Friday, April 30, 2010

really quick friday weigh in

Start: 250.3
Last Week: 197.8

This Week: 197.6

I don't know how I have a loss this week, even one as miniscule as .2. I did run 7.5 miles on Sunday, but I didn't go to the gym at all the rest of the week. I ate terribly. Who knows. I am thrilled that I didn't gain.

I am going to check out a new gym after work today. There are a couple in the area of my new job, so I may try to get to a few more this weekend. I'm really excited for this one though, especially since they offer kettlebell classes!!! So anyway, that will be fun.

Today is my last day at the YMCA. I'm excited, but it's going to be a little bittersweet. No matter how much they could get on my nerves and drive me crazy, I love my 1 year olds so, so much. A couple families have asked if I ever wanted to babysit, so I know that I will get to see at least a few of them in the future. =)

Okay. I'm out. Landlord is showing the house today which means I need to finish cleaning! Then it's the bank and Starbucks before I need to be at work by 8 AM. Happy Friday, all!

Monday, April 26, 2010

20 minutes

I have 20 minutes until lights out. With my new job starting next Monday, I no longer have the luxury of sleeping in. I will have to be at work at 8:30, which is kind of when I wake up right now, haha. So as of last night, I am working on training myself to get up early. Lights out is at 10, and the alarm goes off at 6:15. I was really tired today, but I'm hoping that by getting in the habit now, next week won't be so hard.

I have really been struggling a lot these past few days. And not just with exercise and eating.

I've been feeling kind of lonely. Right now, I can handle it, because I have my housemates. But next year, I may be on my own. And if I am, I think I will like it and do well. I'm not really worried about housing. One of my housemates, and my best friend in Denver, is going back to school next year. And I am so excited for her. But it is going to be hard to not have her here, simply as a friend. I don't have a lot of friends here. I am trying to get more involved in church things, but until my schedule is less up in the air, I can't commit to much. For some reason it feels like an incredibly hard thing to do... to find friends.

I was supposed to run 9 miles on Sunday, but only made it 7.5. I was hurting, and to be honest, I also wanted to make it to the bar to watch the Red Wings game. I didn't workout tonight because I slept funny, and my back and shoulder have been killing me all day. Tomorrow is my housemate's birthday, and we are going out as soon as I get off work, so I'm not working out tomorrow either, unless I walk at lunch... actually, that is a possibility. I will probably do that.

My eating has not been great. I'm stressed, which is no excuse, I am just having a hard time remembering that when I am stressed, food does not help anything. I do have other things available besides eating... like reading a book, or writing, or cleaning, or praying.

Sorry this update is all over the place. I am trying to get used to this huge change that is happening this week and next, and I'm not dealing with it well. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited. But I'm also overly emotional and anxious. Argh.

Well, it is 9:59, so I better wrap up. I forgot about my clothes giveaway... if you want any of these clothes, leave a comment on that entry. Some are already taken, but the gold shirt, the dresses and the skirt are still up for grabs. Physicallee Fit and Jessie, shoot me an email at everydaygrace.blog@gmail.com with your mailing addresses and I'll get your clothes out to you this week.

Goodnight, friends!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jackpot!

I love outlet shopping! I spent a bit of money today, but I got a TON of stuff!!!

First off, I should also say that I only bought clothes from two stores. One was the Gap, which I haven't shopped at in years, and the other was Ann Taylor, where I have never shopped before. I've never been able to, until now.

Okay, Ann Taylor. Two pairs of pants, one black, one a brownish color I can't really describe. Greyish brown? I don't know, but a really pretty color. A lighter weight black kind of wrap-around sweater, but it is all attached. No strings or anything to tie. Two really pretty tank tops that are totally office appropriate worn under a sweater or cardigan. (They also look great with jeans!) New. Favorite. Store.

The Gap. Two cami tops, one is black, one is salmon with little white polka dots. Both have lace at the neckline. One black cardigan. One long sleeve white button down shirt. One kind of more casual light pink shirt with a keyhole back. I also got a bottle of Dream body spray, which I used to use back in college... one of my favorite scents!

So those were all the clothes. I really think with what I already have in my closet, I can really make a lot of combinations and great outfits. Along with a pretty silver necklace, and a pair of earrings... all that stuff ran me a grand total of $214.22. Which is a lot less than I thought I would have to spend. Total for these purchases, I saved $110.98. Um, AWESOME!?!?!?! Thank you outlets!!!!!

I also bought myself a present... which was another hundred dollars. But since I saved $152 on it, I don't feel bad at all. I am considering it a tax refund/new job present to myself. It is a beeeeeautiful Coach purse. I have one Coach bag already, a really super cute Swing Pack, is what they call it on the website, haha. It is awesome for when I don't want to haul lots of stuff around. My wallet, keys, cell phone, and a lip gloss fit perfectly. Great for taking to the mall, grocery store, etc.

This new purse is bigger, so say, if I know I am going to be driving all around for my job, I can throw in some snacks, like an apple and a granola bar. I'm totally making this all up off the top of my head, haha. But it is nice to have two different sized bags for different occasions. Plus, while a hundred dollars is a lot, I realize, I know from experience that Coach bags are very well made, and it will last me a long time, if not forever. Hooray, hooray. It is the classic tan color, with lavender insides.

So that was my excursion to the outlet mall. All I have left to do is get another pair or two of shoes, and I'm golden! I feel a lot better about starting this job now that I have more clothes. And I am really proud of myself because most of what I got can be worn with other things. It is very mix and matchable, which is good, because it means it will look like I have more outfits, hahaha.

Total spent today: $316.09
Total saved: $263.78

Not too shabby.

Friday, April 23, 2010

why hello there!

I haven't done a real weigh in post for a couple weeks. But today I am! Hooray! With no further ado, here goes.

Starting Weight: 250.3
Last Week's Weight: 201 (Grr.)

This Week's Weight: 197.8 (-3.2. YAY!)

Finally, I made it past the 200 mark. That makes me really happy. I worked out every night since Monday, and I am glad it paid off. I really don't know if there is anything else I can say. I'm happy with it.

I am also happy because:

-It is Friday.
-Friday is Starbucks day.
-I got paid yesterday.
-I get paid tomorrow.
-Got my tax refund this morning!
-I'm going shopping tomorrow.
-Only 1 more week at my current job!
-It is raining. I love rain. And thunderstorms.

And that is all. I hope everyone has a very happy Friday and a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Zumba!

All my kids left a little early today, so by 5:55 I was putting on my shoes to head to the gym. I was planning on doing some elliptical, and maybe some bike, when my boss asked me if I was going to go to Zumba.

I have wanted to go to Zumba for months now, but since it starts right at 6, and I don't usually get out until 6, I never made it. But I did today! And I felt like a complete idiot, as I had no idea what I was doing! But it was a lot of fun anyway. =) I do have to say though, it wasn't as intense as I thought it would be. Like... I got done with the class and thought "well, that was a good warmup, what should I do next?" I was ready to run a couple miles on the treadmill.

I would have done that, too, but I had to go home after the class. Dinner and house meeting before we are meeting a possible subletter for an empty room in the house. Which is good, and will be delicious and fun. (Pesto pizza!)

I'm still taking opinions on gyms, if anyone wants to give them. Or you can give me your opinion of Zumba. =)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

working out

I finally got a workout yesterday. I have been waiting for my knee to feel better, and these past few days, it has. I didn't have the most intense workout, but it felt SO good to be back in the gym. I did half an hour on the treadmill, alternating walking and jogging. I so wanted to do more, but I was kind of feeling knee twitches, so I played it safe. And I think that was a good idea, to work my way back into running a little slowly.

After that, I did half an hour on the elliptical. That made me sweat a lot, hah! One thing I have been noticing lately is that I have to do more work if I want to have the same calorie burn that I did 50 pounds ago. Which I think I knew... but now it is real.

My last day at the Y is next Friday. Which means my last day of free Y membership is also next Friday. Since my new job is in the opposite direction as the Y, I am now officially gym shopping. What kinds of gyms do you guys go to? Does anyone have opinions about 24 Hour Fitness?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Clothing giveaway!!!

One of the hard things about losing weight is that when you are moving down, you don't want to buy a whole new wardrobe for each size, especially if you are only going to be there for a month or two. It is kind of a waste of money. But you also want to feel good about yourself, and feel confident in your clothing, which isn't always possible if you are buying cheap clothes.

So here is the deal. I have some clothes that are now too big for me, and I would love to pass them on to some of you, if you want them. Descriptions of the clothes are beneath the pictures. If you see something (or many somethings!) you would like, leave me a comment. If two or more people want the same thing, I will do a random drawing. If you are the only one who claims it, it's all yours! I will leave this open for a week, so you need to let me know by next Sunday what you want!


Snazzy top, good for going out dancing!
Lane Bryant - Size 18/20

Gold blouse, looks better when ironed and worn with the belt (not shown).
Lane Bryant - Size 22/24


Fun satin dressy shirts. Loved these, obviously, as there are 3.
Lane Bryant, all size 18/20

Pants to wear with the shirts? Both from Lane Bryant, both petite length.
Black - Size 7 (I don't get the new sizing...)
Gray - Size 22

Jeans skirt.
Lane Bryant - Size 20.

Just got this dress last summer, on sale. It is an awesome sundress!
Penney's - Size 20W

And a fancy dress!
Dress Barn (I think?) - Size 20W

There you have it! If you are working your way down, and these will fit you, let me know what you want. I would love to give these clothes to people who are on this journey with me. =)

Friday, April 16, 2010

what kind of news do you want first?

Let's go with the bad.

I am up a pound this week. So in two weeks I have managed to not lose anything, and gain a pound. Let's face it though... I know what I did. And what I did was a lot of stress eating. Yuck. I also have not been able to work out, and that is not even an excuse, it is the honest truth. My knee has been really bothering me and it hurts a lot of the time. I am going to take it easy this weekend and try to stay off it as much as possible. More ibuprofen and ice. But if it is still bothering me on Sunday/Monday, I'm going to get in to see my doctor. Which I hope I won't have to... I need to get on with my training!

Okay that was the bad. Now for the good news! (Can you guess what it is?)

I GOT THE JOB!!!

I am so very excited. My interview went really well yesterday, I felt good about it. Today I was seriously so jumpy every time I thought my phone might be ringing/vibrating. Haha. Around 4:30 I got a call from one of my references, and she told me she had a great talk with the executive director of the Foundation I'll be working with. So that was a really good sign. Then, right before 5:00, the Director called me and offered me the job!

I am going to be the administrative coordinator for a library foundation. So I'll be helping raise money, working with volunteers, organizing lots of files and materials, doing general office work, etc. I am really, really excited. I have two weeks left with the daycare. But I wish I could start this job tomorrow.

I am pretty sure I got this job because I added Jack as a last minute reference. Haha. =) Seriously though, thanks to everyone who left such kind and encouraging comments. I am so grateful to you all, you helped to keep me calm and sane these past few days.

Well. I don't think anything can top that bit of news, so I'm out for the night. Time for a shower, and going to bed without having to set an alarm! YAY!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

stressed out of my mind

I am stressed. I have been waiting since last Tuesday for my in person interview for a job that I REALLY want. (I will tell you more about it if I get it!) Anyway, last Tuesday, I wasn't too stressed about it. After all, I had more than a week to wait.

But these last few days have been sheer torture. Time has been going so slow, but I know this evening is going to go way too fast. The waiting is killing me.

Thanks to my mom, I have a great interview outfit. (Tan slacks, a pink and white striped shirt, an awesome black jacket, and killer black patent leather Steve Madden heels.) I have a folder thing with a legal pad in it. (What are those even called? Folder thing makes the most sense...) I know exactly where I am going, thanks to some scouting out I did on Monday after work.

I am qualified for this job. My phone interview went very well. I am excited to meet the people I talked with last week.

But I am still SO anxious for tomorrow morning. I'm going to do a little more preparation tonight, but mostly I'm going to try to distract myself. Painting my nails, showering, watching my Netflix movie. And then going to bed early, hopefully by 10, 10:30 at the latest.

Pray for me. Think good thoughts. Cross your fingers. Do whatever you need to do, and keep me in your thoughts tomorrow. Thanks. =)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Jump Street


Since I didn't weigh in today (hoteling it up with my mom! fun!), I thought I would post some of the pictures from going trampolining last week. They are blurry, as it is pretty much impossible to get a clear picture when your subjects are bouncing around. These are pretty silly. Just a warning. =)


Me, Caroline. Just jumping.


I can levitate. My housemates cannot.


It looks like I am trying to flap my arms and fly!


Oh hey! Guess what? I lost 50 pounds! And also, my face is crazy!!!




Tuesday, April 6, 2010

breaking news!

This morning I had a phone interview - for a job that seems to be made for me. I was super nervous last night, and I even was kind of awake for an hour in the middle of the night, unable to go back to sleep. Eventually I did fall asleep again, thank goodness.

I really felt like the phone interview went well! I was told at the end that I could expect a call by Friday letting me know if they wanted me to come in for an in person interview. Apparently by "Friday" they really meant this afternoon. Because I got a call around 2:45 from the executive director asking me to come in for an in person interview!!! YES!!! I have not been this excited in awhile! My interview is next Thursday, the 15th. Soooo keep me in your thoughts/prayers, because I can use all the support I can get.

I would say I can't wait til next week... but that would be a lie. I can. Because my mom will be here in less than 48 hours! Then we will go interview attire shopping, haha.

I went to Jump Street with my housemates and my friend Holly tonight, where we paid $10 to jump on trampolines for 2 hours. We lasted less than an hour and a half. Jumping is a workout! I am sore all over! But it was really super fun, and Holly got some great pictures that I will share with you all later this week, or early next week.

As far as Friday weigh in goes... it's up in the air whether I'll do it or not. If I'm home, I will. If I'm hanging in the hotel with my mom, I most likely won't get to it until Saturday or later. Either way, I'm feeling really good about this week. And not just because I'm laying here icing all my joints. =)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It's Easter!

Happy Easter!

Easter is by far my favorite holiday. I could care less about chocolate rabbits today. The only thing I wanted to do was go to church. And even though I am working, I had an awesome volunteer this morning, so I got to go! And it was so, so good. The music was great, and we had both worship leaders there, which I have never, ever seen. The message was about having power when your life is out of control. Which is always helpful, since, well... do you have your life totally under control? I know I don't.

Back to candy! I do have downfalls when it comes to some Easter candy. ESPECIALLY Robin's Eggs. You know, the malted milk balls with candy outside the chocolate? I could eat a whole bag of those. But this year... I had one. One egg, not one bag. And I had two jellybeans. I also had two cookies... but in the grander scheme of things, this has probably been my lowest cal Easter ever. I'm not going to let a couple cookies get me down. Past it.

I haven't gotten to exercise much this weekend, though. I did Friday, but that's it so far. I can just feel it in my body that I need to exercise, too. I get off at 9 tonight, and I already have plans to go home and do my yoga/pilates DVD. (After I clean my room, at least... or clean a spot on the floor for my yoga mat, hahaha.) Then tomorrow it is back to the gym! I'm going hard Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, as my mom gets here on Thursday! On Wednesday I may even be going to a deep water aerobics class with one of my friends/coworkers. It sounded fun, so I do hope we get to go. I love to mix it up when I can, and I'm sure some cross training would be good for my body. I'm so obsessed with running, I don't get as much cross as I should, haha.

Well, it's back to work for me. I have no volunteer from 6-9, so I need to go check on my laundry and then grab a plate of dinner to heat up later. (Mmm, totally having the leftover ham from lunch! Delicious!)

Happy Easter! Again!

Friday, April 2, 2010

a really good day

I have been having a truly excellent day today! Some of my plans changed, but it didn't really bother me. Basking in the glow of 50 pounds lost... not much can! Hahaha.

I went out for my run this morning and it was colder than I thought. And also really really windy. I was also having clothing issues, and if your clothes aren't comfortable when you are trying to run 9 miles, it is going to be a hellish 9 miles. I just wasn't feeling it, so after a few blocks I turned around and came home. I decided to pack my gym bag for the Y, but go to the mall first.

I took my ring to the store, and found out that resizing for me is free! Thank you, 21 year old self, for purchasing the extended lifetime care plan. Yay not having to pay! I was pleased to find out that I was down a whole ring size! The ring was a size 7, but will be a 6 when I get it back. Then I wandered around the mall for awhile and tried on a few dresses. Trying on clothes was not as much fun without mom... so I will wait for next week to shop with her. =)

Then I drove to the Y, planning on running at least 5 or 6 miles (9 miles on a treadmill just didn't sound so great...) and then lifting. I started off great, but by two miles in my body was like "I'm not having any of this today. STOP." So I ran another mile to make it 3.1 even, just because I am stubborn and knew I could do it, even though it was not pleasant. Also, my 5K time today was 38:58, which is to date my fastest 5K time. Yay! I finished out the rest of the hour on the treadmill, but walking, and added a little more than another mile. So I ended up doing 4.15 miles. I'm okay with that. Then I lifted, which was awesome. As challenging as lifting is, it makes me feel so dang good about myself. I always leave feeling stronger. Which is good, since that is the purpose of lifting, after all!

After working out, I went across the street to the store. See, all afternoon I had been craving a burger and fries. Don't know where that came from, but it was a very strong craving. Before working out, I told myself that if I was still craving it after the workout, then I could have it. And sure enough, I was! So I went to King Soopers and picked up some delicious veggie burgers! Then I came home and chopped up a potato, put a little olive oil on it, some spices, and made oven fries! Let me tell you what: I don't think any burger and fries has ever been more delicious. And I feel so much better than I would have had I gone to some fast food place. I will definitely be making this meal again! Next time I will take pictures... but this time I just devoured it.

I just finished watching Dirty Dancing on Hulu, and I'm about to start getting ready for work this weekend. I'm so excited for Easter, and for worship on Sunday morning. I am excited to read my Runner's World, which I got for myself at the store as an unofficial reward, since my ring was free. I am excited for a phone interview on Tuesday (forgot to tell you all that this morning!). And super really a lot excited for my mom getting here on Thursday! I know I am way ahead of myself... but I can't help it! This next week is going to be so awesome!

FINALLY!!!

I felt like this day would never come.

Starting Weight: 250.3
Last Weigh in: 201.8

Today's Weight: 200. Even. (-1.8)

I can't even be that frustrated about not being in the 100s. Because you know what... I passed 50 pounds. That's right. I have officially lost 50 pounds. I am beyond happy. And next week when I weigh in in the 100s, it will be another chance to celebrate.

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I have been planning some things for when I reached this milestone. The first is obviously to go get my ring resized. I have been planning a special blog entry... but it won't be today, as I need a friend to help me with the details. There will also be a giveaway sometime in the near future! So yeah, exciting stuff will be happening around here.

Today I have the day off work, but I am working all weekend starting at 9 tonight. So I'm doing my long run today, since it's the only chance I have until next week... and who even knows about next week, as my mom is coming into town! YAY!!! So after my 9 miles this morning, I will shower, and then I think I'll take my ring to the mall. Perhaps I will also try on some clothes. I won't buy anything, because, well I don't have much money, but it will be really fun just to try on clothes! So that is the plan for today.

Thank you all so much, my friendly readers, for your support and kind words. I know reaching 50 pounds lost would have been a lot harder without all of you. =)