Friday, December 18, 2009
I'm turning 32 tomorrow. Sigh. I'm getting farther and farther from 21! But you know what? I am liking my life more and more the older I get. :)
My weight has been going nuts lately - it stayed the same for a long time, then down half a pound, up a pound, down three pounds, up a pound...anyone who's tried to lose weight knows the drill. The net effect, though, is a loss! I'm currently down about 13 pounds from my highest and I'm back in the healthy BMI range once again.
My parents are starting to get the RSVPs back for my wedding. So far several highly organized people have already responded within the first few days, and so far they've all said YES! I'm getting so excited. Eight weeks left!
The next couple weeks are so busy too. In addition to my birthday, there's the last few days of school, then Christmas with my fiance's family, and then we're off to Europe!!!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Yesterday I went to a daytime party where there were tons of refreshments. I have resolved that it is easier for me to say no to everything than it is to try to limit myself to a little bit, especially nine weeks before my wedding! So I decided ahead of time that I wouldn't eat or drink anything at the party, and I am quite pleased with that decision. I feel like I've figured out my own personal triggers and dealt with them. I had my normal big, healthy breakfast, mid-morning snack, and lunch before I left, and I even induldged in a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks too, so I was good and stuffed before I got there. At the party, I didn't want any weird comments orquestions about my lack of indulging, so just before we got out of the car I made a plan with Jess. We both got drinks, but only Jess would drink them. On the sly, we'd switch glasses so that I'd hold his empty and he'd hold my full, and then he'd drink that too (yeah, he got pretty buzzed, and I was a good designated driver!). It worked - nobody batted an eye about me not drinking this time around! I don't plan on forever denying myself of everything, of course. In fact, today a student gave me a tiny wrapped Godiva milk chocolate (she called it a "prize" for her birthday). I secretly weighed it (9 grams) and entered it into my food tracker (41 calories), and I ENJOYED it.
Now on to my top three gym pet peeves:
1. When you're strength training, and trying to count your reps in your head, but a personal trainer is working with a client nearby and barking out the count to THEIR reps, and that messes up your own count.
2. When you need to use the Smith machine, but some guy drops off all his stuff by it, and then alternates between using it and doing some jumping up on a step nearby, but when you ask him if he's done with the Smith machine he just says "no." (Not "want to cut in?" or "just one more set," just "no.")
3. When the woman on the elliptical next to yours coughs repeatedly without covering her mouth. Hasn't she been watching the news? There's a flu epidemic! Cough into your elbow! Heck, cough into anything, I don't care - just not my air space!! Ick!
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)
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