Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wow, I don't think I slept two hours last night. Just in time for Valentine's Day, I lost my wedding ring!! I remembered putting it on last night before hubby and I went out for pizza. Later, we met my friend at the train station at BWI airport to give her dog back. (We were puppy-sitting while she went out of town for a few days. ) After that, we came home and watched TV. Around 10:30 p.m., I went upstairs to change and noticed my ring was gone!! Looked all over the bathroom and bedroom. No luck. Hubby looked downstairs. We retraced our steps to the pizza restaurant. (We had walked there, as it is 5 minutes away, and thought maybe I dropped it along the way or left it at the restaurant). The restaurant was closed, of course, and it was dark outside. We walked the path we walked earlier, shining a flashlight to the ground the whole time. Hubby checked the car -- my seat, his seat, backseat, floor. About 12:30 or 1 a.m., we drove back to the spot where we met our friend at BWI. Shone the flashlight some more. Nothing...
Came home. Searched the house from top to bottom -- in all the likely places and all unlikely places too (inside each and every sock in my sock drawer, for example). By then it was close to 3 a.m. We went to bed; I couldn't sleep, of course.
I got up at 6:30 a.m. Made some herbal tea to soothe my stomache. I just felt so nervous and sick about losing that ring. At 7:30 a.m. I called my friend. I had gathered the dog's bowls, toys, etc. into the bag that she brought over with all the dog's stuff so I wanted to see if it had fallen in there by chance. She checked... AND IT WAS THERE!!!! THANK GOD!!!!!!! WHEW!
Wow, I have no idea how it got in there. It is getting a little loose but not enough to just fall off. Maybe I was holding it and then got distracted from putting it on and instead started packing up the dog's stuff. Who knows? But it's found!!!!! I am so happy I could cry!!
Then, later on this morning...I logged on to Spark and found out I've been named as a SparkPeople motivator!!This really should be a separate blog entry, but I am so EXCITED and HONORED! Thank you to everyone who voted for me as a motivator. I hope to make you proud and live up to the title. There are so many people on this site who inspire and motivate me every day; especially my wonderful SparkFriends! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
As for my weight, I am on the cusp of reaching the 120s! My home scale has been showing the high 120s in the morning and around 129 or 130 in the evening. Yes, I have been weighing myself twice a day, just to see how much my weight fluctuates, since we bought a scale for the house. I will eventually stop being so obsessive about it, but it's interesting to see how your weight changes throughout the day. Once the scale is more consistently in the high 120s and if the scale at the gym also shows it, I will change it on my weight tracker and join the 120-ville team! Yay, I can't wait!
So, overall, it's shaping up to be a great day after all! :) Happy Valentine's Day everybody! Sending hugs and kisses your way....
Monday, February 04, 2008
I am looking to go back to work -- hopefully soon. In preparation for interviews and such, last night I tried on all of the nice work pants that I bought in the fall. NONE of them fit. I was SWIMMING in them! Even with a belt, which was also too big. In fact, I don't have too many clothes overall that fit correctly. I have one pair of jeans that don't drag on the floor when I walk and show off my underwear when I bend down. Hubby keeps commenting on how my jeans keep falling down. I feel like one of those fashion victims on "What
Not to Wear." Stacy and Clinton, I'm here! Come and get me.
I know I should be thrilled about this, and of course I am. However, the drawback is that unless I want to wear workout clothes to interviews, to work and generally when I am out and about, I am going to have to go on a shopping spree or find a good seamstress. And that will be expensive!! I plan to buy a new wardrobe when I get to 120. That will be 5 pounds away from my ultimate goal and that will give me some wiggle room to fluctuate. If I stay within 115 and 120, I will be happy. But I am 11 pounds away from 120 right now, and I don't want to go out and buy more clothes that won't fit in a month or two!
Also, I have no idea what to do with the clothes I have now once I get new clothes. Some of them I can easily part with because I don't like them much anyway. But I have so many pairs of nearly brand new size 12 pants. I don't know whether to save them for when I am pregnant (if that is in the cards) or give them to a consignment store or just donate them to Goodwill.
I wish we had some sort of clothing swap here on Spark. Of course, no one is going to want to give away their smaller clothes for bigger clothes, since we are all striving to go in the same direction -- DOWN in size, not up.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Hubby and I had a good laugh the other day. The pants in this photo are ones that I wore pretty much all last summer (and the summer before too). In fact, there is a picture in my photo gallery of me weaaring them. I have three pairs, all the same size, just in different colors. So I decided to put them on and this is what they look like on me now. (As an aside, how did I ever let myself get to the point where I needed to wear pants this big without really and truly noticing how bad it had gotten?) I showed my husband and he laughed and took a picture. "That's just like those people you see in the weight loss commercials," he said. Oh yeah, "I lost 46 pounds with NutriSystem, and so can you!! Order today!"
Except it's NOT NutriSystem. I have never been on any official diet, other than a few Slimfast shakes in college. No, this is ALL thanks to SparkPeople. And unlike those crazy "diets," it's all for FREE!! I am awed and amazed every day by this wonderful site. What a gift SparkGuy has given us.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Today marks exactly one year since I found and joined SparkPeople! I am the type of person who researches something to death before jumping in head-first, so in reality, my one-year anniversary really should be around June 1.
My journey started out veeerrryyyy slowly. I spent January-June just reading the e-mails and articles and reading but not posting much on the message boards. I had to start some of the stages over a few times before I felt that I had made enough progress to truly move on to the next one. The most important thing that I did during this time was start paying attention to portion sizes and make a good effort to use the nutrition tracker. But I fell off the wagon a lot in terms of tracking food and staying within the calorie range set for me. And I hardly exercised. No time, too hungry, don't feel like it. I was the Queen of Excuses!
In June, I quit a demanding job for which I was commuting close to 4 hours a day and decided to take my health and weight loss seriously.
So what has changed?
Last year on this day I was:
Extremely overweight, tired, out of shape, unhealthy, depressed, stressed and unmotivated.
Today I am:
Not only 46 pounds lighter, I am happier, healthier and less stressed. I love the gym and I exercise most days of the week. I am motivated and inspired by so many people on this site.
I can't thank SparkPeople enough for what it has given me. I am not finished yet, but I have everything I need to reach my goal.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Ok, so, my reward for getting to 135 was to get a cute new purse. That was 3 pounds ago but I still haven't bought it yet. I wasn't sure what I wanted. And then today, I came across this beauty: The Prada "Tessuto Multicolor Weave Tote." It's only $1,450! Ha. I wish.
Guess a trip to TJ Maxx this weekend is in order for a Kenneth Cole or something. ;)
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