Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 In Review

Friends, it's been quite a year. It's crazy to think that I'm finishing out 2013 nearly 50lbs lighter than where I started it. Two new jobs, over 500 miles of running, trips to Nashville/Ireland/LA/Cleveland, and one half marathon later, here we are at the conclusion of one chapter and the start of the next.

But before leaving 2013 behind, I'm looking back on my favorite memories and milestones:


January - Rang in 2013 with my friends at the Hard Rock Cafe. Officially hit 20lbs lost. 

February - Ate my face off during Chicago Restaurant Week at ZED451, Spiaggia, and Sable. Purchased tickets for Ireland in July. Got interviewed for an article in USA Today (college edition)


March - Started running again for the first time since December '12. Hit 30lbs lost, started this ol' blog, and left the 200's behind for good!


April - Realized that I didn't completely hate running. Ran a lot, including conquering 6 miles for the first time ever. Became a crazy person and started contemplating running a half marathon. Worked a lot on a very fun project with an awesome client. Went on a Grouper (HAHAHA). Entertained the parents during their visit to the Windy City with jellyfish, Brazilian steakhouses, and the Blue Man Group. 


May - Ran the Cinco de Miler without stopping to walk (a big feat for me!). Kicked some serious ass at our first kickball game. Officially crossed the 40lbs lost mark. Turned 24 and never looked back.

June - Got laid off. Was sad about it for exactly 20 seconds. Signed up for the Chicago Half Marathon (coping mechanism?). Hit 50lbs lost.


July - Attended my friend's wedding in Nashville. Got offered a new contract job 2 hours before leaving for Ireland for a week with my best friend in Chicago. Went to Ireland and revisited some of my old haunts from studying abroad there, explored some new cities I hadn't previously visited, and found good craic (good fun) throughout the Emerald Isle.

August - Started my new contract job. Worked, trained for the half, rinse, repeat.


September - Welcomed the entire famjam to Chicago so 3/5 of us could partake in the long-awaited (but much-feared) Chicago Half Marathon! Promptly retired my running career... for three weeks before running the Crosstown Classic with friends. Went to LA for work and met the cast of ABC's Shark Tank.


October - Visited my best friend in North Carolina to go wedding dress shopping (!!) for her big day next October. Hit 60lbs lost. Had a revelation about why I started this journey and what it means to me. 


November - Ran the Hot Chocolate 15K and gorged on chocolate before taking a little running hiatus due to Achilles tendinitis issues. Celebrated Sam's 25th with Ugly Sweaters and walking a chilly 5K


December - Cleaned my bathroom mirror (lol). Hosted a really fun Blogger Secret Santa with one of my blogging BFFs. Started my new job (!!!). Celebrated Christmas in Charlotte thankful for such an exciting/whirlwind/chaotic year, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year?

Friday, December 20, 2013

TGI Five on Friday


WE MADE IT.


In honor of making it through the final full work week of the year, I'm counting off Five on Friday.

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

[ONE]

This girl is going home to Charlotte tomorrow and couldn't be more excited!! I'll be spending a week in sunny NC away from the snow, the city, and the stress of having to lug 193 grocery bags home at once.

Even better, I get to hang out with these beautiful people:




I'd love to tell you my awkward phase ended shortly after that photo was taken, but let's be real, it's still going. 


[TWO]

Ever heard of graze? It's basically a subscription service for snacks. You select the type of snacks you'd like to receive (they have lots of lighter options too!), and the fine people at graze will send you a monthly or bi-monthly box of four fun snacks. If you use my referral link, your 1st and 5th boxes will be free! The regular price is only $6/box (including shipping) and you can cancel whenever you want. Loving this right now-- it's perfect to keep a stocked variety of snacks at my desk… and always nice to receive mail that's not bills :)



[THREE]
I finally finished Allegiant! 

OH MAN SO MANY FEELINGS. I'll spare you the spoilers, but seriously, if you like Hunger Games, you have to read the Divergent series (this is the final book).





[FOUR]

Jillian Michaels is seriously kicking my butt with Week 2 of Ripped in 30. To be completely honest, I was surprised that Week 1 was as manageable as it was (not easy, but manageable). But there are definitely some W2 moves I can't even do. Planks are my nemesis and this one has so. many. planks.



[FIVE] 

Only four days until Christmas, which is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday of the year. My family has a bunch of traditions we've been doing for years, like opening one gift on Christmas Eve after mass (new pajamas, always), watching "A Christmas Story," and doing a hilarious white elephant exchange at Buca di Beppo with my cousins. Bring on the holiday fun!

Any new book or Netflix recos for when I'm at home?


What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Good

We're not going to talk about the bad, because NSV Thursday is for focusing on the good.

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1) My office is filled with unhealthy foods. I don't know if it's the holiday season or if this is normal, but literally it is a minefield of delicious unhealthy things. To walk from my desk to the kitchen I pass: plate of cookies, plate of brownies, giant 5-gallon tin of popcorn, three bowls of candy. I told myself this week no more peanut butter M&Ms (ugh my ultimate weakness), and I'm happy to say that I did not eat a single one, despite having a full bowl of them sitting 5 feet from my desk. Victory!

2) I started week 2 of Ripped in 30 and ohmygoodness it's a LOT harder than week 1. I did JM three times this week, though, so here's to getting back in the early morning workout groove!

3) Nothing to do with healthiness/weight loss, but something that made me smile this week nonetheless: I received the most wonderful gift from my secret santa on Monday! Nail polish, Reese's, Tootsie Rolls, JM, and a cute mug-- did Carmen nail it or what?! Talk about the perfect way to cap off a Monday with a sweet package filled with awesome goodies. Full disclosure: the Reese's are already gone *burp*. Thank you so so much Carmen!


To the other ladies who participated in the Secret Santa with Mary and me, I can't wait to hear what you got! Hope everyone enjoyed participating as much as Mary and I enjoyed hosting :)

What NSVs are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Welp.

I've been slacking.

I don't have a good reason, really. I've got about 800 excuses though:

  • It's too cold
  • There's ice on the ground and I can't run because I will fall and break and break my ankle (<-- valid. I refuse to run when it's icy)
  • I'm busy
  • I don't want to cook
  • I don't have time to cook (100% a lie)
  • I don't know what workout to do
  • I'm giving myself time to adjust to the new job
  • I'm scared of Jillian Michaels
  • Why should I start the 30-day shred if I'm not going to commit to doing it when I'm home over Christmas?
The last one is a sad weak pathetic excuse. What kind of self-defeating mumbo jumbo is that?!?! There is absolutely no reason I can't bring my Jillian Michaels DVD home with me and stick to it when I'm home.

The more I think about it though, the more I realize that two things are currently sabotaging me:

1) I'm less than 20lbs from my goal weight. I'm comfortable. Too comfortable. I'm eating/drinking/living life like I'm in maintenance mode. So, really, should I be shocked that I'm maintaining instead of losing?

First day of school the new job!
2) Maybe this is strange, but I'm much better at balancing my schedule when it's completely jam packed. When that happens I become extremely regimented, so as to not drop one of the many balls I'm juggling. I haven't been too busy the last few weeks, which means relaxing, and not doing any morning workouts, and generally slacking on my eating more than I should.


There's a light at the end of the tunnel though. I'm absolutely loving the new job so far (!!!) and I now have free access to the gym in my new office. If that isn't a good reason to at least pound out 30 minutes on the dreadmill at the end of the day, well, I got nothin'.

Good talk, guys. Time to get back on track.

How do you get back on track after falling off the wagon?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Off the Scale

I didn't weigh in yesterday, because a) my scale's batteries are dead (convenient post-Thanksgiving, no?) and b) I didn't feel a need to confirm what I already know. Plus I ate a 10oz steak on Tuesday night so obviously I was bound to be up 10oz. :)



NEVERMIND the creme brûlée. Oh, the creme brûlée. A bunch of my girlfriends and I had a girls' night out at a steakhouse. Most of our meals out consist of appetizers or brunch, so I proposed we branch out and get some red meat and red wine. It was positively glorious. So glorious that the shot above is the only photo I took because I was too busy inhaling everything in sight. Unapologetically.

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1) Apart from eating roughly 38429 calories at the steakhouse, I've been pretty on par with my eating this week. I didn't grocery shop after I got back into the city after Thanksgiving because ain't nobody got time fo dat. I've been making good use of my turkey taco chili leftovers for lunches and dinners. I also tried Starbucks' "Perfect Oatmeal" when I had to commute to the 'burbs for work on Tuesday, and I avoided the nuts and only topped it with brown sugar. Verdict: so good! But I'll probably stick with my 5 packets for $1 BetterOats because I'm cheap and they're lower cal.

Look at that post run glow! I mean, my face basically matches my shirt.
2) I FINALLY WENT FOR A RUN! It's been almost a month since my last real run, due to pesky achilles tendinitis issues. I actually wasn't planning on running after work yesterday, but I started to get ready for an at-home arm workout and decided to give running a try. Still dealing with a little right achilles soreness, but I was able to knock out 3 miles without too much pain. I'm still going to take it easy and only run 2-3x a week while I work back into it. Certainly not my best time, but I'm pretty happy I was able to get 3 miles in. I feel like a weirdo/running imposter/that girl… but I really did miss running! Old Carolyn is totally side-eyeing me for saying that. But running is one of the only times where I can completely decompress and have some alone time, not to mention, it's a great calorie burn.

What NSVs are you celebrating this week?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Exciting News!

If there's anything that can ease the difficulty of returning to real life after a holiday vacation, today's exciting news certainly made more manageable.

The big news:

1) I got a new job! I've really enjoyed my current job (where I've been contracting since August), but I am so excited for what's to come. I'll have roughly the same responsibilities as where I am now, but I'll be working in a much larger agency and department. It's a phenomenal opportunity for me and I am so excited to start next Monday!

2) I got selected to participate in the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC! My college roommate, who lives in DC, also threw her name in the lotto and was selected, so we'll be running together come April 27, 2014. 



On two other completely unrelated notes:

1) The weekly goals linkup is going to be on hiatus until after the holidays. Not that that's any excuse to slack on the diet and exercise front (yeah, workin' on getting back on the bandwagon after Thanksgiving… woof). I just don't have the time to dedicate to it before the holidays, but it will return!

2) Have you signed up for our Blogger Secret Santa? There are still spots left, so claim yours now if you want in!! Here are all of the details you need to know. Send an email to marychristmascarol@gmail.com to join :)



How was your first day back from the holiday?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Crisis Averted

Weigh In Wednesday


Last Week's Weight: 167.0
Current Weight: 165.4
Change: -1.6
Total Loss: 62.6

If we're being technical, it was Weigh-In Tuesday because other scales cannot be trusted and I caravanned to Cleveland yesterday right after work. Semantics!

Either way, excited to see a pretty big loss this week. I'm still trying to figure out my non-running workout plan, but I committed to doing arm workouts and yoga four times last week. My yoga month is almost up, but I'm hoping I'll be ready to start getting back into running in the next week or two. If not, I think I may finally give into the Jillian Michaels peer pressure and try a more regimented plan. Maybe 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30? Any suggestions, JM veterans?

Otherwise, we're in full-blown Thanksgiving preparation mode at my aunt's house. I come to find out this morning that GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE DID NOT MAKE THE MENU. 

I'll be honest (and un-American) for a moment. I don't like stuffing. I pass on the sweet potato marshmallow casserole. I don't care for pumpkin pie. I think turkey would taste better if it was a Honeybaked Ham. 

Just give me all of the mashed potatoes & gravy, dinner rolls, appetizers, and green bean casserole.

So, in order to avert this complete and total meltdown crisis, my cousin and I are going to be the crazies heading to the store on Thanksgiving eve to get the essentials so we can save Thanksgiving with green bean casserole for all. Wish us luck.

Happy Thanksgiving!



What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eleven Questions Blog

I was tagged in this question list months ago, and I just now remembered it was sitting in my drafts! So, instead of a Transformation Tuesday, I'm answering 11 random questions below. I thiiiiiiiink these questions are courtesy of Caitlin at Weights and Measure (I'm a terrible person for not remembering-- was it you, Caitlin?). Wanna join in the random question fun? Feel free to answer the questions on your own blog and let me know so I can check it out :)

Sidenote: If you leave me a comment and I don't respond, it's probably because you're a no-reply blogger! Here's a helpful little tutorial for fixing that.


1. When did you start blogging and what prompted that decision?

I've drawn a lot of inspiration from other weight loss bloggers who share their journeys, especially when I was just starting out! And, selfishly, I wanted a way to capture exactly what I'm going through at different points throughout the way. Even just six months later, it's funny (and often embarrassing… such is my life) to look back and read what I wrote.


My first picture on the blog, I had just hit 30lbs lost.
(30lbs ago now, WUT?!)
2. What one thing are you most proud of in your life?
Running a half marathon! It's a goal that is so far beyond where I thought my limits were, fitness-wise, and in an activity that I spent the first 23.5 years of my life hating. Running that half marathon really proved to me that with discipline and commitment, I'm capable of so much more than I might think. Also, it really sparked a love of challenging myself, and I have serious plans to run more half marathons and beat my time next year… and my dad ;) 



3. What is your favourite way to work up a sweat?

Running. Also, hot yoga can be pretty therapeutic.

4. What is your next fitness-related goal (ie. run a certain distance, lift a certain weight, etc.)?

One day I hope to be able to run a sub-2 hour half marathon.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Fitness-wise? Still running with completely new goals… and Jillian Michael arms (HAHAHA a girl can dream).

Weight-wise? Happily maintaining at a weight where I can still eat and enjoy life. 


Life-wise? Working in my same line of work (social media marketing), which likely will have completely changed by then (side note: I joined Twitter five years ago and was the only person I knew on there for at least six months). Hopefully I'll have started and finished grad school (YIKES). I'd love to have paid off my student loans, to have a place to call my own, and to have an english bulldog named Archibald.


6. What's your favourite way to spend a day (should you find yourself with absolutely no plans or obligations)?

Like I did on my birthday weekend: getting my nails done, eating at one of my favorite restaurants (Spanish tapas, yum!), lounging, and reading a good book. Basically, I'm 24 going on 54.




7. What is your favourite meal?

MarBaum (my mom) makes a pretty phenomenal pot roast and homemade ice cream cake. Anything she cooks, really. From restaurants? I feel guilty for saying this in a city of such awesome food choices but, uh, I just really love the Pasta Da Vinci and cookie dough cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory. *hangs head in shame*

8. If I could visit one place in your hometown (or where you currently live), where would that be and why?

I've never been to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry but I've heard it's OMGTHECOOLEST so I really need to go there!

9. If you could have lunch with any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Gerard Butler because obviously.



10. What's the first website you visit when you turn on your computer (or phone?)...other than your own blog ;)?

After the death of Google Reader (RIP), I spend a lot of time on Feedly. 

11. If I was to look in your purse, what would I find?

A minimum of two lip glosses, my red wallet, my work keycard, a flash drive, an Oscar Mayer weinermobile whistle (truth), and exactly 896 bobby pins.

What celebrity would you have lunch with?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday [High]five

Five days of blogging in a row. Someone call Guinness!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG



I actually started writing this post with the intention of making it less of a stream of consciousness than usual… and I failed. So you've been warned.

[ONE]




I really can't say enough good things about this recipe. I was not a believer in the church of spaghetti squash until I finally found a recipe with enough cheese/butter/milk to make it palatable. This is IT. And for those days when I just want to eat a whole lotta something (read: daily), it's a good low-guilt option. Next time I think I'm going to try it with the addition of turkey sausage or mushrooms.

[TWO]

If you know me in real life (or follow me on Twitter), there's a good chance you know about my utter fascination with personality tests and analysis. I discovered this gem about Myers Briggs personality types and socio-economic status last week and shared it around the office. So interesting!




PS- I'm an ESTJ. Other famous ESTJs include Hillary Clinton, Dr. Phil, Michelle Obama and Emma Watson. If you want to take the test for yourself, here's a pretty decent one that you can take online for free.

[THREE]

If even in my life I am a little sad, I need to remember to watch this video: the definition of "dance like no one's watching" (in a place where people most definitely are).


Fun fact: even though this video was actually recorded in 2009, it recently resurfaced. The video went so viral that it bumped Bon Jovi's 25-year-old hit back into the Billboard Top 100.



[FOUR]

Last Thanksgiving.
I'm going back to Cleveland on Tuesday for Thanksgiving! Ever since my family moved to Charlotte in '09, I don't get to see all my extended family in Cleveland all that often, so I'm really excited for a few days of relaxation and family time (and green bean casserole… OH the green bean casserole). 

Last Thanksgiving with my beautiful younger cousin! Un-pictured:
her enormous heels. We will need a new pic this year :)
[FIVE]

Have you heard? The bubbly/wonderful/gorgeous/spunky/awesome Mary (of Babble & Bloom) and I are hosting a Blogger Secret Santa! 

All of the details are in yesterday's post, but the gist of it is: sign up by emailing marychristmascarol@gmail.com before 12/5 (or right now!). We'll send around assignments on 12/5, including some helpful info from your secret santa to help you shop for them ($20 max)! Feel free to share the button or hashtag (#MCsecretsanta) and get as creative/sneaky as you want!




Do you know your Myers Briggs personality type? Is it accurate? Any fun Thanksgiving plans?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Announcing: A Blogger Secret Santa!



I'm so so excited to finally announce what we've been plotting for weeks!

I'm teaming up with one of my favorite bloggin' ladies, Mary from Babble + Bloom, to host A Mary Christmas Carol (a blogger secret santa)! 

I'm not sure exactly when I first started following Mary's blog, but two years ago she hosted a gift exchange, and I got matched as Mary's secret santa. I had so much fun scheming to find the perfect gift for her, getting my own lovely gift from my secret santa, and watching the whole exchange bring a bunch of bloggers together. So it was a no-brainer to combine forces with her to host our own blogger secret santa this year... with a play on our names, of course :)



Here's how it works:

You don't have to be a blogger to participate, you just have to want to join the fun! If you'd like to participate, send an email to marychristmascarol@gmail.com. We will accept participants until Tuesday, 12/5, or until we run out of space, whichever happens first (so email us fast!).

We'll send you a link to the participant survey, a little questionnaire to collect your information and  to help give your secret santa some gift ideas for you :)

We will send the secret santa pairings on 12/5, along with the gift ideas your secret santa provided in the survey. But you're more than welcome to get as creative/sneaky with your gifting as you like, within the $20 limit. 

We ask that you please get your gift in the mail by 12/12 so it will arrive before any holiday traveling!


The Extra Stuff:

Use the hashtag (#MCsecretsanta) and share the button wherever you can! Feel free to invite your friends, your roommate, your friend's roommate… anyone you think would enjoy playing along.

If you're a fellow blogger, you're welcome to share our secret santa on your own blog with the button above! And, we'd love to host a little link-up at the end of the gift exchange, so everyone can share what they received from their secret santa.

Let's get this party started!

Questions? Comments? 

Remember to email marychristmascarol@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

No Run, No Fun

Weigh In Wedneday

Last Week's Weight: 167.4
Current Weight: 167.0
Change: -0.4
Total Loss: 61

Three posts in three days? Who does this girl think she is?

Well, this may look like the same weight as the last time I participated in weigh-in Wednesday (here), but I had bounced up into the 168/169 range for a week or two, so this is actually a loss for me. 

The bigger revelation for me is that I was able to get a loss when I haven't really run at all in the last two weeks. As I mentioned, I'm dealing with achilles tendinitis issues, which has pretty much completely killed my running game since the Hot Chocolate 15K about 2.5 weeks ago. Running comprises roughly 90% of my workout regimen, soooo I've been going nuts and not knowing how to fill the void. Did I mention I hate gyms?

So, I've been attempting to fill the running void with yoga (3x a week), and I had the realization last night that if I actually want to see a difference in my core, I need to, oh, work on my core. SO CRAZY RIGHT?!!!? So, expect me to be pinning up a storm for exercises I can do until I'm back to running. 

Oh, and I'm sure my no-takeout hiatus is also mostly responsible for this week's weight loss, which means, sadly, my Sopraffina Italian Chef salad love affair is on the back-burner so I can focus on healthy eats. I actually love cooking, I just hate grocery shopping living in the city and having to lug back 19 bags the 3.5 blocks from the grocery store because I am too cheap to take a cab and too proud to get a grandma city grocery cart.


PS- This lil' blog of mine is undergoing a facelift! It's still a work in progress, but hopefully it's significantly less ugly than it was before.

PPS- BIG BIG BIG awesome super-exciting holiday-related announcement coming tomorrow! 

How was your weigh-in Wednesday?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FAQtually

After my one-year fitnasty-versay last week, I posted this picture on Facebook and HOLY FREAKIN' COW to say I was blown away by everyone's likes and comments would be an understatement.



I am selective about what I share with the blog-world versus with the real world, but I threw caution to the wind and shared that baby with the general public. It's a weird and vulnerable thing to admit to making such a big change, especially when, as I've said before, I didn't have poor self esteem at my highest weight. But a one-year anniversary seemed as good a time as any to "announce" the progress I've made. So, to everyone—blog friends and real-life friends—who left me such sweet words, thank you!!

With a big announcement came a lot of questions, so I figure I'll tackle them as best I can. And insert disclaimer here about how I am certainly no health/fitness expert, I just know what's worked for me.

What made you decide to change?
Losing weight has always been in the back of my mind since, oh, elementary school. I finally realized that I was tired of making excuses and letting my weight creep up. I knew easier for me to make a change now than it would be 10 years from now. My a-ha moment came when I saw the photo on the left, above. And also this one:



My highest weight was about 20lbs higher than I wanted to admit, and I even debated using my fake "starting weight" (212) instead of my real starting weight (228). Because lying to myself had worked so well for me in the past (HAH). I was done trying to deceive myself that 7-11 sandwiches were healthy and that running for 15 minutes twice a week was keeping my weight gain at bay. 

How do you stay motivated?
The short answer? I don't. I stay disciplined.

The long answer? 


Do I indulge? Uh, yeah. Do I mess up? Yep! But I've learned that healthy decisions don't have to feel like I'm depriving myself of unhealthy favorites. I don't need cookies just because they're in the office, and I don't "deserve" to eat bad foods just because it's rainy/I'm PMSing/it's the weekend/I want them. Seeing consistent results has made it easier for me to stick with a plan, even at the times I don't want to. 

What made you stick with it [this time]?
See above. It's not about motivation to hit a dress size, to be in shape for an event, to prove to someone else that I can do it. It's about being disciplined enough to want this for myself, because I deserve to be happy and healthy and confident. Period.

What's your goal?
Taking into account my height and body type, I think 150lbs is a reasonable goal (my doctor agrees). Basically, I want to be at a weight I can maintain while still living a life (food and exercise-wise) that I can enjoy.

What are your tips for someone who wants to lose weight?
Be honest about what and how much you are eating. Keep a food journal and write down everything!

Start integrating more fruits and veggies into your diet. Instead of pretzels for a snack, have some carrots and hummus. Instead of chocolate, have an apple and peanut butter. 

Entire cucumber = standard snack.
Yes, my coworkers think I'm weird.
Just because you mess up, doesn't mean the whole day/week/month is ruined. It's like accidentally dropping your cell phone and chipping it, and then smashing the whole damn thing with a sledgehammer.

Figure out what type of exercising you like and stick with it! If you hate pilates, try zumba. If you're an uncoordinated bumbling fool who can't follow choreography to save her life (spoiler alert: that's me),  try running. Don't like running? Try swimming, elliptical, biking, etc.

Drink enough water! 

If you can't trust yourself around certain foods, DO NOT BUY THEM. This is the reason I don't buy: Naan, Stacy's Pita Chips, Nutella, cheese cubes. 

What do you think about Weight Watchers?
I wouldn't be where I am now without it! WW makes it easy for anyone to easily track their food on a daily basis. It takes the guesswork out of tracking foods by simplifying everything down to a points system. If you are honest and accountable to the program, it will work.

Do you go to meetings?
Nope. I'm a WW-online member. I track every single thing I eat using the app. 



Isn't tracking annoying?
For some people, yeah. For me, it's the only way I can be honest and accountable with what I'm eating. I still listen to my body and eat if I'm hungry and already out of points for the day, but tracking helps me stay within a healthy range. It probably takes me 3-5 total minutes a day. 

How do you eat so healthy?
I plan ahead as much as I can. I cook at home so I know exactly what goes into my meals, and I know what to eat at my favorite restaurants to stay within my points. Honestly, I eat a lot of the same foods all the time. On a day when I'm planning an indulgent dinner, I'll make sure breakfast and lunch are really healthy. If I'm going to a restaurant,  a lot of times I pick out what I'm going to eat by looking at the menu online beforehand. 

Do you ever cheat?
If eating the occasional mozzarella stick is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

What helps you stay on track? Have any other questions for me?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Getting in the Game



After a weekend that included an Ugly Sweater 5K and plenty of birthday shenanigans for my friend's birthday, it's back to the daily grind. On the plus side, last full week of work before Thanksgiving!

If you've landed on my blog from Amy at Diary of a Fat Mommy, welcome to Monday's Weekly Goals Linkup! I'm sorry to see Amy depart from the linkup, but am hoping to meet up with her when she's over in my neck of the woods! 







So, last week?

1) Back on the wagon. Success! I brought my lunch AND made dinner every day last week! I didn't even give in to getting an emergency diet coke in the afternoon, so double win!

2) Get in five workouts. No, unfortunately not. I wish I had a better excuse, but I think I've developed achilles tendinitis in my right leg, which has really been cramping my style. I tried running on Wednesday and didn't make it .2 miles before I had to stop. So far everything I've read has more or less told me to stop running for at least a few weeks. I never thought I'd see the day when I was sad NOT to run, but… I'm sad/frustrated not to run. I'm going to give myself a week off, and then see where I stand.

3) No more candy. Winner winner chicken dinner! I did eat a cake ball on Friday, though.

Here's what I've got on the agenda for this week:

1) At least 3 yoga classes. I've found that most yoga poses don't irritate my achilles, so I'm going to try to make it to at least 3 classes this week. Gotta get bang for my Groupon buck!

2) Water. I've been really slacking on water consumption the last few days. Time to get back to basics! My goal is 100oz of water a day. Sidenote: Don't know how much water to drink? Aim for half your body weight in ounces.

3) Keep it healthy. I was good about cooking and not ordering take out last week. I want to keep the momentum going! Which means… I need to grocery shop. Ugh.

What are your goals this week?

**Apologies that I haven't gotten everything all set up yet to host the linkup on my own, but I will for next week! :)