Thursday, October 17, 2013

I Got My Stitch Fixed

I signed up to try Stitch Fix. It's a fashion website. It reminds me of True&Co but with clothes instead of bras. You fill out a style profile, and then a stylist picks out 5 items for you. You get to try them on at home and keep only what you want.

I got my box today. It was just the cure for my almost-panic-attack after touching a worm thing that I had thought was an apple stem. It still gives me shivers. Moving on.

I opened el pretty box. (be patient with my spanglish)

I marveled at the pretty insides and unwrapped the tissue paper.

I was so excited I forgot to snap another pic until I had untied the belt that was holding the bundle together. I took out the pieces and decided the only way to get pics was to put them on hangars. I got 5 tops in my first fix, but I'd kinda asked for that. I'm not big on accessories and I have lots of jeans.

The tops:
black and blue striped cardigan

dark red henley style top

gray blouse with a little ruffle

brown print tunic with navy blue trim and belt 
gorgeous black and white print dress
Then I tried them on. I'll save you from the pics of that. I ended up having a bit of a personal debate about some of the items, but turned to the sound advice of the same friend that referred me to Stitch Fix in the first place.

Let's go in order of the pics here. The blue and black was a Hell Yes before I even put it on. So me.

The red top fits and looks good as long as I leave it unbuttoned. If buttoned, it stretches across the bust and feels a bit tight in the shoulders. Unbuttoned, it fits well and looks good. I decided to keep it.

The gray top was a debate. I tried it buttoned, unbuttoned (there's 1 button at the neck), and with the cardi. I even tried it with a different bra. The final try on was when I figured out what was bothering me about it - the neckline. When buttoned, the shoulders pulled in a bit so my bra straps showed, and the neck hit right at the base of my throat. That drives me nuts. I spend the whole time tugging at the neck. So no, that just won't do, which is too bad because I was warming up to it, even with the ruffle.

The brown print I wasn't sure of. I almost liked it when I put it on, but I hate it on the hangar. Amber helped here with a resounding NO. Definitely not for me.

Finally, the black and white dress. I was so excited. I wanted this to work. Alas, my bust pulled the elastic waist up into an empire cut, which would work if that lead to bunching fabric in the back. I finally made up my mind on this one when I imagined it in a store - I would never buy it with a fit that poor, so back it goes.

That means I ended up keeping 2 of the 3 items. Not too shabby for a first go. Especially considering my odd body. There was a priority mail envelop at the bottom of the box with postage paid. I folded up the clothes to return and wrapped them in the tissue paper. Into the envelope and seal it up so I don't change my mind. Online, I filled out a simple survey about what I liked and didn't like in each piece.

Now to price. Here is where I need a disclaimer - I'm a cheapskate. I hate spending money on myself. Tops are normally only purchased if they are $15 or less. These tops where more than I would ever walk out of a store with, no matter how much I love them. But I felt a little better about getting them this way. Must be how they catch us.

I will do this again, but I have to wait a while to justify the price. If you want to try it out, please consider using my referral link: I had fun doing this. It's great for us introverts to get some shopping done without having to brave the malls. It's a great way to try things you would never pick for yourself in the store. You might be surprised by what you end up liking. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fitness Update, & My Dog Is Spoiled Rotten

I'm on Week 4 of my 18 week marathon plan. This time, like the last time I used a training program, I'm adapting it to fit my schedule. Last week, I woke up on Wednesday after not sleeping all that well and did NOT want to run. So I did yoga instead. I pushed my 4 mile run to Thursday and my second 3 miler to Friday. Over the weekend we went biking up in Cloudcroft, NM (which is a story all on it's own) and I did my 5 mile run.

Yesterday, I took Remy to the dog park. That was about it. I hadn't slept well and was tired all day. But a decent sleep last night made it better and Rem and I had a great run this morning. I'm pushing my next 2 runs back a day each again this week, because tomorrow is a bike ride with the Brigade Commander. It's a fun group to ride with, and biking is great cross training.

I think it's going well. We have a long weekend coming up, and I have a 9 mile run scheduled. I have to make J come with me, or he won't be up to the marathon distance for our race! He's so in love with cycling that he isn't running as much. He does enough running for PT during the week, but I'm going to make him do the long runs with me, or at least at the same time. He's quite a bit faster than me.

The new diet is interesting. I did a little online research and found a group that confirmed one of my suspicions. At Eat More 2 Weigh Less, I learned, or confirmed, that I will gain weight at first. And I have been. My body has to get used to getting all the fuel it needs and learn that it doesn't have to store it all up, but can use it right away. I'm retraining my body's digestive system.

And now for my cute, spoiled dog story of the day. On our run this morning, we hit a bit of the trail early on that was overrun with goat head thorns. They were all over the track and on either side of it. We couldn't go a foot without Remy getting thorns stuck in his paws. My poor pup! I looked around and realized we had to go on a few feet to get past the thorns.

So I picked him up. He weighs somewhere between 55 and 57 pounds. I picked him up in my arms and carried him a few feet past all the thorns. He seemed awful happy. I used to carry him sometimes as a pup and he always loved it. He thinks he's a lap dog that should be carried around in my purse. Of course, he was also happy to start running again, thorn free, when I set him down. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Iron Soldier Sprint Triathlon 2013 (or, Take 2)

J and I did the Iron Soldier Sprint Tri again this year. You might remember that last year was our first ever tri. We missed out on the spring tri (and tons of ever things) because we made a trip to KS to visit J's family. No regrets, and hey, we ran a half marathon that weekend.

So, Saturday, September 28, we got up early to make smoothies and load up. We had packed most everything the night before, so there wasn't much to get done in the morning. Which is good because I'm still not much of a morning person.

We parked and headed to set up in the transition area. The tri was at the new aquatic center this year, so a different area for us. And it was cold. Like, I should have put on warm-up pants cold. We went back to the Jeep to eat our smoothies while the sun came up and started to warm things up.

There were many more people doing the tri this year, so I was number 216. The pool didn't seem as bunched up as last year either, maybe some people learned their lesson about reporting their 400 meter time accurately.

The calm before the storm
I finished the swim in 09:45. Better than last year. Woohoo!  The hard part was going out into the cold after the warm pool. My first transition went faster as well since I had on tri shorts. Throw on tank, socks and shoes, helmet, and gloves. Grab bike and jog to bike area. It was a bit chilly since I was still wet, but the ride dried me off.

The bike portion was 15 miles instead of the 17 we did last year. I finished the bike in 51:16, which is a 17.6 mph average. I felt fast, and I didn't feel like I had to save energy (like last year). Although I did have jello legs at the bike dismount, but that's normal.

that's me in the middle
I wobbled to the bike rack to change shoes and head out on the run. Somewhere in there I noticed that I scratched my leg on something, but didn't worry about it. Time to run. I settled into a comfortable pace and pretty soon J caught up to me, just like last year. It turns out my pace was a bit slower than last year and I finished the run in 31:19.

just enough breeze for extra crazy hair

My total time, with transitions, was 1:36:38. That's 15 minutes faster than last year! In overall standings, I came in at 133 out of 265. In women's standings, I'm 23 out of 73. And in my age group (30-34), I came in first! Ok, technically I came it second, but the lady in first was first woman overall, so she got a trophy and I got first for age group. HO. LY. CRAP.

It was after the run that I saw my friend Bambi and she asked what I did to my leg. Huh? OH YEAH! I scratched it and it was suddenly hurting. Like, quite a bit. I scratched it pretty good, just shy of bleeding, I think. But whatever. I took first in my age group!

You can't see it, but that's my scratch

matching socks were part of my anniversary gift

just showing off

We cleaned up and went to Taco Bell for lunch. I think we earned it. Then we headed out to pick up our packets for the next day's bike ride.

J's version of the Tri will come when he has time to sit and write. Unfortunately, the MWR photographers did not get a single pic of him. I got a few to work with. Pensive Perspiration