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A battle royale

Friday, March 23, 2012

Am I the only that does this?

Normally I plan out my meals the day before. Nothing is ever written in stone, tho, and I often change my mind - sometimes multiple times - but having a plan gives me a good guideline.

So I had my plan last night, which included a protein smoothie after dinner for dessert. Because it wad going to be warm. But then the devil whispered to me and said why not open that chocolate peanut butter coconut ice cream you got yourself? Because, after all, it's warm enough for ice cream, you just weighed in & lost, it won't be warm enough for ice cream next week & it actually isn't much more calories.

Now, I won't eat the whole pint at once. And I really don't crave ice cream when it's cooler. But it's also preTOM week, and sometimes once it's opened it calls to me. I think one of the reasons I was successful last week was because I made darn sure I wasn't running out of points after the weekend. This week could be very challenging; most likely I'll have a few really hungry days.

Here's the real kicker: I wasn't even hungry. I don't know what happened yesterday, but after lunch - which was large & late, but not humongous - I almost completely lost my appetite. No afternoon snack. Almost had to force myself to eat dinner. Which was actually another reason to break out the ice cream, because I'm less likely to overindulge if I'm not hungry.

And so the battle began: Smoothie. Ice cream. Raw truffle. Smoothie. Ice cream. Raw truffle. And on & on, my decision ping ponging all over the place.

When the smoke cleared, I settled on the raw truffle. It's very small, very tasty, and actually good for you bring mostly nuts. But fairly high in calories/points for something so small. It was the right decision. But I don't always make the right decision. This battle rages on often.

Is your home a battlefield?

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PCOH051610 3/28/2012 3:35PM

    My home is a battlefield IF I succumb to my cravings in the grocery store. I am in total agreement with DAYHIKER....if you can have that delicious sounding ice cream around you and not eat it you are my kind of hero!

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2012 4:57PM

    A battlefield...why yes!! I'm going to be doing battle with some cookie dough very soon.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/23/2012 9:53AM

    Yes, this is a familiar scenario. But I make sure to enjoy whatever I eat and not regret it.

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DAYHIKER 3/23/2012 7:36AM

    I have long been inspired by you but knowing you can keep chocolate peanut butter coconut ice cream in your freezer without scarfing it all down has raised your stock even higher!! Good choice too! emoticon


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Flaming fuschia & Target finds

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Since I couldn't get in yesterday to edit my blog, I just figured I'd start a new one today. Turns out there are enough photos to justify it.

These are the fuschia jeans. You can see the muffin top fairly clearly.

Here they are with another new top -- this conceals the muffin top better. I bought these really cute bright pink flats at Target today.

This top I bought in Anthropologie, on sale, while in Austin. There's little mirrors with tiny pink, yellow & tangerine beads on the chest. How did I know I was going to end up with tangerine (the newest "it" color) pants?

These flats are also from Target, but I think they're too small & I'm going to have to exchange them. Target had some REALLY cute brightly colored shoes at very reasonable prices -- and very comfortable.

This brown beaded top was bought at the same time as all the other most recent tops. The bag I bought today. I saw it in tan when I was out Monday, but it's pricey (altho over 50% off), so I didn't buy it right away. When I decided I wanted it, I went back today and they had it in this coral, plus white.

These are the same fuschia jeans in a regular size I tried on in the store. No muffin top there, but clearly too long. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to exchange these for a larger size, especially after seeing how much better the ones in the store fit (just not quite right since they're not petites). I'm wearing them today to see if they really stretch like everyone said, but I doubt they would stretch THAT much.

I bought some of those pads you put in your heels so your heel doesn't keep slipping out at Target. They never really seem to work for me, tho: the shoes I was wearing no longer slipped, but then they were just a tiny bit tighter up front and I ended up with small blisters on my pinkie toes.

And I have a new love in the sushi department: the sweet potato sushi rolls at Pricechopper. I've had them in various restaurants, but they just started making these & they are the best sushi sweet potato rolls I've ever had -- they have cucumber & avocado in them too, and a little bit of the spicy mayo sauce & are just pure heaven. I think I like them even better than regular sushi!

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PCOH051610 3/28/2012 3:30PM

    I so want to go shopping with you!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/22/2012 3:41PM

    Cute stuff!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/22/2012 3:07PM

    I've decided orange (and any variation of it) is my accent color this year.... I couldn't find anything at the beginning of the season, but now I've got running shoes and exercise outfits along with regular clothes in tangerine, coral, sunset..... it's fun to be able to wear trendy clothes (never have before!) - patty emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/22/2012 2:53PM

    Love the fuschia. Sometimes petite clothes have the same measurements for everything except rise and length and sometimes the are totally different, I've noticed.
The tops, bag and shoes are all cute :-)

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KKINNEA 3/22/2012 2:29PM

    I love that you have a great spring trend color - makes me want to go out and shop!

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MYLADY4 3/22/2012 2:20PM

    Love the botton 2 tops. They are so cute and all look really great on you.

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Tangerine dreams (lots of photos!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Been a while since I did a photo shoot. So, I got it into my head that I needed some of those brightly colored jeans. And I searched high & low:

Old Navy

I ended up with this pair from H&M. Imagine my delight when the size 6 fit better than the size of 8. Of course, they should be hemmed, but I hate spending almost as much to hem them as the jeans themselves cost!

I am unsure of the top. As always, I apologize for the crappy cell phone photos. Well, the top is a lovely color, but I don't think I was wearing a bra (I'm very small on top) when I tried it on & I think the bra strap will show . . . and it's really sheer so you definitely have to wear a bra with it. I left the tags on so I could return it if I decided against it.

I bought this top at H&M, too. The drapey neck is very in this season -- I now own a bunch of tops in that style -- which is nice because it's really flattery. It's a glittery silver, but I discovered the day I wore the top at home that I'll need a camisole underneath (after watching DH stare at my chest during dinner).

Turquoise and tangerine go so nicely together; I bought those shoes at Target last year. But I only have one turquoise top . . .

This top is ready for the premiere of The Hunger Games.

I didn't think I had anything to wear with these jeans (ok, they're cotton, but not actually jeans) when I bought them. Then found the previous top & the top below. Problem solved. The sparkly brown loafers were a deal from American Eagle Outfitters.

Another dilemma . . . much to my surprise, the skinny jeans at Gap were the real winners. Unfortunately the most expensive pair I tried on. But they only carry petite online, not in the stores, so I was left guessing which size would work. I gambled on a size 6 and they are a bit too tight. Definite muffin top. And no, I wouldn't wear this top with these jeans, just showing the top.

Many reviewers said they really stretched out tho. I've left the tags on & will have to try wearing them at some point to see if that's true. But I really love the cut & now I want them in every color. Which is a definite want, not a need. I know Stacy & Clinton always say dress the body you have now, not the one you're hoping you'll have . . . some day. But it's a pain, since I can't exchange it at the store.

Finally, I bought this dress at H&M too. I don't really need a lot of dressy winter dresses, but hey, it was $7, it was purple, it was an XS -- too much for me to pass up on.

Just because something fits doesn't always mean you should buy it. The colored jeans I tried on at Target fit but they sure weren't flattering. I was so surprised the size 6s almost fit . . . but to bring me back to reality the size 10s at Old Navy wouldn't even button. So it isn't you, it's the clothes. No rhyme or reason at all.

Speaking of fit, my jeans are feeling more comfortable today. Hopefully they haven't just stretched out. I'm hoping to at least maintained . . . maybe lost.

Had a really nice group run last night. A group of 19 people! Our first day of spring was really spring-like and groups expanded rapidly. I lost the first group fairly quickly (found out later they were doing like 8:30 mm!), but then hooked up with a girl I'd actually noticed at the race sat. She pushed me (funny, since I did come in before her at the race).

Then we stopped to hook up with one of my regular buddies -- she was going way too slow, which was hardly shocking since she'd just run a HM that sunday & personally I thought she shouldn't be running at all. So on the average it was almost perfect!

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PCOH051610 3/28/2012 3:28PM

    I love looking at your "fashion photos" as things are a bit behind fashionwise here. I see that coloured jeans are really popular this season but have yet to see a pair in the stores around here. Which is just as well, as I am still basically at my starting weight and have plenty to wear right now.

I love the drape neck tops as well and I agree with you that they are quite flattering. I laughed out loud when you mentioned one top was a bit sheer and your husband kept staring at your chest. emoticon

I cannot believe that you bought that dress for $7!!!! Wow! I have never heard of such low prices for anything and it is so flattering on you!

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KANSASROSE67 3/22/2012 3:46PM

    You know your style...which is a great thing! Enjoy your new clothes.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2012 7:21PM

    Great stuff!! I have never found anything at H&M. That dress is fab!!
You're right...it's the clothes...not you.
Wow 19 people...that is quite the group.

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XFITSTRONG 3/21/2012 7:19PM

    You look great! As always, I love your style of clothes! I love the draped neck shirts.... I too own several. Haven't jumped on the colored jeans wagon, yet.... I think they look adorable on everyone else.... Just can't seem to like them on me. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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WW4GOOD 3/21/2012 6:42PM

    You look great! Love the colors!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/21/2012 3:09PM

    I should go shopping with you.....I need to brighten up my wardrobe. Looking good!!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/21/2012 3:08PM

    Great new outfits, love them all and I just love the colored pants, I was thinking about getting a pair but just haven't found the right fit yet. Good job on the group run, the runners are coming out of the woodwork since it's soooo nice outside.

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KKINNEA 3/21/2012 2:36PM

    Lovely outfits all! My mOm always had the cutting room floor theory - even things in the same size at the same store didn't always fit the same.

Sometimes group running is deceptive - I think I'm running at a decent pace but I'm actually running "faster" than I expect.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/21/2012 11:52AM

    Great pics. Lookin' good.

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Are you hypersensitive?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Most of us don't really get here because we eat too much (altho obviously we do). We get here because we put ourselves at the bottom of our to-do list.

I think back to myself slowly gaining those 30 lbs . . . As my weight & pants ballooned I know I must have been aware of it . . . so why didn't I do something about it earlier? Why did I turn a blind eye to ever increasing clothes sizes?

After a couple of weeks of small gains I'm totally aware that my jeans are not so comfy anymore. Aware enough to at least try to make some changes, which this week include: just fruit after lunch (most days, anyway); saving my chocolate supplements for after dinner. Getting out of my breakfast oatmeal rut - oatmeal is great for you, but our bodies really need variety. That's how we get our minerals & vitamins in.

I no longer turn a blind eye to weight creep, even when sometimes it seems I'm helpless to turn the tide. For instance, by yesterday I felt I'd gained even more weight & I've had a really good week eating-wise. Today seems a bit better maybe . . . I sure hope I at least maintain this week!

But a the very least, I won't go down without a fight. If it's to be, it's up to me!

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PCOH051610 3/28/2012 3:20PM

    Funny how we all seem to be guilty of of it and I am just starting my weigh loss journey. I somehow conveniently blamed my pants feeling a little snug on our new dryer shrinking them a bit but the reality is I have gained more weight!!! Thanks for sharing so I know I am not alone!

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KKINNEA 3/20/2012 12:48PM

    Agree! I need to do more of this myself.

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NATPLUMMER 3/20/2012 12:14PM

    Fingers crossed for maintain!!

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DDOORN 3/20/2012 10:08AM

    Yep, ditto...kicking butt here too!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/20/2012 9:54AM

    I feel a trend here, must be something in the air. I too am suffering the same thing, turning a blind eye. Well no more. We are both taking the bull by the horns and gonna put up one heck of a fight.

WE GOT THIS emoticon

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Race report: Runnin of Green Island

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I don't know why I like this race so much. Maybe because for the second time in a row, it's my fastet race. It's really not scenic at all, except for a little bit at the end. Of course the fact that there's a bathroom at tbe start doesn't hurt!

I know more people in the running group now, but they know each other really well & I'm still kind of an outsider. But I did get to chat with a few women beforehand. My plan to draft off my running buddy backfired because she hung back with a slower friend & finished after me.

The first mile was really fast again, but not quite as fast as last year. Haven't downloaded the info from my watch yet, but it was a 10 mm (last year was just below a 10 mm). I can only sustain that for about 1 mile tho.

I purposely slowed down on mile 2. Walked thru the water station - my only walking - & sucked down most of the cup without getting it all over myself (if you've never raced, folks, it's really an art). I don't carry water with me for this short a race (4 miles).

By mile 3 I had to slow down. Would I do better starting slower? I guess we're not going to know. I was passed by the obligatory old geezer at about mile 2 1/2. At mile 3 I picked up the pace to about 10:30 mm, but with half a mile to go I had slowed down to 11:30.

I passed a few people early on in mile 3, but they passed me later. Had old geezer in my sights but never managed to pass him. Just didn't have enough left in the tank to pick it up. If I could've maintained that 10:30 for that whole last mile . . . oh well, it was another really nice day to run. Cloudy & in the mid-40s by the start time of 10 am.

Last yr my time was 43:20; my watch said 44:05 this yr. I always have dreams & goals to have a better time . . . it happens once in a while, but not too often.

I can be petty, tho. I was mad that someone I knew, who has always been slower than me, beat me on my new year's day run. I was vindicated today when I beat her & she was with her speedster son who ran Boston last yr (he does like 7 mm). told you I can be petty!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/21/2012 3:11PM

    Nothing wrong with that speed!!!!!

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KKINNEA 3/20/2012 2:55PM

    I'm with you - I have two ladies I'm in contention with though at 65 and 71 they are still kicking my rear end! We all take it in good humor though.

You stayed near your old time and I always consider that a win for me - I didn't get worse! Great job on your race.

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SLEEPYDEAN 3/20/2012 12:58PM

    haha to the bathroom at the start - us runners don't ask for much.

Its obviously common to start off too fast because of the adrenaline of everyone else. I know I have a hard time sticking to my run/walk intervals in the beginning of races because it seems to early to walk. I guess it is just a matter of preference if you want negative splits or not. It doesn't sound like it hurt you too bad to start out with the 10 mm.

Congrats on a successful race!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/20/2012 8:01AM

    emoticonon the race, you totally inspire me, just wish my body could keep up with my spirit, but I'm working on it.

I had to laugh when you said "passed the geezer" emoticon.

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DAYHIKER 3/18/2012 6:47AM

    You did an awesome job! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/17/2012 11:17PM

    Awesome deal on your race and ROAD RUNNER SPEED! :-)


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NATPLUMMER 3/17/2012 10:47PM

    I think you did great!!

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XFITSTRONG 3/17/2012 2:14PM

    Awesome! You are getting faster.....

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