Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Randomness - Travel Edition

Hi!! Sorry I have been incommunicado all week, it's been a busy one. Memorial Day weekend, friends in town, work, J in town from California, vacation prep, you name it. But now we are en route to Sanibel Island for a few days of R&R and I am super excited! Here's some randomness from the car... 

- Hence the busy schedule, my running has suffered this week and I'm not happy about it. I wanted to repeat week 5 of C210K because I wasn't quite ready to graduate from 8 min intervals to 10 min so I was going to hang at week 5 until I was ready. Unfortunately I only got one run in on Tuesday. Boo. Week 5 again next week! 

- I set my alarm on Thursday to run but I opted to give myself an early morning vacation mani instead. I never paint my nails but I thought this combo was beachy. It's the Sally Hansen gel polish, we'll see how it lasts. 


- Somehow I found the time to get a spray tan too! It almost didn't happen, but I'm so glad it did because, hello, I'm TAN! I'm never tan! It's such a fun treat!!


I know, I know, I probably don't look very tan to you, but compared to my pasty white before color, I am a bronze goddess. Really! 

Alright, that's all I've got. Off to enjoy some sun and sand! Have a great weekend!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Randomness - 3-Day Weekend Style

It’s Friday!  And it’s Memorial Day weekend!  Woo! 

I’m on an endorphin high that will hopefully carry me through the day and into the 3-day weekend!  Here’s a little Friday randomness to get the party going…

Raise the roof.  I sent a co-worker an email this morning and said something stupid like “It’s Friday!  Raise the roof!” (because I’m a dork) and now I cannot get that song out of my head.  Nothing like a little Luke on a Friday morning, yes? 


And now it's stuck in your head too!  You're welcome!

Running.  This morning I did Run 3 of Week 5 of C210K.  Thankfully, no dogs followed me.  I did 8/5 intervals.  Yes.  I did.  5 min walk, 8 minute run repeated two times with a 5 minute cooldown.  I’ve come a looong way from my 2/1 intervals of the past.  Go me! 


That said, the 8 minutes of running was a little tough.  I peeked ahead to next week – Week 6 – and I graduate to 10 minute running intervals, and on Day 3, a 15 minute running interval.  Holy jeez!!  I am pretty sure I am going to repeat Week 5 again next week.  I feel like I need to get super comfy with 8 minutes before I move forward.  Right?

Tomorrowland.  This weekend Hubs and I have a hot date to go see Tomorrowland.  I really have no idea what the movie is actually about, but it’s Disney related and it has George Clooney in it, so who cares!  I’m looking forward to it! 


Bachelorette.  Did anyone watch The Bachelorette?  They’ve been touting that there are two bachelorettes for months now.  Not true.  There were two bachelorettes on night one.  Now there is one.  They already voted Britt off the island, so now it’s just regular old Bachelorette.  Although I will say this season looks primo.  I like Kaitlyn a lot, she’s fun. 


That’s all I’ve got.  If I’m going to bust out of this place early for the holiday weekend, I should probably get to work.  Have a fabulous Friday and an even better holiday weekend! 

How about you … Bachelorette fan?  Any interested in seeing Tomorrowland?  Any cool weekend plans?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kerry: The Dog Wrangler

Hello there!  I went for my second run of the week this morning and realized that I failed to include two big items on my Real Runner Problems list from last week. 

Spider Webs.  I don’t know how these buggers do it, but they create elaborate, giant webs overnight.  And it never fails, every time I run I run right through their handiwork - multiple times.  BAH!  In some respects I feel bad that I’ve totally deconstructed their hard work.  In other respects I’m so disgusted that I have sticky web on me and worry that I have taken the spider with me in my hair.  Yeesh!!! 


Yes, true.

Dogs.  When I encounter a dog on a run (which isn’t all that often), I never know if I’m dealing with Cujo or Lassie.  A dog who is going to be sweet and nuzzling, or a dog that’s going to bite my face off.  Either way, I’m apprehensive when approaching a pup.  Which brings me to this morning…

This morning I was doing my C210K Week 5/Day 2 run – the one that includes my first 8-minute run.  Seriously, my last run I ran 6 minute intervals (and almost died), I think a jump to 8 minutes is a little much, yes?  Anyway…  I was a little apprehensive about my 8-minute interval, but I was about 4 minutes into it, feeling good, when I ran past a house where, apparently, the owners had just let their dogs out.  They (the dogs) saw me running by and immediately ran at me full force barking.  EEK!  One was a little poodle-y dog that I wasn’t too worried about, and one was a bigger dog that could have been Cujo-ish, but thankfully wasn’t.  And of course, as I ran by they both continued to follow me.  Just great.

Being that I was in the middle of my big 8-minute run interval and I was in the zone, I was annoyed that I had to slow down to walking because I didn’t want the dogs to get too far away from home.  I kept looking for the owners and didn’t see anyone.  And finally a kid comes running after us.  I stopped so the dogs would stop, but little poodle puff darted into the street just as a car was coming.  AAH!  I literally covered my eyes and screamed.  Didn’t run out to help, just stood there screaming.  I’m awesome.  Thankfully the car stopped and the kid ran to collect the dog, but that little bugger was fast (way faster than me), so the kid took off the other way chasing that one down.  And I kept going.  Trying to salvage my running interval, I kept on running and vowed to make up the time I missed during the next walking interval.

About 5 or 6 houses down I realized that dog #2, the Cujo one, was still following me.  GAH!  Do I go back and deliver the dog to their house?  Do I keep going?  I figured the kid who tracked down the poodle would come and get Cujo, so I just kept going.  It was kind of fun having a little companion on my run, but I was worried that he’d dart out into the street and get hit, and then that would totally be on me and I’d feel absolutely awful.  So I kept my eyes peeled for the kid.  Nothing.  Did they not care about Cujo?  Maybe that wasn’t even their dog?  So I kept going.  Finished off my 8 minutes (albeit it wasn’t 8 straight minutes) and finally spotted the kid.  He must not have seen me because he turned down a different street.  So I ran to catch up to him telling Cujo to follow me.  Never saw the kid again, but as I walked toward their house I saw his mom walking towards us, so I flagged her down pointing to Cujo.  I delivered him safely and felt like I did a good deed for the day.  Go me! 

My run on the other hand went into the crapper.  I walked for the rest of the time, fulfilled my 32 minute workout, and went home.  So I’m gonna have to make that run up tomorrow now.  Meh.  But it was kind of exciting, all the dog stuff.  Just call me Kerry: Dog Catcher or Dog Whispered or Dog Wrangler. 


How about you … Any dog encounters on a run?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Randomness

Hi there!  Happy Monday!

So I meant to post a Friday Randomness post, but I never got the chance to finish it for Friday, and I had that Stitch Fix review all queued up and waiting, so I just went with that on Friday.  So here are my random Friday thoughts…on a Monday.

Running highlights.  As you may have noted from my post last week, I’ve totally been bitten by the running bug.  I had a good week.  Got in my three runs and they were good.  I peeked ahead to my C210K app and I have to run a whopping 8 minutes without stopping on days 2 and 3 this week.  WHAT?!!  I feel like that’s a big jump to go from 5 to 8 in a week.  Yes?  I’m OK.  I’ll be fine.  Run 1 is tomorrow.  Wheee!

Heather’s Spotify 90’s/2000’s playlist.  OMG.  This playlist has such an vast variety of awesome songs on it, I couldn’t help but jam out at my desk with a huge smile on my face.  There was also lip synching.  I literally squealed when certain songs came on.  (I’m glad I sit in an area of the office where most of the people work from home, so no one could witness my cheesiness)  Some gems: “Baby, Baby” by Amy Grant?  Hello 8th grade!  “C’mon Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s?  I still jam out to this song regularly on my iPod.  “Back Here” by BBMak?  This was post boy band era, but still one of those songs where I was like “OHH!!”.  So great!  Thank you Heather for making my week!


 Olive Garden breadstick sandwich.  Um, yeah.  Have any of you heard that they are going to be introducing sandwiches at Olive Garden using their heavenly breadsticks as the bread?  Chicken parm and meatball sandwiches to be exact.  So we’re talking chicken parmesan on a delicious Olive Garden breadstick (I’m assuming it will be a larger version of their breadsticks, or just a very narrow sandwich?).  It sounds heavenly, and not at all healthy.  But I’m totally in and so are J and Hubs.  In fact we exchanged a group text about it.



Finales.  Last week was TV finale week and I couldn’t be happier.  While I love my shows, it is so hard to keep up sometimes, so I’m looking forward to the summer break.  The big shows I watch all ended last week and of course they all ended with cliff hangers.  Ugh. 

Veggie Chips and Straws.  I discovered these.  Anything with “veggie” in the title is something I normally shy away from, but my mom-in-law had these on hand last week and I tried one and enjoyed it.  After a little research I learned that these are not really “veggies,” they are potatoes.  There’s really nothing “veggie” about them actually.  But hey, they’re better than a normal chip.  Bought a Costco sized bag of them this weekend.  Dangerous.


Jillian's weekend highlights.  And finally, here is a Jillian collage from last week.  Because I don’t include enough pictures of her on the blog.  Fun includes washing the car, playing in the pool, meeting Mexico Donald and dressing up and going to Sunday school.  She has quite the fun life.  

How about you … Favorite music to listen to?  Will you try an Olive Garden breadstick sandwich?  Are your regular shows done for the summer?

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Real Good Stitch Fix

I got my latest Stitch Fix last week and it was awesome!  

Stitch Fix, as you know, can be a little hit or miss.  Some months they totally get you, and then other months you're like "really?"  This month was a hit.  

Jillian was super excited that I got a box in the mail and wanted to help me open it.  She kept saying, "open it?" so I let her dive in.  And when she opened it up, she literally said "OOOOOOOOOHHHH!"  Which is exactly what I normally say when I open a Stitch Fix box. 



The first item I pulled out was this dress -  the Carissa Striped Fit & Flare Dress from Pixley. 




Instant love affair.  If I could marry an article of clothing it would be this dress.  It's perfection.  The fit, the cut, the color, the style - everything is perfection.  I wore it to work the other day and I felt like a million bucks.  Totally kept it.  Duh.

Next was this dress from Pixley as well - the Jakobe Chevron Print Maxi Dress.  




I love a good maxi dress.  OK, well, I don't own many maxi dresses, but I envy people who can just wear them on a normal day to the grocery store and stuff like that.  As soon as I put this dress on I knew it was going to be mine.  I loved the color, style, fit, it was super comfy and looked good.  And you can dress it up with fun jewelry or down to make it more casual.  It is a little long, but if I wear higher sandals I'm good.  Kept it, and wore it to lunch on Mother's Day last weekend!

Next was this shirt from Fun2Fun - the Mina Split Neck Blouse.


You know I love me a sleeveless, flowy top and this one did not disappoint.  It's perfect to throw on with jeans or shorts and I love the colors.  This picture doesn't really do it justice, but it's really pretty.  Keep!

Next was another flowy, sleeveless top from Skies are Blue.  I honestly thought this Stitch Fix box would be "the one" where I bought everything.  


But alas, no.  The fit of this shirt was weird.  It was way too short in the front and then the arm holes were too big.  Boo.  I liked the look and color of the top, but the fit was a no go.  Ah well.  

And don't you just love Jillian's cameo here?  Haha, that face, what is going on here?  

The last item in my box was a big tote that was super cute, but I need another large tote/purse like I need a hole in the head, so I had to send it back.  

So three out of five, not to shabby!  I absolutely loved the dresses I got this time around and sent a note to my stylist to please send more like this because they were perfection.  Hmm, I guess I'm going to have to start wearing more dresses now!  

Yay Stitch Fix!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Real Runner Problems

Please note that I use the word “runner” rather loosely because … well, you know.

So today on my run I started thinking about a bunch of things that runners face that can be a nuisance.  Apparently I ran into a lot of them today because I came up with this list.  And it still ended up being a great run, so go figure.  So here goes…

#realrunnerproblems

(don’t ask why I chose to hashtag that)

Apprehension.  I peeked ahead at my Couch to 10K app last night to see what I was running today.  As I told you yesterday, Tuesday’s run was tough on me.  The running intervals are getting longer, and the longer they get, the more apprehensive I get. Like “OMG, can I really run for 4 minutes?”  (FYI, the answer to that dumb question is yes, duh)  Tuesday’s run was 3 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking, 4 minutes running, 3 minutes walking (repeat 2x) and then 3 running and 2 walking – and that was kind of hard.  The 4 minute intervals were tough.  So when I saw that today’s intervals included 5 minutes of running I was like “aw, hell no.”  I got a little nervous about it and sort of dreaded it a little bit.  I let apprehension and a little bit of self-doubt in.  No bueno!  So when I set off on my run today, I made a deal with myself to take it S-L-O-W and told myself that I could get through it.  And I did!  The 5 minutes were, surprisingly, a piece of cake.  So don’t let apprehension or self-doubt get you or deter you from reaching you goals!  (how inspirational am I today?)

Finding the right pace.  As you all know, I am a slow runner.  Like, so slow it’s probably considered walking.  Whatever, it works for me.  And hey, slow running is better than no running in my book.  Anyway, sometimes when I take off on my running intervals I take off a little too fast for me, which is bad because it leads to me getting tired really fast and then I end up walking, so I always have to remind myself “go slow, go SLOW!”  The slower I go, the longer I go, and that’s good when you have to keep it up for 5 minutes or 5 miles.  This is the complete opposite mentality of most runners, but I’m not most runners.  I am the tortoise – slow and steady wins every time.


Shoes.  Finding the right pair of running shoes is crucial.  I found my perfect pair years and years ago – the Adidas Supernova Glide (they used to be called the Adidas Supernova Cushion back in the day).  They are a cushion shoe and after trying all kinds of different makers and styles, I always go back to this shoe because it’s just perfect for my foot.  The problem though is I need new ones.  Bad.  I have a hole the size of a silver dollar in the toe of my shoe.  Like to a point where I can see my sock poking out.  It’s bad.  And embarrassing.  I’m trying desperately to hold on a little longer until our trip to Sanibel at the end of the month, because we always hit the outlets on the way to or from Sanibel, but we may have to make a trip to our local outlet soon because the hole is so big I’m starting to pick up rocks as I run.  Hee.  Or there’s always the fun of running through a puddle and ending up with a wet sock.  Yeah, it’s bad.


It's bad when you can see the foam sticking out, right? 

Sprinklers.  The reference to a wet sock is a good segue into this one.  Why must sprinklers always sprinkle the sidewalks?  I am constantly dodging streams of water on my morning runs – nice if you want a cool down, not so much if you don’t.

Busted.  I listen to awesome music when I run, because it motivates me.  Today I was listening to an awesome playlist and I was jamming out to an old Christina Aguilera jam and lip synching like I was a contestant on LipSync Battle.  Yes, lip syncing and running – I can multi-task.  During my mini concert I was running towards a parked car.  I didn’t realize until I got closer that there was someone sitting in that car who witnessed my entire concert.  True story.  And embarrassing.  But did that stop me from lip syncing more on my run?  Hell no.

John Krasinski doing Tina Turner on Lip Sync Battle

And yes, I do dream of being on Lip Sync Battle.

That’s it!  Hopefully you found this list helpful, or inspirational, or at least a little entertaining. 


How about you … What are your real runner problems?  Or #realrunnerproblems (if you're into hashtags)?  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hey, I'm Back and Success!

Oh wait, what?  I have a blog? 

Wow.  Sorry.  I know pretty much no one reads this blog, but I always feel a little guilty for being dormant for days or weeks. 

So what’s up?  Lots of fun stuff over here, I can’t complain, but today I want to talk about my experience with the 24-Day Challenge and my progress with the Couch to 10K program. 



That pretty much sums it up!  Hubs and I officially finished up the Advocare 24-Day Challenge on Friday of last week (we took two days off from it during our Universal vacay – which I still need to write about too!) and we both had crazy success. 

To recap what the challenge is, it’s basically a cleanse for the first 10 days (not a crazy one where you only lemons and plants) and then a 14 day maintenance program where you take vitamins and supplements in addition to a very clean diet.  Our diet consisted of fruits, veggies, lean protein and complex carbs (no bread, cheese, sweets, caffeine, etc), and I can honestly say I was never really that hungry.  Did I have cravings for cookies pizza soda?  Sure.  But I was never starving, which was pretty awesome.  I look at it as a way to really kind of “reset” and get away from all of the garbage we normally eat (because let’s be honest, we eat a lot of crapola most of the time). 


I know I post this ecard all the time, but it's so good! 

After 24 days of eating pretty clean (yes, we had some cheats), I have decided that I really want to continue eating this way.  Not so restrictive, but a modified version of this.  Because I just felt good during the whole thing.  Real good.  It’s amazing what good food does for you.  I know, noble concept right?  Overall I lost a total of 9 lbs (at one point I was down 10) and inches from my hips, waist and thighs.  Yes, really!  It was all good stuff.  Not sure if the weight loss had more to do with the diet or my renewed interest in running.  Probably a little of both.

I started running again (!!) at the beginning of the Challenge and got motivated by using the Couch to 10K app to keep me in check, and I can honestly say I am loving it.  As someone who has just been dabbling in running for the last few years – and by dabbling I mean doing more leisurely walking than slowly running – having this sort of structure where someone literally says in my ear “start running now” and “start walking now” is good for me.  The app has you run 3 days a week and uses a run/walk method until you get to a certain point in the 13-week program where you start to run the whole time and by the end you’re supposed to be able to run a full 6.2.  Neat. 



I like it because it makes me run longer than I normally would run.  Usually when I get tired f running, I stop.  But when using the app, I stop when it tells me to stop, so it's pushing me to become better, which is great.  

I just started week 4 yesterday and I’m up to running 4 minute intervals and walking 2 minutes.  I seriously thought I was going to keel over.  I know 4 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re hoofing it, it’s so long.  This coming from someone who used to be able to run a full 9 miles without stopping – ah how times change.  Baby steps… 

Anyway, I am super glad I am doing this because I feel great and I am loving getting out in the mornings, getting exercise, listening to my jams, all that fun stuff.  It’s all good.


All in all, I am feeling really good and feel like I’m finally out of a non-exercise funk that I feel like I have been in for a while, so hooray for structure!  And eating good food that makes you feel good and want to workout.  Yay!  

How about you ... Does your diet affect how motivated you are to exercise?


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Crazy

You guys!  It's been a crazy week - again!  I promise to be back soon to tell you all about our fun filled Harry Potter / Universal Studios trip, but until then, I leave you with this - which pretty much sums up how I felt about all of the Harry Potter stuff.  And the butter beer!  Butter beer is SO GOOD!




Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Randomness - Bonkers Style

You guys!  This has been the most insane week – in so many ways – so I apologize for this being my one and only post of the week.  Although, I’m sure no one was really missing me that much.  Hee.

So here’s what’s been up, and what’s on my mind on this Friday.

- Hey it's May!  And I can't resist this...


- My Monday began with a funeral and ended with a car accident.  Yes, the irony of getting in a car accident on the way home from a funeral is just …  I can’t even.  I am okay, my car is not.  My new car is not.  I was rear ended by someone going full speed, so there’s damage, but thankfully it’s drivable and thankfully no one was hurt.  But for real, seriously?  I’ve had the car less than a month.  And I was on my way home from a funeral.  GAH!

- Work has been absolutely bonkers insane this week.  I have probably done three months of work in the last 7 days.  I’m a rock star, but I’m exhausted.


 - Because we had to postpone our little mini vacation to Universal last weekend due the funeral, we are going this weekend.  I cannot even tell you how happy this makes me. Because after the week I’ve had, I am so ready for a little getaway and some lounging by the pool.  If you need me, I’ll be hanging here.


 - Still Challenge-ing and still running.  I just completed week two of Couch to 10K and I’m totally loving it and still sticking with it.  I know!  I love that the app tells me when to run and for how long.  I just do what it tells me and it pushes me, which is definitely what I need.  Love.

- Speaking of running, registration for Walt Disney World Marathon weekend went on sale on Tuesday.  Michele and I synchronized our watches so that we would log on at 11:59am for the noon registration time for the 10K.  I am happy to report that we both got in.  Woohoo!  And Hubs got into the half marathon!  As of today, everything except for the Marathon is sold out.  Wow.


Here we go again! 

- Because it’s downright summery outside, I’ve been in the mood to buy some new shorts.  Can someone please tell me why shorts these days are so short?  I am not interested in wearing shorts that barely cover my butt.  3” inseam?  That just seems a little too short for most people on the planet, no?  Like every pair of shorts that I checked out yesterday at Tar-jay were obscenely short.  Maybe I’m just old and crotchety, but I like a short that hits me about mid-thigh.  Where do you buy those? 

- My office started pumping in “white noise” to help with the overall noise level within the office.  It is so loud it’s distracting.  It sounds literally as if someone is power washing the roof.  It’s a constant whoooooossssssh.  Isn’t the point of “white noise” to be unnoticeable?  I had to put my headphones on because it was so distracting and annoying.  Sheesh.

- There were other things I wanted to chat about, but I cannot remember them anymore.  This is why I need to write stuff down, because it’s there one minute and the next it’s gone.  Apparently I am getting old – long shorts and losing my memory, yay.

Alright, that’s it.  Here’s hoping you have a fantabulous weekend! 

How about you … What are you up to this weekend?  Thoughts on shorts?