142 pounds (83 pounds lost): Whirlwind Weekend

by Christine on June 18th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Me todayHappy Friday Afternoon, Revolutionists!
This is going to be a truly action-packed couple of days! For instance, this weekend will involve:

  • Dancing on board a Hudson River boat cruise!
  • Attending a Bridal Shower
  • Going to a PHISH concert
  • Traveling to NYC to meet a lovely friend from Norway!  (Overnight. Dinner. Touristy things. Probably drinking.)
  • Travel back home

Yikes! How will I fit it all in? I can’t — I need to take Monday off from work!  But more importantly: Will my diet and exercise get completely blown out this weekend? I hope not! With careful planning, I can get plenty of exercise in: dancing tonight, gym tomorrow before the bridal shower, dancing at the concert, then LOTS of walking in NYC. Possibly even going to the gym when I return home on Monday.  Consuming a healthy amount of calories: that is indeed going to be a challenge, especially because every day will probably involve drinking. I’m not going to lie: I like to drink. Oh, I’m not an alcoholic — far from it! — but I enjoy the taste of a Cosmo or a Mojito or Sangria. Do I need to drink to have a good time? Absolutely not. I will allow myself to drink and have a good time, but I can adopt some healthy strategies such as:

  • No finger foods. While I can choose to have alcoholic beverages for my fun night(s) out, I don’t feel any urge to partake in finger foods. I tend to eat those more out of boredom or convenience than out of real hunger or desire.  So I will skip those, unless fresh veggies or fresh shrimp are on the menu.
  • I will drink a glass of water in between all of my alcoholic beverages, in order to “slow me down” and cut the calories.
  • I will eat something healthy prior to attending any event (such as the bridal shower). This will mean I will not be hungry and therefore less likely to over-consume calorific foods at the event. I will try to remember to pack healthy snacks in my bag for when I’m walking around NYC, such as an apple, bell pepper slices, or almonds.
  • Because I know I will be drinking unhealthy beverages this weekend, it is even more important that I drink water and not drink soda, even diet soda. I really need to watch getting dehydrated. So if I’m not drinking alcohol, I need to choose water. This is actually the hardest concept in this list for be to adhere to.

Now about this dancing thing tonight on the cruise ship….I really hope I actually dance. I know that sounds so silly. “But Christine, aren’t you going dancing, after all?” I always feel like a complete moron on the dance floor, so I always stand (or sit) off to the side, drink in hand, and watch my friends dance. Oh, I WANT to dance, but I never work up the guts to. I really want to dance tonight, partly for newly found-confidence reasons, and partly to get some good FUN exercise in!  I want to break a sweat!

I’m not a bad dancer, per se. I took 14 years of dancing lessons when I was younger: jazz, tap, and ballet. I was on a competition dance troupe that won a lot of awards and traveled quite extensively. I feel confident doing pirouettes and grand jettes, funky layouts, or the soft shoe. But put me on a dance floor where I get utterly clausterphobic and can’t move around…all you can do is kind of bounce-in-place…and I feel like a complete idiot. Plus, I never know where to look. Do I check out hot guys in the room? Do I watch my friends dancing? Do I smile? Not smile? Stare at my drink? Ack!  See, the whole dancing thing is quite confusing. I really just need to get over myself!

Tubs of clothes ready to be given away!Also: In regards to the clothing giveaway: Please be patient! I hauled up several tubs of clothes from the basement. I need to go through them and take photos to see what everyone would be interested in taking off my hands. However, with my busy weekend, I definitely won’t have time to get to this until next week. I haven’t forgotten!

My gorgeous friend that I finally get to meet!

celeen

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    Hello Christine,

    I found your website by looking at your profile on EzineArticles.com. I would like to invite you to join my FreelanceWritersClub.com website. Membership is totally free and there are no strings attached. If you join, I will subscribe to your article feed at EzineArticles.com. This means that every time you write a new article, you will automatically get a couple links pointing back at it from my website. Other members of the site will be encouraged to read it and bookmark it if it is well written.

    This is a sincere offer. There are no strings attached. Just let me know if you want to be a member. By the way, I am inspired by your story. Unbelievable transformation.

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    Sounds like a fun time and I love that you have already planned out how to have fun and stay healthy at the same time!

  • http://www.fittothefinish.com/blog Diane Fit to the Finish

    Sounds like a fun time and I love that you have already planned out how to have fun and stay healthy at the same time!