What Happened to June???

Today is June 30th, can you believe it? I can’t. June went by so quickly, I can’t belive that tomorrow is July 1st.  Since the past two weeks were so chaotic I wasn’t really thinking of my end of month weigh-in and then I woke up today and realized it was time for me to step on the scale and see if I met my goal of losing 10 pounds in June.  I weighed in on May 31st at home, using the same scale, so I figured it would be ok to use my home scale again today. On May 31st I weighed 258.8, today I weigh 250.2. So no, I didn’t reach my 10 pound goal but I did lose 8.6 pounds which is nothing to scoff at.  I have also finally reached my 10% weight loss goal, which was reaching 252 lb, and look how freaking close I am to entering the 240’s! I cannot wait to be under 250 and will be thrilled if I get there by my official WW weigh-in on Saturday but I am not holding my breath.  I want to be below 250 for two reasons; one, it means I am less than 100 pounds away from my goal weight (I realize this number is still big but in my head a double-digit loss seems easier than a triple digit loss) and two, because I would be closer to 200 than 300 hundred and that just feels great knowing that my next big milestone will bring me into the 100’s. Ahhhhhhhh (me screaming), it’s such an amazing feeling!

If you follow my post regularly or if you have peeked over at my weight loss goals page you will know that aside from my first goal, 10 pounds lost in March, I have not met a single goal by my self-imposed deadlines.  Am I disheartened? No. Should I lower my goals? I don’t think so. I mean, yes I know if I changed my goal from 10 lbs to 8 lbs per month I would reach it but then it wouldn’t be a challenge. I set up these goals as something to strive towards, as a motivational tool. If I lower my goals this time maybe I will take it easier at the gym or maybe I will snack more because I will feel I could ease up a little but then what’s to stop me from changing that 8 lbs down to 6 lbs pounds, and then to 4 lbs…you see what I mean, right? Personally (as everyone is different and challenges themselves differently) I would rather set goals that might be slightly unrealistic and work really hard trying to get there then set goals that I can easily achieve. I think it is because I don’t get mad or feel like a failure when I don’t reach them (for the most part) but instead am happy to have made significant progress every month and in turn will work harder next month to try to get those 10 pounds. So, long story short- I am sticking to my ten pound goal even if it might be slightly out of my reach.

Now that June is almost behind me it is time to look forward into July and I thought I would share with you some events I have going on this month. As I mentioned in Monday’s post, this Saturday I will be participating in the San Antonio Road Runners Monthly (free- woot!) Fun Run. This race is set up in four legs; a kids run, ½ mile, 1 mile and 3 mile lengths occurring sequentially so I will be able to participate in all of them  (minus the kids run, obviously) and in turn will get in 4.5 miles at the event and a ribbon for completing all three events.  Yay! Then in two weeks I will be walking in the SARR Women’s 5K. This should be a great event and Paul is even lined up as a volunteer which means we will both get enjoy the race. At the event they will be collecting clothing donations to be distributed to local women’s shelters as well as sneaker donations. Very awesome!

July will also begin two new things for me; tracking my measurements and Bikram Yoga. I wish I had started tracking measurements from the beginning but oh, well I can’t fix that now. I will be doing this long enough to still be able to see my progression via inches lost so it will still be a beneficial tracking method. I of course will post them on this blog as well. I mean you already know my weight what do I care if you know how big around my hips are 😉 Then on July 6th Paul and I will be trying our hands at Bikram Yoga; aka hot yoga. We purchased a 10 class pass from Groupon and will be taking two classes a week until finished. I am both nervous and excited and hopefully will find it as enjoyable as the other classes I have taken. Wish me luck!

July also brings the start of my new job (also exciting/nerve-wracking), our move into post housing (which was pushed up and may happen as early as July 15), the WNBA All-Star game which is being held here in San Antonio on July 23, the Food Truck Throw Down on July 29 and 30 at the Boardwalk on Bulverde, as well as new parks, hikes, and an endless world of possibilities that I cannot wait to share with you.  Oh, and maybe even another blog giveaway so stay tuned people!

Thanks for reading!

June 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Fitness, Life, San Antonio, Walking, Weight Watchers. 10 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Catching Up

I went to Ft. Hood for Paul's graduation from WLC. He made the Commandant's List. I am so proud of him!

The long bridge at LBJ Park on the Salado Greenway is actually called Morningstar Boardwalk which is named for Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Morningstar, a local serviceman who died in Iraq

Went for a hike with SF around Commanche Lookout Park. This tower was at the top. I am guessing this is where they looked for Commanches? On our hike we also saw a bunny. So cute!

Yummy vegan sandwich from Twin Sisters Bakery. It was loaded with fresh veggies and miso peanut butter. An odd combo but it worked well.

Paul and I took the girls to their favorite place- the dog park. Ruby really was much more excited than she looks.

Maggie had so much fun that she was smiling happy on the ride home.

In the waiting area with Paul before his eye surgery. I actually watched the procedure and wanted to take pictures but there was a nurse talking to me the whole time so I couldn't take any.

I knew I was fast but I had no idea they needed to post signs telling me to slow down 😉

Finally breaking in my new sneakers. I love them!

 

 

Thanks for your help. I would be lost without it 😉

Pretty flowers!

My father bought this from a young artist at an exhibition at a local college. The young artist just happened to be my wildly talented cousin, John.

 Thanks for reading!

June 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . San Antonio, wordless wednesday. 10 comments.

Recipes

I have received feedback to my post yesterday in regards to my weekly meals. I would like to say that I am superwoman and am going to be making all of those meals from scratch but that is just not true. Most of the meals are based around items I bought ready to cook like the shrimp burgers and turkey burgers, they came already seasoned/flavored and all I need to do is cook them. For my stir-fry I use Saigon Sizzle Stir-fry sauce by House of Tsang and buy pre-chopped (fresh) stir fry veggies- pretty basic. The pesto chicken was bought already marinated and the couscous is Near East, ready in five minutes. However, there are two things I am making myself and so I will share with you the recipes. Enjoy!

Spaghetti alle Vongole (WW 18 PP per serving, definitely a splurge points wise but totally worth it)

Recipe by the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

May 2011

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 6 oz. spaghetti
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 lb. cockles, Manila clams, or littlenecks, scrubbed
  • 2 Tbsp. roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

  • Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a 5-qt. pot. Season lightly with salt; add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.
  • Meanwhile, heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, swirling pan often, until just golden. Add red pepper flakes and continue cooking 15 more seconds. Add wine, then clams; increase heat to high. Cover skillet and cook until clams open and release their juices, 3-6 minutes, depending on size of clams. As clams open, use tongs to transfer them to a bowl.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to skillet; bring to a boil. Add pasta to pan. Cook over high heat, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and has soaked up some of the sauce from the pan. Add clams and any juices from bowl to pan, along with parsley, and toss to combine. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.) Transfer pasta to warm bowls and drizzle with remaining oil

 Nutritional Information

One serving contains:
Calories (kcal) 674.8
%Calories from Fat 41.6
Fat (g) 31.2
Saturated Fat (g) 4.4
Cholesterol (mg) 41.0
Carbohydrates (g) 68.0
Dietary Fiber (g) 4.0
Total Sugars (g) 1.2
Net Carbs (g) 64.1
Protein (g) 27.9
Sodium (mg) 73.1

Read More : http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/05/spaghetti-alle-vongole

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower (WW 3 PP per serving)

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 118

Total Fat: 8.2g

Cholesterol: 4mg

Sodium: 111mg

Total Carbs: 8.6g

Dietary Fiber: 3.6g

Protein: 4.7g

Recipe from allrecipes.com : http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Garlic-Cauliflower/Detail.aspx

June 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Cooking, Food, Recipes. 8 comments.

How dry is San Antonio?

Thought I would share with you some photos I have taken at various parks throughout San Antonio over the past six weeks that show just how dry San Antonio is. Unlike most other states, Texas is suffering drought conditions and they are saying that this summer we will experience the worst drought on record here in San Antonio. Yikes! We had our first rainfall since 5/12 on 6/22 and they say that because of that rain we may have extended our water restriction increase for an additional week. Currently we are under level 2 water restrictions but will probably hit level 3 very soon. Currently we are 12″ below normal in rainfall for the year which is a pretty big deal when our water supply is coming from an aquifer. Now I know this is nothing compared to the floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes ravaging the country. I just wanted to post some pictures so you can see just how dry it is here in town. Also, I think someone needs to get on inventing a giant funnel that can take all the rainfall landing on the Dakotas and Ohio and filter it down south- I am pretty sure that could solve a lot of our problems.

May 8th- Robert L.B. Tobin Park – dried up creek bed

 

May 22nd- Mitchell Lake – water levels receded to the point that the bed has been exposed so long it is starting to dry and crack

 

June 18th – Lady Bird Johnson Park/ Salado Greenway Trail – no water at all under or around the mile long bridge

My photo taken on 6/18/11

Photo taken from the City of San Antonio website of same location. I wanted to show that at some point there was water here. I mean why else would you build a mile long bridge?

Photo Copyright City of San Antonio

http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/greenway_trails_salado_greenwaynorth.aspx

June 25th, three days after our last rainfall- Salado Greenway North

I walked along the red trail which as you can see runs along the blue line, which is supposed to represent water

 

I looked down from the trail and you guessed it, dry as a bone

 

I came to a flood warning sign at a creek crossing and found this dangerous looking puddle

 

Then I came to another creek crossing/flood warning sign and of course there was no water. There were however some really pretty Black-eyed Susans.

 

So you can imagine how surprised I was when I saw this, on the other side of the bridge pictured above set back about 100 feet, the creek. Hmmm…is it still considered a creek if it isn’t moving?

 

This is why all public fireworks displays have been canceled for the 4th of July and why the sale of fireworks has been banned.

 

We drove past several fires along the highway driving home from Ft. Hood after Paul’s graduation the other week. It was crazy to see this right off the shoulder of the highway. This is why drought conditions are so scary in this area- wildfires.

Thanks for reading!

June 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , . San Antonio. Leave a comment.

Weight Watchers Update- Miles and Milestones

On Saturday I wrote up a post on my iPhone about my weigh-in and my training for the half marathon and thought I posted it. Well, apparently I didn’t. So today I went looking for it thinking it must have stored as a draft and it was there but only the title nothing in the body of the post. Blerg! That stinks. It was far and beyond the best thing I have ever written and I am pretty sure it would have changed your life just by reading it 😉 Ok, ok, I am kidding. It was just the normal post about my WW update which I will try to recreate for you now.

Milestones

Saturday I went to my Weight Watchers meeting and weigh-in. Last week I wasn’t as active as the week prior and although I stuck to my prescribed WW daily point allowance I ate differently (re: more crap) than I usually do. I was still hopeful that I would see a loss this week and was very happy to see a -2.0 on my card.  Woo hoo! Back on track! This brings my total weight loss since joining WW up to 26.4 pounds which means that I hit my 25 pounds lost milestone. Yay! I am so excited to hit another big milestone. Sometimes it feels like it took a long time to get here but really it wasn’t long at all. It has only been three months since I joined WW and I have already lost over 25 pounds. That is pretty amazing. The best part is that it is easier than I had ever thought it would be. Following the WW program teaches you portion control and healthy (meaning getting in recommended fruits/veg, water, dairy, oils, etc) eating while trying to promote an active lifestyle. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this plan would work and I think most healthy people follow these guidelines. WW just helps make it easier to do so by providing support through meetings and their website and helps keep you accountable knowing you will be weighing in each week. So, thank you to all of my friends who encouraged me to join. It has definitely been a step in the right direction.

286/253.6/150

Look at the pretty blue star!

The last two weeks I really didn’t set forth goals, they were more like guidelines. I did the best I could to adhere to them through the chaos and managed to lose 1.6 pounds overall which is a good thing. This shows me that even when life gets crazy I can adapt and survive it without falling off the wagon completely. This week I am back to my old routine and have planned out meals, workouts, and even some fun activities to do over the holiday weekend.  Here is a glimpse of what I will be doing, and eating, this week.

Sunday: I made an early dinner/late lunch and Paul and I feasted on homemade spaghetti alle vongole (clams) with a spinach, heirloom tomato, and english cucumber salad. My morning was spent wandering the Salado Greenway North trail and then I took a Nia and a Hoopdance class at the Synergy Studio at night. I couldn’t decide which to go to so I took them both.

Monday: It is ‘burger revolution’ this week at my favorite local grocery store, Central Market. For dinner tonight we are having shrimp burgers; thai for me and lemon herb for Paul. We picked up some prepared salads (not your typical potato and macaroni salad type of stuff here at CM) one is a black-eyed pea salad with peppers, onions, jicima, and cilantro and the other is a faro vegetable salad with mint vinaigrette. After dinner I will be hitting up my favorite yoga class with Esther Vexler at the Synergy Studio.

Tuesday: Dinner will be my favorite quick, go-to meal- stir fry. I usually do shrimp stir fry but this week will be having chicken instead. After dinner is boxing and then the first of my two weekly three-mile walks.

Wednesday: Dinner is burgers again, this time it will be bruschetta turkey burgers. Basically a ground turkey patty seasoned with tomato, basil, and parmesan mixed right in. Beet salad and watermelon will be our sides. No workouts this night because I will be at the Texas League All-Star game and Home Run Derby.

Thursday: Dinner Thursday is grilled tuna steaks, couscous, and roasted cauliflower. Then off to qigong at the Synergy Studio after dinner.

Friday: Another quick dinner; pesto marinated chicken, couscous, and asparagus. After dinner is boxing, three-mile walk, and if Paul comes with me hopefully we can hit up Red Mango for some frozen yogurt afterwards.

Saturday: This is the day for my long walk according to the half marathon training however I have a walk event that morning so my plan is to participate in the event and then go for a walk after, combine them, and reach my seven miles that way. My morning will be a quick trip to WW for a weigh-in but I won’t stay for the meeting. Then I will head to McAllister Park where the San Antonio Road Runners will be holding their free, monthly Fun Run event. Of course, you can walk instead of run which is what I will be doing. There are four events; a kids run (100m), ½ mile, 1 mile, and 3 mile and they occur sequentially, not simultaneously, so that you can participate in all of the events (minus the kids run) if you feel up to it. I am going to do all three events hoping to work on my speed during the first two and then work on maintaining a consistent pace during the 3 miler. Afterwards, I will stay in the park and just walk 2.5 miles on my own which will bring the day’s total up to seven.

The rest of my weekend will be filled with walks and hiking, celebration dinners, cookouts, movies and lots of time spent with Paul and our friends.  This week is shaping up to be great! I always get so excited around holiday weekends. I wish I could have been home this week as originally scheduled but those plans fell through so I am making the best of this situation.  Oh, and another great thing about this week- roasted jalapeno hummus as my afternoon snack.  So good!

Goals for the Week

As you can see I have already planned everything out for the week and with Paul home (and functioning after his eye surgery) there is less of a burden on me to take care of all the housework. So my goals this week will be simple;

                – appreciate and enjoy my surroundings

                – be more loving to my husband, friends, and family

                – write more blog posts

                – try to be better every day

Miles

I am training to walk a half marathon (13.1 miles) in October and of course because of this I have been doing a lot of walking lately. I had been walking usually only once a week before starting this program so it has been a change to increase that to 3-4 times a week. Not a bad change, just a change. If you follow this blog regularly then you know I walk outside, around the local San Antonio parks. However, this past Saturday my plans ended up changing last-minute and I had to do my walking indoors on a treadmill. One thing about this Texas heat is that there is only a small window of time in the morning and evening when you can walk outside without fearing death or certain collapse from heat stroke. So, off to the gym I went for my 6 mile walk. I learned two things that morning; one, I walk much faster on a treadmill than I do walking outdoors and two, I hate walking on a treadmill. Well, the walking faster wasn’t a surprise because I was walking on a flat surface in a temperature controlled room opposed to walking on varying surfaces at varying inclines with the hot sun beating down on me. However, I was somewhat surprised to find out how much I dislike walking on a treadmill. It’s not the actual walking on the treadmill that I dislike it is the boredom from the monotony of walking on a treadmill with nothing to see and do. I think I am just spoiled by all of the parks and trails around me. I have grown accustomed to walking outside and taking in the scenery and even seeing some deer and rabbits every now and again.

Yes, I am pretty sure that I am not only spoiled by all of the parks around San Antonio I am also borderline obsessed with them. Case and point- yesterday I went to Phil Hardberger Park to get in my Sunday morning walk. While staring at the trail map I noticed that there was a section of the Salado Greenway Trail (which is a paved trail running through San Antonio- perfect for walking) running along the border of the park. I was very excited to see this and took off to find it. Once on the trail I was quickly caught up in the scenery and wildlife around me and since I didn’t want to miss out on anything I just had to walk to the end of the trail in order to see it all. Man, I was glad I did because on my way back I saw two deer; one crossed in front of me on the trail and wandered back into the woods to eat and the other I saw off the trail eating and it just stayed there eating while I proceeded to take like 30 pictures of it. The deer must be getting used to all of the foot traffic because neither were skittish and stayed in their area as if I wasn’t even there.  For me, there is nothing more amazing than seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. It was a wonderful experience. So much so that I ended up walking approximately five miles (I originally set out to walk 2-3 miles) because I was enjoying being outside so much.  This was Sunday, the day after my 6 mile walk. It was supposed to be an easy walk but instead I ended up wandering around for almost as long/far as I had the day before on the treadmill. I say this not because it was exhausting or difficult but to show you how much I enjoy being outside. My walk on Saturday on the treadmill was dreadful; my walk on Sunday was peaceful and relaxing. I guess from now on I will try to walk outside as much as possible because it truly is far more enjoyable.

Thanks for reading!

June 27, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Fitness, Life, San Antonio, Walking, Weight Watchers. 8 comments.

Weight Watchers and Weekly Updates

Hello party people….it’s been awhile. Sorry for abandoning you. Please know I have missed all of you, and your blogs, over the past two weeks and I am so happy to be able to take some time and catch up with you. So much has happened these last two weeks I don’t really know where to start. Hmmmm… I probably should start with my Weight Watchers update from last Saturday.

First off let me just tell you that last week I busted my ass. I worked out eleven times totaling over ten hours and earning a whooping 73 activity points. For those of you not on WW, you should know that this is a very high number.  Here is what that week looked like in terms of workouts:

Saturday 6/11: early morning gym workout (recumbent bike 35 minutes, elliptical 15 minutes), mid-morning walk- 4 miles

Sunday 6/12: early morning hike- 2 miles, evening Zumba class

Monday 6/13:  75 minutes of yoga

Tuesday 6/14: 55 minute boxing class followed by 60 minutes of walking- 3 mile

Wednesday 6/15:  55 minute hoopdance (hula hoop) class

Thursday 6/16: 75 minute Qigong class

Friday 6/17: 55 minute boxing class followed by 55 minutes of walking – 3 mile

I ate right, exercised, and made sure to stay hydrated and what happened…. I gained 0.4 pounds! That’s right, I gained. I was somewhat pissed about gaining because I was only 0.2 pounds away from hitting my 25 pound milestone and 3.2 away from hitting my 10% weight loss goal. I had thought reaching my 10% would have been a stretch but I thought for sure I would have lost 0.2 pounds and hit that 25 lb. milestone. I was kind of bummed out not reaching either L

I took this setback as a chance to evaluate where I might have went wrong and tried to make some changes this week to hopefully get back on track. However, this is easier said than done. This week has been crazy, maybe even crazier than last week and I haven’t done much this week. Yes, I am still tracking what I eat and following the WW plan but some days I struggled making my healthy checks (8 glasses of water, 8 servings fruit/veg, 3 dairies, etc) and I know that this will impact my weigh in results for this week. Not to mention I only went to one boxing class and one NIA class this week so my exercise level is way down. I did however get in my week 3 training for the half marathon which is a good thing.  I guess my point of all this is sometimes you can do everything right and not lose weight – that’s just life. Some people lose weight easily and some have to fight for every pound but regardless of how you get to your goal weight it is important to focus on all of the positive changes happening, not just that number on the scale. For me, I have to keep reminding myself that although that weigh in sucked I am in a much better place, I am a million times happier than I have been in who knows how long, and this life I am living now is what I have always wanted. These are the things that really matter.

280/255.6/150

In other news, she says nonchalantly like it’s no big deal, I GOT A NEW JOB!!!! I am so excited to finally tell you guys this news. I was notified on 6/15 I would be getting an offer pending my drug screening and background check. I went in that day for my drug test and submitted all of the necessary paperwork for the background check and then waited anxiously to hear back. I didn’t want to announce anything until the offer was finalized and I had my start date. I got a call on Wednesday that I passed everything and I was all set to go, we agreed on my start date (7/11) and then yesterday I came into work and submitted my letter of resignation. I am so freaking excited to start this new job; July 11th cannot come fast enough.  I know the next two weeks are going to be pretty hectic at work trying to get as much done as possible before I leave but that is life and once it is over I move on to bigger and better things.  I hope I hit my 10% weight loss goal soon because I am in desperate need of some new work clothes.  So here’s to hoping I can reach that goal prior to July 11th. Please send skinny thoughts my way 😉

This morning I weighed in at 253 on my home scale which is a loss of 33 pounds since I started this blog back on 2/22. Four months already? Crazy. Anywho, in celebration of my favorite number/my age/the title of this blog I would like to leave you a list representing what thirty-three pounds look like. Enjoy!

6 bags of flour and 3 boxes of butter

A cinder block

11 average male guinea pigs or 11 average male brains

3 average sized house cats or 1 ‘Monster’ Cat found in China weighing in at a whopping 33 pounds- yikes!

176 glazed Krispy Kreme donuts

11 pairs of sneakers

5,987 pennies

7,484 pens

301 medium eggs

3 gallons of milk and an average newborn baby combined

So, if you are trying to lose weight and you feel like you aren’t making progress or like me, you don’t see the results, just think of it this way and it will totally change your mind!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

June 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Career, Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Weight Watchers. 14 comments.

Friday Night Frenzy!

Wow! What a week. It has been a whirlwind so far and next week looks like it will be the same. I feel like I have been a bad blogger this week- it is really weird not to write every day. I mean I know what I write isn’t necessarily deep and moving stuff but it is cathartic to spend some time each day reviewing my life and my thoughts and not being able to do that this week has made a noticeable impact on my mental wellbeing. I am glad to be able to take some time tonight and write to you if for no other reason than to catch you up on what’s been going on here.  Well, at least the highlights.

Sunday I went shopping with my friend SF for a nice, lightweight, summery outfit to wear to Paul’s graduation. SF works at a retail store that sells plus-sized clothes for women, one of the few I typically shop at, which came in handy when I was trying to pick out outfits and needed different sizes/colors and whatnot. Normally I go shopping with Paul, he is always honest, knows my style (plain), and is very patient. It was interesting to shop with someone else for a change, especially someone who has a better sense of style than I do. Unfortunately, things did not go to well at the store. There just wasn’t anything I really liked or felt comfortable in. For me comfort is key because if I am uncomfortable with what I am wearing I will be fidgety and self-conscious the entire time it is on and that’s no fun. What’s worse was I was not thrilled with how the clothes were fitting. 30 pounds lost and I was still not wearing smaller sizes. My size for tops was big in the chest area (I think my boobs are the only place I lost weight) but still tight around my stomach. Pants were tight at the waist but droopy in the butt and it looked like I pooped myself- not really that flattering of a look believe it or not.  After a good hour or so looking I gave up and resigned myself to just wearing something I already had and left SF and the store.

As I headed home I became sad because I really wanted to buy something new, I wanted Paul to see my progress and think I looked nice, but also because I felt like what’s the point. I mean it’s been over 3 and a half months of me busting my ass every day and I was still the same size- how depressing. So, I decided to check out Target because it was on my way home. They carry a limited selection of plus-size clothes in store and I thought it was worth a shot. At Target I was able to find clothes that fit me better but they were too casual for a graduation ceremony. So off I went, still feeling somewhat hopeless. I should point out here that after both stores I called Paul who helped me feel less like crap about the clothes, or lack thereof, situation. Thanks Paul! As I was heading home I thought about something another WW member had said the day before, about how she shopped at Dillard’s so I decided to head over to the mall. I don’t typically shop at department stores. Heck, I had no idea that they even carried plus sizes until earlier this year so I thought I would check it out. Third time’s a charm, right?

I am so happy that I did because not only did they carry plus size clothes, they carried nice plus size clothes that fit me beautifully. I was wearing a size 20 pants, down from a 24 and a 2X top, down from a 3X, so yay for smaller sizes. I found a bunch of tops, pants, and dresses that all fit well and I loved and I even stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried on some funky prints because of the designer who made the clothes. I mean Michael Kors knows his stuff, I trust he wouldn’t want to make fat people look ridiculous and he most certainly did not. The clothes not only fit me but they made me feel good in them both inside and out. I was comfortable with the size, not too restrictive, and the feel of the clothes was so soft on my skin I just wanted to wear them home. Now I can definitely understand why people buy expensive clothes. They were so worth it. Yes, it was a big splurge for me and yes, I probably could have bought 3 times as much for the same amount of money at a different store but why should I? I deserve to feel good about myself and if Michael Kors can do that then that is what I am buying. I ended up leaving with two tops and a pair of pants but I know I will be back every now and again to buy something nice for myself. Next time I will bring a coupon 😉

I had mentioned last week about how I bought a Groupon for the Synergy Studio and had taken a yoga and Nia class with it. Well, the pass I bought was for eight classes and although I had fallen in love with the place right off the bat I decided this week I would use some of it towards trying out new classes. Sunday after shopping was Zumba which was so much fun. I have no sense of rhythm and I cannot dance but I like the class nonetheless. I am not sure how this happens but I always seem to be in the front row at these classes which makes me nervous at first but luckily for me the instructors and students at Synergy are so kind and wonderful that I don’t feel like a complete idiot when I end up randomly spinning around until I can figure out what is going on.  Needless to say, I liked this class so much I plan on doing it again this Sunday. This time I will wear different shoes though. I tried to wear my new ones to break them in and they ended up hurting me most of the class L

Monday I was back in the Gentle Yoga class which was a great way to stretch out and relax from my weekend. Starting the week off with yoga put my week and my body in alignment and allowed me to continue pushing through with a sense of calm and ease throughout some of the chaos. Tuesday I was at the boxing studio for class and then met up with SF for a three-mile walk afterwards. Since I have decided to walk a half-marathon in October I needed to start training for it because it is not something you would just do, or at least not something I could just do, without preparing for. So now I walk 2 times a week, usually after my boxing classes, and then a long walk on Saturdays. You will notice this pattern popping up in future posts so I thought I would explain where all these walks came from.  Boxing was great and exhausting as always and I am trying to adapt to walking in the extreme Texas heat. It has been in the 90’s at night when I walk- freaking hot. At least it is not humid yet, that would be too much to handle.

Wednesday I was back at the Synergy Studio for Hoopdance! Originally I was going to take the earlier Nia class but something came up that needed to be addressed immediately after work so I had to adapt my plans. The key to success, or at least for me, is that you need to be rigid when it comes to planning and follow-through as well as be flexible so when your plans go to shit it doesn’t ruin your day and you can still meet your goals/expectations. So there you have it folks, the key to success is to be a flexible, rigid person 😉 But I digress. Back to hoopdance! Hoopdance is basically hula-hooping to music. The class was pretty full and there were three of us new to hoopdance so the others just started right in while we received a tutorial on how to hoop. FYI- beginners use bigger hoops and I was given the biggest hula hoop in all of mankind to start off with. It was ginormous. I had never seen a hula hoop that big and it took some time to adjust to it. Basically the concept is the bigger the hoop the slower you rotate so it took me a while to get that timing down. It felt like I was hooping in slow mo. Very strange at first and then once I got the hang of it, it was exhilarating. It’s just you and a hoop and all of your cares and thoughts dissipate. It’s great. The instructor and some of the people in the class were amazing, they were doing all kinds of crazy tricks and fancy moves- it was awesome. My new goal is to get to that point. It is a great workout and even better I had fun doing it which is the most important part. I was so into it that I even gave myself a big ole bruise on my side- it was a really big hula hoop J I will definitely be coming back to this class again and I recommend you try it out sometime. If not a class then at least by a hoop and do it at home.

Thursday, after I returned home from Paul’s graduation, was another new class at the Synergy Studio- qigong. The best way for me to describe the class is by including an excerpt of the description from their website.

“Qigong: Qi is the body’s life force energy which is responsible for our vitality. Gong means skill, work or foundation.

Qigong (sometimes written as Chi Kung) then is the practice of accumulating and cultivating vital life force energy (qi) in the body. This is achieved through the coordination of physical exercises, meditation and visualization, and breathing exercises. Qigong developed into a systematic healing art that integrates body, mind and spirit and is a main branch of traditional Chinese medicine. The effects of qigong practice include prevention and healing of disease, relief from stress, improved physical strength, improved mental focus, improved sexual function, spiritual enrichment and a slowing of the aging process.”

I loved this class. As you can see, I pretty much love every class I have taken there. I love the mix of classes that are relaxing, meditative, healing with others that are fun, exhilarating and child-like. This class, like yoga, is definitely something I want to incorporate into my weekly routine because it is good for my body and my soul. No, I didn’t burn any calories and no, my heart rate wasn’t elevated but that isn’t always the only point. This journey for me is about health and wellness and classes like qigong play a big role in me being able to get to that point. I am very excited to learn more about this practice and will hopefully make it a regular part of my life.

Tonight was pretty much the same routine as Tuesday; boxing and a three-mile walk, except that tonight Paul joined me for both. It was great to have him come to boxing, which of course he is really good at, and I really enjoyed the company on my walk. Of course we had to go to Red Mango afterwards for some frozen yogurt to help combat the 55 minutes we spent walking in the heat. It was 103 when we finished up. Damn it was hot! I am pretty sure I sweated off ten pounds!

Afterward I was thinking that this must be awkward for him-  to come home and have to adjust to my schedule which is more jam-packed with classes and walks and other randomness but also for him to leave the routine he adjusted to for the month he was away. For both of us, it always takes some time to get used to our ‘normal’ married life again after a long time apart. Even though it was only a month it was long enough for both of us to adapt to a new schedule and routine. Yesterday, on the way home from Ft. Hood, I was rattling through all of my plans and everything I had going on I made a comment about going to a class that night. I said that even though it was his first night home I still wanted to go to a class. It was important to me to not skip workouts. I said that I was sorry but that he wasn’t my number one priority, that I was my number one priority and he said good, that’s the way it should be. I told him he was a close second and he replied again; good, that’s the way it should be 🙂

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June 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Fitness, inspiration, Life, Moving, San Antonio, Walking, Weight Watchers. 7 comments.

My life in pictures

Here is a glimpse of what I have been up to this past week…

 

San Antonio Silver Stars mascot- Silver Fox- dancing at the season ticket holder event at Wild West

 

Apparently I need to cowgirl up if I want to hang out at this bar!

 

Ladder golf and cornhole at the Boardwalk on Bulverde- a Midwesterners' paradise!

 

I was at BoB for one reason and one reason only- the last crawfish of the year!

 

MS was very sad when they were all gone. I was crying in my crawfish heads!

 

Thanks KHill BBQ for bringing back all those wonderful memories of NOLA. I love crawfish!

 

On the court during the national anthem. Man, did they fold that flag back up quickly when it was over. I was impressed!

 

Sunday SF and I went for a hike at Eisenhower Park. This is the 'before' shot.

 

We made our way up to this observation tower

 

The view from the tower is pretty incredible.

 

A picture of us taken on the tower. We were definitely sweating at this point.

 

I tried to sneak up on this bunny....

 

He ran away once I got close...

 

I tried to take a photo of a bird out on the ledge but it flew away. Are you seeing a pattern???

 

Hope you are having a great week so far! Thanks for reading!

June 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Life, wordless wednesday. 7 comments.

Weekly Goals

I would like to apologize in advance for my blog posts, or lack thereof, over the next two weeks.  I am in a two-week training course, on-site, at work which will probably lead me to work overtime to catch up on emails and other work issues I won’t be able to address during normal work hours because of the training. In addition to the training class, I will also be away Thursday for Paul’s gradutation (which means I have to make up missed work from my training) up at Fort Hood and then Wednesday and part of Thursday next week to take Paul in for his eye surgery and follow-up appointments. Add the additional work and personal responsibilities on top of an already jam-packed workout schedule and it seems I will be down to zero free time.  I am going to try to do my best and write and update as much as possible but I make no guarantees.

For today, I just want to offer a quick update on my goals from last week and share this week’s goals.

Weekly Goals 6/6 – 6/12

Keep moving! I did a good job keeping active last week. This is the only goal that I seem to manage to meet every week. Hmmmm, I wonder why I don’t struggle with this goal the way I struggle at others. I think I got in ten workouts: Monday- yoga, Tuesday- boxing, walking with SF, Thursday- Nia, Friday- boxing, walking with SF (3 miles), Saturday- gym workout (bike and elliptical), walking with SF (4.25 miles), Sunday- hiking with SF (1.80 miles) and Zumba

Clean House! Epic fail. The only thing I did last week was dishes and laundry, out of necessity

Read More! I only read once and it wasn’t for very long. Another failure 😦

Contribute More! I started a group on the Weight Watchers website for local San Antonio residents trying to get fit. Organized a few walks, planned out some local 5Ks to participate in. So far there are 9 members and only one of them, plus another member from SF’s WW meeting has participated in the walks. It’s a start. I just want to offer a place for people to find support outside of their WW meeting as well as being able to meetup and support each other on walks or other activities.

Weekly Goals 6/13-6/19

My goals are basic this week because of my crazy schedule. Although I have my meals and workouts planned out there is no guarantee I will be able to follow through. So this week it is all about the basics:

Planning: meals, workouts, etc

Tracking: track all foods and activities for the week in my WW app

Activity: stay active and keep moving

Adaptability: be flexible when life gets in the way. Make the best choices possible. Don’t let road blocks get stop me from meeting my goal this week. I will get to my 10% on Saturday! 🙂

Ok, that’s it for now. I have so much more I want to share but don’t have the time now to write about. So, remind me later I want to tell you about the half-marathon, my first Zumba class, clothes shopping and my near meltdown, and my new love for Michael Kors and his amazing plus size clothes.  Have a great week lovelies!

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June 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Life, Weight Watchers. 10 comments.

Weight Watchers Update – Week 13

Just a quick update on my weigh-in from today. I am at a basketball game right now – not really the best time to type this up. This will be a short post but expect a longer one tomorrow about my weekly goals and other updates. Today was a good weigh-in and I am still amazed at my results. I knew I was losing this week pretty steadily but I never know how that will translate on the WW scale. It translated today to a five pound loss, or as my friend Yerttle sees it – I lost a whole chicken. Yeah, five pounds is pretty crazy and I consider it an anomaly caused by a big change in my workout routine. This past week I spent less time in the gym and more time taking classes (yoga and nia) and walking which in addition to my boxing classes seemed to be right mix of exercises which resulted in a big loss. Speaking of walking, I decided that I am going to participate in the See Jane Run women’s half marathon in Austin on October 9. Don’t freak out- I am going to be walking it, not running. I am not that crazy….yet 😉 But more on that tomorrow.

Since I had such a big loss this week it is possible that next week I will hit my 10% weight loss goal – 28 pounds lost. I am at 24.8 now so if I have another big loss week and manage to lose 3.2 pounds I will be golden. I am excited though because I am about to hit another milestone in 0.2 pounds – 25 pounds lost. At WW this gets you a key chain and as you hit big milestones while participating, WW gives you fun little key rings to put on it. I actually have a key ring from the WW 5K and have been patiently waiting for the key ring to put it on. I am excited at the idea of having a memento to carry with me. It will be a great reminder of my progress on this journey. So, I am hoping if I bust my butt this week I will get my key ring and my 10% reward- new clothes- next weekend. Stay tuned!

280/255.2/150

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June 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Weight Watchers. 23 comments.

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