Monday, March 24, 2008

Going out of town again

I haven't disappeared and I haven't given up. First, I want to apologize for not getting around to visit all of your blogs recently but work has me crazy (literally). I head back out of town tomorrow for a little over a week. When I get back it is full steam ahead with my Healthy You Challenge. It will be back to planning my meals and hitting the gym. Although my loss has been slow over the past couple of months (always is everytime I have tried), I still refuse to give up. I am not counting my points right now but am still trying to watch what I eat.

What I did do to help me while I am out of town is I booked a hotel that has a refrigerator, microwave and stove so I can at least find a grocery store and buy some Lean Cuisines if there is no time to cook in the evenings.

So send me some good vibes for my trip and I will try to visit you all in the next week to catch up.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Adventures in Traveling and Weekly Weigh-In

Last week was a long week (and so is this post but you might find it amusing). 7 - 14 hour days took a toll on me not only mentally but physically. I was out of town living out of a suitcase and on these trips it is almost impossible to eat healthy *sigh. I ate when I could, which usually ended up being fast food as the Sales Rep I was riding with would whip through a drive thru before going to their next customer. By the time I would get back to my hotel at 9p or later, I had absolutely no energy much less desire to go down to the gym.

Saturday morning was going to be good though. I had an early flight home so I was planning on hitting the gym in the afternoon. Didn't happen. I find it almost humorous now. It all started at about midnight Friday night. My roommate calls me to tell me about bad weather in Atlanta. I am in NC. I care about the weather in Atlanta because ? Yes, I have my own meteorologist (insert sarcasm, here). This isn't the first time she has done this either. I am perfectly capable of turning on the weather channel or checking the weather on my laptop. I'm a smart girl, I can figure it out :). Apparently her mother called her from NY to tell her to call me because they thought I was in Atlanta. Well, if I was in Atlanta don't you think it would be obvious to me that there is bad weather there? I appreciate the good intentions but don't call me at midnight to tell me there is bad weather in another state. This started my own planes, trains and automobiles saga.

I had to be up at 4:30 for my early flight. I woke up at 6:30a. My hotel didn't give me my wake up call, I didn't hear my cell phone alarm, etc. I get to the airport and am put on the 9a flight but it has been delayed until 10a. Now, I will miss my connection in Atlanta.

All other connections in Atlanta to Tampa are full. They tell me I might have to wait until the morning. How about a different airline? They look there...the only option is for me to fly to Orlando. OK, I don't care where it is just get me south! So Orlando it is, I will just get a rental car to drive from Orlando to Tampa.

I get to Orlando, and surprisingly enough my luggage doesn't make it. I get my rental car and drive to Tampa, turn the car in and I am starting to feel a lot better about the day because I am getting close to home. I get in the elevator and realize oh *#(&, I left my laptops in the truck. The elevator goes up from the rental car floor but it doesn't go back. *sigh I have to go all the way to the terminal to try to figure out how to get back to the rental car return. About 20 minutes later, I get back to the rental car return. The car is gone. Luckily though, the Avis lady was very nice and had dispatch bring it to me. I get to my car and my front tire is low *sigh. Luckily, one of the airport employees saw me and he went and got a compressor. I am lucky that my plane didn't fall out of the sky! I finally get home at 5p (should have been 11a). I did get my luggage at 10p so now all is good except my weigh in. I gained 3 lbs :( and I have to do this all again next week *sigh.

Obviously, I am not happy about my weigh in but totally expected it considering what I have eaten this past week. I didn't have any good options while I was there. The hotel's website had said they had restaurant facilities, which they ended up not having. The only thing nearby was Starbucks, Sonic and Bojangles. That was my food choice at 9p each night when I would get off work.

So this week, I am going to have to work extra hard at the gym to lose this 3lbs and try to get a head start going into next week. Luckily, after the next trip that should be the last one for a long time so I can get back to my normal routine.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Size 12, a plus size?

I was looking for the virtual model today so I could see a picture of "me" at different weights and I found this article.

Top Plus-Sized Model
Submitted by Meg Wilson on Mon, 2008-03-03 05:54.

Crystal Renn is the world's top plus-size model today. She's a size 12 (size 16 in the UK). She now works for Ford Models and her current contracts include Saks Fifth Avenue, D&G and Nine West. She's done several Vogue spreads as well. The photo on the left is from her new campaign for Evans. The photo on the right is her at a dangerously skinny stage at age 16.




Crystal Renn struggled with anorexia when she was 16 but crossed a turning point before she became really ill by refusing to continue to adhere to the demands of her modeling agency.
See her plus-sized modeling story at the Telegraph.....


Plus size, you kidding me?! A size 12? I would kill to be a size 12 and will be quite content there but some of the world would still consider me plus size at that point? Are they insane? No wonder, teenagers have such horrible body image issues. The modeling/fashion industry basically are saying that size 12 is fat. *sticks middle finger up at the modeling industry (there I feel much better now).
















Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Feeling good..

I am feeling good. I am feeling confident. Even though I haven't lost a bunch of weight yet and I am not seeing any major changes yet, I am feeling a change in my thinking. I went to the gym yesterday and for crying out loud I forgot socks. Yes, I am one of those that finds it just absolutely disgusting and gross to wear my shoes without socks (unless of course they are sandals). I put my shoes on anyway. I knew if I went home to get socks, I would stay home because that's easy. I don't know what it is this time around but I know that this time is the time I am going to succeed. I really don't care why my head is there, but just glad it is finally in the right place. Maybe it's the fact that I am getting older. Maybe it's the fact that in 3 more years will mark the age that my father died (39). I am not ready to die yet...hell, I haven't begun to live yet! So whatever it is, I don't care...I am just glad I am there.

So back to the gym... as much as that bike seat hurts my ass, I get a great workout. I sweat. I hate to sweat but I sweat and love it. Does that make any sense? hehe. Everytime I leave the gym I feel a sense of accomplishment. I feel guilty when I don't go. I feel better mentally. I sleep better. It is a win-win situation. How can we hate it so much when we feel so much better? My confidence level has increased dramatically. I might have to keep that in check when I am a hot looking 165 lber :). I will worry about it when I get there.

I keep a calendar at home on my frig just to keep track of my progress. What exercise I did, for how long, how far, etc. and I put a star across the top for every pound I have lost....what a motivator for me when I see 12 stars across the top.

I have rambled on enough but just wanted to say thank you to all you other bloggers out there for being supportive.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Healthy You Check In

As I told you last week, it has been a busy week implementing some new software in my office so I haven't been able to blog much less visit you guys so I apologize. I will try to get to all of you today. If I don't, I hope all is well.

I will be traveling a lot over the next month so I am a little scared. It is so much easier to control what goes in my body when I am the one making it. I am going to have to try really, really hard to just eat salads or something. So may the force be with me :).

Now, onto my update.

Things I did right this week:
1. Drank my water (tea, actually)
2. Ate more vegetables
3. I went to the Renaissance Faire and didn't get the cheesecake on the stick, or the fried oreos, or the fried twinkies, or the corn dogs.
4. After eating what I did at the Ren Faire, I did try to watch other things I ate that day.

Things I did not do right this week:
1. I did not journal every day.
2. I went to the Renaissance Faire and got some of the those awesome baked sugary nuts and tempura vegetables and I did not journal them.
3. I did not get to the gym as often as I should have. Yes, there were days I just could not go but there were two other days that I could have gone.

So.....last week I gained those 4 lbs and was a bit aggravated by it....my body decided to do me proud this week. I am down 5!