Leesa’s Life

Archive for February 2006

Alright, you all know how hard this diet has been for me these past few months. I’ve not been able to stay motivated or stick with it at all. The past few weeks I’ve actually been eating whatever I feel like, for the most part. And, truthfully, I’ve felt awful after each meal. The heartburn, the upset stomach, the feeling like I’m going to explode if I eat another bite. It made me stop and think if that’s really how I wanted to feel after eating. It didn’t take me long to answer that with a firm NO. So, as of Monday, I’m going to hit NS full force and get back on track. I know, you’re all saying that instead of waiting until Monday that I should just go ahead and start today. But (yes, here comes the lame excuse) I want to have one last hoorah in the eating department before I go back to NS. I know, I know, that isn’t a good reason. However, that is the mindset I’m in right now so don’t argue with me. lol

I was looking over my NS profile the other day and here it is almost a whole year later and I’m not even halfway to my goal weight. I had hoped to be AT my goal weight by now, but because of these last few months and my lack of willpower it isn’t going to happen. I’m hoping, though, that by recommitting myself to following NS 100% that by April 17th (my one year anniversary) I will at least be close to that halfway mark.

The scale shows the same weight as last week so guess any pounds that wanted to come settle on my big ol’ butt decided that I’d had enough grief and stayed away. I’m so sick of not being motivated to do this anymore. The pounds are slowly creeping back on. I just want to scream.

I was sitting watching tv last night when I got to thinking about Nutrisystem and how I’ve been doing on it lately. I thought long and hard about WHY I started Nutrisystem last April. I thought of all of the reasons I wanted to lose weight and all of the things that I wanted to accomplish. After doing that, I started thinking about what I’ve been doing to get to those goals and I came up with pretty much ZIP. ZILCH. NADA.

You see, ever since Thanksgiving, I’ve just not been in the mood to follow the NS plan. Actually since that time, I’ve lost a total of 3 measly pounds and last week I GAINED 2 of those back! And the way I’ve been going, that last one will come back this week.

There are days that I have all the motivation in the world when I get out of bed, but by the time lunch rolls around I’m at the McDonald’s drive-up window ordering a Big Mac and fries. I’ll be gung-ho about walking on my treadmill, only to let it slip by the wayside and then come bedtime, I’ve still not done any walking.

I remember how excited I was when I first started NS and how much motivation and willpower I had then. I diligently ate nothing but what was on the NS plan. I passed right by the fast food restaurants. I got as many steps in on my pedometer as I possibly could by taking a longer route to the mail box or parking farther away at the stores. I drank all my water. But now, for some reason, I just can’t do it. I’ve tried almost everything I can think of to get that motivation back, but it just doesn’t want to come my way.

I talked to my cousin today and we seem to think that it might be because of the winter months and not being able to get outdoors. I know in the past I’ve had problems with being energetic in the winter. There were times that I’d be in bed at 7pm. I just couldn’t stay awake. It’s not that bad now, but I do tend to notice the lack of energy and get up and go around this time of year. I hope that once the weather turns warmer and the sun stays out longer, that my motivation returns and I can kick this diet back into full gear. I don’t want to gain back the 41 lbs. that I’ve lost. I don’t want to lose all of the things that I’ve accomplished because of my weight loss. I don’t want to go back. I want to move forward.

I thought this was interesting.

Afrikaans – Ek het jou lief
Albanian – Te dua
Arabic – Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic – Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian – Yes kez sirumen
Belarusian – Ya tabe kahayu
Bulgarian – Obicham te
Cambodian – Bung Srorlagn Oun (to female)
Cambodian – Oun Srorlagn Bung (to male)
Cantonese/Chinese Ngo oiy ney a
Catalan – T’estimo
Cheyenne – Ne mohotatse
Creol – Mi aime jou
Croatian – Volim te
Czech – Miluji te
Danish – Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch – Ik hou van jou
English – I love you
Esperanto – Mi amas vin
Estonian – Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian – Ewedishalehu : male/female to female
Filipino – Mahal kita
Finnish – Mina rakastan sinua
French – Je t’aime, Je t’adore
Gaelic – Ta gra agam ort
German – Ich liebe dich
Greek – S’agapo
Hawaiian – Aloha wau ia oi
Hebrew – Ani ohev otah (to female)
Hebrew – Ani ohev et otha (to male)
Hindi – Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hai
Hopi – Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
Hungarian – Szeretlek
Icelandic – Eg elska tig
Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu
Inuit – Negligevapse
Irish – Taim i’ ngra leat
Italian – Ti amo
Japanese – Aishiteru
Korean – Sarang Heyo
Latin – Te amo
Latvian – Es tevi miilu
Lebanese – Bahibak
Lithuanian – Tave myliu
Mandarin Chinese – Wo ai ni
Mohawk – Kanbhik
Moroccan – Ana moajaba bik
Navaho – Ayor anosh’ni
Nepali – Ma Timilai Maya Garchhu
Norwegian – Jeg Elsker Deg
Persian – Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin – Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish – Kocham Cie
Portuguese – Eu te amo
Romanian – Te ubesc
Russian – Ya tebya liubliu
Serbian – Volim te
Sioux – Techihhila
Slovak – Lu`bim ta
Slovenian – Ljubim te
Spanish – Te quiero / Te amo
Surinam- Mi lobi joe
Swahili – Ninapenda wewe
Swedish – Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German – Ich lieb Di
Taiwanese – Wa ga ei li
Tahitian – Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Thai – Chan rak khun (to male)
Thai – Phom rak khun (to female)
Turkish – Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian – Ya tebe kahayu
Vietnamese – Anh ye^u em (to female)
Vietnamese – Em ye^u anh (to male)
Welsh – ‘Rwy’n dy garu
Yiddish – Ikh hob dikh
Zimbabwe – Ndinokuda

I’m so glad that this week is over. It’s been a long, frustrating and stressful one to deal with. So stressful, in fact, that I “stress ate” my way UP TWO POUNDS for the week. I knew I was doing it though so nobody to blame but myself. I’ll work harder next week to get rid of it.

The water leak has FINALLY been taken care of also. The plumber came out Wed and replaced the storage tank. We thought that took care of the problem, but yesterday I noticed another puddle forming underneath the pipes that they’d replaced leading to the storage tank. They were leaking now. So called the plumber back and they said they’d come back out today. So, they came back out this morning and repaired that so hopefully there won’t be anymore water on my floor. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. At least we don’t have to pay for this second trip out here. Since it was their mistake (they used inferior pipe fittings according to the guy today) we aren’t going to be charged.

My son got great news at the Dr. last night too. His wrist is 95 % healed and he no longer needs to wear the splint. Yay! He just needs to take it easy for another week, still no contact sports at school and he might have some soreness from starting to use his muscles again, but other then that, he’s back to normal.

I have a question that I’d like some opinions on. It’s pertaining to my son’s school work and his broken wrist. Whenever he first broke his wrist, the teacher stated that since it was his writing arm that was disabled that I could help him out on his homework by copying it to make it legible. No problem. He would work out the problems on a scrap paper and I’d copy them (even if I knew they were the wrong answer) into his workbooks. He has also had an ongoing project this year regarding the 50 States. He has to do a small report on each state that includes the population, state bird, state tree, some interesting facts about the state, etc. I distinctly asked the teacher if it was ok if I helped him on those also since they needed to be nice and neat. And so that he wouldn’t get too far behind on them. She said that would be fine. So, each evening when my son got home from school, we would sit down in front of the computer, look up all of these facts for a state and he’d tell me what he wanted written down. We did that each evening for the past 4 weeks. Ok, here comes my dilemma.

Yesterday my son came home from school, practically in tears. When I asked him what was wrong, he said that his teacher was now saying that his 50 state reports hadn’t been done by him and that he wasn’t going to get credit for them. I called the school to find out what had happened and his teacher told me that she didn’t believe that he had done any of the work on the reports because they were too neat! WHAT?!?! I told her that I’d written them up for him after he’d looked things up on the computer and told me what he wanted written down, but that I’d also called and asked her if that was ok. She’d said yes. I told her that he sat right here beside me at the computer each evening and we’d look up the information and he would tell me what he wanted to write down. Her comeback on that was that there was no way he could have finished that many state reports unless I’d been doing them throughout the day for him. Huh? Let’s do the math…1 state report each evening for 5 days (we didn’t work on weekends) would equal 5 states each week multiplied by 4 weeks would equal 20 states at the end of that period. I think that’s entirely possible to do. She argued with me up one side and down the other. I argued back that I have NEVER done either of my kids homework and have always been adamant about them looking things up for themselves instead of coming to mom or dad for a quick answer. She just kept going on and on and then came the words that ended our conversation. “I don’t’ believe that your son did this work. I think you are lying about it to keep him from getting into trouble” Nobody calls me a liar! If his teacher had been standing in front of me, she would have walked, no make that crawled, away with some major physical damage. I took the high road though and told her that if she didn’t believe me that we needed to take it up with the principal.

So, today, I get a call from the principal stating that they were only going to give my son credit on HALF of the reports and the other half he had to redo. When I asked why, the principal told me that his teacher didn’t believe that he’d done them and wasn’t backing down on that at all so rather then fail him on all of the reports, they came to this compromise. This compromise came between the teacher and the principal. No word from my son or me on the matter was taken into consideration. It was just between those two. There was no arguing with her on this either so I just let it go. I mean, it could have been worse. BUT, in your opinion, what would you have done if you were in this situation?

We went yesterday and picked up a new washer and dryer. I love them. I chose the Whirlpool Duet set. They are both front loading. So far, I’ve loved everything about them. They use less water, less detergent, less electricity and are much faster at washing and drying then what my old ones were. They were a tad on the expensive side, but hopefully they’ll last a long time with no problems.

The only problem though is that it didn’t solve the water leakage problem. Yes, there was water coming from the bottom of my old washing machine. But, after installing the new appliances and cleaning up all the old water mess, I noticed that there was another puddle forming over by the water storage tank. I cleaned it up, thinking that it was just a leftover spill from moving out the old washer, but it came back. SO, it looks like now the storage tank is going to have to be replaced. That is something that we’ll need to hire a professional to do too. My hubby can fix a few things, but this is one that he would rather let someone else do. Just too many things that could go wrong. It is frustrating that all things seem to be breaking down at the same time, but I guess that is all part of the fun of home ownership.