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!



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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I’m pretty confident in saying that 2015 has been the best year of my life so far.

I got engaged to the best man I could have ever asked for and celebrated six years together.


I started graduate school and completed two semesters.

I ran a 5k.

Shamrock Shuffle

I was a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding.

Ashtyne's wedding.jpg

I paid off my undergrad student loan.

I made some amazing new friends.

Grad School Friends

If 2016 is anything like 2015, then I am in for quite a year.

Happy New Year!

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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!



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.


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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Chocoholic Frolic 10k…I survived.

Remember when I lost my mind and signed up to do a 10k? You probably don’t because I haven’t reminded you on purpose. Believe me, until about two weeks ago, I wasn’t reminding myself either. I thought I should probably at least start walking a few miles during the days leading up to the race, so that’s what I did. I didn’t run very often, and when I did, it wasn’t for more than a mile at a time. Why did I think I could pull running 6 miles out of my ass come race day? Who knows. I had that goal until I actually got there, and then I decided that finishing was enough for me. 6.2 miles is 6.2 miles no matter how long it takes you. Here are a few pictures from the race weekend!

One of my favorite quotes from the expo/race


Before the raceIMG_2865-1At the start line


IMG_-1After…tomato face anyone?

IMG_2858-1Our rewards


IMG_2859-1My official time was 1:19:39 (12:50 pace), and I am perfectly fine with that.

IMG_2860-1I’m not too impressed with how the GPS worked through my RunKeeper app though. I promise I did the entire 6.2 miles!

Overall, I don’t think I would do this race again. The course consisted of two laps around the fairgrounds, which did not provide much in the way of scenery. So boring. I was also upset because they only had one water station set up, which meant two water stops total. When I did my 5k, I had at least two water stations for half the mileage. Not cool. I was also extremely underwhelmed by the chocolate portion of the Chocoholic Frolic. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t a disgusting candy bar and a couple tablespoons of melted chocolate (which I didn’t even eat). I was expecting it to be completely awesome, and it was way disappointing. Not impressed at all. If I didn’t get to spend the time with my mom, it would’ve been way worse. I’m so proud of her for doing it with me!

The crazy thing is that I think I’m going to sign up for another 10k. Shocking, I know. I just can’t stomach never being able to run it completely. If I actually train this time, I know I can be better.

What do you think? Have I completely lost my mind?

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Non-Scale Victories 07/10/14

I absolutely love linking up on a Thursday for Non-Scale Victories. It’s my very favorite thing to post because although the scale might not be very nice to you, something else can be going right. It is impossible to get everything right all the time, and this space allows me to celebrate those moments or accomplishments, big or small, that are often overshadowed by all of the negative things that we see or do.

For example, if you read about my weigh-in from yesterday, I talked about how I switched scales and wasn’t sure if the 2.6 pounds it said I had gained was accurate. Update on that story – I got a new battery for my scale and checked the differences between the two. As it turns out, my scale weighs me a pound heavier than the other scale. So I actually gained 3.6 POUNDS IN A FREAKING WEEK. Disappointment in myself is the understatement of the century. I didn’t even know it was possible to gain that much weight in a week, but apparently, it is.

Talking with my mom though, she really made me believe that the scale isn’t a fully accurate portrayal of our behaviors. I drink quite a bit of water (admittedly, not as much as I probably should), and my sodium intake isn’t even on my radar right now. Both of those things could seriously contribute to that number. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making excuses. I’ve eaten like crap more often than not during the past two weeks, and I definitely haven’t been consistent with my exercising. I’ve been participating in this link-up off and on for quite awhile now, and I think I’m just now really starting to understand the meaning behind it and how I can incorporate it into my life. The scale does not define me. If I make the best choices that I can most of the time, the scale will eventually reflect those positive behaviors. I supposed that could be considered a non-scale victory in itself, but I do have another – an update on my 10k training!

Last time I talked about my training, I had completed the first two days of the Couch to 10k training. As of now, I’ve finished through Week 5!

10K Training CollageI know that’s a little overwhelming, but I definitely need the proof that I’ve completed the day. If you’re looking closely (or can read it – oops), you might notice that there are a couple of days that are missing. That would be because I’m crazy.

Training Calendar

As you can see from my calendar, there are a couple of times that I went for a few days without training, which put me behind a little bit. The first half of the program is the same as Couch to 5k, which I’ve done before, so I didn’t think it would be a problem to skip ahead a little bit. I could handle it, right? Well, the day that I settled on just happens to be the end of Week 5…where they randomly throw a 20-minute-straight run at you. The week before you run for no more than 5 minutes at a time, and the week after is no more than 8 minutes. I normally don’t like to challenge myself like that, but my mom really inspired me. She’s running the race with me, and her thought was, “20 minutes? No problem if we do that together.” Well, she was right…about one part anyway. I did actually run the entire 20 minutes, without stopping once, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a walk in the park. That came after.


My knees hurt…my legs hurt…I didn’t have my music…it was hot… all excuses that I was telling myself the entire time I was running. How did I keep going? Honestly, I’m really not sure, but I hope I can keep that strength going through the rest of my training.

IMG_2554Then this happened. I wasn’t lying – my knees really did hurt. Frozen produce for the win. No worries, they feel much better now. I do think new running shoes are on the horizon though. We’ll see how they do when I start Week 6 later today.

What are your non-scale victories?


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I’m getting old.

As I was reminded earlier this week, I’m getting old. 22 is only 8 years away from 30, which is close to 40, which is basically middle-aged, which means my life is basically over. Not my logic, but I’m running with it. Since I, apparently, don’t have that much time left, here are some of the things that are on my life list. I prefer life list to bucket list because it’s much less depressing. I also wasn’t a fan of the movie.

Numero uno: Go to Disney World.
Yes, it’s true. I’m 22, and I’ve never been to Disney World or Disneyland. The closest I’ve ever come to anything remotely Disney is the mountain of old VHS tapes hidden in a cabinet somewhere and an off-Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast when I was like five. More like off-off-Broadway. It was in Cincinnati – not exactly a musical hub.

Numero dos: Run a half-marathon.
Originally, I typed marathon. Then I decided that even I have to be a tad bit realistic with my life goals or I’ll never actually get anything done. Since I’m not a particularly good (or let’s face it, consistent) runner, I’m honestly not sure this will actually happen. I mostly just want that stupid sticker on my car.

Numero tres: Visit every country in the world.
Here’s the big one. The one that I would need a million dollars and a few years of vacation to accomplish. This goal started with wanting to visit every continent in the world, but then I thought, heck, why stop there? There are a few countries that I could do without a lengthy stay (North Korea isn’t particularly appealing, but that might be just me), so a fly-over might have to do.

What are some of your life goals?

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Back on the Binge Wagon: Non-Scale Victories 06/12/14

Originally, I wasn’t going to talk about this. Keep it a strictly celebratory post and just move on. That wouldn’t be real though, and above all else, that is what I hope to achieve here.

I’ve started doing my weigh-ins on Saturdays again. It gives me more time to sleep during the week and allows me the extra time to take my measurements and progress pictures. It also gives me more reason to stick to my plan on Friday night, which is always one of my biggest problems.

My weigh-in was awesome (11 pounds down!), and I was feeling really good about it. I thought that my success would help me stay on track for the rest of the weekend. Why would I do anything to derail the progress that I’ve been making these past couple of weeks?

Instead, I celebrated this milestone, in true Kristian fashion, with eating. Back on the Binge Wagon I go. Saturday night and Sunday were ridiculous. All of the leftover stuff from the open house last weekend? Yep, mine. Frozen pizza? Mine. Wine? Absolutely.

Like every binge, I felt really good when I was doing it. Followed closely by guilt and disgust. Did that stop me? Nope.

Where does the non-scale victory come in? Even though it started on Saturday and continued into Sunday, I stopped eating ridiculously on Sunday night. My brain finally started working and was able to say no. Even with the Johnny Rocket’s kid’s meal that I ate on Tuesday, I’ve been able to stay within my daily points every day this week. It’s a small victory but a victory nonetheless.

Onto something happier though – since last week’s post, I’ve officially completed Week 1 of Couch to 10k as well as the first day of the second week! I’m having issues with my phone though, so no pictures as proof. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Since I can’t use the app on my phone either, I’m planning to bike until Saturday when I should (hopefully) have my phone back. Then it’s back to training like normal!

Just because I needed it today.

Be yourself

Linking up with KTJ for non-scale victories!


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