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Trust the Tag, Skinny Days, and the Difference of a Month

Friday, July 16, 2010

I spent part of yesterday organizing my closet and doing laundry and doing another run through of what actually fits and is just too big now. As you know, I've gotten some awesome deals at Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Marshalls lately. I've also been getting some hand-me-downs from family members. Today I put on one of the second hand shirts which seemed like the right size. Despite being an XL, it seemed really small. But I quickly realized that the fabric is really stretchy and now the thing is hanging off of me! Luckily I put a tank top on underneath! Not a smart choice for my first day back at the office. Oops. I guess I should trust the tag! Sometimes, at least.

I had a super skinny day yesterday. For the uninitiated, a "skinny day" is when you feel skinny even if you haven't necessarily lost weight. Chalk it up to burning 1300+ calories yesterday, from a 5-mile run, Zumba and kickboxing. Yep, I more than made up for that day off on Wednesday.

Of course today I received my monthly gift and feel bloated, and not skinny. The scale had me down a pound to 183, but because of my skinny day, I feel like that should be lower. Ah well. I felt skinny, goshdarnit! So that's gotta be good enough for me.

I'm back to the firm after a glorious monthlong absence. I'm actually happy because they have me in a room with another temp whom I like and not one of the wildly annoying ones. When I came in, the receptionist, who we like to call Superflake (yes, she's really scatterbrained) told me how amazing I looked, which surprised me because in the month I've been gone, I've lost like 6 lbs, which doesn't seem like enough to be "WOW!". But she said that it is very noticeable. So that made me happy! She said she's been going to BodyPump classes and her arms are looking great too, so maybe I should give that a shot. There's just something about a weightlifting class at 5:30am that makes me wanna shoot myself though...

Anyways, that's what's rolling around my brain today, folks! Have an awesome and active weekend, everyone!

  
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JENN26POINT2 7/22/2010 2:36PM

    I love Body Pump classes.

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FREES1 7/22/2010 9:13AM

    I do good to get up by 5:30 to stumble in, get dressed, and walk the dog before work, never mind being somewhere ready to work out!
It seems the weight to appearance connection is not alwasy necessarily a valid one.. we can lose the pounds but it takes our bodies some time to 'reorganize' themselves.. shift what is left around, redistributing itself and that can make a little loss look more with time!
Congrats on all you have accomplished - you truly are an inspiration! I am grateful for your gifts of sharing!
Faye

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KAYLAP101 7/22/2010 8:34AM

    i love ur blogs! hope u had an awesome skinny day!

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CHARLENERAE12 7/20/2010 2:46PM

    I am totally with you on the 5:30 am class.

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.TARA. 7/20/2010 11:41AM

    I love your attitude, it is infectious! I am having a super skinny day today and it rocks!

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SPOOKS100 7/20/2010 12:34AM

    Love, love, love Body Pump, it's tough but so worth the pain! Way to go on the skinny day, I always feel thinner on the days when I run in the morning, don't know why but I assume it's more psychological. Whatever it is it feels GOOD!

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NANASNOW 7/19/2010 9:08PM

    I have decided that tags are just the manufacturers way of intiidating us! I have decided that if it fits well, it doesn't matter what size it is. But I am glad the that clothes I am trying on have smaller numbers! Yippe!!

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KATHLOW 7/19/2010 11:01AM

    mmm, a skinny day! seems like fun!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 7/19/2010 12:41AM

    Been missing reading your blogs! Skinny days are wonderful!

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STORMTMB 7/17/2010 1:15PM

    Have a great weekend. Ya know, regarding the secretary, sometimes people just "see" you different, even if you haven't lost weight from one day to the next. I know that's true for me. Oh well, compliments are still nice.

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ANNASBF 7/17/2010 10:52AM

    It is funny how there is a magic set-point of weight loss that seems to be more noticeable than others...even some that would make more sense! That wonderful little six pounds must have been one of those! I have had friends lose weight, like 10-15 pounds and wonder why no one commented and, blam, they lose 2 or 3 more and it is like a billboard sign. About the arm BodyPump thing...5:30 AM. I'm such slacker...you considered it for a moment, didn't you? Sigh.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/17/2010 10:29AM

    More skinny days ahead I promise. Congrats on getting to the 105 lbs lost point! I actually had to look for your page today because I didn't recognize the you in the new profile pic -so HOT! I like the new background as well. I am 8 days away from my 1 year of consecutive exercise and 10 days away from my 1 year sparkversary...still sitting on this plateau, but I think it is about to break. Wish me luck!

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250STRONG 7/17/2010 10:08AM

    I can totally relate to those "fat" and "skinny" days. Sounds like you killed it on the workout front. :)

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MBSHAZZER 7/17/2010 7:40AM

    OK, can I just tell you that yours is the #1 blog I am ALWAYS dropped from?? Even though it's my #1 FAVORITE?? I think there is a conspiracy afoot!

Way to go on feeling skinny! I totally know what you mean. My weight doesn't fluctuate all that much but there are definitely days I feel enormous and other days I feel like a supermodel. So WORK IT!!!!

Glad you are "enjoying" being back at work! Have an awesome weekend!

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RUNNINGNP2B 7/16/2010 11:18PM

    As always, gorgeous, your attitude and motivation seeps through all your writing. Now I want to get up at 0530 this AM to go to Body Pump. Haha, not that crazy, not over here : )

So incredibly happy for you!!!!

And skinny days!

You are amazing.

P.S. Just discovered Nordstrom Rack today and I LOVED IT!!!!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 7/16/2010 11:05PM

    Congrats on the skinny day and the compliments! I LOVE Body Pump (granted, mine isn't at 5:30 AM!) If you get a chance sometime, you should check it out.

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MOJOGIRL 7/16/2010 10:09PM

    emoticon on the 6lbs!!

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CALLIKIA 7/16/2010 7:03PM

    5:30 am??? You mean they have one of those in the morning too?
You are doing so amazing! I'm not surprised people are noticing! Keep up the great work and rock those skinny days because you have so many more ahead of you!

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JODIANN421 7/16/2010 5:59PM

    So cool! I totally know what you mean by 'skinny days.' lol also, 1300+ cals in one day!! wowza!!

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JAMARCIL 7/16/2010 5:28PM

    The closer you get to goal, the smaller losses will make a much bigger difference look and clothes wise I noticed. I am not new to losing weight, just new to keeping it off. LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon

Glad to hear work is going well also. emoticon

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CHICAT63 7/16/2010 4:50PM

    emoticon yeah for skinny days and you will rock it next week since your TOM will be bye-bye. I giggled when you wrote had to put a tank top underneath, I have to give away 3 summer tops because everyone would see my bra if I didn't wear a tank top or camisole and it ain't cutting it. Glad to hear you are paired up with a nice temp. Funny, I would love for my gym to offer 05:30 or 06:00 classes they don't start until 09:00 during the week that would entail a double cardio day for sure. Class at 05:30, run in the evening, food for thought. Have a great weekend mon amie, Josée emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 7/16/2010 4:35PM

    If you feel skinny that's way better than whatever the scale says. Plus you're probably right about that lovely time of the month having something to do with it! Mine is just around the corner I can feel the bloat setting in haha. I love those skinny days... makes all of that busting my butt sooo worth it. I need to have a good hard 130o + calories burned day. I feel like I've been slacking lately hehe

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/16/2010 3:24PM

    Cheers for skinny days! I would love to have them more often, but beggars can't be choosers!

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FROGGERHKC 7/16/2010 3:12PM

    Oh how I love skinny days!

Hope you have a great weekend too! emoticon

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CINNAMONGURL06 7/16/2010 3:03PM

    Ok, so I guess I should have read your blog first before I asked the question in my comment (main page). I suppose I can be granted one DUH! moment, it is Friday- LOL!

You are so amazing and such an inspiration to me! I look forward to checking out what is new with you daily!

Have a fun, activity filled weekend! Enjoy!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/16/2010 2:48PM

    Sometimes I say ditch that scale and just go with how you feel / look.

Yay for skinny days!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/16/2010 2:34PM

    Maybe that's were mojo went, he took off after my last skinny day...You are doing the reverse of what my kids did when they were little, they would grow so fast they wouldn't get a chance to wear an outfit, you are shrinking so fast you are missing chances to wear outfits!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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KIMMAS82 7/16/2010 2:28PM

    LOVE Skinny Days!!!

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SAMSPARK1 7/16/2010 2:14PM

    Skinny days are awesome! Will hopefully have some more of those myself soon!!!!!!! Have a great weekend!

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MOM2GIRLS2 7/16/2010 2:07PM

  Yeah for skinny days! I wish I had one everyday.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/16/2010 2:02PM

    emoticonon you're work out's!

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SUGIRL06 7/16/2010 1:42PM

    1) I love TJ Maxx and such! I just got two pairs of shorts at Kohls for $10 total! Of course, they aren't the best quality but they'll be too big soon enough anyway!!!
2) I love skinny days!!!
3) Body Pump is awesome. You should go!
~Ang

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ELLIEW22 7/16/2010 1:36PM

    You're a superwoman with all the working out you've been doing! Way to go! Skinny days are awesome! And you're looking great!

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KITKA82 7/16/2010 1:34PM

    Finally someone who knows about "skinny days"! Even at 224 pounds, I had them.. not sure how but I did. I asked a co-worker once if she had them, and at 5'3", 141 pounds, and size 4/6 she said no. Sucks to be her. Glad I have them!

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EMLG11 7/16/2010 1:24PM

    Great to get feedback like you got from the secty to affirm your skinny day yesterday. You think 6 lbs doesn't sound like enough to see a difference but remember that 6 lbs now is way different than 6 lbs when you started. It shows way more now than it did in the past. Congrats once again.

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ACLUBB5 7/16/2010 1:18PM

    thanks i am going to have to remember that. i was getting down cause i was not losing the pounds but my pants are getting baggy emoticon emoticon

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ANNE7X7 7/16/2010 1:14PM

    I love skinny days!! I wish I had them more often!!

You TOTALLY need to try BodyPump if you want an awesome workout! It makes me sore in all the right ways and it's really fun!

Have an awesome weekend :)

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MAIA2011 7/16/2010 1:14PM

    Yay skinny day! I am having one today!

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ALLISON145 7/16/2010 1:05PM

    Good point by the first commenter - the more you lose, the more noticeable 6 pounds gets! I bet you also firmed up some and now that you have less padding covering it up your definition shows better. Nice!!

Yay for skinny days!! I finally yesterday (after 30 pounds gone) started to be able to see some differences in the mirror. Everyone else has been telling me they can tell for a while, but I think it takes longer for our brains to catch up to the changes than everyone else's.

-Allison

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LLBEAN75 7/16/2010 12:47PM

    I love the body pump classes! I go to one once a week and it's awesome. Your arms will BURN!

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MESEATURTLE 7/16/2010 12:28PM

    kickboxing,zumba and walk!!!!u r superwoman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 7/16/2010 12:20PM

    Great job. Keep up the good work. I love kickboxing and it is definitely a calorie burning workout.

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MERISSA1315 7/16/2010 12:17PM

    I LOVEEEE Skinny Days!

I'm scheduled to receive my monthly gift on Sunday and boy can I feel it. Monday's weigh in is not going to be pretty...

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_TRIXIE_ 7/16/2010 12:16PM

    I agree. Organized fitness at 5:30 in the morning is just unnatural. Kudos to those am workout peeps. Congrats on losing the 6lbs in a months! That's great!

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FIT_N_HEALTHY 7/16/2010 12:12PM

    I love Skinny days... They feel so great... Your right that the bloated days stink! Oh well we learn how to deal! ;o)

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AIMEETURD 7/16/2010 12:11PM

    Fist pump! I also had a skinny day yesterday!!

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GERMANPICKLE 7/16/2010 12:09PM

  I LOVE SKINNY DAYS!!!! :D

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/16/2010 12:08PM

    Oh I love skinny feelin days! :) dang girl all that exercise is def toning you up, which is why Superflake prob said something! You are just a lean mean fat burning machine- u should do a commercial! Heh

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CARILOUIE 7/16/2010 12:06PM

    Yahoo for skinny days! And yahoo for a 6-pound weight loss being noticeable! Six pounds is a lot more at 183 than it is at 288.

Have a great weekend!

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1BIGDREAM 7/16/2010 12:05PM

    All great, great, great! Enjoy being back at work, for what? One day and then the weekend? I like a one-day work week! Have fun!
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Overnight Oats With Figs, Bananas, and Pistachios

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I finally had a wonderful run this morning. The weather was much cooler, in the high 60s with a cooling breeze. I did 5 miles in 60 minutes and felt amazing! Now I just need to wake myself up early on Saturday so I can finally get a long run in! It's been a hot and frustrating July so far. The new shoes are wonderful. It's amazing how easily you forget how great new shoes feel!

So I tried a new overnight oats concoction this morning to fuel my run. I tried my new protein powder!

Overnight Oats With Figs, Bananas, and Pistachios

1/3 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla
1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats
1/3 cup Chobani 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp Bob's Red Mill Whole Ground Flax Seed Meal
1 scoop Trader Joe's Soy Protein Powder
1/2 medium banana
2 medium fresh figs
5 grams unsalted pistachio nuts



I mixed the almond milk, yogurt, oats, flaxseed meal, and protein powder in a small container, covered and stored overnight in the fridge. In the morning, I added the chopped fruit. Absolutely delicious and extremely filling. I always forget how much I LOVE fresh figs until I go to Trader Joe's and splurge on a package.

I enjoyed the unflavored soy protein powder and surprisingly, so did the DH! He went for an early morning run and afterwards he mixed a scoop of the powder in a glass of water and liked it! This is a guy that claims to hate tofu and edamame, so I was shocked! I had a sip and it basically tasted like unsweetened soy milk. I've never had protein powder before and I've heard that the whey is better if you're actually working on building muscles, but basically I wanted a protein source for smoothies and oatmeal that was fairly low calorie and at 55 calories and 11.5 grams of protein per scoop, it fit the bill!

This recipe can of course be lightened by nixing the flax or protein powder or switching another fruit for the banana or omitting the pistachios, but the nuts gave it a great texture! Wonderful running fuel!

CALORIES: 425
CARBS: 61
FAT: 9
PROTEIN: 28
SODIUM: 93
FIBER: 10
CALCIUM: 38% RDA

  
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CHARLIE215 7/20/2010 2:16PM

    Great sounding recipe. I use a whey protein powder from Wholefoods by Biochem - comes flavoured or natural - 80cals for 20g protein.

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ABETTERBECKY 7/19/2010 2:38PM

    Had me some TJ Smyrna figs last night - so yummy! Stopping there on my way home to pick some up! Its like a really yummy fig newton w/o all the crap!

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KITKA82 7/16/2010 1:28PM

    Hardcore. I was gonna say I wouldn't even know where to get a fresh fig until you said TJs and then I remembered seeing them there. Sounds excellent.

I envy your cool weather, because I have to get up and out around between 5-7 in order to get in a good run in my 'hood. Dangit summer why is it so hot?

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MBSHAZZER 7/16/2010 10:36AM

    MMMM, that looks awesome and I LOVE figs! Fresh, dried, whatever, they totally rock!

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JODIANN421 7/16/2010 9:24AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! And here is to cool mornings for good runs :)
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TRAVELNISTA 7/15/2010 9:00PM

    I love fresh figs. Now I have to go out and buy some if I can find them around here.

I know that breakfast stayed with you. I have been making something similar for years minus the yogurt, almond milk, and protein powder. I get my liquid by bending a banana with water. I mix in thin slices of apples, some berries, and nuts.

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HOSTALADY 7/15/2010 7:21PM

    This is a breakfast I look forward to trying.
Thanks again for sharing!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/15/2010 5:49PM

    Love me some TJs!! Nom nom nom.. May take a trip there this eve after I visit my uncle in the hospital!

So what are the benefits of protein powder? I've always been curious when I see the contestants on BL dumping it in their lime green water bottles. Is it just to help you get more protein into your diet without having to eat extra food? Interesting stuff.

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PRINCESSNURSE 7/15/2010 4:41PM

    I think I will have to try these...I must confess the only fig I have ever eaten was in a fig newton-lol-sad but true.

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L3DESIGNS 7/15/2010 4:30PM

    Love overnight oats... haven't tried them with figs... wonder if they have fresh ones on island here or if I have to head into town.

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THESHRINKINLADY 7/15/2010 3:25PM

    I must try these overnight rolled oats I keep reading about. This recipe sounds amazing!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/15/2010 3:08PM

    I'm lovin your recipes! Looks devine once again :o)

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CALLIKIA 7/15/2010 2:19PM

    Nom-Nom-Nom! ME WANTS!
I cannot WAIT to go grocery shopping tomorrow! Oh, and I ain't never had a fig neither. WTF do they taste like? I have had fig bars...if I like those will I like figs alone? *lol* (Confused...scared...wanting to try...)

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STARINTHESKY 7/15/2010 1:16PM

    Wow you are such an inspiration!

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EMLG11 7/15/2010 1:09PM

    Isn't it amazing to see how the focus changes as we go through this journey. It feels so different to have the focus on nutrition as well as taste instead of eating mindlessly as I did before. Also in the past I focused only on low calorie and low or no fat. That just was not the right focus for me. I feel so much better and so much healthier this time around!

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CAROLYN1213 7/15/2010 12:40PM

    Your morning run sounds so awesome! I'm getting in the swing of getting up early to beat the heat and get a run in the morning. I do love the idea of the over night oatmeal and will have to check out the ratios to see what will work with my macro nutrient break down. I'll let you know what I come up with!

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YINYANGSJM 7/15/2010 12:31PM

    Ok...I really need to try this evernight oatmeal. Looking at your pictures makes me want to run out and buy the ingredients right now :). Now I won't have any excuse for not eating breakfast and I can still get those couple of extra minutes of sleep!!! Thanks for sharing!

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ABETTERBECKY 7/15/2010 12:24PM

    Yum! Where did you get the fresh figs? I made overnight oatmeal not once, but twice yesterday.
1/3, 1/3, 1/3 of oats, fage 0%, unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp polander apricot preserves
1 tbsp wheat germ

Delicious and so refreshing!

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MOCOHOLO 7/15/2010 11:03AM

    Do you put it in the fridge overnight or just leave it out on the counter? It looks really yummy and I think I'll give it a try.

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SARANGEREL 7/15/2010 11:00AM

    I love soaked oats! You are making me hungry!! emoticon

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_TRIXIE_ 7/15/2010 10:58AM

    Man, these recipes you keep sharing just sound amazing! I'm going to have to get some plain greek yogurt, almond milk, and regular oats and give some of these concoctions a try! Thanks for getting the wheels turning in my head!

I love the fact that you ran 5 miles in 60 minutes. It's so inspiring for me to read this. One of my tiki goals is to get up to a 5 mile run (it was a SIYC goal but I was sidetracked due to tri training). I hope to maybe be there by the end of the summer!

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SANDSTRA 7/15/2010 10:57AM

    nice recipe! I recently started putting flax in my overnight oats and am looking foward to my next trip to Trader Joes to pick up some protein powder and other goodies.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 7/15/2010 10:56AM

    Fresh figs are da bomb!!

I love soaked oatmeal too. I confess that I've never been organized enough to actually get it mixed up the night before, so my "old fashioned" oatmeal generally just sits for a half hour or so while I enjoy my coffee. My toddler is too impatient and eats hers right away.

If they are in season, I am going to start watching my favorite public tree. (I always just serendipitously get a nice surprise on my walks cuz I forget.)

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KITHKINCAID 7/15/2010 10:56AM

    Mmm figs. I need to try this overnight oatmeal thing - it seems to be all the rage lately!

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MSWEEZER 7/15/2010 10:53AM

    Have never tried fresh figs. I might need to go there as well. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the run!

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JWENZEL723 7/15/2010 10:52AM

    oh man, i'm so jealous of your weather! it was 83 degrees, 82% humidity, and a heat index of 92 this morning at 6 a.m.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/15/2010 10:52AM

    the breakfast looks yummy! Congrats on the run!


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PINKCOCONUT 7/15/2010 10:52AM

    I've NEVER had figs before (other than Fig Newtons...). They scare me a bit, they sort of look like they might eat me when they're sliced...

But I've been eyeing them lately as something to try! I'm all about trying new things!!!

I've never tried soy protein powder either. I have whey powder right now only because my mother gave it to me. I don't want to get too into the powders but I do like them, like you, to slip into smoothies and breakfast after exercise!

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SUGIRL06 7/15/2010 10:47AM

    1) I almost bought figs the other day but didn't know what to do with them so thanks for the recipe!
2) I keep forgetting to try protein powder in my oats.
3) I keep forgetting to put flax in my oats.
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Thanks for the reminders!
~Ang

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GLOBALKEEWEE 7/15/2010 10:44AM

    Very creative!

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JESSSPARK 7/15/2010 10:43AM

    Mindboggling to consider 5 miles not a long run! You rock! :)

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MERISSA1315 7/15/2010 10:39AM

    I'm so looking forward to the new shoes!

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STORMTMB 7/15/2010 10:37AM

    You eat so many things that I've never even tried. I need to find some of these things in my grocery store!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/15/2010 10:37AM

    Okay, you're the 2nd person I know to talk about fresh figs. That's it, we have our new "must try" item for this grocery trip!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 7/15/2010 10:35AM

  omg, the weather is slowly killing me. i love summer, i love heat, i love running, but the three don't mix well! the last two days here have been a bit cooler, and i love it too. good luck with your long run on saturday!

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CREATINGAMANDA 7/15/2010 10:31AM

    That looks AMAZING! Hmmm, I don't believe I've ever eaten fresh figs -- will put that on my list of things to try. (After I start a list, that is!)

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Rest Needed, Comfort at TJ's

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Despite planning on a run this afternoon, I'm going to take a rest day today because my body is demanding it. I didn't sleep well last night and I laced up and headed out and I just couldn't do it. I ended up getting in my car and heading to Trader Joe's.

Because the kickboxing instructor yesterday thought it'd be fun to do half the class with FIVE POUND WEIGHTS. And apparently every punch has to end with a squat.

Ouch.

I don't recommend flaking out on runs, but it's an art to try to figure out when it's an excuse or your body needs a legit rest. It was the latter. Of that I have no doubt.

I got the news this afternoon that they want me back at the firm to tie up loose ends on the project that was seemingly endless, ended, and is apparently alive again. I was getting so used to my nice routine of writing, working out, building my business, and organizing my life that it really threw me for a loop. But I have to go back because the pittance of unemployment pay from the Commonwealth will go away if I don't. And since my husband just got his OT cut, it's not really an option. It's been a good ride.

So since I'll be making more money again for the next couple of weeks (at least), I decided to return to Trader Joe's, the home of the mandatory $100 shopping trip. My husband instructed me to go and see the dogs at the PetHotel at PetSmart next door. It cheered me up. Man, puppies can do that.

And I know that I shouldn't use food as a comfort, but can I use food SHOPPING as a comfort? Please? Because putting that lite brie and lite gouda in my cart made me feel pretty darn good. And the mango sorbet. And yogurt. And grape tomatoes. And yes, I bought more baby carrots. And hummus to dip them in.

And did you know the pies at TJ's are actually waaaaaaaaaaay better for you than normal pies? I bought their Piled High Apple Pie to take to my grandparents and a massive slice is only 190 calories and 5 grams of fat.

I also splurged on some new items and just discovered that sunflower seed butter is the bomb. OMG. Heaven on my tongue. And I can't wait to make my gorgonzola gnocci. Man, I loves me some gnocci. And salt water taffy (24 calories a piece, not bad!).

Aaaaaaaaand, I finally jumped on the protein powder bandwagon. I've been meaning to for awhile, but the TJ's version was on sale and for 55 calories and 11.5 g protein per scoop, it seems pretty awesome. Gonna try it in my oatmeal and smoothies.

OK, I recognize that I'm major Trader Joe's fanwanking now. I'll stop.

I've also decided that 50% of the difference between my unemployment and my paycheck is going into the Vegas fund. That also made me feel better.

Gonna rest up and go all out tomorrow... Run in the morning, kickboxing at night.... maybe something else.

But now. Rest.

  
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JENN26POINT2 7/22/2010 2:33PM

    :( We don't have any TJ's here. I think the only thing that comes remotely close to it is Pioneer Co-op. I'm envious.

And I'm glad you took a break. If you don't do it when your body demands it, you'll burn out and either hurt yourself or totally lose your mojo.

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SUGIRL06 7/16/2010 1:44PM

    Ok I am totally jealous of your Trader Joe's. Seriously, I'm hatin on you right now. They need to build one near me!!!
~Ang

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KITKA82 7/16/2010 1:23PM

    Oh! OH!!! TJs Gnocchi with gorgonzola... try adding a couple of slices of cooked (turkey or pork) bacon, and a handful of spinach for a delish one dish meal or add some extra veggies on the side. Take it to the next level!

I'm glad for this blog because I've been craving some TJs shopping, and you mentioned several items that I may have to try. I love gouda. Mmmmmm hm.

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250STRONG 7/15/2010 11:08AM

    Sounds very awesome! I will be in CA next week and am so looking forward to a TJ's shopping trip. If I time it right I can even get "cold" stuff home...... I think..... need to think that completely through.... :)

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STORMTMB 7/15/2010 9:53AM

    Ya gotta listen to your body and it sounds like you made the right decision. We don't have a TJ's around here, but my niece in Boston loves it. I'll have to check it out when I find one on a trip some time. Take care of yourself.

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SEEAMANDARUN 7/15/2010 9:28AM

    I wussed out on my run this morning. Of course, the temp was above 80 and the humidity was killer (at 5 am!). Enjoy your rest day!

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SAMSPARK1 7/15/2010 9:13AM

    No TJ's here but Costco usually has me doing the same thing! :)

Sometimes our bodies really do need a rest, I agree!

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MBSHAZZER 7/15/2010 8:59AM

    I got disconnected from your blogs, BOO!!!

Man, you are making me crave TJ's! They don't exist in the state of FL and I want to stage an uprising!

Enjoy the extra $$$!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 7/15/2010 8:24AM

  *is sad I have no TJ's near me*

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NANASAMM 7/15/2010 1:31AM

    I have to make a trip to TJ's for my favorites soon...namely the dark chocolate covered almonds and the Orange Chicken. Yummmm emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/14/2010 11:58PM

    I dig it! The pool kicked my butt tonight, so I'm definitely taking tomorrow off. Mmmm, Trader Joe's. I literally overdrafted my bank account there last week...oops. Had to get a loan from my boyfriend to cover it - double oops. But sometimes you just need to buy the almond milk...oh yes, yes you do.

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SUNFLOWERGRRL 7/14/2010 10:27PM

    LOL! I never thought of it, but that's exactly it...when you start eating better, the eating obsession does turn into a food shopping obession. I do get hooked on finding the healthiest, most delicious bang for the calorie buck. Glad I'm not the only one who gets a charge out of a virtuous (and delicious) shopping cart! Way to go, you little label-reader you! Let us know how the TJ's protein powder tastes and blends, I am always on the lookout for the "perfect powder."

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/14/2010 10:21PM

    I have a feeling I'd be in major trouble if there was a TJ's in town...if you are shopping healthy food then by all means use it as therapy!! :) Have a nice rest day and hope those gnocci are delish, mmm mouth watering...

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ALLISON145 7/14/2010 10:17PM

    Sun Butter is mana from heaven, I'm tellin' ya! I never get it myself, but every now and again a girlfriend at work with a natural food obsession brings some in.. YUM!!!

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PAPPHEM 7/14/2010 10:15PM

    I love Trader Joe's! I can't look at the pies because I will just want to eat them all, but I will keep that in mind :) You should let us know how the protein powder works for you. I struggle to get in enough protein so I've thought about it but haven't tried it yet.

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 7/14/2010 9:37PM

    Did you end up at the TJ's in Burlington? (not to be stalker-ish, but from the description...that's my favorite one!) Anyway. If your kickboxing instructor decided to a) load on the squats and b) add 5 lbs to everything, you've more than earned your rest day. Gorgonzola gnocchi? Recipe? :)

Good luck with the firm stuff! I'll be cheering you on, both for the project and your work-life balance! :)

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PHD140 7/14/2010 9:25PM

    oh Trader Joe's-- all of my shopping trips there are sacred. But there are still certain things there that I don't dare buy (their multigrain crackers= crack cocaine to a carb addict like me). These are the items I find myself plowing through on the drive home! Yikes!

Best buy? At some Trader Joe's you can buy discounted boxes of Luna bars, I think it works out to 99cents/ bar! Cheapest I've ever seen them anywhere in NY


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PHD140 7/14/2010 9:25PM

    oh Trader Joe's-- all of my shopping trips there are sacred. But there are still certain things there that I don't dare buy (their multigrain crackers= crack cocaine to a carb addict like me). These are the items I find myself plowing through on the drive home! Yikes!

Best buy? At some Trader Joe's you can buy discounted boxes of Luna bars, I think it works out to 99cents/ bar! Cheapest I've ever seen them anywhere in NY


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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/14/2010 9:20PM

    Enjoy your rest because you most definitely deserve it!! Woohoo - Vegas fund baby!!!

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EMLG11 7/14/2010 7:59PM

    Remember...it is patience and persistence not perfection! Listening to our body is a good way to gauge. If it was every day or multiple times a week it would warrant an examination to see if it is mind vs body but sometimes we just have to let our body recoup. Enjoy the rest day.

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SLY_REDUX 7/14/2010 7:57PM

    Protein powder, huh? Let me know after you've taken it for awhile what kind of difference it makes for you!

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ANGELLYBELLY 7/14/2010 7:22PM

    emoticon for listening to you body.

I think food shopping is probably better than just plain ol' shopping that I do. Heh.

I LOVE Trader Joes. It's the only way I even attempt to go organic. They have the best organic prices.
And I just love their almond butter..i will have to try the sunflower butter.

The one thing to know is that not *everything* is healthy at Trader Joes..you still gotta be careful there. Sugar is sugar is sugar..ya know? lol.

I'm shopping for some whey protein myself (but I need to find it Kosher) I will chekc the TJ one out and see if it has a kosher symbol on it.

Thanks for the blog! Keep rockin it!!

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SASSAGAIN 7/14/2010 7:12PM

    You are going to have SOOOOOO much fun in Vegas! Good for you!

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IMSMILEY88 7/14/2010 7:04PM

    Glad you are listening to you body! I was going to run at the Y tonight, but "life" got in the way. I have already done a lot today, but might swim in the morning. Then again, I hope to swim in morning. Anyway, struggling with the decision as I usually workout twice a day.

Glad to hear more money is coming in, even if it isn't exactly what you wanted to be doing. I'm sure you'll enjoy it when your Vegas trip comes!

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SBHPATRICK 7/14/2010 6:05PM

    Trader Joe is my grocery store boyfriend. My love for that place knows no bounds! And I will have to pick up their protein powder on my next trip...

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/14/2010 5:09PM

    I LOVE TJ's! The only bad thing is there is only one by work, not the house and an hour is a long time to have cold stuff in the car! LOL



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CAT5599 7/14/2010 5:08PM

    Now you make me want to go to Trader Joe's!

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1BIGDREAM 7/14/2010 5:08PM

    I sure wish I had a TJ's near me! I will have to try sunflower butter--almost bought it this weekend, but put it back for some reason!

Have a great rest day!
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MSWEEZER 7/14/2010 5:05PM

    I have never been to a TJ's but would love to. One day I'll make the two hour jaunt to do so. Until then, I continue to keep notes of things highly recommended by you all to check out and I'll be sure to have that $100 on me as well. LOL

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LIBBYFITZ 7/14/2010 4:59PM

    emoticonYou are making me hungry. I have all the ingrediants to make my own hummus so might do that later! emoticon

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CALLIKIA 7/14/2010 4:56PM

    Man! I want to go to TJ now! :( I really need to get a new job and move...the food sounds YUM-YUM!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/14/2010 4:47PM

    Shopping at TJ's makes anyone feel better. Looking at their cheese wall is like heaven. I like to try different ones to see what they taste like and hopefully find a new favorite. (Hello Havarti, Fontina and Gruyere!) We're getting a little irritated with ours thought b/c they carried Mahi burgers and low cal lemonade, got us hooked on them and now don't carry them anymore! *Hmmph*

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TEAM-SARAH 7/14/2010 4:46PM

    Daaang I need to go to Trader Joe's and get some of that guilt free pie. Problem is I'd eat the whole pie sooooo..... I've NEVER been to a Trader Joe's. There are some in the city but none really near me and I have no car and blah blah blah. The best we've got near us is Treasure Island: America's Most European Grocery Store haha. But they are expensive and not so awesome. Does a European grocery store mean its dirtier and more overpriced or what?

Puppies always cheer me up... mmmm puppies. You'll be able to return to your glorious unemployment lifestyle soon enough!

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MAGPIE17 7/14/2010 4:44PM

    I think the 50% idea is a good one! Vegas is going to be awesome!

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30 By 30 Progress

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I've made it a July goal to work on ticking things off my 30 By 30 list, especially since my birthday is in less than 5 months. The list is on my front page if anybody is interested. One of the items is to find 30 new healthy recipes that I love. I made progress on that when I finally made PINKCOCONUT's overnight oats recipe that sounded super yummy ( www.lifestastyadventures.com/?p=336 ) and here's what it looked like:





I'm hooked. Loved it. Felt like I was eating dessert and I had to remind myself that I was eating all GOOD THINGS. My version omitted the chia seeds and had more flaxseed and had almond milk instead of soy and raspberry jam instead of raspberry pie filling. I've made it two more times since then!

I also perfected a turkey meatloaf that tastes just like the beef kind. It has a lot of ketchup though. I'd love to find a ketchup without high fructose corn syrup that people like! I'm pretty stuck on Heinz right now.

I've read 3 books for pleasure so far this summer and have 27 to go!

Posting the wedding photo on my compliments blog (thanks to all of you again for being so kind and lifting me up when I was feeling down!) got me motivated to get that wedding album together so I spent all of Monday working on it. So it's done and ordered and it should be here soon. So I checked that off the list!

I sent in the materials to get my real estate broker's license application, so progress there, as well. As an attorney, I don't have to take an exam or anything so this isn't actually as huge of an undertaking as it might seem, just something that I've been putting off!

One thing I totally didn't expect to tick off my list this month was finding the dress of my dreams in a Size 12 or less! But I did it yesterday.





It is perfect. It is a Size 10/12 UK (says L on the little tag but 10/12 on the paper tag). AND IT FIT. It is snug though and will look better when I lose 10 lbs or so, much like the purple dress in my profile pic. Black silk and the beautiful beads and sequins. I love it. I felt so sexy and amazing when I put it on. I'm going to wear it in Vegas. I can't freaking wait!

So that's 6 down and progress on others! Woohoo!

  
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JENN26POINT2 7/22/2010 8:47PM

    Found you some ketchup tonight that is High Fructose Corn Syrup free... it just so happens that I was walking through the grocery store and they had a big sign indicating it's HFCS free... Oh, guess I should tell you what kind: it's Hunts. Happy Ketchup Eating!!

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ANISMENDOZA81 7/22/2010 11:58AM

    I keep telling myself I should make a goal for my 30th but havent. Darn that procrastination in me. Thanks for posting this, lil accomplishments to an ultimate goal rock so I think I will start doing mine ASAP!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 7/20/2010 7:51AM

    You are rocking it!!! Love love love it!

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ZURDTA- 7/20/2010 2:59AM

    Wonderful to be ticking off those items! Beautiful dress.

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MESEATURTLE 7/20/2010 1:58AM

    very nice dress!!!!u will rock vegas!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 7/19/2010 11:54PM

    Great job on your list so far! And your dress looks amazing!!! emoticon

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CARLA-216 7/16/2010 2:51PM

    Can't wait to try the overnight oats.
LOVE the dress! Strut your stuff in it!

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MATHISDJAX 7/16/2010 1:53PM

    Love the awesome postive progress

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MBSHAZZER 7/15/2010 9:02AM

    LOVE the dress! And those oats look YUM!

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TIME4AFITME 7/15/2010 8:31AM

    Love the dress! Great idea what you are doing! You always amaze me. Hope you have a great day

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KNITTINGFROG 7/15/2010 7:31AM

    Hey Sweetie, I have bad news...your dress is not a 10-12 as UK sizes are different from US sizes.......



It's actually a US 8-10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon



OMG!! I am doing the happy dance for you!! emoticon

Now you *know* we will be waiting for a shot of that dress right??

Well done girl, you can be VERY proud of yourself!!

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MIKEL1999 7/14/2010 10:50PM

    My 30th has come and gone ~ working on my 40th!! I will be more fit when I am 40 than when I was 30. Thats my main goal!

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MIKEL1999 7/14/2010 10:36PM

    I need to try the overnight oats! Looks and sounds yummy! Great job on finding the perfect dress in a perfect size! You will have to post pics. My wedding dress was a size 12. Its vaccum packed in storage in my bedroom, I will be tempted to get it out when I hit the small size 12!


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KIMSFITJOURNAL 7/14/2010 10:18PM

    Hunt's All Natural Ketchup, no high fructose corn syrup. Just bought some last week. Tastes just like ketchup, no difference.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/14/2010 9:16PM

    You just continually amaze me! I wish I could bottle some of what you got because we would both be gazillionaires! Hangin' with Oprah and on the cover of Forbes magazine...Ahhhhhh

You go girl!!!

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EMLG11 7/14/2010 8:03PM

    Haven't tried the banana oatmeal yet but I froze some bananas over the weekend in preparation. LOVE the little (emphasis on little) black dress. Can't wait to see pics. Congrats!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 7/14/2010 7:54PM

    The overnight oats are interesting, I may have to try them. The dress is beautiful and you'll rock it in Vegas!

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LAUROCHKA 7/14/2010 5:07PM

    I love you list idea - I turned 30 in 2009 and my "to do" list is now building up to the big 4-0.

You're going great guns though - well done. emoticon

Lxx

p.s that dress is beautiful :)


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MAIA2011 7/14/2010 3:45PM

    Yowza!

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CINNAMONGURL06 7/14/2010 3:33PM

    You inspire me daily!

ps. I LOVE the dress. You have motivated me to find my dream dress to wear on my 40th, when I hit my goal! I'd better start searching now! I have 7 months to go! LOL!



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TEAM-SARAH 7/14/2010 3:28PM

    Sounds like you're doing amazing things for your 30x30!! I can't wait to see you in that dress in 10 pounds. So exciting. Size TWELVE!!! I've been a size 12 in pants for a while but dresses are trickier so when I finally got the 12 dress it's like... legit haha.

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IMSMILEY88 7/14/2010 3:27PM

    I'll have to check out your list, but it sounds like you are really on a roll right now! And, the dress is beautiful. I'm sure it'll look great on and you'll enjoy your time in Vegas.

Keep up the great work!

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LOVELYMRSB 7/14/2010 3:05PM

    I have gotten HOOKED on overnight oats! I heard about them from ohsheglows.com but I am SO trying that recipe!! Yum!!

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NIELSENSLADY 7/14/2010 2:46PM

    Woohoo!

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ANALYZETHIS1 7/14/2010 2:46PM

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MAKALANI22 7/14/2010 2:41PM

    oh my gosh, those oats look DELICIOUS!!! i've got to try them :)

you're doing GREAT! keep up the incredible work!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/14/2010 2:40PM

    Very pretty dress... you are going to look glamorous in Vegas!!!


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CANDYXPERT 7/14/2010 2:24PM

    Way to go! Love the dress! I just read The Red Tent by Diamant ... loved it! It's all about women and how they lived back in biblical times ... It's older so you might be able to get it at the library or used book store.

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1BIGDREAM 7/14/2010 2:24PM

    Wow hoo! Fabulous!

Heinz makes organic ketchup!!!! No HFCS!
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CAROLYN1213 7/14/2010 2:23PM

    Amazing progress! I love the dress! The dessert looks amazing . . . oops! It's not dessert, it just looks like it! LOL!!! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!

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MOMJMGR 7/14/2010 2:18PM

    Great progress!! You will be SO very smoking hot in the dress in Vegas!!! WOOOHOOOOO

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MASONK 7/14/2010 2:14PM

    I love this concept. I'll be 40 in October I feel inspired to do something similar.

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LLBEAN75 7/14/2010 2:08PM

    Great job!! And I would love the meatloaf recipe! I've been looking for a good one!

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STORMTMB 7/14/2010 2:00PM

    Beautiful dress and you will be beautiful in it wearing a big smile. Keep on with that list. 30 was a fun age. 40 is even better, but don't rush it! Imagine what will be on your list in 10 years with all that you have already accomplished.

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NINJALINDA 7/14/2010 1:43PM

    LOVE that dress! Keep rocking those goals!

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LUCKYONE60 7/14/2010 1:37PM

    You rock, as usual. Ges to show that it pays to have some goals, ANY goals to work toward. You are always so cool and amazing. Keep up the good work.

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 7/14/2010 1:34PM

    HOT DRESS!!!! :) :) Awesome!!

Congrats on your progress for 30 by 30 - I did the same thing last year, and it's really fun to see what you accomplish before a milestone bday.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/14/2010 1:29PM

    That dress is gorgeous! The recipe sounds yummy! (I totally have to find it again....)

and when are you going to Vegas? I will be there in August.

Can't wait to go!!!!


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AMERICAN_GIRL 7/14/2010 1:26PM

    I really like that 30 x 30 idea. Great way to set goals. I'm gonna have to try it.

And that dress is stunning.

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ROOT4HOME 7/14/2010 1:18PM

    Love the dress - you SO can loose those 10lbs to fit in it comfortably and ROCK it in Vegas!!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/14/2010 1:10PM

    Ack! You're doing SO good! I love the enthusiasm!!!!

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ELLENT124 7/14/2010 1:09PM

    Good for you. Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to do things that seem so far in the future. You've inspired me to make a list!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 7/14/2010 1:08PM

    You are gonna rock that dress in VEGAS!!!!

AWESOME job with your 30 by 30!!!!

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CHICAT63 7/14/2010 12:59PM

    The dress is awesome and you will amaze everyone in it ! Good for ticking off things your 30 by 30 list. emoticon

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JWENZEL723 7/14/2010 12:47PM

    that dress is gorgeous!

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TIFFYDAWNMC 7/14/2010 12:39PM

    I just bought Hunt's and it has a big No HFCS! plastered across the front. I don't use ketchup, but my 4 kids do and they didn't notice any change...

Great dress! And love your idea of a 30 by 30 list...my next big birthday is a long way off, and I'd have a lot more on it than you...but maybe I'll come up with some kind of list, too...sounds like fun!

That overnight recipe looks delicious! I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the rave review!


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ANNE7X7 7/14/2010 12:29PM

    Way to get things done!! I love the idea of a "bucket list" and I may have to sit down and think of my own! At this rate, I have no doubt you'll get everything done! Way to go! I can't wait to see a pic of you in that dress!!!

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TREKKSTER 7/14/2010 12:21PM

  You will look awesome in that dress! Thanks for the reminder that I need a new goal dress now that the bridemaid dress goal has been accomplished.

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LISAW/3 7/14/2010 12:17PM

    You are making such awesome progress on your 30 by 30 list! I love the dress- you are going to rock it AND Vegas!

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SUGIRL06 7/14/2010 12:17PM

    Cute dress! Glad you are getting stuff done off your list!
~Ang

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Gooooooooooood Moooooooooorning!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Morning to all those in Sparkland! I've been busy in the outdoors and enjoying the summer and I hope everyone is doing the same!

I hope everyone had a super weekend! I was back at the beach and it was a rainy day on Saturday and a beautiful beach day on Sunday. Saturday was spent shopping and hitting the outlets and I got a white skirt (in MEDIUM.... for real) and a navy shirt for$18 at JCrew Outlet and a $5 pair of running shorts at Adidas. Oh, and really cute black bathing suit for $10! I love shopping at my new size! I also got a lot of walks in, which was awesome.

I learned this weekend that a 3-mile run in 90 degree heat feels like a 6-mile run, even if it's at a slower pace. I set out a little later than I wanted and hotter than the weatherman had forecasted and planned on 6 miles alongside the beach but I ended up doing 3 miles and my heart rate jumped up to 180! So I was pretty proud of the 3 miles that I did.

Oh, and my new shoes are arriving today and I've got fingers crossed that they work out. The last ones I got were Saucony Grids (not the Grid 2s that I love with the awesome cushioning) so I returned them and quickly found out that the Grid 2s are becoming scarce because they came out with Grid 3s this spring. So I'm trying the Grid 3s and hoping that they are pretty much the same. The reviews say that they have the same cushioning, so I'm hopeful! I definitely need some new shoes!

I'd love to get back to one long run a week and I'm hoping to do that on the cooler/rainier day of the week because of my inability to run at my peak in the heat and humidity.

Treats for the weekend? An ice cream soda made with soft serve vanilla and Diet Coke. Oh, so good and worth it. Three lite margaritas on on the beach (Minute Maid Light Limeade and tequila). Some potato salad. A tiny slice of cherry pie with ice cream. Not too bad and everything fit into my calorie budget even if they weren't the healthiest. So yes, you can enjoy your summer favorites and still stay on track!

My days are spent writing a lot of the time now and I'm really happy with what I'm coming up with and will share some of it when it's ready.

Anyways, hopefully more blogging inspiration will hit soon!

  
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ERMAC22 7/14/2010 1:55PM

    I love my Saucony Grids!!

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IMSMILEY88 7/13/2010 10:22PM

    How fun to be shopping for smaller sizes! And, your food choices this weekend sound yummy, too. I agree! As long as we make good choices most of the time, it is OK to use some of the calories for some goodies. I did this weekend, too! My choice was blueberry pancakes... yum! emoticon

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GOGOMAMA 7/13/2010 10:16PM

    I can't wait to not have to shop plus sizes anymore! Good for you for being in mediums! Sounds like you are having a great summer! Thanks for the inspiration!

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TRAVELNISTA 7/13/2010 9:33PM

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KOOKERBEE 7/13/2010 6:13PM

    Thanks for bringing your journey to life :) Your weekend sounds like so much fun!

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MIMULUSBUG 7/13/2010 3:03PM

    What a great weekend! Thanks for sharing.

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MBG976 7/13/2010 1:49PM

    Enjoy your new clothes! It's fun to go shopping. But I noticed as I got smaller how expensive it is to replace a whole wardrobe. Very annoying.
I went running yesterday outside around 7pm, because the gym was so packed. I totally agree that running in heat or humid weather feels so much longer. I ran a little over 3 miles also, but had to stop because I felt overheated.

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TRACIENICOLE 7/13/2010 1:35PM

    I LOVE the lite margs...gonna try those soon! YUMMO!

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YINYANGSJM 7/12/2010 11:14PM

    That sounds like a really good weekend. Congratulations on your shopping finds...how exciting to find things on sale and in smaller sizes...double bonus :). Have a great week!

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PAPPHEM 7/12/2010 10:01PM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! I totally agree with the heat thing too, I'm trying to force myself out of bed early so I can avoid it!

Glad the writing is going well! Can't wait to see some!

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SLY_REDUX 7/12/2010 7:20PM

    A size medium skirt.... I am all aquiver..... oh MAN, I can't wait till I'm shopping in the Misses section!

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NYCFA1 7/12/2010 5:12PM

    I hear ya on the running in the heat. I had to do my 8 miles run last friday and I swear by mile 3 I'm thinking there is NO WAY I'm going to do this!!! I did but it was hard and I had to slow it down. Nice finds on the clothing.

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MERALO 7/12/2010 3:32PM

    Ugh, it's so cold here at the moment! Enjoy that lovely weather!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/12/2010 2:40PM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend!! Yes, running in heat is soooo different from cooler weather. I never ran in daylight last year so I had no idea!! Love how you are finding ways to make even treats lighter-that is so cool!! I just clued into that somehow a couple of weeks ago. It was a lightbulb moment-"oh if I sub this for that it is still yummy but heathier" D'oh! Never thought of wheat flour in cookies or crystal light over crushed ice as a snow cone. It was one of those things that kept lingering in the background and finally broke through-LOL! Now I'm seeing the concept EVERYWHERE :)!! Glad you are having a great summer!

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TEAM-SARAH 7/12/2010 2:26PM

    My new shoes arrived and I'm going to have my first run tomorrow, yay!!! I love all the deals you're getting. Much easier being able to shop in a "normal size" and MUCH MORE FUN! I've been having to majorly adjust my expectations in this weather too. It's frustrating. I feel like I should be getting faster and I'm not because the heat has a huge impact on performance. I cant wait for the fall. Mmmm fall running season.

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/12/2010 2:11PM

    Such a happy blog, made me smile big! emoticon

Love the shopping finds--it does get easier to score those as you get into smaller sizes, doesn't it? Hope the shoes work out. Whenever I find shoes I really like I'm tempted to buy two pairs 'cuz they always seem to change the style before I go to buy replacements, and then I have to start all over. Sigh. And LOVE being able to fit those kind of treats into the day reasonably--that's what we should be doing! Looking forward to reading more when you're ready to share it.

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CANDYXPERT 7/12/2010 1:52PM

    I'll bet you are having a blast shopping in your new size!
Looking forward to you comments about the shoes.

Julie

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_TRIXIE_ 7/12/2010 1:52PM

    OMG! I totally want an ice cream sundae now!

*runs off to find diet coke and vanilla ice cream...*

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 7/12/2010 1:49PM

    Woohoo!! Way to go!! :) :)

I heart the Sauconys....heart, I tell you!

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CHICAT63 7/12/2010 1:45PM

    You are one crazy and brave Sista running in this heat - don't know about where you are but I did all my running inside last week. Woot, woot about the smaller sizes totally awesome Kristina. Have an great day writing ! emoticon

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YOOVIE 7/12/2010 1:44PM

    WELL DONE DARLIN!!!!!!!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/12/2010 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticonWell done with the shopping! That must have felt great!

emoticonwith the running! emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/12/2010 1:35PM

    Glad to hear you're writing up a storm - can't wait to read it! I too had to go shopping this weekend - on the good side things all seemed to be 70% off this weekend - wahoo! On the bad side - I'm still in plus sizes which are still SO expensive! Can't wait until I can shop in regular size stores and snag a bathing suit for $10!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 7/12/2010 1:18PM

  1. Shopping and finding things in your size on sale = love
2. Weather people never being correct = no love
3. Any sort of running in this heat = win
4. New shoes = love
5. Cherry pie = #1 LOVE OF MY LIFE
6. Reading writing = love

So, all around - sounds like you had a lovely weekend!

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HOSTALADY 7/12/2010 1:16PM

    AWESOME weekend! WOO HOO!

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SASSAGAIN 7/12/2010 1:10PM

    ooh! Hope your new shoes work out for you!! *fngers crossed*

I ABsolutely love it when you can still have teeny treats and fit them into the nutrition tracker! LOL It's fantastic!

Sounds like you had a gerat weekend!

Keep fighting the good fight!

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GRACEISENUF 7/12/2010 12:55PM

    fingers crossed on the shoes, btw your "treats sound delish!"

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WANT2BEFIT10 7/12/2010 12:47PM

    I have the Saucony grid 3's and LOVE them...I hope you do too!

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NANASAMM 7/12/2010 12:39PM

    I admire anyone who runs/walks in the heat and humidity. I hate to even walk outside when it is like that. emoticon

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JWENZEL723 7/12/2010 12:35PM

    oh i am so with you. i suck at running in the heat/humidity! i was thinking of doing another half-marathon this fall...but i didn't commit to that bc i would have to train in the summer. boy am i glad i didn't!

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STEVIECAT4 7/12/2010 12:32PM

    LOVE the ice cream soda with the diet coke!!! What a wonderful idea for an occasional treat!!!! Thanks for telling us (me!)

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MAIA2011 7/12/2010 12:14PM

    You sound so happy!

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MSWEEZER 7/12/2010 12:03PM

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend!!!

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WYND10 7/12/2010 12:01PM

    Being able to enjoy shopping for clothes = win!!! Congratz!

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MERISSA1315 7/12/2010 11:58AM

    Sounds like you're having a blast! Enjoy this time off!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/12/2010 11:57AM

    Running in the heat and humidity is not fun. Congrats on getting out there though and getting in the 3 miles.



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SEEAMANDARUN 7/12/2010 11:52AM

    WooHoo! I love a good bargain. I feel ya on the heat and humidity. I've been dealing with it for some time now and it stinks!

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NICKIJAY96 7/12/2010 11:40AM

    Yeah the heat is no joke. While walking my dog he was not pleased lol. He kept trying to turn around and go back in the house. But he needed to relieve himself so we pressed on. But man he was knocked out when we got back in and so was I. Heat needs to go away.

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AZIUGA 7/12/2010 11:33AM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend!!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/12/2010 11:39:21 AM

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STORMTMB 7/12/2010 11:21AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Be sure to take care of yourself in this heat! Don't over do it.

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SUGIRL06 7/12/2010 11:20AM

    I left my opinion of the heat on one of the other blogs. Again, it needs to go so I can run again!
~Ang

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CALLIKIA 7/12/2010 11:16AM

    Sounds like you're having a blast over there...and I'm a bit jealous! *lol* Going to have to try this margarita recipe. Sounds yummylicious! Thank you for all your support lately, btw. It's kinda nice to know you're watching me and will call me out on my crap and also remind me to give myself the credit I deserve! Thanks!

Can't wait to hear how the new sneaks work out for you!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/12/2010 10:47AM

    You always inspire me to shop! You find such great deals...I have to admit I actually thought I would enjoy shopping more now that I'm smaller, but at the same time the economy crunch is forcing me to be a little more thrift than I normally like to be! LOL But you are showing me that I can still get new clothes if I am choosy!

Keeping my fingers crossed that the new shoes are absolutely divine!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 7/12/2010 10:40AM

    Glad you had a good weekend! I know what you mean about running in the heat. I'm such a baby about hot weather. Two miles was torturous last week in 90º humidity. I honestly wouldn't mind if it was in the 70's year round! Have a good week :)

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JBMT08 7/12/2010 10:39AM

    YEAY for MEDIUMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KIMMAS82 7/12/2010 10:38AM

    Good morning!! I hear you about running in the heat/humidity! It can really kill a run!! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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SAMSPARK1 7/12/2010 10:37AM

    I ran outside for the first time in awhile on Saturday and then again today. Definately makes a difference in the heat -Sat. I averaged 2 min. slower a mile than usual and today 1.... Ah well, at least we did it!!!!

Have a great week!

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BURGHGIRL 7/12/2010 10:35AM

    You sound happy, healthy and full of Sparkness!!! I love it!!!!!

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PAMNANGEL 7/12/2010 10:32AM

    Wow, a medium! I can't remember the last time I wore a medium.

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JENN26POINT2 7/12/2010 10:19AM

    I hear ya regarding the 3 mile run feeling like 6 when it's humid! I was training for a half marathon back in 08 and remember this one day when I had 6 miles to run and it was so humid my husband followed me in the car with water bottles and towels. That was the first time since I'd started training that I allowed myself to stop and walk on occassion. I wished I hadn't b/c then it was just too easy to allow myself to give up and walk more.

It's really important to be smart about your training and only do what you can given the weather. No race, goal, etc is worth killing yourself with heat stroke for! Good on you for listening to your body.

Have a fabulous day!!

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