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Friday excitement

November 22, 2013

Because it doesn’t get much more exciting than this…

I went grocery shopping on my way home from work tonight.  I had a list and got as much as I could from Aldi’s then went to Giant Eagle.  While at Giant Eagle I wrote down prices for the things I bought at Aldi’s.  End result?  Aldi’s bill was $40.62.  Had I bought the same items at Giant Eagle? $58.42.

Needless to say I will be grocery shopping for as many of the basics as possible at Aldi’s from now on.

Now, from the cheap food products to the expensive… I am having a Tastefully Simple party tomorrow (part of the reason I had to grocery shop today.)  I am not having nearly as good of a turnout as I thought I would…  It’s funny, a couple months ago I had an Undercoverwear party and had a great turnout so I thought, “oh, I’ll get at least that many if I do a food party.”  Nope.

I don’t think too much of their food products, mainly due to the price, but I like their seasoning and spice mixes.  My new favorite “add to everything” is their Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning.  I have yet to make garlic bread but I use it often, on pizza, on mac-n-cheese, you name it.

I got home from shopping and mixed up the dips and such for the party tomorrow.  Still have some cleaning to do in the morning…

So, as you can see, the level of excitement in my house is almost too much to bear.


random ramblings on a Sunday…

October 13, 2013

So… I did it.  “Ran” my 1st 5k.  Seriously, for what little amount I actually ran, it shouldn’t even count!  I bet I ran more on Week 1, Day 1 of C25K than I did yesterday!!!

My thoughts:  I’m happy I did it because deciding to do it is what started me on this new path of running.  I won’t do another like that.  I will do more 5Ks in my future, ones that involve less people and less asthma attack inducing substances.  In my pictures from yesterday you can see around my neck a half buff, I pulled it up over my nose and mouth whenever we went through the color areas or if I noticed a bunch of people throwing color near me… I’m sure it helped but I still had breathing issues after and ended up using my inhaler a lot yesterday afternoon and evening and then again first thing this morning.


I am not giving up though!!! My inability to run barely at all outside in the real world has really motivated me to get better at it.  So I found a local 5K on March 23rd, 2014 to aim for, nothing fancy, not too huge, and not expensive.  New Goal.

I’m going back to the beginning and restarting C25K with my incline set to 2.5 instead of the default 1.5 and I am going to run at 5mph.  I had gotten my running segments up to 5 minutes at 4mph at 1.5 incline.  I’m going to stick with the schedule I’d recently changed to of my runs being Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays with walking being Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.  Thursday is almost always an early day for work where I need to be there at 7:30 instead of 9 so that’s a good day for a resting day!  Recently I’ve occasionally hit 5mph to see if I could do it and found that, yes, I could sustain it for about 30-45 seconds during a longer run at 4mph so I’m thinking that by going back to W1D1 and knowing I only have to sustain that speed for 60 seconds at a time I will be successful.  I, and you, my couple of readers, shall find out!

Next up on today’s ramblings… REI is awesome!  I wanted a Buff for yesterday because I thought it would be the easiest way to have something to pull up over my face (and it was.)  I had found them online but had never seen one in person.  I knew that REI carried them but also saw people that said they’d found them at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

So I stopped at Dick’s this past week on Wednesday on my way home from work.  The person had no clue what I was talking about and said they didn’t carry them because he knew every item in the store and tried to direct me to headbands since I’d described that a one of the gazillion ways you could wear them.  Thursday I went to pick up my race packet and stopped at the Dick’s near there.  Basically a repeat of the day before.  The woman listened to my description and said they didn’t carry anything like that.  I said I had seen online that Dick’s carried them and she also claimed to know every item in the store and that if they had them they’d be in her department.  Scream!  I left.  According to Buff’s website, the first Dick’s was correct, they do not carry them, however, the second one shows that they do.  I know that doesn’t mean absolutely that they do but it makes me doubt Miss “we can’t possibly carry it elsewhere in the store because it isn’t in my department and I don’t know about it.”

Friday, after work, I stopped at REI.  I admit I went in with a cranky chip on my shoulder!  It has been emotionally rough at work recently and I was pretty sick of stopping at stores and not finding what I wanted.  I walked around the first floor, nobody offered to help me and it reinforced my cranky mood.  I went to the second floor, walked around getting crankier.  Then, a salesperson asked to help.  Not really expecting much at this point (yes, I was being a pessimistic bitch inside) I told her what I was looking for.  I didn’t even have to expound on what a Buff was… she instantly started to tell me where they were, pointing downstairs.  Then she asked if I was familiar with what the packaging and such looked like.  When I said no she walked with me downstairs, took me right to the Buffs, then stood and chatted for a bit.  During the course of it she talked to me about their membership, gave me a little paper slip to get me signed up if I wanted (but it wasn’t a hard sell since my internal pessimistic bitch would have screamed at that).  It was a pleasant sales interaction which I really needed after my earlier experiences of the week.  (Yes, I paid the $20 for a membership… had that been a annual fee I likely wouldn’t have but $20 as a lifetime fee?  Absolutely.)  Oh! And something I found out yesterday when surfing the web.  The other REI in Pittsburgh (we have two) has a climbing wall!  And as a member I can use it on the weekends for free!  I can’t wait to try it sometime.

End result?  REI gained a new customer and Dick’s lost one.

These are the buffs I ended up buying, a full one and a half.  My hair is happy:


Okay, two more stories related to The Color Run, one of which also is related to my quest for a Buff…  I arrived to pick up my packet including my shirt.  The man asks “what size?” so I asked whether they were men’s or women’s sizes.  He said they were unisex so I said medium.  He then proceeded to do that eyes over body scan and said (in what seemed to me in my pessimistic bitch state to be a sneering tone) that they weren’t preshrunk.)  So I got a large (which based on how it fit yesterday was the better choice but that wasn’t the point!)  I headed out to their store (just in case they had a Buff that would mean I didn’t have to stop at the nearby Dick’s) feeling pretty deflated since I’ve worked really hard to shed weight and get more in shape this year!  I mentioned my Buff quest to the people at the store booth and my stop the day before and my planned stop for right after leaving there since they didn’t have any but one man had the suggestion that “you might need to try a couple different Dick’s”.  My dirty mind started to laugh and I told him “what a double entendre!”  He realized what he said and I left laughing!

I am done shopping for quite some time now I think!  I have nothing else super pending on my current “urgent want” list.  I have clothes that fit, accessories for exercising, dye and conditioners for my hair, new glasses, and the most recent online order that refilled our households vitamins.

Prior to yesterday I wanted to get a white sports bra but that’s no longer on my list.  I hang my sweaty sports bra up to dry as soon as I’m done running and then actually wash it about once a week so one is really all I need at the moment.  For walking I can wear my daily bra or even one of those so called sports bras.  I said once before that I could do a whole post on sports bras… it’s true!  I can’t stress enough how important a good bra is for keeping me going.

During what I refer to as Week 0.5, I followed up my workouts with a whine session on the couch where I held my breasts and whined about how bad they hurt.  I am not a small chested woman…  Before losing weight I wore a 42D, currently I am a 36DD (really hoping that when my band size again decreases that the cup size goes down to a D or else I won’t be able to buy everyday bras at KMart and Walmart… anyhow, back to the current topic.)  As a 36DD those cotton pullover sports bras just don’t cut it… there is no support happening there.  So I did some Internet research and found a few options.  I went to (where else) Dick’s and tried on various bras, jumping up and down in the fitting room.  And I found an awesome bra from Under Armour, the Armour Bra.  Expensive but worth it, fits great and no bounce!  (The next one won’t be from Dick’s though… they’ve gone on my “the list.”)

“The list” is continually growing and changing in our house.  It is an unwritten list of businesses that we are currently not patronizing for some reason.  It can be various things that land a business on “the list” such as  service, quality of product, pricing, and political views to name a few.   It isn’t a permanent placement usually, political views being the exception… eventually I usually give places a second chance.

I should probably shut up now.  I am at about 1500 words at the moment.  Oh well, I am feeling chatty today so on to the subject of my weight.

I started the year at about 230.  By the time my workplace’s biggest loser competition started on January 21st I was down to 225.  I did the competition and placed 3rd among the females earning $100 at the end of April.  I continued losing but then in August stalled and my weight started creeping back up.  So at the beginning of August I hit 180 and this morning was 188.  Time to rein in the bad habits again!!!


I am recommitting to focusing on the calories.  With a longer term goal of 150 I can’t stop now.  I also have a short term goal of 175.  Initially I wasn’t going to do my new clothes shopping until 175 and then I just couldn’t wait any longer.  I initially typed that I needed a new reward for 175 but honestly, looking at that graph above, having it go back down and touch that line will be its own reward.

Okay, I really am going to shut up now.  Time to get off the couch.

besides running

September 28, 2013

I cleaned out my side of the closet today to make room for my recent shopping extravaganza spoils.  Out went the 2x shirts that bag around me making me look pregnant, the 20W pants that I’d taken in to about a 16 and had been wearing to work even though I could again take them off without unbuttoning.  They are being replaced with shirts in size L and pants in size 12.  Halle-freakin-luiah!

Shopping for clothes has never been my favorite activity.  Still isn’t.  But it was necessary and I know that having things that actually fit does feel better.  I did pretty decent with sales.  Last week I got a pair of pants from New York & Co. for $16!  Thursday, I got clearanced sleeveless shirts for $2 each from the evil Wal-Mart (I wear them under uniform shirts for work – which those are all too big but I’ll likely wait a bit to replace them, I just leave them unbuttoned and open like a cardigan.)  Then yesterday, sweaters and pants on sale, both $16.99.  The store (KMart) only had one color or the pants I wanted in 12 Short so I bought a pair of grey pants from the store and shopped online last night for 2 pairs in black and a pair in denim.  I also got some workout shorts and capris and a white shirt for the upcoming color race.  About the only thing still on my “clothing to buy” list is an additional sports bra (sports bras… that is a whole post topic there!)  Pretty impressed with KMart’s online ordering, I placed the order at 11:30pm last night and got a shipping confirmation with tracking number at 2:45pm this afternoon.

I refuse to spend a ton of money on most of my clothes.  One, I plan on losing more weight so I will need to replace them, likely before they wear out.  Two, even though I don’t often work “front-line” at my job, I really never know when I might have to provide back-up in a crisis…  as a last resort, if a kid’s behavior is a safety risk, we restrain… you would not want to be wearing $60 pants, have to assist in a restraint, and find your knee going down into a pile of mud, or feel your pants catch on a rock and rip!

I didn’t sew today, probably tomorrow.  I finished a rainbow themed quilt top a few weeks ago.  Currently I’m working on a denim quilt top with chopped up old jeans and leftover scrap denim from various sewing projects.  I need to get fabric for the back of both of them (another item on the “to buy” list, geez.)  I’m thinking of using flannel and just doing a double thickness of it with no batting for the denim quilt.  I have the batting for the rainbow quilt.  Here’s a picture of it from midway through it’s creation…  I’m currently too lazy to walk upstairs and get better pictures of the rainbow top actually completed and the denim one in progress.  And because it’s been too long since I’ve posted Tippy helping me sew… here is also a picture of her doing her stretching exercises (she hangs on the cat tree like this often)

 rainbowquilt  tippystretching

I got excited today thinking my order from Amazon was in the mailbox.  Walked to it and it wasn’t.  The order contains henna for my hair, coconut and almond oils (actually for my hair as well but I’ll probably keep them in the kitchen since I can cook with them if I want too.)  I went to a health foods store last weekend and got a box of henna and indigo and did my hair.  The indigo took more than the henna… it looks good but it just isn’t red enough!  That was my first natural dye job, won’t be my last!  I don’t want to use permanent chemical dyes anymore because I am trying to grow my hair as long as I can and damaging it with dye jobs won’t help that goal (plus, permanent or not… red fades.)  I love Manic Panic dyes (no damage and awesome colors) but with the running and accompanying massive sweating I foresaw rivulets of color streaming down my face and back since it bleeds color for weeks after use.  So, my answer to the dilemma is henna with an occasional indigo addition if needed:  Red, more permanent than permanent chemical dyes, no damage, and no bleeding.  Woo-hoo!  My hair currently measures 23 inches from my hairline to the ends.  First goal, 25 inches.


So to add to my crazy out of character shopping sprees, I ordered three pairs of glasses from Zenni for myself (including a pair of prescription sunglasses with cool rubberized tips on the temple ends for running outside!) and one pair for DH on the 19th.  I’ve gotten the notification that their manufacturing is done, I expect I’ll get a tracking number Monday or Tuesday.

Well, I’m going to shut up for now.  This is why I came back to having a blog… so I can ramble about anything I feel like in  a format more conducive to rambling than Facebook is.


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