I'm bizack! So now, I've decided that I'm going to chronicle the experiences I have with dudes that approach me. Partly because I want to remember these stories, so that if I ever have a son I can put together a, "For God's sake, don't say crap like this to a woman you're interested in" manual. Plus, the stories are just plain funny. Some are a lil creepy though...I've posted most of them to a message board I'm a member of, so I think I'll just go back and copy & paste to here. Here's my most recent story to start things off!

So, my friend and i decided to go out last Friday night...dinner, drinks, and a nice lil club that just opened here.

As we were leaving,we were trying to avoid this dude who was lightweight stalking us earlier that evening, and we almost ran right into him.

I grabbed my friend, and we started looking for another way to escape (lol). Unfortunately, a couple of dudes thought we were looking at them, and they came over. Sigh. 

One of them is okay. He's talking to my girl about his job and seems like a pretty normal guy. I heard something about asbestos (shrug). The other dude is literally INCHES from my face, begging me to come to his graduation next week. Um sir, I don't know you. However, he didn't try to touch me or harass me for my number, so he's tolerable. I just have to lean backwards for my personal space.

Out of no-bleeping-where, another guy runs up and BITES ME ON MY SHOULDER. Like, there's saliva on my shoulder. My girl and I are both in shock for a sec, then this fool tries to do it again! So i grab my friend's hand, and we literally run away.

On the creep-o-meter, I give Too Close dude a 5. And I give Biter a 9. The only reason he didn't get a 10 is because even though that shyt was nasty, I wasn't afraid for my life. But I do have some 10 stories coming later...

I'm On My Way! (Week 1 completed)

I jumped on the scale this morning...and I've lost 4.6 lbs! Hooray! *insert happy dance here* I'm sure my weight loss won't be this high every week, but if I can lose at least a pound a week, I'll be pretty satisfied. Continuous loss is my goal.
I haven't really talked about my diet changes, so I suppose I'll do that now. Basically, I'm counting calories, writing down everything I eat, getting in at least 8-8 oz glasses of water a day, and trying to get at least 4 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Oh, I'm also taking a daily multivitamin. I thought the fruit/veggie thing was going to be hard, but it really isn't. Overall, a serving of fruit or veg is just 1/2 cup, which isn't much at all. The largest serving amount is 1 cup of raw, leafy veggies which still isn't a big deal.
I've been staying away from "bad" carbs (white flour, rice, pasta, etc.). And if I do eat something like wheat bread or brown rice, I try to get that in during lunch instead of later in the day, so I can burn it off.
So far, it's been going well. I haven't had any cravings for the types of food I love to eat, such as burgers, fries, pastas with creamy sauces, fried foods, etc. And luckily for me, I've never really been a dessert lover, so that's one less thing I have to deal with. Never was really a soda drinker, either.
I'm going to have a moment of truth next week, though. My girls and I are going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras next Monday thru Wed. I know I'm going to drink, and those are empty calories, but what I'm really worried about is losing my eating will power and going crazy with the food down there. My plan is to mostly eat a lightly as possible (fruit & yogurt or breakfast bars in the morning) and to only eat 1 "full" meal a day. Preferably for lunch.
The hotel we're staying in also has a fitness facility, and I would love it if I were able to get up in the mornings and get at least 30 min of good cardio in. Doing that will depend on how I feel those 2 mornings, of course. I plan on getting nicely tipsy, but not torn down wasted...*crosses fingers*
I just really don't want to lose everything I've accomplished this past week...wish me luck!

Exercise: The Bane of My Existence

I love the results of consistent exercise, but I HATE the process. And I truly believe that those people talking about, "Oh, I love working out!" are lying. Cause when you're working out for real, you're in pain. And who likes pain??? Well...some folks do, but that's a whole different type of pain...
Anyhoo, I recently joined a fitness center with a few friends. It's not your typical gym, though. The 4 of us are taking fitness pole dancing classes, and 2 of us signed up for the aerobics classes that they offer. We've been doing the pole dancing for about a month now, and we're about to move into the intermediate level of the classes. However, those classes only meet twice a week and I wasn't doing any serious additional exercise (nor was I watching my diet, but more on that in a future post).
Soooooo, I decided to take advantage of the other classes that are offered and my goodness. They are a BEAST. I literally come out of every class pouring sweat. I'm saying, I look down and sweat has dripped off me onto the floor. I feel like after some significant time passes and if I keep this up, I will quite possibly be in the best shape of my young life.
To give you an idea of the level of exercise I'm trying to be on every week, my schedule is basically like this. I've gotten a Wii, so I do at least an hour of that every single morning. Mon/Wed I do pole dancing, Tues/Wed I do a hip hop cardio dancing class, and Thurs/Sat I do a...well, I guess it's like a hybrid of taebo, boxing, and cardio. Then on the days where I don't have any classes, I do about 2 hours on my Wii instead.
For somebody like me, this is some SERIOUS exercising, but hey, I have a goal that I'm determined to reach by a certain time.
Bikini body on the way! *in Bart Scott voice* CAN'T.WAIT.

Kimmy's Weight Loss Plan

So, I completely let blogging go, but now I'm back because I've decided to chronicle my weight loss journey. Even if no one reads it, I think (read: hope & pray) it'll keep me motivated.
My ultimate goal is to lose 20-30 lbs by mid-July, and if I can lose at least a pound a week, I'll hit it.
Generally, I love being short. Anybody who knows me, knows that I'll say that short women are more feminine (no diss to my tall chicas...y'all are all model-y and whatnot). However, it's SUCH a pain when it comes to weight because if you gain, it doesn't have anywhere to spread out (lol) and you're going into bmi overweight/obese territory. As of right now, because of my height, I'm overweight :-( Actually, I'm not that far from technically being obese! Double :-( I think the only thing that's saved me from looking grossly overweight is the fact that most of it went to my booty, thighs, and hips. Yay blackness!
Anyways...being considered "thick" is cool, but I like being smaller better. I still have my figure, but my clothes fit better, my stomach is flat (nobody likes a pudgy tummy), and shopping is more fun. Particularly swimsuit shopping. And I like to wear bikinis. I feel frumpy in a one-piece.
But, most importantly, I've got to do this for my health and well-being. Soooooo many health problems are related to being overweight, one of the biggest being breast cancer. That's what my paternal aunt died from a few years ago and what my paternal grandmother is fighting now. And I tend to take after my dad's side...
Not to mention that both sides of my fam have issues with diabetes, high blood pressure, and (don don don) severe obesity. I'm lucky though, because both my parents are big on weight control. Right now, my mom weighs less that I do, and I feel some kinda way about that, lol. I'm proud of her though.
So, I think i'll close this post here...I'll talk about my exercise regime (and complain about the pain) either later tonight or tomorrow.
As pledged black Greeks, we are annoyed by an influx of people into our respective organizations who don't have a "love" for it. We complain, we wonder what can be done to change this, we wish above ground pledging could somehow make a comeback.

So, I don't understand it when I see men and women say that if their kids don't pledge whatever org they're in, they won't support it. Just because you're an XYZ, doesn't mean your kid will be drawn to it. And if you force them to try and become a member of your org (and they get in), you've just contributed to yet another person who doesn't have the love, but is a member.

Personally, I'd be proud of my daughter, no matter what org she pledged. It'd be particularly appropriate if she became a Delta *smirk smirk smirk*. But seriously, if my daughter felt for another org what I feel for mine, I'd be behind her 100% (or son, lol).

Maybe that's just me...

Some Christians make Christianity look bad.

Today on facebook, I got lightweight ridiculed for asking a question I didn't know the answer to about Christianity and it kinda pissed me the heck off. (People who know me know that angry Kim is very rare.) If you're curious about the entire discussion (and you have me as a fb friend), here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/klmcgowan1?v=feed&story_fbid=114743351875965
I really could go on a super rant about ol' dude in particular, but I guess I won't...
I cannot stand stuck-up, pretentious, so-called Christians. Our whole religion is supposed to be about love and kindness and teaching, but when folks come seeking knowledge, they get discouraged in one way or another.
Now, I'm not talking about questioning the existence of God or anything like that...most of my questions and thoughts deal with traditions of the church or faith in action (the power of prayer, etc.). But apparently, some of the things I may ask are "Sunday School 101" and I should delete them...hmph. How am I supposed to learn and grow if I don't ask? And I bet when people have stupid, foolish, superficial stuff in their fb status, you don't tell them to delete it.
/begin rant
If I have something serious in my fb status, don't come on my page being an ass. Contribute something worthwhile or keep your fingers still...then wanna talk about, "I'll be the bad guy if it gets a conversation on this started..." Go away with that martyr crap! You took away from the meaningful convo! You didn't add to it!
/end rant
Sorry. I couldn't help myself, lol. I do feel better though...
At any rate, I reckon (:-P) I'm not supposed to ask questions about religion on my fb page. Fack that. I enjoy reading other people's thoughts and opinions about various subjects (as long as they're coherent and understandable). I think if people were more open to having calm, rational discussion, we'd all learn a lot more.

A Racist Mascot?

Apparently, there's some huge controversy going on about completely eradicating the University of Mississippi's mascot, Colonel Reb. This mascot was "retired" in 2003 (which I didn't know about at all, nor do I know exactly what this retirement consisted of), but now the administration wants to destroy all references and paraphernalia depicting his likeness.
They're talking about replacing him with...*snicker* Admiral Akbar from the Star Wars franchise. He's the thing that looks like a cross between a slug, a catfish, and a de-shelled crawfish.

My dominant opinion on this topic is, it's a freakin college mascot! Who cares?? I'm not offended when I see a caricature of an old white man in a grey suit prancing around a football field.
As far my feelings about students and fans waving Rebel flags (beloved symbol of the Ku Klux Klan) and shouting, "The South will rise again" after the fight song...well, that's another can of worms for another day.

The biggest argument in the defense of Col. Reb is the whole "Heritage, not hate" thing. And you know what? I can agree with it to a certain extent. If you're tracing your family tree, and your great-great-great-grandfather was a soldier in the Confederate army who was killed in the line of duty, I don't think you should be made to feel ashamed of it. But there is a difference in having a sense of pride about your family history as opposed to going around talking about, "My great (x4) grandpappy owned a passel of slaves back in the Ol South!" (A bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point). Shoot, if I were white, I'd feel some kind of way if a black person said they were descended from Nat Turner and went around bragging about how many whiteys he killed during that particular slave revolt. I'm just saying...

Ok, let me get back on track now...

My point is, I'm willing to bet that there are a number of truly racist things happening at Ole Miss that the administration should be focusing on. Things that can make a tangible difference in the educational experience of a black student at the University of Mississippi. I get offended when I hear of a professor giving black students trouble in the classroom (blatantly or subtly). Or when there is a notable absence of qualified professors of color. Or when minority organizations don't have the same privileges as other orgs. I'm not worried about some stupid mascot that people probably don't even pay attention to during a football game.