Tuesday, November 17, 2009
My weight loss has totally stalled, way too early. After losing about five pounds last week, I gained a couple back and haven't lost any more. Plus, the first couple of pounds I lost had been from a temporary gain anyway, so I sort of haven't really lost anything yet. But please, no comments to try to cheer me up about that or anything - I don't need 'em. I am feeling great and I think I'm looking better, and I still have enough time to hit my goal in time (89 days to go til wedding day!).
I had a great workout this evening - I went early and the timing was perfect so Jess and I could leave at the same time despite his shorter workout. I did strength training for arms, and then I got on the elliptical and went as fast as I could, and in an hour I went 6.6 miles. It felt great, but I'll admit it also felt great for it to be over. :)
Oh man, I just realized Biggest Loser started - different time than normal - chat later! :)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This afternoon Jess' mom came over with some flower arrangements for us to check out...
We are thinking about something like this for our centerpieces, only more cranberries, more flowers, and more votives around the outside. Also maybe white orchids or lillies instead of these roses and freesia:
We're going to have tons of cylindrical vases of all different heights and widths with flowers and floating candles inside, like this:
Jess' mom is just amazing for doing this!!
My parents were over too, we were talking about ceremony music, we're having a string trio. So far all we've decided for sure is Canon in D for the procession, but I want them to switch and play something different when I come in, just not sure what. The trio will also play through the cocktail hour, then we'll have a DC for the reception. And you already know we have lots of music decisions to make there.
My parents stayed for dinner, but Jess' mom had to go. We served a mixed vegetable salad with Asian sesame dressing, salmon, and whole-wheat couscous with sauteed mushrooms. My mom brought another salad, we had cabernet to drink, and fresh pineapple slices sprinkled with cinnamon for dessert. :) Oh, and appetizers were mini rye toasts with cheese and shrimp cocktail. Pretty healthy, but I still guesstimated it was all 1,000 calories to be on the safe side.
Exercise has been going well. I finally bought some of those black workout pants that are tight and stop just below the knee like the Biggest Loser women wear. I figured if they looked flattering on them, they'd do something for me too...:) Today Jess did 45 minutes of cardio with me - a first! - including 25 minutes on the elliptical right next to mine, woohoo. :) To get my full hour in, though, I also jogged home from the grocery store. It was ridiculously warm out for mid-November.
91 days to the wedding, and exactly three months from yesterday! I am so lucky, I'm going to have the best (and hottest) husband in the whole world. :)
Oh, there were also two showings of my condo today - first showings in two weeks. I know better than to have my hopes up, but at least showings are better than nothing.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I lost five pounds this week...even though I lost a lot of ground these past few months, I am on track to be at my best for my wedding (and honeymoon). I am not ignoring the fact that yo-yo dieting is unhealthy and that I need to find a way to be consistent, but for now I need to use my wedding as my primary motivation.
Did you know that if you skip the second leg of your flight after a layover, they'll cancel your return flight? On Dec. 26 we're flying to London for an overnight layover, then the next morning we're flying to Amsterdam. We called to see about changing the second flight to give us more time in London, or ideally to cancel it (with or without airline credit) so we could stay in London as long as we want and just take a train to Paris when we're done. We were going to just not show up for the second flight, but my brother warned me they might cancel our return flights. Turns out he was right - we're stuck with the flight from London to Amsterdam if we want to keep our flights home. So we get just 12 hours in London, but the plus side I guess is that gives us more time in Amsterdam and Paris.
Okay, gotta go...we're off to look for new snowboarding pants for Jess. Oh, and thanks for the song recommendations - I'm going to try to listen to them on YouTube or something later. :)
Friday, November 13, 2009
My weight was up two pounds today for no reason but I'm not discouraged...fluctuation is just a part of life. Unfortunately, I didn't get my morning happy boost from the scale today, and then a coworker said one minor little thing at a meeting this morning that bugged me, so as a result I've been feeling kind of worn down the rest of the day. I'm glad it's Friday, even though I had Wednesday off and was away at a conference yesterday.
When I finally got back to reading the blogs I'm subscribed to, I found that so much had changed: babies, miscarriages, pregnancies, races run (or other types of fitness competitions), people's weight had changed up or down, car accidents, relatives got sick... but also two Sparkers whose blogs I used to read regularly had disappeared - their Spark pages no longer exist. :( I wonder if they went private or just gave up on the site.
The gym last night was fantastic. I had already gone for a 40-minute run outside, but still had tons of energy at the gym - this is NOT always the case for me, sometimes I feel very run down from exercise. Anyway, while I was getting my dumb bells an older gentleman said to me, "Was that you on the - what do you call it - elliptical machine the other day? What were you on that thing for, three days??" (I responded, "Yeah, it FELT like it!") He said, "I was admiring your form - you were going forwards, then backwards." I told him I go ten minutes in one direction, then I switch, and go for an hour. He said he was working up to being able to do that. Anyway, after getting that nice little compliment (if you can even really call it a compliment) I just felt so happy and just surged through the rest of my workout, including 20 more minutes of running! I remembered that THIS was that feeling I'd been going for! (When I first started eating healthy again last weekend, it didn't make me feel good - I got heartburn and crankiness, but I powered through anyway.) Inspired perhaps by those "last chance workouts" on The Biggest Loser, or perhaps by all of your blogs, I decided to attempt a one-minute sprint at 10mph at the end of my treadmill run. Well, at 10mph I thought I might fly off the treadmill and seriously injure myself and others, so I did 9mph instead which I'd done before, but it was still very hard. And to think, I read somewhere recently that the fastest human can run something like 27mph?!?
Weekend plans - not many, but going to Jess' tonight which is a switch from our usual staying at my place Friday nights and his Saturdays. We'll probably just watch DVDs of 24 and Entourage. On Sunday my realtor finally has another showing of my condo - it had been two weeks since the last one!! My kitchen and living room walls are light green and my realtor suggested that I change them to a more neutral color, so I guess it's time to paint. He should have seen my living room back when it was orange (we painted it a very pale gray in preparation for putting it on the market). I like my green - oh well - I need to sell so I can move on in my life!!
Then Sunday evening both of our moms are coming over for a wedding planning session. I'm excited!!! :) We have sooo many loose ends to tie up, like, what should our first dance song be?? We are thinking about "Your Song" by Elton John, which is nice, but I also wouldn't mind something a little more upbeat. For my Spark friends who've had weddings, what was your first dance song? Did you take dancing lessons?
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