I just can't decide if Oliver is fairing so well this winter.
Seriously. He wasting away before my very eyes.
I decided to weigh him a week or so ago. Translation: I made Studmuffin weigh himself, then weigh himself holding this big ole ball of fluff...I was not feeling any desire for him to see my weight, then tack the cat's on top of it!
The poor fella is down to 16 pounds. I am not at all sure if he will make it through the winter at this rate. We are due for another cold snap come Monday night. I would fatten him up on some good bacon or some such, but he turns up his nose at human food. No, he is ecstatic to dive into his cat food every morning, then follow the kids to the dog bowl when Kelsey is fed. He has no compunction about burying his nose in her Pedigree Healthy Weight food and going to town.
Speaking of unsightly jiggly in the wiggly....
It was 75 degrees today. I made my former walking partner be my current walking partner and we went to burn a few calories...I'm not sure if I burned more calories walking or yacking my jaw. I was home with a sick kid today, so I fear she had to take in a LOT of stored up words....We are expecting snow and ice come Monday and Tuesday with it staying well below freezing until Friday. With Oliver's weight dropping at such an alarming rate, he may have to be camped in the garage for a few days.
Speaking of burning calories and wasting away: I bought a new Jillian Michaels DVD this week. Apparently I had an extra nine bucks burning a hole in my pocket. Actually, I have lost my hand weights. I ask you, how does one LOSE hand weights? I have been doing Jillian's 30 Day Shred DVD, and I really felt that I actually needed the weights to truly justify "replacing hours in the gym with a 20 minute workout."
So, when I went to buy groceries Wednesday, I ran to the sporting goods section in Walmart...Well, not really RAN. It was more of a lengthy hurried stride. Which is pretty much my normal. I hurriedly walk everywhere I go....
I walked away with new hand weights and Jillian's Yoga Meltdown.
Here's news for you! I hate working my arms. I consider hauling my 16 pound cat from the garage to the front door a sufficient arm workout. Her Meltdown workout has excessive push ups.
I swear, if she made me do one more push up to a side plank (only they aren't push ups in yoga, but I can't remember, or spell the real name. And I'm too lazy to google it) I was going to go grab one of my brand new purple 5 pound weights and throw it through the TV.
Only my arms were too weak and wobbly to throw a weight at the TV.
Here's the good news: The workout is tough. I really didn't expect to be sore from a yoga workout, but it turns out that if you go an extended period without doing much with your core, and you bust out this thing, you will feel muscles deep with in your belly that you never even realized you could flex. Only you will not realize they are there until the next morning. Every time you breathe. Or move. Or sit down. Or laugh. Or cry in pain...
If you're looking to shed some inches I would totally recommend any of her workout DVD's.
You can get serious results in 30 minutes or less. And let's be real. Who can't squeeze in 20 minutes for a workout? Most of us spend that much time on facebook and blogging and staring at the TV, crashed out on the couch.
So, now that I've lectured you on your lack of exercise in life, how's about I move onto another bandwagon altogether?
I despise plastic bags. I live in windy Oklahoma. I challenge you to drive down the road and not see a dad gum plastic bag on a fence. Or a high line pole. Seriously. They are the bane of my existence...
I actually ditched plastic bags way back in 2007. I spotted reusable bags in my local Walmart and immediately snatched them up. I still have some of those original bags. I have even washed them in my washer. They lost their shape, and are kinda floppy, and the clerk has a devil of a time folding them out, but they are still usable!
My mother in law gave me an ACE hardware bag the other day. I was sitting in Braum's eating a junior deluxe burger with my family, and had brought the bag in with plans to buy some groceries before we left...
The tag caught my eye, and I had to share the statistics with you. I think it will change how you look at plastic bags forever. Here's a link to the maker of the bag if you want to learn more.
14 plastic bags contain enough petroleum to drive a car a mile.
380 billion plastic bags or wraps are thrown away in America each year.
17 cents per bag in disposal costs, wasting millions of tax dollars.
Is that not ridiculous? Go ahead and carry your own bags in your trunk. Carry them in with you to the store. You will get a nice little warm fuzzy feeling that you did a small thing to make a difference today.
This lecture is now concluded.