This has been quite the trying weekend, full of booze, children, roommates, and trying to read the foreign language called .php! will be live soon. Thanks for sticking around for the move!


I’m still looking for some guest bloggers so check out the previous post if you’re interested.

Guest Posts Needed! Open Call

It has occurred to me that during my awesome amazing trip to Hawaii, I probably won’t want to blog very much. I’ll be taking pictures, and drinking mai tais, hiking up to waterfalls, kayaking… and walking my first half marathon. Blogging about it will of course always be on mind, but actually blogging itself, will probably be last on my list f things to do.

That said, I’m looking for a couple of guest bloggers to pop on over, say something inspirational or share a recipe, or be snarky and witty or a combination of all those things, or something else entirely. I’m looking for at least 4 posts during September 14th- 21st.

Topics can include:

  • Why running in the heat sucks
  • Tisket a-tasket: Are there really baskets?
  • Green Eggs and Blue cheese: I don’t know where I’m going with this
  • Your Success Story
  • Your Favorite Vacation
  • Planning and achieving your goals
  • Finding motivation when you’re scared to move forward
  • What you know now, you wish you had know 10/15/20/30 years ago (depending on your age, of course… and how long it took you to learn that particular lesson)
  • How NSV’s helped you achieved SV’s
  • What do you eat/drink on vacation? Do you let yourself go or do you stay on plan? (secret: I’m planning on letting myself go!)

If you’d like to make a contribution, email me at, or leave a comment with your email address so we can work something out.

Habits vs. Routine

A couple of days ago, a fellow blogger Smaller Fun Pants posted about the topic: Habits vs. Routines and it got me thinking. What do I do out of habit? What is my routine? And when one or the other is interrupted, how does that effect my life?

For instance, I had a pretty good routine going where I got up at 7, caught a bus at 8, worked out until 9:30 went home, got ready for work and left. I had a smoothie for second breakfast, and usually some sort of clif bar for first breakfast. I would eat around 3, walk home, cook dinner around 9, and be in bed by midnight, ready to start my day all over again.

I think because of the routine, working out in the morning has become habit.Including vegetables and protein in my breakfast has become habit (yay green monster smoothies!)

But then my schedule changed. I no longer have time to work out in the morning; I’m home from work by 6. Evening workouts don’t really compute so I don’t really do them. My routine has been interrupted, so instead of trying to create a new routine, and new habits I’ve allowed myself to “take the time off” until things get “more situated”. And while I still try to have some sort of vegetable and/or grain for breakfast, its becoming difficult.


Life is never going to be situated as well as one hopes in order to start trying new things, but we mustn’t let that get in the way of living, right?

Starting today there will be a change in attitude. No more putting things off because its inconvenient. No more waiting for a more opportune time to get things done. Adapting must happen, or all hard work goes out the window.

photo by DirectDish

Did I mention I’m going to Hawaii in less than 6 weeks?

What are your habits? What are your routines?

Run For Good 5k 2011

The Run for good 5k on Saturday was a lesson in discipline. These last few weeks have had me slacked off and scared to achieving success through exercise. On Friday  the day before the race I went to happy hour.

And got drunk.

The next morning I did not awake bright eyed and bushy tailed. There was nothing I could bribe myself out of bed with, just the knowledge I had spent 17 dollars I didn’t really have to attend a race i didn’t really want to go to. Before the last minute arrived, I called a cab and made my way to the start line.

I did not research the course. If I had, I probably would not have gone. It was 2 laps of 1.5 miles around downtown. I used all my energy (mind you, I was already running on empty) for the first lap. When I realized I had to make a second lap I wondered if I should just stop and go home instead.

I didn’t. I kept pluggin’ along. I tried making a game out of the songs that played. I would walk one song, run one song. It varied a bit, but I think its safe to say I jogged at least half of the race. The sun was out, and bearing down on my face, and every step felt like lifting dead weights, not to mention I was starving… and hungover. Finally the finish line appeared and I sucked up every last ounce of muster I had and ran through it.

47:57. I’m getting better all the time.

They had a pretty sweet (if small) expo after and I snagged as much fruit as I could hold in my hands, and promptly devoured it. A lady walked up to me and offered me congratulations and said something I never thought anyone would say: “I tried so hard to keep up with you, but I just couldn’t, there at the end. Good job!”

Run for Good, indeed.


My “Healthy Living” goals are:

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Complete a trialthalon
  • Summit Flattop Mountain
  • Max out a Zumba card for Mad Myrnas (ten classes/ $50!)
  • Comfortably fit in to a size L at the department stores
  • Find a running/exercising partner
  • Use a personal trainer
  • Lose 30; 50; 70; 100; 130 lbs
  • Try CrossFit
  • Try Body Pump
  • Try Krav Maga
  • Try Kickboxing
  • Bike 25; 50; 75; 100 miles
  • Be vegan for a month
  • Be vegan for a year
  • Go an entire month without eating out
  • Run a race in all 50 states
  • Run the Athens Marathon
  • Qualify and run Boston Marathon
  • Climb Angel’s Peak in Zion National Park
  • Dehydrate my own foods
  • Make my own nut milks
  • Grow an herb garden
  • Grow a vegetable garden


Working on it!
This is my progress. Pictures to accompany eventually.

July 18th, 2011
Weight: 286.6
Weight lost: 37 lbs

July 14th, 2011
Weight: 288.8

July 6th, 2011
Weight: 292.6

Weight: 293.3
Weight lost: 30lbs

April 14th, 2011
Weight: 296.5

April 3, 2011
Weight: 297

March 23, 2011
Weight: 301.4

March 7th, 2011
Weight: 305.8

Janurary 15th, 2011
Weight: 315.7

September 2nd, 2010
Weight: 310.4

June 4th, 2010:
Weight: 309.7

May 17th, 2010
Weight: 323.3

Run For Good 5k


 The last race I completed was the Alaska Run for Women Five Miler… I think. Either way, I wasn’t really planning on doing one the month of July… that is until I saw Groupon offering half off registration costs. The only thing that really bothers me about this is: I really want to register online but it won’t accept either of the numbers issued on the Groupon Coupon (ha! it rhymes… I wonder if they did that on purpose) and it makes me nervous to do same day race registration. But that’s what the Groupon Coupon tells me to do, so that’s what I’ll do. I guess.

I figure doing this 5k will be a good thing to see where I’m at, if I’ve improved any, or if I need to start working out harder. I’ve been kind of slacking the last two weeks, not going to lie. I’ve made some serious improvements in my ability to run outside… I just don’t do it enough. Whats enough, anyway? Maybe I’m just psyching myself out.

*The Groupon Link is a referral code for me. I apparently receives monies if people buy through that link. I can’t imagine a world where that happens.

Keeping Vegan

After completing w5d2 of c25k

My second weekend as a card carrying vegan went pretty well. I ate a lot of cereal and soy milk for breakfast. One day for lunch I had a delicious veggie sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus. On Saturday, I made this pretty awesome Veggie Tofu Pot Pie. The orginal recipe calls for things like red carrots, and sweet potatoes. I live in alaska. We don’t have things like that. We do have organic vegetables, so I figured that was a good start.

In the parts where the recipe calls for sweet potato in the mix, I used two small red potatoes and roasted them at the same time as the rest of the vegetables. I forgot the liquid for the tofu, so I spilled some Alaska Summer beer in the pan about 10 minutes after I put the cubes in the oven (same time as the other vegetables; different pan) and mixed it around a bit. It worked well enough.

For the dough, it calls for roasted pumpkin seeds and more sweet potato. I replaced the seeds with slivered almonds, and threw in a small Yukon Gold potato that I mashed with some agave syrup. I don’t think it worked out nearly as well as the sweet potato would have, but upon tasting it, I nearly forgot. It was savory and delicious. I was a little worried when I pulled it out of the oven because it smelled quite wheaty.

Sunday night I got it into my head that I would make pizza for dinner, and then realized that I had no yeast. I looked up a no yeast pizza dough, but couldn’t find much in the way of good results. But I tried one anyway. Instead of making it a vegetable pizza, I decided to go with cinnamon sticks. Very early in the process, I made two large errors:

1) I put the “butter” on before baking.
2) I put the cinnamon sugar mix on the butter before baking as well.

I also added a bit of sugar to the crust make it taste more “desertty”, and two tsps nooch for the nutritional quality. Gotta get that protein where I can, right?

It turned out quite cardboardy and healthy tasting. I then spend then next hour trying to figure out how to make a chocolate frosting without powdered sugar, because nothing says NOT HEALTHY like chocolate frosting.

I couldn’t.

So I went to the store and bought some, and the frosting turned out to taste quite good. Unfortunately I believe there was some fiber in those bars because my stomach was begging for me to call it a night.

All in all, being vegan isn’t nearly as difficult as I’d assume it’d be. I’ve said no to all sorts of random unhealthy delicious items because they all generally include milk. Its been kind of life changing. Think of all the calories I’ve said no to, simply because they don’t fit within my diet?

What I am noticing however, is I’m looking for all sorts of ways to include those extra calories back into my regular choices of food… thus the chocolate frosting. I’m not as hungry as I was last week, so thats good. I think I just needed the adjustment.

BBQ tempeh wings- YUM

I’ve made two forays into tofu and both times I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I didn’t detest it. I’m still not ready to say I like it, but not hating it on contact is a pretty good start. I’ve even tried tempeh for the first time, To learn it is quite delicious and will highly recommend that you DO NOT eat the entire 8 oz. block yourself. Especially before Harry Potter.

This week I’d like to make a concerted effort to eat the kelp noodles I bought. They scare me because they’re clear, they’re referred to as kelp, and even though the package states they have a neutral flavor, did I mention they’re made of KELP?

Have you ventured into the realm of kelp noodles? Any ideas as to what the heck I should do with them?

Getting hit by a truck!

I woke up this morning- okay. Let me rephrase that. I tried to wake up this morning, but felt as though I’d been hit by a truck. It caused me to be an hour late to work, which would have been fine (I mean, not really) except that I was the only one coming into the office before noon. In affect, my office couldn’t open on time because I couldn’t get there on time.

It wasn’t until nearly noon when I realized I hadn’t had any coffee, and remedied that immediately.

For breakfast I had a bowl of kashi go lean crunch (the only cereal I had left!) and some soy milk with a banana. Lunch consisted of Spicy Black Bean Poop Soup (cause it looks like poop!) with some triscuits. I snacked on a chocolate chip larabar about an hour ago.

And now, time for shopping! I’m running out of food in my house, and being able to prepare proper meals makes sticking to my guns a lot easier. Today’s shopping list includes:

  • Fruit
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cereal
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Bananas
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Olive Oil
  • Soy Milk
  • Raw Cashews
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Tofu

I think for my weekend meals I’m going to test drive this really awesome vegetable tofu pot pie recipe I found. If it turns out as awesome as it looks, I’ll be making it for next weeks lunches and/or dinners as well. Things like this tend to refrigerate well, so I’m hoping it’ll cut down on my need for stopping by the store every night and picking up a $4 avocado (because they’re huge, but also because its just a really expensive grocery store!)

Also, my cats are out of food.