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new year new me

2014 – a new year, a fresh start full of new beginnings. 2014 is going to be MY year to shine.  I’m vowing here and now that I will reach my goal weight in 2014.  What an amazing accomplishment it will be! To achieve my goals, I’m going to focus on the basics – eating well, drinking lots of water, taking my vitamins and getting in 5 workouts a week. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. My resolution throughout the year is to keep focused while enjoying all the “newness” in my life. My Sunday progress updates will be called New Year, New ME Weigh-Ins.

Week 32 was my second one on Winter Break, and again, I enjoyed it to the fullest.  This week was a great combination of relaxing, getting out and about, and hitting some milestones. Oh, and there was also an unfortunate hair incident, but we’ll get to that in a while.

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 199.2, which is a loss of 1.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 77.8 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 115.8 pounds from my highest weight!!  I think most of you have read by now that on New Year’s Eve day I hit Onederland!!! It was so fantastic to reach that goal this week.  Then, of course, came NYE evening, and I definitely indulged and was up a bit on the scale for a couple of days, but I’m happy to be back down (and a bit below what I was on Tuesday).  It feels great every time I get on that scale and see the 1 in front of the numbers.  I have about 49 pounds to go to my goal weight, which is something I seriously can’t believe.  (From now on I’m going to start logging how many pounds to go to that goal, too).

I finally caught up on a bunch of blog posts that I wanted to write, which made me feel really good going into this 2nd semester of the school year.  One of the things that I want to make sure to do in this new year is to get out and about so that I have plenty of things to post about on this blog.  My social life has been pretty active lately with friends, and you might’ve read that I have a coffee date later this week with a guy I met on Match. Another “bloggy” thing I need to get much better about is reading my blogging buddies posts.  I just need to commit to the time, because I really enjoy reading everyone’s posts and I love commenting, too.

One not so great thing that happened this week was a very bad haircut. You can read the deets on the post, but I will say that going through that experience really showed me how far I’ve come in terms of my self esteem.  I’ve always thought of myself as a confident person, which I have been. But since losing weight, I feel beautiful about my body, which is something I haven’t felt before.  I like seeing my small waist, and don’t mind my bigger hips & thighs, because the hourglass is finally more proportioned.  The terrible haircut brought me back to the way I felt about myself all the time when I was morbidly obese, and I hated reliving that.  The other getting the bad cut did was forced the change that I think was inevitable.  I loved J’s personality, style, and manner when she did my keratin treatment, and I think subconsciously I knew I would eventually make the change to start seeing her as my main stylist.  So, while I wish I hadn’t had to go through this hair drama, I guess the end result is a great one. J is going to be my new stylist, and I’m so glad.

I hit a bit of a milestone in fitness week.  I started C25K, Week 5, Day 1, which had 5min run/3min walk intervals.  I did it with no problem, and felt good about the pace I was running (4.5mph, which is slow for most, but great for me right now, although I do want to get faster with time). I saw that Week 5, Day 2 jumped to an 8-minute run, and I made the decision that I was done with C25K.  I’ve read quite a bit about the benefits of run/walk intervals, and I have no real desire to run continuously.  My dad has bad knee problems (3 orthroscopic surgeries, and 1 knee replacement), and years of obesity hasn’t helped strengthen my knees.  Right now I feel absolutely no pain or even discomfort with my intervals, and I don’t really want to push it.  So, I think I’ve graduated from C25K.  I still want to do intervals, though, so on the advice of a friend, I bought a Gymboss interval timer.

2014-01-05 20.50.58 You can see that I’ve set it for 4 intervals of 5/3 splits.  I did it for the first time today, and it went really well.  I feel strong during the running portions, and although I’m not quite ready to move faster just yet, I can see that coming little by little.  I have the Hot Chocolate 5K in San Francisco next Sunday with FaveCousin and a friend, and I can’t wait to see if I can get a new PR.

Oh, and just in case you missed it today:

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Bring on Carolina!!

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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new year new me

2014 – a new year, a fresh start full of new beginnings. 2014 is going to be MY year to shine.  I’m vowing here and now that I will reach my goal weight in 2014.  What an amazing accomplishment it will be! To achieve my goals, I’m going to focus on the basics – eating well, drinking lots of water, taking my vitamins and getting in 5 workouts a week. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. My resolution throughout the year is to keep focused while enjoying all the “newness” in my life. My Sunday progress updates will be called New Year, New ME Weigh-Ins.

Week 31 was wonderful – I had the week off, celebrated Christmas with family, and spent the rest of the week doing anything I wanted: read a delightful book, completed C25K Week 4, shopped till I dropped. The week couldn’t have been more perfect.

So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 201, which is a loss of 1.2 pounds this week, and a loss of 76 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 114 pounds from my highest weight!!  I have 2 pounds to go to hit my goal of 199 by December 31st – so close to my Onderland goal, but that’s only 3 days away.  It’s possible, and I’m going to do everything I can to hit it.  Which means: lots of protein, keeping carbs low, plenty of water, and exercise. (And in all seriousness, if I hit Onederland anytime in the next week, I’ll be extremely thrilled.  But still, I have a goal in mind and I want to try to get there if at all possible).

bookcover-THEORY I’ve been terrible about finding time to read this year, so one of the things I wanted to make sure to do was to read Allison Winn Scotch’s newest book, The Theory of Opposites. This is perfect book for the dawn of a new year. I’ve always enjoyed Allison Winn Scotch’s writing, but this is my favorite of her books, by far. Excellent message about fate & free will. Loved it!

This week I completed Week 4 of C25K, which had me running for 5 minutes at a time, and a totaling 16 minutes of running out of 31 minutes.  Tomorrow I’m starting Week 5, which has intervals of 3 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running, repeated for 31 minutes. I’m excited about this coming week because those are the types of intervals that I can see myself keeping up with in an actual 5K, and maybe even longer.  I know the point of the C25K is to get to the point of running for an entire 5K, but I’ve been reading and hearing so much about intervals and how you can actually go faster with less risk of injury, that I think I may just keep it at this level.  We’ll see.

Yesterday my mom and I went shopping at Macy’s and had the best time! My parents were really generous and had given me a $350 gift card.  I spent $50 on some Mac makeup, bought lots of clothes, and still have some money to spend.  Here’s what I got:

Bali Active by ChampionFirst and foremost, I needed new sports bras because all the ones I have are way too big.  Since I’m still losing weight, I didn’t want to invest in a really expensive sports bra, because within a few months (or sooner) it won’t fit anyway.  So when I found these Bali Active by Champion bras for $38 each, which were on sale buy 2, get 2 free (and then I had a $15 off  coupon!), I had to get them.  I love the sizing: 34-36 D-DD, because I am in-between right now. They fit me really well, and are very comfortable, and I like that they’re underwire, because I need it. When I jogged in place in the fitting room, the bra was really supportive, too. So I got 4 great sports bras for $60, which is the price you could pay for one expensive sports bra.

These next tops are ones that I needed for “after school” and on weekends.  Casual tops that have a little more style than tshirts, but are just as comfortable.

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I love the little details on this Style & Co. top, like the metal on the shoulders. It’s a size large! Oh, and the best part? I got it for $5.70 (originally $39).

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You can’t tell from the photos, but this is a purple and white mini-striped hoodie. I like that it’s comfy, but also shows my shape. This is Style & Co. Sport, size XL. I got it for $5.61 (originally $44).

I absolutely love this hoodie - the color, the pattern. I was worried that because it's a bit long, it wouldn't look good with my hips, but I think it looks great. It's from Style & Co. and is an XL. This one wasn't on sale, and wasn't eligible for any coupons, but it was a great price - $21.98.

I absolutely love this hoodie – the color, the pattern. I was worried that because it’s a bit long, it wouldn’t look good with my hips, but I think it looks great. It’s from Style & Co. and is an XL. This one wasn’t on sale, and wasn’t eligible for any coupons, but it was a great price – $21.98.

This next one is dressier – it would be great for school, on a date (hopefully soon!), or for a party.

This was a showstopper.  I saw it and knew I wanted it, and even though it's a bit snug around my hips, it will look great when I lose a few pounds, so I bought it.  It's from INC, size XL. It was originally $79.50, and I got it for $50.57, which is still really high, but I loved it, so I splurged a bit.

This was a showstopper. I saw it and knew I wanted it, and even though it’s a bit snug around my hips, it will look great when I lose a few pounds, so I bought it. It’s from INC, size XL. It was originally $79.50, and I got it for $50.57, which is still really high, but I loved it, so I splurged a bit.

The purchase I'm proudest of is just a pair of jeans. But not just any pair - a pair of size 16s! At my heaviest, I was too big to fit into size 24s of this brand, and now I'm in 16s!

The purchase I’m proudest of is just a pair of jeans. But not just any pair – a pair of size 16s! At my heaviest, I was too big to fit into size 24s of this brand, and now I’m in 16s! These weren’t on sale, and weren’t eligible for the coupon, but they’re a great buy at $29.98. (I’m wearing the jeans in all of the photos above).

I’d say that was a successful shopping trip, wouldn’t you?  And I still have $100 to spend in the future. Woot!

Shopping for new clothes is fun, but this was the first time I’d ever been able to buy tops in the “normal” section of Macy’s, so it was a day I’ll never forget.  I’m not going to buy any more clothes until I go down in sizes; I have some great pieces, which I’m going to enjoy wearing.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Can you believe that Christmas is in 4 days and that we only have a week and a half left of 2010?! This year really has flown by, especially the second half.

Originally this post was going to be my weekend update (I started writing it on Monday morning), but the day got away from me yesterday and I wasn’t able to finish it. So I’m going to multitask and have it serve as a combo update post – my weekend update and a HYC update. (I’m behind in my Reverb 10 posts, and I’ll write those as I have time, but I wanted to do a quick update about what’s been going on lately).

I’m officially on Winter Break (off of work until Jan. 3) and it feels great! I don’t have a ton of things planned each day, and that’s exactly the way I like it. It leaves me open to do whatever comes up, and it’s fun not having to stick to such a regimented schedule. You guys know what a planner I am, but every now and then it’s nice to be able to just see where the day takes you, rather than planning it all out.

Ok, so as far as a weekend update, I didn’t do a ton on Friday – I had a hair appointment, which was the ideal way to begin my vacation.  I always feel so pampered and pretty when I leave the salon, even if I don’t have anywhere to go but home.  Saturday I started tackling my 2nd bedroom.  The poor thing has been neglected all these months, and I still had all my boxes of books just waiting to be put up on the bookshelf.  The task is more daunting that it sounds, though, because I’m so anal about my books.  They’re like my little treasures, my personal collections, and I like to display them just so on the shelves.  And even though I packed them in roughly the same order that I stored them on the shelves, I’ve decided to go through the books one by one and decide which ones I’m keeping and which I’m donating.  Because some of these books, while meaningful to me when I bought them, no longer have the same appeal to me, and I’d rather donate them so that someone else can appreciate them.  My main impetus for getting the books on the shelves (besides the fact that I moved in September and it’s been 3 months) is that my sister needed the boxes that they were stored in.  I always do better when I have a goal to meet, so I was progressing well with the task at hand, until my nieces arrived and we spent the rest of the afternoon (while my sister went on the walk-through at her place with our landlord) playing, watching iCarly, etc.

T (my 8-year-old niece) is so excited about moving and seems like she wants to skip over everything, including Christmas, and just get to the moving day.  She really doesn’t seem to want to be at home (at the old house), and I really can’t blame her – it has to be filled with tension since my sister’s soon-to-be-ex husband refuses to leave.  She’s stuck there trying to pack up the house, with him watching over her, “making sure she doesn’t take anything that he wants.”  The guy is such a louse, but I digress.  I’m sure it’s less than comfortable at home despite my sister’s efforts, and since he’s never been especially patient or nice to her, T would rather not spend much time with her dad.  I’m sure she’ll miss him at  first, because he is her father, but I think after a few months in the new house, she’ll really flourish since she won’t have to seek attention or approval from someone who isn’t capable of giving it to her.

Anyway, before I knew it, T was asking, “Zia, can I stay with you tonight?” and my sister had this look on her face like it would be so much easier if she only had one child to deal with while trying to pack and avoid her ex, so of course I said yes.

So unplanned and unexpectedly, my 8-year-old niece and I had a pajama party, and we had the best time ever. We got Chinese food, watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alakazam (T’s reading all of the Harry Potter books, and she just finished that one).  At bedtime, even though I made up the bed in the second room and T was excited to sleep in a big bed to herself, she soon said, “Zia, I’m lonely over here,” and we all ended up sleeping in my bed together.  Who knew a little girl and a puppy could  take up 3/4 of a queen sized bed!  The next morning we  finished watch the movie and had breakfast before we headed back up to the old house for one of the (thankfully) last times.  I had a good time with T, who is growing into such a fun little girl.  Although I have to admit, I was TIRED on Sunday.  Good thing I have two weeks off!!

Most of Sunday was spent driving T back to her house and then returning and doing the rest of the last-minute shopping.  I’d purchased all the presents, but I had to head to Target to get the rest of the wrapping paper I needed, and man oh man was that place a zoo.

Yesterday the day just got away from me, but in a great way.  I woke up fairly early (6:3o) and read the paper with coffee – my usual morning routine.  Lulu had been wheezing/having trouble breathing quite a bit in the morning, and I made a quick call to the vet to check on it.  I knew that small breed dogs tend to have breathing problems, but the vet tech explained that because they take in so much dust and dirt into their nasal passages, they sometimes have to do a “reverse sneeze” where they’re trying to blow the dirt out of the nose.  It ends up sounding like they’re gasping for breath or having an asthma attack, but they’re just trying to clear their nasal passages.  It’s fascinating what I’m learning about puppies!  Anyway, she recommended some Benedryl to help with the inflammation of the nasal passage, and Lulu was good to go.

We’ve had a ton of rain lately, and while Lulu and I took a really long walk on Saturday and braved the rainstorm we got caught in, Sunday it was ridiculously windy and the rain was torrential, so we stayed in all day. Other than a few games of catch, she didn’t get much exercise, so I knew that Monday I had to take advantage of the break in the rain.  We headed to the dog park, and Lulu had one of the best times ever.  She palled around with this hilarious cocker spaniel mix who just so happened to love lying in the muddy puddles around the dog park.  Luckily for me Lulu had a bit more sense then to join in the mud baths, but she ended up a muddy mess nonetheless.  Good thing she was due for a bath anyway!  We headed over to Pet Food Express to give her a bath (I love this service they provide), and she came out looking like herself again.

The rest of the day yesterday was spent catching up on the phone with a few people, and just lounging around reading and watching t.v..

So far, I’ve had a very relaxing and fairly restful break.  I’m planning on continuing this pattern, although some days will have more on the agenda than others.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the events, in roughly the order in which they’ll occur:

  • making a dreaded trip to Costco with my dad, stocking up on some “supplies” (today)
  • spending time with a friend going to see Black Swan and out to dinner (today)
  • catching up on my #reverb 10 posts, which I’m dreadfully behind on (today)
  • wrapping Christmas gifts
  • finishing the bookcase
  • helping my sister pack
  • grading 44 essays (I’m planning on doing this a bit at a time so that it’s less painful)
  • preparing the appetizers for Christmas Eve (pea pesto crositini) and Christmas Day (WW cheese balls).  This also involves the obvious shopping, prepping, cooking, plating, etc.
  • spending time with family and relishing all of our blessings this holiday season
  • helping my sister move into the new house!
  • spending time with my nieces: maybe taking them down to Christmas in the Park, or just around our neighborhood, where the homeowners really make their homes glitter at this time of year.
  • taking a few new exercise classes at the gym
  • the annual after-Christmas-clean-out-the-closets fun where I donate anything I haven’t worn lately and neatly organize the rest
  • spend intermittent down time writing blog posts, reading, and just relaxing
  • enjoying New Year’s Eve looking forward to all the positive changes that 2011 has in store

What are your plans this week (or two)?

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The reason I can’t wait until 2:25 is that that is the time when the final bell rings at school, releasing the students and teachers from all duties, obligations, and responsibilities for two weeks!!  Otherwise known as Winter Break aka Christmas Vacation (for the non-PC among us). 

I don’t have many plans for the two weeks off, and that’s just the way I like it.  I do have quite a few things going on this weekend that I’m looking forward to:

Friday - dinner at Cheesecake Factory (I’m so glad they have the nutrition info available on their menu now, it makes making good choices so much easier) and then seeing New Moon (we thought we’d let the teenage mania die down a bit before we started drooling over Edward and Jacob) with my good friend DH, whom I’ve known since high school.  Really looking forward to it.

The view from the Carnelian Room, SF

Saturday - AM errands (including a workout at home), but then an amazing dinner planned in SF at the Carnelian Room with Favorite Cousin and her dining out group. (This group of women is all over 40 years old, and most of them have never been married. They’re so much fun! They stay up on pop culture better than I do, and I teach teens! They all have a great attitude, and seem just fine with the fact that they may never get married. It’s quite liberating being around them, actually). The very cool thing about this dinner, besides the fact that it’s at an incredibly posh and chi chi restaurant is that the Carnealian Room is closing in early January, so this will be one of the last opportunities to go to this culinary landmark.  I’ve never been before, and I’m even more excited for this chance to spend a great night dining with wonderful women who always inspire me.  I have no idea what I’m going to order, but the menu does look like it has plenty of delicious, fairly healthy options.  What would you order?

Another fun part of Saturday will be the fact that I’m staying over Favorite Cousin’s house, because I know we’ll be out late, have plenty of wine and cocktails over dinner, and I’d rather not drive an hour home under those conditions.  Plus, it’s fun to hang out at her house with her.  Favorite Cousin is someone I’ve always looked up to because she is so hip, so fun, and so down to earth.  She has some very prestigious clients (she’s a personal assistant aka life manager) and is always “in the know” about the latest and the  greatest events in the city. 

Sunday –   Sunday afternoon my parents, sister, and her family are getting together to do our pre-Christmas celebration.  LC and her husband stay home on Christmas Eve to help Santa with the kids’ gifts and this year they’re going to spend Christmas Day with her husband’s family.  So, this will be a nice early holiday fête.  Of course there’s going to be food, but since my mom is a planner like me, I already know what’s on the menu: I”m bringing a cheese ball/log that I’m going to “healthify” as an appetizer; for dinner we’re having lasagna, Honey Baked ham, sauteed zucchini, and salad; and for dessert, LC’s making a Kalua cake.  So the plan is to keep my portions small and taste a bit of everything, but eat more of the veggies and protein.  I still have to wrap all the presents and buy one or two small gifts before Sunday.  I’d better get cracking!

As for the rest of my vacation?  I have 3 sets of essays to read, but those should only take about 2-3 hours or so, total, so I’m going to get those out of the way on Monday.  Then I plan to spend some time with friends a few evenings, including New Year’s Eve with Nicey and her hubby.

Overall, I’m looking forward to getting back to a bit of Bella’s Boot Camp that I had going on this summer.  I really need to get my butt back in gear now that I’m fully recovered from bronchitis.  So it’ll be many days in the gym for me, which I’m looking forward to.  I can’t wait to strap on my BodyBugg, attend a fitness class or four, and just burn some calories!!!

I have been looking forward to this vacation since school started, and I can hardly believe that when that bell rings at 2:25, it’ll be here!!!!

WhooooHOOOOOOOO!

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