Alright, so I disappeared for a bit. I've been a busy little beaver and I promise to provide you updates on that soon (like tomorrow) but for now, let me catch up on some of the mundane I last left you with.
Sasha's surgery went really well. So well, in fact, she came home and acted like she never even had surgery! Pain meds had her feeling better than she did pre-surgery, I think, which is sad if you think about how much pain she must have been living wtih but good if you think about whether the surgery was worth it. It was. We have a follow up on the 28th (my birthday) and if she's doing well, she will be allowed to take small walks and work on walking on "small hills". We will slowly be able to introduce her to stairs sometime after that. Her (and our) big challenge is keeping her chilled out but man, baby girl is feeling good and wants to run. lol
Onto other items, I'm almost done Christmas shopping for all our kids and for the hubs. Next week I'm off work and will be baking Christmas goodies for the holidays and gifts and if I'm really good, I'll wrap everything. I also plan to finish the small details (like hanging pictures) that are left from our move. Kids put up the holiday decorations this past weekend so life is just plugging away.
As for the weightloss, I'm not doing bad but not great, either. Thanksgiving week was great in taht I did not over indulge at all. I was super conscious of what I ate and even though Mom and I enjoyed 2 wonderful lunches with nothing good for us but the appetizer salads, I managed to balance the other meals to account for it. As a result (and hours of Black Friday and Sat. shopping), I didn't gain a pound. The following week (last week) I didn't exercise at all but paid close attention to food. All remained status quo.
I decided to pay a little closer attention to the details so today, I'm going to post my weight as well as my measurements (ACK!). While I normally weigh myself in the nude, today I weighed myself with jeans and sweatshirt on and I weighed in at 163.5 (my starting weight). Now, I don't know how you look at things but normally I'd say I hadn't lost a thing. Today, however, because I took my measurements, I'm telling myself it means I lost at least 1 pound because a sweatshirt and jeans add weight! -wink-
Ahh, let me live with it... I need to laugh at myself.
Okay so you have my weight, here's my measurements in inches:
Bust - 38 (band size 37)
Waist - 34
Hips - 43
Thigh - 27
28" inseam (meaning I'm short... 5'2")
Ladies and gents... when I start showing progress in my weight loss, I will start taking monthly measurements. We will watch these numbers decrease together. LOL
Lastly, we got a new elliptical machine which was delivered yesterday. Hubs and I will be putting it together soon and I can't wait to try it.
So, what's up with you? Are you checking the food choices you make? If you have an indulgent meal (think rich cream sauces, pasta, beef, etc.) are you balancing the remainder of the day's choices with lighter meals (salads or wraps, yogurt or fruit and veggies)? Have you started exercising or how about stretching? Here's a big tip from me to you. Before you go to bed, take the time to do some simple stretching. Stretch the arms, the neck, the back, the legs, all of you. Go slow, breath deep, think about the stretch and NOT the day you just had or the one you are going to have tomorrow. Think about the position you are in and what you are trying to stretch. Think about elongating your muscle into the stretch (like cats do) instead of stretching so there is pain. You don't want that. Again, slow and calm breathing are key.
I promise that after a few times of this, you will find it's helped settle your body and your mind for the night. For me, it also helped me to start feeling better and that lead to wanting to start working out more. (I don't know if htat will work for you or not but hey, it's good to stretch no matter what.)
There you have it. Check in, tell me how you are doing.