Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Who I Am

This appears to be my 1,000th post! Wow, who knew it would ever come to this? When I started this blog, I figured it would just be a little place to post my diet stuff. I didn't even KNOW that people went around reading blogs of random strangers and I was kind of shocked when I started getting comments from people I didn't know. But it turned out to be fun, and I have learned so much from other bloggers.

Well, I am doing great on my eating and exercise, my mood is good and I feel really good. So for today, I thought I'd post something light and not particularly diet-related: a few random facts about me.

1. I love tea. I have two large kitchen drawers FULL of different kinds of tea. It makes me really happy to sit down and sip a cup, especially when I am cold!

2. I HATE the small of Play Doh on my hands. HATE. I have always had it around for my five kiddos, but when they ask me to get it out or shape something for them or play with them, when I am done I IMMEDIATELY go and wash my hands... sometimes twice. Once I got a bottle of some kind of lotion that was supposed to smell like brown sugar, but suddenly it hit me that it smelled like Play Doh instead. Had to get rid of it. (I also HATE the smell of peanut butter on my hands, and if I make a PB sandwich for a kid I am washing my hands immediately and thoroughly!)

3. I ate a dog bone once. When I was a kid, maybe 8 years old, my little friend and I went down the country lane to meet the new neighbor who'd just moved it. He was a 30-something guy with long scruffy hair, sitting on his porch smoking and drinking beer. We walked up and said, "Hi, do you have any kids?" He looked at us and said, "nope, I got a dog." He opened the door and let out his black lab. "This is Tail," he said. "Oh, are those bones for him?" we asked, pointing to a box of Large Milk Bones on the porch. "Nope," the guy said, "They're for me. The dog gets the beer and cigarettes." He poured the beer on the ground and threw the cigarette butt down, and sure enough Tail started lapping up the beer and eating the cigarette butt. Then the guy (who was drunk, I think) pulled out a couple of Milk Bones and handed them to us. "Here! Try some, they are really good!" and he took a big ol' bite of a bone. My friend and I looked at each other, shrugged, and started eating the Milk Bones. Bland, but not half bad.

4. I quit drinking when I was 17 because I didn't want to be an alcoholic like a lot of my family was. My parents gave me a case of wine coolers for my graduation present, and after having one, I poured the rest down the kitchen sink. I didn't touch another drop for 10+ years, and even now, the most I ever have is 1-2 drinks in a year. I don't really care for alcohol  unless it has a lot of sugar and cream in it to make it taste like a dessert :)

5. I would eat candy bars and chips for every meal if it didn't affect my health and weight.

6. When I was a little girl, I *loved* animals, even more than people. We had a big dog, I found a couple of stray cats we kept, and we got another cat from the shelter when mine was hit by a car. I had a couple of parakeets, a nice big fish tank with tropical fish in it, and a hamster. I also had a German Shepherd in my teens that I adored. I'd tell him all my secrets and hug him when I was sad. I was a very sensitive child. I was always drawn to animals. When I was married the first time, after a short honeymoon period I discovered that my husband was not so kind, tender and sensitive to animals. Some of the things I saw upset me terribly, scared me, and made me almost numb to the ability to truly love an animal again. It has taken me years, including lots of time volunteering at animal shelters, and a wonderful dog and two cats to reawaken that tenderness in me again, but I feel like the original, sensitive, animal-loving me has re-emerged. It's a rebirth of sorts, a healing.

7. I was an only child of an only child. I always wanted a little brother but never got one. I decided that when I grew up I'd have a LOT of kids, maybe even a dozen. However, when that fourth boy arrived in a five year span, I sort of went, "WOW, this is getting harder!" and then when I was divorced (and the baby was not even 2 yet when we separated) the dream of a huge family ended... but I did get the extra special blessing of my daughter from my second marriage! But yeah, I am done.

8. Some of my favorite things to do are go to concerts, watch my daughter dance, practice photography (haven't done this in awhile), write poetry, cook and bake, volunteer in my child's school, roller skate, or walk in a quiet park. My home has many book shelves and most of the books are reference books and non-fiction. I love to read scientific journals, nature guides, anatomy and health-related books, and anything by Thich Nhat Hanh. I also love to plant trees and watch them grow.

9. I *love* jewelry and have a ton of it (nothing expensive, just cute/cheap finds) but I almost never wear it. I feel really attractive when I do dress up and put on makeup and jewelry but I got out of the habit when I was morbidly obese. I have stopped wearing sweats but I am usually in jeans and t-shirts. I do not own a single dress that would fit me (I have a few too big that need to be donated). I would very much like to build a cute, sexy wardrobe when I get to goal, and even before then I am trying to wear my jewelry and a bit of makeup more often.

10. I like to go out in my backyard in the spring, summer, or fall, and sit on my porch swing and just BE in the quiet with the trees that I planted. Very peaceful.

That's it for now. One more fact about me... I am shrinking!


Stacy said...

Congrats on the 1000th post. Thanks for the neat facts about you :)

Shelley said...

Congratulations Lyn - 1,000 posts proves you are sticking with this lifestyle!

Kelty said...

1,000 posts is super exciting! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I love the story about the guy on the porch. That's cool.

I've eaten dog food before, but I was a teenager, and did it for the shock value.

Oh, and I don't recommend cat food. That's just nasty. :)

Tammy said...

Am I the only one that caught that your mom, the super fanatical religious person that never let you celebrate a holiday for fear of offending God gave you ALCOHOL for graduation????? I am so confused, lol.

401sue said...

Thank you for the 1000 posts. You have given me reason to believe i'm not that crazy.
We are so much alike it's boarder line weird. Please keep the thoughts coming. This was a great one.

Lyn said...


yeah, crazy for sure. But you know, she always told me Jesus drank wine (not sure he drank the schnapps she always kept in the cabinet though!)

Life as a Caterpillar said...

Thank you for sharing AND continuing to inspire!

And Tammy's comment really made me laugh!



Kurzweil - MF Boards said...

Whoa, I commented over on your MyPage today how many similarities I see between us, but get this - I am ALSO an only child of an only child!! Freakyyyy...

LOL, okay, not that uncommon, but still. I'm amazed at how much we have in common sometimes.

Desert Singer said...

Have I told you yet that you Rock?! This was an awesome post, and I with there will little "Likes" next to each one so we could all say, "Me Too!" next to those we have in common :-)

Congrats on the 1,000!!

Lea said...

It was nice reading some facts about you...although I like reading weight loss/nutrition stuff, it's nice to know something about the person behind the loss!

Lily Fluffbottom said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! Thats pretty epic! You're doing great! And I understand about having things on your hands; I usually wash my hands several times while washing my dishes because I can't stand them to be dirty.

Kristi-Bisti said...

Thanks for posting 1000 times! That is amazing. You are not only determined to lose weight but to document it as you go. (I think blogging most days is a commitment in itself!)

Best wishes to you, Lyn.


Lori said...

I always enjoy the getting to know you type posts. It is interesting to learn about others.

My nephew gave me "Savor" for Christmas. I'm just now getting in to it. I think it will be great.

Carol said...

You're awesome. :)

Anonymous said...

just recently came across your blog...WOW you have lost so much weight. Inspirational....

Steelers6 said...

Yes, you ARE SHRINKING!! Wahoo..

wow, you don't drink much alcohol, do you.

and number 3 random fact was a howl.

hmm..I should give you a random fact about me perhaps....thinking...'k, can't think of anything interesting.
I don't watch tv. Does that count? ha The only show I watch is The Biggest Loser.