Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Today was a pretty busy day. I'll start from the morning.
- Woke up and threw on an outfit. I don't think I'll EVER tire of throwing something on and having it look good.
- Ate a bagel and a banana. Filled up my water bottle for the drive. LOVE my Sigg. I wish it was bigger, but then it wouldn't fit in my cup holder. I may need to get a bigger one anyway and lay it on the seat since it closes very securely.
- Drove to the mall to meet my mom for lunch and exchange a shirt (for a smaller size!!!). We went to an Italian place. It was really really delicious - I did well. Side salad (the dressing was already on it, but the salad wasn't swimming in it. Don't think it was *too* horrible) and a fritatta (sp?). I ate half the fritatta; wasn't greasy, had some veggies in it, and protein from the egg. Yum. I ate a little less than half of a piece of bread; it just wasn't that good and I didn't want to eat calories that didn't taste good. Had some mocha gelato for dessert. I am a sucker for dessert, so I made sure that I had enough room. SOOOOO good. I enjoyed every single bite.
- Exchanged shirt. Bought a new dress with a coupon. SO cute for summer, if the sun ever decides to come out.
- My mom talked about wanting to lose weight (again). It is so hard for me to talk to her about it because she is not doing it the Spark way! She wants to lose two pounds a week (by simply not eating, instead of eating less and moving more) which is a lot to lose in a week! The most frustrating thing is that when we were at lunch, I saw her keep dipping her bread into the oil at the restaurant. I was reminded from a scene described by Jim Kalas in his book Flip the Switch; he writes of a time when he went out to eat with a woman who kept eating the bread and oil and wanted to lose weight. Finally he yelled out "STOP! Do you know you just ate over 600 calories in bread and oil???" I don't know that it's my place to yell that out in a restaurant. My challenge in all this is to help my mom the best that I can without coming off as a know-it-all, especially because I *don't* know it all. I wonder if she is as motivated to change her lifestyle when I'm not around. I would imagine it's a little frustrating for her; we used to wear the same size. Now she is up a couple sizes and I am wearing a few sizes smaller. Does she talk about losing weight when I'm not around as much as she does when I *am* around?
- Went to the dermatologist and had two moles removed - one from my back and one from my leg. I can't run for a few days according to my doctor, but I may decide to take the whole two weeks off from running anyway. I really don't want my stitches to come out. My doctor is so nice - she is so easy to talk to and I feel as if I can tell her any concern.
Not today, but worth writing anyway: I think I inspired a friend - she told me she wanted to start walking and that she was a little jealous that I was losing so much weight. We walked one time last week; she was going to call me to set up another 'date' but hasn't done so since then. I almost mentioned it tonight, but I think *she* has to be the one to initiate it. She has to want to change herself.
Last night I replenished my bras. I looked at a picture taken over the weekend and realized that my bras did not fit anymore. Bought a "bralet." Was exciting for me because I've never been able to fit into a "bralet." SOOOO comfy.
I think I'll have some decaf and sit on the couch. Tonight I fixed our printer, got some classwork done, and did a schedule for school. I think I deserve some time on the couch.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Just got home from New York City. It was SOOOO fun! I ran, I sang, I went to a ballet, I ate WAAAYYYY too much good food, and did a lot of walking.
- Ballet: I took a class at my gym called Ballet Bootcamp. Friday night we went to the Met to see the ballet Giselle. Since I took that class and did a very few ballet moves, I could really appreciate how much strength a person has to have to do ballet. The way the dancers moved was just amazing. What an experience.
- Running: I can now understand how people can run for hours. On Saturday morning I woke up and went running in Central Park. I ran for almost two hours, and could have gone for more had I not had to meet people for breakfast. Armed with my iPod, sunscreen, and a beautiful running morning, Central park was just amazing. Running with all those other people kept me going. And I saw people taking walk breaks! It *is* ok to walk!!!
- Singing: Sang Mozart's Requiem at Lincoln Center this afternoon. AMAZING. It gives me chills every time I sing a work like that. Just performing on the same stage where so many wonderful musicians have been is the most indescribable amazing wonderful feeling. The conductor was amazing, the other singers were amazing... I feel lucky to be able to be part of the production.
- Good food: where do I start! Chicken mole, mushroom soup, beef carpaccio, flan, octopus, mussels, beef, matzoh ball soup (MMMMM - I never had it before and it was SOOOO good), but wayyyyy too much. This week will be full of water and workouts.
I am SO tired. Tomorrow I am going to sleep in, no alarm, and maybe take a long afternoon walk with my honey.
Happy Sunday night!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Last night I thought I'd try out a new class at the gym - Ballet Bootcamp. It was SOOO fun and SOOO hard. I didn't realize how inflexible I am! The instructor was crazy flexible! Not only am I inflexible, but apparently not very graceful, either. I think I may look into taking adult ballet classes.
In about 1/2 an hour I am leaving for New York City. I am SO excited! I love the city. I filled up my iPod for the bus; I am going to silently practice my music on the way over. Packed my running stuff for Central Park - we are staying close to there, so I should be able to get a bit of running in on Saturday morning.
Yesterday I stopped in at a clothing store just for the heck of it, and I tried on a skirt. It fit. And it was a 6. Wahoo! I nearly bought it just because of that, but since we are planning on buying a new computer soon, I just walked around the store with the skirt for a while before putting it down. I nearly fell over.
Off to pack my last minute stuff... The bus ride is only about 1.5 hours, so I should be in the city by 10:15. I have some time to walk around, leave my bag at the hotel, and grab a little brunch before rehearsal. This rain better end soon!
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