Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
I started out this week (last Fri and Sat) working out tons and eating well...then Memorial Day hit. There were two days of family gatherings, which meant eating too much and skipping workouts both days. I had some cake one night, and mint brownies (yum!) the next. I have this weird thing about mint chocolate. The mint always makes me feel like it's not as fattening because it doesn't taste as heavy. 'Sigh.'
I was planning a break out week (3+ pounds lost), but that didn't happen! I kicked it into gear towards the end of the week and so I still managed to lose 2 lbs. No more brownies for me, man. Next week is my week! I have to pull some big numbers or I don't have a chance of competing in this thing.
UPDATE: Well, I'm not sure how excited I should be by this week's results because I guess 10-12 people didn't weigh in or there might have been email issues. I don't know if they dropped or what. BUT...as of right now I came in ranked at #4 for the week, and #7 overall. I'm happy about that unless there are 10-12 people that lost more weight than I did, and I just don't know it yet. But for now that's pretty good news!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Kate wasn't as excited by all the animals as I thought she would be. She would point at them and occasionally make their sound, but otherwise she was more fascinated by the zoo playground and other children. I guess we could have just gone to the park!
Anyway, I thought the Hogle Zoo was OK, but all the buildings and animals were right next to each other. It did not take very long to go through the whole zoo! It was about 1:30pm when we finished up, and I'm thinking, "Oh no...what now?" I had to kill several more hours until five when I could pick up the film. I ended up driving around a lot, sleeping with Kate in an IKEA parking lot, and eventually went to my sister's in Riverton for a little while. On the way back to SLC we hit the big 200,000 mile marker! It wasn't very smart to try to take a picture of it on the highway, but I did it anyway. I knew Andrew wouldn't want to miss it. :)
Side note: It was totally worth it to spend all day in Salt Lake. The pictures Andrew got back were great! Some of his very best yet. Sadly, we will likely have to wait for him to graduate before we can afford to get more slides scanned. So it may be a long time before his blog is updated (with large format pics, anyway).
Monday, May 26, 2008
I am very boring here. I like WATER. That's really about it. About every five years I'll have a sip of pop (or soda for people who don't know what "pop" is), and when I feel my insides burning and fizzing, I commit to never drinking pop again. I don't think I've gotten through an entire can since I was a kid. I'm not a fan of milk, but will have it with certain desserts. I do like juice sometimes, but mostly I just love my agua. What about you?
Kate later slipped and SMASHED the side of her face against a table. That wasn't really a highlight--she's got a huge puffy bruise on her cheek. But overall, we all had a fun day.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Check out the slideshow above for the pictures I took while Andrew was shooting.
Friday, May 23, 2008
UPDATE: I came in ranked at 11 for the week, but have moved up to 12 overall (from 21 last week)!! And congratulations to my aunt LaRene for coming in at number 1 this week!! That's awesome! She's the only other one in the contest that I know.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
One of Andrew's favorite photographers (Michael Fatali), has field notes for each of his photos that says how long he "waited for the light." Some of them say he waited for like 15 days. We think it's hilarious--because this guy is so dramatic. It gives this image of him huddled in one spot staring at the clouds for 15 days waiting for the right second to snap the picture, when he was probably watching the weather channel from home. Anyway, Andrew has learned, though, that it's important to not give up on a location/shot--and WAIT for it. Almost as soon as we arrived tonight, I was a bit pessimistic, saying, "Are we really going to wait for the light in this?" He was hoping that the clouds would break (and maybe they did--but we couldn't even see the clouds behind the dust). Finally, he could see the hopelessness of the situation and we packed it in. Poor Kate got blown over more than once!
I have dirt all over me, and am feeling pretty nasty--my hair looks like a bird's nest. Time to hop in the shower!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Last week I was bummed because I was just 1/2 pound away from the big 10. This week I'm up to 12 (for overall weight loss--not in the BL contest), and that feels pretty good! Still got a LONG ways to go...but it's really been fun working at something so hard and seeing results. Even if I'm not dropping 12 pounds in a week like some of the guys on the Biggest Loser show, I'm feeling great about what I've been losing. There's something really comforting about losing weight--like now I know it's possible (and totally doable) for me. That's just a good feeling!
P.S. Last week I was ranked #34 among the 54 women competing in the Biggest Loser contest--yikes! This week I'm really hoping I moved up on that list! I'll let ya know--I find out later today.
UPDATE: I went from #34 last week to #21 overall (this is out of 54, remember). For the week, though, I came in at #9!! I'm movin' up, baby! I lost the exact same amount of weight both weeks. Weird. Hopefully it will be slow and steady wins the race!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I mean, I've eaten A LOT of crap (in Hong Kong), but this seriously rivaled chicken feet and cow tongue. DO NOT BUY. And if anyone out there likes this product, let me know. I will be duly shocked.
I had about 7-8 cans left, though...(what was I thinking stockpiling a product I'd never tried?) but thank goodness for Walmart. They gave me store credit for food--so I was able to get some real food.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I took some pics and video of the event, but for some reason can't get images off my camera at the moment. Argh.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
The first night we were there, Andrew and I both woke up at 2 AM to coyotes howling. They sounded really close--like they were just in the next camp site over. It freaked both of us out, and I didn't sleep very well after that. Andrew's mom heard them every night she was there. Scary.