Vacation time

september_happy

 

Happy September and Happy Labor Day!

I am spending the week with family in Illinois and it has been super relaxing so far. I went to a family BBQ in Gary, IN this afternoon and it was wonderful to see so many family members. Many of them I hadn’t seen since my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary in 2014.

One of the best things about being in the Midwest is it isn’t 100+ degrees outside! When I left California, we were in the middle of a heat advisory, and now there are wildfires burning out of control.

Tomorrow my aunt is taking me to her fitness center so we can both get a workout in. I brought workout clothes with me but wasn’t really going to try too hard to get a workout in so this will be nice. When I go to my grandma’s house later this week, I can walk around her property.

Once I return to California I will really have to buckle down with portions and watching what I eat. Over the last couple months I’ve been bingeing every weekend and it definitely shows on the scale. I wish I could be one of those people who hides their scale but I need to see the number each week just to keep me motivated. I’ve started over so many times, sometimes I wonder why I even bother. Things were going so well during this time last year and now they’re not. But, all I can do is keep trying.

Have a good week!

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I tried Orangetheory Fitness


It was awesome. I’ve wanted to try it for a while but just hadn’t made the effort to go to a studio. I ended up meeting my friend Jeni and it was a great workout. It was a fast-paced class so the hour was up before I knew it. 

Since I’ve been in a workout rut, I decided to sign up for 8 classes per month. It’s definitely a splurge for me but I need something to help get me out of this rut. Going two times a week is just enough since my schedule wouldn’t really allow more than that. In addition to Orangetheory, I will continue to run and do strength training. Variety is definitely a must when it comes to my workouts because I get bored fast. 

Anyway, happy Wednesday!

Struggling but still trying 


Hey!

So my jump into Whole30 didn’t go well. I have had a few restarts and am honestly thinking about just jumping straight back to Keto which is what I wanted to eventually transition to anyway. 

I’m headed to Georgia for a week and since my sister-in-law is on really good with sticking with our food plans, I don’t think I’ll have too many issues. Of course, the snacks for my nephews will be there but I will just have to pass them up. 

After I get back I need to do more strength training. The plan is to do at least 2x per week for now. 

Anyway, I just wanted to type up a quick update. I am frustrated with myself for my lack of control and will power but know I’m not the only person dealing with this. 

One day at a time. 

Whole30 in June

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So I’ve been pretty out of control with my sugar intake lately so I decided to try another round of Whole30 next month. It’s very similar to the Ketogenic diet so I know I can be successful. My last attempt was back in January 2016 and that one ended on January 15th after my disastrous Carlsbad half marathon. I don’t have any races scheduled for June so I don’t have to worry about having enough fuel for the race 😃. I have recruited some friends to do this with me as well as my sister-in-law. I want to be successful but I know it will be tough. Either way, something needs to be done because I’ve gained back the weight I previously lost! Haha, I frustrate myself.

Anyway, just wanted to type up this quick post. Happy hump day!

Review: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise, a divorced, single mother, meets David in a bar and is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, it turns out David is married and her new boss. By some odd chance, Louise becomes friends with David’s wife, Adele. The affair with David continues but little does Louise know how far Adele will go to keep her husband. 

Wow, what a book! This whole story was full of mind games and I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. If you have the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook. I have this weird fascination with accents and the British accents in this story were just lovely. If you like suspense mixed with a large dose of crazy, this book is for you. 

Struggling but still trying

Hellooo!

It’s pretty late right now but I’m awake and not quite ready to go to sleep so I figured I’d come write up a blog post. It’s been a while but I’m still here! I’ve been really struggling with my Keto diet big time since the Winter holidays. I am pretty good at staying away from bread and stuff but man, that sugar demon keeps taking over! Even though it’s been hard to stick with my macros lately, I know I can do this. Instead of focusing on my large goal, I’m going to set mini daily goals so I can at least feel I’m working towards something. I’ve been losing and gaining the same 5lbs for the last two months.

Anyway, today was National Pet Day and I showed Roco my appreciation by taking him to the vet to get a shot. Lol, it was necessary but I hate how nervous he gets at the vet. All went well and we were out of there in an hour. 

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Exercise-wise I’m still working out but no longer doing the Strong Curves program. I made it to week 9 and then decided to switch to this workout . I was enjoying the Strong Curves program but schedule wise, it just wasn’t working for me. I get off work most days during the week at 8pm and by the time I get to the gym it is 8:30 and then I still have to change clothes. In addition to that, I hate having to wait for certain machines so instead of doing that I can do my KB workout at home. I’m in the process of trying to get back to just one job so maybe once that happens, I’ll be able to go to the gym before work versus going after work. I’ve only been doing the KB program for about a week and while I have yet to do 500 swings during one workout, I can feel myself getting stronger. I’m currently using an 18lb KB but may switch to my 26lb KB towards once I hit 5,000 swings, or somewhere around that number.

I finished C25K back in March and have started on C210K. I could have started at week 9 since I just finished C25K but I’m starting from the beginning just because I want to easy runs to look forward to. Lazy, I know. I signed up for the Big Sur Half Marathon again so after C210K, I may try and do the half marathon version. I have never fully trained properly for a half marathon and I’d like to. It comes down to me setting a schedule and sticking to it. I would also have to plan some outside runs because I can only do so many miles on my treadmill.

Anyway, I’m off to bed now. Goodnight!

My Book Jar and Review of Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life by Shannon Kopp

I am terrible about reading ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) in a timely manner. I usually get them at library conferences and have accumulated way too many over the last few years. This year I decided to make a book jar. I wrote down all of the ARC titles plus all of my unread Kindle books on small pieces of paper and put them all in a jar. I made the jar because I wanted to just pull titles randomly. I normally read more than one book at a time and this year I’m making sure to make a dent in the unread books I actually own.


First title I chose was Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life, by Shannon Kopp. I remember originally picking up this book at a library conference in either 2014 or 2015 because of the animal connection. I am a huge dog person but usually avoid books about animals since I usually start crying when an animal character dies. Sounds silly but that’s just me.


Anyway, once I started the book I was hooked. Shannon talked about how her struggle with Bulimia started and how it affected her life both personally and professionally. What really touched me were the stories she told about specific dogs who helped her see what she was doing to herself. I’ve never battled an eating disorder but I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to recover. Even though I did have some crying moments, I really enjoyed this book.