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May 31st, 2012

Message from the Gimp

My title refers to the fact that my shin is still royally effed up. The KT Tape is helping, but there is one area near the bottom of my right shin, on the inner part of my shin, that keeps flaring up like crazy. I was going to go to a walk-in orthopedic specialist after work today, but my co-worker told me he had the same issue a few months ago and getting new shoes solved it immediately. Soooo that's what I did. Considering my current shoes are over a year old...it was probably about time. You're supposed to replace them every 300-400 miles so, um, oops. I'll have to keep track on Daily Mile once I start running in the new ones.

Anyway, here they are:



Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 - in PINK! They will match my KT tape and my iPhone armband. Hooray. They should be here Tuesday, just in time for me to test them out a couple times before my Galloway Miracle Mile. I'm sad because I don't think I'll get in Kitzzy's training group. :[ Their MMs are between 8:30 and 9:30, and I think that fastest I've ever run a mile in was somewhere on the upper half of that. And my shin may make it even more difficult. Sadness. But I'm going to try. And I can always improve my time and join later, so that's good.

I'm only going to run a maximum of two miles at a time until the Galloway program starts - really can't risk the injury. Bleh. My endurance has been pretty good too. I did a 5K distance yesterday and, shin pain aside, it went really well!

In other exciting news, I lost .6 lbs. this week. Not quite on par with my 1.5-lbs.-a-week-for-the-next-six-weeks goal, but for being in a different state the majority of the week, I'll take it. Yurani and I hiked for four hours on Sunday, and ran a couple times, but damn, the air in Denver was THIN. I was so stoked to run because the weather was cool and dry and sunny and gorgeous, but as soon as I started I felt like I was struggling five times as hard to regulate my breathing. It was a pretty big downer, but I think I pushed myself a reasonable amount. I covered two miles Thursday, one Saturday, and then the 9.4-mile (round-trip) hike Sunday. I actually don't have any photos from the hike - I think she has a couple on her camera - so here's a photo of us in front of a wilderness sign with her baby, Benson.



Fun times. I miss her already. But yeah, we ate pretty well. I ended my week using all of my WAPPs and APPs, but not one over. That's a victory to me! She is doing WW too, so we helped each other. We treated ourselves to a few things - most notably, graham-cracker and strawberry-cheesecake ice cream from LIK'S, which I will visit again in my lifetime, so help me). It was ridiculously good. And I had a huge delicious sandwich from this place called Snarf's the night before I flew home. Yummm. But for the most part, it was a lot of this:



I special ordered everywhere we went. Had salads, sushi (and not fried, cream-cheese-filled kinds either), lots of eggs and yogurt, tons of fruit, etc. Very happy with what I was able to accomplish, and I'm glad I am down in weight after two weekends straight of being out of town.

Tonight I made that spaghetti-squash dish again that I told you guys about before, but I remembered to take a photo this time:



It's nothing super fancy or exciting, but it is half a spaghetti squash, 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and four slices of turkey bacon. Yum! Filled me up, and for only 4 PP.

Since it's the end of the month, I'll go ahead and post my calendar:



Not as good as ~February 2011~, but about the same as ~January 2011~, so I'll take it. In the past couple of weeks, I've only gotten TWO red stickers. That's awesome to look at this way. Next month will be better. I'd love to aim for five red stickers or less. That'd be amazing.

Josh and I are going on a date to White Wolf Cafe Saturday night. We got a great deal: one appetizer to split, one entree each, one glass of beer or wine each, and one dessert to share for $39 from Travelzoo.com. Originally $81 - yay!

Here's the menu. My plan is to get the ahi tuna appetizer to share and skip the sauce (Josh already agreed to get this, so yay - I know he's going to be tempted by those crab cakes, as am I). For my entree, either the catch of the day or the grouper blackened, with double vegetables for a side, and I'm going to ask them not to cook any of it in butter or oil. And I'll have a glass of white wine of some kind. I'll probably let Josh pick the dessert. I kind of hope he picks the Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Pie but at the same time, I don't. Lol. That's six delicious words in one dish, and that spells trouble. We may go downtown afterward as well, so I'm allowing myself the flexibility of using the APPs I plan to earn during the week (10), plus 19 more if I need to, so I can have 30 WAPP left by the end of the week. I really, REALLY want to hold onto those 30, but I also want to enjoy myself Saturday evening. So that's the plan.

Monday, I'm going to do yoga at my co-worker Liz's house and she's making a healthy dinner. I'll have to remember to coordinate with her beforehand to make sure I know what's she making, at least. I told her I'm sorry if I'm crazy and bring my food scale, lol. She understands.

Time for bed. I can't hang past 10 anymore these days. I blame Josh. Night all!

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