Day 15, Jury Duty and Workouts for the Week


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So today I had jury duty, yes the dreaded jury duty.  I had rescheduled it 3 times and finally it was time to go.  I have never been to jury duty, and was truly dreading it.  I had a lot of work to do today, and to be frank it’s not how I wanted to start a Monday or my week.  BUT I’m actually glad I had to go.  I mean I was there ALL DAY (8 am to 5pm), but the whole process was very educational and eye-opening.  As the judge said at the end of the day, our system is not perfect, but there is not a better country in the world.  I totally agree.  But I did thank my lucky stars I was not picked for the trial.  It was a sad case and is going to last a while.

Unfortunately, I didn’t plan to be at jury duty all day so I didn’t bring any snacks.  I was running late (of course) so I had to stop at Starbucks for coffee and breakfast.  For not planning I ended up eating pretty well.  I couldn’t drink a lot of water because we were warned that we would not be allowed many bathroom breaks.  So with that here were my eats:

Breakfast: Starbucks grande coffee and 1 protein plate minus the cheese and peanut butter.

Snack: Half of a fruit cup

Lunch: Quiznos Chicken BBQ Ranch Salad.  I asked for no cheese and the dressing came on the side and only had about 1/4 of the container of dressing.

Snack: Other half of the fruit cup

Dinner: 1 avocado and 1 1/2 cups of Paleoish chili.  We don’t include beans and substitute with butternut squash.  Yum!

After dinner treat: Hot tea and a few (5) small marshmallows with my favorite 4 year old. 🙂

Throughout the day I think I drank about 1/2 a gallon of water.  😦  Oh well, better than nothing!

My workout plans for the week!

Tuesday: 5 mile run

Wednesday: Weights DVD and 2 mile sprint/interval run

Thursday: 7 – 8 mile run

Friday: RIPPED class

Saturday: 10k race

Sunday: Yoga or rest depending on how the race goes.

Here’s to making a plan and sticking to it.  Happy Monday!



Day 14


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Happy Hump Day!  Yesterday was a busy one, but I’m still determined to complete this 30 day challenge!

Day 14 (Tuesday)

Early morning run – 4 mile interval  – I’m pretty excited because I can see my speed increasing!

Breakfast: 1 gluten-free waffle, 2 egg whites, 2 cups of coffee

Snack: Half of a banana, 1 handful of almonds Lunch: Snap Kitchen – Chicken “Enchiladas”

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Once again I forgot to get a before pic.  😦  But it was very tasty and satisfying. 🙂

Snack: Other half of banana and handful of almonds

Dinner: Crock pot chicken, 1/2 cup of corn and 1 small avocado

After dinner treat after the kiddos were in bed since it was Fat Tuesday: 2 glasses of wine, 2 girl scout cookies and a few bites of nutella with almond butter.  Best. Snack. Ever! I am giving up sweets for Lent.  Wish me luck! 🙂

Day 11 and Day 12

Okay so Day 11 kind of got away from me. I ate well and took a killer spin class (KILLER!!!!), but I didn’t get a chance to write down my eats.

Onto day 12, Saturday!!!

The family woke up early for the kids’ first race!  I was so excited for them!  We were up an at ’em at 6:30am and ready to race by 8.

Breakfast: 1 gluten free waffle, sugar free syrup and 2 cups of coffee

Snack:  1/2 banana

Lunch: Panera (yes this is my third time this week) Chicken Cobb with Avocado salad, no cheese, dressing on the side.

Snack: Handful of almonds

Workout: 3 mile interval run.  Today’s schedule just did not have time for a long run.  Hopefully tomorrow morning, but we’ll see.  Tomorrow is also jammed packed with the kiddo’s stuff.

Dinner:  La Madaline – Chicken La Madaline, minus the rice, sub green beens and the mushroom sauce on the side.  So basically chicken, broccoli, green beans and a little mushroom sauce and 1 glass of wine.

Happy Saturday Peeps!

Day 10 – Break Through


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Day 10…

Today didn’t start out like I had planned.  Ahhhh…so  many days with so many great intentions.  Ha!  This morning I had an unexpected meeting so it was go, go, go with the kids and hubby out the door.  We had a BIG presentation and it was all hands on deck so the day had to shift for me.  All meals were quick and easy.

Breakfast: 1 gluten free waffle and 3 (yes 3) cups of coffee.  BIG meeting = 3 cups of coffee. 🙂

Snack: Handful of almonds

Lunch: After the big meeting I had a bunch of errands to run before I got the kids so Panera was the pick of the day.  I love their Chicken Cobb Salad.

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Small portion of their Chicken Cobb salad and apple.  Sad to report, but the apple was soggy so I ate one slice. 😦

Mid-Afternoon workout:  Weights DVD and 2 mile sprint.

Here’s the kicker… I got done with my list of errands and realized I needed to shop or find something to wear for a work function (gala) next week.  I do not own fancy clothes.  I have 2 dresses in my closet that I consider “fancy.” One, a coworker gave to me a few years ago because it didn’t fit her anymore (it was too big), and the second was a dress from my sister’s wedding.  If you have read this blog you know that the last few months have been hard for me.  I just haven’t been as strict.  The whole reason I’m  in this “30 day challenge” is to get back on track.  I guess I have been down right disappointed with myself until today.  I tried on the dress from my sister’s wedding from November 2013 and it fit!  I was so nervous, but it FIT!  I step on the scale every day and I’m disappointed from where I was, but today I realized it’s not all about the scale.


I sent the pic to my sister to make sure it looked okay for the gala.

I tried on the dresses before I worked out, and it was such a kick in the ass to just GET. IT. DONE!  And I had a great workout!  BOOM!

After workout snack: Lara bar

Dinner:  BBQ chicken leftovers, avocado, grapes and strawberries.

And 1 gallon of water done and done for the day.

Soooo ready for the weekend!

Day 9


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For some reason Day 8 did not publish last night when it was suppose to.  😦  I need to learn more about WordPress ASAP!

Onto my eats for today, Day 9.

The girls and I did not make our run this morning.  I was up at 4:45am and it was raining cats and dogs.  We thought about pushing through it for about half a second then all decided heading back to bed was the best option.  I thought about running on my treadmill for another half a second and before I knew it I heard the kids running around upstairs getting ready for school.  Sigh.

Breakfast was quick because I overslept.  Gluten free waffle with almond butter and 2 cups of coffee.

Snack: I skipped my snack today because I was really busy at work and looked up and it was 11:30.  Wednesdays always fly by at work.

Lunch: Another win for Snap Kitchen – Chicken and Green Enchiladas! The “enchiladas” are made out of almond meal and more like a crepe texture than a tortilla, but the meal was so tasty and filling!  I’m definitely going back next week. 🙂

After work I ran at the park.  I was a little bummed that I didn’t get my run on this morning, but the park ended being perfect today.  It was about 60 degrees and overcast which, to me, is great running weather.  I ran 4.5 miles in 41 minutes!  Yay!!! I’m getting faster day by day, mile by mile.  My legs were burning at the end and I kind of wanted to throw up, but in a good way. LOL!

Snack: Handful of almonds, half of a banana

Dinner: My son had soccer practice so dinner was super quick.  Last night’s BBQ chicken, avocado and handful of strawberries.

I drank a gallon of water throughout the day. I ended the night with a shower and hot cup of tea.  Ahhhhh…very relaxing. 🙂

Happy Hump Day!

Day 8

Day 8 has been the easiest eating day so far.  Work and family is another story, but what can ya do?  Some days are a doozie!

Early morning workout: Weights DVD and 2 mile sprint on the treadmill.

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Breakfast: 1 gluten-free waffle, 3 egg whites, 2 cups of coffee

Snack: half banana, handful of almonds, 1 decaf coffee with a little bit of creamer

Lunch:  Bison burger, sweet potato fries, fried egg from Snap Kitchen.  This is the first time I’ve had a bison burger.  It was pretty tasty, but the egg was runny so I only had about half the egg.  The total meal was about 320 calories and it was filling. 🙂

Snack: half banana, handful of almonds

Dinner: BBQ chicken, mixed veggies, half of avocado and water.  Finished a gallon of water a day.  A friend of mine posted an article on Facebook last week about the benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day. gallon

Day 6 and 7


Super Bowl Sunday was a semi- success. Yay! I ate pretty decent, but had a few too many cocktails. :(. But I’m staying positive. After looking at this past week’s eats I realize that if I want to lose this weight I have to buckle down. I guess this is part of the process. Write down what I’m eating so I can see what I’m doing wrong. The notes don’t lie. Onto my eats and a better week 2!

Breakfast: 1 slice of whole wheat toast.
7 mile run! It was hot and humid outside but I didn’t mind.
After-run snack: 2 egg whites
Lunch: blackened salmon, mandarin oranges, spinach, almonds and sesame dressing
Snack: paleo deviled eggs for the Super Bowl party. I had to test them and make sure they were good. Not as good as the real thing, but they were okay. Here’s the recipe!
Dinner: Wine! BBQ brisket, chicken, carrots, celery, Quac and some deviled eggs.
Late-night snack: medium bowl of popcorn

Breakfast: gluten free waffle, 2 cups of coffee
Snack: half apple and handful of almonds
Lunch: turkey patty, lettuce, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado
Snack: side of fruit
Late afternoon snack: 1/2 apple, handful almonds

Dinner: Chick-Fil-A grilled nuggets, BBQ sauce, 1/2 avocado, side of fruit, water

I drank a gallon of water each day. 🙂  Tomorrow I’m going to weigh myself, but I’m preparing myself the number won’t be good.  I had too many splurges over the weekend.  Like I said, I’m reviewing this past week and making changes this week so the scale will start moving in the right direction. 🙂

Day 4 and 5

Woah! The last 2 days have been kind of a whirl wind so I’m just now posting my eats from yesterday and today!


Gluten free waffle and almond butter and 2 cups for coffee

Snack: Handful of almonds

Workout: Interval 5 mile run

Lunch: The hubby and I spit a 2 meat plate at  Dickey’s BBQ.  I have no idea why we haven’t done this before!  Plenty of meat for the both of us and so much cheaper!  I had turkey, sausage and green beans. 🙂

Late snack:  banana, almond butter and 2 egg whites.  We met our friends for a late dinner so I knew I needed to eat something pretty substantial if I was going to make it to a 7:30pm dinner. It’s sad that I’ve become accustomed to eating so much early (5:30 pm) since having kids.  Oh well I guess it’s healthier. 🙂

Dinner: 5 grilled shrimp, arugula and polenta bread.  I only had a few bites of the polenta bread.  It wasn’t that great, and I didn’t want to waste the carbs because I had wine with dinner.

Movie: Loads of popcorn and some more wine.  Total fail at the movies but man the popcorn was good!

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I love Game of Thrones!  I can’t wait until April!


Breakfast: Gluten free waffle and almond butter

Brunch/Lunch: Eggs, bacon, 1 bite of a biscuit (not good so not worth it), 1 slice of french toast, 1 mimosa

Late snack: 1/2 apple and almonds

Dinner: 2 bites of pizza, 6 lettuce wraps from Pei Wei.

Okay so this weekend had kind of been a fail with food. 😦  Trying not to get too down on myself but this not how I wanted the weekend to go.  Tomorrow is the Super Bowl and we all know what that means….a lot of temptations!  I’m bringing veggies and guacamole and deviled eggs made with avocado instead of mayo for my sides.  I hope it helps so I stay away from all the bad stuff!  My plan is to do a 7 mile interval run in the morning.   Need to burn some energy!!!!!

Day 3

There is one nugget of information I have discovered from this 30 day challenge and it’s only day 3.  Want to know what it is???!?!?!?!  I eat more when I’m not working.  There is it!!!! When I’m at work there is a schedule and food is not right at my fingertips.  I changed my scheduled last April and since then I have steadily gained…(drum roll…..) I eat too much when I’m not working.

My eats today and this is guestimation because I was in and out all day running errands, etc


Gluten free waffle with almond butter

Work out:

10 minutes of weights, 29 minutes of running intervals (3 miles)

Post workout meal:

2 fried eggs, salsa, half avocado

Lunch with the hubby:

Jason’s deli salad bar – spinach, peas, carrots, olives, almonds, 2 hard-boiled eggs, avocado, balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Snack: Lara bar

A little while later: Handful of grapes, and almonds

Snack while making the kids dinner: a spoonful of peanut butter and more grapes

Dinner: 1 1/2 turkey burger patty, half avocado and mustard, 1 glass of wine

Parenthood Series finale: 2 glasses of wine

Holy crap that is a lot of food!  I drank a gallon of water today but it is harder to get in when I’m not working.  All the extra calories are adding up, but I’m happy I’m recording everything!  Onto day 4 and healthier weekend!

Day 2

Happy Hump Day!

A quick recap of the my workout and eats.

Today started with a 5:30am 5 mile run with my girl Rachel. Back to it!

Basic Breakfast:

Egg whites and gluten free waffle and 2 cups of coffee with 1 stevia.

Snack:  Lara bar and handful of almonds

Lunch: Spinach salad with tomatoes, bacon, cucumbers, mushrooms, garlic chicken and balsamic dressing.

Snack: Handful of almonds

Dinner: Grilled chicken salad with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, onions.  The dressing was a bit heavier – almost like ranch.  Tried to use as little as possible and couple of glasses of wine, and 10 fries.  Yes, I counted the fries, but it’s one of our favorite places to go and the fries are so good.  What can I say, not super proud on my second day of the challenge but I didn’t eat a basket of fries so I’m happy. 🙂

Throughout the day I drank a gallon of water.  Yay!  I’m bummed I didn’t take any pics today, but I promise to have some tomorrow.