Confessions of a Former Fat Girl

I haven’t posted in a few days because my job finally started this week and I’m still adjusting to the added work hours. I’m serving part time at Savannah’s BBQ in Logan, Utah.  I really like my job and all the people I work with which is a big bonus!


I currently smell like baby-back ribs since I’m still wearing my work shirt!


I took Everett to his 15 month (we are a month and a half late!) check up a few days ago. He weighed in at 22.5 lbs. (15%) and got a clean bill of health. He only had to get 2 shots and I was shocked when he didn’t even cry! It probably had something to do with that sucker in his mouth.

So I have a confession to make. I sort of had a “former fat girl” relapse for the past 2 days. It all started with Everett’s doctor appointment. It was early in the morning right during my usual workout time. For some reason this REALLY threw me off. Rather than working out after the appointment, I just skipped it. Then for the rest of the day I was feeling guilty about my lack of exercise which caused me to make BAD eating choices. When I went to bed that night I vowed to do better the next day. Well that didn’t happen. I skipped another workout and had Lucky Charms for lunch and 2 bowls of ice cream for dinner. NOT GOOD.

I was really feeling bad and I couldn’t figure out why I was falling back into my old habits. I did just start a new job but I wasn’t feeling overly stressed about it. I realized that I am still getting used to my new healthy lifestyle even though it has been 6+ months. It is very easy for me to go back to my old sedentary ways and I need to be careful. I was starting to get comfortable and felt like I had everything figured out. I also think the diet that goes along with Jamie Eason’s program is too rigid for me. It was causing me to become obsessive about my food intake and I don’t want to be that way.

Luckily I got back on track today. I started the day with a 5 mile SLOW run. It was just what I needed to remind me why I swapped out my unhealthy habits. I LOVE having the ability to simply lace up my shoes and go for a 5 mile run. It is honestly something I never thought I could do. Now that I can, it is something I plan to do for the rest of my life. I never want to go back to being overweight again. I enjoy my endorphins and extra energy (not to mention my ‘skinny jeans’) too much to go back.

Today, rather than worrying about macro nutrients and time intervals between my meals, I focused on eating healthy WHOLE foods.


I wasn’t too strict and had half a barbeque hamburger and a few sweet potato fries after my shift today. Smile I have a feeling exercising and eating right will be a lifelong battle for me. It is a battle I am willing to fight because my health and the health of my family is important. I’m not going to get down on myself for my slip up but I am going to be better in the future. Today is a new day.

If this is something you struggle with I encourage you to start your new (healthy) life now. Don’t wait till tomorrow or Monday or the New Year. Start now. Right now.


I decided to throw this picture in at the end because I think it’s cute. Dax was SO excited when he saw this car that looks just like “Doc Hudson” from the movie Cars!

Timber!!! +Weekend recap

We enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend which was just what everyone needed! Kelly has 2 more weeks of graduate school until he is officially DONE with his education…forever. He promises me he has NO desire to get a PhD. Smile My restaurant is finally opening tonight so my work schedule is going to get  much busier this week. Needless to say we are in for a wild ride for the next few weeks!

Here’s a photo dump recap of how our weekend went down:


This happened TWICE last week. We finally wised up this weekend and bought a bigger stand for our massive tree. I’m happy to report there have been no more tree-falling-over-at-4am-and-waking-up-the-entire-household-episodes.


After decorating this thing 3 times, we’ve got it down to a science. The kids LOVE the train. We made sure to buy the most annoying train toy stores have to offer. This one plays music and has a bell. If listening to a screeching rendition of jingle bells 50 times in one day doesn’t send me to the loony bin I don’t know what will!


Something that doesn’t make me want to rip my eyelashes out is this photo. My boys have been giving each other lots of hugs lately. We are getting pretty darn close to having AS many hugs and loving moment as fights. This may not sound like an accomplishment but I’m quite happy with that ratio!


I managed to get outside and go for a short run. It was raining most of the weekend but the cloud cover increased the temperature quite a bit. It was perfect running weather.


I went to a church youth group activity that involved cooking quick and easy meals. It was a bonus that they were pretty healthy too! We made Beef Sandwiches and Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The lettuce wraps were my favorite and I will be making them again this week.


Hung the stocking and put up a few other Christmas decorations.


Dax and I went on a special Mommy-Son date.


We went out to eat and he ordered a Hamburger and French Fries with Lemonade to drink. All things he usually doesn’t eat.


We followed dinner with a 3D showing of Wreck It Ralph. I was quite surprised that Dax kept his glasses on for the whole movie. If you have kids, or if you just enjoy animated movies, I recommend Wreck It Ralph. It was funny, cute and heartwarming. Dax and I were fully entertained!

What did you do this weekend?

Our Big Adventure

I started my day off right yesterday with a slow and easy 4 mile run outside.  I went just as the sun was coming up and it was magnificent. I sure do love getting my workouts done first thing in the morning!

I was feeling adventurous so before heading out to pick Dax up from preschool I packed lunches for the boys. I used to be so much better about taking my kids to explore exciting places. Lately, if we go anywhere, it involves the grocery store, Walmart, or the gym.  I was planning on taking them to the park for a picnic lunch but as soon as I stepped outside I realized it was too cold. We did the next best thing and headed to the library. There is a big long hallway with a sitting area before the entrance to our library so this is where the boys ate their lunches.

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Once they finished eating we headed in and Dax made a B-line for the computers. The Logan library has a bunch of computers in the kids area with educational games on them. Dax played a Sesame Street game that is supposed to help him learn how to sound out words.

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While Dax played on the computer Everett and I checked out some of the Holiday books.  We were lucky enough to find “The Night Before Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Once we finished perusing the entire children’s book section, we headed over to the reading area.

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After spending at least an hour in the library we headed home for naps. I was hoping they would be super tired from our “big afternoon adventure” and take extra long naps. That didn’t happen. I had just enough time to make lunch and eat it before they decided it was time to come out and play again!


I made some sautéed some chicken, bell pepper, and onion in low fat sesame ginger dressing. I also baked a few corn tortillas that were used to scoop up that big heap of guacamole. It was definitely a random lunch but it tasted delicious!

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I had to go to a quick meeting for work last night but we promised the kids we could decorate the Christmas tree. Kelly got home a few minutes early so we could spend a half hour decorating before I had to leave. The boys had an awesome time and the bottom 1/8 of our tree is FILLED with ornaments. Smile We did a bit a rearranging after they went to bed. We did get to finish decorating so I will post a photo of the whole tree once I add the finishing touches!

What is the best thing you did yesterday?

Do you ever use your local library?

-I use ours occasionally, but feel like I should utilize it more! Who doesn’t like free books and movies?

A Day in the Life

As you know I’ve been following Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer from The program is completely free and I’ve loved it so far.  I’m only on day three but I can tell my body is appreciating all the healthy foods I’ve been feeding it. After indulging over the long weekend I’m really happy to be back to more nutritious foods. The average woman gains 3-5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. I’m bound and determined NOT to be that women.  Hop on the bandwagon with me and you don’t have to be her either.

Before I get to my usual What I Ate Wednesday I want to share my breakfast recipe with you. I found it on and it was super scrumptious. Everyone in my family gave these pancakes great reviews.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes


Calories: 64
Fat: 1.3 grams
Carbs: 9.5 grams
Protein: 3.5 grams
Sugar: 0 grams

  1. Preheat griddle to medium heat.
  2. Mix oat flour, Splenda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Wisk egg whites and pumpkin. Mix in Almond Breeze (I also added 1 tsp. vanilla here).
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray griddle with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Scoop batter with a 1/4 cup measuring cup onto griddle. Cook 3-5 minutes on a side.

Makes 16 pancakes.

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I am going to give you a glimpse into my day-to-day life. This is from yesterday. Here it goes:


We woke up and Dax helped me make some pancakes and eggs for our breakfast.

8 AM Breakfast:

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2 pumpkin pancakes with almond butter and 5 egg whites cooked with salsa.

After breakfast we kissed Daddy goodbye and I realized I only had 10 minutes to get myself and my two kids dressed and out the door to head to the gym. I only reserved a spot for my kids from 9-10 and I didn’t want to be late and cut into my workout time. I managed to get everyone ready but didn’t realize Everett was missing shoes until I had already left the house. Luckily my diaper bag is a bottomless pit and I just so happened to have an extra pair of shoes in there!

I only got 10 minutes into my workout when a worker found me and let me know Everett needed a diaper change. :-/ I was in my own little world so she had to tap me on the shoulder and wave her arms in my face to get my attention! I was just starting to get into my groove so it was a bummer to have to stop. Being a mom is a 24/7 job and kids don’t always pick the best times to need something. Such is life! After finished up at the gym, we headed home for a snack.

10:30 AM Snack:

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Chocolate protein shake made with 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop whey protein, 1tbsp. cocoa powder, 1/2 banana, and ice.

After snack the boys played while I got ready, blogged, and responded to emails. After reading a few books and doing 5 million puzzles with my kids it was 12:00 and time to feed them lunch. I made them PB&J on whole wheat bread with a side of applesauce. Everett decided he didn’t want his sandwich and was begging me for cheese. He is just beginning to talk so when he pointed to the fridge and said, “chsssss” I couldn’t resist.


What can I say, the boy REALLY loves his cheese.

I started prepping my lunch while the kids were eating. They both went down for naps at 1. This is mommy time and I enjoyed my lunch while listening to Christmas music.

1:15 PM Lunch:


Taco salad with spring mix lettuce, chicken, salsa, guacamole, homemade baked tortilla strips, and a squeeze of lime.

After lunch I relaxed for a few minutes before heading into the kitchen to clean. I was in such a rush to get to the gym in the morning that I hadn’t even cleaned up breakfast. Needless to say, it was a really big mess. The boys both woke up around 2:30 and had snacks. We ready more books, did more puzzles, watched Mickey Mouse, and played with endless amounts of cars, trucks, and trains. I also made some pumpkin protein bars while Mickey Mouse was on.

4:45 PM Snack:


An apple and two Pumpkin Protein Bars (not pictured).

Daddy surprised us by getting home early so we could go pick out our Christmas tree. We found a great tree and got it all set up on our car when we realized we didn’t have a tree stand. The tree lot didn’t sell them so we headed to Walmart. What do you know? Walmart doesn’t have tree stands either. But since we were there anyway we picked up some goldfish crackers, teddy grahams, and beef jerky. All my boys were getting hungry (Kelly included)so they ate some really nutritious??? snacks. We drove to the other side of town to go to Home Depot where we finally found a tree stand. Success!

By the time we got home and set up the tree it was time for the boys to go to bed. They were a bit sad we didn’t get to decorate it so we let them put the star on the top!


After PJ’s, brushing teeth, reading stories, singing songs, and prayers this kids were in bed and it was time for me to EAT. I had planned on making chicken and sweet potatoes but since everyone else already ate I nixed the idea. I didn’t feel like cooking for just 1 person.

8 PM Dinner:


I don’t like to eat too much deli meat because of the preservatives and high sodium but I made an exception tonight. I had 6 oz. deli turkey, 2 celery stalks, and a slice of Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and sugar free jelly.

I ate dinner while watching an episode of Sister Wives. Why is that show so addicting? It is just so fascinating to see how a polygamist family lives.

What is the best thing you’ve had for breakfast lately?

Are you usually alert during your workouts or do you tend to zone out?

-I almost always zone out but I try to be more aware during my outdoor runs. Safety first!

Have you put up Holiday decorations yet?

Thursday Thoughts

My kids both decided to get up at 5:20AM. I don’t prefer to get up at this hour but at least they BOTH woke up early. Maybe this means they’ll both sleep in tomorrow. We all know this is just wishful thinking. Both kids have their milk and a cup of cheerios and are currently content. I’m sure their happiness will only last as long as the cheerios.


I made the most delicious turkey sandwich yesterday. I generally do my best to eat healthy fats like nuts & nut butters, olive oil, and my favorite, avocados. Yesterday I had a craving for a turkey sandwich with a big slice of cheese and I indulged! I forgot how great deli meat and cheese pair together. This sandwich was completed with some lettuce, tomatoes, and spicy hot mustard. It was epic.


I  had to go out yesterday to pick up a few last minute items in preparation for Ragnar. I really only needed a reflector vest and snacks for the road but, while I was at the sporting goods store, I spotted a really cute running skirt. it is impossible to see something cute and NOT try it on, so into the dressing room I went.Well what do you know, the skirt fits perfectly! I brought this beauty home with me and will be wearing it for one of my 3 runs in Vegas. Yes, I’m breaking the first rule of racing: don’t wear anything new on race day. I fully expect this skirt to ride up and cause lots of chafing. I kid. I’m wearing it for a 3 mile run and don’t foresee having any problems during the 30 minutes I have it on!


Why yes, there is a picture of Ludwig Von Mises on my phone cover. It came free with the phone from my Dad. He is super into politics and homeboy Ludwig is a famous, and super smart economist that my Dad thinks is the bomb dot comb. Don’t be too jealous. We can’t all have super cool phone covers like me!

I’m leaving at lunch time today to head to Las Vegas!!! I’m not sure what the internet situation will be so I don’t know when I’ll be updating the blog. You can follow me on twitter and instagram @bri_red. I plan to update those as much as possible.

Now it’s off to finish my last minute packing!

Errands and New Fuel

After dropping Dax off at Preschool this morning, Everett and I headed out to run errands. It is so much easier to get shopping done with only 1 kid instead of 2!


We managed to get a lot done. We got all our groceries for the week, went to TJ Maxx, Old Navy, and Sports Authority.


I was so excited when we got to the grocery store this morning and I saw Mom’s Best cereal on sale. My kids LOVE cereal and when they eat it, half ends up on the floor so we go through it quickly! I got 10 boxes of cereal for $0.99 each. What a steal!


I picked up a few different chews and gels to try as energy during my long runs. Thus far my stomach does not seem to be very sensitive and I haven’t reacted badly to anything I’ve tried. I just decided to experiment with a few different fuel sources to see if I like one more than the other. I don’t bring fuel unless I will be running for more than an hour. During my long runs I take some sort of fuel every 45 minutes and a few big swigs of water every mile.  I will be doing a review of the different gels and chews after my long runs to let you know how they work for me.


I went all paparazzi and took a picture from my car of Dax on his way out of Preschool. I love our Preschool for many reasons but one is the traffic circle. There is no parking and getting out of the car. We just pull up and Dax is escorted by a teacher out to the car. The teacher even helps him into his car seat and buckles him up. It is especially nice on days like today because Everett was asleep and I didn’t have to wake him up!


Poor Everett was exhausted from our outing this morning. He usually wakes up when I get him out of the car seat, but today he just put his head on my shoulder and went back to sleep.

What is your favorite fuel for endurance activities?

What is your favorite cereal?

It used to be Lucky Charms but recently I’ve been enjoying Honey Nut Cheerios!

Relaxing Sunday and Workout Plans

We had a nice relaxing Sunday that started with waffles!  We had an extra hour from day light savings (and when you have kids you don’t get to sleep!) so we made waffles from scratch.


We don’t go to church till 1:00 PM so we had plenty of time to lay around the house. Daddy and the boys spent their time reading!


The boys both got tired and took naps around 10. In a very strange and unusual turn of events they both ended up sleeping for 3 hours! That NEVER happens. It was glorious but it meant we were late for church.

Everett was super stoked to carry his Cheerios and leave a trail everywhere he went. I swear I spent more time picking up Cherrios than I did listening to the lessons!  At least he was quiet. Smile

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I planned out my workouts for the week last night. I have 25 miles running planned this week plus a few weight training sessions, and 2 yoga classes. It’s going to be an awesome week for workouts!

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We’re starting the Christmas traditions early this year beginning with putting on some Christmas PJ’s and watching ELF!


Notice there is a blanket stuffed into our TV stand? That is because last week one of the kids shoved a toy into the DVD slot of the Playstation. We were unable to get it out and had to surrender to the professionals. $40 later and we are trying to figure out a way to keep the kids from messing with it. The blanket seems to be working. Out of sight, out of mind.

Do you plan your workouts in advance?

  • Lately I’ve been planning my week of workouts on Sunday night. This has worked well for me.

Long Run and Saturday Fun

I got a great start to my 85 miles in November with a 14 mile run this morning. I didn’t have a planned distance going into my run this morning. I knew I wanted to do a long run (like more than 8 miles) but I figured I’d just go until I didn’t want to go anymore.  My farthest run before today was my half marathon (13.1).


I felt great on my run today so I decided to push just a little bit further and go 14. I was running really slow, 10 min/mile so it took me 2:20:08 but I felt Ah Mazing when I got home. I told Kelly this afternoon that I want to run a marathon. I’m really into this whole “running” thing and I would love to run a marathon this spring/summer. June of 2013 will be 25 years since my marathon running Grandpa’s death and I would love to run my first marathon in his honor! No official plans yet but my mind is mulling it over.


After my run I was famished but I only had 20 minutes till I had to be at work. I made 2 eggs, plus 2 more egg whites and a slice of toast with peanut butter, banana, and honey.


When I got home from work, we made the last minute decision to go to the USU football game. We got there during the first quarter and USU was already up by 14! It was a fun and high scoring game. The Aggies smoked Texas State and the final score was 7-38!


After the game we went to Kneaders and I got a half turkey sandwich and a side of broccoli spinach salad. The salad had broccoli, spinach, raisins, grapes, and sunflower seeds and it was really tasty. I always love the sandwiches at this place. I got 100% whole wheat bread with turkey and avocado. The turkey is like Thanksgiving carved turkey; very thick and hearty.


They also had a huge and tempting selection of pastries and desserts. I may or may not have brought home a chocolate cream dome for later. Winking smile


Poor Dax was exhausted and fell asleep on the way home from dinner. Since it was 6:00 and we wanted him to go to bed tonight, we were mean parents and woke him up!

I am officially tuckered out and am more than ready to sit my butt on the couch, eat my chocolate dome, and watch a movie!

85 in November

I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s Saturday. We have had an exhausting week and I am more than ready for it to be over. Having sick kids is both mentally and physically draining. I’m happy to report that we are slowly getting back to normal and no one has had a fever for 12 hours!

I’m up early this morning because I’m going to go for a long run before heading to work for a few hours. I am participating in Pile On the Miles this month. This is basically a competition with myself. I set a goal to run 85 miles during the month of November. If I meet my goals every week then I’ll be entered in a drawing to win free stuff! I’m really excited to have a goal for the month and to get outside and run a little bit more than I did last month. I chose 85 miles because it will push me but it isn’t so much that I’ll injure myself.


I always lay my running clothes out the night before and Everett found my visor and INSISTED I put it on him.


I made an extra special dinner last night. Pan fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and roasted broccoli. This meal took me an hour to make, 10 minutes for everyone to eat it, and 90 minutes to clean it up. The clean up took so long because I hadn’t cleaned the kitchen all day. We had 3 meals worth of dishes in the sink and the floors had to be mopped as well. Dinner tasted really good but I do prefer quick and easy meals!

It’s currently 28*F outside. I’m all bundled up and ready to go run!

Running Faster

We had a rough night last night. Poor Dax was really not feeling well and couldn’t fall asleep until 3:30AM. Then he woke up again at 4:30 and told me he wanted to wake up and watch Mickey Mouse! Smile I finally coaxed him back to sleep but when Everett woke up at 6:30, I was NOT ready to get out of bed. I gave him a cup of milk and some cheerios and sat him in front of some cartoons so I could sleep on the couch.


I had to make a choice this morning; it was either go for a run or write a blog post. I chose to go for a run and I’m so glad I did. I didn’t have a lot of time so I was only planning on running 3 miles. I did 3 miles at 5K race pace and it felt SO good. My race pace is only 8:35 min./mile but I ended up doing 8:20 min./mile! I’ve really been trying to work on running faster but since I’ve been running with the stroller a lot I’ve actually been going slower than normal. I think my training runs with the stroller are actually making me faster since when I ditched the stroller this morning I ran faster than ever before. My run this morning got me really excited to keep working on my pace and improving.


I was hired as a server at a local restaurant a few weeks ago but the place is still under construction. We are less than a week away from opening and there is still a lot to be done. The owners have asked to employees to come in and help with painting and cleaning. After my run this morning I headed over to the restaurant and painted for a few hours. I got to use one of those long paint sticks and it was actually kind of fun! I listened to a few podcasts and before I knew it, it was time to head home for lunch.


I made a flat bread pizza with some apple chicken sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onion, green pepper, and a sprinkling of cheese. This pizza was delicious and all the veggies on it really helped with my new 3-4 veggies a day goal!

After lunch I was able to get a short nap which has REALLY helped my energy levels. I’m going all out for dinner tonight and making mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted broccoli, and baked chicken. Better get cooking!