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Just where do I live, anyway?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In the spring, with all the cool temps & never-ending rain, I thought I'd been transplanted to the pacific NW.

Last week, with all the heat & humidity, I thought I was back in TX.

The last 2 days, in the afternoons, we've had monsoons - now I feel as tho I were in the carribean!

Oh, and of course there was all that snow this winter . . . maybe the world really is ending next yr! Which would be a shame, because I have my birthday HM to run.

Seriously wacky weather this year, all year long.

Not much going on here today . . . took the dogs for long walks yesterday & today because the mornings have been so nice. Got the grocery shopping done. Picked up a couple of books from the library. Spent too much at Marshalls, as usual - I've had my eye on a pair of sandals for a long time & they finally went on sale, but somehow 4 tops & a dress made it into my cart, too. The good news is really, now I have no reason to go there - I'm pretty good on clothes, not that that ever stops me. At least now I wear what I buy!

My only danger from shopping is wanting to check out borders at some point to see if there's some good cookbooks & borders is in the mall.

About the only thing weight related to share is that the hot yoga studio near me is offering unlimited classes for $100 in august. Always wanted to try it, never have - probably cause this place charges $17/class. I know my buddy CCAROLYN123 loved doing hot yoga recently. Gotta discuss it with DH tonight.

Gotta ge some ST in; hopefully the thunder will stop soon so Lola won't have to remain attached to me.

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TEMPEST272002 7/27/2011 1:27PM

    Sounds like a great price for the hot yoga. There's a yoga studio near me that offers it, but haven't tried it yet. Let us know if you decide to try it.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/27/2011 7:28AM

    You will absolutely love hot yoga, it's my favorite. Practicing yoga in a private studio is far better than doing it at home, no distractions. Give it a whirl. Good job on getting the DH to eat salad. I usually bribe the DH to eat salad, like I will buy or make his fav dessert to go with the salad. Yeah, it kinda defeats the purpose but it sure stops the grumbling. Have a super day. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/26/2011 11:38PM

    Hot yoga? Will stay tuned for the details when you do that.

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NATPLUMMER 7/26/2011 3:30PM

    The weather has been weird this year. Don't worry about the world ending getting in the way of your birthday HM, it won't happen until December 12th.
Yay for clothes!! I think it's fine to buy them if you actually wear them.
I don't think I could do the hot yoga. Sounds too uncomfortable.
I hope you get your ST in...don't worry, Lola, it'll be okay.

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DDOORN 7/26/2011 3:23PM

    Wacky weather is right! Cycled to work after blueberrying this morning...skies totally blue and sunny. Just minutes after locking up the bike and getting inside...? Thunderous downpour! Glad I wasn't out on my bike then!


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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/26/2011 3:23PM

    Sorry to hear that Lola is afraid of the thunder. Maddy gets quite upset too but Lou doesn't seem to notice it.

I wish I lived in the states at times for all the available shopping. Most of our tv channels are american so we get glimpses of what kinds of stores you have AND of the great sale prices. All the same, I don't want to buy anything now as I'm still trying to get some more weight off. Hopefully 15 pounds will have me out of most plus-sizes!!!!

Let us know if you take the yoga class!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/26/2011 2:53PM

    I need to go shopping.....but it seems all I buy are running clothes!

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    Let me know about the yoga, I still haven't tried it.

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I give up

Monday, July 25, 2011

I give up having to camouflage my body

I give up feeling too tired to move 95% of the time

I give feeling like the only color I can safely wear is black

I give up feeling invisible

I give up feeling I'm not good enough just the way I am

I give up the sugar comas

I give up going thru my closet & finding nothing to wear that's cute & flattering

I give up feeling guilty about my food choices

I give up feeling tired by what I just ate

I give up the idea that I can't run

Whenever we start on a quest for better health, we so often feel like we're giving up the things we love. But what are YOU really giving up?

Most of the above statements are already true for me; a few I'm still working on.

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DISPATCHER04 7/27/2011 11:50AM

    I like this. :) So positive. :)

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/26/2011 3:24PM

    Great blog! I'm giving up (slowly) being so full after meals that I feel sick, I'm giving up not having energy, and I'm giving up being a complete couch potato!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/26/2011 1:33PM

    When I first saw the title to this blog - I was like NO WAY, she would never quit or give up, but I do like the things you are giving up. Super fantastic, always an inspiration. emoticon

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KELIZ11 7/26/2011 9:00AM

    I give up all that too! Well, at least I'm working on giving all that up. Very motivating and well said.


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GET10HEALTHY 7/25/2011 4:21PM

    I like this too. In fact, may I copy it to put on my mirror?

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KANSASROSE67 7/25/2011 3:51PM

    Great blog!

I give up nurturing myself with food when what I really need is rest, or a hug, or time to myself.

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/25/2011 3:07PM

    Hmmmmm. I might try filling this one up for me too. I wonder what will pop up!
Great reminder that we can choose to give certain things up!

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SKFEREBEE 7/25/2011 2:34PM

    Love this! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/25/2011 2:16PM

    Great perspective!

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PJGOOD123 7/25/2011 2:12PM


This is terrific! I wholeheartedly agree and will start my own list.

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TERP_TERP 7/25/2011 12:44PM

    emoticon Love it!

I am giving up not fitting through a small isle with another person. I am giving up knocking things over because I take up more space than I think I do ...lol emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/25/2011 11:12AM

    Great things!!

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GUILDWARSGIRL 7/25/2011 10:47AM

  Great things to give up on the way to a better you !

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/25/2011 9:41AM

    This is a great reminder blog. Thank you!

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What I learned today

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I learned it's a bad idea to plan a "big" dinner on a day when you don't have a lot of points/calories to play with, cause despite a HUGE salad for lunch that put DH's lunch of a hamburger & a hot dog to shame, I am STARVING.

Tonight we're having whole chicken legs & baked potatoes from the crockpot - the chicken legs bought at the farmer's market yesterday where the guy swore up & down in his Irish brogue that they'll be the best I've ever had because of all the good stuff he feeds them. We'll see. And some asparagus.

Everything except the asparagus actually came from the farmer's market.

I've eaten a ton of veggies & fruit today, but not much protein yet - which is probably why I'm so hungry.

DH wasn't feeling great today & it's a rest day for me, so I challenged him to a game of scrabble on my kindle. At least we're both getting some exercise going up & down the stairs to pass the kindle.

He is beating me, ad usual, which is ironic since I spell much better than him & probably have a better vocabulary. He did get better letters, not to mention 2 blank tiles while I got none.

And I noticed, while we were playing, that I have been made a spark people motivator. You would think they'd notify you of something like that, wouldn't you? Apparently not.

Thank you to everyone that nominated me. I think we are all motivators, I truly do!

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SKFEREBEE 7/25/2011 2:47PM


Well deserved honor!

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HALFFAST 7/25/2011 9:39AM

    You are definitely a motivator! Congrats!

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RATFINKROB 7/25/2011 9:14AM

    Congratulations, you always motivate me!

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MZSLYDE01 7/25/2011 9:10AM

    WAY TO GO on the motivator. Because you really are.
I love you and the DH are playing scrabble on the Kindle... How cool is that. Fun. I love it.
Eat your protein girl.

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GFREERUNNER 7/25/2011 6:27AM

    I found your page because you are a motivator :) I love playing scrabble!

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SHEILA1505 7/25/2011 3:11AM

Hope the chicken was worth the wait and that you are no longer hungry


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TEMPEST272002 7/24/2011 11:24PM

    Congratulations on being a motivator. It's well deserved!

SP did notify me when I got a motivator award - through sparkmail, I think.

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NATPLUMMER 7/24/2011 8:26PM

    Yay!!! Congratulations!!!
I'm pretty sure it's the lack of protein that is making you hungry. I hope the chicken and potatoes is good.
I haven't played scrabble in ages. I used to play with my mom or grandma...they were awesom at it. I think they let me win every once in a while.

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DISPATCHER04 7/24/2011 6:45PM

    So, I'm curious about the chicken legs and baked potatoes from a crockpot? How do you cook that?

And you bought them at the farmer's market? Wow. All our farmer's market has is produce and some baked goods.

You and your DH don't play scrabble in the same room?

My husband beats me at scrabble, too, despite my spelling/vocabulary ability. :D

Congrats on being Spark People Motivator. You do have a good blog. :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/24/2011 6:26PM

    Congrats! If anyone deserves it, you do! And I've voted for you many times, so this is good news. You've always provided such helpful info and wise advice.

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    Way to Go Motivator! That's very exciting and well deserved!

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XFITSTRONG 7/24/2011 5:09PM

    Congrats on being motivator! I saw your page up yesterday on the Motivators page and meant to say something. That *is* funny SparkPeople didn't notify you, lol.

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The evolution of a healthy eater

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just finished one of my favorite snacks . . . plum tomatoes fresh from the farmer's market dipped in some sea salt. God, I could seriously eat the entire pint in one sitting. Considering I ran 4 1/2 miles in the steam bath we call the great outdoors, I could probably use that extra sodium.

I didn't plan that long a run . . . I had 3- 4 miles in mind . . . something just happens when you get out there. Lance told me I ran my fastest mile (not ever, I'm sure, just fastest the Nike+ sensor has recorded to date) AGAIN.

I'm beginning to wonder if the sensor is broken. I certainly didn't feel I was running faster than usual & everyone (except the walkers) passed me easily as usual. Average pace of 11:48 which is actually not bad - for me - especially in this heat. Supposed to cool down tomorrow, finally.

So anyway as I was driving to the park I was thinking about what I'd brought with me - some honeystinger gels for during my run & a honeystinger waffle for afterwards. And I'd had a honeystinger protein bar before the run.

I don't eat those bars or waffles anytime other than when I'm running - and the waffles are only for after a longer run. They are fuel. Really, really good tasting fuel, but I have to earn them.

And lest you think I'm perfect - which I'm far from - don't forget my little episode where I ate the entire bag of PB2 crackers over a week's time, none of them during a run, & they were meant to be fuel for runs, too. Darn hormones.

So don't beat yourself up if you're not real happy with your food choices. It takes time to reshape your eating habits. I've been working on mine for about 20 yrs & you're never "finished", you're always evolving - hopefully.

Must give a shoutout to my Amphipod runlite fuel belt - I love it! I got the one with 4 8 oz water bottles, but what I love about it is you can take them off - I use one when I walk the dogs; all 4 today.

I got the hard plastic fuel module, which I tried out today & it worked great - no little waffle bits like I get when I put it in the soft pocket.

So go out & keep reinventing yourself!

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DDOORN 7/25/2011 10:46AM

    Haven't been too happy with MY food choices lately...trying to stop the self-bashing and get tracking again!


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MZSLYDE01 7/25/2011 9:08AM

    I don't know how you did that running in this heatwave of ours. I die when I go outside. KUDOS for getting er done.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/24/2011 12:01PM

    I'm going to check out that belt. I'm always sticking the water bottle in pockets or taking a backpack. That would be perfect. Good job on your run today. Have a fun rest of day.

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TEMPEST272002 7/24/2011 11:04AM

    Great job getting in a long run. I've been doing so much other exercise lately that running has fallen to the wayside. Picked up a new pair of New Balance Trail Runners yesterday - so I'm sure I'll be back to it soon. Hope you're having a great day!

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XFITSTRONG 7/24/2011 7:51AM

    I am motivated by your blogs!!! THanks for writing!

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NATPLUMMER 7/23/2011 7:08PM

    Yum...tomatoes :-)
Yay for another fast mile!!
Nobody is perfect...no worries.
I like the Amphipod, too.

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JESSIEJUICE 7/23/2011 5:39PM

    Way to go on surpassing your initial goal for the day- especially in the heat! What is the Nike+ sensor? something you clip to your arm/shoe? emoticon on a great day!

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31524V 7/23/2011 11:25AM

  I think it is so cool that you can run 3-4 miles in one day. I have tried running before and it almost killed me. Maybe I will try again. Your blog gives me inspiration. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Back to reality

Friday, July 22, 2011

My reality, for most of my life, was that my legs are something that need to be covered up. Not my best feature.

While it's true that they aren't my best feature, I've found in the right clothes they look pretty good - not the long skirts and the long shorts I've hidden behind for most of my life. I don't think I'd ever worn a pencil skirt til this summer - boy, was I missing out! It's the perfect silhouette for me, emphasizing curves in all the right places.

The knee length - or longer skirts - I used to camouflage my legs really just swallowed up all my curves.

A couple spark buddies who are at their GW - or close - blogged recently about not liking photos of themselves. Thinking they look great in the mirror but being disappointed by the photo. I'm so glad I'm not alone!

And then there's the bra flab (sorry, guys!). I swear that's just driving me insane! And the sitting down muffin top (you know, the one that's not there when you're standing?). Will it ever go away?

But back to reality . . . cause there's so much to like! Even if you're not as close to GW as I am, i'll bet there's something you've hidden for years that needs to be flaunted. Go on, I double dare you!

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TEMPEST272002 7/23/2011 9:24AM

    Adjusting my mind to my new body is proving to be a big challenge. But you know how I like challenges... Since I've seen your bikini pics, I know you have a great body. In your pictures, I usually like the more form fitted outfits better on you, so I can see how pencil skirts would look great.

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BESSHAILE 7/23/2011 6:56AM

    LOL - sigh - bra flab. so with ya sister.

Thanks for reminding me that it's good to try on different silhouettes ... you never know what new thing will look great on!

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DISPATCHER04 7/22/2011 8:05PM

    Even movie stars have features that they find less than desirable. Focus on the positives. :)

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    I had to laugh at the sitting muffin top comment!

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NATPLUMMER 7/22/2011 1:24PM

    emoticon Love what you've got.

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LALAFLOWERS 7/22/2011 9:37AM

    Hard to believe, but your opinion of yourself comes out in pictures. If you practice having pictures taken of you, when you are reminding yourself, inside, that you love yourself, that you are beautiful, and amazing, all that will come out in a picture! All it does is take practice. Yep, maybe those practice pictures will get deleted, or just be stored on a CD, where no one else will see... but take them anyways. You'll soon learn to smile from deep inside, and let that happiness shine thru.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/22/2011 9:27AM

    I've never taken a good pic - thin or not. Not photogenic. But I realized the other day how I don't look at myself in the full length mirror anymore. Not a dislike of self, but rather, a reluctance to accept bodily changes. I know I'm getting back to where I'll look at reality again.

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DDOORN 7/22/2011 9:12AM

    Now THAT'S one of the TOUGHEST challenges along our journey...!


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