Get’r Done (Weigh-in)

Happy Hurricane survival, everyone! I hope nobody was hit too hard by Irene. Though the dogs were freaking out due to the intense wind (woke me up!) we ended up with only a few hours of lost power in the middle of the night Saturday (while we were sleeping anyway). The cute little flowering tree in our front yard unfortunately wasn’t so lucky. Farewell, curb appeal. Oh wellps.

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Photo by Ben Powell

Technically the above shot is from a completely different thunderstorm, but the sentiment remains the same, haha. My sister and her hubs came down from Columbia with Oreo to weather the storm (badoom ching!) with us. In his excitement to be reunited with his canine companions, Oreo lost not one, not two, but THREE teeth! Bear in mind that this is normal for puppies, just like we lost our baby teeth (though somehow I don’t think Oreo is going to find a quarter under his pillow). However, it meant that his poor toothless gums ended up bleeding…

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Photo by Ben Powell

… all over my little white dog.

Yep, Daxter looked like the victim of war and received TWO baths on Saturday alone. Future white dog owners beware: it is a lot of work keeping them clean.

Okay, so without further adieu, here is the disappointing news you needed to start your week off right:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 189.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 189.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -0.0 lbs

Er.

Yeah.

On the one hand, I didn’t gain any weight. So, you know, there’s that.

But, I also didn’t lose any either. Boo. I suspect it may have had something to do with the 687 chocolate chip cookies that were consumed in Armageddon-induced fear (you deal with an earthquake AND a hurricane and tell me you wouldn’t stress eat too!) And while I was on the scale this morning contemplating my unbudged scale number (seriously, I’ve only ever had one other 0-gain 0-loss weigh-in before!) I realized that I have less than 4 weeks until the Navy 5 miler in September.

So! Before I allow myself to be stuck for the next 5 months like my LAST plateau, I am making yet another resolution to get’r done. I am aware that I suck at life exercising and that you are all really tired of hearing my excuses. Well, having upped this race distance to 5 MILES instead of 5 KILOMETERS is a big change for me, one that actually leaves a distinct possibility of not being able to finish because I’m such a fat load and didn’t train. Seriously. Horrifying.

So no more excuses. It’s time to make use of the free gym in my building at work, the cool weather, and the now-later start time of my new job. I’m going to start with time goals (run for 30-minutes straight, run for 45-minutes straight, etc.) as I’ve determined that at my pace (SLOW) it’ll probably take me the better part of an hour to do a full 5 miles. And I’ve never run for an hour straight, so I’ll need to get used to it.

C’mon, Gretchen. Get’r done.

What’s your hurricane story?

Grillin’ like a Villain

Well, it should really be more like “Grillin’ like a family of well-behaved, helpful Anglo-Saxons” but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? Bahahaha. As I indicated in yesterday’s post, last night grill night at the Casa de Powell! The pups and I joined my ‘rents, siblings, and the rest of our extended family that are in town for a nice homestyle grill-fest. It was a lot of fun, and I even got to work in a much healthier version of potato salad than we probably would have consumed otherwise (although unfortunately, I didn’t get to pull out a greek yogurt substitution this time around.)

So, you know, a picture’s worth a thousand words, yada yada, hehe:

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Lots of socializing, wine-drinking (not by me though, sad), and amusing puppy playing occurred:

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Notice how much dirtier Daxter’s mouth is in that last picture compared to the first, haha.

And the spread! There was so much food — this is the first time I’ve had STEAK in quite a while, and you know what? It was delicious. But hopefully it doesn’t cause me any, ah-hem, issues later on.

I am super excited for lunch today ’cause it’ll be a nice little rerun with some extra potato salad and chicken that I snuck out, hehe. Also, check out this ridiculously seedy lemon I used for the potato salad:

Seedy.

Have you ever seen so many seeds in one lemon before? Ridonk!

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I do love me some corn…

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As evidenced by the aftermath, haha:

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And after dinner was over, the fam cozied up with some ice cream and strawbs to reminisce and laugh at us younger cousins’ expense via home movies:

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I cannot lie: I was a really cute baby. I’m a teenyweeny one year old in that last picture (on the left, beside Jenny’s big head. BAHAHA.) 😀

So, as you can clearly see, it was a great evening! I love grill food because it always makes it really feel like SUMMER (as do the 34729348920834 mosquitos that have finally come out of hiding. Bleh.) The night was definitely the lift I needed after a not-so-great day. I’m a little ashamed to say that I really let yesterday’s weigh-in get me down, guys. I even had to fight some pretty strong urges to binge my feelings away with a basketfull of McChicken sandwiches. But fight I did, and I didn’t let myself fall back into that trap, for which I am very proud of myself.

I really appreciate your honest and helpful comments and now that I’m in higher spirits I will tell you right now that I am done phoning it in. No more excuses, because I know that nobody is at fault for me not losing weight other than myself (despite how much I love to blame others, haha.) I am going to take all of your tips to heart, and try out a few new things with regard to exercising this week. You are (hopefully) going to see some real changes occurring soon — and not just physical ones! Time for me to grow up, (wo)man up, and get ‘r done.

What are your favorite foods to grill? After tonight’s fairly traditional fare, I have a strong urge to try out crazy things like grilled watermelon and throwing poblano peppers on the grill and stuff. Old-fashioned stuff like corn, chicken, and steak is fine and dandy, but we all know by know that I’m really quite the experimenter (and it usually works! You should have seen the looks I got from my aunts after telling them about how I’m going to be putting green apple chunks in the potato salad, but they loved it!) I’m curious to hear if you have any secret grilling weapons you’re willing to share!

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So here’s the deal: I love my dogs.

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I mean, this shouldn’t be news — you guys already know this! You’ve been with me through birthdays, health scares, and even Daxter’s misguided attempts at blogging. You know these dogs are my life.

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And while I would be lying if I said that I didn’t think everyone’s lives would be better if they had a canine companion of their own, I also understand that’s not always possible. Whether it’s because of an allergic spouse, a stubborn landlord, or just because you’re a cat person (shudder), having a pupster to cuddle up with might not be a reality for you.

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Enter: Cube Dog.

Cube Dog is an app that you can download for your iPhone or iPod that gives you the ability to create a hot diggity dog of your own — with none of the mess! (Which even I will admit would have been a nice alternative to cleaning Harry’s puke off the floor two days ago… hahaha!) The app comes with several customizable “parts” for you to make your pupster your own. See that little guy above? His name is Haxterry (get it?), and while I think the bro would probably flip his lid if I actually tried to dye Daxter purple, with this virtual guy I can go nuts. Plus, this little guy is way more talented than either of my lazy mutts are:

Yup. This dog is a ninja. NBD.

As tends to be the case with most free apps, it comes with a small selection of customization and trick options to begin with, and then provides additional items that you can purchase. Personally, I see myself opening this app anytime I need a laugh throughout the workday. The reactions when you “pet” your Cube Dog are pretty great, and the clarity of the app make it look really sharp. The coolest feature is definitely the ability to take a photo of your “pup” in real time, using the actual camera on your phone. Here’s Haxterry chillin’ out at the foot of my bed:

Baaaahahahaha. And while I can’t say that an app like this will ever come close to having the real thing, it’s fun nonetheless.

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In the spirit of integrity, I do have to say that this is the kind of app that I would probably phase in and out of enjoying. Like, I’d play around with it for a day or two, then forget I had it, then after a while I’d see it hanging out in a folder on my phone and the cycle would begin again. Maybe it’d be more perpetually engaging if you could feed and take care of your Cube Dog. You know, to feel more engaged? Like a Tamagotchi! Hahaha. But hey, it’s a free app, and if you’re like me and always need to have some kind of procrastination fodder available on your phone, it’s a great one to kill time with!

If you’re curious to learn more about the (I reiterate: free!) app, check out Cube Dog on Facebook (where they’ll be running a fun contest between June 13th and 17th!) or watch the following vid:

While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.