The 80/20 Rule

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by Erica House in Life

With my diet, and my life, I try to abide by the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time I eat well, work super hard and generally ‘do the right thing’, and 20% of the time I eat whatever-the-hell-I-want and am a ridiculously unproductive, lazy sloth-person.

Saturday morning I woke up ready to tackle my long run. I wanted to decide by Sunday if I was registering for the Pensacola half in a month and gave myself one last shot at a 12 miler to see how it felt. I ran one last weekend, and felt pretty good, so I was confident things would go well Saturday. I didn’t realize until I hit mile 6 how well they would go.

I’m not sure exactly what got into me, but this honey  badger ran a half marathon this weekend. For fun.
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Who does that? I just hit 12 miles and felt like pushing it. I totally cried as soon as I was finished. Just a few tears, not full on balled-up-fetal mode. There is nothing greater than being in that moment when you realize you just accomplished something totally epic. Got to admit – I had quite the cock in my walk the rest of the day! Well, when I wasn’t lounging on the couch or falling asleep in the tub soaking in my homemade bath salts.

After I napped so hard I left drool marks on my new sofa I got up and roasted some vegetables. They were supposed to be part of my weekly food prep but they are already gone. #yolo!2013-03-09 14.41.20

I’ve also gone totally overboard drinking tea again this weekend. Up until a few days ago I had never had loose leaf tea before. Pretty surprising if you know what  tea freak I am (and considering I have at least 20+ boxes of tea in my pantry right now – I’m definitely obsessed. ) A few weeks ago I received an email from Christine at Sophia’s Teas asking if I’d like to sample some of her tea to review. I absolutely had to and these three bags arrived at my door within a few days. She was also kind enough to send me a tea filter so I could brew the loose leaf!


I honestly don’t know if I could pick a favorite they were all delicious. The chocolate covered strawberries was not overly sweet, which I love, and it gave me a massive energy boost. The blood orange chamomile was perfect for relaxing at night and the detox blend, pictured below, was the perfect green tea. Green tea usually isn’t my favorite but this was had a nice mild flavor to it that wasn’t overwhelming.

I would absolutely recommend stopping by her site and picking some up! Not only is the tea delicious, and healthy, but you’ll be supporting a small business and an all-around awesome chick!

So, for the 20% of my diet that’s not so clean … I’ve been craving frozen  yogurt for weeks now and I persuaded my family to meet me in Gulf Breeze Saturday night for some yogurt. My brother has been in town for the week and it was nice to see him one more time before he goes back to UF, and even nicer to gorge on ridiculous amounts of sugar. Can you guess which two cups belonged to the kids? (If you can call an almost 26-year-old and 29-year-old ‘kids’.)

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Mine is at the bottom – a delicious mix of chocolate, cake batter and peanut butter yogurt with crushed reeses peanut butter cups, m-n-m’s and butterfinger on top. If you’re gonna go – go big. I was wired after I ate this. Literally. I went with them to walmart after to pick up a few things and I was dancing and walking around punching the air – which for some reason is something I like to do with I’m excited.

The 80/20 rule applies to my finances as well. I’ll be doing a post soon on my budget but I’m pretty strict with my monies. I don’t make a whole lot (think stereotypical teacher salary) and I rarely buy new clothes. I think I’ve purchased 2 shirts in the last 4 months. I have one pair of jeans and one pair of shoes I wear regularly that’s getting holes in the soles. I’ve been wanting to update my wardrobe for Spring and after some great store suggestions on Twitter I spent 5 hours this weekend finally finding some things I loved!


All together I spent just over $200. Part of the reason I don’t spend money on clothes often is because I can’t afford a whole lot, so when I buy something I want it to go with as many things as possible. I end up with a lot of boring crap since things that coordinate the most with each other tend to be neutral and plain. When out this weekend I still tried to get things that would go well with stuff I already own, but definitely had some Spring colors/trends to them.

If anyone cares to know where I got everything from:

Target – both pairs of shoes, the incredible skull studded wristlet, and the 3 shirts on the right.

Dillards – blue scalloped shorts. I hate short shorts and these fit perfectly so I spent a bit more on them than I normally would have ($34)

Cotton On – white sun dress that fits me like a glove. I cannot wait to show this off!

Charlotte Russe – 2 sets of 6 pairs of earrings, so 12 pairs total, for $10!

Francescas – the absolutely incredible blue beaded top. The beaded part is on the back of it and this was definitely my ‘splurge’ item ($38 for a top is a bit of a splurge for me!) I loved the store. It was in the mall but had a high-end boutique feel to it. It’s actually a chain and if they have one near you it’s worth a trip to check out!


It’s been a while since I’ve felt so pretty! I haven’t put much effort into dressing up lately. I think it’s because I’ve been so adverse to the idea of dating so I see no need to draw attention to myself.

I feel that finally starting to change.

After all, Spring is in the air!


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48 Responses

  • Allison says:

    Erica, you are beautiful :) And have such a great outlook on life!

  • Oooh, I’m loving your new spring purchases – especially that clutch. I picked up a few pieces for my spring wardrobe last week – I’m like you, I don’t spend a lot of money on clothing & rarely shop. I’d rather put my dollars towards healthy food.

    • Erica House says:

      I absolutely love investing money more in my food/health than I do material things! The clothes I just bough, while cute, will be ‘out of style’ long before my health fades (hopefully!)

  • Miz says:

    we need to go shopping TOGETHER.

    • Erica House says:

      I’m not sure what inspired me this weekend – usually my tastes are horrible in clothing and I end up looking like some 90’s college drop out.

  • I was also craving froyo, and hit up my favorite place last night– and I had almost the same exact treat as you!! Same 3 flavors, topped with Reese PB cups, rainbow sprinkles, and some granola… Along with a swirl of PB sauce and no sugar chocolate sauce!! So good!! :) (and I also hate shorts)

  • Such a perfect weekend! You go girl! You owned that 13.1. :-)

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! I’m hoping I can come in at 2:20 for the official half next month! That time didn’t reflect the two times I stopped so it was really about 2:25.

      • Believe it or not (and I didnt when it was said to me lol) the adrenaline of the race, the people cheering, the comraderie, etc.- you may just surprise yourself and finish faster then that 2:20!! Which is still a great time in itself! Looking forward to reading your recap.

        • Erica House says:

          I hope that is the case!! When I ran a 9 mile race a few weeks ago I did a bit better than usual so I hope that same increased energy is with me on the day of the half!

  • Holy cow! Congrats on the accidental half marathon– that is awesome!!


    Fro-yo me up! I can’t wait to have some after my competition in June! lol

    • Erica House says:

      Ahhh that’s such a long wait! I’ll do you a favor and have some more for you in April after my first ‘official’ half :)

  • Love that you pushed all the way to 13- way to go!! Tears are completely understandable. :) Congrats!

  • Jodi says:

    Way to go on that run!!! You had a kick ass week with work outs last week, too. You are on fire lately! I had to take a week off due to getting my upper wisdom teeth out but I am about to jump back on the treadmill this morning for an easy 3-4 miles.

    • Erica House says:

      Well … I totally took off yesterday from working out and it looks like I may be doing the same today! This time change (and some LOUD neighbors) has me uber tired today.
      I just had all of my wisdom teeth removed 2 years ago. I called the dentist a scallywag when I was coming to.

  • Kate says:

    Yes! Randomly running more than you initially set out to do is always such an awesome feeling. You’re going to kick that half marathon’s hiney!

  • The 80/20 rule is the best-something I need to incorporate in my life more ESPECIALLY with my budget. I truly enjoy spending money on new workout shoes… that I don’t need!

    Francescas is absolutely amazing! Cute boutique and fairly affordable.

    GREAT run! I can’t wait to find my drive for running again and log some quality miles

    • Erica House says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with Francescas! I couldn’t believe the prices and quality. I asked how often they get new stuff in and after they told me ‘every day’ I made a pact with myself to go back every few weeks just to check it out.

  • Awesome Job on the run… I’m predicting a sub 2:20 in your race..

  • Yay for half marathons! You’re a rock star!! And those clothes are reallyyyy cute. The shoes – love ’em!

  • OMG you ran a half!! Congrats!!

    My half training has totally fallen off track this last week – to be fair I was on vacation – not the greatest excuse, I know.

    I tried to fit in a long run – but I hate treadmills and the only day i felt like I was in the right shape (read: not either drunk or wickidly hungover) we were on the move (I was on a cruise) so half of the track meant running INTO the wind on a moving vessel – that made for a tough run, so I called it at 5k (but was aiming for 11!). Hopefully I can squeeze in a few more runs this week and make up for lost time! Thankfully my half isn’t until May 5th, so I have some time!

    • Erica House says:

      Ummm…I pretty sure being on vacation is one of the best excuses!!

      I absolutely cannot run on treadmills. I get so nauseous it’s ridiculous. I’m sure you will be fine if you still have almost 2 months to train! I’m glad I did the 13.1 this weekend but am looking forward to only running 10k this Saturday for a small local race. My lil ‘ol legs need a break!

  • Helen says:

    Nice run, Erica. 13 miles. Great job! The most I’ve ran at a time is 6 miles.
    As for the 80/20 rule, I totally agree with that. I eat healthy for the most part but I let myself give into cravings once in a while. The froyo looks delish! haha. and I love the new shorts.

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! The shorts are probably the best piece I bought overall as they kind of instantly update all the boring solid colored shirts I already owned from last summer. I’m so excited to wear it all I’m actually looking forward to the warmer weather! (Although I’ll totally take back saying that when I’m trying to run in 100 degree weather soon.)

  • I love those scalloped shorts. I splurge on workout gear since I wear it when I am home with my little one.

  • I totally agree with you on the 80/20 rule! It creates such a nice balance for so many things in life, like you pointed out. :-) Congrats on the half! PS- I am totally in love with that white sun dress!

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! I can’t believe it was only $30. I’ve literally been looking for the perfect white summer dress for years and this one is exactly what I’ve been searching for!

  • Vicki says:

    Congrats on the half! I’m in the midst of training for a 10k, and have been lacking serious motivation lately. BLAH. I need to pull it together, and soon.
    Where do you go for your froyo? I LOVE Red Mango. Damn, now I’ll probably have to get some soon ;) And don’t feel bad about your yummy creation looking juvenile….when I go with Scott (who is almost 38) he covers his in sprinkles, gummy bears and fruity pebbles.

  • You will do great on the half! And your time may surprise you. Good luck and congrats on your “unofficial” half ;) Awesome!

  • Lauren says:

    Well done! Who does that for fun? Runners, that’s who. ;)

  • Valerie says:

    Hi Erica! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now but have been too chicken to post any comments. I just gotta say you are incredibly inspirational and someone I can look up to as I try to figure out my own health journey. I’m nineteen now but I know that stumbling into your blog is helping me figure out this stuff sooner rather than later. Before I get carried away rambling the main reason I’m drawn to your blog is because you have a very authentic and honest vibe, I love that!

    P.S. Which app do you use to track your running?

    • Erica House says:

      Awww don’t ever be to chicken to comment – you have no idea how much each and every one means to me! Thank you for speaking up now and for reading my blog. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like for me to specifically talk about at some point! I use the free version of RunKeeper for running and absolutely love it.

  • Missy says:

    I like the 80/20 rule, I think I am about the same. I work out and exercise, watch what I eat, but I can also be super lazy and eat junk food. The best of both worlds I guess! lol
    I rarely buy new clothes nowadays because I used to buy a ridiculous amount of new clothes and shoes and my credit card suffered for that! I have been working on becoming debt free and now any shopping I do is usually for work out clothes or running shoes… lol I do need some new spring stuff though! Cute finds!

    • Erica House says:

      I made the EPIC mistake of getting into credit card debt as an undergraduate. I was about 4k in when my parents made the ridiculously amazing decision to pay it off for me when I started graduate school. Since then I have never had a balance more than a month on it. It’s SO easy to fall into the debt trap – I’m hoping to write a post on my money tips/budget ideas soon (hopefully tomorrow actually!)

  • jen says:

    congrats on the impromptu half marathon! you have made so much progress with your running! it’s impressive. i totally 100% live by the 80/20 rule!

  • achernandez711 says:

    Hi! I wanted to tell you that I am new to your blog and love it. Your weight loss story is so impressive. Congrats!

    Amanda, RD-