Beginning of Week 2:

Loss of 6 lbs.
Rosacea is about 50% better.
Energy level is good!

However, I did partake in champagne consumption twice last week…this may be causing rosacea to flare up?  You only live once, right?  Plus – on both occasions Pong and/or Pont-ette were also partaking, so I felt obligated.  LOL.

There was some splurging this weekend too, since I’m putting it all out there.  🙂  I whipped up some GF snickerdoodles – they were delicious!  However, they may have added some stagnation to my progress.  It’s Monday…I’m back on track!  Asparagus, onion and chicken quiche for dinner.

My focus this week…continue with BGC #1 and work on being a little sweeter to hubby!  🙂  He is pretty cute and funny!

Cheers and Happy Monday!

Hee hee.  The above headline was spoken in the voice of Cartman from South Park.  It’s actually Weight Gain 3000 and he wants to be a beefcake.  He ends up looking more like a human bowling ball…I am looking for a slightly varied end result.  Actually, I sort of already resemble the human bowling ball… My desired result is a burly bean pole.  HA HA.

In true BG form, I was flexing my muscles in the mirror this weekend. Nerd. If you know me, then you know this has been a favorite past-time since I was about four.  The parents and siblings of BG have become immune to it and just nod their heads at my flexeriffic activities.  Mr. Burly, the new husband has not yet figured out if he should comment or pretend it’s not happening.  With time, he too will become immune.

My ADD got the best of me there…back to the conversation at hand.  BG Challenge #1 is to continue the gluten free change and drop these 30#.  Challenge #2 – I want to compete in the October 2010 Alaska Bodybuilding Championships…I’ll let that sink in for a moment.  You might be picturing a crazy looking DeelaDoll with bulging biceps – right on – may as well take advantage of the burly girl goodness!  Plus, there are multiple classes for these competitions, including fitness.  I plan to do this au natural…I don’t need no stinkin’ supplements – plus the majority of them contain gluten.

Besides, who doesn’t want to look like a lubed up carrot strutting around in an itsy bitsy swimsuit and stripper heels!?

Comments?  Suggestions? Want to join me on this challenge (Moniker?)??  We have 9 months – we can do it!!

There are some things in life that we count on to be uncomfortable…girdles, root canals, passing of kidney stones, pap smears, etc.  You see where I’m going with this?  However, this post is not going to be an angry diatribe about the distaste for these things, but more of an appreciative salute to doctors who actually give a crap.  And why I finally had a lovely pap smear.  Ha, is that an oxymoron?

This was how one of my yearly exams went, with my former doctor…back when I was really young, like 30.

Dr.: You know, as you get older your eggs dry up and your risk of a birth defects increases (probably not her exact words – but you get the gist)
Me: Oh really, thanks for that insight. You’re pregnant, how old are you?
Dr.: Forty one (WTF are you talking about, your eggs are six years older than mine and they seem to be in pretty good shape and you’re older??)
Me: Oh…I wasn’t actually in any rush to use my eggs, but thanks for the “pep” talk doc.

Nice.  I mentioned this conversation to a friend, who I will refer to as fertile mertile and she informed me that I needed a new doctor.  Edzachery!  So…at the reference of fertile mertile and another glowingly pregnant friend, I contacted the new doctor.  No Mom – I’m not knocked up…just hold yer’ horses!  J  Anyway…the new doctor visit was phenomenal…this was the most “uncomfortable” conversation of the visit:

Dr: …sometimes testosterone levels are too high in women. Do you have any hair growth where you don’t think it should be?
Me: Ummm…you mean, like this beard? Yeah.

As for the rest…the scraping of the vag area – no biggie, that only takes a few minutes and we chatted through it.  Funny, isn’t it…wonder if dudes chat with their doctors while they prod their prostates??  Ewww…

After the cervix scouring, I happily dressed in my dress and leg warmers  and was on my way.  If you’re wondering, I did ponder wearing the leg warmers during the exam, but I thought they might find me a little crazy.  I needn’t have worried – this doctor accepts all types…even old, dried up egg ladies.

Happy Friday!

And don’t forget to do your BOOB checks!

Wowza…just found this on my computer.  Where did this person go?  This must have been four years, 500 PBR’s and several tons of food ago!  I’m going to go ahead and add this (sort of scary) photo as motivation for the BG 2010 Challenge!  Raaarrr!

This is a fine example of the ginormous shoulders previously mentioned – they look like I should be a kick-ass swimmer.  Or at least provide an adequate crawl stroke…nope.  This morning was Day 6 of swimming and I see no improvement.  I even stuck one of those little floatie things between my legs and while it was really fun, it only helped keep the dead-weight legs afloat.  I think I’ll “sack up” and ask for some help.  Maybe on Day 7.  🙂

This is awesome! http://www.pfpchallenge.com/ak

As of today, Alaska pledged 9,318 pounds!!!  Go burly and non-burly Alaskan’s alike!!

Gluten Free Experiment

Back in the day (when I thought I was “fat” and really wasn’t), a friend of mine made a comment that still cracks me up.  Our softball team was on our annual girl’s trip to the national tournament and we were lounging by the pool in Reno…most likely enjoying carb loaded cocktails.  Ko, as we refer to her, said “yeah, I thought you were a body builder, until I saw you in a swimsuit”.  Ouch.  Good thing I love Ko and I laughed along with her (see previous post on calves & shoulders).  But, she was exactly right, you couldn’t tell I was overweight because I carry it all in my gut, gullet, ponch, etc.  And here I am…eight years later, with the same problem, but magnified times two.  Hence Burly Girl Challenge (BGC) 2010.

As of late, I have been reading up on possible dietary changes that might help control blood sugar (just in case) and will probably be beneficial with the BGC 2010….30 pounds.  I want it gone. Off. Kaput.  Before the gym this weekend (pat on the back), I stopped in at Title Wave and browsed the nutrition section looking for some information that might be helpful for the BG Challenge.  I purchased an interesting book – The New Glucose Revolution, Low GI Gluten-Free Eating Made Easy.  Perfect for this lifestyle change! 

So…here we are – an almost tobacco free and gluten free household.  Sounds like a fun place to visit, doesn’t it?  🙂

Another Burly 2010 Challenge!  Mr. Burly takes on Mr. Skoal! (…the image to the right makes Skoal look pretty sexy!)

My husband, while adorable, is a bear right now.  A bear…not a cute, cuddly bear you buy at that Build A Bear cult-workshop…but the kind you see in the Brooks Range, protecting it’s young and it’s food.  Or maybe like the one that ate Timothy Treadwell?   Or?  I won’t provide any examples, because Mr. Burly reads this blog…hi honey.  And because an exaggeration/dramatic story on my part might cause a #1, 4 or 6.

However, Mr. Burly was sweet enough to inform me that there is a spouse page for this type of life-altering experience.  I’ve pasted the text from the page for anyone else out there that might need it…

So…here’s to another Burly 2010 challenge!

Steps To Helping Your Spouse Stay Quit (from killthecan.org)

  1. Don’t nag. It won’t help and will only cause underlying feelings of anger and resentment, all of which are likely to drive your spouse back to the can out of spite. DO NOT throw away your spouses stash. That is their decision to make and if you do it, we are back to the spite thing. WE will make sure they flush it BEFORE they are allowed to post a Day 1 here.
  2. Realize that your spouse has to quit because he/she wants to. Your spouse can’t quit for you or for your children. Without the “want” of doing it, as opposed to the “being told to”, “the promise to”, “the deadline has arrived”, “the guilt” of doing it, chances are the quit will fail.
  3. Support is crucial! Be involved, in a positive way, in your spouse’s quit! Ask what day it is. (There is a quit tracker on the homepage of this site that will keep track of days quit and dollars saved) Tell him/her that you know it is hard and you are proud of him/her for what he/she is doing. Don’t be condescending. Don’t smother. Find the line and toe it.
  4. Gear up; it’s going to be a rough ride! It is important that you know that you will be the target of anger or sudden outbursts. You must know that this is all part of quitting the addiction and ridding the body and mind of the nasty chemicals and dependency that so many of us were foolish enough to subject ourselves to. When the anger gets directed towards you or other family members realize what is going on. Remove the kids from the battle zone, remove yourself. This will pass. We encourage all quitters to come to our site to vent and rage. Get mad at the vets on the site. Vent to other quitters who are going through the same thing or have been where your spouse is now. We have come to love the rage. It signifies healing and recovery. Directed towards the right people (us) it is healthy.
  5. Encourage, allow, desire that your spouse become active on our web site. An overwhelming majority of successful quitters will testify that they could not have succeeded without the support of the people and information on the site. Know that if your spouse is active on the site, he/she will make friends with complete strangers. Internet friends. Your spouse will hopefully give out a phone number and take phone numbers in. There is nothing hinky in this. It is all part of the support system. Spouses have been told, “Honey, I have friends that I have never met, all over the country. They feel like brothers to me and I owe them my life.” Many of us have met in person too. As we travel, we make plans to get together. Organized weekend get-togethers have been done. There is a camaraderie that is generated, that is hard to explain, but wonderful to experience.
  6. Understand that this is going to be the most difficult thing your spouse has ever done. It will also be the most rewarding (just short of marrying you, I’m sure). Internal battles will rage. This board is their outlet. If the rage, short temper, etc. are manifesting itself in ways that affect your relationship, encourage them to see a doctor. Some of us had no choice but to resort to medication to save the world from ourselves. There is no shame in it. It won’t be a permanent thing, just for a couple months. Depression can also be symptom of nicotine cessation. It’s completely normal. If you notice withdrawal from family or friends, again, get them to a doctor. Be encouraging, remember, he’s a big burly man that thinks the last thing he needs is medication to cope. Send a vet a PM and we’ll explain it to them for you; you can stay completely out of it.
  7. Quitting is a wonderful time of self discovery and reflection. Like most of us your spouse probably can’t remember much about life without a can. He can’t remember how he acted, handled situations, etc. This is the fun part of quitting because he gets to, in some ways; condition his mind to hopefully be a better person.