Friday, April 24, 2009

Week 4: Friday Check In

Starting Weight: 70.8 kg (~156 lbs)

Current Weight, 23 April: 67.9 kg (149.7 lbs)

Total: -2.9 kg, -6.4 lbs

Feeling good about this week, I guess.

I spoke to my mom yesterday and she met with her neurologist - there is some very positive news, so I was able to actually sleep well last night. I'm so thankful for what her neurologist said.. She meets her surgeon on Monday and I'll know more then.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I feel like I can't breathe. I'm still so numb.

I bought my plane ticket home today. I'll be in the States from 3 May to 12 May. I just want to get home. Now.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Like Any Other Monday

My mom has a brain tumor and I'm stuck in France.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Week 3: Friday Check In

Well, this week wasn't spectacular. I'm a little irritated, because I did a pre weigh-in on Wednesday and I was down .4 kg, and then Thursday, when I weighed, I was only down .1kg. Today, when I weighed in, I was down .4 again. Sooo...thank you, Period. Appreciate it.

Anyway, I'll go with the Thursday WI number, as that's what I use for Weight Watchers:

Starting Weight: 70.8 kg (~156 lbs)

Current Weight, 16 April: 68.9 kg (151.9 lbs)

Total: -1.9kg, -4.2 lbs

On the bright side, I've been really good about going for runs, tracking everything I eat, drinking lots of water, and stretching. I'm still pleased with the progress from this week.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Week 2: Friday Check In

I had a great week this week! I lost 1.3kg (2.9 lbs) from last Friday.

Starting weight: 70.8kg
Current weight: 69.0kg

Total loss: -1.8 kg

I feel pretty good, I've managed to keep on track with the running, walking, and stretching. I've also been working to prepare really healthy meals, so I feel good on the inside, too!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Five Things That Happened This Weekend (in brief)

1) I went to the Paris Marathon and it was amazing. It was really incredible. I stood at Mile 17 for a long time and a lot of people had their names on their shirts, so I decided to cheer for them specifically. The reactions were priceless. I even got an air kiss from a man old enough to be my dad.

2) I saw a dead man in the metro on the Champs Elysees on Sunday night. Awful.

3) I bought train tickets to go to London in about 6 weeks. I've been to the most random places in England, but never London. Sooo excited.

4) I ate Spaghetti Carbonara (possibly one of my 10 favorite foods) and got a little drunk - both rarities in my life.

5) I kicked ass at Monster Pinball (in French). I mean, really. I kicked ass.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Paris Marathon

The Paris Marathon is today. Of course, I'm going. I love going to the big races; I think it's inspiring. I don't know if I would have ever trained for my half-marathon if I hadn't gone to so many races before hand. Now, I'm addicted.

Good luck, runners! I'll be cheering.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Week 1, Friday Update

So, it hasn't been a full week since the last time that I posted, but I promised every Friday...

Current Weight: 70.8 kg = ~156 lbs

Progress on goals:

I've been eating really well -- balanced meals, lots of fruits and vegetables, staying within my points. I tried two new recipes this week, and I made an awesome stirfry, so I'm happy with my culinary prowess. I've been working to drink more water, which is...not always easy. But I'm trying!

I ran about 3.5 miles on Wednesday, and I've been walking to my French class every day (which is about 45 minutes a day). I'm planning to run about 6 miles tonight, in keeping with Ryan Hall's plan. So far this week, my workouts have been a little flaky, but I figure it's Week 1. It's all about finding balance!

Wish me luck for next week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I've been a member of WeightWatchers for almost two years now. In my first year, I was able to lose about 30 lbs and for the last year, I was able to maintain that loss. Now, I want to finish what I started -- another 30 lbs to go.

So, I set some small goals to get me started:

1) Drink more water
2) Stretch every day
3) Eat at home more often
4) Exercise more

And my actual goal measurement hopes:

1) -5 lbs by 2 May
2) Complete a half marathon in under 2 hours (I ran the Paris Half Marathon on 8 March in 2:42)

To these ends, I have resumed counting points and started Ryan Hall's Half Marathon Training Program (available on the Runner's World website)

I'll update my progress every Friday.
Living in France and not speaking French is more than a little daunting. A few months ago, I started taking French classes five days a week for two hours a day.

Today, only about 5 of the 10 students showed up (all female), which worked out perfectly -- we spent the entire time discussing marriage, children, and gay rights. I'm the only American in the class -- in fact, the only native English speaker, so it was really interesting to get view points from around the globe.

There were women from Mexico, Brasil, Paraguay, and China -- and the similarities between the view points in the class were astounding: all the women were married with children or wanted to be (except me -- I don't want kids), all the women agreed that it was important to finish university and start a career before marriage and children, all the women agreed that it was a good idea to live with your future husband before marriage but that they would never do it because of their families and culture (again, I was the outlier -- I have lived with someone I was not married to), and all the women felt that, while gays should be allowed a civil union, they should not be allowed a church union or to adopt kids -- for many reasons: it's unnatural, their communities would never allow it, it's too difficult for the child to understand, etc..

This shocked me. And I think I shocked them when I explained my opinion.

I'm not gay, but I don't have any issue with gay marriage or gay adoption. There are 500,000 children in the US alone without parents waiting for adoption. The women in the class kept saying that it would be too difficult for a child to understand why he has two mommies or two daddies, and it made me want to scream -- better two mommies or two daddies than none at all. The idea of a child spending an entire childhood in an unstable environment without the permanency they need or crave because someone has deemed it too complicated for a child to comprehend the "gay situation" is ludicrous.

Anyway, just thought it was interesting how people from around the world have so many similarities and yet can be so different. I know there are plenty of people who don't support gay marriage or adoption in the States, but the fact that I am able to have my own opinion without worry of how it would look to my family or the people around me does make me happy to be American. I'm thankful for the reminder -- sometimes, living in Europe, it's easy to jump on the "America's so dumb" bandwagon.