Worst Blogger Award Goes To…..

I’m going to go ahead and announce myself as the worst blogger in the entire length of time in the entire world and ignore the fact that I just took an X month break – and for no good reason. I wrote a handful of posts and never published them, and then just kind of took a break from the blogging world…. I’m not even sure how long it’s been, and I don’t want to look back.

I’ll instead start this post out with the fact that I. LOVE. FALL. Seriously, EVERYTHING. FALL. NOW. PLEASE.

I love pumpkin and apple, they have got to be my two favorite flavors in the world. And I can’t get enough of them this season (especially pumpkin coffee)! I’m in fact planning on asking Starbucks to make me some sort of a pumpkin iced coffee today (here in Atlanta it’s still in the 70′s during the day, so I’m not quite ready to give up my iced coffee yet), and because they are that awesome I’m sure they’ll find a way.

I don’t like weight watchers. Probably because I love junk food. Which is why I hate all diets. Which is why I’m still overweight. I’m still working out the kinks, like how many ‘bonus points’ (or whatever they’re called) I can eat vs. how many ‘activity points’ I can eat.  I feel like it’s really hard w/ long distance running because they give me SO MANY EXTRA POINTS, and I obviously can’t eat them all, which I learned from gaining weight 2 weeks in a row. I’ve officially lost 3 lbs on weight watchers. In 4 weeks. HATE IT. …but working on it =)

OK RUNNING. The Soldier Half Marathon is in 3 weeks. I am injured. There’s something wrong with my right hip that isn’t just I.T. band pain from being inflexible and overweight. I think I might have trochanteric bursitis. Every single time I run I am getting right hip-ish area pain for the duration of the run. This pain used to only start after 5-6 miles, so that’s the first concerning fact. Secondly, it woke me up at night and that scared me. I’ve never had running pain wake me up in the night. And lastly…the pain lasts for about 24 hours post run. No matter the distance. Even if it’s only 3 miles I’ll still be in pain for almost 24 hours.

So…with the advice of my running friends from Christian Runners, I’m icing, stretching, and not running for a week. Today is day 3 of that annoying “no running for a week” thing and I’m already dying. I JUST WANT TO RUN.

Instead, I’m going to settle for a few walks with the dog and to do some errands today…it’ll have to do!

WOMEN – I also went off the pill a few months ago, and that has been just about the most annoying thing ever. I felt like the pill was literally making me insane, but it turns out being a real, ovulating woman is also one of the worst things in the entire world. At least now my husband hears me complain about ovulation symptoms and cramps that I haven’t had the joy of experiencing in almost 10 years instead of crazy crying/mood swings/overall nuttiness. I guess they aren’t lying when they say nothing in life is free. Especially sanity.

The end. For now. Have a nice day folks =)

Weight Watchers

So…I’ve jumped on the Weight Watchers band wagon! 

I swore to myself I would not, mostly because I thought I could lose all my weight myself, partly because my husband is concerned I’ll gain weight when I stop using their tools.

But I am in a serious rut.

I’ve been bouncing between 10 lbs of loss/gain since November 2012. That is a long friggin’ time to be stuck. So I caved. I need help. And my wonderful mom offered to get me weight watchers for 4 months.

Day one went well. I was hungry, but I stayed right at my point value for the day and I even earned a few “activity points” with my evening run. Let’s hope this will be the key to getting to my goal! 

Speaking of goals…my half marathon is in 8 weeks. I have yet to run more than 6 miles. That gives me just enough time to get up to 13 miles before the race. Talk about cutting it close this time around! I don’t know what I was thinking (except that I wasn’t), or why I slacked so much with running the last 3 weeks. I am seriously out of shape at the moment (think…heavy breathing at 2 miles), and am going to take the next two weeks to really get back up there in mileage. I can do this I have to do this, since I’ve already paid for my bib number for the Soldier Half Marathon!

Running Plan:

Sat – 6 mi // Sun – 2 mi // Mon – 3 mi // Tues – 2 mi // Fri – 3 mi

This plan is sort of centered around my week. Today, Wednesday and Thursday I have plans, so those are going to be my days off. I feel like joining weight watchers has made me more committed than I’ve been in a long time…and I’m ready to get this weight loss thing over with once and for all.

Falling in Love…with Running

The last few weeks I have been taking a running hiatus. Not because I should, but because I just could not find the motivation/desire/happiness to get out there and run. And with no motivation/desire, running loses all of it’s appeal. It loses it’s ability to make me “happy”. 

I’m sure this will be disastrous on my half marathon time in November, but I will take that consequence time and time again if it brings back my love of running. My Joy. I’ve sort of been gearing up toward this point, but today I woke up and thought “I really want to get out there and run a few miles!” It’s a wonderful feeling, and I’m so happy it’s back.

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Bring on the miles!

Half Marathon in: 66 days

Slipping Sideways, Falling Back.

I’m not having a very good time.

Eating low carb this time around is not very easy. I’m constantly tempted by junk, always wanting to bake, craving cereal and oatmeal and other carb-heavy things.

I’m losing this battle.

My runs are sub-par at best, non-exsistent at worst. I’m having trouble waking up in the morning. I’m having trouble keeping up a good pace. My group fitness classes are over and I’m not filling in their time with anything.

I’m not losing weight, and I know it’s because I can’t keep my carbs down. And I can’t seem to motivate myself to exercise.

I need to change.

I need motivation.

I need to lose this weight.

There’s a cool breeze here in Atlanta this morning and it has me yearning for fall. 

Cool temperatures, cool runs, warm house.

I’m not content.

I’m feeling very discouraged.

I’ll be back when I’m out of this funk.

-A

Whoa, life, slow down!

Things have been nuts. Not necessary “I’m busy every second of every day” nuts, but just overwhelmingly overwhelming.

I can’t believe it’s already August. I can’t believe my husband is a 3rd year Medical Student. I can’t believe next year he’s going to be applying to Residency’s (Residencies? I don’t know). I can’t believe in a year and a half we’ll know where we are going for Residency. For the next four years of our lives. For the next four years of this incredibly long journey to becoming a doctor. I’m complaining, but really, being the wife of a med student isn’t hard on me. It’s hard on my emotions. It’s hard on my husband, which makes me sad I can’t help him find more hours in the day, more days in the week, more weeks in the year, more brain room, more study time. It sure sounds (and looks) like trying to be the best doctor you can be is exhausting!

Moving has sucked up all my time. If I’m not physically trying to unpack/organize, I’m thinking about it, worrying that it’s not getting done fast enough, or wishing I was physically doing it. It’s exhausting my brain

Eating lower carbs and running again are exhausting my body. 

Work is exhausting my emotions. Applying for jobs is exhausting my will.

Finances are exhausting my hope. Hope of starting a family in the next year. Hope of affording a much needed vacation when my husband has time off. Hope of making our new house guest-ready. 

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If I’ve learned one thing from Calvin in the last week, it’s that you should always be sneaky. “I’ll just try to push this gate open and combat crawl into the bedroom for some cuddles…”

***Now exiting Complaint Central***

Diet is going well. Exercise is going pretty well. I need some mid-week running motivation. I’m hoping I just *snap* into half-training mode after Saturday, when my training schedule official begins. I can’t wait to get back to 8, 10, 12 mile runs on Saturdays. I miss those days.

I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Riblets. I absolutely adore my slow cooker, so decided to give it a try. Of course all the meat fell off in the process, and the “riblets” because pulled pork (did I cook them too long? Was it necessary to use baby back ribs like the recipe called for?), but it was still delicious! I’ll link back to recipe later, and make a “Recipe Page” when I figure out where it came from!

It’s super easy and there are only 6 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork ribs, cut in half horizontally (you can ask the meat department to do this for you at the grocery store)
  • 1 tbsp garlic-pepper seasoning
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp hot chili paste
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Spray crock pot. Add pork and season with garlic-pepper. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  2. Remove pork riblets (or if your recipe turns out like mine, pulled pork without the “pulling”) with a slotted spoon and toss in maple syrup.
  3. Combine all other ingredients. Mix together with ribs. 
  4. Cook riblets on a grill or in a wok for 10-12 minutes.**

*I didn’t do this step because my riblets all pulled apart. I instead mixed all the ingredients with them and put them back in the crock pot for another hour on low.

Two days ago I made some Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters, which are delicious!!

Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coconut Oil (~1 tbsp)
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Unsweetened, shredded coconut

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Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

And that’s all I’ve got for today! I’ll add the nutrition to these recipes later this week. Happy Wednesday!

Knockin’ the Sweet Tooth One Day at a Time

Even with an accidental blogging hiatus, the low carb diet continues. 

And it’s going pretty good!

My sweet tooth is already disintegrating, and turning into a carb tooth.

Bread. Biscuits. Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Pasta. 

Yep, one step closer to carb freedom. A few more days and I should stop these nasty cravings!

I’m not going too low carb or anything. I’ve been trying to just stay below 100g. I finished Friday with 84g, Saturday was 112g (darn Vanilla Iced Coffee from Starbucks – my weakness!), Sunday was 112g (too much fruit), and today finished at 92g. I have lost 5.6 lbs since August 1st, most of that was water weight/bloating from my super-carb day on 7/31. 

I started Saturday with a 4 mile run. The first mile I had a companion:

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Maybe if I follow her around she’ll bring me with…

…and the last 3 miles were solo. I love my new neighborhood, so many hills!

Sunday I ran 2 miles, one w/ Calvin and 1 sweaty, fast mile alone. It felt good!

Tonight was a group fitness class, Arms & Core Crusher, and tomorrow is a 3 mile run, 2 mile walk with a friend, and possibly a fitness class. I’m just piling things on! The more exercise the better!

A friend on Facebook posted a photo of some dark chocolate nut clusters she made today, so I’ll definitely be posting a (super easy) recipe/photos later this week! Think dark chocolate, coconut oil, cashews, peanuts, almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut? Yum!

…and tomorrow night is a new pork rib recipe. I’ll definitely post that tomorrow night.

Half marathon training official begins on Saturday, things are going to get pretty routine around here!