Celebrate the good, goals

November 1st! Winter goals!

Winter months have always been tough on me, and with the days getting even shorter this weekend I am soaking up every ray of sunshine I can get. Today it’s 75 degrees out and It’s November 1st, so I will be outside planting some lilies a coworker gave me, and hope to get a couple miles in with my mini before dark.

Pic from Pinterest

Because winter months have been hard for me, I thought I’d make a list of some “winter goals,” so here they are in no particular order:

  1. Take one day at a time. The holidays are going to be hard without my husband, but we WILL get through it.
  2. Drink all things peppermint. Because isn’t that one of the best things about winter?
  3. Wear all the boots. I love boots, leggings/tights with cute tops or dresses.
  4. Continue to run at least 2 days per week on the treadmill and TRY to get outside weather permitting for 1 day.
  5. Yoga, at least once per week…I suck at sticking to this goal so I’ll keep putting it out there to keep me accountable.
  6. Continue to strength train, and ramp up the weight workouts. I love muscles LOL.
  7. Watch my diet and caloric intake. We are having a “Biggest loser” challenge at work for the next six weeks and I’d LOVE to lose a few more lbs before my hubby gets home next year.
  8. Track my food on MyFitnesspal. EVERY day…not just when it’s convenient. Follow my progress if you use MFP, I am chelled73.
  9. Cook more food…I’ve been taking the easy way out for a while, so last week I made this yummy beef stew in my crock pot. 2 cups of red wine, 4 cups of water, 2 lbs. of cubed sirloin steak, 2 sweet potatoes cubed, one onion sliced, 2 carrots cut into ¼ inch disks, 3 cloves of garlic minced, dash of Worcestershire sauce, 1 packet of onion soup mix, salt, pepper and a bay leave—throw it in your crock pot on high for 4 hours. I DID season the steak with salt and pepper generously and set aside while I was chopping the vegetables.beefstew
  10. Call/text my parents more. At least twice a week…I miss them very much and we only see each other 2-3 times per year so I need to be better about communicating with them.
  11. Celebrate the good things, every, darn day…be it a good conversation with my teen, or a load of laundry I actually PUT AWAY right away after folding…#celebratethegood
  12. Continue to work towards my goals of moving back south (we moved to the Chicagoland area after I retired from the Air Force in 2011, we previously lived in Texas), and with that, LOOKIE LOOKIE what came in the mail last night?license
  13. And ultimately, keep movin’ forward…because isn’t that what life is all about?!


How do you keep busy during winter months? What’s your favorite thing about winter minus the holidays themselves? Tell me something good!




marathon training

Shocking revelations..

Preface: This post is to hold me accountable.  I am by no means a nutrition expert or health care provider.  I am just trying something that I know has worked for me in the past.  Discipline. 

You’ve heard me discuss before about my disdain with the numbers that show up on the scale each week, and several times I decided this was it, those TEN lbs were going bye bye…

Yet just as quickly as I decided I was going to do about something about the “oh you’re 40 now, and can’t just eat whatever you want” weight, I found myself having late night snacks or splurging at the taco bar at work…I’m a distance runner, and am constantly hungry.  Normal, right?


Sure…but if I am going to snack, I need to find healthier alternatives than handfuls of pita chips loaded with roasted red pepper hummus.  A little hummus=good fat.  An entire container of hummus=bad choice fat.

My clothes were all feeling tighter, and despite the fact I know that SOME of it is muscle (my legs), a lot of the weight well, ISN’T muscle…my every growing gut tells me so, daily.

But I didn’t truly realize it, until I saw the free race photos we could download from the half marathon I just ran.  I was super excited to see the pictures after seeing several friends post their pictures online, until of course, I viewed my photo.  Upon viewing said photo, I was appalled.  And I may or may not have lowered my head in shame.

I haven’t weighed what I weigh right now since the following months after my second daughter was born.  And I need to stop using my age as an excuse.

So this week, I’ve shut down my previous ways of thinking, and am restarting my system.  I’ve been making my own lunches, snacks, and a protein shake to start my day.  I’ve been tracking all of my food in My Fitness Pal, and exercising daily.  I’ve limited snacks at night (Ok, last night I DID cheat with a piece of Italian salami, YUM), and making sure I am in bed by 11 pm which gives me 6-7 hours of sleep (still working on the sleep issues but its been better, at least).  I’ve also been trading pasta and rice for veggie noodles instead.

Pic cred: Pinterest
Pic cred: Pinterest

I can feel the toll this extra weight is causing my running/knees and it’s time.

“It’s only 10 lbs.,” I hear so often…”You look great!” everyone says.  But 10 lbs is A LOT on a smaller framed person and I don’t feel great about myself right now.

3 days in, and I’m down 1 lb…praying this is the road to a positive change.

Just because I am a distance runner and a Chef wanna-be, doesn’t mean I can EAT. ALL. THE. FOOD.


Put the fork down, Michelle.

How do you control cravings?  Any good go-to healthy snacks?

Thanks, y’all!  Keep Movin’ forward!

❤ Michelle