Monday, September 13, 2010
This photo was taken at the end of August...my parents, MIL, hubs, and me. I think this picture pretty accurately reflects my size these days...not bad upper half, legs are much thicker than I'd like (especially when compared to my skinny MIL's legs!) but I think you can also tell they're pretty muscular - thank you Body Pump squat and lunge tracks! My weight has been hovering in the lower 160s to upper 150s lately. I've been counting calories during the week only and allowing myself indulgences on the weekends, which is a great maintanence plan but not really working for weight LOSS these days.
I'm not too concerned though. There's definitely a piece of me that wonders whether I'm at the weight I was supposed to be at right now. I was never a naturally thin girl, and I feel great (other than that one heartburn incident I wrote about last time!), have tons of energy, and checked out as perfectly healthy at the doctor's office. When I get thinner sometimes I lose some of my energy....because I'm hungry more often.... and I'm definitely better able to enjoy my lifestyle when I'm not being ridiculously strict.
Since school is fully back in session, I'm back to grocery shopping once a week and batch cooking on Sundays...with the football game on in the living room...it really feels like fall! Yesterday I made a vegetable/brown rice stir fry and my usual Mexican lasagna (but with a new addition to the recipe: guacamole).
On the exercise front, I couldn't be happier that just about every day now the weather is perfect for outdoor jogging. I've been going to Body Pump twice a week and once in a while doing strength training on my own too...and have been doing Zumba, Body Combat, and elliptical in addition to my jogging. Oh, and a little tennis. Yesterday I had one of those perfect workouts (on the elliptical) where I felt like superwoman...I went almost 7 miles and burned almost 1,000 calories in 65 minutes!
In other news, we lowered the asking price on my condo AGAIN (third time) and we're really expecting to get some offers coming in finally. In fact, there's a showing tonight. So hopefully I'll be moving soon - yay!
Other than that, I'm settling in with the new school year and having really fun weekends going out with my friends. All is good! Hope everyone else is doing well too!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Why do they have to make summer so fun?
School started this week. It's been hot and uncomfortable. I'd been tired despite getting enough sleep all week... I think it's because I was getting up at 6 instead of the 7 or 8 I was used to... but then last night was the worst. I was tired and got in bed around 6 p.m. with the hope that I might fall asleep ridiculously early and get a major night's sleep. But then my husband texted me and asked to prep his dinner, and while I was doing that, I had a binge. What?? I haven't had a binge in a long time, I thought I was over that since I'm allowing myself plenty of treats these days. Then I went back to bed and wasn't feeling well. It felt like heartburn, maybe? Not even really sure what that feels like. Anyway, my husband came to bed, we watched a little baseball (enough to see the Red Sox come from behind), and we were asleep probably around 9:30 or 10...but then around 11 or so I was awake again with achy pain up and down my chest, my stomach, and even my upper back. I rolled around in pain until 2:30 in the morning when I finally went online and looked up my symptoms... seemed I was either having an ulcer, bad heartburn, or a heart attack. The first two, I read, are both helped by antacids, so my darling husband went to the 24-hour CVS down the street to buy me some Gaviscon. I took it and was asleep by 3...only to be woken by my alarm at 6...I reset it for 7 and got ready for work really fast and was only 10 minutes late.
So now here I am, still feeling a bit icky, thinking I'll probably have to go see the doctor about this even though I JUST went for a physical (and my doctor's office is 45 minutes away, ugh), totally sleep deprived, hot, and feeling sad that I'm not as into my j0b as I used to be.
On the plus side though, a four-day weekend starts tomorrow.
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!
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