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What’s Next

Happy Monday!

Today’s Workout

  • 2.3 miles treadmill, walked slow

When I woke up on Sunday morning, my calves were so incredibly tight from Saturday’s Biggest Loser 15k. They felt rock hard and even walking down the stairs was difficult. I made sure to stretch and foam roll.

My calves were also very sore last night and still sore this morning. I foam rolled again and skipped BodyPump to walk about 2.3 slow miles on the treadmill.

My calves are definitely feeling the effects of running 9.3 miles. I am wearing my compression socks throughout that day hoping they will help.

I forgot to mention that I bought Danny new running shoes for his birthday. I took him to Dick’s Sporting Goods and after trying on a few pairs, he picked out a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13′s.

Danny used to only run in Nikes, so I am excited for him to try out the Brooks.

The Weekend – Saturday

On Saturday night, my family came over to watch the Blackhawk’s game and celebrate Danny and Paul’s birthdays. It was a very intense game.

I ordered a Blackhawk’s birthday cake from a nearby bakery and everyone loved it!

I was exhausted by the time everyone left and went right to bed.


On Father’s Day, my dad, stepmom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece came over for brunch. We had bagels, donuts, grapes, potatoes, and eggs. My dad opened his Father’s Day presents and we visited for a bit.

After everyone left, I was exhausted again. Running that 15k took a lot more out of me then I thought it would.

I was up at 6:30 am on Sunday and was just sore and tired. I ended up taking about an hour and a half nap before going to my in-laws house for dinner. I feel a lot better today. I’m just dealing with my sore and tight calves.


After walking on the treadmill this morning, the kids and I went to the grocery store. After a week of birthdays and Father’s Day, my eating needs to get back on track.

My fruit and veggie bowl is full!

What’s Next?

So, now that I am done with the 15k, I have the Zooma Half Marathon to train for. Since I was already training for the 15k, I am just picking up in the middle of the Zooma training plan.

The only thing I’m worried about is running four days a week. They might not fit into my schedule. The 15k training plan had me running three days a week, and I’ll probably stick to running three days a week for the half marathon training, four days a week if I can fit it in.

If you’re looking for a good 15k or half marathon training program, I recommend the Hal Higdon Training Plans. That’s what I followed for the 15k and it worked out great.

I’ll probably wait a few days until my calves feel better before jumping into the half marathon training plan.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you do anything for Father’s Day?
  • How many days do you rest after a long run or race?
  • Favorite sports team?



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Hydrating for Race Day

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband!

If you’re wondering how old Danny is today, he’s 34. Happy 34th birthday, Danny!


Tomorrow is the Biggest Loser 15k race. It will be my longest race. I ran a 10k a couple of years ago, but I mainly stick to 5ks. I am not a great long distance runner, but I really looking forward to accomplishing a 9.3 mile run.

Packing For A Race

Danny and I are headed to Rockford later this afternoon for the Biggest Loser Walk/Run Expo and to spend the night. Jeff Nichols and Francelina Morillo from Season 14 will there and so will Dan and Jackie Evans from Season 5.

Here are some of the things that I’m bring for the race.

My clothes – sports bra, Zensah calf sleeves, fitted shorts, mesh Under Armour tank.

It’ supposed to be about 60 degrees on race day morning, but since I heat up really fast, I am hoping the mesh tank will keep me cool, but not too cold.

I have only run in these shorts twice, but I like them because they have a zippered pocket on the back where I can put my Honey Stinger chews.

Not pictured is my socks – I usually run in Gold Toe socks, nothing fancy. Thankfully, I have never had problems with blisters so the Gold Toe socks work good for me.

I’m also bringing my iPod shuffle, Garmin watch, lip balm, camera, and sunglasses.


I don’t like running in a hat or visor so I run in my sunglasses. I also hate wearing an armband so the iPod shuffle works out great because¬†I just clip it to my shorts.

I’m bringing some gels and chews.

These aren’t for me – I’m going to see if my family wants them. I think even if your walking, 9.3 miles is long and you’ll need energy.

I’m stopping at the store today to pick up some more of the Honey Stinger chews which I will be using for race fuel.



I have decided not to bring my hand-held water bottle with me for the race. The most important thing is to hydrate prior to a race and after a race. I have tried to increase my water intake these past couple of days.

The kids and I were out of the house all day yesterday, so I made sure to bring my water tumbler with me and refill throughout the day. I will do the same thing today.

“Being more than two percent dehydrated in warm environments causes a decline in performance,” says Robert W. Kenefick, Ph.D., a physiologist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

In a study in the April 2010 Journal of Athletic Training, runners who started a 12-K race dehydrated on an 80-degree day finished about two and a half minutes slower compared to when they ran it hydrated. Dehydration causes your blood volume to drop, which lowers your body’s ability to transfer heat and forces your heart to beat faster, making it difficult for your body to meet aerobic demands.


I also came across a list of why you should not run with water:

‚ÄĘ Carrying water can affect your running form if you hold something in your hands. It also gets away from the freedom and relaxation of running.
‚ÄĘ It adds unnecessary weight, whether in your hands or on your waist.
‚ÄĘ Blood and oxygen should be going to the muscles for its intense activity, not detoured to the stomach to aid in absorption and digestion.
‚ÄĘ Hydrating while running can cause stomach upset, with sloshing liquids in the stomach, intestinal discomfort, side stitches/cramps or even nausea, especially with more concentrated sports drinks.
‚ÄĘ Stopping for water during races slows your time.


While I think this list makes some valid points, I think it’s up to the individual whether or not to run with water. I know that carrying a water bottle throws off my running form, so I decided not to run with one.

The 15k is supposed to have water stations every 1.5-2 miles, so hopefully that should be plenty.

I’m off to cook Danny a special birthday breakfast – cinnamon French toast, hash browns, and eggs!

Have a great day!




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Running Form

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Yoga Stretch
  • 1.53 miles treadmill, walked slow
  • 1 minute plank

Since my calves have been bothering me so much, I have been trying to get to the Yoga-Lates and Yoga Stretch classes when I can. I wasn’t able to go to Yoga-Lates on Wednesday night because Jaden had an open house at school, so I went to Yoga Stretch class last night. But….

I was the only one that showed up for Yoga Stretch, so I told the instructor (it was a sub) that she didn’t have to stay just for me. I walked on the treadmill and did a plank prior to the start of class, so I just went home.

I’ll try again next week.

Yesterday’s Snack

I usually make a strawberry and peach smoothie in the afternoons, but I ran out of strawberries so I made a peach blueberry smoothie and it was delicious!

In my smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 3 ounces frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 scoop GNC Lean Shake Powder¬†in Orange Cream
  • 6 ounces Trop50
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • crushed ice

Even Jaden loved it and smoothies are a great way for kids to get their fruit and veggies in!

Yesterday’s Lunch

I have to share yesterday’s lunch too because it was so good – a stuffed pepper.

My pepper was stuffed with brown rice, sautéed spinach, garlic, and feta cheese.

I had cottage cheese on the side for extra protein.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.11 miles treadmill, walked
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Zumba – 60 minutes

Running Drills

When I did the Biggest Loser program at my gym last summer, we met once a week for a 5k prep class. One of the times we met, the instructor had us do some running strides to help with our running form.

Although, we only did the running drills/strides for one meeting, I still think that they were beneficial. I have been noticing lately than when I start to get tired when I am running that my running form suffers.

I have been looking up different running drills online to help me improve my running form and I will be incorporating these moves into my running workouts.

Here are some of the running form drills that I found that seem fairly simple:

  • High knees
  • Walking lunges
  • Sprints
  • Butt kicks
  • Fast feet
  • High knee skipping

You do each drill for a certain short distance. When we did them in the Biggest Loser, we just did them from one lamp post to the next.

I look forward to doing these drills and seeing if they improve my running.

Have a great afternoon and weekend!

  • Do you do any kind of running drills or things to help with your running form? I would love some ideas!
  • Any plans this weekend?
  • Best thing you ate today?



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Biggest Loser Finale

Biggest Loser

Did you guys watch the Biggest Loser finale last night? I didn’t even recognize Danni! She looked awesome, and of course, I had to root for her because she’s from the Chicago suburbs – not too far from me actually. What a transformation that girl had!


I also really liked Joe and thought all the contestants looked awesome. I was hoping Lisa would win the at home prize. That girl looked great!!

I loved the kid’s transformations. I think they really made themselves healthier and gained tons of self-confidence. They also helped change their families lives.

I just wished they didn’t end the show so abruptly – maybe let Danni or the trainers talk for a minute? It’s just confetti. The End.

Today’s Workout

  • Plank #19 – 3 minutes and 4 seconds
  • 1.04 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Only 12 more planks left in March to go! We used the Bosu ball in Butts and Guts today, and we did some plank work on it at the end of class, so I got a lot of plank time in today!

Right from the gym, I went to the dentist for a check-up and teeth cleaning. All good! I hate when they floss my teeth, though. It drives me crazy. I am 30 years old. I think I can floss my own teeth.

After the dentist, I picked up my niece, and we stopped at Target where I picked up the BEST Easter candy ever:

I love love¬†love Cadbury eggs. But don’t worry – I’m not going to eat all of them (although I would love to :) ). I found a recipe for Cadbury Egg Blondies on Pinterest that I am going to make for Easter. I hope that turn out good because that’s pretty much my dream dessert!


Lunch this afternoon was one that you’ve seen a lot.

Peanut butter stuffed French toast made with PB2, two egg whites, and Honeycrisp apple slices dipped in PB2.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring! How are you going to celebrate?!

I’m going to celebrate by wearing shorts. Just kidding. I’ll be wearing pants, a hoodie, a coat, and gloves because it’s going to be 25 degrees here tomorrow. Thanks first day of spring.

  • Did you watch the Biggest Loser Finale? Who did you want to win?
  • What’s your dream dessert?
  • What’s the last thing you bought at Target?


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Jillian Michaels Detox Water


My final weight has been submitted and reviewed by Diet Bet, and I am an official winner! (Danny is submitting his weight tonight.) I lost a total of 6.6 pounds in four weeks. Now, we just have to wait until everyone weighs in to see how much money we won!

I am a little nervous now that the Diet Bet is over. Challenges like Diet Bet and¬†The Biggest Loser program that I participated in at my gym over the summer really help keep me motivated and accountable. Once they’re over, I feel like I’ll start slipping into my old habits of overeating and consuming way too much sugar. Then, I think about how far I’ve come, and how I don’t want to gain back any of the weight that I loss.

I have lost 34 pounds since April 2012 and that is an accomplishment for me. I will be posting updated weight loss pics soon. But we have a lot of days coming up soon that require being around a lot of snacks and food, and I sometimes have a hard time with portion control.

Jaden’s¬†family birthday party is Saturday and we’re having pizza, salad, snacks, and cake. Tuesday is his actual birthday, and he wants to go to Red Robin (hello, bottomless steak fries). Thursday is Valentine’s Day, and I plan on making stuffed shells…and I bought Funfetti Valentine’s cake mix.

Then, my dad and stepmom’s birthday is the following weekend, and there will be more cake involved.

I just really need to stick to making healthy choices and having treats in moderation. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. We’ll see how it goes!

Detox Water

I was browsing on Pinterest the other day, and I came across a recipe for Jillian Michael’s detox water/tea. Basically, you mix up the following ingredients:

  • 60 ounces distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free cranberry juice
  • 1 dandelion root tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Then, you drink the whole thing throughout the day. You mix up¬†a new batch everyday for seven days. It’s supposed to help you remove the toxins from your body and shed any water weight.

The thing that I liked about this detox tea is that it is not a fast. You continue to eat during the day as you normally would. It’s not a cleanse or a fast where all you do is drink and not eat any food. You simply drink the tea all day in addition to your regular diet.

The ingredients are pretty simple and normal, so I was thinking about trying it out just to see if it helps or has any benefits. I’m thinking about starting it next week and drinking the tea for one week.


Today’s Workout

  • 1.05 miles treadmill, walked <—- Yes, I’m still just walking
  • Step Class – 60 minutes

There is one word for today’s Step class: Intense. The normal Step instructor was out today because of back problems, and the sub was one of the other instructors (she was also one of the instructors for the Biggest Loser, Body Pump, and a personal trainer) and she is tough! Needless to say, today’s Step class was a great workout.

After my hard workout, I treated myself to a McDonald’s coffee and coffee yogurt. I figure it’s better than chocolate cake. Well, nothing’s better than chocolate cake. I figure it’s got to be healthier than chocolate cake.


Lunch this afternoon was scrambled egg whites with red onion, green pepper, broccoli, and feta cheese with peanut butter french toast and blueberries.

Whenever I take my camera out, this little lady automatically starts saying cheese, cheese.

It’s so cute!

Crunchmaster Winner

#24 – alw6ys

Congrats! Please email your shipping address to runeatplay at hotmail dot com as soon as possible. Thanks!

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • How do you keep yourself on the right track when eating? What motivates you?
  • What’s your biggest splurge? For me it’s sweets. I love them all – cookies, cake, donuts, candy…
  • Did you workout today?


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I Workout and Eat…Story of my Life

Last Night’s Workout

  • Cardio Fit and Tone Class – 60 minutes
  • Elliptical – 10 minutes

I went to the cardio fit and tone class at 6:20 pm last night, so I had a bowl of Kashi cereal about 4 pm, then I had a clementine and 5 pistachios at 6 pm, and I had a smoothie with a little bit of Special K when I got home about 8 pm.

I usually try not to eat dinner so late, but my eating always gets messed up when I go to the gym around 6pm.

In my smoothie:

  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup peaches
  • 1 container plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • crushed ice

Today’s Breakfast

This morning, I had peanut butter toast, blueberries, and hazelnut coffee.

Coffee cup courtesy of my mom.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.15 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes
  • Stretching – 15 minutes

My right quad (it’s always my right side!) has been really sore lately, so this morning I pulled out the neglected massage stick and used it on my leg.

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t been stretching lately. I don’t stretch as often as I should, and I know that’s a problem. Today after Butts and Guts class, I stretched for 15 minutes, and I was so glad that I did afterwards. I really need to start stretching more.

After my workout, I had a Greek yogurt and a mini package of pistachios.

Each package has about six pistachios and is only 20 calories. A package or two is good for when I am craving something salty/crunchy. I usually crave sweets more than I do salty foods though.

I picked up my niece and the stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few veggies. When I got home I made a veggie and feta omelet for lunch. I also had veggies and hummus, strawberries, and a caramel pineapple Greek yogurt.

Biggest Loser

Are you watching the Biggest Loser? I was glad to see that yesterday’s episode discussed nutrition a little bit more. I like watching the Biggest Loser, but sometimes I get bored with just watching them workout all the time. I would love to know how many calories they eat, what they eat, when they eat, etc.

I think that diet is just as important as exercise if you’re trying to be healthy or lose weight, and I wished they showed more of that on the show.

I was also surprised to see that the kids on the show are also wearing the BodyMedia armbands. I thought only the adults were wearing them since they said the kids wouldn’t be weighed. Maybe they’re just wearing them to see how many calories they’re burning a daily basis.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • Biggest Loser thoughts?
  • Do you stretch? How often?
  • Sweet, salty, or crunchy?
  • Workouts: morning or evening? Or afternoon?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Breakfast, Dinner, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Biggest Loser, BodyMedia, and BodyPump

Today my brother is actually having back surgery. For real this time…hopefully. He had a procedure on Friday at the hospital to prepare for today’s surgery, so he should be all set¬† to go. I feel so bad for him because this whole thing has been¬†nothing but¬†a painful ordeal for weeks. Hopefully after today, he’ll be on the road to recovery.

This afternoon, I am heading to the hospital to see him and bring my niece home with me. Fingers crossed that all goes well!

Biggest Loser

So, did anyone watch the Biggest Loser last night?

I have mixed feelings about it because I felt like it really got off to an unfair start with one of the contestants choosing to go home. I also have mixed feelings about Jillian. She is crazy harsh. I don’t know if I would be able to handle someone yelling at me like that. I like Bob’s approach better – hard but still encouraging.

Then, I figured that Jillian can’t always be like that. The show is probably editing to show her at her worse to make for better television. Of course they’re only going to show clips for her at her worse because that’s how she’s portrayed. But in my opinion, she is a bit too drill¬†sergeant pittbull-like¬†for me. I like Dolvett and Bob better.

I also really like that they have kids on this season’s show. I believe that it’s important to show kids how to eat healthy and be active because often they don’t know or have somebody to show them. I wrote a paper on childhood obesity when I first started college, so I know what a problem it is in the¬†U.S. today.

Kids are so less active than when I was young. We used play outside all day until the street lights came on. Now there’s the television, iPods, iPads, the Wii, Playstation, XBox…the list goes on and on. And that’s just how today’s children live. I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with video games. I just think there needs to be a healthy balance between video games and being active.

It made me so sad to listen to how those kids are often treated by their peers. Kids can be so mean. And I hope The Biggest Loser not only helps them lose weight, but encourages other kids at home to do the same. Being active and healthy can be fun, and that’s what I hope they’re showing these kids.

I just wish the show focused more on nutrition rather than workouts. We know the Biggest Losers workout 6-8 hours a day. I’m more interested in how they go from eating unlimited calories a day to sticking to healthy and nutritious foods. I would like to see more of their diet.

I did just find out that the Biggest Loser contestants are wearing the BodyMedia fit armbands this season. Just like me!

I really like my BodyMedia armband and plan on doing a more in depth review of it soon.


The DietBet¬†challenge starts in a few days, and I know that a few of you have signed up, and I’m so excited. If you’ve signed up, I would love to hear about your progress, your challenges and struggles, and your strengths.

Leave comments on the blog. Leave me posts on facebook. Send me Tweets.¬†Follow me on Instagram¬†(@RunEatPlay) and post pics of your workouts and meals. We can do it together! There’s still time to sign up if you’re thinking about joining.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.5 miles, treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

I really pushed myself in BodyPump today by upping my weights. It was hard, but I felt like I accomplished something. Sometimes, I feel like I get stuck in the same workout routine and get bored. I love BodyPump, so lifting slightly heavier weights really helped challenge me.

Immediately after BodyPump, I had a peach Greek yogurt for some protein and to help rebuild my muscles.

I also wanted to say that I am very proud of Danny for getting up at 5am to go to the gym today. I know it’s something that he’s not used to, so I’m glad that he’s making the effort. Bring on the Fantasy Fitness challenge!

Have a great Monday!

Questions of the day:

  • Did you watch the Biggest Loser? Thoughts?
  • Do you ever get bored with your workouts?
  • Any plans or workouts for today?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Fitness, Working Out

New Year’s Eve 2012

Good morning and Happy New Year’s Eve!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.39 miles treadmill

I started my morning out at the gym. My gym didn’t have any fitness classes today, so I just ran on the treadmill.

I alternated between walking for one minute at 4.0 mph and running at 7.1 mph for one minute. I know the 7.1 is weird, but the .1 makes me feel faster :)

I can’t believe that it’s the end of 2012 already! I thought I would highlight some of my favorite times.

Some of my favorite things from 2012:

  • Danny and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary.
  • I ran the Dash and Dine 5k¬†with my family. I ran 3.1 miles and then ate the grossest bread pudding as fast as I could. (April 21)
  • I joined a Spring weight loss challenge and came in first place!¬†I lost 22 pounds and 12.8% of my body weight. (June 8th)

  • I went on to join¬†The Biggest Loser¬†at my gym and lost another 11 pounds. (I lost 30 pounds total because I gained a few pounds back after the spring weight loss challenge). At the conclusion on the Biggest Loser, I ran my fastest 5k.

  • We had a random pirate night, an¬†Amazing Race game, and an awesome Halloween party.

  • I received my first 5k medal, and was very excited!

  • I won fitness bingo¬†and won a free three-month gym membership.

2012 was a really great year, and I hope to make 2013 even better!

We usually do the same thing every New Year’s Eve – go out to dinner with my family and then go to my dad’s house to ring in the new year. Last year, we dressed fancy and went to Olive Garden.¬†This year we’re going to a nearby Mexican restaurant. I am very excited because I love Mexican food.

We’re also having a New Year’s hat contest at my dad and stepmom’s house this year. Every year, my dad buys us all New Years hats, but this year we’re having a contest to see who can come up with the best hat! Top secret until tonight!

We also started a time capsule a few years back. Tonight, we’ll open it, look at the stuff we’ve put in the past few years, and then add new stuff.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!

Questions of the day:

  • What were your best moments of 2012?
  • Any plans for tonight?
  • Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Family Fun, Fitness, Fun, Spring Weight Loss Challenge, Working Out

Weight Loss Wednesday

Since finishing The Biggest Loser¬†challenge at my gym, I’ve lost two pounds…then I gained them back…then I lost them again…then they found they’re way back again. Basically, I have been losing and re-gaining the same two pounds, which I think is normal as people weights tend to fluctuate. But, I am still a few pounds away from my goal weight, so I would like to lose those last few pounds.

Lately, I have been noticing that I have been slipping into my old eating habits – eating too much sugar, overeating, etc. I try to stay at 1500 calories a day. On the weekends, I don’t even bother counting calories, and I know this is part of the problem. I tend to eat whatever I want on the weekends, not just one splurge meal, but a whole splurge weekend.

And lately, I have been deciding that the weekends start on Friday, so I have been eating a lot of Fridays too. Then, when Monday comes around, I am too scared to weigh myself, so I put it off and put it off. This is how I ended up gaining 30 pounds in the first place, and I refuse to go back there.

So…I’ve come up with a plan. I’m going to try it out and see how it works. Sometimes, when I come up with these “plans” I have a hard time sticking to them, but I think this one will work.

First, I cleaned out an old coffee creamer bottle to use a jar. Whenever I workout, I will put $1 into the bottle. Whenever I stick to my daily calories, I will put a $1 into the jar.

Whenever, I eat “bad”, I will put $5 into…


Here’s the reasoning that I came up with – by working out and eating right, I am putting money into my bottle to save for something like new clothes or shoes, etc. When I eat bad, if I put the money in my bottle, I am essentially getting it back, so there’s really no motivation not to eat bad.

But, if I give that $5 to Danny, then I know that money is long gone and won’t be going towards my new Victoria’s Secret sweatpants. And $5 is a lot of money – that’s a week’s worth of McDonald’s coffee!

I still do plan on having either one weekend day or weekend meal to enjoy myself. For example, we’re going out to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday this weekend, I would like to order a meal and have dessert without any pressure. But that doesn’t mean I can eat unhealthy all day Saturday…and Sunday.

So, that’s the plan I have come up with, and we’ll see how it works.

On the positive side, something I’m really good at is drinking water. I drink water all day long and bring my water tumbler with me everywhere!

I fill it up when I get to the gym, when I leave the gym, and at home all day long. I probably do drink a lot more in the morning and it tapers off during the day, but I definitely get my water consumption in during the day.

Speaking of healthy eating, I did something totally counter productive - I bought candy cane Oreos at Target.

The candy cane Oreos are so hard to find! You can find the Oreos with the red creme anywhere, but the actual candy cane ones are a bit harder to find, so when I spotted them at Target, I had to buy them. I really only want one or two anyway because while I’m not a huge Oreo fan, I do like the candy cane ones.

One cookie has 70 calories, which is a lot for one little Oreo, but I usually save enough calories at the end of the day for a small treat after dinner.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.12 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 10.75 miles

Questions of the day?

  • What is something that you struggle with? What is something that you’re good at? It could be anything – working out, eating healthy, knitting, surfing…
  • How do you motivate yourself?
  • Have you ever had a candy cane Oreo? Favorite cookie?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Fitness, Fun, Working Out

Body Image

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • 4 miles, outside (ran 3, walked 1)

Last night, I met up with some of the biggest losers to run. I feel like I need to call them something else besides the biggest losers. Maybe I should call them my running buddies.

Last night, I met up with my running buddies to run. We ran three miles and walked about a mile. Running is so much easier with a group.

Don’t I look stylish in my running clothes?

No. No, I don’t. And doesn’t Jaden looked wacked in that picture? His face is so funny.

Today’s Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was one of my favorite – peanut butter french toast¬†with apple slices. I have been eating so many Honeycrisp apples that I shouldn’t have to go to the doctor for years. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well then, I’m set.

Today’s Workout

  • 5 miles outside

This morning I ran the same path I ran with my running buddies last night, only I went a bit farther to complete 5 miles. Then I rewarded myself with some McDonald’s coffee. It’s the little things in life.

Body Image

Today, I would like to talk about something a little different – body image.

I’ve honestly always had a hard time accepting my body. It’s something I’ve never really felt comfortable with – I always felt overweight or too tall or like my calves were too big or like my stomach wasn’t flat enough.

When I joined the Biggest Loser, I had just lost 20 pounds from doing a different weight loss contest, so no, I wasn’t overweight anymore. But I liked the idea of a group that meet and worked together to achieve a common goal and I hoped it would help me lose those last few pounds.

However, some of the people in the Biggest Loser looked at me different. They didn’t think that I needed to be there and some of them even disliked me. That’s where body image comes in – to them, I looked fine. To myself, in the mirror, I only saw those last 10 pounds that I needed to lose or my tummy pooch from having babies. I focused on the negative rather than the positive.

The other day at the gym, a women came up to me and said something along the lines of, I’ve noticed you working out here for the past year, and I just wanted to tell you that you look great. You can tell how hard you’ve been working and that you’ve lost weight because you look wonderful.

How sweet is that? I think it’s so¬†nice when someone else notices all the hard work that you’ve been doing and takes the time to tell you how great you look. Of course, I told her how much I appreciated her comments and thanked her, but in the back of the head those little negative body image lightning bolts started firing – maybe I would look even better if I lost these last 10 pounds, maybe she hasn’t seen my extra-large calves and round tummy.

I don’t want to do this. I want to be accepting of my body and look at it in a positive light. I want to look in the mirror and see how far I’ve come, not how far I have to go.

Losing weight was hard for me. It was a struggle. I love food. That about sums it up. I can eat large amounts of food without ever feeling full. I don’t want two squares of chocolate, I want the whole damn bar. I gain weight very easily. I didn’t start to lose weight until I started measuring all my food and writing down every single thing I ate. It made me realize how much I was actually eating.

Some people have normal relationships with food – they eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full. I eat when I’m hungry, bored, stressed, upset, or when there’s chocolate cake.

My weight has always been up and down. I’ve never been obese, but I have been overweight. I was on bedrest with my son while I was pregnant and gained a lot¬†of weight. I lost a lot of weight after he was born (I weighed less than I do now) and then I gained weight back. I didn’t weigh myself for years and that’s why I gained so much weight. So yes, I am one of those people who¬†weighs herself daily or every other day. But I need to stay accountable. I try not to let that number affect my mood, but rather use it as a guide to make sure I don’t gain a lot of weight back.


Right after Jaden was born:

Pregnant and about a year after Jaden was born:

Shortly before I started the weight loss challenges:

I want to be healthy and happy.¬†I don’t want to lose weight because I think being skinny will make me happy. I want to lose weight because I want to be healthy. I have no problem with the exercise. I love to exercise – you will find me at the gym six mornings a week. What¬†I want is to be healthy and more accepting of my body. I want to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. But it’s hard. It’s hard to change how your mind works and how you look at your body.

I don’t feel like¬†I am thin or skinny. I feel average. And I am. For my height (5’8″) I am of average weight.¬†I’m not at the high-end¬†of the scale and I am not at the low-end of the scale. I am¬†right in the middle. And sometimes I don’t want to be in the middle. Yes, I want to be thin. But I don’t want it to take over my life. I want to be accepting. And it’s something I’m working on. I don’t see myself how other people see me.

So, one positive thing about my body? I like my arms. I loved how toned BodyPump has made them. I have been doing BodyPump 2-3 times a week for a year and I have never been this toned before. I will try to focus more on the positive rather than the negative when I look in the mirror. One day at a time.

Thoughts on body image?

What do you love about your body?


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