Headed in the Right Direction. Or not.

It’s that time again at Shrinking Jeans… the glorious weigh-in day. At least the scale went down this week – I have lost 3.4 lbs. And that, my dears, is the highlight of this post. Click away now if you don’t want to read my pathetic vent.

I have fallen off the Shredding wagon. Or taking a break. Call it what you want. I did the workout Friday before I went out-of-town, and even went so far as to bring the DVD and dumbbells with me to the hotel! That is about as far as I went with that. I have been having horrible, sciatic nerve issues in my left leg/hip. It pretty much sucks ass. Most times, it hurts to walk. I did try shredding yesterday, but quit during the first round of Level 2. It hurt. I got 40 minutes of cardio in at the gym, as well as a few ab/arm weights. Nothing yet today.

Why is it that when all other aspects of my life are so out of control, my eating is much more in control? Excluding the weekend, I have done great controlling my appetite. I like it!

My husband? We haven’t even slept in the same room for over a week now. That pretty much tells you how well THAT relationship is going. We don’t even talk, unless you count the things we mutter under our breath as we glare at each other. His very presence is annoying the shit out of me.

My stepson? I did my weekly check of the kids’ grades yesterday and he had not one, but TWO more assignments he didn’t turn in. Zeros. I do not even know what to do there anymore. It’s not that he isn’t smart, because he is… his laziness and lack of organization just get him into trouble.

I have an appointment on Saturday to get my nappy hair done, and while I was going to keep it long, I am sort of feeling a chop coming on. Yes, that’s it. Chop the hair, and the world will be a better place.

  • Christy – The Sisterhood

    That is an AWESOME loss, girl! Way to go!

    I’m so sorry you’re having such a hard time now. Sounds like your stepson takes after his dad a little? I wish it didn’t have to be that way for his sake. My best advice is to stay on him and make sure he gets his work done.

    Maybe the relationship front will improve if and when your husband gets that job in Colorado? Has he heard anything back? I hope he does. I know it’s hard, but try to keep the lines of communication open, even if talking to him is the last thing you want to do.

    I love you girl! Keep up the good work and don’t Shred again until your hip feels better. That’s an order.

  • Brooke

    sorry for such a crappy week. i can sympathize with wanting to be in control of something – anything.

    i typically organize my closet when my world is spinning out of control. looks like you’re being a little more constructive with our control. (at the end of the day who really cares if all your shirts are in order of the Roy G Biv Rainboo color scheme where as a 3# loss is a huge deal!!)

  • Megan

    That really sucks that you are having those hip pains. Have you ever had that problem before? Being injured sucks.

    What an awesome loss though! You should feel very good about that!

    Hopefully Justin will be employed soon. I have been thinking of you lots & hoping something comes through for him with the Colorado connection. I hate to see you guys go though! I know it would make you so happy though.

    Keep your chin up girl. I am here if you need anything.

    Love ya.

  • Christie O.

    oh i don’t know about the chopping!!! i wouldn’t recommend chopping during an emotional event! you know yourself, but i am scared for you to do that!

    with that being said, congrats on the loss!! that’s awesome! i’ve kinda fallen off the shred myself, so i have no room to talk there.

    i wish things were better at home, i know how rough it can get but i hope this is just “one of those” cycles that just kind of happen. hugs to you!

  • Kelli @ Gohn Crazy

    Sorry about the hard week, but yay for such a rockin’ loss.

    I hope things look up for you and that you continue to rock at the weight loss, despite not being able to shred all the time.

    Love your blog layout. :)

  • Stacie’s Madness


    you are probably in more control of the eating BECAUSE the rest feels out of control. You are controlling the only thing you can at this point!!

  • livinginagirlsworld

    Glad that the pounds came down. That is a small light down at the end of a very long tunnel. Hugs to you, my dear. And I have always chopped my hair at major times in my life. I’m actually considering it right before the half in October (if I don’t do it before then).

  • Erin

    Good job with the weight loss! And if you need to talk about the other stuff, you can always drop me an email.
    I feel for you on the sciatic pain. Mine has been killing me this pregnancy, and if it weren’t for the chiropractor, I wouldn’t be able to function.

  • Vickie

    Wow, awesome on the lost pounds!!

    I am sorry that things are not going so well right now. Hopefully things turn around for you soon. Sending good vibes your way:)

    I alwasy feel good when I chop my hair. The past two years in the summer I get the Katie Holmes look. The one she got after she mariied Tom Cruise, not the mess she is wearing now. But Christie O. is right about the gettting a hair cut around emotional times.

    I have had that nerve pain and it does suck pluto water! I hope it goes away soon.

  • ScrappinAway

    Good job on the loss! I had sciatic nerve problems when I was preggers and my doc recommended rubbing a tennis ball on the hip, it did provide a little relief and the other thing was ice. Hope it and the other issues get better soon!

  • april

    First: Chop the hair! I LOVE my short hair!

    Second: AWESOME loss for the week!! I love it!

    Third: You did not fall off the Shred wagon, you are on injured reserve and you shouldn’t push it! That’s an order.

    Fourth: Keep your head up. Things will get better, I know it. As much as it doesn’t seem like it now, but it’s true.


  • ValleyGirl

    I hurt for you, Sister, and I’m praying somehow you’ll both find your way back to a strong, loving relationship. In my experience, the muttering usually makes it worse ~ just yell and get it all out in the open! Maybe you’ve done that already. Whatever the case, you are in my prayers regularly.

    You have been a wonderful encouragement to me since joining the Sisterhood, and I want to try to do the same for you.

  • Shana

    Sorry about the pain. And relationship troubles are no fun at all.
    Thinking about you!!

  • Shelli

    I do the Shred moves individually. I watched them on youtube and when I have five min. I do some of them. The Shred itself is too intense for no breaks.

    You must sleep in the same bed with your husband or the marriage will end, speaking from experience here. Mine came close but we both caught each other before it was too late. We are happier than ever, it can work but I want you to do what’s best for you. Praying for you. : )

  • Suzy

    Sweetie, I had sciatica my entire life. Here’s how to get rid of it. If you can get a bar of some sort (they advertise one that looks cool in a new infomercial and it’s at BB and Beyond) you hang that above your door frame. Then hang from it as often as possible. You have a nerve pinched in the lower spine and hanging from a bar will cure it.

    My dad made one for me out of wood when I was a teen so it can be handmade, just watch the weight variable.

    ALSO, if both of those are out, hook your arms under a heavy piece of furniture and have someone pull on your legs. Do any of these twice a day and you should be fine.