Last week in workouts + weekend

We’ve been staying busy around here, obviously! There wasn’t much to report as far as workouts- see below for disappointments. We did however, have a nice weekend.



Braves game Sunday, and a chance to catch up with old friends.

We also had a fun Cinco de Mayo yesterday.


Charlemagne hanging out with an old “pin the mustache on the man” bridal shower prop. My sister was the worlds best maid of honor and hosted my cinco de mayo shower 2 years ago! We enjoyed tacos and margaritas this year after a hot run.

Speaking of Charlemagne, she has been enjoying some supervised time in the sun on the deck since its been warmer.

And- last weeks workouts. I’m only a little behind!

Monday: Morning yoga, evening 10 x 10 crunches, 10 x 10 push-ups, 10 x 10 squats
Tuesday: self directed yoga focused on abs and hips (oops) + neighborhood walk
Wednesday: This is where things fell apart. I had right sided glut/piriformis pain from steps into my run. I ran about 1.5 miles until Brandon convinced me to stop. I literally laid down on the grown, he attempted to help me stretch out, but no dice- the pain returned with any attempted running. Long walk home in disappointment.
Thursday total rest, worked with a PT coworker mainly on trigger point release, symmetry and stabilization of my pelvis. Pain free with walking!
Friday: 2 mile walk in the neighborhood.
Saturday/Sunday: rest/short walks. Trying to be 100%.

I’m trying to ease back into in slowly this week. spoiler alert:I’m running and it’s pain free. I might be overdoing it on the time off after 1 painful run, but this pain is familiar, and I don’t want to repeat last summers injuries!! Goals to help with injury reduction- don’t overdo the yoga, don’t run 2 days in a row, and DO walk and swim. I have a run planned for tomorrow.

do you enjoy a sunny run and/or margarita for cinco de mayo yesterday?



What does it mean to be happy?

Are you happy?

Are these questions silly, or important? Why all the happy talk?

Because happiness is the truth!

But it all seriousness, I like to take some time to reflect on my happiness. Not because I am unhappy
I’m actually feeling pretty satisfied in my life right now. But sometimes it’s easy to get in a rut, and I need to be reminded of all the good things in my life. I few years ago, I read the book “The Happiness Project” for book club. I enjoyed the book a lot more than I thought I would, and more than the other girls. The author reflects on the “splendid truths”, or sort of mantras, or points of reflection.

I really like the first one.

“To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth”Gretchen Rubin

what makes me feel good? I feel good when I have completed a project. My husband, my family, and my cat make me feel good. I feel good when I look nice. I enjoy running (finishing, and doing well it). Nothing feels better than a beautiful spring day. I love the feeling I get after a great workout.

what makes me feel bad?I am frustrated by a feeling of uncertainty in our current living situation. I feel anxious about my job. Clutter irritates me. Money makes me angry, and anxious.

It feels good to reflect on these points! If I feel sad or anxious, I try to break it down to basics and remember what it is that is making me feel bad- and not forget what also makes me feel good.

what cheers you up when you’re feeling down? What makes you feel good??

Monday list update

Cleaned the whole apartment last friday morning- BOOM! I felt really productive. It took me longer than expected! 15 mins to get organized and declutter, 15 min in the kitchen, 15 min to dusk/clean mirrors/surfaces/bathroom, 15 min to sweep, 10 to mop and 10 to vacuum. So almost an hour and a half (with a apple + peanut butter break while I waited for the floors to dry!!) total. Hey, at least I did it, and it took way less time than the week before. I think it’ll get quicker as I do it more often! I felt really good going into the weekend clean and organized.
It feels so good to be living day to day with less clutter. I’m not keeping up 100% with my daily chores; I think I was too ambitious to imagine I would do any deep cleaning during the work week. I have been really consistent about minimizing clutter, cleaning/sweeping the kitchen and wiping down the bathroom almost daily. Otherwise, I might have to be fine with keeping the big stuff on the weekends (like I did Friday!)

You guys know I have even working hard on getting comfortable in our small apartment. Part of this project has included a lot of list writing. I thought you might enjoy keeping up with what I’m working on, in list form! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Living room:
-Clean out game chest/coffee table
-Upgrade TV table to hide wires
-Organize/ minimize book shelves
-Organize/ declutter closet
Organize hall closet, make shelf for beer supplies
– clean out planters
– organize patio

-Re-organize cabinets
-Minimize things on countertops
-Clean out top shelves
-Top of fridge

-No storage in open space
-Create “landing strip” elsewhere in house (in a closet?) for goodwill stuff
-Spraypaint bed frame white?
-Declutter closets
-Clean out dresser
-Organize/minimize book shelf
-Wash curtains (whole house)

Guest bedroom/office:
Clean out filing cabinet
-Organize desk surface
-Under bed?
-Clean out closets
-Minimize old paper/notebook storage under desk/in closets
-Create usable storage in “green monster” (the nickname of our huge green armoire)
-Consider flip flopping bedrooms

I think I’ll try to update this list monthly. Hey, that’ll at least make me get something done once a month!! For now, getting in a routine with cleaning actually seems to be taking away from the time I have for projects, but I’ll get there.

Happy Monday!

did you take on any projects last weekend?

Summer running + weekend wrap up

Welcome to “summer” in Georgia. It’s getting hot out there. It is hard to get used to the sunny running. I can’t imagine running almost degrees warmer than this… But I guess we’ll get there soon. I try to stay comfortable in the hot GA summers by running at dawn, wearing sunglasses, light colored tanks, and carrying a water bottle. We’ve gotta train for the peachtree somehow!

How could you not want to run outside when this is the view from the living room?!

I ran outside in the hot sun 3 times this week, twice in the middle of the day! Friday (on my day off!) I enjoyed a midday run, but remember the benefits of shade.

The cat was jealous and wanted to join.

Friday I wanted to attempt track work,
But I kept it simple since my legs weren’t really ready, and I ran Thursday. I had a VERY strategic plan for my track workout- but then I got to the track and it was LOCKED. I hadn’t been the track at the local college in almost a year, and apparently they set up a key pad/membership system. It’s $100/year, and I’m not sure if I want to invest in that. We’ll see! Either way, I was really feeling a hard workout and ran some hill repeats instead for a total of 3.5 miles.

Today, Brandon and I headed out in the middle of the day again. Mistake, it was even warmer today. Brandon actually sad in the middle of our run, “we’re waking up early next week, I don’t know what we were thinking”. We enjoyed a destination run (my favorite!) to the Inman park festival. It was hard! We took walking water breaks every mile for 4 miles total.

Rehydrating with beer.

We enjoyed a beautiful festival afternoon.

We walked at least another 2 miles around and then back to his car, which we (coincidentally!) left close by on Friday night. It was a great Sunday. We came home in time to watch a afternoon thunderstorm on the porch, and then had a game night with friends.

Friends, including a pup.

I haven’t done a workout wrap up a while- but I think now is a great time to bring it back!

Monday: rest
Tuesday: Morning yoga for legs, and core
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: neighborhood 3 miler
Friday: 3.5 miles with hill repeats
Saturday: morning self led living room yoga
Sunday: 4 mile run

I’m so happy to be back out there running, and the yoga feels really good too. I’m hoping to do a little more swimming/strengthening/cross training. Here’s to next week!!

Friday fun

You guys, something amazing happened.

I’m off work today.

I have been working way too hard and too often. But “thanks” to a new policy, I’m going to have a few more days off within the next 10 weeks. My employer is forcing us to use 6 days of PTO by the end of June. There are a lot of cons to this (since we don’t get sick leave, holidays, or maternity leave, saving up our PTO is the only way to be sure we get paid), but there is at least one pro- I am at home today. I’m planning to work on my todo list, but also get some serious relaxing done. I already slept until after 9!!

Hair update! I donated 9 inches this week.

I love it. It’s so easy, and it makes me feel light and free to not have hair all over my back!! It’s going to take some adjusting to remember how to style short hair, but the most important thing is that it can go from shower to completely dry in five minutes. My old hair would take at least 20! That’s something to celebrate.

In other news, Brandon passed his certification tests (more on that later), and his moms recovery from her knee replacement is going slowly but well. We have had a busy, but satisfying week.

My outdoor runs have been few and far between, but I went for a great run yesterday afternoon.

It was HOT- 77 when I finished, but I kept my pace around 820 for 3ish miles. I’m hoping to squeeze in another run today.

Wish me luck with the todo list, and happy Friday!!

What’s new with you?

So, how was Easter weekend?

Ours turned out really well. Brandon had family visiting from Chicago. They (his uncle, aunt, and 7 year old cousin) stayed with his mother, who lives about 45 minutes away from us. we did spend a lot of our weekend in the car, but it was totally worth it to get to spend so much time with family. It was a rainy, not so springy weekend- until yesterday!! Sunday was beautiful and sunny, we spent all day lounging in the park. The Perfect Sunday, if you ask me.

Brandon and I were also able to squeeze a run in yesterday before heading up to hang out with family. We ran about 3.5 miles around the neighborhood. We have been slowing down a little bit since we haven’t been as consistent, but it felt nice to get out there.

I spent a lot of last week focused on my new cleaning task list. I would have to say it was mostly a success.

Here was what I planned to do:

weekly schedule
daily: Wipe down bathroom, wipe down kitchen surfaces and sweep kitchen floor.
Monday: Nothing else!
Tuesday: Sweep all rooms, 1 load laundry
Wednesday: Clean toilets/tub, declutter and dust whole house
Thursday: Sweep bathroom, 1 load laundry
Friday/Saturday: Declutter whole house and clean all surfaces (kitchen), sweep and mop all floors.
Sunday Laundry x 2, finish weekend tasks, projects.

I was really successful until Wednesday. I managed to do my “daily” tasks and minimize clutter (everyday!) but ended up hiking stone mountain and then heading to dinner with friends Wednesday, so I didn’t get home until late. Thursday I managed to get back on track, but I did not go back and do Wednesdays tasks. I did nothing on Friday, but I think that’s a-ok with me. Saturday we went into a whirlwind, since the daly wanted o stop by and see the place, so we certainly got it all done for the weekend. I’ve already done all my Monday tasks, and more.

the verdict? I’m going to try to keep it up. The reality is, there will be a lot more days like last Wednesday, and we probably won’t work so hard cleaning every weekend. I have to remind myself that the point is to be less stressed about cleaning- I can’t let it hamper my fun with hanging out with friends that the tub isn’t getting clean. There’s always tomorrow 🙂

Its a busy week again in our house. My husband has his certification test tomorrow. I’m cautiously optimistic. May he will notice all the cleaning Ive been doing when he is done, and maybe he will even want to join in on the schedule! My mother in law is having her knee replaced Wednesday. I’m just going to try to stay afloat!!

See you on the other side!