That Glance, Waffle Fries, and Yard Service.

You see, just as I was about to go to work, I decided to take a last glance at myself in the bathroom. At that point, I saw the toilet overflowing. I turned the valve off from the back of the toilet seat to make it stop overflowing. Because it happened out of nowhere, I called my principal and said I would be late. I then called a plumber to come out. Seemed liked the things were gonna be fine. Nope.

The plumber mentioned that the water more than likely seeped under the flooring and would require water restoration. I didn’t see all that much water, but it sounded like things were starting to get serious. Since that sounded like some high dollar operation, I called my homeowners insurance and filed a claim. Okay. Not shook. From there, I called a reputable water restoration company to come out. They said they would be able to come out in few hours. Now I have to use a personal day. I wanted to get perfect attendance for the second year in a row! By the time I publish this blog post, I will be over it.

In a nutshell, the water has seeped into about half the house. So half of the flooring and padding is being pulled up.  The fans will be in the house for the next 3 days.

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(Yep. Both bathrooms, the master bedroom, and the den showcase a similar mess.)

I had an errand to run before the water restoration guys stopped by. At this time, I was getting hungry. Chick Fil A fries, large, with ketchup sounded like a great idea. I passed. I knew I had tasty, nourishing food at home. As I looked at my to-do list for this evening, I planned to do yardwork .  I passed at least 4 yard services on the way home. I was very close to asking for a card. As you can imagine, the fans are so loud, I want a reason to get out of the house to do the yardwork.

What I am trying to say, is that the whole eating right and the exercising deal is doable until it hits the fan, or seeps through your floor. No waffle fries and yard-service for me.  Gratitude is the word for today. Because I could have been alot worse if I didn’t stop by the bathroom to take that glance.

 

Gratitude Post

It seems fitting to create a gratitude post for two reasons:

  1. I am happy to be getting back in to the routine of blogging.
  2. It’s holiday season. This makes for a good time to reflect and be thankful.

Gratitude works in conjunction with the spirit of giving (you know, because you’re busy giving thanks). It’s not a “what’s in it for me” mindset. At the same time, it not about being gullible either.

Well, without further adieu, here is the list:

Support: I am so thankful for my family, friends, associates, and acquaintances who enable me to not loose my marbles. I am also VERY thankful for YOU the reader!

Health: I am thankful for good health. Sometimes it seems like a hassle to make sure I sleep well, hydrate, eat a balanced diet, exercise daily, and meditate/pray/reflect. But it is worth it.

Career: I am a math teacher in an alternative school setting. It is a good fit for me at this point in my career. It has helped me develop a higher level of patience and tolerance that has transferred well into my personal life. This is my 12th year in the education profession. When I was a 19 year old kid choosing this career path, there were so many people (with good intentions) that persuaded me to choose another career option. I am still satisfied about my choice, despite my “busiest” work days.

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(I believe it is a daily task to implement.)

Question: What do you have gratitude for? Take care.

Exploring My Options….

Now that the school year has began, I am back into a lifestyle with less downtime. I maintained a baseline of fitness through CrossFit workouts. However, I am ready to mix it up a tad bit. The past few weeks, I finally made it my business to check out more of the active community in downtown Columbus, Ga. I live about 10-15 minutes away, depending on traffic.

I did the following:

  • Yoga on Bikes: A free hour of yoga at a bike shop with my favorite yoga instructor!
  • Bike Ride 20 miles with a multi-level/ability group of about 100 cyclist: I used my hybrid bike. I anticipated soreness the day after, but there was none!!!
  • 3 mile run with a new running group: It is very nice to know that through functional fitness training, I can still comfortably run 3-5 miles whenever I feel up to it!

CrossFit has definitely toned me up. It has also made me see diet and exercise from a different perspective. Before, I was a vegetarian half marathoner. My mobility was poor. I was also sore the next day when I completed other fitness activities outside of running.

However, the cooling weather has me wanting to be back outside. I definitely plan maintain functional fitness at least 3 times a week.  I enjoy the toned look that I have worked hard over a year and a half to develop. I am in the process of coming up with a plan. Stay tuned!

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(Not the most flattering, but you get the PICTURE… Get it?)

Step To It!!!

By nature, I am a homebody. A clean house, full fridge, and Netflix is pure luxury to me. Yes. I know I am weird. That’s why you like me! Anyway, being sedentary is my kryptonite. It’s the monster that wants to get me.

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(Sugar the Dog: “Mommy! I’m ready for you to walk me. Again.”

Me: “Girl! I already earned my benchmark steps for today! Okay, let me finish this coffee.”)

So my tactic is to take my pedometer readings seriously. For this summer, I have determined that I can always average 7000-8000 steps. This is how I am doing it:

CrossFit: At least 2000 steps.

Dog Walk: At least 2000 steps.

House Chores: At least 2000 steps.

Miscellaneous: 1000 to 2000 steps.

(Maybe I will average the magical 10,000 steps when I go back to work in August!)

Am I the only person that predicts the amount of steps the day before? By the way, be should be FitBit friends! I enjoy doing the competitions!

Podcast Favorites!

I am really impressed with how Apple itunes Podcast have evolved. I listen to several on a daily basis. I tend to do this when I get home to tidy, cook, and dog walk. It enables a smooth transition from work to home life.

I increase the speed of the podcast of those that tend to talk slowly, have a regional drawl, or doesn’t require deep thought.

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Here is a list of podcasts that I regularly listen to. What do you all listen to?

Health/Fitness

No Meat Athlete

Squats and Espresso

Nom Nom Paleo

Work Related

How I Teach

Personal Growth

Happier With Gretchen

Real Simple

Joel Olsteen

Dave Ramsey

The Art of Charm

Entertainment

This American Life

Yo, Is This Racist?

Waste Not, Want Not.

Hey gang!

I am still on the food prep kick. At this point, It takes about an hour on Saturday, and about 30 minutes on Sunday. The number one benefit is that it has lowered my grocery bill significantly.

For example:

I almost always go through 2 tubs of raw spinach each week for smoothies, salads,  and eggs. For whatever reason, I only went through 1 tub this week, and the other tub was at risk of spoiling. I can’t have that happen. A tub of spinach is about 5 to 6 dollars in my area. So I put it in my blender with some almond milk, poured it in a ice tray, and in to the freezer it went.

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(2 cubes will go into the blender for 1 smoothie)

I also had baby carrots that also had a few days left before the expiration date. I don’t like feeling pressured to eat anything. Like spinach, carrots have a complementary taste in juices and smoothies. I googled around and referenced this site. So we will see how frozen carrot cubes will play out this week in my smoothies (I will keep you posted).

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(I used carrots, water, and my blender. If you make stocks/broths this process could work for you as well,)

WARNING:Prepare food that you look forward to, or else food prep will probably be counter-productive.

It Was a HIT!!!!

The Salad in a Jar was a hit. I poured mine onto a plate, and I did not have to shake it. The video below is helpful if you would like more information about the Salad in a Jar process.

For mine, I used what I had around. I listed the ingredients in the order that I put them in the mason jar:

  • Italian Ranch
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Crock-pot Shredded Chicken (Can of salsa, 3-4 pack of chicken breast, 6 hours)
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Spinach (If you don’t have a taste for a cold salad, the spinach enables you to heat the entire meal in the microwave.)

This is Easy: Muffin Pan Eggs

I was freaked out at how the eggs rose, but they fall after cooling for a few minutes. The best part was that it has a cheesy middle. 

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Eyeball the following:

4 eggs

A lot of liquid egg whites

A large handful of cheese

Raw broccili finely diced

Olive oil spray for the the muffin pan

Directions

Whisk away.

Spray the muffin pan.

Fill liquid into the pan.

Cook 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Nutritional Supplements: Pro, Cons, and a Hidden Cost

At this point, I have been going to CrossFit for about four months. Here is what I have chosen so far:

Whey protein:  BSN Syntha 6

Pros: I like the taste. It also has BCAAs in the ingredients. I drink it mixed in water immediately after I CrossFit.

Cons: I got tired of only having one flavor and ended up buying BSN Isoburn on sale (It taste good, but it doesn’t have BCAAs. Also, I don’t think it “burns” anything). I drink it mixed in water immediately after after running at least three miles. 

Hidden Cost: It is a good idea to use a portable shaker.

Multi-Vitamin: Mytrition Joint Personal Pack

Pros: Each pack comes with a month’s supply of vitamins suited to one’s personal needs. There is a beauty pack, women’s pack, active pack, etc. I choose the joint version because there is a big hype about Glucosamine in the active community.

Cons: It takes a couple of days to get used to taking 8 pills. Setting aside time to complete this task is also something that needs to be planned thoroughly, because you don’t want to do this in public (that’s not cute, even if you are thin) or on an empty stomach.

Pre-Workout Beverage: C4 Extreme

Pros: This is a good resource to utilize for people that do all of the right things (adequate diet, rest, and medical clearance) and still need an energy boost.  I also like the option of having a cold, portable drink that taste like Kool-Aide instead of a warm cup of coffee.

Cons: I am on the fence of whether I will repurchase it. I have a “take it or leave it” approach to pre-workout drinks.

 

I Don’t Want a Stupid Salad.

Today’s blog post is inspired by the following:

Today is a rainy day in my city. I have a habit of ordering a pizza whenever it rains. It is a treat for both myself and my Labrador retriever. The problem, this particular day, is that I went to the grocery store that morning, and bought a bunch of healthy stuff.

We all know that healthy eating (choosing most of your items along the store’s perimeter) can be quite expensive (if you do this regularly). So for me to buy a pizza the same day I choose to grocery shop would be silly. The problem is that I had no desire to eat any of the stuff that I purchased.

So I thought to myself to “go ahead and make a salad”. My illogical retort was I don’t want a stupid salad”. Then I weighed the pros and cons and grudgingly made the salad. Yes, I continued the thought “I don’t want a stupid saladas I created the salad. I ate the salad. It was good and I saved my hard earned money. The end.

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The salad dressing of choice is Amy’s Balsamic Vinaigrette.