I Hate the Gym..and That’s OK!

Well, today will make my third time trying physical therapy.  Something about that being a charm or something, right?


This person seems to think it’s a back issue since the pain in my leg still hasn’t fully resolved.

We’ll see.

Overall, things are still going ok.  I’m not back to the point where I want to be just yet, but I’m getting there.  I had a pretty good sized revelation that I think is going to be interesting.

Turns out…I hate the gym.

I don’t hate working out (I’m still REALLY enjoying the trainer) but there’s just something about the gym that I don’t actually enjoy.  Going here and there out of necessity is one thing, but depending on it for my workouts actually causes some really bad anxiety.  I have a theory that the elliptical may be one of my main issues.  I met Kelsey at the gym Saturday morning and, since I got there a little early, I hopped on the Arc Trainer instead of the elliptical. I was perfectly fine for the first 12 minutes, but about 5 minutes into my workout with her on the elliptical my leg began to ache and it just got worse from there.

When the thought, “I truly hate the gym” first hit me I was overwhelmed with negative thoughts.  Was this just going to be one more reason to “fail?”


I immediately started listing all the positives of putting my primary focus on a home routine and soon I was getting excited about the next week!  I knew my biggest issue would be the “guilt” of not working out with Cliff or Kelsey anymore.  So, instead of stretching it out and worrying about it – I told them right away.

It was actually really hard to say.  Accepting that I’m not any more responsible for their schedule and preferences than they are of mine was oddly difficult.  I knew if either of them were to ever come to me and tell me, “Hey – this isn’t working for me anymore so I’m going to try X” I would be nothing but supportive.

Fortunately, I have an amazing husband and friends who afforded me the same response.

With the exception of squats (which have been temporarily removed from my workout while I’m in therapy) my home and training workouts don’t seem to bother me at all – or, at least, very little.  I’m going to be working with my therapist and my trainer today to come up with a dedicated home workout and see how that goes.  Fingers crossed!

Food has been…meh.  We’ve stuck to the no restaurants, no soda, and no alcohol, but my calorie count has been higher than I would like.

On a brighter note – we did reach a new level of nerd.  Well, my husband did.


Outside of diet and fitness reports, the rest of life seems to be moving along at a rapid (but enjoyable) pace.  I signed up for a course at the University of Louisville to start working towards my PMP.  The course is 16 weeks long and meets for 3 hours every Thursday.  At the end I’ll receive a certification in Project Management so that’s really exciting!

We also made huge progress on our basement.  I started working from home on Mondays so it just made sense to set up a legit home office.

Yes, I spent far more time setting up my decor than the actual office equipment.

I also made my second Instant Pot meal (technically, I made my second and third…only the second survived).

Yes, there is actually a roast in there.

I never claimed to be a photographer, but I assure you the flavor of the pot roast was about 1,000 times better than the picture.  It was also my first time using fresh rosemary and thyme.  Needless to say, I’ll be doing that more often from now on.  I made it 34 years thinking dried seasonings were the best thing ever.


This week is going to be super busy.  Physical therapy, training session, first PMP course, haircut, and then our annual Valentine’s Day tradition of going to Nashville for brunch.  I’m looking forward to the one and only restaurant allowance during our challenge.  We rented a house from AirBnB so we can make sure and cook all our other meals fairly easily.  This marks Year #7 for our little getaway (would be 8 had we not been trapped by an ice storm one year).  It looks like it might even be warm enough to take the bikes!  🙂

Headphones and Food Adventures

There’s no better way to end a weekend than trying random recipes and playing with new kitchen toys while sporting some serious ear candy.


I’ve been wanting a pair of over-the-ear headphones ever since Cliff got his recording equipment and I listed to his for all of 35 seconds.  Today I got my replacement graduation present.  (Cliff decided he wanted to use the computer we built for himself ’cause he’s a jerk.)

Just kidding.

It’s because I built this amazing machine and now I, apparently, have zero interest in playing video games.

I thought, for sure, as soon as I finished school I would go right back to gaming and I did…just not video games this time around.  I’ve really gotten into playing board games instead and I’ve been (finally!) reading again.  I decided to do a BookRiot Read Harder Challenge this year and I started on vacation.  I’m actually using the 2016 genre list because once I stumbled upon it there was no way I could wait until the 2017 list released before I set it up in my Bullet Journal.

Spoiler alert: Patient is not my strong suit.

Reading, BuJo

I’m a book and a half in so far and really looking forward to breaking all my reading norms.

As for today’s foodie adventures I tried both a new food AND a new appliance.  My parents got me an Instant Pot for my birthday and I’ve been absolutely terrified of using it.  I’m sure I’ve saved somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 recipes – never even turned it on.

Until today!

You would think such a momentous occasion would warrant pictures.


Mostly because it was just brown rice, but also because I was way too excited to remember something like taking pictures, even if it’s for a pot full of brown rice that was cooked to perfection in 23 minutes.

However, I did remember to take pictures of my new food!

Today I tried both cooking and eating a spaghetti squash for the first time.  I’m actually really surprised at how easy it was!  I tried a bite and while it certainly was NOT a direct replacement for pasta (whoever tells you it’s as good/better than pasta is likely a liar or clinically insane) I think it’ll be pretty tasty with sauce and cheese tomorrow night.





Tomorrow starts week 2 of training!  I managed to workout for, at least, an hour four times this week and stayed within my calorie range every day this week.  Hoping for an even better performance next week.

Still Going Strong

I’ve made it to the end of the week and I’m still going strong. This has been the longest streak I’ve had in months. Not a single slip-up.

My “cheat day” this week was having carbs after 3. Not too shabby considering this time last week I was living on a diet that consisted, primarily, of different varieties of donuts.

I’m now two sessions in with our personal trainer and it really seems to be the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve really enjoyed the structure and the fact that I don’t really have to put thought into it at all, just the physical effort. Having someone tell me exactly what to do and how to do it has made a HUGE difference.

A lot of my issues with working out have been related to my anxiety about either A) getting injured again or B) not actually working hard enough to burn anything off. Fortunately, my trainer takes care of all that for me! While I certainly don’t expect to use him long term, it’s really helped me to feel “safe” about pushing my workouts again.

Plus, it also helps that his gym is a pretty stellar place to work out.


*From BodyQuest website


*From BodyQuest website

Food has also been on point this week. I made sure to make, at least, one dinner I could warm up on evenings when we had several errands to run. This week I decided on another amazing recipe from the Skinnytaste website.



*From Skinnytaste website

The only modification I made was using bacon instead of the ham steak. While I’m aware it increased the calorie count, the bacon was already in my fridge and I was more concerned about carb content than calories anyway. It was sooooooo delicious! I had it for dinner several nights, but it would be perfect for any meal – especially a dish for a group breakfast/brunch. Next time I plan to cut the recipe in half since there’s no way I can finish a whole 9*13 dish.

Tomorrow I’m making her Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole to take for lunch this week. It’s grown to be one of my favorite meals! Even Cliff got in on the food prep action today and made a large batch of tuna salad and lots of extra hard-boiled eggs to snack on through the week.

We just set up our official home offices (I start working from home one day a week soon so we decided to set up legit work spaces) so it’s time to say farewell and nerd out until I can’t keep my eyes open.

Ready to see what Week 2 brings!

Embracing the Gray

All you need to know about the last 6 months is that I:

• Finished my Bachelor’s degree
• Had an amazing birthday surprise celebration
• Saw an NFL game on Thanksgiving Day
• Went to a SUPER fancy wedding
• Played laser tag for the first time
• Hosted a baby shower for one of my best friends
• Went to 3 concerts and saw countless shows including an evening with Ira Glass!
• Really got into board games
• Rang in 2017 on the beach where we got married
• Gained 30 pounds
• Hired a personal trainer (see above)

Most of you know that the past 18 months have been filled with a lot of ups and downs for the hubby and me. Injuries, IVF complications, health issues, all on top of working and going to school full time. While I’m definitely on the upswing, there’s a lot that’s still raw.

Like being 25 pounds heavier than I was two years ago at this time.

It’s still very hard for me to focus on the amount of weight I’ve kept off versus the weight I’ve put back on. While I know it’s important to cut myself some slack, I feel like (lately, at least) I’ve cut myself WAY too much. At some point, I got comfortable with 190…then 200…then 215.

Then I woke up one day at 225 and I wasn’t so comfortable anymore.

For months I told myself I would “Get my shit together on Monday.”

I lost count of how many Mondays came and went and I had yet to follow through with a single plan. Working out no longer had any appeal (except the week we rode our bikes in Florida for vacation, more on that later). I had zero willpower and felt like I ate everything in sight. The only habit I managed to get back into was logging my calories in My Fitness Pal – no matter how terrible the day might be.

And there were A LOT of terrible days over the past couple of months.

Finally, on January 10th I said those magic three words out loud:
“I need help.”

Even though I knew what I was supposed to do, I just couldn’t seem to make myself follow through with anything.

It’s been a week since I sent that text to a long-time friend of mine who has been detrimental in my weight loss journey. As usual, she helped to remind me that I’m not alone in this struggle and this journey is anything but linear.

Cliff and I have now committed to 3 months of no restaurants (one exception being our annual trip to Nashville for Valentine’s Day), no alcohol, and no soda. (That alcohol one might get scratched altogether 😉

I also bit the bullet and hired a personal trainer and had my first session yesterday!

I was terrified I wouldn’t even make it through the first 10 minutes, but I surprised myself (and my trainer) and made it through the ENTIRE workout without a single extra break.

Needless to say, sitting down today as been…interesting.

Unfortunately, I didn’t grab a picture of his studio, but it’s amazing! Next time I’ll be sure to snap a few to share. It’s a really nice setup and I felt like such a badass working with him.

I’m both dreading and looking forward to my next session tomorrow.

Right now, I’m just trying to focus on balance. Understanding that everyday isn’t going to be perfect, but everyday isn’t going to be terrible either. I’ve always lived very much in the black and white; however, I’m trying really hard to embrace the gray.

And now, because it wouldn’t be the same without it, here are some random pictures from my life over the past 6 months.

The view from our hotel room in Ormond Beach for New Years.

The annual birthday tradition of going to Build-a-Bear.

Super fancy digs for a super fancy wedding. #MaynardPartyof2

Thanksgiving Day game – Lions vs. Vikings.

5 Ways to Maintain Weight Loss During Stressful Times

Well, today marks one year since we lost 500 pounds (180 for me and 320 for Cliff) according to My Fitness Pal…who will no longer allow me to export my weight loss data without paying them money, so you’ll just have to take my word for it).


Does it count as maintenance even if you haven’t met your goal weight?

Meh, I’m going to go with yes because it just feels much better to say “We’ve lost (and kept off) 500 pounds” rather than “We still have about 100 pounds before we hit our goal.”

Silver lining and all that.  😉

We’ve certainly gained and lost over the past year, but to realize that we’ve kept off 500 pounds for an ENTIRE YEAR was pretty terrific.

And this wasn’t just any year…

This was a TERRIBLE year.  Just awful.  Really.

  • Our fertility specialist put me on thyroid medication (only because my levels were too high for IVF, not high in general).
  • On vacation (last August) I got sun poisoning which resulted in TWO rounds of steroids.
  • I completed two rounds of physical therapy and several scans on my leg (which turned out NOT to be a torn meniscus as initially thought) that showed a plethora of other pulls and strains and just a touch of bursitis in my hip.
  • <insert other random anxiety inducing life events here>

All of these…let’s call them “life lessons”…caused almost constant urges to binge.  Upset about bad news?  Let’s eat!  Happy about good news?  Let’s eat!

The medication certainly didn’t help things.

There were weeks where I just watched the scale creep up and up and it seemed like there was nothing I could do about it.

I would love to tell you that I stayed strong 100% of the time.

That I didn’t have a single large fudge-filled Snickers and Oreo Blizzard…or 4.

That I kept my diet full of healthy food and did upper body work while my legs healed.

But that would make me a liar.  Well, mostly a liar.

At least it seems as if I managed to make more good decisions than bad ones on some level.  I wasn’t able to keep off 190 pounds, but I’ll take 180 any day of the week.

So, here’s the $64,000 question.

HOW did I keep off the weight through it all?

1.  Trust the system.  It’s working.  Even when it seems like it isn’t.

There will always be weeks where you work the hardest you’ve ever worked, then step on the scale fully expecting to have lost 23 pounds (at least!) only to see you gained 2.


After you’ve smashed the scale to bits with whatever hard, inanimate object you can find, take a deep breath and accept that you did all the right things. There are many more changes happening in a healthy body than just the number on a scale or inches on a tape measure.

Plus, your weight fluctuates more than the stock market.

2.  Take time for yourself. Single. Day.

Even if it’s just 10 minutes to breathe and reflect.  Do it.  It helps.  Over the course of the past year I’ve learned much more about breathing and meditation than I ever thought possible.

Two words.

Square breathing.  (thanks Erin!)

3.  Stay out of restaurants as much as possible.

Most of you are familiar with our many, many restaurant challenges . One thing they have taught me (other than people spend WAY too much money in restaurants) is that they’re a huge binge trigger as well as the start down a slippery slope of bad eating and no exercise.

Not to mention the ridiculous amount of sodium in each meal.   Talk about weight fluctuations!  (See #1)

Even though it seems like a time saver, it really isn’t when you’re trying to get (or stay) healthy.   Take a “healthy” piece of pizza for example:

2F5DCFD200000578-3359403-image-m-45_1450104237003Try to ignore how much longer it takes women to burn it off than men.  I know it’s hard.

Instead of adding that extra 71 minutes into your workout routine in hopes of burning it all off – try skipping the pizza and putting an hour into meal prep.  You’re going to be spending the time either way right?  May as well front load the convenience and let your future-self (and tummy) thank you for it.

In that same 71 minutes you could:

  • Prep a ton of fruit and veggies for the week
  • Make a one pot meal (this Cajun Chicken Pasta is amazing!) and split it up for lunch each day
  • Make smoothie bags
  • Freeze waffles (from box mix! The trick is to toast them rather than use oil/butter for maximum crispiness)

4.  Build a support network by reaching out to others (both virtually and in daily interactions). 

A friend recently taught me a very valuable lesson.

I am not special.

I know, without context, that sounds really bad, but it was truly an eye-opening conversation that I’m sure will help me for the rest of my life.  When I say I am not special, it doesn’t mean that I’m not unique or that I’m not important, it simply means that I am, almost certainly, not the first (or only) person going through hard times.

I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful, loving husband who is a constant inspiration to me.  He’s my number one fan and vice versa.  I have also built a solid support base through friends and other bloggers and health nuts I’ve met online.

If you don’t have those kinds of people in your life, find them.

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There are also two women that have, unknowingly, helped to change my life.  Janae at Hungry Runner Girl and Katie with Runs for Cookies.  These ladies never shy away from sharing the hard stuff.  They remind me that we all stumble, we all cry, and we all go through times in our life that are just downright rude.

But, even more importantly, they remind me that I am the only one with the power to decide how my story ends. 

Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart.

If you aren’t familiar with their blogs, change that right now.

5.  Try something new…but try to keep it health/fitness focused.

This could be a new recipe, a new workout, a new city.  Anything your heart desires, as long as it centers on something that is good for your health.

  • Pick a new recipe from one of the websites above and make a date night out of it (or have the whole family pitch in).
  • Try out a site like Fitness Blender or Yoga with Adriene
  • Rent bikes in your hometown and pretend like you’re a tourist (or do the same in a city close by)
  • Plan a healthy picnic in a park with lots of trails to explore
  • Try Geocaching!

Do whatever it takes to make the event fun as well as healthy.  Not only is this great for your waistline but it does amazing things for anxiety levels.

Personally, I’m partial to anything involving a bike ride.


Bonus tip – Give it 5 minutes

The first place I slack when I’m stressed is exercise.  “I don’t have time!”  “I’m exhausted!”  “I’m just too mentally drained!”

While this may all be true, the only way to guarantee that you’ll stay that way is by not even trying to get off your ass.

Promise yourself 5 minutes.  Start working out for just 5 minutes.  If you want to quit at the end of five minutes, fine; however, I have found that just getting started is the hard part.  Staying with it is much easier.


Let’s Talk Injury

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been dealing with a leg injury for about a year now.  I’ve had scan after scan, two rounds of physical therapy, and months and months of no running at all.  (Pause to stare, angrily, at the mangled muscles that used to be a hip flexor, calf, and hamstring).


To say my fitness level has suffered would be the understatement of the year.

For months I made excuse after excuse for my weight slowly creeping up when, in reality, I had just wrapped myself up in running so much that I refused to try any other form of exercise.  After all that hard work to lose the weight and to find a physical activity that I actually enjoyed…just for it to be taken away…was a pretty tough blow.

Needless to say, that’s the primary reason for my absence from the blog.  I’m just not a public Debbie Downer.  I just couldn’t bring myself to post because, well…I kind of felt like a failure.  I gained 30 pounds (all in my gut – how does that even happen??) I had no running stats to report, and I just wasn’t thrilled with myself as a whole.  (Don’t get me started on all the hormones from IVF and some other health issues that I won’t discuss here (I’m fine though!).

Rather than concentrate on the fact that I’ve still maintained a loss of 170 pounds, I let myself fall into that pass/fail mentality for a really long time.

Fortunately, I seem to be over feeling sorry for myself and finally decided that it’s not too late to decide how this story ends.

The odds of us losing 500 pounds were so slim once upon a time…but we did it.  The thought of running a mile (let alone FIVE ENTIRE MILES without stopping) was laughable…but we did it.

Right now the thought of ever getting my fitness level back or getting to my goal weight seems impossible, but I know I’m capable of it.

I was finally able to find a new love for exercise when we bought our bikes (more on that to come).  I was dying for that “I am a total bad-ass Super-hero” feeling again, and I found it with cycling.  I also fell in love with yoga (ok, ok – I might have a little crush on Adriene, but come on!  Who doesn’t?)


We’ve definitely come too far to turn back now.


I happened upon my old blog this morning, way back when we started in 2013 and I was using blogger rather than our own site, and I found this quote:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

True Fact, Carl, True Fact.

The More Things Change…

There has been basically zero change in our life in about four months.

That is not a complaint, mind you, just a gloriously stress-free statement.

While it isn’t great that our weight is among one of those things that hasn’t changed, no change means it hasn’t gone up either.  This July will mark our second full year of maintaining a 500+ pound weight loss!  While, lately, we’ve focused mainly on maintenance, I feel a renewed interest starting to brew in the ole workout part of my brain.

This could have a little bit to do with it:


Mine’s the blue one and her name is Olivia.

Cliff and I bought bikes about 6 weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier!  It was refreshing to finally find something that I enjoyed as much as running.  We were even brave enough to rent bikes while we were on vacation (recap below) and it was probably my favorite part of the trip.  I can’t wait to visit all our favorite cities on two wheels instead of four.

Now the important stuff.

Oh, West Coast, how my heart longs for you.

Cliff and I, along with my parents, spent seven glorious days in Northern California for vacation this year.  We managed to pack A LOT into those short seven days, so I’ll take a more efficient route to explain…plus, any excuse to use bullet points amiright?

Day 1

  • Landed in San Francisco and picked up our Chrysler 300 for a week…and now I require a sunroof in every car in my future.
  • Stopped at In and Out for lunch (cheeseburgers are ruined for me…for life).
  • Started driving south towards Monterey and picked up the Big Sur Scenic Byway.
  • Saw hundreds of elephant seals!
  • Accidentally discovered that I like iced coffee (thanks Dad!!)
  • Stopped at the most perfect little ocean side motel in Cayucos for the night.
  • Had the best chicken tortilla soup in the world for dinner.


Day 2

  • Made the track across the state towards Yosemite (so much farmland!)
  • Learned that not all vacation rentals are created equally.  Special shout out to the Comfort Inn in Sonora, CA.
  • Waterfalls, waterfalls, and more waterfalls.
  • Rocks, rocks, and more rocks.
  • Mountains, Moun…do you see a trend?
  • Baby Redwoods and Sequoias.
  • Giant rainstorms over the Valley.
  • Happy Birthday to my Love!


Day 3

  • Impromptu drive through Northern California and into the Cascades.
  • Mount Shasta is HUGE!
  • Funny rest stop visits.
  • Watching rainstorms on each side of us but barely seeing a drop.
  • The question game (never a dull moment with this bunch)
  • Little mountain towns are the best!
  • Happy Anniversary to my Love! (Yes, we’re those people)


Days 4 – 8

  • Hello Pacific Ocean!
  • My very first Safeway.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat instant ramen again.
  • There’s no better way to see a city than on a bike.
  • Sunset over the Sutro Baths? – check
  • Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge? – check
  • Terrified of the hills in Sausalito and resigned to never going back? – check
  • Best hot fudge sundae ever (Ghirardelli)
  • The audio tour at Alcatraz may be my favorite tourist attraction to date.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is pretty amazing, but also pretty stinky.  Silly seals.
  • Having a gigantic park with a ton of museums inside is the only way to go.
  • Parking in San Francisco is a nightmare – I really missed the Prius.  Do yourself a favor and skip the rental upgrade.
  • Words can’t describe the weather/sunsets/people.
  • Another Botanical garden marked off the list.
  • We walked up the hill to Lombard Street. Seriously.  All the way.  It wasn’t worth it, but it felt damn good to be able to do it.
  • Nigh time strolls through Golden Gate Park are the best way to end a night.
  • Put 30,000 steps on the FitBit for the first time.
  • AirBnB is the best.  Hands down.

Alcatraz Day4 Day5 Day6

Well, that’s enough updates for now.

And, just think…that’s only ONE trip in the past four months.  I would really like to know who passed down their sense of wanderlust so I can send them a bill.

Week 3 Review

I think the subheadings are here to stay.  Mostly because it makes for easy reading, but also easy writing – which is needed to save time now that Cliff and I have started playing another MMO.

I know, I know!  But I swear it won’t be like last time!

Well, not exactly like it.

Basically, what I’m saying is that all of my weekends and any spare time after work, exercise, and school will be dedicated to the sweet, sweet sound of FFXIV.

But that’s IT.  No other times. I have to draw the line somewhere.

This Week’s Weigh-In



*I forgot my FitBit one day this week, but I still walked and I’m sure I was well over my goal of 8,000 steps/day.

I’m pretty pumped about all that.

I’m really thrilled with how I did this week. Not a single day over 2,000 calories and that included two 3-day weekends!  We had a pretty awful snow storm pass through early Friday and Cliff and I decided to stay home.

This Week’s Project

We finished up the gym last week, so the next logical step was setting up the craft room/office/sitting area in the other half of the gym.

This is how it looked when we moved everything down from upstairs.

IMG_1421This is how it looked once we got everything into one area that actually belonged there and adding a second bookcase.



Since that time, we’ve added another table for the computer and Cliff took another bookcase from upstairs and made me a nice little reading area.

This week’s project is to finish unpacking EVERYTHING.  Wish me luck.

This Week’s Cuteness Overload


Super Hero.  Duh.

I had to make a collage of cuteness this week.

Note:  Baby's first selfie.

Note: Baby’s first selfie.

This Week’s Quote

Kelsey is on a role!

Kelsey is on a role!


Next Week’s Plan

I just got home from the doctor.  My leg has been giving me problems for months now and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I’ve been told to lay off working out for a few days, on top of a round of steroids.


I did ask if I could walk and was told that should be fine as long as I don’t overdo it.  So, since the interval training worked out so well last week (as did my spin bike!) I decided to look for walking intervals that I can do at lunch and this one looks to be about perfect.



I didn’t get a chance to prep anything fancy this week so it’s frozen meal and fruit week.  Today worked out since I needed something really quick.  My goal is to eat an apple every single day – can’t have too much fiber. 😉

My other goal is to not eat everything else in sight.

More luck please.

This Week’s Completely Random Thing

Snapped this shot on the way to work this morning.  Hello Moon.

IMG_1411And with that I have fulfilled my January goal!  Be on the lookout for a brand new HouseBailey!



Week 2 Review

I think once a week is my sweet spot.  This is the third week in a row that I’ve actually looked forward to writing a blog post and even took the time to draw up an outline!

This week even has subheadings!  Did you hear me?  SUB.HEADINGS!

First things first, let’s get the bad news out of the weigh.  (Like what I did there?)

This Week’s Weigh-In

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While I know I didn’t do great this week, I certainly didn’t think I did bad enough for a pound and a half gain.  I’m truly thankful that I’ve gotten back into the habit of notating everything I’m doing or else I would’ve been pretty upset.  Now I can at least look back and see that, for the most part, I’m doing what I should be doing.  This week I’m going to just accept that it happened and be happy that I’m still two pounds ahead of where I need to be to hit goal.

Moving on.

This Week’s Project

Most of our weeks have numerous projects, but I’m trying to narrow that down in order to preserve my our sanity.  This week our primary goals were to:

  • Put together the spin bike
  • Setup the music room
  • Deep clean the bedroom
  • Finish the gym

I am happy to report that we checked off every item on our list and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I LOVE our basement now.

Well, 75% of it, but that’s another project for another day.

What a great find on Amazon!  Only $230.

What a great find on Amazon! Only $230.

Yes, Yoda moved.

Yes, Yoda moved.

I failed to get a picture of the music room mainly because there’s not much to see except for a bunch or wires and a drum set.  Once our music posters and such are back on the wall I will be happy to share.

This Week’s Cuteness Overload

I got this:


Because this dude is obviously going to be a Super Hero.


This Week’s Quote

Thanks Kelsey!

Thanks Kelsey!

Next Week’s Plan

My company moved into a new building and tomorrow is our first day.  In case I haven’t mentioned it, there’s a VERY important amenity to this new building.

They have a gym.

A perfect gym.

A small, empty gym, with seemingly brand new equipment and a shower.  That’s all I need. Cliff has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow so I won’t get to start my plan until Wednesday.  Cliff will be joining the gym right across the street from his office and we’re going to start going during lunch.

I think this elliptical interval setup would be the perfect amount of time.


My goal is going to be five days a week and doubles on two of those days.  The gym being in the building frees up a ton of time for us.  We’re shooting for a schedule of 7-4, but ask me again at 5:30 tomorrow if we’re still doing it.

Guess who meal prepped, what what?!  ( know, for a fact, that I’m not the only one that gets that pumped over meal prepping  – don’t play).

FoodPrepI made pork carnita burrito bowls for lunch next week.  Each bowl consists of homemade pork, one cup of brown rice, 1/4 cup chili beans, 1/4 cup Colby shred, and my copy-cat version of Qdoba’s corn salsa.  Add about half of the mini guacamole bowls and you’ve got yourself a pretty good meal.  I’m trying to eat more earlier in the day and less in the evening.  This bowl rounds out to about 650 calories, which is almost exactly where I want my lunch to be.  I want to consume about 1,000 of my 1,660 calories prior to dinner, so this will definitely help me reach that number.

This Week’s Completely Random Thing

Cliff and I are no longer on Facebook and I find myself at a complete lost as to what happened on which day.  Instead of giving in and going back, I decided to start journaling again, only this time several times throughout the day.  Initially I thought it would be far more time consuming for me to keep up; however, I’ve found that taking the time to jot down a few thoughts throughout the day is still MUCH less time than what I was spending on FaceBook.

I’ve really loved how its turned out so far.  I took some of favorite pictures and quotes and turned them into stickers and covered the front pages.


See that 189 in the bottom left corner? I miss that number.

Well, that’s all I have until next time.  Stay tuned to see if I actually hit my first monthly goal of posting every week.

(Spoiler Alert – The reward I get is a new blog layout.  I work so much better on a reward system).



Week 1 Review

I am proud to report that Week 1 was an outstanding success.  My plan was to just focus on getting some of my old habits back.  I made it to the gym three times, had zero binges, and came in under the net calorie threshold that I need to meet my weight loss goals.

I lost almost six pounds this week!  It would be so great if every week could be like that but, alas, I highly doubt I’ll see a loss that big for the rest of the year.  Even though I know losses like that aren’t typical, it’s really nice to see one upfront so that the momentum lasts more than a week.


So, for each weekly review I plan to notate my 7-day averages for the following categories:

  • Total Daily Calories
  • Net Calories (average after factoring in exercise)
  • Steps

Hopefully, one day I’ll get back to running and then I’ll add my running stats into the mix.


This past week was all about baby steps (edit: Ha!  Both literally and metaphorically, it turns out!).  Just getting back into the routine of eating healthy and working out can be pretty intimidating.  For me, the trick to getting back on and staying on for as long as possible has always been allowing myself a higher rate of “failure” for the first couple weeks.  So I didn’t make it to the gym five times, but I DID make it three.  So I went over my calories on two days, but at least it wasn’t a binge or all seven days!  These little allowances give me the opportunity to focus on the positive changes I made this week rather than what I didn’t do right.

The week itself was pretty busy.  Very close friends of ours welcomed their son, Caden, into the world this weekend.  He is just amazing!  Definitely smitten with that little dude right away and I just know we’re going to be good buddies!


Saturday was also my Mother-in-Law’s (or better known as “Madre”) birthday.

This meant fried tacos.

And pie.

And cake.


Luckily for me, I thought the cake was terrible.  Unluckily for me, that just meant half of another piece of pie.

Sunday was the last football game of the season for Viking fans.  Also known as “The day my husband’s heart got ripped from his chest.”    That was a brutal, brutal ending to the season, and a perfect of example of just why I can’t let myself get emotionally involved with a professional sports team.  That would have ruined my entire week.

On a more fun note:

Fun Remmi

We’re expanding our home gym quite a bit and got about half of it finished this week as well.


Yes, that is a Yoda in a tutu.

Week 2 is under way and Day 1 was a little of a shaky start.  I’m over my calories for the day and only got a little over 3,000 steps in and no workout.  I’m not worried about it, but I don’t plan on making it a habit.  I’m just happy all the calories I took in today were “good” calories and not junk.

This week is shaping up to be a relaxing, yet productive, week – my favorite!  We’re hoping to finish Cliff’s recording/music room and the gym in the basement.  We also have a three day weekend ahead of us!  Hopefully, I won’t procrastinate on my homework too terribly much and could spend my entire weekend relaxing…

That probably won’t happen, but a girl can dream.


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