Making Myself Better

After receiving several messages on my new blog from people who didn’t realize it existed and that’s why I wasn’t posting here anymore, I decided to share it one last time.

It’s not quite like betternikki- not much on the health/fitness front besides run posts and occasional intuitive eating thoughts. Lots of Ryland, some food/recipes. some hair posts, some life posts, some photography.

I’m not begging for everyone to come follow me. I realize that many won’t want to because it’s not as fitness-oriented as this one was and because I don’t look awesome and inspirational any more. That’s okay. It’s kind of nice having regular interaction with about half of my followers instead of about 5% of them.

i just wanted to let y’all know in case you missed it.

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nikkidoesthings:

I’ll post some new photos soon (well, when I have some to post), but I wanted to start with this one from April ‘10 because it’s been a long favorite. Gerbera Daisies are one of my favorites and I love anything sparkly.
I’m also going to use this post as a sort if introduction for my blog. I’ll get to an actual about me soon, perhaps once I have followers that aren’t from betternikki.
Things to expect:
photography
Ryland
SAHM “adventures”
food/recipes I try (when I manage to take pics)
DIY projects both of Jeremy’s and mine
outfits (when I actually put on real clothes)
hair- mostly my own, but sometimes things I want to try.
running posts (but probably not much else health/fitness related)
my thoughts on things 
If you’re not interested in seeing all these things, I’ll understand if you don’t want to follow this blog. I won’t be refollowing everyone from before because I want to expand to a broader range of blogs while still following less than the ~200 I was before.

Just wanted to share one more post from my new blog. I plan for this to be my last post here.

nikkidoesthings:

I’ll post some new photos soon (well, when I have some to post), but I wanted to start with this one from April ‘10 because it’s been a long favorite. Gerbera Daisies are one of my favorites and I love anything sparkly.

I’m also going to use this post as a sort if introduction for my blog. I’ll get to an actual about me soon, perhaps once I have followers that aren’t from betternikki.

Things to expect:

  • photography
  • Ryland
  • SAHM “adventures”
  • food/recipes I try (when I manage to take pics)
  • DIY projects both of Jeremy’s and mine
  • outfits (when I actually put on real clothes)
  • hair- mostly my own, but sometimes things I want to try.
  • running posts (but probably not much else health/fitness related)
  • my thoughts on things 

If you’re not interested in seeing all these things, I’ll understand if you don’t want to follow this blog. I won’t be refollowing everyone from before because I want to expand to a broader range of blogs while still following less than the ~200 I was before.

Just wanted to share one more post from my new blog. I plan for this to be my last post here.

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nikkidoesthings:

I’ll get to an intro post soon, but I wanted to start with a picture of my little superhero.

So because of about a bazillion reasons, I’m starting over yet again.
The main reasons:
I want to be able to share some posts with real life people without them seeing all the issues I’ve shared on this blog.
I think that by blogging so long about my issues that they’ve become more ingrained.
I want to have my running, hair, DIY, & photography stuff all in one place.
I’ve got to follow less people, and I think a clean break is the only way to do it.
I’ll probably leave this blog up.

nikkidoesthings:

I’ll get to an intro post soon, but I wanted to start with a picture of my little superhero.

So because of about a bazillion reasons, I’m starting over yet again.

The main reasons:

  • I want to be able to share some posts with real life people without them seeing all the issues I’ve shared on this blog.
  • I think that by blogging so long about my issues that they’ve become more ingrained.
  • I want to have my running, hair, DIY, & photography stuff all in one place.
  • I’ve got to follow less people, and I think a clean break is the only way to do it.

I’ll probably leave this blog up.

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“how much do races cost?”

—Anonymous

It really depends on the distance and the size of the race. Small, short races can be around $20. Longer distances and bigger ones cost more.

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“What are your favorite stores to go to and "treat yo self"?”

—Anonymous

I don’t really get to treat myself any more. I only get to go shopping when I have b-day or Christmas money. Even when I was working, the only spontaneous purchases I would make would be from thrift stores or Target’s clearance rack.

I pretty much always do cheap shopping. Even when I shop at nicer stores, I still hit the clearance racks. I guess that’s why my “style” is so hit-or-miss.

I did used to like to buy the high-end make up from Ulta when they would have the “value” sets.

Though if I had some spare money right now, I’d probably use it on a fall or winter race. I miss it. In fact, if I get money from my in-laws this year, that’s probably where it’ll go.

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My mom gave me my birthday money early, so that’s why I’ve been able to do a little “real” (not thrift store) shopping.

Today at Old Navy, I tried on 2 XS shirts. One was just $3.99, but it was so tight  in the arms that I couldn’t put my arms through the sleeves all the way. It fit perfectly in the body, though, so a small would’ve been too big.

The other was a button-up chambray shirt that was a little snug in the shoulders and chest but fit great in the waist/stomach area, so I went ahead and got it instead of trying on the small. I’ve been wanting a chambray shirt for a while, so I got it even though it wasn’t on sale (that’s a pretty big deal for me).

I’ve never had an arms/shoulders being too big problem. It’s always been my legs that are too big for pants that fit in the waist pants that can’t handle the awesomeness of my legs.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re a mesomorph pushing a jogging stroller.

I’m out of money now. 

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Pictures from my visit with my family last week.

You can see that Ryland did get some spaghetti in his mouth.

He had a great time. He really liked the male shih tzu, Ein (you can’t see it in the picture). When we first came in, both dogs were barking, and Ryland was a little scared. A little later, he decided it was funny when they barked, and he would follow Ein around laughing at and talking to him.

The last time we traveled with Ryland (during the holidays), he got really fussy and wasn’t eating well by the end of it. This time was so much better.

Oh, and my smushed calves in the test shot:

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After my run yesterday
Last Tuesday:
First, I ran a timed mile just to see what I could do. The conditions weren’t ideal (humid, 90ish, after a lunch-time binge), but I ran it in 7:41.
I ran some more after walking to recover. I felt pretty good.
Friday
This was in my parents’ neighborhood, which is 3 times higher in elevation than Montgomery and much hillier. I ran 3.41 total miles in 32 minutes. The first half-ish was slow and warm, but there was a rainbow to view and a good bit of shade. Then I had a bathroom emergency while 0.61 mi. away from my parents’ house. I walked back as quickly as I could manage, since running makes it worse. Then I ran some more and got to enjoy some rain. I was able to run so much faster in the rain even up a looong (for me) hill. I could’ve run more, but it was Mom’s homemade spaghetti time!
Monday
This one wasn’t great, but wasn’t too bad, either. I ran almost a mile, but got pretty bad lady cramps. I walked for a while until they went away, then ran some more. My Garmin died right after I started walking, but my total for the route was 2.82
Oh, and I got the orange striped dress. I’m going to try it on at home for Jeremy to see what he thinks in person.

After my run yesterday


Last Tuesday:


First, I ran a timed mile just to see what I could do. The conditions weren’t ideal (humid, 90ish, after a lunch-time binge), but I ran it in 7:41.

I ran some more after walking to recover. I felt pretty good.

Friday


This was in my parents’ neighborhood, which is 3 times higher in elevation than Montgomery and much hillier. I ran 3.41 total miles in 32 minutes. The first half-ish was slow and warm, but there was a rainbow to view and a good bit of shade. Then I had a bathroom emergency while 0.61 mi. away from my parents’ house. I walked back as quickly as I could manage, since running makes it worse. Then I ran some more and got to enjoy some rain. I was able to run so much faster in the rain even up a looong (for me) hill. I could’ve run more, but it was Mom’s homemade spaghetti time!

Monday


This one wasn’t great, but wasn’t too bad, either. I ran almost a mile, but got pretty bad lady cramps. I walked for a while until they went away, then ran some more. My Garmin died right after I started walking, but my total for the route was 2.82

Oh, and I got the orange striped dress. I’m going to try it on at home for Jeremy to see what he thinks in person.

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I know I haven’t done any updates I said I was going to do or checked on my dash in a while, but I need opinions. I’m going to ask Jeremy, too.

The two dresses are the exact same cut, size (4, so that means I’m not as big as I think I am), price ($22!!!), and fit. I have 2 questions.

1. Do they even look good on me?

2. If so, which one? I have a lot of blue stuff, but I’m not sure about the orange near my face. The lighting was terrible, of course, but I tried to show it the best I could.

What do y’all think?

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Full weekend recap & run recaps (I’ve had two good ones that I haven’t mentioned) will come Monday-ish.
For now, here’s a picture of Ryland demolishing my mom’s spaghetti.

Full weekend recap & run recaps (I’ve had two good ones that I haven’t mentioned) will come Monday-ish.

For now, here’s a picture of Ryland demolishing my mom’s spaghetti.

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At my parents’ house until Saturday.
It’s been raining almost all day, but stopped so we could take pictures on the porch.

At my parents’ house until Saturday.

It’s been raining almost all day, but stopped so we could take pictures on the porch.

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Tumblr Tuesday of Wednesday: running inspirations

I decided to do something different this week instead of my crushes.  All of these women inspire me in running in one way or another. I had thought about talking about them individually, but I didn’t want people to not check out their blogs (though you’re probably already following all of them) because you don’t like my descriptions.

Now, in the order in which they appear in my following list, I present:

fromlazytolively

activealways

shrinkingmomma

angeldrinkstea

happyhealthycook

chelsearuns

easybeinggreene

ariavie

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shortmom:

newidentity-athlete:

Shortmom is the SmartestMom.
Thanks for the reminder that I can be my own inspiration.
After the gym, I plan on perusing my archive for ideas, advice, and inspiration.

This goes for most of us! Were you once on the wagon, but then fell off? Go back and look at your archives from when you were at your BEST. Follow your own example and be your own inspiration!

What if you’re trying to get on a new wagon. I want to get back on the wagon but not the one I was on before.

shortmom:

newidentity-athlete:

Shortmom is the SmartestMom.

Thanks for the reminder that I can be my own inspiration.

After the gym, I plan on perusing my archive for ideas, advice, and inspiration.

This goes for most of us! Were you once on the wagon, but then fell off? Go back and look at your archives from when you were at your BEST. Follow your own example and be your own inspiration!

What if you’re trying to get on a new wagon. I want to get back on the wagon but not the one I was on before.

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Sometimes a binge follows a really good day that was preceded by several pretty good days.

I was even feeling good decent about my stomach today.

That doesn’t mean that I will let this become a bad day. My days are not good or bad because of my food choices. Eating a ridiculous amount of pizza is not a crime.

In Ryland news, three of those four teeth have broken through, and the fourth is pretty close. Now one of his favorite things to do is to crawl to my chair, pull up on my leg, and then bite my thigh. It hurts and tickles at the same time.

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Yesterday I decided not to go with my usual jeans & graphic tee for running errands and put on one of my favorite shirts instead.  
First, we had to go get a new tire. A few weeks ago, we got new struts on the front, but we still felt a wobble while driving.  Jeremy took it to get the wheel balanced, and the shop found out that the tire was actually separating and there was a knot in it.
Friday, I took it to the shop from which we got our tires because they were still  under warranty. After looking at it, the owner (someone we used to go to church with) said that I’d have to come back Monday after lunch because they didn’t have my tire.  He said that after they took off the old tire and broke it down, they’d be able to tell if it was covered by the warranty, but that I’d still have to pay some because they prorate it. He also said to drive as little as possible on it. We went in Jeremy’s truck all weekend.
Yesterday when I went in, it ended up ALL being covered! We got a new tire for free!
After that, Ryland & I went to Walmart, Publix, and Winn-Dixie. I always scope out the ads online to see what to buy from which grocery store.
Oh, and the thing I needed to tell:
Yesterday, on the way to the body shop, I picked up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s because I had a coupon. I was eating it in the car. Then I realized that I didn’t really like the flavor and threw the rest (about half) away! This is big, big, big for me! Usually, I’ll just keep on eating even if I’m not enjoying it. During our other errands, I kept thinking about picking up some fast food, but I realized that I wasn’t hungry, so I never got any! We were out about 4 1/2 hours!

marathonmelissa replied to your post: Oh, you know, just finished r…
Look at those shoulders! Ryland is good weight lifting! ;)
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Lovin dem shoulders, woman. ;)
It’s definitely all holding Ryland & pushing him in the stroller. I don’t ever do arm workouts any more.

Yesterday I decided not to go with my usual jeans & graphic tee for running errands and put on one of my favorite shirts instead.  

First, we had to go get a new tire. A few weeks ago, we got new struts on the front, but we still felt a wobble while driving.  Jeremy took it to get the wheel balanced, and the shop found out that the tire was actually separating and there was a knot in it.

Friday, I took it to the shop from which we got our tires because they were still  under warranty. After looking at it, the owner (someone we used to go to church with) said that I’d have to come back Monday after lunch because they didn’t have my tire.  He said that after they took off the old tire and broke it down, they’d be able to tell if it was covered by the warranty, but that I’d still have to pay some because they prorate it. He also said to drive as little as possible on it. We went in Jeremy’s truck all weekend.

Yesterday when I went in, it ended up ALL being covered! We got a new tire for free!

After that, Ryland & I went to Walmart, Publix, and Winn-Dixie. I always scope out the ads online to see what to buy from which grocery store.

Oh, and the thing I needed to tell:

Yesterday, on the way to the body shop, I picked up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s because I had a coupon. I was eating it in the car. Then I realized that I didn’t really like the flavor and threw the rest (about half) away! This is big, big, big for me! Usually, I’ll just keep on eating even if I’m not enjoying it. During our other errands, I kept thinking about picking up some fast food, but I realized that I wasn’t hungry, so I never got any! We were out about 4 1/2 hours!

marathonmelissa replied to your post: Oh, you know, just finished r…

Look at those shoulders! Ryland is good weight lifting! ;)
Lovin dem shoulders, woman. ;)

It’s definitely all holding Ryland & pushing him in the stroller. I don’t ever do arm workouts any more.

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