Awesome weekend

The best part about my new job – other than the part where I quite love it – is that I only work Tuesday-Friday. that means that today – Sunday – I am only mid-way through my weekend. I love that.

Yesterday I got all brave and made my own laundry detergent. All the ingredients cost about $10, and I’ll be able to make at least 4 batches, each of which should last me 2-3 months. Also, I know what’s in my detergent (water, soap, washing soda, a bit of borax, lavender essential oil – sorry architect). And, it’s WAAAY cheaper than buying my Method laundry soap ($10/year is what I’m guessing).

ETA: I was remiss & didn’t originally link to my laundry detergent source. Here it is – with color photos, ingredients, directions & everything.

Today, I took about 60 of the 80 tomatoes we had lying about (or, in other words, all the ripe ones), bought some peppers & onion, and am making salsa. I’m hoping to can about 6 pints (because that’s how many empty pint jars I have, and I forgot to buy more).

I also went for a run this morning. I met up with the Ambitious One & Junk Miles. My plan was to run 5 miles. I didn’t so much – only about 3.5.  But – since I’d run 3 miles Friday, that means I ran 6.5 in 3 days, and that’s about as much weekly increase as I should be doing. I’m going to try for a total (Monday-Sunday, starting tomorrow) of 10 for this next week. (2-3 on Tuesday, 3 on Friday, 4-5 on Sunday).

I did end up getting on the elliptical last night, so that was good. I didn’t go quite as long as I’d meant to, but I did it, and that’s the important part, right?

As for WW – I don’t think I can do it. I’d forgotten just how crazy it made me – before I rejoined, when I stepped on the scale & it was higher than I wanted, I just readjusted my food intake & was back to where I’d been maintaining. Now, when I step on the scale, I get all freaked out & stressed. I lost a little last week, but I’ve gained it back, and I feel stressed.

I think that now that I’m running again, my weight will readjust to the lower range I’d been maintaining in. I’d still like to lose about 20 lbs, but I don’t think I can do it this way. WW worked for me for my first 65 lbs (and for all the people who are shocked when I mention how much weight I lost, I’ll have photographic evidence tomorrow), but it’s not going to work for me now.

I think I’m going to buy a copy of “intuitive eating” and check out another book that my health/nutrition coach recommended (can’t remember the name of it right now, but I wrote it down somewhere).

Anyways – Sorry HTC – I just can’t do it. The good news is I won’t make you trek downtown for Monday meetings anymore!

Recent Comments

  • Julie
    November 9, 2008 - 5:11 pm ·

    Hi, I love your blog…this is my first time commenting. I’m curious about the laundry detergent. Do you mind sharing the “recipe”? Thanks!

  • ThickChick
    November 9, 2008 - 7:18 pm ·

    Oh, I totally understand. I’m facing a gain tomorrow and totally dreading seeing it! =)

    Impressive laundry detergent making – I’m w/Julie, post the recipe! So curious!

    • gazelle
      November 10, 2008 - 1:35 pm ·

      Sorry for flaking out on WW – I just can’t do it. I’m turning into crazy lady.

      Recipe link will shortly be linked in the above post.

  • Alisa
    November 9, 2008 - 7:34 pm ·

    Wow…making your own laundry detergent…that is pretty freakin awesome. I’d love to know how to make it.

    Got your email about knitting…not sure that is up my alley. BUT wine and cheese sounds good! I’ll see what I have going on.

    Running with runner buddies is always soooooo much better than running alone. I did manage to go my full 10 miles but had way more fun with the beginning part of the run with you guys. Tuesday should be interesting.

    See you at yoga tomorrow.

    • gazelle
      November 10, 2008 - 1:36 pm ·

      I’m glad you hit your 10 miles – hopefully it won’t be TOO much longer (I’m anticipating after your marathon) and we’ll be at similar distances. I think it’ll be hella helpful to have a long-run partner. I can get out & do 3-5 miles on my own, but 10-20? Much better to have some motivation.

      See you soon!

      (Laundry recipe linked in my post above now.)

  • Kristen
    November 9, 2008 - 8:17 pm ·

    So many of my co-workers do WW and a lot of them have lost a lot of weight. They showed me how many points I would have to eat and I tried it for a week and almost died. I give everyone so much credit who is able to stick to it but I can totally understand how it can make you crazy!

    I am impressed with the detergent. I am pretty sure you will just have to post the receipe.

    • gazelle
      November 10, 2008 - 1:39 pm ·

      WW really worked for me when I first needed it, but I just can’t do it now. I need to find my own way (weigh – hee).

      The laundry detergent recipe is linked in the post now – I should’ve done that yesterday.

  • MizFit
    November 10, 2008 - 1:29 pm ·

    um…holy crap? you made your own detergent.

    your weekend kicked my weekend’s ass in that department.

    and others.

    • gazelle
      November 10, 2008 - 1:40 pm ·

      Yeah – I’d rather have been in Chicago eating oatmeal! 🙂

      And you have to chase a toddler tornado almost every day – if you didn’t, I imagine you’d have time (if not the motivation) to do weird stuff like make detergent & cheese (I make the architect make the bread, now).