Operation Fridge Makeover

I guess I surprised quite a few of you yesterday with the fact that I am indeed 24.  I am kind of an “old soul” so I am not surprised many of you thought I was older :)  Emmie and I survived the drive to Springfield to pick up my MIL.  Yon, Em, and I spent the afternoon doing what we do best … shopping.  I have some fun new things that will be making an appearance in upcoming “Sweat to Street” posts 😉  Guess what we are doing today?  Shopping.  Hehe.  Emmie is getting some ridiculously cute clothes courtesy of her grandma.


I have a confession you guys … I have been finding myself slipping into bad snacking habits and too many Diet Cokes.  I blame it on Emmie teething and us spending a lot of our afternoon on the couch which can lead to mindless snacking.  I know that I will probably have snack-attacks, I AM still a breastfeeding mama needing to consume 2300 calories, however, I can definitely do better in regards to what I am choosing to snack.


Enter Operation: Fridge Make-Over!  Here are my tips for making over your refrigerator so it works FOR you and not AGAINST you in your healthy eating endeavors :)



1.  Pre-cut your fruits and veggies at the beginning of the week.  I have found that if I cut my fruits/veggies ahead of time I am more likely to eat them during the week.  Making them easily accessible saves me time and keeps me from being lazy.  Cutting your fruits and veggies does make them spoil faster so even more incentive to eat them now 😉


2.  Store your pre-cut fruits and veggies in glass containers.  If you can see them you are more likely to eat them.  End of story.  Please, glass containers don’t contain the chemicals that plastic does.



3.  Store your healthy eats on the top shelf.  You are more likely to eat things at eye level.  Grocery stores have mastered this by putting high-selling products on the eye-level shelves in the store.  Use this this trick to your advantage :)



4.  Put your treats on the bottom shelf or even in the drawers.  I am ALL about good things in moderation.  So, out of sight, out of mind.  :)



5.  Only buy the good stuff.  If it’s not in your house, it’s not in your mouth.  This is where I definitely #fail.  Plus, it’s hard when the husband brings it into the house to begin with and temptation is ever-looming … IE: the chocolate graham cookies in the above picture.  Do your best … aim for 80% clean :)


Have you ever made over your fridge?  What are your “go to” tricks?


Getting Dirty in Atlanta

I am so flipping excited … VERY soon I will be doing something that I have wanted to do for awhile.  What is it you ask? I will be running a mud run on April 28 in Atlanta, GA!  Which one you wonder?



That’s right!  I am running the Dirty Girl Mud Run!  Dirty Girl is a women only 5K mud run that is suitable for women of any age or athletic ability.  It is a relatively new series having just debuted in 2011 in Wisconsin.  The amazing thing is that a percentage of the proceeds go to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  In it’s first year, Dirty Girl raised $50,000!




I LOVE that this is a female-centered mud run.  The 5K consists of 11 fun obstacles with hilarious names like “H2 Oh My God”, “Utopian Tubes”, and “PMS” (Pretty Muddy Stuff).  Also, the race isn’t timed so you participate for the mere pleasure of doing it.  In a recent press release the race directors say the Dirty Girl isn’t a race … it’s an experience.  How cool is that??




The Dirty Girl in Atlanta is being held at Live Nation’s Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood on April 28, 2012.  There are still a TON of spots open in the later waves.  If you want to be a Dirty Girl too you should sign up!  Included in your registration is some pretty sweet swag including a t-shirt, a Dirty Girl charm, and a nice adult beverage at the end 😉

The sweetest part of running the Dirty Girl mud run?  I get to do it with some of my favorite people:

Maria of A Life to Bragg About

Carissa of Fit2Flex

Victoria of Victoria Runs

Alexis of Fit Possible


To say that I am excited is a vast understatement :)  There may or mare not be coordinating outfits in the works.  Read: there is.


Have you ever run a mud run before?  Any tips about what to wear?

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Picking Running Shoes

Training for a half-marathon means logging quite a few miles per week either on the road or the treadmill.  Choosing gear that is right for you is an important part of the training process.  Choosing proper gear can make your runs more enjoyable as well as decrease your chances of injury.  A solid pair of running shoes tops my list of important gear 😉



There are several different kinds of running shoes to choose from, but some of the main ones are:

  • Cushioning
  • Stability
  • Motion Control
  • Minimalist


The kind of shoe you choose depends on a couple of things.  First, you need to know your foot shape in terms of your foot arch.  Personally, I have semi-high arches.  You should also know how you run.  Common ways your foot lands/moves are neutral, under-pronation, and over-pronation.  There are simple tests you can do at home to determine both of these things, however, my advice is to go to a specialty running store and get fitted properly for your shoes.


Back in September, Chris and I went to the Texas Running Company store in Austin, TX to both get fitted for new running shoes.  It was by far one of the coolest things ever.


They put us both on treadmills and had us run (well I jogged since I was 8 months pregnant) while they recorded how our feet moved.  They were able to determine that both Chris and I land neutrally on our right feet but pronate our left.  Therefore, a stability running shoe was recommended for both of us.  We settled with the Brooks Adrenalines.


Hers and His (notice the size difference …)

I honestly have never been happier with running shoes!  I am on my second pair of Adrenalines and ran my last 1/2 marathon in them and will do so again for the Go! St. Louis!  I will be on the look-out for my newest pair as soon as I finish the race because I will have put enough wear and tear on this pair!  It is often recommended that you replace your shoes every 300-500 miles or every 6 months.  I totally agree with this … but I also think you should listen to your body!  My knees tell me when it’s to start breaking in a new pair 😉  Happy running!

Edited to add: For anyone who doesn’t have a specialty running store near them, Runner’s World has an awesome online shoe finder to help you try to find the right pair for you.  You can find it here.

How often do you replace your running shoes?  Have you ever had how you run analyzed?

Dang Allergies

When I was home in Arizona visiting my family I developed contact dermatitis on both my arms.  Basically it is a rash, much like the kind you get from poison ivy.  My dad is a doctor and told me to try both topical Benadryl and then Cortisone 10 if it didn’t clear up.  Well it NEVER cleared up and started showing up on my chest, stomach, and legs.  Clearly I am allergic to something and needed to find some answers.


Last Thursday I went to my primary care doctor and she referred me to the dermatologist on post.  Well the Army healthcare system is pretty slow to act so I decided to stop by the clinic myself and see if I could get an appointment ASAP since we are moving soon.  Luckily for me they remembered me from when Emmie was having a rash back in November and got me in the next morning.  The dermatologist confirmed that I am definitely having skin allergies and ordered a patch test to be done on Monday.


The thing that stunk about this?  I couldn’t take my allergy medicine starting Saturday.  I have REALLY bad allergies so I spent Sunday pretty much in a fog.  Luckily I had thought of this and did my long-run on Saturday 😉 Good thing because I spent Sunday with a splitting headache and the sniffles.  Finally, yesterday morning, I went in and got the patches applied to my back making it look something like this:


Patch testing functions by taping common skin allergens to your back, leaving them there for 48 hours, and then reading the results.  I think I am being tested for 30 common allergens and 24 hours in my back is on FIRE.  I can pin point which dots are causing extreme itching and burning.  Somehow I have to survive until tomorrow … sigh.  On top of the discomfort, I cannot shower (eww) or work out during this time … or take my meds.  I am really bummed to be behind in my bootcamp workouts.  Luckily I will only miss one run for my half-marathon training.  Anyways, I can assure you I am not all that pleasant to be around right now … send positive thoughts to Chris and pray for his patience haha.


I am actually kind of thankful that I am reacting to something … I am hoping it gives me some answers.  I am also incredibly nervous.  My dad and sister are both highly allergic to a ton of chemicals.  My sister is even allergic to the primary ingredient in hair dye.  Although I am excited to find out what is causing my reactions, I am also nervous that it will be something that is SUPER common and difficult to avoid.  Either way I will be glad to not itch anymore … ever since my rash started ALL my skin has been crawling and itchy.


I guess I will just learn to avoid more things … I am already allergic to tree nuts, mango, latex, and most pollens/grasses.  Chris on the other hand isn’t allergic to a single thing.  I am really hoping Emmie gets his genetics 😉  Sorry for the gripe … I am on pins and needles and incredibly itchy.  Haha.


Are you allergic to anything?  Have you ever been tested?

Getting Back On Track

After an indulgent week of vacationing in Phoenix … and one too many dinners out.  It is time to get back on track.  For me, it’s necessary to take a minute to sit down and make a plan to getting back into my normal routine.  So how am I getting back on schedule?


1.  I’m chugging water.

Hello there old friend … While I was in Arizona my water consumption was seriously lacking.  I was on the go so much that I just wasn’t thinking enough about it.  I have been drinking water since walking in the door yesterday.


2.  I made my meal plan for the week.  I planned healthy meals AT HOME for us all week.  We also went to the grocery store and stocked our fridge full of yummy, healthy food.


3.  I prepped my food.

I find that if I take some time to chop all my fruits and veggies both Chris and I eat it more later!  Also, I stored my food in clear containers so I can easily see what is in it and make healthy choices when the munchies hit.


4.  I went for a run.  I had 7 miles on my 1/2 marathon training plan for yesterday but since we were in St. Louis I made it up today.  Chris went with me and we took turns pushing Emmie in our jogging stroller.  This was our first run with our BOB and it was SO smooth!  I plan on doing a full review of it later because I LOVE it.  My knee and hips definitely felt it on the run but I kept a respectable 10:20 minute pace while battling wind, conquering hills, and pushing the stroller.


5.  I scheduled my workouts for the week.  I schedule my workouts at the beginning of the week.  Doing so helps me stay on track and prioritize my time to make sure I fit them in.


By taking these steps I feel like I am ready for the week and ready to get back to my version of normal.  Of course there are a ton of chores thrown into the mix as well 😉

How do you get back on track after vacation?