147.2 (77.8 pounds lost)

by Christine on May 24th, 2010

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Christine, Saturday Night

Picture of me, Saturday Night

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Mine was more low-key than usual, but that’s sometimes a really nice thing.  Friday I met a friend for drinks (and had one too many).  Saturday I slept in, went for a 8 mile bike ride, did some gardening, then went out for drinks with girlfriends (and had one too many once again). Sunday I slept in, went to the gym, did yard work, and went out with friends for dinner (no drinking at all).

If you notice, there seems to be a general trend going on regarding drinking: I don’t know what my tolerance level is anymore, and I don’t cut off soon enough.  My previous job involved wining and dining clients, and I had a very high tolerance. Not so much anymore! Even more surprising: alcohol doesn’t even taste as good to me anymore. The high sugar content does something to me, and it turns my stomach.  No, I think I’ll pass on alcohol for a while. It doesn’t hold the same appeal as it once did.

This weekend I was playing with some “small bites” or tapas recipes I found online. I made these two meals:

Photo Top: whole wheat pita, with a little melted mozarella cheese on it. Topped with a homemade salsa (tomato, onion, mushroom, fresh cilantro, lime, salt). It came out to about 50 calories per little wedge (I had three wedges). Delicious!

Photo Bottom: whole wheat pita, thin slices of melted swiss cheese, a few thin slices of ham, with some dijon mustard and hummus as a spread. It was delicious! It was less than 140 calories per wedge (I had two), and the leftovers save well. To reheat, just stick in the toaster oven again!

The whole cooking this is inspiring me. I’ve always enjoyed cooking; I’m the type that will grab a recipe, get the general gist of it, then do my own variation. It works out well for me about 80% of the time. However, in the last two years or so I haven’t been doing as much cooking. You see, my husband is the worst eater on the planet. I can count all the foods he eats on 2 hands (pizza, hamburger, chicken, steak, potato products, spaghetti but heavy on meat and no veggies allowed in, milk, cookies, ice cream).  He doesn’t eat any vegetables or fruit or sauces or spices ever, for any reason.  Bless his heart, he’s never demanding that I cook for him; he realizes that I work full time just like him and have a busy life. However, it makes me feel guilty to spend an hour cooking a delicious, healthy meal for myself, and I watch him throw an Elios Pizza into the toaster oven for himself. Ugh, what a terrible wife I am, I think to myself. So…little by little I just stopped making any effort to cook for myself, and instead I make bland meat-filled meals. This whole idea of cooking small meals (with flavor! And spices!) is exciting to me.

Today I tried packing my fake Bento box #2. Photos to come, but it’s not very impressive. I hope my real Bento supplies come in the mail this week!

I’ll take photos of my vegetable garden this week as well. I love my veggie garden! Everyone should have one! It’s so cheap and easy to do, so long as you remember to water the veggies every day. I grow way more than I could ever eat on my own, so I give my extra veggies away to neighbors and friends. This year I’m growing asparagus, scallions (both already ready-to-eat), four types of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, celery, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, corn, and sunflowers. I may have thrown a zucchini plant in there too; I don’t remember.  That’s a lot of veggies in a little box!  I squeeze them all in pretty close together but they handle the abuse well. I also have an herb box where I grow dill, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, and mint.

Exercise plan for this week:

Monday: Gym
Tuesday: Gym + Yoga
Wednesday:  None (dinner plans with an out-of-town friend)
Thursday: Yardwork
Friday: Not sure yet
Saturday: Picnic with friends; probably will involve a competitive volleyball game!
Sunday: No plans yet. Perhaps a hike up a mountain!
Monday: Swimming all day at a local water park! (Assuming the weather cooperates)

That’s a fun, action-packed week! That’s my type of exercise, too — lots of variety, lots of different types of activity to keep my body guessing, etc.  Oh, and one of my neighbors, Sue…she’s a physical education teacher and she’s SO fit!…she belongs to my gym, and she said that when school lets out she will go with me to the gym and will help me get comfortable in the freeweights section!  I’ve got a “lifting buddy!”  I’m so excited!

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148.8 (76.2 pounds lost): To share or not to share?

by Christine on May 14th, 2010

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Yesterday I had a networking function to attend after work.  These commitments are remnants of my past job. The event included a tour of a project site (the adaptive re-use of a former funeral home into a modern library, including the process of getting it certified LEED Gold) followed by a cocktail hour. I have been advocating for project tours for nearly two years now, and I’m glad that the event was a success with more than 30 people attending. I look forward to the organization (SMPS) doing more tours!

The cocktail hour included one free drink and appetizers. I had a glass of white wine and gazed longingly at the appetizers. I did partake by having one small pita with a dab of hummus (30 calories at best), but I steered clear of everything else. Chicken wings, teriyaki meat skewers, potato wedges, etc.  I’m afraid social functions leave me a little uncomfortable when it comes to food and drinking.  As I was standing there, a colleague made some comment like, “What, are you losing all your weight by not eating? You haven’t touched a thing.”  I laughed and replied that on the contrary, I eat all the freaking time!  But I was a little uncomfortable because I was aware that they were aware that I wasn’t eating anything.  The feeling is that it’s downright unsocial to not partake in the festivities!

To rectify the situation I drank.  Not only did I have three drinks, but I did so on an empty stomach. Oh, I was starving! At least I had the presence of mind to excuse myself from the gathering after two drinks (before I got drunk), then went to a restaurant with a friend. At Applebees I ordered a grilled steak, steamed veggies, and some mashed potatoes…and another drink. I ate until I was stuffed, but I still have enough leftovers for three or four meals. Leftovers plague me!

When it comes to drinking, sometimes I just don’t make the smartest decisions, I guess.  I’m not sure that I can say “I won’t do it again,” because I will. I enjoy an evening out, and I enjoy having a drink. I don’t drink every day – maybe once a week? I’m not sure what the balance should be.  Never drink at all? Go out, but only have one drink? Or is having three drinks okay, assuming I don’t do it very often?

This socializing question has me wondering something: I haven’t shared this website with any of my family or “real-life” friends. Should I?  I’ve been trying to do my best to increase traffic to the website (thank you for being here and reading this!), and I’m sure that if I shared the website with, for example, my Facebook list, that some people would check it out. The problem is that I feel like I would have to watch what I say here in order to accommodate family, coworkers, friends, etc.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone close in my life knows about my efforts to lose weight, and they are all remarkably supportive. It’s not that this is a secret. My issue is more about the openness and sharing aspect.  If you’re reading this, and if you have a blog and website….do you share it with your friends, family, co-workers, facebookians, etc?   How do you balance the content to make sure that nobody gets offended and everyone stays happy?

I found this post from a year ago:

Today Aaron woke up early to go golfing with all the boys. I woke up and finally had some QUIET TIME! I went to the mall and did some clothes shopping. How depressing! I haven’t gone clothes shopping in a while because I have been hoping that I’d just go down dress sizes, which I HAVEN’T! Grrr! So I don’t really have many summer clothes that fit my fat ass, so I bought a pair of shorts and a super cute kackhi skirt and some shirts. And black flip flops! Nothing exciting but I needed the clothes. Then I came home and put some jazz on and enjoyed the quiet time!

How funny! I hadn’t gone down any clothing sizes this time last year? Oh my, how far have I come! I’m wearing my last tub of clothing (I went from a size 22/24 to a size 8/10).  Do you have any idea how expensive it was to buy clothes in all those sizes as I was gaining weight? That’s thousands, THOUSANDS of dollars worth of clothes!  Now that I’m on my last tub, I need to start budgeting for more clothes in smaller clothing sizes. How funny that I hadn’t lost any clothing sizes! They started to melt off me shortly after this time, I think.

Look what I came to work to today!

Namaste, Revolutionists!

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