Archive for August, 2009

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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!

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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 .

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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 .

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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.

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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!

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214?

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!

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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 .