Quick Update, big changes!

September 7, 2011

It’s been a while!  Life is good!  Here are some major changes:

  • I am no longer an accountant, auditor or CPA!  I left my job a few weeks ago (because school was starting) and voluntarily suspended my CPA license (so I won’t have to pay for continuing education or annual fees).
  • I am officially a Speech-Language Pathology grad student!  I’ve received my clinical assignments and should start seeing client soons. I’ll be doing a school-based placement, an audiology placement, and two multi-disciplinary diagnostics.
  • The Richmond Marathon isn’t going to happen 😦  My grad program has ONE mandatory Saturday event, and it happens to be on 11/12/11. I’m pretty bummed, but determined to find another race or 2 to register for. I’m thinking about the Blue-Gray Half in Gettysburg on 10/30/11 and then the Shamrock Marathon on 3/17/11 in Virginia Beach. This means even more time to train, so no excuses!  I’m a little worried about paying for both now that I don’t have a salary, but I worry that if I don’t sign up for a fall race I’ll slack on training.

I hope I’ll have more time to post now – we’ll see!

(Turkey) Hamburger Glop-o

April 16, 2011

For my bridal shower (almost 2 years ago), my sweet mother made me a book of family recipes.

Last night I decided to try a childhood favorite, Hamburger Glop-o!  (My father named it, haha.) It’s so quick, easy, healthy & colorful. I think we need to make it a regular. The recipe is pretty healthy on it’s own, but I replaced beef with turkey and white rice with brown. It makes 8 1-cup servings.


  • 1.2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 T chili powder (or more/less to taste)
  • 1 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, broken apart, with juice
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c Minute (Instant) brown rice, uncooked

In a large pan, cook ground turkey just until it loses its pink color. Drain well. Add onion, chili powder, corn, tomatoes, broth and peppers. Continue cooking until mixture just comes to a boil. Add uncooked rice. Stir. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Enjoy!


Nutritional Info (for each 1-cup serving)
  • Calories: 225.2
  • Total Fat: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 50.6 mg
  • Sodium: 405.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.9 g
  • Protein: 17.3 g
I enjoyed with a cerveza…
And a salad with goddess dressing.
Here’s yesterday’s foods!
While I’m finally uploading images, here’s how I’ve been tracking things:
OK, off to have a day!  Busy busy today!  Have to clean the house, get an oil change, get started on some of my semester-end projects/papers, and get ready to go out to celebrate my best friend’s birthday!  Have a great weekend!

Reflecting on yesterday

April 14, 2011

I had a small binge after dinner again yesterday. While it wasn’t that significant calorie-wise, I was eating manically. I really thought I was setting myself up for success…. I had a solid dinner, brushed my teeth, got ready for bed… but still managed to grab for ice cream and chocolate. What I’ve learned for this is that it’s NOT just about deciding not to… I need to actively reflect and recognize when I’m seeking comfort. I need to find other ways to soothe myself. I’ve never tried meditation before, but I’ve always heard wonderful things and would love to give it a try. I’ll try to listen to some podcasts to see what they’re like on my way to class tonight. (I have a 90 minute commute to grad school.)

In more positive news, I went to the gym at lunch yesterday!  I’m fortunate that my workplace is attached to a mall with a nice gym. I did a 15 minute ab class and then 20 minutes on the recumbent bike while reading journal articles for a research paper. I’m still nervous about trying high-impact cardio with my back, but I need to give it a shot soon because my marathon training’s supposed to start in 4 weeks!

Without further ado, here’s my accountability list of yesterday’s foods!  Sorry it’s so tiny – I need to figure out the formatting better.

I’m starting today off with a green monster.  Even though I’m slipping up with sweets at night, I’m feeling good about this week overall!

Regaining some structure

April 13, 2011

I had a rough weekend fighting food poisoning.  However, as twisted and psychologically unhealthy as this is, it made me a little happy that it resulted in losing 6 pounds. Yes, I understand that this was pretty much entirely due to the fact that I was totally empty and dehydrated, and that I will likely gain it all back as my digestive system returns to normal, but seeing that lower number on the scale lifted my spirits. I hadn’t lost that much weight in 3 months of half-a$$ing Weight Watchers.

This inspired me to start tracking again, and while tracking usually makes me miserable, right now I’m enjoying it. I’m not committing to do this forever, and I plan on stopping once it starts messing with my head, but for now I’m happy about it so I’m going to go with the flow 🙂

I’ve always liked that Brie over at Brie-Fit puts her food tracker online, and I think I’m going to try the same for accountability. As you can see, I had a small binge around dinner time last night. Hopefully knowing that I post this out there will help me prevent another one 🙂

While sometimes it makes me crazy and makes me WANT to binge, tracking can also help me because it makes me realize when a binge isn’t THAT bad. Having one binge that doesn’t even result in a daily surplus (my RMR is 2113) is not going to ruin my week :).

So my current plan is to track everything in SparkPeople and to post it up here in the morning. This will make for a very boring blog, but that’s not necessarily a change, haha.  I also make a weekly deficit & weight tracking spreadsheet and a massive workout calendar that brings me up to my November marathon, but I’ll spare the internet. For now, bwahaha.

Sidelined Sideways

April 4, 2011


I have not been following WW 😦 I have been working out more 🙂 But now I’ve hurt my back. I’m nervous about not working out (and being way more sedentary than usual) as I heal, so I am going to focus extra hard on intuitive eating. I just bought Katie’s new ebook on emotional eating, and I am excited to use the tools she suggests 🙂

Cliff’s Notes of what I did to myself: Hurt my back in BodyPump week Thursday, but thought it wasn’t too bad so stuck around for Kickboxing. Had pain on and off for a few days, and then could hardly move on Tuesday. Went to the doctor and she gave me pain killers & muscle relaxers. She says that I had a strain, which is causing spasms, which is causing reactive scoliosis. My back is totally bent now – My upper body is four inches over from my lower body. Here’s a realistic artist’s interpretation:


LESSON LEARNED!  If something doesn’t feel right (particularly in your back), take it easy!  And certainly don’t choose that moment to start an intense workout you’ve never tried before!

In conclusion, I am going to take it easy movement wise and work on intuitive eating. I’m still excited about the marathon, and I’m trying to see this detour as an opportunity to focus on my eating and weight loss while I take a break from running. And I may buy stock in the company that makes Icy-hot – that stuff’s amazing!

Hope everyone’s doing well! I miss bloggin and hope to be on much more the coming weeks!

I’m running WHAT?

February 23, 2011

Hi blog!  Remember me?  I’m Shannon. I used to write you, back when I used to run and eat healthfully.  Here’s a quick recap of my life since August 2010:

  • My Dad had a cancerous brain tumor removed. He’s doing very well on the chemo now, but it made for a scary autumn!
  • In September I started my graduate program for my dream career: Speech-language Pathology. WOOHOO!
  • Working full time and going to school full time is hard!
  • I stopped working out.
  • I overate.
  • I gained 15 pounds. Doh! (I was already about 20 lbs from my highest “healthy” BMI weight)
  • I started Weight Watchers in January, but haven’t been faithful to it. In fact, I currently weigh 0.2 lb MORE than when I started 😦

Blah blah, woe is me, I’m so busy. ENOUGH!  I am READY to be healthy again!  On Friday I read an inspirational post by Matt over at No Meat Athlete. One of the main points was that great goals are NOT “attainable” (no matter what the S.M.A.R.T. people say), but rather, great goals seem impossible. Aiming for a goal that you already know you can achieve isn’t going to inspire major change in your life. But if your goal seems impossible, you MUST change to achieve it. And I need to change, so I’ve set a seemingly impossible goal…  Another point that Matt made was that we should think of a goal as a “decision,” not a “goal.”  I have decided. It’s going to happen….

I’m running a marathon!

I have registered for the Richmond Suntrust Marathon this coming November.  You might think I’m crazy, because I can’t run more than 2 miles straight right now. But I have PLENTY of time to train. And if something goes wrong, I could always downgrade to the half marathon (though I don’t want to keep reminding myself of that option!).

My short term plan:

  • Buy Jeff Galloway’s book and read it cover to cover.
  • Build up a good weekly mileage base.
  • Lose some weight. (Sticking with WW thru 3/10 since it’s already paid for.)
  • Join the gym near work so I can work out at lunch.

I’ll let you know which training plan I’m following once I decide.  In the mean time I am just SO FREAKING EXCITED about this!

28 by 28

August 4, 2010

Now that I’ve been 27 for a few weeks, it’s time to make one of my silly lists. Silly lists make me happy 🙂

28 things Shannon might will do before turning 28 (7/19/2011)

– Run a PR
– Run another half marathon
– Run a cold weather race (Jingle Bell Run? I’d love to brush off my elf costume)

– Get weight to “healthy” BMI (lose 19 pounds)
– Do 5 real pushups
– Read “Women, Food & God”
– Read “Intuitive Eating”
– Try 1 week of food blogging
– Try 1 week of Intuitive Eating
– Try 1 week of “Clean Eating”
– Try 1 week of Veganism

– Up my auto savings transfers by $100/month

– Maintain a 3.5 GPA
– Take a BIO course (a pre-req required for Speech Pathology certification)

– Host a dinner party
– Get my wedding dress cleaned
– Find somewhere to donate my wedding dress
– Rejoin a church
– Sign up to be a potential bone marrow donor
– Donate blood
– take my “little sister” horseback riding
– Send thank-you cookies to my grad school rec writers
– Change my name and/or add my husband to ALL accounts
– Leave Operation Beautiful notes somewhere people may need them (clinic, book stores, slimfast cans in Walmart, etc.)

Washington DC (I live next door yet hardly ever visit!)
– Mount Vernon
– Kayaking
– Jazz night at the art museum
– fancy steakhouse

Anyone else obsessed with lists? 🙂