Man, it’s been a super busy week!


Nothing too spectacular happened on Thursday except for a busy day at work, car maintenance, and a trip to the grocery store.

You don’t want to read about routine car maintenance, right?

Thought so.

Day 16 Activity:

  • Hard Core Abs (15 minutes)
  • Yoga (30 minutes)

Total burned – 154 calories

Day 16 Food:

  • Breakfast – English Muffin with Barney Butter and jam (305 cals)
  • AM snack – Caramel Latte with almond milk and stevia (145 cals)
  • Lunch – Chef Salad (327 cals)
  • PM snack – 3 dill pickles (5 cals)
  • Dinner –Omelet and toast (555 cals)
  • Dessert – Grapes with cheese and lite cool whip (192 cals)

Total –1,529 calories


Friday was slightly more eventful.

We forgot our food for Thunder so we had to run home during lunch and pick it up so we would have healthy snacks for the festivities. Our other option would have been eating everything in sight at the Chow Wagon.

Yes…here in Kentucky we kick off grand festivals with rows of fair food vendors as far as the eye can see.

After work we decided to go hang out at a friend’s house (the “trigger” house that I’ve mentioned before) and I’m happy to report that I only took 3 pieces of candy from the candy jar!

We didn’t stay out too terribly late since I had a long run Saturday morning.

So…like I said…it was only slightly more eventful.

Day 17 Activity:

  • Pump and Burn (30 minutes)

Total burned – 234 calories

Day 17 Food:

  • Breakfast – Whole wheat cinnamon bread (2) and almond butter (250 cals)
  • AM snack – Grapes and cheese (212 cals)
  • Lunch – Breakfast Sammie with avocado (285 cals)
  • PM snack – Popcorn and 6 wheat saltines with peanut butter (192 cals)
  • Dinner –Chef salad (327 cals)
  • Dessert – Candy (3 pcs) cinnamon bread and peanut butter (310 cals)

Total –1,576 calories


Saturday was WAY more eventful.

It started off with a long run with my friend, Whitney, at Beckley Creek Park. It was the perfect morning. The weather was terrific and the park was buzzing with activity. We originally planned to do four miles, with a trail thrown in somewhere, but I knew that was a lofty goal with how my leg had been feeling lately. Instead we wound up running about 2.5 miles (with a mile of that on a trail) and then walking the last mile and a half. Even though our time wasn’t great, I’m really happy about just finishing the four miles.

Our first trail run was a success and I can’t wait to do more!

Look at all the turtles!


After our run, Whitney took me to the kayak/canoe launch area but they didn’t have any out.   I’ve always wanted to try kayaking, but I’ve never even sat in one. I don’t know that I’ve even been near one. Is that required?

Also…perhaps I should learn to swim first?

After a fun-filled morning consisting of loads of exercise (I had Pump and Burn on the schedule after my run) I thought it best to walk 10,000 steps at Thunder over Louisville!

We bought tickets to the Kentucky Center for Thunder this year and I have decided that it is the ONLY way to do this event.

We got down to the riverfront around 2:30 and pulled right into the Center parking garage ($20 event parking, but totally worth it). The air show started at 3, but honestly we spent most of the time in Cliff’s office watching Trailer Park Boys. I still have moments of hermit-ness (or whatever the word is for someone who still struggles with being socially awkward and decides to hole up with Netflix versus facing a gigantic crowd).

We did wind up venturing out into the amazing day to meet up with a friend of ours, Janae, and her group of peeps.   I’m so glad this chick is my buddy. She’s super supportive and great to talk to. She gets my need for planning. There are very few people that get that, so it’s much appreciated. 🙂


As we were walking back from talking to them we were trying to take a picture in front of one of the pillars at the Belvedere and some nice woman offered to take it for us.

The difference from our last Thunder picture makes me happy.


This one might be my all-time favorite picture of us.


We invited some friends to join us and they got there around 6. After dropping off everyone’s stuff in the office we decided to walk down to the river and walk around. We took off on an adventure to find Casey’s sister in the crowd of 500,000 people or so, which was actually a lot of fun, but also turned out to be just a lot of walking through the chow wagon.   We couldn’t get through to her because the phone lines seemed to be jammed. Instead we just kind of wound our way through the crowd and people watched. It was awesome.

On our stroll Cliff and I decided to indulge in two things from the vendors. The first was a red velvet funnel cake and the second was a corn dog. We shared the funnel cake with everyone and split the corn dog between us. All in all, I would say we made out really well considering how bad it could have been. (Think lemon shakers, deep fried Oreos, ice cream galore, etc).

We ended up on the other side of River Front Park where another group of our friends had posted up for the night. We stopped and hung out with them for a while (and might have tried a “few” jello shots) before heading back to the Kentucky Center for the fireworks.

I did, finally, get to formerly meet Tiffany (yes, ANOTHER friend named Tiffany!). She is the BEST hostess!


10,000 steps later we were back to the Kentucky Center and had a little time to kill. We went back to Cliff’s office for some fruit and a few drinks and then made our way outside to find a decent place to see the fireworks.

**Note to self – don’t wait until the last minute next year or, better yet, just walk to the River Front for the fireworks**

The view wasn’t terrific, but was still pretty great.   The show was pretty stellar and the soundtrack was awesomely awkward.

The company was definitely what made it so amazing. We had such a great time! Bo, Casey, Kelsey, and Scott – we will definitely have to do this again next year!

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I should probably leave out the part about going to IHOP at 2AM.

(At least I got a healthy”ish” meal amd burned off half the calories with laughter!)

Day 18 Activity:

  • 4 miles walk/run @ 17 min. pace
  • Hard Core Abs (15 minutes)
  • Yoga (30 minutes)
  • At least 10,000 additional steps at Thunder according to Kelsey’s Fitbit – but I’m not “officially” counting it as exercise

Total burned – 827 calories

Day 18 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo after the run (180 cals)
  • AM snack – Tbsp of White Chocolate Wonderful before my run (90 cals)
  • Lunch – ½ fair corndog (~375 cals) ¼ funnel cake (~190)
  • PM snack – grapes and pineapple with fruit dip throughout the day (363 cals)
  • Dinner – Simple and Fit Blueberry Harvest and Grain Combo with eggs whites and turkey bacon from IHOP (500 cals)
  • Dessert – 7 jello shots (350 cals)

Total –2,048 calories

(with exercise I still managed to stay under my calories for the day!)


Sunday was a super relaxing day (for the most part). We slept in until almost 11AM – that hasn’t happened in years! (We didn’t to bed until well after 3AM) We had plans to meet friends of ours for brunch (which, obviously, would now just be “lunch”) so we got ready super quick and headed out.

Wild Eggs is probably my favorite restaurant and, might possibly, serve my favorite meal. It’s called Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict.

And it’s amazing.

I get so excited about it that I forget to take a picture of it

Every. Single. Time. And trust me. It’s a lot of times.

So, thank you random Urbanspoon enthusiast for providing a terrific shot of this glorious meal.


(I got wheat toast instead of the muffin and grits of the day instead of the fried potatoes – but this is how I would normally eat it)

Needless to say, my food (and drink) decisions, while not horrible, were definitely not what my tummy is used to. We spend the majority of the day playing video games, but I spent most of Sunday night pretty sick to my stomach. I’m definitely happy that I was able to rein it in as much as I did or I can only imagine how bad it would have been.

Day 19 Activity:

Much needed rest day

Day 19 Food:

  • “Brunch” – Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict (~678 cals)
  • AM snack – Nothing
  • PM snack – Popcorn (224 cals)
  • Dinner –Shakeo (195 cals)

Total –1,097 calories


After my stomach finally calmed down I had my first pain-free run in weeks! Super slow, but managed to maintain a 9/1 walk/run ratio, so I’m really happy with it.

Quantitative Methods class.

That is all.

Day 20 Activity:

  • 3 miles @ 15:06 min. pace
  • Pump and Burn (30 minutes)

Total burned – 713 calories

Day 20 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo (195 cals – by the way, the extra calories are coming from the unsweetened chocolate almond milk that I’ve been getting – totally worth the extra 15 calories!)
  • AM snack – nothing
  • Lunch – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • PM snack – nothing
  • Dinner – Homemade chicken salad with woven wheat crackers from Whole Foods (520 cals)
  • Dessert – Fruit cocktail and popcorn (237 cals)

Total –1,272 calories









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