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Brain Vomit

This post is going to be a series of randomly unrelated bits of information and housekeeping.  They all need to be posted sooner rather than later.  I don’t feel like blowing up your reader with multiple posts tomorrow, and it’s unlikely I’ll managed to get it together for separate posts throughout the week.


  1. Did you read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as part of the Healthy Living Blogs book club?  (It’s one of my favorite books ever though I haven’t actually finished my re-reading yet.)  Did you skip the book but still want to see the new Oz: The Great and Powerful movie?  Do you live in Chicago? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you’re in luck because I’m the planning partner for the Chicago movie meet-up!  The event is tentatively planned for Sunday, March 10th at the AMC River East theater.  Showtimes haven’t been released that far out yet, but if you’re interested send me an email runninginchucks @ gmail.com.  I’d love to find a time that works for as many people as possible!
  2. I won my DietBet!  My final weigh-out was 157.8lbs.  I exceeded my goal by 1.2lbs, and that was two days into vacation too!  I’m extremely proud of myself and plan to join another one for the month of March.  Apparently with a little hard work and dedication I actually CAN lose weight!
  3. I know I punked out on the last half of my road trip posts.  Tuesday we were at the Grand Canyon and Sedona and the pictures from my phone don’t even begin to do the sights we saw justice.  Wednesday (Day 5) was spent loafing around my friend’s house so there weren’t any pictures taken!  I didn’t get a post up on Day 6 because we had crappy cell coverage through the mountainous back-roads between Arizona and New Mexico then we spent some quality time with my aunt and uncle.  By that point it was just the return trip home, and I figured I’d just blog recaps with the good pictures from my camera.  I have over 550 pictures so don’t worry, there’s plenty to see.
  4. If you’re interested in running the Chicago Pretty Muddy race with me, the early registration discount ends on March 1st.  This means the pricing is increasing $10!  Hurry up and register now!  If you want to join me team (and I suggest you do.  I’m thinking there will be tu-tus involved!) the team name is Muddy Girls Do It Better.
  5. Getting back into the healthy living groove post-vacation has been surprisingly easy this time around.  I’m chalking it up to my attempt to at least try to be healthy on this trip.  It definitely got rough near the end – exhaustion and being sick and tired of baby carrots lead to failed workout attempts (at least I tried right?) and a few fast food meals (which I mostly did actually track!), but all in all, I feel really good about how well I did staying on track during vacation.  I was only actually up two pounds as Monday morning.

A Healthy Road Trip?

In case my mentions of going on vacation and “by Camera Phone” posts haven’t given it away, I am currently on vacation.  We decided to take a road trip to Phoenix to visit some family in New Mexico and a college roommate of mine in Phoenix.  While I was/ am crazy excited to see a lot of places I’ve never been before – Memphis, my aunt and uncle’s digs, the Grand Freaking Canyon! – I am not super excited about the potential to gain back the 7lbs I’ve worked so very hard to lose over the last month. Plus my official DietBet weigh-out was two days into the trip, and I was not willing to give up my winnings due to poor timing!  

But let’s face it, road trips?  They’re not exactly known to be the healthiest vacation ever.  Sitting on my ass in the car for hours on end.  Eating meal after meal at restaurants, fast food joints, or worse, gas stations.  So in attempt to limit road trip weight gain, I actually approached this trip with a plan.

So what is my game plan you ask.  Well, first up – snacks and meals on the road. Before we left we took a trip to Costco and stocked up on (mostly pre-portioned) healthy snacks. We packed a cooler and grocery bag with water, a 5lb bag of baby carrots, a case of 2oz bags of pretzel crisps, single servings of hummus, cheese and trail mix that I pre-portioned into single servings before we left, some packets of instant oatmeal, a jar of peanut butter, bananas, and some Chobani.

The plan was to keep breakfasts and lunches as healthy and “normal” as possible and let dinner be my splurge. So far, so good.

The second part of the plan was to make sure I was doing some kind of movement every day – either formally working out or just taking 5 – 10 minutes to walk around whenever we stop for gas or potty breaks or food. I also brought my yoga matt with so yoga classes downloaded on it. We also plan on hiking in the Grand Canyon and a few other spots.

Hiking in the Petrified Forest National Park

The final part of my plan was setting a couple goals and a reward. If I worked out at least three times, did yoga twice, and tracked all my eats (all part of my February goals) I’m buying myself cycling shoes. I really want some cycling shoes for soon classes so my.motivation is high.

With any luck, I’ll at least limit the damage I do this week.

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