Friday, April 01, 2011
Not much yet, but I think it started much later than expected. Much to DH's chagrin -- he didn't get a snow day since it hasn't yet begun to stick to the roads.
My other title: How Target & a Clif Bar saved me & a dilemma
We'll get to that in a minute. I have been sooooooooo hungry lately. No idea why. None of the usual culprits. I've been doing my best to try and make healthy choices when I do eat more than planned -- which has been almost every day -- and was happy to maintain this week. And I never maintain, I'm always either up or down!
So yesterday was my meeting. I took a snack & some water with me as usual. I had a lot of errands to run, and knew I would be out for quite some time. And even after my snack & drinking my water, I was starved. I knew I would never make it through all those errands.
One of the errands was at the mall. Yes, an actual errand -- I needed to get a ring I bought in Hawaii sized down. It seemed to fit there, but when I got home to the cold of winter it was falling off my finger. Pretty much any finger! Turned out I needed to get it sized down a whole size.
Visions of Auntie Anne's pretzels started to dance in my head. I haven't had a treat meal in a while, I told myself. I haven't had a pretzel at the mall since I don't know when. Love, love, love Auntie Anne's but they're such empty calories. And do nothing to fill me up.
Armed with the motivation that my meetings always give me, I knew I didn't really want that pretzel. Since my first stop was Target, I stopped in the protein bar aisle. Thank God they sell single bars.
I always carry protein bars in my pocketbook, but I'll admit I didn't want the Pure Bar that had been sitting in there for months. I wish I had brought some roasted edamame with me as I often do, but I didn't.
Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar to the rescue. I do so love me a Clif Bar. These days the vast majority of the protein bars I eat are home made, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
It did the trick, too. While not the best thing in the world, they're not horrible (other than the ingredient list a mile long) and OMG did it taste good. And kept me away from the pretzels.
Now my dilemma: next Sunday there are 2 races. One is a charity race that I was planning to run, but the other is 5 miles. It's not for charity, but I've been slowly working on upping my mileage. The charity race is at the park I run at frequently (and walk the dogs at), and it's a little later in the day.
The other race is heavily attended by my running group, but so was my last race & I never did hook up with anyone at that race. It's also a bit more expensive.
There is also a race coming up in June, I see, that's an 8 miler. Will I really be ready for an 8 miler in June? It can get very humid here by June. But again, it's upping my mileage. I have figured that I need to add a half mile to my long run each month to be ready for my HM next Feb. (God willing), and that means I should be doing 8 miles this month (which means by June I should be up to 9 miles).
But I've been doing my long runs on my treadmill so I have a more accurate idea of how far I'm running (altho Galloway claims that treadmills are notoriously inaccurate, so far it seems to work well for me). And we all know running on a treadmill isn't the same as running outside.
Which race should I do?
And on a totally unrelated subject, I had hoped to go see Celine Dion while we're in Vegas, but wouldn't you know she has no shows while we're there? So I'm hoping to get some Michael Buble tickets today (assuming I remember to log on in 2 hours & do that).
Here today, gone tomorrow. That should be our snow -- supposed to be back into the 40s by tomorrow, so while it might not all disappear overnight, it shouldn't stick around long. I am still really hoping we actually get some Spring this year!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Or is that you just have to be stranger?
If anyone had told my teenage self I'd be contemplating signing up to RUN a HM by my 50th birthday, I'd've died laughing - literally! Walking would've been within the realm of possibility, but running? Never.
But it gets better! DH has been going thru a real rough patch at work lately. He called me as he was walking to lunch yesterday. He said he needed to walk the stress off. How could that possibly be the same man who has to be cajoled into walking the dogs every single freakin' time!?
I was so happy that he'd made the connection between fresh air, exercise, & feeling better. At least this time.
We HAVE to become strangers to ourselves. We must change, & in some fairly significant ways. You cannot change your habits without changing yourself. How to change? Well, that's a blog for another day.
Glad we grilled yesterday - the weather is looking grimmer here by the minute. Showers by the afternoon, and not only are they predicting snow for tomorrow, they're predicting a fair amount of the white stuff. I'm still hoping they've got it wrong like the last time. But in the meantime I've been visualizing myself going to swimming tonight in the rain - or maybe snow.
Have you become a stranger to yourself?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
First off, thanks for your comments yesterday - y'all convinced me to return the second dress. I love the gold dress, I love the shoes, but I only liked that dress. I was blinded by the sparkle - I do so love sparkly things. In fact, I was going to write a whole blog about how you've got to dress the body you have, but then I looked at the weather.
Our plan was to grill on Thursday. It looked to be a nice day, with snow predicted on Friday! No, that's not an April fool's day joke. Only now it's supposed to start raining even earlier, maybe in the afternoon tomorrow.
Today looks to be lovely, so I guess we'll move it up to tonight. Only problem? Tomorrow is WI. I haven't been great this week - not bad mind you, just not great cause even tho TOM ended the hungries decided to stick around.
So that means shuffling around what I'd planned to eat. And I had such a nice day planned - 3 different whole grains - oatmeal, brown rice, and bulgur - but it was at the high end of my range & won't quite work with the ribeye.
I will figure it out, adjust where I need to, go with the flow & enjoy every bite. That's what life is about - enjoying ourselves mindfully!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I don't know why my husband doesn't get that giving me a gift card to Marshalls is like giving a drink to an alcoholic. I was doing so well . . . til he gave me that giftcard. Yes, he's a sweetie, even if somtimes a bit misguided (and at the same time a bear to live with!).
And on to the photos that sort of blew me away again . . .
This one is a keeper. I can bring it to Vegas AND Miami. I'd even wear it to my cousin's wedding in November, only I'd freeze my you-know-whats off.
The crappy cell phone pics don't do it justice.
This one I am unsure about. It's a nice dress, it looks good, but . . . what do you think? Again, I could potentially bring it to Vegas & Miami.
I know it looks pretty good from the front, even tho I don't have any control type garment on. You're lucky I put a bra on! TMI, I know. And yes, I'm pretty sure I WAS sucking my stomach in in this photo.
I know it's not that bad, but even with the gift card, even tho these are $100 dresses for $40 each, it did add up pretty quickly. I bought both pair of shoes, too. So not the shoes I set out to look for, I wanted to get some more flats for just around the house.
Love, love, love those platforms, which are gold glitter on the bottom & you probably can't tell from the photo.
I tried on a whole bunch of cute tops and so many looked really cute with my skinny jeans too, but I put them all back. I knew I had to get the shoes & that gold dress (can you even tell it's gold from the photo?).
Shopping is really a dangerous thing for me these days, since most things now fit. It's also probably part of the reason I've been on a plateau for so long . . . cause yes, I realize I look good, and yes, I'm much more comfortable in my own skin. So how do you push past all that to get where you really want to go? Cause you know you still REALLY want to go there?
Monday, March 28, 2011
I swear it just wouldn't be a blog from me if I didn't ramble.
First off, DH's business trip to Las Vegas has been approved! Woohoo! We used to go quite regularly when we lived in Austin, but it's been 6 yrs since we were last there. And it will have been more than 6 months since our Hawaii vacation, so I'm more than ready!
The good news: sounds like a great resort-style hotel with a spa, fitness classes, & lots of restaurants.
The bad news: far away from the strip. I don't gamble at all, but I love to shop & there's lots of great shopping on the strip.
But you know me, I'm gonna have a great time & am definitely looking forward to it - couple more months to go, tho.
So ST was planned for yesterday, but I bargained with DH & helped with the raking - which meant we went to the park to walk the dogs cause I swear if I had to walk around this neighborhood one more time I was gonna shoot myself.
Only it was really cold & really windy& I had to listen to DH whine the entire time. The dogs had a blast, tho.
I ran at the same park the day before with 2 ladies who are about 10 years older than me - for once I got to be the fast one! We did run/walk intervals at a much slower pace than even I am capable of & did about 5k. And I must say I could've gone on a long time that way. Definitely gives me hope for using that in a HM!
It was 24 when I left to go swimming this morning & still 24 when I came home an hour later. Brrrr! Supposed to get warmer by Wednesday. Finally!
I feel so good when I'm done swimming. My whole body feels pleasantly tired & I just feel so at peace. I've been looking around for other places to swim, but they're all so expensive. Maybe next time I'll sign up for 2 morning swims rather than 1 morning & 1 evening . . . It's actually slightly cheaper that way. I was so hoping to get to the new tunes today bit I didn't!
I do intervals - swim fast one song, easy the next & wouldn't you know it by the luck of the draw about the last 15 minutes I got a slower song every time I needed to push it & a faster one when I was supposed to go slow?
Finally, just a brief word on everyone that suggested volunteering to me yesterday. I did volunteer for many years, but I got burned out on that, too. First with the Humane Society, than a friend's small rescue, & yes, I used to crochet & knit cat blankets to donate too.
I'm actually really content being a housewife - I really should've been an adult in the 50s - but I also know I should be doing something with the gifts I've been given.
And finally, I'm already halfway thru "Born to Run" - so readable; I definitely recommend it.
Whew! Lots of stuff tumbling around in there!
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