Monday, January 31, 2011

Reminder: Tonight Watch The Bachelor with The Bachelor Workout!

If you plan on watching The Bachelor tonight, and are looking for a way to feel less guilty and sneak a workout in, hit up my Bachelor Workout. Make your friends do it with you!

I'm thinking I need to add something for every time Michelle does something crazy. But, I don't want the workout to kill everyone, so maybe that's not a good idea. That lady is NUTZO.

And let me know how it goes!

Mini Goal Monday: Back To Basics

We're not even going to talk about how I did on last week's goals, because last week kind of fell apart.

Don't get me wrong, it was a solid week. I strength trained twice, I ran ten miles, and I did a fun circuit workout. The week was not a failure by any means.

But, I didn't do what I had thought I wanted to do.

So, thanks to some mental help from Alison at Physically Philosophical, I'm going back to basics.

1. Strength train twice with my trainer
2. Run at least twice. Once long and once fast.

Anything else is gravy. If I do nothing but those four things, I will have succeeded in doing what I want to do for this week.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lost My Mojo, At Least For Today

I had many plans for the week. The plans kept getting pushed further and further back.

I abandoned yoga. I canceled my running group run (due to lack of interest). That left a run, the Bachelor workout, and a bike ride.

And today just kind of fell apart.

And I did nothing. I had no motivation. No desire. It wasn't exhaustion. It just wasn't there.

I don't know if I'm trying to do too much each week or if I just had a bad day. I only ran once this week. I don't know. I need to do some planning before I lay out my goals for next week. I don't know.

I need to do the running. That's the important part. Running once a week isn't going to do me any favors. I signed up for an ultramarathon. I need to start acting like it.

So, tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully a better day. I mean, what can I do? I gave up on today. It's too late to do anything about it now, if I want to go to bed on time. And I'm still not feeling it. Everyone has bad days. Mine just came on a day when I had planned too many things anyway.

I have a half marathon in 2 weeks, and I'd like to PR. I think I need to get in a long run tomorrow, then focus on on speed and rest. I also have a virtual 5k to run tomorrow. Maybe I do my long run Tuesday. I weight lift Wednesday and Thursday. If I throw in one more run I have a good base.

I just need to figure out what I want to add to that. Maybe just, the openess of adding one thing? And whatever that happens to be? I'm supposed to meet up with friends to do The Bachelor Workout tomorrow night, but their schedules are weird, and I don't want to do it by myself. I'd like to ride my bike, but it's still dark when I get home from work, so that would have to wait until the weekend. I'd still like to try to go to a yoga class, but, man, that takes planning in advance, and again, I don't like to do stuff alone. Except run.

Anyway, I am having a fart party tonight, on top of losing my mojovation. It's kind of gross. You know what else is gross? Watching Bridalplasty. This is the worst reality tv show I have ever seen. Which is saying a lot, because I watch some shit. These are terrible people.

Anyway, that's my Sunday. I hope you all are doing better than I am.

Soxy Sunday

Socks of the week!








Sunday's socks? I bought for $2 at Target yesterday. They weren't even on sale. That's just their price. I love Target. They have the best socks ever.

Celebrity Trainer Workout and A Blogger Meet Up

Did you know that Julia Roberts has had the same personal trainer for over 14 years?

Neither did I, until Saturday, when I met, and trained with Julia Roberts' personal trainer, Kathy Kaehler. She has also trained Emma Roberts, Kim Kardashian, Kim's step sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Alec Baldwin. And a crapton more. How awesome of a job does she have? She gets paid to be fit and hang out with celebrities. Sign me up for that class.

Backing up, a group of local bloggers were invited by Salonpas to get together with Kathy for a quick workout. Kathy set up ten stations for circuit work. Some of the stuff I was used to, but some of the stuff was new to me (mini trampolines? FUN! But they also make me have to pee. Whoops.), and some stuff just had a great twist to it.

(Caryn, from Rockin Mama)

Example: Instead of just doing squats, take a deck of cards, and at the lowest point of your squat, drop a card on the ground. Go through the whole deck (okay, it wasn't a whole deck, just a stack of cards), continue doing squats, but at the lowest point, pick a card UP.

This wasn't easy, because I'm tall, so that ground if far away. Plus, cards are slippery! And it's a much better workout than playing poker, right?

(picture stolen from Amanda atTwo Boos Who Eat)

The whole workout was fun, and would be great for somehow who needs a quick, full body workout at home. I was pleased to be able to hold a minute plank three times. My trainer is doing his job. I'm excited to gloat to him. The hardest part was putting pressure on my road rash arm. Once the initial pain hit, it never got worse, so that was fine.

Kathy will put the full circuit online later, so I'll link to it (and totally send it to my mom. It's perfect for her.). Until then, if you're looking for a taste of what a celebrity trainer is all about, Kathy links to a number of short workout videos on her site. You can watch them here.

She also offers a taste of what it's like to watch celebrities sweat (rrrrow). Emma Roberts gives you an adorable warm up video. I loved her as Nancy Drew.

It was my first blogger event (My blog is only two months old, after all), and it was scary. It was like "I've seen you on the internet!" Remember when meeting people from the internet was creepy? Now it's like meeting a celebrity. At least, for socially stunted people like me. People who mention painting with placenta over lunch. I am that person. Whoops.

Anyway, the "celebrities" I met today from the blogosphere:
-Amanda: Two Boos Who Eat
-Kaitlin: Kaitlin with Honey
-Sarah: Skinny Runner
-Maryann: The Balanced Bean
-Caryn: Rockin Mama
-Alyssa: Mommy Warriors
-Lea: Healthy Coconut
-Monica: Run, Eat, Repeat

I've been reading Sarah and Monica's blogs since before I started blogging, so that was really neat. And scary. But mostly awesome.

After working out we sat around and talked about what we do (fitness-wise) and why we blog and stuff. If was humbling to be around people who have been doing this for years. But, I've been talking about running and working out and crap for years, so it's all good.

Before we left they handed out goodie bags, filled with samples of a bunch of products, none of which I've tried yet, but when I do, I'll let you know.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Quickie

Got my workout on with Kathy Kaehler today.

It was fun. Let's be honest, anything that involves a trampoline is fun. I mean, look my butt is glowing.

More to come. Making artichokes and watching stand up comedy for the night.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Last Night's Workout: Sex, Runs, and My B.O.

Last night my trainer and I talked about:
-Tosh.0 (I think we talk about it every time we train)
-My 24 hour ultra (he thinks I'm CRAZY)
-Dating, sex, and which reality shows he should go on to meet ladies
-How my B.O. smells like a deli sandwich (I swear it does)

Exercises I did:

foam rolled IT band and calves

15 (per side) weighted one legged squats
15 curls
15 tricep pull downs

20 walking lunges with shoulder press
15 Quad curl things

15 (per side) lunge to jumping pull up

15 hamstring curls
10 (per side) weird bend over kick one leg back stretch things

I feel like we did something else, but I can't remember now. I should have written this up last night.


My elbow is frustrating me. It has two kinds of pain.

1. Normal "skin is missing I am healing gaping wound!" pain
2. "I hit my funny bone 3 minutes ago and it still kind of hurts" pain.

It's the second one that concerns me. I'd like to hope I didn't do any lasting damage, but it looks like I'm going to need to keep an eye on it to see if I should up a doctor about it. Stupid elbow. Sleeping is still hard because every time I move, something touches it. It's better if I sleep in a long sleeved shirt, because then something is always touching it, so it's not "wake me up" shocking when I move. It still looks gross. Blech. Why does heeling have to take time???


But, seriously, my B.O., to me, smells like a deli sandwich. Not any particular sandwich. Just generic deli sandwich. Which isn't good, but, it isn't bad. I could smell a whole lot worse. I'm not going to bottle my scent, but if I forget to wear deodorant (which happens, oh, every day), I'm not going to crap myself. I'll probably just keep my arm down or something, so I don't offend the masses. Or make them all hungry.


Does anyone else smell like a sub shop when they were out?

Does one armpit smell worse than the other?

Fess Up Friday: I Don't Eat Breakfast

Forgive me, Jillian, for I have sinned.

It has been one week since my last confession.

I don't eat breakfast.

Oh, man, *exhale.* I know this is a big confession. Pretty much everything I read tells me that all things wrong with me could be fixed by eating breakfast. By skipping it I'm totally binge eating, and I'm definitely overweight. And I'm dumb and mean. Because I skip breakfast. At least, according to most magazines and blogs and newspapers out there.

But, breakfast doesn't do anything for me.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love savory breakfast foods. Eggs, potatoes, and bacon? Sign me up. At noon. On a Saturday. Cereal and a banana? Not before 11am, no siree bob.

Eating within four hours of waking up makes me feel ill most days. And then tired. And then grumpy. And then STARVING. I am hungrier at lunch time on days when I eat breakfast versus days when I don't.

Essentially, eating in the morning makes me experience all the things sources tell me will happen if I don't eat in the morning.

So, instead of powering through, I don't eat breakfast.

I feel normal hunger pangs between 11am and 1pm. Before that, I rarely feel hungry. Nor do I feel sluggish, stupid, or grumpy, unless I didn't get enough sleep. And that's not something food is going to fix.

From the looks of it I'm not the only one who works this way. Which is a relief. Because it's hard not to read a healthy magazine without having the necessity of breakfast thrown in your face. It sucks to be an outlier. I get told all the time that I should eat breakfast, that it will be "healthier." How? I still eat enough calories. I still make good choices about what fuel I put in my body. I know that eating food too early in the morning will make me feel ill the same way that eating food too late at night will make me ill. This is how I work.

And I work well.

I ate a granola bar before my last marathon. I kind of felt gross for the hour between eating it and starting the marathon. The previous marathon (my first), I tried to choke down a banana while walking from my hotel to the start line. I almost threw up in the street. My best runs? No "fuel" in my "tank." Except, you know, the stuff I ate the day before, which is what directly contributes to my morning performance. Unlike food I just that moment chewed up and swallowed.

Does this mean breakfast is dumb and everyone who eats in the morning is stupid? Of course not. If it didn't work for most people it wouldn't be a thing. And breakfast is a thing. It's just not my thing.

Phew, I'm glad to get that off my chest.


Do you eat breakfast? Does it work for you?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. I signed up for the Run 4 Kids 24 Hour Ultramarathon on March 18th and 19th. It's around a high school track. No, seriously. This is a terrible idea. I have no idea what I'm getting in to. And I'm very excited. And terrified. TERRIFIED. But, I announced it to the world, so I have to do it. Any advice?

2. I skipped the Bachelor Workout again. My best friend works a busy schedule in the entertainment industry, so I'm at the whim of her boss's whims. We're tentatively rescheduled for Saturday. I'm a little sad, because it means I have to avoid certain websites, but it's worth it to get to have a fun workout with two of my favorite people.

3. I'm been eating the crap out of dried fruit. We got a dehydrator for the wedding, and man, it's so easy to slice up fruit and throw it in the dehydrator overnight. My favorites right now are slightly under ripe plums, pineapple, and granny smith apples. I don't know why dried fruit is so much easier to eat than regular fruit. Probably the crunch factor. I like my food to crunch.

How is your Thursday?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Biggest Loser 11: Episode 4

Right off the bad, new intro with the new trainers. Nice.

Last week! The twins water loaded! In case you forgot!

Now! The teams confront remaining twin. He's still pretending it wasn't on purpose.

Allie meets B&J team in the gym SHOCKING TWIST! One team might train with the Unknowns all week! Temptation time!

It is a room full of shitty food. Okay, time out. When this is over does the show donate shitty food to people who are hungry, or throw it away? And, which is worse? Wasting food, or contributing to the obesity of someone "less fortunate"?

Back to the demptation. It's everyone's weaknesses. Mine would be a plate of bacon, for sure. And buffalo wings. Ooooh, breaded and fries bonesless buffalo wings.

Each team will have 3 minutes alone in the room. Team who eats the most calories gets to ship any team to get shipped off to the unknowns.

Aqua team: Talks strategy, hopes no one eats.
Green team: "I will throw up if I eat any of this right now."
Purple team: Uses each other to stay strong. "Does any of this stuff look as good as a hot guy? No." "I literally could have just sat down and cried"
Orange/Brown team: 54 cakes. Have, if doing math helps, cool. They strategize.
Blue team:


Commercial. Because they want you to think that the blue team eats. Does anyone remember the first season, when they had junk food everywhere in the house? People would eat it during their confessionals. It was hilarious (and sad). I remember reading an article about how the BL crew was eating it all the time too. HAHHAHA.


And we're back to Blue.

"I literally could eat pizza every day for the rest of my life."

Excellent use of the word 'literally.' I believe him.

Blue son eats a piece of chicken. =(

Picks the Green Team (because they're the strongest). They're not pleased.

Jump over to the unknowns. Oh, hey, they retrun to the ranch in 5.5 days.

Green team walks in. Everyone is really nice to them. Lots of hugs. Bet it wouldn't have been like that the other way around.

Green explains what's going on.

Unknowns talk about how fun their workouts have been.

Unknown trainers pretend like they don't know what's going on. So silly.

Green team gets tested to see what fitness level they're at, so the trainers don't kill them. Oooh, they use a TRX, too. Nice. I love that treadmill. It's the same self propelled one from the first episode. I wish my gym had those.




Bob confronts the remaining team. He still claims that *neither* of them water loaded.

"I know they didn't MAGICALLY gain all the weight they should have lost, plus nine pounds." -- Jill

Oh, man, he's PISSED and cursing, and basing his reputation on the fact that he didn't waterload.

Um, WOW.

Moving on. Aqua girl has her emotional breakthrough. Etc.


Back to the Unknowns.

Green team misses the ranch, but they're looking on the bright side.

Oooh, the Unknowns have all their food made for them, maid service. Fancy pants.

Unknowns working out. It looks pretty bad ass.

They keep talking about how "gritty" their workout is, which is kind of hilarious paired with knowing they get their meals prepared for them and their beds made. Real gritty.

Even the trainers are sweating. HOW.

I love how all the Unknowns cheer together. It's really cool to see. They were fading out, but Male Unknown said "Welcome to the family." I like that.

Uh oh. More Aqua emotional breakthough. This is where I zone out.




Challenge time!

Green team is back on the ranch for this. Oh, they're competing against every other team on campus. Interesting.

Annnnnnnnnnnd, the "favorite foods" are back.

Guess how many calories are in all that favorite food combined. Hint: it's a 4 digit number.

Winning team gets letters from home.

Competition is close. It's mostly a guessing game.


On campus players won letters from home. 8,745 calories. Yum.

The letters from home get dumped down onto the ground. Wow. I hope none blew away.

Holy crap, I just realized, green team, if they make it through this round, are golden. Because BOTH teams consider them family now. DUDE.

Letters from home. Joy, tears.

Twin's son, who cut him out of his life, sent him a four sentence letter. But, hey, it's contact. But, if you're going to talk to the guy, um, write a real letter.


TO BE CONTINUED????????? WHAT??????????????????


I feel empty inside without a weigh in.

How did you guys feel about being cut off from your reality addiction in what felt like the middle of an episode?

Chickpea Cutlet: A Meat Free Protein Fest, In Your Mouth

Preface: I love trying weird recipes. I mean, I made bacon cookies. Yeah. My husband? Gets a little scared when I go off the map in the kitchen. He was not a fan of the bacon cookies. He literally left the room and holed up in his office when I told him I was making tempeh "bacon" over the weekend. So, when I got it in my head to make chickpea cutlets (a staple in my vegan friend Sheri's diet), I did not expect him to be excited. My "best case scenario" involved him trying a little bit, and not spitting it out.

You guys?

He liked it.


He said it tasted like Indian food. Which is weird, because, um, none of the ingredients were particularly Indian foody. But, I'm not going to complain. He was even making plans on what to eat with them when I make them again. Awesome. So, I present to you:

Sun Dried Tomato Chickpea Cutlets!
It's not meat, but it doesn't suck!

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (if canned, rinse first)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup oats ground up (in a food processor or coffee grinder)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Braggs
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • zest from one small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 salt (if you use high sodium soy sauce you can probably skip the salt)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (I used the soft ones from a bag, not packed in oil, but use whatever floats your boat, yo)
Preheat over to 350F.

Mush up the chickpeas in a bowl. I used a potato musher. A food processor would also work. Trying to use a fork sucked balls.

Dump in everything else, so they're all in the same bowl (if you used a food processor for the chickpeas, dump them into a bowl, don't add everything else to the food processor).

Roll up your sleeves and kneed the mixture like bread. It will feel oogy at first, but then will become all bread-y. You can actually SEE strings of gluten as they form. It's kind of crazy. Kneed it for like three minutes, until it totally feels all strong and tight.

Pull off 1/4 of the dough (easiest way: divide it in half, then in half again. I know, duh.). Kneed that a bit more in your hands, then stretch it out into cutlet form, like an oval. Put it on a non-stick pan (or, you know, spray a pan before hand with some oil or something). Maybe mush it down some more so it's a little thinner. It should be fast food burger patty thin, but will probably be longer and wider.

Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Toss the pan in the over for 20 minutes.

Flip the four patties.

Back in the oven for another 8 minutes.



I ate mine plain (I was very hungry and didn't want to wait for our rice to finish cooking before eating dinner). The husband dipped his in the Thai sauce we used on chicken and said it was delicious (that's what we both have packed for lunch today, too). He's very excited to try it with chutney on top. We both agreed it would be delicious in a sandwich.

I want to try adding more sun dried tomatoes, making a garlic rosemary version, adding curry powder. The seasonings and add-ins are all open to most culinary possibilities, as long as you keep the dry-to-moist ratio in check (so, adding fresh tomatoes might make it weird).

I'm very pleased. This is an awesome, easy dish to be able to whip up when vegetarians come to town, or when I'm not in a meat mood (which, sorry, is never. I love meat.). It seemed really weird before I made it, but it was super easy. The hardest part was scoring some vital wheat gluten in a store. You should be able to find it in Whole Foods, or creepy hippie stores. If you're dying to try it, you can easily order it online, too. The recipe barely uses any, so it ends up being worth it.

The only thing I didn't like about the recipe was it left half a cup of chickpeas out. The next time I make it I'll just do some math and adjust the quantities of the other stuff so I can use a whole can.

On to the pictures!

The ingredients (minus olive oil, whoops):

Mooshed chickpeas. This picture is a liar, because I didn't use that fork (successfully) to mash them.

Whirled up oats:

Everything, pre-kneeding:

I couldn't get a picture while I was kneeding because my hands were covered in cutlet goo, and my husband wasn't home yet to act as photographer. So, we'll skip to cutlets before baking:

After baking:

Up close and personal.

Verdict: Would cook again!

Work Out Wednesday: The Gimp Edition

Last night I slept poorly. Every time I moved, the blanket would touch my arm, and it would wake me up. It's heeling, but it's still tender.

I ditched out on all exercise yesterday and took a rest day. My Bachelor Workout friends were busy again anyway, so we rescheduled for tonight. I cooked a nice dinner and cleaned up the house instead.


Today my trainer and I talked about:
-my elbow. He pretended to lick it, then told me not to get it near him in case it oozed on him.
-Tosh.0. I gave him the low down on behind the scenes stuff from last night's episode
-Dating sites. He's single now ladies. Ooooohhhhh!
-1,000 Ways To Die. He recorded 30 episodes and tried to watch them all. HAHAHHAH.

My exercises:

foam rolled my calves

15 chest presses (smith machine)
15 squat and high rows

15 squat and overhead rows
15 tricep pull downs

15 tricep extensions
15 (per side) squat and one arm raise thing

15 chest press (machine)
15 seated rows

15 skull crushers (barbell)
15 weird tucked chest press things (barbell)

mini weigh in Wednesday: down 3.5lbs from last week's 5lb weight gain. I knew it was all that buffalo chicken sodium. And I'm sure the giant bag of beef jerky I bought at Costco on Monday isn't helping my cause either. But, as long as I'm back to my normal weight (well, 1.5lbs off, which is close enough for me) I can go back to not caring.

I keep forgetting to pick up my bike from the bike shop. But, it's their fault, really. They said they would call, so I turned the "remember" part of my brain off. Did they call? NO. I'm pretty sure it's because they think I'm some sort of mongoloid, and decided to keep my awesome bike. I'm not good with people, okay? Especially when it comes to subjects I'm not familiar with. Sure, I called the clip in pedals "foot things for, um, bike shoes?" But I still deserve a phone call when my bike is done!


I'm walking a line here, with the elbow, between injury and excuse. Okay, so it hurts. Beyond the wound there's some bruising. So, as I told my trainer this morning, I won't be doing anything that requires pressure on my forearm.

So, is it legitimate to write off yoga for another week? Because I'm pretty sure I'd spend half my time modifying poses if I went.

But, is it really a good excuse? Am I just being a wuss?

I have one more weight training session, two runs, and a fancy work out seminar planned for the rest of the week. Oh, plus the Bachelor Workout. That should be enough.

But, when am I ever going to fit yoga in? I really do want to work on my flexibility. Maybe next week, maybe next week. It's hard to be objective with my schedule when my main complaint is that I'm not getting enough tv time.


How do you figure out the difference being knowing your body and being a wuss?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Left Some DNA on the Road Today

Okay, it was last night, and it was the sidewalk, but if you want to clone me, there's a good chunk of my DNA somewhere in Northridge right now.

Let's back up a bit.

After work I rushed home and threw on running clothes. These are new Lucy running capris that I picked up at Goodwill for $5.99. I like that they are not black. All my running pants are gray or black. I did, at one point during the run, think they were the perfect color for sharting (and, of course, thought of Shut Up And Run), but don't worry, I didn't shart.

I did look adorable.

What, brown doesn't go with black, purple, and gray? LAME.

Anyway, 10 miles. It was fine. It was all uphill for the first half. I still smelled human poop, at the exact same location. I'm not sure if I'd rather have it be the same poop that's still smelly a week later, or new poop. I ran into a nicer neighborhood, with perfect sidewalks. I ran by a Chipotle, which smelled like fish. I passed three young ladies who giggled as I ran by.

And then I tripped.

Now, this was 100% my fault. I know the sidewalks suck. I know the roads are dark. I was tired. I was dragging my feet. And then, my toe caught on uneven sidewalk, and I went down.

I managed to throw up my arm at the last minute. My left elbow took the brunt of the fall. My left knee took a slight hit, and the pad of my right thumb is bruised. I'm not sure how.

I was about a mile from home. My blood was pumping. It didn't hurt. I probably didn't even scrape any skin off.

I made it through the front door, and then BOOM, crazy pain.

First, I want to show you my awesome pit stains, because I earned them.

Okay, now, the elbow.

You can see how filthy the sidewalk was, in the perfect dirt line on my arm. I think I contracted monkey pox.

You guys, I straight up whimpered cleaning that shit in the shower. Whimpered. Worse, I straight up screamed cleaning it off with alcohol after the shower. That stuff BURNS.

And, of course, band aids don't like elbows, so I ended up wrapping my elbow in an ace bandage. I'll let it breathe and scab over tomorrow.

My right thumb is turning purple and hurts when I use it to pick things up. This doesn't bode well.


In other news, when I got home, all I could smell was fear bleach. I knew I'd seen dozens of people on various running communities ask "why do I smell like ammonia when I run?" And I'd read the answer, but kind of ignored it. Until now!!

That smell, my friends, was my body eating protein. It means eat more carbs before you run. Which, yeah, that's a DUH. Today was a crappy eating day. I ate okay, just not well balanced. 80% of my calories were from protein (I am TOTALLY guessing you guys. I'm too lazy to track calories for more than a few weeks at a time). So my body was om nom noming on all the protein I ate.

Which was mostly beef jerky. It was one of those days.


I didn't end up doing The Bachelor Workout last night, because my work out companions were busy, so we'll be hitting that tonight. Oh yeah. I might try to fit some workout tv yoga in there, too. Plus, it's time to hit up the waxing salon and take care of my arm pits so I can wear tank tops to the gym again. Aren't you glad I shared?


Have you ever bit it during a run?

100th Post = 100 Things About Me

1. I'm allergic to dairy. It makes my throat swollen and sore. I developed the allergy about 5 years ago. Cheese and cream are the worst offenders. Some things are worth it (desserts, usually, as long as they don't have ice cream or whipped cream or frosting).
2. Even before the allergy, I never really liked ice cream.
3. I am savory girl all the way.
4. I can't eat sweet things for breakfast. They make my stomach feel funny.
5. I have six brothers.
6. And no sisters.
7. I love reading murder mystery novels.
8. I enjoy reading philosophy texts most of the time.
9. I kind of hate reading the classics.
10. I was almost an English major in college. I was one class and one exam away.
11. I ended up being a philosophy major instead.
12. I don't regret it.
13. I own a business with two of my brothers. I am in charge of the money and HR stuff.
14. I get along with all my brothers.
15. I am married.
16. My husband is from Israel.
17. I have been to Israel twice.
18. I have also been to China, Costa Rica, Panama, and Italy.
19. I hate white chocolate.
20. I have a whole drawer in my kitchen devoted to tea.
21. I hate onions.
22. No, no, you don't understand. I hate onions so so much. They are so gross.
23. This also applies to shallots and leeks. Gross.
24. As a kid I refused to eat garlic because a head of garlic looked like an onion. Later I was forced to taste one and fell in love.
25. I only wear heels for weddings or costume parties. But I own four different pairs of heels (Which is a lot for me).
26. In the winter I wear converse almost exclusively.
27. In the summer I wear flip flops almost exclusively.
28. I constantly feel cold. I am cold when the temperature drops below the mid 70s. So, it's a good thing I live in Southern California.
29. I have been internet famous three times.
30. The first, The Lego Suicides.
31. The second, Save Dakota (now clearly defunct, but for a few months it was IT, you guys. Mentioned on Defamer.
32. The third, for our wedding invitation, we were on Offbeat Bride
33. I have tried out for six different game shows, but never made it on. =(
34. I am an INTP. I tested as an E in elementary school, but I've become far more I as time goes on. I'm also becoming more of a J.
35. I hate being late. HATE IT. I hate it when other people make me late.
36. If I drink any form of caffeine after 3pm, I will have trouble falling asleep.
37. I love diet coke. Caffeine free diet coke tastes weird to me, though.
38. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 21 and had already graduated from college.
39. My first car had 200k miles on it. It was a red toyota corolla. I love it so much, even if it shook when it went faster than 75mph
40. My second car was a shiny red Honda Element. It was totaled when an older woman had a stroke and hit it from behind going 80mph. I was not in the car.
41. Once my Element was totaled, I immediately went out and bought another one. This one is blue, and I plan on driving it until it dies.
42. My husband and I bought a house together before we even got engaged.
43. I opted out of a wedding ring. My engagement ring is pretty enough on its own, and I like things to be symmetrical.
44. My purse looks like a boom box.
45. Growing up I played soccer, for at least ten years. I was captain of my high school soccer team, and the highest scorer. This sounds impressive until I tell you that we were the worst team in the league. We still had fun, though.
46. I was on the wrestling team my senior year of high school. Every boy I wrestled beat me, but I beat the only two girls I wrestled.
47. The first time I broke my nose was during a wrestling tournament. The blood eventually stopped, so I continued with the match, but, yeah, still lost. Shocking.
48. The second time I broke my nose was playing full contact football with 7 boys in the pouring rain, my freshman year of college. I dove for the ball at the same time as a guy on my team. His skull met my nose. I can still feel the fracture line.
49. I have never broken any other bone.
50. I have lost each big toenail twice. I also lost one of my little toe nails, but that was due to stubbing my toe really hard.
51. I stepped on a bee when I was four years old. It was the worst bee pain I have ever had.
52. I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 7.
53. I still can't do a cartwheel.
54. I started kindergarten when I was 4. The school was convinced my mom was just trying to unload me on them, but my mom claims I was DYING to learn.
55. She also claims I came home the first day of school PISSED because they didn't teach me how to read.
56. I love love love reading. All my love I have been a crazy avid reader.
57. My mom was going to night school when I was in 4th grade, and I would read the same books she was reading. I pretty sure I understood a whole lot less, though. hahahah.
58. I tried to read War and Peace in middle school. I made it about 80 pages in, realized I didn't know who the crap anyone was or what was going on, and gave up.
59. Catch-22 is my favorite book ever written. I have read it about 16 times. I can make myself bust up laughing just thinking about it. The movie did a great job capturing the spirit of the book.
60. I went through a stage in high school where I would finish reading a book and immediately watch the movie. Because of this, I HATE LOATHE HATE the movie The Shining. It was awful. Other movies ruined by this habit: Jurassic Park, Silence of the Lambs.
61. My college adviser was on a few episodes of Letterman.
62. I actually saw one of his episodes when I was 8 or 9, long before I dreamed of studying philosophy.
63. I once dated Rod Serling's great great nephew.
64. My brother Sky conducted my wedding ceremony.
65. I cannot touch my toes without bending my knees. I never have been able to. My current theory is that I can't bend my body properly. Because then it's not really my fault.
66. I have never lived in an apartment. I lived in dorms in college, and a duplex my first year out of college, but never in an actual apartment.
67. After I graduated college I moved to Santa Barbara for nine months. I pinched every penny, then took off to Costa Rica and Panama for three months, with everything I needed in a backpack.
68. It was an awesome three months. I used only my feet and public transportation, hiked some crazy ass hikes, and tried to learn to surf.
69. The last time I ever tried surfing, in Costa Rica and ever, I got in a fight with the surf board. I broke off two fins, using my thigh. I still have a scar. I never surfed again.
70. The husband and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. He established that when we first started dating, and I got used to it.
71. I was born at home.
72. So were all my brothers.
73. My parents were major hippies. All of my siblings have nature names as well. They're both reformed hippies now, with real jobs, and retirement plans and stuff.
74. I cannot wear a watch. Every watch I've worn has gone all weird and shit on me. If I need to know the time, I just check my cell phone.
75. Also, I'm pretty sure street lights are more likely to go out when I'm around. I seem to notice them turning off with regular frequency. It makes me feel weird.
76. I hate talking on the phone. I've pretty much always hated it, even as a kid. I get distracted really easily, and if there is any background noise on either side, I can't hear well at all, so I'm left saying "what? what?" repeatedly, which makes me feel bad.
77. I shaved my head twice and my eye brows once. I shaved my head because I thought it would be fun (it wasn't). I don't know why I shaved my eye brows. The weird thing is, not everyone noticed.
78. I don't like the taste of alcohol. I only drink with the intent to get drunk, and I only do that once or twice a year, at parties. I also have the super human ability to taste the alcohol in anything, no matter how little alcohol there is in something. Super weak drink at the bar? Still tastes like nothing but alcohol to me.
79. Blackberries are my favorite fruit ever, but I cannot eat store bought blackberries. Store blackberries taste like dead bugs to me. Fresh off the vine home grown blackberries are AMAZING.
80. I curse all the time. All. The. Time. For no reason. My niece is now old enough to understand/repeat things, which makes it awkward to be around her. I am slowly getting better, though.
81. Past Halloween costumes have been: Tank Girl, Captain Save'a'ho, Captain Liberty (From The Tick), Chun Li, Deranged Tooth Fairy, and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.
82. Costume parties outside of Halloween that my husband and I have thrown: Prom (x2), Song Title Party (I was a One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater), Alien Invasion Party (I was a space yeti), Invent Your Own Super Hero/Villian (I was Super Salad).
83. I love tea. I have a whole drawer in our kitchen devoted to tea, and that doesn't contain all the tea, since if it did, the drawer wouldn't be able to close.
84. I am sort of trying to learn Hebrew (it's HARD, you guys!)
85. I took three years of Spanish in high school, but I remember very little.
86. My fastest 5k was when I first started running. One of my brothers didn't think I could run fast, so my time was fueled with fear and anger. I thought I was going to vomit at the end. Instead I won first in my age group.
87. I don't like sugary cereal. My favorite cereal is raisin bran. My mom refused to buy us any of the "fun" cereal growing up, so I grew accustomed to the healthy stuff.
88. I grew up on 45 acres of mountain in Northern California.
89. We did not have electricity or indoor plumbing. We used kerosene lamps and an outhouse.
90. I learned to shoot a gun when I was 4, with instructions of how to deal if a bear wandered onto the land. Thankfully, I never used this knowledge, and once we moved off the hill, I never touched a gun again.
91. I own two machetes. One used to be my "car machete" when I made long driving trips solo. Now they both live in the house, so we're reading for when the zombies attack.
92. I went to China when I was 15, and boated down the Yangzi River before they dammed it.
93. In middle school, I went to the state science fair for a project based on worms' food preferences.
94. I am terrible at spelling. It does not come naturally to me. When I don't have access to spell check I limit my vocabulary, because there are certain words I cannot seem to learn how to spell.
95. I hate talking on the phone. HATE IT. I get distracted easily and can't hear and what do people talk about anyway?
96. In general, sometimes I have freak outs about what to talk about with people I only sort of know. The weather? Books? I have to make a mental list so there aren't any awkward silences. I don't mind silence, but only with people I know well.
97. My first car spent about 9 months painted as a pirate ship. The car was old anyway, and I thought it was hilarious. My mom finally washed it off the day she had to drive it, because she didn't want to be seen in public like that.
98. I skipped out on having to do anything in my 9th grade typing class because I discovered the teacher used the same chat room I did, and we'd both be there during class. His theory was, if I could keep up with that chat room (it was fast paced), then I could type just fine. Plus, it meant I wouldn't narc on him for being in a chat room when he should have been teaching.
99. I love cats so much. I want a dozen of them. As soon as we replace our back door to include a pet door, we're getting a cat and a dog.
100. I find myself hilarious. I have inside jokes with myself. Which is weird. And hard to explain to people why I am sitting in my car laughing so hard it hurts. I find myself waaaaay funnier than other people find me, but that's okay, because I have no problem laughing at my own jokes.


Holy crap. Wasn't that exciting?

Now, tell me something I don't know about YOU.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Meta Post: Comments

So, I'm still new to all this blogging stuff, and I was trying to have the best comment system possible. I switched over to an alternative commenting thing (Intense Debate) to allow for comment threading and emailed responses. Instead I got a bunch of people who couldn't comment. BOO!

So, I'm back to the default commenting system. If you had problems commenting before, you should be fine now.

Since we're on the subject, what the best way to respond to a comment? In the blog? In the commenter's blog? Via email?

Watch The Bachelor with The Bachelor Workout!

If you plan on watching The Bachelor tonight, and are looking for a way to feel less guilty and sneak a workout in, hit up my Bachelor Workout.

And let me know how it goes!

“Be Fit and Pain Free in 2011” Winner!

The fairest way for me to pick was to have my brother pick a random number. Because he's hilarious. I had to explain what a pun was to him the other day. He wasn't sure he understood.

First, though, some randomness.

1. My next blog post will be my HUNDREDTH POST. How the heck did that happen?
2. My adorable new flared out work out pants SUCK for running. When I did sprints last week they kept falling down. I was constantly pulling them up so I didn't flash my butt to the whole gym. They're great for weight lifting, though.
3. I have three yoga groupons, and I just bought a crossfit groupon. If you don't know what is, oh, man, for people in big cities it's all kind of awesome.


So, my brother Sky works on the floor below me. I had a work question, and I needed to announce the winner, so I wandered down. With the work question answered, I asked him to pick a number between one and six (clearly I don't have too many local readers).

Sky: Four.
Me: Okay, thanks.
Sky: Wait, what did I win?
Me: Nothing. It was for a contest I was running.
Sky: So I'm like the guy who picks the lotto balls but can't win?
Me: Yup. [exits]

Number four is.....ANNE.

Shoot me an email, Anne, and I'll get you the details for our awesome adventure this Saturday.

Thanks for playing everyone else!

Tempeh Bacon? Sort of.

I love bacon. Obviously. It's delicious. It's salty and crunchy and melty and happiness in my mouth.

Once, a few years ago, I ordered a "chicken" and "bacon" sandwich at a vegan place. The flavors, once melded in my mouth, definitely tasted like chicken and bacon, which was neat. I shelved that knowledge.

Recently, I've been paying more attention to my vegan friend Sheri, and the things she cooks. It inspired me to seek out a vegan "bacon" recipe.

I found a promising recipe on Lunch Box Bunch. I picked up the only ingredient I didn't already have: tempeh. It was very reasonably priced (about $3 for 8oz), which made me feel better about trying something new.

Sunday morning I was in the mood for something brunchy. I knew it was time to break out the recipe.

Tempeh Bacon
(a good amount for too people, but a bit too much for one person)

5 ounces tempeh (2/3 a standard 8 ounce pack)
1-2 Tbsp maple or agave syrup (I used two, and it was too sweet, so I'd go with 1 next time)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
a dash of cayenne
1 tsp liquid smoke (opt'l) (I used 1/4t of powdered smoke stuff, and I couldn't tell. Bacon needs to be smoky, so I'd add more)
1 tsp soy sauce (Braggs is about the same thing)
1/2 tsp thick black pepper
for pan: 2 tsp olive oil
*if you don't have liquid smoke use these BBQ spice combos:
(garlic, pepper, paprika and onion)

To make:

1. Very thinly slice the tempeh.

2. As thin as you can slice it without it falling apart.

3. Combine all ingredients in a shallow dish.

4. Soak tempeh in marinade for 1-2 minutes. There won't be enough liquid to coat everything, so shake gently. If you stir it the tempeh will break, and if you shake it too violently the tempeh will break. It's easier to fry up the larger peices. I might recommend adding some sort of liquid to make it easier to marinade, but I don't know what.

5. Turn saute pan on high, add 1-2 tsp olive oil. Lay the tempeh flat on skillet. One layer only.

6. Allow to cook for 1 minute, or until crispy brown, then flip. Allow to cook for another minute on other side-or until both sides are crisp and browned.

7. Lay cooked tempeh on parchment paper to cool. Sprinkle with black pepper and thick sea salt to taste.


Okay, it didn't taste like bacon, you guys. Now, this didn't stop me from polishing off the whole deal plus three eggs (and feeling slightly ill, whoops, but hey, I think that was ALL my protein for the day). It was salty and crunchy, but it was too sweet, and not smoky enough.

It's worth returning to, though, at some point. The texture is right. It just needs some tweaks. Sure, it will never be a perfect bacon replacement, but, let's be honest, nothing will. And I'm okay with that.

Tempeh. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it some sort of fermented soy bean brick. It looks weird, but it tastes nutty. It does not taste gross or rotting, don't worry. And, it has an excellent texture. It's packed with protien (one serving has 1/3 of your daily protein, holy WOW), and is a good source of fiber. I still have a third of a brick to play with. I'll see whant I can come up with.

So, pictures!

All my ingredients. That R2D2 is my pepper mill.

I tried to act like a fancy food blogger and take my food out into the sunlight. This is sliced tempeh.

I used a tupperware container as my mixing dish, because it has a flat bottom. Adding in all the spices and liquids.

Mixed all up:

Frying, like a G6.


And then I ate it all.

Mini Goal Monday

Last week's goals:
1. Lift weights twice (Didn't happen, because my trainer got sick. Though, technically I did weights for the Bachelor Workout)
2. Run three times (Boom, done)
---once fast
---once at least 7 miles
3. Go to yoga twice (NO. OH WELL.)
4. Practice headstands (ALSO NO, WHOOPS)

This week's goals!

1. Lift weights twice
2. Run three times
---once speed work
---once at least 10 miles
---once Suck it up, Buttercup! Virtual 5k
3. Do yoga once. (It could be Bikram, a new studio, or a video. Flexibility is important, so I need to work this in)
4. Ride my bike once

Fitness Notes For The Week:

I'd like my week to look like this, but I'm always open to improvising:

Monday: the Bachelor Workout
Tuesday: Run 10 miles after work
Wednesday: Weights and speed work
Thursday: Weights
Friday: Yoga
Saturday: “Be Fit and Pain Free in 2011” seminar
Sunday: Leisurely bike ride

There will probably be some hot running club action of the weekend, too. Fun fun fun.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Soxy Sunday

Sunday's sock post always seems to come out late. If I get dressed early in the day, it means I'm heading out to do something. So, either I'm out and about or I don't have socks on. That's why you'll pretty much always have to wait on Sunday.









A few of my socks have holes in them. I guess it's time to learn how to darn socks. Darn socks. hehehehe.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Reminder: Sourthern California folks: contest ends tonight at midnight

Sprinty McSprintSprint

Since I didn't make it to the gym Thursday night, I decided to push myself in Friday night.

And I looked adorable.

My treadmill stats:

10 minutes @ 6mph
45 seconds @12mph
30 second @ 12mph
30 seconds @ 12mph
cool down

I wanted to keep going, but my shoulder neck area was throbbing. Ug.

About halfway through foam roller my shoulder was back to normal. Grrrr. Next time maybe I'll take a break from the treadmill for five minutes, then go back and do more.

It was still a good workout.

I mean, look at my awesome pit stains!

Then I did some ab work and caught up on Top Chef.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fess Up Friday

Forgive me Jillian, for I have sinned.

It has been one week since my last confession.

Last night I did not do sprints. I did not do yoga. I did not work my core. I didn't do any exercising, unless you count laughing until my stomach hurts. And you know, I do count that. What was I doing that was so hilarious and time consuming that I couldn't get my exercise in?

I was at a live taping of Tosh.0, which will air next Tuesday. It's highly unlikely you'll see me in any of the audience shots, but it was awesome. My brother scored two tickets and brought me along.

First, let me tell you, my brother Sky is hilarious on his own. Last night he was talking about making every pick up line infinitely creepier by adding "I just jizzed in my pants" to the end of it. He was giving examples while we were waiting in line to go inside, and I was doubling over with laughter. When the taping finally let out, my face hurt from laughing so hard. It was a very funny show, and I highly recommend you all tune in or set your DVR. Tuesday. Comedy Central. I don't know what time.


In other news, things are slammed in the office this morning, so I'm having diet coke for breakfast. Mmmmm, diet coke. I don't care if you make my teeth hurt and are likely giving me cancer. I love you.


Oh, I probably won't be going to yoga at all this week. My weekend is very up in the air, and I'm tentative about putting any concrete chunk of obligation right in the middle of time when I could be doing nothing. I'm in need of some nothingness, but not the kind that comes from ommmmming on a mat. We'll see. I've already had two nights this week where I got home way later than usual, and I think it threw me off my game.


Do you have anything you want to confess to the fitness gods this lovely Friday morning?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Biggest Loser 11: Episode 3


Cara is beautiful. Wow. Stunning. And she yells like Jill. "I'm here to bring back the fighter in each and every one of them.

Brett. Also YUM. And damn, he has wicked moves. And he was pre-med. Wait, does he have a degree in anything? I like that he was overweight. He can relate. That's good.

The Unknowns are doing some awesome workouts. They look so much more fun than boring gym workouts. I hope they know how lucky they are to be getting such fun workouts.

Not sure why they have to, as the voice over claims "make a comeback." They have two more weeks of immunity. WHO CARES if they're winning now? As long as they're working.

Whoa. Calling people out on how they're working. It's kind of a dick move, but the way they're doing it is, I think, the right thing. They're telling him how to break through. I can tell they WANT him to lose more weight. That comes through clearly. So, this is an intervention I can get behind, but poor Q (red guy who only lost 6 pounds last week).

"Let us help you!" say Rulon. I love that guy. I have a soft spot for wrestlers. I have a major crush on him you guys. I can't help it. Mostly because I want him to be awesome, but I like what I'm seeing thus far.

Back to the ranch, and it's challenge time! Oh, sweet, the Unknowns get to participate in the challenge, at the SAME TIME, unlike last week. Why are they being painted as the "bad guys"? I don't get it. Wait, only two people get to meet face to face? Weird. But, yeah Curtis Stone, he is hot, if for nothing but that accent. Rrrrrrow.

The challenge is to balance an egg on the bottom of a frying pan as long as you can. Man, I hope they made sure all the eggs were the same size. I mean, I'm sure they did, but I'd be all paranoid if I were in that challenge.

The Unknowns plan out giving the advantage to someone on their team who needs it (most likely, one of the women). Good call, since most of those guys don't need a two pound advantage. I like that.

The B&J team, though, they are pissing me off. They're getting mad at some silly shit talking. "they just think that they're awesome. They think that they're better than us." - courtney Um, haven't you guys been shit talking behind their backs for the last week? Yeah, I thought so.

The Unknowns fling their eggs at the B&J team. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAA. How fun and silly. They give the challenge to Denny. It's so cute. I know the Unknowns you guys. They're fun and adorable. How are they the bad guys?

Marcy (team aqua) wins on the B&J side. Good for her.


Dr. H interviews the Unknowns. Blah blah blah YOU'RE DYING!!!!! blah blah blah.

Holy crap, Rulon survived a plane crash. That's ridiculous.

Nine people in the brown team's family have had bypass surgeries. That's bananas.

Another projected date of death. Dr H, that shit is CREEPY.


Back to the Unknowns. "It's my job to make these people lose weight, immunity or not" -cara

Austin (brown son) has a neck beard. It's really grossing me out. If you can't grow hair on your face, you shouldn't have a beard.

commercial -- Oh, hey Bob is shilling Turbo Tax now. Bob, the com over bangs thing does NOT look good on you. Please stop it.

Back to the boring old ranch. Treadmill. Machine. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Oh, hey, a sob story. Boo hoo!

Oh, hey another sob story, this time with twins! It's my lucky day. Okay, it's pretty sad. =(


Oooooh, it's Curtis Stone! I love his hair. I know, I know, it's silly hair, but he wears it well.

Ooooh, to win the 2 lb advantage, they have to guess the number of calories in the meal they're cooking. I like these.

First is acorn squash salad. It looks DELICIOUS. Oh man. I want that salad in my face.

Next is quinoa and halibut. Also looks delicious. Now I want to make this. Damn you Biggest Loser.

Oooh, a pear dessert. I'm less sold on this, mostly because I wouldn't be eating the sour cream. Plus I'm full just thinking about the salad and main course. hahahha.

And it's time to guess the number of calories.

Aqua mom says: 480 calories
Pink mom says: 440 calories

Answer: 572 calories. That's what you get for eating dessert with lunch!

Aqua mom wins!

Curtis Stone tip: Make your own dressing! Vinegar and olive oil. I am pro-this tip.


Challenge #2! Working against each other, B&J team only.

Oh, crap, it's one of those "target other people" challenges, where the person who is the weakest (aka not a threat) usually wins. LAME.

The winning team gets the only vote at elimination. I hate that too. It really sucks for that team. =(

But, the challenge is fun to watch!

I wouldn't want to win it though. Because, suck.

Oh, it looks like they all agreed to give it to solo orange lady. Okay, I like that. It makes sense. Good strategy. Plus, orange is getting the most exercise, which is great for her.

It is weird that they put this type of challenge so early in the season, where people aren't trying to screw each other over yet.


Ug. Black team wants to go home. Lame.

Last chance workout!!

Sweet, Jill is climbing all over everyone! I love that. No, seriously, I love it. It's hilarious.

And now there's vomit.


It's weigh in time!

It looks like the Unknowns did a pretty awesome job. Brown son lost 15lbs! Rock on! Red husband, who was the slacker from the beginning of the episode lost a shitton of weight, too. Good for him!

Aqua team: 13lbs -- 2.91% (after the advantage)
Good thing they have that 2lb advantage, because I agree with Bob, a girl as large as Aqua daughter should be losing more than 6lbs on the ranch.

Orange team: 8lbs -- 3.45%

Green team: 22lbs -- 3.58%

Blue team: 13lbs -- 1.75%
Four pounds? Oh, man. Oh man. Poor guy. It sounds like his week was messed up. =(

Purple team: 12lbs -- 2.58%

"We've been together every day since the day we were born." -- one of the twins. Um. That's weird.


Holy blatant water loading Batman. Dude.

And then, they play dumb. Really, really? You're up there smiling, and you're pretending like you don't know how it happened?

Bob sounded like he was going to cry when he was telling them he was disappointed.

And, they're still pretending like they don't know how it happened. How dumb do they think people are?

Seeing them hobble off the scale makes me want to cry. They need to be on the ranch so bad. They need to lose weight so bad. To give up on that? =(

Elimination. =(

Dan. He wanted to go home to his daughter. I really hope he can do this at home now.

Dan at home. He looks like he's doing well. Thank goodness!! He looks fantastic! And it's just the beginning. YAY.

Three Things Thursday

1. I am very excited to bring one of you to a training session with a celebrity trainer. With a goodie bag! Sweet! I don't know a ton of local bloggers, so you LA and OC ladies, go enter! The odds of you winning are pretty high right now!

2. I woke up this morning and my upper lips was all swollen. I guess you can't tell without a means of comparison, but I can sure feel it. Every time I drink anything I'm afraid I'm going to dribble all over myself like I just left the dentist. And women pay to have this done? Weird.

3. My trainer is out sick today. I'm still going to hit up the gym, but just to do speed work. Then I'm going to go home, do some core work, and see if I can find a yoga class on to get my yoga on. It will all take the same amount of time, and I will be able to check some stuff off my weekly list. Plus, I'll get to mock my trainer for getting sick. Because that's how I roll.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

“Be Fit and Pain Free in 2011” Celebrity Trainer Giveaway!

You guys, I have great news! I’ve been asked to bring myself, plus ONE OF YOU, to the “Be Fit and Pain Free in 2011” event. It's a training and information session, put on by Salonpas Pain Relief Patches and hosted by Kathy Kaehler, celebrity fitness expert. She's best known for being the fitness expert for NBC’s Today Show and training Kim Kardashian (along with other celebs).

This is awesome, because I was super disappointed I didn't win Skinny Runner's contest for a chance to go. Now, I get to go, and take one of you lucky (local) readers with me! Hot damn!

Isn't Kathy adorable? I'm excited to get to learn from her in person.

So, here's the deets (that's details for those of you who aren't stuck with the brain of a twelve year old):

· “Be Fit and Pain Free in 2011” – sponsored by Salonpas Pain Relief Patches and hosted by Kathy Kaehler, celebrity fitness expert

· Saturday, January 29th, 2011 9AM – 11AM

· 2-hour training and educational session in Kathy’s private location

· Please make note this opportunity is only open to local, LA-residents

· Included in the event, you will receive goodie bags from Kathy, which includes Salonpas samples, Kathy’s workout DVD’s and other great fitness products

How rad is that? I love free stuff!

Note: The contest will close at midnight on Saturday, Jaunary 24th. The winner will be announced Monday morning.

How to enter: Leave a comment for each entry.

Mandatory: You must follow my blog. I love followers! One of us. One of us.

Additional Entries:

  • "Like" Salonpas on Facebook
  • Spread the word about this contest (facebook, your blog, twitter). Make sure to tell me where you pimped it. Each type of pimping gets an entry.

  • Note: since this is open to locals only, I'm going to make you a deal. If you aren't local (or wouldn't be able to make it), but know someone who is, and you send that person to my blog to enter for themselves, leave me a comment telling me who you sent, and I will give that person an extra entry. It will own you some sweet ass brownie points. Ass brownies? Um, gross. How about regular brownie points.

    While you're at it, if you can't enter, or don't win, if you "like" Salonpas on Facebook you can request a free sample from them. Free stuff is awesome!

    What is Salonpas, anyway?

    I first heard of it at my first marathon, the Rock and Roll San Deigo Marathon. They had a booth at the expo, and I'm a sucker for free samples, which means I grabbed some without really knowing what it was.

    A pain relief patch? Awesome!

    I was definitely hurting afterward. Oh man was I hurting. Enter pain relief patch. It feels weird when you slap it on, but I'm pretty sure that means it's working. I've also used them on neck aches. My neck is a pansy.

    More info about them:

    · Salonpas Pain Relief Patch is the only FDA-approved OTC pain relieving patch on the market

    · Comfortable, Flexible and easy to wear

    · Lasts up to 12 hours (most other pain medicines only last 2-8 hours)

    · Great for muscle and joint pain, arthritis pain, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sprains, strains, bruises

    Pretty cool, eh?

    So, come on party people!

    Note: I am hosting this giveaway in return for attending the session myself (yay!) and writing a review afterward. Don't worry, I'll be honest! But I was already pro-Salonpas before this, because while you can't spot reduce fat, it's awesome to be able to spot reduce pain.