I have been up since 5:20 this morning, and I'm off on Fridays! Woke up this morning, thinking of everything I needed to accomplish in the next two days, so got out of bed and got busy immediately.
Every year on the Fourth of July, we have a few friends (probably around 30-40 people) out to our house, which is an acreage about 3 miles outside of town, and everyone contributes great food and we celebrate. It's a good time and I really look forward to it, but it is a lot of work. This year, the work doesn't see so overwhelming however. Last year, I was feeling pretty good about myself--I fit into a 3X decorative 4th of July top and had lost about 80 pounds. THIS YEAR, I am 100 pounds lighter than that (got back into the 140's this morning!), wearing a size 10 and feeling very SLIM!
I probably won't get a walk or bike ride in during the next couple of days (we're celebrating on the 3rd, my son who works for the railroad, may have to work on the 4th, we're hoping he'll be around on the 3rd, plus it gives us the 4th to clean up, rest up and get ready to go back to work on the 5th. But I'm thinking the work I've been doing around the house hopefully burned quite a few calories.
Went out shopping yesterday, headed to the ritzy mall in town, where I never shop. No reason to--nothing in those stores fit me before anyway. Yesterday, it was like I was in a Wonderland--I could walk into any store and find something I liked. Unfortunately for my budget, I found quite a few items that I did like and bought some of them! I shopped at The Gap, Old Navy, Chico's, Christopher & Barnes, even Hollister. My son told me Hollister is for 12-year old girls, but I found a top that fit!! I always justify my purchases by telling myself that I have EARNED some new clothes!
Headed to lunch with my husband--we're going to Ruby Tuesday, and I'll have a petite chicken salad. It's delicious and only about 400 calories including the low fat ranch dressing I get. Sunday, I will probably eat too much. Last year, I tried not to over-do and hope to do the same thing this year. It is tough to NOT eat some of the great food that people bring out, so sometimes I will have just a small taste and that satisfies me.
For comparison--here's a picture of me last July 4, and a picture of me this morning, in one of my new tops from Old Navy! Gosh I love being NORMAL!!