Welcome to Raspberries and Running Shoes! I am Cindy, a twenty-something living in Manhattan, Kansas. Here you can read about goal setting, technology, and life in general.

No Takeout was a Success! (And how you can begin your own no takeout challenge)

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For the last two weeks, Tony and I decided to cook all our meals at home.  The exception was visits to the coffee shop since we go there to work and it’s not usually for a meal.

Overall, it went really well!  We ended it Friday night because I had plans with a friend, but we felt very good about the progress we’d made and plan to continue it through this week.

I really expected to be craving pizza a few days in, but that never happened.  Any cravings were more fleeting thoughts of, “oh, that sounds good”, but we had enough variety in our meals that it didn’t affect us too much.  Tony had some trouble with all the food advertisements during football games, but we had plenty of yummy options it wasn’t an issue.

Physically, we felt much better.  After just a few days we already started to notice a difference, and immediately after we had Chinese food for dinner, I felt bad again.

Packing lunches seemed to help give me more time during my lunch hour, but we had enough leftovers during the week that we only had them a few times.  I would like to do it more often because it’s a good way to have a ton of veggies without really having to think about it.  I love that we aren’t throwing as much produce away.  Before, it felt like we couldn’t get through things fast enough before they became gross.  I hate wasting food.

Something I did to make sure we didn’t get burned out was trying a new recipe every week.  It didn’t have to be anything elaborate, but injecting something new meant we weren’t eating the same things over and over.

If you want to start a no takeout challenge yourself, here are my suggestions:

1. Plan out 7 dinners, a handful of lunches, and breakfasts for your week.

Don’t just leave it up to what you’re feeling like.  You can have any of those dinners at any time in the week, just make sure you have 7 planned out to keep yourself from thinking too hard when you’re hungry.

2. Make sure one of those dinners is a new recipe.

Injecting some variety into your meals will help a lot.

3. Pack lunches as often as possible.

Even if you make extra at dinner, you won’t put yourself in a time crunch and feel tempted if you’re prepared.

4) Don’t think of it as giving up something.

I know this is easier said than done, but avoid making it feel like you’re missing out.  The less you think about it, the easier it is.

We plan to continue the challenge for the next few weeks, maybe doing it during the week and taking weekends off for one meal out for as long as we can keep going.

What is One Thing You Can Do Today to Bring you Closer to Your Goal?

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I have a lot of someday goals.  Someday I want to do this.  Someday I will to do that.  It’s always something way in the future and those things are what I’m excited about.

All of my focus goes into planning my someday goals.  I tend to live in the future instead of right now.

Consider your right now.  What is one small thing you can do to bring you closer to your goal?

Maybe it’s brainstorming more ideas for blog posts or writing or commenting on blogs.  Maybe you could join a twitter chat.

Whatever it is, find one small thing that will help you get a little closer.  Incremental steps can make all the difference in the world.

Related: What is the Easiest Next Step

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you we have started visiting a coffee shop a few times a week to get some work done. It’s amazing what an hour or two of focused work can do for you!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how inspired I have been feeling this week.  Now my problem is I have SO MANY THINGS I am excited about that it’s hard to know how to prioritize them.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I have discovered the Pumpkin Spice Brulee tea from Teavana and I am hooked!  When the first two ingredients are cinnamon and white chocolate, you can’t go wrong!

Color Run Recap

Oh my goodness.

I did The Color Run last weekend and it was so much fun!  I spent some time thinking about how I wanted to write this recap because the run went much differently than I expected it to.

Up until the last week, I consistently ran three times a week.  When I started training, it was my goal to run the entire race.  I realized the last few weeks of training that wouldn’t happen.  I was comfortably running/walking two miles, and there was no way I’d be able to completely run another full mile.  I accepted that and couldn’t wait to have a great race!

Friday night we stood in line to pick up our packets and it was SO COLD!  We had dinner with our friends who were running with us and discussed what temperature would be too cold the next morning.  Tony said his cutoff was 40*.  Any colder than that and we wouldn’t really enjoy the race.

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The next morning it was below our cut off temperature.  We bundled up and headed to the start line hoping it wouldn’t be miserable.

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It seemed like everyone else was very bundled up but we didn’t want to give up on our race.  The waves started at 8:00 am and were going to continue every 5 minutes until 8:45.  We didn’t want to be in the first wave, so we got there around 8:10 and waited and waited and waited.  We were eventually sent off in the last wave!

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I ran for a decent length of time but eventually got frustrated by getting stuck behind someone walking right in front of me.  You were supposed to move to one side if you were walking, but I didn’t feel like the course made that super clear.  It seemed like every time I got a good pace going, someone would either STOP immediately right in front of me, or I’d get stuck behind people going super slow.

The boys were able to maneuver around the crowd a little better and we got separated, but before we knew it they were back tracking to meet us because we were going to run through the first color together!

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We ran through this spot getting doused in yellow before we said goodbye to the boys so they could run ahead.  My friend and I ran through the blue, pink, and purple color zones together and we met up with the boys at the end of the race.  Despite my frustration with not being able to run very much, I had a blast and was covered in color.

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The Color Run was one of those things I always wanted to do, and I am SO happy I got to participate this year.  It definitely won’t be my last race!

7 Things I Learned from Training for a Race

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1) Your body will not always follow what makes sense.
When I started my plan, it made sense to me.  I only had to run twice a week and could do other activities on my days off.  My body wasn’t ready for that and I had to change plans a few weeks in.  My legs never felt like they loosened up.

2) Most things are mentally hard, not physically.

3) Everyone has advice for what you are doing. If you don’t want it, then keep your ambitions to yourself.

4) Popsicles are amazing post workout

5) It is too easy to stop.

6) The right music/podcast can make all the difference in the world.

7) Know when you need to take a break.
One run I wasn’t mentally feeling it but made myself go out anyway.  After an awkward interaction trying to cross in front of a car and tripping, I gave up and walked the rest of the time.  I just wasn’t feeling it.

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how much I am enjoying using iOS 8.  It definitely feels like they have some kinks to get out, but I am really enjoying having a swipe keyboard, replying to texts faster, and the few widgets I’ve had a chance to play with.  Also, I LOVE that I can now clip straight into Evernote from Safari now.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how much I have been enjoying our no eating out challenge.  I feel like it’s forcing me to be a little more creative in the kitchen.  Tonight I’m going to try to make buffalo chicken taquitos!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about how much fun I had at the color run.  I plan to do a recap soon, but I came back covered in color and happy.

Happy weekend!

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Currently is a journaling challenge created by Kristin of Rukristin Papercrafts. It only takes a few minutes to jot down your right now and soon you will have an entire album if journaled cards!

She just released a new line of Stamps too!

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Project No Takeout

Tony and I have been eating out a lot lately.  I am fortunate to work relatively close to home, so I can run home during lunch and make something to eat.  However, after a long morning of work, it is pretty easy to talk myself into picking up taco bell on my way home instead of taking the time to cook.

There is nothing wrong with eating out, it has just been an amount I’m not comfortable with.  Eating at home is much better for our wallets, not to mention our health!

We decided to go two full weeks without eating out.  I want to use it as an opportunity to explore more in the kitchen and integrate more variety in our diet.

I wanted to make it super easy to eat at home by having some simple meals on hand for when we aren’t feeling it.  To make lunches easier, we decided to start packing bentos!

I love that it gives us lots of variety, it’s fun to eat, and they’re ready for us when it’s time to eat.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you my sister and her boyfriend spent the weekend with us!  We spent the weekend eating good food, playing mini golf, and playing all the board games we own.  It was so much fun!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I signed up for a new eCourse!  I couldn’t resist signing up for the Agenda Course through Studio Calico  (aff link) and I get a planner stamp out of it!  I have a slight eCourse problem.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you the Color Run is tomorrow!  I feel like I will be walking a lot of it, and I’m okay with that.  I plan to continue running a couple of times a week and doing a ton of yoga the next few weeks.  I’m excited to start.

Running Playlist by Tony

With the Color Run on Saturday, I asked Tony to share his running playlist with you today!

If there is a universal unifier amongst humans, I’ve found it to be music.  That’s something my dad was a firm believer of and preached to us. Really, think about it.  If you’re sad, there’s nothing quite like finding that perfect song to soothe your feelings.  When you’re mad you rage and head bang to the hard stuff.  When you’re beginning to fall for that  special someone there’s always a song that can capture the feeling of butterflies in your tummy you get when they’re around.  Music is a universal unifier because we all have feelings, and music speaks to them.

This is why my wonderful wife asked me to contribute with a guest post.  She knows this is a topic I’m very passionate about and I couldn’t be happier to help.

In stark contrast of my upbringing, Cindy did not grow up in a home where music was played much if at all.  She loves music now but she’s not one to look it up or search it out.  My jaw dropped when I inquired what she listened to on her runs and her reply was “Oh, I listen to my podcast.”

“WHAT?   You mean you don’t have a playlist you listen to??”

“No, I get bored with the songs.”

“You’re not listening to the right ones then….You need my running playlist, like yesterday”

After her run that day she was ecstatic about the results!

So whatever it is you do, jog, walk, intervals, any sort of workout, do yourself a favor and give this playlist a try.  That extra motivation is incredible when the sun is kicking your butt, and the pavement is threatening to eat you.

This is my personal recommendation for your next workout.

1 Fergalicious, Fergie The Dutchess

2 SexyBack, Justin TimberlakeFutureSex/LoveSounds

3 Roar Katy, Perry Roar

4 Royals, Lorde Pure Heroine

5 Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys Girl On Fire

6 Safe And Sound, Capital Cities In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Deluxe Edition)

7 Feel Good Inc, Gorillaz Demon Days

8 Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine Lungs

9 Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes Elephant

10 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling StonesHot Rocks 1964-1971

11 I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive

12 I Love It, (feat. Charli XCX) Icona Pop This Is… Icona Pop

13 Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey Video Games

14 50 Ways to Say Goodbye, Train California 37

15 Rehab, Amy Winehouse Back To Black

16 What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction Up All Night

Just put it on shuffle and enjoy!  It’s also very important to remember that this is by no means an end all, be all of playlists.  Please add some of your personal flavor and evolve it as your preferences change.  

Its been incredible getting to share this with you.

Until next time, Tony.