Monday, March 05, 2012
I have officially lost forty pounds. It took me 1 year and 2 1/2 months to do it, but I did it and it is gone for good.
It is an odd feeling being forty pounds lighter. In some ways, I feel like I did before I lost the weight. I think my brain is still trying to "catch up". Every time I try on a new outfit, I feel odd grabbing a size 4 or 6, like I won't be able to fit in it...but I do. People around me are just starting to say that they have noticed and I am three pounds away from my ultimate goal weight of 121 pounds.
I don't mind getting on the scale at the doctors office anymore (I always dreaded that before!). I think my metabolism sped up, I can consume more calories and not gain weight.
I am working on speeding up my runs. I thought I would run faster after losing weight but it is still taking hard work to do it. Oh well, something to work towards!
The one thing I have consistently done throughout this whole process is track EVERYTHING that I eat. A lot of times the total cals were way over what I should have consumed but I still logged everything. This includes alcohol which is a beverage I enjoy quite a lot (especially red wine). I have learned to eat and drink in moderation. I rarely eat a whole serving when dining out. I feel full a lot faster and acknowledge the feeling instead of ignoring it, eating too much and feeling stuffed and bloated. I have learned what types of menu items to order when dining out and consistently order those items. I pack my lunch every day for work. I have my "staple foods" on hand at all times.
Finally, you, my sparkbuddies, have been key in making this happen! From all the cheering, to all the great advice, to sharing your personal journeys with me. I couldn't have done it without you! You are my greatest advocates and you mean the world to me.
Thank you so much for all of your support!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
San Antonio was awesome. We had such a great time! It was very relaxing. The first two days the weather was fantastic - in the 80's. The second two were real cold - 40's. We didn't anticipate it and didn't bring our winter coats! We still had a great time with my BFF and her husband. I ate chicken tacos every day! One night for dinner I had tilapia tacos with chipotle - they were the best I ever had. Three out of five days I stayed in my calorie range, the rest I went over 500/600 calories. (margaritas, refried beans and mexican rice - yum!) I got exercise in, but know it wasn't enough. Today I started back on my strict food regimen. Needless to say, my husband and I are both done with Mexican food for a while! I am proud to say that neither of us had nachos the whole time we were down there. That was amazing! I am glad we gave it up for lent, we both would have eaten them every day!
We got two days of running in. One day was outside - we ran 4 miles. The other day (today) was on the treadmill at the hotel. I ran 3 miles in 27.23 mins! I have gained my speed back, now I am going to try to run faster than last year. After running on the treadmill and seeing how much harder I push myself, I have decided to spend more time on my treadmill at home. My ifit module has trainings for speed, so I am going to set it up and use it.
My son said Roxy really missed us. I could tell - she ate part of the bottom of my dresser :( He said he wasn't home a lot - school and work - and he didn't walk her. That explained the dresser! I am going to take her to work with me tomorrow and Wednesday and let her run in the playground and walk her at lunch. If she doesn't get her exercise, she chews furniture!
I hope you had a great weekend!
Monday, February 20, 2012
I received my second round of acupuncture for my toes. While I was there I told the Dr my sinuses are bothering me. He treated my sinuses, too. I must say ... It worked! Took the pressure away. I took a picture but decided not to include it - didn't want to freak anybody out!
It was quite nice out this afternoon. I took Roxy out for along walk. We got some running in, too. Even though I am at my go weight, I decided to keep tracking my food. I happy to report that I am holding steady!
I finished packing for my trip tonight. We are going out to dinner with my son tomorrow night and I don't feel like rushing around
at the last minute. Tomorrow I am going to work 1/2 day, then drop my tax stuff off at the accountant's, then get my hair and nails done! Yayyy!! I will then be ready to go!
Hope you had a great day!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I felt 100 percent better today so I was packing my clothes and realized I needed some short sleeve tops for my trip.
I decided to go to the mall. Since I had kept all my small clothes from before, I hadn't really been out clothes shopping. I had so much fun! I fit in size4 and 6 petites and size small/extra small in the junior departments. I tried on a lot of clothes, even those I wasn't going to buy, just tried on for fun. There were a lot of great sales. At the end I bought one sweater, 2 sleeveless tops and a pair of gap jeans.
I then did my grocery shopping, came home and made a couple dinners for my friend who just had a hysterectomy. I made her family cheeseburger pie (with bison burger) and stuffed shells with turkey meatballs and salad. I made enough for my husband and son too.
After yesterday, I feel like I have a renewed energy! It feels so good to be healthy again!!
I hope you had a great weekend!
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