Three Things for Friday

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I made it to Friday!! I can’t believe it! (Don’t I say this every Friday??) Well, I still have to get through the day. Our art show was a raging success, but it was certainly a long day yesterday. I left the building around 7:30 (and was back here just over 11 hours later for work!). The show will be disassembled during out last period today, and then I’ll go teach my  Spin and Bodypump classes… and by 7 pm will be in sweatpants, eating homemade pizza and drinking (homemade!) beer. I CAN NOT WAIT.

Since my brain is pretty much on auto-pilot right now, here are some randoms for this lovely Friday:

1. BLEND is in one week. I am so excited, it’s hard for me to put into words! I really can’t believe it’s almost here. The thing that makes it even sweeter is that it’s in Colorado, which is where my heart truly lies. (I actually plan to write a whole post about my love for Colorado soon.) That means that I will be standing in this spot, with the Flat Irons behind me… it doesn’t get much better than that!!

While I’m excited to meet everyone at Blend, I have to give a special shout-out to some girls I am uber excited to meet: Tiffany and Lynne, because I’ve been following their blogs forever, and my newest soul sisters, Laura and Kelly. It’s weird and wonderful how you can just “know” other women through blogging and emails, and feel so close to them without actually having ever met! It will be truly surreal. And of course, I’m also really looking forward to finally meeting Janetha, whose blog I have been following pretty much since the day I discovered healthy living blogs just one year ago.

And some women I really wish were coming? Lee, Diana, Annette and Corrie Anne. We’ll meet up someday!

2. After the art show last night, Greg and I grabbed sushi at a new Asian-fusion restaurant that opened about a month ago. While I do love sushi, it’s not something that I really choose to get for dinner much. I feel like it fills me up really fast, and then I’m hungry again in 30 minutes. The restaurant is next to a Yogi Castle, and I actually “joked” to Greg that I’d be happy just getting fro-yo for dinner instead (we all know I’m not joking). But we did end up getting sushi, and it was pretty good. We started with our standard miso soup for him and seaweed salad for me. We ordered a veggie roll and rainbow roll (salmon, tuna and yellowtail) and two pieces of tuna and yellowtail sashimi. It wasn’t a whole lot of food, but we figured we could always order more. (We have a habit of ordering way too much and having a ton leftover, and we never take it home).

We were both still definitely hungry after this. Greg suggested ordering more, but I said that I’d rather just go get some fro-yo next door! So that’s exactly what we did.

I tried a few different flavors here, but actually showed a lot of restraint on the portion size (this was probably only about 5 oz total). It was already 8:30 at night, and I knew I’d be going home and hitting the sack right away. Too much sugar on the belly does not make for good sleep.

3. I’m taking a break from food-logging. I’ve been tracking either points or calories since November, and in that time, I’ve lost a total of three lbs. I know that losing weight is an incredibly slow process for me, and those last 10 (or 15 in my case) lbs are the hardest to lose. But, I honestly don’t think that tracking is really “helping” me at this point. It actually stresses me out, because I get a little too obsessed with it. I also know that for me, stress is the #1 reason why I have a hard time losing weight, because it makes my body want to hold on to fat. I know that tracking can be wonderful for many people – because it makes them accountable. For me, it’s just one more thing that I have to do. And I actually do stress about it. I’m going try my darndest to just listen to my body and eat mindfully.

Back in the winter of 2006/2007, I was about 7 or 8 lbs. heavier than I am now, and that was after losing 30ish lbs. a few years before. I joined WW, tracked everything, and really didn’t lose any weight. I continued to obsessively write down every single bite I ate for a few months, and then just stopped one day. And after that, I lost 25 more lbs. (over about a 5 month period). Giving it tracking and listening to my body really worked for me then, so I’m hoping it will again. We’ll see. I just need to get back into that place where I don’t obsess so much about food and just enjoy it (without overdoing it).

So if you’re my friend on MyFitnessPal and you get the notifications that I haven’t logged in however many days and “need encouragement,” just know that I’m okay. :)

Have an awesome Friday!

What are some random things going on in your life right now?