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Quickie!..

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just a quickie here, possibly to be expanded on later.

This morning I'm going running with the tribe. Yay! The first three runs were 1:1 intervals for all, but today we're breaking into our own pace groups. I've been training at 1:1, but I cannot legitimately claim a 13 min/mi (which is the pace group for 1:1) I'll join the 30:30 group, at 14 min/mi. It'll be interesting to see how I do/feel. I my head that seems like not enough, but who knows, I may have been doing it all wrong the whole time LOL stranger things have happened!

After that I'm hoping to come home, grab a quick/healthy munch, get cleaned up and head out for some shopping! Please understand, for me to be excited about the prospect of shopping is... unheard of. I was born without a shopping gene, and it has greatly vexed my mom and sister all my life. Now, I look forward to it - sorta. I have trouble figuring what size I need to try on since nothing - jeans, blouses, shoes! - are a standard size any more. I don't like trying on clothes in stores, but I'm learning to deal with it.

I need warm weather clothes for our excursion to Texas. My sister says they're in the 70s and 80s lately. Katie (Bill's sister) reported the same thing for Houston. Alrighty then. I have NO warm weather clothes. I take that back - I have one pair of capris that I picked up at Ross last weekend, and a few blouses I got at the same time. I'm going to need more than that, as I'd prefer not to swelter away in my jeans the whole trip! It'll be interesting to see what I can find. I could always hang out in my running togs, but somehow that seems.. not quite right LOL

Anyway, that's the plan this morning. We all know what happens to best laid plans, right? I'll let you know how it all goes. Hope you have a healthy happy active day!!
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GAYEMC 3/23/2011 5:31PM

    I hope you had a productive shopping day!

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MRSBENNETT2 3/22/2011 1:04AM

    I like how you call your running buddies your "tribe". It has flair!
I don't really like shopping either. We were just recently in Sydney and they've remodelled and revamped what used to be a lovely mall at the Sydney Tower. Now it's all high-end designer stuff where the salespeople are all beautiful and they look down their nose. I couldn't get out of there fast enough....
I miss Washington Square.

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GAYLEP67 3/20/2011 11:41AM

    Sounds like you had a great day planned and I hope it all went - as planned!

I know what you mean about shopping. I've never enjoyed it and used to think it was because my parents took us out shopping EVERY Saturday. Dad wanted to have 3 princesses in pretty dresses and was probably so disappointed that I was such a tomboy! I've found that losing some weight and liking myself a little better is changing that hatred for shopping. It's not so bad afterall!

Hope you got some things for Texas - you WON'T want to be in jeans!

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FITFABJENN 3/20/2011 10:50AM

    Yep, depending on where you're headed in Texas you can expect warm weather. It's supposed to be in the 80's all week here in the Houston area. Have a good trip!

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ANNESYLVIA 3/20/2011 10:15AM

    The older I get the more shopping of any kind is nothing but a chore to me!. However it was pretty darn cool to go fitness wear shopping last month and pick up 2 sizes smaller in pants and tops!!

Keep up your great spirit lady!


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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/19/2011 10:06PM

    It's ok, I like quickie's! emoticon emoticon

Looks like shopping was on the agenda for both of us today. I hope you had better luck than I. While I did find a few things that will work for my interview in 2 weeks, there was nothing I was totally thrilled about. Maybe that will change when I'm in a smaller size. And for the record, the sizing thing really irritates me to no end (just in case you were taking notes). emoticon

I bought some stuff to make you something that makes me think of you. It's not what I'm going to eventually send for your races, but something else. Hoping to have time to work on it later this week since our son's 6th birthday events will be done by then. So how about sending me your mailing address in a private message when you get a chance? emoticon

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AMYSNEWSPARK 3/19/2011 8:03PM

    When I read that you were coming to Texas, I had to go and read other blogs to find out where and how close to me you will be. The closest is Dallas, which is about 4 hours. Houston is more like 6. I pray you have a safe trip and enjoy your time with family.


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FRUITYFUL 3/19/2011 3:49PM

    I hate shopping for clothes when I'm fat, but I'm looking forward to it when I'm in a smaller size...especially when I'm out of the plus size section. Good luck on your search for warm weather clothes! I would give anything to need warm weather clothes right now.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/19/2011 2:25PM

    Like you, I hate to shop. So enjoy!! You've MORE than earned it!!
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LMLOPEZ 3/19/2011 1:15PM

    Sounds like a fabulous day! I only like shopping in spurts-go and get a bunch of clothes all in one marathon day and then I'm done for the next 6 months. I want to go shopping today but my TOM is telling me that's a bad idea!! Enjoy that you can look great in all your new clothes and I'm jealous of the nice weather you have to look forward to!!


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DITZYCHICK 3/19/2011 12:25PM

    You have such a great day planned and it's perfect that you run this morning since we have beautiful sunshine to start the day. I hear there are thunderstorms headed in this afternoon, so my son are headed out in a few minutes to enjoy it while we can too! Hope you have lots of fun shopping! I'm like you...not my favorite thing. My poor daughter has been deprived growing up because of this. It's fun to go though to see what size you've dropped down too!!!
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ROBBIEMARIE 3/19/2011 12:17PM

    OK, we were indeed twins separated at birth in different decades from different mothers! I HATE SHOPPING! That gene totally slipped by me and went straight to my youngest sister who has never met a store she didn't love! (and spending plenty at) I hope you had a great run and find some wonderful warm weather clothing in smaller sizes that make you feel fabulous! I bet warm weather sounds heavenly to you right now. Does me!

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KAREN42BOYS 3/19/2011 12:00PM

    running, shopping and trip planning sounds like a lovely saturday! and by now you know what kind of pace you can run with the tribe!

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Aaahhhhh...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

You know how, during soccer games, there's that excited announcer shouting "GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"?

Yea, tonight that shout was heard this evening in PDX -
"RRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNN
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Seriously. I'm was so determined to get out and at least walk this evening. I haven't done any cardio since Zumba on Monday. Well, I did walk for a quick 25 minutes yesterday afternoon during lunch. I was feeling antsy, the sun was shining and the rain had stopped, and I have new running shoes waiting to be broken in.

I got home, and got changed into my running togs, and put on my new shoes, and got myself out the door. The bottoms of my shoes were very slick on the damp sidewalks, so I was cautious as I started walking. I did my 5 minute warm-up then started slowly carefully running. I stuck to my interval, and it felt like an ugly run, but I was determined to keep going, as long as it didn't hurt. And it didn't!

Slow and steady, I kept at it. The pain in my back simply wasn't there. I promised myself, and Bill, that if it got too bad, I'd walk. If that was too much, I'd call him for an emergency pickup.

2.6 miles, 38 minutes. No land speed record, but it turned out to be one of the best runs ever. I didn't hurt. I didn't stop. I finally caught my breath, found my rhythm, and celebrated moving again. I was so excited when I got home that I was chattering a mile a minute at Bill telling him how good it felt and how happy I am. And yes, I made sure to get down and do plenty of slow easy stretching after cooling down to hopefully stave off any further back pain.

Thank you all so very much for the well wishes and goodies and comments. I truly appreciate it, and believe you helped get me back out there again!
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GAYEMC 3/23/2011 5:23PM

    Didn't know you hurt your back (although I did see something about an injury on the status update). Anyway, glad it's better. Yesterday was my 1st full strength exercise since back problem 3 weeks ago.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/19/2011 10:09PM

    Geez, I don't get to read my feed for a few days and you go and hurt your back. That's what I get for not being on the ball! I'm so happy you were able to have a successful pain-free outing. Take care of that back honey!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 3/19/2011 7:45PM

    I'm so glad your run was pain free. I know first hand how frustrating injury and sickness can be. Your dedication is so inspiring to me. You rock!!!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/19/2011 8:03AM

    I love the comment "It felt like an ugly run"......I remember feeling like that.

So glad that you made it through (with INCREDIBLE time) and that you're back didn't give you any problems!!
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HEALTH4LYFE 3/18/2011 9:26PM

    Great news that your run was pain free and you are on the move again. Take care. emoticon

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ZMONEY 3/18/2011 1:58PM

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/18/2011 1:24PM

    Awesome Candie...I'm so happy for you!

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WALKAWAY 3/18/2011 9:03AM

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ANNESYLVIA 3/18/2011 7:27AM

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BLOND_NOT_BLIND 3/18/2011 6:41AM

    Wow, it's good to know that maybe someday running will be pain-free again!

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DITZYCHICK 3/18/2011 1:29AM

    So happy to hear that your back allowed you to get out and enjoy some time outdoors, running...in the dry weather!!! It's obvious that you really love it! After reading your blog, I'm looking forward to my workout tomorrow. I'm planning to be on the trail after my strength training...rain or shine. However, I must say, my fingers are crossed for shine!

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/17/2011 11:16PM

    I am doing a really bouncy happy dance for you. I know you were going nuts not being out there moving so I am thrilled that you got to do it tonight with no pain! Hurray hurray hurray!!!

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FRUITYFUL 3/17/2011 10:23PM

    Wow, that sounds so good...I would love to be running outside. Good job taking it slow and getting out there! You must feel soooo great!

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LMLOPEZ 3/17/2011 10:03PM

    Hooray!! Glad your back is better. Hope you have some good stretches to help it out-just showed my good friend this weekend some good stretches to do for her hips, and she showed me how to better pace myself. I think i got the better end of the deal!!
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GAYLEP67 3/17/2011 9:45PM

    I could "hear" the excitement coming through your blog! I'm so happy for you, Candy. I know what you mean about feeling antsy. It's like we've been bitten by a bug and if we aren't moving, we start to really miss it. I'm glad you took it slow and that you did a lot of good stretching afterwards.
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As Promised...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Here's a pic of my haircut!


It's not a good picture, I had Bill snap it of me after we got back in from picking up Shamrock packets, so I'm a bit tosseled and messy, but that's exactly what I wanted! I'm liking it, and I'm glad not to have all that overgrown hair hanging around still. Yay!

That 'easy' 2.75 mile run this morning? Yea, not so easy LOL I was a bad BAD Candy and did not run on Thursday, at all (and I whined about 30 minutes running not being enough? It would have been better than a big ole GOOSE EGG ZERO minutes!) I struggled, but made it through the rain and the puddles and the cold and finished, yes I did.

Back at the store, I hung around long enough to get fitted for new running shoes! Yay me! I ended up with a very nice pair of Brooks Ghosts! They fit much nicer than the ones I'd picked up off the sale table last year LOL I've been lucky though, and haven't suffered any ill effects or injuries from running.

I just knocked the crap out of wood after I typed that!

While waiting, I chatted with a few folks, getting to know them a bit better. Yea, I'm making myself at home with my tribe!

I've also decided to reset my goals here on SP. Initially it was to go from 285 to 165 - a cool 120 lbs released by May 2011. Well, guess what? LOL I'm not going to make that goal, and that's alright. I've adjusted and restarted my goal line tracker - to go from 225 to 170. I'm a mere 23 lbs away from being Overweight, BMI-wise. That's pretty awesome! SP says it'll be August before I reach this new goal, and I'm good with that. I may pick up speed again and start losing more. If not, I'm not complaining. I'm simply happy to keep on releasing the weight and feeling better and stronger.

Tomorrow is the Shamrock Run! Quite a few SP will be meeting up at the Marine/Maritime memorial at SW Pine and SW Naito. I can't wait to see Gaye and Chas again, and hopefully get to meet BankerChuck and Reaching4More. Anyone else in the area who will be running or walking is more than welcome to join in!

Just in case, here's another bad pic of what I'll be wearing tomorrow!


LOLOLOL Those deely-bobbers are just SO me I had to have them. I'll also be sporting striped tights and Shamrock socks and green shirts and a green jacket LOL I've got the Shamrock Spirit!

Ok, enough mayhem and foolishness for now. If you're running or walking tomorrow - have a great outting! If you're only going to recover from losing an hour of sleep, have a great shorter but brighter day!

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GAYEMC 3/23/2011 5:19PM

    I'm just now catching up on so blogs, man did I get behind! Love the hair and the hat. How could anyone not have seen you?

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/19/2011 10:13PM

    You're totally rockin' that haircut! I love it! Beautiful as always!!! And I totally love the deely boppers...25 brownie points for knowing they're called that!!! emoticon Much love to ya babe! Mwah!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 3/19/2011 7:56PM

    You are just awesome....I love the look!


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TRUDYLOO 3/17/2011 2:33PM

    You are SOOO cute! Great blog - love the hair - love the "Spark" you're raditating in your attitude and goals! You rock! Happy St. Paddy's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLEX 3/14/2011 6:59PM

    Looking young and fresh in the new cut/style.
I'm glad you rocked your Shamrock Run in only 45mins! Woo Hoooo

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LMLOPEZ 3/14/2011 4:43PM

    The haircut is wonderful, looks so you!!
Your outfit cracks me up. I usually just dress like a nerd for every run in mismatched outfits; maybe I should find a run for color blind dressing nerds! Gotta find some green for my Shamrock shuffle next month but want to find something that will stand out so when my body is trampled by the 39,999 other people running I will be identifiable. ;)
Hope your run is great!

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HEALING_LORI 3/14/2011 8:32AM

    Your haircut is beautiful and so are you! I hope you had a great day yesterday at the race. Can't wait to hear all about it! Another 5kms in the books! - (I hope??) Yayyy Candy!! Whoot Whoot!
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GAYLEP67 3/14/2011 12:58AM

    Love the new "do" and love the deely-bobbers even more!! OMG...you have the BEST outfits when you run! Hope the run was great!!

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WALKAWAY 3/13/2011 4:50PM

    Hope you had a great run today. Love your new haircut and the hat emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/13/2011 2:19PM

    Hair is awesome, Hat is fantastic and hope your race is very fun!!! Hugs...Robin

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RIGBY31 3/13/2011 12:17PM

    I love your hair! Your shamrock running outfit sounds like fun (love that hat!). Go for the pot o' gold! emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/13/2011 11:38AM

    You are soooooo funny and must be blast to run with. Again, I so wish we lived closer so we could laugh through some runs together. Love the hair. It is very youthful and makes you look 10 years younger!

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KAREN42BOYS 3/13/2011 11:14AM

    Oh, cool, you must be at the race right now! Almost starting time!

The hair looks great, especially since you feel it fits who you are.


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ANNESYLVIA 3/13/2011 10:49AM

    You are just to cute for words! Good luck on your goals.

As I just stated recently I too had to change my weight goal time frame. It was very emoticonheartbreaking to realize that I expected to lose my weight goal by March 10 just to find out on March 11th that I was 12lbs away. I seriously don't feel hungry on this particular weight loss journey and absolutely love the old(younger) me coming back full swing when it comes to being active. However, I don't find it easy to lose the actual weight like others do. I lose very very slowly. I am not discourage just a tad disappointed. So, the point being you are not alone in not quite making one of your goals. Believe me when I say YOU are amazing and are doing so well. What is additional few weeks or months when the real goal is a lifetime of a healthy, happy & active lifestyle? Enjoy the ride! I know with friends like you I am!!

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 3/13/2011 10:43AM

    Hope you have fun at the run! I like the new hair!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/13/2011 6:23AM

    Love it ALL! The hair and especially the deely-bobbers!!! Have an awesome time today. I know you're gonna knock it out of the park!!
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KASHMIR 3/12/2011 10:12PM

    Have a BLAST tomorrow!!! I'll be thinking about you while I'm walking.

CUTE hairstyle!

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Fitness Opportunity / Time for a Change...

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's a two-fer! WooHoo!

Fitness Opportunity...
Today is my Friday off, so we took advantage of that fact, by going to the gym and doing our first ActivTrax workout to get started. I got curious how far the gym is from our home, so I used SP's Map Route app to see what I could see. As it turns out, the gym is 1.5 miles away, and the route is simple, easy, and low-traffic! Awesome! We can walk to the gym and get in a quick'n'easy cardio warm-up before we even step foot in the place!

That's exactly what we did. It was mostly sunny, and not too cool/breezy, so the walk was really nice. We got to the gym and printed out our workouts. Bill's was supposed to be 19 minutes and mine was 13 minutes. We worked with each other, going back and forth between our 'tasks' and learning as we went. Pretty much each exercise that involved a machine was for a weight that seemed too light, so the next session should increase at least a little bit. I got in plenty of various crunches, which is good because I DO need to work on my core more than anything.

I'm hoping that by committing and putting more effort into ST and weights that it will help where I've been lacking and help with releasing more pounds. I've seen 224 and 225 this week, so I'm hoping I can hang in and not blow it tonight before my weigh-in tomorrow. I'm looking forward to our next gym session, which should be Monday. Unless we opt to go back tomorrow after my Galloway group run. We'll see.

Speaking of which.. I signed up for the half-marathon training group. Even if I don't manage to do a half marathon, I think the training will be exactly what I'm looking for. We meet at Foot Traffic downtown tomorrow for an easy 2.75 mi run along the waterfront. Yay! I'm still iffy about only running 30 minutes vs. running distance, twice a week, but I'm still going to keep at it, at least for now.
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This evening, I'm going for a haircut! I purchased a Groupon for half-off services at Sparkle Beauty Bar on Fremont. I've been thinking about finding a new stylist/salon for a while now. I really like my lady, but she usually didn't know how to fix my hair to look good after a haircut, etc., so I'm trying something new.

My plan is to go from this:

Me, at work, just yesterday!

To something like this!

That's me from June 2008.

I don't know, I like my longer hair. It's actually been longer in the past, but with summer coming, I'm thinking it would make sense to have something a little easier to style and handle. I'd love to have hair that I could simply wash, tousle with a dab of product, and let it airdry but I'm not that fortunate. I have just enough curl/frizz to my hair that if I don't do a little something with it, it just goes every-which-way.

And yes! The pic from yesterday is a great example of what Ms Clairol Dark Auburn color can do for a grayhead. Heh. I like it, but sometimes I wish I hadn't colored it, and/or didn't need to keep it up. I can't give up and bear the shameful stripe of gray that would quickly show up at my roots, so I either embrace color for many years to come, or go for stripping the color out comletely and seeing how I like that. Hmmm.... Not this time, though. I'll stick with Auburn for a while.

I'll take a pic or two when I'm back and all styled up to let you see how it turns out!
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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 3/23/2011 11:42PM

    The grey hair looks great on you!And I like the shorter look.

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2BERUNNING 3/12/2011 8:58PM

    So glad that you and Bill are doing this together! I love working out with my hubby, it's so much more fun :o) Keep up the great work! emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/12/2011 6:47PM

    Such dedication for one hot lady! Can't wait to see the new do. I've contemplated going gray as well but just can't seem to find the guts! I love your auburn color. It is actually very close to my oldest daughter's natural color. I am very impressed with your workout integrity and plans. Half marathon training? Woohoo! Bet you end up doing one before you know it. After all..... IT'S YOU, the amazing lady who conquers it all.

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MRSBENNETT2 3/12/2011 3:26PM

    I like your 2008 hair!
My favorite hairstylist is in NE Portland and unfortunately I can't afford to fly her over every six weeks or so as much as we'd both like that. emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 3/12/2011 2:02PM

    I love the hair color in the first picture, auburn, very flattering.

I see you are enjoying the gym. You will really appreciate it when the weather is at extremes. The air-condition help you along on really hot days. And being inside during those cold, rainy, or snowy days is so worth it.

Enjoy your weekend

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GAYLEP67 3/12/2011 1:22AM

    I absolutely LOVE the fact that you and Bill are doing so much of this together - cooking, marathons, the gym... He sounds like he's been a wonderful support. I also love that you say "an easy 2.75 mi run" and "only running 30 minutes". Those are 2 things I can't EVER hear myself saying and I'm so proud that you can!

Can't wait to see the pictures of your new "do"! I'm going to get my hair done in the next few days too. Long overdue and my greys are really showing. Don't forget to post your pictures!!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/11/2011 11:36PM

    SO out of all the awesome things in this blog, my favorite was the statement "an easy 2.75 mile run".
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I mean really.....this time last year did you think you would ever have that thought about running almost 3 miles?!?!

Not only has the hair changed, you have too my beautiful friend!!
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HERE2BTHIN 3/11/2011 10:29PM

  Wanna Trade? I'd love to have Curls & Body. Miner is long, Straight & Flat. I can't even remember the last time I went & Dolled up @ a Salon. Maybe one day when, I lose this Weight.

Have Fun.

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DITZYCHICK 3/11/2011 8:07PM

    GREAT JOB walking to that gym girl!!! I bet you'll love strength training. I didn't want to do it for the longest time even though that's what my husband was doing and he kept telling me that it would help. I just didn't believe him. It's another one of those things that I thought I'd never do, then suddenly had that curiosity! Now...I love strength training and what it has done for me! The pounds really started coming off when I added it to my workout and I'm sure you'll see a difference too!

Enjoy your haircut...it's always nice to be pampered a little, and you deserve it!!!

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KASHMIR 3/11/2011 8:00PM

    Can't wait to see the new hairdo!!

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KAREN42BOYS 3/11/2011 7:26PM

    a half marathon and contemplating turning grey! i like both options! it's fun watching you test out different fitness dreams and make them your own!
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/11/2011 7:17PM

    Baby, you're gonna look beautiful no matter what you come home with! As for the coloring, I completely relate because I have to color mine now or I have gray bits mixed throughout. My hair stylist perms me a couple of times a year, and I always wait to do my color until after the perm. She always tells me it looks fine and the curls hide the gray. I feel 25, not 41, so I sure don't want gray showing! I don't freak out if a little bit peeks out here and there, but it does get to be a pain to have to color it. I like your auburn. I chuckled because when I took my son to Scotland in 2006 I had several people on the street tell me they could tell I was Scottish because of my hair color. I had to tell them it was from a bottle! Ha! So much for Mother Nature knowing my roots!

As for the running for only 30 minutes, you do what your gut tells you, and if you find it's not working for you, then adjust your routine. I'm happy you got that nice walk in today to and from the gym. I can't wait until the cold and wind dies down here so it's comfortable to take outdoor walks again.

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BARTINPC 3/11/2011 6:57PM

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Chatty Cathy...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I know, I know - it's either feast or famine wiht me - lots of blogs, or none for weeks LOL Bear with me.

I work in IT - computers, software, hardware, technology. I read an article this morning at Tech Republic that states some of the best leaders are introverts.

I'm an introvert.
"They think first, talk later (In other words, they think before they speak.)
They focus on depth. They are drawn to meaningful conversations, not superficial chitchat, and they know how to ask great questions and really listen to the answers.
They exude calm. In times of crisis, they project a reassuring, calm confidence
[!!! OhYea!]They prefer writing to talking. This comfort with the written word often helps them better articulate their positions and document their actions.
They embrace solitude. The need to get away from people and recharge actually fuels their thinking, creativity and decision-making and, when the pressure is on, helps them be responsive, not reactive."
Source -
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I think I for too long have confused and confounded being an introvert and being shy. They are not necessarily interchangeable.

My 10 lbs - 10 weeks team has a challenge this week of connecting with people - make a date with friends, interact with others socially, etc. A month ago, a year ago, I'd have balked or made some lame excuse not to try. Now, I find I'm seeking out opportunities. The running group - I know four people's names so far, and I've chatted a bit with other folks - normally not like me at all. The gym, and Zumba - you couldn't have PAID me to go do something like that by myself.

I'll continue to be an introvert - I do need my centered quiet time to recharge and regroup. I'm going to have to give up the 'shy' bit though. Shy should be replaced 'lacking self-confidence'. Shy should no longer be used as an excuse. Shy is simply going right out the window.

Maybe it's because I'm older. Maybe it's because I've released nearly 60 lbs now. Maybe it's because I can't be bothered to give a flying fig what someone thinks of me now. Maybe it's because I'm finally getting out of my own way and finding a spot in the world to stand firmly and say

"This is me - take me or leave me, your choice. I am awesome, and I am not going anywhere!"


You all have helped me make this stand and find my voice - not just here with words, but out amongst people and places in the real world. I am grateful!
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MRSBENNETT2 3/9/2011 2:44PM

    I love the picture of you on the blog. It's an "I'm in action and on my way" photo. Full of life and vigor!
There's sure nothing wrong with thinking before you speak. That's the biggest difference between hubby and I, and it tends to cause problems. Mainly with him because he finds himself in so much hot water after blurting something out.... emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 3/9/2011 11:58AM

    An another epiphany for Candy. You have such a lovely personality and to see it shine through even more is just amazing. But you knew how I thought of you right from the beginning! Wow, you and I been sparking for 10 months together. How time flies when you are having fun!!!!


(((Hugs)))Anne

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HEALING_LORI 3/9/2011 10:53AM

    You make me proud to say that I'm an "introvert"! This really does describe me! I do like to think before I speak (which makes me seems very quiet and shy) and I do need to get away from people now and again to recharge my thinking (which makes me look antisocial)! I have always been labled as "shy" and I think all the labeling has made me believe it too! I am pushing really hard to step out of my bubble and prove to myself that I am not shy.... I am an "introvert"... and proud of it!
Thanks Again Candy!
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/9/2011 10:13AM

    Well, we could see your awesomeness all along, because it shines through the computer screen every time you write something! I think you hit the nail on the head with the shy vs. introverted dialogue. I'm so happy to see you're growing and discovering new things about yourself...what an amazing part of the journey! And BTW, I love that pic of you in your running gear! You look FAB-U-LOUS! Thanks for the blog. I personally will take ya just the way you are! Mwah!!! Christine

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/8/2011 8:52PM

    As a self titled introvert myself I can relate. I think one of the nicest things about SP is that I have been able to reach out to others for advice and companionship on this journey in a non confrontational manner. I agree that as the confidence in the newer me increases it has become less intimidating to reach outside my comfort zone in other respects.

Nice blog, girl!

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DITZYCHICK 3/8/2011 7:11PM

    As a introvert myself, I loved this information and can't wait to tell my husband!

You're doing such a great job getting out of your comfort zone and it's obvious that you're loving every minute of it! Don't hold back girl, the whole world is waiting for you!!!

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RIGBY31 3/8/2011 4:13PM

    Just like we need to feed our bodies right and exercise regularly, I think there comes a time to feed and exercise our hearts and mind. And your statement that "you're not going anywhere".... girl I'd say you are on a tremendous, adventurous journey that will take you to the outer limits!
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WALKAWAY 3/8/2011 3:19PM

    Can't agree more. You are emoticon

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GAYLEP67 3/8/2011 1:53PM

    It's funny I just had this conversation with my work husband...he said "You're quite the split personality. There are times when you are so confident and other times when you're so shy." I told him not to confuse my lack of self confidence with shyness and then it might make more sense to him.

As for your statement of "take me or leave me" - no brainer honey! I'm taking you just the way you are!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 3/8/2011 1:25PM

    HOO-RAH!

what a glorious post. this whole inner healing that can come with facing our food issues head on, well, it's just such a blast and a blessing to see happen!

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IMPAWZIBLE 3/8/2011 1:07PM

    Congrats on your big accomplishments!! I still don't think I have the confidence to do Zumba alone haha. :) And very true about the good points of being an introvert!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/8/2011 12:55PM

    I'll take ya honey!!

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