Sep 29, 2015

Training for Tuesday - Knee Challenges & Meal Planning

After warily eyeballing this linkup for a few months, I finally have a post written for it and actual health things to talk about!

About a month ago, I survived my first half marathon, despite the plethora of leg issues, and training obstacles, and I immediately relaxed into a funk of non-doing.  Which turned out to be not a reward at all, as I realized when my mood steadily worsened without any real cause.  Then I broke the 2-week non-working-out streak, felt better than I had that entire time, and realized some changes needed to be made.

Foremost among those, is finding new challenges for myself.  Challenges that don't involve lengthy races until I figure out how to run them without developing stress fractures.

Knee Challenge

The first is my "Stronger Knees Challenge."  I documented the first week of progress on that in my last Sunday Sweats post.  The challenge is from MyFitnessPal and while it calls itself a "knee" challenge, I've noticed I usually feel soreness in my lower back afterwards.  The huge positive with that is that I've finally identified (one of) my weak spot(s) and hopefully strengthening it will help me to run better in the future!

I've also FINALLY got an appointment with a personal care physician (seriously, it took 3 months for her to see me), and now I can finally go to a real physical therapist (no offence to the chiropractor I saw previously).  So I've got high hopes that a combination of physical therapy and focusing my workouts on my knees and lower legs will help me get to where I want to be.

Sep 28, 2015

Sunday Sweats - Fitspo Schmitspo

Sunday Sweats Theme Inspired by Holly
Apparently I am incapable of getting my Sunday Sweats posts up on Sunday, but just pretend...

I was googling for an inspirational image for this post and, as per usual, I was struck by the sheer amount of negative fitspo.    I've read articles about this before and I frequently quit my "inspiration" searches in disgust because I don't particularly like tactics that A) Yell at you or B) Tell you how terrible you are now.  I'm also not a fan of all the pictures of other people's abs.  I'm motivated by me, not by them.

I think it's entirely possible (and optimal!) to love yourself as you are, while also wanting to improve.  Seeking improvements, whether that be a more organized home, career advancement, or a healthier lifestyle, don't have to be inspired by hate or disgust with what you have currently.  They can be inspired by the love and care you have for yourself.  Get healthy because you love yourself and your body and you want it to be even better.  Get healthy because it will make you feel good, improve your quality of life, be a good role model for your kids, whatever improves your life in some way!  You deserve that.

So yeah, I'll be writing my own motivational one-liners in the future but for this post I'm sticking with the sarcastic blank template.

Sep 23, 2015

Quarterly Goals - Autumn 2015

Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaal(s)!  I like 'em, you like 'em.  Here's how I did on my summer goals.

Summer Seasonal Goals

1. Run a Half Marathon - Check!

It wasn't pretty because of all the time off for ankle/shin/you name it issues, but I went, I ran, and I didn't die.  And I've actually got another scheduled for this weekend.

Sep 21, 2015

Eloping - the Cons

Way back in January, I wrote about eloping and what a good idea it is and, I'll admit, I was a little smug with Ryan and myself for choosing to go that route.  And it's still true that we saved quite a bit of money, didn't have to spend nearly as much time, effort, or stress on planning as Sister2, and we got to do things exactly the way we wanted without having to consider 100 wedding guest's preferences.

But, now that I've actually done it, I feel there's a little more to the story.  As with everything in life, there's ups and downs, but since I've already covered the positives pretty thoroughly (and there were many!), I'll just let you know which things weren't as glowingly wonderful as I imagined.

Eloping - the Cons

1. I Couldn't Talk About It

It just seemed rude to gush about something when I was intentionally excluding so many people.  So I kept it all hush-hush unless someone directly asked me, and even then I frequently felt weird about being enthusiastic or going into too much detail because I didn't want to emphasize the fun that person would be missing out on.  Imagine months of planning and excitement and having to bottle it up that entire time.

Sep 17, 2015

I Tidied, but was it "Life-Changing"?

I have had some incredibly inspiring reads lately.  Last time I talked books, I gushed a bit about Fat Girl Walking and Radical Self Love.  This post, on the other hand, is entirely dedicated to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

I was intrigued by not super excited to read it, because there'd been mixed reviews.  People said Kondo's advice wasn't practical, you can't find joy in everything, and her suggestions of speaking to your possessions was just weird.

I agree with some of that.  But I don't have to agree with every single thing an author says in order to get something out of her book.  And, in this case, I got a LOT.

Or you might say I got rid of a lot.  Pic on left: hello empty spaces!  Upper right: an entire row of books.  Bottom right: binders and paper types down from 2 shelves to 1, with more room for gaming supplies!

So here are the things I thought were spot on.

Sep 15, 2015

A Scattered Post from a Scattered Brain

I'm all over the place and I'm not quite sure why.  After shaking my brain for a solid post idea, I didn't have one.  Here's what you get instead...

7 Scatterbrained Things...

1. Does anyone else ever shave off the tip of their fingernail?

I do this all the time.  It's like I know where my finger ends, but have no perception of how far past that the nail extends.  Also... isn't it just a tad scary that I shave that close to my finger on a regular basis?

2. I've been keeping a self love bible.

This was another suggestion or "homework assignment" from Radical Self Love.  So. Much. Fun.  Basically I free write before bed.  Some of it is things I like about myself, sometimes I slew positivity, and sometimes it's just random thoughts.  Whatever I choose to write, it feels good and it's an awesome way to end the day.

3. Planning mode

I'm in it.  I can't stop.  I need to do work things and instead I'm glued to my minimalism challenge, and planning a trip to Australia this winter, and wishing I was home continuing to purge things (almost done with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up system).  I have about 10 posts scheduled for later in the year, but none for right now, because my brain isn't living in the now.

Sep 10, 2015

Blogger Meetup #2 - Your Invitation!

Remember the "blate" back in July?  Well, we liked it so much that we're setting up another one.  If you're local to the NJ area, and free on September 10th, come join Alyssa, Michael, Dani, and myself for Fright Fest at Great Adventure!

You're Invited!

What: Fright Fest
Where: Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ
When: Saturday, October 10th @ 11am
Why: Because it'll be awesomely fun
How: Well... you might need to figure this one out on your own

Sep 8, 2015

The Wedding - Pictures and a Story

Having been married for all of 9 days, this is probably the time that I'm supposed to come up with some humorous, sentimental, but ultimately naive tips on what I've learned in my first week of marriage.  I won't do that, though, because it's silly and I obviously haven't had time to learn much of anything yet.  Oh!  Except that I call Ryan "boyfriend" far more often than I realized.

Instead I'll just give you the elopement highlights.

When we were taking fancy pre-wedding photos and we broke this chair.