Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Trapped on an airplane.

This job is leaving me crazy busy, especially with Vegas thrown in there.  More on that later.

But while visiting 3 airports on Monday (Las Vegas... San Diego.. O'Hare), I successfully read my first kindle app book on my iPad:

{Via Amazon}

It's not that long, and I was trapped on an airplane for a long time, so I ended up reading the whole thing.  Mindy is funny - I loved her stories about childhood chubbiness and moving to NYC with no job prospects.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yoga inspiration.

I had a powerful Level 2 yoga class last night, where I held a difficult pose for all of three seconds {which I promptly forgot the name of... it involved binding, and awkward standing}.  For me, that was an accomplishment.

I also got an email this morning from my yoga studio wishing me a happy anniversary.  One year.  I have a goal to start doing yoga on my own more often.  And someday, probably many many days from now, to be able to do poses like these:

{Via lovey on Pinterest}

{Via Lisa on Pinterest}

Monday, February 13, 2012

Never satisfied.

{Via Ripped & Fit on tumblr}

It's going to be an exciting week around these parts.  I'm having a nice dinner-in for Valentine's Day with my love, a day off on Wednesday, starting a new job starts on Thursday, and heading to Vegas on Friday evening.  I still have goals this week:

Do two runs outside, with one long run {if the sidewalk ice melts that is...}
Drink two Nalgene's of water each day
Do a Jillian Michael's dvd
Walk 3 miles every day I don't run.

There are some seriously inspiring athletic photos at this tumblr site - Ripped & Fit.  Ok, there might be a few too many muscle-y ladies pictures {not really my scene since I can't do a single proper push-up} but it's so much more positive than looking at a super skinny model magazine website.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Week 4.

Somehow it has already been a month since I started this blog to share my attempts at working out and fitting back into my pants.  Earlier this week I did a closet purge and found six pairs of dress pants that are too tight.  SIX.  I'm a hoarder when my clothes don't fit, and these pants haven't fit in 5 years.  FIVE YEARS.  I know. 

I'm pretty surpised that I didn't gain weight this week actually, so while this is a lame end to the first month at least it's something. 

Week 4

Change since last week = -0.2 pounds
Total loss = -2.8 pounds

Have a lovely weekend!  I'm celebrating my new job with my girlfriends, celebrating a 30th birthday, and heading to the Chicago Auto Show for the first time.  Stay warm out there <3

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Running tips.

{Via we heart it}

I have a confession: I only officially worked out once this week - a 2.6 mile run on Monday.  Last week I got in two 4.5 mile runs, mostly thanks to good weather.  Good weather to me in the winter = above 35 degrees with no wind.  I'm kind of a wuss, yes.

Part of my problem is I don't have a gym membership at the moment.  I haven't been able to afford to join a nice one but I'm starting a new job next week where I will be able to.  I'm hoping I get a corporate discount of some kind.  Either way, I need motivation.  I just signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k at the end of March, so that helps, but the dark and cold are still making me lazy. 

I found this article from Runner's World from 2007, 101 Kicks in the Butt.  Guess what the #1 tip is?  Create a blog.  Interesting.  ;)  Here are five tips I'm going to start out with:

8. THINK FAST. Run for 20 minutes as slowly as you want, then turn around and run home faster.

10. BLAZE A NEW PATH. GPS systems work great for mapping new routes. Or check out or, which use Google Maps to let you plan and save routes.

17. PLAY IN THE STREET. Skip a dreaded track workout for a fartlek (Swedish for "speed play") session. After 10 minutes of easy jogging, run hard between two telephone poles, then slow down until you pass three. Then see if you can get to the traffic light before it changes, followed by a jog to the next mailbox.

26. HAVE A DAILY GOAL. Set goals not just for big races but also for workouts.

34. FEEL A NEED FOR SPEED. Sometimes you need the thrill of moving your legs as fast as they can go. Try six to eight 200-meter repeats at your mile race pace.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pinterest love.

This has been a frustrating week.  I feel like I've said that before.  Instead of complaining, some Pinterest finds:

I want to email this to my love on V day.

Key lime cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day?

Totally want to be hanging out there right now.

I would sleep outside here if I didn't think I would be eaten by a grizzly... Glacier Lake National Park.

So true.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Motivation Monday.

I love food.  All kinds.  A little too much.  I choose not to control myself around dips, especially those that include guac, olives, cheese, and loads of spicy, salty chips.  And cookies.  Specifically Paula Deen's monster cookies, made by yours truly for friends.  I ate so much yesterday during a Superbowl party that my stomach hurt and my pants were angrily cutting into me from all angles, even this morning. 

I really, really want to change this behavior but am not sure how.  It seems to be ingrained in me to excessively overeat during *celebration* events like this, even though I could have cared less about the game itself and couldn't remember who was playing until the game started.  I know.  I was in it for the friend-time and the commercials.

Because of this, I am declaring this Motivation Monday.  Don't lie, you need it too.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy weekend.

{Sequin striped dress, Forever 21}

{Sequined knit dress, Forever 21}

In two weeks, it's Vegas baaaaaaaaaaby time for me.  Motivation to work out?  We'll see.  I think I'm partial to the second one.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


{Via we heart it, from Groundhog Day}

I may have been a weird kid.  Groundhog Day was one of my brother and I's favorite movies, hands down.  We used to watch it all the time.  We definitely didn't comprehend the darker undertones, I wasn't that kid. 

Anyways.  You probably heard that Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, so 6 more weeks of winter.  This has been the most mild winter so far here in Chicago, so I'll take it!

Today is my third self-report on my diet attempts.  I went to another great Level 2 yoga class last night (there were scary headstands, and many poorly executed planks).  I plan to run after work today to make it my third workout so far this week. 

Week 3
Change since last week = - 1.2 pounds
Total loss = - 2.6 pounds

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lemon risotto.

My bff and I made risotto last night, which mostly consisted of her doing the chopping and stirring and me drinking wine and eating crackers - a perfect night.  Also, not that healthy of a meal considering all the cheese I added.  Whatever.

Lemony Risotto with Asparagus
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 tablespoons butter {I used Earth Balance vegan "butter"}
1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup white wine
1/3 of a small block of Fontina cheese, shredded
Lemon zest
Pinch of salt or two
Pinch of pepper

1) Start by simmering the broth and water in a pot.  Once simmering, cook the asparagus for 4 minutes.  Fish the asparagus out of your pot and set aside.  Leave the broth + water mixture simmering.

2) Saute the chopped onion in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet until soft, or about 5 minutes.  Add the rice and stir constantly for 1 minute.  Add the wine and simmer until absorbed, again with lots of stirring.

3) Stir in 1/2 cup of your broth mixture at one, stirring frequently.  Don't add more broth until your previous add has been absorbed.

4) Once all the broth is absorbed into the rice, stir in your asparagus, lemon zest, and cheese.  I went a little crazy adding the lemon zest and cheese here, but it was good.  Add cracked pepper before serving.

*The major modifications I made to this was switching from chicken to vegetable broth {for my vegetarian friend}, using vegan butter, and using Fontina instead of parmesean cheese.  Also, note that this recipe claims it only takes 18 minutes for the broth to be absorbed into the rice.  Lies - it took over an hour.  Have crackers on hand.  Perhaps my oven wasn't on a high enough "simmer"... still delicious.

{Adapted from allrecipes}