Saturday, December 12, 2009
I've lost 11 pounds in the first 5 weeks, and I have 9 weeks, 1 day to go! I just keep doing all the common-sense healthy things to do, and they just keep working. Simple. :)
A couple anecdotes:
On an outdoor run a few days ago (I ran to the polls to vote for a new MA senator... this was before it got bitterly cold) I passed by a man who was probably in his 80s. He watched me jog toward him, smiled, and said, "I used to do that when I was little." Cute. :)
My fiance's boss asked me if I was pregnant! Normally this question is highly offensive to someone trying to lose weight, and would make you wonder if your belly was bigger than you thought. But in this case, it was because I was at their work holiday party at the boss's house, and I asked for decaf coffee or tea to drink instead of an alcoholic beverage. I need to develop better responses for when people question my lack of wanting to eat or drink something high in calories. Instead of saying something smooth, I proceeded to tell Jess's boss that I swear I'm not pregnant and I'm on a strict pre-wedding diet and had no room in the calorie budget for a drink! TMI! I probably should have just said I wanted the hot tea to warm me up, and couldn't drink because I was driving. Next time. (Next party - tomorrow! So many parties.)
Hope you're all enjoying this busy, festive time of year!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
It's been a while, so I thought I'd say hi. Thanksgiving went well here and my plan is very solid right now. Wedding plans are coming along and so am I, toward my weight-loss goal.
Today, right after lunch, I started to feel sick. I stuck it out for a while, but by last period - my free period - I had a steady stomach ache and felt awful. I had to run around the school to find someone to cover my after-school homework club...had to ask several people before I could find someone who was free...but I finally did, and came home, felt disgusting the whole way. I just woke up from a nap though and am feeling much better, so I hope it was just a quick thing. Today will be my first total day off from exercise in a while! Too bad I couldn't work out outside today though, because after a downpour this morning it was ridiculously warm and beautiful this afternoon.
Hope everyone's doing well!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I'm posting links to the recipes I will make this weekend, mostly for selfish reasons to make it easy to find these recipes in Internet-land again when I need 'em!
Beef barley stew (I hardly EVER eat beef, but what a nice seasonal treat this will be for the beginning of December!)
Chinese Mixed Green Vegetables (will substitute my own selection of vegetables and will probably add either chicken or shrimp)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It's Tuesday afternoon and I have the next five days off, YAY! (AND we have a teacher-only day on Monday the 30th and a teacher-only afternoon on Tuesday, Dec. 1...these kids have it so good!!)
Even though I stuck to a somewhat normal sleeping schedule all weekend, for some reason I have been so exhausted the past two mornings when my alarm went off. I retired my snooze button as a New Years resolution (in 2008, I think), and unbelievably, it stuck - I now get up on a school day at 6 a.m. no matter what. What a gift to myself that was too...the lack of stress from having plenty of time to get ready in the mornings and never being late to work is totally worth it, and my snooze sleep was never very restful anyway.
So, even though it's been dark and I've been in no mood to get up when the alarm has gone off, I've been suffering through, knowing that a) I'll feel more awake once I get going with my day and b) I can sleep in for the next five days!!
Today has been good, Spark-wise. First, my weight was down a bit this morning. Then, my eating routine really helped me. I've had really weird eating habits in the past, so for me, it's an accomplishment simply to eat normal-sized meals and snacks at normal times. The routine is this: green tea in the morning while getting ready for school, coffee with soymilk during my commute, breakfast (smoothie) when I get to work. I have two mid-morning snacks - walnuts (50g) and an apple. I usually sneak these in between classes in the morning. Lunch this year is at 12:20, which I thought I was going to dread because I was used to having earlier lunch, but I actually love it because of how it naturally delays my afternoon snack (another apple). Lunch is one serving of one of my homemade recipes (like Mexican lasagna today), plus extra veggies (I use Trader Joe's Hodgepodge). I usually have my afternoon apple toward the end of the school day or in the car on my way home, and then dinner is one serving of some other homemade recipe (like pasta bake today). Anyway, just having a routine that works really keeps me on track, and I'm getting pretty comfortable with it.
After school today I went for an outdoor run that was just over 3 miles, and I did it in a little over a half hour, including cool-down walk. I am looking forward to running on a full night's sleep the next few days because it's so much easier then and I can go faster. Last night I was so exhausted by the time I was finally able to do my cardio (after some evening parent-teacher conferences) that all I did was the recumbant bike on an easy setting and I didn't really even break a sweat. My exercise rule though is that I do something every day, so when I need a break a very easy workout is okay, and when I have more energy I can push! Strength training yesterday was back and shoulders, and tonight when Jess goes to the gym with me I'll do chest and abs.
On Sunday, my mom and I never got to work on the wedding invitations... I asked her to meet me at Wellesley College to walk around the pond there. I got there first and had time to jog around the entire pond plus an extra loop around the campus - that was well over a half hour. Then my mom and the dog and I went for a walk around the pond together and it took almost TWO hours!! My mom has arthritis and isn't athletic, but I had no idea it'd take THAT long. Anyway, by the time that was done and we did a couple errands together, we were beat, so we saved the invitations for another day. We did go to a huge shoe store and I didn't see a single pair of shoes I can wear at my wedding, not that I really know what I want... my feet won't really show much, and it's winter, and Jess is only four inches taller than I am, so I'd like something flat and comfortable, and I'm toying with the idea of something totally out of the box like cute white sneakers or even boot, since boots are SO trendy right now that half of the huge shoe store was filled with them - although only three pairs were white! None were appropriate though. One pair was too outdoorsy, one pair was made of a knit material and they were too casual and too off-white, and the third had a ridiculous heel that'd make me twist an ankle. :) I probably need to look in bridal shops.
Then we went to Barnes & Noble for a short time and I started to look at a book on designing your own wedding ceremony, for couples who are having a non-traditional wedding. Since we are leaving religion out of it and my brother is the officiant, we're really going to have to plan it all ourselves. I want to get back and take another look at that book, and a coworker is going to lend me some books with poetry and other readings that might be appropriate.
I really need to make a wedding to-do list and start crossing off some items! I've been stuck so long on music decisions, but I'm too indecisive, ugh. And there's lots of other things that need to get done! I did learn a really useful trick from a magazine last night - to prevent a cry from coming on, clear your throat and then swallow. I had no idea how I was going to make it through my ceremony without crying, so I am so grateful that I found that trick when I did. I'm so sappy that I can practically bring on the tears on demand just by thinking about my wedding, so I tried it and it seemed to work!
Thanksgiving will be an interesting challenge for me because I have TWO Thanksgiving dinners to go to, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. I have motivation on my side though - I am so focused on fitting well into that wedding dress that no Thanksgiving meal is going to deter me. Food-wise, I'll just treat those two dinners as just regular meals, and make small healthful choices. These events will be special in a non-food, family-connecting way instead. This will NOT be easy for me to do, but once I do it I'll be really proud of myself.
Sorry for all the rambling and happy Thanksgiving in advance!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The weather is gorgeous, I got a great night's sleep, and I am just feeling fantastic today. At noon, which is in just over two hours, there's going to be an open house at my condo, so I got up early and I've been cleaning and it smells great in here. :) I still have lots to do, but there's enough time.
I've been eating and exercising totally on track for just over two weeks now, and my wedding is exactly 12 weeks from today!! I've been jogging outside lately and loving the way the crisp air feels once I've started to get a bit sweaty from the exercise. :) Then I go to the gym and don't have to stay nearly as long because I've already done most of my exercise outside, so it feels like a nice treat. My weight went down about a pound and a half this week, but with the daily fluctuations it's really more of looking at an overall downward trend than measuring my weight loss to the tenth of a pound!! I know from past experience, for example, that I always weigh a little more the morning after I've had a really big veggie salad, so I am not in the least bit alarmed that all the weight loss I saw yesterday is gone today. I know I didn't gain any fat.
I listened to all the music several of you suggested for my wedding on YouTube last night - thanks so much for the suggestions!! I feel like I am starting to get a bit of a clue finally, ha! I found a really beautiful guitar version of Here Comes the Bride, but I'm not allowed to use any Wagner music according to my parents because he was supposedly anti-Semetic. Oh well, that just forces me to be more creative. I am considering Bach's Praeludium for me to walk down the aisle to - it's a very (relatively) easy piano piece to play though, and we're having a string trio, so maybe they can come up with a string trio version of it.????? I think it sounds very beautiful and I always used to love playing it on the piano myself growing up.
Today I'm going to my parents' house and we're going to start to plan the invitation design - wheeee. :) It's so insane to me how soon I will be MARRIED... like when we're doing planning at school and there's something coming up after February vacation - I'll have a whole different NAME then! My NAME is going to change, how weird is that? I guess it's not weird at all to those of you who are married, but wow, it's surreal to me. Oh, and my mom and I also might go for a walk in the woods with her dog, too. :)
My fiance has been just beyond sweet lately. I feel happiness running through my whole body every time he refers to me as his future wife, or calls me "Mrs. H*** to be," or introduces me to someone by saying, "This is my fiance, Susan," etc. Yesterday he spent the majority of the day painting my kitchen and dining room for me because my real estate agent thought it needed to be a more neutral color...and he didn't even ask me to help him! He is so gorgeous too and I don't think I've ever mentioned this to you guys but when we're alone he has such a funny, silly side that he shows only me and he makes me laugh so much. My gift to him is going to be a strong, healthy, fit wife for life - he deserves that.
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