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Posted on Feb 8, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 0 comments


Well, here we are again. Sickness: 1, Gretchen: 0. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Well, I do. My stomach is all wonky and (shield the eyes of the sensitive) I threw up this morning. Vom. Literally. Ew. But it’s so weird because just like yesterday, I felt fine when I went to bed, fine when I woke up, and it started like twenty minutes after that. :-/ Anyway, so today I’m taking it easy, trying to drink lots of water and eats lots of non-tummy-upsetting foods. I am feeling a little better now, but I don’t want to take any chances. I just hate that I am ALWAYS getting sick! Boo!

Anyway, I *was* all pumped to update you all today on the fact that I signed up for my second 5k yesterday! Scratch that, I’m still excited to tell you all! 🙂 I’ll be running the American Red Cross “Out for Blood” 5k in Columbia, MD! It takes place on March 26th, so any DC area locals, feel free to join me!

So I guess that my (re)training schedule isn’t going to start today like originally planned, but I’m looking forward to having a scheduled goal to work toward again. I think this was really key in keeping my exercise ramped up in working towards my first 5k, and it was after that was accomplished that my exercise rapidly decreased. So! Something to work towards, now! Once I’m back to a non-nauseated state, that is.

The breakfast that I’m currently nibbling on is a bowl of warm oats with honey, dried cranberries and a few dark chocolate chips on top (hey, I’m sick! I need comfort!):


And a slice of whole wheat toast with natural PB and some strawberry preserves:


I made it about halfway through the oatmeal and ate my toast, so hopefully I can keep it down and everything will be back on track tomorrow. Gotta get better and back to work, especially since I’ll be missing another day at the end of next week to go to Ottawa! I’m so excited to go back and visit all my friends in Canada I haven’t seen in multiple years. For those of you who don’t know, I spent my senior year of high school (and graduated) from a school in Canada, and my parents stayed there through my junior year of college. I haven’t been back since the summer of 2008, and I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately. So I booked a flight for over Presidents Day weekend, and I’m totally jazzed! Needless to say, I need to get my health back in tip-top condition, because you just know that going to Canada in February is NOT going to help that immune system much, haha.

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Posted on Nov 25, 2010 in Dear Diary, Working Out | 7 comments

Thankful (Part 1)

Well, Happy Turkey Day, guys! I feel like this day has been such a whirlwind – it feels like it’s been 3 days worth of activities in one! As such, I‘ve decided to split Thanksgiving into two posts so that I don’t bore you to death on your holiday, hehe. So as I watch my favorite movie of all time, Singin’ in the Rain, I’m going to tell you about my First Great Accomplishment for today:

Running the SOME 5K!!!

That’s right y’all. I did it. I ran a 5K. I didn’t walk. I didn’t stop (save for one moment where I had to re-tie my shoelace, but I don’t think that counts.) I ran it. 3.12 miles. And I did it in just over 40 minutes total (I even sprinted the last tenth of a mile – ROAR!!!!)

Granted, I ran it slow. I think I ranged between a 12 1/2 and 13 1/2 minute pace the whole time. Maybe slower. The beginning was slow-going because there were so many people all crowded together, and it was slow at the turn-around too, where you started to head back toward the start/finish line. But hey, I did it. And I feel so accomplished. And now I have future goals available, to get a little bit faster, a little bit more graceful. It’s a really good feeling. 🙂

It was such a fun experience, participating in a race like that. There were 5000 people there! And people running in all manner of costumes and Thanksgiving apparel – it was a hoot!

If you had asked me if I ever thought I would be successfully running a 5K 3 months ago, I would have laughed in your face. This is such a milestone for me. And another thing to cross of the goals list!

I definitely want to do more races in the future. It was such an exhilarating experience, and having the support of my sister, her hubby, and Amanda with me helped me feel like I could go all the way! And I did!

After we came back from the race, I went to see Tangled with my family, which was soooo cute! I loved it (but honestly, what Disney movie don’t I love?) And with that, I’m going to cap this post here, since I actually have work tomorrow (SIGH!) Plus, between the race, the movie, and cooking Thanksgiving dinner (that’s what’s coming in Part 2!) I am POOPED! So completely, fully exhausted.

So goodnight, all! Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for how far I have come. In so many ways. 🙂

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Posted on Nov 22, 2010 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 3 comments

Weigh-in #14

Holy fog, Batman! Visibility is pretty limited outside, the fog has been laying it on thick all morning! Anyway, no point in beating around the bush, so here’s this morning’s weigh-in:

210.8 lbs.

A 1.2 pound loss this week. Not too bad! Especially considering I haven’t been concentrating as much on the eating stuff as the running stuff this week (as I already confessed in last night’s post) I’m perfectly happy with a 1 pound loss. And I’m almost out of the double-digit 200s, which is exciting! Hopefully I’ll still be able to meet my goal of 200 lbs by January 8th, 2011 (the day my family sets sail on our Caribbean cruise!) I think it’s doable – it’s like 10 pounds in 6 weeks. I think that’s fairly reasonable. I just have to make sure that all the holiday stuff doesn’t get too out of control. And I have to keep up my exercising.

I worry that after I complete the race on Thursday I’ll be like, “Okay! Well, that’s done, no need to exercise anymore!” so I think I’ll need to find something else to strive for to ensure that I maintain a solid exercising schedule. Maybe I can look for an 8k or something in February… any ideas?

Aaaaanyway, the weekend update took place in last night’s post, so there’s not much else exciting to report. Take it easy today, folks, and I’ll let you know how today’s run at the gym goes (I’m aiming for 3 miles! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

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Posted on Nov 18, 2010 in Dear Diary, Working Out | 3 comments

harrypotter! harrypotter! harrypotter!

Guess what I’m doing tonight?

That’s right.

12:01 AM.

It’s finally here. It’s finally happening.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.

I have been waiting for this for SO long. And it’s finally here! And I’m going to regret going to see a midnight showing SO much tomorrow at work, but I don’t even care. It’s going to be worth every exhausted moment that will follow. My only wish is that I were an actual wizard so I could Apparate into the movie theatre to ensure the snaggage of good seats for Ben, Taylor, and myself. It’s going to be a madhouse! We’re planning on getting in line at least 2 hours early (and even then I’m sure we’ll be pretty far back…) I’m trying to convince them to get there even earlier but we’ll see. 🙂

In other news, I ran on the treadmill at the gym yesterday, and it was a success!

2.21 miles! Well, technically I walked the last tenth of the mile, which is why the time is so high, but I ran at a snail’s pace, so maybe it’s accurate, haha. But who cares? I did it! More importantly, I did it all by myself, without anybody there to tell me to keep going. Which of course made it that much more difficult, but you know what the most surprising thing was? It wasn’t even that hard.

Monday when I went to the gym I could barely bang out over a mile, so I was ready to be disappointed again today. But I guess my legs were still recovering from my hilly 2 mile outside run from over the weekend? Not sure why today’s was more successful, but hey, I’ll take it! I’ve taken to covering up the treadmill display with a towel because I fixate on the distance and time numbers when I can see them. This time when I removed the towel to wipe my sweaty face (lovely imagery, no?) and check my progress, I had already run 1.3 miles! I feel like that’s such an accomplishment for me, because at that point it wasn’t even like I was ready to give up or wanting to stop (at least no more so than how I always, continuously, constantly want to stop from the first steps I take, hahaha.)

Anyway, the path of progress continues to, er, continue as I gear up for my first 5K that takes place exactly 1 week from today! I just need to make sure I work up to 3, or almost 3 miles on the treadmill, and then once I know I can do that I’m sure that I can do the 5K. And I’m still planning on doing at least one more outside run over the weekend to continue to help with the whole gym vs. outside thing. It’s supposed to be a flat course though, so we’ll see.

Anyway, that’s all the exciting news I have for you guys right now! If any of you follow me on Twitter, be warned that your feeds will probably be spammed with some Harry Potter-induced euphoria starting at around 10 PM and lasting until, well, let’s be honest, it probably won’t ever end.

I love you, Harry.

Don’t worry, I love you too, Harry.

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Posted on Nov 15, 2010 in Weigh Ins | 8 comments

No-Frills Weigh-In #13

No frills, as in I’m not going to beat around the bush:

212.0 lbs this morning.

A .2 pound weight loss. And you know what? I’m okay with it! It’s still a loss (even though .2 pounds is like, a glass of water and a cracker) and I already had made peace with not losing this week, so the fact that anything came off the scale is cause for celebration. This make a total loss-to-date of exactly 34 pounds! And if you average out last week and this week, in fact, I’m still doing really well with well over 2 lbs/week! And I had a major fitness accomplishment over the weekend as well, so I’m not feeling too shabby.

I do know, however, that I could probably have lost a lot more if I had been more diligent with my eating. Pigged out at the potluck, had drinks and greasy snacks when I went out on Friday, etc. Sigh. I’m slipping back into some bad habits, folks. Looking in the fridge when I’m not hungry, snacking just because I’m bored. I think that it’s a big step for me that I can identify that I’m doing these things, but at the same time it’s not really stopping me from doing it.

Yesterday I made a batch of brownies just because I had the mix sitting in the pantry, and then proceeded to eat four of them throughout the day. (Granted, they’re small brownies, but still, four is too many.) I think that my issue is that if it’s there, I want to eat it. If there’s a bag of chips in the pantry, I’m probably going to grab a handful. If there are cookies sitting on the counter, it is highly likely that I’m going to snag one every time I pass by. So the conclusion one must draw from this is, of course, don’t let it be there to eat.

There’s only so much I can do since I live with three other people, but if I can at least make sure that none of the food I keep around is of the junk variety, I can help lessen the problem, if not remove it completely. That’s why I was so successful in the beginning – I was so excited about eating healthy that I never even thought about having the stuff around even for “treating myself” or whatever, but now I’m getting bored and complacent and it’s so easy to jump off the wagon. And I know these things. But I’m still not doing much about it. Knowing is half the battle, but the other half involves action. So here’s my action plan for the week:

1. Go running 3 times in the gym this week, and complete another outside run over the weekend. My goal is to get up to 2.5 miles on the treadmill, and be able to repeat this past weekend’s run of over 2 miles outside (since running outside is way harder than running on a treadmill!) I already have my gym bag ready and waiting on the floor next to me in preparation of this afternoon.

2. Bring my lunch to work every day this week. I think this is a big pitfall for me. When I don’t bring my lunch, I usually buy something from the deli downstairs in our building, which does have some healthy choices but I rarely opt for them. If I can just abstain from visiting the deli at all, I won’t have to muster the willpower to pass up the trays of mac and cheese and chicken wings. It becomes a non-issue, which is my favorite kind of issue. Today I brought some leftover whole wheat Thai noodle salad with bean sprouts, carrots, and homemade peanut sauce. Yum! Sidenote: this will hopefully also help with my budget which is beginning to become more of an issue for me as the holiday season approaches… oy vey.

3. Utilize the pupsters to combat boredom. Having identified that I’m slipping back into bored-eating patterns, I’ve decided to use my loving puppydogs to help me out. Whenever I feel bored and catch myself wandering into the kitchen even though I’m not hungry, I will take one of the dogs for a walk. Since I definitely don’t walk them enough at all, this will be super beneficial for them. And it will be super beneficial for me because it’s replacing eating with activity. Plus, I need to start walking them individually more often anyway since they’re still not that great on-leash (and the trainer said the only way to fix their bad leash-habits is to work with them individually anyway.) Two birds, one stone!

What do you guys think of my action plan? Any additional tips or pointers having to do with either the 5K or getting my eating habits back on track are more than welcome. Do you think I should be aiming for more than 2.5 miles on the treadmill this week? The 5K is NEXT WEEK, so I worry that I’m not ramping it up enough, but I also don’t want to hurt myself or psych myself out by putting a goal that’s unattainably high.

As you can see, my actual weight loss isn’t really my primary concern at present moment, which is kind of a good thing, I think. It’s not good to only measure my journey in sheer numbers, as many of you have said before. I just want to make sure I’m not completely letting it slide in light of other things I’m concentrating on fitness-wise. Balance, balance, balance. Ideas and opinions welcome!

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