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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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