Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I won't be doing my official weigh-in until Wednesday night, but I stepped on the scale out of curiosity when I got up today. See, tomorrow is Mabon (the fall equinox), and I'd set a goal to reach 225 lbs by then. I was curious how close I'd come.
I'll totally take 229.5 lbs! That means I'm only 4 1/2 pounds away from being able to fit in Kings Island's roller coasters! Do you know what THAT means? It means that next summer, we can go to Kings Island (or any other amusement park we might decide to check out) and I won't have to worry at ALL - because I'll be WELL below the maximum weight and will be able to ride any ride I choose!
As my official final act of summer I'm putting together a "Summer's Bounty Pasta Salad" from sparkrecipes today for an "Ice Cream Social and Potluck" we're having at work Wednesday. Then I'll break out our fall decorations, put away most of my summer clothes and pull out my sweaters, and start making plans for the upcoming holiday season (starting with Samhain/Halloween).
This weekend promises to be...interesting. I only have one day off because of scheduled maintenance on Saturday night. A friend of my mate's is in town because of the Midpoint Music Festival this weekend - Wednesday night we're going to a CD release party with him for ANOTHER friend of my mate's (the bass player for the band Wussy used to help run the open mic at Brady's Cafe with my mate in Kent back in the day), and I'm kind of hoping the networking will provide some opportunities to get his foot in with the music scene here (did I mention my mate is a guitarist, bass player and sound guy in amongst his other many talents?) - we'll see how it goes.
Today? Today it's back to Zumba for me - having missed it all last week, I'm DETERMINED to make class today (have all my stuff with me to change into and a co-worker will drop me off at the gym directly from work). I suspect that will help my fatigue - I got 12 hours of sleep yesterday, so the only reason I can come up with for how tired I currently am is that my body is used to more activity now and if I don't oblige it, it fights back with fatigue. And yesterday we were in bed by 10am, because neither of us was capable of much else. I need to get back in the exercise groove - not due to any guilt or pressure, but because I can feel that my body has started craving the activity. I think this is a GOOD thing!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
*sigh* I feel like I let my fellow Gryffindors down this weekend - it's not like I didn't have access, so I could have at least posted to the common room thread on the Challenge of Harry Potter team, but I focused more on the first week of the BLC14 challenge and posting over there - doh! Balance, must find balance. I also MUST do better when we go north next month for the gaming convention about getting exercise in - I don't want to go 4 days the way I just did the last 3 without doing ANYTHING. Ugh. I think things were a little TOO open-ended, so I didn't plan any specific times because we never knew when our friends would be available. I'll have a volunteer schedule when we go to the convention, and I think that may provide a bit more structure - I can say "okay, I have X block of time, so I'm hitting a park then" to make sure it happens. That and getting up early to shred, durn it. *headdesk*
And I was GOING to head out for a walk when we got home, but by the end of that 4 hour drive, my "get up and go had done got up and went...", and now I'm trying to get it together to go to work in a few hours. Ugh. SO, I'm chalking it up to a learning experience, and hoping I can make a better plan in October.
On the positive side, 'Yote's mom noticed. In fact, the first thing she said after our hello hugs was "You're losing weight aren't you!" And she's NOT on facebook, and therefore couldn't have been prompted by reading my blogs...which is all kinds of cool. That was the first time anyone's really said anything, and it felt awesome.
I also know I did pretty well on staying in calorie ranges and getting in my fruits and veggies (taking a bunch of fruit and a jar of plain almonds with us to keep in the hotel was a great idea - especially since 'Yote's not a big breakfast person). I was able to have some fruit and almonds to start my day right, and not be horribly famished when we eventually got around to an actual mea (and could eat a handful of almonds if I needed a snack while we were running around). I got all my water in too (as evidenced by how often I had to go potty in the middle of the night). LOL So all in all I think I did pretty well, I just need to seriously ramp up the exercise for the rest of this week, and make a better plan to make sure exercise happens when we go back north next month.
I'll leave you with the reason things were so open-ended (and why it was worth it) - getting to see how well our friends' miracle baby (who was born 2 months premature with duodenal atresia and has all her organs flipped) is catching up in her development. I got LOTS of baby time - which does all kinds of good things for my psyche. :D
Mommy and Victoria (mommy happens to be one of 'Yote's ex-girlfriends - she and her BF, who also happens to be one of 'Yote's best guy friends, were who we tended to spend the most time with whenever went north even BEFORE the baby came along)
Nothing like having a baby fall asleep on you to let you know you're doing SOMETHING right in the world. :D
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Exercise is going to be a challenge this weekend. Yesterday I decided to just not worry about it - we were running around most of the day (visited a friend on campus, hit the campus bookstore and the CD Exchange shop - got some GREAT CDs that'll make fabulous additions to my workout music mix), had a lovely dinner at Outback and then decided to just chill together in the hotel room, which was lovely. :) We got to watch the season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars as it aired (which NEVER happens - we're usually asleep at 9pm on Fridays, and just watch it on the DVR eventually), which was nice.
It's not an easy weekend for my mate - last year at this time, we were here for his Grandmother's funeral...and they were VERY close, so her loss has had a profound effect on him over this past year. So being here to help him process (and talk through things he generally tends to keep to himself) has been pretty important - I'm really super glad I can help make it better (he says having me in his life has made ALL the difference, normally he'd have been acting out with self-destructive behavior this year, but he hasn't needed to because he's felt so loved and supported - yay!). So sticking close and Paying Attention has been my focus (happily he does the same back, and reminds me to take care of ME too...we make such an amazing team).
Okay, enough gushing about my mate - time to get it in gear here! We're meeting his folks at 1pm to go have lunch together, and then visiting his other grandmother...and then will hopefully hook up with the friends we normally hang out with while we're here (last night was opening night at the haunted house they help work with, but they should have time today for playing cards and hanging out). There's hopefully going to be a park adventure in there somewhere (I've got my pedometer with me) and a trip to a fabric store (to pick up some stuff my younger son's girlfriend and I are colluding about regarding his birthday next week)...and with any luck I'll plug the laptop back in later and let Jillian shred me (we'll see...).
Thursday, September 16, 2010
If any sparkfriends are interested in hooking up while we're in town (we'll be staying in Macedonia, and will primarily be hanging around Kent and Ravenna, but where we stay is central so Cleveland is an easy drive, too), we will be doing our "ritual Mike's Place Meal" at noon on Sunday, AND I intend to check out some of those parks, though I have no idea on timing there. Our weekend is MOSTLY open-ended (meeting someone on campus at Kent on Friday morning, and probably having lunch with the 'rents on Saturday), so ya never know where we might be. But if you're interested in saying "Hi" in person, PM me here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll have both the laptop and my "god phone" with us, so communication will be totally possible.
We will be back up in October (the 13th - 17th) for Con on the Cob, a gaming convention in Hudson (here's the link if anyone's interested: www.cononthecob.com/ - we went last year and for a smaller con it's tons of fun), so if we can't pull anything together this time around, there's always next month!
And now, time to shut down the home PC, and get this show on the road! I'll be around, but keep it Sparkly anyway!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Yesterday was a total win! I got to Children's around 10am, and hung around until nearly 11:30 visiting with ZCTMMOM1 and her son, and it was SO great to see her again. We even stumbled upon some shared history (from like 20 years ago) we didn't even know we had! It was a wonderful visit, and I'm SO proud of all she's accomplished the month she's been here on SP - she didn't stress eat at ALL during the hospital stay, and that's HUGE!
Then I called 'Yote, who was all kinds of supportive ("I'm in no rush Baby, take your time and do your thing!"), so I headed to the Healthplex and discovered I've been doing this all wrong - the place is nearly DESERTED around noon! Total access to all the machines I needed when I wanted them - that was nice! I upped my time on the elliptical to 40 minutes (I'd been doing 30) to get my BLC points (we get 1 point for every 20 minutes logged, up to 3 points total per day) - it felt great (I've really been noticing the endorphins kicking in around the 15 minute mark lately - by the time I'm done I feel like I could keep going forever). Not that I'm going to start going later (the last thing I need to do is kick my metabolism into high gear and get that energy rush right before I need to sleep), but it's good to know that if I've got something that takes precedence in the morning, I can get things done later and it's not a big hassle (I'd expected everyone to use it during their lunch breaks - apparently not).
When I got up tonight, I did my weigh in and measurements for BLC, and logged them before midnight (win!). You know, using a tape measure with one hand while trying to measure your upper arms is NOT easy. It didn't occur to me to compare the results with the measurements I'd taken on September 1st until just a little while ago, and I'm kinda stunned - I've already lost 2 inches on both my waist and hips? Really? Well, I DID notice recently that my clothes are feeling looser...wow! I totally hadn't expected that.
We'll be leaving for the NEO (Northeastern Ohio) early this afternoon - yay! We haven't been north since stopped over on our way home from Camp in July. This will be my third trip since getting active on Sparkpeople - the first was Origins, and I wore my pedometer and did TONS of walking. The second was camp, and I did tons of walking then too. I hadn't joined the gym yet, though, so I hadn't been doing any strength training...I've been wondering how to work that in, and how to get exercise at all - there are no sidewalks around our hotel and it's a VERY busy interchange, so just walking around the neighborhood isn't really feasible. 'Yote offered to bring the laptop, so I can take my work-out DVDs (which I'm LOTS more likely to use since this hotel is all on one floor - no worries that somebody's going to think elephants are stampeding overhead when I'm doing jumping jacks). But somebody posted these links for me on the Ohio Buckeye Beauties team when I asked for ideas...and now I'm totally stoked! CHECK OUT THESE PARKS!!
Our hotel is RIGHT near Brandywine Falls! And Munroe Falls looks to be on our way from the hotel to Kent. PERFECT! I've printed out maps, and the Cuyahoga Valley Parks fall newsletter, for planning purposes (since we'll be back up in October). AND the weather looks like it's going to be perfect for hiking this weekend!
Meanwhile, I should sign off so I can get geared up and head to Zumba!
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