This may be a huge mistake, but…

I signed up to run the Indy Mini-Marathon! That’s 13.1 miles. 13.1! Craziness.

My goal right now is to run the entire race, which should be interesting to say the least. 4 miles is the most that I have ever run at one time, but I’m really excited about it.

The race isn’t until May, and I started training a couple of weeks ago.

 

If you follow sister_kristian on Instagram, you’ll be able to see more updates.

If this doesn’t turn me into a runner, then I don’t know what will!

I hope you have a good day, friends!

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Five on Friday 3.4.16

Joining in with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday today!

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Since I officially booked our engagement pictures with Tessa (so excited!), it’s time to get serious about a wedding budget. I am typically a spreadsheet type of gal, but this option is just so much prettier…also, a little overwhelming.

TWO

I may be late to this train, but I have absolutely fallen in love with Biscoff cookie spread. Please tell me you’ve tried it. If not, you’re missing out. Although I’d love to just scoop some out and eat it, it’s not nearly as satisfying as using it as a topping. Same cookie taste, more food. I’ve used it on top of protein pancakes, popcorn, and in yogurt. My favorite combo is definitely the yogurt though. Holy goodness, and it’s only 170 calories (5.5f, 17.5c, 12.5p). Perfection.

THREE

On repeat this week: Aloe Blacc. Seriously, check him out. My current favorite is “I Need a Dollar” from his Good Things album. That will probably change tomorrow though. He’s just that good!

FOUR

Pacers

Since March has arrived, I’m beginning to feel the craziness that is March Madness. Personally, I am not a college sports fan. Pacers all the way, baby.

FIVE
I’m still chugging along with IIFYM. Check out this post if you’re wondering what the heck that means. I do catch myself wanting to check the scale every single day because I’m just so excited to see what has changed! I’ve only weighed myself three times since last Friday. That’s not too bad, right? Better than every day. Progress people.I have resisted checking my measurements (except for once – and I only measured my stomach – so it doesn’t count), and I’m going to continue waiting until it’s been two weeks since starting IIFYM per Poppy Locks’ suggestion.

Have a great weekend!

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IIFYM

I’m trying something new, or rather, adjusting what I have been doing. I know what you’re probably thinking. “You’re trying something else? You always start things and never finish them.” You’d be right, but I can only tell you that this time is different.

I’ve been consistently counting my calories using the Lose It! app for about five months now, and I’ve lost about 10 pounds so far.

My last two sets of progress pictures. Not too many differences, except on the scale.

Over the last couple of months though, I’ve been losing and gaining the same two or three pounds. I needed to change something up. I’ve read such great things about the flexibility that comes with counting macros over straight calories, so I decided to try it out. Poppy Locks calculated my macros for me, and I officially started using IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) last Friday.

So far, I am absolutely loving it. It takes so much more planning than I am used to, but it’s almost fun to see how I can play with my macros to get the best meals possible. After only a few days, I already feel better. I’ll update in a couple of weeks to let you know if it’s actually helping me lose weight or inches!

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Workout Wednesday 1.13.16

Since joining my gym last August, I have found it to be much easier to get to the gym for a workout. Spending money is apparently very motivating!

Here is what I’ve done over the past week.

Wednesday 1/6: 55 minutes incline walking on treadmill
Thursday 1/7: Rest
Friday 1/8: 45 minutes walking on treadmill
Saturday 1/9: 45 minutes on treadmill (Couch to 10k Week 1 Day 1)
Sunday 1/10: 45 minutes (11 miles) on stationary bike
Monday 1/11: 45 minutes incline walking on treadmill
Tuesday 1/12: 47 minutes on treadmill (Couch to 10k Week 1 Day 2)

My goal for the next week is to add in some weights at least twice.

How did you workout over the past week?

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2 Year No Pop-iversary!

Whenever I’m feeling not so motivated, it’s helpful to look back on some of the positive changes that I’ve made. Although it doesn’t seem like it at the time, the little things really do start to add up. So today I would like to celebrate my 2 year no pop-iversary! I have not had pop since New Year’s Eve 2013.

And yes, this is the Midwest. It’s pop, not soda.

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Before I lost the weight the first time, I was drinking as many as five or six cans of Diet Mountain Dew every day. I quit drinking pop, and it immediately jump-started my weight loss. During my undergrad when my weight came creeping back, drinking pop was a major reason why. So I decided to give it up once again, and I honestly don’t even miss it anymore. I drink La Croix now (lemon and lime are currently my favorites!), and it really helps with the carbonation cravings.

If you’re thinking about cutting down or cutting out pop, try it for a week and see how you feel. I felt much better, and you probably will too!

Happy Monday!

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Throwback Thursday: Turkey Trot Edition

Since I told you about the races that I’ll be participating in this year, it seemed only right to throw it back to a race from last year. In true Kristian fashion, I forgot to share it when it actually happened. Oh well.

I’ve always heard about races that happen on Thanksgiving, but I had never given a thought to doing one. Thanksgiving is obviously about the food, and I had no intention of interrupting stuff-my-face time with exercise of all things. More importantly, if past years are any indication, I would freeze my ass off. Thank you, Indiana. I don’t know what got into me, but Potter and I decided to give it a try last year!

Before

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It's coldddddddd

 I was pretty nervous. It wasn’t my first race, but I hadn’t run in probably over a month at that point. Oops. It was also really cold. No surprise there.

After

IMG_3142I ended up running the entire race! I felt seriously awesome, and the holiday was so much more enjoyable because of it. I think this will be a yearly thing now!

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Upcoming Races 2015

Since it’s (hopefully) going to start warming up here in Indiana, I thought I’d share the races that I’ve signed up for already this year.

Coming up pretty soon, I have the Shamrock Shuffle 5K.

I’m really looking forward to this one because it’s back at Ball State (chirp, chirp!), and I’ll be running it with Potter and both of my brothers. Plus, I get a free beer at Scotty’s after the race. Um, yes please.

Next, I have the Muncie Mini Marathon 10K in September.

I’m really excited about this one too because this is where I ran my first 5K. Instead of doing another 5K, I’ll be doing the 10K. I was disappointed in how I did during my first 10k last fall, so my goal is to improve for this one!

What races are you running in this year?

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I quit Weight Watchers.

I thought about coming up with a more creative title for this post, but then I figured, hell, let’s get right to the point with it (which is not how the rest of this is going to be, just FYI).

Recently, I’ve been feeling unhappy with my eating. Let’s be real here, I’m rarely happy with all of my food choices. This was something bigger than having that extra cookie or drinking another glass of wine though. I am an emotional eater.

Rough day at work? Let’s dive into the chips.
Celebrating something? Cookies for everyone!
Stressed?
Sad?
Lonely?
Bored?

Name an emotion, and I’ve probably used it (consciously or not) as a reason to eat. I’m tired of it. Luckily, I stumbled upon this.

Reading the summary, I immediately felt a connection. Two days later, I had the book in my hands (thank you, Amazon Prime), and it is amazing. I haven’t even finished it yet, and I know that this is the tool for me to use to shape the rest of my life. That’s how good it is.The concept is simple. Eat what you want when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re satisfied. Novel idea, right? Not really, but her writing speaks to me. It sounds weird, but it just makes sense.

Now you may be wondering where Weight Watchers fits into this. The truth? It doesn’t. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. When I stuck to it, it worked. I lost weight, but it wasn’t teaching me anything that I’m going to use forever. I have no intention of tracking every single thing I eat for the rest of my life, and I certainly don’t want to pay for it. It may work for some people, but that’s just not how I want to live.

Honestly, I thought long and hard about continuing to pay for Weight Watchers until I was sure that I could go without and still be successful. I actually hovered over the cancel button for a few minutes, still deciding whether or not I could do it. Then something came to me. If I leave myself something to fall back on, I’m allowing myself an out. I don’t need one though. This is what I want, and this is how I want to live. Have I been perfect so far? Absolutely not. I have started to understand myself. I am more at peace with food than I can ever remember being, which is worth more than I could’ve imagined.

This is not a sponsored post. I just really freaking love this book.

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2015 Goals

I think a month and a half is an appropriate amount of time to wait to write a post. Am I right? It’s not like this post has anything at all to do with time…oops.

2015 GoalsNormally, I’m not a resolution type of gal, mostly because I have the same resolutions every. freaking. year. Lose weight! Keep it off! Feel awesome! Eh, not so much. Broad goals like those generally don’t work for me, and they especially don’t work when I’m literally supposed to change overnight. The more specific a goal, the better I do.

I have both life- and health-related goals, but I’ll only be sharing the health-related ones. I’m assuming no one cares how many times I floss per week. Just FYI, I know that’s health-related. Dental health is an indication of overall health and all that jazz. You know what I’m getting at.

2015 Health Goals

You may be wondering why I don’t have a specific pound-related goal, and I did that completely on purpose. I’m honestly not interested in how much I weigh. I do, of course, have an ultimate goal number in mind, but that’s mostly because I know where I’ve been before and that I look/feel good at that number. The number on the scale may not be everything, but let’s not kid ourselves, it is something. I just don’t want to set myself up for failure. If I feel good about the progress I’ve made and have achieved all of my other goals, I don’t want that stupid number to make me feel like I haven’t accomplished everything I set out to do.

Since it is the middle of February, I’ve had quite a bit of time to start working on these goals. Watch for updates soon!

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I’m still alive!

I promise, I’m here! Just doing the virtual drop-in to tell anyone who may still care that I am, indeed, still alive and kicking.

I took some time off to enjoy the holidays and my anniversary with Portage (5 years, what?!). The holidays were wonderful and filled with my favorite people and foods. What more could I ask for? I do actually have proof that I spend time with people. One. And he kinda doesn’t count. (Love you anyway!)

Christmas 2014 - Potter and meI wasn’t overly concerned with the scale during the holidays because I really wanted to enjoy them. Did I faceplant into the cookie dough like I really wanted to? No. Did I eat cookies? Hell yes. It was glorious. I am not ashamed.

Other than that, I’ve been working. and working. That’s about it.

My new goal is to post at least once a week this year, and I’m going strong at a solid 1/3 weeks so far. Awesome.

Look for some updates on some of my other goals for the new year as well as a race (or 2 – ahhhh!) that I may be doing.

Peace out homies.

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