Workout Recap 10/17 – 10/23

Monday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Tuesday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Wednesday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Thursday: TRX at OTG Bootcamp

Friday: Rest/Busy

Saturday: Rest/Busy

Sunday: Yoga with Pilsen Yoga Tribe 

I’m really happy with this week. I made it to OTG at least 4x. I can tell I’m getting stronger. I made it to yoga this week, and it felt great. I brought my lunch to work every day (and they were all healthy lunches – some combo of lean protein + veggies).

I wanted to also do yoga on Thursday (my office offers it during the lunch hour), but my schedule didn’t allow. I also wanted to go for a run at some point during the weekend, but that didn’t happen – too busy and not enough energy when I did have the time. I also wanted to make it a habit to step out for a walk most workdays, but that’s also not happening. BUT, I can only accomplish so much.

FitBit stats:

  • 80,437 steps (11,491 per day)
  • 35.09 miles covered running/walking (5.01 per day)
  • (Biking miles not counted)
  • 130 floors walked up  (19 per day)*
  • 17,654 calories burned (2,522  per day)
  • Average calories consumed = 1,594 per day
  • 493 active minutes  (79 per day)
  • Average sleep = 7hr 21min per night

* I think maybe some floors were counted while I was biking 

Celebrate Boots Season with Jambu

Fall is my favorite fashion season. Tights and boots! Sweater dresses! Cute jackets! So much to like!

The older I get, the more I value comfort and durability, especially when I don’t have to sacrifice style. So I was really excited to check out some women’s comfortable boots from Jambu! Jambu was founded in 2010 with the mission to create outdoor-inspired shoes with on-trend fashion elements.

Specifically, Jambu provided me with a pair of the Swenson knee-high riding boots in brown to try for myself. I’m wearing a half size up from my normal shoe size and they fit well.


The knee-high boots are made from a combo of leather, neoprene and brushed vegan upper with a partially recycled rubber All-Terra outsole. They have Jambu’s super comfortable signature memory foam footbed*, which makes it easy to walk around in them all day. The heel is 2 3/4″, and the calf circumference is 13.6″, with an elastic panel so they’ll fit any calf width.

* I don’t need to add my own Dr Scholls insoles like I typically do. 

Plus they are pretty cute. In my opinion.


Dress from LeTote


Shell/top from LeTote


Dress from LeTote

Style encompasses Jambu’s premium looks, the trendy looks of JBU (Just Be You), and the sporty, casual looks of Jsport. Some designs are constructed of only the finest soft, supple leather; others are vegan and use no animal products. Enhanced further by the use of environmentally friendly, recycled materials, Jambu & Co., like you, is conscious of the environment and protecting the planet. They hope to encourage you to reach higher heights, dig deeper into your self, and explore further to achieve the ultimate in adventures. Whether you’re hitting the trails for an outdoor adventure, or simply making a neighborhood excursion to the market, these are the shoes that will get you there in the perfect style and comfort that is our trademark.

Jambu shoes are carried at many stores in the Chicago area, and their website is currently offering a sale on many great fall styles. AND, you can save 10% with code magmilejambu. (Good through November 25th.)

Jambu provided me with a pair of boots in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 


Workout Recap, 10/10 – 10/16

Monday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Thursday: Yoga during lunch and about ~3 miles of walking to/from Navy Pier

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Busy day

Sunday: 3-mile run

So … still not embracing the morning workout.

I’m starting to move on to some of the heavier weights. 

On Tuesday, I attended an event at the Mid-America Club, on the 80th Floor of the AON Center. I could see our (rented) condo! And, uh, the Sears Tower and almost every other building in downtown Chicago. And the lake. And Grant Park. 

Views from Seadog’s Haunted Tour on Thursday. Hence the walking to Navy Pier.  



FitBit stats:

  • 67,941 steps (9,705 per day)
  • 30.19 miles covered running/walking (4.3 per day)
  • (Biking miles not counted)
  • 49 floors walked up  (7 per day)
  • 16,260 calories burned (2,323  per day)
  • Average calories consumed = 1,509 per day
  • 314 active minutes  (44.86 per day)
  • Average sleep = 7hr 36min per night

I was starting to feel discouraged at the end of last week. My weight isn’t coming off like I was hoping it would. And I realized by dinnertime on Saturday that I hadn’t had a single vegetable all day … and my body let me know, because I felt gross. So I felt like  I was falling off track with the diet.

BUT. This isn’t about a quick fix. This is about changing my habits. And I am changing them. And it’s a process. I’m 34. The weight isn’t just going to fall off like it used to. If my diet & workout plan translates to a 1.5 pound weight loss per week, I can’t weigh myself every day and expect to notice a difference.

So, I’m trying to do better with staying on track but not beating myself up over every little thing. I’ve made vast improvements in my diet. I’m feeling strong. I’m easing my way into jeans that didn’t fit. (Maybe they’re still super tight and not something I’ll wear in public, but the point is, I got them on.)

Workout Recap, 10/3-10/9

Monday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Tuesday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Yoga at the office

Friday: 1 hour of dancing (working on my solo) (avg HR was 107)

Saturday: 3.67mi run

Sunday: Walk 2.2mi for marathon spectating

Marathon spectating with Kelly & her kiddos! 

Still not hitting my goal of  4-5 workouts per week at OTG, but as  I mentioned in my last post, I need to embrace morning workouts.

FitBit stats:

  • 64,001 steps (9,143 per day)
  • 28.62 miles covered running/walking (4.1 per day)
  • (Biking miles not counted)
  • 39 floors walked up  (5.6 per day)
  • 16,597 calories burned (2,371  per day)
  • Average calories consumed = 1,654 per day*
  • 298 active minutes  (42.6 per day)

Assuming I logged everything accurately 

So … who  else is inspired to run the 40th Chicago Marathon? And who is kind of annoyed that you have to enter the lottery or do a guaranteed entry by the end of November????? I don’t want to commit close to $200 when my knee is a big gamble.


Halfway: Little Black Dress Project

Today is the end of week 3 of the Little Black Dress Project with OTG Bootcamp. Overall? I’m really glad I’m doing this. I know I still have room for improvement, but based on my usual routine before starting, I think I’m doing a good job. My weight is down 4% since the start, and down 7% since I posted about not being happy with my body. I’ve definitely been consuming a lot more servings of  fruits and vegetables each day.

The workouts are going well. I still get soreness from time to time, but nothing like the first week when I felt like I could barely move my arms after a particularly pushup-heavy workout. I feel like I’m getting stronger. I’m starting to use heavier kettlebells for some moves. And when doing yoga, my chaturangas feel stronger. However, I’ve only been making it to OTG 2-3x per week, and the goal is 4-5x. So, time to get outside my comfort zone even more and start doing morning workouts.

Salmon & spaghetti squash;  Pork chops with mango salsa & asparagus

The meal plan is actually surprisingly good! This was the part I worried about the most, and I’ve been enjoying it. Practically* giving up carbs, dairy, sweets/added sugar and beans/legumes hasn’t been that hard for me, especially with all the meal plans, shopping lists and recipes provided in an easy daily/weekly format. There have been doughnuts and chocolates at work (and our always-stocked snack drawer) and I haven’t thought twice about skipping them. And the recipes with the meal plan have been mostly awesome. I’m especially digging the salad dressings – finally, something to do with all my fresh herbs.

The approved foods include plain greek yogurt, honey, and sprouted bread. 

My morning shakes may look like “swamp water” (as my husband says) due to the kale or spinach + chocolate protein powder, but they taste like (healthy) chocolate-banana shakes to me. This is probably something I’ll stick with after the program is over for me.

Another big change is that I’ve been bringing my lunch work. I’m terrible about packing a lunch. My office offers Fooda (both pop-up in the office and delivery) and provides us with a small subsidy to offset the cost, and I was always an avid supporter. It was just so much more convenient to order my lunch while on the bus in the morning than to take the time to pack a lunch the night before. But, with the grocery lists and a written plan, it’s not so hard to bring a salad to work every day, and they are pretty tasty. Especially considering half the time I was ordering salads through Fooda anyway.

However, weekends are hard. My schedule isn’t as consistent, there is time with family and friends. It’s hard to stick to the meal plan, or at least, the foods allowed on the meal plan. Sometimes cheat meals last beyond one meal. But I refocus the next day and get back on track.

And I’m learning that I don’t need to feel so full. I’m bad at portion control. I’ll admit it. I’m a “clean your plate” eater, whether that’s at home or at restaurants. I will eat to the point of feeling stuffed if something tastes good. And that’s not healthy. I also use the crutch of “I don’t want to faint” so I’ll constantly eat snacks. And this meal plan is teaching me that I don’t need to be constantly eating in order to not feel faint. I don’t need to stuff myself. It’s OK to feel a little hungry between meals. I can eat until I’m satiated and be done and survive until the next meal. I’m like a damn cat. Olive will eat all of the food in her bowl and then whine for more, as if I’m never going to feed her again. So, this program has been a good education of what my body really needs.

So, I’m looking forward to the next 3 weeks of the program, and to continuing some of these habits (and recipes) even after I’m done. I would love for this program to give me a strong but lean body to work with and maybe work toward the ultimate goal of running another marathon. Maybe a certain milestone marathon in Chicago in 2017? My uncle ran the first one in 1977 … would be cool to run  it 40 years later.

What diets have you gone on? How did it turn out? 

Five Goals for October

Before I launch into my goals for the new(ish) month, how did I do on my goals for September?

#1 – Run 20 miles. Oops. I ran 8 miles.

#2 – Yoga 1-2x per week. I went 2x. During the entire month.

#3 – Start and finish a book.  OY. Still haven’t finished The Light Between Oceans. Getting close though.

#4 – Bake more bread. Welp, I’m on a diet that doesn’t include carbs (other than cheat meals), so this didn’t happen either!

#5 – Don’t overcommit myself. I think I accomplished this. I committed to: a 5-week burlesque show run with Vaudezilla, a solo in the Halloween Student Show at the end of the month, and the Little Black Dress Project with OTG Bootcamp. I’m actually not feeling burned out, so I think I did a good job not over-committing. Although I’m realizing that outside of performances/ rehearsals, I’m not spending much time with friends. So there’s that. Although lately the friendships I’ve been developing have been in the burlesque community, so performances/rehearsals very much feel like social time for me!

Anyway. So I was 1 for 5 on September goals. My priorities shifted – I’ve been going to a lot more kettlebells classes, so not as much time for running or yoga. My diet changed, so baking bread would have been a waste. I had a hard time getting into this book at first, so I didn’t finish it by the end of the month. Etc. Things change, it’s important to be agile. (Uh oh, work life creeping into personal life =P )


Moving on … October’s goals.

#1 – Finish the Little Black Dress Project. Which means: Aim for 4-5 workouts/week at OTG Bootcamp, stick to the meal plan.

#2 – Perform my first burlesque solo! It’s happening at a Halloween show at the end of the month. I was really struggling with it for a bit, but I’m feeling good about it. I have 3 1/2 weeks to create something I’m proud to share. I’m getting close.

#3 – Finish a book, start a new one, attend a book club meeting. I’m close to the end of  The Light Between Oceans. And I actually already read the book for one of my October book club meetings.

#4 – Yoga 6x. So, I’m not a ClassPass member anymore. No more access to tons of yoga studios around Chicago. But my meeting schedule is changing at work, and I should be able to make it to the free weekly yoga at my office, plus Pilsen Yoga Tribe on Sundays.

#5 – Run 10 miles. Gotta start somewhere.

Workout Recap 9/26 – 10/2

Monday: Sinus headache. Rest.

Tuesday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Wednesday: Kettlebells at OTG Bootcamp

Thursday: 3mi run

Friday: rest

Saturday: rehearsal / double show

Sunday: rest

More rest days than I would have liked, but I needed the one on Sunday. I also could have done better following the Little Black Dress meal plan, to be honest. I stuck with the approved foods, I just didn’t stick to when I should be eating them. I also think I’m addicted to almond butter.






Between shows on Saturday

FitBit stats:

  • 55,238 steps (7,891 per day)
  • 7hr 46min average nightly sleep
  • 24.69 miles covered running/walking (3.5 per day)
  • (Biking miles not counted)
  • 77 floors walked up  (11 per day)
  • 15,966 calories burned (2,280  per day)
  • Average calories consumed = 1,372 per day*
  • 196 active minutes  (28 per day)

Assuming I logged everything accurately