Friday, December 30, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

Been a while, I know. But I'm back from vacation just in time to start a new WW week. I only gained 2 pounds in the 2 weeks I was on vacation. Which I think isn't bad at all. I ate out the whole time, shared appetizers with J every night, and even had some snacks and dessert. I pigged out, and only gained 2 pounds. Not too shabby.

So now it's back to work. Back to tracking and making the healthy choices. I will push myself on a long run this weekend and next, since the weekend after that is the half marathon. I keep playing with the idea of trying some strength classes at the gym, but in reality, I know I won't stick with it. They just aren't at good times for me. The best classes are during the day when I'm usually busy with other things. So I really need to stick with the pilates DVD.

I am starting one new class however. The housing office here has started offering free belly dance classes once a week. I haven't done any belly dancing since leaving Kansas, and I miss it. I'm excited. I get to pull out my gypsy skirt and fringed scarf and get back into it. It's a class for all levels and could lead to an opportunity to get into some more serious classes.

I'm not as afraid of showing my belly as I was when I first started belly dancing. I am planning on wearing my old Enell bra and my skirt with some shorts underneath. No more need to hide it under a tshirt. This is easier to do in a belly dancing community. They are so accepting of all body types. Big, small, in-between, it doesn't matter, as long as you dance. If anyone wants to join me, please do!

I would really love to lose the last 8 pounds to my healthy goal before Easter. That gives me 3 months to lose 8 pounds, which is totally doable if I stick with it. My reward will be a couple new bras. For me, that is a big reward that will keep me motivated. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Vacation

I had a blessedly quite Christmas this year. J and I took a week away from everything to relax and have fun with no drama, no stress, no worries.

Thanks to Mom and Dad for booking us a one bedroom condo at their time-share location in Red River, NM. We left Remy in the capable hands of Barkerhaus Kennels, and left Duke at home with a good friend coming to check on him.

We drove up into the mountains of New Mexico. It was rainy on the drive up. What we didn't know until we got there is that the roads all around us were closing for snow. Lots of snow and ice closing the highways and interstates all around. But as we headed East on highway 38, we saw first a mining operation, then a few houses and  lodges. We rounded the corner onto the main street of a little mountain town all lit with white christmas lights. It was worth the rainy drive for that.

We checked in and bundled up to walk the 1 block to the main street and find some dinner. We barely drove the whole week. There was no need. The main street was just 1 block from us, and the vast majority of stores and restaurants were on it, or 1 block off.

First day in Red River, we got up and had breakfast at a little coffee shop, then walked over to the Ski Area. We got skis for me, a snowboard for J, and headed out to the meeting area for lessons. It was 90 minutes in the morning, 90 minutes for lunch, and 90 minutes in the afternoon. By the end of the day we were tired and sore, but happy.

Day Two: Hit the slopes as soon as they open. I had spent all of day one on the learning hill, so morning of day two I moved to the bunny hill. Then J and I went to the very top of the mountain on a ski lift. Definitely not for those with a fear of heights. We ate lunch at 10,350 feet. Talk about a high! Of course, then we had to get back down. There were more green, or "easy," trails from here, but we think they might be a little confused. We took the "easiest way down." I swear they were smoking something when they came up with this. It was not easy. But after many crashes and much doubt, I did make it down the mountain. My legs were so tired I could barely stand on them. Next time we ski, I will take lessons again, and spend more time on the bunny hill before going anywhere else.

Day Three was a change. We went to the Enchanted Forest cross country ski area. Rented skis, and took off. Now, I know I was never meant to be a teacher, but apparently I can't even teach my husband how to ski cross country. We did OK, and will get a professional to teach J next time. It brought back a lot of memories for me, of skiing with my family every year as a kid, the day after Christmas. After a break and some lunch, we were able to switch out our skis for snow shoes. We spent an hour on a little snow shoe trail and had a blast. It was so easy and fun! Just strap them on and start walking.

After 3 busy days, we were both sore, bruised, and tired. So Day Four, we took it a little easy. We drove south towards Taos and turned off on a county road. We headed towards the Rio Grande Gorge until we couldn't drive any closer. It was then about a mile hike on a little trail down to the river. At the base of the trail  were a couple hot springs pools. So we stripped down to our swim suits rather quickly and hopped in. It was heavenly! The water was the perfect temperature, not too hot or too cold. It was crystal clear and the pool had a soft, sandy bottom. I could sit in it and it came just up to my neck. It felt amazing after being so sore. And the view of the Rio Grande was breath taking. The Rio really is grand up north, not a mud puddle like it is in El Paso. I'm not sure how long we soaked there, but once we headed back to the Jeep, my legs felt much better.

It was finally Christmas Eve, and we decided to have a lazy holiday weekend. We shopped a little, walked around town, and relaxed. We had eaten out all week, so we had cheese and crackers for our little christmas dinner.

It was a great week. We saw lots of deer, just walking through town. There was a creek out behind our room, and we could watch the deer and ducks from the little deck. The people were friendly, the service was good, and we feel much better.

And now we're up in CO. Drove the back roads through the mountains this morning. Stopped for a few minutes at the Great Sand Dunes, but it was much too cold to play around. By cold, I mean around 5 degrees. That's five. Yes, cold. But it hadn't been above freezing all week, so we were getting used to it.

Saw some bighorn sheep on our way up here, and it's 40something outside right now. Didn't even have to put a jacket on! So we'll enjoy some time here for a couple days, see my in-laws and J's Grandpa, then head home. Duke as an appointment at the Vet's on Friday so he can get his teeth cleaned next week.

So that's our vacation. It was definitely needed, and I'm very glad we took it. I do miss my critters, but I know they are in good hands. We picked up a piece of antler for Remy (cleaned so it's safe to chew on), and I think Duke will get a can of soft food when we get home. I'm sure I've missed many things to tell you, but I hope you enjoy this little bit. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Duke-a-doo

Yes, we call him that sometimes.

Took him in for a 6 month follow-up. His teeth are getting bad again. There are a couple that don't look good. So he's getting a cleaning when we get back from christmas vacation, and might get some more teeth pulled. Poor kitty. Otherwise, he's doing OK. He lost half a pound, which isn't bad over 6 months. He weighs 12.1 pounds right now, which is a good weight for him. He still eats all his food, which is a great sign, and still insists on drinks from the tub. I'm pretty sure he drinks from his bowl, but not when I'm paying attention. So I'll keep letting him drink from the tub. It's cheaper than more vet bills!

I'm going to have to deal with the fact that my kitty won't be one of those really old, live forever cats. The chronic gum disease seems to be getting bad sooner (if that makes sense). I've had Duke for 6 1/2 years now. He's my fat cat. He snuggles. He tries to groom my hair. He plays with wadded up receipts. I love this guy. It's hard to imagine life without him. His super-loud purr makes me feel better when I'm sad or stressed. He comes when I call him, just like a dog. He tries to steal bites of my food and wants to sniff whatever I'm drinking (but turns up his nose to everything but water and milk).

Lately I've been trying to come up with good things about staying in El Paso for another year or two. Right now I have 2 big ones - we are close to Grandpa, whose health isn't good, and we have a great vet to take care of Duke without the stress of a move thrown in there. I have a great support structure here, with Kristy at it's base. She's moved here just after us and will likely be here just as long. And all my friends love Duke.

He is a great cat. Don't know if I'll be able to own a cat after him. But let's not dwell on that.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Confessions from an Introvert

There's an organization I volunteer with. I feel some obligation to volunteer with this group because it makes my husband look good, too. But lately, there is SO. MUCH. DRAMA.

We have someone who refuses to lead the group but acts like she leads the group, she pushes teamwork, but then finds fault in everything certain people do. We have another lady who is just crazy. I mean crazy. She seems to be creating paperwork where there doesn't need to be paperwork, and then complains about how much work she has.

Two people are now quitting this group. I happen to like these people and get along with them. Rather well actually. So that leaves me, the two mentioned above, and two brand new people who apparently didn't realize what they were getting into. I'm afraid the newbies will be leaving too when they find out we lost two members.

We have become exactly the kind of group we were supposed to avoid.

My obligation to this group will be changing (i.e. no more) soon (1 to 3 months-ish), and I feel that it can't come soon enough.

I have always been much happier avoiding people. Drama, like in this group, makes me want to crawl into a cave and leave the world behind. Stress, like this group is causing me, makes me also want to crawl into a cave.

Fortunately, I have a date tonight with my book club. It's a great group of ladies who make me remember why I put up with people. They make me glad that I haven't crawled into a cave. In fact, I would probably come out of the cave for them. My pets, however, would be in the cave with me. They're cool like that.

I feel like I have been so busy this week, but I finally have some time off this afternoon. Only thing on my list is stamping Christmas cards and baking a cake for said book club tonight. (It's OK, Jess, the french silk pie is already in the fridge.) So I think I'm going to make some hot tea, laugh at my silly pup, pet the cat for a minute, and stamp my little heart out.

(This would be a good time to make sure I have your mailing address if you don't live near me.)

I'm definitely looking forward to our week away for Christmas, since that's as close as I can come to my cave for a while. Might be doing some cave staying after the holidays, though. Just to de-stress for a while. But I promise I will venture back out into the world for 2 things - book club and stitchers. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

155 today. That's only 2 pounds lost this month, but hey, that's not bad for having 3 thanksgiving meals!

Today was the roll out of the new WW site. They changed the looks of things, and the points, just a little. Whatever they did, it put me down from 29 to 26 daily points. But hey, maybe it will keep me losing more regularly. Maybe.

It's cold here today. Well, cold for here. High today is 52. Although when I checked last night, today's high was in the upper 40s. I've noticed that lately with the weather forecasts here. You can't rely on accurate temps until the day of, and then only sometimes.

I have not been working out. Busy, and cold, and tired and stressed. Excuses, all, I know. But it is what it is. I really need to get running if I'm going to do this half marathon in January. I already signed up. I just need to get moving again.

Looks like this will be a short one today. Just not much to say. Eh.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

I keep thinking I should check the grammar on this weekly post, since Spanish uses gender, but then I tell myself it's a song quote and I don't have to worry about it. I'm lazy that way.

Anywho, I didn't even track my weight in WW this week. Bad girl, I know. But it's Thanksgiving! I let myself cheat big time on Thanksgiving day. I had seconds. Of all the starches. But OMG were they delicious. Then I had 2 desserts. Yes, I'm a very bad girl.

However, I did make up for some of it today. J and I went on a bike ride. We only rode together for the first couple miles, then J took off. He, of course, went much faster and farther than I. I managed to keep an average 13 mph speed (super slow) and did a total of 34 miles. That's a distance record for me. I did 30 miles a month ago for the Tour De Tolerance, so I pushed myself with this. My thighs and knees were screaming at me when I finished.

So let me share a little trick with you all. Or y'all, since I do live in Texas. J actually read all of Chi Running, by Danny Dreyer, whereas I just read about half. In a section in the last half, Danny talks about recovery. He's done many marathons, and recommends laying down and raising your legs. I'm not talking about putting a pillow under your feet, but laying down and putting your feet up on the seat of a chair (knees bent). It drains the lactic acid, apparently, and a build up of lactic acid is what makes you sore after working out. So if you run, bike, or just walk a lot, try it.

It worked wonders today after the ride. I pushed the passenger seat in the Jeep all the way back, laid the seat-back down, and put my feet on the dash. Right away, the pain went away. I sat for just a few minutes at first, then went into a store at the shopping center we were parked at to use the restroom. By then, J had returned, so I made him put his feet up, too. He just laid on the ground with his feet on the bumper. Again, it felt better right away (he did 50 miles, by the way).

Anywho, I found out that biking for 2 hours and 39 minutes at 12mph or faster earns me a full day's worth of activity points. Wow. I needed those, since I splurged a bit yesterday. And we're doing cheese and crackers for dinner tonight, which is high points value.

My belly off workout wasn't sticking. I need something more flexible, and I was missing my running. So I think I will try something new. Run 3 days a week, and do whatever workout I feel like 2 to 3 days. I got my pilates dvd back out, and enjoyed it. I am thinking of trying to make the pilates class they have at the gym. They have a Thursday class at the gym close to me that I could make 2 or 3 weeks of the month. They also have this Body Sculpt class on Tuesdays. It might be worth a try. We'll see.

I need to bike more, too. Maybe try to bike on weekends. We're doing the Oryx Challenge next weekend, but I'm only doing the 30K (18.5 miles) while J does the 100K (60 miles) with a friend.

There is also a half marathon on post in January. I still need to sign up. But I definitely plan on doing it. I didn't get to do the 2 in this area I had thought of, in November and December. Missed the November one because a visit to Grandpa was more important. And missing the December one because we're just too busy. So January it is. Gives me time to get some long runs in and get myself back up to pace. In fact, I think I'll sign up tonight.

So, anywho, I've had a lot going on and no time to blog. Might try to sit down tomorrow and give an update on the rest of my life.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

156 today. That breaks a 2 week plateau. Just gotta keep it up over next week. I have Thanksgiving with my folks on Sunday, a book club thanksgiving on Monday, and thanksgiving again at our good friends' house on Thursday. Fortunately, most of us are watching our weight and/or healthy eaters.

I can't really say what broke that 2 week plateau. I didn't really eat any differently, and didn't work out as much. I was a little more stressed this last week, though. Maybe stress is good for my weight loss. I'd rather it wasn't so I could just avoid stress. I do not handle stress well. It gives me hibernation urges - I just want to hide away from the whole world.

I did pull out my pilates video on Wednesday. It's harder to do pilates when you have an energetic pup that wants all your attention. But I did it, and could really feel it in my thighs yesterday. I think I will keep that up. I do like pilates. It makes me feel pretty good.

We have a ball tonight. I also pick up my folks from the airport at lunch. Yeah, leaving them alone for their first night in town. But mom and I have been tracking this for a while now. Probably going to go to the grocery store this afternoon to get any food they want/need, so they can cook dinner tonight, or use my car to go to the PX. It's kinda nice to know someone will be home with Remy and Duke tonight. Silly, I know.

I am very excited for this ball, because I will be wearing my great-grandmother's dress. It's a gorgeous black ribbon-lace sheath with a satin ribbon belt. I had to lose weight to fit into it, but it fits perfect now. I will have my folks take pictures of us and put them on Facebook. I'm doing plain black pumps with it, my black clutch that mom bought for me, and a choker that I made yesterday. It's a simple black satin ribbon with a black and white cameo button on the front. I found some silver ribbon clamps to put a clasp on it. It's pretty and not too tight. Might also do some black opera-length gloves that I still have from back in high school.

For now, it's time to pack up and head to my regular Friday date - Stitchers. We're learning applique today, and starting early since I have to leave to pick up the folks. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Puppy Fever

I stupidly decided to browse around at www.petfinder.com tonight, and found Jaxx, an Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane mix. This dog is so beautiful. I've loved Irish Wolfhounds since I first say one in a dog show on TV. They are so gorgeous.

I can't rescue this dog. We aren't supposed to have more than 2 animals in our house without a waiver (that apparently isn't easy to get), J doesn't want and won't let me get another dog, and Remy is quite the handful himself. But I want to rescue this little guy.

I actually started looking at the dogs after I emailed the Great Dane Rescue of El Paso about the possibility of volunteering there. I spent a little while volunteering at another shelter (on the far westside of El Paso) before we moved on post. I loved the animals and some of the volunteers, but it was very unorganized, and I couldn't stand the shelter's owner. I felt like they didn't know what to do with me on some days that I went in to volunteer, and the owner had zero people skills. In fact, I would say she was in the negatives on people skills.

That was quite a while ago, and lately I feel a little lacking. I feel like I want to volunteer more. Sure, there are places I could work for free at here on post, but they require working with people. And I'm not that fond of people.

I could also volunteer at the Humane Society. It's close to post and I know someone else that volunteered there before her baby.

But the Humane Society is a big, well known organization. Great Dane Rescue is a small, lesser known organization. I am thinking that they may need more volunteers there, and that my help will have a greater impact.  Plus, I really love big dogs. I wanted a big dog, but compromised with J to a medium dog. Hence, no Jaxx. Although I would totally change the spelling of his name. One X is enough.

I decided to ask GD Rescue about volunteering with them. These next 2 months are a little full already, so I'm thinking of starting in January. I cannot foster any pets, since we live in military quarters, so all the help I do will be at their shelter or events they participate in. And I won't be doing much weekend stuff unless J ends up getting deployed (don't worry, not likely). I also would love to volunteer at a shelter that would let me bring Remy with me some days, to play with the dogs. It would be good for him and for them. Even if it's just a lesson in putting up with rambunctious dogs. Remy is quite rambunctious. And very social.

Of course, I will let you all know if I start volunteering at a shelter. Heck, I might even pick a day of the week to share stories of the dogs I meet. Or cats, if I end up at a shelter with cats. I might avoid them somewhat, due to Duke's FeLV. Just safer that way. There will definitely be no other cats in my life while Duke is still around. Love that kitty.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

My first real Friday weigh-in - 157. Yep, same as last week. I am reminding myself that I changed my weigh-in day and added circuit training all in one week. The workout is feeling good, so I'm going to give it another week. I should probably take some measurements again as well, since I haven't done that in a month or more. 

Wow. I forgot to finish this post this morning. It's now late afternoon. 

Not much to say today, so I'll just make this a short and sweet one. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

Yes, it deserves 2 exclamation marks.

I love Halloween. I always have. I think it's because I like dressing up in costumes. Sure, I like candy, especially chocolate, but I think it was always more about the costumes for me.

However, I find myself getting lazy. As I sit here handing out candy, I'm wearing the same clothes I wore to run errands this afternoon, with the addition of my adorable spider hat. I didn't feel like bothering with the whole costume thing. I thought about just putting on my star trek dress, but that was a little warm.

So I'm sitting at my dining room table, blogging, facebooking, google+ing, and drinking beer. Yes, beer. I have the Ghost Hunters live episode playing on the TV in the other room even though I can't see it from the table. I have Remy at my feet waiting for the time when I let him outside to see the kids. Duke is doing his own thing. He watched the action for a couple minutes and decided it didn't suit him. He seems to prefer adults to kids, where Remy prefers kids to adults. Kids play and drop food a lot. Adults sit and chat and have laps for kitties to jump into.

I find myself quite content to sit here and hand out candy. I get a kick out of the kids and their costumes. Some of them are fascinated with Remy. I had a little Jedi who was ready to sit down in front of my screen door and play with the puppy through the glass. One little Blue (from Blue's Clues) said, in his 3 year old speech, "A kitty cat and a doggy!" It was precious.

Had some older kids, but not too many. And I think they were all with younger siblings. I think the big kids that take their younger siblings around to trick or treat deserve a little candy themselves. Good for them. Only one kid tried to come back for more. First, I recognized her very unique candy bucket. Then I saw the exact same mix of candy that I was handing out already in it. She and her friend tried to say she had an identical twin. I asked how she could have identical candy, and she finally gave up. That was the only trickster, though.

I picked up some doggy Halloween cookies at PetSmart today, and gave one of those to a kid whose family had their dog back on the sidewalk.

J's not home tonight. Has to work. I don't think he would be enjoying this as much as I do. He wasn't really looking forward to it anyway, so I was going to have him just sit and watch the pup while I handed out candy. So instead he's working, and honestly, Remy is doing quite well. I just have him stay inside and I step outside to hand out candy. He's been woofing a little, especially as it gets darker, but not much. Even when he was out in the back yard for a bit, he didn't bark at all the people walking by. He's earning his Halloween cookies!

It's definitely slowed down quite a bit since I started writing this. It's almost 8pm, and the "official" trick or treating time was 6 to 8. I might leave the light on and door open a while longer to catch anyone still trying for candy. As for me, I'm going to finish off beer number 2 (I'm slow) and get myself a bowl of ice cream. That's my treat for tonight!


P.S. Yes, I find out how many WW points some of this candy has. Only the pieces I'm interested in. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

I made a decision this morning. I changed my weight tracking day to Friday. I weighed myself Thursday or Friday morning and was down to 157.

My Sundays tend to be either early or late. I'm either getting up early to do something, or sleeping in. It's been rather inconsistent lately. And I tend to do my splurging over the weekend and eat better during the week. If we eat out, it's usually Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. I also noticed the past couple weeks that I'm not using a lot of my weekly points all the time. So if my week starts on Friday, I can use weekly points, and then think about earning them back with activity points for the rest of the week. I think this will help me focus a little more and keep losing weight.

I also need to get started on strength training. I will have a lot of time on my own this week. I might get out my circuit routine I did 2 years ago and start doing that 3 days a week. I'm thinking do ST on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and pure cardio on Tuesday and Thursday. J and I often run or ride our bikes on weekends, so that's more cardio to burn calories. And if they would ever get the stupid pool open, I could do swimming on any of those days. But they keep pushing back the date on reopening this damn pool. I won't even get started on that. Makes me angry.

My weight loss has slowed a little, but I also finished my half marathon training. I think if I can get started on building muscle, it will be the change I need to keep up the 1 to 2 pounds a week. I have less than 10 pounds to my next goal. That would put me in the "healthy" weight range. Then it's just vanity pounds to lose. My main goal is to be healthy. And I need more muscle for that as well. Strength training is a hard spot for me. It's not as fun as cardio. I have trouble sticking to it. I did pretty good with this 3 day circuit routine that I got from Women's Health magazine (I used to have a subscription). Each of the 3 days has a different routine. I stuck with it and actually saw some improvement. That was 2 years ago. I need to do that again. I can still get up and do it while J is at PT (when he's not in the field), and since the weather is actually getting cooler here, I can walk Remy in the afternoon/evening. I think interrupting his afternoon nap time is good for him sometimes.

I'll have to report in and let you know that I got started on the strength training. I've been thinking about picking a few theme days for this blog. Any suggestions? Leave a comment and let me know.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's A Baby!

No, not me. Sorry, big sister.

I can't believe I haven't blogged about this yet. I'm going to be a godmom! My BFF Misty is pregnant with her first kid. Holy Crap! Misty's gonna have the bebes!

Sorry. Anyway, She is pregnant, and I am super excited. Seriously, this is more excited than I would be for my own kid. Probably because I am not interested in having one, but anyway. It's still the first trimester, so don't know gender. I need to ask if they are going to even find out! Oh my goodness. I will be making a baby quilt. They already have names picked out. I'm getting either a Damien or a Sophie.

Part of what excites me about this, is I can buy the kind of baby things I always think are so cool and funny, but that others just wouldn't get. Like punk baby things, and rocker baby things, and goth baby things. And the parents will actually put it on the baby!

I'm still somewhat in shock thinking about my best friend having a baby. I do wish I was closer to her so I could see her all big and preggers. I know she's always wanted to be a mother, and her life is in a good place for this to happen. She has a great guy that really cares about her, and he has a good family that adores her.

So now, I'm restraining myself from buying tons of baby stuff. After all, It's still a tiny little bean. I believe I can finally pull out something I've been saving up for the unlikely time of my own pregnancy - Cletus the Fetus. I will hereby refer to my godbaby as Cletus until I know a gender. Oh yes. J cringes in agony when I tell him this. Hahahahahaha.

So. Some of you may know that I am definitely not religious. So why am I the godmama? I've know for a while now that I would be the godmama of Misty and Tony's first kid. They decided they wanted godparents who would be open to exploring religion with their kid. Someone who would answer or help find answers for the child's questions, about any religion. I love exploring and learning about religions. And Misty trusts me. (Who wouldn't?) So I will join Tony's friend Rob (good guy) in being godparental units to Cletus.

I can't wait for this baby to get here. Why do humans have such a long gestation period again? I want to meet the kid now!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Confession Time - Strange Accents

Time for another peek into the life of me.

I often speak in random accents. English, Australian, Scottish, Ghetto, Jamaican (not a good one), and various weird voices push their way into my speech. J will tell you all about it. He calls me his personal sound board and constantly tells me I should do voices for cartoons.

Usually, the accents are totally random. I don't know when or why they pop up. It will be in regular conversation, or a comment I make.

J is very entertained by all of this.

Please understand that any labels I assign here are the stereotypes and not what I think of the actual people.

Big Black Guy
White Trash Barbie
Cockney
Snobby British
Scottish weirdo
Scottish
Irish
Australian
Black Southern Old Man
Black Woman
Valley Girl
Olive Oil (yes, Popeye's girl)
Minnesotan
and various others

When I hear an accent of any kind, I have a tendency to pick it up. I try very hard to not mimic an accent when the person with said accent is present. It's very hard sometimes. I tend to limit my speech.

I have always been a bit of a mimic. In my college voice lessons (I minored in singing) I learned best by hearing what I was supposed to sound like. If I heard my instructor say the french word, I could mimic the french word. If I heard the tone I was supposed to use, I could mimic the tone. Show me how to do something and I pick it up quickly. I can learn by written instructions, sure, but I am a good mimic.

Who knows where such a talent comes from. And I've never found a way to make money from it. But there you have it. If I get comfortable around you, expect to hear some random accents slip into my normal conversation. If you don't hear them, don't be offended. Just remember that I do think about it and watch for them when I'm with anyone but J. I don't want everyone to know what a complete weirdo I can be. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Duke City Half Marathon - Done

Had an awesome run this morning. It was definitely chilly to start, but I warmed up quickly. Went with the tank and arm warmers, and I'm glad I did. Felt great, except for a runny nose. Stupid allergies.

Finished in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 32 seconds. Hells yeah! That's 10 minutes faster than my training run! What little hillage (yes, I made up that word) there was felt easy after training on Haan bridge. I was very happy and finished with a strong sprint.

J on the other hand, not so lucky. He said he was doing great and set to finish with a Personal Record, but then his left knee started to hurt. Turns out he irritated his Iliotibial band (IT band), and we think it's because he didn't do as much training as he wanted to. So his time was very slow for him. And painful. Yet he finished, and managed to walk back to the hotel with me. We did stop at the med tent where they wrapped it and put ice on it.

We stopped for lunch on the way back to the room, at the same bar we ate at yesterday. It was delicious, again, and we got to try some New Mexico beers.

Now, after a shower and a little rest, I'm feeling pretty good. Not sure yet what we will try for dinner, but chances are good I will go get something and bring it to the room. Unless he decides to be stubborn and say he needs to walk around more.

OH, and in the way of WW, I weighed in yesterday, knowing I wouldn't have a scale today. Down only 1 pound this week, but hey, still down! That puts me at a 10 pound total loss since I started WW, and definitely lower than I've been in a looooong time.

Ok. Time to go baby my hubs and maybe rub my foot that's a little sore.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tomorrow Is The Big Day

I'm in a hotel room with a comfy bed and fake fireplace on which the heater doesn't work (still have the regular AC unit). Had a great lunch at a fun little bar and a lovely Italian dinner complete with tiramisu for dessert. Got my race bib pinned on and my stuff all laid out for tomorrow. Have the bag we're taking with us (to leave at the bag drop) packed and marked with our name. We even picked up some bagels to have for breakfast and I prepped the little coffee pot so we just have to turn it on.

We'll get up around 0500 tomorrow to eat, take a hot shower (mostly for J's cold), and get dressed. A little before 6 we will walk over to the start/finish. We walked it earlier to pick up our race packet. Just 5 blocks east and 2 blocks north. I bought a Bondi Band headband at the pathetic expo. It's burgundy and says, "You don't smell like a princess anymore!"

J's race leaves at 0700. I'll get his warm-ups and put them in the bag. Then I'll put my warm-ups in and leave it at the bag drop. My race leaves at 0730. If all goes well, I will be done in 2 1/2 hours. J will be longer. He is going twice as far, after all. So I will get the bag and put my warm-ups back on. We have face cloths to clean the sweat off and flip flops for our tired feet.

I'm not as nervous as I thought I would be. I was a little nervous earlier today, on the drive up here, but I'm feeling pretty good right now. We've had a good day, and despite J's cold and my bad allergies, we're looking forward to the run tomorrow. We have everything ready. Just have to get out there and run.

It will be about 20 degrees colder than I'm used to. I plan on wearing my regular tank and new arm warmers, but I put my long sleeve top in the drop bag just in case. If I think I'm too cold, I'll switch out and put that one on. I'm not afraid to show people my sports bra. Heck, elite female runners wear a sports bra and a bikini bottom. I think I'm OK to change my shirt.

Alright. Time to read my book, watch some TV, and relax in this comfy bed. Morning will be here before I know it. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tour de Tolerance & Soy Un Perdedor

Did our 50K bike ride (31 miles) this morning in 2 hours 11 minutes. J would have been much faster, but he went at my pace. The ride supports the El Paso Holocaust Museum, which of course is a cause dear to my heart.

It felt pretty good out there, but damn, my butt hurts. I have chafe in a bad spot. But it was nice to get out and ride. Definitely need to do that more often. I do have some plans to take a spin class at least once a week with a friend, but I won't start till after the half marathon.

Which is next week, by the way! One week away! I think today was a good prep. I did an endurance exercise by didn't run.

So, my weigh-in was today. I maintained, which is in line with what I expected. I knew that not meeting my minimum points 2 days in a row was not good for me. But I didn't gain, and I will learn from this and try to plan ahead more. Not giving up that easily!

Aaaaaaand yeah. That's all I got.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dieting Fail

I didn't messed up a little on the diet this week. No, I didn't go over my points. I went under. Two days in a row, I didn't hit my daily minimum. First was Thursday, and I was nervous which killed my appetite. Then Friday, we ate out, and I thought the pizza would be much higher in points than it really was, but didn't enter it till this morning. If I had known that, I would have had dessert! I did eat a good helping of fruit yesterday, which is 0 points, but helped fill me up.

When I started the sparkpeople plan previously, I found out that I wasn't eating enough some days. I would just have days where I wasn't hungry, sometimes for no reason at all. I would eat a little and be full. Back in high school and college, I would forget to eat. Nothing intentional, just literally forget to stop and get some food.

My body doesn't always tell me that it's hungry. I've had to learn to schedule my meals so that I eat. It's not nearly as bad as it used to be, but there are still days when I only eat a certain meal because I know I need to eat, not because I'm hungry. It was especially bad when I had migraines more often. I would not be hungry, but knew I had to eat to avoid a migraine.

I guess I need to try to plan ahead a little more. Especially when eating out. That seems to be my downfall. So I had tons of points left for today. We had breakfast at Cracker Barrel (or as I call it, the Crack House). Didn't need lunch (late breakfast), and we're doing taco soup for dinner. I need to go enter the recipe in WW so I can log the points.

I'll report in tomorrow morning with this week's loss/gain. I don't think I've gained, but I don't know that I'll see a loss either. I think two days below points might have sabotaged any loss this week. Oh well. Lesson learned. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Protest! (in an indignant, accented voice)

Apparently, Westboro Baptist Church is protesting a funeral here in El Paso, TX tomorrow, for a Marine who died in Afghanistan.

Having lived in KS, I saw, read, and heard tons about Westboro. That whole group is a train wreck. Unfortunately, it's the kind you find it hard to look away from. J and I have both been protested, in a way.

A guy I went to college with, my piano teacher's son, actually grew up in Topeka, KS, close to the Westboro church. I remember him telling us once about their weekly protests right on their church grounds. How he and his friends would tease them. They would politely offer a donut, and get hatred spewed at them.

Of course, with Topeka being so close to Lawrence, KS (where we lived), they showed up a lot. If you are a hippy, pot-smoker, or otherwise non-conservative in KS, chances are you live in Lawrence. So needless to say, Westboro didn't like a lot of stuff that happened in our town. They came to protest some event on the KU campus once, and J decided to check it out. He got some good photos of the protesters that he used in his screen printing class.

Westboro also, apparently, protests everything done by the Episcopalian church in Topeka, because they decided it was ok for their clergy members to be homosexual. So, when my secular community choir performed at the Episcopalian cathedral (gorgeous venue), we were protested, even though we had no ties to that church. They offered us a free venue, so we performed.




I've never really understood the point of protesting. Back in Lawrence, there was a group that held weekly protests in front of the court house. They weren't always protesting the same thing. Often they protested to legalize pot. Or at least a few of them did. I never saw how standing on the street with a sign was going to make anyone pass a new law.

I just don't get it. What do they expect to accomplish? Honestly, most protests don't get attention. I beg you never hear of the vast majority of protests. And what does give a protest power? Attention. Westboro has power because they get attention.

My kitty thinks I should pet him instead of blogging.

Silly kitty.

Anywho, seriously. The only reason to stand on the street with signs is to bring attention to your cause. But in this world of the internets, I personally feel that the street protest is growing obsolete. Want to get attention for your cause? Start a damn facebook page.

Look at how much crap you see on fb everyday. Tons. And you find yourself reading crap that you would never bother to waste time on elsewhere, just because someone you know, or kinda know, posted it on fb. Want attention? Go to the internet. Social media is where it's at, people!

I say, put up your protest signs and hit the nets. Want attention? Get online. 

Fastest. Run. Ever.

Well, for me anyway. I just did the Transmountain Challenge 5K in 27 minutes and 46.7 seconds.

ho-ly crap

That beats my previous best by 3 whole minutes. It means I ran a sub 10min mile. In fact, it would be a 9:15 and some change.

I saw someone I've met before, before we got started. She's a spin class instructor, personal trainer I think, and super fit. I knew she and her friend were trying to finish under 30 minutes, so I paced off them on the way out. We went 1.5 miles uphill. I pushed myself pretty hard to keep pace with them. At the turn around, I let myself fly down the hill. They both finished before me, but not by too much. It was an awesome run.

J also had a great run. Best time for transmountain for him. And transmountain is it's own level of race, because the first half is all uphill.

So great day for both of us.

Next year, I'll do the mountain. If we're still here that is. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

What? A day early? What in the world is wrong with me?

I decided to weigh in today instead of tomorrow. We'll be up earlier than usual tomorrow for the Transmountain Challenge. I have to take J to the start on the westside and then get myself to the finish on the eastside, without taking the transmountain shortcut. And I don't do early mornings that well.

Plus, today is Yom Kippur. Now, I have never fully practiced Judaism, but a few years ago, I read up on the High Holy  Days and J and I decided it fit where we were in our lives at that moment - starting a new year, trying to put the past behind us and moving on with a clean slate.

Yom Kippur calls for a fast. I mean a full fast, with just sips of water to get by if you need that. Of course, if there is any medical reason for you to not fast, don't fast. The first year, we didn't do a full fast. We each had a natural fruit juice to drink and drank water. The next 2 times we would have some water, but that was it. This year, we will drink water, since we have the run tomorrow. But food will wait.

The Jewish day is actually sundown to sundown. So we ate before sundown yesterday, and won't eat today until sundown. We usually go out to eat late after our fast.

Anywho, I thought that might mess with my weigh in tomorrow, so I decided to weigh today. Came in at 159. Woohoo!

This means I reached my first WW goal (5% or 159.6), and I am lower than I got when I tried before. So WW is working. I will keep it up. Heck, I already paid for 4 months, and this is only week 6. I would love to get down to 135, but would be happy with breaking into the "healthy" weight range. My BMI at 159 is 26.5, and I need to get under 25 to be in the "healthy" range, which means I need to get under 150 pounds (149 would put me at 24.8 BMI).

Also, once I get this half marathon out of the way, I'm going to work on doing more strength training. I need to build some muscle. If I can actually get some muscles, I will be careful to not push the weight too low. I know muscle weighs more, and I'd rather be toned than skinny. So 145 is a good goal. Sure, 135 would be awesome, but I would be thrilled with 145. I won't want to lose my curves in all this. I like my curves. J likes them, too. I think I'll keep them.

So that's what's what. Yeah.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

Lost another 1.5 pounds on weigh in today. That puts me at 161 with 7 pounds lost. I'm going to be careful this week and try to eat better than last week so I can get under 160 next Sunday. That would put me at my first goal of 5% of my starting weight, and also put me just barely lower than I got with Sparkpeople.

Did another 13 mile run this morning. About the same time as last week, but without the foot pain. I did have some odd pain in the big join of my big toe for a little bit, but I walked a minute and stretched my foot and it went away. That was at mile 2. At the same spot on the way back, mile 11, I had some ankle pain and had to walk that out. It was very slow the last 2 miles home. But finishing without that foot pain felt great. And it took me longer to hit the proverbial runner's wall this time.

After a nice shower, J and I rode our bikes to the PX for some lunch. It's only 1.5 miles from our house, and we can take a smaller street with less traffic, so we can go slow. Had lunch and a little well-earned ice cream, then came home. It helped work the lactic acid out of our legs so they aren't quite so stiff now.

Next week is the TransMountain Challenge. J plans to run it. I talked it over with him and he said I should avoid it. I will do the 5K. He said it's rough, and we definitely don't want to do anything to mess me up so close to Duke City.

I need to call the kennel this week and get a spot for Remy. Might see if he and I could go visit the place before he stays there. New kennel we're trying that has daily play groups and walks, weather permitting. I think that would be great when we're gone over christmas, and this is our first chance to leave him there and see if it works out. Also have to find someone to come check on Duke here at the house. Kenneling Duke would mean he would be all on his own, not even other cats around. Might as well leave him in his home then. Plus, whoever does that could bring in any packages that get delivered.

I'm feeling pretty good today. Looking forward to the race in 3 weeks, and not really nervous. It's a pretty flat course, ever-so-slightly uphill to the turn-around, then ever-so-slightly downhill on the way back. Only a 20 foot gain in elevation, but I know that it's downhill, and I'm hoping that will motivate me to kick it up a notch after the turnaround. I've been training with the Haan bridge, both ways. Having no hills will help my time.

Also found out they have water at every mile, starting at mile 2. No need to wear my water belt with that, so I'll do the spi-belt instead. It will hold my energy snacks, music, and anything little thing I might need, like ID and some cash. It doesn't put as much pressure on my tummy as the water belt. I can wear the spi-belt and forget it's there. I'll wear it on my short runs to get it adjusted right and get used to it again. My cell phone will be enough weight to train with.

Ok. time for a little nap.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

I didn't post last week, but didn't lose any weight either. Didn't gain, but didn't lose. That's what I get for weighing in the morning after Oktoberfest! haha.

This morning was a 1.5 pound loss. Puts me at 162.5 which I am happy with. I did eat a big dinner last night, too.

This morning I ran 13 miles. First time. Longest run ever. I finished in 2.5 hours. I kept a good pace. Only issues are a blister on 1 toe and a lot of muscle pain in my left arch. Of course, I was running in a brand new pair of shoes.

That's right, I got new shoes! J and I went to Dillard's on Saturday and I tried on both the 8 and 8.5. I went with the larger size. Felt so much roomier in my toes. And I got gray with purple accents instead of black. They're pretty. Me likey.

I rubbed the muscles in my foot and let the hot water in the shower relax them a little. Good enough to walk around a little at the PX and Commissary. Definitely feeling better, but still sore. I think it's worse than usual this week because of the new shoes that haven't had the arch area of the sole broken in yet.

I'm tired. This will be a short post.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Oh, Shoes

As I was putting on my Merrells for a 3 mile run this morning, I noticed the light shining through where there should be no light. Yup, I have a hole. It's in the arch of my left foot.


They are dirty, yes. They need washed.

Of course this all had to happen just 1 month from the half marathon. I just got a new sports bra because the other one was too big. I just got new running tights because the others got a hole. Now my shoe has a hole. Ugh. Might be headed to Dillards this weekend for a new pair.

I added up the miles I've run just for training, not counting the repeat weeks, to 134.5 miles. That's not counting the repeat of my 10 mile week (7 more miles not including the failed 10 miles) or the repeat last week (another 7 miles) since I didn't run after Oktoberfest. Plus put a few other repeats, random runs, and some walking in all of that. Since July.

If you look for advice on when to replace running shoes, you'll see anywhere from 300 to 500 miles, 6 months, when it starts to hurt, and numerous other things. WELL, I've had these since March, so that's 6 months. Considering how many miles I've done since I start training, I'm guessing it's around 300 miles now. But here's what I think really happened: I'm flat footed which leads to over pronating (that mean my foot rolls towards the inside). You can see in the second picture that the mud line come up over the sole on the inside of the foot. I think my overpronation has caused that part of the shoe to wear faster than the rest of it.

I'm also thinking of going up a half size on my next pair. My big toe on my left foot (the slight bigger foot) does reach the end of my shoe. I think my feet may have spread a little with all the minimal running I've been doing. I'll get an 8 and 8.5 and compare how they feel in a new pair.

I'll probably go with the same style since that is what I've been training in. Not good to mix it up too much this close to the race. And the lightweight mesh upper of these shoes is great in the heat of the southwest. Gets some air in to my feet. Water, too, but there shouldn't be too many puddles during the race.

Now I feel guilty for the expensive purse I just bought. Didn't know yesterday that I would need new running shoes. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Official

I registered for the half marathon. J registered for the full. I would book our hotel room, but the hotel's website isn't working right now. I'll try again later. It's within walking distance from the start/finish point, but less expensive than the sponsor hotel right by that point. If the site isn't working tomorrow, maybe I'll call the sponsor hotel and find out what the special rate for runners is. Although they charge for parking.

I did find some new running pants. J went shopping with me this morning. Second store had a good pair. Adidas. They hit just below my knee, they have decent reflective striping, a pocket for my mp3 player, and a drawstring waist. They are black with white stripes. And not too expensive.

I'm a little nervous, but not horribly so. I think I'll feel better after I get a 13 mile run done. Which probably won't be tomorrow. I will probably be a little hungover tomorrow. Might try for Monday, but I may just wait till next weekend. Tonight we go to Oktoberfest! It's put on by the German Air Force troops stationed here. They ship in kegs of traditional Oktoberfest beer and serve German food. And we get souvenir beer steins. Oh yes. It is that awesome. And we live close enough to walk to it. I will be drinking too much to drive. We will be walking home. Must remember to take house keys this year.

And now I'm off like a prom dress!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Running Stuff

I finally got that new sports bra. Went with Enell. Found out they carry them for a great price through AAFES, but not at my PX. So I went to the running store, and it was on sale for 20% off. Not too bad. I also went down a size. I tried on a size 1 first, then a 2. I could see right away how the 2 was looser in the shoulders and had more bounce. So I got the 1. Yay! Down one sports bra size!

I also need no running tights. I usually run in some capri length tights I bought at Target. I love them, but this morning I found a hole. It's right on the seam of the upper inner thigh. Cannot fix it. And it's in a bad spot, one that started to chafe after just 3 miles this morning.

They didn't have much at the running store. I also went to Kohl's, a Big5 sports, and Target. Oh, and the PX. Target had one pair in my size, but I felt like it was severely lacking on reflective surfaces. It had a little logo and about 2 inches of reflective. That's it. Fit well, but I didn't really like the material, either. So I will see if J is up to a shopping trip this weekend. If not, I'll probably go on Monday. The westside has 2 bigger sports stores, the bigger running store, and both Nike and New Balance outlet stores. Surely I can find something with all that, right? Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Aside from that, the 3 miles with Remy this morning were good. Like 31 minutes good. We kept a great pace and I felt good after. I'm especially proud that I was able to run during my period. I think J is the only guy that reads this, so I can say that without grossing anyone out. Usually, I'm too crampy and exhausted to do much during that week, but I was able to get 4 miles Wednesday and 3 miles today. Not too shabby! I do not think I will get a long run in this weekend, though. Maybe. We'll have to see.

Tomorrow night is Oktoberfest! Yay! I cannot wait! German food, German beer, and German music! Yeah, we seriously need to get stationed in Germany. And I need to relearn German. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

But first - last night's run. J and I both ran the 8K at the German American Night Run here at Bliss. This is our third year running it, but my first year doing the 8K. Last 2 years I just did the 5K. And I did better than I expected.

Why didn't I expect to run well? I'm a morning runner. I'm used to getting up and going out the door. I might eat an energy bar if it's a long run. Running in the evening means running with a day's (or most of a day's) worth of food in your stomach, after doing whatever it is you did all day. We did a short 3 mile run Thursday night, and my calves cramped so bad I couldn't keep running. So I didn't have the highest hopes for Saturday night.

We got there early and I did a tiny bit of warm-up before the race. I was able to keep just over a 10 minute pace. I finished at 51 minutes 14 seconds. Pretty good considering my training pace is about a 12 minute mile.

After the race, we had a real German bratwurst and a real German beer. Felt well earned.

So. This morning was weigh-in. I hit 164. That's 2 more pounds, making a total loss of 4 pounds. My first weight goal is 5% of my starting weight, which is 159.something. If I keep up the 2 pounds a week, then I will be at 158 in 3 weeks. I could slow down, though, and might have a week or two where nothing at all drops. We'll see, right?

This week was harder to keep the points under control. I finished the week with 1 weekly allowance point left. But I still managed to drop 2 pounds! So we'll call it good. I'm going to try to do 12 miles tomorrow morning, so that will give me a good boost of activity points for the week. Of course, dinner is on my own 2 nights this coming week, and most of the next week. I'm cooking an artichoke at least once. J thinks they are too much work. I love them. Maybe with some rice. MMmmmmm.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bra Thoughts

I posted just the other day about my sports bra thoughts. After some online shopping, I realized that the Shock Absorber is really comparable to the Enell in terms of price. So now, I may as well just get another Enell. I can buy it at a local store and already know my size.

Hold that thought. I better measure my ribcage again. I may have lost an inch or two there, and if I did, it puts me in a different place on the Enell size chart. See, a yearish ago, when I bought my first one, my rib measurement was a size 2, but bust was a size 3. The 3 was obviously too big when I put it on, so I got a size 2. Since then, my bust has lost half an inch (hey, that's a lot for me!), and I think my ribs may now fall under a size 1, while bust is closer to size 2. Guess I will have to try them on again. I am so glad our local running store carries Enell so I have the option of trying them on! (BTW, they have their own, unique size chart.)

So, speaking of running, I signed J and I up for the German run. He actually got home at a decent hour today, so we went on a short 3 mile run.

H-O-L-Y Hell! Can we say leg cramps? Horrible calf cramps. I mean, tons of pain. It was more of a walk than run. So I know I need to warm up well before the race on Saturday night. I also need to take lots of allergy meds. Both of us have been sniffley since the run tonight.

I'm going to try to do a 3 miler in the morning with the pup. Then I can rest up for the race Saturday night.

I will probably push my long run off till Monday morning. Shooting for 12 miles. So close!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Canyon

Remember how I said I would get some runs in at McKelligan Canyon? I finally followed through on that.

J's platoon was doing PT there this morning, and Remy decided I should be up at 0530, so Rem and I hitched a ride with J. It took me an hour to run about 4 miles, but that's uphill half the way! I think we did pretty good. Much better than I could have done a year ago!

It felt good to get out there. I really would love to be one of those people who runs every day just for fun. Ok. Most every day. Gotta have some days off.

I most definitely need to get a second sports bra for running. I'm considering getting 2. I found a great review that compared the Shock Absorber to the Enell. She seems to prefer the Enell in the end, but gave great marks to the Shock Absorber. My thoughts? Maybe I could get the SA for shorter, easy runs and use Enell for the long runs. Rotate not just bras, but styles as well. Hmmm, let's see if I can find a sale on SA sports bras. Have to order it online.

Tomorrow I'm supposed to rest. So I'll walk the dog. Saturday night is the German American Night Run. 8K run followed by delicious German food and beer. Doesn't get much better than that! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby (Weight Watchers)

I have done one whole week on the Weight Watchers Online plan. I lost 2 pounds. I think getting under 165 will feel like a bigger achievement for me. I haven't been able to get below that this year.

My Plan -
I have 29 daily points to use. I'm supposed to use all of them, and trust me, I do. I also have 49 weekly allowance points to use. Plus, I get activity points. I love that. I have it set up to use my activity points (which build for the whole week) before using my weekly allowance points. I do wish the activity points were more specific. I think I probably "walk the dog" faster than other people. My dog likes to go.

I was pretty happy this morning to get on the scale and see that I'd lost a couple pounds. I finally took some measurements this morning, too: waist, hips, bust, and thigh. My natural waist has actually gone down since last time I measured it. Hips I think were about the same. Bust went down half an inch! Holy crapola! As long as the bust doesn't drop too much. I have lots of pretty bras. Don't want to buy all new ones too soon. Haha.

I had a great time with J on our get-away. We didn't do a whole lot, but relaxed, and that was the whole point. We went to Truth or Consequences, NM. The Geronimo Springs Museum was cute. Definitely small town. The hot springs were awesome. We went to one that had private tubs outside along the river. It was wonderful.

I will try to do an update on the WW progress every Sunday or Monday, since Sunday is my weigh-in day.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Still In The Slump

Did not run 11 miles today. I completed 11 miles, but the last half was mostly walking. I started out really slow, like over my usual 12 minute mile. I knew in the first mile that it would not be a great run. I reached the turn around point, and made it maybe 1 mile before I just started getting slower and slower.

There were a few points where it was all I could do to just keep walking. My body just wanted me to sit down.

I've also been pretty tired this past week. And hungry. Like grazing-all-day hungry.

J and I discussed my slump at lunch. This makes 2 weeks of slump. Maybe it's something I'm eating too much of, or not enough of. Maybe it's something else. Maybe a combo. Hard to say. I told him that I was thinking of doing the Weight Watchers thing, and maybe that would also help me balance my diet.

I think I'm going to try it. I'm going to start fresh, at a time when J is home, so I can get used to eating healthy around him. Which means when he is gone, it will be even easier, and maybe I'll have more variety than last time.

And since I've covered both running and weight loss in this post, let's throw Remy in there, too. He has gone all week without jumping the fence! This is a first since he learned that he could jump over. I think it might have helped that Mongo, the neighbor dog, was gone for a few weeks. He got back this week, but so far we're still behaving. I hope this keeps up, because I like letting Remy out back by himself while I get things done around the house. Like dishes. Every time I try to do my hand-wash dishes, Remy wants out. I'll still be checking on him constantly. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Bandwagon

I'm thinking of jumping on it. The Weight Watchers (WW) Bandwagon, that is.

Two of my friends are currently using WW, and having good results. One is having amazing results. Two more friends are about to start it. I'm starting to wonder if I should give it a try.

If you read this regularly, or have know me a while, you know that I previously lost weight following Sparkpeople.com. And then I gained it back. I haven't been able to get back down to that 160, but I have shaved off more inches since I started training for the half marathon. Dropped a pants size, and pretty sure I can fit into Grandma Shirley's black dress, if someone zips it up for me. Hard to zip.

But I feel like I could be doing so much better. I know I don't eat well. I know I eat more than I should. I absolutely suck at tracking my food on sparkpeople anymore. I wonder if thinking of it in terms of points would make it easier for me to track and stick with it.

I also need to start some strength training, but I keep thinking I will start that after the half. I know, I know, I need to just do it. Thanks, Nike.

I'm not the strongest when it comes to willpower. And especially when it comes to dessert. And most especially when it comes to chocolate dessert. Any time of day. I loves me some chocolate. Rich chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

But anywho, what has kept me away from WW up to now is the cost. I figured I could do it on my own for free. Turns out I can't do it on my own, huh. I have no discipline. I am a weak willed person. Chocolate is my best friend and my worst enemy.

I know that I still have to work on the discipline thing. I know that. But would breaking it down to smaller numbers help? You know, this means is 1-10 points instead of so many hundreds of calories. Plus, I know I could stand to eat more fruits and veg. I like that the new WW points program has all fruits and some veg at 0 points. So you eat your meal, and if you're still hungry, you snack on fruits and veg. Yes, I do call it veg. Just ask my husband. That's with a soft g, not a hard one.

So - WW online program (because I don't want to work meetings into my schedule) has a deal on 3 months. You basically get a month and some change for free if you pay it all at once. I could do that, I could sign up for 3 months, and if I don't like it/don't see progress, I could cancel before it does the auto-renewal thing.

I think I will, well, think about it, for the rest of the weekend. I will decide once J goes back to work.

Oooo, trip next weekend, get-away for a couple nights. Maybe I should wait and start when I get back? We will be eating out. A lot. So much to think about...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Being Active This Weekend = FAIL

I wanted to put my new bike pedals on the bike this weekend. By myself. But for the life of me, I could not get the current pedals to loosen at all. Even standing on the wrench didn't work.

FAIL

So this morning I got up early and headed out the door for week 2 of 10 miles. Second FAIL of the weekend.

Calves started cramping. Now usually I can run the cramps out after a mile, but these just kept getting worse. It didn't happen. I walked home.

Now let me give a little background. I'm slightly paranoid about injuring myself at this point. When I first started running 2 years ago, I sprained my right ankle. A few times. Once bad enough that the doc gave me a brace for it. I don't want to sprain that ankle again. It would take a few weeks and put me back in my training.

So I walked home. I ate breakfast. I took a shower. Just waiting for J to get home from his leaders retreat. No clue what we're doing for dinner tonight. might just go out.

oh, on a side note, piercing is doing well. It's tender, but if I don't play with it, I can't even feel it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Hole

Got my Conch pierced! Sounds dirty, but its just another ear piercing.

It's the cartilage about midway up the side of my right ear, and in farther than a lobe piercing. Can you see the little silver ball in the middle of my ear?

Can you see the kitty behind me on the couch?

My friend got her conch pierced, too. On her left ear. She went first, and I was so excited I couldn't sit still. 

It didn't hurt much to actually pierce it. Hurt for a little after that, just kinda sore. Feels pretty good right now! It's a banana bar in there, which makes it easy to twist so it doesn't get all stuck and scabby. Grossing you out yet?

Chris, the piercer, said I can switch it out after 2 weeks. I'll probably wait closer to 4. Not sure what I'll put there. Maybe just a stud, maybe a hoop. Might get both so I can switch it up. I'm thinking I need a hoop and a jewel stud. That way I have options. Plain silver ball, hoop, or bling. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Off Days

I'm having one today. Woke up tired this morning. Had a hard time getting moving. But Remy needed to go outside, so I got up. Today is a run day, 4 miles.

I went on my run. The first mile was hard, but I kept going. I think I was only about a quarter mile from done when I stopped. I was very out of breath. It took longer than usual to get my breathing under control. I'm still feeling rather tired and sluggish. I was sweatier than usual as well, but it's a little humid out.

J was home early this morning, already showered and dressed when I got back from my run. So he cooked me breakfast while I showered. Egg sandwich. Very tasty. I drank a whole bottle (2 servings) of a Naked juice, too.

I'm wearing my super comfy sundress today, simply because it's super comfy. I'm very tired, still. I'm actually thinking of a nap this morning, before I head over to the scentsy party. Because after the party, I have to hit the store to pick up stuff for the FRG meeting tonight.

Yeah. definitely nap time.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

10 Miles

1 hour 52 minutes 30 seconds.

Averaged about an 11:30 pace.

I'm starting to find chafe spots after these long runs. Had one last week, on my hip, and only figured out today that it's right where my MP3 player sits on my hip. Might have to start putting that in a pocket on my new water belt.

I had a couple chafe spots under my boobs from a bra that wasn't sitting right earlier this week. One of those is aggravated. I can put body glide on before my sports bra to help with that. And today I have some small red spots in my armpits. Not bad, but just starting to chafe. I also forgot to put deodorant on this morning, which might take care of that.

I'm repeating this week of training, so next weekend is another 10 mile. I can work on fixing little problems like this. And try the e-gel I bought. Today I used the Chomps and a gel from Stinger and liked both. I bought a new Nathan water belt, but I'm using my Camelbak bottle in it because I can leave the spout open and water won't come out unless you squeeze the bottle. I had a Larabar before the run. I love how fruity they are, and how small. It's 200 calories in a small bar, which is much easier for me to eat early in the morning. The Stinger gel was also much easier than the Gu gel I had during the Bataan.

So I'm thinking of sticking with the Stinger energy products, I like my Nathan water belt (which is designed for a woman's hips), and I just have to learn where my chafe spots are. My feet are feeling good in my Merrell's still, especially since I bought some lightweight UnderArmor socks. And my RoadID ankle band is great. I don't even notice it.

So there we are. I'm now clean and sitting around in my comfy sun dress. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Writing Bug

Sometimes I feel this incredible urge to write. I may have written about this before. But it's back. I feel like I have all these ideas for amazing stories floating around in my head, but I can't seem to get them out.

I've never been much of a prose writer. I could BS an essay like nothing in college, but a short story? That was hell.

I used to write poetry. In high school it probably averaged around a poem every other day. Or more. But it was childish poetry. It was about the emotions a high schooler feels. My poetry started to mature in college. I could pump out a sonnet at breakfast for a friend's assignment that morning. But my poetry was still based on emotion. Usually darker emotions. Pain, sadness, loneliness. Those were my main inspirations.

Then I met someone. I fell in love with him. I was happy with him. I still am happy with him. The pain and loneliness went away. No more inspiration. I have tried to write happy poems, but  they seem to fail me. I'm not very good at happy. I'm too dark and cynical to do happy.

But dark and cynical aren't as easy as they used to be, either. I haven't even ranted about stupidity over at Tough Crackers is quite a while.

So how do I get rid of this writing bug? Blogging doesn't really cut it. How do I use my dark humor and cynicism to vent my creative needs? Dark cynical poetry? seems like a bit of an oxymoron, but I suppose I can try. Again. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dogs Will Be Dogs

Remy and I were doing good on our 4 miles this morning. He was behaving and we had a great pace going. As we ran past Pershing gate, a couple of stray pit bulls came up to us, one brown, one white. I always stop when a dog approaches us, in case it's owner is right behind trying to catch it.

So we stopped. The dogs started sniffing each other. It was OK, and I was going to try to get them to follow us home so I could call animal control. But they started nipping at Remy and trying to push him around. Remy didn't like that. I didn't like that. It took a little, but I was able to smack both the bulls and they realized I wasn't backing down. Another runner came over to help, a mom pushing a double stroller stopped to help, and a third guy showed up as animal control pulled over.

The first runner and I worked on wrangling the bulls over to the AC officer, and the mom held Remy for me. The white bull was smaller and I could grab his scruff and hold him. The brown one wouldn't come near me after I smacked him on the nose. He was definitely the leader of this 2 dog pack.

Now let me put in here. I'm only specifying their breed because I noticed it. I love pit bulls. And these two were very friendly with the people. They just decided to try to push Remy around and neither of us let them. Remy tried to play, but they wanted to dominate. I think it startled Remy more than anything. I checked him over and if they did bite, they didn't break the skin anywhere.

Once the bulls were under control, Remy kept jumping up on me. So I picked him up and just hugged him for a minute. He was fine after that, and we walked home with the mom and her kids since they live a few blocks from us.

I hope that my lack of fear helped bolster Remy. I have no issues with getting in the middle of a dog fight. I jump right in and try to pull them apart. I'm not afraid of any breeds. I've been bit more by small yappy dogs than by any "dangerous" breed. Hell, I've had more cat bites than dog bites.

It was just a startling morning. Neither of us expected to be doing any dog wrassling this morning. We're all good and well, and hopefully the dogs are microchipped so their owner can be found. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

9 miles

That's what I ran this morning. 4.5 miles out, then turned around and came back.

It went better than last week's 8 mile. I didn't walk at all until the turn around. I finished at about 1 hour 50 minutes, which puts me at an average pace of 12 minutes per mile. I walked 3 times. It felt pretty good, but I really slowed down the last mile again.

Next week is the 10 mile run on post. I'm going to go ahead and push for that. It's a Saturday run, so instead of my usual Wednesday and Friday runs I'm going to do Tuesday and Thursday. That way I have the day of rest before the long run. Then I think I will repeat the 10 mile week as a little reward.

I also tried a Stinger Waffle before I ran. I think it made a big difference. I'm going to try their honey gels, too. J said their texture is more like honey (since that's about all it is) and not like the other energy gels. I tried a Gu gel at the Bataan and the texture of it completely grossed me out. ICK. They also have some chews that I'll use. I like that they use honey and more natural sources of energy. I think I'm going to end up sticking with their line of stuff. The Waffle tasted like a cookie.

Also need to get more Lara Bars and Luna Bars. Need to eat something before these long runs, and then I'm trying to pop some small energy things every 30 to 45 minutes.

Oh, and I can't stand J's water belt. Goal for this week is to find some around town to try out. The one running store in town only really carries one brand. I'll try some of the general sporting goods stores. I'm hoping one of them will carry the Camelbak hydration belts. I was very interested in a couple of those.

Oh, I've started keeping track of my food again. I'm trying it out on mapmyrun.com, where I, uh, map my runs. It helps that they give me the amount of calories I need to maintain my current weight. I know if I keep my daily calorie intake around 1500, I can lose weight. But now I know that a day of 2000 calories will just maintain my current level. Makes me feel less guilty if I go over the 1500.

I'll let you know how I do next weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Being a Bad Mommie

And not walking the dog this morning.

I think I slept wrong on my neck. Woke up with a mild headache, but it's enough to bug me. And when the ticking of my watch gets on my nerves, it usually means I need to watch out for a migraine. So we aren't walking this morning. He does have a playdate this morning, though. I know I should walk him for exercise before the playdate, but I honestly don't want to leave my house yet.

I will eat breakfast, drink some hot tea, and take a long shower. That usually helps the head rather well. Oh wait, brunchy foods at playdate. So I might eat a little something, but the tea is a definite.

I'm glad it's finally Thursday. It's been a long, slow week. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brain Fart

I was looking at my training schedule today, and the calendar. I somehow completely skipped a whole month when counting originally. Yeah, I will finish this training schedule one month before the half marathon.

Ok, so I can work with this. It means I can repeat weeks easily when I get to the 10+ mile runs. It means I can run 13 miles a few times before the actual race. It means I have time to mess up.

So yeah. I was getting nervous before, but not so nervous now. I have plenty of time. 

Running Update

I biked and ran over the weekend. Saturday, J and I biked about 22 miles. Sunday, I ran 8 miles.

The last mile seems to be my worst. At least with these new distances. I have to really focus on not walking, no matter how much I want to. I tell myself that it doesn't matter how slow I'm running, as long as I'm running.

I still finished around where I wanted. My pace is averaging out to somewhere between an 11 and 12 minute mile. I even ran over a bridge, so I had some hill work in there. I'm going to try adding more hills to my routine. Most of my weekday runs from here out are 4 or 3 miles. I want to head over to McKelligan Canyon on some of those 4 mile days. The whole route is about 4 miles total, but it's all up and down.

My coach/the hubs agrees this will help me out. Uphill helps build endurance, and downhill helps build speed. I'm not real worried about speed right now, but want help on endurance. Maybe if I can build endurance on my short runs (via hill work), the long runs won't seem so long. Maybe.

As it is, I'm still on track to do the 10 mile run. That's only 2 weekends away. And if I keep on this track, I'm 1 week ahead of schedule. If I can stay on schedule as I am now, I will add a second 13 mile run in before race day. However, if I feel I need to, I can repeat a week of training and still be on track to run 13 miles before race day.

Oh, and the 5 pounds that I always put back on over vacation? Almost gone again. I think some of it is that I've been walking the dog on the 3 weekdays that I don't run. I try to keep a faster pace for him to give him a good workout. I'm going to try to keep him awake more in the afternoons, too. When I'm home, at least. We got a new rope toy for tug-o-war yesterday, and he really likes it. We'll try playing more in the afternoons.

Anywho, that's my life right now. yeah. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back On The Chain Gang

Ok, not really, but back home. I spent a week in Maryland for my BFF's wedding.

It was fan-freaking-tastic!

The greatest part was that Misty (the BFF), Alison (the third corner of our triangle) and I were together again. We haven't been together in, oh, 9 years? Something like that. Yeah. Long time. Together, we have the Catholic School Teacher, the ex-Mormon Whedon geek, and the Heathen. Yeah, that last one is me. We make quite the team. We balance each other out rather well.

I also saw Misty's mom, sister, brother, and 5 nieces. Wow.

The wedding was fun. A simple ceremony outside, then a relaxed, horror-movie themed reception inside. It was fun. We danced, we talked, we ate, we drank. Then we cleaned up, and Al and I crashed in my hotel room.

I also kept up my training while out there. First was a 3 mile run on Friday. SUCK. It also happened to be the most humid day during my stay. I only ran maybe 2/3 of it. Since the wedding was Saturday night, I didn't even bother trying to run Sunday. I did it Monday. 7 miles in humidity (not as bad as Friday) and hills. And I did it in 1 hour 25 minutes. Not bad!

Wednesday, however, I didn't get my 4 mile run in. I got to bed late the night before, and wanted plenty of sleep before traveling all day. Thought I might get a run in when I got home, but my last flight was delayed. By the time I was home I was exhausted.

So I walked the mutt this morning, and we'll do 5 miles instead of 4 tomorrow. I'll try to keep on schedule and do 8 miles on Sunday. If I need to, I can redo this week. It would put me a little behind for the 10 mile run in August, but it's doable.

I didn't eat so well in MD. I didn't eat out a whole lot, but I didn't eat as well as I try to at home. We cooked large meals at Misty's house a lot of the time. Saved me a little money, though. I did get some fresh seafood as well. Misty's new FIL steamed blue crab for us. Yes, fresh steamed blue crab. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

My last evening in MD, I did bra fittings. Surprise! Not really. I fit all the women in Misty's house. That's 5 girls and 4 women. I'll talk more about that over at the Bra Crusader, though.

It is good to be home, and will be even better when J gets home from the field tonight. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Good Day While Traveling? Why, Yes...

I did have a good day yesterday. Had a decent run, got moving, got to the airport with plenty of time.

As I was walking through the airport, I saw someone that looked familiar. He gave me the "I should know you" look as well. Then, from the recesses of my brain, I pulled out his name. Jeff. He went to high school with me. He was in the El Paso airport.

We weren't friends, acquaintances though. Had some classes together. He was in EP for work, on his way back home.

So that started it. Had some good flights, no worries. Then remembered that I forgot my camera. And my GPS. Ugh.

I got to the car rental counter and was asking how much it would cost to rent a GPS for the week, when the guy threw it in for me. Yeah. I got the GPS for free. This is my first time renting with Hertz, and it's been great so far. I even got a hybrid car which will save me on the gas.

Of course, after all that, I got to see Misty, Alison, and a bunch of Misty's family. I got so many hugs last night. 5 young women (nieces) giving me hugs when I got there, hugs before bed, and a couple more when I left.

I slept in this morning and even had time to blog. Yay! Now I'm heading back over to Misty's to see everyone.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Let's Learn Something

Specifically something about me.

I've know my whole life that I'm in Introvert. My mother is also an introvert, so I was raised knowing that it is OK to be that way. Thanks Mom!

I read a great article shared by a friend on Facebook, who found it through her friend and who knows where it started. It's about Introverts. They found some science to it. Basically my brain doesn't like dopamine. It also covers some of the "myths" about introverts. I highly recommend you check it out. Don't bother with #2 when it comes to me. I really am shy as well as introverted. I really am weird, too.

I've never been comfortable around lots of people. I learned how to fake it. I still get anxious when I have to do anything in a large group of people. Even if it's family. I tend to hang on the outside of the crowd, where it's easy to escape. It's almost like being claustrophobic, but I only feel that way when surrounded by people. And semi trucks, but that's another story. It's definitely not agoraphobia. I love going out and doing things, just not when there is a large crowd involved. And there are multiple phobias that come up for fear of crowds. It's never really interfered with my life, except that I don't go to concerts. I would love to for the music, but I avoid it for the crowd.

Family reunions aren't as fun for me, because as much as I love seeing everyone, I'm done in about an hour. Ready to go. Maybe that's why I wasn't fond of large family dinners for Christmas. I really had to push myself when we moved here to branch out and meet people. It was a push for me to join the Officers' Wives group here. I'm glad I did, but I still tend to stick to the outskirts. I always look for the easy escape as well, the way out in case I can't take anymore.

I'm much more comfortable with just a few friends. People I don't have to worry about impressing, or making small talk with.

Perfect example is this wedding I'm headed to. It's my best friend's wedding. I'm super excited to see her and our friend Al. SUPER excited. But I'm not looking forward to the crowd. A bunch of her family is staying with her, in her small house. Just hearing that over the phone sent my brain into panic mode. I got a hotel room. I ended up having to stay the next town over, but I have my own room I can escape to. When I told J about it, he agreed right away that I should get a hotel. The hotel room is the most expensive part of this trip, but for my mental health, it's worth it. I will definitely need some recharging time. My runs will be a great recharge also.

I also totally have to agree with JG over at Me and My SoldierMan, when she says that we introverts love social media. It's true. I can check in on my friends and acquaintances without having to go out and do. It can help pull me out of a funk some days. Make me feel attached to the world without having to be around a bunch of strangers.

So there you have it. Bet you didn't know that when I say I don't like people, I mean it. I honestly don't like people. I love animals, and could be around them all day. But people, no. Hell no. Certain people are exceptions, like the hubs of course, but in general, even my family drives me to have alone time.

Ok. I've shared enough. Time to take my introverted butt off the couch and get some packing done.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Run for a Margarita

Wow. I haven't posted in 10 days. Sorry about that. Got busy and the writing bug stayed far away.

So I've pushed myself up a week in my half marathon training. This way I'm in line to run the post 10 miler next month. Doing good so far. Big test will be next weekend, in MD, when I have to run 7 miles.

So, today. J and I took our bikes to the west side and rode up to a little coffee shop in Old Mesilla. Ended up being about 25 miles round trip. The last 5 miles were hell. Seriously, I died. I just couldn't peddle anymore. Holy Crap. Seriously.

I also have this issue with my hands and right shoulder when I ride. I get this horrid pain in my shoulder, right up against my neck. It's sharp, stabbing type pains. Not fun. And my hands started going numb. Not very fun. Not sure what caused it. Hadn't really had the tingly hands problem before. Gotta try to figure that out. Not sure if I'm overextending, pinching something, or if I just need more upper body strength.

Then, tonight, we had signed up for the Run for a Margarita. Just a 5K, right? A 5K in the evening. In 103 degree heat. When you're used to running in the morning, after a full night sleep, in the 80s, then a hot evening run is hell. I actually walked. My unofficial time is 32:21. Yes, that's with walking. I honestly think I could have had 30 minutes and some change if I hadn't walked. But hell! It was hot. Hot enough that I even took my shirt off and ran in my leggings and sports bra.

Hot as balls, as J would say.

J and I both have blisters. I think we weren't prepared for the heat. My feet were sweaty before we even started, which I think is why I blistered. Might need to learn to run in socks when it's hot enough for sweaty feet. I mean, my feet sweat in the mornings, but I put on my shoes and go. I don't have to drive over there and wait for it to start.

My training calls for a 6 miler tomorrow. Don't know if I can on the blisters. I think I'll rest tomorrow and do the 6 miles on Monday. I'll have to be careful to not overdo it as the mileage increases.

I think that's it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Back to the Routine

The long weekend was great. I may have over ate a little and put on a pound or two, but I had a great time with J. We definitely needed that.

Now it's back to work. For both of us. Ok, well only sort of for me. I bought backing material for my next quilt and hope to get started on that this week. Got my grocery shopping done in the afternoon (I prefer mornings) and survived.

I have been slightly headache off and on this weekend, and I hope to fix that tonight. Tomorrow is my first run on my half marathon training. Fortunately it's a short one. I will keep taking Remy with me as long as I can. My weekday runs he should be fine with for a while still. The long runs are on Sundays.

As my runs get longer, I'm going to try using J's water belt. It has 2 little water flasks. He would like a new one, so if I like this one I can keep it. If I don't, I'll get my own. I will definitely need one on those longer runs, though. J suggested I use it if I'm running for more than 1 hour. I can finish a 10K (6.2 miles) in 1 hourish, so past that I'll definitely need water.

Aaaaaaand, that is all I have right now. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Training Schedule

I decided I need to get my butt moving on this half marathon training. I found a training program I like at about.com and altered it to fit my needs. It had race day on a Saturday, and my race is on a Sunday, so I bumped the days. Also realized I can start at week 2, so I added in another week. The longest distance it had me going was 12 miles, so I threw in another week going to 13 miles. Then 2 weeks to recover and taper before the race.

My finished product is after the jump. I am considering Thursdays as either Cross Train (CT) or rest. I'll see how my body is feeling. Might be a great day for long walks with the dog. As I go on, I will do my best to make sure I'm not overdoing it, and I'm willing to turn cross train days into rest days.


Friday, July 1, 2011

It's Changing. Again.

Tattoo idea, version 3. The original flame and water drop, somewhere between japanese and realism, with the Hebrew for Fire and Water under the relative design. I have plenty of resources to make sure my Hebrew is correct, and I will make sure they use my exact copy.

I WILL NOT have incorrect Hebrew tattooed on me. I will bring it in and have them copy it to the correct size and use exactly that. Hebrew reads left to right, not right to left like English.

I found a funny blog, all about Bad Hebrew Tattoos. They also posted a GIF of the correct Hebrew spelling of the 4 elements.


I will even run these past a reliable personal source before using them in my tattoo. (That means you, Zach!)

Eventually I may incorporate earth and wind into my back piece, but fire and water have always been my favorite elements. I want fire on the left shoulder blade and water on the right. Don't know why I want those sides, just always have. That has never been an issue in this tattoo design.

What brings this on? J and I went to the Texas Tattoo Showdown here in El Paso today. (I would put a link here, but they only have a myspace page, and it sucks.) J was having ideas for his (he says he's waiting till he's 30 (or older) to get one), and of course I was itching to get a new one. So I've been looking them up online.

Jason is going to do some research and try to work up some sketches for me. Hells yeah!

We found 1 artist at the tattoo convention who had some Native American work that is along the lines of what J is looking for. So I grabbed his card. Turns out he's my friend's friend, has done 1 of hers and all of her daughter's tattoos, and is in Las Cruces, NM. Ah yeah. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor, I'm A Loser, Baby

A little late. I was driving Monday, had no internet Tuesday, and driving again yesterday.

So - I stepped on my scale this morning and it's right where it was when I left, 166. Not bad!

I did do a little running in Denver, and in Wyoming I ran once with Remy, once with my sister, once with the sis and Remy, and walked once with the sis. Plus I was on my feet a lot with the family reunion. Did not eat very well, but did stay somewhat active.

In my final stop, Wetmore, I walked twice with the MIL and Rem.

Now I'm home. Finally! This morning Rem and I walked with Miss Jess and her lovely little boy. Tomorrow J has the day off, so we'll get up and run. He'll probably go off on one of his long runs. I will do a 3 miler, since I don't know how far I've been going in Rock Springs. I think it's at least 1.5 miles, but I'll have to map it out. had 2 hills in the route, too. So now I've got to step up the distance before I leave on my next trip.

So our theme this week was supposed to be healthy dinner ideas. Sounds like a good place to talk about how J and I are eating less meat. We used to have meat for dinner almost every day. Now we make sure to plan at least 1 vegetarian dinner a week. Some weeks it works out to only 1 meat dinner. We're also trying to get fish and seafood in there, but that can be a little expensive, living in the desert and all.

There's a new government meal plan thing out. Instead of the food pyramid, it's a plate. And it uses an idea that I've read about in diet stuff - half your plate should be fruits and/or vegetables. A quarter is meat, and a quarter is dairy.

I for one am addicted to pasta, but I do try to throw at least one veggie in there. I like veggies. If you have trouble eating them or liking them, try grilling them. Especially for guys, grilling is great. It releases a lot of flavor. I often roast veggies in the oven, too. I spritz them with olive oil and might sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them, then roast away! So much flavor, so tasty. Better than just steaming them.

Ok. Time to run. Have errands to run and a meeting to go to.