28 April 2014

Week 16 - On the Brink

ENDING WEEK 16 (12 down and 10 to go)

Way to go!

Why do I still feel fat?
My belly, my thighs
Still look huge in my eyes.

Must keep trying
No more crying
Just a little sighing
A little less frying
Non-fat buying
No more pie-ing
Then pounds good-by-ing.

I hope.

27 April 2014


CARES (Community AIDS Resource and Education Services) is an organization in Kalamazoo that assists people that are HIV+ and educates about the disease. This year 38 restaurants in the area participated. Each restaurant donates up to 25% of your bill to the organization. And, of course, you may personally contribute an additional amount.
We chose The Wine Loft for dinner this year. Mike had a wonderful salmon filet with smashed potatoes and perfectly cooked veggies. I had a beet green salad with candied walnuts and Gruyere cheese and a wild mushroom flatbread. Of course, we had wine. We were, after all, at The Wine Loft. I had a flight of reds and Mike had Pinot Noir. For desert Mike had tiramisu and I had a glass of Prosecco. All was delish.

Mike and I lived in San Francisco in the early 80's at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic there. We knew of many people that died of that horrible disease before any ideas of how to cure or at least slow its progress had been discovered. Nearly 200,000 Californians have contracted HIV/AIDS and nearly 90,000 have died since the epidemic began. We still remember those sad times.

Two very close friends of ours met that awful fate. The first was Jack Skaggs. He was one of those slight and spindly guys who had the biggest heart and biggest sense of humor ever. When I first started with the airlines, he was one of the trainers and we ended up on the Help Desk together.

One of the funniest situations I encountered with him was the time a Baggage Service agent called and referred to us a person who had lost their bag. They said under no circumstances should we open the bag because there were live snakes inside. Jack acted like it was a normal situation and really talked up the customer with a bunch of baloney about being a hobby herpetologist himself and on and on. The guy called back several times and always asked for Jack. We ended up calling the Agriculture Department, but never heard the result. We figured there were really drugs, not snakes, in the bag.

The last time I saw Jack, was at James and Suzi's wedding at the Marriott hotel in San Francisco. His body was quite wasted away at that point, but his heart was still as big as ever. He wouldn't have missed that event for anything and I think it was the reason he hung on so long. He danced one dance with his partner and some short time later faded into the hereafter. Tears in my eyes thinking about him now. His celebration of life was at the Neptune Society Columbarium in SF. It is a special place for a special person.

Suzi (one of my very best friends in SF and THE best home "chef" we know) always makes soup from scratch for her ill friends. She must have made a hundred gallons and other delights for Jack to feast on. I got some on several occasions. She made veggie, special for me. Dear Suzi, I miss you being so many miles away (and Jack, too).

The other was Peter Dorian. I was probably closer to him as we were both instructors at the airport and worked together side-by-side for several years. He was a bit more abrupt and explosive in emotion than Jack ever was, but still a good hearted soul.

The day I found out about his AIDS, I kind of knew, but it was still a shock to hear him say it. I tried to be a brave soul and act like things were normal, but I teared up just about every time I saw him after that. We attended his last good-bye. His wish was to have his ashes distributed into San Francisco Bay off a hiking trail along a cliff at the Presideo. It was a beautiful and meaningful spot as it was the spot where he had met his partner. It was so sad, but yet a relief to have his suffering end.

You don't hear much about it these days or at least not in Michigan, but the Training Department participated in the giant AIDS Memorial Quilt. We made a square for Peter. It depicted all the drama and dreams that were his life.

Another place important to the AIDS community is the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. It is a beautiful area to contemplate the lives of those sadly lost before their time. 

Read more about CARES at:   www.caresswm.org/

Read about The Wine Loft at: www.kalamazoowineloft.com/

Read about the Neptune Society at: www.neptunesanfrancisco.com

Read more about the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Names Project at:


21 April 2014

Week 15 - Ups and Downs

ENDING WEEK 15 ( 10.8 down and 11.2 to go)

It was quite exciting for the doctor to tell me how well I've done in losing 16 pounds over the last year. She said she could see it in my face the moment she walked in.

It is interesting that no one else has commented on me losing weight (except my dear hubby who is witnessing this struggle day by day. Recently he said, " Hon, your pants are bagging in the butt." Yay!

But it was quite discouraging discoing that I lost only 4/10 of a pound this week. My cals were OK regarding my 1,200 goal, but I guess I'm needing more exercise.

Mon - 176 under cals
Tue - 35 over
Wed - 23 under
Thu - 176 under
Fri - 336 over
Sat - 21 under
Sun - 186 under

That is an average of 30 under cals per day for the week. Seems like I should have lost more than 4/10 of a pound. Oh well, better than nothing or a gain.

I did get a treat with a badly needed pedicure. The color is Orly's "Snowcone" but I'm calling it Easter Egg Blue.

19 April 2014

Extra Weigh in - I Say Doctor...

I had my annual physical today and all is well. Part of that is weighing in. This was with all but my shoes on, so way higher than at home. I also gained a 1/2 inch in height!!! I've always been 5'5", but today for some reason I was 5'6". Oh, well.

The doc was really excited about my weight loss. One year ago, I actually weighed 180, so that was a 16 pound loss from that time til today. Not a pound a week, but I'm still happy to be on the downhill. I think my all time high is 182.

I started the weight blog entries when I was at 172. Check in Monday to see my current at home weight update.

14 April 2014

Week 14 - Same Same

ENDING WEEK 14 ( 10.6 down and 11.4 to go)

I didn't lose or gain. I was happy with that as this was a tough week for me. Mike made an Ann Arbor run and bought 8 Zingerman Everything bagels. They have a 400 each calorie count. Top that with really rich cream cheese (Cabot brand at 100 cals for 2 tablespoons) and you head down the road to weight loss ruin. I ate one each for 4 days of breakfasts, not leaving room for many cals the rest of my day.

Also went out to lunch at Green Top, our favorite corner bar, and had 2 short Myers rum and cokes and veggie potato skins. Then out again on the day we got our tax refund money for a extravagant tequila and Mexican dinner at Casa Bolero.

The Mex meal took me over my daily ration by about 500 cals. Outside of that I was over cals by just a few every day but yesterday, where I tried to recoup so was about 100 under.

This morning to help my cause I weighed in nude. Up til now I have been weighing in with undies and t-shirt. My t-shirts are all different quality and weights of material. So that affected the situation a little, especially now that I have a scale that weighs 10ths of a pound.

If I'd had those clothes on today I would have gained a little, so that was a bit of a cheat. But from now on I'll weigh in nude to keep the playing field level.

Deep breath that I did not gain a couple. Feel I can get back on track this week. No big social events planned.

PS - The photo shows I'm in desperate need of a pedi, so I just set up an appointment for tomorrow. I'm thinking some kind of Easter or spring color.

12 April 2014

New Blog in Sight

I will be continuing this blog with travel info and weight loss challenge (no matter how embarrassing or painful), but we have started a new blog.

WatchBellaWatch.blogspot.com   Check it out.

Also expect a weight gain this week, as we got a nice tax refund and went out for a fancy Mexican dinner. Drank much tequila and ate much guacamole made at our table side.

UGH! I'm sure a big backslide, so fair warning. And BOOHOO on my part!

07 April 2014

Week 13 - Down a Tweek

ENDING WEEK 13 ( 10.6 down and 11.4 to go)


Well, did not meet my one pound goal this week. On the other hand, I did not gain. I'm OK with almost a 1/2 pound loss.

And I'm ecstatic that spring has finally sprung. The first crocus bloomed this week and we are starting to see little green grass patches.

This has been a very long and tough winter in Kalamazoo. One to remember, for sure. Many first, second, or third place records were set. 

As of March 21, the first official day of Spring:

- 102 consecutive days of more than an inch of snow on the ground (record is 107)

- 21 nights of zero degrees or colder (the record is 23)

- The most record lows ever

- From October 11 til today, 113.8 inches of snowfall (third snowiest winter)

Whine, whine, whine. We survived. But what does this have to do with weight loss. Well, maybe now I will be more inspired to get outdoors and exercise. We'll see!