Huge Outboard Motors

Here I am next to these huge outboard motors we saw outside the Spokane Boat Show last month. Even one of these motors is bigger than me, but this boat has two! Can you believe it? The boat isn't even that big! It's not even a ski boat, but a fishing boat. I just had to record how incredulous I felt at seeing such a thing. It's not even as if Spokane is close to the ocean, either, just lakes.

I weighed in at 155.0 this morning, which means I lost .6 pounds yesterday. I did walk my mile yesterday, in the park with Oreo. Yeah, the weight loss is slowing down, so I'm going to try a bit harder today. I want to be back in my work clothes before I go to a conference in late May. Maybe I'll even buy a new outfit for it, but I will not shop for clothes until I am at my goal weight of 145 - 149.9 pounds.

Beaded Flip Flops

Take a good look at these beautiful beaded flip flops I bought on a whim at Walgreen's a month ago. I won't be wearing them because they are super uncomfortable! My husband tried to talk me out of getting them, saying they didn't have cushioning under the beads and that it looked like the beads would cut into my feet as I walked. I hate to admit it, but he was right. I wore these across the street to the mailbox one time, and I won't be wearing them again. I love how they look, though!  Still, $9 wasted. :(

I weighed in at 155.6 this morning! I now have two pairs of work pants that fit, yay! I lost 1.4 pounds yesterday. I walked both dogs half a mile, and I walked all over the high school where I substitute taught yesterday. Here is what I ate:

Berry Special K and organic vanilla soy milk
2 toasted slices of wheat bread with 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
Raw baby carrots
Tootsie Pop sucker
Salmon patty, Robert Rothschild Farm Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce
Steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
1 mini York peppermint patty

156 Lost a Pound Without Trying Too Hard

This horse is Mom's favorite pet, El Dine, her three year old Arabian mare. This is yet another snapshot she took with her iPhone 3! I love how it captured a clean shadow and clear hairs on the tail of a moving horse. I have camera envy!

I lost a pound yesterday! Woo Hoo! Better yet, I did so without really trying too hard. I had a migraine headache, so my stomach was threatening to revolt. I couldn't just eat my usual burrito and salsa for lunch. It sounded too, uh, revolting.

I walked Oreo a mile in the rain. Here is what I ate and lost a pound without trying too hard!

Special K with Berries and organic vanilla soy milk
Two slices of wheat toast with a tablespoon of chunky peanut butter on each, raw baby carrots
Quarter pound of fried hamburger (grease squeezed out on a paper towel), 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce, raw baby carrots
1 small York peppermint pattie
3 Tootsie Pop suckers

Cats Watching Baby Hummingbirds Fly

Here is the other side of Mom's kitchen window: her two cats watching the baby hummingbirds have their first flight! The glass of the kitchen window stayed between predator and prey the entire time. None of the animals was hurt. It amuses me that Mom loves the cats just as much as she loves the hummingbirds, and that she appreciated the predators' fascination with their prey.

At first, I said, "Poor kitties!"

"Poor kitties? No! They are very entertained," Mom said. "You should see them: eyes as big as saucers!"

Again, these are just snapshots that Mom took with her iPhone 3! It takes better pictures than my dedicated digital camera.

Thank you, Patty, for reminding me I need to post about my weight loss (or lack thereof) because you come here to be motivated toward your own weight loss.

I have been slacking on my weight loss. I still haven't lost those extra ten pounds I gained last Christmas! I weighed in at 157 yesterday. Most of my teaching clothes are too tight to wear to school. I have one pair of work pants I can wear. My Levi's 505s still fit, but they are tight, too. Mom gave me clothes money for Christmas, but I promised myself I wouldn't spend it until I lost these ten pounds. I still need to do that. I had a good excuse up until this week: the cold weather. These extra ten pounds help keep me warm.

While that is true, I will so not be gaining any extra weight next Christmas. I hate this feeling of my clothes not fitting and the need to lose weight again! I am also not going to have clothes in more than one size. If I have to wear my shirts un-tucked because I can't get my pants fastened, well and fine, but I am not buying bigger pants. So, I'd better lose the weight, huh!

How I Got Him To Marry Me: 50 True Stories

Living together instead of getting married began to be acceptable in the 1960s hippie culture, and by the 1980s, many young men no longer saw the point in marriage. I watched the culture change, but I didn't catch on until it was almost too late for me. Before the 1980s, the man was the one who pushed for marriage. By the 1990s, living together instead of being married was almost expected among young people. Now, in the 21st century, women have a hard time getting married, even if we really want to. If you've been under a rock and haven't noticed this, then see US Census Marriage and Divorce Statistics, and prepare to have your mind blown.

In writing this book, I asked 50 women who got married after 1990:
"How did you get him to marry you and not just live together?"

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