Hard to believe I’ve been actually sticking to this weight loss journey. If it weren’t for you, my friends, I probably would have given up.
And if I made it through 4 weeks, I am now determined to go the distance!
So here’s what the journey on this fourth week was like…
We never made it to New York last Saturday because the weather was a bit “meh” so we hung out at home. We ended up hitting a couple of stores to get ideas for the makeover of our home office. Yeah. After Bonaparte saw the photos I posted, he was shocked at how awful the office looked. Looks like the home office is our next project!
Sunday was baking day for me. Katie, one of the girls I work with (and the one who hired me) was returning from a week of Jury Duty. I made cupcakes with two frostings. One frosting was salted caramel and the other cream cheese frosting. Unfortunately I lost my bearings and sampled a ton of the frosting. My comeuppance came in the form of a pound gained when I weighed myself the next day. Proof that you really need to focus on what you are putting into your mouth.
There really wasn’t much to clean because I did more than lick the spoon!
Tuesday was a blast. The office I work in had “Phillies Night” and my boss rented a box at Citizens Bank Park.
Phillies vs. Chicago! Phillies won too! In all the past offices I’ve worked in the only companies that had social activities were the now defunct Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and the small firm that I am now employed at. I love going to work in the morning. Have not felt that way since I worked on Wall Street!
And yes. There was an overabundance of all foods stadium. Hoagies, chicken, brownies, ice cream and the best home-made potato chips I’ve ever eaten. But here’s the sort of good thing. I only ate a handful of chips. And a half bag of peanuts. I felt like an elephant. I ate those peanuts like an elephant!
Peanuts and baseball. Is there anything better?
But the real fun was that it was Bonaparte’s first-ever trip to the ball park. His first MLB game! (I’m working on a post about it so stay tuned). It was also a great time to socialize with some of the people I work with outside the office!
And here’s what I discovered this week. After looking at the scale climb a pound I was angry. At me. I’m putting all this effort into eating healthy and losing weight at a pragmatic rate and then I go stuff my face with frosting! I didn’t even bother with a cupcake. Trust me; the amount of frosting I consumed was worse than eating three cupcakes! But I learned I just can’t do that and think I’ll lose weight.
Oh. I can eat this in two minutes. But I won’t. I’ll eat celery with hummus instead.
Bonaparte has also started to support me as well. He kindly gave some input. He reiterated what I’ve always known. He said that I perhaps should cut down on my portion sizes—regardless if the tomatoes are 0 points.
I’ll have to eat 1/4 of a roast chicken instead of a half of a chicken. A small steak instead of a huge porterhouse. An ounce of cheese instead of the whole mozzarella ball. Okay!
He said he felt bad for me because he understands what it is like to have a huge appetite. (Only he doesn’t gain weight. Those French genes make me so envious). I’m happy to have him in my corner!
And even with the little steps backward like the frosting binge, the peanuts-as-dinner and the pound gained, I managed to lose another pound from last week’s weigh-in.
Tonight, I’m in at 157.6. That’s one pound and two ounces less than last week!
Down one more pound and two ounces! See the boo-boo on my right foot? I was in the supply closet at work and knocked a few heavy items onto my foot. The co-workers are no aware of my clumsiness!
With that, I’ve noticed that my clothing is fitting better. Here’s a sampling of my work week weight wardrobe (Say that three times fast!)!
On Monday I felt so “ugh” because of all the frosting I gluttonously vacuumed into my mouth. I wore pixie pants, an oversized cotton sweater that I got at Old Navy a long time ago. I’m wearing Sam Edelman ballet flats that feel like slippers. A light oversized sweater is actually a good choice while losing weight–especially if you went off-course!
OK. Here’s Tuesday’s outfit. I wanna point something out here. The skirt. It has a great amount of stretch and fits nicely as you can see from the photo on the right. HOWEVER, look at the photo on the left. It isn’t the best choice skirt when wearing a shirt tucked in. It cuts my body in half making me look a bit “squat”. I usually wear skirts like this with a knit pullover or sweater. That look is better worn after a weight loss of quite a few pounds. That shirt is one of my faves though. I got it about seven years ago at J. Crew Factory. It is 100% cotton and is so light that it can be worn all year! The skirt is an oldie from GAP.
There’s a reason for this incredibly out-of-focus photo. I was in a rush because I didn’t want to be late for work. I wore this yesterday. The shirt is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. See how shapely it is? It hugs without being too tight. And I notice my waist is returning–which makes me happy! The pants are from J. Crew I think two years ago. I’m not in love with them because the fit is a bit off–even with the stretch. But hey, I’ll wear them anyway!
Yeah. Another awful photo. Bonaparte’s grandfather, J.H. Lartigue, is probably rolling over in his grave over my lack of photography skill! But anyway, THIS is what I wore today. On the FIRST day of AUTUMN! A light, cotton summer shift from Lilly Pulitzer. Global Warming sucks. I want to wear layers and blazers and boots. Not any time soon because it was so painfully hot today. The good thing–no–the great thing about wearing this dress was that it is becoming lose on me. It was tight as all get-out when I was at Nordstrom and now it actually fits! Weather staying hot, this is a decent dress for losing weight because of the looseness but it ISN’T boxy!
Thank you everyone! I’m so happy that I have support not just from Bonaparte but from you. It’s so much fun to keep sharing our journeys—whether or not we had good weeks!
Maybe next summer I’ll be asked to be on the cover…!!
My musical gift tonight is for obvious reasons. George Harrison (again) singing Dylan “If Not For You”. This IS for you my friends. Thank you! XOXOXOXO!!