So, how did I do this week?
Well, my sister and I didn't make it out for a Midnight Walk even once this week! Instead, I tried to replace the walks with vigorous preparations for the 3 day District Convention happening at the end of the week. So on Monday I washed and dried all of mom and I's laundry, going up and down two short flights of stairs to get to the laundry room in my sisters apartment building.
Tuesday, I took my niece to the mall, just the two of us, for the first time ever, and we had a ball! At 5 years old, she loves to shop and has a strong design sense and isn't shy to express her opinions whatever they are!
"Aunt LaLa, how about these?" my niece asked as she handed me a pair of white strappy sandals.
"I don't have any white sandals and I like the flower." She said in her cutest Minnie Mouse voice.
"MiMi, summer is just about over." I replied.
"That's okay. I'll wear them and they're easy to get on. See?" And she went about trying them on.
"MiMi, it'll be too cold to wear those. I really think you should look for a pair of closed toe shoes."
"Closed toe? I would wear socks with these and I wouldn't be cold and I wouldn't wear them in the snow." She explained as she struggled to get the sandals onto her feet.
"Socks with sandals is a huge fashion faux pas, MiMi!" I exclaimed. "Don't be like your momma. Have better fashion taste than that." I said as I laughed at my own joke.
"Faux pas?" My niece asked squinting up at me.
Chuckling, I told her, "Ask your mom when we get home. Now go look for some shoes that aren't sandals."
So we walked through the mall and went from store to store and I found that I had worked up quite a sweat. I was convinced that this bit of exercise would be enough to replace a Midnight Walk. Was I right? I don't know.
Another thing I introduced into my exercise regime this week was playing tennis on Wii! I bought myself a Wii a few years ago and had gotten so good that my score in the game became high enough for me to be considered a Pro! WooHoo! Venus and Serena Williams have absolutely nothing to worry about but I was getting good and proud of it! Pain and fatigue prevented me from playing for awhile, so when I went back to it this week I was more than excited to get my Pro game on! As it stands at this moment, I am no longer a Pro anymore (bummer) but the exercise burned some calories and I felt it worked on reducing the small walruses I have for upper arms and that it also would be something that could replace my Midnight Walks. Was I right? I hoped so.
The weekend came and it was time for the District Convention, a yearly Bible convention where a specific biblical theme is discussed. Here in Alaska, it's held at the Sullivan Sports Arena and I made every single day only missing the morning session on Saturday! The lunch break is a time not only for eating but for chatting and catching up with friends you haven't seen in a long time. So I took a walk around the stadium with my niece and nephew, visiting with different ones, and then went up and down the stairs to talk to others I hadn't seen in a long time. I felt the burn in my thighs, ya'll! I felt the burn! I was convinced that this increase in activity and done in 1.5 inch heels would definitely do the job of a Midnight Walk! Did it? Maybe so.
This week my meals consisted of salads, one pb&j, water, unsalted peanuts, egg & cheese on one slice of toast and tea. On the weekend, my sister made a macaroni & cheese casserole with spinach and Kielbasa sausage and that was my dinner (in larger portions than I probably should have) for two nights straight and boy was it GOOD!! And I felt this diet would contribute to some weight loss especially in addition to the sweat equity I'd collected by walking the mall, playing Wii and walking the Sullivan Arena for three days. Was I right? Fo Sho!
Well, this morning, when I stepped on the scale after my usual preparations (emptying my bladder and removing bulky clothing) to make sure that I didn't add any extra ounces to the number that would appear on the scale, I found that...