11.29.2007

#88 - I don't want to become the crazy cat lady!

I'm back after my long vacation! Hope you enjoy the post!!!

So... The crazy cat lady... You know who I mean. Those women that become so obsessed with their cats. No, not one or two cats, but three, four, five... or twelve cats. I honestly had this fear that being fat was going to keep me alone for the rest of my life, leaving me with cats as my only companions. Every once in a while I get a glimpse of the crazy cat lady inside me. Let me ask you this... Are you guilty of spending more on cat toys and cat food than you spend on yourself? Are the only pictures you take of your cats? When people talk to you, do you find yourself always talking about something so funny your cat did the other day? Be careful... If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be becoming a crazy cat lady!

I was uploading some old photos off my camera the other day and found that most, ok ALL, of the pics were of my cats! And no, it wasn't one or two pics, it was 45! What is that? Why on Earth did I feel the need to take 45 pictures of my cats? Well I suppose part of my excuse is that cat photography isn't the easiest thing. Your cat does something cute, you line up the shot, *snap*, and they move... So then you need to take another then another then another. You get the idea. I found that a lot of my pictures were strange blurred and out of focus action shots of my cats acting crazy. But still... Why do I need to take pictures of my cats so much? Answer? Well, maybe I am becoming a crazy cat lady lol.

Well maybe not too crazy yet, because I only have two cats. And I would not want any more cats in a house my size. I definitely won't become that lady down the block that takes in all the stray cats. NEVER! So I guess I have a limit. I guess I won't become that super crazy cat lady... maybe just a little crazy. It is funny though, when I go out with friends they talk about their jobs, their kids, their hobbies... I talk about my cats. OK sure I talk about other stuff, but still, it's a lot of cat talk. And I swear, I talk about the cats like they are my kids or something! "Guess what James did the other day that was so cute..." "Hazel is so smart, you should see what she does..." These are the kinds of conversations I have with people. I know, it's strange. But in the past it was all that I had. My fat kept me from meeting new people and going out into the world and doing things. So what did I do? I sat at home with my cats.

I really don't have that fear anymore, the fear of becoming the crazy cat lady. I don't talk about this much in my posts (cause I want to keep my private life private), but I've been seeing someone for the past 7 months now. As I've been losing weight my confidence has gone through the roof. I've gotten out there and started meeting people again, started living again. I met an absolutely WONDERFUL man. He loves me for me. It's so great to meet someone that sees the real me! He fills up my life now so I don't find myself talking about my cats so much. My poor cats were so accustomed to massive amounts of attention from me, but I fear they will just have to get used to less attention. And pictures? Well let's just say my camera is now full of pictures of my man and not of cats. Definitely a step in the right direction away from the doomed path of the cat lady.

So weight... update time!!! How am I doing? Well... I've been in Greece for a month! Give me a little slack! OK it's not that bad. I managed to maintain my weight loss in Greece. I didn't lose, I didn't gain. Actually when I first got to Greece I noticed right away I lost some weight, probably from an increase in exercise. All my clothes were looser and I felt lighter. But then I discovered Kinder Bueno, Kinder Delice, Sokofreta, Caprice, and, and, and... Basically all the yummy junk food Greece had to offer. Of course I loved the feta, the Greek salads, souvlakis (gyros), and baklavas too. So I put those few lost pounds back on. I just told myself to enjoy Greece and worry about the scale later. One thing I did though was to make sure that I didn't over eat. I just ate until I was satisfied. No pigging out! I think that definitely made a difference. You can still enjoy ANY food you like, just don't binge on it! But when all was said and done... I hopped on the scale the day after I got back to the states... and saw the exact same number I had seen when I left - 250. So there you have it.

Unfortunately a few days after I got back was Thanksgiving, the day Americans worship food. I was a bit bad. I ate what I liked - no diet foods or anything - but instead of stopping when I tummy said "no more", I took a deep breath and kept going. Big mistake! So this week I'm recovering a bit from a couple pound backlash. No serious damage, I just need to work out a little harder to rid myself of this holiday weight. Note to self: in the future say no to seconds!!!

13 comments:

April said...

I just started reading and want to congratulate you on your progress and send a little encouragement your way. I began my own journey to the thinner me back in August, the emotional battle is hard but blogs like yours give me so much encouragement to keep going. Thank you for sharing.

Vanessa said...

Well I think you deserve a big congratulations for being in Greece for so long and not gaining! Welcome back : )

Jan B said...

I would have a hard time turning down all those wonderful greek foods. They are some of my favorites, especially dolmades and mossaka.

I have been following your progress as time has gone on and will be continuing to read. Welcome back.

Queen B said...

I'd be fine in Greece. I'd lose weight, I'm sure. I hate lamb, olives, artichokes... now, if I was in ITALY... uh oh! :)

Susan said...

You're so funny! I loved your comments about becoming the "crazy cat lady".

And congrats on maintaining while in Greece. Mmm.... baklava... ;-)

Denise said...

I hope that some of your pictures are of you, too, especially you in Greece! :-)

Dee said...

Hysterical...my closest friend & I used to joke about how we'd live together in our old age & how we'd become the "spinster cat ladies" on the block!!

kitmouse said...

Yes, it sounds strange to say this to someone I only "know" via a blog, but...I missed you, and I'm glad you're back!

Robin Bayne said...

Glad you had a good trip!!

Laura Brandon said...

are there crazy dog ladies? i talk about my dog like she is a baby, and i have 85.. yes, 85 pictures of her on my camera. and i delete the blurry ones, so those are all the good ones. yikes, what does that say about me??

Lyn said...

Glad to have you back! A maintain is great. Greek food is awesome... mmm.

Just Me Again said...

I am proud to be a crazy cat lady. I have nine of my own right now and while I have plenty of what most people call friends, none of them can be a comforting as a cat purring on my lap. A pet offers unconditional love. I have never seen that out of a human being.

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