I’m going to be 100% honest, I’m relieved that 2015 is over. There were lots of highs and lots of lows, and it taught me a lot about myself and my various strengths and weaknesses. I know that the turning of a calendar year doesn’t necessarily indicate that something BIG will happen or change, but I do appreciate the opportunity to reflect on what was and will be.

I spent a lot of 2015 in a haze, due to travel, family stuff, and just figuring out what life in DC and at my job was really going to be like. I didn’t take care of myself the way that I know I should — mentally, physically, or spiritually. At the same time, I got to see so many new places, I had family and close friends get married, my first nephew was born, and the Crimson Tide is playing in the National Championship next week.

I think my “word” for 2016 is going to be “balance.” I need to be better at balancing my work and my life (ugh, I know how that sounds), but also at balancing my desire to sit and read all day with the need to fit in my pants. I need to be better about not letting my life go completely to hell when I travel for work (or for pleasure, on those rare occasions), and I need to better manage my desire to do all the things with my desire to also do none of them (#INFJproblems).

I did set some “resolutions” for the year, and I think they are entirely achievable:



2016, let’s do this.


Southshore Half Marathon: The Plan

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 14.03.33 So there it is in all it’s glory: my well-thought-out training plan for the Southshore Half I’ll be running in November. To be 100% honest, I’m already a little off. Whoops. I made the plan before I knew I’d be driving over 4th of July weekend back to DC with the Taff and definitely before I knew that I’d fall over an ironing board and hurt my wrist in Tanzania. #klutz

That obviously forced me to make some changes, but I feel like so long as I hit all of the cardio workouts, I’ll be doing okay, and if I can’t do barre for a little bit because of my gimp arm, that’s okay, too. I want to enjoy this experience, not kill myself (hence why I also have no time goals).  In all seriousness, I put a lot of thought into creating a plan that would get me to the race feeling strong and still allowing me to wear heels for a wedding that I’m in in November. One of the big things I learned from the Princess Half is that my body really can’t handle more than 3 days a week running; that seems to be the sweet spot before my right foot rebels. So, I’ve added in spin classes (plus I’m obsessed with Flywheel), and I want to try and do Barre at least once a week to try and strengthen my core. Sunday’s “cross training” isn’t defined because I don’t want to commit myself – it could be a long walk with Taffy, it could be the elliptical while watching HBOGO, it could be a fun fitness class with friends. IMG_2223 I’ve also bought Hokas, after reading about people singing their praises for those with foot issues. They look a little ridiculous, but if they can save my feet from hurting/falling apart, I’ll get used to the feeling of wearing moonshoes. The people that I’ve known to have them swear by them, and they are way more comfortable than my Mizunos. I’ll be breaking them in over the weekend, so I’ll update you next week. I’m sure everyone will be on the edge of their seats about it. I’ve been flipping through these blog archives and MFP tracking, and I realize that I’ve used a lot of the upheaval of the last year – moving, winter, travel, injury, etc etc etc – to let myself get lazy again. I had been on a roll, and I honestly enjoy working out, but I have a hard time getting back in the groove once I’ve lost it. I have definitely lost it. I’m going to be a little bit harder on myself from now on – it’s called work for a reason, and there is no reason that I shouldn’t devote 45 minutes of my day to improving me. I spend more than that on my job, on Taffy, on making dinner and lunch — why can’t I get it together enough to exercise? Or more accurately, why do I keep making excuses to not exercise?

I digress.

There’s the plan, I think it’s manageable, and I hopefully will make it through without another injury.

judgmental taffy

you mean, you’re still talking about this?

On that note, I’m out.

Scale Shock

So, this morning, I got on the scale for the first time in 2015. No, I’m not exaggerating. I knew I had gained weight – hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I eat my feelings – but I had no idea quite how much. I haven’t been able to work out hard in a while (due to no one’s fault but my own), and I haven’t been eating the best, but I didn’t think the damage was that bad. I’m fairly active, even without formal exercise classes, and I don’t eat the worst…  
Okay, okay – I’ll follow the advice of my favorite cocker spaniel and accept that sh*t needs to get real over here. I’m about 10 pounds heavier than I thought (I’m tall), and what I thought was 8-10 pounds more than what I weighed at the end of last summer. Whoops.

My 29th birthday is next month (August 13!), and I’d like to have made some noticeable progress by then in a few areas: diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption. Beyond that, I’d like to be in better shape and I’d like to my clothes to fit without all of my extra “fluff.”



This is obviously the biggest area of improvement for me, as there is a lot to work on. With all of my travel recently, I’ve been in “eat all the things” mode while I’ve been at home, with little regard for calorie counts! I just can’t really eat much while I’m on the road — it’s hard with food aversions and food allergies plus guidelines to not eat certain foods like raw veggies — and I basically subsist on carbs and red wine. While delicious, that is ultimately not sustainable. I know that I can clean up my diet without a ton of effort, and I know that I’ll definitely feel better once I do so.

Some easy goals:

  • Eat Vegan before 6 at least until Labor Day
  • Drink at least 100 ounces of water every day
  • Eat out sparingly (one lunch and one-two dinners)
  • Get 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies a day
  • Actually track consistently on MyFitnessPal



This is one area that I think will be simultaneously easy and hard. Hard because I’m out of shape and I fractured my wrist in Tanzania (Ironing board – 1, Elizabeth – 0) and easy because I’m tired of being out of shape and I have something to work towards.

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Yes, that happened, even after I said that I wasn’t ever going to attempt to run that far again. To be fair, I was at a low point – I had the flu, none of my clothes were fitting, and I was just exhausted in between Namibia and Tanzania. Training starts…today, and I’ve made my own training plan that takes into account my interests and my bad feet. More on that later this week, but I think it will be successful. That, or I’ll really regret this life choice on November 2.

I plan on following my ghetto homemade training plan, and in addition to that, I want to get at least 15,000 steps a day on FitBit. This is easy most days, especially since I have Taffy back in DC with me. I’d also like to add a quick abs routine in 3-4 days a week, just to try to strengthen my core.


So, when I lived alone (all the way back in Atlanta), I didn’t really have a hard time not drinking at the end of the work day. Often, I’d walk Taffy and then go work out, and I didn’t really want a glass of wine after that. I also had a policy in law school where I wouldn’t drink by myself; if I wanted a beer or something, I had to find a friend to have one with me. Neither of these things currently apply to my life.

I try to work out in the mornings, and I now live with people, so the two things that kept me from indulging daily…don’t. It’s something that I want to try and get under control. To be fair, I’m not binge drinking or getting wasted on a daily basis, but I think that my nightly glass two glasses of wine aren’t helping with keeping me in fighting form. I’m not going to say that I won’t drink — that’s not feasible, especially since DC is the land of happy hours — but I want to limit it to 1-2 nights a week/social occasions – not just a mindless glass of rose at the end of the day. #basic

These are all minor tweaks that I’ve made in the past, and I know that I can still have an enjoyable (and social!) life while following these “guidelines.” I don’t want to get too fixated on my weight (I’m all about non-scale victories), but I plan on being much more regular about checking in on stuff like that. I’ll probably do an update in about a month or so — I feel like that’s enough time to make some real changes (not just water weight). Let the games begin!