Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss: Chapter Thirty-one

The Lighter Side of Weight Loss
By Sandra Warholic Seeley

Chapter Thirty-one

My Week-At-A-Glance in retrospect could have used more planning skills. Some tasks went well, others not so well. On Monday, Christmas was boxed and stored for another year, with only a random ornament crying for its lost box. There are more lost objects in the Seeley household than the combined totals of American lost and found boxes, British lost property and Canadian lost articles. Not so favorite husband’s cell phone is among the missing. Please place him on your do not call list, he can no longer answer your annoying call. I can often be found searching for lost objects or found searching for food to mask my sorrow over lost objects. With better planning, I can use 28 smart points per week for sustenance during search and rescue operations.

Tuesday was rather uneventful except for the trip to Denny’s Restaurant for a Berry Vanilla One Crepe Breakfast. Denny actually woke me from a sound sleep and ordered me to appear at his house that morning. According to my calculations, Denny cost me 19 of my 16 daily smart points, and I had already consumed some leftover Christmas cookies as I was still lamenting lost objects. With better planning, I can put Denny on mute!

On Wednesday we had to make an expensive trip to Dr. Dermatology Specialists’s office for our Zeus’ canine allergy vaccine. We recently had him tested for allergies (due to excessive scratching of body parts), and found him to be allergic to trees, grass, mold, dust mites and many other allergens, including cats! Hopefully, we will become experts at giving him his injections on a long term basis. Hopefully, he will not try to eat us while we do so. Hopefully, I will not try to eat away my stress. Hopefully, all cats will avoid 119 pounds of German Shepherd sneezing fits. It’s not in their best interests to trigger his allergies. With better planning, I can have healthy treats on hand for Zeus and me.

Thursday is my line dancing class at our local YMCA. This is one event of my week that went very well. One member said to me, “Aren’t you the person who almost quit dancing during our first class? And look at you now!” Yes, look at me now. I am having fun doing an activity that I have always wanted to learn, but was afraid to try. My success is giving me the confidence to never pass up the chance to dance. In fact, I also line dance every Monday night at a local club. I’m making new friends while dancing off the pounds. How’s that for good planning?

Today (Friday), I’m contemplating all the planning that will be necessary for a foot operation scheduled for February 3, 2020. First of all, I have to lose 5 pounds to match the weight (lie) I already told my surgeon. Wearing a cement block on my right foot is not scale friendly. I may have to just dance on my left foot. Is it legal to drive in PA with one’s left foot on the gas pedal? With great planning, I’m anticipating a huge weight loss at my first post-op weigh in.

Until next week, plan for your own success and be happier.

Sandra Warholic Seeley - All my life, and half of someone else's, I have lived in a humorous place called Earth. My muse is a tiny menehune from the island of Oahu in Hawaii where I lived for a year. Ernest Hemingway once sat under the exact same coconut tree where I did most of my writing. I'm also a sensitive to criticism Virgo who loves to get paid for writing and speaking funny stuff. Even though my mind is filled with volcanic ash residue and I'm still finding sand in my shorts, I will continue to write until my muse retires or I run out of pretty blue drinks, whichever comes first. Don't be bashful, email the author.


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Sandra Warholic Seeley is the creator and author of The Sandra Seeley Column. She is a lifelong educator who has taught in Hawaii, Bethel Park, PA and in the inner city schools of Pittsburgh Public where her passion for the underprivileged began. Her humorous writing is often 95% fiction and 5% fact, leaving the reader to do the math. She has often written as Kanela, which is her Pen Name and means Sandra in Hawaiian. Her serious writing is genuine and written from her heart. She lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and Zeus, her 119 pound German Shepherd, who is her constant companion and writing assistant. They have ongoing discussions about which one is Alpha in their pack.

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