Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesdays Gone... :)

Today was one of those days that everything seems to fall into place. I woke up early and did some new arm workouts from fitness magazine. I got two loads of laundry folded, did all the dirty dishes, made a great breakfast, and made my lunch for the day. Work was great, like really great. I did a new aerobics class after work called "Group Active" and LOOOOVED it. I came home to my wonderful husband, made a great dinner, and went grocery shopping with him. Everything I did was so ordinary yet I was able to find so many extraordinary blessings in this day.

I am so thankful for the ability to be a morning person and the fact that I can wake up early and get so much done. I am thankful for my in-house washer and dryer so I can fold laundry in my skivvies :) I am so thankful for my funtionality and the ability to exercise. I am so blessed to be able to buy groceries and the willingness to work hard to plan ahead to eat healthy. I am most of all thankful for my husband. He is my rock my, my future, my best friend, and my life.

I am also thankful that I finally thought to document my food intake in pictures :)

My breakfast. Whole wheat english muffin, 2 tablespoons light cream cheese, 4 slices of tomatoe

My lunch that I made this morning. A lean turkey burger over a bed of lettuce. I chopped mango's over top and put 1 tbsp of organic poppy seed dressing on top.

For a snack this afternoon I had baby carrots and hummus

Dinner was a Bocca vegan burger with a small amount of melted bleu cheese topped with lettuce and tomatoe.

I hope everyon has a great day :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Weigh In Wednesday

Well today is Weigh In Wednesday and I stepped up to the scale to take credit for everything I did (or didnt) do this week! My weight this morning was 161.8, which is up just a tad from last week. No worries though :) I did everything right last week, exercised and ate right, but the scale just did not budge. I am going to try a few new group fitness classes this week and see if shaking up my routine will help at all :)

Todays Food:

Breakfast (pre workout)
1 large peach
1 piece dry rye toast

Breakfast (post workout)
1 cup Basic 4 Cereal
.5 cup vanilla soy milk

Favorite salad ever! (will post on this soon)

1 large red peper cut into strips
2 Tbsp Sabra Roasted red pepper humus. If anyone has not tried this you NEED to! Its really amazing!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A little pink dress...

Last year I bought I dress to wear on the day I graduated from college. It was big with eyelit flowers on it. It fell just above my knees. And it was a size 10. Now, at this point in my life my body was much larger. Due to countless wing nights and late nights of drinking calorie fueled beer I had ballooned to nearly 185 lbs and was really a size 12-14. I was in denial as well. How could these fun nights spent with my best friends, resulting in countless amazing memories, also have this kind of affect on my body? I continued to squeeze into everything that was a size 10. Refusing to go any higher.

So, back to this dress. I bought it for graduation. My graduation day from Bucknell was one of the saddest of my life. I was leaving the place I had called home for the last 4 years. The place where I met and fell in love with my amazing husband and made lifelong friendships. I had countless memories and "growing" experiences" here that I was not yet ready to leave. It rained on our graduation day and the water soaked through my graduation goan to the tight fabic from of this too-tight dress. The pink fabric stained my skin and clung to my body. It itched in an increasingly uncomfortable way. This was a constant reminder of what had happened to my body. The rolls and ripples that covered my stomach, theighs, butt, and back were all of a sudden so real to me. I knew I had to do something.

Today I put on that same dress to wear while running errands with my beloved husband. To my great surprise the dress hung losley off of my body. It zipped so easily and was so loose around my chest. I remembered struggling to zip it up the day I bought it and how shallow my breathing had to be while wearing it because of how tight it was around my ribs.

This dress is really a symbol of how far I've come since then. I have stripped myself of much of the excess weight and along with it my fear of actually following my dreams. I have stripped myself of the unforgiving job I was going to everyday and finally found an industry that I am not only passionate about but that I have a gift for.

Things are good. And it took putting on a little pink dress for me to truly realize how far I have come.

In the dress at my grad party.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Today's Food and Workout


2 Kashi Strawberry Flax frozen waffles
1/2 Weight Watchers individual cream cheese packet
1 banana on top of waffles


Lean Cuisine
Giner Garlic stirfry

Baby carrots
Sabra Roasted Red Paper Hummus (OMG. I could live on this stuff)

TBD. Maybe hubby will have made something when I get home?!?

1 mile warm up
4 mile tempo run
1 mile cool down

Where have I been?!?!?

Hey blog world...

So we have been in the process of moving to a new apartment. With that comes little time to blog! Plus, I had NO internet for a little while! But I am back and better than ever :)

So what new...

The new job is amazing. I love it. I am a wellness program coordinator with Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness. I get to help people who are on the same weight loss journey as me! I feel amazing at the end of the day because I know I did SOMETHING to help the people I came in contact with. My hubby starts his new job soon too. So my job + his job + new apartment that we LOVE = a happy young married couple :) I finally feel like we are really getting things together after a few months of a brief hiatus. Life is moving right along and I am loving it :) I'll definately post new pics of the apartment soon :)

The weight loss and half marathon training have been going well. I weighed in today at 161.8 lbs. I was VERY happy. I had gained a few pounds during the move and while getting into a new routine with a new job. I have been VERY good at watching my food intake and adjusting it with my exercise level the last few weeks. It feels so good to do that again! I had forgoten how great it feels to eat right, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water. Amazing!

I have just over a week until my friends wedding and I am SO excited! Her shower is this weekend and I could not be more thrilled for her. I am happy to say that the dress fits much better than it did a few weeks ago!!!

Have a lovely day everyout out there in blog world!!