Finally Friday and A Weigh In

Whew! I made it. Just barely, but I did make it to Friday.

This week was rough, but I’m glad it’s over :) I think all the stress has accumulated on my body though because I woke up with my eye twitching

😉 <- No, I’m not winking at you. My eye is twitching.

I have been avoiding the scale since Curacao since I knew I over did it a lot there. This morning I finally bit the bullet and weighed myself. The results weren’t too shabby, so I’m happy to report intuitive eating is alive and well over here.

It’s reeeeealllly hard to lose weight while training for a race and I don’t  suggest that being the goal for anyone. My goal during training has been not to gain the usual Marathon training weight (it’s pretty common). After this weekend I’m tapering back and will be running less, but my appetite will stay the same. I’m going to make an effort not to gain anything during these last 3 weeks by being more mindful and eating whole foods. That’s the plan Stan.

When I’m done with this race I might make a bigger effort to reign it in, but I haven’t been doing that as of yet. Sure, I talk about it, but I’ve been just listening to my body (and sometimes my stess or fatigue) to tell me when/what to eat. Ben's feet

Ben weighed himself too. I taught him the whole “weigh yourself right after you pee first thing in the morning with no clothes” trick. As he was getting on the scale I joked to him, “Get ready, because this is going to tell you how much you’re worth for the next 24 hours. If you should love yourself or not…” ben on scale 

To which he replied, “Girls are f**ked up.” Truer words were never spoken.

He is down a few pounds because he’s been biking to work. I was excited for him, but he wasn’t as thrilled. He shrugged and said, “I don’t care that much.” I like him.

I wasn’t feeling like a run this morning, but I convinced myself 3 miles is no biggie and went for it.

I had dreams of an amazing smoothie for breakfast, but I feel like I’ve been in sugar and carb overload this week :( My body just feels gross and bloated because of too much half foods (as opposed to whole foods). So I made an egg scramble.IMG_1409

With a burnt tortilla because that’s how I roll. I also added a wedge of laughing cow to the top after the picture. IMG_1411


And since it’s Flashback Friday… let’s Flashback to a time when Ben didn’t have that fro. We took this pic on a road trip through Paso Roble :) San Francisco 5-08 081

I am going to the fair with my mom today. I am not the biggest fan of the fair, and already went to the OC fair this year, so I’ll try to keep the carb loading for tomorrow’s long run to a minimum. And by “carb loading” I mean deep fried butter. Been there, done that.

Question: Where were you a year ago today?

I was in Maryland working as a reporter for a small news organization.  Now I’m in California and on the brink of a complete life/career change.

Wow, the difference a year makes.


  1. says

    In all the pictures you’ve posted of yourself recently, I think you look fabulous. In all honesty, I don’t think you don’t need to lose weight. It makes no difference what I think, but I just wanted to let you know how awesome you already look.

    Where was I a year ago today…the exact same place I am today, sadly. I need to do something wicked awesome and exciting before November 26th aka the night I might murder myself aka my 10 year reunion.

  2. says

    wow. a year ago today i was in my senior year of college. what a difference a year makes — i feel so grown up now!

    i think my eye is twitching as well because of stress stuff! and congrats to ben’s weight loss but he’s soooooooooo right that “girls are effed up” ha!

  3. says

    I was avoiding the scale for awhile too because I knew I HAD to be up a few pounds with training for Hood to Coast. Then I got injured and couldn’t run. I thought FOR SURE I’d gained weight. In fact, I lost a pound.

    I weigh myself once a month, first thing in the AM, after I pee, before I shower or eat or drink anything. :)

  4. says

    I agree with the above, you look fabulous and I love love love your hair color lol. Hmm, this time last year I was doing the same thing, at the same job but at a different desk. Actually I started a small business from home so that’s different and I just started jogging but that’s about it. :)

  5. says

    Confession: I haven’t stepped on the scale in like two months. I know my clothes are tighter and I just don’t want to. I could say because it’s brave and a scale ‘doesn’t tell me what I am’ but in truth it’s because, like you, I’m scared as well what the number will say. I don’t want my mind to play tricks on me while I’m training for my marathon, so I’m just as happy not knowing what the number is.

  6. says

    I love the convo between you & Ben. Its so true! Regardless of how you try to look at it sometimes the number you see makes your day or breaks it. Have a great weekend!

  7. Katie says

    I love your blog, you have such a great attitude and I really enjoy reading every day, perfect blend of fitness/life/humor! I also wish I could have Ben’s outlook on the scale, I step on and see a gain and it incites an immediate panic…

  8. says

    Ben could probs cut off a few more pounds if he got a haircut

    I was .1 miles away in a different dorm, but with an awkward roommate. Life is soooo much better.

  9. says

    Ben has some rad bed head. He’s right though, girls are pretty um, messed up.
    I’m pretty sure I was doing the same thing one year ago that I’m doing now. My life has been pretty stagnant lately, but I’m not a big fan of change so it’s really okay with me.

  10. Beth says

    I agree that you already look awesome :) On my father’s death bead at 56 repsonding to my aversion to fatty foods he said,”Of all the things I regeret it was not eating cinnamon buns” . Truly, life is for living and you don’t need to lose weight. I took up Bikram last month because my knee injury wasn’t getting much better after 4 months off…it will change you r life and the way you view yourself. I promise! Plus you still get the feeling of a good long run without all the hunger pangs!

  11. says

    hahaha…i’m so glad you live with such a smart man. love his quote.

    and today last year, i was sitting on a 3 story tower counting birds, in coastal texas. boy i’ve come far. well, i suppose not, since i’m still doing bird stuff. 😀

  12. says

    I agree with previous commenters that you look totally fab! Girls are totally messed up, but I don’t think it is completely self-inflicted. Today I was so nervous that my entire body was SHAKING as I sat down to lunch. Sigh, womanhood.

    A year ago I was teaching Resource in Oakland. I had only been teaching since June, so I was probably still unsure of my teaching skills. I had to resign because of health issues =(, so I’m on a new career path as well!

  13. K says

    Ben is a smart guy- girls really are messed up when it comes to the scale. I hope that saying it out loud, writing it and having him react that way helps a little in changing how the scale affects your day. I know that seeing it written made me chuckle and think “I’ll have to remember that next time the scale tries to play tricks on me.”

  14. Maren says

    Ben is too funny!! You are beautiful just the way you are! Can u come to Omaha and make me one of those egg scrambles??? A year ago today I was working as a waitress and finishing my last year of college! Now I’m job searching… :(

  15. says

    A year ago today, I was struggling to eat enough and had an obsession with running and losing weight.

    Now I’m a sophomore in college, loving life, eating healthfully, and mixing up my exercise (elliptical, swimming, bike) and taking a day off every week!

    PS: What is in that scramble that you made? I’m an egg fanatic (I usually caramelize onions and mushrooms, scramble the eggs in, and then top with Laughing Cow). Yours looks divine!!

  16. says

    I actually was in pretty much the same place, with the same job and the same troubles. But I have a doctor’s appointment next week and hopefully I’ll get some answers so I can change that!

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