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first time running in minimalist shoes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My wonderful boss gave me a DSW gift card for Christmas. I've been holding out for some stiletto boots, but they have to be gorgeous, comfortable, and the right price. Haven't found 'em yet.

2 weeks ago when I went to DSW they had some Dr. Scholl's minimalist running shoes in the clearance section. I tried them on but was hesitant to buy them. After thinking about it last week, I decided if they still had them on Saturday I'd buy them. I also bought a great pair of Everest hiking sandals for $12!!!

I was really happy to see us finally get a sunny day after so many days of rain. We desperately need the rain, but day after day after day is just too depressing!

so I went for my run outside. I was so excited about the shoes that I forgot to grab my MP3, but sometimes it's nice to just listen to the sounds around me when I run. I heard the clock tower on the square chime, and the hustle of a small town in the evening.

first impression of the shoes is emoticon emoticon My calves started to feel a bit tight about mile 3. I ran for an hour, 5.5 miles total.

My plan is to alternate between these shoes and my Run Tones. I'll decide if I want to race in them after I've run in them several times.

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CHATELAINE19 1/26/2012 6:08PM

    Brave! I just know how much my running shoes helped me run. As much as I love to be barefoot, I can't imagine running without my big-o honking running shoes.
BUT I do look forward to seeing how you like it.

Good Luck!

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the morning routine (on a good day)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm awake anyway, might as well do Pilates. I need it after 36 minutes of spin as a warm up, followed by Boot Camp last night (whose bright idea was it to go to spin, THEN go to Boot Camp???)

and my home workouts usually include the added benefit of two dog resistance (maybe I should patent that...)

I usually customize the Pilates workout because of my shoulder issues (I do the push-ups fully extended, but with my upper body elevated on my step bench. I read that this was more effective than doing push-ups with my knees down). Now I have to change it up even more to accommodate what the Boot Camp instructor wants us to work on before the next class (an extremely modified push-up...I can't describe it! And more flutter kicks).

time to feed the pups that MY fat thigh in that photo??? I won't even be able to wear those shorts this that I'm 2 sizes smaller.

time for me to get ready for work. The boys are happy and fed.

Happy Tuesday everybody!



this is a great way to start the week

Monday, January 23, 2012

my hubby had a colonoscopy today. Yesterday was the worst part (of course). Neither of us slept very well last night. And we had to be at the hospital at 6:30 to check in.

neither of us ate breakfast (not allowed for him, and I didn't want to eat when I knew he was probably starving).

we get to the hospital and he fills out the paperwork. There weren't enough lines to write in all his prescriptions. I know that he could stop taking several of these if he'd exercise and lose some weight, but I can't make him do it. He's lost weight before doing NutriSystem and using his Nordic Track. He went off the packaged food and was 'too busy to exercise' so of course he's gained every lb back, plus more.

anyway...back to this morning. The doctor was running late. They had my hubby all set up in the room for the procedure to be done, then had to move him across the hall due to a scheduling conflict (caused by hubby's doc being late). One of the staff members told us she was going to turn down the lights to "set the mood...since I can't buy you dinner first." LOL!!!

I've met this doctor 3 times now. Between the first time and the 2nd, five years passed so I really didn't remember him. It's only been 3 years since we saw him this time (they removed some polyps during the 2nd colonoscopy; the frequency was changed from 5 years to 3) so I was pretty sure I recognized him.

sure enough, in walks Dr. Nick..."Hi everybody!"

if you put glasses on this cartoon, he's the spitting image of hubby's doc. It's really difficult not to giggle when I see him!

everything went well. Hubby woke up really quick and feeling fine. He didn't want to stop to get anything to eat, he just wanted to go home.

I got him settled, then went to work. Although he didn't want to nap all day, he did. He was afraid he wouldn't be able to sleep tonight, but he just fell asleep on the sofa. I woke him to take his evening meds and go to bed.

I'm glad everything went well. I hope they go back to the 5 year schedule.

I don't know what I'll do when it's time for me. I have a really tough time with liquid meds. I gag on them even when they don't taste bad. I even try to get cough scrips in pill form because I'm not able to keep cough syrup from coming back up. could I forget the mad search for the Nextel before we left? Hubby is always available by Nextel to his job (he's a warehouse manager for a convention contractor). He couldn't find his Nextel anywhere. He called the number and we hear it beeping...very muffled. Under the sofa cushions? Nope. In the laundry room? Nope. In the bedroom closet? Nope. In a jacket pocket? Nope.

can't find it anywhere even though we can hear it. He calls one of the gals in the warehouse and leaves a message that he can't find his Nextel. As we are driving to the hospital, I ask him if there's any chance it would be in the fridge or the freezer.

oh, yeah! He'd brought in some groceries and dropped the Nextel in the bag and just put the bag in the fridge without taking anything out.

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CHATELAINE19 1/24/2012 10:53PM

    Sorry, your day was so rough, but thanks for sharing the humor. My mom recently acquired a 2nd cardiologist. This one looks like Groucho Marx- NO kidding! Like you, I find it hard not to giggle!!!


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it's impossible to have a 'bad day' with these guys around

Sunday, January 22, 2012

my sweet boys, Obie and Jack. How could anybody look at those faces and not smile?


what did you do with the rest of you???

Saturday, January 21, 2012

a former client who I hadn't seen in a while asked me that at the gym today emoticon

I told him, "I kind of ran the rest off." Which is basically what I've done. It feels so great to have people ask me that!!! I may not have reached my goal weight yet, but I'm now in the 'healthy weight' category. I'm wearing a size clothes I'd not been able to wear in over 10 years. I'm much more toned, which is why the scale number is still on the high side. No more overweight for me!!!


fewer lbs to lug around should help me increase my 5k times. It's made push-ups a bit easier, but I still don't like them!

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SHIRE33 1/22/2012 10:36PM

    Push ups. Planks. They are the debil. :D

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CAROL- 1/22/2012 7:11AM

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 1/21/2012 8:01PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

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