I wrote about trying to deny that my home scale read that I weighed 180.4 pounds.
Today, August 1, 2014, nearly eight months later, I'm grateful that my home scale showed that I weighed 157.8 pounds, about 23 pounds down from where I was on the day I realized it was seriously time to turn things around. (Yes, my weight above from my trainer's scale shows 161.6 pounds currently, because I weighed myself the first thing this morning -- and I love to go with the lowest weight!) So the strength training is working, along with running those 5Ks on the treadmill or sweating it out on the elliptical machine -- and let's not forget how much I love the MyFitnessPal app to keep track of my calories.
I love that the app asked me if I wanted to adjust my new calorie intake after I'd lost another 10 pounds since the previous weight check-in, so I did and it recommended I eat approximately 1,530 calories daily until I hit my goal weight of around 148 pounds. (Note to self: My body fat %age amazingly swung down to 27-point-something and the BMI was down to 22-something, I believe. It's just not reflected above. Praise God for that, because I have been chowing down a bit on chips and Margaritas in between all those Southwest Salads and such.)
Writing update: Yahoo, Elance and all the rest
As far as the writing thing goes, I'm still plugging away getting lots of good writing jobs from clients on Elance, thankfully more than enough to keep me busy and pay off that American Express and Chase Business Ink credit card debt.
It threw me for a little bit of a loop when Yahoo announced they were closing Yahoo Voices and their Yahoo Contributor's Network. I've written for them ever since they were still "Associated Content" back in 2006, when my oldest child was entering kindergarten.
That change simply meant it was time to open my eyes and look for additionally venues, and spend all the time I can steal away at night typing by the light of my iPad into the mobile version of Microsoft Word books that I pray will become best-sellers.
I think that's good.
I think that's it.
I think it's time to get back on my grind.