Another road trip

It’s Friday and I am spending the day packing for a short road trip with my sister and my mom. We are leaving tomorrow morning to drive to Birmingham, AL for my cousin’s wedding. It’s been a while since us girls have taken a trip, so I’m looking forward to it. No husbands. No kids. Nice! It will be a short trip since we are only staying one night. But we always have fun, wherever we go. Pictures will follow!



Mom and my sis on one of our other adventures!


My dilemma is wondering if I will be able to workout while I am out of town and what healthy options there will be to choose from at the wedding. I am probably screwed! I scheduled Saturday and Sunday as rest days on my calendar, but having two days off in a row may be too much. I will take some healthy snacks with me, just in case. I doubt the wedding reception will offer healthy options, unless they have fruit. I will definitely have to kick up the workouts after I return, but I will pack my running shoes.

running shoes + pedometer + water = happy




Here are some of the snacks I’ll pack:

bottled water
nuts – almonds, sunflower seeds
organic granola bars
fruit- bananas and apples

How do you maintain your healthy lifestyle while on vacation? Do you find it easy or difficult?

Couch to 5k – Week 1 Workout 1

 I began the Couch 2 5k training today. I feel exhilarated! I am so glad I didn’t use one of my usual excuses to not begin the challenge today. I’ve started this plan before but never got past week 5, so I decided to start at week 1 again. This time I am going to stick to the plan. Goal:  I want to run the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 5k in October. I have walked this 5k for two years in a row and want to step it up a notch!

Me and my girls at Komen for the Cure 2010

I am very happy that I was able to get the workout in on a work day. I didn’t let that little voice in my head take over and coax me to sit on the couch and watch t.v. instead.



Ready to workout!




Couch to 5k running plan – posted on my wall in my exercise room.



First workout – done!

my exercise room. it’s getting smaller with all the equipment.

I found some good runner tips in Runner’s World. I’ll be sharing these over the next few weeks in order to stay motivated for the challenge.

“The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments. Beginning runners need to think in minutes not miles. “ – Bud Coates, U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier/coach.

Sickness…please go away

I’m very proud of my daughter for sticking to working out. I’m glad we have equipment at home. No excuses!

Unfortunately, I have not been able to workout since last week. I’ve been sick with bronchitis since last week. I haven’t been sick in a long time and this one hit me pretty hard. I started getting sick before my husbands birthday weekend, but managed to be a trooper so our plans weren’t completely ruined. After we got home from our weekend, I started feeling worse. I began running a fever, which is rather odd. I usually don’t get sick where I have a fever. On Sunday, I decided to go to an urgent care clinic. I’m glad I did. I was given a prescription for antiobiotics and a cough syrup. I have been in the bed ever since, except for getting up for a few hours in between naps. I am starting to feel a little better, so hopefully I’ll be able to make it to work tomorrow and get back to normal. It sure is different when we get older. I don’t seem to bounce back as easy as I once did.

Do you have any secrets for bouncing back after being sick?

I’m proud of myself

We had stormy weather here in TN today. Its so different than the weekend. We had such a beautiful weekend. I was sad to see the sunshine go away. I was able to spend a lot of time outdoors on Saturday and Sunday. I managed to get in an outdoor walk/run and mow the lawn. I will mention that I also got a sunburn from that activity. I didn’t expect that at all. I love spring.

One of my goals has been to get a workout in during the workweek. It is hard for me to do, especially when I have to work late. But for the record….I did it today! I am so proud of myself. Usually I come home from work and sit down with my laptop and don’t get up until time for bed. I made myself an “appointment” to workout. And it worked. My workout consisted of a treadmill workout and weights. I decided to get back on the Couch to 5K plan. I’m glad to say that I was able to do it without too much difficulty. I still have ankle problems and after 20 minutes or so I start feeling pain. But I managed to get through it. Happy about that.

Exercise check in

Last night, I decided to do a cycling workout and a strength training workout with hand weights. It was a good workout. I’m glad I was able to get up and do something! I could have and should have done more but at least its a step in the right direction.

I decided to pack my workout clothes this morning as a reminder to exercise after work. I’ll let you know how that works for me. I’m trying to get back on track. I have 2 walks scheduled for May. That alone should be enough motivation to get me up and moving! I’ll be participating in the March for Babies walk for the 3rd year in a row on May 1 and Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on May 14. My goal has been to try and run/jog at least a mile for each one. I’m going to make that happen!

Also, if you would like to donate to either of these causes, I have information on my blog.

Thanks for your support!

Another month is almost over

It’s hard to believe that another month is almost over already! How are you doing with your goals? I must admit I have had a rough time sticking to my healthy living goals this month. I can usually stick to the healthy eating much better than the exercising part. It’s not too much trouble to pack a healthy lunch. That is a habit for me and I do that almost every day.

Its the exercising part that seems to disrupt my schedule. I know I have whined about this more than once this month already. I try to slip in a little exercise throughout my day, but it just doesn’t seem enough. I started feeling tired this week and I am sure that the loss of exercise in my life is the reason.

I really want to do the right thing. My excuse is always work. My job is stressful and sometimes my family life is stressful. This makes me tired exhausted….and I feel like I can’t get up and do it. And this causes me to be more exhausted. What a vicious circle! I am confident that April will be much better and I’ll get back on track. Meanwhile….I’m going to workout tonight. What should it be? Zumba, Taebo, weights, hmmmmm..

I’ll let you know what I decided.

Ready for the Weekend!

I love long weekends! I worked longer hours this week so I can be off on Friday. My daughter is on spring break and I wanted to spend some time with her. We are planning a day of fun! I’m not so sure what we will do but shopping will probably be in the agenda. It was a very long week at work so I’m very glad my weekend starts NOW! Here’s some cute pics of me and my girl.

I am a little disappointed in myself this week though. My goal for the week was to exercise more. It didn’t happen. I attempted to get up early one morning and exercise before work, but I slept through the alarm. By the time I get home from work, I am so tired that I can’t begin of thinking about working out. Its very frustrating for me. I know I need to work out, I want to work out, but my job is very demanding and during the week it is near impossible. I did attempt to move more today and I wore my pedometer just for that reason. But I noticed after a few hours that I didn’t turn it on. So that was useless. At least I have a long weekend to get in a few workouts. I guess if I can’t do it during the workweek, I can still do it on weekends.

my pedometer

How do you fit in exercise to your busy schedule?

Zumba!

Just for the record (after my earlier post today where I seemed to be whining) ….I wanted to report that I was able to get up and workout! I decided to do a Zumba workout since I have the PS3 game. It’s so much fun. And it really does feel more like a party than exercise. I do regret however, that I had to throw my husband out of the house for a few hours….since I needed the living room space to do it. Please forgive me, honey.

Zumba! Join the Party!

But I am very happy that I did it. I feel great!! Please someone remind me how good it makes me feel to workout. Now, I’m off for a healthy snack and to see what else the day has in store for me. I am going to get my monthly massage later at Massage Envy. That will be wonderful!

nonfat Greek yogurt = yummy!

Enjoy your day!

Spring forward

Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? A friend of mine said he set his clock ahead 2 hours, just to be safe. I thought that was funny. 🙂

I just finished working out. I’m glad I did. Starting the week off right. I started off with a workout on my stationary bike for 30 minutes. Then I proceeded with a treadmill workout for 20 minutes. I’m on week 4 of the couch to 5k training and it seems to be getting easier. I would be further along on the training, but I have been a slacker. Some weeks instead of running, I have chosen other workouts to do. And I ended up skipping to week 5, only to revert back to week 4 after deciding it was too much for me. I still believe there is hope for me. I’m not going to quit. I have 2 events scheduled for May. I’m going to set some personal goals for those.

Now its time for a protein shake (i love my new mini blender) and to enjoy the rest of the day with my family.

Enjoy your weekend!

My Birthday

It was a long, exhausting week at work. But I made it! My birthday was on Thursday and I had to work so celebrating was postponed until Friday.

I did get some lovely flowers delivered to my office from my mom and my aunt. And my coworkers bought my lunch from Camino Real, our favorite mexican place. To top off my day, my daughter brought me a decadent cupcake from GiGi’s and sang/danced for me! I don’t even want to know how many calories that cupcake had.

Birthday flowers!!

I took Friday off work and my husband took me to lunch where I used my birthday coupon I received by email. Nice! I had a few friends over for drinks, snacks and to play Rock Band. We had a good time.

I’m looking forward to a relaxing day to recover from all the alcohol I had last night. I didn’t think I drank that much. But my friend made jello shots that tasted like there was double the amount of liquor that should have been in them. They were good but now I’m suffering from a headache. Must have coffee. Lots.

Later today I am scheduled for my monthly massage at Massage Envy. I am looking forward to feeling relaxed and revitalized!

I feel as if I have lost my motivation to exercise. Ugh. I hate it when that happens. I am determined to find a way to get back on track. I have so many options in my home to choose from: Exercise dvd’s, treadmill, stationary bike, Zumba and other fitness games on PS3. I don’t know what my problem is.

At least I have stuck to the eating healthy plan for the most part. A few splurges now and then, but I have made an effort to pack healthy lunches every day and drink plenty of water.

I know I can do it. I just need to figure out why I lose interest in exercise.
What do you do when you lose motivation? I’d love to hear your comments!