Month: December 2013

Day 129 – Back in the Saddle

Well, I prevented myself from going an entire week without exercising.  Even though we were late leaving work today and I didn’t have time to work out before class, I was able to get one in afterwards.



It felt like I was starting all over.  I was out of breath within the first 10 minutes and my legs felt like lead the entire time.  My entire body ached and I bet I didn’t even get my heart rate over 140.  I pushed through and finished the 45 minutes, even though I wanted to stop about 15 minutes in.

Today’s work out did do one very important thing…

It taught me that I’m never going that long without exercising again.

For the past week I’ve been in a serious slump.  At first, I blamed it on Mother Nature, but once that passed it was clear that wasn’t the case.  After tonight I can clearly see that it could have all been solved by getting back to the gym and curbing the binging.  I feel 100 times better tonight than I have all week.

I was able to read quite a bit of my favorite blog, Runs for Cookies, today and it really got me motivated to start focusing on running again. So, I decided to take a page from Katie’s book and pick out a race to run.

I’ve decided to run the Color Run 5K in June.  That gives me seven full months to train to run 3.1 miles without stopping.

It also completes my goal of running a race within the year of starting this blog.  The registration isn’t open yet, but I’m going to pay the fee as soon as it does.  Hopefully, that will hold me accountable.  I’m really excited to get started, but probably won’t until after the first of the year.  My goal is to be own to 262 by the end of the year, so I’m really going to focus on that for the next few weeks.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”  ~Jim Rohn

Day 127 – You Only Live Once

Today flew by.  Nothing too exciting to report.

Well, I guess there’s one exciting thing to report.


I had a meatball made of kangaroo.

And one of antelope.



And wild boar.

Then I washed it down with bone marrow…

photo 2

Crazy, right?!

Cliff and I went out with some friends of ours tonight to a new place in town called Game.  I’m sure you can guess what their specialty is…

At first I was dead set on just getting an angus burger and maybe having my fries tossed in truffle oil.

Then, before I knew it, I was noshing on meatballs made of all different kinds of woodland creatures.

It was both amazing and terrifying.

To be honest, they mostly tasted like different grades of beef (with kangaroo tasting more like ground up tar pieces from modern day playground areas).  It was interesting, but I think I’ve had my fill of wild game for a while.

However, the gigantic s’more was delicious!  (calm down – it was split between four people!)



“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.” ~Zachary Scott

Day 126 – Everyone has bad….weeks?

I am still exhausted.

The trip was so much fun, but now I’m even more beat than I was on Friday.

And I’ve ingested more calories over the past four days than I have in the past four weeks.  I know I didn’t look at Friday night’s binge as a failure, but I do look at today’s as a failure.  Not to mention the fact that I haven’t worked out since Thursday morning.

I thought I was counteracting the gym by walking around for hours on end all weekend, but there’s no way I burned what I ate over the weekend (and today).

Enough of my pity party.

I had an amazing time with my friends in Cincinnati this weekend and I’m already looking forward to next year.

shopping haul


We all met at my house Saturday morning around eight and then piled into Erin’s Tahoe and hit the road.  The road trip is half the fun, in my opinion.  We hit up the outlet mall first and spent a total of about six hours walking around.  I found some major deals.  The best part is that all of the clothes that I purchased were XL!


Some of them are still a little snug, but they’ll fit soon.  My favorite purchase of the weekend is my new North Face jacket.  I’ve wanted one for a long time, but they don’t go up to a 2XL at the outlet and there was no way I was paying full price for one.  I immediately took off the tags and wore it for the rest of the weekend.  I also got all new exercise clothes from Under Armor and a new pair of Asics on sale for $50!

After we left the outlet we headed to the hotel for a bit before dinner.  We stayed at a Staybridge Suite less than a mile from IKEA.  The hotel was awesome!  Most of us stayed in a two bedroom suite with 3 beds and a couch bed.  They had a HUGE pool and hot tub that was open 24 hours and a delicious (free!) hot breakfast.  After bringing in our luggage and having a quick cup of coffee we all decided to head out to a Hibachi grill down the road.  It was a blast, but it the food was subpar and the service was terrible.  We didn’t let that get us down!  We laughed through the entire (2 hour) meal!  At lunch we had devised a plan that whoever was last to the table would be celebrating their “birthday” at the restaurant.  Sure enough, they told the waitress that it was “Julie’s” birthday (the name the my buddy gave out – sometimes I really love being out of town) and they came out with ice cream and did a whole thing with the giant gong.  It was hilarious!

After dinner we went back to the hotel and played Cards Against Humanity.  I think it might have been a bit much for a few of them, but overall it seemed like it went over well.  After a couple of hours we decided to hit the pool for a bit, but spent most of our time just lounging in the hot tub.  It was super relaxing until five teenagers showed up and took over the area.  We decided to call it a night and head back to the room.  I finally fell asleep somewhere around 1AM.  7AM came really open the next day…


We were up early, showered, packed, and had breakfast and then headed straight to IKEA when they opened at 10.  We were actually through the store pretty fast this year.  We were only there around four hours or so.  My favorite IKEA purchase this year turned out to be baskets that I’m going to hang on a rod and put all my spices in.  The best part of IKEA this year was coming in $100 under budget!

Since we were finished early, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed home.  When I got home, Cliff had cleaned the house up from Thanksgiving and then cooked me a steak dinner…

How did I get so lucky?  I just have no idea.

I’m not even going to talk about what today has been like.  Today has been my lowest point thus far on this leg of my weight loss journey.  I’m not giving up, but today was…absolutely terrible pretty bad.

Tomorrow will better.  I will make sure of it.

But I will warn you, I’ve already decided to cancel tomorrow’s weigh in.  I just know I can’t handle much more disappointment in myself.

We have a Town Hall meeting at work tomorrow – which means a fancy lunch at the Seelbach Hotel.  Then Cliff and I have dinner with friends at a new restaurant called Game (they serve kangaroo…yes, I’m serious).  Not to mention that I still have homework before class on Wednesday.  Sometimes I feel like my life is never going to slow down.  I will be so glad when this school semester is over.

It’s business casual at work tomorrow and I have no idea what to wear, so I think I’m going to figure that out and then head to bed.  I’ll do my best to post a nice review of Game tomorrow night (if I finish my homework in time, that is).

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  ~Thomas A. Edison