Archive for August, 2009


Fitness Ridge

August 31, 2009

I arrived at Fitness Ridge today.   I am so excited for this program — it’s going to be amazing.   We had dinner and orientation.   After that my friend Katherine (with whom I am traveling) and I went for a swim and did some cardio at the gym.   Hopefully we won’t be too sore because we are going on a big (i.e. uphill) hike tomorrow morning.   Wake up call at 5:45 am – ouch!   

Vegas was okay, but not the fitness vacation I had planned.   Basically, I didn’t exercise at all and ate a fair amount and various buffets, thought definitely better than I would have a few years ago.   I also drank rum and cokes at the blackjack table.   Anyway, I weighed in at Fitness Ridge at 216 — I think that makes sense given that I was wearing more clothes than I normally do for at home weigh ins, it was the middle of the day versus first thing in the morning, and following a meal of a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake (so worth it!).   

Check in soon!


I’m here

August 26, 2009

Just completely underwater at work.   I’ve been exercising but struggling with food.   

I’m headed to Fitness Ridge next week – I’m so excited!   I think that will really give me a kick start.   It’s going to be amazing, but I am stressed about finishing work before I leave for a little Vegas stopover. Have a feeling I will have my laptop at the pool.

I updated my stats .


40 pounds . . . It’s official!

August 17, 2009

I’m down to 214 on weigh in day!

Went to a great spin class today — sweat was pouring off of me.   I loved it!

I updated my stats .


Let’s Go to the Mall …. Today!

August 15, 2009

I decided to go buy some new clothes today.   All of my jeans are too big and I need to buy some bathing suits for my upcoming vacation.   

As I went into Macy’s I started to feel extremely anxious.   My plan was to shop in the regular section, but I was panicked thinking that they would not fit and, more so, that the thought of anyone thinking that I was deluded to think that I could. Was I just fooling myself?  Were people looking at me thinking that I would never fit into the clothes I was holding?  I kept going, because I knew that I fit very comfortably into XL and 14 sizes at 205 pounds.

  I grabbed some flowy extra large tops from INC.  They fit!   And not because they were blousy — they actually fit!   I got a little teary in the dressing room.  Then I walked around the shop like a crazy person saying “I did it!” under my breath.   I’m not kidding.

I also purchased some bathing suits — bathing suit shopping is never fun, but I feel like it sucks for everyone so I didn’t let it get me down too much.  I bought a tankini and then a separate tankini top plus some cute board shorts.

Next, I asked the ladies at the bathing suit counter what floor the jeans were on.  One of them looked at me and said “What size are you?”   I said 14 or 16.   Then they discussed among themselves whether or not I should go to the plus size section, but concluded that the jeans would be too big for me after several pointed stares up and down.   I thought the whole thing was weird — couldn’t they just say where the jeans were?   If I wanted plus sizes, wouldn’t I have asked?  I was a little uncomfortable; however, I feel much better able to hold up to scrutiny, in part because I have lost weight and in part because this process has made me more in tune with and honest about my body.  I bought one pair of size 14 and one pair of size 16 jeans (different cuts) at the Gap.


214: Part II

August 13, 2009

I weighed in at 213.8 this morning (but 214 Part II sounded like a better post title).   

I got a gnawing feeling that I might have broken my scale when I dropped it last week.   So I ran some independent tests.   First I picked up 2 ten pound weights and stepped back on the scale.   Check, up 20 pounds.   Then I put the weights on the scale and they weighted 20.4 pounds.  Check again.   Then I went to the gym and weighed in on two scales.   This was after I had half a bottle of water a light breakfast and put in my workout clothes instead of pjs.   The first scale (digital) read 214.6.   The second (the doctor-type scale) read about 215.   

So I decided that my scale works!   And I’m taking my 40 pounds loss!



August 12, 2009

I weighed in at 214 this morning. I can’t figure out how that is possible, so I’m holding off on the excitement. But……..40 pounds?!?

I think I was holding onto water weight, but I feel like I need a second day at that weight for confirmation. I’ll check in again tomorrow!


Week 16: The 2 week (so-called temporary) gain is gone!

August 10, 2009

Down 2.8 lbs to 217.6!   Just 3.6 pounds away from 40 pounds gone!   

I updated my stats .