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You know you're a runner when . . .

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

. . . you stop buying clothes, but start buying running gear!

One of the things I'm working on this year is to control my spending. So I'm mostly staying out of the malls, haven't set foot in TJMaxx or Marshalls in months, recycle the catalogs without opening them.

In addition to my iPad, however, I'm using some of my recent windfall to invest in good running clothes, like the new balance nbx windblocker jacket that arrived yesterday and the cw-x insulator compression tights I just ordered.

Be careful if you decide to take up running -- it can cost you a lot of money for something that is touted as not needing a lot of equipment!

Today, however, I need to get back to my daily kitchen cleaning routine -- I've seriously let that slide and the kitchen is a mess. Why is it I can mostly control my eating, have little trouble with exercise, but a clean household still eludes me?

I want to run today -- indoors -- but the satellite has thrown a major fit & I can't tape the Today show, which is what I usually watch while running on the treadmill. I might try watching some of it on my iPad -- not sure whether or not that will be annoying, but there's only one way to find out. Or maybe that episode of private practice that didn't tape for reasons unknown. I hope it thaws out before tonight, cause I do have a couple of shows that should tape tonight.

Any great running equipment purchases lately?

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SKFEREBEE 2/14/2011 11:34AM

    Better to invest in workout gear than to spend an astronomical amount of money on medical expenses! I've purchased 3 pairs of running shoes since December, but all together they total less than $100 due to clearance or sale prices.

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LEONALIONESS 2/10/2011 9:45AM

    Protip: check thrift stores (Savers is our local one, I think it's a nationwide chain, though). I've bought MANY items of brand new (with TAGS on) running clothes. Nice pants, sweet jackets, etc. I think people buy them thinking they'll take up running and then... don't. So they donate the stuff new or near new. And then I snag it up for a couple bucks and do a happy dance. ;)

I'm still really loving my Sugoi Subzero tights (great for cold runs) and my Sugoi balaclava (also for cold/windy runs) and I totally love my wide assortment of bondiband sweat bands. I find they soak up so much stuff that if I run without one on I'm SOAKED like 75% more than if I have the band on. Weird!

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EOSTAR_45 2/9/2011 4:03PM

    I have had to cut back on my spending too but I want to invest in a good pair of snow boots and hopefully the end of season sales have begun and I will find a good pair on sale. That's my Valentine gift to myself.

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DAYHIKER 2/9/2011 9:36AM

    I can so relate! Comfort makes all the difference when you're running! I am that way about my hiking gear! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 2/9/2011 7:04AM

    I am purchasing the ZUMBA tonight for the Wii. That's it for the major spending.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/8/2011 10:55AM

    I bought a hot pink running jacket last week, and tonight, look out, I'm leaving my credit card at home. Tonight at our local running store they are having DIVA night, a ladies night of sales, mini-seminars, demonstrations, new products, etc. Gonna be a fun night, just hope I can control myself, leaving the plastic at home should help, but I have a little cash stash in the wallet, just in case of an emergency and a sale on running gear is DEFINITELY an EMERGENCY !!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2011 10:21AM

    I think workout gear is a good investment.
"Why is it I can mostly control my eating, have little trouble with exercise, but a clean household still eludes me?" Me, too. If you find the answer do let me know.
I just ordered some new shirts and a pair of capris from RoadRunner Sports.

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D_K455 2/8/2011 10:05AM

    The only running things I have bought lately is a treadmill. Mine wore out.

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DDHEART 2/8/2011 9:36AM

    Wait! I'm still laughing!! Running has led me to some different shopping venues....my last purchase was very basic however...4 great new jog bras and Friday I'm planning to pick up some jog bra singlets I saw the last time I was in town....

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FRECKS96 2/8/2011 9:33AM

    I haven't picked up anything recently, but you're right...I do tend to think twice before I buy regular clothes but I am much more inclined to impulse buy workout clothes (especially on clearance!) Interesting how things change.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/8/2011 9:09AM

    Yes, I could have written this blog - actually, I wrote something like it once. New passion, new toys!
And the cw-x insulator compression tights! I love mine, and strongly believe I never could have run that marathon without them.
I can't remember the last time I bought regular (work) clothes. But I don't hesitate to buy running clothes, or running accessories.
My son gave me a gift card to Sports Authority for Chanukah, something we both laughed at. Who would have thought!!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/8/2011 9:00AM

    I have curtailed my spending recently and am doing great. Amazing how much "a little bit" adds up when it doesn't disappear for a minor shopping spree. Enjoy your new gear.

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The cure for winter carb cravings?

Monday, February 07, 2011

I read an interesting article in this month's "Self", about why we crave carbs in the winter. Remember it wasn't that long ago that I was musing about wanting more carbs recently? Supposedly you crave more carbs because less sunshine makes serotonin less active, making you feel tired & hungry. The carbs make your serotonin levels rise. Self medication!

To battle the bulge that can result from carb overload, the suggestion is to load up more on protein earlier in the day, because carb cravings will intensify as the day goes on. Have a carby snack, like popcorn, in the afternoon. And have a healthy carb-heavy dinner with whole grains & beans, or whole grain pasta.

Interesting. Why didn't they run this article like 2 months ago?

There's also a good article on half marathon training. oh, and cause I'm typing this on my iPad & can't seem to get to the beginning to edit, it's Fitness, not Self. I'm so glad I didn't wait longer to get my iPad, cause it allows me to type with one hand! Slow, but a lot less painful right now.

Do you alter your eating habits in winter?

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TURTLE_MOM 2/8/2011 11:13AM

    oh wow - i've been REALLY craving carbs....make sense to me! hope you are feeling better today!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/7/2011 5:33PM

    Since winter is really not that different here, my cravings are consistent year round. (smiling)

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KANSASROSE67 2/7/2011 4:15PM

    I SO crave carbs more in the winter. Thanks for the helpful tips!

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FRECKS96 2/7/2011 1:03PM

    I find that my eating tends to be cyclical-following the seasons. More fresh and chilled foods in the summer and a focus on comfort food in the winter. A lot of it is availability, as well as cooking methods. You don't want to run the oven when it's hot out and you don't want cold foods when it's cold.

I think as much as we've evolved, we're unconsciously still very primitive in some regards.

Thanks for sharing the article. It's nice to understand the physiology behind it.

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TEMPEST272002 2/7/2011 12:00PM

    I find I crave squash in the winter... and baked apples. Something about the warm, sweet mushiness... and possibly the extra seratonin raising carbs. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/7/2011 10:55AM

    I probably do eat more carbs in the winter. I'll have to remember to add more protein in the morning.
I'm glad you're loving your iPad :-)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/7/2011 8:31AM

    I definitely alter my eating habits in the winter. Seems like on winter days when are trapped inside the natural thing to do to cure boredom is to eat. Since I know this happens to me, I don't keep hardly anything stocked in the cabinets, just load the frig up with fruits and veggies. My family is hating life right now because their are NO convenience foods available in the cupboards (i.e. protein bars, honey buns, chips, pop tarts, etc.) - If they want a snack....open the frig. Seems like too much work for them to reach in a grab a handful of grapes, lol.

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DAV128 2/7/2011 8:00AM

    Thanks for the info. Interesting AND helpful.


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Healthy lifestyle means no excuses

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Yesterday was not a good day. It had some good moments, but overall I'm left wondering where my bad karma came from.

I had my SNL Julia Child moment -- you know the skit where "she" cuts her hand & bleeds all over the turkey? I sliced my left ring finger on a can I'd just opened -- badly. DH was not home. Do you know how hard it can be to stop gushing blood & bandage yourself? I managed, tho, and thankfully one of my SP buddies who's a nurse told me they probably couldn't do anything more for me at an ER -- I am a total wimp when it comes to needles, but thankfully can handle bleeding.

Not that I had plans to go anywhere considering we were in the middle of a pretty good sleet storm.

So I'm already trying to decide whethervor not tomdo my scheduled run today -- I'll at least attempt it. And whether or not I should swim Thursday -- probably not, can't imagine a bandaid staying on, & I could see that being incredibly painful. Which is a bummer, considering I had to miss it last week & there isn't any for the following 2 weeks.

I actually have along history of accidentally cutting up my fingers. I can remember in HS doing it by banging my little finger against a grill on a locker. You can bet I milked that for all it was worth to get out of gym for as long as possible!

And that is how far I have come -- from using an injury as an excuse not to exercise to figuring out just how soon & how much I can do. Cause exercise makes me feel good. You may be sitting there thinking that exercise sure doesn't make you feel good, but if you'll only stick with it, it will -- someday -- I promise. Just keep doing it & keep trying new things til you've found what you like & have formed a habit. Promise yourself you'll do just 10 minutes. 10 minutes can be life changing!

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TURTLE_MOM 2/8/2011 11:12AM

    Oh no - I hope your finger is better! So sorry :(

10 minutes is a great idea though - I always talk myself into more if i say I'll do just 10!

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JRIMM4 2/7/2011 11:07AM

    Ouch! I've done that before as well and can totally relate to the whole process of - stop bleeding - find bandage - wrap bandage - etc. all with one hand lol. Hope it heals up quick. Nuskin is wonderful on fingers!


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MZSLYDE01 2/6/2011 2:52PM

    So sorry you cut your finger. That sucks - especially ring finger. Hope you healing fast.

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SHEILA1505 2/6/2011 11:36AM

    Hi there - I sliced the top of my ring finger with a can, diving into the bin to try to catch something that should not have been thrown into it! I could do Aqua Aerobics if I kept my hand out of the water - and then made a finger-stall (sleeve) for it out of washing-up gloves, keeping the finger on with rubber bands

Apart from possibly starting up the bleed again, you don't want to get any bacteria into the cut - that'll give you major problems

You probably won't be able to shovel snow either - but walking, running would be good options once it starts to heal

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TEMPEST272002 2/6/2011 11:20AM

    Ouch! Poor finger. I'm the same way with exercise - when I can't do it, I feel sad and miss it. A year ago, I would have never believed it. Hope you're finger heals fast and doesn't stop you from running or swimming!

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DDHEART 2/6/2011 11:09AM

    I came here this morning to see how you were doing....you typed this blog so must be doing pretty well and I'm glad you aren't going to let yesterday's bad karma day spread into today.
After your run today, I want you to make a stop at a drugstore and in the bandage aisle, you will find a different kind of bandage...I know that Nexcare has it and so does other brands...it's a plastic looking sheet....Nexcare's waterproof bandaids has the plastic part over the usual nonstick pad 3M has a little plastic sheet type with out the telfa pad...anyway, this type of bandage will stay on in water and will be a good safe protection for your cut so you could swim....just be sure to use a telfa pad if you used the type that doesn't have that otherwise you would have it pull off your butterfly strip when if you removed it....ouch! We were in Belize for a vacation when a German couple rush up the beach in extreme distress...I put my book down and saw that what had happend was that he had scraped his shoulder on coral on about day 2 of their vacation and he thought the whole trip was now spoiled....I had some of the 3M dressings with me so fixed him up...he snorkeled every day and we got an invitation to Munich out of it! Really, worth looking into.

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NATPLUMMER 2/6/2011 10:44AM

    Ouch! I'm pretty good at cutting my fingers, too. See how it looks on Thursday before completely abandoning the swimming. It may have healed enough that you won't need a band aid.
Have a good one! Gotta go exercise ;-)

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XFITSTRONG 2/6/2011 9:48AM

    Sorry about your finger! Great attitude about exercise!!! Love reading your blogs!!!!

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DRJJ2004 2/6/2011 9:37AM

    Thanks for the reminder! Sometimes when my schedule gets wonky..my excercise suffers. You're right..you do feel better!

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LALAFLOWERS 2/6/2011 8:34AM

    I have the same ability to cut myself on most anything. let me tell you that in a few days, your finger may have healed enough that swimming won't bother you. I've never missed a week in the water due to a cut. (I've actually gone swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool when I shredded my leg falling off my bike when mountain biking. It made sure I got all the dirt and ick out of it) Have a good run. Seems that it's gonna be a wonderful day everwhere in the US!

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CAROLYN1213 2/6/2011 8:26AM

    I am so sorry you cut your hand. But, it really makes me smile that you are counting the days and the ways that you can get back to doing what you love to do! Go girl!

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FRECKS96 2/6/2011 8:00AM

    SO, so true!! Sorry about your finger. Hopefully it heals quickly and you'll be able to swim Tuesday. Do you think a liquid bandage would help?

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EDWINA172 2/6/2011 7:50AM

    I just realized the same thing about myself! I used to find any excuse to justify not exercising. Now, I want to exercise no matter what! Its a challenge for me to refrain from exercise when I'm injured. I really have to reign myself in. Who are we? LOL!
Hope your hand feels better soon. Have a great weekend.

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DRLMAZ 2/6/2011 7:48AM

  exercise always makes me feel better, i don't think about it, i just do it

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My current food obsession : tempeh casserole

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Tempeh casserole from "Eat, Drink & Be Vegan". Essentially it's baked home fries wuth tempeh. Tempeh is fermented soybeans, & it looks very odd, but it's very filling & full of protein.

Makes me look forward to a savory breakfast!

I definitely want to try it again, but use tempeh bacon or sausage & probably add some bell peppers & onions.

For one reason or another, I hadn't had a good night's sleep in a couple of days. Was really looking forward to it last night. Only something started beeping at 2 am. It would start, I'd get up, and naturally it would stop. Finally I figure out it was our carbon monoxide detector.

I know what the symptoms for that are, so I took out the batteries. We're all still fine, so I think that was it. I am beyond tired, tho, with a potential snow/sleet event supposedly headed our way. At least I have nowhere to be tomorrow! Am hoping it doesn't start early so I can get the dogs out for a walk before it hits.

Eating cause I'm tired tends to be a problem for me. And when I don't get enough sleep my entire body aches. Maybe yoga needs to be on the menu today. I even have a new destress yoga DVD to try out.

I'll let you know what happens.

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DDOORN 2/8/2011 6:14AM

    I enjoyed tempeh recently along with stir-fried veggies at our local health food restaurant...yum!


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JESSIEJUICE 2/5/2011 4:13PM

    That tempeh casserole sounds amazing. I hope you get a good night's shut-eye!

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TEMPEST272002 2/5/2011 10:49AM

    Life is so much harder when you don't get enough sleep. Hopefully tonight will be better.

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EOSTAR_45 2/5/2011 10:30AM

    Perhaps you can get in a catnap in the afternoon. or a liedown just to relax can help too.

I have never made tempeh but have used tofu before. Haven't made it in a while though. Happy cooking!

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NATPLUMMER 2/5/2011 9:52AM

    I think yoga is a great idea.
Glad you guys don't have carbon monoxide poisoning.
The tempeh casserole does sound really good. Especially if you had some tempeh bacon or sausage and everything (almost) is better with bell peppers and onions.

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DDHEART 2/5/2011 9:20AM

    Smart Friend!! recognising a potential trigger and planning a way to beat it to submission! Go Girl!

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A larger measure of peace

Friday, February 04, 2011

I wanted to share a couple of quotes from the free "Craving God" ebook I downloaded to my kindle. These spoke to me. I'm paraphrasing a bit, since oddly enough I can't cut & paste between these apps on my iPad.

"The goal shouldn't be a smaller measurement, but a larger measure of peace."

How true is that? So true, so simple, and so easy to lose sight of.

"Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial."

Now THERE'S a mantra to live by!

Like I knew those pretzels would be trouble. I was patting myself on the back because I realized I didn't have to make chocolate dipped strawberries the day I bought the strawberries. I really just couldn't work them into my plan yesterday.

Then I ate 2 servings of the pretzels (which are now downstairs with the sweet potato chips that probably need to be thrown out cause they've been there for months). Which would have been fine if I hadn't ate some chocolate to wash it all down -- it wasn't a lot, but I might as well have made my chocolate dipped strawberries -- which I plan to do today, anyway.

There's really no moral to this story, no lesson to be learned. The only lesson is it happened, I'm forgiving myself, and I'm right back on plan today. Or so I hope!

I did make an appt for my massage yesterday; unfortunately not on my birthday since she wouldn't be in that day. Then DH gave me my birthday present early -- that man is on a roll. He got me a groupon for a massage (you knew it had to be a deal). Maybe this place will have availability for my birthday.

He redeemed himself a bit. He is working really hard, but also often taking out his frustrations on me. I particularly hate when he walks around muttering "I've got to do everything". Oh really? Are you feeding the animals, walking the dogs, cleaning the house, doing the grocery shopping, taking out the trash, making your breakfasts -- and all those other jobs you hate so much that I do?

"The One Year Book of Devotions for Couples" is another free book I downloaded to my kindle. I do love all my gadgets! It's another lesson a day type book, and I'd recommend it.

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NINEWESTGIRL 2/6/2011 10:33AM

    "Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial." That is a seriously great quote... I may write that big and mount it on my wall, it makes the little "fallouts" or "bad days" seem like silliness and makes you think-- sure I can HAVE that cookie... but will it be good for me? good for my goals? my self esteem? etc. It can be applied to ANYTHING.. Thanks for sharing!! :)

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TEMPEST272002 2/4/2011 11:23AM

    Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.

That IS a mantra to live by! I like it alot. I'm going to write it out & post it where I can see it.

Glad hubby is making an effort for your birthday. It's easy to feel resentful of our spouse when we're feeling overwhelmed by life. I have no doubt that you DO do your fair share - but maybe he needs a bit of extra support right now. I'd guess that asking him if there is something specific you could do to lighten his load would go a long way.

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NATPLUMMER 2/4/2011 11:13AM

    Pretzels are one of my problem foods. I've gotten to the point where I actually have to make bags of individual servings. Chocolate and pretzels is sooooo good. I can understand the need to wash them down with it.
Right back on plan today. No worries.
Good luck with the birthday massage plan!

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HEYRED221 2/4/2011 10:21AM

    I am a February baby too - the 21st. When is your birthday? Its funny you mention the massage, I scheduled one for my birthday too - great way to treat ourselves!

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FRECKS96 2/4/2011 8:04AM

    Glad to hear you booked your massage.

That second quote is one of my favorites (it's from 1Corinthians, one of my favorite books of the bible, and so true!

I'm also glad that DH is redeeming himself. I know that my DH and I go through similar trials, especially this time of year when I end up a gym widow most weekends. I should look into that book, Amazon, here I come.

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