January 7, 2011

Roses and thorns

My flight landed at Midway Airport around 8pm on Monday night. I was home by 9:30, and in bed by 10. It had been a long couple of weeks, and after a few hours of traveling, I was just wiped out. The next morning, I stepped on the scale for my first glimpse of my numeric weight in weeks; before I left, I weighed in at 265. I was nervous, but feeling confident. obligatory aerial chicago shot - loveeeI did a good job in Connecticut - in terms of food and exercise, there were some good decisions, and there were days when one or both could have been better. But all things considered, I knew I would see a loss, even if it was a small one. I could feel it.

Lo and behold ... 260.

I'm unbelievably proud. I survived the holidays - but not only, the holidays with my family - and lost five pounds! Since coming home to Chicago, I've been back to eating well and I've been in the gym every day, so my official weigh in for today has me at 254. (It sounds like a lot of loss for only a few days, but I think some of it was retained water - I wasn't counting, but by a rough estimate, I'd say my sodium intake was about a billion times what it usually is. I'm very much a plain, no-sauces kind of lady, and my mom likes butter.)

My total loss is now 91 pounds, which is completely awesome, if I do say so myself! I'm pretty close to a few upcoming landmarks ... hitting 250, finally being "just" obese - and not "morbidly" so - at 247, and finally, marking 100 pounds total lost at 245. An awful lot to celebrate, I think! I'm trying to think of some great non-food rewards for myself - I've already talked about wanting a tattoo for my 100 pound loss, but also, I was thinking about possibly moving my blog to a self-hosted site. I'm still weighing the pros and cons, so we'll see.

It's been a week of introspection and compliling thoughts collected while away, but it has also been a week of springing back into action. At the gym, I've been back in the pool a couple of times, which I love in spite of the awful chapped lips it has given me. I ran on the treadmill a couple days ago and will be back today - admittedly, though, it's tough. I got used to road running really quickly, and that's just not something I can do in Chicago - too many stops and starts with traffic and street lights. Sure, I could go down to the lakeshore paths ... but that's more of a weekend/vacation kind of run, not something I could do most days - it just takes too long to get there. I don't mind the treadmill, I just need to readapt a bit.

Another thing I started at the gym this week was weights - I need to tighten and tone like you wouldn't believe. I've been going to the gym with my friend Lorelei, who has used weight machines before and therefore claimed that I could trust her with showing me what to do. Now I'm doing some research of my own, because my legs are killing me. No joke, I'm walking like a cowboy from a bad Western, ready to duel. Yikes.

NSV for the week: I got an Old Navy gift card from my dad for Christmas, which I spent on two nice shirts and a new pair of jeans ... size 18. The 20's were falling off me already, which is both awesome and awful. Awful, because I just bought them about a month ago. But I haven't worn size 18 jeans since 7th grade, so I'm feeling pretty good about that! This is the first time in twelve years that my jean size hasn't had a two in the tens place ... half my life so far!


Maude said...

WOW! Congratulations! You were so worried about your visit, and you did awesome. I thought about you while I was visiting with my own family, and really hoped you were doing better than I was. Well, you definitely were! 91 pounds is such an achievement.

On the new jeans - you should take advantage of the sales right now and buy a couple more pairs. I picked up some new one's at Banana Republic for $20. And maybe you gould get a pair of 16s? I think you're going to need them :)

Jess said...

WOW! Such a great job!! So proud of you!!!!!

Tim said...

Again...WOW! Awesome news about the loss over the holiday period and also dropping a jean size. Personally I was more ecstatic when i realised I dropped a jean size than when I lost 20lbs LOL.

Well done!!

Anonymous said...

All so wonderful! You definitely need a big reward when you hit all those milestones. Good for you for getting right back into the swing of things. I've been struggling with that all week. It's amazing how much fitness you can lose in just two weeks (and I was running during that time). But I am so sore from Bodypump twice this week! BTW, I love Bodypump for weight training. Does your gym have that? And I am so glad I live in Florida, because I HATE the treadmill.

Amy said...

OMG! I am so happy for you - you must be just glowing!

If I were you I would highly consider buying clothes from thrift stores for the next few months since you're whipping through clothes and that's just going to get expensive.

I'm not sure if you're talking about buying your own domain or self hosting off of blogger - but I have to say buying my own domain was so easy and simple and I love it. It's only $10/year.

As for a 100 pound loss tattoo - I think it's a great idea for you to see how far you've come!! What would you get??

You're going to hit your 100 pound loss for WWW in no time!!!

You kick challenge's asses!!

Jessica said...

Awesome Job!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Great job!!!!

Casey said...

Wow, Mary! You did great! You worried so much about this trip, but I know you were also prepared for it!
Way to go!

Retta said...

A 5 lb loss after a vacation trip?? Especially this one, with the family stresses??Fantastic! And that's great about the "skinny" jeans. :-)


Veronica said...

This was an amazing post; as I just found most of your posts are... I just read through a ton of your posts and lifestory... amazing. simply amazing!
5lb loss while home... size 18 jeans... amazing. :)

Anonymous said...

You are doing so awesome!!! Truly and an inspiration; I love reading your blog! Keep up the good work!

jayme @ Losing Half My Weight said...

congrats, mary!! you are totally rocking it and i'm so proud of you!

Life as a Caterpillar said...

There ius so much to comment on in this post!!

Well done on your weight loss over xmas. I know i gained 4lbs in 4 weeks, and i know how hard i found the holidays, so it's a great big congrats to you!

I'll be reading closely to see your tips on running. I've gone back a few weeks to train for this half -marathon in June, but i need more tips on outdoor running, if you can help me with that?

Congrats on your jeans size also- what aownderful NSV!!