About newbierunner

I'm just a newbie 40 something runner living in Spokane.

My Favorite Morning Pick-me-up


I love to start my day with a Starbucks Venti Iced Green Tea, no syrup, one Splenda. Oh so delicious! And green tea is a great fat burner. I’m pairing it with perfect oatmeal & 1/2 pack each of the nuts & dried fruit with a little splash of fat free milk & a dash of stevia. I love that Starbucks has a selection of healthier items on their menu.


My Rude Awakening

My friend and I have a weight-loss bet right now. He wants to lose some weight to improve his golf game and I’m hoping to tone my body. The bet is that he’ll lose 10 pounds and I’ll lose 2 pounds by August 15. The winner gets $50. We haven’t really decided yet what we’re going to do if we both lose the weight by August 15. We’ve been tossing around a few ideas with the help of our other friends and so far the winning suggestion is having a slap fight. I’m pretty sure I’ll win the tiebreaker.

Last week in my normal obsessive way, I decided to go get a DXA body composition test. It’s essentially an x-ray of your body. Now, most people think I don’t really need to lose any weight but I knew I needed to lose some body fat. I was shocked and appalled to find out that my body fat percentage was nearly 30%! Just in case you didn’t know that’s in the fair category for my age group. My BMI is just under 23%, which puts me in the normal category. I think that’s why I was so shocked! I carry most of my weight in my midsection.

I took a few photos before I had the DXA Test as a baseline.



At first when I got my test results, I wanted to eat a large pizza and six cheeseburgers all by myself. I figured if I was going to be fat I was at least going to enjoy being fat! Of course that only lasted about 10 minutes and then I contacted my previous personal trainer. The very next day I went to her yoga burn class so that I could stretch out my tight leg muscles from the running I’ve been doing. And the day after that I started training with her again.

Last Friday was the first day of training and it was back and shoulders. We do three circuits of five or six different exercises for 15 reps each for total of 45 minutes. I must say I didn’t do too bad considering it’s been probably a year since I worked out consistently.

My trainer also put me on the zone block diet plan for a small person. Let me tell you that was not enough food for me. When I don’t eat enough I get cranky. Really cranky! So today I convinced her to bump up my food so that I didn’t have to chew off the arm
of one of my workout partners. I’m sure tomorrow will go much better, food wise.

As far as exercise, my plan is to continue running in the mornings and go to the workout classes in the evenings. Tomorrow is core day. I’m really looking forward to it because I know I need it!

Last night we had the most amazing sunset here so before I go I’m going to share a photo of it.


Isn’t it incredible!

I’m Joining Another Mother Runner’s June Challenge

This has been rough week, both physically with my runs and with some tough stuff happening at work. I won’t go into the work issues other than to say that some of our employees damaged a few large pieces of equipment. Ouch!

This morning I had planned to do the week five, day 1 training run on the 10K plan on the Deltaworks Pro Run Training. The plan was to do nine intervals of 3 min. run/1 min. walk after the 5 minute warm up. Immediately during my first run I noticed that my right quad was really tight. I’m not sure whether it was from the sprints I did earlier this week or because I was running on the treadmill. I definitely prefer running outside but it’s really windy here today (20 mph with 30-40 mph gusts) & it just wasn’t appealing to run outside in that. So after practically limping my way through the first two run cycles I decided to try something else. I started walking & thought I would walk for 1/2 hr or so. Then I realized that I really wanted some type of running workout. So I improvised & did 8 minute sprint intervals with 1 minute of walking in between each interval. And I’m happy with that. No, it wasn’t what I really wanted to do but it was better than just giving up and ending my workout right then.

I had a really difficult time staying motivated this week. Probably due to laziness and the weather. I can come up with a lot of other excuses too. Instead, I’m going to join Another Mother Runner’s June Running Challenge.

This seems like a great way to stay motivated. I recently bought Train Like a Mother so I’m going to try one of the training plans in there. It’s always fun & interesting to change things up a bit. Anyone else up for the challenge?

I’m Back at It!

After a really long hiatus, I’m back at it. I’ve started running again and am essentially starting over. It’s not as painful as the first go round because I’m in a little bit better shape. I have been using an Iphone app called Run Training Pro.

My training log

I’ve used Nike+ before and was happy with it but decided to try something different for a while. I’m currently doing the 10k training plan and started with week 2. I’m not really training for a race at this point, it just helps to have a written plan for me to follow. I like to have goals and be able to see a visual improvement as I get better.

With weather like this, how could you not want to be outside?

My first run, Saturday, was pretty bad. I felt winded and was pretty tired when I got done. This morning was a much better experience and I actually enjoyed it. The weather was beautiful at 5:30 this morning despite it being really cold (37 degrees F). When the sun is out, I enjoy being outside a lot more.

I’m also trying a new food plan. I signed up for Weight Watchers online and so far it seems to work for me. I think what’s helping me the most is that I am keeping track of what I eat. It’s so easy to forget what you ate earlier in the day, or just go on a carb binge and overload the calories. I don’t really need to lose a lot of weight. My goal is really to tighten up in certain areas, especially my Abs. This will be the summer I rock a bikini! I am determined to own it, if you know what I mean.

Do you have a health goal right now? Please share and let me know what you are doing to stay on track.

Over the Top Award


Sophie gave this Over the Top award to me. My second award this week. I’m so thrilled. Thank you so much Sophie!

By accepting this award I agree to:
Copy these 35 questions and change the answers to suit you and then pass it on. Try to keep your answers to one word each question. Once you have filled it out, be sure to pass it on to 6 of your favorite bloggers and alert them that they have been awarded!

1. Where is your cell phone?  desk
2. Your hair? red
3. Your mother?  friend
4. Your father?  great
5. Your favorite food?  seafood
6. Your dream last night?  none
7. Your favorite drink?  lemon drop martini
8. Your dream/goal?  happy
9. What room are you in?  office
10. Your hobby?  reading
11. Your fear?  insecurity
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  retired
13. Where were you last night?  cheer
14. Something that you aren’t?  quiet
15. Muffins?  NOT
16. Wish list item?  house
17. Where did you grow up?  Washington
18. Last thing you did?  computer
19. What are you wearing?  jeans
20. Your TV?  off
21. Your pets?  crazy
22. Friends?  rock
23. Your life?  content
24. Your mood?  frustrated
25. Missing someone?  yes
26. Vehicle?  baby
27. Something you’re not wearing?  make up
28. Your favorite store?  Paper Source
29. Your favorite color?  green
30. When was the last time you laughed?  Yesterday
31. Last time you cried?  Tuesday
32. Your best friend?  hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over?  Borders
34. One person who emails me regularly?  sister
35. Favorite place to eat?  Chinooks

And now, to the 6 following bloggy friends I bestow this award on you:


Honest Scrap Award


 The fabulous Kat gave me the Honest Scrap award. Thanks Kat. You’re pretty wonderful. 🙂

As a recipient of this award, I am to share 10 things that people don’t know about me. I’ve really had to think about this one.

  1. I am uber-competitive… with MYSELF! I am constantly trying to one-up myself and I drive myself crazy with it all. I have been this way as long as I can remember. I never really cared about other kid’s grades in school. I just wanted to exceed my best.
  2. Cheese on vegetables makes me ill. I will never eat any type of cheese on a vegetable. I like vegetables and I like cheese but never together.
  3. I wanted to be a librarian when I was growing up because I love to read. So, I became a library aid and realized how boring it was! All that quiet time is just too much for me to handle. A bookstore would do for me. :
  4. I learned how to swim when I was 2 years old. When I was young, we lived across the street from a community pool and I was in the water every day nearly all day long. I loved it.
  5. I am the co-owner (with my hubby) of the only female operated electric sign company in my town (which happens to be an old school kinda place). My favorite thing is when customers assume I’m married to the man standing next to me, whichever employee that happens to be. My “real” husband runs his own company.
  6. When I was little I used to come home from school crying that the kids were picking on someone other than me. One boy in particular lived down the street from us and he was very gangly and kept to himself. My classmates were horrible to him. I always felt so sorry for him.
  7. My first job was as a file clerk for Safeway. I sorted, organized and filed for 8 hours every day.
  8. My favorite movie ever is the Sound of Music. When I was 13 I was fortunate enough to go to Europe where I was able to see some of the set locations in Austria. I was thrilled!
  9. When I was a little girl, my grandparents told me I could have a horse and keep it at their house. But my parents wouldn’t let me. I’m scarred for life. 🙂 Now, my daughter keeps asking for a horse and my answer is always, “No way”. Too much work and too expensive to feed.
  10. I am extremely stubborn. If someone tells me not to do something and I don’t agree with them then I will do exactly what they tell me not to do. When I had a boss to report to this really didn’t work out so well for me. And if I tell you I’m not coming back, I really mean it!

I am also supposed to pass this along to 10 other “honest scrap” bloggers. Because this is a much more “revealing” award, I’m going to leave it up to the recipients to determine whether they’d like to play along. I will not be offended in any way if the people I’ve chosen decided to opt out.

And my award recipients are (drumroll, please):

HYC Update!

I’m down about 1/2 pound this week. That isn’t really anything to get excited about because of all of the fluctuating my weight has been doing in the last 3 months or so. Basically it’s up a pound and then down a pound. If I was sure that the plateau had been broken then I would definitely be excited!

Today is a run/walk day. Because I skipped a run this past weekend I’ll be doing 5 min. run/1 min. walk today instead of 8 min. run/3 min. walk. The weather has been so cold and windy here since late last week that it’s not a whole lot of fun to be outside. At the same time, I get really bored with running for an hour on the treadmill so my plan is to be outside today.

I’ve been very happy with the quality of food I’ve been eating. By that I just mean, virtually no junk food and lots of good whole foods. I have been loving Costco lately. They are really increasing the number of Organic foods that you can buy there. Yesterday I saw three different varieties of organic apples for the same price as non-organic apples. It seems every time I go there I find a new organic product that I didn’t realize they carry. I love that!

Another new item I bought at Costco yesterday was fresh butternut squash chunks (unfortunately not organic). I have really been craving homemade butternut squash soup so today I plan to make some for dinner. Since the squash is already in chunks, it should be so much easier to make the soup! There are so many different spice combos out there for this type of soup so I am having a hard time deciding which one to try first! Curried soup sounds delish!

My workout plans this week include 3 strength training sessions with my trainer and 3 run/walks. I’ll try to fit in some walking on the days I don’t do the run/walks.

I think the cold season has caught up to me. Half of the people at work are sick and now I think I’m sick too. I’ve been sneezing nearly nonstop. Seems all of the vitamins I’ve been taking didn’t prevent the cold. After I conquer this cold I’m going to get a flu shot. I don’t want to get the flu this year.