Down 2.6 Pounds

Last time I blogged, I posted for the first time in over 3 months. It was truly a momentous occasion, and I am so thankful to everyone for reading it!

And that was a month ago. I’m sorry. Can you ever forgive me?

Let’s pretend like you said, “Of course Liz we love you and you never do anything wrong let’s be friends forever hugs and kisses!” and move on with our lives. It’s been kind of an up and down month, but I have good news – I’m down from the last time I posted! Here’s the stats:

March 23, 2013 — 203.2 pounds
April 6, 2013 — 205.0 pounds
April 13, 2013 — 204.0 pounds
April 20, 2013 — 201.4 pounds

That means – almost back to under 200 pounds! I am so very thankful for that.

Saturday’s weigh-in was obviously a good one – down 2.6 pounds. This may have a little bit to do with the fact that, I (……wait for it…….) played sports. Twice. In one week.

I know, I know – you’re thinking, “Wow, that’s really not that amazing.” You would be right, if it weren’t for the fact that, save for a summer softball league in 8th grade, I don’t play sports. Ever. And I’m not sure I’ve ever played an organized sport in my adult life. Until this last week.

There is a very good reason for this: I’m hilariously uncoordinated and terrible at pretty much all sports ever, but I’m ridiculously competitive. Like, annoyingly so. It is almost always a detrimental combination. This was made very clear when I jammed my finger playing basketball with my students last week. It still hasn’t healed. Typing is hard.

But I digress. The point is, I tried something new with my exercise. I wasn’t terribly good at basketball, or at touch football (school fundraiser), but I burned some serious calories and I was sore the next day. And that ridiculous competitive streak in me was really, really happy that we won. (Even if I had next to nothing to do with it.)

I was very happy when I stepped on the scale on Saturday, because I had been feeling skinnier. If you have ever tried to lose weight in your life, you might know this feeling. It’s always when I’ve been pretty good, I’m trying not to be too optimistic, but I feel as though my stomach is smaller. (That’s how I feel every time. Never in my arms or legs or anywhere else.) To celebrate, Walter and I went shopping. (This man is truly an amazing human.) We went to the Domain, and I tried on a dress at Fossil that was slightly out of my comfort zone, mostly because it was shorter than my usual dress preferences. I looked in the mirror and felt oddly wonderful. So here it is!

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It has rainbow-feathered swans on it! How weird is that? I love it. And yes those are new shoes. Thanks for asking. :)

I just wanted to share this with you, because I know it can feel like those moments of self-love are few and far between on a weight loss journey. Here’s to another great week – and to me avoiding the donuts at work today! :)

10 for 10 – Volume 3

Presenting…..30-POUNDS LOST PHOTOS!!!

The INCREDIBLY talented Nathan and Amy of Nathan Russell Photography found some time in their ridiculously busy schedules to do an amazingly fun shoot last night.  I mean, this would not have happened without Nathan’s brilliant photography, Amy’s fabulous styling (and sweeping skills?), and my….um….absurdity.

First, Amy busted out the fan.  That’s right, everyone – I did a photo shoot with a fan.

Love me some fan.  At one point, Amy was coaching me on how to be a model (she’s gorgeous, folks, and an expert – I am far from it), and I just started to feel ridiculous….

This week’s theme – fun with fruits and veggies!

The following photo, starring Bell Peppers as “Confetti”, is possibly my favorite photo ever.

It was entirely too much fun.  And no photo shoot is complete without a photo of me looking terrible.  I had to put this one in, because Maisy photo-bombed like a champ.

You guys, thirty pounds feels good.  Technically I’m at 35 lost as of last week, but I’m a little nervous about what the scale will say on Saturday, so I don’t want to speak too soon. Do you know when the last photo shoot we had was?  January 20.  That’s a little depressing – but those first 20 pounds came off pretty fast.  The only thing I can do is work HARD to get to 40 pounds lost!

As promised, I will do a list of 10 things for each 10 pounds.  This time:

TEN THINGS I LOVE TO DO TO BURN SOME CALORIES

  1. Walk up in the Far West neighborhood
  2. Cardio Dance Party at 24 Hour Fitness!
  3. Ab workout from the Nike Training Club app
  4. Parking far away from Target
  5. Ralking the trail by WRG’s place (around Arbor Walk)
  6. Free-weights (but I learned from WRG, who knows what he’s doing!)
  7. Taking a break from work by walking around the building
  8. Zumba!
  9. Walking a dog if I had one but I don’t so this one isn’t real
  10. High-fiving!

Okay, so that’s not the best list I’ve done, but it will work for today.  I hope you enjoyed the photos – time to think of what to do for my 40-pound shoot!

Let’s kick the rest of this week’s ass, friends.  It’s begging for it.

There Is No Place Like Nebraska

WRG and I and our friends Maggie and Matt traveled to Nebraska this weekend for a dear friend’s wedding (which is actually in Kansas City tomorrow).  This is Walter’s first time in Nebraska!  This post is all about photos, so let’s get to that:

Our Nebraska greeting

Daffodils in Mom and Dad’s yard

Dad’s killer salmon…all gone.

Playing at the park!!

Happiness and love and joy.  Despite the 12 and 1/2 hour drive (which we did overnight…), this has been an absolutely beautiful trip.  Gorgeous weather, family time, friendship, and love.  Couldn’t ask for more.

Weighing in tomorrow, bright and early.  I’ll keep you posted!

Thinspiration

There is a file on the desktop of my computer that is entitled:

“JUST DO IT”

Five and a half years ago, I weighed 158 pounds for about three months.  It was happy and joyous, and the first time in a quite a few years that I had been that healthy.  I became a Lifetime member at WW (meaning I made it to Goal and stayed there for 6 weeks) and it was awesome!  That summer we went to Hawaii for one of the most lovely vacations ever, and I felt pretty damn good about myself.  Obviously, being younger and much less experienced in the weight-loss world, I still wanted to be skinnier.  When I think about that now, I just LAUGH.  Really, 19-year-old Liz?  You’re hilarious.  No, I’m serious!  You’re a friggin’ comedian.

Anyway, here’s the photo that is on my desktop at all times:

That’s the skinniest of the Liz Loves.  That’s 158-pound, ass-kicking, healthy Liz Love. The I-didn’t-quite-know-what-to-do-with-my-hair-yet Liz Love.  She’s just finished her sophomore year of college, and she’s feeling pretty great about it.  Then she goes into her junior year, the stress becomes too much, and she pretty much falls off of the healthy wagon for the next 5 years.  But I digress.

I keep this photo on the desktop of my computer at all times because it reminds me that it’s possible.  It reminds me that I’ve done it before and been incredibly successful.  It reminds me that I didn’t gain all this weight in a few months, so it’s not going to come off in such a short amount of time either.  It builds my confidence, and gives me the inspiration I need to cook, plan, work out, track my points, and everything else.

What gives you inspiration to get healthier?  Find that thing, and then put it right in front of your face at all times.  It really helps.

10 for 10 – Volume 2

See ya later, 22.6 pounds.  You suck!

That’s right, friends.  20 pounds lost!  It was not until I looked at these photos that I could really, REALLY see the difference.  I mean, a lot.  Check this out:

And now?

We may have had a little more fun this time around.  I think with losing weight comes some serious attitude.  And by attitude, I mean ridiculousness.

That’s when Amy brought out the weights.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what you call bad form.  Or at least uncomfortable form. Definitely I-look-like-I-have-to-use-the-restroom form.

Look!  I’m showing you the exercises I do with my dumbbells!

Uh…this, too.

I haven’t even gotten to the most fun part, yet.  Nathan and Amy are awesome for so many reasons.  One of those reasons is the fact that they own a trampoline.  And not one of those dinky little things, a big, honkin’ trampoline.  And I just happened to have my tennis shoes with me!  This was a friggin’ workout, and one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. (Click on them – they get bigger!)

I got some serious height going.

It was just so, damn fun.

Did I mention that I’m a superhero?  Because I am.  My powers?  EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS.  (Uh, that sounds kind of terrible.)

It was so much fun.  I honestly can’t think of a better way to celebrate losing weight (at least, that doesn’t involve food.  Or alcohol.)  I can’t wait for the 30-pound photos! (Remember my 30 pounds by Valentine’s Day goal?  I need to keep working!)  I really hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.  :)

Also, huge props to Nathan and Amy – they are brilliant photographers and absolutely lovely people.  Nathan was even feeling under the weather – photos were still totally brilliant.

I did say for every 10 pounds I would make a top 10 list.  This time?

Top Ten Things Liz Loves to Eat
10. Dark Chocolate
9. Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars
8. Honeycrisp Apples
7. String Cheese
6. Cottage Cheese
5. Veggie Lasagna
4. Salmon
3. Gummy Vitamins (yep)
2. Broccoli
1. More Dark Chocolate

And lastly, Nathan captured my absolute favorite photo of myself I have ever seen.

Sup, bitch.

10 for 10

I’ve lost 10 pounds!  OK, 11.4 to be exact.  But who’s counting??  (Oh wait, I AM.)

My dear friend Sarah suggested that I do a Top Ten list for every 10 pounds I lose.  (She’s so smart.  This is why I keep her around.)  So here it is!

LIZ’S TOP TEN CHRISTMAS ALBUMS

  1. Ella Fitzgerald — “Ella Wishes You A Swingin’ Christmas”  I love Ella, and I love Christmas.  That’s all you need to know.
  2. Sufjan Stevens — “Songs for Christmas”  This is a new addition to the collection, and I love it.  Beautifully laid back and folky.
  3. Chicago — “Chicago’s First Christmas”  Chicago really just went above and beyond for this one.  It’s just….hilarious and wonderful.
  4. Duke Ellington — “The Nutcracker Suite”  Not an album, per se, but you can find it on his “Three Suites” album.  It grooves.
  5. 98 Degrees — “This Christmas”  Shut up.  You don’t have to like this.  I do.
  6. Mannheim Steamroller — Anything Christmas related.  Yep.
  7. Frank Sinatra — “The Christmas Collection”  Old Blue Eyes does everything so beautifully well.  Christmas tunes are no exception.
  8. Vince Guaraldi Trio — “A Charlie Brown Christmas”  Duh.
  9. Bernstein with NY Phil & Mormon Tabernacle Choir — “The Joy of Christmas”  Traditional and incredibly grand, as only the NY Phil and Mormon Tabernacle Choir can do.
  10. Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson — “Winter Song”  I know this isn’t an album, but this is one of my favorite songs EVER.  Look up the video.  It is absolutely magical.

Get ready for some fancy pants photos.  Nathan, of the ever brilliant and totally gorgeous Nathan Russell Photography, and his incredibly wonderful and talented wife Amy are my dear friends.  They taught me pretty much everything I know about photography, and I would be lost without them.  (On a related note, they will be teaching a class in the spring for beginning photographers.  Let me know if you want to be a part of it!)

So, Nathan has agreed to take some photos of me, every time I lose 10 pounds.  This first 11.4 pounds came off rather quickly (as those first few pounds frequently do), so we shot last night.  As you can see, I’m not a model.  But they did pull out the coolest light ever for this shoot. (It’s called an Octabank, for pete’s sake.  This is hardcore stuff, here.)

I’m a dork.  Also, I’m not sure you can really tell a difference, but I can feel it!  Also also, I got new glasses from Warby Parker.  Yay!

Thanks for reading!  On to the next 10 pounds!