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It’s summertime! Which means that school is out, my schedule is my own, and I’m footloose and fancy free.  Summer means the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and I can kick my workouts (and my weight loss!) into high gear.  I have less than 30 pounds to go to reach my ultimate weight loss goal, and I plan to lose quite a bit of that this summer. But this summer is about so much more than losing weight; it’s about living my new life.  I worked so hard for this new, healthy body, and I want to spend this summer doing a lot of the things I only dreamed of doing when I was at my heaviest.  That means riding rollercoasters, running in 5Ks, trying new water sports, wearing styles (and sizes!) of clothes that I could never wear before.  I want to LIVE every moment of this summer to the fullest. I’ve moved my weigh-ins to Wednesdays as a way to check in midweek. My Wednesday progress updates will be called Sensational Summer Weigh-Ins.

Week 62 was another great one. I got in good, solid workouts all week…that is until I went to a SJ Giants game on Saturday night and got hit in the ankle with a stray ball.  Ouch!  It immediately bruised and swelled up, prompting two unplanned rest days on Sunday and Monday.  Thankfully, yesterday I was able to get in a good sweat session on the stationary bike, and I even took Sofi for a quick walk around the neighborhood last night, so I’m on the mend.  The highlight of the week – the highlight of the summer – was riding roller coasters at Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The week was also filled with fun with friends & family – lunches, a shopping splurge, a picnic at a free summer concert, and a movie with my dad.

bilbl_scale.jpg So, what did the scale show?!

When I weighed in this morning, I was 177.4, which is a loss of 1 pound this week, and a loss of 99.6 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 137.6 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 27.4 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds. I’m actually really happy with my loss this week because my ankle is still pretty swollen, which may mean I’m retaining a bit of water.  Either way, it’s a loss during a week where I enjoyed lots of great food and didn’t get to work out as hard as I would’ve hoped the past few days. Still, I’m really glad that I’m seeing numbers on the scale that I haven’t seen since my early 20’s.  My body is looking fit, lean, and strong.  Even my thighs, which are my major problem zone, are showing improvement. I’m at such a great place in this journey, and even though the progress is slow, I’m proud that I am still making progress.

One week from today I’ll be at a professional development day for the new school year, followed by another on Thursday, and then the first required teacher workday at my school.  Which means I have one week left of summer vacation!  This summer has really flown by.  I’ve had a great, relaxing, rejuvenating summer.  There wasn’t a “wow” trip, but it was filled lots of other little moments that I’ll relish.  Almost-daily morning workouts with Tinkerbell to begin the day in a fantastic way, dates that gave me butterflies, tending to my beautiful flowers in my garden, loud laughter over drinks with the girls, fun bike rides all around the neighborhood, quiet talks with best friends, picnics at our weekly music concerts in the neighborhood, fun with my nieces (including a Zia and me day), shopping trips splurging on new items, tons of time with Sofi, and lots of time spent driving the Beetle with the top down, and lots of meals shared with the people I care about most.  I did every single thing on my #createyoursummer list (except that Hawaiian-themed party), which makes me immensely happy. I really lived life, got out and got social, and made each moment count. So many fun memories that will carry me through those crazy days of the coming school year.  One of the things I’m planning to do over the next week is to print out a bunch of the hundreds of pictures I snapped this summer to put them up in my classroom.  The kids love seeing the photos, and I do, too.  It’s a way to carry the magic of the summer throughout the rest of the year.

My goal for this week is to make the most of it.  To enjoy every minute and create more memories to add to my summer collection.  2014-06-21 07.44.31

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

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Happy Monday! I can’t believe that today marks one week since my weight loss surgery.  It’s amazing to me how much my body has gone through, and recovered from, in that short time.  I’m feeling good this morning, and expect that by next Monday for my 2-week post op appointment, I’ll be feeling even better!  Now, let’s get to this week’s FMM.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Summer Fun

This week’s topic is especially fun for me to answer because my summer has officially started!

1.  What is your favorite summer fruit?  I love all summer fruits, but I have to agree with Kenlie that watermelon is at the top of the list.  Nothing is more refreshing, is it?

2.  Do you know how to swim?  Absolutely! Swimming is my favorite way to exercise in the summer.  As soon as I’m cleared to swim, I plan on being at the pool every single day to get an early-afternoon swim in. Can’t wait!

3.  Do you prefer sun or snow?  Living in the Bay Area, I don’t have to deal with the snow, and have only been in it once or twice in my life.  So, I definitely prefer the sun.

4.  What temperature do you like most inside your home?  Right around 70 is ideal, but I keep the A/C to 74 to conserve.

5.  Is it humid where you live?  Not usually.  Once in awhile we get a weird tropical system that makes it fairly humid, but most of the time it’s extremely pleasant.

6. What is your favorite food to put on the grill?  Most often you’ll some sort of fish on my grill, but I love grilling everything – steaks, chicken, lamb, tofu, and of course, veggies.

7. Do you prefer to wear a one-piece  or two-piece swim suit?  I wear a swim dress to help conceal my thighs; it’s two pieces, but it covers everything. I’m actually looking forward to buying some new swimsuits this summer (since the ones I have are going to get too big!).

8.  What is your favorite summer drink?  There are so many drinks I enjoy in summer – iced coffee made from the morning’s leftovers, iced tea, but SkinnyGirl margaritas are right up there, if we’re celebrating.

9.  Do you prefer the pool or the ocean? I prefer to swim in the pool but I love going to the ocean to enjoy the views.

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I took this in early spring in Half Moon Bay

10.  What are you looking forward to most over the summer? I’m looking forward to this being a summer of transformation for me.  I plan to kick my workouts into overdrive and really see how much weight I can lose.  I’m looking forward to the new me emerging.  Plus, I can’t wait for all the fun, social events that the summer brings.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions! And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments! I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM. You never know who you’ll meet today.

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