Sunday, September 30, 2012

Taking Care of Business (and cats and dogs)

It's one month past my Medifast-iversary and I'm doing great. Finding a weight to call it quits is still in the works. I feel good at 143, which is lower my original goal weight of 158 which was my "just get to a healthy BMI" weight. But, I keep feeling like I still have some fat stores in abdomen area. But for now, I'm tippy-toeing into maintenance. Yay!

So my son is in China! He's been there a month already. I can hardly believe he is there. Haven't talked much, Skype is tricky as he is 13 hours ahead of me and his mornings are my evenings and he's never been a talker in the morning. But he's sending newsletter-type details and it's so fun to read about what he's doing. Makes me want to pack up everything and follow his lead. Not sure China would be my choice as squatty-potties don't appeal :) But, I'm envious of the adventure and so proud of him for going for it!

The week he left was a whirlwind. He had not really taken steps to move out of his apartment so the last few days he was here were spent with us moving, packing, and cleaning. I lost a couple of pounds just helping him get out of the worlds tiniest apartment that holds so much stuff. And now I'm foster parent to his kitten. I didn't want to do it, but I couldn't say no. I've never been good at saying no when it comes to animals. So, Sydney and the new kitten, Shelby, are mortal enemies and I don't know how long it's going to take for them to learn to get along. Oh, the things we do as moms, right?

In other news, if you're a woman and want a truly humiliating interesting experience...lose 100+ lbs and go shopping for a bra. Of course, being a woman of a certain age makes it even more humiliating interesting. Nothing is quite where it used to be and things just don't fit they way you want them to. But, I did finally compromise and found a size that lifted and separated with out leaving too much hanging out the sides. I'm so happy to be thinner, though, that this is the last thing I spend much energy on worrying over.

I started taking Jazzer-cise last week and LOVE it! It's going to take awhile for me to get the moves down, and I have to limit some of the jumping around since my knees are low on cartilage, but they really work your abs and arms and back. All areas that I'm in need of toning. Bike riding and doing the elliptical are great for cardio, but this body needs more than that. 

Hope your week goes well. We are going to have our first touch of cooler (well, for southeast Texas) weather and I am so ready for it.

Take care!


  1. Wow - a month post Medifast? Awesome. Do you have a timeline for going to China yourself? When school is out, perhaps? So very exciting. Is you son loving it? Has he adjusted?

    You are an inspiration, Tena. WTG!

    1. Thanks, Roxie. You have always been an inspiration to me :)

      He IS loving it over there. Loves the people, loves the food, not a fan of the squatty potty, but is learning where to go when he has to go, haha. I think he's adjusted and is now trying to school them how to make a good cup of joe. That's my boy :)

  2. So great to hear of your ongoing success with the scales! Congratulations :) Yeah, I hear you about us women of a certain age . . . I'm noticing things on me aren't where they used to be either. It's not so much about fashionable clothes and underthings anymore, it's about what doesn't bunch or cling in the wrong places lol.

    Jazzer-cise IS fun! I was in a class years ago (then moved and couldn't find another one quite like it. I miss it) and it did wonders for my coordination as well as toning and keeping the pounds off. Now I walk 3-5km a day. It's not quite the same but I do get to listen to audiobooks which makes my brain exceptionally happy.

    Your son's China trip sounds pretty exciting, but yeah the squatty potties would be a . . . challenge.

  3. Hooray for cooler weather!
    1 month in! Way to go!
    That's funny about getting a new bra! You're right, things just ain't what they used to be! lol!
    I am a former Jazzercise fanatic. I did it for about 25 years. It is fun! You'll get the moves, but if not, who cares! It's about having fun and moving!