A little inspiration goes a long way
I have been feeling a little yucky lately. I think it is because I have been letting myself indulge in treats a little more than I have been the last few weeks and I’ll tell you what- it is easy to feel it (hopefully not so easy to see it)! In any case I have been running and eating right for the most but I have been sneaking in a little piece of chocolate here and an extra pack of fruit snacks there. I am going to stop that right now, as I type this, because I know I am taking Peyton to Menchies on Saturday and I want to feel like I can enjoy that frozen yogurt without feeling bad about it. It is all about portion control and moderation right? That may have been more of a pep talk to myself and less of the normal information sharing I do with you but I hope it works!
So let’s focus on running. Let’s see of right now as I type this I have 16 more days available to train for this 5K coming up. Monday morning Tim and I woke up to a pretty cold day and did 2 ½ miles. We started on a new track that we had never done before so I enjoyed that. It was tough in a few areas and had this hill that felt like it was never going to end at about the 1 ¾ mile mark so that was, well, hell but we made it. Since we are recently new home owners (about a year ago) we still really like talking about home construction so our new route was neat because we got to check out some different houses. Most of the time we end up dreaming about what we would like our future home to look like. Here are items that made our list…
- BIG (we didn’t specify size but we both want a big house- like a you get lost in it big house)
- Wine Cellar- a definite must
- Water Feature- besides the beach Tim also is obsessed with water features
- Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom
I think that was all of the musts that we talked about but I know there are more. Those are just the ones I can remember.. Hard to hear yourself think when you have all that heavy running breathing going on.
So yea the morning run was good. Mondays are always hard because we are pretty lazy on the weekends when it comes to working out so our bodies kind of panic at the beginning and just aren’t quite sure what to do! In any case we made it through and got home with enough time to eat breakfast before work! Tim made breakfast this morning so I got a delicious “eggle” (egg on a bagel) but we were out of basil so I missed out on that yummy flavor. I did put some spinach on it though to give it some more color and tastiness. When Tim makes me breakfast I get the whole egg rather than an egg white so it is always just a small treat that happens once a week or so. Here I am smiling with my whole egg before heading off to work!
Work was work and when the clock hit 5 o’clock I was out the door! Monday night is work out night with the ladies so I had a great time (as usual right?) and I did this crazy workout with Kari that
almost killed me made me feel great mom! It was called “Fight Gone Bad” but I called it the “Keep going until you Barf” workout. It consisted of 5 exercises that you do for 1 minute each.
- Wall ball (we did not throw the ball at the wall but rather used a heavy ball and threw it up in the air and jumped each time when we caught it)
- Deadlift High-pull (with the Olympic bar)
- Box Jumps
- Push Press (AKA dip drive w/ the Olympic Bar)
I mean this workout was TOUGH. Kari is truly inspiring though and was constantly pushing me to do better, be better, push my body to it’s max so I did just that. You do this based on a score and then each time you complete the workout you try to get a better score than the time before. Kari beat my score by 4 points so next time I’ll have to try to win! My mom didn’t ask me my intensity level that night but if she had I think I would have said an 9 with a few 10 throughout the workout. It was just TOUGH- try it! Take your time and breath through but give it a try. Give yourself 1 point for each calorie burned on the rower and then 1 point for each rep you do within your 1 min for the other exercises… then tell me your score and I’ll tell you mine! We can compete a little bit. Friendly competition is A-OK in my book!
When I got home Tim was already making a delicious dinner for me! He decided on doing Jennie-O’s Turkey Burgers since we hadn’t had them in real form in a while. I do my veggie burgers in the microwave for lunches at work but sometimes it is nice to have a tasty lean turkey burger right off the grill. Loving the idea of lettuce as much as I do I made a seriously killer burger salad. I had a bed of romaine lettuce as my base and then added in cilantro (of course!), onions, peppers, avocados, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes and then laid my naked turkey burger on top. I don’t know if you don’t like lettuce or turkey burgers, it is hard to not be impressed by this little number.
See? Told you! So tasty. As usual Tim opted for the bun and his looked pretty good but I must say.. .I think my salad looked better! With the turkey burgers Tim and I attempted to make some homemade French Fries. So Tim cut up a few potatoes and popped them in the oven with salt and pepper on them. I don’t think we left them in there long enough and I don’t think we cut them thick enough because they just turned out weird. Casey said there is a great recipe on Skinny Taste so I am gonna try that one and see if we can make it better next time. Regardless of how they tasted it is a hell of a lot better than consuming all of those calories that you would in regular fries.
After a rough but great workout on Monday night I was really nervous to see how I was going to feel on Tuesday morning. Luckily my first thought when my alarm went off was a very inspiring one. Tim told me sometime last week that his friend Mary had run 6 miles one day. He had read at her blog that she just went for a run not worrying about time or distance and finally made it home 6 miles later. She was running because she ENJOYED running… that is my goal! So I told myself in the morning (and literally I said this out loud to myself) put on those tennis shoes and just run. Don’t worry about where you are going, except don’t get hit by a car, and don’t worry about how far it is or how long it will take you… just do it! Well because we had just mapped out our route yesterday I actually knew exactly how far it would take me and about how long it was take but hey I managed to get out there and just RUN. I was feeling great and thought I was doing a pretty good job until I got to that hill… then I felt a little dead. HOWEVER- the important part here is that I did make it the entire way without killing myself and I felt good about it. I think in a few more weeks I will be able to just get out there and run. I seriously cannot wait for the day where I feel a little stressed out or just need a break and decide to go running to clear my head. I also can’t wait to feel like both my legs and breathing want to cooperate on the same day but hey I’ll take what I can get little by little.
After my run and getting ready for work I did make myself a smoothie! I put in strawberries and blueberries along with some protein powder and Almond Breeze Almond milk in it this time. I literally just keep forgetting to add my spinach and my flax seed but I’ll remember next time! I think I should make a “smoothie” section in the new pantry set up so it’s like a one stop shop of everything I need!
Work was just a normal day and I was very finally make it home after round 2 of my allergy shots! My left arm was very itchy but Tim and I headed out to make a quick stop at the grocery store before making dinner. I am doing homemade pizza night with some girls on Wednesday night so I needed to get us the goods to make a delicious dinner! When we got back we realized we hadn’t thawed anything out for dinner and really had no plan. For some reason I had zero taste for salmon so I said no thanks when Tim suggested that. Then somehow we decided on Turkey Hot Dogs… far cry from Salmon right? Tim put these puppies on the grill and I enjoyed Turkey Hot Dogs for dinner! I did them without a bun and added in some cut up hot peppers, onions, and cut up pickles. Ever since I chopped up those pickles when Rose and Adam were visiting I kind of love doing it now. It seems totally pointless and like a waste of time but I just love them! I usually only like to eat hot dogs at sporting events but the Turkey Dogs are delicious and they have far less fat in them than regular hot dogs so they are a nice quick meal to make at home. On the side with the hot dogs Tim cut up this weird melon thing and also mixed in some Kiwi! I pretty much just picked all of the kiwi out and pretended it was that kiwi strawberry sorbet I had at Menchies the other day. Nothing like dreaming a little bit!
After dinner we spent some time watching some TV, catching up on things going on in our lives away from home, and finally went to bed. I am also in this weird habit of sleeping the wrong way on the bed. Like where my feet are supposed to do I put my head and visa versa. The fan is closer to the bottom of the bed and I like it to hit my face so yea I don’t care if that is weird but I like it!