I have my first 5k of the year coming this weekend. I can’t believe it’s so late. I’ve felt bummed about missing all of the races I’m seeing every weekend and it’s finally my turn. Bonus, it’s in Florida!
Since this is going on your face, it would be best to use organic rose hips, free of pesticides. Mine were not since it was an impulse purchase.
Homemade Toner from Rose Hips
Or: How to Lose 10 lbs in 30 Seconds!
I recently learned a neat lesson in how clothes fitting can drastically improve your appearance and I have photo evidence to show you.
I was shopping in Athleta and saw this dress for only $25. It was a little bit different for me but I grabbed a medium and tried it on anyway. Every woman thinks they’re kind of a medium right? Here it is:
Even though the form fitting skirt was different for me, I thought the bottom half looked fantastic. Plus, it’s really comfy and feels like pajamas! However, the top half seemed off. A belt could have helped but since the skirt part was ruched, it wouldn’t make sense. I hemmed and hawed over it for a long time, which is why I took a picture. Whenever I have doubts about something, I take a snapshot to try and get a more objective look. Please tell me I’m not the only person who does that.
The saleswoman probably wondered why I was in there for so long with one item, so when she asked me how I was doing, I came out to show her. She grabbed another dress, threw it at me and said “Here! Try a different size!” She gave me a smaller size, and I couldn’t believe when I was even able to get it over my shoulders:
Huh. The skirt had a little less wiggle room but really not much of a difference. However, the top looked way better! Here they are side by side:
Size Medium vs Xtra Small (it runs big). I couldn’t believe that a different size could make that much of a difference, and I don’t normally grab size S as my first choice. This could even pass as one of those bullshit “I lost 10 lbs in 1 week” transformation scams.
As someone who used to be fat, I never think that sizing down can help me in any way but now that I’m getting used to my new size, I guess I can do that. So don’t be afraid to size up or even size down if you’re unsure how an outfit works. By the way if you’re interested, the dress is still available here at Athleta – the Tulip Long Sleeve Dress. As you can see, it’s one of those items that looks better on the body than it does on the hanger.
This year, I started counting “macros” in addition to just counting calories. Starting in January, my carb goal was 140g carbs per day. This was set by my trainer, and is also similar to what is prescribed in The New Rules of Weightlifting for Women. While 140g of carbs was satisfying to eat, I don’t think it works best for my PCOS hormones, which are known to do better on even lower carb diets.
Last week I began lowering my carb count even more, to about 75 g (total carbs; usually 50 g net carbs). Cutting out fruit was hard – I had been eating at least one piece of fruit per day. Other than that, it’s not really that difficult because I was already moderate with carbs. Nevertheless I was giddy when Native Spring gave me this complimentary vegetable spiralizer to try. It’s basically a giant pencil sharpener that makes vegetable noodles in seconds.
I tried to start back up with running about 2 weeks ago, and it’s been hard. Yesterday I did a run/walk of 3 miles and it felt like I would never be able to race a 5k ever again. And now I’m committed to 26+ miles! It’s crazy how 2 years of running plus a 3 month break can set me back to zero.
Oh well, no turning back. See you in October!
PS Could I be living in DC by then? It’s a possibility.