Friday, April 20, 2007
Who ever came up with the idea of the skirted swimsuit? It doesn't hide anything I want to hide. It isn't fooling anyone.
How about just a regular, normal swimsuit in my size? No ridiculous "boy legs" that dig into the fattest part of me, right where my ample hips connect to my meaty thighs. A slightly higher thigh makes ME look better too (not just the size 2 model).
And while I'm complaining, where did they find my grandmother's old bra cups to cleverly sew into my swimsuit? Who knew it could even be done? Nice to know that plus size swimwear has such cutting-edge bra technology; all these decades later, we still have those ill-fitting, one-size-embarrasses-all bra cups to look forward to.
Thanks, swimwear manufacturers, for so subtly reinforcing the idea that women over size 12 are about as appealing as a root canal, and we should stay off the beach and away from the pool!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
My "Self Pep-Talk" for days when I'm afraid of the scale, and need to be reminded of how far I've come since December 27th. Ready?
~ weight down 47 lbs (down 6 since last update)
~ chest down 1.5" (unchanged since last update)
~ waist down 4.5" (down 1.5 since last update)
~ hips down 6" (down 1.5 since last update)
~ upper arm down 2" (down 1 since last update)
~ thigh down 2.5" (down 1 since last update)
~ calf down 1" (unchanged since last update)
~ stamina up
~ productivity up
~ attitude up
Yay! Looking at that always makes me feel so much better!
I feel that I have turned the corner from the "out of the starting gate" phase, and am coming into the long term grind. Oddly enough, if I imagine myself as a healthy, fit person, focusing on weight maintenance, I am still able to lose; but not as quickly. My loss is FINALLY starting to be noticeable to others.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Up until now, I have embraced the opinion that weight loss is it's own reward. In fact, I still believe that... it is! However, the unceasing needling of my friends has convinced me that I should BUY myself something, because (in the oft-repeated words of these well wishers), "I would!"
Okay, I've gotten chummy with the idea. But instead of a counter-intuitive romantic dinner with my adoring spouse, I decided to purchase things that would not only reward the milestone reached, but HELP ME reach the next one: fitness equipment.
When I first began my new life as a fit person, we bought an elliptical machine. In my opinion, it has been immensely helpful in helping me shed the first forty-five pounds. The reward I want MOST when I hit the big five-O is a new sit-up/weight bench. I am five pounds away from my bench.
Now, completely embracing and already looking forward to my NEXT big reward, which should occur in the hottest, nastiest part of summer, and coincide perfectly with our ten-year anniversary vacation, I began shopping for fun summer toys: scooters and kayaks.
I bounced this idea of my adoring husband.
No scooter. He freaks out a little at the idea that I could be driving something to work everyday that is LESS safe than my tiny car, and reaching speeds of 70 mph. If I want to feel the wind on my face, I'll ride my bike. Most of the time, THAT is pretty scary.
Consequently, I have decided that the mini-boat or kayak will be a very big goal reaching reward. That way, I'll be small enough to fit in it without sinking, getting stuck, or looking ridiculous enough to cause strangers to pause and photograph me. I'm so psyched, I could buy it NOW if not for that darn school tuition. And for less than the price of a Vespa or a premier designer handbag, I could be enjoying this reward as early as the latter part of THIS summer.
How's THAT for incentive?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
NO MORE restaurants
NO MORE big meals
NO MORE beer and wine
Not that these were big issues, but my waistline still is! I have lost three pounds so far this month, and while it's not nothing, it's not exactly stellar. I can do better.
Tomorrow is Thursday, the beginning of my work week. I will be physically exhausted until Tuesday. And I will burn huge numbers of calories.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am but five pounds away from the fifty pound mark. I am resolved to exceed that mark this month, and be at least 65 lbs lighter by June 18th, my wedding anniversary.
In the words of Yul Brynner: "So let it be written, so let it be done!"
Thursday, April 05, 2007
The invasion of the inlaws has lasted for a week now. I need a break.
I TOTALLY have to spend all day tomorrow finishing a design. I am having my FINAL meeting with the client Saturday morning. I have a lot of work to do.
Good night all.
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