December & January Fitness Roundup

I just realized that I never did a December Fitness Roundup (I know, you’re all waiting with bated breath).


  • Total Distance = 4.36 miles [November = 6.21, October = 50.63]
  • Average Daily Steps = 8,887  [November = 9,388, October = 13,107]  
  • Weight = 136 lbs [November = 132.2, October = 133.4]
  • Goals: Run 3-4 times per week and complete the December HIIT Challenge — I definitely didn’t run, but I did complete the challenge (minus 1 day).


  • Total Distance = 20.29 miles [December = 4.36, November = 6.21]
  • Average Daily Steps = 9,508  [December = 8887, November = 9388]  
  • Weight = 137 lbs [December = 136, November = 132]
  • Goals = Make small changes towards getting in shape.  I know that’s vague, but I think I’m accomplishing it.  I’m strength training and running more, and starting to (slowly, but surely) make better food decisions.



  • Get my eating under control.  For the month of February my focus is tracking my calories during the work week and trying to get them under 1350 per day.  I’ll tackle the weekends next month.
  • Run and work out consistently.  I’m getting much better at this.  I’ve been running twice a week and going to one class per week.  This month, I’d like to run more and continue the classes.



Completely Delinquent

I’ve been delinquent both in exercising and in blogging about it.  I have been am overachiever in dessert eating and tv watching. So, those are diametrically opposed.

I think the holiday season it’s getting the best of me.  I also cancelled my ipsy subscription both to save money for Christmas gifts and to reduce the amount of unused crap I have cluttering the shelves. But, this also eliminated the easy review posts for Make Up Monday.

I’m going to take a little hiatus this week and come back strong starting Sunday. I hope you’re having a great week!

November Fitness Roundup


  • Total Distance = 6.21 miles [October = 50.63, September = 66.44]
  • Average Daily Steps = 9,388  [October = 13,107, September = 12,356]  
  • Weight = 132.2 lbs [October = 133.4, September – 131.8]

My first goal was to complete 20 of the 30 days of My Goodness Blog November Core Challenge.  I actually completed all 30.  I liked that each day was only 5 minutes or so of exercises.  It definitely wasn’t a full workout, but a challenge to add to your normal routine.  And let me tell you, it was a challenge for me to complete 30 days of ab exercises.

My second goal was to run 40 miles.  Welp, we know how that turned out.  Nonexistent.  Most of my time off was recovering from cough and cold, but I also just don’t have the drive to get up and run before getting ready AND walking the dog.

My third goal was to eat healthy.  Hahahahahaha.  The only positive thing I can say for this is that we’ve been cooking at home more.  Albeit, one night we fried chicken thighs and green beans (yes, it was fucking amazing).


The month of December poses a lot of challenges to most goals people have – weight loss, saving money, exercising regularly, getting more sleep.  I wanted to acknowledge that anything you do in December is a victory.  There are holiday parties that keep you up late, hungover the next day, 3 pounds heavier with no time or motivation to exercise.  There’s the gifts.  Oh the gifts.  The number of divorces and second and third and fourth marriages in my family mean I have to give more and more gifts.  How much is an acceptable amount to spend on a gift?  $25?  That’s sort of a cheap gift, right?  But multiply that by 15 and I’m at $375.  That’s more than I save in a month!  UGH.

Okay, done complaining.  My point is that it’s important to consider the circumstances and not strive to achieve everything you did last month, only to be disappointed because of all the outside influence.

As I stated in my Sunday Runday post this week, I want to start running more consistently.  I think instead of setting out to do 3-4 miles each time after 3 weeks off, I need to be cool with 1-2 miles.  It’s more than nothing!

My other main goal is to complete My Goodness Blog’s December Full Body HIIT Challenge.

Fuck eating healthy over the holidays…eating dinner dining family dinner animals

Selective Reading

I use Feedly and WordPress reader for my daily reading. Feedly is a nice phone app that brings in a variety of feeds, not just blogs. On mine, I follow Deadspin, Thought Catalog, Hungry Runner Girl, Style Me Pretty, Offbeat Bride, and Wedding Chicks. It’s easy to skim past the first 2 because I’m only interested in reading 1 out of every 10 articles, so even though they post 30+ a day, it’s a quick feed to catch up on. Hungry Runner Girl only posts 1-2 times a day, so that’s easy. Then, there’s the last 3. All wedding blogs featuring beautifully styled shoots, designer collections, engagement sessions, professionally planned weddings, quirky personal weddings. Combined they also post 20-30 articles a day and I love them all. Weddings, decor, beauty and fashion are ALL interesting to me. But…sometimes they make me feel bad. I don’t have the time, money, or energy to plan a wedding worthy of being featured in any of those sites. This feeling is akin to Pinterest envy. On Monday, I had 14 unread wedding posts and was just not in the mood for it.  Pink, gold, glitz beach wedding?  I hate gold AND beach weddings.  Why to I feel obligated to read that?

Instead of saving them for later, I found freedom. I was hesitant at first (What if I missed something that would make my wedding the most special?! Ahhh FOMO), but I quickly took the plunge and clicked ‘Mark All As Read’…even though I didn’t * gasp * read them. It was so freeing.