Weigh-in and workouts

Last week 127 pounds and 26.5% body fat

This week 127.2 pounds and 26% body fat

The scale has been mostly under 126 all week but not today. The body fat even dipped down to 25% one day, so I guess I’m not surprised that that one is down today.

Eating has not been great this week. I’m getting too relaxed and maybe eating too much treats. 2 leftover pies meant pie for breakfast, and I still had desserts after dinner. Gotta try and rein it in again. Maybe I’ll start working on the habit that involves tracking treats?! I don’t know.

Here’s my workouts last week:

Sunday I didn’t do anything because I switched my long run to the day before. I had to work on Sunday too 😦

Monday I did 2 miles and then weights. I ran out of time and only did deadlifts, 8 sets.

Tuesday was 4.16 miles, 9:16 pace. I ran up the hill in Fort Union again and it seemed like I improved from the week before! I didn’t stop the whole way up the hill (except to tie my shoes a few times at the beginning).

Wednesday I did 3.1 miles, 9:23 pace. After that I did skater squats, kb rows, and back extensions. I’m working on stretching and foam rolling more, so I did some of that too.

Thursday was 5 miles in 45 minutes, 9:04 pace. I was pushing it a bit for this one, but at the same time it felt comfortable, if that makes sense. I wasn’t dying at the end!

Friday got away from me and I was just plain tired. So I didn’t work out. I decided to do my long run on Saturday and do a few miles on Sunday to make up for missing Friday.

Saturday was 8 miles! I’d say it went pretty well. I did it in 1:16 for a 9:29 pace. It felt ‘easy’ most of the way through, my pace was pretty even, and my heart rate stayed consistent too! I wore a knee sleeve I got that seemed to help it not feel wonky at all. I bundled up as it was supposed to be around 25, but halfway through I started to get too warm. It was a beautiful day too!! Overall a pretty great run. I stretched a lot after and did some foam rolling last night.

Run totals – 22.39 miles, 3 hours 28 minutes. 

Only got in about 50 minutes of strength this week.

This week I want to make sure I hit all of my workouts. I also want to make sure I’m only eating meals and not snacking. And I want to eat more fruit instead of treats. I’m going to do some food prep today to make sure I’m prepared for the week! It is going to be a busy one, lots of stuff going on at work.



No more debt

I just paid off my car today!! I have been paying double and sometimes triple payments all year so I could get it done. I wasn’t sure I was going to do it, but I had some money saved up and decided it was worth it to pay it off now and then start saving that money I was putting on my car every month (sometimes $1500!). It feels SO good to have it done!!

I am now completely debt free. And I hope to never get into debt again. I want to save my money and pay for what I want/need in full. We’ll see how that all works, but I hope it does. I hate having payments!

Just so excited – I wanted to share 😀

Its December!

I know it sounds dumb, but I seriously cannot believe it is December already! Time has gone by SO fast this year.

I was just remembering how I was always setting weight loss goals, like lose 5 pounds in a month. It rarely happened, and most of the time I’d give up in the middle of the month. Who knew I would ever be so grateful this year to lose just 2 1/2 pounds per month?! Well I am 😀

I’m still weighing daily and there have been lots of fluctuations. This morning I made a couple of graphs, just messing around.

Here is the last 2 months of weighing more often. The first is October and then November. Lots of ups and downs!Screenshot 2015-12-01 05.35.54

Then there is the whole year’s worth of weekly weigh-ins! This one is a lot less up and down.

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Its so easy to get frustrated, especially when working at a small deficit, or going for just a little weight loss every week. Sometimes it seems like nothing is changing! So looking at the big picture can tell more of the story.

Anyway, December is here and will be gone before we know it. I know I’ll look back on this year as one of my best. Life changing, really. I hope for good!


Last week 128 pounds, 27.5% body fat.

This week 127 pounds, 26.5%.

I also took my measurements today and I’m down another 1.75 inches! So my YTD loss totals are 25.2 pounds, 11% body fat, and 14.75 inches. Pretty cool.

I felt like I did okay with Thanksgiving and another big meal we did for ourselves yesterday. I had a big plate of food, sure. Only stuff that I really wanted to eat, and if I didn’t end up liking it I didn’t eat it. I overate a bit. But no one died, I didn’t have to feel like I had failed at anything. I just ate more than usual and moved on with my life. I am still doing all of my workouts and getting in plenty of activity every day, and overall not eating too much.

Here’s my workouts for the week:

Sunday I did 7.06 miles at a 9:25 pace. It felt pretty easy for that day and I finally realized that I had been wearing my shoes for too long. So I’m going to stop wearing them.

Monday I did weights and then 2 miles. I pretty much did all lower body stuff, including deadlifts! Can you tell I like deadlifts?!

Tuesday I did 4 miles in Fort Union again. I ended up climbing a long hill for the first half, turned around and went back down. I wish I had had a camera. The view at the top of 3000 East and Fort Union was amazing! I hit it right at sunset too.

Wednesday I did 3 miles. The weather was super crappy that day when we were doing errands before I was supposed to go out. I almost didn’t go! But I did, and didn’t get rained on or blown around too much. Glad I went. I also did weights, single leg deadlifts, db rows, and back extensions.

Thursday I got up early and did 4 miles. Guess I had my own little turkey trot.

Friday I did another 3 miles and then weights. I got a new weight vest in the mail and I did step ups with it, then shoulder presses and hamstring curls.

Saturday I did my long run of 7 miles instead of on Sunday. It was very cold, but once I got going not too bad. There was snow on the trail and it was lightly snowing the whole time. I was surprised at first to see quite a few other runners out, but I usually go on Sunday not Saturday. Figures there would be more people out.

Run totals – 23.43 miles, 3 hours 45 minutes

Add my strength in there, about 1.5 hours and that is 5 hours 15 minutes working out, about 45 minutes each day, or actually 53 minutes for 6 days of exercise. Totally reasonable and doable!

Here’s to another week of taking care of me 😀


Somehow I woke up at 4:20 on Thanksgiving, on a day that I didn’t have to go to work :/ Why?! I got up and started the coffee flowing and relaxed for a while before I went out to run. It was cold!! When I got back it was 27, feels like 22! I just bundled up and got my 4 miles done. I saw a few other walkers and there was more car traffic than I thought there would be. It was a good run. I’m getting a little sappy lately but I realize that I am really lucky to even be able to run. My limbs all relatively work and I am healthy. I am lucky enough to have the means to buy running stuff when I need it and the time to go run. Most runs lately have felt like a gift, and I really try to enjoy it and not take it for granted 🙂

After my run we made some muffins and had a couple and a yogurt for breakfast. Rookie mistake – it was too close to dinner/lunch and I ended up eating too much! Oh well. Spoiler – I still ate what I wanted at dinner.

I’m always on veggie duty, so I made a candied yam casserole with pecan topping, green bean casserole (selfishly for me but others said it was yum!), and sautéed corn and peppers. The meal was delicious and I ate one plate with a tiny bit more bean casserole. I also had 3 small slices of pie, one too many, it set me over the edge LOL Later on I had too much ice cream too. It’s just one day and I’m not stressing or worried about it. It’s done and I’m moving on, and going to eat breakfast as usual today.

Here’s the other turkey we had yesterday.


It’s another cold and windy day here, so my run later should be a blast…

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 😉