Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In and Meeting A Blogger Crush

This is my 300th blog post! What do I get for that?

Last Week: 244.2 lb
This Week: 246.6 lb
Gain: 2.4 lb

I was doing so well. Bringing my lunch, tracking my carbs, calories and protein. And then the french fries happened. I picked the absolute worst time (10 pm the night before a weigh in) and the worst food (Rally's french fries and a Hi-C - carb city much?) to give in to a craving. And today I'm super bummed about it.

AKA: "The Devil"

But look! I didn't hide from it! I didn't pretend it doesn't exist. It's here. And it will go away.

It's one weigh in. One give-in to a craving in an otherwise great food week (so far.) Meh, whatevs.

In other totally awesome news:

Last night, I got to meet one of my girl crushes - Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess!

Darn you, Books & Co. employee, for not being able to take clear pictures!
If you're not familiar with her blog or her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny kind of comes with a warning. She finds humor in very offbeat things. She says things people just don't say. She's wonderfully weird. She cusses. A lot.

In fact, Books & Co. told her she couldn't cuss during her reading and talk, so she decided to replace all of the cuss words with "hippopotamus". She chose to read aloud the third chapter in her book, called "Stanley the Magical Talking Squirrel" (in which her taxidermist father scars she and her little sister for life by making them believe that a roadkill squirrel is alive and speaks to him...seriously, you just have to read the book.) Originally, she was going to read a different chapter, but it had too many hippopotamuses in it, so she chose the "cleanest" chapter, which was still chockablock with hippopotami.

As a side note, one of the things I absolutely LOVE about her book is that she tells these completely outrageous stories - and remember, it's a memoir, so it's supposedly a recollection of her life - and the stories are so ridiculous that you think, "No way. You're making that up. That didn't really happen." And then you turn the page, and there's a picture showing that they really did have a pet raccoon named Rambo that they dressed up in pajamas.

One of the funniest parts of the book signing was when she went on a small side tangent about fellatio and Texas law. And how her friend got her father to pay for a ticket by telling him that fellatio was Spanish for "speeding". Probably a "you had to be there moment", but hilarious nonetheless. 

On a serious note, though, Jenny struggles with mental illness on a daily basis - anxiety disorder, impulse control disorder, and depression are among the illnesses she has dealt with, spoken about, and raised awareness of. She shared some great advice that someone (I can't remember who now, which bothers me) gave her when she was about to have a panic attack over recording her audio book. She sent a frantic email to this person (ugh, who was it?!) and they sent back one sentence that changed her life:

"Pretend you're good at it."

Now, Jenny uses that advice when she's near a panic attack, an agoraphobic woman faced with standing up in front of hundreds of people on her book tour. It was totally a takeaway for me, applicable in so many areas of my life. I'm going to try to remember it from now on - whatever may come my way, whatever paralyzes me with fear, whatever I think there's just no way I can accomplish - I'm gonna just pretend I'm good at it and see where it takes me. 

It was a great night. I'm glad I went. 

And you should totally read that book. 


Linda Sherwood said...

I'm so jealous! I love her blog and her book. What a great takeaway!

Amber King said...

So cool you got to meet the Bloggess! Also, I love Rallys fries. I miss them :(

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♫ Drazil ♪ said...

Wow - she sounds impressive! How cool.

Connie O said...

I hadn't really heard of the Bloggess before except from your earlier entry, but I followed your link, and I have to say her blog looks like a lot of fun. So glad you enjoyed the reading and got to meet her.

And one little lapse won't show up on the scale for long!

Mon said...

Good for for not beating yourself up over're right, its just a blip and we're only human. Shit, I'm so hungry that last night I had a dream that I ate a bagel out of the trash. Don't try to interpret that, it seriously just means that I want a bagel :)

Woo hoo on meeting the bloggess! And that's some shockingly simple-but-wise advice...pretend you're good at it. That one's going in my arsenal!

Mon said...

Almost forgot...congrats on your 300th post!!!! :-)

Chris P said...

How awesome! She sounds like tons of fun!

Cheri said...

LOVE Bloggess. :-) Makes me laugh all the time - I haven't read her books, just her blog. I guess I should get the books. :-)

Funny about the "pretend you are good at it" tip...I use something similar, I "act like I'm someone else" and I just suggested that to someone in a comment section a few minutes ago, lol! I use a character I've done in a play before who has skills I may feel I lack. :-) My husband says he does it too...he even thinks of people on TV, etc, lol.

Less of Less said...

I really do want to read that book. Love the bloggess. I feel like she writes how I think. But, I'm sure a lot of people think that too.

I had fried this weekend too. They were so good and worth it. But not worth it. Bah.