Five Thing Friday 4/29

  1. I have an unhealthy obsession with the songs “Love Yourself” and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. I also have a completely healthy, rational hatred for Justin Bieber. I feel like my soul is deserting me every time I sing along wholeheartedly to his songs. But I just can’t help myself. To this end, I’ve been listening to AMP radio nonstop at work, and now know a whole host of super annoying songs. Oi vey. I don’t know who I am anymore.
  2. Tracking calories is hard.  It’s even harder when someone else is doing the cooking.  FH cooked 4 nights this week, for which I am totally grateful and everything was delicious.  BUT, he made vietnamese pork belly for 2 nights and then bacon lasagna for 2 nights.  Ummm, yeah, not so great with weight loss goals.  I have to starve myself all day just to be able to eat dinner.
  3. I bought new running shoes!  And I actually like them!  Yay!  Here are my Brooks Ravenna kicks: I got them at DSW for $70.  I had to try them on in stores because the website said I needed a size 8.5 and I know running shoes are supposed to be bigger, but too big and you get blisters from all the moving around.  When I tried them on, the size 8 was perfect, plenty of room to wiggle my toes, but fit the rest of my food comfortably snug.  I’ve run in them once so far and the feel springy and light (only 8.8 oz!), but still really supportive.
  4. Also while I was at DSW, there was an older woman looking for support sneakers.  The salesperson pointed to the entire row of Asics and said, “These are all support shoes, doctor recommended.”  She proceeded to say that the variations between all the different versions were mostly just the different colors.  Ummm…NO.  I know from my own injuries in accidentally buying a Neutral Asics shoe, instead of a Support version, that THEY ARE NOT ALL SUPPORT SHOES.  Fucking idiot.
  5. I forgot to put on my FitBit after a shower last week, and I haven’t put it on since.  My wrist feels totally naked and I remembered that I have a birthmark on my wrist which I haven’t seen in years.  I don’t feel a sense of freedom that I thought I would, not being beholden to the step count, but it also wasn’t influencing my behavior.  If I ran, I made it to 10K steps.  If I didn’t run that day, I was probably under my goal.  Since I already track my running, that’s a pretty good barometer.  It really wasn’t making me walk any more.  I do feel like walking doesn’t “count” anymore, though.

Fuck It Days

Have you heard of cheat days? Yeah? I don’t like that term, but I like the concept.

Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Galore™

Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore™ from The Cheesecake Factory

I’ve been tracking my calories and had made some progress (got down to 1550 per day!), but have stalled. My real goal is 1350, but that seems completely unattainable, because I find myself saying at least once a day, FUCK IT. I want that. I can eat that. Just Fuck It.

Maple Bacon

Maple Bacon Donut from Union Square Donuts

That daily indulgence (honestly, multiple times a day some days) is what makes 1350 seem impossible. I can’t control my ‘fuck it’ impulse.

Sweet Potato Agnolotti from Hops n Scotch Bar

So, I’m going to try something for 2 weeks. Have a “Fuck It Day” once a week where I don’t track calories. The thought being here is similar to smoking on the weekends. If I know I’m going to be allowed to do something soon, I can wait for it. So, when I see Russell Stover chocolates at work, which I don’t even like that much, I theoretically should be able to avoid them because I’ll get to eat whatever I want on my Fuck It Day.


Furth Hefeweizen from Night Shift Brewing

Look forward to a menu of future Fuck It Days! Let’s see how gluttonous I can be.

March 2016 Fitness Roundup


  • Total Distance = 27.65 miles [February 13.96]
  • Average Daily Steps =  10,060 [February = 9254]  
  • Weight = 136 lbs [February = 137]
  • Waist = 34.25 inches [February = 34.5]
  • Goals:
    • Continue tracking calories daily and limit myself to 1350 per day [at least beating that 1624/day average!]
      • I did continue tracking and have gotten my average down to ~1550 per day.
    • Run and work out consistently.  Specifically, start using my class Groupon at Assembly Sports Club.
      • I’ve been consistent!  And consistently avoiding Assembly Sports Club haha.
    • Goal weight for end of March = 134 lbs
      • I’ve made 1 lb of progress, not 3.  Progress is progress, though.


Reflecting on the last month, I think I made some real progress in self-discipline.  Thus, my goals haven’t really changed all that much.  Running often is “easy” for me.  Easy to fit into my schedule, easy to psych myself up for, easy because of the calories it burns.  Doing all the stuff that makes running possible (strength training, physical therapy, stretching and yoga) are a pain in the ass (even though, literally, they prevent pains in my ass…see what I did there?).  Now that I’ve accomplished “Run and work out consistently,” I’m going to focus on the quality of those.  This should help me meet my weight goal, which is to lose 3 pounds in a month.

  • Increase weekly mileage to 12 miles.
  • Stretch after every run, and complete yoga video or class once a week.
  • Strength train once a week.
  • Physical therapy twice a week.
  • Goal weight for end of April = 133 lbs
  • Continue tracking calories daily and limit myself to 1350 per day [at least beating that 1550/day average]



February 2016 Fitness Roundup


  • Total Distance = 13.96 miles [January 20.29 miles]
  • Average Daily Steps =  9254 [January = 9508]  
  • Weight = 137 lbs [January = 137]
  • Waist = 34.5 inches [January = 35]
  • Goals:
    • Get eating under control – I don’t know that this is accomplished, but I’ve definitely made a lot of progress.  I’ve been tracking my calories consistently and even achieved calorie goals on a handful of days.  There’s a lot more work to do, but I’m on the right path.
    • Work out and run consistently – Same idea as the above, I’m working on it.  I did injure my knee this month, which took away from my distance and the types of workouts I do, but I’ve kept at it.


I feel more determined than ever to lose weight.  In February, I started out barely tracking my calories and averaging 1977/day when I did to tracking them every day and averaging 1624/day.  That’s still a far cry from 1350.  Eating the right amount of calories is incredibly hard for me.  I love food!  More importantly, I love indulging in food [and drink]!  My determination is helping to make those indulgences less frequent and less indulging.

Overall, March should be a good month.  I do have a vacation in there that I already know won’t go over well.  I’ll be spending 3 and a half days at a ski house with ~15 people.  I know I’m 29, but this is like our spring break – 24 hours a day of drunk.  Some may call it alcoholic, I call it fucking wonderful.  Wonderful, and high calorie.  When you start drinking at 10AM, it’s quite easy to drink your day’s worth of calories before dinner.  But, I digress.  That’s only 3.5 days.  I have 27.5 other days to make up for it, and I will.

  • Continue tracking calories daily and limit myself to 1350 per day [at least beating that 1624/day average!]
  • Run and work out consistently.  Specifically, start using my class Groupon at Assembly Sports Club.
  • Goal weight for end of March = 134 lbs