1st 5k…part 2

Ok, I did it.  I registered for 2 5ks this year so far.  One is in 2 wks and the other is in September, but I’m not even sure if I’ll make that (my girlfriendss just told me that’s the weekend they’re looking at for our BFF’s Bachelorette getaway).

Anyway, I’m not new to the 5k scene, but I’ve always walked except once.  Back in 2008, I joined my co-workers for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge.  I didn’t really prep myself or train or really hit the gym or anything.  I did more walking than running in that one…I remember finishing in 58 minutes or something walker-ish.  The other times were the annual Revlon Run/Walks in NYC each May (started joining in 2003 and kept going…I think I’ve only missed once or twice) and the Susan G. Komen 5ks.  Again, mostly walking.  So, this year will mark the 1st time I’m going to try “running” since 2008 (and by “running“, I mean “jogging“).

I’m only on Week 4 of the Couch to 5k program, but I think I just want to gauge where I’m at this point in time.  I was following the Week 4 program for distance rather than time.  I wish I could do the distance in the time, but nope…not happening…unless I jog instead of walk which would mean I’m jogging the whole time b/c I’m not exactly running…

Saturday, May 12th + 5k = Sore/Painful Sunday, Mother’s Day!  Doubles my excuse to soak in the tub then!  I hope I get Epsom Salt for Mother’s Day this year…HA!

WWW…Weak Workout Week












Yup, not a great workout week at all. I just didn’t have it in me this week and add to that everyone has either a cough or cold or both – including the 19month old who was SO stuffy one night she just kept waking up EVERY.HOUR…no exaggeration!

Last Sunday, I spent almost 2 hours at the gym (well, including walking to and from the gym). I mean, I killed it! I did my Week 3 workout for Couch to 5k. I did some weight training and did some time on the bike. 2 hours…That’s long for me because I usually try to sneak in my gym time in the mornings before I have to bring big girl to school. What does this mean? This means that even though my alarm goes off at 5:30am (yes, I even made it earlier this week), I keep going back to sleep and then eventually wake up around 6/6:15…proceed to make coffee, walk the pup, drink coffee, walk the pup again and then head out. By the time all is said and done, I have about 30 minutes to get to the gym, workout and head back (sorry for being repetitive, I’m sure I’ve said all this before).

And I’m wondering why I’m not where I thought I would be after 2 months of going to the gym.

So, I need to make myself accountable. I need to:

  • Start getting up earlier. I’m not a morning person. I don’t know how some of you get up before the crack of dawn to get to the gym or boot camp. Does it help that things like boot camp or early morning yoga classes are a group setting? I’m just going to our local “basics” gym where there is cardio equipment and weights, but no classes and such. I need to just start sleeping earlier too.
  • Make sure I have enough time to stretch before and after because I tend to switch to the bike or skip a day b/c I’m feeling sore still.
  • Set a new goal.  I know I’m on the Couch to 5K plan that says don’t push it or move too quickly through the steps/weeks, but maybe I can put forth a goal of “moving” at least  30 miles a month.  I’d prefer that to be all in the running category, but I think I’ll have to mix it up with the Elliptical and the Bike….at least until I finish the Couch to 5k program.
  • Sign up for a 5k.  You may think I’m crazy, but I’m following this Couch to 5K program and I haven’t even signed up for one!  I know there’s one around here on 5/12.  I’m thinking about it, but that’s in 2 weeks and I’m only starting Week 4 (out of 9) today.
  • Set a weightloss goal.  I told myself I wouldn’t do it this time.  Usually, I start my workout waves by saying things like I need to lose 30lbs and will lose it in 3 months (or something crazy like that…possible, yes, but hasn’t been for me).  What happens is that I burn myself out within the 1st 2…between the change in diet and exercise…However, I think I should.  30lbs in 3 months sounds a bit crazy though…especially since I haven’t even lost 10 in 2.  So, maybe 20lbs in 5 months?  I don’t know, I’ll have to think about this some more.

So there…Now I just need to wrap my head around it all and commit.  Here’s to hoping that May will definitely be better than April in terms of working out…


On Thrifting…

BCBGirls SandalsThrifting – The art of buying(selling) used items. Said more eloquently, here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

Thrifting refers to the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a cheap price.

Do you shop at thrift stores? I know everyone raves at the great finds they’ve come home with and it ranges from clothes/shoes/accessories to housewares to furniture, but I haven’t been that lucky. Then again, I’ve only been to Goodwill 3 times and another local shop once (Saturday, actually).

I went to a store yesterday that mainly sold clothes, shoes and accessories (and some books). They had great selections and saw a lot that I would actually wear, but in the end, I left with a blazer, a lightweight casual jacket and a pair of shoes – that I debated forever. I don’t know if I’ll even wear the shoes…knowing someone else wore them. What if they had some kind of athelete’s foot fungus type thing going? I mean, they are beautiful BCBGirls sandals (pictured above) so I really doubt anyone would wear them w/yuckiness showing out in the open…but, what if they had stinky, sweaty feet?

See, this is why I have a hard time buying second-hand. What if they had some kind of skin rash? What if they had/have pets and the pet had fleas…??? I’m not pretentious, nor am I a hardcore germaphobe, but I guess I just care too much about the previous owner(s). Ok, I’m a little germaphobe-y, but I think it’s more of a mental outlook for me.

Last year, I bought 2 vintage designer clutch bags from eBay. Now, I’m not sure if they’re authentic, even if the seller said they were, but I loved the look of them and the prices were decent. Have I used these bags at all? Nope. Is it because I haven’t had an occasion to wear them too? Partly. The main reason is when I did have somewhere to wear them to, they had a smell to them…one wreaked of smoke and the other just had that “old” smell that I associate w/my grandmother’s closet. I’ve since aired them out and they seem fine and wearable now…BUT, another thing that bugs me besides the previous owners’ possible skin issues or hygienic routines, is the previous owner’s history.

What if the previous owner had financial issues? What if they went broke? What if they had just bad luck overall?

Maybe it’s my Filipino background and that all the superstitious, spiritual legends playback in my head where every object, animate or inanimate, have a life to them – either of their own or from their owner. I have seen many a movie / show where something like an old, antique object brings about luck, good or bad, to the new owners stemming from the old owner. If the old owner had a streak of bad luck and went broke, the new owner would inherit that spirit after taking that antique object home / owning it. So then, new owner gets bad luck too. I’ve even seen an extreme instance where a family is sickly and all die off eventually (dramatic much? Welcome to Filipino Cinema) and something of theirs was picked up by someone new and they all started to get sickly until some spiritual medium was able to tell them to get rid of that object.

Does anyone else think this way? I hope I’m not the only one that’s this kooky.

At this point, all the thrift stuff I’ve purchased have not been used – except for a pair of shorts that still had tags on them and another pair that I washed 3x prior to wearing. Even the baskets that I bought (for $0.25 each!!!) are just sitting in a plastic bag in the closet. I started to clean them w/disinfecting wipes and the color actually changed! I don’t know if it’s because it was SO dirty or because it was Clorox and some bleaching agent could be on those wipes (I don’t know, I never checked). Which brings me to my next point…

What is the post-thrift shopping protocol? How many times should you wash the items before wearing? How many times do you get it dry cleaned? How many times do you wash an item (housewares) or wipe it down (like the baskets)? How many times do you spray disinfectant on shoes or accessories prior to using them?

I love the idea of thrifting and the possibility of saving so much money, but I don’t know how to get over my aversions. Someone needs to help me because look, these are pretty decent finds. I kind of think I paid too much for them (I picture them cheaper if at Goodwill, but Goodwill probably wouldn’t have the same selections), but still not full price. Help me here…aren’t these great finds?

Leopard lined blazer:
Leopard lined blazer

Lightweight Outdoorsy Jacket:
Lightweight jacket

You Capture: Chocolates

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve done of these! I used to love You Capture because it challenged me to use my camera…Basically, Beth picks a weekly subject, and we whip out our handy-dandy cam and take pics. It helped me gain different perspectives and get creative. I even learned new features of my camera! I need to follow this more often again…that way, I won’t be just using pics from my phone cam (like I’ve been doing lately). I need to bring back the good ol’ camera, which is what I said I would do, but am not doing as much as I’d like.

I meant to join earlier because I saw she had “pastel/Easter” as a theme and even “white”, but alas…I didn’t get to it until now. This week’s theme is CHOCOLATE. For these pictures, I just used our new-ish point-and-shoot.

Our Easter Survivors (surprisingly)…
Easter Chocolate Survivors

Mmmmm…chocolate chip cookies…w/a chip that melted into a heart shape!
Choc Chip Cookie


Muscle Weighs More Than Fat

I need to keep telling myself this because while the scale hasn’t moved down much, I just took measurements and I’m down 4.25 inches since last month!!!  WOOT-WOOOO!!!

The scale is actually showing that I’m up half a pound, but down 4.25 inches…OK, fine, I’ll take it!  Some of my clothes are starting to fit differently too 🙂

Down 4.25 inches…that may not be much to some, and frankly, I know that # could and should be higher so I will really need to focus on eating healthier and pushing harder.  I am doing better with getting to the gym at least 3x a week, but am not eating well all the time (fast food is SO much faster, but I do try to at least get salads most of the time) nor am I pushing that hard.

My alarm clock goes off at 5:50am every weekday morning.  I hit snooze and get up anywhere between 6 and 6:20am.  By the time I walk the pup and have a couple sips of coffee, I’m lucky if I’m out the door before 6:50am.  This leaves me 30 minutes, at most, to work out in the gym.

Luckily, the Cool Running Couch to 5k Program is based on 30 minutes per session, but really, I should do more than that.  Back in NJ, I used to walk 1 mile to the gym and do at least 3 miles on the treadmill and walk back 1 mile (of course, weather permitting).  I would either walk / “run” those 3 on the treadmill (mostly walked), but still, that’s 5 miles total.  Now, I get about 2, if that.  Sometimes, I’m really running  late that I have to cut corners and just work out for 24 minutes or less – shaving off time from warm up and cool down.  I need to do better with stretching too.  I need more time for that.

So what’s the game plan?  I need to just get up out of bed earlier and MAKE time.  Make time to get to the gym for at least 45mins.  Make time to cook more food…healthier food and have enough for left overs.  Time, time, time…never enough of it, is there?

But HEY!  Down 4.25 inches…man, can I go off on a tangent!

Donning: Stripes


I’ve been feeling the nautical vibe lately…bought myself a pair of boat shoes (I haven’t done this since the late 80s early 90s!) and stripes…The end of last summer had me looking for stripes and I’ve been on a hunt ever since. Granted, I haven’t bought THAT much since, maybe just about 4 striped pieces, keep in mind, I work from home. Getting dressed up beyond the jeans and a tee is a glorious day around here and gives pDaddy whiplash….ahaha…always followed by, “where are you heading?”. My usual answer? shopping. Yes, the only time I get dressed around here is to go shopping or out to eat…No date nights, no girls night out since all my girls are in NJ 😦

Anyway, here’s a stripe-y ensemble I wore yesterday (and to church a few weeks ago). Where was I headed? Dropped off big girl at school and yup, local department store…

Picture quality is horrible. I either took them w/my phone cam in the car or using our point and shoot in front of our mirror. I don’t know if I can do more of these outfit type posts, though they’re fun! Gives me another reason to want to get dressed up 🙂 But, I’m too embarrassed to ask pDaddy to take my picture all posing and such…He takes great pictures and has a great camera, but I’m just weird like that!

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With my Fashionista in the making…she inspires me to get dressed up too…Whenever I do, it’s always, “you’re so pretty, Mommy!” who doesn’t like to hear that?
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Blazer: The Limited bought from Fashion Blogger Curvy Girl, Tanesha – http://www.shopgirlwithcurves.com/
Shirt: Xhiliration – Target (circa 2011)
Jeans: Rockstar Jeggings – Old Navy
Wedges: Jessica Simpson via TJ Maxx
Watch: Gifted from hubby – Michael Kors
Pearl Necklace: Croft & Barrow – Kohls
Cross Pendant Necklace: Elsa Perreti – Tiffany & Company
Bracelet w/watch: Gifted
Bracelets on right arm: Meijer
Earrings: Street Vendor – “On the Boulevard” Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Visayas PHILIPPINES
Sunglasses: Nine West via TJ Maxx