Friday, June 29, 2012
~ Earlier this week, I went shopping and tried on some dress pants in my usual size--and they fit! I previously had only one pair of pants in that size that still fit--so I'd wear them every day to work! (This is, of course, because I was too stubborn to actually try on or buy the next size up.) So hooray, this now means that perhaps I can start wearing some of the other dozen or so pairs of pants that I own!
~ Also, this week, I've worn two different fitted t-shirts that I've had for a while now but had never actually worn because of Monsieur Muffintop. It's still there, mind you, but it's shrinking, and I actually felt comfortable wearing those shirts this week!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Though I've been seeing several good scale-related victories lately (approaching 20 pounds gone!), today was great for a couple of non-scale moments:
~ This morning, my husband mentioned that I'm looking thinner. He's clearly known that I've been working out and watching what I eat, but he said this morning was the first time that he could truly see the changes happening. Must have been the shirt I was wearing or something. Anyway, like the brilliant man that he is, he pointed it out to me. Major brownie points earned!
~ This afternoon, we were at a couples' baby shower for some friends of ours--but we hadn't seen them in about three months or so. As the soon-to-be parents were greeting everyone, the dad-to-be gave me a hug and said, "Wow! What have you been doing?" I told him I was just working out more and eating better, and he said, "Well, whatever you're doing, you're doing it well!" Another brilliant man. Also, just a good friend whom I have shared many a conversation about our mutual love of food and laziness.
It was really nice to hear compliments and to know that my hard work really is paying off--it totally motivated me to eat mindfully at the baby shower (I'm a sucker for finger foods, chips and dip, etc.) and to work out once we got home. I'm really hoping my coworkers will be able to see a difference once we head back to school in August.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
I guess it was bound to eventually.
At dismissal today, I was supervising several young students while they were waiting to be picked up. As usual, I was talking with them about their day and other sorts of relationship-building small talk. At some point, I was telling them that I had lots of room in my heart for all of them because I don't have children of my own (by choice at this time). One boy said, "Then how come you're so fat?"
Yes, I know he's only 7 or 8, children are brutally honest (read: tactless) at that age, he didn't mean it the way it came out, etc. But damn, it stings. A lot. Makes me want to eat nothing but celery for the next forever and teach all of my lessons while on a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike.
Monday, March 21, 2011
With my new job, I have a limited amount of time to eat (less than I did as a classroom teacher). Now, I set my own schedule for the most part, so I'm to blame for this, but I noticed a few things:
1) I was rushing through my lunch at 11:40-12:00.
2) I was pretty stinkin' hungry by the end of the work day.
So, I came up with a plan. I'm going to have a snack (or part of my lunch) during the 11:40-12:00 block, and eat my lunch (or what's left of it) during my planning time, which starts around 2:30. That should help me make it until dinner time without feeling ravenous. I tried it today and it seemed to go well....we'll see if it continues to work for me.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
So, I got off the plan a little bit in February. I didn't go completely wild--I still tracked what I ate most days and worked out several times. However, wasn't as diligent as I was in January. I think that's the problem with taking a "break"--one week becomes two, two becomes three, and so on.
There were some long days at work, as I'm still getting adjusted to the new job and settled into my new routine. There were nights that I stayed late, thinking, "Oh, I'll make sure I get out of here on time tomorrow so I can work out." Of course, the next night, there I was again, working until 6 or 6:30 (I can leave at 4!!!). I ran out of the breakfast sandwiches I had been eating, and I slipped back into the bad habit of stopping somewhere for breakfast on the way to work. There were evenings and entire weekends that went by with no true exercise.
I don't want to sound like I'm making excuses. I made these choices myself, and there were many times along the way that I knew I wasn't making the right choice. I own that. It's also up to me to get back on track. I'm lucky that I only gained a pound or two back (it fluctuates, of course).
Look out, March--I'm coming in like a lion, too!
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