Friday, August 20, 2010

My First 5QF and Saved by the Blog

I started following Five Crooked Halos a while back, but for the first time am using her Five Question Friday as a blog post. I have my REGULAR post also, which I'm going to just smoosh into this one. So. Here is Five Question Friday:

1. Do you have any nicknames and if so how did it come about?
The nickname "Andy" is one that my mom's family used when I was younger. My uncle, Larry, still calls me that to this day, but it's not something I really go by. Jodi, Tab, Kristin, and maybe Tara all called me that in school. And Tab always gave me Ande's mints for Christmas because of the name thing...but I LOVE them anyway, and I miss that yearly treat ;)

When I was 13 little Lindsay came along, and in trying to say my name, she came up with "Dee-Duh." We spelled it Dida, and it stuck. Jamie still calls me that, as does Lindsay's family, and a teacher my mom used to work with, because she thought it was so cute.

2. What is your birth order amongst your siblings?
I'm oldest of two. At one time I was the responsible one, and my brother the enabled baby, but he has grown up, and I think of us as equal partners in my family. The first twenty years of his life were quite irritable for me, though.

3. In a movie of your life, who would play your significant other?
Ooh. I have never thought about it. Eminem would definitely play my Fwad ex-husband...for stature and facial expression, not for muscles or rapping abilities.

 And for the love of my life?  My strong, quiet-natured, soft-sided, southern-accented hero? Hmm. Maybe...Josh Lucas? He nailed that whole strong, southern type in Sweet Home Alabama. He doesn't really have the same stature, but he has that same crinkly smile and those blue eyes.

Yes, he could pull it off.

4. What is currently your favorite song?
"Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri and "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry  Odd coincidence on names :)

5. Are you saving your money for anything right now? Big or small purchase?
At the moment I am in the midst of a financial crisis, being left with a house I do not occupy.  So right now I am simply in survival mode.  Before the madness, though, I was saving for Christmas, and for the possibility of a small vacation.  I just recently bought Chloe an entire new bedroom, though, so I was at the beginning of the saving phase.

And now for your regularly scheduled blog...

"Saved by the Blog"

I've been working pretty hard the past few weeks at getting my shape back.  I have settled into a home and a routine, and I have let a few pounds sneak up on me.  I've been spending a lot of time walking/jogging, and doing routines on my Wii Fit.  I've been counting calories and watching how I eat (aka "good for me" breakfast, giving up grilled cheese with Ellen every day and not snacking AT ALL except during Big Brother..oh and mother-licking "portion control" *eye roll*).  I have been doing well at burning more than I consume, which is hard, but was worth it when I had lost three pounds.

When I weighed today, I had gained 1.3lbs.  I was devastated.  I was pissed.  As long as things were staying the same or going down, I was motivated.  But that first setback, that first failure, after knowing I did all the right things, it was hard.  I decided to quit.  I decided I would just forget the whole thing.  It's too hard anyway.

So I grabbed a bag of Puppy Chow from the fridge, since I have been avoiding trying to avoid it all week.  I plopped down on my bed and got online.  Facebook, Hotmail, all that jazz.  Then I logged in to read my blogs.  I follow Chibi Jeebs & the Neurotic Struggle, and she had a new post, "By The Numbers."  It was basically her discussing how she felt like her exercise and diet routine hadn't changed her appearance, but how she listened to people who motivated her and got her sorry butt up and did her workout.

*Sheepish expression*

Wow.  Did I feel like a jerk.  Sitting here feeling sorry for myself.  Instead of working HARDER like I should, or instead of attributing it to possible water weight, hormones, or any of the other ungoldy things we women go through, I just said forget it.  Without knowing it, this girl put me right in my place.

So now that I have finished my blogs, I am going to get my walking shoes on and go do my workout.  Twice maybe, for the Puppy Chow.  Thank goodness for Chibi Jeebs today.  My wellness plan was saved by the blog ;)


  1. Dida, I could read your work all day, every day!

  2. I'm all teary-eyed now! (And totally feeling like a jerk for making you feel bad! lol)

    I'm PROUD OF YOU. It's *so* hard to drag our butts off the couch when we're deep in despair and beating ourselves up. You're doing a great job. :)

  3. Thanks both of you :) It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.