Thursday, August 30, 2007

Puttering along through life

Is where I think I'm at. Most of everything is finally caught up from vacation. The boys are settling into the school routine nicely and everything is going well! Can't wait for this long weekend with the beautiful weather they are forecasting, should be a treat and I am going to get some fall cleaning under way and enjoy the windows opened. I have so much clutter around the house I just can't stand it.

Tomorrow is dday for my traffic tix from June. Originally I went to JP court in July but they transferred it to Common pleas court and tomorrow is the day, 1pm inDover, so that means me and all the millions going to Rehobeth beach will be battling down Rt 1. Of course I have to be there before 1 so fingers crossed there are no problems. I hope it's just a small fine and everything else is cool, we'll see!

This will be my last officially free weekend with no boys activities for the next 9 months. I am planning on enjoying it to the hilt. Neighbor is having her annual party, so she'll have a million blue hairs hanging out and enjoying the afternoon also. We have been invited to one bbq and I have stamping class tomorrow night. Right now that is plenty enough for me to do!

I feel calmly at peace today, scale is finally moving in the right direction again, so that's good news. Thank goodness it stayed the same over vacation, but I don't know what I was thinking, hold habits die hard. That is a grim reality of things.

Exercise is getting kicked up a notch also, my legs are sore a bit from yesterday's workout, but I'm not going to give in and not do it today. That was my plan earlier and now I've changed my mind, so I'm going to do it! I need it, sounds crazy but it's for me and I'm worth it.

Have a great day and enjoy the beautiful summer!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Things are running

as smoothly as possible when you get back from vacation and have school start on Monday. Next year I will plan a little differently. Lesson learned. Of course I have a ton of after work appointments this week that cannot be rearranged so that is another issue....but anyhow.

Last night was support group, as usual it is a good discussion but took a different path with the pshychologist, she was going to discuss body dismorphia, hibernation and general feelings after surgery and pre surgery, but something had happened that changed the whole discussion to talk about this subject and the feelings associated. One of the lovely ladies (who I had the pleasure to meet once) had her lap band surgery three weeks ago, well she survived the surgery without a hitch but then had an aortic aneurism that had nothing to do with the surgery but something else that her body was dealing with and it burst. It was a shock, and comfort to see her husband and best friend there last night to share with us this trauma that has occured and discuss this with the pre and post-ops and share our feelings about this whole event. She was so determined to take back her life, as it was she was totally disabled in a wheelchair as her legs would not carry her around anymore, she was an older lady (I'd have to say 50's) so no spring chicken was she, she had lived her whole life obese and later morbidly obese. So the toll was taken throughout the years but her determination and spirit always came through when she spoke. Last month she was so excited to have the surgery you could feel the beaming sun shine when she spoke of the impending surgery. It was definitely an eye opener and an inspiration for all that go after her. As for me, I'm doing good....alot of pre-op's it scared but I stated as I believe that if the morbid obesity doesn't kill you first the surgery may, but that is the risk you run and your surgeon will tell you of this! It is sad and you feel hopeless but it is the reality of the whole situation. I'm grateful everyday of the life I have been given back, it's an amazing and truly wonderful adventure that I wouldn't trade in for the world.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Carbs of any kind are not my friend

and I found out the hard way this past weekend. After coming home and unpacking, doing load after load of laundry, cleaning up the house, forgetting to pickup the dog on time Saturday and then hanging out with a few girlfriends Sat night, on Sunday I was exhausted. Exhausted = bad eating!! For me anyhow, I had too many carbs and too much gas and too much belly pain. Never again, it was a hard lesson learned but one I will soon not forget.

I have alot of catching up here at work so I will blog more later.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Monday, Monday

Yeah in 5 days I will be sunning and funning!!

I just wish it were 5pm on Friday right now....but it's not so here's the scoop on what's been going on.

Friday night was girls night out...I got asked by about three different people if I was 32, 33 or 35....wrong answer to all of the above. I'm 43...Got to love them. Got to see old friends we haven't seen in a while, it was very, very nice. Got to introduce one girlfriend to another said friend, male of mine, they hit it off great. Just as I expected...

Saturday was filled with movies and dinner out and more friends of the family variety. After a tiring Friday being out late, or should I say early Sat morning it made for a very long day but it was great.

Sunday was running day, lots of running and wash and cleaning. 5 days to pack and get my shit together...I actually am sad to say I got no formal exercise in this weekend unless you count Friday night's dancing marathon and the all the running around. I did log lots of steps in but nothing formal :(

Today, back with yoga, it was nice to stretch out the body and get back in the groove....also there will be elliptical at lunch. I hope I have time to walk later we'll see, I have to make some birthday cards that need to be mailed and I've started stamping's so darn easy and so much fun!! I love it. made some fall inspirations and butterflies. I don't know what my thing with butterflies is but I'm hooked on them. Maybe it's all the rebirth and all but I don't know!

Tomorrow is mom's for birthday and the saga goes on.....

I need to get to work and start working here, that's what they pay me to do!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Is my magic number today. It's a single digit size. I don't even think I wore a single digit size anytime after elementary school. It's the size of my new skirt from Penneys.....yeah!!

I am so excited about this.....I haven't been watching the scale at all, but wowza is all I can say. I have been faithful to the yoga and hopefully it will really start showing some remarkable changes ina few more weeks. I do feel more relaxed and someone said I stand taller...hmmm I've heard about this but never knew it was true.

So here's my water bottle raised to my new size!! Almost 9 months out and I'm an 8 not a 22!!!

What a loser!!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Three weeks and counting.....

that's where we are for the first day of school. Three weeks from today. We are on vacation the week before so it will go by really fast. Poor

Life has been a whirlwind of activities and that has kept me from blogging away here. All last week was spent training the new "girl" she's doing great but really limits my free time to blog and such. Of course we are buying for the end of year hurray so it's been busy anyhow.

Friday I met up with some friends for some R&R and catching up. It's so nice to have downtime with the girls. Saturday was filled with errands and laundry and cleaning then another girlfriend came over that night for some girltime. Sunday was spent at a candle party with more friends. It was a nice weekend to catchup with lots of friends but it left poor dh a little leftout. Poor dh :(

Anyhow, I'm tired today and it was raining this a.m. so that didn't help me getout of bed faster or anything else. I did get in my exercise all days and am really starting to see the benefits of doing the yoga. I've been seriously looking into the YMCA to join and was told if I babysit one night a week I can get my membership for a small fraction of the regular family membership, so I signed up. Hopefully they will call now. I really would love to get with a personal trainer but our funds do not allow this right now.

DS1 starts his football camp next Monday, he will have this week off and that is it for the summer, he's been so busy. He'll be there all day and first game is the 8th of Sept. Also that day is the day ds2 starts his bowling in the morning league. He's been playing for years and wants to keep on going. The next morning I will be up bright and early and doing the American Heart Association walk. If anyone would like to sponsor me, here's the link:

My name is Michelle Vaught, if you would like to pledge and I will thank you in advance if you do so.

We have football either every Friday night or Saturday morning from Sept through November and bowling every Saturday morning until March. Where do my weekends go?? Also, celebrating alot of birthdays next month so that will be a tiresome whirlwind also. I can't believe everyone I know seems to have a Sept birthday.

My dh's birthday is tomorrow and we celebrated that yesterday with a nice dinner and cake for all the boys and not me!! I've been pretty diligent not to try these things to see how long I can hold off and hopefully forever. I really didn't even mind.

Anyhow that's life in a nutshell, it's been it Friday yet??

I've been tagged..............thx Jenn.....grrrr

eight obscurities.

The Rules:1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules.4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.5. 8 is a magic number. Not three.

Eight Obscure Things About Me:

1) I am OCD, so bad that I check any plugged in item 3x exactly before leaving the house!! ACK!! I hate when dh cooks w/the crockpot, drives me batty!

2) I can't take care of our truck. I've run out of gas, low on oil (bad with getting oil change) many times dh has threatened to take away my keys...fine he can drive me then I need a chaffeur!!

3) I have vericose veins on my legs that would put Rand McNally maps out of business. They are horrible, big, ugly blue vericose veins....I think years of wearing heels (3" or more) w/fat leggies has given me this great look.

4) I graduated college w/dual bachelor degrees in 3 1/2 years. Just hated school and couldn't wait to get out...made a deal w/parents that I would go but I was a whirlwind romance, in and out before you could say go!

5) When I was 8-10 I thought I would grow up and be a singer, my sister and I would perform on our front porch...thank goodness we lived on 15 acres and NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE could see us, we were a sight, we would dress up and everything.

6) I have to have everything organized on my desk when I leave for work each night. Not a paper out of place or anything. It drives me batty when i come back from vacation and there are papers strewn all over the place....deep breath and sort.

7) I suffer terrible depression, although it comes and goes in rather long spurts, when I'm down it's horrible and I'm miserable....for the most part I am a happy person with no ill side affects of this.

8) Lastly, I sleep separate from my dh. While I love him and all, he likes his room freezing and I like my mildly warm...I hate to "share" the sleeping bed so we've had separate rooms for a while, it really seems to work out nice....he does come to visit ;)

Ok now it's my turn to tag the lovelies out the eight I choose are not on our blog, nor do they participate w/Web ring, Marybeth, Dawn, APril, Amy, Chuck, Sue, Debbie and Sue W. C'mon ladies and gents show us your 8!!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Where have I been?

God I usually try to blog once a day, if not to clear my mind and soul but just to get my words down for me.

I've been busy, we are training or trying to the new girl, she's doing great the "ass" is deterring this process by teaching her all his bad habits. So privately we had a little talk this a.m. the new girl and me and set the record straight. She breathed a huge sigh I hope of relief and so did I. I want her here to work with me as a team...unlike what I have going on now!

Work is ramping up for the end of the year, in my field we are super busy until midnight on 12/31 so insanity begins...we have our annual trade show in Oct so I'm trying to get ready for that now...thank goodness a drink is a door away here :) j/k

Home is going extremely well, I know I haven't spoken of this in a while and both dh and I are actively still in therapy, together and separately. It's amazing the transformation that is being made and we are actually enjoying ourselves once again! Thanks to everyone and esp the DOC... I still suffer from horrible body dysmorphia...again our lovely doc will be the speaker at next support group. She is so great and I can't wait for it.

I did get a chance to talk with my NUT also on Tuesday night regarding my stalls, he told me to keep a detailed (very detailed) journal for the next six weeks and when I see him after my 9 month doc checkup we'll see what's going on. He doesn't mind that I maintain well, he said that is good for when I reach goal and it happens to people anyhow. So things seem to be working. I am still losing inches although not lbs...I think the increase in weights and everything else is contributing hugely to this. We'll see.

I'm also doing some walk w/the surgeons and support group office in Sept. I'm waiting on details from the lady regarding signup...but I can't wait, I love to do this sort of stuff and since I walk a million miles everyday anyhow, it's seems appropriate.

Well that's it in a nutshell....until next time