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!

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?

Tossed my Cookies after Ragnar

I seem to have been hit with a streak of bad luck these last few weeks. Ragnar Las Vegas was SO fun and I had the best time running and getting to know the girls in my van. Half way through our last day running one of the girls in the van started getting sick. Her stomach was giving her problems and she thought she was car sick. I also started getting a headache about an hour before my last run but I figured it was due to a lack of sleep. I got a burst of energy during my last run, and in spite of my stomach cramps, I finished my last 7.6 mile leg strong.


While I was running the sick girl in our van started throwing up. As soon as my run was over the exhaustion hit and was in bad shape. I knew I didn’t feel well but I again, I figured it was because I was SO tired. We finished the race, returned our rental car and went to Five Guys to celebrate with burgers and fries. I had about 2 bites of my burger when I realized it was not sitting well in my stomach. We went back to the hotel and I showered and went to bed ASAP. I woke up a few hours later because I had the stomach flu. It was NOT fun. I spent the rest of the night on the bathroom floor until the alarms started going off at 3:30AM. The other girls had a 16 hour drive to get home and wanted to get an early start. Thankfully I was able to sleep most of the way home and I didn’t puke in anyone’s car!

I was incredibly happy to see my kids and husband and to take an nap in my own bed.  The flu bug at the end really put a damper on things. I was just thankful that I was able to run all my legs BEFORE I got sick. I am already looking forward to my next Ragnar with team “Any Excuse For a Girls’ Night!”  Hopefully next time I won’t toss my cookies at the end! Smile

I will do a full race recap when I get all the pictures from my teammates.

Ragnar In The Making

Ragnar Las Vegas started yesterday morning at 7:30am and we have about 10 hours till we finish. Or those of you who don’t know, Ragnar is a 197 mile relay. our team has 12 girls and we separate into 2 different vans. while the other van is running we can stop and pitch a tent to sleep for a few hours till its our turn to run again.
The girls in my van have been so much fun! My first 2 legs were awesome and I’ve been averaging 8:20 miles. In Ragnar when you pass someone it’s called road kill and the teams tally their total number.

I was super pumped before my first run but I was immediately humbled by a steep incline and 30 mph headwind. Luckily the last 3 miles of my 4 mile run were downhill and with the wind. My last two miles were 7:42 and I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast! It was SO fun and I ended with a huge endorphin rush. I was ready for more!

We made a pit stop at Chili’s around 7pm to grab some real food before heading back to our hotel to catch a couple hours of sleep before our night runs.

My night run was 3.5 miles straight uphill and it began at 3:30am. It was such an awesome experience to be running on a deserted road in the middle of the night. It was one of my favorite runs of all time!

We have a few hours to kill before heading back to run our last leg. There’s nothing better than trying to sleep in a suburban with 5 other people. Sweet dreams!

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!

The Big News!

I am SUPER DUPER excited because I get to run in the Las Vegas Ragnar relay this weekend!  I have always wanted to participate in Ragnar so I jumped at the chance when a friend asked if I’d like to take the spot of her injured teammate. I am beyond pumped to do this race and am so happy for the opportunity. For those of you who don’t know what Ragnar is, it is a 200 mile relay race that goes on all day and NIGHT. We have 12 members on our team and we each run 3 legs. While we aren’t running we follow our running teammate in vans and try to sleep when we can! I’ve been told not to expect to get more than a few hours of sleep during the race.

I just found out I would be running the race yesterday and we are leaving to drive to Vegas tomorrow. It has all happened very quickly but I think I’m ready. I went out this morning to pick up some snacks and a few other things I needed for the race. I wasn’t really sure what to bring to an event like this but I did a bit of googling and I think I’ve come up with a good list. I’m told you don’t want to bring too much stuff because it starts to get crowded in the van, but I also didn’t want to leave out something that I would really want during the race.


Here is my packing list for Ragnar:

  • 3 complete running outfits packed in gallon size Ziploc bags. (I hear the best way to keep the stinky BO smell out of the van is to put sweat clothes in sealed bags!)
  • Reflective Vest
  • Running Jacket
  • Fuel Belt with water bottles
  • Running Shoes (some people suggested bringing 2 pairs in case 1 gets wet from rain but the forecast is clear this weekend so I’m only bringing 1)
  • IPod, Garmin, ear buds
  • Sunglasses
  • Visor/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweats to wear between runs
  • Face/body wipes since there won’t be anywhere to shower between runs
  • Flip flops
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket (this is in case I want to try to sleep in the van)
  • FOOD/sports drink
  • Toiletries
  • Check book or cash (to pay friends for gas, van rental, etc.)

I’m all packed and ready to leave tomorrow and kick some butt in Vegas!


I have some other BIG NEWS. Everett can now throw away his own diapers! Halleluiah. Smile

Do you have any big plans this weekend?

My First Injury

I was SO excited after last nights run! I had planned on doing 6 miles with a few sprints thrown into the mix. About half way through the day I decided I wanted to do a tempo run and see just how fast I could go. I took off around 4:30 this afternoon. I went out and did the first mile in 8:25. This felt comfortably hard. I was breathing heavily but my legs felt great and I felt like I could maintain that speed for a while longer.  Mile 2 was 8:18. I didn’t realize I had picked up the pace but once I finished this mile I was feeling pretty tired so I slowed it down a bit. I ran mile 3 in 8:34. I was able to zone out a bit during this mile and was feeling pretty good. There is something about the half way point that gives me a boost of energy. I’m always excited when I get to start heading back towards home.

Miles 4 (8:14) and 5 (8:06) were tough but I was happy I only had 1 mile left. I was really tempted to walk that last mile since I had pushed so hard for 5 miles. In hindsight, I probably should have walked the last mile. I’ll tell you why in a minute. I just kept thinking, “You only have a mile to go. Don’t be a quitter, push hard and finish strong!” I did just that. I ran my last mile in 8 minutes flat. I was MORE than ready to walk a bit to bring my heart rate back down. I walked about a half mile to get home feeling so proud of what I had just accomplished. I even posted my time on Facebook!


There was not one point during my run where something felt painful or unusual. If that had happened I would have slowed my pace significantly. Once I walked into the house I immediately started stretching since my hamstrings felt a bit tight. This is when I started noticing that my groin was sore. Things only got worse from there and within half an hour I was in a lot of pain! I iced and took some ibuprofen but the pain was not letting up. I text my brother who is running his second marathon this weekend so he knows a thing or two about running. He informed me that groin injuries are good and bad. Good because they usually only need a few days to heal but bad because there is not a lot you can do about it besides rest and ice. 


I held the frozen green beans between my legs while I ate dinner! I had a side salad and a bowl of whole what spaghetti with turkey meat sauce.  Everything was eaten on the couch because it hurt too much to move.

I went through a few hours where it was quite painful. The ibuprofen kicked in and really seemed to help. I was really temped to go to my scheduled spin and yoga class this morning. I have decided to be smart about this injury because I don’t want to risk being out any longer than a few days. I’ve gotten used to getting my daily endorphins and the thought of not being able to workout for weeks on end is devastating. I’m feeling much better this morning but I’m still going to take 2 full days off. No more injuries for me.

My brother thinks my injury came because I did too much speed work too fast. I agree. I probably shouldn’t have done 6 miles at such a fast pace. My normal, easy runs are about 9:45 so this was 1:30 difference. I think I would have been fine if I did a 1 mile warm up followed by 4 miles at race pace with a 1 mile cool down. Lesson learned. I will not be pushing myself TOO hard again. I REALLY don’t want to get injured. I’ve come to love my runs too much!

Have you ever been injured? How did you deal with missing workouts?

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!

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!