Here are some of my recent random thoughts on trying to lead a healthier lifestyle while not abandoning my love of beer and all things dessert.
I have just discovered this past weekend that I will drink way more water if it is out of a fun cup with a straw. We got a nice one from my conference last week and so far today I’ve had at least 2 liters of water. This is good because all of the people, you know the people who talk about health and wellness and stuff, say drinking water will make everything better.
I’m that crazy person who now recognizes when they need some greens in their life. I never thought I would turn down a nice free and indulgent dinner for a salad. That happened last week during that conference. We were at a really fun restaurant with lots of great looking food. I opted for the steak salad because I needed something that wasn’t super heavy. Especially after our dinner of In-N-Out the night before.
Trying to eat healthy during the summer is hard. Like really hard. I just want to BBQ and drink beer like everyday. And cheese boards. OMG cheese boards. So easy and you don’t have to do any cooking.
This isn’t really health or fitness related, but where have skirts and dresses been all my life. I never thought I could wear them after I gained weight, but holy moly they make it really easy to get dressed in the morning. And for the most part they are like wearing pj’s they are so comfy. And people wondered why I tried so hard to look good that morning. Guess I was overdoing it on polo’s and khakis.
I wish being outside in the sunshine just hanging out burned calories. Because oh my goodness I’d be down so many pounds at the end of summer. I just don’t like the actual doing of physical activity in the heat. Blech. So hot.
I just checked and I’m 6.6 lbs away from hitting the 30 pound total. There are 4 weeks until classes start. I think I want to try to lose that 6.6 pounds by the time classes start. Totally doable goal in my mind. That’s only 1.6 lbs a week. Easier said than done. Guess I actually am going to have to work out in the hot hot sun.
Okay that is all. Probably the most boring list ever. But clearly I’m bored right now. And should be doing work. But it’s Monday and work is hard.
I got back from a conference last night around midnight. And today I’m dragging. Because instead of getting to go home and sleep in my own bed I got to go dog sit for friends, and their puppy was so hyper once he saw me. So sleep didn’t happen until around 1.
This constantly happens at our house! Mike always loses it over the way I load the dishwasher and I always:
Pretend to listen to his rant
Promise to do better next time
Proceed to load it haphazardly
Have him ban me from loading it - perfect!
Love this! Yes, fortunately, I have lost my dishwasher privileges because Mike thinks each dish must basically be sparkling clean before it gets loaded into the dishwasher. I am of the opinion that that is the dishwasher’s job, not mine. So Mike just has me leave all dishes for him. Bliss!
I am not married, but do have a roommate, and must confess that I tend to re-arrange the dishwasher. Because everything fits like a puzzle. And I’m cheap and don’t want to have to pay to by those little pods so often. Gotta make running that thing worth it.
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.