Friday Thoughts

Happy Friday Y'all.

Ever just have one of those really good weeks, where you find yourself singing along to cheesy songs (coming from your own ipod) on the way to work? Well that was my week.

Victories this week included making it to boot camp three times, following meal planning, and hitting a milestone on the scale. And just overall feeling good about myself. Good things y'all.

Icing on the cake was having a great date earlier in the week... and being asked out again for tonight. We are going for drinks and then to see American Sniper, which I have been wanting to see for a couple weeks now.

I also finished season four of The Walking Dead and watched the first two episodes of season five last night. I'm not really sure how this zombie, post apocalyptic, horror show of all things, sucked me in, but it did. I'm invested now and really looking forward to being caught up, so I can watch the new episodes coming out.

Speaking of television, last night was the series finale of Parenthood. I haven't watched the last two episodes, because I'm saving them for this weekend, and had to make sure I have a box of tissues on hand. I just love the family dynamic on the show, and the relationships between the brothers and sisters reminds me of my siblings. I'm sad to see it end.

Tomorrow night I'm hosting a Mediterranean themed dinner party for a couple of friends. On the menu: homemade hummus and pita, a mint pesto leg of lamb, roasted asparagus with parmesan, and then baked plumbs with creme fraiche for desert. For the first course, I'm trying a wine I haven't had before, an Italian Sangiovese. I am looking forward to good eating and great company.

And of course Sunday is Superbowl. My friends and I are doing our fantasy football awards prior and then heading to a friends for lots of good food and football watching. Quite frankly, I'm not a big fan of Seattle or New England-- but I think it will be a great game.

Enjoy your Friday!

A Good Thing

A few weeks ago, I took my scale out of my bathroom and put it in my hall closet. I was obsessing daily over my weight, frustrated that going to the gym and eating right wasn't giving me fast results. Because it's totally reasonable to want to lose 7 years worth of weight gain in one month. The constant weight and calorie tracking was making me a crazy person. So I stopped weighing myself daily and also stopped tracking ever single calorie in myfitness pal, because my sanity is more important then feeding my OCD personality.

Instead, I started meal planning on Thursdays and then meal prepping on Sundays. I cut out processed foods. I ate out less. I went organic and cleaner. I portioned control. But I didn't cut out yummy food. I kept eating red meat. And most importantly, I took time to find healthy, but good tasting recipes to make every week.

Well I felt like my face has looked less puffy lately (I hate my slight double chin- I obsess over it in photos). And lately I feel more comfortable in my own skin. And after getting back in a workout routine, cutting out a lot of wine, and just eating better-- I had to know. I had to know if I had lost any weight. I needed some type of motivation to eat well today and workout after work.

So before I got in the shower today, I walked over to my hall closet. Grabbed the scale from behind some items I store in the space. Plopped it down on the tile in my hallway. And got on. Oh I was nervous y'all. It was a long five seconds. For a brief moment I cursed those five chocolate truffles I ate the other night.

But then.... something grand happened. There was a 2 first (no surprise), but then a 4... instead of a 5! I am no longer in the 250s! Which made me dance around my apartment in my birthday suit for a good full minute. There are perks to living alone y'all.

I think back to that day in the doctor's office in September. When the scale tipped over 260 and I felt so unhealthy, so defeated, so gross. Today, 11 pounds lighter I feel like I new person. I know I've gained muscle, I can walk up a flight of stairs without losing my breath, I do things in boot camp I never thought I would be able to do, like multiple floppy burpees in a row.

I still have a ways to go. But seeing that victory on the scale this morning felt good. The 11 pounds lost are not from water, they are pure fat pounds. Sure, its taken me a long time to lose it, but those pounds are gone.

I feel so motivated today to keep going. There are a lot of positive things going on in my life and this just feels like the cherry on top of the sundae.

Wednesday Thoughts

Yesterday morning my hair got fixed from the botched color and cut that happened last Friday. It feels much lighter in weight, styles better, and the color is toned and a nicer cooler shade of blonde. I am definitely go back to the girl who fixed it. A bloggy friend also recommended biotin to help my hair grow faster, so I'm going to pick up a bottle this afternoon. The name of the game is grow baby grow.

Last night I finished season four of The Walking Dead -- it was so good! Season five is not on Netflix, but I am just going to buy it on Amazon Instant Video so I am ready for the new season coming out soon.

In other news,  two additions to food items have been added to my  "food I can't have in my house" list: organic potato chips and organic chocolate truffles. Both got tossed in the trash Monday night after I found myself snacking in the evening.  I'm never going to be one of those people who can keep unhealthy foods in my house. I have zero self control. #fatkidprobs

And last but not least, I had a date last night. And it went really great. I won't go into any more detail, because I do not want to jinx it. After a couple weeks of being diligent about the gym, a fresh hair cut, and wearing my new favorite pair of palazzo pants, I was feeling really good.
Have a great day everyone!