Wet + Tangled

July 9, 2008

The husband and I ran about 5.2 miles this morning and boy was it humid out there!! My hair was soaked and my ponytail was so tangled that I still had knots after a shower with shampoo and conditioner! I had to work on them for a while – I’ve never had anything like it. Guess I should try a bun or something next time. But it was a great run. Those of you who are just starting out with running, remember the first mile – and sometimes the first two miles – are always the hardest. I didn’t hit my stride until about mile 4 today. Too bad I was almost done by then!

For breakfast I had fake muesli. I say fake because my oats were cooked and granola oats baked. But it was perfect on a hot morning.

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Combo:

  • 1/3 cup serving prepared banana oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Fage
  • Splash milk
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/2 a small banana
  • 1/4 cup homemade Coconut Almond Granola

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As I mentioned last night, today we’re making 5 of our own recipes in Food Comp. I’ve got a turkey wrap to eat around lunchtime and am hoping not to eat too much in my effort to snack + nibble less these days. I’ll be back with a full report mid-afternoon.

ALMOST THROUGH WITH SUMMER SCHOOL!

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1 MizFit July 9, 2008 at 7:53 am

I needed to hear this as Im JUST STARTING with the running and, well, havent hit the stride or runners high or WHATEVS yet at all.

I wish I could get my hubby to do it with me—-at least then Id enjoy the convo :)

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2 Kath July 9, 2008 at 7:54 am

MizFit,
WHATEVS yet at all. < — hahahahha! The more warmed up you are, the easier it gets! Keep pounding :)

K

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3 Claire July 9, 2008 at 7:56 am

Kath, thats a really great tip on the running! A lot of people think they hit the wall before they really have, its just a little barrier (ok, sometimes big) that needs to get broken. P.s. Recently, I have cut out dairy (lactose intolerant anyway) but I really miss total fage yogurt. I may need to start eating it again…looks yummy lady! Oh, and I am in summer classes too…boo

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4 Amanda July 9, 2008 at 8:04 am

Hi everyone. I am tea newbie and getting sick of black tea and am looking for some flavor suggestions. I was thinking of buying some of the celestial seasons herbal tea (some of those holiday ones look good, although I realize probably not sold in the summer), but my mom who loves tea said she hates herbal tea and it taste very different than regular tea. I was wondering what all your thoughts were.

Also, there is always so much tea left in the bags. I hate throwing them- do you all save tea bags when you are at home and reuse them? I tried but it got so dusty.

And for both coffee and tea drinkers how do you all prevent your teeth from getting stained. I’d rather not whiten them. Sorry for such a long post and a million questions- new to this whole caffeine thing!

(I posted this on Kath’s and Jenna’s wall, sorry for those of you who read both).

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5 Ash July 9, 2008 at 8:06 am

Just to chime in on the marriage comments from yesterday. I got married when I was 19 and my husband was 20. Young, I know. We have been married a little over a year now. I went to school w/ him all my life and we have been sweet on each other since we were 10. We starting “dating officially” when I was 13 and have been together ever since. I know we are young, but trust me when you know it is right, it is right. We are also both very mature and responsible for our age so I really think it depends on the individual person.

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6 green tea addict July 9, 2008 at 8:14 am

Re:tea question.
I recommend trying LOOSELEAF green tea-it’s 100% tastier than bagged green tea(which i do not like!)
My fave is Twinings gunpowder green looseleaf-I have little infuser I drop a teaspoon in,add hot water,then remove infuser after 2 min(leave too long and it will get bitter!)
Green tea is actually good for your teeth and doesn’t seem to stain my teeth(black tea did!)
The best part is I have been off coffee for 6 months(miss it though!!intoxicated by the smell!)
And if you skip a day you don’t get a headache becaue less caffeine.
I NEVER thought I would like green tea-just remember loose leaf all the way!
I drink peppermint,chamomile,lemon ginger tea etc at night when i don’t want caffeine…
Good luck!

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7 Stacy July 9, 2008 at 8:15 am

I see a lot that you say “prepared banana oatmeal”. We have never prepared oatmeal except on the day we eat it. Please let me know how you store it, etc. Thanks

Ash – I never saw the convo from yesterday but I married my husband when I was 17 and he was 21. 3 kids and 15 years later, he is still my husband and my best friend. It definitely depends on the couple and their relationship (along with a lot of determination and love)

Stacy

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8 caitlibo July 9, 2008 at 8:17 am

for all the new runners out there, remember that it is ALL MENTAL! the hard part with running is to KEEP MOVING. it’s too easy to stop! :) they always say that for shorter races (like a 9 mile race or under) that if you can run half the distance normally, you can run the whole thing on race day. running is hard, its boring, and most people hit a mental wall before they hit a physical one. when you are running and feel like you want to stop, ask yourself if its mental or physical. odds are, you’ll realize it’s mental and you’ll be able to push through! try to “run errands” in your head while running… i think about all the things i need to do that day or plan my lunch, etc, and it makes it go faster.

good luck!

im going to comment on the marriage thread again too LOL i was thinking last night that if i married every dude i dated for 1 year, i would’ve been married like 4 times over and i would’ve made some terrible choices. eww i just gave myself the shudders. i also dated a guy for 3 years from 17-20 and really thought we were going to get married before i realized he was the world’s worst match for me. just a thought!

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9 green tea addict July 9, 2008 at 8:18 am

PS I need advice from all of you out there.How do you deal with not procrastinating on getting rid of junk?I have boxes of photos that need to be put in books,and boxes of mementos,old letters..etc I find it hard to know what to throw away.Should i keep old love letters,letters from family,etc Help-I am a pack rat and need advice!!
Thanks for any tips!!!

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10 Stacy (IN) July 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

I also jump in on the marriage conversation. I got married when I was 21 (turned 22 the next month) and my husband was a few days away from 23. We’ve been married 7 years and we had been together 1 1/2 before we got engaged and were engaged a little over a year.

I was still in college when we got married and that first year was definitely hard because of learning to be married and also finishing classes. We were young, but we’ve grown up together and had plenty of time to do “young people” things :) It’s really just about whether you feel ready to get married.

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11 Every Gym's Nightmare July 9, 2008 at 8:38 am

Its so weird when you hit that spot where 2 seconds before, you were dying you were so tired, and then all of a sudden you htink, “hey, this isnt so bad.” most of the time i dont have the patience to wait until there, but when it happens i feel like i can go forever.

http://www.groundedfitness.com

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12 Melissa July 9, 2008 at 8:38 am

haha great running tip, it’s so true…especially in the morning. the first 10-15 minutes always kind of suck.

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13 D July 9, 2008 at 8:44 am

It is very odd that so many of the commenters on this site got married so young. The average age for marriage in the US is 26 for women and 27 for men.

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14 Alex B July 9, 2008 at 8:48 am

I completely agree about the running thing.

It’s funny that you said that, too, because just the other day I was thinking to myself that I know I’m meant to run much longer distances because the first four miles always just feel like a warmup. Don’t get me wrong, the last 4.2 miles of a marathon are completely craptastic, but for me everything between the first four and the last is pretty amazing.

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15 Rose July 9, 2008 at 9:00 am

As others have noted, thanks for your post on running. It’s really inspirational to read about you getting up in the morning and running 5 miles or more. About two years ago, I loved running in the morning and often ran 45 minutes or more three days a week. Now my routine has switched to working out in the evenings, but I am missing my morning runs. I know the first couple times are going to be hard – and I think that’s why I keep hittting the snooze. Any tips on forcing yourself out of bed? I’ve tried wearing my clothes to bed and all of that but sleep always sounds better. Maybe I just need to get to bed sooner?

Anyway, I’m rambling… thanks again for the inspiration today!

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16 Jenn July 9, 2008 at 9:05 am

Kath – this morning I FINALLY put a little salt in my oatmeal, and it really did make all the difference (as you said a couple days ago)! I know that the box always says to add a dash, but I had never actually done so until your post, so thanks for giving me the motivation I needed :)

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17 Justy2003 July 9, 2008 at 9:08 am

I go through periods where I try to like running, but it never really sticks. Lately I’ve been trying to run just a couple miles 3 mornings a week or so. Any more than 2-3 miles at a time and I get so bored (even running outside with my ipod)! I can do my other workouts no problem…it’s the running that I’m just not so fond of. I wish I liked it more though…

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18 CourtneyS July 9, 2008 at 9:10 am

Rose, set two alarms – one right by your bed, then one across the room set for 1-2 minutes later. The first alarm lets you know it’s time to get up, and the second alarm FORCES you to get up. I set my phone as the second alarm and sometimes even tuck it inside my running shoe. By that point, I’m already up and mine as well go running! I also refrain from snoozing and resetting the alarm because I hate waking up my boyfriend more than once when I get up that early.

I guess I’m one of the older bachelorettes – 27!!

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19 Jenny July 9, 2008 at 9:13 am

I have random question about running/ exercise in the heat… I couldn’t find this on google anywhere so maybe someone on KEFR knows or kath from sports nutrition class?
OK, I know your heart rate determines the calories you burn (bc of the oxygen used, etc) but my heart rate is always higher when it’s hot out (bc more blood is being pumped to be used as sweat for cooling), so does that mean you burn more calories exercising when it’s hot? But that doesn’t make any sense to me, because I thought when it’s cold out your body has to use more energy to just keep you warm. Does that mean HR monitors are unreliable in either setting? I am stumped! I also really don’t care about calories burned to this detailed degree (it’s definitely not why i exercise), but I was thinking about it this morning and now i’m curious!

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20 Emily July 9, 2008 at 9:16 am

I too just tried the salt thing after reading that! I always used to put way too much splenda in my oatmeal and then stopped when I decided I needed to dramatically reduce the amount of splenda in my diet. Then I was getting frustrated b/c I love oats so much, but they’re too blah without anything added. So when I added the salt, I was pleasantly surprised! I have low blood pressure too, so I have dr.’s orders to add salt to things anyway.

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21 SweetsandSweats July 9, 2008 at 9:18 am

I agree completely with the running comment. It easily takes me 1-2 miles to get into a rhythm.

And I want to second caitlibo’s comments on marriage. I am in the exact same boat. If I had married some of those guys I dated…shudder! I too dated a guy for 3 years, from 20-23. Great guy, but not the guy for me, tough to make decisions like that, but always smart and worth it in the long run!

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22 caitlibo July 9, 2008 at 9:19 am

jenny – i noticed in june that HR was MUCH MUCH higher when i’m running in florida as opposed to when i went running in tennessee on vacation, even though i was running at the same speed (it was like a 15 bpm difference). i think the heat and the humidity forces your body to work harder to maintain a normal temperature, plus you are sweating more, which is burning more calories. i think you’re body burns more calories when it has to work EITHER WAY (warm up or cool down) to keep your temperature normal. i find it fascinating too :)

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23 Suzanne July 9, 2008 at 9:34 am

justy2003 -

I am with you – I have tried running, but just can’t get into it. I don’t get any ‘high’ at all – I just feel miserable the whole time.

I can do any other workout with no problem. I can’t even really put my finger on why I don’t like it.

Not to mention – I probably look like Phoebe (from Friends) when she runs. :)

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24 KrisT July 9, 2008 at 9:48 am

Suzanne – that Phoebe comment make me laugh =] i just watched that episode a couple of nights ago!

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25 BethT July 9, 2008 at 9:48 am

New runners, I would also suggest walking when you need to!!! It’s ok to take a few minutes’ break if you need. Often when I do this I end up being faster and refreshed after I take the little break.

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26 emily July 9, 2008 at 9:59 am

i have experienced a “running high” but it takes me a while to get there, and sometimes i feel miserable for a while before i get there.

usually i sort stuff out in my head if it’s getting tough, or try to listen to good music that pumps me up. that said, i don’t feel you should push yourself to become a runner, i know myself that i could never do a marathon because i don’t love running that much.

i would suggest trying other cardio to see what gives you that “high”, i know i get a swimming high much quicker than a running one. you could also try tennis, cycling, or team sports because you start to forget you’re even working out and it becomes enjoyable. if you find that you’re only running to burn calories, i would say try something else, because life’s too short to excersise so strictly. sorry to ramble!

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27 CourtneyS July 9, 2008 at 10:08 am

I agree with emily…while I think it’s important to try new things, there’s nothing wrong with accepting that you don’t like to run. There are SO many other ways to get a good workout. But if you’re determined to be a runner, I agree with other comments that recommend starting slow and walking when necessary.

I love to run because it helps me relax – I totally space out and collect my thoughts without music or anything. Everyone’s different!

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28 Heather July 9, 2008 at 10:11 am

Kath- maybe try running some leave-in conditioner through your ends before you go for a run… I get bad tangles when I swim and this helped when I did it beforehand!

Jenny- I would think that you would burn more calories when you’re running in the heat because your body has to work harder to cool itself down…? Just guessing.

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29 Gale July 9, 2008 at 10:15 am

Just a random question to follow up on the young marriage thing…

So I’ve been dating my boyfriend for about two and a half years now, and living together for six of those months. I am completely ready to be engaged, but I think he wants to wait a few more years. How can I communicate this to him without being a crazy girl and scaring him away? The thing is, we live together already and it works, so it is almost like we are engaged/married already. I would just like to start on the other stuff soon, like saving for a house, planning for the future, etc. Truth is, it is all up in the air until you are married, and I don’t see why we can’t take the next step soon. I would think we would be engaged for at least a year or two anyway, so it wouldn’t be a rush into marriage, but I just want to take the next step.

Okay, that was a bit rambling, but I wondered if anyone has any advice?

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30 Suzanne July 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

emily -

i totally agree. I have given up trying to ‘force’ myself to like running. I only kept trying because I really did want to like it. It sounded really great – burns lots of calories, being outside with nature, collecting my thoughts….

instead, i was a sloppy, sweaty mess and my lungs felt like they were going to explode. But, I kept pushing it – trying to attain that ‘high’ everyone keeps talking about. I was constantly told that you have to just keep doing it.

But, like Emily said – why not just find something else that is enjoyable?
So I did – kickboxing. Lots of calorie burn, lots of cardio, lots of fun! :) I think I just need variety!

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31 Amy July 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

I have another comment about the whole marriage discussion. I do believe that it is a very personal decision that only you and your husband can make, and I try not to judge anyone for what that decision is.

However I must say that as a 24 year old who met my boyfriend when I was 20, I am really happy that I took the time to do things for myself rather than rush into marriage. We are still not married and actually just moved in together after doing the long distance thing for 4 years. I am talking REAL long distance too – for the first two years we dated I was in college in NY while he lived in New Mexico, and for the past two years I was working in a job that allowed me to live in various places including Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. People always asked me how I could do this when my boyfriend was living so far away; but I knew that I had a passion for travel and that I wanted to do this for myself. Yes, it was definitely hard to be apart, but I cannot even tell you how much stronger of a person it made me.

As I said, we just moved in together because I finally found a job in his town that is great for me. I appreciate seeing him now so much more since we spent for years apart…but even so I am still not in ANY rush to get married!

I dont know why I felt compelled to post this; I just felt like it might resonate with someone and give a different side to the story since it seems so many women on this site got married very young.

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32 Justy2003 July 9, 2008 at 10:30 am

I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not a runner…at least not long distances. A couple miles and I’m okay, even though I still don’t love it. Sometimes I’m in the mood to run, sometimes I’m not…then I’ll opt for walking if I want to be outdoors :)

Re the marriage thing: I mentioned last night that my boyfriend and I have been together for 6 years and will probably be engaged within the next year or so…however there’s no big rush (besides the whole family wondering when we’ll get engaged)…we’re still young! We don’t live together…but we finally live in the same city again! Not living together was a decision that we both made. Financially it would be much easier (1/2 the bills!), but to me half the fun of being a newlywed are the new things that come with it…like living together! We spend a lot of time at each other’s places, of course, but it’s also nice to know we always have our separate places if needed. It’s worked out fine for us! Plus, I don’t want him to get too settled into us living together and thinking “why get married now?!” :)
Gale-talk to your boyfriend about it. I know some girls don’t like talking about marriage with their boyfriends because they’re worried they’ll seem overbearing or something and scare him off, but let’s be honest…if we’re in a long-term relationship, the “next step” (or at least one in the future) will be marriage. Some guys are worried about it but, let’s face it, some girls are too! Just be honest and open with him about your feelings and why you would like to get engaged earlier rather than later. Talk it out and see how he’s really feeling/what’s holding him back from committing right now. It’s a fine line though…cuz you don’t wanna push him to do something he doesn’t want to!

Wow…that got long.

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33 CourtneyS July 9, 2008 at 10:37 am

Justy, that’s why my boyfriend and I still have our own apartments, too. All part of the fun later on!

Suzanne, your description of running is REALLY funny. I’m glad you found something you like!

I agree with the suggestion about leave-in condition to avoid tangles. I have long, thick hair that gets knotted all the times, so that helps me. Also, a brain or a well secured bun work, too.

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34 mh July 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

Sami, I saw your comment about blackberries in Kentucky. what part of ky are you from? I live in Lexington and mine aren’t ready either!!
About marriage- I’m only 22 but I’ve been dating my bf for 6 years and were getting married next summer!! I know we are young but I just graduated from college (even though I’m starting law school in August) and he has one more year left but weve been saving money and I can’t wait to get married! Ive lived by myself for 2 1/2 years and I have become so independent (i’d recommend it!!) and so has he which has made a huge difference in our relationship. If I didn’t meet the man of my dreams and feel like I was ready I’d be the one to wait until I was 30 to get married! don’t rush it unless you are for sure ready!

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35 Clio July 9, 2008 at 10:53 am

When I’m going to be out someplace windy I put my hair in a ponytail and then quick braid it and secure the ends. So when you get back you’re not all tangled and you have some waves!

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36 KatieTX July 9, 2008 at 10:53 am

I think it is important to be able to talk to your boyfriend. Gale, My boyfriend and I talk about marriage kind of frequently. I feel like a big change is coming in my life and I definitely want him to be a part of it. He tells me he wants to marry me and I couldn’t see myself with anyone else. I have really enjoyed reading all the comments and seeing everyone’s views, which is why I posted my comment in the first place. Obviously it will be up to us to decide. I could see myself getting married a year from now but then I also wonder why rush and maybe we will wait a couple years. I know if it feels rushed I won’t do it.

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37 DaisyMay July 9, 2008 at 10:54 am

I think with marriage its also relative to the environment. I mean I think middle america gets married earlier than the east coast or places like new york. People are more focused on their careers and being settled in that than they focus on marriage.

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38 Suzanne July 9, 2008 at 10:56 am

KrisT and CourtneyS -

haha, glad you found my pain enjoyable! :)

I should clarify – i do run on the treadmill (because it’s much easier!). I paid the big bucks to get the high end kind (with cushioning and all the bells and whistles). Still counts, right?

It’s better to run in the comfort of my own home – I’m less embarassed too! No one needs to be subjected to the Phoebe running style. ;)

Regarding the marriage discussion:
I missed yesterday’s postings….
But, based on today’s posts – I do notice that most everyone sharing their stories got married relatively young! Wow!
I got married late compared to you all. I was 28.
My four year anniversary is next month.

Whatever the age – if you are all happy and it works out – that’s fantastic! :) Good for you! You can’t control who you fall in love with and when you fall in love. If it’s right – it’s right.

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39 adria July 9, 2008 at 10:56 am

So, all this talk of marriage… can’t really join in since I haven’t even had a boyfriend yet. But that is a goal for this school year, I have to say.

The running thing is so true.

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40 Nicole (the other one) July 9, 2008 at 11:00 am

Okay, I’ve gotta jump in on this one. Learning to live together is part of the “fun” of being married. Are you people out of your minds??? Or clearly, you’ve never tried living with a mate. I’ve only lived with one man, now my husband. But for those 22 months between moving in and tying the knot…my God. I learned something new on a daily basis about that disgusting creature I would one day call my beloved husband. And he was the neat freak of the pair! I can only imagine his perspective on my habits.

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41 Gale July 9, 2008 at 11:06 am

Thanks for your advice. I guess I just have to bite the bullet and ask him outright what his timeframe is instead of just hinting at things to see if he’ll bring it up… ha! I guess I should be scared to bring this up since we ARE living together and and are in our mid-20s.

Also, it is true that it takes a bit to get accustomed to the weird habits of your significant others once you live together. Those Secret Single Behaviors (thanks, Carrie Bradshaw) really do come to light once you live together!

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42 Gale July 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

*meant to say “I should not be scared”

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43 caitlibo July 9, 2008 at 11:10 am

worst party about moving in with my fiance: he would let food ROT, yes ROT, in the drain in the kitchen sink.

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44 Justy2003 July 9, 2008 at 11:11 am

Hmmm, well I don’t like to think that I’m out of my mind but yes…I do think part of the “fun” of being newlyweds is learning to live together and learning new things about each other. I know that it’ll be an adjustment (even though we practically live together now at times) and it will be hard at times, but that’s part of a marriage anyway. I already know some of his bad/nasty/annoying habits but I’ve learned to live with those and I’m sure any new ones that pop up will only add to the fun ;)

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45 mandy July 9, 2008 at 12:14 pm

My husband and I got married relatively young (I was 21, he 23), and our 4yr anniversary is coming up on tuesday. We dated for 3 years before getting engaged, then 8 months before the wedding. We did not live together before marriage, neither had we ever slept together, and I LOVED it that way – it was so much fun to be a true newlywed, learning to live together, and learning new things about eachother. I NEVER EVER had a doubt that I would find something out about him that would make me regret a marriage. I am so proud to be his wife :)

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46 Amy from Michigan July 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Re: the tea comment. I am a tea addict, green, black, white, herbal…3-4 cups a day. I drink them all through a straw to keep my teeth from getting stained because I’m very vain about my smile, I did the whole white strips thing and really liked the result and want to keep them that way!

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47 Emily July 9, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Kath,
How nice you have a running partner. I run by myself most of the time and sometimes wish my fiance was a runner, but it’s just not his thing. Any kind of exercise is just not his thing. He is good about going walks with our dogs with me though, so at least I can get him moving a little. He’s one of those tall lanky guys that can eat 5 times as much as me and do 10% of the activity I do and still maintain with no problem. Slightly frustrating, but I’m happy I take good care of myself in the end.

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48 Betsy in Pittsburgh July 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Hmmm…. I’m almost 23 and have been with my bf for almost 6 years (he was 15, I was 17 when we got together). We’ve lived together for about 2 years… have 2 cats, and a blog together. No engagement yet, but life is pretty much perfect. It’s so funny to think that I fell in love with him as a high school sophomore, and now he’s a college senior. Weird!

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49 jen July 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm

aww. all these high school sweet heart stories…

i thought i was going to marry mine. we were together for 9.5 years, 16 through 25 years old. we grew up together…then he cheated on me. :( so much for living the dream.

up the single gal punx!!!

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50 Hil July 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm

I’m not a runner either. I’ve tried, but it just doesn’t work or me. Swimming, walking, biking, elliptical–all good.

I’m also surprised by how many people here got married young. I was definitely the exception among my friends. I met my husband at 18, got married at 22. We were a bit unusual, especially for our urban area, but things just fell together for us. We were both pretty steady personalities…no tendancy to rush into things and no lingering desire to see what else was out there. We both knew what we wanted to do with our lives, we wanted to live in roughly the same geographical area, and we didn’t have any major doubts or concerns about our relationship. We were just unusually compatible and everyone who knew us agreed that we were really good for eachother. And deciding whether or not you want to compromise which graduate school you attend for another person can clear up your thoughts on the seriousness of your relationship pretty fast!

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51 tfh July 9, 2008 at 1:12 pm

So true with running getting easier halfway into the run (or later). However, I’ve found that if I do 10 minutes of elliptical before my run, I start off faster and feeling better. Psychologically it’s motivating to get my warm-up from some activity other than running so that I feel strong from the get-go. But maybe that’s just me!

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52 Kath July 9, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Amanda ,
I like a lot of the flavored black teas – they have more oomph. Look for flavors you tend to like in foods (for me butterscotch, vanilla, coconut) in tea flavors.

Stacy,
We make a big batch and put it in tupperware in the fridge. In the morning, scoop out how much you want (I have the equivalent of 1/3 cup dry oats) and rehydrate with some milk before reheating in the microwave.

green tea addict,
The hardest part about doing projects is the 30 seconds before you start. Once you get started the go quickly and then you feel SOOO much better. So just sit down and get started! Try the “I only have to do this for 10 minutes” trick.

Every Gym’s Nightmare,
For me the “I’m dying” and “this isn’t so bad” usually correlates with the hills in my neighborhood :)

Rose ,
Short snoozes. Don’t let yourself snooze for 10 minutes. I actually re-set my alarm by 2 minutes (which is just 2 clicks on the model I have) so I never really fall back asleep. It helps me wake up faster. Also, VISUALIZATION really works for me. I think about how I want to feel at breakfast if I do run and if I don’t and how I’ll feel when I’m wrapping in the last mile.

Jenn ,
Glad it worked for you too! Bland is bad!

Jenny ,
I believe that as dehydration occurs, cardiac output decreases as blood volume is decreased and therefore heart rate increases to compensate. There is also increased demand of O2 in the muscles. The heart’s stroke volume (the amount of blood pushed out during each beat) does decrease to somewhat offset heart rate, but not enough to complete cancel it out. So I think you would burn slightly more calories if you were dehydrated from the heat, but if you’re hydrated, I think it would stay the same. My best guess (because this is true of me) is that you work harder in the heat because your muscles are nice and warm.

Emily ,
He’s not the best running partner – he’s way faster than me and sometimes gets mad because it “hurts his tendons” to go my pace ;) He often will run a little in front of me and circle back.

Kath

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53 Justy2003 July 9, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Kath your comment about the husband’s hurting tendons made me laugh-my boyfriend always says it’s harder to run with me because I’m slower and it hurts his legs. He claims it has something to do with his feet being on the ground more. Oh well, I run a little faster when I run with him, so I guess we’re both getting a different type of running workout ;)

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54 Melissa July 9, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Jenny,

I know I have seen this question in runner’s world, I found two expert responses to how calorie burn is affected by weather.

http://www.active.com/running/Articles/Does_the_weather_affect_how_you_burn_calories_.htm

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=10630646

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55 Sami July 9, 2008 at 2:18 pm

mh – I live in Danville! So so far. [About 25 minutes] My berries on there way though. . maybe about a week? =] I’m so glad to see someone else from Ky.

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56 Sami July 9, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I ment to say, “Not so far.” Haha.

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57 mh July 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm

aww fun Sami! Mine need a few weeks but my garden is starting to produce squash and zuchinni so I’m a happy girl!! Are you in high school or college? I went to dunbar hs and just graduated from UK! its a small world!!
I have a question about freezing bananas…this sounds dumb but do you freeze the banana in the skin or peel it and put it in a ziplock then freeze it? I tried the latter and my banana looks brown now in the freezer! thanks!

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58 Kath July 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Melissa ,
Thanks for the links! I think the first article is what I was trying to say about being warmed up – you might just run harder in the heat so it’s not really the heat that’s causing the HR increase.

K

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59 Katy July 9, 2008 at 6:01 pm

mh,

Regarding freezing bananas…my coworkers and I were just talking about this yesterday. I leave the peels on my bananas because I use them to make banana bread. I just pull the bananas out of the freezer, put them on a plate, let them thaw, then unpeel them and mash up. However, my coworker peels hers first and then freezes because she uses frozen bananas for her smoothies. So I guess it just depends on what you want to use them for.

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60 BethT July 9, 2008 at 6:44 pm

LOL @ Matt’s hurting tendons. My hub also used to claim that running at my slower pace made his legs hurt, so he too would run ahead and circle back. One time we were in the woods and Mr. Smartypants didn’t know the way, and ran so far ahead of me he got lost and ran 3 extra miles…so HA! ;D

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61 Sami July 9, 2008 at 8:22 pm

mh- I go to Danville High. I’m only going to be a sophmore, so I’m kind of a baby on this blog, haha. Very interested in health and nutrition and all that fun stuff though. =]

I have a lot of older friends who are going to be freshmen at UK this year! My parents went there too. I go to a lot of the football games. Good stuff, haha.

I bet there are even more people from Kentucky on here too. . .

And I freeze banannas with the skin off. I have no use for bananna skin. =/ Plus, you can just put it right in the blender for smoothies that way if you want.

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62 sp July 9, 2008 at 11:09 pm

mh….you are getting married and law school? Good luck! I married my husband 2 months before I started law school. It was tough stuff but my husband was a total trooper.

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