The Dress

Ok so I realize these first few entries are going to get a bit confusing. The perfectionist in me really wants to start sort of “at the beginning” and use this blog to tell my story. But I haven’t had time yet to sit and write out my back story yet. I am too impatient and want to start getting down some of my thoughts and documenting a few things right away.

So, I apologize right now because the next few posts will jump around a bit through a timeline. But I’ll try to at least explain in each one whereabouts in the timeline we are!

I am standing up in my best friends wedding in July. So, part of my weight loss goals were tied to losing a certain amount to feel great in the dress I’ll be wearing in her wedding. Last weekend I took the dress in to be fitted so I’ve marked this as my official crossing into “maintenance” mode. At this point I don’t want to lose any more (or gain any back) because I really need that dress to fit me in July.

On June 22nd, my best friend (Terri) and I are meeting for breakfast then I am taking her to a really nice spa where we’ll be pampered for a very relaxing hand and foot treatment. Afterwards we’ll be going together to the bridal shop for the final fitting of our dresses. It was ironic, I had scheduled my appointment for that fitting on 6/21 – then when I talked to Terri today she said she is doing hers on the 22nd, so we might as well go there together since we’ll already be spending the morning together.

November 2012 at David's Bridal

November 2012 at David’s Bridal

This picture is from November 2012 when we tried on the dresses and picked them out. This was taken about 6 weeks after I started my fitness journey and I had lost about 3 or 4 pounds – – so this could kind of be considered my “before” picture. I will post the “after” pic of how I look in the dress now, when I pick it up in June. You’ll be surprised!

So, on to the fitness side of things today. I felt very SNACKY today! It seemed like I was craving some sort of sweet treats all day long. I gave in to a cookie from a potluck that another department at work was having, and after dinner my husband had a Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter cookie and the temptation was too great – I had to indulge in one of those as well.

Other than that I ate pretty well, and ended up with +21 net calories for the day so that is pretty much a break even day. Since I am now in maintenance, I think my day ended up exactly as it should. (although it is hard for me to get used to not needing a calorie deficit every day!)

I had planned on doing a bit of strength training tonight. But I was working up all sorts of excuses not to do it. The weather was bad and my allergies were acting up, so I felt pretty yucky. That seemed like it might be a good reason to not work out. Then I managed to keep myself occupied all evening with activities related to Terri’s wedding; preparing some things for the shower, wrapping her shower gift, writing out the card, calling on final arrangements for our spa day. Before I knew how much time had passed, it was almost 9:00p.m. and I even closed out my day on calorie count saying that I had planned on doing strength training but decided not to.

THEN I changed my mind. I reminded myself that I don’t get to keep the results if I’m not willing to keep doing what I did to get the results in the first place. I decided not to let my excuses stand in the way of me doing what needed to be done.

So I just finished with 20 minutes of strength training and I was so proud of myself for pushing through the excuses that I sat write down to write my very first blog post about it!