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Thursday, October 17, 2013

I've got that Outkast song in my head today, and I've been resisting the urge to "shake it like a polaroid picture..." all day. You're welcome, strangers, for sparing everyone the awkwardness of witnessing my attempts at "dancing." LOL

What's Good Sparkfam?!?

It's been SO LOOOONG. I've missed you guys again!

Since my last entry I've had one run, Runtober emoticon and I have another emoticon looming around the corner on Saturday! I'm really excited about this one because I think I may finally break the 2 hour mark for my half marathon. Last time I was pretty close, but I didn't have official timing nor proper preparedness (showed up 50 Shades Of Late, lol. I had a long run yesterday because I was out of town this past weekend (in Lafayette!!! Woohoo, I'll tell you abt that in a bit) and didn't really have the time to sneak in any extended fitness minutes.

I did 10 miles yesterday at an average pace of 9'25" per mile. That was running/jogging interspersed with walking/speedwalking.
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At that pace I could finish in just over 2 hours (2 hours and about 6 minutes). SO, all I have to do is increase my running intervals and speed up my walking to jogging pace and I should be able to reach my goal, right? I think so!

Can I just say that running in the cold is SO much better than running in the heat? Personal preference, I know, but the cold air just feels so good traveling through my airways and filling up my lungs. I really believe I can breathe more deeply in the cold.

Okay now back to Lafayette! My college friend from UL got married this weekend, YAY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon *hums the wedding march* So I flew to Houston on Friday so my bf could drive us to Lafayette. We got in late Friday/early Saturday (didn't really look at the time). Woke up the next morning and drove to Prejeans to have breakfast. I am happy to announce that I only ate one sweet potato biscuit (he got extra to go, lol). I swear the only time he eats poorly is when we're in Louisiana, which is terrible considering I'm abt to be a registered dietitian, lol. It was his first time in Lafayette, so I had to allow him to experience all of the goodness of Lafayette cuisine. After breakfast we took a driving tour of UL, I wanted to get out and walk so I could show him the bayou and different things around the campus (which has changed a bit since I was last there), but we decided against it for lack of time, he did, however get to see my favorite tree in all the whole world Yep, the one that used to be my background pic. I'll have to find it and add it to my gallery.
The wedding was in Opelousas. The ceremony and reception were beautiful. The reception started out on a shaky note because one of the guests at the table where we were sitting had apparently gotten an early start on the alcohol and inadvertantly sprayed my bf and I with whatever he was drinking while laughing at a joke I must have missed emoticon emoticon emoticon. Soooo, we moved to a different table on the completely opposite side of the room and were incident-free for the remainder of the reception. The cake was from Gambino's so, of course it was delicious! It was great to see her my friend again on such a joyous occasion, she was absolutely radiating beauty. I'm so happy for her emoticon

My bf also had Raising Cane's for the first time ever this trip, which is surprising because I'm sure they have them in Houston, right? Plus they're popping up all over the place in Oklahoma City (I can think of four locations within a 5-25 minute drive from where I am now). He was perplexed by the abundance of drive-thru daiquiri places, lol. Sunday we went to New Iberia for the gumbo festival! I tried a "green gumbo" with cabbage greens, collard greens, okra, etc.; it was AWESOME! I also tried a gluten free gumbo made from a corn and sorghum based roux, it was pretty good as well. I almost missed out on seafood, because I was being picky, lol. I tried a filet mignon and lobster gumbo as well, but didn't like it because the beef was too overpowering and made it taste more like a beef stew than a gumbo.

After a wild goose chase in Scott, attempting to locate Best Stop, we headed back to Houston. It was a great weekend. I enjoyed myself, didn't overindulge too much and got to show my bf another little bud in the rosebush from which I bloomed.

I know this blog is getting really long, but who knows when I'll next have time to sit and update you guys, so let's continue.

I am one of the new Ambassadors for Black Girls Run! Oklahoma!!! Yay! I'm so excited, we have not made a formal announcement as of yet (there are three of us newbies, and we're still working out some details). I am SO excited about this, I just can't even explain right now. I have a conference call a little later and we'll be discussing everything then. I will surely keep you guys up to date on this as everything unfolds, so until next time...and hopefully it will be sooner than a month from now...wish me luck and pray for the success of this venture and that it will positively impact the health of women in Oklahoma.

Love you all & will probably be posting, commenting, liking, and giving goodies today while I have the chance!

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TLG71567 11/3/2013 5:35PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Congratulations on your new position. I am sure that you will do wonderful things to inspire the women of OK just as you do all of us. You are wonderful. Best of luck to you. emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 10/21/2013 3:12AM

    Glad you had fun at the wedding. I love gumbo so much. I lived near Baton Rouge for 2 years and my mom is from New Orleans so I get that lovely food as much as I want. Just have to watch the portion control...Keep going with your running~

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SWEETNEEY 10/19/2013 9:11AM

    sounds lovely.

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_MOBII_ 10/18/2013 3:37PM

    Oh NOW you go to Laf! You missed me by 8 months, lol! Next time you go, check out Bon Temps on Verot School road just a bit past Earl's Grocery.
Glad you had a good time and I know you will do great on your HM!

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AMY-MIMI77 10/18/2013 12:52PM

    We do have some great foods here; especially when it's festival time
I am sorry I missed the Gumbo Cookoff this weekend
(it would have been great to meet you)

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/18/2013 2:04AM

    emoticon in advance for breaking that 2 hour mark!

I've never been to Louisiana although I've always wanted to visit. Gumbo comes in varieties?!? Who knew! Certainly not us in the North where there is but a single probably non-authentic variety to be found.

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BLKLILY 10/17/2013 10:30PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you! I have a emoticon in two weeks! I wish you the emoticon

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DALID414 10/17/2013 10:05PM

    You can definitely get in under 2 hours, visualize me behind you with a pitch fork when you slow to a walk emoticon
But seriously I'm already cheering you on emoticon

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IAMBIZI 10/17/2013 9:23PM

    you have been busy! How is school treating you?
thanks for the update! good luck with your run!
bizi


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LINWASH23 10/17/2013 9:02PM

    Welcome back. I missed you and you have been busy. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSROZZIE 10/17/2013 7:46PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! Your journey is definitely an adventure. Good luck on your upcoming race! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 10/17/2013 7:02PM

    Hey there! I must say, I could barely read on once I saw you had sweet potato biscuits - oh my! How I would love to have one of those (giggle)!

Happy to hear about your new position with Black Girls Run, awesome! I'm glad your friend's wedding was a blast too and you and bf enjoy good ole Lousianna. Sounds like things are on a happy note.

Keep up those healthy habits my friend!
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AVANELL 10/17/2013 7:01PM

    Wow! What a busy bee you've been! We've missed you! Glad you're back!

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