Monday, September 13, 2010


Somebody please smack me the next time I get on the scale more than once a week.  Seriously.  I'll explain why down the page a bit.

We had the most stellar, amazing and wonderful weekend with my SIL and her husband!  I always love being with Kristin, and turns out her new husband is also very easy and pleasant to be with.  Nice, kind, unassuming, interesting.  We talked, laughed, reminisced and made new memories about which to reminisce in the future.  The weekend couldn't have been more comfortable, pleasant or fun.  What I wish is that it could have been longer, and I know they did too.

We were the next-to-last stop on their 2 week second honeymoon/vacation (they were married in March but only had a 4 day trip to a N. Carolina mountain house after their wedding), where they went to New York to visit Mike's parents, and other friends from where he grew up.  They also stopped on the way from Atlanta to New York to visit Kristin's college roommate.  Then they spent a few days on Cape Cod (Kristin's first time there); finally back to New York to see Ground Zero on September 11th, and on to our house Saturday afternoon through this morning.  They were relaxed, happy and really excited to spend time with Tom and me.  It was simply delightful - far exceeded my hopes or expectations. 

One remarkable thing...I am a total morning person.  I get up by 4:30 everyday (waking to my internal rhythm rather than an angry mocking alarm clock.  Getting up this early immediately awake, alert and in high gear renders another reliable phenomenon every evening.  By 9 p.m. AT THE LATEST most nights, I'm sound asleep - having either gotten horizontal on the couch or nodding off while sitting upright watching tv or reading.  Unless I have something special to do with lots of people and external stimulation, I cannot stay awake past 9.  And lots of people and external stim does NOT include movies at theaters...I've nodded off during countless high suspense films if we go to later than a late afternoon show. night owl days are long over.

BUT.  Saturday night after eating a meal I cooked that turned out amazing, all 4 of us sat and talked until about 11, when both men threw in the towel and headed for their respective beds while Kristin and I kept talking until past 2 a.m.  I wasn't the least bit sleepy, and no - we did not have NO-DOZ omelets or Red Bull Smoothies for dinner.  It was really strange, and Tom kept commenting on my perkiness!  Same last night, only just until 11:30 because today was a "school day" for me.  I felt like such a grown up staying up so late :)

My food this weekend was great.  Both days I had no bingeing or even thoughts of it.  I didn't count calories but know I was uner 1700 both days.  Saturday before they arrived I also got in a very fast 3.2 mile walk, and yesterday we went into Philly to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center and walked a lot.  We went to a great North Italian restaurant last night where Tom and I split an arugula, tomatoe and parmesean salad, and then I had penne pasta with asparagus, shrim and scallops.  I at the seafood, and about 1/2 of the penne.  No dessert.

So. Back to my request for a smackdown regarding the scale...this morning, because of my extreme virtue in the eating and exercise realms since Friday (when I weighed 207), I decided to get on the scale.  I knew it was a risky venture but felt certain I would see a favorable verdict....NOT!  209.3!  DAMN - was I annoyed, and mad at myself for ascending that 3 inch step onto the platform of doom.  I guess my meal last night for salt laden.  Or my calories exceeded what I thought, though I don't think so.  What a way to beacon in a big dark rain cloud to gloom up my weekend afterglow!  I know - it'll disappear, but I could have spared myself the aggravation by waiting until Friday to weigh.  I'd like to say "lesson learned", but seems I'm a slow learner and a fast forgetter.  But that mofo scale will not be graced with my size 9 feet again until Friday.  I'll show that bastard!

Overall - stellar weekend.  I'll be reading about all of yours over the course of the day if my patients at work stop having seizures and vomiting episodes long enough for me to catch my breath!  As dear Deb at Deb Will Be Free says, "Onward and forward, fellow travelers!"

And hey - when I went to link her just now, she gave me an award!  I'll have to read up and report tomorrow!  Have a great day.


  1. Hahaha! Leslie, you're a prophet, you are. lol

    I did NOT give you an award--but I'm going to as soon as I get a chance to do the post. lol
    You'll be getting the "Blog of Substance" award.

    chuckle. Glad you had a nice weekend and thanks for the mention.

    If you haven't entered for my kitchen gadget giveaway, times running out.


  2. *SMACK*

    Stop it. I mean it. Do not make me drive to PA!!!

    (How was that?)

  3. Glad you had such a fantastic weekend....mmmmm, shrimp and scallops, my fave!! Kenz posted about lobster this guys are killing me!! I'll be planted in the middle of Red Lobster before you know it, lol.

  4. How wonderful to have inlaws that you ENJOY spending time with!

    I gasped when you said you automatically wake up at 4:30 AM! We have a joke in our house about early hours... even God is not awake this early! (it's a joke folks) I am definitely the opposite of a morning person.

    So how weird for you to be all perky and awake that late. It makes me curious as to what disrupted your internal clock. But as long as you were enjoying the company, sounds like it turned out great.

    And stay off that scale... or we'll have to send the Scale Police after you! LOL!


  5. I've got the exactly replica of your body clock! I'm so glad you enjoyed your company and to HELL with the scale. Stay away!

    Yummy seafood!

  6. I have a whole scale post rattling around in my head that will someday make it to my blog. My husband and I just got invited to the football game tonight and it doesn't start until 9:30! I just went to Starbucks for some caffeine. No way I could stay up for the game otherwise. (And worse than the late hour is that we are in a suite with catered food. Late with food. Darn.)

  7. Leslie,

    You and I are kindred spirits. Glad to see Roxie's in there with us. I love waking up so early. Morning is the best!! But you are also right - it makes for some awkward moments when trying to socialize with "normal" people a.k.a people who stay up past 9:30 p.m.

    Don't sweat the scale. We are every one guilty of doing exactly what you did and being just as mad at ourselves as you are!

    I enjoy your blog!!

  8. Step away from the scale - she's just like one of those mean girls from high school, never wanting you to have any fun. Don't listen to her!!!

    Glad your visit with SIL was so wonderful. Those are such soul-filling times, and so necessary!

    P.S. I don't get up super early, but I have been known to fall asleep in movie theaters if the show starts after 7:00 pm. What? It's a dark room!!! LOL

  9. I'm so glad you had a brilliant visit with your SIL & her hubby. Congrats on the good eating, too. Don't worry about the scale. It will settle down. Step away from the scale! Have a great week.

  10. :) I just took some shrimp out of the freezer for tomorrow!! It's so great when you get to visit with the people you enjoy.

  11. Oh my gosh, I got tired just reading that you wake up ON PURPOSE at 4:30 in the morning! Today my son and I had to wake up at 6 so he could get to a lab test and we're both completely awry! He called me trying to weasel out of his football practice. But you nailed it - we actually just needed to go to bed earlier. Duh.

  12. GREAT weekend! I'm a morning person too- rarely in bed at 5AM but can't stay up at night either and when I do, it's still an early wake up call LOL. I am trying to stay away from the scale....BTW I lived in Blue Bell, Pa (Montgomery County)for 5 years from 1982-87. those are some of my happiest years. DH worked in Valley Forge.

  13. sounds like a great weekend! Glad you had so much fun.