Friday, April 13, 2012
My first vlog, just saying hello to friends!
Forgive the weird- I was eating pineapple and I'm sure this will either start or end on a bad frame, for that is life. Love to you all!
Friday, April 13, 2012
I am food obsessed. I cook, and eat, and think about cooking, and think about eating. I also sleep and work. Yeah, like that.
Here are a few meals I've made recently:
mini meatloaf with smashed cauliflower and green beans, chile verde with brown rice and a fried egg, pulled pork baked toastadas, and yellowtail handrolls
I take pictures all the time, and if I can't share them here, then where?
Hope everyone is having a delicious Friday
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
You KNOW there had to be some craziness going on in my life for me to put off a blog bragging about my big loss this week!!! More on that later... First, I'd like to thank you all for the helpful/kind comments about my -0 loss last week (a result of salty restaurant food and mucho bread and wine in San Francisco!). I started last week with a renewed attitude and dedication, as well as a plan to lose the infamous final five pounds by the end of April.
In week 14, after many hikes, bowls of oatmeal, salads, and a run, my body dropped nearly 3 pounds. BOO-YA!!! And it wasn't easy, either- my brother Greg was visiting for his birthday. I did well, though... We went to a Laker game, I had two glasses of white wine (the official beverage of the NBA, no?), at Ventura Beach, I had two pints of Guiness, and when we went out to eat, it was all egg whites and light plates. Watching loved ones eat fried calamari and drink wheat beer to their hearts content could be a capital punishment!
The visit was great. I miss my family so much. We are all spread out, and it's about to be a lot farther out because...
MIKE AND I ARE MOVING TO HAWAII!!!
Back in December, Mike applied for a job and interviewed, but we hadn't heard anything since... Until we were waiting at the airport for my brother, and Mike got "the call" and was offered the job. Wowzas. There is so much to think about and DO, but for now, I'm just overjoyed for Mike (he'll be back to archaeology, his love), and in shock that we will be living in paradise. I think our life here in Santa Clarita is pretty amazing...
In week 15, I will keep on keeping on. Keep eating my oatmeal, taking my walks, and reading your wonderful/hilarious/inspirations posts. Much LOVE to you all this and every week!
Monday, April 02, 2012
This has been one crazy week. In week 12, we went out of town (to beautiful San Francisco) for Mike's sister's wedding. I went in with a plan to eat really healthy balanced meals, but more bread and wine sneaked its way into my diet than I would have liked. And small as that sounds, it REALLY freaked me out.
Since January 2nd, I have been a pillar of dietary strength (realize that sounds stupid, moving on...). Around week 6 or so, I hit this stride and had the realization that I was NEVER going back. Not just to a number on a scale or the inside of my jeans, but to a boring sedentary lifestyle that included moments of shame, denial, and depression. I was DONE. For the last 12 weeks, if someone offered me another piece of bread or glass of wine (in any circumstance), I would have politely declined. But last week, I accepted just about every time. Sure, there were good moments- the egg white omelets, water, and walking, but the stupid bread made me doubt how far I've come.
So, once I got home, I knew it was time to re-evaluate where I am and where I'd like to be. Saturday was a mess- I felt anxious and disappointed in myself (my weigh-in didn't help), but then Sunday (yesterday), I literally pulled myself up by the bootstraps, and Mike and I went for a crazy 6 mile hike.
Getting moving and talking all of this out with Mike helped immensely. No amount of bread or wine takes away all that I have achieved this year. And on this beautiful/heart exploding hike, I came up with my April goal, and it is a doozy.
BY THE END OF APRIL, I WILL HAVE REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT OF 140 POUNDS.
There it is, in all caps. In order to achieve this goal in a month, all I have to do is keep working. Continue to meet my calorie requirements, move 5-6 days a week, and drink water galore. My brother is coming out this weekend for his birthday (YAY!), but I'm not going to get out of step. I want to reach this goal badly.
Best of luck to all of you Sparkers in this brand new month! Thanks for all of the encouragement and inspiration!!!
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