Day in the Life and WIA-Monday.

I’m going to do a WIAMonday and a day in the life-ish, plus a random survey cause why not?

9:10am: I woke up and had a bowl of 365 brand Organic Frosted Flakes while I checked emails and read some blogs. I used to skip breakfast before the gym, but with being pregnant, that’s not going to happen these days! I also brushed my teeth and threw on some gym clothes.

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9:50am: Left for the gym.

10am: Did an hour long leg workout at Elite Edge. I was really over it because of how tired I’ve been getting while working out, but my legs always get so sore from doing these leg workouts there and I absolutely love it!

11:10am: Got home from the gym and read blogs. I was feeling pretty nauseated and weak from working out and didn’t want to eat or move, even though I really try hard to get some protein in within an hour of the gym. But sometimes, that just doesn’t happen anymore. Even the thought of drinking protein makes me nauseated.

12:15pm: Decided to eat something. I ended up making two eggs, about 1/2 cup of ranchero beans, about a cup of hash browns, and added 1 1/2 slices of colby jack cheese and about 4 tablespoons of sour cream. It was delicious! I ate this while sitting on the couch and catching up on Naked and Afraid from last night. I was still feeling really weak and typically eating really helps me feel better, but I was still feeling rough. I thought maybe some more food would help even thought I just ate.

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1pm: I ate 8 strawberries mixed with 1/2 honey Noosa yogurt and about 1/4 cup Udi’s vanilla granola while Naked and Afraid finished up. I had actually stopped eating yogurt completely awhile ago because it upsets my stomach, but since I’m not eating meat much, I want to get more protein in. And I really just want yogurt and since I don’t feel well most of the time anyway, why not?!

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1:45pm: Naked and Afraid ended and I still had no energy at all, even after more food. I decided to take a quick nap before hopping in the shower.

2:40pm: Woke up feeling super weak still. Checked my resting heart rate and it was 100-105. No wonder I was feeling so weak. I decided I need to really increase my water intake but I just get so full from drinking so much water and I always. have. to. pee. now! I got up, hopped in the shower, and got ready.

3:15pm: Left my house to go have my retainer remade.

3:40pm: The dental assistant showed me the expected bill of $522 for a new retainer! I about had a panic attack! I told her the last time it was made, it was way cheaper. She checked my chart and said she’d be back. She came back and said it’d be $100. It was what I paid last time (years and years ago when I used to work for the same dentist) and apparently she asked Dr. Grady about it and he said to only charge me for that, which is the lab fee. I’m so glad I used to work for him! Whew! Saved me $422!

4:30pm: Arrived back at my house. Read more blogs. Sat on my couch. Tried to clean up the house a little.

5:45pm: Decided to start dinner. Ate about 3/4 cup of couscous, three organic Applegate Farms chicken tenders, three of Dr Praeger’s sweet potato littles, and two kiwis.

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6:30pm: Headed out to Kroger to pick up eggs and strawberries.

7:15pm: Got home and chatted with Jon on the phone.

7:30pm: Cleaned up my house!

8pm: Bachelor in Paradise! Felt thankful that even with these pregnancy hormones, I’m not as crazy as half these girls on the show. No wonder they’re still single.

9pm: Cleaned up my bedroom and put laundry away and unpacked from the weekend.

9:45pm: Got ready for bed while I hardboiled eggs for work. (They weren’t boiled enough, which is randomly happening even though I make my hardboiled eggs the exact same every. single. time.)

10:20pm: Chatted on the phone with Jon.

10:45pm: Bed time! But I didn’t fall asleep since I was so busy peeing for the next two hours. The joys of being pregnant.

And now, for a totally random survey just to throw in here!

  • How much water do you a drink a day? It totally depends. Some days I probably drink about 40 oz, and then other days I probably drink close to 120 oz. I definitely drink more on days that I work.
  • What is your favorite workout? CrossFit style workouts.
  • What is your favorite fruit? I’ve always been a big berry girl (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries mostly), but lately I’ve been really wanting grapes. Grapes seem to be my pregnancy fruit.
  • What is your favorite vegetable? Sweet potatoes and any squashy veggie! Love butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, and zucchini.
  • What are your favorite healthy snacks? Lately I’ve been loving cottage cheese and grapes. Typically, fruit. I also eat a lot of dates stuffed with cream cheese.
  • What do you usually eat for lunch? Totally depends. At work, I always try to eat a meat (although this one has been cut out since being pregnant, but now that my major food aversions are gone, I want to get back to this), a veggie, and a fruit. I’ll occasionally do two veggies or two fruits.
  • What is your favorite and least body part to train? I don’t specifically train my back cause I don’t enjoy it, but I get in plenty of back work with other lifts and pull-ups. So that’d probably be the least favorite. I love legs, arms, shoulders, and abs…
  • What are your ‘bad’ food cravings? Chocolate. And Zukerino’s baklava.
  • How often do you eat out? Depends. Some weeks, once. Other weeks, 3-4 times. We used to rarely eat out, but especially since being pregnant, I haven’t wanted to actually cook my food. I would get nauseated by the time my food finished cooking, so we’ve been eating out more lately.
  • How do you stay motivated? Honestly, it’s not that hard. I see so many people who haven’t taken care of themselves in my field of nursing and I know I don’t want to live like that. I feel better when I’m eating healthy and working out, so I want to do those things.
  • Who is your biggest supporter? In working out? Myself. If I was part of a something where I ran races or competed in CrossFit still, I’m sure Jon would be there for me. But I tend to have a more relaxed approach. Jon definitely supports my activity (and has never even questioned by $120 a month in gym memberships) but I don’t think he cares if I’m active or not.
  • Do you have a gym membership? Yup! I use ClassPass which I absolutely love, and then I also have an LA Fitness membership for days where I just want to do my own thing or go on an off time.
  • How often do you work out? I try for 4 times a week, but sometimes it’s once a week and sometimes it’s 5. I rarely work out on work days, so almost never more than 4… I’d say consistently 3-4 days, which I have really found is perfect for me.
  • Are you a ‘morning’ or ‘night’ workout type of person? Both. I used to only like night workouts, but on my days off, I’ve gotten into the habit of doing 10am workouts and getting them out of the way. I also enjoy noon workouts. But I feel like I have more energy and get in better, more productive gym time in the evening.
  • Do you have a “cheat” day? I don’t need them. I don’t eat nearly as strict as I used to, and even when I was a strict Paleo person, I never thought of them as cheats. It was just me choosing not to adhere to my strict eating habits.
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Sushi & Baby Talk

Holy Moly, Monday! You couldn’t have come fast enough!

Thursday, there was no gym. I went to the pool instead. My body was so tired and I had no energy, nor any desire, to lift any weight or move my body any faster than I had to. While I’m struggling a bit with this “being too tired to work out” or “wanting to keep going to the gym so I don’t get out of the habit of working out,” I guess I just have to listen to my body.

I spent Thursday evening at my mom and dad’s. It was definitely fun having Annie and Tank in town for almost 3 weeks, but it’s nice not spending all of my days off over there too! I really wish they lived closer than Wisconsin, but I guess I’ll just be glad Jon’s family is only half as far away (in Jacksonville, FL).

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were 12 hour work days (and I got out at 7:30 all three days). I didn’t sleep well on Thursday or Friday night, but then managed to get a good night of sleep on Saturday night. Thankfully, none of the days at work were terrible because I don’t think I even have the mental capacity right now to handle a rough day. I feel like my mind is mush and my critical thinking is going downhill. I got my feet wet yesterday when I helped my neighbor with her critical patient for about 20 minutes, but that was more than enough and I was thankful that it wasn’t my patient!

Jon and I decided to go to sushi last night. Actually, I decided. I have tons of cravings lately, but most of them are fleeting. Like, I decided while I was on my way to Whole Foods the other day that I needed carrots! So I bought a huge thing of carrots. By the time I got home, I really didn’t want carrots at all. And still don’t. But now I have three containers full of chopped carrots. My most frequent cravings are bagels and Panera. I have only had one bagel so far (from Panera, actually), but I think it’s safe to say that I’ve increased my carb intake exponentially. I’m just going to buy bagels for myself at the store, which I haven’t done in years (we’re a no bread house). But, with not feeling all that great most of the time, I don’t want to eat  chicken (at all, even though I made 2lbs of chicken and couldn’t bring myself to eat one bite) or tons of veggies. I am trying to keep myself eating a fairly well rounded diet still though. I’ve been fairly successful, even if my lunch at work for three days consisted of a white potato, strawberries, and carrots only.

Okay, that paragraph ended up being all about food. So, Jon and I went to eat sushi last night. It was so good and it was nice to have a little date night with him. I’m pretty bummed because our schedules won’t line up for us to have a weekend off together until the second or third weekend in September, and now that he’ll be working full time again, I don’t have weekdays off with him either. I guess we’ll have to fit in these date nights as much as possible!

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I got in bed shortly after we got home and slept so good! Aside from the loudest thunderstorm I’ve ever heard in my life at 12:30, followed by Kitty throwing up such a big hairball that she then threw up her dinner and three piles of blood, I really had a great night of sleep! I slept so good, in fact, that I stayed in bed till almost noon. I was awake for a lot of it, but just had zero desire to get up. I had really hoped that exhaustion in early pregnancy wouldn’t hit me, but it has! I’m sure working 38 hours in the last 3 days didn’t help, but I have been more tired lately than I have been in as long as I can remember. I’m trying to rest when I can since I’ve had so many sleepless nights and besides, I won’t be able to lay in bed till noon again once this baby comes, so I will lay in bed till noon if I feel like it. I need to enjoy these childless days as much as I can! I hope these next 33 weeks are the slowest 33 weeks of my life!

Another girl at work is pregnant with me. She has a two year old and she’s 9 weeks pregnant now. We were chatting yesterday and she was basically super realistic and saying how really, until your baby is a year old, there’s nothing fun about it. She wasn’t one who enjoyed being pregnant (I think it’s totally weird to have a baby growing in me and I don’t have that “life is so beautiful” feeling at all) and didn’t enjoy the newborn phase at all. She said it wasn’t really till her son was a year that it really made sense to have a kid. I feel like I’ll be the same way and it’s refreshing that moms are open about feeling that way, so that the other people who feel that way don’t feel like awful mothers for going through that natural progression. It wasn’t until the last few years that I realized people don’t actually like the newborn phase and that some moms feel no connections with their babies for a few months. I’m really excited to have older kids, but none of the next year or two seems like any fun to me. Babies are cute, but I don’t particularly enjoy them. At least not 24/7. And you know what? That’s okay. I don’t have to love every stage of having a baby. And it’s okay if it takes a few months or more to even really like my baby. I don’t really see how women are supposed to like the thing that makes them hormonal and fat for 9 months, rips open their vagina, and then takes their normal life from them and exchanges it for sleepless nights and stressful days and worries of daycare and who will watch this child and WHAT DO YOU EVEN DO WITH THIS BABY?!

Guys, this is not beautiful. It’s not even fun. And it’s not cute. Just like my boobs won’t be cute after they start sagging from the extra 10lbs each boob has gained.

Alright, I promise not all blog posts will be about babies. I don’t want to be that person. I’m going to go try to have a productive day running way too many errands, which I hope will include the gym somewhere at some time. Probably via ClassPass, which I need to go ahead and activate since this should be a better week than last.

4th of July Weekend Update

Sunday nights are just the worst when you have to work on Monday! But anyway, to finish my weekend recap that I started yesterday! Of course, in true Crista fashion, I was unable to get ahold of her to go to fireworks with her. Since Jon and I were planning on being at her house at 8, it kind of put a damper on our night since we didn’t know until 7:30 that we wouldn’t be heading over there. Since the nearby fireworks were booked up and we’re also not big on crowds of people, we decided to maybe skip fireworks.

Since Jon’s friend was in town, I decided to head up to Laura’s parent’s house since I knew she was up there for a little shindig. I love her mom and dad and haven’t seen them since my wedding, so I was actually really excited to go over there! I was only there for maybe 1 1/2 hours before Laura decided to leave, so I had an early night in!

Unfortunately, somebody in the area decided to set off fireworks from midnight until 1:30- at least one firework every minute. I was so irritated. How rude to shoot them off that late at night! Needless to say, it was a late night for me, although I wish it hadn’t been!

I ended up laying in bed, in and out of sleep, until about 10am today. That’s the latest I’ve stayed in bed in awhile but honestly, I really wish it had been more restful! Once I got up, I was still feeling completely exhausted so I lazed around the house and got back in bed for a little while. I finally managed to head out to the gym at 11:15. I’m really impressed that I didn’t skip it entirely, but I really don’t want to get into the habit of letting exhaustion always win over the gym.

I had a 40 minute workout, but it was pretty good! I’ve been doing the elliptical and I can tell my cardio is improving again. I did some leg stuff and decided to call it a day.

Jon and I ate breakfast/lunch when I got home, showered, and then headed out to Whole Foods. After dropping our groceries off, we went to Coffee Bianco for a coffee date!

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This latte was so good! It was citrusy and nutmegy and just really good! I was impressed! And the coffee shop was quiet and cute too, so I’m thinking it’d be a good place to get some work done once grad school starts in the fall!

We headed over to my mom and dad’s house after our coffee since my sister is still in town until Thursday or Friday. I ended up falling asleep there and am so tired now! I plan on reading since my sister gave me some books, and then I’ll be having an early night! Fingers crossed that I can actually get some sleep tonight!

Tomorrow is an 8 hour workday, so I think I’m going to make it to my first ClassPass class again in over a month! There’s a few new studios on there that I’m excited to try, and the one I picked for tomorrow looks like a CrossFit-esque type of class and is one of the few nearby that offers evening CrossFit classes! All the big CrossFit gyms are either too far away with traffic, or offer morning or noon classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Not sure what that’s all about! It’ll be good to get some variety in my life since I essentially do the same moves at LA Fitness and like to get the more complex movements through my ClassPass workouts.

Alright, off to read a book and wind down before bed! 5:15am comes early!

Weekly Updates: ClassPass, Dogwood Festival, Trip Planning

It’s been over a week since I did a life update! How did you all live without knowing what was going on in my life?!?! Kidding!

Remember how I ended up with my crown falling out and a UTI? After spending all week feeling nauseous and having a sore throat, I broke out in hives on Friday! I was having a serious wtf is going on with my body moment! I managed to get some steroids from work the next day and that helped immensely and by the end of the day, I was better. But really, I think I had an immune system crash.

Last Friday night, Jon and I went to the Braves Home Opener! I’d like to say I got some fun pictures from the night, but honestly, after breaking out in hives, taking Benadryl before the game, and then having a two hour rain delay (which also dropped the temp and I was freezing), I was not really feeling super ecstatic about being there! We left after the 5th inning since it was late and I was so tired from the Benadryl! I’m actually super excited about it being baseball season though and going to some more games! It’s a little sad going to games, since 1/2 the team has been traded since last season and we no longer have Kimbrel as our closer, but I’m sure it’ll still be a lot of fun! I’m trying to soak in Turner Field while I can since the stadium is moving in 2017!

On Saturday, Jon and I went to the Dogwood Festival (a big art festival) with Crista and Billy! I’ve gone plenty of times in the past, but this year was crazy! It was miserably crowded and it was actually really hot out! Unfortunately, since we met up with friends, we didn’t get to browse through the art tents like I was hoping to do. Instead, we walked around a bunch and then found some chairs to sit in and people watch.

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Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Love my city.

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After we finished with our festivities, we had Mexican food and then Crista and I went and sat by her pool after getting back to her apartment. It was a seriously beautiful night out and I was so happy to just be sitting outside.

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Sunday morning, I went to a MissFits class (a ladies only CrossFit-esque class) via ClassPass. It was a really good workout and I really enjoyed it! That afternoon, Jon and I stopped by my parent’s house and started some planning for our Eurotrip and then headed to our friend Andreina’s baby shower! I had a really good time there and have enjoyed meeting a few of her friends at the last few things she’s had at her house! Very nice girls! After the baby shower, we came home to jump into some more trip planning!

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This past week has been a busy one! I worked Monday, ran errands and cleaned up on Tuesday, did another ClassPass class at Hard Exercise Works (CrossFit type workout), worked Wednesday, spent the night with my parent’s on Wednesday cause Jon has a friend in town, worked Thursday till 4ish and went to CrossFit last night, and now it’s Friday morning!

I went to another MissFits class today and now my upper body is smoked after two days of big upper body CrossFit stuff!

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I had planned on doing my favorite Cardio Muscle Mix tomorrow, but I don’t know if my upper body can take it! I think I may end up canceling and going to have a leg day at LA Fitness! I’m meeting up with Kassie and Gina in the morning for a bridesmaids dress shopping day and hopefully we’ll all spend some more time together in the afternoon! Definitely can’t wait to have some time with my girls!

Anyway, my plans for the day are boring. GTL. I kid. I’m going to run to LA Fitness to cancel Jon’s membership, hit up Costco for some more protein powder, and then head to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Jon’s friend is still in town and they’re going out tonight for some dinner and drinks, so I’m thinking I may just have a low key night at home. I’m deciding if I want to make an effort to go out and do anything this evening, but it’s dreary and a night on the couch with my cats sounds nice!

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I know it’s not healthy to be fat, but this Tom Tom breathes so loud 24/7, probably cause his fat is squishing his trachea, and it just melts my little heart to listen to his kitty grunts all the time. #crazycatlady

Hard Exercise Works, Yummy Salmon, and Lazy Days

Happy Friday! It’s not really feeling like Friday for me since I work all weekend, but I’m having a nice relaxing day off! I go into 16 hours of overtime this week, so I’ll just enjoy my lazy afternoon. I had planned on going to a CrossFit class this afternoon, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling the gym today. Undecided. I won’t be able to work out till Monday though because of work tomorrow and Sunday, so I’m thinking I should go, but then again, my PJs and couch time is feeling fantastic too!

I want to start with a quick dinner I made on Wednesday night! When Jon and I were in Florida, we stopped to get Publix subs and tried a sample of some salmon that was delicious! They were giving away cards with the recipe so I grabbed one. Jon and I finally made it when I got off work and I was extremely pleased with how it turned out!

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I already ate half of it before snapping a picture to show his sister, but if any of you out there like salmon, I recommend trying this! It was super easy to make. My tip: Buy golden raisins from Trader Joe’s. They have the best golden raisins out there by far. Also, we made about 1lb of salmon with the topping and that was good, so I’d make extra for more salmon. Oh, and I didn’t have herb garlic butter, so I added a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic (from the jars) to 4 tbspns of butter and heated it up on the stove and then just combined that with the rest of the topping. And I didn’t zest any lemons. Let’s be real. I’m too lazy for that.

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I tried a new ClassPass class yesterday! I actually really had fun there and will definitely go there again! It was one of the Hard Exercise Works classes. The only really off-putting part of the class was that we started with clean and jerks and the coach didn’t even go over how to stand up out of a jerk! She demonstrated a split jerk, and then when she stood up, she brought her back leg forward, all the way even with her front leg. On a split jerk, the front leg comes back, then the back leg comes forward to meet it. I know it’s small, but if you want to teach olympic lifts, then know how to teach them properly. This was definitely a CrossFit-esque gym, but they said their difference is that they don’t go into heavy lifts as much (strange that I went on a day where we found a 1 rep max on C&J). It made me grateful for the good CrossFit coaches I’ve had that ingrained proper technique into me.

After my workout, I stopped home to shower and then met Laura out for sushi! I have really been craving sushi lately, so I was super excited to get some! Sadly, my shrimp tempura roll tasted a little strange. I’ve had the same thing from there many times so I know it’s not the norm, but it was a little disappointing. I also stopped by Costco after since sushi is right next door and was super excited to find that they have organic strawberries out now! 2 pints for $7.99!

Jon and I watched two episodes of House of Cards last night. I’ve heard really good things about it, but I’m just now getting into it after 3 episodes. I’m not really into politics so it can be kind of hard for me to follow at times. I think it’ll be easier to follow once the full storyline develops, but we had to pause it a few times for Jon to explain the first few episodes to me. And the way Kevin Spacey speaks in the show drives me insane. (Fun fact: I apparently had no idea who Kevin Spacey was. I’m not a movie watcher nor do I care about famous people, but that is totally not who I imagined as being Kevin Spacey. He kind of reminds me of my dad too, even though I assure you that nobody has ever looked at my dad and thought “woah, you really look like Kevin Spacey.”)

I slept in till 10 today (holy moly) and decided to start my day with making pancakes for work mornings. I really despise making pancakes for work, but I spent well over an hour doing it.

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All I used in these were protein powder, sweet potatoes, and eggs. Too lazy to add anything else (for one baked sweet potato, I add 4 eggs and 1-2 heaping scoops of chocolate protein powder- this was 3 sweet potatoes here).

Then I made myself some brekkie of hash browns, chives, cheese, and sour cream (baked potato style) and it was so dang good. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before! I was inspired apparently since Jon and I made potato pancakes to eat with out salmon the other night so I had everything available. Pretty sure I’ll be making this regularly.

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I had planned on cleaning the floors this afternoon but totally sat down on the couch to eat breakfast and file my nails and then got started on the new Real Housewives of Melbourne and my productivity has gone down the drain. I think soon I’ll have motivation to either clean the floors or go to the gym. Not both. But definitely one or the other.

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Off to enjoy some more company with this guy before Jon gets home from work. Have a great weekend, everybody!

Hashbrown Crust Breakfast Pie

I had a pretty fantastic Thursday off work with Jon today! I’m hoping he ends up with a full time gig soon, so I’m trying to enjoy our midweek days off! We slept in a bit today and once we rolled out of bed, I decided to try making the breakfast pie I’ve been thinking about for the last few weeks! It was a major success!

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I basically heated up about 4 cups of frozen hash browns on the stove, then smashed the excess water out and lined a buttered pie bowl with the hash browns. I baked the crust at 450 for about 20 minutes until it was a little browned on the edges. While that was in the oven, I had Jon cut up my veggies and sautéed 1/2 a white onion with 8oz of chopped up baby bellas, and then I added in a couple of handfuls of spinach at the end and wilted that. Jon cut up and cooked about 6 slices of bacon. We added all of that to a bowl and mixed in 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, and 1 chopped up roma tomato that we smashed the excess water out of also. Add some cheese (maybe 1/2 cup) and as much pepper as you want and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes! (Like how fancy my “recipes” are?)

Seriously, this was the shit. And I made it all up on my own. I was pretty proud of myself! I think this is going to end up becoming a breakfast staple and I have a feeling the leftovers (though there aren’t many) will make a nice morning snack at work tomorrow!

After our breakfast, we worked on adding me to Jon’s new insurance plan so now we have decent coverage again with Coventry and if I get pregnant now, it won’t be the end of the world! Hallelujah!

We headed out for our routine coffee date and enjoyed our nice cup of joe. Then we looked at some more Jeeps and found a fairly decent price on one! Once Jon gets a new full time job, the new Jeep will be a done deal! We walked around downtown Roswell for a bit after and enjoyed the sunny (but cold) day!

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We ended up going home after our little walk and then it was time for me to go meet up with Crista for some PM coffee! I had already had some, so I just stuck with a hot chocolate that was seriously delicious!

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They had a pretty killer sugar free carrot cupcake that Crista enjoyed! It was really nice to have some one on one time with her since I’ve only hung out with her and our guys since I’ve been home! We can’t really catch up 100% in the company of the guys. Hopefully this will happen more often so she works so close to our house! I don’t think she realized how close we are to each other!

After coffee, I came home and then Jon and I headed out for our nightly driving lessons! I’m definitely getting much better at driving his Jeep! I learned a trick to manage hills without rolling back so much and I even drove on one of the “main” roads to go take out our trash (we missed trash day today). Our lesson lasted about 45 minutes tonight, which is longer than we’ve been able to go so far. I tend to get stressed out easily when cars are around because I’m really not used to driving a manual yet, but it’s getting way easier now! Luckily the road we live on is really calm at night and has plenty of hills and side streets to practice on, so we’re able to get a good lesson in without going far!

This was the first day off work in a long time that I skipped the gym! I had a pretty killer CrossFit workout last night, including 150 back squats and 150 hand release push ups and a 2000m row (I despise rowing). I only used a 35# barbell on the squats and definitely couldn’t go down as far as I’d like. I also noticed that I leaned to the left since that’s my uninjured side. But I had no increase in pain today so that’s a relief! I may add in squats to my normal workouts, but still at a really low weight and low reps until my form is able to improve again. Today I wasn’t feeling the gym at all and took it as a sign. Besides, I have been wanting to let my hip get a little more rest, and I’m going to ClassPass classes on Saturday and Sunday morning so I think having 2 days off the gym totally will probably be good.

Alright, time to go wind down before bed. I took 50mg of benadryl almost 2 hours ago and am still not tired. WTF. I need to go to sleep for work tomorrow! Ahhhh!

Making Your Health a Priority

Yesterday, Jon and I had plans to go to my mom and dad’s house for dinner. I had to work till 3 so Jon decided to head to their house in the later afternoon. I had already told him that I’d be stopping by the gym on my way there and invited him to go, but he said we already had plans and he wasn’t going to the gym instead. (I did try to tell him that there is no set time to go to my parent’s house, which he knows too, but he wasn’t having it.)

When I called Jon at 3:45 saying I just arrived at the gym, he sounded grumpy. I asked if he was mad that I came to the gym and he said no, that he was just disappointed.

I had actually been thinking lately about the sacrifices you make in order to work out regularly. Back when I was doing CrossFit all the time, I’d tell people we’d have to make plans at a certain time so that I could shower before we met up on a Friday night.

Or does anybody have this conversation with themselves? I have two hours before I need to leave for class. I can either shower and nap, or I can go to the gym and eat and just go to class really dirty again? or If my haircut is at 2, I can either shower and be clean for my haircut, or I can just go to the gym and show up dirty. Is that gross to make them wash my hair after sweating that much? or If I go to the gym right now, I will have to meet up with Laura in my gym clothes. Should I just go home and change or show up again in gym clothes?

Part of being dedicated to staying active is making sacrifices. Instead of being lazy on the couch like you really want to do on a rainy day, you get up and move. Instead of having time to shower, you go to the gym. (By the way, the gym almost always wins, no matter what the dilemma is.) Sometimes I have to postpone my plans with Jon so that I have time to get a workout in and take a shower. I also always meal prep the night before work because I don’t eat prepackaged lunch foods, so I always have to allow time to cook when I’m planning my off days. I really do plan a lot of my life around having time to maintain my health.

It can be difficult staying active when you’re married to somebody who isn’t nearly as active. I’m really glad that I’ve finally recommitted to the gym and go very regularly, but when Jon and I are traveling, he won’t stop at a gym so we can work out. He still gets disappointed if I show up to my parent’s house an hour late so that I can have 35 minutes at the gym for a day! And I get it. I’d be frustrated if he wanted to go shooting on all of our trips or go fishing. But, he can tell me I’m being selfish for stopping by the gym before making it to my mom and dad’s. In my mind, it’s not. I mean, I wouldn’t show up to a wedding late for the gym and I wouldn’t make my family wait on me for dinner- I was getting there well before dinner! I don’t think taking care of yourself is selfish- it is what will preserve your health for when your have grandkids or even just 15 years from now if I have to be a caregiver for my mom and dad in their old age! (Note: I was not upset with Jon for his opinion and he wasn’t really upset with me for going to the gym, but I’m trying to show the two sides of this in a marriage as well.)

But we have fully capable bodies and the way to keep them capable as we age is to be active and to use it! I work with too many elderly patients who are overweight, have osteoporosis, COPD (can’t breathe), can barely walk, and I never want to that to be me. I’m really trying hard in our pre-baby phase to make sure working out is one of my top priorities so that it will remain important throughout our life, so that when we are two saggy geriatrics sitting next to each other, we can still live our lives to the fullest. Besides, when I go out on a hike or to enjoy nature with friends or family, I don’t want to be struggling to keep up or to breathe. Doesn’t it take away from the beauty of what you’re doing if you’re more focused on how you feel like you’re dying? I don’t want to that to be me.