April 22, 2013

Terrible split times

Some updates on what last week looked like:

Work outs

I've been running outside in the mornings lately instead of on the treadmill. For some reason, I've always felt like my early morning runs outside are harder than any other time of the day so I have preferred to run on a treadmill when I work out before work. Well, last week it was just too nice to not at least try to run outdoors. After the first morning, I was hooked and ended up doing them all outside. Looks like I have changed my tune about early morning outdoor runs!

Wednesday's run

Friday's split times

My splits are just terrible. I'm trying really hard to slow down at the beginning. I'm not dead by the end of my run, which means I can probably run farther if I have the time. I just need to figure out a reasonable pace!


I ate the most delicious meal last week. I made salsa chicken (look how little Ella is in that post! Tear) in the crock pot and put some on a warm sweet potato with a dollop of plain Chobani. So filling and so tasty! I'm back in my sweet potato phase, which means I'm pretty much eating one a day. Can you blame me? They are amazing and you can eat them in fry form without feeling guilty! Win.

I also made crispy parmesan garlic edamame which is seriously the best snack ever! I really have to watch myself because I could eat the whole thing in one sitting, it is THAT good. Tatum was trying to get in on the action but I wasn't sharing. You can buy frozen shelled edamame at Kroger (it's called mukimame) making this one of the easiest recipes on the planet. If you're a fan of cheese and edamame, jump on it.

WW update

I've been doing a good job sticking to my points and am down one pant size! Still have a long way to go but I'm heading in the right direction at least.

Have a great Monday!

April 12, 2013

Back In The Game

Guess who's back?!

I've had a few people ask me recently to start blogging again and I finally feel like it's time to get back at it. I have a lot to share and actually have some time to share it!

My life has changed drastically since the last time I was blogging semi-regularly. I posted about it but didn't really share it. Anyway, as we know from my previous posts about how I deal with a personal loss, I tend to eat a lot and work out less. It's no excuse but it's time I take charge again. I didn't gain as much weight with the passing of my father as I did when my mom died, but I have still packed on some lbs. I'm working toward getting rid of them for my friend Jess's wedding! Nothing like having to be in someone's wedding pictures to get my rear in gear, that's for sure. Apparently I need all my friends to get married a year apart to keep me motivated. Whatever works, amirite?

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten." (I've seen this quote credited to multiple people, so we'll just go with anonymous.)

This quote rings so true for me lately. I've always thought I could lose weight on my own. Well, clearly, that ain't the case. I finally bit the bullet and signed up for Weight Watchers. I don't know why I was so "against" it for myself; I know lots of people who have joined it and have been successful losing weight (and keeping it off!) but I always thought I knew how to eat healthy and knew the right things to eat when I wanted to lose weight. I guess I realized, why work so hard when I can pay something else to do it for me!

So far, I really like it! I've always counted calories and that can be so stressful, annoying and discouraging. I love the Weight Watchers points system; it makes figuring out what I want to eat so much easier. I also love that you "earn" points for working out. I really don't have a problem working out on my own; I can run pretty far, I just can't stop at 2 slices of pizza. Go big or go home, right? Well, not so much in the kitchen. I've been "on the program" for 5 weeks and have lost 6 pounds. Just call me Jennifer Hudson, y'all!

I'm feeling really encouraged and excited about my new goals and can't wait to share some awesome recipes I've been loving lately. I don't know how often I will post since my computer at home punked out on me, but I'm hoping to keep it updated fairly regularly, just like the good old days.

As always, life is a journey and I appreciate anyone who cares about mine! Have a great weekend!