A mess of topics

I skipped my 3 mile run tonight, and I’m glad I did. I used to feel guilty when I missed a workout. This afternoon at work I wasn’t in the mood to hit the gym, and rather than force myself into going – I accepted it and moved on. Yes, I would have felt better after a run (how often do you regret working out? Never!) but when my body is saying no, I’ve finally learned how to listen.

Yesterday I brought a giant bag of clothes and two pairs of running shoes to Plato’s Closet to sell.


I heard one of the girls behind the counter remark to a coworker that the clothes were “so nice” and “so dressy” as if that were a bad thing. Noted: only bring in crappy clothes from now on, Plato’s doesn’t care about quality. Retail value for what they ending up buying: $40 dress, $50 shirt, and $175 combined for the two pairs of shoes. Cash they handed me for said items? $15. Fifteen dollars. I was less than pleased, but hey, it’s better than $0.

Tonight after work, in lieu of my run, I headed to Half Price Books with my lofty winnings from Plato’s. This bookstore is evil. Thankfully I already had a book in mind and put my blinders on the second I walked in the front door. I am now the owner of this:


I’ve hit a serious wall on my weight loss journey. I’ve been counting calories, I drink 70-80 ounces of water a day, I quit coffee, I quit Starbucks’ pastries, I quit fast food. I run, I crosstrain, I strength train, I bike, sometimes I do two-a-days. I’m running out of ways to shed the pounds. I contemplated trying Paleo, since several bloggers have been having great success with it. However, I’m not willing to give up greek yogurt, cheese, and a laundry list of other must-avoid foods. A life without goat cheese is a life I don’t want to live.

Therefore, I’m giving Body for Life a shot. I haven’t exactly nailed down how I’ll intertwine marathon training in with the workouts described in the book, but I’ll figure it out. I need something to give my diet and body a kick start. The plan runs for 12 weeks but if I achieve my goals, I foresee it being a lifestyle I’d like to continue. I’ll be starting on Monday after grocery shopping over the weekend.

Tomorrow I’m working from home because I have a court date at 2pm, and I’d prefer not to make my hour-long commute if I don’t have to. I’m attempting to fight a Failure to have a Texas Driver’s License ticket. (I hadn’t switched it over because I rode the train to work everyday, leaving the house at 6am and getting home at 6:15pm, which is before the DL office opens and after it closes). Apparently if you have a valid, unexpired license from another state, this warrants a $260 ticket. However, if you are driving around with an expired Texas license, or NO LICENSE AT ALL, you can simply go get a license and pay $10, and the ticket goes away. I switched my license over to Texas 4 days after I got the ticket, but I still have to shell out $300. So I’m headed to court to fight it. Pointless? Probably. But I’m going to give it a shot anyway. Wish me luck!

Have you ever sold your clothes at Plato’s Closet? On eBay? On your blog (like SkinnyRunner does from time to time)?

Have you ever fought a ticket and won?

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  1. I’ve never sold my clothes after use (I destroy them and figure no one would want to actually pay money for them) but I do sell my books back to used book stores. I loooove getting half priced used books, so I sell them and get credit to buy more. And… never fought a ticket. Probably should have at some time, but didn’t.

  2. That is crazy you have to pay that much! Hope it goes well. Hope you enjoy the book!

  3. The weight loss really comes down to calories in and calories spent. If you’re eating 1200-1300 cals a day and working out, then the weight loss should be there. Do you weigh your portions? That could be what you need to do. I guesstimate a lot of my portions. That “seems” like 2 tbspn. But maybe it’s 3? Who knows. When I’m really strict about my calories, the weight comes off. Problem is, I have little motivation right now.

    Never sold my clothes at Plato’s Closet before. I think they need to be name brand or something and all my clothes are from the dollar store. 🙂

    Good luck on that ticket!

    • I eat between 1200-1400 calories. I’ve been watching pretty closely for the past month and a half, since I started hitting the gym more consistently. And still, I’ve only lost one pound. Something doesn’t make sense. You could be right about some of my portion sizes. Most of the time I have the cups & spoons out though. Who knows. Hopefully this next plan will work!

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