Wednesday, December 23, 2009

These Are My Confessions

1. I joined Weight Watchers 7 weeks ago.
2. I hadn't really been following the plan (umm, hello NYC, Thanksgiving, and loads of other excuses).
3. I was sick last week. So sick that I called in two days.
4. I lost 11 pounds last week. I tracked and ate as many points as I could (there was one day I wasn't able to eat all my points), but food just didn't taste good. Diet Coke didn't even taste good. And I drank lots and lots of liquids. And I ate out at multiple restaurants. And I skipped 4 days at the gym. Folks, that is pretty unheard of. I usually go to the gym 6 days a week.
5. I really want the poundage to stay off, but I know that a loss like that is unhealthy and not characteristic.
6. I still really want the weight to stay off.
7. I'm home for Christmas and scared shitless about all the food around that I normally don't eat back in Nashville. So far so good. I did have one piece of my mom's toffee. This in not normal at all. Usually I inhale the entire container no matter the size before I bring my suitcase in.
8. I'm back in the 190's.
9. I still really want the weight to stay off.
10. I am going to the gym tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday while I am home or at least getting some form of exercise.

Wishing you the best holiday with all of your loved ones!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I Needed Some Motivation...

And I realized all of about 5 minutes ago that in less than 4 weeks I will be on a plane to Montana to go skiing with 12+ other people. Only 2 of whom I know. There will be single guys and there will be triathletes. There will be a hot tub. And then there will be me. This led to trying on swimsuits (and maybe a bikini or two) I bought at the end of the summer. I am pleased to say I felt comfortable in all of them.

Must rock the next few weeks hardcore, but I am going to enjoy Christmas like Christmas should be enjoyed :)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekend Recap

I took a half day on Friday because a friend came into town for the weekend. Wed headed to Lynchburg, TN, home of Jake Daniels, for the afternoon. We were back in Nashville in time for dinner. Where I consumed a huge order of bacon cheese fries and a 5 Alarm burger. BUT I did split it, so that should count for something. After dinner we headed to my favorite bar where I had two celebrity sightings: Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts and John Legend. Obviously I was more impressed with John Legend.

Saturday I hit up the Loveless Cafe for some nice down home fried goodness of chicken tenders (I ate one of the 3 huge ones on my plate), fruit cup, hash brown casserole, and the famous biscuits of course. Back home to get ready for SANTA RAMPAGE 2009. This now ranks as one of my favorite events of the year. Lots of fun, laughs, and drinks.

My Santa Group

The Rest of the Pictures

Sunday, I obviously slept in. Had a late lunch at the Pancake Pantry. Mmmmm Raspberry delight pancakes. Yum! I was a day early, but I guess the Taylor's (as in Swift and Lautner) had a late lunch there today.

I finished off the weekend at the Ten out of Tenn Christmas show with Andy Davis, Erin McCarley, Butterfly Boucher, and Katie Herzig to name a few.

I am beat!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

All I Want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is a boyfriend (well it's not all I want, but still). Is that too much too ask? I didn't think so.

I know all the struggles that come along with said gift, but I would gladly take some of that to not have to do everything by myself. F being independent.

Oh, and reindeer antlers on cars are dumb. I hope I haven't offended any readers who might have said antlers on their car. At least if you have them, I hope you drive a minivan or a station wagon.

Maybe I should have titled this post bah humbug?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I never thought I would blog about this

A bullet style update

-I ran a 5k last night. It was cold. Really cold. My time was 28:06. Definitely not my best, but not my worst time. I am partially blaming all the walkers I had to maneuver around and cold. Oh the cold. Oh and the hill.

-This might be TMI, but I never knew what it was called until last night. Let's just say 3-4 miles is about my max. This could be bad if I plan to run the half marathon.

-Chipotle has been open for 2 weeks in Nashville. The line you ask? 30+ minutes long no matter when I go. I hear it stays that way the entire day too.

-Next weekend is Santa Rampage. I will be dressing up. Will I be drinking? That is TBD.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

(NY) City Love

My trip in pictures.

The view of Madison Avenue from our corner room


Holy Moly! That is some piece of cheesecake!


I still haven't made it to the Statue of Liberty. This will do for now.




The Diamond District. I just love this one for some reason.


Radio City Christmas Spectacular!


The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian is one of my favorite places for a quick bite to eat.




St. Patrick's as view from the Saks Fifth Avenue Cafe. A greta place for mimosas.


Yummy Italian dinner where I may have finished almost a whole bottle of Antinori wine by myself...


St. Patrick's


Rockefeller Center


I love this one.


And this one too...


A lovely fall day in NYC.


How festive! And on the same block as our hotel.


Canal Street


This is how excited someone looks who just got 2nd row tickets!


The seats!


The stage


My love




The entire album can be viewed here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Been A Long Night in New York City

I have been back from NYC for almost a week and it feel like I just got back yesterday. This had to of been one of my favorite trips. I spent some quality time with my mom AND I got to see John Mayer

Ah yes John Mayer. Most people hate him, but you can't deny he can write some serious songs. His CD release show was last Tuesday at the Beacon Theater. I lucked out with the pre-sale and ended up with 7th row center seats. I was super excited! So on the day of the show two friends from Connecticut were coming into the city for the show, but they didn't have tickets. I told them that I had read on John Mayer's management's twitter that they were planning on releasing tickets at the box office at 1 PM day of show. Of course they tweeted this around 11:30. I already had lunch plans and couldn't make it to the Upper West Side in time, so I kind of forgot about the whole thing. I spent part of the afternoon shopping and around 3:30 Jenny and I decide to head up to the venue just to take a look and to find a bar. We arrive around 4:15 and see that there is a line at the box office and we decided to get in because it appears that they still have tickets available. It also appears that there are scalpers in the line too. We are maybe 15 people back in a line of mostly guys. We had been in line a few minutes and we see the guy who does the merch for John Mayer keep coming out and looking at the line. I finally get to the front of the line after hearing that some people got obstructed view tickets and the scalperish guy in front of us was being told Loge was the the best available. Right as I get to the front I see the guy who works for John Mayer give the box office worker a nod. The box office guy then asks me if I am excited for the show. I tell him I am and I came from Nashville. Blah, blah. He asks how many tickets I need. Two. He tells me he has two available. I want to know where they are and he points to a general area on the map in the center section. Definitely not obstructed and definitely not loge. He tells me they are good. At this point I am pretty inclined to believe him. Seconds later, I walk away with 2nd row DEAD center. My friends are now in the 7th row and I upgraded my seats :) I consider myself pretty lucky to have even had the 7th row seats, but to end up in the 2nd row was a compete surprise. Oh, and it was broadcast on Fuse. The only reason I am sharing this is because I think it is quite funny that I was on TV.

I haven't seen the entire show, but I do know that I am in this video around the 2 minute 34 second mark. I am singing like I wrote the song, so please forgive me ;)

Monday, November 09, 2009

A Week From Today

A week from today I will be in the Big Apple waiting 24 more hours to see John Mayer. And my mom will be on her way back home after her first trip to NYC EVER!

Why am I going to NYC, besides to get to play with my mom? Well, my guiltiest of pleasures, John Mayer, is having a CD release show at the Beacon Theater on November 17. And I am going. And I have 7th row center tickets. And it is going to be broadcast on Fuse. And maybe you will see me on TV?

Stay tuned for what else I plan to get into on my first trip to NYC since July 2008!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sunday Funday

Started of the day with a great 70 minute walk around the neighborhood.

Brunch on the east side with a great friend where I three mimosas and an amazing entree of beef spare ribs, potatoes, and a side salad. We also split a bread basket with such spreads as Nutella, honey, butter, apple butter, and peanut butter. Before going I told myself I wasn't going to drink or have the bread basket even though it was one of my favorite things. But you know what? I don't drink mimosas often and I don't go to this restaurant often enough. So no hard feelings toward myself for indulging. Many laughs were had over the 2 hours we were there.

At this point I wanted to do something outside since the weather as amazing, but instead I fell asleep at home for two hours. Whoops. Once I woke up I was heading out to the grocery store when a change of plans occurred. I headed to the bar to meet another friend and watch the Titans/SF game and the Saints/Carolina game. While at the bar I ate dinner and had another beer. Totally unplanned, and soon after the one beer I realized I didn't need to be drinking anymore and switched to diet coke.

Hit the grocery store to pick up ingredients for lunch and dinner for the rest of the week. I eat well when I hit the grocery store on Sunday.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

How I Spent My Saturday

I went to a 8:30 AM yoga class that was 75 minutes of pure bliss. Next I hit up the treadmill for 30 minutes. 20 of which I ran for 2 miles. Target where I scored some killer Halloween clearance goodies for my mom. Can you say paper napkins for .15 a package??? Home to shower.

Then I headed to the Warner Park system here in Nashville with my roommate where we did a short 2.5 mile Warner Woods moderate trail. We also did the scenic drive. The fall colors were amazing. Early dinner at Red Robin. Can you say fries with ranch dressing?

I know I live such an exciting life. It's 8:30 and I am ready for bed.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Happy Belated Halloween!

I hope you had and enjoyable Halloween! I know I did!



Sunday, October 11, 2009

Will Run for Beer?

Well yes and no. I did run in the Germantown 5k Bier Run, and there was a beer waiting for me at the finish line, but I wouldn't say I normally run for beer :) It does help though!

The Results:

My time: 27:24. Heck yeah! A personal record!
I was 20 out of 85 in my age division.
I was 105 out of 379 in my sex place.
I was 353 overall out of 792 participants.
My pace was 8:51.

I am not sure if it was the cooler, weather, the flatter course, or the beer waiting for me at the end of the race, but whatever it was, I'll take it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Just a Quick Check In

So today I was born 27 years ago in Olympia, WA.

It has been a glorious day. A 5 AM workout. A McDonald's Diet Coke. Lunch out at Pei Wei.

I booked a trip to Big Sky, MT in January. I got the e-mail invite today. I booked a few hours later. I haven't been skiing in 6 years...this should be interesting.

Dinner out with friends at one of my favorite bars in Nashville. I realized tonight that I haven't been there nearly enough when the bartender and the manager told me they missed me. The bartender sent over a birthday drink for me. A Jack and Diane. Or a JDC. Or commonly known as a Jack and Diet Coke. My roomie got me a cookie cake! The picture can be seen here. I forgot my digi camera at home and I am still trying to figure out my new cell phone. They sang happy birthday to me. Another friend got me tickets to see Little House on the Prarie: THE (mother freaking!) MUSICAL! Staring Melissa Gilbert as Ma. I am beyond excited about this. I think it would be a little too much if I wore my bonnet, no?

In case you didn't click on the picture, I got a hair cut last week. A sizeable chop. And I love it.

When my mom was here in earlier this month, she brought me a bunch of birthday goodies from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I don't covet anything as much as I do my new Tory Birch black ballerina flats. THANK YOU mom! I also scored a sweet patent leather wide Betsy Johnson Belt and a cashmere scarf. And a very practical black North Face Fleece. My roomie got me a super sweet sandwich cookie cake set that ROCKS. My first (of hopefully many) cake pans from Williams Sonoma.

Last night I spent the evening at my favorite venue, the Ryman, seeing the Decemberists perform. It was amazing, minus that guy, yes that guy sitting in front of me, who yelled out "FREEBIRD" at the end of every song. Colin even made fun of him and he still didn't shut up.

In other news I haven't weighed myself in a month.

Unitl next time.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Results: Part Deux

My results:
Let me first start out by saying again I just wanted to finish under 30 and just maybe improve my time. I didn't do any real training and I had had a few off weeks.

I was in the female age group 25-29. There were 57 participants in this group.

I finished 14 out of 57 in my age division.

I finished 225 out of the 493 who wore timing chips.

I finished 72 among all women.

My chip time was 28:14.

My pace was 9:07.

Next 5k is October 10 and I hope to actually train a little for this one...

PS. My scale broke a few weeks ago and I ordered a new one. It was broken too and I sent it back. I am going scale free for reals for a while.

PPS RIP Patrick Swayze. I have loved Dirty Dancing since the second grade. I went and saw the 20th anniversary screening in the movie theater too, for one night only! (Don't judge!) One of my favorite clips is the Chippendales skit with another one of my favorites Chris Farley.

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's Only My Second Time

Tomorrow will be the second time I run an organized 5 K. Not quite sure how I will do in this one. I haven't been working out and exercising as much as I would have liked over the past month or so. So, yeah.

Playlist has been made and ipod will be charged soon. Did I mention there are cookies at the end of this race? This is my kind of race!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ok, seriously. When did it become ok for me to eat starbursts and a crunch ice cream bar for an afternoon SNACK?

So I think I am going to take a little break from blogging. My 27th birthday is a month from tomorrow and I need to just figure some things out. Nothing ground breaking or anything.

I will still probably update twitter. You can find me @brownsarahk.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Somewhat Made Up

So last week I posted a picture with no make up and it got me thinking about my appearance. Now, I am not going to start wearing make everyday. But I did wear it on Friday and Saturday when I went out with friends.

Like I said before I usually just wear I make. I am also wearing bronzer and lip gloss.


I would like to start wearing it to work a little bit more often....

And on a completely different note I am finally realizing that about 3 years ago I was at my lowest weight, about 22 lbs lighter than I am now. However, my workout and eating styles have changed for the better. While I can fit into the close from a few years ago I feel like my body looks more toned. I definitely know I am eating a greater variety of food and more fruits and veggies which is a good thing.

So what is your make up routine?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

TGIF (Almost) & No Make-Up Self Portrait

This week has been one for the books.

Eating has been less than stellar. No Gym today or Tuesday, but I did go twice on Monday. That should count for something right? But then I ate that brownie batter ice cream after the gym...

Oh and my girl Fat Bridesmaid is doing a no-make up self portrait tomorrow. I have decided to participate, but I don't really think it is too fair for me. If you have read this blog for any length of time you have already seen a picture of me sans makeup. I don't usually wear makeup, at least not to work. Well there were those two weeks Keith Urban was in the building... But for the most part I usually just "wear" moisturizer. If I do wear makeup it is usually only eye makeup. I probably really need to start wearing it...

But here is my self-portrait. Important for a few reason. This is what I normally look like. And today was the day I got my crown and veneer. The only thing I have left to do is wait for my retainers and possibly bleach my teeth again.

Photo 32

Do you have a no make-up self portrait? Let's see 'em!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

European Adventure Part 2

I left this series off here after my first day in Paris. Day 2 in Paris was pretty close to perfect. Wait, the entire trip was perfect. I was able to sleep in. I woke up and wandered over to the Eiffel Tower. I decided since I had never climbed the stairs this would be my turn. I walked to the second stage. All 670 steps.


I checked out the sites from above:



Took a self portrait:


And I was on my way back down for a nice walk around the Parc du Champ de Mars.




I headed back to the hotel to shower and then headed out on a good 3 mile+ walk to the Luxembourg Gardens where I took a nice nap and read a book, and just people watched for a few hours.


I headed back to the hotel, this time by Metro to meet Alethea for dinner. We ate at nearby pizza place and spent the evening around the Eiffel Tower. And of course I had to have a Nutella Crepe.

Went to bed pretty early because the next day Alethea and I went on our bike tour to Giverny. We met up with the bike group at a train station and we settled in to our one hour train ride. The train actually took us to Vernon where we picked up lunch and our bikes. It was hot this day. Really hot and I wore jeans...

Lunch on the Seine. A lunch where I polished off a bottle of wine pretty much on my own and then had to ride a bike...

On the way to Giverny


The Ponds and Gardens






My bike for the day


There really are no words to describe what I saw. It was simply beautiful. I would love to go back during another season to see other flowers in bloom.

Our day came to a close around 3 PM and we headed back to Paris on the train.

The Results

28:22 total time
268 overall
38 in my age category

It's a start.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Race

So I was pretty much a jumble of nerves this morning, only because I had never done anything like this before. So I park at my friend's condo which was a few blocks away from the start. I walk down to the starting area and of course I have to pee because that's what happens when I am nervous. A friend of mine from gym class, who we have been meaning to exchange contact info, was the one who suggest I run. Of course this was earlier in the week like Monday are Wednesday. I decide on Thursday I would run and we had planned on bringing our business cards on Friday. She wasn't in class. Ok, well I had paid my race fee so I was doing this thing. This morning I was standing around and I ran into a girl I went to grad school with. She has done a few races before, so I was pretty much at ease by this point. We basically stood around the start for 10 minutes and then all of the sudden we were off and my music was going. I actually put together a pretty good play list. You know, since I am not a seasoned runner by any means I don't have practice at this sort of thing.

Umm it was hot.

And slightly hilly, well more of a gradually incline (and decline too!)

And did I mention it was hot for 7:30 AM?

I didn't realize how much warmer it is at 7:30 AM than at 5 AM. So I was running along and my two goals were to not walk and to finish under 30 minutes. I knew I could do the no walking thing but I was unsure about the 30 minute thing. Usually when I run in boot camp the distance and time is never measured. We just run.

So here's the playlist:

Picture 1

About 100 yards before the finish, Play Your Part (Part 1) by Girl Talk came on and it was perfect. (I highly suggest listening to Girl Talk if you run.) I was able to pick up my pace for the last part.

And so I finished at some point in the 28 minute mark! I am not really sure what my exact time is yet because I was so excited to see 28 minutes that the seconds didn't really matter.

Oh and another thing. I wore shorts. In public. This is huge people.

I am off to breakfast with some friends.

Friday, August 07, 2009

You've Got To Start Somewhere

So I signed up to run a 5k yesterday that just so happens to be tomorrow. It will be the first "race" I have ever participated in. I am a little nervous. A little might be an understatement. I think the biggest thing is that I have not ran 3 miles straight in at least a month. It should be interesting. Plus it is going to be HOT. I would like to use my time tomorrow just to see where I stand. Possibly improve later on?


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Laughter Does the Body Good

Even with squinty eyes I love this picture of DMBNikki and I from this past week. I want to laugh like that all the time!


Monday, August 03, 2009

Where Has the Summer Gone?

So I really need to make a to do list of blog topics. It mainly include finishing up the Europe posts. I could blog about my Wisconsin trip, but that was for DMB and involved shows and lots of drinking. This past weekend I went to Indiana for even more Dave Matthews Band shows. And for some reason it was just a really good trip. I can't really rank my summer 2009 DMB trips because they have all been so different and I have loved them all. But I think a lot of the greatness of these shows this past weekend had to do with the fact that it was relatively stress free. I didn't have to worry about driving anywhere before/after the show. I didn't worry about seats. And I just didn't worry in general. And a lot of it had to do with some of the friends I haven't seen in a few years. The friends I met back in 2002. While 2002 probably means nothing to you, it means a lot to me. The summer of '02 was one of those summers every young person should experience. No job. 20+ DMB shows all over the country ending with front row at the Gorge for Dreaming Tree and Halloween. This a topic well deserving of a follow up post.

I laughed a lot this weekend and it was good.

I have no trips planned right now at all. Of course, who knows how long that will last. The only thing on the horizon is my mom's visit over Labor Day weekend.

After a month off I am back at my morning boot camp class. I have missed it. More than I thought I would.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Are You a Dancer?

Quick update of sorts here. I have really enjoyed getting back into the gym in the mornings this week. I have also mixed things up a bit as far as cardio goes. I have started to run a bit. I haven't ran since the end of July and that was outside. I am running on the treadmill for about 1.5 miles. I also started biking a bit again. And tonight I went to my very first water aerobics class. I am always a little nervous about trying new things, especially when it is at a place I haven't been. This (Outdoor!) water aerobics class was at the Downtown Y on their Rooftop pool! Once I figured out the location of the pool my nerves calmed a bit (who would have thought it would have been difficult to find the roof?). It also helped that a friend wanted to go too. Besides my friend, there were two other girls who had never been to this class before and two guys who had obviously been to this class a lot. Once I got used to all the movements it was a lot like boot camp in the water. We were stretching at the end and we had to hold our foot out in front of us and reach for your ankles/toes/foot/whatever you could grab. I can easily grab my foot and then we did the stretch with our leg out to our side. One of the guys yells across the pool "Are you a dancer?" Completely shocked was I. Me a dancer? Nope. And, this will not be any sort of love connection. I don't think he likes girls and he was about 50.

I am going to Indiana this weekend. More on Sunday!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Week Ahead

I stayed in last night which was a really nice change of events. I have felt that for the past 2 months I have pretty much been go-go-go. That probably is some of the reason it has been hard for me to lose weight (and focus too). I would start to get into a good routine and then I would do something that threw my schedule off. Of course these things involved travel and seeing friends and family, so it was all worth it. BUT ultimately I want to be able to do all these things and not have it completely throw off my schedule. Any suggestions???

This week is shaping up to be a busy one. My personal goal is to make it to the gym every morning this week, something I did not do at all last week. I have spent the past three days journaling my eating (no points, but calories) and getting back into the gym. It has been a much need break.

On tap for the week I have drinks/dinner with a friend on Tuesday. A possible outdoor water aerobics class on Wednesday. And my last Advanced Negotiations class on Thursday.

So what exercising/eating guidelines do you follow when traveling or on vacation?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Starting Over

I am going to skip a long drawn out intro. I was doing well, really well the week I got back from Europe. Then I went to Wisconsin and had a blast and ate yummy foods and drank yummy drinks. I haven't gone to the gym at all this week. AND I have eaten at least one meal out every day since Monday. This my friends is a recipe for disaster.

Tomorrow I am going to sleep in, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, and go to the gym after work. I am going out tomorrow night, but I drank enough alcohol last weekend to last me a while.

I need to get my act together.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

European Adventure Part 1

I know this is long overdue, but here it is.

My flight:

I have been on this flight before. Not horrible, but out of DC it is a little shorter. I was in the middle. I tried to switch, but that was impossible on a full flight. There were 5 seats in the center of the plane. I wasn't in the very middle, but I was in the seat next to the very middle, thus not an aisle. My main concern was being able to get up and walk around. Ever since my 20 hour flight to/from South Africa my ankles can swell pretty badly resulting in cankles that seem to last for at least a few days. My cure? Aim for the aisle seat and drink obscene amounts of water so I have to get up and walk around. I actually slept pretty well on this flight with the help of a few benedryl and and my neck pillow. A few years ago I invested in a Thermarest Neck Pillow. I wanted something small and compact and decided to give this a try. I really need to start using it on shorter flights and not just international flights. This things is SO worth the $30.

Arrived in Paris as well rested as possible on an 8+ hour flight. Now here is the part where I wish I would have packed slightly different. I had a wheeled checked bag and a carry on by two different manufacturers. Thus, not the easiest to combine when traveling in say the Metro or down/up stairs. I refuse to use a pack when in Europe, just a personal preference. I probably could have packed a little lighter/differently, but I am going to be honest, I wanted some options. Before I left the states I even considered taking a taxi instead of using the RER (public transport straight into the city from the airport), but decided I couldn't justify spending 60 Euro on a cab when I have taken the RER before. I struggled with my suitcases and maybe even pitted out (sweating that shows in the pits) a bit, but I made and saved some money!

I made it to the hotel and caught up with Alethea. A quick shower and I was on my way out into the city.

Now for some pictures:
I had just purchased my first Nutella Crepe on the Rue Cler:


I spent the afternoon in the Rodin Sculpture Garden:


Dinner at a nice restaurant followed by a stroll around the Eiffel Tower park. I will never have too many pictures of the Eiffel Tower.


It stays light out pretty late in the summer time. I didn't go to bed until after midnight and I didn't even take a nap. Summer months are definitely easier on the jet lag than traveling in winter months.

Coming up next: more Paris and Monet's Gardens

Friday, July 17, 2009


Ok, So I have been home less than a week and a half and I am already leaving again?!? I am heading to Wisconsin of all places to see the Dave Matthews Bands with some good friends. Next week watch out for the Europe details!

But for now I leave you with a meal I enjoyed more than a few times on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. Yum!


Note to self: upon return I need to organize my travel took incredibly way too much time to pack.