While a lot of the country got dumped on with snow, we surprisingly didn't get a whole lot! That changed our plans for this weekend. The boys were off school yesterday, but the snow was more like slush, which is not good for our plans to go sledding.
Since I ran 13 miles on Thursday, I took yesterday off. Today is a rest day anyway, and it's been a while since I took two days off in a row--it's kind of nice!
Yesterday, I was going through some boxes in my closet. I found a box of letters that my dad had written my kids while he spent an entire year in Iraq, working as a civilian. After my little brother Nathan was discharged from the Army, he ended up going to back to Iraq as a civilian also--my poor mother was worried all year about her husband and her son being away, but thankfully, both came home safely.
Anyway, my dad has always been very close with my kids, so it was hard on them to not see him for a whole year, and he would send them letters from Iraq, mostly just silly pictures he drew. And once in a while, I would get a letter from him, too ;) All this has a point, I'm getting to it...
When my dad came home, he brought a bunch of stuff that he bought in Iraq--t-shirts and some jewelry, and other stuff. He was handing out t-shirts, and it got a little awkward when he realized that he didn't have one that would fit me. I was my heaviest at the time, over 250 pounds, and even the XL men's shirts wouldn't have fit.
He gave me a necklace that he said a woman made and sold on the street. I remember thinking at the time, "Oh good, a necklace is safe, because jewelry always fits." Obviously, I didn't wear a lot of jewelry. When I got home, and tried to put it on, it was INCHES away from hooking in the back. I thought to myself that it must have been made for a child, because it was so small.
I put it in the box and forgot all about it. Until yesterday. I found the necklace in the box, and even though I knew it didn't fit, I held it up to see if it was even close to fitting...
It's kind of funny, because when I was obese, I never thought of my neck as being fat. Sure, I could tell that my stomach was fat, my arms were fat, my legs were fat... but my neck was just, well, my neck.
Anyway, I never got around to going to Weight Watchers yesterday, so I went today to weigh-in. I had to bring the boys with me, so I didn't stay for the meeting. I weighed in (on their scale, I was up 0.1), and I asked about how Lifetime membership works, just to be sure--I'm sick of weighing in every week on maintenance, because I get the same, "Oh, at least you didn't gain!" or "You're up a little this week" or whatever. Since I'm in maintenance, I'd rather not hear any comments about the ups and downs of my weight, because I monitor it at home.
They said I just have to weigh-in once a month to keep my membership free; if my weight goes more than two pounds over goal, then I have to start paying again until I'm back at goal. I can go to as many meetings as I'd like, and I don't have to weigh in to stay at a meeting. As long as I've weighed in once that month, then I don't have to worry about it.
So as of right now, I'm well-under my goal, and I don't have to weigh in again until March (I'll still do my weekly weigh-ins at home, for accountability, though).
After we left WW, I took the boys to the community college because there was a robotics tournament going on there today. Definitely not something I was interested in, but my dad was disappointed he couldn't take the kids today, and thought they would like it. I'm glad I went, because the boys really did like it. It was about as exciting as it sounds ;)
We sat up in the bleachers, and this was our view:
On the way out, the kids wanted to buy a soda from the concession stand, so we stopped there for a minute. The woman working looked at me and said, "Oh, you're Katie!" I didn't recognize her, but I said yes. I learned her name is Lori (Laurie?) and she reads my blog. That was fun--it's very, very rare that I run into someone that reads my blog, and even then, it's always at a race.
The kids and I watched a couple of movies this afternoon. The first was Beethoven, and Phoebe was very interested in that one!
Then we watched "The Wizard", a movie that I loved as a kid--and I figured the boys would like it because they love video games. It was a very relaxing afternoon.
Tonight is my wine club meeting, and my friend Shannon (whom I haven't seen in FOREVER) is coming over to my house and then going to Winers with me. I'm excited to see what she's been up to!