06 July 2011

Busty, bloated, bitchy... and AMAZING.

Yesterday was a great day. Emphasis on the day.

Miss had her first day of preschool...

Ready to go, mom!

She loved. I knew she would. She didn't want to leave when it was time to head home. She is only going 2 mornings a week but wants more!

I ran errands the whole 3.5 hours she was there and had a blast going to the bathroom by myself at Target, talking to the dudes at the Apple Store and the Verizon place about phones and phone plans by myself, and thoughtfully checking out water bottles and hydration belts at REI by myself.

Then once all the big kids were also home, I taught them and the other neighborhood kids how to play Kick-the-Can. Some of the neighbors were visibly annoyed by this. rolling my eyes at them. Anyway... it was fun until some rule 'misunderstandings' happened and the screaming and headbutting commenced – both directed at ME. So I took my can and went home.

This was the turning point...

As the evening wore on, I became increasingly agitated by everything. When all the kids were finally in bed, it was time to run... I so totally did NOT want to go. I almost had a temper tantrum about it.

I got ready. I was so uncomfortable. I felt packed into my running bras. My gut was distended like I was 6 months pregnant. Everything was itchy and too tight, and I was trying out new shorts... too short :(

It was like Dolly Parton meets Violet Beauregard crammed into a pair of hot pants. Just UGH. No way did I want to go run. No. Way. And I was getting annoyed by the planned workout, too... 20/30/10 tempo. Just UGH again.

Oh. Right.

How did I get out the door? Did I get out the door?  Yes. I did. Three steps:

  1. I gave myself permission to feel gross and cranky.
  2. I told myself that it was dark and no one could see how bloated I was or how far up my butt my shorts were crawling.
  3. I reminded myself OUT LOUD that I always feel better after doing something physical – which is the truth. Always.

I adjusted the workout... better to do something than nothing :)  And I it became a progressive 6.6-mile run instead of a tempo workout. I started at 10:10 pace for my first 0.75-mile lap and got faster with each of the 8+ laps until the last one was 8:49. I did notice, however, that I sag right after 3... I have been noticing this, in fact. When I saw it this time, I saw it right away and was able to pull it up... so that is improvement.  Total time was 1:01:41 for 6.6 miles.  I felt good about this given my PMS state of mind and remembering my post-Apocalyptic run on Sunday. Tuesday ended on an 'up' beat :)

Then today I found out I was given that coveted


by Miss Teacher from Juice Boxes and Crayolas.

So here goes:
My favorite cartoon character...
Incidentally, I wrote a college application essay (for MIT) about Pepe... I got in but went elsewhere.

my favorite thing to photograph
My kids!!!!

my favorite thing to cook
cheesecake
my favorite forms of exercise











my favorite movie
too hard to pick... agreeing with my tagger that Shawshank is one of the top :)

my favorite article of clothing


the jeans that look good on my butt

my favorite flower

my favorite breakfast

my favorite book I have read recently


my favorite place to be...... IN BED!!!! but not sick :P
or Villefranche-sur-mer, Eze, St. Jean Cap Ferrat... near Nice....


Instead of tagging people... I'll put it out to ALL of you because you're all amazing! What are some of your favorite things? Tell!

20 comments:

  1. Lilies of the valley smell AMAZING. I can't help but perpetually try to inhale them when they are in bloom.

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  2. Oh my gosh, so much going on here....

    I know it's hard to imagine but one day those kiddos will be all grown up and you will hate going to the stores by yourself. Well, maybe not, but you will look back and wish you could relive ONE day :). I'll tell my kids I'm going to the grocery store and does anyone want to come? Ugh, you'd think it was a death sentence. Of course, I'll go spend $200, put it all away, and immediately hear, "We don't have anything to eat." Smack!!

    I'm happy you got out for your run afterall, looks like it was incredible!

    Lily of the Valley = awesome! I had some in my backyard once but one summer some other flower took over and they never came back :(.

    So glad your little one is loving preschool!! btw, are you still coming out this way???

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  3. I loved this post!!! I'm so glad the little one loved school, when my guy went to preschool he only cried when I picked him up to go home!!! Must be something about being the youngest!!! She is so cute and looks just like you!!!! She is a beauty just like her mamma!!!

    Glad to know you sometimes don't want to exercise, and great to know you do it anyway!!! Thaks for the tip!!!

    Congratulations on the award!!! I know I always love to come here!! Take care!!

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  4. pancakes would probably be on my list of favorites too

    and wow, trips to the store alone. I can only dream

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  5. Congratulations on your award! Loved your list. Mine would be: Bugs Bunny; my daughter and husband, preferably together; a big fresh homemade greek salad (not technically cooking, but it's what I'm craving in this warm weather); yoga; so hard to pick just one favorite movie, but I'll go with The Royal Tennenbaums; jeans that look good on me (when I'm not preggers); dahlias (but lilies of the valley are up there -- so fragrant); sadly i don't remember the last book i read that was not parenting-related; and my favorite place to be is a quiet beach, with a cool breeze...

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  6. Yay for 3.5 amazing hours of YOU time to get things done without a little helper. Those are some smokin jeans on you :)

    Great job getting your butt out the door and getting the run done and boo to the people who didn't like the kick the can, I loved playing that game when I was younger!

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  7. you went on a run on a bad cranky day....that in itself you should feel like wonder woman!! =)

    well that and a bathroom trip all alone!! thats pretty awesome too =)

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  8. My favorite cartoon character is Micky Mouse. I love photographing my kids and flowers (they are still!) and my favorite breakfast is cereal of any kind (who am I kidding could eat the stuff breakfast lunch and dinner). Congrats on the award. And good for you...pushing through taking that run!

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  9. that first picture: I LOVE LOVE it!
    impossible not to smile..I dare them followers of yours not to smile~!!! is that even proper English? Good job on getting out..after bedtime I would need to be kicked out, it has to be hard...

    3.5 hours alone is haven. no other word can describe it.

    what is wrong with your neighbors...they dont allow having fun up there?!!! booo hooo

    Ah Pepe...of course I like the Pepe!!!!

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  10. Wow you've got tons of stuff here! I don't have a pair of jeans that make my old butt look like they used too. i wish! I love Calla lillies. I personally feel and run like crap during pms. And I always never put the connection together until I've gotten my period.. DUH

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  11. Cheesecake! One of my favorite things to eat and make. I LOVE peach pie, but only homemade, especially my Mama's. And of course, I love beer. Brewing, drinking, sharing with friends. And beer travel has to be my favorite past time ever. I love walking into a new brewery and ordering a sampler and delicious sounding appetizer... I need a second honeymoon!

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  12. She looks adorable in that picture...like "come on mommy let's go!" How nice to have some time to yourself!

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  13. Fun reading the answers on the award

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  14. I've often wondered how you run at night...and I am amazed at your skills in convincing yourself to run when you are "cranky and gross"! I am a first thing in the morning girl!

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  15. Well you may have felt bloated but I'm pretty sure you didn't look it, Miss Amazing Body!

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  16. ding ding ding..... and you hit on the number 1 reason it is awesome to be a guy. While there are a lot of them, that is the best!!

    True story - I still don't know how to play kick the can. Is it like soccer but with a can?

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  17. such a great feeling to go to the store alone! Sometimes when I go to the grocery store late at night I am just in awe of how easy it is!! And peaceful! Your butt looks AWESOME in those jeans...are they the ones you were wearing when I met you? You can make me some cheese cake! And I think PMS gets worse for me as I get older...seriously it is bad these days! so bad.

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  18. Well done for overcoming the want to curl up in bed with PMT!!! Having such a nice day will have helped I'm sure!!
    Missy

    Just stopping over from storytellers :-)

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  19. Well good for you getting out there anyways! I hate that feeling, and it is hard to push through, but I bet you felt better after :) So so glad you linked up to the Storytellers Blog Hop and thanks for sporting the button too! Hope you are having a great Friday!

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  20. Stopping by from Storytellers :)

    I had to drag 2 people to my workout yesterday to get it done. And yes, I felt better after. PMS is a bitch but sometimes we just need to kick her ass. Sounds like you did just that!

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