Sunday, November 01, 2009
I've been eating mostly healthy lately with a few less-than-perfect decisions (someone put some really nice leftover birthday cake in the teachers room). I've been going to the gym most days of the week for about 45 minutes, including strength training and cardio (elliptical or running, or once in a while stair climbing). My weight dropped a few pounds when I first started having batch-cooked dinners (as opposed to what I'd been doing before, which was taking daily trips to the grocery store to buy stuff to make dinner for both of us, plus buying a snack to eat while I was cooking!). However, my weight has been staying within a range of two or three pounds for the past few weeks. My easy-to-maintain weight puts me at a BMI of 26. Although this weight is higher than it usually is when I'm "Sparking," it's a weight that I've been at most of my non-Spark adult life. Should I just accept that this is the weight where I'm meant to stay? I'd rather not be overweight, but doesn't it mean something that, over and over again, despite my efforts, I keep returning to this weight?
Here's me in my Halloween costume:
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Ah, my old friend, my measuring spoon. How I missed you, "Enter New Food Grouping" button. I'm doing it again.
Last night I googled "healthy recipes" for ideas, and today I made a vegan pasta dish and an Italian cabbage soup. ( I'm not a vegetarian, I just don't necessarily always feel the need for meat.) I've tracked my meals for tomorrow, but not the snacks yet - will wait and see what I feel like having.
When I was eating carelessly my complexion got really bad. Just a few days of semi-trying to eat healthy, it's already clearing up. Yet another reason I need to stay on track.
Some of you guys have asked about my attempts to sell my condo and my wedding plans. The condo has been on the market now for almost two weeks and it had its first open house today. The weather was exceptionally awful though, and only four people came. A couple times my realtor has told me someone has seemed really interested, but no offers yet.
The wedding will be at a facility a couple towns from here - the ceremony will be in an inn lobby and the reception will be in a function room on the same property. Both rooms have high ceilings with wood beams and big fireplaces - very cozy and sweet for a New England winter wedding. My cutiepie is going to be the best husband - I am just so, so in love with him!! So happy & excited. :)
Oh, that reminds me...we spontaneously decided to go to Europe over xmas vacation!! We can barely afford it, but what the heck, we're going for it. Jess has always wanted to visit Amsterdam and we're also squeezing in London and Paris! I'm calling this our "honeysun," to be followed two months later by the "honeymoon" to Puerto Rico. Yeah, if anyone wants to make a giant offer on my condo RIGHT NOW, I won't object! ;)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
First off, thanks everyone for the support...I definitely haven't deserved it. I have 70 unread emails from the summer, most of which are notifications about people's blogs. I know I've been barely in touch. And yet, you Sparkies remain so kind and supportive...it's enough to make me cringe at myself. Terri in particular encouraged me to run the Tufts 10K this weekend, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it when I knew I wouldn't be as fast as I was the past two years. Poor excuse I know...but it was also my dad's 70th birthday that day....another excuse! I am really sorry Terri. :( Also, thanks Kate for the tip about the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico...I told my fiance about it, and we want to go see it!! But really, thanks to everyone who keeps reminding me why this site is so amazing.
I am so desperate to look good on my wedding day. Eating carelessly has its rewards, I can't deny that.. it's so much easier.. but it's not worth being unhealthy. I want to be back on track. I have to be.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Since I last wrote, I've been making a half-hearted effort, which for me never gets the scale actually moving (except maybe farther up). I've been eating healthy sometimes, and exercising sometimes, but not as consistently as I need to in order to see any results. A couple days ago I went for a three-mile run outside, and was happy to do it in exactly 30 minutes, which means my speed apparently hasn't suffered, although my legs were sore the next day.
One of these days I'm going to have to start putting in 100 percent effort again.
In other news, the wedding planning is humming along. We have venues booked for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception, and we even booked our honeymoon (Puerto Rico). We don't want an engagement party or shower although our momscan't seem to believe us about that! I have a dress and all accessories except shoes (seriously considering sneakers!), and I've picked out the bridesmaids' dress (making them all wear the same one, muahaha). My condo has been on the market now for two days, but as far as I know nobody's shown any interest yet. My fiance's mom's friend is doing our flowers but I still have to decide what I want (and I'm clueless about flowers), and we have a photographer but still have to book an engagement photo shoot, which I'm not very enthusiastic about, but it's included. My brother is going to be our justice of the peace! but we still have to decide how we'll do the ceremony exactly. And my parents have been investigating bands and DJs, but we haven't booked anything yet.
So as you can see, my thoughts are a bit unfocused these days with so much going on. It's hard to fully concentrate on any one project when I need to be involved in ALL of them. The thing that has suffered the most, unfortunately, is my weight. I need to learn how to balance everything better!
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