Sharing the Event of Mother’s Day

I may not be rich. I may not be successful. I may not be gorgeous. But I make a darn cute kid, as is evidenced by the photos I’m including. Yes, I’m showing her off today. That’s practically my sole reason for blogging. She’s cute. Indulge me. Eddie treated me to a brunch at Montelle Winery in Augusta, MO, Sunday. If you know me, you know it’s one of my favorite places. To top it off, he even coordinated with my mom, and she came along, too! Three generations of Tracy/Adamson/Strimel girls noshing on good food. What could be better?

In spite of the wonderful parts, Mother’s Day was bittersweet this year. It was our last day in St. Louis and my brand new pregnancy–just confirmed last Wednesday–began miscarrying late the day before. Kind of a kick in the pants for a day devoted to mothers but, hey, stuff happens. I figured I could sit around all crampy and sad or just buck up and get on with business. I got on with business, and it was a nice day. Now I don’t advocate miscarrying and moving 700 miles in three days, but it taught me about strength and the human mind. It’s a load of crap that happiness is what you make it but…big but…you can do a lot to turn things around just with your head.

So my sage advice that I like to offer along with these philosophical pieces is this: take care of yourself, take care of those you love, and remember that you are stronger than you think you are. I don’t care who you are, what’s wrong with you, or what you’ve been through in the past…you will surprise yourself by what you can handle. And if you need to sit down and cry once it’s all over, that’s okay too.

Oh, and if you’ll permit me a couple of seconds…I think this little one was a boy. I just want to tell the world that he existed even though it was just a few weeks. If there’s a heaven somewhere, I hope he’s with his little sibling and all the little ones like him.

Been Up in the Gym Working on My Fitness, Or Day 7 of Skechers GOrun

Okay, so I couldn’t resist the Fergie song reference. I’m a card-carrying hard rocker but who doesn’t love a little Fergie sometimes?

Today marks day 7 with my Skechers GOruns. I absolutely adore them! One of my concerns had to do with barefoot running, and the possibility of funky shoes. This is so not the case. I’ve been on the treadmill every single day during my trial and they are as fresh each morning as they were on day one. So there goes that concern. The shoes are actually molding (not like the fungus) to my feet. They seem to fit and feel even better with each wear. They don’t look quite as factory-perfect now but they conform beautifully to my feet. Oh, and I have yet to wear a blister or hot spot. Unheard of, I tell you!

Here’s the best part: my knees don’t hurt at all. I mentioned last week after my first run that I didn’t have knee pain that day. I’m 7 days into it and still don’t have knee pain. I’m actually of the opinion that they perfected my stride, which has reduced the pain. I really did feel it in my Asics the day before I started this trial but not since. Perhaps this is TMI but I’ve had hormonal aches and pains (sciatica with shooting pains down my leg, hip pain, etc) since I was pregnant three years ago. During that hormonal window each month, I’ve generally been in pain since I started my foray into running. I’m still feeling some aches in my hip and back but the other pains that are exacerbated by the run are much less this month. I hate to sound like a snake oil salesman but I’m starting to wonder if it’s the shoes. I think I’ll know for sure after a couple of months of this. If it’s the GOrun style that helps, I’ll be a Skechers athletic shoes convert for life. Testify, right? (Insert goofy smiley emoticon.)

So nothing but glowing reviews so far. Along the same lines, I finally fell for the Zumba hype and ordered a set. It got here today. If you can stand another product review, look for one soon. Oh, and I also bought the Barre Method. I had outstanding gluts when I was a ballet dancer. I’m hoping it will bring some 15-year-old perkiness back to this 30-something physique.

Toodles for now.

SKECHERS’ New GOrun Running Shoes: Day 1

SKECHERS GOrun

Yesterday was like Christmas (again) around my house. FedEx showed up with a new pair of kicks from SKECHERS, the brand new GOrun. First off, I want to say thank you to SKECHERS for sending me a pair to review. To say I get excited about new shoes is an understatement.

I wanted to give an immediate review today, but I’ll continue wearing them and report back periodically to let everyone know my thoughts.

Two things struck me the moment I opened the box. First, the color orange. When I initially saw the orange on skechers.com, I thought it was kind of cool in an in-your-face sort of way. I like it so much better in person. I personally think my photo above is a better representation of the true color than what’s on SKECHERS’ site. It’s the perfect tropical orange, and it’s the color of Spring 2012 (so says Pantone). Second, the weight totally caught me off guard. They weigh next to nothing. According to the marketing materials, a woman’s size 6 weighs in at 4.9 ounces. My foot is a little–okay, a lot–bigger. My size 10 shoe weighed in at just 6.45 ounces according to my kitchen scale.

Once I put the GOrun shoes on, I immediately noticed the 4mm heel drop. According to SKECHERS, this drop puts your foot 66% closer to the ground to replicate a barefoot running experience. I’ll be honest…it felt really weird. Not bad but weird. Once I wore them around, though, it all started to feel more natural. When I put them to the test with my first run, the drop was actually quite comfortable.

4mm Heel Drop

The GOrun‘s design incorporates a roomier forefoot to allow your toes to spread, grip, and push off. To fully take advantage of this, the shoe is designed for sockless running. Now I am usually not the type to wear any athletic shoe without socks. I felt like I needed to go sockless for the full effect. I’m trusting that the OrthoLite will truly keep them from getting a funky smell. I can say that I didn’t have a single blister after my test mile, and I really did like the feel of free toes in the shoe.

Key features include the 360 flexibility, OrthoLite for sockless running and a roomier forefoot

One of the other major technological advances with the GOrun is the mid-foot strike and high-abrasion strike points, which are supposed to create extra stability and traction control. The first 1/4 of a mile, I began to think I didn’t like the strike points. Literally all of a sudden, though, I adjusted to them. I’m going to have to pay more attention to what this all may be doing for my stride. I can say that I had knee pain yesterday during my run but not today. I’m not prepared to say the GOrun stopped the knee pain but it certainly is plausible that it corrected my stride or alignment, putting less pressure on my knee. This is one area I’ll have to continue watching.

High-abrasion rubber at strike points for traction control and stability

The SKECHERS GOrun comes in 8 colors and retails for $80, which is an absolute bargain. When I realized that I needed new runners last month, I was a bit shell shocked by prices. Sure, you can get a runner for less than $50 but I didn’t find a single one in that price point that felt good and met my needs. To see this one under $100 and then to see how lightweight, comfortable and chock-full of technology it is, I think the price is a great deal.

Like I said, I’ll continue to wear them. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

Insults, Nitpicking and Hating on Our Sisters

A few days ago, a FaceBook friend posted a picture of Kate Gosselin walking the red carpet. I’m not a follower of Kate’s show or escapades but she’s a beautiful woman. Heck, if I had that kind of body after having one, let alone the 6 or 7 or however many kids she’s birthed, I would be strutting everywhere in a string bikini. Upon loading FB later, I saw the same post with a huge list of comments like “She’s ugly inside” and “She paid for that body.” Now, I don’t know Kate Gosselin. She may very well be “ugly on the inside” but I’m betting none of those women (oh, yeah, did I mention the comments were all from women?) have met her either. So why the hate?

I abhor stereotypes, but by-and-large, women seem to choose insults and nitpicking when they feel inadequate or lack confidence. To be totally honest, I’ve done the same. And to be even more honest, it wasn’t until the last few years that I’ve stopped hating women. What have I hated? The cattiness, infighting and struggles to gain superiority for no particular reason other than to hurt or “put her in her place.” It was the ultrasound that revealed Zoey’s sex that began to change me. I don’t hate women now. I don’t like a whole boatload of them but I don’t hate women. They are struggling the same way I am…some just use a poor arsenal.

The moment the sonogram tech saw “girl parts,” my focus changed from what I hate to what I need to teach a future woman. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am not confident in my looks. Textbook-wise, I should be a Barbie or Victoria’s Secret model (tall, busty, blond, thin…in my adult years) but somehow it didn’t all translate like that. Oh well. I’m kind of past all that at this point. I need to be a strong woman who appreciates herself AND other women so that my daughter will grow up to be a strong woman (which should be the textbook definition of “gorgeous”).

I realized the other day that I toss out compliments all the time. If I had a nickel for the number of times I’ve posted “You are beautiful!” on a FaceBook comment, I’d be wealthy. But I MEAN IT! I’m (almost) past trying to compare myself to others and I am past putting down others to bolster my confidence. I started this for my daughter but it’s made me feel so much better about women and about myself.

Before I close, let me tell you…You Are Beautiful!