Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday #22!

Starting Weight: 225
Last Week's Weight: 197
Current Weight: 197 (same!)
Total Weight Loss: 28 pounds

Goal Weight: 145
Weight Remaining: 52

I don't know how it's possible... but I apparently did not gain any weight while I was on vacation.  There are many reasons for this.  I would hope that by this time I've boosted my metabolism, which would have helped process the additional calories.  My weight-training has probably added some muscle to my body, which helps burn calories as well.  Also, I've become used to eating small portions of food, and in turn, it took smaller amounts of food to fill me up, even though I was allowing myself to eat whatever I wanted.  Finally, I walked everywhere.   The trip was practically constant-walking.  I think the longest time I sat down beyond meals was for the Broadway play.

I'm very pleased with not having gained any weight, if a little dumbfounded.  I haven't even been able to exercise since I got back because my schedule has been so hectic.  It's also Thanksgiving tomorrow (!) so there's a lot to do in preparation.  I'm making about 80% of the meal for my entire family, so I'm a bit stressed.  But!  After this holiday, I'm going to get right back into it. 

I'm actually looking forward to getting back on track.  I don't like not exercising anymore--it makes me feel tired and lazy. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm back!

Picture from the great blog Hyperbole and a Half
Hello everyone!  I have returned from my super awesome trip to New York City!  I had never been there before, so it was really amazing to see all the city has to offer.  I made the trip with my best friend who I don't get to see but a few times a year, so that made the trip even better.  What did I do, you ask?

Well, I got to see a Broadway play!

Not only did I get to see it, I won rush tickets!!  Which means my ticket only cost $27.00!  And I still had really good seats.  The play was really good--funny and touching all at the same time.  I highly recommend it.

Naturally, I had to visit Chinatown!

Jing Fong Dim Sum Restaurant
I bought a lot in Chinatown.  Everything is so cheap!  And they have these knock-offs of a brand of purse called Tokidoki, which I've always loved but have never been able to afford... until now >.>

My hotel was right next to Times Square, so I spent a lot of time there:

And of course... I ate.  Lots. Of. Food.  It was all delicious.  I was able to visit The Russian Tea Room, which is a place I've dreamed of going to for many years now.  I ate French macarons from Laduree and various mysterious dumplings in Chinatown.  There were breads and delicate pastries from Takahachi bakery and sticks of meat from street vendors.  For a girl who has been dieting and exercising steadily for 22+ weeks, it was absolute Heaven.  I took pictures of all the food I ate, but since this is a weight-loss blog, I think it would be kinda cruel to post them.

For my sanity, I haven't weighed myself yet.  I'm sure I've gained weight, though I did walk almost constantly, so hopefully that helped a bit.  Life was very busy as soon as I stepped off the plane, with work-related trips, Church dinners, and frantic grocery shopping, so I'm still very sleep deprived.  I have to work at my third job this weekend, too, so I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to finally catch up on my sleep. 

Even with gained weight and severe lack of sleep, it was totally worth it.  I had a blast and can't wait to go again!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday #21!

Starting Weight: 225
Last Week's Weight: 196
Current Weight: 197 (+1)
Total Weight Loss: 28 pounds

Goal Weight: 145
Weight Remaining: 50

Bah!  Wrong way, scale!  Honestly though, I think this gain is a retaining-water issue.  The ladies will understand.  /cough

Also, I do want to say that this Friday I'm going on vacation to New York City!  I'm very excited because I've never been there before.  I'm also going to probably be eating very terribly.  I fully accept this.  Hopefully, I'll walk most of it off, but if I gain weight, I'll just have to deal with it.  NYC isn't an everyday thing for me, and I will enjoy my Chinatown dim sum.  :)  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Operation October Overview

So, how did it go?

Operation October, which was my pledge to myself to incorporate at least 10 minutes of activity into my day, every day of October is all done now.  During the month I was a happy, aggravated, motivated, frustrated, and I'm sure a whole bunch of other emotions shoved in there, too.  The point is, it was a challenge.  But of course it was supposed to be.  Some days, getting that 10 minutes in was hard.  I literally was doing 10 minute YouTube videos right before bed some nights just to squeeze it in.

Still, as stressful as it was sometimes, I'm glad I did it.  I think it helped me break through my horrible plateau so now I'm finally losing weight again.  On the other hand, it's really nice to not have to worry so much about making sure I get that 10 minutes in on days when I'm really busy.  Overall, it was a good experience and definitely taught me a lot about time management and priorities.