Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What'll I have?

I had a good weigh-in this week. I lost 3 lbs. and am officially down 40 lbs. I was hoping to lose 50 lbs. total during the first session of Weight Watchers, but I’ll take 40. And I have a week to go.

Today, Thursday and Friday, I am volunteering for the North American Leadership Conference (NALC). Members of the Children’s Circle of Care—people who support their local pediatric hospital with gifts of $10,000 or more—are invited to attend an annual conference. This year, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the host hospital. Throughout the conference, there are speakers, special tours of city sites and a gala dinner at the Georgia Aquarium, followed by a concert with Lionel Richie.

Today, I helped host a tour that went to the World of Coca-Cola and CNN. Following the tours, we gathered at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for lunch catered by the Varsity.

The Varsity. Even when I’m not trying to lose weight, the Varsity is a little much for me. Definitely a fun treat when you have visitors to Atlanta, but certainly not every day. More than the food, I think going to the Varsity is about the experience in itself.

So how did I answer the famous question “what’ll ya have?”

Yep. A salad. I watched everyone around me don their red paper wedge caps and dig into the onion rings, fries and chili dogs. And I munched on iceberg.

The truth is that more than just trying to be healthy, I was afraid my body would rebel. It hasn’t had a French fry in more than three months (just typing that is a “wow” for me, by the way) and I was afraid I couldn’t handle it.

So I had my little salad.

But I also had a small Frosted Orange. Hey, I’d walked for hours. I earned it.


Anonymous said...

Good for you for making smart choices! I didn't even know they offered salads there!

Nancy said...

I don't know the Varsity but french fries are my weakness. I'm impressed with your salad!

Anonymous said...

If you can get through the Varsity without ingesting one greasy item YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!! I am so proud of you and you have all of my confidence!! Love, Beth

Laurie said...

40 Pounds is AWESOME!! I'd say you CERTAINLY deserved that frosted orange!!!! Go Erika!

Leanne said...


CD said...

Seriously... I am IMPRESSED! A salad at the Varsity - you go, girl!!! That is STRENGTH right there! How was it?

And you are my volunteer idol!!! You do so much for others, Erika - and I'm glad that you are doing something for yourself with this lifestyle change you are going through -

You're doing awesome! FORTY pounds is FANTASTIC!!!! WOW! What an inspiration you are - on so many levels.

Keep it up - :)

Anonymous said...

Go Erika! Go Erika!

(I'm singing this by the way :) are AMAZING! I don't eat at the Varsity but I can only imagine. 40 lbs...what an accomplishment. Just look at what you have been able to do in a short 3 months! I agree with everyone here. You are beyond inspirational in every aspect of your life. Always giving back in some way:) Even your blogging is a way for you to give jems to the rest of us. Many many kudos to you because in comparisson to the greasy goodies the salad looks like well salad lol. I can not wait to attend the Open House for WW @W next week. I have to say, I have been wanting to do it but following you makes me say. I can definitely shed my desired lbs. in 17 weeks. Erika did it!!!!!

D.Stark said...

Erika- 40 pounds... that ROCKS! Congrats. I am so proud of you. I love reading your blog. Thanks for inspiring me and allowing me to experience your journey with you!

Way to go! Keep it up!


Flynnsight said...

What do 40 pounds look like? Answered.

One bag of Huck's food that warrants a PetSmart employee’s help to get it into my car
8 Chihuahuas
3,200 quarters
40 packages of Ballpark hotdogs
The left side of Mary-Kate Olsen

Congrats, my wonderfully inspirational friend.

kicks said...

You go, Erika! I've been thinking about you -- which you might not have known since my last comment didn't show up. But the thought waves were out there, I promise!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for inspiring me!
Keep up the good work!!