Hello friends.  I have not posted since the beginning of the year.  There are a lot of exciting things happening for me in 2013.  I can’t discuss all of them now, but I will, I promise.

Expect a new Crabapple within the next few months.  I’m rebooting the whole site.  The old (original) blog will be put into storage somewhere – hopefully in an accessible archive.  I’m still trying to decide what the new version will look like.  Let’s just say I do not plan on posting much about new arrivals at J.Crew.

Until then…

~Sam

Operation Trim One Year Later 001

Greetings and salutations, my friends.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I may have enjoyed myself a little too much, but that is what the holidays are for, am I right?

The tough part is getting back into a routine following a month of feasting, and perhaps not enough exercise.  The good news is I am still down over 20 lbs since I started Operation Trim last January.  I was getting close to 30 lbs, and my ultimate goal of 38 lbs, but sometimes life just gets in the way.

The photos above and below show a comparison of January 2012, and last week.  I definitely still see a difference.  I know the lighting is different, and I raised the wrong leg, but you get the idea.  I’m happy with what I have done so far to change my way of eating and drinking, but I definitely still need to do more.

Operation Trim One Year Later 002

The first thing I need to do is to stop my alcohol consumption during the work week.  I got into the habit of having a glass of wine with dinner, and perhaps a scotch or a cognac before or after dinner.  So, alcohol will be kept to a minimum, and only on weekends.

Second, I need to cut back on unhealthy snacking, and desserts.  When you have Christmas cookies and chocolates in the house, you tend to gravitate towards eating those instead of better snacks like vegetables and fruit.  Step two – pitch the leftover holiday treats, and buy more fruit.

Third, start cooking more again instead of ordering in.  This is a killer.  Even if I think I am ordering something healthier, I don’t know what the restaurants put into these dishes.  If I cook it, I know what’s in it.

Fourth, I need to hit the gym 3 times a week for 45 minutes to an hour, and run an additional 3 times per week giving myself one day a week of doing nothing.  I found last year that running was the best exercise for me.  It helped me shed the pounds.  I hate going to the gym, but lifting light weights a few times a week is a good way to keep myself toned.

Fifth, I need to get back to being accountable.  I don’t plan on updating Operation Trim every week like I did last year, but I will continue my weekly Weight Watchers weigh-ins, and I will post a monthly update.  In addition, I invite any friends and readers who have similar goals, or success stories to email me if you are interested in having my post your story to this site.  Could be fun!  crabapplenyc @ gmail.com

In addition to updating this particular category, I am considering a reboot of the entire Crabapple site.  This will help me focus the site a bit more, and to get back to writing about what I really like – clothes, fitness, The New York Mets, James Bond, fiction, travel, etc.  That’s all a work in progress.  We’ll see how that goes.

Have a great week!

 

Operation Trim Week 51 172

It’s been an interesting year.  I started 2012 at 198 lbs, the heaviest I have even been.  Almost 52 weeks later, and I’m weighing in around the 172 mark.  That equals about 26 lbs, or about 1/2 lb per week lost.  In the grand scheme of things, I am happy to have lost this weight.  Around late spring, I plateaued in the mid 170’s, and have been bouncing around this mark ever since.  The good thing is I haven’t gained the weight back even with vacations, summer bbq’s, business travel, and Thanksgiving.  The real challenge will be next week for Christmas at my in-laws – my mother in law likes to make us pancakes.  I figure I can get through the holidays, and start fresh in 2013 working towards my goal of 160 lbs.

Operation Trim

This was my first Operation Trim photo taken on January 2nd.  Yes, the lighting is bad and the angle is different, but I think the difference is clear.  Not only do I have Weight Watchers to thank, but also my wife, my friends, and my family for being supportive.  And running has certainly helped.  This year I ran four short races between 4 and 7 miles.  Next year I hope to run a half marathon, but we’ll see.

I also need to land a new job for 2013.  Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve updated anything on this site.  Unfortunately my last position did not work out, but it was certainly an interesting learning experience.  I really hope my next move will be the right one, and that I can stay there for a long time.

I’m not sure what I plan to do with Crabapple, or my other blogs in the new year.  I have kind of lost the passion that fueled my blogging in the past.  I would love to get back to writing fiction in my free time next year.  If I did plan on writing a list of New Year’s resolutions that would be on it.  So would the final 12 lbs.  Then I would add curbing my spending on clothes and dining out.  But this isn’t a list of resolutions, so there.

I want to thank everyone who has kept up with my weight loss in 2012, and who has offered support and encouragement.  You were all a big help.

Have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!!

Last night marked the London premier of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall.  Fans turned out in droves to catch a glimpse of the stars of the film, and even Charles & Camilla.  Daniel Craig walked the red carpet in what appeared to be a blue shawl collar dinner jacket from Tom Ford which differed only slightly from the classic black number he sports in the movie.

At some point in the film – my guess is it follows London – 007 finds himself in Shanghai where he encounters the beautiful Severine played by French actress Berenice Marlohe.  The trailer shows an encounter where he inquires about her boss, who we may assume to be Javier Bardem’s character.  They later film a shower scene together, and at another point he watches her in a hotel room from across the street (more on that later this week.)

The shawl collar tuxedo is very classic, and fairly easy to find in most stores including, yep you guessed it, J.Crew.  And if you hadn’t already figured it out, I have assembled a kit below highlighting the elements to Bond’s sleek style using mostly items found at J.Crew.  Can you spot the one that isn’t?

Clockwise From Top Left:

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Tuxedo with Slim Pants in Italian Wool | $525, Jacket $265, Pants

Satin bow tie | $52

White linen pocket square | $42

Omega Seamaster Special Edition | From $4,195, Omegawatches.com

Preston bluchers | $215

Black satin cummerbund | $75

Thomas Mason® for J.Crew Ludlow bib tuxedo shirt | $148

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