Monday, May 31, 2010

Weekend Recap

We have had a fun time visiting our sons - we even planned ahead and brought a cooler of food (turkey lunch meat, cheese, bread, fruit, yogurt - oops, forgot that) so that eating in would be easy and convenient - and it worked! I am proud to report only one trip to Panera this weekend, which was planned-for and enjoyed very much - I had their Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken salad - so good! I need to remember to start adding strawberries to my homemade salads again now that they are abundant.

Jeff and I took a walk on Saturday - the boys live really close to the town square, so I slathered on sunscreen and off we went - it was 93 degrees but really wasn't bad - of course, I was wearing shorts and a sleeveless top (sometimes I just don't care who sees my fat arms, which are getting less fat - yay for my workouts!) so that helped. Many of the shops were having Memorial weekend sidewalk sales, and I had fun going through the clothes racks, looking for and actually finding things to try on. This was so cool - for YEARS I've been the one to stand back (and pretended not to mind that I couldn't participate) while the people I've been out shopping with have looked through the clothes for fabulous bargains - none for me, as we all know that they never have plus-sized clothes at those boutique stores. I remember one such trip - I was visiting family in Oregon, and my mom, sister-in-law and I were shopping - my sister-in-law was trying so hard to find something that would fit me - she was very sweet and being so positive, but if the store didn't have "Lane" or "Bryant" in the name, it was pretty futile. But that was then. On Saturday, I found a couple of cute tops and brought them inside the store to try on. My favorite one fit - oh happy day! The other one that was just ok was too big(!) - which was shocking. Here's a picture of my new top, which will make its debut on a Fashion Friday post in the near future:

Wild, eh?

And here's a close up of the price tag:Can you believe this top started out at $80??? I feel like I scored big time with only paying $10 - not that I EVER would have paid $80 for a knit top! I wondered about the "as is" on the tag, but all of the stores in the square write that on their sale merchandise - weird, but there was nothing wrong with it.

Oh, one other place we discovered on the square - a newly-opened frozen yogurt shop! I swear, I think I'm like a homing pigeon when it comes to finding these places, lol! This one had more of the "sweet" flavors - my favorite is still Red Mango, but when in Rome Denton, you make do.

I got up early on Sunday to go running - we took Paco and went to campus - I figured it should be pretty safe to run there (as I have already established in this post that I'm a chicken when it comes to running in strange (to me) places). Here we are, all ready to go:

As the sweat has been pouring into my eyes lately (thank you hot Texas weather), I tried wearing a Bondi Band under my hat (and had my hair in a very short ponytail) - this worked great! I also wore for the first time an armband that held my iTouch - I've been carrying it in my hand, and I'm always afraid that I will stumble over a curb or something and it will go flying. This also worked great - I just turned the iTouch upside down so the speaker was closer to my head and I heard the music just fine! (I don't like to run with earbuds for safety reasons).

The run on campus was nice as there was a lot of shade from the buildings and trees. Plus at 7:30 on a Sunday morning I had the place to myself! As I hadn't run for a week, and it was already 80 degrees, I wasn't at my best - but I enjoyed both the run and looking around at all of the cool things on campus. And since I was just running for fun, at one point when I was running down a street and came to the bottom of a hill, I turned around and went a different direction - I figured I was already working hard for this run - why kill myself? Although when I told Jeff what I did later, he was very disappointed in me...but when he runs three miles in the heat and humidity, then maybe I'll listen to him (probably not).

My eating has been much better this visit - really, it's the eating out that kills me - not that I go off the deep end with what I order (well, except for those two breakfasts last week), but I just feel better when I eat my "normal" food. Bring our regular food to Denton was a good idea...plus my wallet is a lot better off!

I'll leave you with one more picture of Paco's favorite place in the boy's apartment - Max's bedroom window!

Paco loved laying on Max's bed and looking out the window - being on the second story gave him a whole different perspective on the great outdoors!

27 comments:

  1. Looks like wonderful weekend. I love Paco the wonder dog. Way to go bringing your own food.

    It's nice that you are so close to your boys.

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  2. I love your weekend rounupmishmash posts as I feel as though I was entirely there.
    and some day I shall be.

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  3. I wish I had been in town this weekend, I would have run up to Denton to run with you! Sandy lives near the square - I adore it up there. And I also adore your new shirt. Score!

    Way to go on packing your own food. Makes things so much easier. Wish I'd thought of that this past week.

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  4. So you run with Paco? I always thought it would be cool to run with a dog. If I took Pixie, we would just be going for a stand.

    Great job on Panera! And *score* on the top! I loves a good bargain. It's almost better than the item itself :D

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  5. sounds like an amazing weekend Shelly, and I love that top that you bought. Last year for my birthday my husband got me a arm band ipod carrier kind of thing, I used it a little but I get bored of songs so easily that I find it easier to run with it in my hand.

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  6. Shelley...to lose most of my pounds, I was okay with always getting the grilled chicken, or asking the restaurant to modify the heck out of their recipe even though I ended up paying $15.95 for grilled chicken.

    At this point, I'd rather eat something normal and enjoyable too...or better yet minimize trips to restaurants.

    I think it is awesome that you went out for a run away from your home turf! That is a major runner breakthrough!

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  7. Nice blouse and WHAT A BARGAIN!! Keep up the great work and stay hydrated. It is definately hot in TEXAS already...San Antonio is predicting 100's by this weekend.

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  8. The top is beaut! A bargain and a size S: all most encouraging.

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  9. Ooh, size S. That must feel good! Funny to put "as is"-- like you're going to ask to have it painted or something.

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  10. Good for you for planning your food (that's like 75% of the battle, right?) and double good for you for that awesome shirt!

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  11. Size: S

    The "S" for Shelley the Small! Hurray!

    Love that Paco.

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  12. Sounds like you had a great weekend and great on taking your own food :)

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  13. I just found your blog through Biz! 100 lbs.! That's awesome! I lost about 100 lbs. and now have been creeping up. I still have a ways to go and Biz is awesome! I'm following and I can't wait to read more of your blog.

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  14. What a cute top..Hey it will go with those Aqua sandals you were sporting last Friday. I can't wait to see what kind of an outfit you come with.

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  15. DUDE 10 DOLLARS?! That is a SNAG! Hooray!

    I'm glad there were so many sales this weekend and that you took advantage of it!

    Hmm, I've been hearing so much about these bondi bands. Maybe I'll have to look into them!

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  16. Hey Shelley!
    What a fun post to read! Sounds like the weekend with your boys was as fun as you'd hoped it would be. Yay for you - taking food (smart!), finding neat new clothes (fun!), and running just to run (balanced!).... fantastic!! And only one trip to Panera? Good for you! I LOL every time I read about your love affair w/ Panera. We have one within one walking distance of our apt ~ across the lake from us. Come visit and we'll stop in for lunch. :)

    LOVE the pic of Paco in the window. Looks like he LOVED his visit. :)

    HUGS from Orlando!
    robin

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  17. I love that top! You and I would have fun shopping together - and I need your fashion sense, because I don't have any!

    Glad you had fun with the boys - I guess I never thought about wearing ear buds as not being safe, but it makes perfect sense!

    Happy Tuesday and here's to day 2 of our 101 days of summer challenge. I did 30 minutes of yoga this morning (which is much harder than I thought!) and plan to hit up my new gym at lunch.

    Hugs! Biz

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  18. I'm still working up the courage to run outdoors, where people can see me (Somehow, I figure the people in the gym can watch me. They're working out, too. But people in cars and houses? Too scary.) so yeah you, for running somewhere different!

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  19. I love hearing how well you did food-wise. Always encouraging. And, I LOVE THE TOP! I can't wait to see it Friday. I was sad thinking about you (and me) being the person that pretended we didn't want to shop; the comment about not have the words "Lane" or "Bryant" was a a riot.

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  20. LOVE love LOVE the new top. The price??? Holy Mother of Bargains. WAY TO GO!!! Totally cracked up about only shopping at stores with the names "Lane" or "Bryant" in the title. That is SOO still my world.

    I am a Bondi Band virgin but I love accessories that are helpful and STILL sound dirty! YAY!!! :)

    My run this morning was wonderful and I really wanted to say thank you for your kind words and support with that miserable idiot. You made me feel all hugged inside. :)

    Hugs back at cha! - Kirsten

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  21. I love frozen yogurt and there is a new place opening in our town and I'm stalking it because I must be the first one there!

    You're running is amazing...I don't know how you do it in TX because I feel like I'm dying in the Alabama heat and I've started having to go at 6:30 AM to try and beat the heat!

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  22. Was wondering how you could round up the weekend a day ago and then remembered it was a holiday weekend.
    Shirt looks nice and the yogurt sounds wonderful. But 93 degrees. You gotta be kidding me.

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  23. Love the shirt!

    What a great weekend you've had, seems like a lot of fun!

    I'm going to see if I can buy such a Bondi band here in Holland. Hear so many good things about it.

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