Weighing-in again here. I was 134.2 and 30.5% body fat today, down .6 pounds and up 1.5%. I don’t know what is going on with that number and who knows how accurate it is anyway?! But 134.2 is another new low for me this year :D

What I’m eating: whatever I want

What I’m doing for activity: working, running and lifting


Ran 5.5 miles on the parkway. I did it in 54 minutes for a 9:52 pace.


Lifted weights. Squats, quad curls, step-ups, back extensions.


Ran 2.23 miles in 21 minutes, 9:33 pace.


Ran 3 miles for a 9:30 pace, then did weights. More lower body.d


Ran 2 miles, 10:09 pace.


Weights again. Really didn’t want to, but I didn’t want to work out on Saturday so I sucked it up. Squats, step-ups, back extensions, leg curls.

I’m getting tired of feeling ‘stuck’. It doesn’t feel like I’m really doing anything. But, when I look at the numbers I am still losing about 2 pounds every month. So I’m not stuck. It just feels that way! Getting a little impatient lately I guess. I am still making progress in the fact that I am not regaining any weight. This whole year I’ve averaged 2 pounds lost each month, and about 1% body fat each month. And it is all staying gone so far. Exactly what I said I wanted to do. That said, I want to try and do a little better.

It’s time to switch the focus a little bit. I want to run a marathon next year, so I need to train more like a runner. I still plan on lifting 3 times a week but the mid-week workout will be after my runs, and not so heavy. I don’t know what I am doing, but I think that I need to go not so heavy anymore, if I want running to be the main thing. Most of what I’ve read says to do lower weights and higher reps, so I guess that is what I’ll try.

On the food front, I definitely could be tightening things up. I kind of don’t want to, just because it is fun to say I’m losing weight and eating ice cream almost daily. And chocolate, and whatever else I want! But as my weight gets lower, I am going to have to try harder to keep it going I think. And if I want to run better, my weight needs to be lower. It will help a ton.

This weekend I’m going to re-read the Lean Habits book. I’m going to start tracking the habits and really make an effort to get my eating less haphazard. I’ll do some shopping and prepping today and make sure I have lots of produce available. I’m not going to start weighing food or counting calories, but I can do a lot better and try to eat more nutritiously.

So that’s that. I’m really going to make an effort this week, hopefully not eat as many sweets, and maybe have a bigger loss than .5 pounds this week.


I weighed in again today, with not much change. I am exactly the same weight as last week, 134.8, but the body fat went from 31 to 29%! I don’t know if I’ve seen it that low. If I have, it has been like 10 years! So that was kind of cool :) I’ll wait to see if that one sticks before I call that goal met. It has been bouncing around 30 and 31 for a couple of months now. I also did my measurements since it is close to the end of the month. I am down another inch overall.

YTD loss: 17.4 pounds, 8.5% body fat, 11.25 inches.

I have really been trying to eat to hunger this week, save my nightly treats. I know that is going to be a hard habit to break. But I’m contemplating it. That’s the first step, right? Well maybe I can improve this coming week. We’ll see. If I don’t stop eating ice cream every night maybe I can just make the portions a little smaller.

I did all of my planned workouts this week! Well, I skipped a run on Tuesday but I made up for it on Friday. As for weights, I have been doing squats and more squats. I’m itching to get back to deadlifts and pull-ups, but I don’t know when that will be. A while, I’m sure. Anyway, I ran on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Sunday was 4 miles and the rest were 2 and 3 miles. I did add one more run day so from now on I will be running 4 days a week.

So I’m still going really slow and steady. But according to all of my numbers I am not really losing any muscle which has been the main goal all along! And every pound I have lost has just stayed gone. I haven’t been able to do that since the first time I lost weight. I just kept losing for about a year, but then I started to gain it back. So yes, the goals are losing fat and keeping it off, and I am doing it!! It feels great.


Weigh-in and workouts

Today I weighed in at 134.8, up .2 from last week, and 31% body fat, up 1%. I’m surprised my weight didn’t go up more, because it felt like I was eating a lot! I’m glad it didn’t.

I did keep up with my workouts, though all week I’ve been pretty tired. My life is exhausting me :lol: I ended up with a hard cast too to keep me safe at work, which is a little more limiting but probably better.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

I did strength. I did what I could. I used the squat machine, did lots of step-ups, hip thrusts, squats, more squats! I’m getting a little bored already and miss my upper stuff but oh well. I’ll just keep on going and do what I can. I am almost thinking about getting a weight vest to make things more challenging since I can’t or don’t want to just hold weight in one hand. I don’t know if it will happen, but I don’t want my left arm looking more built up than my right when the cast comes off.


I did a 3 mile run, which I already told you about. Felt too hard! Lots of breathing issues and had to walk 4 times.


Another 3 mile run that went a lot better than Tuesday. I didn’t have to walk as much, only once I think! And I felt like I had a lot more energy somehow.

I didn’t fall on either of my runs, so that’s good :)

This week I am really, really going to honestly try to work the habits more. I did pretty well with eating 3-4 meals, and with that also being hungry before meals. But that’s about it. This week I am going to try to make better choices as far as what I’m eating. I will try to share more in here too.

Having the cast on is super annoying, but hopefully I’ll heal up quick and be back to normal.

Weigh-in and workouts

First of all the weigh-in. I was gaining small amounts of weight over the last three weeks but today that changed! I really focused this week on the 3-4 meals only, and reigned it it at dinner/treat time. My portions got a lot smaller this week for sure. And I just kept on doing my thing otherwise. It paid off because today I’m 136.6 and 30.5% body fat! That’s the lowest this year on both. I am so close to getting under both 135 and 30%! Those are what I have my eye on now. Hopefully either or both will happen soon!

Also, I don’t really care too much about this one, but I think my BMI is normal now too vs. overweight. So there’s that too :)


I worked all day but I still ran after I got home. I wanted to go outside but the sky was threatening thunder and lighting so I just went on the treadmill. I watched an episode of Sense8 while I ran for about a half an hour. That show is so weird!


TTBA phase 2, workout #7. This was leg focused. I didn’t really feel like I worked that hard, but when I was done I was wiped! I seriously hate single leg split squats, but I know they must be doing a good thing lol


TTBA phase 2, workout #8. Mixed grip chin ups again. I tried to grip really hard and this time it was a little bit better. I am still pretty bad at them.


I got out for an early morning run. I was so tired! But I survived. I did 3.1 in 30 minutes. I also found out that my Fitbit One is shorting me on distance. I checked the miles on Dailymile, and it was off by more than half a mile! I think my Fitbit Surge gives me extra distance lol


Strength again, workout #9. I am getting better at the trap bar deadlifts! That 50 pounds on a 75 pound bar are getting a tiny bit easier?!


Workout#10. I used my smaller resistance band for all of my pull ups. Normally I switch, but I just did as many reps as I could on each set, which was only 3 for the last 4 sets.


I wasn’t sure if I would be able to run today, so I got in a run on Saturday. It was a pretty great one! I did 3.63 miles for a 9:03 pace!! The route I run in the mornings has two long-ish hills, so if I do an out and back I have 3 uphills. Sometimes it is tough! So runs like these are very pleasing to me :)



A little behind?

Last post March 3rd! Yes, I’m a little behind. I just don’t know what to do with this blog anymore. And I know that budget posts are not that exciting :lol: I feel pretty busy and when I think about blogging, half of the time I don’t know what to say, and if I say it who will care anyway?!

I have been busy. Work is slightly starting to pick up, but not enough for me to get excited at all about it. My days are just filled with working out, work, and then dinner and some web-surfing.

I did read a book though! I haven’t read an actual book in forever. It was called Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry and I quite enjoyed it. I picked up another from the library and started it, but I realized it was last in a big series – 10 books – so I quit reading it after 2 chapters. So next time I go to the library I’ll get another book, or read one here that I haven’t yet.

Active life is still the same. I am going to do the last workout of the Beginner Blast-off in Train to be Awesome today! Then I will do a reload week and then get on with the next phase. I’ve been trying to run on days when I’m not lifting and that’s going well too. I’m just doing lower miles, kind of following a 15k training plan. I’m not getting injured, well, I did fall yesterday morning but I think I’m okay!

And of course there is the weight loss department. I am keeping track of stuff but not weighing/checking in very often. In March I did weigh more than I wanted to and I realized I didn’t really like it. So in April I’m not going to weigh or measure at all. It will be a little hard, but I’ve made up my mind and so that’s that. Anyway, the March results were pretty good. I lost 2.6 pounds, 1% body fat (according to my scale), and .5 inches. Not bad for eating what I want, which includes ice cream, pizza, frozen yogurt, you name it. I’ve been eating it. And I’m not counting a thing or excluding anything. It’s really brainless, and I love that part. Am I losing very slowly? Sure am. This year so far I am down about 7 pounds. In 3 months that doesn’t sound like a lot. But I’ll repeat myself and say that I am absolutely sure that this time I am truly working on making sustainable habit changes, and this slow weight loss is going to stick! The only downside is that it is so easy, that that in itself makes it harder than anything I’ve ever done :lol: It is always more exciting to start some stupid new diet plan or count calories and calculate everything I will do. Now I just eat I what I want and move my body. There is no calorie goal, no burn goal, not even a weight goal or an end date. I’m just changing my life, for life, and it is hard to give the energy I was using up on all of that crap to something else. It is definitely a process.

Anyway, that’s that for now!

Checking in

With health and stuff. I am still back and forth on the weighing thing, but for now I guess I don’t really care if I do or don’t. I am trying to not weigh most days. But I am going to for sure check in at the beginning of the month, with weight and measurements and pictures. So, since December 1st I am down 2.75 inches, and since January 1st I am down 4.6 pounds. That averages out to be .5 pounds per week. Pretty much what I was planning on. Is it painfully slow sometimes? Yes! But, I am confident that this time around I am going to be able to keep it off.

Workouts have been good. Today I finished workout #15 of 24 from Train to be Awesome. Only 9 more left! I could probably keep going with the beginner program, but I really just want to move on to something different, not that I’m bored or not liking it. I do like it. The workouts are taking me about 1 hour and 10 minutes, including warm up time. I take as much rest as I need and do 1-2 warm up sets. Today I was able to squat with 90# on the machine, and I did quite a few pull-ups with one knee in the resistance band. I’ve also been trying barbell hip thrusts, not much on the bar, only 30#. I tried that today and I think I can work my way up pretty quickly.

I missed being on a running schedule so I’m going to try a 10k training program. It goes for 10 weeks and has minimal mileage so I don’t think it will interfere with strength training. I’ll just do the runs on my off days from weights. I do my first 2 mile run tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get a big storm tonight so I hope it doesn’t ice all over!

So yeah, losing a little fat, gaining a little muscle (hopefully :lol), all while doing my best to chill out and eating exactly what I want to. Including ice cream, almost daily. Also chocolate, pizza, bread every day – and veggies, fruit, fish, nuts. Nothing is off limits, I’m just eating when I’m hungry and trying not to eat too much. Eating what I really want keeps me from feeling deprived or like I need to rebel, so I don’t end up overdosing on m&ms. Novel idea.

A New Year

Happy New Year! I know lots of people think resolutions are stupid and pointless, but when I really decide I’m going to do something, I follow through. My main resolution is to not drink alcohol this year. And I know I’m going to follow through! I had a last blast on NYE and so I felt like total garbage yesterday. I don’t want to feel like that ever again! I think this long break will be just what I need.

I’m also going to try and lose weight, story of my life I guess. I am just going to get back to running and lifting, and the plan is to train for 2 half marathons this year. Both will take 3 months to train for. Maybe I will tack one more on there, we’ll see. I had many thoughts of going on a juice fast again just to lose the weight quickly, but that hasn’t worked long term, and I want to do something different. I’ve decided that this year I am just going to try intuitive eating. No counting calories, no other plan, just going to try and eat what I like, when I’m hungry and not too much. We’ll see where it gets me. So I guess I’m publicly committing to not count any calories or do any crazy things like juice fast this year. I’m just going to try to chill out and be and eat normal :lol: Even if I only lost 1/2 a pound a week, I could still be down 26 pounds in a year. That is probably going to be more realistic and sustainable, since it probably won’t involve huge deficits. I think that makes me feel restricted, even if I am eating things I like. There probably is something to eating to your activity level, so you don’t end up burning out and feeling worn down.  Duh!

Anyway I hope to blog more about my journey and be a bit more interesting, helpful, whatever. Share more recipes and knitting and whatever else :)

Week in Workouts #1

I’m going to attempt to try and make this a weekly thing, hence the #1.  This was a pretty good week as far as workouts go.  I tried to hit it a little harder than I did the previous week.  I was feeling a little run down/overworked so I was taking it easy.  I think it helped, so this week it was back at it!

  • Monday – I always warm up on the elliptical for 10 minutes and then do my weights.  I did deadlifts, overhead DB press, and Pulldowns.  I did 5 sets, 2 were warmup sets, and my highest weights for these were 70#, 20#, and 90#.  Afterwards I did a finisher from Jen Sinkler’s Lift Weights Faster called The Over Under.  It was lots of KB swings and squats.  I finished with 5 more minutes on the elliptical to make an hour workout.
  • Tuesday – I always do the Standard Warmup before I run.  My run was 47 minutes and 4.7 miles for a 9:40 pace.  Not quite an hour but good enough ;)
  • Wednesday – Squats, DB chest press, and DB row.  I did 2 warmup sets and 3 working sets with 80#, 30#, and 35#.  I wanted to do harder weights but it honestly is just not happening yet.  I will keep working at it until these get easier!  After this one I did a 2 mile run in 21:55 for a 10:57 pace.  I hate the treadmill :/
  • Thursday – A 5 mile run in 50 minutes for a 10:00 pace.  This one was tough because I woke up pretty hungry, but didn’t eat.  I should have!  I was uncomfortable the entire run.  Live and learn.
  • Friday – Deadlifts, overhead press, and pulldowns, same weights as above.  I finished with a workout called Sweet Cheeks.  Lots of glute work, it was tough!
  • Saturday – REST!!
  • Sunday – Long run.  I did 8.5 miles in 1:23:00 for a 9:45 pace!  I wasn’t expecting this to go so well as far as timing but I’m happy about it!  I wore new shoes that are more cushy than I’m used to, and getting used to tying new shoes just right is always a pain in the ass.  I stopped so many times to re-tie :lol:  Anyway I tried to go at an ‘easy’ pace until the last mile or so and then I picked up the pace a lot for a hard finish.  I don’t feel too beat up right now and that’s always a plus!  I’ll probably feel the effects more tomorrow :)

I hope to get in more stretching this week or even some actual yoga.  I feel like I could really use.

8 miles and my new favorite oats

I ran 8 miles this morning.  I didn’t really plan it out, just went where I wanted to go and in the end it was 8 miles in 1:21:51.  Not too shabby!  I felt like I was going at a pretty good pace, not too hard to keep it up until around the last mile.  That’s when I started getting tired and my started to hurt.  It was chilly, 40 degrees, but I made it through without any rain as it is supposed to do today.  I hardly saw anyone else on the route I picked until I got on the parkway for the second half, and even then there was a only a handful of people out walking and a couple of other runners.  I like it when there aren’t many cars or people and I can just zone out and listen to my music.

After I got back and did some strength moves and stretching I made my favorite oats as of late.  I guess they are called custard oats because you stir in an egg toward the end of cooking.  I thought it would be weird the first time I heard about them but decided to try it anyway.  Here’s how I have been doing mine:

  • 1/2 cups dry oats
  • 1 cup So Delicious coconut milk
  • 1 T hemp hearts (just because I have them)
  • 1/3 cup canned apple slices (I’ve also used pumpkin puree, you could use whatever you want really or nothing at all)
  • 1 egg, beaten

I put the first three ingredients in a pan and bring it to a boil on medium, then on low to simmer for 10 minutes.  Then I whisk in the egg as slowly as possible off the heat so I don’t make scrambled eggs in my oats.  Back on medium low heat for 3-4 minutes and then they are good to go!  I usually add peanut butter and some kind of sweetener, today I did raspberry pancake syrup.  I really like the fluffier texture and the egg adds a little more protein and doesn’t taste like egg at all.  I have been having these almost every day this week!  They keep me full until lunchtime and they are tasty :)



I know it looks like they are drowning in syrup but it isn’t really that much.

It’s the last day of the month so I need to update on my goals tomorrow!


Working on my goals

I was looking at my goals I set for November this morning and so far I am behind!  Well, not on everything.  I have been doing great with working out!  I think I have maybe only missed one workout this month.  Otherwise I have been lifting weights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and running on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  I have been making each workout take an hour.  I take Saturday completely off.  In fact, this past Saturday I took a nap after work and didn’t even hit 10,000 steps on my Fitbit.  I also had to take a nap on Sunday after my run.  I’m thinking I might be on the verge of overdoing it, so this week I’m going to scale it back, sort of.  Weights will be not so heavy, and I won’t do ‘finishers’ after every workout, maybe just one.  I will really try to run ‘easy’ instead of trying for time.

I’ve also been counting calories again this month, which is actually working out pretty well.  I track either beforehand for the whole day if I know what I’m going to eat, or I just do it at the end of the day.  I’m getting a pretty good feel for how my meals should be.  I am doing my best to just eat 3 meals a day at regular-ish times.  I’ve been averaging around 1900 per day.  And I am losing a little weight.  Just under 3 pounds so far this month.  My scale also says I’m down 2% in body fat?!  I know this isn’t completely accurate but I’ll take it all :lol:  I’m going to eat a bit more this week in addition to lower volume workouts, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

I have been working on the shawl I’m knitting and I’m nearing the end.  Except I will run out of yarn.  I can’t decide if I will go get another skein of the same kind or just try and substitute a color that is close.  I’ll probably end up getting another, except I don’t even know what color way it is I’m using at this point :lol:  Hopefully the yarn store still has it!  I’ll try to share a WIP pic before it is done.

I’ll update on the rest after the month is over.  So far so good!


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