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MAY-jor Disbelief

Please insert my problems with grasping the fact that it is already May here.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… You know that new months bring new goals!

A quick look back at April:

1. Be ready to start half-marathon training (aka be able to run three miles with minimal walking breaks). Sadly, I can’t report a lot of excellence here. I did get my 5k time down to where I wanted it — but that was with a lot of walking mixed in. I’m happy because I know my time will decrease as I run more but I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t make this more of a priority. I’m putting together my training plan this weekend and know that I need to get serious fast or I will be woefully unprepared come race day. 

2. Complete 6 strength training work outs. (3/6) [Modified KB workout from Women’s Health, Abs and Arms on 4/15, Arms and Shoulders on 4/20] Obviously, another work out fail. I need to get on track with all this — no wonder my weight loss progress has been stagnant. I’ll definitely be revisiting this for May.

3. Make 3 more new recipes, including something to share. (5/3) [Spanish Egg and Potato Tortilla, Lentil Stew, Kelly’s Chicken Curry in a Hurry, Homemade Stovetop Paninis, Emily’s Surprise Muffins] I excelled at eating and cooking this month! I wish I was as good at sticking to work outs as I was about cooking! Stovetop Paninis were probably the biggest winner here — so many variations to make delicious, easy dinners. Very pleased that we finally got to use ANOTHER wedding gift (stove top panini press).

4. Read 5 books, for real this time! (6/5) Another success! Nice to make up some ground from last month.

5. One of these books should be a classic. (1/1) I gave up on finishing Mansfield Park in April and focused on Anne of Green Gables. Success!

6. Stick to our weekly budgets. (2/5) Perhaps not so great here. We did better than March, but I’d like us to be a lot better about sticking to our weekly budget.

 

What’s on tap for May? (So glad you asked!)
1. Create half marathon training plan – Meeting with my “team” this weekend to put a training plan together!
2. Complete six strength trainin work outs (0/6) – No excuses. Half Marathon training means I need to build some muscle in order to carry my body more efficiently!
3. Read six books (1/6) – I have SO MANY library books out right now that I need to plow through!
4. Of those six, read two classics (1/2) [Mansfield Park] and one non-fiction (0/1) – This should go fairly easily since I finished one classic at the start of the month and our book club pick is non-fiction. Hooray for working toward my goal of diversifying my reading!
5. Beat my previous 5k time during this month’s 5k – My first 5k was run in absolutely horrid conditions. I’m hoping to do much better this time!
6. Eat at 3 new restaurants – slightly counterintuitive to following our budgets, but I’m tired of being stuck in a rut getting Chipotle or to go from Whole Foods. Then, at the end of the week it feels like we didn’t really enjoy our meals out even though we had a few of them. I’d rather eat out less and try out new places!
7. Be more consistent with blogging! Post at least 16 times this month. (1/16) Self explanatory! I love comments and reading other blogs, etc so I need to post more and be consistent!

In other news, I think my back is really on the mend! I was able to touch my toes last night without wanting to scream so that’s a huge victory. Hopefully I’ll be able to go for a little run this weekend and start weight training again as well.

What are you aiming to do this month? Do you have any races or big events coming up?

Oh, and if you live in the DC area — anyone want to help me try some new restaurants?! 🙂

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Can and Can’t

Things have been a little touch and go the past few days as I appear to have done something to my back? It had been a little achey in the mornings a little last week – I just assumed I was sleeping on it wrong? Tuesday and Wednesday it started to be more and more uncomfortable. Wednesday night, I (foolishly) took things into my own hands. 

It’s my lower back – right above my butt. It feels like around the base of my spine. I decided it was time to get on the floor and stretch that sucker out. So, I spent a considerable amount of time grimacing, touching my toes, and generally rolling around on the floor in ways I thought would stretch and “fix” my back.

Ha ha ha, the joke was on me. When I woke up Thursday morning my back felt horrible! A little internet research later and I discovered that touching your toes/that sort of stretching is one of the worst things you can do for lower back pain. WHOOPS! So I spent all day yesterday sitting on a heating pad (it’s currently affixed to my back right now) and generally trying not to bend at the waist.

Obviously running is out of the picture. My mother (who is a nurse = huge Mom win) has discouraged me from any jarring or twisting exercise. Walks are good as long as they’re low impact (aka I’m not hiking or bouldering). But I shouldn’t be doing anything vigorous enough to need to stretch afterwards (since we see how well stretching worked out a few days ago).

Sigh. So, here is a list of things I can and can’t do right now thanks to my back.

Can: Sit on the couch (for half an hour at a time), read, watch tv, pick things up by squatting down, enjoy a heating pad, dream about running again (yes, I actually want to run now that I can’t), walk.

Can’t: Sit (comfortably) for longer than half an hour, run, bend over at the waist, touch my toes, get up easily (I’m somewhat like an 80 year old woman when it comes to mobility right now).

With that, I’m off to reheat my heating pad. Things were a little better this morning so I’m hoping that tomorrow is also better. I’d love to be able to try and run again by the end of the week.

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