November & More

Well, I can officially add November 2017 as another month of no blogging. I’m not going to lie, friends, life is pretty much non stop for me. You know you’re busy when you wake up in the morning and the first thing you think is, “Which job(s) do I have today?” I’m definitely not complaining…I truly love both my jobs and my busy life – but it is busy. I am rarely home for much longer than to come home, eat (which as of late has been not good food – more on that below), shower if I have enough energy, and go to bed. So even though I hate writing posts for the pure sake of updating you on my life…that’s what tonight’s post is going to be about.

Baptism! On November 16, my church small group completed the Rooted experience and I took the step of faith to be baptized. I was blessed to be baptized by a friend of mine whose faith inspires me every day.

Tulsa! My mom, grandma, cousin, & I all went down to Tulsa & Pawhuska, Oklahoma, for a long weekend. We got some crafting in, ate some wonderful food, and most importantly, got to visit The Mercantile!!! The Merc is Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman’s store, and I AM IN LOVE. I absolutely love her, and going to her store & eating in the restaurant was a dream. Can’t wait to go back!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Rhea & Everett (grandma & grandpa) & the grandkids!

Birthday Weekend! I turned 27 on the 27th and celebrated in two ways – the first was by running my 5th 5K of the year – AND PLACING. I got my fastest time by 1:22 with 28:02 and placed second in my age division! Then I went home, put on my fancy dress, and partied…..and by partied, I mean played board games and was in bed by midnight…but I DID do it in that gold dress 🙂

 

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Chick Chat! At my radio station job, we are focusing heavily on digital initiatives – and this is one of them! A former coworker & I had the idea for a female-led podcast called Chick Chat, and now it is a real thing! She is no longer with the radio station, but my partner in crime Danielle is a great co-host. We are simply two chicks chatting, and I am so incredibly proud of our episodes. Click here to listen!

Those are the major things that have been going on in my life. In other news:

  • I’ve gained about five pounds and found my motivation to be at an all-time low with my sweets craving at an all-time high.
  • Christmas 98.5 & Bridal Fair: Major radio station events that are keeping me busy!
  • St Jude: I get to go to Memphis for St Jude again and I CANNOT WAIT.
  • New Years Resolutions: I’m making them again this year! Can’t decide if I’m excited about it or setting myself up for failure. Time will tell.
  • It took me over a week to decorate for Christmas this year.
  • Pumpkins are still on my front porch.
  • I ate five cookies the other night in less than two hours.
  • I took a ten minute power nap on my couch the other night instead of just going to bed.
  • I actually put “clean desk” as a to-do list item and then lost the list in desk that needs to be cleaned.
  • I have 24 things on my calendar….in the next 7 days.

As you can tell – good things are happening. And as you can tell – life is also kind of kicking my behind right now. But I’m focusing on the good, playing Christmas music (& new Luke Bryan <3) every chance I get, not sweating the small stuff, remembering that four consecutive days of family time is right around the corner (which YES is a good thing for me), and reminding myself consistently that Jesus has got even my crazy life under control – so sometimes it’s ok that I don’t.

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Breakthroughs

So…I’ve had some setbacks lately. And most of them are because of my inability to stay motivated or stick to my diet. It’s October…and I LOVE CANDY. The fall has always been about soups, pumpkin baked goods, candy, comfort food, and definitely NOT about the green peppers that I have to crunch, crunch, crunch all the time. Last Wednesday, I put myself on a “NO SWEETS” moratorium until my birthday party. Then I ate two and a half small bundt cakes on Friday, one bite of a cookie Saturday, one bite of a cookie yesterday, and some muffin batter tonight. So I guess it starts again tomorrow?

So, anyway, I’ve been pitying myself as if I don’t have control when in reality I’m the only one who can take control. And motivation has been exceptionally hard lately. I’ve had two two pound weigh-ins in a month, I have the worst sweet tooth, and I just…it’s just been hard.

Lo and behold came this weekend! And it was a hell of a weekend. On Saturday, my goal was to run five miles. When I run five, I route six so that I can walk the last mile as recovery. Well, while on my run, I hit five, and decided that six wasn’t too bad. So breakthrough #1…my first unofficial 10K.

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This was absolutely incredible for me to be able to do. I never thought I’d be able to do it, and I didn’t die. Now I will say after Saturday’s run and this morning’s 3.1 run, I am a little sore, but that doesn’t downplay what I was able to do. AND I think I might want to run one – for real!

I have not been great with progress pictures during my weight loss journey. But Saturday night gave me an opportunity to have one. I went to my brother’s Halloween party, and out of curiosity, I brought up my Halloween picture from last year, and put the two side by side. I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

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Breakthrough #2? Being able to see what other people have told me they see…and letting myself be proud of it.

This morning I had my weigh in…and that was breakthrough #3. I hit my lowest weight yet, and officially at 58 pounds lost – and on my “weight thermometer,” I finally got to go into my next color!

I needed all of these this weekend. Motivation is hard, people. It truly is. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t, and sometimes you let your head get in the way of what’s happened. But then, a few things come your way that remind you it’s the small victories that matter, and give you exactly what you need to push through.

 

I Love

I’m tired of writing nothing but life update posts. When you don’t blog much because of your crazy busy life, the last thing you want to do is continue to talk about that crazy, busy life…so if you wanted to know what’s going on in my life, tough.

For some reason, I’ve been taking extra time lately to really pay attention to what I love and the small things that make me happy. And you get to learn what a lot of them are because that’s what I feel like writing about.

I love…

…Papermate colored pens.
…leggings. Good lord, I never thought I’d say this, but they are LIFE.
…peanut butter with honey. I go through a jar a week, folks. It’s the healthy person’s junk food.
…Thursday nights, purely for Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
Snoozie slippers.
…plush blankets. I have over 20, and that doesn’t even count my holiday specific ones.
…the feeling after a run. People, go on a run. I can’t even explain the high you’ll feel after one.
…reading in my reading room in the fall with my windows and doors open.
…Sparkling Ices. This provides me the part I miss the most about soda (the bubbles!).
…Google calendar. I would die without the color coding simplicity of using this.
…the ease of checking my fitbit for the time when I wake up in the middle of the night.
…similarly, my ability to sleep like a rock. I’m so thankful that I sleep well.
…Chobani flips yogurts. LIFE. CHANGING.
…my Kicker wireless headphones.
…being moved to tears from a song or a message heard in church.
…Mary Kay cream eyeshadow.
…travel.
…decorating a home.
…baby laughter.
…dresses.

There you go! Some of my loves. ❤

2017 TV Lineup

It’s premiere week! I LOVE premiere week!!! It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. I write this post every year (check out last year’s lineup here), and let me tell you, this year is vastly different! I have only nine shows this year compared to last year’s 15, and only have three new shows (two of which I don’t even know if I’ll watch more than the first episode). Heeeeere we go!

Couple notes on a few of the shows –

  • The Good Doctor and Dynasty:  I have no idea if I’m going to watch either one of these past the first episode. I don’t think Doctor will go far, and Dynasty’s definitely going to be cancelled, but might be a good guilty pleasure while it lasts.
  • GREY’S ANATOMY I CANNOT WAIT. Talk about a guilty pleasure. God I love this show – two hour season premiere in three days! ❤
  • Pretty pumped for The Resident, premiering midseason. Hello Logan from Gilmore Girls!
  • If Casey dies in Chicago Fire, I swear my heart will break and I will cry a lot.
  • Once Upon a Time, PLEASE be good with all new cast members.
  • The Bachelor is coming midseason. Yes. Yes yes yes.

Monday 

The Good Doctor, ABC (New)

Tuesday

This is Us, NBC

Wednesday

Chicago PD, NBC

Dynasty, The CW (New)

Thursday

Chicago Fire, NBC

Will & Grace, NBC (New)

Grey’s Anatomy, ABC

Scandal, ABC

Friday

Once Upon a Time, ABC

Midseason

The Resident, FOX (New)

The Bachelor, ABC

The Shorts

I was a three sport athlete in high school. I played volleyball, basketball, & track, then played basketball in the summers.  While I wasn’t great at any of these sports (I suppose I was decent at basketball), I am a coach’s daughter & lived in a small town. Ergo, in the Berndt house, we were playing sports.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I distinctly remember running in track with the other throwers (we were the not-so-skinny, not-so-fast group) when I said something along the lines of “These aren’t even my shorts!” I don’t remember why I felt the need to share this, but I do remember that my mom had put one of my dad’s pair of shorts in my laundry pile, and I packed them one day without even thinking about it. Since then, they’ve become my shorts.

Over the years, these shorts have become my favorite pair. They have paint on them because they’ve been painting shorts, they’ve been pajama shorts, workout shorts…basically they’ve been everything. I’ve had them forever, so it’s easy to forget that the reason I kept them was because some of my other shorts didn’t fit me anymore.

It’s been an easy thing to ignore, continually gaining more weight until those shorts naturally fit. I just accepted gaining enough weight that made me go up two-three pants sizes, and I had the shorts, so I didn’t need new ones.

Last week, I practiced running the race route for the Race Against Breast Cancer, 5K #2 on the year. All my shorts were in the laundry, so I grabbed my trusty favorite pair and off I went.

What I found out through the whole run is that my favorite pair of shorts are obnoxiously too big for me now. I consistently had to pull them up as I ran, and I’m not gonna lie, I thought they were going to fall down half the time.

I’ve lost 53 pounds. Saying that still seems surreal, and I still feel like the same person I’ve always been. The main way I’d been noticing the weight loss has been when I feel nauseous after eating foods that used to never bother me, today’s example being cake & popcorn.

But now I’m really starting to see it with my clothes, these shorts being a good example of that. I also wore pants to work last night that I’d bought after a 25-30 pound weight loss. Now even those pants are too big. I’m officially down two pants sizes…back to high school waist size…back to the sizes I thought I’d left behind for good.

I’m so unbelievably grateful for this transformation. This past weekend was race weekend. This picture (left hand) was taken of me over the weekend, and I honestly didn’t even know it was me when I was looking through them because it’s the first time in years I’ve looked at a picture of me and thought, “Wow, I’m skinny!” Another plus? I finished 5K #2 of the year in 30:08, a full two minutes plus faster than the race I ran in July.

I was dogsitting at my parents house this past weekend, and I left the shorts there. Dad, you can have them back…I don’t need them anymore 🙂

 

 

Life of the Times

Does this blog post title make sense? I don’t really know. Basically I’m just going to tell you about my life, but I didn’t know what to call it, so there we go.

Well. Life. It’s a completely crazy roller coaster ride of a life right now. Here’s some things that are going on, or getting ready to go on, or been going on:

  • A few months ago, I did a fitness challenge through work, and I’m getting ready to start my next one! It focuses on different types of exercise and going to many of the different classes that our partner gym offers. It’s an eight week challenge, so it’s going to push me out of my comfort zone a little bit, but I’m excited to try different types of exercise.
  • 5Ks! I was only going to run two more this year, but then I either went completely crazy or got super motivated, and I decided to schedule out five more. FIVE. Two in September, one in October, and two in November. Two of them are only one week apart. So, umm….we’ll see how that goes. I have decided that my last one in November will be trained out with Christmas music, so there’s that.
  • Weight loss! Those pounds keep coming off, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m at 191, so I’ve lost 51 pounds! Crazy. It’s kind of a weird feeling to feel like a different person and the same person at the same time. Whenever I know how to explain & describe all my thoughts about weight loss, I’ll probably write about it.
  • Church small group! I signed up to be a facilitator of a new small group initiative called Rooted at my church. It adds one training and one group night to my plate each week for ten weeks, but I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to it. I know a couple members of my group, but the rest of them will be new people, and I am eager to continue my faith walk with them and grow my relationship with God.
  • I got a part-time job! I am now an event coordinator at The Brownstone, and it’s going really well. We have all types of events, and I love it so far. It keeps me busy! Nights and pretty much every weekend, I’m heading out there, but it’s a beautiful venue, I’m really encouraged by the team I work with, and it enables me to live out my passion even more!

So that’s my life. I’m not going to lie, there are not a lot of empty boxes on my calendar the next couple of months. But every day, I find myself looking forward to every single thing that fills those full boxes. I love both of my jobs. I love working out and finding new ways to push myself. I. LOVE. Running. I don’t mind eating healthy….most of the time (I really miss cookies sometimes!). So even though my boxes are full, I’m so blessed to wake up every morning looking forward to what fills my life.

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Everything I’ve Eaten That I Shouldn’t Have in the Last Three Days

I decided to cheat this ENTIRE weekend because of a few reasons:

  1. I wanted to have a girl’s night with my mama!
  2. I had a 13 hour day on Saturday with my new part-time job and was exhausted when it was over.
  3. I’ve had a really good diet & exercise three weeks, and I just wanted to NOT worry about it.
  4. I’ve only had about eight rest days in two months, and my body needed some relaxation, but I didn’t feel like being starving for three days, so I ate.

Because of this, I ate a lot of food I shouldn’t have. This wasn’t one of these, “Eat healthy foods but maybe just a few more of them,” cheat weekend. It was one of those, “Eat foods you haven’t eaten & don’t eat because you miss them,” weekend.

So, to be fun, and transparent, and as a way to focus on something other than the three pounds that the scale has told me I’ve gained in a week……here’s a list of all the foods I shouldn’t have eaten, but did anyway:

  • Cheddar sour cream potato chips
  • Papa Murphy’s cheese bread
  • Papa Murphy’s 5 Meat Stuffed Pizza
  • Papa Murphy’s S’mores Pizza
  • Mini Golden Oreos
  • Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Gardetto’s snack mix
  • Banana Laffy Taffy
  • More mini cookies
  • A lot of mini Reeses Peanut Butter cups
  • Pulled pork
  • Cheesy potatoes
  • Way too much chips & salsa
  • Queso
  • Steak tacos
  • Popcorn
  • Mini Chips Ahoy

So yeah…it was a bit of a spiral. I can’t say much except for oops. Life happens.

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