23 October 2008

Cruise Countdown

Cruise 2008 - Day 4
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Only 17 more days until we leave for our cruise. It seems like plenty of time, but there's so much to do before we leave.

We'll be sailing on the Crown Princess, departing Ft Lauderdale and calling at St Thomas, St Maarten, and Grand Turk. It'll be my second cruise and Mark's first. I'm excited and hope he is too. He rented a tux for formal nights, which I think is kind of cool. Of course, I've got to get busy and make some jewelry to go with the dresses I purchased for the cruise.

For the next 2.5 weeks, I'm gonna be busy taking care of last minute details. While the 3 AM wake up for our 6 AM flight is going to come early, I know once I'm on the ship I won't have a care in the world. At least not for 7 days.

19 October 2008

Six Months Later...

Allaire State Park
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

It's officially 6+ months since I joined Weight Watchers. While this isn't the best recent pic of me (love that I'm looking over my glasses), it's from yesterday's walk with the dogs at Allaire.

As of this morning, I'm down a whopping forty-seven pounds. I'm still agog that I've lost that much weight and sort of depressed that I got to the point that I have that much (and more) to lose to get down to a healthy weight.

I did go to WW on my birthday, but I went to an earlier meeting than my usual 10:30 AM slot due to other engagements that morning. I lost 0.6 lbs last week, which I was grateful for after the bridal shower on Saturday, but what I was really celebrating was the fact that I had been there 6 months, I continued to lose weight (some weeks better than others) and the fact that I had a great support group in the others at my meeting and a fabulous group leader. I got a little teary eyed sharing my thanks with the members of the 9 AM meeting -- but really if it wasn't for other members sharing their successes and reminding me that I'm not alone on this journey, I don't know what I was have stuck with it as long as I did.

It's not been easy - I've had my share of roadblocks. (As much as I'd like it to be, candy corn is NOT a vegetable.) But I've also learned that I can eat whatever I want -- within reason -- and still follow the program. Plus, exercise is a lot more enjoyable than I ever thought it could be. I still don't like running or lifting weights, but I've discovered that I really enjoy the aquatics and yoga classes at the gym. The verdict is still out on pilates.

Speaking of the gym -- I had my quarterly assessment with the nurse last week. My initial assessment was in July -- since then I'm down 19+ lbs and have lost 2" each in my bust, waist and hips. I compared that to my initial measurements from when I went to try on bridesmaid dresses in March and I'm down a total of 18" inches (all inclusive).

I'm down 3-4 sizes depending on the item and designer. Mark used to tease me about shopping at what he calls "The Forgotten Woman" -- now I'm shopping in the misses department. I'm wearing mediums in some items -- which absolutely floors me. I've cleaned out my closet again. I've got plenty of new tops to get me through winter, but I need trousers/slacks still. Clothes shopping is fun again. (Okay, I still don't love it -- but I don't get as frustrated as I used to get.)

I've still got a ways to go to reach my goal -- about another 30 lbs. I'd love to be able to do before I reach my 1 year anniversary, but it'll come off in due time as long as I stay on program. Whenever I'm tempted by a not-so-smart choice, I hear the voice of my meeting leader in my head asking "What do you want more?" Nine times out of ten that's enough to make me put down the offending item. However, sometimes one just has to has to have the cheesecake.

Here's to hitting 50 lbs total before we leave for our cruise next month. It would be nice to hit that milestone beforehand, but I'll still have to watch myself while I'm on the ship.

18 October 2008

Allaire State Park

Allaire State Park
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Yes, it's another dog photo!

Mark and I took Tara and Suki over to Allaire this afternoon. We walked through Allaire Village for a bit and then along another path. I let go of Tara's leash at one point and snapped this shot of her boogie-ing down the path.

17 October 2008

A Dog's Life

Dog Beach - Manasquan
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

This afternoon, after going to the gym and having lunch, I took the 'girls' out to the dog beach in Manasquan. For the first time, I let both of them run off leash.

Doesn't Tara look like she has no cares in this shot? Heck, if I had her life, I'd have no cares either.

Suki stayed close to me most of the time, not really sure what to make of some of the "big" dogs (Labs, Weimerainers, Shephards), but Tara ran off to make sure they knew she was there. It was pretty funny to watch my 18 lb Eskie run up to these bigger dogs, bark and run off.

More pics of the day can be found in my Flickr album.

15 October 2008

Shower Survivor

Jenn's Shower
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

It's over!

The big bridal shower was held on Saturday, October 11th and I survived. It was a great success -- the bride had a blast (and I hope she was at least a little bit surprised). So many people, from near and far, showed up. I was amazed we fit them all in the bride's mother's living room, especially with the number of gifts there were!

After stressing for weeks about whether or not I'd make it to the day, I did. The lunch was fabulous -- I still can't stop talking about the pasta salad (fusilli pasta, fresh basil, sundried tomatoes). I don't normally eat pasta salad, but this was the best. pasta. salad. ever. The cake was delicious too - I was quite impressed with Stop & Shop's bakery.

I am relieved it's over now. I feel like I can relax and have a little 'me time' now although there's just a few more engagements I have to deal with before we leave on our cruise in 25 days. I am going to be so glad to board the ship and think about nothing but having fun for 7 days.

14 October 2008

Shore to Please - An EtsyNJ Treasury

Treasury 14965
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

I logged on to etsy this evening just in time to grab a treasury. As usual, I used my space to feature my fellow EtsyNJ street team members. While summer might be over, the blues/greens of the Jersey Shore are still alive in my memories.


13 October 2008

Another Etsy Treasury

Etsy Treasury 10/12/08
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

What a pleasant surprise to discover I was featured in an etsy treasury on my birthday. I don't think I know the curator, so that a total stranger chose to feature my earrings in her treasury makes it even sweeter.

08 October 2008

Dog Walk 2008

MCSPCA DogWalk 2008
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

As promised - pics from the Dog Walk can be found here.

Tara and Suki were both well behaved and made many new friends. Tara met Elwood, the world's ugliest dog. If you have a peek at the pics, you'll see she tried to give Elwood a run for his money with the tongue loll.

Idid meet my fundraising goal (thank you everyone!) and according to the email I received from the SPCA this afternoon, over $125,000 was raised for the shelter. Yea! That means more animals can be saved and housed until their forever home comes along.

Besides the walk around the campus, there were many vendors there selling pet related goodies and others giving away freebies. I got a ton of food samples for the girls to enjoy. In hindsight, I should have had Mark get a bag and fill it up with samples as well.

We also met several dogs available for adoption -- I was particularly drawn to Maud, a beautiful 7 month old black lab. As much as I would have loved to have brought her home with me, I wasn't ready for a puppy. Plus, I don't think the cats would have been too happy to have another 'big' dog. They get along just fine with Suki and Tara - both of whom are less than 20 pounds.

While we were at the shelter on Sunday, we were surprised to find several photos of Henry on their alumni wall of fame. Two were definitely those I sent in, the others were from his time at the shelter and or Santa Paws. (There was the photo of him and Suki at last year's Santa Paws event.) Many of the shelter volunteers remembered Henry and told us how wonderful it was that he spent his last years with us. I sure do miss that dog.

Thanks again for everyone who made a donation to me or Team Henry. As you know, we're big fans of the shelter and adopted another cat from them this week. That's it though - th e zoo is full.

06 October 2008

Meet Mac

Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Our latest adoptee from the Monmouth County SPCA.

Mark and I went looking at cats yesterday and decided that shy Mac needed a home to call his own. However, since they now require a vet check and asked for us to bring the dogs in to see how he'd react, he didn't come home with us yesterday. I took Suki and Tara up for the 'meet and greet' this afternoon and as you can tell - it was successful. Neither dog nor cat seemed phased by the other.

Apparently Mac has 'grown up' in the shelter. He was adopted out once (in 2006) and returned because the resident cat was beating up on him. We decided to give him a chance - he's quite scared at first, but once he's on your lap, he just wants to stay there and be pet.

I spent over an hour with him this afternoon, just petting and comforting him. He's still timid, but I think he'll be that way for some time. Just hoping he'll come around soon enough -- although I'm not sure we need a fourth cat on the bed.

04 October 2008

Indian Princess Tara

Tara - Halloween 2008
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Since Snaggletooth (aka Suki) refuses to wear a costume unless she can draw blood, I went the easy route and subjected Tara to the humiliation. Honestly, she doesn't seem to mind - she just goes about her normal routine dressed as Pocahontas.

03 October 2008

Walking for Henry - Update

Joyful Henry
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC


A huge thank you to everyone who responded and donated to Team Henry for the Monmouth County SPCA Dogwalk. As of last night, we were only $10 from our goal and I think I can scrape up enough coins from the sofa and car to reach our goal.

With four animals (and counting) adopted from the Monmouth County SPCA, I think it's pretty obvious how grateful I am to this wonderful shelter. Henry, Suki, Sadie, and Lily are just four of their many alumni who have found happy forever homes. While I constantly surf their site, I know that I can't take every dog and cat home with me; although some are really hard to resist.

Tomorrow is the big day. For those local, it's not too late to join in the fun. Grab your dog and head on over to Brookdale Community College and join the others celebrating the good deeds of the Monmouth County SPCA. Photos of the event will be coming tomorrow or in the next couple days.