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….


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!


Rejoining Weight Watchers

“Why is weight loss so tough?”, I thought to myself this past weekend.

Since August I have gained 12.4 pounds, which is CRAZY to me.  I struggled with binge eating back in August, but since then I’ve really done a good job of controlling my portions and sticking to my weekly plan.  In addition, Neal and I have been training for the 15K and are up to 8 mile long runs!  I am just baffled by my weight gain, but I knew it was time to make a big decision.

In the past, I have been extremely successful with Weight Watchers.  I have probably joined weight watchers 15 times (no joke) in my lifetime, but had the greatest success back in 2006-2007 when I lost 50 pounds.  I had gotten down to 207 by the summer of 2007 and have fluctuated between 207 and 220 since then.

This weekend I made the decision to join Weight Watchers ONE LAST TIME!  It’s scary to say that because I know it’s going to be tough.  I know it’s going to be challenging.  And I fear that I will quit, just as I have done in the past.

Since losing the weight back in 2007, I wanted so badly to do it on my own.  I was happy at 207, I felt skinny, and even though “there is no way I can get down to 179 pounds!  I wanted to be free of dieting and to just live a happy and healthy life on my own.  I’ve tried, and I’ve been successful, but I have learned that I still have a long way to go and I LOVE accountability.

The Weight Watchers program has changed over the past 5 years, making it easy for me to be cynical.  When I lost the 50 pounds back in 2007, I did it on the Weight Watchers CORE plan and have had it in my head that “I never want to count points again”.  Having said this though, I know that the Weight Watchers philosophy is a great one and I believe in their program.  Returning to Weight Watchers is a VERY big decision for me and one that I did not take lightly.

Last night at 6:45PM I talked into my first Weight Watchers meeting.  Now, I don’t know about you but weighing myself at night is SCARY.  I usually try to weight myself first thing in the morning with as little clothing on as possible but this time around I said “screw it”!  I am going to weigh in at 6:45PM on Tuesday nights in whatever clothing I have on that day.  I am going to be true to myself and am going to give it my all.

Last night I weighed in at 229.4 pounds, my highest since losing weight back in 2007.

My goals for right now are ….

  1. Weigh-in every Tuesday night (Biggest Loser night, woop woop)
  2. Continue to workout and train as I have been doing
  3. Look and feel great for Neal’s and my engagement photos
  4. Lose 5% of my body weight — 11 pounds (218.4)
  5. Lose 10% of my body weight — 22 pounds (207 — my lowest from 2007)
  6. Decide upon my next goal after losing 10% of my body weight
  7. Don’t quit!


This week, based on my body weight, I can eat 38 points plus a day and have a weekly 49 points plus allowance.  Those 49 points will come in handy on Thursday night, as Neal and I have a food tasting appointment with a caterer.

Breakfast – 7PP total

  • 1 cup multi grain cheerios – 3PP
  • 1 cup skim milk – 3PP
  • 1 banana- 0PP
  • 1 cup coffee with 1 TBSP creamer- 1PP

I do have to share about this shot glass measuring cup.  This is a great way to measure out salad dressings and creamer, without having to get out your measuring spoons.  I found my shot glass at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Lunch – 9PP total

  • Homemade turkey taco meat mixture (ground turkey, black beans, rotel, refried beans, and taco seasoning)- 7PP
  • 2 Tortilla factory tortillas- 2PP
  • lettuce- 0PP

Snacks- 7PP

  • Apple- 0PP
  • Cabot cheese- 2PP
  • NuGo dark mint chocolate bar- 5PP


I have 17 PP remaining for dinner tonight, which leaves me with a LOT of options.  Tonight I am having dinner with Katy, one of my loyal readers!  We’ve having dinner at Cosi, so I went ahead and checked out Cosi’s website.

After checking out the menu and plugging the nutritional information into my calculator, I have narrowed down my dinner choices to either the Greek Chicken Pizza- 15PP or the Hummus and Veggie Sandwich- 10PP.  If I got the sandwich, I could always grab a latte after dinner.

Whatever I decide, today should end right on point, without having to use any of my weekly points allowance.  I did not workout this morning, but hope to take spin tomorrow morning.


Thank you for being a part of my journey!  If you’re on Weight Watchers and ever have questions and/or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you’re not on Weight Watchers, I’d love to hear about your journey and to help you along your way!

OH, and don’t forget that today is the last day to enter to win my Clif Bar giveaway.  Just leave a comment on yesterday’s post!

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?

Earthquake: DC Edition


Neal and I stayed up way too late on Monday night!  Our fantasy football draft from Sunday night had some complications so we had to restart the draft last night.  As most of the league lives in the Midwest, we didn’t start the draft until 9:30PM EST.  2 hours into the draft, I knew it was going to be a long night.  In the end though, I ended up with a pretty good fantasy football team.

QB Kevin Kolb
RB Chris Johnson
RB Knowshon Moreno
RB/WR C.J. Spiller
WR Greg Jennings
WR Roddy White
WR/TE Dustin Keller
TE Jimmy Graham
DP Patrick Willis
DP Stephen Tulloch
D/ST Steelers D/ST
K Josh Brown
BE Brian Urlacher
BE Ahmad Bradshaw
BE Jay Cutler
BE Reggie Bush
BE Ronnie Brown
BE Donald Driver
BE Mike Sims-Walker
BE Nate Burleson

For those of y’all who don’t follow football or play fantasy football, I apologize!  I just hope I can beat out the 9 other men in the league this year, including my boyfriend!

My plan for Tuesday morning was to go to Spin, but when my alarm went off at 5AM, I could barely open my eyes.  3.5 hours of sleep was WAY too little for me to be able to function.  I decided to go back to sleep and to go strait into work instead of going to the gym. After getting ready, I had a wonderful bowl of oatmeal with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 scoop of protein powder.  It was a fantastic breakfast!

With an Iowa glass full of iced coffee and a bright blue sky above me, I hit the road.  I’ve really been enjoy these cups of homemade iced coffee each morning this summer…  they are a great way to start the day!

My roots are out of control! Next Tuesday's hair appt can't come soon enough

So I’d like to say that today was just like any other Tuesday, but it was far from that.  Around 1:50PM as I was heading out of an office building the ground started to shake and loads of people started to run out of the building.  We were clearly experiencing an earthquake!  I automatically went to twitter, which was surprisingly quiet.  A few minutes later Neal called me and asked if everything was alright.  As we both had experience the rumble, it was clear that we had been in an earthquake!  The 5.8 magnitude earthquake had an epicenter just 87 miles southwest of Washington, DC.  The earthquake here lasted about 45 seconds to 1 minute.  Within minutes texts and tweets were streaming in from NYC, Boston, Ohio, and as far south as North Carolina.  For many of us, it was our first earthquake experience.

It didn’t even hit me that things could have been damaged at my apartment so I was eager to get home to see if everything was ok.

It was quite funny to come home and see Russian stacking doll body parts all over the ground.  Aside from her mishap and a few fallen books, my apartment was in one piece.  Here are some other amazing photos of the damage caused by the quake today.

Today was an odd day to say the least, but I guess it’s prep for the hurricane that is projected to hit DC this weekend.

My plan for tonight is to do a little graduate work and then to snuggle up with SELF magazine and Real Simple magazine, both of which arrived today!  I am really looking forward to getting to bed early tonight and getting into the gym first thing tomorrow morning.  I regret not going to the gym this morning, but I know I can make it up. with a great workout tomorrow.

Have you ever been in an earthquake?  Have you ever been in a hurricane?

Weekly Plan: August 22-28

Oh graduate school, how I’ve missed you so… Ok, not so much, but it’s good to start another semester!  As each month passes, I am one step closer to finishing my masters degree!  Today was the first day of the fall semester.  I am now just 4 classes away from finishing my masters degree but my classes this fall look to be pretty tough.   I’ve spent most of the evening analyzing my syllabi and organizing my school work but the highlight of my day was getting my first issue of Bon Appetite magazine in the mail today.

I am OBSESSED with buying magazine subscriptions.  The day it hit me that I could get 2 years (24 magazines) worth of magazines for $20 verses spending $20 on 5 magazines at the store, I was forever changed.

My magazine subscriptions include:

  • Self
  • Shape
  • Readers Digest (I know, I know)
  • Whole Living (From a Groupon)
  • Everyday Living (From a Groupon)
  • Bon Appetit (From a Groupon)
  • Washingtonian  (not renewing after this year)
  • Prevention
  • Real Simple (not renewing after this year)
  • Women’s Health

I know… that’s a LOT but in the end, I still spend less than if I bought magazines at the store each month.  I really enjoy reading magazines.  It’s relaxing to me and takes me away from graduate work when I need it.  I’d love to get Rachel Ray’s magazine and Cooking Light.  Maybe after Real Simple and Washingtonian expire.

Tonight I made a big salad (Seinfeld reference anyone?) with black beans, corn, salsa, and sour cream.  I also cooked up from chicken for lunches and dinners later in the week.  I’ve really fallen in love with the Trader Joes marinated chicken breasts.  Tonight I made the Pesto Genovese, which I plan to use in salads, over pasta, and with couscous this week.

The key to staying on top of my eating and workouts throughout the week is planning my week ahead on Sundays.  Even if things need to be adjusted throughout the week, planning helps me keep my stress levels down when things get busy during the week.  I also feel a great sense of accomplishment when I’ve stuck to my plan, something I’ve really been working on.

Weekly Plan: August 22-28

Workout Breakfast Lunch Dinner Plans
Monday 40 min. elliptical/weight training Quaker Oats squares, frozen fresh blueberries, ½ cup Greek yogurt Leftover Greek pasta salad (pasta, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, balsamic dressing) Salad (mixed greens, black beans, corn, salsa, sour cream) and 1 piece of Naan bread Organizing graduate work for the fall and redoing last night’s Fantasy Football draft
Tuesday Spin Oatmeal with protein powder  and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee Lunch at work meeting Salad (mixed greens, black beans, grilled chicken, salad dressing) Create fall training program (running and weight lifting) and graduate work
Wednesday 40 min. elliptical/weight training Bagel thin with 2 egg whites, laughing cow cheese, plum Salad (mixed greens, black beans, grilled chicken, salad dressing) Couscous, grilled chicken, asparagus Graduate work
Thursday Spin Oatmeal with protein powder  and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee Couscous, grilled chicken, asparagus Dinner with Neal Graduate work and Redskins Football!
Friday Off Bagel thin with cream cheese, banana Vegetable stir fry Dinner with family Enjoying my Friday night
Saturday Spin Breakfast with my Aunt ?? ?? Graduate work
Sunday Running with Neal Oatmeal with protein powder  and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee Work luncheon Dinner with Neal (need to use a Groupon) Graduate work and Fantasy Football draft number 2

The first week of each semester is always rather stressful for me… just takes me a good week to get my brain around my assignments and to create a new routine.  My goal this week is not to overeat due to stress and to make sure I workout as planned.

What’s your favorite magazine?