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I have taken a little break from exercise last week and this week.   I have missed exercise.   I never thought I would type those words!!!!   I admit exercise is hard, painful, and wears me out but I miss it.   Most of all I miss my exercise PARTNER.  I can't wait to get on my bike and ride with Tommy tomorrow!!!  I am going to try to start back slow.   I plan to lift weights for 30 mins this afternoon and maybe a 15 min yoga session to wake my body up and stretch things.   Wish me luck today.  I have a feeling I will be sore in the morning!!!!!
 
 
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I have been doing a lot of Downsizing lately.   I organized my office a few months ago and threw a bunch of stuff away, I cleaned out my car a few weeks ago, last week I organized my home office and got rid of a bunch of my junk and Spicer's junk, and today I cleaned out my closet and bagged up all of my clothes that were too big.   Spicer and I are going to take them to Goodwill tomarrow.   It felt great to bag all those clothes up.  I had a ton of clothes that range from size 22 to 16.  It feels good to purge all of this stuff I don't need.   I think it is just a natural process as I shed my pounds I shed things I don't need in my life.   What are you doing to Downsize your life?  
 
 
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Just Weighing In And Moving On's FAN OF THE WEEK!

It's me :)!!!!!


http://weighinoninspiration.blogspot.com/2011/08/elizabeth-mckendree.html
 
 
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Tommy and I love Maiden Alley.   We try to go to the movies every week but sometimes we can't make it.  As a general rule we go several times a month.   I love everything about Maiden Alley.  I love that it is a little theater, I love that they play indy movies, I love that it is quiet and the patrons there are usually VERY respectful of others watching the movies (less talking, less cells going off, less disruptions).   It is a great place!  A few months ago they started advertising they were going to have a birthday party.  Tommy and I decided to attend.   We decided we would have a little fun dressing up so I looked for a dress.  Buying clothes now is very tricky.   I have to be careful if I am buying something for a future event.   I knew that a month away I would be smaller so the dress was a little tight (size 14!!!).   I tried it on just before we were ready to go out, I held my breath, and.... IT FIT LIKE A GLOVE!!!  I ended up buying a few things to wear with it.   I bought some gold jewelry, a little red flower, and some cork sandals with gold and red accents.   Tommy wore a Calvin Kline shirt with some dark jeans (size 33 waist I might add!!)   We had a great time last night.   We had our usual dinner at Ducans and headed to Shandies for the Birthday Party; two of our fav bands were playing, The Solid Rocket Boosters and The Dirt Daubers.   Julie Shaw (Lowertown Artist) was also having a silent action.  I showed Tommy a necklace that I liked and he surprised me by bidding on it.  Later in the night one of the volunteers brought us the necklace and told us we had the winning bid.   We finished off the night with a walk around downtown and listened to a guitarist in the gazebo.   What a great way to end the week!!  Here are a few pictures.   Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

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In January I started this Weight Loss Journey but my struggle with my weight began in College and has been on and off again since.   This week I had about 300 million reasons to give in to temptation and eat eat eat.   1.)  Spicer in the Hospital Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Seeing your child in the hospital is one of the hardest things for a parent.   When my son hurts, I hurt.  Hell, I might hurt even more than he does out of worry for him.   2.)  Work!!!!  We had our COA Mock review Monday and Tuesday.   It was a very stressful event.   All of my work, files, and job were under a microscope by a person hired to help find things that are wrong to help us prepare for our real COA visit.  3.)  I have been sick since Tuesday night.  On top of everything else going on this week let’s just put the cherry on it and have me sick too.   Now before you start asking, THIS IS NOT A PITTY PARTY!   The point of this laundry list is the outcomes.  Spicer is out of the hospital and feeling great, we did very well on our Mock Review, and I am feeling better too!!!  And the best part, the real cherry on top is despite a week with no exercise and all these temptations I managed to keep my calories low and loose a pound.   If you are also wondering, 'Is this lady just tooting her own horn?"  What does she want a medal?"  THINK AGAIN.   I am reporting this for the old me, for the future me, for everyone else who says I CAN'T.   I am living proof that you CAN.   If I can do this, anyone can!!!  No excuses!!!   YOU CAN!!  Repeat it to yourself over and over!!!  

"They can because they think they can."
Virgil


 
 
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I lost anther pound this week for a total of -55lbs!!
 

Lucky...

08/23/2011

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I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Thank you Tommy for everything you do!!!
 
 
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My New Mantra!!!!

 MADELEINE PEYROUX - INSTEAD


Instead of feeling bad
Be glad you got somewhere to go
Instead of feeling sad
Be happy you're not all alone
Instead of feeling low
Get high on everything you love
Instead of wastin' time
Feel good 'bout what you are dreaming of

Instead of trying to win something you never understood
Just play the game you know eventually you will you both look good

It's silly to pretend to have something you don't own
Just let her be a woman and you'll be her man

Instead of feelin' broke
Buck up and get yourself in the black
Instead of losing hope
Touch up the things that feel out of whack
Instead of being old
Be young because you know you are
Instead of feeling cold
Let sunshine into your heart

Instead of acting crazy chasing things that make you mad
Keep your heart ahead, it'll lead you back to what you have
With every step you are closer to the place you need to be
It's up to you to let her love you sweetly

Instead of acting crazy chasing things that make you mad
Just keep your heart ahead, it'll lead you back to what you have
With every step you are closer to the place you need to be
But it's up to you to let her love you sweetly

Instead of feeling bad
Be glad you got someone to love
Instead of feeling sad
Be happy there's a god above
Instead of feeling 'lone
Remember you are never on your own
Instead of feeling sad
Be happy that she's there at home
She's waitin' for by the phone
So be glad she all your own

Get happy...
Watin' for you by the telephone...

Don't get...

Back home,,,
 
 
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For whatever reason I still feel very obese.   There is no LOGICAL reason for this but I feel that way anyways.   Last night I found myself a little down when we were sharing our weight loss story with people because I feel Tommy looks VERY trim and I still feel like a big ole fat girl.   So Tommy offered these very true words of wisdom last night, "Hun what do you think the "old" Elizabeth would say if went back in time and told her that in 7 months you would have gone from a TIGHT size 22 down to a 14 and you were still complaining about being too fat?  She would slap you silly!!!"   And he's right!!! 7 months ago I would have given my left arm to be where I am now.   It's time to stop complaining and be honest with myself.  I have come a long way.  Yes, I have a little ways to go but I am well over my half-way mark and headed to the finish-line and it doesn't do me ANY good to have an unrealistic view or expectations of myself.  

"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control."
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love

This is one of my favorite lines from Richard in Eat, Pray, Love.   He’s right!  That is really how we should do it every morning.  Pick our thoughts.  Decide, today I am going to love others and love myself and keep the negative thoughts OUT.  Easier said than done isn't it?  But I am a work in progress.  Aren't we all?    
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Lost another pound this week, -54lbs!!!!!