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Week 33: from 132.4 to 131.4

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Lost a pound!

This feels GREAT! Since June, I've stayed at 132 with little exception, and I know it's silly, but I started to think I couldn't lose any more... It's coming off. I tried to stay to the lower end of my calories and took one nice hike (I have been hiking 2x a week, but I woke up with a stiff neck this weekend, so I only got one hike in this week). With school and work in full swing, it is pretty impossible to take the daily walks I like so much, but I run around a lot at work, park far away, always take the stairs (and all of those other little things Yahoo Health or whoever recommends!), etc.

I am happy. Here's what I'm eating...

Bun! It's basically a steak (or whatever) salad with cold rice noodles and a vinegary/salty/garlicky sauce:



Garlic shrimp (and I used butter), with brown rice and a green salad:



Grilled ribeye steak (I used the leftovers for the bun), corn on the cob, and a cucumber/tomato salad:



Salmon with pesto (bought at a farmer's market here- made with sea asparagus!) over dinosaur kale:



My neck still hurts, but I'm feeling good about how my brain is managing the stresses of life (c'mon body, follow suit!). Things are intense, but so so good.

I hope all is well with you, Sparkfriends! Please have a good week!
Nat

  
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RYDERB 9/2/2012 12:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your weight loss. But don't forget that your bathroom scale doesn't know everything. You are doing fabulous and I'm sure your body composition is changing for the better every week. Last week I had the opportunity to weigh in on an InBody 520. A lot of health clubs or weight loss facilities are getting InBody 720 or 520 Monitors, and charge a fee to use them. I bought a Groupon, and I'm so glad I did. It was totally worth it. You get a printout of your complete body composition, water retention, muscle mass, body fat, resting metabolic rate, and so much more. emoticon
By the way, your food pictures always make me hungry. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 8/29/2012 3:43PM

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Very tasty looking dishes!

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OMMAMA7 8/29/2012 2:01PM

    Awesome - congrats!

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MISSB8604 8/29/2012 1:44PM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

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Week 32: From 132.0 to 132.4

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,
Nat

  
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2BEABETTERME 8/23/2012 11:45AM

    You are doing great at maintaining while adjusting to your new life in paradise! Keep up the great work!
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SH9719 8/23/2012 12:51AM

    Everyone has status quo weeks. Your .4 does not count. It is better than going up. Like you said, next week will be better.

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Week 30: from 130.4 to 132.0

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!

Nat

  
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SEPPIESUSAN 8/8/2012 2:11PM

    Your legs - wow! I'd say a weigh-in at 132 is still pretty awesome.

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APONI_KB 8/8/2012 2:05PM

    the hike looks great
as does the dress



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LEIAMLOW 8/8/2012 12:01PM

    Gorgeous! I love you in that mint dress! So glamorous! Don't sweat the gain. You are doing an awesome job keeping up with your healthy lifestyle.

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KIMCOLLINGS 8/8/2012 11:41AM

    Pretty hike and pretty gal. Love the pic in the minty dress!

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OMMAMA7 8/8/2012 11:13AM

    Wow - that hike looks and sounds amazing! Great week and don't worry about the other thing :)

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2BEABETTERME 8/8/2012 3:56AM

    Another great week! Your hike looks so serene and beautiful. The gain is probably just normal fluctuation and nothing to be concerned about. Enjoy your week!

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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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