Thursday, May 27, 2010

Celebrating the Stine!

I am wishing my best friend a very HAPPY birthday!!!

Stine has been my best friend since I was 6 years old! She is an amazing person who has been by my side for so many ups and downs in this world.  She has seen all the sides of my personality and she loves me anyways. I am so blessed to have seen the wonderful person she has grown up to be.  An amazing friend, a devoted wife, and an awesome mother to two little girls!

I just wanted to thank her for a most amazing journey so far! Thank you for being there for all those important moments in life!  We have had so much fun along the way, and though we are in different cities I know we will always be close.  

We met in first grade. We were in the same class and that year we became best friends. She was so shy and I was so loud, no one every really figured our friendship would last.
Also, we were both in the same dance program. 

Jennifer, Stine, and Amanda
This is from my first real sleep over birthday party, I was eight that year.  Stine had a very reserved personality, I promise even though this picture doesn't show it. She was very quiet until she got to know someone and then her very playful side would come out.

Jennie, Stine, Me, and Maria. 
Stine was there for me turning 16, too. We went to a Japanese steakhouse.

Stine, Maria, and Me
We went on a trip to Destin in 1998. It doesn't feel like that long ago that we were just hanging out and trying to figure out where this life would lead us.  I am not sure we could have ever imagined then how great life would be now!

Mrs. Solburg and Stine
Stine was our Valedictorian for the Class of 2000! That was an wonderful thing to get to celebrate with her and to see all of her hard work pay off!  She is such an inspiring person and her speech really hit home. 

Stine and Me
We lived together while I was in college. She was the best roommate a person could ask for! I can't imagine having lived with anyone for two years other than my best friend.  She was always there for me and always willing to throw my stuff back into my bedroom when it migrated out.  Stine was always the neat and organized person in our friendship, and I was the crazy messy one!  She kept me grounded when I needed it and at the same time was right there beside me when we really needed to just let loose. 

During college we had tickets to Disney and we went frequently, but one day I decided that we had to make an emergency trip to Disney to meet someone who was going to be broadcasting from there the next day.  She thought I was minorly nuts, but packed an over night bag anyway.  Well, we didn't get to meet the person we wanted to, but we had an adventure anyways. 

Also, while we were living together we got to go on some fun trips. We went to New Orleans and to the Jazz festival.  We went to the book sales in Gainesville, and other random silly stuff. We took a pottery class together, too.  I wish I had more pictures (or at least that I could find them from this time in our lives, but they are stored somewhere that I can't find).

Stine and Shannon
Then one book sale Saturday Stine has Shannon along (who she has been dating for a couple of months).  We were having a great time all hanging out, and Shannon leans over and says he is taking Stine to the beach that afternoon, to propose to her! Oh my goodness!!! YAY!!! I will say that the Fall book sale will forever remind me of their engagement and that their anniversary is coming up!

I thought I was initially losing my best friend, but boy was I wrong. Instead I gained a friend in her husband! He is such a wonderful guy and a great husband.  He loves her so much and is just the perfect match for her.

 I was very proud to be at the Temple when they got married and to be at her side when they exchanged rings outside where friends and family who couldn't see the ceremony were able to still be part of it.  I wish I had a picture that her mom took, it was the three of us all walking together, holding hands with Stine in the middle.  It still makes me tear up thinking about how beautiful she was on her wedding day!

Shannon, Julia, and Stine
In 2005 Stine called me to let me know she was pregnant! Oh happy happy day! It was so exciting having her pregnant and I was going to be an aunt! I was very happy to be by her side when she was in labor with Jules. Though it was a difficult and scary time after wards I wouldn't have traded being there for anything. I am so proud of Stine as a mom!

Jewell, Charlene, Diego, Me, Shermi, Stine, and Beth
Finally, along comes 2007 and it is my turn to get married. Stine was a Matron of Honor (all three of my "girls" were, actually), and she stood by my side doing all the silly things that it entailed. We had my bachelorette party at the Nick Hotel in Orlando.  It was a blast, not a traditional party, but very silly. 

Stine and Me
Stine was the only one I would trust or allow to put make-up on me for my wedding. She did an amazing job!

Jewell, Stine, Me, and Beth
Stine was by my side the whole time!

Shannon, Sophie, and Stine
In 2009 Stine called to say that they were pregnant, again! Yay! Another baby!!! It was a girl, Sophie. We missed the delivery this time because we were in another city and Sophie decided to come in the middle of the night, but we drove up at 8 AM the next morning to go meet the newest baby! She arrived safe and sound and is adorable.

Sophie and Stine
We were a week late in getting to go celebrate Sophie's birthday with her and Stine this year, but we made it and it was so nice to see everyone. It is really cool to see the traits that Sophie is developing that are very Stine-like. She already has a strong desire for chocolate items and couldn't wait to get into the chocolate eggs we took her as part of her present. Stine is a great mother to her two girls and I love watching her be with them.  It  is very inspiring and familiar at the same time.
Julia, Stine, and Sophie
I guess this is where the journey takes a pause, at least until the next adventure starts!

Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY STINE!!! Thank you for being so wonderful and just being YOU!

Battle of the Bulge - Week 12 - Lost on Highway and Late

This is the first week I have been late getting this post up (and I mean late by days and not by hours).  We were traveling last weekend and we didn't get home until very late Tuesday night.  So, I waited until Wednesday morning to do my weigh-in. It wasn't a pretty weigh-in. I had gained 5 lbs in 5 days!!!  There was NO WAY that was accurate.  I had had a hard time eating on the trip because of food allergies for a couple of meals, and had been really paying attention to what I ate and how much I ate, so it wasn't possible that I had eaten almost 6000 calories a day.  I know that my body has a hard time with travel and adding into that spending about 30 hours in a car had my back fairly unhappy.  So, I decided to give it another day to see if that made a difference.  It did.  I am still not back to where I was before the trip, but it is closer to where I was.  In 24 hours I dropped 2.2 lbs.  Thus helping my theory that this sudden gain was water or stress, or both.

I will say I am a little disappointed with this spike, but I don't think it is permanent and I have already jumped back on the wagon with counting everything again.  I at least felt nice on this trip and was happy to get to dress up and I even wore my bathing suit to the pool without wearing my normal board shorts and rash guard shirt (the pool was empty except for us, so that didn't hurt either).  It was something I was happy about.  I even managed to do a new theme park without having to stop a lot. 

I am going to add this week to my counter, even though I really don't want to.  I know this blip is just a temporary one, but it is still part of this journey.  It doesn't make me happy to do this, but I would be lying to myself if I didn't.  Also, in case it is more than a blip I need to know that so that I can work harder and maybe next time on vacation I will have better ideas to prevent a gain.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Battle of the Bulge - Week 11

I can't figure out what is going on with my body! I feel like I am literally stuck on a roller coaster.  I wish I could get an accurate reading of where my weight is actually at, because the health issues keep throwing it for a loop!  I don't know if I am making more or less progress - so am I going forward or back or up or down?  Hence, the roller coaster picture.

I am trying to stay focused on the positive, though.  Even with the random ups and downs, I am down another 1.1 pounds!  Also, I have lost another inch of my hips and a half inch of my thighs.  I am really happy about those.  I just wish it was faster, but as my doctor friend, Meaghan, pointed out last week - slow steady weight loss is better and sustainable. 

I guess I get really frustrated because I know where my calories are at daily and weekly.  I know that if it was a shear numbers game I would have lost 2.5lbs this week.  I also know I would have lost 2.5lbs last week. Since neither of those are the case, then it frustrates me.  I know my body is holding on to water like crazy and that is throwing me into this up and down cycle.  I feel like I have failed myself some days, because I had set a mental goal of losing 20lbs by this point in the game.  It has frustrated me enough to think about using diet pills or water pills, even just for a short term.  But, that is something I told myself I wouldn't do at the start of this.  It isn't healthy and I am doing all of this to get healthy. 

I will say I am proud of myself for this weekend.  We had a friend come down with her son and we went theme parking on Saturday, then Sunday AJ and I had date day.  The whole weekend was a blast!  But, I had mentally established that I was going to eat what I wanted to, and not count calories. I did just that, and when I did enter the foods and calories into my spreadsheet I was really surprised to find that I had stuck to a very reasonable amount.  I didn't go over my daily intake limit at all!

Also, I managed to keep up with the group!  I figure we were walking fairly steady for about 4 hours total on Saturday. It wasn't a fast walk, but it was a lot of it.  I did have to take some breaks, like when they were playing on the climbing areas, but that was more my back wouldn't stand to hunch over and at the same time climb a ropes course. I am ok with that though!

I have a plan for the next entry in this journey.  I am going to try to get AJ to take some pictures of me this weekend. I want to post a before and current picture.  Hopefully, that will inspire me to see how far I have come since Christmas.  I was going to do it this week because I thought we got a couple of pictures of me at the theme parks, but I am either standing behind the cute two year old or it is just a head shot.  This is going to take some bravery on my part because I am photo-phobic and normally hide from cameras.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Random Things

I haven't been blogging a lot lately, well about anything other than my weekly blog post. Things have been interestingly busy and non-busy at the same time. I don't really have anything great to say, but I want to say something.  

Random 10 Things On My Mind List:

01. I am ready for some of my favorite shows to start back - Leverage and Warehouse 13.
02. We saw Iron Man 2 - it was GREAT! (I didn't see the 1st one)
03. We saw Robin Hood - OH MY! GO SEE IT!!!
04. We started working on re-doing the half bath. I think it is going to look good.
05. We picked up another bookcase for the library, so it is coming together, too.
06. We had 6 adults and 1 two year old in our house this weekend. It was packed, but fun!
07. I finally got the dining table into a position I like in the kitchen.
08. AJ is going to make a great dad some day.
09. I am potentially getting sick, and now isn't the time for it.
10. I have tomatoes on my plants - some of them are red.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Battle of the Bulge - Week 10 - Success or Failure?


Successes of the Week:
  1. I lost 2.7 lbs this week (at weigh-in).
  2. I met my goal of loosing 2.5 lbs this week.
  3. I crossed the 15 lb threshold.
  4. I managed to exercise most days this week.
  5. I exercised about 250 calories off a day - most days over 350.
  6. I have lost a total of 11.5 inches of my body.
  7. I got roughly 4 fruits & veggies a day.
This post is really short today because I am having a rough day today. I got exposed to one of my food allergies last night and had to take lots of benedryl last night. This super-dosage of medicine has had some last affects through today. I am tired, achy, and swollen. I know this swelling effected my weigh-in this morning, so I might re-weigh tomorrow and update my post, or I might just wait and let that difference be on the weigh-in for next week.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Battle of the Bulge - Week 9 - Battle of Endor


Today is Star Wars Day aka May 4th.  Since I am a nerd I couldn't resist the fact that today coincides with my two month celebration of being on this journey.  This is actually my birthday cake from a couple of years ago, and it still makes me smile to see it.

I thought I hit a plateau this week, so I was all prepared to shake some things up to try to break it, but apparently I am not because I lost 0.5lb!  I also took some more measurements this week, and another total of 2.5 inches off my body!  I am happy I wasn't on a plateau and it was just a bump in the road for some of the last week.  But, I think I am still going to do what I was planning to do for the plateau.

I finally bought "The Biggest Loser - Last Chance Workout" DVD. Our On-Demand has cut down on the workouts from this series, and I don't like that.  I was happy to see that the DVD had some focused workouts for the upper body. I need to lose the weight around my hips & thighs, but I really don't like my upper arms.  I am excited tone try to tone those up since I am planning on wearing a sleeveless dress at the end of the month. 

I have also decided that I am going to start walking.  I have done it for the last couple of days and my time right now is at 18 minute/ mile. I know that isn't that fast (especially to my runner friends), but I like that pace and it feels good.  My goal is to get up to either 2 or 3 miles a day.  Right now I am at 1 - 1.5 miles.

I have another goal of trying to get down to 215-210 in the next two weeks.  That is going to require me to push myself, but I think I need this burst of intensity.  It is going to require a strict control on my calories and actually living up to the exercise goals I am setting. I think I can do this, I know I can at least make good progress towards it, because - 

Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.  
~ Yoda