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30 Day Shred- Day One

Hi, my name is Kate and I have a confession.

Promise not to judge me?

Here it goes…

I find doing jumping jacks horribly exhausting.

Yes, I can run a marathon, but doing jumping jacks for 30 seconds makes me sweat. I learned that from a new friend today- Jillian Michaels!

I got the 30 Day Shred in the mail today and was so excited to try it. And by excited, I mean horrified. Look at that smug smile! She knows she’s going to kick my ass, and she’s going to enjoy doing it.

I went to the gym for an hour on the elliptical this morning, and I thought the DVD would be a nice accompaniment to this morning’s cardio. I did Level One, and all I can say is… goddamn!

In general, I actually really liked the workout. It’s broken down into three circuits, and each one has three minutes of strength training, two minutes of cardio, and one minute of abs. Each circuit has different moves, so you’ll never get bored.

My initial thoughts:


  • It’s only 20 minutes- definitely manageable!
  • Each set is long enough to hurt, but not long enough to make you want to die
  • There’s a beginner and advanced option for almost every move
  • I can do it at home, so I can whine and moan out loud all I want


  • My knee hurts when I do lunges, so I had to modify some of the moves a little
  • Jumping jacks tire the hell out of me!
  • Jillian is terrifying

See? Even the cons aren’t that bad! I definitely want to stick with this. I am going to aim to do this five days a week, so I know the results won’t be as stellar, but I took my measurements and am curious to see how or if they change.

I normally hate workout DVDs, but I think this one can be really effective. I got my ass handed to me!

Have you ever tried the 30 Day Shred? Do you use workout DVDs?

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I’ve Made the Switch!

Let’s hope this works 🙂

Please head on over to my new site!


Please bear with me as I still have no idea what I’m doing 🙂

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Thank GOD it’s Thursday! Three hours of work tomorrow stand between me and the weekend. Too bad it will be filled with homework!

I had my alarm set for 5 a.m. to go to cycling this morning, but I wasn’t feeling up to it because of the slight pain that is still present in my legs. Instead, I took it easy and stuck to an hour on the elliptical.

More time to enjoy breakfast!

Voluminous oat bran with peanut butter and Kashi Go Lean Crunch. SUCH a good addition! I normally don’t have anything crunchy in my oats, so this was a great topping.

Lunch was kabocha, eggs, and a new hummus I found at Fresh and Easy- lemon cilantro. I think I’ve found a new favorite hummus. It tastes like the rice at Chipotle! I am not kidding. Must…recreate…immediately.

I also bought pumpkin yesterday! Yogurt just ain’t the same without pumpkin and cinnamon Cheerios. I used the last of mine today. Rest in peace, Cheerios- may you go on sale very, very soon!

Apple with chocolate PB after lunch-

And tofu chocolate mousse with cookies for a snack! Geez, you would think I had a major sweet tooth or something…

I tried to balance out the sweets with a tofu / bean / spinach salad that I brought to work. Unfortunately, I was so full from my snacks that I never ate it! IT was one of those days when sugar > vegetables. It happens.

Not pictured- a few spoonfuls of batter and frosting. We celebrated my friend’s birthday tonight, and I made cupcakes!

Since once of my weekly goals is to drink 64 oz of water a day, I’ve been chugging water all day. Unfortunately, I had one of those ‘too much too soon’ moments and spent ten frantic minutes at work praying for my co-worker to come back so I could pee! There’s a reason I try to space out my water consumption throughout the day, and that will always be known as the ‘Copenhagen Incident.’

The last time I was in Europe, I was on a cruise ship with a friend. The day we disembarked, I filled up my huge water bottle and drank as much water as I could to avoid having to buy a disposable bottle of water before we flew to Rome.

Two hours after we got off the ship, I was innocently admiring the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen with my friend when I was suddenly hit with that oh my god I really have to pee all of a sudden urge.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Me: ‘I really have to pee all of a sudden- can we find a bathroom?’

Friend: ‘Sure, there should be one around here- maybe at the train station.’

(20 minutes and a wrong turn later)

Me: ‘Did we pass the train station?! I’m getting really desperate!’

Friend: ‘I think we’re closer to the hotel- let’s just go back there and you can use the bathroom in our room.’

(20 minutes later)

Me: (getting frantic) ‘I can’t wait until we get back to the hotel! I am about to wet my pants!!’

Friend: ‘We’ll be there in five minutes- stop thinking about it!’


Friend: ‘I don’t know you…’


Friend: ‘People are looking at us! Shut up!’


Friend: ‘Why didn’t you go when were in the hotel?!’


Friend: (consulting map) ‘We’re near a museum- go inside and see if they have a bathroom.’

And that, friends, is the story of how I ran a mile in 3 minutes and nearly wet my pants before peeing in a bathroom at the National Museum in Copenhagen.

Lesson learned- don’t drink all your water at once 🙂

Spill! Where’s the weirdest place you’ve peed in public?

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Ice, Ice, Baby

Happy Hump Day!

I like Wednesdays this semester. When my classes are done for the day, it means that I don’t have math until Monday 🙂

I had grand plans of doing my 5 mile run right after class today, but then I decided I should do homework, which turned into running an errand for my mom… and then grocery shopping… by the time I got home, my motivation was gone!

I didn’t end up going until past 4, but I got in 5 miles in 44:50– 8:58 pace. I was quite pleased, considering that as soon as I started running, I started getting weird pains in my legs. Not quite my calves- is there a term for ‘the part of the leg underneath the calf?’ I tried to find a picture, but don’t ever Google ‘legs.’ Take my word for this.

I started panicking a little during my run because exactly one year ago, I experienced my first running injury- a random, sharp pain in the bottom of my foot that bothered me for two months. I don’t know what it was, because I never went to the doctor (shame!)

So in order to prevent further injuries, I’m going to be adhering to my normal injury prevention methods.


And ice cream!

I feel better already 🙂

Have you ever been injured? How do you prevent injuries?

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Thou Shalt Not Fear Pancakes

Happy Pancake Day!

Did you celebrate today? I eat pancakes pretty frequently, so of course I had to make some today too 🙂

I made whole wheat pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup for breakfast. Hit the spot!

Lunch was a black bean and hummus wrap with an apple and peanut butter. I should have made savory pancakes!

I’m out of pumpkin again… damn! Plain vanilla yogurt it was. At least I still have cinnamon Cheerios 🙂

Strawberries were on sale, so I didn’t feel bad about eating the whole pint.

Dinner didn’t involve pancakes either- but it tasted like dessert! I brought roasted broccoli and roasted kabocha with maple syrup to work.

And clementines for an after work snack 🙂

Unfortunately, I did not observe Pancake Day at all last year. Why?

Because I was too obsessed with counting calories to vary my regular breakfast routine. I used to enter every single food I ate in an online journal to keep track of my calories. It can be a huge pain to find out the nutritional info for food, so to make it easy on myself, I ate pretty much the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. This way, I knew what was ‘safe’ and what wasn’t.

I even remember hearing about Pancake Day last year and spending my free time in between classes trying to create a low calorie pancake recipe. After many tries, I gave up. Flour (even whole wheat flour) had become a ‘fear food’ for me. 100 calories for 1/4 cup?! Never! Looking back on it now, it seems ridiculous, but there was no way I was going to let myself eat a breakfast that had more calories than normal.

Now, I eat pancakes at least once a week. And why shouldn’t I? They taste great, and I’ve made some great (healthy!) ones!

I’ve made whole wheat pancakes…

Matt’s pumpkin oatmeal pancakes…

Kat’s protein pancakes (that I couldn’t flip so they turned into pancake scramble!)

Carrot cake pancakes…

Monica’s peanut flour pancakes…

I’ve even put lentils in pancakes!

Moral of the story? Pancakes should be loved, not feared. I’m never turning my back on them again 🙂

Enough about my former pancake phobias.  It’s a brand new month (rabbit rabbit!) and that means I have some goals! Weekly ones, mind you.

This week’s goals:

  • Don’t snack after dinner. A little fruit is fine, but I would really like to wake up not full for once!
  • Wake up early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to exercise before class. I’m off to a good start already. I was up at 5 to go to the gym. Feels so good!
  • Drink 64 oz of water every day. Since I failed at this last month, I thought I would try it out again this week and see if I could stick with it. At the rate I’m going, I should be good by the end of the night.
  • Incorporate a small strength training session every day. Another one of my goals last month was to do ab work, and I started doing push-ups in January, but I haven’t continued either one. My goal for this week is to do 50 (modified!) push-ups a day and 5 minutes (broken up!) of planks a day as well. Done for today 🙂
  • Be in bed at 10. There’s no need for me to be up later than that. I don’t do homework that late, so when I go to bed later than I should it’s because I can’t get off the computer. That needs to change!
  • Follow week 2 of half marathon training. So far, so good!

Here’s what my training looks like for this week:

Speedwork was on the agenda this morning. My calf randomly started bothering me about a minute into the run, so I broke it up into three 10 minute intervals. Better than nothing, right? I ended up running almost 3.5 miles in 30 minutes altogether. I also did 30 minutes on the elliptical. I’m so tired now!

Two questions:

Do you have any goals for this week?


Have you ever had any fear foods? I pretty much feared most foods this time last year- but that’s for a whole other post!

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Bye, February!

Maybe it’s because February is a short month, but I feel like it went by so quickly! What am I talking about? I say that at the end of every month!

I made some goals for February that I pretty much neglected. Here’s what they were-

Cook for my family one night a week.

I only cooked twice for them, so this was kind of a fail. I made shrimp pizza, which they enjoyed, and I also made them an enchilada casserole that no one ate. It’s hard to find something that everyone will eat, and I’m either working / busy / too lazy to cook a separate meal for them. Also, my mom happened to cook more this month, so they didn’t starve 🙂

Drink 64 oz of water a day.

Uh, MAJOR fail! I think I maybe did this once? I am horrible about drinking water. I really want to work on this, but I hesitate to drink water at school because I hate having to pee all the time!

Take care of moving-related things.

Ugh… another fail. Honestly, it looks like moving to Colorado might not even happen- long story for another time. Please excuse me while I pick my broken heart off the ground.

Spend money more wisely.

I think I did pretty good on this. I’ve hardly bought any new clothes, and I only ate out a few times, which is always a money-suck. This is probably the only goal I did well on 🙂

Do ab work three times a week.

FAIL! I think I made a concerted effort to do ab work on my own once. The other two times were at Body Pump. Whoops!

I’ve decided that my goals for March will be weekly instead of monthly. I think it will be easier for me to keep track of them that way. I’ll post them tomorrow 🙂

Even though I kind of failed at ab work this month, I managed to squeeze some in tonight! I did some random ab work as well as some weight lifting at home.

I planned to go for a hike after school- there’s a canyon about a mile away from the campus that I like to go to sometimes. It’s no Runyon Canyon, but it’s nice when you want to exercise outside. Unfortunately the recent rains turned everything to mud, and the canyon was closed!


Since I was already dressed for a workout and had a few hours to kill before my sister got out of school, I found a neighborhood to explore.

That hill doesn’t look like much- but my glutes were feeling it!

All worth it for this view. So much snow on the mountains! My cell phone camera does not do it justice.

Around 5, I was hit by a serious squash craving. Something had to be done about this. Bike to the rescue!

There’s a Korean market a mile away from my house that sells kabocha squash for really cheap, so I pedaled over to get my squash fix. I also got strawberries and onions, but I let the squash ride shotgun on the way back.

I can only imagine what my neighbors think of me photographing a squash sitting on my bike.

The squash and I shared some good times, but unfortunately for Mr. Kabocha, I enjoy squash the most in my belly 🙂

I made a quinoa flax pizza crust and topped it with the squash, caramelized onions, feta, and dried cranberries. Never gets old.

Did you have any goals for February?

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