Expecto Patronum: Dinner for My Parents, Review of Goals, and a Goodbye to My Childhood

Harry Potter Day!!
the day has come, friends. the sad and exciting day of the release of the final Harry Potter movie. this moment will bring to a close years of books and movies and i am feeling incredibly sentimental about it. yes, i drew the Deathly Hallows symbol on my wrist and yes, this picture is from Instagram. i just jumped on that train this week! anyway, i wish i could fully articulate just how much these characters and this series has meant to me for the past 12 years. the excitement they have brought me is beyond measurable. i didn’t initially get into Harry Potter; i thought it was for children and at the ripe age of 12, after 4 of the books had already been released, i kept putting up a fight. but, finally, good friends, who knew my tastes, wore me down and i started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. i was transported into a magical world and sat with Harry, side by side, as he discovered he was a wizard, boarded the Hogwarts Express for the first time, came face to face with the cruelty of wizards in the form of Draco Malfoy, and slowly began to learn of the evils of Voldemort that had infected his past and altered his future. i have grown close to these characters; they have become my friends. now, with all 7 books out and the movie series coming to a close, i am experiencing a deep sadness at the loss of these characters. i know i can watch the movies/read the books whenever i feel like it, but i will never again experience the excitement of waiting for a new book to come out or buy tickets months in advance and wait, impatiently, for the day when the movie arrives. well, it’s here, and i am going to the midnight showing, just as i have done for every movie starting with the Goblet of Fire (i was too young to go by myself at midnght for the other three haha). i’m going to cry like a baby tonight and probably be somewhat depressed tomorrow and i’m ready for the haters; i’m ready to sit through people making fun of me, people who don’t understand the magic that is Harry Potter, i’m ready for it. i don’t care what you think of me.
now, onward to more Heavy Hipster related items of interest! i remembered i needed to take my measurements and reevaluate my goals for August. it’s already halfway through July, so i am going to stay the course i am on right now and pick up some goals for August. here were my June goals:
  • SURVIVE BONNAROO. (i survived and survived it well. i kicked Bonnaroo’s ASS.)
  • lose 4-7 pounds by June 31st– (Not so much… )
  • only weigh myself twice this month– once after Bonnaroo; once at the end of the month. (i’ve been weighing myself more than i should.)
  • finish C25k and begin bridge to 10k in preparation for the 5k in July. (i may not have finished, but i’m back running again!)
  • swim laps in the outdoor pool at least twice a week (it’s a lot harder to find time than i thought.)
  • be kinder to myself and my mistakes (slowly but surely, i am learning to be nice to myself.)
  • 8 glasses of water a day (water is my friend!)
  • accept my new age of 24 when the day comes (June 19th!) (i probably accepted it a little too easy. i got too drunk.)
  • read at least 10 books (i’ve already got 2.5 down!) — (i made it through The Kite Runner, The Road, The Reader, and Eat, Pray, Love. this month, i read Of Mice and Men, started Everything is Illuminted, and re-read The Deathly Hallows).
  • continue to keep parking farther away from the doors at grocery stores/the gym/etc. (i’m actually really good at this!)
  • walk to work (i know it’s hot) at least once a week. — (nope. it’s hot. i’m lazy.)
  • finally, keep a food journal and write down why i crave a food, what triggered the food craving, and find an alternative to that craving that is both satisfying and healthy. healthy habits are formed in these small choices! — (no food journal yet, but it’s one of my ultimate goals.)
so, as you can see, i did not do as well as i would have hoped as far as my goals go. but, i’m going to take some time, think of good goals for August, and post those here once i find the right goals. i want them to be attainable, yet challenging, to keep me on my toes. i feel like i’m skimming through my missed goals, but honestly, i’m so full of energy and motivation right now it’s hard for me to look at my failures and really contemplate them– i just want to succeed.
last night, i made dinner for my parents. i made homemade refried beans, which were delicious. they started like this
beaaaaans
then i added onions, green pepper, and serrano peppers
seasonings are delicious

made some homemade guacamole

tasty guac

shrimp enchiladas with homemade jalapeno cream sauce

yuuum
the enchiladas were filled with dry coleslaw, spinach, shrimp, and some reduced fat cheese. the cream sauce was made with fat free sour cream and vegan butter. it turned out so much better than i would have hoped for! the beans turned out really well, too!
beans in da crockpot
my parents seemed like they were pretty impressed
dad!!!
MOM!
final product.
in other news, i took my measurements today for the first time since June 14th. they are as follows:
June 14th, 2011 Weight: 235.4
  • Bust: 39.5
  • Chest: 38
  • Upper Waist: 36
  • Middle Waist: 43
  • Hips: 44.5
  • Thighs: 26.5
  • Calf: 17.5
July 14th, 2011 Weight: 235
  • Bust: 39.5
  • Chest: 37.5
  • Upper Waist: 36
  • Middle Waist: 43
  • Hips: 44
  • Thigh: 26
  • Calf: 17
  • Arm: 14
i’ve lost about 2 inches around my body in a month’s time, which i feel pretty proud of because of my slacking off i’ve been doing. i’ve also maintained in a few places, but again, i am not disappointed because i’ve been slacking off a whole lot throughout the month of June and into July. i know i can do better, but it’s nice to know that i know how to maintain my weight and inches. i believe it shows i am truly learning. this kind of progress, no matter how small, keeps me motivated and i know i’ll eventually get to where i want to be! i just have to keep going and i cannot let myself backtrack or backslide too much. forward movement is the most important. we cannot achieve any goals if we remain static.
i have one more item to discuss and that is my sister
seeesters
my sister is a bad ass beyond epic proportions. she’s successful, has a beautiful daughter, and still finds time to crank out some serious fitness. she doesn’t take shit from anyone. plus, she’s fucking GORGEOUS, both inside and out. she ran the Warrior Dash a couple of months ago, endures 2 hour spin classes, wakes up very early in the morning to sweat, and has agreed to run the Iron Horse Half Marathon with me in October. this motivates me beyond any other sort of motivation– the idea of doing a race with one of my family members is something i’ve always wanted and Angela is helping this dream become a reality. she is a constant source of encouragement and because of her, i’m back running and and ready to seriously train for this race. it is going to be a long, grueling process, but i know she’ll be there with me every step of the way. i am capable of conquering this challenge and it makes it easier knowing i have family with me.
i’ve exhausted myself writing this entry. sometimes, i feel like i have too much to discuss and end up cramming a bunch of information into one blog entry. but, these issues and aspects of my life are very relevant and important to me. i have to consider every facet of my life in order to find the weak links and make them stronger. i am full of success; i just need to channel that into something positive and get moving! today, i ran 2 miles and it felt good. next time i run, i’m going to try for 2.25 miles and slowly start adding that distance on until i start serious training for the half in August. just knowing i am still capable of running distances makes me that much more confident in my ability. i hope everyone is having a great thursday– we’re so close to the weekend! stay healthy, y’all.
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Wednesday: Disappointing Weight, Promising Measurements?

i got my freak face on!

happy wednesday, everyone. i hope everyone who encountered the severe storms last night is okay. i slept through all of it, so if anything bad HAD happened, i probably wouldn’t have noticed. i’m an incredibly heavy sleeper. ridiculous. anyway, it’s the middle of the week! so close to the weekend! i just have the rest of this week, next week, and then it’s finals and it’ll be summertime! i may have actually secured as summer job, so i’m pretty excited. i’ll possibly be working full time, but it’ll be good for me.

i’ve been cooking more again, or just making stuff at home, rather than going out to eat. i’ve saved money and felt better about it, but it’s still a struggle. i know i’ll eventually adapt to these habits, but i need to do what’s right, not what’s easy. as an experiment, i made homemade eggplant parmesean.

eggplant!

pieces of peeled and cut up eggplant. the eggplant was dipped in an egg/water wash (1 egg; 1/4 cup of water) to cut down on the amount of calories from the egg. the eggplant was then coated in a mixture of bread crumbs, garlic powder, and a dash of parmesean cheese.

spaghetti!

delicious spaghetti to put the eggplant on top of! this was good spaghetti, too, and it’s a brand that’s better for you than others. mmm.

eggplant parmesean!!

the eggplant was placed in a casserole dish, topped with homemade tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup of skim, low fat mozzarella cheese. it was placed in the oven for around 10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt. meanwhile, i made a fruit bowl!

strawberries and watermelon <3\

fruit is delicious.

eggplant on a bed of cooked spaghetti!

the only issue i had with this dish is the amount of sauce. i just did not make enough sauce! but, next time, i will. there are a couple of other things i’ll probably change, but otherwise, it was very good. i got the recipe from SparkRecipes, so it was low fat, low calorie, very filling AND a serving of vegetables!

i discovered something new and wonderful for my sweet tooth…

ben & jerry's sorbet

so, so good. 110 calories, no fat for a 1/2 cup serving. it’s cold, creamy, and perfect for an ice cream substitution. i also bought some Haagen Daaz Froyo in the peach flavor. so good, too, and much easier on my waist than full blown ice cream.

monday night, we made vegetarian corn dogs. i’m struggling to remember what i had with them, but i love corn dogs. i’m going to try to make my own vegetarian corn dogs over the summer because i found the recipe! awesome!

last night, i just used stuff i had at home to make dinner. i had some leftover eggplant, so heated that up along with

homemade potato wedges!

put some olive oil, salt, pepper, a little cajun seasoning and oregano, oven for 15 minutes BAM. homemade french fries. i also had a salad

mmm salad

spinach, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, and a little bit of goat cheese topped with roasted red pepper vinaigrette! so delicious. i love having ingredients to make salads outside of the normal “iceburg lettuce and cheese” salads. regardless, i had an awesome dinner!

this week, i figured i’d do a little something different with my measurements/weight. since i usually compare the current week to the previous week, i wanted to change it up and compare my loss to my beginning measurements and weight. this week, i will be honest, i did gain a pound from my last weigh-in. but, that was almost a month ago, and i’d like to think that i gained muscle. anyway, leggooo!

January 2nd, 2011: 250 lbs.

  • Bust: 44
  • Chest: 42
  • Upper Waist: 41
  • Natural Waist: 48
  • Hips: 49.5
  • Thigh: 29
  • Calf: 19

Current: 4.20 Weight: 237.6 (-12.4)

  • Bust: 40.5 (-3.5)
  • Chest: 38 (-4)
  • Upper Waist: 36.5 (-4.5)
  • Middle Waist: 43 (-5)
  • Hips: 44 (5.5)
  • Thigh: 26.5 (-2.5)
  • Calf: 18 (-1)
total of inches lost since January 2nd: 26 inches off various areas of my body. again, i have a paranoia that i’m not measuring myself correctly, but as i said the last time i measured myself, i’ll pretend like these are all correct and that i’m actually really close to achieving my first tangible goal. the only real issue i’m having right now is my weight. i just have to keep going, though. i feel too good about my progress right now to stop.
i’m off to make an egg sandwich and prepare myself for some running and swimming. stay healthy, y’all!