Saturday, June 25, 2011
We'll get to the title a little later. Ok, I thought I loved the dress in the store. And I really love the back of it -- but who walks into a room backwards? The photos I took yesterday are really bad -- no flash on my cell phone & we haven't had much sun for days. I haven't yet decided if I'm returning it or getting my husband's opinion first (he doesn't get home til tonight).
If you think you can give an opinion from these really awful photos, feel free. Here's the back view.
And the front view.
It's velvet and kind of a steel-blue color. Anyone know any tricks to getting back view photos with a cell phone? I just can't seem to do it! I can't tell you how many times I tried & this is the best I could come up with.
Here's where I need some brutal honesty. I keep hearing that shorter shorts are good for petite gals like myself, because they make your legs look longer.
But are these too young for me? Don't tell me what you think I want to hear, tell me what you really think. These definitely push me out of my comfort zone -- which seems silly since I wore a bikini for cryin' out loud! But I don't want to look like a 50-yr-old that's still trying to dress like a 20-yr-old.
I do kind of think they make my legs look a lot better than they truly are . . . as long as I remain standing!
Another pair of short shorts. I really like the color, which is sort of a purple-fuschia. The top is the top I bought at Target, but trust me, it really looks much better in person. It's not anything spectacular, but it's a good cut for me, it's a purple pattern, and it's machine washable.
Now these are the type of shorts I typically wear; bermuda length. I was looking for a pair of jeans shorts in that style, so the dogs won't get them as noticeably dirty, and these just appeared! I really love them -- of course they shorten up my leg quite a bit, but they are very comfortable & the waist doesn't gap.
Bought this bandage-style skirt at H&M. Went back & forth between this beige color & the light pink for a while -- I really love pink, but light pink on my lower half probably isn't the greatest idea & the beige will go with everything.
And hey, because you asked for it, here's an outfit I bought at Kohls a while back. The Vera Wang collection. I wasn't really sure about the skirt at first, but I wore it to my meeting this week & I really like it. I got complimented on the outfit by my weigher.
Both skirts are both stretchy & tight, and I do have to tug them down after moving on a fairly frequent basis. In fact, a gentleman held the door for me at a store while I was out in it, and I knew it was going to creep up while I was going up the steps -- and maybe that's why he held the door in the first place! Well, a girl can dream, anyway.
Side view. Talk about embracing your curves!
The skirt is charcoal gray, the top is a deep forest green (I know you can't tell the colors from these photos) & the belt is from H&M.
When I go shopping, most of the time I actually do go out with pieces in mind. More casual, short sleeve'd, comfortable tops that I can wear without tucking in were on the list; short shorts (at least to try on) were; and so were bermuda length jean shorts.
The problem is that other things catch my eye and a lot of stuff fits now. And believe me, I put back a lot of stuff I like, too! So be warned: lose the weight and your pocketbook could get lighter, too.
Now that I've bought the gift for my niece, hopefully I can stay out of clothing stores for a while. Except if I return the dress . . . danger, Will Robinson!
Friday, June 24, 2011
You know the week - you ate really well, but you were just so darned hungry - physically, not emotionally - that you ate more than you planned to. Significantly more. Maybe there were 1 or 2 BLTs in there. Ok, being totally honest, more than just 1 or 2.
You weren't real motivated to move your body, either. You moved it, just way less than normal.
Yet you expect/hope to see downward movement on the scale. Why?
You actually look thinner to yourself.
Your clothes feel ok.
But most of all because you ate "good" & you hear people at the scale saying how terrible they were & yet they still lost weight. You know this never happens for you. N.e.v.e.r.
You know that you really can eat well, hit the exercise & STILL gain weight.
So why is it a disappointment that you did gain weight? Even tho it wasn't much.
Note to readers: this is mostly a note to self & an attempt to a) amuse you b) solicit sympathy. Actually, I'm not so much looking for sympathy but I know I'll get it anyway.
The really weird thing is that I actually do think that my body looks better, with about 2 weeks of light exercise but cleaner than normal eating. But then I've already proven I can be pretty delusional about these things. It's not as tho my clothes are suddenly falling off me.
And I won't lie, there was a little retail therapy yesterday. Actually, I scored a pair of Calvin Klein Jean shorts at TJMaxx - have been looking for something like that. And a nice top on clearance at target that I didn't try on onvthe store but really love once I did at home.
Ok, you got me - there was a dress too. It's pretty cool & i have no idea where the heck i'm going to wear it. It's a little dressy but not dressy enough for the wedding i have in november. I suppose it's picture time again soon. Maybe tomorrow. Except the sun has gone AWOL again.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Now that my knee is almost back to normal - a week & a half later! - I've done some more sleuthing on the matter. It was never so painful tha I felt the need to see a doctor, assuming, of course, that I had one, so I have to try to figure it out on my own.
It matters to me the why, because then I can work in prevention. I would definitely prefer to run my HMs without that kind of pain & not be sidelined for so long.
My best guess is runner's knee, not IT band - mostly because of the pain I had going downstairs. The culprit could be the shoes - or weak quads - or both. Or the fact that I'd barely run for a couple of weeks before the race. Or all of the above!
It still doesn't feel quite right - tires easier & a little tight at times - but I ran on the treadmill yesterday doing run/walk intervals & it doesn't feel any worse today.
The other interesting part of the puzzle is my hip on the other side hurts a little when I do things like tree pose in yoga, and I also know that imbalances on one side can lead to injuries on the other side, due to overusing muscles to compensate.
The funny thing about being unmotivated lately? I have lots of other types of exercise I enjoy - running is not the be-all & end-all for me. And yet I haven't been able to motivate myself to do much of anything lately.
So anyways, that's my story & I'm sticking to it. Happy trails!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Probably gonna ramble here - you've been warned!
Yesterday was a semi-productive day. Productive in the food prep department. Not so much in the exercise department.
I made chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/03/15
/cookie-dough-baked-oatmeal/ . I'd already been making my own version of this, but I never thought to use ramekins & that works really well. I add some protein powder for an added boost & use mashed banana instead of applesauce.
In fact, I made that, baked it longer & took some with me to Vegas for breakfasts. Always travel with food!
I made a healthy raw chocolate mousse for a treat today - basically walnuts, dates & cacao powder. Works out to 1/8 cup walnuts per serving so while it is on the higher end of calories, it's fairly healthy & can definitely be worked in.
I made myself a veggie stir fry for dinner. Pretty good, except for the fact that I burned the red onion. Note to self: even when caramelizing onions at a medium heat, it's a good idea to prep the rest of your veggies before, not during.
Once I make myself a veggie pasta today, I'll have plenty of leftovers available.
I also had my first real green smoothie - i.e., not a milk-based fruit smoothie with greens. It had: apple, spinach, celery, carrot & cucumber & was surprisingly tasty. I don't have a juicer, so blended it all up in my vitamix. Next time I'll just add some water to thin it out a bit.
And now that I've got you all lathered up over food, check out: gojigourmet.com . Very tasty. For a treat, pretty healthy. Yes, they're tiny, but I had 5 for an after dinner treat for grand total of 125 calories. They even sell them in 100 calorie packs - even if you eat the whole bag you're not doing much damage. But forget about the super foods claim - there really isn't enough in there - it's a treat, plain & simple, just a semi- healthy treat.
What wasn't productive? Exercise. Since I hurt my knee about a week ago I haven't been doing much more than walking the dogs & some occasional yoga. I was going to do yoga yesterday, but I didn't. There are excuses, as usual, but they're just that: excuses. And I didn't take the dogs out for a second walk, either. And it was a beautiful day & we haven't been getting many of those lately.
I did attempt some run/ walk intervals on our walk. My knee bothered me just a little. The good news is that it's no worse today. It only bothers me when I exert myself now. I'll probably try some more intervals tomorrow if it's not raining. I really never expected it to take so long to heal up.
Hindsight being the wonderful thing that it is, I really think I would have been better off not finishing that race. Since it was multiple loops, it would've been easy to stop after 6 miles. Doesn't matter, of course, since I didn't.
Probably enough rambling for one day. If I didn't already send you off into the kitchen in search of food.
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