Sunday, November 02, 2008
The last 2 months have really FLOWN! My weight has been between 144.8 and 149 since I hit maintenace... I think that's really steady and I'm quite happy with it.
I am still tracking food and exercise... it works for me. It does take time, but that's okay since it keeps me on track.
DH thinks I should just be able to drop the tracking and be fine... I am either not ready or I never will. The tracking keeps me accountable.
I also still wrapping my head around the body changes... I am slim and I see that in the mirror. But it's changing the feel of the old image vs. the new truth... I feel great, but I have to still get used to the new feeling. It's weird I guess. Sort of like whatever you've been doing for the last week feels like what you have been doing forever!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Yes, you read that right! My body has been rearranging itself... I am staying in my range for weight... but things seem to be shifting somewhat. I was wearing some size 8 jeans today and noticed that I could pull them down over my hips without unbuttoning them, which has been a sign of needing smaller pants throughout this process...
So I was out shopping and came across a cute pair of capris in size 6 on sale for $5 @ Old Navy... and just for vanity decided to try them on... THEY FIT! This is very exciting. I also picked up a T-shirt that says "Vote Now" for $2... that was perfect for my Obama canvassing this evening.
My day turned out to be not quite as busy as originally thought... my recycled papermaking class was cancelled due to too few students... oh well. But I did go to the Farmer's Market with a friend to get the prizes for our Local Food Issues Challenges winners... that was really fun. We got: 2.5# of apples, a bottle of honey, honeycomb, 4 lbs of black walnuts, locally made whole wheat pizza crust, locally produced goat cheese spread, a jar of lime pickles, a butternut squash, fresh made pasta, and one more thing that I can't think of...
Then I went shopping at our local Linens N Things since they are having a big going out of business sale. I got a George Foreman Grill with removable plates and some bedding for the kids and just took care of some household needs like a new nylon spaghetti grabber... and a storage ottoman for me.
Old Navy was after that.
After canvassing for Obama this evening, I went to the evil that is Wally World...
I have just been out spreading the wealth today... sigh. I'm exhausted, but it was a nice day.
Today is also Miss M's birthday, but she was staying with a friend since she worked the haunted house last night and tonight (the last night). She has about worn herself out doing this every night for the last week and a half. Tomorrow we will celebrate, she wants to go to Olive Garden. I also got her birthday presents: a down throw with matching slippers, pretty pair of earrings & jammie pants with a Halloween motif. I'm baking her cake tomorrow, marbled with chocolate icing and Halloween sprinkles.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I celebrated Halloween by going for a fabulous 4.3 mile run this evening. Weather here in mid-Missouri is just gorgeous this Halloween... I know that evenings like this will be gone really soon due to the arrival of winter weather and daylight savings time.
I started out by deciding I would run 10 minutes and walk 5 minutes. Then I changed my mind and decided I would run for 15 minutes straight. Then I decided I would run for 20 minutes. Then I changed my mind yet again and decided I would run for 30 minutes straight. Then I decided to go for 35 minutes. Then I decided I wanted to run for 44 minutes straight... the entire time I planned to be out.
I made it! I ran the entire 44 minutes plus about one! I am so excited and proud of it! I ran 4.3232 miles total without stopping! After awhile I really just got into the swing of things and it just felt incredible... I think I experienced the proverbial "runner's high".
One neighbor said, "I like your costume!" (I was wearing a long sleeved t-shirt and denim shorts... I answered, "I was a couch potato last year."
Then I came across several little girls trick or treating, all dressed as the undead (white make-up with blood trickling)... and I said, "Excuse me undead ones." Then they all ran with me to the next house...
Near the end of my run I felt incredible, physically and mentally.
Last Halloween I was an athlete cleverly disguised as a couch potato, this year I'm a couch potato cleverly disguised as an athlete! What an amazing year's difference.
I have also been thinking about my mom a lot lately. She loved the holidays, from Halloween to New Year's. She always made costumes for us... and good ones. My favorite was 2nd grade when she managed to make me into the milk carton as I requested. That is probably my most memorable costume... I just wish that pictures had been taken.
One of her triumphs turned my brother into a generic Arab. She percolated on it for awhile and tricked me out in the crazy get up and sent me down to show my brother, who was in a decidedly sour mood downstairs on the couch. I came traipsing down the stairs and his bad mood was OVER! He fell off the couch in tears, hollering, "God you look funny!" (I was wearing a brightly striped zip up bathrobe, a striped pillowcase tied down with one of her bright headscarves and a pair of nose and glasses.) To add to the fun, my brother, dad, mom and I all donned the get up and had our pictures taken so Matt could have a family album...
Another Halloween triumph of hers was turning Matt into a half cheerleader/half football player. He went to his fiancee's house and turned the cheerleader side to the door and was not recognized by his father in law to be.
I've included an image of her and a mural she painted after she had a stroke and broken hip on her backyard shed. It appeared about 3 months before she passed away and really help me reconnect with her.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I just got an e-mail telling me I've become a SP Motivator.
I'm really touched.
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