Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Man, there's a lot going on in my brain right now. In no particular order:
* My parents met my boyfriend. I am 35 years old and this is the first boyfriend my parents have ever met. WHOA. I think everyone got along, so whew! I wasn't concerned about it, really, I mean all my parents want is for me to be happy and J fits that bill in spades. Still, it was nice to make the introduction and see it all go well. We're going to Florida for Christmas, and then he'll meet the rest of my family. *Then* he may dump me. My parents were the easy part! :)
* The boys are planning to move in with me in February. Wow. I've never lived with anyone (well, not since college anyway) so I think this is going to be a really big adjustment. They're living in a tiny apartment so my house seems like the Taj Mahal, but it is most definitely not and I'm used to having it all to myself so I'm afraid I'm going to feel cramped. (The plan is to get a bigger house eventually, but not right off the bat.) There are already signs of life there. There are non-vegan (pizza, butter, cheese) and junky (potato chips, Cheetos, HFCS-filled granola bars) things in my kitchen. I'm trying to step up their food game - I'm not saying they have to go vegan, but for the love of God we can do better than Taco Bell and Chinese food every night. Which leads me to ...
* I am considering going back to vegetarianism instead of veganism. I think I'll probably be a vegetarian with very strong vegan leanings, but I'll cut myself some slack on things like pizza-and-movie nights. I am going to wait until March to try this vegetarian experiment. March 1 is my two-year veganiversary, so I'm committed to sticking it out a solid two years. Then I'll gradually reintroduce some dairy and see how it goes. If my body revolts, I'll rethink the plan. And along with improving their food game, I'll only buy cheese, eggs, and milk from farmers' markets where the cows and chickens lead happy lives. Though I'm sure I'll still find Kraft Singles and GMO-filled junk food too. Progress, not perfection, right!
* I have a 5K scheduled for Sunday. Guess what's also scheduled for Sunday? A slushy "Wintry Mix" and 33 degree temperatures. UUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGHHHH. Plus, I really have not been running consistently. I have been going to the gym, but not really running much. If it's that cold and if it were just me, I'd probably strongly consider bailing on the race, but there are three of us doing it including my friend Dana's first-ever 5K so of course I have to go to cheer her on. But still. 33 and sleet? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Gross.
I have rambled enough. That's my life in a nutshell. How are you? :)
Monday, November 18, 2013
How has it been a month since my last post? Sheesh.
Anyway, I wish I had some major update to share. That I've lost 50 pounds, cured cancer, and found the perfect shade of foundation all at the same time. But no.
The best I can report is that I've managed to keep my weight the same for the past ~2 months. This is, I think, quite an accomplishment since I've been in five different cities in the past 8 weeks. I managed to exercise pretty regularly and eat reasonably well aside from a few non-vegan issues in various places. (When I'm hungry enough, I'll eat the damn cheese sandwich because it's convenient.)
Life at home is good. J and I are doing awesome and he's going to meet my parents next week when they're here for Thanksgiving. Whoa! This is the first boyfriend they've met since I was in college. I've dated a few people over holiday time, but it was never anything anywhere near serious enough to even contemplate the whole meet-the-parents thing. Given that J and I are talking about moving in together in the fairly near future I think this constitutes serious. :)
I'm home now with my only trip remaining being a road trip to Florida with the boys for Christmas. At this point I'm not planning on going anywhere for work until March, which seems like a ridiculously long time to be at home for me, but I'm sure something will pop up.
I had a GREAT workout this morning and I feel like today marks a bit of a clean start. I'm home, I cooked a bunch of food for the week, and I can get back into my regular gym and office routine.
Goal: LOSE at least two pounds by the end of the year. (I know that sounds modest but between holidays and my craptastic metabolism, it's harder than it sounds.)
Friday, October 18, 2013
I have gained a couple of pounds. BLURGH. There are a variety of reasons but it basically comes down to the fact that I've been eating more crap lately. J really likes his Chinese food so I find myself eating fried rice and fried tofu at least once a week. Seriously is there such a thing as healthy (American) Chinese food? Because I think no. And there have been pasta dinners with garlic bread, and burgers and fries, and stops for ice cream and sorbet and all sorts of things, like tater tots for dinner last night. Dude, dating is bad for the waistline.
But I can't blame him. This is MY doing. *I* have to find a way to be healthier and still have a life. I have ALWAYS struggled with that part. I can eat rabbit food and be 'good' when I'm alone but you throw social activities and other people into the mix and I fall apart.
And I've been traveling. Four trips in seven weeks is a lot for me. The upside is the last two are in Canada and it'll be easy to at least stay vegan, even if not entirely healthy given the beer situation. :)
Despite the fact that I have gained a couple of pounds (2-3 depending on the day), I've been getting more compliments lately. I posted a picture last weekend and several friends commented that I looked thinner. The head trainer at the gym today insisted on a high-five on my way out the door and said, "keep it up, you're looking great!" I'm still wearing my size 10 jeans. I'm still exercising regularly, though this week I've been slacking a little bit (I'm at less than half last week's total, but I'll do a cardio class at the gym tomorrow and make the numbers a little bit better.)
I haven't taken measurements, which would probably be a good idea to help me track my progress. Maybe my increased running and strength training is playing with the scale but not actually adding width, which would be fine. I don't care what the scale says as long as I FEEL good, you know?
In related news, my endocrinologist retired and I went to a new doctor this week. First off, I'm pretty sure the dude's on the autism spectrum as he could spout medications and studies like crazy but could absolutely not make eye contact for more than 1/10th of a second and on the way out of the room he took a deep breath and then smiled, as if he knew he had to do it but it was incredibly hard for him. Anyway, I told him the same thing I've told every other doctor - that between the thyroid and the PCOS, losing weight is just stupidly, insanely difficult. He immediately started talking about diet pills. I absolutely believe in better living through chemistry but diet pills just seem like such a cop out. I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS ON MY OWN, DAMMIT. Plus most of the drugs cause all sorts of bad and scary side effects like heart palpitations and gastrointestinal issues. And they keep getting approved by the FDA and then 10 years later they're like "oh sorry, these actually make your eyeballs fall out"
He took my blood and wants to get my thyroid levels set where he wants them, then he wants to reevaluate the weight situation, so at least that's a seemingly practical approach. We made a deal that I'd try really hard to lose weight for three months, then go see him again and if I want to go on some sort of medication we'd discuss it.
Thoughts? Has anyone taken medically prescribed diet pills? The one he suggested he said is meant to be taken for ~6 months and then you slowly go off them and it's supposed to be a kick-start to weight loss. It SOUNDS good, but ... side effects? Addiction? Anyone? I'd love some feedback on this.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
OK so here's my problem with Halloween - why is it just a poor excuse for women to wear slutty costumes? Men get kid-like costumes. They're covered, they're funny, they're clever, they're ... normal. But Women? Women get to be SEXY nurses or SEXY doctors or SEXY zombies. REALLY PEOPLE? A SEXY ZOMBIE?
Case in point: Here's a search of men's costumes for "police officer":
So the Reno 911 is a bit ridiculous, but it's clearly meant to be funny, not slutty.
Let's compare this to a search of women's costumes for "police officer":
Hmmmmmm. See a teensy difference there?
Anyway a few years ago I was on a mission for a Halloween costume that was not ridiculously slutty but also not a moo moo. This is an extremely difficult task, it turns out. But I finally - FINALLY - found a cop costume that managed to cover my ass. It wasn't so good at covering my boobs, but if I have to choose I'd rather have boobs hanging out. Plus with a cami I can control that part too. I looked respectable. I added fishnets and heels for some sexy, but I was covered.
Here's the photo from 2009.
What you can't tell there is that it was TIGHT and I was wearing every form of Spanx I could get my hands on to get into that and not feel like a stuffed sausage.
Now comes the bragging part.
This year, J wants to do some sort of couples costume and one of the ideas we're toying with is 'partners in crime' where we'd either both be cops or he'd be a cop and I'd be a prisoner or something like that. So I dug out the cop dress and ...
drum roll please ...
MAN IT FITS A LOT BETTER. No Spanx required it zips right up and doesn't look half bad.
I've also found a prisoner's dress that might be good, but I'm guessing it'll be super short. But if I put tights under it that might solve the problem .
OK, rant and brag both concluded.
This sexy cop/prisoner is going to continue on with her day now ...
Monday, October 07, 2013
Yesterday I was totally planning to be lazy.
First, I was going to go to my usual HIIT class, but I simply didn't feel like it when I woke up. So I compromised, and decided I would go to the gym but 'take it easy.' Then when I got there I was totally in the zone.
20 minutes stairmaster
20 minutes lateral elliptical
It actually took LONGER than just going to the hour-long class!
So then I got home and my boyfriend called. "You wanna go hiking?" Um, sure!
We estimate it was about 3.5-4 miles round trip, and J had the brilliant idea to jog part of it back. Another 90 minutes of exercise, bringing my total up to 172 minutes of fitness in a single day.
I think that's probably a personal record.
Of course today I'm a little sore. I'm SO not used to trail running, and on top of the squats and lunges my butt is not thrilled with me. :)
Today's a day off. I believe I've earned it.
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