The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Counting inches January 27, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 10:16 am

Here’s an update from my new and healthy life. In terms of pounds, I’ve now lost 11.5. However, the great news is that in the past week I’ve dropped a full inch around my waistline and 3/4 of an inch from my thighs.

I knew my clothes seemed to fit a little differently, so I could hardly wait for the Sunday morning measurements. I’m happy with that start to the week. So happy, in fact, that I actually wore makeup this morning. SHOCKER!

I’m up to 25 minutes on the elliptical machine and yesterday did 1.5 miles on the treadmill in 20 minutes. 30 ab crunches rounded out my Saturday morning workout. Painful, but, effective.

Tune in next week to see how things are progressing. Hopefully I’ll be able to report that more of me has melted away by then.


Mr. February January 23, 2008

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 12:01 pm


Me: “Girls, what in the world are you doing?”

FC: “We’re checking out this awesome Christmas present that nice man down the hall gave us.”

Henrietta: “Isn’t he dreamy?”

Me: “Isn’t who dreamy?”

Henrietta: “Mr. February.”

Me: “Oh good grief! He gave you a rooster pinup calendar!”

FC: “Well, there had to be something more exciting than you to look at in this office all day. Wow, February’s so great it’s making me look forward to …”

Henrietta: “March, and April, and May, and…”

Me: “Enough already! You’re not going to start cooing and drooling are you? I don’t think I could stand it.”

FC: “Chickens don’t coo, they cackle. And, we NEVER drool.”

Me: “Would you like me to hang that up over your table girls?”

Henrietta: “I don’t know—I kind of like seeing him up really close.”

Me: “Oh good grief!”


Celebrating! January 22, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 9:34 am

Today marks an important milestone in my new, healthier life. I’ve officially lost 10 pounds. Yesterday, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical machine at the gym. This is quite an accomplishment. The first time I got on that machine 3 weeks or so ago I did 6 minutes and thought my chest would explode and my legs would fall off.

It’s amazing, and humbling, to realize how out of shape I was. I’m not out of the woods yet, but, I’m losing a little weight, gaining back some flexibility and feel much healthier. I had one of those “aha” moments yesterday when I reached down to tie my shoes and it wasn’t uncomfortable. Wow. That’s telling, isn’t it?

So, good-bye first 10 pounds. I hope I never see you again. I’m looking forward to reporting the next milestone on my way to finding that thinner, healthier person who’s trapped underneath all this blubber.


First day of pre-school and the first day of college and a bronze medal January 16, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 9:20 pm

It’s been a proud week for me as a Mom and a Grandma. After enjoying the college graduations of my daughter and son-in-law last month, we enter January with two new reasons to be proud.

Our oldest grandchild, Aidan, started pre-school this week. It was very exciting for her and her Mommy. We got prettily posed pictures from her first day, complete with a brand new haircut. (It was only fair that she have a new, short haircut after chopping off her cousins blonde hair just before Christmas). It’s a really cute hair-do and I know she’s excited to be such a big girl and going to “school.”

In another first, our son Mark started college this week. He made some funny digs at himself about being a 24 year old freshman, but, no matter when you start, it’s just a great thing that you do it. It’s good to have a dream and set goals. Best of luck to you Mark. I’ll say a few prayers that you behave in class better than you did in high school!

Speaking of dreams and goals, a big congratulations to the baby of the family for taking third place in his wrestling tournament on Saturday. That bronze medal will look really great on a letter jacket someday.

We’re so proud of all of our kids. Seems like no matter what they’re age, their parents are still claiming some credit for how well they turn out. Gee, aren’t we great? 🙂


Safety is my goal? January 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 1:22 pm

That’s what the sign with the 800 number said that was posted on the back of the semi this morning. This particular semi was traveling at least 80 MPH in a 60 MPH zone, was less than 5 feet off the bumper of the truck in front of him in the passing zone (the only thing that slowed him down) and wove in and out of traffic without benefit of signals. It was one of those little ironies that just struck me this morning that the least safe driver on the road was the one openly making the statement that “safety is my goal.” Sad, but true.


No time for writing—I’ve been at the gym! January 14, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 11:57 am

Yes, it’s true. I’ve spent less time blogging, which is a sedentary activity, and more time moving which requires visits to the gym.

I still find it strange to use the phrase “I’m going to go work out” or ” I’m heading to the gym.” These things are foreign to both my lifestyle and my vocabulary. However, in about three short weeks, I’m sure that I’m healthier. I am a little disappointed that following my immediate six pound weight loss, I suddenly gained two pounds for no apparent reason. However, after checking around to see if there was something I was doing wrong, I found that the culprit was probably a little something called muscle mass.

In women over 40, we begin to lose muscle mass each year. Something that happens as we exercise is that we begin to rebuild our muscle mass. And guess what? Muscle weighs more than fat. So while I would like to tell you that I have been steadily losing pounds since I last posted to my blog, the truth is I’ve remained stuck for much of that time. In an effort to prove to myself that my body is continuing to change and improve, I took all of my measurements last night so that in another week I can check to see if those are changing. On the plus side of things, I do have something notable to report. I received a lovely new vest for Christmas this year that wouldn’t quite meet in the middle so that I could zip it up. This morning, I realized that I could now zip it up with ease.

Maybe not loss of pounds, but, definitely changes in the body structure. I have more energy and feel better. We’re making some progress here!


A along absence and a change of lifestyle January 7, 2008

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 8:16 am

Hello friends!

Although most of you were too busy with the holidays to notice, it’s been quite a spell since I posted an entry in this blog. During that time I enjoyed the holidays with my family, suffered from a bad cold and changed my lifestyle and habits in order to take better care of myself and my family.

I became very dissatisfied and upset with myself for losing control and gaining so much weight in the past couple of years. When I tried to diet, there was always some excuse that derailed me efforts and I went right back to the same old bad habits. Recently, my husband and I started watching a reality TV show called the Biggest Loser. It’s about weight loss and, although you might think most reality TV is stupid and cheesy, this program is having a very inspirational and profound effect on me. We started off watching it as entertainment, in fact, eating pizza while we watched the Biggest Loser wasn’t unheard of. However, it was so amazing to watch people who were heavier than me tackle their problem and change their lives that I found myself becoming more and more motivated.

In the past two weeks, my husband and I joined a gym and have started eating very differently. We’re not calling it a diet, it’s a change in lifestyle. It won’t be ending once we reach our goal weight. I’m sure my doctor will be pleased with me, as he encouraged me to do this for my health. He’s a really great doctor—supportive and encouraging without being judgmental or critical. I’m trying to rearrange and accommodate all the things I need to do each day in order to fit in the exercise that is so important to a good, healthy lifestyle.

So far, I’ve been to the gym several times and in the past week, I’ve lost 6 pounds. Water is my new best friend and I’m drinking gallons of it every day. After suffering through the first few times in the gym, I find that I’m now looking forward to it and am beginning to push and challenge myself more.

I’m carefully tracking my progress, logging all the food I eat and getting great information to help me along the way at the Prevention magazine Web site.  I’m feeling encouraged, inspired and successful. Oh, and did I mention lighter? Stay tuned and I’ll give periodic updates on the progress. I’m sure you’ll also be seeing a new post or two from Fat Chick and Henrietta as they bemoan the fact that my diet has become increasing full of chicken and turkey.