It has been raining here for what feels like weeks and weeks. Sometimes I feel like I moved to Oregon instead of N. Carolina because no one told me about the rain. When I moved to Portland, everyone told me about the rain.
It is humid now. We had 2 or 3 nice, sunny days with a little breeze and then it got really humid. I don't mind it though - it reminds me of Jamaica and it makes me feel young. For some reason the very very dry heat saps all my energy. I won't let anyone turn on the air conditioning until it turns 90 degrees and then we will turn it on, very low.
There are a good many things that have happened since our move and there are a good many things that haven't happened. I feel like the days of sitting around and waiting for the phone to ring are over. Sometimes it rings and very often it doesn't and if a day goes by without it ringing I don't feel personally injured like I used to. I have a part time job now and that keeps me busy. I volunteer at the local elementary school and that keeps me busy. And in 2 short weeks summer vacation will descend on us and it will keep me busy and crazy. But we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
About a month after moving I stepped on a scale and held my breath and it told me that I had lost some weight. I wasn't even trying but I also was not in a good space. So I started using an App that my friend always uses when she is watching what she eats called My Fitness Pal and began the task of tracking what I eat. I was able to lose a few more pounds and then I would hit a plateau. Now I have to back up and remind everyone that 2 years ago I started to take blood pressure medication and I lost 20-ish pounds and I got lazy and tired and put the weight back on. I didn't do it on purpose, it was not a good feeling to pull out those fat jeans. I felt like a loser.
Anyway, I kept using the App and it actually did what it is intended to do, it made me accountable for everything I put into my body. I started to watch pounds come off. And I don't mean that they flew off and I lost weight celebrity style - through coffee enemas and a liquid diet. I'm not that crazy. I posted recently that I had some nice fat jeans and should I keep them or toss them and here are some of the responses I got:
Gina: Sadly speaking from experience. Keep.
This time around I took some pictures so I could take them out and look at them. Nothing helps your progress with something like taking before and after pictures. I don't have a lot of them but the ones I have I want to share.
Besides getting slimmer, you can tell I am a master photographer. The first picture is March, the second is April and the last one is May. I'm going to Mexico in July so don't be surprised if July/August picture involves a bathing suit. It most likely won't be a bikini but you never know. Tara has a topless picture of me on her fridge.