Wednesday, November 27, 2013

[ J2W 34, 35, 36, 37 & 38 =  220.5 - 219.5 - 220.5 - 219.5 - 218.5 ]
My apologies but the computer has been mucking things up a bit and I could barely get the above picture and stats on here earlier this morning, then had to go offline and try to rectify this situation.  Finally after about five attempts or more, we MIGHT be on the right track now.
THE ODD COUPLE at GVCS now lives on Memory Lane.  The students did a GREAT JOB and I am very proud of them.  I may post some pics in the next couple of days if MJ gets them downloaded from his camera.  HE take the GREAT pics,,,, I take cellphone pics .
W8 :  As you can see during  The Odd Couple  production days things seemed to vacillate but never got totally outta hand, thank God.  When I consider that we began at 230, I am counting my blessings the weight is not back up there.  AND get this:  I didn't exercise during that time period either.  Schedule was just too hectic.  [[ I am VERY THANKFUL that MJ made the choice to take Tuesday the 19th through Monday the 25th OFF from work.  WHAT A BLESSING that was indeed !!! ]]  But now  I need to buckle down a little more, even with Thanksgiving being tomorrow.  If I can just keep telling myself that not every meal has to be looked at as " The Last Supper" so to speak, I should be okay.  I also am drifting back to desiring that FULL feeling when I go to bed = in my mind it helps me sleep [ having trouble there as of late].  What I  NEED  to concentrate on is how WONDERFUL it feels to wake up feeling slightly hungry and empty.  THAT'S a GOOD thing.
I received a wonderful FaceBook private message from a friend last night = totally unexpected indeed, as was a personal E-mail from another Dear'O sent to me recently.  Suffice it to say that I surely am  NOT  alone in these w8 struggles.  The info shared by both these friends lifted my spirits and meant a great deal to me... " That's what friends are for..."  The FB PM also gave me some info I want to check up on soon ,,,, may be worth a try !
It is cold here in western NY today but at least we didn't get blasted too bad by the winter storm that hit last night into today.  Some folks got 6-8 inches, but not us.  Just a dusting and some ice.
Tomorrow we get to see JAXSON DAVID WYRE !!!   I am counting the hours.  We will be providing music for the 10:00am Service at Christ Church in Belvidere, then later on will be at Connie's for the family Thanksgiving.  JAXSON, JAXSON, OUR WONDERFUL JAXSON,,,, Poppe G. can hardly wait to see you and to hold you !!!
That's it for now.  Please KNOW that I DID try to write on here before now, the computer and / or internet was simply not cooperating.  Have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING friends and remember ,,,

Friday, November 22, 2013

One Down ~~~ Two To Go
[ J2W - Day 33 = 220.5 ]
Like there was ever any doubt   [ oh yeah there was ]  !   Really folks, I am a bit surprised, well more than a bit.  I was more focused on the "journey' this time rather than the "destination" that I felt I had let them down.  I wasn't tough enough, I didn't demand enough, I let too much go by, I was a slacker by not riding them enough.  THEN LAST NIGHT HAPPENED .  They blew me outta the water.  I sat in the very back of the [ 800 seat ] aud and was AMAZED that these were the same people from the night before and the last 8 weeks.   WoW !
So now, in their honor, allow me to introduce the cast of GVCS's
Audrey J. Warner ~ Audrey [ AJ ] is a sophomore & I think our youngest cast member at age 15.  She is not easy to describe as she lives on her own planet at times, even in her own galaxy.  She is sweet and na├»ve, full of fun & giggles.  So much so that I have to put on my stern face once in a while because when she starts giggling it can be a heck of a chore to get her focused again.  Audrey plays the part of "Vinnie", a man, which took some effort let me tell you. [ There are three gals that had to portray male characters & all are quite female shaped = 'nuff said ].  Audrey Jane has taught me the importance of laughter & giggles & staying unique no matter what.  Love ya A.J.
Sydney R. Keesler ~  Syd is quite the gal.  Of course MJ & I went to school with her Grandpa [ Dave Mapes ] and her Grandma [ Georgia Watson ] , so there's a history here ,,, a  l-o-n-g  history.  Syd is sweet & quiet & respectful,,, and far deeper than most folks realize.  She's had some struggles as of late & I keep an eye on her even when she probably isn't aware of the same.  Her Mom [ Leslie Mapes Keesler ] is a fellow blogger [[ ]] as well as  one incredible gal whom I admire to no end.  The apple didn't fall far from the tree.  Sydney portrays "Roy" = yet another female to male transformation.  My dear Sydney has taught me to  always keep in mind  that there can be a LOT more going on inside of someone than we'd ever begin to think possible.  Be careful, each of us needs TLC no matter the exterior .  Hang in there Sydney ,,, Love ya kiddo !
Imris S. Curry ~  Ah Imris, my dear Imris.  I first met Imris years ago, before she and her sister went to public school.  Imris and her sister Ksa were in a little summer theater program I was privileged to lead years ago.  She was ever so quiet, intense and a wee [?] bit of a perfectionist.  [  She wouldn't even attempt to play a kazu until she took it home and PRACTICED it first = a KAZU for heaven's sake ! ].  I was overtly concerned about Imris once her sister had graduated [ last June ] and Imris was "alone" sans a sibling around her.  I needn't have worried.  The blossoming that had begun pre Ksa's departure exploded once Imris was on her own.  WoW!  Both Imris & Ksa come from a theater background [ their mother Staci Curry founded & still heads The Angelica Players in Angelica, NY ], so working with these gals is a delight.  Watching Imris become even more "Imris" has warmed my heart to no end. Imris plays the part of "Murray the cop" and waers her padding well.   Imris has taught me that not only does life "go on" it truly does blossom into greater and greater things,,, if we are just allow ourselves to BE ourselves..  Love ya Imris Sage !
Noah R.D. Weinman ~  Noah is still a bit of a mystery to me a times.  Gosh I wish I had a picture handy so you could SEE this kid . [ Kid ?  He's a senior and tall-ish ... with bushy, curly hair].  I am always thinking that Noah is a few steps ahead of me and is up to something.  What?  I have no idea.  He isn't afraid to speak his mind BUT [ at least around me ] does so respectfully.  He is joyful yet can be intense, he is fun to be around yet knows when to pay attention.  Noah has taught me that it's okay to keep a few things a "mystery"... keep 'em guessing.  Don't show all your cards to any one single person,,, just in case.  Love ya Noah Randall Daniel .... the "creeper" !
Katrina Temple ~  Now this gal has been transformed before my eyes.  When I first knew of her she was so quiet, so demure, so gentile.  She still can be all those things, but goodness she can also be a bit raucous & has no problem getting her point across.  Example:  Last school year, on her Drama Club "card' they all fill out for me,  Katrina wrote me a note stating exactly what role she would like to portray,,, careful mind you to acknowledge that I was the Director,,,but just so I might keep it in mind,,,, HERE is the part she would like !   I nearly fell outta my desk chair when I read that one... from laughter.  There was a time Miss Katrina would never had been to bold.  And for your information Dear Reader ,,,, she got the part she wanted.  Katrina plays the part of Cecily Pigeon this school year in the Odd Couple, one of the English sisters.  Katrina has taught me many things, not the least of which is never to be ashamed of ones heavenly faith ,,, it's what keeps us & sustains us through all kinds of earthly situations.    Love ya Katrina "full of joy" Temple .
Carolyn M. Duttwiler ~  I first met Carolyn when working with her brother Luke in a production at GVCS.  Their dad [ a teacher at GVCS and coach too ] introduced me.  Carolyn must have been hungry because she barely grunted at me at the time.  I imagined she was either a disgruntled child or shy in nature.  ! WRONG !  I was later to discover she is perky, constantly eating whilst remaining skinny as a rail, detests any inference that women are the "weaker gender" [ Geeeesh have I had fun with THAT one ], is NOT shy, is in my face if she feels I need to HEAR her AND is one of the best little actresses this side of the Mississippi .  Carolyn plays the other English sister, Gwendolyn and does a bang up job of it.  Carolyn has taught me that first impressions can sure be wrong,,, especially in this case.  She also makes me envious of her metabolism!   You are loved Carolyn Marie ,,,  and just in case you're wondering,,, I truly do think you can do just about anything a guy can do.  So there !
Alan P. Salyer ~  Alan must have been born with a tap hat on, singing and dancing whilst making his entrance into this world, blessed with his presence.  Alan has made theater, dance and music his life and plans on pursuing it later in life.  Alan's mom [ for those of you who are local ] was Gary & Nancy's Petrichick's only daughter.  She and her husband Dean reside in Angelica, NY.  Alan has taught me great patience [ did you see that coming Alan ? ] along with the fact that "we are who we are"  [ a line from The Odd Couple as well as an Alan truism ]. Alan has one of the lead roles in this production as he portrays Felix Ungar.    Off stage and in the real world Alan  has made his own road through life and if people choose to travel beside him along the road, fine.  If not, catch ya later pal.  You are loved Alan Peter Salyer ,,, both now AND when you reach Broadway !!!
Aidan A. DeTine ~  My " Double A".  [ Portrays Oscar Madison & has the most lines in the play]. This one is most difficult for me to write.  Both Mike & I are very close to the DeTine family, and have been for years & years.  Aidan is definitely another nephew to us.  According to my "Double A" this is his  15th  production with us, some at GVCS and some with the Camelot Choraleers.  When I think of Aidan so many emotions arise in me I can't begin to describe or define them.  I have made the decision to return to GVCS after the holidays to work with my Drama students on another production [ which hopefully they will write & produce ]  in part so I do NOT have to say "Good-Bye" to this group, particularly Aidan, this coming Sunday afternoon when I recognize the seniors in our group.    Although I know that Aidan will be a part of my life until I have no life left in me, saying any type of "Good-Bye" to the little guy that used to color on the floor at our Belmont Betterment Association meetings, that acted & sang in some of the earliest Camelot Choraleer shows, the little guy who drew me maps that HE made up and ALWAYS had a theater for The Camelot Choraleers on them [ smart kid even if it was "sucking up" ] and that has touched my heart & captured my soul like no other ,,,, to say "Good-Bye" in any respect to Aidan Alexander is not going to be easy. Aian has taught me that laughter is a gift to be used often,  to respect others no matter what, and that life is for LIVING!   I know I don't even have to write it because he KNOWS it,,, but I love you "Double A",,, Now. Always.
I am going to stop now.  I can barely see the screen through the tears.  But before I do, a couple of lines from an old song.  Unlike my dear-o Leslie Keesler, I can't recall who wrote this, but I will find it and edit this post later on.   To my CAST of THE ODD COUPLE:
" I give thanks to the Lord for you always,
the great gift He has given to me.
As we walk life's weary road,
you made less the heavy load
and we share each other's burdens 'long the way "
Ye ol' Director loves each & every one of you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

[[  J2W Days 31 & 32 = 218.5  &  220.5  ]]
Last evening was the final rehearsal for  THE ODD COUPLE at GVCS.  If the final rehearsal is suppose to be LESS THAN PERFECT in order for production to be good ,,, we have this nailed down.  Overall they did a good job last night save for one of the leads, the one I would never have expected to be anything less than perfect.  He has consistently not been up to his usual impeccable self.  Not sure what "gives" here,,,, but I have some ideas which are best left unexpressed at least for the time being.
Opening night jitters are coursing through me like no tomorrow.  WHY does it always have to be this way ?  WHY can't I just say "Good enough!" and leave it at that.  WHY do I always second guess myself,, and third guess,,, and,,,well you know how it goes.   They are not good kids ,,, they are GREAT kids and I have concentrated more on the JOURNEY this time around than the DESTINATION.  Was that wrong of me?  Was I too "light & fluffy' with them ?  [[ Trust me, I've let things go this year that I NEVER would have let go nine years ago when I began as Drama Advisor at GVCS. ]] 
One this is for certain ,,, they know that I love them.  I would give any one of them a kidney if they needed it and probably even my heart.  Might as well,  each and every one of them owns a huge chunk of it as it is.  Must be my "seasoning"  [ = old age ] ,,, I look at these students too long and my eyes fill with tears.  In them lie the hope of a brighter tomorrow, they are just beginning life's journey, whereas we are towards the end of the same.  In a day or two I hope to post a blog mentioning each of them by name and expressing what I admire about them.  But for now, I needs must get a move on.  I have to complete the Program for tonight, order flowers, gather up just a few more things for the set,,,, and before you know it 5:00 P.M. will be here = the beginning of make-up, hair, costuming, microphone placements,,, and then lights, stage and ACTION !!!
"BREAK A LEG" cast and crew
Genesee Valley Central School's
the old man loves each and every one of you
more than you know, more than you'll  ever  know.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

T-minus TWO days

((   J2W Day 30 = 220  ))
for the FIRST TIME EVER we went through the entire play last night.  Dear God.  They made it but some of the play did not.  They skipped pages, sometimes going back to retrieve parts of it, which at times worked and at other times was a train wreck.  Tonight they will "dress" their parts and tomorrow we add the make-up.   Of course we had a cast member MISSING LAST NIGHT and will have a different one MISSING for most of TONIGHT ,,,,,,, so  PERHAPS  tomorrow night we just  MIGHT  get through the entire play  WITH  all cast members present before they open to the public on Thursday evening.  PERHAPS that will be the case.  PERHAPSWHAT ?  ME WORRY ?

Monday, November 18, 2013


" WHY do we DO this ... it's CRAZY ? "
((  J2W Day 29 = 219 ))
Dear God..... have mercy on us all !   I am being told that it is ALWAYS like this the final few days before production, but then WHY does it feel MORE frantic, MORE crazy, MORE spastic, MORE like I could hurl at any moment than EVER before ?
The GREAT NEWS :   GOD BLESS DAVID MARK WYRE ,,,, my "daughter" Sarah's husband [ and hence the guy I consider my Son-In-Law ]  for giving up his entire weekend to come down here from Corning to help Mike build set.  Chances are MJ & I would have murdered one another by now if David hadn't volunteered his carpentry services.  This is the same man who helped me "see the light" in my house [ l--o--n--g story ] last year.  David you hereby have a bundle of "passes" for any time you might "irritate" me in the future .  Might ?    ;-)    Thank you David, Thank You David, THANK YOU DAVID !!!!!!!  And Sarah it goes without saying that YOU remain the apple of my eye,,,,, along with JAXSON DAVID...... whom I ADORE in case I haven't mentioned it before.   Thank you too Sar ,,,, hope you get caught up on your sleep someday my Love !!!
The " makes me nervous" news:   Actors still struggling with their lines.  I have been very FLUFFY this year and am wondering if I went overboard.  Time will tell.  Do they worry as much as their Director does ?  Regardless,,,, I do love these kids and they know it.  Whenever I am about to be strict with them I say ... " Now keep in mind that what I am about to say does not mean I don't love each and everyone of you, but ..... "   I just feel it sooooooo important that they KNOW they are loved and cared for.   Who knows what they might be going through inside.  It is hard enough being an adult now days,,, can't imagine being a teenager in this day and age.
It will be what it will be ,,,, but I still have some time to do some tweeking [ as opposed to twerking ].
MANY things STILL to be gotten to the school and on stage, even though DAVID & MJ took some furniture over there yesterday, there's still a ton of things to go over.  And of course the back entrance to GVCS is being worked on, so that creates its own challenges.  HOWEVER, overall GVCS has been especially   g-RRRRRRR-eat   this year,,,,,, God bless them all.  Maybe it's because I look so freaking old ,,,, some of the teachers I think are students.  Really = not kidding.  Makes ya wanna ask for their hall pass !
Must fly.  MJ to leave work asap today so we can haul things over to GVCS in the truck.  I have furniture to get out of the attic via the pull-down stairs [ always fun ], and about 1,000 things to locate before 4:00pm when MJ gets here.  Rehearsal to start at 5:00pm  LORD,,,,, have mercy,,, PLEASE.  As for all the rest of ya ,,,,,,,

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Keep on keepin' on

((  J2W Days 27 & 28 - - -  220   219.5  ))
Yesterday, Saturday, 11/16/13 is kind of a blur, at least the morning.  MJ was right when we got up in the morning and he said " Let the games begin ! "  We got haircuts, went straight from the barbershop to a Vestry meeting at church, from there to an early lunch at Big Johnny's with David, Sarah and Jaxson and Connie, from there to GVCS for a rehearsal with the cast of The Odd Couple.  David & Mike worked on lights at GVCS then on set.  After rehearsal I came home, tended to the boys [ dogs ], and took off to Scio to Connie's to spend some time with JAXSON !!!   Have I ever mentioned that I ADORE that child ???
The set is getting there.  The work continues.  MJ was very upbeat last evening due to all of David's help.  David is good for MJ in another sense too:  David keeps MJ moving along.  Last Tuesday when I was "helping" MJ I had to keep reminding him that we are not building the Sistine Chapel here!  God love him,,, MJ is a perfectionist & at times that can be less than desirable.   Just think, a week from this afternoon and this production will reside on "Memory Lane " beside all it's predecessor's.   A brief break, then another production perhaps beginning in January.  I really, REALLY want this next one to be student created ... time will tell.
MJ and David ar at GVCS as I write this, I think the studded walls get there covering today.  Which sounds like a piece of cake, but in actuality is anything is a lot of hard work.  Did I mention that my LEADS for this production are far from secure with their line memorization ?  Oh boy.  Great kids every one of them but giving me heartburn. 
My weight today is 1.5 pounds  HEAVIER  than last Sunday, and up 3.5 pounds from the lowest of last week and of this month.  H-o-w-e-v-e-r  I m not totally spazzing about it.  To many other priority "spazzes"  to consider !  And so it goes ,,,,,,,

Friday, November 15, 2013

What a difference a day makes ---

((   J2W Day 26     218.5 = up 2.5 pounds   )))
Good morning.  Yes, I said Good Morning.  Even though the weight is up  ;-)   there is still a light [or 2 ] at the end of the tunnel.   First = the weight.   Contrary to what has become the norm = right after school,  the cast of The Odd Couple met last night at 5:00pm.  Mike went straight from work to GVCS to work on the set.  Thus we never ate until 8:00pm last night, far later than usual.
Good news:  MJ  DID  have help working on set last night via Noah Weinman and John Morris.  Noah of course is IN the paly as "Speed" and John is a student of Mrs. Caitlin Bowen's technology class.   Studded walls went up last night sans their covering.  I know not WHY this is the case as MJ has never done things this way before BUT we have new regulations to go through this year as regards flame retardation, etc.  ALL things on stage have to be cover with flame retardant, wood, fabric, etc.  It most probably has to do with that newest decree.   Caitlin Bowen was there last night as was MacKenzie Ward, working on lights for the play.  Connie Lewis [ my lady love & Sarah's mom = Jaxson's [ "owns my heart"]  Grandma, who is our costumer was there and patiently worked with the actors on costumes possibilities.  Noelle DeTine who is head of "hair and make-up" was also available,,,, thank You Jesus for all of them !!!
GREAT NEWS :  A little after 9:00pm last night my phone went off [ " Someone FABULOUS is calling you ,,,, pick up the phone,,,," ] and by said ring I knew it was Sarah calling.  I answered and she's like.... " David is more than willing to come help with the set.  He was wondering why you didn't ask him ?  You guys come help us all the time....."   H-O-L-Y    S-W-E-E-T   J-E-S-U-S !!!
We hadn't asked David because they live in Corning  and I guess we were thinking evening work, etc.  BUT   to make a long story short ,,,,, David is coming to help Michael tomorrow  [ and perhaps Sunday if needed ].     HALLE - freaking - LLUIA !  To say that we are relieved is an understatement.  Dear God in heaven this has worn on us both like there's no tomorrow.  David, even though you don't read my blog I know that Sarah does....... 
 thank you - Thank You - THANK YOU !!!!!!!  And don't say " But I haven't done anything yet..."  YES YOU DID ,,, you gave us both a good night's sleep for the first time in ages.    ;-)
So I will concentrate on THAT sand not the fact that one of my actors is VERY ill [ Sydney Keesler  her mom was the former Leslie Mapes, = Dave Mapes & Georgia Watson's daughter].  May be pneumonia.   We'll cross that bridge when we come to it I guess.  Until then,,,, onward and upward,,, and thanks again all people mentioned in paragraph's two & three above... especially David Mark Wyre and Sarah Elizabeth Wyre.   Were it not so cold I might consider going " Chunky Dunking" !

Thursday, November 14, 2013


((  J2W Day 25      216   ))
Okay, the above made me laugh when I first saw it so I'd thought I'd share it this morning.  When I first became acquainted with computers, I could NOT believe what they called the "mouse".  Geeesh !
We survived yesterday.  Rehearsal with the actors at 3:15pm [ staff development day which I call "teacher upgrade" for some odd reason, meant kids went home at 1:00pm and had to come back for play rehearsal or sports practice, etc.] followed by set building at 7:00pm with MJ.  Made some progress and managed not to kill one another.  After 39 years living under the same roof, that in itself can be noteworthy some days.
Today's rehearsal begins at 5:00pm and is being held later due to the arrival [ we hope ] of our costumer Connie Lewis .  Connie went home early from work yesterday as she was not feeling well.  So I am keeping a close eye on that one.  If per chance she can't make it today after her work, then the rehearsal will revert back to after school.  Gotta be on top of things every minute from now through the 24th.
Actors STILL don't have their lines memorized & we "open" one week from tonight.  I have tried to be as "fluffy" this year as possible.  Was this a mistake ?  I have already told them I will  NOT  do what I did for  " Blythe Spirit " a couple of years ago and stay behind the walls feeding them lines if they needed them.  That was horrid and I never, EVER should have done it.  Will NOT do it again.  PERIOD.  They keep promising me I have nothing to worry about.  Hmmmmmmm.
Michael still concerns me deeply.  I truly feel this is the last year he can be set designer.  It takes too much out of him when he has only me to assist.  There WAS a year that I directed and he was not the set designer.  Let's just say it was "different".  That set designer thought that the set was mainly in one's imagination and if you imagined it enough you would "see & feel" it in front of you.  " This represents the sky ,,,, this represents the pond..."        O.  Dear.  God.
THANKS to all of you who contacted us either through FB or via E-mail stating your concern.  It is deeply appreciated, and I am not just saying that.  It means a GREAT DEAL to know that one is not alone when struggling but rather has people who truly care.  It got us through the day & evening I promise you.  I promise you .
Okay, work to be done.  Onward and upward.  Oh, the weight ,, remains the same as yesterday but that is okay I guess.  Given my ability to seek solace in food, we could have had a major set-back after yesterday, but alas, that did not happen.  HALLE-freakin'-LUIAH !

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Concerned for Mike

((   J2W=Day 24    216  ))
Am becoming VERY concerned about Michael.  This set building for The Odd Couple has him just shy of physically ill.   We used to have all kinds of help in the past, but for various reasons that's not the case anymore.   It's times like this I wish his brother Mark lived closer [ and other times too, Yog ! ]   MJ could use a brother right now ,,,, that also isn't in the cards.  Sorry to sound so "down" but with eight days to go until production,,,,,  I can "handle' things on my end  [ Read:  pulls his hair out at the lack of line memorization from the teen-ages ! ] but what I can't do is direct / produce the show AND build the set.  Ohhh boy !

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

((  217  ))
Again, not a lot of time = sorry.  The next week - two weeks so are going to be hectic.  We are in the countdown to  THE ODD COUPLE  and are both ready to rip our hair out with the amount to be accomplished before November 21st = opening night.
Not disappointed in this morning's weight.  Could have done better by doing more exercise than I did on treadmill yesterday, but it's " okay " .  [[ Kind of like getting' the "most improved" award in phys. ed. ]]
Full day ahead with rehearsal after school followed by set work with Michael there-after.  Please pray we don't kill one another.  He is rather meticulous & particular,,,, I just want the set  d-o-n-e .  And so it goes.   IF I get some extra minutes I may write another post ,,, if not, as always please.......

Monday, November 11, 2013

J2W Days 20, 21,22

Can be yielded to ,,,,, or not !
((   219   *   218   *  217.5   ))
There is so much that can be said about Friday, November 8th & the discussion at GVCS about school usage during the weekend AND Veteran's Day,,,,  about Sunday, November 10th & our first visit at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Wellsville,,, about Sunday afternoon at GVCS & the beginning of set construction for The Odd Couple, about today & what has transpired so far [ it is now 2:07pm EST ], but I don't dare take the time to write it all down.  MJ may need me at GVCS later and in between this morning's rehearsal in Angelica, lunch here when MJ returned, the usual "chores", etc.  I have a ton to get accomplished.  Please forgive.
WEIGHT wise it was the most successful weekend I have had in ages.  For the first time since early September, my weight went below 220 [ on Saturday morning].  I literally fell to my knees in thanks to God for that blessing.  Sunday morning it was one pound lower and this morning a half pound lower than yesterday.   I am astounded and ever so relieved that I might  not  remain this blob the rest of my life.  I was starting to wonder.  Seriously wonder.
This is no small happening in "Greg world".  Weekends are my downfall,,,, as I've said before, when the weekends arrive = EAT, DRINK and BE MERRY..... Oink  Oink  Oink .  But this weekend I took it one evening at a time and by doing so,,, made it through.  Thank you Jesus !!!!!!!
Okay, I needs must hustle now.  Can't take any more time at present, but will be back tomorrow, Lord willin' & the creek don't rise.   In the meantime ,,,,,,,

Friday, November 8, 2013

J2W Day 19

" Dramaball "  anyone ???
((  221  ))
This probably should be a motto for every day, but looking too far past the moment makes me tend to live outside the precious present.
Ate conservatively yesterday and did a mile on treadmill.  I "feel" thinner  INSIDE  than what the weight suggests.  Isn't that odd ?   And I had nothing to eat past supper  { Thank you Jesus ! }.  Had semi-anticipated weight being 220 this morning or maybe a half pound less, but nope.
Much on my mind this morning, especially concerning GVCS and the upcoming production of  The Odd Couple.  We are 13 days away from production and should be further along than what we are.  At times I wonder if we might get more respect if we were a  SPORT  since  SPORTS  reign supreme at GVCS.  Perhaps we should call ourselves " Dramaball ", you know, like Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, etc.  Maybe THEN things would be different.   Worth considering I guess.
Okay, need to get a move on if I am going to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN as the above picture states. And so it goes ,,,,,,,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

J2W Day 18

((  221  ))
This pic was taken by Michael on our trip to Hawaii in 2010.  Seems like a lifetime ago in ever so many ways and weighs.  I was 50 pounds lighter and didn't despise myself as I do now.  Sorry, just being honest.
Ate VERY conservatively yesterday [ 900 calories approx. ] but only did one mile on the treadmill.  Just seems like the weight LOVES clinging to me.    I know if I exercised more, that would help.  I also know that if I cut my calories to   r-e-a-l  low, I can get the weight to fall.  Am having some troubles with exercising that are a little disconcerting so maybe the only option IS to lower the caloric intake.  Something has got to jump-start this endeavor.  Lord, have mercy !

A little before noon I discovered one of my Food Journals, this one from 2007.  [  I have them dating back to the Diabetes diagnosis in 1999 ].  I was heavy then also [ 2007 was the only other time I have went over 200 pounds since I lost the weight in 1999 ] and this Food Journal is VERY enlightening .  I had recently had the stents put in at Strong Memorial [  see the correlation to the weight being UP ? ] and as we began 2007 I weighed 215 pounds .  [ wAAAy to high, but it is even worse now, dang it ! ]  At any rate I can see  EXACTLY what I ate each day and EXACTLY what exercise I did each day.  This is GREAT [ to me at least ].  I know that this was 6 plus years ago, and it does not mean I can duplicate 2007,,,, but it does mean that I can COMPARE then to now and thus see if I can do better, if something is out of whack, etc.  THANK YOU GOD !!!    The discovery of this Food Journal; from 2007 has revitalized me.  HALLE-freaking-LUIA !

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

J2W Day 17

Am desperately trying to follow the above advice
((  222  ))
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

J2W Day 16

((  222  ))
I ate very conservatively yesterday, did some time on the treadmill, did not eat past supper, etc. and one lousy pound is all I'm down.  To say that I was discouraged this morning would be an understatement.  Alas, I am fighting to not just chuck it all in and go back to my " fat routine ".......i.e.
" When I wear white I get offers to be a drive-in movie screen."   " I wore red, white and blue the other day and someone trued to stick a letter in my mouth",  " When I sit on a medal chair I have to fluff it when I stand up .",  etc. etc. etc.  ALWAYS hide the loathsomeness behind humor.  Get that fat jokes out there before anyone else can.  I used to remind myself " Behind piles of smiles are fears of tears."   Maybe I will wake up tomorrow and this blubberness will all be but some horrid, cruel nightmare.  Or maybe not.  And so it goes.

Monday, November 4, 2013

J2W Days 13 - 14 - 15

((  223  ))
I really have no regrets as concerns the weight "holding" at 223 over the weekend.  It was a JAXSON WEEKEND and that means just about everything takes 2nd place to him.  We prepared for his arrival Saturday morning, then he arrived in the afternoon.  He was nigh onto  P-E-R-F-E-C-T  the entire time.  Words could never express how much we LOVE that child.  What a JOY he is.  So much so that I have now informed Sarah that I am a might concerned that IF they DID have another child, we might have to "pay the piper" because Jax is so wonderful !  At any rate, the weight has held at  223  and today we will begin concentrating on  lowering it once again.  That being said I wouldn't trade even one minute of time with Jaxson for the loss of any of the weight.   Poppa G. and Uncle Mike are indeed blessed !!!  May post more later, but for now,,,, busy day ahead.

Friday, November 1, 2013


"  Hey good lookin' ,,, how YOU doin' ?  "
((  223  ))

Whilst TRYING to maintain a sense of humor, the above pic is how I see myself.
The weight has gone back up AGAIN, although I certainly anticipated it.  We did not eat well last night: read PIZZA from Dewey's [ chicken wing ] and yogurt covered raisins.  Dang, that food was good though !  Sorry, I mean " Bad, awful, fatty food.  Bad.  BAD ! "   What happened very honestly is what I call " It's the last of the month [ literally yesterday was the last DAY of October...] so if you're gonna eat ,,,, might as well do it NOW so you can start FRESH with a new month [ Welcome November ] tomorrow ! "  It's just an extension of the " Might as well eat on the weekend and start fresh on Monday " excuse.

One of my Dear O's  [ thanks P.W. ] suggested I not beat up on myself so much but rather try to find the positive in each day.  Well, let's see ,,,, I left the pizza BOX unscathed last night ..... how's that ?  Actually although I am not happy about the weight rising, I am not really down about it this morning either.  As long as I avoid mirrors I should be fine.

Oh and I didn't exercise yesterday either.  Since I am having such a rough time with the treadmill for some odd reason, I may attempt to use it only every other day for a while.  Something is going on within me that I can't figure out yet, so perhaps a slight bit of caution might be best.  Slight.

We will have  JAXSON  here this weekend, so that should keep me busy.  He is perpetual motion at 19 months and nigh onto perfect from his nose to his toes.  We also need to get to work on the set for The Odd Couple  as it is less than three weeks until production.  Geeeeeeesh !!!

I think I shall not set any overt "Goals' for today, but rather shall just try to keep things under control   Be that as it may, keep in mind the above picture throughout your day and KNOW "he's" winking at ya baby !!!


A huge THANKS to all who spoke up concerning yesterday's KASIYH Blog post. I admire each and every one of you. * * * ...