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I am a former career girl and am now a stay-at-home-mom to 2 amazing little girls. Exercise and "dieting" have never been easy for me. But now more than ever, I am determined to adhere to a more active, healthy lifestyle. I am not dieting - just making smarter, more natural food choices. I want to set a great example for my girls. I starting running last year with the Couch-to-5K running program. I've lost over 35 pounds since last year and I want to lose 60 more. I completed my first race (a 5K) in October and I running a 10K by this summer. My long-term goal is ultimately to run a half-marathon in 2012. I've created this blog to put it all out there and most of all - to keep me honest. I include a tested recipe & inspiring workout song on each post. I am also hoping to inspire and be inspired by you! I would love for you to join me for this journey and become an official follower of this blog!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Slippery Scale

Ahhhhh.... the scale.

Isn't it funny that sometimes you can be almost obsessive about the scale - weighing yourself multiple times a day, and other times you can avoid it for a month. 

I weigh myself once a day (sometimes more) when I am eating healthy, working out consistently and I really look forward to it. 

Now that the consistent workouts have subsided until my calf muscle is healed (a few more weeks of physical therapy and I will be back up and running!)..... I avoid the scale like the plague.  I haven't weighed myself in around 2 weeks. I am terrified to!

Logic says when you can't workout consistently and want to lose (or even don't want to gain) weight you should eat a very healthy calorie restricted diet. Logic however doesn't hold true for me. Physically I crave higher calorie foods when I am not exercising consistently. I haven't been terrible, but I haven't been great. 

Here's what I am doing this point forward...I am going to weigh myself weekly. No matter if I am working out like a maniac or still on the bench. Every week at the end of each post, I will show my positive or negative results (no matter what... yikes!). 

Next post will be plus or minus my last weight which was -20 from my starting weight in July. Have a great Halloween weekend everyone!

SONG THAT KEPT ME (THINKING ABOUT) RUNNING THIS WEEK: "Raise Your Glass" Pink - can't wait to run to this in a few weeks!
RANDOM TIP OF THE WEEK: If you are having trouble avoiding some of the Halloween candy here's a tip. If you want a piece allow yourself one (a mini one) but make yourself do 10 push-ups after that piece and whenever you have a piece. It might make you think twice about the amount you eat!
THIS WEEK'S RECIPES: Bonus! You get 2 recipes this week since some followers requested a roasted cauliflower recipe :)

1. Bulgar Salad with White Beans & Artichokes
This salad is so delicious. This combined with last week's recipe makes me think that maybe I could be a vegetarian.... that's how good it is! Never a vegan though, as I like cheese and greek yogurt too much. And who I am kidding, I do love a good burger... but this is super delicious nevertheless!

5 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

  • 1 1/4 cups bulgar, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3  cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3  cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4  cup minced red onion
  • 3  tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  (15-ounce) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped


Combine bulgar and 2 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed.
Combine cooked bulgar, mint, and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Approximately 200 calories and 6.5 grams of fat per serving.
2. Roasted Cauliflower with Paprika
I've made roasted cauliflower 3 times over the past few weeks and this was my favorite of the recipes and it's SUPER simple.

1 head of cauliflower, cored and broken into small pieces
1.5 tablespoons of olive oil
1.5 teaspoons of paprika
Course salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread cauliflower on foil. Sprink with oil and paprika; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. NOTE: Toss once. 


  1. Gosh, it is sooo true and nice to know I'm not alone with this! I weigh myself every single morning also when I'm "being good". But when I'm bad, like right now, I'm scared to death of the scale!!!! I won't even step on it until I start that spiral back up again. I HATE this all or nothing mentality! I'm really fighting with myself every day lately and it's not fun. And WHY the heck do we eat crappier when we aren't able to exercise, or just aren't exercising?? For me it's that darn all or nothing attitude. Why when I'm being bad do I be worse? (Work overload so no exercise for a few days now, yet I've eaten gobs of sugar and CRAP crap CRAP!)

    Sounds like its a common pattern that I'm not alone in needing to fix and control.

    Here's to getting on that scale NO MATTER WHAT and finding the balance to live a healthy life.

  2. Scales can be our best friends and worst enemy!