It’s just too difficult to post every single day, especially when your life it pretty much the same thing every day – which I love! – but doesn’t always make for the most entertaining of things to read.

This past week was terrific!  I was able to get in three classes at the Y with some of my favorite ladies, I did ALL of my scheduled runs, and purchased my first size SMALL!


I hate Tuesdays until about 5:15.

5:15 on Tuesday = Barre class with Whitney (and sometimes Kimbo!) and it has rapidly become one my favorite workouts.  It burns sooooooo good.  My legs feel like jello by the time I leave, but I love it.

Other than that Tuesday was pretty uneventful.

Day 21 Activity:

  • Barre – 45 minutes

Total burned – 350 calories

Day 21 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • AM snack – Chai banana smoothie sample (125 cals) more on this amazing beverage soon, I’m sure it’s all bad and I just don’t care
  • Lunch – Chicken Tortilla soup w/ wheat saltines (400 cals)
  • PM snack – 4 wheat saltines w/ almond butter (155 cals)
  • Dinner – Turkey sausage omelette w/ wheat toast (552 cals)
  • Dessert – Luigi’s Italian Ice (100cals)

Total –1,527 calories


Weigh in day!


I’m super pumped that I had a loss this week (no matter how small)!  I’m very proud of how we handled Thunder Over Louisville and it was nice to see hard work rewarded.  Plus, I knew the loss would slow down after the first couple weeks so I kind of expected this.  It’s still a 10.6 pound loss since April 1st, so I’ll take it!

Wednesday wound up being an impromptu rest day because Cliff had a doctor’s appointment after work that wound up taking much longer than we anticipated.  I decided it was just easier to move my weights to Thursday instead of trying to squeeze it in.  Luckily, I was still able to keep my food in check, which seems so much harder on days that I don’t exercise.  I guess I feel like if I put that much effort into working out I’m less inclined to ruin it with a Snickers.

Who knows?

Day 22 Activity:

  • Rest day

Total burned – 0

Day 22 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • AM snack – Simply Naked Pita chips w/ TJ’s corn salsa (198 cals)
  • Lunch – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • PM snack – 1.5 cups popcorn w/ whole wheat cinnamon toast (170 cals)
  • Dinner – Omelette w/ wheat toast (467 cals) – I should really invest in eggs…
  • Dessert – nothing

Total –1,225 calories


Thursday was super busy but lots of fun!  Lauren and I got our weekly run in at the bridge (and went the full 3 miles!)  Much needed Lauren time was had on Thursday.

(Fun sidenote)

Lauren and her boyfriend, Ben, ran the Kentucky Derby Minimarathon this past weekend!  Despite torrential downpours and threats of hail, they powered through and finished in 3:12!  It was actually Ben’s first half-marathon and actually accompanied Lauren at the last minute when her running partner had to pull out.  I am super proud of both of them and hope to join them next year!


I thought they might be ready for some carbs after the race. 🙂

After work we went home, I got in my second workout of the day, and then we had dinner.

I have discovered that a potato is nature’s hot dog.

You can put anything on a potato (like turkey chili and hot habanero cheese) and it’s stupendous.

This makes me VERY happy because I miss hot dogs.  So, so badly.  🙁

After dinner we had several errands to run and wound up not getting home until 9.  Which, as most of you know, is almost past my bedtime.

Day 23 Activity:

  • 3 miles w/ Lauren
  • Pump and Burn (30 minutes)

Total burned – 628 calories

Day 23 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • AM snack – 1/8 cup M&M chocolate eggs (105 cals)
  • Lunch – Chicken Corn Chowder w wheat saltines (312 cals)
  • PM snack – Yasso Sea Salt Caramel Greek Yogurt Bar (100 cals)
  • Dinner – Baked potato with turkey chili, habanero cheese, onion, and pickle (560 cals)
  • Dessert – Yasso Sea Salt Caramel Greek Yogurt Bar (100 cals)

Total –1,372 calories


Friday was awesome because I accompanied my friend, Kelsey, to her first exercise class EVER!  We went down to the YMCA on our lunch break and took a Pump class.  I am happy to report that she kicked total ass (as if there were ever any doubt) and hung with it until the very end.  I am so, incredibly, excited for her!   Both her and her husband recently started on the journey to a healthier lifestyle and they are doing an amazing job.  I’m beyond honored that I got to accompany her to her first class (AND her second – but we’ll get there).

Unfortunately, the rest of the day was not as great as the first half.  Traffic was horrible after work.  No matter where we went – deadlock.

Almost TWO HOURS later (we did have one tiny errand to run, but it was on the way and only took about 15 minutes) we finally pulled up at home.

The rest of the evening was spent on finishing up Lauren’s bag, dinner, and Trailer Park Boys.

Day 24 Activity:

  • Pump class w/ Kelsey (60 minutes)

Total burned – 460calories

Day 24 Food:

  • Breakfast – Chai Banana Smoothie (250 cals) I can already tell this is going to be a problem
  • AM snack – Shakeo (195cals)
  • Lunch – Chicken Corn Chowder w wheat saltines (320 cals)
  • PM snack – White cheddar popcorn – 1 cup (91 cals)
  • Dinner – Seared chicken breast with baked potato, carrots, and green beans (761 cals)
  • Dessert – nothing

Total –1,617 calories


Saturday was pretty spectacular.

Kelsey and I had been planning to go to the Northeast YMCA for a new class called HydroCycle, which is basically a spin class in the pool.

Needless to say, she didn’t have to ask me twice.

But before class I knew I had to get my run in or I would risk being dead on my feet afterwards and there was no way I was skipping it.  I’ve found a perfect 3 mile loop through my neighborhood and I LOVE it!  Mile 2 sucks pretty bad because of the hills, but I’ve finally learned that the hills are what will make me stronger and I do my best to embrace that and get up them as fast as possible.

I snapped a quick (and blurry) selfie to show Lauren that, while it wasn’t exactly 13.1, I was running in the rain in her honor.

20150425_075719Immediately after my run, I threw on my swim clothes and sweats and headed out to meet Kelsey for class at 9.  We were warned to get there closer to 8:30 because the class fills up fast.  So glad we did!

Also glad we thought ahead to invest in water shoes.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like without them.

20150423_184353_resizedI see LOTS of these classes in our future!  It was WONDERFUL.  I loved every single thing about it and can’t wait to go back.  Unfortunately, they’re not having one this week because of the Kentucky Derby.  🙁

Kelsey simply amazed me.  She had just gone to her first class ever the day prior and here she was, first thing in the morning, at her second class and working just as hard!   This woman is going to do some amazing things and I can’t wait to watch!


I had, originally, planned on surprising Lauren and Ben at the finish line, but I never got any text alerts telling me her splits and estimated finish time.  I was afraid that she had decided against it due to the weather.  Of course, as soon as I pull into the driveway I get an alert that she finished (I didn’t get her start time and 10K split time until over an hour later).

So, instead, Cliff and I decided to ride over and drop off their goodies before heading out to get Clifford some (MUCH NEEDED!!!!!!) new clothes.  He’s been wearing clothes that are two sizes too big and shoes with holes in them for quite some time now.  He now owns more shoes than he’s ever owned at one time and I couldn’t be happier.

The amount of handsome is overwhelming at times.

St. James - Cliff

The rest of Saturday was spent gaming and binge watcing Netflix.

There aren’t many better ways to spend a Saturday night.

Day 25 Activity:

  • HydroCycle class w/ Kelsey (60 minutes)
  • 3 miles (neighborhood loop)

Total burned – 1,023 calories (holy crap!  That might be the highest burn I’ve ever gotten)

Day 25 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • AM snack – Skinny Pop – 2 cups (78 cals)
  • Lunch – 3 egg Omelette w/ wheat toast (548 cals)
  • PM snack – Pineapples, grapes, cheese, lite coolwhip (267 cals)
  • Dinner – Homemade flatbread pizza on Whole Wheat Roll-ups by Bake Sense (I love these things!!) (545 cals)
  • Dessert – Wheat cinnamon bread w/ almond butter (260 cals)

Total –1,815 calories


Sunday was dedicated to my amazing friend Ash-Face (or Ashley to other people).  We started off at the Outlets and had really good luck!  Every outfit I bought was a skirt or a dress…I’m not sure how that happened.

For lunch Ashley requested that we go to Ramsi’s Cafe on the World and I was happy to oblige.

Perfectly cooked salmon on a bed of mashed potatoes with a red pepper sauce.  Sauteed veggies on the side.

Literally, awesomesauce.


After lunch we decided to ride over to the mall to continue our quest for a very specific and special item (to be revealed at a later date) and hit pay dirt.

It was such a wonderful day.  The weather was terrific, we found everything on the list, and, most importantly, I got to spend several uninterrupted hours with Ashley.  I went from seeing her every single day to only a few times a year and it sucks.  Hardcore.  I hope that we can find a zumba class (or something similar) that’s halfway between us (she lives about 45 minutes to an hour away, depending on traffic – which there is always a ton of).  That would be SO much fun!


Day 26 Activity:

  • Rest Day! (but we did A LOT of walking)

Day 26 Food:

  • Breakfast – Shakeo (195 cals)
  • AM snack – nothing
  • Lunch – Salmon Sonesta (~617 cals)
  • PM snack – Wheat Cinnamon bread with almond butter and currants spinkled on top (300 cals)
  • Dinner – full from late lunch – nothing
  • Dessert – Frozen yogurt bar (100 cals)

Total –1,395 calories

There’s really nothing to report for Monday, just weights and then class.  However, I think I’m going to have a pretty exciting report tomorrow!  (with the exception of my weigh-in – I can almost guarantee that I’ll be up from the 187.  Tune in tomorrow to see why it doesn’t phase me in the slightest).

Until next time, here’s some serious cuteness.

What's a "plank" Mom?
What’s a “plank” Mom?







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