What are “junk miles” and should I even care?

Happy Friday!
I’ve been on a running kick lately – just look:

daily mile

Yesterday was the first day that I’d not run in two weeks. I’ve been aiming for 5 miles a day; the days where I didn’t achieve that were the days where I forgot to increase the treadmill timer from 30 to 60 minutes. Oops.

Apparently – these are “junk miles“! Miles that I run just because I want to run them – no other objective than that. I guess serious runners try to avoid these sorts of runs…but I’m not a serious runner so I’m sticking with my junk miles runs. Here’s why:

  1. Because I can. I’ve never done any sort of running or running program until I turned 40. I’m still amazed that I can run at all! Never mind run 5 miles. Nearly every day! I’m so proud of myself for being able to do that.
  2. A 5-mile run burns about 500 calories. I set my fitbit food plan for a daily deficit of 500 calories, so this works out perfectly.
  3. I have a goal to be always half-marathon ready. And if I can run everyday for 5 miles, I feel like I could definitely run a half marathon. Maybe not at a PR speed, but it would be doable for me.
  4. My soap is about an hour long, so I watch it on the treadmill and get my miles in at the same time. Don’t judge.
  5. I feel great after a run. Those post-workout endorphins are no joke!

Some days I run faster and some days I run slower. But, I’M RUNNING. I haven’t yet run 5 miles EVERYDAY, so that’s my goal for next week. Wish me luck!

What exercise have you been doing lately?



New fitbit!

You guys, I lost my fitbit in December. It just…fell off my wrist. I was bummed, but not terribly so, because my dude has one that he’s never used. So I just swapped them out.

But! His fitbit was faulty! It didn’t sync and the LED lights don’t work. So I abandoned the fitbit idea.  
Since we bought them in 2013, our fitbits were out of warranty…but the nice people at customer service gave me a discount code! 

And here’s my new beauty. 

fitbit flex in violet

I love having a fitbit again. I love tracking steps, calories, weight…I just feel so much more in control over my weightloss and maintenance.

Do you have a fitbit? Let’s be fitbit friends!


Hourglass Angel to the rescue 

You guys, this week I had a meeting for which I had to wear a suit. I haven’t worn a suit in ages, and I was afraid it wouldn’t fit very well because of the weight I’ve put on. My fears were realized…

These are size 6 pants, and if I’m honest, they’re probably vanity-sized. But I love these suits (they’re from Eddie Bauer), and I needed to wear it immediately.
I thought about wearing a body shaper, but it was in the 90s and I like to drink a lot of water…I couldn’t be fussed with taking the entire thing off and on everytime I went to the ladies’ room.

So I pulled out my trusty Hourglass Angel fit band.







Ahhh, so much better. (Full disclosure – I had to twist the waist cincher so that the hook-and-eye fasteners were in the back and didn’t show thru my thin cotton cami). Bonus! Cinched in like this, I sipped at my water delicately, like a lady, instead of guzzling it down as I am wont to do.

Now for the important part – measurements! My waist was 29 inches when I first got the fitband, but now it’s at 28 inches. (I have been running everyday and watching what I eat…but still. That’s significant to me). I suspect if I wore it for more than just a couple of hours a day, I’d see a bigger drop.
With the waist trainer, it shrinks down to about 26. That’s an entire pants size!

Have you tried waist training yet? I’m a fan, a big fan!


Aromaleigh Gossamer Variable Coverage Mineral Foundation

There are a few reasons why I stick with powder mineral foundation, even though I know it’s not advised for women over  40.
First, I’m really oily. Whatever primer, finishing powder, skin care, whatever I use, my skin is oily, and foundation just does.not stay on. I have to reapply once or twice a day. With a powder compact, liquid foundation, or anything other than loose minerals, I think it’s kind of messy and gross.

Second, I have yellow undertones. There are few drugstore or department store foundations that are truly yellow. Maybe Prescriptives or Bobbi Brown, but I couldn’t ever get a great match there with the coverage I really want.

Third, and related to that last point – I feel like I need a lot of coverage. With loose minerals, I can control the coverage by adding layers when/as I need them, either the first time I apply it, or as the day goes on.

And finally (also related to the second point) if I can’t get a good color match, that’s not a big deal with loose minerals because I can mix up a color the way I want it to look. The way *I* want it to look, not the way some pushy sales person thinks it should. But I digress.

Anyway, that brings me to my current foundation – Gossamer formula from Aromaleigh. From the website:

Gossamer is ideal for all skintypes, and is our most popular mineral foundation formula. You can apply it with a fluffy brush for light coverage, or achieve a more moderate coverage by applying it with a kabuki brush or a flocked sponge.

It is finely milled and silky and contains Zinc Oxide, for full spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Gossamer also utilizes advanced light-dispersing and skin-smoothing pigment technology.

GOSSAMER looks just like you’d expect any mineral foundation to appear- a fine, loose powder… however, when you begin to apply it, you begin to feel a smooth, silky feeling on your skin… application is effortless… the powder melds with your own skintone yielding the appearance of perfection. It’s “Your Skin… Only Better”.

This is quality stuff. I fretted when Lumiere went out of business and I ran out of my beloved Cashmere foundation, but I needn’t have worried. Aromaleigh Gossamer is gorgeous, smooth, and gives me the coverage I really need. Bonus! There’s a bit of a shimmer in the foundation, so it’s not completely matte (the reason that women my age aren’t really supposed to wear powdered foundations). The glowiness with this foundation is perfect – my face isn’t flat matte, but it’s not shiny, either.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

I really like the coloring/numbering system that Aromaleigh uses for its foundation – simple and straightforward. I’ve got yellow undertones, so I’m a Y. I’m light-complected, so I want Light. Easy peasy.

Aromaleigh Gossamer mineral foundation powder in Light 2Y and Medium 3Y

Except, Aromaleigh’s light is a bit too light for me. But – look above for Reason #4 why I buy loose minerals – that’s not a big deal. I just buy the medium shade and mix with the light!

As much as I love Lucy Minerals finishing powder, I’m tempted by Aromaleigh’s. The Luminesce Divine powder looks lovely and I think I need more glow! Or, I could try the Dewdrop foundation formula…or mix some of the Dewdrop foundation formula with Gossamer…

Aromaleigh is available online only, but you can order samples to find your perfect foundation match for $2.25. A full-size jar goes for $35 and lasts me about 4 months with 2-3 fully applications a day.

What foundation are you using these days?


Upcoming races and new shoes!

Hi guys! Remember that nasty frozen shoulder that’s preventing me from lifting? Well, screw that – I’m racing instead!

I’ve been using the Couch to 10K app from Zen Labs. I was on Week 1 when I blogged about my frozen shoulder. This is week 5, except I’m not following it this week…I’ve been breaking in my new Mizuno Wave Legend running shoes instead!

Mizuno Wave Legend shoes review
Normally I wear Mizuno Wave Riders, but these were on clearance. It’s not always a good idea to wear running shoes that you haven’t been fitted for, but reviews said the difference between Wave Legend and Wave Rider are minimal, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did! They’re a little bit stiffer in the sole, which is absolutely perfect for me. I can’t stand soft-soled shoes. None of that minimalist shoe business for me.

PicMonkey Collage

I’ve run 5 miles a day for 3 days in a row with my new shoes. I’m a bit slower than I’d like to be, but I’ve got time to improve. Right now, I’m just catching up on my soap getting back into the swing of running.

I’ve got three races scheduled so far:

  • 10K on July 23
  • Half Marathon on August 27
  • 10K on October 1

I might look for some more 10ks…I forgot how exciting it is to train for a race!

What’s on your race calendar for the summer?