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.

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]



Five Thing Friday

  1. Runner’s World posted this article, The Surprising Reason You’re Not Losing Weight, to their FB feed the other day.  Of course I clicked on it, because I’m not losing weight.  I don’t find that surprising, per se, due to things like beer and Hershey’s candy bars, but the click bait title was too good to pass up.  As it turns out, “skimping on sleep can lead to weight gain, an increase in injuries and a decrease in testosterone levels, which is often associated with depression and bone density loss.”  Between my knees and my hips and past bouts of tendinitis, I feel injured all the time.  Like, not really injured, but injured.  I also feel tired every day.  Between the dog and the FH, even when I get in bed on time, I don’t fall asleep.  I’ve “tried” to go to bed early before, but I have to try harder.  Whatever it is that I have to do at 9 or 10pm (last night, it was the dishes), can wait until the next day.  Trying harder means not just saying, “I’m going to go to bed earlier.”  It means taking steps to enable that.  My first 2 steps are to wash my face and brush my teeth at 8pm and, if I have the late walk, walk the dog at 8:30pm.  The goal is going to bed by 9pm and getting 8 hours of sleep.
  2. I came across this program for running with dogs: Ruff Tail Runners.  It’s in Texas and, basically, runners can sign dogs out of the shelter and run with them.  Every runner has to take a training about how to get the dog out of the kennel, how to put on their equipment, how to run with them, etc.  The more training you get, the more difficult dogs you can run with.  I say, can, not have to, because the more socialization and exercise these dogs get, the more adoptable they are.  Even though running with my dog is a pain in the ass, maybe when I have some more time on my hands, I’ll look into starting a program here.  It would be easier if the organization we used was a shelter, but it’s a foster organization (also better for the dogs).  Anyway, it’s just a super cool thing and if you live anywhere near it, you should do it!  Or start one where you do live!
  3. Something, I’m LOVING right now = new Fitbit bands!  I had always yearned for the cute, bracelet-style bands they sold on designed by Tory Burch.  I mean, who wouldn’t want this?   It costs $175!!! So yeah, I guess I wouldn’t want this.  My plain black band was close to breaking, so I figured I’d check out Amazon for replacements.  That’s where I found a set of 2 super cute, patterned ones for only $8.  No, they aren’t silver with a watch buckle, but they look adorable and I can change them to match my outfit.
  4. OH boy, homeownership woes.  First of all, our condo’s master insurance needed an inspection of our fire system to keep our insurance.  There’s one inspector on this side of the state, who is also the main installer of such systems (what a fuckin racket).  He says we need emergency fire alarm pulls at every exit (currently we only have one at the front door).  Guess how much that costs?  Did you guess $2500?  If you did, you’d be right!  THEN, our neighbor below us tells us something from our floor is leaking through their ceiling.  Enter the most annoying plumber of all time, who has told me about wax seals more times than I can count and asked me if I splash a lot when I get out of the shower.  No, fuckhead.  Me splashing out of the shower did not soak through my tile floor, subflooring and their ceiling.  He has now seen as much and is expected back to cut through their ceiling since he can’t find the source of the leak in my bathroom.  Buh bye, tax returns!
  5. Does anyone watch The Bachelor?  I started thinking about who the presidential candidates would be as bachelor contestants on this season.  I really only got as far as Donald Trump is Olivia.  Bragging, boastful, full of shit, a complete liar, obsessed with looks and insulting people.And now, I leave you with this, “I know words.  I have the best words.” 

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