Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Few Quick Points

  • The dragon boating regatta was a lot of fun today! I was lead for all three races that we paddled in and we made it all the way to the top division; we finished last in that, but for a non-competitive team we did really well!

  • I bought a dress tonight for a wedding I will be a bridesmaid in this summer. It is really, really nice and I feel absolutely beautiful in it! The bride wants to add a sash and a flower embellishment to each of her attendants’ dresses to make them match more as we are getting them all from different sources, so I will be sure to post a picture when that has been done at the end of July. I still can’t believe that I am at a point where I enjoy wearing dresses and genuinely like how they look on me!

  • One of my reader’s, Sarah, just started a blog to record her own weight loss journey and is looking for some encouragement. If you have a chance to swing by her site, I am sure she would appreciate it!

  • A certain fast food chain, who shall remain nameless, needs to speed up the ‘limited time offer’ on their new mint chocolate bar ice cream blend. I have really got to find my self-control when it comes to those things. Seriously!

  • I am going to sleep in tomorrow. I can’t remember when I last got to do that! There will be no alarm clock. I shall enjoy an uninterrupted, blissfully sound, and wonderfully long rest and I refuse to feel guilty about it! Huzzah!

- 8 glasses of water
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with deli ham, cheese, dried cranberries, spinach, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 Spartan apple
- 1 cranberry almond multi-grain bar
- 3 cups pasta salad with cubed cheese, cucumber, broccoli, celery, garden green onion, red pepper, mushrooms, grated carrot, and calorie-wise Greek feta and oregano dressing
- 1 slice homemade white chocolate Kahlua cheesecake with chocolate covered strawberries
- 3/4 cup fat free peach yogurt with 1 cup granola cereal
- 1/2 cup corn with margarine
- 1 1/4 cups steamed broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and green beans with margarine
- 3/4 cup pork chop with mushroom sauce
- 1 cup macaroni and cheese with pepper
- 2 cups mint chocolate bar ice cream blend
- 1 mug decaffeinated tea with milk
- 1/4 cup flavoured jelly beans
- 7 whole wheat crackers with cheese

- 4 hours at a dragon boating regatta (approximately 30 minutes on the water)


  1. How exciting to love shopping for dresses!! I can only imagine... but I will get there!

  2. Thanks for linking me-- It has just begun but man I feel great thus far!

  3. I think Dresses are more fun and flattering than pants and tucked in slacks any day, any size. I am thrilled that you are using words like nice and beautiful to describe yourself. That is awesome!


  4. ooooo our dragon boat races are next weekend! and my daughter and I get to lead the boat :) I heard your boats go faster than our big ol clunky ones but it sure is a good workout.

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  6. I never was a dress / skirt girl but now I love them. No chafing helps. I feel feminine. I can't wait for even lower weights, how fun.

    P.S. I need to learn to stop and spellcheck my comments before I post.

  7. I have struggled to know how to write this without sounding insensitive. I admire everything you have accomplished--and are still accomplishing!

    I feel confused. When I ate like you do much of the time, I weighed about 330 lbs., even though I exercised an hour a day. I've gone through your food and beverage lists for the last few months and I am, as they say, frankly, baffled. Did you do something special to boost your metabolism?

    I realize everyone is different. I eat 1500 calories on average per day (very strict tracking) and exercise for at least one hour each day, in addition to working a job where I'm on my feet most of the time. I weigh 100 lbs more than you, and I have stayed at this weight for about 6 weeks. Before that I was losing almost 1 lb per week. I'm confident the scale will move downward a bit more eventually, but it doesn't listen to my advise. :-) My thyroid tests normal.

    (Um, *sigh*)

    It is difficult for me to read your blog and not feel curious, if not discouraged. I will be eating this way for the rest of my life, and god willing staying as active as possible, but I'm pretty sure by now that I will never be thin. I will happily settle for overweight (as opposed to obese.)

    You have every right to feel like a champion for turning your life around!

    I just wanted you to know that it is more difficult and far, far more time consuming for some of us who are struggling to get fitter and lose weight.


  8. Oh so exciting! Can't wait to see your pics! Have fun at the wedding :)

  9. :)

    Good luck, Midlife Swimmer!

    Anonymous, I am so sorry to hear that you are so frustrated! It may seem like I have it made right now, but I still struggle with parts of this journey (see tonight's post!) and it took me 15 years (literally all of my adult life) to finally get to this point. I really do understand where you are coming from and I'm sorry if my seeming ease is getting you down. I don't do anything special to boost my metabolism; absolutely everything that is related to my food or exercise (okay, I don't write about my sex life) is recorded here. I'm not sure what to suggest for you apart from speaking with a doctor or a nutrition/health specialist. Maybe try mixing up the type of exercise you are doing or the foods you are eating? Like you said, everyone is different, but that has helped me in the past. Honestly, I should take my own advice (or at least get back to eating better) because if you have looked carefully at my stats you know that I am actually at approximately the same weight as I was six weeks ago as well! I hope you know that I sincerely believe that regardless of how discouraged you may feel right now that you CAN get down to a normal weight. That is purely based on the fact that I thought the same about myself for years, and that I know that if I can do this that ANYONE can! As far as how difficult and time consuming it is to be on this journey, I am FULLY aware! Between blogging, preparing food, eating, and exercising I think I have added a good three to four hours of 'duties' onto each and every day. I know that eventually it will become more like second nature, but for now I am still very aware of how much effort this takes. I hope you have an easier time of this is the future and that your frustration level goes down; I'm here if you need anything.