Snow no more.

I’ve got Mumford & Sons Sigh No More album on in the background…love.

My agenda today was simple: eat a pear (we have some Harry & David pears in the fridge that need to be consumed), read some in my book club book (The 19th Wife), walk dog, cook and/or bake. I could really get used to this whole winter break thing…but back to work in 5 days.

The main reason the hubs and I wanted to buy in this particular neighborhood was because of Audubon Park.

I love this park, and so does Rilo.

The Spokane Parks Foundation provides doggie doodoo baggies too 🙂

A few days ago I spotted this note in a tree. It made me think of Caitlin, so I’m sending it her way. Not an Operation Beautiful note, but I think it fits in well with her mantra.

(it reads: Today’s lesson: If you don’t like who you are, pedal.”)

I also saw a guy snowshoeing through the park while walking his dog! I want snowshoes to walk Rilo!

I planned to hit the gym after our walk. But shoveling the driveway was more important. And my walk took 45 minutes (it normally takes 20). So between 45 minutes of walking and 30 minutes of shoveling I figure I got my exercise in today.

~~~Spokane just hit “Stage 2 Snow Emergency” according to the news…really?

Uggh, I hate snow. After shoveling and showering I applied this to my face:

And this* to my body:

Mmm I feel so fresh and so clean, clean. Go ahead, start singing yourself a little Outkast. You know I am. And pretend you are back in 12th grade while your at it, more fun that way.

*This does not smell like midnight, nor pomegranate. But it does smell nice.

The body spray reminded me that I had a pretty little pomegranate sitting on my counter waiting to be opened. The problem? I don’t know how to do such a thing. I bought it because my mom had one over Thanksgiving and I loved adding the seeds to my seltzer. So I bought one…and it has been sitting there, calling me for a week.

Enter online tutorial courtesy of the tasty kitchen blog.

Mine was not as pretty…in fact it was a pomegranate massacre.

But the seeds are tasty.

Yum.

Rilo is relaxing.

And I’m nibbling on a snack plate of laughing cow wedges, a pear and some multi-grain crackers.

And sipping on some pomegranate, key lime spiked seltzer.

Zags game in 20 minutes! Off to the Flying Goat I go 🙂

Weigh-in Wednesday

While at the gym yesterday I was reading a borrowed issue of Shape magazine. I love that my new gym has lots of magazine areas to “take-one, leave-one.” My old gym dumped used magazines in order to make it look “clean”, what a waste! Recycle people!

In two different articles Shape recommended weighing yourself every day and weighing yourself once a week for optimal weight loss success. Confusing, no? The first article stated that weighing yourself every day helped you stay focused and kept you on track with your weight loss. The second stated that weighing every day would lead you to obsess (duh!) and that you should instead weigh yourself once a week to keep yourself on track. Both are good ways to keep yourself in the know, or you could completely abandon the scale and go by the way your clothes fit. But, if you are like me, you don’t like the way your clothes fit and you have a closet full of clothes that fit you 2 years ago and you want to get back into them…

So I weigh once a week, on Wednesday. I used to do Friday, in anticipation of the weekend and being able to “cheat.” Then I switched to Monday, thinking it would help me avoid the cheat. But, really, it didn’t and it lead to a depressing number after the “cheating.” So I switched to smack-dab-middle-of-the-week Wednesday.

I’ve said it before, I’m not on a diet anymore, but I am trying to be more conscious of what I put into my body. This means less processed food and more homemade meals. Less coffee, and more water.

I am hydrating as I dehydrate this morning…

I also log all my M-F meals on myfitnesspal. Sometimes I log weekend meals, sometimes I don’t. Balance is key. I don’t obsessively measure either. But I like myfitnesspal because it has a very large user generated database and it has an iphone app. I can also log my cardio and strength workouts. The log works on net calories, much like calorieking.com, so the more you work out, the more you can eat.

I like that, because I like to eat. And I need balance in my life.

So as stated before, I let the gain get to twenty-one pounds.

start weight: +21

goal: -21

Simple enough, right?

The +21 was recorded mid-October. Since then I’ve lost 6 pounds, whoo hoo! I stepped on the scale this morning, fully expecting to have gained some extra padding over the holiday season and was shocked to see I lost one pound and am now at my “scary number.” The scary number is the number I swore I would never see again…and then I surpassed it by 6 pounds. Woops.

So…

Start weight: +21

Goal: -21

Current: -6

Left to lose: 15

Goal for next week: -7 (14 left to lose)

Now I’m watching the snow fall (the weather man changed his tune and it has been snowing all day).

(see our 2nd “fridge”?)

No basketball for you Timmy. Guess we’ll have to settle by watching the Zags tonight!

Expecting 7-12 inches between now and 4 p.m. Joy.