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Back to basics!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Last few days have not been pretty but who cares?! I am back on track this morning. I got a lean cuisine pizza and an apple in my pannier and I will be biking to work this AM. Tailspin Shamail spin. It aint getting me down!

Sometimes that very small percentage of ppl who actually keep weight off pops up in my head. I can think of the basic reasons why it comes back. Babies, divorce, illness, other stresses of big events in life. I think what I have learned is you gotta just go on auto play. We know the basics. We need to have our standby healthy breakfast items we can stick to. Always keep a healthy lunch to eat on the go. Dinner, keep lots of easy dinner choices in the house. Also snacks, don't let snacks get boring. Everyday wont be awesome, as a matter of fact. Some days will be downright bloody and gruesome. You can have some gruesome days as long as they they followed by some good ones. Also the best way to keep weight off is write down what you are doing. When I don't start a day logging my breakfast asap, all hell seems to break loose. I see this one on a lot of my best ways to keep weight off lists I get on facebook.

So anyway, I had some sucktastic days. Another thing I have learned from the running group. No one comes to hear whining. We are doing this together, don't whine, just conquer! We all know it sucks! Some things do taste as good as skinny feels. But some of us were not blessed enough to eat it on a regular basis.

I was talking to my manager at the health food store and I was telling him I really enjoy zumba, its so much fun! and he said "do you enjoy zumba or do you like the feeling u get after zumba?" I was like, No I enjoy zumba! lol I actually look forward to it. He looked at me like he had never experienced a fitness activity that was like that. With all this marathon training I have only been going to zumba once a week and I savor it

Oh something else I am proud of this week! I ran out of soy milk and I freaked out! Well in my head. I have finally gotten used to not drinking milk. I never thought I could get off milk but I did it! Now cottage cheese is another issue all together! Something else I have come to terms with in the past yr is wearing clothes not as tight as I can. For some reason when I was getting really close to goal I wanted to buy all my clothes in skin tight sizes. For some reason I have reproportioned. I have talked to other ppl who have said this too. Weight stays the same but clothes fit different. I was fitting in 6 jeans. Now I am buying 10's and I even bought a 12 the other day. They are comfy and cute and who gives a crap? Size is a size is a size. Plus I don't have to unbutton my jeans after a big meal lol

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EDDYMEESE 9/25/2011 11:07PM

    I love your blogs so much :) I always cruise around waiting for you to post one! You're so right about sticking to the basics. One thing I'm working on is always keeping the house stocked with food. Sometimes when we start to run out of food we end up going out or ordering pizza...instead this month we're going to do EVERYTHING to always keep the house stocked with yummy, healthy food. Also , we finally actually separated our meat into small amounts. Sometimes I'm shocked by how much food we eat. So this month I asked my husband to separate the fish, chicken, beef into small amounts. Seriously, they are about the size of what one of us would normally eat, so we're eating half as much. But I'm filling the rest with salad and veggies, and quinoa or rice. Part of it is too stop wasting so much money, but also because we just eat way too much (well, I do).
I'm hoping I see some success :)
I'm starting to learn that if I don't stick to these kinds of basics, plus exercise, this will never work long-term!

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FUEL82 9/24/2011 12:20PM

    Great blog Julie!!! I'm so happy for you that you are not letting the celebrating get you down!!!! That is awesome!!! I know it's hard not to complain and worry about things. I am the worst and I need to improve. I like that phrase you mentioned with your running group--just conquer!!!

That same motto kind of came up in a friend's blog I read recently. He's from my same hometown and he started a walk yesterday from Des Moines IA to Kansas City to raise money for Vasculitis. He lost a lot of weight the last few years but the motto came up on his first day...basically don't give up--will and determination are really the keys. :-)

You've got it and you can do it!!!!

Ya, I've been thinking of going back to zumba. I watching another girl's youtube video, who is also from my hometown, lol. She's a zumba instructor I guess. Her mom was actually my dance teacher growing up so it makes sense but the music on the video was good and so were the moves. That is the only thing...I'm worried about if I go back to the Rec...they use popular music and not the authentic zumba music. I like the merengue, hip-hop type stuff. oh well, maybe one of these days because zumba is fun-a totally different workout then running, lol...

Yes, size is only a number! You are fit and healthy and it shows no matter what number is on your clothes!!!

You are such an inspiration girlie!!!! Keep up the great work!!!! :-))))

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    I think you are right about having to keep to basics. That's why Dr. Oz and Roisen recommend eating the same things for breakfast and lunch because it makes it a no brainer. You can't screw up.

I think I would love zumba too if I had the stamina to do it. I might have to do Zumba Gold as I am almost 60.

You have a great sense of style and look cute no matter what size you wear. The most important thing is that you are happy with how you feel and look. I'm old so I like loose clothes. LOL.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/22/2011 1:51PM

    Great blog! I find following the basics to be the best help for me as well. You can do it!

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    I loved this positive blog! Btw, "don't whine, just conquer", should be printed on t-shirts, lol. What a great saying. I may have to steal it.
Sounds like you got it all under control again and are ready to kick ass!!!! I'm loving it.

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BEMILLER30 9/22/2011 12:57PM

    So true! keep up the good work. All that matters is that you feel good and are in great shape. You are awesome! Back to the basics it is, for me too!

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DNJEN471 9/22/2011 12:29PM

    Too true hon! You are fit and feel great- so it really doesn't matter what size of pants you wear. I can't wait to wear a 12! Soon enough :) I hope to have some extra funds by next summer- then I will have to try zumba. Until then free exercise is my way to go. So excited to be reading your super motivating blogs again!

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SLS-NY2IN 9/22/2011 9:41AM

    emoticonKnow that button or zipper down feeling. lol emoticon

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I conquered my 20 mile training run!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I did it yayyy!!! A present to me for my birthday! I honestly believe that runners are as good as their determination is! I may not be an amazingly fast runner. But dammit I am stubborn and I don't give up til the end! It tookme 2 yrs to get here, and feel confident here. But man I am happy I finally arrived!

I have to say it was the worst possible day too. The weather said we had a 30% chance of rain and ummm ya it rained! Oh well I guess I got to test my vibrams out in wetness which I usually avoid like the plague. But it's better to be prepared for anything. I carried my new gu pouch holder and it worked out well. I brought bandages with me, which were too wet to use once I needed them lol Oh wel I am fine. Only place I had chaffing was on my feet. For some reason my 18 mile run was much worse then my 20 mile. Running distance just all depends on the day. You never know what days will be good. Yesterday I was really struggling for the first 4 miles but then it got much better. Oh and I didn't have any of the pain in my foot. Yay for staying off it for a few days and letting things heal! I am now in taper mode and uninjured! I saw a lot of running injuries in my group. Amazing what ppl can do to themselves when they over train.

I love birthday time and hate birthday time. Since Scott and my birthday are 4 days apart. We end up eating out for 4 days straight and I just feel like I am in a tailspin! We went to a buffet last night with my parents. Tonight we are meeting Scott's dad for mexican and we still have 1 birthday dinner left with his mom. It's funny when your weakness is food, you really don't need to celebrate with it. It never comes out looking very pretty! Well I am gonna try my dardest tonight to get to water aerobics before we eat mexican!

My mom gave me money for my birthday, I think I am gonna use it toward swimming lessons this winter! I go to the pool and try to imitate what the swimmers do lol I did take swimming lessons but I was like 6 at the time. I wanna learn all these cool swimming moves. I feel like swimming would be an awesome winter sport when I can't run on ice.

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THESB25 9/22/2011 10:33AM

    Happy Birthday friend - a 20 miler, WOW. You are so awesome girl. Thanks for being an awesome spark friend. I'll write you soon, I promise!

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WINTERWINGS 9/20/2011 10:54PM

    A girlfriend of mine took swimming as a university class and then came back to the apartment building we lived in, that had a pool, and taught me all they learned in class. Despite that, I still suck as a swimmer but I remember what she said. My problem, these days, is that I am not overly keen on getting my face in the water over and over again. I have enough problems with my eyes and chlorine in them isn't any fun. And no, I don't want goggles. I think I might get a cap though.

I am contemplating taking an adult swim class but I am not really interested, again, in getting my face wet. I figure my flailing burns more calories anyways. *lol*

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BEMILLER30 9/20/2011 5:37PM

    This is awesome! Congrats on your longest run yet. My husband loves taper week, lol. Enjoy it girlie, you deserve it. You're going to do great on your marathon!!

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MARYONAMISSION 9/20/2011 12:22PM

    Happy Birthday Julie!!! What an awesome birthday gift to yourself. I can't even imagine how much hard work and dedication it would take to run 20 miles so congrats!

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EDDYMEESE 9/19/2011 9:55PM


I am not worthy, I am not worthy!

Did I ever tell you you're my hero?

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I love to swim. My first job was as a lifeguard.

Happy Birthday!!

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CLALIZ 9/19/2011 4:51PM

    Wow girl! 20!!!!!!!!!! I want to be like you!
what a great birthday present to YOU!!!
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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/19/2011 11:52AM

    Awesome! Hope you enjoy your birthday!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/19/2011 11:09AM

    You amaze me, chica! Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!! & huge huge huge congrats on the 20 mile run. Holy cow! I'm pretty sure I'd fall over and you'd find me dead on the side of the road :) You ROCK!!

Enjoy your birthday meals! =) And yay for swimming lessons! Maybe the next thing you conquer is a triathalon?! You rock!

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Here there and everywhere

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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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