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Gateway To...

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This could not be any truer since I have become a runner, I feel so much better.  I have to be honest that most of the time I do not enjoy the run, during the run, it's the after the run that I love. I feel a sense of accomplishment, de-stressed, and just, well..., just better. My brother made a comment to me not long ago that my skin and hair looked so much better and wondered if it was the running.

Great possibility, I am getting more fresh air but I was an avid walker and graduated to a jogger/runner to help boost my weight loss. Running was the gateway to more physical activity. I read blogs on running and do a lot of research on it. It is way more complicated than one would initially think - which also appeals to my "learning" nature.

I found the below on this blog and it really is true - except realize is misspelled :)



I learned that to become a better runner - I needed to do more than just run -  strength training is highly encouraged in the running world. Streng…

Cute Workout Clothes

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Really,  can you can look cute and sweat at the same time AND believe it or not, feeling cute is motivational. When I first embarked on my lose weight/feel healthy quest - I would go out in some comfy shorts and loose cotton t-shirts (a no-no for running). Mr. Man made the prediction that I would soon be investing in running clothes. I started researching what runners should wear with such articles as this... And then the below began to resemble me...



Phase 1:
I started noticing how the other runners dressed - I really liked the cute, colorful leggings but felt I was too heavy to sport them out in public. I found with shorts that I do not like them postage stamp size and I hate when they bunch up between my thighs.

First - the shoes - Brooks Glycerin is my go to

Second - running socks - my favorite are Thorlos experia

Then...
I found running shorts at Old Navy, I think they are more like bicycle shorts,  but I love the compression and the side panel/pockets are fab. The length is per…

Rang the bell...

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Really, you can finish one goal and mess up another at the same time... So, my daughter and I went to find me a dress - one of my goals towards my upcoming wedding. I went to David's Bridal and was taken care of like I was a queen. When you find the one, their tradition is to ring the bell and I rang the bell and actually cried.

Now, I went with the intention of getting a $99 wedding dress. I went way over my budget but it was soooo pretty AND IT HAS BUTTERFLIES... how could I resist? Isn't that back the coolest EVER?





So it was a little over budget - well, a LOT over budget but I justified it by being able to put it on layaway. I was joking with one my bridesmaid that now we aren't eating - we are just going to have cake since I ate quite a bit into my budget.  I was reassured that my back looked okay in it...

This pale pink with hints of purple and mint butterflies and some pearls - so whimsical, and so me.
My daughter is the maid of honor and this dress went perfectly w…

February Report Card

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Wow, it seems you really can lose a month! I cannot believe it has been a whole month since I posted and where did the month go? Soooo, I guess....



I have been so busy at work and then come home and work some more. I did manage to get my house changed over to spring. I decided to not hang any curtains back up because the cats are destroying them...but that is another blog.

 I guess it would be fitting to start the new month like I needed January  - with the February report card

My fitness goals are below and I am proud to say that I am keeping up:

Barre at least once a week:
Cycle classes at least once a week - only missed one class  because of a conference call scheduled at the same time as the class
Weight training   - once a week (Sunday is the class and lately the weather has been Greenway worthy so haven't been getting this in - I did find a Tuesday night class but haven't been able to make it due to staying too late at work and my commute has gotten horrendous and find m…

January Focus Report Card

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Okay, so I have been really focused on my goals for 2018 - because, Really, you can achieve whatever you set your mind, right?

My fitness goals are below and I am proud to say that I am keeping up:

Barre at least once a week:Cycle classes at least once a week - Weight training   - once weekRunning/Walking - at least 3 times a weekThe scale says I've lost four pounds - the first pic was the beginning of Jan and the second yesterday  - I can't see a huge difference but I can tell you I feel a difference in how I feel - and that is probably the best benefit



As a matter of fact, I have been so focused that my stay-cation has not been hobbit-like as usual. I have been leaving the house and going to the YMCA taking classes - mainly because on Monday, Mr. Man wanted me to go to the store and pick up some lunch meat so since I had to be out - I took a weight training class and jogged on the treadmill. Tuesday, I managed to not leave the house and did an hour on my elliptical and 40 minut…

Treadmill Running for Slow Pokes

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Really, you can enjoy treadmill running when you cannot get outside. I have read many blogs and Pinterest articles on running on a treadmill.




I must admit that I did not think I was physically fit to do any of them, even "beginner".

I am a slow runner outside, I usually average 13-minute miles and usually walk up steep hills, after I hurt myself charging up a hill thinking my body would do whatever I wanted.  You know, mind over matter...well sometimes, the body rebels resulting in an injury. I learned that hills were the culprit when traveling on business and found a treadmill with those cool maps to run anywhere. I chose Italy and right away my shin starting hurting and I was struggling, looked down and I was on an incline and oh, it hurt so badly. This pain has made me shy away from running hills and I have never run an incline on the treadmill, I was happy to run at 5.2 flat (feeling accomplished even).

The injury caused me to have to stop running for a bit and now that…

Stay-cation

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Really, you can just stay at home and be productive...

At least, that is what I usually do for my birthday week off from work. I normally pick a project that ranges from painting and decorating with last year, I decluttered the laundry room, office, and closets. I have done pretty good about keeping everything in order. I have been looking around and there are few rooms that I see need fresh paint. I normally like to peruse the "Oops Paints" at Lowes

The current rooms of interest - foyer/hallway, living room, office, my bedroom. The problem is Mr. Man only likes, yellow, grays, tans, and oranges, my current colors. My living room is currently a  Valspar color called Allspice picture below - I like it but it's been this way for about 8 years, at least.



I think I want to do something lighter - I am really in love with Wasabi - it screams fresh and clean to me - but that is definitely a no-go for Mr. Man




I kicked off the weekend with a quick 3-mile run when I got off work.…