Keeping My Head Above Water

Oh yeah.  Those quiet weeks of the yesteryear are far gone.  This week has been quite the wake up call and definitely head first dive back into work, but I’m not complaining.  Free time is short, but I am really prioritizing time management and making sure I spend time with the family, eat healthy, and get activity when and where I can.  Do what you can, right?

The plan is sometime within the next week or two to find a gym in Aurora, somewhere near one of my two schools or the freeway.  That way if I get off near rush hour, I can feel good about spending an hour in the gym and killing two birds.  Hello work out, and good bye rush hour.  It’s a no brainer.

Until then, I’m just keeping my head above water, doing what I can, and making sure I’m strapped in for the ride.

Can anyone relate to any of this?  

As for my day to day. . . eats have been pretty bland

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Monday nights dinner was a peanut butter with banana+ apple quesadilla and a side salad.

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The star of the meal was absolutely the quesadilla.  I was craving nut butter in a serious way and this little baby hit the spot.  I seriously considered making a second when I finished the first. . .

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And because I’ve gotta squeeze nutrients in where I can. . . the side salad.

Tuesday nights dinner

 was a veggie-riffic quesadilla with tons of pepper, onion and goat cheese and a bit of steak {yum}

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plus small side of greens, because it’s how I do.

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During the day I’ve been living off apples, frozen grapes, smoothies, you get the picture.  Things I can eat quickly and on the go.  I’ll have to work on getting creative with my daytime eats having 10 hour days, but for now, I’m still working to get my stomach back to normal post race weekend.

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And my treats so far this week, amazing Almond shortbread cookies.

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Fitness

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When I got home from work yesterday I brought my mat outside and did a little NTC app.  This workout was LEGIT and even had me having to alter the moves by the end because I was concerned about sacrificing form.  Phew…a tough 45 minutes but a good one!

and that my friends, is how i’m keeping my head above water.  but hey, no complaints from this girl.  starting tomorrow i’ve got my three day weekend and an exciting date night/overnight planned with the hubby 🙂  stay tuned.

Friday Round Up — Last Week of March

You guys this year is flying by!  It’s already almost April and Spring time is definitely here! ❤

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I’m so excited to enjoy another beautiful Spring and Summer here in Denver.  Where the mornings and evenings are always refreshingly cool, and the afternoons are Sunny and hot. 🙂

But, before we get too stuck in Sunny dreamland, let’s recap this week!

Workouts

Monday:  New to me tabata work out after a quick lunch work out

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Tuesday: Run!

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Wednesday: 75 minutes of yoga + a Bootcamp routine

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Thursday: Walk with the Pup

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Today/Friday: Hill/Speed routine

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I was VERY excited by some new-to-me work outs this week that have left me sore in a way I never experienced before.  Sure, it has hurt my legs enough to make running a bit challenging, but oh man am I loving the burn! 

And for this weekend, I’ve got some slopes to him 🙂 ❤ And possibly another short run, we’ll see how the legs feel.

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Eats

And now. . . let’s talk about the good grub we’ve been havin’ this week 🙂

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And some sweets!

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I’ve loved ending my  nights with cookies and chocolate covered pretzels this week.  YUM!  I think tonight is calling for some GOOD quality dark chocolate and red wine.  Doesn’t that sound amazing?

Goal of the week: Walking Gus at Night

I’m going to go ahead and call this one a semi-win/semi fail.

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It’s a semi win because I have gotten Gusman out for a good 20 minute walk at the end of every night.  This has really helped me to move around a bit and speed up that dinner digestion 🙂

I’m going to call it a semi-fail because only one night was it AFTER dessert.  Each night it started getting later and later before I started dessert, and the ol’ boy needed out.  So, we went on our walk and THEN I enjoyed my dinner.

With that said, I did stick to my portioned out dessert, and never once went back for more.  So that in itself is a semi-win, right?

This is something I want to KEEP working on — especially as the weather gets nicer and the days get longer.

Question of the Afternoon:  Tell me about your week — in 3 words or less 🙂

I Switched Things Up A Bit

So the theme of this post is flexibility:  Switching things up.  That just so happens to also have been the theme of my past 24 hours or so.

Dinner

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Last night Zach and I had plans to meet two old family friends for a nice “stylish” dinner on the town {isn’t my hubby cute . . . even though he looks a bit like I’m annoying him}

The foursome decided on Acorn, {click on the next picture for their website}, an American “small plate” style restaurant in a very cool up-and-coming area of Denver called The Source.

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I wish I had taken more pictures of our meal because all 5 of the courses were amazing.

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Here’s what I remember:

  • Kale apple salad
  • Fried pickles
  • Meatballs
  • Lamb schwarma
  • A half baked chicken with brussel sprouts salad and bread pudding

Let’s just say I left a little overly full. . . I even felt like I stopped myself at a reasonable place but the food was just THAT good.  We ended up having food left on the table, which is rare.  So I think it’s safe to say we all ate PLENTY 🙂

Acorn isn’t cheap, but the atmosphere is very unique, the service is great, and the food is even better.

Evening Walk

We got home a little later than anticipated and Gusman needed his walk ASAP.  So, instead of walking POST dessert, I decided to get him out for our 20 minute walk right away.

Now what I should have done, since I was still comfortably full, was just call it a day.  But nope, I still had dessert.

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Same exact dessert from yesterday.  So I switched up my routine a bit and walked AFTER dinner, before dessert.  Whomp whomp.  Not my best switch up considering I woke up still quite full.  Not a fan when that happens. . .

AM Switch Up

Not only did I wake up full this morning, I woke up still incredibly sore from my tabata working followed closely by a run.  I ran through multiple options in my head — and ultimately ended up coming up with what I thought was best for me.

Switch up my “plan” and take today as more of a “rest day” instead of tomorrow.  So, this morning instead of a strength work out, I listened to my sore body and did 30 minutes of good yoga thanks to my NTC app.

Workout of the Morning

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I can tell you, after yoga I was already in a better place physically and mentally.  This, my friends, was as GOOD switch up.  Right now, my body feels much better and I’m currently enjoying some water and coffee to hopefully help spark my metabolism and get me hungry for breakfast sooner rather than later.

I am currently debating between another 45 minute yoga routine at lunch or going on a nice walk to enjoy a nice afternoon.  Maybe I’ll leave that to you guys?

Question of the Morning:  Afternoon yoga or afternoon walk in the sunshine for my work lunch break?