Sunday, September 30, 2012

Weekly Workout Recap Linkup

This is the first week of the Weekly Workout Linkup. Link your workout recap posts, workout finds, and really anything to do with a workout or a weeks workout. Make sure you link to your specific post and not your blog in general, and grab a button on the left!

My workouts for the week are nicely recapped in my Google docs file. They look like this:
I was pleased that this week I ran outside for every run, including Thursday when it was raining with no thunder or lightning. I've never intentionally run in the rain as I walked out the door, and it was so much more pleasant than I expected. I ran 7 on Saturday because I didn't want to let my mileage for a long run drop to 5 during the third week. From here on it's 9+, and I decided I didn't think 5 was ample preparation for that.

I get frustrated that 9.5 minute miles take it out of me and I can't get a long run under 10 minute mile pace, since I was so much faster than that before I had the surgery and 6 weeks of recovery. But, I understand that I have to get back at it and it will take time to regain my speed. Someone once told me that Marathon training steals your speed, and I refuse to let that happen!

The seven miler this week wasn't terrible. Almost all of my splits were in fact under 10 minutes. That first mile was high because it was warmup and also because I got a stomach ache and had to stop at the gas station. I stopped my watch for that of course. The rest of it felt good and looked pretty good too. I walked .32 miles after the 7 to shake it out. That's that last line...


The highlight of the run was finding this mini trail loop around a little lake off one of the roads I've run past a million times. I can't believe I've never seen the offshoot before. Look what I found when I get back there:
It's only a .3ish mile loop around a very small lake, but it gets me excited to find more gems as I'm doing these long runs. I know I'll put some mileage on this mini-trail. I did two loops in my seven miler yesterday.

BodyPump ended up being cancelled this week, which they hadn't announced earlier. I was frustrated and almost turned to go home, but I knew I'd be mad to lose my rest day on Monday if I didn't do something today. I jumped on an elliptical before a few other women decided they were going to do BodyPump without a teacher. We hooked up my iPhone to the speaker in the class room, and we did it ourselves! It wasn't perfect, but it was a lot of fun and we definitely got in a good workout.

My workouts for this week look like this:

I'm going to sign up for the HCSO Ranch Run 15k on Saturday, so that will be my 9 miler. I'm excited to get back to racing! I just have to remind myself that it won't be fast and that I shouldn't aim for my previous 15k time.

Linkup below with any type of workout recap, workout goals, or weight checkin where you talk about you incorporated working out!

And besides being my birthday, Tuesday will also be the Go for the Goal Linkup! Get your September/October Goal posts ready!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Style Crush and Letters

I had so much fun last week doing Friday's Letters and Friday's Fancies that I decided to double dip again. I especially love this week's Friday's Fancies theme: Style Crush! Basically you find an outfit you've been crushing on from Pinterest or the Internet lately and recreate it with your own twist. 

I've had this picture pinned to my style board for the longest time, so when I saw this was the topic, I instantly knew it would be the outfit I would be inspired by. Sadly I can't find the source of the image, as it's one of those frustrating pins that goes to a tumblr that has pages and pages with this one particular image nowhere to be found. 
But with that look in mind, I created this spin on the outfit. I would wear this to bed tonight if I owned all the pieces, I love it that much. My birthday is on Tuesday, and that blazer was my number one request, so I've got my fingers crossed I can add that to my closet next week. The scarf has been added to the top of my Christmas list, and the rest of the items are things I have some version or variety of. What do you think? Is it perfect for fall?

I like the black corduroys on my version of the outfit, and I love the pop of purple on the scarf. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

And on that note, a not so smooth transition to my Friday's Letters.

Dear Tim, you're first this week, because tonight you made me smile so big. You saw how disappointed I was that I had missed the picks for the football pool and you said I could split your picks with you so I would feel like I had teams to follow this week. While some people may not view this as love, this is another one of the reasons that we're so perfect for each other. Dear Misikko, thank you so much for my Hana hair straightener! I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I will surely be posting a review soon! The goodies that came with it were so much fun! Dear Hailey, thank you for my swap goodies! Do you know that I've not seen a scarf that I love that much?! I can't wait to wear it! And you got me skirting the issue! I'm so excited to put it on.
Dear three sub 10 minute outdoor runs this week, thanks for happening. You felt lovely, and that run in the rain on Thursday was just amazing. Running in the rain without music was like a spiritual cleansing; I can't even get into how happy it made me.
Dear foam roller, I think you're what one would call a frenemy. I cannot stand you and dread hanging out with you, but when we're together I remember that it's probably a good thing we're together. Let's keep my IT band out of trouble. Dear USF/FSU game this weekend, could you at least be a game? It's not fun to go watch a blowout. I'll be sporting my green and gold! Dear iPhone cover posts I read this week, you've made me want a new phone cover even though I didn't get the new phone. This one would be my current favorite (from here). 
Dear anyone who runs, you should download the Run4Good app if you have an iPhone. Saucony donates money based on mileage run by members to organizations to fight childhood obesity. They're going to double their donation if they get to 10,000 miles in the month of September! And of course, dear Friday, hai girl hai! 

What are your weekend plans? I've got some football watching and thank you note writing on my plate! The football pool manager ended up manually adding my picks, so I'll be glued to the NFL games on Sunday! And speaking of Sunday, come back Sunday and linkup your weekly workout recaps! Grab the button over on the left and get at it!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Outfit Overload

First of all, thank you so much for all of the sweet comments and tweets in regards to yesterday's post! It was a bit scary for me to post that for some reason, and I appreciated the positive feedback that I got.

In the last few weeks I've been making more of a point of taking pictures of outfits that I put on for work, but I've gotten no better about posting them or taking them with any level of quality camera. As a side note, while I'm thankful for the great quality of the iPhone camera, I have to admit that it does make me lazy in pulling out a real camera for many reasons.

I wore this outfit most recently. It was from yesterday, when it was a chilly 80* most of the day. You would have been shocked by the number of people at school (including me) with light jackets and cardigans on as though we were truly experiencing a fall.

My sweater balanced the capri pants and sandal wedges.
Necklace: F21 (sold out), Sweater: JCrew Factory, Capri Pants: Old JCrew (similar), Shoes: Seychelles Really Old

The next two outfits I wore sometime last week and put back on to photograph on Friday afternoon. It is the same sweater, but I wrote it at least a week prior to when I wore it yesterday, I just liked this outfit a lot because of the colors and wanted to share it. It's not very fall-ish, but I wasn't overly concerned. I thought the leopard print added a little fall touch.
Pencil Skirt: JCrew Factory, Shoes: Steve Madden, Belt: LOFT, Earrings: Stella & Dot

The last outfit was also for work, and I think it may have been missing a belt or cardigan to cinch the waist. I just love the top, though, because of the three solid colors that I really like color-blocked like they are.
top: JCrew Factory, corduroys: LOFT, necklace: Jewelry Nut Auctions
My shoes in this outfit are my favorite kind. They're the non-existent style. I don't remember what I actually wore with the outfit, but when I threw it back on to photograph in my high quality mirror/phone camera method, I skipped the shoes. 

My next purchase item is a tripod to take my own better quality outfit pictures so that I can post them more frequently. I enjoy sharing my style, as it also motivates me to put together cute outfits that I'd be proud of sharing. 

Happy Hump Day! 
pleated poppy

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A little weight off my shoulders {and everywhere else}

I started my blog on June 22, 2010 for the purpose of motivating myself to lose weight. My first post had one tiny picture of a goal that I had put out for myself if I lost weight. In the past two years, one of the topics I mentioned a lot was losing weight, posting about pounds, goals for weight loss, etc. I did a lot of different things from Weight Watchers to trying to workout to eating less. Nothing really worked.
On Sunday March 6th, 2011, I started the Couch to 5k program. With that, I also started doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred with some other bloggers that I still keep in touch with today. We motivated each other with tweets and posts about how we were doing. To be honest, the weight at that time never changed much. What did change? My mentality and lifestyle.
On that day when I put one foot in front of the other and stepped out the door on day one of that program, I remembered what it felt like to be active and proud of myself (I swam in high school and played water polo in college...I packed the pounds on late college and after graduating). I ran 6 miles for the first time on May 6th, 2011, and for some insane reason, I signed up for my first half marathon.
After I ran my first race (a 5k in August), I was hooked. I've since run a handful of races and am on my way to running my first marathon in January.
But in the mean time I've lost weight. And I've done it by changing my lifestyle, eating habits, exercise goals, and mentality.
I've stopped focusing on calorie counting and started focusing on eating foods that are filling and nutritious.
I've discovered the Tone It Up plan that teaches you when to eat what.
I've found enjoyment in going to the gym and working out.
I've found a new love for classes that I wouldn't have previously been caught dead in.
I've discovered that if I don't take care of myself, no one else will.
And in it all, I've lost weight and transformed my body and mind.
Sadly, there is no secret. I didn't take a magic pill and drop the pounds. I just changed my lifestyle. I wish I could provide a different reason than the one that I've found works. 

Basically, I stopped filling myself with crap and empty calories, stopped taking in more than I was burning off, and started loving making myself feel good. There aren't still days that I would rather sit on the couch than get up and go, and there aren't days when I don't skip a workout. But in the end, I know the feeling of satisfaction is much more worthwhile than the feeling of regret.

I'm not suggesting that I'm skinny or done with my weight loss journey. I just wanted to share my story because it gives me hope and motivation to keep going. I would still like to lose 10 more pounds (I've lost 20 pounds since this time last year), and I'd love to do it by the marathon in January. But that being said, I feel so much better about myself when I look in the mirror, and I know that I won't revert back to what I was doing before. It's also the reason I'm so much more excited to take outfit pictures and share with you my personal style. I'm more excited about how I look in what I'm wearing.

I hope this doesn't sound like I'm overly prideful. While I am proud of myself, I just feel like those of you who have been with me a long time got so tired of hearing me start again and not succeed at losing 3 pounds that one month or 4 pounds that other one. And I thank you for sticking with me. I'm going to keep going!

In the end, this is what it came/comes down to for me:
What lifestyle changes have you made in the last year? How have they changed you?

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Junk" Weekend

I've heard real runners call miles where they didn't have a goal and just kind of ran "junk miles", so I dub this weekend "junk weekend", because although I've been back at school for five weeks now, only two of them have been full five day weeks because of holidays and hurricane warnings. Because of that, this past weekend was another junk weekend. What I mean is that I just needed to decompress, relax, get little things done, and enjoy the feeling of not being at work.
My weekend looked like this:
Friday after school I relaxed with Tim for a bit (who had the day off) before redoing my nails in Essie's "No More Film". This color is really pretty in the light, because it's a really dark but true purple. We then ordered a BBQ chicken pineapple pizza that was bigger than my entire torso. I decided it was appropriate, as I was headed out Saturday for my first significant run back after getting cleared to run a week and a half. I decided seven miles was worthy of carbo loading. While carbo loading I made a new playlist on Spotify to get mentally ready.

And on Saturday morning I set my alarm for 7 AM to beat the Florida humidity and the sun, got up, put on my Nike Pro shorts and new running top, and headed out the door. It was an awesome run that looked something like this in terms of splits. 
A lot less even than last weekend, but I started slow and got faster as I went. It felt great, and I just had fun. I even ran a new route and saw some new neighborhoods.

After the long run I headed to Target to pick up some swap goodies, and the dollar spotted was overflowing with goodness.
I picked up quite a bit of stuff to decorate the house and my classroom, and I loved that it was all $1 or $2.50. The only complaint I have is that the glittery skull and pumpkins also led to a glittery house and floor...in an unwelcomed sense. 

And since I've been doing so well in terms of keeping up with all of my September goals, I just wanted to make sure I didn't meet them all. I wouldn't want to overachieve, so I went ahead and really drove the last nail in the coffin of keeping with my budget. I've been keeping much more of an eye on it with Google Docs this month because of Molly's financial tips, and I can't even honestly admit to you how much I've spent in areas that I didn't realize were so bad. And I can assure you it isn't food or gasoline.

However, I picked up some great stuff! I got a few candles from Bath & Body Works and also dropped into H&M and J.Crew. I got a blazer and activewear top from H&M for great prices (and had a $20 off $75 coupon) and then stopped in J.Crew and found an awesome eyelet skirt I saw on Ali last week. It was originally $120 and was marked down to $49.99. They also let me use the 15% teacher discount. It was pretty exciting. It can be found here, although it's still $89.99 online...
I also made a new treat at home when I didn't want to leave and wanted a snack. You should try it. I deem it the "eggo pumpkin spice waffle with chocolate chips dropped on to melt immediately after removing from the toaster". It's a long name, but I'm sure it'll catch on.

And now, I sit enjoying a beverage while watching my football pool picks go down the tube. You see, I must have mistakenly thought you were supposed to pick the most losers, because I would have won at that! Oh well, you can't win them all (or any of them...)!

And I've got a new linkup to announce! Starting Sunday (September 30th), Kat, Genna, and I are starting a "Weekly Workouts Roundup". It's a place to linkup your workout posts from the week, recaps of all your workouts, or anything related to working out or holding yourself accountable. I'll have the button on my sidebar soon, and you can start linking next week. We wanted to start it to hold ourselves accountable for our working out, and we thought others might want to join both as an opportunity share what you did and also to keep a workout journal of sorts for yourself!

Here are my workouts from this past week following up on my Disney Marathon training! The top row was the plan, and the bottom row is what I actually did.
Bam. Can I be honest for a second? I'm really proud of myself for getting back at it and starting into marathon training after everything that I went through with the myomectomy. It wasn't fun, but I have a goal. Nothing will stop me. I've got my eyes square set on January 13th, 2013. I'm 26.2 bound.

And lastly, enter my May Books giveaway if you haven't yet (or tweet about it if you have)! It's ending in two days!

And randomly, if you made it to the end, tell me your favorite thing you ate this weekend!
Mine was the beautiful pizza above.

Also, I'm the "featured sneaker" over at Sneakers & Fingerpaints today! Go checkout my current goals, dream races, and how I got started running!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Letters and Fancies this Friday

Dear Friday, it's good to see you again. I'm not saying I'm not glad you're back, but I have to say you came quickly this week. Thanks for that. Dear thank you notes, I'm almost done writing you! Too bad I haven't mailed any of the ones I've written. They're sitting in piles on the counter waiting for stamps. Why aren't stamps free? Dear Tim, sorry you have to work this weekend. I'm a little sorry for you, but I'm really sorry for me. I miss you when you're not here on the weekends. Dear Thursday run, 3.1 miles straight running sub 10 minute miles one week after having to stop after 2.75 miles and walked four times is a pretty big gain. Let's keep gaining this week! Dear seven miles on Saturday, I'm a little nervous for you, but I'm excited that I'll meet one of my goals for September!
Dear L'Oreal Elnett, you're making wearing my hair down at school all day a real option. I love you for that. Dear dailymile, are you glad I'm back? You sent me an email that sounded like you were! I'm glad to see some graphage instead of just flat sadness. I'll have more to add to you on Saturday and Sunday!
Dear followers and readers, thank you for all of your sweet comments lately. I really love having you here and hope I show my appreciation enough. Thanks also for entering my giveaway for a May Book! I'm glad you're excited about it. I am too. I love my planner! Dear fall racing season, I've got my eye on you. I'm picking my targets and will be signing up in the coming week or two! Get ready. There will be at least a couple of half marathons and a few 10 and 15k's. I need those to get through my marathon training long runs! Dear Friday's Fancies, I've missed you! I decided I wanted to play again!

This week {av} picked Football Frenzy as the theme, so I had to bite! Although I'm a big Bama fan, their game this week isn't a big one. I decided to show my bulls spirit (since my undergraduate alma mater doesn't have a football team)! I would like to pen this outfit "50 shades of green". Although they're not the same and don't really match, it's more the look I was going for. And I love those Karen Walker sunglasses.
I have this Old Navy dress in another color and love it, and since green and gold are the USF colors, I've got it covered with the accessories, shoes, and dress all put together. Putting together an outfit like this makes me wish we dressed up for USF games like the girls at SEC schools do. Maybe one day I'll try to start the trend at my tailgate.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Who are you cheering for this weekend? What are your plans?
And if you haven't, enter the May Books giveaway!
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Currently Loving: Beauty Products

The last few times Ulta has done 20% off I've missed it or not thought about what to buy, but this time I partook. I picked up a few things during that sale, and then I've done a bit of shopping here and there this month as well. Beauty products haven't been my strong suit, but the idea of taking care of myself and looking nice all the time has really been something I've placed more of a priority on lately. I've done some researching on blogs and YouTube beauty channels, and these are a few of the items I've either purchased lately or really started using more lately (the Naked Palette).

There are other items I've bought but haven't used enough to tell you my opinion yet, but I will be sure to share those with you once I've used them enough to have thoughts on them.
1. L'Oreal Elnett Satin Strong Hold hairspray would tie for my favorite product I've been using lately. I've never really put much thought to hairspray, because I always saw it as a product that kept your hair crunchy and in place. This product keeps your hair in place without getting crunchy. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of hair possibilities. I've used it when I've spent hours in the humidity outside, and I've used it through a whole school day in my super humid classroom (and our classroom doors open to the outside so our 'hallways' are outdoors). My hair does what I want. 
The trick is to brush through your hair once after you spray the product in. Then go about your day or night! You'll love it. The increased price is absolutely worth it.

2. The other winner would be Out The Door top coat. It is the most amazing nail product I've ever used, and it makes home manicures look just as good as salon manicures. The product is a thinner so it creates a hard, shiny finish and smooths the polish on your nail while also being a quick dry formula. I painted my nails and went to bed 15 minutes later and didn't see sheet lines in my nails like I have before. People say it's similar to Seche Vite, but I couldn't bring myself to use that because of the warning about birth defects in the state of California on the back (even though I've done tons of research and it seems to contain amounts of the substance far below danger levels, I still can't bring myself to use it). Just buy the Out The Door. You can get it at the grocery store or CVS.

3. Dove Hair Therapy detangler I've had for a month or two. I've gone through almost a whole bottle. The smell of it is amazing, like coconuts and the beach. And while I've never really felt I needed a detangler, this product feels like it adds nutrients to my hair and repairs it in some way. Maybe I'm off my rocker and imagining it, but it definitely moisturizes my hair and makes me feel like I'm helping it when I spray. I will be buying this again when I run out in the next week.

4. Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is a fun matte lip gloss that stays on. I like that it looks more like lipstick but feels more like lip balm. It's not sticky and it doesn't make my lips feel like I'm wearing anything. I got the light color Cherish and have gotten several compliments. I'll probably pick up another or ask for it as a stocking stuffer.

5. eos organic lip balm sphere in strawberry sorbet is another product I grabbed this last weekend at Target. I'd used another flavor before and didn't like it; it made my lips sticky and didn't really moisturize. But so many people rave about it that I decided to try another flavor in case that had something to do with it. I really like the strawberry sorbet flavor. It might be subconscious, but I feel like it moisturizes more. I also like the flavor better.

6. I've already shown you my purchase of essie boxer shorts, but I didn't tell you why I liked it besides because of the beautiful purple-blue color. This color is really creamy. It spreads so easily and gives thick coverage. It's not one of those nail polishes that needs multiple coats. In fact, I probably could have gotten away with one coat and been fine. I've also just finished wearing it for the fifth full day without a crack. I'm not sure if it's the polish or the awesome top coat (see above).

7. And lastly, I've had the Naked Palette since Christmas last year when I got it as a gift. I just decided to highlight it here because I've never really reviewed it. Plus, as I've been trying to be more put together for work this year, I've found I never grab for another shadow besides this kit. I really only ever use this shadow set anymore. It has everything I could want and can create any look you're going for. I might consider asking for the Naked 2 Palette, but I'm not sure what it could have that I would need beyond this one.

The verdict is still out on the Organix Moroccan argan oil, shampoo, and conditioner. What have you all found about those products? Do they work like the real Moroccan Oil? It was just so much cheaper.

Leave me your recommendation! I'm also looking for other new beauty products to try. What hair, nail, skin, and makeup products have you purchased recently or found to be loving recently that I should try? I specifically want to try a BB creme. Anyone have a suggestion on that?

And don't forget to enter my May Books giveaway if you haven't yet (you can tweet once per day)!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

July 21st Part Two: the ceremony and details.

I posted a couple of weeks ago with pictures of me and Tim and the bridal parties, mentioning that I was going to do three posts. In the second post I wanted to share with you the ceremony and decor details.
I love this picture of my parents and my Grandma watching us. My mom's face is my favorite.
We danced out to Hall & Oates "Making My Dreams Come True" instead of doing something more traditional. We stuck with tradition for all the prelude and processional music.
But we had fun with this one!
And one thing people kept telling me is that the flowers don't really end up like you expect, and these weren't exactly what I had pictured, but they were great.
I loved the eggplant table cloths.

The cake was pretty, but it didn't come out exactly like I had pictures. I wasn't displeased, but it was supposed to be more eggplant and matte grey than the shiny purple that it ended up being. And I think the July Florida humidity messed up the stenciling a little. But the sugar flowers were amazing.
Tim's groom cake was one of my favorite things to plan. I just told our cake lady all the things he liked and said I wanted them all to be represented (he went to USF, loves the Gators, and is doing his MBA at Ole Miss). And I mean, she did an amazing job on the iPhone with an angry bird.
The museum from the outside during the ceremony. 
And to leave you with our entrance into the reception. We came down from upstairs to the song Marry You by Bruno Mars. It was so fantastic.

I am so thankful for the amazing night that we had. We didn't do videography, which I sometimes regret, but these pictures are worth so much to me. All the details that I spent hours finalizing and perfecting were so unimportant to me in the moment. Most people didn't get programs, the flowers were in the wrong place on the inside, and the dj missed a few songs we wanted. But I didn't care. There was nothing that could have happened that would have ruined that night.

In fact, during cocktail hour outside under the overhand while we were taking pictures, a quick windstorm came through and blew over high tops and knocked over a table of glasses. People were just talking about how magical the whole storm was. I can't even explain it. It was just so so perfect.

I'll share the reception pictures soon.
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