Month: April 2015

Day 14/30

So many great things happened yesterday!  I don’t know which one to share first.

Well, this one happened today (officially) but it’s a pretty big deal – so I’ll start there.


I am *officially* down 190 pounds and 3 pounds away from meeting my B goal for the 30 day challenge.  🙂

What’s even more exciting is that this weight also takes me out of the obese range!!!


I was a little concerned about the weigh-in this morning because I haven’t been able to get in as much cardio as I’ve wanted, plus I upped my weight lifting (both body and plates) and I ALWAYS seem to gain when I do that.  (This is why it’s vital to take measurements and weigh in.  That way when one or the other stalls you can still track progress and thus, stay motivated.  It’s also a good way to find out if you’re actually plateauing or just improving in different areas.  Having actual issues can be indicative of medical issues.  *source*)

Enough about today, let’s talk about how awesome yesterday wound up being!  After back-to-back hellish workouts, I finally got in an AMAZING session of fun-filled movement.  I met my friends Kim and Whitney at the Northeast Y for barre class and I had no idea just how great the night would be.  Whitney had already told me that she had a surprise for me so I was already super excited (I love surprises.  L-O-V-E).  Before we started she handed me a little bag and this was inside it:

Right before we started class she handed me a little bag and this was inside it:

“~She believed she could so she did~”

I was speechless.  #1 because it was so incredibly sweet and #2 because it fit my freaking wrist!  That chick totally gets me.  I’m so happy that we met – she pushes me and motivates me just when I need it the most.

My friend, Kim, joined us this week and I thought to myself, “She was a dancer, I’ll just follow her moves and make sure I’m doing it right.”



She’s like a freaking prima ballerina!  It was crazy!  Kim, if you’re reading this, please take me under your tutelage and teach me how to bend like that.

From left: Whitney, Kim, me - right after barre class.
From left: Whitney, Kim, me – right after barre class.

We had so much fun and I’m eternally thankful to Whitney for introducing me to barre.  It is, most certainly, a class that I would have never, ever thought to try.  I’m convinced that Whitney has magical powers because not only did she convince me to try barre, but she somehow managed to get me to stay for spin last night after barre…

Yes, I’m serious.  No, I could not feel my legs.

To be honest, it was actually pretty great and I’m convinced it’s the reason that my legs are still listening to me instead of just kind of doing their own thing like last week.  I had intended to stay and get in 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical anyway, but this was way more fun.  It was her sister’s (Tiffany) first time at spin and she totally killed it!  We stayed for 30 minutes and then we even cooled down for another 15 minutes on the treadmill.  I was DEAD after my first spin class – like limped out of the room dead.  It was awesome to get to join her on her first trip.  I’m so proud of her!

From left: Tiffany, Whitney, me - hamming it up after spin class (is that still a phrase?)
From left: Tiffany, Whitney, me – hamming it up after spin class (is that still a phrase?)

After torturing my body with an hour and half of continuous movement, I decided to soak in a long Epsom bath and get to bed super early.

(Man.  If you haven’t done that – do it.  Like, get up – right now – go to the Dollar Store, buy some Epsom salt, come home, and then bathe it up.  You’ll thank me).

Believe it or not – I actually achieved that plan!  It was the perfect end to a wonderful day.

Day 14 Activity:

  • Barre Class (45 minutes)
  • Spin Class (30 minutes)
  • Treadmill cooldown (15 minutes)

Total burned – 724

Day 14 Food:

  • Breakfast – English Muffin w/ Almond Butter (255 cals)
  • AM snack – nothing
  • Lunch – Homestyle Light Chicken Corn Chowder w/ 10 wheat saltines (360 cals)
  • PM snack – Few bites of Cliff’s leftover chicken pieces (I normally put them in salad) (165 cals – this is a drastic overestimate, but I didn’t measure and I like to play it safe)
  • Dinner – Shakeo w/ banana and almond butter (285 cals)
  • Dessert – Nothing

Total – 1,065 calories

(this is actually quite a bit lower than where I like to be – especially after burning that many calories; however, I never felt hungry throughout the day and I didn’t have any weird cravings or stomach issues, so I’m not concerned about it.  If I felt like I was starving or if these days happened to often, I would certainly look for an underlying reason and work on upping my intake.  Too little can be just as bad as too much.  😉


Day 13/30


Originally, I was supposed to go for a run with a friend of mine but potential weather, then an ill-timed meeting, then just an ill mood kept that from happening.  So I decided I would just knock it out on the treadmill when I got home since I had class anyway.

Yet again…bad idea.

Yesterday was, basically, a repeat of Sunday, workout wise.  I hopped on the treadmill and made it a grand total of a quarter mile before my leg felt like it was going to rip out of its socket and hit Cliff in the face (he was on the elliptical).

No bueno.

After a (much smaller) pity party I decided to still do my weight training so that the whole day wasn’t a wash.  I upped the weights to 10’s instead of 5’s so that I would, at least, feel like I was pushing myself in some sort of exercise capacity.  It worked, for the most part, and I felt much better when I finished.

I have no idea what’s wrong with my right leg.  My knee has been sore, on and off, for weeks.  I’ve gotten new shoes, I’ve iced, I’ve heated, and I’ve medicated – but nothing helps.  It does feel better, overall, but every time I’ve tried to run since last Wednesday, it’s been a no-go.  However, if I stay off it for 2-3 days I feel fine.  The physical therapist that came to speak to our running group said to contact a doctor is the pain lasted more than 2-3 days but I’m not yet in that range.  I’m hoping that this particular bout of pain is just from marathon shopping in flip-flops for three straight days.

Remind me to never do that again.  (The flip-flops, not the shopping.  😉

Fortunately, I’ve been able to stay under my calories even without the cardio.  However, even though that’s the case, I was up 2 pounds this morning at 190.  Super frustrating.  I know I shouldn’t weigh every day (and this is exactly why) but when I’m so close to such a huge goal I just can’t help myself.  I’ll go back to weekly weighing only next month.

Tonight is Barre class with my buddy Whitney and I think another friend, Kim, is going to join us.  I’m super excited!  I hope that all the leg work will help to strengthen my knee and hips.  I also plan on getting on the elliptical afterwards so that I can get in a little cardio without the impact of running.  Hopefully the weather won’t be bad tomorrow and I can try another run outside and see how it goes.

Wish me luck!

Day 13 Activity:

  • Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
  • 1 minute plank

Total burned – 234

Day 13 Food:

  • Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeo (180 cals)
  • AM snack – Grapes and cheese (122 cals)
  • Lunch – English Muffin with almond butter and some popcorn (360 cals)
  • PM snack – nothing
  • Dinner – Chef salad with Cliff’s chicken (579 cals)
  • Dessert – No sugar added Fruit Cocktail (140 cals)

Total – 1,241 calories



Days 8-12/30 (Mega Post)

Boy oh boy do I have an update to share!

I learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of over the past few days.  I used to really struggle with having extreme highs and lows.  I had a couple of those experiences over the past five days and I’m happy to report that I managed to pull through.  I can tell a significant difference in my anxiety levels versus what they were two years (or even just a year) ago!  I was able to maintain control for the entire trip and into the weekend.  Even though I went over my calories a couple times, I never binged.

First and foremost I have to thank my Mom and my Grandmother for being super helpful and supportive while they were here.  Having visitors and going on trips are usually really big binge triggers for me, but they helped me stay on track the whole time they were here.  I’ll never be able to properly tell them how grateful I am for that.  I also have to thank my husband for pushing me through what was possibly the worst workout of my life yesterday – but I’ll get there.

The Rest of Wednesday:

When we last left off I had just done my weekly weigh-in Wednesday morning.  The rest of the day (or most of it, at least) was spent getting to Fort Wayne, Indiana.  My Mom and Granny drove up from Mayfield and, after I finished my weight training, we hopped in the car and headed north.  Other than some traffic right outside of Edinburgh, the drive was pretty smooth sailing.  I made sure to bring all the healthy food goodies with me and stayed completely away from gas station food (and drinks!  Water only for this gal!).  Four hours later we pulled into our hotel and checked in.  Our room was super nice and had a full kitchen (which allowed me to skip having to eat breakfast at the hotel or from a fast food restaurant).  I still had 3 miles to run so I asked the front desk clerk if there were any parks close by.  She handed me a copy of the directions to a park just a mile or so away and we were off.

The park wound up looking pretty rough and the path was through a heavily wooded area.  It made my Mom a little nervous, so I decided to just head back to the hotel and do it on the treadmill.  None of us could decide what to do for dinner so we stopped at the mall across from our hotel and went to the food court.  I was happy to see a Subway and picked up a sandwich to have after my workout.  Mom and Granny opted for the Charlie’s Subs (which looked DELICIOUS!) and back to the hotel we went.

I went downstairs and started my run and, as usual, was only able to go about a mile without having to stop and walk.  I felt like I was going to face plant onto the belt after that first mile.  However, despite the fact that I felt like I was going to die,  I did manage to keep both my running pace and walking pace faster than usual and wound up running my best treadmill time ever @ 13:36/mile!  About a mile and a half in (I.E. when I was at the point where I was starting to barter with myself “I could just stop at 2 miles – I mean, I AM on vacation”) a guy walked in and hopped onto the treadmill beside me.  Well, as you can guess, there was no way I was quitting at that point.  I finished out the 3 miles and hopped off to grab a drink.  The guy warned me that they were out of water and that struck up a conversation.  It turned out that 8 years prior he couldn’t run a mile without having to stop and catch his breath.  Then, just last year, he completed his first full Iron Man in Louisville!  I told him a little of the story about our weight loss and he congratulated me and my husband and told me to keep up the hard work because it’s 100% worth it.  It was definitely a big motivational boost and it also helped to carry me through the past five days.  So, thank you random Iron Man Treadmill Dude – wherever you are!

Day 8 Activity:

  • Pump Challenge (30 minutes)
  • Hard Core Abs (10 minutes)
  • 3 miles @ 13:36
  • 30 sec regular plank, 30 seconds on each side

Total burned – 761

Day 8 Food:

  • Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeo (180 cals)
  • AM snack – Mocha with unsweetened Almond Milk (110 cals)
  • Lunch – Clif Bar, Ham & Cheese rollup, 2 nut balls (443 cals)
  • PM snack – Skinny Pop – 2 cups (78 cals)
  • Dinner – Foot long steak and cheese from Subway (only ate 3/4 of it) (780 cals)

Total – 1,591 calories


After an amazing night of sleep (Marriott beds are just the best) we got up and prepared for a morning of purse shopping.  I brought along my whole wheat muffins and Barney Butter for breakfast and my Mom and Granny opted for the free hot breakfast in the lobby.  We requested a late checkout and took off to the Coliseum.

{If you aren’t a Vera Bradley fan, feel free to skip over this part}

Last year we went to the second session on the third day and I wasn’t all that thrilled with the crowd or the selection.  This year we decided to go to the first session on the second day and it was PERFECT!  The crowd was half the size of last year and the patterns/styles that were available were far better than last year.  I fell in love with one particular pattern and couldn’t stop buying it.


I stuck to my list (and even decided against a few things) and managed to only spend half my budget!

After the sale we met up with my friend, Jennifer, and her Mom, Yvonne.  I met Jennifer through my old job and we’ve been friends ever since.  She is one of the most amazing and down to earth people that I’ve ever met.  I feel incredibly lucky to be considered one of her buddies.  🙂  Unfortunately, she lives in Michigan and we don’t get to see each other nearly as much as I would like.  I love that we go to this sale together every year and I hope it continues to be an annual tradition for a long time to come.

Did I mention that she’s also the one that convinced me to do the half-marathon and will also be running it with me in October?  Ask me again on October 19th if we’re still friends.  😉

{Look Katie!  We’re twins!  I had to go buy that shirt}.


We decided to meet up at Panera Bread for an early lunch and to get in a good gabbing session before our long drive home.  I had the turkey sausage, egg white, and spinach on a sprouted flat bagel.  It wasn’t as good as the lunch we had there the other day, but it wasn’t terrible.  It definitely kept me full for a while, so that was good.

After a couple of hours of talking we decided to skip the Fort Wayne mall and head back towards Louisville since it was raining.  Luckily we drove straight out of the rain and had an equally smooth drive back into the city as we had coming out of it.  When we got back to Louisville we decided to grab a bite to eat and then hit up the outlet mall.  Since it was a random Thursday evening and it had been raining, the place was dead.  It was the best time to visit!

I should also mention that this happened while we were there:

IMG_20150410_205629So I guess, technically, Operation Size 10 is complete?  😉  (I also bought a size Medium Flash shirt – but it’s a men’s medium so I don’t know if that counts).

I did go over my calories on Thursday (it was a planned rest day so no calories from exercise to fall back on) but I’m happy with the kind of calories I ate, so I’m ok with it.

Day 9 Activity:

  • Planned rest day, but did manage to walk around the sale for 2.5 hours and another 2.5 hours at the outlet mall, so that has to count for something!
  • 30 sec regular plank, 30 seconds on each side

Total burned – 0

Day 9 Food:

  • Breakfast – Whole wheat english muffin with Barney Butter (210 cals)
  • AM snack – nothing
  • Lunch – Turkey sausage, egg white, and spinach on sprouted flat – Panera (400 cals)
  • PM snack – nothing
  • Dinner – Teriyaki grilled chicken with pineapple salsa, green beans, one trip to the salad bar @ Cattleman’s (~620 cals)
  • Dessert – Clif Bar (240 cals)

Total – 1,470 calories


Friday might have wound up being my favorite day of the week because it started out with my Mom coming with me to spin class at 6AM!!!  Words cannot express how proud I am of her!  She had never been to a class and she walked right in, hopped on a bike, and lasted MUCH longer than I did my first time.  I was on cloud 9 for the rest of the day!


After class we went home and had breakfast and picked up my grandmother and then we were off for another marathon day of shopping.  Our first stop was Whole Foods to look for some gluten free items for Mom to take back for Tammy (our cousin and my Mom’s best friend).  While we were there I tried a sample they were passing out that was so tasty that I bought all the incredients!  It’s just a whole wheat cracker (think Triscuit consistency) with crunchy almond butter and currants (little bitty raisin-like thingies) sprinkled on top.  Delicious!

After Whole Foods it was time for lunch.  They love sushi and we normally go to Ichiban, but Cliff and I were introduced to a great sushi place called Asahi by our friends, Katie and Troy, so I decided to take them there instead.

Personally, I thought it was the best sushi I’ve ever had.  My mom and grandmother still prefer Ichiban.


After we refilled our tanks we were off again, this time to St. Matthews Mall and Kohl’s.  I didn’t have a lot of luck on clothes, but I was able to pick up a couple of dresses, two pairs of capris, and a few other random things that will be unveiled at a later time.  😉  This round of shopping also included a stop at Godiva for some chocolate covered strawberries.

Once we were shopped out again we went home and picked up Cliff and went to one our favorite restaurants, Comeback Inn.  It’s mostly Italian food but there are a few things on the menu that are great comfort foods with a twist – like the crab cakes and the hot brown.  Since I’m not eating white flour for the month of April, I skipped my favorite dish and opted for a pasta/breadless option.  It was a seasoned sirloin steak, with mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, on top of a bed of sauteed mushrooms and spinach.  Overall the dish was pretty tasty, but I learned that I’m not a big fan of gorgonzola.


Day 10 Activity:

  • Spin w/ Mom (50 minutes)
  • 45 sec regular plank, 30 seconds on each side

Total burned – 477

Day 10 Food:

  • Breakfast – (after spin) Chocolate Shakeo (180 cals)
  • AM snack – (before spin) Whole wheat toast with Barney Butter (95 cals)
  • Lunch – Sushi – ~8 pieces (~476 cals)
  • PM snack – Chocolate covered strawberry from Godiva (40 cals)
  • Dinner – Steak bake from Comeback Inn (~764 cals)
  • Dessert – nothing

Total – 1,555 calories


Saturday started off pretty well – more shopping, surprise surprise!  We went to Cabela’s to look for ponchos for my grandparents (they’re avid fishers – is that a word?).  Afterwards we hit up the last mall in Louisville and stopped at Victoria Secret and DSW (and had AWESOME finds at both).  After we officially tackled every mall in the city, we decided to call it quits and stop for lunch.

That’s where things kind of went downhill.  We stopped at McAlister’s for lunch and, apparently, the food didn’t agree with my Mom.  She spent most of the rest of the day really sick and actually had to extend their trip because she was too sick to drive home.  I felt terrible for her all day!  🙁

While my Mom napped, we set my grandmother up with a movie (the new(ish) Star Trek) and I cleaned up the house.  We had plans to game with some friends of ours Saturday night and we were going to cancel, but my Mom insisted that she was ok so we decided to go.  I’m so glad we did because we had a BLAST!  We got to play Munchkin for the first time in years and we also got to watch them play The Big Bang Theory game and it looks like a lot of fun!  I did indulge in a little too much delicious food, but I’m glad I did because the smores were out of this world.  We wound up staying until a little after midnight (WAY past our bedtime) because we were having so much fun.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a while!

Day 11 Activity:

  • Moved my long run to Sunday (or so I thought) and took Saturday off

Total burned – 0

Day 11 Food:

  • Breakfast – Clif bar (240 cals)
  • AM snack – nothing
  • Lunch – Choose 2 soup and salad at McAlister’s – Chef salad and tortilla soup, skipped the chips (570 cals)
  • PM snack – nothing
  • Dinner – Homemade spaghetti with veggie noodles (474 cals)
  • Dessert – Apple with caramel dip, buffalo chicken dip with chips, 2 smores (~566 cals)

Total – 1,850 calories


My Mom and Granny got up early and left around 6:30.  I went back to bed and slept in (I still can’t believe that “sleeping in” consists of staying in bed until 8:30).  I got up and decided to get my homework out of the way first and put my run off until later.

Big mistake.

I’ll make a long(er) story short by saying it did not go well.

I wanted to run outside but not in my neighborhood so I headed to a park.  Strike One = gaggles of people.

I decided to head downtown.  Strike Two = gaggles of people.

I decided to just go home and get on the treadmill.  Strike Three = Jodi’s been on her feet for four days straight and barely had two miles left on them.

My entire workout was just a big fat fail.  Luckily, my husband is ridiculously supportive and helped coach me through the worst hour and a half I’ve had in a loooooong time.  After I laid in the floor and cried and whined about how fat and weak I felt (please tell me that I’m not the only person that feels that way from time to time) I decided that I might as well just step on the scale and see how much damage I did over the week since I was already in a foul mood.

You can imagine my surprise when 188.6 popped up on the screen.

Needless to say I, instantly, felt better.  I know it isn’t official until Wednesday, but it was nice to see a loss after the past five days.  Especially after such a bad exercise session.  It also means I’ve lost 190 pounds and am no longer considered “obese.”  🙂

So, all in all, it’s been a pretty fantastic five days.  I had an amazing time with my family, my food and exercise was (mostly) on point, and I managed to lose three more pounds.  I would call that a win.

Just 17 days to go!

Day 12 Activity:

  • 2 miles @ 14:59 (hardest 2 miles ever) 
  • Pump and Burn (30 minutes)
  • Hard Core Abs (10 minutes)
  • 1 minute plank

Total burned – 528

Day 12 Food:

  • Breakfast – Chocolate shakeo (180 cals)
  • AM snack – 2 nut balls (120 cals)
  • Lunch – Wasn’t hungry at all – I don’t skip meals often, so I don’t feel too terrible about this.
  • PM snack – nothing, still wasn’t hungry
  • Dinner – Cliff’s Amazing Omelette (sp?) with toast and jelly (650 cals)
  • Dessert – Pineapples and grapes with yogurt/cool whip dip (236 cals)

Total – 1,186 calories