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No Regrets

Some days I don’t want to go to the gym but I’ve never regretted making myself go. I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of the gym saying, “Oh, I completely regret that workout” instead I usually feel amazing. 

I think my only issues sometimes with going to the gym is the time restraint. For example, tonight I worked over an hour late then spent over an hour at the gym so now it is 730 at night and I have yet to eat dinner. I basically end up coming home feeling like I have just enough time to get everything ready for tomorrow, eat dinner, and then it’s bedtime. 

Now it’s time for dinner, maybe a bit of reading then bedtime. I’ve got one more gym day tomorrow then a mostly relaxing weekend. This week has flown by…Hooray for Friday!!! 

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My First 10K

Leading up to the event this weekend I was questioning my sanity.  I was thinking I wasn’t prepared, that I wouldn’t be able to finish, that I would be the last person to finish, basically I was talking myself out of it.

A couple days before I was even thinking of switching to the 5K because I know I can do a 5K with no problems.  Let’s just say I’m glad I pushed myself and went through with the 10K.  For those who don’t know, a 5K is 3.1 miles, 10K is 6.2 miles, half marathon is 13.1.

I’m doing another 10K in April but I don’t think I’m to the point where I’m ready for a half marathon yet…my brother might have been right that it requires some training.  I’ve been trying to increase my walking distances and speed but haven’t been doing any official training.

I finished in under 2 hours, 1:46:07, which was one of my primary goals.  Below is my friend Denise and I rocking our racing tutus (I made that tutu), hoodies, and light up medals after the race.

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My pace right now seems to be sitting around 17:00 per mile so my next goal is to shave 30 seconds off that time.

I think I’m getting close because my walking speed on the treadmill at the gym is going up as the feeling like I’m going to die from walking so fast goes down.  When I first started a 3.0 mph was my fast pace, now it’s around 3.7 mph, inching closer to that 4.0 mph goal.

I’m exceedingly proud of myself for completing it and can’t wait for the next one.  I love knowing the times because it gives me a goal for the next time, working on my next PR (now that I’m in the game I know that means personal record).  My next 10K I would like to be around 90 minutes but anything faster than my last time is improvement.

I’m completely hooked!

Actually, I knew I was hooked from my first medal and now I have races planned for almost every month this year, just looking for ones for July, September, November, and December.  Coming up are the fun ones, Bubble Run, Color Run, Margarita Madness, Comicon 5K….and I just realized December might be taking me back to my first race for the second year 🙂

That’s all I have for now.  I skipped meal plans this week so I’m eating horribly but I’m back on track tomorrow morning and will be making meal plans over the weekend for the next couple weeks.  I have a long holiday weekend so I’m hoping to catch up on stuff at home, which includes writing.

I wanted to say real quick I took on a One Change Challenge from Angela over at Keen Peach.  I love her idea of taking on one change for one week every month rather than trying to overhaul your entire life in one go.

My change was to start stretching every day and I’ve been pretty consistent with it, definitely a good change for me to add into my life right now.  The stretching seems to be helping reduce any soreness with all the miles I’m walking every week.  It’s more of a nightly habit but going into next week I’m going to be setting the alarm a few minutes earlier so I can stretch in the morning.

Have a great Wednesday night!  I’ll be back writing again soon!

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Meal Plan Monday

I skipped the gym today.  I feel kind of bad about it and am sitting here knowing I probably would’ve felt better if I’d gone because today was a frustrating day.  I think I needed the release that the gym provides but instead I sit here writing and trying to plan everything going on in the next few weekends.

I did rationalize it by saying it would give me time to do my meal plans so at least some good has come out of my not going to the gym…and I plan to go the rest of the week.

I have a 10K coming up on Sunday.  It’s my first so I’m nervous, trying to balance not doing too much before it and not doing absolutely nothing.  I’m thinking hit the gym Tuesday-Friday then do a light walk on Saturday then spend the day stretching, icing, and mentally preparing myself to walk 6.2 miles!

I’m excited and nervous.

I didn’t make a lunch today so I ended up at the Vietnamese place across the street enjoying one of their delicious sandwiches.  I swear I could eat one every day but I can’t afford it so I need to pack my lunch the rest of the week.

I discovered Tikka Masala sauce through a random giveaway and I loved it, so when I saw these packages at Costco I decided to give it a try.  tikka_masala-350x393

It makes me wish I had a microwave so I didn’t have to heat it up on the stove top but it takes like 5 minutes instead of 1 minute so I can’t complain too much.  Last time I just mixed up the package with some brown rice and it was very tasty so tonight I’m going to add in some chicken.

Lunch is mostly leftovers with the exception of Wednesday.

I am pulling out one old recipe for this week on Thursday because someone at work brought in a dish that reminded me of it and I remembered really enjoying it, Braised coconut and spinach chickpeas with lemon.  Yum!

Monday
Lunch:
Dinner: Chicken with vegetable Tikka Masala and rice

Tuesday
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:  Out

Wednesday
Lunch:  Chicken Pita with cucumbers and hummus
Dinner:  Chicken pasta

Thursday
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Braised coconut spinach and chickpeas with lemon

Friday
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner: Spaghetti

I’m off to continue making dinner and prepping for the rest of the week.  Monday was not the best day so here’s to Tuesday being a better day!

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