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What to do When Your Pants Won’t Fasten

2 Jan

Wear a dress and tights. Done and done.

….just kidding. Honestly though, it’s the first (ok, second, but yesterday doesn’t count, right?) day of the year, and it’s time to be brutally honest with myself: My pants don’t fit anymore. The ironic part of this is that when I got out of the shower this morning, I thought I looked pretty good, but as soon as I pulled on the Gap khakis (size 8) that I purchased just a few months ago, my self esteem took a nose dive. Not only did they not fasten, but I could barely pull them past my hips.

I've fully embraced the "leggings as pants" trend anyway

I’ve fully embraced the “leggings as pants” trend anyway

I’ve said this on some social media site recently, so forgive me for repeating myself, but the Newlywed 15 is more nefarious than the Freshman 15 because I have less free-time than I did in college and I don’t have 24 hour access to a fitness facility. I’m afraid to step on the scale, because I think the Newlywed 15 is more like the Newlywed 20 and if you’re anything like me, seeing those numbers is a recipe for feeling terrible about myself.

I’d like to make a disclaimer here about weight loss. It’s a tricky subject, isn’t it? On one hand, we all want see a certain number on the scale or fit into a certain size, but on the other hand, we all want to enjoy life and not have to worry about cutting portions or watching what we eat. It’s important to keep that balance. I firmly believe that it’s important to not obsess about weight — it never leads to a good outlook on life. However, it’s also important to not let your weight get out of control, because health.

The good news is that it’s January, and that means that everyone is trying to get healthy. New apps are emerging, my beloved Weight Watchers just introduced a fun new plan, and there will be a lot of people to share with me a commitment to getting healthy. So, without further ado:

Six Ways to Fit in My Pants Again

  1. Limit alcohol — Things have gotten a little boozy in the Browning household, and that’s got to stop. Not only for my waistline, but for my health. Last night, I couldn’t sleep , so I started reading The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, which is an excellent book. If you have trouble sleeping, losing weight, have a low sex drive, are losing more hair than you think you should — pretty much anything — you should probably pick up this book. Hormone imbalance is more of a problem for women than men and Dr. Gottfried’s holistic and medical approach to balancing your hormones is pretty fascinating. Anywho, what this has to do with limiting alcohol is that I took some of the quizzes in the book and the hormone imbalances that I seem to fit into (high cortisol, low progesterone, high estrogen) all recommend severely limiting alcohol. Good for my health, good for my waist.
  2. Keep a Food Journal — Ugh, this. This is where I’m going to struggle. Listen, I kept a strict food journal for years people, so every time I think I should start again I get this little voice in my head that says, “NO! NO! Please don’t maaaaaake me!” — but here’s the thing: The years that I kept the journal? I lost 70 lbs and kept it off. So guess what? It works. Suck it up, Browning! (aww, isn’t that cute — it’s the first time I’ve derogatorily called myself by my new last name)
  3. Learn to sleep again — Good health and weight loss isn’t JUST about food and exercise. I’ve struggled with insomnia in the past, and up until recently, I thought I had it licked — but about one to two nights a week, I’m laying in bed wide awake until 1 or 2 in the morning. The specific way I’m going to handle this is no more phone in bed. I’m the worst about staring at my phone while I’m laying in bed, and although usually I can fall asleep despite that, I know it’s not good for my sleep patterns. So, from now on the phone isn’t going to even be by my bed — I’m going to plug it in across the room. However, I’m allowing myself the Kindle in bed. I need to read in bed.
  4. Drink more water — I used to be very good at this too, but I’ve noticed that while I still drink water while I’m at work all day, I don’t drink nearly as much at home.
  5. Move more — I haven’t put any exercise related steps in here, because I’m pretty happy with my current exercise level – I’m working out 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I don’t want to push it more than that because I want to be able to run without injury. I do need to incorporate more yoga and strength training, but that will come in time (especially since I don’t want to run on non-training days). By move more, I mean taking Frank for more walks, getting out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off for some light calisthenics or stretching, taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, and making sure to get out of my desk chair every 30 minutes.
  6. Keep myself accountable — I need to keep blogging. I need to keep blogging. If you read this (maybe nobody does) and you notice me slacking off, ask me about it. Liz, if you’re reading this, you are the reason I started back up again 😉 Even if nobody reads my blog, it works to keep my honest about my healthy efforts.

I’ve already started some changes that I’d like to tell you about:

training journal


Sorry for the dark iPhone photo, but I purchased the Runner’s World Training Journal. I’ve found digital mile tracking (with apps like Nike+, a Garmin watch and/or just keeping track of my treadmill miles on my phone) to be incredibly convenient, but with so many different methods of tracking, it’s hard to see the big picture of my training. So I’ve decided to try to keep track of all of my miles in this book for 2014. I’ll do a full review of this training log once I’ve used it a  bit more.

green smoothie

Green smoothies! These are all the rage, aren’t they? (P.S. I maintain that you can be successful in weight loss and still eat bagels, thank you very much #notafraidofcarbs) My bestest friend Allison was generous enough to give me a Ninja blender for a wedding gift and man, I love that baby. The above green smoothie had banana, apple, cucumber and collard greens if you can believe it. Plus half a squeezed lemon and some water to thin it out. It was delicious (and nutritious). I’d really like to start incorporating more of these into my diet.

run with Frank

Outdoor running! Yesterday, the weather was amazing — 50 degrees and sunny — the perfect outdoor running weather, so I took Frank out for my training run and then we walked to the dog park and home. We both got a good amount of exercise in and we felt great afterwards. The weather is supposed to take a turn for the worse here in the next couple of days, but I’d really like to take advantage of these good weather days when they come around.

So, that’s that. My pants don’t fit — but I have a plan. To be honest, I don’t really care about looking “hot” or getting a “beach body” — my priorities have changed. I figure if I can keep myself feeling comfortable in the clothes I have, then I won’t have to worry about my weight spiraling out of control.

Question of the Day:
How do you know when you’ve gained a few pounds? 


Staying Healthy when your Routine is Disrupted

5 Jun

Sure, it’s easy to stay healthy when you get into a routine, but what do you do when your routine is disrupted?

Today I’m at a work meeting about an hour away from home and I’m finding a brief moment to blog about how I keep a healthy routine.

We broke for lunch and I had an hour and a half. I noticed that there was nothing but fast food nearby, and a shopping center. I decided to take a nice long hike to the other end of the shopping center to hit up the grocery store.


I was able to not only get in about a 20 minute walk, but also get a pretty healthy lunch of seaweed salad, a pre-peeled hard boiled egg (delicious together, by the way), a peach and (not pictured) a Lara bar. I had to get the frozen yogurt so I could use their table to eat 😉 – but I only used fruit toppings!!

I got all of that food for about $10, about the same as fast food and I was able to save back one egg and half the Lara bar for a snack later. I even had time to hit up a local discount store, where I scored a new workout outfit that will inspire me to hit the gym when I get home this evening!

Question of the Day:
How do you stay healthy when your routine is disrupted?

Back from the Dead

13 Mar

Oh man, did I get sick this weekend.

I rarely get sick beyond a sniffle and a scratchy throat, so when I do, I’m a big baby about it. This sickness made me feel terrible, and it did not help that we have been extremely busy at work this week. One of the larger ongoing projects that I work on had some applications due this week, and they are a bit complicated. Unfortunately, this is a busy time at my work, so I wasn’t able to start working on them until Monday, so when I got sick on Sunday things were a little tough. There was no way I could take time off work with these applications looming, so that meant me at work, sick, miserable and unhappy! Boo!

Luckily, I started feeling a little better yesterday, and today I’m almost 100%! Yay for a healthy immune system!

I’ve managed to run over 7 miles in the past two days and go to Crossfit — I’m making up for lost time 🙂


That first mile was a struggle, but I was feeling strong the longer I ran!

That first mile was a struggle, but I was feeling strong the longer I ran!

I’m getting really sick of the treadmill, but these 7.39 miles are dedicated to The Bachelor. I was dying to see how it all ended and as of this morning, I’m almost caught up.

SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading now if you don’t want to know. 

I knew he would pick Catherine! I really like Lindsey, too, but I could just see a spark between Sean and Catherine. I know these Bachelor romances never work out, but I’m a romantic and I hope that they make it. Catherine is adorable, and Sean seems sincere. It’s just so weird to me that you can be totally in love with two people and then the next thing you know, you’re engaged to one of them. I think I agreed with Sean’s mom when she told him that he didn’t have to get engaged to either girl.

Soooo, back to fitness! I wanted to get a good amount of miles in because I’ve signed up for two Crossfit classes in the next two days, and I probably won’t get to run much. The last time I did Crossfit on two consecutive days, I was so sore for days. However, I feel like I’m not getting as sore now that I’m doing Crossfit more regularly, so hopefully I’ll be ok 🙂

Sorry for the quick fitness update! I’m still super busy at work, so I need to get to it.

Question of the Day:
How are your workouts going? Are you getting them in? 

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:

before after

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. 🙂 

I’ve Got the Boot Camp Blues

15 Jan

Yesterday morning I woke up and went to the gym, I hit up my favorite cardio fusion class like normal. It was a good class, lots of cardio and strength intervals.

After work, Zach had to do some travelling for work, so I was on my own in the evening. Turns out, it’s boring sitting around the house by yourself. So, I decided to hit up the 7:30 Boot Camp Class at my gym.


I’ve been to the Boot Camp class that is taught by these two trainers at my gym, and I knew it was no joke. I was dreading it the whole time I walked to the gym, and the whole time I sat there listening to the regulars talk about how we were doing “22’s” and how sore they were after doing them last time. I had no idea what they were talking about, and I was nervous.

After a ten-minute warm up on the track, I was quickly assimilated into the world of “22’s”. Basically, we were split up into three groups. On the whistle, we had to sprint the length of the gym 4 times (up and back twice), shooting for 22 seconds. After you were done, you waited for the other two groups to go (basically, a 44 second rest) and then went again. Ten times. The first few times, it’s fun. After that you’re dying to stop, but I didn’t! By the tenth time, I barely made it to half court on the last length before he called 22 seconds. If you have an empty gym and you’re looking for a good workout, try it!

After that, there were some kettlebell drills and seal walks across the gym. I took off early because the weather was getting bad and I wanted to be home when Zach got there.

I’ll tell you what, I might be doing intense workouts later in the evening more often. That workout knocked me out! I was pretty sleepy by the time Zach got home, but I forced myself to stay up and chat with him for a while, but by the time I climbed into bed, I was out like a light. I even skipped the early morning gym this morning, because I just wanted to sleep some more. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go for a run later this evening.

In food news, here is a picture of my new favorite breakfast. A sausage, egg and edamame scramble with a little cheese and sriracha. Looks small, but it packs a protein punch that keeps me satisfied for quite some time. I love breakfast scrambles. I just cook up whatever veggies and/or meat I want, beat an egg on the side, then pour it in when the veggies/meat are almost cooked. Oh yum!

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I hate blog posts with no pictures, don’t you?

Question of the Day:
What was the toughest workout you’ve had recently? 


WIAW: Healthy Snack Edition

5 Dec

Another rest day. Sigh.

I was actually glad that I had a planned rest day today because Zach and I stayed up late (11:30, haha) last night to watch the season finale of Sons of Anarchy (I spend most of my time “watching” that show with my hand over my eyes — I’m a wuss), so I figured I could sleep in today. I even canceled my usual 5:25 AM alarm and set a new alarm for 7, so of course my eyes flew open at 5:13 AM and I was wide awake.

Oh well, at least I got some cleaning done, including the dreaded task of scooping out the cat boxes — yuck!

Today, I’m focusing on not eating everything in sight. I have been a little out-of-control snacky lately, and it’s sabotaging my efforts to lose those pounds I put on while training for the half. So, I’ve decided to participate in my first  What I Ate Wednesday — sort of.  When bloggers who are good at photographing their food and planning their daily blogs do this, they usually pick a day other than the Wednesday they are posting it so that they can show you a whole day’s worth of food. Since I’m a bad planner, I’m putting up my post  a little later than usual and giving you What-I-Ate-Wednesday-Up-Until-My-Afternoon-Snack: WIAWUUMAS. Yeah, not quite as catchy, but anyway, here we go:


In case you don’t know, WIAW is a phenomenon that pops up in Healthy Living Blogs all over and was started by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. If you are new to it, please click here to read more about what WIAW is all about.

I started out my morning with a two-ingredient panacake and some coffee. Of course, as usual I ate half of the pancake at home, and then saved half for when I got to work. I paired my second half with an apple and a big glass of water:


Someday I’ll set up pretty food shots like other bloggers, but until then enjoy my plastic containers and desk calendar!

For my post-breakfast snack, I had a piece of Hershey’s dark chocolate with almonds. In case you haven’t gotten the memo, dark chocolate is healthy. So are almonds. So it counts! 😉

Usually for lunch, Zach picks me up and we go home. Since he is at a meeting out of town today, I stuck around the office for lunch. I wrapped a sweet potato in some foil this morning and I popped it into the oven at work around 10:30 so it would be nice and baked by noon. Then I headed out in search for some soup and/or a salad:

lunch and dinner

So much food!

My plan was to get a side-salad and a CUP of soup from Shlotzsky’s to go with my sweet potato, but they have this “Pick 2” promotion, and it ends up being cheaper to get a bowl of soup and a half salad ($5.99), when a cup of soup is $2.49 and a side salad is $3.99 — how crazy is that!? This ended up being a great deal, because the soup and potato was more than enough food for me. I took the croutons off the salad and saved it for dinner. Win! The sweet potato was so good! I put it in the oven around 10:30 at a low temperature, and just let it cook until I got back with my soup and salad — it was perfectly soft and yummy. I poured hot sauce all over it and just ate it like that. I like my lunch time meal to be my largest meal of the day. I tend to get the late-afternoon munchies, so I like to hold that off as long as possible.

As much as I love having lunch at home with Zach, sometimes it’s ok to stay at the library. I grab a magazine from the Reference Department to flip through while I eat, and then I usually have enough time to take a 10-20 minute walk.

The #Elf4Health Challenge for today was to pack a healthy snack, and pack one for a friend. I have a co-worker who always talks to me about making healthy food choices, so I packed myself and her an afternoon snack:

Carrot sticks and almonds! Yum!

Carrot sticks and almonds! Yum!

I was so excited to give it to her, but of course she worked the late shift and didn’t come into work until almost noon today. I took it down to her after lunch and she was very happy! She said on her late day, she doesn’t usually have time to eat so it was perfect timing. Doing good deeds makes me 🙂

So: What constitutes a healthy snack? In my opinion, it’s something tasty that will satiate you for a couple hours until your next meal. I personally like to pair something crunchy and fibrous (a piece of crunchy fruit or some carrot sticks) with a little protein (peanut butter, almonds, cheese) — so yes, my chocolate from this morning counts! Sometimes, I’ll just make myself half of a PB&J and pair it with a piece of fruit. Yum! Snacks are important to me because if I get over-hungry, I will not make healthy food choices. I know I shouldn’t be inhaling three pieces of pizza, but I’m starving, so get out of my way.

…and that’s where we are going to wrap up my first WIAW post! Hopefully next time I can plan ahead a little and give you a full day of eats.

A quick note in the interest of full-disclosure: I have decided that I really hate counting calories, so instead, I’m back on the Weight Watchers train. In case you don’t know, I lost the majority of my weight on Weight Watchers — I’m a huge fan. I can’t afford the weekly fee, so I just use my old knowledge of the program and calculators to count points rather than calories. For some reason it’s easier to wrap my brain around the points system than calories. 

Question of the Day:
What is the one thing that easily sabotages your efforts to make healthy food choices? Which meal of the day is usually your largest? 

LiveFit Trainer Update

29 Nov

Good Morning!

I’m pleased to announce that my new push to get back on track after my recent weight gain has been a success for three days now! I have been eating well and my workouts have been on point. I’m treating each successful day like it’s own victory! As long as I don’t try to reward myself with food, haha.

I woke up bright and early this morning and walked to the gym. It was quite a bit colder outside this morning than it has been — there was a thick layer of frost on all the cars and when I got to the gym my ears were already numb. I don’t think I’m quite ready for winter yet!

I finished Day 16 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer:

Do you like my illustration for the Incline Dumbbell Curl? Sometimes I like to remind myself how to do an exercise if I think I’ll forget once I’m at the gym, so I draw little pictures. As you can see, I’m not much of an artist 🙂

Let’s talk about a couple of these exercises:

T-bar Rows:

Image courtesy of Bodybuilding.com; This is the exact set-up my gym has, by the way.

This is something I’ve never done before today. It took some trial and error to figure out how much weight to put on the bar. I initially tried with 2-25 lb plates, but that was pretty ambitious, so I took it down to a 35 lb plate. I did one set with the 35 lb plate and it was pretty tough so I took it down to one 25 lb plate, which kept it challenging but I wasn’t sacrificing form. I really liked this exercise! One thing I really like about the LiveFit Trainer is that it’s familiarizing me with the weight room at the gym. Prior to doing this program, I went to the weight room, kept to myself, and stuck to the exercises I know. Now, I’m using new equipment and asking for help from the people who work there. I used to be afraid to do this, but it turns out that they are more than happy to help — that’s why they are there, and otherwise they are just standing around. Plus, usually people who work at the gym are interested in fitness, so they give you pointers and show you new exercises. The same guy is working in the weight room each morning, so now he’s familiar with what I’m doing and he gives me tips on form,  and suggests new ways to do exercises.

Alternating Hammer Curls:

Miss Jamie herself, courtesy of Bodybuilding.com

This exercise was not new to me prior to doing this program, but I was pretty proud of myself this morning for upping my weight on this exercise. I usually top out at 12 lb dumbbells in the weight room, but today I thought I’d try the 15 lb dumbbells for this last exercise. It was tough, but I didn’t sacrifice my form! I know in order to see a change in my body, I need to be pushing the limits with my weights, and hopefully I can keep doing that with this program.

I have to say, I thought it was going to be much tougher to skip out on cardio for 4 weeks. Granted, I’m only on Day 2 of Week 3, but I haven’t missed it much. Like I mentioned before, I  haven’t totally cut out my cardio, but I have drastically reduced it (I think I’ve only done 3 cardio sessions total since I started). I haven’t lost any weight since I started (I did see a reduction on the scale, but it came back a couple days later — do fluctuations like that happen to anyone else?), but I have noticed that my body is looking — tighter. I had noticed some extra flab recently, and in week 3 of this program, I’m feeling tighter and definitely stronger.

I hope someone from Bodybuilding.com is reading this, because I have one request: An app! Look at this jumble of paper that I’ve acquired:

Yes, I could create my own spreadsheet or keep a notebook, but usually I just write down the workout at some point during the day, or print it out at work, so I’m never consistently in one place when I do it. It would be pretty cool to have an app so I could just punch in my weight and reps for each exercise. Plus, since you repeat some exercises but the workouts aren’t ever exactly the same, It would be easier to have an app because it could remind you how much weight you used last time you did each specific exercise. I’m going to try to sit down at some point today and organize this jumble of paper to see how I’ve progressed 🙂

Before I go, I’d like to tell you a bit about my breakfast this morning:

I first heard about this yummy concoction on Tina’s blog (one of my favorites — especially for pictures of her adorable Pug, Murphy). Since then, I’ve seen it quite a bit in the blog-o-sphere. You won’t believe the two ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana

Yep! Can you believe that there is no flour in this!? I definitely doesn’t have the ‘cakey’ consistency of a typical pancake, but it’s pretty similar.  I added a little pumpkin pie spice to mine and topped it with half a tablespoon each of Sunflower Butter and Honey. This pancake packs a protein punch: Mine had a whopping 16 grams after I added the sunflower seed butter on top, and it was so good! Like a protein pancake, it takes some maneuvering to flip without making it into a mess, but I was surprised how thick it became. After I took this photo, I cut it in half and put one half in a container to eat at work. I’m loving the idea of eating half of my breakfast at home and half at work. Although I’m eating the same amount of food, I think it keeps me satisfied longer…? That’s probably all in my head, but I’m a firm believer that it still works, even if it is all in your head!

Hopefully I’ll have a second post for you today, in the form of a veggie burger recipe round up!

Question of the Day:
What is your favorite breakfast? 



Recipe: Pumpkin Roll Pancakes

26 Sep

For book club on Sunday, I had to bring something. Since I also went to try on wedding dresses that day and I was running late, I just picked up something at the grocery store. I had to get a pumpkin roll:

Ohh, pumpkin roll. With your moist pumpkiny cake — and that frosting in the middle! I could probably eat my way out of a vat of that frosting. I definitely will be eating my fair share of pumpkin roll this winter. My mom’s recipe is the best (well, I think so, but I’m sure you think your mom’s recipe is the best too!), and she taught me how to make a while back. I really do think that pumpkin roll is the perfect dessert.

This morning, I wasn’t feeling my normal egg/bacon on a whole wheat bagel thin. What I really wanted for breakfast was pumpkin roll! But, as we know, pumpkin roll probably isn’t the healthiest way to start your day. Enter, the pumpkin roll pancake:

Oh my word, these were delicious! They were also filling, and healthy!

Pumpkin Roll Pancakes
by: Kristy
Makes about 12 2″ pancakes (4 servings)


1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. rolled oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. almond milk (plus a little more), mixed w/ 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Pour the almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Set aside. In a separate (bigger) bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice. Stir with a fork until combined. Add the pumpkin, vanilla and egg to the bowl with the almond milk and whisk until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined (batter will be lumpy). At this point, I felt that the batter was a little too thick so I added a little more almond milk.

Heat a small pan on the medium heat. Spray with cooking spray (I used my misto) and let the pan heat up a little . Add two heaping spoonfuls of  the batter to the pan (until  you have about a 2″ pancake). Let cook about 2-3 minutes (until the pancake is golden brown on the bottom) and flip. Cook 2-3 minutes on the other side. (you can check the doneness of the pancake in the middle with a fork).  Move the pancake to a plate.

Take about 1/2 tablespoon of neufchatel cheese and spread it on top of the pancake. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and stevia. Repeat two more times until you have a stack of three pancakes.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving = 3 2″ pancakes. Calories: 195, Carbs, 34 grams, Fat 5 grams, Protein 8 grams, Fiber 6 grams 

Ok, it doesn’t taste exactly like a pumpkin roll, but it definitely cured my craving! Yum!