Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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.
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!
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!!
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...
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 ,
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