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You Can Always Go For A Run, No Matter How Long It Has Been

I was sitting on the couch tonight (I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, hence no Gross Gets Fit blogging), and had the now unfamiliar urge to go for a run. So I did.

I didn’t start over on a Couch to 5K program, or pull up a training program, or map out a route. I dug out my running clothes, laced up my shoes, asked my husband to join me, and walked out the door.

I didn’t have a plan, or expectation, other than I wanted to run. So I ran. I stopped to walk a few times, but more often than not, I ran. Runners would call it a fartlek, I guess. I set a goal of how far I would run each segment, and sometimes added a stretch goal, and I hit every. single. one.

I wasn’t fast. I didn’t go incredibly far. But I did exactly what I set out to do, and I felt really good about it.

After logging the workout in Nike+, I realized that it had been exactly 5 months since my last run. A lot happened during those 5 months. I planted the garden. I harvested most of the garden. I finished my dissertation, defended it, and became Dr. Gross. My husband took a new job. We put in an offer on a new house. We put our house up for sale (still waiting for it to sell). I did complete my first 20+ mile group bike ride, but after that my fitness efforts fell pretty flat.

Many of us have been here. A lot of us (myself included) have been here many times. We have to soldier on. We have to commit to sustainable lifestyle changes and work to engrain those habits into our daily life forever. I’m work in progress, but I’m happy with how today went.

Run Photo with husband 2.25 miles

A Runner Starts Over: Day 2

It’s absolutely gorgeous outside. 60+ degrees, sunshine, birds chirping, slight breeze. Great day for a run, right? Not for someone who has spent the last few months “detraining” (shout out to Lisa for posting that link on Facebook). Today was Week 1, Day 2 of the 5K Runner program. The workout looks simple: 5 min warmup, eight 1 min run/1.5 min walk intervals, 5 min cooldown. It was not.

5 minute warmup? Piece of cake. (mmm… cake.)

The first running interval was fine. The second one was ok. The third one was manageable. Every single one after that was quite difficult. However, by the looks of the pace chart, I wasn’t losing much steam on them, which is good.

April 15 Pace Chart

I’m kind of second-guessing myself that I somehow only did 7 intervals, but I think the longer one in the beginning is two intervals in one, somehow. The time matches up for me to have gotten them all in. A thought ran through my mind while I was running the final interval that is almost too embarrassing to share, but here it goes: The one-minute interval literally felt as hard as the last straightaway of my half marathon. In the race, I had been running for over 3 hours at that point in direct sun. Today, I’d been doing intervals for about 24 minutes. Sheesh.

April 15 Run Photo

And that is how I feel about that. Maybe it has something to do with the massive amount of cheese curds I mindlessly ate yesterday afternoon. If it wasn’t for the activity I’ve gotten this week, I’d be “in the red” on my Weight Watchers points, but thanks to Activity Points, I’m barely hanging on.

Speaking of activity, I have a new toy for cross training! Aaron and I went and looked at bikes on Monday night, and we each found one that we liked. They were crazy busy that night and they needed to install some stuff on mine (light, water bottle holder, kickstand—those don’t come standard anymore!), so I picked them up yesterday afternoon. Aaron was gone all night at boot camp and soccer, so I went out for a solo ride to break it in.

I meant to spend most of my time on the Lake Country Trail, which is paved and almost completely flat, but the section near my house is under construction. Once I realized this, I turned around and decided to bike around Lac la Belle instead. We have so many beautiful lakes by our house … I look forward to exploring them by bike this summer.

April 14 Bike Photo

I took a pit stop around the halfway mark to snap a picture. I may have also swallowed a bug. Biking around the lake turned out to be a bit less flat than my planned trail route, so I got a lot of practice switching gears. Any experienced area cyclists will probably laugh reading this, but any incline is new to this biker!

One nice thing about the bike is I can cover so much distance, and I know I can expect to speed up over time. Here’s what last night’s ride looked like.

April 14 Bike Map

Sadly, I’m almost at the end of my staycation. We’ll close it out with a visit to the Crafty Cow tonight so Aaron can try some special beers on tap, and then it’s back to work tomorrow. But just for two days!

Starting Over: 5K Running Plan

Well, I did it. I started over today. I re-downloaded the 5K Runner app and did Week 1, Day 1. When I texted Aaron, I referred to it as a “run” in quotation marks because it only includes 6 minutes of running. But nonetheless, I ran. I’m not going to lie – putting on my running clothes, which were meant to fit someone that weight about 10 pounds less, was not fun. But I really could care less what people think about me as I run around the neighborhood.

Run Photo April 13 2015

The 5K Runner plan only calls for 3 runs per week, so this should put me on a schedule of running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This should be doable because those are the days I work from home. I’m still going to strive for 30 minutes of activity every day (last night Aaron and I took a 45-minute walk), and I think walking can get just a wee bit boring … so we’re going to the bike store tonight. Stay tuned to see what we pick up.

Staycation Day #1 has been pretty low-key so far. I didn’t get out of bed until 8:00, and then I cooked up a big pot of steel cut oatmeal and blueberries—enough for 6 breakfasts. When combined with a cup of skim milk, that’s a 6-PointsPlus day with a whole grain, fruit and dairy. I’ll stick with this until I head to the farm this weekend to get some more eggs. I read some magazines, wandered through the garden, and cleaned up the kitchen. For lunch I experimented with a mason jar salad, since I really don’t eat enough salads but love them when they’re made well. Using what I had on hand, I made a red wine & chive vinaigrette (first harvest from the garden!), grilled up a salmon burger, hydrated some dried cherry tomatoes, grated some carrots, and snagged some greens. I mixed it all up and it was quite tasty. I’m going  to head to the store later and get fixings for salads for both Aaron and I to eat all week. I’m planning to make two kinds—chicken/bacon/tomato/ranch and chicken/pear/blue cheese/ginger vinaigrette. The ranch dressing will be made with fat-free greek yogurt and buttermilk, so it’s only 1 PointPlus. I’ll try to remember to take a photo when I get them put together.

The 5K Runner app provides inspirational quotes after each run. You might think it’s cheesy, but I really liked what it gave me today. Some of us have to start our long journeys more than once.

The longest journey begins with a small step taken by a brave person. That's you!Since I’m focusing on getting back to where I was in terms of fitness, and then moving into territory I haven’t traversed before, I think I’m going to look back on what I was doing one year before each of my posts. Between my blog and the TimeHop app, I should always be able to figure it out. So, without further adieux…

One year ago: April 13, 2014

I ran a lovely morning 10K while on a business trip in Reno, NV. It was a personal PR for that distance.

April 13 Run Photo

A Barefoot Run Through Chicago Streets

My husband and I have been married for four years! To celebrate our anniversary, we took a short overnight trip to Chicago. We had traveled to the Windy City for one reason—to eat a fabulous, multi-course meal at Alinea. We’ve been dreaming of eating at this restaurant since we met, and we’d finally convinced ourselves to spend money on a reservation.

Not only are reservation at Alinea expensive, but they are pre-paid. The confirmation specifically says that you may not be seated if you arrive more then 30 minutes after your reservation time. So, while we were sitting in gridlock traffic in the cab on Friday night, watching the minutes tick by, we got a little nervous. We had 5:30 reservations, and the cab dropped us off at about 5:38.

We didn’t see the restaurant when he dropped us off, but I didn’t worry about that. I’d read (admittedly, years ago), that the restaurant was extremely understated and a bit hard to find. But quickly, we realized something was wrong. There were no restaurants here. There really wasn’t anything around us. I was so confused. I called the restaurant, but could only get their answering service.

We asked a guy at a bus stop where the restaurant was, and he pointed us to the south. We started walking, and I got more and more nervous. We were in a dark, fairly unlit area. I was wearing a black cocktail dress and bright read HIGH heels. Aaron was in a full suit. It was 5:45. We paid a guy in a pedi cab to take us a few blocks. We still saw nothing. Aaron pulled out his phone and realized I had made a gigantic mistake. When putting the address into my phone (I had organized everything with TripIt), I’d dropped a 1. We were at 723 N. Halsted. Alinea was at 1723 N. Halsted. It was now 5:50. Fuck (pardon my language, but that was my state of mind).

The slightly crazy guy driving our pedi cab couldn’t get anywhere because cars were in the bike lanes. We decided that we would run towards the restaurant, 1.2 miles away, until we found a cab. I put my shoes in one hand and my phone in the other (in case the restaurant called), and took off, barefoot, towards the restaurant. Did I mention it was about 25 degrees outside?

I ran, keeping my eyes on the ground because I was acutely aware that glass or some other unsafe objects could be in the street. Aaron wanted to run ahead (he’s a much faster runner than me), but I informed him that no reservation was worth enough to leave his wife on a strange Chicago street, barefoot. We ran some more, passed by several cabs that were unavailable. I tried to get a stranger to open his car window so I could offer him $20 to drive us half a mile. He wouldn’t even roll down the window. More running.

The neighborhood transitioned, and I told Aaron I was comfortable with him running ahead. He took off, and I kept running at my penguin pace. Now, in the street with traffic, because the sidewalk was under construction. After a few more blocks, I had to stop because I could feel a rock digging into my foot. I looked at  the bottom of my foot and realized that I had torn multiple holes in my nylons, and if I kept going they’d be ripped/running up to my knees. I looked up, and saw Aaron coming my way. I put my shoes on and took a deep breath, not wanting to hear the bad news.

Aaron had made it to the restaurant around 6:06. It would have been perfectly appropriate for the staff, knowing their rules, to turn them away. After they got over the shock of a man in a suit sprinting into the restaurant, they assured him that they would honor the reservation. I had about two blocks of walking to catch my breath, and we walked into the restaurant and were promptly seated. We of course told our host that we’d literally run to the restaurant because of a cab mistake. He seemed pretty impressed 🙂

Then, we settled into a 15-course meal. Literally, the best meal of my life. And infinitely more memorable because of what it took to get us there. I most definitely earned this dessert, which was presented to us by Grant Achatz, the chef and founder of Alinea.

Dessert at Alinea

And, in case you’re curious what running a mile down the street in nylons will do to your feet…

Dessert at Alinea

Running Into Fall

Fall is here! We are getting frost warning, the tomatoes have finally stopped coming out of the garden (only because I pulled up the plants today), and the humidity is long gone. So, I figured it was a good day to go for a run, since I hadn’t in … almost 8 weeks.

Wow, I really didn’t realize it had been that long.

October 5 Run Photo

October 5 Pace Chart

I was really cruising for the first mile, but then I lost it (mostly mentally, not physically) for the rest of the run. I had to get this one out of the way though, because the 10K training plan I programmed into my phone in August starts tomorrow. It could have been worse.

My mom started running last week. She ran 5 miles this morning, at a faster pace than me. Looks like I have someone to catch.

Goal Progress

In August, I made some goals, then promptly forgot about most of them. Oops. Let’s recap:

  • Run 3x per week for the next four weeks (until I leave on vacation), with a minimum of 5 miles per week. Yeah, umm … I ran exactly zero times. I honestly think I forgot about this goal the day after I wrote it.
  • Complete Stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting For Women program by the end of October. This requires starting when I return from vacation. This can be accomplished if I modify it. I didn’t start as soon as I got back (I was super lazy when I got back), but I could accomplish it by mid-November if I start this week. I’m going to open the book up as soon as I finish this post.
  • Complete an 8-week training program for my first official 10K. I’ll use the Nike+ beginner coach and start on October 6 for my November 30 goal race (The Big Chill). I remembered that this starts tomorrow. I’ll consider that a good start.

I don’t think I’ll be running the 6-race winter race series either. The more I think about it, the more I don’t want to commit to running in snow, hail, rain, whatever. I’m still going to sign up for my goal 10K (which is part of the series), but I’ll just run for fun this winter and sign up for races if I feel like it.

Vacation Recap

I went on a two-week, largely all-inclusive vacation, ate and drank everything I wanted, and came back just one pound heavier. I will consider that a success! We walked a lot (averaged approximately 15,000 steps per day), biked 16 miles and climbed the hill of doom, and generally were very active. I think if I hadn’t gotten in the habit of drinking a lot of all-inclusive calories (mostly hot chocolate and flavored coffee drinks), I would have come home even … or maybe even down.

I must say, this vacation was very different from our other two trips to Europe. I wasn’t tired all the time, I didn’t balk at large climbs or seemingly unending steps, and I chose to do things (like bike along the Danube) that I never would have done before. At times I even wished I had brought my running shoes, because our boat often docked right along a nice riverfront path, which would have made running in a strange city/country a breeze. Next time. 🙂

Speaking of next time—it’s not finalized, but we’re seriously considering another cruise somewhere in the world that would be VERY hot and humid, and I know that I need to be in tip top shape to do that. This vacation would occur over Christmas/New Years 2015. Whether we take this trip or not, I’m hoping/planning to be 30 pounds lighter by then. That would definitely help if I need to be in skimpy clothes all day long.

I Won’t Leave You Hanging

Now that the dreaded humidity is gone, the garden is almost put to bed, and vacation is over, it’s time to put some more effort into my fitness goals. I’ve got some blogs to catch up on that I haven’t been reading over the summer (I miss you guys!), but I’ll catch up, and I hope we can all work towards a happy, healthy holiday season together.

It Appears I Can Still Run

Forgive me Internet, for I have slacked. It’s been twenty days since my last run. In case you haven’t caught on, it turns out I’m not a giant fan of summer running. But, tonight I was driving home from work listening to Half Size Me, and I just felt lazy. So I decided to get out on the pavement and see what I had in me. It was a gorgeous night (66 degrees, clear, no wind). I put on one of my new Columbia skirts (with shorts underneath), tuned into my Spotify workout playlist, and took off. I was feeling good, and I decided to just go a mile and push it fairly hard.

I hadn’t run a mile under 14:00 since June 15. That day, my first mile was 13:24 and my pace plummeted by over a minute for the next two miles. But tonight, I ran a mile in 13:38. Just the confidence booster I needed.

August 12 Run Photo


My husband is currently downstairs setting up the weight bench, and I’m checking out the race schedule for the Great Lakes Multisport Winter Run Series. I did Run Into The New Year last year (coming in pretty darn close to last), and I’m seriously considering doing the entire race series this year. I won a free entry after taking their survey, so I’ll have to see if I can apply it to a series registration.

Basically, I need some stuff to look forward to. It’s pretty obvious that I struggle to keep up my activity if I don’t have a goal. And my last goal vanished in May when I sprained my ankle and had to pull out of Ragnar. I’m very happy that since then I’ve still lost 5 pounds, but it hasn’t been because of my activity. And I haven’t gotten faster, or built up any more endurance. So, here are some candidates for goals, both short-term and long term.

Strong Candidates

(Give me a day or so to think about it, and I think I’ll commit to these.)

  • Run 3x per week for the next four weeks (until I leave on vacation), with a minimum of 5 miles per week.
  • Complete Stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting For Women program by the end of October. This requires starting when I return from vacation.
  • Complete an 8-week training program for my first official 10K. I’ll use the Nike+ beginner coach and start on October 6 for my November 30 goal race (The Big Chill).

Ideal Progress

(If I’m still going strong during the middle of 10K training, I should definitely commit to these.)

  • Run all 6 races of the winter run series (5K or 10K is acceptable).
  • Complete Stages 2-5 of the New Rules of Lifting For Women program by St. Patrick’s Day 2015. Obviously, become super buff.

Rock Star Progress

(This is where I really want to be, but I’ll commit in January.)

  • Run a spring half marathon in less than 3 hours.

Oh, and in addition to all of this I really need to finish my dissertation.

I’ve Run Once This Month

The number of posts on my blog this month is strongly correlated with the number of runs I’ve completed. It’s not a 1:1 correlation, but it’s close.

Yup, I’ve run exactly one time this month. But, there are still 2 days and 6 hours to get that number higher. Maybe I’ll run tonight just to bump it up.

Last week, Mom was visiting and I jumped out of bed around 6:15 a.m. and informed her that we were going for a walk. You see, I run at approximately the pace my mom walks … because Mom is a bad ass. I told her we were going to climb “Mount Oconomowoc,” which is a hill just under a mile from my house.

July 23 Pace & Elevation

Turns out, this “mountain” only has an elevation gain of 130 feet. However, a year ago I couldn’t walk to the top of it without stopping to rest. Now, I walked at a brisk pace after running for a mile.

This was my first run in a month because I’ve been in a love/hate relationship with summer, so I was at my super slow pace—about 15:00 per mile. I’m not concerned about my speed. I’m just happy that I was able to get out and be active with my mom. I even let her be in my post-run selfie.

July 23 Run Photo

Weigh In

It’s Tuesday, and that means weigh in day! I was very happy to see 168 on the scale this morning, which is down 3.5 pounds from last week. My weight has been all over the place this month, but I have a net loss of 2.2 pounds for July—right in line with my .4 pounds per week average. For only getting in one run, that’s pretty darn good. I highly doubt I’m going to meet my goal/dream of being 160 before we go on vacation (in 39 days!) But I can probably get to 165.

Weight Training

After running my half marathon in May, I announced that I wanted to start weight lifting. The only problem was that I didn’t have any weights, or a gym membership. Well, lucky for me one of our neighbors is moving across the country and needs to get rid of their weight bench. In 30 minutes I’m headed over to their house to check it out, but based on the pictures I’ve seen I’m 95% sure I’ll be purchasing it. It’s a bench, bar, weights (up to 45 pounds) and a bunch of rubber flooring tiles. I’m looking forward to digging back into The New Rules of Lifting for Women and actually getting started on the training plan. I know that it’s important to build muscle while losing fat, but I haven’t been doing a very good job at it lately. I’m not sure what effect it will have on the scale, but I don’t really care. More muscle means I burn more calories, which means I can eat more food. And I’m all about eating every possible calorie I can.


Oh, and while I’ve been neglecting this blog, I’ve started another one. Check out The Gross Travel Chronicles if you’re interested in reading about all the fun places my husband and I go. I’m currently summarizing our travel for the last three years, and hopefully I’ll be live-blogging from Europe in September.

5 Days Of Restaurant Meals

Saturday morning, I left my home and drove to the airport, and didn’t return until tonight. While I was gone, I ate 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners in restaurants. I tracked every bite. And I feel really good about it.

Day 1: Saturday

I was traveling for work, and I started with a plan. I brought two hard-boiled eggs, an apple, and a bag of cherries to the airport. Those were my “in-flight meals” instead of pretzels and peanuts. During my lunchtime layover, I chose a grilled kabob sandwich with a giant bowl of fruit instead of the standard fries. I only ate half the pita. Off to a great start!

Healthy Airport Lunch

Once we landed in Nashville, we went exploring before our 7:30 splurge dinner reservation at Etch. We stopped on a patio to listen to some live music and had a beer. Then we went to dinner, where I had another beer and shared this amazing roasted cauliflower appetizer with two lovely ladies.

Roasted Cauliflower Appetizer at Etch

We were served some delicious rosemary dinner rolls, fresh from the oven I ate one, and only one.

Rosemary Dinner Rolls at Etch

Then I got the duck confit ratatouille crudo. I ate all the duck and maybe about half of the veggies. This was a delicious dish. I chose it because I don’t get to eat the protein often, and it was vegetable-centric. It was amazing.

Duck Confit Ratatouille Crudo at Etch

I also didn’t say no to dessert. I chose a dish based on in-season fruit (which included a cake and a small serving of delicious house-made ice cream).

Peach Dessert at EtchTotal Weight Watchers PointsPlus for Saturday: 63. Yes, that’s a lot, but it was my splurge meal and I had the points for it.

Day 2: Sunday

I made the mistake of sleeping with just the sheer curtains in front of the windows, and I think the city lights made for a fitful sleep. At 4:45 a.m. I was wide awake. The old Liz would have stayed in bed, awake or not, for two more hours. Instead, I called the desk to confirm that the gym was open, and busted out a 5K on the treadmill (after realizing I had put my running pants on inside out while getting dressed in the dark).

June 29 Run Photo

After my run, I met some friends for the workout I had actually planned for the day – Zumba! It was offered for free as part of the conference I was attending. We completed a 50 minute class, and I was sweating buckets! I liked the workout because it was easy to keep moving to the beat, even if I had no idea how the choreography worked. I should try more music/choreography-based classes. Here are some of us after the workout, with our instructor.

NASFAA Zumba Crew

We grabbed breakfast (yogurt parfait & a banana) and set up our exhibit booth for four hours. We ended up eating lunch at a sports bar (ick), but I think I made one of the best possible choices, given my options. I had salmon (wiped off most of the sauce), corn chowder, and veggies.

Healthy Sports Bar Meal

That evening there was a reception with tons of food stations. I only tried one (grits, with bacon), and kept the portion small. I didn’t even have a drink. We had a late dinner, and I had a quinoa and tabbouleh salad. Yum!

Total Weight Watchers PointsPlus for Sunday: 43 (earned at least 16 Activity Points)

Day 3: Monday

I went to the hotel restaurant for breakfast, and was disappointed that all of the main dishes were pretty high-calorie (and the breakfast buffet was $19). I managed to put together a healthy, delicious meal based on the sides that were offered. I had two poached eggs, a gorgeous bowl of fruit, and a side of ham (I only ate half. I think it was about two ounces).

I spent the morning in conference sessions, and then attended a luncheon. I dread these, because it’s way too easy to consume 1,500-2,000 calories when you’re offered a salad, bread, entree, dessert, and coffee. I did pretty well with this one, though.

Conference Lunch Salad

Salad to start (easy on the dressing, happy there was no cheese or croutons). I didn’t eat any bread.

Conference Lunch Vegetarian Entree

My delicious entree of polenta topped with roasted veggies and drizzled in a balsamic reduction. Most everyone else had chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes. When I’m at a conference, I go vegetarian for a variety of reasons. About 80% of the time it’s lower calorie. If I notice that the veggie option is cheese-covered pasta, I suck it up and eat the meat and try to eat in moderation.

Conference Dessert I Didn't Eat

This was the dessert that I DIDN’T EAT! I thought it was lemon chess pie, a southern specialty, and I was ready to enjoy it. I took one tiny bite, and it tasted like a vanilla wafer. Not what I was expecting, and not worth the 8-12 points it probably is. I pushed it away, enjoyed my coffee, and ended lunch in an excellent place, points-wise.

There was yet another food-filled reception, during which I ate nothing and drank only Diet Coke. I even managed to avoid this giant cheese cart.

Conference Reception Food I Didn't Eat

We went out for another group dinner, and I made the best choice I felt I could. I turned down the nachos that got passed around and chose an entree of red snapper, vegetables, and corn bread. I did not eat the coleslaw.

Healthy Dinner At BB Kings Blues Club

I also had a good time that night, and had three beers.

Total Weight Watchers PointsPlus for Monday: 49

Day 4: Tuesday

I should have run on Tuesday, but I didn’t. I felt that my body needed the rest (to stay awake, not for running recovery). I repeated Monday’s breakfast exactly, and went to a day of sessions. I had plans to eat at an amazing farm-to-table restaurant, but for other reasons I ended up in the conference lunch. This is one of the times that the vegetarian option was definitely not impressive. The standard entree was roasted pork covered in gravy, with grits and green beans. The vegetarian option was …

Poor Conference Vegetarian Entree

The same thing, with grilled tofu replacing the pork and balsamic reduction replacing the gravy. The tofu wasn’t terrible, but the grits were dry and had the texture of a pancake. I took one bite and deemed them not worth the points. But the cheesecake we had for dessert? Yeah, that was worth the points.

After a long afternoon that included taking down our booth, we returned to the same restaurant where we had the decadent Saturday dinner. The salads had also looked phenomenal, so we were going to give them a try. But then we found out what the soup of the day was.

Mushroom Soup at Etch

Mushroom soup with a mushroom confit on top and a drizzle of truffle oil. Yum! I’m estimating this small bowl of soup was about 10 points. And worth it!

Beet and Berries Salad at Etch

This salad was also amazing. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but it has roasted beets, harissa cranberries, spiced peanuts, berries, and a goat cheese semi fredo. YUM.

Lemon Lime Sherbert at Etch

Blueberry Rye Sorbet at Etch

I wanted dessert, but after having cheesecake at lunch I knew I had to keep it light. I had this duo of sorbet and sherbert. It was excellent.

Total Weight Watchers PointsPlus for Tuesday: 54

Day 5: Wednesday

Today was a travel day. I had the same breakfast at the hotel restaurant yet again, and put in an hour and a half of work before leaving for the airport. Our flight was at 11:30 and our connecting layover was tight, so I planned ahead and got lunch to eat on the plane—a 400-calorie cobb salad and some grapes. It kept me satisfied until I got home, where I made a healthy, veggie-centric dinner and enjoyed a popsicle.

Total Weight Watchers PointsPlus for Wednesday: 28


While I definitely ate a bit more than I probably would have if I had stayed home, I’m really proud of the choices I made on this trip. I didn’t snack or mindlessly drink, and I got some activity in. My weigh-in was supposed to be Tuesday, but since I didn’t have a scale in my room I skipped it. My next official weigh in will be next Tuesday, but I’ll check the scale each morning for the next few days to see how my weight fluctuates after the trip. I’m putting all of my thoughts together into a coherent “how to stick with your weight loss plan during business travel” post that I believe will be posted on a popular weight-loss blog. I’ll let you know when/if it’s published 🙂

Work From Home Win

I’m in my second week of a MWF telecommuting arrangement. I was very excited for this to begin because I commute about an hour each way to work. I figured working from home would give me time to get in a run and more time to cook real food for dinner. What I didn’t anticipate was that I would want to eat everything in the house while I sat here, alone, all day.

The first week was a disaster, eating-wise. I’d go downstairs for a “quick snack” two, three … maybe four times per day.It was ridiculous. This week has been different. I’m committed to tracking, and this morning I Got up before work and got my run in!

June 25 Run Photo

I actually look pretty happy in that photo. It was nice and peaceful this morning. I saw a lot of other runners and walkers out. I ran around the lake, which was gorgeous. But mostly, I was happy to be done. Although it was a cool 61 degrees, it was 100% humidity. I was a sweaty beast.

When I got home I had just enough time to shower and make a nice post-run breakfast.

Egg Breakfast After Run

I stayed pretty busy during work. I grabbed a healthy snack in the morning, a filling lunch, and a snack when I packed things up for the day. Dinner was blah thanks to some somewhat rancid butter that I put on my spaghetti squash. After dinner, Aaron and I went for a one hour walk. That’s right—two chances to earn Activity Points today!

If I can replicate this success most days that I work from home, I should be in pretty good shape. Here’s my food log for today.

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 slice whole wheat toast, apple
Snack: String cheese, .5 oz walnuts
Lunch: Oatmeal (1/2 cup dry) with 1 cup chopped strawberries, 1 T strawberry jam, .5 oz walnuts
Snack: Peanut butter granola bar
Dinner: 4 oz salmon burger, 1/4 cup peach salsa, 1/2 cup white rice (spaghetti squash that didn’t get eaten)
Snack: Popsicle, 1/2 cup grapes

35 Weight Watchers PointPlus
13 Activity Points earned


Humid Hump Day Run

I told myself I was going to wake up early today and run before it got hot and humid outside. But Mother Nature sent us severe thunderstorms overnight and through the morning, so I decided before going to bed last night that I’d skip it.  I didn’t want to be a slacker, though so I went out right after dinner. It was about 73 degrees and 83% humidity. The sun was still shining bright. I set out for a 5K, determined to go slow. And I remembered to take my water.

The first mile was alright (turns out, it was my fastest, even though I felt like I was crawling). The second mile was going ok, but I had to stop to let a car go through an intersection, and I swear that stole my mojo. I took a couple short walk breaks after that. At the 2.5 mile mark, I was mostly in the shade, and started giving myself mini goals to hit. At 2.8, I knew I could run the rest of the way. There was definitely not a sprint to the finish line, but I stuck it out. And I felt like this:

June 18 Run PhotoI’ll be pretty excited if I can run a 43:24 5K (14:00 pace) in August . So maybe that’s my goal. And then perhaps I can shoot for a 38:53 (12:30 pace) at the Run Into The New Year. Yes, I’m already thinking about winter races. If registration opened today for the GLM Winter Race Series, I’d sign up for entire thing and dream of 10 degree weather. I can deal with snow and ice, I guess.

Here are the rest of today’s run stats.

June 18 Pace Chart

June 18 Splits

Weekly Weigh In

It’s not good, folks. I weighed in yesterday morning, and I gained back every single ounce I lost the week prior. This isn’t a surprise. I had way too much of things like this:

Occupaws Guide Dog Graduation Cake

and not enough of things like this:

Asparagus OmeletteThere were days I didn’t track, and I could have gotten more activity in, and I got addicted to garlic sea salt sourdough and sweet & salty peanut butter bars. I’m not acted like a person that is committed to weight loss, which is unfortunate because I’m only half way there. And I ate three of those stupid peanut butter bars today. Stay away from them. They are the devil (and they taste so good).

I haven’t been successfully planning my meals. Either I don’t plan them at all, or I plan them and eat something different just because I feel like it. Like tonight, I was supposed to have a roasted beet salad with a slice of pumpernickel bread for dinner. Instead, I had a pumpernickel grilled cheese sandwich and one of the devil bars. Get it together, Liz…