Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hello, October!

I'm finally starting to feel better! I rarely get sick, but when I do, it's always so rough. I spent the last couple of days with a horrible sinus headache, and it was gone when I woke up this morning, so I hope that is probably the last of it. I'm still a little congested, but it's definitely better than it was.

My eating has been thrown so off track since getting sick about 10 days ago. My head has been really congested, and I haven't been able to taste anything. Normally, you'd think that would mean that I wouldn't have an appetite, right? Well, because I can't taste anything, I never feel satisfied with my food! So, I just kept looking for satisfaction by eating more. I feel like I undid the progress I spent all month making.

Last night, I was starting to get my sense of taste back a little, so I wrote up a food plan for today and I am determined to stick with it!
For lunch, I made Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing--it's flavorful and spicy, so I was hoping I'd be able to taste it. I still couldn't really make out the flavors, but I did get the spiciness, which was good.

I'm also making a spicy dinner (I love this Spicy Taco Gnocchi Skillet) so that it will hopefully have a strong enough flavor for me to be able to taste it.

I ran five miles today. I hadn't run in over a week because I've been coughing so much. Generally, if cold symptoms are above the neck (a head cold) then I'll still run; but once I feel it in my chest, running is really uncomfortable. Today, I really had the urge to go for a run, so I figured if I was really miserable, I could just quit early. I did an out and back, and I felt really good. I kept my heart rate low, so my pace was very slow, and that's probably why I felt so good.

Found the nickel on my run

Speaking of running, I actually have a mission for this fall! My friend Stephanie is hoping to run a sub-60 10K in November, and I offered to pace her. She's following my "Your Best 10K" training plan, so I am going to follow it as well. I think this will be a fun way to train right now--since I'll be training at a sub-60 goal pace, I won't have to train as hard as I did for my sub-50, but it will still give me a goal to focus on (I don't want to let Steph down). I'm not interested in training very hard right now, but I do like following some sort of plan, so this is perfect. And hopefully, I'll help Stephanie hit her goal!

Can you believe it's October?! This is my very favorite month. There is something about the weather during this time of year that just makes me feel so happy!


  1. Another thing I love about you-we share the same favorite month!! So glad you are feeling better, and as always, so proud of you! :)

  2. I LOVED your movie. You all did such a great job of encouraging one another. I also loved seeing " starring Katie Foster". You all should be so proud. It also allows others to get an inside look at the Ragnar process. So happy for all of you!!

  3. I love having goals to work towards. Currently, I'm training to finish my first marathon ever -- just to finish.

    Then, my goal will be to run a sub-40 5K! I'm already shopping around for races!

  4. just watched from fat to finish, i got so emotional watching this! I've lost 85 pounds and have recently taken up running. i am 5'2 and used to weigh 215 , my goal was 135 and i have been under goal at 129-130 for 5 months! i have been following your blog for awhile now, but you are even more adorable on camera !!! keep it up!

  5. Hey Katie! I have been reading your blog for several months now. I check in a couple times each week to read the updates. First I would like to commend you on your weight loss and your amazing achievements. Since 2013, I have lost 90 pounds and taken up running. It is indescribable the way it makes me feel. For the first time in my life I feel that I am the healthiest that I have ever been. In the entire 33 years of my life, I feel comfortable with my body. It is an amazing feeling. Reading of your goal to pace your friend with a sub60 10k piqued my interest. Do you have a training plan you will follow? If so, can you share it? I might be missing it on your website. Thank you for your posts. They are truly inspiring. Also, the movie was amazing. I loved it!

    1. Hi Erin! A huge congrats on your own weight loss and running--that's amazing :) I wrote some training plans, including a 10K plan meant for running a PR, and you can find them here:
      I'm going to follow the plan and use the sub-60 paces to prepare to pace my friend. Hopefully that helps!

  6. There are those who believe that finding coins on the ground is a message from heaven. In particular, nickels are thought to remind you to ask your angels for help manifesting positive change. I'm not a particularly religious person, but sometimes I'll find coins at a time that seems appropriate and can't help but wonder!


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