Monday, August 2, 2010

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Vacation is over and now it is back to work on Tuesday. Last week I visited my BFF, Linda, in Hamilton and had a great time. We started with a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see all the quaint shops and taste a little wine. Another day we drove to St. Jacob’s, a small Mennonite community in Southern Ontario and again more quaint little shops. The rest of the time we just floated in her pool and got a bit of Vitamin D. Oh, and we found time for a pedicure too. The weather was glorious. Hot and sunny except for a thunderstorm mid-week.

What a relaxing time. I’ve known Linda since our University days in the 70’s and we have been close ever since. Since I started losing weight with the band she has been working hard at losing weight sans band and as of this week is down almost 65 pounds from a high of 225. With me down almost 35 pounds, we are proclaiming a 100 pound loss together. Woo Hoo! She is determined not to let me get skinnier than she is so kept to her eating plan even when I strayed into the chocolate aisle a few times. But we did enjoy a few glasses of wine together and talked and talked and talked. I also discovered I can drink beer again but mainly the German beers like Lowenbrau as they aren 't as fizzy as some of the others. I love beer and it is nice to be able to have a cold one again. Must be the purity law that only allows German beer to contain barley, hops and water. Back on track for me this week. My great achievement was not gaining any weight while on vacation. The band kept me from overeating but I was still able to enjoy my food and I am no longer stuck all the time.
Here are the two of us leaving for a day trip. Together we’ve lost 100 pounds.!
Stuck at the Welland Canal on our way home. We got to the crossing just as the bridge started to go up.
It took 30 minutes for the ship to go through into the lock. As the ship passed the seagulls screamed and flew madly around until it passed. Guess it disturbed their sunbathing.
This is me waiting for lunch to arrive in St. Jacob’s. The barkeep kept trying to get us to order beer but I was a bit stuck and couldn’t get a lot down.

Linda waiting for lunch.

Something rather interesting happened. I have never been a big clothes shopper. But as we cruised the little clothing shops and made a visit to the mall, I started to see things I liked and some of those things fit. It was a very eerie feeling to try on regular clothes and see a real person standing there. It was also nice to have someone else tell me what looked good and what was a no-no. The two of us have such different body shapes—Linda a pear and me an apple. She has been investing in some new pieces as she is close to her goal weight. Me, I've decided to wait for another 10 pounds and buy some new clothes in the fall. I have enough in-between clothes to tide me over for the rest of the summer. Linda also gave me a couple of shirts which I’ll be able to wear for awhile (see black striped shirt above).

But then, beware. I’ll be out in force trying on all those nifty new clothes. In regular stores. In regular sizes. And I will look good.

19 comments:

-Grace- said...

Sounds like a great time! You look great!!!

Robin said...

How fun!!! And you look great!

Sherry said...

Clothes shopping...let the fun begin!

Pamela E. Williams said...

You look you had a marvelous time! Congrats on the WL!

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Andrew said...

German, Dutch, Belgian - even British , American or Canadian...Ummm Beer. :-)

Bonnie said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I've already warned my husband that we should start setting money to the side now for my shopping habit once I reach goal.

Lonicera said...

You look so happy - and bonny too!
Caroline

Darlin1 said...

Loved the pictures ---you look great!
Sounds like you are getting primed for the shopping spree--move over ladies!!

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Stephanie said...

let me correct you, Sandy...You ALREADY look good. beautiful in fact. Own it...live it....love yourself!!

Pie said...

You look great Sandy!! I had a beer this weekend too - it was Belgian (Chimay) and just flat enough to go down! What a sweet feeling that was!!

You and your BFF are adorable together!! Keep up the great work!

Cindylew said...

You looks awesome tootsie roll...and your friend too.
Sounds like you had a great time...good luck going back to work...yuck.

Barbara said...

OH SL.. I loved these pictures.. you are as cute as can be.. I can't wait to give you a big hug in CHI.. So glad you had a good getaway.. Friends are soooo special.. Love having these kind of memories.

Jennifer said...

Oh, it's so good to see you post again - and WITH PICTURES! Yay- You are looking fabulous. You have a smile that lights up the world.
I loved hearing about your friend, congratulations on the 100 lb. lost between you both. What a wonderful thing to share!!!

Seeing in colour said...

yay im glad you had fun... love the pics!!!

Marie said...

Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing all the great photos!

Janelle said...

You both look great! Glad you had a nice vacation, sounds fun!

Nella said...

Sounds like a great vacay! I love the pics! You booth look FAB! Happy you are back!

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