On a Break

Hola friends! I hope you all had a great weekend and Monday back to work. I needed a day to digest my weekend. Kind of literally too. Ugh. Now I’m back to chat with you about it. Sorry, this is going to be another sort of depressingly serious post.

Let me start by saying I’m on an alcohol break. I don’t know how long I’m on a break for, but at least until next weekend (8/2).

I got really serious with myself on Sunday night while attempting to fall asleep and decided this is what I need right now. I would like to go longer than 8/2, but I don’t think that’s really feasible for me. I do know that I am going to be very cautious with alcohol on 8/2 and beyond. I just have to be.

Okay, now let’s chat about the weekend. It was really fun, but in my usual fashion, I’m able to remember the not-so-fun moments the most.

Friday afternoon 7 of us arrived in Crosslake, MN for a weekend of fun. I arrived first, so I enjoyed a mini bottle of wine while I waited.

That wasn’t the best idea. It was about 1:30pm, and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. I was starving. I didn’t eat until I was into the second mini bottle, which was too late. Drinking before eating never works out for me.

Needless to say, we still had fun. The guys went off golfing, so us 3 girls went exploring in the campground/park across the street from our hotel. Then we had drinks on our little hotel patio while waiting for the guys to get done golfing. After that it was dinner at Zorbas (I had PB and pepperoni pizza… holy freaking yum!) and a dance party at a club. It was very weird to us that they have a club in Crosslake. It’s a tiny lake town, so it was definitely not what we were expecting. It was still so fun!

Saturday found us girls laying out on a dock in the campground/park across from our hotel while the guys golfed again. It was 4 hours of some sun, some floating, and a lot of chatting. I think that was my favorite part of the weekend!

The rest of the evening was spent dealing with our guys who had too much to drink on the golf course, pigging out on Italian food (my stomach still hurts thinking about it), playing in/by the pool (I didn’t want to get wet again), and an early bedtime for me. I was tired and my foot hurt. Somebody had to make good decisions (finally)! :)

Sunday we stopped at a Mexican joint for more gorging and drinks before coming home. I then proceeded to overeat the rest of the day. I probably ate a good 5,000 calories every day this weekend. Lovely.

Finally, yesterday morning found me super bloated with wicked heartburn and gas. I was a lovely creature yesterday! That’s when I really got serious with myself. This excess drinking and eating has got to stop. How am I ever going to feel good and be healthy if I am eating and drinking in excess every weekend? I won’t. So I’m done.

I’ve been half-ass tracking my food on MyFitnessPal for a while now, but yesterday I got serious with it. I need limits. I just do. Without them, I will stretch all boundaries. So I gave myself a limit of having a 250+ calorie deficit a day. I’m really aiming for 500, but I want to go easy on myself. Restriction doesn’t work for me, but reasonable limits do. I also need to remind myself that I’m not doing this to be skinny, but to be fit and healthy. Oh and happy. Because I can’t keep doing what I’m doing. If I continue on this path, I will be extremely obese and a drunk in not too long. Maybe suicidal too. Seriously.

Okay, sorry to bring you all down today! I’m just being open and honest. I’m actually feeling really good right now. I think it’s because I know I’m taking steps to get on the right path. The right path for me that is. You’re path is likely different from mine, and that’s a-okay.

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The Past 7 Days

Happy Friday! At different points in this week I have felt like either the weekend was dragging (Monday & Tuesday morning when my internet wasn’t working) or just flying by (Wednesday through today). It’s left me really confused! I have to tell you about a couple of confusing moments:

  1. When I checked into my hotel yesterday, and the lady at the front desk said her computer was super slow this week. I wanted to tell her because it’s Monday and everything moves slower on Monday. Then I realized it was Thursday. When I visit multiple clients in one week, I get confused as to what day of the week it is! Yesterday was my first day at this client, so it should be Monday, right?
  2. When I was at the grocery store in Park Rapids, MN, and there was beer in the cooler aisle. If you’re not from MN, we don’t sell “real” beer and liquor in grocery stores or convenience stores. Only 3.2% beer. I’ve never seen it in a grocery store though, only a gas station/convenience store. So I stared at the case for a minute, and then went in my head, “oh yeah, I’m not in MN right now. What state am I in? Oh crap, I am in MN”. Yes, when I travel I sometimes forget where I am… including the state. Doh!

Yesterday was just an odd day I guess. :)

Highlights of the Last Week

Since I don’t have much else to talk about, let’s go through my highlights since last Friday. I have a fun weekend ahead, so this will help me take my mind off counting down the hours until the weekend starts.

Date night with my husband in St. Paul

We definitely want to stay in downtown St. Paul again. This was our first time, and it is so much more laidback then downtown Minneapolis! We loved that feel!

The Color Run + Running with my husband

I want to repeat this (minus the whole pain and having to walk a lot) 1 million more times!

Movie night for wine/book club

This time around my wine/book club picked The Fault in Our Stars for to read. Instead of getting together at my house to drink wine and chat, we decided to go to the movie. It was so fun! We met up ahead of time for dinner and drinks at our theater’s restaurant, then loaded up on popcorn and saw the movie. I went through 2 kleenexes. Even after reading the book, the movie was so sad! Plus I cry very very easily.

Afternoon in th sun (otherwise known as taking a random half day off of work)

I found myself finished with my client on Tuesday and having a full day Wednesday to either catch up on stuff, or make it fun. Since I’m reasonably caught up on stuff at work, I decided to just enjoy my day. I worked a little in the morning and popped in periodically to respond to emails, but otherwise I sat in the sun and did some cleaning. It was glorious!

Getting honest with Jamie

I had my bi-weekly meeting with Jamie on Wednesday. We talked about my biggest issue right now – alcohol. It was a rough call, but in the end, I’m so glad for it. I really just need to be brave and say no. I’m so over heavy drinking, but I have been scared to make changes. Not like I realized I was scared – like subconciously scared and full of excuses. This weekend I am going to practice being brave. And pacing myself. And remembering that I don’t want to feel like crap the next day (thanks Sarah!), and that my goals are really and truly attainable and within my reach once I get a handle on this. And only once I get a handle on this. Otherwise I will be stuck in this place forever. And it’s not where I want to be.

Note: I love being a gramar rebel and starting sentences with and. ;)

Seated workout with Jessica Smith TV

I finally did a seated workout that I had said I was going to try earlier this week! I love, love, love Jessica Smith TV workouts on You Tube, so I did this seated one last night. It was good! I thought some of my muscles would be sore today, but nothing yet. Sometimes it doesn’t hit me until a full 24 hours after I exercised.

Covert Affairs mini marathon

This also happened last night! I exercised before dinner last night since my stomach hurt, and I thought exercise would help. It did! Then I went to a grocery store, bought some healthy eats, and proceeded to watch Covert Affairs on Amazon for the rest of the evening. It was glorious!

Side note: Do you know how to find the healthiest frozen meals? I looked this up yesterday since that was my game plan for dinner once I saw that my hotel room had a microwave. From this article on WebMD, I learned that you should look for meals that are:

Low in calories and fat, include a good source of protein, have at least 3 grams of fiber (for satiety), and not more than 600 milligrams of sodium.

I chose an Amy’s Light & Lean meal, and it was great. Really, frozen meals aren’t as gross as they used to be.

It really has been a great week! I’m looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead. I’ll be back early next week to tell you all about it. And to tell you how successful I was with moderate drinking.

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Grilling with Red Gold

Happy Hump Day! I’m coming at you today with some grilling fun. I love grilling in the summer. Nearly every evening we have dinner from the grill. One summer favorite to grill – burgers. Fat, juicy, meaty burgers. Yum!

Recently Red Gold Tomatoes contacted me about a Summer Grillin’ Party they are throwing. By joining in the fun, you could win a green egg or a sweet apron! To share this fun, Red Gold sent me six cans of their tomatoes, an apron, and a ton of cool recipes.

RedGoldSo far, I’ve used two of the cans to make two recipes – Spicy Tomato Burger and Caribbean Burger (supposed to be chicken, but I used beef). You can find all of the recipes on Red Gold’s site.

To make these recipes, you simply mix a can of Red Gold Tomatoes to a pound of ground beef, turkey, chicken, etc. and grill up your burgers. The Spicy Tomato Burger uses Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies and the Caribbean Burger uses Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro.

Have you ever used diced tomatoes in burgers before? I hadn’t, but I think I will keep doing it. It keeps the burgers moist, adds some extra flavor, and also adds some nutrients to a meaty meal.

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I was actually going to show you both of the types of burgers I made, but, since I used beef for both, they look the same. :) Trust me, they might look just like normal burgers, but there is so much flavor in these suckers. I really encourage you to check out the recipes and join in on the Summer Grillin’ Party. The party ends soon – July 23rd. You better hop on it if you’re interested in winning a green egg!

Disclaimer: Red Gold Tomatoes sent me six cans of their tomatoes and an apron at no cost, but all opinions are my own.

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Some Weekend Lessons

Happy Monday! Oh the start of another week. Once again, I was not ready for Monday morning, but I’m at a nice client doing some easy work, so I can’t complain.

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was a blast! I’ll do a little recap of it, but I want to talk about some other stuff too. Mainly I want to go back to that post about No Excuses, and talk about some things I still need to work on. It fits well with my weekend recap, so I’ll do both at once. Yeah!

Last Week & The Weekend

So I didn’t post much last week. I was kind of in a funk. You see, I hurt my foot the week before, and it’s really gotten me down. I ran on the 2nd, and my foot hurt after my run. I thought it was just tired from the run, but it just kept on hurting. It didn’t help that I was on my feet a lot on the 3rd and 4th. Finally it started swelling on the 5th and hasn’t let up. I stayed off of it and tried to elevate it as much as possible. I iced a bit, although not much because I’m a wuss when it comes to icing. I hate cold! Anyway, I finally went to the doctor after work last Thursday. I don’t have a stress fracture, and my doctor thought I might have some bruising on my tendons or the soft tissue on the top of my foot. So there’s nothing I can do but take ibuprofen, elevating, and icing. Oh and resting. Here is where my freak out ensues – Ragnar is one month away from tomorrow, and I can’t run and train! I’m already way behind on training and feel like a basket case. I’m just hoping my foot feels better soon so I can get back out there.

So last week was spent wallowing in self pity. I drank wine and pouted because I couldn’t work out. I handled the situation in the complete opposite way than I should have. Instead of drinking wine, I should have found other things to do to keep myself entertained. Here’s where No Excuses comes in –when I can’t work out and feel pitiful, I need to practice self care, not self destruction. Instead of drinking wine, I could have found some seated exercises I could do to improve my fitness. That’s my plan for this week. I can still bike since I can use my heels, so I plan on biking and doing seated strength exercises to improve my fitness this week. No more lying on the couch all evening! Well, I have to do a bit of that to elevate my foot, but I don’t think I need to all evening.

Photo: This is what she has been doing all night. Which one is closer to her face?

On Friday I told myself it was time to snap out of it. I had big plans of going to a small happy hour and then just chilling on our deck and grilling for the evening. I wanted to rest up my foot before our fun weekend plans. Guess what didn’t happen? Any of that! I went to happy hour, and was easily convinced to stay out longer. I didn’t get to bed until after 3am. Ugh. So much for rest! Although I had fun hanging out with B’s coworkers, I know I should have done the right thing for my body by having a short happy hour and going home. My body badly needed the rest, and I didn’t give it what it needed. The lesson – I need to listen to that little voice inside that’s telling me to go home and rest. That’s my intuition, and it knows exactly what I really need.

I did listen to my body a bit on Saturday! Finally. I convinced my husband that we needed to have a morning in bed, and we pretty much napped most of the day away. My body needed the rest so badly!

After napping we drove down to the cities and checked into a hotel. We had The Color Run in the cities on Sunday, so we spent the night instead of getting up super early the next morning. We had a tasty sushi dinner, and then went to a brewery in St. Paul for some beverages. That part was so fun!

Photo: Can we have a courtyard? I kind of love them!

The learning opportunity came after that. We went back to the hotel bar to hang out for a bit before going to bed. Someone (ahem, me) had a couple drinks too many at the bar. Actually, I’m blaming it on trading drinks with B and sipping on his Long Island. It was a very badly made Long Island and tasted like there was a lot of gin in it. Nobody needs gin at the end of the evening. The lesson – I need to pace myself. I need to learn to savor drinks. To help with this, I plan on sticking with wine instead of beer. I savor wine way more than beer, and I’m (usually) able to stop myself after a few glasses of wine. Not so much with beer. Plus my body has been giving me horrible stomachaches and heartburn when I drink beer lately. Not good.

We’re finally to Sunday! I’m pretty happy with my Sunday, so there weren’t really any lessons to learn from it. I was hungover and feeling pretty nasty at the start, but after food and a nap, I was feeling right as rain.

The Color Run 5k was just so fun! Have you ever done one of these? I did the Color Vibe last summer, and it was equally as fun. Basically you run a 5k and get pelted with colored corn starch so that you are a colored mess by the end. The whole thing is like a giant party rather than a real race. There are no timing chips, and I don’t even think there is a race clock. You can totally walk the whole thing and take your time.

The best part about this particular Color Run was that my husband was with me. He’s never done a 5k before, so it surprised me when he signed up too. A group of us ran in memory of his cousin who passed away in December, so that was really why he signed up. There is talk about making it an annual thing, so I bet he’ll be doing more in the future. I’m so excited!

Photo: We got colored!! And I'm broken.

The worst part about this Color Run was my foot. I started out running and quickly learned that I needed to walk. Between the hangover and foot pain, I had to tell my husband we needed to walk a lot. It really got me down. They call The Color Run the happiest 5k, but it wasn’t very happy for me. I almost cried at one point because I was so frustrated. Darn foot! Just get better already!

In the end I was still glad I did the run. I loved getting hit with color and spending time with my husband and some of his family members. Such a great day!

Now I’m looking forward to some healthy eating this week, forgiving myself for the crap I did to my body over the weekend, and finding creative ways to work on my fitness.

Here’s to the start of a good week!

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In Store for July

Ugh, Monday after a long weekend. Why, oh why, did you have to show up again?! I was really dragging this morning, but then I realized I was visiting a really nice client. I knew it would be a good day, so my attitude completely changed. I love when that happens. What did you do for the long holiday weekend? We went down to my in-laws where they have a huge July 4th celebration. There was a lot of drinking and good family fun involved. I really didn’t take many pictures, so I won’t bore you with a whole recap. Just know that I drank a lot, ate a lot, and had a complete blast! I’m really ready to get back to some healthy eats though… and my body is too!

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July “Goals”

Speaking of healthy eating, let’s chat about some loose July goals I have for myself. I love lists, so we’re going with a list:

  1. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day every single day as many days as possible – I had to modify this goal because I hurt my foot last week. I think I just strained it while running. Around last Thursday my right toes started hurting when I walked. I really didn’t think much of it, but it got worse over the weekend. Then it swelled on Saturday! Now I’m trying to stay off of it, but that’s hard when you have to walk so much to live. For exercise, I’m going to bike a lot this week. As long as the weather cooperates that is!
  2. Eat super freaking healthy on weekdays – our weekends in July are a bit crazy, but I want to make sure I’m eating really healthy on weekdays. I love how healthy foods have been making me feel lately and want to keep those feelings going. See more on this below.
  3. Learn how to savor alcoholic drinks rather than slam them – I am still working on this, and I want to keep working on it this month when there are so many fun weekend things going on that involve alcohol. I didn’t do any savoring this weekend, and I ended Saturday with heartburn. I will pat myself on the back for not starting to drink with everyone else on Friday though. I waited until I felt “ready” to drink, rather than starting with everyone else around 1:30. I think that’s why I felt pretty good all weekend until Saturday evening.

Healthy Eating

I am always so, so amazed that so many people don’t really know what healthy eating is. I even chatted with a friend about it last weekend, and she agreed that people are so out of touch with the reality of eating healthy these days. An example would be that there are so many people that think it’s healthy to go to Subway and get a 6 inch sub, chips, and a fountain drink. Um, not so much. It’s certainly part of a healthy lifestyle to eat like this, but in moderation and with the understanding that it’s not a healthy lunch for every single day. Why not? So many reasons! High sodium, high fat (depending on your options), low in fruit and veggies, and pretty low in most key nutrients. Ouch. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of us who need a reality check that we aren’t eating as healthy as we could be. I needed one in a huge way, and Jamie Mendell recently gave me just that. Since then, I’ve been more conscious of healthy eating, but I could do even better. So what is healthy? Well, here’s the short story from the government’s My Plate website of what a woman 19-30 years old should be eating daily:

  • Fruit – 2 cups
  • Veggies – 2.5 cups
  • Grains – 3-6 ounces
  • Protein – 5.5 ounces
  • Dairy – 3 cups
  • Oils – 6 teaspoons (this one is a max instead of min)

Sure, these numbers are fine and good to look at, but you really need to put them into practice in order to understand them completely. Guess what, I did just that today. Here’s how my day broke down according to each group:

  • Fruit – 1/2 cup from a small banana
  • Veggies – 4 1/2 cups from Chipotle lettuce, tomato salsa, corn salsa, spaghetti squash, & tomato sauce
  • Grains – 2 ounces from whole wheat bread
  • Protein – 11 ounces from PB, Chipotle chicken, black beans, & ground beef
  • Dairy – 5/6 cup from Chipotle cheese & parmesan cheese
  • Oils – assumed 3 teaspoons from Chipotle sunflower oil used to cook chicken
  • Other – Brummel & Brown yogurt spread

As you can see, today I’m short on fruit, grains, and dairy, but I’m really hitting the mark on veggies and protein. That’s good to know! I plan on tracking this for a few days to a week just for fun to see where I can boost my nutrition. Yes, I’m a super nerd, but I just want to learn where my diet is lacking so I can see where I can boost my nutrition.

So that’s what I’m up to this month. I’m thinking it’s going to be a great one!

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Looking Back at June

HUMP Day! And my Friday! I decided to use a floating holiday tomorrow to take the day off. I have a ton of cleaning and random stuff I want to get done before we leave for the weekend. Yes, it’s already the 4th of July holiday. This summer is flying! :(

Let’s not think about that. Instead, let’s think about all of the great things that happened in June. Here we go!

I hiked my heart out in Wyoming

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I partied like a rockstar with new Brenny friends… and then did it a few more times

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I bought a new bike

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I made some new country friends

I worked on some daily gratitude… it didn’t last, but I was #grateful for the little I did (see what I did there?!)

I decided I want to live fearlessly… that’s really hard!

I spent some time with my dad at our annual car show

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I started ditching all excuses

I celebrated 7 years of marriage with my husband

I ran a 5k!

Finally, I ended the month with a bang visiting a friend’s cabin

June was an awesome month! I’m really looking really forward to rocking July. I’m off to a great start! I’ll tell you more about that in another post. It’s late, and I still need to shower after getting sweaty outside. Night y’all!

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Food, Pigs, & A Blue Diamond Photo Shoot

Happy Tuesday! I haven’t yet adjusted to my husband being home with me during the week, so my blogging might be sporadic until I do. Anyway, I’m coming back to you just in time for Treat Yourself Tuesday with Becky. I have so much to share with you, that it’s perfect for a treat yourself environment! Let’s start!

Lately I’ve had a lot of very healthy treats

You may have already seen these on Instagram, so I just made a fun collage of my healthy eats.

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In the four corners starting from the top right and going clockwise – chicken, apple, grape, and almond butter salad; healthy shrimp and roasted veggie Alfredo; caprese chicken; and 2 ingredient pancakes with blueberries. In the center top to bottom – almond butter and strawberry toast and tuna, avocado, and Greek yogurt on an English muffin. So much healthy goodness!

I had a weekend full of fun with friends

That is in itself a treat, but it was an extra treat to be at a friend’s cabin. Fires, drinks, and lake… those 3 things are a recipe for fun! Also fun – pig races! Who knew there was such a thing?! If you ever see them at a bar near you, you must go!

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My friends and I put together a Blue Diamond photo shoot

Blue Diamond was kind enough to send me some of their almonds as part of their Blue Diamond Tastemakers program. The theme for the current program is “Summer Fun with Blue Diamond”. Since I knew I would be having tons of summer fun over the weekend, I brought my Blue Diamond almonds with me. My friends and I decided to do a little photo shoot to show all of the fun we had with the tasty almonds. I hope you enjoy these fun photos as much as I enjoy the Blue Diamond almonds!

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We had a lot of fun balancing the almonds on our legs! I think this last one is my favorite, and it was also the first photo we took.

The almonds that I was sent recently were the Toasted Coconut and Blueberry. I already had the Whole Natural at home and decided to bring those along for the fun. The Blueberry flavor was already one of my favorites, but Toasted Coconut was new to me. OMG, these are so good! If you like coconut and almonds, buy these!

[Insert the usual disclaimer here about being provided with almonds at no charge, but all opinions are my own. Nobody can tell me what to think! :)]

Those are really all of the treats I’ve had in the last week. The weekend was one big treat! I’m not gonna lie – my body was super puffy yesterday and my pants were tight. Yowzas. I’m happy to be back to some healthy eating after such a fun weekend. I’m also thinking I want to go a bit lighter for the 4th of July fun, but more on that later in the week.

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Weekend Highlights

Happy Monday! I’m totally okay with it being Monday. I’m working from home all week, so it’s a good week indeed! This week and the next month are going to be just fabulous. I only have one overnight of travel until August, so I am quite the happy girl.

I had the most fabulous long weekend! First, I took Friday off to go to a car show with my dad. We were planning on leaving around noon, but he was running a little late. No problem! That allowed me to have time to go for a walk/roller blade/walk with my nephew. He’s 7 and just learning how to roller blade, so there was more walking on his part than roller blading.

Once my dad was ready, we drove down to the state fairgrounds for our annual Back to the 50s car show. Basically there are a crap ton of classic cars and street rods covering the fairgrounds. This year was actually not the best year for attendance, which we were guessing was because of the weather. Each car is numbered as it’s registered, and the highest number we saw was 11,621. In the past there have been 20,000 cars at this show. My dad thinks it’s the biggest one in the nation, except for maybe Las Vegas. I’m going to believe that and not bother looking it up. ;)

Before we left for the car show, my cousin’s husband had given me the idea of taking pictures of all the pink cars. I may have already said I was going to pick them all out anyway. Pink is my favorite, and you’d be surprised at how many pink cars are at the show. My dad and I had a blast finding all of the pink cars and getting pictures. Here are my collages of the pink cars:

Car Collage 1Car Collage 2Car Collage 3So much pink! Okay, there’s 2 non-pink cars in the above collage, but they were too cool not to include.

I had my iPhone step counter on while we were at the show. From that, I learned that I took 17,362 steps at the car show. We estimated that to be about 8 miles. Yeah, my feet were tired in my flip flops!

After the car show I went to some friends’ house to have some beverages, watch them play bags, and have a fire. Here is where I derailed a little bit on my No Excuses!. I had 5 light beers and may have had a fast food drive thru experience for dinner. Oops. I’m chalking it up to the fact that old habits die really hard. I vowed to get right back to it in the morning, and I did.

The highlight of Saturday was hopping out of bed bright and early to do a 5k. A client of mine was sponsoring a nearby 5k and had asked me if I was interested in running. I didn’t have anything else going on, and needed to run anyway, so I said sure thing. It was a beautiful morning, and I had a great time! I had originally thought of making a plan to run the whole thing, but my legs were tired from the day before. I decided to go with my training run of 5:1 run:walk. It worked great! I actually ran through my first walk break, but then I walked for 30 seconds during the second 5 minute run portion. I stuck to my 5:1 for the rest of the time and ended with an average 12:14 pace. I was really, really happy with that! I’ve felt so slow lately, and to see that my pace is getting faster rocks.

The highlight of yesterday was attending my friend’s daughter’s graduation party. It was HOT outside, but it was fun catching up with my friend’s family and coworkers I hadn’t seen in a long time, as well as meeting more of her family. Such sweet people.

After so much fun this weekend, we were pretty lazy last night. As I said earlier, I’m totally okay with it being Monday and looking forward to a great week. I want to continue to eat healthy (I’ve been rocking it) and get some quality workouts. I hope you also have a great start to your week and fun things in store!

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No More Excuses!

Hello there! I’m trying to get back into the blogging groove. I miss my little blog when life gets busy, but for some reason it seems like another chore when those times come around. We’ve already established that I’m weird.

Today I want to talk a lot about excuses. I am so darn good at making excuses. Here are some excuses I’ve made lately:

  • I’ll do better tomorrow (i.e. stop eating when I’m satisfied, stop emotionally eating when I know I’m not physically hungry, exercise, eat healthy foods, etc.)
  • Just this once won’t hurt – it does… and “just this once” turns into everyday and every meal
  • I’m stressed so it’s okay to overeat or drink too much
  • I’m tired so it’s okay
  • I don’t want to feel restricted

I think I could go on for a while, but you get the idea. I really need to work on stopping the excuses. This week I’ve started with eating healthy. I’ve been keeping a food journal for Jamie to see the kinds of foods I eat and enjoy eating. It’s a pretty unhealthy account. (Random note: I just noticed that last week I started writing July instead of June. Oops!) I started the journal on June 4th, so 2 weeks ago, and here are some fun facts:

  • I’ve had a burger and fries 4 times – 3 of those were in the last week (fries on their own even more times)
  • I’ve had pizza 7 times
  • I’ve had alcohol on 7 days… I think only 2 of them were in moderation
  • I overate during at least 1 meal on 9-10 days

That information actually helps me a lot. I can tell what I want to work on. I want to eat less burgers, fries, and pizza, drink less alcohol, and really work on not overeating.

Crap, I had a burger for lunch yesterday! It was with a side salad though… it’s all about balance. :)

Since I’m all about lists, here are my first stops on the no excuses train:

  1. Find better foods to eat than burgers, fries, and pizza (i.e. healthier but just as tasty)
  2. When the weekend comes, try just having a couple of drinks and really savor them (REALLY TRY!!! NO EXCUSES!!! sometimes you have to yell at yourself)
  3. Practice dividing everything in half, eating, and stopping to assess hunger levels

Seriously, that’s a pretty easy list and something I feel really excited about.

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What I’ve Been Up To

Well hello again! My life got stressful, so I disappeared for a while. Things haven’t really calmed down, but I wanted to come back to my blog. I missed it and kept thinking of so many things to share! Why don’t I just start by catching you all up on what’s been happening in my life since we last chatted? Here we go!

Another day of hiking in WY

Here is the best picture from my second day of hiking in WY two weeks ago:

It was just so gorgeous! That picture really doesn’t do it justice for what you see in person. So much nature. This hike was an extra hard one, but those only make it more satisfying. I just love hiking.

A crazy flight back from WY

OMG the flight back from WY was a rough one! First I was running late for the airport. Then it was a really windy and slightly stormy day, so I knew it would likely be a turbulent flight. You see, the planes from Riverton, WY to Denver are tiny and old. Tiny as in they seat 21 people, which is including the 2 pilots. Old as in half of the interior lights don’t work, some seats are missing tray tables, and you just get a general feeling you are riding along in a tin can. A great way to fly over mountains and through a storm. Not.

Anyway, the flight was a bit bumpy at first, but then it got much, much worse. There was one point that I thought we were for sure going down. Our plane was literally pointed at the ground, and we were descending… but not as in a planned descent. Yikes! My book fell off my lap, but I was too busy holding on to the seat in front of me to bend over and pick it up. You can imagine how shaken up we all were after that. I think we were all so happy to land safely in Denver. I may have indulged in a couple glasses of wine to ease my nerves.

Work, work, work

I’ve been so busy at work the last couple of weeks. The days following my Wyoming trip, I visited a new client in two different towns. Then I visited them again last Monday before traveling to Abbotsford, WI on Tuesday through Thursday. I took Friday off since I needed it bad. I’m now in Rice Lake, WI through Thursday or Friday. So.freaking.busy.

I’ve been using food and alcohol to ease my stress

This is the worst idea, but it’s what I’ve been doing. Pizza and fast food, beer, wine, and gin. It hasn’t been pretty. It’s time for me to ‘fess up and move forward. I plan on eating a bit lighter this week and using blogging, exercise, and catching up with friends to ease any residual stress. I’m off to a good start this week by ordering as healthy as possible, while still eating foods I enjoy while traveling. My goal is to refrain from ordering a pizza this week. I think I can do it! My second goal is to ease up on the alcohol over the weekend. Luckily B is feeling the same way since he also went all out over the weekend (more on that below). Sweet.

I made some new friends last week

Of the farm variety.

I bought a new bike

I’d been wanting a new bike for a while since mine is a cheap one that isn’t any fun to ride. I finally bit the bullet and bought a sweet cruiser from Target.

Cruiser

I had to buy it online so I had to put it together myself when it was delivered. I did that on Friday. It took me 3 hours because Schwinn doesn’t provide good instructions with their bikes. I had to guess a lot on how things were supposed to go together. I also still need to adjust the seat, figure out the front fender (I don’t think it’s on right), tighten and loosen the breaks (are you confused by that?), and put more air in the tires. I can’t wait to have it all done and ready for some long rides!

I partied hearty with my husband’s coworkers and had a blast

Over-indulging in alcohol isn’t all bad. I have a ton of fun while I’m doing it! Last weekend it was a Friday happy hour that turned into more with the hubs’ coworkers.

This weekend his company had their summer party to celebrate their anniversary and give awards. That means keg beer all night. There might have been a ton of dancing. :)

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Then, on Saturday, I went golfing with two of B’s current coworkers, a former coworker, and the daughter of one of them. After golfing we went back to their house and had homemade pizza and more drinks. I haven’t laughed that hard in soooo long. I was surprised my abs weren’t hurting on Sunday.

GolfingSelfie

Now it’s time to settle down a little bit. I don’t plan on backing off of the fun, but just some of the crappy food and alcohol. Sometimes just planning to do this sends me into a nervous panic, and I find myself eating and drinking even more, but I’m trying to remind myself that I actually like healthy food and staying sober. I also remind myself that it doesn’t mean I will never have pizza or burgers again, just not right at this moment. Can you tell I talk to myself a lot? ;)

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