{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Shopping

Every time I go shopping people ask me to post pictures of what I buy. Sometimes this is difficult because I don’t go home and try everything on and take pictures. Usually what ends up happening is I take pictures as I wear something. Luckily the past two times I’ve gone shopping I went by myself and I have photos of everything I tried on because I was sending them to Paul for his opinion. So here are some pics of what I’ve bought recently.

A new coat

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This top but in a different color

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These sweaters

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Picture from home- not the best- of the ‘large’ shirt I unknowingly bought from Old Navy.

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It looks better in natural light

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Also, did I show you this? It’s the Arcade Fire shirt I bought at ACL. We bought a men’s large and a few weeks ago I was able to fit in it finally. Yay!

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Oh, in case you were wondering if I went out for Black Friday; yes I did. But I only went to two stores- Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought 12 bottles of Kombucha and a pair of Toms from Whole Foods and 4 boxes of Keurig K-cups from BB&B. Not your typical BF purchases but I was pretty excited!

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Thanks for reading!

November 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Life, Shopping, wordless wednesday. 7 comments.

Weight Watchers Weigh In and Holiday Update

Well it’s been two weeks since my last Weight Watchers meeting and I was ready to get back on that scale. I am kind of weird like that. I worked my butt off through the long holiday weekend to keep my activity points high and staying on plan with my tracking and portion control so I was anxious to see if it paid off. It did. I weighed in at 195.2 pounds which was a loss of four pounds. Yay! That made me very happy and it is really encouraging to me that I will be able to do the same thing again come Christmas and New Year’s.

280/195.2/150

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During the meeting, our leader asked how we did this year compared to last year. Well, last year I was not a WW member and I wasn’t on this WLJ so it was a million times more successful for me. I remember one year waking up on Black Friday and eating pumpkin pie for breakfast. Which might not be too bad but then I followed that up by eating at the Cove for lunch and then the Salt Lick (all you can eat family style BBQ) for dinner. Yeah, I used to go a little crazy on holidays. This year was a complete 180 for me.

I started off my morning with a Green Monster smoothie and then went to a special Thanksgiving Nia class. Lunch was my normal meal of soup and salad and of course some fruit thrown in throughout the day for snacks. I made sure I wasn’t starving when it was time to eat dinner which was, for me, a vegan dinner for one from Whole Foods, which was effing fantastic, and of course some vegan pumpkin pie. I didn’t even eat all of my vegan dinner and took home some leftovers. The pie was a real challenge for me though. It was amazing. The best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had, hands down. I ate one slice and it was fantastic. I was full and I knew I shouldn’t eat more but it was just so tasty. I had an internal debate with my inner fat girl for a few minutes before deciding that if I wanted more pie I could have it another time. I was full so there was no reason to eat more. Instead I went for a walk and enjoyed the warm evening air. Thanksgiving was definitely a win for me.

The rest of the long weekend was pretty awesome, too. It was filled with workouts, Thai Yoga, reading, spending time with Paul, Black Friday shopping at Whole Foods (bought my first pair of Toms, yay!), watching movies and cooking tons of yummy foods. I tried out a couple new recipes, creamy avocado pasta and a mushroom polenta casserole, and both were a hit. Of course the weekend went by too quickly and now I am longing for Christmas to roll around so I can have another day off from work. Until then I will try to focus on my Nia White Belt Intensive, which starts Thursday, and my holiday goals.

Holiday goals; have you made any for yourself yet? I hadn’t really given it too much thought until yesterday when my friend Blogging Molly posted her Christmas goals and then when the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans put out their 25 days of fitness Christmas Challenge. That’s when I realized I should probably set some goals for myself too so here is what I have come up with.

– Hit 186 pounds by the end of the year. I had this goal in place and I don’t really have a specific goal to hit by 12/25 so my goal is to keep working towards 186.
– Complete the Sisterhood’s 25 days of fitness challenge.
– Plan out workouts while my parents are in town
– Plan out some fun things to do while my parents are in town
– Hit the gym at least once a week with Paul. It’s more fun when you do it together 😉
– Blog 3X a week
– Donate to charity
– Try a new recipe every week
– Bake Paul’s very belated birthday cookies

So, that’s what I’ve got going on for the next four-ish weeks. How about you? Any goals or plans you have in place to help you survive the holidays?

If you haven’t already entered please check out my post from yesterday and enter for my ‘pick your own prize’ giveaway! Thanks for reading!

November 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 9 comments.

Weekend Reading and a Special Giveaway

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I am excited to be able to link up with James & Jax for her weekend reading blog hop. I am even more excited that my post is not only about what I’ve been reading lately but it also features a giveaway that is both book and health related. Even more exciting is that I am going to let you chose the prize but I’ll get to that part shortly. First let me give you some background details.

I’ve been following a vegan diet for a couple of months now; a decision I came to for health reasons after realizing my body was having a hard time processing dairy. Just a few weeks into making this change I instantly knew it was the best thing for me. I felt great physically, I had tons of energy, and surprisingly I had no cravings. To this day I still feel the same, it’s pretty amazing. It also didn’t take very long before I wanted to learn more about veganism and plant-based diets. Thankfully our public library now has eBooks for the Kindle and I have been checking out tons of eBooks that deal with veganism as well as books about healthy eating in general. I realized that I research everything from safety ratings for automobiles to diner reviews on yelp why shouldn’t I research more about my health and how I am eating? So that’s what I did.

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The book I first started off with, which is also part of the giveaway, was Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”. You probably have heard of Pollan from his widely successful books; “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food”. Heck, you have probably heard of the “Food Rules” (and maybe have already read it) as well. If you have read Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” then you will recognize this principle; Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much. That principle in and of itself is a great rule of thumb to follow but Pollan has taken it a step further and broken those three statements down into a set of 64 guidelines which is what “Food Rules” is.

To call “Food Rules” a book is a bit of an exaggeration. The description of the book from Amazon refers to it as “a pocket compendium of food wisdom” and that’s exactly what it is. A set of 64 guidelines broken down into three sections: What should I eat? (Eat food) What kind of food should I eat? (Mostly plants) and How should I eat? (Not too much). Pollan recognizes that it is very challenging for every reader to adapt all 64 guidelines but asks that we at least try to incorporate one from each section into our lifestyle. Below I have listed three of my favorite rules that I have incorporated into my lifestyle.

Part 1- What should I eat?

“Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle”

I would say that 80-85% of my shopping is done in the peripheries of the store with a few big exceptions being beans and grains that are located in the middle aisles. I think I am ok though, I don’t think Pollan meant avoid bulgur wheat, I think he meant avoid Twinkies.

Part 2- What kind of food should I eat?

“Eat your colors”

Someone once told me I should eat five different colored fruits/veggies a day and I thought that was a great idea. Pollan’s rule is very similar and it is something I try to do every day. I love fruits and veggies, especially raw ones, but I do sometimes find myself eating the same colors every day. Now I try to eat an assortment of colors and I can tell I am getting in a ton of different vitamins and nutrients my body needs which is a great feeling.

Part 3- How should I eat?

“Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored”

I was notorious for sitting on the couch and snacking out of boredom. There were times where I finished a whole bag of chips (family size) and didn’t even realize it until there was nothing left. I call that mindless eating and that was something I only did out of boredom. Now if I am watching TV and feel the urge to snack I ask myself whether I am hungry or bored. If I am hungry I grab a piece of fruit, if I am bored I do something else. It took awhile but I have learned how to tell the difference and it has really impacted not only my weight loss but my overall feeling of well-being.

For this giveaway I would love to give you a copy of Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”. Don’t worry if you are an omnivore, this book is perfect for you. Pollan has both plant and meat based guidelines- perfect for everyone! If you have read this book please still enter. I am sure you know someone who could benefit from reading this. Plus with the holidays coming up you can always re-gift it 😉

But wait- there’s still more. Remember earlier when I said you got to pick your own prize. Well, that is true too. In addition to “Food Rules” you also get one other prize of your choosing. I am listing below some of my favorite books, cookbooks, and DVDs that are health/diet/eating related and you get to pick one of them as your prize.

1. “The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living” by Mark Bittman

I bought this cookbook about a year ago and have made many recipes from it. Bittman follows a vegan diet half the day so there are recipes for meat-eaters and vegans alike. Every recipe I have made from it was fabulous and I love that there are indicators for fast, make ahead, and pantry staple recipes.

2. “Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock” and “Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

VwaV was my first vegan cookbook and was purchased at the same time as “Food Matters”. I love this cookbook and I did even before I adopted a vegan diet. My favorite recipe is the beet, barley and black soybean soup. So yummy! Even Paul, a meat-eating Midwesterner, loves her recipes. I am also including “Vegan Pie in the Sky” which is her newest cookbook but will swap out with her cupcake or cookie cookbook if you prefer either of those over pie 🙂

3. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” and “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan

In “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” Pollan discusses the evolution of the American diet and the American way of eating and “In Defense of Food” shows us how to change it.

4. “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingslover

I haven’t read this book but it is on my to-read list. I bought it at a library sale and hopefully will get to it soon. A friend of mine said it completely changed how she eats so I thought it would be a good book to include on the list. This is the book description from Amazon:

“Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.”

5. Food, Inc. and Forks Over Knives (on DVD but you can choose the books instead if you prefer)

Two movies that I think will completely change how you look at food and both tie in to Pollan’s “Food Rules” completely. Food, Inc. gives us an in-depth view of how the demand for cheap food has impacted what we are eating; choosing cheap over nutritious and the ripple effect it has created. Forks Over Knives shows the consequences of a Western diet and the benefits of adopting a plant-based one. If I wasn’t a vegan already this movie (actually book, I haven’t seen the movie but I’ve read the book) would have pushed me to it.

Contest Rules

To enter leave a comment as to which one of the five prizes you would want and why.

One entry per person

The contest runs November 28th, 2011 until 1159pm CST December 4th, 2011. One winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) and announced on this blog December 5th, 2011. Once notified, the winner will need to supply their mailing address.

If you have any issues leaving a comment you can email me (axid200@gmail.com) or DM me (@dacialee33) and I will add them for you.

Good luck! Thanks for reading!

*No purchase necessary for entry, all opinions and viewpoints expressed are my own and I did not receive payment nor was I solicited for this giveaway.

November 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Books, Food, Giveaway. 18 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Progress Photos

Twice this week I had to email pictures of my progress so far on my weight loss journey, more on the reasons why later, and thought I would share them with you. It was crazy to look back on these photos and see how much I have changed over the past nine months. It made me happy and proud of the progress I have made, sad I ever neglected my body so much to get to that point and anxious and excited for what lies ahead in this joinery. So mixed emotions to say the least.

Here they are; pictures from my journey in chronological order from March to November.

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Thanks for reading!

November 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, wordless wednesday. 15 comments.

Five Things Friday

Shrinkvivor

The results for Shrinkvivor were posted yesterday and I am happy to announce that I won the Exile Shrinkvivor portion. Yay me! I was super excited to find out that I won and even more excited when I found out that my friend Whitney won the whole thing; she is the Ultimate Shrinkvivor! The prize pack that the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans put together is pretty sweet and I am over the moon excited about it. Included in it is a pair of Ryder’s Eyewear so yesterday I scoured their website trying to decide on the pair I wanted. They are freaking awesome; I can’t wait to get them. I am hoping that a free pair of nice sunglasses will push me to go to the optometrist and make the switch to contacts. It’s not that I don’t like wearing glasses, I really do, but wearing glasses while boxing or doing yoga/pilates or basically anything that makes me sweat is a pain in the ass. I hope to get contacts sometime in the next few months and then I will be able to rock those Ryder glasses proudly. I am also excited to have been asked to write a post about my weight loss journey and the Shrinkvivor competition for the Shrinking Jeans site. What an honor. I am hoping to work on that this weekend. I will definitely keep you posted if/when it is posted on their site.

Birthday

Yesterday was Paul’s birthday but we didn’t do anything to celebrate it. He babysat for our friends last night while I rested on a heating pad trying to nurse my lower back back to health. I didn’t even make him a cake or a special meal or anything yesterday but I am planning on making him peanut butter chocolate pillows this weekend and hopefully we can also squeeze in something fun to celebrate. Yesterday was also my office Thanksgiving potluck luncheon. I was on the fence as what to bring and I decided on homemade cranberry sauce. Every time I have made this recipe it has been a big hit and it is quick, easy, and served cold which made it the perfect recipe. I was unsure whether or not people in this area eat cranberry sauce but I was still set on making it anyhow. Then Tuesday during my Weight Watchers meeting as we discussed Thanksgiving the topic of cranberry sauce came up and the consensus was that people either hate it or only eat the canned kind. Hmph! Not a good sign but still I went ahead and brought cranberry sauce and guess what? It was barely touched. I brought home 95% of what I brought. Luckily for me I am married to a cranberry sauce junkie. While most people would be esxcited to come home and eat cake on their birthday Paul was instead ecstatic to come home and eat cranberry sauce.

Which he did….

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He ate all of it….

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Maybe it’s the start of a new tradition: birthday cranberry sauce 😉

Christmas

Although I don’t like to admit it, Christmas is right around the corner. The funny thing about it is that I have a better idea as to what I am doing for Christmas than Thanksgiving. My parents are coming down for Christmas and they are pretty laid back. They wouldn’t care if we ate out every meal and more than anything they just want me to find some places where we can watch live music and just hang out. So for me Christmas day will not be spent cooking but instead it will be movie at the Alamo Drafthouse and dinner courtesy of Whole Foods. I am ordering a full turkey dinner for Paul and my parents and a vegan meal for me and I am excited to be able to relax and enjoy Christmas this year.

Since we are in a new house and there is really no room to put up a tree we are opting to buy a small live tree that can fit on our end table. Presents for my parents will probably be sent directly to them at their home so they don’t have to worry about fitting stuff in their luggage and Paul and I are both not getting anything Christmas day as we have already gotten our gifts so this year will definitely be different than what we are used to but that’s a good thing. I have so much stuff already I really don’t need anything else.

This morning Paul reminded me that Christmas is approaching and that we should put some care packages together for our friends serving in Afghanistan. I know they appreciate getting them but more than anything I like putting them together for them- it is the least I can do to show them their service is appreciated. I signed up for my workplace toy drive and we’ll do the same for Paul’s office, too. Is there more that we can do? Of course, so I am going to keep my eyes open and see what other holiday drives and maybe even volunteer opportunities come up. Let me know if you have any holiday ideas or suggestions you want to share. Is there a charity or local organization you support?

My Grandmother

My family, both my mom’s side and my dad’s side, are not big phone people. My usual weekly phone conversation with my parents lasts less than ten minutes. Conversations with my grandparents usually last only a few minutes and I only talk to them once every few months. It’s not that we don’t love each other or aren’t excited to hear from each other it’s just we don’t do small talk, over the phone at least, very well. Phone calls hit big life topics in rapid fire and then ‘I love you, goodbye’. I called my grandmother the other night to thank her for Paul’s birthday card, and our Halloween card (yes, we get Halloween cardsJ) and our housewarming card. Yeah, it’s been since July since I have talked to them- don’t judge. Any who, as we were quickly hitting the topics (how was your vacation; good, how are Paul’s eyes healing from surgery; good) my grandma said she heard I had lost some weight. Yep, 90 pounds I told her. ‘Wha-wha-what’ and a little squeal was her reaction. She had no idea I had lost so much. She asked me how I did it. I told her I eat less and move more, that’s basically it. She was thrilled, very happy for me and said she hopes to come visit us soon, hopefully next year, and said goodbye.

I wanted to bring up this conversation for one reason. I get asked all the time what I have done to lose the weight. You all know what I have and continue to do but most people don’t want to hear me recount all of the changes I have made over the past 9 months. The reality of it all is that I have really only done these two things; eat less and move more. Yes, I do Weight Watchers but that definitely would fall into the ‘eat less’ category. WW helps me with portion control and eating the appropriate amount of food for my body size. I have also become far more active and I really feel this has been key to my success so far. I have found the joy in movement and now I don’t think I could live a life without it. So yes, it’s a pretty simple answer but it means so much and it really is applicable to everyone. Regardless if you are trying to lose weight, get in shape, or maintain a healthy lifestyle I think it is a rule we should all try to live by.

Recipe

I wanted to share with you a recipe that has been my lunchtime addiction lately. I love to go to Oh She Glows blog and look through all of her recipes. Actually I will be heading over there today to find some recipes for next week’s meals. The site is a vegan recipe blog but trust me these recipes are good for omnivores as well. Paul has eaten and loved everything of hers I have made so far. I make this soup up on Sunday and then portion it into six- 1.5 cup servings and freeze it. Each day I pull a serving out of the freezer and reheat it for lunch. It is so yummy, hearty and satisfying- it is the perfect mid-day meal.

Holiday Soup For The Soul

This is hands down one of my all time favourite soups! Not only does it look festive just in time for the holidays, but it tastes incredible and warms the soul. It packs a wide array of seasonings and spices from cinnamon, nutmeg, and vegetable bouillon, to the saffron and curry. Somehow it just all works together magically!

Inspired by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

Ingredients:

· 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

· 1/2 cup red quinoa, uncooked

· 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

· 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped

· 1 medium zucchini, chopped

· 3 cloves garlic, minced

· 1 vegetable bouillon cube (not low sodium)

· 6 cups water, boiled

· One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

· 1.5-2 cups cooked black beans (about one 15oz can)

· 1 tsp good-quality curry powder

· Pinch or two of cinnamon

· Pinch of ground nutmeg

· 2 cups baby spinach leaves, well rinsed and roughly chopped

· 1/2 tsp kosher salt, to taste

· Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

· Pinch of saffron threads (optional, but tasted amazing)

Directions: Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the chopped sweet onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the chopped carrots, chopped zucchini, and minced garlic, and continue to sauté for about 5-7 minutes.

Place your bouillon cube into a medium sized bowl. Boil 6 cups of water and pour over the bouillon cube. Stir well to dissolve. Add bouillon mixture, tomatoes, red quinoa, black beans, and spices + seasonings. Bring to a boil and then simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the roughly chopped spinach, stir well, and cover. Simmer on low for about 15-35 minutes. The longer you cook it the more the flavours will develop. Taste test and adjust seasonings if necessary. I also have a feeling this soup will be even better the next day! Garnish with nuts of choice if preferred.

Makes about 8-10 cups.

I hope you try out this recipe, you won’t be disappointed. If you have time please stop by this blog and check out some of her recipes. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading!

November 18, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Life, Weight Loss. 9 comments.

Wordless Wednesday: Rock n’ Roll Marathon

Just wanted to share some pictures from Sunday; the Rock n’ Roll Marathon. Of course these pictures aren’t of me but instead of my awesome husband, Paul, who ran his first full marathon. I tell him I am proud of him but saying I am proud is such an understatement. He is an amazing person so it’s no surprise he was able to train for and run a freaking marathon. Congrats Paul and to all if the runners/joggers/walkers (and cyclists, too) who participated in Sunday’s event!

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Thanks for reading!

November 16, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Fitness, Running, San Antonio. 2 comments.

Shrinkvivor: Final Check-In

Today was the final check-in for Shrinkvivor and for those of you who haven’t been following along online or through Twitter I was voted off to Exile Island last week and therefore am out of the competition for Ultimate Shrinkvivor. Instead I am battling over at Exile Island with like 50 other people to win the Exile Shrinkvivor prize. Was I sad to not be in the top 7? Yes, of course but mostly I was sad that someone or multiple people voted me off. Oh, well. I can’t take it personally.

Last week when I was in Houston, running around the city trying to find a scale, I had to make a choice. Not weigh-in which would eliminate me from the competition or go buy a scale and be able to remain in the contest as either a finalist or an Exile Island member. I choose to go and buy a scale (which I had to leave in Houston since I had no room in my bag to bring it back) and I am glad that I did. Although I am not a finalist I at least gave it my all and stuck it out to the end and for that I am happy. I was also happy last Wednesday when I jumped on that scale and weighed 199.5 which was the first time I was below 200 pounds. Buying that scale was totally worth it!

So here it is folks; my final weigh-in for this seven week competition.

When Shrinkvivor started I weighed in at 217.2 pounds.

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This morning I weighed in at 196.6 pounds for a total weight loss of 20.6 pounds and 9.5% loss from my starting weight. I never thought I would have been able to lose so much, especially so far into my WLJ, when I started this contest. I am beyond thrilled at my results and regardless of tomorrow’s outcome I already know I am a winner. I put my health and my life first and have been making the best choice possible, for me, these past 7 weeks (really, these past 8.5 months) and for that I am a winner!

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Congratulations to all Shrinkvivor contestants! You are amazing and you should be very proud of everything you achieved. We are all winners!

Oh, and if you wouldn’t mind please go to the Shrinkvivor polls and vote for my friend Whitney G. She has been an inspiration to me long before this contest and I know she will continue being one long after. She totally rocks and she reached her WW goal while competing. She’s amazing!

Thanks for reading!

November 16, 2011. Tags: , , , . Shrinkvivor, Weight Loss. 6 comments.

Weight Watchers Update and Giveaway Winner!

Before I get to my Weight Watchers update I wanted to announce the winner of the ‘Echotone’ giveaway. There were only three people who entered and they all tweeted and commented about the film so each received two entries.

 

1 Veronica
2 Veronica
3 Sidney
4 Sidney
5 Kathleen
6 Kathleen

 

I used random.org to select a winner and lucky #2 was chosen.

 

 

Congratulations Veronica! I will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. I hope you love the film as much as I did!

 

Weight Watchers

I was in Houston last Tuesday so I missed my regular workplace Weight Watchers meeting. In order to be eligible for my company’s WW fee reimbursement I had to attend another meeting last week to make up for the one I missed. Unfortunately this meant I would be weighing in Saturday the 12th,11 days from my previous weigh-in, and then again today, the 15th.  Saturday I weighed in at 200 pounds even for a loss of seven pounds bringing my total weight lost on WW up to 80 pounds even.Yay! I hit my 75 pound milestone and was just an ounce away from leaving the 200’s- I was pretty excited Saturday to say the least.

All morning the only thing I could think about was whether or not I would be under 200 at my Weight Watchers meeting. I had made it to‘onederland’ six days ago but since my home scale and the WW scale never match I wasn’t sure how long it would take for me to get below 200 at a WW meeting. I was thrilled to see 199.2 on the scale today. I think I can now officially say I am in the 100’s and I will do whatever it takes to never see the 200’s again!

My next WW milestone is coming up pretty quickly at 196 pounds which represents 30% weight loss from my starting weight.  Since we don’t have a WW meeting next week I am hoping to reach this goal by our next at work meeting on November 29th. Also, by hitting the 100’s I reached another goal which was to be under 200 by the end of the year. I reached that goal early, way ahead of my expectations, which is crazy. About a month ago my BF told me that I would be below 200 by Thanksgiving and I laughed her off. Crazy that I achieved that goal more than two weeks before Thanksgiving and seven and a half weeks before the end of the year. Since I reached the sub-200 pound goal early I have decided to set a new end of year goal- to be at or below 186 by the end of the year. Hitting 186 would put my weight loss at 100 pounds and it would be really cool to hit that 100 pound mark prior to 2012. Wish me luck!

I would just like to say something in regards to achieving the sub-200 pound goal as well as my last few monthly goals. If you have been following then you already know this so I apologize but I just wanted to point out that up until August I hadn’t been hitting any of the goals by the date I had set. For example,  I had a monthly goal of losing ten pounds and after hitting that goal the first month I had 4 months in a row when I didn’t. I also had set date goals to hit my 5% loss and 10% loss and didn’t make them either. I didn’t give up though because I was focused on the more important issues; eating better and moving more. It took about six months until my body started to lose regularly and yes there were times where it was difficult to push through I never let it stop me. We are all different, we all lose weight differently, we all eat differently, we all enjoy different activities and that is really important to remember.  Just find what works for you and stick with it….you’ll get there. So will I !

Thanks for reading!

November 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Movies, Music, Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 8 comments.

Playing Dress Up

It’s been awhile. Ten days to be exact. This was pointed out to me this morning by my BF and although I knew it had been a long time between posts I hadn’t realized it had been ten days. Woops.  Things got a little crazy there but I am here now and hopefully will be able to get back into a regular posting schedule.

Before I get started I just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to enter my “Echotone” giveaway. Please take a minute and go check out the post and enter. I would greatly appreciate it!

These past ten days have been filled with ups and downs, far more ups then downs thankfully, and my dedication/determination/willpower was definitely tested. I made it through ok but man was it rough. I am getting a bit ahead of myself though. I should probably start from the beginning…playing dress-up.

November 4th was definitely an ‘up’ day for me. Paul and I were invited to join his friends/coworkers for a dual birthday celebration at the Coco Lounge. I was excited to go out especially because the Coco Lounge is not the type of place Paul and I usually frequent. It’s classy, it has a dress code, it requires bottle service to reserve a table- definitely far above what we are used to. Although I was excited for the chance to get out of my comfort zone and go somewhere nice I quickly realized I had nothing appropriate to wear. Luckily enough for me I have a husband who would rather me buy a new outfit instead of backing out the plans because I had nothing to wear so shopping we went. I am also lucky that Paul is not only a patient shopper but he is also honest with me about how things fit without hurting my feelings. This shopping trip was remarkably easy, probably because I was trying on nice clothes (dresses, can you believe it!) right off the rack which felt great to be able to do.

Actually the whole outfit was built around a pair of shoes; Steve Madden patent leather leopard print platform heels to be exact. It was love at first site and amazingly enough I could walk in them which I am really not exaggerating when I say amazingly enough because I have never owned high heels before. So the fact that I was able to keep myself upright was a feat unto itself. Once we had the shoes the dress was an easy find. We grabbed a few accessories and off we went.

Before our night out on the town Paul and I hit up the gym for a quick workout; four racquetball matches all of which he won. It was our first time playing racquetball since Paul broke his rib a few months ago and I was hoping that I would at least be able to get one win but no such luck. Although I still suck at racquetball one thing I did notice was that my endurance has vastly improved over the past few months. Racquetball used to be draining and I always left the gym drenched in sweat but Friday was different. It was definitely a workout but it wasn’t nearly as challenging and I barely broke a sweat. That was a pretty great victory for me seeing how far I’ve come. Now if I can just figure out how to beat Paul I’ll be set 😉

After a quick shower I did my best to make myself presentable; I blow-dried my hair (after we located the blow dryer stashed away in the basement) and put on some makeup. For the fact that the makeup I have was purchased from WM four years ago (maybe more) it really didn’t look too bad. In case you haven’t seen the picture yet, here you go.

 

*Yes, that’s Ruby in the corner trying to sneak into the picture. She’s so cute!

Now that I have these fabulous shoes and perfect LBD (that I will hopefully not fit in for much longer) I hope to be able to dress up like this more frequently. I think Paul liked the outfit too. I know we both saw that it made me feel confident and beautiful and that doesn’t happen very often. Correction: it didn’t used to happen very often.

Do you have an outfit or accessory that makes you feel confident/beautiful/sexy when you wear it? Do you like dressing up?

Thanks for reading!

November 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Exercise, Fitness, Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 18 comments.

It’s Friday, Let’s Dance

I dedicate today’s video pick to my friend Whitney (@whitgetsfit) who reached her goal weight on Weight Watchers this week. I am so proud of you and honored to call you a friend. For you Whitney, a little AWOLNATION live at ACL Festival! 🙂

Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for reading!

November 4, 2011. Tags: , , , . Friday Jam Session, Music. 1 comment.

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