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Thursday, September 15, 2011

This week has been kinda hectic. Something has been going on everynight and if something was not planned, something HUGE happened. My workout buddy told she can't lift me for awhile =*( I so sad I feel like I am gonna get off my rails without her. I kinda made plans to start lifting with another person I know from the gym. So hopefully that works out while my normal buddy is busy.

It seems like the higher mileage I get into the more injuries appearing ARG! I have been having issues getting my middle runs in lately because I am trying to let small things heal before long runs. I have been running for 2 yrs and suddenly I am getting planter fascitis, go figure. I ran Monday 5 miles and last night 6 miles. The pain came up both times. I am gonna rest from running until Sunday. So hopefully 4 days off will help. Man going back to running in the cold freaking sucks! I am sure I will get used to it again. But running all summer in the heat was an adjustment as well. There is a very thin line of what nice weather is for running and it does not last long in Illinois lol
My shoes! and my dead toe nail. My proud proud runners toe nail!


I went with Scott and Lua last night to see Dan Savage. He was sooooo cute in person! I wanted to pet him, but Lua told me NO! so I refrained. When I got up to get my book signed, I went blank and all I could say was "Julie" and then it was over =( Oh well it was fun!
Meow! and yes I know he's gay, he's still meow.



Tonight I am going to my old zumba class and I am gonna see a girl I have not seen in forever yay! Then I got a hair cut at 7 pm! Ughhhh long night.

Tomorrow is Scott's birthday. I am making him Steak, real mashed potatoes and oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal cookies are not a horrible temptation to me, thank god!

Oh ya and eating has been sucktatstical! Today will be better if i can stay the hell away from my homemade salsa!

  
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THESB25 9/16/2011 8:57AM

    A girl ran past me in vibrams yesterday and I thought of you. I'm glad you're taking time off when you need it to heal. Too many people push themselves and really damage stuff. Happy Birthday to Scott!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/15/2011 7:59PM

    It was freezing this morning!!! Can we ever just have some nice weather instead of all the extremes??!!

Yesterday was Benny's birthday and we ate off plan and still have cake. EEK!

I would love to see Dan Savage too. I consider him a hero.

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SCHWINNER! 9/15/2011 2:34PM

    So awesome you met Dan Savage!! He is yummy not just for his looks but his actions/activism too :)

For those that don't know who he is, one of his contributions to our society was starting the whole "It Gets Better" Project for LGBT youth!

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MARYONAMISSION 9/15/2011 2:05PM

    I don't know who Dan Savage is but I totally agree...MEOW!!!!
Happy Birthday to Scott!!! That's a great b-day dinner you are making for him.
Btw, I had never heard of runner toe nails. Uhm...I'll add that to my reasons of why i don't run, lol.
Hope you four day break helps your pain. Ouch! You though are doing great with the runs!
When do we get pics of the haircut?
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PAPER_WINGS18 9/15/2011 10:27AM

    Who is that guy who signed your book? He is cute :)

mmmm sounds like a yummy dinner for Scott's bday! ENJOY, girl!

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14 miles down, 1 last long run and we are in Tapertown!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I experimented last night with cloth tape, duct tape and fingertip bandages. I was able to do my 14 mile run this morning with no issues even tho walking has been painful. Running was not bad for some reason lol I went with the fingertip bandage and just cut it down. I also wore my newish black vibams and they didn't try eating me alive, thank god! I guess I will be doing my 20 in them next week since I got no where else to go shoewise this close to marathon. It's funny talking to different ppl and everyone has a different solution. One guy in my group told me he buys his running shoes 1.5 sizes larger then usual because his foot expands that much when he runs marathons. That seems kind of excessive! After the run we met the group for breakfast this morning. A few ppl were talking about doing the Monster Dash in Chicago which is a half marathon right around Halloween. That sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Dressing up and running a half marathon! Plus it starts at 9 am so not too terribly early. From this morning. I donno if I wanna be photographed next to runners again, it makes me feel chubby lol

That is Donna to my right, she does ultras all the time! She did a 32 mile race last week. And Dru is on her right. She's is the one that biked with me last week in the boot for 18 miles. I have learned so much from them!


I finally got around to a spark soup recipe I was trying to make all week. It had sweet potato, kale and lentils in it. Then I bought a pain de epi baguette to serve with it. YUM!

  
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BEMILLER30 9/13/2011 4:20PM

    You look so great and so happy! That is awesome about completing your 14 miles with no trouble. I hope your 20 miles goes just as well. Your soup looks great.

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GEMINIGEM6 9/13/2011 12:41PM

    That meal looks delish!! And it's funny b/c before I even read what you wrote about looking chubby I was thinking how small you looked in the pics. Lol. It's all perception. Our own perception can be really off sometimes I think. But good for you!

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THESB25 9/12/2011 9:58PM

    That is so awesome that you connected with some cool people in that group! Soup looks yummy! Proud of you girl!!

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MARYONAMISSION 9/12/2011 4:01PM

    That soup and bread looks crazy good! Yummy!
You look great in those pics by the way. You are not chubby!
Awesome job on the run! I have so much respect for runners like you. Wish I could do it too.
You should totally do the Monster Dash. I love Halloween and like Tori said we could meet up again.
Keep up the great work!
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FUEL82 9/12/2011 12:50AM

    Yes!!! You look super!!! No way do you look chubby!!! You need to stop that! You are simply glowing and radiant! You look like a seasoned runner to me! Besides these women have been running for years upon years!!! I'm sure someday when you are helping train newbie marathoners that you'll be even more svelte and fit from all the hard work you've put in over the years :-). I'm glad you have such experienced mentors to help guide you through your marathon training. That really is wonderful!

Haha that monster dash sounds cool! Probably pretty interesting, lol!
glad to hear the bandages worked and that the run wasn't painful! I hope your tapering runs help you heal up :-)!
Good luck with your 20!!! You can do it!!! I know you can!!!! :-)


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TRACYZABELLE 9/11/2011 10:02AM

    I saw a cool organic sprouted dry bean mix at costco I want to make-- looks like it will be delish!

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ON2VICTORY 9/11/2011 5:38AM

    the food looks awesome and It is so great that you have companions who are far down the road when it comes to running and fitness, it is helping you alot! im just getting through my taper or should I say taper madness then its gun time in about a week. good luck on your race!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/10/2011 11:15PM

    The Halloween race sounds fun!!

And I think you look beautiful in the picture. They are a lot taller than you and are wearing baggier clothes. It makes a difference.

The food looks fantastic!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/10/2011 10:50PM

    That baguette looks awesome! Where did you find that? Yum.

OMG stop about the picture! You look skinny yourself, lady! :)

If you run the half around Halloween, maybe we can meet up again! Woo hoo!You rock, lady!

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Making a dream come true

Thursday, September 08, 2011

So getting that coat has really inspired me to wanna go ahead and try to get one made for my mom. I have a friend who is a jack of all trades. She is amazing at baking, music, art, sewing. Pretty much anything she does she is awesome at and she is the sweetest person on earth! Anyway she sewed her own wedding dress and made her prom dress with her mom. I went to her to see if we could try creating this Coat and she said she would! She said the coat is probably gonna require about 8-10 yds of wool which is gonna be pricey. At least the design is not too complicated. Finding a Victorian pattern might be tricky too but at least its just loose and possibly easy to figure out without a pattern. I found this picture, we are gonna attempt from the photo but add arms, hood, change the buttons a bit, make it in navy blue.

The least complicated the better. My mom is very plain and does not like detail. Plus something loose like that you wear thru thick and then and not worry about it. Yay I am excited, she is gonna love it! Too bad I can't surprise her but I gotta get measurements. I got yet another angel in my life helping me out, Kate!

Yesterday went ok. I stayed in my calories. I was supposed to do a 9 mile run yesterday. On Monday I took my newish pair of vibrams on a fast 5 mile run. Not having the humidity in the air really makes running so much more fun again! Anyway I guess I wasnt used to it cuz my toe that was kinda injured from my 18 mile run losened and hurt and I had rubbing from my shoes again. I am so pissed at these shoes, I have been doing everything right going up on my mileage slowly with them since May and I am still freaking having rubbing issues! My old pairs of vibrams are cashed and I am depending on these for Chicago. It's like vibram is making their shoes lower and lower quality UGHHHH! I guess the crappiest thing about the vibrams is when they break in and feel awesome, thats when they are cashed =( So I felt like a 9 mile run would just be a bad idea and keep injuries opened when I gotta prioritize 14 this weekend. Sucks cuz this weather is so awesome and i wanna freaking run!

Got home yesterday and layed in bed and started thinking about that damn ice cream in the freezer that I forgot to give to my mom on Monday, UGHHHH! I figure if it stayed in the fridge closed then its ok. I wish I could throw it away, it seems like such a freaking waste. But you know what throwing away $5.50 worth of expensive icecream is worth the 2520 calories that's inside (yes I broke out a calculator). Damnit why is everyone in my daily life a vegan and wont take it or a health buff and wont take it lol Oooh my friend has a 15 yr old son, maybe he could use it! haha That's an idea. Haha finding ways to pawn ice cream off before my period starts in 3 days.

I woke up with an awful backache this morning. I wish I could do my day in reverse and go straight to water aerobics. ughhhhh feeling yucky!

  
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FUEL82 9/10/2011 7:15PM

    Awwww you are too kind (*humbled*)!!! emoticon I think it will be a really fun project and it will be so awesome to fulfill one of your mom's dreams!!! :-)

I hope your vibrams break in soon! Yes that is so frustrating that they get perfect and then are spent :-(((!

Awesome job on holding out and not giving in to your urges!!! Maybe one bite of the ice cream is worth it but the rest will leave you guilty and unhappy so you conquered it and during a difficult time no less!!! You can do it!! Keep up the great work!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/9/2011 5:48PM

    The coat reminds me of the ones that nurses wore many years ago. The panels on mine are not as long as in this picture. I like plain stuff too. It will be so neat when it's done.

It's raining here to day but the temps have been so nice this week!!

I would be doomed with the ice cream in the fridge. LOL. It's one of my weaknesses.

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GORIANA 9/9/2011 4:17PM

    Toss it! Put the ice cream in the disposal right now!
Consider the cost a price you are paying yourself, to get healthy. It's a great investment in yourself; and a great return for $5 you get to feel in control. Now, it's the ice cream in control.

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MARYONAMISSION 9/8/2011 1:57PM

    OMG, I love that coat! Your mom is going to love it and it's going to last forever. You are an awesome daughter!
Great job on staying away from the ice cream. Don't know if I could be that strong. Hope the 15 year old takes it off your hands. TOM cravings can be hell.
Sucks about your vibrams. Hopefully they will break in soon or at least stop rubbing. I'm loving this weather as well. Less humidity is always a good thing.
Keep up the good work!
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I could kiss the scale!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Woke up this morning weighing 160.8! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you ALMIGHTY SCALE GODS! I owe you one for smiling down on me this morning. Not quite sure why you gave me the gift considering I drove 45 minutes home last night eating munchies and drank a sprite. But thank you and I will surely make it up to you!

Goodwill has been pulling out the winter coats at their stores this week and UGH winter coats are my kryptonite. I am vowing my next big project is to get rid of some the coats from last yr. (I promise scale gods!) UGH ok so anyway I was looking in the mens rack for Scott cuz you know he needs 5 million coats like I need 5 million coats. I found this



My mom has wanted this style of coat her whole life. In civil war period they used to wear the style with the over the should part on it and very long. So when I picked it up I was praying that it was larger then it was but no it appears to be a small. Made me even more sick when it fit me perfectly =( She was gonna hire someone to make her a wool coat like this. Plus I got it for 6 bucks. Maybe I can find someone to make her the coat of her dreams. She is so hard to find gifts for and that would be the best gift ever. Also probably pretty pricey lol

I feel like I am channeling my grandma through all this thrift store shopping. My grandma was always trying to better her clothing collection. She loved going to thift stores where wealthy ppl dropped stuff and she knew exactly what to look for. What materials were worth a lot and what brand to pick out. My mom always said when she died and they had to get rid of everything in her apartment, my grandma would have been the most upset about her clothing collection, going. So sad. Her favorite color was also green and she wore a lot of it and I am really getting into that too in the past few yrs. We why do have to realize how much we have in common with ppl after it's too late to share it?

Before I went to see my parents yesterday I made a trip to Kroger for them to find this ice cream her friend told her about. (there is no Kroger in Champaign and its some ice cream they make for their store only) Got it went back home and cleaned and cooked for a few hrs before visiting them 45 minutes away. Got about 20 minutes outside of town and discovered ice cream was still in my freezer AHHHHHHH! So now I have a gallon of this 210 calorie serving ice cream in my freezer! That aint fair in the least! My mom told me to toss it if its gonna be a temptation. I will just hold out and hopefully see her later this month. My birthday is coming up this month, they will probably visit sometime.

Pictures from yesterday


My dad lol

My dads beloved calico office cats

Their old cat Leo, he is 18. Poor guy had a stroke a few weeks ago =(


Today is gonna be good! I feel fresh and new!

  
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FUEL82 9/10/2011 7:49PM

    Yaaaayyy!!! That is awesome to hear that the scale is being nice to you again!!! Congrats girlie!!!

Those cats are so pretty!

Yes, it is funny to think how things turn out and how people influence us. I especially notice my dad's parent's influence on my brothers. I will visit them and see little pieces of my grandparents stuff sitting on their shelves. they are things we use to always see on my grandpa's desk. It's interesting too how even though my grandpa has been gone for 13 yrs he still influences me and my bros. in subtle ways. Or sometimes there's the influences that parents will speak of that they notice when you may have never even met their relatives, like my dad saying I resemble his grandma, whom I've never met. That's always interesting to hear.

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WINTERWINGS 9/8/2011 9:01PM

    We used to have clinic cats, too: Sandra and Mrs. Henning. That was the name of the people who brought them in to be put to sleep. One day though, we lost Sandra. I had seen her checking out the back of a client's hay filled truck and he must have driven away with her. We thought she was gone forever but she showed up about two months later. Guess the clinic was worth returning to.

She was a calico as well, as was Mrs. Henning, but Mrs. Henning was mostly white with just calico ears and tail.

Glad to see you smiling with your mom. : )

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THESB25 9/8/2011 5:33PM

    LOVE the new pictures! That green looks fantastic on you. Sorry I haven't been around as much. Work has taken over my life and I'm lifting weights with my hubby in the evenings.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 6:08AM

    LOVE the coat and all the pics! Cute family-- furred and not, lol!

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MARYONAMISSION 9/6/2011 11:49PM

    Awwww...cute pictures! Your grandma sounds adorable just like you. Also, congrats on the weight loss!
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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/6/2011 6:42PM

    Awesome coat! I love winter coats too, and I work at JCPenney. I love goodwill though. Everyday at JCP I walk by this yellow peacoat that I just love. If only I could afford it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/6/2011 4:05PM

    Good job on the weight loss!!!

I have not been to Goodwill in ages. I have so many clothes and don't really need and but I miss looking there. It's fun!!

I have a coat like that only in black. It is a cute coat. It's a shame you could not have found one for your mom.

You look fantastic in green. It may actually be your color. That shirt looks really cute on you.

Loved the pictures!!

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C4CHRISTINE 9/6/2011 10:05AM

    I am all about Value Village recently. I got all my new fall work clothes there and at 50% off! I was so pleased to save money, look good, and recycle unwanted clothes!



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BALDWINJ_03 9/6/2011 9:58AM

    WOOHOOO!! Congrats on all your hard work to make the scale show what you wanted! Love the pics!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/6/2011 9:25AM

    I looooooove the blue coat it's beautiful and fits you like a glove!!

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EMILY0724 9/6/2011 9:10AM

    All hail to the scale gods!!! emoticon

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Rough 18 mile run

Sunday, September 04, 2011

But I did it and they wont all be amazing. Even though it cooled off today it was still humid and my arthritis was acting up. By mile 13 my foot got puffy and I just had to run thru the pain since walking hurt worse then running. Couldn't really feel it when I got running. I saw someone I knew from work while on mile 17 and she goes "hey how are you?" I said "I am dieing!!" lol I ran into my spark friend on the trail, that was nice. My running buddy Dru paced me on her bike. She injured herself a few weeks ago and was wearing a boot to bike with. We got some strange looks lol I managed to meet my lifting buddy this afternoon and went grocery shopping. Aldi seems like they are trying much harder to be health conscious lately. They now have greek yogurt, Almond milk, 1% milk, fit and active laughing cow cheese alternative thing. I barely have to shop else ware lately. I am converted to their soy milk. Which is awesome for smoothies. I know a lot of ppl are kinda up in the air about aldi. But I have never had any bad experiences with them. I have had more bad experiences with Walmarts food not being rotated or their fruit going bad within a day of getting it. Walmart really doesnt give their employees (husband) any incentive to shop at their store unless u can eat a tv. So we hardly get our food there or anything for that matter.

I took some pics of stuff this weekend. These beautiful sweet peppers grown locally I got from work.


Tonight I made a Runners World recipe, Bruschetta with garbanzo bean spread, scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and avocado. I made it on a Boule.

  
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FUEL82 9/5/2011 9:39PM

    Congrats on surviving your run!!! That is so amazing!!!! 18 miles!!! THat is one for your record books!!!! Your peppers and supper looks so yummy too!

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RUSSELLHARTZELL 9/5/2011 10:23AM

  Great job pushing through on that run!!! We learn stuff from every run!!! You show a lot of mental fortitude push through 18miles great job again!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/5/2011 6:18AM

    those peppers are beautiful and the bruchetta looks delish! I know I had trouble breathign today, it was not a good day for asthmatics!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/4/2011 10:50PM

    I totally love Aldis and am happy that snobs cull it because there is more for me. LOL. I love their healthy stuff.

Those peppers were beautiful.

You did great to get through that run.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/4/2011 10:45PM

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