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Posted on May 2, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 10 comments

Great Grapes! (Weigh-in)

First things first, not that I think you could have avoided hearing this news, but it’s official: Osama Bin Laden is dead as a doorknob! Check out POTUS’s speech here! (POTUS stands for President Of The United States in case you were wondering. It’s the one thing I most remember learning from watching The West Wing, hahaha.)

Allrighty, now that I’ve made a small mention of this incredibly momentous news, I can feel totally justified in moving onto the more important stuff, right? Namely, my weekend! Hahahaha. As I mentioned in Friday’s post, the big to-do this weekend was attend the Great Grapes Festival in Reston with my friends Reema, Laura, and her fiance Conrad.


It was a lot of fun! I’ve never been a big wine aficionado but I feel like this weekend definitely helped me hone my taste buds a bit. I even bought a few bottles! Of course, they taste like alcoholic grape juice but hey, baby steps, right?

Sunny Day

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and a lot of fun times spent with friends. There were so many puppers there, too! But I think I definitely made the right choice in leaving my fur babies at home, where they got to go to the dog park with Uncle Ben.


Some people have HUMONGOUS dogs, that’s all I can say. The one on the left was the spitting image of my family’s first dog, Shadow! 🙂

Naturally, I came home with a few goodies, too:


I especially enjoyed getting to taste the various oils and vinegars that were set up in stands all around, and just couldn’t resist picking up a bottle. I can’t wait to use this cherry jalapeno jam in all sorts of dishes, too. It’s SO delicious – sweet but with HEAT!

After the festival, Reema, Laura, Conrad and I all headed over to hang out with fellow blogger Julie and her boyfriend Dan! It was low key and the perfect way to spend a night after being out in the sun (and y’know, drinking) all day. Hehe.


Yes, there was both pizza and cake consumption, and it was marvelous. 🙂 If you’re curious about the necklace I’m wearing in the above group shot (where I’m totally out of focus, ahahaha), here is a closeup of the awesomeness:


Mwahaha! It makes me feel so delightfully sinister.

Also, check out the awesome scoopnecked sunburn I got from being out in the sun all day at the festival (in my new CK dress which I am totally in love with and you should go to Marshall’s right away to see if they still have any left – $30, yo!)

Scoopneck Sunburn

Yeah, that’s hot.

Anyway, let’s move onto the judgement of the hour, shall we? I’ll make it short & sweet:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 196.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 195.6 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -0.4 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 50.4 lbs.

Erm. WTF? I am not happy. I thought I was doing so well this week! Maybe it’s my body holding onto all the wine and pizza from Saturday. Either way, I’m getting a little bit sick of being stuck in the 190s. It feels like I haven’t REALLY lost weight since February! All this yo-yoing and tiny, minute losses are really started to get to me. I’ve been doing yoga and weights/ab work at home legitimately regularly, too! Blargh.

Ah well, I’m not going to let this ruin my memory of a perfectly good weekend. I’m feeling pretty sick today too (when am I not sick, huh?) so I’m just going to go ahead and blame it on that, haha.

Oh, one last thing. On Friday’s post a lot of you commented asking about the groupon I received for my laser hair removal. Coincidentally, it turns out that today on What’s the Deal, the group deals site for the metro DC area I told you about, has another deal for the same place I’m going, the Esthetic Laser Clinic. It’s not quiiiite as good a deal as the one I got, but it’s still a HUGE discount if you’re interested in getting laser hair removal on your bikini line, or a microderm/facial session. If you’re in the area, sign up (free!) and check it out!

Peace and release, my friends.


  1. Hey, a loss is a loss!! I know the mini-losses are frustrating, but it is still headed in the right direction. And upping your activity level is one of the keys!! Watch the portion sizes is the other element. But you are looking GOOD! Cute shot of the blue dress and white sweater! Keep it up!!

  2. Your poor back!

    I totally need to go to a wine festival — looks like so much fun! And that cherry pepper jam sounds fabulous.

  3. Cardio cardio cardio.
    The wine festival looked awesome- wish i could have gone. i heart wine and cheese.

  4. A wine festival sounds amaaaazing. I love wine so so much. 🙂

    are you doing much strength training with your cardio? That’s what has helped me push over plateaus…that and new types of cardio, ie. kickboxing, etc.

    • I’m trying to up my strength training too, since I’ve always heard that you get to a point with cardio where it doesn’t do much for weight loss on its own anymore… but then again I’m not doing extreme amounts of cardio here, am I? Hahaha. Kickboxing sounds like it would be a fun experiment though… I’m so sick of just RUNNING.

  5. OMG i love love love the mustache necklace! Must have! Where did you get it?

  6. Be encouraged that you’re still losing and not gaining! You’re doing great and look great! Plus – remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so that strength training of building lean muscle/burning fat may weigh more initially! But don’t forget that glorious cardio! 🙂

  7. LOVE the shoes and necklace!!!
    I know you mentioned you aren’t happy with your weigh in, so I’ll be happy for you 😉 You have lost 50lbs!!!!!

  8. This looks like a fun day! we have Great Grapes here back in October but I wasn’t a huge fan since it was all NC wine which is more on the sweet side. I have an eight lb pup so my dog would not have done well there!


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