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?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

There and Back Again

Early Thursday morning I hopped on an airplane to visit my best friend in Florida. No kids, no husband, just me, a bag of books (and some downloaded on my phone) and a long weekend trip.

I had so much fun and came home relaxed and happy and ready to hang out with my family.

If you aren't aware, there was a tropical storm in the area while I was there so we had rainy and cloudy weather for the most part. In fact, it was actually hotter in Michigan than it was in Florida. It's fine, I went to spend time with my best friend and that is what I did.

We went to Busch Gardens on Thursday, did facials and pedicures on Friday. On Saturday, she had to work. I dropped her off and then went for a run on the pretty island where she works.
As you can tell, it was grey and drizzly, but that didn't stop me. I ran up and over that bridge and back, then ran around this great path that even went UNDER the bridge until I got three miles in. There were so many runners out. Saturday=long run day.

Afterward, I walked on the path a bit. This heron and I checked each other out for a while.
As I was stretching, I had my back to the water. I said to myself, don't do that, enjoy the view, even if it is rainy. I turned and not two seconds later, I saw shapes under the water and suddenly a pod of dolphins swam by. Be in the moment, Meg. Instead of grabbing my phone immediately, I watched them swim for a few moments and just enjoyed it. Then, I pulled out my phone and snapped a few pics. They were MUCH closer when I first saw them.
I spent that day just relaxing by myself. Hung out on the beach even though it was drizzly and rainy. I mean, it's still the beach, right?
It was a wonderful trip and I am so glad I went. Got home in time to go to my sister's for a bbq on Memorial Day.

Now, to get back into the swing of things being at home again.

Hope you had a great long weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It's a Treat to Beat Your Feet on the Mississippi Mud

I'm not going to lie, I'm still pretty geeked by the way my LG fitness tracker converts swimming to steps.
It just makes me happy to plug in my swimming workout and see my fitness goal explode with joy!

Obviously, I swam last night. Got home from work, changed into my bathing suit, and hung out with the boys until bedtime. I find if I put my bathing suit on early I am more likely to go swim.

Once the boys were asleep, I headed off to the pool. I had a ton of stress to get rid of because of this:
That, my friends, is my driveway. And first world problems, I know, but the concrete won't get poured until Wednesday. And it's been raining. So I have had to deal with that garbage yesterday and today. We have two dogs, so instead of just opening the door and letting them out in the yard we have to put them on leashes, hike through the mud to the grass, and let them do their business. The dogs, the boys, me...none of us are impressed.

Stupid rain.

Swimming helped with my rage at my stupid, stupid mudpool driveway. Got my workout done, got home with enough time to indulge in a bath, and off to bed for me. I had visions of running this morning, but I had to add an extra fifteen minutes onto my morning routine to GET THE DANG DOGS TO GO TO THE BATHROOM so running went out the door. If I have time tonight, I will do an upper body workout.

Is it raining by you? I'm trying to look on the bright side, but it's not working.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

If You Want Blood, You Got It

I stopped eating after 8PM on April 23rd. I know this because I ate on that Sunday night, ended up with godawful heartburn and said, hey I will give not eating after 8 a chance.

It has been one month and I have lost thirteen pounds.

Now, not eating after 8 isn't some magical cure for everyone. For me personally, I am was an evening snacker. So, I would take in an extra five hundred calories (at least!) a night. Eliminating that kind of eating was huge for me. Add to that, I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted during the day. I know, this sounds like a bad idea, but for me when I start dieting, the idea of restriction panics me. Which makes me binge.

Instead, I eat what I want. If pizza sounds good, I eat pizza. If pasta sounds good, I eat pasta. The key is, I find I am a. way less hungry so I don't eat as much of it and b. sometimes I will think, oh yeah I really want french fries. But, by the time I get around to eating them the craving isn't really there and I will choose a healthier option. But, KNOWING I could be eating French Fries is what makes me feel better about it.

Add to that, I have been working out a lot more, taking lunch time walks, going swimming, etc. When I am super active I find my food choices reflect that and I eat better. I want to fuel my body for activity, not fuel it for sitting around watching TV.

Only another week left in May. I've got some ideas for June challenges for myself. I'll share those closer to the end of the month.

Hope you had a great weekend!