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These Are My Confessions . . . Part II

Back when I first started Brown is the New Pink, I made a post about my confessions and goals. I figured that after 6 months it’s time for an update and some new goals.

The first time I wrote about my confessions, I set three goals for myself:

  1. Eat more whole foods.
  2. Exercise more.
  3. Identify my all-or-nothing thinking and come up with alternative thoughts.

Overall, I’ve been eating more whole foods and definitely exercising more. Up until 2.5 weeks ago I was running 4 days/week training for a half-marathon. Sadly, the half marathon didn’t pan out due to injuries, but I’m still happy with all of my exercising. I also think I did a good job of sharing my training plans and meal plans on the blog. Finally, I’m still working on my all-or-nothing thinking. While I mentally noted thoughts when they occurred, I never actually wrote them down. Something to keep working on!

Now that I’m keeping up with eating whole foods and exercising (most of the time), I want to make some more specific goals. With that said, these are my confessions . . . part II.

(Yes, it is necessary for me to post the corresponding Usher music video every time I write that.)

I let myself get way too hungry.

This is a big issue for me. I tend not to snack between meals, and I’m starving by the time I eat the next meal. I think that if I eat healthy snacks I will be less likely to overeat during meals or to get hangry.


I always choose cardio over strength training or yoga.

I’m pretty good at keeping up with cardio, but I am not nearly as consistent with strength training. Though I actually love the way I feel when I strength train regularly, I don’t enjoy it as much as cardio. I honestly just find it boring, but I probably just need to find something that works for me. I also enjoy yoga, but practicing it puts me out of my comfort zone. It’s a totally different kind of exercise for me, but I think I would definitely benefit from practicing it consistently, especially given my recent overuse injuries.

I often reward myself with food.

Survived a rough week of work? Celebrate with Mexican food. Finished everything on my to-do list? Wind down with a piece of chocolate. I love food, and I tend to associate it with joy, success, and love. While I will continue to enjoy food and cooking, especially as part of special celebrations like holidays, I need to find other ways to reward myself on a day-to-day basis that don’t involve empty calories.


So what am I going to do about these confessions?

  1. Eat 2 healthy snacks (with fiber and protein) everyday. I’ll post snack ideas on Brown is the New Pink and include snacks in my weekly meal plan posts.
  2. Strength train at least 2 times per week and do yoga 1 time per week. Instead of a half marathon training plan, I’ll post weekly workout recaps to keep myself accountable with this goal.
  3. Find new ways to reward myself that don’t involve food. I’ll post ideas on the blog and incorporate personal examples of new rewards in my future posts.

4 Bridges Training {Week 7}

I am officially half way through half-marathon training! Other than missing my 2 mile run on Wednesday due to crazy thunderstorms, I completed all of my workouts. My long run this week was glorious! It was in the low- to mid-60s, breezy, and cloudy. Perfect running weather! For the first time in my training, I got in the zone and felt like I could keep running. Don’t you love that feeling? I’m hoping my good running vibes will last through this coming week. I’m bumping up my mileage a little bit on every run compared to last week. Bring it on, week 7!

If you’re interested in the 6 previous weeks of training, you can find the posts here:

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6.

4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 7

Monday: Yoga + strength (My brother, who’s training for a full marathon, suggested I start doing yoga. He said it’s really helped his legs recover fasts. Figured I’d give it a shot.)

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 8 miles

4 Bridges Training {Week 6}

Wow, I can’t believe I’m almost half way through my training plan. T-7 weeks until the race! Once again I’ve been keeping up with the runs, but my strength training has been lackluster. Meh. I’ll try again this week. I won’t be including my meal plan because I’m only in town for half of the week. I’m heading to Kentucky on Thursday for a long weekend with my family. I can’t wait! My dad is an awesome cook, and I know I’ll be spoiled with his delicious food. 🙂

If you’re interested in the previous weeks, you can find them here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.

4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 6

Monday: Strength + stretch

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: Rest (Flight to Kentucky)

Friday: 4 miles + strength

Saturday: Cross-train for 40 minutes (Likely taking Scooter for a long walk!)


Scooter is my parents’ husky-boxer mix. He’s quite the character.

Sunday: 7 miles

4 Bridges Training {Week 1}

Today is my first official day of half-marathon training! From now on, I will be posting my training plan at the beginning of each week. I am loosely following Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Half-Marathon Training Plan. This will be my 3rd half-marathon, but I took a hiatus from running consistently since my wedding in March. I am essentially starting over. I have also found that running 4 days a week is best for me both physically and mentally. In the past, I have had trouble with plantar fascists and my IT band, and I tend to get bored running more than 4 days per week. So here goes week 1!

4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 1

Monday: Strength and stretch


Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 2 miles

Thursday: 3 miles + strength


Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 30 minutes

Sunday: 4 miles

Weekend Recap and Weekly Workout Recap

Weekend Recap

Good morning! I hope you had a good weekend. It’s been a fun one for me. On Friday Derek and I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with his friends from med school. After the movie, we all got blue cups and listened to live music at the Chapel Hill bar He’s Not Here to celebrate. They are officially done with their second year! Now it’s all about studying for the Step 1, which is their board exam that covers everything they learned over the past two years. It’s a huge deal, and it will be Derek’s focus for the next 6 weeks until June 17th.


On Saturday I finally started working on organizing and decorating our new place. We moved back in March, but life has been to crazy to work on the house until now. I’m trying to get as much done as I can before my parents come to visit next weekend for my graduation. I’m thinking about posting before and after pictures and information about some of my DIY projects. Derek and I ended the day with a nice date. We went to dinner at an Italian restaurant and rented American Hustle. It was a wonderful date.

Sunday I worked around the house cooking, cleaning, and decorating. We made lightened-up cobb salads for lunch and beef kabobs for dinner. I’ll share the recipe for both of these dishes soon. We finished out the weekend watching Game of Thrones with our friends. Derek and I sold our souls to Time Warner Cable just to get HBO for 3 months of GoT. Sad, but true. Overall, it has been a great, relaxing weekend. Now I’m getting excited for next weekend! My family and Derek’s family will be here for my graduation, and we’re leaving for Kiawah next Sunday. So pumped.

Weekly Workout Recap

When I first looked at my recap, the all-or-nothing thinker in me said, Only 20 or 30 minutes? This is barely working out. Workouts should be at least 45 minutes. Now I am trying to reframe those thoughts. Now I look at my recap and think, Wow! I worked out 5 days this week. I even ran 3 days after hardly working out at all for the past few months. This is a great start back to exercising. This week reminded me how great running feels and how much I missed it. I also enjoyed lifting weights with Derek at the gym yesterday. I am quite sore today though.

Monday: 20 minute run


I often run on the American Tobacco Trail. It’s so green right now!

Tuesday: 30 minute walk

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 30 minute run

Friday: Off

Saturday: 25 minute run

Sunday: Strength training


Sweaty, post-gym selfie or it didn’t happen. 🙂

My workout goal for this coming week is to incorporate more strength training. Do you have specific exercise goals you’re working towards? What’s on your workout agenda this week? I love getting ideas from other people!


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