It’s Okay. Scale Down and Be Flexible!

 

When I started this blog, I was a fairly high octane chick with a decent level of  down time and optimism. This enabled me to do stuff like train for full marathons or CrossFit 4-5 time a week. I enjoyed the experience, but as far as time and recovery was concerned, it wasn’t sustainable for me long term.

I’m more of a scaled down version these days. Like 10k races and YMCA scale down. I’m signing up for the YMCA this week. It’s time to add cross training into my running. Also the area is scenic and runner friendly, so  I could  go for jog before a yoga class  or bodypump class (for example).

Last week, I signed up for a Labor Day 10k race in my town. I plan to walk/run, long run, and socialize during the run. So don’t judge my time in the next post! The only gag is that that a shuttle will not be provided. So more than likely, I will park my car at the finish line and take a taxi to the start.

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(That’s why I’m not taking an Uber. Don’t worry, Uber has a launch date in the area for 9/21/16. )

Also, I am leaning toward buying a 10k decal. Even though I have completed distance races ranging from 5k to 26.2 , it was a couple of years ago. I like the idea of representing my most recent distance.

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(Something like this will do. What do you think?)

 

I’m Had a Corny Moment, But I’m Good Now.

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 Blog: DoubleDebtSingleWoman.com

My Favorite Money YouTuber: FrugalChicLife 

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!!!

 

 

 

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!

Back to Work/New School Year/Consistent Habits

Sometimes  when the new school year begins, I temporarily drift off from healthy eating and consistent exercise. So far, I have had a smooth transition. Right now, I haven’t felt like running. However, I go to Crossfit 3-4 times a week. Throughout the summer, I often went 3 times a week. I went 4 times this week, and I didn’t t feel “broke down”. I think I will stick with this workout routine for a while. So here is my eating routine right now:

Breakfast: Oatmeal, almonds, and  coffee (holds me until lunch time with ease)

At Work:  Vitamin pack and a lot of water

Lunch: Chicken breast sandwich, raw veggies, a few tablespoons of ranch dressing

Snack: Can range anywhere from a Quest bar, to scrambled eggs , to  a few handful of Cheetos. I want to do right and stick with a 1/2 cup of almonds from here on.

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Exercise: Pre-workout and Protein shake

Dinner: Whatever my mind tells me to eat. Regardless if it is healthy or not, I am usually pretty sensible with the portions. I want to get more consistent though. I am currently looking for crock-pot meals to solve this sort-of problem.

I need ideas. What have you all been consistently eating that is pretty healthy? I will keep you guys posted.

 

 

Mobility; or Lack There of……

As most of you know, basic weight lifting requires proper form. Proper form, in this case, requires mobility. Mobility equates to flexibility. Physical flexibility is something that I have always had to work at compared to other athletic peers.

Years of running has left me with muscle memory that isn’t very corporative in the respect of CrossFit. One resolution is to buy proper footwear. I has no idea that regular tennis/running shoes are wrong for weight lifting/CrossFit (if you are serious about doing it long term). Apparently, one needs “zero drop” type shoes. I need to find cheaper hobbies.

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My second resolution is to resume yoga at a studio that I used to frequent years ago. I would resort to YouTube or exercise DVDs, but I need some degree of “coaching” or, at the very least, mirrors to ensure that proper form is being executed. I was thinking that I would show up one or twice a week for the month of July. I don’t want to do anything too rigorous, like hot yoga. I am thinking more of a restorative class.

I have done some research online, and the consensus is that yoga pairs well with CrossFit. It appears that yoga and swimming laps pairs well with every type of fitness/sport out there. I think in regards to CrossFit, yoga works well because one can view both of them as methods of conditioning that just so happen to go hand in hand.

This Week’s Exercise: 6/15/14 through 6/21/14

This month has been really productive concerning fitness:

Monday: CrossFit

Tuesday: CrossFit and Ran 3 miles

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: Ran 3 Miles

 

Last Saturday, I ran a long run of 7 miles. I haven’t been having any knee issues either!

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Since I have not committed to any half marathon races in the foreseeable future, I am going to keep the mileage under 7. The past three weeks, I have been going to CrossFit and meeting friends for a 3-4 mile run afterwards every Tuesday and Thursday. It is getting too hot for that.

I want to transition into a routine that I can maintain when the school year resumes. Since the month of July will be the hottest and I go back to work at the end of July. I am leaning toward the following:

Monday: CrossFit

Tuesday: Run 4-5 miles

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: Run 4-5 miles

Friday: CrossFit (Those are the really taxing workouts because they are Hero WODs. I will more than likely scale those days).

Weekends: Rest days/Make-up days (For if I had to skip a workout).

 

My Fitness Is Improving, But I’m Ready To See Some Abs!

A wise man once told me that the first place you gain weight is the last place you see improvements. So if that is the case, then I suppose the abs are in route. I am already a health weight, and I see the changes in my arms, shoulders, and gluteus. I will just bear in mind that patience is a virtue and rock on. Here is my workout for this past week:

Tuesday: CrossFit and ran 3 miles with the running group

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: CrossFit and ran 3 miles with the running group

Saturday: Long Run of 5 miles with the running group

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 (The Bookworm is currently reading It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways. It is basically the Paleo diet on STEROIDS. There are some good points, but overall it seems way too restrictive.)

Week 8 of CrossFit: Getting the Hang of It

The muscle soreness is becoming a regular part of my life that I take in stride. This week also marks the ability for me to work-out as regularly as I would like. The past 2 weeks, I was able to get the needed cardio in, but time constraints and bad weather kept me away from CrossFit. This week, I completed the following:

Sunday: Walk/Run 2 miles

Tuesday: CrossFit

Wednesday: CrossFit

Thursday: Walk/Run 4 miles

Friday: CrossFit (tentative)

Saturday: Walk/Run 3 (if I decide to get up early)

 

I would like to maintain the frequency that I go to CrossFit because that’s the only way to improve my form, I want to get my money’s worth, and I am ready to see results. The protein concern that I had is something that I ponder, but not as much. I eat chicken here and there, but once I finish the rest in my refrigerator I will more than likely go back to meatless options.

Lent Follow-up

A few months ago, I decided to give up caffeinated coffee for Lent. I feel like I was successful with this goal. However, I actually drank coffee two times. Both times, I was in drive-through at Starbucks and routine took over. I didn’t even realize what I had done until I took a few sips. A swear word or two came out once I remembered; then I thought YOLO  carpe diem, and finished my drink (I don’t like to waste money). If  I remember correctly, I may have had a small pastry or a piece of dark chocolate that made taste it  taste better.

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(If it helps any, I usually get tall size.)

If I were in a tight situation, and needed some type of pick up, I turned to decaffeinated coffee (I used the Publix brand Kerig cups).This happened about once a week. Regularly, though, I choose to drink lemon water,or a variety of green and black teas. I do  such a  better job of drinking water, that I often feel fatigued if I go to long without it. The timing could not be better,  with the warmer weather approaching,  more running, and CrossFit.