Cross Training and Boredom.

hello Lovelies!

Happy Thursday! We are nearing a holiday weekend, and an important at that!

Enjoy, celebrate, and be safe this Memorial Day weekend, but do not forget the reason for this day – and those that made the ultimate sacrifice for us!
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Moving along…yesterday, instead of going for a walk – I went to lunch. And I somehow managed to have cake and ice cream for dinner. Did I go to the gym after that?

NOPE.

I went to bed, because that seemed more fun. This got me thinking even more about needing to find the motivation I have seemingly misplaced.Β I haven’t quite formed my running group yet, as per my last post – but I have been looking into things I can do, to get out of the house…and to be excited enough about to do so.

I have my gym, but I haven’t really felt like going. Which, honestly – is pretty lame because my gym has lots of classes and I really should try more of them. In fact I think I may look over my schedule for the next week or so, and see if I can try to fit classes in again. Because I really do not have any good excuse for not doing them – other than…I’m lazy and extremely unmotivated.

So, I started thinking about what sounded like fun…

A little backstory on me – after I went through my divorce, I went through some type of “rebirth” and realized that I could basically do whatever I wanted to – and no longer had to worry about my ex putting me down, or giving me a hard time for wanting to experience new and fun things. I also was in dire need of getting back in shape and just taking care of myself again – so I opted to try pole fitness.

Yes – that’s right! Pole fitness!
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And you know what?! It was fun, and it was NOT EASY! I not only built up skills I didn’t know I had, but I built up muscle too, including muscles I also didn’t know I had. Unfortunately after less than a year –Β life took over and my pole fitness “phase” kind of ended. It’s been about 7 years since I last did any real pole work. I’ve done an occasional introductory class with girlfriends, but those are short and few and far between.

Back to present day: I was perusing my Instagram feed and found an ad for a local Pole Studio, and then that little light bulb clicked on! πŸ’‘ I immediately got both excited, and scared…

Excited at the thought of how fun this would be! I thought, how great it would be, to have something to look forward too during the long work weeks – that got me out of the house, and could help me get fit – and potentiallyΒ build some self confidence all at the same time?
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Then I felt that familiar tinge of fear…the what ifs filled my head – “What if i suck at this?” “What if it’s too hard?” “What if I look silly?” “What if I am the chunckiest chic in the group?” All of my insecurities and excuses flooded my thought process.

I tried to distract all the thoughts by doing more research on the studio itself – to see if it was a beginner friendly place. I went to their Facebook page and read reviews and such, and then saw that they had posted a 3 class package special.

I took that as my sign – a sign to just sign up with the discounted plan and just do it.

So, my first class will happen on Saturday morning. I am looking forward to it – and am still admittedly scared to try it out. But, I think it will be good for me – and it is an excellent form of cross training!

Wish me luck!

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More than Half the Month is Gone.

Hello Everyone.

My last blog post was May 9th, and it is now May 24th.

It doesn’t really feel like 2 weeks have flown by… But, they have.

Since my Vegas trip, I have (once again) struggled with motivation.
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Part of it is due to the fact that since my trip, my asthma has been really messed up. Thank you Vegas and your excessive amounts of inescapable cigarette smoke…πŸ˜’

I have also felt a little…blah since my return. That’s partly why I haven’t posted anything new since the 9th – I didn’t feel like posting anything negative on the ‘ol blog.

So, what will I talk about today?

Today I am going to talk about friends, and how important they are -especially when trying to stay fit.

First let me just say, that I am the queen of training solo. In fact, I love it. Like…really love it. To me, the best “me time” I can give myself is a quiet, solo trail run on a crisp fall morning. I can just imagine it now! Just the thought brings me solace. (I know it’s almost summer, but Fall is my favorite time to run, so all of my epic imaginary runs happen in the Fall.)

But lately, this is not what I need. I need people in my life.

I have mentioned before that my boyfriend and I have very opposite schedules, so even though we live together – we barely see each other. It sucks sometimes, but it’s part of the life we live – so we make the best of it. I have also mentioned that since I moved at the end of October 2015 – it has been difficult in adjusting to being an hour away from my close friends and family. An hour doesn’t seem like much, but when it can actually be up to 3 hours due to traffic – it really feels like I am a world away.

I have also mentioned a million times that I work from home. This in itself can be both awesome, and very isolating.

I recently stopped training with my run coach – not by my choice, but by my pocketbooks dictation. The sessions are great, but very expensive and I have been working towards a few financial goals, so I couldn’t continue until those goals are met.

All of these things combined has made me feel very alone lately.

I am no stranger to being alone, and I usually prefer it. But lately, I want to have friends, family or loved ones around. Before I moved, it was much easier to meet up with others then it is now, and I think I took advantage of that.

So the question is, what do I do now?

Over the last few weeks I have started to venture out into my neighborhood for short jogs. One of the great things about the town I live in now, is that there are always people of all ages running at any given time. It’s great, and I love it!

So I started thinking to myself – maybe I can somehow start my own running group. A no pressure group, similar to the group I run with on Saturdays. A group for the not-so-fast runners, the injured ones…the ones getting back to it, or even just starting out.

I know a few people that I could invite to the group – but I am actually kind of afraid to do so. Which is pretty much the reason I should give it a try…right?

I will keep you posted.
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What Happens in Vegas… πŸŽ²πŸŽ°πŸƒπŸ’°

Monday’s after vacation are always hard.

Monday’s after Vegas, are even worse.

On Wednesday I woke up at 3am in order to deal with the week day commute, and still make it to the airport on time. After a little stress, checked bags and long security lines we were finally waiting to board.

I decided to partake in my first drink since March.

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We made it to Vegas by noon, and checked into the hotel…to take naps.

This was my first indication…that I’m growing up.

My boyfriend worked a 16 hour shift, getting off after 6am and headed straight to airport. It was beyond understandable that he needed some sleep… me, I slept less than 3 hours the night before and couldn’t stay awake either.

After our nap, we met up with friends for a short time, but ultimately ended up ordering room service and enjoying a quiet night in…

Yes. In Vegas.

I’ve only ever ordered room service once in my life. So, on Wednesday night, it was not only a nice treat, but it was delicious and just relaxing!

We slept in, and then headed to the pool on Thursday to meet up with all our friends since everyone else flew in that day.

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We ordered drinks, and enjoyed the sun, company and pool.

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That evening we all went to dinner, and watched a show together. Then we decided to walk the strip to see what was going on! We made it back to the hotel by 3ish…and I was so happy to see my pajamas and bed.

Friday we slept late again, then my boyfriend and I went to breakfast together. We decided to part from the (still sleeping) rest of the group and explore a bit. We went on the ginormous Ferris wheel, and enjoyed the 30 minute ride and awesome city views!

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As you can see, a storm was brewing!
We walked the opposite end of the strip and then went back to our hotel to meet with friends. We gambled a little, and in the process, I managed to lose my phone.

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It was pretty much the worst feeling ever. I never really thought about how much I have stored on my phone, until it was gone. I was upset about losing all my photos too! They hadn’t uploaded to the cloud yet.

We ended up missing dinner with the group because we were too busy trying to find my phone, contacting my service provider and figuring out what to do…

But the amazing thing was – hotel security found my phone, and I got it back!! I was so thankful and felt so lucky that we ended up playing black Jack and I actually won! Nothing big, but I didn’t lose.

We went to bed relatively early, around 2am because we were flying out the next morning. The flight home was extremely turbulent. But once we were home, in comfy pants, on the couch together with my cats – everything felt better.

We were home.

We had fun, but both me and my boyfriend plan to make our next get away a quiet, relaxing one.

Because that’s our style.
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T minus 14 hours…

About 14 hours from now I will be on a plane headed to Las Vegas.

The last two weeks have been pretty hectic, but in a good way. On the 25th, my nephew was born! He’s adorable, healthy, and completely warms my heart.

Work has been…work.

Last week I didn’t make it to the gym more than 3 times I think, but it’s because I was snuggling and spending time with my nephew, so the gym didn’t matter.

Saturday I did the group run with my friend, we did just shy of 7 miles. I’m still walking most of it, and jogging tiny parts but it’s fun and I enjoy it.

Monday and Tuesday I did Nike + and shockingly enough, they seemed easier.

And that’s it. That’s my “get fit by Vegas” streak. And its all done!

I am happy that I (mostly) stuck to everything I said I’d do. The scale may not have moved. But I feel pretty good, and after dealing with this injury for so long – I haven’t felt good in a long time.

So I’m happily looking forward to Vegas and also planning out my gym week once I return.

Until then…

Cheers 🍹🍻🍷🍸

Why Being Over 30 Sucks.

Happy Monday.

Hopefully you had a good weekend and your week started off well.

I’ve been pretty busy the last week and a half. I now have just two weeks left before Vegas. I must admit, I’m feeling slightly discouraged – but keep focusing on the trip that’s coming up and the goal I made for myself.

After my last blog post, I decided that meal prep might be a good option for my daily meals. I thought it would just help take some of the stress away when it comes to thinking about food. The “grab-and-go” aspect seemed easy.
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On that Sunday, I prepped my meals and the week went pretty well. There were a few times that I ended up going to lunch, but even then I ordered a salad so I was feeling confident.
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I even passed on the chips. That’s serious.

Ultimately, I t did make it things easier and food didn’t consume my mind, which was a nice break from the norm. By the end of the week I was bored of the food, but surprisingly – it didn’t effect my choices, I stuck to my plan because I didn’t want to waste the food I made.

What sucks though, is when I was 25, even 29 – I could work out all week, and eat right and the lbs would drop.

Now, at 35 – that doesn’t happen and boy is it frustrating!

Not even one pound dropped!!

Ugh.

I’m pretty sure things are changing due to how my clothes are fitting, but it would be nice to see it on the scale too. I know the scale isn’t the tell all when it comes to weight loss, but who doesn’t love to see the # go down?!?!

Anyways.

I didn’t have meals prepped for today and my parents came out for lunch. It pretty much threw a wrench in my entire day and I’ve had anxiety about food all day long. Which lead to stress. Which is never a good thing.

After a few poor decisions…

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I prepped my meals for the rest of the week. Already I feel less anxious, which is a plus.
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I’m still doing well with my exercise plan. This last week got a little tiring, and by Friday I just didn’t want to do anything, but I kept thinking about Vegas and made it through the week. I ended it by going to the spa with a girl friend, and it was pretty much the best idea ever.

I think spa days should be a mandatory life thing at my age…

I also had a fun Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to an asparagus festival, a train museum, and had a fun dinner together.
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And then Monday showed up. πŸ˜›

Well here’s to another week!

April Showers πŸ’¦β˜”πŸŒ‚ Bring May Flowers πŸ’πŸŒΉπŸŒ·

Good Morning and Happy Sunday blog world.

In my haste to get ready for Vegas (I have 23 days remaining, BTW.) I kind of forgot that we seamlessly rolled into April.

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Can you believe that we are already 4 months into 2016… that’s a little bananas. Or in this case…a little raspberries.

This week in California, we started off with a heat wave bringing 90+ degree temperatures, and it ended with (much needed) rain. So, among it being Sunday, it’s a drizzly one at that! It feels similar to my week, starting off hot and now it’s cooling off – at the gym! Haha.

But, my hard work continues, so here’s a quick recap of this last weeks efforts.

On Monday I made it to the gym and used the blasted rowing machine. I’m just not a fan of it right now, but I know that it’s a good all over workout, with no weight bearing – so I continue to make myself do it.

On Tuesday I had a training session with my run coach. I was a bit short on time, but still managed to get 15 minutes on the stairs of death as a warm up, along with my training session. We are ramping it up slightly and focusing on more strength training. As runners we often neglect our hips. Mine are both incredibly weak, and tight. So, we are working on that as well.

On Wednesday I did a 45 minute Nike+ workout at home. I really didn’t want to do it, so I pushed the workout till the very end of the day. I was tired and slightly stressed because I waited so long. But I got it done.
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Boy oh boy, was it intense! Nike+ never let’s me down when it comes to levels of sweat and random obscenities. I chose a workout that would help build strength, but by the 5th set of push ups, I wasn’t feeling so much strong, as I was nauseous and like I had noodles for muscles. 🍝

The next morning I had another training session with the run coach…my muscles were still pretty sore from the night before so it made the training session more interesting, that’s for sure. I started with 30 minutes on the stairs of death, so I was pretty sweaty/dead by the time it started. I ended my gym sesh with a 1 mile walk on the treadmill as a cool down. Little did I know, it was actually my Nike+ runniversary!
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It’s funny because my real running Anniversary was actually on Monday April 5th. 6 years ago Monday, I had a life changing moment on a treadmill of my old gym. 6 years (and counting) of truly being a runner. Quite honestly, I have never stuck with any “hobby” for that long! Even though the last two years have been a real struggle, I keep trying and keep going.

Friday was my rest day.

Yesterday, I missed the group run, so it was up to me to make something happen. I didn’t really feel up to it, but I made it to the gym 1 hour before it closed and got in a slow 3.39 miles.
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While there, there was a guy on the treadmill next to me who was just killing it. He was running at a speed of 9 or 10 and never once broke pace. He was there before me, and ran for at least 30 minutes while I was there. I was amazed and inspired by his speed, effortless form, and how easy he made it look. I was also very intimidated trying to hobble along on my treadmill next to this powerhouse. But, I realized I can’t compare myself to other runners. I consider myself special now. Not everyone can run with flat feet, and a torn tendon. Bottom line is, I was there just like he was, doing what I needed to do to reach my goals, probably just like him. And that makes my slow jog just as awesome as his effortlessly, speedy one.

Which brings me to another highlight of my week. On Thursday I went to see my podiatrist for a follow up. I confessed…I mean told him about absolutely everything I have been up too. Everything (most of which he already knew about) from my run coach to the 10k I attempted a few weeks back.

He did the usual strength and mobility tests, poking, stretching, and more. He said that I still have a little bit of swelling, but my tendon strength, mobility, and functionality has improved since the last time I saw him. He approves of everything I have been doing, and even said that I may someday be able to run a half marathon again.

That’s a long ways away, and it literally can change at anytime…but I don’t care! Just to have the seed of hope, with doctor support, that it could happen just made my whole day.

My workouts are literally determined each day. It all depends on how my foot is doing. If there’s any signs of swelling or pain I go to the gym and do non weight bearing activities. If it’s feeling up to it, I do more. And that is just how it has to be. I’d rather it be that, than nothing at all though!

With that, I wish you a very good day and a wonderful week.

29 Days until Vegas.

I have 29 days left until Vegas. That’s less than a month!
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Here’s a recap of my last week, and efforts made to get healthy before Sin City. On Easter Sunday, I actually made it to the gym before they closed. Then I had a nice, albeit short, Easter Sunday celebration with my family. I felt less guilty about my 2nd helping of home made mac and cheese due to my gym efforts that day, so I felt pretty good all in all.

On Monday I needed to do a workout during my lunch hour, so I chose a 30  Nike+ sweat sesh.

Nike+ and I have a love/hate relationship, but it’s filled with good intentions. I’m actually really thankful that this app exists. First of all, it’s free, which is ah-maze-ing. Second it’s something you can have with you and pretty much do anywhere that allows enough space to bounce around a little. Home, hotels, gyms, your neighbors lawn.

Anywhere!

Lastly, it kicks my ass. I mean it really does. The Nike+ app makes me yell out obscenities, without even realizing it till its too late. I sweat. I sweat a lot. And each workout pretty much guarantees a complimentary gift of DOMS.
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Tuesday was another home workout, but I got brave and attempted a 45 minute Nike+ session.

And I mean, brave. Because that was work!

On Wednesday, I decided to try KT tape, with my orthopedic inserts as well as my Richie brace. This was thought out, because I really wanted/needed to go for a run on the treadmill. I’m happy to report that it worked out, and I was able to go slightly over 3.5 miles without pain.
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Thursday I met with my run coach, and did a lot of runner specific mobility and strengthening exercises. I topped that off with 31 minutes on the stairs of death. I was so sweaty at the end! It was pretty gross.  

On Friday I finally took a rest day to give my foot a much needed break.

Saturday I met up with my friend to do the group run. We did about 4.5 miles, with the same 1 min/3 min jog/walk interval plan we’ve been doing for a few weeks now.

Yesterday was another rest day, which worked out because I took my mom to see the Broadway Production of Beauty and the Beast. It was a great show, and my mom enjoyed it very much.
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Even after such a great week, today was a real struggle in getting the gym. I really didn’t want to go. But I made myself suck it up, and got it done. I used the row machine. Normally I like the row machine, but the last few times I’ve done it, I’ve just hated it. It’s not fun, and I get annoyed. It’s so awkward being annoyed at a piece of gym equipment.

Anyway… I’m looking forward to another week, and what the next 29 days may bring.

Bunny Rabbits and Finish Lines.

Good Morning and Happy Sunday. For those that celebrate Easter, I hope your Easter Sunday is full of fun, faith, family and of course…yummy food. πŸ‡

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Happy Easter Race Bunnies.

My posts have been pretty intermittent lately. It’s mostly because I kind of felt like the struggles I have been dealing with put a somewhat negative vibe on my blog, and that’s not really my goal. So I’ve been working to just feel better about a lot of things, and to really just try to get a better handle on my life.

In doing that, I still have had a lot of ups and downs. I’ve have a few things pop up that I really wasn’t expecting, and it was a little more than I wanted to deal with, but I’ve done my best to process it all and just stay on a “healthy road.”

Enough of that…my Vegas count down is still on with 38 days remaining.

The days are quickly flying by.

On Friday I met a couple that is coming with us, they are the ones that picked the hotel due to it having “the best pool.”

Both are extremely nice people, and Vegas will be fun with them.

Both are also extremely fit…
If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that I have some insecurities, especially when it comes to showing my legs in public. (My goal is still to be able to wear shorts outside of my house.)

Seeing this couple kind of put those insecurities to the forefront pretty quickly. So now, I’m not only working on getting to the gym and eating better to help me feel healthier and happier by the time vacation comes, but I’m also working on confidence, which I know is also good for me.

So, on to how my efforts in getting healthy have gone:

I usually start my weeks on Sunday’s. Last Sunday, literally on a whim – I was standing at the start line of Brazen’s Hellyer race.

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I registered the night before the race, with my friend. Why? Because there was a sneak peak of the medal, and both of us swooned over it.

Totally legit.

Of course I knew I wouldn’t be running it, but I was happy to be able to once again just be out among my fellow runners…even if that meant watching them all zoom past me as I held up the back of the pack.

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My friend and I did do a few one minute jogs along the course, but we mostly just took our time and enjoyed the scenery and had fun doing it!

I came in pretty much last. But it made me realize, that I’d rather be dead last – then not there at all. So my practically last place finish made me happy. 

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This medal also makes me happy.

After doing a 10k on Sunday, my foot was sore. On Monday I had to take my cat in for surgery. Between those two things, I never made it to the gym on Monday.

Tuesday rolled around, and I ended up doing overtime, and I missed the gym again.

Wednesday came…quickly. I really have no legit reason for missing Wednesday. I let some mental struggles get to me, and I just went to bed instead of the gym…does it count that I fell asleep in my gym clothes?

Thankfully on Thursday I had a session scheduled with my trainer/run coach. Our sessions are beneficial, methodical and slow. Slow is good though, especially for what we are trying to achieve. I’m basically learning to walk again, which can be an awkward feeling sometimes. It’s also humbling and reminds me that even though I’m dealing with this life changing injury – I am lucky to be able to work to recover from it. 

On Friday, I literally did a 30 Nike+ workout during a Webex meeting I had at work… it was the only time I could fit something in and I felt determined that day.

Yesterday, I headed out with my friend for the group run. We did the shorter route of 3.6 miles and did 1 min jogs to 3 minute walks, we missed a lot of the jog intervals, but it was okay. The weather was perfect and it felt so great to be outside. Afterwards we found a new coffee shop, which I’m pretty excited about.

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Today is Easter Sunday, and the gym closes early so I’m working myself up to get there.

I hope you all have a great day.

47 Day Challenge.

Happy (post) St. Patrick’s Day!
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I hope your day was filled with luck, rainbows and possibly ginormous pots of gold!

Speaking of luck, I’m going to need lots of it.

On Wednesday, my boyfriend let me know that we are going on a semi-spontaneous trip to Vegas in early May. We are going with 2 other couples, and staying at a hotel with, and I quote, “one of the best pools.”

Crap.

It’s March, I know – and Spring is literally on Sunday…and yet I’m over here rocking my winter body and sweat pants like its the thing to do!

Let’s face it, I’ve had a winter body for a few years now. πŸ˜’

Anywho…I have a sudden feeling of urgency to be able to look semi-sexy in a bathing suit. I wanna hang out poolside and not let my self-consciousness ruin the fun. I mean, it’s Vegas, so after a certain hour, I will look better anyways because everyone will be intoxicated.

Haha!!! Just kidding.

Anyway, on a more serious note – I do plan to do my best to eat well, meaning no binges…and to get to the gym over the next 46 days.

I also plan to increase my water intake, because that’s essential.

The real benefit to this is that I have something to look forward too. It’s almost like training for a race, except it’s vacation.

I’m also really hoping that this 46 day streak will help me to get back into healthy habits and break some of the bad ones that I have managed to get back into.

Yesterday was actually the first real day (at 47 days, hence the title of my post) and I did really well, and ended the day feeling great. I met with my physical therapist and got approval to do just a tiny bit more, but the tiny changes will hopefully make a big difference in my injury recovery.

I’m looking forward to the trip, and the remaining 46 days.

It’s Been a Little While.

Well. It’s been a little while since my last post. We changed months, set our clocks back, and Spring is just around the corner. Since my little hiatus, I’ve taken the time, to just do stuff.
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Important stuff, at that.

I won’t divulge all of the stuff, but here’s the good stuff.

I’ve tried a teensy bit harder in trying to get to the gym more often. I bought a planner so that I could visually see my day, and where I might be able to fit gym time in. Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned…but you know what, That’s okay. I still do what I can, and I’m good with that. My workouts range from the bicycle, walks on the treadmill, row machine and stair climber. I’m getting more comfortable at my new gym. (Or, should I say “athletic club.) I’m thankful that it’s really just a hop, skip, and a jump away. It makes it so much easier to get there.
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I’ve started working with a new physical therapist, that agrees with the goals set by me and my podiatrist. And with that, I have started training with a run coach. We aren’t running of course. But he is teaching me, basically, how to walk again. Due to my injury, and months (dare I say years now…) of compensating for my foot, my gait, stride and over all body alignment is severely off.
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I’m amazed at how seamlessly my body changed in order to still do what it needed to do while injured. And equally amazed at how difficult it is to retrain my body to do things the right way. My training is slow, methodical, and very challenging. But I feel lucky to be able to do it, and hopeful that it will bring me closer to my goals.

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I’ve attended the weekend group run a few times with my friend. It’s always fun, no matter if we are running or walking. I have started jogging for 30 second intervals here and there, and it’s been okay. We are going for the shortest distances right now and that’s okay too.
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My food, is not important right now. That’s all I want to say about that.
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That’s pretty much it for now. I hope you’re doing well!