Monday, February 15, 2010
To a sold out audience! What an awesome experience. Choruses from all over the US and Canada sang Carmina Burana under the direction of Vance George who won a Grammy for his 1995 recording of the same work. How amazing.
Rehearsals were in a hall next to Lincoln Center, and dress rehearsal was on Sunday morning at Carnegie Hall. As we walked up to the Stage Door entrance (where all the performers go in),
I saw our poster outside. Wahoo!
The performance was great and we got a standing ovation. Carnegie Hall is just an amazing place to sing - so beautiful. And now when I see performances on PBS where really famous musicians are on stage, I can picture exactly where I was standing!
Other fun things I did:
Went to the Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. I could have spent all day in that museum.
I only took pictures of two artworks... I realized that it was more fulfilling for me to really study the art instead of taking pictures. Besides, the pictures are better in art books. But for your enjoyment, here are the two pics I took.
And of course, I had lots of good food. Nowhere have I found better Matzo Ball Soup than in Manhattan. And the soup at the Stage Deli was just delish. It was also giant.
It was really really really cold, so I didn't dig my camera out for much more. I couldn't take picture *in* Carnegie Hall, anyway, which would have been the best place to take pics. However, I *did* manage to secure the archival DVD for the group with whom I sing. Yippee! I can't wait for that to come.
Did some shopping; bought two CUTE shirts. I LOVED shopping. It was so wonderful to be able to fit into clothes from some of the stores in the city.
LOVED feeling thin and fit in the city. When I got a muffin for breakfast, there was no feeling of "I bet they're thinking 'why is *she* getting that giant muffin?'." I ate everything with no guilt. And believe me, there was a LOT of "everything."
Took the early bus home today and spent some quality time with my honey. We went out for sushi tonight as our belated Valentine's Day. I got right back on track with eating right; drank extra water today, spend a good hour at the gym doing some strength training, and I had lots of fruit.
Honey made some hot chocolate for our dessert (YUM-O) but I think I may have *another* apple just to get my body back from my weekend full of pastrami and pizza.
It's time for the couch and an apple. Secretly hoping for a 2-hour delay tomorrow...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
These snowy days really get me thinking. (oh no!) Last night's weather people talked about "blizzard-like" conditions. There was nothing blizzard-*like* about it. It WAS a blizzard. So anyway, the weather people's use of the word "like" stuck with me this morning. I'm upstairs putting the last of my weekend clothes into my suitcase, and I thought "you know, I am done thinking *like* a thin person. I *am* a thin person."
At first, I thought "oh my gosh am I vain or what?" But *then* I thought about one of the most important lessons I've learned on Spark - be kind to yourself. Don't treat yourself differently than you would treat someone else. So I imagined that I was someone else getting ready to go on a weekend trip - if I saw someone *else* wearing small sizes and being confident enough to wear leggings out in public (Can you believe it???), I would think "wow, they look great in that." So then I took a look in the mirror and thought "wow, I really *do* look great in this."
So back to thinking *as* a thin person. One of the challenges for me right now is being able to walk into a room or a store and not think "everyone is staring at me - the fattest girl in the room." Thin people don't think that way! Thin people walk into a place with their head high and with their body showing confidence (I know from years of observing thin people).
This weekend is a perfect time for me to try this thinking as a thin person thing. I will be in NYC - where I don't know anyone and nobody will look at me strangely as I walk into a place this new "thin"way.
This might seem a bit shallow, but at some point, I need to let go of the old me and embrace this new me. I think that keeping this image of the old me sometimes holds me back from really doing great things with the new me.
Goal for this weekend - think AS a thin person.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Up until today, the snow storms have missed us. But today - woohoo snow! It's so calming to watch. I have a snow day, honey has a snow day...
I have moved on from yesterday's eating debacle and am back on track. breakfast was oats with vanilla soy milk, apples and cinnamon; lunch was shrimp cocktail and a vegetarian tostada (fresh corn tortillas, fresh avocado and tomato, some refried beans... YUM), and a little Greek yogurt with honey and banana for a sweet. I am stuffed! Yesterday is but a distant memory to me now. I have moved on from the cookies and chips and am ready to get some fresh fruits and veg back into my body. I think honey is going to make some kind of chicken soup tonight; I think I'm going to throw together a large delicious salad for an appetizer.
Just got back in from shoveling a little bit. I figured that shoveling a little bit now would make tomorrow much less daunting, especially since the heaviest snow is still falling. Was only out there for 20 minutes and SP's fitness tracker estimated that I torched about 120 calories. Wahoo! I may go out in a couple hours again, before it gets too dark, so I can burn some more calories.
Moved some furniture this morning, did some vacuuming, and joined the local Freecycle network. Grad paper is sent, I'm drinking lots of water, and I'm all packed for NYC this weekend. Honey is taking a nap (he was skiing this morning) so I'm going to throw in some laundry and maybe go through my purses and get some ready to go to Goodwill (or maybe post them on Freecycle!).
Off to do some laundry...
Have a Super Sparky Snowy Day!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I don't know what came over me today. A parent brought in a tray of cookies and I just couldn't help but eat WAY too many of them. It was a little ridiculous. I have to take out my braces to eat, and usually I think "it's not worth it to take them out" but this morning, apparently it was. I just couldn't stop eating them. Finally I had to say to myself "this is enough! You are better than this." But not before I ate a whole meal's worth of calories in mediocre cookies.
Then tonight. Ugh. I went to the store to buy some Tapatio and chocolate squares for my honey, and the chip aisle just called to me. I couldn't resist it. I bought the smaller bag of chips, and about 5 minutes ago, as I checked my Spark stuff, I practically inhaled the bag of chips. ARRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHH
Today was a pretty big failure for me, eating-wise. I don't know the last time I felt so out of control... I couldn't even take a minute to think before I put food in my mouth. My stomach is SO not happy right now and I'm disappointed that I did what I did.
But we hop back on the horse. So despite my total calorie overload today, I am going to list positives.
I drank a lot of water, including hot tea. It's really helping me get over my cold.
Didn't stop at the state store for wine. It's supposed to snow a lot here tonight, and that usually means a night of wine for me. But I *did* think about this - I knew I ate crazy cookies and I knew I was in for a bag of chips so I thought "good lord I don't need any MORE empty calories." For what *that's* worth.
I am getting back on track RIGHT NOW by making a bowl of oatmeal for dinner and drinking a very large glass of water as I type this.
After my dinner I am going to plan the rest of my week as best I can. A lack of planning this weekend into the beginning of this week has set me up for failure. As long as I work on planning, I can really get back on track.
When I went in to see my doctor yesterday, he said "holy cow you've lost a lot of weight." Wahoo!
I went to yoga tonight and it was good.
Off to put my hot cereal together... I'm thinking a diced apple, a little brown sugar and some cinnamon. And then off to plan for the week!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Woke up yesterday to a nasty sore throat and my right nostril and eye running like faucets. Of course my *left* side was all stopped up. Bleh. Went to the doc to rule out strep throat (I am going to sing this weekend in NYC and I CAN NOT be sick. I paid a lot of $$$ and they don't give refunds!) and got some heavy duty decongestant and cough meds. I guess it's working because the faucet eye is just about gone.
Haven't worked out since Friday... did circuit training at the chiro on Friday (they have a tough new core routine), skipped the gym on Saturday because of snow, wasn't feeling good on Sunday, and was sick yesterday. I am determined to get to my yoga class tonight, but it's all going to depend on what this snow storm decides to do. The class is from 5:15-6:00 - I'm keeping an eye on the radar today.
Bought tickets for the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA - we are going on Friday afternoon after rehearsal. I'm REALLY looking forward to the city... I love going into New York. I have a little money I'm taking along for some shopping. I *still* can't believe how much I love shopping! I don't spend a ton of money, but I can finally enjoy trying stuff on. Wahoo! There are two cute shirts at Anthropologie that I have my eyes on... there is a store close to the hotel in NYC so I might pop over on Thursday when I get to the city. I'm a little bummed that I can't run - won't be able to do a Central Park run, but we'll be doing a lot of walking. My favorite part of the city is being able to walk everywhere.
I have been craving brownies for DAYS and I finally decided to do something about it yesterday. Found a great recipe and adjusted the amounts for the two squares of chocolate that we had. Ended up being just what I needed - put the brownies in three little dishes to bake. One plain, one walnut, and one peanut butter. Honey and I ate all of them yesterday. Lucky for us, I didn't make a whole batch and they were not very thick. Didn't enter it into the nutrition tracker, but I have a feeling that they weren't *horribly* bad. Anyway, they were super delish and it took care of my brownie craving.
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