Gone For A Run.

On Friday night, I did not sleep well at all. In total, I probably slept about 2.5-3 hours. Normally, on a Saturday that wouldn’t matter, because I’ve been in “recovery mode” (you can also read that as lazy) for months now. But this weekend, it mattered, because I had plans and had to be up early!

My plans were to go for my first “run” since October.
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Ya. It was a pretty big day.

Friday was the doctor approved date for me to “add running back to my routine, slowly.” So my sister, my friend, and I all headed out for the Saturday morning group run hosted by our local running store. We chose the middle route, which totaled 4.5 miles. There was a shorter route of 2.85 miles which we could have taken if things went south.
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The night before, we got some much needed rain, and it lingered on Saturday morning. But it was welcomed, and I have always loved running in the rain, so I took it as a sign of good luck. It was basically a light, sporadic sprinkle that helped keep things nice and cool during our little adventure. The route itself was nice, with green, tree lined streets, farms and minimal hills.

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And also…it took us through my favorite little park that has a pretty epic slide.

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Thanks Attempted Runner for the pic.

…that I chose to slide down, even though it was wet. The water made the slide super fast! But my pants and bum where wet for the rest of the run.

#fail. Oh well. It was worth it.

I had a lot of fun! It was awesome to be running with my sister again, because that’s always an adventure. Even more awesome, was the fact that my friend ran for the first time ever and learned that she can, in fact, run for a minute at a time! I was proud of her, and am secretly hoping she gets bitten by the running bug.

My foot basically reacted in the same way it did during the walk from last week. It didn’t hurt during the run, but it was a little sore in the evening with a little swelling. I iced it when I got home, and today I woke up, all pain and swelling was gone.

My pace was very slow, but that was intentional. Doing 1 minute jogs with 5 minute walks doesn’t exactly equal fast…but I had so much fun just being outside doing something familiar, that my time wasn’t even a real concern! It’s almost like I was just running just for fun, and previous to my injury I kind of lost sight of that, and what it felt like.

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Please note that my Garmin says 4 miles…we actually did 4.52, but my Garmin didn’t start right away and I didn’t notice until a 1/2 mile into our route. :/
I do know that this journey isn’t over. And running again is going to be slow, and may have some bumps in the road…but I’m going to take it one day at a time and just hope for the best.
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After the run, we got coffee, hit up the farmers market, went to lunch, REI, Hobby Lobby, and Cost Plus. After a full morning/afternoon of fun I came home and worked a few hours of overtime…that was the least favorite thing of my day.

I have a 5k next weekend, and the Tinkerbell races the following weekend. So this week at the gym, I plan to stick with swimming and non-weightbearing activities to allow my foot added rest/recovery time. Next weekend we plan to try a 2 minute jog/4 minute walk combo to see how my foot fairs with that at the race.

Fingers crossed, it continues to go well.
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A Full Week…

When I last posted, I had a lot of good things to focus on.  On Saturday, I met up with my friend and we headed over to the group run early in the morning. We opted for a 4.4 mile route, and walked the entire thing.

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At the end, I missed a turn, which wasn’t detrimental – but did add an extra .46 miles to said route..for a total of 4.86 miles.

Oops. Oooh how I wanted to make it am even 5. But I played it safe, and didn’t.

My foot did okay during the walk. We held a 20 minute pace, which isn’t super slow, but is far from speedy. I didn’t seem to have any problems that day, but the next morning it was a bit sore, even worse was the pain I had in my knees, hips and lower back! All areas I’m apparently going to have to focus on in strength training!

After the walk, we hit up the farmers market and a Crepe shop. I picked up some fresh squash and zucchini because I wanted to try my new kitchen gadget, the Vegetti®.

(In case you’re wondering, yes I giggle every time I say the word Vegetti®.)

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For your viewing pleasure.

Let me just say, I love this thing! It’s quick and easy to use, clean up is a snap and the dishes I’ve made so far are yummy!

An example would be todays lunch, which consisted of a squash, a zucchini, a bit of olive oil, garlic (and lots of it), red pepper flakes, basil, pepper and a pinch of salt… And Wah-la!

Literally from prep time to cook time, was 15 minutes.

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So yummy!!! And so much healthier than the pastas I could eat instead.

Moving along….

I made it to the gym on Monday, and did the rowing machine, stairs and bicycle. I chose mostly non weightbearing because that morning I noticed some pretty substantial swelling in my foot. Yes, this is a bit of a set back, but after icing and some Motrin it did go back down.

Tuesday I let my laziness get the best of me. I have really had a difficult time staying motivated….it’s actually sad. And frustrating!

Wednesday I decided to go to the gym at lunch and swim. I picked lunch, because I still had energy and I find that the days I work OT, I’m even less motivated after work to leave and go to the gym. Added benefit: The pool (and gym for that matter) are pretty much empty and it’s perfect. I swam for 31 minutes just exceeding 50 laps.

Today, I swam again – but this time it was at an outdoor lap pool. Being outside is soooo much better than being in the gym! I really enjoyed it! I swam a mile in just over 43 minutes.

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Then I sat and just soaked up the the sun for a few minutes before having to head back to work. (Boo!)

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I struggled with sleep last night, so after working more overtime today, I ended up exhausted and falling asleep on the couch. I guess the added rest day is okay, considering tomorrow is the first day I’m okay’ed by the Doctor to try some jogging.

I have to admit, I’m excited but also scared. If there’s any pain I have to stop. But, I’m hoping for the best. I also have friends coming along, so I feel better having the added support and encouragement.

I’ve been thinking about the fact that I’m just struggling so much with making wise food choices, and staying motivated to get to where I want to be. I don’t remember it being this hard in the past, it may have been…I just don’t recall. I’ve made the decision to abstain from candy and unnatural sugars for the next month. I know this is going to be a real challenge! But it will be good for me.

Best thing to remember, is even when it gets hard I should just keep trying. Eventually I will get there.
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Things I’m Excited About…

Coming back to work after vacation is never easy. I was technically supposed to be on vacation through Wednesday of this week, but cancelled my days so I could use them in August instead.

Let me tell you…working this week – did not excite me. But oh well. Let’s move on to things that do!

First off, it’s Friday! And even better, I cancelled my overtime that was scheduled for tomorrow – so I get a full weekend to enjoy!

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Second, I’m going to join my old running group tomorrow morning…not for a run though. But, for a walk and I have a friend coming too! I’m looking forward to getting out and enjoying the nice weather we are having. And admittedly, just being part of a group again. Being injured really makes me feel like an outcast! Anyway – the walk will be somewhat of a test too, just to see how well my foot does on hard pavement.

Third, this test is because I’m one week away from being able to start jogging per my doctors instructions! It’s been a very long time since I’ve run without pain or with doctor approval…basically since October. So, I’m looking forward to it!

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Fourth, I got the official guidelines and waivers emails from Run Disney for the Tinkerbell Race weekend yesterday. I’m only doing the 5k, and 10k. (I signed up for this race pre-injury!) And I’m pretty much going to have to walk 75% of it…but I don’t even care! I had to defer the Rebel Challenge in January, so to be able to participate at all is AMAZING!

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My sister and I even started planning our race outfits for both races and everything. It actually gave me the old, yet familiar feeling of pre-race jitters. Something I haven’t experienced in quite a long time! (After doing over 30 races last year alone, jitters no longer happened. What can I say?)

Fifth, I actually had to re-order Nuun to restock my supplies in anticipation of my upcoming training schedule and races! Yay!

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I will be able to crank out six miles next Saturday with a 9 minute pace time.

Hell no.

It’s more like 2-3 miles…with a jog here and there. But I am so excited to be able to start somewhere! It’s going to be a little touch and go…because if any pain happens I have to stop again. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I’m also altering my training schedules to include a lot more non-weightbearing activities and less running over all (in comparison to my pre-injury days.)

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True Story.

This just means when I get to run – it will be a welcome activity! 

Lastly, I went shopping and bought lots of healthy foods and have pre-prepped meals. My goal is to get my eating habits back to my pre-injury days too.

Well, that’s what I’m excited about…

I hope you’ve got a list too – have a great weekend readers!

Home Sweet Home.

This last week I went on vacation. Vacations never seem to last long enough. A work week can drag on, but vacation weeks are incapable of doing that.

It’s so unfair.

I traveled to Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. I have never been to either city, so I didn’t know what to expect. Ultimately I had a nice time, enjoyed my days there and the new sights to see – but all in all I am happy to be home in good Ol’ Californ-i-a.

Seattle reminds me of a scaled down San Francisco. I’m not a fan of SF, only because I’m just not a city girl. I kind of felt the same way about Seattle, the city just doesn’t excite me. I went to the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Space Needle, and the Pacific Science center and the metropolitan police museum. I tried some of the seafood and even went on a boat tour. The weather was surprisingly nice, I only experienced rain when I got off the plane, and then again when I got on my plane to go home!

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We took highway 101 down to Portland, Oregon stopping at Cannon Beach to find Haystack rock. If you’re an 80’s baby like me…you know what this rock stands for.

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That’s right…Goonies Never say die.

We also stopped at the Tillamook Cheese factory! I had a yummy grilled cheese sandwich there, it was delish.

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In Portland, we went to the Stepping Stone Cafe, a tiny place featured on Man Vs. Food. It was a totally chill atmosphere with great prices, generous portions and yummy-licious food! I even got the “mancake.” A pancake that size of a small city.

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We visited the Portland police museum, the USS Blueback, and took a wonderful mini hike to see two beautiful waterfalls. I also watched Furious Seven, and then ate some amazing Texas style BBQ.

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Of the two cities I preferred Portland, it still had the SF feel to it, but reminded me much more of Alameda, a beachish town here in California, that I can handle a little better. Plus there were runners EVERYWHERE! It was awesome to see so many people outside running along the waterfront.

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We had a lot of things to smash into the 5 days we were there so resting was just not an option. I am exhausted and not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.

While we hiked the short 1/2 mile trek to see Multnomah Falls in Portland,
I had a bit of a reality check. The trail was much like many I have run before. But I realized that my injured foot just doesn’t bend/flex in the way that it used too. My trail running is going to be a lot different once I’m able to run again. But, as I walked along the wet, dirt path amongst the trees and smaller waterfalls – I realized that it didn’t matter if I cannot run the way I used too. The fact that I will still be able to walk, jog, or try to run the trails again in 13 days is enough to make me happy. Just to be out there felt right. And that’s what’s important.

Speaking of right – I did manage to work out at the hotel gym one day, and we did do a ton of walking all week. (All of which my foot did well with!)

I kind of went on one last hurrah today when it came to food, but my plan is to hit the gym tomorrow and also to go grocery shopping so that my eating will be much better.

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The Pre-Vacation, Vacation.

First things first : I have not worked out at all this week. I pretty much took a vacation from that…not intentionally. But still.

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Now that that’s out of the way….

It’s been a(nother) busy week, mostly because I worked overtime since I’m going on vacation this coming week. On Monday I did make it out for a 1 mile walk around a local lake. It happens to the same lake that I will be (finally allowed) to run around in May!

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Everything was okay. My foot brace was a little too tight. But as soon as I loosened it, all pains stopped.

Tuesday I worked overtime and then had evening plans. That included drinking a bit too much wine.

Wednesday I worked more overtime and didn’t get off work until 830pm. I was exhausted by then and was in bed by 9. Thursday I worked more OT, and babysat my younger cousins. This included playing dress up, Monster Jam, watching Tangled and reading bed time stories. 

On Friday I had a day off, and I used it to clean house like crazy. I even steam cleaned my living room carpet! I had errands to run as well. And, of course, packing! By the time I was done with everything I had on my to-do list, it was almost 9pm.

This morning I worked more overtime. Once it was done, I could finally say that I’m officially on vacation.
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I probably should have gone to the gym today, unfortunately I woke up this morning with cold symptoms. I’m not surprised since I plan to hop on a plane on Monday. Isn’t that how it always works?! Instead I finished the last of my errands and came home and took a nap.

Tomorrow is Easter and I have plans with the family that I’m looking forward too.  it’s actually supposed to rain here in Nor Cal, which is welcomed and much needed. It just means that all of our Easter egg festivities will be inside.

Monday morning I’m boarding a plane and headed to Seattle and then Portland. I’m looking forward to the get away and especially because it’s out of California. I haven’t been out of state (minus quick trips to Neveda) in a long time! I packed workout clothes, but only because the list of places we plan to eat it, is extensive.
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Go figure.

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Dory is a Smart Fish.

Well. I didn’t sleep again last night. I laid awake for hours and hours. Finally falling asleep around 5am and waking up at 930. Man…is night time boring.

I mean seriously…

It took me a while to actually get out of bed because I didn’t feel well at all. So by the time I was ready to leave my house it was after 1130, which meant it was already hot outside. I thought it over and decided that going to my trail might not be the best idea. So I grabbed my gym bag and new swim suit and headed to the new gym.

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Crazy hair.

I planned to do the treadmill, bike, row machine and pool. I absolutely love the gym on Sunday’s. There is no one there! I seriously counted 10 people. It was awesome. The other gym I go to is actually below ground, so there is no windows. I really enjoyed all the natural light that filled the new gym this morning. I really needed to see the blue sky and sunshine. I hopped on the treadmill and walked for 5 minutes. Then…I admit, I jogged at 4.2 pace and slowly increased that to 5.2 over a 15 minute period. The good news is, I had no pain, until I hit 5.2. As soon as I slowed it down the pain stopped. It was very slight but any sign of pain is something to be cautious about. It was enough to make me sweat and for a few minutes my mind was silent. It was the best thing that happened all day.

I ended with a 5 minute cool down and moved to the bike where I did 20 minutes of the “random” course on level 7. I’m glad I’m able to increase my resistance, it tells me that my legs are getting stronger.

Then I went to the locker room and changed into my swimsuit, I hit the pool and swam 50 laps in 31 minutes. I did have to stop a few times because my arms were getting tired. That’s why I opted out on doing the row machine as originally planned, I figured my arms would be spaghetti.

After my workout I felt okay, admittedly I still had some anxiety floating around. But if I had to rate it, it would be a 4 as opposed to the 11 it was before I got to the gym.

I showered and changed and then decided to get a mani/pedi. It was nice and relaxing and the massage chair really helped my back and shoulders.

I came home and my little cousins came over and watched a movie with me. I also applied some jamberry nails things…it’s definitely going to take more practice because I’m not too pleased with how my first ever application turned out.

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Boo.

A few things I realized today. One, is that I really need to work out daily. Swimming was fun, so I’m going to try to add it in more.

Two, I know jogging wasn’t the smartest thing to do. And while I enjoyed it very much I am going to do my best to wait the 4 weeks I have left for the official go ahead before I attempt anymore miles.

Three, as I was swimming I thought about the movie Finding Nemo, and of Dory.

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Ironically, when I did the Disneyland half in 2012, my second half marathon – which was right after recovery from another ankle issue – my sister got me a Disney Pin Traders Pin of Dory which I wore to the race. I was running alone and she told me no matter what happened – just keep swimming. I had the pin with me and when I got tired I looked down at it and was motivated to continue on.

So Dory’s in my head again…

I will just keep swimming…

…swimming

    …swimming

        …swimming!

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Admitting When Things Aren’t Right.

Week after week I blog about my attempts at eating right and staying fit. It’s really been hit or miss lately, and the struggle just seems to mount as time passes.

Well. This blog post is about to get personal…but that’s okay.

I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with compulsive over eating. I’ve been through therapy, and group classes in efforts to defeat my inner food demons. I finally got to a point about 2 years ago that I felt confident in being able to control my compulsive habits.

With the recent changes in my exercise regimen and other changes in my life, I’ve found myself struggling once again with the all to familiar cravings, anxiety, and frustrations.

I am pretty certain it has a lot to do with my inability to run.  I started running as a way to decrease my stress and to get healthy again after my divorce. But quickly found the consistent running actually worked for my anxiety and insomnia better than any medication ever prescribed. Because of my new found exercise consistency my doctor took me off all medications used to help with the things I was dealing with at the time. And for me personally, it worked 100x better than anything they had ever given me before.

Well…I haven’t run for 21 weeks now. And over those 21 weeks I have slowly declined. I have attempted other forms of exercise, and although it helps temporarily – it does not have the same effect that running did. I am once again awake most of the night, unable to sleep because my mind is overly anxious and ruminating over various thoughts.

I am viciously tired throughout the day, and often looking for quick bits of energy just to make it through the work day, which often leads to sugar cravings and binges.

Most of the time, I feel like I have electricity running through my body. Not really, obviously…but I don’t know how else to describe the constant jittery, flight or fight feeling pumping though my veins. It causes me to feel incredibly agitated and that leads to anger.

It’s constant and it’s exhausting.

When I felt this way before I could escape to the trails… Sweat felt like a purging of all the extra adrenaline I seemed to carry with me. I felt exhausted at the end – but I also felt free of everything that was weighing me down pre-run. And I slept…every night.

When I can’t do things that way, I look for temporary euphoria to squash down the chaos. This is usually done with food, or shopping. Both of which are  bad habits and hard to break.

Now, I still have other ways of working on my anxiety levels – but when it gets bad like this, those methods don’t always work fast enough…so I often choose the quicker “fixes.” (That are not really fixes at all.)

Also bad.

Today…I’ve hit a new low. My food binge today has been worse than any other I’ve had in a very long time. I even went to Taco Bell and that’s very bad. It’s one of those places that I have intentionally avoided for over 4 years because it’s a major ltrigger food.

And…today I couldn’t muster the strength to stop myself from making the decisions I did. I’m not going to list everything else I’ve eaten because it will only add to my shame, which will cause more anxiety.

All I have to say is…
Yes. This happened. I’m not perfect. And that’s okay.

I’m aware of the path I’m on, and it’s a dangerous one.

I have more work cut out for me than I originally thought in this recovery process.

I’m not able to go to the gym at this point right now…but my plan (hope) is that tomorrow I can wake up early and go to my favorite place. I can’t run. But hopefully the fresh air and familiar trails will allow for some mindful meditation. I am going to have to sacrifice some things in the next few weeks and just put myself ahead of everyone and everything else.

It might seem selfish to those around me, but what they don’t realize is – I have to do this to be a better me, which means I will be better around them.

The first thing I have to do, is wake up tomorrow and take it one decision at a time, and cut myself some slack…and breathe.

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Sometimes I Get Crafty.

Believe it or not, I do other things besides struggle with food and anticipate the joy of running.

I actually do lots of other things, even though it hasn’t felt that way lately. Ha!

So I’m going to give a tiny tutorial on a fun, and fast craft project I embarked on recently.

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As mentioned in my last post, I had friends over for a fun girls night. We had a wine tasting party – complete with wine scorecards and everything! (I tried to really make it legit – and not just admitting that we were all just there to chat and drink our week away…)

For my wine party we chose to have everyone bring their favorite vino and share it. Which meant we had whites to reds and everything in between.

I made sure every guest had 2 glasses, one for white, and one for red!

But if you know me – you know there has to be some sparkly-something-somewhere…

So I scoured Pinterest, and found myself a nice little project.

First, I went to the Dollar Store and bought 24 glasses, 12 of each type.

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Then I headed over to Hobbie Lobbie and got foam brushes, Mod Podge, and of course….Glitter.

Step one, I washed all the glasses and made sure they were completely dry before the next step.

I then taped off my stems. Now, you can place the tape anywhere you’d like, but I chose to keep it simple and towards the bottom.

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Try to make sure the tape is straight! Also, I found that leaving the tab made it easier to cut off at the end. I didn’t use painters tape, but the Scotch® tape actually worked perfectly.

Next, I took the foam brush and painted on the Mod Podge.

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Best advice here is not to make the layer of Mod Podge too thick, and also to do even coverage. Do your best to go just below the tape line and not over it. When it dries and you pull off the tape, it might peel the glue. Also, I did not paint the bottoms of the glasses. This way it would not be uneven and would not cause it to tip or anything. (spilled wine is always sad/bad.)

Next : cover it all in glitter!!!

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I found that separate bowls (and actually separate brushes) for each color (I had 4 colors in total) worked best. This way nothing mixed together.  Paper bowls were great because they could fold and allowed me to pour glitter back into the containers easily, and without having glitter all over the place. Glitter completely, so that no white is showing and if you see bare spots, jiust add a little Mod Podge and then sprinkle more glitter.

I set the glasses on wax paper to dry. Again, the bottoms are not painted, but the edge of the base was, and I didn’t want it to stick to the counter..

I let the first coat dry for about 2 hours then added another thin layer of Mod Podge and, of course – more glitter. The amount of coats really depended on the color, some where very light and needed 3, others only 2. The drying time in between each coat remained about the same 2 hours. It could have been less, but I was busy doing other things in between my project.

The last coat of Mod Podge I applied, again on the thin side, but made sure to cover every inch of glitter. The last coat seals it in and allows you to safely HANDWASH (only!) your wine glasses. There are other mediums you can use to seal it, and some are strong enough that if done properly – can allow your project to be dishwasher safe. I did not have 28 days to use that product and allow the glasses to cure though – so Mod Podge and hand washing it was.

Due to the number of glasses I had, it took me about 2 days to finish everything, this included all the drying time. The final coat I allowed to dry for a full 24 hours.
But here’s the finished product :

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I let the guests take their glasses home as a little gift. They loved them, and the one friend that knew about my little project said that they looked amazing in person, even better than the photos.

So there you have it! Now, go glitter your world.

 

Things I Like to “Wine” About..

Another long week has passed. It was a rough week as far as food and exercise goes. But that’s not a surprise…at all.

After bowling the night away on Saturday with my family, Sunday was a low key day. But I managed to make it outdoors late that day, and go for a 5+ mile walk at my favorite park.

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It wasn’t a run, but it didn’t even matter. If I’ve learned anything from this torn tendon injury – it’s this : I love running. It means the world to me. But…just being able to walk is a blessing too. Gone are the days where I would be completely disgruntled about not being able to run. Do I miss it?

Hell yes I do.

But…now I just treasure it even more. Walking is just as amazing in the fact that my foot actually works, and is allowing me to go 5 miles without searing pain, or without just flopping around. I could barely take 5 steps before!

I actually got slightly “lost” on my trail and that’s the only reason I went as far as I did. I’m still building my mileage and didn’t intend to go that far that day. I wasn’t really lost, but I remembered a trail incorrectly and had it backwards in my head. It actually would have only been about 3ish if I went the opposite way. Oooopsies.

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Thankfully, my foot held out and I only felt a bit of tiredness, and a smidge of pain from wearing the new orthotics. (That’s a completely different “pain” than the tendon tear. It’s more annoying than anything.)

Monday and Tuesday I used as my rest days, which is hindsight, may not have been the best idea. But oh well, I enjoyed them. Wednesday I went to the gym late at night and plugged away with the same boring things I’m allowed to do. I really am looking forward to the days I can start adding running, and other things back to my regime! But in the meantime, something is better than nothing.

Nothing is exactly what I did on Thursday. I was completely exhausted from not sleeping the night before (insomnia is a real bitch.) And I had to clean house and prep for an upcoming wine party.

See why doing rest days on Monday/Tuesday was a bad idea?

Friday I had planned to hit the gym before my friends came over but I spent more time (and money…) at the optometry department than I originally intended. I just couldn’t fit it all in…

I had 7.5 (a baby was included in that count – don’t worry…no wine for her!) of my friends over for an at home wine tasting party. We tasted many bottles…probably too many! But everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

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My favorite, ironically, was the wine I brought to share. I’ve never tried it before, but thought it sounded interesting.

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The Chocolate Shop wine is a red wine that literally tastes and smells like chocolate in a bottle. It was yummy!

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The only bad thing about the wine party is that I now have about 6 opened bottles of wine with no possible way of consuming them…sorry grapes. I just wasted you.

It was a fun night though.

Today I’m supposed to work overtime, but part of me just wants to sleep (meaning go back to…since I’m awake at 5:45 on a Saturday) and then get outside for the day. I definitely need to be active both today and tomorrow!

Trying To Get My Mojo Back.

It’s been a long week. Lately, every week just seems to drag on and completely drain me of any energy I might have had left. It’s really starting to annoy me.

Since my last post, on Saturday after the race, I intended to go to the gym. But it didn’t happen…instead I drank lots of wine, ate too much and went to bed early. 

I woke up on Sunday and felt insanely guilty. After spending time with my cousin and shopping at Dick’s Sporting goods – buying things I probably don’t need, but had an insatiable want for… I came home and took a nap. I woke up knowing that I needed to go to the gym. It took me a little while, and of course a few internal arguments – but I finally made it out the door. I did the same combo of approved exercises, which I have to admit is getting rather routine and boring, but I still felt better after going.

I was (surprisingly) sucessful on Monday, making it to the gym on my lunch break. That’s always a good thing because it gets the gym out of the way, breaks up my work day, and the gym is not crowded. The only downside is that my time is limited since I have to rush to get back to work. Tuesday I happily went for a 3 mile walk at my favorite place. I had a smile on my face the whole way, and loved the feeling of sunshine on my face and real air circulating through my lungs. It was St. Patrick’s day and I was surrounded by all things green!
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*injured

Wednesday I worked from 8am-7pm and then had evening plans so the gym just didn’t happen. Oddly enough (insert sarcasm here) I completely over ate that day…shocking, I know. On Thursday I woke up feeling so tired, and had a long work day ahead of me. By 6pm, I cancelled my overtime and…fell asleep on the couch. I contemplated going to the gym really late, since it’s open 24 hours, but ultimately ended up relaxing at home with a glass of wine.
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No Regrets.

Until Friday that is. I am trying (I should use that word loosely in this context) to get back to my normal fitness habits, where working out isn’t such a chore or struggle each day. So I planned to only give myself 2 days of rest. But after working another 12 hour day, I just wasn’t looking forward to anything that was outside of my bed.

I sucked it up however and made it to the gym before it closed. (They close early on Friday, Saturday, Sunday.) I decided to mix things up and try out the new gym that just opened last week. It’s the one that has the pool, spin classes and yoga classes. I’m kind of glad I went because the facilities are very nice, new and clean. Plus they have equipment that my other gym does not. Namely, the row machine. I love rowing machines! Especially right now, during my limited weight bearing status. I rowed way across 2500+ imaginary meters and enjoyed every minute. My palms however, did not. I have callouses and blisters on both sides!!
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I also did the bike, stairs and walked on the treadmill.

Today I worked more overtime, and had evening plans with my cousins (15 of them!) So my free time was once again limited. But I still managed to make it to the (new) gym and carved out 55 minutes of cardio. Hopefully soon I can start adding in more weights. Right now that pretty limited as well.

It’s almost midnight which means Sunday is lurking around the corner. I have another really busy day planned, but am hoping to get another good workout in. That would mean I accomplished my goal of working out 5 days this week. I think I can do it, afterall Sunday’s are my favorite days – and quiet/empty Sundays at the gym are awesome.

Sidenote: Tonight I spent the evening bowling and I just need to add – that I’m probably the world’s worstest bowler…good thing I chose to be a runner and not a bowler.
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