Sunday, April 29, 2012
I've had a couple days to think about it and I still don't know what to write... When I started Spark on January 2nd, I chose 140 as a goal because I'd never been there as an adult. I had no clue what 140 pounds looked like. Yesterday was my great friend's bridal shower, and we took pictures, so THIS is what 139 looks like:
And this is what 170 looked like back in September:
My SP friend Susan asked if I'm going to keep going and the answer is YES! 5 pounds at a time (again, uncharted territory), but I'm slowing it down... I changed my goal to 135 by June 30th (my friend's wedding), and was AMAZED by the # of calories I can eat now (WOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO!!!).
Thank you sincerely to all of my friends that have kept me continually motivated and entertained. I've always felt so welcome and each of you inspire me daily (the community is the real daily spark!). LOVE to you all!!!
Monday, April 16, 2012
I figured I would have a small loss after a very successful week 14, but NO! In your face, fat! I am down another 1.8 pounds and only ONE SINGULAR pound away from my original goal of -30 pounds. Whew...
I am learning to be patient and trust that if you are doing the right things, you will become healthier. It's hard not to count up all of my differentials and hope for -1 each week, but as I read here somewhere- "my body is not a calculator." Here are some things that keep my happy, healthy, and on track.
1. Every Monday (my busiest day, but it HAS to be done!) I grocery shop for the week. I plan out breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner for Monday- Friday. This is something I enjoy doing, and I realize it is NOT for everyone, but I find it keeps me from eating poorly, saves $, and few things make me happier than opening a fridge that looks like this:
2. I WALK because I like it. I have tried running and strength training, but I always seem to give up on those! I am still working on that, but in the meantime, I walk almost everyday for about an hour. My awesome shoes help keep me motivated (and blister-free):
3. Staying busy. For most, this is nooooo problem, but I am GREAT at wasting time (internet!!!). I work and go to school, but I have a feeling this impending move has contributed to my loss this week:
Friday I got together with my best friends (they are all very superstitious, so we go out to see horror flicks or to spooky historic buildings for dinner every Friday the 13th) and enjoyed a (that actually means ONE here) piece of pizza, and the better part of a bottle of wine (oops)... It was a good time, here's a pic:
In week 16, I will eat all of that good stuff in my fridge, walk and walk and walk (and run a LITTLE), and continue stalking all of my lovely Spark friends because they keep me motivated and happy... Love to you all this week!
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!
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