Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I wanted to post pictures from my cousin's wedding, but the upload feature is having great difficulty right now. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I am getting ready for a trip, so I really don't have the time to mess with this, but maybe when I return home. In the meantime, here is one picture of me and Hubby at the wedding, which is the only photo that successfully uploaded:
I don't know what kind of Internet access I will have, if any, over the next couple of days, so ta ta for now! Have a great week, everyone, and I'll see you when I see you!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
The eating starting on Saturday afternoon. I got a call from my father on Friday night letting me know that he and his girlfriend were coming down for my cousin's wedding and he'd be in town for the weekend. He asked if he and his girlfriend could come over at some point to see where I live. In all the years since I have lived away from my childhood home, my father has never come for a visit.
Saturday afternoon, Hubby and I ate chocolate bundt cake slices with our afternoon cup of coffee. We did this even knowing that we were going to a rehearsal dinner that night. Why?
When Hubby and I got to the rehearsal dinner, everyone was so welcoming and a joy to be around. I was very pleased when several people noticed that I had lost weight and told me how beautiful I looked. Wow, that felt good! Then my dad's girlfriend says to me that I look fabulous! How much did I lose? 50 pounds? I did not know what to think. Was that a compliment? I told her that I had actually lost 30 pounds, and then she said, "Keep going! You can never be too thin!" What? That was the beginning of a stressful weekend.
Don't get me wrong...I really had a good time and enjoyed spending time with close and extended family. The wedding was so beautiful and touching. The whole weekend was full of great moments. But for some reason I felt fatigued and agitated and ate WAY beyond the top limit of my daily calorie range.
At first I thought the weekend's fatigue and agitation was from feeling overwhelmed by all the social interaction, loud music, and alcohol (2 glasses of wine and one glass of champagne over the weekend). Now, I'm thinking I was feeling less than my optimal self because I did not get my usual amount of exercise and because I ate a lot more sugar than I've been eating lately.
Today I went to my usual gym class and cut out the sugar for the most part. I'm already feeling less agitated. And although I was feeling fatigued this afternoon, I think I'm going to get a good night's sleep, because I'm feeling post-exercise tired right now as opposed to general fatigue. This is interesting, because soon I'll be attending a three day birthday extravaganza, which will include endless food and multiple cakes.
Which got me to thinking about lifestyle versus diet today. I had a moment of fear this morning about whether I had been kidding myself that I had actually made a lifestyle change. I went a bit food crazy this weekend (even though I ate much less than I would have eaten pre-Spark). Had I really just been dieting and fell of the wagon? Maybe. Then I started my day and slipped right back into my healthy lifestyle of good, nutritious food and exercise. And I feel better as a result. I know this weekend was a blip. I may have strayed, but I'm back on track once again. I know that I will likely stray again, but that is what happens in life, and that's okay.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
I recently wrote about two tops I've had for a year and a half or two years and have never been able to wear because they were too small. Both were purchased (one by me and one by my husband as a gift) slightly snug with the understanding that I was on a diet and would be able to fit into them "in no time." So she said well over a year ago. Well, upon reaching my 30-lbs-gone-for-good milestone, both shirts finally fit comfortably. Now comes the funny part.
Here's the shirt my husband bought for me as a Christmas gift two Christmases ago:
It fits and I still like it, but it has been ridiculously hot and humid lately (maybe because it's summer!) so I don't think I'll actually be able to wear this shirt any time soon. Gotta love the post-outdoorsy hair frizz, no?
Here's the shirt I bought myself a year and a half or so ago.
When I bought it I absolutely loved it and had to have it. That's why I bought it even though it was a tad too small. Funnily, now that it fits, I hate it. I still love purple, but for the life of me I can't understand how I could have loved this shirt so much. Now, being so turned off by this shirt I don't anticipate wearing it any time soon, either...as in NEVER.
Please tell me, is this shirt as ugly as I think it is now? Or was I not insane when I absolutely felt compelled to own it. I just don't know what to think.
Anyway, that is my Tale of Two Tops. As poignant, uplifting, and heart wrenching as any good tale should be.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
A friendly angel told me that I passed the 30-lbs lost point and, indeed, it is true! I set up a rewards plan for milestone weights, but it is based on increments of 5-lb weights, not on pounds lost, so no reward just yet...my next is due when I hit 195 lbs. Anyway, I'm still pleased as punch and am enjoying my past rewards, which are constant reminders of my accomplishments to date.
Here is a picture of the book I got when I reached 210 lbs:
I'm using the strength training exercise plan one day a week right now. Once I finish the C25K training program I plan to increase my strength training to 2 or 3 days a week, but we'll see. I also have used some of the nutrition recommendations, which I have found helpful, but I am not following the diet plan, because I'm doing well with my current strategy.
Here is a picture of the foam roller I got when I reached 205 lbs:
This is the J Fit 36-Inch Premium EVA Foam Roller. I got it and the picture (that's not me!) from Amazon.com. I use it as recommended in the Female Body Breakthrough as a muscle massager. It feels really good and works out the kinks and sore spots. It is especially painful for me to roll my calves, but it's helping. Rolling my upper back is next to heaven and is often accompanied by the sounds of popping vertabrae.
Here is a picture of the purse I bought myself when I reached 200 lbs:
It's made by Fossil and I adore it! I'm especially pleased that I got it at quite a good sale price from Macy's online. It was also a much needed purchase because before I bought it I owned a total of one purse, which I purchased sometime in 1998. As you can tell, I'm not much of a purse person. But I'm thrilled with this one! And apparently so is my kitty!
Headline: New Kitty Eats New Purse! Bad kitty! Or should I say, "Bad Mommy!" The purse has been relocated out of teeth range. Whew!
What rewards have you treated yourself to when you've reached a milestone?
Monday, June 28, 2010
I reached a couple big goals today!
First, I weighted 197.5 lbs this morning. It definitely is nice to have dropped a bit more weight since my last official weigh in, but the most satisfying part about this is that it was the fourth day in a row that I consistently weighted less than 200 lbs. Although I passed below the 200-lb milestone two weeks ago, I have hovered very near it and skipped up to or slightly above it on a couple of occasions. I feel that I can finally comfortably say that I am in onederland! Yahoo!
Second, Hubby and I went shopping at the mall today. We mostly went because Hubby needed to get a few things and I certainly was not going to dissuade him! So we go to Eddie Bauer for some shorts and t-shirts. I tried on some tops, shorts, and a jacket and am thrilled to write that I fit in all of the items I tried on! I'm not saying that all the clothes fit well or flattered my figure, but I did get some tops, shorts, and a jacket. So what is so wonderfully spectacular about shopping at the mall today? For the first time in I can't remember how long, I was able to fit in and buy clothes in a regular clothing store and not just in a specialty women's store. Woohooo times twooooo!!! It's like a whole world of clothes are finally opening up to me. Yes, I still have a ways to go and I don't intend to invest a lot in clothes that I expect will be too big for me before too long. However, when I need to or even want to, now I can go SHOPPING!
Third, after shopping, Hubby and I went to Uno's for dinner. I considered getting the grilled chicken, but I have chicken almost every night so I decided to get what sounded the most appealing to me. I got BBQ beef short ribs with red bliss mashed potatoes and grilled vegies. [I didn't know it at the time, but the sodium was off the charts and almost half of this meal's calories came from fat, so not the best and I won't be ordering this again even though it was rather tasty.] I ate all the veggies, about 3/4 of the meat, and about 2/3 of the potatoes. This is impressive, because I could have eaten the entire meal, but I stopped eating when I was satisfied. I am now confident that I really have changed the way I view food and the way I eat! Yippee times three!!!!!
On a side note, I now have a terribly upset stomach that must be a result of something I ate at dinner. Maybe too much fat content? I'm having some tea, hoping that my tummy will calm down.
Have a great day!
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