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So I’ve been following myfitnesspal for a couple days and I will dedicate an entire post to reviewing it but in short, I’m really enjoying it. I will continue tracking with it for another week or so before ending my ww subscription- just to be sure the calorie intake and exercise burn and what not seems on target. I think the extra working out this past week helped out a lot- I was down 1.5lbs! That brings total since about mid-feb. to 8.9lbs. Not as much as I had planned but it is a good loss and I’ll take it and go with it.

Friday was a very productive day- it was my compressed day so I had the whole day off! I’ve been really itching to go for a bike ride lately and I knew Franklin wouldn’t just let me leave him at home, so I took him for a walk- just a 1.3 mile loop near the apartment, but I think it was enough to get him sleepy again (he’s always slightly sleepy anyway). I got back and made my go-to breakfast of a 1 egg, 1 egg white, a 1/2 cup of spinach and about 1/8 cup of broccoli. This time, I threw in some onion and mushroom too. I scrambled it up, sprinkled some Chalula on top and walah. Deliciousness. That and some green tea and I was ready to go. I left Franklin to sleeping in his usual recliner and headed out. It was a pretty nice day– not too hot, not too cold. I was hoping to ride the Mount Vernon bike path to Mt. Vernon (about 9 miles or so from our apartment), however when I got down the path a ways I noticed that it was completely blocked off because of construction! What’s more, about 1/4 mile out I realized that my tires needed air pretty barely… but I kept going anyway, I ended up biking a total of about 5 miles- nothing too crazy, but it was a lot of hills so still not a terrible work out. I got back to the apartment and Franklin was sitting there wagging his “tail” (I say “tail” because it’s more of a nubbin).

I spent the remainder of the day cleaning the apartment- moving things out of the rooms, vacuuming, swiffering, wiping down, organizing, washing, cleaning, making beds, and trying to contain Franklin’s toys and bones… he is a spoiled dog! The place looks really good – ready for the walk-throughs that the apartment will undoubtedly do over the next few weeks as they prepare to find new tenants. I took a break to heat up some stir fry that I made the night before for lunch.. I ended up basically working out all day between the walk, the bike ride, and cleaning. Not a bad way to spend your day off- active and accomplishing things! I even had time to prep some things for dinner: homemade roasted red peppers, poached chicken, and rosemary garlic potatoes. All were delicious and I’ll probably post the recipes this weekend. We ended up making red pepper, chicken, and mozzarella grilled paninis and rosemary garlic potatoes for dinner. Awesome.

Today we got up fairly early and did Level 1, Day 7 of JM’s Shred. Still intense and painful and I still am terrible at push-ups and find myself doing the altered versions of them, but overall I feel like I am improving on all of the exercises– and my stamina seems to be improving immensely. 3 more days of Level 1 and then it’s on to Level 2! After working out, we made breakfast (1 egg + veggies and chalula with a fruit smoothie for me and 3 eggs + veggies, sausage, and a fruit smoothie for Andrew). We headed out to Calvert Cliffs around 11AM— it’s state park in Maryland on the bay where you can hunt for fossils and shark teeth. I have been twice before during college and was excited to go back— my how much it has changed. The beach is so much shorter and skinnier, half the cliffs are right up to the ocean— where there used to be wide beach front. We did however, find some shark teeth, some skate teeth, some cool shells, and a some cool fossils. Unfortunately, our exploration of the beach was cut short due to a huge thunderstorm with lightening and thunder. The hike was about 4 miles roundtrip- not too bad for a Saturday. The trail actually runs right along a wetland area and there are a lot of wooden bridges, birds, beavers, etc. We’ll have to visit again!!

So here we are- finally clean, dry, warm, and relaxing on the couch. Grilled cheese and soup for dinner just hit the spot! Tomorrow we’re heading to our new apartment to check some measurements and do some planning– and of course, we’ll head to the grocery store for the week’s supplies. Fantastic Weekend!


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 think the title of this post is very appropriate because it was delicious and yet a major fail…. in some aspects anyway. I ate less than I have during previous Thanksgiving so that’s a plus! However, I did not exercise as much as I had hoped, thus the fail. Also, the cake balls that we made turned out amazingly and I couldn’t put them down. They are super easy to make, just need a little time. You bake a sheet cake, whether from scratch or box, let it cool completely. Then, you pull apart the cake (think using your hands here) and mix it with a container of icing (again you could make homemade). Mix it all up and then roll it into balls, about a quarter in size. You let the balls sit out overnight or if you’re in a rush, you can throw them in a the freezer for a bit. Then, you melt chocolate and dip the balls into the chocolate. Set them aside to cool (wax paper works well). The picture at right shows the process of dipping! Then you just serve them. They turn out so deliciously awesome! For Christmas we’re going to try to make brownie balls with crushed up candy canes or peppermints, just for something a little different.

Anyway, Thanksgiving was a lot of fun and delicious and relaxing. The best part? It SNOWED! First of the year and the whole family was together.  It was also Franklin’s first snow as far as we’re concerned because we don’t know if he has been in the snow before! We took a bunch of pictures, seen below. Dinner was turkey, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, homemade mac/cheese, biscuits, pumpkin bread, banana bread, stuffing… and dessert was cake balls, apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, turtle cheesecake,  and ice cream. Needless to say, there was plenty of food around to munch on.

One of the other cool things that Andrew and I did/were in charge of was the centerpiece for the dinner. We decided to get a little creative. We made a turkey out of a pineapple, red pepper, orange pepper, cheese cubes, grapes, a pear, cloves and whole mess of toothpicks. In addition, we made four eggplant penguins and gave them little pilgrim hats. Something different and fun!

All in all the holiday weekend was very enjoyable. I didn’t stay OP but the new plan starts on November 29 (another blog entry) so I figure what better time to restart the count than now? In addition, we’re working on Christmas presents and costumes for our upcoming 5K so I’ll have to blog more about those ideas later! Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone!

The Start

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I decided to start up a new wordpress blog to talk about my running and my wlj. I had a livejournal page, but I like wordpress better, so here I am.

My old posts can be found at:

Welcome to my site where I’ll talk about running and eating healthy :0)