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A funny thing happened on the way to my 5k

Monday, May 23, 2011

No, I wasn't racing this weekend. Yesterday was the WW walk-it challenge. There were several group walks - you were supposed to walk 5k. I had every intention of joining a group walk initially, but none of my closer buddies from my group were going to the one I'd planned on & it just seemed like a good day to run - cool but rainy.

I decided to go for a run at the canal instead. I set up a playlist, loaded it to my iPod shuffle & was off. But I couldn't figure out how to choose the playlist. I was a bit bummed, as it was a guided interval workout i hadn't done in a while & really wanted to do.

When I realized that it was at Pink's greatest hits album, I decided it was all good & I'd just go hard for a song then go easy for the next for my intervals. Only somehow with my futzing with it it was stuck in an endless loop on the same song. But I wear it at the top of my shirt - it's so teeny & light - & it was really no big deal to just manually advance the songs.

And I was totally shocked when I checked my nike+ sensor at the turnaround & found out I'd already gone 2 1/4 miles! I'd only planned on 3.1 total, after all. In the end, I ran almost 4 1/2 miles. My cool down song was Pink's "Perfect", which I like so much I let it repeat. It talks about how we're all perfect, just the way we are.

I found something at the grocery store today & if chocolate is a trigger for you, you might want to stop reading now.

It's Newtree dark chocolate with flaxseed & crisper rice. One serving has 7 gm fiber! I haven't tried it yet. I'll try to let you know what I think when I do. So glad they put in the Freshmarket - it's not whole foods, but it's better than what we had.

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RATFINKROB 5/25/2011 9:45AM

    I love dark chocolate, can't wait to hear the review!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/24/2011 7:14AM

    It's neat how music can push us forward to drive on, good job on the run. Yummmm, chocolate, I'll be waiting for your taste test reviews.

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DDOORN 5/23/2011 10:12PM

    Nice when the tunes are "right!" :-)


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FRECKS96 5/23/2011 7:36PM

    Sounds like a great run, congrats!!

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ELAINEROSE5 5/23/2011 6:53PM

    I love Pink!!!

Great job on the run.


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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/23/2011 4:02PM

    I don't think you can access playlists with the shuffle. I know I can't. It just shuffles through whatever you've loaded. At least that's how mine works.

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HALFFAST 5/23/2011 3:34PM

    Yay for the WW walk-it! Wait til you see what you get at your meeting this week (that is, if your meeting is part of WW intl)!!!! I'm gonna have to go back to my old meeting in NJ to get mine (where I work is franchise - Boo!). I won't spoil it for you, so make sure and let me know if/when you get it! ;)

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NATPLUMMER 5/23/2011 3:12PM

    Great run even with all the glitches.
That does sound like a good chocolate bar. Let me know.

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Happy with my food choices

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I have had several occasions to make the wrong choice lately, & I am happy to report that I'm happy with my choices.

When I got home friday night I was physically & emotionally drained. I'd planned a salad for dinner, but that takes effort. I'd also planned a fruit smoothie for an afternoon snack that I never got around to. I wavered towards having the smoothie for dinner, because it was easy to make & wasn't an unhealthy choice, after all.

In the end, I stuck with the plan & am glad that I did. I knew I hadn't really had enough veggies that day.

Last night we went out to dinner. I chose fish tacos - not fried, thankfully! - and they were very tasty. Some sort of fruity salsa on them that was quite good. I ate the entire first one & just the filling - left over the tortilla - on the second one. There was a side of sweet potato fries, too. Thankfully DH decided he was too tired to drive to the ice cream place (even tho they have low fat frozen yogurt).

Being happy with your choices is the name of the game. No point in being virtuous if it's making you miserable. Life is too short.

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RATFINKROB 5/23/2011 8:31AM

    Glad you are making the right choices. Keep up the good work.

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SHEILA1505 5/23/2011 3:32AM

    Yes - that's good!
My birthday week of being spoiled was successful because I was able to make pretty good choices all the way through and I have no regrets (also the scale co-operated :) which helps a lot!)


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TEMPEST272002 5/22/2011 10:55PM

    emoticon That "in the groove" feeling, making the healthy choices consistently, really is the best feeling. Good for you!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/22/2011 10:44AM

    Great food choices but what exactly is a fish taco?

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NATPLUMMER 5/22/2011 9:50AM

    Very good choices.
Fish tacos sound good. Maybe that's what I'll have for lunch today. I hate when they use fried fish.

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FRECKS96 5/22/2011 8:52AM

    I Totally agree! Good for you on making good choices AND being happy with them.

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HALFFAST 5/22/2011 8:20AM

    Good for you! Sounds like we are on the exact same page because I opted out of the Hibachi dinner and made a salad instead. Yesterday we were going to go out for ice cream, but instead I had some yogurt with fruit. I'm sure my tummy is more than happy with my choices. I wish we had one of those Yogurtland/FroYo places around here, but then again maybe I'm sorta glad we don't! ;)

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To treat or not to treat (& some news on the boy's health)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

So as I'm considering my eating habits & an overhaul if sorts - AGAIN - guess what arrives in my inbox? www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/che
. I really think it's well worth reading - who should use a "cheat", aka treat day & how.

More on that in a minute . . . I took the cats to the vet yesterday. Always stressful. Because I clicker train them, getting them into their crates is not a problem. The chorus during the car ride would test anyone's nerves. And of course everything needs to be timed just so . . . I took them to an holistic vet my pet sitter recommended - i'd been looking for one since we moved without much success.

Simba hasn't been quite right since we moved. Finicky - which was the last word you'd
use to describe him before our move - and digestive issues that he never had before. Giz has seemed fine, but I wanted a baseline visit & I'd discovered a lump in his tail a few weeks ago.

So we have some new supplements to try, some dietary changes to make, & both boys had their first acupuncture treatments. Unfortunately the vet was very concerned with Gizmo's lump & thinks it could very well be cancer. I wasn't really expecting that. She'll see them again in a month & see if it's grown & go from there.

Just shared that cause I firmly believe in the power of prayer & good vibes. Somehow my gut says it isn't cancer - sure hope I'm right!

Anyway, to treat or not treat (when it comes to food)? It's a concept I think about a
lot. For the longest time I didn't think treat/cheat meals - and certainly not days - were a good idea.

I've slowly reajusted my attitude. For me, a treat meal might be just a decadent dessert. And it might be instead of the meal. And it's not real often - sort of depends on how things are going.

A few days ago I was thinking about it again. I was having some pasta that was fairly healthy but a bit of a treat, too. I was congratulating myself on actually getting 5 servings out of the recipe instead of my usual 3-4 when it occurred to me that having a larger portion size of something mostly healthy can be a treat meal, too.

And last, cause this is getting REALLY long, I heard some advice on how not to have a lost weekend - instead of having your treat meal/day be on the weekend, do it during the week instead. Of course this only works if you do it INSTEAD, not IN ADDITION.

Any thoughts on cheat/treat meals/days? Do you use them? Do they help or hurt you?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/22/2011 10:45AM

    I hope your cat is okay. Sending many healing thoughts

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DDOORN 5/22/2011 7:44AM

    GL with your cat...tough to see them struggle with health problems!

Treat? Certainly I indulge, but it's SO tough to pull in the reins afterward!


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RATFINKROB 5/21/2011 8:47PM

    I also love dark chocolate. When I feel the need for a sweet I eat one square as part of my evening snack. I eat Godiva 72% cacao dark chocolate. It is like having a slowly melting piece of heaven in your mouth and only has 60 calories!

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TEMPEST272002 5/21/2011 7:38PM

    Followed the link... and 2 hours later, I stopped reading. Lots of info there. I haven't tried cheat days or calorie cycling, but I'm certainly intrigued by the concept. 14 months in, the lbs come off so slowly, so this might be what I need. Might help me curb the binge eating too. Thanks for the info.

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SHEILA1505 5/21/2011 2:31PM

    Hope all is well with the beasties.
There's a school of thought that pre-Cheat Day we should intensify cardio (not length necessarily) and restrict calories for the day and do the same on the day after Cheat Day, with the rest of the time, doing normal exercise and nutrition limitations.

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HALFFAST 5/21/2011 2:20PM

    My thoughts are with you and Giz - I hope everything turns out okay!

You already know my thoughts on cheating ;) And by the way I don't care much for pizza but I love the stuffed crust! We ended up staying home and I made a big salad instead. At my WW meeting this morning I found out the whole end of the world thing is only for Christians so I guess I'll still be here no matter what :)

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FRECKS96 5/21/2011 11:25AM

    I don't like to think of treats in terms of "cheating". I've certainly had more than my fair share of not so healthy treats as well as too much of stuff. I do see a benefit in having higher calorie days though and eating things that aren't on the normal menu just to shake things up a bit.

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LIBBYFITZ 5/21/2011 10:22AM

    Over the past 15 months I look at food differently. Food is something I put into my mouth and enjoy the taste of, but it has to be good for my body.

I now look at pastries and see lots of unhealthy fat. As I get older I have become more respectful of my liver and kidneys, they have enough work to do, so they don't need me to make it a harder job! emoticon

I did eat 4 oilen bollen (dutch sweet dumplings) at the Ag - Fest in Tasmania and by the time I was eating the last one it was only the sultanas that I was enjoying, not the dough!

I think the whole question of food for treats is a very personal one. Only you can decide what to put into your body. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/21/2011 9:29AM

    I can only imagine the car ride to the vet. I only know how it is with one cat in the car.
I will be thinking plenty of good thoughts for Giz.
I think I've been having too many treat meals recently. But yes, I think they are good. It's just a matter of finding the right balance.

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LALAFLOWERS 5/21/2011 9:28AM

    I find that I let myself have a treat, and depending on why I had that treat, I might well just continue.

Usually, if it's a 'I've been so good all week' kinda thing, I end up going overboard. But, if it's a 'I really, really, have been dreaming about' kinda treat... then I have a little bit, and I'm done.

I can't really have chocolate, cookies (that I like) or chips in the house. I eat them... just a little bit at a time, but over a couple of days, they are all gone. Sometimes without realizing it.

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UTMIZ_2000 5/21/2011 8:24AM

    I am torn on this issue.

On the one hand, I am a sugar addict. If I allow myself to have a "treat" or "reward" for being good, it only snowballs. I can't have ice cream or candy in the house because once I start eating it I end up having it for breakfast.

On the other hand, making it forbidden puts it into an entirely new psychological realm. Like when I was pregnant and the doctor advised me to stop eating bacon. I hadn't been eating bacon, but once he told me not to? You get the picture.

The best any of us can do with this issue is to approach it with focus. I have started to self talk. When I look at the candy jar at work I remind myself about my journey to take off 3 pounds. Is this piece of candy going to be so good that I'm willing to gain that 3 pounds back? Most of the time the answer is NO! and I walk away feeling empowered.

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One person's crap is another person's good food

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lots of thoughts swirling around, it's just been a busy errand-filled week - always that way before we go away.

So one of those thoughts was about being food police. It's such an easy trap to fall into. I read people's blogs, and sometimes I'm like really? You eat that crap and yet you still lose weight?

Then I read other blogs and I'm like really? You never have any treats? I could never eat that way! It's way too restrictive!

But here's the thing: it's about what works for YOU. We're all different, and there's no one-size-fits-all healthy eating plan.

Part of what sparked this blog was thinking about my own eating. I've got exercise down; it's simply a part of my life & it has been forever now. It makes me feel - and look - good, so most of the time I just do it. Sure, sometimes I really don't want to, but even then I'll still usually just do it.

My eating's pretty good, too, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement. And even tho for the longest time I disagreed with the notion that what we put in our mouths counts for something like 80% of our weight loss, I'm reluctantly coming to the conclusion that it's true. Which does NOT mean that you get a free pass on the exercise thing.

So the last couple of weeks I've worked really hard on being really honest with myself about food. Counting the BlTs I normally would let slide.

I'm very proud of last night, too, even tho it involves chocolate. I was still hungry after dinner. Craving a little sweet, but truly hungry, too. I thought hard about what I really wanted - what would really fill me up AND satisfy my craving? Finally I settled on a couple of tablespoons of walnuts & one square of dark chocolate. It did the trick, too.

Maybe dark chocolate doesn't seem like a victory to you. Or maybe you marvel at how I could eat just one square. And that's exactly my point! Run your own race! Be inspired by others, but when push comes to shove, do the right thing for YOU.

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VARMINT3 5/22/2011 8:38AM

    I'm with TEMPEST272002 - if I could get what I wanted by adding a little treadmill time I'd be SO happy - I still haven't quite figured out a way to eat the gets and keeps me where I want to be (and lets me eat what I want to eat...)

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DDOORN 5/20/2011 9:21PM

    Kudos to your self control...always easier for me to do without than to have just a little.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/20/2011 10:15AM

    Great blog - loved the part about "run your own race". I truly do my own thing, I march to the beat of my drum. One square of ghiradelli dark choc totally satisfies my choc craving. Good job on finding what works for you. I find myself being the food police alot, especially when i go out to eat and see what others are ordering, I have had to learn not to be judgmental, that's a hard pill to swallow, but I'm learning.

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REDEMILY 5/20/2011 10:06AM

    Yep. I do HATE that it is 80%. I also have workouts down pat, and get a little flustered that my diet has to be SO CLEAN to get what I want. It sucks.

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NATPLUMMER 5/20/2011 9:50AM

    "Run your own race! Be inspired by others, but when push comes to shove, do the right thing for YOU. "
emoticon You hit it exactly!!
The walnuts and dark chocolate was a great choice. Fiber, good fat, antioxidants.
That said, I do need to cut down on the crap.

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TEMPEST272002 5/20/2011 9:35AM

    I wish that exercise was 80% of the equation instead. Like you, I enjoy & am consistent with the exercise... but food, boy, that's another story.

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MONGO2TEN 5/20/2011 8:35AM

    Loved your blog! It really is about what works for you. And taking baby steps:)


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FRECKS96 5/20/2011 7:00AM

    So true!! Congrats on controlling your cravings last night.

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LIBBYFITZ 5/20/2011 6:42AM

    emoticonGreat blog!

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BARBIETEC 5/20/2011 5:11AM

    ok.. I am copy-ing and pasting this on my facebook wall " Run your own race! Be inspired by others, but when push comes to shove, do the right thing for YOU."

LOVE IT!!!!!

I can also be sad seing what other people can eat and still lose weight.. *hrmp*....

Have a fantastic weekend.. :)

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POETANDMORE 5/20/2011 5:04AM

    It really is what works for you!

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Running blog with pics -- no dresses!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When I saw these at DSW online, I just had to have them. Fila Skele-toes. They're a cheaper version of Vibrams, only there's only 4 "toes" -- the little toe & the one next to it go together.

These aren't even billed for running, but I use them for it anyway. I know you're not supposed to run much the first time you try Vibrams, and I was only going to run a couple of miles (which is still supposedly too much) but it was such a nice day I went just short of a 5k.

I've used them several times since, including part of yesterday's long run on the treadmill. I did have to change them out for running sneakers after an hour & 15 minutes because my feet began to hurt -- in my big toes & my heels -- oddly enough when I was walking, not when I was running.

I seem to sometimes have less butt pain after using them -- but not always. The jury's still out. But I like them. And I really need to get my butt (and feet!) to the running store & get recommendations.

I really love running clothes from both
athleta.com and lucy.com - this running skirt is from lucy.com. I have yet to find a running skort where the legs don't ride up on me. These certainly don't!

They have a front zippered pocket, a pocket on one leg and a ball pocket (and upside down pocket that at first I thought was an error) on the other. The legs are mesh, but the shorts portion are regular running shorts material and compressive -- so compressive that my thighs kind of bulge where they meet the mesh leggings. Doesn't bother me while I run. I like it.

I also have the wave crops, www.lucy.com/Wave%20Knee%20Pant/2143
, which I love. I want to live in them. I wore them for my long run yesterday. I actually had a pair on sale in my cart, but you can't wait -- things disappear there fast. Their clothes are pricey but not terrible, and really comfortable and good quality.

I recently got Christine Felstead's intermediate yoga for runners, www.amazon.com/Yoga-Runners-Intermed

I already own the essentials DVD, which I like and use often. This one is tougher! I like the way the first one is broken down better -- foundation, lower back, hamstrings, hips. Makes it easy to do just what you want to do. This one is sun salutations (altho not like the sun salutations I'm used to), standing, seated, and cool down. She holds poses much longer than I'm used to holding them, for the most part, and it can be tough.

Yesterday's long run on the treadmill was good. I went slower, and while I did eventually get tired (8 1/2 miles overall), it wasn't as hard as some of my longer runs have seemed. I don't know if it was the clothes, the shoes, the slower speed, or the honey stinger waffle. Which I definitely liked -- thanks, FRECKS96! I was also using run/walk intervals. Oh, and no potty breaks!

Above is the hill I do hill repeats on. I know it doesn't look like much -- hills in photos so rarely do -- but it slopes gently for a while and then there's a pretty good climb at the end. I felt as tho the cranapple flowers were just strewn by my lover leading me up the hill. It was such a pretty day. Too bad it's been raining steadily ever since!

I call the house above the hobbit house. Just reminds me of what I think a hobbit's house would look like. The photo doesn't do it justice, but it was just so cheery with all the tulips I had to try and capture the moment.

And last, I have quickly become addicted to the free Kindle game Every Word. Thank God I don't do it for time -- it would be pretty pitiful. A few weeks ago I took my car to get inspected, and I couldn't concentrate on reading because they had the tv blaring. So I tried it. And was instantly hooked. Sort of a crossword puzzle & shuffled word game without clues!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2011 1:47PM

    Thanks for the great websites - I will have to check them out ASAP! The pictures are a nice touch as it makes one "feel" the blog as we are reading.

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MZSLYDE01 5/19/2011 8:19AM

    Those are funky. I have often wondered if they were comfortable.
I love that skirt - You look great in it too. I want one - Might have to make that my next purchase.
I love the hobbit house - very cute. Nice to see stuff like that when you are working out - Better than being in a basement looking at 4 walls. I have to get out more often.

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RATFINKROB 5/18/2011 8:53AM

    I always like reading your blog makes me want to skip work and run! I don't think my neighbors would see the humor in me wearing a skort so I better stick to the old gym shorts. I have been wondering about the shoes. My son has been begging me for a pair of "Toe shoes", maybe i'll have to get him a pair. I love your pics, keep them coming!

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TEMPEST272002 5/17/2011 6:53PM

    Loving the running stuff reviews. I'm really interested in the skeletoes. Very cool looking. I'm interested in them for trail running so I'll have to check back with you and see how they held up.

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HALFFAST 5/17/2011 3:59PM

    I tried on a pair of those Fila 4-toe thingies and just couldn't get my feet into them comfortably. I do have a pair of Vibrams and while they are comfy for wearing around, they are not the right size for running (I ordered them online and should have gotten a size bigger). I LOVE that skirt - gonna definitely check out lucy.com! Thanks!

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DDOORN 5/17/2011 1:28PM

    Nice to see some of Spring in your pics around your part of NY!


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CINDYHN 5/17/2011 11:23AM

    I agree with you on Lucy, I love their stuff, bought it for years, and I still have the same capris! They never seem to wear out, so I can buy more! Great quality!
emoticonLove the pic. Of the little house!

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REDEMILY 5/17/2011 10:11AM

    I also have always wondered about those shoes. Not sure that I am quite ready to make that plunge though, I only recently purchased some lighter weight shoes. I am still adjusting to those. But definitely keep us in the loop as you start wearing them more!

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FRECKS96 5/17/2011 10:00AM

    ooh! Some great tips and ideas for new things to try. Thanks for the reviews, I'll be sure to check some of them out. Glad you liked the waffles!

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NATPLUMMER 5/17/2011 9:58AM

    But I want to see dresses. I guess I can wait and we can go shopping for some in Vegas ;-)
I'm curious about the barefoot running shoes but don't know how my knees would like them.
I do like the skirt. Now I'll have to check out lucy.com. I get the athleta catalog but haven't bought anything yet.
Wow 8.5 miles without potty breaks!! I don't know if I could do it.:-) Great run!!
The hill looks pretty sizeable...maybe I'm just used to gauging inclines in pictures.
It does look like a pretty day. Hopefully the nice weather will be back soon.
I think I'm glad I don't have a Kindle because after that description I'm pretty sure I'd be addicted to Every Word, too.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/17/2011 9:25AM

    I've always wondered about the Vibrams, thanks for your review. I have seen the Filas on sale here just recently. And I love the running skirt. I'm hooked on a daily crossword puzzle I print online, but hey, it's good for expanding your mind and vocabulary - you have to feed the mind and feed the body. Hope you have a great day.

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