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Coming Back to SP

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I've been away from the site for a while, busy writing my thesis for my master's degree and getting married. I am proud of my wedding photos and the way I looked in them, thanks to SparkPeople. My weight is holding fairly steady now, although I haven't been doing very well with watching what I eat or with exercising. Starting today, I am going to try to do better with getting my exercise in, even if it's just the WATP 1 mile walk, instead of watching TV when I get home from work. I also started tracking my food again as of yesterday, when the scale said 134 lbs. I think it was mostly movie popcorn bloat though, as it's down to 133 as of this morning and will probably go down another, back to 132. So that means I've gained a pound in the last month...not bad. My new clothes all still fit so that's what matters.

I do need to get back involved with SP though, just to be sure I stay on track. I definitely don't want to gain any of that awful weight back...if anything, I want to go down a bit more and get myself into a size 6 before next summer. That would be pretty nice. But, if not, I'm happy with the way I look now and with where I am now.


Chapter Two Down!

Monday, May 14, 2007

I am so proud of myself right now. I just finished chapter two of my thesis four days before my self-set goal to do so, and even wrote 4 more pages than I had originally intended to write. That means I'm halfway through with writing my thesis! *happy dance* Now, onto the analysis and conclusions, then I am done!

I'm in the mode right now where I just want to get this thing done, and the sooner I do that, the better. Once I get in a mindset like this, I want nothing more than to no longer have this obligation hanging over my head. And, at this rate, I'm going to be finished with my thesis long before my self-imposed deadline of July 1. That's fine with me -- the sooner, the better. Then I can concentrate on other things like finishing my wedding planning and moving into our apartment in Clarksville!

In adding to my productivity today, I even cleaned out my desk at the office while I was "procrastinating" on actually finishing chapter two. Now I get to start thinning out the massive pile of checked-out library books on my desk that are serving as sources for my thesis. I have the notes from the parts I'm most interested in, but part of me just doesn't want to return the books yet in case I need them. Crazy, I know. I have 20 books checked out from the library. I don't have anywhere near as many sources in my thesis as some others whose theses I've downloaded, but I'd say at least 50% of my 3 pages of sources are books, so I probably did the same amount of reading, if not more. Hopefully my bibliography won't be judged by sheer length though. I have 50 pages of typed notes that my thesis is coming out of, all from those 3 pages of sources.

Tomorrow I think I'll go check on dubbing my VHS copy of the season four episode I'm analyzing over to DVD to make it easier to watch and review. Otherwise I'd be afraid I'll tear up my tape before I'm done and then I'll be up the creek! :o


Shorts and reflections

Friday, May 11, 2007

I went to put on my old denim shorts this morning and found them absolutely falling off of me. So I tried on everything else in the drawer again and found that, once again, half of it was too big. More eBay auctions, I suppose. I know it's a good thing that my clothes are too big, but when you don't have a lot of money it sort of sucks. :( I desperately need shorts and I only have one pair!

We had our engagement photos taken yesterday, and I only missed my goal of weighing 135 by that day by 1 pound. I am very proud of myself. I did meet my "original" goal of 130 on the old scale too. It was so nice to be able to relax and have my picture taken without worrying about how fat I was going to look or holding my head just right to minimize my double chin or sucking my stomach in or adjusting my pants to eliminate "muffin top." I looked good in that outfit I wore yesterday, if I do say so myself! Haha.

So, today I entered "maintenance and slow loss" mode, with a goal to lose 6 pounds by December 1. That's a really long time away, so I don't think I'll have a problem with making that one. ;) I am so happy to have finally achieved a healthy BMI for the first time since high school. I'm happy to be shopping at Wal-Mart trying to find snacks to bump up my calories instead of reduce them.

I think I have learned a lot in the 3.5 months I have been at SP, and certainly gained a great deal of self confidence as I lost that 28 pounds. I now pay close attention to portions, and I don't sit down and eat 2 or 3 Little Debbie brownies as a snack. I still eat desserts and chips and fast food on occasion, but I watch my portions and make wiser choices when I do so. My fiance described an orange creamsicle milkshake to me yesterday with some kind of sugary syrup squirted on the inside of the cup to make patterns, and I have to admit that I honestly thought it sounded repulsive to add that syrup to the cup...which I think shows how far I have come, that something sugary sounds gross and unnecessary instead of sounding like a great addition. I think I have definitely formed some much better eating habits, and I am looking forward to keeping this weight off and losing a little more!


Time is running out

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

This weight monitoring thing is making me really start to hate my "monthly friend." For the entire week before it and then the week it's taking place, I end up on this huge unbreakable plateau, then I drop all of the weight at once when it's over. It's driving me crazy. I don't have much time left to meet my goal and I would like to know what kind of progress I am actually making, but I can't. Grr.

I have a birthday party to go to on Saturday at a local pizza place...hopefully that won't mess me up too bad. I do plan to eat cake because I just can't deprive myself of cake nor do I think I should, and right now I'm telling myself I'm going to eat 2 pieces of pizza if they're larges, 3 if they're mediums, and then stop. No more. We'll see how well that goes, but hopefully it will. Since I doubt salads are provided at birthday parties hosted by pizza places. :P


Officially a size 8!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Last night I purchased my first pair of size 8 jeans that actually fit my body perfectly...I'm so proud of myself. I'm working on those last 4 pounds until my goal, but I can't believe I've gone down 3 sizes just by losing 25 pounds. I really need to get my body fat tested so I will know once and for all where I stand. I'm running out of time until my goal, so I hope I can reach it, but even if not, I am very happy with how far I've come. I even walked home from campus today...it took about 20 minutes, but it was easy exercise that was so worth it!


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