Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Brain Twister

Wow… Even though I had to decided to not let it bother me. It did.That weight bounce did a number on my attitude. Truthfully it frustrated and pissed me off. But you know it was a HELLO … pay attention to what you are doing. Part of it was due to fluid retention from working out. However, most of it was from an ice cream binge. Ok there it is the truth is out.

On the high side I got on the scale this morning, and voila! 282 lbs. I lost what I’d gained and dropped an additional pound as well, YAY!

I’m seeing some bobbles in my progress, lose some, gain a bit, and lose again. Happily it’s a healthy progression in the right direction. The right direction in my mind being losing weight. So far I’ve lost 17 pounds.

I finally picked up the tape measure and checked my hips measurement. I”ve lost 1.5 inches off my hips from the last time I’d measured. Truthfully I didn’ t measure them at 299. But I could barely get my biggest jeans on so I know I’ve lost more than an inch and a half. But I am 1.5 inches smaller than I was in January of this year. I weighed 285 then, shot up to 299, and now am down to 282. I’m going to work for a 7 inch loss on my hips by my anniversary. I plan to use oxycise to do this. I’m not sure it will take that much off by October 26th 2007 but it will be interesting to see.

Gotta run, full day ahead. I’ve already done several hours on the computer, now it’s get changed and out the door to go buy dog food and unload it. That will be a workout, especially if David doesn’t help. I’ll be buying a bit over 1000 pounds of feed.

My workout yesterday consisted of dragging the 150 ft water hose, and moving 11 or 12 stock panels. Carrying them one at a time to where I’ll be putting up some more dog pens. Gotta get the pens up and prepared for winter before the end of September.

There are around 50 dogs coming in to board for the winter. Whoo Hoo… it’s the dog care workout.

Life is a journey… enjoy the trip… Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Boing… Yep that’s right my weight bounced. Actually it’s not surprising. No I didn’t go on an eating frenzy. What I did do was build a kennel run, and I am sore. Once the soreness eases off and some of the swelling goes down the weight will drop back off. My hands are even puffy from using the post driver.

In the long run this will result in a firmer more muscular streamlined body. Right now, it’s in the development stage.

Truthfully I’m pretty happy that I can use the post driver. It’s a steel tube with handles that weighs around 40 lbs that is used to drive steel posts in the ground. It makes me smile that I can use it, and that I can carry the 16 ft by 52 inch welded wire cattle panels that make up the framework of the fence. As well as, being able to move the rolls of wire that are cut and hog ringed onto the panels. Pretty exciting stuff to me since not so very long ago I could not pick up my cast iron frying pan. I have come a long way towards getting physically fit again. Using the post driver is like doing a military press. As well as doing some curls. Hog ringing the wire to the panels involves squats, lunges, stretches and bends. Carrying the cattle panels involves resistance work, dead lifts, and walking aerobic work. The actual hog ringing process works forearms. Whoo hoo …it’s the fence building workout.

I started reading a book that looks really good, has been really good so far. It’s called Winning After Losing by Stacey Halprin. She has a quote on the back of the cover that really struck a chord with me.

Winning After Losing: Keep Off the Weight You've Lost--Forever Quote: “The reason most people gain back the weight they’ve lost and the reason others are able to keep it off comes down to one simple but profound truth. You are not what you eat. You are what you think. The secret to wining after losing is in your mind.”

I couldn’t agree with her more. here is a link to her book at Amazon. I strongly recommend it.

Life is a journey...enjoy a good book along the way... Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs
307.788.0202 USA Mountain Time

Friday, August 10, 2007

Shake it...Quake it... Wiggle that Butt!

Just a thought or two… I was having my morning coffee and listening to the Today show and Kool and the Gang came on. A little a.m. concert… under a tent in the rain no less…lol.

At any rate I was thinking about working out. And here came celebration and get down on it.

Lo and behold a lightbulb went off in my mind… So working out can be a drudge.

Oh come on you know why you put it off. Dread it, sit on your butt.

Ok fun solution time. Pick some music you like. Something with some energy. And shake it.
That’s right wiggle it, jiggle it, swing it back and forth. Have a good time, even it it’s just to half a song.
Dance baby dance… whether you have 5 pounds to lose, or are stuck in a chair with 300 hundred plus to lose.
Wiggle what ever you can wiggle. Party baby party… Stuck in your office all day… wiggle in your chair.
Whoo Hoo… it’s a great fat off party… shake it … quake it… Party on.

Do what you can. Have a good time.

Doesn’t matter what shape you are in or what age you are… it’s a feel good party. Be happy… wiggle that butt!

Ok that’s my thought for the day…

Life is a journey… dance dance dance… Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs
307.788.022 USA Mountain Time

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Happy day on the High Plains...

Whoo Hoo…. I lost another 4 pounds. I’m down to 283. I am truly enjoying watching this fat fall off my body. He He … it’s true… it’s true… I no longer live to eat. I eat to live.

That sounds so simple. The ironic thing is that it is simple. A simple change in mindset. Truthfully it amazes me. For years I’d struggled with weight. Trying to lose weight. Seeing my body as obese, even when it wasn’t.

I remember food issues even when I was a child. Always wanting more, eating until I couldn’t hold another bite. I wasn’t an obese child but I wasn’t a slender kid either. But I was so active I didn’t get fat then.

I do remember when my body perception changed. I was under 9 years old. I don’t remember the exact age, but I know I was under 9 because we were still living in the little house on the hill and grandma was still alive.

I was standing in our driveway, with another person. I’m not going to say who. A teenager that did have a serious weight problem. I remember her saying, take your shirt out, you are too fat to wear it that way. Cover your belly up. I believed her. I un-tucked my shirt. A pivotal moment in a young girl’s life, my life.

I went from a happy little girl, to one obsessed by weight seeing herself as fat. Here is the kicker. If you believe you have a weight problem, you mind will make it come true.

Am I angry at the person that triggered years of mental and physical anguish. When I first realized what triggered my weight issues I was. I’m not any more. She was just another tortured teenager. Making her own life hell on earth and passing it along. Was it spiteful. I don’t know. Doesn’t matter. I like who I am today and dealing with those issues is part of who I am.

Can a single comment change a child’s life forever. Yes, no, maybe, it’s not for me to say.

What I can say is that years of compulsive eating, starvation dieting, trying every diet out there, binging, and so on is over. Good by I miss you not!

It’s about belief… about faith. No not shoving a gallon of ice-cream down your throat and “believing” you won’t gain fat from it. Of course you will. That’s not what I’m talking about and you know it.

The principles I’m talking about can be found in the Bible; actually you can find them in every major religious teaching. Tony Robbins teaches them. The Secret teaches them.

I could go on and on, however it’s already 7:39 a.m. my time and I want to get this posted, take care of some online business issues, make some phone calls, take care of my kennels, do some paperwork, take some photos, and so on and so on…

Life is a journey...enjoy the trip…Mary E. Robbins & the Hairballs
307-788-0202 USA Mountain Time

P.S. I've included a few links below... just click on the book to be able to hear a sample...