Weight Loss, Swag, & Chicken

Remember back at the beginning of the year when I publicly proclaimed my goal to lose weight? Remember how I updated you guys for like 2 weeks and then basically stopped? Well I may have stopped writing about it in excruciatingly painful detail, but that doesn’t mean I gave up all together. Sure, I’ve had my good weeks and bad weeks. I’ve definitely wavered and faltered on my healthy eating; but overall, I’ve been doing MUCH better. It’s a very subtle change, virtually unnoticeable if you see me everyday. But I’ve actually lost 15 lbs and I feel so great! The other day someone told me that I looked “fitter”…I’LL TAKE IT!

I made a promise to myself awhile back: No buying new clothes until you reach a certain goal weight. Gotta love positive reinforcement! That goal weight for me: 160. For the most part (I needed new underwear, okay!?), I kept that promise to myself. So, that’s why I was SOOOO excited when I stepped on the scale yesterday and it read:

Wooohoooo! Time for some new SWAG! I immediately stepped off the scale, hopped in my car, and drove to the mall. I got a little excited and went on a bit of a spree. But, mostly everything was a necessity.

I got 5 new running shirts! I usually have the hardest time finding running gear that I like and fits me well. I have never found a tank top that fits correctly. As a “curvy runner” (as I like to refer to myself), I can’t wear the super tight fitting running tanks. Like seriously, you can’t have hips and wear one of those or it’ll ride up like crazy and you’ll spend most of the run pulling it back down. I was pretty pumped when I found a semi-fitted running tank yesterday that fit perfectly! I bought 3! Hah. I looooove Target’s running gear. The Champion brand really works well for me, plus it’s so much cheaper than Nike. Win, win.

These were kind of a spur of the moment buy. I know, I just bought new running shoes. But, remember how I was hesitant to buy Nike because they don’t always work well for my wide feet? And then, remember how I started to feel pain in my foot? Well, I think the two events are related. I went for the Brooks brand this time around. I’ve heard good things and they felt nice and lightweight on my big, fat feet. I’m going to take them for a light 6-miler tomorrow morning. I’m pretty excited to test them out! I also think it’s important for runners to have more than 1 pair of shoes, so I will probably alternate between using both.

I bought this dress from Old Navy because it was cute and I wanted to. Let’s be honest, you can never have enough summer dresses.

And then this happened. I have been wanting to buy brightly colored pants for awhile now, but I’ve been wondering whether or not I’m hipster enough to pull them off. Well, verdict is in: apparently I am. I went ahead and bought these teal ones from Old Navy and I’m sort of obsessed. I’ll probably need to buy 4 more pair, but I’ll have to limit wearing them only when I’m at scene concerts. Also, seriously Old Navy, WTF is up with your sizing on these? I am NOT a size 14.

My final purchase of the day. Obviously not for me, but for my sister! She and Robert have this whole monkey/animal set up in the soon-to-be baby’s room and I just couldn’t resist this. Look at the freaking monkeys on the feet! I’m going to explode from cuteness overload. Anyway, this was going to be a surprise, but I know she’ll see it here first. You’re welcome, sister. You and Baby Silly can thank me SOON. So soon! 😀

To end this post on a serious note, apparently today is Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. I will not be attending and I think it’s absolutely absurd. This is the 21st century, aren’t we supposed to be past ignorance, hatred, and bigotry? However, I can’t say I’m surprised about their stance based on the fact that they are a Christian organization.  My question is, what gives a fast food chain the right to be an authority on such hot issues? Stick to making spicy chicken. And waffle fries. Our country has come a long way, but we seriously have so far to go.

Has your opinion of Chick-Fil-A changed at all? Will you still eat there in the future?

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Another Productive Weekend

I know I’ve been sort of slacking on my blog posts lately. I had two in mind for last week, but neither really came to fruition. Oops! I’ve been focusing on my dieting and exercising though, and am getting ready for the Monument Ave 10k which I am running next weekend!

Regardless of my excuses, this past weekend was busy and FUN! I got more accomplished than I thought I would.

I hung out with my family, which is always a crazy time. My brother was in town from school, so we all headed up to my parent’s house.

That’s what you get for stealing my phone and taking unattractive pictures, brother.

Of course, since the family all got together, that meant that we ate…delicious food. And a lot of it! This weekend I had my very first Brazilian Steakhouse experience and it was OMGood. I think I ate about 5 lbs of just pure meat. My favorites were the bacon wrapped filet mignon, the lamb t-bone, the pork ribs, and the parmigiana crusted pork. Holy moly. I will write a full post about it soon!

So like I said, we don’t just go to Fogo de Chao any old day of the year. We were celebrating multiple occasions: my dad’s (belated) birthday, my parent’s wedding anniversary, and my sister being pregnant. So much in life to celebrate!!

With all that food being consumed, I decided I need to run more. To up my motivation factor, I went out and bought new running shoes.

Really though, my old shoes were over 2 years old, have trained and run 2 marathons with me, and were literally falling apart at the seams. I can’t wait to try these guys out today for the first time. I’m hoping to break them in well enough to run in them next weekend! I usually don’t go for Nike, but I couldn’t find any Adidas that were under $125 at the mall, so I sucked it up. I hope they don’t give me blisters…but it’ll be worth it since they’re bright orange!

Staying in the mindset of getting in shape, I also went out and bought a new bathing suit this weekend from Target. I’m officially ready for summer!

After shopping, I came home and helped my dad bottle his homebrew beer, while simultaneously getting a physics lesson on the specific gravity and density of beer. Must be an engineer thing.

Oh, and then I went and chopped off 10 inches of my hair. WHAAAAAT! I love it. It’s so much lighter and easier to manage.

Tonight I’m going to see THE HUNGER GAMES!! Ahhhh! And I am super pumped about it. I’ve read all the books and have heard great things about the movie. I have high expectations in general, so I hope it doesn’t let me down. Either way, I will still love the boy with the bread.

Hello there, Peeta!
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Has anyone seen The Hunger Games yet? How is it? No spoilers!

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