Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2 months of adventures



Ok, so you want some updates? Here we go!





 I mentioned in my last post that I finally bought new shoes.


TADA!!!! Aren't they beautiful? My new bff at Run On said I had Brooks feet and she could tell when I came in. Sigh, I know, I'm perfect full of it. Anyway, the Brooks Raveena 4 felt awesome, and you can find yourself a pair here.




 SPI-belt from Run on. Good for shot bloks, almonds, cell phones, and teeny, tiny guns.





 Now, if you are way behind the times, and didn't read my mind in my absence, then you are not Dionne Warwick. In this case, you don't know about 7.  7, An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jenn Hatmaker is about finding our way out of reliance on the overabundance of choices, and making room for God. We constantly ask Him to change our path or help us see more clearly, but if we are too busy focusing on too much, we may miss His call. This book was written during her first-hand experience with reduction. 7 months, 7 issues, 1 big clear picture. Read it. Now.

To the point. She is on a speaking tour for her series "Steppin' Out" and was at a local church. I got to go listen to her along with an amazing group of women. I highly recommend her books, cds, church, ideas, etc. I don't like to buy into others feelings or agenda, but I think God is leading her, and she is paying attention. Anyway, off the soapbox. At the end of the night, I won these super cute flowers, in this super cute rainboot vase!!! Got them on 3/1/13, and as of 3/13/13 they are still blooming. I'm pretty good at keeping cheap things alive eh? I mean, I'm still here...

So 7. Month 1 is food month. 7 food items, 4 weeks. Really, not as hard as I thought. Unless you count pizza as a food, and then I have to tell you no. Let's clarify, 7 ingredients. Choose wisely.
Here's mine:
Chicken
Sweet potatoes
Brown rice
Sour cream
Oatmeal
Peanut butter
Oranges

I was lucky enough to find PB and Sour cream each made with only 1 ingredient. Good luck, it's not as easy as you think. This made me pay more attention to the amount of  'stuff' in my food.

This is a picture of my back-up plan in case the stores were out of all my 7 acceptable food items. At least it's within the guidelines!! Thanks Trader Joe's, always there for me.



Month 2 of 7 is clothing. Here is my stack. We chose to not count undergarments (just like Jenn H.) nor did we count shoes. She did, we didn't. So what.
The wardrobe:
Black slacks
Khakis
Dark basic jeans
Blue cardi
Pink cardi
Oatmeal heather 3/4 pocket shirt
Lounge pants...(I couldn't do it w/o these)

I considered the fact that this means I have to wear my black slacks M-W at work, then khakis on Thurs, and jeans on Friday. I could have traded my lounge pants for another pair of slacks, but, that wasn't happening. Since pj's count too, w/o the loungies I'd be sleeping in street clothes. Jenn did it, good for her. I need my softies. Weekends will be a mix of whatever i wear all week, or, lounge pants. In town on Saturday, and in church on Sunday. They love me, and they have to allow it...it's a God thing. Mwahahahaha. Undershirts I consider to be underwear, so I have my white tanks. And my workout clothes were allowed to not be counted. So there. Take that.

So far it's going well since I basically rotate the same 2 pair of pants and 3 cardis all week anyway. I doubt anyone will notice.

 Here is a random picture from our box seats at the Tulsa 66ers game. Friends with connections = fun free night. Except for the gas to drive to Tulsa...and the cost of food...and tolls.

 Also found at Trader Joe's. Didn't buy it, but wine that makes you happy just looking at it is amazing!

Finally, runner friend's birthday was yesterday, so we celebrated right. Pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese pizza from Roma's, and a salad with cilantro dressing from Trader Joe's. Mmm-mmm. Oh, and moscato. Hey, food month is over! We also jammed out to Cake, and made some hair gel. Ya know, typical okie evening.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I'm back, and I have shoes!

I know, it's been months. In my defense, remember, I don't have internet at home. Blogging on my phone is too maddening, and blogging at work doesn't, well, work. I have been super busy with everything in the whole wide world. So, here is a quick recap:

In December I barely ran because of scheduling and cold weather. I do have a gym membership, and started doing the classes they offer, that sorta replaced running.

In January I signed up for a 6 week bootcamp, which is now over. I lost 12 lbs since Thanksgiving, and an inch off each thigh. Those are the only 2 measurements I kept up with. I fit into a pair of jeans I bought when I was dating my husband in 2004, so that's winning to me!

Yesterday was the end of month 1 of the 7 experiment. If you are unaware of 7, look up Jenn Hatmaker. It's an amazing book, and and amazing experiment, if you dare! Today is day one of month 2. Yikes! I got to meet Jenn when she was speaking at a nearby church in early March, and it just made my year. She is super fantastic.

I'm trying to get back to my 3 mile per day routine, but my lungs are not cooperating. I had a terrible sinus infection for weeks, and the damage is done. I can barely do a 1/2 mile w/o weezing. Right now my plans of doing a 10k in April are shut down, and looks like a half by July will be out too. I'm just hoping to get back on the 5k horse. #bummer But, I did buy new shoes!!

Over the weekend I went with a friend on a day long adventure looking for bridesmaid dresses and compression socks. We we successful. And to top it off....we found a Trader Joes!!

Next week I leave on my annual mini-mission trip. Wish me luck!