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?)

 

#Melowdrama

Before I get to the meat of this blog post, I want to ensure you that melodrama is indeed spelled with one letter l. I know I am “doing the most”, but I like to be together for my fact checkers and receipt viewers.

Anyway, I want to discuss how neurotic I am the evening before a Saturday morning long run.  It’s one of the reasons that  I don’t care to race anymore. It cuts into my hangout time. This is how it usually played out the Friday evenings before:

  • Grocery shop because I knew I would be too tired after the run.
  • Tidy/Clean the house because I knew I would  be too tired after the run.
  • Do laundry for workout clothes and find watch, food, water bottles, etc.
  • Lay out your clothes, gear, food, water bottles, etc.
  • Complain about going to bed early.
  • Go to bed. Late.

THEN, the alarm would go off. It’s worse than that workday alarm feeling…..Not that I would know .

So THEN you have to determine whether it’s worth it. Because that sleep was good. More like amazing. Short answer: If you already paid for a race that helps .For many of us, it also depends on how many people you humble bragged to.

But guess what?! I’m reformed. It took only 26.2 miles to understand that I don’t have to do that mess anymore. Insert the 6 mile limit:

  • I can finish  within an hour and a half.
  • I can go to bed when I feel like it.
  • Pack water/food? Not nearly as much, if any.
  • It’s easier for people to relate to that distance.
  • The hidden cost are lower: food and  shoe replacements, in particular.

Yep. So this Saturday, I will run 6 miles. And that will be that.

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(The Bookworm has just finished reading the How to Write a Short Story.  A good friend recommended it. The e-book was .99 on Amazon, so she didn’t have much to lose.)

 

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!!!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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).

 

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.

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Completing a CrossFit WOD…… and Being Vegetarian

I am about to enter my third week of CrossFit. I like the idea of doing full body conditioning before I get back into marathon training. This workout is not for the punk-minded, weak-minded, lazy, penny pinching minded, or otherwise. I think it is a lot of fun (when I am finished with the workout). But then again my version of fun is obviously skewed.

Often times the warm up feels like the entire workout. The first week, I would be huffing a little thinking “Whew, that was legit. Time to go to the house”. Then the coaches starts talking about the WOD. The first week I kept thinking to myself, “WHAT? I am nowhere close to being FINISHED? This is some BULLWACKY. I’m tired, and I am ready to go home”. Reality would set in that I have already invested time, sweat, unleaded gasoline, and money to do this; so I might as well hang around.  Then of course I would feel like a  fearless beast on the way home, while inhaling my protein shake. The second week wasn’t nearly as dramatic.

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(No Wonka, I previously wore them out from talking about running and blogging so much. I plan to be cool about CrossFit.)

Obviously, there will need to be some give and take with the protein issue. I don’t have anything against meat, per say, I just don’t feel like eating it. My first step is to be more conscience about upping my plant based proteins first.

There are quite a few things healthy habits that I have included into my routine the past few weeks:

  • I have increased my water intake.
  • I have begun taking an iron supplement.
  • I have found a protein powder that taste good with just water.
  • I foam roll after each CrossFit workout.

See, the good outweighs the pain.