WORKOUT – TM run
I always break up my treadmill runs into parts and vary the speed so I don’t get bored. So the first part is always 65 minutes – the max amount of time before the treadmill resets (60 mins and then the 5 min coold own).
8.4 miles – 65 mins (7:44 pace)
Then the next part is usually to 10 miles since that’s the distance I normally run. Today I did 15 minutes to hit a little over 10 miles.
2 miles – 15 mins (7:30 pace)
At this point I stopped and decided what to do; I was at 10.4 miles/1:20 and would normally call it a day, but I decided to finish up with a couple more to make 13.
I had been watching TV up until now but turned on my ipod for the last few miles.
3.15 miles – 23 mins (7:18 pace)
SAY MAYBE TO THE DRESS?
And the dress search continues… Yesterday I showed you the first round of dresses I picked out and Alyssa, bless her heart, mentioned a lace dress at H&M. What?! I raced outta the house faster than Paul Revere on horseback with a far more important mission.
Success! And only $29.95!
The one on the left is a smaller size; it’s shorter and the one on the right is baggier and longer.
I ended up buying the smaller size, but when I tried it on for the husband, he was like, It looks good but it’s short. So now I’m having second thoughts. or third thoughts by now.
Nordstrom didn’t have the lace dress I wanted so I’m going to go to another location today and look for it. Honestly, if I had put this much effort into my education or welp, anything at all, I would have been running the country by now.
Speaking of getting purdy, when I was in Arizona last week, we had a Spa Day for my mom’s birthday and I had a mani/pedi. I rarely get manicures but I liked it so much, I decided that I should start painting my own nails and save a couple bucks. pure genius, I know.
When I was at Target yesterday I picked up a Sally Hansen top coat for $3 and with that, deemed myself a professional nail tech. Dermstore sent me a hot pink Essie polish and a black butter LONDON polish awhile ago, and secret’s out: I haven’t worn another color on my toes since.
I’m gonna make black toenail polish my signature because I think it’s sorta funny to be a runner, have black toenails and then cover them up with black toenail polish.
I should probably go buy a sense of humor.
I love the butter LONDON polish, by the way, and I want it in 47 colors.
BEFORE AND AFTER: WEIGHT LOSS
I want to share another reader’s story today about her weight loss transformation because it’s pretty amazing and inspiring.
Lindsay N, the BEFORE:
“I gained a little more than 30lbs during my first few years of marriage. After being overweight for 5 years, I was tired of being self conscious and decided after many failed diets that I was going to lose the weight once and for all.
I started out slowly by limiting fast food and soda, cooking at home and reading healthy living blogs for healthy menu ideas. I also started walking a lot and began the Couch to 5k program with my cousin. By making these small changes, I quickly began losing and after a few months I decided I needed to kick up my workouts.
I started working out 6 days a week: I go to a local boot camp class 4/5 days a week and kickboxing twice week. I also continue to run and have recently ran in 4 local 5k’s and have PR’d in each race!! I have totally changed my lifestyle! I stay active, eat healthy (with the occasional cheat meal) and love every minute!
My most important weight loss tip is to have a support group of friends and family! It is great to have a group of friends who are all working to achieve the same goal and are there to support each other. We work out together, celebrate milestones together, and encourage each other when we are having a hard time staying on track.
I struggle daily with either not wanting to workout or wanting to eat the darn chocolate cupcake!! Sometimes I do give into temptation, and the feelings of guilt and loss of self control are just not worth it to me anymore. The weight loss journey is not easy, but in the end it is worth it!!”
“My friend Erin on the left has lost 90lbs by attending Weight Watchers meetings, working out, and running. Randi, in the middle, has recently began running and attending boot camp and is losing tons of weight as well.”
Does Lindsay (and her friends!) look amazing or what?! I had to double check and ask which gal she was in the picture because she looks so different. Congratulations Lindsay and keep up the great work! And I like your shirts
**Wanna see ridiculous? Go check out my friend CatasTrophy Wife and what she did for a birthday party. She’s OTT.
I take an extra big breath to toot my own horn when I make Christmas cards (and I didn’t even do that this year, Jaymee did) and here CTW goes all homemade Cupcake Wars for a one year olds birthday. jealous.
Congrats toSarah who just ran her first half marathon!
And congrats to Amy on the right who ran the Gasparilla Half Marathon and then the 8K in costume and skipped part of the way!