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Today I Start Again

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The half is in 6 days. 6 days. I am freaking out. I'm going to run today, since I skipped my run on Friday and yesterday. Granted, I was only scheduled to run Friday, but I'm really mad at myself that I just skipped it! How do I expect myself to run a race on Saturday when I haven't run more than 7 miles in 2 weeks!? AAH! I'm trying a 6 miler today to see how fast I can go, and mostly to just see how I feel. If I feel good, maybe I can add 2 miles and try to whip the dog into shape...

Yesterday was gross. Seriously. I couldn't even track it. I had some muffins and a banana for breakfast, some bread and a sandwich for lunch, some cereal and more bread, I honestly don't remember the rest... I've decided I'm starting over. TODAY. I also made a vision board last night after wallowing (love that word!) in my self pity. So I found a bunch of inspiring little quote things on the internet, printed them off, and cut and glued like a mad woman while watching cheesy romantic flicks. Sigh. So here's the game plan.

*Limit my carbs. I don't need some form of intense carbs in each meal. I can eat just a salad and fruit for lunch, and not need cereal afterwards. Cereal eating will take place once a day at the most. That's it. I can choose my meal: breakfast or snack, but I'm thinking it might be better if I have it as breakfast. I just need thoughts on snacks. Ideas anyone???
*NO MORE SUGUR. Seriously. This time I will follow through. Maybe my status will have to be changed to if I ate sugar that day or not... maybe that will keep me going. Oh, and there will be no "dessert replacements" like other carbs. Just fruits and veggies.
*RUN! I love it and I know it, but these shinsplints have thrown me for a loop because I'm torn between running, and worrying I'm going to make them worse for the race.
*Some form of exercise EVERY DAY. No more slacker days.
*Do my little Pilates Abs 10 minute routine EVERY OTHER DAY. No exceptions. I'm going for a smaller tummy.

Alright, that's it for now. I'm off to run. Maybe I'm miraculously healed... :)

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MLIANNE 5/9/2012 8:57PM

    You know you're going to kick some booty at your race. Don't stress. You've trained for this, and you've learned that it's more mental after about 5 miles anyways. :)

I'm sending good vibes your way, too!

I'm glad you're starting over and realizing what you can to push yourself a teensy weensy bit. Whoop! You go, girl!

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DOGLADY13 4/22/2012 7:58PM

    Don't stress the run schedule. My nephew ran a 1/2 today (his first) and only ran 1 day/week for the last month due to a hamstring strain. He adjusted his goal and did great.

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OPTIMIST1948 4/22/2012 4:49PM

    I'm with YDavis - more protein rather than limit carbs. It will increase your satisfaction and make it easier to control yourself.

Lood guck on your HM. You CAN Do it. Its just a matter of putting one foot in front of another.

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PLAYBLUES22 4/22/2012 3:54PM

    Sweetie, I think you know what has to be done, we all mess up once and a while, but you are strong and you will come back just as strong emoticon

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YDAVIS23 4/22/2012 1:14PM

    First, I know you'll be great for your race. You have a huge knowledge and fitness base. Deep breath!!!

Next, how about focusing on increasing protein rather than limiting carbs? I find that when I do this I can avoid feeling deprived, but I still feel full. A good old green salad for lunch is great, but you'll still be hungry.

I'm sending you good vibes for a great run, and a RESTFUL week so that you're ready for Saturday.

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Since a 6 Pack is Slightly too Far Out of Reach...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I will reroute. That's right. Friends, I have a new goal. Initially, it was to get a 6 pack, but then I decided it's probably not humanly possible on this chickie (I've been wanting to say that all week! :D) after 2 kids. So it has been altered. Not forgotten. Just altered.

You see, ever since I was little girl, I admired the ballerinas with their pretty tight buns (as in hair, but the rear end one is also accurate - although not as a child) and gracefulness and poise. Well, I'm going to be one. My daughters dance studio is putting on a number where the mommies get to dance with their little girls. That's right. On stage. So instead of reading or catching up on work or whatever else strikes me at the moment during her class, sitting outside the dance room, I will soon be joining when they do "ballet". Granted, the little girls aren't too serious about it, but that's why the moms come in. Great. Yeah. We are going to be ballerinas. And we even get a Greek Goddess-y dress to wear. And mine is pretty form fitting. You can even see my tummy. So the goal is: make the tummy look good and embrace my inner Greek Goddess. Yeah, we'll see how the goddess one goes over. This is the first time the studio is trying this, so I guess it's all up to me to see if they do it again :)... It's also the little one's first year of dance, so I don't want to scar her too much with my dancing or my not Greek Goddess-yness... :)

In other news, I'm really working on just taking everything day by day and doing the best I can eating wise a day. And what's weird is I'm staying in my calorie range without even obsessing about it! Granted, it is the higher end, but I think that's what I need to fuel, otherwise my running suffers. Sometimes you just gotta let go, and follow your body.

I also ran yesterday! And I have a plan to kick these shinsplints to the curb! I ran 5 miles yesterday. Not far for what I'm used to, but I was so afraid of injuring myself more and I was bored to death on the treadmill. So I'm going to run every other day, adding a mile each run. And I heard it helps to wrap your leg (the lower part at least) in plastic wrap. Weird, I know, but my runner friend said it makes it feel much better, and at this point, you could probably tell me saliva would help and I'd be drooling all over my leg. Not joking here.

I've also started meditating for about the past week before bed. It's only for 10 minutes or so, but I am finding it's helping me sleep! Honestly, I only started because I read something about how it helps your running in one way or another, but I do like it, although it's insanely hard! Being the random, crazy, high energy (normally, if I sleep :D) person I am, I have a really hard time just shutting up the good ol' noggin. But now it's kind of a habit, although last night I was kind of dreading it... Any thoughts on how to help that? I try to just focus on my breathing by repeating "inhale, exhale" to myself, but now that I've gotten more comfortable with it, I've found that my brain can jibber-jabber in the background at the same time. And then there's the times when I almost fall asleep, and my head starts to fall back slowly until it hits the "all the way back" point which is quite comical actually. Or, it will start to fall forward and hit my collarbone, when I jerk it back up. It kind of messes me up since I start laughing at myself... :) And that, can be quite a problem!

Well, tomorrow's Friday. I could have sworn it was Wednesday. It's actually the opposite of last week, since last week on Tuesday, I was so convinced it was Wednesday that I was actually planning the evening and thinking about watching The Middle! I guess everything in life really does balance out! :)

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DOGLADY13 4/22/2012 9:05PM

    Your daughter will love that you are dancing with her. She already sees you as a goddess, this will only confirm it for her.

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OPTIMIST1948 4/22/2012 5:00PM

    Of course you should embrace your inner godess. We all have one, we just dont get a flowy robe to wear. And godesses are ALWAYS in control of themselves, so its no surprise the meditation is working.

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SUE5007 4/20/2012 11:43AM

    Have you tried the compression socks for your shins? I hear they also work and are supposed to help keep you from being sore. Search for CEP Women's Compression Allsport Sleeve or you can get can actual sock too.

I'm sure you'll make a wonderful Goddess. emoticon

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GARBLEDEEGOOK 4/20/2012 10:49AM

  You might just have a six pack already, I know I do, but it's under the fat and for women to show it, it requires ludicrous body fat percentage such that you cannot bear a child (under 18% last time I checked). I'm not kidding. I was ripped years ago under 20% fat, not showing much. Fitness levels and BMI was something I can only drool over now. You're doing the right thing unless you want to do body building or fitness modeling :) Enjoy your new focus.

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BELLE0308 4/20/2012 2:18AM

    That dancing number should be a lot of fun! emoticon

I am always in awe of people who can run. I have been a walker mostly until I recently started doing Zumba. Normally I am just fine but after an hour tonight my legs are killing me. I was going to practice the running man and I can't even do it.
You are STRONG!! emoticon

Have a wonderful weekend!

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VIXSTERLU 4/20/2012 12:05AM

    Is your hair long enough for a bun?? I can see you with great buns, lol (and yes, I mean the other ones). Have fun with it and your little one.

Meditation...It's a skill that must be practiced, but it can be learned and mastered. That said, I still have a hard time sometimes. Perhaps a mantra or rhythmic word that you say with your breath. I tell my students to 'Breathe in calm' and 'Breathe out, let go' including letting go of tension (think relax shoulders, bottom, legs, the areas we usually keep tense without realizing) and thoughts. If you have thoughts that linger, that's okay, just let them come in and go out, knowing that those thoughts can return later (tuck them away in the back of your mind for the time you are meditating). Yikes, this is beginning to sound like I am teaching a class lol. You'll get it, just practice and it will come easier and quicker.

And, what day is it??? I am confused, hehehe.

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MYLADY4 4/19/2012 8:46PM

    I have tried the same thing for sleep, but mine saying is breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. Sometimes is works, sometimes not. I should try it again tonight (ranting blog haha).

You will rock the dance with the daughter. We will need pictures.

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The Latest Running Adventures of Abby, Queen of Running Skirts

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Well, although the title is not original (all copyrights of geniusness go to CINERICIA :D), I am back and alive and still running (well, not currently).

It was a crazy couple of weeks! Between work and kids and the usual day-to-day craziness, there just wasn't even a chance for sparking, except an occasional fitness minutes update and maybe a status update thrown in for good measure. But I know I need to get my butt back on because, let me tell you, I suffered without my good ol' spark friends, and the trackers! The scale has crept up a bit, and I'm feeling grosser and less fit, mainly because I am probably eating too much. But instead of focusing on the negatives, let's move to the fun stuff because not fun stuff is just not very... well, fun!

Oh! Wait! I lied. There is one last thing to check off the "must inform everyone about" list. I have shinsplints. And a nasty head cold (maybe sinus infection...). What a fun weekend. The shinsplints are totally my fault, mainly because I didn't listen to my body when it was telling me for the past couple of weeks that "hello! Your shins hurt when you run!". Instead, I ran 2 40+ mile weeks, and pounded down some intense hills during my race last weekend in an attempt to make up for the time I lost climbing the dang hill. Hopefully I'll learn my lesson... So for now I've taken Thursday, Friday, and today off, and plan to take tomorrow off to hopefully seal the deal that I'm healed and ready to kick my half marathons' butt in 2 weeks (exactly! How scary is that!?). Talk about timing. My first injury in about a year 2 weeks before my first major race. My body sure knows how to plan!

Speaking of the half, that time has set in when there's that mix of excitement/worry that churns in your stomach every time you think of "the big day". The time when you think "well, I trained well and can run fast in training, but oh no, what if something happens on race day or I get a really bad stomach cramp or... or... or...?!?". The time when you think oh goodness, I just took 4 complete days off from running! There goes all my speed I've managed to gain the past 2 months! What if, what if, what if!?! But I am still looking forward to it. Or maybe it's just the unlimited pancakes I will be indulging in after... Just kidding. For you curious beings out there, depending on how my last long run goes (and how my legs feel on race day), I've decided to set up a 3-level goal. One I'm pretty sure I can accomplish as long as I don't get lost, one I'm pretty sure I can do if it's a good day, and one that really might be a stretch that can only be accomplished if I'm feeling really good that day.

Level 3: Go under 1:50 (hours, minutes) which I'm absolutely sure I can do, considering I ran 13.5 miles in 1:44 the other week. This one is if I feel like crap that day.
Level 2: Go under 1:45, which I'm sure I can do for the same reason as level 3. This one is if I'm just feeling mediocre... not good, but not bad, or something not so pleasant happens during the race.
Level 1: Go under 1:40, which I'm pretty sure I can do if I'm feeling good.

Overall, I'm really excited. When I got back from my 13.5 mile run 2 Tuesdays ago, I declared that I was going to win the race - that's how good I felt. Now, I'm questioning if I can do it since that was way back on April 3rd, but hopefully some positive thinking will help (if I can manage to think positive...).

Anyway, I think this sick day was well deserved. I got a chance to catch up with everyone in a marathon sort of fashion (if only it could help my running endurance... :D) and this marathon post was also needed. Oh! That's what else I wanted to say! I'm one going sugar free. No exceptions. No "you can indulge twice a week" or anything. That just leads me to quitting... Based on past experience... which I have a lot of. Two, I'm thinking of ditching the idea of making April goals. Based on past experience, I normally give up on these as well. So I think I'm going to adapt the "damn it, just do the best you can today" approach. We'll see how it goes...

If you made it this far, congratulations. If you skipped to the end, don't worry. I'm not offended. It must be the snot in my head that is contributing to the overflow of thoughts. :)

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MISSIFISH 4/15/2012 6:30PM

    I didn't skip to the end, but I'm glad I read to the end, because your snot comment was hilarious. I really like the idea of the multi level day. I think I may adopt it. I'm having a foot issue currently, but I still want to do something. I guess it is a low level day for me.

I'm glad you are back, and thanks for taking the time to comment on all of my blogs that you missed while you were taking that much deserved break. I appreciated all of your sweet words!

Hope your shins and your head feel better soon!

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DOGLADY13 4/15/2012 5:43PM

    Glad you are back to sparking! You are going to have a great race!

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SHIRE33 4/15/2012 9:35AM

    You've probably heard it all about shin splints, but one thing that really helps a runner is biking. Especially spinning or anything that enables you to lock your foot onto the pedals and pull UP as much as you push DOWN. That pulling up really strengthens the front of your lower leg. I can actually see some muscles there where I didn't think there were any (until, of course, they're barking from splints).

Love your goals!

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CINERICIA 4/15/2012 8:55AM

    Just think of all the twenty something boys out there watching you run your sexy little tush by in your running skirt (you are going to wear the running skirt, right?) and you'll run like the wind.

I love your goals and one day hope to have goals just as awesome. You are amazing and I officially dub you my running guru. My go-to chicky for all things running. No pressure or anything.

And though I've already said this ad naseum on your page, I'm so, so glad your back. Spark has been so much less sparky without you.

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VIXSTERLU 4/15/2012 2:14AM

    I wanna see you win this race. Heck, to me, just finishing would be a 'win' for me. I know you can do it, all this positivity (and maybe overflowing snot) is going to send you across that finish line at a time you didn't even consider in your goal tier.

I am in super awe of your abilities to run the way you do. I hope I can get there, but holy moly just a 5K is terrifying the crap out of me.

Hope your cold lifts soon!

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OPTIMIST1948 4/14/2012 8:59PM

    I really like the idea of a 3 level goal also. Go for it!

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YDAVIS23 4/14/2012 8:33PM

    Woohoo! Lots of ice on those shins and run like the wind!

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CHRIS_TEE 4/14/2012 8:11PM

    The 3 level post is a great idea. Enjoy working towards your goals!

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GARBLEDEEGOOK 4/14/2012 7:31PM

  Get well soon.

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    Welcome back!!!
Woohoo - love the 3 level goals - hope the shins and cold clear up soon so you can go for gold!!! Level 1!!!!
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My 2 New Addictions

Sunday, March 25, 2012

After 3 days of not running, I did it. I got back out there and knocked off about 13 miles. I honestly don't know what got into me. The task of running seemed to be more than I could handle. I got dressed, got the shoes on, and even went out the door. I ran for an average of 1 minute each time, and decided I couldn't do it. It was a mental thing, I know it. I really don't know why. The only thing I can think of is that it was a pretty rough week emotionally. The thought of doing my short 6 mile tempo run (which I normally look forward to) made me want to puke. Or curl up in a ball. Either or, you can decide. Maybe I was tired. Hm. Now looking back, I feel really bad about just not running for 4 days this week when my half marathon is in a month! Sigh. But I'm putting it behind me. Oh, and I overate. I had cereal and sugar.

But, here's my thing on the cereal: so on Tuesday, I did my intervals on the treadmill just as I would do any week. I went at the same speed for the most part, the same incline, even same time of the day! But after repeat #5 my legs were cramping really bad! I couldn't figure it out! My legs have maybe once cramped up in the past 2 years. Then on Wednesday during my easy run, I was 26 minutes in, and I felt like I really was going to puke! Then that turned into really bad stomach cramps that were so bad I literally walked in the door and laid down on the sofa! So here's how this relates to cereal: the past couple of days, I was cereal free since Sunday. So I'm thinking, maybe it's because of a lack of carbs. When I think about it, I really don't get that many carbs. So maybe I'm going to limit my cereal to 3 or 4 times a week. We'll see how that goes...

Okay, now for my 2 new addictions. One is good. One is not to good, and I probably shouldn't have discovered it.

Let's get the bad one over with. So my dear husband went to the grocery store the other night. Of course, he brought back some treats that should not be in the house. Sigh. Gotta love him... :) Anyway, the other night, he brought back some chocolate coconut milk ice cream. Sigh. I haven't even thought of ice cream in weeks! Well, the kids pulled it out of the freezer, and I had a little spoon. Damn, it was good. With a little bit of Trader Joe's granola, I was in chocolate heaven. Bye bye successful Sugar Rationing. I guess there's always April...

Okay, now for the good addiction. I knew I needed to get out for a run, but the regular long run route was just too much for me to handle mentally. One of my favorite places to run (that I have been to) is along Mississippi River Blvd along the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The kids and the hubby needed to get outside, so I convinced them to come with, and holy cow, it was 2 hours of bliss! It was so awesome to be outside with everyone in the sunshine! The kids and hubby rode their bikes, and I ran. I even got in an almost 13 mile run! After, we headed to a cute little coffee shop in St. Paul and everyone got a special little drink (I had a smoothie... I think I deserved the extra calories). Then we headed for an all family shopping trip to Trader Joe's (I know, it doesn't sound very exciting, but that was the point. It was awesome to have so much fun together doing something I normally view as a chore. We laughed our heads off in the car, and goofed around in the store... shh, no that wasn't us... and were able to be active and have fun together! Especially since everyone was a bit skeptical about going in the first place! Ha!). Seriously, it was just a blast, even though it was cooler than yesterday.

I feel the need to include a "concluding/summarizing" sentence or two (if I were you, I'd bet on two...). So, overall, I had a crap week. Not only in terms of stress and what not, but fitness as well. But baby, I am coming back! This week, I am going to kick some serious butt! So look out, I'm coming back! This half marathon is not going to creep up on me, oh no!

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DOGLADY13 3/26/2012 9:35PM

    Good for you. The three day break was probably needed so you could return to your regularly schedule butt-kicking.

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LENLEN3 3/26/2012 1:32PM

    It's so wonderful when you can involve your family in your exercise. I enjoy the lonely runner, but sometimes, a partner ( or a whole family XD ) can make a big difference. It brings a sense of play to working out, which is great imo.

I'm glad that despite your "crap" week, you're still keeping positive ! Half marathons LOOK OUT ! ABBY IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU :O

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OPTIMIST1948 3/26/2012 10:58AM

    You know, you have to forgive yourself on the no-sugar thing. So you messed up one day. Try again tomorrow. That's no excuse to quit for the whole month.

Yay for happy family outdoor day! Hurray!

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MYLADY4 3/26/2012 10:45AM

    You know, they make no sugar added chocolate coconut ice cream. All the goodness without the guilt.

Way to go on the run and yes you certainly deserved the treat afterwards, probably was really good for you. From what I have been reading it is essential to get some fast absorbing carbs into your system right after a long run. I have a protein shake with berries and greek yogurt. I also try to have 2 bananas and 2 eggs 2 hours before my long run and it does seem to help.

Love the fact that they went biking while you went running. Hopefully they let you run cause running and talking is a challenge.

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CINERICIA 3/26/2012 9:11AM

    Chocolate coconut ice cream? Why does such a thing even exist? Was it perhaps created by the gods of "you shall binge on sugar until you achieve a coma-bliss state"? Seriously. It's 9 in the morning and I'm wondering if the local co-op (curse small towns and their lack of selection) carries it. And when they open.

I love that you got the fam out and involved with your exercise when you felt yourself slumping. It's always so motivating to know you're setting a good example. And it feels so much less like exercise and more like something you look forward to doing. I went for a run with the husband for the first time since last spring this week and it was honestly the best run I've had in ages.

And I'm picturing you in Trader Joe's acting the way my girls and I act whenever we're set loose in public together. It's like we know we're being watched and become our own reality TV show...we find ourselves so entertaining that we feel the need to share that with everyone in a mile radius regardless of how they feel about it.

Oh my. Responses should probably not be as lengthy as the blog itself.

To sum up/conclude...good for you. I'm proud of you and your choices.

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VIXSTERLU 3/25/2012 11:53PM

    You had me at Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream!!! Sounds like heaven. My hubby doesn't like coconut, so it's safe to say he'll never buy it, unless he's purposely trying to sabotage me.

So you had a bad week, meh, tomorrow is a new day. Shake it off (which it sounds like you already have), and get back to the pavement sans the cramps. Have a great week!!


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MISSIFISH 3/25/2012 10:53PM

    Oh... I LOVE happy, active family days! Congrats on including your family in your fitness, and for getting back in the running swing!

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AALLEY2 3/25/2012 10:10PM

Sounds like you have your week in perspective. Good luck running the marathon! I'm lucky if I can run for a couple minutes at a time.

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Most of the time, I ramble. Today is one of those times.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hehe, I am one happy fastinista (yes, and a Runner's World geek - for those of you who aren't totally up to date on every RW issue, there was an article in the August 2011 issue about cute running and workout clothes for women). I have 2 running skirts already (yes, I am that weird lady out there making loops around the neighborhood in a skirt... yes, I said a skirt. No, it was not a typo!), but they're plain. Gray and black. Boooring! So I've been eyeing a skirt from SkirtSports in a fun design for a while, but they're $65 each, and I'm sorry, but I just can't blow all that on myself for something I sweat in. But what pops into my inbox yesterday? March Madness! For skirts?! I went mad! :) I ended up deciding on the Gym Girl Ultra Skirt in Purple Haze Play Print (for you curious folk out there :D), and I think I just have to order the Tough Girl Top in Red Kiss Play Print. Seriously, when these things are on sale, they are ON SALE! 50% off! Yeah baby! Mommy's got some new cute clothes to rock!

In other running news, I did intervals on the treadmill today, and for some strange reason received a pair of really crampy legs from the running gods. Around repeat #5 they just totally tightened up... weird... I've never had it happen before where it got that bad... But just to show myself how much I am *not* a wimp, I not only did the number of repeats I was planning, I did one extra. Take that, legs that think I'm going to give up when the going gets tough!

I also have not eaten cereal for the past 3 days. I had the extreme urge to share this, considering every time I open the fridge and see my milk carton I think of it. And I find that I'm not actually craving it. Same with sugar. Although now I probably jinxed it... and it's only been since Sunday...

We're having African Stew for dinner tonight. I'm trying to make more of an effort to include more vegetarian meals each week without the kids noticing (whenever I mention that it is, I am for some reason responded to with a bunch of "eewws!".. not sure where that came from..). The trick will be to make sure that we're still getting enough protein, since that protein pea powder I bought a gallon of is just downright nasty. Maybe it's an acquired taste. Goodness, I hope so... emoticon

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MISSIFISH 3/22/2012 8:48AM

    I'm a skirt girl all the way. I rarely find one I don't like - that is why my skirt rack in my closet is always overflowing!

We've already covered the I don't run thing, but I'm wondering if some of those cute skirts you shared wouldn't work as bathing suit bottoms... I'm trying to figure out a way to need one, and I really don't think I could lecture in them!

Enjoy your cute new skirts, fastinista!

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LENLEN3 3/21/2012 11:56AM

    Took a gander at the skirts you're talking about. So cute !!! The floral print on the red top is awesome too :D Must lose...25 lbs...for exercise clothes goal.... I wandered into luluemon when I was at Moa the other day and was just amazed by how cute their workout clothes is. Completely out of my price range (sigh) but totally fantastic. Right now when I work out I look like a nerd slob. I wear over-sized nerd t-shirts and either black or grey sweats. Good work on being stylishly fit!

Three cheers for staying on track, avoiding the cereal, and telling your legs to stuff it when they're wussing out.

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Have you made any of the vegetarian meals from sparkrecipes? If so, are there any you'd recommend for pathetic beginner cooks ?: D

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CINERICIA 3/21/2012 11:29AM

    Yay cute skirts! Runners are so lucky. So much time and effort goes into making us look rockin' hot while we sweat. So the hard work all pays off in the end. (And I love that you told your legs off and did the intervals anyway. It's that same perverse "I'll show you" attitude that gets me through some of my workouts.)

It makes me laugh every time I read something you wrote that is exactly what I'm thinking. I've been "sneaking" in at least two veggie meals a week with the fam and it's been going really well until I make the mistake of mentioning that it's vegetarian. Strange how something that everyone was gobbling down a moment ago suddenly becomes suspect and something they have to examine minutely before they can finish eating. Are you making African stew with sweet potoates and chick peas and such? Delicious.

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XRSIZE18 3/21/2012 5:12AM

    Yay for new exercise gear. Honestly, there's nothing that motivates me more than getting a new workout outfit because then I HAVE to go exercise so I can show it off. After I get paid for my latest writing job, I'm going to blow some money on new workout gear, considering I only have one workout shirt right now.

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VIXSTERLU 3/20/2012 11:56PM

    Buy those skirts girl!!! I have one cute fitness skirt, LOVE IT! If you've got the legs to rock them, then do it, and girl you DO!!! As for the leg cramps, YOU TOLD THEM LEGS, lol.

Ahhh, cereal, I love cereal. I am on a Cheerio's Cinnamon Burst kick lately. But this too shall pass...I hope.

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MYLADY4 3/20/2012 8:54PM

    Good idea of sneaking it in. Hope it works and good job on the no cereal.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/20/2012 7:02PM

    I make manicotti for veggie meal and the child hoovers it right up. I must search this African Stew you speak of.

My legs arent pretty enough for running skirts. Perhaps, someday...

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