Friday, September 21, 2012
I do have another blog...a "regular" one. If you'd like to see it, here's the link: http://standingbygrace.blogspot.com/.
Meanwhile...I had an odd day today. Second time this week I just wasn't hungry in the morning, but I made myself eat anyway. Good I did, b/c I didn't manage to get anything for lunch until 3pm! then around 5, I had a snack of sushi (yummm), and dinner around 7:30. Just barely topped my minimum today, even with 100 calories of sushi!
Was going to go to my line dance class this evening, but all the schedule interruptions kept me from getting to the gym until after it was over. But, even though I got there, I didn't go in. Something else was more important...it's what I blogged about (above link). So, I'm sitting here, wiped out, after pushing a very heavy-laden shopping cart/wheelchair around wal-mart for about an hour (which I count as strength exercise, 'cause it ain't easy, and it ain't a normal routine!)
Anyway...an odd day, but a good result. 'Nite, ya'll!
Friday, September 14, 2012
Hi, fellow Sparkers!
Well, I did it! I bought THE dress.
The most gorgeous dress that I can imagine, to wear when I stand in my friend's wedding in Dec., but to be an awesome addition to my wardrobe, anyway. (Need some fancy Christmas & New Year's parties to go to now!)
I bought a 12, and it fit. That's right! A size 12. The last one in the store, as a matter of fact, and they weren't getting new stock, and I got an amazing price on it.
I've wracked my brains to think of when the last time was I could wear a 12. I was 23 years old. Twenty-one years ago. Oi! A fountain of youth just opened up for me!
Here's a pic of it on the hanger (still working on getting decent pics of me wearing it):
You can't see it very clearly in that shot, but here's a close-up pic of the patterned taffeta (skirt & jacket):
At the moment, I cannot wear the jacket. My "wings" are in the way. I plan to work hard to remove them, so I CAN wear the jacket in Dec. Just in case, though, I have a fall-back plan. The great thing about this dress is I can change the look by changing jackets, shawls, shoes, etc. The skirt needs to be taken up, because I'm SHORT. I'll wait 'til mid-Nov to have alterations done on it, since I'll probably have to have the dress taken in a bit by then, too.
I tried on a bunch of other dresses yesterday, and laughed my way through them. I found a rack of adorable petite dresses (some 12's among them), on clearance. Didn't know until I had tried 4 of them, with difficulty getting over my hips, that these were actually Missy Petite Junior sizes! Junior sizes have no hippage built in! Felt much better after that!
Also bought a classic lined black skirt (also a 12), because NONE, I say, NONE, of my skirts fit anymore! Wow. I have relatively few things that fit and look good on me right now...and not much money to get more (the money for the Little Black Dress was set aside months ago). The skirt was an absolute necessity, especially since I have a wedding to go to next week! And it is alterable, once I lose more.
So, in all...
I'm totally stoked!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Okay, not only did I break 180 today, but I had a look at my nutrition reports. While still eating meals with friends, and still getting the occasional "treat", I am staying within all my ranges, watching trends (but still fighting the sodium monster! ) and overall looking good nutritionally.
I coulda told myself that, seeing as I'm feeling good (except for these durn allergies that keep me from sleeping soundly unless I'm medicated...in which case, I'm dopey the next morning), looking good, not feeling overly hungry, and able to effectively do my (moderately more vigorous) workouts without collapsing.
But - it's still good to see it in black & white (or in multi-color pie charts, as the case is).
I'm very encouraged. You should be, too. If I (Captain of the "No-Self-Discipline-Allowed" club - ) can do this, anyone can!
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Okay...second training day for the Trick or Treat Trot! I had company this time, my friend's teenage daughters. The 16-year old made my week when she saw me walk in with my workout clothes on...
"You look TINY!" Don't think I've ever been called "tiny" before...it felt good!
I will admit that when I'm wearing clothes that ACTUALLY fit, I look WAYYYYYYYY smaller than I do with non-fitting clothes! Wow...12's here I come! And look out, 10's, you're next!
As for the training...my quads were not fully recovered from 2 days ago, but I still did the training...only, my jogging was SLOW...I think I actually was walking faster than I was running. hehehe Figure that one out!
AFterward, the girls offered to buy me a snowball, if I'd take them to the snowball stand. (For all ya'll who ain't from down heah, a New Orleans snowball just ain't the same as a sno cone...no comparison!) I got the kiddie size (about 90-100 calories), and only had about half...gave the other half to my companions' youngest sister. Her comment on the flavor I chose? "It's a weird flavor, but it's okay, I can eat it." hehehehehe (FYI, I chose Butter Nut Vanilla...rich and yummy!)
So, now, I am preparing for bed, and taking my supplements, and I thought...I think I need more of my cal-mag-d with the extra workouts, so then I thought I'd take the time to enter all my supplements into the tracker, so I can know what I'm getting with the micronutrients, too. (Many of the foods other members enter don't have any micronutrients listed at all.) Looks like I'll be here a while...I take several individual things, because I find they're more effective than a big multi.
Anyway, this "tiny" gal is signing out. On a bit of an acknowledgement high right now...hope I can sleep!
Saturday, September 08, 2012
I kept wondering why my calorie range was so high, and why it was sometimes difficult to even get to the bottom number if I focused on veggies a lot in a day.
So, I looked at my SP program. Turns out I was telling the program that I wanted to lose weight too slowly. Another 32 pounds, and nearly a year to do it? Too slow! (No wonder I was haunted by thoughts of the Six Million Dollar Man in slo-mo!)
Therefore, today some program changes were made, some nebulous ideas were fixed upon, a new personal challenge was set, and some observations were made.
Change #1: My new goal weight is now 145, not 150. After reading so many inspirational blogs on SP, I'm finally convinced I can go lower than ever before, if I do it right (which I never did before).
Change #2: I moved my goal time up to accommodate a loss of about 1.5 pounds a week. Now, instead of aiming for the end of June 2013, I'm now aiming for mid-Feb.
Change #3: The ranges. Now, my calorie range starts at 1200...I think I should've been here all the time. But, c'est la vie, right? Another plus is that my carb range is now reasonable-looking...before, it was pretty doggone high, and that confused me, since I don't do as well with a lot of carbs.
Formerly Nebulous Idea #1: altering clothing. My work shirts are HUGE on me now. I don't sew. My friend does. Have 4 shirts. Asked said friend to try to see if she can take in the darting on the front just a bit. If she can't, I only messed up one shirt, and the boss knows I'll need news ones soon anyway. If she can, I'll look better at work a whole lot faster!
Formerly Nebulous Idea #2: I can wait no longer to acquire smaller skivvies.
Formerly Nebulous Idea #3: For my exercise levels to increase, I need a goal in mind, so I found a goal, which brings me to my...
Personal Challenge: I joined the Trick or Treat Trot! And with it, signed up for a training program for it, which I started today. Never having really been a runner, this is going to be weird. I also called a non-SP friend who runs, and asked for help in mapping a 5K route. We agreed that the Tammany Trace would be a good place.
Observation #1: my legs hurt! After my dance class last night, I walk/jogged for the first time this morning, and my legs KNOW it!
Observation #2: 150 calories worth of raw veggies with balsamic dressing is a LOT of food!
Observation #3: I'm going to have to really watch the bursitis in my hip, if I'm going to train for this 5K.
Observation #4: 22 pounds down from my pre-SP start (18 from SP start), I find that cardio's easier to bear, I don't get as winded, don't take as long to recover, and enjoy myself a whole lot more!
Observation #5: In line with #4, I can now move around work much more nimbly than before, and I don't get huge carb-cravings in the middle of my shift anymore.
So...today's been a busy day.
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