6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Test Lab Tuesday

This is the day I dedicate to all things I review. Sorry this is a little light....a lot going on in Tall Mom land..

Living, Eating and Running...

Selling and Buying a House:
We are VERY EARLY in the process of selling our home and buying a new to us home. I actually sold Real Estate for a year prior to my current job so I am relatively savvy, but WOW have I forgotten a lot. So here are my 3 cents so far.

  • 1. Cleaning and staging a house while raising two small children is TOUGH. We have a clean home, surface clean, I am not a deep cleaner. The Good news is our Realtor only spotted one thing to fix, the towels hanging on the back of the door in the bathroom..LOL!! Keeping the house is showing shape will be a test.
  • 2. Did you know that some people qualify for a "Move Up" tax credit of $6,500. Click HERE is you want to learn more. I am hoping we can sell and move in time to benefit from this program.
  • 3. The sign goes in the yard on Wednseday!! I CAN'T wait to start house shopping!!! I hope that we find 'The One' quickly and can help our boys adjust to the move with little interruption.

At the store looking for shrimp I saw a bag of Tilapia fillets, only $3+ for 1 pound of frozen fish. Seemed like a good deal. Muscle Man cooked them up today with some onion and mushroom, YUMMERS.. (The picture above was taken from Food Network, not his food) I did a quick google search for Tilapia Recipes and found a few, click HERE. We had ours tonight with some rice and broccoli, light and tasty meal.

Recovery Socks (HERE):
Last year at the Seattle Rock N Roll Expo I met Marco and he gave me a pair of recovery socks that had been sewn with the wrong colors. Those Pink socks are my SAVIORS!! These past few weeks I have worn my pink socks all day on Sundays after long runs. This Sunday I wore them while cleaning and to play Volleyball. I can honestly say that my legs recover faster and feel better because of these socks. The price tag is well worth the value, and BONUS you can run wearing them.

  • What Recovery Socks Says: Blogger wont let me paste so go check it out HERE.. And watch for more info in the weeks to come....think Recovery Socks Giveaway :)

I often look through quote website, I LOVE quotes!! Today I found the quote below:
"It's so hard when I have to,
and so easy when I want to."
Annie Gottlier

Think about this is relation to running, working out, eating right, work, anything really. We as human enjoys things more when we WANT to do it. This trick is to retrain the brain to believe that the "Have to" can also be a "Want to." Does not always work. Often we spend so much time fretting about what we "Have to" do that it takes away from our joy. This week on your runs approach it with a WANT TO heart and see how it feels.

  • PS. I have sent out 2 Weekly Inspiration Emails to the 1,000+++ Clubbers, if you want to be added to the email list please let me know. I am aiming for Monday nights.


  • Any great products I should know about?


Marlene said...

Yay! First!

I don't think I got the Inspiration Emails... unless they got lost in a sea of stuff.

LOVE RECOVERY SOCKS! Can't wait for a chance to win. I need a new pair... I ended up running in mine for the Disney races and it was a-maz-ing.

Happy Tuesday!

Redhead Running said...

So exciting about the house! Yay!!!

I am in love with my recovery socks! I wear them after my tough runs and especially after my long runs. They are my savior!

J said...

I love tilapia! I bet Brian would have me make it every week cause he loves it even more than me! Sending happy moving thoughts to WA so your home selling/buying goes smoothly and as stress-less as possible!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that quote!!!!

Micki said...

Ok...silly question, but what exactly are recovery socks?

I hated trying to keep the house clean with a one and a half year old and two BIG dogs :) Good luck!!!


Good luck with the house!

OK, so I was totally going to buy those pink Recovery Socks on Sunday (since you know how I feel about cute socks), but the price tag stopped me. Now, I am going to have to get them since you made them sound so wonderful ... maybe I'll get them as an early birthday present to myself!

saundra said...

I was just expressing that very sentiment on another blog yesterday. It pretty much sums up my aversion to training for marathons. But I'm working on the brain re-training.

I need to get me some of those socks!

Kerrie said...

LOVE, LOVE the quote. It can be applied to so many things!

Suzy said...

Hmmm, I don't think I got any inspirational e-mails...can you add me to the list?

Love the socks. It sounds like they are worth it.

Laura said...

I think I am going to have to buy some recovery socks as I never seem to be able to win them. Do you just use them for recovery or wear them for running?
Good luck on the house - selling/moving are stressful events.

Melissa said...

The quote is fantastic. Love it!

Aimee said...

Having 2 young boys I can only imagine how tough it would be to keep the house clean for showing. Here's wishing you the best of luck with selling your house and finding your "dream" home!

I don't have recovery socks, but I love love love my recovery tights! They helped so much during my Half Ironman training! I met the socks are awesome too!

Kathleen said...

Man, Tilapia is the BEST.

Zoë said...

Dude, I need some of those pink socks...seriously.

So excited to hear about your new house hunting! :)

Zoë said...

Dude, I need some of those pink socks...seriously.

So excited to hear about your new house hunting! :)

teacherwoman said...

So exciting to be moving! Awesome!

I love the looks of those pink recovery socks. I might just have to fork over the money and get me a pair!

Tilapia? I have never had it before. A friend of mine makes it, so I might have to see if she would like to make some for me to try!

I love quotes too! Thanks for sharing!

lacey said...

i love recovery socks!!!!!!!! SO cool you got "off" colors!!!!! :)

mmmm tilapia... fish is def the one thing i miss from the switch to vegan!

Katie A. said...

Good luck with the house! My hubbs and I will be looking for a new one here very shortly and it's exhausting!
And I have to say, I love Tuesday Test day! You reviewed a white sparkling wine from TJ's a few weeks back and it's my families (okay all the women) new favorite go to wine! Thanks as always!
Happy Tuesday girly!

Shelley said...

I was gone for a while, but I'm back to blogging (mostly). And I am so so so very glad that I didn't miss the hot pink Recovery Sock giveaway. I think it must be fate! Best of luck with the buying and selling of houses!

Alisa said...

I really enjoy the motivational emails they are great.

Marci said...

I definitely need a pair of recovery socks... esp with all this training I'm putting myself through. Can't wait to enter for a chance to win a pair!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I need some recovery socks!!! i will be watching for the giveaway!!

Good luck with the house selling! if you need to get out of the house for a showing feel free to call me!!! I am sure the boys could find something to do here!!

Julie said...

Thanks for the tip on the recovery socks...it is my next investment!! Have a good one Mel!

JenZen said...

I swear by compression socks! I love the zensah compression sleeves. I, of course, have the pink pair. :) And tilapia is one of our favs. We have it about once a week here...but it's much easier for us to get fresh down here on the coast.

Tricia said...

I just got in a pair of recovery socks from runningskirts.com Too bad I wont have the chance to wear them anytime soon :(

Oh, and a heads up. I'm hosting a hydration belt giveaway tomorrow.

justme said...

we just started looking at houses but our realtor told us we need to put our house on the market before we make a serious offer. oh have mercy, 2 young kids and trying to org and declutter a house and then make it look clean ....i might just not make it out alive. the realtor did come and look and said our main problem is the clutter, hubby is not home much so really i need to drive the train on this and WANT to but feel like I HAVE to..hehehe tie in to the quote.

tilipai - while eating one night my brother in law explained his knowledge of it and after that i have been scared.

Stacie said...

Good Luck with the selling and buying process. We were renting last year and flooded and then had to figure out a way to buy something to get us out of the situation. It was a nightmare but we are so happy with our home we found.

Great quote!!! I love quotes, too.

Recovery socks are a huge item I want and need in my running supply inventory. Can't wait for the giveaway!!!

Julia said...

Oooh recovery socks giveaway????? I really could use a pair! :)
I totally agree with the quote; I'm going to keep it in mind next time I'm feeling the dreaded "...do I have to...?"
I reviewed some products today; honey stinger and carb booms!. Hope you can check it out :)

Anonymous said...

love talapia and the recovery socks! i am going grocery shopping tomorrow and now i know what i will have for dinner. Talapia, not recovery socks. hahahhah.

happy tuesday to you too!!!!

got the inspiration email! thnx. love it!

Unknown said...

I am not a fan of fish but you made it sound tasty and the picture doesn't hurt or the fact that I am hungry reading blogs about food!hahah!

Nice quote and I like the socks to although blue is my favorite :)
Have a great evening!

Char said...

I love the quote but want to add a little to the end - it's really hard when you want to but you're not allowed to.

Anonymous said...

I'm wearing the same beautiful pink socks right now :)

ajh said...

I might have said I didn't want the emails but will you add me to the list. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I've recently re-discovered Tilapia and the whole fam loves it- even the kiddos!

Libby said...

Good luck selling the house! Love the pink socks

Libby said...

Can you add me to the email list to, if I'm not already on there haha
libbyvermeulen at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Yes, please add me to the email list!

I do not have, nor have I ever worn recovery socks, but it sounds like I should! I will keep an eye out for the giveaway!!

When we sold our last house, we had to rent a storage unit to hide our stuff so it made the house look bigger. I think it worked! Good luck on the selling!!

RunningFromCancer said...

I love tilapia - maybe not the best way to cook it - but love blackened tilapia fish taco's . . . to die for. ;-)

I have read a lot about recovery socks and really think I will try them.

Unknown said...

Good luck with the house!

I love the "want to" advice. You always know exactly what I need to hear!!

Becca said...

Hi Mel!

Those Recovery Socks look AMAZING. I didnt get an email on the 1000+ club list could you add me to the list. :) I am on the spreadsheet :)

beccaalley at gmail dot com

Carly said...

Good luck with the house! I was just telling someone that I am scared to death about selling our house....I have no idea how I am going to keep it show ready with three crazy kiddos. LOL

Love the recovery socks. I am looking into a pair for myself.

Badgergirl said...

I love the motivational e-mails you've been sending out to 1,000+++ mile club members. I really need to start printing them out and making some kind of binder of inspiring stuff. :)

I've been debating about snagging myself a pair socks. First I wasn't sure I wanted to deal with the price tag and then I wasn't sure which kind. But I've been hearing so many good things about the ones you reviewed today I just might have to splurge in the near future.

Good luck on the house selling and hunting!

benjatc said...

Wierd. I did a google image search for Nuun and recognized your photo in the search results. It was pulling the image from your Aug. 2009 contest. Anywyas, keep up the great work.

Denise said...

Good luck selling the house. Right now I'm addicted to Real Estate Intervention. Have you seen it?

Oh, and I couldn't live without my recovery socks!

Stephanie Nichole said...

I haven't gotten an email :( I know I'm on the 1000 list... oh no! I'm missing out.

H Love said...

love the emails...especially as the end of month 1 approaches.

Can't wait to learn more about the socks...please share. Very exciting...love all the goodies that go with running and I love your ATTITUDE!!