Last Week’s Workouts + Life Lately

Catch up with my “life lately” and see how I’ve been active in the last week!

Last Week's Workouts

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My motivation to do anything outside of what I absolutely had to this week was pretty low. I’ve finally fallen into that terrible teacher-on-break-habit of not knowing what day it is and feeling like I’ve forgotten something important. It’s kind of annoying, yet kind of fantastic at the same time.

Sunday, 6/18/17:

I had planned for some PiYo Buns on Sunday, but I was so sore and tight from my first week on the Lauren Gleisberg plan that I just settled for yoga. I did Yoga Fix from 21 Day Fix using Beachbody On Demand (I didn’t even do the Extreme version!) and that was enough for me.

Monday, 6/19/17:

Today began my second week on the Lauren Gleisberg Weight Training Plan. I was back to the 5 a.m. Club with a “pull” workout (triceps and chest) and then ran 4.85 miles after my husband left for work. I followed the run/walk/run pattern I plan to keep during half marathon training and it was exponentially more difficult than I expected it to be.


Tuesday, 6/20/17:

Leg day with Lauren Gleisberg! She kicked my butt and I was sore for days. I felt like I did about a million sumo squats and my inner thighs screamed at me every time I took a step.

Related: Best Gear for Running in the Heat

Wednesday, 6/21/17:

Wednesday morning I utilized the treadmill for a run/walk/run of 30 minutes. It was a lot easier than Monday’s run, despite my sore legs from the previous day. I’m not sure if that was due to it being on the treadmill, but I felt great afterward! However… Shortly after, I lost all motivation to do my ab workout, so I found an old rerun of Charmed on tv to distract myself while I got it over with.

Related: 5 Minute Abs

Thursday, 6/22/17:

Rest day. The most activity I got was taking the pup for a walk. Like this. You’re welcome.

Last Week's Workouts + Life Lately
Friday, 6/23/17:

I had a run scheduled, but it was already 85 degrees at 7:30 in the morning, so after my “pull” workout, I opted for a HIIT. Thrusters, jump lunges, walking lunges, deadlifts, and plyo squat touchdowns had me smoked in under 30 minutes.

Friday night was interesting. We were slated to get a cold front, but a lot more came with it. We had 50mph winds, pea sized hail, and a power outage. It was our first time losing power since being in our new house and we had no idea how long it would last. The power went out around 6:30, so we lit some candles and munched on whatever we could find without opening the refrigerator too often. We finally got power back around 10:30 and thankfully our house cooled off quickly. Despite the crazy weather, I welcome the cooler temps, because I’m tired of those 100+ days! However, we’re now fighting mosquitoes inside the house from having the doors open for four hours. Yay!

Last Week's Workouts + Life Lately

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Saturday, 6/24/17:

Because I wimped out on my run Friday, that meant I had to do it on Saturday. I had about 5 miles to cover and I initially thought it would be easy. The first three miles went by easily and in a pinch, then I hit a wall. I struggled and thought about quitting and then my “power song” came on. You know, that song that always reminds you, “You’ve got this!” Mine is Boom by P.O.D. and it gave me the push I needed. I even have a little dance that goes with it. If you ever see me repeatedly throwing my fists in the air during a race, don’t worry, I’m just trying to bust through the wall and finish my run strong. 🙂


Coming up on the blog this week is a patriotic themed healthy snack, my training plan for the first five weeks of race training, and a day in the life post. I hope you stick around! If you need to get caught up, last week I told you about my Summer Reading List, the Best Gear for Running in the Heat, as well as my Best Tips for Running in the Heat!

Question: What is the power song that reminds YOU that you’re capable of anything?

I’m linking up with Mississippi Piddlin and HoHo Runs for Weekly Wrap, as well as Run Mommy Run and Salads4Lunch for #MotivateMe Monday!

Teacher Off Duty: Summer Reading List

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Check out this perfect summer reading list full of drama, mystery, and romance for the teacher off duty!

Summer Reading List

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know that as part of my 7 Goals for 2017, I want to read 12 books. Well, that has turned out to be a much more lofty goal than I anticipated. In fact, when I did my quarterly goal check-in, I hadn’t read a single book yet. As a teacher (specifically a reading teacher) this made me cringe. Now that school is out, I’ve been carving out a lot more time to read and have been adding books to my reading list.

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Flashback Friday: Disney Dreaming

It’s happened. It’s finally happened.

I have four, that’s right, F O U R, days of school left before I’m officially on summer break! (Bless you, Memorial Day Weekend) That just makes me as happy as a clam. Tonight, we are headed home for my younger brother’s high school graduation. It’s also my husband’s cousin’s graduation from the same school. It’s sure to be a treat, and of course, gets me all nostalgic about my own time in high school (10 years ago, say what?!). When I was a senior, we had a senior trip to my favorite place ever (Walt Disney World, duh), and since my hubs and I have a trip coming up this year, I’ve really got Disney on the brain lately.

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Today, I thought, I’d take a stroll down memory lane and relive some fun times in the Disney parks. Please fasten your seatbelt and make sure your arms stay in the ride at all times.

2015: Most recently, I was so blessed to go to Japan in 2015 to visit my cousin. Before heading back to the city she lived in, we stayed in Tokyo a few days. We visited Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and I loved every minute of it! These parks have all your favorite rides — Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, and my favorite, Space Mountain (plus many, many more). It was so interesting to experience these rides I’ve loved for years with a little twist and a lot of Japanese narration.

Tokyo DisneySea reminded me a lot of Hollywood Studios in WDW. It even has the Tower of Terror, although it’s not the Hollywood Tower of Terror and the storyline is completely different. My favorite part of the park was Mermaid Lagoon. Isn’t it beautiful?

 2013: In 2013, I went back to Walt Disney World for the third time. I am lucky to have a best friend who has been literally like 15 times and has dragged me along twice. I mean, she really had to twist my arm, y’all. Just kidding.

We stayed at the beautiful Boardwalk Resort and loved having JellyRolls within walking distance. A dueling piano bar?! Yes, please! Going to Disney as an adult definitely has its perks. I keep telling my husband this, but I’m not sure he believes me. 🙂 On this trip, I took complete advantage of the dining plan and had dessert with every meal. We added the dining plan to our trip in November and the glutton in me can’t wait.

2007: Myself and eight friends visited in April our senior year of high school to celebrate our impending graduation/the fact that we were done with standardized testing while the rest of our peers stayed back in Texas to take four days worth of tests. When I sat down to write this, I went hunting on Facebook for the pictures from that trip… But remembered I took them down when I graduated college and started trying to find a job. 😀

Just imagine nine teenagers at the Pop Century Resort with Extra Magic Hours in an off season. Our chaperones met us at 9:30 each morning to pass out our cash for the day, but other than that we were pretty much on our own. We also spent a few days at Universal Studios where we were even less supervised. Looking back as an adult, this was a terrible idea and probably why senior trip is no more. But it sure was a lot of fun! 😉

2001: My first trip! I attended with aforementioned friend and her family and I instantly fell in love with the parks. I think I was probably terrified to leave my mom, as it was really only about the second time I’d ever even left Texas and maybe the third time I’d been away from her for more than a couple of days. I remember running through O’Hare because we thought we might miss our connection. At that time I thought, “Is this even worth it?!” But as soon as we arrived at the Beach Club, I knew it was. 🙂

Flashback Friday: Disney Dreaming

Next trip, 2017: …For the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend later this year! I am ecstatic and have loved every step of the planning process. This will actually be my husband’s first time visiting as an adult and it’s my first time planning the trip myself.

All of you veterans, if you have any tricks of the trade, I’d love to hear them! Happy Friday, y’all! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Today, I’m linking up these five years of memories for Five on Friday!

May Goals + an April Recap

April was a complete whirlwind! Am I the only one? I feel like no sooner did I sit down to write my April goals than the month was over and done with. To be honest, April was the worst month of 2017 so far (for me anyway). Most days I felt completely out of balance and let the stresses of life take over. Realizing that, April wasn’t a successful month for reaching goals. But! I still think there’s value in looking back and learning from the experience.

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It’s already May… But this is my favorite meme of all time!

April Goals

ONE // Drink 100 oz. of water daily

Grade: B-

Most days I did pretty well at this, but there’s definitely room for improvement. Weekends are always when I seem to be less hydrated.

TWO // Run 2x/week to keep my running base up between now and half marathon training time

Grade: A-

This I accomplished! Although I didn’t keep up with the mileage per runs that I was hoping for, I still got in regular runs. I will work on keeping my mileage up better in May!

THREE // Track meals in MyFitnessPal at least four days a week

Grade: F

I did fantastic with this in March, so I thought it would be a great goal to set for April… And then stress hit like a ton of bricks and suddenly, keeping track of every single bite wasn’t as important. For the last few weeks, I’ve been eating more intuitively as opposed to counting every calorie and gram and actually feeling great.

FOUR // Send off the thredUp bag

Grade: F

Didn’t happen. The bag is still sitting in my kitchen chair where it’s been since it arrived.

FIVE // Read. A. Book.

Grade: F

I read one chapter in the pedicure chair one Saturday afternoon. Does that count?! 😉

May Goals

ONE // Run 2x/week and begin to increase my mileage again

This is a repeat from last month, as you can see above. Additionally, I want to complete 100 “miles” of cardio by the first day of summer! I don’t anticipate running every single one of those miles, so I’m counting HIIT towards it as well. 10 minutes of intense cardio = 1 mile

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TWO // Leave work most days by 4:15

I had my LAST day of tutorials for the school year yesterday, and hopefully my last day of leaving at 5 p.m. I go off duty at 3:45, so there’s really no reason for me to keep hanging around much longer. 😉

Leaving work at 4:00 on Monday. YES.

THREE // Eat clean 90% of the time

In the next couple of months, I want to clean up my diet quite a bit and work on losing some fat. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had some of the most consistently clean days I can remember having and I’m so proud of myself! When you build up momentum and see little successes, it makes sticking with something a lot easier.

FOUR // Lose 3 pounds

This goes hand-in-hand with goal #3 and is part of a long(er) term goal. Honestly… I know numbers don’t mean that much, but sometimes a particular number on the scale is still nice to see.

FIVE // Catch up on house cleaning 

Since I want to be leaving work earlier this month, I want to use that time to get caught up on some house cleaning! I’m not a weekend cleaner. I’d rather do a few small tasks each day than everything all in one day. This week has been successful thus far — I swept the floors on Monday and vacuumed the carpets yesterday. But the true test will be whether or not the dishwasher gets unloaded this afternoon. 😉

Are you setting any specific goals for the month of May? I’m linking up for Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

Checking In: 2017 Goals & Word of the Year

Here we are! A full two months into the new year. Both January and February have now come and gone. I have just eight days until my spring break begins! Before we know it, summer will be here showing its pretty face. 🙂 Late, late last year and then early this year I talked about my word of the year as well as my goals. I’m so good at making goals and then never thinking about them again, so I want to take the time to reflect on the last nine weeks and see where I’m going from here!

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First up, my word of the year: B A L A N C E.

balance

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