Sunday, March 25, 2007

It's time to shed a few...

Taffy and Baron Von Milchschaf

Taffy is a great mother! As hard as it's been raining, the other sheep still venture outside during the day to graze a bit. Taffy would normally do the same. And while her shed has been open to allow her such a treat, she's kept her boys tucked safe and dry inside. I've had other ewes stupid enough to lamb outside in weather like this! Today the sun came out, and Taffy brought the boys out for their first adventure. She's a smart little ewe, that girl.

Go ahead! You just tell me this isn't the most adorable lamb you've seen on a blog today!


So anyway, here I sit. Pondering. It's all Savvycityfarmer's fault that I'm wondering if there will ever be a day I can snap the waist closed on those inspiration jeans. They've only been hanging there for what, six weeks? I ought to have shed a few pounds by now, but I haven't. I started out okay; bought a few carrots, went on a few long walks, and did some sit ups. But then I caught a cold, and who wants to do sit ups when they've got a cold? And everything was down hill from there.

Inspiration Jeans...are you as tired of seeing them on this hanger as I am?

But my jeans are still hanging where I see them every morning and every fact, every trip to the loo, as they hang over my tub (where I'm sure to notice them when I slip into my bubble bath...along with my not so slim waistline.) I'd hoped hanging them there would shame me into some progress, but it hasn't. Instead I've been stuffing my face with things such as Oreo cookies...although they weren't the double stuff, if that counts for anything.

Whilst skipping through blogland (I probably should have been skipping around the yard) I came across a site that was a Bloggie nominee; Fat Cyclist. It seemed like a blog I ought to at least peek at; perhaps it would be inspirational...more so than my jeans have proven to be. The guy's been cycling for a couple of years now and shed about 20 lbs. I think that's great! But I'd like to take those 20 off a bit quicker, so cycling probably won't be my weight loss method of choice. Plus, I've never been very good at balancing.

If I recall, my first bike was given to me when I was about six years old. It was red and shiny and pretty...and very dangerous. A person could get killed falling off one of those things! It had only two wheels, after all, and no strings to keep you upright. I was not getting on that. No way, no how.

But my father, the same man who later coaxed me into standing on treacherous, slippery rocks for a chance at a fish, also talked me into trying the bike. I'd get on, and he'd push, promising he wouldn't let go. He lied. I fell. They say I wouldn't have fallen if I hadn't looked over my shoulder to realize he'd let go, but I think they were lying about that, too.

My dad put in countless frustrating hours trying to get me upright on that bike. I'm not sure how long it took me to finally get the hang of it, but I never did enjoy it much. My parents would get their bikes out; there was one of those infant seats on the back of one of them for Little Hitler, and they'd stick me on my bike so we could do the family bike ride thing. It was like we were supposed to be Austrian, without Julie Andrews and the clothing made from curtains. It never sat well with me. It especially didn't sit well that Little Hitler got to ride in that little seat (oh, don't go giving me the 'she was only three' routine! I'm sure she had a trike.)

So as you can see, bicycling is probably not me weapon of choice against the poundage around my middle. Plus, then I'd be among those horrifying pedalists that people like me are always bowling for.

Cyclists pretending their pins in a bowling alley.

No, I'll need to come up with some other fashion of losing weight. Obviously, I'm not too good at sticking to exercise plans (the sit ups have failed so far), and I do love my sugar. The only thing I can think of that may work is personal humiliation. Yes...I think I'm going to go ahead and toss those numbers up on this blog for the whole danged world to see. But I am not going to post a picture of myself in a swimsuit, or even shorts, like those commercials on TV. Nope. Not going to happen. And wouldn't want to see it!

I'm not going to update every day like the fat bicyclist does, but I'll try to do a once a week update. And you all have to keep me in line. If you should find me stuffing my face with oreos again, yell at me! Should you see my truck automatically hanging a right at the Dairy it okay to have a blizzard now and then? NO! The answer is no! Don't let me do it! I'm assigning you the role of junk food police. Tomorrow I'll weigh myself and post it (ouch!) for everyone to see. And I'll also tell you my target weight. As soon as I actually get there, we'll celebrate, okay? Okay. Just keep me away from the oreo cookie isle.


Shabby in the City said...

I'd like to kiss the Baron on the lips...he is so cute! I'd also like to kiss those Oreos...they are cute too.

medic1pc said...

I love you just the way you are!

Lady Of Chaos said...

Why do you want to loose weight? (Besides wearing those jeans?) Is it a health thing? Personally, I don't think you need to, but that's me, the skinny person who needs to gain weight. But, well, if you really insist you need to loose some pounds... I'll eat those oreos for you, save you the trouble and all that.

I love that little lamb. He's just adorable. Did Darling finally name the other little guy?

Jean said...

Someone in blogland said that the Klondike sugar free bars are real good! I've also heard that the 100 calorie packages of Oreo's are good. I've got a great recipe for a low cal dip to eat with graham cracker sticks in my archives from Feb. I think.

Tracey said...

Thank you, City Boy =)

Shabby, you're too funny. Yes, those oreos are too cute. Sounds like you and Lady of Chaos will have to split them.

Jean...sugar free Klondikes? Mmmmm....

Yes, my blood pressure has been up; not just a one time deal, either, so shedding a few pounds is in order. And here I was, so enjoying my soft, squishy tummy!

Diesel said...

That's at least the 3rd or 4th cutest lamb I've seen on a blog today.

Sugar Bear said...

I love your blogs! However do you keep up with all of them! I agree on the bowling pins, oops, I mean cyclists. It drives me nuts when they ride in the middle of the road! Stay to the side! Thanks for visiting my newbie blog.

cammyk said...

Okay, that little Baron has got to be the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Your photos are just amazing!

We have a 2 acre pasture and I keep threatening my husband that I am going to get a few sheep....he just chuckles. I don't know the first thing about caring for sheep so he has every right to laught at me. I just love seeing fields of grazing sheep!

Tracey said...

Diesel, it's the cutest danged lamb and you know it!

Vicki said...

I need a miracle drug

I need a miracle drug for fat

miracle drug for fat in the shape of an oreo cookie.

Anonymous said...

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Sarah said...

Baron is a looker, no doubt about it!

Brin said...


Amazing, amazing stuff. Wow!!

Hey! Caught your kind comment on my blog this morning and wanted to pop over. Am I ever glad I did! Your pictures and commentary are top-notch. And those lambs? They are the BEST I've seen on a blog all day, for sure!

Thanks for letting me stop by. I'll be back for sure! And please know you're welcome over at my place anytime you have the time and/or inclination....


Morning Glory said...

You're right -- that's a mighty cute lamb face.....and those are mighty fine-looking Oreos!!

PEA said...

The lambs are certainly adorable and what a terrific mama they have!! As for trying to lose weight, I think the only way for me to do so is to tie me up and tape my mouth closed! lol The only exercise I seem to do these days is "squats"...I squat down every time I need to pick up a piece of chocolate I dropped on the floor! hehe Like you, I have a sweet tooth and that's my I went Easter shopping...didn't even have my seatbelt on, I was already in the candy! lol

Lovella said...

You'll get no argument from me. It is undeniably the sweetest little lamb.
Love your pictures, . ..

Good luck with those inspration pants . .I have a few hanging and waiting as well.

Betzie said...

Junk food police??? Moi?? I don't think so...I need one of those too. I bet you don't have to lose 30 pounds like I do, you look perfect to least your eyes do. :))
I love those jeans by the way...and your baby lamb is just too too sweet.
I've always wanted to live on a farm, now I can visit you and pretend I do!
Here's to oreos!!!

FarmgirlCyn said...

You go girl! You can do it! I have let a few extra #'s creep on this winter since my treadmill died, but with the weather turning nice, I have been trying to get outside to do some walking. I lost my 50# by doing South Beach diet and walking/running 5x a week. The older I get, the harder it is, tho. Cityfarmer is a great inspiration!

Leann said...

OOOOOO yummy oreo!!! and I dont have any.
now as one who has over 100 lbs to lose and more.I dont think you are in need of losing. but far be it from me to tell someone they dont need to do what they feel they have to.
I love the lambs and they are so darn cute.and the other pictures are cool.
God bless and have a good week.mine is starting off with a bomb again.
but life goes on.

~~Mikki Jo said...

Yummy cookies, my favorite, lol. I bet their all gone now. Thanks for stopping by my place Tracey. Hope you come visit very soon. Love your blog. I love the picture of the sheep. We have goats and are thinking about sheep. Just not made my mind up yet.

Tracey said...

Mikki Jo, you simply must get sheep. They are grand! Look at my little lambie pie faces...too, too adorable.

You guys are starting off as pretty poor junk food police. More like a bunch of enablers, you are! City Boy is the worst; he's always bringing home sugar for me (trying to sweeten me up, I think!)

Seriously, I'm glad you're all here to offer support and encouragement. Hey, those of you who want to shed a few along with me, feel free to share your success! (I've even purchased a scale...first one I've ever owned!)

Anonymous said...

Yes! That is the cutest lamb......only ever!!! I still love those pants!

judie said...

Tracey, thanks for visiting my blog and helping me to find yours. I love your blog! You live in a BEAUTIFUL place, and I will be back to visit again. Already bookmarked. I read about Quiet Storm and sent the site to my sister in SC. She used to have quarter horses (unfortunately had to sell out) but she will love your site. Plus, her daughter lives near Seattle.

If you think you need to lose wgt, just remember to eat HEALTHY (forget processed food..check the label and you'll never eat it again)...and exercise...and I mean walk, bike, whatever. Never mind those boring calesthenics...ugh! And if you don't get into those Inspiration jeans...SEND THEM TO ME!!! LOL I LOVE them! (But....I'd prolly have to diet too...sigh!) Nice to meet you. :)