Of Peacocks and Pigs

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I posted. These days sure do go by fast!

Couch to 5K is going well. I start week 3 this week, and I’m actually looking forward to it. I counted up my C25K weeks against my weeks till the 5k, and I’ll be short a week on C25k. That is, I’ll be finishing week 8 when it’s race time, so I’m not sure if I should skip forward a week or just keep the same schedule and hope for the best come race day. I figure if I can make it to week 8, I’ll be okay and I can walk some of the 5k if I need to. I’m not really worried about it (yet).

Saturday was a crazy day full of exercise – I had to take my car into the shop to get a really embarrassing squeak looked at (U joints) so I had the repair guy drop me off at the gym while they looked at my car. I had my big peacock purse with me (it’s a beautiful bag and the colors and patterns remind me of a peacock), and I didn’t feel comfortable leaving it in the car while a man I barely knew drove away with my car AND my purse, so I took it with me. However, when I got to the gym I didn’t know what to do with my purse. I originally wanted to run outside because it was a gorgeous day out (although a bit windy), but I didn’t want to stash my purse in a bush or something, because, well hello it was outside and who hides their purse in a bush while they run? So I opted to run on the indoor track, but again…the purse issue. So I asked the girl at the desk if I could just leave my purse behind the desk for a half hour – nope, not allowed to do that, so I asked about renting a locker. I could get a locker but it had to have a lock, which of course I didn’t have, because who carries a lock with them (um, I do NOW, but Saturday I didn’t)? So I had to purchase a combination lock for $6 in addition to paying $2 for the privilege of walking on their track (because I’m not a member). So eight bucks later, I’m finally running sans purse and jacket and hat and sunglasses, and now I have a big ole combo lock in my purse in case I ever run into a situation where I need to lock something up in a hurry.

I did my W2D3 run and as soon as I finished that, the repair shop called and said they knew what the problem was, but it would take about an hour and a half to fix it. So here I am, stuck at a gym I don’t belong to, with all this time to kill and no transportation. I didn’t feel right calling the repair shop to come and get me, and I’m too proud to ask a stranger for a ride, so I decided to suck it up and hoof it back to the shop. I figured that by the time I got there, they would be close to being finished. Now, my town is not a pedestrian sort of town, so you don’t see a lot of people walking through town except for the occasional preteen or homeless person – you certainly don’t see sporty chic mom types with their big ole peacock purses walking along the side walk. To say I felt self conscious is an understatement, but luckily my best friend called me so I talked to her while I walked (she lives in Montana) and before I knew it, I was at the repair shop. And the funny thing is, it only took me a half hour to walk all through the main street in town – I swore it was like 4 miles, the hubs thinks it’s more like 1 mile. Anyway, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I killed the remaining time at Walgreen’s which is right next door to the repair shop. So for an hour and a half on Saturday morning, I jogged and walked. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF!! And I got some great bamboo spoons and spatulas from Walgreen’s. So all in all it was a very productive morning!

I have decided that I’m a nibbler, and this is killing my weight loss efforts. I cooked a ham and every time I walked into the kitchen for the rest of the weekend, I had to nibble on a piece of ham. So today I am bloated and feel like Porky Pig (oh, ha-ha!! Ham…and Porky Pig!! Hahahahahahaha!!!). I guess I’ll be guzzling water all day to get rid of the extra salt – I hope it works. Any other nibblers out there? How do you keep the nibbling in check??

It's getting all loony up in here.

Okay, well you guys have a good Monday!! 🙂

  One thought on “Of Peacocks and Pigs

  1. Jill
    April 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm


  2. April 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I like combining exercise with useful chores. I have gotten quite a bit of exercise in with my car repairs. Nibbling on ham would be a hard one for me. But actually, if I cook a ham, as soon as the meal is over practically, I cut the pieces of ham off and put them in 1-4 ounce ziplocks and freeze them. There’s something about ham that makes you want to nibble (hello–sweet/salt combo)

    For other nibbling problems, I must admit I consume vast amounts of Eclipse gum. Its not right, but its better than the alternative. Some days are better than others. But I must admit to almost panicking if I leave my house without my Eclipse gum.

    • April 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      I’m an Orbit girl myself! 🙂

  3. April 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I am a big time snacker. I’m just getting better about realizing that I am or am not hungry. That doesn’t always protect every Snickerdoodle in the house…
    As far as the running. I would figure the distance and divy it up between your remaining weeks. Seriously though, with the distance you’re going, I think you could keep where you’re at and you would be fine. If you were doing an Ultra or something then I would suggest amping it up. Awesome for you though!
    I prefer Dentyne Peppermint myself–it doesn’t take on that silicone texture.

    • April 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

      Oh, and lately I’ve been going old school with the Wrigley’s Winter Mint! And the occasional Juicy Fruit…brings back memories of when I was a wee lass back in the 70’s!! 🙂

  4. April 14, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Im a nibbler and to my husbands dismay am raising a nibbler.

    FOR US IT IS WORKING ONLY BECAUSE WE GRAZE ALL DAY AND END UP WITH NO BIG MEALS (oooh yes I did shout that—by accident…I hit the caps key but I think Ill leave it :))

    right now we do family breakfasts and not dinners but I think when we switch to fam.dinners we may need to nibble less…

  5. April 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Do you nibble because you are hungry? I found that when I tried to stop nibbling, I became really hungry. So maybe just stop and ask yourself if you really need the food. If that doesn’t help, I LOVE the gum trick. I put in a brand new piece right before I start cooking, then I don’t want to ruin the nice, clean flavor by eating something. 🙂

  6. Juice
    April 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Your whole paragraph about the lock was cracking me up. Oh and I did a big shout out (ok, stealing but whatever) to you in my blog today.

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