Yoga Flab and Sayonara’s

I’m trying to keep myself awake until a reasonable time (goal is 9pm) so I thought I’d post a little update. I’ve been a little quiet here for a few reasons. Work got nuts. I’ve worked an extra 12 hours in the last two weeks! My diet has been totally off track. I’ve hardly been running because my allergies and asthma have been terrible. I’m in a fitness slump. I’m trying to work through things on day at a time.

Today, I did yoga. It was awful. I had no idea I was so out of shape. Also, I highly recommend wearing pants and a shirt while yoga-ing. I did it in sports bra and underwear, and let me tell you, the view from downward dog is the worst angle I’ve ever seen of myself. My gut was a huge flap hanging from my abs. Thighs didn’t look much better. I guess it could be motivating if you like reminders of how fat you look at odd angles.

This afternoon, I finally went to buy my new running shoes! Now that’s a true motivator. All of my real running shoes have been Mizuno. I love the way they lock my heel in place. My first pair that I bought last May were the Wave Inspire.

Mizuno Wave Inspire

Mizuno Wave Inspire

It was the first time I got fitted for shoes and the store employee told me I had one foot that needed a little support so I ended up with the mild stability Inspire. They felt so much better than the K-Swiss Tubes I had been running in for a year and a half (no joke, I even ran my first half marathon in those Tubes!), that I didn’t realize they weren’t the best fit. After a long run on the hard pavement in Chicago last September, the outsides of my feet, near my pinky toe, was getting really sore. Like it was bruised on the bottom of my foot. I did a little research and decided to try out the Mizuno Sayonara instead. I went into my local Fleet Feet store, ran a loop around the parking lot in them and was sold!

Photo from (because I don't have a singl epicture of me even wearing these shoes! Crazy!)

Photo from (because I don’t have a singl epicture of me even wearing these shoes! Crazy!)

I wore these all last fall and winter, for 2 5K’s, one of which was a PR, and a 10K on my 1st wedding anniversary. But in the last few weeks, I’ve been starting to get that outside foot pain again and I noticed that the foam was getting pretty thin inside the shoe. I have no clue how many miles are on them – my best guess is about 400. So it’s time to retire them.

Since I’m now training for a full marathon, I thought I might want to give a more substantial shoe a try. The Sayonara is a super lightweight shoe and has sort of a minimalist design to it. It’s not usually recommended for long distances (although I’ve run 10 milers in them with no problem). So when I went in to Fleet Feet today, I first tried the Wave Rider 17. It was really cushy and comfortable, but when I ran in them, they were just too bulky for me. I love feeling the ground beneath my feet and having space for my toes to breathe. So I ended up with another pair of Sayonara’s. This time in the tacky-cute color combo of Cabbage/Orchid Bouquet/Aurora. It was better than black and white and purple which looked kind of manly.

New Mizuno Wave Saynara

New Mizuno Wave Sayonara

I haven’t taken them on a run yet, but for the short time I wore them in the store parking lot, I could tell the fit was nearly identical to my old Sayonara’s (the heel actually fits even better in the new ones!) but there was so much more cushioning. I had no clue how flat my old shoes had gotten! So I’m excited to give them a spin tomorrow morning. And I’m hoping to buy one more pair (maybe online?) of the old grey/blue/green color combo that I love so much. It can’t hurt to have two pair when you’re running 30 miles a week!

Last little tidbit. I’m really hoping to get back on track food-wise. We’ve got about $40 left in the grocery budget to last us the rest of this week. Just enough to buy some breakfast and lunch essentials, and produce to go along with the meat in our freezer. Next week, I’m detoxing again. 3 days of vegetarian, 4 days of clean eating. NO SWEETS! I’ve gotta do it. I’m tired of feeling fat and lazy, my skin looks awful, and even my sleep patterns are off. Plus I can’t fit into a really pretty skirt I bought on vacation. It’s time to get it together.

Okay, one more tidbit. One of my friends is in town from London, Ontario. She knows a lot about free weights. I know nothing. I stick to the machines at the gym. I do know that I’ll get a much better workout using free weights than machines. So she’s agreed to come to my gym with me this week and show me what to do in the free weights area! I’m so excited.

Ah! Third tidbit. I’m going to the doctor next week to get medicine for my allergies and asthma. Finally I’ll be able to breathe when I run!

Alright, it’s 9:45. It’s late enough to go to bed. Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! Anyone else need to get back on track after a little overindulging??


Just Dreaming…

If I could get my act together and muster up the energy, motivation, and persistence I used to have (a couple years ago when I was first losing weight), there are a  few things I’d be determined to do. Since I just don’t have the drive I used to, I make no promises to hold to these goals, but they’re things I want to work toward.

1. Cutting Out Sugar: We’ve used up most of our grocery budget for this month already, so although I do have every intention of revisiting my mini-detox I couldn’t finish a few weeks ago, it’ll have to wait until we have fresh funds to buy a fresh batch of fruits and veggies. While we finish eating whatever’s currently in thee pantry, I hope to steer clear of added sugar. ‘

2. 14 Days of Yoga: I just keep hearing and reading about how good yoga is for runners, controlling cravings, and managing stress. Work is getting busy, I’m running a lot more now that the weather is getting nicer, and it would probably help me get off sugar. I found a couple DVD’s at the library that each have 7 20-minute yoga workouts. Seems simple enough. Just gotta vacuum first! Ha!

3. Committing To A Schedule: I work odd hours, my husband works odd hours, things change all the time and there’s always something to do. We’ve been eating dinner as early as 5 and as late as 10. There’s been pizza (veggie at least! And only 2 pieces!) for breakfast at 10:30. In the past week I’ve woken up as early as 4:50am and as late as 10:27. I used to get up at 6 or 6:30 every morning, get my run in by 7:15, take a shower and eat breakfast by 8:30, and work 9-5. I’d make dinner, clean up around the house, relax a little bit with the husband and get to bed around 10:30-11. I need some normalcy again! I’m supposed to be able to set my own work schedule starting in June. I’m praying it helps.

4. 35 More Workouts: I’m still bummed that I never completed the initial challenge that led me to create this blog. I know that I need to do some cross training and some strength workouts during my marathon training but just wouldn’t know how to work it in.

Maybe a little bit of each. One day at a time…

Happy Monday! (For real.)

I feel like I don’t have a lot of time to post… my husband’s on his way home and dinner’s in the oven (yes, at 10pm). But I got my butt in gear today and I’m so proud I must share!

6:30am: 2.5 mile run. Absolutely awful. My legs were dead weight. I forgot to stretch after my fantastic and fast 5 mile (say that 5 times fast…) run Saturday morning. Then we walked around Lincoln Park Zoo, and to the beach. I have pictures of that. It was fun. Maybe I’ll share later this week.

7:30am: Quickly showered, ate cereal for breakfast and got ready for work.

9:00am: Worked an easy 4 hour shift. Had a protein bar at some point.

1:00pm: Got groceries at Meijer where half of my grocery list just happened to be on sale! Buy 10 for $10 and 11th item is free! (Mushrooms, peppers, Larabars, Annie’s organic mac and cheese, bagged lettuce, low sodium black beans, Greek yogurt, and canned salsa verde  in case you were wondering)

1:30pm: Picked up Domino’s pizza to stash in the freezer because I had a 50% off everything coupon. A few times a year, the owner passes them out to local businesses to use for lunch hours only. I had 2 pieces of the Pacific Veggie pan pizza while out running errands.

2:00pm: Household essentials shopping at Walmart. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant. You know, the fun stuff.

2:30pm: More grocery shopping at Aldi. Finished off my list there. I only spent $90 for all of our groceries for the week and a lot of that is snack food that will last another 2 weeks!

3:00pm: Unpacked everything, cleaned out the fridge. Sprayed the ants that had gotten into the house. Watered flowers. Took a little break.

5:00pm: Cleaned, chopped and packed most of my fruits and veggies for the week. I’m cooking dinners, having salads for lunch, and snacking on fruit instead of candy this week. No excuses now! (Follow me on Facebook to see the “before” picture and get other between-post updates!)


6:30pm: Prepped BBQ Bacon Meatloaf for dinner. Cleaned up the kitchen.

8:00pm: Yoga! Holey Moley am I out of yoga-shape. Fun story – A couple old guys came into the class 40 minutes late and starting chatting about how they were boys so they couldn’t do some of the stretches. I asked them to stop talking, please. To which one responded “I’ll stop talking if you stop talking.” Yes, they were correct. They are boys. Hilarious.

9:00pm: Put dinner in the oven and wrote a bog post.

On top of all that, I did some dishes, and did 3 loads of laundry. Granted, none of it’s put away. That’ll be tomorrow’s task. It feels so great to have some energy and motivation back!

How was your Monday?

Digesting. Not food.

Just a few days ago I was celebrating the soon to be made shift in my employment status. From frazzled, frenzied full time work to something part time, all because my husband secured a part time job in addition to his full time position. Before I had the chance to actually make the change, it was made for me. I was fired from my full time job yesterday. You know, the one I was soon going to quit anyway? I don’t quite understand why. A couple months ago I was verbally abused by my boss for forgetting to make two phone calls, and then yesterday, after asking to have time taken out of my pay instead of making up the hours, I was fired for “not being a team player”. Basically it sounds like they just didn’t like me. I worked my butt off for that company and did my very best work day in and day out for them. That part makes me a little sad. The time and energy I wasted. But on the other hand, how much longer would I have spent the majority of my day in an environment of negativity, bullying, gossip, and stress? Maybe I needed to be pushed from the nest. Either way, here I am now, working my way through this change.

With all the extra time I’ve had the past couple days, you’d think I would gotten in a couple good workouts. Especially with vacation now less than 48 hours away. I haven’t gotten any extra workouts in, but I have been working out. Monday and Tuesday mornings before work (ha), I did Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred. Monday I did level 2 and realized that it was hardly a challenge. Tuesday, for the first time since I bought the DVD over 3 years ago, I gave level 3 a try. It was crazy hard, and I thought I was going to die at one point, but not impossible. I completed it! Monday night I did a little late night Yoga before bed. I’m really loving Yoga lately. The feeling of peace and strength simultaneously increasing is so refreshing. It so different from running where I’m constantly pushing and challenging myself. It’s a weird phase I’m going through, but I feel tired of fighting and would rather just be.


Today, I didn’t workout at all. Partially because I spent the day reading, relaxing, cleaning, and applying for jobs. But mostly because I was so sore from 30 day shred yesterday. I might do some yoga again tonight or in the morning. And I am planning on getting a couple more good workouts in before we leave Friday night.

My eating has been totally out of whack lately. I haven’t been enjoying the meals I’ve made and nothing but salt and sugar sounds good. I know drinking more water would help, and I also know that giving into cravings just makes them more intense. But I just can’t shake it. I’m really struggling to get off the merry go round this time. On the bright side, I know I’m the smallest I’ve ever been in my adult life. I tried on my smallest pair of shorts to take on vacation and they fit with room to spare. I’m really not interested in planning and perfection right now, just taking good care of myself and being the best version of myself possible. This eating whatever I crave thing isn’t really part of that equation and I know it’ll eventually catch up with me. If anyone has figured out how to tackle this cravings thing in a not too restrictive way, I’d love to hear.

Lots of opportunity for advice here tonight. I’d love to hear it!




A few things on my mind tonight…

I maintained my weight loss this week! It sounds crazy to get excited about that, but I started off the week by eating over 1,2oo calories in puppy chow on Saturday night. Plus the salami cream cheese pinwheels on crackers, cheese ball cheese on crackers, chili no bean dip with chips, and Oreo balls. I began with such a massive overage in calories that even by the end of the week I was still only up to a total deficit of 5,250 calories, 85% of my goal for the week. Yikes! Needless to say, I am not to be trusted with appetizery junk foods. I’m relieved that I didn’t gain! I’m still 8 lbs down, and 4 lbs to go. 4 lbs, 3 weeks. It’s still doable but boy is it crunch time!

My gut is unhappy. I won’t go into too much detail, but despite my consuming mostly healthy (fresh produce, lean meats, beans and nuts, whole grains) foods my tummy is not doing so great. My body just isn’t digesting food regularly. I’m not quite sure to do about it… I’m probably going to give it another week so see if things get back to normal, but I’d still love to hear any suggestions you may have. Especially anything that wouldn’t include cutting out any foods.

Last night’s workout was probably not a great idea. I decided to run 10 miles. I just needed to know if I could still do it. Well, I can’t exactly. It wasn’t terrible. I set the treadmill to 6mph and was okay for the first hour (6 miles), but the treadmill only goes up to 60 minutes so when I restarted it I took a bathroom break too. I really had trouble getting back into it. I had to stop and walk for 1/4 of a mile only 1/2 a mile in. When I started running again, I couldn’t keep up with 6mph and cut the speed down to 5.8mph. Not slow by any means, but slower than normal for me. And I was only on mile 7; I know I’m more than capable of running 7 miles. So then my hip started hurting. I ran to 2 miles then walked again for another 1/4 mile. I thought about giving up at 9 miles, but I’m stubborn and determined and wanted to do the full 10 I set out to do. I bumped the speed up to 6mph to finish off mile 9, then increased the speed .1mph for each .1 mile I ran in mile 10. My hip actually felt better running faster! I ended up finishing the full 10 miles (at a .5% incline) in 1 hour, 43 minutes. That’s actually pretty close to what I’d run outside in the middle of my half marathon training, so overall not bad. Plus, 1037 calories burned! Win!

Yoga. I love me some yoga. I am SUPER uncoordinated but for some reason I’m pretty decent at yoga. The slow movements and deep breathing must help somehow. So my running group was supposed to meet again this morning for yoga (I think we’re on polar vortex 4 or 5 now? No outside running, thank you!), but when I got there, they were being taught kick boxing. I tried, I really did. But when the instructor lost me 3 minutes in, while everyone else was getting it, I decided I just couldn’t. It wasn’t going to be a good workout for me if I was standing there trying to figure out what I was doing half the time. I left, and I was actually pretty upset. All of this workout, building strength, building confidence, and yet I still can’t follow a simple kick boxing workout?? So frustrating. I was also frustrated that I woke up at 6:45 on a Saturday morning, drove almost a half hour on unplowed roads in the snow to get to my church, and then I couldn’t even participate. Well, I stopped at the library on my way home and checked out 3 yoga DVD’s. Problem solved! I get to keep them for 2 weeks, so I should have plenty of time to try them all out.

Today’s cheat meal was great! I do much better calorie wise with cheat meals than snacks! I went wedding dress shopping for my sister with my mom, my niece, and my sister’s best friend. If was so fun and she found the dress! After shopping we went to Round the Clock, a cozy little diner. We all pretty much had the chicken parmesan panini with fries (and ranch), lemon rice soup, and chocolate peanut butter cream pie. I know, it sounds like a lot. I only ate about half of it. It was probably a splurge of 1500 calories, but I had a 256 calorie breakfast and will have a 313 calorie dinner tonight putting me only 569 calories of my 1500 calorie per day goal. (As opposed to last week’s 1700 calories over!) It’s a good start to a new week!

How was your week? Any weight losers out there? My sister is doing a combo of a low calorie and paleo diet and has lost 12 lbs in the last month! Anyone else have luck with the paleo diet and have some tips or recipes to share?

(No pictures again. Sorry. Got lazy.)


I don’t know if I can accurately type out how excited I am! Guys, I lost another 3 lbs this week!! I was planning on sharing my weight on here, but – 159. I am finally out of the 160’s and I couldn’t be happier! All of the hard work and dedication has really paid off. I have 4 more weeks of working out and only 4 pounds to lose. This is totally doable. And honestly, if I stay on track, I bet I could lose more. I’d love to hover around 155 at all times so if I could get a couple lbs below that, I’d have some wiggle room as I work on maintenance.

As I’m writing this, I realize I sound a little scale-obsessed. Maybe, right now, just in this season, I am. But I also want to make it clear that I’m not solely concerned with a number on the scale, but also with my strength and endurance, my tone and shape, the health of my body, and my attitude and self-esteem. All of which have made a complete turn around in just a few short weeks. I never realized three weeks ago just how lazy my eating habits had become, how weak I had gotten, how unfocused my running became, and how negative my attitude was. This 7 week commitment has changed me for the better. I know I won’t always be concerned about the numbers, but for now I am and it’s working wonders in my life.

Today, my husband and I joined with our running group and instead of running (slick streets, a foot of snow, lots of wind, freezing temperatures), we spent an hour together stretching and doing yoga. We actually just followed a video, Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior I’m guessing. I do yoga about once a month or so usually and I was shocked at how much stronger I was than the last time I did yoga! (December maybe?) I was able to take on some of the intermediate poses and didn’t feel like I was gonna die, although I still have such trouble with my balance! At the end, like in most yoga classes, there was a minute or two to just lay and meditate. I always use that time to pray. Today I thanked God for the ability and desire to take care of my body and for giving me the kind of personality that loves a challenge and wants to become better. I think of so many people who can’t get healthy for medical reasons or those who struggle with it for reasons out of their control and I am just so grateful that I get to push my body and make it stronger and even that we have the money and time to eat well. Such a huge blessing!

How was your week in workouts?