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Shoeper Challenge 26 of 60 (rsvp)

Well, here’s another pair of shoes saved in Shoeperwoman’s shoe challenge.  And I apologize that this picture’s almost a week old now.  I wore these shoes on Sunday June 5 to celebrate my niece’s HS graduation.  The school colors are red & white, so OF COURSE I had to wear red shoes, right?

But, while normally red shoes make me (very) happy, today I write in sadness.  Because as much as I’ve come to love (all) my heels, I can’t wear them for awhile.  As a result of trying to take up running to aid my weight loss efforts, which I was also REALLY enjoying (go figure!), I ended up with Achilles tendinitis in my right leg.  It’s been sore for many weeks now, and I have been avoiding running for fear of making it worse.  This week, I finally found time to get it checked by a doctor, who delivered the expected bad news.

To treat this condition, I have to take Rx strength Advil for a week.  I’m also supposed to stick with flat shoes, and add an arch support insole, because I’m nearly flat-footed, and the nurse practitioner thought that might have also contributed to my Achilles problem.  So, no more heels for awhile, which makes me sad now that it’s FINALLY pretty shoe season.

Last but not least, I’m embarrassed to let you know I’ve also gained back some of the weight I’d lost.  When I weighed myself the day after this picture was taken, I had re-gained 7 lb. from my lowest recent weight.  I’ve recommitted to my efforts & goals though, and even decided to join a “Biggest Loser” style weight-loss pool.  So my current stats from last summer are that I’m down 14 lb., with 40 lb. to go.

I’ve had a great week of eating more dairy, fruits & veggies, and drinking more water though, so I’m eager to see if the scale rewards me tomorrow.  I’ll keep you posted, and try to get back to regular Saturday updates.


Easter rain shower

After a lovely, warm, sunny morning, THIS is what we got around 5:00 in the afternoon.  Bummer.  It’s not raining hard though, and it’s still a pretty cool looking sky with the gray & white clouds blending together like this.

*p.s.  I lost 1/2 lb. in my Saturday weigh-in this week.  Down 20.5 lb., 33.5 to go.

See-Saw weight loss

Good Times! Right?

When I weighed in yesterday, I had gained 1.5 lb. from last week, putting the new total at 18.5 lb. lost, with 35.5 lb. to go.

Because I’m insane and like to play headgames with myself though, I weighed again today, and had lost that 1.5 lb., despite eating a thanksgiving-style dinner last night, AND a slice of decadent chocolate birthday cake.  Huh?  How does that happen?  It’s a mystery to me.  But, it puts me back at 20 lb. lost, with 34 lb. to go, so I think I’ll take it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if eating a Thanksgiving dinner every day would just MELT the pounds away?  I think so.

*Oh, and my 2-mile run yesterday might have helped too, but it’s much less practical to do THAT every day, even though I’ll admit I kind of enjoy it.  You know, a little.  It’s not as good as a fresh pedicure or a trip to Vegas or anything, but it’s still better than going to the dentist (which I’m not afraid of or anything, but let’s face it, going to the dentist is never truly enjoyable).  😉

Ack! Another belated post (Saturday 3/19/11)

It’s a good thing I’m playing catch-up, I guess, because I didn’t even realize that I never posted a weigh-in update on Saturday Mar. 19.  It was good news too.  I lost 1 pound, which brought the current total to 19 lb. lost, 35 to go.  I’m sure none of you were just DYING to know my result, but I promised in July to post weekly updates, so weekly updates will be posted.

In the future, I’ll try to post them in a more timely manner.  <blush>

So glad I didn’t quit last week

Because I lost 1 lb. this week.  I need to keep this momentum, but seeing this loss should help keep me motivated.  It’s especially encouraging to know that I can keep losing, even in weeks I don’t exercise, by really being careful and conscious about what I eat.

This is especially important because when I do find time to exercise, it’s usually around 5:00 or 5:30 a.m., which is really not a pleasant hour to be waking up at all, but sometimes you just do what you have to do.  This week being Daylight Savings Time though, is probably one of THE hardest weeks in the year to accomplish this goal.  Those short days in the dead of winter are no picnic either, but at least they sneak up on you kind of gradually.  Springing the clocks ahead makes it feel like TORTURE for me to wake up, when it feels an hour earlier.

That’s because I’m VERY slow to adjust when the clocks spring forward.  Most people adjust on Sunday, and they’re fine on Monday or Tuesday.  I swear, it takes me most of a week.  Maybe it’s because I desperately miss the days where I could at least sleep in on the weekends, which I can no longer do with any predictability or regularity because both my kids are early risers.  Up and out of bed by 7 a.m. even on weekends 99% of the time.  I think the latest either of them has ever slept is 9 a.m.

Anyway, getting up at an hour that feels like 4:00 a.m. is not realistically in the cards for me.  Once I’m asleep, I might wake up bet. 1-3 a.m. (and have difficulty falling back asleep), or at 6:00 or later.  So, now you see why I’m not likely to wake up early for exercise this coming week, which makes my ability to lose weight without exercise even more important.


The Queen of Excuses Not to Exercise.  ♥

*p.s.  If the weather is cooperative, I might still try to squeeze in some lunchtime walking, or a dogwalk with the kids after work.

*p.p.s.  New total:  18 lb. lost, 36 to go.

All hope is not lost…

First, I apologize that I never blogged my WI last week.  We got home from Vegas early Friday morning, then had to pick up the kids, get them to school/daycare, then drive in pouring rain to pick up the dog from my parents.  Saturday, I weighed in, and the scale was up about 3 pounds, but since I’m a head-game playing crazy person, I decided not to “count” that result, because I didn’t think I deserved it.  I didn’t completely over-indulge in Vegas (although I didn’t track what I ate very carefully, so I probably over-indulged a little, especially when you consider alcohol and the irresistable lure of free cocktails served directly to me while I gambled to my heart’s content, but I digress), and I even skipped some meals, and did a TON of walking.  I mean really, I should have LOST three pounds for all the walking.  My poor legs & feet have taken a week to forgive me.  Which sounds abnormal (I mean really — whose feet & legs hurt for a week just from some extra walking?), but I also brought my running sneakers, and (probably foolishly, in retrospect), went for a run first thing Tuesday morning, our first full day there.  It wasn’t a long run, but it was a lot longer than the zero miles I’ve been doing at home, so I think that’s really the true culprit for my leg soreness.  The feet soreness was the result of impractical shoe choices, but that’s another story all together.

Anyway, having just returned home, and everyone knows you retain water for a few days after such a long flight, I thought I’d weigh again Sunday and count that WI officially for the week.  Which I did.  Except I only counted it in my head.  I never got around to blogging the result.  Oops!  Anyway, it was down 1.5 lb. from the Saturday WI, which is still UP 1.5 lb. from before Vegas, but by only half as much as the day before.  Which brought my new total loss to 17 lb., with 37 to go.

As for this week, it was OK, but I keep sabotaging myself and caving into snack temptation when stress hits.  I also did not exercise this week.  Even one time.  Really, it was challenge enough to adjust back to all the responsibilities of being home, and to re-adjust to the 3-hour time difference.  Somehow it’s always easier to adjust to Pacific time to stay up late having fun than to adjust BACK to Eastern time to get up early for work.  Hmmm, I wonder why that is.  <insert sarcasm here>

So I should probably be pleased to maintain this week, but if I’m going to reach that 54 lb. goal, I’d better get my act together and get the scale moving down again.  Soon.  Now.  I figure if I can lose 5 lb./month, then I need just over 7 mos. to make my goal, if the reunion stays in November.  If it’s moved up to the summer or earlier in the fall, I’m doomed.

Hopefully, if the weather can stay above 40 degrees, and the sidewalks can stay ice-free, maybe I’ll be able to start doing more runs.  I surprisingly like running a LOT more than I like doing DVD or on-Demand workouts in my living room.  And without a treadmill or gym membership, I’m a slave to Mother Nature.  I hope she smiles down on me soon.


Am I half-way to my weight goal?  Am I half-insane?  Was I half insane before, and now I’ve gone the other half?

No, none of these things are why I’m writing (although, I might be half insane — most days it would be a fair assessment of my mental state).

I’m writing because it’s time for my weekly WI, and I’ve lost half a pound.  I even exercised 3 times this week.  2 of those were fairly intense.  The third was light, but I still expected a little better result at the scale.  I’ll take it, but the slow-ness is incredibly frustrating.

New total:  18.5 lb. lost, 35.5 lb. to go.

Going to Vegas next week probably won’t help either.  I’m debating whether to bring my sneakers and try to sneak (no pun intended, I promise!) in a few workouts or not.  I’m hoping to be too busy gambling to overeat, and who knows, maybe I’ll win enough money to hire a personal chef & trainer when I come home.

Hey – a girl can dream, right?