Sunday, March 20, 2011


Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend! My parents were in town yesterday & the weather was actually nice here. Loved it! Two sunny days in a row - life is good.

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.

Ace Delivery Silk Dress

And, my boobs would never squeeze into this dress, but I covet it just the same:
Xscape Ruched Stretch Satin Sheath Dress

Diane von Furstenberg 'Italiana' Maxi Wrap Dress

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Pleat Trim Strapless Sateen Dress

Laundry by Shelli Segal Jersey Blouson Dress with Back Keyhole

Lucky Brand Stripe T-Shirt Dress

BCBGMAXAZRIA Belted Woven Dress

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).
Maritime V-neck dress
Or this (but so not with those shoes). And, the model looks terrified in the picture. What's up with that?
Levelette dress
Merino Edrina dress
Date night in Las Vegas, perhaps?
Silk organza starburst dress
Shoes, shoes, lovely shoes:
Quorra peep-toe booties
Collins suede platform peep toes
I'm always on the lookout for a good bikini. You know, one that will make me magically look like a model.
Trina Turk Triangle Top & Hipster Bottoms
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?
Vitamin A 'Rio' Reversible Halter Bikini Top & Bottoms
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Carla' Sandal
Stuart Weitzman 'Leostrutting' Platform Sandal
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!


  1. LOVE! I always keep a list of wants. Haha.

  2. Such a great idea! And a good reward system. The first black dress is really unique.

  3. I kept a pair of black Gap dress pants that were too small for years. They finally missed the cut on the 4th move. Good thing I don't have to follow that silly "business casual" rule anymore...

    I've been drooling over the MK Carla sandals too. Good luck with your spending ban. Sounds like a miserable time to me. Responsible Sarah says it sounds like a fantastic idea and that I should implement it for myself. Hmph.