The Nutritionist & Bonnaroo: Bringing Happiness into My Life!


happy friday, y’all! i don’t know about you guys, but i am ready to get down on a three day weekend like no other! there are so many fun things happening this weekend i cannot even CONTAIN my excitement. this weekend, i get to go to a bachelorette party, i get to hang out with my family, and generally enjoy a 3 day weekend. my little brother turned 21 yesterday, which is crazy for me to think about. it’s even crazier to think i will be 24 in a mere 3 1/2 weeks. June 19th will be here before i know it. you know what else will be here before i know it? BONNAROO. four full days of music, camping, and… well… acting like a fool in front of thousands of people i will never see again! two weeks from today, i will be on that glorious farm, enjoying Sharon Von Etten, who is really good. then Ben Sollee, Justin Townes Earle, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Decemberists, Ray LaMontagne, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, The Black Angels, Lil’ Wayne, and Ratatat and that is just FRIDAY. plus, it’s going to be great exercise because the only mode of transportation is WALKING, unless you take one of their silly fucking cabs that costs 5 dollars to run you to a location. i would rather spend my five dolla’ on cool stuff at the festival rather than being lazy. and, they have yoga every single morning, so if i’m up early enough, i plan on moseying over there and possibly gettin’ my down dog on. on top of all that, i will be drinking bookoos and bookoos of water to stay hydrated and i’ll be eating food i personally brought. not only is it a fun experience, but it’s a great way to get my workout on without considering it a workout. then, you can add in all the fucking dancing and swaying i’ll be doing (in true hippie fashion) so i’ll be constantly working my muscles. man, i love Bonnaroo.

i’ve been super consistent with working out this week. i started going back on sunday and went every single day until Thursday and today. tuesday, after work, i even went to my yoga class, which was wonderful in every way imaginable. the coolest thing about yoga, for me, is noticing how much my body has changed and how much stronger i am. the downward facing dog position, one of the most basic positions in yoga, used to kick my ass. but now, i can hold it for longer periods of time without shaking or releasing the pose. my next goal to start working on is the plank position, which requires incredible control of not only your arm muscles, but of your core muscles as well. to keep myself motivated for the next week and to prepare for Bonnaroo, i am pretty sure i am registering for this


it’s a 5k race that will benefit Madison Central’s Marching Band and because my brother was a faithful member all four years of high school, and it has brought an insurmountable amount of joy to my parents, i figured this would be a good first 5k. i haven’t been training for it; i haven’t even thought about running a 5k until right now. all i want to do is finish under 40 minutes and if i can do that, well, i’ll be happy. hell, i’ll go ahead and say 45 minutes. if i can finish between 40-45 minutes on my first 5k, i will be pleased with myself.

i saw my nutritionist on Thursday and we discussed a lot of my progress. she is very pleased with the smaller changes i have been making and after i told her i was disappointed in such a small weight loss in 5 months (13 pounds right now) she got a model of fat out for me


this, my dear friends, is 5 pounds of fat. this is what 5 pounds of fat looks like, which means i have lost almost 3 times that amount from different areas of my body. more importantly, i’ve lost fat which may have been pressing on my internal organs. this really put a lot of aspects of this journey into perspective. this is HUGE and as long as i keep moving forward, my success will happen.

i was going to write about the food i’ve made this week, but i think i’ll save it for a new post, simply because this one has gotten a bit too long already. but, i made Buffalo Chik’n Fajitas and Vegan peanut butter chocolate brownies and all of it was delicious, but the chik’n sat in the hot sauce too long. at least it cleared up our sinuses after we ate it!

one last picture. i took this today looking at myself in the mirror just to give myself a frame of reference for how my body looks right now

i think this may just be a flattering picture, but after looking at this, i can definitely see changes in some parts of my body, which gives me motivation to just keep going. i’m waking up in 7 hours to go run with a group of people at 7:30 in the morning and i’m really excited about this new area of support in my life. have a great weekend and stay healthy, y’all!


That’s A Big Ol’ Update.

afternoon, y'all

goooooood afternoon, friends. it is wednesday, the sun is shining in Kentucky, and today has been wonderful. i sound really, really perky right now and i am, but you must understand that today has been the best day i have had in months…YEARS even. it started with a major success yesterday and my life has just been getting better and better and better! i hope everyone is having a wonderful wednesday. i just have to get through one more day of work and class and then i can officially begin my spring break.

yesterday started off kind of… rocky, for lack of a better word. it was hard to wake up, it was hard to get out of bed, and after not going to the gym monday, my entire mojo was thrown off by a sudden change in the schedule i have built for myself. but, boyfriend and i got up and made it to the gym. i stretched a bit, jumped on the elliptical, and picked the weight loss program. it moves back and forth between cross-train levels and resistance levels and i sweat so much. i literally sweat a small child out of my body. i had been looking at the track in the gym and contemplating using it since my 3k Race is coming up next week. my friend, Micah, was also at the gym and kind of solidified my decision to use the track and i was terrified. completely terrified. i remembered the moments on the track in January when i struggled to get around jogging at least once and i was so scared that even after all of this work, i was still going to be incompetent at running on my own rather than with the help of a treadmill. but, i was a fucking success and the greatest success i have been because


you see that? that’s two fucking miles and you know what? i ran a mile for the very first time IN MY ENTIRE LIFE without stopping yesterday and i did it in under 11 minutes. i stopped once from 1.05-1.10 to fix my phone and then ran all the way to 2 miles. i did 2 miles in 23 minutes and 36 seconds. i could have cried at the gym yesterday and i was so proud of myself it hurt. i never thought in a million years that i would be a person who could accomplish something like this. i know it’s only a mile, and my pace wasn’t fast, but i never stopped moving– i kept going and that’s what matters and i finished strong. i set my own pace, followed it and did it. i am ready for my 3k and i’m ready to dominate.

today, i saw my nutritionist


she told me i had good knowledge of what was going on with my food and my nutrition (she even called me a pro at reading a nutrition label) but the problem is i’m not eating enough! i should be eating 1900-2000 calories a day to balance out how much i’m working out. i also am not getting enough protein, so she gave me this awesome toolkit and asked me to come back in a month to check my progress. she made me feel so much better and confident about what i’m doing. she did not have a problem with my vegetarianism/pescetarianism or the tendencies i have toward veganism. i just walked out and felt a thousand times more motivated to lose weight and to do it the healthy way so i can not only lose it, but keep it off for the rest of my life. she was a sweet, sweet, person and i’m so glad i got a chance to meet her and talk to her. i’m so happy with how it went. she also gave me lists of snacks and all that shit so i can take more food to work. i just need to buy a cooler. haha.

after my nutritionist appointment, i ventured over to Whole Foods to have a look around. if there was one of these in Richmond, i would be broke constantly. but, i bought some Amy’s pita pocket entrees and some Evol burritos

Evol Vegan Faijita Veggie

delicious and good for you! this one is vegan, but i also got some bean and cheese burritos to try later this week. i ate this with some gardin of eatin’ tortilla chips, 2 carrot sticks, and a greek yogurt that i put in the freezer and froze so it’s FROZEN GREEK YOGURT OMG YUM. i am absolutely in love with Greek yogurt. i wish i would have discovered it sooner. forreal.


this is the brand my nutritionist told me to check out, but i’ve also been eating Oikos and Fage and it’s been awesome, too. but, this brand is something else, y’all. if you like greek yogurt, or yogurt at all, and you want to try something delicious, pick one of these up for personal consumption. you may not like it if you don’t dig thicker yogurt, but if you like it, it’s great for kicking a sweet tooth or for a snack before a work out. it’s got a great source of protein and carbohydrates.

in other news, today was a weigh in day and my weigh is: 240.2. i am down 2 pounds this week, friends, which puts me at a total weight loss of around 10 pounds. i also took my measurements this morning and lo and behold, i had lost inches, too! so here’s the basic rundown

Starting Weight: 250.2

Starting Inches:

  • Bust: 44
  • Chest: 42
  • Upper Waist: 41
  • Middle Waist: 48
  • Hips: 49.5
  • Thigh: 29
  • Calf: 18.5

Current Weight: 240.2

Current Inches:

  • Bust: 42 (-2)
  • Chest: 40.5 (-1.5)
  • Upper Waist: 38.5 (-2.5)
  • Middle Waist: 45.5 (-2.5)
  • Hips: 47 (-2)
  • Thigh: 27.5 (-1.5)
  • Calf: 18.5 (-)

that’s 12 inches. so, officially, i have lost 12 inches from around various areas of my body and i’ve lost 10 pounds. pretty good way to start the day, i do believe. i’m proud of the work that i’ve done and the work i will continue to do. i’m not nearly finished yet, but to actually feel like i’m getting somewhere just takes me to another level of motivation. i will do this and i will become who i’ve always wanted to be. stay healthy, y’all.

ps: i have not smoked a cigarette since Saturday afternoon.

Weekend Updates!

what up saturday

good evening, everyone! saturdays are wonderful. my saturday has been filled with lots of happy things, including an awesome lunch with my parents and a UK win over Florida. i also bought some new clothes today (with my Target gift card OH YEAH) and other happy objects, which i will discuss later.

this weekend has been pretty neat so far. after the bummer of a wednesday  and thursday i had, i tried to turn my week around my completing C25k Week 4 Day 3 on thursday night and i discovered something very crucial about myself: i absolutely, positively hate working out in the evening. by the time i got to the gym around 7pm, it was crowded and i was exhausted from the week. but, i managed to get through it, even though i didn’t do as well as i wished. as a consequence, i will probably repeat that day just to make sure i’m ready to move on to the next week, which is fucking insane and i’m actually kinda terrified, but i’m sure i’ll get through it. it might not be the best time i can do, but i’ll be damned if i let a program beat me. after struggling through it, i went to Toasty Yoga and was so amazed at not only how well i did, but how flexible my muscles have become and how much stronger i am compared to yoga a couple of months ago. additionally, toasty yoga was warm and i kept sweating, which was nice. i felt SO GOOD after the class. i went home, changed, met up with some friendlies at the bar, but didn’t drink anything (except a rando shot). proud of myself.


friday, i spent the day cleaning with boyfriend. i also got my packet in the mail for…


the nutritionist. i am seeing a nutritionist on Wednesday and they sent me this packet with a questionnaire. it asks all kinds of questions, including my alcohol and tobacco use. i also have to write down everything i eat on tuesday. awesome. i’m kind of nervous but REALLY excited about this. i hope it gives me a good direction. i need to think of some questions to ask her while i have her. more importantly, the visits aren’t even that expensive. very thankful for this opportunity.

in other news…


TOMS ARE HERE TOMS ARE HERE TOMS ARE HERE AND I AM NOT WEARING THEM UNTIL THERE IS NO CHANCE OF RAIN SLEET SNOW OR HURRICANES. they are beautiful and still have the tag on them. my heart swooned when the guy delivered them. i’m so excited. i love TOMS. this pair came with a flag, which doubles as a bag, a sticker, and a TOMS bracelet. i was a super happy camper because i love all of those things. i love the elephants on them, too.

i also bought…

oh snap heart rate monitor!

a heart rate monitor, which came with a chest strap so now i have no excuses: i can run outside. this is both awesome and nerve-wracking. but, my running is improving so much that i felt i needed one of these anyway and it wasn’t that expensive. when i get into running forreal though instead of just this lame jog walk bullshit i’ve been doing, i’ll invest in more serious gear. super stoked. faaaaaaaaantastic!

today, before having lunch with my parents, boyfriend and i found out the gym opens 2 hours earlier than i thought it did on saturday, so we squeeeezed some exercise in before heading to Lexington. i opted for the elliptical for 25 minutes and tackled the treadmill for a mile or so of running. i have found the elliptical just doesn’t do it for me anymore. there is something exhilarating, wonderful, phenomenal about running that the elliptical just cannot replace or even match. but, i still like doing it because it burns more calories than i’m burning while running at this point. today was another milestone in my running career. not only did a hit a mile at 12:10 (5 seconds slower than last time!), but i also ran .55 mile without stopping. i walked from .55 to .65 and then ran the rest of the way without stopping. i slowed down a bit, but my overall average pace was 12:30 a mile. i love improvements and i love feeling my body shift and change to accommodate the physical exercise i require of it. i have also only had 2 cigarettes in the past 24 hours and i didn’t even smoke either one of them fully. i think i’m slowly letting it go and it feels good. my lungs feel better and i feel better. either way, according to The Daily Mile, i’ve burned almost 4,000 calories this week. go kara, go!

one more purchase

i have a weakness for this stuff

it’s a 1L water bottle! yay! it’s reusable and better for the environment! AND I DO LOVE WATER.

that’s about it for now, folks. i hope you guys have had wonderful, relaxing weekends and have gotten to experience some fun stuff. stay healthy, y’all.