Monday, July 11, 2011
I took advantage of DH being home to spend some time at the mall without feeling like I had to rush right home. Usually I'm combining it with other errands and the dogs can only go about 5 hrs, so the truth is I often feel rushed. Which may explain why I buy stuff then decide later it wasn't right.
First stop was H&M to buy a blouse I didn't buy the other day when I was there. Just a casual blouse I can wear with my pencil skirts or just around the house that the animals won't destroy.
The one I'd bought previously in the week, same deal (except too casual for skirts). Simple, but feminine shaping & I like it more than I expected to.
Yes, I actually have a skirt in the exact same material that I shared with you not long ago. What can I say? I love what this dress does for me. Will be good for Miami in Oct, hopefully.
Side view (this isn't the dress for the wedding, btw).
THIS, hopefully, will be the wedding dress. I was walking by Burlington Coat Factory, & decided to go in since I had time for once. I so rarely go in there. You've got to hunt for it, but they do have some good stuff. This dress was actually in the window, and yes, it took some hunting to find it.
Love the color. Even tho it's a November wedding -- could be snow! or Indian summer! - it's a heavier material so it may work. I like the cut a lot, but it's a size 6 and the truth is even tho I can't zip it by myself because the zipper's really hard, it's probably just a hair big for me - like the shoulders stand up just a tad.
I tried on a size 4, which probably was the right size, but it was ripped. Opinions appreciated. I'm a bit afraid I'll find another dress I'll love even more later, but I like this dress a lot. Did I mention how much I love the color?
Not sure what color shoes are best with it; it's a very bright color. Sort of like the red pumps, but maybe purple, or silver . . .
Actually feeling a bit fluffy & looking it in those photos. So little definition in those arms! But I hadn't been doing as much ST as usual til last week -- and it shows, to me, anyway. And still waiting on TOM which is a few days late. But there's plenty of time between now & Oct & Nov . . . now it's time to do some intervals on the treadmill.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Just 2 words: good posture.
Check out my buddy's www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_friends.a
sp?id=CAROLYN1213 blog - look at her photos - she has amazing posture & is SUCH an inspiration, too.
I've been aware for a while that my posture sucks & that when it's good, I definitely look better. They say good posture can make you look 10 lbs thinner & who doesn't want that?
I'm trying to be more aware of mine. It's amazing how much work it is to walk the dogs while making sure I walk tall - I haven't even got around to pulling my shoulders back & down yet, just trying to make sure I don't slump down!
Like anything it's hard at first, but I know eventually I won't have to think so much about it. Just another healthy habit, right?
Saturday, July 09, 2011
As in long, slow run, not drugs! This morning I went to the park where the farmer's market is an hour before it began so I could get my LSD in. That worked really well & I'll most likely do it again.
Going early insured that I could get a parking spot close to the market - not something I'd normally worry about, but since I wanted to change, it meant I didn't have to walk back & forth a few times after the run just to use the bathroom & change my clothes. Not to mention I got to park in the shade, too.
Today I discovered that twice around the outermost part of the park is about 5 miles, which was my objective for today. I also discovered that my running skirt begins chafing around 5 miles, too, at least when it's warmer - which worked out well, since I got to stop just as the chafing started and I'll know about it for next time.
The only downside is that there's not a lot of shade in the park, as it's relatively new & the trees are still fairly small. And I have to run later than I normally would on my own so it's warmer - but it's not too bad.
Finally, I discovered that I run faster than I think I will when I'm not worrying about speed. LSDs SHOULD be slow. Mine was mostly 12 min miles, which is still slower than I'd like, but I'm comfortable at that speed & feel like I could go on a long time at that speed, not to mention it was actually faster than my last, shorter LSD. And per my spark buddy's DDHEART's blog this morning, I did butt kicks & knee lifts on my walking breaks - which, I found, REALLY slow me down. But hopefully will help out my knees & hips.
I don't use set intervals for my walking breaks, either - I just kind of do what I feel like. Sometimes it's run 3 songs & walk half of one; sometimes it's run 2 songs, walk half a song. And sometimes I ran when normally I'd take a walking break because there was a hill. I enjoy challenging myself with hills; what can I say, I'm weird that way!
Which is another plus to the park, it's got short, rolling hills - many places I do my long runs are really flat. My neighborhood has some good hills, but I spend so much time walking & running here ( sometimes 3 x day!), I get really bored.
So, a nice LSD, a lovely day, some fresh corn to throw on the grill tonight. Life is good!
Friday, July 08, 2011
Most people would probably call me an active person. I walk the dogs an hour a day most days. And on top of that I run, or swim, or do ST, or do yoga, so on & so forth.
The real truth, tho, is I'm a slug. Left to my own devices I can sit for hours - reading, watching the Today show, drawing, what have you. My nature is truly sedentary. Not to mention I have the luxury of not working. Did I mention that I hate housework, too?
But I've been trying to commit to working more activity into my day. I try, most of the time, to get up from whatever sedentary activity I happen to be engaged in & move every 45 minutes.
For instance, I just ran the dogs around the yard for a few minutes before sitting down to write this blog. Before that, it was 10 jumping jacks after a bathroom visit. Well, you get the idea.
Because that's what an active lifestyle really looks like - not an intense hour of turbo jam followed by 2 hours sitting spdown & watching the Today show.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
My current fav salad is a waldorf salad with tuna. So simple, so healthy, so filling!
1/2 bag romaine
1-2 stalks celery, sliced
1 tbsp walnuts
1 apple, diced
1/2 -1 cup grapes
2 tbsp mayo (I use vegenaise)
1 can tuna in olive oil
This is a HUGE, filling, satisfying salad. You can adjust the size to your own taste buds; I am a volume eater. You can use tuna in water. You can use whatever substitute for mayo you like - at least vegenaise doesn't have eggs. You could probably use less of it. I've been eating it about twice a week lately. I often skip my afternoon snack when I eat this, but I budget for one anyway.
As to turning a corner, DH actually offered to go to the movies today. We haven't been to the movies in months & there are ones I want to see. But it's just too nice, especially considering all the rain we've had this spring/summer.
It's gonna be a hot one today & humid, but it wasn't bad this morning & I wheedled him into taking the dogs to a local park. As usual, I didn't get to walk nearly as long as I wanted to, but at least I got him out & moving!
Have you turned any corners lately?
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