Mid-week weigh in

Even though I said I’d quit weighing every day, I still am. Guess I’m okay with it for now so I’m still doing it :)

Today I weighed and I was like, woah! I saw 126.4 and 26.5% body fat. Not sure how long those numbers will stick around, but generally, if I see it, it is only a matter of time until that is my new weight.

My weight is still fluctuating a lot from day to day. Just on Monday it was 128.6, so 2 pounds difference in two days. I am kind of interested to see what happens and maybe figure out why.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I was thinking about it and in years past I’ve actually gone home after the meal to get a workout in on the treadmill. To burn off some off the calories. I will be having none of that anymore! I don’t even think I did that last year. I remember eating my meal, eating what I wanted, and stopping when I was full. I still probably overdid it a little but wasn’t in that place of feeling bad for eating so much. Now I know that food isn’t a moral issue. So tomorrow I’m just going to enjoy myself, time with family and enjoy a good meal. Of course I will work out in the morning because that is what I do. Not to burn off the calories from the meal. To clear my head and feel good and keep on making progress.

So, I am grateful to finally feel like I am making peace with myself and food. And grateful that the people I love have hung in there with me and all of my issues LOL

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

A fun run

No, I didn’t go out and run an organized fun run. My workout yesterday was weights, and then 2 miles. Here’s what I did for weights:

Deadlifts with 50#on the bar, 5 sets x 6

Rear fool elevated split squats with 12# dumbbells, 4 x 5

Shoulder presses with 12# dumbbells, 4 x 10

Single leg hamstring curls 10#, 4 x 5-6

Back extensions with 25#, 4 x 10

After that I went outside to run. I was underdressed! (I wore my tights and a long sleeved shirt) The weather said 42, but it felt way colder as the sun was getting ready to go down. Right away I knew I was just going to go fast and get it done. My route has a small uphill right at the beginning, then a longer downhill, so it felt like cheating a bit at the start ;) After the first hill I started intervals, no timing or anything more just counting in my head. I just tried to go pretty fast for 60-100 counts and then recover for 40. The second mile had more fast running than recovery. It was so much fun!! It felt great. I love it when I feel and do great on a hard workout! It makes me want to do more speedwork.

Anyway I went 2.15 in 18:17, for an 8:30 pace. I liked looking at my heart rate info too.

I didn’t even think to get any food photos yesterday, but my eating was pretty boring.

For breakfast I had some of my make ahead oats with pb and honey and a leftover egg cup. I wasn’t hungry in the morning so this was around 11:00.

Lunch was late because breakfast was so late, so I just made a green smoothie and had a homemade protein bar. That was around 2:30.

Dinner was an Aidell’s sausage, steamed green beans with butter, and corn.

Dessert was a glass of milk, a pumpkin marshmallow treat, about 10 mocha m&m’s, and then a frozen yogurt bar because I felt like I still didn’t get enough to eat.



Busy kitchen day

I have the weekends off for a short time now, but even with an extra day it still doesn’t seem like enough time! We did get a lot of errands done and I got some stuff done in the kitchen, so that was good. In the morning I made some baked eggs in jars, although mine kinda pissed me off. I guess I had too much in the jars and they just kept poofing up and overflowing in the pan, and took forever to get done. We ate a few for breakfast and I saved 3 to take to work with me. I added some bacon, avocado, and toast with butter and jam for my breakfast.

I also did some make-ahead steel cut oats. You just cook them for a few minutes and then let them sit covered until it is time to use them. Then microwave and add your mix-ins. I’ll likely just use pb and jam. I have breakfast all week covered! I also made some krispie treats with some candy corn marshmallows and Trader Joe’s Pumpkin-O’s. They are really good!

It was pretty cold yesterday morning, in the twenties when I got up. I decided to wait to do my run until it was warmer. Well I had breakfast and 2 cups of coffee, and the coffee just had me wired. I finally got sick of waiting around and headed out at 10:30. It was supposed to be around 35, but it felt warmer than that – I didn’t have to wait as long as I did!! Next time I will just have a small meal when I get up and then go earlier.

I did 7 miles in 1:06! And that was a true easy pace. I wasn’t working hard and just tried to go by feel. When I felt like I was breathing harder I just slowed down a little bit. Trying to control the pace was work, but I need to do it more often. Otherwise all of my runs will be too much of a workout and I’ll probably burn out. Anyway it was a great run and I was happy to see it under 1:10. I’m always happy to see runs under 10:00 pace!

I did lunch when I got back from my run. I had marinated some tofu overnight and I baked it for about 45 minutes. I added it to a bunch of stir-fried veggies and some rice. That and a marshmallow treat kept me full for hours. I didn’t need to eat until we got home way later from shopping. We ended up having popcorn and baked apples with ice cream for dinner :) I also went back for some mocha m&m’s, which I really didn’t need. Oh well.


This week I’ve been weighing again almost daily, so I was surprised to see 128 again this week (no loss from last week). I’ve been 127-something every day up until today LOL Oh well. If you average it out, my weight is 127.5?! Anyway. Not stressing it. As I said, I’m pretty sure I’m there at the last 10, maybe 15 pounds. So it could probably take a while. I’m not even sure that I will be able to lose any more weight, though I know there are still some pounds that could go. Like always I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing and see what happens.

Here’s my workouts for the week:

Sunday I ran 7 miles for a 9:20 pace! I can’t believe I did that well on a windy day for a long run. I must just be getting faster. I try not to judge my times, so even though that might not really be that fast, I am improving, and that’s what counts!

Monday was weights and then a 2 mile run. I did deadlifts again! I loaded the bar with 50 pounds and did 5 sets. I think I did okay, didn’t hurt anything, and the wrist felt fine afterward. Gotta try to start pushing it a little bit more, while still being careful. My 2 miles was on the treadmill. It sucked.

Tuesday I was scheduled for 3 miles but added one more. I ran in Fort Union again and screwed up my timing because I thought I turned on my Fitbit, but didn’t really until a mile in. So I had to guess on distance and time. I just ran for 45 minutes, doing probably 4.25 miles. Pace was 9:49.

Wednesday was a quick 3 miles, 9:01 pace! It was difficult though, and I knew I was running too fast. I’m trying for easy but not slow paces and 9:00 is definitely an effort. It was a strength day but I just did some squats, step-ups, glute bridges, and planks afterward.

Thursday was another 4 miles. It was around 50 degrees which felt warm! It has been in the low 40s for most of my workouts lately. 9:21 pace. I did some drills and stretching after my run, and some foam rolling later that evening. I need to do more of that.

Friday I did 3 miles on a different stretch of the parkway. I didn’t want to have any hills whatsoever so I drove south a bit for my run. It was a nice change. I got out late though, so it got cold fast. I was having tummy trouble since I had eaten lunch though, but it didn’t interfere with the run apparently as I did an 8:55 pace. It felt mostly easy though.

Saturday was a rest day!!  I even forgot to wear my Fitbit, boo :(

Today I’m going for another 7 miles when it warms up. Right now it is 23 with a feels like of 16 – too cold for me!!


55 Days

There are 55 days left in this year. When I declared that I would go all this year without drinking any alcohol, I knew I had made up my mind and I was just going to do it. I’m sure some people didn’t think that I could actually do it. But I knew I would. It has been 310 days! It has actually gone by pretty quickly. And I don’t miss so many things about alcohol. Feeling hungover, not getting enough sleep, extra unnecessary calories…the list could go on and on.

I am actually probably going to go even longer without drinking. I’m not going to run right out and drink the first beer I see LOL I may wait until my birthday, or even until we possibly go to Las Vegas again for 7-11. (That is up in the air right now). I may wait even longer? Go for 500? I don’t know.

I’m just saying that I’m counting, but not really counting the days now ;)


Well the past few days I have really been eating crap, and lots of it. Earlier in the week I was down to 128.8, but yesterday I was 130 and today I’m back to 131 and 29% body fat. Oh well. I think I have it out of my system, so I’m going to do better today. The fridge is stocked full of produce and good stuff to eat, and since I’m not working today I’ll get lots of stuff prepped for the week so I have no excuse to choose junk! Anyway. I did take measurements too, and those are a lot better! I have lost another 1.75 inches this month for a total of 13 for the year!! I’m really kind of amazed (although I don’t know why I would be lol) that I just keep on losing the inches. I attribute it all to the weight lifting! It is a wonderful thing :D

Even though I bounced back up, I still lost quite a bit this month compared to my average. I still lost almost 4 pounds! And I’m sure that in a couple of days my weight will be back down. BUT, I also think I am going to stop with the daily weighing. I don’t really think it is helping me. I’m becoming more focused on my weight and I don’t think it’s a great thing. So I think I will just go back to the weekly weighing.

I kept up with my workouts this week and the past two weeks I’ve done some extra running too. Next week is a lower mile week, like a deload week. It should be easy and I hope I’ll feel refreshed after it. I’ve been feeling kind of run down and it is probably more than time for a low volume week. My weights workouts were all lower body, of course. Still not feeling 100% about the wrist.

Sunday I ran 6 miles for a 9:26 pace.

Monday I did weights and then ran 2 miles. Weights were heavy-ish and it felt like a really good workout, but not too hard.

Tuesday I ran 3.34 miles doing some speed work. I did 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile intervals. My pace was 9:07!

Wednesday I did ran 3.5 miles and then did weights. I tried to do lower weights and more reps.

Thursday I ran 3.05 miles for a 9:21 pace.

Friday I did heavy weights again, well at least for squats. If I do bodyweight stuff it is more reps usually since I don’t want to add weight just yet.

Saturday was a  rest day! I worked for about 5 1/2 hours and then came home to be lazy for a bit. I even took an hour nap! We did some shopping and watched a movie. I didn’t get a lot of steps and I don’t even care LOL

Today I’m going for another 5 or 6 miles, and then I need to do a lot of stuff around the house.

Like I said, I hope to turn things around today. I’m going to eat real meals and focus on eating the fresh stuff and not cookies and gummy bears. I guess that’s how it goes though, sometimes you kick ass and sometimes you suck! I didn’t care for the last few days but now I do, so I’ll go back to kicking ass :)

Locked In

Today I signed up for the Portland Marathon next year! A little early, but I wanted to commit one way or the other. And I’ve decided for sure to go for it. Hopefully I can keep up with training and strength and not get injured this time! (knocking on wood over here)

I’ve also signed up for the Run SLC series! I heard about it from a friend on Facebook and it sounded fun. It will actually work pretty well with what I have planned already, and who doesn’t need more pint glasses? I think I’ll play around with my workouts and see if I can do some personal bests.

I’m also thinking about maybe doing the Salt Lake Half Marathon again. I’ve done it once, and my personal conditions were not optimal at all. I pretty much botched it. It seems like it took like 2 1/2 hours to finish when we did it. I’m pretty sure that I could crush that time now!

I guess I’m thinking of keeping myself focused and busy and on track with training, and having little goals and races would help me do that. I have a while to decide about the half so I’ll keep thinking about it. In the meantime, I’ll keep running :D Obviously!


All right, well not quite under 130, officially, according to my weekly weigh in. But I am 130 today with 27.5% body fat. From last week that is down 1 pound and 1% body fat! Still pretty great, for me, and for how I’ve been losing this year (verrrrry slowly – on purpose). I’m already down 4 pounds when most months I’ve only lost 2! I like knowing that my weight is going to stay off, or at least it has been this year so far, but not going to lie, I like losing a little bit more too. I will take measurements next weekend and see how those are.

Realistically I probably can only lose 10-15 pounds more, and who knows how that will go? It might take me a whole year to just do that. I’m just going to keep on doing what I do. Not exciting, just consistent :)

I ran an extra day this week and survived! Granted it was only 2 miles but typically I just can’t do 4 days in a row without feeling hurt. And actually last year I couldn’t even run 3 days in a row, had to split it up with a rest day. I’ve been doing 3 in a row for a while now with no ill effects so I’ll just keep doing that.

Sunday was my long run of 5 miles. I felt pretty good and it felt like an easy pace at 9:38. It was early and dark and it looked like it would rain but I stayed dry. I turned onto the parkway while it was still dark, which was a tiny bit scary but I only saw two people walking and everything was fine :)

Monday I did strength and 2 miles of intervals afterward. I did as high as 7.0 mph on the treadmill!! It was hard but it felt awesome!

Tuesday I ran 3.25 miles outside in the afternoon with a 9:08 pace. It felt pretty good and without too much discomfort.

Wednesday was another 3 mile run with a 9:27 pace and then strength. I took M with me on her bike and then she did some jump rope after while I did my weights.

Thursday I ran 3 miles with a 10:05 pace. I seem to remember doing some walk breaks and I was having stomach issues again. I just need to find a lunch combo and time that works for run days and stick with it!

Friday was weights again. I’ve just been doing lower body still since I want my wrist to be fully healed before I get back to upper stuff. I did heavy machine squats, step-ups, split squats, back extensions, and quad curls. It felt like a hard workout but I wasn’t trashed afterward. I haven’t been going super hard on any weights sessions lately because I want to save up energy for my runs!

I’m still eating what I want, of course. But this week has included quite a few salads, leftovers for breakfast, and one trip eating out. We tried Spitz for the first time and it was pretty good! I had their street cart fries. I really liked all of the fresh stuff on top of the fries, it seemed like a really good mix. I tried falafel with it but I wasn’t a fan. It was just way too crispy and the flavor was a little weird. We would go back to try again!

I had ice cream 3 times this week. We had run out of ice cream so I had to buy some more, but I only ate about a pint this week. Last week was way less, but I’m not really tracking ice cream so I don’t care LOL I actually made some paleo sweet potato brownies last night, just to use up a potato that had been saved for a pie. Too lazy to make pie, I ended up with the brownies. They were actually pretty good! Not really like a brownie, more of a pie texture. I’ll probably be having them for breakfasts or adding them to lunches over the week.

I think I’m under 130

I’ve been weighing daily for the last couple of weeks and today and yesterday I saw numbers under 130! Yesterday I was 129.8 and today 129.6. I don’t know if it will stick, but I’m pretty excited about it!!

This week, I’m basically making sure that I am pretty hungry for meals, without being too hungry. I’m also eating a lot less than I usually would at dinnertime (less treats). And working out daily, of course.

I still can’t believe I may be under 130! To put it in perspective:

Most of my teenage years when I knew my weight, I was around 130. Before I got pregnant in my late twenties I think I weighed around 110 for a minute. With pregnancy I gained like 70 pounds. I tried losing weight in my baby’s first year and got down to 130 and maybe a little lower. We went on a vacation and I started to gain it all back. A few years later I tried an ultra low carb thing with lots of walking and got down to 135. Even with my juice fast I only got to 135. I haven’t been at this weight in like 10 years! 10 years of self-loathing and yo-yo dieting.

Thank goodness I am not doing that self-loathing anymore! Lifting weights and not drinking have done amazing things for me this year :D I feel strong and confident like never before, and I KNOW that I can do whatever I want to.

Next mini-goal is to lose 2 more pounds, so like 128. And if I get there I think my final goal will be 125. If I get to that point, I don’t know how much farther I could lose and feel comfortable with what it takes to maintain but who knows? I’ll just keep doing what I do and see what happens!

Sunday eats

Screenshot_2015-10-11-19-51-43-1I spent most of the day today relaxing. It was awesome!! I did get some stuff done. I ran 6 miles this morning at a pretty good pace, 9:30! It wasn’t horrible either. Almost an easy pace for most of it. After that we had breakfast, a broccoli quiche in a gluten free crust. The crust was from frozen and not very tasty at all. I had one piece and then half of another, just scraping the egg out. I also had a small glass of tart cherry juice and some applesauce. Breakfast was at 10:00. I had two coffees with half and half and sugar too this morning.

I had half of the day to myself, so I read some Lean Habits and then took a forty minute nap. After I woke up I made a big pot of soup. White beans, potato, tomato, and power greens. I used up some pizza dough and made cheesy bread. I had a big bowl and two slices of bread, and then some pumpkin spice almonds. That was at 2:00.

Once I wasn’t alone anymore I put together some No-Bake Protein Bars and then got dinner together. We made grilled five spice chicken breasts and bacon fried rice! I can’t believe we have never had bacon fried rice before! It was really good. I also had a smallScreenshot 2015-10-11 20.03.35 bowl of ice cream with cookie butter and some chocolate spread. That was at 7:00.

It was a pretty good day of eating and I don’t think I overdid it with any of my meals. I’m glad that I took it easy, because I was feeling run down this past week. I still got my 15,000 steps in though! I hope I have some more energy this week

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