. thinking out loud #18 .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 7, 2013

1. I’m extremely embarrassed to admit this, but… I’ve let things go too far and need to get something off my chest. This is what my stash of cinnamon should look like…

Stockpiling Cinnamon

And this is what my stash of cinnamon currently looks like…

Low Cinnamon Supply

Two empty shakers, and maybe two servings left in the third – you can bet that I’ll be making an emergency grocery trip tonight, because yeah… life without cinnamon is just not something I ever want to experience. Between a missing sweet tooth and neglecting my addiction, I don’t even know who I am anymore.

2. Actually, I’m someone who apparently neglects their car as well. You know the book 50 Shades of Grey? Allow me to introduce you to 50 shades of brown.

Dirty Car

I tend to get a little lax with cleaning my car in the winter since it gets dirty approximately 15.7 seconds after I wash it, but I figured it could use a little loving so I took it to the car wash…

Nice and Clean Car

Nice and clean. But, true to form, it got just as dirty again in 15.7 #damnyouwinterdriving

3. One thing I haven’t been neglecting, though? My Tamagotchi…

Tama Teen
Happy Tama

I named him Kirby; he goes to bed at 9; he eats nothing but bread and candy; and he’s surprisingly enjoyable. Admit it, you didn’t think he’d make it this long. It’s okay – I didn’t either.

4. Have you guys heard of of Prinstagram? It’s a website that’ll print your Instagram images for you, either in picture, sticker, book, calendar, or even poster form. I’m thinking about ordering a set of prints for myself. I’ve known a few people who have done it, and they were really impressed with the quality and everything. Oh, and are you following me on Instagram yet? If not, you should! @runwithspoons 😀

5. Someone at my apartment gym definitely knows what’s up when it comes to refuelling… Found this little gem in the garbage bin when I was leaving and I couldn’t help but giggle.

Post Workout Fuel?

6. And speaking of giggling, please do yourself a favor and watch this:

It feels so wrong but… it gets me every.single.time 😆 😆 😆 Ohhhh, I’m a horrible person.

7. I can’t help but use a lot of smilies whenever I communicate with someone that I can’t see face to face. I just feel like it’s way too easy to misinterpret the tone behind a message when someone can’t see/hear how you’re saying it, and if I ever think that my messages might sound a little mean, I fill them with: :) 😀 😆 :roll: 😛 😉 :mrgreen:

8. Song obsession of the week; because sometimes you just have to cut yourself a break…

9. Okay. I need to vent for a quick sec. This is actually something I want to go into more detail about in a future post, but it needs a quick mention… Is it just me, or have you guys noticed the increase of heart rate monitor pics (with calories burned) popping up all over blogs and Instagram too? And can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind these pics? Is it a brag? Is it supposed to motivate others? Is it meant to be informative? Can someone fill me in, because I’m not quite understanding this recent phenomenon…

10. Aaaaaand because I usually like to end things on a positive note…

Lovely  Day

I’m wishing you all a lovely day 😀

. – . – . – .

What’s one food item that you’ll make unscheduled grocery trips for?
Did the ducks make you giggle?
What are your feelings on HRM pictures?

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karla February 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

Those ducks are too cute! Thanks for sharing! And, I am glad I am not the only one who neglects to wash their car in the winter.,,heck who am I kidding,,,, in the winter, spring, summer and fall!


2 Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) February 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

Ooooooh those poor little ducklings! That’s one of those videos that’s surprising, and by that I mean, I’m surprised I can feel so badly while laughing at them all at the same time. giggle

Thanks for sharing the song. Def gonna check it out. :)


3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

Right?! It’s like laughing when you see people do something stupid and hurt themselves. But it almost feels worse because it’s animals…


4 Ragnhild February 7, 2013 at 7:14 am

Ah, its been way too long since I last commented here, but I have been following you every single day!
I really cant believe how much cinnamon you are eating :O That is crazy!! 😀 (I like crazy!)
Have a lovely day Amanda.


5 Ashley @ Life and Fitness February 7, 2013 at 7:37 am

My cinnamon jar lasts me probably for more than a year. I never know what to put it on besides yogurt or pies. Any suggestions?


6 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I think I go through it so quickly because when I add cinnamon to things, it’s not just like a small dash or two… my food ends up basically smothered in it 😉 Adding it to yogurt and oatmeal are my favorite uses, but some other great ones are: on sweet potatoes (with nut butter), on apples, in applesauce, in coffee, in hot chocolate, on toast, and in baking. I add cinnamon to almost all of the recipes I bake, even if they don’t call for it. I find it always adds a nice little depth.


7 Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living February 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

Eggs and milk are definitely unscheduled grocery trip worthy. Because when I decide I need to make cookies or homemade hot cocoa, there is no stopping me! :)


8 Lucie February 7, 2013 at 8:03 am

I posted the ducks on my Facebook profile today when I saw it in your comment on Jessie’s blog – I can’t handle it!
And I can’t handle the watch/monitor pics either. I don’t know what the purpose is. I don’t look at them, and neither at mine – I have a watch to check the time but I NEVER wear one of these heartrate bands cause I really don’t care how many calories I’ve burnt. I know, I did burn a few, so fine.
Could we do a Skype chat where you do a Instagram/Pinterest tutorial for me? I am so lame. I can not get into these 2 pages. I feel so overwhelmed when I open it, that I hysterically close it again immediately. I feel like my Mom when she starts her iPad, she always seem so scared.


9 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Of course we can! Instagram and Pinterest are still okay for me… it’s Facebook and Twitter that overwhelm me 😯


10 Miss Polkadot February 8, 2013 at 1:35 am

Haha, me, too, Instagram seems like a lot of fun but I need somebody explaining to to me …


11 Natasha February 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

I will make unscheduled grocery trips for eggs….and mushrooms (don’t ask – I have a weird obsession with them lol)

I am also obsessed with cinnamon! I actually get these huge tubs from Costco that are SO CHEAP!! I have probably five of them, but I use A LOT of cinnamon so I figured I would stock up!

I don’t know what the current obsession is, but I agree that I do see heart rate pics a lot now. I think that it is definitely a bit of bragging, which is fine to me. We all want to be proud of our hard work and workouts! I also think it is kind of interesting to compare the calorie burn of different types of workouts. I still have my heart rate monitor but I have not used it in like three years because I know how to gauge my workouts.
I can definitely see how it can be somewhat annoying that everyone feels the need to show that they burned “x” amount of calories, so they are just sooo awesome. lol


12 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

Oh my goodness, the ducks. Cannot.stop.giggling.
I desperately try to avoid unscheduled grocery trips (because going for one item inevitably turns into twelve)…but I will do it for bananas, eggs and olive oil if I feel like I really need it.

So much cinnamon – but I would hate to go without it!
I’m not sure what to think of the HRM pictures..I notice it more with lifting than I do with cardio workouts, so maybe it’s a “look-at-how-many-calories-lifting-burns? IN YOUR FACE cardio people!” That’s my interpretation, anyways. :-p


13 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm

That’s what I thought it was at first too, but I see quite a few runners do it a lot as well, so I’m not sure…


14 Anna @AnnaTheApple February 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

Genuinky concerned about those little ducklings! The mum hugely panicked bless her. How cute though!
I get nervous when I have no apples so I feel your pain about the cinnamon. My husband luckily understands my need and has often gone on an emergency apple run for me.


15 morgan February 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

hmm glad you brought up the whole HRM obsession. I definitely think it has a lot to do with bragging- and omg look at how much I burned. I don’t think so many bloggers should be posting them though… mainly because we all know that a big group of healthy living blogger readers have/had eating or exercise issues. Why can’t they just put I ran 5 miles? We don’t need to see that you burn 437.65 calories.


16 Hollie February 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

I feel you on cinnamon. I don’t know why I’ve been going through it so quickly lately. Well yes I do, I’ve been dumping it in my hot cocoa haha…Anyways-that video is probably one of my favorites of all time. Just hilarious.

On the heart rate monitor note, yes I have. I don’t really know how I feel about it. I don’t care for the straps I find them super painful so I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever get into.


17 Lauren February 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

I think the heart rate monitors are more to show how much lifting can burn because a lot of people put lifting to the back burner. At least that’s the “main” gist I have been getting from them. I’m not gonna lie, I kind of want one. Haha. Sometimes I wonder just how much I’m burning even if I’m doing yoga. I shouldn’t care but I’m just curious!

The ducks made me laugh so much! It’s so horrible but so funny :-)
Un-scheduled grocery trips: nut butter, yogurt, cinnamon, or bananas.


18 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I thought that’s what it was about at first too, but I see it from enough runners to question that. Maybe we’re trapped in the middle of a war of which form of exercise is better… Hope the casualties are minimal…

And your emergency grocery trip buys are pretty much spot on with mine. I could survive without everything else, but those 4 (and cereal) are must-haves.


19 Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom February 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I agree, I see them posted after cardio sessions quite often. Honestly, lifting does NOT burn as many calories(short term) so people don’t tend to show big numbers on their HRM for that. I ignore the HRM pics or honestly, even roll my eyes when I see them. Besides, everyone burns a different amount doing the exact same thing. I tend to burn less calories because I have a really low resting HR and I have a friend that burns 1/4 more than me every workout but her resting HR is naturally higher. I just don’t get the point….it feels very competitive to me.


20 Alex @ therunwithin February 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

SAVE THE DUCKKSSSSSS that is the first thing that came to mind. My eyes got big and I wanted to reach out and save them. Fluffy things. I would be distressed. Mom save me! Ok side tracked there. Caught my attention immediately. Never heard this song but of course I am in heaven. Listening to it on repeat. I thank you for that. I don’t use instagram for that reason. Everywhere heart rates come up and I hate it I really do. I could care less that you did a massive two hour workout – I mean who has time for that?


21 Alyssa February 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm



22 Lisa February 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

Haha, your cinnamon stash makes me laugh because mine looks just about the same!
Seriously addicted to that spice!
I loveeee that how to have a lovely day
Oh my gosh…those ducks are the cutest little things! Poor guys hah.
Yesssss, as I said yesterday in my comment with the HR monitors drives me mad. I have one myself, but I’m never going to post how many calories I burn/my heart rate. It’s a personal thing and can become a competitive thing in the blog world with many disordered eaters. It’s almost like posting your weight. Grinds my gears a little;)


23 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Heehee. The “grinds my gears” thing always reminds me of Family Guy. I need to start watching that show again.


24 Sonia the Mexigarian February 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

Those poor ducks!! My jaw dropped and I kinda choked on a laugh. At least they weren’t hurt 😉 Love cinnamon. It’s a staple at my house! The HRM posts interests me but also kind of worries me. When I had a HRM that worked, my sister and I sneakily compared each other and she always beat me in rate and calories and it drove me nuts (in the middle of my E.D.). I have been thinking of getting one for my own use, but not to post stats and stuff. It shades to much on the side of dangerous territory for me. And you reminded me I have to go get my car washed. I think it’s been about a year. . . .


25 Sarah @PickyRunner February 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

I think I need to go out and find one of those tamagotchi things again. I want to bring it back into my life and rekindle my childhood memories. It will be dead in a hot second but I still want to use it again! I’ve been seeing the heart rate monitors lately too and I think it’s just another fad, like half the crazy diets some bloggers follow. Hopefully it will pass because I just don’t really care how many calories anybody burns in a day or a workout. Oh, and cinnamon? Yes. I have an addiction too.


26 Liv @ Life As Liv February 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

I’ve totally been thinking the same thing about the heart rate monitor pics!! Seriously…is it something in the water?


27 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hope not. If it is, then I’m going to have to start buying the bottled kind…


28 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness February 7, 2013 at 9:34 am

I love cinnamon too! I’m impressed by your cinnamon stash 😉 I love the HRM rant. I’m not a fan of them to begin with but I do feel like it’s just another way to obsess about calories burned. I’m glad people are becoming more active but I do think the new fitness obsession is just as bad as the diet obsession! Everything in moderation right?!


29 Marie-Sophie February 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

Awesome positive note – and Rittersport chocolate simply rocks!! (I live in Germany, I can practically bathe in that stuff every.single.day! :-))


30 Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes February 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

Printstagram?! What will they think of next? I print pics from there sometimes by getting them off fb and they turn out horribly! The quality is terrible. I bet this works better! Yes I’ve noticed the same thing. I wouldn’t even trust something like that to give an accurate reading just bc everyone is so different. I think it can be an attempt at masking underlying insecurities personally. Which we all have those so it isn’t necessarily bad but just something for people to be mindful of :-)


31 Brittany February 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

I remember when you first showed me that duck video! I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time..but I only laughed haha. OMFGGG (yes that deserved the F in there) YOU HAVE A Tamagotchi!?! I USED to go batshit crazy for those..and for the other brand which I can’t think of. I also had this pocket Pickachu that I was obsessed with. I am going to try to get it to work again. God I miss being a kid! I haven’t noticed the heart rate monitor pictures, I must not be friends with the people that post that stuff haha. Not sure what it’s for either! When you find out, please share! I will make unscheduled grocery trips for just about anything. Specifically chocolate and PB!


32 molly @ heart, sole & cereal February 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

LOTS LOTS LOTS of hrm posts. it bugs me. i use an hrm because i don’t have a damn clue how to pace myself/push myself otherwise but i always skip over the calories burned page otherwise i get obsessive. it’s like the “fitspiration” posts – does not motivate me, do not understand the point.


33 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

The point is just to have something “healthier” to obsess over, because you’re not trying to be skinny, you’re trying to be strong 😕


34 Viviane February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

S4! Nice :)


35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Oh it warms my heart to see that someone caught on to that. Cars are love.


36 Parita February 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

My car desperately needs to be washed too! And I have no excuses, I live in Florida! My husband said it’s embarrassing…oops.

And I am the same way with emails – I always add an extra exclamation point or two just to let the reader know that I’m being friendly. The amount of time I spend strategically placing said exclamation points is probably unnecessary and not something others think about, but yeah, I’m crazy like that!


37 Jessica February 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

I had a friend at school who spent her free time reviving old tamagotchis, does it get much better than that? I’m not sure how successful she was but, still, better spent time than my constant re-watching of The 1940s House. (If you google that, I used to desperately want to live my whole life there. Still do. I mean how doesn’t want an wireless??) Anyway, I used to make my mum ‘look after’ my tamagotchi when I was at school. Pretty sure it stayed in her handbag all day long…

I make unscheduled trips to the grocery store all the time because a) I always forget what I most need and b) I buy a lot of things I don’t need and don’t know what to do with. Milk has to be top of the list though and, perhaps, bananas.


38 Brooke February 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

mmm cinnamon!! I also need to replenish my own stash. I use it daily and I know you do too so it only makes sense that we go through it quickly!
I have definitely made emergency trips to the store multiple times just to buy carrots.. they are my favorite snack and I always need to have a few bags on hand!


39 Jess February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

You think you’re a horrible person? I am the homicidal maniac who wants to kill Thumper 😀 But that video was adorable – I am very glad that they showed all the ducks waddling off into the sunset at the end though, because I was worried the babies might be hurt by the sheer force of the wind.

Those HRM shots hack me off to be honest. I’m happy I wasn’t the only one who noticed. And one blogger *always* juxtaposes them with shots of (usually ‘strange’ i.e disgusting) food, as if she needs to justify eating it by showing ‘look, I burned 493 calories’ or whatever. Sad.

I love Kirby by the way – I hope he (?) lives a long and happy Tamagotchi life. I wish I still had mine. Oh, and I need emoticons too. Particularly this one: 😛



40 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hehe I was actually thinking the same thing about the ending. It would be a lot more difficult to laugh if any of the little guys got lost or hurt, but they just went along on their merry way acting like nothing happened. It reminds me of how I try to act perfectly normal when I slip on ice and make a fool of myself when lots of people are around…


41 Missy February 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Just think about a duck family sitting around a thanksgiving table one night reminiscing over wine …”remembet that time when..” and “we were like,..” and crying with laughter.

I am sure ducks laugh because I listened to a RadioLab podcast about laughter (I dount they might cry when they do really hard) and I know they don’t drink wine. Or gather for Thanksgiving…Or eat at tables…LOL.
You get what I’m saying I hope.
Or just get that I am ridiculous. (0:


42 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

Cinnamon is just lovely, isn’t it? I love adding it to Indian-inspired foods, soups, and most frequently…on top of PB or AB slathered toast! Yum, yum, yum! :)

My car? Ugh, don’t even get me started on how horrible it looks. I hate the idea of spending money to wash it knowing that it will just get dirty again.


43 Khushboo February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

Haha I am the same with overusing smilies- especially if I think my message may sound rude/emotionless! I also tend to stretch out the letters e.g. “niceeee”! Glad I’m not the old one who relies on non-verbal written gestures! More than the HRM pictures, one thing that I’ve noticed a lot of is selfies of people at the gym- yeah you work out, I get it…we ALL get it! I know it sounds cheesy but I feel like you and I are completely on the same wavelength, Amanda :)!


44 Missy February 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

Maybe they are getting paid to pimp the Bands?
Thus, the more times they show it…
I only read one blog where she recently started posting it and I doubt she is even counting calories eaten or burned (she’s prego (0; ) so I am guessing that’s it — atleast in her case.

PS- Dont feel bad about slacking on the cinnamon and the car — if I lived somewhere cold I doubrt I’d leave the house at all. (0:


45 Allison @ Life's a Bowl February 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

I am as big of a cinnamon addict as you are- thank goodness for Costco. I can’t believe your Tomagachi is still alive! I killed mine after a few… hours. And I’m just as bad at keeping plants alive, flowers are much more preferable 😛 I got a HRM at Christmas and love it to help me track my personal progress and to help keep me on pace throughout training. I’ve posted a picture or two on IG because of the time, not so much the calorie burn. Actually, I made a comment on one of the pictures that I had a fab workout and the calories are just a number, that they don’t mean everything, and got some backlash… I was unaware that I had to sweat XX number of cals to be considered a “solid workout”!


46 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

The sad thing is that I suck at keeping plants alive… I have one in my home and he’s died and been revived more times than a cat has lives…


47 Nicole February 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I. Love. Animals. So I’ve seen that duck video 100+ times and it NEVER gets old! 😀 I’m one of those people who frequents websites like cuteoverload.com… haha.

Un-scheduled grocery trips: random cravings for peanut butter (I have trouble eating it in moderation — something I need to work on! — so it’s not a staple at my house) and chocolate milk :)


48 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom February 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Ice cream is my food of unscheduled grocery trips…. I LOVE ice cream. Yum! And maybe peanut butter.

Ducks make me giggle no matter what they’re doing..they’re silly. Penguins walking on land makes me lose it because they just look so uncoordinated and ridiculous!!


49 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Haha I also have an obsession with Cinnamon, I just need to break down and buy one of those giant bulk containers I see at some stores!

As for the HRM I posted a couple because I was amazed at how much you burn at Zumba! But I stopped after a few because I just felt awkward. The reason they’re all over the places is because Polar sent a bunch of bloggers HRMs through FitFluential, so they’re all supposed to tweet/instagram about it. I’m sure after a while it becomes a bit of a habit.


50 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I remember the Fitfluential thing, but I didn’t think they had to keep pimping it. Hopefully it does die down soon… seems like lots of people aren’t huge fans.


51 Kat February 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Girl my car is horrible looking. Besides the horrific dents in the side (dumb accident…) the inside is ALWAYS dusty or filled with dirt/leaves (Im a soccer player remember?) and the outside is horribly streaky and dirty. Its not too bad right now since its winter time, but oh man in the summer it looks BAD!
I actually just bought a polar HRM, so Im sure you will see my obsession on instagram. I basically use my instagram as a collage for ME. So if and when I post a picture of my heart rate monitor, it will be to remind me later on down the road how many cals I burned from fat and which ones from fitness. The goal for me is to gain fitness and not burn fat, so I want to see less fat calories and more in the fitness zone!!


52 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit February 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I feel you on the cinnamon, I get borderline anxiety when we’re almost out. I could put it on everything, well, I pretty much do! Totally guilty as charged with the HR monitor pics (blushing a bit), I think it’s the blogger peer pressure you mentioned recently as well as the “how far is too far & when do you say something” that so many of us get sucked into. I personally enjoy wearing mine when I strength train as I’ve noticed what an awesome workout it is. Coming from being a past cardio-queen, I like to see how hard I’m working & know that my muscles are growing. PS. I saw an empty bottle of vodka outside my gym the other day, now THAT’s some good fuel 😉


53 Caitlin February 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I will make unscheduled stops for froyo and milk because I need both daily….I am praying with everything I am that I didn’t just wake the boys up with my laughter at the ducks (made my day and probably just reserved my spot in hell for saying so)…and oyyy I’m at the point with those heartrate things that I just scroll as fast as possible to the next part of the post without mention of it…so not my cup of tea


54 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I can totally relate to going scroll crazy when I come across those. I see a picture of a watch and I don’t even bother looking at the info on it anymore.


55 Caitlin February 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Yep same here love


56 Miss Polkadot February 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Funny how you mention it. Ever since I started reading and commenting on blogs – and even more so since starting my own – I feel as though I used smilies in almost every sentence. It’s actually some kind of a “safety measure” because I seem to have a strange kind of humor not everybody understands ;). I’m really afraid of unintentionally hurting others or sounding conceited.

Cumin is my cinnamon. Honestly, it’s embarrassing how much of it I use – pretty much every time I feel a savoury dish is lacking a little something-something. And yes, I did make emergency grocery runs for it. But maybe I need some more cinnamon in my life again, too?! It pairs well with cumin after all.

HRM pictures annoy me like crazy. Really, why would it matter to me how much somebody else burned? If it’s meant to show off how crazily active you are or to make others feel guilty: Thank you very much, Mr/Ms Dislikable.
Kirby, on the other hand, seems like a smart little cookie 😉 – nothing but candy, huh?


57 Nicola Madore February 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

This post was awesome! I am still laughing about the Tamagochi, I love those things!


58 Sara @ fitcupcaker February 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

ok about the HR monitor pics….I have done this, and no its not to brag! I do it to motivate others..If I do post it, I usually do after a pure barre class or after a lifting session to show that you can burn calories and fat by these exercises alone, not just from cardio…I explain this in my posts along with the pictures! :)


59 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I know that most people don’t mean any harm with it, but I think more bloggers need to realize that there are a lot of girls who suffer from disordered eating or full blown eating disorders that read HLB’s and images like that are super triggering to them. So it’s kind of like… is motivating someone worth the risk of triggering someone else. Tough to say 😕


60 Meg February 14, 2013 at 9:31 am

So you’re motivating people to burn as many calories as you? Sounds like you are holding yourself up as an example to others, which sounds like bragging to me. Food for thought.


61 Jessica @ Prayers and Apples February 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

A Tamagotchi!! omg I used to have one when I was a kid and I told my brother how much I wanted one this Christmas and he just laughed at me! Ok, it’s official! I’m getting one!! :)


62 sarah February 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I need a minute…*GUUSSSSHH*
(That was just me gushing over how smitten I’ve been with like ALL your posts lately, they’ve been seriously enjoyable reads<3. )

Gotta say, when you opened with ' I'm embarassed to admit', my very 1st thought was- well there goes the Tamagotchi. Forgive me.
Ugh, I hate the HRM pictures too! Its like 'aint no-one needs to see that sh*t!!


63 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Awwwr Sarah. Now you’ve just gone and put the goofiest grin on my face <3 <3


64 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Awww I just died at the duck video!! Poor little babies!! I have the SAME cinnamon addiction. It’s crazy how fast I go through the huge jar of cinnamon from Costco.. no shame 😉 I am guilty of posting a HRM picture! It’s deifnitely not to brag, just a way of motivating others to workout on my part. Sometimes I don’t want to take a really ugly, sweaty selfie (no one wants to see that) so I just do the HRM sometimes haha now if it was every day…. that’s another story!


65 kim@hungryhealthygirl February 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Only unexpected grocery store trips for coffee, almond milk, or stevia….all of my coffee essentials. The ducks DIDN’T make me laugh…it made me feel like crying!! :) You have a lovely day, too!


66 Alex February 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Peanut butter. And cottage cheese. And yogurt. An cat food (NOT for me :)) In that order.
The ducks made me smile really big because I watched the video in a library. SHHH! (not)
I don’t really have any thoughts about HRM pics; I am Switzerland!! (neutral) <—did that make sense?

P.S. I hear ya on the cinnamon addiction; three bottles down in 1 month. Hello my name is Alex and I'm a cinnamon-addict…


67 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Maybe we need to start a Cinnaholics Anonymous group. Then again, I’m not quite sure I’m ready to give up the addiction 😉


68 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling February 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I am obsessed with cinnamon too! And vanilla extract. We ran out of it last week and weren’t going to Costco for a few more days (where we get it since it’s SO much cheaper!) and I almost had to make a trip to the regular grocer just to have it for my oatmeal 😉 And I agree with the heart rate monitor. I feel like how many calories a person burns is kind of private and it doesn’t really matter to others since we’re all different and burn a different amount of calories. I just try to ignore them 😉 Happy almost Friday!


69 Kelly @ Femme Fitale February 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I don’t even look at the info on the HR monitors. I think it’s probably a combination of, “Look how hard I worked out today,” and then just some people taking pictures of it to document what they’ve done that day (there are only so many exciting ways you can document a run, I guess). Anyway, looks like we’re all ‘over it’; people who understand how HR works know that one person’s results don’t necessarily equate to much of anything for comparative measures.


70 rebecca @ blueberry smiles February 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

i love that last quote! I’ll make unscheduled grocery trips for bananas and almond milk….i usually can’t go a day without either one of them!


71 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I can’t stand how dirty my car gets in the winter either – especially my windshield! I’m constantly spraying while driving and it just gets dirty again it 3 seconds. I would leave it be, except you know, it’s kind of important to be able to see out of it. 😛

I make unscheduled grocery trips for bananas. I can’t go without them!

And I’m not a fan of HRM pictures either. Who cares how many calories you burned?!? It’s such a personal number so it should mean nothing to other people. But by posting it, it’s obviously going to fuel comparisons. It needs to stop!


72 Chelsie S February 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Kirby has it right. I’m surprisingly enjoyable when full of bread and candy as well.
I dunno … I feel like I’ve kind of been wading through the social media world with blinders on recently. Mostly because I hate what I’m seeing. And I just feel helpless. I know that I can’t help others, but I know that I can help myself. So that’s what I’m doing. Can’t wait to read your post on the matter.
And for the record, I love your text-y smiles. 😉


73 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Everyone comes into realizations in their own time. Just stay strong in your beliefs and stick to doing what you know is right. Be like a stone and just let it wash over you :)


74 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I buy the massive jars of cinnamon at Costco :)


75 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries February 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I CANNOT believe you still have a tamagotchi!! That is simply amazing. Best thing I’ve seen all day.


76 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie February 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

When figs were still in season, I made an unscheduled trip…or two or three just to get them. However, that’s really because they were only sold at one store near me and I knew I’d regret it if I missed out on them. And of course, I can never buy just the one thing I went to the store for…nope, I always leave with a basket full of impulse purchases!

The HRM pics really bother and sometimes trigger me. It’s like, I can feel perfectly okay with the workouts I do (and not feel the need to post the calories burned or minutes worked out or whatever all over the place) but once I see those numbers, all my good feelings are out the window. They feel like a brag to me, and also sometimes a way for disordered bloggers to reassure themselves that they’re doing enough. But I don’t think they should be made public.


77 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Don’t let them make you feel worse about yourself, hun. You know what your body needs and how far you can go, and if you’re feeling good then that’s all that matters.


78 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I go to the grocery all the time just for bananas or almond milk. Anything else can wait! lol
I’m with ya on the HR monitors. It makes me feel so inadequate and like I’m not exercising enough. I’m trying to keep things low impact, but it is so hard seeing those things. So, I rarely get on instagram anymore.


79 kris February 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

hahhah number 6 is the cutest thing EVER.
Cinnamon is a very important thing to have. Def worth an unscheduled trip to the grocery store :) I think eggs and bananas seem to be the two things that bring me to the grocery store on random times/days.


80 lindsay February 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

i’m a cinnamon addict. in the best possible way, yes? and i need a car wash. and i will go anywhere to get kombucha.. sad but true


81 Kate February 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Loved that last bit on how to have a lovely day – I think I’ll try to implement that tomorrow, I could certainly use a good day! And HRM pics?? I guess I no longer read the blogs of people who would post stuff like that, but yeah, that’s kind of…wtf? I can tell you right now, from an exercise phys point of view, heart rate isn’t even an accurate measure of how hard you’re working because so many other things affect it (amount of sleep you got, amt of caffeine you’ve had, how high altitude you’re at, and your anxiety levels). And yeah no one gives a S**** how many calories you burned during a workout..cuz if you’re a blogger, you probably didn’t even replace half of them when you refueled…just saying….lol anyway.


82 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Mmmm hmm. I hear ya loud and clear, girl.


83 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! February 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Gotta admit – I was definitely afraid of my tamagotchi. Granted, I was afraid of nearly everything as a child… In my defense it started freaking out on me and getting really angry, and to this day I have no idea why. 😛

In response to the HRM pictures – I’ve definitely noticed it too! I’m pretty sure that the company that makes them just did a whole bunch of promotion and gave the monitors to a bunch or bloggers to review and use. And they’ve done good marketing, so other bloggers have gone out to buy them. I have mixed feelings on them – of course it all depends on context. I feel like they can be a good thing for many athletes to insure proper nutrition, as SO many people who train hardcore or teach fitness don’t get enough calories. So in this case a HRM is a good way to make sure you’re fueling your body properly. Also, aside from the calorie stats, seeing your actual heart rate stats can be a great measure of fitness progress, and also a good way to gauge your effort in a workout (if you’re trying to train at a particular intensity level). I know there are people who use the monitors for this reason, and it just so happens that they show calories burned.

I personally wouldn’t get one, only because the idea of the chest strap seems horribly uncomfortable to me.


84 Julie February 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I love that last graphic! Thanks!


85 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Oh how I love Ritter Sport chocolate bars! They bring back many happy memories of the summer I spent traveling in Germany during middle school. We became well acquainted during that month–especially on train rides when I had nothing better to do than stare out the window, play Game Boy (loved that thing), and…eat chocolate. :) I assumed that because the label said “sport,” it meant that the bars were inherently healthy. This was several years before my “check every label” days began, so little did I know that I was in fact consuming a *real* chocolate bar rather than an energy bar. 😉

Before I forget to mention it, I want you to know that you wrote a bangin’ post last Tuesday! I was computer-less at the time, so I read it from my phone, but it resonated deeply, and I’ve been thinking about what you said ever since. Thank you for addressing some of the biggest “elephants” in the HLB world head on. I really feel that this is a post that every HLB needs to read. <3

The duck video made my night! Too cute. And in regards to the prevalence of heart rate monitor IG posts, I couldn't agree with you more–the calorie burn documentation is out of control. I know that many of those posting their stats are being paid by Polar via Fitfluential to do so (i.e. they may be motivated by money, rather than bragging rights) but that doesn't negate the fact that sharing numbers breeds unhealthy comparison. This is a highly sensitive community, and as bloggers and social media participants, I think it's our responsibility to be cognizant of our peers (whether we like it or not). That doesn't mean we shouldn't "inspire" others by sharing our successes; rather, we should instead promote healthy habits in a way that minimizes competition and encourages self-improvement. :) Much easier said than done, though–I'm not sure that pictures of sweaty faces or 50 lb dumbbells are "healthy" motivation, either—it totally depends on how the image (or words) are interpreted by each individual!


86 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 8, 2013 at 12:07 am

Oh my goodness, those poor little ducks! And I’m sure there’s a special place in hell for me since I just about fell out of my chair laughing so hard! Oops? 😉 <- Oh, and I'm TOTALLY with you on the smilies…even though when I first read that I thought you said SIMILES…and I was a bit confused! Lol Half the time, when I get done typing a post, I go back and smiley edit when I feel like I've gone a bit overboard! Of course, now I'm totally jealous of your cute little animated ones and must now go ask the mighty and powerful Google for the secret to super smiley cuteness! 😉

And seriously? I'm down to like 1 tablespoon of cinnamon right now…I've known all week but keep forgetting to go to the store! Must make that a priority tomorrow or I'm sure I'll start developing some sort of involuntary muscle twitch! lol


87 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 8, 2013 at 7:20 am

No secrets! The laughing one is : lol : and the eye-rolling one is : roll : (without the spaces).


88 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Ahhh! Thanks doll! Of course, NOW I’m really gonna be out of control! 😆


89 Sara @my less serious life February 8, 2013 at 4:08 am

my cinnamon is low too! better refuel. now i notice you have only organize cinnamon here – is that some health reason? or does the taste differ that much? do you eat mostly organic? i’ve never splurged for the organic stuff – is it worth it?


90 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 8, 2013 at 7:23 am

I don’t really notice much of a taste difference, nope. And I don’t buy only organic – it’s just that the closest store to me is a small organic market and that’s usually where I randomly walk past the spices and decide I need to pick some up.


91 Leslee @ Her Happy Balance February 8, 2013 at 5:29 am

A food ill make an unexpected grocery trip for would have to be onions (is that totally weird?) and cheese. I will never be able to give up my beloved cheese. Just found your blog, love exploring it. Have a great weekend, Girly!


92 Shira February 8, 2013 at 6:00 am

Those HRM .. I saw something like this in another comment, but even if it is about calories weight lifting burns I find it terrible.. This whole weight lifting obsession is just silly to me, because “building muscles” seems to just be the new cover for wanting to be skinny.. It’s the same thing, obsessive exercise, obsessive diet, but somehow it’s healthier than running to lose weight because it is a woman trying to have cut muscles and no body fat? Since when did average women strive for 8 packs and veiny defined shoulders/arms etc…? I don’t mean this against anyone who lifts weights, obviously it’s healthy, but not the obsession.. Those pics of “Strong is the new Skinny”? The writing is on the wall there.. “Strong” is the new veiled “Healthy”, right??


93 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

Oh I completely agree, Shira. The whole “fitspiration” thing is just another excuse for women to be obsessed with their bodies, but it’s portrayed as “healthier” because you’re not trying to get skinny, you’re trying to get strong! Girl, please :roll:


94 Laura February 8, 2013 at 6:26 am

It’s always females posting those HRM things too. I think girls are just competitive by nature and in a society where weight loss is glorified, it is an easy way to receive compliments and attention.

That’s my opinion though. I’m sure plenty of people have other thoughts!


95 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate February 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Haha oh geez, your cinnamon stash is admittedly a little out of control girl. To be fair though, although I can’t say I have multiple jars of it, I always make sure have a substantial stash of it as it is necessary pretty much every day.

The heart rate monitor pictures are something I have notice an increase in lately too, and I think they are just unnecessary. Maybe it’s because I don’t workout for the calories burn, but simply because I enjoy it and it keeps me sane, or maybe because I would rather not scroll through thousands of pictures on my Instagram feed that look completely identical, but either way I definitely agree with you.

Oh, and I totally crack up every time you post of a picture of your newly brought to life Tamagotchi. Mine was the first clue that I would not be able to to keep a fish or a plant alive, but I am crossing my fingers that I can change that when I eventually dip my toes into home gardening/growing.

One final thought: I have most definitely brought and eaten dark chocolate at the gym pre and post workout. No shame. 😉


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