No weigh May + a mile a day!

The ever so lovely FLTL and I decided that this month would be a fun month to do something fun and fitness-y together.

Basically in May we will:

  • walk at least one mile every.single.day.
  • not weigh ourselves at all. zip. zilch.nada
  • come up with goals we want to accomplish for the month/each week/each day.

So goals?

  • only eat out on the weekends a maximum of two times. The weekend has turned into my brain treating it as a vacation from life and I don’t want to do ANYTHING but stuff my face at restaurants. It’s bad and I need reign it in.
  • only eat out one time during the week. I need to be better about eating the foods I make for my weekday lunch instead of “forgetting them” and getting something to go.
  • Do any amount of yoga every day.
  • no soda. I’ve been pretty good about this since January and I’ve probably had soda 6 times in as many months, but I’m developing a love affair for root beer that has got to stop.

I think May is going to be a really good month. 

I’m feeling that extra spark of motivation to make changes that will improve my mental and physical health and it feels so good to be consistently moving forward instead of 5 steps forward, 3 back like I have been for the last month.

P.S. Shout out to Katie for telling me to do cold brew with chocolate almond milk. I’m not hating it!

I hope this Monday is over before we know it! (And this week too…but I think it might be too early to be wishing that.)


A few days ago I received the above comment “Those breakfast sandwiches have me drooling” from katiegirlchasesinfinity

So it is no surprise I had a tiny bit of guilt knowing Katie does not have access to a breakfast sandwich maker as I was once again prepping them for my breakfast today.

But then I sat down to eat and I felt like had to keep my eye on them because it was almost like she was right here about to gobble one of them up and I caught her mid act! 

But then again maybe that was just my imagination.


My friends who work or used to work in retail clothing sales tell me if you want the best clothes take from the bottom of the pile! I guess those are the freshest ones.

If you’re like me you unfold the garment to see it because it might not look exactly like the one on the nearby mannequin. But be nice. If you decide you don’t want it squeeze it back into place. Stuff it in the pile so it doesn’t fall on the floor.

It the stack doesn’t line up perfectly don’t worry! Employees do not mind this. They get to work late after the store closes making those stacks all neat again. It’s not overtime but it is extra money and who doesn’t need that around the holidays?

I still have a little shopping left to do. I’ll be back tomorrow :)


My day was better than your day.

I picked Becky up from the mega bus this morning. We had a real life coffee date at French Meadow Bakery. It’s so much better in person.

Then we went to packet pick up and got our race goodies.

I made us some lunch and Becky hung out with Little Mister. He used sign language for milk for the first time today while she was here!!!!

Before the tumblr meet up we met Katie at the house that’s she’s looking after. They have maybe the largest window seat I have ever seen!

We went to Bario and had margs and guac so we could catch up. Then headed over to dinner at Di’Amico and Son’s.

We were bad tumblrs and didn’t take photos, but it really did happen. Bob and Sheila were there and we got to meet Ceri (runeatlovesleepmn) and her boyfriend Jesse.

As we were eating the hubby sent that picture of LM. He was exhausted after chasing Becky around and flirting all afternoon.


You guys, they got me. I thought I was going out for dinner with ONLY Katie but lo and behold, that was not the case. After a rather horrific tram ride [I missed my stop TWICE because people/the tram driver wouldn’t let me off the crowded tram #RAGE], I met up with Katie and we walked to The Local Burger Co. I was excited enough, seeing that we were eating BURGERS, but then I saw Sinead, Sam, and Linna sitting at a table!!

I had a great time catching up with the ladies and eating a delicious burger + ONION RINGS [oh how I have missed you]. Despite nearly being stung by a wasp [an Australian wasp too, which are probably like hella deadly right? right], I had a fantastic time. *AND* they all pitched in [along with Amy and Nat] on an incredible bunch of gifts. 

Ahhh, my heart is so full of gratitude and I feel so overwhelmed. Thank you guys so much, especially Katie for organizing it all. <3 <3 <3 Tumblr is an amazing thing, y'all. And full of incredible people.

I wore coral & pearl earrings that my dad got me for my bday this year! I love ‘em.


So this happened today. Kind of hard to believe it has been 3 years already. 

In that time I have:

  • acquired 519 followers
  • made 1,409 posts
  • liked 30,251 posts
  • run some races
  • lost some weight
  • met some of you and became even better friends
  • gained some weight
  • lost my dog Skylar, my cousin Kelly and my uncle Ron
  • gained my nephew Decklyn
  • lost a career that was really just a job
  • gained a new creative path which is completely my passion

Now I wonder what the next year or two or three will bring? Guess we will all have to wait and see how it plays out.

As of this moment in time tumblr says I most like:

  1. snapthistiger
  2. katiegirlchasesinfinity
  3. bensjourneyforlife
  4. seechrisrun
  5. shrinkingmomma
  6. helloagainsam
  7. runningthankful
  8. melanietris
  9. trivialbob

And I have to agree that these along with several others are a big part of why I enjoy tumblr so much!

That was a lot of fun today. Running the Lucky 7k race on a beautiful, yet excruciatingly cold, Saturday morning. OK, it was up to 25 degrees but with the 67 waves of runners at the start line my toes got painfully cold waiting to just start the danged race. Then when I was running they just didn’t warm up.

Afterwards a group of us went to lunch at The Good Earth. It’s one of those places where I am sure Prius drivers get a 5% discount and sunflower seeds are used in everything including orange juice and the coffee beans are multi-grain. If you like your bacon dolphin-safe and tuna nitrate-free you’ll be right at home. I felt so naughty paying with plastic.

As for the race, if I had a running coach that person might say I did OK, or am lucky to be alive, with my alarming lack of preparation. I finished the 7k (4.3 mile) race in 41 minutes. I felt pretty good afterwards. The nice thing about starting a race with so little prep is that it’s impossible not to exceed expectations. Well, there is one expectation I have and I had no problem. Jordan would know what I’m talking about.

As for that picture, if I had a photography instructor that person might have told me a good ratio of cute girls to Bob is 2:1 or even 3:1. Hah! This is 4:1. The student has become the master.

Calling all Minnesota tumblrs (and anyone else)! It is almost time to bid Katie and Joost farewell as they journey down under to start their next adventure.

Please join us for dinner and drinks on Monday, June 16th at 7pm at Burger Jones in Uptown.

Please message myself or Keira (buildingothersup) ASAP if you are attending, so we can make a reservation. Katie would love to see all of you one last time before she leaves.

The Return of Favorite Friday

I’ve been meaning to do one of these for weeks, but Friday always rolls around and I just can’t be bothered. UNTIL NOW.

4 of my favorite things this week:

  1. Girl time. I spend most of my time with males, and while I really do love my dudes, feel completely comfortable with them, and know that I can talk to them about anything, there is just something so unique about quality time with women. More, please.
  2. My lower left back has been super messed up for three weeks. I rested almost all of last week, and it got progressively worse each day, and it got to the point where the pain was so bad that I couldn’t sleep or really focus on anything. Obviously paranoid that my kidney was going to explode, I sought medical attention and stumped the doctor. Cool. ANYWAY. My doctor friend Jeremy seems to think that it’s some sort of nerve issue, and he encouraged physical activity. Naturally, my back felt awesome when hiking/canyoneering last weekend (granted, that could have been the muscle relaxers). I took a rest day earlier this week, and that’s when my back hurt the most. Extra cool. I’ll just never rest again. Very glad to have that squared away.
  3. Making peoples’ days! After almost a year and a half of living in Utah, someone finally figured out that I don’t own the Book of Mormon. So I was handed a hardcover copy, and she was beaming. “You really lucked out! Elder So-and-so accidentally ordered the hardcovers — usually we only get those in foreign languages.” Yes. Luckiest. Also, last night I made a donation so that someone would reach their fundraising goal for The Boston. It was the first thing she saw when she logged into her e-mail this morning. Might not eat for a while, but better to their cause than my butt. Plus, warm fuzzies.
  4. The springs storms are here! This will probably be my last ski weekend, and it looks to be a good one. I have excite. Also, I haven’t skied since like the first weekend in March. Oops.

3 of my favorite Tumblrs this week:

2 of my favorite songs this week:

1 of my favorite inspirations this week:

[Sam is roped in and about to do her first rappel.]

Me: You can do this. I know that you can do this. Is this the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Sam: [silent, skeptically staring at the rope in front of her]

Me: Okay, what’s harder: this or telling someone that you love them?

Sam: [thinks] …they’re probably about the same. They’re both really fucking hard. Fuck.

Me: Well, you’ve done one. You can do the other.

Sam: Fuck!

Me: Yep.


Last night, Brent and I went to sleep around 1:30am. For whatever reason, Jordie [dog] woke us up at fucking 4am in the morning because he wanted food??? Why????????? And then after Brent fed him, he was annoying as fuck basically until I got up at 7am. Basically worst sleep ever. 

*BUT* I got to see Katie this morning! It’s basically guaranteed that when I hangout with Katie, I double my usual number of steps. I had a great time sweating the day away with her [literally, I was sweating EVERYWHERE. EV.ERY.WHERE.] but the best part of our date was the ice cream. Dat wildberry flavor though. Hanging out with Katie is always so refreshing because she just gets it, yanno? And she listens to my dog-related venting :]

On the train ride home, I was alone for 5+ stops in the very last car so naturally … I took a ridiculous amount of selfies. #literallyshameless Not sorry.

When I got home, I was exhausted. And hot. I took a cold shower and then tried to nap. When I woke up, I was a mess. Disoriented, lightheaded, a little nauseous, and anxious. It took me nearly an hour to feel normal again. I’m guessing my discomfort was from a combo of lack of sleep + too much time spent in sun + dehydration + hunger because drinking a lot of water + dinner helped me feel a bit better. Thank Jesus.

Now Brent is at work and it’s thundering like motherfucking crazy, like, SO LOUD so I have to take care of the dog who is currently hiding underneath our bed. 

Also, apologies if this post was poorly worded and/or made little sense. I am still le tired and feeling a bit whacko.

Also also, tomorrow Brent + the bestie + the dog + I are headed to the coast for the weekend. Even though it’s supposed to rain/storm the entire time we’re there… and we’ll be in a tiny caravan with 5 people + dog… I’m excited!

Wintery Wonderland Wednesday

Yes, part of my reason for posting is so I could actually use the title. Shutup.

 When I woke up this morning, I thought I would either drive to the gym or make today a yoga day:

But then I thought, what would Kari do? And Katie? Or Angel? And all you other people who keep posting your ridiculous runs in ridiculously cold and snowy weather?

You would call me an amateur and tell me to pull on my yaktrax. So I did.

And you know what? I made it. Sure, it was slow and at some point really hard on my ankles when I didn’t realize I was no longer running on the sidewalk but I made it! And I came back feeling really awesome and hardcore.

Which is the entire point of running. Pretty much (sssh, just go with it).

At one point I was surprised how few people were out because I kinda just assumed that since all the tumblr people are crazy and hardcore, the rest of the world is too. I was wrong. I was the crazy one. And thus 5.30 miles were done.

Thanks guys.

Oh. And super big thanks for listening to my breakdown yesterday. I am still not feeling really confident but you know what? I’m going to enjoy the experience no matter what. Plus, I have a super cool coach who gets to take on the challenge of getting me trained up for the race. I just have to show up and trust the plan.

Another trip to the complex gym.

More crap weather. The path up to Arika’s apartment looks like a swamp. My workout shoes are caked in mud and all I did was go get the dog.

40 minutes of cardio today. 10 on the stair machine. 15 strider. 15 treadmill. Again the stairs made me feel very weak. I may forgo that for a while. I don’t know when in the past 7 days that got so hard, but it did.

Tabata set of ab work. 

I was watching Teen Mom OG at the same time Tori was this morning, so it was fun to live text the re-run to each other (conclusions include: Gary is a mess, Ryan is mean, and they should do a Teen Mom with Just Maci and Catelynn).

I need to finish an article and a PowerPoint, but I am severely lacking in motivation. I want to nap, even though I got 10+ hours. It’s got to be the weather. 

katiegirlchasesinfinity: We did get our cones from Josh and John’s! I got the toffee and he got the Colorado Cookies and Cream.

Coffee Date:

- I’m feeling like a loser most days. I know I quit my job, but I still feel like I got fired. Two weeks off when you weren’t mentally prepared for it just feels strange. I’m a little lost.

- I’m finally getting over the plague after two weeks. I’ve been running a very minimal amount, otherwise I launch into a coughing fit. So I’ve been keeping it to around a mile at a time.

- I made it to yoga for the first time in 11 days on Sunday. I didn’t want to be the one blowing my nose during class. Not cool. The best part is I got to go with Dale and Katie. I also got to meet Katie’s fiancée (yes he’s just as great as you imagined) and one of her lifelong friends. No pictures were taken because we were too busy eating, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

- I’m sending out my Christmas cards today. I usually send them to about 40 people. In return we usually receive 3-4. I know it shouldn’t bother me. It’s about giving not receiving, but it hurts my feelings a little. This may be the last year that I bother with them.

- I love Little Mister so much. But I could never, ever be a stay at home mom. Props to all the moms (and dads) out there that can do it every day.

Winter tumblr get together 2014…


Sarah, me, Jen, Katie, Ahn, Rachael, Heather

Great night with some great people. We ended up meeting at Mall of America for a delicious dinner at CRAVE and we even had a special guest with Heather’s adorable little mister. Cute little guy.

So looking forward to the next get together… especially when my future Mrs will have officially relocated.


Thursday Things:

  • Today I completed *TWO* workouts [arguably 3… because I count long walks as workouts…. #pathetic], thanks to Katie and Brent. Like, I know it’s pretty common for all y'all to workout twice in a day but I haven’t in fucking years. And I’m pooped.
  • I went to a yoga/pilates/taichi [‘Body Balance’] class with Katie in the morning and got my ass handed to me. I am so out of yoga-shape: so inflexible, so weak, so awkward. But I loved every uncomfortable, sweaty second of it.
  • After we finished, we got coffee from a super cute and tiny cafe before going for a long walk. It’s pretty safe to say that when you hangout with Katie for a few hours, you are guaranteed to meet your step goals. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: hanging out with Katie is so A+. She inspires me so much and just, yeah, totally gets it. Yanno? #okayimdonegushingnow
  • When I got home [after nearly falling asleep on the train, so hungry], Brent’s first question was “when are we running?” THIS BOY. I scarfed down a small plate of nachos, laid in bed for 45 minutes, and then laced up for C25K W4D1. Without him, I would not have ran today. So thanks dude.
  • This run. Holy. Shit. Who said it was okay to essentially double the number of minutes you run from the week before? And half the rest minutes? The workout was: 3 min run, 1.5 min walk, 5 min run, 3 min walk, 3 min run, 1.5 min walk, 5 min run. You better believe that I put everything I had into that last run. But it only took me 3 minutes to be comfortable again in the cool down! Like, this is how I can tell I’ve improved since Week 1. I actually don’t need as much resting time to feel rested? I am so proud of this body, y'all. 
  • Reason #1010101 that I’m glad I’m taking a break from boozing: my clumsiness while intoxicated. I have had this massive bruise on my leg from failing at sitting in a chair while drunk on sunday?? Like, how does a chair attack me like that?
  • Besides being generally fatigued and having super sore hamstrings, I’m really feeling alright. Plans for the evening: SHOWER [because I’m fucking disgusting], Harry Potter, The Wire, and staying horizontal for the next ~18 hours. 

I like you, Thursday.

I met Katie and the boy last night for a sweaty, fun yoga sculpt class. The instructor is a little goofy and she really does make you forget how much pain you’re in during class.

We did cardio to a song from the movie “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. I was absolutely obsessed with that movie as a child. Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt as teenagers in a dance movie. Epic!

During our ab sequence she walked around and dumped ice cold water on our bellies. Sounds awful, it felt amazing. I had a moment in the middle of class where beast mode kicked in and I felt invincible. Then I remembered how hot it was and had to take a little breather so I wouldn’t pass out.

After sculpt I got to meet Keira for the first time. She joined us for a relaxing restorative class. We got to chat and eat goodies after class.

I can’t wait to hit the lakes after work. It’s going to be 72 degrees today and I want to try out my new shoes.