Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh My...

The fabulous Fitcetera has bestowed the Oh My Blog! Award unto me and I am – as always – very excited to be one of the recipients of such an accolade! Thank you, K! I just love these fun badges!

As with most such award, this one has a few guidelines to follow. I must admit that these rules are a little more intriguing than normal:

1. Get really excited that you got the coolest award ever!
2. Choose one of the following options of accepting the Oh My Blog! award:
(a) Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight, or for as long as you can focus.
(b) Write about your most embarrassing moment.
(c) Write a “soundtrack of your childhood” post.
(d) Make your next blog a ‘vlog’/video blog where you’re basically talking to the camera about whatever.
(e) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, make up, etc) and post it.
3. Pass the award onto at least three, but preferably more, awesome bloggers and let them know.

Okay, this actually took me a few minutes to decide which choice to pursue. Ultimately, I don’t have easy access to large amounts of liquor nor a good video camera, I do not think my childhood was exciting enough to warrant an entire soundtrack (though my teen years probably deserve several full compilations), and I assume that photographing myself and then posting a picture with a big black circle in the center of my face would be considered cheating for this task. So, option ‘b’ it is!

The problem is that I don’t actually embarrass that easily. I don’t know why, but I generally don’t get that red-in-the-face feeling. I guess I just feel like we are all human and everyone has those moments once in a while so it’s not that big of a deal. Last week, when I was trying to leave the boat after rowing practice, I fell backwards into the vessel and squarely onto my behind with my feet in the air, and I just laughed when my whole team plus about thirty strangers scrambled to make sure I was okay. So what do I actually find bad enough to be humiliating? Those of a sensitive nature may choose to skip the following paragraph…

Did you know that partially digested apricots float? Sometimes they don’t completely break down and when they exit your system they look pretty much as they did when you ingested them. But their second time around, rather than harmlessly peeking out at you from a muffin, they are jeering at you, bobbing around atop the water in a toilet bowl… in a hostel bathroom… that you are sharing with a dozen other travellers… four of whom are standing outside the door listening to you flush the dang low-flow contraption for a third time as you plead with the blasted piece of produce to go down the pipe. Gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘fruit bowl’, doesn’t it?

Anyhow, I am going to allow the following, much classier, folks to enjoy this award now:

1. L. from One Hundred In Twelve
2. Lainey from Shrink!
3. Sheilagh from Sixty Is Good

- 7 glasses of water
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with deli chicken, grated cheese, dried cranberries, spinach, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 banana
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 Spartan apple with cinnamon
- 1 cheeseburger on a whole wheat hamburger bun with spinach, tomato, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and relish
- 4 sweet potato fries
- 2 small Mandarin oranges
- 1 large coconut macaroon with a maraschino cherry
- 1 mug coconut steamed soy milk

- 30 stomach crunches


  1. Hehe Congrats on the award! Sorry about the fruit bowl...

  2. With all due respect I just looked at your progress pictures on the right hand of the page. At first I was super impressed and motivated and then I got to the last picture and it all went out the door. The last pic looks like it whoever photoshopped your pic forgot to erase the black outline around your body. Now I'm doubting whether you really lost any weight at all or if this is a bogus blog. Please tell me I'm wrong!

  3. Two more observations: Why are you standing on a towel in all of the pics? In the 12 months you've supposedly been working hard to lose weight there was no time to wash/clean those filthy baseboards on the wall? Ugh! Interesting how the stains/marks on the base boards are almost identical in all of the pics. What's the likelihood of you standing exactly in the same spot each month. I'm really starting to think your 'progress pics' are bogus. Shame on you!

  4. Thanks, Anini and Accidental Carer! Glad I could provide a chuckle!

    Sammie, I'm really sorry that you are so skeptical! I assure you that the only photo shopping I have done on my pictures is to protect my identity - as in, removing my head (which seems less and less important as I become more comfortable in this online world). I am happy to accomodate your first request and tell you that you are, indeed, wrong. I can't say why there is a more pronounced outline on my last pic; the light is always different when I take my photos. As for why I am on the towel, again, it was initially to protect my identity becasue I was wary of people I knew stumbling onto me blog. I have a very identifiable floor; hence, the towel. As to the base boards, I guess I am just not that great of a housekeeper; I'm sorry if my dirty house offends you. I do stand in the same spot month after month just as I wear the same attire month after month and continue to lose weight month after month!

  5. Hmm I still call baloney on the last pic. There is a very clear and distinct outline on teh left side, especially noticeable in the arms. I'm sorry but there's no way you can say it's a shadow or something w/the lighting! I do however give you kudos for having the guts to post my comments and respond. I totally don't blame you for cropping the face out but the floor? Oh come on, like someone is really going to recognize you from looking at the carpet, Pergo, parquet, tile etc on the floor! lol Thanks for taking the time to respond, don't worry I won't post again. I'm off to find weight loss blogs written by people with REAL pictures!

    ps. If you truly wish to remain completely anonymous you should clean those baseboards before your next 'photo shoot'. Mr.Clean Magic Erasers work wonders ;)

  6. O.o ???

    Don't worry about the above. You are doing great and well done on the award.

  7. And I thought I was having a bad day.
    Mr Clean Magic Erasers?
    Photoshopped Bogus Blog?
    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  8. Now that was quite "a moment"!!! Too funny! I think thx for sharing! :-) Congrats on the award!

  9. lol, yuck.
    ah well....kind of like corn huh.

  10. I am with Chris. Whole time I am thinking "Sounds like corn" LOL.

  11. Thanks for the award! :o)

    Hmmm, if I were to choose one, I'd have to write about my most embarrassing moment (it was that or the soundtrack for my childhood, but I don't really understand what is meant by that), but I can't remember it at the moment because I push those things out of my mind! lol

  12. Hey J! Glad you loved the award! I love poo related stories. LOL but maybe that's just me and you. hahaha.

  13. Sammie, I hope that in the future you are able to recognize what you are looking for when you find it.

    Thanks, Aylilth and Anne!

    Glad I could amuse everyone!!!

  14. The first time someone tweeked my nose (in the blogs)
    I had to call out from work.
    My boss said "What, are you kidding me?"
    No *sniff* No, I wasn't kidding.
    Live and learn, I guess.

  15. Aww, sorry Anne. I guess I just figure to each their own. There's no sense in me getting bent out of shape about someone I've never even met when I know that I am being honest. I hope you don't have your nose tweeked often! :)