Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm Wicked Awesome (and modest)

Never fear! I’m alive! Haven’t posted in a very long time, but I decided to take some days off surrounding my birthday. Yep, you read that right. It was my birthday Saturday, October 10! Hey-o! I went to see the musical Wicked in Des Moines, Iowa, and it was as amazing as the first time I saw it in March. If you ever get a chance to see it, PLEASE DO. So so so great.

Overall, my birthday was fab!!! Here are some pics so you can feel like you were there:

Morgan and me waiting for Wicked to begin

Leah, me and Emily out for dinner and drinks after the show

Me talking to a cute boy on the phone

(I look a bit creepy.)

Christine, Morgan and me
workin' the Sunglasses at Night theme I demanded

Jen was supposed to come with to Wicked,
but she fell ill last minute and couldn't go :(
But she was there in spirit!
(so I've included this pic from the weekend before)

Anyway, kinda weird that in my last post I was boasting about being a true size 8, but guess what size pants I wore to work yesterday?!?! SIZE 6! I know I’m not a 6 in every store, but I bought two pairs of dress pants at The Limited last week. Just knowing that little number on the tag reads “6” makes me giddy.

I’ve never — I repeat, NEVER — owned a size-6 anything. And now I own two :)

It does make me wonder, though, what size would I wear if the sizing was the same as, say, 50 years ago?

Let’s go back to the Marilyn Monroe thing I’m sure most of you have heard. It’s been said that she was a size 14 or 16 at her heaviest point, which I’m sure was by British standards, making her more of a 10 or 12 in the United States. She was 5’5½” tall (same as I am!) and weighed anywhere between 118 and 140 pounds.

That means she was MAYBE a US size 12 when she weighed AT MOST 140 pounds. Hahahahaaa!!! I woke up this morning at 150 pounds and am a comfortable size 8. I wore a size 12 when I was in the 170s! I know she had an extreme hourglass figure, which I don’t, but still. Oh how sizing has changed!

Has this been happening slowly in the past 50 years or is it a more recent occurrence? Whenever it happened, I think it’s dumb. Yes, I feel good that the tags on my clothes read smaller numbers, but doesn’t that just make us have a false sense of skinniness? I don’t like that. I wanna be skinny (but most importantly, healthy) for real!

Speaking of false senses of skinniness, I’ve become complacent these last couple of weeks. I feel great about the 65-pound weightloss I’ve accomplished thus far, but I still have 15 pounds to lose. With that in mind, you’d think that I would be keeping up on my healthy-eating habits and regular workouts … but I haven’t.

My eating hasn’t been THAT horrible, but it hasn’t been superb either. I also haven’t worked out in a couple of weeks. What?!? I was on a roll before!! Why would I let myself get off track like this??? I haven’t gained weight, but I haven’t really lost either. I’m blaming the weather and, of course, myself. It’s time for me to get back in my apartment’s gym. Running outside was so much more fun, but I’m not a cold-weather gal. Sooooo many excuses. Time for that to stop.

I’ve been supertired all week, and I’m pretty sure it’s my body’s way of telling me that I’ve become a bum. I haven’t been sleeping well, which wasn’t a problem when I was working out regularly. Hmmm. Fancy that! Working out helps you sleep better and be more lively during the day. I felt sooooo much better then. It’s time to start groovin’ my body again!

Goal for tomorrow: Hit the gym after work. Eat my fav salad and cottage cheese at lunch (and not be tempted by the other less-veggietastic eats).

Peace, friends! It’s good to be back!


  1. I love the title! And yes you are beautiful :)

    You look like you had so much fun for your birthday, Im glad! Happy Belated, btw.

  2. Hi Amanda just thought I would delurk Myself . I having been reading for awhile and really enjoy your blog you have done amazing.

    I am feeling the same at the moment I have lost 40kgs but still have 30 to , in the last month I have been up and down but ultimately stayed the same I too am getting back to basic to get on with losing the last lot.

    Congratualtions on coming so Far

    Happy Birthday too.

  3. fab, you're back! YAAAAAAAY!! Amanda I feel we are destined to be friends as I have seen Wicked 6's my FAVE!!!!

    Don't worry about a little slothfullness - you've done so amazing and you know exactly what u have to do to restart your health vibes so get chowing down on the cottage cheese and we look forward to many more posts from youd etailing your amazingess!!!!!

    rock on laydee!!!


  4. I've been reading you for a while but I'm not sure if I've posted a comment before. You are wicked awesome! Speaking of Wicked- I loved it too. I love musicals of all kinds. Their voices make me cry :)
    I'm in a similar situation as you- I've lost some weight (about 30 lbs over time) and I'm psyched that I'm at a place where I haven't been in a very long time (about 143-145) but I also still have about 10 lbs I'd like to lose but have let myself slip in the eating/working out department. I'm running a half marathon on Sunday and after that I can refocus on the losing part. I'll be sure to use you as my insipration!

  5. It sounds like you had a fabulous birthday (I am so jealous...I would love to see Wicked!). Also congrats on the size 6's! Isn't it funny how a number on a tag can make us feel so good (or so bad!)?

    Keep up the great work!!!

  6. Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a great time!

    Working out outdoors is so much more fun... But I know you'll get back to a regular routine in the gym! :)

  7. Wow! A size 6! that is absolutely wonderful!

    I've also kind of quit losing weight, but it's for the opposite reason. I've stuck with the exercise, but the "diet" not so much. 65 pounds is a TON to lose, be happy with where you're at!!

  8. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great one. I saw WIcked in Chicago and LUH-VED it!

    Congrats on the 6's - jealous!

  9. Hi--just started reading recently...You and Jen are such inspirations! New sizes are SO exciting. I recently put on a pair of size 8 dress pants that haven't fit me in over two years. It was a happy happy day!
    Keep up the great work.

  10. Happy (belated) birthday, and can I just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE that peacock top. You look fabulous!

    I took about a week and a half off doing anything but walking miles around Vegas (and then came back and did nothing) and I felt supahtired too. Slog through a few workouts and you'll be right as rain.

  11. Happy belated birthday! Glad you had a great night out with the girls!

    And it's so funny that you talk about the sizing issue because I just blogged about that earlier this week. I hate that companies are doing that now days... who do they think they're fooling? And I'm like you... totally stoked that I fit into a size 6 even if I know I'm not a true size 6. It just makes all the hard work worthwhile!

    You're an inspiration!

  12. Don't sell yourself short because you made a few unhealthy food choices, you lost 65 freakin' pounds girl! And you look amazing and beautiful. Its not all about appearances either and you have come a long way so just forget the cheat days and continue forward. Happy birthday!!

  13. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    And awesome news about the size 6...I totally understand about being giddy about the size on the tag, even if it doesn't carry over to other stores.

  14. Looks like you had such a fun birthday! Size 6 is awesome, way to go girl! Be proud of that 6 even if it is a different number in another store. You are doing great :-)

  15. A belated happy birthday wish to you gorgeous!

  16. love the photos, happy belated bday!!

  17. vanity sizing... we're all slaves to it; and the manufacturers know it... sick. don't let it discount all the hard work you've done!! 65 lbs. what?! :)

    thanks for the photo shout out. luh you!

  18. Would you mind sharing the ingredients of that favorite salad of yours?

  19. You are my doppelganger. You just wrote exactly what I've been feeling/doing. I've been so jazzed about my recent success and getting tons of complements. You'd think that would make me behave and keep making awesome choices. Instead, I've been avoiding the gym and running and eating not so well. It's time for a change! You can do it, I can do it. We can lose these last (and most difficult) 15 pounds together.

  20. I wish you a happy belated birthday!!! (: and congrats on size 6, it's amazing!

  21. i have to let you know- i really enjoy ur blog:)
    i'm so blown away by yor weight loss!! good job!!
    i will be commenting on lots of posts i'm sure:)

  22. Yeah, it would be interesting to see what she was a size now. I mean I can wear a size 6 when I am in my high 150's into low 160's. It depends on body shape too.
    I can't even imagine how tiny I would look at her HUGE size. ;)

    Congrats on the 6's!