Thursday, March 15, 2012
Spent 1/2 hour last night doing some arm exercises with weights and did a lot of crunches on the exercise ball.
I had decided yesterday that it is time for me to start doing my workouts in the morning, I always feel fantastic afterwards and I know I need to use that time in the mornings for some "ME" time, but I have just been too lazy. I set my alarm and off to bed.
This morning my alarm goes off 0430 with "Reveille", time for this cadet to rise and shine, nothing like a loud bugle call to wake you up. I layed there for a minute, contemplating "should I get up" or "should I go back to sleep". DH heard the alarm and asked why I was getting up so early. I said to go for a run. He chuckled and said "sure you are", which I know he doubted me since I've been sayinhg I was going to do this for a while now, and had failed miserably at it. I didn't want him to be "RIGHT" again, so I knew I had to go.
After wrestling with the voices in my head, I jumped outta bed and said to myself.... get your butt out the door.
Hopped into my running clothes and out the door I went. Morning jogs are kinda creepy, it's dark, no sign of life, everyone still sleeping. I have to put the headphones on low so I hear any creepy noises and keep looking over my shoulder for weirdos. But I DID IT !!! YEAH !!!! I ran 4 miles this morning, with about one mile of it being speed work and I feel great. I allowed plenty of time for stretching and a 10-minute roll on the foam roller to work out the kinks. Made myself a protein shake, hopped in the shower and now I'm at the office.
OOOOOHHHH I can feel the energy, getting in a great workout first thing in the morning. I've been energized with a 500-calorie burn to start the day, way more powerful and better than any cup of coffee. Hoping today will fly by, I'm off tomorrow for a three-day weekend, woo hoo.
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I was so lucky to be able to get outside on such a beautiful day to go for a run on my lunch hour. Sunny and 80 degrees, woo hoo. Great workout, you know you've done it right when you have shin sweat.
I have to say it is very frustrating having to start my running over from Square One. Since I injured myself back in November, it's been pretty sporadic - meaning the running. I've just started back with a regular routine of twice a week 2-3 miles at a time, sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, but at least the pain is manageable and not as often and I've been doing a lot of stretching and icing to keep it healthy. Today was a good day, it was a Forest Gump day - one where I just wanted to keep on running, and running, and running. But, I was on a time clock so had to make it a short one. I am going for a run in the morning before work, just another test of the hip muscles. I'm hoping to run a 5K in May and then hopefully start training for a second half-marathon. That's my goal, so I'm hoping the hip will cooperate. Doctor says I have to increase my mileage slow, and boy do I hate slow, but I am following orders.
I usually find something on the road when I'm running, sometimes a penny, sometimes a quarter, sometimes stranger things like a barbie leg, lol. Today musta been my lucky day. Three of these babies, hahaha. It pays to run.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Boy am I one lucky lady..I haven't had to cook dinner in four days, woo hoo.
Thursday: Went to Applebees to check out their newest server...my DD. It was her first night being a server, she has worked as a hostess for about 5 months and moved up to server so we had to check her out (or harass/embarass her, lol - we did neither, she was actually glad we came in). Her boss came over to our table and told us what a lovely daughter we have, so nice to hear that others think she is as special as we do. Love ya KP.
Friday: My DD cooked cheese ravioli on Friday night, what a special treat to have her make her parents dinner - thanks.
Saturday: Congrats to our granddaughter for winning her basketball championship game, they played awesome and walked away with a huge trophy, enjoyed a quick lunch with the family. Got to watch my SIL play in the coaches bball game after lunch - way to go Danny - so glad you are great influence in the lives of so many kids, you're a great coach.
(SIL, far left - GD, blonde on back row)
Sis and her BF (mostly her BF) cooked a yummy dinner, steamed shrimp with a grilled vegetable medley of red potatos, butternut squash, onions and brussels sprouts - oooh to die for, my new favorite is butternut squash. I have always liked yellow squash and spaghetti squash but was too afraid to experiment with acorn or butternut, but WOW oh WOW was the butternut delicious - lots of recipes in the SPARK Cookbook for butternut so I'm gonna give those a whirl.
Sunday: Mowed the lawn and stayed outside all day. Painted my old birdbath for fun, a great way to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Sis's BF cheffed up another wonderful meal: crabmeat stuffed mushrooms (I tried one, but not a fan of mushrooms) and eggplant parmesan, and asparagus. I could easily just eat nothing but veggies when it's cooked to perfection. Thanks TD for some great kitchen creations.
Lots of leftover eggplant which means another yummy dinner this evening. Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Missing that one hour of sleep we lost yesterday with the time change, uggghhh. Wishing you all a great week.
Friday, March 09, 2012
"The windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror because where you are going to is more important than where you have been".
I just love this quote and wanted to share. It's important to see life thru the big picture (windshield). And remember to every now and then take a glance in the rear view to remind you where you've come from and smile knowing the past is safely behind you.
Keep on SPARKING, love to all.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Never be afraid to try.
Amateurs built the Ark....
Professionals built the Titanic...
Always remember that YOU have the potential to be GREAT. Try, try and try again - we will all get there together.
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