Saturday, October 16, 2010
You asked for it -- here are the crappy cell phone photos! Really crappy, cause it doesn't have a zoom or a flash. I'm able to photoshop the heck out of them (not retouching my body, just lightening a LOT & putting them together) cause back when I had a business, I was a graphic designer.
Actually, thank you, this helped me make some decisions. You're not going to see one of the dresses cause a) it was too dark to see the detail on the dress, and that's what makes the dress and b) I realized that it's probably too heavy a material for Hawaii.
This is the size 2. Ralph Lauren. Gotta love Marshalls! I've already worn it. Just wish it had a v-neck. I don't sew, but for those that do, how hard would that be to do? I could take it to a tailor, of course.
I think this one is darn near perfect -- right weight, flattering, sort of a tropical feel. This one is a size 4, btw. You can't really see that it's got a nice flattering cowl neck from the picture.
Yeah, I think I definitely have to pack this baby. This is the one I've never worn, which, btw, is a size 6 from about 15 years ago. The back zipper bunches just a tad, which means it's still a little tight round the stomach, but I'm ok with that. It really is a great dress. We'll just have to go on a nice romantic dinner once DH's conference is over (the hotel has a restaurant that's apparently pretty much right on the beach, and supposed to be good).
Probably won't take those shoes, even tho they do go great. The little red shoes are smaller and will go with everything. Plus I wanna pack hiking shoes, and then there's running shoes . . . we don't check baggage, except sometimes on the way back. We'll be there 10 days, but hey, last year I spent 2 weeks in Europe without checking bags -- I know I'm up for the challenge. The Kindle will help!
So my third week Halloween Challenge blog challenge was to celebrate our successes.
One thing I'm liking about these photos? Crappy as they are, I am finally beginning to see some of the definition in my arms. And I have another 3 weeks to work on this body!
I'd still like to see a flatter stomach, and I've been doing core work every day for about a month now -- before you get your gander up, I do something different every day. Often it's only 5-10 minutes. Sometimes it's doing some crunches in the pool at the end of my swim.
I'm working on my core, besides my vanity, cause that extra belly fat actually bothered me in my last race. The simple answer is all the core work in the world really won't help, gotta lose these pounds. But the core work will pay off once the pounds are gone.
I finished my first day on the Ultrasimple Diet yesterday. And I've learned that I actually can eat dinner with almost no dessert at all -- and be satisfied. It truly is a mental thing and a bad habit. I say almost no dessert because I did decide not to give up my calcium supplement, which is a small chocolate.
Yes, I modified the program just slightly to my needs.
I also learned that a short yoga session first thing in the morning really does help warm up my body -- and I can face a fruit smoothie for breakfast even half an hour later, even tho it's not too far from freezing outside.
For those that missed it, TMD = too many dresses. I have some other dresses that I might just take with me if there's room, but I think these 2 will definitely be coming.
What have you learned about yourself lately?
Friday, October 15, 2010
I like to take things slowly. I run slow, I swim slow, I walk slow. It's just my nature. I have to constantly fight against my nature.
Let's take yesterday. For many, it would probably seem like a normal day. For me, it was a marathon:
Eat breakfast, read
Go to WW meeting
Go to 2 grocery stores
Go to library to drop off/pick up books
Go to vitamin shoppe to refill supplements
Go to pet store to get pet food
Make broth for my new eating plan
Prep dinner & put in fridge
Relax about 20 minutes -- finally!
Hop in shower to rinse off chlorine
Read, go to sleep
Most of my days aren't quite so full, thankfully. And I like it that way. And I often wonder how all you people with jobs do it. I know I used to have a job and I used to do it too . . . but how do you actually live your life after 8 hours or more of working? And spark? Not to mention exercise! My hat is off to you!
Today will be a much slower day. It's supposed to be cold & rainy all day long. I plan to do my long run on the treadmill inside. Make my black bean soup for dinner. And probably chill out with the dogs (and most likely Simba too) on the couch & watch Private Practice & Gray's Anatomy & the news. Already did my morning yoga.
So for all you normal, busy people out there . . . what can you delegate to someone else in your life? Ask for the help you need, because you're worth it.
And finally . . . do you guys want pictures of those dresses? I always kind of feel like it's a form of bragging to post those kinds of pictures, but if you want it, I can get you crappy cell phone pics.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
WIT = Whatever it takes
No, I did not come up with that by myself. I heard an instructor say that during one of my workouts. And it stuck with me.
That's exactly what we've got to do. WIT. Run that maze. Turn the corners. Go back sometimes. Cause there's an a-maze-ing prize at the end.
Which leads me to my next acronym: TMD = too many dresses. That one I DID come up with on my own.
One of the nicest things about losing the weight is shopping for clothes. Clothes fit! They're flattering!
But sometimes you run into TMD. I bought a couple of dresses at Marshalls recently. I figured they'd be perfect for our upcoming trip. Fitted & sexy, but not so much that I couldn't wear them to the business dinners we'll be attending.
One of them was a size 2. I am not kidding! Now, we all know about the wacky world of sizing nowadays. I am not a size 2, I assure you. And it was all stretchy. But yes, of course it made me feel good. Heck, it made me feel good to just try it on!
But then I got home, peaked in my closet, and realized I'd already bought a dress that was perfect. Then I tried on my little silver dress. The one I've never worn but have been holding onto for about 15 years. I think it just might be ready for its debut on this trip. It is our anniversary trip, too, after all.
But then that's at least 3 dresses I have to pack! They will all pack down small and not wrinkle, thankfully.
I'm not trying to brag here. I'm trying to encourage. To inspire.
Because if you do WIT, you too could end up with TMD.
Are you willing to be WITty?
Yes, yes, I know it's a run on bad puns this week.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
A buddy commented on yesterday's blog that I have turned a corner. And I replied that I must be stuck in a maze, cause I've turned many corners in this journey.
Yes, weight loss is like a maze:
You never quite know if you're moving in the right direction
You have to turn a lot of corners
Sometimes you have to double back
You have to be willing to change directions
But the payoff can be oh-so-amazing! (sorry for that bad pun!).
I am surprised by just how many of you love black bean soup.
Do you know that I have been on SP about 2 1/2 years and it just dawned on me the other day that there is more than one page of emoticons?
While I do feel in a zone, that doesn't mean I've been perfect, either. I realized I've been eating more than I realized this week. Staying with my limits, but just at the higher end more often than in the last few weeks. Yes, TOM is coming and that explains it, but somehow these last couple of weeks have seemed really busy and things just seem to have gotten away from me slightly. Still making really good food choices more often than not, and I'm very proud of that. Feels good, too.
This is for the runners out there. It's a free week of videos from Stu Mittleman, ultramarathoner and author of "The Slow Burn". I did NOT put in my cell phone #, but it still worked for me. Yes, he'll try to sell you stuff at the end, I'm sure. No, I don't earn anything from passing this along, just thought some of you might be interested.
Haven't watched the first video yet myself, but am very interested to see what he has to say!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I don't know whether it's the weather, the challenges I've joined, the eating program I'm preparing to attempt next week, or it's simply my time, but I feel like someone flipped the switch. Like suddenly making better food choices have become easy -- at least the majority of the time.
I know for sure I've lost some weight in the last few weeks -- no idea how much, but my jeans are definitely fitting better. I still have my stomach rolls, and I guess I'm going to have to make peace with them, cause I have a sneaking suspicion that I will always have stomach rolls.
I am still not looking at the results of my WIs. I'm in a bit of a dilemma about when I should. Should I look before vacation? After? Or just keep not looking and concentrate more on better choices.
As to the eating program I'll be starting, it's called the Ultrasimple Diet and I got it from the library. Basically, it's a very clean way of eating. No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no peanuts -- which means no PB! -- (trying to remember what else is on the no-no list).
When I read the book, it sounded very boring -- but doable -- but then I downloaded the companion guide and there is some yummy-sounding recipes in there.
But . . . no dessert? For a week? And actually the author recommends you stay on it for 3 weeks, even tho the book is written for one week. Basically it eliminates all those things that are common allergens in our diet -- but that means no oatmeal for me, too, and that's a toughie! I love my oatmeal.
I love to eat, y'all know that. I am not one of those people who whines they can't get all their food in, quite the opposite. And I love my sweet treats. So we'll see how it goes. I actually do have a plan for some sweet treats that will fall within the guidelines if I really can't hack it: some of the energy/recovery puddings from "Thrive", which are basically enhanced fruit puddings that I already enjoy. And if I get really desperate, I might sneak in some brown rice sushi.
And I will probably have to let in a very small amount of natural sugar to fuel my runs.
It is not a starvation diet. There's plenty of protein, fruit smoothies, brown rice, and veggies.
So I'm not normally into deprivation diets. We all know where they get you. But I'm willing to try to eat very clean for a week and see where that gets me -- especially since DH will be away on a business trip, which makes my food choices so much easier.
But here's the funny thing: in preparation for this newer way of eating, I've found myself recently making even better food choices. Doing the frozen banana trick for dessert or even just a big bowl of fruit with 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts for dessert (or a snack) several times this week. I discovered yesterday that an apple & a cup of grapes was a very satisfying combination.
I've been on a kick with chocolate nut butters lately. I bought several -- that aren't available locally -- when we were on vacation back in August. So you can see they've lasted a long time! But I've found myself choosing plain almond butter instead (which is actually allowed on the program, since almonds aren't the common allergen peanuts are).
There are recipes for things like black bean soup, curried chickpeas & veggies, curried veggies with coconut milk . . . doesn't really sound like a diet, does it? And you're supposed to journal every day, do yoga -- I like the mind-body connection.
So I'll let you know how it goes, naturally.
But for the moment, I feel like I'm in a zone. It's a really nice feeling!
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