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Week 29: from 131.6 to 130.4

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Right on.

I am less than a pound away from the 120s! I know I'm a broken record, but I never, never, never thought I could lose ten pounds, let alone 40.

This is major.

There is no mystical magical number I'm shooting for- I just want to feel comfortable in a bikini (which is a revision of an earlier goal to feel comfortable in a bathing suit- one piece implied!), be healthy, fit, and strong. That's all.

Food:

This week, I had cereal, oatmeal (cooked one day, overnight another), egg on toast, and a banana or half a papaya for breakfast and packed my lunches (which normally included an apple and tuna salad or salad with black bean salsa (you know the kind- with a can of Rotel tomatoes and corn- cowboy caviar)). Dinners are being made at home more (it's slowly setting in that I'm not a tourist, and therefore should not dine out nightly, lol) and consist of lots of brown rice, green things, and fish or some other protein. I've still had about one small splurge a day- like a black bean manapua when someone brought them to the office, or a small piece if lemon birthday cake yesterday. Still, with some walks and a hike on the weekend, the weight still is finding it's way off of me.

Salmon tacos with the cowboy caviar (that was turned into a tex-mex salad for lunch) and green salad:


This weekend I made a blueberry cobbler with frozen blueberries and a crumble that consisted of flour, brown & white sugar, cinnamon, butter (a liiiittle), and an individual bag of Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal! It was good:


But I swear, most dessert looks like this these days:


Or like this:


I'm very busy with my new job, so I apologize for not being a better Sparkfriend, but I really miss you all and hope you're doing well. Love and luck to you in this shiny new week!

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/1/2012 6:48PM

    Great job! Your normal deserts look delicious!

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OMMAMA7 8/1/2012 12:56PM

    Congrats on everything - so awesome!

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ALYSSA40 8/1/2012 12:19PM

    Wow! I don't think I've seen the 120's since middle school! But I've been back to the 130's and I looked way too small then. Congrats to you and you're doing great and inspiring!

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BUBBLEJ1 8/1/2012 1:01AM

    You'll be in the 120's before you know it!

I hear ya on being a broken record... Not that you are! Just that I tend to celebrate every success, too. I have been committed for 7 months and changed my life, and I never thought I could do it!

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MISSB8604 7/31/2012 11:52PM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Weeks 27 & 28: from 132.0 to 131.6

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Two weeks have passed since my last blog- I started my new job last Monday and COMPLETELY forgot to post!

Maybe it's for the best- last week I seemed to have GAINED a pound- Tuesday a.m. the scale read 133.0, which was a major bummer, but again, I've been eating out a lot more and trying a lot of new foods here in Hawaii (and not feeling very guilty about it!). Also, Mike and I are getting back into the swing of walking and hiking, and this week we did much better than last.

New loves: PAPAYA! Discovering new beaches and hikes! Yelp (how I'm discovering the island's best... everything)! Hi ling powder (sour plum powder- I've been sprinkling it on fruit)! Shave ice! Body surfing! Furikake- a seasoning that includes nori, sesame seeds, salt and sugar. I sprinkled furikake on a piece of salmon and sauteed it for dinner last night with brown rice and cucumbers- it was so good! I should have taken a picture!

The dislikes aren't even worth mentioning. Things are good here and so beautiful. I've been here three weeks now, but I still can't believe we live here. Next Tuesday I'll be sure to attach some pics and talk more about the health-related aspects of our new life here, but for now... I'm going to finish this Kona Brewing Company Wailua Wheat Beer and go to sleep!

Good night, Sparkles. Love and luck to you this week!!

  
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OUT-OF-ASHES 7/25/2012 1:14PM

    Awesome! I love trying new things! I had to look up nori-I had never heard of it before. I am glad you are enjoying yourself!

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2BEABETTERME 7/25/2012 8:28AM

    Just the other day I was wondering how life was going for you. Obviously, it is Hawaii so it should be great. But, sometimes settling in can take time even in paradise. So happy to here things are well!

Enjoy your week!
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BUBBLEJ1 7/25/2012 2:54AM

    Sounds like you are settling in well!

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Week 26: from 135.0 to 132.0

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm thinking that 135.0 was based on my bad behavior (champagne galore) at the wedding, and not my actual weight, because eight days of sensible eating and light activity later, I am back to 132.0. THANK GOODNESS.

My first week in Hawaii:

Hiked Diamond Head Crater


Wore a bikini in public (for the first time)


Visited my work (this is the view):


Shopped for healthy things in Chinatown (where we live)


And ate lots of good food






It's been a little tough to track because I'm dining out way more than I usually do, but I'm honestly trying to keep my portions moderate to light, and I'm still doing my secret trick of making sure two of my three meals are eaten at home. This last week I've had cereal and fruit just about everyday for breakfast, a salad for lunch or dinner, and then something more rich or decadent, but in reasonable portions (like a "plate lunch" with grilled meat, brown rice, and a liiiiittle mac salad if tossed salad isn't an option). Also, we're still walking almost everyday, and now we're swimming and boogie boarding, lol!

I can't believe we live here. Beautiful is an understatement... The weather is hundreds of variations of perfect: cool, warm, breezy, drizzly, hot (for two seconds), cool again. The people are friendly, the food is amazing, and my jobs seems challenging, but rewarding (I start next Monday). I could NOT be happier- and sorry if this sounds lame, but I can't believe I've struggled with my weight MY ENTIRE LIFE, and finally gain control just months before I move to Hawaii. What a happy coincidence.

Before shot? Why not:


Came across this beauty on Facebook, of course, and trust me- that girl in the pink sack would have NEVER worn a bikini, but she'd be so proud of me. Crazy crazy crazy...

  
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OMMAMA7 7/10/2012 6:02PM

    Aww, this is so awesome! I'm so happy for you!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/10/2012 5:21PM

    Does your workplace overlook Pearl Harbor? I spy Navy ships!

It sounds like you are having a great time!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/10/2012 4:00PM

    Yeah, that timing worked out beautifully for you. Congrats on everything!

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RYDERB 7/10/2012 3:16PM

    emoticonEnjoy your new life! It looks like you have a lot of exploring to do, which means lot of calorie burning. The food looks delicious!
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2BEABETTERME 7/10/2012 2:23PM

    The food looks awesome! I think it is divine that you got healthy and thin right before moving to paradise!
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Week 24 & 25: From 132.0 to 135.0

Monday, July 02, 2012

The wedding (and all the festivities that come with) and moving (and all of the going away-type ceremonies that come with) have contributed to my first weight gain since starting SP! Oy!

Worry not, friends... I had Cheerios and banana for breakfast, and I have a plan for the week. A weight gain is not going to make me fall off the wagon- I'm chasing that wagon down right now! In three weeks, I will be back at 132 and decide where to go (weight-wise) from there.

Here are some pictures from the wedding!

Mike and I, my parents(!), and my sister Sarah and her bf Michael:


The bride and her maids, lol posing for pics just after the ceremony:

It was beautiful, FUN, and the bride and groom were very happy
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Today, I get on a plane to Honolulu. To live. Crazy. I am so looking forward to this move and new job. I'm glad I had a chance to spend time with my family and closest friends before this big move. I can't express how much I'll miss everyone.

I'll let you know how it's going next Tuesday!

Nat

  
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KANOE10 7/3/2012 8:47AM

    Moving to Honolulu is so exciting. I grew up there. When I visit, it is easy to eat healthy with all of the ethnic foods available.

You have a great attitude..you will get back to 132 in no time.

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2GETFIT7 7/2/2012 11:06PM

  Great attitude and the pictures look awesome! Looks like a beautiful wedding! Good luck with the move! Can't wait to hear about it!

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JADEDCUP 7/2/2012 9:15PM

    Awesome positive attitude! Congrats again on the job. Enjoy your new home in the sun :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 7/2/2012 8:01PM

    Most of that 3 pounds will be water weight, and will come off pretty easily. It happens to the best of us!

AND OMG I wanna move to Honolulu! My mum is going there on Thursday to meet my dad, who is there for work. I am so jealous I can barely see straight!

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2BEABETTERME 7/2/2012 4:50PM

    Good luck with the transition to Honolulu! It sounds wonderful!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/2/2012 4:17PM

    Beautiful! I love your attitude. I wish I could lose weight without obsessing like you. How do you do it?!

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OMMAMA7 7/2/2012 3:19PM

    Yay! so exciting. Congrats again!!

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Week 23: From 132.2 to 132.0

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hi Sparkles,

My last entry was just a few days ago because I forgot to blog (oy!), but I did not forget to weigh-in (never!). To get back on track, I promised myself I'd blog on the day of the weigh-in (Tuesdays) from here on...

It's difficult to remember the goings on of this week because I am so excited about the next few weeks. This weekend I'll be attending my first big library conference (the ALA annual conference in Anaheim). My schedule is set- meet-ups with my classmates and clubs, seminars on intellectual freedom and hot topics in community college librarianship, and I'm going to a library fashion walk-0ff (think Zoolander), seriously emoticon

Next Tuesday, my sister comes into town and we'll have some time together before my best friend's wedding on June 30th (both of us are bridesmaids). She is a vegetarian and has been on Weight Watchers all year, and she looks FABULOUS. I'm having so much fun thinking of all the healthy veg things I'm going to cook for her! We have shared our struggle with weight forever, and now, at the same time, we've become healthier in our own ways. And before a wedding! Lol, losing weight for weddings is something I have attempted plenty and only this time achieved. RIGHT. ON.

Sarah in Vegas


Before the wedding hoopla begins, Mike is flying in (!!!), and I couldn't possibly be more excited to see him. I honestly thought I'd enjoy the "me" time, but let me tell you- I even miss his snoring. Ugh I'm LAME! I love that man...

Mike in Hawaii


FOOD:

Here's what's been cooking, Good Lookin's:

Grilled New York Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Buttered Peas


Tonight for dinner, I made a bacon and egg casserole with puff pastry, which was very decadent, but I served it with green salad and fruit salad. My MIL is too sweet- she takes pictures of my cooking (she loves me). Here I am in all my glory:



EXERCISE:

I just got in from a very short walk. Writing this gives me the idea to publicly record what I've done for a little kick in the behind... I haven't been walking or working on my Michelle Obama arms nearly enough, but in week 24, I'll make those two things a priority.

Thanks for listening emoticon,
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RYDERB 6/26/2012 9:53PM

    You're not lame. You're in LOVE! I still can't sleep when my husband travels. Hang in there. You're dong great! Congratulations. Hope you and your friend have been having or maybe had by now, a great visit. As always your food looks yummy! emoticon

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2GETFIT7 6/21/2012 2:27PM

  Great job! Have so much fun at the conference this weekend!

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COREY219 6/21/2012 1:10AM

    The food looked good. emoticon

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