Big Fat Wedding Dress

After trying on a lot of different dresses at many different stores I cannot find my dream dress. So, I am going to have my dress made. I am basically, putting my hopes and dreams in the hands of a random dressmaker.

I am in southern California and there are a lot of wedding/quinceanera/prom dress shops nearby my house. I went into about 6 of them and asked questions and got a quote. I took a few pictures from magazines and catalogs of dresses that I liked and then I pieced together everything I wanted in one dress.

Last night I went back and got measured so they could start on it. I am nervous about it, but I kinda felt like I had no choice. None of the dresses I tried on gave me that, “This is it!” feeling. So, I hope my dress comes out like I am thinking.

On a related note: Despite the title of this post, I do not want my dress to be a BIG FAT anything! So, I am started a new chapter of this blog where I actually make an effort to lose weight. More to come…

My Big Fat Speedy Wedding

So, I think I mentioned that we found a location for the wedding. Did I neglect to mention that we set a date? I am getting married in 5 months folks – June 20, 2009. Yes, that’s a 2009. When I went dress shopping recently there was another girl looking for a dress for her June 2010 wedding. I am a year behind!

I am extremely stressed out right now and I have about 283 things that need to get done NOW. In addition to planning the wedding in 5 months we are also trying to keep a very tight budget while doing things nicely. So, this is the challenge of the century. Luckily, I am good at the thrifty game. I have a lot of tips for brides on a budget, but in order to provide good/complete info I am going to wait and post it properly.

Lesson #6 – Hunger!!!

Training for a marathon makes you hungry.

This is frustrating. You would think that running so much would mean the pounds are just melting off. Nope, you are burning a lot of calories with all those runs, but that means your body wants more fuel. Spending hours on your feet is very taxing on your body, proper recovery through good food is important.

I was not that hungry the day of my long runs, but the next day I was an eating machine! Then, there would beย  another random day during the week when all those miles would catch up with me and I would be hungry. For some reason it was very hard to feel satisfied. I made sure to drink a lot of water too. I wanted to be sure it was hunger and not thirst, but my body still wanted food. I didn’t want to hurt my recovery so I listened to my body and ate what I wanted. I did not lose weight while training for the marathon. That kinda sucks because I really want to, but I am proud of myself for putting my desire to lose weight aside to achieve this goal.

Some people actually gain weight while training for a marathon. This is probably from building muscle mass, so it shouldn’t be looked at negatively.

From my personal running experience I would say that if your goal is to lose weight you should train for a 10K or maybe a half. That is the right amount of mileage to get those calories burning off without jarring your metabolism to a state of starvation. But, no matter what distance you are running – if you are hungry or thirsty listen to your body and fuel properly. If you want to make running part of your life you have to eat like a runner.

Just be warned: Racking up the miles makes you hungry!

Lesson #7 – Be Careful Not to Over Train

Even though you are racking up the mileage in marathon training you have to be careful not to over train.

Over-training and overuse injuries are theย  most common reasons people get hurt and are unable to finish training.

To avoid injuring yourself by over training stick to the 10% rule: Don’t increase your mileage by more than 10% each week. Cool Running says:

“Do not increase either your (1) weekly mileage and/or (2) long run mileage by more than 10 percent a week. Doing so greatly increases the chances of incurring an injury, thereby delaying or stopping your training all together.”

There were weeks in my training that called for me to scale back. After 2 consecutive weeks of super long runs on a Saturday the third week called for me to run significantly less. There is a reason for this, and it’s for your own good. The professional marathon training programs that you find online *from reputable sources like Cool Running, Hal Higdon and Jeff Galloway* are written by people who have ran marathons and who know how to keep runners from getting injured. Stick to the plan even if you can do more! This is hard to do when you feel like you can run further, but it’s for your own good.

Staying healthy and keeping your body happy is hard enough during marathon training, don’t make it harder for yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

Run 1/27/2009

Just a few miles left until the race! I ran 4.5 miles today and walked to cool down ๐Ÿ™‚

Jamba Juice Oatmeal Review

Here is my quick review of Jamba Juice’s Oatmeal. We were in Paso Robles and I was freezing outside, but it was too loud to do it inside (with the whirling blenders and all). So, I may be shivering a little ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I say the topping is cinnamon/sugar – that is not true. It is a brown sugar crumble. I said cinnamon since I always put cinnamon (and brown sugar) on my oats.




The oatmeal has approx 300 cals (to round it up) and the small light smoothie has about 150cals, so this complete breakfast was about 450 calories. Nice!wedding-information-065

Lesson # 8 โ€“ Chafing, yep you heard me.

This is the reality of training for a marathon – CHAFING. It sucks people, but I am not here to lie to you. There will be chafing.

Before training for a full mary I had ran 13 miles many times. I had experienced some irritation, but nothing really bothersome (I don’t think it’s necessary to get into the details, you’re welcome). For some reason when I ran 15 miles for the first time I had the worst chafing on my chest right where the top of my sports bra touches my skin. I didn’t even realize until I got back home and stepped into the shower. The second the hot water hit my chest I realized – my skin was completely raw! It stung and burned so bad! It was painful ;( Boo. I had a very red and inflamed rash for a few days afterwards too.

Lesson to keep – that sports bra is no good for long runs.

Don’t let this happen to you! Apply Body Glide or Vaseline at the first hint of chafing!