We took the boys to the park so Nick could ride his new bike, and we had a pizza party for his birthday. I'm very impressed with myself for getting up early yesterday & doing a fast walk/easy jog on the treadmill. Today I did 30 minutes running/walking (ran 2 miles, walked .75 miles). I wanted to do more, but my heart rate gets so high when I run in the morning. I basically can only run if it's been 90 minutes+ since I've had anything to drink. This is a huge problem when I'm trying to run first thing in the morning - I don't have enough time to hydrate well and give myself 90 minutes to avoid side aches & bladder issues. Anyway, I'm hoping this will get better with further training. I wrapped up my workout today with 30 minutes on the elliptical & stretching. My hips/quads were sore! I was loving the foam roller. I pretty much stuck to my eating plan for the weeknd, & feel great that I didn't go crazy with the various family events.
I am in the process of cleaning out my closet (it's really a month-long endeavor) & I was trying on various dresses. Michael doesn't understand why I keep a few things that no longer fit, but I consider those my "milestone" clothes. When I lose the rest of the weight, I want to try on the dresses & determine if things are in the same place as they were before, weight aside. Does that make sense? Kind of like skinny jeans, I suppose. Do you keep clothes that don't fit in your closet? Do you ever try them on?
I also have extremely fond memories of both dresses - one is a beautiful Trina Turk floral black dress. Michael bought it for me on vacation (which is totally out of character for him) & I wore it for several big events. The other is a printed Jcrew dress that just reminds me being on the beach in Hawaii. I have high hopes for that dress. :-)
Michael thinks it's ridiculous to hold myself to the same standard after having two kids, but a woman has to have a dream that eventually she'll get her body back into pre-children shape. . . I have a feeling that by the time they fit, the dresses will be completely out of style, but somehow, I can't give them up.
Since we're on the subject of clothes, I'm not shopping for clothes, shoes, makeup, or jewelry in 2011 (with a few exceptions, like running out of foundation, new running shoes, etc). The reason for my shopping ban?Basically, I'm an all or nothing kind of a girl. If I go into the mall for a new top for work, I can easily walk out with four shopping bags stuffed with things I don't need. I'm trying to step back this year & lose the weight, clean my closet, & evaluate what looks best on me. When the year is over, I'll strategically add what I need back to my closet.
Because I'm in self-imposed deprivation mode, I'm currently stockpiling a list of "wants". Speaking of dresses. . . . love, love, and love some more. Hi, and the shoes? All kinds of fabulous.
And, my boobs would never squeeze into this dress, but I covet it just the same:
I have nowhere to wear the vast majority of the above (not to mention the $ or the body to pull it off, but I can envision wearing this sweet little Jcrew number around town on weekends in the summer. With the sandals and a wrap. (It's Seattle, afterall - you always need a wrap).
Or this (but so not with those shoes). And, the model looks terrified in the picture. What's up with that?
Date night in Las Vegas, perhaps?
Shoes, shoes, lovely shoes:
I'm always on the lookout for a good bikini. You know, one that will make me magically look like a model.
Forget this suit, I like to call this one - "photoshopping gone bad". . . um, what the heck? Her waist is magically the same size as her neck?
I think just putting this post together is a good reason why I don't allow myself to go to the mall. ;-) Plus, now I have more time for running. My dream job would be a personal shopper - hi, shopping all day & spending other people's money? Perfection!