Shaming yourself into losing weight won’t work.

Trust me – I tried.

When I first started to lose weight I did the whole ‘put pictures of celebrities you’d like to look like on your fridge’ thing. You know what that did? Made me feel like shit every time I opened the door to grab something to eat. Trying to equate food = feeling bad may seem like an effective weight loss technique at first, but it will soon backfire.

If you want to initiate lifelong weight loss then you need to start it from a more positive, loving place. I’ve managed to keep 50 pounds off for about 5 years now because I realized I need to lose weight because I love myself, not because I hate myself.

In that spirit I’ve decided to re-open my Etsy shop and indulge in one of my two favorite activities (1) cross-stitching with Salem on my lap and (2) trying to help motivate other’s to reach their health and fitness goals.


All of the frames I use are from thrift stores and have been repainted by yours truly. This one in lime green I’m not listing since I screwed up the heart and left little holes around it. I may try to fix it and list it later. I love that phrase!


I love the idea of sitting this one next to your alarm clock so when you get up in the morning thinking you can’t possible get out of bed to workout you have a reminder telling you otherwise!

IMG_7640Imagine what it would do to your psyche or subconsciousness to see one of these phrases multiple times a day. I’ve had them laying around the house for a few days now and it’s such a awesome, positive reminder to be healthy and happy! I’m so excited to be back on Etsy and have a creative outlet again. Be sure to bookmark my Etsy shop and check back soon for new items! If you’d like a custom piece made with your favorite quote just email me at

What is your favorite motivational phrase?
What other color combinations should I try? 


Happy Monday!

Or, happy 5 days until the weekend! I hope you all had a relaxing and fun weekend and celebrated with your Mom’s if that was possible. My parents came over to Pensacola on Saturday to celebrate Mothers Day early and before they got here I went for a long run at my new goal LR pace.
2014-05-10 08.04.42I did stop twice on the run around miles 5 and 8. It was 91% humidity out and my HR was pretty high the entire run. It was a struggle to try and stay under 11 minutes at some points, but overall I’m happy with my pace. It’s that part of the year where I’ll be adding electrolyte supplements to my water and taking an Endurolyte for any run over 8 miles.

For Mother’s Day I picked up two small bouquets from Publix to make this arrangement, a cute quote plaque to put on her desk at work, and I gave her a book from my vintage collection. She’s kind of obsessed with everything 1940’s and is redecorating her room in that period.
2014-05-10 09.07.20They came out here to visit some antique shops in Pensacola. We actually have a lot of amazing stores here! How depressing is it when you start seeing toys from your childhood in antique stores? If this Jessie doll would have come with a mini bottle of no-doz I would have had to buy her.
2014-05-10 11.14.44For lunch we went to one of our favorite spots – Roly Poly. I really need to get all the stuff to make this salad at home as it is ridiculously good. Dried cranberries, walnuts, avocado, sundried tomatoes, croutons, mushrooms and blue cheese. Yum!2014-05-10 12.10.04I had to balance out all that healthy crap with some frozen yogurt. I probably go out for this once every 2-3 months so when it happens – it happens big. I went with three yogurt flavors; white chocolate mousse, chocolate, and cake batter. Toppings were m-n-m’s, yellow cake, peanut butter cup crumbles, kit kat crumbles, and cookie dough balls. Bam.2014-05-10 13.50.18After the parents left I ate sushi at home for dinner and watched one of the movies I picked up from the library this week – Hope Floats. I was kind of disappointed in the movie. It was cute, but definitely not great. The sushi made up for it! I walked into the living room Saturday night and saw Salem posed like this. I asked people on Twitter for captions and my favorite was, “paint me like one of your French girls.”
2014-05-10 21.36.35Sunday morning I woke up and went straight to work. My classes start today and I had a few things left to do to get my online class ready. I worked from about 7-9 a.m. before finishing up and getting a workout in before the day got to late. If I don’t exercise in the morning it just doesn’t happen. After that I went to Publix to get groceries for the week. I’ve been buying my groceries on Tuesday, but after reading It Starts With Food last week I’m all gung-ho about trying to eat clean, more diverse fruits and vegetables, and more healthy fats. I’m planning on roasting all the veggies in coconut oil, hard boiling the eggs, and I had to pick up some more protein powder for my ice cream!
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As much as I’m not ready for my semester break to be over I’m excited to get back to work. It’s so hard for me to stay motivated to work when I’m not actually going on campus or teaching. I’m so all or nothing in my life.
2014-05-11 11.10.46-1What are you looking forward to this week? 
When is the last time you’ve done a ‘diet overhaul’?


Workout Wrap UpWorkouts:

Saturday: 7 miles (12 minute pace)

Sunday: Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 + 5k (9:30)

Monday: Booty Barre

Tuesday: 5 miles (9:50)

Wednesday: rest!

Thursday: 5 miles, 8x400s in the middle (at 8 min pace)

Friday: Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack + 5k

After taking last week pretty easy to recovery from the Nashville marathon I’m back to basically my normal non-training routine. My priorities with running are (in order); stay injury free, have fun, get faster. As such my general plan is to cut 15 seconds off my different pace times every 3-4 months. So, before this last marathon my everyday run pace was about 10:15-10:30, and now I’m going to try to keep it right at 10. My LR pace was 10:45-11:15, so I’m going to aim to have that around 10:30-10:45. With the summer heat and humidity already setting in it’s not exactly the best time to try to start running faster, but I’m just going to do what I can and stick to this type of workout schedule until July when I start training for marathon 3.

Monday night Dad drove into town to go to a Blue Wahoo’s game with me. We had a lot of fun and the weather was gorgeous! We each took a selfie.

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Dad also bought this popcorn bowl that comes with $1 REFILLS. Surprisingly we only went through two bowls. We were both having to exercise much restraint. I remember growing up I would make a bag of popcorn almost every night in middle/high school and I know who I got that habit from!2014-05-05 19.10.38This was also my last week off before classes start so I’ve been trying to spend it relaxing and recharging. I’m about halfway through It Starts With Food and I have very mixed feelings toward it. I feel like it goes WAY to into the ‘science-y’ part behind how food effects your system (and if they say ‘science-y’ one more time I’m going to throw the book across the room.) At the same time half of their science-based chapters are spent giving analogies/metaphors for trying to ‘dumb down’ the information for more people to understand and for some reason it’s just rubbing me the wrong way. I also feel like they don’t do a very effective job of explaining why beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts are on their ‘bad’ food list. They did say this was more of a grey area that may be best for people to try out on their own to see how their body responds.

Even with those criticisms the book has me wanting to do a total diet overhaul. This last month my diet hasn’t been very clean. For the two weeks before and after the marathon I kind of used that as an ‘excuse’ to eat way more than I actually needed to, and way more carbs than normal. So, I’m toying with the idea of trying to do the Whole 30 for Vegetarians. I need to finish the book first as I haven’t even read the chapter specifically for vegetarians yet, but overall they advocate just eating REAL food which is my primary goal. 2014-05-06 18.26.08As much as I’ve tried to relax I’m still dealing with flood drama. The insurance guy came out and they gave me a couple hundred dollars to replace the carpets. I took it in somewhere to get an estimate and they said it would be much higher than that, so I’m going to use the money to pay off my credit card (my primary goal for ‘No Money May!’) and I ripped up the carpets myself and will be letting them air dry for a week before I re-install them and clean/detail the interior. 2014-05-06 14.34.08

Since I was able to pay off my card early I went a bit over my $50 budget for the week already. I spent an extra $15 at Fresh Market on sushi and a few other things. I’m still going to do my best to keep spending to only essentials the rest of the month! When I did my budget for May I forgot about mothers day, my Hashimotos medication, and renewing my UWF tag for the next semester, so there went another $125. #Life #PerpetuallyCostingMeMoney

I ran onto campus yesterday to get all my syllabi printed out for my classes that start next week. I’m pretty sure I blinked and my two week vacation was over. I’m teaching one online class, one night class 2x a week, and a day class 2x a week. So, I still get three day weekends and I’m still going to look for a part time job that can work around my teaching schedule. I have more goals and plans then I have $$ and I need to do whatever I can to change that!
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Check out the sunrise from my run yesterday. Who wants to come down and visit? Well, don’t come this week as we are under ANOTHER flood advisory today and tomorrow! The sandbags are already out around my place and I’ll probably be up all night Friday rocking back and forth on my bed trying not to have a nervous breakdown. Or, I’ll just get all my shit up off the floor, and make a huge bowl of popcorn and watched Full House. I like that option better.
2014-05-08 06.05.25Assuming it doesn’t rain all weekend I’m hoping to go for an 8 mile LR and my new LR pace. Mom and Dad are going to come out Saturday to go antiquing as an early Mother’s Day celebration. Add in a trip to the library for some new movies and books and it looks like I’ve got a pretty splendid weekend ahead.

What are your plans for the weekend?
Are you doing anything to celebrate Mothers Day?