Tagged: exercise

Apr 03

Upward Spiralling

Things have been crazy busy around here! I’m somehow still trying to adjust to actually going to work a few days per week. It seems like it’s no big deal for everyone who does it 5 days out of the week, but for me it’s quite dramatic. There are days when things just feel so chaotic that I’m barely clinging to my sanity. It’s getting better though. I am adjusting slowly but surely.

The weather is nicer so I’m finally back to running outside again, which is just incredible. I didn’t realize how easy running on the treadmill is until I went back outside. My thighs are sore and my knees are slowly making the transition. It’s so worth it though. Running outside is so much better in so many ways. I’m trying to get my nutritional house back in order as well. I was in kind of a downward spiral for a while. Part of it was being too busy to plan and prepare proper meals which left us eating out quite a bit, but part of it was also laziness and just being tired. My mojo is back though, and I feel really good about everything. Taking control of this piece makes me feel more in control of all of the chaos, even though I’m sure it’s just an illusion. 🙂 This week’s run faces:

RunRun Face 3/31/14

I turned 37 a few weeks ago! There was a bit less fanfare than usual, which I was fine with. My sister made me a cake, though, which was great as always, and after work I met some of my very best friends downtown at Tibb’s for a beer and a chocolate stout cupcake with Jameson Irish whiskey frosting. Mike & I ordered corned beef and cabbage from Ample Pantry for dinner and it was pretty incredible. So that was a really great day. 🙂

Birthday CakeBirthday Beer

In other very exciting news, I got a haircut yesterday and had pink streaks added. I love love love them. this is some new stuff that covers even dark hair, but it’s temporary and washes out completely in 3-5 days. My stylist told me I could probably put this stuff in myself at home. I think I might be hooked, but I want to see how it lasts and be sure it washes out without any weirdness first.

Piiinnnkk 4/2/14

I was just about to end this post when I realized there’s no artwork here. I’m in kind of a funk in that area. I lost my confidence somewhere along the way. Even my daily journal is several days behind (which is unusual for me) and working on it sort of feels like a chore. Luckily, Sketchbook Skool starts tomorrow, which is just in time. Hopefully I can get my mojo back in that department as well. So anyway, I don’t have anything at the moment that I’m willing to show off, but hopefully, Sketchbook Skool will be so inspiring that you’ll be seeing something soon.


Jan 24

My Body & Me

2013 was a great year for me health-wise. I lost about 40 pounds over the course of the year, exercised regularly, and ate well. I started running in the spring and I actually found myself enjoying it, if you can believe that. I found a way to eat that I can live with, which I think has been the missing piece of this puzzle for me. I eat really healthily about 85% of the time, and the 15% of the time that I don’t keeps me in the game without sabotaging everything. Seems perfect, right?

As I move forward into 2014, I’m finding it more and more difficult to keep up my pace from last year. For one, this winter has royally sucked for any kind of running, so that has slowed me down as far as activity. A seasoned runner friend just told me the other night that he was sorry that THIS has been my first winter as a runner because it’s been so awful. The bigger problem, though, is motivation. Please believe me when I say that I am not intending to be braggy when I say this, and trust me, I know I’m far from anything resembling perfect, but here it is: I like my body. !!!!

I’ve never really felt this way before. NEVER. I literally can’t remember one time in my life where I thought my body looked good. Don’t get me wrong, it still has it’s issues, but somehow they don’t seem like a big deal. I like the way I look in my clothes, and I’m not even horrified when I’m naked. This is a completely new feeling for me, so I don’t even know what to do with it. On the upside, it feels AMAZING to be at peace with something I’ve never been at peace with, but there are some downsides too.

I still have work to do. My BMI still puts me at obese. I need to tone up and add some strength training. I definitely have more weight to lose. The problem is that I’m having a hard time finding the motivation to work on those things because I’m happy with what I have. Since the start of the year, I’ve maintained last year’s loss, and I’m completely fine with that. I’m complacent. Which is both A) the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, and B)  severely hampering any future progress.

Is this just a phase I’ll get over? I hope so but I hope not. Maybe this will work it’s way out and I’ll find a happy medium, but right now I have no idea what I’m doing. So it’s just a typical week for me, really. 🙂


Nov 28

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all had an amazing day. Mike & I hosted nearly 30 of our closest family & friends today, and even though I was really nervous, everything went off without a hitch and turned out great. Clovis made an exceptional turkey that everyone raved about, I made a couple of hams, and everyone brought some incredible side dishes and desserts. It was a great day, and now I’m exhausted!

It’s been a long week! On Monday I gave notice at work, and I’m very excited to say that I start a new job in January. It’s a local company, so for the first time in a decade I’ll be GOING TO WORK. I’ll be working at the office 2 days per week and from home 3 days. That’s a huge change that I’m looking forward to, but also extremely nervous about! I think it’s going to be great for me, though.

Also on Monday, I went to pick up my mom so we could go to Meijer, and she fell in the parking lot of her apartment complex and hit her head on the cement. There was so much blood…it was terrifying. We spent the rest of the afternoon & evening in the ER, and after CT scans and xrays they determined that she was ok, just had a mild concussion.  They stitched up the giant head wound and sent us home. Since she couldn’t be left alone for the first 24 hours and has been dealing with bouts of dizziness from the concussion, she has needed extra help this week. Between that and all the Thanksgiving prep, I haven’t had a chance to get any kind of workout in this week. Plus, I’m exhausted. Tomorrow I have NOTHING going on all day, and I’m really looking forward to it. Tomorrow evening, Mike & I have tickets to see Straight No Chaser at Devos Hall, so that will be amazing I’m sure.

Anyway, I hope your holiday was as great as mine was or better. Xoxo


Nov 18

“Heeeeerrree’s Johnny!!”

Another crazy busy weekend, so buckle up, kiddies.

Friday: Work, quick run around the neighborhood before it got too dark. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve run. I decided to take a short break because I was having pain in my knees pretty consistently. When I ran on Friday, I had no pain, and it felt really easy. My pace was fast as well. So I think the break was exactly what I needed. I think I’ll keep the running to once or twice a week going forward and supplement with some other types of cardio. Tonight, I made portabello mushroom risotto and my mom came over for dinner. I spent the rest of the evening at my art table working in my Yearbook Journal. Behold:


Saturday: Mike & I got up and spent most of the day running a million errands. We got an oil change for his car, then did all the random shopping we needed to do. I bought a new winter coat that I really like, so I’m excited about that. We also finally picked out pillows for the new couch! We got some really nice bright colors, and they look great. Saturday night, we hit the brand spanking new Alamo Drafthouse downtown to see The Shining. The movie was not my bag, but the theater is pretty cool. They have so many great beers, and the menu is really fun. Mike & I shared an endless popcorn and some cheese fries, and I also got the New Holland Poet Oatmeal Stout Milkshake. It was pretty incredible. 🙂 This was the theater’s staff training days weekend, so everything was half price (except alcohol). The service was pretty bad, but the staff was super nice, and I know they will get it together with a bit more time. Overall, I enjoyed it.

Sunday: I slept in, did some drawing in my daily journal book, and then in the afternoon we headed back to the Alamo Drafthouse. The journey was perilous as there was a thunderstorm with heavy rains and high winds. There was even a lightpost that had fallen into the street downtown!! We made it though, this time to see Singin’ in the Rain. It was my first time seeing it, and it was really great. I enjoyed it. We ordered real food this time – I got a Royale with Cheese and a Beets & Oranges salad. I enjoyed both. Mike got a pizza and chips with queso dip and he liked both as well. As an added bonus, the service was PERFECT. They definitely turned things around and we were impressed. Oh! I also tried the Atwater Vanilla Java Porter Gingerbread Cake. It was tasty! After the movie, we went to Bell’s for trivia. We didn’t win, but we had a blast, as always. 🙂 When we got home, we discovered that our patio umbrella was snapped in half from the wind. Luckily, that was all the damage we had and we didn’t even lose power, so we were very lucky.

 Sad Umbrella

Sometime during the weekend, we also decided that we will host both Mike’s AND my family here at our house for Thanksgiving this year, which is both exciting and terrifying. Hopefully I will get some help with all the cooking since I don’t have that much experience cooking for 20+ people. Either way, it will be an experience!

I hope your weekend was as fun & exciting as mine was! Have a great week!


Oct 12

Baby Steps

Pace is improving!


Just a quick update on my running progress. Since I finished C25k, I’ve been continuing to run for 30 minutes at a time, but my focus has been on increasing the pace. My goal is to be able to run a 5k within the 30 minutes. I’m not there yet, but as you can see, I’m getting a bit faster all the time. This pace includes a 5 minute warm up walk and a 5 minute cool down walk, so I’m not really sure what my actual running pace is. I guess it doesn’t matter too much as long as I’m consistent.


Sep 03

Run Face

Run Face

Here’s a quick collage of all my post-running pics for the last few weeks. I finished the C25k program recently, so that’s exciting news! I am running for 30 minutes solid now, however, I’m still slow. I’m not even finishing a 5k in that time. My plan is to keep running the 30 minutes for now, and focusing on increasing the pace. You can see from my pics that there were a couple of really humid, miserable days. I’m looking forward to some nice crisp fall weather, that’s for sure.

And since nothing happens to me without becoming a cartoon, here’s me finishing the C25k program. 🙂

 I finished C25k!!

Have a great week! XOXO


Aug 05

Baby, Drawings, Exercise

First off, I want to welcome tiny & adorable Miss Lia Marie to the world. She’s just adorable, and mom, dad & Lia are all doing great! I got a chance to meet (and burp) her at only 4 days old!! Here’s a photo of Lia & I, as well as the drawing I did of the 2 of us.

Baby Lia & I

In other news, Mike & I set a goal for the month of July to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio every single day. It was tough! There were days when one or both of us were outside jogging in the dark because we had to get it in before the end of the day! We were really committed, though, and we managed to do it. I’m so proud of both of us!! I have been really working the C25k program, and I finished week 5 last week. Week 5 ends with a solid 20 minute jog, and I was really worried. Prior to that, my longest jog was only 8 minutes, so it seemed like a pretty big leap. I’m super psyched to say that I did it!! I am really happy. After finishing the 20 minute jog, I know I can finish this program with no worries. Here’s a drawing from my journal of Mike & I on July 31. We sure did enjoy taking a rest day on August 1st. 🙂

 Mike & I - Victory!


Jul 02

Shot Through The Heart

Just a quick update here. First, a couple of drawings from my journal. These are both done with watercolor pencils. I drew the radish because the CSA has been sending us radishes for the last several weeks, and we are struggling to use them! I’ve been getting creative, too – last week we even tried roasted radishes. They were not a huge hit. 🙂



I also wanted to share this video with all of you – our carpet in the basement was installed today!! It looks so great. As a bonus, the installers had killer taste in music, so we all jammed out to Bon Jovi, Poison, Aerosmith and such. Rock on!!


Jun 26

Chariots of Fire

I’ve been working on being healthier since the start of the year. I quit smoking in March of 2012, and then I gained about 25 pounds during the rest of last year. In January, I decided to try to do better and be better. I wanted to lose weight, but I wanted to be a healthier person more. I knew that they went hand in hand anyway, so I decided to focus on being healthy – eating better, smaller portions, more fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, etc. My sister had already lost 50 pounds (YAY!) using a site/app called MyFitnessPal, so I decided to try it. I got Mike on board too, which has made a HUGE difference.

Fast forward to today – I’ve lost a total of 29 pounds as of this week. 29 pounds in 6 months!

Has it been easy? No. Some days are tough. I’m an emotional eater, so when I get stressed out or sad, I have to really fight with myself not to eat frosting or peanut butter right out of the jar. I’ve had to learn new coping skills!! Now I hit the elliptical instead or go for a long walk. But those days are so few and far between. 90% of the time, this is easy. It’s all about budgeting, planning ahead, and getting the exercise in. I still eat cheeseburgers, I still drink beer, I still eat cake and cookies and brownies and candy. I just enjoy those things in moderation, and balance them with healthy foods and exercise. Could I lose more weight and faster if I didn’t eat those things at all? Maybe. Actually, probably is more like it. But I don’t mind. I’ve lost 29 pounds in 6 months eating foods I love, so you won’t hear me complain very often.

As far as exercise, Mike & I are super lucky to be members at an amazing gym that has LITERALLY everything. Here’s something I know about myself – exercise has to be somewhat fun or I’m not going to do it. Not for the long term anyway. To fix this, I mix things up A LOT. I do all kinds of different things!! I have an elliptical and a rebounder at home, but those are honestly my last resorts and I use them when I’m super pressed for time, or in the winter if the weather is crap and I don’t want to go to the gym. I also walk, jog (!), swim, play racquetball & basketball, stair climb, row, stationary bike, jump rope, and whatever else I can come up with that sounds fun.

Did I say jog???? Yep, I sure did. Are you picturing me running with the Chariots of Fire music playing? I hope so, because that’s totes what it looks like. I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to jog! If you know me or you’ve been lurking here for a while you know I have some messed up footsies. I had my bunion surgically corrected last November, but my feet are flat and I also have some issues with Plantar Fasciitis. I really wanted to give running a try, so I started the C25k training program this past February. My foot just wasn’t ready after the bunion surgery only 3 months before, so I decided to hold off. I decided to try it again at the start of last week, and it’s going great so far. I’m in my second week now, although I’m still doing the week 1 workout because I want to make this as gentle as possible for my feet. I’m enjoying it for now! I did invest in really good running shoes that address the flat foot problem, and they’ve been a huge help.

Besides that, I try to make better choices at restaurants, and eat out less in general. We also bought a 1/2 share from a CSA this year, so we are eating lots more veggies, and that’s been really great. So that’s it. Just eating better and generally being more active. Here’s a progress pic, and the newer picture was actually a few weeks ago, so I’ve probably lost about 3 pounds since then. I guess it’s really a 26 pound progress pic. Also, am I the geekiest person in the history of geeky people or what?? The first 2 pics I came up with are me with Darth Vader and me with Brent Spiner. Go figure. 🙂

 29 pounds lost!


Jun 13

Trek Dreams

Mike & I went to the Official Star Trek Convention in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. It was AMAZING. I’ve heard about these things going on forever and I’ve always thought it would be cool to go to one, but I never really thought I would. I am a Next Gen girl all the way, and when I heard that the entire main cast was going to be at this convention, AND that they were doing a reunion show with all of them on stage at once, AND it was all happening only a few hours away from my house?? I knew this was it.

We got the tickets for this several months ago, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting this for quite a while. To help me deal with the anticipation, I worked on what I would wear to the con. First, I knew I wanted to make a skirt, so I planned and imagined and came up with something that I’m really happy with. I also decided to make a pair of TNG shoes. Yes, shoes. I bought the shoes at a thrift store, and then I covered them in bits of TNG comic books. They were a big hit, to say the least. Nana Visitor (Major Kira from DS9) was fascinated with them, and so was Arlene Martel (T’Pring in TOS episode Amok Time). Here’s a picture of me in my outfit, and a close-up of the shoes.

 Star Trek Convention Day 1Star Trek Shoe

Day 0 – We arrived at the hotel/convention center on Thursday night. We pre-registered, got our convention badges, and then went to the vendors area and looked around a bit while they were setting up. I was surprised at how small the vendor area was – only 10 or 12 booths. I was so excited I knew I wouldn’t sleep, so we hit the hotel gym at 12:30 for a quick workout. I passed a dude in the hallway on the way back to my room who was wearing a Star Trek bathrobe. YES! These are my people!

I played Star Trek Trivia!Day1 – Friday. Today went by in a flash. Here are the highlights. Jeffrey Combs onstage (Weyoun & Brunt on DS9, Shran in ENT) was very cool & funny. He is just approachable and nice. We got his autograph and he was chatty. We met Ethan Phillips (Neelix on VOY plus a million other things) and he is also very sweet and funny. I chatted with Arlene Martel who was T”pring in one of my favorite Star Trek episodes EVER, TOS Amok Time. Again, so sweet, she loved my shoes & skirt. We got autographs from Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest ENT), and Casey Biggs (Damar DS9). I played a Star Trek Yes or No Trivia Game, but I didn’t win. I was eliminated on a question about the original airdate of the first episode of TNG. Boo! Crazy fun day, we snuck out in the evening and grabbed McDonald’s for dinner because that’s all we had time for. That night, we went to the Star Trek Rat Pack show – Max Grodenchik (Rom DS9) and all the other guys we met today (Ethan, Casey, Jeffrey & Vaughn), dress up in tuxes and then perform rat pack style. It was pretty cheesy, but really fun. We enjoyed it.

Day 2 – Saturday. THE BIG DAY. I was so nervous when I woke up that I hit the gym to work off some stress. I was only on the elliptical for 12 minutes because I was short on time, but I think I burned 600 calories. Today was a blur. We got our picture taken with Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard TNG). This was in the morning, and when we walked into the room and he was there, I thought I would faint! Very exciting. HE TOUCHED ME, and he was so nice. And damn, he’s still a fox. Oh yeah, Mike was also there, I think. 🙂 In the afternoon, I bought a print of my favorite photo of the TNG cast – it’s black & white, and they all look beautiful. I was able to get it signed by every single member of the main cast, and Jonathan Frakes (Riker TNG) even wrote “To Trish” on it. It’s amazing, definitely getting framed and going on my wall. We also had our picture taken with the entire cast!! Check all of that off the bucket list, folks. That night was the TNG cast reunion show, and it was great. All 7 of them on stage together! Really fun. Mike was even able to ask them all a question, so he asked them about their nicknames for each other.  After that, we attended the Star Trek Karaoke Party, which was hosted by Nana Visitor (Major Kira DS9) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo DS9 and a million other things). It was the most fun we had at the convention. It was a great chance to mingle and chat with other fans. The rest of the convention is very structured and you are moving from event to event and there isn’t much time to just be social, so this was great. Here are some pictures, drawings, and even a video of the karaoke party! And yes,that’s Mike, my karaoke superstar singing 2 songs. 🙂

Done And Done

Mike, Sir Patrick Stewart, & me!


Day 3 – Sunday. Not going to lie, we were beat. The main things today were getting autographs from Rene Auberjonois (Odo DS9) and Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko DS9). There were lots of other events going on, but nothing huge. Avery Brooks is crazy, that’s the main takeaway from Sunday. We left around 5:30 or so local time, and I was spent.

SO MUCH FUN. Would I do it again? I don’t know. I feel like I accomplished what I wanted out of it, so I don’t know. It would depend on who was going to be there and what the events were I suppose. I’m not opposed to it, that’s for sure. 🙂

If you want to see all of the pics on Flickr, here’s the link so you can look at your leisure. 🙂