Zig-Zagging--whew, getting dizzy here.

When all else failed with the weight loss "issue," I have decided to get extremely serious. Not that I wasn't serious before, because I--though am very funny--am also very serious.

I raised that a notch last week.

I read Jillian Michaels book entitled Winning by Losing. She's the lady who bullied a team to lose a billion pounds on The Biggest Loser. And it's just her kind of bullying that I like. In her book she has recipes for desserts, breakfasts and main meals, as well as twelve weeks' worth of circuit-training workouts. I finished the first week of the workouts, and I loved it. On the eating side of things, I always had the excuse that I didn't have time to log in my foods (I use DietPower) and that I would get days behind and I wouldn't write down anything and I wouldn't keep track of what I ate, yadda yadda yadda and blah blah blah. I really don't have time to write down my foods during the school day, but I am making time, and no matter what those ladies at church say, I am important. And in so doing, I have figured out my Active Metabolic Rate (AMR as opposed to BMR) and have come up with this list of calories:

Monday: 1600 calories
Tuesday: 1400 calories
Wednesday: 1500 calories
Thursday: 1200 calories
Friday: 1600 calories
Saturday: 1800 calories
Sunday: 1200 calories
=10,300 calories per week

This amount of calories SHOULD have me losing 1 - 1.5 pounds per week. My AMR includes my activity level and to maintain my weight, I should be eating 2,223 calories per day. We'll see. I'm always up for experimentation. (Flexibility and Experimentation should have been my middle names). {Thanks a lot, Mother.} :p)

I am also checking out whether I am a fast oxidizer, slow oxidizer or a balanced oxidizer. If I'm balanced (oh, please let it be so!), then I need proteins, fats and complex carbs at every meal and more on the carbs than protein. After a week, I don't feel bloated, pig-like or as tired, so this is great so far.

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I don't do singing

I've never been one of those people who like to sing. And you have to be really, really good for me to want to listen to someone else sing. Even when Emily was a baby, I tried my hand at singing to her, but I thought it might hurt her fragile eardrums, so I quit after "bye" in Rockabye Baby.

Thursday night Emily came down with a fever. Her little eyes glassed over and she just dragged. I sent her off to bed early and laid beside her waiting for her to either fall asleep or waited until Dale came home from the "barber shop." (That's a story for later). I kept thinking about what other moms would do in this situation. Many would want to calm their sick child by singing to them. I rubbed Emily's back, I kissed her hot cheek. And then I sang the only song I could think of:

My baloney has a first name, it's

Only I didn't get that far.

Emily shook her head and said, "No, mama."

"Okay," I replied.

Whew. Perhaps in another five years, I'll try again.