30 Day Challenge Update…and a Small Favor to Ask!

Hey there, lovelies!

So, life is crazy as usual, and I can’t complain. 🙂

This past weekend, I had Sean snap a few 30 Day Challenge photos for me lately:

Front View

Side view….only ONE ROLL! WOOO!

 

Big deal of the week? Sean and I participated in the Ben Bridge San Diego Diamond Dash this past weekend, and had a BLAST racing around the Gaslamp Quarter searching for clues to get points, and win an A. Jaffe $14,000 diamond engagement ring.

Bad news? We didn’t win. Good news….all is not lost! A. Jaffe is hosting a facebook photo contest! They took our photobooth shots and put them in a Facebook album. The couple with the most “likes” wins a gorgeous diamond heart-shaped pendant! PLEASE go cast your “like” and help us win! I promise our photos are up there on the cute scale…and we would be so excited to win SOMETHING! ANYTHING! Lol. Click here to be re-directed to our photo and you’re one “like” away from being on our list of favorite things! If you really love us, you can hit that snazzy “Share” button, and invite your friends to help us too! Make sure, if you do share, to let people know to click the link from your page to get to the photo….or the vote won’t count!

The challenge was too much fun.

Game Face! I’m kind of a beast! WIN! WIN! WIN!

Note to self…even if you’re gonna run until your sweat clouds your vision….a little tinted moisturizer coulda worked wonders here! #pickygirlproblems

LOVE HIM! And her…lol.

 

Killer Couple ❤

 

The official event photographer, Liz James put together a slideshow on YouTube with tons of fun and hilarious action shots you can check out here!

In all honesty, no one really walked away a loser. This was a totally free event…free shirts, radio stations were out playing music and doing giveaways, the Tin Fish restaurant catered amazing food for everyone after the race and kept the cold water bottles coming, and Ben Bridge gave us all swag bags! Re-usable swag tote bags with free stuff (you know I love me some free stuff!), and the fun Sean and I had working together made it all worth it(even though he was a littttle pissed that we forgot to get more change for the parking meter and kinda got a ticket. Oops. I’ll be paying that on Friday. Damn City regulations. Who allows only 2 hrs at a time for paid parking, anyways!?!?!). Not to mention….killer trial run for the Del Mar Mud Run next weekend! Try and stop me!!!!

Speaking of which, I got an awesome present in the mail from my dad today….

A NEW CAMELBAK BAG!!!

I have wanted one of these nifty contraptions for quite some time now, but have been too cheap to buy myself one. My dad decided to be nice and sent me one that they gave him on the ship for free, and I am so excited to use it on Cowle’s Mountain, hiking in Julian, and maybe even for the SD Half Marathon! I LOVE THIS STUFF! And you’re talking about a girl who lives for Forever 21 Sales, glitter nail polish, and red lipstick. What a difference a year and 105 lbs makes, huh?

I think that is all for now, but I wanted to check in quickly and let you all know what I have been up to. Looks like someone you know may be on television soon…but more on that later. Just know it’s a BIG show, and could be a BIG deal!

I shall leave you with this photo, of something Sean and I encountered downtown this weekend on our way to the race:

Yeah. That just happened.

A guy was walking his dog…except, his dog can run his own barbie car. As if that wasn’t great enough? He has personalized plates. My kinda guy!

Thank you everyone for all the love and support, and pleeeeeease vote for Sean and I! It’d be awesome to win the diamond pendant!

Here’s to a wonderful rest of the week…we deserve it!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

 

Rants, Adventures…and a 30 Day Challenge Update!

I swear, the faster the year goes by, the less time I seem to have! I am trying to juggle life lately, and while I haven’t shut myself in a closet and hidden from the world at this point….I have considered the idea frequently.

So it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways: I apologize for the delay!

This will be yet another modge-podge post, made up of photos and anecdotes since we last spent some time together.

Adventures as of Late:

Keys Creek Lavender Farm!

Sean and I finally made it to the Lavender Farm! I was so beyond thrilled, words cannot describe. The sweetest woman was in the gift shop, and shared tons of info with us. I am interested in using the farm as a venue in the distant future, and had just wanted to check it out since I have heard GREAT things….Sean and I are big lavender fans. I came home with a fragrant lavender candle, and a cute little lavender sachet that is hanging in my closet making things smell wonderful! YES!

Big Football Fans…and the Bolts WON!

If you ever wondered what Field Level Season Tix look like….

Alex and I surprised the boys with tickets to the Pre-Season Chargers vs. Cowboys game. Josh is a huge Cowboys fan, and Sean grew up watching and adoring the Chargers. As you can imagine, grins were everywhere! Also, Sean lives two exits from the stadium, and yet somehow it took FORTY minutes to get there. UGH. Anyways, first half had my spirits down (as usual, the Chargers forgot how to play momentarily), but then….things were looking up in the second half, and we WON!

After the game, we headed to Slaters 50/50 Burgers by Design in Point Loma, and I had a lettuce wrapped turkey burger with roasted peppers, cheddar, chipotle mayo, tomatoes, and pickles. I would share a photo….but I was too hungry to take one before digging in! And no…I didn’t finish it. Lol.

Hash House a Go-Go in Hillcrest…..the pancake is the size of my former stomach!

Brian’s 24 in Downtown San Diego…this is a TWO EGG BREAKFAST! Holy Hotcakes!

Sean and I have gone to the local hot-spot diners the past few weekends, and as you can see….we get far more than we bargained for (at a BARGAIN, no less). These two wonderfully hip SD establishments have delivered fresh, hot, and yummy breakfasts the size of my Jeep…and I like it! No, again. I never finish my food. And yes those sausages are the size of a chubby baby’s thigh!

It’s all about touching this sucker when you finally reach the top!

It’s an uphill climb….literally.

My gym buddy Ashley and I hit Cowle’s Mountain in San Diego for my first time last Tuesday (after prepping with a protein-packed pitstop in Pacific Beach for Taco Tuesday!), and it was amazing! The climb is 1,591 feet above sea level, and you can see pretty much all of San Diego from the peak. It was a great experience, and I cannot wait to do it again (add that to the list of reasons why North County and I need to part ways). It’s virtually ALL uphill, and then slippery and downhill on the way back, so it was like a jog down, and a climb up. My legs felt sore and hated me the next day….but of course we went to the gym at lunch regardless!

Fun and Happy Happenings:

 

Curly girl is back!

After many complaints about missing my natural curls, I decided “To heck with it!”, and they are back. And they are great, because Lord knows if I had to wear a shower cap or not be able to touch up my bangs after a workout again, I was probably going to lose my cookies!

Spinach, apple, orange, green grapes, red grapes….and I added some carrots too!

Juice-tastic! And lest we forget the amazingness that is the Blender Bottle (especially when it comes in hot pink…hello?!!)

Sean upgraded his (lightly-used) Black and Decker juicer for that fancy Breville juicer in the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” documentary. So alas, I have a juicer now…and I went to Sprouts when I was done on campus and loaded up on some fresh fruits and veggies, and voila! JUICE! Yummy, full of vitamins and good-for-yous, and it’s quite filling. I am taking this batch to work tomorrow for my pre-gym boost, and I am excited! Tomorrow, I’ll pick up some berries and such and get this party started for real!

Found these on my desk….BEST BESTIE EVER!

I found these week before last on my desk upon returning from my lunchtime gym workout! NOT A BAD WAY TO START THE WEEKEND! But, then again, you all pretty much knew my Bestie is amazing, didn’t you?

Last but not least, 30 Day Challenge Update:

It’s totally been more than 30 days…but here goes nothing! As usual, forgive the quality. 🙂

GASP!!! Is that deifnition forming on that stomach??!?!?!

Side View…accidentally got the side that has two rolls, instead of the side with only one. SMH.

So, alas….while the number on the scale isn’t dropping as fast as before….I feel and look stronger when I see myself in the mirror. I am working hard to get my nutrition up to par, and keep these lunchtime runs going….San Diego Half Marathon next year, here I come!

It’s good to see the results when I am making a conscious effort to be fit, and stay fit. So, I just keep focusing on that, and eating dessert whenever the heck I feel like it (I bought ice cream at Target called “Monster Cookie.” It is PB ice cream with chocolate candies and oatmeal cookie chunks. Pretty much the devil in a carton, and I plan to have a scoop when I finish this, thank you very much!).

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start, and that you all have a great rest of the week! Major thanks to all of those who follow and subscribe to the blog….whether you sign up on the page for email alerts when a new post is up, or you liked SeeSondraSlim on Facebook, your support is much appreciated! I don’t think I could’ve made it this far without each and every one of you!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

30 Day Challenge Part SEVEN!

Well, it’s been quite awhile, hasn’t it?

Truth be told, I have been so wrapped up in my regular life, I haven’t been motivated to come home, sit down, and get to blogging work!

But, I promise not to keep falling off the face of the earth. Honestly, this blog is the one thing that has kept me sane and ridiculously optimistic through all of the crazy changes since surgery. It really is imperative that I take that small chunk of time for myself to share my story. So, I apologize for the delay, if you were waiting. And I am back!

Wouldn’t you know? It’s 30 Day Challenge Time (it was, like 2 weeks ago!).

And heeeeeere we go! (I apologize in advance for looking like an utter ragamuffin. But I worked all day AND came home and made cornbread muffins and chili. Cut a girl some slack!).

Front View!

Side View!

Bonus points to me for having super stick-out collarbones, no?

In other news, my birthday went off without a hitch! Wore a tiara at work, Sean took me to lunch and spoiled me with presents…went out that weekend with my friends and got a table in the V.I.P. section and we had a blast.

The Ladies! 🙂

This next one is blurry…but it’s the only photo I have that shows my dress. An all-sequin Jessica Simpson dress that I’ve only been able to wear twice. It was already too big at this point, but I didn’t care. All hail the sequins! Lol.

BFF's since sixth grade!

The weekend after that, Sean took me on a surprise weekend getaway, and managed to keep the whole itinerary a secret. We ended up at one of the swankiest hotels ever, and went to Universal Studios; the one theme park I never made it to!

The view from the terrace in our swanky lanai room! 🙂

One of the best surprises...EVER!

Best boyfriend...EVER.

THEN! St. Patty’s Day weekend, a great friend came to visit, and Alex, Josh and I took her to The Shout House in the gaslamp. It’s a deuling piano bar, and it is a BLAST! Alex and Josh requested an inappropriate song and a birthday shout-out to me, which resulted in me being called on-stage once again, but this time, instead of getting to sing, I was summoned to sit on top of the piano and be serenaded….during the song, a waiter came out with a dildo in a gift box. Don’t ask….just know that I was mortified. Yet, I couldn’t stop laughing….

I'm light enough to be lifted onto a piano, now! YESS!

May I just point out that my outfit that night made me super happy? I got my nude/blush trench for 50% off at Forever 21. That’s what happens when you get down to a size Large, apparently. I’m not complaining! Although, for some reason, it seems like the plus-sized lines all got significantly cuter once I could no longer fit into them! Conspiracy? Possibly!

Too freakin' cute! Target skinnies, Report wedges, Forever 21 top and trench, and necklace and all my accessories were Forever 21, too!

Overall, it’s been a good month so far! Health-wise, I am doing well. Had my physical and my Vitamin B-12 and D levels were low, so now I have to get a series of Vitamin B-12 injections, and I have to take 50,000 units of Vitamin D twice a week. This has prompted me to look into options outside of just my daily multi-vitamin and calcium+D supplements I have been taking regularly since surgery. It’s made me re-think my nutrition in general. I am in utter LOVE with a site called Greatist.com, and I receive the daily email newsletter that has tons of motivation and information. My current fave:

The Complete Guide to Workout Nutrition

Check it, and the whole site, out! It never hurts to have information at your disposal. Who knows what you may learn? It could be just the thing you need to get back on track….or to just get started!

I think I am done here! I still have two weekdays to get through, and then a movie date with my love this weekend!

Not to mention, Alex and I are going to see Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker in concert Saturday night. SO. STOKED. I love them both. Thompson Square will be opening…but I don’t really care about them.

And so, I shall leave you with my favorite on-the-way-to-work song!

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Love you all! Make the rest of the week count!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

30 Day Challenge Part SIX! (and, Why Red Lipstick is Miraculous).

It’s that time again! 30 Day Challenge…..six month anniversary style!

It has been absolutely amazing to be able to share the visuals on this journey with everyone. Although I often wonder what will become of me after posting all of these half-naked photos of myself all over the internet, I have to admit….I might just look forward to these posts now.

Why, you ask? Well, amazingly, every time I post these, I get tons of emails and comments from people who tell me that they are truly inspired by SEEING a difference, rather than just reading about my experiences. This started as a way to to motivate and challenge myself, but I am truly humbled to learn that it has become something that motivates and challenges others.

So, let’s look back at last month once again:

And then, there was February!

Front View #1

Front View #2

Side View #1

Side View #2

Whew! Glad THAT’S over. Lesson #1: You always look skinnier when you take photos with the lights off, using just your flash. But, for the sake of all that is legit, I went ahead and had both bathroom lights on. Yikes.

 

 

I am very excited, because at this point, I have officially lost 97 pounds! I know I will have already passed the 100 pound mark before my birthday on March 1st, and that makes me not only ridiculously happy, but I am truly proud of myself.

Also, I would just like to share a photo that Candace took of me while we were getting ready for Sean’s birthday outing over the weekend. I just feel so pretty….and that was before I put the red lipstick on!

Gotta Love It!

I was very pleased to head out this weekend with my fly friends, and notice that a lot of the men were straight up staring at us when we walked by. It’s like….really? I can SEE you, sir! And why do they always make a point of trying to walk past and act like the room is just so crowded that they can’t possibly get by without grabbing your waist? Don’t get me wrong…the fact that you acknowledge the small waist I have somehow whittled down to is much appreciated….but man, don’t touch me!

And you know, add some red lips to the equation…..

Blurry...but you get the idea. The ONE night we don't take a million piks...I swear...

I swear, it’s like using live bait while deep sea fishing. Everywhere I went, there was some man telling me he loved the red lips, and that it was the perfect color for me. And here I was, only trying to distract people from the fact that my boobs weren’t filling out the top of my (size 10!) H&M dress. But hey….I’ll work with it!

Speaking of working it, I totally bought a Groupon for pole dancing classes this week. Oh yeah…time to get crazy! Groupon is going to make all of my dreams come true, I swear! If they could just have a deal on flights to Italy…….

And so, that is that, my loves!

Another 30 Days, and another reason to believe that all of this is paying off. Thank you again to all of you who share the blog, read the blog, or even knows the blog exists. Without you all, I wouldn’t be as likely to stick to this project…but your feedback and interest have made this a huge part of my life.

Signed copies of the book for all (someday!) Lol.

I shall leave you with another ridiculously optimistic and inspirational web finding:

HAHAHAHA!

Admit it…you totally smiled!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO