Monday, December 03, 2012
This entry is just to say "HI!"
It's been a massively busy several weeks, and I'm not sure how soon it'll die down. But, I thought I'd throw a blog in here so I'm not entirely out of practice.
My friend's wedding was this weekend...it was lovely, met their out of town family, had a good time in the awesome French Quarter of New Orleans, had a really talented jazz trio at the reception, walked back and forth through the Quarter, enjoyed a couple balmy December days just perfect for an outdoor wedding.
I got very little sleep, walked a lot, drove a lot, and ate a lot...ate more than I should've, but way less than I would've done in times past. The turtle soup was divine, the Pasta St Charles was yummy and rich, and all the little pass-around bites were delectable. And that was basically my only real meal yesterday, so I was STARVING by the time it came along around 3:30. Oh, and I'd started on my beer around 3:00 (Covington Bock), sipping slowly. But after only about 3-4 oz, I was seriously buzzing. That happens when you drink on an empty stomach. However, that meant that if I wanted to continue to be in my right mind for the next 3 hours, I needed to eat soon...and ended up eating EVERYTHING that came my way. :) But, I'm not sorry. The food was fantabulous and fancy, very upscale, not things I'll see again any time soon.
And you may be asking how THE dress came out... I had nearly 5" cut off the bottom, and the shoulders taken up about an inch, and it was PER-FECT! I just wish I'd asked friends to purposely get a couple pics of me in it. The jacket was fitting more snugly by Sunday than it was before the weekend started, but everything we did for 3 days involved far more salt than I've been used to lately...plus booze...and I got puffy all over. Long time since that's happened, I nearly forgot what it's like.
So, in light of everything, I'm not going to weigh in until the sodium levels "normalize". That could be another couple days. I'm gauging by how thirsty I am, in relation to how often I have to visit the loo.
Anyway, it's been great, and I have decided that I will keep on keeping on...and just work on not gaining as this month progresses with its various parties and other events. I'm so done with beating myself up. Tracking is still the best thing...can really see what you're doing and remain in control. If I manage to lose even a pound this month, I'll consider it a raging success! :)
Friday, November 02, 2012
So, I went to see the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra play tonight.
I had to spend a while picking an outfit, because very little fits right now. A few things from my sis are close, but need a few more pounds down before I can really wear them. So, I pull out my one pair of dressy black pants, close-fitting, thigh-hugging, flared-out from the knee. Since they no longer make me look like a sausage, I'm wearing them while I can. (Hope to find something similar to replace them with when they outgrow me, they're gorgeous.) I also chose a lacy off-white top with 3/4 sleeves, that is also gorgeous, and also finally fits!
So, I pick up my friend's daughter and we head into the city to go to the symphony. Before it starts, as everyone is milling around in the lobby, I cross the space to throw away an empty water bottle. Just before turning back, I catch a reflection in the glass wall of someone dressed exactly like me, except she's shapely and lookin' hot. For a split second, I wondered who she was. ...
Did you make the connection yet? I did...a split second later. Oh my goodness, I didn't even recognize myself in a reflection! I couldn't stop looking for a minute...could hardly believe my eyes.
Even if I weren't to go any further on this weight-loss journey, my self-image is so totally different now. I both feel and look more confident.
For now, though, I'm still just stunned.
Friday, October 26, 2012
My sis (who lives 90 min from me) called the other day. We hadn't seen each other in well over 6 months - i.e., before I got serious about getting healthier and losing weight. (Remember, I blogged about one of my NSV's is thinking about how surprised family members are going to be when they see me.)
Anyway, she called and asked if I'd like some size 10 jeans that she still has in her closet. Ummm....YEAH! She's also very slowly losing a little more weight, just trying to be wise about her foods and making sure she gets in some exercise each day. Frankly, I think she looks amazing where she is, but she wants to drop another 10-ish pounds. (I've never thought she looked "fat", but she did.)
Well, upshot, we met in the middle (about 45 min from here) for lunch and she brought the clothes she pulled from her closet. I am so freaking excited...here's a list of what she gave me:
1 - size 12 jeans (that fit PERFECTLY RIGHT NOW!)
3 - size 10 jeans in diff cuts (I can get them up, but that's about it...will take at least 5lbs before I can button them - but, I got them UP!)
1 - size M/L 3-pc pants set - lined wide-leg trousers with embroidered design, sleeveless black sweater shell with coordinating embellishment at the high scoop neck, black long-sleeve cardigan with matching embroidery (I can wear it all, even fasten the pants, but it's still too tight at the waist - but I can get IN ALL OF IT!)
1 - size 10 2-pc skirt/blouse set in black with tiny white polka-dots (it goes on easy, but it's a stretchy material, and I look a little like a sausage in it right now, but it's a 10! And I LOVE this set, it's adorable!)
1 - size Small cream silk shell (it's bigger than a small - I can get it on, but it's too tight just now to wear it comfortably)
1 - size Med pink gauzy wrap blouse (not keeping this, it's too "old" for me, besides which, I can't move my arms in it)
3 - Med-Lg Sweaters - 2 are eggplant, the other is a deep teal, and they FIT. What a concept! Wearing a sweater that fits my body instead of a huge, shapeless box of knitted material! The colors are wonderful for me, too! So glad my sis and I have similar coloring! :D
In the parking lot of the restaurant, she stopped dead when she saw me and said, "You look great!" Then, gave me a big hug! :)
That right there is a huge NSV!
Another came when I had to pull out my driver's license for something yesterday. I looked at the pic offhandedly and my jaw dropped. That pic was taken only 5 months and a week ago, and I remember being glad it was a good pic, the best DL pic I've ever taken. It's a different person looking out of that picture. Wow. The visual difference is very striking. Major NSV!!!!!!!
And another one...I get to see a good friend this weekend for the first time in months (he's the one who mapped out my 5K and is timing my Trick or Treat Trot race). He's not seen me since about a month after I joined SP, so I'm now nearly 20 pounds below the last time he saw me. I'm curious about what his reaction will be. (FYI, this is not a romantic thing, so don't go down that route.) To me, how people react are my biggest NSVs.
I'm having a very good day, and I also did an entire 5K on the treadmill tonight, varying walking and running speeds, good cardio workout. When I stop running (given previous injuries and current bursitis, I don't think it's good on my joints to run too much), I'm going to need ankle weights for walking to increase difficulty and stay in cardio zone. A great NSV is my cardio fitness improvement...way quicker than I expected, I can do so much more without giving out.
Okay, I need to shut up and get to bed!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This week has been nuts...even with a double-scoop Baskin-Robbins Waffle Cone one night (I had over 400 calories left to reach the bottom of my range because of eating so lightly earlier that day), and barely getting anything but my minimum 10 min exercise most days, I still logged a pound down when I weighed in Wed.
Not that I have anything spectacular to say, but I'm blogging to stay in the habit of blogging.
If you didn't see my new pics, check out the last 2 blogs. I'm so excited! My sis also called me (she hasn't seen me in person in months, but she's seen my pics on FB)...she's cleaning out her closet and has some size 10 jeans, a skirt suit, some slacks and tops, shorts... She's going to give them to me as soon as I can get out to meet her (about an hour away). Very excited about that!
I keep thinking that if I'm in a 12 now (some bottoms are even loose) right now, that by goal, I'll at least be an 8. It's conceivable that I might get into a 6 in some things. I can hardly fathom that.
Need some help & encouragement on the exercise lately - been forcing myself to do my 10 min/day, but sometimes it's half-hearted. My sched has been nuts, and I can't seem to get myself up early enough to do it first thing in the morning...if I'm not up by 7am, it's too late to get in a good walk/jog, and getting up has always been difficult for me.
Okay...so some good reports, and one cry for help/encouragement...not bad for a blog for blog's sake blog.
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