Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Words with Friends and Wed. Weigh In

Yesterday I was in shock at how warm it was, and this morning, I was in shock by the cold. It was 61 degrees yesterday morning, and 30 degrees this morning.

I decided to go ahead and take a rest day today. I felt like I needed it. So I guess I'll just do my schedule as written this week--5 miles at race pace tomorrow, 10 miles easy on Friday, and rest Saturday, and race on Sunday. I just hope I'm rested enough for the race. The race is in the afternoon, and I never run in the afternoon! It should be interesting.

Today was my Wednesday Weigh-In. I was happy when I saw the scale:
134--so I'm down one pound this week. I am now just one pound away from my goal weight!! These last few pounds have come off very slowly. In November, I only lost 3.5 pounds. But the last 4-5 pounds have made a world of difference in my clothes. I tried on all of my clothes yesterday--every single item in my closet--and got rid of the stuff that I don't like or doesn't fit.

I had been holding onto a couple of shirts that I was hoping to wear at goal, but they are still too small, so I am getting rid of those. I hesitate to get rid of the jeans that are too big, because I keep thinking, "What if I gain the usual 15 pounds over the summer yet AGAIN?" But I think that keeping them will almost give me permission to gain, so I'm ditching them.

Like I keep saying, I have a maintenance plan this time around, so I WILL keep my weight in my maintenance range (preferably at the low end, but my panic weight is 137). I am also going to work hard to plan for the summer, and the emotional eating that always leads to weight gain. Anyway, one more pound--hopefully next week will be the week!


So a couple of days ago, I discovered Words with Friends on my iPhone. I know, I'm about two years late to this party, but I think it's awesome! I've always hated Scrabble--not only am I terrible at it, but it's so boring to sit and wait forever for your opponent to come up with a word.

Words with Friends is an app that's essentially Scrabble you can play with your friends. The part I like is that you just play your word whenever you have a moment, and then come back to it later after your opponent has played a word. So theoretically, the games could go on for days, each person just playing a word when they have a moment.

I'm not even a little bit joking when I say that I'm terrible at the game. I have only played with Jerry and John so far, and I'm too embarrassed to even play with anyone else ;)  I don't mind losing, but it's not fun for other people to play with someone that is as bad as I am at that game!
The app even reminds me constantly
that all of my opponents have beat me
I also played Scramble with Friends, which is essentially Boggle. I like this game more, but I'm even worse at it than I am Words with Friends! After the first round, I was pretty confident--then Jerry just demolished my score. For that game, and the next two games.

 It's kind of ironic, because English and writing were always my best subjects in school. My grammar and spelling are both pretty decent, and I love to write. You would think I'd be good at these games! Oh well, at least it's fun :)


Tonight I'm meeting up with my friend Stacie at Tim Horton's. I haven't seen her since we ran a 10K together in April. Every time we see each other, we say, "Let's get together next week--we can't wait another year again!" and then inevitably, we don't get together for months. I'm excited to catch up with her!

I've been going totally stir-crazy for three days now. Our minivan still isn't working, so Jerry has had to take the Jeep to work--all day long. I haven't left the house in three days, other than to go for a run. There are things we need from the store, so I think I will make a late run to Kroger after I see Stacie.

26 comments:

  1. Wow - so exciting to finally be at your goal (or pretty much there). Way to go!

    I love words with friends! I am addicted to it. Although, I do have to question some of the validity of some of the "acceptable" words.

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    1. Me too! I only play words that I actually use or know. I have no idea what the word "qi" means, but that was played against me a few times!

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  2. Congrats on the weigh in! You're so close..that's amazing!

    BTW, totally jealous you have a Tim Hortons. I am Canadian and it is the one thing i miss living in texas.

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  3. Awesome weigh in! I only lost 3.5 lbs this last YEAR so congrats on your a good November!

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    1. Thanks! I agree, 3.5 is good, considering how quickly I was gaining in the summer ;)

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  4. Wow way to go Katie! I am so addicted to WORDS WITH FRIENDS. It started last Christmas when I got the Kindle Fire. I play with random people as I am not that great at the game. If you played with me I would certainly boost your confidence in the game. Also great post yesterday. I find myself not eating or drinking before my meeting. It is ridiculous, I know. The strange thing is most of gals in my meeting do not eat either. I am dreading weighing in tomorrow as my eating has been horrid. I know I need to face the music and go to the meeting! Ugh

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    1. The ladies at my meeting go in and remove jackets, sweaters, shoes, rings, EVERYTHING that they can get away with. It's really funny to watch! Then I step on the scale with my shoes on ;)

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  5. So close to your goal! What an awesome Christmas present to give yourself!

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    1. Hopefully by Christmas! ;) These last few pounds have been VERY slow coming off. But thanks, I'm excited!

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  6. No smart phone for me, so no WWF. You think YOU were late for the show?!?

    Amazing how the weight is coming off for you- apparently I'm doing something wrong!

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    1. Linda, I just got a smart phone in May, and I don't know how I lived without it! You should definitely think about it :)

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  7. I teach English composition at college-level. I am a good writer. I am horrible at Scrabble and Words with Friends. :-)

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    1. Well, that makes me feel a little better! ;)

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  8. I am the same way...I was an English major in college and I am horrible at WWF! I played for a while, but then it just got too depressing so I stopped. :)

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    1. Hahaha, I can see that happening to me. I've lost every single game I've played!

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  9. Right now I'm ADDICTED to Bakery Story and Restaurant Story on my iPhone. They're so good!

    Have fun with your friend, girl time is the best :)

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    1. I just looked up Bakery Story, and I don't know how you do that without triggering a binge! Looks yummy ;)

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  10. I too am hooked on Words. I have gotten better over the months I have been playing but some people still beat me quite regularly. I also like Scramble, but am BAD. My son and daughter-in-law beat me every single time! But if you sign up to play random people, they will find someone of your similar ability, and then sometimes I can win, but not often. It's still fun!!!

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    1. I'm too embarrassed to play with anyone else! I'm THAT bad ;)

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  11. Just found your blog through my sis-in-laws, what a phenomenal accomplishment with your weight loss. I too am a runner, it's an ongoing process always.

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  12. I love Words With Friends! I am pretty good at it, but I find that a lot of the people I play with cheat. My MIL has no shame in telling you she uses a wordfinder.

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    1. I didn't even know that there was a way to cheat! I would think that would take any fun out of playing, though...

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  13. Congrats on being that much closer to your goal!

    I'm having trouble with WW because I am busting my butt trying to get better at running (I'm over a mile now!) and earning lots of activity points but the scale is not going down...or when it does it goes down very sloooooooowly. I was up this week for no justifiable reason and it just made me mad, even though there was no mathematical way that I got fatter (yes, maybe I gained muscle or I retained water...still it makes me mad to put in the work and not see results! It was hard work to get those 37 APs!) How do you balance earning so many points and still being successful?? Maybe I'm not eating enough of my extras (I generally don't dip far into my 49 or activity points unless I am legitimately hungry and physically need food). It's really hard to get direction on this at the meeting because no one there is trying to be an athlete like I am. Seems like all the non-athlete people are having a much easier time with much less effort. And I'm trying to lose like 100 pounds so it's not like I'm on my last few that won't come off. Frustrated...not giving up...but frustrated. I'm ready to fit in the next 4 sizes down of clothes sitting in my closet!

    And I had to stop playing WWF because I got addicted and would have 13 games going on at once so it was taking a ton of my time.

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  14. I can't imagine running in the cold like that! I live in South Dakota so we definitely get our cold but anything below 50 I'm like nuh uh. Not that I run anyway....I want to eventually but it's slow going.

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