Sunday, January 24, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 4

Sunday, January 17th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Monday, January 18th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday, January 19th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Wednesday, January 20th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 

Thursday, January 21st – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 

Friday, January 22nd – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Saturday, January 23rd – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Another week of strictly biking... I'll be honest, this week I didn't miss running as much as I had in previous weeks, but the biking is still not my jam. It does help that I get to distract myself with a movie while riding, but I would still prefer to be out in nature, pounding the pavement. I found out this past week that the 50K that was tentatively rolled over from March 2020 is "very doubtful" for March of this year and will be likely delayed until later in the year (or till 2021). With that said, I am less stressed about my lack of running because I definitely don't have anything on the calendar until June (and even that is still up in the air). Anyhow, it is supposed to rain most of the coming week, so I'll take that as a sign that my Achilles still needs another week on the bike and give it some more time to rest from running ;)

How were your workouts this past week?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 3

Sunday, January 10th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Monday, January 11th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday, January 12th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Wednesday, January 13th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 

Thursday, January 14th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 

Friday, January 15th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 

Saturday, January 16th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Another week of straight biking... I don't know if it is helping to keep me fit, but at least it is helping to keep the routine of waking up before work to get some exercise done in my schedule. And, hey, I'm watching some new-to-me movies on Netflix ;) {Trying to look at the bright side when all I want to do is SCREAM because I am not out there running...}

How were your workouts this past week?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Monday, January 11, 2021

New Year's Resolutions/ Goals/ Plans {+ Daily Harvest Discount}

#RealTalk - I don't "do" resolutions. Some years I make a list of goals (which seem totally different than resolutions), but this year I decided to pass. Don't get me wrong, there are still things I want to accomplish in 2021 (and beyond), but I didn't put them down in any official way on January 1st. Even though I may not be drastically changing things right now, I know many people use the new year to tackle new things - whether that be personally, professionally, creatively, etc. The clean break of a new calendar year can inspire folks to take on new challenges, and, if that's you, more power to you! I will be cheering you on as loud and proud as I can as you conquer new heights (whether that's figuratively, literally or both ;)). 

Now, with that said, I know there is a large chunk of the population who put forth resolutions/ goals that relate to their health around this time of the year. Maybe it's general like "get in shape" or "walk more", maybe it's specific like "lose 5 pounds" or "drink at least 64 ounces of water a day". Whatever the case may be, health related goals tend to be a common theme with folks at the beginning of the year. I am NOT here to either encourage or discourage this. Getting and staying healthy is something I will always try to champion, but I know the diet culture that permeates society and I want no part in THAT. I want people healthy (physically, mentally and spiritually) HOWEVER that looks to each person individually!

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I am not here to push some snake oil or magic pill. Getting and staying healthy takes work, a lot of it. Believe me, there is no quick-fix or magic potion that will get you to healthy overnight (no matter what an ad on the InterWeb tells you). Being healthy is a lifelong goal that may look differently at different parts of your journey. Embrace it, embrace yourself!

With all that being said, I did want to mention Daily Harvest. Again, they are not an end-all, be-all sort of solution (nor do they claim to be). They are food delivery service that tries their best to pack tons of delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies into frozen meal options that often take less than five minutes to prepare. #HealthierFrozenFastFood 

It's always a HAPPY day when my Daily Harvest delivery arrives!

I have been working with Daily Harvest for a while now and they contacted me to see if they could "stock my freezer" for the new year. Uh, YUP! Let's be real, the hardest part of agreeing to the shipment was narrowing down my options.

Good thing our freezer was EMPTY before this delivery came because it filled us to the brim!

If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen my meal prepping posts. Since I'm working full time, meal prep is something that has come in super handy for me. Normally, once a week, I will take a chunk of time and prepare lunches for the hubby and I so we will have something quick (and nutritious) to eat. When Daily Harvest reached out, I thought it would be perfect to snag some of their bowls to use for lunches so I could switch up my go-to food. I grabbed a couple of the Lentil + Cremini Soup bowls and Lentil + Mesquite Chili bowls to mix in with my normal lunches. I made a box of veggie noodles, split it into four tupperwares and then added half of each of the bowls to each pre-made lunch. So for eight lunches I used two boxes of veggie pasta, two Lentil + Cremini Soup bowls and two Lentil + Mesquite Chili bowls. You could easily just do a single soup or bowl for a meal, but I love my carbs (not to mention the veggie pasta adds more veggies into my daily intake) and thought this was also a way to make the Daily Harvest products go longer.

PS For the soup, I used about 3/4 cup water instead of the full cup so it wasn't as "soupy" when I added it to my pasta.

I also snagged some of their Scoops (plant-based ice cream) and decided to make a pie. I bought a pre-made graham cracker crust at the grocery store, let a pint of the Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote sit out on the counter to melt a bit, spooned it into the crust and then put it into the freezer to refreeze. Despite it being winter, it felt like a very summery treat. The hubby and I both gave it two thumbs up. (The hubby actually likes this flavor of Scoops the best because he said "everything just tastes and feels right". Sometimes he isn't the biggest fan of non-dairy ice creams because of their texture, but he thought this would stand up to any strawberry dairy ice cream.) I'll be honest, I have no problem eating a full pint of the Scoops on my own, so making it into a pie helps turn it into multiple desserts rather than just one ;)

Whether you have a goal for 2021 to "eat more fruits and veggies" (done and done), "meal prep more" (check and check), "have more time" (with less time in the kitchen you will have more time for other things), etc, Daily Harvest may be able to help you out. Like I said, it isn't be a quick fix (although you can fix up some Daily Harvest deliciousness real quick ;)), but it might help jump start you in the right direction or be a great resource while you are on your lifelong journey.

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And, in case one of your goals in 2021 is financial, I might be able to help with that ;) If you use code "CARLEEMCDOT" on your first order you'll save $25! BINGO BANGO! {#RealTalk: I do make a few dollars anytime someone uses my code, but, as you better know by now, I only share about products and brands I use and believe in.} PS My American Express also has an offer where I get $25 back if I spend $75 with Daily Harvest, so check your card to double up on savings!

Do you "do" New Year's resolutions/ goals/ plans?

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 2

Sunday, January 3rd – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Monday, January 4th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday, January 5th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike


Wednesday, January 6th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 


Thursday, January 7th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 


Friday, January 8th – 90 minutes on the stationary bike 


Saturday, January 9th – 1 mile run, 90 minutes on the stationary bike


I'm not sure if you noticed, but December was a BIG running month for me. I actually ran my highest mileage month for the year (274.72 miles), which helped me hit 2,400 miles for 2020, and needed to dial it back a bit. Not only was my body drained, but it seemed as though I may have had a slight injury. Towards the end of the month my right achilles started "acting up" (feeling a bit tight on runs), but I sort of ignored it. Well, at the end of last week I actually felt the area and noticed a lump of sorts had appeared. When I did some googling, it seems as though it may have been Achilles Tendinosis {This refers to tiny tears (microtears) within and around the tendon. These tears occur due to overuse, poor biomechanics, or trauma. This often causes a painful lump.}. Well, since I am still waiting on word as to whether or not my 50K in March is "on" or not, I figured I would take the week (or as long as I needed) to pull back on my running so whatever may be wrong with my achilles had time to heal - hence why I was on the bike for the week and not pounding the pavement. Obviously I would much rather be running, but the goal is LONG TERM running, not just the here and now - so I need to listen to my body (even if I would rather plug my ears and scream "la la la" to ignore its whispers). On Saturday I gave running a try (after a week off), but the Achilles still didn't feel 100% so I pulled the plug after a mile... 

How were your workouts this past week?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Workout Recap - Week 53/ Week 1

Sunday, December 27th – 4 mile run with the hubby, 8.25 mile run

Monday, December 28th – 90 minute bike


Tuesday, December 29th – 11.10 mile run


Wednesday, December 30th – 8 mile run 


Thursday, December 31st – 12.31 mile run 


Friday, January 1st – 20.21 mile run 


Saturday, January 2nd – Rest Day {Hiked to Three Sisters Falls with the hubby}


Thursday's run (12.31 miles on 12/31) helped me hit 2,400 miles exactly for 2020 {yep, I'm THAT BIG of a numbers nerd that I had it worked out a few weeks prior to make it happen}. And then I had to start the year off with a 20.21 mile run, right?! I'm hoping the races that were postponed in 2020 will start announcing whether or not they'll be able to happen in 2021, that way I know whether or not I need to legit start training for them or not (like the potential 50K I might have in March). Don't get me wrong, I normally try to stay "marathon trained" (I prefer staying in 'shape' so I could technically run a marathon if one came up at any point), but it'd be nice to know if I needed to start fine tuning my training towards specific events or not. Here's to a HAPPY and HEALTHY new year (and hopefully safely racing once again soon)!

How were your workouts this past week?