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Posted on Apr 4, 2012 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 19 comments

Writer (Weigh-in)

In an attempt to change things up (and get to what I actually want to talk about today), let’s get the weigh-in part of today’s post out of the way, shall we?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 189.0 lbs
This Weigh-in: 188.4 lbs
Difference: -0.6 lbs

Womp womp. Okay, don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it. Progress is progress, as they say, but I guess I was just hoping for more than a half-pound loss over the 2 weeks since I’ve last reported in. I’m going to blame the delicious potato salad that my mom made last night. Just like water weight, potato salad weight is totally a thing, right? Hahaha. I did take me a long time just to get from 189 to 186 (my lowest weight since starting this blog) the first time around, so I know that at this point it’s gonna be a slow battle for me. It’s just unfortunate that makes the rest of the pounds between 186 and 165 (or whatever) seem all the more impossible to lose. Ah well.

Anyway, remember how last week I declared my intentions to potentially pursue teaching as career? Well, I’m officially signed up for a couple of English classes at NOVA (prerequisites, essentially), so we’ll see whether or not this spark catches… or gets extinguished. As I’ve mentioned, through the course of writing this blog, and taking a genuine look at my passions over the course of my life, I’ve been able to establish the following: While I obviously love food and do have a vested interest now in nutrition and health, my real love is writing. And it always has been.

My parents have a couple of boxes full of keepsakes from our childhood days stored up in the attic, and while I was recently pawing through mine in search of some old paperwork, I came across some of my past writing attempts. You know, stories I had written up for class, little faux-hardbound books that I authored and illustrated, and more than one Composition notebook full of scribbles from my Harriet the Spy days. I have to admit, I was a pretty creative little kid! From the get-go I was penning fantasy stories starring small nations of faerie-people living in the trees, and mystery novellas that antagonized the lunch ladies from the cafeteria.

Finding my stories from the days of REALLY old motivated me to go back through my writing archives from the mere days of old. I did quite a bit of writing in high school and a ton of it during my senior year of college (the latter was thanks to some really outstanding creative writing classes that I took in my final semesters) but really fell out of it after I entered “the real world”. Luckily, I seem to still have quite a few of my pieces stored away on my computer, and after waddling through the worst bits, I realized that some of it really isn’t so bad. As you can probably tell, I’ve been feeling particularly inspired to pick up writing again (I think I finally have an idea that has real potential, which is exciting!), so it’s fun for me to go back and remind myself of where I’m coming from.


  1. Well I’d be totally psyched to read more of your stuff!

    • Haha, I was just thinking that me reposting some of this stuff is like a repeat for you, Lena! 😉

      • Pfff! I don’t mind reading your stuff again 😀

  2. Congratulations on your loss! I’ve been wavering around the same few pounds the last week or so but I won’t let the scale be the only indicator of my success 🙂

    Good luck with your new endeavors!

  3. Isn’t it fun to go through old writing?? I have tons and tons and tons of it as well, going back to when I was 13 — I’ve never been able to throw any of it away, even the most cringeworthy middle school melodramatic stuff. Were you mostly a poet or did you write fiction as well? You seem to have found a good voice here.

    Are you going to be taking creative writing classes or more general English classes? What did you major in in college?

    • The classes I enrolled in are general English classes, as part of a sort of prerequisite for the teaching program I’m looking at for next Spring. I was a Communication major in college, but took a bunch of creative writing classes as electives. I’d say I wrote a balance between short story fiction and poetry/songs. I think that writing fiction is more rewarding but more difficult!

  4. I do believe potato salad weight is a real thing. I also believe that potato wedges weight is a real thing….or at least it better be! Keep up the work, you know it will pay off in the end!

  5. Will you be working and going to school?? So proud of you!

  6. Keep up the good work, cousin! Maybe once you get past the plateau of 186 the weight will come off a little easier. 🙂

  7. Yes …. it is your blog! Say whatever Gretchen …. I enjoyed reading these.

    Youth brings lots of emotions and feelings. Wonderful to scribble them down and reference another day. These words can talk to you now. Can you recall how you were feeling with a specific journal entry?

    Funny you mention fragrances. I have a love-hate relationship with patchouli. If I sniff and wiff …. ugh …. migraine. Not sure why. Bad memories?

    As for lavender …. haha …. ohboy. When I was about 13 or 14, I started to write a book called “Lavender” … yeah. Pages and pages of ???? Have no idea (now) who, what or why. Maybe it was just the name of a girl. We (sisters) would tell our mom …. “why didn’t you name us …..?” She would just laugh.

    Best gal-pals would exchange all sorts of letters/poems from camp … or when we were on holiday. I have re-read them. Ohmygosh ….hysterical.

    The things kids/teens say …. just delicious.

    P.S. Excellent for the w/loss Gretchen … yay! Let’s all be careful during Easter and Passover. I’m going to try really-really a lot to go easy-peasy. My weakness: scalloped potatoes, fried rice balls + desserts.

  8. Losses are losses. Slow and steady wins the race. The ox is slow, but the Earth is patient.

    Or something vaguely encouraging (but frustrating in the way that adages and proverbs are known to be) like that.

    Also, I would totally love to read the rest of that story. It’s got a great hook to it.

  9. Great writing! It’s great that you recognize what you really love. When I was in grade school, I had a whole drawer full of books that I made. (Wrote and illustrated on regular paper, made the “covers” out of construction paper, and stapled together like a book.) I always said I wanted to be an author when I grew up. Now I’m an engineer – funny how life turns out. So often we follow the practical path instead of what we love, but I’m finding my blog to be a wonderful outlet for my writing passion.

  10. And why are you not going to grad school for writing?

  11. Dude, I totally had a collection of Harriet the Spy notebooks too! Harriet the Spy was so freaking cool and I needed to be just like her! The bad part was that I was pretty much oblivious, so my insights weren’t very interesting!

    And I need to add that Composition notebooks are totally where it’s at. I hated “normal” notebooks…Comp notebooks made your stuff seem legit (coming from the girl who used to force her parents to endure her impromptu poetry readings…) Oh, and I also had a million unfinished novels that I wrote in junior high that totally mortify me now. Many of my characters were often named Melanie (I guess I loved the name?) and were orphans with long-lost siblings (I guess being the oldest of 8 kids made me imaginative?).

    Anyway, I like the stuff you posted. You are so brave for actually doing that! Would love to see more in the future (especially some of the Harriet the Spy musings).

  12. These are great Gretchen…you definitely have a creative writing talent. Have fun in your new class and I hope it’s what you’re looking for!

  13. Potato salad weight….cheese (specifically smoked Gouda) weight…..and the dreaded cupcake weight….

    all real….myth busters need to prove this! 😀


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