Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I have been tracking and walking and this happened in 10 days. The Spring 5% challenge ended last week, so I decided to start weighing in on Mondays again (it keeps me honest over the weekends, lol). But on Sunday I went to a graduation (with a burger and chips/dip/cookie lunch) and a grad party that night (taco man, margarita, champagne, and candy), so I was afraid to weigh in yesterday... But I got my courage up after eating well and walking around a mall yesterday.
Here's a pic from the party with my bonus sister (Mike's sis) Pam and my niece Taylor:
135 is a significant weight for me. When I was in seventh grade, they weighed all of the students during P.E. Weight had never bothered me before that day. I really thought I was the same size as my friends until the teacher announced "Beatrice, 110 pounds... Natalie 135 pounds... (enter more names and tiny weights here)" I was mortified/horrified/supremely embarrassed. Of course 135 was not overweight or bad, but it made me think about my weight (negatively) for the first time. I have been a dieter from that day on. Grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, hard boiled eggs and canned tuna protein diet, weird made-up deprivation diets, The Zone, Weight Watchers, and it finally happened here with Spark People.
So now, 15 years later, I am back at that seventh grade weight. It's strange and wonderful and scary. Someone is going to come over and teach me maintenance now, right?
Love to you all,
Monday, May 14, 2012
Week 18 was FUN!
Mike and I celebrated our fourth anniversary, Mike earned his M.S. in GIS from USC, and we had a really nice going away party thrown by my best friend, Cyndi. And I lost another pound. I can't believe it either...
Our anniversary was on the 10th. We drove to Temecula and did a little wine tasting and had a very diva lunch (I had salad and NO wine- saved that for the tasting!).
After wine tasting, we went shopping and I bought two pairs of size SIX trousers from J. Crew (my first time shopping there- outlets rock). Later, we had fish tacos and walked around a very bustling farmer's market and "licked the windows," a.k.a, windowshopped.
Mike's graduation was amazing! USC is such a beautiful campus, and his parents and grandmother were there (we are all so so proud of him!), it was just perfect.
Here's a pic I would have HATED before Spark- a candid of Mike and I walking (from behind- EEEEK!):
But y0u know what, I don't hate it at all... I even like it!!! After the long ceremony, we went to Corner Bakery, and I had a salad (see the trend, lol?!).
Finally, our going away party, which was just pure fun! My best friends, favorite classmates, and closest uncle and aunt were there. First, we had cocktails (I had white wine) at the Mission Inn's Presidential Lounge (beautiful!), and then walked to get tacos, and ended up at a NICE restaurant called Mario's (they have a cool patio lounge) listening to good music and more drinks!
I had TWO separate friends tell me I looked like a "model(!!!)," not nice, pretty, healthy, or cute, but a MODEL??? Oh man, the compliments will NEVER get old!
Mike's sister and her husband, and his brother and his girlfriend met us at Mario's, and I couldn't help myself but to make a split pic of all of us from this past xmas and this weekend:
I'm a little hidden in the after pic, but you get the idea!
In week 19, I am starting a new mission: working on getting Michelle Obama arms! I picked up my bridesmaid's dress (the wedding is June 30th), and it's looking a little... blah on top. I am a strength training novice, but I saved this little outline months ago because it seemed doable:
I wish you all love and luck in this brand new week! Thank you for all of the support and inspiration
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I am LATE in writing this blog... I weigh-in a few days, but here's how last week went:
-I closed my work library (inventory, end-of-year reports, bills, bills, bills)
-I ate french fries twice (and broke down twice "I'm going to gain all my weight back, Waaaaaaaaahhhh!!!)
-We moved (from Valencia back to the in-laws for the time being)
-We had two "going away" type functions (beer, beer, and more beer)
And I lost a pound. There is no mystery here, I stayed within my calorie range (even on the fries and beers days), took two looong walks, moved all of our worldly possessions, and drank lots of water. But somehow, a pound lost always surprises, amazes, and delights me.
This week, it's all about finishing finals and preparing for an interview I have later this month(!)... Trying to get good workouts in is a challenge in a new environment, but I'm going to "just do it," an overused mantra that works for me.
Love and luck to you all!
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Never in my adult life have I seen a number like this:
So, now what??
May is a new month- and I LOVE a new start... I even like Mondays
While I have decided to keep losing 5 pounds at a time, I'm trying to slow down a bit. I'm really enjoying having more calories to work with (I had a SANDWICH on TWO pieces of BREAD yesterday- GASP!), but I am honestly a little uncomfortable with this wiggle room (and nervous that I will gain weight for the first time). Exacerbating this feeling is my having a cold this week. I took a long walk today, but was basically comatose Sunday and Monday... We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
In May, I'm going to:
- keep tracking. If it aint broke, ya know? I really don't mind tracking, I love planning because it makes me feel very in control of weight loss.
-keep walking and hiking. I like it and won't quit.
-learn to deal with maintenance. Never been there before EVER, but excited to see what it is all about.
-keep eating stuff like this:
because it makes me feel good.
Love and luck to all my Sparkpeeps in this new shiny month!
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