I sustained an injury yesterday that will set my training back just a smidge.Â
What happened???Â I wasÂ sprinting throughÂ the office in flip flops obviously!Â I was given 10 minutes to find as many items in the office as possible that could be used to make an elaborate Halloween costume.Â Â I was making exceptionally good timeÂ when I tripped over .... absolutely nothing.Â
Electricity shot through my left foot immedietlyÂ andÂ my only defense against the painÂ was toÂ walkÂ around in small circles withÂ my hands onÂ my hips repeating "I hurt my toe.Â I really hurt my toe" over and over again.Â This does notÂ offer as much relief as you would think... Weird!
A few hours later Mike brought me to urgent care where we discovered that my toe was not broken... just sprained.Â Yes, I sprained my toe.Â Which is, easily, the least impressive injury of all time.Â I think I would garner more sympathy if I had bruised my tail bone or had a boil lanced.
Long story short, I am wearing an ugly little boot because my toe is too swollen for shoes at the moment and I am taking pain killers every eight hours as needed.Â Sadly, there was nothing the doctor could do for my sprained ego.
On Saturday Mike and I had an awesome Halloween party with finger foods, candy and lots and lots of drinks.Â So instead of trying to fight the feeling .. I decided to go with the flow and eat anything I wanted.Â This is best known as a "cheat day".Â Some people find a cheat day is a great motivational tool that gives dieters something to look forward to but I am steadfast in my belief that a cheat day is a HUGE MISTAKE.Â Â
While I didn't go completely crazy, I did kick the night of with pigs in a blanket (of course!) and from the second that pig hit my mouth it was all down hill from there.Â I spent the rest of the night burping up sausage-y acid that burned my throat and tasted terrible.Â Â I thought to myself 'THIS IS POISON!Â THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN INGESTING HAND OVER FIST FOR THE LAST 29 YEARS?!'.Â For a moment I actually felt reallyÂ bad about the abuse I have been putting my body through with the foods that I used to eat.Â Â My poor body that has been so good to me.Â MyÂ poor body that keeps working every single day and never lets me downÂ (except for a little gallbladder issue in 2010... but no body is perfect).
Finger foods were once a delightful treat but now they are my sworn enemy.Â I am back to eating clean and it feels SO much better.Â No more heart burn, no more upset stomach... AND I am looking better BONUS!
Yesterday was a great day!Â I am finally making progress that can be measured.Â
When I started this journey I sorta thought I was going toÂ transform into a fit and fabulous glamazon over night...Â In a shock to no one, thatÂ hasÂ not beenÂ the case.Â Â I have been stepping on the scale for a few weeks now and showing very little change.Â According to my scale I have gone down two pounds... TWO POUNDS?!Â I have been working out like crazy, cut back on my drinking and eating clean and I have only lost TWO POUNDS?!Â As you can imagine this was aggravating and above all else making me feel like all my hard work was for nothing.Â Â I can live with an extra two pounds on me if I get to go back to drinking wine every night.
Well, my wonderful trainer Alisa (who will be known as "Amazing A" from this point forward) did my measurements and THANK YOU JESUS my body is changing despite what the scale says.Â I am losing inches, losing fat and gaining muscle.Â YAHOO!
I have committed to only drinking Fridays and SarurdaysÂ (which I have done very successfully for about two weeks)Â but I had wine last night AND tonight ugh!Â
Now, I know life is going to happened and life has happened two nights in a rowÂ (dinner with Gavin's family last night and my mommas bday tonight)Â but I am still kinda disappointed in myself.Â I am going to spend about 10 more minutes feeling bad about myself then I am going to pull myself together, drink some water... andÂ get over it.
Ps,Â I burned just over a thousand calories today (if my heart rate monitor is correct...I have my doubts).
The first big change I am making is eating clean. What is eating clean you say?!Â Great question.Â I TRY to eat foods that haven't been processed to the point that they are more chemical than actual food.Â This isn't as hard as it seems I promise.Â IÂ live by the rule, if I don't know where it cameÂ from (i.e.Â ground, tree bush, animal etc) I don't eat it.Â Â Not a hard rule to follow but does require more preperation than I am used to.
Here is where this is getting tricky for me... My family has no interest in eating clean which means I have to make two seperate meals every nightÂ and its a pain in the ass.Â BUT I keep telling myselfÂ 'it's not their fault I got fat'... So if they don't want to eat my delicious ground turkey, black bean and cucumber salad then FINE!
My newest clean treat is sweat peppers stuffed with turkey :)
Today I have decided to publicize my new passion... fitness. Â Why today? No idea.Â It just felt right to start sharing.Â My goal for this blog is to journal this journey for myself and for anyone else who is ready to make big changes in their lives, body and health.Â This blog will not be perfect!Â It will have misspellings, grammatical errors and rambling.Â What can I say... that's part of my charm!
I should start by saying I am no health nut.Â I love fast food, I love booze and until recently, I wouldn't even think of running unless someone was chasing me... and even then they would have to have a weapon of some sort to inspire me to really try.Â I allowed my self to get to 210lb and that's when I knew... somethings gotta give.
At this very moment I am 169lbs.Â Clearly I have been working on this weight loss thing for awhile but I have never really been truly serious or inspired... until now!
Let the games begin!
Taylor Swift is one of many stars proving that bold eyeshadow can actually be really subtle. Dust your chosen color lightly over your lids and diffuse it with lighter, neutral tones. Try out Milani Runway Eyes' Beauty in Blues from your nearest drugstore for about $8.49.
If you are like me and have a nose piercingâ¦ there is nothing more annoying than having an itchy nose or a coldâ¦Every time you blow your nose you just irritate your nose even more.Â But I found the best jewelry for nose piercings and itâs called âBend to Fitâ...You put it in your nose like normal but then you actually pinch it to fit your nose and it lays flat on the inside of your nose so it never pokes you.
I got mine at a kiosk right outside Nordstrom called Yasi Body Jewelry and if you ask for Tammieâ¦
She was great.
This fall brings us a great alternative to the red lip...wine colored lips are totally it this fall. Everyone can wear this rich color -- no matter your skin pigment -- as long as you choose the right hue. To make this look more wearable, avoid an opaque color. Instead, opt for a more sheer finish for an effortless look. Try out MAC Lipstick in Sheer Plum for $15 bucks, it's a winner for anyone looking for a quick burgundy fix.
Fashion is having a code red for fall. Head-to-toe crimson looks fired up the runways. Not a look for the faint of heart but one that can turn every gal into a sexy siren (did you see Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars?). The color of passion appears everywhere from store interiors and hotel decor to gadgets and to-die-for accessories. A tube of rouge lipstick and a blood-red fur chubby, and youâre on your way to the seasonâs boldest trend.
Â One of the hottest styles for the season are man-tailored shoes. Try classics like late-19th century Oxfords or some early-20th century loafers revived and popularized by MJ himself in his heyday. If you want something a bit more edgy, think slim work boots and hook laces and you can have your own story of girl meets boy in shoe form.
New Smokey Shadow: Blackened Green Eye Shadow
The ever popular smokey eyes look gets an update. This fall, jazz up the smoke with a little bit o' green. A metallic green with a touch of black puts a sexy spin on the classic. Pair it forthe evening with pale or burgundy lips for a really striking look.
Today I got a very interesting email from a listenerâ¦ She doesnât want me to share her name but was comfortable with me sharing her email and is open to hearing your thoughts.
Here is her email:
Katie, I am in a confusing situation and I was hoping you could help me out.Â I have been having sex with this guy for 7 months. He has a girl friend and she knows about meâ¦they have an open relationship. He is into doing a lot of things sexually that I don't do.Â I guess I would describe myself as sexually inexperienced. I have tried some new things with him and have been enjoying myself for the most part. But now he wants me to have sex with him and his friend. He keeps telling me that he just wants to show me new things. I told him that isnât something I am into but he keeps bringing it up and regularly reminds me that his girlfriend would do it if he asked but he really wants to do it with me. Iâm starting to have feelings for him and don't want to lose him. What do you think I should do?-Confused
This guy doesnât care about you at all!Â First of all, you donât need to be getting yourself involved in a situation with anyone who has a girlfriend.Â I donât care if the girlfriend knows about you or not. You are complicating your life much more then you should be.Â Second, I donât like that fact that this guy continues suggesting you hook up with both he and his friend after you told him youâre not into it. And the fact that he keeps reminding you that his girlfriend would do it is manipulation. Â He is fully aware that you are falling for him and wants you to compete with her.Â Who does he think he is?Â What makes him such a catch?!Â Finally, if you are sexually inexperienced (as you said)â¦ just slow down.Â You have all the time in the world to find yourself sexually but if your gut is telling you that you arenât comfortable hooking up with two dudes, THEN DONâT DO IT!Â Especially to please a guy.Â You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life and this guy will be a distant memory within a month!!!Â Move on.Â Find a guy that wants you to be comfortable and happy.
As the mother of a child with serious health issues (Abbey 2, Congenital Heart Disease), I am regularly reminded of how very precious my little ones are; as well as how truly blessed I am to have a perfectly healthy child (Emma 7). Â However, I am not immune to the frustrations and annoyances of motherhood.
I think it's safe to say that many of us mom's feel overworked and under-appreciated at times. Â A lot of us work full time, drive the car pool and plan everything from birthday parties to vacations.Â We handle doctor appointments, haircuts, boo-boos and breakfast; and most of the time without ever getting a simple âthank you!â
So the last thing most of us want to do is sign up for another âthingâ to do for our kids. HOWEVER, small acts of kindness toward your children can not only make them happy and improve their self esteem, it can also dramatically improve their behavior.
Use this calendar as a guide and idea starterâ¦ It will put a smile on your kiddo's face and may just do the same for you.
SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS TOWARD YOUR KIDS
SundayRead to your child and let them read to you.
MondayCompliment and encourage your child at least twice a day.
TuesdayStart a meal tradition: Taco Tuesday.
WednesdayListen to their stories and dreams.
ThursdayPraise them for what they have done well at least twice a day.
FridaySing a silly song to them.
SaturdayColor a special picture together and hang it on the fridge.
Go for a family bike ride.
Set aside time every day to talk about their friends.Â Ask to hear funny stories.
Ask your child if YOU can play with their toys.
Let your child overhear you telling someone how great they are.
Take them to the zoo. Let them be the tour guide.
Help your child pic out old toys to donate. Then praise them for their generous spirit.
Play your childâs favorite game.
Make cookies with your child and take them to the neighbors.
Hug your child for no reason.
Turn up the radio and dance together.
Do something relaxing for yourself. Your child will benefit.
Take your child to visit a fire station.
Let them choose a movie for the family to watch.
Take a long walk together and jump in puddles.
Teach your child words to describe their feelings.
Do a craft project.
Enroll them in a pottery class that you can all attend.
Ask your child what was their favorite part of the day.
Tell your child âI love youâ.
Put a tasty treat in your childâs lunch.
Have a carpet picnic.Â Spread out a blanket in your living room and enjoy a picnic in doors
Make dinner together as a family.
Ask your child what they learned today.
Plan surprise play date.
Go through your childâs baby pictures with them.
Make a fort.
Teach your child please and thank you in another language.
Encourage your child to make a macaroni necklace and wear it.
In March, I will celebrate 5 years with my husband (aka, the love of my life) and I have online dating to thank for it.Â
When I split up with my ex, the first thing I did was create an online dating profile (Yahoo Personals was my site of choice).Â Emma was two years old, I worked full time, I didn't want to meet someone in a club and I didn't want to date anyone that I worked with.Â Â Â My goal was not to meet the man of my dreams... the goalÂ was toÂ meet new people... have new experiences... date...and if I am being totally honest, rebuild my self esteem and get a little attention.
Well let me tell you that ON LINE DATING IS A BLAST!!!Â So here are a few tips to meeting a great guy, safely, while Â having a lot of fun.
-Be honest â¦ If you are a little thickâ¦ say so. Donât pretend to be something or someone that you arenât cause you canât pull it off for long!
-Have a great picture. Â Not one of you wasted or with your boobs hanging outâ¦ a little cleavage is fine but no more than that.
-So now you've got his interestâ¦ chat online, in real time so he can get a sense of your personality and you can do the same. Â Feel free to webcam (the good kind!) and send photos.Â
-Swap numbers if you feel that great about him. Talk to him on the phone, not just through messages. Get a feel for the kind of person he is in his day to day life.
-Don't come across as needy! Â Yes be excited about online dating and having men a finger click away, but do not pounce on every man that shows interest or is in your top ten matches that day.
Â -Profile wise, don't state you want 2.0 kids and marriage in the next 18 monthsâ¦ that scares most men and the ones that it doesnât scareâ¦ have their own issues.
-Message wise, if he's taken a real interest in you, and emailed you about something you share in common along with a witty tale about a moment in his life, he's a keeper. On the other hand, 'babe, you look hot. I like chinese food too, msg me back. xxxx' is a sign of a man who is only out for one thing and itâs not your witty personality.
-Don't expect him to take down his profile after your date. Itâs a hard ugly fact but he's probably dating other people and you should.
-Donât stalk his profiles pageâ¦ you will only make yourself crazy!
Â My final piece of adviceâ¦ if you feel like you are trying really hard to find âMr. Rightââ¦ take a few weeks off and try again later.Â Online dating should be fun and easy!!!!
Every U down in Uville liked the U.S. a lot,
But the Binch, who lived Far East of U-ville, did not.
The Binch hated U.S! The whole U.S. way!
Now don't ask me why, for nobody can say,
It could be his turban was screwed on too tight.
Or the sun from the desert had beaten too bright
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
But, Whatever the reason, his heart or his turban,
He stood facing U-ville, the part that was urban.
"They're doing their business," he snarled from his perch.
"They're raising their families! They're going to church!
They're leading the world, and their empire is thriving,
I MUST keep the S's and U's from surviving!"
Tomorrow, he knew, all the U's and the S's,
Would put on their pants and their shirts and their dresses,
They'd go to their offices, playgrounds and schools,
And abide by their U and S values and rules.
And then they'd do something he liked least of all,
Every U down in U-ville, the tall and the small,
Would stand all united, each U and each S,
And they'd sing U-ville's anthem, "God bless us! God bless!"
All around their Twin Towers of Uville, they'd stand, and their voices would drown every sound in the land.
"I must stop that singing," Binch said with a smirk,
And he had an idea -- an idea that might work!
The Binch stole some U airplanes in U morning hours,
And crashed them right into the Uville Twin Towers.
"They'll wake to disaster!" he snickered, so sour,
"And how can they sing when they can't find a tower?"
The Binch cocked his ear as they woke from their sleeping,
All set to enjoy their U-wailing and weeping,
Instead he heard something that started quite low,
And it built up quite slow, but it started to grow--
And the Binch heard the most unpredictable thing...
And he couldn't believe it--they started to sing!
He stared down at U-ville, not trusting his eyes,
What he saw was a shocking, disgusting surprise!
Every U down in U-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any towers at all!
He HADN'T stopped U-Ville from singing! It sung!
For down deep in the hearts of the old and the young
Those Twin Towers were standing, called Hope and called Pride,
And you can't smash the towers we hold deep inside.
So we circle the sites where our heroes did fall,
With a hand in each hand of the tall and the small,
And we mourn for our losses while knowing we'll cope,
For we still have inside that U-Pride and U-Hope.
For America means a bit more than tall towers,
It means more than wealth or political powers,
It's more than our enemies ever could guess,
So may God bless America! Bless us! God bless!