Monday, April 25, 2011

The highlights

Whew! I had kind of a crazy weekend! In my group of five girlfriends, the first of us turned 30 on Saturday. Of course we had to make a big deal out of it and party it up all weekend. Friday night we started with our usual happy hour after work and then ended up out the entire night and closed down the bars. We haven't done that in aaaaages! We had to help my friend exit her 20s with a bang though!

Check out these good ol' fashioned party pics. We partied and danced like college students again instead of 30 year olds :)
Ugh, I know everyone says I should love this, but I hate that my friends look their age and I look nowhere near it. People guess me at 23 or 24 all the time. Oh, well. What can you do?

Saturday I slept in (til almost 10!) and then spent the day cleaning and running a few errands before church. After the Easter service (which was fantastic) we headed to the birthday girl's house for a little shin dig with almost all of our closest friends and some of her co-workers. We had a good time, but I'm just not a fan of big groups of people. I almost always get quiet and hardly talk and when I do speak up, I feel like I'm not loud enough and am easy to interrupt. Then if I raise my voice I feel like I am yelling and being rude. I don't really know where this is coming from, but last night I felt extremely uncomfortable, which is just odd because I was surrounded by friends.

Regardless, I just think I am more comfortable in a small group. I hate having to fight to get a word in or shout to be heard.

This week has been kinda rough. I feel like I am meticulously counting calories and making sure not to go over on what I am allowed and I am getting nowhere. Obviously, I'm doing something wrong and it is so frustrating. My full time job before I quit, kept me on my feet all day running around and I know I burned quite a few calories without realizing it. Even though I am going to the gym almost daily now, I don't think I burn near as many calories as I did before when I was working full time.

Since what I am doing is not working, I am going to try something else. I'm going to reduce the number of calories (which, if you add up the tiny things that I hadn't counted before like creamers and stuff like that, it will probably be the original number of calories planned) and I am going to give up my guiltiest pleasure.... Cheese. I'm actually quite inspired by Lisa, she gave up dairy awhile back and is doing fantastic. I also keep thinking of a comment my sister made a long time ago about how cheese makes me fail at any diet. I'm not going to completely give it up cold turkey, I will probably still have some once or twice this week, but I am going to try not to eat any cheese on my sandwiches or salads. Both things can be spiced up with things other than cheese that are much healthier and not as dense with calories. We'll see what happens! Fingers crossed.

Hopefully I see a difference because, uuuuugh, I am frustrated!

On a much more lighter note ... We will be spending three days in the oldest national park in the US in less than a month!!!!!

What is your weakness when it comes to dieting? How do you avoid it? Are you the type that's the life of the party or more of a wallflower?


P said...

If it's any consolation, I'm 31 and look nowhere near my age either apparently. I even still get ID'd sometimes. I try to see it as a positive thing though. I'd rather look younger than my age than older. Hands down!!! :-)

As for the food I can't resist . . . there's chocolate, there's cheese . . . and there's the liquid calories that come from wine. Can't give ANY of them up!

Lesli said...

Well, you know I look younger than my age - consider it a blessing!!

I don't really do well in a big group of people--I am more quiet and I feel like you, that I speak too quietly and am easy to interrupt and I never feel that I have any good stories to contribute!! Or that anyone wants to listen to me!!

My diet failure foods...hmmm, chocolate, cheese, potatoes, pasta and wine. Basically carbs! But when I eat them, I make sure I work out more, more, more and everything in moderation!

marisol said...

Did you stop going to WW? For me, it's been working out so well.

Your trip in May will be such a blast. I've never been there but it's on my list of places to visit.

Shoshanah said...

I'm a lot like you in groups of people. In large groups I just feel like i get lost. I would much rather be with a group of 3 or 4. It's just easier for me as weird as it may sound.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I prefer smaller groups as well. or if it's a large group, I like it when people sort of mingle in smaller groups.

Good luck giving up cheese! You can do it! I am really surprised that I do not miss it... I thought for sure i would, but it's been a pretty easy adjustment.

I had a big adjustment when I started grad school as I was working and going ot school and trying ot balance a relationship, so working out just wasn't happening and i wasn't eating very well... Good luck finding something that works for you! I have put on a couple of lbs over the last couple of months so I am trying to take those off! So I know the feeling!