Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Good Things About Weight Loss, Part II

One of my co-workers went to Baltimore last week, and brought back little gifts for all of us. Mine was this cute, tiny bracelet - honestly, when she handed it to me, I thought she had bought a child's size by mistake. But I put my game face on, smiled, thanked her and tried it on - and what do you know? It fit! Color me shocked!
The tiny bracelet in question

Please ignore the vein-y hands and focus on the tiny bracelet

I am so used to not being able to just buy an "off-the-rack" necklace - most of them come with a 16" chain, which was too small for my neck. Same for bracelets - like this, the stretchy ones might fit on my wrist, but there would be a lot of elastic showing. I guess my jewelry-wearing body parts have shrunk down to normal size. Funny how those NSV's pop up in the strangest places! Can't wait to pair this bracelet with my orange cardigan - yes, I will be stylin'!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Awww, My First Award!

Thanks to Kelly over at Happy Texans (love the name!) for my first ever blog award! I have to list seven things that I love and then pass it along to seven other bloggers.

So, what I love (yes, this is really random):
  1. My boys (husband and sons)
  2. Paco the Wonder Dog
  3. The Interwebs
  4. Comedies
  5. My public library
  6. Chocolate (my first true love, haha)
  7. Shopping for normal-sized clothes!
And now I would like to pass this award on to seven bloggers whom I adore:

  1. Lynn from Lynn's Weigh
  2. Carla from MizFit
  3. Biz from Biggest Diabetic Loser
  4. Charlie from Back to the Fridge
  5. Lori from Finding Radiance
  6. Jen from Prior Fat Girl
  7. Slackey from One twenty-something's journey to get fit

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Random Insanity...

Just bits, here and there.

Yesterday I got a great reminder of why I track my calories. I ate my usual breakfast and had a late lunch of a Lean Cuisine French bread pepperoni pizza (and hey, when did the calories go from 290 to 330 on them?), and spent a couple of hours doing laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen.

While I was in the kitchen, I found a can of garbanzo beans (or chick peas, if you prefer) in my cupboard and decided to roast them, ala Lyn. Which is something I've been meaning to try ever since she posted the recipe, but I had held off because I kinda had a sneaking suspicion that I would end up eating the entire batch. You know where this is going, right? Yeah, so an hour later, I was done with all of the housework and had settled down on the couch with my dog, a book, a nice glass of iced tea and a little dish of the roasted garbanzos. Which I kept refilling. Now, honestly, the entire can does not make that much, as they shrink after being roasted. But I had seasoned them with sea salt and red pepper, and that apparently was a winning combination to my taste buds! I figured oh well, I'll just count this for my dinner and call it a day.

Cut to about four hours later and guess what? I was hungry. I tossed around ideas in my mind as to what I could eat and satisfy my stomach without going waaaay over my 1,200 calories for the day. I finally logged onto myfitnesspal.com, added in what I was thinking of eating and guess what? I was only at 1,347 calories! If I hadn't been keeping track, I could have gone one of two ways: Either not eaten anything, and been miserable all night, or I could have gone with the ever-popular "I've blown it now, might as well eat whatever I want" attitude. But since I was able to see the actual calorie tally, I was brought back to sanity and fed my body what it needed.

Lessons learned:
  1. I should listen to my inner self; I knew a salty, crunchy snack would be bad news for me.
  2. Don't give up the day just because you make one bad food choice.
  3. Tracking calories really does help me.

And here's another example of my crazy mind: I woke up this morning having dreamed I was somewhere with a friend, trying to figure out the calorie count of a dessert made with strawberries and ice cream. Argh!!! Let me sleep in peace!!!

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Friday, March 27, 2009

My Evolution of Yogurt

When I started this journey, the only yogurt I would eat was Yoplait Light - Harvest Peach and Very Cherry were my favorites. At the time, I was only paying attention to calorie totals, not WHAT was in those calories. And that was fine for me - let's face it: going from all that crap I was eating to Yoplait yogurt was a huge improvement. I even added in a tablespoon of Grape Nuts and felt positively virtuous in what I was eating!

Then, as I read more and more blogs, I started seeing the words "Greek yogurt" and more specifically, "Fage" bandied about. But it was plain...as in that sour, yucky taste that I tried once a looooong time ago and instantly disliked. So I figured that I would just have to miss out on the Greek yogurt revolution. However, hearing that so many people absolutely LOVED the stuff, and getting a little more interested in the actual content of my calories, I finally decided to give Fage a try.

And I did not fall instantly in love with it.

But I made it tolerable with a tablespoon of strawberry jam. I rationalized that I was getting more bang for my caloric buck this way because of the high protein and low carbohydrate count in the Fage. So even though I was adding some sugar via the jam, it was still better for me because it was just sugar as opposed to the high fructose corn syrup that I discovered Yoplait was using (reading more than just the calorie count...it's a good thing).

Then I discovered Kashi Golean Crunch cereals - yummy crunchy goodness with some good fiber and protein - added that to my yogurt and I was in heaven! Man, I was eating good! The plain Fage was growing on me, although I was still adding the jam at this point.

Of course, in my reading, I began to hear about the "super foods" - and blueberries were at the top of the list (possibly because it was alphabetical, but stay with me, folks). So I bit the bullet and actually bought a little container of blueberries one day. After it sat in the fridge for a few days, mocking me each time I reached for a Fage and the jam, I finally got brave enough to throw them in the yogurt AND I LIKED IT! What?!? I was eating plain non-fat yogurt with fresh fruit?!? Who was this person?!?

Now I've been dipping sliced strawberries into my Fage and then dipping the yogurt-coated berries into my Kashi cereal. AND I LOVE IT! If you would have told me last summer that I would be eating plain yogurt I would have laughed in your face. But apparently tastes CAN change, and through that, a healthier, cleaner way of eating is slowly evolving for me.

I wonder what will be next?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday Workout Update And More!

I made it through my seventh week of workouts - I tell you what, Linda had us doing some crazy things Monday and Tuesday...like placing two steppers face-to-face, and having me and another woman not only step, but toss a weighted squishy ball back and forth. Wild, eh? I think she does this to distract us from focusing on how long we are on the stepper (or to strengthen our core muscles, but I'm going with the former). One thing I really like about Linda is that she seems to sense when I'm about to give up and that's when she leans in close to me and says "I know you can do this" and of course I manage to power on, because she said I could do it. It works for me, and this is just another reason why this 12-week workout has been so good for me - because I would totally quit way earlier than necessary otherwise.

Today I did a ton of arm exercises in the gym, and boy am I feeling them! I had planned to vacuum my house this afternoon, but blew that chore off because my arms felt like limp noodles. Well that, and you know...the laziness factor!

So we finally took measurements today - I've lost over 5 1/2 inches total (neck, chest, waist, hip), but the most amazing thing is that I've lost three, count 'em, three inches from my waist!!! That blew my mind! Oh, and I'm down nine pounds since I started the workouts (woot!) which puts me at a total of 70 pounds lost! I've said it before and I'll say it again...a healthy diet AND exercise works.

Onward and downward!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Something I Never Thought I Would Worry About...

But I think I'm eating too much fruit. I know, what a dumb thing to worry about! A year ago I might have worried about eating too much Taco Bell, but fruit?!? Hah! That was not a problem. I probably ate fruit once a month. Seriously. But lately, I've been on a huge fresh fruit kick, and I do worry that I'm getting too much sugar, which converts to extra carbs and therefore fat, in my body.

Before you think I'm crazy (crazier is probably closer to the truth), here's where I'm coming from: Last summer, while I was doing the NutriMed 420 protein shakes, I started eating a bit of fruit (specifically pineapple and grapes) that we had at work, and mentioned it to my doctor, who advised me to NOT eat "any fruit that you can squeeze and get juice running down your arm" because of the above mentioned sugar/carb/fat dealie. So I didn't have any fruit until maybe December (?) and that was just an apple (because god knows *I* certainly can't squeeze any juice out of one). And then I got hooked on apples and started having one every evening. Well, we all know that apples are the gateway fruit, which led me to blueberries, and then Cuties (clementines), and then strawberries...and last week I had the mother of all juicy fruits, cantaloupe! And damned if it wasn't good!

But now I'm wondering if I might be pressing my luck with all of this fruit. For example, today I had half of an apple before I worked out, then my faux McMuffin afterward, then three Cuties around 1:30 pm, and then a late lunch (around 3:30 pm) of three cups of fresh strawberries with Fage 0% yogurt and Kashi Golean Crunch cereal (fork a strawberry, dip into the yogurt, then dip into the cereal - YUM!). My (late) dinner was a Gardenburger on a 100 calorie English muffin w/some lettuce, tomato and mustard. I actually wasn't very hungry for dinner - I had planned on roasting some asparagus, but decided to hold off.

So what do you think, dear readers? Too much fruit? I have another cantaloupe sitting on my kitchen counter and a huge container of strawberries in the fridge. Dare I press my luck by continuing to eat several servings of this fruity goodness each day? Or should I rein it in - and if so, by how much?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Shock and Awe!

In rushing to get dressed for work, I accidentally grabbed the wrong pair of jeans this morning - jeans that are probably five or six years old, but brand new (with tags!). Jeans that I bought the last time I tried to lose weight. Jeans that were on clearance for something like $9. Jeans that were nowhere near fitting back then, but hey, I had hope. Jeans that have NO SPANDEX, and therefore, no give, in them. Jeans that are a size 14. Jeans that were skintight and unzippable a few weeks ago when I checked to see if I could wear them. And holy cow, jeans that fit me today!!!!! So I did what any sane person would do - I grabbed my camera and had my son Max, who is home on Spring Break, document THE JEANS.

Paired with my cute new top in my favorite colors!

On the left, Kip had to get into the picture, and...
On the right, it was Paco's turn!

Henry watched from the safety of the garage window!

And in case you were wondering, these are not the jeans that were featured in this post (which I am shocked to say are already a little loose). I know I'm repeating myself, but I'll say it again: exercise and eating healthy works. It's not magic, and it's not quick, but the weight is coming off.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ode To The Faux Egg McMuffin

Oh faux egg mcmuffin,
How I do love thee,
After a hard workout,

All right, obviously I'm no poet...but the sentiment is there! Confession time: I love McDonalds Egg McMuffins - the perfect combination of egg, Canadian bacon, cheese, English muffin and grease...bliss! Unfortunately, because they are around 300 calories each (and 12 grams of fat), AND because they come with the super delicious hash brown, which is 150 calories (and 9 grams of fat), I haven't had one in a long, long time. Yes, I know you *could* order just the McMuffin, but the Value Meal is such a bargain...and that is my downfall. Because although I could occasionally work the McMuffin into my daily calorie plan, I can't fit that hash brown in. And I can't not eat the hash brown. (Though to be real, it would probably make me sicker than a dog to eat that much grease now that I've eaten clean for so long). So long story short, I've been missing the McMuffin!

Luckily for my taste buds, I bought Hungry Girl's cookbook and what do you know...there's a recipe for a healthier version of the McMuffin in it! And it's good! Now, most days I eat my Fage 0% plain yogurt with fresh fruit and Kashi Golean Crunch cereal for breakfast, but on the mornings that I work out, the Faux McMuffin has been my go-to meal after I'm done. This baby comes in around 175 calories, is low in fat and high in protein - perfect to feed my starving (or so it feels) body!

I keep meaning to buy a biscuit cutter so that my ham and cheese will be round and fit nicer in the English muffin, but so far the only one I've seen was at Target and was over $3, which seemed a little ridiculous considering what I want it for. I really should check out one of the many dollar stores in my town. And yes, I am that much of a cheapskate, lol!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Yet Another Workout Story!

I've been meaning to write about this - it happened a couple of weeks ago, but I keep getting "exercise-induced amnesia" after my workouts and I forget about it. Does this happen to anybody else? I think it's my mind's way of protecting me...like if I think about what I just did, it would be too much for my brain to wrap around. Anyway, I digress. So here's the story:

One thing I did on a Wednesday workout was to walk on the treadmill at an incline of 12 while wearing a 20-pound weighted vest, thanks to Will's evil scheming. I swear, he gets a glint in his eyes as he comes up with our torture exercise. Anyway, it was tough! And later, when I had time to think, I realized that I used to carry the equivalent of more than THREE of those 20-pound vests with me all the time. Now, I can't imagine wearing three-plus 20-pound weight vests, yet I used to do that ALL THE TIME. No wonder I was so sedentary! It's darn hard to get moving with that much extra weight.

I need to remember this, and also give myself a pat on the back for improving my life by losing weight. It's come off over such a relatively long period of time that I've forgotten how heavy I was. But just as an alcoholic should never forget their last drunk, I should never forget how big I was. Otherwise, I might let the weight creep back on. And that, my friends, is unacceptable to me.

Oh, and no measurements this week...apparently you should take them before you work out (as opposed to right after) because your muscles temporarily swell from the exercise. So we'll have to remember to do them next week. That's all right, though - my clothes are looser, so I know things are shrinking.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A First For Me...

I feel like I've "made" it in the blog world...I have been asked to review something! How fun is this?!? I've been reading other blogger's product reviews for quite a while now, and have wondered if I would ever get that email - you know, the one offering to send you something for your opinion. Well, dumb me - I didn't have my email address listed in my profile. Once I listed it, I quickly began receiving offers for product reviews! So let the fun begin:

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice!

How cute are these bottles?!?

I have to confess that I tried this juice a couple of months ago and LOVED it. Remember when I discovered pomegranates? Well, turns out I found them kind of late in their very short season, and before I was ready, they disappeared from the grocery stores! So I was happy to find POM Wonderful juice and incorporate it into my diet. I normally don't like to drink my calories, but I do make an exception for POM because of all the health benefits - specifically, antioxidants. POM also is great for cardiovascular and prostrate health, as well as other, um...functions. Go here to read more about that.

There are lots of fun POM recipes here, and I plan on making the POM & Balsamic-Glazed Chicken soon. Yum! So thanks, POM Wonderful Juice people, for your great juice AND for giving me something for my first-ever review!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mixing Things Up A Bit

For quite a while, I've been keeping my calorie intake right around 1,000 per day, with the occasional foray into the 1,200 - 1,400 range. I know that several of my readers do not think that 1,000 is enough; however, it's worked ok for me. But in the last few weeks, I have been starving! Gee, could that have something to do with my workouts? (Quick answer: Of course!)

Anyway, after a few absolutely miserable stomach-growling days (and nights), I decided to up my intake to 1,200/day. I'm telling you, I instantly felt so much better! Basically what I did was to have another Fage Greek yogurt in the evening, usually around 8:30 - 9:00 pm, with about a half cup of Kashi Golean Crunch cereal, and some fresh fruit - this week, it's either been blueberries or strawberries. I've been sleeping better as well, and I swear, I feel thinner.

We shall see if the thinner feeling holds true, as this week marks the half-way point of my 12-week workout, and we will retake measurements and weight. Not sure which day we will do this (Mon. or Wed.), but I'll let you know the results. I'm cautiously optimistic...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Food For A Damn Long Day...

I am lucky enough to only work 3 days and one evening a week - I share my job with another woman who also does not want to work full-time. Thursdays are my long days. I'm at work from 9 am to 6 pm, run home for a quick Lean Cuisine dinner, and then I'm off to a weekly meeting. I finally make it home around 9 pm - whew! Because I'm paid by the hour, I rarely take off for lunch. For that reason, I have to have healthy, easy food available for my work days. Which entails grocery shopping by Wednesday, and putting servings of said food into containers to make the morning "grab and go" as simple and quick as possible.

I thought I'd share what I've brought for Thursday...

I totally feel like Biz and Kath with this picture...of course, I do not possess the mad photography skills that they do, but you get the idea.

Breakfast: Fage 0% Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries, Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal. I love this combo! Here's my Biz imitation (love her!)...breakfast comes in at 340 calories, with 4 grams of fat, 55 grams of carbs and 25 grams of protein.

Lunch: 1 Cup of Pacific Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup, 4 Kashi TLC Roasted Garlic & Thyme Party Crackers, 2 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Wedges. Lunch comes in at 310 calories, with 11 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbs and 13 grams of protein. Plus there will be another cup of soup for Friday's lunch - that carton will go into the fridge at work.

Snack: 3 Cuties (clementines) - Lyn turned me on to these! And a Fuze if I want it. Snack (with Fuze) comes in at 130 calories, with 1 gram of fat, 28 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

I also make a pitcher of unsweetened iced tea at work and usually finish it off by end of day on Friday.

I cram everything into my cute Built neoprene bag ($7.99 at TJ Maxx, what a bargain!) - it stretches, which is quite helpful, considering the amount of food I'm putting in it.

I have to give props to Biz, who posts pictures of her meals with nutrition information every day - I never realized how much detail and typing that entailed until this post! I'm spent!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Workouts, Ai-Yi-Yi!

Yeahhhhhhhh, so just when I make a post about how much I'm enjoying my workouts, today's kicked my butt nine ways to Sunday. I suspect it probably had more to do with the intense workout I had on Tuesday at 4:00 pm, followed by an equally intense (but different!) workout this morning at 8:00 am.

What was I thinking, doing this three days in a row?!?

Oh. That I wanted to get into shape. Sigh.

Schwarzenegger/I'll be back./end Schwarzenegger

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Question Answered...

Instead of leaving a loooong reply to a comment, I thought I'd just make a post out of it. FYI, if anyone has anything you'd like for me to go into further detail on regarding my diet/exercise/meaning of life (don't expect much on that one - I'm not a deep thinker!), leave me a comment or send me an email at 40somethingsjourney@gmail.com.

Daisee asks “So Shelley how did you begin to work out? What was your first step toward change? I need to make that first step and I am kind of afraid.”

As to these workouts, last August/September I started thinking about doing a women's "boot camp" type of workout that is really popular in my area. Problem was, it was held outdoors, while it was still so humid (which is most of the time here in South Texas), and it started at 5:30 a.m.!!! I knew that I would end up hitting snooze on my alarm too many times and eventually miss the class, so I didn't set myself up for failure. (OK, I'm lazy. And I’m not a morning person. But mostly lazy). However, I could see that I did need someone to be accountable to…because even though I’d been doing step aerobics on my Wii Fit, the disappointment, disapproval and yes, betrayal (Seriously. I swear my Wii Fit takes a “tone” with me!) it showed when I missed a day had stopped bothering me.

I had heard good things about the place that I’m now working out at – they did hour-long sessions, broken up into cardio and strength training. Very small groups and best of all, INDOORS! They were having a contest where someone would win a 12-week session, and I entered it. Long story short – I didn’t win, but they did offer me a discount if I wanted to do the next 12-week session, and I finally decided to go for it.

Now don’t get me wrong – I was nervous about the workouts, because I have never belonged to a gym, never been on a treadmill or other machines, and quite frankly, didn’t think I could keep up. But the trainers (Brad, Linda and Will) were really nice and eased me into everything, although it didn’t feel like it at the time. Let me just tell you, I was dying. It hurt every time I sat down, and every time I stood back up. Oy! But after four days, I felt ok. And although Brad is constantly switching up my strength workouts, I've never been that sore again.

Here's the kicker: I enjoy going to the workouts - the trainers are great and my "classmates" (for want of a better word) are fun and supportive. In four weeks, I've noticed a difference in the way my clothes are fitting and more importantly, how I feel. Which, btw, is GREAT! So my advice is to find something that you are pretty sure you can commit to, and jump in with both feet! Seriously, what have you got to lose...but inches, body fat and a negative body-image?

Monday, March 9, 2009

For My Fellow Flabby-Armed Friends...

Ladies, are you embarrassed by your "batwings?" When you wave goodbye, do your arms keep waving long after the person is gone? Well, I am happy to tell you that help is on the way...Kohls is now carrying "elbow length sleeves" in many of their tops! We can now contain our upper arms and still look stylish, without sweating to death while wearing a 3/4 sleeve in the middle of summer (please tell me I'm not the only one who has done this)!

Check out these cute tops:

My favorite color!

Love this one, too!

Does this mean that clothing designers have finally realized that not everybody has perfect upper arms anymore? I'm sure that other stores are probably carrying "elbow length sleeves" as well - I just happened to notice these in the Sunday Kohls ad in my newspaper. Any case, I'm glad to see them. Believe me, I need this style! Maybe someday, when I lose all the weight I need, and with the strength-training workouts, my arms might be short-sleeve ready (I don't even dare hope for sleeveless), but in the meantime, woohoo...I'll be checking out Kohls very soon!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Workout Update and An Epiphany

"The more I get invested in working out, the less I'm interested in an actual number on the scale." I left this as part of my comments on Lori's blog last week, and as I wrote it, I had an epiphany.

Let me explain. After four weeks of workouts, I can feel some muscle definition, albeit through a layer of fat, but hey, it's there! And I'm getting stronger. Case in point...I did the plank hold for 30 seconds my first week, 35 seconds my second week and one full minute my third week. When I questioned Brad on the one minute (as in..."Are you crazy? I can't almost double my time!"), he said very matter-of-fact "Yes you can - you're stronger now." So I did it. In fact, just about everything that Brad or Linda or Will have asked me to do I've inwardly thought "I can't do that" but I've tried and yes, have been successful!

Now, my form is not always pretty - when Linda finally made me stop holding onto the side rails while walking on the treadmill, I was weaving like a drunk - but I've made peace with the klutz that I am. And I'm not worried anymore about how I look. Hey, I'm working out! And if you knew the old me, you would realize just how amazing this is.

I feel good...I'm over the massive soreness and now am just experiencing regular soreness (woot!). I've even added a third day of workouts, which makes me feel like Superwoman! My clothes are really loose (hence the new jeans) and I'm enjoying my days - I have absolutely no guilt anymore about sitting on the couch and reading a book - after all, I've worked out! Mary Lou (my platform) is staying in my closet, and I just don't have a lot of interest in hearing what she has to say right now, however pleasant she may be. I'm seeing the results of my hard work, and that's enough for me.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Anybody Else Get This Email?

My name is Matt Vafiadis and I am a producer for DCTV. I'm working with Lifetime Television on a new pilot series that's going to help one 30 or 40 something couple turn their life around. Your blog is great and I was wondering if you would be so kind as to post our casting notice that I've attached. I see your based in the south but our couple has to be LA based. Please let me know if you have any questions.
I downloaded the casting notice just for kicks. They want a couple who "seem to fight more than laugh" - where were these guys 10 years ago when we really did fight a lot? I'm pretty sure we remember how...we could start fighting for the show. We have to be L.A. based - we could move there. Of course, we wouldn't have jobs, but still...it would get us on TV! Wait, we are supposed to be "super dynamic" - I think we are just "regular dynamic" so not sure we would be acceptable.

What's in it for us? A relationship expert/therapist, the "best" personal trainers/nutritionists, free workouts with experts every day. Hold on a sec...where is the big money payout? You want me to expose my innermost feelings and flab to a national television audience with no cash reward?!? Oh I don't think so.

Anyway, this probably isn't what Matt had in mind when he asked me to post the casting call...but IF you live in the L.A. area, DO fight more than laugh, and ARE super-dynamic, then leave me a comment with your email and I'll forward the notice to you.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Prepare Yourself...It's The Jeans Story!

First off though, y'all are so nice. Thank you for such sweet comments on my previous post. You really made my day. And I would love to meet all of you for coffee someday!

And now onto the jeans story...which ties in to my workouts (have I mentioned I'm on week 4?!?) and my diet. Even though I have been eating most days around 1,000 to 1,100 calories AND working out, the scale (actually, platform) has not been my friend. In fact, she's been banished to my closet for not telling me what I want to hear. Sorry, but I've only lost a tiny, tiny bit since I started working out. And in my mind, that just.isn't.right. So...combine virtually no weight loss and feeling fat as a cow, and you end up with Shelley in a grumpy mood by the end of last week.

And then it hit me as to WHY I was feeling so fat...I realized that I was practically swimming in my jeans. The fabric in the legs were flapping around me as I walked! Now, I am not one of those people who like to wear their old, oversized clothes when they lose weight...I want to look the size that I am, whatever that may be. Jeans are the one clothing item that you can get away with wearing for quite a while with a weight loss, because you just wash them in hot water, dry them and voila - shrunk enough to wear another day. And even though I haven't lost much weight (yes, I dragged Mary Lou out of the closet and checked), I obviously have lost inches and firmed up.

I feel the need to sing this from the roof top: I HAVE LOST INCHES...AND IT'S NOTICEABLE!!!! Seriously, I've never felt a difference like this, even while losing 60 plus pounds. What do you know - serious exercise WORKS!

So of course I went out and bought a new pair of jeans and tossed my old pairs into my Goodwill bag. And I have to say that I feel awesome in them! It's amazing how one small purchase can turn my entire attitude around. But it did. So thank you, Gloria Vanderbilt!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

I'm Back...

I apologize for not posting much lately...I think I was just mentally worn out. But things are better - the sun is shining, the sky is blue (although it's rather cold), my kids are doing ok and we are moving ahead.

Interestingly, with all of last week's stress, I didn't find myself overeating. Now that's not to say that I didn't think about food - brownies, especially - but I guess I realized that overeating wouldn't make it better. And I probably would have felt worse, physically. So there's that. I also kept up with my workouts. Again, not going wouldn't have helped anything. Old me would NOT have behaved this way, I assure you! I guess healthy eating and exercise really are becoming more and more like *gulp* habits for me. Who would've guessed it?

I'll post more this week. I have a new jeans story that I know y'all just can't wait to hear about! (Yes, I must be feeling good as my sarcasm is coming back!)