Thursday, July 09, 2009
**DISCLAIMER - I'm not technically engaged yet, still. My boyfriend said to me that buying a ring takes a little longer and is a bit more involved of a procedure than he'd originally thought, but I'm not allowed to ask any questions because he wants there to be some semblance of a surprise.**
So, this evening my boyfriend, Jess, talked me out of having a destination wedding. He has three living grandparents, two in their late 80s and one in her 90s, and we want them to be able to attend. Plus, if we have a local wedding, then we can have a destination HONEYMOON, and get to enjoy it minus all the relatives. :)
So then Jess absolutely SHOCKED me by saying that he'd started to look at wedding venues online at work today!!! Even though it was just 10 minutes, I cannot believe he has done more wedding research than I have! I'd really love to have something special and unique about our wedding - having it in the function room at the Holiday Inn or something makes me CRINGE. The place he found is like an old New England Inn, which might be nice. I don't know.
But then we started talking about when this would happen. I'm a teacher, and I really want this wedding to fit into my school schedule with minimal days off. He said his preference is during my February vacation - at the beginning of it, during the long weekend (I think it's President's Day??). We could do it that Sunday and then go off on our honeymoon somewhere nice and warm. (We always go somewhere nice and warm during my February vacation, but for this we could actually go somewhere NICE and not "budget friendly" for a change, haha.)
So I looked up when my February vacation was, and guess what!! That Sunday that he suggested for our date just happens to be VALENTINE'S DAY! I started squealing like an obnoxious pig when I made this discovery, but my boyfriend thought it was horribly cheesy. Would it be so bad to have it on Valentine's Day and play that up a little...a red velvet sash on my dress or something??
I realize none of this has anything to do with diet and exercise and all those things I usually try to blog about, but it has already gotten me thinking...of course every woman wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day, so I can really use this as motivation to get in my best shape ever, and does this mean changing my goal weight yet again?? It's all too preliminary to make any decisions, but I'm just so overwhelmingly excited and happy.
Also, my mom told me that Jess' mom emailed her saying, "I heard there's going to be another wedding in the family soon - congratulations to us!" And that means that Jess talked to his parents. This is really happening soon. Teehee. I have been waiting for this for SO LONG.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Since I last checked in, I've been dropping a pound or two each day from the recent wedding binge weight gain, and I'm back down to 151 today. At the end of Week 12 (Sunday, June 28) I was at 151, so in theory, if there had been no binge and I'd continued to lose a pound a week, I would have been at 150 at the end of Week 13 (Sunday, July 5), so this coming Sunday, July 12, I'd be at 149. It's entirely possible that I'll still hit that number by that date, and that would mean I'd be getting past this little bump on the weight loss graph without it affecting my pace of loss at ALL! But, I won't fret if I'm slowed down a bit, either.
Yesterday was the first day of summer school and I had a bad case of the Mondays. I ate at the top of my calorie range and didn't make it to the gym - had a pretty slothful afternoon actually. Thank goodness my boyfriend wants to go to the gym with me tonight, so I'll be sure to definitely make it over there. So far this afternoon has been just as slothful as yesterday. Summer school ends at noon, and the teachers stay and plan until around 1, give or take 20 minutes, so I need to not let myself settle into a routine of coming home, having lunch, and then vegging on my computer all afternoon every day. I need to get out and enjoy summer!
On the other hand, yesterday was the first full day off from exercise I'd had in a long time - can't even remember when the last day off was before that. My legs were still happy-sore from lower body strength training on Sunday, which I loved because usually I don't feel anything in my muscles the next day anymore. I'm trying to mix up my moves and reps more now, and I think it's paying off in terms of giving me tougher workouts and hopefully it'll help me avoid overuse injuries in the future.
Since yesterday was the first day of summer school I saw a lot of people - parents and teachers - I hadn't seen in a while. I got a lot of "You look good" or "You look like you've been keeping the weight off" comments, and I think people just SAY that sometimes. When I first started losing weight I got so many comments that I really believed it - people could see a difference. Although I loved the comments at first, they got old fast, especially when they started switching from, "You look great!" to "Don't lose any more. You're starting to look too thin. I'm worried about you." (That annoyed me SO much. I was the healthiest I'd ever been, but people were WORRIED about me?! Why weren't you worried when I was overweight and unhealthy?)
But those types of comments stopped a long time ago, and now I get the kind that people were giving me yesterday - the generic "You're looking good!" type. I know it's just pure politeness because I'm still borderline overweight and much thicker than I was when I was at my lowest, 134-140. I guess anyone who has been on the weight roller coaster has dealt with the different types of comments - I can only imagine what people must say to annoy Oprah! :) Honestly it wasn't that annoying, but I've just learned to take what people say with a grain of salt. Only I know when I'm really at a size that is best for me.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Week 1 -1lb
Week 2 -2lb
Week 3 -1lb
Week 4 -0.4lb
Week 5 -2lb
Week 6 -1lb
Week 7 -lb
Week 8 -2lb
Week 9 -1lb
Week 10 -1lb
Week 11 -0.2lb
Week 12 -1lb
Week 13 +5lb
First the bad news: I'm up a net five pounds for the week, from 151 to 156. I had been down to 149 earlier in the week. ALL of the gaining happened between Thursday night and Friday (all day). I exercised a lot, but ate WAY too much. I wasn't able to weigh myself on Friday morning because we'd slept at my boyfriend's parents' house, but on Saturday morning I was up to 157.4, which was ridiculously higher than my Thursday morning 149.0 weigh-in. Today (Sunday), I weighed in at 155.8.
Here's what I've been doing to deal with the gain:
*Not freaking about it.
*Sticking to a slightly amped-up version of my usual healthy routine.
*I ate a little less than usual yesterday (somewhere between 1,600-1,700 calories). I was back up to my usual calorie range today though.
*Extra cardio - yesterday between the elliptical and lots and lots and lots of walking, I think I may have gone about half-marathon distance!! Today I ran for almost an hour and rode the bike at the gym for 20 minutes. I've also done my usual strength training and stretching.
I realize that all this gain means is that it'll take a few more weeks to get to my goal than I had originally planned. Who cares - once I get there, I'm going to be there for a LOOOOONG time, so what's a few weeks?? Plus, the overeating wasn't all that bad. It was delicious, and celebratory, and gave me SO much energy for all my workouts this weekend, and reduced my appetite for about 24 hours afterwards.
As for the good news, I actually have two things to share. One is that my shoulder is feeling MUCH better today - yay. I wasn't expecting to heal this fast!
And two..., and far more imporantly, today my boyfriend told my parents that he would like to marry me and wanted their blessing first. They said "OF COURSE!" and gave him hugs and kisses - okay, my mom did that, and my dad was more reserved as always but also gave his blessing. (Which is actually a relief - we are not the same religion, so we were a bit worried about my parents' reaction. Apparently they are going to be okay with it, thank goodness.) So, I'm not officially engaged yet, but goshdarnit am I close! I am sooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last night was wonderful too...it was so nice having good weather for a change, so after a loooooooooooong walk, we went to a Thai restaurant downtown with outdoor seating and shared a bottle of Merlot and I had a green papaya salad (he had his favorite - Pad Thai). Then we went to the river to watch the really good fireworks display and listen to Neil Diamond and the Boston Pops. It was CROWDED, but in a really fun way. What a great weekend! Too bad it has to end - summer school starts tomorrow! Ick.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Oh boy people. I gained seven pounds from the two-day wedding festivities. I seem to be able to lose weight really easily, but the downside seems to be that I also GAIN weight way too easily too. I admit I made poor eating choices that were borderline out of control. But I also went for a 90-minute walk/run yesterday and then I did 45 minutes of strength training (modified for my shoulder) and a bit of cardio at my boyfriend's brother's gym. I'm really not that upset about this huge gain. I know it'll slide right back off almost as easily as it came on. I know this should be a learning experience for me, but honestly, it happens so often, I think I've come to just expect that it's going to be an occasional part of my life. If I'm on track 99 percent of the time, these once-in-a-while weddings or whatever aren't going to make or break me!
Also, I already got to talk to a doctor about my shoulder! My boyfriend's cousin's fiance is a PCP, but she wants to specialize in sports injuries so talking to her at the BBQ yesterday was perfect! She diagnosed it as a rotator cuff injury and told me to take a couple weeks off from any strength training that involves pushing or pulling with that muscle - basically no strength training for shoulders, upper back, or chest. I can try biceps and triceps exercises but if it hurts, I have to stop. Definitely keep up the cardio. After a few weeks off, when I get back into it, I have to start with high reps/light weight, and add rotator cuff strengthening exercises. I probably caused this by focusing on my traps and deltoids and having a weak rotator cuff, which led over time to an overuse injury. She also recommended making a hot compress with castor oil and using that for 20 minutes, then switching to ice for 2 minutes, repeat if I have time. I thought I'd have plenty of time for that after the BBQ, but on our way home we happened to drive through the center of a town that was obviously about to have fireworks judging by all the cars and people, so we stopped to watch! We had time to go to the local drug store and buy the castor oil - hmm, apparently it's used mostly for constipation, not rotator cuff hot compresses!! Then as if I hadn't already pigged out enough, we went to kill a little time at a Mexican restaurant with margaritas and chips and salsa. I don't honestly don't even like margaritas that much, so my boyfriend drank half of mine in addition to his. Anyway, after the fireworks by the time I got home and made my compress, I put it on my shoulder and then promptly fell asleep before I could switch over to ice. So, I'll try again soon. But for now, gotta go work out.
Happy Fourth of July everyone!!!
Friday, July 03, 2009
It's a quarter past 3 in the morning and I'm in too much pain to sleep! My shoulder started bothering me yesterday (as in Wednesday), but the pain was slight and I worked through it...even did shoulder strength training. Today (i.e. Thursday) the pain got progressively worse and now it's a constant dull ache that becomes a sharper pain when I try to move it. I got out of bed to "google" shoulder pain and realized that if it keeps up I'll have to see my doctor to figure out what's causing this. I took an Advil - hope that was a good choice - so far I don't feel any better though.
On top of that, I've had what I think is probably heartburn on and off a bit lately, and it's been on today. This afternoon before the wedding I thought I was really hungry but I think it was really just my tummy feeling different than normal. So I went to the wedding with that gnawing sensation and ended up indulging too much in the wedding food. Tomorrow (e.g. Friday) there's going to be another wedding-related party - a barbeque - another chance for me to make better food decisions. I hope to get in some exercise before the barbecue - all I had time for today, besides moving some big boxes around (hmm...doing that couldn't have been good for my shoulder) was a 20-minute run so I made sure it was a hard one (7mph, 1 percent incline).
I'm not in much of a celebratory mood with this pain and all, but I will say that it was a pretty wedding, and my boyfriend's sister (the bride) looked gorgeous, and my boyfriend was just delicious-looking in his tuxedo. I was happy with my new dress and shoes and got plenty of compliments! Surprisingly few people I'm close with brought digital cameras, so I'm not sure when I'll have pictures to post, but if/when I do, I will!
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