Honesty

My dear, sweet, kind, loving, amazing readers.  (And I am not at ALL saying that because I haven’t posted in forever and I’m a terrible person and possibly the worst weight loss blogger ever.)

An update:

October 20, 2012
Weight gain that week: 1.0 pounds

October 27, 2012
Weight loss that week: 2.2 pounds!!
TOTAL weight loss: 39.0 pounds

THIS WEEK!
I didn’t weigh-in.  Yep.  Terrible person.

Saturday was a long day, and that’s why I didn’t weigh-in.  I judged region band all day long, thought I might be able to weigh-in afterwards, but couldn’t because I WAS THERE FOREVER.  But let’s be TOTALLY honest here.  I could have figured that out before and weighed-in earlier in the week.  I chose to be lazy.  I chose to wait until the last minute and only really have one possible weighing-in option and I blew it.  And this week, I was determined to get this posted by the next time I weighed in – so naturally I waited until the last possible day.

Part of that is because I am sick.  So sick that I’ve been home from school since Wednesday, and I haven’t been inspired to do anything except sit and sleep and watch TV.  It’s SO annoying.  But at least I haven’t been that hungry!  It’s the little things, right?? Ugh.  Whatever.  I caught up on my soaps.  (And by “soaps” I mean “fairy-tale related shows”.  You know, Once Upon a Time and Grimm.  Soaps is just more fun to say.)

These last few weeks have been hard, and not really for any good reason.  Yes, we moved, and yes, I’m sick, and yes, teaching is hard – but there’s always going to be something, isn’t there?  Some of you are probably wondering why in the world I’m complaining, being that I was down 2.2 pounds two weeks ago, but I’m just being honest. I know that I have not been making the best decisions.  And I will tell you that.  Even though I could lie and you’d never know (never know, never know, never know **fading out**…..you know, like an echo?  Ugh, internet is hard.)

And I certainly haven’t been exercising.  I have figured out, however, that if I come home and sit on the couch, I don’t intend to move again unless it involves food or sleeping. Unless there is a meal or a bed coming my way, I’m probably not going to vacate our amazing and wonderful couch.  Solution?  Work out before I get home.  Hooray!  Of course, the first time I tried that, I got sick.  Literally.  The FIRST day I packed a bag of work-out clothes to take to work, I started feeling yucky and now I’ve been out for 3 days straight.  I do believe that means I’m allergic to working out.  (That’s the only logical explanation, here.)

Since I’m not so motivational with the whole weight losing thing, let’s talk about other things.  We moved!  WRG and I are now in a 2 bed 2 bath in a beautiful neighborhood in an apartment that we love – but MOST IMPORTANTLY I DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE ALL DAY TO GET TO WORK.  (I’M NOT EXAGGERATING THAT WAS MY LIFE.  BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT IF I’M TALKING IN ALL CAPS I AM MOST LIKELY BLOWING THINGS OUT OF PROPORTION.)  We’ve spent the last few weeks spending way too much money and trying to make it feel like home.  Our epic bookcases are up – and the chalkboard has a new place in the dining room (with Bach and Beethoven prominently displayed):

I stuck placemats to the wall.  I love them.

(I promise our walls aren’t as green as our lighting/my iPhone makes them look.  But they are just a little greener than one might like…we’re working with it.)

And our porch is so pretty (AND WALTER IS OFFICIALLY A MAC CONVERT!!!!).

We love it here.  And I don’t feel nearly as stressed when I get home, because I haven’t driven for ELEVENTY HOURS.

That’s the update.  I absolutely WILL weigh-in tomorrow, and then I will tell you all about it. I really hope this sickness leaves soon, because I was just getting motivated to get back on track with exercising.  Here’s to a healthy weekend!

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Ketchup

I owe this blog, like, the most epic post in the history of posts – with pictures and videos and statistical graphs and glitter cannons and everything awesome and interesting. Naturally, that means I’m just going to babble and babble some more and maybe throw in a photo here and there.  Even WordPress was mad when I went to their website to write this post – it was all “You have to sign in because you haven’t been here in forever.  Oh, and we got new fonts.  SUCK IT.”

WordPress is so rude.

Oh, and remember when I said this whole not blogging thing wasn’t a trend?  Yeah, apparently I suck a little bit lately.

Let’s start off with this – the last three weeks have gone as follows:

September 29, 2012
Weight gain that week: 1.8 pounds

October 6, 2012
Weight that week: MAINTAINED!

THIS WEEK!
Weight loss this week: 0.8 pounds
Current weight: 198.0 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 37.8 pounds

(If you’re as confused as I am, just check out the Weight Tracking page.)

I’m kind of waffling around (haha, waffling, get it?  Because this is a weight loss blog?  I’m so funny…) with this whole losing weight thing, and it’s because I like to eat food that’s bad for me in the evenings and on weekends.  Truly.  That’s it.  During the week, I wake up in the morning, I eat Fiber One cereal with almond milk or a Smart Ones breakfast sandwich, I bring my lunch to school (because I really have no other choice) consisting of a sandwich/chips/fruit/string cheese/Fiber One bar or a Lean Cuisine.  That’s my daily routine Monday-Friday.

Evenings are hard, because this is my normal school day: wake up friggin early, drive 40 minutes to school, spend 11 hours there teaching the children how to play music and be slightly less weird, and drive an hour back home.  By the time I walk in the door, it’s usually close to or past 7:00pm, and I want indian food.  Or pizza.  And ice cream.  Loooooots of ice cream.  And wine!  I want wine, too!

Sometimes, I’m really good at saying no to all of that stuff.  And then sometimes I eat indian food pizza with wine-flavored ice cream.  You never know how the night is going to go.

I know I’m making excuses for my misdeeds, but that’s just my life right now.  It’s hard to be good when it just feels sooooo good (for about 10 minutes) to be bad.  And Austin needs to stop having such amazing restaurants.  Bastards.

This most recent week was a little better – we cooked and worked out one night!  Yaayyy!

(This is me, proving that I worked out.  I guess it really only proves that I put on work-out pants and tennis shoes and stood on gravel/greenery, but I promise I went on a 3-mile ralk outside.  Although, it was more walking than running.)  I even had my first band concert this week!  (It was a little stressful, but also incredibly awesome.)

On top of all that, we’re moving this week!  SUPER excited about this because 1) the new place is 2-bed-2-bath and totally rad, and 2) MY DRIVE TO SCHOOL WILL BE SO MUCH SHORTER NOW.  Less excited, because our lives are currently in a state of total chaos. The new place looks a little like this right now:

His and hers seating.  We classy.  (Also, do you see our wood-like material flooring??  I am way too excited about it.)

This week is going to be a little crazy with moving and cleaning and trying not to go completely insane.  However, we went to the grocery store yesterday and bought a bunch of easy lunch/dinner meals for the week, plus fruit and pop chips and all of our other usual snacky-type foods.

And if moving a million heavy boxes down 2 flights of stairs and then up 1 flight of stairs isn’t working out, I don’t know what is.

Down 0.2 Pounds

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my serious hiatus the last two weeks.

Secondly, I didn’t weigh-in this week.  More about that to come.

Thirdly, I’d just like to state that this is just a bump in the road – I promise this is not a trend. You guys have to help me stay on track.

STATS (for last week)
Weight loss last week: 0.2 pounds
Current weight: 197.0 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 38.8 pounds

It’s better than nothing!  The previous two weeks were so awesome – I’m just glad I maintained the weight loss.  I think the days of eating moderately well during the week without exercising and still losing weight are over.  I need to work a little harder!

About this week – it was a rough one.  I didn’t feel well all week long (I’ll spare you the gory details), and it was incredibly hard to stay on track.  Plus, I had a birthday dinner!  (Which would have been awesome, if I didn’t feel terrible.)  All in all, it was a bleh piece of bleh.

I came home Friday night and sort of fell apart.  In that moment, I decided that I didn’t want to weigh-in on Saturday morning.  For a brief second, I felt guilty.  And then I knew that I wasn’t physically or emotionally in the right place to go to WW in the morning.  I gave myself a seriously-needed break.  I know that I can’t always do this – I would never make any progress.  But it was just straight up necessary this week.  Oh, and I’m PMSing.

The perfect crapstorm of suck.**

So I took a week off.  I’m still feeling sort of yucky, but I think I’m on the uphill slope of this whole thing.  Let’s hope I can get back in gear this week.

**I’m totally copyrighting this phrase.  Right now.

Down 1.2 Pounds

And we continue the downward trend!

STATS
Weight loss this week: 1.2 pounds
Current weight: 197.2 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 38.6 pounds

Nathan Russell Photography better get ready.  40-pound photos are not that far off. :)

As I said in last week’s post, teaching is a good weight loss program.  I barely have time to sit during my 30-minute lunch, let alone eat an entire meal.  By the way, my go-to packed lunch looks something like this:

•  Sandwich: Nature’s Own Whole Grain Sandwich Round, black peppered turkey
breast, pickles, red pepper hummus
•  Pop chips
•  FRUIT – usually 2 of the following: grapes, orange, apple, banana
•  String cheese – 1 piece for lunch, 1 piece for the drive home
•  Fiber One 90-calorie bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter is the best!
•  Diet Coke or sparkling water

I honestly don’t get that tired of this line-up.  More on packing school lunches later.

This week was somehow harder at school than last week.  Wednesday was a particularly rough day, and I was not in a great mood when I got home.  However, instead of sitting down in front of the TV to drink a beer and watch Chopped all night, I changed into my workout clothes and ralked.  2.4 miles.  In 30 minutes.  I also ran for 8 minutes without stopping at the beginning of the ralk.

You guys this is unheard of.

It was, by far, my fastest time when it comes to ralking.  I had just put in over 11 hours at school, and I still managed to completely kick ass.

This weekend was good for working out as well – I ralked over 6 miles total on Saturday and Sunday around the lake!  (It obviously helped that the weather was the most glorious it’s been in a long time.)  Ralking around that lake might be one of my favorite things to do. The scenery is obviously so beautiful, and the people watching is sublime.  You’re an endless source of entertainment, ATX.

Plus, there’s this:

I truly love this city.  Like I love cheesecake.  (Shut up – I know this is weight-loss blog.  But you know how much I love cheesecake…)

Here’s to another losing week.  Maybe 40 pounds next week?  Let’s not get too overboard here, folks.  Deep breaths.  :)

Down 2.2 Pounds

Uh, yeah.  I would say that teaching suits me.

YOU GUYS I’M AT MY LOWEST WEIGHT EVER AND I’M BELOW 200 POUNDS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MAY AND I’M JUST SO DAMN EXCITED I CAN’T STOP TYPING IN ALL CAPS.  AHHHHHHHH.  EEEEEEEEEK.  OTHER SILLY SOUNDS!!

STATS
Weight loss this week: 2.2 pounds
Current weight: 198.4 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 37.4 pounds

This was such a joyous moment.  The last time that I was below 200 pounds was in May. MAY, PEOPLE.  That’s too long.  And it’s my lowest weight!  Did I mention it’s my lowest weight???

My first week of teaching was awesome.  Awesome and exhausting and long and more difficult than I ever knew it would be.  Despite my levels of being overwhelmed and so far beyond what one might call “stress”, I am back into a routine and it seems to agree with me.  But the biggest reason I’m doing well while teaching?  I only have 30 minutes for lunch, and I’m usually getting things ready for my afternoon classes for about 27 of those 30 minutes.  I make my lunch every day, eat about half of it at actual lunch time, and then finish it on my way home from school (which has been around 6:15pm on average….)  I don’t have time to eat poorly during the day.  It’s truly a blessing in disguise.

Walter also needs a big shout out this week.  When I came home my first few days and just stared at the wall for longer than someone should really stare at a wall before you start to seriously worry about them, he would make dinner and hold my hand and tell me that everything was going to be okay.  Turns out – he was right!  I survived my first week and I’m actively excited about going back to work on Tuesday.  That’s a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time, and it is JOYOUS.  (Don’t get me wrong – I have never loved a weekend more in my life.  But I’m not dreading its ending!)  Walter also made me breakfast tacos yesterday morning that were amazing:

He’s a keeper.

The only thing I didn’t like about this week is that I didn’t work out at all Mon-Fri.  It was actually a miracle that I stayed awake past 8pm, let alone had the energy to work out.  I’m not exactly sure how that’s going to go once I get more used to teaching all day, so we’re just going to play it by ear.  I really want to get to a point where I can still muster up the energy to go for a run or head to a class at 24 Hour Fitness at least 3 times a week.  We are just going to take this once step at a time. :)

I am so incredibly happy that I am back below 200 and at my lowest weight.  Hopefully this week is a little easier at school and just as awesome for my health.  I leave you with yet another sunrise photo – from the first day of school!

Happy 3-day weekend!

Down 2.0 Pounds

I’m sorry things have been short and sweet around here lately (due to school starting tomorrow), so here is some great news!

STATS
Weight loss this week: 2.0 pounds
Current weight: 200.6 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 35.2 pounds

We’re back.  Close to being under 200 pounds, 35 pounds lost, etc.  Let’s not screw it up this time, Liz.  Walter went to the grocery store today and bought incredibly yummy and healthy food, and we just went for a ralk.  I ran almost a full mile in one fell swoop.  BAM.

A few thoughts for this week:
•  I am very seriously contemplating signing up for a half marathon in February (aww hell that’s WAY scarier when I see it in writing).  Thoughts?
•  Chili’s is the devil.  Story to follow when I have more time.  (The restaurant.  Not the kind of soup/stew or whatever the hell chili is.)
•  School starts tomorrow.  I will bring my lunch every day.  Being that I only get 30 minutes for lunch, I will so rarely be tempted to eat out.  A blessing in disguise.

Since I’ve started working a lot earlier in the morning than I used to, the sunrises have been plentiful.  Here are a few gems:

Makes that 45-minute drive almost worth it.  Almost.  :)

And we’re off to a new week.  For those of you who don’t know, tomorrow is my first day of school as a middle school band director.  Wish me luck!  And weight loss!

Centennial

My dear friends – this is my 100th post on Love Weights!

It’s been a rough couple of months, so I’ve decided that I’m done being uninspiring.  (Yes, you can decide something like that.)  I’m just not going to suck at losing weight right now. I’m tired of feeling fat, feeling tired and gross, feeling unhealthy.  I’m tired of getting on the blog and saying “Sorry, kids, I gained again.”  Speaking of which:

STATS
Weight gain this week: 1.8 pounds
Current weight: 206.6 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 29.2 pounds

Okay, fine.  I’ve accepted it.  These last two weeks were shitty.  MOVING ON.

I want to bring your attention to something.  Please see Exhibit A:

That, right there, was taken on November 20, 2011.  I can’t possibly tell you how good it makes me feel to look at this photo, and then look in the mirror today.  Plus, my incredible friends keep telling me that I look good and I’m doing well, which keeps me going more than anything in the world.

I haven’t blogged in quite awhile about the reasons I’m doing this whole weight loss dealiebob.  So let’s talk about that.  In list form.

1.  I don’t love the way I look right now.  I certainly like it, but I don’t love it.  I know that I would be prouder of a more fit body.
2.  I don’t want to get diabetes.  It runs in my family, and I am only inviting its onset by being unhealthy.  This is such a big, fat DUH.  My health is the most important thing.
3.  I feel so much better when I eat healthy food and work out consistently.  When I wake up in the morning and my ring goes on my finger easily, I feel like I’ve already succeeded.
4.  Two words: new clothes.
5.  This blog – it makes me happy, and it keeps me going.

I’ve posted this before, but here’s another reason:

A picture is worth a thousand words.  (For those of you who don’t know, this was taken in 2006 when I was at 158 pounds.  Thinspiration.)

It’s going to be a good week.  I started the new job yesterday, and I’m beyond excited. This also means that I’m back into a routine, which helps so much when it comes to food and exercise planning.  Walter and I killed it at the grocery store on Sunday, and we cooked scallops and risotto last night.  We fancy.

Even though Walter accidentally put in a little too much corn starch for the sauce on the scallops, they were still absolutely delicious.  We added mushrooms to one of our WW favorites – Asparagus Risotto.  Insanely good.

So if I haven’t been motivating yet, hopefully this will be: on Sunday morning, I went to 24 Hour Fitness with the intention of meeting WRG to do a spin class.  It was full by the time I got there, so I went with a step class.  I love step class – it’s like extreme dancing, because you’re trying to do walkovers and rotations and repeater knees and L steps and all those shenanigans while stepping onto a slightly unstable plastic riser.  And inevitably, you fall. Some people fall gracefully, catching themselves with their hands on the step, or not even hitting the ground at all.  Not Liz Love.  Liz Love misses the step, tips the top part up completely, and falls in a heap of limbs on top of her equipment.  Nothing graceful about that.  After wiping the embarrassment off of my awkward body, I caught my breath, drank some water, and jumped right back in to finished the class.  I had to ice a pretty gnarly bruise on my leg later, but it was worth it —

If you STILL aren’t motivated – GO WATCH THE OLYMPICS.  Those are some fit, feisty, and fine folks.  Mmm.

Mostly, this post just serves as a reminder: I am seeing this through.  A little weight gain has never stopped me before, and it’s not going to stop me now.  I needed that reminder.  And so did you.  :)