BOOtiful Fall Weather

This post brought to you by none other than the superb S Club 7 (throwback Thursday, anyone? anyone?)

Don’t Stop- played on my shuffle from itunes. The benefit of having an archaic program not allowing itunes to update…ever, is I now listen to ALL of my music. Silver lining? I think, yes.

As this blog is used as a pseudo “memory book”, this is my life lately.

Faith
I’ve started going to church. It’s 10 blocks up from my home and is full of wonderful people. Although, I am not the biggest fan of the Pastor because he tends to ramble and lose his thought before getting back on track (but never goes overtime), I LOVE the people I am meeting. The young professionals group that meets Monday night has been a relaxed non threatening atmosphere to meet others my age and to reflect briefly on the Sunday sermon.

This past week was on Not Giving Up…on yourself, on others, on God and verses were pulled to emphasize what to do when you feel like giving up. One of my favorite verses from this week for “telling God how you feel” is:

Pour out your feelings to the Lord as you would pour water out of a jug Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.” (Lamentations 2:19)

It provides a great visual and is a great reminder to share your feelings with others/God as a release that will hopefully lead to greater insight in the situation.

[Edit: The pastor should have used the S Club clip in his sermon…I’m pretty sure it summed up his message…anyway, moving on]

Work
I am a full time employee at my job. I’m enjoying the freedom that I KNOW I will not have at any other job. My current role is particularly flexible and I’ve found a great medium of home and office time for working. A change of scenery significantly increases my productivity.

Next week I start a Project Manager course and will be attending a weekly study group to prepare for the PMP Exam. I need to start building my skills!

Illness

After a less active week due to the plague. I blame every commuter on the bus for passing on that fast and furious cold. I was in bed at 8:45 last Monday, begrudgingly skipped “youth” group and ballet. The next night wasn’t much better, in bed at 9:30pm. 10 days later, I’m down to 1 sneeze a day and only a couple of tissues. I’ll take that plague any day versus any alternative illness.

Workouts

Sunday: 40 min cycle and weights

Monday: 30 min. walk/run with my housemate= total of 1.3 miles

Tuesday: Off? I can’t remember…I walked to coffee 🙂

Wednesday: 60 min spin class

Thursday: 4 mi run

Friday: Plan of weights and 20 min of some cardio form

Saturday: Yoga? Running? Weights? I haven’t decided…I’ll see how I feel

Health
Last week was incredibly hard for me. I was reflecting on where I was a year ago and how far I’ve come, but also, how much further I have to go. In the last 5 months I’ve moved mountains, but I still have a few foothills to climb to find a balance. One of those baby steps is attempting a consistent bedtime to make mornings easier. It’s 50/50 that I get 8 hours sleep, I’m averaging 7, but on the bright side the last 4 have been deep sleeps.

I made a particularly tasty rice dish this week. If you don’t have to cook the rice it takes less than 5 minutes.

Peanut Butter Rice

Rice, Spoonful of peanut butter, Siracha or cayenne powder, and teriyaki sauce (soy would have been better, but it was all we had). Cook together

I added stir  fry veggies for my vegetable quota both nights.

Night one: a fried egg with dripping yolk= protein

Night two: salmon patty on the side.

Looking Forward

Tomorrow: Halloween Work Party

This weekend: Housewarming party/ costume party

Next weekend: Visiting the bestie in LA..Sherman Oaks, here I come!

JUST FOR KICKS…one more.

Cheers!

What’s Good is Good.

Good days and bad days.

All the good… in a list-type format.

I decided today would be a good day. 

–I got up and made it to work early. I brought my leftover burrito, originally it was the size of a small child and now is a manageable size to eat (after using it for 2 other meals).

–I squeezed in a 4 mile run after work- I decided to not overdo it and skipped ballet, knowing that I wanted to go to the young professionals group at the church I’m trying out later in the evening.

–Spotting broccoli cheddar soup(!!!!!) at the market and frying an egg on toast with a side of beets was the most satisfying dinner. My housemate is baking pumpkin brownies, there is coffeecake at group, and I just might finish my book tonight. (nope didn’t happen)

–My half marathon is in 7 weeks and I full confidence I will be able to finish. I plan to have walking breaks as to not strain my knee or body too much.I still need to buy one of those nifty fanny packs that will hold water…or as some like to call them “hydration belts”

Workouts this week include: 2 days of weights and 2 more runs.

[3 miler Wed. and my long run of 8ish on the weekend.]

–My current project at work has extended my stay, I’m officially with them until March 1st and then I hope it is re-upped once more. (It may or may not have to do with having my name on my desk).

–It’s only Monday and things are looking bright (a 180 from last week).

Tomorrow –I’m excited for my caramel cappuccino at work, sushi with new friends after work, and a new episode of The New Girl in the evening

Final Note: This week my recovery goals include:observation of how many colors are on my plate and creating lasting (i.e. satisfying combos).