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Sleepful in Seattle

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We had a great, relaxing trip to Seattle this past weekend.  Friday morning we headed off to the airport, arrived, and promptly realized that my hubby had left the hanging bag with his suit, shirt and tie, and my dress in our closet.  D’oh!  We decided that it would be better to shop in Seattle than head home and try to get on a later flight.  Once we got the rental car (a Crown Victoria, so all weekend we pretended like we were cops, and would throw on the “siren” when we saw something amiss…  maybe you had to be there, but it was hilarious.  We also had a lot of doughnuts this week.  Coincidence?  I think not.), we headed off to Men’s Warehouse, which was a complete bust.  I thought it was supposed to be inexpensive?  The sales lady showed us one 3-piece suit that was terrible for $300.  He then tried on a few other suit coats, which were reasonable, but once he tried on the pants, they were ridiculous.  Super long, low crotch, with pleats.  Terrible.  Plus, the woman who was helping us had a terrible attitude.  Ugh, I hate that.

We decided to leave and head up to the Outlet Mall north of Seattle.  While the hubby was dealing with Ms. Crabby McCrabberpants in Men’s Warehouse, I called Banana Republic Outlet to see if they had any suits.  The woman who I spoke with was cheery, told me that they DID have suits, and everything in the store was 40% off.  Sold!  Walked into the store, and quickly found a few different suits for him to try on – we settled on a brown suit with a white, french cuff shirt, and a blue tie.

After realizing that Banana didn’t have anything I liked, I headed straight to Ann Taylor.  The outlet always has size 16 dresses that fit — and lo and behold, there it was!  A little leopard-print number with a matching brown shrug.  Paired with gold shoes from Naturalizer, and it was on.

You be the judge – how do we look?

Pretty GQ, huh?

The wedding was beautiful – very interesting, since the bride is Phillipino.  Her mom had made all the dresses — the bride’s, hers, all 6 of the bridesmaids, the 3 Jr. bridesmaids, and the 5 (or 6?) flower girls.  Seriously – that’s some mad sewing skills!  The reception was at Salty’s on Alki, which was a fantastic venue, although it was a bit cramped in there (maybe 200 guests?).

Me & the beautiful bride

The rest of the weekend, and the beginning of this week, we basically just ate and slept.  Sad, but true.  Sunday we were supposed to meet the bride at her house for a BBQ (with her family).  We got back to the hotel after lunch, and lie down for a little bit, only to wake up an hour and a half later.  Whoops.

On the food front:  I did not stay on plan.  But, it’s hard to go too far off course when most of the food that you’re eating is all local and organic.  That said — macaroni and cheese as a side dish — ehhhh.  Super tasty, but not on the food plan.  Of course, I never said I’d never eat my favorite foods again, did I?

Tomorrow’s post:  Restaurant reviews!

On the exercise front, I did go to the gym 3 of the 4 days that we were there (yay me!).  I only did the elliptical (not much else in the gym), but I definitely walked crazy amounts every day.  Lots of cardio, then followed up with a workout with the trainer yesterday.

Shops, Check-ins, and Whey…

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I Be Shoppin’

I went on a wild goose chase at lunch – except it paid off!  I won a $50 gift card to Lululemon at my gym.  The problem?  Their clothes only go up to a size 12.  Yes, that’s right.  Workout clothes for the teeny elite.  But, they do have amazing gym bags.  And, the one that I wanted was on sale!

At least, it was on sale last Friday online when I picked it out.  Unfortunately, after I picked up my gift card at the gym today, it was gone!  Aaargh!  I called Customer Service, and they told me a few stores in my area that had the bag.  First, I called the one near me – the girl working there said that they didn’t have any bags on sale.  None.  (Except Customer Service said they had a couple, in different colors!)  I then called a few other stores – Santa Monica had one, but I couldn’t get down there, and they don’t hold things (Against company policy.  Weird.)  Decided to head to the store near me first, to see if the girl was right…  If they didn’t have it, a coworker who lives in Santa Monica was going to go pick it up for me down there (of course, they may have sold out by the time she got there).

Anywhoo, I walked in the store, asked if they had the bag, and was immediately sent to the sale rack, where it was waiting for me!  Woot, woot!  So, I got a $118 gym bag (no, I would have never paid that) for $59, minus my gift card, plus tax, I paid $14.  Woot!  Yay me!

I also ran into one of the instructors that I had for Pilates Plus a few months ago.  She remembered me (which is weird, because I only saw her 4 times), and kept saying how strong I was, and if I was doing Pilates somewhere else.  Kind of made me feel like a rock star!

TinyLaLa Check-In

You know what also makes me go, “Yay me”?  This week’s TinyLaLa Check-in.  Today was weigh-in and body fat percentage determination.

  • Weight:  204.8 (Down from 208.6 – so that’s 3.8 pounds in a week!)
  • Body Fat:  36.6% (same as last week)

I asked my trainer about the BF percentage, as it concerned me that it stayed the same.  He didn’t have an issue with it – he said that I wasn’t losing a lot of muscle, because otherwise my BF percentage might go up.  I get that, but I still want the BF percentage to go down (even more so than the weight, actually!).

That’s basically 9 pounds from the beginning of this year (keeping in mind that this is an afternoon weight – this morning in my bathroom before showering I was 203).  And you know what?  I can see a difference.  My shoulders look WAY more toned, than even last week.  Crazy!

Protein Powders, please?

Y’all, I need some recommendations for protein powders.  I finished off my tubs of them from my nutritionist (well, I have 1/2 of one left, but tried it without mixing in any berries this afternoon post-workout and it was terrible!  Super grainy…)  I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home from my workout, and could not make up my mind!

What I’m looking for:

  • >20 g protein
  • < 140 calories
  • < 8 g carbs
  • High in calcium (my current one is 600 mg!!!)
  • Good flavor
  • No soy protein isolates
  • Ideally, it would be organic.  But if not organic, I did find one made from milk from cows in New Zealand (they really don’t farm animals in the massive corporate farms that we use here)

I was thinking that I wanted whey protein concentrate, but that takes longer to break down than whey protein isolate (but isolate isn’t as “good” or clean).  I would like to use the same thing to mix into my breakfast smoothies, but also be good for my post-workout protein shake.  I’m thinking that I might need 2 separate kinds (the one that mixes into my smoothie as a concentrate, for my post-workout as an isolate) – those could then be different flavors (vanilla for smoothie, chocolate for shake).

The “winner” nutrition-wise was Tera’s (and I’ve heard all good things about it), but it’s super expensive (about 4x the cost of the Whole Foods 365 brand one).  But, the 365 only had 15 g protein.  Tera’s is from Wisconsin though (*love*), and it’s organic.   Even the guy at Whole Foods said that it was definitely the “cleanest”.

Why is this so hard?!?

I picked up a few packets to try, but of course, not all have the sample packs available…

What do you use?  Why?  Do you like it?

… And, I dropped!

I’m a shopper.  I really love the little rush I get when I find something that I really want at a great price.  When I was little (think 8 or so), I had a t-shirt that had this picture of a shopping dinosaur, with the definition of a Shopasaurus (n) 1. A creature who delights in browsing thru malls and other retail stores.  2. Any beast gratified by obtaining merchandise in exchange for currency, plastic cards, or personal checks.  

Source

My Mom had bought this t-shirt for me – and I wasn’t even with her…  She knew that I was a shopaholic.  Thinking back on it, I realize that this was probably her fault.  Going shopping was the ultimate treat – we went every year for my birthday.  Of course, my birthday is in August, so we were really just school clothes shopping (my brother’s birthday is in August too, but he didn’t want clothes, of course).

As a pre-schooler, I was just a tad materialistic.  Not that we had a lot of money, mind you.  But I told my mom that I would only wear shirts with an alligator, jeans with a horse, and shoes with a swoosh.  I got plain-pockets jeans from JCPenny’s.  As much as my mom fed my shopping addiction, she knew that she didn’t need to spend a lot to make me look good.  I distinctly remember looking through the jeans at Burlington Coat Factory (in Burlington, WI) for Guess! Jeans that the little triangle patch hadn’t been stolen from.

In the past*, I’ve struggled a bit with keeping to a budget.  But, I find it hard to pass up a good deal.

* Also in the present

Like yesterday, when I stopped in a Road Runner Sports during my lunch hour.  I’m a frequent visiter of RRS.  The managers know me because I used to train with them for my half marathons (Hot tip:  If you have a RRS near you, check to see if they have running training programs – they’re great, and they have fantastic raffles/giveaways!).  Even though I haven’t trained with them in over a year, they still know me by name – pretty cool for a “corporate” store.

When I stopped in yesterday, the manager, Jim, was working in the ladies’ section.  We chatted for a bit, and he mentioned that all the fall “fashion” had come in.  SCORE!  It’s still 95* in SoCal – I don’t need “fall fashion”, but I could use some more tanks and shorts.  And there they were:  3 racks full of clearance items!

I love the RRS running pants; they’re better than any other brand that I’ve tried (and I have tried a LOT of work out pants!).  Of course, the best part is that they’re big enough & don’t cut me off in the middle (not too much of a sausage casing!).  I was able to pick up 2 pair of grey capri pants on sale.  I also picked up a running skirt (surprisingly flattering on these gams!), a workout jacket that I’m convinced should not have been on the clearance rack, 2 tank tops, and 3 packs of my favorite hair bands (Nike brand thin ones, 3 per pack, with little dots of sticky on the back… I’m very picky…).

Behold some of my loot:

Gray pants with a purple t-backed tank. The tank has a little waist at the bottom, which will be great once I'm pregnant, but not telling anyone!

Bright pink tank with great ribbing with the running skirt. Sorry that there are no pics of my legs - they're way better than you'd think they'd be, based on these pictures! 🙂

Next time I post a picture of myself, I will have on make-up and do my hair.  I promise I don’t always look like I just woke up.*

* Actually, lately?  Usually I do

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