Wake Up Wednesday – Lent Day 1


Ah Lent.  I’m not Catholic, but I can jump on board with things that can make me a better person.  So I participate in giving up something each year for Lent.

Last year was Chocolate – which I did a very good job of!  I only craved it for about the first two weeks, and then I was fine.  But I realized last year that just because I give up Chocolate doesn’t mean I am healthy.  I was substituting it with a million other vices.

So this year I am going to give up Junk.  My diet could be cleaner, it could be more focused on filling, healthy foods.  So that is what I am going to do.  I am going to focus on healthy, filling, clean food.  Ice cream, fro-yo, popcorn, anything in a single serve package, etc.  You get the idea.


  1. Diet cola (I can’t just give up everything)
  2. Beer (God wants me to be happy)

But everything in moderation, right?  I figure cutting the crap out of my diet, and filling in the gaps with the good stuff will give me an overall fresh start.

Eating fish on Fridays, I can jump on that.

Being Better Is Living Better

Being Better Is Living Better

Today’s Plan:

  • Breakfast: 2 Eggs Scrambled, 3 strips of bacon, coffee w/ fat free half and half
  • Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: Big salad, yogurt, clementines, diet coke
  • Snack: Apple
  • Dinner: Med Salad
  • Snack: er. Water?

Activity: Run

Water intake: Goal of 100 oz

Because this is my “Wake Up Wednesday” I am pretty excited – everything is new, fresh, and clean.  My past mistakes are not defining me, and I will be successful this go around.

234 days till the Marine Corps Marathon – PLEASE DONATE!!

Face It Friday – Weekly Weigh In – Week 7

WI: -0.4
Total Lost: -6.2
Amount to Lose: 20.2 Pounds
Emotion: Expect Amazing

  • That was most unexpected.  I was actually 100% sure I gained this week.  Even though my workouts and eating have been on point (with the exception of Sunday night with Pizza and Cake – just too much of it) I’ve felt very heavy and weighed down all week.  Like I couldn’t shed water weight and like everything I ate was just sticking to me.  My water in take has been a lot lower, which I know is part of it, and I haven’t been sleeping well.  So it’s really just jumping back on that bandwagon of being mindful of what I am eating (portions people), drinking my water, sweating out the stress, and getting to sleep at a reasonable hour.  Regardless I am happy the scale is moving in the right direction.  Little losses have brought me to over 6 pounds gone.

  • It’s a Virginia Tech Art work of various places on and around campus spelling out “Virginia Tech”.  He seemed really moved by it. (available on Amazon)

A Taste of Virginia Tech

  • He’s been saying he wants to start cooking more dinners (He used to do this and then I took over) so I bought him a cookbook of dishes from the restaurants on campus and off campus that he used to frequent so may be that would bring him some inspiration.  (Available on Amazon)
  • He also had two dozen pink and red roses sent to my work which was a nice surprise… (Not pictured because I work in a secure environment).


  • What’s on the Plan for today?


  • Breakfast: Urban Detox Alternative Energy Juice (Trying to supplement my coffee with this for help), Coffee, Smoothie with protein, English Muffin w/ PB
  • Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: Spinach Salad with Veggies and Walnuts, Sesame Ginger Dressing, Chobani Bite, Apple
  • Snack: Diet Pepsi (I know it’s bad.. sue me.)
  • Dinner: Most likely Mexican or Pizza – it’s the one night this week we are eating out, so I have to choose wisely.  Shoot I may make him drive me to Arlington for Chop’t.
  • Activity: 8 MILES

So the 8 mile run… someone give me the confidence and take my anxiety away from running outside.  I know I could run with others, but that takes planning, and since I have to get this mileage done today, I won’t be able to logistically plan that.  I will most likely default to the treadmill, which isn’t horrible, and frankly, every run becomes a tempo run (no matter what distance) and it has helped improve my speed at races, but I just can’t help but feel like I am becoming so terrified of the outside.

It doesn’t matter if I run with pepper spray, my taser, a knife, etc.  I just feel like I am always being followed.  I know this is a paranoia.  I know it is.  But after being knocked down by those YOUTHS last year attempting to do only God knows, (hopefully just stealing my phone) I am scared to death to run alone.  I keep talking about the prospect of getting a larger dog who likes to run to go with me, but The Husband doesn’t want another dog.  Blarney can’t go those distances, and Moody.. well, how do you think he would do?

I know I need to just get out there and do it, like a band aid, just quick, but it’s just my anxiety building up.  May be today I’ll go for the treadmill and Sunday’s 3.1 Mile run can be my outside run.  Start small and work my way back up.

Today’s run will be followed by some arm exercises.  I haven’t strength trained all week, and I miss it.  I want muscles!!

No better way to start of the weekend with almost a 2 hour workout, huh?


Happy Friday!


Can I Quit My Job and Just Blog?

Yeah, no.

I don’t even have the lame porn ads like some blogs do – they apparently make a lot of money, but frankly I don’t think my blog is suited for that kind of ad.  They are too high brow.

So I finished up my work at 1 and decided to jet for the day home.  After getting home I immediately changed to work out – Instead of just 1.5 miles I did 2 miles on an incline, I then did NROLFW B6 and burned – 400 Calories!


Yes – I am wearing SHORTS.  I actually am really comfortable in them, so I bought more.  IT’S LIKE I’M ACCEPTING MY BODY OR SOMETHING.

After working out, I decided to bake.  Well I have a crap load of apples… So I decided to make Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (i used honey crisp, great this time of year)

1. in a small bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. in a large bowl, cream the butter, the white sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. add the egg and beat until fluffy.

2. mix in the buttermilk gently (don’t overmix or the buttermilk will curdle). stir in the flour mixture gently and fold in the apples.

3. pour the batter into 12 muffin cup liners, sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar and bake at 450 F for 10 minutes. after 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 400 F and bake for another 15-20 minutes. allow the muffins to cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe From Pete Bakes!

They Look Amazing.


Thursday Tidings

  1. To the “special” person on 66 East this morning who decided it would be a good idea to text while driving in variable traffic, I salute you for being Queen of the Idiots.  Did you hear that drinkers of everclear, and Jackass cast members?  You now have a leader.  She was in the lane next to me, so luckily I was not part of said accident, but the owner of the Mercedes AMG in front of her was not too happy to have her little Kia smack into the back of his car.  No, he did not look happy at all.  Luckily for me, traffic ahead pretty much stopped (no doubt due to another one of her followers doing something else special) so I got to see her “What just happened?” reaction, and his “I’m gonna sue this bitch” face.  Here’s your sign.
  2. I’m going to celebrate the spring weather by running outside today.  I know that it has been spring like well since fall of last year, but I haven’t run outside since the half marathon.  So I am looking forward to going outside this afternoon.  We’ll see how the allergies hold up.
  3. I feel like an idiot, but I just started using “HootSuite” as my iphone twitter and facebook client, and my life is simpler because of it.
  4. I am vastly loving the book The Night Circus.  I am only reading one or two chapters a night because I don’t want it to end.  It’s complexity and actual romance is hitting me hard.  It’s not like a teen romance of where “I just met you 20 minutes ago and now, I will give my life and my family to be with you”.  It’s stolen glances, hand holding, and has been planned for years.  Plus I love the name Celia Bowen.
  5. The past two days I have been floundering in my food choices.  I blame this on Ice Cream in the house and Cereal Boxes being left unattended.  Today I break that habit.  I have tracked my food, and I am running tonight, hoping for a maintain at least tomorrow.
  6. I am making a race calendar for my refrigerator at home – I have so many coming up along with various packet pickup locations and days that I don’t want to get confused, and frankly I feel less stressed when things are on paper.  I also feel better about TPWSNBN remembering when it’s on the refrigerator.  I should also put little calendars on his beer.
  7. I need to get through 100 ounces of water today.  I feel bloated, dehydrated and gross.
  8. Did you want to know that?
  9. I need to bake/cook/something this weekend and next.  I feel like I am insulting my cookbooks, kitchen, and The pounds of flour I have.  But what to make.  I should make bread.
  10. I hate taking minutes in meetings.  I feel like it takes my bachelors degree and 5 years experience being in the work force and kicks it in the butt.  Apparently a lot of important people take minutes.  I hear Einstein had to (Or so one of my bosses tells me.)
  11. My grandmother is now pestering my older sister about when I am going to have children.  I swear.  I can only focus on one thing at a time Grandma!  Dominican Republic is August, and England is October – Talk to me after that!  Or leave my uterus out of it.
  12. It’s Thursday, which means tomorrow is Friday, which makes me happier than a clam who isn’t gonna get shucked.
  13. Because tomorrow is Good Friday, I am taking a half day – and I plan on taking my half day to watch the first 9 hours of The Ten Commandments.
  14. I love Cropped Pants with flats.  I feel so Audry Hepburn today.  Well Audry on a fat day.
  15. Someone please make me into a meme?  I made myself into one, but it’s not as fun when you have to do it yourself.
  16. I will thus pose for weird pictures, that could be weird, funny, or mortifying.
I promise all of these things to be true to the best of my knowledge.

When You Find My Cheerios – Wake Me Up

I have this complex problem – rather issue or obsession – with cereal.  I never used to care about it as a child, but then about a year ago, I discovered my love of multi-grain Wegman’s Toasted Cereal.  It’s basically Multi-Grain Cheerios, but cheaper and I think better.  Less calories, sugar, etc, so happier on my waist line.

Here’s the problem… The minute I buy a box, I start eating it like snack food.  I fill up little bags of this cereal and munch on it all day.  This normally wouldn’t be an issue, except I went through an entire box in 3 days.


So there’s that.  I need to keep that in check.  I also need to keep my late night (you know like after 8:30pm) snacking in check. Last night I had:

  • Toast with jelly (low fat of course)
  • Fat Free froyo with Almonds
  • Iced Grande Skinny Caramel Macciwhatever from Starbucks
  • Multi Grain Cherrio things

Yes. I stayed with in my calories, but only because I ran yesterday and then did weights.

BY THE WAY – How long till I’m ripped?  I hate this question.  I see it on the weight watchers message boards constantly.

“How long till I see results??”

Results vary – they are not typical – if you are anything like me, you won’t notice results until you decide to do before and after pictures after 43 pounds – STOP ASKING.  Most people don’t notice their own results and need affirmation from a stranger or someone whom they have not seen in years.

This is why I remove people from my life for years and then suddenly after about 26 months, call them up and ask to have coffee (no not really.  They usually leave because they want to).




I’m so excited.  I’m registering at noon.  CAN’T WAIT.

Yes I am bit crazy.  It happens.  It will be okay.

It’s only 6.2 miles of the 26.2 miles that others will be running that day.

A marathon is just a 10K with a 20 mile warm up.

If all goes according to plan, the week before, I will have completed the Army 10 miler.  YAY RACE SEASON.

Plan of the day: 1.5 Miles (walk/run/whatever) + NROLFW Week 4 and some other strength exercises, because I never feel like that workout is enough.

This is Why You Don’t Lay Your Arm On A Hot Oven Wall


Because it will burn, children.   Burn it will.  It makes The Person Who Shall Not Be Named frown and moan in a sympathetic albeit condescending tone.  I love him all the same.

After a hellish day at work, and a quick therapy session with the office mate, I retreated home and walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes then did weights.  While it felt good to work out, I wish I had run today instead.  I really need to get into the habit of every other day running again.  SO I am thinking Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday running this week.  Next week will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and so on and so on.  Nothing major – weekday runs will be like 3 – 4 miles.  Weekend runs 4-5 miles.  The only time I should deviate from this plan is when I have a race.

April 29 2012 – Patriots’ Cup Corporate Challenge 8k – George Mason University – Proceeds go to the ARC foundation

May 13 2012 – Mother’s Day 4 Miler – Reston, VA – Proceeds go to Devotion to Children’s Charity

June 2, 2012 – Global Race for the Cure 5k – Washington, DC – Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Foundation

I need to find races for July, August, and September.  I need to keep my momentum up.

This will be the year I hit goal.  This will be the year I wear a bathing suit without fear.  This will be the year that I get the rose!

Duh.  Winning.

The Life I Don’t Have

I started thinking yesterday what I would have done if I had won the lottery.  I know what one side of me thinks I would do, but after long thought I figured out what I would have done.

If I won the 640 million and took the Cash Prize of what, 389 million? I would have immediately donated the following:

  • 10 Million to Susan G. Komen
  • 10 Million to the ASPCA
  • 10 Million to the Humane Society
  • 10 Million to my Church so they could be debt free
  • 10 Million to St. Jude Childrens Hospital
  • 10 Million to The Gospel Rescue Mission in Washington DC
  • 10 Million to Wounded Warriors Project
  • 10 Million to K-9 Missions providing homes to Service Dogs after Combat
  • 10 Million to RAINN
  • 10 Million to It Gets Better

Right there is 100 million in charity.

Then I would pay off my parents house, as well as give them a decorators allowance to fix the place up however they want it.  I’d buy my parents new cars and basically make it so they can retire.

I’d buy my older sister and her family a house, as well as set up college funds for her children.  I would buy my little sister a house/apt/whatever, and pay for her photography school.

I’d pay off my inlaws house, and pay for their son’s – my brother in laws – college education and Medical School.

I’d send The Person Who Shall Not Be Named back to school because he wants to, and this way he could.

I’d pay off our house, and donate it to habitat for humanity, or give it to someone I know needs it.

I’d most likely move our little family to Seattle and buy a modest house on Bainbridge Island and open up a coffee shop/bookstore.

I’d have no excuse not to write.

I’d still work.  Just not where I currently work.  It would be more of a create my own schedule type life.

I’d grow old with TPWSNBN and whatever money was left when my time came, I would leave to someone who in my final years had made an impact.  To Someone I know would make a difference and not spend it on crap that doesn’t make you happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I would buy some new clothes, outfit my new house with a gym and kick ass kitchen.  I wouldn’t be living poor, but I wouldn’t be living ridiculous either.  You get one life, I don’t want to spend it in a mall or in front of a computer.

Now that I can step off my soap box, because I didn’t win the lottery, It was still nice to think about and dream about.

I’m not having a stellar or even mediocre day today, It’s kind of a rough morning, and frankly I’m over it.


4 Miles + NROLFW Week 3

I woke up at like 9:30 after The Person Who Shall Not Be Named left to go buy motor oil for the lawn mower.  Oh how domesticated we are.  We stayed up late last night watching The last four episodes of Game of Thrones, in preparation of it’s second season return tomorrow night. Kind of excited.  Kind of scared.  It’s kind of the most redonkulous thing I have ever subjected myself to, and I’ve watched “House of 1000 Corpses.”

I feel like if I can sit through this, nothing will ever phase me.  I’m sure my mom is happy to see that my morals and sense of decency is completely gone from my body, and the idea of watching men and women (some times naked) killing each other over a stupid throne, doesn’t phase me, and in fact makes me ask for ice cream or popcorn.

But anyways.

I woke up at 9:30 and meandered downstairs in my new running shorts (no picture.  No one needs to see this) and hopped on the treadmill for 4 miles.  I was going to run outside but that was more effort than I was willing to give at this point.

After 4 uneventful, rather long miles, I completed the final workout for week 3 of New Rules Of Lifting for Women.  Yay’s all around.

I burned 882 calories during that shebang.

I came upstairs chugged some water then decided to clean the main level of the house.  We are having company, and frankly, the idea of them finding a tumbleweed of dog hair and things from the back yard scares me.  I vacuumed, dusted, scrubbed, organized, moved things, etc.  Until the main level was to my liking.  I then febreezed everything – when you have dogs, it’s not only a must, but it’s a way of cleaning sometimes – and then called it a day.

1 Shower, and you tube tutorial on how to blow dry and style bangs – give me a break.  I am still learning how to be a girl – I am here.

I realized before I started typing this long winded post about nothing that I had yet to ingest anything other than water, air, and dog hair since yesterday, so I ate a piece of toast with PB.  This brought the anger down about 90 notches.

I didn’t win the lottery, in case you were wondering.  If I had, I most likely would have started the post with that bit of information, and then skipped the rest of this nonsense, because who the fudge cares when you have 640 Million dollars?

To my one coworker who ACTUALLY thought he was going to win, I am sorry you will have to return to work on Monday.  See you at the 1:00 pm meeting.

Me, post run, cooling down outside. These bangs after a run make me look like Elvis.

Tales From The Scale Friday

WI: -3.2
Total Lost: -3.2


How do you like that?  So this is how it works.  You track your food, and exercise, and you lose weight?  Oh so, that’s what I have been doing wrong.  Okay.  Makes Sense.

I’m celebrating by taking a day off from exercise – will resume tomorrow with 4 miles and NROLFW Week 3 – and getting my hair done.  Yesterday there was a bit of an emergency that made us postpone.  No Matter.  I’d rather have nice hair on a Friday night anyways.

So I still don’t have internet at my desk – therefore I am working from a conference room again.  Traffic blew on the way in so I am not in the most pleasant of moods.  Oh well.  IT’S FRIDAY!

Plan Of the Week

  • Friday – Dinner Out / Rest Day
  • Saturday – Dinner Out / 4 Miles & NROLFW Week 3
  • Sunday – Emily Bites Taco Wrap ups / Rest Day
  • Monday – Chicken Alfredo Spinach Pizza / NROLFW Week 4 + Walking 1 Mile
  • Tuesday – Hot Dogs with Baked Fries / Run 3 Miles
  • Wednesday – Whole Wheat Baked Mac and Cheese / NROLFW Week 4 + walking 1 Mile
  • Thursday – Chicken Walnut Gorgonzola Apple Salad / Run 3 Miles/Or Rest – Depending
  • Friday – Out (most likely) / NROLFW Week 4 (No mileage)
  • Saturday – Out (most likely) / 4 Miles 
  • Sunday – Meatloaf Cupcakes with Roasted veggies / REST
This is all subject to change – as it most likely will – but at least the workouts will most likely be the same.  I am so stinking happy it’s Friday.
Lisa is happier, because she is going to London tonight.  Lisa gets the rose.