Paula Abdul & Rhythm

So I’m sitting here watching American Idol and I can’t help but watch Paula dancing at the judges table.   I remember, back in the day, watching VH1 and seeing her dance.  She was fantastic!  BUT… I can’t help what happened.  I hear the beat of the song and I see Paula and it seems like the two shall never meet.  Paula please know that I think you’re great and I think you bring balance to a judges panel that can be skewed at times — OH and I agree with you that a 4th judge is a bit much — but I implore you to please, please sway with the beat during the performances, I know you have it in you.

This season’s cast of American Idol is truly incredible.  I don’t envy the judges for having to critique, because I personally would purchase 90% of the CDs cut by this group!

The weight-loss thing

I know that I’ve done this before — the weightloss thing.  But it’s just difficult to stay motivated towards my health with so much going on around me.  I used to be at a place in my life where money was no object, where I was able to do the things I wanted to do, when I wanted to do them — and that included joining WW and sticking to it.. or NutriSystem, or even Jenny Craig.  I did really well in all of those programs, but it seems that right now, with money tight — and having been tight for the past 5 years, I’m just happy to be able to enjoy the sun when it’s out, the friends when they’re around, and my family when I’m home.  I know I should make my health a priority, and I understand that without it, I really have nothing.  But, I struggle every day to pay attention to my health — something that I really should be doing!

So what do I do about it?  Debbie has been a silent motivator.  She is a dear friend and is training to run in her first 5K.  She has turned me on to the gym – CardioGirl – and has introduced me to Sparkpeople.  She doesn’t overwhelm me, but rather silently and frequently reminds me that it’s time to take care of myself.  Thank you Debbie — I can’t promise you much, but I can promise you that I will try.  Oh and that there will be wine :).

Reading O! and her story

I just finished reading an article in Oprah’s magazine about how she feels now that she’s gained weight.   It so interesting because I really never felt like I could relate to her before.  I mean she’s a billionaire, with enough money to hire staff to tend to her and chefs to cook healthy meals for her, and trainers, therapists, etc.  She can afford a team of experts to help her conquer the challenges that come before her – so what’s her problem?

As I was reading the article, Oprah became very real to me.  Sure she has millions, but she also has herself to answer to.  She was relating the disappointment she felt in herself because she allowed herself to get back to where she once was — overweight and contemplative of her struggles.  She acknowledged that food is her drug of choice when the going get tough, and to that I can relate.  This is what makes Oprah human to me — FINALLY!  I admire Oprah for where she is and for what she does for people.  I wish I were more like her in that regard.  I wish that I had the money to help others the way that she makes dreams come true for so many people.  As a woman who struggles with weight, and the challenges of needing to lose twice as much as weight as you do, I thank you, Oprah for finally becoming someone I can relate to.  And, for keeping it real as we both work towards bettering our own lives by remembering that we need to take care of ourselves.

So yesterday I started…

to count points again.  The question is do I really care about how many Weight Watchers points are in a taste of wine? Not really, but for the sake of giggles, let’s figure it out.

If a glass of wine has 2 points on average, and a serving is 5 oz (yes this is an actual glass of wine serving, not 4 oz, not 8 oz, but 5 oz), then that breaks down to 0.4 points per ounce, right?  A taste can very from 1/2 oz to 1 oz on average, so you’re looking at 0.2 – 0.4 points per taste.  Assuming the WW conservative 1 oz taste, then we’re looking at 5 tastes before you hit the 2 point mark (1 serving).   However, if you’re considering the Wineries’ conservative 1/2 oz pour, then you get 10 tastes before you hit those 2 points.

I can live with that — for now :)