My friend passed along a meme on Facebook that was about weight loss and said something along the lines of: “You’ll notice after 30 days, people who know you will notice after 60 days and everyone else will see it after 90.”
I’m 60 days in and feeling better than I have in a long time.
I’ve had a lack of blogging since returning from San Francisco a couple of weeks ago (a post on that will come soon) because I’ve been working nonstop on a project for work, but, whereas before that kind of situation–a vacation into a solid workload–could have led to diet disaster before, I pulled it together this time, for the first time, and kept up as best as I could.
Last year my trip to Vegas was the nail in my dietary coffin. I ate 1,000,000 calories on that trip and never got it together again when I returned. My weight ballooned. Not this time.
When we got back from the Bay, Nadia shopped for frozen fish and veggies from Trader Joe’s and I thawed out the other half of a pork butt I bought a while back and made more cochinita pibil with it. Between that stuff, plus a few sandwiches here and there, we made it through the week without destroying our diets.
I wasn’t able to make it to the gym or do boxing like I usually do, so I took up 45-minute walks each day with a friend on our lunch break. I’m going to keep that up every day until it gets too hot to be outside. Then I plan to walk the mall. My buddy’s at work started calling me a “40-year-old woman with ankle weights” but I can take the smack talk. I’ll take exercise any way I can get it.
That helped to maintain weight, and even continue on the downward path I’ve been on. I’m back in the 220’s, and close to approaching my blog low of 226.4 lbs.
But it’s not just about the scale. Because this is the first time since starting the blog that I’ve really been exercising, I can say the changes in my body are more rewarding than the number on the scale. My legs have solid muscle that wasn’t there before. For the first time in my life, my arms have actual shape to them (which Wifey Nadia is quite the fan of) and I can feel my body wanting to go harder and faster when I exercise.
I decided to lace up the kicks when I was on vacation in NorCal and took a morning walk/run through the Evergreen area of San Jose. I’ve had the urge to voluntarily run lately, and on this particular walk I was urged by an old Indian man I ran into several times that day (possibly my future self/spirit guide; we never decided) to go up the hill below (from the bottom right to the top left).
I nodded okay and instead of just marching up, I ran as fast and hard as I could, getting about 10 steps from the very top. I wanted to stop about halfway up, and only decided to stop once I started panting so hard I couldn’t suck in enough air to breathe.
That very moment is the hardest I have ever pushed myself in my entire life.
The work is paying off. I fit into a good-looking size of dress shirts again, so I’ve been able to break out my nice shirts and ties for work.
My jeans were feeling loose lately so I went to the mall to see if I could fit into a pair of 40″s. I did! It was a great feeling, because I remember how sad I felt when I measured a size 47″ for my wedding. I keep reminding myself of the mass needed to fill an extra seven inches of gut protruding in front of me and I can’t help but feel pride for this accomplishment.
I keep reveling in the fact that this is the best I’ve felt in my life. I have more knowledge about food than I ever have, and the desire to be fit is burning bright.
I’m back in the kitchen this week full time, so Wifey Nadia and I put a menu together using various ideas and recipes from several cookbooks.
Here’s what I’m cooking this week:
-Roast Beef and havarti sandwiches with balsamic onion marmelade and arugula
-Mushroom chicken and spicy crumb broccoli
-Provençal chicken with honey roasted carrots
-Cuban picadillo with rice and black beans
-Shrimp and black bean enchiladas with salsa verde
Regular workouts to resume, too. Onward. Forward.
As for the scale: Two weeks ago I weighed 230.6 lbs. Today, I weigh 228.7 lbs.; a two-week loss of 1.9 lbs.
I was at my heaviest weight, 267 lbs., in August 2009. That’s a total loss of 38.3 lbs.