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What REALLY makes you happy?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Grumble, grumble, having to write this intro twice because the first one got devoured most definitely does NOT make happy.

So anyway, food both does & does not make me happy. I truly do love food. More & more healthy foods - my roasted asparagus & butternut squash last night totally hit the spot. And healthy does not necessarily = deprivation, because tomorrow I'm totally going to make chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/12

Food doesn't make me happy because it's such temporary happiness. Fleeting, which can lead to those portion sizes I struggle so with because if a little makes you happy, a lot will make you even more happy, right? NOT!

Because one of the things that truly makes me happy is exercise. Bizarre, considering my inherent laziness, but true. The endorphins you get after some nice sweaty cardio are addicting (every bit as much as chocolate. Well, maybe almost as much). And I like how my body looks when I do my ST - people think I'm much thinner than I really am because I am at least somewhat toned. Well, that and a sense of style.

And when I can't exercise the way I've planned? I am not happy. Even tho this week was always going to be a recovery week, I miss my cardio. I miss my extra abs work. But since I want to exercise for a long, long time, I'll give my hip (which is a lot better & really, really awkward to ice) the rest it needs.

So what else REALLY makes me happy?

*Clothes. May be shallow, but looking good makes me feel good.

*Spending time with my fur babies.





*Holding a warm mug of tea (or hot chocolate).

*Watching the sunrise.


Why is it even important to know what really makes you happy? Because if you don't, you'll try to make yourself happy with all the wrong things. Like maybe food. Or alcohol.

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NATPLUMMER 9/20/2011 11:18AM

    I hate when my blog gets eaten, too.
I also feel both ways about food. That cookie cake does look fab. Let me know how it turns out.
Exercise makes me happy, too. Glad your hip is feeling better. I would bet it is hard to ice.
All of those things (except massages) make me happy.

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MZSLYDE01 9/20/2011 9:45AM

    I know the things that make me happy and it took me along time to figure it out. Wish I would have figured it out when I was a bit younger. That's ok though some people never do figure it out. What a blessing.
I love your list and the fact that you know and are sure and you don't feel bad about it either.
I hope your hip continues to heal and that your back at it again soon.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/20/2011 9:29AM

    I almost didn't respond to this because I didn't want to seem unoriginal in saying that my list is identical to yours. Except I would add bubblebaths. Travel- not as much as in the past as I have no patience for airport hubbabubba. But I DO plan to take a U.S. trip in the near future and see stuff I've never experienced before. Have a fun day.

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GUILDWARSGIRL 9/20/2011 9:22AM

  I love your list ! It's a great idea to write down what truly makes you happy in life .I feel the same about my exercise , it makes me happy ,too.Have a great week !

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TEMPEST272002 9/20/2011 8:56AM

    "Now shall I walk or shall I ride?"
"Ride" Pleasure said.
"Walk" Joy replied.
WH Davies

You always ask the best questions! I used to chase one pleasure after another trying to find happiness, but just getting more and more unhappy instead. With SP, I've realized that when I make healthy choices, I tend to be happy. When I make unhealthy choices, I tend to be unhappy.

The cookie cake recipe looks delicous! And I think I have all of the ingredients... have you put it into the recipe calculator for the nutritional info? If yes, could you send me the link? THanks!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/20/2011 8:19AM

    EXERCISE makes me happy, and I get cranky without it. Sheesh, I must really be demented, lol.

True happiness lies in being happy with one's self and I can honestly say I am usually a very happy person. I am most happy when I am helping others reach their potential.

Don't worry..... BE HAPPY !!!!! emoticon

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ANGEL636 9/20/2011 8:12AM

    Very well said. I swapped cigarettes & coffee for Chai Tea. Skinny Chai makes me happy & shopping & helping others. emoticon & music!

Comment edited on: 9/20/2011 8:13:35 AM

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YCOMBER 9/20/2011 8:03AM

  Reading, Singing, and Swimming

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CSDAYS 9/20/2011 8:02AM

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/20/2011 7:57AM

    I think more people need to take the time to ask themselves this question! It seems like I often times get so caught up in the day to day "stuff" of life that I don't take the time to reflect on my own happiness level! The good news is I am basically a happy person... but what makes me happen, that is the question!

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A trend I won't be wearing

Monday, September 19, 2011

& curvy girl jeans

As my status indicates, I'm nixing today's run. Rather sadly, since it's a glorious day for it. The hip feels better, but not 100% yet. Missing a run or two - we'll see how it goes - isn't a problem. Which is a good reason to leave yourself what seems like too much time to train. You never know what will happen!

So bright colored jeans are a big trend this fall. Maybe i haven't found the right jeans yet or maybe it's a trend pear shaped girls just shouldn't embrace. All I know is that I've tried on several pairs of red jeans & haven't found a flattering pair yet.

Speaking of curvy girl jeans, I went back to kohls yesterday (came out empty handed, too). The JLo line was on sale, people were raving about one of the dresses i'd tried on - but commented they ran small.

It seemed like it was a dress to show off my curves, so I decided I needed to try it on in larger sizes. Nope, still just didn't like the way it fit. The ruching just didn't lay right - maybe because I'm a petite - and it made my butt look big. I tried some other pieces but really just wasn't feeling it.

Until I tried on the jeans. They fit great, except for the fact they were miles too long & since even on sale they were more than I normally pay for jeans I didn't want to shell out the extras to get them shortened. But the waist & the hips fit great! I was so sad to leave without them. If only she created them in petites!

Turns out she did; the store apparently didn't stock any. But they're available online. Except now I have to go back because the 8s fit, but I never tried on the 6s & they might fit. So the dresses run small but the jeans fit right. Go figure.

Next stop was the mall. I know, I know, all that walking probably wasn't the best thing for my hip. At least it is better today. I have no fall/winter dresses & I've really fallen in love with dresses. My mom was saying she prefers pants because she has to wear a girdle with a dress - but then she's fairly overweight. Dresses are so comfortable & hide so many flaws!

I stopped at H&M & found a great basic dress - and a boost to my ego, because some young twigs in the dressing room were complaining about how they had to wear larger sizes there! Yes! It's not just me! Their sizing does tend to run small.

Last stop was Old Navy. I thought they'd gotten in some new dresses, but if they had, I didn't find them. But here's a fall trend I'm embracing: stripes. I'd tried on a striped dress there a while back, but at $47 it was way overpriced. It was on sale, plus my 30% off coupon & for $17 it was worth it.

Not as great deals as my buddies KISSFAN or DDHEART, but I was pleased with it.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have some photos to share.

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DISPATCHER04 9/19/2011 10:29PM

    LOL--well, the JLo stuff is supposed to enhance your hind end, isn't it? I mean it's JLO! LOL.

Happy shopping. :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/19/2011 12:48PM

    Oooh yeah, photos please. I have been debating about a trip to Kohl's to see the new JLO stuff, thanks for the review.

I am in desparate need of retail therapy, I did treat myself to a new paula deen candle (apple crumb something or nother) in a cute little iron skillet - smells like I've been cooking apple pies, yuuummmmm, only without the calories, lol.

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NATPLUMMER 9/19/2011 10:21AM

    I've found that even if pants are petite, I still have to shorten them. I may have to check out the JLO jeans when I get the boot off.
I have never found anything I liked at H&M.

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MZSLYDE01 9/19/2011 9:58AM

    I don't even like trying on the clothes in todays styles because nothing fits the same and seems I can never find something that fit's just right. They are either too small, too long, weird fitting, etc, etc, etc,.... Glad you have the patience to find the right fitting clothes. I need to take the time and shop around I guess. Maybe I should plan a girl day with my sister and do that.
I agree about the colored jeans though - just doesn't seem right and I think they make stuff to make your butt look big because that is the IN thing - Who the heck wants to make their butt look bigger is beyond me..Ha ha ha.
Can't wait for the photo's.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/19/2011 9:14AM

    I have never liked jeans in colors. Didn't know they are popular right now. Have to admit that I just don't shop a lot these days. I did order a juicer yesterday, and am going to try that.

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Plan + goal = motivation for this girl

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The goal is to run a HM. The plan called for 7 miles. Quite frankly, without both, I doubt I would have even gotten out the door yesterday. The last 3 weeks have been busy for me, with far too little sleep - again, for me.

The end result was I was feeling off yesterday. I didn't know if it was off getting sick, in which case a long run wasn't a great idea, or off I'll feel off a few days then be fine. Thankfully, I think it's the latter.

I decided to at least attempt it. I told myself if it really didn't feel right, i could always shorten the run or abandon it completely.

Oops, forgot to share my decision on dinner the night before! I decided to carbo-load & went with the vegan pasta alfredo.

I've switched to running in the afternoons on my long runs. I MUCH prefer running in the mornings, but since my first HM will be late afternoon/evening, I'm trying to train for that. I'll probably never run at exactly the same time & I can't replicate the time difference, but I can still try to duplicate the conditions a much as possible.

The end result is the last couple of runs have seemed a little harder. I still had a respectable pace (for me) of just under 12 mm. Now my hip is bothering me - another first in the aches & pains department. It truly seems you never quite know what's going to ache after a long run. I've done runs the same length before without any aches.

I must say next week is my easy week where I dial back my mileage & I'm looking forward to it. Funny how when I don't plan a long run but it just happens it seems fun; when it's on the plan it can seem more like work. I'm also considering shortening up some of the midweek runs - right now the 5 milers have just seemed hard. Probably cause they're tempo & speed work & I've chosen to do them on the treadmill. I have another plan that calls for shorter runs midweek anyway. Plans should be flexible.

I did buy a brownie at the farmer's market. In fact, I bought 2, from different booths. I chose a smaller one at one booth. I tasted one & ate the other one after my run. Wanted dessert again after dinner, but even tho the brownies were very good, that sugar just gives me a headache. I knew I wanted a healthy dessert (if there can really be such a thing) and so I polished off the last chocolate pie slice - which really hit the spot & did NOT give me a headache. I'm counting all that as NSVs, btw - might not seem like thatto some, but deliberately choosing a smaller brownie, not devouring both brownies & realizing I didn't want more sugar even if I wanted more chocolate are NSVs in my book.

I also eye'd the chocolate dipped pretzels at another booth . . . and now kind of regret not buying them. They could be a great recovery snack after a long run. See what I can talk myself into? Still, this was the very first time I purchased baked goods at the farmer's market & I've had lots of opportunities.

I also thought of my buddies SKINNYPOWELL & NATPLUMMER, who want to be running & can't right now. I sent them healing vibes during my run.

Can we get a little chipmunk love? Think captain & tenille's muskrat love. I got to explore new parts of this particular path & I lost count of the chipmunks I saw after about the first dozen! I've never seen so many chipmunks in my life!

So now I'm just left wondering whether or not I should run tomorrow. Guess we'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/19/2011 12:43PM

    Thanks for the healing vibes you sent my way, I think they may have worked, wink wink emoticon. I'm feeling better today after resting all weekend. Sorry to hear about your hip, I always come up with new places to ache too, lol. Ice it and relax for a few days, that works for me. I'm hoping you had a bite of that brownie for me too, lol. What a great treat for your reward after your run, and YES you deserve a small bite of happiness for all your hard work. YOU ROCK !!!!! I'm sending you healing {{{{{Vibes}}}}} for the hip.

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MZSLYDE01 9/19/2011 9:54AM

    Awe that is sweet you sent healing vibes to our fellow sparkers who love running and can't be out in this nice weather right now doing their passion.
Good for you on your running.
Don't you just love the farmers market - I do too.

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NATPLUMMER 9/18/2011 3:47PM

I'm glad you did your run but I'm sorry your hip wasn't happy about it. Good idea to try to at least get some of your long runs in later in the day. I say, go ahead and shorten your midweek runs if you want.
Brownies!!! Yum!! Yes, I do agree it was a NSV.
Thank you for healing vibes...I'll take 'em. :-)
Chipmunks are always fun to see.

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TEMPEST272002 9/18/2011 1:37PM

    The brownie decision counts as NSVs in my book too! I think you're being very smart with your training choices - allowing for flexibility, but still insisting on making the attempt. If I make the attempt & 10 minutes in don't feel like continuing, then I probably do need to stop or take it easier. Most of the time though 10 minutes in & I'm ready for more. Laughed at the chipmunk love comment. I'm envisioning your trail overrun with them scurrying everywhere! lol

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    Good job on getting out there. I like the idea on seeing how you feel tomorrow.

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VLVTGRRL 9/18/2011 11:50AM

    Great job on getting out there! I hope the "off" feeling goes away soon. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/18/2011 9:35AM

    I think you are doing great! And, the NSV are excellent little self-talk motivators. Sometimes I think there should be a spot on our trackers for those!

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XFITSTRONG 9/18/2011 8:12AM

    Do you do intervals on your long runs? I know everybody is different, but for me the aches and pains are SO much less when I do intervals and it really doesn't make that much difference on your time. I know injuring myself is a huge worry for me with running. I did it back in January when I ran the trail HM and was out for about 2 months. I try to be super careful, but it is hard to hold back sometimes. Take care of yourself and keep working towards your goal! Have a great Sunday!!!!!! :)

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SUZANNA_XX 9/18/2011 7:54AM

    I think you should reward yourself after you did exercise. :) If you deprive yourself, you will just end up eating more. If you wanna buy one, then go ahead. :)

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What should I eat for dinner?

Friday, September 16, 2011

So after I wrote my happy blog about my short shorts I had a terrible WI that really blindsided me. I truly don't know what the heck is going on with my body. The only thing. Can think if is that HM training is messing with me, despite the fact I'm barely 3 weeks into it! But normally I don't do 5 mile runs during the week & my plan has me doing that (along with the weekend long runs).

But I managed a good loss last week & really felt I ate well this week!

Well, whatever.

My parents came up for the night last night. So here are my dinner choices:

1. Crab cake. Which is what I had for dinner last night. No sauce.

2. Leftover white pizza from lunch. VERY thin crust, not that much cheese, with tomatoes & diced avocado.

3. What's left of the GINORMOUS chicken salad sandwiches my parents had. Seriously, one sandwich could've fed like 3 people. I'd give it to DH but I don't think he really likes that & since he's going out of town soon . . . I hate to just throw it out but don't think it's going to do much good for me . . .

4. My tuna waldorf salad I make. Altho the reality is aside from the bread, am I kidding myself that that's healthier? Except I control the ingredients.

5. The vegan shells with Alfredo sauce I made a few days ago. With tofu & cashews, brown rice & quinoa shells, it's sort of healthy.

I'm leaning towards that last choice. I have a 7 mile run tomorrow. Maybe a chicken salad sandwich after the run? But then the pizza is still waiting! Argh! Help!

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LEONALIONESS 9/19/2011 11:24AM

    Did you do a longer run the day or two before your WI?
If you're doing longer distances for you during the week, keep in mind that for every gram of carbohydrate/glycogen your muscles hold they also hold 3 grams of water (I THINK it's three, it's a lot...). I always "weigh more" the day after any run that taxed me/left me sore just due to water stuff.

I weigh WAY more for a few days post marathon and actually have to wear slightly bigger jeans to accommodate my quads. The muscles swell with the water from the glycogen storage and from the water needed to repair all those little tears.

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MZSLYDE01 9/19/2011 9:51AM

    Everything sounds wonderful but whew with this sickness the thought of food makes me sick to my stomach. Even today I still have that nausea. Kinda sucks - can't enjoy food.

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VLVTGRRL 9/17/2011 10:26PM

    I just got all caught up reading your blogs. WTG on training for a half! I have yet to run a 5k. I do it when I run on the treadmill, but have never paid race fees to go do it. Not sure if I could increase my distance either. I work out during lunch and it already takes my whole lunch period to change, run, and change back. I need to get up early like you do and get a longer run in then. Do you run in the dark? Or do you do other workouts in the morning?

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NATPLUMMER 9/16/2011 2:34PM

    That's the eternal question, isn't it?
How about deciding when you're actually ready to eat. That may help you make a decision.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/16/2011 1:57PM

    Think of me while you are out running enjoying the weather, I'll be with you in spirit. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/16/2011 1:48PM

    You are a good girl in trying to pick ONE choice. I'd opt for both 1 & 2, topping it off with 4. (smiling) My huge appetite has returned and I'm amazed I haven't gained. Still in size 12 pants (which are okay for now), and XL top. My plateau comes in handy sometimes.

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TEMPEST272002 9/16/2011 1:41PM

    Yeah, I'd save the chicken sandwich for the post run. Protien + high GI carb.

Me, I'd go for number 1 or 7. Put a gorgeous spinach/mushroom salad with those crab cakes. hmmmm... I can hear my tummy grumble.

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Happiness is being comfortable in your clothes

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's amazing the difference just a few pounds can make. I know just a couple of weeks ago my Jean short shorts were feeling snug. Like I-can't-wear-these-out-of-the-house snug. Yesterday I wore them - and even raked leaves with them on! Ok, so it WAS in the backyard; I was actually hoping to get to some in the front yard, too, but it's a busy week for me.

It also makes me wonder about the denial that goes along with gaining almost 40 lbs. Look, i knew I was gaining. Even without a scale or WIs I had a pretty good idea of how much I was gaining.

But I don't even remember buying clothes in ever-increasing sizes, altho obviously I must have.

Now just a few pounds makes me sooooo uncomfortable and determined (you might say MAD - motivated & determined) to get back to feeling comfortable again.

But then you have to be oh-so-vigilant about not getting TOO comfortable. No wonder Stacy & Clinton hate the "C" word! Not letting too many little indulgences creep in. Because this time WILL be different.

Oh, there will still be ups & downs, literally; it's inevitable. But somehow you've got to hold onto your determination, keep your eyes on the prize, put your nose to the grindstone, and just maybe your money where your mouth is (my WW payments - which WILL go away some day).

Is there a point in all this? Darned if I know, but. Know you'll relate to what I'm saying!

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NATPLUMMER 9/14/2011 6:05PM

    And of course when you're short, a few pounds can make a huge difference.

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    I also get it! I had some major blinders on too.

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TEMPEST272002 9/14/2011 4:57PM

    Yup, I totally get it. I don't understand how I was able to deny away 140 excess pounds - but I remember just waking up to it one day. Now, I feel each of the 5 lbs I gained weighing me down. Literally. I'm MAD too.

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GAILRUU 9/14/2011 4:52PM

    I got rid of all my big clothes and it really is an incentive to get serious about counting calories when the new smaller ones start feeling a little snug!

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P0KERS0PH 9/14/2011 4:31PM

    I know what you mean about not realising you were buying bigger clothes as you were gaining weight, I cannot remember that either, but like you say, were obviously were!

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DISPATCHER04 9/14/2011 4:27PM

    Congrats on wearing the too-snug shorts! :)

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LOGANDRYLSMOM 9/14/2011 2:59PM

    i SO understand what you mean!!! i was going to post on my blog today about how fast it seems to happen and how I was just in denial (surely its water weight, sodium, something! ) and here I find this great blog! SOOO true!!!

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XFITSTRONG 9/14/2011 2:29PM

    HA! I used to use the rationale that clothing companies size their clothes differently.... so even though I "know" I really am a size 16, I am buying an 18 in this brand.... uhhhh NOT! Truth was I gained weight and was no longer a 16! That's the cycle I was in for so long! And you are right!!!! Just a few pounds makes a huge difference. I notice it when I lose and when I gain.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/14/2011 1:11PM

    Once again, you've been inside my head and written my identical thoughts. I mean, just yesterday, I went through this smiling thought process about how I was in la-la land and didn't even realize I was gaining wgt. And the size of clothing, etc. And what a difference a few pounds of loss makes. Thanks for bringing my own thoughts to the screen, once again. Have a fun day.

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RUBYEMMA775 9/14/2011 1:07PM

    Totally agree!!!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 9/14/2011 12:56PM

    Amen to that! I totally "get" what you're saying and agree 100%

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