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Posted on: October 18, 2012

Wherein it is beautiful outside, my video quality drastically improves, and I give a very unpopular time for writing productivity.

My Nano tips part 2!

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Do you NaNo?

I’ve done National Novel Writing Month for seven years in a row, eight total, with six wins. So that means I’ve written six novels of over 50k words each. That’s a lot. How do I do it?

Glad you asked.

Check out my Youtube tip series, with new tips every other day leading up to the big big day: November 1st.

Please let me know if there’s something you’d like to be addressed in this video series, I’ll totally get on it.

My major health goal is currently to do 30 minutes of cardio, 5 times a week. At least. I have no trouble getting in my three strength workouts every week, but for whatever reason, my cardio queen motivation is dwindling.

The dog gets walked every day, but it’s not exactly at a heart-racing pace most of the time, so I know I need to step it up. When my man gets home from work early, three times a week, we take the dog for a hike and jog home from the forest, and it’s made me realize something.

I don’t hate running.

It’s not my soul-mate workout (that’s Turbo-everything, baby) but it’s definitely something that I can do. We’re surrounded by runners these days, after all. Although I’m never going to match the dog’s pace, she’s a pretty good partner since she doesn’t want to talk, she doesn’t care where I go, and when she’s in running mode, she never stops to sniff or pee on things.

And, I found Running Into Shape! Free running trainer mp3s so that I actually know where to start, hello! And a bunch of people who’ve already done it on their wall of fame, so inspiring! I might not run an actual 5k, but who knows! 5 years ago I never expected to be able to run at all, so never say never.

I’ll give week 1 a shot this afternoon and check back in next Wednesday because, didn’t you know? It’s Workout Wednesday!

I love food. And I get to eat a lot of it since I work out so much! Choosing the right food to fuel your body makes 100% of the difference in getting fit.

When I first started working out, I wasn’t eating very well. I’d wake up, have two giant mugs of coffee, maybe an apple. Then some big carby dinner, a lot of pasta and fries, that kind of thing. And then I’d be so hungry from not eating all day, I’d binge all night long. Sure, I noticed results from the working out but I didn’t notice major results until I put some effort into eating like a champion.

To be honest, I ate and cooked almost exclusively from the Turbo Fire recipe book for a year. I still use a lot of those recipes, they’re pretty awesome.

Since I work from home, I get to play housewifey all the time, and this includes preparing 90% of the meals. Although my man would be content with eating, you know, whatever, I have more strict requirements for meals. Today, I’ve got Chicken a la Criolla going in the crock pot. I found Skinny Taste a few months ago, and I’m still obsessed with it. I was looking for a low-fat chocolate chip cookie recipe and all the blogs pointed me there. And now I’m pointing you there because, holy cow, Gina really does have the best recipe for low-fat choc chippies in the world. I’ve tried a boatload, and these are the real deal.

But even better than those are her low-fat chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, affectionately called the crack cookies in my house. Sometimes the meth cookies. I make these a lot, and I have no pictures because they get gobbled up in record time. They’re even a bartering tool now, as in, “if you fix my brakes, I’ll bake you some crack cookies.”

My aim for Monday posts is to share a recipe from someone else that I love, and to post one of my own. Let’s be real, I’m not a master chef. Most of my concoctions are hybrids or skinny versions of things I’ve read about, seen on TV, in magazines, etc. I love cooking shows, and my banana oatmeal recipe is a bastardized version of some fatty oatmeal thing I saw Ina Garten make.

I make the Barefoot Contessa skinny after the break!

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Since this is a new blog, I don’t have an interview lined up this week, but in the future I’ll interview an awesomely fit friend of mine every Friday to share some stories, tips, recipes, even new workouts with you.

Do you want to be interviewed for Fit Friends Friday? Leave a comment with your email address, friend me on Facebook, whatever it takes! I want to talk to you!

This week, I’m profiling…my dog, Jersey.

If you have a dog that isn’t also your partner in fitness, I feel sorry for the both of you.

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..which I used to call my weight loss journey, but I think I like the name change better, don’t you? It’s not just about weight loss, it’s about fitness of body and mind, of relationships with people and food and everything! Being fit in all respects is totally like being at peace with everything.

Long story short: I’ve lost over 100lbs by way of a total lifestyle make-over. I’ve never been happier, healthier, or more ready to share my story with everyone else. Read on for the long story, complete with pictures!

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