Blame It On The Weather

Well, another weekend has passed…and we still haven’t gone to see the Lego Movie yet.

Total bummer.

I blame the weather- it dumped a mix of sleet and snow on us over the course of Saturday night/Sunday and it was down right disgusting out there for a while. Luckily, it isn’t nearly as bad today, so I’m looking forward to hitting the gym later this afternoon after I finish up my work.

That isn’t to say that the gross weather kept me away from the gym yesterday, though!

My dad and I went together yesterday afternoon, even in the midst of the winter mess.

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If you can’t tell, we both had a great workout! (Oh hey, FILA shoes! I love those laces.)

I also had a great workout- I managed to run 5 miles yesterday, as per my training program instructed. WOOP! It’s been years since I’ve run 5 miles.

Years.

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It took me roughly 50 minutes to run those 5 miles- so yeah, that’s about 10 minutes per mile…oooof. If anyone else out there is doing the math, that would be put me at roughly 2 hours and 11 minutes for a half marathon.

Double oooof.

I’m gonna have to pick up the pace, guys. Even if all I do is run my “virtual half”, that’s still a wicked long time. šŸ˜¦ Oh well, at least I’m working on it!

Other highlights from this weekend include Wichita State finishing the regular season at a PERFECT 31-0! Super exciting stuff right there!

Shane and I also never made it out furniture shopping, so I’m hoping maybe I can convince him to go with me this weekend while it’s nice outside. Fingers crossed! What with him getting set to move into the apartment next month (what?) we’ll need something to sit on at least!

In other news, I’m obsessed with Pharrell’s song from Despicable Me 2.

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“Because I’ happpppppppyyyy!”

I rocked out to it through nearly half of my run yesterday- even thought towards the end I wasn’t feeling “happy” so much as “achy”.

It is awesome. I was bummed he didn’t win for best original song last night at the Oscar’s, but I loved Frozen too, so I can’t complain.

I also made the most delicious Spinach smoothie after my run yesterday!

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Check out thatĀ amazingĀ green color. And, don’t be fooled- it was so good.

In the smoothie:

-1 huge hand full spinach

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup OJ

-1/2 granny smith apple

-1 slice lemon (juiced)

-3 chunks frozen pineapple (could also use 1/2 banana, but I prefer theĀ tropicalĀ tang of pineapple)

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I put the water and OJ in first, just to make sure everything gets moving. This is delicious, tart and full of good for you fruits and greens! A total winner in my book. I’m probably going to make one again today- I just don’t know if I’ll wait for post workout, or if I’ll make it for lunchĀ instead!

Also, on a total side note, is anyone else out there still watching The Walking Dead like I am? I feel like there might be a romance brewing…and I LOVE IT! I know most people might think its weird or creepy or just sort of gross, but I love Daryl and want nothing more than for him to find love. If it’s a circumstance of the zombie apocalypse, so be it.

Alright folks, that’s about it for me today. I have a little work to finish up, a green smoothie to make, and a back/shoulders workout to get to before hitting the Stairmaster for a little cross training action. I realized last night that as of today- we’re a little less than 12 weeks out from the Big Day! (Exactly 87 days—-eeeee!) It’s time for me to really buckle down and get stuff done- so you’ll likely be seeing lots of green smoothies, running updates, egg white scrambles, chicken and fresh veggie recipes on here for the next little bit!

Have aĀ fantasticĀ Monday šŸ™‚

 

Some Awesome Things are Happening

Good morning! How is everyone doing on this gorgeous, albeit very chilly Tuesday? Hopefully your day got off to a great start- I am personally dying for a cup of coffee at the moment, but I will get to that shortly.

Firs things first, let’s back up a little to a couple pretty cool things that happened yesterday.

Check this out.

As of yesterday morning, I was at just over 1,000 views on the old blog here.

That’s just over 1,000 views in a little over 2 weeks! (Or 16 days, if you want to get technical šŸ˜‰ )

Thank you, from the very bottom of this self proclaimed blogger’s heart, guys. I won’t lie, it’s really pretty nerve wracking to start one of these bad boys and then try and self promote it through very limited channels (aka-sorry for the FB spam. I gotta get it out there somehow)- but at least some of you are reading it, and that is really exciting for me.

Thank you again!

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So another exciting thing from yesterday- as part of my job, I regularly go out into the community and interview local business owners, do highlights on non-profits, ect. In my 6 months working for the magazine, I’ve been very fortunate to get to do some pretty incredible interviews.

Back in October, I wrote a story on a non-profit called the Erin is Hope Foundation that totally rocked my world and changed my heart.

In November, I got to interview Gregg Marshal, the Wichita State men’s basketball coach that led the team to the Final Four last spring. Ā That was pretty stellar.

Yesterday, I got to go back to my high school and do an interview there for their upcoming article. I’ve gotta tell you guys…that was really pretty cool. You sort of forget how far you’ve actually come until you take the time to look back.

I learned so much in my 12+ years at that school (pre-k through 12th grade, whaaaaat?) and to be able to go back and walk the halls as a (somewhat) grown woman, and a working woman no less- that was really neat.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to writing that article!

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Okay, so last night I headed to the gym for a legs and booty workout around 6pm. This is a super solid time to workout, in case you were wondering. Most people are at home eating dinner- lots of open machines. šŸ˜‰

My strength workout ran me about 40 minutes, and I tagged on 50 minutes of stair master glory after that.

I tried a mix of different speeds, positions and intervals this time and it made for one killer burn. Try this one on for size if you’re getting bored with your old “hop on the treadmill and run a mile” routine this winter!

It’s a great one! (Yes..I made a workout that has “boredom” misspelled. Truthfully, I saw it before I saved it, thought briefly about correcting it and for some reason instead thought “Nah- it’s cool.” Oooof.)

But hey, did anyone notice that it’s a 50 minute workout? That’s right- I succeeded in adding in my extra 5 minutes again this week!

Score.

After my workout, I wasn’t feeling overly hungry and was a little pressed for time. I knew I needed something to refuel my muscles, and I needed to do it within the hour I finished my workout in. The solution?

Vanilla Almond Protein Shake!

—I had to use the big blender because my mini blender’s lid has gone MIA, which I figured out a little late in the game.

In the shake:

-1 cup unsweetened coconut/almond milk

-5 almondsĀ 

-1 small banana

-1/2 scoop VCORE protein powder(—this stuff tastes like a cupcake. Yum.)

-1/2 a package of no sugar added cocoa mixĀ (AKA- the sneaky secret ingredient)

It hit the spot, filled me up AND also succeeded in making me freeze my tush off.

Oof. (<—- I love this expression. It really says it all. I definitely picked it up from readingĀ Courtney’sĀ blog. She’s stinkin adorable!)

Okay, that’s it for me this morning. Like I said- I need my coffee! But thank you all so much again for reading, following, sharing, commenting (I see you, mom and dad) and all the other awesome things you’ve done to support me. It means a heck of a lot!