Friday, October 24, 2008

Check out my LOLdogs

This is fun. You've probably seen these making their way around the internet, captioned pictures of dogs and cats and other animals. This is actually easy to do yourself.

These are the ones I've done so far for our Beagle, Beggs, and for a puppy picture I found online.

Note that I can spell better than that, but Beggs can't. If I do one for Tommy, the Border Collie, of course his spelling will be perfect!

http://mine.icanhascheezburger.com/pictures-by-barbaraandres/favoriteshttp://

Check them out!

Eureka!

I was feeling bummed this morning because recently I'd lost 21 pounds (as of mid-September) but then gained about 4 or 5 of them back again over the past three to four weeks. I've been trying to get myself back on the rails and the harder I try, the more I obsess, and the more I obsess, the worse I eat, and it becomes the same pattern that put the 21 pounds on me in the first place. (Self-loathing => self-destructive eating => more self-loathing => more self-destructive eating...) At that rate I would soon find the weight back on me.

Another manifestation of this problem was feeling unfocused in my work. I have stacks of work on the shelf but the harder I think about clearing the shelves and getting the work done, the more distracted I get and the less work gets done.

This morning while walking the dogs I got outside my head for a moment and managed to see a way out. I have to stop focusing on the failure and focus on the goal. D-uh! Seems pretty simple, but just having that epiphany helped me feel less lost.

This worked when I ran my last marathon. To get through the last 6 miles, I focused on the mile ahead and as I reached each mile marker, I literally focused on it with my eyes and imagined it "pulling" me toward itself like a big rubber band.

The trick is not to look at the end goal (e.g. 26.2 miles for the marathon, 122 pounds for the weight goal, all that work sitting on the shelf getting older and older) but at the next sub-goal (the next mile for the marathon, the end of the week for the production goal or weight loss goal.

So I will let $[ ]k and 127 pounds pull me toward itself this Friday, October 31. Let me look FORWARD and let the goals in front of me pull me in. No one ever finished a marathon by looking down at their feet!

Another Great Girls' Night Out

Last Wednesday night, 11 of us met at the Courtyard in Marina Del Rey for dinner and drinks and then we saw The Secret Life of Bees.

The time spent together was great. We were a diverse group with interests ranging from knitting to pole-dancing (NOT the kind done at "Gentlemen's Clubs"!) and professions including acting, esthetician, nurse case manager, caregiver, sales professional, manager, teacher, librarian, marketing professional, and audiologist. A couple of us brought guests and made the circle bigger!

Stories and experiences were shared along with food and wine and cocktails.

The movie, The Secret Life of Bees, was a good one with particularly good work done by Dakota Fanning, who is now a beautiful young woman, and Queen Latifah in a more serious role than usual.

If you haven't been to one of these happy hour/dinner and movie nights, come to the next one, which will probably be in January after the holiday season. Wherever we go, and whatever mixture and number of women is able to come that night, we always have a good time.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ran my 6th Marathon Last Sunday!

I ran a marathon last Sunday and felt great the next day and the next and the next! If you've ever been thinking about doing a marathon, I highly recommend it. No matter how long it takes you to cross the finish line, doing so is the BEST!

I do want to air a couple of peeves (I feel entitled since I consider myself a seasoned runner now.)

Race walkers, I love the fact that you're there but please, don't walk abreast and make us runners try to dodge you, risking injury.

First-timers - especially young ones who haven't tuned in your vocal volume -- please refrain from telling everyone within earshot your experiences. We're trying to concentrate.

That said, I really, really, appreciate all the volunteers and people on the sidelines (especially residents of the route) who come out and cheer us on, give us water, first aid, and vaseline to prevent blisters. You are the salt of the earth!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees -- Come Join Us!

Hello Ladies,

The best night for the most of us to see The Secret Life of Bees seems to be Wednesday, October 22.

The movie is playing at the United Artists Theatre in Marina Del Rey:

United Artists Marina Del Rey
4335 Glencoe Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292(310) 823-3959Directions

The most logical time is the 7:20 show. The one before that is 4:10 which is too early for most of us.

We can meet for drinks / snacks / dinner in the lounge of the Courtyard by Marriott (the hotel is in the same parking lot as that movie theatre so we don't have to park twice or pay to park or need two sets of directions) at about 5:30ish.

We met there a few months ago to see Sex and the City and it was a good meeting place.

By my count, between 5 and 10 of us can make it that night. Please let me know if you are in for sure so I can let the hotel know we're coming.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Next Girls Night Out - Santa Monica and Westside

Hello Everyone,

The Secret Life of Bees, with Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys, starts playing on October 17 in limited release.

Here is a link to the official web site:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thesecretlifeofbees/

I think it might be playing at the Landmark Theatres in the Westside Pavilion as it is that kind of movie, though it is early to tell which theatres it will be in.
We had a great time the last time we went to the Landmark.

Is anyone interested in seeing it with me on either Friday the 17th or Tuesday the 22nd?

Please state your preference and availability. We will probably do happy hour at the Landmark's own bar or there is a Mexican place about a block away that has a Margarita happy hour and probably decent food/appetizers.

Our last Girls' event was great fun with brunch and The Women (very good movie) in Santa Monica. I'm looking forward to doing it again!