Monday, November 19, 2012

Another Year

My birthday was the week before Thanksgiving, but I'm just now posting about it. :) For my birthday trip I went to North Carolina to do the Color Run with a friend. It was a quick trip, but so worth it!! We got workouts in everyday, for which me (and my trainer) were glad. Here was the itinerary:

Wednesday - Flight Left KC @ 6:00am (not sure who booked that... good grief). Arrived around 11:30, so had the whole day to do wander. We walked around Old Salem (Winston-Salem is where I was staying) and enjoyed the warm weather! Then we walked around the downtown and had dinner at a brewery - and it was FABULOUS!!!

Thursday - Went on a little hike (ALL up-hill). It was 2.6 miles by the time we finished, but it felt like more! There were so many stairs and all up-hill going to the top, so I was proud of myself for finishing!!

Hanging Rock - View from the Top
At the top! Whew!!! It was hard, I'm not going to lie. 
Friday - We spent the day in Mayberry. :) Not really Mayberry, but it's a town called Mount Airy. The homeplace of Andy Griffith and what he used as the basis for Mayberry. We went to the Andy Griffith museum, the old jail, and just walked around the downtown looking at all the little shops. 

Saturday - COLOR RUN DAY!!!! We left the house at 7:30am for the drive to Charlotte. I was a little annoyed because we had bought fun tights and shorts, but mine didn't fit. :(  Oh well - it was fun, no matter what I was wearing. Haha!! The run was ok... I started out running more than I normally do, until I hit the first hill. And then another hill... and then I just walked. My legs hurt for days afterwards because of all the hills! After the run, they give everyone packets of color and we all stood in a big circle and threw it ... Having to fly out that afternoon definitely made it interesting. :)

After the run we found a rest area so I could change clothes and kind of wash the color off. I kept ducking so I wouldn't get so much on my face. Then we found a great sushi restaurant in downtown, Charlotte so we had some lunch before I flew out. My flight left at 5pm, but I was at the airport at 3 (my friend is a nurse and to be at work that night). Flew to Atlanta where I had a three hour layover, and then on to KC - where I arrived at 11pm. That was a long evening of travel and my legs were a tad sore after sitting for so long. :)

Oh, I almost forgot - here are the Color Run before and after pictures. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Friend

This last week was my birthday and I took a little trip to Charlotte - more about that later.

About a month ago I told my mom that I wanted a FITBIT. So... While in Charlotte I bought one. And I love it!!!!! It tracks steps, stairs, distance, calories, and even sleep. I sync it with myfitnesspal to create one big online tool. Maybe now that I have a better idea of what I burn, the scale will move!!

What online tools do you use?

Sunday, November 11, 2012


It's almost mid-November. Still struggling with the same goals, and with the holidays coming, it's going to get worse before it gets better. I'm slowly coming to terms that IT'S OK! The weather has been dreary today, so I'm getting ready to do another basement workout.

My basement workout:  50 crunches, 50 push ups, 30 squats (10 regular, 20 one-legged), 2 minutes on the stairs, and 2 minutes running laps. Definitely got my heart rate up and I was a little sore this morning when I woke up. Tonight I'll be adding bicep curls, jumping jacks, timing a plank to see how long I can go.

Anyway - I digress. My question tonight is do you measure your food or do you eyeball it? I've been trying to measure using my hand, but I think I might have to start using the measuring cups for a more accurate calorie count. Whether you use MFP or another online tool, just curious how you judge how MUCH you have.

In other news, I got an email that my first Nature Box shipped yesterday!! I've been so ecstatic waiting for it, I can't wait!! If you're interested, put me down as a referral and I'll get a free box and you'll get 25% off your first order! I'm excited to have new and healthy snacks to try because snacking is always my downfall.

Time to hit the workout and prepare workout schedule for another week! Have a good one!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I concentrate a lot on gym time, but I realize that what you put in your body is 90% of the process. If you eat garbage, but workout, it's not going to matter.

My question today is:

What is one food you eat now, that you never thought you would?

This is a big one for me. I've recently started eating beans. I hate beans. Chili - less beans, please. I blew today out of the water (in a bad way). I ate out all three meals - there goes that goal.

Breakfast: Egg McMuffin and hot chocolate (420 calories)
Lunch: Cantina Burrito from Taco Bell (760 - should have gotten the bowl, but oh well)
Dinner: Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad from McDonalds (320)

Lunch and dinner contained black beans. And I didn't pick them out. I consider this a small progress and will now need to look up some recipes so I can start incorporating them into my diet!

Another one I never thought I would eat is asparagus, but now I eat it all the time! I love it in a little EVO with peppers. YUM-O! I'm channeling Rachael Ray. :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What I hate

I had a moment tonight at the gym.
  • I hate that I can't give up sweets. I go for a day or two, but always go back. Frustrating.
  • I hate that when the gym gets crowded, I freak out. It's not a panic attack, but I hate when there's so many people.
  • I hate that I work my butt off to no end and the scale still hasn't moved.
I'm going to an endocrinologist in December - one that also specializes in metabolism - to see if there's something else going on in my body hormonally as to why the weight isn't coming off. I'm also getting labs done in December, where I will inquire with my doctor further about some other things I've discovered. We shall see. I know it's a process and it's not going to happen over night. But it's getting the point of beyond frustrating for me.

Sometimes I wonder why I should even be strict with myself if it's not going to pay off in the end? I know it's healthier for my heart, etc., etc.

Wow. Off to bed. I'll try again tomorrow... as usual. Thanks for sticking with me. :)