Losing Weight; Finding Men

"Never make someone a priority in your life when you are just their option."

Monday, October 29, 2007

Slow Poke

total lost: 35 lbs
total days: 134

Well no change. Not up, not down. Nada. That's great. I'm in maintenance. LOL Perhaps my body has gone into hibernation mode. Or perhaps I just haven't been restricting my carbs. Yup. That's true enough. So I will have to rededicate myself to the whole process. Blah blah blah. Again, the good news is I haven't gained. The bad news is I haven't lost in a looooooong time. So the break is over. Time to get back at it. I have lost the bulk of what I've gained in the last 2 years working this lousy desk job. Such a good thing, such a damn good thing. I was just thinking this morning how much I miss the horses. Then my shoulder twinged a bit and I remembered the hard work. Why didn't I build muscle? Why did the work just tear my shoulder instead?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dressing Up

I honestly don't know how much I weigh. It is far too late in the day to get on the scale. I know I haven't lost, the question is how much have I gained. I just don't know. I'm trying to find the reason to care to keep losing.

I survived the expensive wedding. More photos coming from other people, but these I took myself. I was, I must admit, fairly miserable with myself when I took them. I felt I looked much better in person and that I couldn't get the camera to show how I really looked.

Oh yeah, and the hair....dark. Dark to be like my natural hair. Dark because it has to cover the gray. I don't like it. Probably not at all realistic but for some reason I feel the darker hair makes my face fatter. Everyone else likes it. But I don't believe what anyone says anymore. I just think people will say what they think you want to hear. I don't think anyone tells the truth anymore.

The last wedding I went to more than 8 years ago, I think I weighed 325 lbs. I had a date, a long-term live-in boyfriend. I danced, but I also ate everything in sight. My date wouldn't dance, so I danced with other girls. In the end, I remember thinking that I hated the entire event and when the photos came, it was devastating. I have that photo on my bathroom mirror to remind me that I never want to look like that again.

Last night was different in some regards. I don't weigh anywhere near 325 lbs so when I danced, I didn't sweat as much as quickly. A co-worker's husband loves to dance and he took turns dancing with all of us which I thought was really super sweet of him. I really felt like I could have a good time, if I chose to do so. So I tried. I didn't have a male date, but I had the company of a really good female friend. We laughed a lot, and that was very comforting as laughter always is. It was an Italian wedding, so of course, there was more food expected to be consumed in one night than one person should ingest in an entire week. I didn't hold back. I ate whatever I wanted, because I felt like celebrating. But I found myself unable to eat a lot. I am sure that my stomach has changed.

I did not like being pinned into a dress that was too big in the chest and too small in the waist and hips. I did not like putting on the SPANX bullshit, basically a wet suit that supposedly camouflages all your fat. NOT. Instead it simply gives you a spandex burn and a lousy "whiskwhooshwhisk" noise when you walk. Talk about embarrassing. As least 90% of the time the surroundings were too loud to hear that.

I find it interesting that different clothes and colors will give difference appearances. For example, in the photo below, about one month ago, I think I look thinner than in the photos above from last night. The reality is that I'm not. Anyway...it just goes to show that it is partly how you feel.

I did find myself looking at the bride with a bit of envy. Only because I never had the white gorgeous dress when I got married. I never felt gorgeous or desired, although looking back, I clearly was the beloved prize of my future husband at the time. I was a size 18/20 then, but I would have no doubt felt uncomfortable. I wonder if I will ever be comfortable in my own skin.

But then I thought last night as I watched the silly festivities like cutting the cake etc, that beauty rarely lasts. What a jaded bitter thought. The romance and all is great at first, but in the end you have to have someone you can have a conversation with in the dark and in the morning, not be afraid to wake up next to them, fat (or whatever flaw there is) and all.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Isolated Thoughts

total lost: 35 lbs
total days: 119

OK that's good....2 lbs back down after just one day of weighing and 7 days of lo-carbing again. Yay for me. Even more evidence that enjoying carbs on an occasional basis will not cause permanent damage once I am at goal. I can do this, and it is getting easier.

The rest of my life....now that's another story....feeling more and more isolated, more and more alone. And here's the scary part: the more I'm away from others, the less I want to be with them. Go shopping when other people are shopping? You must be kidding. Go to a party? No way. Go to a movie theater? I did that and I was horrified that two people sat in the row behind me. I'm turning into a diva. Go to a concert? Yes, but....everyone around me better shut the fuck up. Go to a wedding.....uhoh, yup, that's coming up. Have to find a dress......wah!!!! My hair! My hair is not doing well. Very dead hair, should be all cut off. Maybe I should do that. Maybe I should.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Climbing Back On the Low Carb Wagon

total lost: 33 lbs
total days: 118

OK as you can see, there's a 4 lb gain. Not incredibly huge considering the week-long vacation. Once at goal weight, I KNOW the weight will fluctuate 5-7 lbs. Apparently that is just the norm. So to be within that is a comfort, although I can't deny that it is somewhat discouraging that one week can do that kind of gain.

I am really disappointed that I tied the 40 lb loss to getting my hair cut, because with the wedding two weeks away and the need for a cut a must, I have to go against my goal. Of course, since I don't even have a dress yet, perhaps I could just wear my hair up and only the back would be blonde, the rest would be my natural brunette turning gray. *sigh* God I'm feeling old.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

After Vacation: Carb Detox

Just call me the Li-Lo of dieting. I am back from vacation and I am in carb detox. Please, someone write a tabloid article about me!

I'm not even getting on the scale until Sunday. That'll give me 5 days to get myself back in order at least. I know I've gained, it is just a question of how much. And I can't bear to get on that scale. Maybe by Sunday, it'll only be something like 5 lbs. Ha. Maybe.

I had carbs every day I was away. Bread. Pasta. Rice. Potato. My old friends, how I missed them. Not to mention Chocolate Lava Cake.

I also swam laps, sat in a jacuzzi, walked the beach for miles. I wonder if any of that helped at all. I did those things because I wanted to though, not in an effort to combat my eating.

I also slept a lot, which was a good thing.

So onward....still without a haircut. The co-worker's wedding is looming closer. I just might have to get a buzz cut. Boo-Yah!

PS Oh yes....people's reactions? Well, my mother said I didn't look like I lost as much as I said I had. Umhm yup. My sisters said I looked great. My mother later toasted to me over DRINKS and carb-ladened dinner saying "To the new Donna." Ha. Nice. My friends said I looked good. Overall, it doesn't matter. When the next 40 lbs is gone, that's when it'll be drastically different. OK, yeah, I've got to get there first.

And to those who wonder if they could do this: If you had to lose 30 lbs, you'd be at goal by now!

you're like butter to me

Just a Lovable Party Girl

Just a Lovable Party Girl
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