Starting weight: 184
Weight loss to date: 22 1/2 pounds
Hello everyone! Today I am combining 2 days worth of blog posts. I’ve been off work a few days and I have been so busy! Yesterday my parents came up to help me rework my landscape. When the house was built last year, the workers threw down some mulch and a few plants and called it finished. Clearly it wasn’t enough to fill up the large area in front of my house. We put down a landscape border, hostas, variegated monkey grass, a hydrangea bush, and some kind of greenery called Stella something or another that produces yellow blooms. We also added landscape lights and flood lights to help accent the landscape at night. It really looks nice but for the record 8 hours worth of bending over, squatting, lifting, hoeing, raking, planting, watering, raking and hooking up lights likely burned more calories than 45 minutes of any intense boot camp. ha! My lower back is a little tender and my groin muscle is in a wad otherwise I feel great!
This morning I ran over to Lowe’s in Athens to buy paint. I had planned to touch up my walls and trim but didn’t realize until I walked out that the weather was going to turn cool and kind of damp. Anyway, while I was standing in line I had an envelope in my hand that had my name in big bold print. The envelope contained the paint color to my walls and was left by the builder. While I was checking out the cashier asked if I knew Elizabeth Gentle (I had on filthy blue jeans, a shirt with a hole in the bottom of it, flip-flops and no makeup). I told her I did know Elizabeth Gentle. The man behind me started to giggle as apparently he recognized me. Long story short once the cashier realized I had not stolen my own identity and the girl under the clean face and messy hair was really me, she immediately fist bumped me and told me how great I looked since I lost weight. I thought that was so sweet!!! So, thank you to the nice cashier at the Athens Lowe’s for noticing all my hard work 🙂
Backing up to Monday night, after we finished in the landscape mom, dad and I went to Logan’s for dinner. Man oh man it was delicious! You have to keep in mind what a long time it has been since I’ve really eaten a meal out (other than Mexican buffet). I ordered the grilled chicken with parmesan dressing, salad with ranch and a sweet potato (which I gave to my dad to go with his hot wings). The chicken comes with rice so I ate it as it was a carb to keep me full (and we ate early so that helped prevent any nighttime hunger). It was so good and let me tell you-worth every calorie I put in my mouth. I’ve been dealing with food burnout for a while. Mom thought going out for a meal and not worrying about what I was eating might help. She was right 🙂
In celebration of my last day off for a while I am firing up the grill. I’ve got some ribs that I pre-cooked by boiling them on the stove (cuts the cooking time on the grill down to nearly nothing and it makes the ribs soooo tender). I also made a pot of Cuban Corn. I have a friend who makes this stuff and it is sooooo addictive. I’m not sure mine turned out as delicious as Brad’s but it tastes pretty good. I’ve also got broccoli and tomatoes that I may add a little dressing to for a nice healthy veggie.
I’m taking tonight off from any major workout as I have done enough the past 2 days to leave me sore for a while. Tonight it’s tv and relaxing. Sometimes we work so hard that treating ourselves to rest is important. Making sure you take care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!
See you back on the news tomorrow!