Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Your Body is a Temple - Not a Crack House

The old adage that you should treat your body like a temple? This is true shit.

Last night I treated myself with all the respect of a crack house.

The last "healthy" thing that I did was to have a small bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats at 4:00 pm. And it all went downhill from there.

If you read yesterday, last night was the premiere of Eclipse, and Fat Girl Slim, me and a few other girlies all went to the triple feature. Twilight at 7:15, New Moon at 9:30 and the supremely ass-kicking Eclipse at 12:01 this morning. (Which, if you follow us on Twitter - you were mostly likely very aware of!)

Don't get me wrong - it was awesome and I don't regret it at all. But I could should have treated myself so much better.

I went home an hour early from work to see my boys briefly before meeting FGS back at the office at 5:15. On the way back I stopped by 7-Eleven and grabbed a 1-liter Diet Dr. Pepper for later and a pepperoni stick (protein = healthy, right?). Once I got to the office I had a Vitamin Water (again, healthy-ish, right?). The vodka that may or may not have been in it - not super healthy. But a little here and there isn't horrible for you.

Long story short - over the next 9 hours I consumed the following:
  • A huge movie popcorn (with "only" light butter)
  • The 1 liter Diet Dr. Pepper I got at 7-Eleven with some scrumptious Sailor Jerry in it
  • A package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • A 3 Musketeers
  • A large Sprite (which I actually didn't finish in favor of not peeing my pants)
Combine this with the fact that I did not do my 3 mile run yesterday and I got about three measly hours of sleep - I think you can pretty much guess whether or not I did the 4 miles I was supposed to do today.

The point of my rambling? It's never more apparent to me than after I really treat myself like shit that YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF! A special occasion does not give you free reign to do whatever the hell you feel like. Because when you do, the only thing you end up feeling like is crap.

So, I just made plans to spend a weekend with a bunch of girls on a houseboat at lake Shasta in 7 weeks.

Do you realize what that means?!?!?!

An entire weekend spent in a *cringe* bathing suit.

NO more of this bullshit Muffin Top!!!

I'm formulating a detailed eating and training schedule for operation "not look like a nasty giant hippo at the lake". I'll let you know more about it in the next day or two.

For now though, I'm going to go home tonight, have a smoothie for dinner, snuggle with my wonderful little boys, lay on the couch with my sweet hubby, and go to bed super early.

Have a great night all :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tonight Is THE Night

So, I'm letting the cat out of the bag. Or, maybe not, maybe you could already tell that I'm a total geek. Either way, here's my admission.

I am, in fact, a complete nerd.

This post is going to be very, very short. For one simple reason.

Tonight is the night that Eclipse comes out. Come 5:00, me and FGS will be high tailing it down to the theatre to stand in line. We are watching Twilight at 7:15, New Moon at 9:30 and then ...

Freakin' Eclipse at 12:01!!!

Hell yeah :)

Have a great night and tomorrows post will be longer - pinkie swears and shit.

It's on like Donkey Kong!

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Weekend Wrap Up

I'll be brief, because there really isn't a lot to say. It started out great as MT and I ran TEN CONSECUTIVE MILES on Friday morning. I am so ridiculously proud of us!!! From there however, the healthy habits just went out the window. I headed to Portland at 4pm on Friday where.....

There was waaaaay too much of this:

This was still early in the game...

And a whole lot of this:

Lots and lots of girly shopping...
Even more of this:

Iced chai from Tea Chai Te... YUM.

Not nearly enough of this:

My ONE attempt at a healthy meal...

Lots and lots of this:

The food consumption was slightly ridiculous...

Copious amounts of this:

This chocolate store was insane.

And still some of this:

Vodka and I are no longer friends today.

And don't forget, there was a bunch of this too [I'm on the left!]:

Aren't we super dorks...

I had a great weekend hanging with friends, but I'm paying for it today. I could barely finish a 3 mile run at lunch time, and I swear I was sweating out vodka by the gallon. Ugg. Lessons learned for sure, but hey, everyone needs to cut loose for a weekend once in awhile.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Back to Basics

It's time to nut up, folks. I realized on Monday that I've been floundering since April with my weight loss. I lost 15 lbs. pretty quickly, but then I've plateaued like a mother fucker. I haven't gained any weight back [thankfully], and I've made huge strides in endurance and fitness level, but the weight is simply not coming off. And the reality is, I still need to lose right around 35 lbs. to be at a healthy weight.


The gears in my head have been turning this week, and I've been scouring my favorite blogs on the interwebs for answers. How can I be running almost 20 miles a week, and yet not losing ANYTHING?!?!?

Yesterday I decided to read one of my favorite blogs [Body By Pizza] from start to finish. Rachel, [the creator of said blog] has lost 113 lbs., and it goes without saying that she's one of my weight loss heroes. She's also recently completed a 1/2 marathon [you know, like we're training for!], so we're practically BFFs, and she just doesn't know it yet. I figured if anyone had my weight loss answers, she would.

While reading one of her posts I found the basic recipe for weight loss. It's something I've known, but failed to acknowledge for the better part of 3 months now. It always goes back to calories in < calories out. I know this, yet I don't follow it, and I've paid no attention to it.  Until now, that is.  I did the math, and I realized that in order to lose 2 pounds a week [which seems really reasonable, no?], I need to be consuming no more than 1,200 calories a day. Here's the formulas that were posted on Body By Pizza, if you are interested.

655 + (4.3 x weight in lbs.) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x ages in years) = 1615 [this is my personal BMR, which is basically the calories you burn just by being]

Next figure out your Daily Activity Level:

Sedentary Physical Activity Level (desk job, other work that entails sitting down for most of the day). If yes, your score is 1.1

Light Physical Activity Level (on feet/walking around for 1/2 the day or more, e.g. stay at home mothers, salespeople, doctors). If yes, your score is 1.2

Moderate Physical Activity Level (on the move all day with a few limited periods of being sedentary, e.g. gardeners, carpenters, mail carriers). If yes, your score is 1.3.

High Physical Activity Level (constantly on the move with significant amounts of physical labor, e.g. construction worker, farm workers, movers). If yes, your score is 1.4

BMR x Daily Activity Level + Exercise Expenditure [how many calories you burn on a typical daily work out] = AMR [2,176 for me]

(daily AMR) x 7 days = 15,235 calories per week [This is how many calories a week I can eat and maintain my current weight]

(weekly AMR) – 7,000 calories (equivalent to 2 lbs.) = 10,948 calories per week [Seems like a lot until you divide it by 7]....

This translates into roughly 1,200 calories a day. Not much, and certainly way less than I've been eating. I've been tracking my food intake daily on, and I tend to run right around 1,800 cals/day. And that's only if I don't blow it by scarfing down extra crap food.

Oh look, it's me... again....

So, I guess I've taken this information as good news and bad news. The good news: There is actually a reason why I'm not losing weight, even though I'm running more than any person ever should. The bad news: I need to eat considerably less if I ever want to lose weight. And obviously, I DO want to lose weight. I need to figure out how people actually live on 1,200 calories a day, and figure out what said people are eating. I need a better plan. Again.

I'm going to be real here. Next week is not the week to start watching calories. I'm going out of town for vacation, complete with lots of drinking and great food. I'm pretty sure vacation is not the ideal time to start eating way less. If I'm able to maintain my weight during my stint at the beach, I'll be stoked. The week after vacation however, [July 5th, to be exact], should be an ideal time to really start watching my intake.

So I'm looking for ideas. What do the skinny people eat? I'll keep you posted on my findings, and please, feel free to add your own!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A New Running Playlist

I've mixed it up a little bit with several new songs on the playlist, so I figured I'd share.  Also, if you get a chance, take a listen to Eminem's Recovery album that came out yesterday.  I think it has serious running playlist potential!

(It's Not) Monday Fat Stats - Week 22

I dropped the ball with fat stats. This seems to be my m.o. lately. It's crazy how much I've changed over the past 5 months, and also how much I haven't changed at all.

I can confidently say that both FGS and me are officially runners. Anyone who gets out of bed before 4 a.m. to run 8 miles is a runner, I don't care what anyone else says. Running is basically a habit now. It's just something that we do.

Check out last weeks running log:
Yep, we worked that sh*t!!!

That is something to be proud of!!!

What does not make me proud is my complete lack of weight loss. My complete disregard for what I eat. My seeming inability to track what I consume.

I know I need to. I know I should just "nut up", stop whining, get with it, put my money where my mouth is.

Problem is, I just can't find my "care", my motivation. Where the hell did it go?

If you run into it, can you send it back my way? Please?
This is me. Straight up.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

Good morning, bloggie friends! Happy SUMMER! It's official; I can't believe it. I got a jump start crossing items off my bucket list this weekend, and even though it's Monday morning, I'm still relishing in the awesome weekend.

On Friday night we had my BFF and her family over for dinner. [Actually, they brought dinner to US, bless them]. For dessert we made root beer floats, which enabled me to check the first item off of my list! They were total YUM too!

Lotsa calories, but so freaking worth it...

Saturday morning started BEFORE 4am as MT and I got ready to run NINE miles. NINE. There's a fine line between insanity and brilliance, and I think we are straddling it right now. At least I can cross the pre-dawn run off my list. It truly was amazing though. Our time per mile was less than last week, and the run itself felt better overall. I even tried out some Shot Blocks and my new fuel belt, both of which proved to be super successful for long runs.

It was pitch black out my window when we left!

After we got back, it was garage sale time. [Another bucket list item, holla!] By the end of the day I was wiped out, but my house is much less cluttered, and we made some serious cash money.

Less crap, more money?  Yes, please.

Sunday was Father's day, and I had an incredible time celebrating my amazing husband and dad. We started the day with a yummy brunch and ended it with a tether ball tournament in my parent's back yard. [Who knew my mom kicked so much ass at tether ball??] Oh, and I made some totally fabulous sun tea with lemon on Sunday afternoon. So delish, and so good for you! I did some serious damage to that bucket list this weekend!

Don't knock the cup!  My nerdiness knows no bounds.

It's back to the grind today, and I have one big goal this week. MT and I realized last week that exercise has become so routine that we don't even think about it anymore. Our food intake, on the other hand, is still really inconsistent. I started tracking with Spark People last week, but lost motivation about half way through. So my lofty goal this week is to track every single thing I eat. All week. No exceptions. Oh, and stay within the calorie requirements. That's it. I need to get healthy foods to be another habit, just like running. It's proving far more difficult, however.

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Here's to a new season and a week of lofty goals!

Friday, June 18, 2010

So Many Things, So Little Time

When FGS did her bucket list yesterday, I had already been thinking about the things that I want to accomplish. In life, in health, at work, in fitness, in everything really.

It's been a fairly hellish day at work today, so I'm not going to ramble on and on here.

This is my list of things that I would really, really love to accomplish by the end of the summer. 
  • Run the entire distance during our 15K on July 10th. No walking!
  • Take time to relax and just enjoy life, at least once a day.
  • Get back in to routinely doing another form of exercise, other than running, at least 2 - 3 times per week.
  • Pass my ADO.NET certification exam.
  • Continue with training after the 15K in preparation for our September 5th half marathon.
  • Have more date nights with my hunny-hunny.
  • Get a composter and start composting.
  • Complete the half finished home improvements around the house.
  • Clean up my flower beds, move plants, and fill in bare spots.
  • Get a better attitude about exercise, eating healthy, and life in general.
  • Have a kick-ass summer!
 Happy Friday everyone! Have an awesome weekend.

What's on your bucket list? We'd love to hear and get some ideas. Just leave a comment :)

Yeah, it's been a really looooooooooooong week...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Big Summer Bucket List

Well, summer is officially underway next week, and it always flys by, doesn't it? We have short summers here, so I am particularly interested in making the most of them. This year I decided to make a list. It's "the things I want to do every summer but rarely fit in" list.

This summer, just like everything else right now in my life, it's ON. Before I know it I'll be kissing these beautiful, long days good bye, and I don't want to waste a second of my life right now! So in no particular order, here's the big list. What's on yours?
  • Purge and have a huge garage sale
  • Make fabulous sangria on hot weekend nights
  • Grill fruit-kabobs with pineapple, peaches, grapes and mango
  • Learn to make a perfect berry sorbet
  • Run a 15k (July 10th, holla!)
  • Complete a long, sunrise run
  • Throw a kick ass party
  •  Drink a root beer float
  •  See at least a couple beach sunsets
  •  Have a fabulous date night with Mr. FGS wearing something new and smaller in size
  •  Find a spot away from the city to star gaze with the family
  •  Deep clean my house from top to bottom
  •  Make huge batches of sun tea with lemon bought from the farmer's market
  • Cook yummy food using the veggies from my garden
  •  Take long, peaceful naps with my babies after long runs
  • Make homemade granola
  • Figure a way to display more of my husband's photography in our house
Stay tuned for my weekend wrap ups.  I'll be trying to check things off this list all summer long!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Big Drunk Hump

Yeah, yeah, I know Wednesday is green smoothie day.  But with the onslaught of summer and the stress of my work week, I've decided to mix it up a little.  I've been searching for the perfect sangria recipe, and I think I've found a total winner.  This recipe comes highly recommended from some of my favorite drunks friends. 

It's got lots o' fruit in it, so it's gotta be healthy, right?  Ok, shut up, it's my blog, and I can post an unsavory recipe if I want to! 

The biggest thing to remember when preparing any sangria is to let it sit for AT LEAST 12 hours, but 24 hours is ideal.  This gives all that fruit a chance to integrate and mingle and get really tasty.

So here's to summer faithful blog readers.  I'll be whipping up a batch this weekend for sure.

1 gallon red wine, not too sweet, more on the dry side. Don’t get really cheap stuff!

3 sliced oranges, 4 oranges squeezed.
1 lemon sliced, 1/2 lemon squeezed
2 limes sliced, 2 limes squeezed
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup cointreau (triple sec will do)
1 cup brandy (or more!)
(you can add other fruit if you’d like, raspberries, strawberries, mango)

Mix all ingredients together.  Refrigerate for 12 hours prior to consumption.

Important Life Lessons

Listen closely, as today’s post just might save you a ton of frustration, pain, and embarrassment. I’ve learned some very valuable lessons, ones that my very hippie (and hairy) step-mother would never have even realized were essential life lessons to be taught to every young girl.

I’d been thinking about getting an at home waxing kit, so I finally bit the bullet and ordered one from Amazon. When it came in the mail I was SO excited! After all, I’ve been dropping 60 big ones every month or so to be nice and smooth. The kit has a little warmer and everything! Like a profession set-up … or so I thought.

Here it is:
This seems like a good idea, right?! Right???

On Sunday morning I did my usual newspaper read, house cleaning, and laundry. Then, I decided it was time, I grabbed my stuff and headed to the bathroom. I stripped off my pants (and panties, natch!) and stood in front of the mirror. You have to apply some “pre-wax” goop, so I did that and blotted it off as instructed. The wax was a little weird to handle, kind of drippy all over. But I managed to get the first glop smeared in a fairly straight line. I pressed the little strip thingy down on it, inhaled deeply, and ripped that bitch right off.

And it worked AWESOMELY!!! I kick ass and could totally make a living making bare beavers if I wanted to! Hurray me :)

And ... this is where it all went downhill.

The first strip wasn’t really painful. Not so much on the next 2 or 3 tries. I was pulling off most of the wax, but there were little remnants being left behind. So, just use the remover and continue on, right?

This brings us to rule #1:

#1: Whether you buy a kit or each item individually - always, always, always, ALWAYS make sure you have wax remover!

I was in a hell of a predicament. How the hell do I get the extra wax off? Oh well, no worries. Start what you finish, right?

Once I had the, um, how do I put this, top of the triangle done - it was time to move lower. And it started to hurt. And get really messy. I was having a hard time distinguishing between wax globs, hair and wax globs full of hair.

The kit comes with an after wax "cooling" gel. I figured that aught to help, right? Yeah, no such luck.

At this point Mr. MT came to see what was taking me so damn long. His advice, put some baby powder on it. I was willing to try anything at this point. I put a wash cloth on the ground, sat down, and powdered my ass like a newborn baby. And God did it feel good! But now I had wax globs covered in baby powder and the mess was of epic proportions. I couldn't stop half way through though. I am not a quitter.

This whole process requires a small bit of flexibility, picture this, but naked with baby powder and wax everywhere and look of agony on my face:

Hmm ... so that's what that looks like ...

Now is a good point bring up rule #2, which I'll put as delicately as possible:

#2: The first time you try waxing yourself, never ever, ever, ever, ever head straight for Brazil.

Really, it's impossible to describe this delicately, so I'll just mention to you all the crucial pieces and let you put the puzzle together:

A. No wax remover
B. A shit ton of baby powder
C. A reddish, purplish, hickey looking spot right on the "V" line where my body meets my leg. (Those of you who know Hockyward will appreciate this!)
D. At this point my hands are also covered in wax and super sticky
E. My lips (and not the ones I talk with!) are SCREAMING at me. Poor things are, underneath the wax and powder, red and in pain.

I was past the point of tears, but I finished it ALL. (With the exception of the, um ... very back area ...) But what the hell do I do now? First I had to un-sticky my hands. I grabbed the rubbing alcohol and cotton balls and scrubbed them off. Hmm ... that worked pretty good on my hands ... I wonder if it would work on ....

Rule #3: DO NOT EVER (and I really, really mean this) DO NOT EVER put rubbing alcohol any where near that area of your body. For those of you who are mothers - this pain almost rivaled labor with my 11 pound son.

That's all I can say about that. The memory of that pain is still to fresh.

I won't bore you with any more way-to-personal details of the process. I'll just let you know that a hot shower and a loofah, followed by a bath, followed by another shower and more loofah-ing does NOT remove wax.

I have personally brought an entirely new meaning to the term "my lips are sealed".

Just imagine the bricks are wax chunks, and the lips are, well, you know ...

Once I emerged from the bathroom - 2 hours later - I checked my phone and found numerous texts from Fat Girl Slim. Shit. I had spaced out on our weekend run. Which brings us to our fourth and final rule of of the day:

#4 Do not, ever, attempt your first waxing mere hours before your scheduled 7 mile run.

I hope you take this to heart. I've learned my lesson, that's for sure.

Will I try it again? Yeah, I'm stupid and crazy like that. I ordered a HUGE bottle of wax remover though!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fat Stats - Week 21

Be warned, potty mouth ahead.

Another week goes by...

And I didn't lose  one.  mother.  fucking.  pound. (Let's not mention the fact that I didn't monitor my food or alcohol intake.)

I ran sooooo much too. Check this out:

So, I burned 150 calories short of a pound. And didn't lose anything. Bull Shit.

I'm gonna bite the bullet and track all of my intake on this week. This better help, or ... else.

I'm a numbers person, I do software development, almost got a Math degree, and took Economics for fun. So if intake minus outtake doesn't equal Muffin Top has a skinny ass - I quit (not really, it just feels good to say it).

This post is super short, but it's time to head home and Fat Girl Slim already put up a really good post this morning.

Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend will go down in history as an EPIC one. MT and I got up at 5:45am to run EIGHT freaking horrific, hilly, sweaty miles. It took everything I had in me to complete this run. We are seriously pushing some hard limits here. [snicker]

I have a matter of business I need to discuss from this grueling run and its aftermath. Let's talk chafing. The image below is my stomach/under-boobies post run. Apparently I desperately needed a new sports bra! These are the things you never realized when you were running short distances, you know? I have to tell you all, I feel pretty bad ass for having crazy battle wounds. How hard core am I? [I'm even contemplating my insanity for posting this picture on the interwebs, but fellow runners can understand, right?]

Sexy, non?

Speaking of how tough I am, post-run I decided an ice bath was in order to help with the knee and ankle inflammation I've been battling after long runs. Holyfuckingdeathbyshock that shit is NOT for the faint of heart! I plopped myself down in the tub and seriously almost passed out. It was SO cold. I made Mr. FGS sit by the tub and hold my hand while I froze. My legs really benefited from this though! They weren't nearly as sore the next day. Even though I almost died, I have to say, ice bath = total win!

I was SITTING in this when I took the picture!

In other news, last night I made the Italian sausage and veggie pasta from my previous post. Except I didn't use sausage because I forgot. Anyways, it turned out ridiculously yummy, so I packed it up into containers for my lunch this week. Go me and all my healthful glory!


This week is going to be a good one, I can feel it. I got a new sports bra [praise baby Jesus!], and I have a complete meal plan in place. I want numbers on the scale this week, my friends. I've suddenly found my motivation again, so I'm going to rock it.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Let's Do Lunch.

I've recently decided that lunch is the hardest meal of the day for me to figure out. I never know what to have. It seems like lately, I just end up eating a peanut butter sandwich, or something totally unhealthy from our work freezer o' processed crap. I'm trying to think up some new ideas for next week in a hurry, cause latey my food intake has been ridiculous. I'm pretty sure one day I had peanut m&ms and a bag of chips for lunch. Go me.

So here's a few ideas I've found around the interwebs. I think I may try to prepare the pasta dishes in advance this weekend so it's a grab and go meal.

Italian Sausage and Veggie Pasta


2 ounces uncooked whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
1 precooked Italian-style chicken sausage, sliced into rounds
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Make It

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat spaghetti sauce, sausage, garlic, and vegetables for about 12 minutes, until veggies are tender. Top pasta with sauce mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl


2 ounces uncooked whole wheat pasta
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 piece (1 inch) ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
2 scallions, sliced

Make It

Cook pasta according to directions. In a skillet, saute peanut butter, lime juice, garlic, and ginger for 1 minute. Add edamame and vegetables and cook for 12 minutes until vegetables are tender; pour over pasta. Top with peanuts and scallions.

Chili and Chips


1 cup canned turkey or vegetarian chili
1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli
3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crushed corn chips
Beyond these recipes I'm also thinking of making a batch of veggie soup for the week. Does anyone else have any great lunch ideas? Feel free to share!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Big Green Hump

I don't remember what week we're on, and hell, I don't really care at this point. I've gotten back into green smoothies recently, so I figured I should continue on with this thread! The one I'm making lately is pretty yummy and packed full of nutrients. I've been adding a mix of green leaf lettuce (from my garden) and spinach (from MT's garden) for the green element.

Here's the recipe for today's smoothie, along with a pic! If I'd of known in advance how gross the picture would look [greek yogurt isn't photogenic apparently!] I may have tried to get a better angle. You get the idea, however.  Also, I know it may seem like an abundance of stuff in this one, but it really tastes yummy, so don't judge!

Don't mind the kitty in the background...

"The Standard"

3 cups water (0 points)
3 cups green leaf lettuce and spinach mixture (0 points)
2 carrots (0 points)
1 cup greek yogurt (any flavor) (1 point)
1 banana (1.5 points)
1 cup frozen strawberries (1 point)
1 cup frozen blueberries (1 point)
1 cup frozen pineapple (1 point)
2 tbsp agave nectar (1 point)

Total blender full = 6.5 points.  A 32 oz serving is 4 points.

I should note that this recipe makes a full 64 oz of smoothie, which is 2 servings for me. I normally take 32 oz to work for myself [see below] and give my mom the other 32 oz. [She comes over to watch my kids. Thanks mom!]
Breakfast of champions, right here!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fat Stats - Week 20

I am not the super-perky, cheerleader type. I wouldn't even really say I'm a glass-is-half-full type of girl. Today though - today is not going to be about woulda-coulda-shoulda. Today is about what we have already accomplished. It's about acknowledging that we are, in fact, bad ass mo' fo's!

Yesterday, Fat Girl Slim and me, we ran SEVEN freakin' miles. Yeah you heard me right. SEVEN miles. In a row. No stopping. No walking.

We are some crazy type of hard core. Just sayin'...
 Obviously our fitness has improved - here is a direct quote from Week 3's Fat Stats:

This weeks "Couch Potato to 5K" looks really daunting - like,
I think there is an actual possibility of me dying this week, daunting.

And exactly what was this "daunting" feat we endured that week? Our first three minute run. That's it, THREE little, itty bitty, teeny tiny, SHORT minutes.

Yeah, we've come a loooooooooooonnnnnng way!!!

Stat wise, we've definitely made some progress.

FGS has lost a total of, wait for it....

TWENTY SIX INCHES!!!!!!! If that's not something to be proud of, I don't know what is! Here's the details:

Fat Girl Slim's Week 20 Numbers

Of course, I always seem to come in second place when that stupid brat is around, but I've made some definitely progress too. Over the last 20 weeks, I've lost 11.25 inches. Never to be seen again!

Muffin Top's Week 20 Numbers

The most important thing though is, how are we going to stay on the right path? On the schedule this week:

Tuesday: 4 mile run
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: 8 mile run

I'm going to try to and throw in a little Pilates and/or Shred here and there. I will definitely get in a  round or two of Jillian Michael's "Yoga Meltdown". I really enjoy it, and think I'll try to get a review up here on the blog this week. Most of all though, we will focus on the running. We've definitely learned that to much (read: Insanity) is out of the question when our ultimate goal is to run!

So, here's to a kick-ass, calorie-burning, attitude-adjusting, all round rockin' week!!! You go out and have one too!

As always, I crave feedback. If you've got something to say - have at it!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Hi, Fat Girl Slim here. Sorry for the recent absence and lack of posts. I've been in a funk lately. A few things happened, in a very certain order that seemed to lead to my ultimate diet demise. [And yeah, that's super dramatic. There really hasn't been”demise".]

First, I left my precious Vita-mix down in southern Cal at my sister's house. That fucking sucked. I had been so vigilant about drinking green smoothies while I was on vacation, and I truly was feeling on top of my game. Then I get home and have no way to make one. Ugg. Next, we had the bright idea to start the Insanity program. We are nothing if not ambitious, right? However, by day four of insanity the shit hit the fan. Over doing it with the exercise, coupled with my lack of healthy green smoothies equaled one super sick Fat Girl Slim.

Thursday of last week I could tell I was coming down with something. Sore throat, swollen glands, and I also had a bad runny nose. By Friday evening I thought I had a fever. I took my temperature before bed: 102.5 degrees!!! So I had to cancel my seven mile run with MT for the next morning. I didn't really want to, but Mr. FGS is much saner than I, and he said I had to stay home. And basically, I spent the long weekend recovering. No long run, no Insanity, no nothing. I've felt like such a failure.

On top of all this, my husband found out some great news while we were on vacation. He got a job he's been dreaming about for quite some time. It will be total awesomesauce for our future, but in a few weeks he leaves for training. FOUR MONTHS of training. I kind of feel like life is on hold right now. We are prepping for his departure, and we are enjoying our time together. I haven't been as focused as I should be on myself, because I feel like we are in total "prepare" mode. I need to get over this, because how cool would it be to lose some serious weight while he's gone?

This is more of a rambly, stream of consciousness post than I normally do, but I just need to get it all out. I want to do better and get back on track. I'm just lacking that will lately. And we all know you have to have the will.

My new plan has been forming the past few days. I really don't want to overdo it right now. Adding the Insanity work out to the 4 days a week of running has just been too much for my body. It's really made me resent working out, and that's not a good place to be. Also, it made me miss my long run this weekend. That really made me unhappy, because the whole point of this thing is the 1/2 marathon in September! And believe it or not, I really look forward to those runs. It's an amazing sense of accomplishment when you finish one. So in spite of my absolute hatred towards quitters, I'm stopping Insanity. It's a killer workout, and I hope to pick it up again later. Right now though, it's just not in the cards. I really want to add back in Pilates, or something more manageable.

I'm tired. I'm frustrated. I need to find my way back on the horse. Hopefully sooner, rather than later, I'll figure a way to fix all this shit that's floating around in my head and get it back in the game. Hang in there with me, ok?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

No Monday, No Fat Stats, No Results

Yesterday was a holiday, we didn't come into work, and we most certainly didn't post. Lately, most days we have been seriously slacking on the posting. We started this blog out all gung-ho and ready to take on the world - now we have a hard time getting up more than 2 short posts a week.

This WILL change!

Tonight, I'm going to sit down and re-read all of our posts, from start to finish. I want to get a fresh perspective on how far we've come. If you have the time and energy, read with me. I would LOVE some comments - everyone needs a little validation, you know?

So, once again, super short post. But tomorrow is a new day, and we will be ON IT!