I think the title of this post pretty much sums it up. I am at 129 pounds and my standard size two pants barely fit me – if I squeeze into them and I am okay with some severe muffin top and maybe a small dose of camel toe, than yes they fit, but I am 100% not okay with either of those two unsightly characteristics when it comes to how my pants fit.
I resolve that losing this weight and getting back to my goal weight range (120 – 125 lbs) will not be my New Year’s resolution because I want to be back at 125 by January 1, 2013 – I know this is a super duper challenge with holiday treats abound and calories just seeming to fly directly into my mouth, but I genuinely believe that you can do anything you put your mind to and I am putting my mind to losing 4 lbs by December 31.
Tonight, my company is holding their annual holiday party, which means that alcohol will be streaming from the bars and I’m sure lots of fried and sugary snacks will be pouring out of waitresses hands all evening long – this is going to be hell for the little Fat Girl trying to manage her intake of unhealthy little buggery food items.
I am a bit depressed about this recent weight gain and I feel like I’ve let myself down to be perfectly honest, which is not the greatest feeling to have around the holidays. I guess that means I just need to pick myself up by the boot straps, close my mouth and start moving my legs like a crazed hamster on a wheel.
Last night, TH and I touched down in Austin, Texas at 8:15 pm (our flight was actually on time – total shocker). We were greeted by TH’s super warm and loving parents, Lovely L (his mom) and BZ (his dad). It is kind of weird to adjust to the fact that they are now my family too, my in-laws! But, I guess at the same time it is a pretty natural switch. I feel so at ease with them and I am truly lucky to have married into such a beautiful family. That is certainly something to be thankful for.
They whisked us off and took us to a well-known Mexican restaurant, Chuys. Way to start off an already unhealthy weekend with bang! I tried to be relatively good there by limiting my tortilla chip intake and by totally ignoring my rice. I ordered grilled chicken soft tacos and just loaded them up with a ton of pico de gallo (commonly referred to as salsa fresca in TX), lettuce and a touch of guacamole. The worst part of the meal was likely the sopapillas – kind of like a Mexican version of an Italian zeppole – fried dough with cinnamon powdered sugar – now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! (I’m a bad little fat girl).
Today, I am writing this post on my iPhone in bed listening to my husbands rhythmic breath as he catches up on some much needed sleep. When I have hit the publish button, I am going to hop out of bed, change into gym clothes, swoop my hair back into a pony tail and get my big giggly booty to the gym. I LOVE going to the gym down here – it is like a playground for adults. 1. It is enormous. 2. It has like four or five pools, a jacuzzi, a sauna, basketball courts and a lot o super in shape people roaming around inspiring me to push harder.
After I get in a decent workout, I am planning on heading to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for an awesome holiday drink I concocted about two years ago – Apple Cider Sangria! It is super tasty and great for the entire holiday season – recipe below:
1.5 bottles of white wine
2.5 cups of apple cider
4 red apples (sliced into wedges – leave skin on)
1 orange (sliced into pretty round discs)
1/2 cup of Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of real maple syrup
Cut your apples and drop them into a pitcher. Any sort of red apple works – Granny Smith is too tart for this, but if you want to use something with lower sugar go for Gala or Fuji. Dump in all of your liquid ingredients (Grand Marnier, Wine and Apple Cider). Add the syrup and cinnamon and mix. Leave brewing in the fridge for three hours or more. Before serving insert the oranges into the sides of the pitcher for decoration. Voila! A wonderful adult beverage to enjoy by the fire!
We will be spending the evening at TH’s best friend’s parent’s house. They are from Poland and they are amazing cooks so I am looking forward to a little Polish infusion into this great American holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Lots of love to you and yours.
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Tagged Austin, Diet, Family, Gym, Polish, Sangria, Texas
Now in the final three-day countdown of my pre-holiday struggle, I am sitting in front of my desktop shoving spoonfuls of Siggi’s Strained Non-fat Vanilla yogurt down my throat as I dream of sugar plum fairies, turkeys with lots of gravy, some mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Instead of dreaming about food, I am desperately pushing to flip my inner fatty switch to dream of barbells, treadmills and assisted chin-up machines. Here’s where things get dicey…I KNOW that I should go to the gym. I WANT to sit around in pajamas and eat huge scoops of vanilla ice cream that are violently suffocating the pumpkin pie beneath them.
Here is my resolution: Finish my non-fat yogurt that still has some clumps left at the bottom of the cup. Have my usual Palm Beach Shrimp salad from Chop’t for lunch. Eat a healthy dinner. Have some healthy snacks – maybe an Apple or Sugar-Free Jello (10 calories!). Repeat this process tomorrow and Wednesday. Add in a vigorous gym session tonight and tomorrow evening. Eat like a tyrannosaurus-rex on Thanksgiving – meaning focus on the high protein stuff for dinner – devour the turkey and through in some leafy stuff – try to avoid the mashed potatoes and save my calories for the pumpkin pie that has been dancing in my head.
I will report back tonight to let you know how well I am sticking to my plan – particularly the working out part – I am just not a fan of the gym.
…a line used as a motivational speech catchphrase from one of my favorite Showtime network series, The Big C…I am not going to explain the meaning of the quote here or the basis of the show – just thought that this quote was relevant in light of recent events in the tri-state area and along the east coast of the USA.
Before I fully begin, I first want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have lost homes, businesses and loved ones during the horrific storm that just tore its way through the Caribbean and then up the east coast of the United States.
As a former Jersey Shore resident and permanent Jersey Girl at heart, I am acutely aware of how devastating Hurricane Sandy has been for millions of people. My parents and grandmother who currently reside in New Jersey are still without power and all of my dear friends residing in the southern portion of Manhattan are also still without power. I thought that “Flip that Switch” was an apropos title for this post first in the literal sense as millions of people are still flipping on their non-working light switches as a matter of habit everyday desperately hoping that light has been restored to their lives and homes.
In the more figurative sense and in keeping with the desired meaning from “The Big C”, I want to give a shout out to all of humanity…it is truly amazing what people have the capacity to do when faced with disaster. Though the storm was and still is a terrible nightmare for so many individuals, we have seen the positive energy in people’s souls ooze out over the past few days as babies have been delivered in unlit hospitals and people have come together to provide shelter and power for neighbors or rescue their fellow citizens from the devastation. The storm proves that all people have the ability to “Flip that Switch” – to go from a normal, everyday routine into fight mode.
And now from a more blog-relevant perspective, why is this applicable at all to weight loss, food, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, etc? Well, as I said before, the storm forced people to “Flip that Switch” or switch modes – we all have the ability to flip switches within us, whether they are disaster “fight or flight” type switches or deep, personal ones having to do with body image, health, diet and exercise. Caring for yourself and your personal health and weight is at the end of the day, just as important about caring about others because, I believe that self-investment is actually an investment for society (the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts).
And continuing to move from heavy topics to lighter and lighter, I officially flipped the switch this morning from my typical Dean and Deluca large iced coffee to my new normal (at least for the next six months) Dean and Deluca large hot coffee. Bundled in a puffy black down coat with a fox fur hood, the bitter winter chill crashed through my bones signaling that winter is lurking in the NYC air.
Stay warm, stay safe, stay healthy.