Monday Materialism – a Day Late

{sorry it’s a day late! I had it half written last night and forgot to post it before I went to bed! Eep!}

I finally got to go window shopping this weekend – I was looking for a cute top to wear out to my Brother in Law’s party – it’s been a long time since I had gone out. Ever have that realization, when you look at your wardrobe, how styles change as you get older. I’ve noticed that a lot of the shirts I’ve gotten rid of were the shirts that I used to wear to the bars.

I used to enjoy getting dressed up to go out. I was never super high maintenance, I never got super dolled up in dresses or high heels, I was more the polo, pearls and flip flops type of gal, or, in some cases, polo, short skirt and flip flops type of gal. With pearls of course. Occasionally a tank top or a glittery top that I picked up at BeBe. But there’s a key difference here. Most times, going out meant going out to meet dudes so we’d slut it up a little bit. I don’t do that anymore. My struggle is finding a cute top to go out that’s not super-skankariffic, but still looks…hot. If you get what I’m sayin’.

So now, when I go out, I have nothing to wear. This is probably the second time I’ve complained about it, but really, I fear there’s not much out there for married ladies who are not trying to slut it up a la Forever 21 style. Or maybe I just seriously lack style. Like, a lot of style, I fear, freaders, I am an imposter when it comes to style in that, I am realizing, I have none.

So I will spend the next few weeks shopping for the perfect black, non-skanktastic, going out top for my pals Bachelorette party (PS If you live in NYC and have any bar suggestions that are not too trendy and don’t charge a cover, do let me know!).

But I’m struggling. Mostly because I’m the opposite of “trendy” or “stylish”. Hell, I’d wear leggings as pants every day if I deemed it acceptable.

1. JCrew tiered shell
2. Forever 21 Tunic
3. JCrew Silk Tank

Clearly, this is unacceptable. I need help. And a damned black top. Halp???


Fitness Friday – Lazy Edition

Last weeks goals well…

I did still rock my 4 mile race (4 miles, 41:11, 11:17/mile)

I did yoga yesterday on the wii fit. Surprisingly, it felt really good to stretch since my muscles were incredibly tight.

I did a RAD workout on the treadmill Wednesday (uff, that’s all I have to say. Uff.)

I did run 3 miles before my training appointment Tuesday (since I didn’t run Monday).

I did not go to Zumba last night (wamp wamp).

I did not cross train as I had planned. I will do some more strength training tonight.

Tomorrow, I will run my 8 miler (initially thought it was 10 milers. Turns out it’s 8. Woo!) as planned. It looks like I might actually hit my intended mileage this week! Woo!

Next week…

I will…
run 3 miles on Monday
run 4×800 on Wednesday
bike 25 miles as cross training
strength train two days
run 10 miles next weekend
be able to do 15 burpees by the end of the week (am actually a little behind in this however my trainer did make me do 20 of them this week (sans the pushups part)
keep recording my food in my food journal. Seriously, I am loving this habit.

I will not…

…eat all of my peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (2 dozen of the 45 are getting sent to my bloggy valentine tomorrow – late late late. I’m always late!!)
…have any diet coke (I gave it up for Lent. So far so good!!!)
…use lame excuses for skipping workouts
…skip any runs. I have an 8k in two weeks. 5 miles is like nothing for me, but I need to get crackin’ on my long runs. Still. Gawd winter training blows!!!

How about you? Got any goals?


Where in the World Wednesday – Blogher Edition

I’m participating in Classy in Philadelphia‘s feature Where in the World Wednesday. The idea of WITWW is to post a picture of you in someplace in the world…it doesn’t have to be somewhere foreign or tropical. Just a picture of you somewhere that you consider traveling. It might even be somewhere in your own hometown!

This week?

I fell in lust over the summer last year. With a midwest city and large rooms of bloggers. Okay, I should clarify that statement – Chicago is great, but it will never hold a candle to my favorite city – Boston. Always has been and always will be (no matter what my Husband says about NYC being the best city in the world. I disagree.) but the people in Chicago? Were nothing short of fabulous and all the bloggers that I met were even more fabulous than I could have imagined.

That’s right, I had never been west really. Chicago, to this day, is the furthest west I’ve been in the US and I’ve gotta say, it’s a fun city full of wonderful, fabulous bloggers. I really am itching to go back, but alas, it’s not in the cards (yet) – soon though!

Can you find the bloggers???

Finally… guess who rode shot bun in the Weinermobile?

This girl.

Happy Hump Day everyone!!!


Eating Better

I’ve been on a mission, it’s been slow going, but it’s a mission no less. One of my new years resolutions was to lose about 20 lbs. Granted, I know I won’t lose much weight in marathon training time (like, now) but I’m more working on getting in good shape. After all, I just bought a smokin’ dress for my pals wedding in May (and another in June. And another in September. And another in October) so I need to ensure I look damn fine in it.

But anyhoozle, I’ve been trying to eat better. I’ve been reading lots of running, fitness, and health blogs, made a spreadsheet of my training (but have been awful at sticking to it), additionally, I’ve been making menus for the week and hubs and I have done decently with sticking to them!

See my menu? It’s pretty bad ass. Excuse the crappy picture. iPhone FAIL.

Our menu:

MondaySteamed Pork Dumplings
TuesdaySoy Glazed Salmon, with rice pilaf and asparagus
Wednesday – I have junior league, hubs is on his own (i’ll likely eat before i go)
Thursday – Hubs has a work event, so I’m giving my shot at Tofu Fried Rice
Friday – Caprese/Margherita Pizza with homemade dough

Saturday we’ll be up at his parents and Sunday we usually fly by the seat of our pants.

The food journal.

I’ve been trying to keep track of my vegetables/fruit, proteins, carbs and fats. I’ve been cutting back on fats (yay!), and upping my proteins (yay!). Next will be cutting back on carbs, but for the most part the carbs I do eat are whole wheat (except the French Toast Bagel I had for breakfast this AM, not good. But my father-in-law – who is awesome btw – always gets one for Hubs and I when we go up to visit since he knows we like them).

{Cross-posted at Fitness in Pink}


Monday Materialism – JCrew Edition

Late last week, I had the luck of going into NYC to a. see my dad (albeit way briefly), b. check out a JCrew Weddings sample sale where I picked up my dress for my pals wedding (and all the other dozens of weddings we’ll be going to in the next year) and c. pick up my race packet for the race I ran on Saturday (recap up over at Fitness in Pink!)

Let me just say, if you ever have the luck of going to a JCrew sample sale, you will be, if you’re at all like me, in pure JCrew heaven.

I found, ironically enough, that I wasn’t as into the wedding gowns. I loved my wedding gown, however, what girl doesn’t lust over the whimsical, simply beautiful dresses on the JCrew website? I do. Even though I’m already married. So I perused them, since I’m still writing for bridal sites, I figured it would be sweet to check them out. The bridesmaids dresses though? I nearly peed myself over. I obtained the Cotton Cady Sydney dress in Cypress for $100. Can we say BARGAIN?! OMG what a win. However, it took a lot of restraint to not splurge on the rows and rows of shoes and other dresses including these below:

1. JCrew Peep Toes $225
2. Cotton Cady Sydney Dress in Black $225
3. Cotton Cady Erica dress in Black $225
4. Glimmergold Crystal Necklace $98

Check out these other fabulous Monday finds…

*Liz in Life wants some sparkly converse sneaks

Feel free to participate in a little online shopping with Monday Materialism by borrowing the image and then letting me know you posted so I can link you here!


Fitness Friday – Four Mile Edition

So last week, i made these goals:

*Yoga 1 time (Sunday?)
*Running 3 days. Nine Eight miler next weekend.
*4×800 speed workout
*Strength training 2 days
*Spinning/XT – 2 days

Actual? Much more disappointing. Am I expecting too much from myself? Nah, I just had a rough week – and that severely hampers my motivation.

I did…

Run 3.64 miles with about a 11:34/mi pace (which is fast for me! I never claimed to be speedy gonzales, I’ve got short legs that don’t move quickly), Strength Train 1x, skipped speed workout, am doing strength tonight (with a short run), a 4 mile race coupled with another 4 mile run Sunday to get in my 8 (modified from 9) miles for the weekend.

I did not…

Spin/cross train. At all. Do my speed workout. Or go to Yoga. I missed it. I am hoping to get to a yoga class this week or at least find a yoga program I can do at home online.

Not awful but definitely below satisfactory since I’m 16 weeks out from marathon #4.

Next week I will…

Run 3 miles, strength train 2x, cross train 2x, do a RAD workout, hit up a (my first ever!!)  Zumba class with two of my gal pals here in Stamford,  write a race recap of the Race for Haiti Four Miler in NYC that I’m running tomorrow, blog more over at Fitness in Pink (do you subscribe? if not you totes should).

what are your fitness goals for the week??


Monday Materialism – Fitness Edition

Now encouraging audience participation – feel free to use the image and blog about what you’re lusting after this week! We may not be able to buy but wanting is a lot of fun regardless!

Since I’m now 16 weeks out from my marathon and have a race coming up this weekend, an 8k in March, and a half marathon in April, this week I’m lusting after some new running gear.

I recently purchased a great pair of running cropped pants from Target for $15 which are amazing and were an AMAZING find (they were on sale), today I finally purchased a hat from Lululemon for $15 – much needed, I skip runs because it’s too cold, I now have NO excuse to do that. I took out the liners from my skiing gloves from high school (haven’t gotten much use since 2004 when I last went skiing) which worked amazingly the other night in a cold weather run (it was 28 degrees!) But still, we all love to window shop which is precisely what I did today in Greenwich when I popped into Lululemon!

1. Lululemon Ultra Light Arm Warmers $18
2. Lululemon Run Swiftly Racerback $52
3. Lululemon Wunder Under Crops $68
4. Garmin 305 with Heart Rate Monitor $160
5. Nike Half Zip Running Top $55

What are you lusting after this week? If you’re participating in Materialism Monday’s make you sure you leave your link in a comment!


Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life. You’ve made me the luckiest and happiest girl in the world.
{photo by Megan Garrison Photography}

And a very Happy Valentine’s day to all my freaders, may your Valentine’s Day be filled with love and happiness regardless of your relationship status.


Fitness Friday #1



Given that I’m now 17 weeks out from marathon #4 (and about twelve weeks from 1/2 Marathon #1) and I’m continuing my battle to get in shape I thought I’d join in the Fitness Friday Fabulousness!


*Got in my first run outdoors this week – a fabulous change from the dreadmill that I’ve been stuck running on for the past month. Ran last night – 3.355 miles, 40:02, a bit slow at 11:54/mi but considering there were a lot of icy patches on the sidewalk, not surprising. I’m shooting for 11:00/miles or so for the marathon, so I’ve gotta get my pace up.

*Trained this week. My trainer was a bit frustrated so he took it out on me. Generally we do 2 sets of circuit training, and 2 sets of ab workouts. Tuesday we did 3 sets of circuit training. Pain. Pain. But I can tell the training is working which is awesome.

*Went to Yoga on Saturday with Vanessa – did not like the yoga instructor or the class – felt she did the movements way too fast. Missed my old yoga instructor. A lot. But was nice to finally GO to a yoga class. Will definitely keep searching for a good instructor be it at my gym, the nearby Lululemon, or at a yoga studio. Also, realized I need new yoga pants as the ones I had from Old Navy are paint splattered from when we finished cleaning our apartment out in DC and had to repaint everything.

*Have a RAD workout on tap for tonight. A 7 miler for Tomorrow or Sunday. Am feeling really good about my running these days. Have you read the Fitnessista? She’s amazing and so, so inspiring. Saw this workout posted and in lieu of interval training, I’m going to do some hills. My run last night had 4 decent sized hills, which leads me to suspect that Stamford is going to be a tough place to run in if I don’t get used to running hills (DC was relatively flat sans running up/down Capitol Hill and some of the smaller hills on the Mt. Vernon Trail. But those are molehills compared to these bad boys.)

*Cooked with tofu. Ruling? Success.


*Need to get my runs in earlier in the week. I have my training written out. But I’m awful at sticking to it. Getting better at doing my 3 days of running and 2 days of X-Training. I shouldn’t be fitting in a speed workout two days before a long run. Bad Heidi.

Goals for next week:

*Yoga 1 time (Sunday?)
*Running 3 days. Nine miler next weekend. (Monday, Wednesday)
*4×800 speed workout next week (Following the Yasso 800’s as part of my training this time around to shoot for a 4:45:00 marathon, should I get into NYC Marathon I’d love to run it as a BQ more realistically though is shooting for a 4:30:00 – entirely doable. A 3:40something marathon? Not so much. Still though. I have big dreams to run Boston someday soon.
*Strength training 2 days (Tuesday/Thursday)
*Spinning/XT – two days! (Tuesday/Thursday)

Doable? I think yes.


Monday Materialism

Ladies, I’m bring back Monday Wants. Except I’m making it better. You’ve seen Jess @ Classy in Philly’s fabulous Where in the World Wednesday; we’ve all heard of Menu Monday’s and Thankful Thursday’s, but now as was suggested to be by a fabulous reader, Monday Materialism/Monday Want’s is back but now I’m making it better. I’m encouraging audience participation.

So If you’re going to participate, feel free to borrow the image and be sure to post your link back here so everyone else can see! Post what you’re lusting after this week – whether a pair of shoes, an outfit, a bag, whatever. It’s our chance to be fabulously materialistic without breaking the bank because Lord knows our wallets can’t stand it. I welcome you all to Monday Materialism!!!

Earlier this evening (well, when I got home from a super bowl party in New Haven that is), I happened upon some fabulousness in my tumblr feed. They stopped me dead in my tracks, mostly because I lust for red shoes. I long to have a place to wear them. I want to feel sassy in a beautiful pair of red shoes – and I have a pair. A single pair and oh how fabulous they are but I’ve worn them, in the past year, likely twice since I lost my full-time job in March 2009. Twice.

Freaders, feast your eyes upon these beauts. I have no need for them, I’ll never buy them but oh….lusting. Lots and lots of lusting.

{By Jones NY via DSW. $55 (!!!!)}

I will lust after you shoes forever, but unfortunately, it’s not meant to be.

Freaders, what are you lusting after???