December 18, 2011

This is gonna be short and sweet today, kiddies, because I have a few more presents to buy and a gym to go hit (and hit hard). So, just two quick ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures.

I’m feeling good today. I had a lot of fun with good friends at a holiday party last night, and I woke up this morning for the first time in about five days without cursing the fact that I was sick. My fingers are crossed, but I think I may be done with this second nasty flu/cold/whatever that I’ve battled. I’m also feeling good because I got me a brand new haircut – and haircuts always make me feel good.

Before the haircut:

And after:

Haircut executed, as always, by Heather at Glendale Salon Spa – she always does a great job. I got the haircut on Friday, and it’s a teeny-tiny bit short at the moment, but that’s exactly what I asked for, because haircuts always look best after about a week, and in a week is… Christmas! It’s all about timing.

Keep it up, David!



October 8, 2011

I’m off to Palm Springs for the weekend.  It’ll be my first time out in that neck of the woods since I was about 10 years old, when we went out as a family to visit my grandmother, who wintered in neighboring Palm Desert, so I’m excited!  I’m bringin’ my camera, and I’ll tell you all about it after I get back.

For today, though, I’m sharing ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos, because in preparation for the Palm Springs trip, I called up the Glendale Salon Spa and made an appointment with Heather, who has been cutting my hair for a few years now.  I haven’t had a haircut since July (see those ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos here), and I needed one badly.  When my hair gets long, it gets frizzy and poofy, and I have to put tons of product in it to make it manageable, which makes it stiff and crunchy.  When my hair gets long, I only love it for about an hour after I get out the shower, when it’s slick, shiny, and controlled.  Once it dries, I start getting annoyed by it.

Here’s what I looked like pre-haircut.  This is actually about 45 minutes post-shower, so it doesn’t do the rattiness of my hair justice, but you can get an idea about the length:

And after Heather worked her magic:

It might not look like a drastic change, but there was a giant pile of hair around the base of the chair when Heather was done.  She did take a lot off, especially in the back.

Two thoughts about that ‘After’ photo:  1) Natural light does wonders for photographs.  2) Man, I look really young in that picture!  It might be because Heather, while washing my hair, did a little mini-facial on me – she rubbed something in, then wrapped my head in a warm towel, then blotted it off, then used a toner and a moisturizer.  I don’t care if it’s the light or the facial or the liters and liters of water I drink daily, I really like that picture of myself.  It’s a keeper!

Off to Palm Springs!

Keep it up, David!

Haircut and Haul

July 22, 2011

There were a couple things that happened yesterday that really made me feel good about myself – and after this tough week (with my three-pound gain), they couldn’t have come at a better time.

1) Haircut.  I warned you all last week that I was gonna get a haircut, and I got one!  I had Heather, my hair stylist, take before and after pictures, so here’s the before:

And the after:

Lookin’ sharp, right?  I love it.  I’ve trusted Heather at Glendale Salon Spa with my hair for years now, and she’s never let me down.  When I went up to the front desk to pay, Renee (the manager and quite possibly the owner – not sure) looked up from what she was doing and blurted out “Oh my god, you are so hot!”  That was my cue to start blushing.

Every once in a while, I catch an unexpected glimpse of myself – usually, it’s a reflection in a window or mirror, where, for a split second, I don’t realize that it’s ME, and all I see is this thin figure and I wonder who the hell it is, and it catches me off totally off-guard.  Once I saw a shadowy figure in my bedroom and thought someone had broken into my house, and I was ready to bolt for the kitchen to grab a knife before it sunk in that the person that I saw was ME in a mirror.  I suppose, living in this body every single day, that I’ve gotten accustomed to my own point-of-view, and I completely love and appreciate those moments, scary as they might be, when I see myself, and this body that I’ve worked so hard to change, from a different perspective.

When I first looked at the above photos, on the little screen on my camera, I had one of those moments again.  I saw the before picture and thought, ‘Who is that in the background?  I don’t remember anyone else near us…  WHOA! That’s me, in the mirror!”  I zoomed in and looked again… at my long neck… the absence of additional chins… what appears to be pectoral muscles… and it felt really wonderful.

2) Produce Haul.  Nothing quite lifts my spirits like a stroll through a produce department.  And I was due yesterday for a little shopping trip.  After eating breakfast and lunch, I barely had any produce left in my house – just a single lonely tangerine, some alfalfa sprouts (originally bought for my kick-ass sandwich for five – see the recipe here), and a few remaining kumquats that came off my friend Robert’s tree:

Since I wasn’t in the mood to create a kumquat/alfalfa/tangerine recipe (note to the producers of “Chopped” on Food Network – that could be a challenge on your show!), it was time to go to the store.  Lucky for me, there’s a Whole Foods a few blocks away from my salon.  So I zipped over there after getting my hair did and ended up bringing home a nice big produce haul that I can’t wait to dig into:

There’s some glare from my flash – sorry about that!  Starting from the top right and going clockwise, we have:  pre-washed kale/chard salad mix, baby carrots, strawberries, blueberries, a red onion, 2 tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, black grapes, cherries, zucchini, santa rosa plums (they’re small and tasty), 3 peaches, 4 valencia oranges (I plan on juicing them), 3 nectarines, a green pepper, a cucumber, a bag of celery hearts, bananas, and a container of broccoli and cauliflower.

And, I saw another new-to-me stone fruit that I can’t wait to try, since the apriums I wrote about yesterday were so delicious.  Anyone know what these are?

They’re called mango nectarines.  I know nothing about them, except that they’re still pretty firm, so I’ll let them ripen a bit before digging in (and sharing the experience with you).

OH – one more picture to share.  The Glendale Whole Foods is right across the street from the Casual Male Big & Tall store that was one of 3 stores I could shop in when I was at my heaviest (subsequently, they got hundreds, possibly thousands, of my dollars over the years).  Well, the Casual Male used to be across the street.  I must not have been paying attention, because at some point in the recent past, the Casual Male and the gas station next door were demolished, and construction started on this building:

I don’t know what that building is, or will become, but I checked online, and the Casual Male moved about 10 blocks away.  Not seeing the Casual Male there reminded me of one of my all-time favorite blog posts – from last fall, when I said good-bye to shopping at big & tall stores FOREVER.  If you haven’t read my open letter to Casual Male, click here – it’s a good read that I’m quite proud of, and when you get to the picture of the store in my car mirror, know that I spent 10 minutes aligning myself in the parking lot, blocking traffic, to get that shot to line up.  I do it for you, blog readers!  NO.  That’s a lie.  I DO IT FOR ME.  Your enjoyment is an added bonus, and my knowing how much you enjoy it is the best added bonus of all.

Keep it up, David!

COMING UP:  There was another great moment yesterday that I want to share, but since I thought this post was getting a little long, I’m going to save it for next time.  It involves a major Los Angeles landmark (no, not Angel’s Flight)!