still life with diet food.

3 05 2010

at some point this winter, i signed up to run a 5k. at the time, it seemed like june was terribly far away and that the exercise and diet required to be able to take on such a task were no real threat to my sedentary and butter-hoovering ways. well, it’s may 3rd today, and that gives me exactly 1 month to peel my ass off the couch and get moving.  this realization crashed down on me this weekend when i received an email from the maine cancer foundation, letting me know that the race was on the 3rd, NOT the 25th as i had somehow randomly deluded myself into believing. and for emphasis, i had to break down and buy a pair of size 12 jeans (see below re: old navy binge), after my well broken in (and stretched out apparently) size 10s suffered a catastrophic crotch blowout. yep, i’m getting chunky and out of shape. yep, if i’m gonna haul this carcass 3.1 miles in 1 month, i should probably get it together.

for a little back story, i used to run all the time. 3-4 miles a few times a week in between yoga and pilates and other such fitness nonsense. i was in good shape,  really good shape. and i was a size 6. ouch. ok, those size six days may be gone forever (time to inject at least a little reality into the situation), but the point is that i know how to be fit. i know how to exercise. i know how to run. i just have to remember how to get off my ass and do it.

fortuitously, the boyfriend also seems to finally be ready to get back into the groove (we fell for each other when we started running together a few years ago), and specifically requested that we try to eat some lower calorie food this week. we even went for a little jog around mackworth island on sunday morning.  it was a rough 1.25 miles, but we didn’t have to stop, and both made it back to the car alive.  i think that’s a good sign that we both still have a little running potential hidden underneath the fat. now we just need to keep it up.

after our jog, we hit the shaw’s for some healthy food buying. goodbye pot pie… cheesy polenta casserole… biscuits and gravy… hello fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. i’m feeling inspired by the coupon goddess and her summer slim down detox. and without any real coupon pre-planning, i still ended up picking up a few sweet (marginally healthy deals) this weekend.

healthy harvest pasta is on sale for $1.49, and with the $.75/1 coupon from the 4/11 smartsource doubled, i got 2 boxes for free.

land o’ lakes cage free eggs were $2.99 this week, and i had a $.50/1 from somewhere that made them a mere $2. almost as cheap as regular eggs!

lindsay olives recloseable tubs  are currently $1.69, and with a $1/1 that i got in a recent newspaper insert, i snagged mine for $.69.

think thin bars are on sale for $1.99 (if you can call a $2 granola bar a sale…), but if you were able to snag those $.50/1 printables from a while back (now no longer available), you could have gotten them for $.99 each after doubling, which is almost reasonable! i got 3, and i’m really hoping that they’re not gross. (any thoughts?)

**UPDATE** the lovely lynn @ the portland penny pincher has alerted us to the fact that the $.50/1 think thin coupon is still active on their site!! also, it’s a PDF, so NO PRINT LIMIT!! eat up.

i also grabbed a couple of things at the super walmart…

if you haven’t signed up for kraft first taste yet, you totally need to. there’s a great $1/1 coupon off philadelphia cream cheese minis right now (philly has finally gotten into the 100 calorie game), and priced at $1.99, they’re definitely worth beta testing for $.99. did i mention that i’ll try pretty much anything once if it’s under $1?

lastly, if you were able to print all those great dvd coupons that were hanging out on coupons.com last month (no longer available), i scored a copy of  in her shoes for $3. ok, kind of a sucky movie, but i looooooooves the crappy chick flicks. and for $3 (regularly $5 with a $2/1 coupon), i can afford to give it to goodwill in a few months when i decide that i’m embarrassed about buying it.

on a related (and less shameful) note, if anyone knows where i can get cheapy copies of some like it hot and the graduate for low low prices, i still have $2/1 coupons for those burning a hole in my coupon folder.





weekend pickthrough- blackout edition

27 02 2010

so the last 24 hours have been a complete clusterfuck. thanks to an evening of 60+ MPH winds, i was completely without power from midnight last night, to about 4 pm today (yes, that picture was taken from my porch this morning as two city workers removed a large tree branch from the cable lines leading into my condo). on the upside, i didn’t have to go to work. on the downside, i spent the majority of the day inside my impenetrable blanket cocoon curled up on the couch trying to stay warm. on the double downside, my phone wasn’t charged- and there wasn’t an operational wireless connection within a one mile radius. eventually i did wander down to starbucks to thaw out and plug in my phone, but it was a sad sad day. it’s official, i am technologically dependent.

anyway, i’m sorry for the delay. i’ve been kind of crap at posting this week, and hope to have the slack picked up in the near future.

i haven’t run more than a mile in over a year. also, i got fat. despite this, in a moment of demon possession, i signed myself up for the maine cancer foundation twilight 5k. oops.

johnny weir is officially too gay for figure skating.

part of me wants to tell american apparel to fuck off, part of me wants to order like 10 of these right now.

is that 3 week old spaghetti sauce still safe to eat? still tasty has the answers. (via saving your green– another sexy maine bloggess on the scene)

why free gift cards are rarely ever free, portland penny pincher style.

vintage denture mayhem from the strange maine blog!

it’s ok christopher, i blew out of the spelling bee too.

at least my sandwich party is guaranteed to be less lame than this house party. (i’m imagining some very inappropriate party games here)

yes i am a mother fucking pterodactyl. (congrats on your book deal oatmeal!)