Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Happy Birthday Baby
It has been a wild and crazy few days. We had our son's 1st Birthday party on Saturday and it was awesome. My parents came for it and visited for three days and my father-in-law came from California too. We had about forty people, both big people and little people. I made a lot of food, and by a lot, I mean enough to feed a high school boys basketball team. I just let loose and had fun with it. I decorated the house with balloons and streamers. It was incredible. I had such a good time.
By the end of the evening, I was a little tired. The really cool thing though was that my legs didn't hurt so much they were throbbing like after other parties in the past. Losing even a small amount (25 lbs is small for me, relative to my overall goal) has made a significant difference in my life. I keep realizing how much easier it is to do things when you're lighter. My energy level is still dumbfounding...how did I survive before at my highest weight. No wonder I felt miserable...I was exhausted all the time.
I am sleeping less now and feeling more refreshed. My energy level is about four times higher already. Wow! This process is really awe inspiring. I even shovelled snow! We had our first snowfall and it was a considerable amount. I actually loved being out there, getting exercise and feeling the fresh air. I was shocked at myself. This is the old me resurfacing and I love it. It's like watching the miracle of a chick hatching out of an egg. It's both beautiful and amazing at the same time.
Even though I am in bandster purgatory (not hell because that would mean I was actually at a destination instead of stuck in this waiting room of sorts), I am trying to focus on the great things ahead. I am inspired by other bandsters who have achieved such wonderful goals. I so want to get going here, it's really tough just "waiting" in purgatory. If they had better magazines here, it wouldn't be so bad...lol.
I am going to practise my bandster commandments in the meantime. Calling them rules just makes me want to break them...lol. The hardest commandment so far, has been not drinking with my meals. I love wine and water and not having them to sip on during a nice dinner is challenging. I tried having the wine before and although it was fun being a bit tipsy especially with an empty stomach, I didn't enjoy the meal as much. I will work on a good solution to this. Perhaps I will save the wine for a before bed special "treat" once in a blue moon. That way I won't keep associating it with eating.
Tomorrow I start my water challenge. I am going to fill up my gym water bottle four times tomorrow (not with gin and tonic...that would be wrong...) and drink all that water. I want to get into the habit of drinking my water before meals. My next challenge will be eating protein first. These commandments aren't as easy as it sounds. I will work on them though.