That's pretty much what my life is about right now
Ah the pounds! The way I've been valuing all my efforts, my self-worth, confidence etc etc on the output of a mischievous weigh scales....
Things I need to remind myself (i.e. things not counted in lbs...)
I no longer own a pair of jeans that I can wear without a belt
I actually enjoy and look forward to a long walk in the evenings
I've been walking with my head up! not staring at the ground
I CAN RUN!!! and no one will laugh, I won't fall over (probably... well, no I will, but haven't yet, WOO!)
I have learned that I can actually STICK to a workout and healthy eating routine!!! I'M NO QUITTER ya getme?
I really LIKE doing a workout video every morning!
I've learned that rewards don't have to be edible
Or contain large quantities of alcohol
My tummy no longer looks like a sack o potatoes WOOP, OK its not a washboard by anyone's standards, but my flubber don't fly no more!
I'm starting to feel less like the fat one
My weight loss (and sticking to it) is helping to inspire my Momma
I no longer wear slimming underwear under dresses when I go out
Swimsuits and bikinis are becoming less frightening....
I'm feelin a little bit more attractive
My arms and legs are starting to have definition!! No longer tree trunks and bingo wings! I've got muscles!! Not quite a gun show, but maybe like a rubber bullet show...
OK as for the Docs section, tough things I also need to remember.... eek
No matter how much I love SP...it will not write my PhD thesis for me...so everything in moderation gotta include SP, Facebook, and music blogs
My student loan is disappearing....
I'm gonna need to find a job, leave the country ('Cause Ireland is broke...and I need adventure!), find a place to live, settle in, make new friends... all by my lonesome (I can't even bring my beloved cat Freaky...but that's a whole other blogs worth of heartache...) To do that I need to finish up my thesis, submit at least 2 of my papers, but also (and just as important
) look good and feel confident, so I can be the slim girl starting a new job and meeting (fingers crossed) Hot Foreign Men (plus I don't wanna have to learn 'Do you have this dress in large?' in a new language...)
Partying less doesn't make me as boring as I think it does, its just the price of a PhD (that and blood sweat and tears)
Any colleagues who are currently making my life hell are just jealous because I'm on the road to finishing up and gettin outta here!!!
And finally : things I'm surprised I love!!
Strawberries raspberries blueberries...you get the idea, this is not surprising but they're great so they deserve a mention
I love becoming progressively more Vegan! It really does feel great! and I thought vegetarianism was a revelation phew! I'd no idea...also, a whole other blog!
h turn your face away in shame peanut butter you charlatan! almondy butter I heart you like no ones business.
Light Beer? Are ya serious? me? really? Girl who'd spend a whole day (and night) knockin back pints o Heineken at the pub for the rugby...that girl is now a light beer lady?! In a lady glass?! well no, I still like the real glass and yes occassionally I will slip up and have a more than ladylike quantity of jager-bombs afterwards....oops...
TSP (textured soy protein) I kid you not! Hated it before (having never tried it) thought it looked like gravel, but man my new hyped up protein habit has me eating these crazy yokes the whole time
Ok not a food but strength training is actually cool...I feel like an inmate in a women's prison when I'm doing bicep curls
eeerrr ok maybe like an inmate in the Lady GaGa telephone vid or marge simpson when she was in jail but you get my gist...
stairs stairs stairs!! lifts/elevators are creepy crowded claustrophobic confines (well unless you work in Seattle Grace...and I defo don't.. more McGeek than McSteamy...)
Trail mix, how I love thee, let me count the ways....your there for me at work, you're a pre (and post) cardio carb hit, you're cheap and beautiful, I love you.
OK to prove my point I will now return to the science, but this has been a cleansing and illuminating experience, peace out you stunningly beautiful individuals you light up every day for me XXX