February 22, 2013

Great start to the weekend

Oh, Friday. My long run day. I tend to dread Fridays all day on Thursdays, because I just don't want to run long. But after I've done the run on Friday, I just feel SO great all weekend for doing it!

This morning, I woke up and checked the weather on my phone while I was roasting under the electric blanket.
Hmm... snowing, feels like 7 degrees, with 20 mph winds? I clicked on that little red alert button, which basically said, "Go back to sleep. You're stupid if you're thinking of running outside right now!"

I thought about putting it off until tomorrow, but then I would just dread it all day today and be mad that I was being such a baby about it, so I decided to just get up and run on the treadmill. All 12 miles. I put Sons of Anarchy on Netflix, set the treadmill to 6.8 mph, and just started running.

I really like Sons of Anarchy, so it certainly helped to pass the time, but I was still looking at the distance way too often. I made it through two full episodes and one partial episode of the show--that's a long time to be on a treadmill! But I was SO happy to be done, and I felt good.
My ActiveLink is still in the assessment phase right now, so my Weight Watchers account won't let me add my activity points. But when I run 12 miles, burning nearly 1,000 calories, you better believe I'm going to add some PointsPlus to my day! So I just looked up the points in the WW book, and I've been keeping track on a little notepad on my phone:
The book gives me more PP than the formula I was using (calories burned divided by 80)--but since my weight has dropped a little, I figured adding a few extras won't hurt. Once I run out of my weekly PointsPlus, I will start dipping into these. Tomorrow is the last day of assessment on the ActiveLink, so on Sunday, I should start to earn PP again.

Jerry was off work today, and the kids were off school (all week), so we wanted to take them somewhere fun for their last day of winter break. They wanted to go up to this jungle gym place, but it's an hour away, and the roads were really bad from the snow. Instead, I took them (and Jerry) to the ice skating rink and dropped them off. While they were skating, I went to the store to buy the groceries for Sunday (my Oscar's viewing party!). I'm trying out a few new recipes, so I have no idea how they will be, but I bought lots of wine, so it shouldn't matter ;)

I picked the boys up, and we ate lunch at Wendy's (a large chili is only 7 PP and very filling!). Then we went to Mrs. Fields so I could spend my activity PointsPlus on something fun. I earned it after 12 miles on a treadmill! I got the same thing as last time--the Peanut Butter Dream Bar.
I would be happy ditching the crust and just eating the peanut butter and chocolate ganache layer. I don't think there is a better match than chocolate and peanut butter... it was so good! When I brought the bar home, I weighed it on my kitchen scale just to see if the portion size was the same as it is for the nutritional information I was able to find. It was only one gram off (stats are for 134 grams, and mine weighed 133 grams), which is pretty impressive! Here are the stats, if you're interested:
Calories- 670
Fat- 42 g
Carbs- 70 g
Fiber- 3 g
Protein- 10 g
PointsPlus- 19

It's kind of amazing that they can pack so many calories and so much fat into one tiny little rectangle! I used to eat two of them back in the day.

I had the worst headache ever today, and I'm sure it was from dehydration--that usually happens when I run in the heat or run on the treadmill--I get overheated, dehydrated, and my head throbs all day.

Yesterday was my last day on call for Jury Duty--and thankfully, I never had to report! I had to call an 800 number every day after 6 PM, and they told me whether or not I'd have to report the next day. It was kind of nerve-wracking, wondering if I'd have to go, but yesterday I was told that I'm no longer on call. I think it would be kind of fun to serve on a jury, to learn more about the whole system, but I'm a little relieved I didn't have to go.


  1. Wow, you burned a LOT of calories! You really earned that peanut butter bar, glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Dang, girl! Enjoy that Peanut Butter Bar, you deserve it!

  3. Sons of Anarchy is a great show and Jax is easy on the eyes ;)

  4. I agree, chocolate and peanut butter are a killer combination! Today I went to Menchies and had chocolate frozen yogurt with crushed reeses' on top. *DROOL*

  5. 12miles on the treadmill - amazing! My order from David's Tea arrived today and already enjoyed the RedVelvet. My goal is to drink more tea instead of my current coffee habit. Thanks for the recommendation of David's Tea, didn't know about the company before I read your blog.

  6. I'm following ww on the uk site and it lets me change my daily and weekly pp in the settings for the tracker. If you can do the same you could always up your weekly points to add on your activity points?

  7. I've done 12 miles on a treadmill and it is no easy feat - get so bored mentally! Nice work and I bet you're waking up today feeling so relieved it's done!!

  8. I just want to say thank you for your blog, I really appreciate your honesty! I look forward to reading it every day!

  9. I am thankful I live no where near a Mrs. Field's.

  10. So jealous that you have a treadmill at home! Amazing run - the longest I've ever spent on a treadmill was an hour, and I had to distract myself by watching "Lost" on my phone. Which is no easy feat. LOL

  11. I hope you share some of those recipes you're trying out at your Oscar party. Are they from Pinterest? I have a love/hate relationship with that sight. I try NOT to pin those calorie-laden dessert recipes I find, but they sure look good, don't they. I get so hungry when I'm "pinning."

    I feel so uneducated when I watch the Oscars, even though I love them. I haven't seen any of the nominated movies, but maybe I will go out today and buy Argo, I think I heard it's available on DVD now. It seems to be the favorite to win "Best Movie."

    Good job on your run. The Mrs. Field's cookie looks amazing!

  12. I'm starting to struggle with the "rewarding" myself for exercising. It's like YEAH I earned it but then I feel like I'm self sabotaging.

  13. Yeah, ok....Could you run to FedEx and send some of that here?! Thanks! :)


  14. Hey Katie!

    This is totally unrelated to your post, but I just wanted to say WOW. I spotted some 22W pants today at the mall, and holy shit, girl... You have lost a lot of weight. You must be super proud of yourself! You look so awesome in all your pictures... I just can't imagine teeny tiny Katie fitting into those pants!

    You are amazing and inspiring. :D

  15. I love that you do long runs on Friday so that you feel good all weekend!


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