I accomplished my last minute goal of hitting 800 miles by December 31, 2011. Not only that but the runs I had Friday and Saturday were the fastest paces I had all year. This bodes well for 2012 running.
I have had an extended weekend to ring in the New Year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Today is my last day off but I'm using it to get back into the swing of things - pushing restart on my workout program and Paleo eating style. The extra time off was productive as I managed to get the Christmas decorations down and get the house back in a bit of order. In doing so I decided that it is time for a major closet purge and dump run come Spring. Not just clothes closets either, as it seems every single closet in my house has become an unorganized mess where things are shoved to die.
We experienced a couple of firsts on the 1st, which I thought was appropriate. For the first time ever, Mr. Helen volunteered to take a walk with me. While Sunday is my rest day, I also like to move in some way on New Year's so I decided a good walk was the answer to not running. When I said I was going to go for a walk, he said he wanted to come! So we headed out and walked a 5K. He fussed about the fast pace - "I thought we were just walking not speed walking" but when we got back I cracked up because we had actually walked a full minute per mile slower than I normally would have. It was still a great walk and we talked about our plans for 2012 - way more important than pace, right?
After our walk we got cleaned up and did something we have never done in all our years together - we went to New Year's Day Brunch! I won the football picks on Christmas weekend but because of all the activity surrounding that holiday we never had an opportunity to go anywhere. I saw that one of our favorite restaurants, Dev's on Bank, was having a New Year's Day Brunch with a Bloody Mary Bar. They were charging $20.12 a person (get it?) which is a bit more than we would normally spend for our football meal but when I mentioned to Mr. Helen that I'd really like to go he said he thought it was a great idea.
All in all an awesome way start 2012.
Along the lines of "out with the old, in with the new," look at the deal I found at Macy's last week! I was actually walking through Macy's to get to another store in the mall and saw a rack that said 75% off which got me to browsing a bit.
Normally after Christmas I'm D-O-N-E with shopping for a while but besides not being able to resist a good sale, Mr. Helen and people at work keep telling me my pants are baggy.
Remember how none of my slacks from last Fall fit and and I had to go out and buy larger ones? Well, I've already packed those larger ones away and am back in last year's slacks. I have noticed that by the end of the day they are a bit loose but I also still have a bit of thickness in the waist that requires the size I'm in.
While I was looking around I saw a pair of really cute black knit slacks with sparkly details on the pockets and rivets. I picked them up and they were a size smaller than what I'm wearing. They were also "skinny" fit , i.e. fitted through the hips and thighs rather than relaxed. Not normally something I would buy. But I loved the sparkle and when I went to the price checker, they were marked down from $59 to $14.75! Then I found a pink shirt with some sparkle at the neckline that looked like it was made to go with the slacks, regular price $17.98 marked down to $4.49! Also in a smaller size than what I've been wearing. I decided right then and there to buy them (didn't try anything on) with the worse case scenario that I give them away if they never fit.
When I got to the register, the lady asked me if I had any coupons and when I said no she took one out of the drawer and scanned it so I ended up getting the ENTIRE outfit, including sales tax, for LESS than the original price of the shirt - WOOT!
To make my exhilaration even greater, when I got home, I tried everything on.... and the shirt already fits me perfectly right now and the slacks actually fit me everywhere except for being a bit snug at the waist. So I say in 5-10 more pounds these babies are mine! Shelley is always telling me I should reward myself for my hard work, so I am considering this a reward for sticking to my plan. Would you like a photo of me in the outfit once it fits?