Sunday, March 2, 2008

Still Here!

No...I haven't been in hiding since my brief television debut - just up to me ears in remodeling! We're almost done with the kitchen - put the ceramic tile back splash up last night and I have a free minute here this morning to catch up on my reading before church and then the in-laws who will convene here at 2:00.

Thanks you so much for all the kind comments you guys left or e-mailed after watching the show! Of course I was as critical as heck about myself as I watched it. Noting the chipmunk cheeks and how darn nervous I was! It was also interesting in the final editing that they left my correction out about being a grandma. Guess they didn't want Marianne Williams to look like she didn't do her homework. I still feel that I was made to look WAY more pathetic than I really am. I really am not a depressed old woman who sits around all day moping on her couch. I thought the show was about the struggles we women ALL go through when we hit that "magical" age. I didn't know I would be showcased against two highly successful women and be the poster child for middle age depression. I'm still very happy I got to be on Oprah though - and was treated royally while in Chicago. The show was after all - not about me - it was about Marianne's book and of course - Oprah!

Now that the excitement is over and I'm back down to earth - my eating is not. It's been all over the place! There has been no routine here as far as a normal day goes in almost 2 weeks. I want my kitchen back and I want some normalcy here! I've been eating standing up at the counter - or at a TV tray in the living room and at very odd hours.

Last night we ordered a pizza for dinner at 10:00 because the stove was unhooked as well as all the kitchen outlets while we tiled. And I ate 3 pieces - and there was pepperoni involved....

I haven't been journaling my food - can't find the blasted journal under all the dust and piles of what-not stacked in my living room! I haven't done my workout DVD - truly and honestly - no time! I subbed three days last week at school and then came straight home to work on the kitchen. It has been a total priority in my life right now because the kitchen is the hub of activity in my household and when it's not in order - neither is the rest of my house - or my life!

I have however, been getting some strength training in...lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, bending, stretching.....I'm way more sore now that I ever am after a DVD workout or lifting my weights. Some of my muscles are saying, "Hey - remember me? Betcha' forgot all about us! we are!" It sure feels good to fall into bed after a hard days work and fall right asleep. Although I haven't been getting my 8 hours in each night. And that takes a toll...

But I also have not been sitting on the couch in a forlorn slump as you saw me on Oprah. In that shot I was actually watching a video of my late hubby and daughters from many years back - on a Christmas morning - and was immersed in the memories of the moment - hence the tear I wiped away in a subsequent shot.

So people - Lora truly needs to get back on track here. The fan fare is over - I can now say "I was on the Oprah Show" and life goes on. All of my long lost friends from years gone have seen the weight I gained and I have more motivation than ever to get back into better shape!

I also have a job interview Tuesday for a position as an Education Training Coordinator for a local hospital. Not teaching Art (as I long to do) but still in the realm of education.... I'm taking the advice Oprah gave me after the show into the interview with me. Believing in myself - positive attitude - and going for the gold! Wish me luck!


Scale Junkie said...

I know the the show didn't portray you as the rest of us see you, so look at it this way, if your image on TV was something others could relate to and you were able to help them, then you've done something wonderful. Just think, next time you're on Oprah you can look back and say...WOW look at how far I've come!

Glad to hear the kitchen is coming along, honestly, I think all of that work in the kitchen counts as exercise! As for the journal, I have been keeping my food journal on and it works out great for me. They add up the calories, fat, protein and carbs too so I know exactly where I am at the end of the day.

Kathy said...

I wish you well, Lora. You are certainly dealing with a couple of stressful situations...remodeling and the possibility of a new job. Those are major and will demand your it is even more important to take a few moments and come up with a workable strategy for eating well and dealing with life at the same time. I know you can do it. Just keep it as simple as possible and maybe get out of the house and go sit down in a restaurant where you can have a well-balanced meal and spend some time away from the kitchen remodeling for awhile rather than wolfing down some pizza which leaves you unsatisfied and feeling guilty. I know you can do it!

Hanlie said...

Good luck with your interview! I went onto Oprah's website to see you, since we won't have that show for another 4-6 months, and I may just miss it...

CactusFreek said...

I'm sorry you were made to look as you discribed. If that were me, i'd be a tad annoyed, so i'm annoyed for you :o(

Don't worry too much about tracking. As long as you know you are doing ok.
Please get that book i'm reading [The diet alternative by Diane Hampton] or e-mail me your address and i'll send it to you. I PROMISE it'll change your life!
It has changed my life so much, that with Gods help, i'm starting a support group revolving around the book.
If you like, i can send you the first week i've written out that will give you a taste of the book :o)
Yes...i feel really passionatly about it and i need to share it lol

Heather said...

I just watched your episode the other day, and I think that you are still fabulous! I thikn you probably helped a lot of women watching that show and that many could relate to you.

go dust off your journal and exercise dvds and get back into it. I know you will!

Thinking Thin said...

Wow, I missed some good stuff. I have been so busy with work I haven't had a chance to check in with people. I would have DVR'd it.

Can I have your autograph? hehehe

Nicole said...

OK, I'm a nut about the Secret. Have you read it yet? I HIGHLY recommend it, and I think it would be appropriate for you right now.

RunningNan said...

I can't wait to see the finished kitchen! The way to my heart is remodeling a kitchen! ha ha. I'm with Diana, the work in the kitchen counts as exercise. That is hard work.

I'm wishing you lots of luck on the interview!