he's been acting strange for a while. I'm worried he might be depressed; it runs in his family. But when I ask him about it, he says he's fine and that nothing is wrong. I can only put up with his distance and his bad mood for so long though. I feel like it's starting to bring me down too and I can't afford to let that happen. He's been trying to track calories too, but he's where I used to be: if he makes one mistake, he might… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 16, 2010 at 1:28pm — 2 Comments


I know I just blogged earlier, but I just weighed myself and this deserves its own post. I lost almost 1.5 pounds!! I am 193.1. The lowest I've been in my weight loss journey. :)

It makes me nervous that this number makes me so happy. I think it's more about seeing the hard work pay off. I'd be happy if the number stayed the same but I fit into my goal pants the way I want to fit in them. I know honestly that would be impossible, but if it happened, I'd still be… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 15, 2010 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

New Pedometer, Packing, and Rain

Can you tell by many of my post titles that I like things in threes? Weird. Anyway, my new pedometer came in the mail the other night and I finally got it programmed and used it yesterday evening. In two evening walks with the dogs, I walked two miles. That means that if I either go swimming for 1/2 an hour or take another walk for 1/2 an hour, I'm going to get in adequate exercise for the day. I'm going to try to wear the pedometer most of the day and see how many steps I end up… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 15, 2010 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Hormones, Sleep, and Water

I've been doing well with my calorie counting. I'm counting everything and it's cool to see how it all adds up at the end of the day. The program I use even tracks how many glasses of water I drink. It doesn't track sleep, but I've been putting how much I sleep and my emotional state into the NOTES section of the program.

I've noticed that when I'm hungry I haven't had enough water. That's an easy fix. Also, sleep can affect my ability to hold up against cravings when I'm not really… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 14, 2010 at 9:20am — No Comments

A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day and today is turning into that kind of a day as well. More to do with my mindset I think than anything else, but I'm happy about it! I am getting a little lonely being at home alone all day, but I keep telling myself I'll be wishing for these days once school starts. That's for sure!

The hubby got up at six to get ready for work and took out the dogs, letting me sleep in. It was great to get 8 hrs of quality sleep time. I was up at seven, had…

Added by Brandy on July 13, 2010 at 2:39pm — No Comments

The Whole Calorie Deficit Thing Is Working

Yes, this should be a no-brainer. Why I had such a hard time with it is beyond me. It's a pretty simple concept: the calories you put out should be more than the calories you take in. Duh. I love WW, but I think the points system caused me to lose sight of that. I had a hard time equating things. And then I stopped using the points system and not doing anything at all. So I switched to, a free website that I'm now using to count… Continue

Added by Brandy on July 12, 2010 at 11:20am — 1 Comment




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