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Pollen has me feeling icky again today. So, instead of an actual post, here are some of the things running around in my mind.

  • The dog is so much wilder when Husband isn’t around. It’s like he senses that he should be manic or something. Clearly, I love this.
  • I should never buy Easter candy. Even though, when I see it at the store, I’m sure I can eat it in moderation — this never works out.
  • I really wanted to run yesterday. But I ran errands in flip flops and subsequently rubbed skin off/created blisters on BOTH feet. Run was a no go after that.
  • After my facebook free Lent, I’m not that eager to spend time on there anymore. I like seeing people’s pictures but that’s about it.
  • I have this crazy desire to take a trip somewhere. Husband jokes that I want to travel every month – it’s true.
  • I wish I was doing more weight training. I need to make that a priority for May.
  • (Wait, is April really almost over?!)
  • I ordered Husband’s birthday gift (late May) and will possibly go crazy in the next month with trying not to tell him what it is.
  • Mansfield Park is still really not doing it for me. I’m holding out hope.
  • I wish my coffee lasted longer. I remember when a medium seemed huge! Now I go through a large in no time.
  • I am hungry. I guess it’s time for second breakfast!


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In seconds

Here is a fast life catch up! I have decided I am the world’s worst blogger. I wish I could make myself be better but sometimes I just want to sit on the couch with Hubs and the spoiled hound and a book. I want to be a good blogger and have people that read my blog, but right now I’m struggling.

Weight loss is going, tentatively, well! I’m afraid to get too excited early on since I tend to fade on this sort of thing after a week or two. But, so far so good. When I get a little more of a trend going, I’ll let you know. Pounds are going away and I’m staying excited so, so far so good!

My running, not as good. I have a super negative thought pattern related to running. All day long before a run (even one as short as 1.25miles) I think about how awful I am at running and how I don’t want to do it. And then, when I actually make it to the treadmill I find myself thinking about how hard I find running, etc. I need to get into a good head space for my runs. Any recommendations? I’m planning to make myself re-read the Feb Runner’s World article on positive mantras for starters.

I’ve added some little goals on the right hand side of the blog. I like mini-goals and having little things to look forward to and work on.

Other little things I’ve noticed? When it’s coldest (and/or snowing) my dog will inevitably take longer to do his thing outside. I’m afraid I’m getting sick? (I’ve got a headache, moderately sore throat, and some achey-ness in my shoulders and neck.) I have re-fallen in love with online shopping. The best thing I’ve bought lately?

I can’t wait for this bad boy to arrive next week. Happy Valentine’s Day to me! I love my slow cooker, so I can’t wait to break this in.

In the name of hopefully not being sick, it’s bed time for this bad blogger!

How do you “get your mind right” and conquer things you don’t want to do?


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I feel boring lately. I wake up, go to work, come home, clean my tupperware, pack up the next day’s food, have dinner, sit/watch tv/read a book, sleep, repeat. I’ve been in a serious work out funk and I need to break out. I want to go on a run, I really do. I even looked at races coming up and have my eye on two 10ks (one in November and one in December) but I suppose I should get a few runs in before I even think about registering.

Monday after work we took a new coworker out to Happy Hour where I had a delicious greek salad and a glass of white wine. New coworker has awesome friend potential written all over her AND she’s a marathoner. She invited me to join the running club she leads and she promises she is an epicly slow runner too.

Yesterday, I came home ready to go for a run. It turns out half the town was out of power. Our building only had one functioning elevator (for over 500 residents = bad news) and there was no power or a/c at all. That killed my run. Two main reasons: (1) running around here is great because there are sidewalks — but the drivers are aggressive. You were not about to find this girl dodging cars without the help of lights and crosswalks. (2) We live above the 9th floor and often times we do not have water pressure when the power is out. I’m way, way too much of a sweat-er when I work out to not have a guaranteed shower waiting for me at the end of the run. Instead, Hubs and I went out to eat and enjoyed each other’s company.

Today, it rained. I could have met up for a date with the dreadmill, but running inside really kills my enjoyment. That’s the fastest way, I’ve found, to not want to run again soon. My hopes are pinned on my day off tomorrow. Hubs is working from home and hopefully I can rouse myself early and hit the pavement. Tomorrow there WILL be a workout of some sort. No more lazy, lazy, slothful Anna!

Otherwise, I finished the first disc of Glee and am still in love! I cannot wait for Netflix to send me another disk! When not watching Glee, I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and enjoying it. It’s slow going but thought provoking. I’d definitely like to read more of Michael Pollen’s stuff. I need to finish Jane Eyre too. I left it behind during work travel and came back too engrossed in my current read to put it down. So, hopefully I’ll have a book review coming up soon. (Cause I’d really like to wrap these two books up!)

This weekend has some great things on tap: wine night/birthday celebrations, some serious football watching Saturday (hopefully cheering on my Dawgs to a win over Arkansas), and some cooking. Kelly had an amazing looking Mexican Casserole a few weeks ago that I wanna try and I have a huge can of Libby’s pumpkin in the cupboard that wants to be used. Anyone have a good recipe for soup that uses canned pumpkin?

Happy (early) Weekend folks! Tell me, what is the best thing that has happened to you lately?


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The Grind

Whoops! Looks like I have a week to catch up on here.

Tuesday and Wednesday did not have formal work outs but my eats were on track. On Wednesday, hubs and I took a nice walk around the neighborhood for half an hour or so after dinner. It was nice to get out and get moving together. Thursday was, sadly, another day without the gym. Instead, I met a friend I haven’t seen in six months or so for dinner. I was super early and she got stuck in traffic, so I took advantage of the large mall I was at and walked laps around all four levels and the outside pavillion area. I would estimate that I walked for 35-40 minutes. So happy I took the advantage to move my body as opposed to sitting on a bench somewhere.

Friday I worked from home and decided to try and get in an outside run before it got too hot. (Side note: DC has been WAY TOO HOT for me this year. We’re breaking all kinds of temperature records and while I enjoy the summer, I don’t like triple digit heat.) I set off around 8:30 and it turns out that was probably still too late. When I left the apartment, it was about 83 degrees outside. I used my Garmin 305 for the first time and LOVED IT! I wish my run had been as awesome as the Garmin.

Instead, I struggled. Thanks to the Garmin, I knew I paced really well my first mile; I averaged under a ten minute mile which is RIDICULOUS for me. Heh, that came back to haunt me. While I intended to run three miles, my body quickly let me know that was not going to happen. I started to slow and I was drenched in sweat. No matter how much I guzzled from my water bottle, I was no match for the heat. I’m sure this gets easier, but this is probably ten degrees warmer than my “hottest” outside run. I was woefully unprepared. During my last half mile, I’m sure there were times where I didn’t even look like I was running. Regardless, I refused to stop until I hit two miles. My pace was glacial and I was so disappointed at having to stop. Never have I felt so wretched after a run. During my walk back to the apartment I’m sure I was weaving all over the sidewalk. At first, I was afraid I was either going to puke or pass out. I made it back alive and have never been so happy to feel a/c. My total distance was 3.65 miles in 56 minutes. Slightly shameful, but I seriously couldn’t move fast at all after I stopped running.

Lessons learned? HYDRATE before, during, and after. Also, when running in the crazy heat, make sure to pace yourself no matter how proud you are of  your current speed. In my mind, longer and slower is better than burning out fast like that I did on Friday.

Saturday I intended to go for a run with hubs around 8pm once things calmed down. My body, again, had other ideas and was super sore. Hubs was also feeling under the weather. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t get out and move around. So instead of a run, we took a jaunt out to Whole Foods to pick up dinner. We added in some extra loops and got our distance to 1.88 miles in 20 minutes (including the minute or two we spent waiting for walk signs and turning cars). After our walk in the heat, all I wanted was fruit and veg (hello dehydrated!) so I assembled a delicious salad and grabbed a berry smoothie. So tasty!

Today, Sunday, we got up super early (if it’s before 7:30 on a weekend day, that’s early for me) and headed to an awesome DC spot: Eastern Market. We met up with a few friends and walked around trying produce samples and smelling berries. The boys tired out quickly so my friend Kel and I have decided to return again without the boys. We’re not afraid to sweat it out for some delicious produce, fresh meat & cheese, and adorable flea market delights. We then went to one of my favorite restaurants, Matchbox, for brunch. While everyone else around the table ordered Bloody Mary Burgers (which feature a fried egg), I opted for their delish veggie frittatta (goat cheese, cremini mushrooms, baby spinach, peppers, and more) with a side of fruit (they toss it in a light yogurt and sprinkle cinnamon on top – yum)!

Sadly, I think some part of the frittatta did not agree with my body. I came home, laid on the couch and bemoaned my unsettled tummy for about four hours. I rallied enough to grocery shop – that’s horrible with an upset tummy. Had a little turkey sandwich and some goldfish for dinner (yay comfort food!) but my tummy said no, no, no when I thought about lacing up my sneakers for a run. 😦

So disappointed on the running front this weekend. Tomorrow is another day though. I’ll be fitting in a workout before I pick up hubs from class tomorrow evening. Hopefully my tummy has settled itself.

Aside from the Farmer’s Market this morning, there were two other highlights to the weekend. Hubs and I finally used up the rest of our Bed, Bath and Beyond giftcards from the wedding. We came home with two new non-stick frying pans (our old one was starting to chip, bad news), a springform pan, more hangers, some rubber spatulas, and a new dish scrubber among other things. The other highlight was finishing an AMAZING book: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. I wish this man were still alive to continue the series. I loved all three books and would recommend them to anyone. There’s some graphic violence in all of them, but the writing is absolutely astounding. I’ve started My Name is Memory by Ann Brasheres. It seems similar to Time Traveler’s Wife (but crossing multiple time periods). I normally enjoy her writing, so hopefully this book follows suit.

Time to fix my food for work tomorrow. I must bid you goodnight. Sweet dreams bloggies!

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I’m starting to wonder if I have bitten off more than I can chew. Saturday I had my first run in a month or so. This is my fault, fully. And, because I have slacked, I made it 1.89 miles before I stopped. It was not pretty.

I gave myself two days to slough off the soreness. Today I took advantage of the fact that I’m on an 8-hour schedule (more on this in a minute) and off at 3:30. I beat the apartment gym rush and secured myself a treadmill. This time I made it 2.3 miles in 22 minutes or so according to the Nike+. Granted, this is much faster than I normally run but I was still sorely (meant in many ways) disappointed that I’m struggling like this.

In light of my struggle, I came upstairs to have a good look at a calendar and the number of days I have between me and the quarter marathon that I signed up to run. Keeping in mind that I probably want to give my legs a few days off from running, I need to have my last run on Wednesday, May 5th. That’s 22 short days from now. Oi! That means that if I run every other day, I need to add .4 of a mile for each run. I need to really lay the hammer down and make this happen.

Throwing a wrench in my plans is a hearty dose of work travel. Tom and I head home for a wedding (not ours this time!) this weekend. Sunday night we return and Monday I head out for a week of work travel. I’ll return that Friday only to spend Saturday and Sunday moving into our new apartment and running the GW Parkway Classic 5k. Monday I’ll head back out again and return Friday. That first weekend in May will hopefully harbor my longest run to date and at least 6.5 miles (so I know I can complete the quarter marathon). I’ll also be traveling the week prior to the race. Yes, that’s right, three weeks of work travel in a row.

That means I’ll be spending a LOT of quality time with the hotel gyms. I want to finish this race — that may mean getting up early for runs or running when I really don’t feel like it. I need to make this happen!

Anyone have any tips on how to cram training into a work travel schedule?

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Back home

Due to some serious lollygagging on the part of me and my parents this morning, my run didn’t happen. We did have a nice 45 minute walk before lunch. I supplemented this walk with a jaunt to my gate at the airport — if  you’re familiar with the Atlanta airport you know that the distance from security to the C-gates is a decent walk.

Tom picked me up from the airport and we jetted off to Whole Foods for dinner (ala the salad and hot bars) and a few grocery essentials. Tom has also decided to try out the good old green smoothie. However, Tom’s recipe isn’t reasonable like Caitlin’s — instead, his green smoothie is more along the lines of V8 mixed with grass. His concoction tonight was about 2-2.5 cups of kale and about a cup of carrot juice. He’s much braver than me!

We also eyed a sweet smoothie take away cup with a little blender ball in it to keep your drink mixed up and fresh. However, it was without a price tag and we’ve learned that un-priced things at Whole Foods can be rather pricey. Anyone have a travel smoothie container you recommend?

I really want to get one soon so I can make fruit/veggie/protein smoothies to take to work for breakfast. Warm weather is on the way to DC and I know my oatmeal routine will probably be headed out as soon as temps in the 70s become normal.

I’ve read that the best way to make a smoothie stick is to add some protein powder. My sorority sister Ashley, of Healthy Happier Bear, is giving away a sample pack of Jay Robb protein powder goodies. I would love to get my hands on this — I think I may be one of the last people in the world to try it out! If you want to try and win some Jay Robb too, check out Ashley’s post on how to enter!

I’m off to watch Tom choke down the rest of his super green smoothie. Maybe soon I can show him how to make a real (aka: tasty) green smoothie!


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