New Shoes, New Bras, New Hat, I’m so ready to go!

by Alison on April 13, 2010

So yesterday I added up the mileage on my shoes and decided it was time for a new shoes so today I went to Fleet Feet and got shiny new shoes, ironically after trying on 5 different shoes I ended up in the updated version of the Brooks shoes I am currently using.  I also got new arch supports that will take some getting used to, the arch is in a slightly different position, a bit further back, so I’m supposed to ease in to wearing them and won’t run with the new inserts until Friday.  I also purchased new sports bras, after trying on several I ended up in the same Enell that I was wearing but in a smaller size,  It sucks that sports bras are so expensive and they get replaced with every big chunk of weightloss.  Finding a bra that was comfortable, fit right and that I didn’t bounce in was quite the challenge…  I also dug out a hat to wear to keep the sun off my face, now that the sun seems to be making appearances.

Today I did a quick one mile to knock out my mile for the Run a Mile a Day Challenge and a full workout on the bowflex. Ate a breakfast of strawberries and yogurt oatmeal.  For lunch I had the leftover cheesey zucchini barley bake and some sautéed spinach.  Ben and I took the dogs out for a good length walk, then for dinner I fired up the grill, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to earlier in the day with the constant drizzle but it was a glorious late afternoon, early evening so we grilled.  The spicy chicken Italian Sausages are so awesome, tons of flavour.

My husband complained that running was supposed to be cheap, well good sports bras for full figured women are anything but.  The shoes are also not cheap, but neither are injuries, so here’s to prevention through proper shoes (I hope)  As for the Garmin, it was a necessity it really has made my runs better and getting off the treadmill has changed my entire view of running.

Ate 21 of 24 points. Earned 4 activity points.

Breakfast (4.5) – 1 cup strawberries (0.5), Steel cut oatmeal (2), non fat greek yogurt (1), maple syrup (the real thing) (1)

Lunch (6)–Cheesy Zucchini and Red Pepper and Barley Bake (5), Sautéed Spinach with 1 tsp olive oil (1)

Dinner (7.5)–Grilled Veggies (0), Grilled Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage (5.5), Whole wheat bun (2)

Snack (3)–Yogurt (2) and WW Chocolate Pretzel Blast (1)

Running Weekly totals used 28.5 of 35 weekly points, earned 21 activity points.

April Run a Mile a Day Challenge 13/30

Weekly Mileage Count 9

Cheesy Zucchini, Red Pepper and Barley Bake with Sautéed Spinach

Hot on the Grill Chicken Sausage and Veggies

Pretty Grill Marks on Veggies and Sausage

Sausage with Mixed Grilled Veggies

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Biz April 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I just bought that chicken sausage when I went to Whole Foods – glad you like it, so I’ll probably like it too!

I scored in January – do you have a Dick’s sporting goods by you? They had 5 racks of discounted stuff – nothing over $10! I got 5 Adidas sports bras for $50!

Do you hand wash yours, or throw them in the dryer?
.-= Biz´s last blog ..Love Note! =-.

Alison April 14, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I never put them in the dryer, I do wash them in a lingerie bag, but that’s because hand washing never feels clean to me. I can’t wear Adidas, they don’t go big enough. Finding sports bras in my size is pretty much torture, finding ones that aren’t torture to wear, a nightmare! (not to mention no Dick’s in Washington)

BTW I LOVED the chicken Tikka Masala, perfect spice level it was awesome. (although i did add onions and a bit more siracha :P)

MrsFatass April 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Okay, your food porn made me want to lick the screen. And a big old Ay-MEN to the expensive sports bras! I am in dire dire need, but just don’t have the funds for another week or so. Poor girls. I’ve been trying so hard to protect my hoohah from my gym adventures, I totally neglected the twins.

Alison April 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM

So worth the money in the long run, being able to do jumping jacks, without holding my breasts up, who would have thought!

Jules April 14, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Hi there!

Followed you over here from Seattle Runner Girl….. you have a wonderful website here! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

I’ve done WW before, but ultimately I decided that counting points wasn’t going to work for me in the long haul, so now I’m going at it by tracking actual nutritional counts…. at the moment, head knowledge is not the issue but rather motivation – so I’m working on that.

Glad to “meet” another runner….and I also live in the Northwest (Portland area.) I am currently training for the Portland Marathon in October and hopefully many beyond that. Maybe we’ll meet up at a race sometime – I would love to start connecting “for real” with other weight loss/running bloggers out there!

Take care –

Alison April 14, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Nice to “meet” you 🙂 Points are easier than nutritionals for me, but I think it’s because I only have to remember one number. I think I would be less successful with WeightWatchers if I filled up on one point processed foods, but for whole foods it works well.

Good luck in Portland, it sounds like you are getting your training back on track. Do you plan to do the full marathon or the half?

Jules April 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Hi Alison –

I am planning on doing the full marathon – there’s really no other option at this point anyway, since the 1/2 is full! But my intention all along has been to do the full anyway. It’s time, KWIM? 🙂

I think the whole processed food issue is another big reason why I stopped doing WW. More and more it seems they are pushing their WW brand food in the meetings and otherwise, and have you ever looked at the ingredient lists for some of that stuff…? What’s the old adage: more than 5 ingredients, and any that you can’t pronounce….and you shouldn’t eat it, right? Anyway, I know that they also talk about whole good food and such, but I don’t think they emphasize it nearly as much as they should. I encountered so many folks on the message boards and such who were (for instance) pretty much existing on all of the WW-brand food and not much else, and it just seems so wrong to me. I know WW is for-profit, and it’s a business, but in the long run, they are out to make money MORE than they are out to promoting the basics. (Just my opinion, btw) And I would bet dollars to doughnuts that they make a TON of money pushing their products.

Sticking to the outer aisles of the grocery store, the lean dairy/proteins and the whole (unprocessed, unrefined) grains and natural sugars (i.e. fruits) are the way to go. Not that I eat a totally clean diet myself by any stretch of the imagination, but in all honesty, a totally clean diet is what I aspire to and little by little the concept is sinking in.

Anyway, sorry to ramble and please don’t think I’m a “WW basher”, because I’m not – I am all for whatever works for whomever. 😉 But I will stand on the rooftops and preach the benefits of a clean, natural diet until the day I croak!!

Alison April 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I’m lucky my leader is the regional head and she is a vegan who doesn’t do processed so she never pushes WW products on us, but I have been to other meetings and there are those who do. I agree all processed food NO CHANCE how do you survive when you are actually ready to go off the “diet” and cook. I do very little of it and its more of an indulgence than a regular thing, but now that I can get locally made organic chocolate what other indulgences do I need? 😛

Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon April 15, 2010 at 5:52 AM

Hahaha! My husband thought running was cheap, too! Oh boy.

I saw your question on Robin’s blog about where to carry your epipen. I have an iFitness belt and I love it. I have the neoprene one so if it rains NOTHING gets wet. They’re only about $20 and the belt is really comfortobale — I even forget I have it on!

PS: On the sports bras, have you tried TJ Maxx or Marshalls or Ross? Also, I got a Nike bra at REI that was on sale and was only like $10. Or if there’s one you already know what you like, you could check eBay or Amazon (I haven’t tried that, but know others who have). Good luck! Great blog. 🙂
.-= Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon´s last blog ..Day 268: Trash TV to Pass the Time =-.

Alison April 15, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Thanks Kerrie, That is the second recommendation for the iFitness belt, I will check it out as rain it does here, ALOT 😛
I have found a bra that I love, unfortunately it is pricey 😛 but it’s all for a good cause, at least bras I can sell my husband on 🙂

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