Thursday, August 23, 2012
I was too busy to blog last week, and so busy again this week that I forgot to even WEIGH-IN yesterday!! Things are crazy here!
Monday was the first day of fall semester at work, and last night I started classes myself- I'm about halfway through a master's program in library science. I can barely keep a thought in my head as I type this.
Last week was rough diet-wise, but great exercise-wise- lots of hikes, running around at work and around town for fun, swimming and body surfing on weekends, but MAN I was huuuuuungry! Yes, Sherlock's it is my TOM (ugh), but usually I'll have a hungry day or two- this lasted over a week! And all the shame and fear that comes with having a week of pushing above my normal calorie limit was awful. I'm starting to feel like a regular person again (like, today), so I imagine my next weigh-in will be a happy one.
Here's a rainbow at our favorite beach:
And here's my first Portuguese Man O' War encounter (it got Mike!):
We did not heed the warnings:
Hiking, surrounded by strawberry guava:
View from my desk:
And lastly, my dinner tonight- mostly egg white omelet with veg, a piece of wheat toast, a Greek yogurt & frozen berry cup, and a big handful of fresh cherries (Mike is on the Big Island for work this week, so I didn't make the bed today and ate an omelet for dinner! Born to be wild!):
Love to you all,
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I forgot about this mornings atrocious weigh-in with the business of today, so I haven't come up with anything to write.
Honestly, I did not expect to lose, but I did nothing to gain. I tracked my food, swam, and took a crazy hike on Sunday. Rather than stressing or over-thinking this, I'm going to share some pics of the last week and hope for a better weigh-in next Tuesday. Exhaaaaaaale.
Here's the hike- three hours of peaceful solitude (but there were two of us- duotude?). We ate strawberry guava off of trees and saw a private rainbow in the middle of a valley. It was enchanting:
Here are a couple food pics, because... You know, why not? A bunless hotdog (do it) and our "super" chiles:
And a pic I posted on my Sparkpage, but I just love it- in our parking lot at the end of a double rainbow in my cute minty colored dress:
Love to you all!
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...
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