So a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Outlet Mall. . .

I officially am done shopping for casual fall clothes.  Yup, you heard it here.  I really have no choice because I went NUTS at the local outlet mall today.  I haven’t been there in YEARS so I had no idea what to expect.  One thing I can tell you, my old favorites aren’t my old favorites anymore.  Ann Taylor, The Loft, Banana Republic – boring, boring and BORING and on top of that, they really don’t have that great of deals.  I wandered around and looked at the same tan sweaters, the same plain shirts, the same expensive pants ($70 still for stretch jeans??  No, thank you!) but happened to stumble upon VF.  What the heck is VF, you ask?  I had no idea either!  Here is a link to the store:

Cute stuff as far as the eyes could see!  Patterns, bright pretty colors, all kinds of dresses, sweaters, pants, jeans, leggings and so much more.  It’s never the type of store I would have stepped in before and I am so glad I did.  Here is what I picked up:



First up, this soft, bold plain button down for $16 along with this fleece lined, faux fur trimmed vest for $24.  I had the jeans from Old Navy then added these cute booties, which you can’t see that well but they are Jellypop Rosalie Bloom for $60 at Famous Footwear.  Here is a better picture of the boots:


Next up, I know I swore I would not get a poncho sweater but I saw the colors of this one and fell in love.  Bonus that the long sleeves fit me perfectly and the front is shirt enough it doesn’t dwarf me.  The sweater was $28 and then I paired it with this gray and maroon shirt for only $16.



I also bought the leggings, which are tough to see but they are soft fleece lined with a pattern on the outside and cost only $12.  They are soft, comfy and warm – I wish I would have bought 5 pairs!

On the outfit above, I have to admit, the base layer shirt is a little big in the shoulders, which is my fault for my not trying it on before I bought it.  It looks fine under the sweater but swims off my shoulders once I take it off so I probably would have to wear a strapless bra with it.  AND, while I still love the poncho, I can’t seem to quite position it just right on my shoulders for very long.  It fits well so I think it may just be getting used to it, since I have never had one before.

Finally, I found this cool sweater at Hot Topic while helping my 14 year old niece buy out the store.  Have you ever been in this place?  Well, I hadn’t and while 99% of it is definitely not geared towards 42 year old ladies, I loved the moto look of this sweater with the zipper pocket and the string gathering going down the sides on the bottom and it was only sale for $22.  I paired it with a pair of Old Navy black Rockstar skinny jeans and a pair of black boots I already owned.


So, now that I can officially spend no more on casual clothes, I had to think about, do I keep my Stitch Fix shipment coming on October 9th?  After much debate, I decided I will keep it but vastly changed my Stylist Note:

“Need professional shirts and sweaters for work. Shirts can be short sleeved but would love scarfs to match. Pretty bright colors and patterns, please-no navy, black, tan, white or gray and prefer fit to be close to the body and shorter rather than long and flowing because they will be paired with wide legged trousers. Also like work dresses that transition into fall and winter. Thank you!”

I looked high and low today and could find absolutely no work shirts or sweaters.  I am lousy with work pants, especially when I get a few of them tailored so then it comes down to what the wear on top.  In the past, I have paired the pants with rather casual looking sweaters, just to keep warm but nothing I could call stylish, by any means.  So, we will see what Stitch Fix comes up with and I will probably make that my last Fix until sometime after Christmas.

I think I got some great deals and hope I can enjoy these things through the fall and winter this year and for a few years to come!  So excited for the weather to finally get cooler now, so I can wear all of my cute clothes.  However, as I sit here in my living room in shorts and a T-shirt still with all the doors and windows open, I don’t want to wish this gorgeous Indian summer weather away!


Why Am I Still So Hard on Myself?

As of a week ago, I am a 42 year old woman.  A 42 year old woman who, admittedly, is starting to have some wild hormone changes.  I am no spring chicken anymore, I realize that.  I also realize that no matter how hard I work out or how much I work at making good food choices, for my body, there is only so small I can get.  I still wear a size 2, for God’s sake so why in the world am I still so hard on myself to get my bikini body back??

Ha ha – that even sounds funny to say – bikini body.  I really only had one for ohhhh, about 2 years of my entire life.  Short, squatty, short waisted does not usually translate into flat tummy, unless you are so kind of muscular gymnast or waif, which I never have been either nor wanted to be.  I have always struggled with my weight but also been proud to be smaller than a lot of people.  Then, my 40 birthday was in sight and I found myself in the best shape of my life.  Knowledge is power and I put it to good use and the next thing I know, I had a goal for my 40th birthday of getting into a bikini for the 1st time in my life.  My husband is the one who encouraged me because let’s face it, who sees me naked more than he does?  He pointed out several times that not only could I pull it off, but would look damn good so at 39 and 7 months old, I went on the trip of a lifetime with my mom and brother and strutted around a Carnival cruise ship looking like this:


Cruise 1

Ideal super model?  Absolutely not.  You can still see my short little torso but this is about 105 pounds and 21% body fat, the lowest of both in my life.  You can see the outline of some abs under there but I think I still look like a normal person.  I was healthy, happy and incredibly proud of my accomplishment.

I kept that up for about 2 years and just recently, that body fat and weight has started to creep up again.  Apparently, that is “normal” for someone my age as this chart below shows:


As of this morning, I am at 23.6% body fat which for a 42 year old, is bordering right between Lean and Ideal.  Who wouldn’t be thrilled with that?

Me.  The person who used to be 21% body fat.  Is my weight that much different?  Sure, a little bit but so few people pay attention to body fat and people who weigh exactly the same can look so completely different if they are at different body fats so I monitor both.  Here is a sampling of what women generally look like at various body fat levels:


25% still looks freaking awesome, doesn’t it?  Who wouldn’t want a body like that??  Well, that girl has one long torso so she can carry that extra body fat around a little bit better but for me, it just looks like one giant pouch right in front that won’t go away.  No matter how many sit ups, crunches, twists, planks or cardio I do.

OK, that’s not true.  I COULD work out more, I could put more time and energy into but at some point, you have to find a happy balance in your life between maintaining your health and actually having a life.  What is the tipping point between taking care of yourself and being obsessed?  The MOST important things should be markers like blood work, heart health, physical fitness and ability to do all of the things you want to do without feeling overworked, uncomfortable or in pain.  NOT how you look in a bikini, so that is what I need to keep telling myself that every, single day.

My 20s and 30s are long gone and I am having a damn good start to the 40s – I am happier and healthier than most so I need to keep having fun working out, challenging myself, but I also need to step away from the guilty and disappointment over something that really doesn’t matter except to my own vanity.  Given the images we see in the media – on TV, in magazines, movies, it really isn’t a wonder why we can be so hard on ourselves.

I watched a movie this weekend called Men, Women and Children by Jason Reitman and a couple of the girls in the movie were so crazy skinny, it made me sad thinking other girls could see this and think they NEED to look this way.  Of course, part of the plot line of one was her obsession to be thin and all of the resources out there on the Internet that encourage girls to not eat, to look like sticks and anyone who isn’t is a gluttonous pig.  I guess I was lucky we didn’t have quite those extremes growing up but that information and encouragement is out there now, if someone is looking for it.

So, for now, I am going to work on myself – mentally adjusting to what I look like, knowing it doesn’t define who I am.  I will never give up on my workouts until my poor body just can’t keep up anymore and with God’s grace, that will be a long, LONG time from now!

Thinking about My October Fix

I have taken a little bit of a Stitch Fix break and been branching out on my own to find the pieces I need, as you know from my last posts.  I still have a good 3 weeks before my next Fix but figured it was time to think about what I wanted.  I went through Pinterest again and started pinning more fall outfits and items I like and came up with this for my stylist note:

“Fitted sweaters in jewel tones-indigo, kelly green, bright red but no mustard, please. Does not look good with my coloring. Love lightweight outerwear-cute jacket, blazer or maybe a vest but no ponchos or shawl sweaters, don’t fit me right. Also, need a transitional fall dress for work. Finally, don’t know if you carry leggings but would love patterned ones to wear w boots & long sweaters.”

I honestly don’t have any specific items pinned I really want – I guess I want to see what they come up with and for how much.  I bought the final pieces for my next fall outfit from Target today – a reddish orange crew neck sweater and some leopard print ballet flats for just under $30, so pretty tough to beat that.  That with the statement necklace and chambray shirt I picked up from Charming Charlie’s and some dark wash, straight legged jeans, it’s gonna be cute once the weather turns a little colder.

I found this great link showing 20 ways to wear fall boots and I tell you, I think my next purchase is going to be a pair of short boots, kind of like this:


20 Stylish Ways to Wear Boots

Lots of great outfit ideas and I see my next one being some cute patterned leggings with a long sweater and some suede boots I already have.

Enough about fashion for a bit – still struggling with food and working out, but what else is new?  It’s hard to stay positive all the time but my weight has been stuck in the same place for a while so I am trying to be smart, making really healthy choices while not totally depriving myself.  I think no matter how big I get, it will be impossible to deny myself a glass of wine or a drink before bed.  Just relaxes me so much at the end of a long day, calories be damned!

Speaking of. . .time to jump on the treadmill for my Friday incline workout!

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What Did We Do Before Pinterest?

I have had my Pinterest account pretty much since it first started.  I got an invite from someone to join or saw some friends using and thought hey, that looks pretty cool!  I quickly learned what a complete time sucker it is and having nothing special to plan, I strayed away from it for a LONG time.

Over the past year or so, I would come back every once in a while to pin a recipe I like or a cool sounding cocktail I wanted to try and recreate later but then I joined Stitch Fix, which highly encourages you to keep an outfit board, so your stylist can get a better idea of what you like.  Now, I am Pinterest addicted!  It has been so helpful to help me find my personal style and give me idea of how to put outfits together.  I know pieces I like but had no idea how to make them work into a whole outfit.

What’s my style?  Tough to say because I am definitely a girly girl who likes getting dressed up but I also like cool looking, casual styles too.  No sweatshirts and jeans for me, most of the time – I think you can look pulled together pretty much all the time without sacrificing comfort (sorry, all those 24/7 yoga pants wearing women out there!).

So, after pinning a TON of great looking outfits, I have set out to put them together for myself over the past few months and here is a good example of it.  First, I found this on Pinterest about a month or so ago:

Fall Outfit

I always wondered how to make a chambray shirt work and still be casual so white jeans??  Who would have thought?

For my birthday party then on Saturday, I managed to take the pieces I had collected and put them together in almost the exact same way, sans the puffy vest:

Fall Outfit 3

It was comfy, it was cute, it kept me warm on a cooler summer night and I got quite a few guys checking me out at the grocery store earlier in the day.  LOL

I have some other fun fall outfits I would like to work on – building off this chambray shirt again, I love this look with a colorful lightweight sweater over it:

Fall 4

That pretty color, that gorg necklace and those fun flats?  What’s not comfortable about THIS outfit??

So, this is my next one I’m working on – just need to the sweater, maybe the necklace and I saw similiar flats at Target the other day.  I have to admit, I have something of a statement necklace obsession and probably need to figure out how to make what I have on hand now work rather than buying another one.  Please don’t make me count how many. . .I would say close to 20 big, gorgeous, colorful ones but you can always think of just one more you need to make that outfit work!

My next Fix doesn’t come until October 9th but I feel like the days are just flying by and it will be here before you know it.  I have been checking out the September Fix blogs and am still a little blown away by the cost of some of the items.  This simple shirt, which I think is gorgeous, is $58.  REALLY?

Fall 6

No offense, Stitch Fix but I think I could find something similar to this at Target on sale for $20 or less.  Still, it doesn’t hurt to pin stuff like this so you can go back and look for it and comb the stores for a look alike.

Stitch Fix and Pinterest in general, also seem all about the drapy and flowing sweaters for fall.  Can I just say – UGH.

Fall 7

No matter what size I get, no matter what style or color I try, it just makes me look like I am wearing a giant, over sized blanket.  Maybe it works for you and if so, more power to you but I think when you are as short as I am, you just need outfits with pieces a little more fitted to your body.  Or, maybe it’s just a personal preference.

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about fashion as much and stick with healthy living. . .I still plan on doing that, just took a little detour today.  Sometimes I wonder if thinking about your outfits and fashion so much is a vain thing but let me tell you, for a big part of my life,  I never gave it a second thought, as you can see from this picture from 1999:

Fall 8

Mom shorts, dumpy T-shirt – what in the world was I thinking??  And I am only 26 in this picture . . shouldn’t I have been wearing fun, colorful things?  First though, the 90s were not kind to fashion – the baggier the better and of course, most importantly, obviously it is more fun dressing your body when you work hard to make it look good and feel good about yourself.  I definitely did NOT feel good about myself at this weight.  Does being skinny make you happy?  Absolutely not.  There are a lot of difference in my life between my 20s and 40s that make me happy, being more physically fit is just one of them.  But, I won’t lie and say it isn’t a lot more fun buying size 2 or 4 as opposed to size 10 (back then, which would probably be a size 12 or higher now, I am sure!).

Plus, in your 40s, I think you are a lot more comfortable in your own skin.  You know yourself better, you trust yourself and want to look more polished and put together.  I love getting organized with these outfits and being able to reach in the closet and know, this goes with this, this and this without much thought.  Checking back to these looks on Pinterest can help you do the same thing – even for the most fashion challenged, like ME!

I’m On A Roll!

3 days in a row working out!  What did I do?  Here’s the breakdown:

Wednesday – Started with a 1.5 mile walk with a co-worker at lunch.  Nice to have someone else that pushes you to step away from your desk and move a little.  Then, had boot camp class from 5:15 – 6pm and I CRUSHED it.  I’ve only been to one class in the past couple of months but it’s like riding a bike, my muscles remembered exactly what to do and I was only minimally sore after.  Not to mention those endorphins – had SO much more energy once I got done.

Thursday – 2.4 mile walk around my neighborhood.  Perfect night for it too – cool temps, cloudy and even though I was tired, it felt good to get out and get some fresh air.

Friday – Working from home so over my lunch hour, did a 30 minute incline walk on the treadmill at 3.4 mph pace.  I normally stick with 3.5 mph more for longevity than to see how fast I can go.

So, how does that break down for calories?  Well, not done with today yet but started tracking my meals again and Wednesday and Thursday looked like this:


Calories burned – 1,995

Calories consumed – 1,335

Shortfall – 410 calories


Calories burned – 1,889

Calories consumed – 1,765

OVERAGE – 126 calories

In order to lose .5 pound a week, you must burn an average 250 more calories per day than you consume so while I’m not shooting to lose a lot of weight, I definitely want to be sure I am sticking close to that to not gain any more weight.

OK, so why was Thursday so much more than Wednesday?  Wellllll. . .Thursday was our monthly birthday treat day at work and has I have mentioned before, I am something of a sweets junkie.  I refuse to deprive myself of any particular food but will greatly limit it and treat myself a little more if I know I have been following the straight and narrow well. So, Thursday, I had a half of a sour cream donut, one of my favs and then a piece of birthday cake.  BUT – my piece is probably much smaller than what you would like of as a normal piece.  It was just enough to get me a taste and not feel like I was missing out. Here is a picture of the whole cake, which was HUGE:

cake 2

And here is an idea of the size of my piece – not the actual piece, just something that gives you an idea of my serving size:


I am still working to add more fruit and veggies into my diet and should be able to come up with a plan for the week when I hit the grocery store over the long weekend.  I am putting together a killer fruit salad for a backyard BBQ we are hosting tomorrow for my birthday.  I want to make sure to have good food choices on hand and not eat a bunch of garbage.  I had thought about making a great baked mac and cheese recipe but that dish represents pretty much everything I am trying to stay away from right now.  And let’s face it, I just plain don’t need it.

So, off to a great start so far – I have a Fitbit Step Challenge coming up this weekend so that will be great motivation to keep moving all weekend long.  Shouldn’t be a much of a problem though since I will be working hard Saturday to get our party set up, put the finishing touches on the house and be a good hostess to all our guests.  Can’t wait!

Back In The Saddle Again. . .

I was doing so well, even on vacation.  I was getting up, exercising every day, watching what I ate and not doing too bad.  But, slowly, one drink becomes two.  You eat a little more of your entrée, you have another helping of that appetizer, you start making rich, fattening food choices rather than your lean, healthy ones.  And I just cannot do that without my stomach feeling AWFUL.

I went out to dinner last night and ate all this AMAZING food.

Rohrs 1

Rohrs 2

Rohrs 3

Rohrs 4

Rohrs 5

All of this food was incredibly delicious, which of course, is the biggest problem.  OK, maybe not the biggest problem, the biggest being it was rich.  Like really good rich.

That was the final straw – my stomach had been bothering me off and on for about a week and when I got home last night, it was the worst it has been in a long, long time.  Super bloated (note to self – you just CANNOT eat sausage so quit trying to tell yourself a little here or there won’t hurt, it WILL), painful spasms, gas and just feeling downright uncomfortable.  I have a horrible digestive system, as I have mentioned before and it takes a lot of work to keep it on track, which I obviously, from the pictures above, have been slacking on.  Pizza last week, etouffee the week before, duck and ham sandwich with cheese Sunday, need I say more?

So, this morning I put my foot down and say NO MORE.  No more feeling like crap, no more being lazy with what I eat, my workouts and meal planning.  It’s time to get back in the saddle again and do what I know needs to be done.  Started today with a protein bar after getting into work, since that is about all I could stomach, a small Evol meal for lunch and I have plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries for a pre-workout snack.  Tonight is also boot camp, for the first time in MONTHS.  Yup, been slacking there too.  We used to have our amazing boot camp class here at work twice a week – Monday and Wednesday nights right after work and while I could always make it to the Monday class, start of the week, not much on my plate yet, by Wednesday, it was hit or miss.  Well, unfortunately, our Wellness Committee decided to take this class down to only once a week in the summer, assuming everyone would be too busy with vacations, etc to do 2 a week and voted by a very slim minority to make it Wednesday.  UGH – I have just not been able to set aside that day consistently and the one time I did make it a few weeks ago, the instructor didn’t show up!

I know I am going to stink it up tonight – I haven’t done any Crossfit workouts at home in a long time so my body fat has been slowly rising, which means it is so hard to move your body and do those tough exercises.  I just have to keep telling myself through the 45 minutes of hell, it is all worth it and the more I do it, the easier it will be.

Being a foodie and a remotely locally famous one makes this whole business 10 times harder than a normal person.  I am incredibly blessed to have met some amazingly generous people in the restaurant industry – that entire meal you see above was totally comped but luckily, we didn’t know that until AFTER the meal!  Would it have changed what I ordered?  I highly doubt it but my point is stuff like that can happen all the time when I dine out.  The owners, chefs, etc are just trying to be nice and show how much they appreciate the work I do to get the word out about their business but committing to dining out often to support them then their little perks to boot, it’s a constant struggle.  Hence this blog, Struggles of a Healthy Foodie.

Can you be a foodie and be healthy?  ABSOLUTELY.  I have been doing this for almost 5 years now and weigh slightly less than when this whole journey started.  So many local restaurants are trying to provide healthy dishes with fresh ingredients, especially in the summer, this should be a no brainer.  But, there are other restaurants out there with such tempting, HEAVY and equally delicious offerings as well.  I am not dogging these places at all but they are just not the types of places that I can frequent and maintain the health that I want and need.   Or, if I do, I just have to be very careful about what I order and how much of it I eat.

What exactly is wrong with me? I have talked about this many times but for those new to my blog, I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome with constipation as well as a lazy digestive system (which seem to go hand in hand) and chronic acid reflux.  The acid reflux has been kept under control with medication since I was in college but over the past year, I have learned that taking this Rx long term can inhibit your ability to absorb B-12, which basically makes you feel like shit.  Tired, achy, foggy headed – you kind of feel like you have the flu all the time, so I have been trying to wean myself off those meds and taking a subcutaneous B-12 tablet every day (which I do a lousy job of remembering).  I tried working with an herbalist last year, to see if she could offer me more natural remedies and relief but took myself off all the herbs around April of this year because I wasn’t seeing a vast improvement anymore.

On top of all this, I will be 42 years old in mere days and also have noticed vast hormone fluctuations coming on in the past year or 2.  I have been tested every which way and been told I am still in the “normal” ranges, whatever that means and that this is probably just the start of peri-menopause.  Who even heard of this before?  Isn’t menopause bad enough but NO, you could be treated to up to 10 years of peri-menopause on top of it.  My face gets hot (but not a HOT FLASH, per se), I get very tired and basically feel out of sorts, not like myself.  Irrational, emotional, impatience – pretty much all the worst stuff about being a woman.  If this continues, I may turn back to the herbs because they did relieve some of my hormone type symptoms for a while.

My liver sucks – I have a condition called Gilbert’s syndrome where my bilirubin levels are always high.  My brother was born with the same thing and his is much worse than mine but I still notice it affecting me from time to time, mostly in my gallbladder and bile duct, which is a whole other conversation.

Why am I telling you all this?  To everyone on the outside looking in, I look like a perfectly normal, incredibly healthy person but I will say this once again, I have to work VERY HARD to maintain this for all of the reasons I mentioned before and more (I also have Reynaud’s syndrome – give me some more time, I can probably think of a few others. . .)  Most of us have some type of health issue we are struggling with but it is so easy to just put it in the back of our mind and go about our normal lives, trying to be like everyone else.  Eating like they do, relaxing and taking naps like they do, being generally lazy.  But, when I do that, that is when I feel my absolute worst but there is so much pressure to NOT be healthy.  People make fun of you for being so careful, so picky, so focused, so demanding of yourself.  Do I care?  No, not in any kind of emotional way – I am very secure in who I am and rarely let other people make me feel bad about myself.  What they DO DO (ha ha), is silently give me permission in my mind, to slack off.

I am hoping I can turn this around and rather than let them influence me to slack, I can hopefully influence others out there to jump up and take charge of their health.  You have the power, you can turn it around, you can make yourself feel better.  Just takes a little research, a lot of hard work but it is so worth it in the end.  SO, here we go!

The End of Stitch Fix?

It’s been a while since I have written and I have to admit, it may be a while before I write about Stitch Fix again so if this is why you tune into my blog, this may be the last entry you read for a while.  I plan to refocus my writing efforts back to good health – exercise, eating right and less on fashion so I hope some of you will continue following me regardless.

Why?  I think Stitch Fix may just be too darn expensive for me to get regularly.  Case in point – I finally got some free time to get out shopping and found some cute and amazing deals. First up, this outfit at Target – colorful, stretchy, SHORT Merona pants that can be dressed up or down and are amazingly comfortable for only $20.99 on sale.  They are meant to be ankle length or shorter on most people but for me, they look like regular pants:

Target 1

I then paired them with this cute Merano button down shirt, which again, can be dressed up or down for only $17 on sale then add a pair of black flats I bought at the Zappos outlet in spring and you’ve got my first new fall outfit:

Target 2

Then, I stopped at Charming Charlie’s because they keep throwing $10 off coupons at me so I picked up this end of season dress for only $29 and the matching necklace (which is similar to the pic below in style but is silver and all turquoise) for FREE:

Charming Charlie 1

Charming Charlie 2

Is it super high quality stuff?  No, probably not.  Will it last a long time?  Tough to say, but probably depends on how often I wear it.  Without a doubt, most Stitch Fix items are higher quality.  However, their price point is 2-4 times more than these items and with as much as I would like to build up my wardrobe, it just isn’t in my budget.

So, I think I am going to skip my September Fix and push the next one off to the beginning of October.  I’ll be changing my clothes from summer to fall before then so I can get an idea of which items I need the most.  I have bought more clothes in the past 3 months than I have probably in the past 3 years so it was long overdue.  Now, it’s time to hang back a little bit and be really targeted in what I get.

Pants are the worst for me so I would like to go back to Target and get a couple more pairs of those pants, honestly.  Size 2 was a tad tight around the waist but I’m carrying around an extra couple of pounds so I am sure that has something to do with it.  But, the material is incredibly stretchy so there was plenty of give.  September budget is tight though so I can only hope that in a month’s time, they may still have that style left for sale.  If not, I will have to make due with the 12 or so pairs of ill fitting pants I already own.  I read a really interesting article in this month’s Glamour where a designer admitted that noone – did you hear that, NOONE can fit into most clothing without some kind of tailoring.  So, it may be most cost efficient, at this point to pick out my favorite pairs of pants in my closet, find a decent tailor and just suck it up and pay them to fit them to me better.  Do I smell my next big project??

Again, I will still order Stitch Fix from time to time but definitely not every month.  For me, it is going to be more a rare treat than a monthly staple.  For all those bloggers out there who do, more power to you but your hubby’s (or you) must make a heck of a lot more money than me!

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