What am I?

My morning started out with one of my new favorite breakfasts. Multigrain tuscany bread with cream cheese and my beloved fig spread. 

fig toast



I had a protein-green monster on the side, but you all know what those look like by now. 


When I came home this evening I saw the darn cream cheese sitting out on the counter. I forgot to throw it back in the fridge. Ugh! No cream cheese and fig toast for me tomorrow. Actually, I may go dig it out of the trash since, like Mother Lovett, I eat expired things often.


Have you guys had this dried fruit you can get at Whole Paycheck Foods? 




I love it, and it makes a tasty addition to yogurt.




I have been sleeping in lately, which is very unlike me. I am a morning person, and have always rose early to workout. Even in high school, I would wake at 4:30 to get my workout in. Since I didn’t do this today, I had to workout this evening. Boo. Not a fan.



I did a shoulder workout, followed by 20 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training).


Not familar with HIIT? It is certainly NOT your old-school interval training. I can tell you what HIIT isn’t. HIIT isn’t doing intervals on the elliptical, where you go fast for one minute and slow for two minutes. HIIT is bad-arse. It is for serious candidates only. I usually do HIIT once or twice a week – that is all that is needed. My torture machine of choice? Elliptical. 


HIIT is performed to improved cardiovascular endurance and burn fat in very short sessions. 

Wikipedia states that,

‘Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 15–30 minutes. Most HIIT sessions have a 2:1 ratio in terms of time. For example, for running, a HIIT session may be something as 60 seconds jog, 30 seconds sprint.’


While I agree with the first part – HIIT should only be performed for 15-30 minutes, I do not agree with the second. First off, any ‘HIIT’ performed for longer than 30 minutes, is no longer considered ‘HIIT.’ If you can perform your HIIT for longer than 30 minutes, then you are not doing working at your ultimate potential.


As for the second part, I believe that HIIT is much more intense than a 2:1 ratio. This is why I always limit my HIIT to 20 minutes, at the most. My HIIT is vomit inducing. Just ask Kema – she has done it with me on sunny, Sunday mornings. :)


My HIIT consists of 20 seconds ON, 40 seconds OFF, repeated for 20 minutes. For 20 seconds I take the level and incline up to the highest possible level that I can continue to move, keeping my rpms between 150-160, on a Precor elliptical. I only do this for 20 seconds. It takes EVERY SINGLE THING out of me. For the next 40 seconds, I reduce my speed, incline, and rpms, and recover. Then repeat. That recovery period is SO short.


If any of you use a Precor elliptical, or are interested in one of my HIIT programs, let me know and I can post my exact HIIT workout for you.


My quick shoulder workout consisted of:

*overhead dumbbell presses: 3 x 10 x 30lb dumbells, super-setted with

*side lateral raises: 3 x 10 x 12lb dumbells.

*read delt flys: 3 x 10 x 50lbs super-setted with

*pushups: 3 x 20.


I rarely do single-body part workouts anymore. I prefer more bang for my buck with full body workouts or an upper/lower split, but I did not have the time for much more, being that I wanted to get home and eat, blog and destroy brain cells while watching 90210.



I found this coffee at Target this weekend.





I was super excited. Which is strange, since I don’t even like coffee. I like the occasional Starbucks cup, complete with fun flavors, cream and sugary garbage, but as for traditional coffee? No thanks.


The thing is, I want to like coffee. I always have. I wish I liked it. All the cool kids drink coffee. I want to be a cool kid.


So my verdict?


Tasted like plain, old coffee to me. Where was the chocolate truffle flavor???? I even added sugar and cream.


What is most important is what I did next. 





I dipped an Oreo into the coffee. First off, I should mention that I cannot even remember a time in my life when I ever dipped a cookie into any drink. I never liked milk, and thankfully my mom never made me drink it. I couldn’t even be bribed with dipping cookies into it.


I also do not enjoy hot liquids very often. I don’t like the warming feeling in my stomach.



I also do not like Oreos very much. I had them leftover from making a cheesecake crust. 



But this combination – complete with the coffee I didn’t like, and the cookies I don’t like – was perrrrfect.




I consider myself to be many things.


I am an eater. 


I am a baker.


I am a wife.


I am a girl. Not a lady. (Note: please do not call me lady. As in a child saying ‘mommy, look at that lady over there.’ I feel old being called a lady. And as my husband can tell you, I do not act like a lady, so I certainly don’t deserve to be called one.)


I am a stuffed-turkey-hater.


Something I am not? A runner.


I have realized that it is ok to not be a runner. I do not have to run to be healthy and fit. I attempted running for a few years back when my husband, then boyfriend, and I started dating. He was training for a marathon, and I thought it would be so *neat* to run together.


I quickly learned 2 things.


1. Even if I did run, my husband would never run with me. It is his time to decompress – his only real ‘alone’ time, due to his busy schedule. He is also very fast. I am not. I rival The Slowskeys in speed.


2. If I ever attemped a race with my husband again, I would quickly be signing divorce papers afterwards.


Ok, not really on that second part. But I did try a 5k with him. I complained, moaned, groaned and whined the entire time. To say I highly disliked it would be an understatement. I am not proud of my whiney ways during the race, but that was 2 years ago. I like to think I am much more mature now. :)


A few weeks ago I began a 5k training program – not to run a race (I have no desire to run competitively), but just to have a program to follow. It’s not that I never run. I do treadmill sprints for some cardio intervals (not to be confused with HIIT!), running at 8.5 for 60 seconds and walking at 4.3 for 2 minutes. But to leisurely ‘go on a run?’ I have never done it. Never.


It’s times like these, when I think that in all of my 27 years, I have never been able to ‘go on a run,’ that makes me want to learn to run. Yes, I said it. I need to LEARN how to run. I have zero patience, so I have to channel my inner self, pray for some patience, and just do it. I’d like to run about 3 miles at the most. I’m sure many people are sitting there thinking, ‘once you get into running, you will love it! It takes time. I never thought I could be a runner, and now I am!’


I highly doubt that, but I hope you can prove me wrong. 


Running is not quite an endurance issue for me. I just feel very uncomfortable doing it. Not pain, just discomfort. I am not sure if it is because I began lifting weights at such an early age, and have continued consistently? If it is because of the anaerobic/aerobic difference? I can easily bust out 45-60 minutes of high intensity cardio. I have taught spinning, kickboxing, cardio-dance aerobics (Bodyjam), and during all of those times, running was still difficult for me. I trained for fitness competitions for months, completing a 2 minute routine full of one-arm pushups, high kicks and jumps. Still – I couldn’t get into the running.


You guys have to hold me accountable! I am going to try another 5k training program, for fun. I will mention that strength training is my first true love. Running and heavy strength training aren’t exactly the best of friends. I will always strength train, no matter what. By Christmas, however, I’d like to be running 2 miles straight. I know for some it seems like a silly goal, but for me, it is huge.


Most importantly, I am still very healthy and fit, even though I don’t run. Running doesn’t have to define your fitness. It is a wonderful thing, and I admire those who run distances (like my hub!), but you don’t have to do it if you don’t love it. Do what you love.



Now it’s time to numb my mind while watching high school kids talk about things I didn’t even know about in college. As my dad would say, I’m going to watch trash.

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24 Responses to “What am I?”

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    Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear — November 17, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

    I admire your will and want to do this! I think it’s great! And I know where you are coming from. I was never, ever, ever the slightest athletic. It’s not that I was disinterested – I wanted to excel at sports like all my friends in high school – I just didn’t care enough to try and improve myself. Fast forward several years and several love/hate relationships with the gym and I turned myself from “hell no running” to “Bye! I’m going for a run!” I have an addictive personality, as I write about all the time on my blog, and I gave up some bad habits for running. From July to September, I trained for my first race – a 5K (in our great city). Next week, I will run a 5 mile in Texas. It’s pretty amazing to me that my body has made such huge strides and that I don’t die three minutes into a run anymore. And I am by no means a fast runner, either. Don’t let your mind play the game of, “People are watching me, I can’t stop!” (Although sometimes its a good motivator when you don’t really *need* to stop).

    Your goal isn’t silly, it’s SUPER. Seriously. And there are some great trails around that make it much more interesting than a treadmill. Good luck, I am definitely on board to hold you accountable!


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    Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear — November 17, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    And PS my body aches every day. It’s norm for me. Tons of great resources and sites out there to check out!


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    kay (eating machine) — November 17, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    not being a runner is ok.
    sometimes, i try to run. i like the idea of running.
    but as i’m allergic to oregon i end up sneezing and congested to where i have to stop moving entirely to attempt to breathe. i take it as a sign from god i shouldn’t run.


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — November 17, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

    Girl I am sooo behind on my blog reading. Alone w/ kiddo will do that.

    Running with a spouse…it takes a special mindset, there are many a race i wanted to divorce mine LOL

    THe Godiva coffee…thx for saying it tastes like reg coffee so I didnt waste my money :)

    Your previous post…that frosting. OMG lickable!!!


  5. #
    Melinda — November 18, 2009 @ 4:46 am

    Thanks for the info about yourself. I hate running and really avoid it, but I do work out, I just don’t run. I would much rather go for a nice bike ride.


  6. #
    The Candid RD — November 18, 2009 @ 5:59 am

    I don’t run, and it doesn’t bother me one bit.
    I love Oreos, but have not had them for quite a while. I have never dipped them in coffee! I like that idea….

    The Whole Foods dried fruit always looks really yummy, but like you said, SO EXPENSIVE! NOt worth it for me right now, maybe in the future when I actually make enough money to splurge!


  7. #
    Kristie Lynn — November 18, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    My hubby used to be able to run a 5k 3 minutes faster than I could when I would train for weeks beforehand and he would… not run at all. Seriously. And no cardio, either. Talk about demoralizing. Now, 3 years later, I can beat him in a 5k with those conditions. By 2 minutes. Hahaha.

    I am definitely interested in seeing one of your HIIT workouts – vomit inducing is just too tempting to pass up ;)


  8. #
    Kelly — November 18, 2009 @ 6:37 am

    I’d LOVE to see your HIIT workout plans :)
    Also — I love to run, but my body doesn’t love me to run. So be thankful you can! LOL (I have constant piriformis issues. I don’t know why. *sigh*)


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    Seth @ Boy Meets Food — November 18, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    While I do appreciate your determination, I think it is important to remember that running (like any other sport) is not for everyone. As long as you think you can “learn” to enjoy it then, great, but don’t force yourself to do something you don’t think you will have fun with. One thing I have learned about any type of exercise… people will NOT stick with anything unless they find some way to enjoy it.

    I have run a few mini marathons now, and for me, there are 2 ways that I like to run.
    #1, at the gym with a tv mounted on the treadmill. We don’t have cable, so this is my only time to watch tv… it makes us go to the gym, if we want to watch any programs
    #2, anywhere there is nice scenery, and I can enjoy looking around. I really hate running in residential/business areas. But, I love running on the beach, in the park, etc.


    • Jessica — November 18th, 2009 @ 6:57 am

      I only run in front of the TV at the gym. I need something to keep me busy! :)


  10. #
    Mellissa — November 18, 2009 @ 7:02 am

    I am with you on the running, it is not something I enjoy at all!


  11. #
    Crystal Burke — November 18, 2009 @ 8:09 am

    I would love to see what your HIIT program looks like. I do the “weight loss” intervals on my elliptical and sometimes it really kicks my booty. Though, that probably stems from me being on it for 45-60 minutes. No one I know does that, do you? And I think it’s weird that I can do that, but then, like you, I canNOT run. I can speed walk like nobody’s business, even at the same rate that some people like to jog, but nooooo running. I just can’t, I’ve tried and it never works out. More power to you if you can succeed, maybe tell me your secret! :)


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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — November 18, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    love this post because I just learned so much more about you, Jessica! We are all here to support you training for this 5k. I want to say first though that of course its Ok if you are not a runner. This is only one form of exercise that is not necessary for someone to be in perfect shape. You cleary are dedicated, kick ass and full of power and endurance which is admirable. :)

    Love the HIIT workout and the description. You can do this is so many ways, and 20 on, 40 off sounds good to me! I actually want to try that soon!

    I would say download some new tunes to get you going and start training slow to build up to it. I tend to run so much faster and further when I have good tunes to jam out too, sometimes I sing outloud :)


  13. #
    Evan Thomas — November 18, 2009 @ 8:36 am

    Of course you can be healthy and fit without running! Sometimes I feel the same way about not lifting when I see other people at the gym pile on the weights and get pulling, but I’m a runner not a lifter and I just need to remember that


  14. #
    Becca — November 18, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    Love your blog! I am a new reader and can’t get enough of it! First off, I’m not a runner either, and I tried SO HARD to “be” one. I’ve finally realized that it’s perfectly fine to enjoy lifting and doing HIIT a few times a week. My 20 minute HIIT sessions are the only cardio workouts I do weekly! You don’t HAVE to do 2 hours of cardio a day to see results, that is such a myth. I usually do my HIIT on the elliptical too, mine is a tad different though. I’m going to have to try yours! That dried fruit mix from Whole Foods looks delish, I’m going to have to buy some!


  15. #
    Jessie — November 18, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    I don’t like coffee either! No matter how I dress it up or how many time I try it, ick.


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    Low — November 18, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    I’d definitely be interested in your HIIT elliptical workout! Also, could you explain supersets in a post sometime? I feel dumb asking that, and I even think I used to know what they were way back when, but now I have no idea.

    Also, I think your goal of running 3 miles is perfect. I’m not a runner either and I wish I was. I find that it’s easiest for me when I’m following a plan also. The furthest I’ve ever run without stopping was 4 miles and I just did it once. Sigh. But like you I believe it highly possible to be fit without running.


  17. #
    Mom in the Islands — November 18, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

    Hi Honey. You know I don’t get on the computer much. BUT, I ran out of things to do in wonderful St. Maarten so I had your Dad sign me on and I have been planning the thanksgiving dinner ever since. I got my fitness today by going into the ocean for the first time in about 45 years.

    Love you Mom


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    Sara — January 11, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    oh my gosh! My boyfriend is a huge marathon runner and just qualified for Boston..I have really struggled with not being a good enough “runner” for him. I kept thinking “why can’t i get into this? why don’t I LOVE this like he does?” You really just put it into perspective to me – I can be FIT and HEALTHY without being a marathon runner…I had to come to terms with this and it was really nice to hear it from someone else! I LOVE your blog! Btw – could you email me some of your interval and HIIT workouts if you don’t mind? They look like something I would LOVE to do!


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