Friday, January 31, 2014


I would tell you there's a coherent theme to this blog post, but that would be a lie. TGIF!

On the first week with a new nutritional plan: 

This is what my grocery cart looks like now. Look ma, no Smart Ones!
Chicago Achievers Project has us on a seemingly simple nutritional plan: each day we need to eat 80-100 grams of protein and 9-11 fruits and veggies. I never realized how big of a role protein plays in keeping me fuller, longer (duhhhhhh). I used to always eat oatmeal for breakfast, which was satisfying, but I was definitely ready for a mid-morning snack by 10:30. But swapping my oatmeal (3 grams of protein) for a smoothie (15+ grams of protein) means I usually have to make myself have a snack by 11. Okay jedi mind trick (or, y'know, proven biological science).

On a related note, if I didn't already eat pretty healthily, this would be really intimidating. I've obviously been taking steps towards bettering my eating habits for the last 14 months, which started with swapping SmartOnes for fast food, and now to more consistently preparing my own healthier meals. Even now, it takes real thought to plan out my day to hit our nutritional targets, so I imagine making that leap from no focus on health to these nutritional targets is probably pretty difficult for those just getting started.


SEVEN DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE OLYMPICS AND I JUST REALLY CAN'T WAIT. Ice skating, ski jumping, half pipe, speed-skating, luge, bobsled, heck I even like the biathlon. BRING ON THE GAMES.

FitBit sent me this email the other day and they've officially created a monster:

Every time I tap that bad boy throughout the day and it tells me I'm only 40% of the way to my daily goal, you better believe I take the long way back from the bathroom and make myself walk home from the train, even though it was Chiberia Pt. II this week. 



I'll just leave this here:


Have a good weekend!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

It's the Little Things


When weight loss is slow goin' (like in yesterday's weigh in) it gets easy to mope about lack of progress. But even if it doesn't show up on the scale, I'm trying to remember that there are still little victories worth celebrating. Here are mine this week:

  • No pizza. At some time in my life [read: college] I hit a point where I could not turn down free food. Even today, I have a really hard time justifying eating my own food when free food is available. Guilt? Cheapness? Probably both. But despite an office full of free pizza the other day (Lou Malnatis-- the bessssst), I went next door and grabbed a salad. Worse for my wallet, better for me. 
  • A successful treadmill run. Have I mentioned how I hate the dreadmill? I made myself get in short run on Tuesday before our Chicago Achievers Project meeting, and I'm so glad I did. Not only was I able to pound out 2 miles (this is progress, I can't tell you the last time I ran more than a mile on the 'mill), I did it starting at 5.9 and ending at 7.0 MPH-- an 8:34 pace. That's speedy for me!
  • Healthy eating, no excuses. With such a jam-packed last weekend, I didn't do my normal Sunday grocery run. After making due with the salad bar next door to my office (which is amazing by the way), I made myself get groceries. At 8:30pm. On Tuesday night. When it was sub-zero outside. I got home, threw some chicken in the ol' crockpot overnight, and voila, meals for days, for less than the cost of a single salad bar trip.
What little victories are you celebrating this week?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Weigh In Wednesday

Last Week's Weight: 169.4
Current Weight: 169.2
Change: -0.2
Total Loss: -58.8

WELP. Considering I saw a lower number earlier this week, I'm annoyed. Considering I definitely ate/drank above my calories more than once last week, I'll take it. 

On a more exciting note, yesterday marked the beginning of Week 2 of the Chicago Achievers Project (you can read about my Week 1 recap here). While the group had clearly dwindled from week 1 (womp womp, hopefully that's only because of the weather), the FitBits are clearly paying off-- collectively we walked from Chicago to NYC! The goal is for us to "walk" across the country by the end of the program.

The evening started off with each coach sharing some of their favorite fit tips, which I really liked. Some of my favorites (and how I've used these in my own life):

Let change start simply. Make small choices that will add up to big changes over time.
100% yes! I started by simply choosing healthier options at my favorite fast food places (Potbelly, for example), and eating a lot of Smart Ones. Eventually I started to feel comfortable cooking healthier at home and controlling my portions. I walked before I ran, literally and figuratively.

This picture has absolutely no relevance other than that I love it.

Write your goals down and put them somewhere you'll see them every day.  
YUP. Here's my half marathon plan that I hung on my fridge, before and after. I logged every week's goal total mileage and my actual mileage every single week.

Find an attachment to your why. Just having motivation won't help you when you want to quit. Whether it's for your spouse, your kids, yourself, you just need to find your why.
Not having a concrete why is absolutely why I failed at losing weight in the past. It might have taken me awhile to actually articulate exactly what keeps me disciplined, but I finally found my why

Identify the barriers from your past so you can work to your strengths. 
One of my favorite fitness bloggers, Sharee from Funeral for my Fat, talks about this a lot. Don't start a weight loss program built upon habits you hate-- that's the perfect way to set yourself up for failure! I hate heavily-choreographed group exercise and celery, so if I forced myself to dance Zumba and eat celery all the time, I would've quit before I even saw results! Instead, I focused on finding a plan (both diet and exercise) that was sustainable for me in the long run.

With fit tips and inspiration running high, I left last night thinking about my own favorite manta. The one phrase I've really connected with and that speaks most to me on this weight loss journey. As a [recovering] queen of excuses, without a doubt this is it:

What tips or mantras keep you focused on the endgame?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Late Start

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Accidentally getting a late start on this one because of a weekend that included far too much fun and far too little sleep. The Tripod Reunion weekend was obviously a great success! From restaurant week to jazzy nights, to brewery tours and comedy clubs, we really packed a ton into a short period of time. So good to reunite with my two college loves in my favorite city!

1) Healthy homemade lunches all week. CHECK.

2) Get in four workouts. CHECK.

3) Pick and choose indulgences. Mostly check. Definitely more alcohol than normal last weekend, but my eating wasn't toooooo terrible.

4) Get 10,000 steps a day. Mostly check. Got in 10,000 steps every day except Sunday, including 13,000+ on Friday and Saturday!

And for this week, here's my game plan:

1) Get in five workouts, including at least 2 runs. I'm going to die when I start half marathon training if I don't start running more, like, yesterday.

2) Hit my macros 6/7 days. Chicago Achievers Project has us aiming for 80-100 grams of protein and 9-11 fruits/veggies each day. I managed to hit this during the week last week, but wasn't able to with so much eating out over the weekend. 

3) Hit 11,000 steps a day. Living in a city makes it relatively easy to get in extra steps (though the sub-zero temps definitely pose a challenge to that!). By taking the long way around my office and walking to the train each day, I think this is a reasonable goal.

What are your goals for the week? Link up and share!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Off the Scale


It's been a solid week on the scale, and off the scale too! As usual, linking up with KTJ for this week's Non-Scale Victories:
  • As far as workouts this week go, three days down and one day to go. After six days of workouts in a row (rare for me), today is a much needed rest day! 
Love seeing that I'm less than 20lbs
from goal! (...again)
  • Hit almost 11,000 steps yesterday! This FitBit is creating a competitive monster out of me. (PS-- Have a FitBit and want to be my friend? I can't promise I won't taunt you though. It might happen.)
  • My roommate had a bunch of guest passes for her gym, so we actually hit up a Body Blast class on Monday. In general, I hate gyms, and I don't really love group workout classes. But I have to say, I LOVED this class! I was pleasantly surprised by how well I was able to keep up, especially during the 4.5 minute cardio burst at the beginning. I begrudgingly credit JillyBoo's workouts with helping me build both the endurance and strength to really work it!
  • Yesterday was Day 1 of the Chicago Achiever's Project, and my mission was simple: 9-11 servings of fruits/veggies and 80-100 grams of protein. Sounds simple, but it definitely required more planning and attention to macros than usual. I ended up at 9 servings of freggies and 91 grams of protein-- perfect! I have to admit, I miss my starchy snacks (helllllllo veggie straws), but I'm stickin' to the plan.
Contents: Dannon Greek Yogurt (Banana Cream flavored), banana,
frozen strawberries, 2 handfuls of spinach, water.
  • Breakfast this morning was a big 'ole green monster smoothie. I can probably get more protein in there (I might buy protein powder or use soy milk instead of water), but yesterday's smoothie kept me surprisingly full. It's funny to me that I used to feel like I wasn't getting a "real" breakfast unless I had something like a bagel sandwich at Dunkin'-- I was hungry after those within an hour! Let's be honest, though: sometimes those just hit the spot.
Those are my NSVs for the week-- what are yours?

What are your favorite protein-filled snacks? I need more ideas!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chicago Achievers Project

Exciting news, followed by this week's weigh-in (at the end): Yesterday officially marked the start of the Chicago Achievers Project, a really awesome fitness/motivational program I'm really excited to join (...can you tell?). Basically for the next four weeks myself and 249 other Chicagoans are embarking on a fitness journey with the help of some truly inspirational coaches and weight loss experts.

Last night was our kickoff. I didn't know what to expect, so I actually went to work out at my office gym beforehand, so I was appropriately sweaty and smelly to meet everyone (nice). When we walked in we were given our FitBit Flexes (score!) and two CorePower protein drinks ( of which I promptly chugged because I was hungry from the gym.) Keepin' it classy. 

Check out my sweet scar-- this is what happens when you mess with me.
Just kidding, I had a cyst removed.
The meeting began with a brief introduction to the program, and an informal meet & greet with the personal trainers. The participants really are a hodgepodge of people in every stage of the weight loss journey from very beginners to people who are pretty fit, but still looking to lose weight. The excitement was contagious, to be among a group of people so motivated to really change their lives.

The trainers all introduced themselves and they are quite the seasoned bunch. We have a running coach (who writes the running program for The Biggest Loser run/walk series), an actor/writer, a former bodybuilder, a professional dancer, a former wildlife firefighter and more. Each Achiever will be paired up with a trainer who will be checking in our progress via our FitBits, and appropriately pushing us to meet our goals.

Next, Andrea Metcalf gave us a breakdown of our nutritional goals which was the part that I was most curious about. I've really been nailing my nutritional goals (per MFP and WW) lately, but I feel like it's not reflecting on the scale. Andrea told us that the rules are simple: we need to eat 9-11 servings of fruit and veggies per day, and 80-100 grams of protein each day. Once we accomplish that, we're free to eat whatever we want! Bring on the Jimmy Jo---

Wait, hold the phone, I was only at 57 grams of protein and 5 servings of fruits and veggies for the day. At 7:30pm. And that was including the protein drink I chugged in the first 5 minutes of the meeting. WUT.

Suffice to say, I'm more than ready to change things up nutritionally if that means getting better results. They're not crazy changes, but just being more mindful of the quality of foods I'm eating. I can do that.

So I hit up the grocery store for greek yogurt, and plan on starting my day with greek yogurt smoothies to knock out both protein and freggies at once. My goal for the next week is to focus on these things, while still being mindful of WW and MFP principles. In addition, I'm aiming for 10,000 steps a day, as logged by the FitBit.

Today's weigh-in Wednesday will also serve as my starting point for the CAP, and hopefully I can knock a few el bees of this number by the end of the program:

Last Week's Weight: 170.6
Current Weight: 169.4
Change: -1.2
Total Loss: -58.6

Challenge accepted.

Do you have a FitBit? Let's be friends!

Weigh In Wednesday

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lazy Girl's Buffalo Chicken

Resident Lazy Chef, here. Back again with another of my absolute favorite simple recipes: Lazy Girl's Buffalo Chicken!

Just so you know, I feel like a fraud calling this a recipe, because it really is stupidly easy. Not including crockpot time, it takes all of 20 minutes to assemble.

- boneless chicken breasts (roughly 1.5lbs will make 6 hearty portions)
- Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- brown rice
- 1.5 bags of frozen peppers
- light sour cream (optional)

Trim any fat and put your chicken in the crockpot on high for 4 hours. Mine was pre-marinated, but it doesn't have to be. Put the lid on and don't touch it! When the chicken is almost done, cook your brown rice (I prefer Minute Rice because it only takes 10 minutes) and sauté your veggies so they're all ready to go. Use two forks to shred your chicken and then add a healthy dose of Frank's Red Hot (probably 1/4 - 1/3 of the bottle). Mix your chicken to coat evenly.

To portion it out, I did 2/3 cup brown rice, a scoop of the veggies (probably 2/3 cup), and 4.5oz chicken. Feel free to add more Frank's if you think it needs it. Once I reheat it, I'll add a dollop (2 TBS) of light sour cream on top. Depending on your brown rice, this meal (which is a pretty hearty serving) ends up at about 313 calories or 10PP. Add 40 calories and 1PP for sour cream.

Really easy ingredients and really quick to assemble-- this is definitely a recipe I make all the time. Enjoy!

What are your go-to lazy meals?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Setup for Success

First of all, HOLY COW. Thank you SO much for all of your kind words on Friday's blog post! I always feel a little weird talking about my steps for success because, well, I'm not there yet. But I'm so so excited that many people identified with the same success factors and enjoyed the post. Thank you!

Secondly, accountability time. These were my goals last week:

1) Bring lunch to work every day. Welllll, I did this every day but Wednesday. My favorite lunch place from my old office finally opened a new location just a few blocks from my new office. Natually I had to show my appreciation by going and getting my "regular" there.

2) Get in five workouts. Not only five, I got in six. I did two "doubles" with JillyBoo (I only count those as one workout though). BTW, JillyBoo which is what I call Jillian in my head to make her seem less mean. We moved on to week four on Saturday, so I guess you could say things are getting serious. And instead of lazing around all day on Sunday per usual, I used a guest pass and hit up the gym with my roommate. Score.

You have to take a pic of the elliptical or it doesn't count.
I read that on the internet once.
3) Cross those nagging items off my to-do list. Uhhhh, I didn't clean the bathroom, but everything else is done. Except at my hair appointment I accidentally went scarily blonde and now need to get used to it. 

On to the fun part! JK LOL. But accountability is good.

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This week is probably going to be tough because while I have today off (woop woop!), my beloved beautiful college roommate is coming to visit which means the potential for lots of indulging. I'm going to try to set myself up for success as much as possible by really buckling down on the meals I have the most control over early in the week. I am a firm believer in occasional indulgences (duh), but I'm still going to try to be pro-actively good to save my points/calories for the weekend!

Tripod during graduation week (over 2.5 years ago!).
Can't wait to recreate this weekend.
1) Healthy homemade lunches all week. I made my favorite lazy buffalo chicken dish (are you noticing a theme here?) to keep things on track during the days. "Recipe" forthcoming!

2) Get in four workouts. Because I'm nothing if not a realist. 

3) Pick and choose indulgences. Having visitors and eating out more often than normal doesn't mean that every meal has to be a splurge. I'm going to aim to eat 2/3 healthy meals each day when my friend is in town. So I'll be doing things like getting my omelette with egg whites or choosing lighter sushi options to try to counter-balance the extra wine and upcoming Chicago Restaurant Week indulging. 

4) Get 10,000 steps a day. In anticipation of my motivational group that starts Tuesday (more details on Wednesday!), I'm going to work on bumping up my daily steps. I already walk a decent amount living in a city, there are times when I take shortcuts (taking a bus instead of talking 5 blocks) when I really don't need to. 

Bring it on!

How are you setting yourself up for success this week?

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Fitnasty Five

I'm approaching this Five on Friday a little differently than normal. Since going a little more public with my weight loss, a lot of people ask me for "my secret." As a disclaimer, I'm no dietician, medical professional, or fitness expert, I just know what's worked for me.

Here's a breakdown of five key factors that I think are responsible for my success in the last year:

Track everything.

Ev. Ry. Thing. That includes the handful of mini chocolate chips while getting dinner together (140 calories!), and the munchkin from the office kitchen (70 calories). I think I tried to trick myself for so long that if I didn't track, it didn't count, but that's not the way it goes with the scale. And you'd be surprised how much little BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) add up throughout the day! Tracking everything really makes you conscious of what you're eating, how much you're eating, and when you're eating it. Even if you don't plan on tracking every day forever, I think it's a necessary evil to at least get a baseline for what a healthy day of eating looks like.

Complete and total immersion.

To me, this means three things: first, I told everyone around me that I was starting Weight Watchers from the outset. It kept me accountable and made me conscious of the food decisions I was making around people who knew I was trying to lose weight.

Secondly, I made my kitchen a temptation-free zone. There are foods that I know I cannot trust myself around and I do not buy those foods. If they're not in my apartment, it's a heckuva lot easier to avoid that late-night urge to eat an entire bag of cheese cubes. For me, this means no pita chips, cheese cubes, Nutella, or naan bread.

Finally, I surrounded myself with a wealth of motivational resources, namely blogs and Instagram accounts. I follow at least two dozen fitness/weightloss blogs, and reading others' journeys and successes as I go through my Feedly or scroll through Instagram keeps my head in the game. It's a lot harder to talk yourself out of a 6am workout when the last thing I see before bed is a slew of #transformationtuesday pictures. Truth!

Discipline > Motivation

I think the reason I failed so many times before was that my motivation to lose weight was short-lived. I wanted to get thin for an event, or to wear a certain size pants, or to feel comfortable in a swimsuit in the summer. I still want all of these things, but that's not what keeps me focused. Because the minute that motivation does away, so does the discipline.

Now, my long-term goal is me. So I can be healthier, more confident, and happier in my own skin. Having a long-term focus makes it easy to stay disciplined, which is what it takes to make the right choices, even (especially!) when you don't want to.


I drink a LOT of water - 100oz a day, if not more. Not only does it help me to better understand the difference between thirst and hunger, but it's definitely helped my skin and hair. Plus, being hydrated is a key ingredient in having good workouts.

Find your new normal.

July 2012 versus December 2013
Above all, I think finding your new normal is the single most important factor in weight loss success. Eating only cabbage soup might help you lose 5lbs in a week, but when you go back to eating normally, the weight will come right back.

I joke that I started Weight Watchers because it was the only diet that still allowed me to eat Jimmy Johns. Okay, that's not a joke, it's actually kind of true. This isn't to say that low-carb diets are bad, but that they won't work for me. If I tried to lose weight by cutting carbs and zumba-ing on the daily, I'd have given up before I even got started! Instead, I focus on sustainable long-term changes that allow me to eat in moderation, while maintaining the freedom for occasional splurges.

The cliche really is true: it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. Making a true lifestyle change is about finding the diet (as in, way of eating) and exercise program that you can stick with for the long haul.

Secret's out!

What do you think are the keys to weight loss success?

Have any other questions for me? I'm happy to help!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


I may be getting ahead of myself (scratch that, definitely getting ahead of myself) but this week's warmer temps have me so excited to return to outdoor running! I'm definitely trying to take advantage while it lasts, including a somewhat icy 3-miler on Monday night.

After talking to my college roommate the other day, it hit me that half marathon training starts in less than 3 weeks. What the what?!!?! Considering my achilles issues put me out of commission for the last 2 months, my base weekly mileage is not where it should be. Luckily, I've managed to hold onto my "speed" in the off season, but I know that getting my endurance up to snuff and maintaining speed will be the challenge. For reference, I was running about 10:45-11:00+ pace pre-training last year. I'm running about 10:00-10:30 now, and that's in sub-par snow conditions.

It's strange, because at this time last year, I didn't even like running. When I started running in Feb/March '13 (after a hiatus since December '12), I was just getting to the point where I didn't loathe every single run. Beginning runners know that's major progress! I don't think I actually started to enjoy running until April of last year.

What a difference a year makes! I've already mentally made a calendar of races I'm hoping to run throughout 2014. Here's the plan:

March 30 - Shamrock Shuffle (8K)
April 27 - Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC
May 4 - Cinco de Miler (5 miles)
May 24 - Soldier Field 10-Miler
July 20 - Chicago Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon
September 7 - Chicago Half Marathon

Also, in assembling this list I just realized that the Chicago RNR Half starts at 6:30am. Who in their right mind made that call?!?!

Some of these are races I ran last year (Cinco de Miler, Chicago Half), and so I'm pretty confident I can crush my times. The big picture plan is to train up to half marathon distance for the April half and then work on my speed throughout the summer. I'll be using the same training plan I used for my first half marathon. But plenty more to come on that front in terms of race goals and training specifics :)

Have you been bitten by the running bug?

What races are on your agenda for 2014?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

That Time Again

Weigh In Wednesday

Last Week's Weight: 171.2
Current Weight: 170.6
Change: -0.6
Total Loss: -57.4 

A loss is a loss, I suppose. Still getting back on track from the holidays! Otherwise known as the time when I ate my weight in cookies and mac & cheese. Maybe not as quickly as I'd like, but I'm happy to report that my return to healthier eating habits appears to be working. 

It's definitely frustrating to feel so close yet so far from my goal weight. I'm actually joining a very fun challenge group next week (hint: it involves a FitBit and accountability), so I'm hoping that the additional support will keep me focused in the coming months. Those are really the only details I have right now, but I'll find out more at the kickoff meeting on Tuesday!

Here's the big goal: ideally, I'd love to be within 5lbs of my goal weight by the time I run the Nike Women's Half in DC at the end of April. This means a solidly recommitting to the principles that helped me lose the first 60! After fluctuating in the high 160's-low 170's for the better part of the past 6 months, I'm more than ready to get rid of these last few pounds!

Whether it takes me 3 months or the whole dang year, I know 2014 is the year I get to goal. 

How was your weigh-in wednesday?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More Meal Ideas for Lazy People

It appears I am in good company with plenty of fellow lazy at-home chefs. Glad to know I'm not the only underachiever in the kitchen!

Coming from the perspective of someone who was 75lbs overweight, I'm all too familiar with all the excuses that enable poor eating habits. Mostly because it still requires a conscious effort to not give the same excuses I was making at my highest weight. 

Basically, I just want to show that you don't have to be a foodie or a chef or have four hours a week dedicated to meal-planning. You don't have to make an elaborate day-by-day meal plan (but props if you're that organized!) and you don't need to spend $100 a week to eat well. I think the meal below cost about $14 total (and that's not taking into account my BOGO chicken deal), so only a little over $2/serving!

[Apologies in advance for the food photos to come. A food photographer, I am not.]

Here's a SUPER simple meal I cooked up on Saturday and will be eating all week:

Lazy Girl's Chicken Teriyaki

1.5- 1.75lbs of chicken breast
Stir fry veggies (can buy frozen or fresh-- there are pre mixed bags of both. Mine had small noodles in it, too)
Teriyaki sauce
Hoisin sauce
Soy sauce
Olive oil
Optional: Lemon pepper seasoning

Cube your chicken and dust it in the lemon pepper seasoning. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into a large sauté pan and add chicken. Saute chicken until it is cooked through. Add stir fry veggies and leave on heat until veggies are heated through (mine took about 5-7 minutes). My veggies came with a packet of teriyaki sauce, or you can add your own (about half a cup). With the chicken, I needed a bit more sauce so I added a few glugs (yes, this is a unit of measurement) of soy sauce and a tablespoon of hoisin. Stir until everything is mixed and serve!

As you can see, I prefer to set up my non-matching tupperware so I can just portion it out as soon as it cools a bit. Six meals ready to go-- easy peasy! Literally 30 minutes from fridge to plate. 

Nutritional Stats: My stir fry veggies (with sauce) should've made 8 servings, but as you can see, I made my servings slightly larger. With 5.3 oz of veggies and 4.3 oz of chicken, each meal clocks in at 321 calories, or about 8PP. If my stir fry mix didn't have noodles, I would've served this over half a cup of brown rice.

What are your go-to lazy meals?

Monday, January 13, 2014

On The Right Foot

Another weekend has come and gone, and thus begins the first full week of work (last Monday our office was closed due the the bitter cold) in what feels like ages. On the plus side, the weekend was equal parts lazy and fun, and it included a delicious brunch. Can't complain. 

On with the goals!

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If you're new around these here parts, the Weekly Goals Linkup is basically around to help you start the week off on the right foot. Whether that means repairing the damage done over the weekend, or trying to instill a new healthy habit. Feel free to check out other bloggers' weekly goals for inspiration, and send them some love and good vibes for the week!

Last week my goals were:

1) Drink 100oz of water a day. CHECK.

2) No candy at work. CHECK.

3) Get in five workouts. CHECK.

Successful week back on track! 

This week the goals are:

1) Bring lunch to work every day. Shouldn't be an issue because I already made 5 servings of teriyaki chicken. Another meal-prepping for lazy people post coming soon.

2) Get in five workouts. Same goal again. My office actually has a health program where you earn stickers for each workout and day of healthy eating. It's definitely motivating to get to put a sticker on my calendar for each day I workout and eat healthy. Rumor has it that prizes are involved, I just don't know what yet. Also, I'm crossing my fingers that this weekend's warmer temps made the sidewalks passable so that outdoor runs are possible again (!!).

3) Cross those nagging items off my to-do list. Including: get a haircut, pay bills, clean the bathroom, etc. Adulthood, sigh.

Your turn!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fab Friday

Despite having a snow day on Monday (our office was closed due to the extreme cold), this week seemed a little long, no? Well, we made it! Let's start this weekend off right:

Now that I binge-watched all of Scandal and Orange is the New Black over the holidays, I've moved on to... re-watching House of Cards. Season Two comes out on Valentines Day (SORRY BOYS LOL), and I just can't get enough of Kevin Spacey's ruthlessness or Robin Wright's ferocious wardrobe. I think I lived on Capitol Hill in another life, so this is my fix.

Jillian has been kicking my butt for almost a month. But not consistently because I had to take a break to eat lots of cookies when I was at home for Christmas. And while I notice differences in my strength, I haven't really be seeing physical changes (likely due to the aforementioned cookies...). 

UNTIL NOW... I spy some teeny tiny baby guns! You win, JM, you win. I will continue to tolerate your abuse in the name of the gun show.

Yesterday I learned that the treadmill is my nemesis. I'm able to run 3 miles outside at a 10:00-10:15 pace without too much difficulty, yet I struggled to hold a 6.0 pace on the dreadmill for more than 5 minutes. WHY? It makes me worried for upcoming half marathon training because lawd knows I'll be doing running indoors if there's ice/snow on the sidewalks. Any tips for a treadmill rookie?

Anyone have any book recos? I finished the last book in the Divergent series and I haven't picked up another book since. This weather has me wanting to cozy up with a good book and hibernate for the next 3 months. But I'll settle for just the book part :)

My college roommate is coming to visit Chicago in two weeks! My other college roommate lives in Chicago, but the three of us haven't been reunited since [GASP] we graduated college! I absolutely cannot wait to show her Chicago and spend a weekend being a tourist in my own city. And the fact that her visit intersects with Restaurant Week is just icing on the chocolate cake.

The last time we were all together on graduation day in 2011! Whoa.
We'll definitely need a new one :) 

Happy Friday!

Have any book recos or treadmill tips?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

More than a Number


Let's talk about something other than that stupid scale, hmm?
  • Even though Week 2 kicked my butt, I'm powering through with Week 3 of Ripped in 30. Two words for you: DUCK. WALKS. The pain is real.
  • I ate a rice cake with chocolate peanut butter on top for dessert the other day, and, contrary to what I expected, it didn't taste like self loathing. Sometimes I get it in my mind that anything less than <insert unhealthy craving> will leave me bitterly disappointed. But it didn't. It took me awhile to learn this lesson when I first started, and I think giving in to cravings too many times caused me to revert back to my old mindset. I need to remember that healthy choices can be satisfying and that I'm not "deprived" of a cheeseburger because I [make myself] pick a salad instead. 
  • Managed a chilly 12 degree run with my new favorite toy (Garmin Forerunner 10!) before Chicago literally became colder than Siberia thanks to a shifting polar vortex. 
  • Got some awesome new workout clothes from Old Navy's killer sale last weekend because a) I love me a good sale and b) I basically never buy myself workout clothes (mostly because it helps me justify the 75+ t-shirts that I "need" in my closet). 
  • NYE last year versus NYE this year:
Okay, the one on the right is not from NYE. But I wore the same thing,
just didn't get a full-length pic (worst blogger award).

Thus fulfills my selfie quota for 2014. 

What NSVs are you celebrating this week?