Standing a bit Taller

My journey to losing weight has been a crazy one my entire life. You know that because I wrote about it in my resolutions. Let’s call this post, on the third of February, a little update on #1 and #2. My typical weight loss fashion has been lose a bit, gain a bit, lose a bit, gain a bit. In reality, I end up losing more than I ever share because I gain and then have to shed that.

This month has been no exception. At the beginning of the month, I was -20.5 pounds since October 17. Last Friday I was at -26.5 thinking what a great way that would be to end January (I still had 4 days to do more). Well, life happened and had other ideas. I didn’t post on my Lose It account because I was 1) busy and 2) embarrassed, but I did share with Mr. Burgher and my cousin who has been working on this with me. You know, I went and gained 4.5 pounds from Friday to Tuesday!

Thank you, Sonic. Your temptation of 10 bites of ice cream…it was so good but so bad.

Thank you, stress and a messed up schedule. When I don’t eat on my schedule, it always messes with me. This weekend I worked from 5-3:30 both days, then spent extra time in the office on Monday. It really made for a mess of my eating.
Thank you, burgers and Chinese. Quick, easy options, and eating with guys does that to you. I am not going to dare blame Olive Garden because I did well there (thanks to the Chinese guilt) and I ate salad then a few bites of my meal (that became leftovers along with half of the Chinese). Or maybe I should.
Thank you, lack of working out. Sitting in a desk chair for many hours will do that.
Thank you, dehydration. I simply didn’t get near enough water.

But, I set a goal. I gave myself ’til today to get it all off and be back at my last Friday weight. And here I am! I did it! Today I can stand a bit taller because I’ve admitted my slip. I’ve overcome my guilt. I’ve done well. I lost 4.5 pounds in 3 days by working out, drinking water, and being back on my normal eating schedule. I have confidence I am going to blow my nutritionist’s -6 pound goal out of the water by 2/20. But I trust you’ll keep me honest. Come be my friend on Lose It or share your successes and fears of weight loss. Sometimes it takes a village, and I need to remember that.

Time to go put on some smaller jeans and get out the door. *smiles*

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Twenty Eight (Part II)

One of my favorite country artists, Tim McGraw, has a great song called “My Next Thirty Years”.

I think I’ll take a moment to celebrate my age
The ending of an era, and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord, have mercy on my next thirty years

In my next thirty years
I’m gonna have some fun
Trying to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done
Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears
And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years

In my next thirty years
I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here, in my next thirty years

Although I now 1 year 364 days away from being thirty, I am prepared to live up my “next 30”. Taking it a step at a time, here’s a few of my goals for to get me to that first thirty. Consider it a mini-bucket list (even though I don’t think any of these are on my actual bucket list…yet).

1. Bake my own Red Velvet cake.
2. Travel to Texas.
3. Plant something in the backyard.
4. Read 15 books.
5. Walk/Jog a 5k (bonus if for charity).
6. Have a yard sale.
7. Finish Arianna’s 2010 scrapbook and start Evan’s.
8. Go to a Penguins game at Consol.
9. Sew.
10. Bake a pie (my pie dish hasn’t been used in 2 years…).