Tuesday quickie

Morning all! So far I’m not doing so great on that resolution to blog more, huh. I’m hoping this weekend can remedy that.

It’s a chilly Tuesday here in Illinois and I’m just wishing for the snow and ice to melt so I can take my runs outside again. I’ve been relegated to the treadmill for the last few weeks, as I’m deathly afraid of breaking my ankle or something. Hey, it could happen. I’m pretty clumsy.

I lost 1.8 at my weigh in Saturday (yay) bringing my back to where I was before Christmas and New Years (boo). One big change I made was drinking a protein smoothie for breakfast every day last week (this week too) and I think that helped with the loss. I was also in the gym 5 days as well and feeling back to my normal routine.

I missed my first run day of my training plan last night, when some errands and shopping took longer than planned. Turns out it must have been fate, because when changing for body pump I found is forgotten to pack a sports bra. Yup, a no run day was meant to be. I’ll make it up tonight, along with core class – my abs need a serious intervention.

Well, it’s off to work. We’ve got two short weeks in a row. This Friday is a teacher institute and Monday I’m off for MLK day. I spy a mid afternoon workout and some today show in my future.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


13 in 2013


The start of a new year always seems like such a great time to wipe the slate clean. New goals, new ambitions, fresh new calendar and planner. I look at it as a time to renew myself and forget about all the things I ‘failed’ at in the past year.

So, here are my 13 for 2013, along with a quick thought of how I’ll accomplish them.


1. Exercise at least 3 times every week (but aim for 5) – attend at least 1 fitness class in addition to my half marathon training

2. run a half marathon (my 4th!) – hopefully the Lincoln Presidential in April and/or the local one in May, using a training plan from Coach Jenny Hadfield

3. keep track of my miles run – I’m thinking I’ll just write them in my planner, the old-fashioned way, and probably do a weekly recap on the blog


4. Make eating 5 servings of fruits & veggies daily a habit – eat more salads and smoothies, track my Weight Watchers healthy checks

5. get to my “pre-living with a boy” weight – follow Weight Watchers 360 plan, track everything I eat (good, bad, & ugly), and see #1

6. try 2 new recipes a month – meal plan on the weekends, use my cookbooks more often

7. try to get at least 7 hours of sleep on school nights. that means getting to bed by 10ish.


8. blog 3 times a week – pre-write more often, spend more time writing instead of mindlessly watching TV, keep a blog journal to jot down ideas when I get them

9. read at least 2 books a month – this should be pretty easy with my new Nook. I’ll also be tracking my progress and books read on Goodreads.

10. finish knitting projects before starting new ones. I can think of at least 5 nearly finished projects off the top of my head, but there are probably more. Whoops.

11. talk to my parents and at least 1/3 siblings at least once a week – we’re pretty good about texting but it’s not the same.

12. become a better housekeeper – create a cleaning schedule and do laundry before it’s piled up 10 loads high

13. spend less, save more, and cut down on the ‘stuff’ – this is pretty straightforward. like most people I just have way too much stuff – clothes, shoes, bags, books, makeup, etc. I’m not a huge impulse buyer but I love a great deal. I need to use what I have before buying new, really think twice about new purchases, and get rid of what I no longer need/use/want.

So, there you have it. I hope to check in with these goals every month or two.

Have you made any New Years Resolutions? Share in the comments!

Reveal Day!

It’s the last day of November, so that means its time for my Foodie Penpal reveal!

This month I was sent a box by Bethany, who doesn’t have a blog.


Cute teddy bear postcard – he has a bear on his shoulder!



Bethany lives in Tennessee, so she packed lots of local flavor in this box!

First up was a bag of pork rinds, which the husband was excited to eat. I’ve actually never tried them and try to stay away from fried foods as much as possible, so this one was all the hubs. The next treat is a bag of dry roasted edamame – yum! I ripped these open right after I’d snapped the photo. They are really tasty and something i’d never have bought on my own.

Another local flavor is in the dijon mustard Bethany sent – Jack Daniels! I haven’t tried this one yet; we aren’t huge mustard eaters and there was an open bottle in the fridge already. But I can’t wait until the next time we make some bratwurst – i’m sure this will be the perfect topper for it. Another southern specialty was the sausage gravy, and Bethany made sure to include a packet in her box. I’m saving these for a special breakfast or maybe when my Tennessee-born dad comes to visit. Of course I’ll be making biscuits to go along with them, too!




Accidental rest

So, I had totally planned on attending bodycombat class at the gym tonight. I was going to make 1 of 2 grocery trips, head home to put things away, change into gym clothes and head out again.

Then around 2:00 my hips started hurting like crazy. I don’t know if its from yesterday’s run, my long-overdue stretch session, or the shoes I wore but it hurt just to walk. Oops.

I thought about just doing a Jillian Michaels DVD at home or scrapping the workout altogether.

After grocery store #1 wasn’t as horrible as I thought, and left me with just a few items from store #2 I decided to finish the trip. I got everything purchased for thanksgiving dinner and headed home.

When I tried to get in the apartment I realized I’d forgotten my house key. In the house. Still tucked in my SPIbelt after yesterday’s run. Whoops. Thankfully Matt was just about to leave the office so I just hung out in the lobby for 15 minutes.

So with the combo of being sore and locked out I decided to rest today. I took advantage of the extra time to prep thanksgiving desserts.

Cinnamon Apple Crumble from Skinnytaste

I’ll also be making a pumpkin pie from the Weight Watchers website. It seems a little silly to have two desserts for just the two of us, but it’s not thanksgiving without apple and pumpkin pie. I’ll send the rest to Matt’s work Friday.

The rest of dinner is pretty simple: turkey, hash brown casserole, asparagus, rolls, and salad. And I’m making Weight Watchers 1 pt+ vegetable soup for lunch. We’ll be starving after the Turkey Trot and I wanted something easy and low-cal for lunch.

Just one more day of school til the long weekend, so I’m relaxing with a cup of Trader Joes pumpkin spice tea. Yum.


Hope you’re having a great pre-holiday week!

Perfect Topic

I think it was meant to be that I last weeks weight watcher meeting topic was my first meeting back. The past 8 weeks had apparently been focusing on Thanksgiving and how to handle the holidays. For those of us trying to lose weight the next 6 weeks can be the most stressful and difficult time of the year. As if it isn’t already, right!?!

Last weeks topic was all about why we chose to join Weight Watchers and lose weight. I didn’t get a Weekly magazine since I’m not yet a paying member, but it had a page to list all the reasons for losing weight. This definitely made me think about the reasons I started in the first place and what has brought me back to Weight Watchers and meetings. Again.

Some of my reasons:

  • I want to look good
  • I want to fit back into my clothes. Probably 50-60% of my closet is unwearable right now.
  • I want to run faster
  • I want to head off any health issues. Heart disease runs in my family and I’d like to do everything possible to combat that.
  • I want to be at my goal weight before I get pregnant. Not happening any time soon, btw. Just looking to the future.
  • I want to stop losing and maintain my goal weight. I know it’s just as difficult but I’m sick of trying to lose all the time.
  • I want to run another marathon, but that isn’t gonna happen until I lose a lot more weight.

I’ve been thinking about these reasons a lot the past few days and its helped me stay on track. I had an awesome weekend of tracking everything – even the bad stuff – and getting in a great run. I can’t wait to re-join officially on Saturday, have my first weigh-in, and get brand new plan materials.

Monday Running


All day I’d planned on running after work, probably on the treadmill, and then going to Bodypump after. Then I made my to-do list and realized all the little chores I’d like to get done this week. I though about what I could get done if I went home and ran instead and then changed my plans.

After getting home from work I threw a load of laundry in the wash, changed into running clothes, and had a quick snack. When it was time to switch I put the clothes in the dryer and headed out the door for a run. I had another 10×1 min interval run today, so it would be just a little bit longer than the dry cycle. Sweet.

It was about 55 degrees when I started and just starting to get a little dark. Perfect running temp for me. I listened to the same Rock My Run mix as Saturdays run and it was just as awesome.

My legs felt pretty good, not too sore or tired, but the hills were killing me. I didn’t stop during the 10 minute running intervals even though there were several times I really, really, really wanted to. A few weeks ago I would have just given in and walked. It’s nice to know that I have a much better mindset today.

My mile splits were all about 11:30ish, which is right on track for a 2:30 half marathon (11:27/mile to be exact).

Speaking of half marathons, my goal race right now is the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in Springfield, IL on April 6th. If you live in the area and are looking for a spring half you should definitely check it out. The course seems really cool, the entry fee is fairly cheap, and it’s a smallish field of just over 1,000 runners. I’m trying to convince the husband to train and run it with me but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

And since I’m on the racing front, I’ve got a 10 Turkey Trot this Thursday, which I’m really looking forward to. Running 6 miles will give the freedom, peace of mind, and extra burned calories to eat an extra piece of dessert!


I’m feeling like myself again.

Last night after work I skipped the gym, grabbed some fries and a coffee from McDonalds, and came home. About 2 hours later I was feeling really guilty and crappy. I immediately changed into workout clothes, popped in Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones DVD, and did a 50 minute strength workout.

Before I went to bed I laid out my running gear for a 4 mile run this morning. I also made plans to attend my first Weight Watchers meeting since, I think, February 2011. It could be longer, but February is my last logged weight until I recently joined again.

I haven’t switched yet from online to monthly pass, but I’ll take care of that before next Saturday. Doing it today would basically lose me a whole week which would be very silly. I’m definitely focused on tracking everything honestly this week and being aware of what I’m really eating.

After that I headed to the one flat part of town to run Week 9, Day 1 of the Couch to 10k program. I know I’ve said it before, but the couch to 5k/10k programs are the best thing for beginning runners (or those re-building their base). Last week I ran 30 minutes and only had to stop twice for about 30 seconds each. Today I did four 10 minute intervals with a 1 minute recovery in between. I was a little sore from last nights strength workout, but nothing too bad.


There’s the proof: 4.3 miles, 54 minutes (including 10 minutes of warm-up & cool down) and about 600 calories gone!


Feeling good! And all ready to go home, buckled up and everything.

I headed to the grocery for a quick stock the fridge trip. We were seriously lacking in fresh fruit and salad fixing’s. Hopefully I’ve remedied the situation. Unfortunately I’ll be making another trip soon because we still have to decide our thanksgiving menu! It’s just me & Matt this year for sure and possible a few coworkers, so not a huge menu to create.

Playlist for todays run: Rock the Road mix from Rock My Run. It’s an hour long mix and not once did I get bored of it. I just downloaded it last night so it was brand new to me and it’s awesome. Seriously, if you haven’t joined Rock My Run yet…what are you waiting for!


In other news (and if you don’t follow me on Instagram) I chopped my hair off last week. Six inches gone! I felt like myself again when I left the salon.


Tonight’s dinner was a modified version (due to lack of a few ingredients) of Daily Garnish’s Un-Fried Rice. It was so delicious and I can’t imagine how good it would be if I had regular brown rice, not instant as well as sesame oil instead of vegetable. I may have also eaten an entire bag of stir-fry veggies with my rice. Whoops.



Now it’s off to bed for this tired lady. We’re going to see Lincoln tomorrow and I am so excited! The prospect of movie popcorn isn’t too shabby, either.