Perhaps it's your moisturizer.
Perhaps blow dryer.
Perhaps your pants (this has happened to me twice).
But Friday, I forgot my underwear. Which I didn't realize until after my shower and it was casual Friday...which means I had to go commando in jeans. And for those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that my lady bits are quite...I don't want to say juicy...they are large and in charge. And jeans have that damn seam in the crotch which is more bulbous than say, slacks...and I swear...it was like a little jockey down there riding a prize race horse...all day long.
THEN, to make matters worse, even though I had worked out before work, I was going to run after work, and Lord knows I CANNOT run with out underwear, so I had to put on the underwear I had wore to workout in the morning....
So that's my story! How have you all been? As usual, I have been blogging in my head and not actually posting. But after a text from my sister shaming me for my lack of blog updates, I promised I would actually put fingers to keyboard.
Things in the way of weight loss have been amazing. It's been 2.5 months since I have recommitted to getting back to my fighting weight...and I have lost 27 pounds. And I am not going to lie...I am really proud of myself. It feels like longer than two and a half of months, but after I looked back at my calendar, I think that's about right. I started the phentermine at the begging of March and that jumped started my weight loss. I couldn't be more thankful for that damn pill. It helped me to start losing again. After about 6 weeks, I could tell it wasn't really having an affect on my appetite anymore, but it was still giving me energy. I tried going off of it for several days this week and I was pretty lethargic...and extremely moody. I don't know if it's a placebo effect, but I will keep taking them until my prescription runs out.
I still have been soda free for the last 2.5 months as well...and to tell you the truth...I hardly ever miss it. I went about a month without drinking, but have had a few beers a couple of weekends. I will tell you this...when I do drink...even if I have been "perfect" the rest of the week, I will not lose that week. I won't gain, but I won't lose. Not one pound. For me to lose at this point, I have to be ON POINT. Until this week, I had been in a holding pattern...stuck around 170. Today I weighed in at 166.
I have also been working out more since recommitting. And for that means, more cardio. I would say that I work out 7-13 times a week. I do two-a-days at least a couple of times a week. My beautiful coworker Carmen and I have been running. Her husband is in Afghanistan and will hopefully come back in the early fall, so we have set some fitness goals together. We run Tuesday and Thursday, and are up to 5 miles at a time. We run the same pace and it is fantastic to have a running buddy that is at your level.
With that said...I still hate running.
I hovered around 166 in 2011. But I think that my body is actually a little more tone/smaller this time around. I feel fit. I feel good.
There are days though where I hate the inside of my thighs, my stomach skin, my batwings, my boobs.
We were at the beach a few weeks ago and I was feeling good in my bikini and one of our acquaintances came up to me and said "so, how much for a tummy tuck?" And we talked about skin removal surgery, and I pretended not to care...but it was kinda like a kick in my loose skin covered tummy. Later, after we were home and I told Heather about it, she threatened to beat him down...but it was just a reminder that I will always have the evidence of my former life...on the outside...and of course it will always be there on the inside of my brain as well.
Other fantastic things have been happening as well. The 5k that we try to do annually was at the end of April. Carmen and I had only been running for a couple weeks at that point, but I had my personal best time.
That is Carmen's son Jackson. He ran with Heather and he took 2nd in his age group and Heather took first in hers. Carmen and I finished with a better time than last year and we didnt die. Mission accomplished.
It has been beach weather here for a couple of months now. So we have been out there doing our thing.
These are a few of my favorite people. Andrea, the beautiful blonde...will be doing the Tough Mudder race with us THIS Saturday. She also just ran a marathon. Nathan, my curly haired gay lover from another mother is also doing the race. And of course my badass Heather.
Yes, Tough Mudder in Jacksonville if FINALLY upon us. We will leave Friday for Jacksonville, Fl (about 6 hours from us), and we are in the first wave of the race at 10am on Saturday. We should be running for about 4 hours, 12 miles...25 obstacles.
So we will be running as a team and be accountable for buddies. We are dressing in a SuperHero Theme...and Carmen and I will be WonderWomen. We also have Heather as the Hulk, a captain america, aqua man, batman, robin, superwoman...and possibly a few others. I hope two things #1. We survive. #2 There are photos of me looking like a beast.
AND...I am so proud of several member of my family! My parents starting working out and changing their eating habits at the beginning of this year. They are working out and losing weight! Good thing bc I need them around forever. We are heading to the boat for Memorial Weekend...and I am pretty pumped.
My niece is still working out and even running. We had a long conversation a couple of months ago when she couldn't get the damn scale to move despite her best efforts. Sometimes I will do not understand the scale. It really is not as simple as calories in and calories out. You just gotta keep reevaluating and upping your game and hold on to the fact that you know you are doing the right thing...and the scale will USUALLY catch up.
But the best news of all is my sister (who...ehmmm...just turned 50 this year) has become a crazy health nut! She joined our Planet Fitness, she bought a juicer, she watched the documentaries and FINALLY read the book that has helped change the way I look at food (coming in the next post). And she has lost...well...at least 30 pounds (could be more). But that's doing it "the old fashioned way". And she is working hard. I am so proud of her. Heather is so proud of her. We are going to be one hot family for the next Christmas card shoot...
Here's a reminder of this year's shoot.
Heather's birthday is next Wednesday. She will be 36. We just celebrated our 3rd anniversary...and if Florida ever legalizes and validates our equality...ya'll better be ready to buy a plane ticket and get your asses to our wedding.
Life is pretty amazing right now.
I am trying to become a better person all around. Hell...I've even flossed two-days in a row! But I am trying to be more understanding of Heather's need (not SEXUAL needs), but just trying not to let my damn emotions is the logic that must live in my brain somewhere. What is true about Heather and I is that we have the same core values and hold the same things to be important. Our family. Animals. Beliefs. Love. But the WAY we show those things are sometimes very different. The way we picture a relationship going is sometimes different. So we are always learning how to compromise and work the love putty :)
I will try and post every day this week. I want to talk about the book Sugar Salt Fat...I want to tell you what I have been eating, what I have been doing, what my next focus is...so many things.
I hope this finds you all well. I miss you guys.
Keep fighting the good fight.