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Shouldn't HE be saying that?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yesterday was one of the more formal dinners & I wore a form fitting dress. And my husband's boss's wife (got that?) told me I looked hot in it! We've met a few times at these sorts of things & toured a bit together when we were in Prague, but never really clicked.

Later my husband did say I looked nice; he's a bit preoccupied with work at the moment since he's running this portion of the conference.

Today there's no rain - finally! - but it's a bit cool to go swimming. In fact, it's literally only a couple of degrees warmer than it is in Albany! Not really that great a shock to me, after all the years I lived in TX; I knew coming that the weather this time of year is a crap shoot.

Maybe I'll give it a try tomorrow anyway. It's supposed to warm up this weekend.

After a short, but intense ST + HIT workout on a stationary bike, I headed out to find the park I wanted to go to yesterday. I asked directions this time. They weren't completely accurate, but I found it. Walked around for a while & bought a shrug.

Then got royally lost trying to get back to the hotel. Back into a neighborhood I didn't like - til I saw a policeman who got me headed in the right direction again. Really had to walk fast to get back in time for lunch & got very sweaty!

I headed back out after lunch - to my other home. Some of you can probably guess where that might be . . . Marshalls. Hey, there isn't a whole lot to do around here - we're in the middle of the financial district!

Bought 2 tops & a dress. I got oil on one of my tops in the airport on the way here. It's not an expensive top, but I like it & hope it comes out when I get home. I already have a dress for tonight's dinner . . . the "real" vacation begins saturday, but we're on our own tomorrow night. May have to go somewhere nice so I can wear the new dress. Maybe I can even finally get DH to take some pictures.

So I've been getting plenty of exercise & relaxation. It's a nice combination! Tomorrow I have somewhere new to run & hopefully won't get lost on the way back again. Reading "The Hunger Games" which is oddly riveting & I don't normally like violent stuff.

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JVANAM 11/3/2011 3:45PM

    As a guy I'm not certain what it was HE "Should....be saying."

My late wife was that way too. If I didn't notice every piece of minutia about her party wear she would get P.O.'d.

Guys aren't into that kind of stuff. We love our partners in Dior' or burlap. For us it isn't what's on your outside or backside we care and cherish. It's YOU.

As far as the oil stain. If it is still a problem or concern try Oxi-Clean "GEL". Only the Gel form. After applying I keep a cheap bristled kitchen brush in my garage to really work the gel into the fibers of my jeans and tees. I work the gel to a slight lather and throw the soiled cloths into the washer alone. Not with my regular wash.

The gel works fantastically on smelly workout gear too. emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 10/24/2011 6:21PM

    Glad you're having fun. My DS keeps wanting me to read the Hunger Games. It doesn't sound like my kind of thing but he thinks I'd like it.

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XFITSTRONG 10/21/2011 2:53PM

    Yes would love to see some pics of your pretty dresses! Hope you are having fun! ANd goodluck getting the oil stain out of your top. I hate that... I have ruined so many shirts...

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SHEILA1505 10/21/2011 11:56AM

    Glad you are having a good time - and great that you DID get compliments when they are due, no matter who paid them.


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APIRLRAIN888 10/20/2011 9:24PM

    Agree with natplummer on pic of dress:) sounded like a great wk

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NATPLUMMER 10/20/2011 4:48PM

    You've been doing great on the exercise and on the shopping ;-)
I do hope we can see pictures of the dress.
YAY for looking hot!!! It doesn't matter who says it but it would carry a little more weight if it was your husband.

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Faith & thank God for wool socks

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Despite the truly miserable weather today, I decided to head out on a run. I wanted to check out some other parks & an outdoor shopping area. Well, I never found where I was supposed to turn & I didn't like the looks of the neighborhood & decided to turn back & go to the park I knew how to get to. That wasn't the scary part.

Which was all fine & dandy until maybe 5 minutes after I got there when the lightning & thunder started. I foolishly decided to complete my run. I didn't want to hunker down in the nearby grocery store, and the hotel was a good 10 minutes away.

I toughed it out. I know, I know, not one of my better decisions but thankfully I escaped unscathed. Must've been all the prayers "please God I really don't want to make my husband a widower on our anniversary".

In fact, as I headed towards "home" the thunder stopped. A sign? I'm just glad - I have to cross 2 bridges to get back to the hotel & one is a drawbridge which is already scary enough cause you can literally see it shaking where the 2 halves meet.

When I went to grab my honey stinger gels towards the end, I discovered the ziploc I was using to hold them was torn open & they were long gone. Some lucky dog will enjoy them.

Despite all the drama, it was a pretty good easy run. I even managed to finally snag a banana, along with just a bit of scrambled eggs & home fries. I've found the breakfasts I brought from home have been oddly filling & I haven't been super hungry in general.

There are analogies to be made . . . having faith in ourselves & our journeys . . . overcoming fears . . . making poor decisions . . . I'm sure you can connect the dots.

Oops! Forgot the socks when I first wrote this! But so glad I didn't forget to pack wool socks. I had to run thru deep puddles multiple times . . . wool dries out very quickly!

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DDOORN 10/19/2011 6:28PM

    Kudos to pushing yourself! I've been a bit wussy with the rain and cold lately and "tolerating" ye olde treadmill.


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NIKI778 10/19/2011 4:35PM

    Yeah for the run!!! Happy Anniversary, hope you are enjoying your vacation!

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NATPLUMMER 10/19/2011 11:15AM

    Yay for a run and arriving back unscathed. I don't know if the thunder and lightning or the bridges would have scared me more.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/19/2011 11:14AM

    It was the inner voice telling you not to run thru that creepy neighborhood and it turned you around, for your safety, even though you got stuck in the rain and lost your gels. Ya never know.

Happy Anniversary.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/19/2011 11:14AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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There's always something to like

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I wanted to be slimmer before I went on vacation. Well, I want lots of things in life, but they don't always happen. No matter how hard you try. I already assume I'll gain at least a couple of pounds - I don't slack off on exercise & I try to eat healthy with sone indulgences, but I know that's my track record.

Looking at myself in the mirror this morning, it would have been so easy to dwell on the the parts that are bothering me right now.

Instead, I chose to concentrate on the things I DO like about my body. There's always something - even if it's just your smile, your hair, or your fingernails.

There are definitely things I DO like about my body.

I can't change where I'm at right now, but I can change the way I think about it.

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XFITSTRONG 10/18/2011 5:29PM

    Yes there is always something to like. A great reminder as I am always so hard on my myself. THanks!!!!

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DDOORN 10/18/2011 3:36PM

    Good for you! Changing how I view myself physically is one of the biggest challenges for me.

Have a super time!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/18/2011 2:14PM

    ...and you have some really hot new clothes to be sporting on your vacation. Hope you are having fun. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/18/2011 2:07PM

    Awesome attitude!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/18/2011 1:55PM

    So true! Just relax and enjoy your vacation!

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This time I chose the rain

Monday, October 17, 2011

When I asked the concierge about nearby running trails, he loomed at me like I had 3 heads. Either he thought I couldn't possibly be a runner, or no one runs in the rain, or he's just really bad at his job. He did eventually cone up with a suggestion.

The forecast is pretty miserable. Get rained on . . . treadmill . . . get rained on . . . but really, what better way to explore than on your own 2 feet? And it's a warm rain.

I made my usual wrong turns, but eventually I found the park he'd steered me towards. I ran, I walked, I meandered thru a small grocery store. It drizzled, and eventually settled into a pretty steady rain. It feels good when it's warm out!

People were out walking a variety of dogs. There were several other runners doing their thing. I counted 4 cruise ships in the harbor. I chose to go music less, even tho my MP3 player is waterproof, just so I could be fully present.

Swimming may be harder than running given the weather if the next few days. Sadly, we're not actually near a beach. Gonna play it by ear.

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SHEILA1505 10/18/2011 1:30PM

    Enjoy your change of scenery

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*ERICA* 10/18/2011 10:04AM

    sounds like you had a great time running in the rain. awesome!!

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TEMPEST272002 10/17/2011 4:17PM

    I vote not good at his job. Sounds like it was a good way to explore a bit.

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NIKI778 10/17/2011 3:21PM

    When you were a kid did you ever love to play in the rain? I used to love playing in the rain and splashing in the puddles, maybe when its raining tomororw and you want to just run on the treadmill, think like a kid and go play in the rain again!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/17/2011 1:16PM

    Yay for a run...even in the rain!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 12:09PM

    Good job on getting out in the rain. I like the rain too but I don't have a waterproof ipod, so I tend to keep indoors.

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Why is SHE so hard on herself?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I bet you have them: the spark buddies who are at goal & look like they have it made - they look great. they seem to be able to eat in ways you can't & still maintain that "perfect" body. But they don't seem happy; they're still picking their bodies apart, obsessing over every missed workout or overindulgence.

And you wonder why is SHE so hard on herself?

Of course, we never know the true story, only what is shared here. And there's the old "there but for the grace of God goes me".

But then I got to thinking . . . I'm sure some of my spark buddies think the same about me. So I'm not at my GW after 2 yrs . . . I look good, don't I? Most people meeting me for the first time in my WW meeting just assume I'm at my GW, even tho I range 5-10 lbs away from it!

I don't binge. I eat healthy foods for the most part. I exercise regularly. So why be so obsessed with a number?

I have my reasons, of course. Not paying for WW is first & foremost. Being comfortable in my body is a close second - I've been at the higher end of my range for a while now & I don't like it - my thighs rub together. I never completely lost that, which is just another reason I'd like to lose those last few pounds, but it's definitely worse now & it makes me uncomfortable.

I'd like to just relax about it all, but I just don't seem able to. And that got me thinking finally . . . maybe it's OK to be a tiny bit obsessive. Maybe it's even necessary. For so long I've thought the point is to be relaxed about it all but maybe I was wrong. We know what happens when we relax our efforts.

So next time when you're shaking your head over a spark buddy who seemingly has it all but still seems so hung up on it all, know that maybe that's WHY she "has it all". Because she makes it a priority - in a good way.

BTW, in the end, I did not have pancakes for lunch. Or dinner! I never had them at all. My body decided it wanted some real nutrition - no doubt because I'd had almost no fruits & veggies the day before. So I had a tuna waldorf salad for lunch & garlic pasta for dinner - an indulgence, but better than pancakes!

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KANSASROSE67 10/18/2011 5:46PM

    Good blog...lots to think about. It's all relative anyway...I thought I was "fat" in high school and if I was at that weight now (and that lack of cellulite) I'd be in heaven!

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PCOH051610 10/18/2011 4:49PM

    You DO look good and only you know what will make you happy...be it your goal weight or not. I like the points you raised in this blog - thanks for writing it! You are doing great and are one of my biggest inspirations!

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DDOORN 10/17/2011 3:05PM

    Definitely WAY better to be a little too obsessive than to relax, let one's guard down and WHAM be saddled with those extra pounds! The latter is my forte...wouldn't at ALL mind changing THAT about myself!


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MZSLYDE01 10/17/2011 1:50PM

    I haven't met my goal yet and it has been almost 2 years. I was doing so great for the longest time and then - well - you know what happened. I have been really hard on myself and it's not like I gained all the weight I had taken off back. Maybe 3 or 4 pounds but far from where I started. It's just that I took so many steps back to where I was at - I just beat myself up all the time.
Good job on listening to your body. I am starting to do that again lately and it really does make a difference instead of giving into temptation.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 12:07PM

    We are our own worst critics. Sometimes being hard on ourselves is what we have to do, however I have shifted that way of thinking just a tad. I have learned I am human, I do slip up on food and exercise from time to time. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing just fine. I know the goal weight has not appeared on the scale yet, but it will come, just not in the timeframe we want it to. emoticon

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NEWNAC304 10/16/2011 11:09AM

    I have a feeling that once I'm at goal I'll be a little obsessive about what I eat. I'll be afraid that the weight will just come back if I'm not.

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INDIANAGIRL61 10/15/2011 10:14PM

    I know what you mean. I guess we all have our own reasons for being hard on ourselves. We expect superpowers. As women we need to learn to let some of the unimportant things go---- and just live. Not through indulgences or gluttony, but through the enjoyment of being.
By the way......I LOVE pancakes, that's what I would of ate!!
Great blog. Thanks!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 10/15/2011 8:54PM

    Yup, because it's the "no excuses" hard workers that get the results. I know if I slack off, I really notice it in my body. Everyone has their own levels of where they can slide or not. I can slide very litte, but I've seen others that can eat all kinds of stuff I can't and still achieve great results. It's a pretty personal thing, no? ;)

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TEMPEST272002 10/15/2011 1:30PM

    It's a tricky balance for me - to fight off the evil voice of perfectionism and yet to remain disciplined and focused. Fine tuning seems to be required at this stage of the game. So how could we not pay attention to the details? A little bit obsessive can be a good thing. I have every confidence you'll find your way to that GW.

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ERIKO1908 10/15/2011 1:03PM

    It never really ends...we have to stay on it!! If we don't it will slip away. Thanks for sharing!! Happy Sparking!!

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XFITSTRONG 10/15/2011 10:29AM

    I hear ya.... I know what you are talking about. I thought getting into the 130's would finally make me happy, but I still see the rolls on the belly and the flabby thighs. UGH! I hate that I feel like that. 130's is "nomal" for me and I keep having to tell myself that over and over!

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NATPLUMMER 10/15/2011 9:30AM

Some days you definitely crave fruits and veggies. My husband came home from work and said I want vegetables at dinner. So we had Chinese.

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NELLJONES 10/15/2011 8:59AM

    As someone who's been at goal for a long time, I know exactly what you are talking about. When I obsess over the number (and I do) it's like my weight is Dumbo's feather. It's like everything I have and love, I only have and love it because of my weight. Just like when I was fat, I thought the reason I DIDN"T have everything I wanted it was because of my weight. Of course that's dumb, but there it is. I think it's about control. So much of my life, like everyone's life, has so much that is out of my control, my weight, my eating is the one thing I CAN control. And I hang on to it with all 10 of my nails. I know by now that happiness isn't in my weight but in my attitude, but I still love my weight (if not my aging body) and like all precious things, I will take good care of it.

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