So, I got back to work yesterday and everyone wanted to know what I did on my five day weekend. Yes, I took a five day weekend and it was… well, it was awesome but at first I didn’t know what to say in my answer. I didn’t go out of town, or throw any parties. Basically, I had an epic hangout session with the dog.

It is actually surprising that I really haven’t mentioned my dog on here before. Her name is Rella, she is a four year old pit bull and she loves nothing more than sleeping under the covers right next to me. She is actually my boyfriend’s dog, but since he says that she loves me more than air and the feeling is mutual I’ll go ahead and claim her.

During our epic hangout session we slept in a lot, watched movies, played Frisbee, went on several hikes and a nice walk. This is her on Flattop.

She apparently hates getting is picture taken so here is the view from the top of the hike instead.

Rella and I also spent a lot of time in the kitchen which is a little odd since I’m not the chef in the house. I guess since the BF was working and is now out of town being forced to fend for ourselves was a good thing and we made:

Granola Bars (totally rice free yay!)

This is an adaptation from one of the recipes at Fannetastic Food. I’ve made several from there and they have all been awesome.

Peanut Butter Dog Cookies (in the shape of salmon)

Kiwi Lime Sorbet – sorry no photo but it is totally delicious.

Green enchiladas – sorry no photo

And Mayan Hot Chocolate Cupcakes – these are a combination of this chocolate cupcake recipe (just the basic cupcakes not the extra chocolate stuff) with the spices and frosting from here.

I should thank Rella for hanging out and going hiking with me. Having a dog to take was honestly the only reason I was willing to go by myself in the middle of the week.


Well, sometimes it happens. In week three of my rescue mission I lost no weight. I also gained none so I see that as a positive. I also enjoyed the 4th of July and indulged so I think I earned my results.

Here is how my week looked.

Day Calories Exercise Net Calories
Friday, July 29 1643 Rest Day 1643
Saturday, July 30 1644 40 Minute Hike/20 Minute Run – 472 Calories 1172
Sunday, July 1 1198 Rest 1198
Monday, July 2 1465 35 Minute Run -321 Calories 1144
Tuesday, July 3 1220 Rest 1220
Wednesday, July 4 1802 Walk – 67 Calories 1735
Thursday, July 5 1674 90 Minute Hike -652 Calories 1022

Not terrible, not great but I feel fine about it. I’m also at the weight it says on my driver’s license. Not a bad place to be.


Okay people, I have a confession. I TRY really hard to be organized and on top of it but sometimes I fail and my unorganized, tripping over my own feet, true self comes out. Earlier this week I totally had one of those days. I did manage to get out of the house on time with most of the essentials for an after work run (shirt, shorts, sports bra, sock and shoes) which is a miracle that does not always happen, but I managed to forget my arm band, headphones, headband and hair tie. On some days this would be enough to derail me but I stuck it out, pieced it together and ended up with a solid sweaty workout that I thought I’d share.

First of all I had this mishmash of hair accessories in my purse so yay!

And, I turns out I had a spare pair of ear buds in the car! Sweet! So I decided to shove my phone in my bra and get out there for a run and break it up with some strength training interval moves every mile. I ended up doing a little over three miles which meant four interval breaks. I basically took the Runner’s World 7 minute strength training warm up plan and interspersed it for most of the interval breaks. It ended up looking like this:

  Reverse Lunge Single-Leg Hops Single Leg Reach Plank with Alternating Leg Lift Y Squat
Start 12 per side 5 per side 12 per side 5 per side 12
Mile 1 12 per side   12 per side

5 per side

Mile 2 12 per side   12 per side 5 per side 12
  Crunches Bicycles Plank with Alternating Leg Lifts Downward Dog with Alternating Leg Crunch Pigeon Pose
Mile 3 30 20 per side 5 per side 10 per side 1 per side

You probably noticed that I skipped out on the single-leg hops at miles one and two. That was for two reasons. First, I kind of hate them and secondly the ankle I previously hurt didn’t feel strong while doing the first set and I didn’t want to skip out on the rest of my workout because of it. I also choose to mix up the interval at mile 3 with a focus on core and stretching. Man, pigeon at the end of a run always feels amazing!

Also, since I was such a mess when I went to do this I wrote myself a cheat sheet on my hand… I know, very Junior High of me. Oh, well it got the job done.

I felt sweaty and tired at the end of my workout but surprisingly good the next morning. I’ll have to try this again.


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