Monday, August 6, 2018

Who Cares If We Never Stop

I worked behind the scenes for a show this weekend. Normally, when I am in a show, I leave the theatre exhausted and ready to do nothing more than eat something and pass out.

You use up a lot less energy when you aren't in the show.

So, after Saturday's performance, at 10 PM, I tossed on my running kit and went out for twenty minutes. I ended up doing 1.5 miles. Even thought the sun was down, it was still hot enough for me to sweat my butt off.
Red cheeks for days!
I spent Sunday with the family. We went to see the new Ant-Man and I loved it! Funny and light-hearted and enough action to keep two five year olds involved. Go see it!

Then we spent the rest of the day in the pool. Three and a half hours later, most of it spent treading water while my guys jumped in the deep end, and every muscle in my body hurt. HA! It's easy to forget how much of a workout it is to be in a pool without a float.

This week I don't have any rehearsals, so my evenings will be spent with the family and then at the gym after bed time.

How about you? Workout goals this week?

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Put the Lime in the Coconut

Trader Joe's is the best.

I am lucky enough to have one in walking distance from my house. My kids love certain things there. And their frozen foods are so convenient and delicious and EASY. Don't get me wrong, there are downfalls. I find their produce to be only so-so. Same goes for baked goods. But, it all balances out.

Last night, I had a wonderful dinner with my boys. They had penne with marinara sauce and I hit up our freezer for some TJ's treats.

Pictured are Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry and Cauliflower and Broccoli Patties.

That is the whole package of stir fry and two of the four patties that come in a box. It was delicious and filling and made my stomach happy.

I have a weird relationship with meat. For me, it's an ethical thing. I just don't dig on eating animals. I lean a little more ovo-lacto, but at the same time milk upsets my stomach so I try to avoid it as much as possible. (Trader Joe's Coconut Creamer for my morning coffee win!) I'm trying some new meal stuff this month. Figure I'll share when I think it's interesting.

If you're trying to go lower carb, I highly recommend the stir fry. It has the same heft of a rice dish without the carbs.

Next up, I'm going to try canned jackfruit!

What's your favorite thing to get from Trader Joe's?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up It's the First of the Month

Oh, July.

Let me repeat: OH, JULY.

I took a screenshot of my calendar and between work and family and theatre every single day in July had SOMETHING going on.

It was an intense month.

So intense, the rest of my life: ie, eating well and working out, fell to the wayside. The good news, July is over and I am BACK BABY!

Started the morning off right with a little gym time.
Got there early enough the lights were still on
I spent twenty-five minutes on the elliptical and then did a fifteen minute upper body workout. As soon as I was done I was reminded how much I love a morning workout. Someone remind me of this tomorrow when my alarm goes off and I hit snooze instead of getting out of bed.

August goals: Three morning workouts a week.

One down, two to go.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Can You Fill My Appetite?

I am a terrible cook. It's not so much that I can't cook, but that I don't LIKE to cook. Thankfully, I have a husband who enjoys it, otherwise we would eat the same three things for dinner for the rest of our lives.

That being said, everyone now and then I get bit by the bug--especially when I see what my friend's are cooking--and I attempt a recipe. Sometimes it's a disaster. Sometimes it turns out pretty OK.

This was a pretty OK attempt. My friend at Runs to Get Waisted made this recipe, Carrot & Orzo Salad. Then another friend, A, made it. I liked how it looked both times, so I jumped on the bandwagon. Side note: I might hate cooking, but I LOVE looking at recipes. So, when I saw this one, I got sucked down the worm hole of Budget Bytes recipes. So many good looking ones!

The cumin carrots, pre-roasting
I didn't have parsley, so I subbed in mint. I think parsley would have been better, but I liked the mint. Personally, I thought it could use a little more acid. It calls for lemon juice, and maybe mine just sucked it all up, but I didn't get any zing from it. It's a great recipe, though and delicious, especially the roasted carrots with cumin. YUM!

I managed to squeeze in a run, too. Temps were good, so I ran outside. Now, it was also 9:30 at night. What does that mean?

Mama's running with pepper spray!
It sucks, right? I live in a SAFE neighborhood. The kind where you see cops on the street all the time. A quiet suburb. Doesn't mean I'm heading out unprepared. Expect the worst. That's, unfortunately, my motto.
I ended up with two very sweaty miles. The weather turned that evening so it was a little more humid than I like. But, I felt great and that's what matters.

Now to get my swims in!

Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Come to My Garden Nestled in the Hills

This weekend was truly a joy. Spent Friday evening doing family movie night with the guys. We watched Ant-Man. Paul Rudd is always a hit for me. And the boys loved the action parts. Saturday we went to a graduation party--the first of many this summer--but were home early enough to sit on our patio and enjoy the evening once the boys were in bed. Sunday, my husband golfed and I took on the garden.

I'm a little late getting my garden in this year because LIFE. Husband picked up some plants on Saturday. On Sunday, I dug out my little garden behind the garage.
Welcome to the jungle
Our neighbor who shares the fence behind us there (on the right of the picture) and the one next to us (the back of the picture) don't touch this, EVER. So, if I want to grow something and get actual sunlight on my plants, it's all left up to me.

The weather was perfect for gardening. Overcast and cool. I worked up a sweat but was never miserably hot, thank goodness.
I cleared everything out, weed sprayed the spots that are not going to be part of the garden, let that dry, then planted.
We've got two types of tomatoes (Early Girl and Roma), cucumbers, basil, and a bean plant the boys grew at school. I have no idea what kind of bean, but it was living in a plastic cup so if it makes it in the garden yay!

When all was said and done, it took me just over two hours to clear and weed and plant. And then I collapsed on my couch because HOLY CRAP I hurt. Look, I lift weights. I swim. I run. But, gardening beat me up! My hamstrings hurt. How do my hamstrings hurt?!?

I tried to log the exercise on my fitness app, but there isn't a spot for yard work or anything. After much debate and comparison, I put it in as golfing. I figure lots of walking and arm motions. I just wanted record of it, you know?

And now we tackle the week. You got this!

Hopefully you had a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

You Can Count on Me Like 1, 2, 3

I ran a 5K this past weekend with my favorite little running buddy, B. It works because he keeps me pumped up and I reign him in so he doesn't use up all his energy in the first half mile. Which he would do. Because he is six.

We ran a 5K together on Thanksgiving, which was a blast. This one was great, too. He's so happy and waved at all the people cheering. We went through a neighborhood for most of it, so there were some people out on their lawns with bells and such and he high-fived them.

Running kids are the best.

We also cut about five minutes off our time from Thanksgiving, finishing at just over forty minutes.
He is progressively less energetic at each of these mile stops
All in all, we had a good time, I got a good run in, the end.

On Saturday, I also had an awards ceremony for the community theatre group I am involved with. A complete shock to me, but I won TWO awards. They have one for best new actor to the group, which I thought my co-star from the play I was in would win, he was that good. A complete, surprise, but I won that one! Then I won Best Actress. It was a wonderful night and I am so thankful I found this group!
That's my giddy with shock face
Hopefully you had a wonderful weekend. Now, let's conquer this week!

Friday, June 1, 2018

When I'm Walking With You on an Evening in June

In May, I had a goal of 75 miles of walking and running. Not a WILD goal by any means, but I had to bust my behind for it.

On the last day of the month I needed five more miles to get to my goal. I started with a walk at lunch.
And ended my night with a two mile run on the treadmill, followed by a one mile of walking with the incline kicked up just to work my glutes (I worked them, trust me OUCH).
Inputted that into my Smashrun profile and...

Now onto conquer June. I weigh myself on Saturdays so I don't have an accurate total of pounds lost in May. I will post about it on Monday. So far what has worked for me is working out and not eating after 8PM. I might push that to 7PM this month only because eight can be a little late and sometimes I still get the lovely acid reflux if I go to bed early.

My goal for June is to work in more morning workouts. My evenings seem to get busier and busier, which leaves me less time for workouts. The masters swimming I did last summer--a local university coach runs a swim program in the mornings for five weeks--is going on again this summer. Signing up for that, for sure. I have access to treadmills in an air conditioned location which means no excuses to not run. Let's see if I can hit 75 miles again this month!

How about you? You gonna rock out June, too?