Monday, June 28, 2010

stunned sometimes and a Nuu Muu dress giveaway!

his giveaway is closed!  Thanks for participating!

  Sometimes little moments hit me hard. I realize that my life is nothing at all as I imagined it would be even a few months ago.  The people and opportunities that have come my way have been life changing and wonderful.  I mean hell, I am a mother of 4 boys. Not at all what I would have thought would be my biggest priority nor that I would be with Jaymon for all these years through so much. We still like each other too!

  I have grown, transformed and dropped off much baggage along the way that I had been carrying for years that were holding me back and making my journey so tough.
I had to fix my head and heart enough to where I could get the stress and emotional eating under control and start using the running as a tool to help melt the pounds.This has been crutial in my weight loss.   After I changed my perception about some things and dug deep and took a hard look at myself and what really needed to change was when I was able to stick with an eating plan and make running a priority.  I didn't rush around panicking inside and taking any quick fix I could get to ease the stress and suffering.  I was also able to realize that the foods I ran to for comfort were making my anxiety skyrocket and caused a viscous cycle.
I encourage anyone who has an emotional eating issue to try eliminating gluten and dairy for a trial period of a few weeks to see if you feel better. Amazingly enough foods don't always make you feel ill if they don't agree with you.  They can cause depression and anxiety as well.

  Many tears of fear, rage, and joy have been shed alone while my legs were moving and my heart and lungs were pumping. The silent moments when the noise inside has quieted down after running out the noise.These days 9 miles is the sweet spot.  The soul searching while running has been  a huge factor in my happiness today and continues to be.  Barefoot running was key since I can run the miles without hurting.

  Its been scary to say the least to look inside at oneself and accept what is there.  I regress and backtrack and make the same stupid mistakes sometimes but overall I am liking more and more the person I have become. I have changed some of my patterns or at least am able to recognize when my subconscious wants to go in a certain direction and I can head that off and have some control. When I eff up I am able to accept that I effed up and move on without throwing away everything in a fit of depressive self deprecating pitty partying.
 I have accepted that I have no idea what I will be doing or where life will take me.  I lean on Jaymon when I get overwhelmed and say to my self "buck up buckaroo" and hold my head up and at least try to  look like I know what I am doing!

When I am feeling down or like I just can't take it another second I tell myself, after looking inside at the resevoir of moxie, that in fact I do have more. One of my mantras is "you've got more girlie".  Sometimes if I really need to kick myself in the rear then its "you've got more you tough bitch!".  "Suck it up buttercup" is a good one too!

Sometimes I just fake it.  I act like I know what I am doing since its better than acting confused and on the edge of defeat.  It also helps to look good.  A cute outfit certainly doesn't hurt.  When you are out there struggling in any way, it helps to look sexy doing it!
                                                        (gotta love that running farmers tan!)
Coincidentally, after having a morning of surreal appreciation of my journey, I got home to find an email from Enid at Nuu Muu exercise dresses agreeing to sponsor a giveaway of one of their fabulous dresses to one of you.

  So now you have the opportunity to try something new!  I am really digging the idea of running in a dress. Its an appropriate dress since it moves with you and so cute!  I love my running skirts and this is really just an extension of that style.
Check out the gallery!
Also take a gander at the sizing chart!  Love the names of the sizes.  I am a Marvelous if you wanted to know.
So head on over to Nuu Muu and take a look around.  Remember that they have their dresses made in smaller batches so availability can vary.

In case you missed it I reviewed my Nuu Muu dress here an a follow up after running in it here.
There are two mandatory entries. You must post a comment for each thing you do.  Boys, you are welcome to enter for your ladies too or if you really want a dress you just have to post a photo if its for you!

  1. Be a follower of this blog. Either tell me you already are or that you are a new friend (leave a comment)
  2. Check out Nuu Muu exercise dresses and tell me what you would like from them.
There are other ways to enter but only after you have done the above. Make sure you leave a comment for each of the following as well!

  • post a link on your blog to this giveaway
  • facebook, twitter, ect and let me know in a comment each time you do.
Giveaway ends on July 5th at 11:59. I will announce the winner on the 6th.
    Best of luck to you!

    157 comments:

    Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

    I follow on Google Reader! What a terrific post!!!

    Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

    I love all of the designs, but the one that really stands out to me is the "Irongirl." Love it!!!

    JOYfilled Family said...

    i'm a follower!

    JOYfilled Family said...

    i love the options for girls. i would choose a "not so plain jane" for myself.

    misszippy said...

    Love the field of flowers and the not-so-plain jane!

    misszippy said...

    Follower of course!

    misszippy said...

    Posting on my blog

    LauraElaine said...

    Angie - What an amazing post. Congrats to you for seeing what a great person you are!
    I am a follower :)

    Anonymous said...

    Already a follower; I really like Iron Girl.

    Tien-Tien said...

    I follow you with my google reader.

    LauraElaine said...

    ohhhh so many cute designs to choose from! I like Bubbles, Iron Girl, and Purple.

    LauraElaine said...

    Heading over to post this on the sidebar of my blog! Have a great night!

    Tien-Tien said...

    And i love the x-dress (and this post! Very heartfelt)

    S Club Mama said...

    I'm a follower

    S Club Mama said...

    I like Fiesta or Sassy (in Lovely)

    Alanna said...

    I'm a follower.

    Alanna said...

    I like the x-dress and fiesta.

    Alanna said...

    Linked to my sidebar.

    amocurrare said...

    follow you daily:)

    AshleyR said...

    I'm a follower.

    amocurrare said...

    LOVE the iron girl in a L(ovely)

    AshleyR said...

    I would like to have a bubbles dress or Fleur.

    busyrunningmama said...

    I'm a follower!

    busyrunningmama said...

    Love the Fleur style - suck cute dresses! Hope I win!!

    amocurrare said...

    Just linked to this giveaway~

    AshleyR said...

    I've addedd this give away to my side bar.

    amocurrare said...

    linked on facebook:)

    lish said...

    I am already a follower!

    lish said...

    I love the Foxtrot and admire your heartfelt post...you are an amazing mother, wife, woman and runner :)

    lish said...

    I linked you on my blog www.superindi.blogspot.com

    MCM Mama said...

    Great post!

    I'm a follower!

    Tricia said...

    I'm a follower!

    Tricia said...

    loving the fiesta dress!

    sarahde said...

    I follow Barefoot Angie Bee=)

    sarahde said...

    I love the Iron Girl print.

    Anonymous said...

    I'm a follower!

    Anonymous said...

    I like Puuurple- pretty color.

    julie said...

    I am a follower.

    julie said...

    I like the Puurple dress.

    Karen said...

    I follow you.

    Karen said...

    I like the x dress.

    Kate said...

    I'm a follower!

    Kate said...

    And I like the Puurple dress, but I'm pretty sure it's only available in XS. (P.S. where is the sizing you referred to? I looked at the sizing chart, and it seemed pretty straightforward - S, M, L, etc. I want a cool size!)

    Rad Runner said...

    Oh I am a total follower! Have been will continue to BE, and may I add the dress looks FABULOUS on you!

    Rad Runner said...

    Could the city cat be any more appropriate for me? I am a total city gal, and I would love me some animal prints on the streets!

    Rad Runner said...

    Totally linked on my blog giveaway list!

    AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

    Buttercup, I am SO a proponent of 'fake it til' ya make it' in the world;-)

    I am a follower and cool giveaway too.

    Mary said...

    I am a follower already!

    Mary said...

    Purple, Iron girl (!!) or firefly for sure, they are all beautiful! Perfect for my DEC marathon! ;)

    Mary said...

    Tweeted about it, will tweet more later! :)

    Christine Jensen said...

    I am a follower :)

    Christine Jensen said...

    I like the Tango (by the way I forgot to say that I follow as Chris in Google)

    EricaH said...

    i am a follower and really really like the puurple

    Anonymous said...

    I'm a follower, thanks.

    Anonymous said...

    Mmmm a sassy Puurple caught my eye, too bad that appears to be out of stock.

    Cheers.

    Josh said...

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    Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

    faithful follower :)

    Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

    i was soooo hoping you would do a giveaway for this dress, im so intrigued by it!!! there is a blue one on the front page that i like, but cant find it in the store, but i also like the firefly one too

    Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

    posted on the sidebar of my blog

    AshleyR said...

    Posted a link to your blog on my FB status.

    Molly said...

    I follow you, and really enjoyed reading this post in particular.

    Molly said...

    I like the Olivia dress, in the solid color. Suits me more than some of the florals, but they're all great looking.

    Junie B said...

    I am a follower already!! And I have you on Facebook too!!

    Loooooooooooove running in skirts/dresses!

    I would choose either the X Dress or the Soiree!!! Extra small would be my size!!!

    Molly said...

    Tweet!

    abbi said...

    I'm a follower

    abbi said...

    I like the not-so-plan-jane in coco!

    Adam Gentile said...

    Great postive post and outlook on life!

    Adam

    Courtney said...

    Great post, Angie!

    Tracy said...

    I'm a follower

    Tracy said...

    I like the Bubbles Fiesta print. Very fun!

    Tracy said...

    I linked this on my blog

    Makita said...

    I'm a follower! :)

    Makita said...

    So many great prints! I like the Limelight print. :)

    Makita said...

    I posted a link and blurb on my blog! :)

    Sarah AJ said...

    Great post! I'm already a follower.

    Sarah AJ said...

    Love the Coco (why don't I have any brown running gear?!) and Fleur.

    Makita said...

    I posted a link on my Facebook profile. :)

    Katie said...

    I am a follower!

    Katie said...

    I like the bluebelle dress!

    Sarah AJ said...

    Tweeted. :)

    Katie said...

    facebooked it!

    Katie said...

    Have it on my blog sidebar!

    funderson said...

    I love this post. Running is very emotional for me too. Its amazing all the crap I can run out.
    I want the Fiesta dress please!!!

    Stephanie said...

    I'm a follower and spent about an hour window shopping yesterday after reading your review. So Cute!

    Stephanie said...

    I'm torn between bubbles and any of the solid colors.

    Stephanie said...

    I hope my running friends check out the link I posted on facebook!

    Emz said...

    a dress???? no way.

    Love it.

    Emz said...

    I like "irongirl".

    Emz said...

    i follow!!

    Stephanie said...

    I am a follower!

    Stephanie said...

    I really like the Iron Girl and the Fox Trot! Sooo freaking cute! Hope I win!

    Pebblekeeper said...

    I am a new follower who learned about you today from Makita's site.

    Pebblekeeper said...

    I like Coco. I like plain, or x girl. :)

    Marlene said...

    This is a beautiful, enlightening post. Thank you for sharing some of your own struggle/journey that has taken you to the place you are today.

    I'm a follower!

    Marlene said...

    I just checked out their line (so cute) and I'd go with City Cat.

    Musings of a Housewife said...

    oooooh I love it! I love the Bubbles.

    Musings of a Housewife said...

    I just followed you on Google Friend Connect!

    kat said...

    Love the post very inspiring and gives me hope that I can combat my eating demons one day as well, thanks for sharing.

    meeyeehere said...

    I follow you and I love the X dress!

    Cynthia O'H said...

    I follow you.

    Cynthia O'H said...

    I love your dress and think it would be PERFECT.

    Cynthia O'H said...

    I linked you in.

    CCJade23 said...

    I'm a follower of your blog.

    CCJade23 said...

    I love the Olivia dress. Love the color.

    CCJade23 said...

    Just tweeted about your giveaway @CCJade23

    Ashley said...

    I follow you!!

    Ashley said...

    I love the Fox Trot dress! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway :-).

    Kerrie T. said...

    Follower here!

    Also, wanted to tell you that this is an excellent post. :)

    Berryfine said...

    I am a follower!

    Berryfine said...

    You look so great in yours! I never thought I would want one but I'd love to try out the Iron Girl!

    Berryfine said...

    Just added your contest to my contest page: http://fromfat2fab2009.blogspot.com

    Karen said...

    I follow! :)

    Karen said...

    I love the foxtrot... Size sassy. Lol

    Mary said...

    I blogged about your giveaway here:http://www.fitthisgirl.com/2010/06/kale-chips-sunshine.html

    And gave you props for my coconut oil winnings!! :)

    Mary said...

    I tweeted the giveaway a second time as well!

    Zeba said...

    I am a new reader. I follow you on Google.

    Zeba said...

    I love these Fiesta,Foxglove,Fleur,Bluebelle

    ShellBell said...

    Those old demons come back at the strangest times I think. I love your attitude and how you handle them. Just being so aware of your feelings is half the battle I think. It's easy to suppress them. You give me inspiration to live a healthier life!

    shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

    I am a faithful (lately silent) follwer. ~ darn palm pre+ does not make for easy commenting when I don't have a computer handy!!

    ~~~Super cute in that dress! I loved your post. I agree that running allows the runner to turn those eyes inward (if a person choses or dares to!). I have achieved a lot of personal growth and awareness through the time I spent running!

    shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

    I love Fleur and Limelight. I love this product! How did you find them???

    shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

    Posting a link on FB.

    shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

    ...and linking you on in post.

    Kovas Palubinskas said...

    I'm a follower

    Kovas Palubinskas said...

    I can't decide if I'd pick a dress for my daughter or my wife. If you get us 2, I'll get one in my size, post the photo, and then do a giveaway!

    Kovas Palubinskas said...

    Linked in sidebar

    Kovas Palubinskas said...

    Tweeted @kovasp

    TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

    I am a follower!

    TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

    I love the Olivia dress. Too cute!

    TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

    You are linked on my sidebar!

    Amara said...

    you are on my bookmarks bar, and have been a regular reader for the last month or so. Love your writing style and approach to live. Irreverent and fierce.
    I especially would like the fleur.

    Amara said...

    Also - I am also going to pass along to Sal at alreadypretty who was looking for some good exercise wear. She would love this!

    Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

    posted again on my Thumbs Up! Thursday post :)

    Lynette said...

    I'm a follower!

    Lynette said...

    I really like the Firefly, but it says it's not available =( My second favorite would be Puurple

    Anonymous said...

    I follow!

    Anonymous said...

    Tweeted it!

    Anonymous said...

    I really like the Iron Girl dress! Love the solid color with the accent ribbing :)

    Iris said...

    LOVE the Foxtrot style! I'm a big fan of the skort, so the dress is the next logical step. Super super cute. I'm following you on my feed and via the spouse, Barefoot Josh.

    shel said...

    you know i follow. i love the fleur dress. it's hot

    Sarah said...

    i'm a follower of your blog :)

    Sarah said...

    i like any of the not-so-plain jane dresses... Foxtrot, purple, etc. :)

    Sarah said...

    http://twitter.com/sekeil5/status/17576326106

    posted on twitter

    obxbchgrl said...

    I follow your blog on Google Reader, though sometimes I come visit "in person".

    obxbchgrl said...

    Pick one dress? How is that possible?

    I really like Soiree and Olivia, though I think Coco and City Cat are awesome as well.

    My size is somewhere between Marvelous and Lovely. Give me 6 weeks and it will definitely be Marvelous!

    Tortuga_Runner said...

    New follower here, love your honesty, thank you!

    Tortuga_Runner said...

    I love the Foxtrot, but the Tango, Olivia and Iron Girl sure are super cute too!

    Tortuga_Runner said...

    Your giveaway is officially on my blog!

    Mary said...

    Just sent out another tweet on the giveaway, I LOVE these dresses! Working hard! :)

    bobbie said...

    I am a follower

    bobbie said...

    I like the fluer dress

    bobbie said...

    tweeted it @bobbie087

    bobbie said...

    posted it on facebook

    jen said...

    I already follow blog.

    jen said...

    I like the puuurple dress and the Fleur.

    Stacie said...

    I'm a follower!!!

    Stacie said...

    I like the x-dress, purple, & iron girl dress so far.

    Stacie said...

    I tweeted ~ windyrunner. It's still only 11:30 here so I hope I still count.

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