Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Week 2

Oh the ups and downs. I had to go to Dallas for work this past weekend. I sell pacemakers and ICDs (internal cardioverter-defibrillator) and once a year we have a sales meeting at one of our regional offices. About 1200 sales reps from all over the country descended on the Sheraton hotel to talk shop and hear about what new products are coming down the pipeline.

If you've ever traveled on business, you understand how hard it is to stick to routine, especially a new one you're trying to implement. My company feeds us well at these meetings and it's hard to walk away from such good fare. I didn't exercise at all while I was away, and I felt the ramifications of that decision Monday morning.

I weighed 139.6 lbs.

Are you kidding me?!

0.1 lbs?!?!

What a bummer.

My exercise routine was great last week. My diet (while I did stay within my points) could have been better.

I had an epiphany when I was in Dallas. I realized that when I eat poorly, it negates all the hard work I do at the gym. I knew that before, but I really felt it last weekend.

I've heard figures like losing weight is 60% diet and 40% exercise; for me, I feel it's more like 80% diet and 20% exercise. I actually lose more weight faster when I don't work out and just watch my diet.

Regardless, I resumed my routine yesterday with circuit training. Well, this morning I weighed myself and...

138.o lbs?!

I know that weight fluctuates every day due to hormones, muscle repair, and hydration. At this point, I don't care. I'll take what I can get!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


This past weekend we (Scott and his parents, Paul and Roslyn) went down to Duck, NC to meet with some wedding vendors.. We were fortunate enough to stay with the mayor of Duck and get his advice on how to work out the logistics of how our day will flow. For the most part, it was a successful trip. We're still working out how to shuttle everyone to the ceremony and reception site (there isn't parking at either venue) and who will DJ our wedding. Everything else is pretty much falling into place.

One of the things we've been working on for the past couple of months is getting in shape for the big day. We joined a gym in August and started working out with personal trainers. I even started taking spinning classes (I'm learning to love them!). Scott has done great - I think he's lost about ten pounds and he looks great! It's inspiring to me to watch him dedicate himself to improving his health.

My weight loss has been harder and very much a yo-yo. I started at 140 lbs (gasp!) and I'd really like to be down to 120 by the wedding. It's frustrating because I feel that I've been working out like crazy but it's not really showing on the scale. I totally get the whole "muscle weighs more than fat" thing but it's very disheartening to workout so hard not feel any different.

This year contains so many milestones for me, I'm turning 30, getting married, changing my name ... I just want to look and feel my best when each of those things occur.

My high school weight was 117. I have to say that I'm in better health now than I was then, but I think I have an emotional attachment to that number. When I'm around 120, I feel confident, outgoing, pretty, healthy, adventurous... and it's been too long since I've felt that way.

I was reading today about how recording everything you eat and your activity keeps you accountable and helps you have more success in weight loss. Well, I've been doing that with Weight Watchers online, but there are times when I fail to record because I know seeing everything I eat is going to be painful.

A while back, I used this blog to record a bit of my weight loss journey but I stopped when life got busy. I'd like to renew that commitment now so that I have the accountability of my readers and a place to vent about the process (I think Scott might be getting a bit sick of it).

I'm committing to posting my thoughts on this journey, pictures, and my progress up to and after the wedding.

January 18th. Day 1. 139.7 lbs.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Our House

The front yard

About a month ago we closed on our first house together. It's a 3 bedroom/2 1/2 bath split level/rambler style house built in 1955. I moved in on December 5th and Scott will move in after we get married in June. It's a whole new world for us to own property. It's wonderful, but gone are the days of maintenance men and landlords. So far, we've been fortunate to not have any major problems arise, but there are so many things that you have to do when you move into a new house. We got the fireplace re-mortared and sealed, cut down trees, and installed an invisible fence for Diego. It's really starting to feel like "our" place. I'm sure it will feel even better when Scott is here with me. Enjoy the pictures :-)

Basement media room

Our master bedroom (still need to buy furniture)

Dining area

Love my new washer and dryer!

Looking at the house from the back yard

Enormous couch in the media room

Kitchen (granite and stainless steel, yes!)

Master closet - too small :-/

Back yard from the house, our lot is 0.46 acre, large for Northern VA

Living room

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Countdown continues...

Less than 5 months until I'm Mrs. Cress!