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.

 

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“I Love You Man!”

It may not seem like it, but I think about you all daily. Something will happen, and I say to whoever is listening to me, “I SHOULD BLOG ABOUT THAT!”.  Sometimes the listener agrees, and sometimes they say nothing. I’m waiting for the day someone says “Nah. Keep that one to yourself”.

Here is a list of some of the things I think of blogging about:

  • Bucket List Item: Taking a Yoga Teacher Training course to deepen my yoga practice.
  • Hair products that I use as a natural hair African American. Particularly while running in high humidity and practicing hot yoga. Our hair is not easy to manage, and I  learned a lot of tips and tricks from social media. I feel compelled to give back.
  • My Debt Freedom Journey: Working to be debt free but my mortgage by August 2018.

My summer, fitness wise, has consisted of building mileage and lots of yoga. I bought a 3-month unlimited yoga pass to a nearby studio, which is something I do once a year or so. I have been enjoying my yoga practices so much that sometimes I go for a run and then do yoga practice that same day.

To be fair, I have the summer off from my school system and teach an Algebra course for my state’s virtual school. Having this setup aids in my body being able to rest and recover for the next day. It’s still quite busy though.

I’ve been running between 3-4.5 miles 3 times a week and a 6 mile run on Saturdays. I want to build my mileage as much as I can before August, but… you know how I am. For example, my running coach instructed us to run 10 miles. When I woke up and got there, I wasn’t feeling that idea. So six miles it was.

That may sound like a humble brag, but I’m not about that. You see, what “had happened was” I was at Fresh Market yesterday evening and my mind told me to get a coffee while I was shopping around. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I couldn’t put together why I did not sleep well. This morning, when I hoped in the car, that empty coffee cup brought me back to reality.

But let me tell you about this gem that I found at Fresh Market:

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(Sweet Baby Mother of All! It was so good! )

How have you all been? Don’t be shy. Comment below.

Forget Meat.

Yeah. I said it.

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!

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(Proceed with caution!!!)

Eureka!!!!!!

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….

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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.

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(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.)

A Few Hacks And Websites That I Have Been Enjoying…….

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.

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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.

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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)”.

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(The Bookworm is currently reading White Teeth.)

CrossFit: 10 Months Later

I am still going 3-4 times a week. It doesn’t get easier to go there after a long day, but I am somewhat programmed to make it happen most of the time. I am still learning new skills and improving my form. Last week in particular, I PR’ed a 125 one rep front squat. When I get some free time, I need to update my profile picture. Yeah, the one where I was dead lifting 100 pounds for my one rep max. My highest now is 150 pounds.

I am also taking in more protein than I used to. When I started in late March this year, I wasn’t eating meat. I now usually count on eggs, whey, and chicken to help me with this process. It’s made me a better cook  and a frequent dishwasher. It takes a good bit of planning and organizing, but it’s worth it. I cook to sustain myself for 3 to 4 days. Right now I eat food prepared from home about 85% of the time. I don’t many cravings that result in overindulgence, but that may be a result of proper planning.

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(For some odd reason, I was craving Reese’s Pieces. I decided to make due with a few spoonfuls.)

The idea of running 3 to 4 miles still sounds okay, but I can’t believe I used to train for half-marathons as a hobby. Wait even better, I can’t believe I ran a 26.2 marathon. Also, when you consider the gear needed to run to that much, I break even, financially, between the two fitness activities.

I dabble with the idea of doing a competition. Just dabble. As I get stronger and leaner, the idea becomes more realistic. I like the idea of putting if until this summer when I am off and have lots of time to focus on training and recovery.

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!