Monday, November 26, 2012

Hello 140's! + Thanksgiving and my new winter coat.

Sunday morning weigh in
Yesterday's weigh in was incredible! I lost 5.2 lbs from last week. I am now officially in the 140's. I am currently 147. 111 lbs lost in 1 year and 11 months so far. Only 7 lbs from my goal. I know that is a lot to lose at this point but usually when I lose that much the next week I don't lose as much. It is so weird that I am so close to my goal of 140. I know it's going to be really weird going into maintenance mode because I have been used to weight loss for so long.

New A-line hair cut.
I finally got my hair re-cut. I have never had it this short in the back before. You should have seen the look on my face when she brought out the electric razer...Buzzzzz! I really like how it turned out though.

The beautiful Green lake sunrise.
Since our YMCA was closed my gym buddy and  I went for an early morning walk around Green lake from 6 am-8:30 am. We walked from the U-District to and around Green lake and back. It was a nice change of pace. I think we might start doing that once a week now! Next time I am going to wear gloves though. My hands were so cold when I got home! I couldn't even turn the key to unlock my own door. Luckily someone in my building let me in lol!

Vegan eggplant parmesan with daiya "cheese"
I had to work until 6:45 pm that day. My gym  buddy was coming over about 9 pm and my boyfriend was already home from work so I figured I had just enough time to make us all eggplant parmesan before she showed up. I wasn't sure if she would like it because it had vegan mozzarella on it but she seemed to love it! We also had steamed yellow beans with garlic butter. My friend brought over some pie and I put soy vanilla ice cream on top. It was a nice Thanksgiving even though it was a late one. I didn't count my calories on thanksgiving but I figured the walk balanced out the extra dessert I ate.

My dad has been giving me so many frozen yellow beans lately that I have bean eating them with practically every meal. Luckily they are delicious! I think I like them better than green beans. Examples of recent yellow bean meal combos...
Steamed yellow beans with garlic butter and vegan mac and cheese with sundried tomatoes. (503 calories)
Steamed yellow beans and lentil pilaf.  (490 calories)

New winter coat
On black Friday my co-worker and I went out to find some good deals. We were both looking for new coats. I was looking for a warm and stylish waterproof one to wear while biking. Of course I'm on a budget so we hit up 2 different Goodwill's and 1 Value Village. The goodwill had 50% off everything but we couldn't find anything there. All the coats we found were way too thin. My friend didn't find anything but I found a size Medium Vans coat at Crossroads. It still had the tags on it and it was only $37. It's water-proof and insulated. It is so warm and perfect to wear while biking to and from work. I wish they had it in a small though because I'm still planning on losing a few more lbs.
Originally $98 and I got it for $37!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Focusing on the positives.

I went to look at my calender and noticed that I've pretty much been maintaining the low 150's for 2 months now. That would be good if that was my goal.  I am making a new determination to get to my goal of 140 lbs. I have some hard habits that I need to break...
  • Food binges- I have a few cookies here or some candy there and don't count it in my calories. Those little snacks I don't log can really add up.
  • Skipping strength training- I have been skipping way too much lately. I need to tone and tighten this extra skin!
  • Sleeping In- The snooze button is my worst enemy! Some days I need to get my workout in early or else it's just not going to happen.
What I need to do is just realize where I am at and what I can do to fix it. Move on instead of beating myself up over stupid little negatives. I'm trying to focus on positives and just enjoy what I'm doing instead of over analyzing everything. Some of the positives lately...
  • New workout buddies- I've been making a few new workout buddies a lately. Some from work and some just out and about. This one girl in particular has been calling me up mornings when I feel like sleeping in and meeting me at my gym! 
  • Supportive Boyfriend- My boyfriend Todd has always been very helpful during my journey. One day recently he knew that I did not burn my full goal of calories so he was like " Lets go for a bike ride". We rode from the U-district  to The Ballard locks and back that day. Almost 10 miles! 
  • Stronger- My 8 mile bike rides to and from work have been getting easier and easier lately. The hills aren't as bad and dare I say that I actually look forward to my commute??!! 
  • Tighter Skin- I think the biking has been helping with my extra skin. I have noticed that it is much less loose lately.
I can't wait until I get a new computer!! All I have right now is a broken laptop that can't download pictures correctly. That is partly why I have not been blogging because I like to show pictures of whats going on. O' well I decided that it is more important to blog then to not.

Before I mentioned binge eating as a bad habit of mine lately. It is something that I will have to deal with everyday and will forever be in the back of my mind. A few days ago I found a great podcast that talked about how to deal with binge eating and also guest starred one of my fav bloggers Katie from Katie's weight loss journey is so inspirational! If you are looking for a boost check out the link to the podcast I heard a few days ago....