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Lucy Guards the Fridge... Playing Hardball and Losing Weight...

Well... the way I look at it... I've got no choice.  None.

Sure... she's got a smile on her face... NOW !  But don't let that fool ya.

This Chick Plays Hardball when it comes to Aunt Karen's Diet !

Ya see... the last time I went to see my Cardiologist at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth... he dropped it on me.  Yes, it was a follow-up visit.  And yes... he ran the tests, checked my five medications... tinkered with the doses... and then hit me with it.

I needed to lose weight.  How much, I asked ?  As much as I could manage, he said.

So... "take charge woman" that I am... LOL... I hired myself a "Hit Woman" to guard the fridge.

Don't be surprised by her pleasant-appearing smile.  If you do, you do so at your own peril.  This cute lil chickie knows karate.  I think in her mind... she fancies herself going on TV in the MMA contests. 

I had NO clue whatsoever what MMA.  I remember the RMA we used to write in our high school yearbooks... Remember Me Always ?  I asked her if I was even close.  Lucy said not a chance.


It turns out that MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts.  See those two hands hidden behind her back ?  She calls them "weapons."  She says she borrowed the name from the Mel Gibson movies.  Her left hand is Lethal Weapon I... and her right hand she refers to as Lethal Weapon II.

This was about six months ago... that fatal day that I hired Miss Lucy to guard the fridge.  No more pizza, Lucy says.  Don't even think about it !

Well... I went back to my Cardiologist last Wednesday.  Again, he did an EKG, some blood work, some other tests... and then told me I had lost twenty-three pounds since my last visit.  He said he was "almost pleased."

I told him... but... but... I can't move like I used to.  How do I exercise ?  He said... well, that might have been a moderately-good excuse for the LAST six months... but not for the NEST six months.  Crap !

By the time I got home... my Cardiologist had already called and talked with Lucy.  And Little Miss Lucy... was ready for me.

She laid down the law.  She said that, although over the last six months I had pretty-much re-oriented my way of eating.  But... according to Miss Lucy... the next six months' weight loss needed to be AT LEAST another twenty-three pounds... but she wants me to aim for more.   Miss Lucy said 23 pound so far was fine... but said six months from now... no excuses.  Another 35 pounds  has got to go.

Lucy said... and I quote... "one and a half pounds a week, Sister !"  I think I can commit to that.  I've got too many blog posts left to write.

Comment balloon 18 commentsKaren Anne Stone • June 09 2010 09:13PM


Good Luck Karen Ann, you can do it.  As we get older, the weight comes off s l o w e r...I have been exercising and dieting for a year and only lost 10 lbs.  It is hard work but worth it!

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) over 10 years ago

Hi Karen ~ I don't think Lucy is a match for me when I'm in search of snacks (or breakfast, lunch and dinner for that matter).  Would that she were - I definitely need a guard on the fridge - and the office candy jar - the local Dunkin Donuts - and the to-go restaurants that surround my office. Congrats on your progress - you look great - and I'm sure you'll go the distance.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne, it is not a diet, it is a food plan. And Lucy is deadly, she always scared me, LOL. Way to go on the weight loss, and yes, you have way to many posts to write!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

Christine:  I really need to do it.  Ordinarily, I woud be in a panic.  But... I have already lost 23 pounds... just by eating sensibly (me ?), cutting out almost all salt, more protein, and way, way easy on the carbs.  Now... I actually LOOK at that stuff when I go to Krogers.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Liz:  Well... about this Dunkin' Donuts thing.  They are pretty-much invisible in red-state-Land here.  But, in about a week, it back to Cleveland for a longer visit... and then a hard-right turn over to Maryland... maybe even to the Eastern Shore.  Even when I lived in Alexandria, Virginia for six years... I barely got over to the Eastern Shore... but now I have the chance to do it.

But yes, I will have to watch out for Dunkin' Donuts.  Krispy Kremes... well, I've been known to polish off a dozen in two days.  And that was using will power.  Now I use "won't power."  And... thanks for the compliment.  I didn't even realize I had lost that 23 pounds.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Andrea:  Yes... food plan.  Yeah, that's the ticket !  But really... you are correct.  I have already been doing it... and I didn't even know it.  Just concentrating on chicken and those little six-ounce pre-packaged beef tenderloins.  Crock-potting a whole chicken.  Yum.  And it's just me.  Four days of food for about five dollars.  Not a bad plan.

Post... yes... this one, and two more silly ones yet tonight.  Gotta take a break from my "run" with my recent posts that have required actual thought.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

23 Pounds is AWESOME!  That pushy Lucy...she is never satisfied.  The whole Lucy thing wouldn't work with me.  My family chose to identify me with her at a young age so I grew up with a giant red banner of Lucy on my bedroom door that read "I'm my own person!"  So I think of Lucy as my friend.  Now a Snoopy banner hung on my sister's door.  I don't remember what it said, but I never got along with her when we were kids so I think Snoopy would creep me out more.

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne- What a great accomplishment and with Lucy guarding your fridge I am sure the next 'leg' of the journey will be quite successful. Speaking of Lucy....she is one tough cookie. She was 'guard dog' here awhile ago but our personalities clashed so I sent her packing. And good ol' Charlie Jim Brown has been so much happier since she left. :0)

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne:  Yes, I know you wrote much of your post in a humorous vein, but I'm on Lucy's and your doctor's side on this one.  23 pounds is fantastic ... you should be proud.  But don't rest on your laurels ... and behave yourself!  I didn't find you here on AR and discover a wonderful blogger, friend, and political guru to lose you to bad health!  So keep on, keepin' on ... and lose that weight!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 10 years ago

I love the tenderloins, just got done with one from the grill!  I think mine lean a little closer to the 8 to 10 oz though!  My favorite breakfast is a yogurt smoothie with huckleberries and a banana.  I'm hanging in there with you, I'm down 20 pounds since February.  I haven't had a chocolate chip cookie in over 6 months.  If Lucy lived at my house, I'd bribe her for a couple of Costco chocolate chip cookies and some skim milk! 

Posted by Wanda Thomas, Billings Montana Real Estate (Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN) over 10 years ago

Karen Ann -- you look great!  I need to borrow lucy.. I'll be glad to support you in any way... and I am in the same spot... off with the fat!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Good evening Karen Anne,

Congratulations on you achievement of losing 23 pounds! Now that you are on a roll..the next 6 months will be a breeze! I'm all over you making your goal and reporting back to us!! Keep us posted!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne,

I heard that more than 1 pound per week is a bit too much. 23 would be unbelievabley good. Consider that the most pleasant time, so do not rush with it

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 10 years ago

Congratulations on your success so far Karen Anne, 23 pounds in six months is great.  A few years ago I did WW and lost 30 although it's nearly all creeped back (okay it's not creeping, I'm eating).  Good luck with the next 35.  Wanting to do it is half the battle.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 10 years ago

I think you met your match when you met Miss Lucy and she started guarding your refrigerator.....she's a force to be reckoned with my don't mess with her or the Doc, the results won't be pretty.

Fabulous that you lost 23 lbs.  But take a lesson from my Mom................"determination"............remember..................go for the 35 lbs.  You can do it.

We're all here supporting you Big Sis..................go for your Gold Medal!  I'll be your coach!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 10 years ago

Roger:  I am going to take this opportunity to show you about the "justify" buttons that are messing up your emails and comments.  Right at the top of this comment box, or any comment box, is a line of symbols and links/buttons.  The first three... bold, italic and underline.  the fourth is the strike through button... and five, six, seven and eight are what are called the "justify"... or text justification buttons.

Everyone else commenting has the first of those four clicked.  So... the left side of all of their comments... each line is up against the left edge of the comment box. 

You have the fourth of those buttons clicked on... I am sure of.  It stretches out ALL of your text... so it gets pulled to reach both sides of the line... both the left side and the right side.

Notice how... in the first line of your second paragraph... the big spaces between each and every one of the words.  That is because you have hit, by accident probably, the full-text-justification button... the fourth one.  If the next time you make a comment... you click on the first of the four of those buttons... your text will go back to normal.

Also... if you want to try and fix the comment above... hit the edit button on your comment.  Then, when the box opens up... highlight the entire text of your comment with your mouse.  Then... while it is still highlighted... go up and click on the first of those four little horizontal lines buttons.  Doing that, while your comment is highlighted... will, or should, change the full "justify" to the "left justify"... and then your comment will look the way it is supposed to look... without all those wide spaces between each word.

Try it, please... LOL.  OK... that is your "lesson" for today.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Hey Karen I too am on my fun journey of dropping the weight I 'acquired' this past 3 years due to thyroid issues and foot surgury and not being able to work out or hike.  I'm doing it in a much differnent manner than most - I don't focus on it - I focus on what I want and do my best not to see 'what is'.  It's been a practice ......but so far about 20 lbs are gone. 

Keep up the good work - 23 is fantastic!  And just think how you'll feel with 35 more gone.  Yahoo!  We'll both be hot chicks again!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - 23 pounds is great.  I still haven't managed to get rid of the weight I put on with my 2 year old.  Baby weight's not a good enough answer any more.  Maybe I need to hire Lucy.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 10 years ago