I Hate Numbers

I have a love/hate relationship with numbers!  Before I go on my rant, I have a few positive things to share.

First off, we have TWO Clif Bar giveaway winners!

Congratulations to Paula and Jocelyn!  Please let us know what you think of the season Clif Bar flavors!

My second positive thing to share is that I had an AWESOME dinner with one of my blog readers, Katy, last night!  It was so wonderful meeting a reader, sharing our stories, and laughing at our similarities.  Most of all though, I’m so excited to have someone to hold me accountable and I hope that I can help her in the same way.

For dinner we met up at Cosi and I ended up ordering the hummus and veggies sandwich (10PP), which was AWESOME!!

Today started off a little weird.  I was a rock star last night and packed my gym bag, lunch, and even slept in my gym clothes with the goal of going to the 7AM spin class this morning.  I’ve been sleeping on the couch these past two nights (awesome sleep btw) and totally woke up at 7:30AM to no alarm.  Eek!  I don’t even remember my alarm going off at 5:15 this morning.

The good thing is a.) I didn’t have to shower again b.) My work clothes were already laid out and c.) I didn’t wake up at 9:30AM.

My meal plan for today is a little off since Neal and I are going to a food tasting with a potential caterer at 4PM.

Breakfast – 3PP

  • banana – 0PP
  • apple- 0PP
  • Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte from SB – 3PP

Early Lunch -8PP

  • Homemade turkey taco meat mixture (ground turkey, black beans, rotel, refried beans, and taco seasoning)- 7PP
  • 1 Tortilla factory tortillas- 1PP
  • lettuce- 0PP

So now for my rant….

I HATE NUMBERS!!

My work offers a free health assessment each year, which is great, but I’m always so discouraged by the outcome.  I know that I’m overweight, but I honestly don’t view myself as unhealthy as my numbers make me out to be.

  • Height – 5′ 9″
  • Weight – 225
  • Body Fat – 36.2% (Borderline High 31-36.9)
  • BMI – 33.2 (High > 25)
  • Waist – 40.5 inches
  • Total Cholesterol – 148 (Desirable)
  • HDL Cholesterol – 40 (Higher Risk)
  • Total/HDL Ratio – 3.7 (Recommended 3.6-4.9)
  • Glucose – 90 (Normal < 139)
  • Blood Pressure – 120/80 (Normal)

The recommendations from the dietitian were to incorporate more fish into my diet, lessen the processed foods in my diet,  exercise more, and continue to lose body fat.

I am going to keep a positive attitude, despite today’s numbers.  It is my second day on Weight Watchers and I know I will improve these numbers by this time next year!  That is my goal.

Have a happy Thursday everyone!

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My Wedding Planning Binder

Today was much better than yesterday, though I totally have to tell y’all, Neal stop by last night to give me flowers!  It was so incredibly sweet of him!  He knew I was having a bad day and wanted to cheer me up.

This morning Neal and I met up for our 4 mile run.  It was super windy and a little chilly at first, but it was awesome running weather.  I wore my Forerunner 305 again, YAY, but totally forgot to restart it thus my timing and mileage was off.  Oh well.  We still had a great run.  I’m not sure how Neal felt, but I felt like we ran the 4 miles with ease… which is great since we are running 8 miles this Sunday!

After work, Neal and I had dinner with Heather and Greg at Maggiano’s.

Thursday, October 20 – Food Journal

  • Pre-Workout – banana
  • Breakfast – 1 cup of coffee, 1 sandwich thin, 1 egg, 2 slices of turkey bacon, and 1 slice of cheese (homemade breakfast sandwich)
  • Lunch – 1 sandwich thin, 1 veggie patty, apple and pumpkin fluff
  • Snack- banana
  • Dinner – Calamari, salmon salad with green beans, tomatoes, red onion, and dried noodles, a few bites of pumpkin cheesecake

When all was said in done, I…

  • Ate 3 serving of fruit and 6 servings of vegetables (9 out of 9 servings)
  • Ran 4 miles with Neal this morning
  • Drank 8 glasses of water (8 out of 8 )
  • Took a multivitamin and vitamin D

Tomorrow is an exciting day for me, as Neal and I are going to check out my favorite wedding venue thus far.  It is this 200 year old barn and I just LOVE the pictures!  We’ll see how it looks in person, but I’m really excited.

To help me with my planning, my Aunt Donna and my Cousin Taylor made me the cutest planning binder ever!

I loved the wrapping paper.  White, black, and teal is so cute in my opinion.

The binder had so many adorable sections, which will allow me to organize the material I receive, my notes, and my ideas.  I just love what my Aunt and Cousin made for us!

I have such an amazing family and I’m really excited to celebrate my marriage to Neal with them next summer!   Seeing the barn in the morning is exciting and I hope it takes us a step closer to having a reception venue.  Have an amazing Friday everyone!

The Wrong Foot

Wednesday wasn’t looking too hot as of 8AM this morning.  Last night I fell asleep on the couch while watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 6 and woke up a little before 3AM with too much on the brain.  I didn’t fall back asleep until 4:30AM, which made getting up at 6AM a total pain.

For whatever reason, I just could not get out of the door this morning.  I thought I was doing good on time but I didn’t leave the house until 7:50AM, which meant I had to drive to work instead of metroing…

and then I hit DC traffic…

And then even more traffic.  It took me 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to work today.  Lets just say that my day did NOT start out on the right foot. 

There was a beautiful rainbow over DC though once I got to work, which was pretty beautiful!  I also had Panera for lunch, which was a total treat!  I ordered the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, my favorite!

Pesto, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and lettuce.  YUMM-O!

Wednesday, October 19 – Food Journal

  • Breakfast – 2 cup of coffee, 1 sandwich thin, 1 egg, 2 slices of turkey bacon, and 1 slice of cheese (homemade breakfast sandwich)
  • Lunch – Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich from Panera Bread
  • Snack- banana
  • Dinner – Leftover lentil pilaf, peas and corn, chicken breast, and a side salad

When all was said in done, I…

  • Ate 1 serving of fruit and 6 servings of vegetables (7 out of 9 servings)
  • Did not work out (day off)
  • Drank 8 glasses of water (8 out of 8 )
  • Took a multivitamin and vitamin D

Tonight I’m planning to watch the World Series, do a little graduate work, and then snuggle up with these babies

My plan is to be to bed early, that way I’m well rested and ready for the 4 mile run Neal and I have tomorrow morning.

A Bench Press Beauty

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s Biggest Loser night!  I haven’t forgotten about my Biggest Loser weigh-ins (week 1 and week 2 recap), but I still need to buy a new scale.  My scale at home is jacked.  No excuses but I’ll totally update y’all on my weight soon!

Today I continued my Get-in-Shape challenge and am feeling great!

Tuesday, October 18 Food Journal

  • Breakfast – 2 cups of coffee (wasn’t hungry when I woke up)
  • Snack – Banana
  • Lunch – Sweet potato, lettuce with dressing, pear, mango kombucha
  • Snack- pumpkin fluff, apple, cottage cheese
  • Post Workout- Luna protein bar
  • Dinner – Salmon with lime, lentil pilaf, side salad

When all was said in done, I…

  • Ate 3 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables (7 out of 9 servings)
  • Lifted Weights
  • Drank 8 glasses of water (8 out of 8 )
  • Took a multivitamin and vitamin D

My workout today was fantastic.  I really love lifting weights and felt great both during and afterward my workout.

  • Bench press — 2 sets of 10 at 65 pounds
  • Bench press — 3 sets of 8 at 95 pounds
  • Wide grip bench press — 3 sets of 10 at 45 pounds
  • Leg lifts (abs) — 3 sets of 10
  • Snatch — 3 sets of 8 at 45 pounds (bar only as they did not have bumper plates at the gym)
  • Leg Press — 4 sets of 8 at 225 pounds
  • Lat. Pull down — 3 sets of 8 at 70 pounds

My knees have been giving me a little trouble lately, so I focused on my upper body today and incorporated a little leg press.  My knee pain is usually linked to tight hamstrings, IT band, and weak quads.  Stretching has been key and working on my leg strength.  If it continues though, I may have to make my way to the doctor as I don’t want an injury to develop.

As for tomorrow, there is a LOT of rain headed towards DC so Neal and I have moved our 4 mile run to Thursday morning.  I actually love running in the rain, but it’ll be good to have a day off tomorrow.

I hope y’all had a great Tuesday and I hope you have an even better hump day!

Get-in-Shape Checklist

The trees are starting to change colors here in Washington, DC.

I just love walking to work and passing all of the shades of yellow, red, and orange.

Especially when I have a Starbucks in my hand!

Lets just say I was one happy girl this morning, especially with a 30 minute run under my belt.

While perusing The Knot, I found this awesome Get-in-Shape Checklist.  I LOVE how simple it is.

  • Eat 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day
  • Exercise each day
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Take a multivitamin

Today was my first day using the checklist and I thought it was fantastic.  Eating 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables was actually really tough.  Here’s what my day looked like…

  • Breakfast – Bowl of Special K cereal with skim milk
  • Snack – Pear
  • Lunch – Veggie patty on 2 slices of potato bread, apple, pumpkin fluff, yogurt
  • Dinner – steak tacos in corn tortillas with pico de gallo and sour cream

When all was said in done, I…

  • Ate 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables (5 out of 9 servings)
  • Ran for 30 minutes with Neal this morning
  • Drank 8 glasses of water (8 out of 8 )
  • Took multivitamin and vitamin D

Focusing on eating 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables really impacted what I ate today.  Looking back I could have added a banana to my bowl of cereal this morning and I could have had either a salad for dinner or the vegetable fajitas.  I also need to make sure I refill my Nalgene water bottle at the start of every work day, it makes a big difference in the amount of water I consume each day.

I really like how I’m feeling, even after 1 day.  Tomorrow (Tuesday), I am going to add fruit to my breakfast, add a veggie to my lunch, and add veggies to my dinner.  With those additions, I should be able to eat my 9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables!

What’s on your get-in-shape checklist?

27th Birthday Recap

I had an amazing birthday!!  This week started out with a bang as Neal proposed on Monday night!  I didn’t think it could get any better… but it really was an amazing week.  Although Neal and I both got really sick this week, living on cloud nine kept my mind off of my runny nose, sore throat and cough.

This morning Neal and I went on a 7 mile run, part of our 15K training.  I was so excited to see a birthday cake on my FT7 this morning!  Too cute!  But today, I wore by new Garmin Forerunner 305!  It was a birthday present from my parents and I just couldn’t wait to use it today.

The weather was absolutely amazing today.  The air was crisp and there was this amazing breeze.  Neal and I started our run along the George Washington Parkway on the Mt. Vernon Trail at mile marker 12.

Our run took us past the airport, around Gravelly Point (right where the airplanes take off and land), and right to the 14th street bridge.

It is so amazing running past the monuments.  Runs like this remind me of why I love Washington, DC so much.

Neal and I had a fantastic run and felt great afterwards!

7 miles

  • Mile 1- 00:11:57
  • Mile 2- 00:11:42
  • Mile 3- 00:11:28
  • Mile 4- 00:11:38
  • Mile 5- 00:12:15
  • Mile 6- 00:11:42
  • Mile 7- 00:11:39
  • Total time- 01:22:24
  • Total calories- 1180 calories burned

Afterwards we headed strait over to Tropical Smoothie Cafe!  Nothing better than an ice cold fruit smoothie after a long run.  Once we were cooled down we headed over to Whole Foods (Kombucha drinks, honeycrisp apples, bananas, NuGo bars, and sunflower butter) and Giant (a few odds and ends).

Once home, we settled in and watched the Redskins game.  Sadly they lost but I got a rockin’ 20 minute nap in during the 2nd quarter!

After the game, Neal and I got dolled up and went out to dinner.  Over the past 2 years, we’ve gone to the Cheesecake Factory for both of our birthdays.  It’s become a birthday tradition I guess.

Dinner was awesome and I’m happy I burned those 1180 calories this morning!  After dinner we headed over to Barnes and Noble where I did a little perusing for wedding ideas.  Here’s what caught my eye…

Place seating board with clothes pins

Antique dinner plate table numbers

Isle decorations-- LOVE!

Reception decorations.. Love Love Love

I had a wonderful 27th birthday!  I’m so thankful for all of the birthday wishes and appreciate all of the wonderful people in my life.  Last year was a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to all that this year has in store.

I’m starting out today with a 30 minute run with Neal and then am planning to use my free Starbucks birthday coupon before heading into work.  After work I’m having dinner with Randy, the other love in my life!

This week I’m focusing on eating 9 servings of fruits or vegetables a day and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.  Two mini goals but I know they can impact my diet in a huge way.   Oh and be sure to check out my 28 goals before turning 28 next year!

Have a very happy Monday everyone!  Any plans this week?  What mini goals do you have this week to impact your health in a very positive way?

Health On The Brain

Since waking up this morning, I’ve had health on the brain.  I had a doctors appointment this past week and it solidified the fact that I need to find a new doctor.  On top of that, I’ve been thinking a lot about the passing of Steve Jobs (only 56) and my upcoming birthday.  All in all, my health is on the brain.

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Over the past week I’ve really been considering meeting with a dietitian to talk about my nutrition, food intake, and binge eating.  Today, Neal said to me “if you learn how to control your binge eating I think you’d be amazed at the positive results you’d see in your life” and he’s right.  He also said “You eat so well 99% of the time and I don’t think you realize it.  It’s that 1% that brings you down as you binge eat”.  Again, Neal’s right.  It’s not fair how I allow my binge eating to sabotage all of my healthy eating choices and the amount of exercising I do.  Controlling my binge eating and understanding why I binge eat will be a huge step in my quest to live a happy and healthy life.

For most of my life, I have been classified as being “morbidly obese”.  This has always been hard for me to accept as I see how much muscle I have and how big my bones are.  I mean seriously, you should see how big my clavicle is.  I know that I have a high body fat percentage, but I feel that caliber tests aren’t the best ways to test body fat for me.

This week I’ve been looking into having my body fat percentage tested through the Bod Pod.   This blogger has a great review of the Bod Pod and I think it would be a great test for me to invest in.  With body pod results, I feel like I would be able to accept where my body fat percentage is and move forward with my goal to lose body fat.

Our health is extremely important and I don’t want to look back and think “man, I should have done something about my health a while ago”.  Going to the doctors can be scarey, but it helps to paint a true picture of where your health is and what steps you can take to improve your health.

Last May, I wrote about all of the doctors I have and am thinking about finding some new doctors.  A lot of my doctors are out in Fairfax, VA, as I went to college at George Mason University, and haven’t really felt the need to look for new ones since.  Now that Neal and I are looking to move closer to DC and we both work off of the metro, having doctors closer to work seems like a good idea.

To Do

  • Find new dentist  — Check
  • Find new primary care physician
  • Schedule Body Pod testing
  • Find a Registered Dietitian to meet with
  • Consider acupuncture if my health care covers it

Helpful Websites I’ve Found Today

I hope y’all are having a wonderful Saturday.  Neal and I are watching the Iowa vs. Penn State football game.  Tonight, we’re off to see Moneyball!  I love weekends!