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Hooray, a distraction from turbulence! Well, it's not turbulent at this moment per se, but given the current Denver weather report...maybe I should've saved my laptop juice for an hour or so from now. Oh well. I will be there in a couple of hours and get to see Yurani and Benson and take a shower and have some sleep.

In case you can't tell, I'm not the hugest fan of flying. I have flown a lot in my life - I mean, I went to flippin' Australia - and I'm still not accustomed to the bumpiness. If possible, I always choose a window seat so I can watch and make sure we're not, in fact, plummeting to the ground (FYI, we're always just turning or doing nothing and I'm insane). I've cried a couple of times in flight...specifically, when flying back from Colombia a year and a half ago. It was pretty bad. Hopefully this isn't a repeat occurrence. I blame Final Destination. The original. With Devon Sawa, aka Casper. None of this 3D BS.

Anyway, irrational fears aside, I lost 1.6 lbs. this week and ate two doughnuts and half a Panera bagel with cream cheese, don't judge me! Which, while not the two pounds I was hoping for considering my first week of recommitting usually yields a pretty huge loss for me, is still a victory - especially considering I was out of town this past weekend and was just getting back into running. Plus, it puts me right on track with my six-week goal, so I'll take it. My co-worker Jessica drove me to my meeting so I could weigh in, because Violet Wendy "VW" Beauregard (my Beetle) is out of commission at the moment. Bitch needs a new battery, like, yesterday. I need a few other things done to her too, so Josh is taking her to the VW dealership on Saturday. What a great boyfriend.

Speaking of great boyfriend (and this doesn't relate to health and fitness at all so scroll past if you don't curr, I won't be offended), Josh dropped me off at work this morning and there was this creepy 20-something dude loitering in the lobby of my office building. I saw Josh side-eye him, and Josh left and the dude is like, "Is there anywhere to get coffee in here?" I was like, "Er, second floor cafe, but I don't think they open for another 15 minutes." He said OK and followed me into the elevator. Looking back, he totally could have knifed me. I was on my guard though and it was only one floor, so I figured I could handle five seconds. He goes, "Is your boyfriend a security guard at the building?" WHAT. I said, "No, he works for Sam Ash - he has to wear all black." And then he got out and that was it.

So I went up to my fifth-floor office, put my purse down, got some coffee and my half bagel, had a little chit chat with one of my co-workers, put my lunch away, then went back to my desk. I pulled out my phone and saw that I had FOUR missed calls, a text, and a voicemail from Josh. I seriously thought he got in a horrible car accident or something. The text said, "Where are you?" and the voicemail said something along the lines of, "Hey sweetie. Er, didn't like the look of that dude who followed you into the elevator. It's not like you not to answer...please call me back."

So I called him immediately and apologized profusely for not picking up, and he was like, "Well...I'm downstairs, back at your office." WHAT A GOOD MAN, OMG. I'm so glad I have him looking out for me. He said he felt kind of silly but I assured him he did the right thing and I thanked him. Felt so bad for making him be late to work, but I am such a lucky lady and I just wanted to share. Made me feel very loved and safe. Crazy ass dude...he was definitely super skeezy.

So today aside, I just wanted to share that I've gotten either blue, green, or yellow stickers every day for the past nine days! That's a big deal for me; I've been redding it up lately. No bueno. Just a recap for the newbies or those who haven't memorized this crap have forgotten, these are what my stickers mean:

Blue (these are like ~Platinum):
- stayed within DPP (Daily PointsPlus)
- worked out
- didn't use any APP (Activity Points Plus)

Green (aka Gold)
- stayed within DPP and used only banked APP
- worked out and used fewer than 10 WAPP (Weekly Allowance PointsPlus)

Yellow (aka Silver)
- used fewer than 10 WAPP
- worked out and used 10 or more WAPP

Red (aka Bronze/poop)*
- used 10 or more WAPP

*I can't get a red sticker on days I work out.

So there you go - that's how I determined what kind of day I had. The first half of May is filled with a lot of poop days, but at least I tracked, I guess. I remember my calendar from February of last year...damn, that was an amazing calendar:

Four poop days AND A CONNECT FOUR WIN OF BLUE STICKERS FOR TUESDAYS AND GREEN ONES FOR WEDNESDAYS. We'll ignore that I was extra motivated on my days before and after weigh-in on that one, because it's amazing. Yeah...I need to channel some February!2011 energy like whoa. Maybe I can ask Josh to break up with me temporarily so I can get all post-breakup motivated again. Hm. It's tempting. If we weren't moving into our own place in six weeks, I'd probably consider it. :p

I made a delicious dinner the other night and I need to share it with you. It's straight out of pregnancy brain, which I don't have, obviously (though I did have a pregnancy dream the other night; I blame my friends who are popping out offspring left and right, aka all of them). I made a whole small spaghetti squash and mixed the "noodles" with 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, a little salt, and a little onion powder. Then I added - wait for it - four slices of crumbled turkey bacon. It sounded delicious, and it was. I think I was inspired by the much-more-caloric carbonara dish Josh got at Ray Romano's Macaroni Grill when we went for Beth's bachelorette dinner. Obviously his was more heavenly, but mine was great too, and the trade-off health wise was definitely worth the amendments. And it was only 4 PP! FOUR. For a huge bowl of "pasta"! You can't beat it. If you wanted to add some peas for a more authentic carbonara dish or a little Parmesan cheese, that's still only 5-6 PP for dinner. Add a Fiber One yogurt and a side of fruit and seriously, 6-7 PP for dinner is like magic for me. Maybe next time I'll make it with curry powder. I wish I'd taken a photo so this could be more than a wall of text explaining it, but alas. Next time.

I am a little over a quarter of the way through Bob Harper's book. I like it so far. Can't honestly see how someone super overweight and set in their ways can take all of his advice seriously (at least, all at the same time), but I respect the things he says. IDK if I'll be able to give up Stevia in my coffee, though, Bob. I gave up Splenda - isn't that enough for you? :[ He would shake his head at me, force me to do push-ups, and point and laugh. I don't blame him...I'd do it too. Aw, he wouldn't really. He's way too nice. I...stand by the claim that I'd do it, though. /Slytherin

Yurani and I are going running (5K distance - we'll see if my lungs can take the unfamiliar altitude) in the morning, then at least once more while I'm here - hopefully 4 miles Saturday or Sunday. Friday I want to do some more core work (and triceps too, maybe), and then I'm at her command for hiking. Good thing I remembered to bring my hefty new stash of hot-pink KT tape.

Hoping to make a grocery run tomorrow and do lots of activity. Neither of us are particularly rolling in unlimited spending money, so I think that will help get our asses outside. Not that she needs any motivation - in fact, she has enough nature love for the both of us and anyone reading this entry, and she will push my ass on these hikes. I am a self-proclaimed indoor girl, though, as we all know - to the point where if I fell off a cliff while hiking, you guys should not be surprised, haha. Pretty mountains!? No, give me Netflix and a treadmill and I'm good. I can't help it...I love my air conditioning. :[ I'm such a lazy ass sometimes. Hoping this cray summer will snap me out of my BUT IT'S TOO EARLY AND HOT AND HUMID AND I NEED TO CATCH UP ON SEASON 4 OF HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER WHINE COMPLAIN. Though I just realized I forgot bug spray. Damn it. I'll have to remember to pick some up.

This is getting tangenty (forgive me and my Starbucks, for I knew not what I was doing), so I think I'll end it and go watch me some Netflix! Hope to blog a couple times from Denver. We shall see.


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May. 24th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
I actually read Bob Harper's book while at the B&N and I thought it was pretty good. I actually learned a few things, which is hard when you read a LOT of nutritional books. You also read a lot of conflicting advice, too. I thought the "no carbs at dinner" rule was interesting, although it will be tough to follow. I noticed in his book he says a lot, "I know it's hard, but just do it." .. which isn't very sympathetic ;) I agree that a lot of people are going to have a hard time following his advice, especially if they have a lot of really bad habits. I sure hope not ALL of it is new to those people, though.

While I'm not a big fan of the humidity, exercising outdoors for me is WAAAAAAY more enjoyable than indoors. I get so bored exercising indoors. I walk 5 miles on the treadmill and I feel like it's just numbers on a screen. But I walk 5 miles outside and the time just flies by because there's so much to look at. Also, I'm getting my vitamin D and connecting with nature. I'm a bit of a hippie, though ;)
May. 24th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I kind of agree with this "I know it's hard, but just do it" notion. I mean, nothing worth having in life is easy. Especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness. You have to work hard to achieve results.
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
I feel like I am learning a lot from the book too. Some of the stuff is difficult to imagine conforming to, i.e. not eating carbs at dinner and drinking a 16-oz. glass of water before every meal (which is going to be tough unless I want to make bathroom breaks my full-time job).

Lol Rachel, you are definitely a hippie! Yurani and Kitzzy kind of are too. I'm...not. I like my AC and my TV and my distractions. I enjoy the post-workout much more than the workout itself, sadly. I think I need to start doing things other than running after my marathon is over. I do enjoy running to an extent, but I mean...eh. Lol we'll see.

I agree with you, Danielle, about the "just do it" notion, but you know that. :-D I don't really read nutritional books for the sympathy - what I need is information and a kick in the ass. ;-) That's really what it takes - someone telling me flat out that if I want results, I have to work for it. Period.
May. 24th, 2012 10:11 am (UTC)
That was very sweet of Josh -- he IS the ideal boyfriend. You do realize this, yes? Part of me is jealous, and part of me thinks you guys are too adorable for words. :3

LOOK at you go, with your nine non-red sticker days in a row! Jen, that is awesome!

OMG, that calendar from February! I remember that! You're getting back to that, though. No need to channel the angst you went through last year.

I have NEVER had spaghetti squash, and that sounds AMAZING. How do you cook it? Aren't there seeds to scrape out? I did a quick Google and saw that you can cook it whole or split, and that there ARE seeds...but I'm interested to try it! Details, PLEASE?

Why are you giving up Stevia in your coffee? Oh God, is Bob Harper and his V of inappropriateness against using sweeteners, even artificial ones? What if you happen to be like me and think that black coffee (or even coffee with just milk or cream) tastes like ass? Then what? Oh no. OH NO, NO, NO. This will not do at ALL, Mr. Bob Hitlerarper.

Haha, I'm a lazy, indoors-y type, too, so believe me, I have sympathy for you. Again, I hope you have fun! Good luck on the runs and hikes and outdoors stuff, and DON'T fall off any cliffs! ♥ LOVE YOU!
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it? Aw thank you bb. He is definitely the right man for me, that's for sure! We have our challenges, but I like it that way. ;p

Thank you! I am really happy. Lol, the February 2011 calendar, ugh. It's taunting me! Hopefully June 2012 will look similar...I know tomorrow will be a red day (date night, which I'm OK with), June 30 will be a red day (same; it's Beth's wedding), but other than that, I'm pretty solid! Hopefully. I have a couple work outings but I can plan for those.

GURL, GET ON IT! The easiest way is to:

1. Cut it in half lengthways.
2. Scoop out the seeds (like you would a pumpkin).
3. Place rind-side up on a microwavable plate.
4. Cook for 6-8 minutes.
5. Let cool about 10 minutes.
6. Take a fork and start digging the flesh out - it comes out like noodles!

I make it with the olive oil and spices, or you can add spaghetti sauce or whatever you want. I love ittt!

Yeah, definitely not giving up the coffee Stevia, lol. I can't do it. I needs it. He doesn't like artificial sweeteners because of the additives and chemicals, but he warns against even Stevia because his goal in the book is to get you away from being accustomed to having that sweet taste in everything. Which I can understand, but um...yeah. No, Bob. Take for V elsewhere with that mess.

I am happy to say I didn't fall off any cliffs, even though I did fall and bust my ass on the trail once, coming down. We were trying to get down quickly with a cold/windy atmosphere and a crying baby, and there were a lot of little pebbles all around. Fail. My tailbone doesn't hurt anymore though, so win!
Jun. 1st, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
DEFINITELY going to try it! I'll be bookmarking this comment to come back to it later. I go grocery shopping again on Monday, so I'll pick one up then.

Um, I don't use sweeteners on my potato chips. ...does that count? Oh, Bob and your unrealistic ideals for us all. What world are you living in, Bob and your V?

I'm glad you didn't fall off any cliffs! Ouch about the tailbone, though! D: AND ugh at the crying baby. It sounds like you got in a pretty amazing workout, though, with some spectacular scenery.
Jun. 1st, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)

LOL right!? He cray. I know what he's trying to say, but I feel like I have things under control enough to use Stevia.

Thanks! Yeah I really did. It was fun!
May. 24th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for the loss and aww at Josh being protective. :) He kind of was like security!

What does Bob say about Stevia? Come on! Let us live a little!!!! haha.

Have a fun trip!
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Right? And even afterward, he was all, "UGH, I should've gotten in the elevator with you!" So sweet. I'm lucky to have him looking out for me.

Sorry for the copy/paste from above: Bob doesn't like artificial sweeteners because of the additives and chemicals, but he warns against even Stevia because his goal in the book is to get you away from being accustomed to having that sweet taste in everything. Which I can understand, but um...yeah. No.
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May. 24th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Okay the description of the plane ride makes me giggle. Go Jesse!
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Jun. 1st, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
LOL love how stories get skewed over time!
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You're definitely right. I have been yo-yoing like crazy every week, so a gradual loss is fine as long as it's consistent with that downward direction. :p I know, he's a great dude. Always looking out for me in every way.

Ugh giiirrrrrl I would have peed myself, literally. I hear that if anything is going to happen, it usually happens within the first 10 seconds of flying, so I always count to 30 before I start to truly calm down so um, yeeeah I would have screamed. D: Sorry you went through that!
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Jun. 1st, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
Er... :x No. I'm sure I'll have quite the early-morning story come next weekend though, lol...yay for the start of Galloway training season?
May. 24th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the loss! And yay! 6 weeks until you are within walking distance and have no excuse to get your butt out of bed to come run with me in the mornings ;) I promise it will be worth it as you become an amazing runner (*points to my amazing track workout from today, brought to you by consistency =P http://kitzzyfit.blogspot.com/2012/05/surprise-at-track.html)
May. 24th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I never get tired of Aristotle "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Ooooh I want to pin this. /nerd
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :p

Consistency is overrated...haha j/k, I hope I can become that morning runner. Great job on that workout, wow - I don't think I'll be ready for your group for a little while, lol, but hopefully after a bit.
May. 24th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Also, I just noticed your subject line. I don't know if it's a reference to something, but it made me think of ..

Tell me how I'm supposed to blog with no air.
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Rachel, what would I do without you in my life?
May. 24th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hooray loser! ;-)
and a very well done Josh. There are some freaky, freaky people in the world, circling the wagons when you get a bad vibe is just smart and the right thing to do.

Turkey. Bacon. I don't understand.

Honestly, these days, I don't have a whole lot of time for Bob Harper. I just deleted a paragraph or so of me going on at length because if you find something useful out of him, that's great!

Hopefully some of the love of the very big room will rub off. That's gotta add an extra layer of difficulty to the serious running. So, if you just reach the point where you make peace with the time and it's just a thing you do. That's a win.
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Weee thanks! I'm stoked! And yeah, he's a great dude. I have always felt safe and secure with him, and I doubt that will ever change! Unless he becomes a zombie, which is apparently a distinct possibility now...

LOL it's not as delicious as real bacon (let's face it though, not much is), but it's pretty darn close IMO. And better for ya. ;p

Aw you can vent about Bob to me! I like hearing all sides of everything, really. It's good to put things in perspective using opinions from people who have been successful and whom I respect so please, go on!

Very big room? You mean the running group? I'm lost, lol. Then again I haven't visited this entry for over a week and am too lazy to really re-read it, so I apologize. xD Very true though. Thank you!
May. 25th, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Proud of you for running today! You're motivated and committed and I'm excited for you. :)
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the support, girl. I feel great! How's your bun doing? Are you going to find out the gender beforehand? :o)
May. 28th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Josh wins major boyfriend points on that one! So stinkin' cute!
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ♥ He did make lots of boyfriend points that day, haha! But he banks them most days. ;p Not all, but most. I wonder what our accounts look like next to each other...his is probably much bigger...it's the Slytherin in me. D; Hahaha.

Edited at 2012-06-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
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