An Update One Week In.

Has it been a whole week already? Time flies when you’re having fun really freakin’ busy. First things first. Sunday is my weigh in day and since that’s today I have a weight update! This past week, by eating healthy (in moderation, no strict dieting!) and working out (again, moderately) I lost 3 lbs! My clothes fit better, I feel a lot better, and my stomach is nearly flat again (not that it’s been totally flat since I was 15…). I’m pretty happy about it and proud of myself that I stuck it out a whole week. It means I went 7 days…

-without binging

-eating a diet heavy in fruits and veggies

-consuming no more than 100 calories of candy/chocolate/sugar

-making exercise a priority

How did my husband do you ask? Well, he was really on track for the first 3 days. And then we went out of town for 2 days. He ate what was given to him at his work conference (including a large piece of chocolate mousse cake), and had a pretty big (free at least) breakfast with pancakes. We both had pizza for dinner last night. Totally a fail. But I was still only 500 calories over my daily goal. I’m sure he was way over that. Tonight he’s at a graduation party so I’m sure he’s enjoying the spread. I know he’ll get back on track tomorrow.

I do have quite a bit to share tonight, but I think I’m going to save it for another time. For now I’ll leave you with our meal plan for the week:

Megan Breakfast: Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage (from Cook This Not That!) or Banana-Berry Green Smoothies (1 frozen banana, 1/2 C Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness juice, 1/2 C frozen strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder)

Husband Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Nut Crunch with Cream Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles (a few leftover from last week) or Special K (The Aldi version) with Almond Milk and a banana

Megan Lunch: Dinner leftovers or Breakfast Hash

Husband Lunch: Sandwiches on whole wheat bread with fresh fruit and sweet potato chips

Dinner #1: Greek Marinated Chicken with Grilled Balsamic Marinated Veggies (chicken from Budget Bytes, veggies my own concoction – recipe soon to come!)

Greek Marinated Chicken from Budget Bytes

Dinner #2: Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema with Best Black Beans (tacos from Foodess, black beans from All Recipes)

Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema from Foodess

Dinner#3: Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir Fry with brown rice (stir fry from Cooking Light)

Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir Fry from Cooking Light

Snacks will essentially be the same as last week. Speaking of – everything we ate last week tasted sooo good! I didn’t have high expectations for the Asian Turkeey Meatballs with zoodles, but it was super quick and easy to make and tasted delicious. I actually added matchstick carrots to the zoodles for some color and they added some nice sweet flavor. The Chocolate Chilli wasn’t really chocolately at all, but it tasted a lot like mole. Kinda Tex-mex with the polenta fries. Will definitely make it again! And the Zesty Chicken bites. Hands down the best chicken nuggets I’ve ever made. Ever. The seasoning was so perfect! (Although the salt zoomed out of the canister faster than I thought so they were a little saltier than they should’ve been!) I would make then again tonight if I had the patience to dip them in egg, then seasoning, then turn them while baking. I hate making chicken nuggets, but these are worth the effort without a doubt!

What about you? What are you eating this week?



This afternoon’s conversation:

Husband: What are we doin for dinner tonight?

Me: I don’t know.

Husband: You know, if we’re gonna start eating healthy again tomorrow, we should eat one last bad meal.

Me: I know. I think so too. So what should we have?

Husband: I don’t know maybe a pizza from the store?

Me: I don’t wanna cook. I’ll have to cook all week. Let’s pick something up.

Husband: Pizza?

Me: Panera?

Husband: I don’t know. What else is there?

Me: We could do Chili’s To-Go. Or maybe just make some appetizers?

Husband: You didn’t want to cook.

Me: That’s right. I forgot. We could get a 10 pack of tacos from Taco Bell.

Husband: Nah. How about Domino’s?

Me: Alright.

The moral of the story is – You know you’ve eaten too bad too long when you nothing bad sounds good.

We’ve both been complaining for a couple weeks now about how we haven’t been eating well and how we’ve gained some weight. My main problems are laziness and a certain minty candy that I am hopelessly addicted to. My husband’s problem is lack of a plan. He’ll actually eat really well if a healthy lunch, dinner, and snack are prepacked for him. But when I get lazy and don’t cook in a timely manner, he ends up snacking on junk food at work and then eating dinner late at night when he gets home. So we decided we’re both going to buckle down on our eating habits together.

I’ve got 3 dinners planned, then a breakfast for myself and a breakfast for my husband. I have a decent variety of snack foods, and I bought some fun sized candies for dessert. Even with having preplanned recipes, I still managed to stay on budget for groceries for the week. ($60, in case you were wondering.) I just tried to pick things that were simple – didn’t take long to make, used basic ingredients, and I’ll be swapping some “fancy” ingredients for some simpler ones (like olive oil in place of sesame oil). Here’s the plan:

Megan Breakfast: BLTE’s (from the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook) or Banana-Berry Smoothies (frozen banana, 1/2 cup Naked Berry Blast juice, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder)

Husband Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Nut Crunch with Cream Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles (from Our Best Bites)

Megan Lunches: Dinner leftovers or BLTE’s

Husband Lunch: Sandwiches on whole wheat bread with fresh fruit and sweet potato chips (from Aldi!)

Dinner #1: Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce over Zoodles (from Skinnytaste)

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce via Skinnytaste

Dinner #2: Chocolate Chili with Polenta Fries (Chili recipe from The Clothes Make The Girl and Polenta Fries from Oh My Veggies)

Chocolate Chili via The Clothes Make the Girl

Polenta Fries via Oh My Veggies

Dinner #3: Zesty Chicken Bites with Lighter Loaded Potatoes and Green Beans (Chicken bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and Loaded Potatoes from Undressed Skeleton)

Zesty Chicken Bites via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Lighter Loaded Potatoes via Undressed Skeleton

For snacks, we’ve got hummus with red peppers, carrots and pita chips (which I baked from pita bread today, just added a little olive oil and salt and left in the oven on 400 while I did the dishes – so 8-10 minutes?), string cheese, protein bars and Larabars, cherries, strawberries, apples, apple sauce, fruit leather strips, almonds and other nuts, popcorn, sweet potato chips, and tortilla chips with salsa.

We’re gonna prep our breakfasts tonight, and always make our lunches and pack our snacks the night before. I’m going to make two of our dinners tomorrow, and the third on Wednesday. So we should have plenty of healthy meals in the fridge.

As far as out diet “rules” go, we are (I am?) just watching calories. Each meal is about 340 calories per serving. My husband will eat a serving and a half of each plus a 300 calorie snack and a 200 calorie dessert – a little over 2,000 calories per day. I’m having a single serving of each meal, a 200 calorie snack, and a 200 calorie dessert – a little over 1,400 calories per day. We should each be losing about a pound a week. Really, this is how we should be eating all the time. (Hopefully, eventually, we’ll get there!)

But for tonight, pizza. And Jr. Mints. (And gummy bears for the husband) Last time for a while! Cheers!

Small for Small

On my way home from work this evening, I was getting really hungry. I started day dreaming about Junior Mints and wondering how many calories were in them (11 calories in each mint, btw). I knew that the plan for this evening, when my husband got home from work, was to go to our local ice cream walk up and get some quality soft serve. Dairy Belle opened just yesterday and we had been anxious to have some all winter, even despite the crazy cold weather and snow. I happened to eat a late breakfast today, about 10:30 so I knew I could save up some extra calories so that I could have a treat too. I ended up having 711 calories left after breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Plenty for a little ice cream treat!

Giant M&M Flurry

Giant M&M Flurry

I ordered a medium not remembering how huge their portions were. I should have known that if I want to be small, I need to order small!  It took a great deal of self control, but I only ate 2/3rds of it. I put the rest in the freezer for later. I’m guessing I probably ate about 900 calories of flurry. So I’m going to cut 100 calories out tomorrow and Friday to make up the difference. That’s the best part of watching a weekly calorie deficit, there’s plenty of room for error and flexibility. I’m only weighing myself once a week, so why stress about the everyday?

My workout today went well, I laid in bed reading through Facebook too long this morning and only had time to run 3 miles. It was a good three miles though. I feel better every time I run now! The whole asthma, running slow, having no endurance thing must have just been because I wasn’t used to running outside after all these months of gross weather! I ran at a “pushing myself” pace for over 2.5 miles. I did stop and walk but only for .1 miles, then ran the rest of the way home. My overall time was 27:54 with an average pace of 9:17 per mile. Way better than Monday! I didn’t have any knee pain today either, but some occasional pain in my ankle/foot. I think it’s my shoes. I know they need replacing soon. I’ve had then for 6 months now, I’d guess just over 300 miles on them. Regardless, it felt great to get a good easy run in.

How are you adjusting to outdoor running? Anyone else getting some good mileage in with this nicer weather?

10 in 10, obo.

After a I hit a little emotional rough patch the other night, I started to feel more ambitious. Why can’t I be strong, passionate, determined and also be affectionate, emotional, and patient? No matter how it comes out, it’s all still me! So on this uplifting note, despite all of the changes, and financial stresses in my life right now, I’m going to be working toward a new goal.

The whole point of me starting this blog was to capture a 7 week, 35 workout commitment to losing 12 lbs before our San Diego vacation (Recap 1, 2, 3, and 4.). I was doing really well the first 4 weeks and then totally crashed and burned. It was just too much! The calorie restraint was tough to stick to. I could have up to 1500 calories a day but often ate more like 1300. I was working out for over an hour at least 5 days a week, burning 300-800 calories per workout. I lost 8 lbs and gained about 2 back after vacation. I’m still happy with my size, but I know that it couldn’t hurt to try to lose the last bit of weight before I begin official marathon training in June. It’ll be better on my joints and I know I won’t be able to lose weight during training. So now’s the time!

This time around will be less intense. I’m thinking 10 pounds in 10 weeks. Losing 1 lb a week means a 3,500 calorie per week deficit. I’ll plan to burn some of it off -1,650 calories a week – working out. That’s factors out to be 330 calories per workout if I exercise 5 days a week, about 413 calories if I workout 4 days a week, or 550 calories if I work out 3 days a week. It overall seems a lot more manageable this way. I won’t need to take an hour long cycling class, then run 2.5 miles, and so 30 minutes of weights to burn enough calories. (What was I thinking??). I can run 3-5 miles or take an hour long class and lift weights. Sounds good to me!

According to some fancy math magic (that I’ll share soon), I can eat 2070 calories per day and maintain my current weight. To take off another 1,850 calories per week I’ll need to cut my calorie intake by 265 calories per day. I’ll be able to eat 1,805 calories a day and I will eat all of my calories this time! This may be tricky because of our budget limitations and my new way of preparing food, but I’m planning to use a new weight tracking app to track my calories. In the past, I’d make all of my meals for the week in one night and package up 300-350 calories portions to reheat for meals. I’ve never tried losing weight apart from that system, so this will be a new challenge (or maybe not!) for me.

In the end, I don’t care quite so much about the actual pounds I lose. As good as it sounds to finally get to my goal weight, I just really want to be in good health and at my best before I begin training for the marathon. Preventing injury, fatigue, all that good stuff. Stay tuned, things are about to get interesting!


Tonight I did something I thought I never could possibly in my entire lifetime do – I ran as fast as an elite runner. Granted it was only for 30 seconds at a time, and it was on a treadmill, but I didn’t come anywhere near falling off or feeling out of control and I even had the incline set to 1%. 6 minute mile pace. Such a rush! The workout I chose tonight was fantastic for speed work. I’m definitely going to pull this one out again. I didn’t adjust anything, except I set the incline to 1% for the whole duration of my workout. I walked for 2 minutes to warm up, then ran 8 at 6mph, I repeated the workout 5 times, then cooled down with 5 minutes at 6mph and 5 minutes of walking at 3.5 with no incline.

After my little running adventure, I did some abs. Not only did my run make me feel like a rockstar, but I did 2 sets one 1 minute planks! I wasn’t completely drained when I got home even, so I vaccuumed the entire house – another 35 calories burned. Nice!

Eating today was going great until I learned that ground pork is way higher in calories than ground chicken. You see, Meijer was out of ground chicken (go figure, do they ever have everything I need in stock??) so I got ground pork instead because it was on sale and because it’s “the other white meat”. I figure it’s calorie content would be comparable to ground chicken. Um, no. Not even close. 4 oz has almost twice as many calories, 297 compare to 160 in ground chicken. I ended up eating 3/4 of my Buffalo Meatloaf and all of my green beans, and I  was satisfied. Still, it is so hard to leave a good portion of your food uneaten when you’re not stuffed and it tastes good. It’s okay though, the best part of my “diet” is that I have dessert literally every night. Usually 75-80 calories of protein and 100-150 calories of something sweet. I can skip over-sized portions and junk food all day because I know I’ll end my night with dessert.

I’d love to get some conversation going here or on Facebook – how do you stay on track when watching what you eat? Anyone have any other good workouts for speed training?

3/Cabin Fever

My 35 workouts have been off to a rocky start. When I woke up this morning, the expressways were still closed and police were still giving out fines for drivers out on the roads. My husband ventured outside to see if we could get either car moving and it was a no go. With an actual temperature of -16 and a wind chill reading somewhere around -40, I wasn’t going to have him kill himself (literally) spending his morning digging out his car for me. He was off work so he didn’t need to go anywhere, and my car was in the garage, but the alley hadn’t been plowed yet. I made an executive decision to call off of work. I told them I might try to make it in later. My husband didn’t manage to get his car out of the spot it was stuck in down the street until about 3pm; I obviously never made it into work. Which means I also didn’t make it to the gym. Two days in a row – it’s killing me!

Since the only activity I had today was a short walk to and from Walgreens 4 blocks from our house, I’ll need to work out everyday the rest of this week, although I might pull a double on Saturday. (Is that the right term? Pull a double? Correct me if I’m wrong…) Saturday morning we running the Chicago Polar Dash. My husband will be running the 5k and I’ll be running the 10k. Luckily it’s supposed to warm up before then and there’s actually a chance of rain! I would still have time to make it back in time to hit up the Bodyworks plus Abs class at LA. I’d burn 625 calories at the race, and another 300 at Bodyworks.

Bundled for our walk. Yes, he scared people.

My eating has stayed on track so far which is really a relief for me. I have the tendency to binge eat, especially when it comes to chocolate. Not like normal girl enjoying chocolate binging, like eat the whole bag of M n’ M’s in 30 minutes binge eat. Today I finished up last week’s meals: Apple Raisin Pancakes, Thai Basil Meatloaf with brown rice, A rice cake with a TBSP of almond butter, 140 calories worth of dark chocolate chips, and two Eggplant Rollatini (I added a lb of chicken to this recipe) for dinner. While we were at Walgreens were rented Brave and I made a little snack bowl to nibble on during the movie: 1/3 of an Alt Bar, 2 york peppermint patties, a few dark chocolate chips, and a few cherries. It was yummy and satisfying!

Alt bar, cherries, York Peppermint Patties, dark chocolate chips: 235 calories


Anyone else get snowed (or colded) in? How did you spend your day home? Anyone get a workout in?



Since taking a new job in accounting 3 months ago, I’ve begun to love numbers. My 5th grade math-loathing self would be astounded! I’ve been thinking about numbers for a couple days now. in 7 weeks I’ll be arriving in sunny San Diego for a long weekend away with my husband. It’s been 2 weeks since this runner last ran. Add to that 2 holidays and 10 days of junk food, and you get a 2 lb weight gain. Not a big deal, I know, but I don’t feel healthy and I’m 10 lbs heavier than I was 2 years ago.  I was to lose 12 lbs in those 7 weeks leading up to our vacation. That’s 1.7 lbs a week. 5,950 calories if you want to be really specific.

So how am I going to do this, you ask?

I’m committing to 35 workouts. 5 workouts a week. 1,190 calories a workout. Well, not exactly. I’m also going to be getting my diet back on track. I would need to consume 2,000 calories a day to maintain my current weight. I plan to reduce that to 1,500 calories a day. That daily 500 calorie reduction should  have me losing a pound a week on it’s own. (500 calories x 7 days = 3500 calories, which is one lb!). So these 35 workouts each need to conquer another 2,450 calories a week, or 490 calories per workout. Doable, my friends, totally doable.

Told you I had numbers on the brain lately!

Skinny, healthy Megan (+ husband)

Skinny, healthy Megan (+ husband)

Here’s the fun part:

I’m inviting you to follow along. I need accountability, encouragement, and suggestions to keep thing interesting. I’ve always wanted to write a fitness blog; it’s something I’m too passionate about. I’m by no means an expert, and I don’t have too many new ideas, but I do love to talk running, yoga, healthy eating, and transformation. I’m hoping this can be a place for anyone who has similar passion and goals.

Not sure how this whole thing will pan out, though I do have ideas. Mostly, I plan to share my 35 workouts with you, whoever you are. The triumphs and struggles, the good food, and hopefully not too much of the bad.

Could be better Megan (+ husband)

Could be better Megan (+ husband)

Are you in? I’d love to hear your fitness goals in the comments below!