I’m in Vermont visiting my dear friends and their two young boys that moved 2 weeks ago.

I went to a general store, whose slogan is “whiskey, guns and ammo”. For me, it was more like “smoked pepperoni, maple garlic pepper and the best bacon you’ll ever eat”. (Especially with the maple garlic pepper.)

I got to spend some quality time with Kristen, as we chatted over morning drinks on the mountain. It was so unbelievably nice. Even better was finding out that the “Surething” wedding was in town. Cue “oh, they totally look like a sure thing” after ANYONE walked by.

We scored some kayaks and took a nice paddle on a lake by their house. We found an awesome dam to stop and cool off…the boys had a blast playing in the falls. Chris found a leopard-print Victoria’s secret bag at the bottom of the lake. It contained: a 5th of vodka (unopened), Coach sunglases and a beach towel. We obviously took the stuff and are now on guard in the event we have stolen clues in a missing person case.

After the paddle, we fired up the bacon and had THE BEST BLTs for dinner. As always, beverages and laughs filled the time.

I heart you, Saturday, July 12.

I love clouds in the water!

I love clouds in the water!

Barrier broken!

Down 4.4 this week, bringing the total to 23.4 pounds in 7 weeks. Whew!

Going to stay focused, but am going to enjoy a few ice cold shandys on my paddle down the Charles River tomorrow. A gorgeous day, old friends and a trusty boat totally call for it.

A nice day with my cousins on top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England at 6288 feet. The weather was gorgeous and the company was splendid. In 1934, that observatory (the one that’s chained down) recorded a 231mph gust of wind. It’s the strongest on record. I also saw the best post office and so many cute hikers. (I did not see LL Cool J or C)

Hike = accomplished.

Hike = accomplished.

I’m Alive!

I think I have been neglecting my check-ins, mostly because they’re not that exciting!

Program update: According to the “official” records, I’m down 19 pounds. I’d love to break the 20 barrier at next week’s weigh-in. I have consumed too many beers over the last few days, but (and this isn’t a justification, merely a sign of re-focus) drinking HASN’T resulted in poor food choices. Last night, my delicious Narragansett Shandys (one hundred gazillion times better on tap) washed down a 12oz sirloin and broccoli, even though I had my eye on the fried clams. I’m in Maine visiting family this weekend and they are so supportive of my efforts. We had a couple Yuenglings, but topped it off with some awesome broiled trout and a tossed salad. Perfect.

The weather kind of sucks up here, but we’re going to try and get a hike in. I hope the weather allows. I’m also going to start that 30 days of abs and guns deal that’s making its way around Facebook.

And there you have it!

This made me laugh. (The OCD part of me wants to fix the man’s punctuation, but whatever.)

This made me laugh. (The OCD part of me wants to fix the man’s punctuation, but whatever.)

Weigh In Wednesday Results

After being anxious all day, I made it justintime for the 5:30 weigh in. Fact: the worst road in America is Massachusetts Route 9. I was bobbin and weaving through traffic for my very important date with Bonnie’s scale. I told her I didn’t have high hopes because last week I ate well and the scale sucked, but this week my food wasn’t totally on point. She said “Well, you must have done something right because you’re down 2.2”

"More vodka!!!!", I said.

Then I got a cautionary lecture on getting into bad habits because the scale agreed one week. I had to assure her I was kidding - she doesn’t really know me that well.

More protein shakes!!!!

Gotta STEP IT THE EFF UP

I was down a mere .6 pounds last week. Not happy about that. My food was on point, although I did add a couple vodka/seltzers into the program. I also don’t have high hopes for this week because I had a food mishap last night.  I can’t go backwards, can only go forwards. So, I am down 15.2 pounds, I’d like to be down at least 20 by the time this is all said and done. This is the halfway point. A brief roadblock. Gearing up to crush the second half of this challenge. Stay tuned.

This morning, I was the only person on Lake Winnipesaukee. Note the snow still on the trails at Gunstock Mtn. in the distance. It was a great paddle - had my tunes cranking, arms/abs working and some nice alone time.

The clean eating continues - I was down 3.6 pounds last week, making the grand total 14.6 in 3 weeks. I know this rate will level off, but I’m just going to keep on the program!

This morning, I was the only person on Lake Winnipesaukee. Note the snow still on the trails at Gunstock Mtn. in the distance. It was a great paddle - had my tunes cranking, arms/abs working and some nice alone time.

The clean eating continues - I was down 3.6 pounds last week, making the grand total 14.6 in 3 weeks. I know this rate will level off, but I’m just going to keep on the program!