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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!

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FREELADY 4/1/2011 10:46PM

    You are so resourceful! I will remember your plan B strategies next time I'm in a pinch!

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SHEILA1505 4/1/2011 11:17AM

    Did you know that geodistance.com is pretty accurate for tracking your runs?
I use it all the time, after I do my neighbourhood walks etc

Don't forget to log on for those tickets!

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NATPLUMMER 4/1/2011 10:16AM

    Having to get a ring sized down is always a happy errand. That Clif Bar does sound good. I think it's almost time for my morning snack...greek yogurt.
Hmmmm...that is a race dilemma. I don't know. I see the quandry...charity vs. more miles. It would probably be too many miles in one day to do both. At the risk of sounding callous, do the longer one.
Did you get the Michael Buble tix?

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TEMPEST272002 4/1/2011 10:12AM

    Hopefully that snow is just a bad memory by noon!

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You have to be a stranger

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?

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LEONALIONESS 3/31/2011 11:45AM

    Past Melissa would have laughed herself sick if anyone had said she'd ever run a marathon. And if you'd said TWO with two more in the works and an eventual goal to run a HM or Full in every state? Well, apoplectic with laughter is a good description. ;)

I also am sure Omnivore Melissa would be shocked to see herself as a nearly 8 years along vegan (and nearly 12 meat free).

So yes, definitely a new (better) person now.
And Past Melissa wouldn't believe it - I almost wish time travel were possible just to see the look on my face! Hah.

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STIPER23 3/31/2011 10:29AM

    I never thought I would be here either...still waiting for DH to turn stranger. LOL

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NATPLUMMER 3/31/2011 10:18AM

    I'm glad you got your grilling in yesterday, too! I'll keep my fingers crossed for no snow for you.
Have a great swim!!
My teenage self also avoided exercise and look who I've turned into.

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TEMPEST272002 3/31/2011 10:06AM

    Yes, I do see myself as a stranger to myself. I used to know what I was capable of and what I wasn't - but this last year has blown that out of the water & left me knowing what else I don't know about myself. Very interesting topic for your blog today. Hey, maybe you're rubbing on hubby afterall with all the health stuff. Hopefully his job stress is reduced soon.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/31/2011 9:36AM

    I've definitely become stranger, doing things I never would have thought But the stranger thing is, I see my "old" ways as even stranger. So I've definitely turned myself into a totally different person.

emoticonGlad the light came on for DH, it takes a lot of those moments for some to change, so be patient, he's getting them in small doses.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/31/2011 8:42AM

    Well done on getting to know the new you! emoticon

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MARIE625 3/31/2011 7:57AM

    I definitely no longer recognize myself!

Good luck with your storm. Our weatherman says you'll be getting another foot of snow. Better you than me!
Sorry. That was mean. But still....

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Going with the flow, take 3

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!

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HEYRED221 3/30/2011 9:14PM

    Ribeye sounds good. Enjoy!

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2011 12:25PM

    Sparkly is definitely a draw.
Enjoy your grilling tonight. I hear you on the hungries, except I'm still in TOM.

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FRECKS96 3/30/2011 11:12AM

    Yay! Enjoy your BBQ!

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DDOORN 3/30/2011 8:44AM

    Enjoy the sunshine...we get so little that it always feels like a special day when the sun is out! :-)


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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/30/2011 7:53AM

    I love sparkly things too, a girl can never have too much bling.

"Go with the flow", I like that - think I'll do that today myself - just kinda go with it. Enjoy your ribeye, sounds great, especially grilled.

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TURTLE_MOM 3/30/2011 7:51AM

    Go with the flow and enjoy your grilling! I can't believe there is still snow out there! We hit the 90's this weekend :) But we were back in the 50's earlier this week.

Love your attittude!

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It's my husband's fault, I swear! (photo shoot)

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?

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MONIKAJ2 3/30/2011 3:25PM

    You look fabulous in both...and I love, love, love the shoes! I think I agree with others though...in my liking of the first dress better. :-) And I know what you mean about motivation. I'm actually getting a lot more comfortable in my own skin now...and I'm just now hitting that halfway mark! I think that's what I've been struggling with a bit lately - feeling more comfy in your own skin means you don't have as much motivation to keep going! You can do it! We all have faith in you! Keep on going...and you'll get there in no time (and maybe DH will get you another gift card when you hit your goal)! :-)

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TURTLE_MOM 3/30/2011 7:49AM

    I love both - but yeah, I like the first one best! LOVE marshall's - what a great hubby :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/30/2011 7:48AM

    I love the first dress especially paired with those hot shoes. I like the second dress too, but the first one is my fav. Looking mighty hot woman. You do have a knack for bringing home some really hot items. You go girl - shop on !!!!!!!!!!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/30/2011 2:57AM

    Both dresses look good on you but the 1st compliments your body better. emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 3/29/2011 6:59PM

    You look great in both dresses! The gold one looks really cute and sparkly. I am a shopper too... ROSS is dangerous for me! It doesn't helpe that my co-worker has a PT job there in the evenings and is ALWAYS talking about the stuff they get in, the mark downs, and her good deals! I am glad we don't have a Marshalls here or I'd really be in trouble!

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HEYRED221 3/29/2011 5:32PM

    I like the first dress more. You look fantastic!

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KANSASROSE67 3/29/2011 4:45PM

    Love the first dress! Looks great on you!

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FRECKS96 3/29/2011 4:40PM

    Love the first dress! You're going to have such a good time on your trip!

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STIPER23 3/29/2011 3:22PM

    The first dress is fun! I am at the same point. I lack motivation a bit cause I fit into the clothes that I want to. But the numbers on the scale are not where I want them to be. And who knows? Maybe even a smaller size. Skinny jeans...those I have not yet tried.

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NATPLUMMER 3/29/2011 3:10PM

    I really like the first dress and it goes great with the shoes!! Not feeling the second one as much. Is it leopard print?

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DRJJ2004 3/29/2011 3:08PM

    You look great! I love to shop too! I can't imagine how much more I'll love it when I look like you!!! You are rockin those dresses girlfriend!!

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BARBARASDIET 3/29/2011 3:07PM

    Shopping fun!! I am a terrible shopper, and I have never tried Marshall's.

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Going with the flow, take 2 & ramblings

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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LIBBYFITZ 3/28/2011 11:58PM

    Well done on the walk/run in the park! Never been to Vegas. Something to look forward to! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/28/2011 12:46PM

    WOW, a trip to Vegas, I'm envious, never been there, but I don't gamble either, I would just love to see all the lights and do some people watching, and I'm sure you will find plenty to do to occupy yourself.

You are so lucky to be able to stay at home, I would love to be a stay-at-home mom, but we need both incomes.

Glad you got your swim in this morning and I can totally feel ya on the whining DH part, they certainly don't share our zest for fitness.

Hope you have a great day. emoticon

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FRECKS96 3/28/2011 12:45PM

    You are not the only one looking forward to some warmer temps un Wednesday! Stay warm until then!

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SHEILA1505 3/28/2011 12:30PM

    24 F!!!
My pool was 24C in the summer and that was borderline cold for me!! :D

Well done, having the run/walk and being the fast one - good for the ego


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TEMPEST272002 3/28/2011 11:32AM

    The trip sounds like it's going to be really nice. Something to look forward to. Great job getting in the workouts despite the chilly weather.

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2011 11:19AM

    YAY for Las Vegas!! You'll have fun no matter what.
Wow! 24 is pretty damn cold. Hopefully it'll heat up to a more reasonable temp soon.
I'm glad you got a good swim in.
Some days I wish I was a housewife and some days I'm glad I'm not.

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MZSLYDE01 3/28/2011 10:16AM

    Whew - You are so lucky - You get to take trips with your DH - that is nice. Plus I wish I were a house wife. That would be my dream.. But life is such and I have to work. Ah well I am happy for those that can be.
Sounds like you don't need to volunteer anyway because you stay busy enough.
Hope you have a great day

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