Golden Goals

The past week has been quite wonderful for progress in my life!   Motivated by the success I have had with my weight loss so far this year, I took advantage of the beautiful weather California was having and spent nearly every day outside either walking, hiking, or jogging around.

Aya, myself, and Kristin on our first hike ever!

I spent my Saturday with my two best friends, Aya and Kristin down in San Jose.  Even though we’ve been friends for thirteen years now, this was the FIRST time we have ever gone hiking together!  Typically we would spend our time together getting Snow Bubbles (bubble tea) or wandering through Target talking about the guys in our lives.  This time we decided to hit the dirt path instead, prepared with water and trail mix and ready for a hike that would get our hearts moving as fast as our mouths do when together.  I convinced Aya that we would be able to take it easy as she’s fresh to beginning to exercise again after brain surgery from a disease called Moya Moya last year.  Aya toughed out the hills as her and I followed Kristin, steadily keeping a fast pace up in front of us.  We all had a lot of fun over the hour and hopefully it won’t take another thirteen years for us to hike together again!

Sunday I accomplished a goal that I had on my “Things to do by 30” list.  I made this list a few years ago and originally started out with thirty things to do by age 30.  Some of those goals proved to no longer be priorities as my goals in spending months abroad became evident as more important… such as owning my own dog or living on a farm.  One of the goals I knew I could accomplish though was to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.  I’ve lived in California for about eighteen years now and never once have made it anymore than halfway across the magnificent piece of architecture that my city is so famous for.  The weather was gorgeous yet windy (as to be expected) as I proudly made myself across the 1.7 miles of the length of the Golden Gate, dodging tourists of all sorts in eager hopes of reaching the other side.  I passed a woman wearing a shirt that said “This is was gangster looks like” with her short hair slicked back yet riding on a rented tourist bike.  I chuckled to myself as I noticed another woman, dressed in incredibly high heels and a short dress with a thin jacket as she tried to walk comfortably with her husband towards the first tower.  Another woman, probably in her eighties, jogged past me with skin only a few shades lighter red than the bridge itself dressed in a neon wind breaker and Ipod headphones.  There was such an abundance of different types of people on the bridge that day and it made me feel so happy that they were all probably feeling the same excitement as I was as we looked out upon the ocean and the city of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge Adventures
Golden Gate Bridge Adventures


All this exercise surely will help me with my weigh-in on Thursday.   I have decided since I typically do “Weigh-in Wednesdays” to change my day to Thursdays so I would be able to have something to write about on Fridays in terms of my progress!   Last week I was down another 1.6 pounds I believe, bringing my total weight lost for this year to 14 pounds.  Woohoo!

I also managed to find some tennis appropriate shoes for only $5 on clearance at Sports Authority.   I WAS SO HAPPY!  They’re not super cute, just plain white, but for $5 I would wear any type of tennis shoe.  Now I just need the weather to get warmer so I can start rocking those cute little tennis skirts I bought!

I have 2 1/2 more weeks until I turn 30 and quite a few things on my list to accomplish.  Some of things I’m hoping I can get done involved taking a swing dance lesson, running a mile without stopping, and to start rollerblading again.  I think going to the skating rink twice will qualify for “starting” again so I’ll try to accomplish that this weekend without running over any teenagers in puppy love.

Do you have any sort of list of goals you would like to accomplish by a certain age?  I remember my goals I had for when I was a teenager to accomplish by age 30 are things like getting married, having babies, and owning a house.   HAH!  I’m so far from  those goals but it’s quite alright.  I’m loving the way I chose to spend my 20’s and I’ll address those as my birthday gets closer.  😉

Lots of love,


A post by April – Starting Again – Getting Back on the Weight Loss Train

Hi everybody! I have some exciting news. You know how this blog is called the DOUBLE Chin Diary? Well – it’s not just double because of the amount of rolls under your chin, it’s double because now there are two bloggers at the Double Chin Diary! Please give a warm welcome to my older sister April. Here’s some things you should know about April – April is 29 years old, an animal lover, a major environmentalist in that she spends her free time picking trash up off the beach (seriously saintly), loves working with kids, and she travels to all kinds of cool places all the time. April will be stopping by every now and then to chronicle her journey towards losing 30 pounds by the time she turns 30 in April. (That’s a lot of Aprils!) I’m looking forward to seeing how our stories match – and how they differ. Thanks for reading and have a great day!


Here I am on my 29th birthday – celebrating with yummy food.

Seven years ago I managed to lose 50 pounds with the amazing and classic style of eating right and working out more. It was irritatingly hard the first few months that I struggled through workouts and eating whole grains and it wasn’t until I had a break down on the scale that I finally started to see a change. The change surely wasn’t on the scale since I was in tears, the change was within myself.

A friend that I had met at the gym consoled me as I cried about my disappointment in myself and questioned why I wasn’t losing weight yet. My friend then stepped on the scale and showed me how she weighed almost exactly the same as me. Being the same height as myself too, her simple action made me A LOT better about myself. I had never thought of my friend as a fat woman so seeing that we weighed the same meant that surely my body couldn’t be THAT horrible.

I decided that I would just work harder on the exercise and keep at it. I even managed to get a job working at the small women-only circuit training gym. After that initial break down on the scale, my weight started to creep off pound by pound. I would go down two pounds one week then gain back a pound in the next. That pattern continued for a solid four months until I had lost fifty pounds. I hit a plateau and it seemed like no matter what I did to lose weight, no matter how much I worked out or how wonderfully light I ate; the weight just wasn’t leaving.

I managed to keep the weight off for a few years until I started to go back to my old ways of eating fast food, drinking soda, and working out MUCH less. As it tends to happen, that kind of behavior only resulted in me packing on the pounds until one day I noticed I was a mere 11 pounds from the heaviest I had been before I ever lost any weight at all.

That is where I am today.

I feel disappointed in myself for letting my weight come back but I have hope in knowing that I did it once before and now I’ll just have to do it again.

I’m starting small and cutting back on my sugar intake. I’ll give up my precious Taco Bell again that has been my treat of the summer. I’ve begun taking walks and hikes again. I have even been pretty routine about my doing my weighted hula hoop. It will take some time and a lot of effort but I know that eventually I’ll get back on the road I need to be on.

How do you deal with getting back on the “weight-loss train” when you’ve been off it for so long?