So did the groundhog see his shadow or not?

I am so confused. Is it that if he sees his shadow we have 6 more weeks of winter, or if he doesn't see his shadow we have 6 more weeks? And which was it this year? Do we have 6 more weeks of winter or not? Has anybody kept tract of the groundhog stats. Like how true is this, just how reliable is this groundhog at predicting the weather? Should I base my wardrobe for the next 6 weeks around this rats shadow?

TV -
American Idol!!!! - So this next week is Hollywood week. I love Hollywood week. Its one of my favorite weeks of the show. It is so dramatic! And you do get to know a few of the contestants a little better. I have a few singers picked out. So after this week I will tell you a few of my favorites.

KNITTING - Hats hats!

 And thank you Hello Kitty for being my model.

Weight loss -
So what exactly are my goals anyway? I have never thought I was "fat", I never said or thought a size 12 was fat. Just like the book by Meg Cabot - "Size 12 is not Fat"
and I have never felt.... ok maybe a few times I have felt "fat" like when my size 12 jeans were getting tight and I didn't want to admit it. Or when my favorite shirt was showing bulges under it. I was very happy being a size 12, I was used to it. I have been a size 12 for about 10 years! And, yes, a size 12 is not BIG nor does it mean you are fat. But for me - it is too big and uncomfortable, I feel unhealthy, sluggish, tired, and slow.
Like Ashley said in her comments on the previous post -
"I always had this specific weight in my head that I knew I never wanted to reach. Then one day, I stepped on the scale and I weighed exactly that weight."
That is exactly what happened! I think prob. almost everyone has their breaking point. We all (or most of us) have "THAT weight" that we NEVER want to be, "THAT" weight that pushes us over the edge. I, one day stepped on the scale and realized that I was dangerously close to "THAT weight"

I am not "dieting" I am not eating diet food. I am just cutting out snacking, cutting out all high calorie food, cutting back on what I do eat, eating much healthier foods (more veggies).

An example of what I am having tonight - Shrimp saute'ed with onion and carrots in a tiny bit of olive oil over rice. (this is a LOT less in calories than Mac & cheese and 2 slices of bread loaded with butter, which I would not have given two thoughts about having before). It is all about the choices and making better and healthier choices.

Everyone has their ideal weight, their comfort zone. Even though I have been a size 12 for 10 yrs. I was not comfort at that weight. All my life I had been smaller. So what exactly do I expect?
Well, I certainly do not expect or even want to get back to a size 5! That is just totally unrealistic! I would, however love to get down to a size 8/9??? That would be nice. Even just loosing the 20+ lbs that I have makes me feel better, healthier and happier! My clothes fit better! I have more energy.
So I just want to get to a place where I look good - to  me!

Progress -
Last year - lost 24 lbs.
Over the Holidays - gained back 4
Since 1/14/2012 - lost 6.2 lbs!
A total loss of - 26.2 lbs.

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  1. I love the red hat!! I too have been feeling overweight and 'sluggish' lately so I started doig Zumba classes. I started off with two classes a week and now will be doing six! It is so addicting and such a great workout. I love doing it! I would recommend that for you!

    1. Yeah the closest Zumba here is 30 min away and not at a time when I can do it.
      Maybe sometime.

  2. Love this post and the pictures. Good luck with the healthy eating - it feels great to know that you are doing good stuff for your body.

    1. Thanks Tina! That is exactly how I think of it - healthy eating.

  3. The red hat matches your mittens...very cute! I like them both.
    Good luck on your weight loss...you are doing great! Eating healthy, eat smart....is what WW promote.
    Keep it up.
    Love Ya, Mom

    1. Thanks mom! Yeah I remember all the things you used to tell me about WW. Actually this "lose it" prog. is kinda like that only instead of points its calories. But you don't have to count them it does it for you! So easy.
      It is amazing how much weight you can loose just by eating better.