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A nice compliment

Monday, September 20, 2010

Above is the outfit I wore to pick DH up on Saturday. He actually wanted to take my picture cause he liked how I looked in it so much.

I am the almost-queen of the deal. The whole outfit, minus the shoes, cost about $50. With the shoes, maybe $80. The tshirt, btw, came from Target. We'll see how it holds up after it's been washed. Of course my problem is that that I tend to get multiple deals, and it adds up.

Anyway, it was just a nice compliment for him to want to take my photo cause I looked nice. He wanted to know why I was "dressed" up, and I said why not? We hadn't seen each other in 10 days, after all!

Now, you'll notice that a chihuahua is blocking your view of my stomach. Actually, my stomach doesn't look too bad -- oh, it's there and yeah, you can see it pooch out a bit -- but hey, just grab a pooch and you're all set!

Really, I have no point with this. Just sharing.

Today is DH's 50th birthday. I was a bad girl. My folks had to come up to Albany for my Dad's doctor appt. I told them I didn't know what we were doing, which was the truth. We were out the first time they tried to call. The second time we didn't take their call. Frankly, can you think of a worse way to spend your birthday than having to cater to your inlaws?

I do feel a little badly, but quite frankly, we hadn't seen each other in a while and we needed a little alone time together. He actually took today AND tomorrow off and he never takes his birthday off at all.

Spoiler alert: if you're vegan or veggie and don't want to be grossed out, stop reading now.

Ok, for the rest of you, DH can be extremely indecisive. I mean, who wouldn't want to choose where to go out to eat? I certainly always relish the chance!

He couldn't seem to decide. Finally I suggested getting lobsters (for him, not me) as he'd talked about. Which he decided to do. Which means he's got to get them, and he's got to cook them, cause I not only refuse to cook them I won't eat them either (ok, I know it's hypocritical to eat lobster rolls, but no one's perfect). So he's not only buying but cooking his own dinner (and picking me up sushi to boot!) -- but hey, it's HIS birthday and that's what he wanted to do.

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 11:21AM

    You DO look nice in that outfit. You had me laughing out loud though at that "grab a pooch to hide a pouch" line. Snort! Hate to admit it... but I thought I was the only one using her dogs for such nefarious purposes.

Bad girl? Nah, I'm thinking "smart girl"! I mean... c'mon... really... spending hubby's b-day with in-laws after being away 10 days away... wouldn't that kinda take the romance out of it?! Release any residual guilt, because you did the right thing!

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MARIE625 9/20/2010 8:29PM

    You look great! When ever I wear anything besides running clothes my hubby starts worrying about why I'm "dressed up" - he never wants to take my picture though. And as for the phone, I never answer mine. Unless it's Kate calling me to tell me to "GO!"

Happy Birthday to your hubby.

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KEAKMAN 9/20/2010 8:17PM

    You look wonderful and I am glad your DH realized it, too! And then to SAY it out loud!!!

When you said you were a bad girl I thought you were going to confess to something horrific. Simply choosing not to answer the phone is a GOOD thing! Remember back when you didn't HAVE to answer the phone, when, if you weren't there to answer it you never knew you missed a call? I like to pretend it's 'back then' sometimes......glad you did!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/20/2010 4:28PM

    You look great in your new outfit, wish your hubby a happy b'day from me. enjoy your dinner.

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GEODAWG 9/20/2010 4:09PM

    They just do not realize how nice it is when they (DH's) give an unsolicited compliment!
I love bargains too. I have gotten so bad I cannot stand to pay 'normal' dept. store prices. I look and think I can get that cheaper at Ross or TJ Maxx!
Oh, by the way, cute outfit and you look great!

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BARBARASDIET 9/20/2010 3:37PM

    It is a nice compliment!

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Things gotta change

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I am comfortable in my own little world. I mostly am able to maintain my weight. Except that's not really what I want to do. Sure, in the end, I want to be able to maintain my weight, but right now, I know there's more work to do.

"If you don't like what you're doing, you've got to change it". That's one of the things they say in YBB (Yoga Booty Ballet). Or words to that effect. It's one of the reasons I really enjoy YBB. A lot of inspirational chatter in there. They're not hard workouts, but they good workouts, and I enjoy them.

I realized after a while of Insanity that I was missing my YBB. I suspect my butt issues are due to overtraining with Insanity, but I'll never really know. So for now, I'm still working out, I'm still running, but I'm trying to take it just a little bit easier -- and lots of stretching of those tight hamstrings.

I thought I'd be doing speedwork for my upcoming race, but I don't think that's what my body needs right now so I'm not. I'm working on some longer runs (inside, on the treadmills) with some easier outside runs. Sometimes I actually have to reign myself in a bit on the outside runs! Not that I'm running particularly fast, but I find myself breathing heavily and have to remind myself I'm trying to take it easy.

Because I want to run for the rest of my life, not just for this upcoming race. I wanted to beat my time from my first 5k (it's the same course, after all), but while I'm still visualizing a faster time, if it doesn't happen, I'm fine with that. I've got many years to (hopefully) get faster.

And I'm excited to start swimming in a little over a week! Even if it will be hard to drag my butt out early in the morning and "late" (for me) in the evening. I know I'll feel so good afterwards.

So back to the title. Right now, I'm not trying to change up my exercise or my eating too much. But I realize I've become real good at procrastinating again, and that just has to change.

So I tackled a couple of things this morning -- one that I've been procrastinating about for months, the other it's just been a couple of days. Neither was particularly hard, so I don't know why I was procrastinating.

I contacted the company about the hole in my running tights. We'll see what they say.

And I contacted my web hosting company about moving my food blog to its own domain. Yes, I want to resurrect my food blog. Again. I have the domain. I've had it for more than a year, in fact.

I've spent the last few months trying to decide if this is what I really want to do. I'm still not really sure, but I've decided that I want to give it a year of really going for it and then re-evaluate. And that first step is to move it to its own domain, so that I can sign up with an advertising network that is devoted exclusively to food blogs. So I initiated the conversation with my host.

By now your eyes have probably glazed over if you haven't just gone on to the next blog.

But what have you been procrastinating about? How do you feel after you tackle something you've been putting off? What do you need to change to be happy with your healthy lifestyle?

Part of my problem with my food blog is that I'm not sure I will have to time to blog here & there, as blogging can be very time-consuming, but I don't think I can give up this blog either. We'll see what happens. Stay tuned!

Whew! I really thought this was gonna be a short little blog . . .

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GEODAWG 9/20/2010 4:16PM

    Procrastination is my most favorite thing in the world. I'd tell you all about it but it can wait till tomorrow or the next day!
When I do something I've been putting off I feel marvelous. Such a relief! Then why don't I get off my duff and do it immediately? Good question! Wish I knew the answer to it.
I've been putting off learning to play the piano. I have a keyboard but I don't go into the room to practice or try to learn. I must not really want to do it.

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KEAKMAN 9/20/2010 8:19AM

    I like all the ways that you are tackling your "procrastinations"

As for the food blog and this one.....maybe this one will be less than daily so that you can still keep in touch with us, ramble, share your wisdom, but not feel stressed about time.

Running - do you work hard enough to be breathing heavily when on the treadmill? Of course I realize that everyone has a different definition of 'heavy breathing' but remember, you have to push your heart and lungs a bit to get them to the next level of fitness. A HTM is a boon in figuring that out, although now I just 'know' when I am working hard and when I am working too hard.

I am excited that you have another 5K coming up......enjoy the running!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/19/2010 10:42PM

    I wrote you a response, and pressed the wrong button and it disappeared.
Have you ever tried using a foam roller or taking a ball class to help you stretch your muscles? I took a class at a local Yoga studio. Loved it. It has helped when my leg muscles are sore. It is such slow moments over the rolling ball. The relief is amazing. Not sure if they have a video that teaches that stuff.
I hope that you can find a balance. So that you can blog and do the things that you enjoy. Balancing can be such a struggle. I KNOW.
I also am a procrastinator. I do not like to put my laundry away. I wash it, fold it, put it in a basket.... Then the struggle to the closet can be difficult.
:) Jeanne

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LEONALIONESS 9/19/2010 10:07AM

    Do you have a HRM?
I always run with mine on and it's AMAZING how much heart rate training helps me. Now I'm to the point where I can usually pinpoint where I am just by how I feel, I'm within a few bpm when I look at the monitor to check.

I really love mine. If I can't find it for a run or forget it I'm PISSED. ;) I also love that it gives me the most accurate calorie burn numbers I can hope for.

It's really great for running. You know your zones and can easily adjust if you're working too hard and getting too high and anaerobic or if you're phoning it in and too low. I aim for around 157-160 bmp since I like to run towards my high end. I'm usually 75-85% max. On my long marathon training runs, I'm averaging more like 150 and that's about 70% max.

From doing all my runs with it on, I have a decent idea of my pace based on my HR. I know it's higher, quicker on warm and humid days and stays lower longer on cooler ones, too, and can adjust for that. I find I don't start feeling like I'm going way too fast until I'm around 165-170. An all out effort like for my PR 5k time had me running over 170 for most of the race.

If you're trying to gain speed, (IF, you certainly don't have to!) you're going to feel out of breath some. I read somewhere that most newbie runners will avoid running faster due to not liking feeling out of breath but that it's necessary to improve your endurance and speed. So, I suck it up and do my fartleks and have some shorter runs where I'm working harder than my comfy pace. Last year I was running 11 min miles and feeling wiped, this year my 10 mile race pace was a bit over 9 mins and my 4 miler was run at 8 min/miles. So, with time and training I've managed to speed up a bit. :) And I do speedwork really really rarely!

Anyway, I'm a dork and like numbers so my HRM is one of my absolutely favorite things ever. LOVE it. Best gift my mum ever got me. :D

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You do what you reward

Friday, September 17, 2010

I've had a million thoughts & blogs swirling around in my head yesterday, even started one yesterday but then just ran out of time. Well, I suppose if I hadn't watched the previous day's taped Oprah I might've had the time. Anyway.

I spent a good 10 minutes staring at this screen, just knowing I'd come up with a great blog subject this morning, only I couldn't bring it back to the surface. Well, finally I did!

So, DH is away on a business trip. He'll be home tomorrow. When he's away, I crate the dogs in the bedroom when I get up. I've always liked to spend some time with the cats in the morning without the dogs. It's the only time of the day Gizmo will lay on my lap. He just can't bring himself to do it with the dogs around, even if they're not on my lap -- they just have to be near me, which they always are.

The dogs actually get up and go into their crates without me having to say anything. In fact, they often get up and go into their crates before I even get up. Why? Because they get a really good treat when I come back to let them out.

Now, you may be thinking, "I'm not a dog". I hate to break it to you, but you share a lot of the same brain characteristics as dogs. We are all mammals. Ok, ok, so you're not going to start running around with a shoe in your mouth, but trust me -- you'll do what gets rewarded, too.

In fact, you know why dogs bark & why it's so hard to break them of the habit? Because it's self rewarding to them. At least, that's partially the reason.

So anyway, I got to thinking about the power of rewards. I'm not real good with rewards. I get myself a lot of the stuff I want. Not everything, not by a long shot, and I often do wait a really long time to get something. But I'm not really good at rewarding myself for good behavior.

And that's got to change. Oh, I've got a lot of good behaviors down. But I'm not where I want to be yet. I have to push myself out of my comfort zone somehow. And maybe I need to actually start comforting myself -- with more rewards -- to break out of my comfort zone.

I think of the first time I did WW, and I really wonder how I did it. Sure, I lost slowly then, but I was determined (and must admit I don't remember a whole lot of rewards) and I just did it. Why does it seem so much harder this time? It didn't in the beginning, but it does now. What is the difference? Is it really just age?

Well, anyway, lots of food for thought there.

A subtitle I thought about for today was "will today be the day?" -- that is, the day I go running in the rain. I knew this morning was supposed to be rainy, and my initial reaction was I'll just run Sat. morning. Then I remembered it's Yom Kippur and I'll be fasting. And that I tried to run last year while fasting and damn near fainted (altho granted, much later in the day).

So I decided to just suck it up & do it. It rained before. It's drizzling now. But my run was dry. I guess I was meant to run! I even wore a hat just in case.

On a sad note, my new running tights, which I love, have a rip in them after just 2 runs in them. They were on sale, and as far as I know, no longer available. I really don't want to return them -- is there a way to fix them? No sewing guru here. I will contact the company either way, obviously this shouldn't happen.

So how about you -- are you good about rewards? What do you reward? What do you reward with?

I know we've talked about this many times before, but I still want to know.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/19/2010 10:46PM

    I have a pandora bracelet that i bought last year. a charm every 5 lbs. That was great till everyone bought me charms for it. Sweet but defeating. Might be time to pull it out and take the charms off. Not sure if it would work again.
:) Jeanne

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GEODAWG 9/17/2010 8:03PM

    I don't do rewards because the things I can afford I already do---manicures and massages. I could think of wonderful food rewards, but that kind of defeats the purpose! Me time is pretty much a given as I am retired and all the kids are grown. In fact, my youngest GC is almost ten. So if anyone comes up with some interesting rewards not involving food, I want to hear it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/17/2010 11:18AM

    Where did they rip? If it's along a seam, it should be easy to fix.
Well, you've seen my blog about rewards. I reward myself and then have to live up to it. The reward motivates me, or guilts me, I don't know which.
Running while fasting? You're a crazy woman! I'm planning to be a couch potato tomorrow.

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FRECKS96 9/17/2010 10:44AM

    Rewards are something I need to work on too. I have a bunch of great ideas, but not so many bunches of money with which to purchase them. I love the idea of "me time", but it's just not so practical when DH and I work opposite shifts. Running is my Me Time.

I think this might be one of the reasons I have yet to set fall goals. I haven't rewarded myself for the summer goals I met. Other than the satisfaction of knowing I met them.

I also think rewards should be wants, not needs. I need a few things: warmer running clothes for fall/winter, new underwear, etc. These shouldn't be my rewards, even though that's what often ends up happening.

Hm....things to ponder. Thanks for the prompt.

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TEMPEST272002 9/17/2010 10:15AM

    You know, I keep coming back to the idea of incorporating rewards into my plan... but I don't actually do it. For one, I'm not parsimonious... I'm downright cheap. That's right - cheap! I hate spending money on things that we don't NEED. To buy myself something because I've lost X number of pounds... well, that just doesn't sit right with me. I wouldn't enjoy the object anyhow because I'd be thinking "I could have SAVED that 10 dollars."

So then I look to non-monetary rewards... but the truth is that EVERY day is mine to do with as I wish. I don't need special permission to do something nice for myself. I don't have to carve time out of a busy schedle.

I do try to focus on the intrinsic rewards of losing weight. Noticing that I can fit in plastic lawnchairs, that I have so much energy, that the pouches of fat right next to my knees has disappeared... and those things motivate me to continue on.

I'm interested in hearing,though, what rewards you come up with to take the place of "comforts" like that frozen cookie dough you really need to take to the basement freezer!

And on to running in the rain.... I'm not a big rain fan either, but I find that running in the rain actually feels good. Keeps me cool. I just tell myself I'm not a emoticon. I'm not sweet enough to be made of sugar... and I get out there!

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KEAKMAN 9/17/2010 9:10AM

    Rewards are difficult for me.....mostly because they have always been food-related! Add to that the fact that I am a bit parsimonious, and rewards become even more difficult.

I am trying to find "things to do" rewards....but with no kids at home my time is my own, and I don't really HAVE to do anything at any special time, nor is there a problem if I want to hop in the tub for a bubblebath at 330 in the afternoon.

So I will have to check back and see what others suggest.....

(sorry about the tights....hope the company resolves this to your satisfaction!)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/17/2010 8:18AM

    Good job on running with the threat of rain, yeah, that's dedication. Sorry about your new running tights, I'm not a sewing guru either. Hope you have a great weekend.

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/17/2010 8:09AM

    I have set up rewards for more long term goals met despite the fact that short term goals are what help keep me motivated. I usually derive the intrinsic reward from the activity itself, or the fact that I feel so much better when I choose to eat healthy rather than not.
Perhaps if I did set up some smaller rewards I might be more inclined to "stay the course" and would be further along than I already am.

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PMJLNR 9/17/2010 8:03AM

    Thank you so much for your insight!
I'm definitely incorporating these 'rewarding ideas' into my plan...

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How to inspire without nagging

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's amazing that my tongue isn't black & blue. DH is on a business trip, and as always, he's telling me how much walking he's doing. I know that he really does underestimate how far things are, so this time, when I sort of hinted at that, he actually sent me a google map showing that he walked almost 3 miles round trip!

I almost replied with the question so why do I have to drag you out of the house to walk the dogs at night, something that used to be your sole responsibility -- especially considering we don't walk them 3 miles at night!

Almost . . . I had begun to type it out, but in the end I trashed it. I know that's not the way to motivate.

These conferences are tiring, so why can he find the energy to walk then but not at home after a day of work? I don't get it.

Just like when he's so proud of himself for ordering a chicken sandwich (with fries, naturally) instead of a hamburger. How do I educate him on the need to look up nutritional info first? He's already heard me blather on about how salads at restaurants can be real calorie bombs, and that not all chicken sandwiches are created equal.

How do I make him realize that he's got to learn this stuff, without making him feel like a failure?

I try praising him when he makes the attempt, but it's got to be more than just attempting, that's the problem. The attempt is a good starting point.

So, on to a few more ramblings. I've been working my core for the last 2 weeks. At least 10 minutes a day extra on top of whatever cardio/ST I might be doing. I thin it's helping -- I mean, there's still a roll, it's not like it magically disappeared, but maybe there's just a little less of a roll there. With less of a roll I won't feel so self conscious in some of those body-hugging monokinis I've purchased.

And our weather has been just glorious lately. A cool 46 when I went out for my run at 6 am this morning. Yes, the runs are getting later as the sunrises get later. Soon I'll have to give up those morning runs altogether.

Now, they say that you need to dress as if it's 20 degrees warmer. But quite frankly, I had on tights, a mesh short sleeved shirt, and a long sleeved thin half zip top, and I was glad of every single layer.

So how do you inspire without nagging?

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/19/2010 7:27AM

    I am thinking about your husband, who is missing you, and maybe you were part of the inspiration of the walk. A long day of conferences. Decided to go for a walk, and maybe it helped him put the garbage of his day behind him and he was excited to share that info with you.
I know it is hard to convince anyone to do anything. That is why i do not nag my hubby to quit smoking. he has to be the one to make that decision just like I had to be the one that made the decision to take care of me. Bad choices. I bought strawberry yogurt so that he would try it. when there was no ice cream left he finally tried and and admitted it was ok. but Icecream usually goes freezer burned before eaten, so i do not think i will be buying it anytime soon.
Celebrate your own victories. If you find a magic husband wand, can you lend it to me when you are done?
:) Jeanne

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GEODAWG 9/17/2010 12:11AM

    I wish I knew the answer to that one! I have tried to convince my DH that Scotch every night is probably the reason he has not lost any weight. It is like talking next to Niagara Falls. He has responded to our "Full Plate" meals, tho. He likes them. Course I do not tell him every thing is really good for him. Sometimes I really think I have the last child in the house to raise. I keep setting a good example for him and he is getting better about not eating so much beef. Still, I hate to nag so I just slap him upside the head. That gets his attention. LOL Keep plugging.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/15/2010 8:41PM

    P.S. Meant to comment on how natural exercise and healthy choices really just simply seems a part of your life!



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JUSTDUCKY1405 9/15/2010 8:40PM

    I can relate to what you are saying... it's really easy to nag though isn't it... lol?

I just try inspire by just simply doing it myself!

Doesn't always work, but my husband has come a long way with me... no not as dedicated as I, but he's not doing horrible either! And I say any effort is great if in the right direction!

Sure he needs to work on making exercise a part of his daily life, but I ain't going to get bent out of shape trying to make it happen for him. He makes it a priority when he can. He, lately has been working 18 to 20 + hour days for 15 days straight... I don't think I would want to run either... maybe to crash in my bed. And then when he's home, well... life is just busy, or the total opposite... lazy, because we need to be!

But, I do still nag... lol!


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AINTSKEERD 9/15/2010 1:07PM

    Not sure how successful I am at not sounding like a nag. After I've said my piece 5 or so times, I just sit back and wait for 'them' to figure it out. Then I like to say 'I told you so' as politely as possible. emoticon
You might be able to trick DH into 'figuring it out for himself' by having him look up some information for you. Maybe you can be 'too busy' and get him to do a comparison of meat cuts or something for you. Sometimes they just have to 'see it to believe it'. Good luck with that.


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TEMPEST272002 9/15/2010 11:02AM

    My hubby is allergic to anything that even resembles "healthy". When I start to talk to him about anything health related, his eyes get glassy, his arm cross and I can almost hear the little tirade going on in his head "you can't make me do anything!" Sometimes I can drag him out for a walk... but it's like dragging 200lbs behind me! Still, since I started cooking healthy suppers, he's dropped about 15 lbs. How to motivate hubby to get healthy? I have no idea... but if you figure it out, could you let me know!

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LEONALIONESS 9/15/2010 10:48AM

    You're not doing situp/crunches every day are you?

Like Tony says at the end of Ab Ripper X, "don't do this every day. You don't need it. You don't work other muscle groups every day, you don't need to work abs every day." Even abs need a day off between strength sessions to heal the tears and damage, too. :)
I always plan at least a day in between Ab Ripper sessions.

Other core stuff - or workouts that just happen to use your core - seem fine. It's just the hard core high intensity crunch stuff that should be staggered, from what I've heard/read.

*EDIT!* Congrats on seeing less of a roll. Though, honestly, your bathing suit pic has me wishing I had a waist as hourglass and pretty as yours. I'm such an up and down brick of a girl. :/

Comment edited on: 9/15/2010 10:49:47 AM

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KEAKMAN 9/15/2010 10:30AM

    I bite my tongue a LOT! And I don't think I inspire my family at all. I am starting to think you can't. They know you, and you are just you to them. Not someone they should listen to. So all I can do is do my thing, praise when one of they does something good for themselves, and hope that someone else in their life will say what I have said. THEN it will mean something!

Congrats to DH for walking 3 miles though. And at least being conscious that too much red meat isn't good for him. It's a start. Baby steps!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/15/2010 10:12AM

    to inspire without nagging???? LEAD BY EXAMPLE. That's all you can do. Praise him when he makes good choices, but don't scold when he doesn't. I totally get your frustration, my DH won't do anything, especially if "I" suggest it. If he does it on his own, then he gets the credit for it - it's a MAN thing (and I'm not men-bashing with that statement for any man who may be reading this). We can only hope they will eventually hop on the SPARK wagon. Just keep being the SUPER example that you are and practice PATIENCE. emoticon

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Running shorts don't lie

Monday, September 13, 2010

In a world of vanity sizing run amok, running shorts don't lie. I bought a couple of new pairs a month or so ago. I think they were a XL (ok, turns out they were a large, on further inspection).

Now, recently I was somewhere trying on some clothes that were on a serious sale. Oh yeah, it was Banana Republic. They were a great price, and I got a 25% off coupon that day. So I decided to try on the petite XS.

And yes, they fit.

Ok, just what are the really skinny petite people supposed to wear? Because look, while the truth is I'm not really an XL, neither am I really an XS.

Don't get me wrong. I am very proud of the weight I've lost. I'm proud of maintaining, even if my real goal is to lose those last 10 lbs.

But I am also realistic. And I know the real truth is that I could easily still stand to lose 20 lbs. But I also know the reality is that that wouldn't be my happy weight. And since I'm a generally healthy person, with decent eating habits and a good workout ethic, I'm ok with that.

It's really easy to be so proud of the fact that you fit into a size XS, or 12, or just under a size 20 -- and you should be. But the running shorts don't lie (and why is it that I can wear what seems to be the "right" size in running tights? who makes up this stuff?).

So for the times when I get down on myself, I pull out that pair of petite size 16s I was wearing at the beginning of my journey, which now I can step into & out of without undoing the zipper (saw "Eat Pray Love" finally yesterday, and that jeans scene is hysterical! even if the movie was a bit of a disappointment if you've read the book).

And when I'm getting a bit too comfortable with the me I am now, it's time to wiggle into those running shorts. And go for a run!

What do you have that doesn't lie?

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GEODAWG 9/17/2010 12:18AM

    My underwear does not lie. When it is crawling up my butt, I know I have been a bad, bad girl.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/14/2010 7:15AM

    sizes drive me crazy.
They do not stretch. So I am stuck with the truth in the waistband. If they are loose, great! I they are tight, like now, muffin top!
Great Blog! BTW you look fabulous!

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KEAKMAN 9/14/2010 12:15AM

    Anything with Spandex......like my running tights, running capris. Yeah, no hiding the truth in those!

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TEMPEST272002 9/13/2010 4:55PM

    Yes, a size 14 isn't what it used to be. The last time I wore size 14 was 20 years ago... and I was about 25lbs lighter. Doesn't quite match up, does it?

I'm glad I kept the equivalent of your size 16's - last summer's shorts. When I put them on... emoticon I get an accurate picture of just how far I've come!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/13/2010 10:48AM

    Aren't sizes so crazy? I always have to take three of the same item into a dressing room, just to see which one fits better. Things that make you go, "hmmmmmm"

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