Yesterday, I created a video blog for you all. I wanted to spice things up around here. I tried to upload it, and Miss WordPress wanted me to upgrade this blog for $100. Lol. No.
So I tried to upload it to YouTube. No luck. This morning, I tried to find other options. No luck. Out of frustration, I ALMOST reached for my debit card. However, there was one problem:
This was not planned out at the beginning of the pay period when I created my budget. It wasn’t an emergency, so I couldn’t justify going into savings for it. I can hear some of you right now saying:
“Bookworm, you need to lighten up and live on the wild side sometimes!”
I would have to disagree. I know myself. Giving into wants here and there is how I would get into consumer debt. That’s right. No consumer debt here. I’m not above it, I just don’t like the bank or companies having dibs to my once a month teacher paycheck.
I like to read blogs, watch videos, and listen to Podcasts for reinforcement. It works.
My Favorite Money Itunes Podcast: Dave Ramsey (I usually don’t agree with his politics, but I still like his sense or humor and overall spirit of helping people better their relationship with their money).
Do you have a favorite money personality? Sharing is caring!!!
In the last post, I mentioned that I was using a 5k training plan. I finished it up and I moved to a 10k plan. My longest run was 5 miles. It wasn’t a good run either. Plantar fasciitis showed up the next morning.
The next week, I reduced mileage, but concluded that it was time for new shoes. So I bought new shoes. I ran in them for a week, and found that they were not the best shoes for me. I took them back and got another pair of shoes. I like them alot better.
(I made it to week 7, but I’m going back to week 3.)
I walked/ ran 3 miles twice this week . More walking than running happened during these two runs. It’s that time again in the year to get acclimated to the humidity. So sad.
My goal is to COMFORTABLY run 3 miles 2-3 times a week and complete a long 3-5 mile long run each weekend. I also plan to pair the running with yoga this summer. There is usually a steep summer discount special at my local yoga studio that I have enjoyed in the past.
In the last post, I mentioned that I was going back vegetarian. The transition has not been difficult. I am still working my my intake of produce though. However, it does seem that vegetables taste better/more flavorful as time goes on. I suspect that my taste palate is changing.
Meat still smells good. I say this because at one point back when I was vegetarian, the smell of meat had a old lingering stinky smell to it, even if it looked good.
I feel alot better not having meat in my system. The less processed the food is, the better I feel. Part of decision to transition back to the Vegetarian lifestyle may be related to the fact that I have resumed running and yoga. I tend to like “lighter foods” when I do these activities. I have also reduced my caffeine intake with Teeccino coffee and tea bags. My favorite is French vanilla and chocolate.
Since I have have change my dietary habits, I am gently exercising by working my mileage back up with the training log below:
(I’m on week 5. I have been using 2:1 run/walk ratios. If I am dragging/unmotivated, I opt to use a 1:1 ratio).
People who know me personally, know I rarely get sick. WELL, I have had 2 digestive issues this year from meat consumption. It is leading me back into to the vegetarian lifestyle. Like the last time, the entire transition should take a couple of months.
I was vegetarian for two years. I dropped it when I started CrossFit. During this time, I strived to eat meat once a day. I would forget to eat meat over half the time.
The Past Two Weeks:
The Good: I have successfully abstained from meat flesh. I have been using meat substitutes. So far, I like the Quorn brand of plant based chicken nuggets and hamburger meat.
At home I have stopped eating food derived from animals (chicken broth).
There were a few social settings where I simply chose to “pregame” by eating before I arrived. From there, I just ate lightly.
The Bad: My junk food intake has been high during this time period. I see how people become junk food vegetarians. There’s a lot of junk food that is vegan/vegetarian friendly.
The Challenge: I am still trying to get used to visiting the grocery store more often, meal prepping, and cooking more often.
The Plan: Eat 1 salad and 1 green smoothie daily. That seems easy right?! Meh, but I’m making it happen. I’m also backing away from the junk food. As usual, I will keep you posted!
It seems fitting to create a gratitude post for two reasons:
I am happy to be getting back in to the routine of blogging.
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.
(I believe it is a daily task to implement.)
Question: What do you have gratitude for? Take care.
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!
(Not the most flattering, but you get the PICTURE… Get 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.
(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!
GOOD NEWS: It is a teacher in-service day, and also my last work day of the school year! I got the idea to workout during my lunch break today!
BAD NEWS: Today’s WOD is Murph….
Hopefully this trial run plays out well so that I could do this on other in-service days. For those that don’t know, teacher in-service tends to be chock full of meetings. This can make for a long work day, even though the hours are the same. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but as a teacher (math teacher at an alternative school), I have always envied people with other jobs/careers that are blessed with this option. Seriously, even a lunch break power walk is out of the question for the average educator.
I changed my WOD workout time from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. about a month ago. I plan to maintain this for days when students are scheduled to report to school. It takes prior planning and organization, but it works for me because it provides enough time for me to also (power) walk my dog and shower. Right now, I am getting up at 4:45 a.m.; but when the school year resumes I may choose 4:30. I would like to walk my dog first, so that I have time to put on makeup and jewelry.
(A little after WOD grub. I will drink the shake en route back to work, then eat the salad when I get there. Don’t worry, I have more food around if this isn’t enough.)
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.
Here is a list of podcasts that I regularly listen to. What do you all listen to?
Rubber band Apple:I am sure I am the only person that did not know this, but once you put a rubber band around a chopped apple, it will stay in tact without browning. I use this hack a lot during the school week and days with a lot of errands. I pair mine with raw almond butter. You can find it at Whole Foods or grocery stores like it. I go to Fresh Market.
Waterlogged App:I actually only use the alert part. I have it set to remind me every two hours to continue drinking water. Sometimes it is annoying, but it is helpful for those moments where I need to be reminded to drink up! Oh yeah, it is free.
Frugalwoods: If you are like me, and low key take pride in striving to be (COUGH) frugal, check out this website. These are regular people, like us, that work hard to live a financially smart lifestyle.
Peas and Crayons: No need to reinvent the wheel of healthy eating. Each Wednesday, dozens of bloggers post about what they eat for one day in “What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)”.