I'm dying to try out this recipe: Couscous with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Feta, and Mint. The Basil-Stuffed Chicken with Red Potatoes and Olives looks tasty, too, though I think Mark and I would need a smaller version of it.
I took advantage of the Labor Day sales to go to Marshall's and see if I could find a suit. I did find one--with a pleated skirt!!!! Hurray! And it's long enough that my knees don't show when I sit down, and it's comfy to sit in! The sleeves will be a pain to get altered, but the suit isn't lined, so maybe it won't be too bad.
I am mostly not impressed with the Marshall's near my house. I went in there, and it was like looking at garage sale clothes. There was very little present that could be called 'professional,' and everything they did have for winter was heavy. Thick tweed suits--I mean, really thick. Big, bulky sweaters like Mrs. Weasley would knit. This is Houston, Texas. It gets cold enough for clothes like that perhaps for seven days of the year. Overall, I felt as if I might as well have gone to a thrift store to look for a suit.
I did find a cream-colored silk-blend blouse that is quite nice, and a black, sleeveless blouse with some neat beading on it. I think the Slytherin part of me saw it, and that's the part that said, "You must buy this!"
The best part of shopping there, though, was finding the East Indian scarf and shawl. They were made of real Indian cotton--heavy--and they're warm! And they're big! They're also beautiful and must be dry-cleaned. :P Thank God for those little dry-clean things you can use in your dryer. I totally love the scarf and shawl, and I can't wait to find some excuse, any excuse, to wear them. (g)
I'm aware that my current workout, except for my walks, is not all that useful for losing weight; the leg lifts are stretches for back strength, and the arm exercises are primarily for improving muscle tone, as well. I'm on the lookout for better exercises.
Leg Lifts: Lying down on the bed, bend left leg in toward chest and hold for ten seconds. Release. Bend right leg in toward chest and hold for ten seconds. Release. Bend both legs toward chest together and hold for ten seconds. Release. Lift both legs together up straight, perpendicular to body, and hold for ten seconds. Release. (Did ten reps of these before and after a 30-minute walk.)
Walk: I try to walk at least three times a week. The walk is about a mile, and it takes me 25-30 minutes to do.
Arm exercises (100 reps each, holding a 5-lb. weight in each hand): Arm curls, Side curls, Lifting curls, then overhead lifts.
Advice on any better exercises is welcome! :) My primary interest is weight loss, but I wouldn't object to getting my muscles into better shape. I do the leg lifts to strengthen my back and as a warm-up for my walk, and they seem to work well for that; I can feel a difference.
The goal is to reduce fat at my abs, bust, and thighs, as well as along the distal sides of my ribcage.