Andrew and I have been discussing what to do in the event that the Federal Government shuts down next Friday and I am temporarily out of a job. We’ve been discussing making payments for rent in May (we’ll have two rents due during the latter two weeks of the month due to moving), my Verna Butterer Loan being due in June ($3500 eeks), and a everyday expenses. As we’ve been discussing these things, I’ve also been thinking about my lifestyle… my exercising (sometimes lack there of) and my eating/cooking habits. I seem to do really well on the weeks- I enjoy cooking and eating fresh ingredients and have no problem with these things… until the weekend when we/I lose all control. We seem to eat meals out (well take out really) and just completely crash. This needs to change…and we know it and we talk about it, but we have yet to follow up on it. We’re hoping that getting out more to hike and kayak and explore will cut down on this unnecessary spending and eating.

Along with that, I’ve been thinking about food; my struggles with staying “on point” with Weight Watchers, my ability and happiness in starving myself so that I can go out and get a donut… it has finally hit me that this is dumb. I’m not sure why it took so long for me to reach this conclusion, but it did and I accept that. I think instead, the focus should be placed on eating fresher, healthier, (and more sustainable) ingredients and foods. Food as it was intended to be… will I splurge now and then on other types of junk? Probably, that’s part of life… at least my life :0). I am excited for our farm share to begin in May— fresh veggies every weekend and hopefully we’ll get back into canning and preserving!

Anyway, all of these things bring me to thinking that perhaps WW is not a necessary part of weight loss. There are plenty of programs and free tools out there that can do the same thing as WW- what it comes down to is me following a diet plan that will work for me and that I can be successful in following. That being said, I was reading some blogs yesterday and came across “life’s little epiphanies.” It’s a blog by a fellow ww-er who tested tracking on WW for a week along with tracking on I was intrigued but didn’t think much of it since there are 100s of “tracking” websites out there. Well, I took a look around and it seemed pretty interesting and cool. The most appealing part of the site is that the database contains a lot of great foods- not just some foods, not just a pinch here and a pinch there— but a TON. Plus, users can vote on whether they think the nutritional info is accurate! So I created a profile and am going to try to follow it to see how it goes. I think this will be a good way at not getting hung up on “points” but rather what’s actually going into my body (fat, calories, protein, and carbs). I do wish it also calculated fiber, but I can do that on my own.

I’ll be sure to include a synopsis of how it’s going and what I’m seeing— just wanted to share.


Well, it’s been a week since my last post! I have now been working at my new job for 9 days— I love it! I’m enjoying the projects that I’m working on and it feels great to learn new things and be back in my “niche” so to speak. I really missed the Clean Water Act side of things! Along with work, my food habits have been good for the past week, minus of course, the weekend. I’m attempting to follow the points plus program and it’s going fairly well, although I tend not to count on weekends which is an easy way to slip up and ruin all the hardwork done the rest of the week. Luckily, I got enough activity points this weekend that I could pretty much eat whatever I wanted lol. On Friday, Franklin and I walked into the city from our apartment to meet Andrew for lunch. The entire trip was about 19 Miles. We are out from about 9:15Am until around 5:30PM… it was a day full of exercise… and blisters. Ouch! But it felt good and I’m glad we did it- the weather was absolutely goregous.

The weekend was a rather lazy one which was nice because of the not being able to walk thing, but we didn’t get to go camping which was a bummer. We were successful, however, with planning our meals for the week and going grocery shopping on Sunday. We used up the majority of the ingredients this week and our effort to be less wasteful is definitely not going unnoticed! The refrigerator is looking emptier than usual which is a great feeling! We have some veggies still that will be incorporated into veggie paella on Sunday most likely. We talked about getting dinner from a really good Italian place tonight but instead, opted to make tacos in with some pork that I had slow-cooked with cumin, salt, pepper, lime juice, etc.

Also, on Tuesday, we decided to try out the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Series. It’s basically a workout circuit that consists of three levels. You commit to completing the workout everyday for 30 days… 10 days at each level. The workout is only about 27minutes total which is nice because it’s easy to fit into the day. BUT MAN IS IT TOUGH! It combines cardio, strength, and abs and it’s nonstop always switching up what you are doing to confuse your body and keep your heart rate up. We just finished Day 4 this morning. You can use weights or not depending on how god you are at the program- we’ve trying to use weights but ouchies does it make you sore! We’re enjoying it though, so  more on that as we hopefully, stick with it!

I’m hoping to get back into running training again. I would like to do a 5K in the next two months which should be doable and then train for a half marathon within the next year… take it slow so that I don’t injur myself and stay motivated :0) This morning we weighed ourselves again. Although I’m still frustrated about Andrew losing weight, I wasn’t as frustrated today :0) Stupid boys!

I am happy to be down 1.9lbs. That’s about two pounds for last week and this week. Now I know I can do this!!

I really love glee. It is fantastic. In the most recent episode, they wrote two of their own songs for Regionals competition. One of the songs is called, “Loser Like Me.” It is awesome and a feel good type of “bring it, I can handle anything” song. Anyway, the title of this post is a line from that song (I know, grammar, ouuuucccchhhh).

Anyway, I got up this morning and went for a run! I took a dive about 7 minutes out, landed on the cement and rolling into the woodchips. Luckily, it was dark out so not that many people saw it happen. I got up, laughed at myself, turned up the music, and hustled off. I do this fairly frequently, believe it or not. So I got in about 1.5mile jog… everytime I go I realize how out of shape I am, my bmp is WAY too high and I feel WAY too uncomfortable, but I’ve been here before. I know if I keep pushing and slowly pushing further I’ll get better and better and eventually, 2 miles will feel like a short walk. I can’t wait for that feeling again!

I weighed myself this morning too, down two pounds from last week. I’m really happy about it, but I’m frustrated that it’s been about a month and I’ve lost only 5lbs. It used to come off so much faster. DIJFOSIDFJOISDFJOI. :0) I was able to make breakfast this morning and Andrew and I sat down for the second time this week (!) and ate before work. I have off tomorrow and then we’re going camping this weekend! It’s been so long, I’m so excited! Plus, it will be the first time for the pup to go camping, so we’ll see how he does. I’ll provide a full report on Sunday!

Last night, we made a Thai salad with peanut dressing that was adapted from a recipe from the Moosewood cookbook. It was fantastic and pretty easy to make. I’ll get to posting the recipe on my recipe blog soon. By the way, you can visit my recipe blog at: Maybe I’ll add it as one of my pages on this blog, so it’s easier to find. We had the salad along with some rotisserie chicken. Perfect meal. Before bed I threw together some pears, apples, kiwis, honeydew, and grapes so I could bring a green salad to work for people. I’m pretty sure no one ate any though- they’d much rather have green cookies or brownies or cake or something like that. Oh well, at least I tried!

Today is St. Patty’s day, but rather than go out and spend money and drink too much beer, we are going to make TACOS! Yayyyyy! Favorite day of the week! That’s all for now!

The battle between sleep and exercise is epic. It’s constant, it’s mean, it’s stressful, it’s wrong. I’m not saying you need to give up sleeping for exercise. no no no. I’m saying, given that you get a decent night’s sleep and you like to work out in the morning because really, who has the time or energy to workout after work? Yet somehow, when that alarm goes off, you think of 100, no 1000 reasons for not getting out of bed at that moment. Oh, I’ll just snooze once, I’ll fee better. Oh, I’ll just close my eyes for a minute, really what’s the difference between 5:30 and 5:45AM? It’s a blogroll of reasons… inevitably if you don’t get up when you planned, your morning schedule will be screwed up. Something will have to get cut- either the length of your work out, your shower, or your sit-down hot breakfast. AHHHH!

The worst part is, after you get out of bed, wash your face, put your contacts in, throw on some running clothes, lace up your sneakers, and plug in your headphones to your iphone, ipod, mp3, etc. it’s as if you just chugged a cup of coffee. The energy is there, somewhere underneath the cobwebs.

You take a deep breath, you lock the door behind you, you hit the pavement, walking at first to loosen up, then taking off on a jog, music up, cool breeze, and the day still dark. Somehow over the next 20, 30, 40, 60, however many minutes you choose to devote to running, you go from sleepiness to frustration with your pace to anger with your soreness to gasping for breath to slowing down to speeding up and finally, at long last, to a great big smile. That’s right, you got up early, you went for a run, you’re back and you have time to shower, cook breakfast, sit down and eat it and still be out the door to make it to work on time. If the rest of the day is a failure, it doesn’t matter, because you accomplished more before 8AM then most people do by Noon. Congratulations!

Well, as you can probably guess, I got up early this morning. I fought with myself and in the end, my extra pudge convinced me that I needed to get up. I went for a jog, got in about 1.5 miles. It hurt, but as usual, in the end I was ecstatic that I got up and the shower and breakfast made it all worth it! So just remember, push through the sleeping in and exercise!

It always feels good to make a dinner plan for the week, go grocery shopping, come home with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and make that first homemade healthy dinner. There’s such a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! Tonight was one of those nights :0)

The new job started today… it went well and by the end of it, I had a computer and phone set-up and working! Now onto the tough stuff- learning what I’m supposed to do and trying to answer questions. I can’t wait- I feel like a just graduated from undergrad student who just started at my first big career job… unfortunately, I’m a few years older (you know, 5 years older…). I’ve had that “new job feeling” three times… and each time it feels just as good! My coworkers from when I worked over there before set-up a little lunch get together and they all brought in pie for pie day. So, we had pizza, key lime pie, fruit tarts, mini whoopie pies…and salad (my original lunch plan haha). It was a good day.

After work we went for a jog/walk to try to loosen up the muscles because it’s been a while. We also went to Men’s Warehouse so Andrew could get measured for his suit for Austin and Mariah’s Wedding- so exciting! We picked up the pup from doggie daycare and we even got the week for free because we posted reviews of Your Dogs Best Friends online! Not too shabby. We stopped by PetSmart to get some more pup food, some treats for the pup and of course, crickets for Roxy!

For dinner we made veggie grinders and Brazilian Black Bean Soup. It was a delicious combo!! I’ll try to post the recipe tomorrow- it’s already after 10PM and I’m sleeeeeeeepy. What a fantastic day!

Blurry but delicious- Roasted Veggie Grinder and Brazilian Black Bean Soup

1 egg, 1 egg white, broccoli, spinach, chalula = awesome

So, my agreement with myself worked out! I woke up early on Tuesday and went for a run. I did 2 miles (run/walk to be fair). I am really out of shape, but it felt great.  Jazzed from my work out, I returned to the apartment, hopped in the shower and even made breakfast! My new favorite breakfast is 1 egg, 1 eggwhite, chopped up broccoli and spinach. I steam the broccoli and spinach until the spinach wilts and the broccoli lightens up a bit (haha) and then throw in the eggs scrambled; it’s more of a veggie scramble than eggs with veggies, but it’s delicious. To top it off, I throw on some Chalula (hot sauce but better) and wahla! This particular morning, I also had a piece of toast that I sprinkled with garlic and broiled. The result is pure awesomeness. And that was all before 7:15AM!

Work this week has been nuts. It’s my last week in my current office (moving to my old office!) so I’ve been wrapping up a lot of projects and trying to get as much done as I can before I leave… that being said, I’ve been working until 7:15 and 8:20 (two of the evenings). Regardless of working the long hours, I’ve been eating healthily (is that a word?) and drinking lots of water and yet this morning, I was up from last week on the scale. As if that’s not frustrating enough, Andrew weighs himself and he is DOWN 2 pounds!!!! He didn’t work out at all! oifjaosidjfoisadjfi. I told him we were in a disagreement (haha). No, it’s awesome for him, but you have to understand, when you are ensuring that your working out (I also exercised Saturday and Sunday) and you are eating healthy, you get frustrated when the love of your life eats normally and doesn’t work out and those are the results! I’m not frustrated with him, obviously! I’m frustrated with myself and the whole guys vs. girls getting healthier. Is it that it’s just easier for guys to lose weight? Hrmph. I’ll just have to work harder this week.

On to the weekend!

– Friday: may or may not have friends over for dinner, they’re checking schedules and what not. Either way, I will be having a beer to celebrate the end of my current job

– Saturday: in the morning we’re going to go to Del Ray Central Apartments (where we’re moving in May) to sign our lease! Then we’re headed into Fado Irish Pub (where my really good friend works) for St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser. It’s to raise money for children with cancer. Guys raise money to shave their heads and girls typically cut their hair and donate it for a wig (if they can) or they may shave, who knows. Anyway, Andrew and I are going to be shaving people’s heads and helping out. So, we’ll end up with tshirts and beer… I’ll just have to not drink that many beers!

– Sunday: not sure what the plan is, but it will involve grocery shopping probably…  and of course exercise (along with Saturday)


So, here’s to successes and frustrations… part of life!

Well, I didn’t make it to the gym today. Blah. My alarm went off at 5:30AM, I felt like crap and I hit the snooze button over and over until 6:30. Funny thing is, I got up at 6:30. Not to go to the gym, just to get up. I took a shower, I got ready for work, I probably would have had time to make breakfast! Argh- I think I got up because I felt guilty about missing the gym. To make up for it, I took my running gear; pants, shirt, under armor, watch, heart rate monitor, new sneakers… the whole shabang to work with me. My thought? I can squeeze in a work out in the afternoon- I mean, I’m going to have to stay late anyway!

Here I sit 13.5 hours later, at my desk at home. Dinner is cooking, I left work at 7:15PM, I didn’t make it to the gym. My knees and ankles are sore, my brain is tired, and my throat is full of glass. I’m spent. I feel like I don’t have time for anything these days— and what’s worse, it’s already 8:45PM! By the time I eat dinner, it will be past my bedtime! I didn’t even get a chance to eat lunch today. oh whoa is me! haha.

As a result of not going to the gym this morning, I have decided to give something up for Lent even though I don’t celebrate it.. sort of as punishment. Drum roll please…. I am giving up Chinese Food. That’s right, for 40 days I will refrain from ordering Chinese food. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do it, but I must. Something needs to change and I need to get my butt to the gym.

Dinner tonight- Burgers and roasted brussel sprouts. Delicious.

Gym: 1 Meghan: 0

Round II. ding ding ding