Thursday, December 24, 2009

Its beginning to look a lot like... work

How am I supposed to be in the Christmas spirit if I have to work?! This time last year I was here:

This year I am here:

Sad, no?

I do think I will be leaving early though **fingers crossed** . Abbie and I have a 5k to do today- We've named it the Abbley 5k. (some call us losers but we call it fun).  I'm actually not that excited for the run- I ran 2 miles with Bunks last night and it was murder. But I'm hellbent on being a runner- so IT'S ON!

I also made this purchase last night:

See my blog roll peeps?Not only do I read - but I obey.

***more to come!***

Running Update- Just finished the Abbley 5k run.

Bottom line... my bottom is out of shape! But I finished it- and that was all I wanted to do. I think overall my mental game gets to me more than being out of shape. I never know what to think about while I am running so then my thoughts just turn to how much I hate to run. If anyone has any thoughts/advice/stories on how to get past this I would appreciate some feedback!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shame Shame

NherShoes has declared to "Finish Strong" for the new year. Meaning working out hard and eating healthy. I was all on board for about 3 days (Spin, Run, Run, Intervals- yeah!) then someone put a huge plate of cookies in our office

Then I had to make some goodies (top secret) for my peeps for Christmas- and may or may not have eaten at least one of every batch.

And yesterday (and probably today) I just had too many holiday things to do so I skipped the gym.

Let's face it folks - I've completely fallen off the fitness/health wagon

And the little devil on my shoulder says- no SCREAMS- "take the rest of the year off and just have fun."   oh. so. tempting.

What will I decide?  Who knows. But I can tell you that having to write this "failure" for all to see is extremely motivating- makes me at least want to eat a carrot or something.
In an unrelated rant- the other day someone on FaceBook wrote "Heading to the gym- I need to lose this weight ASAP!"

Is it me- or is that like the nuttiest thing a girl can write? Okay, maybe not the nuttiest- but annoying none the less. Forget Fat Talk- that was like a Fat Announcement! I should send her the link to Operation Beautiful.

Okay- here are my sad, sad Eats:

  • bfast-  ww arnold thins with 1 egg
  • snack #1- biscotti with coffee
  • lunch- ww bread with turkey and mayo- yes mayo
    • chips - yes chips
    • soda- i know, i know
  • Dinner- Organic Black Bean Soup with a handful of Organic Corn Chips
    • Baileys 
  • Fruit/Veggie count- I'm not even going there...
Maybe I'll get that carrot in...

Update- I ended up going home and downloading a Free yoga podcast from

At the time I didn't feel like I was getting much of a workout- but today my buns are burning (TWSS). It did help me calm down and distress. Exactly what I needed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lazy lazy lazy Jane

Everyday about this time - 3:50pm - I have this thought:

Who cares if I don't go to the gym? I can be perfectly happy laying in bed eating cookies and watching TV for the rest of my life...

I call it the "before the gym dread" I think it is mostly due to the fact that my day is winding down from work and I really just want some chill time to relax.

No worries though- I know better.

More blog to come!

So I dragged my butt to the gym. Great, great, great class- so glad that I went to spin. I LOVE spin. I love that the room is dark and I can just fall into the music.

I think they should have the whole gym like that.... hmmmm... maybe I'll start one.... and call it Club Gym. All the lights will be low and loud fast paced music would be bumpin'.  Of course we'll leave a lit section by the free weights for all the meat heads to look at themselves while flexing. (seriously how hilarous is that to see at a gym? Boys have no shame- you NEVER see girls flexing their muscles in the gym in front of everyone)

today's eats:

  • bfast- 2 egg whites cooked with oats, topped with 1/2 banana and almond butter
  • Snack #1- organic popcorn with sea salt
  • Lunch- Flatout spinach wrap with cuke, avocado, sprouts and hummus
  • Snack #2- apple
  • Dinner- homemade pizza- wheat crust, tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms and peppers (loaded!)
  • Dessert- cupcake
  • Fruit/Veggie Count- 5
  • Workout: 45 min spin class

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Making a list...

i have pulled together my 2009 Christmas list! Some i've already been able to cross off. I LOVE Christmas!
  • Buy a tree

  • Bake cookies

  • Make a gingerbread house
  • See a Christmas NEW movie
  • Drink eggnog (with rum)
  • Watch Love Actually
  • See snow (I’ll need help with this one since I am in Florida)

  • Make a snow angel
  • buy presents

  • Sing Christmas songs
  • Kiss under the mistletoe
  • Decorate house
  • Put up Christmas lights
  • Learn the lyrics to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas
  • Send out Holiday cards

  • Get picture taken with Santa
  • Hang stockings
  • Buy a Toys for Tots gift
  • Eat a candy cane

  • Drink cider
  • Sit by a fire

  • Drink hot cocoa
  • See family
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights

  • Bake Christmas Dinner
  • Volunteer for a christmas event
  • See a Christmas play

Today's eats:
  • bfast- 1 egg, cheese, 1 pc. bread
    • coffee
  • Snack #1- three cookies (i know, i know)
  • lunch- Turkey wrap with spouts
    • fruit

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cookie time!

The chilly weather this weekend was PERFECT for putting up our tree and Christmas decorations- it was as close to a "winter" as I am going to get living in the sunshine state.

 I love santa ornaments so every year my mother buys me the cutest ones during the after Christmas sales and wraps them up for me the following year. Here are a few of my favs.

I love, love, love decorating the tree.

I also decided to bake this weekend. Usually my idea of baking is purchasing cookie dough and throwing it in the oven. (think: Cher when she bakes for her date)

This weekend I decided to follow an actual recipe. Now, I know cookies are not the healthiest things to eat- but it wasn't until I actually saw each and every ingredient that goes in that oh-so-delicious cookie dough I purchase, that I realized just how bad for you they are! We are talking 2 STICKS OF BUTTER PEOPLE! 2! and both regular sugar and brown sugar. It was an eye opener for sure! Now that I have about 5 dozen of these diet crashers - I'm going to pawn them off on other people as gifts. heads up suckas!

Fattening or not, I had a lot of fun baking (and eating- lets be honest here) them.

Today's blog is dedicated to Mr. Tim Tebow- No need to cry. We love ya baby!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Talk to the Moose- Moose! ah ah ah ah Moose!

How much do you love this commercial?

It makes me want to have a gaggle of girls.That I can dress up in these cute little winter clothes.

I'm driving Abbie crazy though by singing "Moose! ah ah ah Moose!" as well as deeming Bunkie's new name as "Moose" for the rest of the year.

Moose! ah ah ah ah Moose!

So the fitness schedule has been made:

Monday- Spin Class (I wish I could do more but the classes do not fit my schedule)
Tuesday- Body Pump- I completely DREAD this class because it is H-A-R-D! But I think a little kick in the ass is what I need
Wednesday- Running
Thursday- Total Body workout with free weights and stability ball- found on
Friday- Free Day!
Saturday- Running
Sunday- Yoga at home

Ta-da! I hope I see some big results from this.

Today's Eats:
  • b-fast- oats with egg whites, almond butter and banana
    • coffee x2
  • snack #1- apple
  • Lunch- Arnold thin with turkey, cheese and hummus
    • carrots
  • Snack #2- greek yogurt with Kashi granola
  • Dinner- taco surprise: black beans, salsa, tomatoes, organic corn chips, cheese
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 4

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Working on my Fit-ness

It seems like yesterday was the day for goals out in blog world! I was inspired enough to create some on my own. Unfortunately I ran out of time yesterday (how does that keep happening?) so i wasn't able to completely make out my new fitness routine- but after some thought- I've come up with the following goals for December:

  • No more weight machines at the gym - I have been using the same weight machines since college. I think i fall back on them because I know what to set them on and how to use them. I am sure my body is tired of this- so for this month I am doing free weights, stability balls, kettles, bands and more instead.

  • Running- I've tried to run over and over again. I want so badly to be a runner so this month I am going to try again. Abbie and I are going to find a 5k to run in this month to help with motivation.

  • Spinning- I  LOVE spin class- not sure why I haven't been in awhile- so I'll be starting that again.
  • Home workouts- I want to incorporate 1-2 home workouts a week (I love being home). I'm going to do some research on popular yoga DVDs (I hate the ones I have) and I also want to get a stability ball workout video to learn more moves and just to do something different.

So now I hope to get to an actual schedule written out - as in a calendar.

Looks like I'll be searching fitness sites tonight for new workouts!

Today's Eats

  • bfast- oats with egg whites, almond butter, 1 banana
  • Snack #1- coffee
    • green monster
  • Lunch- arnold thin, turkey, cheese and hummus
    • cucumber
  • Snack #2- apple
  • Dinner- salad: 1/2 cuke, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 tomato with vinegar
    • ww pasta with olive oil and garlic
  • Dessert- handful of chocolate chips
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 6 (booya!)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Rut rut rut

Having these past 4 days off have been so wonderful. Abbie's family flew down, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.


This weekend Abbie and I got to spend time together.


(he lost at pool- hence the blue nose)

As soon as I walked through my office today though- BAM! I felt like I was in a rut. I love my job- I really do, but lately it just seems so... boring. After much thought- I've decided that A- I'm going to rearrange my office (move my desk, put up new pictures, etc) and B- I'm going to create a schedule for work. An hour by hour TO DO list so that I won't get so bored/ran down with the same old tasks.

When I walked throught the doors of my gym today I felt the same thing- rut, rut, rut. I need new workouts ASAP. Good thing I subscribe to every freaking health and fitness magazine out there!


Tomorrow (I ran out of time today) I am going to go through my pile of old magazine and cut out some new workout moves. I'll probably try them at home so I can get the form down without feeling so self concious at the gym.

*** side note*** at my gym the "open floor/free weights/stability ball area" is always being used by personal trainers. Is it just me or does everyone else who is NOT with a personal trainer feel like they are being judged? I know I should not ever care what people think of me- especially if I am at the gym- because hell- at least I AM in a gym working out. But there is somethign about personal trainers that completely intimidate me and keep me from trying new stuff. lame i know. but this blog is about honesty right?

today's eats:
  •  bfast- 1 egg, 2 Bisquick lowfat biscuits (make with almond milk)
** I had a picture for this but it just looked so bland and blah**
  • coffee
  • snack #1- apple
    • apple crisp chips 
  • Lunch- Turkey, 1 biscuit, teeny tiny bit of mac and cheese
  • snack #2- 3 pickles
    • celery with low fat ranch (not much ranch) 
  • Dinner- Taco surprise- black beans, organic salsa, tomatoes, taco seasoning, organic corn chips, teeny tiny bit of cheese (mmmmmloadedwithdelicious)
  • Fruit/veggie count- #4.5

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I just go with the flow

On the list of Things You’ll Never Hear Me Say- “I just go with the flow.” Is one of them.

Abbie’s family is visiting for Thanksgiving. They are so unbelievably chill and I know they are just happy to be here in the nice FL weather- but I am off my rocker worrying about EVERYTHING!
·         I’m so embarrassed there is fur all over the backseat of my car
·         Is my house clean enough?
·         Did they like dinner?
·         Am I cheap for purchasing pre sliced cheese with wheat thins as appetizers?
·         Worry
·         Worry
·         Worry

Sometimes it’s hard to be me with this damn monkey brain.

Thank God for wine.

Today’s eats:

  • Bfast- 1 egg, ww Arnold thin, 1 slice cheese
    • Coffee
  • Snack #1- apple, another coffee
  • Lunch: ww Arnold thin, turkey, 1 slice cheese, spinach
    • carrots
  • Snack #3- pickles
  • Snack #4- Wheat thins,  cheese, 2 glasses wine
  • Dinner- 1 Texas toast, spaghetti (only had a little- not a big fan of spaghetti)
  • Fruit/Veggie count #3

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Drinking around the world

Work has had me so burnt out lately. I was so happy to be able to see my best friend Jen this weekend in Orlando- although the trip took a toll on both my liver and bank account- it was some much needed fun and girl time.  The only vegetable I ate was an apple and this grilled veggie sammy I bought at MGM.

It was downhill from there as we drank around the world at EPCOT:

I ate yummy bad-for- you popcorn

And ended the night with this double cheese lard ass burger and thunder thighs fries.

My friend asked me about my blog and how things were going. She specifically asked “what have you given up?” By the looks of my blog I would have to say not very much. It occurs to me that this blog was supposed to help me try harder to eat healthy and I’ve really just been eating the same. I make excuses for “celebrations” but if I really want to make things happen I simply need to try harder.  This week will be a good test as I have Abbie’s family in town and it is the biggest “Pig Out” holiday of the year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm all growns up

I find that there are somethings in life that make me feel like an adult. Sure, I own my car and condo. I run a startup company. I graduated from college (with honors) and have been paying my own bills since I was 18 years old... but sometimes there are events that make me feel like an adult. Like buying our very first houseplant.

Isn't she a beauty?

Funny thing is- I am so excited for this weekend coming up so that I DO NOT have to feel like an adult. My BFF is coming home to visit her family and I am going up to see her. Here we are - 2 girls- pushing 30- getting excited for our sleepover at her mother's house followed by a day of Disney and foolishness like:

Action Camera shots:

Stealing the Hat Lady's hats:

Cramming into a phone booth:

Participating in Peer Pressure:

And sword fiighting:

Can't wait!

**Hi Kate!**

Todays Eats:
  • Bfast- WW arnold thin, 1 egg, 1 cheese
    • still hungry so I had 2 pc white bread (out of the arnold thins) and another piece of cheese
  • Snack #1- coffee
    • 1 apple and cashews

  • Lunch- 3 pickles- I know this sounds crazy but I just wasn't that hungry
  • Snack #2- Kashi granola
    • ANOTHER coffee

  • Dinner- salad with cukes and spinach/ vinegar dressing

    • WW pasta with low fat cottage cheese, basil, lemon peel (loaded and very light) there is just no way this was going to look good on camera
  • Fruit/Veggie Count- 4
  • Workout- Upper body with intervals (50 min)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Play that funky music

I’m feeling oh-so-unoriginal today. Nothing big happened so I really do not have much to blog about. One big thing for me today (but not so exciting) is that I went back to my old gym. I’ve been working out at another gym the past two weeks and it is so nice to be back- sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name…and they’re always glad you came… *** Sing with me!***

I also lifted today which I haven’t done in 2 weeks. I decided to ease back into my workouts by just doing cardio. Lifting weights is way more fun though.

To get into the gym spirit I added 4 new songs to my “Move your Ass” playlist on my ipod two of them being Patron Tequila and She wolf – which totally got me pumped to workout.  Here is a snapshot of the other songs on my playlist

I HAVE to have good music to workout. The problem is that I get so tired of the songs I have so fast. Example: I made the mistake of adding Lady Gaga to my iPod when she first came out. Now I want to stab my ears every time I hear po- po- po- po-ker face – po-po-ker face!  What I really need is Pandora – Best. Invention. Ever.

Here are today’s eats:

  • Bfast- 2 egg whites, WW Arnold thins, 1 cheese, 1 coffee
  • Snack #1- Green Monster  wheat cookie

  • Lunch- plain tuna with 2 pickles 
    •  greek yogurt with Kashi granola
  • Snack #2- carrots and hummus
    • green tea
  • Dinner- WW pasta with peppers 
    • spinach salad with balsamic, pinenuts and craisins
    • 1 glass of red wine

  • Fruit/Veggie count # 6
  • Workout- Lowerbody- abs 45 mins.

I’m taking part in OhSheGlows  Whittle My Middle challenge