Back to my Happy Place (WW #3)

January got off to a crazy start, and before I knew it I blinked and here we are, midway through February. The weather has been uncooperative and there have been a few events that led me to not feel like going down to the trail to run. But this weekend, the stars finally aligned!

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Okay, so obviously the weather wasn’t perfect – it was a little overcast and a lot humid, but there was a great breeze and I got in quite a few miles, and my soul felt like it finally took a giant exhale.

I’m still going strong 💪🏼 with Body Beast. I recently finished the Build Phase, and boy am I not sad to see it go. Those workouts just weren’t my favorite. But now I’m in Bulk Phase and the workouts are shorter and more focused and that makes me happy. It’s also a lot easier to do a 20 – 30 min workout at 6am (ok, really make that 6:20 most days) than it is a 40 – 50 min one.

We’re not going to talk about my weight, which has been … what’s the opposite of a free-fall, cause yea, that, for months now, but I’m gaining muscle for sure and feel stronger, so that’s all most of what counts!

Weekly Wrapup Many thanks to Holly and Tricia for always hosting the Weekly Wrap linkup.

I’ve been finding some great new reads! :)

BodyBeast Go!

Across the globe today, thousands of women marched for many many reasons.  I had intended to join them, but my anxiety and agoraphobia got the better of me, and I didn’t make it downtown.

Instead, I practiced my own kind of self-care, which involved buying a weight bench, putting it together, and starting Week 1, Day 1 of Body Beast.  I think this program will be something positive to focus my attention on for a while.  Even though there is a ton going on in politics, my work and my personally, or maybe _because_ there is so much going on, I need a new outlet.

I’ve been doing parts of P90X on and off, and more recently P90x3 semi-regularly, and while those programs include weights, they’re very cardio focused.  I’m excited to give real weight lifting a chance for a while.  I’m not afraid of lifting heavy and gaining a little weight if it comes with greater functional strength and more chances to show off my biceps.  So, let’s Beast Up!

An ‘insane’ start to the new year

It was an atypical start to the new year of workouts around here. It was storming when we woke up at normal long-run time this morning, so we, of course went back to sleep. And by the time we woke up again (3 hours later!) neither of us really felt up to the effort involved in making it to the park. But we got dressed and figured we’d just run around the ‘hood. But as I put on my shoes, I realized that my toe was hurting more I expected it to, and told my husband I wasn’t sure how far I was going to make it. He suggested we just beg off the run all together and do something else.

I can’t think of another time I’ve been dressed and ready and begged off a run (heck, I can barely think of times I’ve skipped a planned run), but it was the right call for today.

So I ended up doing Shaun T’s Deluxe Upper Body Weight Training. Even though it’s a 5+ year old workout, it was my first time doing it, and it kicked my butt upper body hard! It was great.

So that’s how the day/week/year started for me. I have some vague fitness goals and plans for the year, but mostly I can’t wait to keep bringing it!

Weekly Wrap (er 02 and 03)

So I skipped a few weeks of wrap-ups. It’s that time of year when life gets a little crazy. 2 weekends ago my husband and I had a great day out and about and then both I got sick (I mentioned it previously). Unfortunately it took both of us almost a full week to feel back to normal, so we had a week of very little formal exercise. We did get in some good walks as the week wore on. Then, all of a sudden it was Thanksgiving and we were having a friend over (we actually put it off until Saturday because we still weren’t eating much on Thursday).

After all that, I finally jumped back into official week three of p90x3 running hybrid. It was pretty straightforward. Total Synergistics, CVX, and running. I also got in tons of steps as I was at a conference all week. But I made up for all those steps with work sanctioned drinks at dinner. oops. I skipped The Challenge on Friday since I took the day off to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

Today is normally long run day, but the weather was cold and rainy and gross, so I did Plyometrics instead. I did the whole 58 minutes or whatever it is and I was pretty proud of how much I brought it.

Hopefully this week will be fully back on track. Tomorrow I shift into the a new subset of workouts for p90x3 and I’d love to get back to running our normal schedule.

We are also looking at heading to Florida for some family biz in January, and don’t tell my husband, but I’ve found 2 suitable and nearby half marathons happening, and I might try to drag him to one depending on our schedule! In which case, I really need to up my mileage in the coming weeks to prepare.

weeklywrap I’m linking and wrapping up with with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin.

Weekly Wrap 01

The week started off strong, going into my third partial and second official week of a hybrid p90x3 + running plan. With a spreadsheet and everything.

Monday, I did Total Synergystics – which is one of my favorites. It’s just a nice all around workout and a nice way to start a Monday.

Tuesday was a 3 mile run. I usually try to do intervals on Tuesdays, but I was just not feeling it at all. So I let myself run jog to Frightened Rabbits. It was before sunrise, and the supermoon was all bright, and at one point I let myself lay down on a patch of grass and cry about a lot of little things. (I’m so emo and overwraught it’s actually hilarious.) It ended up being a nice run I’ll remember for a while.

Wednesday it was CVX with an 8lb weight. It felt like 20+ by the time I was done, but I managed to power through the whole thing; ending sweaty and proud.

Thursday: 4 mile run. I typically run with my husband down a boring out and back route near our house. It’s my favorite run/day of the week because we run slow and chat.

Friday was The Challenge. I desperately need more back strength so I can do real pullups. For now, I’ll settle for killing the pushups and using my step stool to do all the pullups.

Saturday morning was absolutely fabulous. We slept late, then went to lunch, walked around the lake for 4 miles, had some ice cream, came home for a nap and then I was hit was an awful bout of food poisoning. Thus bringing my week in action to a screeching halt.

Sunday is usually long run day, but instead I laid on the couch whining that I was tired and everything on Netflix was stupid. My husband was a saint and took good care of me though. And now it appears to be my turn; just as I turned the corner this afternoon, he seems to have succumbed to the worst of it.

Here’s hoping to better tummies (and getting back on track) this week. I refuse to miss my favorite food holiday due to rude germs!

weeklywrap I’m linking and wrapping up (for the first time) with with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin.

Currently

For lack of composing my thoughts in any real way, here’s what’s up in my world.

Reading: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1)  I picked up this book on the recommendation of a coworker and though I was pretty skeptical at first (doubly so when I saw there was a pronunciation guide at the front), I am about 2/3 through and am really loving this book so far.  I’m excited it’s part of a still ongoing series!

Watching: We watch a lot of things.  We watched Crimson Peak (imdb) this weekend.  It was fine. The only thing notable about it was how boring and non-shocking it was.  So much wasted potential.  We also watched two episodes of Battle Creek (imdb) and gave up on it for the same reason.  Not even Dean Winters was enough to make me keep watching.  That’s just sad.

Listening: The Wolves by JJ & the Pillars (spotify).  It’s a good running song.  It’s a good everything song.

Eating:  We ate at a Kerby Lane Cafe for the first time in our 5 years in Austin today.  5 years is about my average lag time, so I’m right on track.

Exploring: Hiking at Turkey Creek Trail.  It was a drive to get there, but totally worth it.  Let’s close this post out with my Instagrammed pics from the experience.

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non alicujus interesse

I think I’ve said this before, but I often write blog posts in head – in the shower, on runs, while commuting.  But they so rarely make it to the page, and I then I forget what brilliance I was going to share with you.

I am currently working on self-care.  More running, more yoga, more music, more routine.  I also need to work in better work focus, more blogging, more socializing.   But I’m getting there.

We’ve been sort of half thinking, half talking about getting a new car, but I think we’re leaning towards more serious exploration now.  Hopefully we’ll go this weekend and check out a few options.  It would be more exciting if it wasn’t such a pain in the ass. Someone make Amazon for car-buying (oh wait, I think I read about a guy who tried that in the hey-day of the bubble and got laughed off the internet).

Anyway, this is boring, but that’s life sometimes.  I’ll try to come back when I have something more interesting

P.S. wtf with new WP making my sideway smiles into emojis with no way to disable?!  ugh.

P.P.S technology is great, but there are some things I’m never going to be down with, and reformatting my smilies is one, and if you know me at all, webfonts are another (even though this theme uses them [cause I’m lazy], and there are more instances of good use of them lately; in general, I still say, ‘get off my lawn’).

 

Yoga

“Zalary, relax your neck.”  “Zalary, relax your face.”  “Zalary, this isn’t an academic problem for you to solve.”  These are things my yoga teacher admonishes while I attempt to ‘hold’ or ‘relax into’ a pose.

I’m not sure if I’m an easy read, or she just has my number.  But glob flabbit are these are things I need to remember outside of yoga.

(I never thought I would do yoga seriously, or have a yoga teacher.  The reasons I resist it are the reasons I need it.  Ugh.)

SmartPoints

I know quite a few people have talked about the new WeightWatchers SmartPoint system, but I’ve been following it since Christmas day and I feel like weighing in (hah!).

If you’re not familiar, I’ve been successfully maintaining a 50lb weight loss that started with WW in 2010.  Whatever combination of eating and running I have been doing over the past 5 years has worked pretty well for me.  But winter and stress and a bunch of trips to Florida were slightly eroding my happy weight cushion, so I freaked out a little and joined WW again on the spur of the moment on Christmas day.  I knew they had a new points program that wasn’t sugar-friendly and I was okay with that.  In fact, I welcomed it.

However, after a month on the program, I think it may be time for an early break-up, despite my 3-month pre-payment.

There are so good things about the program for sure:  I really like that fruits and veggies are now ‘free,’ even in recipes.  The ‘points’ vs calories mentality works for me.  There is a really lovely community and some great blogs that focus on WW-friendly food.

But for me, there are a few negatives that I can’t seem to overcome.  Mainly that the way the points are weighted, I cannot eat even close to my normal diet without going over points for the day.  And those are on days when I eat in a way I consider to be healthy and balanced.  Like today (not today, but the day I wrote this).

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I mean, it’s certainly not a perfect diet, and I could use a little more fruit and veg in there, but it’s not bad for me.

However, the thing that I find untenable is that if I eat this way, I’m going over my daily points by a few, meaning there is very little wiggle room for something like a big lunch out or a margarita (or two).  And that’s not sustainable for me.

I’m also under 1000 calories for the day and while I try not to get super caught up in that, if I’m eating decently and feel full, but that’s on the low end, even for weight loss.  And I’ve tracked my points vs my calories over a few days, and it generally shakes out this way.

I’m currently down a few pounds and back into my happy zone and maintaining.  I would still like to lose a bit more, so maybe I should try to eat WW’s way, but honestly, I’m probably not going to.

So there you go, the most boring WW/calorie comparison review on the internet today.

Friday Favorites

A few things I am loving this week and in general:

The phrase ‘agonistic pucker,’ which in wolves in the horizontal contraction of the lips showing aggression. I kind of want the domain name, but eh, effort.

Brian Eno: Small Craft on a Milk SeaBrian Eno: Small Craft on a Milk Sea (spotify | amazon | itunes)
This album. Lovely ambient music, most of it being quiet and calming and good for yoga or hanging out reading or drowning out the voices of your coworkers when still need to concentrate.

 

Sinjimoru pocket. I hate carrying a purse. I just want to stick everything in my pocket and go. I’m not sure how I came across this (probably in my obsessive searching for the the perfect iphone case), but when I replaced my iphone last week, ordering a new one was the first thing I did when I walked in the door.  I have mine attached to my Incipio case.