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
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!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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
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
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:
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 ,
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I can't believe I almost forgot a blog entry for last week! I weigh-in again in three days, lol!
Mike asked if I was "Still doing that Spark thing- blogging?" and I was like OF COURSE! And that's when I realized I hadn't remembered to post for the first time in 22 weeks!
I'm sorry to write that I have been struggling a bit. Nothing tragic, but I'm feeling lazy and less in control of my eating in the last week plus. Yesterday and the day before I ate what can be called "midnight snacks," although last night's might more fairly be called "second dinner." I'm just feeling very hungry (yes, TOM is coming in a week, but also I'm still not eating enough).
To combat this crappy behavior, I went for a nice walk yesterday (only 30 minutes, but it made me feel pretty good) and yesterday and today I completed my calisthenics (still trying to get Michelle Obama arms for my friend's wedding) early in the day, rather than waiting until I'm lazy and over it in the evening. I am two weeks away from the move to Hawaii, so I just want to stay afloat until then- eat cleanly, continue being active, and maintain... Here's a pic Mike sent of the view from our Lanai:
Last weekend, I went to my first library conference (actually billed as an unconference- a casual roundtable type thing) and I blogged about it here:
Feel free to read a short dry blog if you aren't blogged-out after reading this! It was all about professional preparations, so I shared a lot of what I have been going through- seeking jobs, applying, and interviewing. And then on Tuesday, I was offered my #1 pick- a job managing circulation and staffing/developing the student volunteer program at a community college on Oahu. I still can't believe it. I have run elementary libraries for three years, but with the budget crisis, it has practically been a volunteer position (read: paid peanuts). This is a real job with real pay and real benefits. I am elated.
I think I'll end there on that very positive note. I hope all of you are doing well and continuing to fight for your health and happiness. I think the hardest part of the fight goes on in our heads, not what we do to or put in our bodies. I'm forever working on that, but having my Sparkles' support makes this achievable.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Still going dudes.
I hope everyone is having a good week... My week has been so filled with ups and downs, and I'm grateful to have a place like SP to share my thoughts. You are all always so helpful and encouraging.
The downs. My parents moved to Texas about a year and a half ago to run their own lunch truck business on a military base. They have gone through so much, and this week, the restaurant that supplies their hot food was 86's by the base for lame reasons (they are so strict on inspections!). It looked like this was the final straw and that my parents were going to move back to California, back to unemployment, roommates, and debt. Miraculously, it looks like things are coming around. They found a military-approved restaurant and now plan to stay. They are incredibly hard working, and I just really want this to work for them.
Mike's grandma Edith was taken to the hospital for shortness of breath, but thankfully, is doing fine now. She was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, which is troubling, but she is so strong and resilient. Here is a photo of her, Mike, Peggy (Mike's mom), and me from Mike's graduation last month:
I know that people get older and have issues like this, but I just adore her and hate that she has to go through this. She is an excellent cook, eternal optimist, sharp-witted woman and the only person who calls me "Natty," which I really like.
Okay, the downs are out of the way. Whew... The ups are as follows: I have a second interview for the community college library job on Oahu and the University of Oahu Library director called me to schedule an interview for next week. I feel like I might be forgetting other good things, but it's been a rollercoaster for sure.
Health: Hmm... To tell the truth, I've been in a bit of a funk since Mike left three weeks ago, and I have not been active. I take some short walks and do calisthenics, but I believe I am losing weight because I am still eating 1200 calories a day. I am not in maintenance mode at all. CyndiBunnie had great suggestions for adding the additional calories to my day, but honestly, I can't get over the guilt of eating anything but lean protein, whole grains, fruit, and veg. Like real, deep guilt. I want to find a good balance where I'm much more active and enjoying 1800 calories a day to maintain this weight, but after dieting like this since January 1st, I'm finding it difficult (please don't hate me).
Food: I'm eating really well, just not enough for maintenance. Tonight I made this recipe for moo goo gai pan: http://rasamalaysia.com/moo-goo-gai-pan/2/ , but added in some onion and red bell pepper. It was really nice. One miss was overnight oats. I LOVE me some oatmeal for breakfast, but it's been too warm lately, so I tried it with rolled oats (it tasted nice, but was like mush), and later steel cut oats (too tough). I am like overnight oatmeal Goldilocks- looking for overnight oats that are juuust right. Here's a pic of the overnight steel cut oats with soy milk, nectarine. dried cranberries, and cinnamon:
One last thing (to end on a positive note)- I came across a picture from last fall of myself, Mike, and his old boss after a work softball game, and holy moly is it awful (thanks, Facebook!). It makes me proud of how far I've come.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Here are some pictures from Las Vegas... My best friend Dulce had her bachelorette party, and my sister came out from North Carolina. We had a freaking blast... I will say this- I knew we'd be drinking quite a bit, so I made the decision to NOT splurge elsewhere (no buffets, no 3 a.m. doughnuts, no slacking on exercise). In other words, I chose one vice and stuck to it!
I ate egg whites at breakfast, salads at lunch, and watched my portions at dinner. We also had so much fun at the pool Saturday morning- dancing and swimming for hours before we went out that night. Champagne was NOT going to take me down this week, lol!
My sister and I at our hotel:
All of us at a lounge in Cosmopolitan
A picture I would have NEVER shared in the past- a BATHING SUIT shot:
AC/DC Penny slot. I love Vegas, lol:
It was a great time. I felt positively confident in positively tiny dresses and even had fun at a POOL in a BATHING SUIT. I wish I could bottle the feeling.
In week 21, I will continue strength training and I will begin to eat a little more. I've read this elsewhere (and I used to shake my head, but now I can relate), that it is HARD to go from 1200 calories a day to 1600+... It's like adding an additional meal!
LOVE to all my Spark Peeps!
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