March 23, 2012

Roses and thorns

*sigh*

I lied.

I promised part two of my "Racing Weight" recap yesterday, but got super overwhelmed with stuff to do for work before closing out for spring break. Papers to grade, exams to make, paperwork to complete.

And last night was full of getting ready to leave prep: doing laundry and dishes, packing my suitcase, making a perfect playlist for my race on Sunday.

Basically, it's been a long week. Stressful, exhausting, but with pockets of happiness ... praise from my boss, a good feeling about this week's lessons, good conversation with friends, and warm enough temperatures to wear my favorite dress:


It's light, flowy, and a bit loose even. It may not look like much, but wearing this dress makes me feel thin and healthy and good about my body. Much better than previous side shots:


Looking through all my old pictures this week didn't help with feeling emotionally overwhelmed. But that's enough for a post all its own someday.

I'm looking forward to today - a 4 hour flight to Chicago after a 2-3 hour drive to San Francisco (yes, drive - I was planning on taking the train, but a friend offered to drive since he'd be heading that way anyway. What luck!). I am bringing a book of John Muir's stories, but something tells me I'll be using most of the time (on the plane, anyway) to catch up on sleep.

I ran a lot this week, and I would say 5 of 7 days were good food-wise. It was a tough week, no way around it. I'm really looking forward to being in Chicago for a few days and spending time with amazing and supportive people. I'm hoping the trip provides me some of the clarity I'm looking for with how to finally feel good about my progress again. I'd be fine with weeks of no weight loss if I felt under control about my eating and my workouts. Every week, though, I only feel successful in one arena. I need to figure out how to feel good about both.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Any fun or interesting plans? Anyone racing?

18 comments:

Lorrie B. said...

Wow you look so good! I love the punk vibe you got going on too! I know what you mean about feeling under control with workouts and eating right. Weeks that I have that under control I feel better about myself even if I don't have the best weigh in.

Karla said...

You look amazing!!!! Love the dress, converse combo ;)
Have fun in Chicago, I know you love to go there and see family

My Kid's Mom said...

The dress looks great!

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

It's a wonderful roller coaster ride, is it not? Good luck on your race! I have no plans. Just some time spent enjoying this beautifully glorious weather!

ChiChi said...

Love the dress! Enjoy Chicago! I have a 5k tomorrow!

Leigh C. said...

You are tiny:) Very cute dress! Enjoy your trip.

spunkysuzi said...

You look wonderful and I love the dress!!

Caron said...

You look fabulous! I love the comparison photos. Have tons of fun.

Holly from 300 Pounds Down said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! Amazing. I am SOOO inspired right now!

Bluezy said...

Love the high top sneakers and tats. One day I will take a similar photo (hopefully this year) and will go out and either get some high top sneakers or some combat boots and surprise you with my calf art. LOL. I do it at WalMart all the time. LOL

Jitterfish (WJW) said...

I've never seen your before pic before, wow amazing. And that is an awesome dress. What is your tattoo of?

La Maison Boheme said...

Oooh, I love that dress. And man oh man, sister - you've come such a long way. You look (and feel, I'm sure) amazing.

This weekend I'm racing in my first ever 5K in Dallas, TX. So excited!

timothy said...

very cute dress but you may have to have it taken in, you look FABULOUS! have a great trip.xoxoxo

Shannon said...

Love the dress - you look great! Have a wonderful trip!!

El said...

i cant believe the difference. you look so cute and *athletic* in that dress!

Tim said...

Cool dress, Mary!

Have a wonderful time back in Chicago!

Ann said...

Mary - I LOVE this!!!! :) You look wonderful!

Tammy said...

You look absolutely amazing!!!