July Foodie Penpal Reveal!

Hey All!  Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  It’s just been a crazy couple of weeks.  (I’ll do another post to fill you in on that later.  I promise… maybe.)  This month I signed up for a really fun program called Foodie Pen Pal.  You get matched up with a completely random person and have to send them fun food products.  Then, someone else gets matched up with you and sends you food.

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

I received a package from Emily (I KNOW, another Emily!  I told her this was a good sign.) over at The Vegtress.  Shortly after we received our assignments, we started emailing and getting to know each other.  She’s an actress and a vegan out in California (lucky!) and was just so sweet.  I mentioned that we don’t really have too many options when it comes to “health food” in Aurora, so she sent me all kinds of awesome snacks.  Everything I received was perfect for a quick snack and it didn’t take me long to devour it all.  I can’t wait to get back to Lincoln so I can head to Trader Joe’s and refill on everything!

Thanks, Emily!!

Contents:

  • Glories Sweet Potato Chips – These were my absolute FAVORITE.  I love sweet potato chips with all my heart and these were no exception.  I have to admit, that the bag was gone within 24 hours of it’s arrival.
  • Love Grown Granola – One of my favorite things for breakfast is Greek Yogurt with granola and fruit, so this was perfect.  It was a lot heartier and filling than the usual generic brand I buy, so I felt very spoiled.  I’m also a big fan of measuring out servings of granola into zip-loc bags and keeping them in my purse for snacks.
  • Mrs. May’s Almond Rice Stix – These (like everything else) were absolutely amazing.  It would not have been hard for me to sit down and just eat the entire bag.
  • Mrs. May’s Black Sesame Crunch – I had never had anything quite like this before, but I loved it!  My only piece of advice is check the mirror when you’re done eating to make sure you don’t have sesame seeds in your teeth!  This was more of a savory snack, and was perfect on my weigh-in day when I needed to eat something but didn’t want to eat something heavy right before.  I’ve actually been craving them a lot this week and get sad when i realize I ate them all.
  • Clif Mojo Bar (Mountain Mix) – This truly was like trail mix in a bar form.  (which – believe me – is a very very good thing)
  • Odwalla Chewy Nut Bar – Another great bar.  I love keeping bars on hand to eat before an impromptu work out or if I need something to tie me over between meals.  My strategy toward the bars Emily gave me was “ohhh… I’m just going to try a bite, then I’ll have the rest after my run.”  Then after the bite, I thought I could eat half.  But after I ate half, I figured I might as well eat the whole thing.  Kids… Do not follow my example.
  • Larabars – These are really the only non-Snicker based energy bars you can find in Aurora.  However, Emily sent me some flavors we don’t get at the Aurora Mall.  I love them so much.  The Cappuccino one was especially amazing.  I’m always surprised at how filling they are for such small bars.
  • Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee – I’m convinced this is the best invention ever.  I love coffee, but I’m horrible about making it.  My coffee pot is really slow, so if I remember to make it I usually only get about a cup.  These were easy, fast, and they tasted amazing.
  • Ginger Chews – Since finishing the chews that were in my package, I have bought – and eaten – two entire packages of these.  They’re amazing.

I’m participating in Foodie Pen Pal again, and am already so excited!  If you would like to sign up, CLICK HERE!

Also, be sure to check out Emily’s blog:  HERE!

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An Introvert’s Musings on the Omaha Color Run

I have a confession to make.  It’s one that you might find surprising.  After all, I practically ooze charm and grace.  But it’s true, I am a bit of an introvert.  I’m not great with crowds of people.  I’m realllly not great with small talk.  When I meet new people, I have to struggle through a lot of awkwardness before a common interest is found and we can discuss that.  Once I hit my stride, or am really comfortable with someone, sometimes you can’t shut me up.  If you ever find yourself in a conversation with me and want to break free from the painful awkwardness that is happening, all you have to do is bring up any of the following topics:  The West Wing (The show, not the actual west wing of the White House.  Although, if you’re passionate about it, I will probably appreciate the conversation), Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, HIMYM, Britney Spears (specifically her relationship with JT and/or her amazing comeback), the NBA during the first half of the 90’s, pro-wrestling during the second half of the 90’s, Ace of Base, Sweet Valley High books, Hillary Clinton, and – most importantly – Billy Joel.  I think a lot of people assume that introverts are just shy or have low self-esteem.  And that’s really not the case at all.  I love meeting new friends, I just really love my amazing core of best friends.  I’m incredibly proud of all I have/am accomplished/accomplishing, getting vocal attention for it just makes me feel uncomfortable.  (The exception being when I’m talking to my mom.  Then I’m like, “yeah.  I know.  I’m awesome.”)  I know it seems weird for an introvert to have a blog, especially one about their life and not, like, World War II memorabilia.  It’s completely the opposite, though.  I do much better when I’m writing than when I’m talking.  I can think things through before I actually publish them.  My approach to blogging has been to just pretend that I’m writing an email to Emily M. (with fewer links to outrageously expensive/impractical clothes and less planning of my very real wedding to Jason Segel), and it just kind of works for me.  With writing, I can just go to town, and if something needs to be changed, it can be easily done.  I do need to step out of my comfort zone more, but I don’t really think that being an introvert is some kind of character flaw.  The world needs both introverts and extroverts to run.  That being said, I have some advice for you:

The Color Run was not designed for introverts.

We left for Omaha at about 6:30 Saturday morning.  Mindy had coffee for me, which I was soooo grateful for!  After a couple hours of laughing and gossiping, we arrived at the hotel to pick up Shelley and her daughter, Julia (yay for new friends!).  We walked over to the race site and were provided with a nice selection of Pop-Nasty music while we waited.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with “Pop-Nasty” – which I suppose is every person in the world besides myself and Emily M. – it is simply the music that is neither pop nor hip hop.  It manages to cross both genres, but is somehow neither.  Most pop-nasty “artists” are people whose careers fail to last more than a couple years.  The exception, of course, would be Black Eyed Peas.  The verdict is still out on Ke$ha.  When you’re waiting for the Color Run to begin, you want Pop-Nasty music to be playing.  We were pretty lucky to be in the third wave of people.  Since there were 13,000 people running, they let us go in waves of 1000.  At every kilometer (something I didn’t realize until I did a little research), we were covered in color.  At the end of the race there was a big color party where everyone threw their colored dust in the air and went crazy (I presume, we didn’t partake in the color party).  Sounds fun, right?  Well.  Kind of.

I think my main complaint about the run was the heat.  I know that no one had control over this, but the people planning the event should have either picked a date earlier in the summer or started early early in the morning.  By the time we even started running, we were drenched in sweat.  Now, I realize part of this is my own fault.  You would think that as a resident of Nebraska for 26 full years, I would know better than to agree to an outdoor physical activity, in this fine state, anytime after 7:00 am during July or August.  Apparently, I didn’t.  When I exercise in the heat and humidity, I get really weird dry mouth and have a lot of mucus build up in my throat (attractive, I know).  That, in and of itself, is unpleasant.  When you add massive clouds of cornstarch, things get really tricky.  I’ve never had asthma, but I think I caught a little glimpse of what it’s like on Saturday.
In addition to the heat, there were just soooo many people.  For someone who does horrible in crowds, this was not good.  I think the plan was to let waves of 1000 people go every 10 or 15 minutes, but instead they let us go every 2-3 minutes.  I think that was probably a good idea, because otherwise they would have been there well into the afternoon.  It just all made me very anxious.  My running partner and I were separated, which really, was fine.  Even when I run with a partner, I listen to my iPod and zone everything out so it doesn’t make a huge difference.  There were a lot of people walking (like, walls of 10 girls walking together, side-by-side) and a lot of little kids, so I felt like I was always navigating around and tripping over people.  Also, I made the mistake of not really looking at the course map.  I wasn’t at all familiar with the course and had no idea how far along we were.  I later found out that the color bursts were at every kilometer, which makes sense, but I still think it would have been nice if they would have put out signs saying how far we had run.  I ended up walking at least a mile of it, and eventually crossed the finish line at about 50 minutes.  They were completely out of water, but luckily Emily had grabbed an extra bottle (they were miniature bottles) when she finished.  I know that there were people who took 3 or 4 bottles of water, but I have a hard time understanding why, when you know it’s going to be extremely hot and humid, you wouldn’t make sure that there was enough water and then some.  I doubt it would cost too much, if any, more to buy bigger water bottles.  Or, if they weren’t going to have enough water, let people know so they could bring their own water.  They also didn’t have any food.  Granted, the only races I’ve done have been relatively small and it’s undoubtedly easier to provide for 1000 than 13,000, but it’s nice having a table of fruit and bagels when you finish a run.  When we were heading out of Omaha, we saw several ambulances heading toward the race area and I was just happy that everyone from our group made it out all right.

There were, however, some good things about the Color Run.  It was an extremely fun day with friends.  We had so much fun on the car ride there and back and waiting for the race to start.  I also love the huge sense of community there is between runners at races.  Even when we were driving to Omaha, cars would pass us with people in all white who were obviously going to the Color Run.  They would wave and we would wave and it was just fun.  After the run, we stopped at a Subway in a gas station.  Since we left Omaha pretty early, we were the only color runners there, but soon other people covered in head-to-toe color started showing up.  It kind of felt like we all knew each other.

Since Saturday, Em and I have reflected a lot on what we might have done differently.  My friends who posted pictures on Facebook, looked like they were having as much fun as the people in the ad looked.  This, of course, made us wonder if there was something wrong with us.  We kind of chalked it up to the fact that it was unbearably hot and that we’re both ridiculously large introverts.

Since it’s not likely that I’ll be having a lobotomy and/or moving to somewhere with a milder climate, here are a few of my suggestions and things I’ll keep in mind if I decide to do it next year:

  • Get a big group of friends together and plan on walking a large portion of it.  Also, one of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors posted pictures of the Color Run in San Francisco and she and her friends pregamed with PBR beforehand.  It was definitely too hot for beer drinking followed by running in Omaha, but I’m sure we could have figured something out (vodka and Crystal Light, maybe?).
  • Carry water with you (and maybe also a snack, for after the run).  Unless you are the fastest person in the first wave of people, you will most likely be stopping to walk quite a bit.  The water stations they had were extremely congested and I didn’t really want to wait, so it would have been nice to have my own water.  If you’re not stopping to walk, you’re probably running over children.  If you’re running over children, then may God have mercy on your soul.
  • Make sure your iPod is on the setting you want it to be on.  I carefully formulated a playlist, but accidentally put it on shuffle instead of having it play straight through.  Somehow all my “filler” songs played at the very beginning.  It just really wasn’t my day.
  • Study the route – I think this goes for just about every race.  After forgetting this detail, I felt lost the entire run.
  • Wear an old bra.  It’s weird because my shirt got almost no color on it, but my bra and actual skin were covered in color.  I’m still trying to wash color out of my stomach.
  • Have fun!!!  Embrace the fact that this is a fun run and don’t take it too seriously.  If you have been training to run a 5k, choose a different race for your first one.  I think if I would have done the Color Run before I ran the A’Ror’N Days 5k, I would have been very discouraged with all the starting and stopping.  Get your “serious” race out of the way and just have fun with this one.

Have any of you done the Color Run in your cities?  Was your experience similar to mine or am I just a grumplestiltskin?  I’d love to hear your feedback!

Milestones

I had a feeling this week wasn’t going to be a great weigh-in.  I suppose I didn’t really do anything to sabotage my week.  I just maybe wasn’t as motivated last week.  I haven’t done very well at keeping up with the running in this heat.  Have I complained about the heat and the humidity in almost every post this month?  I feel like I have.  Most years, I’ll want to complain a little bit.  Then I always think, “Well, it definitely beats being snowed in last winter.”  But it hardly snowed last winter!  If next winter is anything like last winter, I have a feeling I’m going to like running outside in the winter a lot more than in the summer.  Any way, I digress.  I apologize.  Back to my week.  So, I didn’t run as much as I should have, and I tracked very sporadically (I will NOT apologize for accumulating a large majority of my vocabulary from Clueless.  Cher Horowitz was and remains to be a smart, smart lady.), so I wasn’t expecting a huge loss.  I ended up losing .8 pounds, which put me at exactly 30 with WW and 50 total.  Yeah!

I wanted to see what the change looked like approximately every 10 pounds. I know you’re probably incredibly impressed with my photo collage skills. My services are, indeed, available for hire.

I’ve been finding it harder to be motivated lately.  I think a lot of people do when they get to the 20-30 pound range.  I think that part of my problem is that I’m overconfident in my skills.  Maybe that’s not the right way to put it, but I’ll kind of slack a little.  Like, I’ll think, “Ohhh… I’ve been doing this for 16 weeks now, I know how to eat right.”  So I won’t track everything.  That leads to dangerous things.  Like eating an avocado every day for the entire week, and not realizing how many points they are.  I’ve also become more lax with measuring.  I know it won’t hurt too much if I have more than a cup of Cheerios, but little slip ups lead to big slip-ups, and then I don’t feel like I’m in control.  And for me, in this program, I need to be in control in order to succeed.  Not, like, obsessively so.  That would create bigger problems than gaining a bit of weight, but I do need to be in control of my own life.

As a lot of you know, about a month ago I wrote about the small victories I have won since starting WW.  I feel like I should update it a bit since I hit a couple of bigger goals this week.

  • I’ve lost 30 pounds in WW!  For reference, that is one of these plus an extremely full diaper:

  • I’ve lost 50 pounds over the course of 2 years.  For further reference, two years ago, I was carrying around the weight of two of the cutie pies from the previous picture (sans heavy diaper).
  • I fit into a size 16 jeans.  Comfortably (!), which hasn’t happened since high school.   (I should also note that when I was trying them on, a lot of the size 16’s fit very uncomfortably.)  I have been very lucky, because I’ve pretty much been able to get by with wearing workout clothes.  My summer uniform has been Nike running shorts and a tank top (thank you Nike for making cute, plus-size workout clothes and not always being able to sell the in season stuff and in turn selling it to places like TJMaxx and Nordstrom rack so that I can buy $35 shorts for less than $10!).  However, Saturday night I was meeting up with an old friend, so I had to wear real clothes.  Ugh (to wearing real clothes, not to seeing old friends)!  This is really only a half-problem, because my closet is filled with shirts I bought right after I had my reduction mammaplasty a few years ago, but haven’t fit in more recent years and do now.  The problem is in the pants.  (The previous sentence sparked a lot of inappropriate jokes in my head.  So much so that I considered deleting it and choosing my words more wisely.  Ultimately, I decided to leave it so you guys could have some fun with that.)  I have a pair of jean capris that really only fit right after I pull them out of the dryer.  And despite my better judgment, I keep wearing them.  Also, up until Wednesday, all of my underwear was too big.  This created problems.  It especially created problems on Wednesday, when I happened to be wearing a dress.  Mom and I made the dreaded trip to Walmart.  I absolutely hate going there and thought if I left to get the stuff I needed, on my own, it might be a quicker trip.  Well, I didn’t grab a basket and my arms were full of stuff when I was walking back to mom’s cart.  My underwear had been slowly creeping down, but I thought I could make it.  As I turned down the aisle she was in, they pretty much full on fell down.  I mean, I could kind of disguise the situation, but when you’re doing a really cracked out Sumo walk to try and stop your underwear from falling down in the middle of Walmart, you’re not really deflecting attention away from yourself.  I did get new underwear, though, so there’s no need to worry about me anymore.  Except, I did not get new pants.  So.  Maybe worry a little bit.  But at least one layer will stay up.  Oh yeah, this is supposed to be a list.  I should probably get back to it.
  • I ran 4 miles on Wednesday!  Most days this past week, my legs would start hurting a lot while running, so I maybe only do a mile.  Wednesday, they felt so much better, so I just kept running.  I ran to the highway, down to the next road, and then some.  Sometimes I forget that I’m going to have to turn around, and that’s kind of been my strategy for adding distance.  Maybe the only thing I find cool about running on gravel (besides the fact that when there’s corn on both sides, I just feel incredibly small, in a good way), is that sometimes when I go running, my footprints are still there from the night before.  Sometimes I try to run so that my opposite foot is right next to the print, so if someone happens upon my trail they’ll be like, “Wow!  Someone hopped down a country road for 4 miles?  That’s pretty impressive!”

I revisited my goals from last week, and I didn’t quite make them all.  I DID run 4 miles last week and I also ran 4 times last week.  Emily M. and I didn’t reach our 60 classes in Jazzercise before the shirts were gone, but that’s okay, I suppose.  The shirts are One Size Fits All, but they look a lot more like One Size Fits Medium, so it probably wouldn’t even fit me.  It would, however, fit Em so that makes me kind of sad.  I didn’t make it to an Aqua Zumba class, but I’m going to go tonight!  I’m excited!  Whenever I drive by the pool, it looks like they’re having so much fun.  I know my other goal was to learn how to shimmy, but — I’m sad to say — I’m throwing the towel in on that one.

Goals for this week:

  • Track every day.
  • Go to Jazzercise 5 times.
  • Run 4 times.  One time at least 5 miles.
  • Try a new kind of activity.  Maybe yoga?  I need to figure this out.
  • Finish The Color Run on Saturday!

Currently, my Power song when running:

Oh!  Also!  I have to brag a little bit:  My mom started WW last week and lost SIX POINT EIGHT pounds this week!  Holy Moly!  She’s a rockstar.

Random Acts of Baking – Part 1

For my birthday, Emily M. bought me a whole bunch of neat baking related things (she knows me well!).  One of them was the Magnolia Bakery cookbook.  Well, I left them in Lincoln for almost a month but finally got them back and have spent the last few days trying to scratch away the itch to bake something.  I’m not talking cake mix with a can of pop baking.  I mean with actual eggs and flour and butter.  I finally, with the help of Em, decided that I would bake stuff and then just drop it off for random people.  I’m going to try to do this at least once a week.  We’ll see how it goes!

Since Emily M. gave me the cookbook, I thought she should be the first recipient of my Random Act of Baking.  I also thought it was fitting to make the signature vanilla cupcakes and frosting from Magnolia Bakery.  Now, I’ve never been there, and I’m sure mine don’t compare, but  I think they turned out pretty well!

Happy Monday!

One of my favorite songs by my favorite songwriter. Definitely a great way to start the week!

So far my day has been extremely low-key and awesome.  While I’ve done a few productive things like make appointments and do some studying, I’m still in my pajamas at 2:00 pm.  In fact, when I started this post I was eating breakfast (Strawberry Greek yogurt with bananas and granola) and now I’m just finishing lunch (grilled chicken breast on spinach with avocado, almonds, fat-free Thousand Island dressing, and fresh parmesan cheese shavings with a generic raspberry Crystal Light).  I really do just have a tough tough life.

Looks pretty good, right?

I’m heading out to attempt a 4-mile run.  Eek!  Any prayers and positive thoughts you could send my way would be soooo appreciated!  It appears that the heat wave has been broken (Hallelujah!) and not only is it below 100 degrees at 2 pm, but it’s actually below 90 degrees!  Holy Moly!  I almost forgot how awesome the lower 80’s felt.

My running song of the day:

4th of July Cake!

Mom and I both agreed that we wish we would have had a solid color table cloth for a background.

I know my thousands of readers been extremely concerned by the fact that this originated as a food blog and it’s been more than two months since I last posted a recipe.  Well, you’re in luck tonight!  I found this recipe over at Dashing Dish and thought it was too cute to ignore.  As far as WW goes, it’s only 5 points.  That’s pretty good for cake.  I don’t even want to think about how much a piece of my chocolate cake is.  The cake turned out pretty well.  A couple things worth noting:  The recipe calls for Light Cool Whip (we might have actually used completely fat free).  I’ve found, in general, that fat free stuff can be kind of runny.  I don’t know if it’s because there’s no fat to hold it together, or what, but if you’re more concerned about looks than calories, go for the regular Cool Whip.  Also, it would be way faster to make without the gelatin syrup stuff.  (Side note:  I have to thank my mom because she actually made the syrup part.  She was smart enough to see that it had to sit for 2 hours before frosting and made it since I was still in Lincoln.)  Now, full disclosure, I’m not a Jell-O fan.  I had a procedure done when I was in high school where I had to fast for a couple days beforehand.  The one food I could have… yep, Jell-O.  So I took advantage of this and ate so much Jell-O, that I was sick of it within 6 hours.  So, while the gelatin syrup stuff may have been amazing, I’m kind of thinking that the next time I make it I will just slice up some strawberries to put with the frosting in between layers.  It would save time and dirty dishes.

I had a great day visiting family in York.  We grilled out and my aunt and uncle made homemade vanilla ice cream, which was the perfect compliment to the cake.  I hope you all had a great 4th of July!

 

4th of July Strawberry Blueberry Poke Cake

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 Box White Cake Mix (you can also use reduced sugar white cake mix.  I think we’re going to try this next time!)
  • 5 Egg Whites (or 2 whole eggs)
  • 1/3 cup Plain fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Water

For the Strawberry Jello

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbs sugar alternative or 4 pks stevia
  • 1 tbs unflavored gelatin (or 1 pkt knox gelatin)

For the Blueberry Jello

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbs sugar alternative or 4 pkts stevia
  • 2 tbs unflavored gelatin (or 2 pkts knox gelatin)

For the Whipped Frosting

  • 1 cup Cold skim milk (or milk alternative of choice)
  • 1 small pkg sugar free instant white chocolate pudding
  • 2 (8 oz) containers light cool whip (or Tru Whip, a natural alternative)
  • Optional:  additional blueberries and strawberries for decorating

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two 8 inch round cake pans with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg whites, yogurt, and water.  Beat until cake mix is smooth.  Bake cakes for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cakes cool to room temperature, but leave in cake pans.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine strawberries, water, and sweetener, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 3-5 minutes or until berries are soft enough to mash.  Place strawberries in a strainer, and mash over a bowl to remove strawberry pulp from strawberry sauce.  Dissolve gelatin in strawberry syrup, and stir.  (be sure to do this while it is still hot so the gelatin dissolves).  Let cool to room temperature.  Repeat with blueberry sauce.
  4. Use a skewer to poke holes in the top of each cake layer.  (cakes should still be in pans, and completely cooled at this point)
  5. Pour cooled strawberry syrup over one cake layer, and the blueberry syrup over the next.  Cover cake pans, and place cakes in fridge until gelatin is set, about 2 hours.
  6. To make the frosting, whisk together the milk and pudding mix until smooth.  Fold in cool whip, until smooth.  Chill frosting in the fridge until the cake is completely cooled, and ready to be frosted.
  7. Remove cake from cake pan by running a knife around the edge of pans.
  8. Remove the strawberry cake and place on a cake stand.  Spread 1 cup of the whipped topping over the cake.  Top with blueberry cake.  Frost the cake with the remaining whipped cream.
  9. Decorate with additional blueberries and strawberries if desired.
  10. Chill at least one hour before serving.  Enjoy!

Nutritional info: Serving Size: 1/16 of cake.  Calories: 187. Fat: 3 grams. Carbs: 33 g. Fiber: 1 g. Sugar: 16 g. Protein: 4 g. WW Points Plus: 5

Happy Independence Day!

This week’s weigh-in was MUCH better than last week.  I lost 4.6 pounds which cancelled out last week’s gain of 3.8 pounds and still left me with an additional loss of .8 pounds.  I’ll take it!  That brings my total loss with WW to 29.2 pounds.

Goals for the week:

  • Run at least 4 days, going at least 4 miles on one day – I’m becoming a bit of a wimp when it comes to the heat and humidity.
  • Track every day – I had a good week as far as weight loss goes, but I hardly tracked.  I do much better, and feel more in control, when I track.
  • Finally complete the Jazzercise attendance challenge.  I’m seeing a lot of double Jazzercise classes in my near future!
  • Learn to shimmy – Pitbull keeps making me shimmy in Jazzercise.  I can’t do this.  It’s almost as awkward as Baby trying to do really anything in the first half of Dirty Dancing.  And, to be honest (we all are girls here, right?) I’ve spent a lot of money on sports bras and went through a very painful surgery in order to eliminate my “shimmy.”  I’ll keep you posted on how this goes.
  • Try out Aqua Zumba.  I’m always intrigued when I drive by the pool and see the sign.  I LOVE being in the water and it sounds so much fun, so I think I have to try it.

I hope you all have a great holiday!  I’ll be spending it with my family AND I found a recipe for a healthy (or – at least- low calorie) 4th of July cake.  Pictures will be posted soon…  As long as it turns out well.  🙂

In honor of Independence Day, I have to leave you with maybe the most moving speech by a fictional president.  (I’m convinced President Bartlett is real and The West Wing was actually a documentary, so his hundreds of amazing speeches do not count.)

Also, consider it your lucky day because you’re getting a 2-for-1 special!  Bill Pullman got me thinking about Newsies which got me wanting to watch this video.  You are welcome.

I’m Sweating Pink!


Not literally, of course.  Although, I suppose you never do know with me.  Last week I was accepted to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador for Fit Approach.  I am joining a group of amazing women from all over the world who promote getting healthy and fit and above all — having fun!  I’ve only been a Sweat Pink Ambassador for a week and am already sooo inspired by my fellow SPA Sisters.

The Fit Approach Mission is:

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

How do we get there?
We climb.
We journey.
We balance.
We reward.

I’m so excited to see where this journey takes me! Check out www.fitapproach.com for more info!