Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weigh Too Long

Eh, eh, like the pun in the title?

Current Weight: 165.8
Total Loss: -62.2

I know, I know. It's been wayyyyyy too long. Life was getting in the way, and something had to give. Temporarily, anyway. Blah blah excuses blah. But I'm back!

What's been going on?
  • Work became hyper-speed busy with a big project for a few weeks.
  • I was SUPER overwhelmed with completing the most lackluster training ever for the Soldier Field 10-Miler (LOL... but the training really was lackluster). Lauren and I ran the SF10 last weekend, race recap forthcoming!
  • My roommate is moving out, however I don't yet have my own move-out date solidified. Meaning, my landlady could tell me on Friday that I have to be out on June 30 (30 days notice), OR I could have until July 30 to move out, which is technically when my lease ends. Moral of the story: I have no idea if I'm moving in one month or two, and even less of an idea of where I'm moving. Because I live life on the edge.
  • I went to NC for my middle brother's college graduation and had a grand ol' time with the familia.
  • My pesky Achilles is still on the mend. Running isn't too bad, but I can tell it gets aggravated with longer distances still. 
  • I celebrated my 25th birthday two weekends ago! It was a night filled with friends, sangria, and a trolley ride around the city with some of my favorite people. I couldn't have asked for a better way to ring in my birthday.

So what's next? Well, I'm about 3lbs up from my lowest weight... but I've also been eating like I've been in maintenance mode, so this is nothing that should surprise me. Time to get back on the wagon and buckle down. Oh, and a little more frequent blogging along the way :)

How was your weigh-in Wednesday?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

TMI Thursday

I saw this "TMI" survey going around blog-land on Caitlin and Theodora's blogs, so I thought I'd play along. It's not really TMI, but fun to share some tidbits about my life that  I don't often talk about on this ol' blog of mine :)

1. What are you wearing?

As I write this post: leggings, a Chicago Public Library t-shirt, a turquoise fleece and gray Toms. Try not to be too jealous of my super cool library shirt.

2. Ever been in love?


3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Yes. My first relationship (I use the term loosely... we weren't official official) ended after a few months of LDR and, yeah, it was not fun.

4. How tall are you?

Just shy of 5'6".

5. How much do you weigh?


6. Any tattoos?


7. Any piercings?

My mom let me get my ears pierced at age 6 and then (stupidly) bribed me to ride a roller coaster at age 12 in order to get my ears double pierced because I hated roller coasters and she didn't think I'd do it. I did. I used to have a tragus and cartilage piercing. Now it's just my ears and my nose.

Freshly pierced nose pic.  Did I mention they pierced my nose with a gun? In Dublin?
At a "parlor" that clearly catered to teenagers wanting rebellious eyebrow rings? 
8. Favorite song?

So many! I feel like a cliche, but I love Journey's Don't Stop Believing. I also love: We Built This City (Jefferson Starship), Mad World (Gary Jules), Baba O'Reilly (The Who), every Hootie and the Blowfish song, and anything by Girl Talk which is a total copout answer because they are all mashups :)

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

Confidence, sense of humor, honesty.

10. Favorite quote?

Here's a few that I often turn to for motivation:

11. Favorite actor?

Based on looks? Gerard Butler. Based on actual acting chops? Leo.

12. Loud music or soft?


13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

For a run. At least, I'm trying to make that a habit.

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

If I'm showering about 40 minutes. If I'm not, <20.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

Six-year-old Carolyn ironically got in a fight at Girl Scout World Friendship Day. To this day I have no idea what it was over or why it started, all I know is a girl hit me and I hit her back. Also I was wearing a ladybug t-shirt at the time.

Does this obnoxious shirt ribbon make me look scary?
16. Turn on?

Intelligence, the perfect scruff, the ability to exchange witty banter.

17. Turn off?

Cockiness. Lack of ambition.

18. Fears?

Not achieving my full potential. Also, heights.

Behind that smile is the face of sheer terror. 
19. Last thing that made you cry?

Oh you know just the end of an Undercover Boss episode where the owner of Modell's gave a women $250K so she could move out of a homeless shelter and buy a house. IT WAS A REALLY TOUCHING MOMENT.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

When talking on the phone with my dad yesterday.

21. Meaning behind your YouTube name?

It's my gmail handle AKA my real name. Exciting!

22. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

My landlady.

23. Favorite food?

Favorite food: does "any type of brunch" count?
Burgers with fried eggs, penne alla vodka, denver omelets, Ann Sather cinnamon rolls, truffle fries, and Chipotle burrito bowls.

24. Place you want to visit?

In no particular order: South America (Brazil, specifically), Germany, France, New Zealand, California (Napa, Sonoma), Seattle, Hawaii.

25. Do you have a crush?

See #11 above. 

26. Last time you kissed someone?

Er, last month.

27. Last time you were insulted?

Hmm, I'm not sure about this one. Nothing specific comes to mind.

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

Do you know how hard it is to photograph your hand in this position?
Two pieces: my grandmother's necklace that my grandpa gave to me on my 18th birthday (she died before I was born), and my claddaugh ring that my parents gave to me on my 13th birthday.

Play along at home! Pick some questions to answer yourself. If you do, leave a link in the comments!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lazy Girl's Sausage and Peppers

Newsflash: I like to eat good food, but I am quite possibly the laziest cook in existence when it comes to cooking for myself. While I love to cook more involved meals for other people, when it's just for me if it takes more than 45 minutes or involves more than 10 ingredients:

Thus, I present to you my latest kitchen success: Lazy Girl's Sausage and Peppers!

I feel like all of Instagram has been on a sausage and peppers kick, so, by Instagram osmosis, I suddenly had a hankering to create my own dish. I've actually never cooked sausage and peps before, so I went to the grocery store and completely winged it. Luckily, it turned out great.

Like my last recipe (all of my lazy girl recipes are here, for reference!), I feel like a fraud calling this a recipe because it's literally just a few ingredients thrown together, but here it is for all your pinning glory.

Lazy Girl's Sausage and Peppers
(Serves 5)


  • Jennie-O Spicy Italian Turkey Sausage
  • Progresso Recipe Starters in Fire-Roasted Tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 large-ish onion
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepa
  1. Attempt to slice the sausages before you realize your knife isn't sharp enough. Settle for squeezing the sausage meat of their meat tubes (...gross) and into a pan over medium heat. Use a spatula to break up the sausage into smaller pieces.
  2. While the sausage is browning, slice peppers and onions into thin strips. Food Network says they should be the same size to the veggies cook evenly, but I failed knife skills 101 so I prefer my cuts to look "rustic."
  3. Once the sausage is browned, remove it from the pan, leaving the grease (there's not much) in the pan. Add the onions to the pan first, and return to heat.
  4. One the onions are semi-translucent (2-3 minutes), add your peppers. Salt lightly and pepper generously. I added about 1 TBS of olive oil at this point because the veggies were sticking to my pan, but if your pan is from this century and non-stick (mine isn't), you could probably skip this step.
  5. Cook the veggies to your desired doneness-- I like mine cooked through but still crisp, which takes about 6-8 minutes. 
  6. Add the can of Progresso and add the sausage back to the pan. Heat until the sauce is bubbly.
Badaboom, that's it! I served mine over brown rice which created a plentiful portion and pretty good nutrition stats. Including my brown rice (Trader Joes' Quick-Cook Basmati Brown Rice), each serving came to 380 calories, 14g of fat, 45g of carbs and 22g of protein. I bet this would be great over roasted spaghetti squash for a lower carb alternative!

Care to share any of your lazy girl cooking tips? 

Monday, May 5, 2014


Let's just get right to it, shall we?

Fitnasty for Life

Here were last week's goals:
1) Stay within calorie/points allotment. LOLOLOLOLOL. Not even close. I'll be honest: I went over my calories every single day. I had an especially indulgent weekend that included "no f&*#s were given" deep dish pizza on Friday night. Why? I don't know, because I wanted it? 

Usually I'm pretty good about creating a mental divide between "I'm not in a good mood and I want bad food" and actually giving in and having the bad food. Friday I completely and totally ignored that usual mental divide and did the exact opposite. I did feel pretty gross afterwards (the kind of "I'm so full I might be sick"), which is a feeling I haven't had in a LOOOOOONG time, but one I used to get all the time when I YOLO-ate prior to making healthy decisions a priority. So, yeah, that's the ugly truth.

2) Grocery shop and meal plan by Tuesday. Despite my epic failure on Goal #1, I actually did do this. I even ate my prepped meals throughout the week at work, so really it was the snacking (rather than the meals) that was out of control.

3) At least 4 workouts. Check! I went to my office's gym on Tuesday night with the goal of making my arms as sore as my post-half marathon legs (which, surprisingly weren't actually that bad). I made up a little circuit that involved all of the arm/chest/back machines in the gym, plus some free weight action. Woke up on Wednesday and felt perfectly fine. Woke up on Thursday and legitimately struggled to put my hair in a ponytail because the soreness was that bad. Mission accomplished.

And for this week's goals:

1) Stay within calorie/points allotment during the week. Babysteps, because clearly this goal is harder than I made it out to be last week. I've been eating for maintenance, not for losing, and that needs to change. I am going to NC this weekend for my brother's college graduation, but my plan is to be very committed to the plan until Saturday, so I don't feel guilty for indulging a bit extra while I'm home.

2) At least 4 workouts. Being diligent about workouts when I'm not actively training for a race is foreign to me. I do have a 10-miler at the end of the month, though, so I need to keep up on my fitness if I want to have a finish to be proud of.

3) Focus on skincare! I had my first ever facial last week and the esthetician was pretty appalled at my lack of skincare regimen (uh, taking off my makeup nightly just became routine in the last 6 months...). In my defense, I'm lucky to have gotten away with my lack of regimen for so long because I have pretty decent skin. But lately I've been getting these tiny red bumps near my hairline (clogged pores from wearing a sweatband during runs) and I  am starting to see the beginnings of little forehead wrinkles, so I made it a goal to get more serious about skincare before my 25th birthday. Well, $30 at the drugstore later and I'm now the proud owner of everyday sunscreen, face wash, exfoliant, BB cream and a high-maintenance skin care regimen. Now I just have to stick with it. 

What does your skincare regimen include? I seriously feel uncomfortably high-maintenance to now have so many products to worry about beyond just makeup removing wipes and the occasional moisturizer. 

Your turn! Link up with your weekly goals to help stay accountable throughout the week!