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The Perils of Mindless Eating, or the Trauma of Dress Shopping

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

First, great news: I lost 2.5 lbs last week, and according to SP I officially graduated from "obese" to merely "overweight." This has been about as good as it gets for me in my adult life of battling my weight, so I was thrilled.

Now, the weird news: this Saturday, after a leisurely 2 hrs spent at a cafe with some friends (and a brunch that may have cost me almost my entire day's allotment of cal, but who's counting), 2 of them decided to "kidnap" me and take me dress shopping, the better to celebrate my weight loss and look fabulous during our upcoming (mutual birthday) trip to Vegas.

Confession: I am NOT by any means a "girly" girl. I don't wear makeup, I can barely style my hair, clothes and shoes mean nothing to me...I only wear dresses or skirts when I absolutely have to. So, trying on about 25-30 vintage dresses for hours on end in a claustrophobic dressing room under hot lights for hours on end is akin to the seventh circle of hell for me.

But I gutted it out for my beloved friends, who are obviously wonderfully generous people and who ended up buying me three dresses, 1 evening and 2 daytime, which I am now obliged to wear in Vegas...and I think I was and am more than a little freaked out by the prospect, like I now for some reason feel enormous pressure to continue to lose weight, the better to look in these fitted, vintage-style dresses...

And so I immediately ate 4 slices of pepperoni pizza that evening, and great fistfuls of oily garlic bread and boneless chicken wings with ranch sauce the next day. Gained the 2.5 lbs back as of Monday's weigh-in. I'm officially obese again and thus ineligible for dress-wearing. Right? RIGHT?

Sometimes I think I'm too crazy to lose weight. It's tough to constantly be fighting your own worst instincts.

I'm trying to re-emerge from The Lost Weekend, but it's going to be an uphill battle as I have to work late 2 nights this week, yesterday (Monday) is normally an exercise day for me but I didn't get home until 9:30ish...did do 60m on my elliptical tonight though. Tomorrow is Zumba, Friday night too...if I can get in a workout on Saturday and Sunday too I should be OK, and if I can get the scale going in the right direction again next Monday, maybe I can alleviate this horrible feeling of guilt and failure emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I lost 8 pounds this week?!

Monday, January 20, 2014

That's crazy...but I did go from eating out most meals, finishing holiday junk food and almost no exercise (I kept the holidays going for almost a month, from just before Christmas to just last week) back to my routine of exercise 5 days a week, tracking calories, focusing on nutrition for all of my meals (lean meats, at least one fruit or veggie per meal, I do love my carbs, but watch portion sizes and track everything), and ditch soda for flavored water (can't quite move to plain water, but something is better than nothing, I hope).

I'm just going to keep on keeping on, and see what the scale says next week...but sheesh, this is an awesome start to shedding my holiday pounds (I gained 11, so we'll see if I can drop the remainder by the end of the month).

Hope everyone else had good weigh-ins today as well (if you weigh-ins on Mondays). Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! emoticon emoticon


Updated my SparkPage for 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

This the most recent picture of me, taken at Disneyland less than a month ago...I'm the goofy one hunkered down in front. Not the heaviest I've ever been, but not the thinnest either, so I still have some work to do...and of course going to Disneyland didn't help matters, but it was fun day anyway emoticon