Long Runs & Big Steaks

Long time no blog! I kind of took a few days off. Andrew was out of town on business, so it was a little crazy here this week. But I’ve been busy! Not only did our Diet Bet kick off (the pot is at $520! Whoa!), but I’m also in a miles competition with a handful of people. We all pitched in $5, and the person who runs the most miles in February gets a big chunk of it, and second and third take little consolation prizes. Since Andrew wasn’t here to hang out with the kids while I ran, I was pretty much restricted to walks with Micah on his bike, one mile at a time. We did about 3 miles a day, though, and he even biked a 14 minute mile once! That’s pretty impressive fora 3 year old on a little bike!

IMG_1688He’s really done such a great job! He reminds me now before each nap time, or before bed: “Mom, we’re gonna go for a walk when we wake up!” It makes me so happy to see my kids having fun being active. It is so important to me to make sure that they aren’t faced with being overweight kids. I had a rough time in elementary and middle school, and I want them to enjoy their young, carefree days instead of spend them being self conscious. Maisy, of course, comes along on our walks, but she gets to lounge in her stroller. Lazy bones ;).

IMG_1697So Andrew came home on Friday night, and boy were we ready for him to get here! Especially now that he works from home (when not traveling, obviously), it’s so weird to not have him here! I impulsively bought a cookie cake pan and cookie dough to make him a cookie cake. I should’ve known that it was a trap. I ate way, way too much of it. But it was fun to make and I think he enjoyed seeing a welcome home surprise :).

IMG_1706I am certainly not a master cookie cake decorator, I know that much! It was yummy, but like I said, I shouldn’t have eaten as much as I did. So the next day, I decided I was going to run them off. I was itching to run anyway, since I hadn’t gone out all week, so I mapped out a 4.81 mile run. I hadn’t gone that far in a very long time, and I would have Maisy in the jogger, which always makes it harder. But you know what? I did it!

IMG_1716I wanted to finish it in one hour, but I almost made it! Not too bad for my first run in a week or so! The wind was annoying at first, but it got better as I moved into neighborhoods. I felt pretty good about it overall! I got home, showered, and Andrew said he wanted to go to Walmart. We went, and ended up buying a grill! I’m so excited! It’s always so hot in the summer time, and we rarely grill because it’s like standing in a sauna in the desert (yuck!), so hopefully we can get some good use out of it before the major heat hits the Phoenix area. We picked up steaks to eat for dinner, and I made sure mine was really lean. I found a 8 ounce New York Strip, and it. was. glorious.

IMG_1719Don’t you guys love my fancy dinnerware? ;) I hadn’t eaten 8 ounces of protein in one sitting in what feels like years! I was so full, I didn’t even eat the broccoli I had planned to eat along with it!

So this week, I want to start the Hal Higdon 10k training program. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t know if I will be able to get away from the house a lot, but I’m going to try!


  1. says

    4.81 miles is amazing! Your dinnerware resembles mine! I love paper plates… beats having to clean dishes any day of the week! I can’t wait to see how the 10k training goes.

    • says

      Thanks! I feel a little guilty about the whole environmental aspect of paper plates, but I also value my sanity and the pile of dishes in the sink makes me a little crazy!

  2. Nikki says

    4.81 miles is amazing. I have been doing myfitnesspal.com and it always says after my excerise is completed that I am under my calorie goal and my body is going to be in starvation mode. I had don’t know what to think or do, I did shock my system yesterday and had a cheat day. What do you suggest?

    • says

      I’m under my calorie goal pretty much every day because I don’t eat back all of my exercise calories. As long as you are eating your original before exercise goal, you’re ok!

  3. Hollie says

    I have gained about 40 pounds in the last year.I have got into a fitness gym and try my hardiest to work out A hour every day.Plus I city out all sodas and drink alot of water.Do you think I can loose this weight? What do you suggeste.

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