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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blogging Hiatus

I was sick the week of March 20th and on my cruise for the week of March 27th. Plus I've taken on a new project at work that's eaten up my downtime I usually have. So for now I'll post when I'm able but won't be able to get back on here regularly until some of work on this new project has died down.

I still have my 5k this weekend but after a 2 week break (because really - who gets around to exercising regularly on an open bar cruise?) I've resigned myself to a walk/run 5k. The weather looks perfect right now for Saturday though so even a 5k walk would be lovely.

At some point I hope that a photo montage from the cruise shows up below (it's not at the time of posting but I think it may still be processing) and I'm not sure how great the quality will be - whenever I upload a video the pixels take a hit. I'm sure there are better ways to do this but frankly - whatever... ;)


Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Results: 3/6-12

Alternate Title: Are mashed potatoes quite possibly the world's most perfect food?


Just finished a good Kettle class in which I ran a mile before and after the class. Thus I was starving and the leftover mashed potatoes that I had with a chicken breast for my lunch were amazing. I've always had a love affair with mashed potatoes but my husband is more of a rice guy so I don't make them too often at home. That might need to change....

Anyway, moving on...

Exercise:

  • Monday: Kettle - with a different instructor (thanks to Spring break) who thought speed was all important. I missed the regular guy and agitated a nerve.
  • Tuesday: Had planned to go to a class but ended up being busy over lunch due to identity theft stuff
  • Wednesday: Step class and Zumba
  • Thursday: 3 mile walk on the hilly trail
  • Friday: Boot camp class
  • Saturday: Nothing! And it freakin' snowed... Stupid stupid inconsistent spring.
  • Sunday: Oh look! Nothing again! Well, I did clean my house so a few calories were burnt.
So much for my plans to run....

Diet/Weight:
Abject Failure. While some of it is just self control I think I'm dealing with some hormonal stuff that's making me pissy and a little depressed. I seriously could just eat until I'm sick and then eat again. I don't like this feeling at all. Especially when there are swimsuits to fit into. I'm looking into a different kind of natural thyroid (NDT) medicine but I'll have to see if my GP will approve it. If not, I'll have to find a doctor that will. It's hard to find the motivation to do this however when all you want to do is sit and wallow...

Lots of Pitbull songs in Zumba class...

This Week:

  • Monday: Kettle with 1 mile tempo run pre and post class (ST)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (missed this class SOOOOO much last week - especially with my agitated nerve issues). Maybe I'll do something else as well since the weekend will be a bust...
  • Wednesday: Personal trainer and Zumba (ST)
  • Thursday: 3 mile run/walk
  • Friday: Boot camp with 2 mile run/easy (ST)
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday: ? not sure - I'm on my own with the kids this weekend so we'll see what I can do but there still is that matter of fitting into a swimsuit soon....

Friday, March 10, 2017

I'm still around and still exercising....

Just don't ask about my diet.

Cause that ain't happening.

It's been a busy'ish week - what with locking down our credit report and such. Aah the annoying realities of living in a world where someone can get all of your information electronically in about 4 seconds. But it's not as bad as it could be.

I do have things to talk about though so let's catch up.

First

Awesome give away at Marcia's blog. Bluetooth headphones?! Sign me up!

Second

There's a new trail in town. It's been open for 3 or 4 months but last weekend was the first time we went to it. It's actually easier for me to get to than other parts of the Greenway but it isn't as long (about 1.3 miles) and has a lot of steep hills. So for walks or if I ever want to do hill repeats this is a great option. And it's gorgeous. The first time we went I ran the downhills and the relatively flat spots. The second time we just walked.

Stats from the first time on the trail.

Here are some pics I took.




Third

I have a new flare up of an old problem. I think it's nerve damage or aggravation. I've had issues with sciatica before but my best guess for this is that it's the pudendal nerve because my while hip is sore the real pain flares into my groin area and not down into my leg. This was a huge issue in my second pregnancy from about month 3 through the end. Not to be crude but it's like someone is stabbing you with a knife in the "who-ha" all day long. It hasn't impacted me as far as not being able to exercise but I think the class I did on Monday was what made it angry and flare up again. The exercises we did weren't hard but the pace was super quick and I probably sacrificed correct form somewhere along the way.

Fourth

Hooray for cheap Chinese goods! Well, kind of hooray.

In early February my friend (who's going on the cruise with me) told me about a website she found with cheap but cute swimsuits. She ordered 3 or 4 thinking that even if they were also cheaply made it wasn't a big loss of money. So I went on the site as well and was amazed at the designs and options. And they were cheap - like $15-25 each. So I found two and ordered them as well:
Both are tankinis

And then I waited. And waited. And waited. The website was happy to take my order and my money but then the order sat there for a month. I was to the point of thinking it was a scam site and it was only after about 2-3 weeks that I looked closely at the website and discovered everything was coming from China. And online reviews for this site were awful. Which is why I'm not promoting the actual site on my blog. Even if I didn't like them and opted to return for a refund it would cost more to return it than I ever paid for it in the first place. I got really close to canceling my order but even that would have still cost me $6). My friend and then a coworker assured me that they received their orders so I kept waiting. And finally, one month later, I got my suits this week. They both fit and looked to be in good condition but had a weird packaging smell. Thankfully the smell went away after a run through the washer but on the black suit above one of the straps came apart from poor stitching. It was easy enough to sew it back together and I do really, really love the top purple and yellow suit. So overall it was a good purchase for the amount of money I spent. I just hope they hold up long enough to get through this summer at least. But I'm not telling you to run out and use this website too - don't be like me, read other reviews before trying a new clothing outlet. :)

Fifth
It was in the mid 70's yesterday and now they're calling for light snow this weekend. I hate spring so much. And since it's spring break for the university the rec center will be closed this weekend. So not much running for me. I'll try to get to Zumba at least if I can wake up enough on Saturday morning. Sunday may end up being a crap shoot for exercising.