Friday, September 23, 2011
So my review of the JLo collection at Kohls: the clothes are nice, but I think overpriced & sometimes the fit is rather odd. Except the jeans - they fit me very well - no gaping at the waist, which is hard to find for me. And I like the jewelry - the fact that there're a lot of hearts, my fav, doesn't hurt; I think it's reasonably priced at the sale price. Yesterday's earrings were from her collection & they were $13.50 on sale.
I think that there is never any one answer, it's the sum of everything you do & maybe that's why balance is so hard to find. It's like the nutrition scientists - they find one component of food that helps you lose weight or stay healthy & the next thing you know that's the next wonder food/drug. When the reality might be that it's the combination of ingredients, not any one single ingredient.
I *think* that the weeks I've had good losses are due to a combination of things:
*Eating at the higher end of my range - but the majority of food MUST be healthy food. Back to the 80/20 rule (80% healthy, 20% treat)
*Time of the month - yup, it really does matter
*Enough rest during the day.
Let me explain that last one. Was I overtraining? I don't think so - I'm barely running 15 miles most weeks - but maybe my body thinks so. A coupe of the signs are there: possible overuse injury, feeling tired in the mornings.
I'm beginning to think maybe I need 2, not just 1 rest days. Course I walk the dogs every day, but I actually had DH walk them last week when I did my long run. So maybe the day before & after my long runs should both be rest days.
I'm thinking that may be what *I* need - it might not be what *you* need. But I read a lot about how older "atheletes" need more rest. Well, it's a theory I'm willing to test out.
Tin Cup. It's a movie & if you've never seen it & enjoy romantic comedies, I highly recommend it. Kevin Kostner; nuff said.
What got me thinking about it is there's a scene where Rene Russo brings in all this paraphernalia she's bought to help her golf game.
Recently I bought the Chi Running DVD when active.com had a half price deal on it. That was the first book on running I read & it spoke to me, but at $40 the DVD seemed too expensive.
And I'm reading a book called Run for Life that was on one of the frequent kindle sales. The author raves about something called E3 grips, so I bought them. It's an interesting book, btw.
So here I sm with all my running paraphernalia in the hopes of running pain free . . . I'll let you know what I think of this stuff.
Right now I'm hoping to take my new hypotheses for a spin this week & am hoping at the very least to maintain, since this week was a good weight loss week.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
One last dress photo. I'd seen this dress online at Kohls, but missed it in the store. I'd even put it in my online shopping cart, but it sold out quickly. I often put things in my online shopping carts -- for days or weeks -- when I'm just thinking about them.
But it was at the store yesterday. The cut is the same as the 2 other dresses I tried from the JLo collection, pretty much, but the one I thought made my butt look big was a much lighter print. That one also had a cowl neck, which I really like, even tho I like the wrap-style of this dress, too. The ruching is still a bit odd, but in the end, obviously, I decided to buy it.
And because I needed something to bring me up enough to get my Kohls cash . . .
I ordered one pair of the jeans I wanted last night (they have no shorts at t he store). Praying the sizing is similar in short & regular. Now I have $20 of Kohls cash and will probably order the other pair of jeans.
So balance . . . it's so hard to know what to do sometimes. Both times I gained weight recently - a fair amount of weight for me -- I was eating at the lower end of my range. Mainly to make up for foods I didn't really know the value of while I was on vacation, for instance.
Today I lost most -- but not all -- of what I gained the previous week. And I ate a LOT. And I only ran once because of my hip. One thing I have gotten much, much better at is tracking everything. Even the little tastes. I don't always know how to track it -- what's a few bites of brownie, for instance, or a lick of batter? -- but I try my best.
Last week I had:
Crab cake, garlic bread & the tofu fudge pie all on one night
Another crab cake on a different night
Home made vegan pasta alfredo . . . on several nights
Coconut ice cream one night (that's ice cream made with coconut milk)
A very rich brownie after my long (and only, as it turned out) run
CCK's chocolate cookie chip cake (which was awesome, even if it was underbaked -- who knew chickpeas & sugar could taste so good?)
But there were NSVs in there, too. Tracking everything to the best of my ability. Not touching the SECOND brownie even tho it was on the counter for a couple of days (and is now in the freezer, still untouched). Deliberately choosing a smaller brownie when I could have had a larger one.
And then there are days like today when your good intentions somehow just fly out the window. I was planning on a broccoli stromboli for lunch, which is what I got. So far so good. Then I got to thinking how good some garlic knots would taste. Then I told myself no, that's not going to help you towards your goal. Guess what I had for lunch? I'll track it, and it's hardly the end of the world, but truly I would have been better off without them.
I even exercised less than usual this week because of my hip. I did exercise, but much less than normal.
So reviewing all that it seems obvious I'm just not eating enough, right? That might be true. But again maybe not. I've thought that in the past and been burned the next week when I ate more.
Somewhere there is the balance of giving yourself permission to eat more good stuff, because you're working out hard and you need the fuel, but not giving yourself permission to pig out, either, or eat too much junk. I also think the fact that I got a decent amount of sleep most nights this week for the first time in about a month certainly didn't hurt, either.
My weight is still definitely at the higher end of the range I've been hanging out at & I don't like it. I can see it in my face in every photo. Every extra ounce shows up right in my jowls. Some people's faces look so beautiful even when they're quite heavy -- I've never felt that way about my own face. Maybe I'm too hard on myself, but it's the truth. But I definitely liked my shoulders in that coral dress!
Balance. It's all about balance, and finding the right balance for YOU.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I was waiting for my Kohls order to get here before posting it. I ordered a couple of items online that weren't in the store, which is always just a bit dicey.
Here's a Simply Vera Vera Wang skirt. This one actually looks better in the photo than I thought it did in person. I wasn't quite sure what to pair it with -- it's got zippered pockets which you can't see & I didn't want to cover them up. I'm not an edgy person at all, but sometimes I like to dress just a little edgy.
I like it with the blazer (which I haven't worn yet). The blazer is H&M; the tank is Old Navy; And the skirt is Simply Vera Vera Wang (the line fits curvy girls well) - just one example of playing with clothes!
And here's another example: to belt or not to belt? The photo answered the question for me. The dress is also Simply Vera Vera Wang. It's purple, pretty basic, but somewhat sheer so more for date night. I wasn't sure how I'd like the ruching, which you can't see, but it goes in diagonal lines across the body.
The necklace is the reward I bought myself a while ago. It might be a long time til I get to the next necklace at this rate.
Me embracing the stripes trend. This is the Old Navy Dress. Yes, it comes way below the knee -- but I'll appreciate that when it's colder out!
This last dress is from H&M -- just a simple basic dress for fall/winter. It's just a little tight right now, but I tried on the M and that was too loose. All I need to do is drop a couple of pounds and it should fit perfect. It's indigo, somewhere between blue and purple.
Last week I was feeling like I'd lost weight right up until the day before WI (which is tomorrow). This week I felt like I lost weight again, and so far so good . . . hoping not to screw things up today!
This last dress I bought on one of the Today Show's Steals & Deals a while ago. I really like it -- you can wear the dress a bunch of different ways -- only problem is that it is very sheer. I really need a bra under it and I don't have that kind of bra! Hopefully I can find something at Target. We're going to Miami in about a month & I'm really hoping it's warm enough to wear then. It's very comfortable and will pack down to nothing.
Don't I look like I'm strking a ballerina pose in that photo? Which is really funny cause I'm definitely no ballerina!
I know everything would look better with heels, but I'm still babying my hip (which is much better & I'm hoping to run tomorrow) so no heels for me right now. Good thing I have cute flats, too!
Don't be afraid to play with your girls (OMG, how in the world did I miss that typo? It's supposed to say don't be afraid to play with your clothes!) and shop in your closet! Or maybe you just want to hire me to help you put together outfits. I'm really good at it!
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.
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