Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We're Gonna Make It After All

I have had a weird ankle issue for the last week or so. It's not sore, I didn't sprain it, it just feels off, especially when I wear flats. I know, flats are no good for me, but they're cute, cheap, and I can wear them to work.

I took the week off running, even missed a planned 8K, although I didn't miss much, check out That Loud Redhead's post on it. (Spoiler: It was HOT!) Yesterday I took an easy treadmill run because it was still 89 degrees at 8PM last night. I just wanted to see if my ankle could handle it. Surprisingly, my ankle felt better running than it has all week just walking around. I don't know what's up with it. Since I won't see a doctor for anything unless it is an emergency or my annual check up, I'll wait it out as long as I can. Yes, I am that person. No, I will not change. Don't judge me.

Because of my slacker week last week, I'm all about laser focus this week. I ran and did an hour weight workout (hello wobbly arms this morning). Aiming for three nights a week of weights, and three nights or mornings of running. Plus,  now that it's finally WARM still, I think I might try to do some lap swimming at the outdoor city pool after the boys go to bed. The pool is open until 8:30, but we've had some pretty cool nights and I haven't felt up to swimming/

How are you going to stay active this week? Stay cool!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The West Coast Has the Sunshine and the Girls All Get So Tanned

I have a tankini I bought a few years ago. It doesn't fit me quite right in the top, I am well endowed and bathing suits seemed designed to make sure my breasts are usually a second away from spilling out. Plus, my belly is bigger so if I want it to be loose around the belly, it usually ends up loose on top. The bottoms are shorts or sometimes I wear the ones that look like a little skirt.

It's not a good suit for swimming with the boys. They like to grab onto me as they splash and frolic and inevitably their tiny hands grip the precariously perched edges of my suit and my breasts almost fall out.

I bought a Speedo over the winter with plans to use it for lap swimming at the pool. It is a modest cut Speedo, so the sides aren't cut up to my hip bones like traditional suits, and the back comes a little higher. I have yet to wear it to swim laps, no time, and it is only mid-June.

I took the boys to the pool by myself on Saturday. While I tucked them into their cute bathing suits with the sharks and beach balls, pulled on their Ninja Turtles rash guards, I debated what to wear. It was just me and them and I didn't want to constantly tug at my suit, worry about flashing an unsuspecting teenager, while I swam with the boys.

Screw it, I thought. I will just wear the Speedo.

My inner thighs, the jiggly, soft skin, have not been exposed to the light in years. I have a permanent tan line from skirts and swim shorts. The Speedo does not hide the soft roll of skin around my belly, the extra skin from my twin pregnancy and weight gain. In fact, the cut of the Speedo sorta emphasizes it.

But, my breasts stay where they are supposed to. I don't have to tug on the bottoms to keep them from sliding down. It is a good suit.

I wore the Speedo.

No one gasped in shock while I frolicked for hours with my two boys. No one kicked me out of the pool. There were all sorts of bodies on display that day- it was a hot one on Saturday- women in tiny bikinis, women in one piece suits, and men of all shapes and sizes with no shirts on, just swim trunks, their hairy backs and bellies on display.

I wore the damn Speedo and nothing happened.

I'm going to wear the Speedo again. I don't go to the pool so the sixteen year old lifeguard will get a crush on me, or one of the dads hanging around the pool will stop and think, "damn that is a fine looking woman". I go because my boys love to swim, could spend hours climbing up onto the edge of the pool and jumping in, over and over. I want them to look back on their summers and think of all the time they spent swimming with their mom who gave zero fucks (ok, maybe a few but I am a work in progress) about what other people thought about her and just wore the damn bathing suit that worked best.

Wear your damn Speedos!
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk These are Just a Couple of My Cravings

One of my biggest struggles has always been to get enough protein in my diet. Before I was full on vegetarian (sorta pescatarian but my husband doesn't eat fish so really only if we go out to eat and it looks good) I didn't eat meat anyway, I just don't like the texture of it.

I can't drink protein shakes. Whey protein powder makes me gag. I wish there was a different way to describe it but there isn't. I can't even smell the stuff without getting queasy.

I searched vegan protein bars and powders online, since obviously something vegan won't have the whey in it. I found a couple of options but nothing carried in my local stores.

I found this at Trader Joe's yesterday.

If you aren't familiar with TJ's policy if you get something there that you don't like you can get your money back. You don't even need to bring in a receipt or the product, just tell guest services and boom, done. I figure if I am going to try a protein powder anywhere it might as well be here.

I went chocolate because vanilla flavored things usually make me gag. I know, I'm weird. I didn't have anything to make up a shake so I ended up adding it to my oatmeal. It's not bad. There is an aftertaste, for sure, and I can feel the powder on my tongue a little, but that might go away in a shake. I only added one tablespoon, serving size is four. So far my stomach seems ok and I can smell it without needing to chuck, wins all around!

I think I might pick up some chocolate milk, try mixing it with that and see how that goes. Wish me luck!

Friday, June 3, 2016

And If You Go Chasing Rabbits and You Know You're Going to Fall

First outdoor run in far too long.

Between running on the treadmill the night before and doing a weight workout which included working my leg muscles, I felt sluggish. Kept up a decent pace and got my three miles in. Also saw some wicked looking wildlife:

"It's got sharp, pointy teeth!"

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine

Yesterday was Global Running Day AND the first of the month. If it is possible I like to start the month off with a good run. I didn't last month because on April 30th I ran a half marathon. But, I had no excuses for June. Plus, GLOBAL RUNNING DAY!
Most of my race medals. The one in the middle is my marathon medal from 2010
Kinda wish this picture wasn't blurry 'cause I think my leg muscles are bangin' from this angle!

I know people talk about treadmills being easier than running outside, but man I would like to meet those people and find out how they do it. Maybe it's because I do the walk/run method or maybe it's because I hate the treadmill but either way the 3.1 miles I ran last night felt like a flippin' 10K at least!
Post-run passed out on the treadmill face
Then I did my usual weight workout for thirty minutes. Crushing the first day of June like a little bug.

I took my measurements last night. All of my measurements went down except my arm which actually went up an inch. I don't think that's right, my arms aren't beefing up enough to go up an inch and I'm certainly not gaining weight in my arms. We'll see what happens with that measurement next month.

I am ready to lose fifteen pounds this summer. Starting the month off with a killer workout really helped!

Happy June, everyone! Do you have any goals for the month? Feel free to share. I love cheering people on!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Feed Me Seymour, Feed Me All Night Long

I changed up my riced cauliflower last night. Went more Mexican inspired with it. I added some frozen tri-color pepper strips, some salsa verde, and some seasoning. It wasn't as good as the Asian inspired dish, mostly because the soyaki marinade I use is THE BEST. Next up, I will try a more Italian flare.

For those that are super excited for the riced cauliflower at TJ's, I have found it in the frozen section. There is also a fresh riced cauliflower package in the veggie section but I have never tried it. I know from reading other blogs the frozen stuff tends to run out. I usually shop at the ass crack of dawn because I am awake and TJ's turns into the seventh circle of hell on a weekend. Which means when I get there there's usually a whole bunch of bags. I usually get two every time I go,  but now I might bump that up to four. For 1.99 a bag I get two meals out of it, dinner and then a leftover lunch. Can't beat that!

Here's my little guy helping with the TJ's shopping. I look at this picture and holy crap he looks so big!
I need to up my protein game so I picked up a couple of Clif bars and some Larabars at Kroger yesterday. I will see how I like them. I can't do whey protein which is a pain in the butt. I am on a seach for the Larabars with the ALT in the name, they have added pea protein, but my Kroger didn't carry them. I can buy a case online but would like to taste them first to see if they are worth it.

Funny thing about peas, I had no idea they were a good source for protein until I started looking up vegan protein bars and powders. Now I know what I am adding to my stir frys!