Five Thing Friday 4/29

  1. I have an unhealthy obsession with the songs “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. I also have a completely healthy, rational hatred for Justin Bieber. I feel like my soul is deserting me every time I sing along wholeheartedly to his songs. But I just can’t help myself. To this end, I’ve been listening to AMP radio nonstop at work, and now know a whole host of super annoying songs. Oi vey. I don’t know who I am anymore.
  2. Tracking calories is hard.  It’s even harder when someone else is doing the cooking.  FH cooked 4 nights this week, for which I am totally grateful and everything was delicious.  BUT, he made vietnamese pork belly for 2 nights and then bacon lasagna for 2 nights.  Ummm, yeah, not so great with weight loss goals.  I have to starve myself all day just to be able to eat dinner.
  3. I bought new running shoes!  And I actually like them!  Yay!  Here are my Brooks Ravenna kicks: I got them at DSW for $70.  I had to try them on in stores because the website said I needed a size 8.5 and I know running shoes are supposed to be bigger, but too big and you get blisters from all the moving around.  When I tried them on, the size 8 was perfect, plenty of room to wiggle my toes, but fit the rest of my food comfortably snug.  I’ve run in them once so far and the feel springy and light (only 8.8 oz!), but still really supportive.
  4. Also while I was at DSW, there was an older woman looking for support sneakers.  The salesperson pointed to the entire row of Asics and said, “These are all support shoes, doctor recommended.”  She proceeded to say that the variations between all the different versions were mostly just the different colors.  Ummm…NO.  I know from my own injuries in accidentally buying a Neutral Asics shoe, instead of a Support version, that THEY ARE NOT ALL SUPPORT SHOES.  Fucking idiot.
  5. I forgot to put on my FitBit after a shower last week, and I haven’t put it on since.  My wrist feels totally naked and I remembered that I have a birthmark on my wrist which I haven’t seen in years.  I don’t feel a sense of freedom that I thought I would, not being beholden to the step count, but it also wasn’t influencing my behavior.  If I ran, I made it to 10K steps.  If I didn’t run that day, I was probably under my goal.  Since I already track my running, that’s a pretty good barometer.  It really wasn’t making me walk any more.  I do feel like walking doesn’t “count” anymore, though.
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Five Thing Friday

  1. I think I need to buy some sort of running light, since it’s so fucking dark outside.  Runner’s World has this list of 9 Items to Light Up Your Run, but most are expensive (the AthLights weren’t bad).  I’m toying around with the idea of a clip on strobe light or arm bands (or more likely, just wearing reflective clothes until it’s light out early).  Can’t wait til Daylight Savings ends this Sunday (I had to look that up to say it correctly).  BUT that means it will get dark at like 4:30PM.  There’s no winning unless you’re unemployed and independently wealthy.

    This was 20 minutes into my run. Pitch black at 6AM.

  2. I bought Campbell’s Baked Potato Soup with Applewood Smoked Bacon microwavable soup this week and was really pumped about it because it sounds delicious.  It even tasted delicious, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat much because there was so much oil in it it was pooling around the top and totally grossed me out:
  3. Speaking of food, I’ve been eating like crap this week.  One day it was M&M’s and chips from the vending machine.  Another day, a whole box of chocolate covered shortbread.  At home, Ben & Jerry’s cookie butter core.  In the morning, a bacon, egg and cheese on a croissant.  Another morning, this monster of an apple fritter from a local donut shop (yes, it was better than 7-11’s, though I still like theirs):

    hand in post for size perspective

    I’ve got to get better!

  4. Apparently getting a new phone that actually works means that I use waaayyyy more data than I used to.  I just got a notice that I’m at 75% of my monthly data and it doesn’t reset until November 7th.  Oops.  While my data is technically unlimited, they reduce the speed when I hit the cap.  Hopefully, it was just getting the new phone set up and won’t be a common problem.
  5. Speaking of the new phone, are you enjoying all this pictures???  I’m still figuring out how to take pictures easily with it (I really like cameras with buttons that are substantial to hold…I’m old school, sue me), but I find myself taking pictures way more often since the phone actually takes decent ones!  Like when the sky looked cool the other day…

    Or when Reba decided to plop down on FH’s back to chew her stuffed animal…