Cardboard Box Diet Week 5: The “OMG I’m Running!” Edition.


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So… I fell off the wagon and off the face of the earth a bit… as usual. ¬†But I’m back, because there has been a MAJOR change in my life. ¬†MAJOR.

  • Weigh-in:¬†I still have not weighed myself. ¬†I was in Target last weekend with Dave and I said, “Oh, a scale. ¬†I need a scale!” and he was like, “Didn’t you just donate a scale to goodwill?” ¬†Ugg. Yes. ¬†Yes, I did. ¬†One of these days I will get a scale and weigh myself!
  • Exercise completed:¬†Here is the major, major change: something has possessed me and I am now attempting to do the “Couch to 5K” program. I’ve contemplated it before, but honestly? ¬†I have always hated running. ¬†And I have several friends who are runners and I think, “Ok that’s great for them but I’m not going to run unless I am running for my life. ¬†Ever.” ¬†Dave prefers running outside to working out in a gym. ¬†I attempted to run with him once, and after what was probably less than a quarter of a mile I thought I was going to die, and I never tried that again. ¬†(To be fair, I hadn’t attempted to run in years, and I had two large cups of coffee and a bagel right before running. ¬†Apparently you are not supposed to do that? ¬†Weird.) ¬†Then a couple of weekends ago I was in Portland, and the wife of the couple friends we were with (who has¬†ran 5Ks, 10Ks, and I think a half marathon)¬†told me that she never used to run, but her husband was into running and then she started Couch to 5K. ¬†And now she’s a rockstar. ¬†I was a little jealous of my friends getting to run along the river next to our hotel in the morning when I couldn’t run more than a block or two. ¬†I thought, hey, if she can do it, I can too. ¬†And wouldn’t it be fun to be able to run around a river while on vacation, and be able to work out with Dave? ¬†Yes, you heard that right. ¬†I thought the word “fun” in sentence referring to running. ¬†I do not know what sickness has overcome me.But friends: the sickness is legit. ¬†Dave and I went for a walk/run on Saturday morning and on Sunday morning (both times walk/running the equivalent of a 5K. ¬†Go big or go home??). ¬†Sunday afternoon we went to a running store and I spent an ungodly amount of money on a pair of running shoes. ¬†Ok, it wasn’t “ungodly.” ¬†It was $100. ¬†But I am clearly not the type that blows money on athletic shoes given that the only pair of running shoes I own I purchased at an adidas outlet for $20 in high school (*cough* fourteenish years ago? *cough*). ¬†Also? ¬†Those $20 shoes are white and still in great shape. ¬†Shows you how much I work out ūüėČ ¬†But they were causing my old lady hip some pain so I had to go out and splurge on running shoes that actually fit me. ¬†I know, crazy.

    Then, on Tuesday after work? ¬†I ran on my own. ¬†Without Dave. ¬† I know. ¬†Crazy talk. ¬†Currently I’m on week one which just involves alternating running for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds. ¬†I never thought in a million years that I would voluntarily take up running. ¬†But I’m actually super excited to run a 5K with Dave in the fall! ¬†And super excited about the possibility of running in Hyde Park when I’m in London during the honeymoon. ¬†When I lived in London, I only walked through Hyde Park. ¬†Usually while eating a very fattening but very delicious pastry. ¬†Who have I become?! Seriously. ¬†It’s crazy.

  • Splurge/Guilty Pleasure:¬†So… on Wednesday, after running/walking on Tuesday night for 30 minutes and then walking for 30 minutes on Wednesday morning to the office… I totally thought I deserved to eat 5 cookies for a snack in the afternoon. ¬†They were little cookies but still. ¬†5?! ¬†Maybe I need to work on treating myself to just 1 or 2 cookies ūüėČ ¬†Also, my favorite drink at Starbucks is a venti iced coffee with white mocha and peppermint. ¬†I try to stick to one or two pumps of white mocha because it is crazy fattening. ¬†The morning of the cookie incident, the girl at Starbucks thought she knew my drink and thought I wanted 3 pumps and I thought, “eh, I ran last night. ¬†I deserve 3 pumps.” ¬†Unfortunately, that was my same rationale for eating the cookies.
  • Success story:¬†Beginning Couch to 5K! ¬†And all 3 times that I’ve run so far I have ran the entire time I was supposed to (and technically the two times with Dave we did 40-45 minutes rather than the 25-30 minutes of C25K… So I was going above and beyond. ¬†Well, Dave made me go above and beyond ;-)).
  • Recipes/photos:¬†The first pair of actually female athletic shoes I’ve ever owned! ¬†At the running store, I assured Dave that nobody makes female running shoes in a Size 13, and so I was just going to ask for mens shoes. ¬†But he persuaded me that it was worth asking, and as it turned out… they had 4 different shoes in a women’s 13. ¬†They were way up in the rafters and took forever for someone to find… but they existed!Image

Also? ¬†Post-run on Sunday, Dave and I rewarded ourselves with a super healthy meal. ¬†A BLTA with homemade mayo made by Dave, and sweet potato fries. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†YUM! ¬† I believe there is a verse in the Bible that says, “She who finds a husband who cooks finds a very good thing.” ¬†And all the people said, AMEN. ūüėČ



The Cardboard Box Diet Week 2.


You can see answers from the other participants, and read more about the CBD here!  Now, my responses for this week:

  • Weigh-in:¬†Still starting point… I forgot to find/buy a scale. I *feel* like I have gained weight this week, but that was really just how I felt yesterday and probably a result of SITTING ALL DAY trying to plan a honeymoon. ¬†Seriously. ¬†Dave and I were both on computers for most of the day and we managed to book 3 sets of plane tickets, hotels for our first 3 nights, and a rental car for Ireland…. But we still have another set of plane tickets, 3 sets of train tickets, and 9 more hotels/B&Bs to book. ¬†What have we done?! ¬†I know once we take the actual trip it will be awesome, but at the moment it is a bit of a logistical nightmare. ¬†Oh, and we still haven’t bought plane tickets to our actual wedding yet… Better get on that ūüėČ ¬† Anyway, all of that to say I basically sat around all day eating and internet browsing. ¬†But finally around 6pm we took the dogs on a 2.5 mile walk. ¬†So I did physically move a little bit!
  • Exercise completed:¬†Hmm…. nothing real yet. ¬†A walk with the dogs on Sunday, and yesterday… And walking to/from the train on the days I took the train. ¬†Desperately craving a good hike, and I really want to bust out my 30 day shred DVD.
  • Splurge/Guilty Pleasure:¬†Sooo…. I keep having this problem where I get lunch from the ADR (attorney dining room) at the office, and I will make a great choice like a salad with fat free dressing. ¬†It comes with a drink and dessert, and I even pick sparkling water for the drink! ¬†….but then they have these small cookies… and I usually take 3 or 4 small cookies for dessert. ¬†I also really love getting the paninis (in addition to the fat free salad). ¬†Maybe if I cut out the paninis and limited myself to 1 or 2 cookies I could get somewhere!
  • Success story:¬†On Sunday I was hungry before brunch, and I chose to eat a banana instead of one of the chocolate chip cookies I’d baked the night before. ¬†And then when we went to brunch, I stopped eating when I was full (which was half of my crabcakes benedict). ¬† Usually when I go to brunch and the food is good, I keep eating well beyond when I’m full. ¬†So I consider that a success (even though the calories in half of that breakfast were probably more than my daily allowance should be!).
  • Recipe(s):¬†I really need to start thinking of healthy recipes! ¬†Right now all of my favorite recipes involve 3 of my 4 favorite foods (carbs, cheese, and chicken–chocolate rounds out the top 4 but I tend to not mix that in my pasta bakes ;-)). ¬†Dave makes these really simple and delicious tacos using 2 cans of salmon and 1 can of rotel drained. ¬†Ok, and shredded cheese. ¬†Maybe if I could get some low carb or whole wheat tortillas and go easy on the cheese I would feel like it was really healthy.
  • Photo:¬†

Source: via qora on Pinterest

Okay, how cute is that photo? ¬†Loosely related to losing weight/getting in shape, but definitely related to being healthy. ¬†Sometimes you just need to put down all of the electronic devices and GET OUTSIDE for awhile ūüôā ¬† Also, on a semi-related note, I keep trying to get into twitter and I’ll post one tweet saying, “ok, I don’t really get this but I’m going to give it a shot.” and then I forget about twitter again for a year or so. ¬†Really contemplating attempting to jump on the bandwagon again. ¬†As if I need anymore social media in my life ūüėČ