Thursday, September 15, 2011

Short sighted

Move that body: 30-minutes “Joy of Yoga” DVD (a.m.) and 2.2-mile run (p.m.)

I just wanted to thank you all for your encouragement and support with this morning’s post. It was turbo awesome of you all!

Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30” kicked my bootay yesterday. I woke up this morning all kinds of sore. My shoulders … back … hamstrings … inner thighs … armpits.

Awesome, no?

I tried some yoga to stretch me out but when I was still saying, “Ow, ow, ow,” up the stairs this afternoon  at work, I thought a short little run might do me some good. Even if it was a SLOW two miles on the basement treadmill after Miles went to bed.

Just one problem: I wasn’t so sure I could do it without these shorts …

shortsAre these not the most ridiculous thing you have ever seen?

Thankfully, Mother Nature was on my side. She provided me with the perfect fall afternoon for running – sunny and crisp without being too cold. It was so perfect that I put off dinner, eating a half PB&J, so I could take out my boys.

The plan was a quick two miles. Or as quick as I could reasonably manage as it was my first run with the stroller since I ditched the intervals. Let me tell you, it was a wake up call to push the BOB up the hills around the golf course! My tortured-by-Jillian legs were screaming. I had to tell myself to go slow and steady … and tell Denali to “MUSH!”

Just kidding.


Did you enjoy the weather today?

Numbers game

I’m not sure if you knew this but I had a baby 10 weeks ago.

A cute, adorable little baby who stole my body.


It was a body I worked really hard to get.

And now it’s time to get it back. Actually, it was time to get it back about 4 weeks ago (when I got the official OK to run) but now I’m going to share the journey – and the numbers – with you.
Every week, after my Weight Watchers meeting, I’ll share my weight, what worked – and what didn’t – and my goals for the week. I’ll also snap some photos each month to document the physical changes.

But before we get into all that, we need to see where we – I mean I – started.

122 pounds: Pre-pregnancy weight (My Weight Watchers goal weight is 133.)


160 pounds: Weight on birth day

Kim 070611Going out for my second to last preggo walk the night before Miles was born.

38: Total pounds gained during pregnancy weight gain

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145.2 pounds: Weight three weeks post-partum

138.8: Current weight

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Pounds to goal: 5.8

Pounds till I fit in my pre-preggo skinny jeans: 16 or less

Have you ever embarked on a weight loss journey? Were you successful?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: Fall of the King

Move that body: Week 1 of Jillian Michaels' "Ripped in 30"

I am so glad that What I Ate Wednesday is really "What I Ate Tuesday" because my appetite is insane today. A Nutrigrain bar at 3 a.m. as I nursed Miles, bowl of oatmeal at 7:30 and an egg white muffin from Subway at 10. And, if my lunch partner doesn't come to get me soon, I might gnaw off my arm. Not so sure I could take a picture of that.


Egg white muffin sandwich (unpictured) at about 7 followed by a half PB&J and a Yoplait smoothie at 9.  My second breakfast was a total fail. All of my wheat bread (two varieties) was moldy and the coconut milk I used in the smoothie was overpowering. Had I not been ravenous, I would have tossed it.


Low carb with a Morningstar Farms California Burger, sauteed green pepper (from my garden), onion and tomato (also from my garden) and a Queso Fresco & Chipotle Laughing Cow wedge. Carrots on the side.

Note to self: Put on some mascara

Burger King ice cream. I picked this up when I made a lunch-break stop at Best Buy in the hopes that it would be as good as McDonald's cone. Nope. Not at all. AND, it had nearly 100 calories more and a ton more fat. Note to self: Always do research before going through the drive-thru. Addendum to note to self: Buying an ice cream cone cancels out benefits of buying "Ripped in 30."

5 cups 94% Fat Free Kettle Corn and an apple


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Annie's Shells & White Cheddar (courtesy of Kim @ Girl Evolving - Thanks!) and broccoli. Topped off with an unpictured Reese's Cup, also thanks to Kim.

So tell me ... how many breakfasts do you have a day? I am hoping there are others in the three-a-day crowd.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Huffing and puffing

What do you do when you get an e-mail like this?


A) Tell your friend that she is a special kind of mad and you don’t subscribe to such madness.

B) Think about it but decide that last November’s W.O.O.F. was chilly enough and a December race will only be worse.

C) Start looking at training plans.

I think you all know which answer I picked.

Yes, I am crazy.

BUT, I’ll have 12 weeks between my first post-partum race, the Fort-4-Fitness 4-miler, and the Huff – the perfect amount of time for a training plan. And there’s nothing like a race to keep you running as the weather cools.

Now I just need to decide whether to base my training schedule on a 15K plan or a half-marathon one.

Have you ever signed up for a race that had people questioning your sanity?

Last year, I signed up for there loops, totaling 16 miles, at the W.O.O.F. with less than three weeks to train and never having run more than a half-marathon. It was insane but I ended up doing well and placing first in my age group.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tripped up

Move that body: 2.2-mile walk

This weekend, I packed my bags and hit the road.


Underwear? Check. Dress? Check. Nikes? Check. Garmin? Check. A bajillion measuring spoons and recipe cards? Check.

Oh, and Miles?



The lil guy and I headed to Cincinnati to hang with The Grandma and host a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law.

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We had a great time visiting with family, assembling meat and veggie trays for the shower and indulging in a little too much bridge mix.

We did not have a great time running because, well, we didn’t run. Those Nikes never came out of the bag. Sad but true. Between all the duties for the shower, family time, sleeping when I could and Miles being a Mr. Fuss Bucket, it just didn’t seem to work. 

And, you know what? I didn’t feel that guilty about it. Family > running.

Do you exercise on weekend trips? What did you do this weekend?