Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Last summer I decided that I was going to get Invisalign braces. What made my decision easier was that the process would only take 5 months.
So here I am, at the end. Finally! This morning I put in my last set of molds. Wahoo! I am SO excited and notice a really big difference. The miracles of modern dentistry...
I did everything on my list from yesterday. Wahoo! and today i will:
Drink more than enough water
Stick to my eating plan
Clean up my room at school today
Check the classifieds to see if anyone is in need of a mattress set - I hate to just throw it away
Finish transferring my CDs to iTunes (almost there!)
Call my dad re: moving the piano
Phew! Tonight is a Power Zen class - basically yoga on a Reebok core board. I took a class a few months ago and it was super hard - I'm looking forward to seeing if tonight is any easier.
I measured myself this morning - noticed some nice differences. Didn't enter them in - I think I'll do that tomorrow morning. Yesterday I got two more compliments from people at school - it amazes me that the compliments are still coming. I love it!
reason #562302 why I love Spark - my best friend is coming over for a "Tax Party" on Saturday (we do our taxes together every year) and I suggested I take pizza dough and marinara out of the freezer and we could have pizza for lunch. Spark has taught me how much pizza is a serving, and I can still enjoy it. Said friend is doing Weight Watchers, and the first thing she asked me was "do you know how many points are in the pizza?" Sigh. No, I don't. A bag of flour doesn't have WW points on it. But I *do* know how many calories are in it, and I know how big a serving is! She is doing well so far on WW and I think it works for a lot of people, but for me personally, I love the way Spark is helping me learn how to eat.
I have to take honey to pick up his car this morning - he called me at 1:30 am on Saturday to tell me his car shut off on the way home. Got it towed and had the alternator and a belt replaced. Not a big deal, considering the car is a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciara (sp) and was given to him for free when his grandmother died. That said, I'll still take my newer car and my AAA membership.
I would love it if Phil would not see a shadow... I'm getting real tired of this frigid weather.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Today was my planned rest day. My knees are thanking me and so are my quads.
Honey and I went grocery shopping this morning and I spent the better part of the day making food for the freezer. Since we started eating more fruits and vegetables, our food bill has gone up, but we have healthy food in the freezer for weeks! No calling out for pizza (honey made a lot of pizza dough for the freezer and I made a huge batch of marinara), no stopping for Mexican (we have a ton of chili in there), and there is some Moroccan lentil-apricot soup that smells delish.
Tonight honey is cooking scallops and maybe some fresh bread... I'm trying to sway him into making bread, although he *did* already make fresh pita for lunch (to go with the amazing falafel he made!).
So enough about food, I'm getting hungry!
Got an e-mail last night about going to South America with my singing group. The itinerary looks great, and the price is right. I have to seriously look at everything and decide if I can afford it. The two tours I've gone on with the group have been well-organized, and the really nice part about the trip is that is gives me the opportunity to go on a trip that I probably would not have otherwise thought about taking. I would *really* like to go... Tonight is going to be budget night.
Tomorrow is Day 1 of the New Plan. (I have lots of New Plans.) Since there are no classes at the gym tomorrow night, I'm going swimming in the morning. I'm going to get up early and get my 6-6:30 am swim in.
- Drink more than enough water
- Stick to my eating plan
- Read my assignment for class
Off to look at some budget stuff...
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I am beyond feeling guilty or bad about myself for an evening of poor eating choices, but I'm not beyond reflecting on them so I can have them happen less frequently.
Last night was one of those nights where I had nothing planned for dinner. Stopped for some wine on the way home (it was my treat for the night) and ended up in the grocery store to find something for dinner. (looking back, I realized that had I used my imagination and the tuna in the fridge, there was *plenty* of food at home.) And I *know* that going into the grocery store hungry is bad news, but I did it anyway. I just wasn't in the mood to think too much about dinner. So I picked up a bag of chips (the "small" bag, not the family size - I figured if I ate the whole bag, 600 calories was not as bad as 1500 calories), some milk, and a box of cereal. The bag of chips later and too much cereal later, I thought "damn, I really should have planned dinner."
But I won't let myself feel bad about it - it's just not worth it. So this blog is being written for me to organize my thoughts and to have a record of how not planning dinner rarely works out for the best.
Today I worked extra hard in Pilates, I am going to schedule my gym classes in for the month (I am such a dork - when the gym schedule comes out for the month I get SO excited), and I'm going to think about what I'll eat for dinner tonight while I'm not hungry and enter it into the Nutrition tracker.
In less than two weeks I'm going to NYC to sing - there are going to be lots of restaurant meals. I figure that in the time leading up to then, I'll be extra diligent about watching what I put in my body so that I can loosen up a little bit in the city.
Last night the chiro told me that I should lay off the spinning for a while - the repetition of the motion is not good for my knee. February is going to be filled with yoga, pilates, swimming, strength training, and running. I'm going back to a few morning workouts - on the days when I don't have evening classes I'm planning on doing some early am swimming. I think that the change will keep my body on its toes - Summer Size 4, here I come!
Off to work on that Fitness tracker for next week...
Friday, January 29, 2010
For a while I was debating how often I should get on the scale. I tried weekly, monthly, daily. Right now, I'm back at daily weigh-ins. It's working for me right now. It won't always, but for now it is.
So anyway, last night I went to the gym, got on the scale, and saw the lowest number I've seen since middle school. Middle school! But the weird thing is, I wasn't overly excited or even too surprised. Either I'm nuts, or I'm finally starting to think of other success measurements as just as important, or *more* important, than the scale.
And because sometimes I forget all the really cool successes I have, I am going to list some new ones. (Pardon the self-indulgence, but I just get amazed a little bit.)
- Spinning instructor said I did a great job (this is the same one who, last week, said "Terrific job for those who finished - I finished the damn thing this time!)
- Tried on some shorts yesterday just for the heck of it, and they were just too big. WHAT??? Shorts have always been the bane of my summer existence. The longer, the better. And long pants? Even better! But this year, I may be thinking "the shorter, the better." What better way to show off my running and spinning and endless lunges than to buy a pair of short shorts? (not the ones that show the rear, but a pair with a little 2-3 inch inseam)
- Honey hugged me yesterday and said "I can tell that you're still losing weight. Your middle feels really good." Wahoo!
- My gym shirt was not nearly as tight yesterday as it was the last time I wore that particular shirt, about a month ago. WAHOO. And there is nothing like a gym shirt to make me feel bigger than I actually am.
- I am not feeling ravenous at night after my workouts anymore. A small sandwich, a little yogurt, and some tea is all I need to get full. This is a good thing - for a while I was chowing down on tons of cereal and bread at night - not helping me reach my goals.
Today's lunch is made - pasta with marinara and shrimp, chiro stuff is packed, muffins are ready to go (again), coffee was delish, and food is tracked. I think tonight I'm going to have a little treat of some good wine. It's been a few weeks and I'm thinking a good red for tonight.
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