Week one of my training program went surprisingly well. I had a lot of anxiety about it before hand, but from the beginning I have simply wanted to give it my best (after all, that's all I have to give!) and enjoy the journey. The older I get, the more difficulty I have keeping track of things, so I have the menu printed out and on the fridge, but I also have a little notebook that I write down when I eat my first meal. I can then just do the math (every 2.5 hours) and list the times for the other meal for that day and somewhat stay on schedule. Prepping my food was a Godsend. It takes no time at all to grab a leftover container from the fridge that has pre-portioned cooked, delicious chicken breast ready to microwave. I prepped turkey meatloaf made in a muffin tin for little individual meatloaves, grilled chicken breast, and roasted tilapia. I also washed and chopped broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. That made it so easy to measure out a cup and steam or roast or just enjoy raw. I bought Dymatize protein powder and I can not believe how DELICIOUS it is. I mix 1/2 scoop of banana nut flavor into my oats and OMG it's like eating dessert.
I have had to face my fear and gymtimidation. I went and used the weights and machines twice this week. I still feel very intimidated, but I can't do all the exercises on my schedule at home. I'm determined to overcome this!! In fact, I'm headed there today for leg day. My trainer gave me six different cardio workout that I can choose from and wow...they are challenging, but not so challenging that I can't get it done. Toward the end of the week I was on the elliptical, which anyone who knows me understands the love/hate (mostly hate) relationship I have with it. I made myself a workout playlist (im not that techno so this was a first for me) and I was giving it all I had, just drenched in sweat (another hate) and suddenly I realized I was enjoying it. Blew me away. I may or may not have actually cried. I went 10 extra minutes just because I could. It was like being on top of the mountain. I still have to drag myself to exercise. I mostly "don't wanna" but once I'm doing it, it makes me so happy.
Our weather is finally spring-like!! We spent about 6 hours on Friday getting it all tilled and laying out the beds (I do the square foot gardening/french intensive method) and planting all the spring goodies! We worked our a**** off because it was supposed to rain for the next 5 or 6 days, and here in Iowa if you miss your chance first thing in the spring, you may not get another for weeks. It finally rained last night, a beautiful, drenching rain and we woke up to sunshine and warmth. The lettuce patch should be up in no time!! I'm starting to check the asparagus patch daily and the strawberries are all waking up. I love this time of year!!
I've been doing so much schoolwork that I haven't really had time to read sparkpages, or sew, or do anything. Only 3 weeks of school left...3 huge papers, several smaller papers, and so, so much reading. I can not wait until this semester is OVER. I am looking so forward to my break!!
Hope you are enjoying nicer weather wherever you are!! What is your favorite thing about spring??