Girl Scout Cookies

You know what’s delicious? Girl Scout Cookies. Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints <– in that order. They are delicious. I could eat them all day.

You know what’s hard? Not eating all of the Girl Scout Cookies.

Other things that are hard:

  • Eating healthy when I only have a rough plan
  • Staying away from gluten (But garlic bread is soooo yummy!)
  • Running
  • Making time
  • Waiting for the process to work
  • Making the small decision everyday that lead to big changes

I feel like I’ve been trying to hard for a few months and I want to see more progress than I am seeing. I think this is mostly due to obsessive browsing on Instagram of weight loss inspiration. It’s great to have that inspiration at my fingertips, but comparison is at my fingertips as well. I find myself wondering why I’m not losing weight as fast at that girl I saw who lost 100 lbs. in 10 months. I really need to take some steps back when I start thinking that to review all the good things I’m doing and to remind myself that everyone is different.

Recently, I haven’t been all that well and I’ve been feeling guilty about it. I understand the idea of not depriving myself, but “not depriving” myself is really when got me into this whole mess anyway. I don’t want to beat myself up too badly for not being spectacular with eating, while at the same time I need to fix it since it’s not ok. I guess I need to sit myself down and have a little talk with myself about what I want and how I can make better choices to get there.

Food Log (this is why I’m fat)


  • Apple cinnamon & pumpkin seed oatmeal

Morning Snack

  • Apple


  • Sante Fe Chicken Salad (Costco)
  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla pudding
  • OSTrim meat stick

Afternoon Snack

  • Homemade gluten-free molasses cookie
  • Bites of Andrew’s lunch, Chinese food


  • Turkey patty
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Coleslaw (no mayo dressing)
  • Two pieces of garlic bread
  • Ashleigh’s leftover turkey patty + cheese
  • Andrew’s leftover coleslaw + BBQ sauce


  • Another molasses cookie
  • Skim milk
  • 3 Samoas
  • 3 Tagalongs


I’m getting over a small cough and sore throat. The past couple days was fairly rough. I’m feeling much better today, yay! So, week 1 of the Fit Girl’s Guide 28 Day Jumpstart…I thought it was great! Andrew and I loved the breakfast, lunches and dinners.

The breakfast was Overnight Oats all week. I just love being able to prep my breakfast in the evening and have it be grab and go in the morning. The lunch this week was a rice/bean/veggie bowl with chicken. I thought it was awesome! We prepped 3 or 4 at a time and then could have them all week. I just heated mine up in the microwave and added some spinach and sriracha. I’m fine having the same thing every day for lunch for the week however Andrew needs some more variety. That’s something we’ll need to adjust after the 28 days.

Dinner during the week was two options: sweet potato-based tacos and pita pizzas. We loved these dinners! They are super easy to do a lot of the prep beforehand so you’re not doing too much in the evening. I don’t like taking an hour in the evening to do dinner prep and then another 30 minutes to cook it. I really love being able to do all of the prep beforehand, likely on Sunday, and cutting down on the time it takes to make dinner during the week.

Overall, the first week went really well. The meals were great and both Andrew and I lost some weight! WHEE!

Week 1 Breakfasts

With the Fit Girl’s Guide, the breakfasts for week 1 are overnight fridge oats. I used to make something like this when I lived in Maryland. What’s super great about this is that you can prep 3 days of breakfasts in one evening. It’s a grab and go breakfast, which is my favorite!


Getting some Overnight Oats ready for Andrew and me

If you’re looking to try overnight oats, here’s a great starting place: Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Happy Thursday!

Square Love

New year, renewed motivation. Last year, Andrew and I didn’t do anything special in January. The year before Andrew and I did Paleo in January. The rest of the Paleo year was great! The rest of last year was a big healthy fail!

This year, I told Andrew I wanted to do a January challenge. This year, we’re doing the Fit Girl Guide’s 28 Day Jumpstart. Right now, we’re on Day 2. So far, it’s been good…all two days. I’m so excited to be doing a challenge in January. I feel like having a good January really sets us up for a successful year.

Anyway, I just wanted to log on and write something. I’d like to do a weekly update about how the jumpstart is going. We’ll see how that goes :).

Case of the Blahs

I seem to have successfully lost all motivation today. My triathlon is on Sunday and right now I just don’t care. Today I wanted to do a couch 2 5k day and maybe do a swim workout afterward. I’m just finding it extremely difficult to muster up the energy to follow through with it. I even know I need to workout because I haven’t been eating very well and working out will help me turn that around.

Andrew is napping, but maybe when he gets up he’ll want to go to the gym with me. If someone else were going to the gym with me, I would be more motivated. Sigh.

Also, I hate Xbox Music. The UI is screwed and doing what should be an easy task, like searching for a sing and adding it to a playlist, is quite complex and difficult. Stupid Xbox Music. #bitter

Couch to couch

Last night I did another day of Couch 2 5k. I had missed a couple days so I was actually hoping that I could do two workouts back to back. That did not work. I was pretty exhausted after the first workout. However, during the first workout the TV on my treadmill was turned to the Disney Channel. I watched the last half hour of Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I’m not joking. Just like a good Disney should, everything ended happily. I was quite surprised to see Piper Perabo and Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie though. Oh well. Anyway, although I didn’t get my “block” workout done, I felt awesome about completing another day of Couch 2 5k. 


In other news, I’ve started swimming again and it is AWESOME! Pro Club has a Master’s swim team, so I can go to swim practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thursday is stroke day and I haven’t been able to make it to a Thursday practice yet, but someday. I still need to get some practice in for open water swimming; it’s so different from pool swimming!

Sometime soon I’ll be making some fresh pesto since our basil is doing quite well. Some of the stalks have tried to flower, so I need to trim everything back and get new growth.

First 12-mile ride

This past weekend Andrew returned from his most recent trip. We haven’t spent a lot of time together yet because he was pretty exhausted from all of the travel. However, we did spend Sunday morning together. He’s really excited that I signed up for my tri and we went on a bike ride this weekend.

bikeride7-14We did a 12-mile bike ride to make sure I could do one for the tri. We started off very slow because we were on a gravel road. Halfway through we moved onto the road and that felt so much better! I’m not a big fan of riding my road bike on gravel/dirt roads, so I was nervous about it. Our route was enjoyable and I can change so it’s road the whole time. I’ll definitely be doing it again during training. While I usually go about 18-20 miles in spin class, riding outdoors is very different. I’d like to get my time down to 45 minutes for 12 miles. I haven’t ridden outside very much, so I’m not sure if that’s a reasonable

Speaking of training, tomorrow I’m going to go to my first master’s swim team practice in Redmond. I’m pretty excited about that! I haven’t gone to a master’s swim practice since I lived in Colorado. A few weeks ago I was swimming more. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up on some level. I love swimming, but I’m always nervous I’ll be the slowest swimmer and I’ll cause problems for the group.

Overall, I’ve been feeling good about eating and working out. Big yay! Maybe having a race to train for is good for me. We’ll find out!

Big-ish Thoughts

I’m still doing alright with my re-entry into healthiness. Yesterday I went to a spin class and felt great. Spin just has a way of making me feel good and the instructor on Sunday is really good. So it’s an overall really positive experience. Yesterday I took Whiskey for a couple of pretty big walks and she was definitely tired. I decided to explore Nike Park; one of the trails ends close to our apartment complex. It felt like it was an uphill hike for most of it. It was really gorgeous though and Whiskey definitely enjoyed it. Even though we were in Redmond and I had cell signal the whole time and nothing is going to be so far away that I couldn’t have called a cab, I was a little nervous about getting lost my first time exploring the trails. I took one route and found the park-y part of the park (grassy area, play ground, basketball courts) and I’m excited to try the other trails as well. My FitBit registered lots of steps yesterday, so that’s good. And here are some cute photos of Whiskey in Nike Park 🙂





Moving on from what a great and responsible pet provider I am, I’ve been thinking some big-ish thoughts lately (lately as of Saturday) about where I want to go next in my healthy life. I found out on Saturday that my trainer is moving on to her next career opportunity. I’ve loved working with her, so I hope the very best for her in the next chapter of her career. However, this leaves an open spot in my fitness life. I’m thinking I might want to take a break from personal training for awhile and explore some group class options at Pro Club. I do a lot of spinning, but I want to branch out. I’m hoping that pushing myself out of my comfort zone for a bit (even if it’s for an hour long fitness class) will be fun. I’m also thinking that I might write some reviews of the classes that I take. Both for me to keep track of which classes and instructors I like, but also in case anyone in the Redmond/Seattle area is wondering about classes. In addition, I’m starting Couch 2 5K over, so I’ll be doing that as well.

So that’s my plan: Couch 2 5K, try new classes, write about them. That sounds good, right?

The Danger Zone

The past few months I’ve been running hot and cold with my healthy living journey. When something external happens that stresses me out, it is the first thing to go. Even though I know it shouldn’t be! So, after a few weeks of whining and being super lazy, I’m back at it. Today I made a to do list with meal planning and working out at the top.  Today I worked out for the first time in a while. I’m back at the beginning of Couch 2 5K. I’ve never been a runner and for the most part I really hate it. However, it’s different cardio from spinning and I have an app on my phone that has all the intervals. I don’t have to think all that much to do it, which is always something I want from going to the gym. As an added bonus, running doesn’t require any extra equipment, even though I go to the gym and run on the treadmill. I also made some notes for what I want to eat this week. There’s some mozzarella in the fridge that needs to be used up, so that’s a recurring theme for my meals.

I’ve worked out and I’ve meal planned (roughly), but what I really want to write about is the Danger Zone. The Danger Zone is days 4-14 of getting back into the swing of things when I really need to stay on top of my work outs and my eating. It really stems from patience and motivation. More specifically, my lack of it! After eating healthily and working for a few days (even just one), I want to be able to see a real difference. You know, a 10-pound difference. I’m just so impatient! I constantly forget that my body needs 1-2 weeks to actually process the good things I’ve done for it. I want the results now!  It makes it extremely hard for me to not give up after a few days citing “no results.” After about two weeks, I can see the results or at least feel them, so I’ve left the Danger Zone.

To try to combat my lack of patience and to try to increase my motivation during the Danger Zone, I think I’m going to create a vision board. Way back when I lived in Colorado, I had a nifty one that I liked. Since then I’ve been collecting pictures that I like, meaning to put them together. I’ve also gotten out a pair of my jeans that I want to fit into again. I’m going to hang them in the bedroom so I see them in the morning.

Any other tips for surviving the Danger Zone?