Monday, November 30, 2009

Plan B?

I don't really have a "plan b" for exercise when it's cold and yucky outside. We are actually having winter-type weather here in Houston! And Friday, they say it might snow. Whaaaa? Are you serious? I do not know how to dress to ride in this kind of weather. I need better gloves and something to keep my toes warm. Plastic bags, maybe?! A ski mask?

Exercising inside is not something I enjoy nor feel motivated to do. I know, people do it everyday, but I feel weird when I'm jumping around all by myself to a dvd with someone telling me what to do. And have you ever paid much attention to the idle chit-chat that goes on in these things? After a few times of hearing the same stupid remarks over and over I start making comments - like they can hear me. I do the same when I'm in traffic! It's a good thing they can't hear me :)

Anyway, I need to come up with an alternate way to get my exercise in when the weather is nasty. I don't have a gym membership, nor does it fit in my budget. I was going to the gym at the school for awhile, but 6am in the morning felt like punishment, lol. My son's elliptical hurts my knees. Walking outside hurts my knees if I walk too fast or too long. I have the Wii Fit, and it's good for yoga, but the stepping around part just makes my knees, well, you know. So, if you have a suggestion, let's hear it. Worked out to any good dvd's lately? Know of any good gear to ride in to stay toasty? I need some ideas here, folks. I've got pounds to lose and time's awastin'.

Are you drinking your water? Well, are you?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just get back to it!

I have really enjoyed Thanksgiving this year. Even though I did indulge in foods laced with butter and loaded with sugar, it has been a great holiday. For the most part, I thought I was doing pretty good diet-wise. Being off work all week allowed me to ride my bike almost everyday. As a result, I was able to pedal over 50 miles!

Yesterday, mom and I drove to Livingston to meet a friend for lunch. We hadn't seen her in over a year and it was great to catch up. We ate at a place called Shrimp Boat Manny's. The food was great. I only wish I hadn't chosen the fried catfish. It was awesome, but since I don't eat like "that" anymore, my gut was not happy. Today, I felt like I had a hangover. My head hurt, my mouth was dry, and my joints ached. When will I ever learn?

I'm feeling much better tonight. I've had lots of water and I'm back to eating clean. My bike ride today was great. Tomorrow, is another day. All is not lost. I'm not stepping on the scale until Tuesday, though. I'm afraid of what it'll say, so not knowing is better for now, lol. Whatever, I don't need the scale to tell me I abused my body.

Have a great week and don't forget to drink your water!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Day of Thanksgiving

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today, I am thankful to spend time with family and friends.
To enjoy food and not feel as though I have no control over what I choose to eat today.

To all my American friends, and to those outside the US, I hope you had the kind of day that put a smile on your face and warm fuzzies in your heart.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pants that Fit

Need motivation to keep chasing that healthy number on the scale? Buy some pants that fit. I mean REALLY fit, and wear them all day. Today, I wore my new pants that fit, and after a few hours I realized why I hadn't bought any new pants in awhile. My other pants were all baggy and loose and everyday that they got baggier, the happier I got. Baggy pants means all the riding, dieting, and passing up desserts is paying off.

These new pants fit like a glove and my bum isn't used to that anymore. The tight fit is a good reminder that I am not where I want to be yet. I don't want to get too comfortable and forget my goal of getting healthy and being the person I see myself being. I feel so much better now that I've lost 55 lbs and am excited to see the next 55 lbs bite the dust.

Take care, and drink that water!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekend Update + Sunday Snapshots

I have fallen by the blogging wayside. Thank you to all for missing me. I have been checking on most of you. So even if I didn't leave a comment, I tried to keep up with you. Last week and this week I haven't felt like I had much to say. I've been overwhelmed by some events over the last few weeks that don't even involve me. But sometimes when things happen to people that you hold dear, it's like you feel their pain and so it indirectly affects you. Does that make sense? My heart has been heavy for some of my coworkers. One lost their dad after a long illness. One lost a son due to an act of violence. One made a very bad mistake that has changed his life forever. When I think of the pain and grief these people are facing, my weightloss battle seems so trivial. I just didn't want to blab on about dieting or anything else.

That doesn't mean I haven't been dieting, I have. And, I've now lost a total of 55 lbs! WooHoo! It's just coming off so slowly. But this time around it doesn't seem to bother me how slow, just so long as it comes off. I've been riding my bike and today I got on my son's elliptical trainer and did half a mile. Now, that thing'll kill ya. I think I'll incorporate that into my weekly routine on days when it's too cold or rainy (the cold part still not a problem here in H-town, dammit).

Went shopping yesterday for some new pants. My size 22's have been really baggy in the seat (yay!) so I felt it was time for some pants that fit. I don't want to invest too much in new clothes right now so a 50% off sale got me three new pairs of nice fitting pants (size 20W) to wear for awhile. Most of the 1X tops are too big in the store where I was shopping! Of course, this shop is for plus sized girls so they are more generous with the fabric so in other stores a 1X might be just right. But it was nice to try on something that a few months ago was too tight and now is too big.  I also had to get a sweater that called my name when I walked in the store. I feel very Cindy Crawford-ish in it with my new brown slacks, lol. Well, I can dream, can't I?

Now for some snapshots! This first picture is of my make-shift pantry. Karen wanted a peek! It's not much, but it's making life in the kitchen much easier.

These next pics are for Roxie. I thought of you when I rode past this beauty!

The guy that took my picture put his finger over the lense. My iPhone made him nervous!

November Sunset

Love you guys! Have a great week and be good to yourself. And don't forget to drink your water! I'm just sayin'!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday Snapshots - Belated Happy Halloween!

I spent all day yesterday "creating" a pantry in my kitchen. My house was built in '57, which is a very good year, mind you, but back then they must not have needed a pantry since my house doesn't have one. So, I took my little "breakfast area" and made my own pantry. It's nothing showy, just a couple of wire shelf units. But, it is nice to have a place for things where they can be seen instead of crammed into a dark cabinet that is much deeper than anyone would ever need.

We didn't do trick or treat at our house this year. There are not many kids on the block anymore. When my son was young we always had such fun. I am glad that we didn't have candy in the house, though. No temptation there. Since I've been back to eating clean and avoiding bready stuff the weight is coming off again. (well, last week I had 2 mini tootsie rolls, what can I say, I needed chocolate and they are only 11 cals each)

Had a great bike ride today. Cool, crisp, Texas Fall weather! Awesome.

Sunset on the Mediterranean Sea

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Make it a good week!