I guess I run now

or I’m trying to anyway.


It’s all blizzardy up in here…

okay, not so much blizzardy today, but the blizzard of 2010 did leave us stranded in MA for three additional days: our flight that was scheduled to leave Monday at noon was canceled and the only flight we could get out after that is Thursday at noon. Our poor dog has been in the kennel for more than a week now, and if we don’t get a flight out on Thursday (we are booked on a flight, but have no seats yet), because of the new year’s eve holiday, it might be Monday before we can bail him out of the kennel.

And, of course, here we are, over-staying our welcome at my mom’s house. She’s been perfectly gracious and wonderful, of course, but there have been arguments, so it’s clear we’re pushing the limits of everyone’s tolerance here. At least we’ve been able to get over to my sister’s house yesterday and today to use the internet and get some work done.

Food’s been okay. I stepped on the scale the first morning I was here and have maintained that weight up until today, when the scale had me at a 1 pound loss for the week! Yay! Mom’s scale is also, I’m guessing, about 3 pounds under what mine is, so seeing those lower numbers every morning provided some inspiration to eat small. I’m going to record the 1 pound loss for now, hoping all the while that it’ll end up being more than that when I step on the scale at home.

My appetite is back, but I’m holding on to the memory of those small, unwanted and undesired portions, and I’m trying to duplicate that feeling with every meal.

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By bigprof
On December 29, 2010
At 10:37 am
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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!

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By bigprof
On December 25, 2010
At 9:18 am
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Down a pound…

Slow and steady and all that…

Okay, so I’d rather report on a 2 pound loss for the week, but I’m not going to complain when the numbers on the scale have finally started moving in the right direction.

Miles to go and all that…

But I’m happy with this progress, which I attribute to a loss of appetite that I think I’ve managed to parlay into a better understanding of how much (how little really) food I need to have on my plate to be happy. & I’ve eliminated after dinner snacks almost completely.

I leave for home tomorrow…let’s see if I can keep the food to a minimum over the holidays. I’m going to weigh myself the minute I get there & promise myself that I’ll at least maintain that weight.

Good luck with your own holiday plans Chicks!

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By bigprof
On December 21, 2010
At 11:57 am
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I keep having these fabulous running dreams where I’m as fast as the wind running over all the places where I get stuck and lost normally in my dreams. It’s lovely.

For now, though, running is out of the question: everything leads to coughing fits these days. But things are looking up. I was up at my usual time this morning, moving around, and even made it to work for a meeting. So far, so good.

I’d love to run like the wind.

Okay, food from yesterday:

Lunch: 1 cup of that pei wei thai tofu from Friday

Lunch 2: another cup of that pei wei thai tofu from Friday 🙂

Dinner: asparagus, pulled pork on a bun, 3 tablespoons cole slaw on top of that

Snacks: 2 of hubby’s cookies, about 12 peach gummy rings (why, why, why?)

Food today:

Snack: one of hubby’s garlic knots from the pizza place at school (about the size of a newborn’s fist); two chocolate truffles

I’m counting on that being lunch, with dinner of red cabbage & perogies.

Good luck surviving Monday!

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By bigprof
On December 20, 2010
At 12:01 pm
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It’s coming back?! No. It. Better. Not!

Okay, maybe I’m over-reacting because I felt some hunger pangs this morning, but I really, really don’t want my appetite back! Would be nice to stop coughing long enough to work out, but at least I’m not feeding this cold!

Yesterday: another long, long day of interviews followed by a dinner meeting to discuss the job candidates.
Lunch: 1/2 Jimmy Johns veggie sandwich on whole wheat, 15 chips, diet pepsi

Dinner: pei wei tofu curry with whole grain rice (ate about 5 small bites) and a spring roll. This time I didn’t eat cause my stomach was in knots from the stress of the job hire.

Snack: small glass of white wine, sam adams beer, about 2 cups of popcorn with butter

Today: trying to clean our house in between cooking for a neighbor who is recovering from major heart surgery, unemployed, and all alone at home (with no car) for a month while his wife is visiting family in Bulgaria (don’t get me started on the wife).

Lunch: pei wei leftovers…about a cup this time, and at this rate, I’ll be eating it for the next week!

Dinner: 4.5 cheese raviolis with red sauce, slice of garlic bread, glass of red wine, 1 Keebler cookie (ick).

& I’m feeling grossly over-full.

One scare story: my mom and sister have the same cold. Mom & I are recovering okay, but yesterday my sister’s eyesight went & left her almost completely blind. Her doctor saw the problem immediately, “you’re seriously dehydrated,” he said. So…yeah, keep hydrated chicks & keep healthy!

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By bigprof
On December 18, 2010
At 7:12 pm
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& the winner is…total loss of appetite!

It’s hard to hate this lingering cold as much as I do when I find myself saying things like, “I’m done,” a few bites into a sandwich. Honestly, I want the cough, the tough breathing, and the accompanying exhaustion to go, but the loss of appetite can stick around for 10-12 years & I’ll be happy as a clam…world’s sexiest, happiest clam.

Food today:

Lunch: smallest half of BLT sandwich (& no crust), about 5 chips (new for me to stop before the bag’s gone)

Dinner: at our neighborhood family restaurant, usually a good bet for me to over-indulge. My favorites: soup (ate about 5 bites); spinach pie (ate about 4 bites); mashed potatoes (ate about 5 bites) & packed the rest (which was 9/10ths) of it up to go. Rice pudding…my favorite at this place…3 bites & I actually had to tell hubby to eat some because the waitress had already asked twice if everything was okay since I didn’t eat.

Here’s the deal. I’m starting to think that the dinner bites I describe above are actually the kinds of portions human beings are meant to eat…I’m not hungry. At. All. No growling stomach, no hunger pains, nothin’.

Ironically, then, this loss of appetite is DELICIOUS!

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By bigprof
On December 16, 2010
At 7:20 pm
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Down 1.6

I guess if it was going to completely debilitate me, the least this cold could do was destroy my appetite in the process.

So a loss. Not a pretty–“Look Ma, I worked out!”–loss, but a loss nonetheless.

I’m still coughing like a 12-pack-a-day smoker, but I think I’ll try a P90 tape or some low-impact tape tomorrow. I’ll also be leaving the house for the first time since my meeting on Saturday. Oh joy.

& I’m almost caught up on work, so I’m going to spoil myself & spend some time reading blogs…let’s take a look see what ya’ll are up to this week. 🙂

Today I actually ate something substantial, so we’ll record it:

Lunch: 1 cup corn chowder

Dinner: 1 cup mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup asparagus, about 5 ounces of beef

Snack: hot cocoa & diet pepsi w/ cherry

I hope this cold has helped my head figure out that I’m not starving myself to death if I don’t eat multiple huge portions of food.

Cheers gang!

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By bigprof
On December 14, 2010
At 6:58 pm
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On the upside…

grades are in, one day-long meeting is done, writing project report is written, the recommendation is mailed, book review is in process, and this stupid, stupid cold has taken a turn for the (not great, but) awesome!

Guess who has had no appetite for days now. It’s wonderful! I’m beginning to understand what people who don’t like or ever think about food are really like. I mean, I really just can’t even think about eating. Food is a turn off. Holy cow!

I’d almost prefer to hold on to the body aches, exhaustion, lost voice, and crazy cough if this is going to be the pay off. Of course, I also haven’t been out of the house in days & I’m going more than a little stir crazy, but…no appetite? That’s such a new and beautiful thing for me!

Okay, back to bed.

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By bigprof
On December 13, 2010
At 12:10 pm
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Sick and grading AND sick of grading

12 more papers to grade, then tons of online work to calculate the grades for, then the actual grade calculations to make, write a letter of recommendation, review 12 applications and writing samples, prep the year-end report for my part of our writing project, prepare for a week of mostly day-long meetings (with the first one starting tomorrow morning), write/submit a book review, and shop for gifts.

At least the house is clean & I even managed to get some groceries into this place for the first time in weeks. We’ve been cobbling together meals out of the pantry, with only salads as greens. It’s the end of the semester which is also the time we eat out the most since fun diversions like grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning dishes takes too much time away from grading and meeting and meeting and grading.

I can’t wait for this semester to be over!


Lunch: 3.4 pint of porter, salmon sandwich, about 25 small fries.

Dinner: will be salad, sweet potato, broccoli, steak (screw it, I’m cooking & we’re getting pampered in the process)

Exercise: yeah, not so much. Mostly walking, grading, and bitching. 🙂

Happy Friday chicks!

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By bigprof
On December 10, 2010
At 4:49 pm
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Spam the spammers?

Still sick. Short walk yesterday, but not much else between meetings.

Today I’m meant to be grading all day, but have wasted the whole morning responding to emails & now I’m beat & thinking of returning to bed. I have the weekend to finish grading, I’d just love to have it done today. Although…yeah, let’s let the cold win for a bit & I’ll try again later this afternoon.

This is the weirdest cold I’ve ever had. It started right after Thanksgiving with a low-grade sore throat, sniffles, and major body aches; moved away for a bit; returned as a cough, body aches, and headache; exploded into a major sore throat one day; moved away for a bit; and has now lingered for days as a sore throat, major cough, and general exhaustion. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but the end of the semester stress combined with a much-needed (to sleep) does of nyquil has resulted in some crazy dreams, so I’m at the point where I prefer to wake up coughing all night long rather than take something to put me out.

Blah, blah, blah. The only thing more boring than my cold is reading about my cold. Sorry.

Although I’m sure that months from now the spam comments about this post will be glowing. 🙂

Okay, my title question. Just for kicks I was thinking of getting 5-6 of the sites spamming my site, & hitting them with repeated “good post, I am not a reader, but I agree with you here,” “I am bookmarking your site because of the good information you have,” or “can anyone tell me how to get this blog to work on my brand new iPad?” You know, just repeat comments from a new email account over and over and over again,  just to really spam the crap out of these crappy spammers! Oh who am I kidding, I don’t have time for that. I could set up a program to do it (if I were clever that way), but then I would be a spammer & not just someone rebelling against the spammers.

Happy Thursday everyone & welcome weekend!

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By bigprof
On December 9, 2010
At 1:14 pm
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