Father’s Day


My mom’s father died before I was born so I was never able to meet my grandfather. But from everything I know, he was truly a great man. This was his favorite quote and reminds me of how amazing my dad is too.

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – Grellet.


Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads in our lives!



Since I’ll be working from home this year finishing up the last year of my graduate school (let’s all cross our fingers that this is actually my last year!), I’m a little worried that I’ll get sick of the same scenery. While I’m sure Oliver is going to love all the company, I’m a little worried that Grey’s Anatomy re-runs on Netflix in bed might become a too permanent part of my routine! To shake it up, I am going to get out of the house at least once a week to a coffee shop to work. I figured that a gray, dreary Friday afternoon was definitely in need of some caffeine!


A to Z

I saw this on Kelly’s blog this morning. And since its Friday, and I don’t want a bummer weigh in post to be my last post before the weekend, I thought I would join in! Also – although I don’t think I have any real readers yet – it’ll let those future readers (one day!) get to know me a little better as I get started on this whole blogging world thing!

A – Age: 27. Really happy to be in the second half of my 20s, I gotta say.

B – Bed size: Queen. Mike and I could honestly sleep on a twin probably but my bedroom set was my graduation gift from my parents. Its from World Market and I still love it.

C – Chore you hate: So many…but the top two are emptying the dishwasher and putting up clean clothes. Something about finishing out the chore I guess I don’t like!

D – Dad’s Name: Wayne

E – Essential start to your day: Checking my email and google reader. I frequently do this on my phone before I even get out of bed!

F – Favorite actress and actor: I don’t really have either. I’m not a huge movie person.

G – Gold or Silver: Silver

H – Height: 5’9″

I – Instruments you play(ed): I didn’t grow up playing anything but since I’ve been dating a musician, I’ve been playing around on his bass. One day he’ll give me proper lessons (hint hint!)

J – Job title: Graduate Student. If that even counts as a job!

K – Kid(s): None planned for the next few years!

L – Living arrangements: 1 bedroom apartment in suburbia!

M – Mom’s name: Patricia

N – Nicknames: Em. In high school, it was E-milk-y because I misspelled my own name on my driver’s license.

O – Overnight hospital stays other than birth: I got really sick in college with some unknown virus and spent a few days there.

P – Pet Peeves: Repetitive noises – like tapping your fingers on the table. I’ve had to learn to live with this one since I date a musician!

Q – Quotes you like: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

R – Right or left-handed: Right

S – Siblings: Only child

T – Time you wake up: Usually around 7:15 am

V – Vegetable you dislike: When I was a kid, it was green beans. Now I don’t really have one in mind.

W – Ways you run late: I don’t really run late, I’m proud to say!

X – X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, Lungs, numerous bones as a kid.

Y – Yummy food you make: Lots of baked goods.

Z – Zodiac: Taurus

No even line!

I ended May at my heaviest weight ever. A trip home and bathing suit season reminded me that I really need to get this in control. So for the past two weeks, I’ve been using Calorie Count to track my foods.

Things I like about CC –

  • It surprisingly has alot of foods in its database. I’ve only had to look up a few of them and enter them as custom foods. I also found the Live Strong counter had most of my foods too but I have a strange dislike of Lance Armstrong, so I decided to go with CC. Plus I’ve had an account there for a few years that I would use randomly for a day or two.
  • It has an activity log and weight log. I use the weight log more than the activity log. It has a trending bar that helps show you your general track which I find helps me not worry over the ups and downs in my weight. I keep telling myself it is normal and going to happen.
  • It really does keep me accountable. Anything that goes in my mouth has to go on the log. I’m being super strict for now to try to make it a good habit but I’m sure overtime I’ll lessen up about it. It hurt me a little to put the fast food from the other night in there – so it is definitely encouraging to stay on the healthy track.
  • It has taught me a few things about nutrition. I never knew how much Vitamin A I get in one day. And wow if I were to eat all the bread I wanted to eat – I think I would blow up their counter! Oh, those carbs (what can I say, I love bread!)…

Things I don’t like about CC –

  • My phone app doesn’t always sync with my online website. So sometimes it’ll double the food and frustrate me to have to go through and add it all back. Maybe I don’t wait long enough.
  • The activity log include just general activities. I wish it was more of a journal so I could write more about what activity I did, how I felt, etc. There may be an option for it but I haven’t really explored it. I also don’t have a reliable monitor to see how many calories I am burning (maybe a future purchase to save to!)
  • It gets tedious. I think any calorie counter can agree to this.
  • Some nutrient information is definitely off. Mostly the potassium one, I think.

I’m trying my best not to get frustrated or bored and stick with it. I’m seeing some success! The first week I lost 1.8 pounds. This week I lost 1.2 pounds. I had lost 3 pounds by Tuesday but some food decisions (see fast food mentioned above!) and normal weight fluctuation meant that my Friday count is only 1.2, so that’s what I’m recording. Overall, as long as the number is going down, I’m happy.

I don’t have a specific number I’m trying to get to or trying to lose. There’s numbers that in my mind sound really good but I don’t know if that’s where my body will want to settle. I’m trying to focus less on a number and more on how my body feels.

Do you struggle with the perfect weight number? How do you know when you’ve hit your healthy weight?

Even the best of plans…

Our plans with Mike’s friend from high school got canceled because she was bite by a dog last night and had to get stitches – yikes! We had alternative plans to meet with a group of Mike’s work friends out at Dave and Buster’s but we both decided we didn’t want to spend that much money on games and drinks tonight. Gotta try to save the dollars!

Instead, we hit up the mall for an errand and Trader Joe’s – my heaven! I needed to stock on a few basic things, like black beans and salad dressing. I picked up a new Enchilada sauce to try out this week. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes!

Speaking of Mexican inspired cuisine – tonight was Chipotle night. It was 5:30 by the time we were running errands, and well we were both too starving to come home and cook. I tried to keep it somewhat healthy with a burrito bowl with extra veggies and no cheese or sour cream; I did give into the guacamole. I can’t resist a good guac!

I promise I’m going to start getting pictures up soon. Gonna snuggle up on the couch and watch the rest of last night’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance. It is my favorite summertime show.

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s item? Is there anything there you don’t like?

Getting started..

So, I hope this blog helps me document my health journey. I’m sure I’ll give more backstory along the way about who am I, where I am in my health, and where I want to be.

For breakfast, I had a muffin from the batch I baked yesterday. Yesterday I checked out from my local library King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking and attempted my first recipe. I loosely adapted their Sour Cream muffins and added some blueberries. I’m new to baking with whole wheat flour and I wasn’t super precise in my measuring but they turned out okay. Not the best muffin I’ve ever had (that would be these!) but not bad and definitely healthier.

Then I hit up the treadmill at my apartment complex’s “gym.” There’s not much to the gym – two treadmills, an elliptical, and a few basic weight machines. I usually stick to the treadmill. I have an ongoing lower back issue that I tweaked yesterday so I didn’t feel up to trying any running today. I stuck with a 2.5 mile walk at 3.5mph on the treadmill at a 1 incline. Walking slow meant my back (and shins, another ongoing issue) didn’t hurt at all and I got a chance to start reading Tina Fey’s new book. It is seriously great – highly recommended!

For lunch, I had a whole wheat sandwich thin, some sunflower seed butter, and half a banana. I have an apple saved for a snack a little later. I’m out of spinach in my fridge so I feel lost without my daily lunch salad.

Time to get moving and clean up the apartment before Mike (the boyfriend) gets off work and comes over.  I’m taking a day off from research and running errands with him and meeting and hanging out with one of his old friends from high school tonight. No clue what’s for dinner – hopefully something with some spinach, mmm!





Hi everyone! I’m Emily, of More Tortoise Than Hare.

I’m joining the blogging world after being inspired by so many other great health and fitness writers out there with their own blogs. My Google Reader is filled with some greats that I’m sure I’ll be mentioning throughout posts over here!

I’m excited to get started!