Friday, January 22, 2010

Onward and downward

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome back! It definitely feels good to have returned to blogland.

I did indeed go to the gym last night, and it was nice to be back after quite a few weeks away. I only put in 20 minutes on the elliptical, but it was much better than nothing. Combined with the hour walk during lunch yesterday, and the mile roundtrip walk to/from the gym, I think I got in some pretty solid activity.

I weighed in this morning at 242.7, which is 1.8 pounds less than yesterday. The scale tends to move quickly in the first few days of a new/renewed diet, but it's still nice to see. Getting rid of the easy weight is always a nice way to kickstart a diet.

The question, of course, is how much easy weight I have to lose. I'm hoping a good portion of the 240s will end up being fluff and water weight and that I'll be back in the 230s in no time, but things of course don't always turn out as we might hope.

Anyway, a few "While I was aways" just to get you guys updated:

While I was away, I finished my Arabic class. I got an A! I'm really happy with it and enjoy the language, but I think I'm not going to do Arabic this semester and instead focus on losing weight. I simply don't think it's smart to spend 10 hours a week (6 class, 4 homework) on it at the moment.

While I was away, a big paper that I'd spent a lot of time on at work finally came out. It's been received very well, and I got thanked in the footnotes! I was, I won't lie, pretty damn proud.

While I was away, my dormant blog managed to attract its first marketing email. It's from LA boxing, offering me a few months of membership in return for telling you guys if I liked it or not (well, probably it's "tell you if I liked it, say nothing if I didn't"). They sent it to me about a week ago, and since I just checked this email account, I just got it and replied.

While I was away, I turned 24! The side of my blog has now been updated accordingly. Part of me is debating if I should just rock "mid-twenties."

While I was away, I missed you guys a lot. And since I've been back, it's been great catching up.

Right now, I'm optimistic and happy. I had a pretty good 2009, and I'm looking to make 2010 even better. Onward and downward!


  1. Some exciting news. I wish my yoga studio would offer me three free months for blogging about them!!
    BODA lose weight

  2. HADLEY!!! I am SO GLAD you are back sweetie!

    That is awesome about being published on that paper and that you got an A in Arabic! Good girl!

    Happy belated bday! I say you should rock "mid-twenties" I am going to be 44 in June and I think I DO NOT want to say mid-forties!


  3. Welcome back Hadley! It's great to see you on here and I'm excited to see your progress this year. YOU CAN DO IT!

  4. Probably smart to ease back into the workout stuff. Just getting your head back in the game is a huge step, Hadley. And congrats on all the other successes you've achieved. This journey shouldn't be (and can't be) just about pounds on the scale. It's about achieving ALL your goals.

    And belated happy birthday!

  5. Mahbrook on the arabic A grade! It's a bloody tough language to learn.

    Delighted you are back...

  6. I just checked your blog a few days ago and I thought, "She's not back yet." So glad to see you back and hear about what you have been up to!

  7. WOW!!! You've done quite a lot "while you were away"!!! An A in arabic....givin you a high 5 on that one!!! O.O
    Taking small steps to get to the place you want is just fine. Even with small steps, you will get there! I have learned that when you fall off the wagon, sometimes, you need to do the small things to get your head back in the game, and start out slow on your climb back up...but eventually we will get there! Happy belated birthday! Again, so glad you are back!!!!

  8. Welcome back sweetie!
    Was hopeing you'd come back to bloggyland. :)

    Congrats on all your accomplishments & I hope the freebie/promo thing turns out to be something you really enjoy.

    Happy Birthday! Like Katie J said - rock the mid-20s! I'm 34 & so not rocking the mid-30s. lol

    Best wishes,

  9. Hadley!

    You muuuuuuust read That chic is amazing, I am starting her blog from the very beginning of her journey as well reading her current posts, and she has a LOT of interesting factoids that has helped her along the way, such as how knowing your BMR really does help you!

    Great job on going to the gym! Just keep going for at least 21 days and itll be a habit!

  10. Well, look who's arrived. Your first marketing email! Did you take them up on the offer?

    Congrats on all of the successes. And have I mentioned how happy I am to have you back?

  11. Glad to see that you're back! Good job on getting to the gym. Sometimes I dread working out, but I never regret it when I'm done. Awesome marketing offer!

  12. Happy belated birthday to you, Hadley! Great news on all the updates... I'm so glad you're back!

  13. I'm so glad you are back. The Kittehs always read your blog and were quite distraught when you disappeared! Our tails have quit twitching and we are purring again!

  14. Congratulations on your A in Arabic, and happy belated birthday!! And your paper- that is fantastic!

  15. I'm so glad you're back too!!

    I love reading how you analyze everything and all the ways you look at things in terms of numbers.

    You know what? For being off for three months...that is NOT a bad gain at all. That's going to be gone in like three weeks. Also, sometimes life gets so hectic it's hard to focus on the challenges of weight loss.

    Just start up slow on the work-outs.

    Yes, Happy belated Birthday!!