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Friday Night Musings

Friday, October 30, 2009

Feeling great today! I've upped the exercise this week in order to meet my goal of 1600+ fitness minutes for the month of October and it's really working for me. It's funny; I still give myself an argument about running and going to the gym when I know how great I feel afterwards.

Why is there still that inner lazy demon in me? (Keep thinking of YOOVIE's great blog on this topic!) Ahh well. Hoping I can keep it up in November!

I spent the last couple of days celebrating the exam pass, (THANK YOU all for your kind words! You guys were more excited and effusive than my Facebook friends!) and while I've been at the higher end of my calories, I've also been doing longer runs and exercise, so I don't feel too bad about it. It's great that I can celebrate and not binge! I haven't had a piece of chocolate in weeks, actually, now that I think about it. Wow, I kinda feel bad typing it, knowing how difficult a lot of people are having it with Halloween chocolate cravings...

Today I spent my day off doing a little work from home and a little detour to do some clothes shopping. I had an Old Navy coupon to use and then there was my favorite bargain clothing store, TJ Maxx.

I'm at that weird stage in my weight loss where it's been difficult to find pants that fit me. It seems like there are always a lot of 12 and 14s and 20s and 22s in the store, but not so much in the 18s and 16s. I tried on a pair of 18 pants that were too big in the waist but too tight in the butt and the 16s were great in the waist but tight everywhere else. It feels great to be smaller, but I'm so excited for the day when I can find a pair of jeans that fits perfectly.

Also, I'm no longer a plus size in tops! I went from getting an XXL at Old Navy to having the XLs actually being a little too big. I got some great tops and a sweater, but of course, ended up getting the husband more things than me...
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Tomorrow is supposed to hit 70 degrees here in New England, so we're going for a nice drive somewhere and enjoy the day. Might be the last nice day we get! And having a chill Halloween eve with friends.
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So happy Halloween to all! And then it'll be November, and time for some new goals! Enjoy yourselves and some chocolate in moderation! Do yourself a favor and get some GOOD chocolate. Some Lindt, Godiva, Ghiradelli or something and trash all that crappy Hershey's junk. Savor it and let it melt on your tongue!
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ONLY_AS_HIGH 10/31/2009 2:51PM

    You may never find a pair of jeans that fits you perfectly - I've been anywhere from a size 6 to a size 16 and I always ALWAYS have the problem of having it too loose in the waist when it fits the rest of me fine. I've found that tailoring is the best thing ever - buy a size slightly too big and have them tailored to fit you exactly. I cannot recommend this more.



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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/31/2009 2:44PM

    LOL you know, I still have inner arguments with myself everytime before I exercise. It continues until I'm about half way done, then I tell myself I might as well finish since I'm half way done. When I get done though, wow, what a great feeling of accomplishment and I praise myself lavishly for getting it done. Kudos to you on the staying away from the chocolate. Wish I could say the same. I have a grandma that's a brownie pusher and sent a 1/2 pan home with me. Couldn't resist, had more than I care to admit. I worked extra extra this week just to keep up and I think it helped me break my plateau, the extra effort. Have fun with your friends tonight chillin. Sounds like a great day tomorrow, enjoy!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/31/2009 12:51PM

    YAY girlie for the XL! YOURE DOING GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/31/2009 12:00PM

    Argh, I somehow ALWAYS miss your blog posts and I have no idea how that happens!!

Anyway, I like what you say about chocolate; have you tried the candy they sell by Starbucks? Oh dear...Caramel Macchiato Truffle is so delicious but I cannot get myself to spend 5 or 6 dollars on a small little box. I'd probably eat the whole box anyway, as I think you "only" get 12 pieces, butttt they are really rich and creamy. I think I'll stay away from those :) hehe.

& yeah I agree w/ Sarah about Old Navy. I still buy stuff from there but she is right, they aren't the best cut styles/flattering etc. To me, they are just something to wear in the "mean time", right??

Sounds like you have a GREAT Halloween ahead of you! Have fun :) :) :)

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THREADBENDER 10/31/2009 11:35AM

    New clothes are always fun and the fitting room is certainly a place of interest as we morph into our new selves.

Funny how our current size is the one not on the rack....that happened to me recently too.

As far as chocolate....I allow myself 2 Dove Dark Promises per day as part of my snack. The substitute is 1/4 of a Trader Joe's Belgian Dark Chocolate bar. (They're about equal in calories/nutrition). I cut them into 3 pieces and sit down to savor the chocolatey goodness. We all do what we gotta do to get through!!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/31/2009 12:12AM

    I agree if you're gonna eat something bad on the holiday at least make it the most very delicious you can!!
It is frustrating not to have jeans fit quite right, but it's not about what size you are so much as you just need to find the jeans in your size that also have the right cut for your body. Old Navy's clothes are poorly made and they don't really fit right. I've been lots of sizes from high school through college and on my weight decline and nothing there has ever really fit me right that I loved or that was flattering. I just end up buying lots of clothes there because they're cheap and I settle but I don't really end up wearing them much and they get even worse after a few washes and wears and so I just buy MORE clothes. I can't wait to be able to justify buying nicer stuff that I know is longer lasting and worth the money to spend knowing I wont grow out of it.

Go to the gap and at least treat yourself to one nice new pair of jeans... their new line of jeans are freaking incredible. A little pricier than old navy jeans, sure, but you are worth it and you've worked hard and earned it. I know it's not practical to spend a lot on clothes at this stage but just one pair of jeans that fit you nice that you love are going to go a long way to ease that clothes frustrating and make you feel like a million bucks. worth it X100.

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/30/2009 9:46PM

  Many people do not understand the difficulties of bar exams. As a former legal assistant who has helped many interns study for and then pass the bar I do know. Right now I am watching my DH as he studies for the first section of the four section CPA exams. The shortest section exam is two hours, the longest is five.

For some reasons these tests and your passing the bar always reminds me of Tennyson's poem, Crossing the Bar:

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Here in my Spark translation I believe it to be what defines us as we go all out, no holds barred in everything we do. That in the end there are no regrets, just the knowledge that we made FIT happen!

Continue your great successes you awesome Runner, Esq you!
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PINKCOCONUT 10/30/2009 9:08PM

    Happy Halloween girlie!!! Have a fabulous weekend and celebrate your exam pass, you deserve it!!

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PASSED!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Limoncello martini in me, I'm so happy...
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I wasn't hungry at all today and only had about 500 calories all day. Guess I was saving it for the celebration tonight, because...

I PASSED THE BAR EXAM I TOOK IN JULY!!!

Over the moon....
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I feel like everything is coming together for me!

  
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DREAMRUNR 11/13/2009 3:31PM

    WOW...that is amazing.
You are AMAZING!
You are doing SO well. Keep it up
I want to be like you when I grow up!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/12/2009 1:45PM

    Hearty and belated emoticon for such a stellar achievement! Wow - the bar! And you're setting the bar for us, too :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Way to go my friend! I am soooooooo proud of you!


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LOTUSBLOSSOM126 10/30/2009 7:41PM

    Major congrats!!! emoticon emoticon

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SUGIRL06 10/30/2009 7:37AM

    That is amazing!
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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/30/2009 7:34AM

    OMFG! That flippin ROCKS! I'm so proud of you, I can't even imagine how over-the-moon you must be!!! That is phenomenal. Truly, you are awesome. Enjoy your weekend, rockstar!!!!!

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GONE2THEDOGS 10/30/2009 7:30AM

    that is absolutely fabulous - congratulations!!
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THREADBENDER 10/29/2009 6:20PM

    That is so-o-o-o-o wonderful!! Congratulations!!

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EMILYBCRUZ 10/29/2009 3:28PM

    Congrats!!!

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Congratulations!

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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 10/29/2009 2:33PM

    Congratulations!! (mmm limoncello) You are awesome!
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GRACEISENUF 10/29/2009 1:25PM

    I am SOOO Happy for you, that is the GREATEST news!!! I just now saw that you had a new blog because I saw a status update. WOW you must be excited....imagine all the possibilities this accomplishment will bring! XXX

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SEATTLESIMS 10/29/2009 1:20PM

    Congrats!! That is great news, Good for you!!

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L3DESIGNS 10/29/2009 12:23PM

    Congrats!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 10/29/2009 11:54AM

    CONGRATS! What a spectacular achievement. I am celebrating with you (only without the Limoncello...)

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Awesome! Congrats!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/29/2009 10:30AM

    That is HUGE news. I didn't even know you took a bar exam (probably because we werent sparkfriends in July haha) but that's GREAT. Way to go!!

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ONLY_AS_HIGH 10/29/2009 10:22AM

    YAY!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/29/2009 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon AWESOME!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 10/29/2009 9:37AM

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We are so proud of you and we are all happy to share in your celebration! emoticon Everything IS coming together for you. However, you need to remember one thing - you have worked hard for it - all of the studying to get to the bar exam and all the hard work you have put into your new healthy lifestyle.

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ICA171 10/29/2009 9:31AM

    Congratulations!

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FITMAMA1984 10/29/2009 9:10AM

    emoticon That is great!!! I am over the moon with you as well on this!!!

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BETT2U 10/29/2009 9:00AM

    OMG! U R so fabulous. I love it. emoticon Now give me a sip of that martini.

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CHICAT63 10/29/2009 8:41AM

    Hola Chica, like we say in French: FÉLICITATIONS !!!!! Woohoo, what exciting news for you. Right now I wouldn't care about calories since I'd be floating in a cloud !!!!..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFREEZE 10/29/2009 8:24AM

    Congrats~!!! ::hugs::

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DRAGONFLY1974 10/29/2009 8:23AM

    Congrats!!!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 10/29/2009 8:12AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm so happy for you! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/29/2009 7:37AM

    Congratulations, Smarty Pants!!!!!

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LISTLOADRUN 10/29/2009 5:53AM

    Thats AWESOME news - you shoudl be VERY proud of yourself!!!!


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ANGELLACOLE 10/29/2009 2:48AM

    So glad your waiting is finally over! Congratulations!!!
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BETHSHEALTH 10/28/2009 10:30PM

    WOW! I had no idea. Congratulations!

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STINA6584 10/28/2009 10:23PM

    That's awesome!!!!

Mad Congrats!

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ZIRCADIA 10/28/2009 10:19PM

    I hope you're consuming some calories now, chica! But CONGRATULATIONS on passing the Bar!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :D

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Great news!!

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SFTBLENGNRGRL 10/28/2009 9:57PM

    Way to go! I hope you had a great time celebrating....

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 10/28/2009 9:56PM

    CHEERS! *clinking glasses*

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KATIE2POINT0 10/28/2009 9:53PM

    Oh my goodness!!! That is absolutely amazing! Congratulations! emoticon

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JKSTEIN123 10/28/2009 9:49PM

    Things are looking good for you!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/28/2009 9:44PM

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emoticonKristina Passed the Bar!!!
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CURVYCASEY 10/28/2009 9:43PM

    Omg!!! That is so awesome! I am super proud of you!!

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AZIUGA 10/28/2009 9:42PM

    Oh that is wonderful, wonderful news, Kristina! YEA!!!! Congrats!
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I am SO happy for you!

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3.1!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yes, I watched the treadmill tick from 3.09 to 3.1 and almost cried. I did it! I ran 5K without stopping! I did it in 40:30.
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The next step is to bring that endurance and time to the outdoors which is considerably more difficult. But I know I can do it before my 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving!
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The new running shoes were amazing! After the second mile, I noticed my arch was hurting a bit and I might have a bit of a blister there, but I know it'll be OK once I break them in. Apparently my left foot is longer and wider than my right one, so it was hard to get the best fit there.

BUT YAY! 5K! Today I really felt like a runner!

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Shoes! A couple of people asked what kind, how much, and how they can get fitted.

Mine were a pair of Saucony stability shoes which ended up being $75, which was far less than I expected to pay. The other shoes I tried on were $95, $100, and $120 and the most expensive shoe in the store was $180.

For anyone who wants to get fitted, my advice is to find a specialty running store. Usually you can go to Google Maps and type "running shoes" and then your city and state and you can find a few places. First, the salesperson will examine your foot to see if you have any arch issues (flat feet) or need a wider fit, etc. Then she will make you walk so she can see if you overpronate or underpronate. Basically, overpronation is when the ball of your foot rolls inward too much and underpronation is the opposite. If you overpronate, they will recommend a stability shoe.

Then you run around the store or on a treadmill to see if they work for your runs!

The great part is that the salesperson let me run outside in the shoes I eventually bought. Remember that most stores are carpeted and have more cushioning, so it is great if your store lets you do this.

Also, once you figure out what shoe or shoes work for you, you can always remember the brand and style and order it online for the next time. But definitely support these local businesses and buy at least your first pair there. The big chains will not offer the same kind of service that these specialty shops will give you!

  
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IMSMILEY88 9/25/2010 5:04PM

    Wow! October 27th and you did 5K in 40:30! I wonder where I'll be at in a month...

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/30/2009 7:36AM

    Great job on hitting that 3.1!!!! What a milestone. The sky's the limit for you chica :) I see a Boston Marathon in your future :)

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DESERT_BIRD 10/28/2009 7:35PM

    I am so proud of you!...You are amazing...and I love your attitude!!

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BETT2U 10/28/2009 3:40PM

    I don't think it was the magic shoes....it's you! Way to go.

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    Way to go!!
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RAINTHIEF 10/27/2009 10:05PM

    Congrats on the 5k!!

I'm getting ridiculously excited about my running shoe fitting this week. Hearing you talk about it is getting me so anxious!
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ZIRCADIA 10/27/2009 7:18PM

    WOOHOO on your 5K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Just so you know, my very first 5K was a Turkey Trot and I ran it in 40:20 so I'm thinking you are probably going to beat me considering you've got some time between now and then to train and you already ran it in 40:30 today! :D We'll see. hehehe. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CASADESPONGE 10/27/2009 4:59PM

    5k!! WooHoo!! That is soooooo AWESOME!! You are doing sooooo GREAT!! You ROCK girl!! Keep it up!!

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CHICAT63 10/27/2009 4:50PM

    Woohoo, you'll do your 5K in no time !!!! It's a great feeling, you did it.... emoticon emoticon

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JKSTEIN123 10/27/2009 4:35PM

    I am glad the shoes are working out. Good job on the run!!

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COURTNASTY82 10/27/2009 3:47PM

    once you can do 3.1 without stopping on the treadmill, it's just a tiny baby step to do it outside! it's such a confidence booster. so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 10/27/2009 2:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a great feeling of accomplishment that must have been. You ROCK!

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    Wow, that's awesome! Congratulations, and keep up the good work!!!! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/27/2009 1:27PM

    WAY TO GO on running 5k straight today!! What a huge milestone for you, Kristina!

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    I am so proud of you! emoticon

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HUGMONKEYMOM 10/27/2009 12:21PM

    YAY on the 5K!

I'm going into my Thanksgiving 5K really close to the wire...I may or may not be able to run the whole thing. But I figure I win either way, and the WORST case scenario is that I set a goal for my NEXT 5K to run the whole thing.

We are always getting better.

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DIGISCRAPPY 10/27/2009 11:41AM

    That is AWESOME! Way to go! I'm emoticoning right along with you! Great job!

Glad you really like your shoes, too. I hear nothing but good things about Sauconys - one of my instructors wears them. I was BAD and did not get properly fitted for my Nike Max Moto 7+s, although I did do plenty of reading about getting the right fit beforehand - mainly because I was intimidated about running for the folks at the running store. Definitely going there next time. I run into the same problem as you - one of my feet is just ever-so-slightly bigger.

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EMILYBCRUZ 10/27/2009 11:27AM

    Congratulations!! Wow... what an accomplishment!

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STINA6584 10/27/2009 11:25AM

    Woohoo! Congrats on hitting the 3.1 mile mark! You're going to kill your 5K in November!

Glad you're liking the new running shoes. My new shoes were causing my arches to be a little sore at first too, but I think that had more to do with the fact that the shoe was actually providing the proper support which my foot isn't used to!

I absolutely agree with you about supporting local running shops. I paid $110 for my shoes (New Balance - can't remember the type right now) making them the most expensive pair of shoes I own. However, the sales guy was great, the store does tons of running groups, put on a bunch of races (they did my first 5K) and does other stuff so I don't mind paying so much for the shoes knowing how much the store does for the local running community.

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HOSTALADY 10/27/2009 11:21AM

    Congrats on the 5K, I am cheering you on! You are doing GREAT!

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AZIUGA 10/27/2009 11:06AM

    KRISTINA!!! That is amazing! I am so proud of you and inspired! You make me want to work even harder tonight!!!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/27/2009 11:04AM

    Way to go on the 5K!!!! You're gonna do great on the Turkey Trot!! Glad you LOVE your new shoes!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/27/2009 11:01AM

    Awesome job on the 5K! YAY!!! You're going to ROCK that Turkey Trot!

I'm a Saucony gal as well! I get fitted every year actually, just to make sure they're still the right ones. I was first fitted for Brookes Ariels but it turns out I'm not as much of an overpronator as the first guy said and now I'm on to Saucony Hurricanes which provide a more mild stability. But once you find the right ones, you're good to go!

And nothing makes you want to run more than new shoes!

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Like Running on Clouds

Sunday, October 25, 2009



Wow, I don't know how I ever ran without a good pair of running shoes! It's like running on clouds! Today was the day (finally) that I went to the store with all the serious runners and got my stride analyzed by a professional.

They had me walk and run around the store, and it was kind of funny being asked to run in a shopping establishment. Wheeeeeee! Apparently I am an overpronator and when I was running before I wasn't absorbing shock properly, which made those runs tougher.

The saleswoman gave me four pairs to try on, and there were little downsides to all of them (the heel was slipping a bit; it was too loose in front; too pinchy on the sides) except for the last one, which fit like a slipper! I noticed the difference immediately! I was landing better and I immediately felt like I could run for hours!

Happily, the best-fitting shoe was also the least expensive! But it definitely was worth it to go into the store and have the professional evaluate my stride. She even let me run outside to see if it was working for me on the harder ground, which was completely awesome.

I can't wait to go running tomorrow!
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After I bought the shoes, it was almost 65 degrees, so I went for a gorgeous walk in the fall colors on a picturesque pond with my aunt. We did about 4 miles of brisk walking, and we enjoyed the scenery so much that it went by so quickly. On the way back to the car, we caught the end of a Halloween parade. I'm not a huge fan of parades, but it was so cool! On one float there was a group of teenagers dressed up like zombies and playing updated versions of 80s hits by Cyndi Lauper, Whitesnake, and the GoGos. And the next one was a group of senior citizens clapping their hands to the music! Just a really fun afternoon.
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I hope everyone's weekend was as great as mine was!

  
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TYEASLEY 10/27/2009 10:56PM

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HOSTALADY 10/27/2009 11:16AM

    I am so happy you have your new shoes and your experience was great too! You are doing awesome! YOU GO GIRL!

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THREADBENDER 10/27/2009 7:41AM

    Good for you! And for your feet and ankles and knees too!! emoticon

Funny how good company makes a walk breeze right by.
Yeah....zombies. really big right now. What a strange thing to go in and out fashion.

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ZIRCADIA 10/26/2009 9:38PM

    WHAT ARE THEY?? :D I think it looks like Saucony's??? I must know! :D But anyway - YAY!!!!! I'm so happy you finally went!!! :D

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TRAVELNISTA 10/26/2009 8:38PM

    Thanks for sharing that. I never knew any shoe store was that thorough in fitting someone for a new pair of shoes. That is so good to know. I personally do not run but I will ask my friends if they get their running shoes professional fitted to their needs. I am sure they would appreciate knowing that is available to them.

Enjoy your new running shoes. You go girl!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/26/2009 7:21PM

    Congratulations, Cinderella - you finally got your perfect shoe! :-) And they're oh so cute on top of it! Woohoo!!!

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SNAPPEAS 10/26/2009 6:15PM

    KARVY09,congrats on finding the perfect shoe .I always go shopping for shoes in the midday after I've been walking for a while and walk on a hard surface in the store even if that means being allowed in the stock area which is usually concrete.Picked up this tip from an expert years ago until that time I'd never realized that most shoe stores are carpeted ,so of course,the shoes feel more comfortable.

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GONE2THEDOGS 10/26/2009 3:33PM

    glad to hear you finally got them! No stopping you now girl!
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SLIMNUBIAN 10/26/2009 3:12PM

  Just wondering,where did u go to get fitted? Many shoe stores in my area aren't that helpful,even when I ask.

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EMILYBCRUZ 10/26/2009 1:56PM

    Oooohh... I so need to get fitted for new kicks! I can tell a huge difference in my Asics now than my old Nike's, but something tells me it could get even better. I was going to wait until I had lost 50 lbs (so 23 lbs left to go) but I don't know if I will make it that long! So glad you had such a nice weekend.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/26/2009 12:00PM

    I know exactly what you mean about your new kicks! My new ones feel the same. I just don't know how I made it this far without them!Enjoy! emoticon

It was a Gorgeous day here yesterday, but we had to cheer on the Steelers! GO Steelers!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 10/26/2009 11:29AM

    So excited for you that you got some great shoes! Makes all the difference. Now your running will REALLY take off!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/26/2009 10:27AM

    Finally! New shoes! So glad to hear they are awesome! Now i'm jealous! Which kid can I deprive so I can get some new shoes myself? LOL They look fabulous. What brand are they? Were they super pricey? I need to find a place in Omaha that does shoe fittings and go scope it out. Have a great week :)

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FITMAMA1984 10/26/2009 10:18AM

    Glad you found a great pair of shoes!! That parade sounded awesome!

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DESERT_BIRD 10/26/2009 10:09AM

    That's so great...you got your shoes! Enjoy!!

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LISTLOADRUN 10/26/2009 9:56AM

    Hooray for your shoes! Having them feel so good on your feet makes such a difference - but more importantly, it's about you doing something great for you :)

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COURTNASTY82 10/26/2009 9:49AM

    congrats on the new shoes! anything that keeps us excited about working out is a great thing!

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STINA6584 10/26/2009 9:41AM

    Yay new running shoes!

It's amazing what a difference good shoes can make isn't it!? Glad you finally got your new shoes; now get out there are put some miles on those bad boys! :)

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TKLPICKLE 10/26/2009 9:33AM

    yay for running shoes!!! I'm glad you found a pair that fit so nicely :)

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RUN2MYDREAMS 10/26/2009 8:36AM

    Isn't great to be professionally fitted? I did this about 3 yrs ago & have been thinking about doing it again. It TRULY makes all the difference! Thanks for the reminder & emoticon on getting new shoes Runner Chick-I've decided to name you this in case you haven't noticed:)

YOU ARE DOING GREAT! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 10/26/2009 8:01AM

    Hi ya...well congrats! Those new shoes look mighty spiffy! I bet you look like a real runner now...hee hee all geared up...so to say! Thanks for this great blog I always sooo love your enthusiasm..and joy in sharing your journey. Your just such a sweet little inspiring Sparkster friend! Love you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 10/26/2009 7:36AM

    Nice shoes! Aren't new running shoes the best things EVER?!?!

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CHICAT63 10/26/2009 6:51AM

    Hola Chica !!! Woohoo, isn't the difference amazing I know it's expensive but a little advice once you know your size and the brand you love....I can only wear New Balance so I buy them online I purchased 3 pairs for the price of one. Check it out on EBay and I have never been disappointed in my purchases. It's also good over time to have your feet re-evaluated with weightloss and the correct shoe your feet can change. Have a great time with your new shoes.....take care. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFREEZE 10/26/2009 6:32AM

    Jealous~!! I want to go get help with new running shoes when I visit home in December....

I'm glad it worked sooo well for you though~!!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/26/2009 3:29AM

  emoticonit was so emoticonto read about your emoticon analysis and the great adventure that it was. It's funny sometimes how people are so picky about make/model of vehicle, yet rarely give real thought if any to their exercise shoes. Nice to hear that it feels like you are running on emoticon and enjoying being a runner. emoticon
Spark On Runner Chick!!!
emoticon emoticon Rockin' the Spark Fitness!!!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 10/26/2009 12:01AM

    Real running shoes are the best. Totally worth every penny. Congrats on comfort for your feet!

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JKSTEIN123 10/25/2009 10:54PM

    What a great day. I am glad you had your feet properly fitted. It is so important to take care of your feet. They are the only two you have.

Can't wait to hear about your first run in them.

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October Measurements

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Measurements time! I feel like I've done better than last month with calories and exercise. Wondering if the addition of strength training 2-3 times per week has helped with the inches?

Body Part - June - July - August - September - October

Waist - 46 - 43.5 - 41 - 39 - 39
Hips - 53 - 50.5 - 49.5 - 48.5 - 48
Neck - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 14.5
Thigh - 32 - 31 - 30 - 29 - 28
Upper Arm - 16 - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5

Inches lost since September: 2
Waist - 0
Hips - 0.5
Neck - 0
Thigh - 1
Upper Arm - 0.5

Inches lost total: 19
Waist - 7
Hips - 5
Neck - 1.5
Thigh - 4
Upper Arm - 1.5

VERDICT: Not bad.

Less inches in the waist, which is kind of a bummer, but I was losing inches very quickly in the waist to start, so it's okay that it's stalling a bit. Psyched that the thighs are slimming out and that YES, my arm is not bigger than my neck anymore! Very encouraging overall, even if it's not as many inches in past months. Hoping for a good weigh in on November 1. I have 3 pounds to go to make my goal for weight loss for the month.

  
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GONE2THEDOGS 10/26/2009 3:30PM

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I'm loving my tape measure far more than the scale...
Great job!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/26/2009 10:33AM

    You're melting right before our very eyes! Keep up the great work!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 10/26/2009 8:33AM

    Ok, I think I'm lost. You put inches lost since August = 2. Did you mean Sept? Only reason I ask is becuz I'm counting 2 in the waist alone!

emoticon emoticon You are doing fantastic!

YOU CAN DO IT Runner Chick:)

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CHICAT63 10/26/2009 6:46AM

    You're doing great, little by little the " Amazing Shrinking Woman ". Have a great week, Josée

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HUGMONKEYMOM 10/25/2009 1:18AM

    Not Bad?!?! Looks great to me! Keep up the faboo work.

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/24/2009 9:42PM

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Totally Fantastic Progress Kristina!
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TRAVELNISTA 10/24/2009 9:39PM

    Don't sell yourself short, forget not bad, I think they are pretty darn good results of all your hard work. emoticon

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RAINTHIEF 10/24/2009 8:51PM

    Bye bye inches!! Woo hoo for you!
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FLORIDASUN 10/24/2009 5:31PM

    My sweet friend..you are doing so fab! I'm soooo proud of you and your progress...I love to see you suceed! Big hugs and keep on keepin' on..you will be at goals before you even know it!!! And everyone will be saying..."hey who's that beautiful 'hot' girl?" at the Christmas festivities! Yay you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 10/24/2009 1:05PM

    Congrats on your hard work!!!

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STINA6584 10/24/2009 12:20PM

    woohoo!

I really need to find my measuring tape and start taking measurements again.

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TEAM-SARAH 10/24/2009 10:50AM

    Great to track measurements and not just be relying on the scale. You are shrinking!

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DESERT_BIRD 10/24/2009 10:45AM

    You're doing great!! Very inspirational!

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COURTNASTY82 10/24/2009 10:32AM

    congratulations! keep up all of your great work!

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THREADBENDER 10/24/2009 10:16AM

    Great job!! That's amazing. My waistline loss slowed down after the first three months too. But it does continue to decrease, just really really slowly.

You're doing great! Go get those shoes....we don't want an injury on our hands (or feet!) here! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 10/24/2009 10:01AM

    Great job! I'm sure your running helps with your thighs as well, I found the more mileage I added this year, the smaller my thighs were getting. Also, keep an eye on your knees! I know it sounds weird but I was getting frustrated at my lack of inches lost and one day was just checkin' myself out and I realized how much smaller and more bonier my knees looked! Ha ha ha ha

You're doing awesome! Keep it up!

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JUST-AMY 10/24/2009 9:56AM

    Karvy--19 inches lost is AWESOME! I wish I had started measuring back in late July when I got started. I can tell because my pants are falling off that I'm losing them, though. Check out my blog post somewhere about insulin resistance. A waistline above 35" is a tell-tale sign.

I am so inspired by your progress! Way to go, girl!



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