So yeah, an update! Donating blood = not as bad as expected. While I tottered like a baby deer from the chair to the cookies, it only took a few minutes of rest to get my energy back up. I'll definitely do it again, especially since I now have a person I actually made who may need that blood someday.
So let's see, what else... OH yeah, the title of my post... I've modified my Christmas objective a wee bit. Here it is:
I started thinking about my objective. I could easily lose 15 pounds by Christmas on a crash diet. I could cut out breakfasts for a month, or just drink diet pop for a week or something like that, but I wouldn't be HEALTHY, and I want to feel good above all else. Also, I want to feel better in my clothes, so that means I need to exercise (eek) and tone up as well as lose weight.
So... my goal is to wear that dress (and be COMFORTABLE in it) by Christmas. It's a really nice dress I bought a RW&Co; over a year ago. It was reduced by 90% and they only had that size. I tried it on (when I was 10-11 pounds less than I weigh now) and it JUST fit. I figured that with the right undergarments I could pull it off, so I bought it. As I was going through my clothes recently, I found it hanging in my closet, tags still on. So I tried it on. I couldn't pull the zipper all the way up (believe me, I tried) and my stomach area looked stuffed in there. Yuk. It's technically only a size down from what I'm wearing now, but the structure of the dress doesn't allow for any extra "bulge". There is no give in the fabric, and no forgiveness in the cut. You need to be that size ALL OVER to pull it off, no "almosts" allowed ;)
So that's my new goal. And it stares at me when I wake up every morning, and watches me go to sleep every night. I've found a new conviction, and it feels GOOD!