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Healthy Habits I’ve Kept, and Healthy Habits I’ve Lost

27 Mar

After I lost the majority of my weight, I became obsessed with having as many ‘healthy habits’ as I could in order to maintain my weight. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve gained a bit of weight back. So, I thought I would highlight some of those healthy habits that I’ve kept and which ones I’ve lost in the past year or so. I would like to get most of these healthy habits back, so I’ll say it, then I’ll do it!

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Eating a healthy breakfast.


I’m actually great about eating a healthy breakfast. I always manage to get a good balance of protein, carbs and fat, and I always get some fruit and/or veggies in there as well (definitely try peas on your eggs if you haven’t already). Unfortunately, it’s usually lunch and dinner when I fall off the wagon. I haven’t been very good at bringing snacks with me to work, so by lunch time and dinner, I’m starving and I end up eating way too much. I can definitely improve in this area by snacking smart.

Healthy Habit I’ve Lost: Taking the stairs

My office is on the third floor, and I used to be religious about taking the stairs every single time. Well, I’ve definitely lost this healthy habit. Starting today, however, I decided that I’m banned from the elevator. I think I can improve here by giving myself some sort of stair related reward. A star chart in my office? A weekly stair climbing goal? I’ll think on this, but in the meantime if you have any suggestions, I’ll take them.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Running

So grateful for this one!


I’m training for the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, and I’ve been pretty great about sticking to my training plan. I’m definitely going to stick with it! I’ve also purchased two five-class passes for a local yoga studio, so I’m definitely getting my yoga in. The only thing that is suffering fitness wise is weight training. I have no interest in doing even a short body weight or free weights exercise lately. I don’t know what my deal is. I can improve here by making a workout plan each week that includes a yoga class, running and one or two strength sessions.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept/Lost: Counting Calories

This one is a toss up. Although I’ve been logging my food religiously, I’ve gotten in the habit of ignoring things like cocktails and sugary creamer in my coffee.


Green beers on St. Patty’s Day

I know these things add up – to a lot – but I’ve been having trouble tossing them and not logging them at all is absolutely terrible. I can improve here by logging these things so I can see the damage I’m doing to my healthy lifestyle, and hopefully cutting back on these things.

Healthy Habit I’ve Lost: Walking

It’s been a long winter, huh?

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I used to walk Frank every morning and walk home from work every evening — and that was the very least amount of walking I would do every day. Since we’ve moved to the new house, I haven’t been walking to or from work because it’s a bit farther. But, as I learned during some nice weather we had last week, it’s not too far to walk. It turns out that it is exactly 2 miles from my office to our front door, and it’s a nice walk through the park and everything.

As for walking Frank, I’m going to commit to start walking him in the mornings again. The reason that stopped is mostly winter. It’s been dark until after we leave for work, and the evenings have been cold. I walk him when I can — but I need to do it more often. We both need the exercise. While I’ve kept up very long walks on the weekends (we usually do 3-4 miles most weekend days), he deserves a walk every single day.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Drinking water all day

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I have a water glass at my desk that gets filled every time it’s empty. I’ve kept up with my all day drinking water habit, although I tend to slip a little during the weekends. Although I’ve kept up this habit, I could definitely improve.

I think, overall, I can see where I’ve been slipping in these healthy lifestyle habits. I need to keep up with these things in order to stay healthy and happy. I mentioned my weight gain at the beginning of this post, but really I just want to keep my healthy habits up so I can live my best life. I do feel that I became a little obsessed with these habits after I lost the weight, but now I feel like I’ve become too complacent with them. I’d like to find a happy medium. As I’ve mentioned before, I am perfectly content with my body right now.

Do you commit to healthy daily habits? Which areas can you improve on? Which habits are you keeping up with?

My First Crossfit Competition

20 Aug

Good morning!

I have seriously been slacking on the blogging front. With us moving into the new house, vacation and a wedding coming up I’ve been a busy little bee. However, I just had to fire up the old blog to tell you about my first Crossfit competition!

Despite being new to Crossfit, when my box announced that it would host the national “No Baby, Leave the Socks On” competition, I knew I had to try it out. “No Baby, Leave the Socks On!” is a Crossfit competition designed especially for women. From the website:

First we wanted to change the perception of what ladies fitness looks like and help foster a more positive self-image. One where athleticism and capability trumped body weight and promoted the idea that “Strong is the new skinny”.

Second, we wanted it to be a ton of fun!

As I mentioned in my last post, doing Crossfit has turned my focus from what my body looks like to what my body can do. I knew this competition would focus on what us ladies could do in the gym. Did it ever!

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I woke up Saturday morning and put on my specially-purchased socks (Yay, Burpees!), my new shoes (New Balance Minimus purchased from the outlet store) and headed to the box. I met up with these two awesome ladies, who are also relatively new to Crossfit and very close friends of mine:

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They both also did the scaled competition, and I was SO glad to have them there. We had such a blast. Just for the record, Shannon’s  (on the left) socks said, “Heavy Metal” and Sarah’s said “Bacon” — adorable, right? The atmosphere at the competition was pretty awesome. There were lots of ladies there from various local affiliate boxes, and there were vendors selling various paleo snacks. The energy was high! My adrenaline was pumping like when I’m doing a running race, however, there was a lot more waiting around. The women who were doing the Rx version were first, going in heats.

The first WOD was a Thruster/Box Jump Ladder. Basically, a thruster is a lift where the barbell is in front squat position, and you go from a squat to taking the bar over your head. The Rx version of this workout called for a 65# weight and a full box jump on a 20″ box and the way a ladder works is that you start with 2 reps of each, then go to 4, then 6, and so on. It was pretty inspiring watching the first heat:

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These women were all ages, shapes and sizes and they were busting out the reps. It definitely made me even more pumped (and nervous!) to get to my heat. I was in the second heat of the scaled competition, so I was pretty lucky to have Sarah and Shannon there to cheer me on. The way it worked, once you started your first WOD, you had about 12 minutes to rest before you moved on to the second and third, so there wasn’t much time to go cheer others on while you were competing.

The first WOD went well. The scaled version called for a 45# bar on the thrusters and step ups onto the 20″ box rather than jumps. Coach Jeremy (he is the owner of  my Crossfit box) said that we should jump if we could, because the goal is to do your own personal best, not outdo everyone else in the scaled portion, so I started the ladder with the jumps but after I got to 6 or 8 reps I switched to step ups. I got a little tripped up because on the 4 rep circuit, I did 5 box jumps. Luckily, the girl who was judging me quickly corrected me and when I went to do more box jumps she made me do one less. At one point, Shannon yelled to me that I was stepping up on the same leg every time, and I should alternate so as not to wear myself out. She was right, so I started concentrating on trying to alternate. I ended up getting through the 12 reps and 14 thrusters + 6 step ups, for a total of 104 reps. I feel like I could have done a little better here, but I was pretty nervous.

I hit my stride on the second WOD:

10 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible):

10 jumping pull ups (the Rx version did full unassisted pull ups)
20 burpees
30 x 3 single unders (the Rx version did 30 double unders)
40 wall balls (10# ball, Rx did 14#)
50 kettlebell swings (26# scaled, 35# Rx)

followed by max effort clean and jerk.

When I had been watching the Rx ladies do this WOD, there was one judge who I definitely had my eye on. A quick note about Crossfit competition judges, each athlete has one and while they are there to make sure you are doing the movements as prescribed, they are also your own personal cheerleader, which is awesome. I can’t even remember her name (ETA: Her name was Shirley, and she’s a coach at Crossfit Yeti, you can find her profile here), but I noticed how great she was at motivating the athletes she was judging, so I made it my goal to try to get her when I got to WOD 2. Luckily, I was able to get over to her quickly when we lined up. This workout was hard. Sarah, Shannon and another girl from our Crossfit box had practiced this WOD a couple weeks ago, so we knew what to expect (I had gotten 11 clean and jerks when we did the practice run through), but it was even harder this time. I definitely attribute my good performance on this WOD to my judge. She pushed me in the best way, and even when I wanted so badly to put the kettlebell down during the swings, I didn’t because I didn’t want to let her down. I ended up doing 13 clean and jerks! My goal was to do one more than the first time I did it, so I exceeded my expectations. 🙂

Sarah busts out her clean and jerks in WOD 2. Sorry for the  blurry picture, she was moving so fast it was hard to get a good one!

Sarah busts out her clean and jerks in WOD 2. Sorry for the blurry picture, she was moving so fast it was hard to get a good one!

Finally, it was time for WOD 3: The deadlift ladder! The way this one worked is that there were 15 bars set up from 65# – 205# (135#-275#(!) for Rx). You had one minute to do one or more lifts at each bar. Your score was the highest weight you lifted and the amount of reps you did, so if you lifted 195 10 times, your score was 195.10, and if you lifted 105 20 times, your score was 105.20. I had never deadlifted more than 165#, so my plan was just to lift what I could! I ended up pretty easily lifting each bar, and when I got to 195#, I lifted it like 3 times. I just didn’t want to get to 205 and not be able to lift the bar at all! However, my fears were unfounded because I was able to lift 205# 4 times for a score of 205.04!

Photo courtesy of the Crossfit Thunder Facebook Page. This girl did Rx (that is 275#), and I know she lifted it quite a few times. Girls rule.

Photo courtesy of the Crossfit Thunder Facebook Page. This girl did Rx (that is 275#), and I know she lifted it quite a few times. Girls rule.

Click here for a video Zach posted on Instagram of my deadlift ladder.

So, my final assessment? Crossfit competitions are fun! I dare say they are more fun than a race. As my friend Sarah said, it’s definitely more physically demanding than a half marathon (she said not more so than a marathon, but I wouldn’t know for sure). For the next day or two after the competition, I was physically spent — I couldn’t get enough food, water, or sleep — so I definitely took a couple days off of Crossfit. I could tell my body needed time to repair, and I didn’t want to overdo it. But it is definitely something I want to do again!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever participated in a competitive sport? 

How Crossfit has Transformed my Body Image

6 Aug

Happy Tuesday!

I hate to be anxious for time to pass more quickly — life is short, people — but, I’m very anxious for the next few weeks to fly by because we have some exciting events coming up! Not only is our wedding in just a month and 22 days, but we move into our new home in just 10 days, and we leave for our annual friends beach trip in just 19 days! What a month August will be for us 🙂

I haven’t really been blogging here lately, mainly because as I mentioned last time I posted, I’m thinking of changing up the format of this blog a tiny bit. However, today I am going to talk a bit about fitness!

Since I’ve joined Crossfit Thunder in July, I’ve noticed some pretty amazing changes in the way I look at food, my weight and my body in general, and I wanted to share that with you today. Prior to joining the Box, I said I would never:

– Join a Crossfit box (I did)
– Eat Paleo (I’ve been trying to keep paleo a bit lately)
– Stop weighing myself daily (I weighed myself this morning for the first time in weeks)

Obviously, I’m eating my own words!

1. Food

Before I started Crossfit, I was constantly eating and/or thinking about food. I was obsessed with it. It really started to weigh on me because I knew I was eating too much, but I was obsessed with getting my next meal. I think I definitely overestimated my caloric needs based on my activity level.

This is a paleo (ish) breakfast spaghetti that I invented yesteday. It was so good! Zucchini "noodles", peppers, onions and ground breakfast sausage topped with spaghetti sauce. Yum!

This is a paleo (ish) breakfast spaghetti that I invented yesteday. It was so good! Zucchini “noodles”, peppers, onions and ground breakfast sausage topped with spaghetti sauce. Yum!

Since I’ve been Crossfitting, I haven’t been nearly as obsessed with food. I’m not really sure why that is, other than I have noticed that I’ve managed to start looking at food for what it is: fuel. I no longer feel the need to snack between each meal – I’ll still have a snack in the pm sometimes, but not nearly as often as I used to. I honestly don’t know if this is due to Crossfit, but it happened right when I started going, so I feel like the connection is valid. I can’t express how exciting it is to me to be able to let go of my food obsession!

2. Weight

I have always been a compulsive scale watcher. Well, always meaning since I’ve lost the majority of my weight. Prior to losing the 70 lbs, I was a compulsive scale avoider! But since I’ve started Crossfit, I’ve completely lost interest in the scale. My goals have changed, and I’m more interested in improving these:

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…than seeing movement on the scale. In fact, I weighed myself this morning and realized that I’m 3 lbs heavier than when I started Crossfit! This realization may have brought me to tears before, but now I’m just assuming that I’ve been building muscle. I know I’m eating well and working out regularly, and that’s all that matters. It helps that I’m wearing a size 6 now, when previously I was in an 8-10!

3. Fitness Goals

One thing that has definitely changed is my fitness goals. Even when I first joined the Box, I was determined to get those miles in running and always, always tracked every mile with my phone. I would never take walking breaks, and I was obsessed with my pace.

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Now, 90% of my runs are with Frank, sans phone or tracking device of any kind, and I let him stop to check out the squirrels whenever he feels like it. My goals are to get stronger and faster, but I realize from doing Crossfit that I don’t have to log a million miles and constantly work out to do that.

4. My Attitude

Exercise has been my hobby for some time now. I’ve always enjoyed it very much, but now, it’s more fun than ever.

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I love looking at the WOD for the next day and saying, “That looks awful! I can’t WAIT to try it!!” It’s so fun trying to out do yourself every week (and I’ll reiterate that I’ve never felt as if I was competing with anyone except myself). Plus, nobody takes themselves too seriously at CFT — you’ll just as often see one of the newbies giving tips to a veteran than the other way around. It just makes sense — you can’t see yourself doing the moves!

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…but just as often as people are being silly, they are being serious. We’re doing Olympic lifts, and it’s easy to get hurt if you’re doing something wrong, so it’s not all fun and games.



But it’s all about being “Stronger than Yesterday” — not stronger than your neighbor — and having a blast while you do it.

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Question of the Day:

Do you think of exercise as fun, or just a necessity? 

Microwave Fiesta Quiche for One

23 Apr

Good morning! Boy, do I have a lot to share with you. Work is still busy, busy, busy — I’m doing two jobs still and it only promises to get busier because starting in the next couple of weeks I’m going to be training the replacement for my old position and then a new assistant for myself — so yes! Busy times! Not to mention, I’ve been raising this guy, who is growing like a weed:


Despite the fact that I feel like I’ve not been working out nearly as much because taking care of Frank is a full time job, I have been taking him on several walks a day, so I am moving. It all evens out!

I did get a nice run in on Sunday morning/afternoon. I woke up earlyish, and I could see myself sitting on the couch like a lump all day, so I pushed myself to put on my running clothes and get out there. So glad I did! I ended up doing 5.13 miles, which is my longest run this year!

My artsy 2 mile water break photo.

My artsy 2 mile water break photo.

And in food news, I’m currently working hard to get back to healthy eating habits. As I mentioned before, I signed up for Weight Watchers and then yesterday, I joined Sarah’s Diet Bet  — the current pot is at over $7,000! The way Diet Bet works is you bet a certain amount of money — Sarah’s bet is set at $35 — that you can lose 4% of your body weight in a month. That’s 6 pounds for me, and as money is my greatest motivator, I’m determined to do it!

This morning I developed a little breakfast that I’d love to share with you. It’s based on this recipe. I’m in love with things you put in a mug and microwave. I just think it’s the neatest thing ever! Last night for dinner, I made Cowboy Quesadillas, so I had leftover black beans, corn and tomatoes in the fridge so I decided to make this recipe a bit of a fiesta:

Microwave Fiesta Quiche for One

by: Kristy

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1 egg + 1 egg white
1/2 whole wheat english muffin (or bread of your choice)
1/4 c. black beans, corn and tomatoes (I just rinsed a can of each and stirred them together in a container)
1/4 c. shredded cheese of your choice (or a tablespoon of cream cheese)
1 Tbsp butter

In a mug or a bowl, melt the butter in the microwave and swirl it around to coat. In a separate bowl, mix egg and egg white — pour into coated mug or bowl. Then tear the english muffin into bite sized pieces and chuck those in. Add black beans, corn and tomatoes and then cheese. Stir everything together and microwave for about a minute. If the egg is still runny, microwave in 30 second intervals until solid. Top with salsa or ketchup. Enjoy!

This was an awesome breakfast and set me back 9 WW points. Let me know if you try it!

Question of the Day:
Have you been exercising more or changing your eating habits in preparation for summer? Would you ever join Diet Bet? 

I’m Back! (sort of)

11 Apr

Well, hello there! Long time no talk to.

I have a pretty good reason for not blogging for over a week, I promise! But, I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to tell you that I haven’t been slacking on my workouts. Last week, I ran over 10 miles, which was good for me, and I’ve been going to Crossfit. Frank the puppy has been making getting the workouts in challenging, but we’re adjusting, and I’m walking him like crazy so hopefully the walks count as exercise.

Plus, we play lots of tug of war!

Plus, we play lots of tug of war!


But the reason I’ve not been blogging as consistently as before is pretty exciting: I got a promotion at work! I know I’ve mentioned that I had been taking classes in Accounting here, but recently the Business Manager at the library where I work resigned, and despite the fact that I haven’t actually finished my Accounting degree, my boss has agreed to give me a shot at the job, and it’s a pretty good move up for me. I’ve been so terribly busy lately adjusting to the new job and still covering my old job while they hire someone that I just haven’t had much time to blog. However, I promise that I’ll be back on Monday. I just need a few more days to get my ducks in a row.

Question of the Day:
Will you promise to still read my blog if I take a few more days off? 

I’m Frustrated

21 Feb

I got a call early yesterday morning that there was an opening in the 6:30 PM Crossfit class, and I jumped at the chance to attend. You see, my gym has Crossfit classes, but isn’t an actual Crossfit Box. For that reason, the space for each class is limited to 10 people, so you have to call early in the morning three days before the class you want to sign up. It’s so popular that many times I haven’t actually been able to get a spot in my desired class. I’ve heard some grumbling about this, but to be honest I think it’s something we’re just going to have to deal with. I’m just happy to be able to do these types of workouts and it’s included in the cost of my gym membership (which is about a third of what our local Crossfit box charges monthly!).

So, I got to Crossfit and looked at the WOD, and I immediately knew I was going to struggle:



Double unders (DU’s) are my nemesis. The thing is, I can’t do them. I’ve tried, again and again. I hate to say I can’t do something, but in this case, it’s a given. Maybe someday in the future, I will be able to, but at this point in my life, I have never once been able to get the jump rope under my feet twice. Jodi, our trainer last night, told us that if we couldn’t do them, we had to triple all the reps for the whole WOD, which was also not happening in the 35 minutes we had left to finish up. I was immediately frustrated.

I think maybe the problem I have is that the jump rope is too long for me. I’ve been instructed how to do DU’s a million times. I know it’s all in the wrist, but no matter how high I jump or how fast I flick my wrists, the rope smacks me in the ankles, missing going under my feet by a split second. I finished the WOD, but only by counting “double unders” that were actually the rope smacking me in the ankles. Sigh. I didn’t even ask for my time, I just put on my coat and left. Hopefully tomorrow evening’s class goes a little better.

The other frustration I have is that I’m not getting my mileage in this month. It’s February 21st, and I’ve only ran 29 miles this month. I could probably get in 50 miles if I would push myself, but after this morning’s run:


…I was feeling that good old IT band pain again — why is it coming back? I guess that leads to my final frustration: I haven’t done any yoga…well, probably all month!

So, in order to alleviate my frustrations, I will:

  • Stop worrying about getting those miles in. I will run when it’s convenient, or I want to, but I won’t stress that I’m not logging miles. Like I’ve said a million times before, longer days and warmer temperatures are coming up, which will lead to a natural increase in mileage. 
  • Practice Double Unders at home. This means getting a jump rope that is an appropriate length for me. I’ve also heard getting the weighted handles helps. Any tips or tricks for practicing double unders? I don’t want to automatically give up mentally every time I see them on that white board, which is where we are headed at this point.
  • Finally, I will commit to practicing yoga at least once a week. I’ve not been great at doing yoga at home lately, I’ll put the DVD in and stop it after a few minutes because I’m distracted by other things I should be doing. No more. I’ll get to a class or I’ll commit to that DVD.

Question of the Day:
Any recent frustrations you’d like to vent about? 



Healthy Living Survey

23 Jan

Good morning!

I’ve been feeling like my blog posts have been subpar lately, so I was glad to see this Healthy Living Survey on Tina’s blog  this morning. Maybe it’s a cop out, but I really like to keep up the habit of blogging daily.

Before I get started, I wanted to mention that despite a terrible, very bad, no good day yesterday, I’m feeling much better today! My chipped tooth was driving me crazy yesterday, and it was just a bad day at work. I did manage to go for a run though — well, kind of. I got on the treadmill for 22 minutes and only did 1.81 miles. But, I did it. That’s all that matters! I woke up this morning feeling much better, so I headed to the gym despite the frigid morning temps. I went to the Cardio Fusion class which was a killer today. By the end of the first circuit of weights, the instructor mentioned that it was time for cardio, but my heart was already pumping and my breathing was already heavy! Ha!

1. What did you eat for breakfast? 

No photo of this, because it looks really gross, but I ate peanut butter and jelly oats with an egg, and a very, very ripe pear. I cooked my oats in almond milk, added an egg while it was cooking and added one tablespoon each of peanut butter and preserves. SO good! Also, oatmeal has been keeping me full longer lately.

2. How much water do you drink each day? 

I have a 16 oz. cup on my desk at work that I fill up twice before lunch and three times after lunch. I’ll usually drink about 16 oz. during lunch (sometimes more, sometimes less) and then one or two 16 oz. cups during dinner/afterwards. So, that adds up to….between 112 and 128 oz/day! I’d say that’s an underestimate, however, because I usually drink some before/during/after my workout as well.

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My water cup at work.

3. What is your current favorite workout? 

Uhhh…running? I try so many different workouts, but running is the one thing I do consistently. I really need to get a better weight training schedule!

4. How many calories do you eat a day? 

Well, I don’t keep track. Right now I’m doing Weight Watchers and the thing I love about the new WW Points Plus plan is that calories aren’t even taken into account! Isn’t that awesome? All you put into the calculator is grams of fat, carbs, protein and fiber. I think there is just such an emphasis on calories and it gets confusing — like, the less calories you eat the more weight you will lose, but what people don’t understand is that calories aren’t little packets of evil. Calories are a measure of energy. You must ingest food so that your body can convert it to energy. If you don’t have enough fuel for your cells to make ATP over a long period of time, you will encounter many health problems and it can lead to death in very extreme cases!

Anywho, off my soapbox.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

I’m a snack fanatic. If I don’t pack snacks at work, I turn into a bear that can and will attack the vending machine at any second. My body runs most efficiently if I’m eating often. My favorite snacks consist of a protein source and a carb. For example:

  • Toast with peanut butter
  • An apple and a handful of almonds
  • yogurt and granola
  • cheese and crackers
  • carrots with yogurt dip
  • raw veggies and hummus

You get the point. A protein + a carb = snack satisfaction. I like that! Here’s a pinnable image for you:


6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

I like to eat dinner leftovers, but if that’s not an option, I like soup and sandwiches, and sometimes I’ll just make a big bowl of sauteed veggies with cheese, which is delicious!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train? 

Upper body for sure. Leg day is a killer.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train? 

I bet you thought I’d say legs, huh? Nope! It’s abs. I almost always avoid doing core specific exercises. I’d rather do sprints to train my core.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? 

I hate calling food bad! I don’t think foods are bad, but I guess my unhealthiest cravings are super salty, savory food like chicken wings, pizza, chips…

10. Do you take vitamins/supplements? 

I really should. I don’t. I’ll occasionally take Vitamin D and a B complex, but it’s rare. It’s on my to-do list!

11. How often do you eat out? 

We try to eat out only once a week, but I value time with friends so if we’re invited it’s hard to say no!

12. Do you eat fast food? 

Very rarely! I like fast food french fries a lot, but I only eat them once in a blue moon. I really like Taco Bell, and I’ve been craving it for a while now, but I’ve held out. I have a feeling that I’m going to cave to that craving this weekend! P.S. I TRY to stick to the Fresca menu!


13. Who is your biggest supporter? 

Definitely Zach! He supports me in everything I do, not just fitness or health related. If I ever whine about not wanting to work out, he reminds me how much better I always feel after I do. What a guy

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14. Do you have a gym membership? 

Yep! And I’ll never give it up. I am constantly trying to find places to cut spending, but the gym membership is never on the chopping block. Even if I take a break from the gym for a few days to work out at home, having the treadmill for bad weather and the access to the classes is invaluable!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night? 

Well, it varies. I try to get 7 solid hours or more each night. I find if I go to bed early enough that I would get a full 8, however, I end up waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep so I think my body requires 6-7 hours. If I let myself sleep and wake up naturally, I usually hit 6 and a half hours before waking.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? 

I don’t really like the idea of cheat days. FOR ME, I find it hard to get back on track after a full-out extravaganza, so I tend to not do cheat days. I will sometimes allow myself a meal where I don’t concern myself with eating healthy for special occasions, but in general I just try to balance everything out. If I know I’m going out to eat with friends for dinner, for example, I’ll try to eat a little lighter throughout the day.

17. Do you drink alcohol? 


18. Do you have a workout buddy. 

Unfortunately, I don’t. I’d really like to, I think, but I’m the type of person who concerns herself with others, so every time I’ve invited a friend to go workout with me, I end up worrying more about if they are doing ok than what I’m doing.

19. What is the best thing about your life that has changed since you began a healthy lifestyle? 

You know, I think people might think the obvious answer is that I feel better because I lost the weight:

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I think the best thing is that while, yes, I feel amazing, I have the most confidence in myself. If someone asked me to climb a mountain with them, I’d do it. I’ve never done it, but I know I can do it. While I have no desire to run a full marathon, I know I have the capability to do it. It’s awesome to feel like you can do anything. The other thing is that I know I’m healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, and if I keep up my lifestyle, I’ll live long enough to do it!

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? 

I  make healthy choices all day long. It’s pretty automatic, now, but sometimes I try. For example, I just made the choice to go to the kitchen at work and fill my water cup, rather than buying a soda from the machine. The 2007 me up there probably would have went soda, but I didn’t even think twice about it.

Question of the Day:
Answer a question above! Or, answer all of them on your blog and link me. 🙂 

The Facts of Running

18 Jan

You take the good, you take the bad…

Cannot get that song out of my head this morning.


I may be showing my age here, but I loved that show. Remember Tootie, back in the day, was always wearing roller skates? I was the same way when I was a kid. I loved my roller skates.

I really don’t know what The Facts of Life has to do with anything, but I started singing that song this morning after I got back from the gym. This week has been really tough, motivation wise. It’s been difficult to talk myself into working out. Last week, I was in the zone, logging miles, hitting the weights, and I was just getting it done. This week, it’s been a struggle for me to get out of the house.

This morning, it was cold! It still is, in fact. It’s below freezing, which doesn’t happen too often around here, and though I got out of bed, I put on my warm robe and huddled under a cover on the couch for a good 20 minutes talking myself in and out of going to the gym. Sometimes I can talk myself out of it by swearing I will go after work, but that doesn’t always happen. Fridays, especially, are unpredictable, so I forced myself to put on my workout clothes and get to it. I grumbled on my way to the gym (it was so cold!) Then I dreaded stepping on that treadmill.

30 rock

I started walking on the treadmill and I could not get into the groove. The above is what I had to do to keep it going. I didn’t want to see the time pass, so I covered the display with my sweatshirt and put 30 Rock on my Kindle. I started jogging several times, but kept coming back to walking. It was rough, you guys. Finally, I decided to just do it. I stopped the treadmill for a bathroom break and I decided to just get some running in for at least a mile:


I’m sick of seeing treadmill displays too. Come on, Spring!

Not the fastest pace, but I was feeling it. I was sweaty and out of breath. It was definitely my hardest “run” of 2013.

Why are some runs great and some runs terrible? I know that it is technically all related to your sleep, hydration, fuel, etc., but sometimes you cannot predict it. I’m certain today’s struggle can be attributed to my mental state — I was not in the mood to run, and my body was just following suit.

But you know, running is like life. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Running!

Question of the Day:
When was your last really great run? 

Just Put Your Sneakers On

17 Jan

If you read this blog regularly, you may know that I’m shooting for 600 miles of running in 2013. That may not seem like a lot to most of you, but to me, it is! I don’t run as consistently as I’d like when I’m not training for something. Let’s look at a comparison of mileage from last week to this week:



So, yeah, last week, I was on top of the world. This week, it’s been a struggle to just pound the pavement (or the treadmill, as the case may be). Yesterday, however, I managed to get a treadmill run in, but it was a struggle. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was pretty sleepy in the morning and I forgot my headphones/phone at home, so instead of running I went to a class. When I got home from work, Zach and I decided to go out to dinner with friends instead of eating in, so I knew I had the time to get a run in, but then the excuses started: I’m hungry, I’m tired, I’ll have to shower in order to not go to dinner a sweaty mess, and on and on.

So, I had a snack:


Which, by the way, was one of the best pre-run snacks I’ve had. I’m back on a banana kick in a big way. I melted two Hershey’s Special Dark miniature chocolate bars and combined them with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Stirred it all together and dipped my banana in in. I had some peanut butter burps during my run (gross), but it was worth it.

Anywho, even after my snack I was feeling ho hum about going for a run, but I told myself, “Just put your sneakers on!” and once I did I headed out the door. I was fighting it the whole time, even while getting settled on a treadmill, but once I started running I told myself I only had to log a mile. Then it was 2 miles, and then I said, “Ok, just thirty minutes!” — But once I hit 30 minutes, I realized I was only 0.13 miles from 3 miles, so I sprinted until I hit the three mark:

yesterdaySometimes all it takes is telling yourself to just put your sneakers on and go!

After my run, I was fully able to enjoy my sushi dinner with friends:


..and I was pretty proud of myself for sticking to the healthier rolls. I got Ume maki (on the left, my favorite — pickled plum!) and a veggie roll. Usually I go with a Tekke Maki (tuna roll), but I was feeling the veggies this time around. I also had a cup of Wonton Soup (not pictured), but the best part of dinner was the good friends and conversation!

Question of the Day:
How do you force yourself to go workout when you’re just not feeling like it? 





11 Jan

I’m a worrywart:



I worry about everything, and everyone, pretty much constantly. Usually, it doesn’t really interfere with my life, but sometimes things get a little out of control.

For the past few nights, my worrying has gotten out of control. I know that I sometimes have anxiety issues, and right now I’m trying to get things under control, because at the moment I have a huge knot in the pit of my stomach that won’t go away.

I’m not sure what triggers these bouts of extreme worry and anxiety, but I can tell you that it isn’t fun for anyone. Especially me. I’m constantly on the verge of tears and I’m very, very hard on myself. After not sleeping very well on Wednesday night, I was exhausted last night and I was sure I would fall right asleep. Not so much. Every time I drifted off, my anxiety woke me up and I started panicking. Thinking about things I need to get done, about bad things that could possibly happen, and worst of all: things that I’ve done poorly in the past. I know in my rational mind that focusing on these things isn’t helpful, but I somehow can’t stop it.

The reason I’m writing about this isn’t to get sympathy, but I need an outlet. If I try to discuss these issues with my loved ones, I end up feeling like I’m bothering them (I’m not, I know, but I still feel that way), or realizing how ridiculous I sound. Here I feel like I can let go because if you don’t want to read this, you don’t have to.

So, how can I handle these issues?

Well, I’m not sure, but I’m going to try reminding myself that my rational mind is the one that’s right, and my irrational mind is wrong.

As an effort to make myself happier, here are some things that make me happy.

IMAG0990Holy cow it’s a beautiful day today. I went outside this morning to take out the trash and it was already in the 50’s! Before 8 AM! In January! Zach didn’t wear a coat at all to work, and I just wore a light one. I took the above picture from my office at work (yes, I’m grateful to have those huge windows right outside my office door), the sky was just lovely. I guess there is some rain in the forecast, but I’m happy enough about the warm weather that I don’t really care.


Friends! This photo was taken at my friend Mandee’s birthday dinner on Wednesday. I had a great time, but I’m anxious to spend more time with these folks this weekend. I’m already texting people seeing what their plans are tonight. I think some hangouts with friends would really take my mind off of some things.



Running. Since I’ve started running again without pain, I’ve been anxious to do more running. This unseasonably warm weather is making me anxious to get out there and pound the pavement! I think I might take Courtney’s doberman Margot on her first run tomorrow morning. That should be fun!



Pizza! I don’t know if I’ll be eating any pizza this weekend, but this pizza I had on Wednesday sure was delicious.

See? I’m feeling better already 🙂