Friday, March 28, 2008


WooHoo! It's Friday. Sorry I haven't been around lately. I've been catching up on my reading and haven't been online much once I get home from work.

Things are going well. No complaints except my allergies are killing me and I didn't have the time to get my allergy shots this week. I've got a headache, stuffed nose, itchy eyes, and I'm tired as hell all because of my allergies. At least I now know that three weeks is too long to go without getting my shots. They wanted me to try to go longer in between my shots. They want to get me to the point to where I am getting my shots just once a month. I'm obviously not quite there yet, but hopefully one day I will be.

H and I took Grandma out to dinner earlier this week. She's been in town for about a month now and will probably be here until May. We took her to Olive Garden and had a great time with her. We're going to pick her up tomorrow morning around 9. There's a Russell Stover outlet store about 30 minutes away that we're going to take her to. I asked her if she wanted to go out to breakfast with us and she said she's been craving Hardee's bisquits and gravy. So, guess where we're taking her for breakfast? Yep, McDonald's. HA! Kidding! We're going to Hardee's. We'll probably also take her to lunch after the candy store.

Hmmm. Healthier eating + Russell Stover = nothing good for me except weight gain (especially after adding in Hardee's and lunch). Good thing I love that old lady. I'd do anything for her and she knows it. She's been my rock my entire life. She's been the ONE person who has always believed in me and been on my side no matter what. I think I'm going to be lost when she passes away. Good thing she's in good health. I just can't imagine a time when she isn't in my life.

Tuesday, I will finally be getting a new phone. We can upgrade on Tuesday. I've been waiting months to get a new phone. I've been through two damn phones because the batteries aren't holding a charge. I inadvertently messed up the batteries becasue of my name tag for work. The name tag has a huge (and extremely strong) magnet. Sadly, it took two phones before I realized what was causing the problem. Now, I have a name tag in my glove compartment and a name tag in my desk at work.

I'm looking at Samsung's M520. Do any of you have this phone? Have you heard anything about this phone? What do you think?

Hope you all have a great weekend. I'll be more consistent in my blogging. I swear! Some day! Until later...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Let’s play Family Feud!


1. Name something you use in the shower.
2. Name something a football player wears as his uniform.
3. Name something people hate to find on their windshield.
Bird Droppings
4. Name something a man might buy before a date?
After Shave
5. What’s another word for blemish?
6. Something you’d cook in the microwave?
7. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving?
8. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman.
She’s more mature
9. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner.
Humping the Leg of Guests
10. Name a kind of test you cannot study for.
11. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for?
12. Name a phrase with the word ‘Home’ in it?
Home is where the heart is.
13. Name a sport where players lose teeth?
14. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a student’s day?
Not let students know they’ve cancelled class
15. What is a way you can tell someone has been crying?
Blood Shot eyes
16. Name something found under a car?
The Ground
17. Name a bird you wouldn’t want to eat?
18. Name something that gets folded?
Paper Airplanes
19. Name a reason not to be asked on a second date.
No chemistry
20. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it?
Pad of Sticky Notes

Have fun! Let me know if you've done this so I can check out your answers. Until later...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Soldier Returns

I have to say that THIS POST by Miss Sniz about the return of her brother from Iraq made me cry.

I was going to do a meme I found online today, but will save that for another day. I think it's extremely important to give our military the respect, honor, and thanks that they so richly deserve.

Until later...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Hump Day!!

WooHoo! I remembered! I hope you're all having a great day. I have lost 2 pounds this past week. WooHoo! I now have just 16 pounds left to my goal weight. Wow! I didn't realize how close I am until I wrote that last sentence. I have currently lost a total of 38 pounds. Wow! I didn't realize THAT either! What a shock! I've lost almost 40 pounds, People, by doing NOTHING but eating healthier. That just goes to show just how unhealthy fast food really is for a person's body. I just can't get over that. I still haven't made exercise a habit. I'm actually lucky at this point to exercise once a week (I don't count playing with the nephew or parking farther away exercise in this regard - although to get a sticker at my WWAWP meeting I sure did count those activities because it was more than normal and they say every little bit counts). :-) Anything for a sticker. LOL

I'm thinking of going to Wally World at lunch today (if the rain lets up). I have been fighting with my PJs for the past week and am having a hell of a time sleeping and staying asleep all night because of them. I also need to buy one more pair of nice dress slacks for work. My 14s are extremely loose on me and they're looking pretty bad. I have one pair of 14s that look pretty good, but they aren't slacks so I don't want to push it wearing them (or ones similar every day to work). I still can't go by sizes as all manufacturers are different. I've even found a difference in the same manufacturer from one item to the next (even if they're both pants or sweaters). It's ridiculous. I may also pick up one pair of shorts for the weekend or nice warm spring days. If they're nice enough, I can actually wear them to work, too. I also want to pick up a gradual tanning lotion of some sort. I've heard that those made by Oil of Olay, Dove, and Jergens are pretty good.

Here's yet another online quiz I took today. :-) Come on, I know you've missed seeing them on my blog. I just know it!

What Kari (insert middle and last names here) Means

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.

You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.

People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are very hyper. You never slow down, even when it's killing you.

You're the type of person who can be a workaholic during the day... and still have the energy to party all night.

Your energy is definitely a magnet for those around you. People are addicted to your vibe.

Have a great rest of the week. Until later...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Arrested for Muscular Dystrophy

I will be arrested on April 30 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Thankfully I have the opportunity to raise my bail money before my arrest. My bail is set at $1200.

Please don’t leave me in jail! :-) To put money toward my bail and to help fight muscular dystrophy, please visit this link. Every little bit helps and would be greatly appreciated.

I hope you’re having a great day. Thanks in advance for whatever you can contribute to this worthy cause.


By the way, I thought you'd like to know that my blood work from my physical last week came back. My cholesterol is 180. I am now in the normal range. WooHoo! I was borderline high last August. They said that my good cholesterol is high and my bad cholesterol is low (which is the way it should be). This all happened just by changing my eating habits. That's amazing! The doctor told me to keep doing what I'm doing because it's GREAT!! I just thought I'd let you know. I'm thinking about leaving this post up for a while so that it gets much attention. Jerry's Kids need all the help they can get.

Have a GREAT weekend!
Until later...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Decison MADE!!

I've noticed that I have been weighing the same EVERY morning for the past month. On top of that, my scales are correct because I weigh myself when I get home each week right after weigh in and my scale says the same thing the Weight Watcher scale says.

So, I weighed this morning. I weighed 163. This is where I have been every morning for about a month now. I tend to weigh more at night than I do in the morning, which is normal, because I eat during the day. Duh!

Anyway, I was trying to figure out today when my weight started being sooo different in the afternoon than it is in the morning. It started when I switched from the Points Program to the Core Program. I realized that when I was counting Points, I would eat extremely light meals all day until I weighed in. When I switched to Core, I stopped worrying about eating lighter foods on weigh in days and started eating healthier all day every day. It was very strange to me how my weight fluctuated. I even mentioned it to my leader and she said that eventually, the evening scale weight would match the morning. I knew it wasn't my scale because I would weigh myself once I got home AFTER my weekly weigh in and my scales were dead on with their scales.

Obviously, I must have hit some sort of plateau since my morning weight has stayed the same. I just didn't realize it because my afternoon weight continued to fluctuate. I guess this means I really need to add exercise to my routine. :-( DAMN IT!!! I've only exercised for the past week and a half (and not consistently), so I highly doubt the weight gain of last week was due to added muscle. I really didn't do much - only 100-200 steps on an elliptical. I'm lazy that way. Hahaha! And I ate a lot of bad foods this past week. Cake, cookies, full-fat dressings, that sort of thing.

Now that I am no longer going to Weight Watcher meetings, I am weighing IN THE MORNING! When I weigh LESS! WooHoo!!! :-) That takes my total weightloss to 36 pounds from the morning I started (8-28-07) until now. Wow! I just can't believe I lost that much weight and that I lost it JUST by changing what I eat. This is with NO exercise. I'm shocked! Happy, but shocked!

I hope you all have a great week! I'm back on track and looking forward. By the way...Happy Hump Day!!! Until later...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


So...weigh in was this afternoon. From last week, I am up 1.8 pounds. dam it!

I was actually thinking I would have gained more than that. Glad I didn't. Anyway... I know that I weigh much less in the morning than I do after a whole day (usually 4-6 pounds). Starting tomorrow, I am continuing this weightloss journey without Weight Watchers (keep your fingers crossed for me) and will be weighing in on Wednesday morning. As of this morning, I weighed 163, but on the scale tonight, I weighed 169. That's normal for me in a day. I will be posting my morning weight tomorrow and will be starting from there. It's always bothered me that I weigh so much more at night because my weightloss has never really caught up to my actual numbers. Starting tomorrow, that will no longer be a problem.

I'm keeping to the schedule I've had for the past 6 months where Wednesday starts my week. The only difference is that I will be weighing in on Wednesday morning instead of Tuesday night.

Have a GREAT week! Until later...

Monday, March 10, 2008

I was RIGHT!!!

I went to the OB/GYN today. Not the same one I went to in November. I had my normal exam since the other one would not do it while I was there. To catch up, please see this post and this post.

At my appointment today, I asked about the biopsy and caught her up to speed on all the symptoms I had BEFORE my appointment with the other doctor. She said that I did the RIGHT thing by refusing the procedure. She said that everything looked good and there's no way she would recommend that procedure and thought it strange that the other doctor would even suggest it. I told her that my original appointment was in November and that they didn't schedule me for the biopsy until January. She said they would NOT have done that if they were really worried about uterine cancer.

Needless to say, I felt much better after this appointment this morning. She said everything looked great and I shouldn't worry about a thing. I think I've found my NEW OB/GYN. H feels so much better now that I've had the second opinion. He was extremely worried that I was blowing off a procedure that I really should have had.

Have a great week. Until later...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Our Weekend...(Continued)

Yesterday, we thought we'd try a new restaurant (Pei Wei). We were NOT impressed. I don't know if it's because we're so spoiled with the way H's mom cooks or what, but we cannot find an Asian restaurant we like AT ALL if it isn't their restaurant. Right next door to Pei Wei is a bakery. We stopped in. BIG MISTAKE!!!

We bought 4 wedding cookies. They were soooo good. We also bought a mini carrot cake - my favorite, so I had to try it. It's amazing how sweet something is when you aren't used to it. I used to eat every bit of icing. I think I left half the icing on my plate this time (it could have just been because it wasn't cream cheese icing, but I left it all the same). This morning, I had a cinnamon roll we bought there. Now I know to only buy what I'm going to eat that day. I put the cinnamon roll in the microwave, but it was still dry. Now I know.

So, I really don't think I'll be losing weight this week. hahaha. Seriously! That's okay. I don't do this often and I know that I won't do this again anytime soon. One week won't kill me. It's one week out of my life journey. I'm okay with that.

I'm actually extremely surprised at how positive I've been taking these setbacks/circumstances. It seems as though I really have accepted this as a lifestyle change and with it being a lifestyle change, I know that one week or even one month is NOTHING compared to the rest of my life. Through these setbacks, I am learning. I'm learning what foods set me off, what feelings set me off, and I'm learning how to deal with those setbacks. I'm pretty impressed, surprised, and proud of myself for all of this.

Hope y'all have a great week. Until later…

Saturday, March 08, 2008


Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the day H and I took our wedding vows. Eleven years ago yesterday (also on a Friday), H and I went to the courthouse, got a marriage license, went to a justice of the peace, and got married...In.AN....APPLIANCE.STORE. That's right, you read me correctly. We got married by a justice of the peace in an appliance store. He offered us the gazebo across the street and I...TURNED...IT...DOWN~! Looking back now, I can't believe I did that. Obviously, when H and I got married, it didn't matter to me WHERE we got married. It only mattered WHO I married. We were married at the back counter by the cash register.

At least we have a VERY interesting story to tell. Too bad we have no children to tell the story to. I'll be sharing that story with K and K2 when they get older. For the whole story, read this post.

We spent the whole day together. I had a physical in the morning. H went with me. After that, we went out to breakfast. From there, we came home for about an hour then went to the theater. We saw Jumper. It was a pretty good movie. It had a sucky ending, but they left it open for a second installment. All in all, it was really good. From the movie, we went to our new outdoor mall. We went to Barnes and Noble and had an iced latte in the Starbucks and looked through a book or two. We ended up buying two books while we were there, Meditation for Dummies and Signing for Dummies. I've always wanted to learn meditation so I figured this book will help me. It also came with a CD with 10 guided meditations. The signing book we got because H and I would love to have a language we can "speak" to each other that others don't understand. He has this with his parents. Their native language is Laotian. I've known some sign language since I ws in junior high school. I've found myself wanting to say something to H when we've been out and it's been useless because he doesn't know the language. Now, we'll practice it together and it will be a lot of fun. Something we can do together.

After walking around the mall and buying the two books, we went to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. Their baby back ribs were amazing. They even gave us a free sundae because it was our anniversary. It was really good. It put tears in my eyes. I've been extremely emotional lately for some reason. Anyway, we had a great day. I can't believe we've been married for 11 years. It really doesn't seem like we've been together that long. We're really looking forward to the next 11 years together. Until later...

As Much as I Would Love to be a Mom...

You don’t realize how much NOT being a parent bothers you until you’re around a bunch of kids and you really can’t leave the situation. I didn’t realize how much I shy away from children. H even mentioned last week that I do that at times with K and K2. I didn’t realize I did that and especially not that I do that with my niece and nephew.

Today, we had all the children from our office in around 2:00 and they stayed until the work day ended at 4:30. I finally went back to my desk at 4 when I had an excuse to get back to answer the phones because everyone was now over in the other building. We had two of BBs triplets, MBs adorable little boy, and a former worker’s little girl. I was okay for an hour and a half. After that, I started feeling my eyes tear up. As I walked from one building to the other, I started crying. I was definitely glad that I was the only person in the one building.

Anyway...Until later...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Y'all are so sweet. I've never thought of my weightloss journey as being inspirational to anyone. You guys are great! I'm glad that my journey is able to help someone else in some way.

By the way, if any of you come onto SparkPeople, mark the box that you were referred by someone and put down Floreeste. That's me and I'll get 10 whole points for each of you. :-) I'm all about the points, Folks.

Come join the fun. I'm finding that it's a great community. Everyone I've interacted with has been extremely helpful, motivating, and welcoming. I don't think any of you will be disappointed in any way.

Until later...

Happy Hump Day!!

Last night was weigh in. I gained .6 pounds. I'm not beating myself up over it. I did everything right. I even had a few points left over. It's just one of those things.

Things I'm happy about this week:
1. I got on my elliptical 6 days out of the last 7! Woohoo!
2. Last night I did 200 steps (I had problems with my knee all day yesterday so I didn't want to push to the next 50)
3. I've gotten a LOT of great information, inspiration, and motivation from SparkPeople and SparkTeams!
4. I was finally motivated to exercise which is something I've been struggling with and unable to do since August of last year.

I'm debating about quitting my Weight Watcher At Work Program. Don't get me wrong, I'm still planning on losing weight and eating healthier. It's just that for the "at work" program, I have to pay for a 10 week session at the beginning (or in two payments). I've also found that I've gotten more motivation from SparkPeople than I have at my meetings each week. SparkPeople has also helped me get motivated to exercise (which y'all KNOW I've been struggling with THAT!). I never would have considered myself to be competitive, even though EVERYone in my family is, but it's interesting to see how much motivation I get from receiving a point or being able to check a box at the end of the day.

What are your thoughts on this? Until later, my bloggy friends...

Monday, March 03, 2008


Thanks so much for all your support during my weight loss journey. As I type this, I am 31 pounds lighter than I was on August 28, 2007 when this journey began. Hopefully, I am actually lighter than that but my weigh in isn’t until tomorrow afternoon and you know that I WILL keep you informed.

Through this process of losing weight and working on myself, I am realizing that I do tend to thrive on the comments, thoughts, support, and acceptance of others. I never realized the extent positive feedback was needed in my mind. I am really realizing that at work. I work in an office with 5 ladies and 1 man. Only one person in the whole office EVER mentions anything about my weight loss. I no longer even update the rest of them on my progress and usually only mention it to the one after she’s asked me or commented on how “skinny” I look. I still don’t think I look skinny, but I’ll take that compliment ANY day. I don’t expect to hear anything from the dude in our office. I understand that he could feel uncomfortable or that it could be construed incorrect. I understand that and actually respect him a bit more because of it. Maybe I’m giving him too much credit. Maybe he doesn’t even notice. LOL

Anyway, I would have thought that any of the other women would have at least said something by now. I’m also realizing that their not asking me to lunch has NOTHING to do with me being on Weight Watchers. I know this because one of the other women in my office has joined my Tuesday meeting, but they still ask her to go. She also doesn’t EVER talk about how things are going for her in regards to the program. I understand that this is definitely a personal issue, but since she doesn’t feel comfortable talking to me about it, I don’t want to go on and on about my progress. I’ll ask how she’s doing and she’ll say fine and leave it at that. I can deal with that. She never asks how I’m doing or if I had a rough weekend. Whatever! Maybe she isn’t really following the program and doesn’t want me to know that. I can handle that.

These situations have made me realize just how much YOU mean to me and my weight loss. I need acceptance. I need to be told that I’m doing a great job. I need to know that it makes a difference to someone BESIDES me. I guess that makes me a bit selfish, needy, and dependent; but I guess I just have to accept that part of myself as well as the rest. You guys (and gals) are GREAT! Thanks again for all the support and encouragement. I’ve needed that more than you’ll EVER know.

Until later...

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Walk Like an.....Elephant?

I must be a heavy walker. I don't know. My office is in a house and it always sounds like an elephant is walking around whenever I walk down the hallway. I've lost 31 pounds. You'd think I'd start to sound like a giraffe or something smaller than an elephant by now. Nope! Not the case. I guess I'll always be a heavy walker. Oh well.

I have been trying my best to get on my elliptical trainer (demonic machine) at least for a few minutes every day. I'm counting steps instead of minutes because it will be easier to push myself 25+ steps than to say I'll stay on for 5 more minutes. I'm doing pretty well for someone with arthritis and born without a hip socket. I was able to up my steps by 25 tonight and it's only been the 4th time I've been on the machine. WooHoo!

Hope y'all have a great rest of the weekend. Until later...