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    8 hours ago

    Monday notes

    • I’m sick again. Or still. Or just run down from eating poorly/drinking/not sleeping enough over my birthday weekend.
    • Or I’m also not ruling out the possibility that I’m getting respiratory issues from having my fan blowing on me all night while I’m sleeping, potentially blowing in dust from the construction next door. Anyone have an air filter they like?
    • Pumpkin spice M&Ms are weirdly greasy and not that great. Pumpkin spice hershey kisses are weird. Russell Stover pumpkin pie flavored candy-pumpkins are gross and, according to one of my minions, taste like a bubble bath.
    • The place I had my birthday party on Saturday has tater tots shaped like tetris pieces. Tetris tots. I didn’t even know tator tots could be improved upon!
    • I missed my run this weekend, and will likely miss today’s. I need to sleep a lot and my throat feels like it would not like to run. Maybe sleeping with a humidifier will help.
    • I have such mixed feelings about Meghan Trainor. I enjoy catchy retro-pop, and still fully intend to sing All About That Bass at karaoke, but every interview she does makes her sound like a huge dummy. Can Lena Dunham just befriend her now so she can have her feminist awakening ahead of schedule?

  2. notes

    11 hours ago

    We need to retire “You lost weight!” as an unsolicited compliment

    runslikeapenguin:

    I went on a brief rant about this on twitter, but it bears repeating —

    I am SO ANGRY that I receive(d) lots of “oh, you lost weight! you look good!!” compliments from women when I am underweight and sick/recovering.

    (Cut for potential ED triggers and length. Apologies to those on mobile!)

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    I have found that I now hear a lot of people preface weight-related comments with “I know some people don’t want to hear this” or “Some people get really weird about this, but…” and then go on to comment on someone’s weight loss. It almost seems worse to acknowledge that there are several reasons NOT to make a comment, only to go on to comment anyway.

    When people make those comments to me lately I feel like my objections are twofold: one, it’s just factually incorrect. I am getting neither smaller nor lighter. Two, I have yet to figure out a way to communicate that I appreciate that they are intending to compliment but there is a lot of potential danger in making comments about peoples’ bodies, without coming across as Constant Killjoy.

    Then I also don’t know what to say to people who are actively trying to lose weight who either revel in comments about it, or get disappointed when people don’t comment. I feel like I can’t tell someone else what they should or shouldn’t take as a compliment, but I also feel like a world where people are giving unsolicited value-based judgements on the size of peoples’ bodies is not the best world.

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    5 days ago

    Just call me George.

Today is my gym’s 40th anniversary, so all the employees were forced to wear party hats. As a result, they all look like sullen tweens who’ve been made to attend their kid sibling’s birthday party. It is stupendous.

    Just call me George.

    Today is my gym’s 40th anniversary, so all the employees were forced to wear party hats. As a result, they all look like sullen tweens who’ve been made to attend their kid sibling’s birthday party. It is stupendous.

    gym

    pictures

  4. notes

    5 days ago

    I got excited to open the presents I ordered myself from amazon. Then I remembered that they were dryer balls and physical therapy accessories for my hip.*

Oh right, I’m getting old.

*part 2 of this amazon order is hangers :-/

    I got excited to open the presents I ordered myself from amazon. Then I remembered that they were dryer balls and physical therapy accessories for my hip.*

    Oh right, I’m getting old.

    *part 2 of this amazon order is hangers :-/

  5. notes

    5 days ago

    My run last night was not so great. I made a mid-run decision to switch it (planned 4 miles) with Thursday’s run (3 miles) so I could stop running.

    The thing that calms me down when I remember is that the race I’m running is just a 5k. I’m only working on speed, not distance (though my long/easy run does get up to 7 miles.) I will be able to run my race pretty much no matter how badly training goes (short of being like…hit by a car.)

    There’s an element of stress every time I train for a half, like around week 4/5 I’m like “I’ve paid for this, I’ve put in a month already, there is still a totally huge chance that I could be unable to run this race.”

    Anyway, that’s today’s version of me talking myself down.

    running

    training

  6. notes

    6 days ago

    Fall jacket shopping.

    I think I need a new fall jacket. I left the house in a tank top yesterday and realized that it’s not that season anymore. But I’m finding a distinct lack of cute fall jackets, even when I googled “cute fall jacket.”

    I already own this one, which is, of course, cute as fuck. But unfortunately I bought it when I was at my smallest and two falls ago it was a bit snug, and last fall it didn’t fit at all. Maybe by spring I can fit into it again but that doesn’t keep me cozy NOW.

    While I’m pretty sure what I need to do is go to Burlington Coat Factory and find a hip-length trenchcoaty-thing in a bright color, I’ve looked online in a bunch of places and haven’t found anything in a style I like! Aside from Nordstrom/Kohls, and Burlington/Marshalls, what potential coat-stores am I missing? (Keeping in mind that I am a cheapskate and am looking in the $40-$60 range, while also trying not to shop at H&M.)

  7. notes

    1 week ago

    This week’s training

    Monday

    • According to plan: 2 miles easy
    • Actual: Nothing (called in sick to work, slept all day)

    Tuesday

    • According to plan: 4 miles easy
    • Actual: 2.5 miles easy, then a soccer game

    Thursday

    • According to plan: 3 miles easy
    • Actual: Got guilted into going to a goodbye party for an awful woman who left our company this week. Then I made summer rolls instead of going to the gym after.

    Friday

    • Thursday’s 3 miles, plus stair climber (my hip twin told me that it’s supposed to be good for weak gluteus), and arm exercises.

    Saturday

    • According to plan: 4 miles slow
    • Actual: Sewing and looking up wedding venues for my best friend

    Sunday

    • Saturday’s 4 miles

    Today’s run could be described as…humbling. Maybe I shouldn’t have waited until 2pm to do it, but it was supposed to be 60something degrees all day! (I do not think it actually was, at least not in the sun. It’s really nice out.) Hills kicked the shit out of me. I need to get back on the road and stop treadmill running now that the weather is cooling. Anyway, I stopped to walk a few times which hopefully will not be the case for much longer.

    This week I will try to stick to plan a bit better.

    running

    training

    5k training

    workout

  8. notes

    1 week ago

    I’m Carrie and I’m addicted to summer rolls.

    Peanut sauce this time, though.

    food pics

  9. notes

    1 week ago

    The problem with being at all sick (even though whatever I was fighting barely even counts as being sick) is that it’s a double-whammy of sloth and gluttony. I end up feeling bad for myself and being like “It’s okay, you don’t feel well, ice cream can be two of your meals. Who needs vegetables? Potatoes can be your third meal.”

    Also I don’t go to the gym when I don’t feel well, because I don’t want to get anyone sick and also I worry about getting myself more sick.

    Between the bad food and the lack of movement, I just end up feeling like a useless blob. The good thing is that I weighed myself yesterday for the first time in a month or two (since before vacation and Slovenly September) and I’m really just in the same place I was when I contemplating doing that 5n5 thing everyone was doing.

    Then of course I measured myself as I contemplated using one of my retro dress patterns to make myself a new dress for my birthday. It turns out retro patterns are in retro 50s sizes, so none of them will fit me. As a size 12 I should have a 26 1/2” waist, apparently. (After further research, maybe this is still the case and I’ve been shopping Old Navy vanity sizes too long? Who fucking knows.)

    Anyway, I’m going back to my original plan of making a free-form high waisted gathered skirt so I don’t have numbers making me feel shitty and I just have a new skirt that looks damn adorable.

    body image

    clothing sizes

    illness and self pity

  10. notes

    1 week ago

    They’re migrating servers at work, so we lost access to Internet/email/phones at noon. They let us go home so IT wouldn’t have to work around us and also we wouldn’t really be able to do anything.

    They’re migrating servers at work, so we lost access to Internet/email/phones at noon. They let us go home so IT wouldn’t have to work around us and also we wouldn’t really be able to do anything.