Thursday, August 26, 2010
Not that I'm exactly proud to admit this, but I gained 30 pounds after my (Feb. 2010) wedding. Seriously. My low point was 142 the day of my bachelorette party (two days before the wedding - crazy, I know) and I maintained up to around 146 through mid-March. Anyway, starting on St. Patrick's Day, I picked my binge eating habit back up, and that lasted until mid June or so, and in that process I gained up to 172. Ugh. Please, future me... never again!!
I knew I had to change, of course, but the defining moment for me was being in a dressing room (sometime in June) where I could see how I looked in my underwear from all angles. When I saw that back fat I was so disgusted with myself, and I started a new path right then and there... I remember we were going to a Red Sox game that night, and had Japanese for dinner beforehand, and I had some relatively healthy sushi and unsweetened iced green tea for dinner, and that started that right off!
Anyway, as of today I'm 157, and I realized that of the 30 pounds I gained, I have now lost 15, half. A milestone I wish I didn't have to reach in the first place, but I'm glad I did. When I was 172, I bought two dresses - one was a 12, the other was a 14. My most recent purchases have been size 10s and mediums, but I was able to wear an old pair of size 8 jeans yesterday!
I don't exactly have a defined goal in mind...I'm so comfortable with what I've been doing that I'm going to keep it up, and I know I'd like to lose at least a few more pounds to get to the healthy BMI range. If I keep losing beyond that great, if not, I'd be happy maintaining too. Oh, speaking of that healthy BMI range, I had a physical the other day and discovered that I'm 5'5 and a half instead of 5'6", which is a minor difference but it would very slightly impact my BMI range.
Today was amazing. It was the first sunny day we've had in about five days, and I spent all morning and a significant chunk of the afternoon too walking/jogging all over Boston. Man do I love my city. Some highlights were seeing a little turtle, discovering a rose garden in the Fens that I never knew existed, meeting my hubby for lunch at a Moroccan restaurant, feeding the pita I got there to some geese, and seeing a baby yellow lab (love puppies). It was so beautiful out, and it really put me in a great mood. :)
Happy Thursday everyone!
Edit: Some of you asked about my living situation in my last blog. I have a condo in the 'burbs that has been on the market since October. My husband has a condo in the not-nice part of the city, but he needs to keep it for the next 7 years or he'd pay a penalty in taxes or something because of the program he used to finance it. If/when my condo sells (we keep lowering the asking price...gotta happen someday..) we're planning to live in his place for a little while, which will save us tons of money each month, and then buy a house in a mutually agreeable location somewhere between where we both work. :) So far we're stuck on just the selling my place part!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Last night, my favorite Zumba teacher shared with us that, since the gym is moving, she's going to teach at a different Gold's starting in two weeks.
Okay, BACK UP. My gym is MOVING?? I asked about this, and it turns out that in January or February my Gold's is relocating to a location that'll be about a ten-minute drive for me, almost three miles away. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but the current location LITERALLY takes two minutes to WALK to from my front door. It could not be more ideal and I know the closeness helps me go a lot more regularly. My husband and I can walk over together and leave at different times when we both finish. Or we can both drive and I can walk home if I need a cooldown while he drives. Yes, the current building is kind of run-down, and they told me they're getting all new equipment for the new location, but I don't want them to move!!!
And then there's the fact that my favorite Zumba teacher, who I only just discovered a few weeks ago, is leaving in two weeks. I could go to her classes at the other gym, but it'd probably be a 25-minute drive. Boo!
Then again, I've been trying to sell my condo for almost a year now. My husband says this could be "motivation" for me to sell my place. Um...doesn't work that way. I don't need "motivation," I need a buyer! I love my gym so much though that I sometimes imaged myself still going there even after I move. I'll have to figure something out when/if that ever happens!
Monday, August 23, 2010
My husband's family had their Cape house up through yesterday, so we left late Thursday night and spent the weekend there. My official weekly weigh-ins are on Saturdays, so again I have no news to report really. I only gained a bit under three pounds this weekend, and with the way I've been living my life lately, I could probably measure my success based on how many pounds I gain on a weekend. Less than three is good. Four is probably average. Five or more is bad. I tend to get back to my pre-weekend weight by Wednesday or so, and then with any luck I go down an extra pound to hit a new low by Thursday before starting the weekend process all over again. But like I said in my last blog, I'm okay with it. It's a slow, rolling weight loss, it's very comfortable, and I can live this way.
I feel like moderation came pretty easily this weekend. On the one hand, I had two margaritas with dinner on Friday night, an ice cream cone after dinner on Saturday night, and snacked on Chex Mix and even a couple Oreos. Oh, and I even convinced my husband to go out for pizza and beer last night after we got home! But on the other hand, I feel like I never, ever overdid it with any of these foods. I ate them when I felt like it, when I was hungry, and I stopped when I wasn't hungry anymore, NOT when I was stuffed to the brim. I also ate my own healthy stuff when I felt like it (and I DID feel like it, plenty of times) instead of the less healthy stuff everybody else was eating. And as for exercise, I bought new running shorts and two new sports bras recently, and I've been loading up my iPod with new music lately, so I was excited about exercise. I went for jogs both days I was there - Saturday I jogged to the beach (3 miles in 34 minutes on very hilly roads) and then when I got there, I tossed my sneakers into the back of my father-in-law's van and went straight down to the beach, where I put on a wetsuit and then started my boogie boarding (in the baby waves we had all weekend).
Anyway, yesterday as we were all packing up, my FIL found one of my sneakers in the back of his van, but the other one got lost in a sea of beach stuff and suitcases, etc. Luckily I have a couple pairs of old sneakers here so I was still able to go to the gym last night. But I miss my other sneaker! I hope it's not lost forever, because it's relatively new and I spent good money on them.
Sorry for the ramble! Enjoy your Monday, Sparklies!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I went for a nice long walk/jog yesterday through the city... it's nice to not worry about speed, but I am considering signing up for a 10K to force myself to step it up. I'm not sure I want the pressure though?? I know I will feel enormous pressure to beat my previous time, and that was difficult enough.
This morning I woke up to the lowest weight I've seen on the scale in five months - 158.4. I still think there are parts of me that are too wide, but my stomach is flatter and I'm less than four full pounds above a healthy BMI. Then, since I have the whole morning free, I checked my gym's schedule and was happy to see that there was a 9:30 a.m. Body Pump class! It was practically empty, which I really like! It was so empty that I felt brave enough to go and talk to the instructor afterwards - asked her about squatting form, and then complimented her because she looked particularly fit and toned. She said she's been eating really clean this summer, and said something that most of us on Spark have said before - that how you eat makes all the difference. I agreed, and was kind of pleasantly surprised to hear an exercise instructor - in fact the director of fitness at my gym - saying that. If someone who so obviously loves exercise feels that nutrition is even more important, well, it must be true. :)
Now it's 11 a.m. and I still have the whole day ahead of me - and we're leaving for Cape Cod AGAIN either tonight or tomorrow. Probably tonight. My husband's family rented a house in Wellfleet (yes Sharon, that is exactly where we got engaged last year - we even went back to the same spot for a quick & silly re-enactment, hehe) and this is their last weekend there.
Oh, and if I'm going to be using this blog to comment back to people, I'd just like to tell Patty, and everybody else who made similar comments, that I COMPLETELY agree about the lifestyle balancing act! I think I may FINALLY be figuring out how to make the lifestyle work for me permanently - no more super strictness for a few months at a time followed by total off-the-wagonness afterwards. It's really nice to know that I can eat nachos or whatever over the weekend, be totally unphased by the little gains I see on the scale on Sunday and Monday, and KNOW that after a few good days during the week that I am guaranteed to have the little gain disappear, and then some if I'm lucky!
A few weeks ago when I first described this pattern of eating someone wrote on my page that I shouldn't have my "off" times be weekends - it should be whenever I'm hungry. However, in my own defense, my off times are the weekends only because that's when it works out. I'd be just as willing to eat a little off during the week if aworthwhile opportunity presented itself. My point is that I don't want to use eating in private as a way to pass the time like I used to when I'd overeat/binge on a regular basis. Rather, I'd like to have a general template of solid good healthy eating that is my normal eating pattern for a regular day, and know that whenever something fun is going on that I can splurge a little. That's a style I think I can keep up for a lifetime.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I don't think I'm doing this right! I tried to post a video clip of me doing karaoke! (and just in case it does work, I do warn you to turn off your volume - I'm a horrible singer, hehe)
Okay, apparently it's going to take FOREVER to load. In the meantime, here's a picture of my hubbsie and me having dinner in Provincetown this past Saturday night!
I give up on the video. I had it uploading for 10 minutes and it got up to 16 percent. You guys luck out, really. :)
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