Sunday, July 29, 2012
Hey big news!! I dropped another size and now fit into a size large shirt! This is huge for me, it makes me feel soooo good. I started out as a 2XL and now am a L! Let me start the story from the beginning, today we went to Fish Creek and we went to my dad's favorite store, On Deck Clothing Store. The store has a sale section downstairs with great prices and my dad likes to buy his shirts there. Anyway, when my dad was trying on shirts I wandered over to the women's section. I tried on a few XL sizes, and they were cute, but not exactly right. I went back to the sales rack and was admiring the Large sizes wishing I could wear them, and I thought, why not try them on? I did, and they Fit! The first one I tried on was a little tight, but it fit and the third one I tried on was just right. My dad bought me the blue shirt that fit just right.
After going clothes shopping we went to get coffee at Luna, a new coffee house that my dad discovered, because his old favorite one had closed. The coffee store is connected with the clothes store that I mentioned yesterday that is interested in my jewelry. I went in and handed her my business card. I had a small Iced skim vanilla chai late. It was really good and just hit the spot. We then went next door to the handmade chocolate store and I got a mint chocolate covered oreo and saved it until after lunch.
After we finished up in Fish Creek we went to lunch in Egg Harbor. We went to a cute little place called the village cafe I believe. I ordered a soup and sandwich combo, the sandwich was an egg sandwich and I expected to get a half sandwich but they gave me a whole one. I only ate half of the sandwich. yay go me. the soup was a cup of chili, it was a little spicy for me, so I only had about half of it as well. I also had a side of fuit. We then went to a cool thrift store, but I didn't find anything. Then we drove back to Sister Bay, and went to pick up a few things at Piggly Wiggly. I didn't feel like going back to the lodge, so I elected to stay behind at the settlement shops and walk back. I went to a few stores. There is a cool thrift/clothing store there that was having a 50% off sale. I ended up getting 3 cute shirts for $19.52. After that I walked back to the lodge and here I am now.
Tonight we are going out to the English Inn. It looks like a cool restaurant, we have reservations for quarter to seven. I have a dining guide to Door County that has menus for various restaurants and their menu is there. I will plan out what I will eat out tonight. Right now am going to check out the fitness center and work out.
UPDATE: I just walked on the treadmill for 25min, 2.1 pace 5% incline Woo Hoo! I'm so glad I worked out I am exhausted and sweating. I will shower now, get changed and then we are going out to eat.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I did it!!!! I biked the 9.5 mile trail and it was not as bad as I was afraid it was going to be. Don't get me wrong, it was hard, but it didn't kill me. My mom had said that I could stop 4 times and I only stopped once. For everyone that is reading this as the first blog entry, to motivate me my parents said that if I could bike the Peninsula state park bike trail they would give me $50. I trained for weeks and had gotten to eight miles. Last year when we went to DC I biked the trail with my mom and it was really really hard. I had to stop multiple times and complained the whole way, I thought I was going to die(an exaggeration) but I did not have fun at all. What a difference a year makes! The biggest change I think was my attitude. I actually enjoyed the bike ride, it was beautiful.
Yesterday we drove up here and arrived around 2. We unpacked and went out to lunch at the Cookery in Fish Creek. I had an eggplant and green olive flatbread with parmesan cheese. I didn't finish it! I normally would have eaten the whole thing, but I left two slices. After that we went to the Piggly Wiggly and went grocery shopping, after that we went back to the room and hung out. I tried to teach my mom the entrelac stitch for knitting and then we went out to eat at a really nice restaurant, the name is escaping me right now, but we always go the first day each year and it is my dad's favorite. He loves the key lime pie they have there. we had sweet potato fries for an appetizer and I only had a few (5-10). For dinner I had pesto whitefish, it was really good, it came with veggies and rice pilaf on the side. I finished everything, it was really good. My dad ordered desert and I didn't order anything. We went back to the room and caught the last half of the opening ceremonies. I ate two skinny cow ice cream bars that I had gotten when we went grocery shopping, they were so good.
Today we woke up around ten, I had breakfast and my parents went for a three mile run. after that we did the bike trail. We ate lunch at Julie's cafe, well we all ordered breakfast foods for lunch. I had something that was made up of two eggs scrambled with hash browns, onions, and cheese, that came with a bagel. I also ordered a fresh fruit bowl. I was so famished from biking the 9.5 miles that I ate everything. We checked out a new coffee shop after that. The coffee shop was in a funky little store that would be the perfect place for my jewelry. I asked the owner how she gets her jewelry, and she explained that she buys from all sorts of sources. She was interested in my stuff after I described what I make to her, and asked me to email her my etsy site and facebook page.
I have come to a decision up here. I am not going to worry about tracking my foods, I will track my water, but it is really hard to track food when I go out to eat and I don't want to obsess over everything I eat, I am on vacation after all. I am going to try and order something healthy and eat less than I normally would. I will also exercise just about every day, but I won't worry too much about what I am eating, I will just enjoy myself.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I just typed up a long blog entry and instead of posting it I closed the window oops. let me start over yesterday I biked for eight miles in 4! minutes! that is my personal best so far. I feel as though biking the trail in Door County will be no problem. Speaking of Door County, I'm leaving to go tomorrow! I can't wait. I am packing to go right now.
My brother took the MCAT today, so we are going out to celebrate at a Japanese restaurant. I am going to have sushi, I think. I was bad last night and didn't record my dinner, but instead of being all negative about it and letting it get me down, I have decided to move past it and not let it stop me from recording my meals in the future. In the past I would have beat myself up about it, but now I am trying to let it go.
I found out why I am getting the headaches, maybe. Let me start over from the beginning, a few months ago I was riding in the car with my then boyfriend (now ex) and we were hit from behind. He didn't want to make a big deal of it and report it, he had a clunker of a car. I said that my neck hurt a little bit and that I had had whiplash in the past, he asked if I was okay, and I said I was. Instead of insisting that I go to the hospital, I agreed to continue our date. I remember that it was March 31st because that was the last day that my mother's insurance was effective, and the next day my new insurance took effect. I get insurance through my school now, and it is not as good. After a while I had forgotten about the accident and started getting really bad headaches whenever I would be a passenger in a car or bus and read or did anything. They started occurring more and more frequently so I finally went to the doctor about it last week. He was a new doctor and when I was telling him my medical history I remembered about the accident and mentioned it. He ordered an x-ray. He didn't know what was causing the headaches and said I should see a neurologist.
My results from the x-ray came back yesterday and one of my vertebrae was sub-normal and was either too curved or not curved enough, I didn't understand the results so I called the doctor back and talked to the nurse. She said that the problem with my neck was probably what was causing my headaches. She said that they were probably tension headaches caused by muscle spasms. She said there were two options, one was a neurologist and the other was physical therapy. I said I would prefer physical therapy because I thought it would be cheaper. I also said that I had to call my insurance because I wanted to see if they would cover it. This morning I was woken up by a call from the nurse saying that my doctor wanted me to do physical therapy and after a few weeks I should see if it worked or not.
After that I called my insurance to see if PT was covered and found out that my coverage expires on August fourth. I am really glad I called. I then called my school and found out that they were switching insurance providers. I called the new insurance people and they said that I have to apply on their website and it would cost around $1,700. I am so glad I found out today, because I am leaving for vacation tomorrow and not getting back until the fifth.
Anyway sorry to bug you with the boring stuff. Hopefully PT will work and the really bad headaches will go away, in the meantime I am going to be taking Advil every time I ride in the car and hope that that will prevent the headaches.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Hello, I had a good day today, nothing much happened, because of the heat, but I managed to go to the gym. I biked seven miles in 35 min! the first time I biked seven miles, Saturday I did it in 37 minutes, so I broke my personal best woo-hoo! I am on track to bike ten miles next week.
Yesterday I took the day off, I had already exercised five times and needed a break. I could have gotten myself down about skipping a day, but I am trying to focus on the fact that I managed to work out five times, when I used to barely be able to work out once or twice. I have made a lot of progress in about a month's time. That was the second week in a row of working out five days, this week I hope to keep the streak alive.
On Friday me and my family are leaving for Door County, I can't wait! I love going there. My family has been going to Door county for a long time, maybe 8 or 10 years, and I look forward to it all year long. We stay in Sister Bay at the Scandinavian Lodge every year for eight days, but we are staying nine days this year, long story. Our suite has two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen/main room. There is a balcony where we can sit and relax. The lodge has 2 pools, one outdoors and one indoors, so I might work up my courage and try my swimsuit on and lounge at the pool. There is a workout room (I have never been there but everyone else in my family has) and you can rent bikes from the front desk. I will try and exercise at least once a day for five days, that is my goal for when I am up there. There is wi-fi at the hotel, so I am debating wether or not to bring my laptop along, on one hand I can connect to sparkpeople.com and blog about my experiences and do stuff, but on the other hand I worry that I won't be fully in vacation mode and will be stuck in my computer too much.
This is the first year that my brother will not be able to go with us, he has to work and can't get off. He might make the last few days though, I hope he can. So this year it is just me and my parents. Usually my brother and my Dad go golfing and my mom and go beading or shop or do other things together. I don't know how that will work out with my dad being around all the time. Door county is where I first learned to bead, and now I think I could probably teach my teacher new things, I've gotten that good. I don't like bragging, but I think that I need to recognize my achievements more than I do now. I tend to downplay my successes and focus on my failures, which I am trying hard not to do.
This year the olympic games are happening when we are going, in fact the opening ceremony is the first day we get there. I am a little conflicted because I want to see them, but I also want to go out to dinner and enjoy the first day of vacation. I joined the knitting olympics team here on Sparkpeople, and am looking forward to knitting while I am up there. I still have to narrow down which project I want to make and buy the yarn. I also what to catch up on my reading while I am up there. There is so much I want to do. I want to bead, read, knit, exercise, etc. I hope I will have enough time in the day to enjoy fully what I want to do.
I will be eating out a lot at restaurants, so I am a little worried about eating too much, but I think that my attitude has changed enough that I can make up for it by eating less and choosing good, healthy foods. I can always take the leftovers from dinners back to the room and leave them in the refrigerator for lunch the next day, or I can always just not finnish and not worry about what happens to the rest of the food. I am going to be on vacation, so I will cut myself a little slack, and when I get back I will then start to try and control what I eat and make a meal plan ahead of time.
I am really looking forward to going and cannot wait. I sort of hope that this week will go by quickly, but then I want time to slow down so I can appreciate my vacation to the fullest.
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