23 July 2014

maintenance mode, this time with doctor approval

This past Friday I went to my annual women's exam (OH YAY). My Nurse Practitioner (whom I adored) left for another facility soon after my appointment last year so this was my first time meeting my new doctor. Obviously one of the first things she mentioned was my weight, seeing as how I'd gained about 30-40 lbs in the past year.

Normally I take issues with doctors nagging patients about the number on the scale but in this particular instance I can understand her questions. She asked if there was something that caused it and I mentioned that both personal and professional stresses hit at the same time and while I had figured out the physical part of weight loss, I hadn't figured out the mental part so I was completely unable to cope with the stress. She nodded in understanding and asked how I lost the weight initially and I said Weight Watchers

So, this is where things get interesting since her follow-up question was related to what I'm doing to relose the weight. It's interesting because, well, as you guys know, my focus right now is maintaining this, albeit higher, weight. Which is what I told her. I said I've spent the past year and a half yo-yo dieting (which is exactly what it was, it just took me this long to put that label on it and when I did it was quite the light bulb moment, let me tell you) and that now I really want to stay where I am for right now and decide down the road. When asked how I'm doing with the mental/emotional stuff, I was able to sincerely say I'm in a much better place now.

This, then, naturally progressed to asking about what I do for exercise. After I said that I run, go to spinning classes, and practice yoga, she smiled and said "Okay, I'll stop harassing you."

She meant it as a joke and I think it was also a self-aware type thing of recognizing the concept of nagging patients about their weight, especially since we also talked about the fact that my tests are all good. But I appreciated that once I had been given the opportunity to explain why I was choosing the maintenance route and showed that I am active she let it go.

The next day was rainy and grey, so I headed to the mall to do some window shopping and give my FitBit a workout by walking around. I also stopped at Half-Priced Books and picked up this book on a whim.


I'm still reading through it and it has some flaws, but it's really challenging me to look at my body outside of just pounds and the BMI chart. It sort of bills itself as a diet book but it's not really, which is why I like it. The basic concept is that the health and nutritional needs of woman are different but most science and research has been focused on men and, as such, most dietary plans have been built on that whereas we woman need a different structure.

She talks about losing weight but I think the main message is about finding a healthy weight and while she mentions the BMI chart, she also talks about things like hip to waist ratio (mine puts me right in the middle of the moderate health risk, which is better than the high health risk) and body fat percentage (I measured myself, like, half a dozen times because this number still surprises me as it has me in the "acceptable" or "average" range -- which is great, obviously, but unexpected. I may see about going back to my doc and seeing if she has calipers she could use).

Much of what I'm reading in the book reminds of the "accept the body that is a result of my lifestyle" concept, which is why I think I'm finding something beneficial in it.

I also picked up two cookbooks:


You know me, I'm all about a healthy balance and I figured these show that in action. The Hungry Girl book is huge -- I don't even know where to start.

Of course, the addition of these two books to my cookbook collection meant I needed to switch the bookcase they sat on as I had officially run out of room on the other one. This is their new home and there is still plenty of room to grow.


Over the weekend, I asked BC if he'd ever like to come over and let me cook dinner for him. He said yes (what man wouldn't) and I have no doubt I'll be able to find something in one of these books to make!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

PS Funny story about Weight Watchers: a couple weeks ago I met the parents of one of my friends and I immediately recognized his mom although I could not for the life of me figure out where from. Ran into them again over the weekend and a few hours later it hit me: She was the leader of the Weight Watchers meetings I briefly attended back in the fall. I texted him to confirm and he said "I hope she was a good leader!" I said she was and that I even mentioned on my blog how much I liked her. SMALL WORLD.

21 July 2014

RnR CLE training has begun!

It's that time again! Starting this morning I am officially once again in training mode, this time for the Cleveland Rock 'n' Roll Half.


Last October, this was my very first half-marathon and I'm excited to get a second finisher's medal from this particular race, especially since the 2013 race was the inaugural event. I am once again using the same Hal Higdon training plan I used in the spring for the Cleveland Half Marathon and one of my favorite things about it is the fact that it's pretty flexible, which means I can adapt it to best fit my schedule. Like cross training with spinning on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Monday is "strength and stretch" day and this morning I was up bright and early to attend an Open Flow class at a studio just up the street from me. While training for the Cleveland Half, I only practiced yoga a couple of times so I'm actually really grateful that Alicia asked me to be an Official Blogger for Yoga Rocks the Park Cleveland because it's gotten me back into a neglected practice and the Open Flow class -- which I first attend last week as a sort of test run -- challenges my body in a really good way.

Congrats Austin and Reche, who won the two Quest Nutrition variety packs!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

18 July 2014

the one that is all authentically emmie's fault

One of my absolute favorite bloggers is Authentically Emmie. Like her moniker suggests, she's real and authentic and a bad ass plus size fashion blogger with a fabulous sense of style. So the other week, when she wrote a post highlighting some of her favorite Kiyonna pieces that were on sale, I decided to check the website out. Just to see.

This is sort of like that time I went to the humane society "just to look" at the cats and came home with Chloe.

In other words, you should already know how this story is going to end.

So, I purchased the Caleigh Convertible piece in navy and teal. When I realized the other day that this teal top with the big ol' flower thing that I've had for years almost exactly matches the teal in the skirt, I was ridiculously happy.

The mirror at work has seen many an Outfit Of The Day pictures

Adorbs, right? Originally marked at $68, I got it for $30. Now, I realize that sounds like a lot of money for a skirt but I forgot to mention the best part...

It converts to a dress.

I seriously need to buy a tripod. LOL

Threw on a wide black belt and blazer, switched the sandals I had been wearing for a pair of black wedges and boom. Perfect two-in-one Day to Night piece.


Ugh. Fine. I suppose I can forgive Emmie after all.

You still have time to enter my giveaway to win one of two Quest Nutrition variety packs!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

16 July 2014

Giveaway with Quest Nutrition

I love bringing you dear fabulous readers giveaways and this one I'm super excited for and I hope you will be, too. Not only is it coming from one of our awesome FitBloggin sponsors but it also is open worldwide and not one but two of you are going to win!

Who is your favorite blogger now?

(I kid.)

A couple days after getting back into Cleveland, I reached out to a few of the sponsors I met down in Savannah. One of these was Quest Nutrition who makes really awesome nutrition and protein bars. I was already familiar with Quest as they are the one nutrition bar I've tried before that actually, y'know, tastes good and was delighted when Clark, the guy I met at FitBloggin, offered to send me some samples.


He totally hooked a girl up, amirite?

I find Quest bars to be really filling (all that protein, yo) so I normally only eat half a bar a time, usually before my early morning workout and then I'll eat a full breakfast when I get back. I start training for my third half-marathon next week (eek!) and this box of bars will be perfect for when I have to get my butt out of bed at 5:30 to get a run in before work.


The thing I love about Quest is that they offer so many awesome flavors. It's near impossible to choose a favorite which is why I love that I got a variety pack. And luckily you don't have to choose a flavor either, because Clark over at Quest is giving away a 16 variety pack which features all the Quest flavors to two of you fabulous readers.

(Seriously. Who is your favorite blogger now?)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday July 20th. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. 

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

14 July 2014

yoga rocks the park cleveland with scott supler

Saturday morning was another fabulous day for Yoga Rocks the Park Cleveland, nice and bright and sunny and, at least when the class started, cool with a lovely breeze. I had to miss the last event because of FitBloggin so I was super excited to get my mat back out to Tremont's Lincoln Park for this session, led by Scott Supler from Cleveland Yoga. As an Official Blogger for Yoga Rocks the Park Cleveland I get to attend these classes for free and getting to say "I'm on the list" never gets old.


Scott led us through a great practice, taking the motto of KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid for his class on Saturday. The first half hour of class he took us through Sun Salutations A and B but he really sloooooooooooowed them down which added a completely different element to these poses I know so well. He also had some fantastic music choices, including one song that sounded like a remixed Fleetwood Mac. Which I didn't know was a thing. But apparently it is.

When I first got there I was in the tree shade but as the sun rose I got full on sunshine and by the end was sweating and not just from the practice. I also had failed to think ahead and put on sunscreen but I'm still pretty pasty white so maybe this added a bit of color!

My friend Alicia from Poise in Parma took the spot next to me and after attending not one but two YRP classes led by her it was so much to actually practice next to her. After, I also got to meet Rachel from It's a Hero.

Alicia, me, and Rachel. Photo from Alicia

Yay spontaneous blogger meet-ups!

We are about halfway through this year's season of Yoga Rocks the Park but there is still plenty of time to attend one of the upcoming sessions.


If you do and happen to see me, please come and say hi!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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