Thursday, August 21, 2008

I Don't Know if I Can Do It

Jay and I went to the orientation for Joshua's playschool tonight. He stayed home with Jay's mom and watched videos and put together puzzles. And when we got home he hugged me tight, gave me big kisses, played with my hair, and assured me that he'd rather go to school than stay home with me. And then I rocked him in his room with his head curled up on my chest while his soft little baby arm held onto my neck and I thought, Why on earth am I going to send this child away from me? Ever?

Not the Biggest Loser!

So today was the awards ceremony for the Lose to Win competition. I got an inside tip this morning from a gal in my aerobics class that they call the members of the winning team in the days before the ceremony to suggest that they might want to make an extra effort to show up. Having not received a call, I was pretty certain that our team wasn't going to walk away with any money. But we all got T-shirts and water bottles, and I got to cheer loudly for the top teams. The first and second teams lost 26% and 27% of their combined weight, respectively, and the winning team lost 40%! That's serious business!

My mother-in-law, who is visiting, went with me. We were privileged to sit next to the second place team, Chubby Buddies, and the winning team called themselves "Who's Yer Fatty?" Personally, I would've given them the money because that's just funny.

The winning individual lost 16% of his weight during the nine weeks of competition. Jay and I had just about decided that it would be next to impossible to lose more than 15%, but this kid did it. Pretty awesome.

The best part was that the coordinator of the program shared with us that she and her colleagues had received emails throughout the course of the competition thanking them for the motivation that the contest provided. I didn't win any big money, but I was pretty proud to be in that room today.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Last night we watched Constantina Tomescu-Dita win the women's marathon at the Olympics. I'm certainly no running enthusiast and I have zero familiarity with the world of women's distance running, but I watched the race thinking, "Man, her name sounds so familiar!"

It all made sense when, towards the end of the race, the announcer said that she had won the women's division in the 2004 Chicago Marathon. Aha!

Jay seemed nonplussed when I reminded him that he had actually run in a marathon with her. Yes, he also ran with 37,000 other people. Yes, she was having a post-race rubdown while he was at Mile 13. But he still ran in a marathon with an Olympic gold-medalist.

And I think that's kinda cool.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Stay Tuned

I have completed the next step on my quest to take over Jackson.

The YMCA pays for a spot on Good Morning West Tennessee every Monday morning. Because my beloved 6:00 a.m. aerobics instructor also happens to be the Marketing Director for the Y, she asked me to appear on the spot last Monday morning to share my success story. It was all of two minutes, I guess, but I managed to plug the Lose to Win program, the Y's website, and the upcoming FatBurner contest, so my beloved aerobics instructor was quite proud. When I went to work out later in the day the woman who works at the desk told me that Amber had dragged the whole class (I would have normally been in her Boot Camp class had I not been asked to share my celebrity with all of West Tennessee) down to the fitness center to watch. A message that I received later from Amber, which was full of energy to say the least, led me to believe that the entire fitness center erupted in applause when I finished. I'm not so naive as so believe that was the case, but Amber now insists that I will just have to go back to the show in the future.

Next stop! Radio!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Super Dad

A few weeks ago we hosted Music Morning at our house. It was just a little get together for my stay-at-home moms group, a chance for the kids to look at, hear, and try out instruments. We had a good turnout of both kids and instruments, including a tenor sax, and alto sax, a piano, a violin, a guitar, a dulcimer, a clarinet, and various percussion instruments. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and after it was over we all ate lunch in shifts around the kitchen table.

After awhile I noticed that Jay and several of the kids disappeared, so I went on a little hunt and this was what I found:
He's either brave or crazy to start up a game of Candyland with four kids (one had left by the time the picture was taken) between the ages of two and four. It didn't last very long, but at the same time no one got hurt, so I guess it was a success. Here's to Superdad!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

15 More Minutes

First a photo in the VIP, then the YMCA's Member of the Month. I OWN this town, baby!