Monday, April 29, 2013

Goal Time

I'm so happy it's Monday! ... said no one ever.

Welp, it's that time again. Linking up with the lovely Jess at Operation Skinny Jeans for her Weekly Goals check-in. 

So, how'd I do last week? Here's a recap:

1) Drink more water.

Significant progress was made here. I think I hit my water goal (or came pretty close) 5-6 days out of the week. Not too shabby! It doesn't stop here though, I definitely need to keep this up moving forward.

2) Do a 6-mile run.

When I made this goal last week I knew it was quite ambitious. My longest ever run before was 5.25, and I've only run 5 miles maybe four times... ever. When I set out for my run yesterday afternoon, I left my apartment thinking "I'll just do four. I can definitely bang out four." But as I was hitting my stride around mile 1.5, I thought that I'd turn around at 2.5-- that I definitely had 5 miles in me. And at 2.5 I thought, what's another .5 until I turn around? So that's what I did.

But here's the thing. I felt pretty darn good for the first 4 miles. No aches, no breathing issues, the weather was perfect. But those last two miles were brutal. 

They say that running (and working out in general) is mental. Which is absolutely true. But I don't know that I've ever felt like I was on the brink of my physical limits like I did yesterday during miles 5-6. With about half a mile left, I reached a point where I literally just did not think my legs could handle another 5 minutes of running. Like I was going to stop and cry. And mentally, I was pissed about it. I wanted to do it. I was half a mile away! So I told myself that it didn't matter how slow I went, and it didn't matter how ragged my breathing was, and it didn't matter how long it took me to finish. 

And I did the damn thing.

Before, my MVPs (feet), After, and the stats!

Sidenote: the funniest part of my whole run was when I ran past an older guy circa mile 4.5. He was walking on the sidewalk as I was preparing to run past him. He literally stopped in his tracks and gaped at me like he thought I was either a) going to die b) going to puke c) so tomato-faced that he actually could not believe I was still running. Despite the fact that all of those things were more or less true, it was pretty hilarious. Sorry, unknown man, for worrying you so.

3) Do some dang pushups.

Oh, this didn't happen. Like, not even once. Oops.

Operation Skinny Jeans

Now, for this week:

1) Do some dang pushups.

Yeah, I said it.

2) Get more sleep.

Ever since I was a tot, I've been a night owl. My parents have stories about me staying up until midnight "reading" my books when I was 3, no joke. But I know I'm at my best when I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, so that's the goal. It means going to bed at 11pm on nights before runs, or midnight on non-running nights, which is completely reasonable. Especially because I want to be in good form in order to...

3) Complete my first 5-miler in sub-55 minutes. 

I have my first 5-mile race this weekend -- Chicago's Cinco de Miler! I averaged an 11:18 pace on my 6-mile run last weekend, so I think 55 minutes is a solid goal for the race. Fingers crossed!

But let's be real. Aside from the runner's high, I'm really in the race for the free churros, breakfast burrito, and beer at the finish line (obviously).

What are your goals for the week?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

WW-Friendly Oats in a Jar

YOU GUYS. I have to tell you about the best thing I made last week. The recipe is mostly borrowed from my BFF (in my mind), Iowa Girl. If you don't read her blog already, you should! She is absolutely adorable, she posts really easy and delicious recipes, and she just became even more adorable now that she is prego with her first baby. Anyway, onto the eats.

Introducing Iowa Girl's Oats in a Jar! It's amazing. Seriously.

All you need is:
  • Nearly empty glass jar of PB (I used Better'n Peanut Butter b/c it's half the points of normal PB)
  • Raw oatmeal
  • Water
  • Banana
  • Vanilla
The recipe is simple: dump 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1/2 cup of water in the jar (my jar had maybe a tablespoon and a half of PB left). Add a tiny splash of vanilla (I use fake vanilla because I'm a cheapo and I can't taste a difference), and nuke that bad boy for 3 minutes. I then sliced/mashed an overripe banana into the jar of cooked oats. You could also add other spices/seasonings to your heart's content: nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.

So. Freakin. Good. Preface: I'm not at all a sweet breakfast person, but this was absolutely phenomenal.

I'm also the type of person who is usually hungry again 27 minutes after eating breakfast, but this kept me completely full until lunchtime. And I wouldn't lie about that type of thing.

I believe my version ended up being 8PP, but I had added honey and vanilla at the same time, and I think one or the other is more than enough to sweeten 'er up (vanilla is less PP). It's a little heftier than my breakfasts usually tend to be (I try to stay around 5PP or so, and I get 32PP a day), but IMHO, it was worth it. Also, you could definitely cut the recipe back to 1/3 oats and 1/3 water for less points, and it'd still be a pretty plentiful portion.

Best part: I didn't even finish it before I got to work, so I just popped the lid back on for my commute and nuked it again (lid-less) at the office. Perfection!

What are your favorite WW-friendly breakfast recipes?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Weigh-In, Woof


Linking up with Erin and Alex for this week's Weigh-In Wednesday... which unfortunately is not going to be as positive as last week. 

After kicking my ass and eating pretty good last week, I had a 3.8lb loss. I definitely worked out even harder this past week (4 runs! 1 gym day!), so I figured that would at least neutralize the eating I did at the brazilian steakhouse. Which, BTW, wasn't even really that bad. I ate about 60% veggies, 15% meat, 15% dairy, and 10% carbs. Pre-WW Carolyn wouldn't gone to freaking town on the tortellini alfredo, and I only had about 8 of those babies. I digress. Here's the cold hard truth:

Previous Weight: 194.8
Current Weight: 195.6
Change: +0.6

Ugh. I'm trying not to be disappointed, but I can't help being a little annoyed. I earned 57 APs last week, and I didn't even eat a single one of them! Even if my points calculations were off by 30 points throughout the week, I still would've had a 31 extra point deficit.  Ugh. 

Note: I don't always track fruits and
veggies if I know they're 0PP

However, in an effort to be positive, I have two theories:
  1. I'm gaining muscle. While my run this morning was not that great (my legs felt like cinderblocks, which hasn't happened to me before), I have to be gaining muscle. Three months ago there was no way I could run  one mile straight, let alone five! So, I'm going to assume part of this may be due to muscle increase.
  2. Alcohol vs. food. In a typical week, I allocate a majority of my extra weekly points to alcohol (glass of wine or three here, margarita there... hey, at least I'm counting it). This past week, the majority of my extra weeklies went to food -- not alcohol -- consumption. I think the extra food may be throwing me off more than alcohol does, even if the points equal out about the same. With my parents in town, I deliberately chose to drink less and eat more, which I think could potentially be responsible for the gain.
Either way, the upside of all of this is that I've still [unofficially] reached my Dietbet goal for Lex and KTJ's Dietbet, and I've officially signed up for another Dietbet, sponsored by A Merry Life (there's still time to join, it starts today!!). I'm hooked! ...Mama wants some new summer clothes, and the money's gotta come from somewhere ;)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cooking Time!

In my excitement about my newfound running regime, I'm completely neglected talking about one of my favorite things in the world: cooking!

So, I thought today I'd pop in and share one of my favorite easy (and low PP) recipes that I make on a pretty frequent basis. Recipe inspiration is largely thanks to Ariana, who first introduced me to shirataki noodles. If you're unfamiliar, shirataki noodles are zero carbs AND gluten free. I buy this brand, and they're usually about $2.49 at my (overpriced) grocery store.

Just to avoid disappointment, no, they don't taste like normal noodles. I'm not sure they'd be good in an italian-style dish. I would compare them to a less starchy ramen noodle, meaning they're perfect for asian-inspired dishes.

Basically, this recipe is pretty impossible to mess up. You'll need:

  • 1 package shirataki noodles (found in the refrigerated section near wonton wrappers)
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Green beans
  • Soy Sauce (I prefer low sodium)
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Powdered ginger
  • Flour

Here's how I make it:
  1. Sautee your mushrooms and green beans until they reach desired tenderness (usually 5 minutes or so). I sautee them with a few sprays of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray, along with some pepper. You can salt too, if you like, but the soy sauce has plenty of salt for me, so I skip it.
  2. While your veggies are sauteeing, prep your noodles. FAIR WARNING: These noodles will smell like dead fish when you first let 'em free from their bag. Rinse them in HOT water for a few minutes, and then nuke them in the micro for 2-3 minutes to cook them.
  3. Make your sauce: In a bowl, mix a teaspoon of sesame oil (a little goes a long way), a few splashes of soy sauce, 1/4 cup of water, teaspoon of hoisin sauce, and a little sprinkle of flour to thicken 'er up.
  4. Add your sauce to your veggies and dump your noodles in the sautee pan too.
  5. Let it all simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve and eat! 

If you're as classy as me, you can eat it out of a plastic baseball hat bowl you got at an Indians game in elementary school. If you're not that classy, a regular bowl probably works too.

The best part? THIS ENTIRE MEAL IS ONLY 4PP! (sesame oil is the largest caloric contributor to this number, so use sparingly!)

You really can't mess it up. Don't like 'shrooms? Use sauteed peppers and onions. Don't like ginger? Add some garlic (fresh or powdered). You want some steak on it? Go for it. It takes all of 10 minutes to make, and you get an entire bowl of noodles!

Have you ever made a recipe with shirataki noodles? Please share!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Clean Slate

PHEW! It's been a crazy (but awesome) weekend, and I feel like I'm just now catching my breath. 

For starters, my parents came up to Chi-town to visit for the first time since I moved here almost two years ago, meaning we had a lot of touristy time to catch up on! We spend the weekend having drinks at one of my favorite speakeasy bars in the city, way over-indulging in deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's (if anyone tells you there's better deep dish pizza in the city, they're a LIAR), hitting up a jazz club per my dad's request, checking out the Shedd Aquarium, stuffing ourselves at a local brazilian steakhouse, watching Blue Man Group, scoping out the Lincoln Park Zoo (I had never been!), and grabbing some bar grub from one of my favorite local watering holes. All of that in 36 hours. 

From top L: Momma and Daddio pre-dinner, Momma and I at dinner,
cinnamon rolls we demolished at breakfast, Shedd's beautiful Jellies,
delicious pineapple/mint caipirinha, monkey!  

Like I said, whirlwind!

While the weekend including LOTS of eating, I think I managed to mostly keep myself in check. According to my WW count, I still have 4 of my extra weekly points leftover, as well as all of my activity points. I'm going to try not to eat any of those in the next two days before I weigh in on Wednesday, just in case my calculations were off. 

Also, spoiler alert, I weighed myself this morning and appear to have gained a bit. Here's hoping I can hydrate a lot and eat clean until Wednesday to get back on track.

Now for a quick recap of last week's goals:

1) Drink more water.

Ehhhhh I probably hit my goal 2 or 3 out of 7 times in the past week. I fill up a water bottle and it sits on my desk staring at me. I just get bored with water. <Insert more whining here>. I just need to sack up and drink it.

2) Run 3-4 times.

Brutal honesty? I only committed to 3-4 runs last week because I fully expected to wuss out after run #3, use my parents being in town as my excuse for laziness, and still call it a victory. Well, somehow I Jedi mind-tricked myself into running FOUR times last week, AND going to the gym once! ... and I hate gyms! (My parents got free passes for a local gym through their hotel). I'm calling this one a great success. 

Last week:

Monday: OFF
Tuesday: Run 4 miles
Wednesday: Run 3.25 miles
Thursday: OFF
Friday: Run 3.1 miles
Saturday: Elliptical for 45 minutes
Sunday: Run 5.25 miles (my longest run... ever!)

This series of events sponsored by a weekend of non-stop eating.

3) Attitude Adjustment. 

While I wasn't always little miss sunshine last week, I certainly came a long way from the miserable human being I was the week before. Definite improvement.

And now for this weeks goals:

Operation Skinny Jeans

1) Drink more water.

Seriously, self. I mean it this time.

2) Do a 6-mile run.

This may be lofty, but I did 5.25 last night and felt good at the end of it. I definitely had some hard spots near the 3 mile mark, but by the end I felt like I could have kept going. Fingers crossed I can knock out an even longer run this week. 

Game plan:

Monday: 3 mile run
Tuesday: OFF
Wednesday: 4 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile run
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 6 mile run (?!?!)
Sunday: OFF or 3 mile run

3) Do some dang pushups. 

Summertime is coming. I'm definitely noticing changes in my body, but I know from reading the awesome blogs of Mama Laughlin and SkinnyMeg that strength training accomplishes what cardio alone cannot. Because I don't like gyms (read: am too cheap to join one), I gotta start at home. I'm thinking that this One Hundred Pushups routine seems like a feasible way to start working on tank-top ready arms. Who's with me?!

What are your weekly goals? Don't forget to linkup with Jess at Operation Skinny Jeans!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Time to linkup with Lex and KTJ for this week's NSVs. And, because Kadi challenged me to take more selfies, prepare yourself.


This week has definitely been about changes... in a good way. In the past when I've lost weight, I never really lost enough to notice any significant changes. But this time is definitely different. Here's what I'm noticing:
  • My jean jacket buttons comfortably! I've had this jacket since... maybe sophomore or junior year of high school (which I know because I wore it in my senior pictures). Well, I obviously love the damn thing, but it was starting to get pretttttty snug [read: completely un-buttonable] last fall. Now, that bad boy buttons up no problem. VICTORY!
L - sloppy freakshow baby Carolyn.
R - sloppy freakshow young adult Carolyn. 
  • My booty is smaller. I didn't realize this was something that needed to shrink so much, but it was definitely the first to go. All my jeans looked like I was walking around with a load in my pants before I bought new ones. Speaking of jeans...
  • My new "skinny" jeans are now too big! I bought them about 8 weeks ago, and they were too tight at the time, but I knew I'd keep losing so they'd fit. Now, this happens:
sorry 'bout the mess. that'll never change.

  • My waist and face are smaller. My stomach and face were the areas that really started to terrify me in pictures [and in life] pre-WW. Because suddenly it wasn't just a "oh, that's an unflattering angle" issue. It was a "oh, i really have that much chin and belly" issue. And my photoshop skills are not impressive enough to deal with that ish. Here are some side-by-sides from late last summer/fall and now:
If I have a "last straw" picture, this left one is it. I'm cringing.
So much less chin!
  • Lastly, I got to wear these babies when it was abnormally warm on Monday. It has since proceeded to rain the rest of the week. Oh, Chicago, never stop being you. 
Shoe selfies in cabs. That's a thing, right?

I have to say, I've been in a much better mood this week since making it a goal to stop being such a negative miserable person like I was last week. I think I just might trick myself into believing it ;)

What are your NSVs this week?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



YOU GUYS. Last night was full of temptations. I went out to trivia with my friends for the first time in weeks, and this place has freakin' awesome cheeseburgers. Now, in my prior life before WW, I would never have classified myself as a cheeseburger fanatic. But since starting WW, cheeseburgers have been my biggest craving. Why? Who knows. Back to the story: we went to trivia and I, Carolyn, ordered a salad and did not drink any adult beverages. I worked pretty dang hard last week, and was NOT about to undo a week of work with a moment of weakness. The result?

Previous Weight: 198.6
Current Weight: 194.8
Change: -3.8


I know. WW gets snooty when you lose too quickly.
Stop trying to sour my victory, WW.

I had hit my all-time highest number of APs earned last week, and, even with a weekend in Madison, managed to only use up ONE activity point (I did eat/drink all my weeklies though, I pretty much always d0). So now the goal is to keep this momentum going. I obviously know I won't always (or even often) experience losses this large, but I feel like I've been working really hard with my running lately, so it's nice to see the payoff on the scale.

So, now's the time that I divulge my (now) not-so-secret goal of hitting 188 by my 24th birthday, which is exactly one month away. Why 188? First of all, it's below my lowest weight senior year of college (189). Secondly, 188 marks exact 40 lbs lost. THAT IS A LOT OF EL BEES. Thirdly, 39 lbs lost is the halfway point in my weight loss journey, and I'm very excited to hit that milestone. 

Wish me luck!

How was your weekly weigh-in?

PS- Want to join Erin and Alex's Weigh-In Wednesday? Deets here!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just Imagine

After hearing about yesterday's tragic events at the Boston Marathon, I'm struck -- as usually happens when such awful events occur -- at how truly fragile human life is. How even in the safest communities, even at the happiest events, even during such triumphant moments in a supportive community of friends, family, and simple sporting enthusiasts, everything can change. And in an instant, it's gone.

It shouldn't take such senseless acts for us to realize our appreciation for this life we live, and yet it does. It shouldn't take such devastating attacks for people to people to come together and support each other, and yet it did. Again. And someday when this tragedy is less fresh in our minds, it'll happen again. It always does.

This morning, when I woke up for my run, all I could think of was the people who trained for months, years, a lifetime to participate in what's supposed to be one of the greatest sporting events in the world, only to have yesterday's memory shattered by the cruel acts that someone (or a group of someones) chose to execute.

Photo courtesy of The Color Run

I can't do much but to check on those I care about in Boston, and make sure to tell my parents I love them before I hang up the phone. And I did. 

While I was running this morning, one of my favorite songs came on Pandora. Never have the lyrics rung truer than in the wake of yesterday's events. And even if John Lennon is more optimistic than most of us can be right now, for one moment, it was exactly what I needed to hear.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Goal-Setting

In an effort to start my week off on the right foot, I'm joining Jess' (at Operation Skinny Jeans) Monday link-up to discuss this week's goals.

Operation Skinny Jeans

I was a miserable shell of a human being last week, but damnit I still made myself work out and eat semi-healthy. I know I'm in for a busy week at work, so I'm hoping that at least having some goals will keep me on track from a health perspective. 

1) Drink more water.

I often struggle to get the required 100ish ounces of water each day. That means filling the water bottle on my desk five times. As much as I don't enjoy peeing every 18 minutes, I think water will hopefully help curb my desire to snack, so, that's a target for improvement this week.

2) Run 3-4 times.

I managed to get four runs in last week, which I was really happy with! (Initially I didn't think I'd run on Sunday due to being in recovery mode from my Madison weekend, but I did it). With my parents coming in town this weekend, I know that there's potential for a lot of unhealthy food in my future. I stepped on the scale this morning and saw my lowest number on this journey to date, so, if I want to keep losing, running needs to happen.

3) Attitude Adjustment.

I don't get into bad mood funks that often, but when I do, they're hard to break out of. Instead of being defeatist all week, I'm trying to keep things in perspective. I'm a really lucky girl to be living in the city I love, with a job in my field, and an amazing group of friends. With that in mind, this is my mantra for the week:

What are your goals for the week?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Frustrations + A Fun Weekend

Do you ever have one of those days where even the tiniest things that would never typically annoy you are irritating to the point of complete mental breakdown? I'm talking insignificant, minor bullshit that normally doesn't even register in my mind prompting cause for complete and utter annoyance.

As in, to the point where I walk around feeling like an ugly mean black cloud, and I feel sorry for anyone forced to interact with me.

Seriously, sorry.

I had one of those weeks.

There are a lot of issues I won't get into because I'm not yet completely comfortable in my own little corner of blog-landia quite yet, but that's the gist of why I've been distant all week. In real life, and in online life.

Here's hoping that my (actually) pretty great weekend can carry over into the coming week, because I've got a lot on my plate coming up, so I'm going to need the energy (and enthusiasm) to deal. I spent the weekend in Madison, WI, to celebrate my friend's 5th annual Madison bar crawl. Because I'm almost 24 years old and -- until now -- a bar crawl virgin, I figured this was a good a time as any to experience one!

The bar crawl was themed "The Thirsty Games," complete with districts competing against each other in fun challenges throughout the day, tributes from each district, over 60 participants, and many different arenas (aka bars in Madison... which, by the way, it an absolutely ADORABLE little college town and a ton of fun). I really had an awesome time getting out of Chicago for the weekend to hang out with old and new friends.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

How was your weekend? Any tips for busting a bad mood?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

NSV Thursday

It's NSV Thursday with KTJ and Lex

I have to say, I quite enjoy Thursdays A) because that means it's almost Friday and almost the weekend and B) because even if I had a rough weigh-in yesterday, I can still try to find something positive to focus on instead.


My NSV is from yesterday. Let me paint you a picture: It's Wednesday afternoon. I already know I'm at my ugliest Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm because Jezebel says so and therefore it must be true. It had already been a long and stress-filled week with numerous big projects on the horizon and a lot of internal projects also on my plate. The day ended on a very frustrating note, which kept me in the office later than expected for reasons I won't go into. I wanted to go home. I wanted to go home, sit on the couch, order really fattening delicious food off of GrubHub, watch TV, and go to bed.

Instead, as I walked home and it was already dark out, I repeated to myself over and over again: "I won't let a bad day at work keep me from my workout. I won't let a bad day at work keep my from my workout," the whole way home. I wanted to blow off my run. I wanted to lay in my bed and wallow in my frustration and cry.

But I didn't.

I got home, charged my phone, changed, and got outside. And wouldn't you know, I made myself pound out five miles.

Was it easy? NOPE.

Did I want to stop a few times? YES.

But did I feel a million times better when I was done? HELL YES.

And that's enough to keep me going.

What are your NSVs this week?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Weighin' In

It's my favorite day of the week!

Just kidding. It's only Wednesday.


Soooo after Easter I gained 2.6 lbs because I ate like chocolate-covered jellybeans were going extinct. But with a DietBet and the 30lbs lost mark on the line, I tried to get my life back together this past week. And... did pretty well! I'm staying under the two hundo mark for good.

Previous Weight: 200.6
Current Weight: 198.6
Change: -2.0

Remind me not to gorge on Mexican food at Uncle Julios the night before a weigh in. While I kept it locked up more than I would've pre-WW, I probably didn't need to single-handedly polish off 3/4 of a basket of chips. On the plus side, leftovers (which rarely existed pre-WW days) made the perfect post-run dinner tonight. 

BTW I RAN 5 MILES TONIGHT... AGAIN! I had to prove to myself that last week's run wasn't a fluke. Also I'm running a 5 miler in less than a month. Also I'm going on a trip to Madison this weekend that I know will involve numerous adult beverages. So, planning ahead. (And 53 minutes of running is 12 activity points-- FTW!)

In other news, is there anything more satisfying than when a Pinterest idea turns out as advertised? I THINK NOT.

Buenos noches, Fitnasty friends!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday. Woof.

Guess what day it is?!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
TV, Movies and Me
I love TV. Like, far more than any normal person should. I got extremely lucky that my (Craigslist!) roommate loves all the same terrible reality shows that I love... seriously.
1. If you could be a recurring star on a show that is currently on TV, which show would you choose?  I would choose... Mad Men! I was late hopping on the bandwagon, but now that I'm all caught up I'm absolutely hooked. Plus, I have a girl crush on Christina Hendricks. Um hi:

2. Name the movie that you are most embarrassed to admit that you love. Speed. I don't know what it is about that movie, but I watch it pretty much every single time it comes on TV. The 90s! The floral dress! Keanu Reeves! Yeah, total guilty pleasure.
3. Name one show that you’ve never seen and would love to watch.  I've only seen a handful of "The West Wing" episodes, but I'm a complete political junkie and would love to have a few thousand hours to dedicate to watching the entire series from episode one.
4. Do you ever go to movies alone?  Nope- never have! I'm not opposed to it, I'm just not a big movies person. I rarely go unless I really want to go see something in particular. There are other things I'd rather do for $15.
5. If you could only watch one TV show for the next year, which show would you choose and why?  ONLY ONE?! I'd probably pick Project Runway-- it's one of my all-time favorites.

6. If you could star in one reality show, which one would it be and why? Did you ever see that show "Tough Love" with Steve Ward on VH1. He's a tells-it-like-it-is matchmaker who identifies women's fatal flaw and then teaches them how to be more datable. Minus the public humiliation, I would love to be on that one.
7. If someone rented a billboard for you, what would it say?  Keep your eyes on the road, hooker.
8. Who is the most famous person with whom you have been in the same room?  Ramona Singer from The Real Housewives of NYC! I went on a fancy birthday dinner to Girl and the Goat (owned by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard) and realized halfway through drinks at the bar that I was literally 2 feet from Ramona. And no, she was not drinking Pinot Grigio (so disappointing!)
9. If you were chosen to be a contestant on a TV game show, which show would you want to be on? Anyone who knows me KNOWS that the answer to this question is Jeopardy! I WILL be on Jeopardy one day. My roommate and I tivo it every night and have Jeopardy marathons where we'll watch like 10 episodes in a row. It's intense.

10. If there was a movie being made about you, which actor would you choose to play you? Funny-- this was on the last survey I took! I'd take pre-crazy Lindsey Lohan. Or Christina Hendricks, obviously.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Eleven Questions

I saw this survey on CaitlynHTP's blog (and she got it from Tina). If you don't follow Healthy Tipping Point already, you absolutely should! She's one of my favorite healthy lifestyle bloggers. 

Anyway, on with the show!

1. In baseball each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate. What song would you pick?
Baba O'Reilly by The Who. Sure, the lyrics make no sense ("teenage wastelaaaaaand") but I just love the musical intro.

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you last weekend?
I got to celebrate Easter at home with my family in Charlotte! Because the airline gods are cruel, airfare between Chicago and Charlotte is usually pretty pricey. Luckily, I hitched a ride down with my aunt, uncle, and cousins from Cleveland to surprise my family! As evidenced by my post about the weekend, it was an awesome time.

3. If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
Without a doubt I would by Clarisse (Jodi Foster) in Silence of the Lambs. It's one of my favorite movies. If I didn't work in marketing, I'd love to work in abnormal or criminal/forensic psychology.

4. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie of your life?
Lindz LOLhan, pre-crazy.

5. What is your favorite quote?
Here's one of my recent favorites:


6. What was your first concert?
Avril Lavigne. With my Dad. Sorry, Dad.

7. What Internet website do you visit the most?
Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Reader (RIP GOOGLE READER).

8. Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?
Right now? Sleepy.

9. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Well obviously calories wouldn't matter: my Mom's chicken and dumplings with a side of truffle mac and cheese, finishing it off with Cheesecake Factory's cookie dough cheesecake.  

10. What is the background of your computer?

Question 11 is for you! Answer one of the questions above :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

TGIF, Man.

I don't have much to say, but this happened today and I've been giggling about it ever since:


If you're keeping track, yes, this person interpreted "Carolyn" as "CaroHiinn." 

I'm concerned about how much I must've over-enunciated my name in order to elicit this spelling.

PS- Like most other Instagram users, I love posting pictures of food (sometimes it's even healthy!) and myself. If you feel so inclined, you can follow me <here>

Thursday, April 4, 2013

NSV Thursday!

TGIAF. Despite the fact that I was off Monday and half of Tuesday, this week has been a marathon.

I'm joining Lex and KTJ's NSV (Non-Scale Victories) link-up!


What's my NSV this week? I know I mention in my "About Me" section that I am was a pro at rationalizing unhealthy food choices pre-WW. I didn't mention that I was also a pro at talking myself out of workouts for the most asinine reasons.

"I'm exhausted, I'm just going to go home after work and veg."

"Well, I did walk a lot yesterday, so it's not like I need to run."

"My ankle was slightly sore during my last workout. I should definitely take a week (or six) off."

So it goes.

But now I'm putting serious focus on trying to make workouts a habit. I want to run, because even though it hurts and it's exhausting and I'm tired after work, I know how good I'll feel afterwards. I want to sign up for some races this summer, because I know I'm too much of a cheapskate to throw away the money by not training beforehand (and also race swag is awesome).

Overall, I want to get healthy and fit.

For good. 

Weigh-In Wednesday

Nobody told me that if I ate non-stop chocolate covered jelly beans over my mini-vacation that I'd come back 2lbs heavier.
Previous Weight: 198
Current Weight: 200.6
Change: +2.6

On the plus side, I took the plunge and joined Lex and KTJ's DietBet (you can still join if you're interested!). If you're unfamiliar, DietBet is a 4 week challenge where participants pay the entry fee (usually $15-50) and then have to lose 4% of their body weight in 4 weeks. Whoever wins splits the pot! So now I have to put my money where my mouth is... instead of chocolate covered jelly beans.

So, while the weigh-in was an (expected) disappointment, there is still good news to report: I had the best run of my life this evening. No, I don't normally love running. Like, not even a little bit. 

The run: I was supposed to go this morning but I decided I'd rather snooze. Post-weigh-in I realized that the snoozing was a bad decision, so I mentally committed to running after work (which I never do). Up until this point, I had always thought "runner's high" was a ridiculous concept dreamed up by crazy runners to justify their torture method of choice. I WAS WRONG Y'ALL. 

... Sorry for the y'all. I don't know what came over me.

Anyway, about 2 miles in, I can't really describe it other than saying I just felt like I completely hit my stride. I wasn't focusing on my legs, my breathing, how much longer I had left, my cold fingers. Instead, I just felt like I was cruising! Except my foot fell asleep for a mile and a half. Sidenote: Why does that happen? But I just kept running, and since I felt good I went 2 miles farther than I'd planned.

I ended up knocking out 5 miles in just shy of 50 minutes. I'm convinced that Map My Run might be lying to me, but the map it traced looks accurate! Has anyone used MMR? Is it accurate or is it lying to me?

Either way, my hatred of running has decreased just a smidge... and you better believe that's progress.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Friend Makin' Monday!

As a relative newcomer to owning my own blog, what better way to dive in than with Kenlie's Friend Makin' Monday?

Childhood Flashbacks
1. Did you have a set bedtime as a child?  If so, what was it? My parents [still] joke that despite their best attempts, I've never abided by a bedtime in my life. In fact, they used to find preschool Carolyn sound asleep around midnight surrounded by a sea of my favorite books strewn across my bed. 
2. Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult?  I was, yes. I'm not sure that it impacted my eating habits as an adult, though. If I choose to clean my plate it's because I consciously made the decision, not because I have some "need" to do so.
3. Share one thing that you were not allowed to do as a child. There was a good 2-3 year span where I was forbidden from watching Rugrats. Rugrats of all things!! My parents really didn't like me to use words like stupid, dumb, etc., and I think they worried that Angelica's meanness would rub off on me, because I was the oldest girl with two younger brothers.
4. What is the cheapest gas price you can remember?  My earliest memory of gas prices was when it was just over $1. So crazy to think about now!
5. What was your favorite thing on the playground?  When I was in kindergarten we used to have this [completely unsafe] playground feature that was like a rubber mat bridge. If a smaller kid stood in just the right spot on one side while a bigger kid jumped on the opposite side of the bridge, the smaller kid would go FLYING! I was pretty small for my age in early elementary school, and I made the bigger kids launch me all the time.
6. Share one thing that your parents always made you do that you didn’t like doing.  I hated doing the dishes, but that was my designated chore. I remember reading a Shel Silverstein poem about a kid who didn't have to do the dishes anymore after breaking one of them. I asked my parents if they'd give me a different chore if I broke a dish. Surprisingly, they didn't like that offer.
7. Do you remember your first kiss?  If so, share the details!  When I was in middle school I kissed (a peck!) a boy named Ralph during a rousing game of Spin the Bottle. Scandalous!
8. Did you prefer to play inside or outside?  I really liked both! I lived in a really close-knit neighborhood where I could basically roam wherever I wanted with my friends, as long as I was home for dinner. But I was also a HUGE bookworm, and I loved nothing more than hanging out at home and burying my nose in a good book (I often read 3+ at a time).
9. What was your favorite TV show growing up?  I love TV. Always have. Honestly, I could probably give a different favorite TV show for every few years of childhood. The standouts: Clarissa Explains It All, Wishbone, Trauma: Life in the ER (seriously 4th grade Carolyn LIVED for this show), Trading Spaces (oh yeah), Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Boy Meets World. 
10. Share one awesome childhood memory.  One of my favorite memories ever was when we were on vacation in the Outer Banks and I was probably around 8-9. It was Father's Day and my dad took me boogie boarding at the beach for HOURS. Because I had two brothers, I didn't get a ton of 1-on-1 time with my dad, so I loved that.
Bonus: Share a picture of yourself as a child.  Are you ready for this? I was probably 4-5 years old here:

If you're interested in answering the questions yourself, link up in the comments section here!