Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2 runs = 7 miles

At lunchtime yesterday I headed back to the gym to complete a lower body strength workout.  As I said in yesterday's post, I have not been doing much leg strength training, and to be honest, I was missing it.  So I went and did some yesterday.  And while it certainly was not the heaviest weights I have ever used, it was pretty great, and I definitely felt better to have done it! 

 The ones highlighted in blue I completed as a superset. :) 

I spent the rest of the day at the office dealing with things and getting them done.  The sun was starting to peek out through the windows behind me and I was getting the itch to run outdoors despite the fact that I had done the elliptical in the morning.  It was getting to be over 50* in Ohio in January!  I definitely feel like that is one of those things that you need to take complete advantage of when it happens!

SO because I ran with Jes and her group last weekend, I got their running schedule for Pig training too.  I felt like I should check that out and see what their schedule was like for the week, especially since their long run schedule is a bit different (for example, my old schedule has me running 10 this Saturday, but I will be running 6 since I am going to run with them!)so I figured maybe I should check out their's.  I figure I just need to make sure to cover 20 at least once before the marathon, work my way up to it, and cover the proper number of miles for the week. 

So their schedule had 4 on for yesterday and I took FULL advantage.  When I got home from the office I changed into some yoga pants and headed out with my garmin.  It was 4 miles, easy and I had just looked at the 4 mile route in my neighborhood that Fleet Feet uses.  So I took off.  I ended up finishing slightly faster than 10 minute/miles, and that felt easy?  Lol.  Its not that much different from my other paces, I am afraid. 

I logged it and cooked some dinner for J and I.  We had chicken and asparagus, and J requested corn cake too (he likes a starch).  I did not eat any of the corn, but was plenty full from the chicken and asparagus.  Here is the chicken cooking away on my stovetop.
It is cooking in 1 tbsp of olive oil (and I added a little white wine at the end!) and was sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning.  Turned out to be pretty yummy!  J liked it too.

This morning I woke up at my usual time and headed out for a three mile tempo run.  I covered the three in 26:44, which I was VERY pleased with.  I just wanted to come out and kill my recent 3 mile times, which I did.  I spent an excessive amount of time stretching and foam rolling after the run.  Luckily I feel pretty good overall after all of that. 

Lunch today was the same thing as yesterday, my batch cooked chicken and rice with a LOT of green stuff.
Pretty yummy!  I have plans for me and J's dinner as well tonight, and lucky for me its something that I can be cooking while I am working in the kitchen, which is great because we are scheduling the remodel now!  So we have lots of cleaning and painting to do!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mexican food + Fitness = ???

Wow.  First of all, a guy at work who has always had SUPER long hair just walked in with all of it chopped off.  He looks good!  I figured that needed my immediate attention in this entry because I just saw him for the first time.  I saw a pic of him and with his last bit of long hair on facebook, and then pictures of the little ponytails (he is donating it), but now that I have seen him, WOW!  That's awesome.  His hair was beautiful and it will make some little girl with cancer or something VERY happy, I believe. 

Last night after all of my cooking, I went out to one of the Catholic Schools here in Cincinnati to see my friend Carol.  Her daughter is in 8th grade and had a volleyball game, so I went to the game and got to see Carol too!  It made me kind of miss playing competitive volleyball.  I mean, I have played on a co-ed team for the last 5 years, but it just was not the same.  These girls had their switching and their transitions DOWN, something that the ladies on my team simply could NOT teach the gentleman.  Plus, they were playing a 6-2, which is what Leah and I have always wanted to play, and they definitely could not figure out coverage in that one!

Emma's team did not win the game, but they did play pretty well, and the team that they were playing clearly was a powerhouse.  Those things just cannot be helped.

I also got to meet a friend of Carol's who comments on her facebook a lot who is ALSO training for the Pig and runs the Bourbon Chase every year!  Since I am going to be doing that this year as well, it was fun to meet her and talk to her and get her perspective on both of those races.  Sounds like both are going to be a lot of fun!

After the game, we hit up a Mexican restaurant that was nearby.  Emma's entire team and their families were there, but Carol and I got a table just for us in the corner, so we could spend some time catching up.  It was much needed as she has been struggling recently, feeling down and stuff, and I have been trying very hard to be supportive of her as she has needed it.  So we got to chat about my fitness aspirations because she is now at her goal weight, and she said that a lot of it is because of me and my encouragement.  I am flattered that she thinks that, and very happy about it for sure! 

We did not get too far into making the decision of what I might need to do next in order to move towards having that in my life.  I really don't know how to make it work.  J is very weird about me and fitness, I just don't think he gets it.  I don't know what the deal is, but I am just dealing with it right now and trying to live my life in a way that makes us both happy.

After Mexican last night, I felt like cardio was definitely in order.  I did 45 minutes on the elliptical at 5 am, and then made plans to go back to the gym at lunchtime (I will probably be leaving here in 20 minutes or so) to lift.  I am tired of NOT training legs, so today I am going to.  I only have 3 miles on the schedule for tomorrow, so I am going to get on the leg training bandwagon again.  I miss it!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday batch cooking

Today was a cooking day for me.  I wanted to have everything ready to go for the entire week.  So I made my lunches for the week, as well as some snacks and stuff for both J and I for the week.  I have really spent too often cooking for a big chunk of the day, and really it was nice, so I am glad that I did it. 

My plan for the week's lunches is chicken, brown rice, and veggies.  I cooked the chicken and rice today and I plan on heating up the veggies at work when I reheat the chicken.  Making the rice also allowed me to bust out my rice cooker that we received as a wedding gift.  I had not used it before, so I was excited to give it a whirl.  It went well, and I am glad to have it.  We will be using it more, I think.  For certain.

After the chicken and rice came Jamie Eason's cinnamon swirl protein bread.  J and I both had a piece of it.  It was pretty delicious and I look forward to the occasional snack of it this week.  I then made kale chips, and some roasted chickpeas.  They are all going to be yummy snacks for the week.  It took less time to do all of that than I expected, so I was pleased, and I guess I will need to continue to do things like this on Sundays. 

In a few hours, I am heading out from here to go to Loveland and hang out with my friend Carol.  It should be a fun evening!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marathon Training: Week 4 in Review

I am through the 4th week of marathon training.  I have survived.  Today I actually got together to run my long one with a running group.  It was amazing.  I am definitely going to keep getting together with them on Saturdays and sticking with their long run plans.  Jes and I ran a bit slower than everyone else that was training for the marathon and we are going to call that "JEM Pace".  I guess last weekend Jes ran by herself because no one else runs as slowly.  Granted, she used to be able to keep up with the rest of the group (and I am no where close!) but I will take what I can get for this one.

Here's my 4th week of training, compiled.
The addition of yoga was a nice one, I think.  I definitely enjoyed it, and it helped with the strength training that I have felt lacking.

J and I got our 2011 taxes filed today.  I am pretty pleased about accomplishing that as well.  We got a decent federal refund, and owed a little in the state.  The net effect is quite favorable however, so I am pleased.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Friday, January 27, 2012

An Explosion (in the microwave)

When I got home last night, I was hungry already and I knew that J would not be home until almost 7 pm.  So I made myself a snack, taught to me by my friend Tyler.  She and I were in Glee Club together in high school, and now we are both really into the fitness scene.  You know, competing, muscle building, eating eggs.  Lol.  Her boyfriend is a bodybuilder.

But anyway, she had posted on her facebook something about a casein brownie.  I have been making casein pudding for a pretty long time, but I got burned out on it.  So she told me how to make it, and I decided that would be a good choice for a snack.  Into a mug went an egg white, a scoop of chocolate casein, a pinch of baking powder, and enough water to blend it all together.  And into the microwave it went.  Its kind of a guessing game when heating protein powder sometimes, so I started with 45 seconds.  When I took it out it wasn't quite all "baked" yet, so I put it back in for another 30 seconds.

I know that lots of folks have seen that with their oats, but how about chocolate protein powder?  I scooped it out (it is pretty solid/scoopable) and ate it.  It turned out to be pretty yum!

Dinner ended up not healthy even a little, but becasue of the rest of my day being really good I tried not to worry about it.  We ordered pizza. 

This morning I was up for my 5 am-er, which was NOT a run.  I started out with 20 minutes on the elliptical and then did upper body strength training.  Since I added yoga this week I am feeling better about my strength training.  Here was the workout:
When I got home, I was just feeling lazy.  Lazy about breakfast, so I ended up with this:
The chocolate made me tired of it about halfway in.  Not a good choice for breakfast.  Lol.  Ooops. 

Tonight I am going to a Pure Romance party.  I don't really have anything on the list that I need, but I guess we'll see if something catched my eyes when I am there!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Healthy (and YUMMY) chili!

So yesterday I got all geared up in my cold weather running junk to squeeze in my 4 mile marathon training run.  Having showers in my office is awesome, because I can do that. 
Can't use my phone with a glove on.  Stupid touch screen. :-)

I chose to do a different route than I usually do when I am running at lunch time.  I went the opposite way and decided I was just going to do a nice little out and back and cover 4 miles.  I was just going to turn around when the garmin said two.  Holy hills.  I guess once again, you don't think about it when you are driving but when you are on foot, it makes a world of difference.

Based on the hills, I was extremely pleased with my time.
Splits were:
Mile 1 - 9:28
Mile 2 - 9:13 (downhill)
Mile 3 - 9:58 (uphill)
Mile 4 - 9:24
I am pretty pleased.

And here I am post-run.  Considering how cold it was, I got pretty darn hot!
I did not pack my lunch yesterday because I was busy in the morning and figured I would just eat something in the office.  But the only 2 protein choices were salami and tuna.  I am not a salami person and just was NOT feeling tuna yesterday so I went next door and ended up with this salad:

Yummy!  Mandarin chicken salad.

I made an easy crock pot dinner for J and I last night.  He was perusing my Oxygen magazine while in the restroom and came across a recipe that he thought sounded good.  I threw it together in the morning and set the crockpot on low for the entire day.

While it continued to cook after I got home, I did another yoga podcast.  Well, I actually did the same one that I did the other day, but I finished it this time!  I did the full 1 hour 5 minute yoga workout.  It was pretty rough, but I was pleased to get through it.  I am also pleased that I did it twice this week, check my first week off my 101 list item about establishing  yoga practice. 

So, back to dinner...




Looks digusting, is delicious.  Chicken and sweet potato chili with kale.  Om nom nom.  J LOVED it.  He actually posted on facebook last night that I made the best dinner ever!  Yay for me!  Plus it was very good for us.  100% clean foods.  Well, maybe not chicken broth?  But it was free range, so that helps.  Lol.  I am eating it again for lunch as I am typing this.

I covered another three miles on the treadmill this morning.  First treadmill run all week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

At Night at the Theater

This is the site I was greeted with when I met up with J last night. 
He had a dentist appointment and so he got there before me this time.  Normally I am waiting for him, which means there is just a glas of water on the table until he gets there!  Also, he had his ipad out when I got there.  Now that is not necessarily too abnormal (although it would normally be his phone), but the strangest part was that he was sitting there in the bar, with his beers, and his ipad, READING.

Yes he had his kindle app opened and was reading.  Not that I can blame him too too much because he is in the middle of this:

I am so excited that he is as hooked on these books as I was when I finished them before the holiday.  Omg.  So awesome.  But I am still amused as hell that he was reading at the bar!

Last night's show was Billy Elliott.  I enjoyed it.  J enjoyed some of the songs.  He was not a huge fan of the show overall though the way that I was.  Next up on our season agenda is West Side Story.  That is the first week of March for us.  Its a show that I have seen several times, but never professionally.  Just as a high school show (and a movie!) so I am looking forward to it.  We have that, the Addams Family, and Les Mis left to go this spring!  Mamma Mia is in town as well and I might get tickets to see it because I love it, but J is not interested, so maybe it will be a ladies night.

I have to run 4 miles at lunchtime, I skipped this morning since we were not in bed last night until almost midnight!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lunch to Chill

I decided to spend a bit of time relaxing at lunch today.  I planned it that way by not packing my lunch, and bringing a magazine with me to work this morning.  I still wanted to eat semi-healthy (especially since I know that date night potentially involves nachos and alcohol!) so to Panera I went.

Here is the scene from lunch.
So I was at all small 2-top table.  Right behind the chair across from me was the fireplace.  I had the asian sesame chicken salad with water for lunch and enjoyed a few articles from my Shape magazine, including the one about Molly Sims (she's on the cover!)

Here's the weird thing, my two top was directly next to another one.  Basically making it a table for 4.   There were no other smaller tables open, so I took the smallest one I could get (and was pleased as punch it was so close to the fireplace!) and the restaurant was mostly empty.  Now, after I sat there for like a minute, this couple came up and sat down at the table next to me, the one that was pretty much my table!  And they were having a serious conversation.  Jobs, moving, friends who were dealing with alcoholism, WTF?  It was uncomfortable sitting so close to people that I don't know, and even worse because they were talking about pretty serious topics in front of someone they didn't know.

I tried my best to just sit and read my magazine, but honestly, I just wanted to get out of there, which was a little frustrating since I had this plan all in my head about what I wanted for lunch today.

Today's pre-show dinner:
Yumm-o.  I am looking forward to it.  We always eat here before a show, which leaves us eating here about every other month-ish.  So it is a nice place to have some indulgences every now and again.  Nachos, pretzels, beer...  It's like going to a baseball game!  We tried going someplace different before a show once, and apparently that was not a good plan, because we immediately switched back to here and will not change. 

I have some big news, but I want to wait util its official before I post it, so I will save it for now.  I should know for certain for tomorrow!

Forgotten Muscles

I did 40 minutes of power yoga via a podcast that Allie recommended on her blog yesterday.  Dave Farmar's power yoga.  Now I have not done ANY yoga for quite some time.  I have been so focused on lifting heavy, etc, that yoga has kind of slipped away.  And I love it and how it makes me feel.  One of my 101 goals is to establish a twice per week yoga practice.   So when I saw about the podcasts, I figured that might be a good way to get back into it and work on it and see what kind of habits I can create before I think about spending another arm and a leg on classes. 

I followed up my yoga with a protein shake.
It was just vanilla whey.  A GNC brand that I had not tried before.  Pretty delicious, but I actually read the instructions on the tub as I was making it and it said one scoop with 6 oz of water.  Whoa.  That is a MUCH tinier shake than I have been drinking.  I have been doing 1.5 scoops with 20 oz of water.  I made it properly and it was much quicker to drink!

Yeah, I woke up this morning after sleeping like a ROCK at 4:34 am for my run.  My alarm gets louder as it goes off longer, and by the time I actually heard it, it was loud and Teek was losing it.  She was jumping all over the place waiting for me to get up.  I rolled onto the floor and turned the alarm off.  I contemplated getting back in bed, but I had to use the restroom.  And after that, I was up, so I threw on my tights and my fleece lined top before heading downstairs to finish getting ready. 

My legs felt like lead.  I only had three miles scheduled, but holy crap, that is the most tired my legs have felt in AGES!  Maybe not training legs too much during this marathon training is a mistake.  But heck, apparently yoga will train them good!  lol.  I stretched out a lot after my run (3.01 miles in 29:04), and things are feeling quite a bit better now, so that is good.

It was a chocolate protein overnight oats in a jar day!



Disgusting looking and oh so delicious.
Have a great day everyone.  J and I have a date planned for tonight. We're going to dinner and then to see Billy Elliott at the theater!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A little organization

I hung out in bed last night after doing some cleaning and caught up on my DVR.  Sometimes my TV view was blocked, however...













Doesn't he looks like he is giving me the angry eyes in the first one?  Making an angr face at me.  And yes, if you can tell in the second shot, I WAS watching Glee while this was happening.

I did some cleaning and organizing in the bedroom, which was definitely much needed, and so I am glad that I finally forced myself to get it done!  It's about time.  I had gone to IKEA solo while J and my Dad were in Nebraska (early October, I think?) and had some organizational type things that were STILL sitting in my car after that, so yesterday I finally started getting them out and putting them to use!

I managed to wake up for my 5 am gym date with the strength machines.  I felt like a desperately needed it after only lifting once last week instead of all the time like I had been pre-marathon training.  Getting in there with the only plan to lift really perked up my 5 am spirits, I would say!  I started out with 20 minutes on the elliptical while watching sportscenter (and getting a little choked up/teary eyed at all the Joe Pa talk - I LOVED that guy!) and then moved right into this upper body/core workout:
It was pretty good and my arms felt exhausted once I was done.  Tonight I think I am going to give a little bit of yoga a whirl before dinner with J.  We're having leftovers.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Fun-day (ok, Sunday REST day)

Another Sunday, and therefore another day that is set aside simply for relaxing.  I had pretty much zero plans for the day, however, I feel like now, at 3 pm, this is the first time I have really had a chance to just sit my rear down on the couch and relax. 

My dad has already been gone for about 3 hours, which means he probably is already almost home.  I am definitely feeling sad about him being gone already.  I have to be honest about it.  I mean, even though he was here for less than 24 hours, I still feel sad when he leaves. 

He ended up getting here about 20 minutes after I finished writing yesterday.  We did make the trip to IKEA as he requested.  Neither of us bought anything, but I think he had a lot of ideas for his new place, whenever that finally happens.  He definitely had a whole lot to say regarding his current situation.  He is absolutely miserable where he is right now.  He says he has apartments narrowed down quite a bit and has found several places where he would be happy. 

I hope that the timing works out as he wants it to, and then he will be in his own place by March 1.  He will be so much happier and so much healthier out of the place where he is now.  And it actually has absolutely NOTHING to do with Odin for once!  It is completely different right now for him and his living situation than it ever was before.  His things are getting ruined, so he hides them under his bed...  I mean, you should never have to do that in your own home!

So if he is out by March 1, that will be good for him.

So after we went to IKEA we just came back to the house and hung out for about an hour and drank a beer, watching TV, before we headed out for dinner.  As I said yesterday, we were planning on going to Arthur's, one of my dad and I's favorite places, and J had never been there before.  We managed to find a pretty good parking spot, right on the corner.  So we were pretty close!  When we got inside, there was about a 20 minute wait.  We signed in to get a table, and went to the bar to grab a beer while we waited. 

About halfway through my miller lite, the pager went off and we got a table.  We enjoyed the burgers that we ordered, all of us.  So it was a really delicious dinner.  I did not go overboard with food or beverages, so that was good.  And I didn't feel to terrible. 

When we got home we hung out for a little and then I went to bed around 10 pm.  Jason was already asleep.  I stayed up for a little while and worked on my book, The Night Circus.  I actually ended up sleeping for 10 hours last night which was pretty awesome.  J probably ended up with 12 hours!  So when I woke up around 8 am, I took care of the dogs and then read in bed for 2 hours.  I finished the book, so I think tomorrow I will draft up my review of it and set it to post on Feb 1, since it was my bookclub book for January!

I grocery shopped today as well, and I have all the meals planned for the week.  So hooray!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Marathon Training: Week 3 in Review

So here is the quick summary of my training this week.
I am still a little upset about yesterday's rest day, but ehhh...  I got my run in as required.  It got super icy out so I ended up on the treadmill unfortunately, but I survived it.  I suppose that is the best thing that I can ask for, right?  I got my 15 miles for the week all covered. 

Tomorrow might be a walk/run outside day.  Its supposed to be like 50* out!  That's ridiculous with today's ton of ice that we've got out there.  The plow has been up and down our street at least 5 times, and it is just scraping the ice off the road.  Its like just over 30* out there now, which is much warmer than last week's 7 miler, but with the ice, I just felt like it was a bad idea.  Even different running groups cancelled or postponed their group runs today because its just not a day for outdoor running.

Last night going out ended up being really nice.  We had a pretty good time.  Not too out of control, as expected and Donnie played Golden Tee with J which was good.  Leah's ex always told J no. 

My dad is almost here right now.  He wanted me to meet him at IKEA and to be honest, I just am not feeling up to it.  I honestly just hate going to that store.  But he really wants to go, so I guess I will just make it work.  We might be dropping J off to watch basketball, and then going there.  I am going to look for some kitchen stuff.  I cannot WAIT until the kitchen is finished because I just feel like until then, it is going to be messy.  My house is going to be messy, I mean. 

Dad should be here any minute, so I am going to end this entry here!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Trying to Look on the Bright Side

After the day I had today, drinking is necessary.  Lol.  I know that I am trying to be good and get my diet on track, but this weekend might be out.  And to be honest, I might be ok with it.  I say that now, but ask me tomorrow after I have had several beers.  Oh man.  I wish I would think about that while consuming because the guilt just builds up for me.  But even though I am thinking about it now, it will not change my behavior because I know that I should not feel guilty about it. 

So I guess I need to find the trade off.  Is the guilt worse?  Or is the drinking?  Probably the guilt, since I am certainly not excessively drinking ever.  And I am not trying to compete any more, so its not a big deal to enjoy beverages and carbs.  I have to remind myself of these things pretty often.  Things are definitely messed up in my brain with the guilt, etc.  I shouldn'thave the guilt. 
Anyway, enough of that Debbie Downer stuff.
My dad is supposed to be coming down here to visit tomorrow.  We don't have a lot of plans for us to do tomorrow.  I am not yet sure that he will be down here but I hope that he makes it.  They are supposed to have a snowstorm up in my hometown tonight/tomorrow morning, so he said he wanted to see how the roads are before he commits to coming or not.  I hope everything is pretty clear though, because I really do want to see him this weekend.  I feel like it has been a while since I have seen my family even though Christmas was less than a month ago!

So regardless of anything else going on, I want him to come.  He said he was looking at a couple of condos this week, and so he wanted to go to IKEA tomorrow.  I guess he doesn't know the history of J and I at IKEA (we went there with both of our mom's right after we bought the house and had a HUGE fight at the store!) I just don't think that us going there together is good for us.  So J suggested that we drop him off at BW3 so he could watch the Bearcats game and we can go to the store without him.  I think that might work. 

He also wants to go to Arthur's for dinner tomorrow night.  We discovered that restaurant more than 10 years ago when I was attending XU and he loves it.  They used to serve brunch on Sunday mornings and so we have had dinners and brunches there for years.  J has never been there before, so I am kind of excited to show him something that is part of my Cincinnati instead of the other way around.  He has certainly shown me a lot of different things in the time that we have been together.

So I am going to take a deep breath and try and enjoy my night.  Wish me luck with the beers and the guilt.

Rest Day Guilt?

I know that I shouldn't feel guilty about taking a rest day.  I mean, I work REALLY hard.  And yesterday on top of my regular run I took a spin class.  And I have a run tomorrow as usual.  But I am still feeling a little bit buried in guilt that I didn't drag my rear end out of bed this morning when the alarm went off.  I got up and went to the bathroom as usual, but then climbed back underneath the warm covers.

The worst of it is, I couldn't fall back to sleep.  I was awake and just stuck with it.  And that was terrible.  Sometimes I count backward from 1000 when I can't sleep.  No idea why, it is just one of those things that I started to do that started to stick with me. I was down to 500-something before I got distracted enough to stop counting.  I finally think I fell asleep (or at least the last time I remember looking at the clock) around 5:45.  My alarm went off again at 6.

What a waste. 

So yeah, I didn't get sleep AND I didn't get a workout in.  I feel pretty darn lame about that.

I have been REALLY snacky lately.  I might have to do with all of the extra cardio I have been doing, but at the same time, I am hating it, and I am not really sure how to get control over it.  When I have been conscious about snacking, I try and make a smart choice, but it has been WAY too often and WAY too out of control.  So I think the snacking definitely has created a little bit more of the guilt and anxiety that I am having today. 

I have to figure it out, and I am not sure yet how to do it.  I mean, like I said, I am trying to mak conscious decision.  I am making decisions, but I am apparently making the wrong ones.  I am not out of control (in a literal sense), because I am fully aware that I am snacking.  I just cannot figure out how to make it stop.

I had lunch today with a friend that I haven't seen since before my wedding.  She and I talked within the week before the wedding and she was planning on coming and was excited about it.  She was looking forward to being a grown up instead of just a single mom for a weekend and seeing a lot of people that she does not spend as much time with now as she used to. 

She did not come to the wedding.  She did not call me or text me or anything, she just was not there.  At the time I didn't really think anything of it because everything was so busy, you know?  You do not really have time to react to things then.  But I admit, later I was a little upset about it. 

She was having some family tough stuff going on that she didn't want to talk about over a text or right before I was getting married.  And this stuff has pretty much been continuous ever since.  She is back in school now (she is working on her nursing degree) and so is her daughter, so she finally had time to meet up for lunch. 

I don't want to go into details, but suffice to say, she had a very legitimate reason to miss the wedding.  It was really wonderful to see her, and it honestly probably could not have come at a better time.

Hopefully now we'll be better about seeing each other.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Brick (and I'm drowning slowly)...

Who else loves Ben Folds besides me?  Yes - that title is an ode to him, as one of my very favorite artists of all time.

But the title is definitely also an ode to my workout this morning, which I will get to, eventually.

Yesterday I was completely beat.  No idea why I was so wiped out.  But I was, and I left work around 4 so I could go home and rest for a few hours.  I was just beat.  So I got home and took care of my pups, and then I got into bed and worked on cleaning out the DVR of my shows.  So I started with Glee.  Did you guys know that Zeus has the "moves like Jagger?" I just figured I would fill you in on that in case you did not know. :-)  I saw a Pure Romance commercial when fast-forwarding, and actually had to stop, rewind, and watch the whole commercial again.  Pure Romance is a company that is based here, in Cincinnati, and my friend Shannon was on it!  That was weird.  I text her to confirm, and yes, it was her.

J called me, to ask me a question, and when he talked to me he said that I sounded completely beat so he was going to pick up dinner so I didn't have to worry about making it.  I was upset and pleased at the same time.  I had every intention of cooking, but I like that he thought of me to do this. :)

This morning's workout was a brick.  There was no rhyme or reason to it, I am not training for a tri right now, it just worked out that way.  I had three miles on the agenda for the marathon.  I got to the gym at 5 am (as usual) and covered those.  Then I met Katie for a 45 minute spin class!  It was my first class in a year, and I have not been consistent about spinning for probably 2 years. 

Right now, my legs are beat but I am not so beat anymore. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A dinner - with a few remaining questions

Yesterday was a long day at work.  I felt SUPER busy for the entire day, and I was feeling like I was struggling to get through everything that I wanted to.  I ended up making it and leving around 5 minutes after 5 pm, after getting here at 7:30 am yesterday.  That means I worked 9 hours on Monday and 9.5 on Tuesday.  I like to work extra a few days per week because then I don't feel guilty in any way when J and I want to go up to Toledo for the weekend and we're leaving at 3 or something.  No one would care about that anyway, but it makes me feel better in my head.

I made a dinner last night that was loosely based off of a recipe that I came up with when I googled "I have chicken breasts, spinach and quinoa, what can I cook?"  Believe it or not, there were some answers!  So I ended up dredging my chicken breasts through egg whites and then whole wheat bread crumbs.  I cooked those in the oven for 30 minutes on a foil lined baking sheet (yay easy clean up!)  While those were in the oven, I cooked the quinoa (only two servings or 1 cup cooked - half cup uncooked) in some chicken broth.  I also sauted some spinach in a tiny bit of olive oil and garlic.  When the quinoa had soaked up all of the broth, I took the lid off and mixed in the spinach and garlic.  When dishing everything out, I topped the quinoa with a small sprinkle of parmesan cheese and some sliced almonds and squeezed a little lemon juice onto the chicken. 

It was delicious and filling and pretty good for us as well.  However I just don't think that I have mastered quinoa yet.  Even though I cooked it in broth, it just didn't have that much flavor! Maybe the mixins make all the difference.  Any advice out there?

I was beat when we went to bed last night, not completely sure why.  So I watched a little bit of Pawn Stars with J while lotioning his back (he has very bad psoriasis and it is itching and very dry right now, so we have been using a lot of eucerin lotion to try and help - that was recommended by his dermatologist!) and then pretty much was out.  Probably just after 9 pm, if I had to guess.  I guess I needed it.

When the alarm went off this morning at 4:34 am, I had to think.  I knew I had 4 miles on my schedule this morning, but I had to make a quick decision on whether to try and get through 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym or to go outside where the 4 would be very cold but probably go a bit more quickly (as well as be a little less boring, of course). 

The decision was made for me when I realized my tights were in the basement.  They were clean, but they were still down there from the other day when I washed them (they got REALLY sweaty in that 20 degree weather that Jes and I ran in on Saturday).  So I got dressed in a tank and some crops with my knee sleeves and headed out. 

I covered my 4 miles on the treadmill in 38:52.  Not bad.  Approximately 9:40 miles.  I was watching "Knowing" (with Nicolas Cage) in the Cardio Cinema.  Hello one of the greatest things about my gym!  I didn't have to worry about headphones.  I didn't have to flip through channels to find something good to watch, I just got in there, set the treadmill to 6.2 mph and ran.  After I got to 4 miles I walked until I reached 45 minutes.  It felt pretty good today.  It was quicker than the normal steady state cardio pace that I sent for myself, which I was pleased with. 

I hae three miles tomorrow plus 5 on Saturday which will take me to 15 for the week!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rainy morning- blarg

Everything got measured last night for our new kitchen.  They will be out in 4 weeks for 4 days and then voila, I will have a brand new kitchen, which I am EXCEPTIONALLY excited about!  So excited, in fact, that I had to use my old kitchen last night even though J was really wanting to go get some take out.  But I had made the decision about what we were eating, so that was that.

I made tacos for dinner.  Ground turkey, some cheese, whole wheat tortillas (which stuck together, grrr...), salsa and spinach.  It was a filling dinner, unfortunately I was feeling snacky.  Lame.  So I snacked after dinner.  I definitely am feeling guilty about it now, especially because my meals were so "on" yesterday, but I am trying to move past it today. 

And that included waking up at 5 am as usual to get in my 3 miles!  I got them on the treadmill this morning.  I wanted to run outside so much.  It was about 50* outside, which is AWESOME for the middle of January, but it was windy and pouring down rain.  I had it been one or the other, THEN I would've sucked it up and run outside.  But since it was both I got dressed in a tank, knee sleeves, and shorts and headed to the gym.

I covered my three miles in 28:45.  Not a bad pace, but not my best either.  After that, I did two sets of ab work.  I did some planks and just some regular crunches.


When I got home it was time to make breakfast and take care of the dogs.  I decided that I wanted oats today in hopes that I will be less snacky tonight if I eat substantial meals all day.  I prefer "overnight" oats, but I find that if you give them 15-30 minutes in the morning, they usually get thick and cold enough that it works fine.

I started with a scoop of protein powder (I used cookies-n-cream today!)  To that I added 1/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup of water, and 2 LARGE spoonfuls of plain, non-fat greek yogurt (we have the Trader Joe's brand right now).




After you mix it, it looks kind of gross, like the above picture.  So you put it in the fridge while you go about getting ready, taking your dogs outside, whatever.

After about a half hour, you take it out of the fridge and add your spoonful of almond butter to enjoy it!  And they were delicious today!  I think I might have gotten a little burnt out on oats a few weeks ago because I had been eating them every day.  But today they tasted great!

While my oats were refrigerating, I also packed my lunch for this afternoon.
You can clearly see the little apple, the chobani flavor is pomegranite, there is a slice of ezekial bread, a cup of spinach, 4 oz of chicken, and a small container (measure out at 0.5 oz) of fat free feta cheese.  That's my lunch and my snacks.  Its what I had yesterday as well and it was delicious.

As I said, it is raining out today.  It got really loud here in my office a few minutes ago because of how hard the rain is coming down, plus the wind.  I have never been in a hurricane before but I would imagine it would be something like this:
Not sure if you can tell from the picture how hard the rain is coming down, or that the entire parking lot is under water.  But it is.  It has already slowed down quite a bit since then, but it was a little scary for a minute or two!

Have a lovely Tuesday everyone, I have lots of work to do!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dog Party!

This morning we had a little momma's lap dog party!



I think it is particularly amusing that Teek (the grey one) looks so different when you are looking straight toward her versus at the side of her.  Yes, I am aware that when J and I get pregnant, we are in a lot of trouble.  We have two very spoiled pups.

I was back at it at 5 am today.  I did not go out last night because I just felt awful.  When J got home he said that it probably was not from drinking, I just probably was sick.  Its one of those times where you almost wish it was from drinking though, because you can control that.  But needless to say, after staying in last night, and having a relaxing evening at home and getting to bed early, I felt much better this morning. 

I started out my workout with 20 minutes on the elliptical and then completed this strength workout.
I used the hoist machines a little bit today, but decided to try and complete a slightly more focussed workout.  And in the spirit of "not training legs to make sure I can run", I did a few body weight leg exercises.  I miss training legs super hard, but I figure this is for the best right now. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Little Emotional?

It is 1:09 pm.  I have accomplished more today than I had planned on, so I figure it is time to relax.  Lol.  I went to get gas in my car, picked up the hubs dry cleaning (shirts), and hit up Trader Joe's.  I wanted to get some things for this week's meals.  It was kind of a stock up trip, to be honest.  I spent a little more money than I normally would on a weekly grocery trip, but some of the things will definitely last a while, like the huge bag of rice I bought.  I plan on busting out the rice cooker this week.  For rice AND for some quinoa.  I can eat both of those things, right?

Lol, I am training for a marathon.  Of course I can eat carbs as long as they are clean carbs. 

Trader Joe's haul for the day included naan, brown rice, ground turkey, already cooked chicken strips (for salads), spinach, eggs, egg whites, greek yogurt, a bbq chicken pizza (J's fave, I don't like red onions), oats, sweet potato tortilla chips, one really big beer, frozen berries (for smoothies), and freeze dried strawberries.  I also stocked up on veggies at the farmer's market.  So I think that I am ready for cooking meals for the week.  I am HOPING that we're going to eat at home every night this week other than Saturday night when my dad comes to town.

So I am trying to take all of the different things that I have in my kitchen and turn them into real and healthy meals for my husband and I for the week.  That is my goal.  Healthy meals for two all week long.

I am feeling emotional today.  I think it is because J is not here.  He is in Toledo for the showing.  I am feeling like a big emotional pile of love today.  I am crying and messed up and snuggling with the dogs.  I wish he was here.  Oh, and Sex & the City is on TV.  That certainly doesn't help.  Yes, I have been crying on and off since I got home from Trader Joe's, lol.  Maybe sometimes you just gotta cry?

This week's work out plan is pretty similar to the last two weeks.  4 days of running, two days of strength training.  A little bit of elliptical for some crosstraining.  And I think I am going to go to a step class with Leah one night as well.  I have not been to this step class in years, so I wonder how similar it will be to when my friend Lara and I used to go pretty regularly.  I am not too worried about it, I am probably in better shape now than I used to be, so I should not worry too much, right?  I have been doing so much more running, etc, than I used to be.

I am supposed to be going to a girls night tonight.  Right now I am not sure that I am feeling up to it.  To be honest, I am a little hung over after yesterdays wings and beers.  I had three pints, which honestly is far less than I would drink at a normal evening at BWs. And I was only drinking Miller Lite so I have no idea what happened.  But I have a terrible headache right now, and I have no clue what to bring, so I am thinking I might just hang out at home. 

We will see how it goes...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Marathon Training: Week 2 in Review

Week 2 has come and gone.  It was another good week.  I am very close to the point now when my Saturday runs are going to be the furthest I have ever run every time.  Not the next two weeks, but after that...  everything that goes over 10 miles is going to be the furthest I have ever run!

Today was a cold, snowy, hilly and icey 7 mile run in Blue Ash (where I live).  My friend Jes joined me, and it was really the first time I have ever done a training run with anyone else.  We covered the 7 miles that I had on my plan in 1 hour and 10 minutes, which was exactly what we wanted.  So I am extremely happy with that.  It was the furthest run that either of us have done since our injuries.  Her since tendonitis after the marathon, and me since the foot.

Here is the quick rundown of my week's workouts, runs and other training.
We are so proud of a 9:59/mile average today.

One perk?  I train on hills all the time.  So for most people, the pig can be tough.  I will be well prepared for it.  I have trained for two weeks now, 16 more to go! 

We have plans tonight with our friends Tim & Kathy.  We're going to eat wings and drink beer and watch football with them.  I am looking forward to it.

Friday, January 13, 2012

TGIF -

I have been waiting all week for TGIF, you have no idea.  It has been a LONG one...
Yesterday's lunch.  1 cup spinach topped with 3 oz grilled chicken (measured!), 1 slice sprouted whole grain bread topped with one tbsp natural peanut butter.  Delicious and good for me! 

Like I said yesterday, it was a stressful and busy day at work.  I was trying hard to make a lot of progress on a lot of different things, so I kept very busy for the whole day, which was good, and helped me to feel better about a few things, even though there were things that I couldn't figure out.  It just felt good to be busy. 

We did however get some rough news.  We had a relative killed in a car accident yesterday.  You can read the article here.  It is such a scary thing.  This is the 16 year old son of J's cousin. 

But its crazy and difficult to discuss, so I am going to move on.

We had dinner plans last night with our friends Brett and Lorie (something to cross off my101 list) at a restuarant called Cactus Pear.  Its a Mexican/Southwest style restaurant with great food.  I was there only once, for lunch, with my boss several months ago.  J had never been there before.  We got waters while we waited for Brett and Lorie to arrive, as we were discussing a pitcher of margaritas (significant cost savings over 4 individual ones!).  When they got there, that is exactly what we went with.  We were very much into chatting and catching up with each other, and ended up there pretty late!  Almost 3 hours together. 

The food was delicious.  J and Brett both enjoyed shrimp fajitas.  I had a chicken burrito and Lorie got chicken enchiladas.  The burrito was awesome because it consisted of black beans, a TON of chicken, a very small amount of cheese, and a wheat tortilla.  I am sure it was not exactly healthy (mexican food almost never is), but it certainly was not a terrible choice, expecially with no rice and so little cheese!  It was also delicious. 

This morning, I got up early when the alarm went off and headed out to the gym.  I did 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by this strength routine:
Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stress and some runs

Yesterday, following the writing of my entry, I did end up getting in the three miles that I had scheduled.  The rain did not stop so I was trying to decide between running on the treadmill at my home or running on a treadmill at the gym.  Eventually, going home won out because I usually get ridiculously sweaty running, and my own shower always wins over a gym shower where you have to wear flip flops, etc.  So, home I went around 11:15 am.  I got changed into my working out indoors clothes (I had packed and brought to work stuff for running outside, since that was my initial plan) and hit the treadmill.  I am glad to sneak a workout in on it every now and again, and I am glad that J does as well, because we bought it for each other for Valentine's Day last year (we're nerds like that) and it was a fairly pricey gift!

3 miles later, I exited the office (where we keep the treadmill) I was a sweaty wreck and was greeted by a little grey furball (Teek) who hopped the baby gate to go upstairs when she heard me on the treadmill.  I have to be honest, it is kind of nce to be greeted by someone who is grinning and thrilled to see you (and literally jumping up and down!) when you smell and are beat.  Into my own shower I went. 

After working the rest of the day, I went back home and cuddled up on the couch with the dogs.  I was just exhausted from pretty much being up all night the night before.  I had the tv but was mostly just laying there with my eyes closed.  There were leftovers in the fridge from the dinners that I made on Sunday and Monday, and J had already agreed to leftovers, so I was not in a hurry to cook anything.  When J got home, I got up, made us both plates and heated it up in the microwave. 

After we ate our meals, we both took our tired butts up to bed.  J rented a movie, but just for one night, so we needed to get it in!  We watched "30 Minutes or Less" which turned out to be pretty funny.  The cast definitely made that movie. 

Another 3 miles was covered on the treadmill this morning.  Woo hoo!  Up to 9 for the week with a 7 miler coming up on Saturday morning!

Its a stressful day at work.  I definitely feel like I stink at my job right now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Up All Night

Last night was date night with my husband, my marathoning partner, Jes, and her boyfriend Brian.  We went to BJs Brewhouse, which is one of our faves, and neither Brian nor Jes has been there before, even though Brian only works like a block from Tri-County, which is where it is located!  We were originally planning on going last week, but Brian ended up with his daughters at the last minute, so since he is fairly new to the dating scene, we decided not to include the kids and pushed our plans back a week. 

Jes, Brian and J all ordered the beer sampler when we got there and I just got a pint of the wheat beer.  I just cannot get into the stouts and stuff, so I figured why waste good stuff?  I should just get what I like.  The sampler included 8 taster sized beers.  But each taster was probably 6 ounces so our table had an absolute ton of glasses on it.  There were other people at the tables all around us staring over at us and kind of making faces, etc.  Hello, judgment.  Honestly, to me our table did look a little hilarious, but I am sure lots of people get the tasters.  But what is there to judge?  It's not like it was a lot of beer, it just looked like it with all of the glasses on our small table!

So we ordered our dinners.  Jes cannot eat any products from a cow, which I have always found to be interesting.  She's not a vegan because she will eat other meats or goat cheeses or whatever, so she had some fish (cooked in a bit of oil, not butter), Brian and I both got burgers with blue cheese, and J had a french dip sandwich.  All of the food and beer was good, and I think it will be a place that we repeat as couples. 

The problem ended up being my burger though.  We got home at a reasonable time and went to bed, as I planned on covering my three miles this morning for my workout.  But then I woke up at 1 am and spent a half hour in the bathroom, again at 330, at 430 my alarm went off and I reset it to 6 am (no way) and then from 530-6 in the bathroom.  Ugh.  I was starting to feel a little better, but I figured since some folks have the "runner's trots" I shouldn't combine that and my upset stomach this morning.  That definitely had the potential for bad news. 

It is 830 am now, and I am definitely feeling a bit better.  I have one cup of coffee in me, and my stomach is settling.  So now I need to get it done at lunchtime.  I am hoping that the rain lets up a bit so I can do it outside.  Its a little too chilly out for a rainy run, I think.  I really don't feel like doing it on a treadmill, but I guess I will if I need to, and as of this moment, it is looking like treadmill is the way to go. 

Have a lovely day everyone!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A SLOW start, but there now!

This morning started out slowly...  Really slowly, at least it felt like it.  But first, let's back up to last night.

I actually planned our at home meals last night for the first time since before Thanksgiving, so I am feeling pretty good about that.  It is not a "great" week or anything, because I am just doing simple meals that I know how to make.  But this is my start.  Next week I think I will work a little bit harder to try making something new, but this was my first attempt to get back on track!

So last night's dinner was lasagna.  I used whole wheat pasta and lean beef.  I would like to make some tweaks to it and try to make it even healthier, but last night J said it was the best lasagna I have ever made (I am consistently improving, since he said that last time!) so I am not sure that I can do too much modifcation of it.  But we'll see I guess.

So we had lasagna, salad, and some bread.  I bought a bagette from the grocery just for this purpose, which is why I had to make lasagna last night.  The bread was fresh, so we had to get it eaten!  It was yummy.  J had his with butter and I dunked mine in some EVOO.  Yum yum.  I also cracked open a bottle of red wine.  Cab.  My favorite!  It was an inexpensive bottle that I bought in Toledo once.  It cost $10, and then $2 of the cost went to the Toledo charity organization on the bottle.  They had ones for the Zoo, Library, Opera, etc.  This particular bottle was for the Toledo Symphony.  It was pretty good for $10!  And J liked it, which is a big deal since he is normally afraid of red wine.  So I love that, since I often don't have a glass since I know I will be on my own for the whole bottle!

After dinner we went up to bed for some football & reading.  J is in the middle of the Hunger Games.  I am glad he finally gave it a chance because I loved it so much!  Yes, it might take a little while to get into it, but once you do... and he is finally there.  Finally to the point where he really is struggling to stop reading to go to sleep.  I am reading the book for the book club that I decided to join online.  I will review it here for sure once I finish it.  I started writing the review last night, and I will continue to do that as I keep reading it, because sometimes my reading comprehension is not so good.  So I need to be on top of it. 

We watched the first half of the BCS Championship, and flipped between that and the Bearcats game (which they won!)

When my alarm went off this morning, I got out of bed and checked with J to see if he wanted to come with me to the gym.  When he said no, I put my knee sleeves on (I bought them yesterday!) and then my running tights and headed outside for my three mile training run.  The knee hurt a bit at first, but after it loosened up, it felt a LOT better.  I think that the biggest problem with it is that it is tight. 

I finished the 3 miles in 29:31.  Slow for me, yes, but I am glad that I got through them all.  That makes me feel good.  I have to put the sleeves on before I head into work (I am working at home right now because the furnace guy is here) but for right now, I am feeling pretty good!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday morning - Back at It!

First of all, LOOK at what I found yesterday during my grocery shopping trip:
I know it is not Christmas anymore, but I went on a hunt for them right before Christmas and could not find them, so I am SUPER excited that I got to try them now.  They are pretty darn delicious! 

Yesterday turned out to be the laziest day ever.  I seriously sat on the couch and just browsed pinterest for the entire day.  You might say that I am addicted, I would say that I am inspired.  I think I found what I am going to make to bring to a ladies night party next weekend.  And I swear that is the only reason that I was on it all day.  Haha. 

As I stated yesterday, there was a lot of this going on:
(yes, he is my favorite.  But look, the other one is there too!)  And there was a lot of football watching. (Holy Tim Tebow!  I would not have expected that!)  And a lot of Dance Moms watching. Have you watched that show?  Its kind of Toddlers in Tiaras-esque, but with dance, therefore infinitely more interesting!

This morning I was up in time for my 5 am workout.  I am really glad I took a rest day yesterday, and my knee is grateful for it, although not grateful enough.  I am definitely going to be getting myself a little sleeve for it at lunchtime today.  I started out the morning work out with 20 minutes on the elliptical.   I followed it with this upper body workout.
Same are usual, but I think that you can see that I am getting stronger!  Levels up on a few exercises from last Wednesday!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday: Rest Day

Ahhh....  Sunday morning.  I love it.  It's a relaxing day as always.  No real plans.  Nothing on the agenda outside of writing this, maybe reading a little, and snuggling with my favorite cuddler.

He is all curled up on top of me right now.  I love him.

Around 10 am, I got up and hit the store.  I grocery shopped and took care of our food for the week.  This week is not going to be a super planned meals with a lot of original things week, because we have lots of nights out planned.  But I am definitely going to get out all of my cookbooks this week and start looking for new recipes so I can start cooking us new and real and healthy meals.  That is the goal for next week.

My knee feels a little tweaked today.  It did yesterday as well, but I put a heating pad on it and that helped a ton.  So maybe I will do that again.  I don't know.  I just don't want it to be injured now at the very beginning of my training.  Maybe a knee sleeve would be a good plan?  I am not sure yet.  I suppose if nothing else, it cannot hurt.  Right?

Right now, I am on the couch watching "say yes to the dress".  I know that I am already married, but sometimes I want to wear another dress. Lol.  Maybe my sister will get married soon, or Leah, so I can have more weddings.  Haha.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Marathon Training - Week 1: a Review

This morning's 6 mile run completed the first week of my Flying Pig Training.  It has been kind of a tough week, I think, considering the mileage is so low compared to what it will be in the future.  But I am still very proud.  I have 17 more weeks until I run a marathon, my first one ever. 

Here is this week's workouts in review:
Not a bad week.  None of my runs were super fast, but none of them were super slow, either, so I am pleased with the results.

Last night J and I decided to try a new restaurant.  It was called the Tap House Grill.  It is about as far away as some of our other favorites, and we did like it.  It is one of those places with a build your own burger menu.  They also have 28 beers on tap and far more than that in bottles.  J started his meal with a Blue Grass Bourbon beer.  And I got myself a pint of Miller Lite.  We ordered an appetizer, pulled pork nachos (no sour cream). 

They apparently smoke their own pork.  I thought it was really delicious.  The pulled pork and beer cheese were on top of saratoga chips.  I am not as big a fan of saratoga chips as I am of tortilla chips, so that was the only part that I didn't really like.  J didn't like the pork as much.  But it is definitely something that we would order again.

For our meals, J got a meatball sandwich which he said was very good, with a side of fries.  I had a "build your own" with chicken breast (grilled) on a pretzel bun, topped with bacon and blue cheese.  I definitely could have gotten more toppings but I was trying to just go simple for my first order.  I was only able to get through half of it though, so I am going to eat the rest for lunch today.  But we definitely enjoyed it and will go back again.  It is a very good alternative to the firehouse grill, which is one of our regular places.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Best.Husband.Ever

Last night J and I had a company come out and price our kitchen cabinets and countertops.  We have been talking about doing this for a pretty long time, and we finally got around someone to come in and chat with us.  I, admittedly, have been crazy nervous about it.  I mean, a kitchen is a ton of money to spend.  But I am still so excited about it! 

We are not doing a full remodel, but new cabinets and new counter tops.  It is going to be a HUGE update, especially when we throw in a little new paint, which we were planning on doing as well,  and it will look great!  We are not ding new appliances at this time, but I am still really looking forward to it.

Because we had that guy visiting us last night, it ended up being kind of a weird evening.  J and I got home at the same time (at 5 after 5 - that NEVER happens!) and I took care of the dogs while J hit our treadmill for a half hour/40 minutes.  It was his third day this week on the treadmill!  I am so happy that he is getting back into it.  Then we hung out for a little while and the the estimator came out.  He ended up giving us a deal that we could not turn down.  So we did not turn it town. 

This morning I did make it to the gym.  And I did NOT have a run scheduled!  I started out my workout by warming up/getting a smidge of crosstraining by spending 20 minutes on the elliptical.  Then I completed the following upper body strength routine on the hoist machines.
I am definitely starting to get a little bit stronger, and I am pleased with my workouts this week.  I know that I only made it to the gym at 5 am twice, but hey, I think I did a darn good job for my first week on a very structured plan.  Its the first time I have been so structured since like September.  Only its the opposite this time.  Now my plan is structured in cardio and loose in lifting which is different than before.

Happy Friday!