Vegetarian (again)

Since the 6th grade I was about animal rights, but by the time I was a high school freshman I decided to go a step further, vegetarianism. Honestly, I had no idea how to eat; I basically ate what I would have eaten but just took out the meat. A lot of my diet involved cheese until I unfortunately became lactose intolerant (or at least what I assume happened to me). I used to joke that I accidentally became vegan (no meat, no more dairy, and I didn’t eat eggs either at the time) so I might as well been vegan. But since I had no idea how to eat my body started fighting back and screaming cravings.

Luckily by the time my daughter, Zooey, started pureed foods I became a food “expert” or at least to the degree I could. I found out what really worked for me. At the time I found that a paleo diet made me feel my best. However, after watching Michael Pollan’s documentary, “Cooked,” meat was very unappetizing.

cookedThe point of Cooked isn’t to turn people vegetarian or vegan, but rather show the history and culture of food and how things should/could be. I do know that there’s been the trend toward healthier and happier animals that end up on a plate, but I struggle with the idea of eating something that was once living. I know that it’s part of life, but from my personal point of view I just couldn’t do it. So I decided to become full out vegetarian after 10 years of being one, 5 years of not, and back at it. Perhaps this will be a short-lived action of mine or perhaps it will be permanent, but in case anyone has noticed a change in what I post about food that is the brief history of the why and how.




(My) Eating Disorder History

It all started when I got the stomach flu. It was the summer before 7th grade and I got the stomach flu. When I got over it my family went on vacation, and I had zero appetite fearing getting sick again. When we got back from vacation and I weighed myself I saw that I had lost 6 pounds! I couldn’t believe it and also was so thrilled. My mom had been on my back about “your arms are fat,” “your back is fat,” “look at your stomach. your stomach is fat,” “I need to take you to a doctor.” I hated her pointing out how fat I was even though I wasn’t that big… I was 5’4″ and about 136 pounds, but for a 6th grader maybe that was too much?

She did take me to a doctor once in 5th grade to talk about what I ate. It was embarrassing. I had to answer questions like do I eat my cereal with chocolate milk or do I eat jars of peanut butter. The answers typically were no. What was especially frustrating is that I ate what I was given by my family. At that point I had no control over what I ate and what was shopped for.

Speed forward to getting the stomach flu and losing 6 pounds, I realized that by not eating I would drop weight easily. That’s what began the pattern of not eating. Honestly I’m not going to give any more details, because I know how it is and that triggers can happen, and ideas can grow, which I don’t want any of that to happen to anyone reading this.

What is important to know is that from 7th grade through high school and off and on during college I starved myself. It wasn’t until I got engaged that I started eating “normal” again, but I had no idea what normal was until I had Zooey. Learning proper nutrition for a toddler taught me proper nutrition for myself. I remember thinking she deserves good food and I don’t. When I realized I thought that I immediately stopped myself and said, “You do deserve this.” Once I started eating nutritionally well with regular (not obsessive) exercise I lost the baby weight and was at my healthiest. Right now I’m pretty healthy. Not exactly where I want to be after having my second a year and a half ago, but I am quite happy with where I am.

It’s unbelievable what secret struggles I had, and that I never reached out to anyone. Being healthy doesn’t involve starving yourself, and if you think it does please reach out to someone. It is scary, but for someone who went through it for years I encourage you to seek out healing.



Two Weeks to a 10k

With just two weeks before my 10k race I fell down a few steps and hit my toe. Initially it swelled, bruised, and felt like I couldn’t move it.

It. Was. Frustrating. I couldn’t believe that I possibly could have broken my toe just weeks before my race. Not only could I not train, but I may not even be able to run it. So, I iced, rested my toe, and taped it. The first day or so was not that great, but by day 3 it felt almost back to normal! So almost back on my original plan!

I tried running a mile, and managed to run .40 mile before deciding to stop. Even though I wasn’t in excruciating pain I could tell my toe wasn’t happy with me. So I missed my 4 mile Thanksgiving run, and my 10k is in a week.

Not sure if I’ll be able to train for it/even run it, but here are some tips on how I would train two weeks before a 10k:

  • REST (especially if you just ran a half marathon. Give yourself a day or two off, and listen to your body. Don’t run injured!)
  • Aim for 4-5 runs a week running anywhere from 2 miles (fast) to 4 miles (pace) to 6 miles (comfortable)
  • Do leg work to prevent sore knees and IT bands (while you’re at it how about your whole body!)
  • Drink water, eat well, and sleep
  • And be careful wearing fuzzy socks while walking down hardwood stairs!!

At this point I’m hoping and praying that my toe will be better soon, and finding a babysitter (not so fun) and outfit (so fun)!music dance happy sexy hot



A Healthy Thanksgiving

giphySometimes I get the feeling that Thanksgiving is just a fall Mardis Gras where some people think they can
go crazy and just eat until they’re stuffed. In fact I think I remember a Friends episode where Joey wore maternity pants on Thanksgiving to “have room.”

But really I encourage you to view Thanksgiving as a themed meal. Wah-wah, I know it sounds boring, but your body will thank you. I also encourage you to exercise in the early morning, and eat well portioned meals later on.

I’ll be running a 4 mile race Thanksgiving morning, and I’m honestly looking forward to it. Runs on Thanksgiving always have such fun spirit to them, plus it gives me more energy to handle the day ahead!

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!



Half Marathon Outfit Ideas


At the finish line

As I mentioned in my previous post about my first half marathon, I found that I hadn’t brought all the clothes I needed for my run. The main reason is that the day before the race the weather changed. So instead running with a feel of the 50s, I’d be running with a feel of the 30s. Two main things I was missing: a jacket and pants. I had brought capri’s instead and a thin long sleeve tech shirt. When I would be starting my run it’d be in the teens to 20s. So yes I needed to fix that situation. Luckily I had packed knee high compression socks so with the capri’s I had faux “pants.” I also was able to buy a jacket at the expo the night before, so I was set.

In case you are planning for a half, my big recommendation especially if you are traveling for your half, bring more than you need (just in case).

But if you’re curious here was my half marathon running outfit (and no i’m not getting paid to say any of this-HA!):

After about mile 1 or so I “stored” my gloves in my sleeves. About mile 4 or so I wrapped my fleece headband around my wrist. When I saw my husband at mile 6 cheering me on, I gave him my jacket and gloves, but put back on my headband. That became the perfect combination for the rest of the run.

Hopefully that helps you with your plans!



Honestly (A Half Marathon recap)

It’s been a while since my last post, and honestly sometimes you just need to take a break because life gets a bit overwhelming. Whether your work or kids swamp your life, sometimes you just need to put up that little white flag and call truce. But i’m glad to be back to posting.

As I had hoped I finished my first half marathon on November 13th in Madison, Wisconsin. Even though I had given myself 16 weeks to train life kept throwing me curve balls! I mentioned before getting a sinus infection, injuring my knee, and getting a nasty cold, but as of a couple weeks ago I also came down with another bad cold/sore throat. In fact we all got sick. My husband got a 102 degree fever, my daughter got croup and strep throat, and my son got an ear infection, 101 degree fever, strep throat and an ear infection. As you can imagine there were about 3 weeks that our how was an infectious mess.

The first to get sick was actually my daughter, and when we found out that she had strep I decided to run my 13.1 miles the next day. That particular day was supposed to be my long run of 12 miles, and I thought at the time, “what’s another 1.1 miles?” So off I went! I thought well it’s either good practice, or if I get sick and unable to do my registered race then at least I can say I did it. And guess what, I did get sick, but I got over most of it just a couple days before my run. Honestly I did the run with a runny nose, but at least it wasn’t a full blown cold! (Truth: I had Kleenex with me just in case there was a sneeze emergency that my sleeve couldn’t handle)


Practice Half

My “practice” half was easy yet hard. By mile 8 I was thinking, “wow, this is amazing, I feel great and I’m almost finished!” But then I did the quick math in my head and thought, “5 more miles?! That’s not close to finishing! That’s 5 more miles!!” Then at mile 11 I had to give a pep talk to myself. I literally had to tell myself, “It’s just 2 more miles. You can do this!” And guess what? I did! It was awesome, although I needed a nap after! The next day or so I got sick, and was glad that I did my run just in case.

As I said earlier just a couple days before my official half marathon I got well enough to run it, and as of November 13th I ran my official first half marathon! More details to come!

XO, Katie


My First Half Marathon-What I Learned


Me, Post-Hill

When I finally I “cleared up” enough from my cold I decided that I was actually going to be able to run my first official half marathon in Madison! I was surprised at how many hills there were and how that really tried my stamina, but I ended up finishing at 2:28:05!

A few things I learned:

  • I recommend having a few different outfits planned and with you for your race. It may seem silly but the  weather may change unexpectedly the day before. For me, I had been keeping eye on the weather all week long. Two days prior I decided that was close enough so I packed what I would need, and we headed to Madison. However, when I checked the weather the night before it changed to be about 15 degrees colder than I expected! So instead of running in the 40s I would be running in the 20s. Typically you plan to dress as if it was 10 degrees warmer since your body warms up from running so that’s a difference of the 50s versus the 30s! I had brought clothes for the 50s! SO as you can imagine I ended up getting a jacket, and lucky for me there was a perfect one at the runners expo that I could use!
  • Another big thing I learned, even if you think you’ll get a good night sleep as in you ate early enough, you prepped everything, you take melatonin (a doctor has recommended this to me for sleep), but then you just lie in bed. I seriously just tossed and turned all night. I probably lightly fell asleep around 2 or 3 AM with a 5AM wake up! Since the race started at 7:10 for me, and I wanted to be there 30 minutes early, and I had to walk there from the hotel (about a 15 min walk), eat a light breakfast with coffee and water, change, stretch, warm up, etc . You can imagine 5AM wasn’t early enough! Ha! But hey it worked for me! So make sure you get enough rest a few days prior just in case pre-race jitters sink in!
  • Something else I learned that it’s important to pay attention to the elevation guide. I had taken a quick peak at it before, but obvious not close enough. Sure I noticed there was a big hill or two, but Madison’s half marathon had a lot of hills one in particular being a whopper! If you happened to run Madison’s Half Marathon in November you can probably easily guess which one it was! At leastSAMSUNG CSC when you got to the top you had a spectacular view of the lake and capital building!
  • If you can, have someone meet you at a certain mile. It will help you run to that point and also you can do a drop off or pick up if need be. David did this for me at mile 6 and that was a lifesaver! It did cut a minute or so off my time, but it was necessary at the time. 🙂
  • Pay attention to spectator signs. They are hilarious!
  • Don’t walk too far from the porta-potties after the race if this is your first half! 😉
  • Last but not least, enjoy it! Half marathons despite the distance flies by and the memory because one of enjoyment and strength!

Happy Running! XO