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.

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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!

Oops, I did it again…

Weigh-in was today.  Last week after I weighed in, I walked confidently to the front of the meeting with a big smile on my face.  I had lost 8.4 pounds.  This week was more of a sneak quietly into the back.  I gained 3.8 pounds…  Almost half of what I lost the week before.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t expect to gain.  On Saturday, we celebrated my birthday with pizza and cake and ice cream.  Then Sunday (my actual birthday), my grandpa made the BEST bbq ribs.  Also, after I ran the 5k on Saturday, i took a brief sabbatical from working out.  My legs were so tired, and it’s been kind of nice to rest a bit.  I’m confident that once I get my routine back on track, I’ll start losing again.  But for now, I’d like to stop worrying about it and share my Birthday Week details!

My week was just awesome.  My 16 month old niece visited Tuesday through Saturday and we had SO much fun.  Every time I see her, she’s just smarter and cuter and all-together even more awesome than the last time I saw her (which I really didn’t think was possible).  We went on a lot of walks with the wagon and she helped me push the cart at the grocery store.  The house is so quiet without her here!

Friday, I made my birthday cake.  Now, before anyone gets all concerned about me making my own birthday cake… I WANTED to do it.  I don’t bake cake all that much anymore, especially since I’ve been eating healthier.  This is a cake that I’ve made several times.  In fact, it’s sort of my specialty.  I’m to the point where I almost have the recipe memorized.  While I was baking, I was SO excited.  I didn’t have to go back to the store for any extra ingredients.  I cleaned up as I went along.  Nigella was on the Cooking Channel.  (I’m kind of obsessed.  Her voice is what my inner dialogue sounds like when I’m baking, even though the only accent I can do in real life is Southern.  And even then, it’s not so much “Southern” as it is “hick.”)  Anyway, things were going pretty well.  I took the cakes out of the oven (they looked flawless) and let them cool for a very appropriate length of time on the cooling racks.  After they had cooled, I leveled them off and started frosting.  As soon as I finished, I noticed a crack in the top layer about an inch long.  I called to my mom, who was talking to my aunt, for advice.  She kept on talking while the cake kept on cracking.  I kind of pushed it together with my hands to try to save it, but it just kept falling through my fingers.  After many half cuss words were said, and surprisingly no tears spilled, I decided to just let it be.  There was talk of going to Central City or Grand Island to get an ice cream cake, but I decided we’d eat this one.

She’s a beaut, right? As my friend, Kim, called it: Pangea Cake

Since we had family over, I didn’t really have an opportunity to let go of steam regarding the cake.  So, I did what any normal person would do.  I went to Jazzercise… Angry.  I know you probably think Angry Jazzercise is not possible.  Well, it is.  I mean, it’s not EASY, but it’s possible.  I’m sure people thought I was crazy, but it was exactly what I needed.  By the time I got home, my sister and sister-in-law had arrived, so I was happy.  Also, one of the last songs of the set list was “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, and that’s a REALLY hard song to stay angry to.  Friday night, we had a dance party with Little Miss Whitney on our deck and it was so much fun.

Saturday morning was the 5k and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  (At least, not for me.)  It had rained the night before and was cool and cloudy and I just loved it.  I had so much fun running with my sister.  There were a lot of random spurts of “dance running.”  We were also passed, about halfway through, by a woman pulling her two kids in a wagon.  I mean, she was walking fast.  But still, she was walking.  We eventually passed her right before the finish line (mainly because she let us).  According to my watch and the lady calling out the time, we finished in about 43 minutes.  HOWEVER, once they posted the times, they had me listed at 45 minutes AND said that I was 40 seconds slower than my sister when we pretty much finished at exactly the same time.  It’s not a big deal, but I was still a little pissed.  Then we went to a pancake feed at the airport, took naps, and CELEBRATED.  My mom had bought a little toy Batgirl to put on my cake, so that made my cake appear kind of badass.

I like to think Batgirl is saving Southern California from a giant earthquake/mudslide.

Waiting to blow out candles with my grandmas.

Yep… I DID blow them out with one breath. There was A LOT of smoke.

All-in-all it was a good Birthday Week.  We went to the Henry Doorly Zoo yesterday and had so much fun.  I’m ready to get back into a routine, though.  What I’m not looking forward to is running in this heat and humidity.  It’s 103º F in Aurora right now.  Yikes!  I think I might have to wake up at 5:00 am tomorrow to run.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today’s my birthday so I feel like I need to post something, BUT I am 100% exhausted.  My niece was visiting us for the week and we’ve had family visiting from out of state so it’s just been an extremely awesome tornado of chaos.  I’ll give an official summary of the week’s events later, but here are a few highlights.

– I lost 8.4 pounds at weigh-in on Wednesday.  I even stepped on the scale twice to make sure I didn’t do something wrong.  This brings my total to 28.4 (47 lbs if we’re counting pre-WW weight loss) and I got my 10% key ring and 25 pound “weight” to put on it.

– Saturday I ran my first 5k.  It took 43 minutes and we got passed by a woman pulling her two kids in a wagon, but still… we ran the entire way.

– After fighting with myself over what to do about my birthday cake, I decided to indulge a little (okay, a lot) and make my AMAZING Chocolate Butter Cake with Fudge Frosting.  Someone, somewhere did not like this, because after I got it all frosted, this happened (It’s supposed to be a three-layer, nine-inch round cake):

Did we still eat it?  Abso-frickin-lutely.  It still tasted amazing.

Also… Big shout out to the Emily’s!  They both passed and made it through Jazzercise instructor training!  One of the best birthday presents is the fact that I can take their classes SOON!  (I feel the need to acknowledge that they are actually separate people.  In fact, in a lot of ways, they’re complete opposites.  It’s just easier to lump them together.  I don’t want them to ever feel like Mary Kate and Ashley did toward the end of their acting careers when they got all serious about not wanting to be ‘The Olsen Twins’ anymore.)

Now… For my reverse birthday present, I would like to share the playlist that got me through the 5k on Saturday.  And yes, it is entitled:  Sally’s Incredibly Awesome Birthday 5k Running Playlist. (Warning… if you’re lactose intolerant, you may want to stop reading.  This playlist is full of cheesy guilty pleasure songs.)

1.  Sally Is A… – Shwayze (I will admit that I listen to this song at least once a day.  You probably should, too.  It’s not great for running, but I thought it would be good to listen to while standing around waiting for it to start.  However, the gun went off way before I was ready, so there wasn’t much wait time.)
2.  American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3.  The Story of Us – Taylor Swift (Not a great choice.  I regretted it when it came on.  I needed something more upbeat and fun at this point.)
4.  Uptown Girl – Billy Joel (This is the beat of my favorite comfortable pace to run to.  I made a playlist for my mom for when she walks and included a lot of Billy Joel and Hall & Oates.  I had to listen to it on a run one day and it was actually really amazing.)
5.  What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction (yes, One Direction may be under the delusion that teenage girls need to hear that they’re beautiful from a boy band to actually feel beautiful.  But… The song’s catchy and I LIKE it.)
6.  You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
7.  Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen  (I put this on every playlist.  It was at this point of the race when I started dance running.  I needed it.  I’m not sick of it yet.  Why am I not sick of it yet?)
8.  Wait Til You See My Smile – Alicia Keys  (This is one of my favorite songs for that time of the run when you’ve hit your stride and are just going.  There’s a good piano part that keeps the tempo up, even though it’s a really calm and relaxing song.)
9.  The Bitch is Back – Elton John (At this point of the run, I passed a friend’s house (Thanks, Dawn!) and it gave me me kind of a second wind.  This song always makes me want to do air punches and kicks.  But let’s face it, most songs make me want to do air punches and kicks.)
10.  Brokenhearted – Karmin (next to “Call Me Maybe,” it’s my favorite guilty pleasure song.  And this chick’s from Nebraska!)
11.  Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye  (I’ve been wondering when I will become sick of this song.  I discovered it much, much later than everyone else, so it’s taken awhile.  The answer to my question, though, was exactly the same moment it started playing on my iPod, but I didn’t want to go through the pain of getting it out and changing it, so I suffered down most of 15th street.)
12.  Hey Juliet – LMNT
13.  Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel (This was playing during when I finished.)
14.  Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
15.  Part of Me – Katy Perry (next to Bulletproof, this might be my favorite routine to Jazzercise to.  I was proud I didn’t make it to this point of my playlist.)
16.  Standing Outside the Fire – Garth Brooks (I decided to put this one at the end, in case I was still running.  My mom used to bawl during this music video and my siblings and I were obsessed with it.  Youtube it.  You won’t regret it.  It still kind of gets to me!  I also thought there would be a possibility that my brother and sister would have to carry me through the finish line.  Luckily, they didn’t.)
17.  Ride Wit Me – Nelly featuring City Spud  (I figured if I reallllly went slower than I though, this would cheer me up.  I know every word.  Every.  Word.)

Tracking: Week 13, Day 7

Week 13, Day 7

Tomorrow’s Weigh-in!  Ahhh!  I actually don’t have the usual anxiety that I have the night before weigh-in, so hopefully that’s a good thing.  As long as I lose what I gained last week, I’ll be fine with it.  I mean, in an ideal world I would hit 25 tomorrow.  In order to do that, I have to lose 5 pounds.  I’m not really counting on that happening.

Stats for the week:

Activity Points Earned: 134

Activity/Flex points used: 0

Time Spent exercising:  695 minutes (I’m pretty sure I didn’t workout this much in all of 2011)

Amount of ice cream/frozen yogurt consumed: 8.5 servings (if I don’t lose this week, I have a feeling we know what’s to blame.)

Tracking: Week 13, Day 6

Week 13, Day 6

Yesterday, I finally went into the pharmacy to get some drugs.  My pharmacist suggested Allegra-D and it is AMAZING!  It didn’t make me drowsy at all.  It also didn’t make me feel the need to map out a zombie escape plan to my house, which embarrassingly (and–admit it–awesomely), has happened on Benadryl.  Except for a few coughing fits, I was back to my old self yesterday.  There was a moment in Jazzercise when I couldn’t stop coughing and then I couldn’t get my water cup (somehow, I lost the straw) open, so someone had to come and help me.  I FINALLY got it open after, like, half the song.  (What??? I’d like to see YOU try and open something with condensation when your hands are sweaty!)  I have to admit, I’m kind of glad this is my penultimate tracking post.  I think it’s definitely worked to get me back on track with, well, tracking and has also helped to get me posting regularly, but I don’t think I’ll keep up with it.  Unless, of course, I need help again.  ALSO, my extremely awesome and adorable and perfect-in-every-way niece is coming today and staying for the entire week.  I think I would be crazy to spend my time blogging and not hanging out with her.

Today’s plan is to do a double in Jazzercise and possibly run.  I might even discover the joy of running with a stroller.  Riiiiight.