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!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
And so another Biggest Loser Summer Challenge week comes to an end. This week will not go down in the record books as a stand out. I ate near or over the top of my calorie range the whole week. Most days I just seemed hungrier than usual, but last night I actually ate for emotional reasons for the first time in a long time. I could get down on myself about it, because I thought I had a pretty good handle on my emotional eating, but on the other hand my "binge" consisted of a cup of Special K Vanilla Almond cereal and a cup of unsweetened almond milk. Not much in the calorie department, but 100% of the calories were unnecessary from a hunger point of view. Blah. I also stayed up past 1am stressing, which is another unhealthy behavior that does not do my body good. I hope the scale is kind to me tomorrow. However, no matter what, I will be back on track tomorrow FOR SURE!
Monday, June 21, 2010
As planned, I was in bed at 12:30am last night and woke up with the alarm at 8:30am this morning. Yay! I am no longer staying up until between 1am and 3am, having trouble getting to sleep or getting up in the morning. This is next to amazing considering for how long I have struggled with this. Double yay!
In addition to having a sleep schedule for the first time in months, this little experiment has had several results that I hadn't expected.
- I now know that I can set a sleep schedule, stick to it, and adjust it as I see fit. As a result, I plan to continue shifting my sleep time by 15 minutes until I'm getting 8 hours of sleep and am happy with my wake-up time.
- I can see how a little change practiced over four days can give a sense of success and make a minor improvement, which is a doable step in the right direction.
- When something seems really challenging or perhaps even overwhelming, just break it down to really small steps, then take one small step at a time until the once challenging or overwhelming goal has been met. Also, doing it over four days doesn't seem like a huge commitment, but is long enough to see actual change.
- I feel like I have more control and feel calmer and less irritable.
I felt rested and energetic when I woke up this morning and my allergies (?) seem to be getting a little less severe. Today, after my Pilates class, I jogged on the treadmill, hoping that I could complete Couch to 5K's Week 7 Day 1. I jogged twice last week, but wasn't able to go the full 25 minutes either time. Today was different. That's right! I jogged for 25 minutes straight! And I actually felt like I could have continued, which is surprising in a happy sort of way. Is this what a well-rested body can do? Bring it on!
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