Thinking Out Loud Thursday #2

Happy Thursday!! This is the first week in a while that hasn't crawled by in a while. But that might be because we are starting to really get in the swing of things at work. And things are about to get even busier. Today I am linking up with Amanda from Running With Spoons

1. Felicity

I just finished watching the late 90's early 00's TV show Felicity. I'm always a little a lot late to the game. It was nice to remember a time before smart phones (or cell phones to say the least). Where people spent time together and college students were truly forced to be on their own.

2. Aidells Chicken Apple Sausage 

I am currently on 17 of the Whole30 (more than half way done!) and these have been such a huge help. Cooking every single damn meal is so exhausting. I don't want to have to spend 30-45 minutes on each meal. I have been using these for lunch, and dinner and even sometimes breakfast. They cook in under 5 minutes. Are Whole 30 approved. And they taste good! Win all around!

3. Momentum jewelry


I got in the mail (after much waiting and confusion) my first Momentum Motivate Wrap. I recently became an Ambassador (ME) for them and I am so excited. I'm already in love with their stuff. I already placed an order and will be buying them for all my friends for holidays and birthdays (spoiler). I love that you can change out the wrap, have custom sayings and they are super comfortable.  I'm already planning a way to display them all in my office (craft project here I come!).

4.  Yogi and Zusi


This just makes me laugh! I used Sporting Kansas City's app to take a picture of my dog Yogi and it is just too funny. Her face says it all!

5. My weekly running recap video


Shameless self plug. I am working to make a weekly running recap. I love video editing and just want a reason to do it more often. I just hate talking in front of the camera. I never know what to say and end up just being weird.  I want to take more video footage of my runs and what I am doing and work with that.





What is your favorite motivational quote?

My morning running routine- Whole 30 version

Happy Wednesday!! Or as my training calendar says 5 miles will pace pick ups.

My mornings start with my phone going off at about 4:50 am. I give myself 10 more minutes in bed. Whether I check my phone or fall back asleep but my alarm goes off again at 5:00 am which is my "get your butt out of bed" alarm.

First up is coffee! Every run, everyday, forever.

Since doing the Whole 30 I have been drinking my coffee black (boo!) without almond milk and stevia. Depending on how hungry I feel and how long my run is I will think about having a snack. Right now my default is 1/2 to 1 banana with a solid scoop of almond butter.

It normally gets my stomach ready and my energy levels up. Which is the critical part of this whole routine. Being a runner means you are open to talking about poop. Without going I cannot start running.


While sip my coffee I normally check all the usual social media accounts (twitter, instagram, facebook, snapchat).

This can become a large time suck so I make sure that I am off the couch no later that 5:30 am. Next up is to grab my gear. It can vary day to day what I wear but the rest of my gear is the same. Here's what I got on me at all times

GPS Watch- Garmin Forerunner 220

Smart Watch- Apple Watch Sport

Activity Tracker- FitBit Alta 

Headphone- Jaybird Bluebird X

Phone Belt- FlipBelt

Running Shoes- ASICS Gel Cumulus 17

Once I'm all set I'm out the door!

Question: What does your morning running routine look like? 

Whole 30 Check in- 2 weeks in!

Happy Monday. Or as I like to call it the half way point thru the Whole 30.


These past two weeks have been both easy and hard.  I have learn a lot about my feelings on food, my feelings on the whole 30 and where I think the next two weeks are going to take me.

What is the Whole 30?

Simply speaking it where you cut out food groups that could have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing.  Things like dairy, gluten, and sugar. These items are common issues for many people. Not only do you cut out beans (peanuts and any legumes), alcohol (bye bye rose), and the most important no cheating. You must go the whole 30 days without cheating. Any slip means you go back to square one. There are several other small rules and guidelines that focus you to eat only whole foods that have been minimally processed.

Why did I want to do the Whole 30?

There are several reasons. First, I wanted to see if I could make it the whole 30 days.  It is a short and long amount of time. It is only 30 days which I felt was a reasonable amount of time. It is almost like an little award you get for finishing it. I'm all about doing things that are hard.

I also wanted to give myself a little bit of a detox. I hate that word though. I really just wanted to have some healthy food and get my body feeling better from the inside out. I was having lots of issues (constipation, stuffy nose, tiredness) and I was hoping that if I cut some of these items out for a while I could figure out what was giving me my issues.

What has been the hardest part?

I eat pretty clean right now but this means really looking at everything before I buy it or eat it. I have to look for any added sugar (including honey, maple syrup and stevia). I can't eat things that have many chemicals (all almond milks in my area). No quick snacks like greek yogurt or smoothie.

But this means taking more time to think about what I am going to eat. And many of the limits means I have about 4 meals that I have been using daily. It can get boring. I don't like to spend a lot of time cooking and this really means you have to cook each night. Most restaurants are not Whole 30 compliant which sucks. Nothing is worst than getting home on a hot day and having to cook a whole dinner.

What has been the easiest? 

Not tracking calories, macro, or anything else. Just following the basics and eating when I'm hungry. Also fruit! I love fruit so much. It makes me happy especially in summer. Not having to worry about how much I am eating is great. It doesn't mean that I'm eating it with every meal or going overboard but it just makes each day a little sweeter.

How has working out/marathon training been going?

This is the area that I have been the most concerned about. I have signed up for my first marathon and I don't want anything to derail me from doing that. My upmost focus is my runs. I am in the mindset that if my runs suffer I will stop and go back.

I am on day 10 of my training plan made by my coach Marc and so far my runs have been going good. My pace has been slower than before but I did not run nearly as much after my half in June and it has been hot and humid (for Maine). That being said the longest run I have done so far is 7 miles.  But running without my normal cookie dough balls or toast in almond butter has been different.  I have been eating 1/2-1 whole banana with almond butter and coffee before I start my runs.

So far I have felt good throughout all the runs with normal pains and tiredness.  By logging all my runs for my coach I am keeping an eye out for any changes or drops in performance.

Are you going to finish it out?

This has been the topic I have talked my husband's ear off for the past 14 days. Right now the answer is yes!

I have specific things that would make me stop early.

  1. My running starts to suffer and I am unable to complete a run that I used.
  2. My stomach issues come back.
  3. My weight loss stalls

Stay tuned!