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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Whew! What a GREAT time! Look what I did!

What an awesomely wonderful super duper weekend we had! It was so much fun and we had such a good time. I have to say that I was not perfect with the diet, especially on Monday. But, overall I did OK. I did some exercise each day. We swam a lot and we had a really great visit with our friends.

Saturday we decided to do a little shopping. We went out in the afternoon and hit a few stores with the girls. We stopped at chick-fil-a for lunch where I had a salad and the girls got to play for a while. That night, I cooked a pork tenderloin and a great salad with roasted green beans. It was very good and very healthy. For dessert we had watermelon and the kids had some low fat ice cream. We swam for about 2 hours after dinner and played with the new pool volleyball net which was tons of fun.

Sunday we were more lazy. I cooked breakfast for everyone, eggs and bacon (I ate one piece). That stuff is just too greasy for me these days. I had some fresh tomato slices on the side which is one of my favorite summer breakfasts.  For lunch we had left overs. We stayed in most of the day, watched movies and played cards with the kids. That night we grilled steak on the grill and corn on the cob. It was the first beef I've had in a long time. It was heavenly. With that we served a salad with fresh strawberries, walnuts and bell peppers with balsamic vinaigrette. It was soooooo good! Again that night we swam for a long time and played in the pool.

Monday morning we got up super early. We had to be at the parade rally point by 8am. The kids and I along with our friend and his son who takes TKD class with us rode over there together. It was hot. Especially in our long sleeves and pants!  I was surprised to find out that we wouldn't just be smiling and waving as we walked through the parade route. No. Actually we did kicking drills along the way about 10-12 times. After we'd have to run to catch up with the rest of the parade! It was quite a workout and can I say how freaking proud I am that I was able to do that?!?  The parade route was about 2.5 miles in total. I never ever in a million years could have done all that a year ago!
Here's a few pics of me in the parade
Our group

That's me in the last row. Green belt and sunglasses!

BACK KICK! During our Kicking drills.

Reverse punch! HO!
It was a lot of fun. Our kiddos all marched. The girls had a blast in the very front of the group with the smaller kids waving at the crowd!  After we were so hot! I took the kids to Wendy's for ice cream. I had light lemonade and a couple of bites of ice cream. During the parade I burned 1200 calories!

After the parade we headed home for a shower! We grilled hot dogs and sausages for lunch. I had a chicken sausage, no bun with kraut and salad on the side. Fruit salad for dessert. Then we watched a movie and swam for HOURS! We took a break at dinner and grilled burgers. I had mine without a bun and it tasted so awesome. We had ice cold watermelon for dessert. The kids had cookies our friends brought over. I splurged and had margaritas by the pool. I'll admit I didn't track calories that day, but I have a good idea of how many I ate. Too many, but between the parade and all the swimming I know I burned a TON of calories that day.

Yesterday my BFF, her kids and my Aunt left to go back to Oklahoma. It's good to have the house back, but I miss them anyway. I was sooOOOoooOOOoooooo tired yesterday. We didn't get to bed until 11pm and I had to work yesterday of course!  I missed my regular TKD class since I went home to say good bye. I really wanted to skip the exercise, but I made myself go to a later class last night. Today I am dying. My legs are so sore from the parade and the swimming AND from the new crescent kick I learned in class yesterday.  Last night I went home and I was in bed by 9:30pm.

Today I'm way too sore to workout so I decided to rest today.  I forgot to weigh on Monday. I forgot to weigh yesterday. I weighed last night and was up a few pounds, but considering I usually weigh in the morning naked, I didn't feel too bad about it. I know I'm up a little just form water retention because I'm puffy, but I'm overall happy with how I'm doing. My clothes aren't tight, in fact I'm wearing a new XL dress today which is likely going to be too big very soon. I think I'll quit buying clothes. At least it was on sale for under $20.

I know I have a long way to go. I still have a lot of weight to lose. I realize I splurged more than I should have this weekend, but I'm pleased that I got right back on track after the holiday. This is what "real life" is going to be like forever for me. Living a healthy lifestyle. Staying active. Eating well most of the time. Occasionally having a splurge, those will be few and far between. After them I'll be getting right back on track. Even my idea of a splurge has changed.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this weekend was that I know overall I was healthy with my choices and I had a great time. I did something by marching in the parade that I never dreamed I'd do and I was able to do it without much difficulty. That makes me really proud of myself. I wasn't perfect this weekend, but I did my best. I love my life now! I'm never going back.


  1. Even reading about your weekend was fun. :)

  2. I love those pictures - what an awesome thing to participate in! You are just amazing. The entire weekend sounds like it was a blast and I think all of your food, coupled with the exercise, was right on track, really. Great job!!!

  3. That pic in the parade is just awesome!
    And 1200 calories to boot!

  4. Isn't it just so much fun finally getting to do things you never imagined doing?!?!??!? That must have been a super work out with that TKD outfit on to boot. What strikes me most about your post though is a healthy attitude and determination to eat well, but allow yourself a few things that you enjoyed because of the holiday and your friends being over. That is life. Getting back on track after a little dip, a little one, because of a holiday is okay in my book.

    BTW: You are REALLY showing off your moves in those pictures! Bet you had a ton of fun and made the group laugh alot!!

  5. What a blast of a weekend! I love the action-shots of you doing TKD.

    As for the clothes, I've recently become a wild-convert-fan of Goodwill. It's a pain to search through things that are sorted by color rather than size, but when you know that what you need are dark-wash, work-appropriate denim, it makes it worth it to dig through the racks when they come at $8 a pair.

  6. This is such an awesome post! Good for you being out there, an with your kids. I foresee a really good weigh-in in your future!

  7. Your weekend sounds awesome and very active. I am impressed by your choices. glad you had such a great time. take care.

  8. Rerun of Friends last night with Ross yelling..'Unagi", followed with rerun of Seinfeld with Kramer in the kids Karate class. Thought of you, saw the pictures, and just peed my pants.. Thanks again...

  9. You know, I think you've got it right. Typical people without weight issues splurge on holidays and special occasions and never feel bad about it. Because they have healthy habits for other times, I think that's how it's supposed to be.

  10. Fantastic post! I loved seeing you in action in the photos, great form. You really did super in my book with all of your activities, you could afford a little splurge here & there. You have a great outlook and I'm sure that the scale will cooperate soon. BTW, that salad with strawberries, walnuts, etc sounds delicious!

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  12. I always love your positive outlook, Dr. F! It sounds like you had a great weekend. So glad to hear it! :-) It's funny how, when you start to take your life back and make positive health changes, how EVERYTHING changes for the better.

  13. Marching and kicking in the parade for 2.5 is the best non scale victory!! Way to go!

    Yep, I too didn't count points last weekend, but I don't think I did too bad - although I think I'll need to give the rest of my strawberry rhubarb pie to my neighbors, the last couple pieces have been tempting, and I normally don't like dessert!

    Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

  14. nice pictures.....you're doing great. I love the fact that you're all mixed up and not separated by age.

  15. Thanks for encouraging me to enter the blogging world. I appreciate the real world advise you provided! Thanks for the inspiration and the push!


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