Monday Grab Bag

I had a long and full weekend, and am gonna use today’s post to catch up on some odds and ends that I haven’t blogged about yet.  What’s first?

1) H&M. Thanks, first of all, for all the great comments on all the new clothing I picked up the other day.  I’ve been wearing all new clothes for the past two days and I’m lovin’ it!  (I even have a picture to prove it – keep reading.)  But when I was getting dressed the other night, only a few hours after leaving the mall, I realized that I bought the wrong pants.  Ugh.  Remember these?

They’re the kick-ass black/white/gray subtle plaid cargo pants from H&M.  I tried them on in two sizes: 38, which I was pretty sure would fit (and they did), and 36, because I was curious how close I was to fitting into a size 36 (the answer, by the way, is pretty far off).  I thought I had a pretty good dressing room system, since I was trying on about 10 things: keepers in one pile, and no-thank-yous in another, but I must not have been paying attention, because the 36s ended up with me at the counter, where I paid for them, then brought them home, then desperately tried to squeeze into them later that night.

So yesterday I went back to H&M – a different H&M, since I was already in a different part of town.  I found the rack with the pants, and searched for a pair of 38s.  Crap.  They were out. Annoyance level quickly rose.  I decided to go find someone that worked there, to see if they had any in the back or something, and as I approached the counter, there, on a random rack, that must have been returns or go-backs or whatever, I spied a singular pair of my pants.  I beelined for them, and sure enough, they were 38s!  Score! H&M gladly swapped the pants and I went on my merry way.

2) Cirque Berserk. On Saturday night, my friend Steve and I went and saw our friend Tavi, who’s an aerialist (read about my recent hike with him here), perform in a circus called Cirque Berserk (I’d post a link, but the final performances were yesterday – you missed out!).  It had a lot of trapeze and trampoline and acrobatic elements, and it was really fun, and a good show.  Tavi and his acrobatic partner, Neal, do an aerial act called straps, where there’s two hanging cords, with adjustable loops at the end.  Tavi and Neal loop their hands or feet through the loops, and seconds later, they’re performing feats of strength and flexibility 15-20 feet off the ground.  It’s amazing.  Here’s a photo of Tavi and me after the show (Cirque Berserk has an death/underworld theme and sensibility to it, which explains Tavi’s ghostly make-up):

Yep, that’s my new shirt and jacket – thank you for noticing!

Before the show, Steve and I had dinner downtown, near the theater.  Two restaurants had waits of an hour or more, so we ended up at Rock’N Fish, mainly because they were able to seat us in about 5 minutes.  I’m glad we ended up there – it was tasty!  I had the Napa Sonoma salad.  It had baby lettuces, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and pine nuts.  I had the balsamic vinaigrette on the side and had them add some seared Ahi tuna.  It also had mozzarella, which I asked them to hold, but they didn’t, but it was two slices of buffalo mozzarella that I could easily take off, and I ended up eating one of them anyway.

3) Eggs. I hard-boiled 5 eggs on Saturday before leaving for the mall, and yesterday I cracked open one of them and found out I didn’t cook them long enough.  The white was almost done, and the yolk was still runny, and the shell didn’t come off easily at all.  Yuck.  I was running out the door, so I couldn’t do anything about them yesterday, but right now, as I type this, I’m re-boiling the other four.  According to this blog post, it can be done, but the eggs may end up a little rubbery.  Hmmm.  Will keep you posted.

4) January Workouts. I can’t believe it’s already the last day in January.  January was a great month for working out – all in all, I worked out 27 out of 31 days!  Here’s my most recent workouts, since I haven’t blogged about them lately:

  • Friday, 1/28:  Rest Day.
  • Saturday 1/29:  Richard’s class at Slimmons.
  • Sunday, 1/30:  45 minutes on stationary bike.
  • Monday, 1/31:  40 minutes on arc trainer, followed by 15 minutes of toning/abs.

5) Chart Update. I’m ending the post with some photos that I know y’all love – my weight loss chart!  I weighed myself on Saturday, and I’m down another pound!  That puts my weight loss at 160 pounds even.  Here’s the updated chart:

Only 22 pounds until I reach my next goal!

And here’s the whole chart from a fun new angle – from the beginning of it, when I was at my heaviest, looking down at the weight I’ve lost.

Keep it up, David!

5 Responses to Monday Grab Bag

  1. Melissa says:

    Very inspiring – thanks for sharing your stories!

    BTW I use Rachael Ray’s egg boil trick – place eggs in water, cover pan, and bring to boil. Once boiling, turn off heat and set timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain water and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Perfect eggs every time!

    Also, if you want to peel them all right away, after draining the water, return the eggs to the pan, cover with the lid, and shake the pan to begin cracking the shells. Once shells are cracked, add cold water to the pan and let sit for 5 minutes. The shells will then basically fall off with little peeling effort!

  2. Julie says:

    Wow! Your progress is amazing! Congratulations!

  3. I love the new clothes! They look great on you..H&M is great..

    And it looks like your workouts were solid..good work David!

    I have questions about Slimmons that I feel like I should know already, but I don’t. I see that you used a stationary bike and arc trainer..did you use those at Slimmons too? I mean, is it a full gym peppered with classes by Richard?

    One last thing..I called on the expertise of my mother who said that they eggs might be a different consistency, but it shouldn’t hurt you. 😉

  4. Ang says:

    Just curious..Do you do the “Project Me” classes at Slimmons too? I’m curious as to if you feel it helps you in motivation or you just go for the workouts?

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