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

Think Fit, Be Fit…and a Synopsis of Life as of Late!

You see, the motto used to be “Think Skinny, Be Skinny!”

I’ve reassessed. It doesn’t seem appropriate for that to be my motto, because I didn’t really set out on this journey to be skinny. I just wanted a body I could be proud of…a body that showed people how much I care about myself, my health, and the way I present myself to the world.

As I mentioned in the last post, I went to see Dr. Steres last week, who basically affirmed what I already knew: Sometimes, you have to stop looking at the number on the scale, and appreciate how far you have come. The real work from now on won’t be losing the last 23 lbs….it will be maintaining all the 107 lbs loss that I’ve reached!

Did you know that most WLS patients typically lose 80-100 lbs, then GAIN 20 lbs, and then they pretty much plateau from there? I did NOT. So, you can imagine the slight relief I felt when I realized I lost over 100 and plateaued, without gaining 20 to boot! She made me realize that where I am now is still a really great place to be. Sure, medical charts still categorize me as overweight (btw, has the BMI index been updated since 1901? Because seriously…I don’t know many people who fall into the “normal” category based on their height and weight according to that thing!), but I feel happy. I feel healthy. I can run without dying. I can do hundreds of crunches in the gym. I try to be really careful about what I put in my body….I drink water like a fish! My life has turned around completely, and at the end of the day? I love what I see when I look in the mirror. I recently posted a few new photos, and people don’t even recognize me.

In all my BMI “overweight” glory, the world keeps remarking about how tiny I have become. Who would have thought?!?!?

In other news, I finally got to take Alex away for her Birthday Weekend Surprise, and we headed to…..PALM SPRINGS! We had a gorgeous room at the Hilton, where we lounged poolside reading our new books and magazines, hit the casino and lost money, headed to a cute pub for a fantastic happy hour (where I drank an even more fantastic Tequila Sunrise), hit a place called Toucan’s Tiki Lounge, where we took in the sights (aka, the male stripper) and drank mimosas until we decided to take multiple ridiculous photos that involved cocktail umbrellas, colorful straws, little plastic swords…and some other shenanigans. The next day we hit a great diner for breakfast, hit the Cabazon outlets, and headed home. All in all, it was a GREAT time…and I was happy to spend some girl time with the Bestie. I think she had fun….you be the judge:

Kinda blurry….but it was before mimosa number 4!

And guess who got her first COMPLETE outfit from Charlotte Russe, a store where I could previously only buy accessories (and the chance pair of size 11 shoes, before they started selling those online only….rude!)? BIG THANKS to Alex, the best Bestie a girl could ask for, for spoiling me with this new ensemble. Refuge jeans, and a gorgeous top….paired with some accessories and chunky heels? I think I rocked it! :

All that time as a personal shopper paid off! I call this “Boho Chic.” Lol.

As if that wasn’t enough, I realized how much my face has thinned out, and I’ve officially convinced myself that I could pass for a slightly dark Kardashian:

You can call me Khondra.

Anyways, enough vanity!

Let’s talk about what I’ve been eating lately! I’ve been keeping it relatively healthy, not to mention delicious!

Some recent meals include:

Tonight’s dinner” Portobello caps sstuffed with cream cheese, spinach, and parmesan. 200 calories, and about 9 grams of protein! AND DELICIOUS!

Stirfry! Asparagus, red bell pepper, onion, red cabbage, bok choy, snap peas, yellow squash, sliced boneless chicken breast….sauteed with some sesame giner sauce and served over some white rice….It was quick, easy, and only one pan!!!

Atlantic salmon with garlic herb butter, and an assortment of baby squash…including cute little mini zucchinis! Drizzled with some EVOO, added some garlic salt and pepper…Baked at 350 for about 25 minutes. Flaky fish, and delectable vegetables!

 

Talk about food porn, huh?

Also, since posting photos can be so much fun, I’d like to share some more amazingness that comes from my boyfriend Sean:

 

And my FAVORITE! As football season nears, Sean has gone so far as to switch cable providers in preperation (it seems DirectTV offers NFL season pass, so we can watch every game of the season. OMG!), and he has already begun planning Sunday events to revolve around such.

Part of the plan?

STEELERS SHIRT FOR MY TEAM PRIDE! Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow!

It’s even got bling. He is clearly my soul mate!

Ok. I think that’s all the fun stuff! I am off to bed early tonight. Alex and I start fitness bootcamp tomorrow morning, and we have to be there at 6:45 AM! And then I am off to my lunch time workout at the gym with Ashley!

Seriously….I didn’t think I’d be able to do the rowing machine! But I can do ANYTHING if I want to badly enough!

Wish me luck. A small part of me is terrified that I will not be able to walk after bootcamp…apparently I’ll be flipping tires and crazy stuff like that. Old Sondra would have cancelled.

But new Sondra? SHE CANNOT WAIT!

Night night my loves! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO