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...
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.
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!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Limoncello martini in me, I'm so happy...
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....
I feel like everything is coming together for me!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
I hope everyone's weekend was as great as mine was!
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