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Naked: Why did I wait so long?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Grrr. I really hate writing blogs twice. I wanted to share the link for the new vista pizzas with you. No I haven't tried them yet but I'm going to give it a try. It actually works out to less than what I pay for the American flatbread pizza:


So, on to the subject. I bought myself my first pair of swim goggles yesterday. I stood before them, pretty unsure & in the end chose one of the most inexpensive pairs from TYR. I tried it in tbe car, adjusting tbe strap & was a bit worried because one side suctioned lime it was supposed to but tbe other didn't.

They were wonderful! No water got in at all! My eyes felt so much better. Yes, I've been swimming almost 50 yrs & never even tried goggles . . . despite swimming on a swim team as a kid. I may start to add back in some crawl now that my elbow is much better (breast stroke has always been my favorite stroke).

For the second time I stripped down in tbe shower afterwards & went back out into the locker room wearing nothing but a towel. This from the person who's been known to change in tbe bathroom so no one can see her.

Finally, this morning, I used tbe headlamp I got in my Vegas HM in my predawn run - just to make myself more visible. I guess I need to adjust tbe strap, because it kept slipping down & that was annoying. But otherwise not that bad.

Have you waited a long time to do something, then wondered why you waited so long?

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BESSHAILE 8/14/2012 6:57AM

    LOL - absolutely! Done it often and will probably do it again - ah well. live and learn, right?

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NATPLUMMER 8/13/2012 1:00PM

    I bet they are good...the vitamuffins are fab :-)
Yay for swim goggles!
just a towel...excellent!
Love the new pic!!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 8/13/2012 12:01PM

    OK, first off ... what? No pictures? You title your post "Naked" then you post no pictures. You are such a tease.


To answer your REAL question: every time I work out or return from a race or long run, I wonder why it took me so long to become a runner.

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NELLJONES 8/13/2012 10:59AM

    Always. And I've always regretted not knowing it earlier. Oh well. Recognition takes as long as it takes.

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DOLLFACEDX 8/13/2012 9:15AM

    I think most of us have. . . but it is good of you to remind us not to continue waiting....thx 8-)

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Wipe out

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nope, didn't take a tumble; just feeling so wiped out.

Had a great 8 mile run yesterday. I totally ignored the pace on my garmin, ran mostly by myself -- and still hit the pace i was aiming for. I felt really strong & even got a second wind & was able to push it the last 3 miles.

I used coconut water instead of plain water; I don't know if it helped or not but it sure didn't hurt. Next week I might try Nuun. I'm a very salty sweater & my eyes kill me afterwards.

I was feeling good afterwards; went home & relaxed a bit in my compression tights & then headed out to be farmer's market, where I did buy a decadent dessert this time. There are only a few more weeks of fatmer's markets, sadly, anyway.

Devoured lunch, watched the previous night's Olympics . . . & crashed. Totally tired. Not sure what happened, other thsn a week of not enough sleep & impending TOM, which thankfully hadn't yet started but now I wish it would so it won't interfere with my HM next month.

I'm not usually that tired after a run of that length & I basically won't be seeing a shorter run until right before the HM.

I didn't swim Friday, as I've been doing the last several weeks - maybe that helped? I was tired then, too; it was pouring & thundering. Hoping to get a swim in today. And lounge inthe spa a bit, too.

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FRECKS96 8/12/2012 10:29PM

    Great job on the run! It's always a treat to have an easy run that you end feeling strong.

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The right to bare arms: wedding photos

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Here I am at the wedding this past weekend. Hey, it was only about 11:30 pm when we got around to taking these photos.

A kind couple offered to take our photo; of course they had ulterior motives -- they wanted us to take their photo, too. I don't know why I'm looking up into outer space in these photos. No doubt cause I was really tired & my eyes start to wander when I'm very tired (despite surgery for a lazy eye at age 12).

I've had that dress for 17 years. I only wore it once, on a cruise around our 10th year of marriage (we'll celebrate 27 years this Oct.).

5 years ago I wouldn't have fit in it. Even 4 years ago I probably wouldn't have worn it. I'm still not loving my arms in it -- especially after a couple of months of no upper body ST. It just tells me that those last 10 lbs do, indeed, need to go.

I'll probably never have the arms of my dreams; but without losing some of the top fat you'll never see those muscles that are really are underneath. More exercise won't do it (altho it will help after that hiatus); only losing the weight will do it.

Anyway, the dress itself wasn't expensive when I bought it, but it's pretty rare these day you have an occasion to wear a long dress. What you can't see is that it's open in the back. The necklace (and bracelet) came from www.baublebar.com ; my first purchase from them & I would definitely recommend them.

They have a lot of pretty inexpensive costume jewelry -- along with some more expensive stuff. This wasn't expensive. The bag I found for $10 at Burlington Coat Factory and the strappy shoes you can't really see were relatively inexpensive, too.

Here's what I wore to brunch the next day.

Arms always look better when they're not hanging at your sides, unless you're really chiseled. I had another form fitting dress I brought with me, but I chose this one because it's not quite as comfortable -- when you're in a situation where overeating is possible, you don't want to be comfortable.

Alas, all my hard work did not pay off with a loss this week. No shoes. Pout. I have my eye on several pairs, of course. It wasn't terrible, but add that to a small gain last week and I am not where I want to be -- so close, yet so far.

It could very well be hormonal -- while TOM is supposed to start in 2 days, that could mean anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. This is what happens when you're knocking at menopause's door -- you just never know when it might arrive, so you can't really relax because you know it's just due to TOM -- you never really know for sure.

I am hoping for a loss next week. This coming week isn't going to be very challenging outside of running 8 miles this saturday and thinking I can eat my weight in carbs because I've run 8 miles (trust me, I can't -- I wish I could). But I do have to eat enough to fuel that run, too. That's where it gets tricky.

I still really, really want to break thru to a lower weight. It remains just out of reach -- so tantalizingly close somedays, so far others.

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    You look awesome!!!!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 8/13/2012 1:18PM

    Woo-hooo for wearing a beautiful dress again after not being able to fit in it~!!


& I love that statement necklace, too~!!

You look wonderful!!!

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KANSASROSE67 8/13/2012 1:10PM

    The dresses are beautiful and you look great in them.

LOL at "running 8 miles this saturday and thinking I can eat my weight in carbs because I've run 8 miles." That was me EXACTLY this past Friday!


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KIMPOSSIBLE82 8/10/2012 7:03AM

    "... when you're in a situation where overeating is possible, you don't want to be comfortable."
I laughed out loud at that. It's funny and smart. You rocked both dresses! Love the shoes with the purple dress.

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LJCANNON 8/9/2012 6:15PM

    emoticonYou have worked HARD for those arms and I would Bare Them Proudly, and Without Apology!!
emoticonYou really do Look Fabulous!!

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SKFEREBEE 8/9/2012 5:37PM

    Love the pics! I think you look great :o)

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DEEJON123 8/9/2012 2:43PM

    looking good! Congrat's!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/9/2012 1:47PM

    You look fabulous lady, way to show off your hard work with such gorgeous dresses.

And the pic of you and the DH is very lovely, such a cute couple.

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The lesser of 2 evils

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Speaking of smart choices . . . there I was last night, after a day of good eating & a really nice meal (grilled steak, corn on the cob, roasted baby bok choy & summer squash . . . yum!) . . . still hungry.

We did, indeed, get a goody bag. With lots of small chocolates: mini Reese's cups, kisses. Etc. And I've been having having a couple of pieces a day & tracking them.

But I wanted to lay off the sweets for a couple of days. But those chocolates were calling my name. The internal debate was on.

Maybe a slice of dried pineapple would do the trick? But really, it's still a sweet: suck out all the water & mostly you're left with sugar. So why not eat a chocolate?

I didn't really want to eat anything; after this weekend there isn't a lot of wiggle room. But my stomach just had other ideas.

In the end I went with the pineapple, the lesser of 2 evils.

Was it a win? Remains to be seen.

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TEMPEST272002 8/8/2012 10:20AM

    If you had the pineapple & then stopped - well, I call that a win. The problem, for me, with cravings is that I tend to eat around them. I don't want to cave to the chocolate so I have a little piece of dried fruit & then another one & then a little something sweet here & another there.... and in the end, realize I would have been better off just having what I was craving in the first place. That you were able to make a healthier choice & stick to your limit is fantastic.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/8/2012 9:58AM

    I got on the scale today after weeks of feasting. This is one time a plateau works for me and not against. I've lucked out due to lots
of exercise, but have to rein it in. Can't
wrap my mind around eating just a couple
of pieces of chocolate. (smiling)

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Do you make smart choices?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I think that's what it boils down to -- making smart choices more often than not. We're going to make dumb choices sometimes -- we're human; and boy did I show that today! So how am I doing today?

SC1( smart choice #1): walked the dogs

SC2: added some protein to my popcorn snack

NSC1 (not smart choice 1): that protein was honey roasted nuts -- but just 1 tbsp. still.

SSC1: (so-so choice 1): went to trader's joe finally -- they opened Friday. So so indicates how I felt about their offerings - for instance, I needed sweet potato fries, but theirs had several ingredients including flour! I only want to see 3 ingredients, tops: sweet potatoes, salt & maybe olive oil. It was still really crowded -- they had a cop directing traffic!

SC2: I brought a bottle of water with me

NSC2: I totally forgot said water & didn't have any

PRDC: (potentially really dumb choice) buying their peanut butter filled pretzels. If only it was available in single serving packets . . . it's actually not that bad & I plan to have them after my tempo run in a few hrs, but tbere's definite abuse potential there. They will be going in the downstairs closet. Hey, I could've bought the dark chocolate covered PB filled pretzels . . . gotta admit I regret not doing so . . . we'll see how it goes with the regular version.

SC3: stopping at fresh market, which wins out in my mind but tbe jury's still out

NSC3: deciding to grab sushi without checking if that would really work instead of what I had planned. It does, fortunately. And I could've checked; I was just being lazy.

So kind of a wash. And I need to be doing better than that to get to my goals.

Any suggestions on what I ought to be looking out for at TJs? Healthy or unhealthy, but healthy preferred.

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ELSCO55 8/7/2012 9:53PM

    Waiting for Houston to finally get a TJ

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/7/2012 3:13PM

    Still waiting for them to open in Houston.
I love their Terrible Very Bad Choices: dark chocolate with almonds (the humongous size bar), and all the nice smelly cheeses.

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NATPLUMMER 8/7/2012 2:19PM

    Dark chocolate covered PB filled preztels...I thought for sure you would get those...they are fabulous!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/7/2012 1:28PM

    OMG, I went there last week and thought of jyou. I walked out with an astronomical food receipt total. WOW! I go nuts in that place
and cannot recommend because I like almost
everything. Enjoy.

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