I’m actually pleasantly surprised with how I’ve been doing this summer. I’ve been drinking more and eating out more than I would like to, because who can resist a cold beer on a patio (I can’t). So I’ve been surprised to see that the scale hasn’t been going up, and the last two weeks has actually dropped some.
I dropped 1.3 this last week despite our work golf outing, where I drank plenty of beer afterwards, and then the county fair on Saturday where I managed to eat too much friend food, then a float on the river yesterday.
But again I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Maybe there is something to this “creating a lifestyle” thing. Just living life and being aware of choices, but still making time to enjoy life.
I can’t complain about being down 23.5 lbs the last few months. I’ll just keep moving forward.
I know we’ve all seen stories on the internet about student-athletes talking about how hard they work and how they need to get paid more because they barely make enough money to eat.
Well, to that I say that you usually get plenty of free meals while on the road, and usually while you’re on campus so really that isn’t a good point. But whatever.
While I was just perusing Twitter, I saw that one of our athletes posted that he needed to get to the shop to get his new tat drawn up.
RIGHT THERE! All that money that you need for food is now being poured into your tattoo. Maybe wait to get that tattoo until you are gainfully employed and make enough money for that and food. Oh you probably don’t need a new pair of Jordans every month or so either.
So I really had my eyes opened this weekend. My friend and I were in Big Sky for a wedding on the 5th, and we had some time to kill the morning before the wedding so we decided to do some zip-lining at the ski resort.
While perusing the information I found a weight limit for the zip-line. And I was about 15-20 lbs over that limit. But I figured I’d call anyways and check to see if it was a hard line, or if they set it low in case women or men liked to fudge their weight.
Nope it was a pretty hard line. No zip-lining for us.
That was the first time in my life where my weight really influenced me being able to do something. Usually I can find a way to make things happen, whether it’s tackling a tough hike, or floating, or whatever. And I think the thing that upset me most is that now my friend couldn’t go because she’d have to go alone.
It was definitely eye opening and really makes me want to work harder towards my goal and keep plugging along. New goal to add to the list: Go zip-lining at Big Sky next summer.
Silver lining: I got these awesome pictures from 11,166 feet at the top of Lone Peak.
And one more of me headed down hill, with Lone Peak in the background for good measure.
So plain and simple I gained 1.6 pounds this week.
But really I’m not mad. There’s a good chance it’s just leftover from my carb and boozy weekend in Big Sky.
I lived life this weekend and loved every second of it. Even the mini-pizza’s they were giving out to everyone at the end of the reception. And also the chocolate croissant and Mountain Dew I had for breakfast yesterday because it was the only thing that would cure my impending hangover.
But last night I went on a sunset hike to the M. So I figure that’s a step in the right direction. And I’m actually looking forward to my workout today. So there’s that.
It’s not every day that your friends get married in Big Sky over 4th of July weekend. Actually I think a 1.6 lb gain really isn’t that bad when I think back over the weekend.
So I’m currently reading “Under the Banner of Heaven” by John Krakauer. Okay now go read a description of the book if you aren’t familiar with it.
Okay, done? Let’s continue.
I’ve always been interested in learning more about the Morman faith. I’d say more curious than abandon my catholic beliefs interested.
This book has already answered so many questions people wouldn’t provide me the answers to and I’m only 70 pages in. I’ve always found that the Mormans I know are very reluctant to talk about their faith and I can kind of see why now.
I mean I’m not trying to knock their faith, because let’s be real, religion really looks like a silly thing when you really break it down and examine it. But sometimes if what you need is a little blind faith that there’s a higher power out there then good for you. I’m one of those people so again I’m not knocking it.
Moral of the story…super interesting and enlightening book so far. Anyone want to discuss?
Figured this needed it’s own post so I can keep track if I’m ever looking down the road.
So last week I didn’t do a weigh-in on the 6/16 because I was up a few pounds after a weekend at my friends cabin. To be frank I drank to much sweet wine and I ate too much crap. Then I couldn’t even redeem myself last week because I got sick.
I didn’t do one this past Monday because I was on my way to Vegas with my family. But reality hit me this morning when I got back and I figured I should probably face the damage I did. We ate well while we were there, and I totally took advantage of free drinks while gambling, and just drink specials in general.
I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped on the scale and I was down 4 lbs since I weighed in after my cabin weekend, and was down 1.6 from my lowest weight that I posted on 6/9.
When I think about my few days in Vegas, yes we ate a lot and yes I drank more than I have been, but we also walked a ton. We bounced to different casino’s every few hours, and my Dad and I would go on plenty of explores and adventures. Also when you get to the strip there really isn’t a way to avoid walking. So I guess that helped.
Monday will be the real check of where I’m at, but I’m not too worried about this weekend because I’m visiting my friend who actually helped me get started losing weight back in February. At this point I think she’s lost 80 lbs since November and over 100 since she had her baby in July. I’m so proud of her and I can’t wait to share stories this weekend.
I was excited to see that it’s okay to live life and enjoy some of the simple pleasures as long as you keep an active lifestyle. It’s not my plan all the time, but I was happy to see it worked out for me.
Sorry its been so quiet over here the last week or so. Last week I got sick later in the week, and I was in Vegas until yesterday on a little mini vacation with my parents and my grandma. So you’re all getting an update in bullet form.
Last week I did a weigh in on Monday, but I had spent the whole weekend at my friends cabin eating and enjoying. I was not happy with the result. So I didn’t mention it.
I came down with a pretty nasty cold last Thursday which was not awesome, because I was driving home on Sunday to fly out for our trip on Monday morning.
My weekend was pretty boring. It consisted of a lot of packing and getting things ready for my trip.
On Sunday I got to have breakfast with my best friend, her husband, and there super cute little girl. We get to see each other once, maybe twice each year, but I’ve seen her twice in the last month. I consider myself lucky.
On Monday my parents, grandma, and myself flew to Vegas for a short trip. Short story: It was amazing. (I’ll write a longer post about that trip soon).
Got back to Bozeman yesterday and it was raining. I had about a 45 degree temperature swing from leaving Vegas and getting back to Montana. That was awesome.
I did not want to come to work this morning. My brain is still on vacation mode. At least tomorrow is the weekend and I get two more days.
I weighed myself this morning to see what the damage was from eating out all week and walking around drinking beer in Vegas. I was pleasantly surprised to see I was down 1.6 from my lowest weight yet on 6/9, and down 4 from my weigh-in on the 16th which I never told anyone about because of that pesky weight gain. So that’s awesome.
This weekend I’m headed to Billings to visit a friend and her family. It’s a good weekend for it because it’s supposed to rain all weekend in Bozeman. Not the best weather for getting out for adventures. Kim is also the friend who helped me get started on my weight loss journey so I’m excited to show her the progress I’ve made.
So I think that’s all I can think about right now. I’m ready for this day to be over though. Work day I mean. I really should have just stayed home today and done laundry and read my book and decompressed after my trip. Don’t let anyone tell you you won’t have a good time in Vegas with your family. My parents kept me out until 1230 the night before our flight home. I think I got 3 hours of sleep before we had to get up and head to the airport.
So at work all our teams wear Under Armour so I have quite a few polos and jackets by them.
Here’s the thing with Under Armour. They don’t make clothes for tall women, or women who are over weight. Everything is either way too tight, and most of their shirts no matter how big they are, are never long enough for my torso.
But today my friends I am wearing and Under Armour polo that is a size down from my usual. I’ll take that as a win.
To me one of the most cringe-worthy things in the world is people who call into radio shows. For some reason I get super uncomfortable for that person, and more often than not I have to change the channel/station.
In the mornings I like to put on Dan Patrick’s show to watch/listen while I get ready. Whenever he takes calls I change the channel. And then while I drive to work I listen to the Elvis Duran morning show, and it’s the same thing. Most callers I find myself changing the station.
I’m not proud of myself. I weighed myself this morning. Since February I have told myself I would only weigh myself a maximum of twice a week. Monday’s for sure for my weekly weigh-ins and then again possibly on Thursdays if I remember so I can check in and see how my week is going. Make sure I’m not gaining. I didn’t want to be a person who became scale obsessed, which I clearly am based on my reaction yesterday. I just didn’t want to get to a point where a number on the scale each day defined who I was going to be that day or my self-worth.
Well this morning I was still a little chapped about not having lost any weight last week. And the scale said I was down 1.9 pounds. WooHoo! That’s much better.
I get it could be a number of different factors and is just fluctuation, but I needed that little moral victory. So I’m taking back yesterday’s post as my weekly weigh-in and making this my new one.
So my friends. I lost 1.9 lbs last week. And I’m stoked.
And guess what folks…..I finally passed the 20 lb mark! I needed that little victory. So now I’m going to go hit up our weight room and kick my workout’s ass.
Now that I’ve got my rant out there about not losing weight this past week, I can talk about the amazing week I had.
Last week was a perfect spring week in Montana in my eyes. The weather hovered between 65-70 all week long. Just warm enough to get out and enjoy all that Bozeman has to offer, but not so warm that you feel like you’ll melt away before too long.
Last week I got out for some new hikes around Bozeman, played some tennis, and got some work done in the weight room. Fitness wise it was an awesome week.
On Wednesday I took the day off and headed to Anaconda to say farewell to my brother before he made his cross country trek to North Carolina where he and his wife will be living for the summer. It always sucks saying good-bye especially when I don’t think I’ll get to see him until Christmas.
I got to dog sit this weekend for one of my most favorite doggies in the world. On Saturday my friend and I took her dog and the dog I was watching on a long hike up the South Cottonwood trail. I wish I would have taken some pictures, but we were way to intent on making the most of our hiking time.
After our hike we enjoyed some additional sunshine and a beer on a patio downtown for lunch. I got home and showered in time to catch the Belmont Stakes race, and then head out to church.
Church was amazing. It’s the start of a new season at church so the organ was going at full force. There were trumpets adding to the music and even incense. It was awesome. Made me feel refreshed and ready for the week.
Yeah the scale number may not have moved this past week, but really it was a great week for the soul. I smiled and laughed a lot, and enjoyed some time with some pretty amazing friends.
Long story short. I thought I killed it last week, but this morning my scale revealed I hadn’t lost an ounce.
There wasn’t a day in the last week that I didn’t work out except for yesterday. There were even two days last week that I got two workouts in for that day. I ate pretty well. Not amazing, but not horribly either. No big binge days.
I’m getting sort of frustrated. It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working towards my goal, but I’m just kind of frustrated that scale hasn’t been moving. I mean I hiked/ran close to 20 miles last week, with a long hike of around 8-10 miles.
It’s just frustrating. I’ll keep working towards my goal. I’ll try to clean up my eating even more. I refuse to give up.