Comments: Better tUesday: Numbers

How wonderful! If you do that, I will do my darndest to post my numbers/progress, too, over the next 12 weeks. I too need to be held accountable! May I just say, I LOVE YOUR WRITING, been reading you for a couple of years, but this is the first time I commented (gulp!)

Posted by Crisoi at May 12, 2009 7:38 AM

Dude, your TENT didn't blow over, it was your LEAN-TO. ;)

Off to mark every Tuesday on my calendar and practice my disapproving eyebrows.

Posted by Mir at May 12, 2009 8:00 AM

I'll be in the posse as long as I don't have to post my numbers anywhere anyone can see them.

Can I double secret password protect them or does that defeat the purpose?

Posted by Jen at May 12, 2009 8:14 AM

I will totally be in your posse. I am on Day 13 in Wii Fit (I rock the advanced dance steps), and I am just waiting for warm weather to allow me to walk outside.

I regularly talked about my weight (even numbers) until I joined Facebook and found old friends from high school and suddenly, I couldn't say exactly how much I weighed anymore, but I will try.

Posted by Linda Sherwood at May 12, 2009 8:17 AM

You know what? You don't have to post them at ALL. Get the before numbers for YOU---so you know what your body needs--- and keep them all in a locked box buried beneath the fifth pine tree in the woods 50 paces from the grave of unknown soldier.

Publicly, all you need to do is talk abotu the math. You could say, for example, "My waist size was a SECRET SECRET NUMBER when I started, but NOW my waist size is a secret secret number MINUS ONE! My secret secret waist size has gone down ONE INCHES." Like that.

Only you and the Lord need to know the actual NUMBER--in fact, I can assign you a waist size now. Your waist size is now X. We want to celebrate with you when it is X minus one, and encourage when you have a bad week and it is X + 1, and commiserate on the stupid weeks when you do EVERYHTING RIGHT and your STUPID STUPID waist stays EXACTLY X. Which happens and is enraging and completely unfair. SO. How does that sound?

Posted by Joshilyn at May 12, 2009 8:21 AM

Linda, Dude, no. You are fine. In fact, you can know the exact number of my weight when you weigh my cold dead body. But let me say up front a TRUE SCIENCE FACT: DEATH causes you to weigh ten pounds heavier. *vigorous nodding*

Posted by Joshilyn at May 12, 2009 8:22 AM

Saddle up, O Posse, and let's ride out. On the other hand, you may not want me to serve as look-out (or any other role that takes visual acuity), once I confess that I looked at the conclusion of today's opening paragraph (to wit, " talk about POSSE-MAKING.") and initially misread it as "to talk about POSSUM-MATING." Eek!

Posted by JMyersbook at May 12, 2009 8:45 AM

I am not personally posting any numbers, (except number of chidren, number of twins I have, and number of books, things like that) but I can do strange and wondrous things with my (unplucked) (but blonde so who cares?) eyebrows. Also, I am apparently addicted to parenthetical remarks. Thanks for letting me share.

Posted by edj at May 12, 2009 8:50 AM

Yes oh YES I want to make possum too!! (Assuming that what the BETTERU program asks me to do is possumble for a WIDE LOAD like me.)

I want glossy pelt-hair and butter skin!! (And buttered waffles...NO NO, mustn't go there, NAUGHTY WIDE LOAD!!)

Sorry. I am replying before my first cup of coffee, so the alertness filter isn't in place yet. But YES!


Posted by Jennifer at May 12, 2009 9:00 AM

I'm with you too! I actually paid way too much for a year gym membership last month, so I better use it. Go girl!

Posted by Erin at May 12, 2009 9:24 AM

Possumble! Ha!

Posted by Joshilyn at May 12, 2009 9:25 AM

Joshilyn, great message, I work out and try to eat better, and my X keeps growing instead of shrinking, so I'll be interested to see what kind of tips are offered. Also, my platform is Stop Drinking From Plastic Water Bottles!!! They contain dioxin, which causes cancer, esp. breast cancer. The dioxin is released if they EVER get warm, either before or after you buy them. Do you know where that water bottle has been? Get a good permanent water bottle or two and save the plastic bottles for emergencies!

Posted by Susanvl at May 12, 2009 9:27 AM

I've always wanted to be in a posse!

Posted by Mel at May 12, 2009 9:33 AM

I'm in. . .but I don't know if I will ever feel actual guilt over butter usage. I will, however, work on my Sad Eyebrows. I currently have School-Teacher Eyebrows, Mommy Eyebrows, and The-Kids-are-Involved-in-a-Video-for-the-Next-30-Minutes Eyebrows. I will practice on the Sad ones as I don't plan to use ANY of the ones currently I have on you. Oh, and if we are a posse are you handing out horses? I'll take a Palomino named Buttercup.

Posted by Roxanne at May 12, 2009 9:36 AM

Yish, mares. Such MOODY objects. Buttercup is all yours, I will take a Fresian gelding named Galileo. (pronounced Gu-LIL-ee-oh)

Posted by Joshilyn at May 12, 2009 9:41 AM

Someone with PROFESSIONAL level sad eyebrows needs to say to me, "JOSS, STOP PLAYING AROUND ON YOUR BLOG AND CHECKING FOR COMMENTS EVERY 6 minutes and GO WORK."

Posted by Joshilyn at May 12, 2009 9:42 AM

I'm so on board, that i'm going to make a graffiti stencil ripping off Shepherd Fairy which says "JOSHILYN JACKSON HAS A POSSE" and begin spraypainting it around town.

Aight, i tell a lie. But i do support this endeavor, wholeheartedly!

Posted by Rachel at May 12, 2009 9:52 AM

My eyebrows, they are in shape. My health insurance, it does suck muchly, so I get no check-ups for free. My yearly tune-up on my lady bits comes straight out of pocket, but I think I can spring for a general exam and maybe get numbers! And post them for all the world to see! And join your posse! And stop using so dratted many exclamation points. That really should be first.

Posted by ellbee at May 12, 2009 9:53 AM

Ooooh goody, a posse!! I recently had my lady bits checked along with my cholesterol and was "recommended" to take steps to reduce said cholesterol level.

Meanwhile, I'll be practicing my Tuting and Sad Eyebrows. Just in case. But I'll never need to employ them because you will be UTTERLY triumphant in every way.

Posted by Tammy at May 12, 2009 10:01 AM

"Yes! Yes!" I cried, tearful with gratitude for this very timely offer. That was before I read the bit about telling people how big my waist really is. But wait - I don't have to tell? Cool. My waist measurement will be a secret between me and Wilson, my stuffed puppy - because it's not as if anybody looking at me can see that I'm shaped like a bolster. With that disclaimer, I'm in. I would like a chestnut mare named Panacea (pronounced puh-NAY-sha), please. I once knew someone who had a cat by that name, and I've always wanted to use it (the name, not the cat).

Posted by Sandra Leigh at May 12, 2009 10:15 AM

I already have an appointment to have all my numbers checked next month. Actually, I had a bunch of numbers checked THIS month and am waiting on results...then next month is a RE-check. So.

What I'm trying to say is I was already in your posse and you didn't even know it! Double win! ;)

Posted by Amy-Go at May 12, 2009 10:17 AM

I want to be in the posse! This will be a most triumphant posse.

Posted by JennyG at May 12, 2009 10:18 AM

Dude. I will totally be in your posse. And I like the idea of my super secret numbers getting lower. I don't know that I'm brave enough to announce them out loud to the internets. But I will get them before next Tuesday.

Posted by Aimee at May 12, 2009 10:21 AM

Annual physical? Check.
Pedometer left over from last feeble attempt at Weight Watchers? Check.
Numbers? Check.

Willpower?... Gonna need some help with that one, so thanks for this, Sister!

Posse Trivia: On which teevee talk show did the band Michael Wolff and The Posse regularly appear?

Posted by CityGirl at May 12, 2009 10:36 AM

*walks up with with her paint pony*

Count me in. My weight and measurement numbers all begin with X ... okay XX ... well, maybe in some snooty stores XXX.

I got all my chemical numbers last month. Glory hallelujah they are healthy. (Except the afore mentioned X numbers).

So count me in ... I too have a gym membership that languishes too many days out of each month.

Posted by Mit at May 12, 2009 10:38 AM

Due to your Facebook status I decided to leave a comment. I am absolutely on board with you! This year I decided to be a healthier person because diabetes runs rampant in my family...and how sad is life without cupcakes?! However, I will warn you that I can give a very stern look with raised eyebrows. It scares my husband quite a bit. So stick to it! :) And now that you've spent time checking your blog and Facebook you can get back to work.

Posted by Jennifer at May 12, 2009 10:47 AM

Me too, me too! I want to play. I REEEEEEEALLLY need to do this actually. I gave up when I decided I was speding 7 times longer on WW online than I ever did at the actually meetings when I tried to calculate recipies for points, etc. So I've been adrift and gaining since I've returned to work. Like X+12 in 10 months. So.
Do we get a posse-pony for playing?

Posted by JulieB at May 12, 2009 10:52 AM

Count me in!!! I needed this push so bad! I start back working at my summer job on June 1st, an outdoor drama in Snow Camp, NC and I'm going to be seeing all my friends I haven't seen in a year, and they will shake their heads and whisper and say "Oh dear. Look at Dani. Shame shame shame." when I'm not listening! I just know it! But I will say "Joshilyn Jackson and I are in a posse and we're getting healthy together so THERE!" As for posting numbers... I don't know about all that, but we'll see how bold and daring I become as the weeks go on! Can't wait to get started!

Posted by Dani at May 12, 2009 10:53 AM

I love a posse! Can I have a black stallion?

Is it ok if I already started? I had my c/u a couple months ago and I'm almost down a size already. But I'll stick with the 12-week program, too, I promise! Will-power is my weakest point, so the posse is a great way to finish, and ... the real hard part ... maintain.

Posted by Patti at May 12, 2009 10:55 AM

I live so far north it's practically Canada. Does your posse need a sled dog? No? Well maybe I can join anyway? I am riding my bike 100 miles on Friday for a whole other very good cause posse. And after 5 years of this-my 5th 100 mile in a day bike ride...I still need smaller numbers! Clearly I am a very hard case, but if I can lose just one inch, or just one point, I'll be thrilled. And no I don't eat Ho-Ho's while I ride-not that I haven't thought of it, so that's NOT the problem, thanks for asking!

Posted by Karen at May 12, 2009 11:33 AM

i'm with ya!! started a little posse of my own at the office, but could always use more encouragement. got my c/u yesterday, my numbers are good, sans bmi...lordy, that was what the doc started with. with her skinny butt, she told me what my bmi 'should' be as compared to what it is currently (imagine a much bigger number). but i'm not doing this 'cause i want a skinnier butt (that would be just a side benefit)...i want a healthier heart, so i can live long enough to show naked baby pics to my kids' significant others. is that a good reason to lose some weight???

Posted by Trish at May 12, 2009 11:38 AM

I will join your posse (you had me at ho-hos). I will even give you real numbers. What do I care? I threatened to buy my husband a t-shirt that says "I dig fat chicks" so, you know, a bunch of peeps inside my computer? What do I have to lose? The answer: my ginormous arse. Thank you.

Posted by Em at May 12, 2009 11:40 AM

I'm in!

Posted by Kim at May 12, 2009 11:51 AM

Count me in too!!

Posted by Jayne at May 12, 2009 12:17 PM

I'm in!

Posted by Darla at May 12, 2009 12:36 PM

I've been reading your blog all along but this inspired me to get on board and post. I, too, have been bouncing from size 8, 10, 12 ever since I hit 40. Well, mostly climbing...I just rejoined my health club and have been panting away on the treadmill for the last 2 weeks. I am so out of shape. Blood numbers are good, but I can't run for more then 5 minutes! Really. That's embarrassing. Plus I have a little regurgitaty heart thing (like Mitral valve prolapse but not as bad), so I need a posse.

Posted by Marjorie at May 12, 2009 12:38 PM

Because my last birthday was one of those really depressing landmark ones, I went to the Dr and got yelled at. Well, I had blown out the top of the healthy range of the BMI chart and did nothing to exercise, etc. etc. so I guess I derserved the yelling. And there was 50% more of me than there should be. (The other chemical numbers weren't bad though.) I'm still working on getting rid of 30% of me, so yeah, I'm all in.

And the professionally disapproving eyebrows? I haz dem. I even haz teh deep-indent professional frowny lines between 'em, so "JOSS, STOP PLAYING AROUND ON YOUR BLOG AND CHECKING FOR COMMENTS EVERY 6 minutes and GO WORK."

Sorry. That yelling is contagious. But my 6-shooter will stay in the gun safe. Pinky-swearz.

Posted by Lulu at May 12, 2009 12:41 PM

Me too, me tooo!!! I've already said that my problem is cholesterol, plus I'm rounder overall than i'd like to be. I've actually managed to take some of the summer off, so I will be working on developing healthy mind AND body rituals.

Posted by elizabeth at May 12, 2009 12:43 PM

Oh and i'd like a trusty mare named Verucca.

Posted by elizabeth at May 12, 2009 12:44 PM

That's it you're just a size 12 ish??? Well I will come right out and say it. 2 of you will equal ONE of me so I certainly need some posse people to jump on me. But how can a big mama like me tell you no when it should so be the other way around...Well either way I'm in...

when do we spill the numbers???

Posted by Linda J at May 12, 2009 12:57 PM

I'm not sure about this posse-thing. But I would like to try to achieve a goal of X-5 or so. I am going to be in Europe for most of the fall and would like to look my bestest in case I run into any single princes. So once I see what this BetterU thing entails, I might follow it. Until I see the plan, I am uncomfortable committing to it. What if it involves, say, harvesting pine sap and murdering a lemming to make a nice, lean, protein-filled dish? I would not be so into that. But if it is a little less odd, I will commit. And I am definitely going to refer to my numbers as "secret secret waist size" per your suggestion.

Posted by Haley at May 12, 2009 1:21 PM

I have not even been to the website but count me in. I need a POSSE, too.

Posted by pendy at May 12, 2009 1:28 PM

Count me in! My X-factor has been growing steadily since I reached the age of mumblemumble. I'm a breast cancer survivor (12 years!!) and you'd think I would be more proactive. I'm ready to saddle up!

Posted by Kathy at May 12, 2009 1:33 PM

I'm in, but only if my horse can be one of those honey colored ones with a white mane. I will name her Amy.

Also, my husband had a heart attack at 35, and diabetes at 37 and is now almost 40 and we both need help. If I have to ditch the cookies, it'll help us all.

Posted by Lisa at May 12, 2009 3:16 PM

Ooo, ooo! If I am a Possum then I want a horse too!! An Appaloosa named "Siegfried," please!!(Heeeeere, Faggot!)(I heart Maisy and her nearly-excrutiating adorability!)

There is another Jennifer, now, too; maybe I should start using my alias, "JMixx"? It would be sooooo awkward if you were to say, "Quick! Jennifer! Throw yourself upon the Ho-Ho Bucket to save the rest of us!" and we were to bonk heads in our haste to sacrifice ourselves. I'm JUST saying.You know. In Case.

Posted by Jennifer at May 12, 2009 4:12 PM

Yes, I'll be in your posse. It'll help me continue the baby steps I've started already. Go Posse!

Posted by Michelle M. at May 12, 2009 4:51 PM

would being in your posse involve changing my personal regime of snorting crack off an escort's posterior in order to stay trim and, umm, alert? cuz i hearts you much but i am a lazy, shortcut taking, slacker.

Posted by debra at May 12, 2009 5:14 PM

I will be in your posse - but only if I can totally brag about it to everyone I know :)
I will even try to lose a few lbs too *gulp*

Posted by Les at May 12, 2009 5:56 PM

Oh - and I TOTALLY have the stare - the teacher stare. I can look so stern you will run away from the computer dropping the Ho Ho's on the way.

Posted by Les at May 12, 2009 6:02 PM

Yep, I will be in your posse! I am practicing all my eyebrow expressions for ya. I will have to wait to do the program with you because I am preggers right now and actively trying to gain weight. (It's the only time in my life that I ever have trouble gaing weight)
I'll be checking in, allthough I usually just read instead of commenting. I've been coming here ever since you were on Literary Chicks.

Posted by Berni at May 12, 2009 9:45 PM

I'm kinda with Haley on this one, although I'd certainly love a Trekahner. A bay, please. He'll tell me his name when I meet him.

My cholesterol and BP numbers are okay, no idea about my triglycerides but my doc didn't mention them so I assume all is well. My Bad Numbers seem to be sugar related. Well, and my weight, of course, but that's less a concern to me.

So I shall see what is involved, but even if I don't saddle up, I've got your back for emotional support. I just know you will be glossy and dewy-fresh and youthfully vital by the time it is all over with! If not long before!

Posted by Fran at May 12, 2009 10:30 PM

I'm in. Have been exercising regularly for about a year - not dieting. Well,I no longer eat fried foods, but I eat a lot of dairy and I made a pig of myself eating boiled peanuts today. Getting blood work done next week.

Posted by Judy at May 12, 2009 11:20 PM

Ok, I am so in. THANK YOU for the kick in the butt I needed - I need a posse to keep me accountable too, and I need to get healthier. It's been a goal for a while... and I've been stalling, making lame excuses for myself, ("I'll start eating better and exercising once the move is over, once work slows down, once it's warmer, blah blah blah"), and generally just being a slug. So June 1st is highlighted in red on my calendar and I'm going to jump on in and DO IT FOR REAL. Thanks, Joss. :)

Posted by this girl remembers at May 13, 2009 3:06 AM

Oh, heck yeah! I am SO in your posse!

Just a heads-up for peeps going to the doc to get BEFORE numbers though: they usually want you to go into your appointment fasting. If you've eaten in the past so many hours (eight?), you'll have to make another appointment for a blood draw to check your numbers.

Posted by Katrina Stonoff at May 13, 2009 11:15 AM

oo ooo ooo me too me too... count me in!!

Posted by Sockpuppet at May 13, 2009 12:34 PM

I'm game. Afraid, but in.

Posted by Lisa Milton at May 13, 2009 1:02 PM

You look so pretty in your picture!

Posted by Nik at May 13, 2009 2:17 PM

I'd love to be in your posse. Do I have to post numbers? I don't want to make people feel bad. I need to be healthier, especially re: what I eat, but I've got the exercising thing down. (And ironically, that DID start because one day my best friend said, we should join a gym, so we did, and lo seven months later I'm nearly 20lbs lighter. Go xtrainer.)

Posted by Jess at May 14, 2009 9:44 AM

I would love to join! But it is apparently only for women living in the United States, which I am currently not. But I'm with you in spirit, and my Disapproving Eyebrows are at your service.

Posted by alala at May 14, 2009 10:11 AM

I dunno about numbers. Except stuff I can find out at home easily. But I do want to be healthier. I'll post what I've got. And I do really, really good sad eyebrows. In the meantime, I've got to say, you look awfully cute in your "before" picture.
-Leslie, in Hiawatha

Posted by Leslie Noon at May 18, 2009 7:30 AM