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Catching Up 3.0

I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got some catching up to do, eh?  These past two weeks . . . if I could erase them, I would, but since I can’t, I guess I’ll go forth.

Despite my world being turned upside down, life has had to continue, albeit at a different pace.  Grief has a way of slowing a person down, to the point where some days, you’re doing good to put one foot in front of the other.  Thank heavens for friends who continue to check in with me to see how I’m doing.  I received a card and Amazon gift card from my precious friend, Kris.

She and I have done numerous online Bible studies together.  She has a heart of gold. ❤

So, back to the blogging . . .

To help me gauge where I last left off as far as blogging goes, I’m digging into my Flickr account.

Ugh.  Loads and loads of pictures, because that is something I’ve managed to keep up with . . . photographing and uploading tons of pictures so I can remember every moment of every day.

I can be extra that way.

I have been doing a crap-ton of reading . . .

Poolside and in the pool as well . . .

I must have read the second book right after.  Alas, but I didn’t take a picture.

I started on the Throne of Glass series (shout-out to Megan, who’s dying for me to get to the last book so we can discuss the characters).  I will not get to Once and for All until I finish this series.

Y’all, Throne of Glass is every bit as good as Megan promised.  I flew through the first book.

While I waited for the rest of the books in the series to arrive from Amazon, I started on the third book of the Storm Siren series . . .

I loved this series!  I have discovered that I like books that delve into magic powers.  Perhaps one day, I’ll finish the Game of Thrones series.  I’m in the middle of the second book and refuse to watch the series until I either finish or ever (I’ve heard it’s a bit graphic).

Meanwhile, my new books arrived . . .

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I do believe I hear angels sing when the Man in the Brown Truck delivers Amazon packages.

In the middle of reading all of the aforementioned books, I also participated in a Proverbs 31 online Bible study . . .

This book needs to be read by every single person.  We all tell ourselves lies that, gasp, we actually believe.  Jennifer’s wise words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and her gentle leading to scripture passages, help readers learn strategies to combat the negative crap that goes into our thought closets.  I’m going to be keeping this book close at hand to refer to.

I haven’t just been reading; I’ve also been working out.  The only day I missed was the one in which Molly passed away.  I couldn’t even pick up my arms that day.

I did my workout the next day . . . and cried throughout the entire program.

I have been keeping at it, though, and I’m starting to see results.

I’m currently doing Body Beast, another Beach Body program.  It’s a weight training video series, my favorite!

I really, really like it.  It’s definitely challenging, but the payoff has been worth it.

There are even weights incorporated into the cardio and ab workouts!!!!

Yesterday, when I was brushing my teeth, I randomly looked up and saw a little bit of arm muscle action going on.  The vain part of me was a teensy bit happy.

Please ignore the pink thing around my waist. It’s my Flip Belt, which I wear when I’m walking. It holds my phone and kleenex. I love it, but it’s not very fashionable.

Pele and Gambit have been sticking close to me since Molly passed away.  They don’t stray far even during my workouts.

I’m trying to walk at least three days a week.  I spread my walks out around leg day because my ankle still cannot handle too much at one time.

My pace isn’t great, but whatever.  My only competition is my brain and my bum ankle, both of which come out battered some days . . .

This was my ankle after a day of only doing a shoulder workout . . . no walk that day.

I keep trying to put into practice the lessons I learned during my Bible study . . . I am not defined by my circumstances.

The last person to finish a race is still a finisher, same as the person who came in first.

The fact that I’m getting out in the heat and humidity means I’m trying . . .

I read the following quote in my Bible study book:

I’m going to print this, laminate it, and display it prominently in my classroom as a reminder to my students and to myself.

One small snafu in my workout plans happened when the new ear buds the Mr. gave me for Christmas stopped working the DAY we left for his surgery.  I was not very happy; monkey wrenches and I do not get along.

I called the company because they were still under warranty, and the representative I talked to was extremely helpful as he explained the return policy.  After emailing him a copy of my receipt, he confirmed that my pair was still covered.  He then sent me a pre-paid mailing label to print out with detailed instructions on how to package them up.  I had them in the mail the day we got home from the hubby’s non-surgery.  I got a new pair in the mail on Monday . . .

I absolutely love these ear buds.  Even though I’d purchased an Apple watch a few weeks ago, it doesn’t do a good job tracking my heart rate when I lift weights.  I had done some research about this and discovered that the reason is that your blood vessels constrict when you work out, so it’s hard to keep a consistent and accurate heart rate on the watch.  The ear buds check your pulse through your ears.

Now, I will say that the power cut out on me three times yesterday when I was walking / working out, which was not good at all.  I’m going to track the issues and, if necessary, return them again.  Ugh.

One thing I learned while I didn’t have my ear buds was that I could still use the Record app, which is done by Under Armour.  My Apple watch connects to it via Bluetooth, so I can start workouts from either my phone or my watch (the app also installs on the watch) and track things there.  MyFitnessPal (my food app) receives the workout information from the Record app.  This has led me to believe that you can use the Record app with any Bluetooth enabled tracker.  Interesting, eh?  Oh, and I used my regular iPhone ear buds while I waited for the Under Armour ones to arrive, and I still got updates about my progress (calories and distance) from the Record app.  So cool!

One other thing I’ve been doing over here in the land of Auburnchick has been eating out with the Mr.

One day, he texted and asked about dinner.  Here’s what I sent him . . .

He wanted to know if I wanted to meet one of the guys he works with.  He even mentioned Mexican food, my favorite.

Thirty minutes later, the transformation was complete . . .

Forget the Today Show makeover.  All I needed was a straightener and my own makeup.

Last week, we visited an one of our favorite restaurants, Bonefish Grill.  We had not been there since I was in my boot . . . way back in January.  I wore a new shirt, which the Mr. had ordered for me.  Bonefish Grill has the kind of ambience you’d wear it to . . .

The back just makes this shirt . . .

What a lovely dinner too . . .

Don’t be hatin’

Edamame and the House Salad for me.  I can’t exactly remember what the Mr. got, but he was very happy.

There’s still more I could update you on, but this post is way too long already.  I’ll have to save the rest for another post (or two or three).

Shopping Can Feel Like Torture

Ugh.

I am soooooo not a shopper, as evidenced by my trip to the store today.

My mission was to purchase a new pair of running (insert cough) shoes.  We should probably rename them power walking shoes as that is what I’ll most likely be doing.

My old pair…

Brooks Running Shoes

Brooks Running Shoes

…is at least eight years old.  I purchased these shoes during Rooster’s first year on a travel soccer team.  I think he was seven years old.  One of the parents of his teammate’s owned a shoe store, and I was invited in for a good fitting.

Back then, I worked out four to five days a week, and it was my practice to walk/run on the path that encircled the soccer facility.  I needed a good pair of shoes.

It was my first (and only) professional shoe fitting, during which I learned that my feet are quite odd.  My right foot measures at 7.5″, while the left is 8″.  This requires me to buy size 8.5 shoes to accommodate the left foot.  In addition, my feet are a little wider (hence, Nike shoes, which are narrow, won’t fit properly), and my heels are narrow.  I also need good arch support.

Lovely.

I walked out of there after spending $80+ dollars…a figure I sucked in my breath at.  We were poor (things haven’t changed much), and it was an unexpected expense.  However, the shoes held up well, so I got my money’s worth.

This morning, after getting the green light from the Mr., I headed out to Sports Authority armed with a $10 coupon I found here.

Oh boy.  It wasn’t long before I wondered what I had set myself up for.

The young salesman was exceptionally patient as I explained my foot oddities.  I told him that I had previously owned a pair of Brooks, and he quickly pointed to the only pair the store sells:

They were lovely but, unfortunately, were not available in the size I needed.  I did, however, try on the 8’s and loved them.

Next, I tried on a brand I’ve never worn before:  Under Armour.  I wasn’t satisfied with trying on one pair.  I tried on three different colors (pink is not pictured below):

This is where things started getting hairy.

I liked the way the black pair fit, but I didn’t like the color.  So, I tried on the blue…exact same style.  But for some reason, they did not feel good on my feet.  The pink were a slightly different style and did not fit well on my feet at all.  I quickly discarded them.

This left me with three viable pairs to choose from.

Ugh.

Back and forth I walked, changing pairs.  I tried walking with one of each style on each of my feet.

Ugh.

The thing that really bothers me about buying running shoes is that you never know how they are going to feel until you get outside and run.  And by that time, you’re stuck with the pair.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to let the store drop ship a pair of the Brooks in the size I needed.  I already know I like that brand, and that it feels good on my feet.

Only AuburnChick can make things so complicated, right?

Ultimately, I came home with this pair:

I sacrificed the way they look on…not so feminine…and went for the way they feel.

Next time I go shopping, it’s gonna be for yarn!!  It’s a different kind of torture, but much more pleasureable.

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