{July 27, 2014}   Back in the Sadddle!

I had to go out of town for work this week. I was nervous because traveling always is a barrier to consistency in diet and exercise, but ironically it actually helped. The gym was two floors down so I stuck in a run before the conference started. Then driving back home, I was so tired, to the point I was getting nervous, so I stopped at a nature reserve my mom used to take me to. There I went for a rigorous walk. I just happened to have my arm weights in the car so I added them for good measure. I did three miles and it woke me right up for the rest of my road trip.

Great workout day for me, in the midst of traveling! Here’s  a picture of a rabbit that ran right in front of me at the reserve.




I have been feeling quite discouraged lately. I’m tired, and I want sugar all the time. It’s getting close to “that time.” I typically don’t talk about things like that, but not talking about it doesn’t make it any less true. I feel like right before Aunt Flo visits each month, I’m like a sugar addicted out of control maniac. I won’t say I can’t control my self, but it does feel very close to that way. Every craving is need. I wasn’t sure if I was just creating an excuse to splurge, so  I did my own review of my eating habits in the last two months to make sure it wasn’t just in my head. The results are here. As you can see, the fluctuation in a woman’s hormones truly effects not only energy and cravings but, I believe, the ability to fight the cravings. So maybe I need to work harder the other 3 weeks of the month to offset any damage done when my resistance is down.

However that is not the point of this post. Because I had not been the best at sticking to my diet, I had a couple days of throwing caution to the wind. I felt like “who cares, I’m seeing very little progress anyways. But I did my measurements anyway, and what do you know, even with my poor choices over the last couple days I still made some progress. This adds incentive to resist. If I can just push past the temptation and remember that progress is being made. The measurements aren’t particularly impressive but my body fat and BMI had improvement. Plus I weighed in 5lbs lighter during a time when I’m usually 5lbs heavier! I’ll take that!

July 08, 2014                                                             July 16, 2014                                                 July 23, 2014
Neck: 0 – change                                                             0 – change                                                                -.5″

Bust: 0 – change                                                              0 – change                                                                0 – change

Upper Waist: 0 – change                                               0 – change                                                                +.5″

Navel:  -1.25″                                                                   -.25″                                                                          0 – change

Hips:  -1″                                                                          0 – change                                                                0 – change

Body Fat: -2.71%                                                            -1.1%                                                                          -1.0%

BMI:                                                                                  0 – change                                                                 -.98

{July 22, 2014}   Can I make it?

I missed a couple of days of running and more than a couple days as far as strength training. Today I got back on track with a 3.23 mile run around the nearby “lake” (its a pond people!) and surprise surprise I actually I actually shaved off almost a minute per mile! I was especially impressed because my energy level lately has been none existent, (I think I need to start vitamins…) maybe that break did me some good. Anyways yay for me!

However, losing the days means I have fewer days to reach my goal of 50 miles in a month. I am working hard not to compare myself to last month when I had a running partner and time off from work, but I’d reached my 50 last month by this date. I can still make it. I have 9 days left in the month to run 19 miles. I am going to try not to cut it close so all runs now need to be about 3 miles. My concern is next month. Work isn’t slowing down and the goal for next month is 65 miles! But why borrow tomorrows problems.  So as for this month YES I can make and I will!

So many years ago, I took a summer and did Slim Fast. I lost a significant amount of weight (though I really wasn’t even overweight at the time) and kept it off for a couple years. However, in recent years I have tried and failed several times to repeat that initial success.  I can’t get past the taste or consistency, not to mention I am now lactose intolerant ( Although I eat dairy, having it every day, twice a day reeks havoc on my body).

However, I have been reading a good deal online about the benefits of meal replacement shakes and I have decided to give it a try for the next two weeks. If it seems like its working I will continue. I will have two shakes a day, plus a 500 calorie meal. My meal will probably end up being my lunch since I make my smoothies from scratch at home and I am usually at work or out of the house in the middle of the day. Today, I tried a variation on a peanut butter chocolate smoothie I found at Health NutNation.

I skipped the whey protein and just added nut spread. In hindsight I should have added only 2 tbsp of Dark Chocolate Almond Spread because of its high calorie content and another tablespoon of chia seeds for an added kick of protein and fiber.  A great meal replacement that kept me full for 4-5 hours. It was a little high in calories so I didn’t have one for lunch. Tomorrow I will add less almond spread and less tofu.

Chocolate Banana Meal Smoothie

Kale – 6 cups

Silken Tofu – 6 oz

Banana – 1 medium

PB2 – 2 tbsp

Almond Milk (Califa) – 1 cup

Dark Chocolate Almond Spread  (Maranatha) – 4 tbsp

Chia Seeds – 1 tbsp

Dark Chocolate Powder (Hershey’s) – 2 tbsp

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23 g 35 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 17 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 310 mg 13 %
Potassium 1132 mg 32 %
Total Carbohydrate 57 g 19 %
Dietary Fiber 13 g 52 %
Sugars 19 g
Protein 22 g 45 %
Vitamin A 624 %
Vitamin C 410 %
Calcium 64 %
Iron 42 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

{July 18, 2014}   Measurements 2

So it’s that time again… I’m not going to lie, I struggled a little this week. I pretty much missed the mark all around. I did hit another running milestone, and I am 50% to my 50-mile goal for this month! Gotta take your wins when you can.

However, there were some definite challenges due in part to poor planning for long hours at work. This week I went over my calorie count 3 times, making an average of 283 over for each day of the week. I also missed my 40 grams of fiber for everyday except 2 days. My average fiber intake for each day was 35.71 grams, so still well above the recommended amount (28 grams for women), but not quite my goal.

There was some loss this week, but very little. I think that also had to do with the fact that I really cheated myself with my exercising this week: I was a little over two hours short of my workout minutes this week. I have a goal each week to work out 450 minutes, but I only made it to 328 minutes. Thus, I only burned 1,363 calories, 531 calories fewer than I needed this week to stay on track for my ultimate end of the year goal of 100K calories burned in 2014. So I will definitely have to kick it up a notch this coming week. I am not giving up!


July 08, 2014                                                             July 16, 2014
Neck: 0 – change                                                             0 – change

Bust: 0 – change                                                              0 – change

Upper Waist: 0 – change                                               0 – change

Navel:  -1.25″                                                                   -.25″

Hips:  -1″                                                                          0 – change

Body Fat: -2.71%                                                            -1.1%

BMI:                                                                                  0 – change


{July 17, 2014}   No name playfield

There is a no name play field, owned by the City, near the Costco I frequent. In an attempt to kill two birds with one stone and to prevent myself from skipping another run I used that as part of my exercise course today. It was a less than spectacular run as there was no path, and neighborhood dog poop everywhere. It was also still extremely hot as I’d just finished work. But I knew that if I went home or waited for a more opportune time or place it probably wasn’t happening. Still I am proud that I did it when I really did not want to and I am proud that I hit my 50% mark for my 50 miles today! So even though the field wasn’t great, the run wasn’t notable, some awesome happened. Yay!

My Run: 1.43 mi., 168 calories.


photoPark by Costco

{July 16, 2014}   What’s In a Name

I’m of the school of thought that your name describes your nature. Thus, I have always been outspoken about the need for parents to choose the names of their children wisely. Not just pick what sounds cool. I used to use the analogy that a persons name is like a book cover, you don’t know everything, but you can tell a lot. After all, “name” does mean nature. If I thought I could have made a career in it, I would have pursued a degree in etymology, the study of the literal meaning of names. Basically, I’ve always been a nerd. But I have found some consistent traits among certain names. For instance, I have always liked Naomi’s. The name means “pleasant” and they usually are, but in more ways than one. Every Naomi I have ever met has been a bit… um… friendly with guys. No judgment, do you. I just find it interesting because I’ve known quite a few Naomi’s and they all have the same reputation. I don’t really care, because otherwise they are the sweetest people. I think they are people pleasers… (yea, there’s a joke hanging right there, but I’ll leave the low hanging fruit alone today. LOL). On the other hand, sorry, but I can’t stand female Erin’s they have a complex that doesn’t jive with my personality. Basically, I don’t like bitchy people and they are bitchy people.

Anyways, with that said, I have recently become interested in aspects of Kabbalah. Not so much the spiritual elements, but just some of the practices that explain life. Well, one such practice is that your name helps shape not only your nature but also your destiny. I had my name analyzed and was a little freaked out at how accurate it was.


• Your first name makes you self-reliant, creative in practical ways, and an independent diligent worker.

• You work best alone making your own decisions as it is not always easy for you to respond to the advice and direction of others as you feel the need to be in control.

• You enjoy the simple pleasures of life especially activities that take you outdoors.

• You have a few good friends who enjoy similar activities.

• Living much within your own thoughts and finding it challenging to communicate easily with others, you are, at times, too candid and honest in your assessment of situations.


The analysis goes on, but that is just a preview. It’s pretty much dead on. I’ve highlighted everything that is true about me. The only thing that was a little off was the statement about the outdoors. As the name of my blog suggests, I’m pretty girly, and prissy, if you will. I do enjoy beautiful scenery, the water, even hiking trails, but I would in no way call me an outdoors girl, but its only partially wrong because I do appreciate the beauty of nature. It’s when I feel closest to GOD.

Out of curiousity I also had the names of other people I know well analyzed. I found that it’s most accurate when you use the name that the person identifies with. For instance, my military running partner goes by his middle name. His first name analysis was almost the antithesis of his personality, but his middle name was again, scarily accurate. I found it also works with last names as well. My last name compliments the traits of my first name. In a nutshell I’m diligent, ambitious, and blunt; yet sensitive and loyal.

So the question of the evening is how serious do you take these things. I mean, mine was spot on, so were the five other names I did. Can this be used to see if a person you are dating has a personality that is compatible with yours? Can this be used to decide on baby names? Serious Kabalarians do pick their baby names based on these analysis, its called finding a balanced name. I have to do more research, like I said, I’m in the dabbling stage. I tend to find new things to obsessively research for months on end, you know just for fun. Kabbalah might be my new thing for a while.

{July 14, 2014}   Vassault Park

Vassault Park: I’d never been to this park before but the neighborhood it’s located in is one of the more upscale neighborhoods in the area. I was excited because Vassault is reported to be one of largest neighborhood parks in the city. Vassault Park is also the site of the start/finish line of the annual Sound to Narrows run, which is a huge marathon that takes place each year. I was also excited because the park is on 17.56 acres; however, the trail around the park is just under 1/2 mile. So my plan was to run the perimeter of the park, and not stick to the trail. Small trails are always so disappointing to me because it makes the run seem that much longer, passing the same tree and bush over and over.

Well I didn’t have to worry about that. Instead, the City is replacing toxic soil (always a good thing) throughout much of the park, so most of it was fenced off (not such a good thing).

Vassault Park -  Fenced off


Thus I had to run around the neighborhood. It wasn’t too bad at all. The neighborhood is a little hilly which allowed for some great sunset views with peaks of Mt. Ranier. It turned out to be a nice run. I only went a little over 2 miles, because when I was circling back around the block I saw that the city security guard was locking my car into the park. According to the signage, the park closes 1/2 hour after sunset, yet the sun hadn’t even finished setting and the security guard was locking up. When I asked him about this he said the rule was dusk, not sunset… I think someone wanted to go home early 😉 Oh well it was still a nice Sunday run. As I was about to head toward my car, the security guard said, “You know someone vandalized you car… Yeah they put an Obama sticker on it.” :_ I laughed it off, but it did remind me of the time someone called me an “Obama Broad” as an insult. I said it then and I’ll say it again, “Damn right, I am an Obama Broad!” Back to running LOL!

My Run: 2.13 mi, 246 calories burned.

Here’s a picture of my view while running. Lovely, just lovely. Already I see the change in scenery is going to be a good thing.

P.S. This week I burned a total of 1,946 calories, my goal was 1,884!

Next Run: Ursich Park!

Vassault Park

{July 14, 2014}   New Goal!

I’ve added a new goal to my list of fitness goals. While I have new goals for each month I think I would like an ultimate goal, beyond weight loss. I like being able to focus on something other than the scale, sort of a red herring that actually achieves the desired results.

According to my runkeeper app I have burned a total of 52,645 calories since downloading the app in February 2013 (About 3,000 calories a month, 775 a week)… Not a very impressive number. So to make up for that I have set a goal to reach a 100,000 calories burned by the end of the year. That’s 47,355 calories in 25 weeks. It’s really not an impossible goal as long as I stay consistent. That means I have to burn 1,894.2 calories each week to hit my goal. Difficult, but not impossible. I’m excited!

Chamber’s Bay is one of my favorite go-to runs. The view of the Sound is so beautiful. I love being out there. I made myself proud today and ran it twice. Anyone who knows about the killer hill at the end knows what a feat this is. I didn’t have a great time, but I’m proud of the distance.  One lap around the Chamber’s Bay Golf Course is  about a 5k, so I did that twice! I actually like how large the loop is because I am busy looking at scenery rather than focusing on the run. It really is mental for me. Unfortunately, sometimes I am not into the hills and there are several and one huge hill that my runkeeper app measures at 321 feet. Thus, as soon as I see a hill, I slow down. My greatest hurdle when running is my mind, if I could get past my dread of hills or preserving my energy for a final push (that usually never comes) then I would greatly improve my time. I always feel my thighs the morning after running Chamber’s Bay, but this time I’m feeling it before the end of the evening… It burns so good. Overall, I’m always hoping for a better time, but I’m happy with my distance logged.

I leave you with a lovely bird I snapped a picture of while running. Let’s be honest I used him for an unauthorized break. I was so close, and it didn’t even move. He was just as calm and secure as could be. I literally could have take to big steps and touched him. Anyway, I thought he looked peaceful and beautiful so it was a great way to wrap up my run.


et cetera