Bridge to 10K – Day One + School and Other Tidbits

I downloaded a free app that has the same running program as the Bluefin Software one (which costs $2.99 *without the GPS which is $.99 extra*) and I used it this morning. I wasn’t a huge fan. I guess because I was used to the style and polish of the Bluefin app, it couldn’t really compete. Plus there was no journal, that I could see, or a way to evaluate your previous runs, which is a shame. So I bought the Bluefin one, because I’m a loser, and I input my data from my run into that one, even though I didn’t use it, and I got this: Continue reading

Pasta Forever


I could eat pasta every day, for every meal, for the rest of my life and never be tired of it. With sauce, with olive oil, with butter, with meat, without meat, but always with cheese. Spaghetti, linguine, farfalle, mostaccioli, tagliatelle, you name it, I love it. It is by far and away my number one trigger food, and is likely the cause of many a downward spiral in my dieting plans. This is not a tale of how to overcome trigger foods. I don’t know how to do it. Maybe one day I’ll be able to just eat one serving and walk away, but today is not that day. Continue reading

Ugh, Seriously?


So Sunday morning is the day that I usually weigh in and track my progress on myfitnesspal. Well, this morning my scale said that I gained weight. Surely that can’t be true. I’ve done really well this past week, and when I’ve sneaked peeks throughout the week I was on the right track. But sure enough, it said I gained. Then I thought I would look at my measurements since muscle weighs more than fat but it’s leaner. Praying that I would at least see a decrease in those, I headed over to the other room and took a look. Nope. “Gained” on those numbers too. Continue reading

You Can’t Win Them All

Keep Getting Up

So I slept in today, probably as a result of the margaritas we had last night. One of our good friend’s birthday was on Wednesday and we all went out to dinner last night to celebrate. Last year her and I had a joint birthday dinner extravaganza because our birthdays are a week apart, but this year we kept it separate. Probably because it got a little too rowdy last year… Anyway, I digress. Since I slept in, I didn’t go out for my normal before breakfast Saturday run. I was thinking that I wasn’t going to go at all, but then I looked at everyone’s posts on facebook talking about how they love the weather. So I look up our weather and see that it’s only 72 outside so I decide to go, even though I’ve already eaten breakfast and it’s 12:30. Continue reading


Punch It!

You guys – I am so close to running a full fledged 5k. SO CLOSE. I ran 35 minutes this morning, plus about 5 minutes before and after for warmup and cooldown. I also made sure this morning to stretch out my legs and at least get some blood flowing in them before I stepped outside. I’m not sure if that was what made the difference, but I think this morning was the best my legs felt as far as muscle soreness. But boy oh boy do they get cramped up quick when I get home. I stretched a lot when I got home and after the shower I strapped some ice to my legs to start that process. I really think the ice is helping, even if this is what I look like on the way into work: Continue reading

Here Comes the Bug


So I’m laying in bed this morning, dragging ass and generally not being ready for life, when Joel points out my bug bites from his mom’s house this weekend. Bug bites are nothing new to me. No matter what method I try to take to outsmart them, they find me. And I hate them. But these ones didn’t itch and they didn’t look all that abnormal to me, so I said I was good. As you can see above, nothing too crazy. Continue reading

Just Keep Going


So I decided to get a jump on my day by making sure I got a run in this morning. This was risky because: 1. It’s only been one rest day since my previous run, and 2. It’s still not quite light out when I head out in the mornings. Both things ended up being okay and I had another great run. I’m really working on finding my stride and being able to hold myself on these journeys. Continue reading

Almost There!

I meant to update after my last run on Tuesday but it just didn’t pan out. Let me tell you a little about each one.

Tuesday’s run was a bit of a struggle. I did it in the evening, around 8PM after eating dinner. Normally I don’t like to leave my workout until the end of the day because I know there’s a chance that I won’t be able to get it in. But with my working full time these next two weeks, and not having the motivation to get up in the morning, that’s just the way it’s been going. So I went out for my run and the weather was nice enough. Continue reading

Part of My Journey


It was very humbling for me to realize one day, that the reason I was so uncomfortable in class was not the obnoxious desks or terrible lighting, but the fact that my pants were a size too small. In the summer of 2010 I was doing really well on Weight Watchers, had lost 30 lbs, and I had hit a plateau. I was unmotivated, I stopped tracking, and I didn’t want to make time to plan and eat properly or get my butt moving. Then everyone died. Continue reading