October 3, 2011

Fire Up: Week Three

My positive picture for the week:

I went for a bike ride yesterday - to my office, but also to a lake nearby. I wanted to do some offline writing, and the lake seemed the perfect setting.

I love the water, and it's nice to have this little oasis here, especially since most of the place where I live now looks like this:

What have you done this week to help get to your goals?

(1) Lost 3 pounds, so I have 11 more to go to make this goal!
(2) Did much better with not eating after dinner. I *did* have a piece of the vegan cake I made, but since I had planned it and logged it, I am okay with that - it was an occasion, and the not-eating-after-dinner is more for late night binges that I don't track.
(3) I ran yesterday!

I did less than a mile because my pants were falling down (amazing how a few pounds can make your clothes fit better or worse!) but it felt good, and I'm confident about making October my month of running - it was October last year when I started C25k, it's October this year when I'm going to stoke the fire.
(4) I got paid on the 1st of the month, so I made my monthly budget. A few days in, and so far so good!
(5) I completed #24 - host a dinner party! Two down and one to go to make this goal! Back to tearing through the list, I love it.

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

I've been eating raw as much as possible, and my body cannot thank me enough. My appetite seems to have adjusted itself, and the scale is moving in the right direction again. As far as non-raw eating, though, I'm really proud of the fact that I gave away every crumb of the leftover cake from my dinner party. It made me feel strong and fabulous - I was so happy to bake and enjoy the product responsibly, and I recognized that even at 125 calories for a small slice, I didn't want to have that kind of temptation in the house once everyone left. The leftovers were gladly taken home by my guests - Justin told me the next day that he ate three slices for breakfast. *sigh*

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are your goals? Ambitions?

Married, for sure, with possibly a kid, or at least one on the way - in five years, I'll be going on 30, and I'd like to have my first before then. I also want some time as a couple without children, though, so we'll see. As far as work, the university where I work is fairly new and is growing like crazy, so I'd love to still be here in a few years, continuing to build up my program. I love the university and I love the job, it's just the town that is taking some getting used to.

Give us a tip or a fact. About anything, what is something great you've heard that everyone should know?

Jason Mraz is a musician who used to write an amazing blog. I'm not a devout fan of his music, but his writing was always exceptionally thought-provoking. One of my favorite posts of his mentioned the idea that
How you do anything is how you do everything.
And since then, I haven't been able to get the thought out of my mind.

What was your most recent dream that you can remember?

I used to have really vivid dreams when I was 345 pounds - likely because I would eat huge amounts of food right before falling asleep. (This blog is named after one of my dreams, actually.) I don't dream very much anymore, but the last one I remember was this summer, where my teeth liquified. It was a recurring nightmare when I was finishing grad school - it symbolizes feelings of instability, loss of control.


financecupcake said...

I LOVE reading your weekly updates. It sounds like life is great! Nice job getting out there and running. I hope this weeke is as great as the last.

Caron said...

Oh the teeth dreams! My oldest daughter mentioned just this week that she had one where all her teeth fell out. She was dreading a dentist appointment.

I've had those through the years where my teeth just disintegrate and fall out in pieces. It's scary and I did not know that there was any symbolism behind it.

You are doing so well. Keep it up. :)

Jessica said...

I used to dream all my teeth fell out all the time!

Christie Farrar said...

I have dreams where my teeth fall out if I am too stressed. It took me years to figure out that connection.

I always thought I was paranoid of poor oral hygiene.

Tim said...

Everytime you complete a goal on your to do list, it makes me want to go through mine! hehe

Unknown said...

makes me SO happy to see you happy and back feeling like your courageous self. Congrats on the big loss. I just knew that once you got adjusted and settled, you'd work right back into a routine. From the looks of the photos, it sounds like you're going to have a much nicer one at that, especially not having to worry about those Chicago winters anymore. Oh, how you will NOT miss those!!

MaryJo said...

Great job on the weight loss! I love your positive picture. I bet you got some good writing done there. Keep up the running and all the hard work!

PlumPetals said...

Love the photo you shared -- I sure could do with a serene pace like that to do my writing! Congrats on losing 3 pounds :)

Weight Wars said...

I've just caught up your posts over the last few days and it's been such a rollercoaster. I agree the comment was off. Glad you had a good time in Chicago (mostly) and I'm glad you are getting back on track.

This week seems awesome :)