Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016: A Year in Review

Every year, it seems like time flies by quicker and quicker. Maybe it's because I'm getting older or maybe the 24/7 news cycle/social media feeds make it seem like time is just flying by. I remember when Matthew and I got engaged, our wedding date seemed so far away (a little over a year), and yet here we are, already eight months into marriage. Time passes so quickly. I'm thankful I have this little "internet diary" to serve as a memory of all the adventures had each year.

In my Weight Watchers meeting last night, we talked about how important reflection is in our weight loss journey; thinking about what made you proud, what you still want to achieve, and what progress you've made over the last year can help you in reaching future goals for the next year. Last year, for the first time ever, I actually wrote down what my goals were for the year. Some were obtained, some were forgotten- pretty typical New Year's Resolutions 😃

But this post won't run down all wins or losses I made based on the goals I set out for myself last year; mainly because that feels like measuring myself against a set of standards that don't quite fit where I am now. At the beginning of 2016, I had no idea how wedding planning, stress at work, and injuries would impact my running and weight loss journey. But they did so to try and hold myself to what I set out for last year just feels like setting up a long post about my failure.

Instead, here's a month-by-month reflection on 2016: what made me proud, what progress I made, and what I still want to achieve in 2017. Before we go any further, I owe you a huge thank you. Without my "internet friends," I don't really know where I'd be on this health/weight-loss/running journey. You keep me grounded, accountable, and make me feel supported. Thanks for doing that for me in 2016. ❤

Leading Weight Watchers meetings is hard, y'all. After a year of doing it, I have more experience and feel like some of my skills are getting better but it's still hard. It's also still so rewarding and most weeks, it brings a level of joy and motivation to my life that I don't know I can find elsewhere.

After battling tendinitis pretty much all winter, running the Princess Half with my friend Jen was simply magical. While we met our only goal, to finish, I wanted to felt stronger during this race. My knee was held together with KT tape and that pain kept me from training the way I wanted to.

Smiles and bling.

Spring brought a little more consistency to my running. My proudest running moment of the year happened at the Shamrock Half Marathon. It was 40 degrees and pouring down rain at the start with windy conditions during the entire race- but somehow I managed to run my second-fastest half marathon ever. I think Jen pacing us helped a lot!

Jen and me, killin it in the rain.

April brought two bridal showers, wedding dress fittings, crazy stress at work, and loads of last-minute wedding planning that added to the lack of working out/running. I was also struggling to keep my weight in check- I had wanted to walk down the aisle at a certain number on the scale, and in this month I realized it wasn't going to happen. What I still want to achieve in 2017 is being able to prioritize healthy living (meal-planning, working out, etc.) even when life gets very busy.

Running Ohana at my bridal shower. 

I finally made an honest man out of Matthew and married him. 😂 We aslo finished the Pittsburgh Steel Challenge (5k + half) and ran a 5k on the day of our wedding. While I didn't log the miles or workouts I wanted to during this month, planning and running a 5k the morning of our wedding kind of solidified for me how much my life has changed over the last 6 years I've been running!

One of the better days of my life ❤
Wedding Running Ohana.

After our honeymoon, we settled into summer and playing "catch up" after the wedding. I also ran my third Baltimore Women's Classic and loved it, as usual! We took another trip to the beach (Cape May, NJ) where my knee pain from February reared it's ugly head again. After seven days of walking to the beach, running, and biking all over town, my knee let me know it was definitely not ready for Walt Disney World Marathon training.

Vacation means wine in a plastic cup.

The middle of summer brought more travel and more focus back into my life. My meal planning was on point this month and I managed to stay on track while on another weekend beach trip. Moving into next year, I want to harness the power of meal planning/prepping and continue to be successful at making it actually happen. I also did a ton of physical therapy to help get my knee back to normal. Strength training and I don't get along well but I know it's one of those "musts" to stay healthy and manage my weight. 2017 might be the year I finally invest in a personal trainer and really figure this strength training thing out.

Damn tendinitis. 

To sum up this month, my hair and my runs got shorter. I hate running in the heat- give me snow any day over hot sun and humidity! I'm proud that I got any workouts in during late summer; it's always a time of the year that I struggle with in terms of working out.

Trying to perfect the #pointonemilesposeTM

Fall 2016 meant two things: better running weather and the start of the long runs of our Walt Disney World Marathon/Dopey Challenge training. With a 13 miler and a 15 miler, we fell right back into the marathon mindset- gearing ourselves up mentally for longer and longer runs. I am really proud of how I fueled for the increasing mileage and lost almost three pounds in September- pretty much unheard of me to lose weight during marathon training.

Next to December, October might be my favorite month of the year. Cooler temperatures, color-changing leaves, and hot drinks- all super cool things about fall in the mid-Atlantic. This October, Matthew and I were lucky enough to be able to spend a week in Ireland- and I only gained 1.4 pounds! Because we travel quite a bit, I am getting better and better at making healthy choices when out of my routine. We even snuck in a few runs in between all the sight seeing! Out hotel was on the route of the Dublin Marathon (taking place the day after we left) so we got to run the streets of Dublin with some inspirational signage- super cool.

I could run this city every day.

Two 20+ mile runs, the lowest weight I'd been since July 2015, and lots of time with family? November this year was awesome. If I could repeat this month for all of 2017, I'd be set! This month's progress can be attributed to really working my own Weight Watchers program- being mindful of why/how/how much I'm eating and simply moving more- whether that's running or walking or yoga or strength training.

The last month of 2016 was nowhere near as kind to me as November was. The scale has moved up higher than I'd want it to, I've been battling some recurrent foot pain (more on that in a post next week), and this year the holiday sweets are winning- I can't seem to stay away from those damn Christmas cookies! However, this has been a month of increased quality time with Matthew and both our families. And, we leave for Walt Disney World next week! So, maybe I'm not where'd I'd like to be but I still have a lot to be proud of from 2016 and I'm excited to see where I'll make progress in 2017.

Happy New Year!

What are you most proud of from 2016? Where do you want to see progress in 2017?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thank you, ENELL!

As hard as it is for me to believe, my second year of being an ENELL ambassador is coming to an end. Representing a company (honestly, it's so much more than just a company) that I truly believe in has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity again in 2016.

As part of the ENELL Race Team, they sent me some new ENELL gear to run in and sponsored three of my races. I've been wearing ENELL for about six years and have been so impressed with the gorgeous colors they've come out with in the last year: Dazzling Blue, Biscay Bay, and Rock It Red. As a well-endowed runner who cannot wear the "fun" bras from other companies, it is awesome to be able to sport a colorful, fun ENELL bra under my running tanks- somehow, the run just feels better if it's color-coordinated! 😁 And that Dazzling Blue was the perfect choice for my wedding day 5k as my "something blue!"

How amazing does that blue trim look with that blue tank?!

Besides the cool colors, ENELL also supports me like no other piece of clothing/running equipment. The first thing I pack for any trip is my ENELL. Basically, that's the only thing I can't replace. Running clothes? Sure. Shoes? Absolutely. A sports bra? No freaking way. This year, my ENELL came with me to Cape May, NJ, the Bahamas, Ireland- quite a lot of travel for a bra!

October running near our hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

Finishing the Castaway Cay 5k on our honeymoon in June.

Running races as an ENELL ambassador gave me the opportunity to raise awareness of this brand among other female runners. I can't tell you how many times I've chatted with other well-endowed folks who hadn't heard of ENELL and were surprised to know that a bra existed specifically for their and their girls' support needs.

Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May.

Baltimore Women's Classic in June.

Race 13.1 10k in December.

But what I love the most about ENELL, is the confidence this brand gave me to even think about becoming a runner. With the right support, you can do anything. And believe me, when I put on my ENELL, I truly feel #unshakable.

#IHaveARunnersBody ...but for years, I thought the exact opposite. Continued below ⤵ ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ ✨✨✨✨✨ Growing up overweight and well-endowed made it damn near impossible to think of myself as athletic, let alone a runner. In gym class, classmates would joke, "Hey Sarah, don't give yourself a black eye from jumping jacks!" I know they intended to be funny, but their comments hurt. My own negative thoughts about my body coupled with "jokes" from others pretty much sealed the deal for years and years of self-hatred and self-sabatoge. I hated my body and used food to both comfort and punish myself. But then I watched Matthew complete the @oddyssey_half in May 2011 and I saw so many people running that didn't fit my idea of what a "runner" looked like. And I thought, if they can do it, maybe I can do it too. So I started running. And I found @enellsportsbras, which absolutely changed what I thought about being well-endowed and running. The running led to thinking about my body differently; positively. That led to fueling my body better, which led to even more positive thoughts about my body. What's amazing about this is that none of these positive thoughts have to do with what I weigh or how fast I run. This body has allowed me to run two full marathons, 20 half marathons, and countless 5 and 10Ks. I'm damn proud of this runner's body! Five years of running later, #IHaveARunnersBody. But as it turns out, I had one all along. Change your mind, change your life. 💖💖💖 #bodypositivity #irunthisbody #werunsocial #Enell #support #womensrunningcommunity #effyourbeautystandards #runchat #teamenell #flawsandall
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Even though my official ENELL Race Team ambassadorship is coming to an end, don't expect my love for this brand to go anywhere. You'll still be able to find me posting flat runner pictures on instagram, color-coordinating running outfits/costumes, and chasing down dreams, with my ENELL in tow. Thank you, ENELL, for all the literal and figurative support over the last year- it's been an honor to be part of the team! ❤

Friday, December 9, 2016

ENELL Ambassador Race Recap & Review: Race 13.1 Baltimore 10k

Note: As an ENELL Racing Ambassador, I receive race entry fees and merchandise, but I genuinely love the brand. All opinions here are my own. 

Last weekend, Matthew and I ran the inaugural Baltimore Race 13.1 10k. I know that sounds confusing- the race's name is "Race 13.1" and they offered a half marathon, 5k, and 10k option in Baltimore. Because Matthew and I had six miles on our marathon training plan anyway, and because we rarely find any 10k races in our area, we signed up for the 10k race.

This was also my last event as an ENELL Race Team Ambassador- talk about a bittersweet race! It has been a real joy getting to represent ENELL over the past year and this race was no different. Because it was going to be cold, somewhere in the 38-42 degree range, I decided to wear a long-sleeved quarter zip up under my ENELL singlet. And obviously, I had to add a Santa hat and a Sparkle Athletic skirt! 😁

Naturally, I had to wear my "Rock It Red" ENELL for this holiday-themed race.

Matthew and I chose to pick up our packets race morning. We parked in the recommended lot ($15) and walked the short walk down to Canton Waterfront Park to pick up our bibs and shirts. It felt 20 degrees colder when we were down near the water! This race started at 7 am and packet pick up was advertised for 5-6 am- so it was still dark out when we got our stuff. We opted to head back to the car and sit in the warmth until the race start- of course, not after we made a pit stop at the brand spankin' new port-o-potties!

New, clean port-o-potties with no line?! Every runner's dream! 

While we huddled in the car, we both decided to put on the race shirt because it was a little colder than we expected. The shirt we got was a really nice tech shirt and I put mine on under the long-sleeved quarter zip and my ENELL singlet. Another reason I love ENELL bras- I can change in public and not feel like I'm exposing myself to the world. 😜

The back of the shirt has the race's mantra printed on it: "You can. You will."

At about 6:40, we made our way to the starting line in Canton Waterfront Park. We noticed the different colored bibs for the different distances and realized that there were very few 10kers in comparison to the half marathoners. The half and 10k were going to start at 7 and then the 5k would start at 7:10 am.

There weren't many people at the race, maybe around 1,500, and there were even fewer folks that dressed up in holiday gear. While taking a few pre-race pictures, I did manage to find some other like-minded runners, however:

Christmas, in runner form.
Proud ENELL ambassador.

After a quick playing of the National Anthem, the race began! The half marathoners and 10kers would follow the same course for the first three miles and then the 10kers would turn around to head back to the park and the finish line. This course was very different from most of the Baltimore races I've done- mainly because we did very little running near the Inner Harbor, where most of the Baltimore races start and finish.

This course was pretty easy to follow- there were plenty of volunteers and police out there making sure we knew where we were going and making sure we were safe. The course wasn't totally closed; there were times where the police had to stop traffic to allow the runners to safely cross the road. But there were absolutely no issues at all with us being able to run our race and feel safe.

Waiting at the start...

Good morning, Canton!

A beautiful day for a race.

The turnaround point for the 10k was right near the National Aquarium and it was well-marked. Matthew and I were keeping a pretty good pace averaging right around 11:45 minute miles. I noticed that my Garmin was picking up the miles a few hundred feet before the posted mile marker (not unusual) until mile five. We saw the mile marker for mile five and then my Garmin didn't hit five until well after the mile marker. In fact, my Garmin recorded the race as being 6.15 miles long, not the 6.2 that is the correct distance for a 10k. Weird, but not totally unusual for my watch to be different than the course.

The views on the way back to the finish were absolutely stunning- watching the sun come up over the water was so gorgeous! However, I wished I'd brought sunglasses- it was so bright! I also ended up being over dressed. Around mile three I was so damn hot. I should have left the race shirt in the car.

I think we're supposed to turn here 😜

So pretty.

The Inner Harbor from a different angle.

When we finished the race, we headed over to the food table. I was expecting some water and bananas but there was so much more! Panera bagels, bear claws, scones, etc. It was quite a spread!

They also had computers there where we could check out our official finish time- 1:13:37. Matthew grabbed a bagel, I got some fruit, we took a few selfies and then headed back to our car.

Stats from Garmin Connect.

All. The. Carbs. 

What's better than a Panera bagel?!

In summary, this was a well-organized and fun race with a unique course. The race shirt is pretty cool and the post-race food was abundant and awesome. And oh yeah, there was a man playing an accordion at the start and then again at the finish so that should definitely fit into your decision making if you want to put this one on your calendar. 😂

As always, I was thankful to have my ENELL bra to support the girls while I was pounding the pavement. And though you couldn't see it, I was happy my bra matched my outfit. I'm pretty sure that's always a contributing factor to having a good run/race. ❤

Have you participated in a Race 13.1 race before? What did you think?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Accountability Monday: 12/5/2016

Good morning!

I leave for Walt Disney World in just 30 days! Matthew leaves in 28 days! WHAT?! That also means we are only 33 days from the start of the Walt Disney World Marathon. 😲😲😲 It feels like part happiness, part terror. But mostly happiness.

Wednesday- 2.5 treadmill miles, 30 minutes, 11:59 pace
Saturday- 10k race (my Garmin said 6.15 miles), 1:12:13, 11:38 pace (official results)
Sunday- Yoga wheel workout with some foam rolling and stretching

Maybe the treadmill is more exciting in black and white?

Pssst- my YogDev Yoga Wheel giveaway is still going on but hurry, you've only got two more days to enter! 

Food Find:
A fellow Weight Watcher turned me on to this yummy combination: peppermint tea + Weight Watchers Cafe Creations Mucho Mocha. It doesn't taste quite like a Starbucks peppermint mocha (my all-time favorite holiday drink) but it is pretty damn good. And has zero Smart Points, so there's that. 😄

This has quickly become my two o'clock staple. 

+.4 this week.

Totally cool with this.

Non-Scale Victory:
This weekend, Matthew and I visited Hersheypark's Christmas Candylane and as we walked around all the chocolate bars for sale in Hershey's Chocolate World, I reminisced about the king-sized candy bars I used to eat on a weekly (sometimes more!) basis. It got me thinking about all the times I used to grab a donut or cookies or candy as my first choice for a snack.

This year, we did indulge in some divine hot chocolate made with real Hershey's and we split a s'more made with chocolate chip cookies and Reese's peanut butter cups. But I felt in control of what I was eating and still ate less than I would have previously. And I resisted the king-sized candy bars. 😃

For real, these s'mores are magical. 

Wishing you an awesome first week of December! Make it great, friends!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

YogaDev Yoga Wheel: Review & Giveaway

As a typical runner, I tend to focus my fitness on things that will improve my running, namely, running. 😃

But as my physical therapist, orthopedic doc, and family doctor all lecture tell me, I have to incorporate some low-impact activity into my weekly routine. Specifically, yoga has been known to help runners significantly as it helps restore flexibility and strength into muscles that assist in running.

Over the years, I have dabbled in some at-home yoga practice. It's not been something I have done regularly, but it's something that I am making a priority moving forward; mainly because I keep getting injured.

So, it was a pleasant surprise when YogDev reached out to me a few weeks ago and offered to send me a yoga wheel to review on my blog- and sponsor a giveaway so I can give one to my readers! Contest information is at the end of this review.

So, what is a yoga wheel? It is a tool used in yoga, similar to a yoga block, that can assist in different poses, stretches, and strengthening exercises. I had never used one before so it was a little intimating when I pulled it out of the box.

It came with a little cheat sheet of poses that you can do with your yoga wheel. The first night I got my new wheel, in my infinite wisdom, I decide that I'm going to try and do a super-advanced pose and try to balance on top of this hard plastic wheel.

You can guess what happened- I totally bit it. Let me caution you with this- if you're not a professional yogi, don't try "garland" (pictured above) as your first pose with a yoga wheel. 😉

After learning what not to do with a yoga wheel, I checked out YogDev's pose guide online for some instructional videos on how to properly use the wheel as a beginner. I also found this YouTube gem that gave me some cool strengthening moves to check out.

I pulled together a few of the poses, stretches, and exercises to make a routine for myself focusing on my hips and hamstrings. One of the things I loved about using the wheel is that I can modify some of my favorite moves (like a single-leg bridge) using the wheel to balance instead of using a large stability ball. With as much as we travel, this yoga wheel is way more portable than a stability ball and I felt like I got a better workout using the wheel because I had to use more of my muscles to balance.

The smile disappears when the move gets intense! 

I also was able to do a modified single-leg squat coupled with a hamstring stretch (see above) and use the wheel in a controlled rolling motion. It was a pretty effective move and I love how using the wheel allowed me to add some extra stretch and balance to a single-leg squat.

The other benefit I found to using the wheel was being able to access some really restorative stretches and poses. Using this in a modified bridge pose, it was amazing how good it felt to get some release across the top of my back/in between my shoulder blades- that's where I carry all my stress. And the calf stretch pictured below is just what I needed after the longer runs of this marathon training cycle.

If I look uncomfortable, it's because I am. Need. More. Yoga.

Overall, I really enjoyed incorporating the YogDev Yoga Wheel into my fitness routine. I hope to keep using it and maybe one day I'll nail the "garland"- and I'll be sure to upload a picture for proof! This product is definitely well-made, comes in multiple fun colors, and has a great website with lots of information on how to use this appropriately in your yoga practice. All in all, I think it's pretty cool.

Want one of your own? Check out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Tweet every day between now and 12/7/16 for more chances. Winners will be notified via email on the morning of 12/7/16 and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the wheel.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: YogDev provided me with a free yoga wheel to review on this blog. I did not receive compensation in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are on my own.

Have you ever used a yoga wheel or similar fitness product? What's your favorite piece of fitness equipment?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Accountability Monday: 11/28/16

Happy Monday!

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and full of good memories!

Matthew and I traveled to my family's home and got to spend some quality time with them over the weekend. We also ran three consecutive days for Matthew's Dopey Challenge training and I cannot tell you the last time I did that- as I get older and seem to be more injury-prone, I typically have to leave a lot of time in my week for recovery so I usually don't run on back-to-back days. That's one of the reasons I love the Galloway training plan as much as I do; tons of recovery after long runs.

That also brings up something else that I've been thinking about: run streaks. I follow lots of folks on social media and have tons of friends that participate in "run streaks," i.e., run every day for a certain amount of days. Currently, Runner's World is sponsoring one right now that encourages runners to get in at least a mile every day between now and New Year's Day.

While I love the idea of a run streak, it just isn't for me. My body cannot handle the stress of running every day for longer than a few days. I am in awe of people who have been running every day for years- my friend Brandi over at Funner Runner is on day 972 of her run streak! That is so amazing to me! If you're a frequent reader of this blog, then you know that the mere thought of running every day for longer than a week gives me an injury. 😉 So while you won't find me using the #RWRunStreak on social media, I'll be cheering for you from my couch!

Wednesday- 2.5 miles, 12:01 pace
Thursday- Turkey Trot 5k, 11:50 pace
Friday- 16 miles with Matthew, 13:22 pace; 5 solo miles, 12:33 pace
Saturday- Yoga for Recovery: Runners
Sunday- PT knee/hip workout

I need more yoga in my life. Seriously, it helped tremendously with my recovery from Friday's long run; I've had very little soreness and muscle stiffness. However, I have to be honest- those 21 miles sucked. I don't think that I found a rhythm until mile 19. There wasn't one thing I can put my finger on as the cause, it was just one of those runs that wasn't particularly enjoyable. But- that's the thing about marathon training- some runs are awesome and life-affirming and some are horrid and stupid. Only one more long one stands between us and Disney; five weeks until WDW Marathon Weekend!!!

Food Find:
Y'all know what happened this week- Thanksgiving + left overs + family time at a local winery = lots of food and drink for me!

-1.8 this week
145.2 as of 11/22/16

Officially losing weight this training cycle has been surprisingly awesome! Though I'm not sure what this week will bring as currently, I'm at negative 38 Smart Points for the week. 😆

Non-Scale Victory:
I have been very happy with how I've been fueling during long runs lately- I feel like I'm getting just the right amount of fuel to keep going without taking in too many calories like I have when training for other races in the past. My brain will always tell me I need more food (old habits die hard) but luckily I'm learning to rely more on my body and hunger signals to tell me when to refuel.

Sport Beans work like magic for me.

That's it for this week!

Here's one more photo for you, just because it's Monday and pugs make everything better: Koda says, "Have a great week, friends!" ❤

That face ❤❤❤

Do you run streak? If so, what do you love about it? 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful List: 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is traditionally a time when families and friends gather around a table to eat, be together, and express gratitude for all the blessings they've experienced throughout the year. For me, this year is no different; every Thanksgiving, I like to write a post about what I'm thankful for (here's 2014 and 2015). So, here's the list of all the things I'm grateful for this year- even though there's no way I can capture it all in one post- these are some of the blessings I've known in the past year.

I am thankful for...

Cold beer after a long day or a long run.

Friends we've known forever and friends we've just met.

Traveling to lands familiar and strange.

Wooded trails that go on for miles and miles. 

Thirteen happy years with our family dog Brittany, who crossed the rainbow bridge in October.

Family that supports and loves us unconditionally.

This sweet fur baby Koda that fills our days with joy.

And this moment, when Matthew made me the luckiest and happiest woman on earth.

And of course, you, dear reader. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, thank you for being my friend. This blog has brought so many wonderful people into my life- thank you for being you. ❤

Wishing you and yours the happiest Thanksgiving ever!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Accountability Monday: 11/21/16

Good morning and..... HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK!

I hope you have wonderful plans for later this week that involve family, friends, and good food!

Matthew and I are planning all that plus a 23 mile run- aren't we lucky?! You can check out more about our training plan in yesterday's post.

Monday- PT and hip workout
Tuesday- 30 minute walk
Wednesday- PT workout
Thursday- 1.5 mile run, 11:33 pace
Saturday- PT and hip workout
Sunday- 6 miles, 12:19 pace

The boot is off! Yay! On the advice of my orthopedic doctor, I took the boot off this week in the evenings and slowly made my way back to running. So far, so good. I have some soreness in my feet but nothing too unusual. I'm starting to think that I'm just getting old and these aches and pains in my feet aren't serious- just annoying. I have a follow-up appointment with the doctor tomorrow so we'll see what she has to say.

20 mph winds during our run yesterday.

Food Find:
For the football games this weekend, I made skinnytaste's crock pot buffalo chicken lettuce wraps with skinnytaste creamy blue cheese dressing. Y'all need to make this one- it is so good! If you like buffalo wings, this is a tasty, low-fat substitute. The lettuce wrap and carrots provided a solid crunch and the dressing was heavenly! And for just 4 Smart Points per wrap, these are a guilt-free way to enjoy one of my favorite flavors.

I have no idea! Had to miss my meeting last week due to a work meeting so I'm operating without the scale for the moment. 😉

Non-Scale Victory:
Matthew was out of town for a few days this week and usually this is a tricky time for me- I tend to binge eat when he's not home. Don't ask me why, it just tends to happen. But- this time, I didn't binge once! I'm proud of sticking to my plan and not using food to cope with my emotions. *high fives self*

Have a great week, friends and an even better Thanksgiving! Check back on Thursday for my annual "what I'm thankful for" post!