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Fitness Catch Up

After going on vacation for a few days I was excited to get back on track with my normal workout routine. While I did workout during my vacation (gym on Friday, run on Saturday) it wasn’t quite the same.

I took Sunday as a Rest Day because we were traveling. I didn’t get home from the airport Sunday night until almost 8pm and I just didn’t feel like trying to fit in a workout. No thanks!Β Monday I woke up feeling tired and run down so I decided to make Monday another Rest Day. I needed a day to decompress after whirlwind traveling, plane hopping and exhausting fun.


By Tuesday I felt rested and ready to get back at it. I felt like my body had recovered enough. After work I headed to the gym to go swimming. I went to another gym that didn’t have water aerobics classes and was happy to find that the pool was near empty! Score! I swam for 50 minutes and it felt absolutely wonderful. I’d missed the pool.

Dinner was an easy one when I got home–turkey burgers with sliced tomatoes and steamed cauliflower. I’d missed our food after eating out so much.


After work I headed to the gym to get back at weight lifting. I am trying really hard to get back on track with a regular, consistent weight lifting routine. It’s hard with traveling.

I also ran a bit on the treadmill. The run felt really good after a break. I’d hurt my ankles in Texas and was a bit worried about whether I could run but it was fine. The weather in Oregon is back to rain. Indoor workouts it is.

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:27
Calories Burned: 550

For dinner I made us spinach salads with chopped carrots and on my salad, sliced strawberries. I used just vinegar and oil for the dressing. Our fridge is looking really pathetic.

Michael cooked up some chicken thighs. Originally we bought the chicken thighs at Costco because they were about half the price of the chicken breasts. Then we discovered they were delicious and easy to prepare!


I biked to work. It sucked. I got rained on horribly and struggled to enjoy the bike ride. Plus I almost got hit. A woman in a car decided she wasn’t going to stop at a four-way stop and came inches within hitting me. The recent events have really soured me on bike commuting. I am actually looking forward to taking a break from it. πŸ™

For dinner we went with freezer food! Costco ravioli to the rescue. So glad we had some on hand.

I roasted some tomatoes from the garden to top the pasta with and added some Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs. A little olive oil and fresh parmesan cheese as the “sauce.” I liked the simpleness of it and the roasted tomatoes were plenty of “sauce.”

I made us spinach salads. Red onions and strawberries are a wonderful (and surprising) combo!


My normal swim day! Yeah! Back to routine. I love the pool. Especially on rainy winter days.

QUESTION: How do you get back to your normal routine after vacations? Do you get right back at it or take a few days off?

Soggy Shoes and Grumpy Moods

I definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed Saturday. I woke up at 6 am–even though I didn’t have to get up until 8am. I was supposed to go trail running with a friend. I tried and tried to go back to sleep but I ended up laying there for two hours. My friend canceled because she wasn’t feeling well. I got up and decided to go for a run when I stepped outside to POURING RAIN.

I slammed the door shut and continued to rant and rave throughout the house. Poor Michael was in the kitchen hearing me throw a temper tantrum at the Universe that rivaled the tantrum of a two year old. There was swearing, there was shouting, there was massive frustration. I had no where to go.Β Mt. Scott–closed. Clackamas Pool–closed. Bike ride in the rain–no thanks. Bike ride on the trainer–NO! I’m going to be doing that all winter long, I don’t want to start now. Not having a gym to go to in the pouring rain makes staying fit in Oregon a challenge.

I decided to do a workout in the living room using the Nike Training App. I hadn’t used it in months and I had all the stuff I needed to get a half-assed workout in. I got out the free weights and the medicine ball and got to work.

I started with the Arm Definer. It got my heart rate up and I was sweating but I was still unhappy with how my weekend was shaping up and I griped and complained the whole time.

I switched to the Cardio Burst workout and that made me feel a bit better. I was starting to feel like I was getting a real workout in and my mood improved. I finished up with the Ab workout because god knows I’ve been neglecting my abs all summer long.

By this time my good mood was waning again. I was kind of done with the workout (mentally) and I was struggling to push myself any further. Some people can workout at home. I’m really not one of those people. I need aΒ place.

Workout Stats:
Time: 48 minutes
Calories Burned: 388

I saw that the rain had died down outside so I changed into my Β old running shoes, grabbed a hat and jacket and headed outside. I ran down the street in the cold, damp morning toward the track.

The rain came back steadily but I was committed to running by that time. There was a kid’s football game about to start but I didn’t plan on running for very long. There were two other people running the track.

Having a hat helps when running in the rain. It’s not QUITE as miserable. I know I shouldn’t complain–it’s just rain after all. But I cannot tell you how much I despise the rain. As I ran the track I grumpily whined inwardly about how “this is what the next 8 months look like”. I seriously dislike the long, gray, gloomy, rainy winters in the Northwest.

By my last lap it started to hail. I said out loud to myself “SERIOUSLY?!” and then headed home. I’d had enough. I workout because I likeΒ it. I shouldn’t be miserable when I workout–it makes me less likely to continue doing it!

Every step was miserable because my shoes and socks were soaked. I was so glad I’d grabbed my old pair instead of my nice, new, clean running shoes! I got home and stretched. I killed my legs on the Foam Roller and then showered–grumpily.

Run Stats:
Time: 36 minutes
Calories Burned: 358
Distance: 2.73 miles

Total Calories Burned: 746

Running usually makes me feel better no matter how bad of a mood I’m in. This time? It was a miserable run. I got out of my soaked clothes–thankfully it was laundry day. I ran a bunch of errands and did cleaning the rest of the day, then I headed to Cost Plus World Market. I was told they had cute business card holders. It’s funny–every single time I go to World Market for one thing I leave with at least 5 things I don’t reallyΒ need.

I got a package of fajita sauce and a Universal Edge Guard for when we go camping. I didn’t even know I neededΒ that. πŸ™‚ But when we went camping a few weeks ago we just wrapped our sharp knives in a towel to take with us.

I also got some new placemats. Yes I am weird, only buying one of each. They did NOT have business card holders but I left with 7 items and $18 spent. This was the final last minute purchase:

DIGESTIVES!! I remember going to London with my cousin Anna when I was 18 and our hotel room had Digestives. We were soooo confused! Were they crackers? Were they laxatives??? We were too nervous to eat them for a few days and then finally gave it a try and they were good. I haven’t had them since then–almost 14 years ago. I cannot wait to try one of these. Despite my crappy day, the highlight was definitely Cost Plus Market and finding THIS on sale:

Finally! I’ve been checking for months, waiting for this very expensive product to go on sale and it finally did. I cannot wait to make my favorite soup with this. That’sΒ definitely;y something to look forward to. Michael got home late from golfing and we made turkey burgers. It was so nice to have an old favorite return. We haven’t had any ground turkey from Costco for most of this summer so no turkey burgers.

As a side we had some tomatoes from the garden. The turkey burgers were on sandwich thins. It really hit the spot.

After we ate dinner and watched an episode of Breaking Bad, Michael started to entice me with the idea of getting donuts. After the day I’d had, he didn’t have to twist my arm very hardly. We trekked to Krispie Kreme.

I had one and it was amazing! I crashed into bed and after the day I’d had, I was asleep immediately.

QUESTION: How do you reverse a grumpy mood? When was the last time you had a really bad day?