|March 4, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Running|
I feel like I’ve let running fall to the wayside lately. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to run or anything. I just haven’t had the time to get a really good run in, you know? Tonight I decided it was time to end this madness. I waited until Maddux went to bed and then I headed straight up to the gym. I’m kind of over running on the treadmill but knowing I was just running some sprints helped me get up the courage to hop on.
I ended up running 3 miles, which included a warm up, sprints at 10 mph, jogs at 6mph, and a cool down.
I’m hoping to really amp up my miles in the coming months. Slow and steadily, of course. Since I have a few races on the horizon now, I know it’s time to buckle down and take it more seriously again. I can’t wait to tell more about the races I have coming up, but I really want to finalize the plans before I go blabbing about something that could potentially fall through. That would be my luck.
Since I can’t ramble on about that, how about a survey? I know. So middle school of me. I just love them and I’ll probably never resist the urge to fill one out. Because I know that deep down you guys want to know every little thing about me. Kidding. I know you don’t, but I’m still going to fill this out pretending that you do. Humor me, folks.
I saw this particular survey on Julie’s blog recently and decided tonight was as good a time as any to fill your brain with pointless facts about yours truly. The questions are so random, which means I obviously love them.
A Bit About The Blogger Survey
What was your go-to food or snack as a child?
I’m going to have to recreate my dream meal as a kid: under-microwaved Bagel Bites, Potato Sticks with thirty packets of ketchup, a big ice-cold sweet tea, and vanilla Dunkaroos for dessert. It didn’t get much better when I a teenager, either. Hand me a Cosmic Brownie and a Fruitopia and I was set. I was obviously very health-conscious growing up.
What got you interested in health/fitness?
Originally I wanted to be more like my then boyfriend (now husband). He could walk up a flight of stairs without passing out, pick up heavy stuff and move it around, and look good in a bathing suit. I pretty much wanted to not be embarrassing. Now I’m more interested in the right way to be “healthy”, because I certainly did it wrong in the beginning. Lesson learned.
You’re stuck on an island for a month and can only eat three foods. What would they be?
Easy. I’d eat pizza covered in cheese and every vegetable ever grown, French Toast with gallons of real maple syrup, and fresh-cut mixed fruit. Who am I kidding? I don’t need to be on an island to only eat those things. That’s pretty much what I already eat any given week.
Favorite and least favorite body part to train?
I go back and forth on this all the time, but right now I’m loving hamstring workouts. So random. My least favorite thing to train is definitely my back. I know it’s important, but bent over rows bore me to death. I wish we had the funds to grab a rowing machine, because I love those darn things.
Favorite and least favorite health or fitness fads?
I’d have to say that my favorite thing is definitely the idea that every little bit counts. I love articles that break down all the little ways to incorporate fitness into your everyday life. My least favorite fads are all the new ways to eat. People are getting so focused on the “rules” of gluten-free, Paleo, or dairy-free, that they are totally forgetting the why. Half the time I feel like people can’t really explain why they are eating the way they are, other than repeating some things they’ve “heard”. Seems silly to me. I’m not going to stress over rules and restrictions for the sake of giving my way of eating a name.
What is the hardest workout you have ever done?
I’ve tried a ton of classes, but the thing that never fails to make me hate my life is spinning. I don’t know what it is about that class, but it kills me. I think the mechanics of riding a bike just throw me off. That could be because I haven’t ridden a real bike since my was stolen as a kid. Yep, I’m blaming the thieves for my inability to complete a spin class. Don’t let this pose fool you. I probably cried like a baby.
What is the first movie that made you cry?
I can’t remember the first movie to make me cry, but I vividly remember what novel did. Where the Red Fern Grows made my elementary-school self sob hysterically. I’m a sucker for an animal story. So, honestly, the first movie that made me cry was probably something like The Fox and the Hound.
Your #1 pet peeve?
Sounds. OMG, sounds. Smacking gum, tapping pens, or any other repetitive sounds send me into a blind rage. I really wish I could control it better, but I swear I’ve tried everything. While we were watching Frozen the other day, I almost got into a brawl with the guy next to me because of his noisy popcorn eating. That would have been one for the baby memory book, huh?
Your dream job?
I really love my job. I get to work with hilarious kids who think I know everything. I try to explain it to people, but I really don’t think they get it. Basically, in my classroom, they make me feel like a movie star. However, I really would love to be an actual movie star. Acting is probably something I could never do, but it’s so interesting to me to see people change their entire personality at the drop of a hat. I do get my hair done at my job, so there’s that.
Hairy arms or hairy legs?
Does this mean like extra hairy or just regular hairy? Because, I mean, I have hair on my arms all the time and hair on my legs some of the time (and I’m not going to admit to just how often…). If we’re talking, like, where would I rather have a surplus of hair then I’ll choose legs since I get rid of that anyway. This is a weird question.
Your turn! Pick a question or three, and fill me in. Seriously, though, how would you answer the hair question?
|March 3, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Motivation|
After three days of not working out, actually getting myself to work out was kind of hard. I had to promise myself to keep it short and sweet. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in some pain tomorrow anyway. I ended up doing a completely random workout. I basically just picked my favorites: RDLs, bicep curls, and shoulder presses. It worked out that all I needed was a bar and some weights, because I just drug them into the bedroom so I could work out while watching Grumpy Old Men.
We grabbed that DVD the other day at Walmart, and it’s legitimately the best five bucks we’ve spent in a while. Frugal entertainment at its best.
Anyway, this weekend is apparently going to be one long sweat-fest. The trip is going to include several workouts with the goal of capturing action shots of me cramping up and crying us looking strong and fierce. My plan is to not lift weights again until then. I don’t want to be sore, weak, and whiny when I finally have the opportunity for exciting workouts, you know? I might run once or twice before I fly out on Thursday, but that’s more or less just to calm my nerves about the whole flying thing. It’s either that or chug vodka at 8 am before my flight. I think I’m making the right call. Another great plan of mine, am I right?
While we’re sort of on the topic of planning, can I just mention that I’m proud of myself for getting our lunches packed early tonight? It’s the little things, people.
I made us hummus wraps. I took this before I slathered them in buffalo sauce. Let’s just say I hope Ryne eats in his office tomorrow, because buffalo face is not an attractive look.
Question 1: Do you plan your workouts or do you complete them on the fly? I like to pretend that I plan them out. In reality, probably only 5% of them have any rhyme or reason. I really need to work on that.
Question 2: Do you put buffalo sauce on everything? If you answer is anything but yes, we really need to talk about your priorities in life. Buffalo is everything.
|March 2, 2014||Posted by Presley under Baby, Fitness, Life|
The theme of this weekend was “cram everything we’ve been wanting to do into 48 hours”. Since I’m going out of town in a few days, we wanted to make sure we spent some time together. I mean, we’re pretty much always together but you know what I’m saying.
We hosted our own puppy adoption. This sweet little girl found her new home, and we were actually a sad to see her go. Puppy fever definitely hit our house hard. I’m pretty sure Maddux still thinks she’s in the backyard waiting to play with him.
We ate a lot of good food. We went out with Ryne’s parents Friday night, ate lunch at my parents’ Saturday, and had our friends over for low country boil last night. My mom bought scallops for me since everyone else had steak. I’ll take it.
We took Maddux to his first movie. We took his three-year-old cousin with us, too, because we’re extra nuts. They were great, and Ryne and I even admitted that we liked Frozen a lot. I have some new Disney songs to learn now, so I better get on it.
Things I didn’t do this weekend: blog, work out, or win the lottery. I never do the last one, but still.
What I’ve learned about myself is that I choose the weirdest times to take breaks for working out. This Thursday I’m headed to Los Angeles for what is basically a weekend long fitness centered photo shoot. Of course this is a good time not to work out. Hmm.
The truth is that we just had so much other stuff to do that it just wasn’t a priority. I could worry about how I’ll look in the pictures, but I’m choosing to just trust that people will appreciate that I just look like me. The real me takes breaks. If I had spent the past month tirelessly working out, I might have looked fitter but it wouldn’t have been “real”.
Let’s be real, though. How in or out of shape I am isn’t the real issue here. The real issue is that I generally look like this when people tell me to pose.
Basically, I’m just asking you to tell me I look fabulous no matter what happens. That’s what friends are for, right? Lie to me and we’ll be best friends forever. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go watch the Oscars. Because, you know, priorities.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by Presley under Fitness, Life, Running|
Quick workout recap since I haven’t checked in recently: back and biceps last night + a three mile run today. Exciting stuff, right? I need to take a class or something soon because things are getting pretty repetitive around here. I don’t like it. I blame my crazy eyes on that fact. Also, I might just actually be crazy. That’s definitely the theme of today’s post.
Since I’m having trouble formulating the mess inside my brain into an actual post, how about a good ol’ fashioned Thursday Thoughts?
1.) I leave for California a week from today. I am really excited for new scenery, new food, and new workouts. It’ll be just the thing to get me out of this little rut I’m in. Oh, and I decided to fly home Sunday night, which means I’ll get home Monday morning. I’m scared of flying, so that means zero sleep. Fabulous.
2.) Yesterday I officially signed up to earn my personal trainer certification. I have six months to teach myself all kinds of cool science-y things before I take the exam. I’ll definitely be talking more about this later, but I think I might be nuts for deciding to do this now. Maybe it’s one of those now or never things?
3.) I also signed up for a 5k, 10k, and half marathon in June. All on the same weekend. I have never attempted anything like this, but it sounded like a good idea at the time. Guess I’ll actually be training for a race soon, after all. You know you’re crazy when you continuously surprise yourself with the things you decide to do.
4.) I’m going to help coach our school’s running club this year. It’s been a while since I’ve actually helped out with this, but I’m really glad to be doing it again. We practice immediately after school, so I’ll still get to leave work around the same time. It’s starts pretty soon, so I’m sure I’ll be mentioning that from time to time. Or all the time. Who knows.
5.) I’m still in the running to win this contest and you can still enter to win this one. Yep, that first thing is just a shameless attempt to have you vote for me. Does it make it okay since I followed it up quickly with a link to a giveaway? I hope so. I like to be fair like that since we’re all best friends here and everything.
I’ll hopefully be back to “regular” blogging soon. I just felt like this should all be unleashed on you the way I unleashed it on myself. If you’ve done anything of the above things, send me some tips! Especially in regards to self-study type stuff, attempting to pass out on a plane, or running multiple races in one weekend. I need all the help I can get. See y’all tomorrow!