Did you order pants pants?

That title is only funny if you're aware that Joe sometimes calls me pants...lol.  It's kind of like a pet name but there's usually another word attached like "skinny pants" or "crappy pants."  Anyway he asked me that question on Monday afternoon because I really need some new pants.  I realized that morning while trying to get dressed that I only have 5 work appropriate pairs of pants that fit me.  It didn't help that 3 of them were in the wash.  I changed clothes at least 3 times before work and it was legitimately because nothing fit not because I didn't like my outfit.  I told Joe I was going to buy some new pants and he couldn't stop me; he mentioned something about a $50 limit and I said I'd do my best.  What, you're wondering what I ended up wearing?  Here it is: Ann Taylor Loft turtleneck sweater with skinny black dress pants from The Gap, fishnet knee highs and black Naturalizer pumps.  No worries I have a hair appointment for Thursday, those bangs will be tamed soon.
I was running late because of all the clothing drama so I quickly made us some protein shakes = 392 calories.
Work is a little bit of a disaster right now, there's a lot of moving going on this week so it's difficult to get anything done.  I packed up a lot of my promotional stuff in the morning and threw out some catalogs that I won't need.  I don't move until Friday so hopefully the rest of the week will be a little quieter.  Good news, I actually managed to eat lunch with other people!  When I started to get hungry around 1ish I went to grab my lunch bag and a few ladies were just sitting down to eat & asked me to join them, so I did.  Nothing very interesting to report but it was nice to get away from my desk.
At some point during the afternoon Joe asked how the great pants search was going.  I let him know I had ordered 3 pairs of size 10 petite pants from Ann Taylor Loft for $127.  He joked that I had gone over budget and that set me off.  I typed an easily 3 page text message about how I'm not even sure they'll fit when they get here (I measured myself but I'm an 8 or 10 or somewhere in between depending on the store) and it's so unfair that all women's pants fit differently and I have no time to spend at a store trying things on, etc.  He suggested I try Burlington Coat Factory or Boscov's because he has luck there.  I'm not opposed to looking but I don't usually have much luck in the petite section because wasists are usually cut too high, I like them below my belly button.  After I finished my rant he offered to meet me for dinner & to help find pants after work/the gym.

I was excited to use my Garmin Forerunner 405cx for the first time during group power that night!  The only problem was that I had no idea how to use it!  Once I got changed and set up my equipment it was time to figure it out.  I called Angela and she walked me through what she does.  Because there are only settings for running & cycling you have to use one of them while your exercising then update it on your computer after it uploads.  She had me set a simple workout with 3 mile distance, because I wasn't actually moving a distance I wouldn't run out of time.  When I got home I synced it and it said I only burned 232 calories!  I asked Angela if that was normal and she realized she forgot to tell me to turn off the GPS.  Oh well, I'll try again some other day this week.
I called Joe when I got to the car after class.  He was walking out of work at the exact same time!  We decided to meet a Burlington first then see what happened from there.  I put on a happy face and gave myself a pep talk on the way over that this could go well, I could find pants that fit me in a store.  The gym is much closer to the store so I started looking around while waiting for Joe.  I asked one of the people stocking if they had a designated petite pants area and she pointed me to these 2 racks.  That's right, 2 racks...
I grabbed every pair of dress pants they had in a size 8 or 10 (about 6 pairs) then headed to the dressing room.  I ended up buying two, one is a size 8(!) from NY & Co and the other is a 10 by a Raffaelo.  The second pair came up a little higher then I normally like but there's something about them and for $11.99 it couldn't hurt to get them.  My grand total was $19.24!  That's crazy!  Next we tried Boscov's, they had a much larger selection but the prices were higher.  I only tried on 3 pairs and 2 were too high waisted, but I did buy one pair for $21.34.  I told Joe we'll have to come back when we have more time to try on and figure out which brands have the cuts I like.  Overall, not a bad experience!  By this point it was after 8pm and we were starving.  We have a friend that bar tends at TGI Friday's at this mall so we decided to see if she was there.  They were having a special 3 course dinner for $12.99, Joe ordered that and I just got a regular entree but we split his appetizer and dessert.  We started with an order of Pan Seared Pot Stickers (pork dumplings are steamed, pan-seared and served with a Szechwan dipping sauce), I had 3 = 240 calories.
I ordered the Sizzling Chicken & Cheese (two garlic-marinated chicken breasts sauteed on a sizzling skillet of onions, peppers and melted american and mexican cheeses, served with creamy mashed potatoes).  I was pleasantly surprised to see that it's only 620 calories!  Plus I was full about 2/3 of the way through so I'm tracking at 409 calories.
And for dessert Oreo Madness.  Luckily our special only came with one ice cream cookie instead of 2 which I only ate 1/2 of = 150 calories. 
By the time we finished dinner it was about 9:30 and we were ready for bed.  I hadn't been home since 8am!  We walked into the house and straight upstairs to bed.  I checked on Facebook while Joe watched a couple shows and then we were out.

How did I do on my March goals?
1. Read 2 books:  read a little before the gym, I'm about 1/2 way through
2. Burn at least 750 calories a day for at least 25 days: 2347 burned - 1502 eaten = 845 burned, 21 days total
3. 1200 fitness minutes: 60 minutes today, 1283 total for month (goal complete)
4. Eat 1 fruit or veggie with each meal for at least 20 days:  banana w/breakfast, apple w/lunch & onions and peppers w/dinner, 18 days total
5. 15 spend free days - pants pants pants pants...8 days total...


  1. Size 8, woohoo!!! And what a great deal! I miss shopping...we don't have any of the stores here that you mention in your blog. I think i'm going to have to plan a trip to NJ soon...

  2. you should come to NJ the weekend of the 17th!!